Whatcom Falls Park Trails / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby!

Bellingham Adventures

22nd July 2014

Our adventures on Lummi Island concluded Monday morning, and we ferried ourselves back over to the main land. More on that on Friday, because I have some outfit shots to share, but needless to say, I think we were both happy to be back to “civilization.” What can I say, we are city people.

Whatcom Falls Park Trails / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby!

I mentioned before that the Island only had two restaurants – there was a cafe at the inn, and another cafe by the ferry. The only problem? On Mondays, only one of them even served breakfast, and breakfast ended at 11am. When we got down to the cafe, we had about 5 minutes to order, and I’ll be real, the options weren’t all that appealing. A hard-boiled egg, a biscuit, and some fruit. Sure, sounds good… if we weren’t on vacation. We were craving real naughty food!

Mount Bakery Cafe / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby!

This cute little cafe in Bellingham, Mount Bakery, fit the bill. They boasted Eggs Benedict on a Belgian Waffle. Yep, you read that right. A waffle. And it was amazing.

Mount Bakery Eggs Benedict / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby!

After breakfast, we just had to work all those crazy delicious calories off. Luckily I had done a tiny bit of research and knew of a park that sounded promising. So off to Whatcom Falls Park we went.

The Falls at Whatcom Falls Park / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby! Whatcom Falls Pond / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby!

It was an absolutely gorgeous day, yet crazy hot. It was 96 degrees when we got back to the car after walking around, and we were both pouring sweat. Sorry, TMI.

Bellingham Fish Hatchery / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby! Bellingham Fish Hatchery / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby!

But it was worth it. I mean, look at these gorgeous views. Trust me, it was better in person.

Ducks at Whatcom Falls Park / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby!

And these cute little ducks! They were so friendly, and I imagine they get fed a lot by the visitors to the park. They were totally chill hanging out by our feet!

Ducks at the Pond at Whatcom Falls Park / Bellingham Adventures / hellorigby!

I always forget how many great places we have locally here in the Pacific Northwest. And I just love taking these fun little day trips to new (to us) places. Do you enjoy taking day trips? What’s your favorite place to visit in your hometown?


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Influenster Surf's Up Voxbox Review / hellorigby!

Influenster Surf’s Up Voxbox

21st July 2014

I always get a little excited when I see I have an email from Influenster. Even though I don’t always love all the things they send me, getting a free mystery box in the mail is pretty legit.

Influenster Surf's Up Voxbox Review / hellorigby!

This time around, I was selected for the Surf’s Up Voxbox. Considering I’m not a surfer, I wasn’t sure what to think about this. Turns out, Surf’s Up is just more of a catchy name than anything else… really the only thing slightly related to the beach or water was some after-sun lotion.

Influenster Surf’s Up Voxbox

Covergirl Bombshell Curvaceous by Lashblast Mascara in Very Black / Influenster Surf's Up Voxbox / hellorigby! Covergirl Bombshell Curvaceous by Lashblast Mascara – This has two ends – step one gives you volumizing, step two adds drama. I really like how this separates the lashes and there are absolutely no clumps! Also, its very lightweight and weightless, I swatched it on only one eye, and I can’t tell which eye has the mascara. (Buy it)

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion / Influenster Surf's Up Voxbox / hellorigby! Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Hydrating Lotion – I’ve mentioned it before, but I really don’t spend much time in the direct sun, and when I do I lather on the SPF. Thus, this product is useless to me for its original purpose. Also, the last time I used Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen I broke out in a rash, so I sampled a tiny bit of this. The scent smells delicious, very tropical and fruity. The texture is nice, and has a slight cooling sensation. (Buy it)

Jamba Juice All Natural Smoothie Kit Coupons / Influenster Surf's Up Voxbox / hellorigby! Jamba Juice All Natural Smoothie Kit Coupon – I haven’t redeemed this yet (oops) but I’m excited to. I love smoothies in the summer, and this seems super convenient! (Buy it)

First Aid Shot Therapy / Influenster Surf's Up Voxbox / hellorigby! First Aid Shot Therapy – I’m not sure I would need something like this, to be honest. I could see migraine sufferers benefitting from this (its a combination of caffeine and pain reliever) but otherwise my headaches are generally pretty mild. I’ll have Dave give it a try the next time he has a bad headache though. (Buy it)

Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Fire Red / Influenster Surf's Up Voxbox / hellorigby! Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Fire Red – Ugh, I am so sick of receiving this color! I like Sinful Colors (I mean, its $2 a bottle at Target), but I already own 4 dupes of this color and its so not summery. Boohoo. (Buy it)


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Floral Shift Dress + Yellow Gladiator Sandals / hellorigby!

Floral Shift + Lummi Island

18th July 2014

I’ve been blabbing about our trip last weekend to Lummi Island in almost every post this week, but I still haven’t really shared much about it (other than the lack WiFi or TV on the island) So, there’s that. But really, this was a fun little weekend escape, though I think both of us were thrilled to get off the island and back to civilization when all was said and done.

Floral Shift Dress + Yellow Gladiator Sandals / hellorigby!

We departed on Sunday, which happened to be Dave’s birthday (and no, I won’t disclose his age. That’s not nice.) He didn’t know where we were going. This is our third birthday together, and each year I’ve surprised him with a mystery destination. It’s hard to up the ante, but I jumped at the chance to travel to Lummi Island after I heard about Willows Inn Chef Blaine Wetzel co-winning this year’s James Beard Award.

Peach Love Macroflower Dress from Golden Tote / hellorigby!

Anyways, we departed our ‘hood and about 2 hours later were at the ferry dock at Gooseberry Point waiting for a tiny little ferry to cart us across the water. Probably the shortest ferry ride in the world, it was seriously about 5 minutes.

Willows Inn on Lummi Island Washington / hellorigby!

We checked into Willows Inn and got settled. We stayed in this cute little Cottage, which is separate from the main inn. They have a variety of accommodations, and I wanted to stay on the property just in case we got a little too tipsy at dinner. No one wants to (or should) drive after a 9+ course meal with wine pairings.

The Cottage at Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Washington / hellorigby!

After getting settled, we quickly realized there wasn’t much to do. Between the lack of wifi and TV, I cracked open a book. I’ve been meaning to start reading The Vacationers by Emma Straub ever since Birchbox announced their book club. I missed the book club discussion, but still want to finish up this book!

Reading The Vacationers by Emma Straub / hellorigby!

What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Peach Love Cream via Golden Tote
Belt: Xhilaration
Shoes: Cynthia Vincent for Target (similar)
Linking up with: Fashion Item, Passion4Fashion, Let Your Light Shine, WIWW, Favorite Fashion, Spotlight Weekly, BeYouTiFul, Tres Chic, Little Friday, Fashion Friday, Casual Friday, Fab Favorites

So that was the beginning of our little weekend. I’ll be sharing more photos and details about what we did next week. Until then, have you been able to take any fun weekend trips or vacations this summer? I’d love to hear all about them :)


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Total Social Favs / hellorigby!

10 Favorites #TotalSocial + a giveaway!

17th July 2014

I missed the last couple of #TotalSocial link ups with Helene and Sarah, so I figured this time around I wouldn’t miss it! This week’s topic is Favorites, so I thought I’d pick 10 random favorites to share with you.

10 Favorites for #TotalSocial

Helene in Between

1 / Favorite Song


An oldie, but a goodie. We were listening to this in the car during our long-ish car ride last weekend. We also saw Ra Ra Riot when they were in town last year and it was super fun show.

2 / Favorite Flashback TV Show

I Dream of Jeannie. You’re welcome for that trip down memory lane.

3 / Favorite GIF

Okay, seriously, if anyone doesn’t like Golden Girls… well, I don’t know, but I shake my head at you. Sophia is my homegirl.

4 / Favorite Place to Shop

Nordstrom #NSale Anniversay Sale Picks / hellorigby!

Nordstrom, duh. Have you heard about the glorious Anniversary sale? Because… it’s really good. I’ve picked up a few items, but I’m loving this cardigan, these boots, this funky top, and I can’t wait to try these skinnies on when they get here! This eye palette is a steal too!

5 / Favorite Bad Girl Food

Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream / hellorigby!

This will probably always have my heart as my favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. The frozen yogurt version is also delish.

6 / Favorite Book

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell / hellorigby!

Okay, so maybe not of all time, but I just finished Attachments and loved it. Go read it so we can chat about it. :)

7 / Favorite Beauty Product

Skoah Hydradew Mask / hellorigby!

This Hydradew Mask from Skoah has been such a lifesaver. My skin is super sensitive to breakout treatments, so I layer this over the top. No more flaky skin!

8 /  Favorite Recipe

Blueberry Dutch Pancake / hellorigby!
I made these Dutch Pancakes with Blueberries this weekend and they were amazing.

9 / Favorite in Tech

Grammarly Logo / hellorigby!

Grammarly. I’m obsessed. Granted I don’t use it as much as I should *yet* but I need to get better about incorporating this tool into my blog routine.

10 / Favorite Giveaway

Well, I don’t have one…. but I do have your new favorite giveaway!

 

Linking up with Treasure Tromp

What are your favorite things?


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Confession Session

16th July 2014

1 / I confess that it was really, really hard not to comment back immediately to some of the comments I received on yesterday’s post where I told you 10 truths and one lie about me. I hate keeping secrets (and also, I had a really hard time coming up with a lie! I guess that’s a good thing right?)

Harriet the Spy Film Poster

Paramount Pictures

2 / I confess I’m guest posting over at September Farm today and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m talking about little white lies and Harriet the Spy. You’ll have to check it out when the post goes live in the morning. I’d love to see you over there! :)

3 / I confess that I was dying without wifi and TV this weekend during our little vacation. Also, there are only 2 restaurants on Lummi Island… what. I’ve learned that I’m just not that kind of girl. Give me a Target within 10 minutes drive, and a city within 30, please.

4 / I confess that I got sucked into the infamous thread on GOMI last week/this weekend. I was totally trying to keep up with it, even if my data was being spotty throughout our trip. Oops.

And I confess that I’m totally linking up with Liz and Kathy for Humpday Confessions, because on Wednesdays, we confess. What are you ‘fessing up to?


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