Hoyt Arboretum in Portland

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

 

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Portland Arboretum and Carhartt

Hoyt Arboretum in Portland is one of the most breathtaking expanses I’ve ever seen. It stretches across 12 ridge top miles and is home to over 1,000 species. (some endangered ones too) Hoyt Arboretum Friends is a membership-based nonprofit organization that helps maintain this Oregon jewel. These lovely ladies help care for the grounds. They get to work outside everyday. Even when it’s cold or rainy, they’re ready with their Carhartt gear.

check out these fall styles: Quick Duck Woodward Jacket, Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, Bardwell Turtleneck, Original Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree, Marlinton Vest, Clarksburg Quarter Zip Sweatshirt, Acrylic Headband, Weathered Quinwood Chore Coat, & Rowlesburg Sweatshirt

Mary and Amy, Who Circumnavigated Lake Michigan


Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat

Two girls and a boat
Meet Mary and Amy, adventure junkies and unbelievable craftswomen. Not too long ago, Mary completed a 4 year project of making her own dug out canoe. That’s right, a beautifully hand-carved boat from a tree called Makeba. Then Amy and Mary set off on a mission to boat around the perimeter of Lake Michigan. Are you blown away? I sure was when I first heard their story here. This trip would fulfill childhood dreams and teach both girls so much. It took 3 months, but they did it. They camped on beaches, made new friends, and got to know Lake Michigan more than most people ever will. Now they are working on fixing up an old boat they dubbed Blue Heron. (pictured above) They have many more adventures ahead of them, I’m sure. Mary told me that if there’s a toy they want, they make it. Most people would never dream of carving their own boat out of a tree or making their own surfboards and skateboards, but that didn’t stop these girls. It was really inspiring to see Mary and Amy at work. If you want something, make it happen. Even if it means to have to chop down a tree and carve the boat yourself.

Mary’s outfit: Traverse Hoodie, Carhartt Women’s Vest, & Original Fit Jean 
Amy’s outfit: Copper Harbor Hat, Linwood Chambray Shirt, Clarkston Cami, & Original Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree 

Holly of Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

Voodoo Doughnuts and Carhartt

The magic is in the hole! That’s what they say at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland. Located right across from the “keep Portland weird” sign, Voodoo has been serving up crazy and delicious doughnuts for years. This is Holly. Dream up the wildest breakfast treat in your mind, and she can make it for you. You want bacon on your doughnut? Done! How about m&ms or Cocoa Puffs? Got that too. When you step into the shop, you feel like Alice in Wonderland with the crooked chandeliers and giant doughnuts hanging on the walls. And get this, they’re open 24 hours a day, so stop by anytime.

shop Holly’s look: Cheyenne Shirt, El Paso Pant, High Vis Suspenders, and Carhartt Hat

Exploring Portland

Carhartt in Portland

Carhartt in Portland

Carhartt in Portland
Carhartt in Portland

Carhartt in Portland

Carhartt in Portland

Carhartt in Portland

Carhartt in Portland

I just got back from a lovely 9 day trip in Portland. I wore my Rockford Windbreaker almost everyday. With all of the Portland weather, it was perfect. Not too heavy but could still help me ward off the elements. Getting to know the city was a blast. There was so much to see and do. Here were a few of my favorites.

Wahkeena Falls: This waterfall and hiking spot is absolutely breathtaking. It’s on the way to the bigger attraction, Multnomah Falls. I prefered Wahkeena because it was a more intimate hike, with views that were just as lovely.

Food Trucks: Some of the best meals I had on my trip were from food trucks. Portland is a food truck mecca. You can get almost anything! A particularly delicious breakfast I had was from Alice’s Bagels.

Powell’s Books: Whether you’re a book worm or not, Powell’s bookstore is a wonderland. Floor after floor, room after room of wall to wall books… You’ve got to check it out, take a few pictures, buy a wacky book.

 

Emily of City Bird in Detroit

City Bird and Carhartt

City Bird and Carhartt

City Bird and Carhartt

City Bird and Carhartt

City Bird and Carhartt

City Bird and Carhartt

City Bird and Carhartt

City Bird and Carhartt

City Bird and Carhartt

City Bird and Carhartt

Carhartt has always been proud of their Michigan roots. So it’s a good fit for seventh-generation Detroiter Emily, co-owner of City Bird. City Bird is a shop that sells all things Detroit. It’s a beautiful ode to the historic city. Emily also recently collaborated on an Insider’s Guide to Detroit. It’s filled with over 1,000 of The Motor City’s attractions, sites, institutions, events, restaurants, bars, shops, and oddities. Not only is the guide jammed full of priceless info, it’s also filled with Emily’s gorgeous illustrations. You’ve gotta check it out!

Exploring Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

Carhartt Detroit

So I’m spending a few days in The Motor City this week, right by Carhartt’s headquarters. I thought I’d share some of my adventures with you. To keep warm, I’ve worn my sandstone active jacket and my sandstone Berkley vest.

EAT: Grand Trunk Pub— You have to try the fried pickles. YUM!
SEE: ”The Fist”— Head to Hart Plaza for a photo op with a tribute to Joe Louis.
DRINK: Astro Coffee— Get something warm and tasty in your belly!

Rain, Rain, It’s Okay

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and CarharttSeattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle is a great city. There’s so much to see and do. Seattle is also known for grey skies and lots of rainy days. It’s best to leave the house everyday prepared for the typical weather. A local told me that they can spot tourists a mile away by the tale-tale sign of the umbrellas they carry. Apparently people who live in Seattle gave up on umbrellas a long time ago. It’s easier for them to simply wear waterproof clothing. This brings me to the jacket I wore around the wonderfully wet city last week. Carhartt’s Cascade Jacket for women is the best rain jacket that I’ve ever owned. Trust me, water isn’t going to touch you in that thing. The Dura-Dry breathable fabric keeps you warm without making you sweat like crazy, the hood detaches, there are a ton of pockets, and there are cords and straps on the hood and sleeves so you can adjust it to your liking.

Carhartt Women’s Chambray Shirt

Carhartt denim shirt

Carhartt denim shirt

Carhartt denim shirt

Carhartt denim shirt

Carhartt denim shirt

Carhartt denim shirt

Carhartt denim shirt

Carhartt denim shirt

Carhartt denim shirt

The last few days have been an adventure. I was on an inspiration high after meeting so many inspiring women in Boston. (who I’ll be sharing with you in the next few weeks to come, so keep an eye out) The day after I flew back to Chicago, I hopped in a car  and drove to Rehoboth, Delaware with some friends.

It’s a quaint little beach town on the Atlantic. I’ve had my fair share of sea food the past few days, which makes me happy. The nights by the shore get a little breezy, so I’ve been wearing my Carhartt Country Girl Chambray Shirt. It’s light, but keeps you warm enough against the ocean winds.

I really enjoy wearing this top. There are so many ways I’m planning to wear it in the upcoming days. There’s a sweet little ruffle down the front and I love the front pocket. Get one for yourself here.