Styling a basic tee for fall

Continuing on last weeks theme this week – styling a basic tee for fall. With motivation from tees compliments of Mott and Bow. (All opinions are my own.) This look is definitely an early fall look, as I’ll be ditching the shorts altogether when the weather gets really cold. But, as most of us realize by now, motivation is hard to find this year, so take it from wherever you can and just go with it.

Mott & Bow fitted crew tee shirt, c/o; jean shorts, old; Navy blue duster cardigan, a gift; Sole Society gray combat boots, gifted, more boots here. Cat ear Betsey Johnson sunglasses, Marshall’s, old; Hair scrunchie, Marshall’s; Interlocking circle necklace and earrings, Kohl’s, old.

So, we tried to take off on a little adventure to the gorge last weekend. We didn’t just try, off we went. Only to get out there and discover a lot of the parking lots were closed to most of the falls. Some had signs saying it was due to the fires. We weren’t sure if it was the current fires over in Clackamas County or the Big Fire that swept through the gorge a couple of years ago.

However, we did get out at Latourell Falls, and you can go to the falls, but the other hiking paths are closed. Bridal veil falls was open, but overflow parking was closed so we couldn’t find anywhere to park. Multnomah Falls parking lot off the Columbia Historic Highway was closed, however, you can still park at the one off the freeway. Horsetail Falls parking lot was closed. I was starting to get so bummed, I dubbed this The Year Of No Fun Whatsoever.

And also, don’t go chasing waterfalls. Really. Don’t. They’re all closed. Technically, if you can see them without going on any hiking trails, they’re still there for you to see as you drive by. But that’s it. Keep your arms and legs in the vehicle at all times. It’s not safe to get out and look around this year. There’s Covid and murder hornets and fires with lots of ash out there.

As it’s rained a bit more this past week, maybe you can go hike to them at this time. But now you’ll probably slide off the trails. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

The good news is, my Mott  & Bow tee was not only comfy, but also good for an ‘attempting to have an adventure’  sort of look. I paired it with a long duster cardigan – they’re coming back! – and combat boots for an attempt to be warm in the shade and cool in the sunshine. Exactly what the changing season calls for.

As usual, thank you for stopping by. May your week be filled with sunshine – but no raging fires.

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Angels Rest

While others are out there playing the popular game Pokemon Go and catching Pokemon, I’d much rather go out there and hike in nature. While it seems half the world is out catching Pikachu, I’m trying to catch photos of Pikas in the wild. (My only photo of one was blurry.) I’m chasing the view, the flora & the fauna in the great outdoors. Nothing is more glorious than hiking to a wonderful destination and finding that inner peace that comes from being far removed from your bustling, busy everyday lives. My most recent hike was to Angel’s Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.

On this hike, you will see two waterfalls. There’s a side trail to an overlook of  Coopey falls, with a bit of an overview from above. There is not a good way to get closer to this one, but, further up the trail, you will hear rushing water and see another side trail for Upper Coopey Falls, this one is just a short trail right up to the base of the falls. It’s worth the short detour to go see.

Last week I was finding magical things on the trail to the top. This week I’ll share more of the views, because, believe me – they were incredible.  A must-do hike in the Gorge!

Allow peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. ~ John Muir


View of the Columbia River Gorge from the trail to Angels Rest

View of the Columbia River Gorge from the trail to Angels Rest


Wildflowers in the Gorge

Wildflowers in the Gorge


Angel's Rest ~ Columbia River Gorge

Angel’s Rest ~ Columbia River Gorge


Where I go, these are the street signs - go any direction you want, just don't follow one over a cliff.

Where I go, these are the street signs – go any direction you want, just don’t follow one over a cliff.


Upper Coopey Falls ~ Columbia River Gorge

Upper Coopey Falls ~ Columbia River Gorge


Yellow flowers on Angel's Rest

Yellow flowers on Angel’s Rest




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