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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Our Vacation

Alright folks. I’m feeling well enough to talk about that little winter getaway we just returned from and share the few phone photos. Though I brought my SLR to the snow, I didn’t snap a single photo with it the entire trip. It’s challenging enough to commit to taking a big heavy camera out all day when you’re on vacation. But when it’s freezing outside, it’s near impossible. With gloves, scarves, sweaters, jackets I could not bring myself to add a camera to the layered mess. Although I have few photos to show for it, we had a super fun action-packed trip.

The trip was all about snow, food, family and brewerism- A term Nick made up to signify brewery tourism. We’re quite good at it. I think we visited 11 craft breweries in Minneapolis and Denver combined. Brewery hopping was our primary source of entertainment in Denver where it snowed for two days straight and was uncharacteristically cold. It was shockingly warmer the days we were in Minneapolis then when we were in Denver. Not an accurate depiction of the cities climates at all. But, we totally survived the cold, and actually really enjoyed it.

There’s something magical about a city, blanketed in white. Snowflakes stuck on your eyelashes. It was really beautiful. And then we came home to 70 degree weather. There’s something unnatural about that. We met a woman who claimed cold winters were important because they allow you time to relax, stay indoors and recuperate. That really resonated with me. We spent a few afternoons just snuggled on the couch under blankets watching movies. And when we went out there was little pressure to look cute, just stay warm. Nobody ever sees what was underneath the bundle anyways. That mentality was really relaxing and something you don’t get in places that are warm all the time. Now, we ended up getting quite sick from the cold. But I imagine if we lived in it, our bodies would adjust. Happy to be home, but dreaming about one day living somewhere colder. I know, I’m crazy.

Yosemite Weekend

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

We’re back from Yosemite! Did I forget to mention we were leaving? It was just a quickie weekend getaway to one of the most beautiful places on earth. We stayed in a gorgeous Chalet inside the park with forest views all around us. Every morning we sipped our coffee on our balcony and let the caffeine and crisp mountain air wake us. After a big pancake breakfast, we’d head out to the valley floor to hike the day away. Title

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

Saturday was our longest hiking day and possibly hardest workout of my life. We had read about the most beautiful hike in the Sierras in Sunset Magazine and decided to do it. If it’s in Sunset, how hard could it be? Hard. Very very hard. Sunset magazine led us astray. Either that or we got lost. We totaled 13 miles that day and my muscles have yet to recover. I feel like I’m back at soccer camp where we all tied bags of ice to our calves and couldn’t get out of bed in the morning without falling over. All the Tiger’s Balm in the world couldn’t save me. On the plus side, it feels like we were hiking for a week, so we definitely got the most out of our limited time in Yosemite.

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

These are some of my favorite photos from the park. I got to see changing leaves, giant pinecones and the coolest lime moss ever. Though we hiked to some of the big bad waterfalls, I was already losing steam at that point and didn’t snap any awe-inspiring photos. Plus there were dozens of tourists. You can't see it, but to take that one shot of Vernal Falls Nick and I held up a huge line of angry, tired people. Thankfully most of our hike was off the beaten path- just us and the forest. It was lovely! Here’s hoping you had an equally exciting weekend. Now please excuse me while I plop my limbs in a bucket of ice.

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

It's LA Beer Week!

LA Beer Week- Paint the Gown Red

And Saturday was the kickoff festival! Naturally Nick and I made our way down to Chinatown to get our beer on. There were over 35 craft breweries from all over California set up in the middle of Chinatown Plaza. It was a pretty awesome setting with colorful buildings and swinging red lanterns overhead. The weather was perfect and the crowds totally manageable. Maybe the first time in LA history where the event didn’t oversell tickets. Shocking! We enjoyed special release beers from our favorite breweries and even discovered some new brews. We indulged in a short rib mac and cheese grilled cheese (you heard me) courtesy of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Also, tater tots. Drinking, dancing, eating… pretty great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, don’t you think? There are tons of beer events going on this week but I have such a busy schedule I don’t know if I’ll make it to any. Maybe one or two. Gotta make time for the important things in life.

LA Beer Week- Paint the Gown Red

L & M Motel

L & M Motel- Paint the Gown Red

Today I invite you to take a walk with me through Healdsburg’s adorable 1950’s style L & M Motel. This was where we stayed over the weekend and where we’ll likely stay for years to come. There are so many facets of the L & M Motel that make it special; The abundance of color, cute kitchenettes, beautifully kept vegetable gardens, vintage signs, hand-painted breakfast trays and best of all, homemade scones every single morning. I’ve talked about these scones before. I’ve been on a quest to duplicate them for months. So far none of my attempts have compared to the scones at the L & M Motel. Though I wasn’t able to get the secret recipe from Kim, the owner, I did learn a few valuable tips. Get ready for another scone attempt coming soon!

L & M Motel- Paint the Gown Red

L & M Motel- Paint the Gown Red

In addition to being absolutely adorable, the L & M Motel is also affordable and centrally located. It’s just a short 10-minute walk to Healdsburg Square full of restaurants, bars and breweries, and a bicycle ride away from Dry Creek Valley wineries. One of my favorite activities this weekend was renting bikes and biking through vineyards, stopping occasionally to taste some wine. We were even able to witness production and taste wine grapes and juice, both of which are surprisingly sweet! It was pretty awesome. I hope you all had an equally exciting weekend. If you’re ever in Healdsburg, you know what to do and where to stay!

L & M Motel- Paint the Gown Red

River Trip Roundup

River Trip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Sigh. Another river trip has come and gone; a Nick family tradition that I’ve happily been a part of for three years now…just a small fraction of the fifteen years Nick and his father have been driving up to the same town to stay in the same cabins and raft down the same stretch of river. This family is big on traditions, and I love it. This year however, they did things a little differently.

River Trip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

River Trip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

This year the whole family, siblings spouses and children, came up together. With such a big group, we occupied every single cottage except one. I imagine the people in said cottage felt quite jelly. Everyone took turns cooking meals, driving and organizing rafting adventures. Most days were spent in the water, as it was over 100 degrees and we needed to be fully submerged to function properly. We rafted down rapids, jumped off of giant rocks, explored secret swimming holes, hiked through redwood forests and even found the time to visit a few breweries. Because beer was also a necessity to function properly. The whole time it really just felt like camp for adults… and I love camp. Do you ever wish you could go back to summer camp? Maybe just for a day. A whole week is pretty exhausting. I’m not so sure I’d survive an entire summer.

River Trip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

River Trip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red