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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Pacific Northwest Road Trip Roundup

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

We’re back! And what a wild and crazy adventure it was! Together, Nick and I journeyed 2500 miles around the Pacific Northwest, stopping in 7 cities in 10 days. Dunsmuir, Bend, Portland, Yachats, Cave Junction, Napa, Healdsburg. (and that’s not counting the towns we stopped at in between) We drove along volcanos, lakes, rivers and coastline through countryside, forests, mountains, vineyards, fog, snow and fire. We hiked Crater Lake, Smith Rock and Multnomah Falls, biked through Bend and Portland, saw Mt. Shasta, Mt Hood, Tillamook, Heceta Head Lighthouse, Haystack Rock, sneaker waves, and a pack of wild elk.

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

We drank craft beer from famous breweries and wine from Napa. We ate excellent food from all over and somehow didn’t explode. Not even after Portland’s schnitzelwich. We slept in a red vintage train car, at a railroad resort. We saw the sun set over the ocean and rise over treetops. Every day we took the scenic route, stopping whenever and wherever we wanted. It was the best adventure we’ve taken yet and it had a pretty incredible grand finale... Stay tuned for some big exciting news, coming tomorrow! Happy to be home!

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Pacific Northwest Roadtrip Roundup- Paint the Gown Red

Summer Of Smoke

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

We’re back! Another river rafting adventure has come and gone- and what a lovely vacation it was! These pictures only capture a fraction of how amazing it is to be on the river. You just sit back in your boat and float, letting the current carry you downstream, not caring what direction you’re facing, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We saw eagles, turtles, ducks, crayfish, deer and a mink! Eventually you hear the water start to pick up and you know a rapid is near. So you strap on your life vest and helmet, secure your camera and get ready.

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

Going through a rapid is a blur of adrenaline and excitement. This year I tried an individual kayak which was especially challenging. I couldn't rely on anyone to help guide or paddle me through. It was just me and the river. It was the scariest and most rewarding experience. I even went through the biggest rapid (a class 3+) and made it through without spilling! I have photos to prove it. I’ll share those as soon as I get them from Nick’s parents. After a day on the river we’d return to our cabin and read, drink beer, watch a movie and sometimes do nothing. There’s no cell service and no reliable internet so you’re forced to detach. I highly recommend doing this at least once a year. It’s liberating. I hope you all had a wonderful week! I’ve got some great things planned so stay tuned!

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

It looks like we ventured out in foggy mornings or at twilight. But that dreamy haze that made for such neat photos was actually smoke. While river rafting, we were surrounded by multiple wildfires, sparked by lightning strikes the day before we arrived. The air smelled like campfire and we saw many firefighters and their vehicles. Thankfully they were never too close, but as the smoke grew thicker we were relieved to return home to clean air. Hopefully they are contained soon!

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

Summer Of Smoke- Paint the Gown Red

Playing the Slots

Playing the Slots- Paint the Gown Red

Playing the Slots- Paint the Gown Red

I’m back! We got home late last night from a wonderful long weekend in Zion National Park. It was sunny and hot as can be, some days reaching 110 degrees! So, we spent the majority of our days exploring shady slot canyons and wading through the Virgin River. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might remember our canyoneering adventure from two years ago. We had so much fun on that trip and have been wanting to do it again but the weather prevented us. This year the conditions were perfect and we were able to embark on another adventure. We all felt more comfortable the second time around and were able to repel down the steep cliffs with ease and confidence...kind of. That first step off the edge is still pretty terrifying. The most challenging descent was three parts; First you repel down a cliff into a freezing pool of water. Then you swim through it. Then you have to stand up onto the slippery edge, tighten your rope and repel down another cliff. It was pretty exhilarating, and totally exhausting.

Playing the Slots- Paint the Gown Red

Playing the Slots- Paint the Gown Red

Our second full day we hiked The Narrows, something I had never done before and had been wanting to do since I first visited Zion years ago. The Narrows is the most famous hike in the park. It’s a slot canyon filled with rushing water from the Virgin River. You can hike up it for miles and get lost in smaller slot canyons. As you get further away from the entrance you see fewer people and the canyon walls become narrower. It’s pretty awesome. Slot canyons are pretty awesome. In fact, they’re probably my favorite feature of Zion. But they’re dangerous and we don’t get to explore them every time we come. It all depends on the weather and time of year. It was a real treat to get to spend so much time in them this trip. Next time you’re in Zion, I’d highly recommend playing the slots.

Playing the Slots- Paint the Gown Red

Playing the Slots- Paint the Gown Red

*A special thanks to Zion Adventure Company and our rad guide Ben for planning our canyoneering adventure and providing us with many of these photos

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

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