Purple lace and tulle

I found this purple lace zip 3/4 length sleeve top and dusty purple pleated tulle skirt on sale at Rue 21. Only three dollars for each item! Whooo! This was a few months ago, so they are probably long gone now, but they always have sales racks with different price points on them, so they are always a good store to check out any time of the year. So, while everyone else is posting about the Nordstrom half-yearly sale, I’m over here telling you to go to the three dollar and five dollar bargain racks at Rue 21.

My mom and I went shopping earlier this week and we did indeed check out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I thought everything was still too expensive for my budget over there. We saw absolutely nothing for sale under $40 in the clothing section. Maybe if you bought a small accessory, then you could find a good deal. But, if you’re a bargain shopper like me, hit the clearance racks at Rue 21. Summer clearance didn’t seem to be in full swing at the mall yet, but it was starting up and will really get going the second half of August.

After walking around the whole mall and finding nothing we wanted at prices we wanted to pay, my mom and I ended up at TJ Maxx, where I found three items, technically four, but someone snagged one we were looking at after we put it back. My clothes and shoes are being held ransom by my mother until my birthday when I will act totally surprised at my cool new clothing digs that I picked out for me. We do this almost every year for birthdays or Mother’s day. At least we know we’ll like what we get that way, right?  😉

 

Dappled light
Dappled light

 

Purple lace and tulle
Purple lace and tulle

 

Lace and tulle
Lace and tulle

 

Lace zip ruffle sleeve top + pleated tulle skirt
Lace zip ruffle sleeve top + pleated tulle skirt

 

Twirl
Twirl

 

Lace and velvet
Lace and velvet

 

If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will never look ugly. ~ Roald Dahl
If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will never look ugly. ~ Roald Dahl

 

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All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

Larch Mountain

A couple of weeks ago, my son and I took a trip to Larch Mountain. I hadn’t been in years. He didn’t remember going there ever. You do need a park pass to park in the parking lot. It’ll cost you $5. I didn’t realize that until I was all the way up there. A lot of the places I hike at in Oregon are free. I was not dressed in hiking boots or tennis shoes or even comfortable sandals. Luckily, it isn’t a long hike to get to Sherrard Point.

In early summer, there are lots of wildflowers along the path. There are stairs to climb to get to the top, so if you can’t do stairs, you may want to sit this one out, even though it is only a short hike.

The view from the top is worth it – even if you’re wearing uncomfortable dress sandals! You can see Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Hood, and Mt Jefferson and on a good day, Mt Rainier. Mt Rainier was hiding in the clouds the day we went, but we could see the other 4 mountains quite clearly.

Sherrard Point used to be a fire observatory before it was converted into a fenced in observation lookout at the top of the path. Larch Mountain is an extinct volcano that hasn’t been active in over 1.4 million years. You can hike from Multnomah Falls all the way up to Larch Mountain if you’re up to doing a pretty long hike.  We chose to just walk up the 0.3 mile long path from the parking lot to the view point and then back down again. The road to the upper trail head is closed during the winter months so make sure to go in the spring, summer or fall.

Happy trails!

 

Lupines
Lupines

 

Stairs to Larch Mountain Lookout Point
Stairs to Larch Mountain Lookout Point

 

Mt Hood
Mt Hood

 

Wild flower
Wild flower

 

A happy tree stump along the trail
A happy tree stump along the trail

 

Mt. St. Helens
Mt. St. Helens

 

Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush