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!

About Me

My 1st Photoshoot

My 1st Photoshoot- Paint the Gown Red

As far as I can remember, this was my very first photoshoot. My very first self-initiated personal style photoshoot…not including obligatory family group shots, class pictures, or baby photoshoots where your parents dress you up in cutesy little outfits, all of which I definitely did. I was maybe 11 here; rocking braces, crimped hair, lace-up petal pushers and a spaghetti strap t tied up with a ponytail holder, just oozing cool. I knew that one day I’d be a very serious model, and to get there I’d have to know how to look somberly into the distance, growl like a tiger and pout my lip. Boy did I love that bottom lip curl. It was my absolute favorite thing to do.

My 1st Photoshoot- Paint the Gown Red

The best of the bunch has to be that first shot of me in front of my parent’s red minivan. I can’t get past it. What was my vision here? Hey, hey, get one of me in front of mom’s minivan! That’ll look awesome! Face palm. It’s both the most embarrassing thing that I’ve ever seen and the most hilarious. I just want to go back in time and give that awkward little girl a hug and tell her she’ll figure things out, sort of. I’d also like to point out the ponytail holder attached to my wrist. As you can see I’ve been a proponent of that personal style faux pas for a very long time. Well, I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past. I’ve been going through old photographs and when I came across these, knew I had to share.

My 1st Photoshoot- 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

Bryce Yourself

Bryce Yourself- Paint the Gown Red

Bryce Yourself- Paint the Gown Red

I know what you’re thinking. Woah. That’s a boatload of photos. Generally I’m a pretty considerate editor. I try not to inundate you with a zillion slightly different but also the same, images. But today’s kind of an exception because, well, look at this place! Seriously. LOOK AT IT. Could you really edit any of these out? Having already excluded hundreds, I just couldn’t. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as I do.

Bryce Yourself- Paint the Gown Red

Bryce Yourself- Paint the Gown Red

Our nature retreat last month was such a lovely adventure. It was my third time visiting Zion and my first at Bryce. Zion is beautiful and will always have a spot in my heart as the first National Park I visited as I tween. But Zion in the Spring was a new and wonderful experience. Everything around us was alive and blooming. Looking up we saw vibrant shades of green and down, little pink, white and yellow flowers sprouted from the sandstone.

Bryce Yourself- Paint the Gown Red

Bryce Yourself- Paint the Gown Red

Zion was stunning, but Bryce was truly spectacular. Just when you think rocks couldn’t get any stranger, they do. Though we had to drive two hours from Zion to get to Bryce is was so incredibly worth it. You should go to there. We experienced the most dramatic weather ever hiking around Bryce. We were hot and sweaty as we climbed up the canyon, and freezing our butts off at the peak, trekking through patches of snow! Crazy weather fit for a crazy place. Also... chipmunks!

Bryce Yourself- Paint the Gown Red

Zion Snapshots

Zion Throwback- Paint the Gown Red

Zion Throwback- Paint the Gown Red

Zion Throwback- Paint the Gown Red

Today I’m sharing snapshots from my trip to Zion….from 2002. That’s right! Before you can see scenes from my most recent trip to Zion, you have to scroll through these gems from my very first trip to Zion. This is me, age 13. I find it rather comical how little I’ve changed. Although, you wont find me casually perched next to a cliff anytime soon. Nor would I jump at the opportunity to pose with a pile of dead cow bones I just happened to stumble upon in the middle of the desert. A yellow spaghetti strap T-shirt is also no longer my preferred article of choice in direct sunlight. But I look pretty much the same. Add some freckles and a pinch of wisdom and BAM! I’m prepared to be carded till the end of time.

Zion Throwback- Paint the Gown Red

Zion Throwback- Paint the Gown Red

Zion Throwback- Paint the Gown Red

Ladies Night Treats

Ladies Night Treats- Paint the Gown Red

Happy Monday everyone! Hope your weekend was as nice and relaxing as mine. I kicked it off with a ladies night Friday. The massive spread for the evening consisted of deviled eggs, bruschetta, Brussels sprout salad, caramelized onion and Brie tart and pink Champagne cupcakes. I may have overdone it. As we feasted, we sipped on raspberry Champagne cocktails and cucumber water and watched the wonderful girlie classic, Troop Beverly Hills. I had forgotten how much I loved this movie as a kid, and had a surprisingly powerful urge to recite every line. I mostly restrained myself... though I did do the Freddie. The movie aged splendidly, which is always nice, and sparked a desire to dig up other forgotten movies of my childhood like The Parent Trap. What are some of your favorite nostalgic movies? Matilda, Home Alone, Space Jam? All of the above? Yep.

Ladies Night Treats- Paint the Gown Red