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

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

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.

Our New Table! (and cats)

Hello, beautiful. Friends, I’d like to introduce you to our dining room table and chairs! Do you see now why I’m obsessed with them? As I mentioned yesterday, they belonged to my grandparents. Think about how many dinner parties this table has hosted, generations it’s watched grow and secrets it’s overheard. I can’t wait to have my own events and add new stories. I still can’t believe I have something so special in my home. It’s part terrifying part incredible. Thankfully the cats have been really good, but I have spray bottles locked and loaded if they decide to be naughty!

Not only are these table and chairs a part of my family’s history, but they represent a significant period in the history of design. The table was designed by Edvard Valentinsen and the chairs by Norman Cherner for Plycraft, both around 1960. Yep, I’ll be eating breakfast on a Cherner chair. #NBD. Is this real life? The table has two leaves turning it into an oval shape as well as four tall back chairs. One day when we have a bigger space, you’ll see the full length of the table and the beautiful chairs. Now, I realize not everyone gets their jollies staring at a table, so I added cats just for you!