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!

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