Travel Time: Hood River

Exploring Hood River | Colby June

The Northwest never fails to astound me with its lusciousness and grandeur. Coming from the aridity of Colorado, I always revel in the moisture and abundance of water. I’ve spent a little bit of every summer in Hood River, Oregon since age seven, and went to college in Portland, so it feels a little like going home. There is never enough time to do everything. There is rarely a plan, but somehow everyday unfolds packed with activities, friends, family and incredible food, wine and coffee. Some of our favorite activities include windsurfing or kiting, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, a city day, coffee and art.

 

Paddle boarding in Hood River | Colby June

The views in Hood River | Colby June

 

Favorite Local Businesses:

Marquesi Vinyards– beautiful patio for sipping wine

Twiggs– Gifts, Home Accents and Jewelry (including Colby June)

The Ruddy Duck– Family run mini department store

Celilo – Locally sourced, sustainably grown delicious food always

Stoked Roasters– Waterfront coffee

Plenty-I never fail to find a “must have” item at Plenty

Kids Creations Art Camp – amazing kids art camp

Mike Ice Cream – best ice cream ever!

 

Travel in Style with Shellay

 

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Travel and fashion have something huge in common: they are both addicting. Combining the two is one of the more gratifying ways to tap into a creative outlet. As tempting as it might be to throw on a pair of chucks and your favorite old sweatpants, there are ways to elevate your comfortable wardrobe and add a touch of chic to it. The key here is finding your style inspiration & executing it in a way that makes you feel comfortable, stylish and confident. Depending on where you are going, you could be on a plane for anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours and you’ll want to be ready for whatever adventure comes your way as soon as you step foot to your destination!

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This is your chance to shed off your normal day to day facade and push the limits on things you normally might not wear. When deciding what to wear for my adventure, I wanted an outfit that would be ready for anything. I paired my favorite Topshop jeans with a flowy Topshop crop top (say that 5 times fast) and a classic leather jacket. This outfit is great for just about everything. It’s comfortable, edgy and has just the right about of sex appeal.

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Okay, I’ll admit it- My name is Shellay… and I am an over packer. Guilty! Options are a girl’s best friend. Because of this, I like wearing my staple pieces on the plane so I can mix and match super quickly when I get off. I chose a pair of black boots that zip on the side so getting through security will be a breeze, but would also go with about 90% of the other items I packed. They are heeled, so you can dress them up or down. Swap out the black jeans for a pair of high rise jean shorts with flip flops and you’re beach ready in seconds! It’s important to be mindful of potential climate changes, as well as the deathly air conditioning that turns you into an icicle after takeoff.

Shellay’s Advice:

  Wear your “staple” items so you can easily transform your outfit for any occasion

Layer up! If you are leaving a cold climate for a warm one, you’ll want to be fully prepared for any climate and either bundle up or shed down

Booties or shoes that are easy to take on an off, making your life so much easier at the dreaded airport security

 Accessorize, but not too much. Keep it simple so there’s one less thing to get in the way while juggling your bags, phone, passport and whatever else

The Look:
Leather Jacket: Zara (Similar Here) / Crop top: TopshopHigh rise jeans: TopshopBooties: Biala ‘Keiran’ Lace Up Boot (Nordstrom) (Similar Here) / Necklace: Colby June Silver ‘Raven’ Necklace Bracelet: Colby June Raw cuff

Headed to the Beach

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A beach bag at the beginning of a trip and the end of a trip are two completely different things. You start out with all of your essentials neatly organized and by the end of the trip your magazine is in two pieces and there is more sand and loss change at the bottom of your bag than you know what to do with. With the hopes that maybe this trip things will remain organized here are my beach bag musts haves.

  1. The first thing I make sure I put in my beach bag is a cover up, this one by Vitamin A is my favorite. It does the trick and it’s a rashguard. (similar one here)
  2. Followed closely by sunnies. For some reason I have the hardest time remembering to pack them, but are absolutely a beach essential.
  3. long necklace is a beach vacation necessity. It’s the perfect accessory for your flowy dresses day or night.
  4. I never forget all of my lip protection and lip color. I don’t think you can ever have too much because at some point you’re going to misplace at least one. ( Olio e Osso lipstickSugar lipstickHoney Boutique chapstick)
  5. I always have to carry some kind of clip and sun spray for my hair. It’s longer and after the ocean it’s a mess.
  6. I can’t travel anywhere without a Bon Appétit and this trip I will be on the beach relaxing which means I actually get to read all of the articles.
  7. Being hangry is a real thing and for that my cure is Justin’s. It’s my go to.
  8. Jao Face Créme is my saving grace. That is all I need to say.

Colby June in NYC

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How wonderful to leave our small mountain town and roam the streets of New York City. We walked the High Line, visited the Whitney, enjoyed dinner with my cousin and her husband on their first wedding anniversary, and managed to get some work done too. I was able to absorb some of the creative energy and pulse of the city to bring back to Colorado as I began work on a new collection.

Colby June at Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

I just returned from Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico where Goodwinds Surf Boutique is now carrying Colby June Jewelry.

 

Phil and Karla own and operate Goodwinds– a water sports activity center and surf boutique in Dorado, Puerto Rico.  They have been carrying our pieces for a while now and thought we should go and check it out in person.  The Coral Collection is especially popular! Some of the favorite pieces at Goodwinds are the Large Coral Cuff and the Wide Coral ring.  This is a great excuse to take a beach vacation to an amazing and unique location.  Next time, I promise to take kite boarding lessons!

Jewelry Class in Austin, TX

I had the opportunity to travel to Austin for a long weekend to attend a wax carving workshop with master jeweler Kate Wolf at Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin.  I will be processing all the information and amazing tips and tricks that I learned for many months to come.  It was so much fun to try new techniques– my favorite being the wax lathe.  I may have walked away with an idea for the next collection but more importantly, I am so excited to start the next collection with my new repertoire of skills and tools.

Most of my time in Austin was spent in class, however I did get a chance to enjoy the Travis Heights area where I was staying.  The neighborhood was so lush with incredible vegetation and diverse homes with lots of character. Toms coffee shop was within walking distance and in true Toms fashion made you feel good about your purchase–each bag of coffee they sell means a week of clean water for one person in Rwanda.  I also managed to enjoy some of the amazing cuisine in Austin.  My favorite was Elizabeth Street Café, a Vietnamese cafe and French Boulongerie.  I savored the delicious pork BÚN and coconut macarons with my friends Stephanie Redmond and Courtney Sames (amazing portrait photographer).