Portland: Landscape

Here's the third of the set from my Portland trip this summer. Of course I had to do a landscape post. It was so beautiful there and insanely different from California. Everything is so so green and lush I love it. 

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Portland: The Grilled Cheese Grill

Ahh, has two weeks come by already? School is burning me out, this is what I get trying to get a masters and a certificate at the same time. Obviously, I'm WAYY behind on these updates, but alas, here I am awaken from my blogging slumber. One of the things I miss about Oregon is the food carts. Now living in Southern California, we're all a little use to this recent food truck craze sweeping the state, but I'm a bit more fond of these little stationary trucks with their cute patios. It sets up quite a blockbuster scene in the midst of the misty Portland weather. On this particular day, we headed to The Grilled Cheese Grill. Apparently, when you think of grilled cheese, the nostalgia of elementary school lunches and a yellow school bus come to mind because that's exactly what accompanies this quirky food truck. The food was delicious, as expected, although me and b weren't quite daring enough to try the "Original Cheesus," which is two grilled cheese sandwiches in replacement of two buns in a 1/3 lbs. cheeseburger. We opted to share the "Baby Cheesus" with only one grilled cheese inside a burger. Still delicious if you can't already tell by the photo. My mouth is watering as I recall these tantalizing memories. If you're ever in the area, check them out! Here's their website: The Grilled Cheese Grill 

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Portland: Voodoo

Hello again! Thought I'd finally upload the rest of my trip from earlier this summer. After Toronto and New York, I hopped on a plane to Oregon to visit family! Of course, one of the first places we stopped by was Voodoo Doughnuts. I was definitely excited to try this place out after hearing about it for awhile. We picked out the famous maple bacon bars (yum!), Captain Crunch, and I'm afraid I forgot the  rest of the names (but if you know, feel free to remind me). On our way back home we decided to take some back for our friends and family, let me tell you, I have never been so territorial over food in my life! I received a lot of eye envy and got a lot of comments from salivating onlookers. Definitely a neat place to try if you're visiting! 

Ps. I've started school again, so get ready for more sporadic blogging. Hopefully I'll be able to upload more photos from my trip, I've got tons! 

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SwimSpot Review and Giveaway

Ella Moss Bandeau c/o Swimspot

A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by Swimspot to review a swimsuit! Their perfect timing couldn't have been better since it is summer and all. I happily chose to the Ella Moss Bandeau suit. It has the perfect coral shade for my skin and prettiest little ruffle. One of the best things I like about this suit is that it has built in padding so you won't ever lose them in the wash, this is obviously something I've had experience in hah. It also comes with adjustable/removable straps for added support (just in case you decide you want to play football or volleyball on the beach). Both the top and bottom pieces also have adjustable straps to easily fit most body types. I personally got a Small on top and XS on the bottom. 

One of the awesome things about Swimspot is that on their site they have a Fit Specialist section that helps customers find out the perfect suit for their own body size. I know that as a petite girl myself, I don't want to be inundated with too much material that it overpowers my small frame and the Fit Specialist totally helps with that! Here's a video about Fit Specialist if you want more information:

Because Swimspot offers many different swimsuit brands on their site, they also allow for various types of mixing and matching different suits to your hearts content through Bikini Builder! It's like having your own virtual bikini doll at your command! If you want more info about Swimspot in general, feel free to follow them on Facebook and on Twitter.

Now for the good stuff, Swimspot has generously offered one of you to try out Swimspot through winning a $50 giftcard! I've chosen Rafflecopter to help make this exciting experience all the more easy. The raffle ends in one week, I will post the winner in my next post (one week from today) and contact them within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, I will chose another winner. Goodluck!

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Sseko Designs

As promised, here are more photos and information about Sseko Designs! When the company first contacted me about a collaboration, I was thrilled. If you know me personally, I've always been interested in activism and this brought a perfect way to combine fashion and activism. Sseko Designs was started by Liz Forkin Bohannon, who traveled to Uganda and saw first hand how difficult it was for women to financially support their college education. By starting Sseko Designs, the company gives Ugandan women the opportunity to work and help fund their education through scholarships, which are raised by handmaking these sandals and selling them. Sounds wonderful right? If you're still interested in learning about the company here is a link to the website: Sseko Designs. Also, they have stories of the Ugandan women who profited from these sandals and also current students. 

As for the sandals, well, they're beautiful aren't they? Walking around in them, I can vouch that they are one of the most comfortable shoes I've ever set my little feet in! I love the fact that you can also change up the styles, from gladiator to t-straps, the ways of styling are endless. And don't worry about not knowing how to style them because Sseko Designs have already made video tutorials that are conveniently on their website to help (I know I needed some help, hah!) The particular style shown here is called The Classic, it took all of two minutes to style the shoe. The color I chose was from their wedding series: Royal Blue Wedding (DON'T Worry Mom, no plans there).  The straps are pretty durable and won't break due to constant styling. The bottoms are very sturdy as well. 

If you want a pair of your own, fear not! I have a 15% off discount code that will be available to use all of August: MaryGrace30

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