Freshly Squeezed

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Did you know that I write a newsletter?

I send love letters to my subscribers' inboxes (sometimes) weekly; mostly when I have something to say and never when I don't. I usually write something very personal. It's cathartic and therapeutic to do this. I've always been more inclined to share than to not. And sometimes I get replies to my newsletters and that's my favorite thing.

If you'd like to subscribe, I'd love to have you. This particular publication is for women only, mostly because I find it much easier to be open and vulnerable among other women.

Subscribe here. See you there. XO

For Your Wednesday

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The month of July was a tough one. Between my sister and her family moving, a move of our own, some frustrating medical appointments, and the ongoing state of our country, I feel a bit like I've been wrung out to dry. In case your spirits need some lifting, too, enjoy some warm fuzzies below.

Rupi Kaur's poetry (one of her poems is featured above) is powerful and accessible. I've never devoured poetry quite like hers. She also has a wonderful Instagram.

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This new children's book — called All Are Welcome — is an incredibly beautiful portrayal of representation and inclusion in a school community. This would be a lovely first day of school read for teachers in their classrooms or for families who want to start the year off on a joyful foot.

This bat video about had me in tears. I love the part when one baby nuzzles another baby.

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This coconut date shake (!) is absolutely delicious and the perfect thing to blend up right before a summer evening walk!

Sending so much love to anyone who needs it. XO

On A Walk: Brooklyn

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Brooklyn is a small neighborhood on the east side of Portland and it's Jeffrey's and my favorite. It's very quiet and feels nearly forgotten. It's easy to imagine what it felt like to live there 50 or 60 or 100 years ago.

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I can picture myself spending balmy nights on the front porch of an old Victorian home and cool, drizzly mornings in the cozy kitchen of a bungalow just next door. There is one particular row of houses that looks like it should be somewhere else entirely; perhaps on a canal or in the heart of some other city.

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There's a school in the heart of this neighborhood. I look for schools wherever I go — down dirt roads or occupying old brick buildings. There's nothing quite as special as spotting one and thinking about the thousands of students who have entered the doors. Who have they become? How many of them still keep in touch? How many students are now fully grown and still live in the neighborhood?

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Last Sunday, Jeffrey, my mom, and I spent the morning rambling around the streets of Brooklyn. We love to use Portland City Walks as our guide, which is a book filled with different walks that take you around many of Portland's neighborhoods and give you some history and background as you go. It's one of my favorite ways to explore the city.

The Story of My Life (in 3,500 Words or Less): I Talk to My Dog

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The Story of My Life (in 3,500 Words or Less) is a series inspired by Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, a relatable and honest memoir.

I have long been the kind of person who talks to myself. It's not uncommon for me to be in the middle of the living room saying, to no one, "What was I doing here?" or "I need to do X, Y, Z." It's gotten much worse since adopting our dog five years ago. His name is Woody. I love to talk to him and for him; there's nothing more delightful than that. It's a great party trick that everyone loves (sarcasm).

Sometimes my conversations as my dog or with my dog have gotten so out of hand that I have horrified even myself. But I do find comfort in talking to my dog. It feels good to talk things out or rely on the presence of another beating heart in the room. And it often makes me feel a little less alone.

As a pet person, I attach a very robust and complex personality to Woody. In the caricature I've created, he's a serious sort of guy, with a "fun" side that appears at inopportune moments (read: very early in the morning or in the middle of the night). He loves people, but prefers to keep an arm's length between himself and other animals. He is very affectionate and loyal and, while high maintenance in many areas, tends to present as a low key kind of guy. His anxiety is always a work in progress, but what mental health struggle isn't? He sounds like the kind of person you'd like to be friends with, right? And besides, he is an excellent sounding board. He nods along as I work through minuscule, day-to-day problems and sometimes licks me or wags his tail in solidarity.

That's all any of us want, isn't it? A pal who is an exceptional listener and is always waiting with a warm heart. Someone who can tolerate the stream of consciousness without a second thought. A witness to the true-blue best and the absolute gum-on-the-sidewalk worst.

There are times where I am 100% certain he knows exactly what I'm saying -- taking it all in and sheltering me with his love. Of course if you're not a pet person, then this probably all sounds like a crock of garbage to you. But if you are a pet person, then you know just what I mean and you have discovered the secret magic of what it means to welcome a pet into your heart and your home. Lucky us.

(More Stories of My Life here.)

Summer 10x10 | the clothing

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This is my second 10x10 since discovering Lee (the creator of this challenge) through Bryr Clogs and Elizabeth Suzann. It's a fun way to re-evaluate my wardrobe and also encourage myself to wear some pieces that don't get as much air time in my day to day clothing choices. It's also fun to really allow myself to be completely inspired by the season when considering how I dress each morning.

- THE BREAKDOWN -

1. Rainbow shirt (J.Crew): This is one of my very favorite shirts that I own. It's not at all neutral, but it works with so many bottoms that it almost serves the same purpose.

2. White linen dress (Urban Outfitters): I picked this up last summer and it's an ideal addition to any wardrobe. It's the kind of piece that can easily be thrown on and has the ability to look casual or a little dressier depending on accessories it gets paired with.

3. Navy blue t-shirt (Everlane): I sing the praises of Everlane t-shirts any time I can. I think the fit is great, they wash up well, and they tuck into pants and skirts well, which is almost always how I choose to wear these t-shirts!

4. Poppy skirt (Anthropologie): This skirt has been in my closet for years. I'm not good about wearing it often, even though I love it, so I thought it'd be great to add to this 10x10 to encourage more wear.

5. Tan block sandals (Nisolo): These are brand new! My mom and sister just braved the Nisolo sample sale and picked them up for me. I think these have such a classic look and work well with casual outfits or can elevate something a little fancier.

6. Blue sneakers (Vans): Tennis shoes are such a fun thing to wear in the summer. I love that the color of these can be passed off as a neutral, but add a little something special to any outfit.

7. Khaki chinos (Everlane): These chinos are a newer addition to my wardrobe. Like the poppy skirt, they haven't gotten as much wear as I had hoped, so I've added them into the mix here. This challenge has proven to be a really fun and creative way to incorporate some of my lesser worn pieces so that they end up becoming more central in my day to day wardrobe.

8. White tank top (Everlane): I like this tank top because it's so plain and simple, but it has a really interesting neckline, which makes it unique. This is perfect because it's so hot in Portland right now and it's incredibly easy to wear.

9. Black linen crop top (North of West): This crop top is so perfectly cut that it makes any outfit flattering. I love how bold and simple it is.

10. Light denim jeans (Agolde): These also made an appearance in my Spring10x10. They are so versatile; they definitely get some of the most wear out of all my pants! These are pricey for jeans, but if you keep a good eye out, you can catch them for a pretty decent price now and then. (Thanks, Internet!)

*I've linked the items (above) that are still available for purchase.

- INITIAL THOUGHTS -

Easiest piece to wear: I predict that my jeans will be the easier clothing item to wear because they're jeans! I always come back to jeans when I'm in a style rut or want to feel most like myself.

Most difficult piece to wear: I predict that the poppy skirt will be the most difficult clothing item to wear because I almost never reach for it, so I might struggle to rely on it more heavily over the next several days!

Most versatile piece: I predict that the navy blue t-shirt will be my most versatile clothing item because I find t-shirts so easy to style and also easy to dress up or down.

Least versatile piece: I predict my white linen dress will be my least versatile clothing item because I find it difficult to get creative with dresses.

I'll post a round up of every single outfit I wore when this challenge wraps up, but if you'd like to follow me in real time, please do so on Instagram. (P.S. I actually started this challenge on Friday, so there's a few outfits already on my feed!)