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.

Lavender for days

I mentioned going to the lavender fields last weekend, so this week I thought I’d share more photos from that trip this week.

 

Lovely lavender
Lovely lavender

 

We ended up going to Columbia View Lavender farm as it was the closest one open to the public. All the lavender farms participating in the lavender festival were far away and this one was open and nearby, so off we went.

 

You can stand under my umbrella ella ella ...
You can stand under my umbrella ella ella …

 

I must say, you are hit with the scent of lavender the moment you step out of your car. It only gets stronger as you walk towards the lavender fields. And the sound of the bees buzzing grows louder as you walk closer. I chose to walk only on the big main aisles in the lavender because I didn’t want to get stung by all the busy bees out happily pollinating away in the lavender fields.

 

In a purple haze
In a purple haze

 

The scent of lavender isn’t my favorite scent in the whole world, but I like it okay. I prefer the scent of my lily of the valley when it’s blooming for only a couple of weeks in the late spring. But, be that as it may, I don’t mind the scent of lavender and I love the purple fields full of it. Wonderful for taking photos in and of the lavender.

 

Grape arbor
Grape arbor

Once you have gone to the lavender farm, just past it is the Portland Women’s Forum with a wonderful lookout over to Crown Point, so you may as well keep heading up the road to more adventures after you’ve gotten your fill of lavender fields. We certainly did!

 

Sweet peas
Sweet peas

 

Crown Point and Vista House from the Portland Women's Forum
Crown Point and Vista House from the Portland Women’s Forum