Thursday, May 31, 2012

rejoice always

striving for this Truth today. feeling worn out and beat down by illness

Thursday, May 24, 2012

and we're off!!

heading out with the fam today for a mini vacation to Laguna Beach!

who knows.. maybe we'll run into these hotties

haha just kidding. but seriously.

have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

organized: desk clutter

Reader Question:
I would say the thing that is hardest for me to keep organized is paperwork/mail/desk clutter. I always tell myself I'm going to get better at opening mail right away, creating a file system, staying on top of things that need a response, etc, but then it never seems to work! So any tips on keeping desk space/drawers/and counters clutter free and organized would be awesome!

Thanks for the questions Sara! I think this is a huge problem for a lot of people. The first thing I would say is to make sure you create a system that works for the way YOU like to deal with mail/bills etc. Don't set too high of expectations for yourself because you'll be frustrated when it doesn't work out. 

 #1: Use a portable file folder holder for things you are done with, to file away. However, it doesn't need to just be bills and paperwork. I also file away recipes, things from magazines, birthday invites etc.  (all via the Container Store)

#2 On your desktop just use ONE bin for "inbox" this can be things you need to deal with, RSVP to, bills to pay etc. I've found that if you use multiple place for multiple things, they get lost in the shuffle. If you have ONE place for everything, once it's big enough you'll have to go through it. 

Depending on how much you trust yourself this can sit on top of your desk or inside the top drawer.

#3 set a time of the week where you go through everything. I like to do Sunday nights. As I get ready for the week, I go through my inbox and take care of everything possible. I send emails, I make a to do list and grocery list for the week. If you make it a routine and habit to do in a consistent time, you're more likely to follow through.

#4 Decorate while you organize. Find things that you think are fun and cute to motivate yourself to stay organized!

Source: via Olivia on Pinterest

Anyone else have more questions about desk organization?

I'll leave you with some appropriate inspiration:

Source: via Kayla on Pinterest
Source: via Sue on Pinterest

Have an organizing (or anything) question?? Ask here 

Monday, May 21, 2012

family room

If I made my family room from these 3 different stores...

Crate & Barrel:

C & B Family Room

ikea family room

Family Room

Family Room by oliviacarter2 on

fun to see the similarities/differences :)
Which is your favorite?

Friday, May 18, 2012

my favorite places

Pacific City, OR

Bend, OR

Source: via Kelli on Pinterest

Washington Family Ranch- Antelope, OR

Source: via Laura on Pinterest

Santa Barbara, CA

David Hill Winery- Forest Grove, OR

Malibu Club- BC Canada

Where are some of our favorite places?? 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

portland feature: Camp Hollyhock

Happy Thursday friends! My best friend's sister & mom have a super cute boutique in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland! They started a few years back and opened their store last year! I interviewed Katie, the daughter in the mother-daughter duo. Learn more about their clothing line and boutique: Camp Hollyhock

What is Camp Hollyhock?

We are a mother-daughter duo behind Camp Hollyhock which is a small boutique where we hand make all of our garments from vintage material. We have something for all ages! Our clothes are very "girlie" and special. There are NO two items ever alike, so you will always leave with something that no one else will ever have!

What is the background? How did you get started?

Camp Hollyhock started with my mom (Marcee Melton) experimenting with a dress pattern, and some pretty fabric from the 1920's,30's,40's and so on and so forth! Her two oldest daughters were in high school at the time, and them and all of their girlfriends decided that they MUST have one of these delicate, original and adorable sun dresses. The next step was carrying our garments in boutiques across America! They were doing so well that we decided to open our very own shop. We also decided that we wanted to lower the prices of our garments, so that anyone could feel beautiful in a handmade dress made from precious vintage finds! 

What do you love about running your own business?

The thing that we love most about running our own business, is that we call the shots. Because we are in charge of all the decision making, we are able to sell gorgeous handmade clothing at extremely affordable prices. We want to make sure that any woman can come into Camp Hollyhock, and leave feeling beautiful, confident, and not broke!! 

What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far?

Our greatest accomplishment thus far, has been opening the shop. We had a dream, and we went for it! And that is something that we hope all women are able to do. (Plus, I recently met Tim Gunn, the most brilliant man in the fashion industry, and he LOVED the Hollyhock outfit that I had on! It was pretty fantastic!)

Where do you see your shop in 5 years? 

In five years, we hope to have another location, and possibly more if we feel prepared! To be established and a recognizable name would make everything worth it! 

What does "Camp Hollyhock" mean?

Absolutely nothing!...We get that question quite often, and the answer every time is "We just liked it!"...Another perk of having your own business! Marcee has always loved that name, so what better was to put it to use?!


We are located in South East Portland in the Sellwood neighborhood. 
 8235 SE 13th ave suite #14 Portland, Oregon 97202

We are here from 11am to 5pm Wednesday-Saturday, and 12pm to 4pm every Sunday! 
If you're in Portland, come in and check us out!! We would love to meet you.

if you're not in Portland, we'd still love to connect!! Find us on facebook here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

wish i was here tuesday

today I wish I was here :

sippin on this

 with THIS beauty

 to celebrate 25 years of life!!!

Happy Birthday Mags! Realized we've lived apart longer now than we've lived together, good thing we haven't let it change a thing. love you sister.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


I'm almost 25.. I think it's about time to have grown up girl hair. Mine is always messy or sort of wavy, sort of straight. Inspired by some of these polished, easy curled looks:

Source: via Olivia on Pinterest

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

organized: list

I've finally done the research, done the test and I've found the PERFECT to do list app for my phone. Although I love writing things down and then crossing them off with my own pen, to be honest, I sometimes get more stressed out by the mess on the page. I have to re-write it when it's getting to messy and re-write it when I have 75% of things crossed off so that it looks better.

I went on the hunt to find an app for my phone so that I could

1. Have the list with me at all times
2. Cross out/ Edit / Add items easily
3. SIMPLE & Clean

I found that in

They have a free app for iphones & androids. This tool is great and simple to use for anyone, it will get and keep you organized!

You can set reminders, folders, priority, notes or share items with friends

Anyone have this app? Anyone going to get it today? Let me know your thoughts!


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