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STYLE: Lines of Denmark x Ilse Jacobsen x Rough & Tumble

Last year while visitng friends in Boston, I spotted these Ilse Jacobsen boots on the subway. I loved that they were rubber boots with ties and how chic they were for rubber boots! I was so excited when I was contacted by Lines of Denmark to collaborate with them, Ilse Jacobsen and a local shop that carries the line: Rough and Tumble.

First impression: the boots are fleece lined and super cozy. However, the ankle is a little big on me, so they felt different to walk in at first. Once I spent the day in them they became way more comfortable.

A fellow Portland Instagrammer, Gretchen Powers, also received a pair, so naturally we met up to take photos. We drove to Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth-one of my favorite spots.

Gretchen (left) is wearng the Rub 01 boots, the tallest style they carry. I am wearing the medium-height Rub 15 black boots.

Gretchen (left) is wearng the Rub 01 boots, the tallest style they carry. I am wearing the medium-height Rub 15 black boots.

Rub 1 Red Boots

Rub 1 Red Boots

This collaboration aims to grow the Ilse Jacobsen line and support Rough and Tumble as a local shop. Ilse Jacobsen was founded by a woman 25 years ago. These signature rainboots are natural rubber, not plastic, and handmade in Europe. They have EVA soles and working gussets so folks of all calf sizes can wear them and are lined in cotton & wool fleece.

Rub 15 Black Boots

Rub 15 Black Boots

The Rough and Tumble website is beautifully designed so its worth looking around! You can find these boots on their website or in-store.

Follow along with @linesofdenmark and @ilsejacobsen on Instagram to see more of their brands and style!

My Style: Christmas 2015

I took a small hiatus from the blog to study for finals and enjoy the holiday season. I hope you had a great holiday! I had a great Christmas this year. Jared and I spent Christmas morning in our apartment together before visiting all the relatives. It was our first time opening gifts together without our parents or other family members so it was extra special.

I am also so grateful for what Jared got me for Christmas! I haven't stopped wearing or using any of it. I've been begging to go look at coats for a while and I've been trying to find the perfect one. Somehow, Jared found it without my and in my size! It's a little longer than I wanted originally but I love it just as much.

I was really hoping he got me a coat-so much that may I planned my Christmas day outfit around having it...hehe, I was so happy when I opened it!

We spent the next few days "staycation-ing" in Portland and trying some new places. Jared took these photos of me at Lois Natural. 

Jared also got me a new iPhone and a Misfit which I've also been dying for! Also-I don't want to seem like I'm bragging but I truly am so grateful. And believe me, it isn't easy for either of us to gift, but we have been saving up and always try to give each other the best gifts because it's just something we both like to do. I saved up and sold a lot of my gear to buy Jared an Xbox One this year and making his Christmas awesome was my goal. We keep our heads about material things, but sometimes its nice to splurge especially if its for one day out of the year!

My parents have had a 1970's television set in their living room for my whole life, so this year we knew we had to get them a new TV. My brother, Jared and I went in on it together and bought Chromecasts for the rest of the family. We didn't really aim to get a bunch of tech this year, it just happened! But everyone was happy and so were we.

Jareds birthday is this week so the festivities continue! I'll do another post about my Misfit soon because it deserves its own shine!

My Style + Adventure: LL Bean Boots / Lank Farm

For the last two years, I have been wearing Jared's moms L.L. Bean Thinsulate boots (which I love) but I finally got my own pair! Although the insulated boots are perfect for snow, snowshoeing and winter adventures, they are heavy to walk in and my feet get too warm if I am inside. These new bean boots are better for everyday winter wear. 

Women's L.L.Bean Boot, Padded Collar

Women's L.L.Bean Boot, Padded Collar

I love them! I thought I always wanted a taller pair, but I am so short that the taller boots hide a lot of my leg. I am happy with these ones!

We spent the day at Lank Farm, getting a jump start looking at Christmas trees and wreaths. We love taking photos around the farm.

Horses grazing in the field.

Horses grazing in the field.




Eats: Avocado Tartine

A few days ago I posted about my delicious brunch from Tatte Bakery + Cafe at Beacon Hill in Boston. Jared and I were craving it this morning so we attempted to recreate it in our own kitchen. It was delicious! 

Bread: Rye from Borealis Breads. I actually wish I hadn't toasted the bread. I think it was harder to eat this way with a fork and knife. I ended up eating it with my hands. If the bread was soft, it would have been a much better consistency.

I mashed up 1 1/2 avocado with a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper. I wanted to keep some of the chunkiness without it being too smooth. This amount of avocado spread was perfect for two servings.

While the eggs cooked, I put the toasted bread on top of a bed of spinach and arugula. I wish I had drizzled some lemon juice or olive oil on top of the greens. Next time! 

I wanted to eat it before I even put the egg on top. SO GOOD I wanted to make an over-easy egg but I messed up. It was still delicious...but wait until you see the correct one!

Meanwhile, Jared was making a mean cup of pour over coffee.

Told ya! Doesn't that look delicious? It was!

*heart eyes*


The egg, avocado, rye and greens are a delicious and healthy combination. I just recently started to cook more and more and I am happy to have easy recipes to make. Try this recipe out if you like what you see! 


How I made it:

Yields: 2 Servings

Prep Time: Approx. 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Lemon Juice

Salt and Pepper

1 cup Spinach

1 cup Arugula

4 Eggs

1 1/2 or 2 Avocados

4 Slices of Bread, your choice (I used Rye)

Cut and slice avocados in half and remove pit. In a small bowl, use a spoon to cut up avocados into a smooth yet chunky mixture. Add 1-2 squirts of lemon juice and salt and pepper. Set aside. Place a half cup of greens onto each plate. Heat stove and cook two eggs to your liking. Optional: while eggs cook, lightly toast bread. Place bread on top of greens and top with avocado spread. When eggs are cooked, place on top of plate and lightly salt.


If you make it or have any recommendations, let me know in the comments!