On a beautiful day in late August, the WM team headed up to the Columbia River Gorge to shoot our Fall lookbook. We explored the incredible setting to create cozy little vignettes featuring a few of our favorite new pieces in the shop from designers like Kamperett, Mara Hoffman, The Great, Where Mountains Meet, and more. Here are a few of our favorite shots but trust us, we have plenty more to share!
Shot by Nicholas Wilson
Modeled by the lovely Anabella Anger
Styled by Caroline Miller + WG
One of the most rewarding things about the shop is the incredible people that walk through our doors & the amazing community we've developed. With that in mind, we are excited to announce the launch of Create+Connect, a new conversation series taking place in the shop where we invite one of our talented friends to lead a conversation about working in creative fields and the challenges/perks that come with it.
I'm beyond excited that Chelsea Parrett will be leading our first conversation on Tuesday, August 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm!
If you're not already following Alison Wu's Instagram and insanely beautiful blog, WuHaus, you are doing yourself a disservice. Her culinary concoctions are arguably some of the most drool-worthy we've seen, and as an added bonus, she's a super clean eater that focuses on health & wellness. We are beyond thrilled to have her hosting our Summer Cocktail Party to benefit Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, 6/29 from 6-9pm (tickets available HERE) and can't wait to see what incredible spread she comes up with!
What better time to ask her some of the questions we've had on our mind!
What initially got you interested in cooking and utilizing food for health?
I decided to stop eating meat when I was 15. This definitely shaped my wellness journey from a young age. I became very interested in health and reading about diet & nutrition. This lead to experimenting in the kitchen and ultimately my love for cooking. Over the next 13 years that I was a vegetarian, I began to discover the way certain foods, like gluten and dairy, affected my digestions and overall health.
After a while, I started to realize that I'd grown scared or disgusted by meat, but only because my mind was telling me this story over and over again. I decided that I wanted to start incorporating meat back into my diet. I didn't want to close myself off from a food unless it made me feel bad. Once I started eating meat again, I instantly felt better. I had more energy, I wasn't cold all the time; just an overall feeling of balance in my systems. I don't eat meat everyday, but I do eat it 3-4 times a week. The journey to find optimal health through what we eat is a long and sometimes tiresome one, but if you put in the work and do the research, it does pay off.
Where did the idea for your famous ombré smoothies come from?
Honestly, it just came to me one day. Color and aesthetics are the motivating factor behind much of my work.
What's your current favorite smoothie flavor combo?
Coconut-cauli-cashew with cardamom, vanilla bean, and ginger.
What's your go-to recipe for a casual night in?
Roasted chicken and veggies with a green herb salad.
What are your tips and tricks for staying sane with all of the craziness going on not only in your life as a busy entrepreneur but also with everything going on in the world?
Lots of yoga, meditation, and self-care practices. Taking time to recharge and replenish with a bath, a quiet evening reading, 30-minutes of pranayama, a face mask, or whatever my body, mind, and spirit are asking for.
Where would you like to see yourself in five years, both professionally and personally?
I'll hopefully be a mama at that point, which makes me SO excited. Professionally, I'd like to still be working creatively for myself. I'd love to have a book and potentially a restaurant project in the works.
Eating clean can be a tough thing to strike a healthy balance with- how did you figure out what was right for you?
Our bodies are constantly sending us messages, telling us what they want. We just need to learn how to really LISTEN. Slow down. Be compassionate and patient with yourself. And learn to understand your body's cues.
If you were speaking with someone that wanted to take on a healthier lifestyle, what would you suggest as a kick-off point?
Start a food journal to track what you are eating everyday. Use this as a way to get more in touch with your body, to see what foods are making you feel good and which ones might not be making you feel good.
Walk us through a day in your weekday.
It really changes from day-to-day, but I usually wake up at 6am, drink a matcha potion, then head yoga or Barre3 around 7:30am, followed by a smoothie, emails, shooting photos or working on any other hands-on creative project that's going on, break for lunch, work some more (edit photos, more emails, errands, planning), break to make dinner, eat dinner with my husband, walk my dog, work a little more, wind down with a bath or some sort of body pampering, read for 30 minutes, go to bed by 11pm.
Do you like to listen to music while you work? If so, what's your current playlist?
Mostly Drake ha! No, but really, I love rap music.
What does your perfect Portland Summer Sunday look like?
Yoga or Barre3 in the early morning. Brunch at home with my husband. Bike ride to Overlook Park. Lots of snuggles with my dog and cat. Backyard BBQ dinner under the stars.
What's next on your list of dream destinations?
We've met some seriously talented and creative people since we opened up shop. One of our favorite collaborators is blogger, stylist & photographer Maddie Greer, of the beautiful Berouged (if you don't already follow her Instagram, be sure to check it out!). Maddie always styles pieces in our shop in unique and adorable ways. We chatted with her about how she got her start as a blogger, what it's like to work with her husband (he shoots her photos!) and more. Read on!...
We're such big fans of your beautiful blog, Berouged! How did you get your start in the blogging world?
I've always loved everything about fashion and blogging; When I four years old andI asked my mom to go shopping instead of going to Chuck E. Cheese! I was so nervous to jump into the blogging world because it's such a saturated market. I spent my days looking through other blogs, Instagram accounts, and Pinterest pages, wishing I could be doing what these girls were doing. It wasn't until my husband pushed me to jump outside of my comfort zone that I decided to launch Berouged in July 2016.
At what point did you realize that you could turn your blog into a full-time job?
When I first started my blog I was still doing photography on the side to be able to make money. But I started to get noticed and companies started to reach out to me not for photography, but for my blog! And I think that was one of the most exciting days for me, because I realized that as long as I work hard on this thing that I love, I can make it my full-time job.
What's the best part about working for yourself? What's the toughest challenge or something you wish you would've known when you started?
I've never been a 9-5 kind of girl. It was always so hard for me to work on someone else's schedule. My mom has run her own business since I was born and it's always been so inspiring. I knew that I wanted to do that as well. The best part is being able to travel when I want to. But the hardest part is you're never really off of work. If you want to work for yourself, be ready to fully commit to it. Be ready to work weekends when everyone else is off. You're going to be working past five and earlier than nine. But when you really love what you do, it doesn't feel like you're working.
Your husband photographs you frequently for your blog. What's it like working together?
I always say that we are the dream team. He knows exactly what kind of photos I want and I'm so comfortable in front of the camera when he's shooting. Because he is my photographer, we get to travel together frequently, which was always a dream for us.
What is the process like for developing your shoot concepts? Do you start with a specific outfit, destination, etc.?
I'm not a big planner, which is something I definitely need to work on! Sometimes we'll think of a location the day before we shoot and I'll go get clothes that I think will look good in that location. But most of the time it starts with the clothes and we scout for locations. It's always fun for me to explore the city I live in and find spots that I never knew were there. I think being a photographer first really helped me have an eye for what looks good in a photo.
We hear you're about to relocate to New York City- congrats! What spurred the move? What will you miss most about Portland?
Ah, thank you! We are so excited. Portland has been incredible and it was definitely the right city for Joe and I after we got married. But now that we are growing our businesses, we need to be in a city that helps us thrive, and that's NYC. My agency's headquarters are located there, Joe's street photography will thrive, all of our family is on the east coast, and New York is our favorite city in the world. So many good reasons for this move. We will definitely miss the community we've built here. I think I'm really going to miss the fact that everything is so close. I can drive an hour and be at Mt. Hood. I can drive two hours and be at the coast. I know we will be back to visit!
Walk us through a typical weekday in your life.
Coffee first...always! But honestly, my normal weekday involves a lot of emails, pulling clothes, taking photos and then repeat. A lot of people have this glamorous life on social media, but there's a lot that goes into that.
What does your perfect Summer Sunday look like?
Sleep in, make coffee, brunch, go antique shopping, and end the day with Late Shake on Division.
Tell us something about you that would surprise us.
My first dream was pursuing music. I grew up in Nashville, where I was a singer/songwriter (because who isn't!). I would sing backup vocals on albums, have writing sessions, and sing the national anthem at games. I still love singing, but at this point I don't think I would ever pursue it as a career. I love what I'm doing now.
What's your song of the summer?
Come Close by Ry-Lo
(all photos by Kiara Rose)