Its that time of year when its technically spring, but in the mountains it's still snowy and looks like winter. We decided to change it up a little (and get some well deserved heat) and go find some hot springs in Oregon. After hearing about these hot springs years ago, I finally was able to check them out. I got a group of friends together and we made a road trip out of it with a quick stop in Portland. The next day we woke up early and headed into the mountains. The road started out foggy and misty, the perfect conditions. As we got closer to the hot springs, the rain slowly turned into snow which I was not anticipating. I panicked a little inside, because my car is not 4 wheel drive and doesn't have snow tires. We decided to keep going anyways, whats a good adventure without a bit of risk. We took it slow, and agreed to turn back as soon sit became unsafe.
After following another truck's tracks for a few miles we arrived at the trailhead. The snow was dumping on us at this point, and I put on my winter coat and beanie to stay warm underneath wearing my Prana long sleeve shirt (which is the most comfortable material I have ever felt), and Patagonia shorts. After a couple mile walk through the forest, we finally got to the hot springs. All of them were empty, so we started to fill up one of them and hot water came rushing into the tub.
I took off the layers and my boots, and I got into the tub and watched the snow fall down, it was so relaxing and peaceful. I am so happy I brought my birks - they were so easy to slide on whenever I needed to get out to cool down.
I've partnered with Backcountry to show you guys pieces from their Spring Collection. As most of you know, we have such a short summer in the Pacific Northwest, so you don't see a lot of posts of me wearing swim wear. To feel confident, I like swim wear that is practical for moving around in and playing in the water. I am obsessed with this Solid and Striped heigh waisted swim suit to adventure in - its so cute, unique and comfortable. I love the stripes and pop of color.
After soaking in the springs for a good hour, I packed up everything and put it in my Fjallraven backpack. I dried off, suited up, and we headed down the trail back to the car. The adventure wasn't truly over until we had cruised down the road out of the snow and back into the infamous Portland rain.
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Happy New Year everyone! The holidays have been so crazy for me! I am sure for you guys as well. I haven't been adventuring as much as usual, instead I've decided to slow down and return back to the place I grew up to be closer to family during the holidays. As I have shared on my Instagram, my newborn nephew Rowen has had some heart issues and I've really enjoyed the little moments with family more than ever. It’s so fun to play with my nephews and they helped me a little bit prepping the room to paint.
Since it is so cold outside, I really wanted to remodel a space for indoor shoots and create a place to retreat to when I am back home at my mom's house visiting. I decided to repaint my sister's old room, because the color was outdated and was not neutral like I wanted it to be. I partnered with HGTV HOMETM by Sherwin-Williams to use one of their colors from the Quiet Comfort Color Collection and I am so happy with the results. The best thing about HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams (available at Lowe’s!) is that they offer different designer-inspired Color Collections with 20 colors that go together in any combination. By sticking to one Color Collection, it’s super easy to choose colors and create a cohesive look in your home. I’ll definitely be turning to the Quiet Comfort Color Collection for my next project!
The room was previously used for storage, but now after organizing it a bit, it is a new studio space for me. Here are the before pictures of the color of the room.
After moving out all the stuff that was in the room, I taped and my little nephew Carter helped me dust the walls. I put down sheets of paper to protect the floor. This was the hardest part for me, but next came the new paint! I chose to use Olympus White (HGSW1447) from the Quiet Comfort Color Collection. It was so nice to see how different the color of it was against the teal blue color. A wave of excitement hit me! I started to outline the walls first and then fill them in with paint with my roller brush. These are all the supplies I used.
For this project, I used two gallons of HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams INFINITY Interior Paint & Primer. It is a one coat coverage paint, so it really eased the process while painting using the Purdy brushes. Here is the finished result! My nephews joined me as we celebrated the room and set up a little spot to listen to old Christmas records of the Grinch (they won't let Christmas go yet) and dance around. I showed my nephews how to take a few photos on my film camera, and they decided to bring down some of their own decorations to decorate the space with me. I love the new color so much; it makes a world of difference with how I feel when I enter the room. I am so excited to continue to decorate this room as time goes on, and so excited the boys love it too!
As much I love the snow and wintertime, I am such a sucker for warmth and playing in the ocean. Three years ago, I used to live in Hawaii, and I really wanted to revisit all the places that I loved while living there. I decided it would be fun to make it a girls trip so I invited two of my close friends to explore the island life with me. It feels necessary to get away from the endless rainy days and dry off a bit!
To kick off our first night in Hawaii, all of us girls got dressed up to have dinner and watch the sunset after snorkeling most of the day. I decided to go for a light and airy vibe for my outfit paired with my Teva Flatform Velvet sandals. I love these sandals because I feel like they are so unique and fun. I tried adventuring in them and ran through a coconut forest today. I was surprised by how supportive and comfortable they were! Its rare to find a sandal as comfy that you can dress up or down.
Being back in Hawaii with new friends and adventures makes my lil heart happy. Are you heading anywhere fun for the holidays?
Check out an interview I did for Teva here!
I am so happy to finally sit down and write to you guys! This summer has gone by too fast for me, I've gotten the chance to travel a lot more than expected and I hit 100K on Instagram - which was a huge milestone for me, something I still cannot grasp! As most of you know from my first blog post, I started Instagram and modeling as a little hobby and now it is turning into a full time thing. Thats unreal to think about and I am beyond thankful for all of you, and for all of your sweet comments/dm's. They mean the world to me and give me life! So thank you!
To end the summer on a happy note, I am partnering with Splendid for a giveaway! I wanted to show you guys more of the outfits that they just launched for fall and give a little inspo for colder days. I loveeee fall attire and of course denim (you guys see me wear it all the time while adventuring), so it was so cool when they asked to partner with me on this. The prize is a $150 gift card, and all you have to do is enter is 1) follow @splendidla & @joellefriend, 2) tag a friend in the comments; this is for US only and you must be age 18 & over!
Below are the outfits I put together from their collection. I decided to adventure with Tiffany to a secret farm where I grew up, and found beautiful sunflower fields and tons of other flowers! The outfit is linked at the bottom for you to check out, let me know your thoughts in the comments and what fall trend you are most excited about.
The flowers and trees are blossoming, Spring has finally sprung up here in Washington. As the days get longer and longer, sunset is easier to take advantage of. It gets me so excited to be able to stay out and have time to explore more!
I got a text from Jack shortly after I got done with shooting something commercial for some photographers, and it was about 75 degrees outside. I was ready to do something fun but had no plans. He asked if I wanted to go catch sunset with him and Michael. It was last minute and unplanned, but I have realized some of the best experiences come from spontinuitity, and not having an agenda.
Jack and Michael were some of the first photographers I ever shot with. Due to our schedules and love for travel, its been hard to meet up with them as much as I used to. We talked and decided we needed to change that this Summer.
We all jumped into Jack's new Land Cruiser and did some off roading near Snoqualmie. It's not a far drive from Seattle, but it allows you to get out of just enough to see mountain peaks and trees that align the highway for miles and miles.
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I can't believe it is already April. Time frigging flies! It is already Spring and the sun is shining through my window as a write this and I am in shock. As some of you know, I live in Seattle, WA and we are always (what it feels like) under constant clouds and rain.
Since I have been back from Europe, I have been taking care of my health again and trying to rest and give my body the attention it needs. While I was traveling, I felt like I constantly had a runny nose or sore throat (thanks Europe for all the delicious bread :) but it made me so sick!). After some much needed rest, I have enjoyed getting outside and enjoying the sun and of course that factors in being outside when its rainy as well. I wanted to share a little photo journal of my travels since being back in Seattle to catch everyone on up on what I've been up to after overcoming crazy jet lag!
As my airplane landed, it was rainy and very cloudy. I made a quick stop in Seattle to do some much needed laundry and to pack for my next trip to BC. BC is starting to feel like my second home! I had such a fun time seeing some waterfalls, going on little hikes, and of course having a bonfire while it was raining a little.
After being back from BC for a short trip, I did a lot more organizing, cleaning and self care. There are a lot of things that happen in daily life that are so boring and I don't talk about. A lot of catching up on e-mails, and a lot of cooking (I love home cooked meals). Maybe in another blog post I can talk about that if you guys are interested? Make a YouTube daily routine?
I also had the chance to meet up with @samuelelkins while he was in Seattle. We decided to head out to Mt. Baker for sunrise. Afterwards, we went to this cute greenhouse. Most of our trips are spent talking about life, jamming to his awesome SoundCloud playlist, and visits to local cheap diners in small towns.
As Sam and I were driving in Baker, hot springs came into the conversation. He and I both laughed at the fact that we could squeeze it in if we woke up really early, to both try to cram it into our schedules. After a few minutes of talking about it and how cool it would be, we both started to actually take the idea seriously and decided on that day to maybe do it. We both laughed about getting up at 2am and knew it would suck, but be worth it at the same time (aren't sun rises always like that?). So we jetted down at 2am to make it there around 10am (a painfully long 6 hour drive with a few stops), fueled by a lot of Red Bull and coffee. It was a very misty and foggy day, perfect weather to escape the cold and soak in some springs!
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The best days are when you are surrounded by great friends and beautiful locations. This was one of them. Zack, Mason, Jack, and I decided to get out of Seattle (Its only a 40 minute drive guys!) and take the Jeep out to Snoqualmie Pass to visit Snoqualmie Falls and explore out towards Snoqualmie Ski Resort. We decided to have our first stop be Snoqualmie Falls. We packed our snow shoes, jackets and cameras and made our way down to the falls.
The rocks were quite slippery, but I packed my sturdy boots and walked to the furthest point closest to the falls. It was so windy and cold but as you guys know, I am pretty stoked to be close to the elements. The water vapors from the falls were getting on my face and soon my pants were damp from the wind and water. Luckily we brought an extra raincoat to keep me dry.
Our next stop was Snoqualmie Ski Resort. By this time, it was snowing and we got out to take photos. It was really nice to just walk around and watch the snow fall. It was so cold out, so I decided to take breaks inside the Jeep to warm my hands and stay cozy.
I am really digging the classic old school sherpa jean jacket look, paired with some ripped jeans. The fur lining of the jacket kept me nice and toasty as well.
As the lighting started to fade and the sun set, we tried flying the drone but it was too cold to fly. After that, we all came to the conclusion to pack up and go back to Seattle. With these short winter days, I am getting excited for Spring and longer days to adventure.
All photos taken by @zmelhus