Red off-shoulder tie sleeve top

I’m loving these off-shoulder tops that are super in this season, aren’t you? They are so flirty and fun! This one I bought at the same time as the cold shoulder bow tie sweater I posted earlier this month. You can view that post hereI did my usual Kohl’s magic and shopped the clearance racks with a $10 off coupon and had either 15 or 20% off. I ended up buying both items for $2.55! For real. So that made them like $1.275 an item. Hahaha. Yes. I love a good deal. What can I say. 

 

Mountains majesty (Mt. St. Helens to the right)
Mountains majesty (Mt. St. Helens to the right)

 

Old ties, new ties...
Old ties, new ties…

 

Off-shoulder tie shirt
Off-shoulder tie shirt

 

Red off shoulder top, black jeans + black patent leather flats
Red off shoulder top, black jeans + black patent leather flats

 

 

Details
Details

 

Black corduroy jacket
Black corduroy jacket

 

Black patent leather penny loafers
Black patent leather penny loafers

 

We went up to Gresham Butte to take these photos. I didn’t realize there was a hiking path up there and hiked up it in my super cute, but not trail ready, black patent leather penny loafers. Yeah. Don’t recommend that, but at least they were flats and somewhat comfortable. Just maybe not quite right for that long of an uphill/downhill hike. (Sometimes being fashionable isn’t sensible…)

All photos except the self-portrait of my shoes were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

 

 

 

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Finding things to do in Mosier, Oregon

Where in the world is Mosier, Oregon, you’re probably asking right about now… Some of you who live in Oregon may remember the oil train derailment out there last June. Sixteen tank cars hauling crude oil from North Dakota derailed on a curve on the tracks in Mosier, Oregon which sparked a massive fire that burned for fourteen hours. The cleanup continued on for much longer.

 

Mosier, Oregon
Mosier, Oregon

 

Mosier, Oregon is 5-10 minutes down the road from Hood River and 15-20 from The Dalles. It’s a tiny little – population 435. Yep. That small. I went out there last week because my friend was taking a driving test in The Dalles and needed a car to drive for the test.

 

The Columbia River Gorge from Rock Creek Beach
The Columbia River Gorge from Rock Creek Beach

 

The question is: What is there to do out in Mosier, Oregon? The answer: not much. This is the sort of town where you have to invent your own fun. Not long after arriving, I took a walk down to Rock Creek Park with my friends step-daughter. Then we meandered through the tiny town looking at giant chickens, totem poles, flowers, a really old church and the super tiny City Hall. This did not take us very long to walk down to the park and then all around town.

 

Giant metal chickens
Giant metal chickens

 

Totem pole
Totem pole

 

Fly away
Fly away

 

Tulips against a deep blue sky
Tulips against a deep blue sky

 

Old church
Old church

 

You may find yourself hanging out at the Rack & Cloth in the evening. Or jumping on trampolines. Then there’s always giant chickens to ride on, or breakers on the path to jump over. Not saying we did any of those things, but, if you’re inventing your own fun, you may find those things interesting  to do to while away the time in a small town setting. You could always end your day in a hot tub or watching random TV series you’ve never heard about on Netflix because the thunderstorm knocked out your cable.

Since Mosier isn’t far from Hood River and The Dalles, there’s a lot of fun stuff to do in the area around Mosier. We didn’t get to all of the other fun stuff because a thunderstorm rolled in, but maybe another day I’ll explore the area further…

 

 

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