Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

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Weekend Getaway to Stowe, Vermont

Weekend Getaway to Stowe, Vermont- Paint the Gown Red

Home sweet home! After three weeks away, we’re finally back! Boy did it feel good to sleep in our own bed last night. We did so much during our three weeks in New York. Too much. I don’t even know how I’m going to break it all down for you. So I won’t, today. Instead I’ll start small and share the details of our Memorial Day weekend getaway to Stowe, Vermont. We were only there for two nights and one full day, but had the most amazing time. If you ever find yourself in or around the beautiful town, here are my recommendations.

Weekend Getaway to Stowe, Vermont- Paint the Gown Red

STAY: At the Green Mountain Inn. This historic hotel built in 1833 is the definition of New England charm. It’s located on a popular, but very quiet, street with breathtaking views of white church steeples, colorful victorian buildings and the beautiful Vermont countryside. We stayed in the brick Mansfield House and our room was incredible. Probably 3 or 4 times the size of our NYC apartment at the same price per night. It was equipped with a super comfortable four poster bed, a fireplace and our very own jacuzzi tub! There was so much room for activities! Especially after living in our NYC closet for two weeks. We spent the evenings at the restaurant bar, drinking Heady Topper and chatting with the friendly bartender and enjoyed a breakfast buffet in the mornings. It was lovely.

Weekend Getaway to Stowe, Vermont- Paint the Gown Red

EAT: Everything you can! But really. If you’re only in Stowe for a weekend, get ready to eat way more than you’re used to. For snacks go to the Cabot Annex Store and Cold Hollow Cider Mill. At Cabot's be prepared take place in a comical around the world style cheese tasting. You will walk around a long rectangular table poking toothpicks into 30+ different types of cheese, rather uncomfortably close to the person next to you. Warning- don’t try to sample all the cheeses. After, you’ll need something to wash down all that cheddar! So head to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill for apple cider straight from the barrel! Don't forget to eat a cider donut. They’re bomb. When you’re finally able to eat again, pop on over to Harrison's for a delicious dinner in a cozy, dimly lit, friendly, old-school restaurant. Title

DRINK: All of the beer! Here’s the truth- we went to Vermont for beer. Yep. We drove five and a half hours just for beer. But before you judge us you should know, Vermont is known for it’s craft beer scene. In fact, the beer that prompted this trip, Heady Topper, is the highest rated beer in the country! Does that help our case? Maybe? Needless to say we visited a fair share of beer bars, cellars and breweries on this trip. We ever tried some hard cider! Here are all the places I recommend- Craft Beer Cellar, Prohibition Pig, Trapp Lager Brewery, Rimrock Tavern and Boyden Valley Winery. But wait, what about Alchemist? Wouldn’t you like to know that the creators of Heady Topper, don’t actually have a taproom. Yep. We drove all the way to Vermont for a beer that we couldn’t even sample in the brewery. But! Almost all the local restaurants serve Heady Topper in cans, including the Green Mountain Inn. So that we did. And it was good.

Weekend Getaway to Stowe, Vermont- Paint the Gown Red

GO: outside! One of the best parts of our weekend away was getting out of the city and into the great outdoors. It is so unbelievably green in Vermont. And so quiet. Stowe is basically the complete opposite of New York City. So when you visit, take advantage of nature! If you’re looking for constant excitement and entertainment, turnaround. Stowe is a place to slow down, clear your head and unwind. There aren’t crowds of people rushing by, things close early, cars don’t honk. Take advantage of the pace and the space around you. Walk along the Stowe Recreation Path, hike to Bingham Falls and drive through Smugglers Notch. It was these activities that restored our sanity after weeks of city life. It was wonderful. Just what you need. Guaranteed.

Weekend Getaway to Stowe, Vermont- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Our first weekend in the city has come and gone, and man was it a doozy! Can you believe we’ve been here a whole week already? I can’t. Even though I’ve been going out and exploring all day everyday, there’s still so much left to discover. I do however feel like I’m starting to get my bearings. I am less heavily reliant on Google Maps, generally go the right way on the Subway and can make it up all four flights of our “charming” walk-up without passing out. Success! It was really nice having Nick join me this weekend, since he’s been working during the week. We wandered through downtown, sipped craft beer in Brooklyn and ate the best Chinese dumplings in the world. But after a full week of serious walking, today I’m giving my feet a well deserved break. It’s hard work being a tourist! These photos are from one of my favorite adventures so far- my walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ve always been fascinated by bridges. There aren’t very many near where I grew up, so it’s always a half terrifying half awesome experience driving over one. Now walking across one, that’s something everyone ought to try! Hope your weekend was lovely. Here’s to a great week!

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

Walk The Brooklyn Bridge- Paint the Gown Red

We’ve Arrived!

We’ve Arrived- Paint the Gown Red

But that’s not the only exciting news I’ve got to share today. I’m being featured as this week’s Crafty Superstar over on Cut Out + Keep! That means that all week long I’m sharing some of my favorite DIYs from fun yum to party decorations and home decor. Unless you’ve been following since the very beginning of time, you probably haven’t seen ‘em all! There’s also an interview in case you want to know a little bit more about me. Like my first baking experience or my favorite color. So head on over to Cut Out + Keep and check it out. Do it! Now I’m off to explore this crazy, sexy, cool city. Keep the recommendations coming! Happy Monday!

Arbor Amour

Arbor Amour- Paint the Gown Red

Hello hello! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was lovely. Nick and I ended up spending Saturday at the Fullerton Arboretum- a beautiful little garden about an hour drive from us. We wandered the windy paths through succulent gardens, creeks, and bamboo forests, stopping to snap photos and spot turtles. It was a hot Spring day and I was happy to have a big hat to shield me from the sun. After our stroll we stopped by Rare, a thrift store in Anaheim owned by Goodwill that looks more like an Urban Outfitters. The store is filled with neat art installations made from repurposed materials, like hanging televisions. It was very cool and I highly recommend making the trip if you’re in the LA area. We ended our daycation with beer and games at Noble Ale Works. I know what you’re thinking, you went all the way to Anaheim and didn’t go to Disneyland!? Yep.

Arbor Amour- Paint the Gown Red

Dress Fleet Collection, Purse Antonini, Shoes Swedish Hasbeens, Hat Vintage, Sunglasses (similar)

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Today I’m introducing a new feature to the blog called, Ladies Who Brunch. Technically I started it over a year ago with this post, I just didn’t know it yet. The pretty faces you see here are some of my closest friends. We’re all busy girl bosses who live across town from one another. Well, I live across town from them. Conflicting schedules and LA traffic has made getting together challenging. So we’ve started having regular weekend brunch dates to ensure we spend some quality time together. Basically we get dressed up, drink mimosas, eat really good food and gossip about our menfolk. If it sounds very cliche and Sex and the City, that’s because it is. And it’s awesome. Here’s hoping you like brunch as much as we do!

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

With this feature I intend to give you a guide to some of the best brunch spots in Los Angeles. Today you’re looking at Sunny Spot in Venice. On a Saturday afternoon the place was packed. Even with a reservation, we waited half an hour to be seated on the patio (the best spot) but were able to pass the time with bottomless mimosas from the bar. The restaurant is known for it’s Caribbean feel. Having recently returned from Jamaica I can attest to that. The crowd was energetic, sunburn and a little bit tipsy. The patio was perfect- painted orange, yellow and turquoise and scattered with citrus patterned pillows. Between the five of us we only ordered two different dishes- Ropa Vieja and the Roasted Veggie Omelette. FYI ropa vieja is a type of soup. Don’t judge, but none of us knew that. It was a little strange sipping mimosas and soup together but that was my bad. Regardless, both dishes were delicious and I can’t wait to explore their menu further. All and all Sunny Spot was the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon and kick off Ladies Who Brunch. Till next time!

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Ladies Who Brunch: Sunny Spot- Paint the Gown Red

Thanks to my very pretty friends who let me take photos of them while they eat. From me: Sarah, Jodi, Rachel and Caitlin