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I’m shocked that I haven’t posted these pictures yet! I had so much fun taking these so it’s odd that I completely forgot about them. These were taken to memorialize Sam’s epic haircut of 2014 taken place at the coolest barber shop on Hawthorne called The Modern Man. Super manly pampering going on in there, including a complimentary whiskey shot before the grooming begins. Sam left the shop handsome as ever and I left with having had a blast photographing the Prohibition-era vibe of this quirky, Portland business.

P.S. whiskey or whisky? Answer here.

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Portraits of Portland: A weekly series that documents the beauty I find in my new city of Portland, OR in the year 2014.

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The other week Sam and I took a short drive to Laurelhurst Park. Everyone and their dog were just deliriously happy that the sun decided to shine some light on a sweet Sunday in spring. We took a nice little stroll, literally smelled some roses, did some people watching and our favorite was we sat and watched all of the dogs play their little hearts out. Since moving into our condo where we are not allowed any pets and away from our family pets we are craving some serious animal love, BIG TIME. Any chance we get to pet a dog, see our favorite neighborhood cat, Ruckus, (more on him later in a separate post–that’s how much I appreciate this cat’s attention) or even pet baby Winter, one of the Belmont goats, we are over the moon with joy. Animals have always been such a big part of each of our lives and then to just suddenly not have a single animal around us is truly depressing. We’ve gone so far for some camaraderie from other smaller living things as to name and befriend our houseplants. So when we got to see the dogs at Laurelhurst park run freely and happily we got our animal fix for the day and went home to drool over Google images of dogs we’d love to own one day.

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Portraits of Portland: A weekly series that documents the beauty I find in my new city of Portland, OR in the year 2014.

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I’m going crazy for Samantha Pleet‘s work lately. I recently tried on her silk Dreamboat Romper at Branch Birdie (I’m their newest shop girl and I’m loving it!) and I was surprised at how flattering it was on me. I felt amazing in it! I couldn’t find a picture of it online anywhere but the black silk is so smooth and the craftsmanship is impeccable. Samantha Pleet is a Brooklyn designer that combined her background in painting with her love for clothes and makes the most beautiful wearable pieces of art. A signature of hers are the tasteful cutouts in her clothes that add the perfect balance of seduction and whimsy to any look. If I ever get my hands on this romper I know it would be a treasured piece in my closet for years to come.

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Have It Made: A series of posts that honors the thoughtful process that goes into handmade and/or USA-made goods and how, with intention, those goods become cherished parts of our lives.

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I went on a walk last week through my neighborhood in search of spring and spring I found. The sun was shining, birds were chirping and cherry blossom trees were blooming right before my eyes. It’s so refreshing to experience actual seasons here in Portland and so far the transition from the long, cold wintry days we had to experiencing the new, bright colors of spring has been an absolute delight.

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Portraits of Portland: A weekly series that documents the beauty I find in my new city of Portland, OR in the year 2014.

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Today I stumbled upon these photographs of a special moment in my life that I’ll never forget. They represent a few of the things I value most in this world; love, family and nature. It was a quiet evening at Silver Lake, just before dusk. Although the sun had been out of sight for awhile, it was yet to be done with the daylight. It welcomed the moonlight with the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. The warm pinks and oranges splashing the skyline led all of us back out to the lake where we had fished that day. Her little fingers grabbed his hand and lead the way to the rocks that were still warm from the sun–the same sun that painted a one-of-a-kind sky for us. Together we sat and stared with the fiery lake reflecting back at us. I like to think about what the colors in the sky saw on the lake-shore that twilight evening. The awe in our eyes. The subtleties of light in our faces. The bond between us in that moment in time. I like to imagine they saw the brightest, most beautiful colors they had ever seen in us. And our own bright hues were also reflected in the water, beaming back towards the glowing clouds and joining the color dance on the horizon. You see, I believe that you, me, the ones we love, nature, earth, sky and universe are all made of the same immortal substance–it’s called love.

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