I’ve been feeling a strong need to share more of my everyday life with you ladies lately. I love my fashion, and beauty series, and really enjoy telling you all about my new discoveries from subscription boxes to services & events I discover; however I think it’s time I show more layers of my life here.

This may vary from events I attend, cultural activities I participate in, a book I love, a day trip or a random moment. I want it to be kinda like unplugged versions of songs you like. Life as it is lived, real, sometimes pics taken with a phone camera, showing more of my interests. Hope you like. <3

Boutique Opening

shopadornentranceThere was a boutique opening in my city about a week ago. The store is called Shop Adorn, and they also have an online shop. I shared a leggings from them in one of my summer pretties posts. One of my close friends & I turned it into a mom’s night out, and had a lot of fun trying on the eclectic mix of really cool clothes, and accessories.


How fun are these necklaces? I love the nature inspired blue rock one.


Plaid was really big for fall in the store. I fell in love with this BB Dakota plaid jacket and tried it on. The decor of the store, especially this piece hanging in the middle of the space was very cool.


A must have selfie with my friend. We laugh because it was a great time, and also laugh at ourselves for our silliness with our love for pictures. Laughing is the best, not taking yourself too seriously, even better. 🙂


Quite essential NW style – clogs. After living here for 14 years, I still didn’t get used to them but the color is cute.

mirrorframeOne of my favorite dresses from the store, this plaid button down. It felt like I was wearing my husbands shirts but it was made for my body. Love that feeling. And of course, again, it’s plaid.


Some more accessory gorgeousness.


Tried on this unique dress I adored, with one of the necklaces from the above pic. I liked that the tight dress still had pockets.


Finished off our night with some rest 🙂

Hunters Out for Rainy Fall and a Day Walk with my Daisy


I haven’t shared much of my beloved Pug Daisy with you before. I got her when she was a few months old when I was in my first year of MBA 13 years ago, and we have been together ever since.

She saw me through graduate school, our wedding, and birth of our kids. Daisy is such a kind dog, always so friendly to everyone she meets, and very gentle around kids. We fall asleep listening to her cute snorts, and snores, ( yes Pugs make a lot of noises and I find it absolutely adorable. ) and we can’t get enough of her sense of humor.


This is from one of our daily walks. Daisy is in her senior years, and doesn’t like running around too much anymore, but she definitely enjoys fresh air, and our time together outside.


I am wearing the same Zara jeans from the boutique opening in a more casual outfit here. My striped top is LeBreton from Popbasic .( get $15 off with the link) Rainy season here, and the mud that comes with it makes my matte navy Hunter boots  the most needed, & stylish fall essentials. I wear my Hunters with everything from jeans, leggings, skirts to dresses. They are the best!

A Wonderful Night At the Theater & Dreamgirls


Photo credit Patrick Weishampel

This past Wednesday I was at Portland Center Stage to see the six Tony Award winner musical “Dreamgirls”. I adored the movie version, and was so excited to see the show on stage. This spectacular production takes us back to a groundbreaking time in American music  history where three friends become The Dreamettes, and learn, grow, make mistakes, and find their own ways. (I wish I could share my own pics, but obviously couldn’t take pics in the theater.)


Photo credit Patrick Weishampel


Photo credit Patrick Weishampel

Nattalyee Randall as Effie Melody White was so spectacular. We were listening to her huge voice in awe, and I was really blown away by her, and all the cast members’ talent. This was a top notch, flawless performance. When I watched the movie, I really liked to learn how American public’s music tastes evolved, and seeing it live on stage was a million times better. If you got a change go see this ladies, don’t hesitate. It will be a feast on all your senses.

At the end of the performance we were all on our feet clapping like crazy. ( the whole theater).     In case you are in the Portland area, there is a discount code : PDXBLOGS You can use this discount to purchase tickets online at Portland Center Stage. The deal is for $20 tickets on Tuesday nights and Halloween, and $5 off each ticket on every other performance.

What fun activities have you been up to lately? Would love to hear!!

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Have a relaxing Sunday, and take care! XOXO,


I am linking up with Manic Monday at More Pieces of Me & On the Daily Express.

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  • Tban

    Thank for sharing special moments of your lofe with us! You seem to be enjoying yourself a lot. I hope to one day join you to one of those event/gno nights. Lots of hugs!

    • It is wonderful to share more everyday activities, or real life moments with you all. One day you’ll come with me for sure. :)) Happy new day dear, XOXO, Elif

  • Cheryl

    It was fun reading about your outings- so important to enjoy life, family and friends. :)) I always love moments of getting together with a friend, being a little silly and taking pictures. Reminds me to plan a gno soon! Looking forward to more posts.

    • Cheryl totally agree, enjoying life is so important especially between all our responsibilities in life I learned it’s vital to create some time for ourselves. Plan that GNO and tell me all about it. 🙂 Thanks for the support lovely lady, so happy you liked this new series!! 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Amy Ann

    Love that plaid jacket!! Those jeans are the perfect amount of distressed. Fun to catch up on what you have been up to lately.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • The plaid jacket I adore. The more I look at it the more I wish I bought it lol. Thanks Amy, XOXO, Elif

  • Sophia

    Absolutely love this new series. How lovely to peek into your daily life. Feels so real. The activities are so fun to see and learn as well. I can’t wait for more.

    • That was exactly my point- to show more real sides of me. So glad to know you enjoyed it Sophia. You are always so sweet to me. There’ll be more. 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • I checked the website of the boutique – they have absolutely stunning necklaces!!
    Lovely feature and I’m sure you had a great time at the opening. You look so fabulous as well 🙂


    • The necklaces I saw were so natural, and earthy. Very unique. Thanks for the sweetness always my dear Lu! Have a wonderful new week, XOXO, Elif

  • Great outfits Elif! I adore your plaid jacket, and those jeans fit you like a glove. You look amazing my friend!

    • Thanks my dear girl! Love my Zara jeans. I think they make some of the best ripped ones out there. 🙂 The plaid jacket I regret not buying on the spot. Have a lovely Tuesday, XOXO, Elif

  • Darcy

    What a fun event! How cute are you and your dog!?

    • My Daisy is something special. 🙂 Thx so much Darcy! XOXO, Elif

  • Great shoots, like pictures from events the most 😀 Your first look is just AMAZING <3
    Greets, Nabil 😉


    • Welcome to theboxqueen and thanks so much for stopping by!! XOXO, Elif

  • That boutique is really quite something! I also LOVE that they have an online store!

    Great Blog! I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

    • Hi Kate! Welcome to theboxqueen, so happy you found me! The boutique has some gorgeous pieces, I wasn’t sure where to look when I was there. 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Looks like a stunning boutique. I love all of your outfits. I love your lacey black top with the distressed jeans. So stylish. I love it when I find local boutiques that sell unique pieces!

    • Me too. Local boutiques sometimes carry the most unexpected treasures like cool new designer apparel or pretty necklaces. Thanks lovely, I love ripped jeans girly top look myself. XOXO, Elif

  • What cute items from the boutique! I love that plaid dress!

    • Another item in my wish list Laura 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • I loved reading this real life post! The boutique jewelry looks amazing and I love that fitted dress with the pockets! So nice to see your cute fur baby!


    • It was fun sharing my Daisy with you gals, and i love real life posts myself. Thanks Jill and have a great week! XOXO, Elif

  • I love the plaid dress and the cowl-neck dress with pockets at the boutique event. Both are so cute on you!

    J @ Bless Her Heart Y’all
    Join us on Tuesdays for the Celebrate Southern link up, anyone can join us!

    • Thanks lovely girl!! My wish list dresses. 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Loving reading about people outing and travels…Those jeans are just too cute and I love how you paired them. The dream girl event would have been something I would so attend.

    Kreyola Jounerys | Instagram

    • See the Dreamgirls if they come to where you are! It was such an all around amazing show. Such talented people and great voices! Happy you love my jeans outfit. Have a soft spot for fancy destroyed jeans outfit in my heart. 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Ada

    Knowing you, I knew you had a fun, exciting life attending all sots of events. You always look so glam and chic also. Love every single outfit. The plaid jacket, plaid dress and red breton tee are items I’d want to steal from you lol. And I agree all of those necklaces are gorgeous. They feel so earthy.

    • Ada you are too sweet always! Looking back I want to go back and purchase so many pieces I tried on haha. Happy new week dear, XOXO, Elif

  • Loving this post Elif! I bets it’s a breath of fresh air to share more of your life outside of your blog! I loved it and hope to see more of this type of posts from you! xoxo

    • Definitely! I love sharing more real, spontaneous sides of me 🙂 So happy you like sweets. XOXO, Elif

  • Awwww! Loved these little glimpses in your life! That buffalo plaid jacket reminds me that I have one of my own that needs to get worn, and stat! And I have major distressed jeans envy right now! 🙂

    • So happy you like Carylee. I think it’s fun to once in a while to be more spontaneous and share current events. Love the connections, and learning more about the lovely people I meet through the blog myself. and I think I know the plaid jacket :)) XOXO, Elif

  • Sibel&Eda

    It must have been a great night with your friend. I love your outfits. After this post I bet that the plaid jacket will be famous. All of the photos are lovely.

    • Thanks so much girl, and the plaid jacket why didn’t I purchase it on the spot? :-)) XOXO, Elif