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Meet My Town – Portland, Oregon

We’ve been having a lot of fun here at Daisy Tribe brainstorming new ideas for the blog. We’re introducing you to some talented women through our Creative Features, exploring new places and spaces throughout California, and have some upcoming collaborations with really cool brands that we want you to discover. Today I’m announcing a new series called Meet My Town. While we love all things California, we thought it would be fun to expand our horizons and introduce you to new cities all around the globe – with a local as your personal tour guide. From New York City to Sidney, Australia – our correspondents will tell us what they love about their cities – including where to eat, shop, and relax outdoors. They’ll also share their favorite day trips, and tell you which spots you must see when visiting their towns. We have an amazing lineup of cities to explore – and today we are starting with Portland, Oregon and our local contributor, Anastasia.

Describe your city in 3 words.

Green. Unique. Friendly.

Favorite Outdoor Places

Bike Rides Along the Williamette River – The Willamette River is the main river that goes through Portland. There is a paved path along both sides, that is great for family bike rides. This is a good way to tour the city and nature in a different way.

Nature Walks at Forest Park & Tyron Creek – Portland places 2nd with the most green spaces of any other US city. Hiking is easily accessible from most parts of Portland. Forest Park is a huge forest, with streams and trails. It’s in NW Portland just minutes from downtown. Tryon Creek in SW Portland is another great place for nature walks.

Beach Days at Sellwood Waterfront & George Rogers Park – In the summer I find us spending our days on beaches along the river. Sellwood Waterfront and George Rogers Park are two spots we like.

Favorite Indoor Space 

Powell’s Bookstore is the world’s largest new and used bookstore. Located in downtown between Burnside and Couch (pronounced kooch – I wasn’t sure if that was right at first, but wikipedia confirmed it). You’ll find something for everyone. My eight year old says: “It has more books than the library, and it’s lots of fun!”

Where To Eat

Portland’s popular food spots are Voodoo Doughnut, Salt and Straw (Ice Cream), and food carts. When eating out with three kids, it can be hard to make everyone happy. Tater tots flow plentifully in Portland. One of my favorites are the house made tots at Tilt.

Pips Donuts has some scrumptious little mini donut treats. Get them fresh so they’re warm crispity outside with a moist cake center. They can even fill the void with marmalade that’s tart and delish.

Slappy Cakes is a DIY pancake house that is fun for all ages. Large griddles on every table for fresh pancakes that everyone can make. A variety of pancake batters to make everyone happy. Chocolate, peanut butter, buttermilk even vegan/gluten free. Their Popular Chicken Fried Bacon and homemade Nutella are amazing.

Picnic House is a restaurant in the heart of downtown Portland. The Picnic House has great cocktails and refreshing savory foods. The service is awesome and you’re sure to find the perfect flavors for thirsts and munchies.

Portland City Grill has a nice happy hour and a restaurant /bar thats located on the 32nd floor of downtown Portland’s Pink Building. It a nice place for a drink and to check out the panoramic view of the city.

Jam on Hawthorne is a restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. This is a popular place, so there can be a long wait at times. Like many places in Portland they have play areas. Kids play while the parents enjoy their food. Which makes eating out enjoyable for the whole family. The oatmeal chai blueberry pancakes and corned beef hash are tasty items on the menu. They have a large selection of cocktails because its never too early for a morning cocktail in Portland.


You can take a 2 hour road trip in any direction from your town. Where are you going and why?

The Oregon coast has many beaches with interesting landmarks. Cannon Beach might look familiar because that is where the Goonies was filmed. Before traveling to the Oregon Coast, be sure to check the weather and wind speed to dress appropriately. Having the proper clothing can make or break your good time. Cannon Beach is just 1.5 hours from Portland.

Long Beach, Washington – not to be confused with Long Beach, CA –  is unique because you can drive on the sand along the water. They also host a Razor Clam Festival every spring, just 2.5 hours from Portland.

Mt.Hood has skiing or snowboarding from the end of December to early May. The picture below was taken in early May, with freshly fallen snow.

Someone visiting my town should definitely visit:

Saturday Market is a great way to see Portland and local artists’ work. This is an outdoor Art and Craft Market that’s open on Saturdays and Sundays, along the River in Downtown Portland. My family enjoys talking to local artists about their designs, and the techniques they used to make their goods. We enjoy the entertainment, good food and fresh air.  Just a few blocks away is the World’s Smallest Park!

I love my town because:

Nice People. Small-big town. Rivers and trees.


I hope you all enjoyed exploring a little of Portland – and a big thanks to Anastasia for kicking off our new series! If you would like to introduce us to your town, email info@daisytribe.com.


~ Carmen ~ - I love that there are so many outdoorsy things to do in Portland. It’s so gorgeous there.

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Chic And Alluring Blog - Oh, what a cute post! Oregon is the only state in the West that I haven’t visited yet. Too bad I won’t be able to before I move to New Hampshire…which definitely isn’t Oregon. Lol. :-S

Kendra Cardoza - Now I have even more reasons to plan my next trip here! That pancake place is calling my name!

Our Favorite Things – Surfrider Foundation

With just a couple days left until the end of 2014, some of you may be thinking about non-profits or charities to donate to. I wanted to give a little shout-out to one of my favorite organizations – Surfrider Foundation. Founded in 1984 by a group of Malibu surfers, Surfrider’s mission is to protect and enjoy our oceans, waves and beaches. The foundation is currently working on close to 100 projects focused on beach access, water quality, coastal preservation and protection – as well as several ongoing programs to help spread awareness. Here are some of their current PSA prints, which you can request on their website.

I obviously love Surfrider because of their mission to protect the ocean, but I also love that only 4% of donations go towards administrative costs, with the majority of donations being used for programs that make a direct impact on the health of our coastline. You can join for as little as $25 and members can choose whether to be active in their local chapter or not. When you join, you receive a sweet little decal, a subscription to their monthly magazine, and a 20% discount from the most awesome online surf shop ever, Swell.

I wasn’t asked to write this and certainly won’t be profiting from it – I just really love the Surfrider Foundation and feel like it represents something that we can all agree is important, especially for those of us here in coastal California. If you have any questions about Surfrider, please feel free to ask in the comments below – or check out their website at www.surfrider.org.


Amber - Surfrider and Swell… Two of MY favorite things!

Kendra Cardoza - i want one of each, so cute!

How To Wear Winter White

There’s an old rule in fashion about not wearing white after Labor Day. I don’t know about you, but I really love white – and there’s no way I’m parting with it for half of the year. Wearing white in the winter is a fresh way to brighten your wardrobe and remind yourself that spring is just around the corner. The key to wearing winter white is to choose shades like ivory or cream, and pair your pieces with other soft colors and neutrals. Today I’m sharing some inspiration for how to mix this bright and happy hue into your wardrobe long after summer ends.


Kensie Coat   |   Christian Louboutin Pumps   |   Bailey 44 Tulle Midi Skirt   |   Stella McCartney Scarf   |   Jennifer Behr Comb   |   American Eagle Outfitters Sweater   |   Rachel Roy Shift Dress   |   Latigo Junebug Oxfords   |   Textile Jeans   |  Rag & Bone T-Shirt   |   Jimmy Choo Bag   |   Brora Wrist Warmers

I included some classic pieces like a chunky cable-knit sweater, pocket t-shirt, jeans, and a fit and flare coat – as well as some fun items like a tulle midi skirt from Anthropologie and these Brora wrist warmers. I selected some accessories in soft pink colors, but you could pair these items with other soft colors and neutrals like black, navy, and gray. I also love winter white with jewel tones, especially in shades of red for the holidays.

I hope my post inspires you to see why rules are made to be broken! Will you be wearing shades of white this winter? Why or why not?


lanae bond - I love the choices you picked! I do believe in wearing white for the winter!

Currently Obsessed: Lovely Layers Top by Stella Carakasi

I’m currently loving the asymmetrical Lovely Layers Top from Stella Carakasi. It’s the perfect look for a breezy California winter and can easily be paired with a stylish jacket for cooler temps. I styled this look with my favorite black leggings, brown riding boots, and a simple gold necklace, to go with our shoot on a rainy winter day in the Northern California countryside – but I also see this top working with gray skinny jeans and black booties, for a great urban look.

Shop this look:   Top c/o Stella Carakasi   |   Leggings   |   Boots   |   Necklace   |   Photographer: Kati Dias

What are you currently obsessing over? Let us know in the comments below!


Jorinde - Love your top

Kelly H - Love that top so unique but classic look.

Megan - Such a cute top!

Angelica - I love the top!

Shanna - Super cute! I’m obsessing over black boots with brown accents. I NEED a pair!

Kendra Cardoza - Such a gorgeous flowy top! They have a tank top that is similar and i’m totally in love with it as well!

A Special Message For Our Readers

It’s been a little quiet around here this week, because we here at Daisy Tribe are taking some time off to spend with our families and appreciate what matters most. We’ll be back soon with more goodness to share with all of you. We are so thankful for the little community we are building and are looking forward to growing with you in the New Year. Whichever holiday you celebrate, we wish you peace, joy, and love during this season of light. With love, Daisy Tribe.

{P.S. – We couldn’t get together for a ‘family picture’ so this is the best we could do. Consider this your Christmas card!}



With Love – Kati,  Elicia,  Helen,  Kendra,  Delia,  Amber,  and  Janaia.


Artists’ Collaborative Gallery In Old Town Sacramento

Have you ever been to Old Town Sacramento in Northern California? It’s an awesome place to spend the day, with so many things to see and do. Although I’ve been there many times, I always seem to discover something new each time I visit. On my last trip, I stumbled across this sweet little art gallery that I never would have known was there. It’s a collaborative space filled with everything from paintings and photography, to pottery and painted gourds. Over 30 local artists contribute their art and time to the gallery, making it a very special place to find unique pieces that were made right here in Northern California. I was so lucky to meet Marleen Hoffman, a local artist who is skilled in painting and photography, among other mediums. She was one of the most friendly and interesting people that I’ve met, and I loved one of her photographs so much that I promised myself I would be back for it. I also saw so many other beautiful pieces, and wanted to share a few photos of the gallery with you today.

There is truly something for everyone here, and this is just a teeny tiny sample of what you will find. I would obviously love to share everything I saw, but I will just say that it’s all amazing and you should visit yourself to see it in person! The space is called Artists’ Collaborative Gallery and it’s located in Old Sacramento on K Street. I hope you’ll check them out next time you’re in Sacramento.


~ Carmen ~ - Gorgeous! Local shops & artists are always the best. Loving those ornaments.

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Day Trip – Old Sacramento - […] were at the museum, I checked out some of the little shops in Old Sacramento and stumbled across Artists’ Collaborative Gallery, which boasts art from local artists including photographers, painters, glassblowers and basket […]

Creative Feature – Meet Kristin Dokoza

Today I am excited to introduce you to the very talented Kristin Dokoza – a Northern California photographer best known for her clean, colorful and thoughtful style. When I was thinking of creative people I would like to feature on our site, Kristin was at the top of my list. She has a swoon-worthy Instagram feed, recently landed her first magazine cover, and is an all-around, genuinely nice person. Kristin shares her journey from graphic designer and hobbyist photographer to full-time professional photographer and Clickin Moms Mentor – as well as her advice for living a creative life. She also divulges her favorite way to spend a Saturday morning (hint: it involves pj’s and coffee)! So grab yourself a cup and read on to learn more about Kristin in this week’s Creative Feature.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m originally from Oregon and moved to Northern California in 1999. I met my husband shortly after moving here, so this is where I have stayed. I’m the mother of two boys who keep me very busy from one activity to another. My youngest started Kindergarten in the Fall, and I love having both boys at the same school. It’s amazing what I can get done during the day now, vs. the middle of the night! But I confess to staying up late working on the computer. When it’s light out I have a hard time sitting still. This past year I would say my photography became a full time job. I work on location using natural light. My business is all word of mouth, and I feel very fortunate for the clients and work that comes my way.

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Can you tell us a little about how you got started in photography and how you’ve evolved over time?

My background is in graphic design and I have always had a love for photography. I enjoy setting up a scene. It is so much fun for me to imagine what an image will look like before I even grab my camera. My journey started with designing my boys’ birthday invites, and all the little crafty details to setting up the party and then photographing it. I did not have the technical knowledge of using a camera, but I did understand a little bit about composition and color.

Daisy Tribe-4116Friends started asking me to help with their kids parties, and then photograph the details as well. I bought my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel in December 2009. In 2010 I answered an ad looking for a photographer to shoot a one year old birthday party. I was very honest about my training, and shared with them my photo albums from my own boys parties. They hired me! This turned into a little side business for me. Who knew people would hire someone to photograph their own kids parties? It’s totally brilliant, because then as the parent you get to actually enjoy the event, and be in some of the pictures.

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My dad gave me a Mark II for Christmas, December 2010. I was in shock. Beyond excited to have such a fancy camera and admittedly afraid to even own this piece of equipment that I had no idea how to work. I did not understand aperture, ISO or shutter speed. If I was going to own such a wonderful camera it was up to me to be worthy of it. I joined Clickin Moms in January 2011. That was so intimidating to me. I had never even been on an online forum before, but here was this wonderful place filled with the most gorgeous images – and they had classes! Not to mention all the tutorials at my finger tips. I pretty much just poked my nose around for a couple of months and then finally decided to take a beginner class in March 2011. That’s all it took for me. I just couldn’t get enough. That first year I took three courses back to back and fell in love with photography and Clickin Moms. Since then I’ve taken seven classes on Clickin Moms and absolutely tell anyone who asks that is where I learned how to find myself, and my voice through photography.

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I didn’t know I wanted to be a professional photographer. I am a creative person by nature, and photography has become my perfect outlet. My eyes now see depth in the atmosphere. How the light can change just a few leaves in a tree, or cast rays down upon a hillside. My eyes and how I see my surroundings are different because of photography, and I am so thankful. The past two years I have slowly evolved and found my own voice and love sharing my ideas and playing with different light and really creating an image that contains elements within that I consider to be fine art. I feel comfortable where I’m at right now, but that doesn’t mean the wheels aren’t still turning. I’m constantly learning and experimenting.

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Photographers love working on little projects. Do you currently have any that you are working on?

I take an image a day with my iphone and post to the #cmglimpse project. This is my daily creative outlet that has just become a part of my routine. I’ve been sharing an image a day for the past two years. Learning to shoot with the iphone has developed my eye for light and composition when I shoot with my DSLR. Recently I was asked to join a group called Pieces of Life, a blog circle of amazingly talented photographers on Clickin Moms. We share one image on the CMpro Daily Project, with a link to an essay on our own blog or website. I’m drawn to story telling images, so I’m really excited about this project and that it is going to push me to photograph my own kids again!

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of, and why?

I feel like I have been very blessed and lucky along my photography journey. I work very hard, and have had some amazing opportunities to show my work. I do a happy dance whenever I see an image of mine featured. One of the things that I am honestly most proud of is that I have so many returning families that contact me every year for their family photos. Not only do they ask me each year to capture their family, but they pass my name around to their friends. We have a lot of fun during my sessions. It feels awesome to hear that the kids are playing photographer after we hang out. Or run up and give me a big hug before piling back into the car.

Your work was recently featured on the cover of Click Magazine. Can you tell us a little about that?

Yes! My little Louis. I was actually taking an image with my iphone of the green vase and peonies, which was shared on IG. Louis was 3 months old in that image. He is always following me around, and underfoot. The light was good, so I thought why not put the puppy up on the table with the flowers. I grabbed my big camera and took three shots. The image I shared on the CMpro Daily project is the image that was selected for the cover. I received an email asking for the file and permission to possibly use the image in the magazine for an ad. A couple of weeks later I see an email with the subject heading “big news about Louis.” I had to read, and re-read that email telling me that the image was going to be on the cover! I was literally laughing and crying all at once. I could not believe it. That was the first time they featured an image from a photographer that was not actually featured in the magazine itself.

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What inspires you?

Light, color, shapes and atmosphere

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What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday morning?

I really like to hang out in my pj’s as long as possible, and enjoy a cup of coffee. My favorite way to spend any day would be at the beach. This is my hands down happy place.

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Do you have any advice for living a creative life?

Don’t be afraid to try. I know that sometimes my ideas sound crazy, but I’ve learned to at least give them a try. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Be you. You will be so much happier in the long run.

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 Where can we find more of your work?

I try to keep my blog up to date, but will admit to being pretty bad at sharing. You can check it out here: kristindokozaphotography.com. It’s in desperate need of a make over! My Instagram is @kdokoza. Then of course over on the CMpro Daily project: A Group Blog of Inspiring Photos from Female Photographers.

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Thank you, Kristin, for sharing your photography journey and creative advice with us! I love your advice to “just try,” even when your ideas might sound crazy. We look forward to following you and your photography to see what big ideas you come up with next!


Kati Dias - Daisy Tribe California blog

Kim Miller - Such an inspiring photographer! Beautiful work, and beautiful words!

Build Your Own Spa Day

I work full-time, have two young children, and more hobbies than I can possibly have time for. My life is always hectic. Period. Ideally, this is where a spa day filled with girlfriends, relaxation, and pampering comes into the picture. However, the reality is that most of us cannot afford to go the spa as often as we like or deserve to go, but this does not stop me from finding ways to pamper myself  or try to relax in the comfort of my own home. These are some of my favorite items when I need a little pampering, without blowing my budget.


Havaianas – The moment I come home from work, I kick off my heels and sink my feet into the world’s best flip flops.

L’Occitane – Lather this cream on your hands before bedtime and your hands will be unbelievably smooth the next morning. I especially love to use this line of hand cream during the cold weather when my skin craves extra moisture.

Brooklyn Green Tea Lemongrass Candle – Put a match to this candle and curl up on the couch with a warm cup of tea and a good read.

Burt’s Bees Cranberry Pomegranate Sugar Scrub – Don’t get fooled its delicious sounding name, this body scrub does wonders to exfoliate and make the skin look absolutely radiant.

Full Circle Glass Everywhere Water Bottle – Eight glasses of water per day is a rule that I follow religiously. Add some berries or slices of cucumbers to the water bottle to create your own fruit infused spa water.

Essie Nail Polish Essie is my go to nail polish because of its affordability and wide array of colors ranging from classic to modern.

Harney and Sons Cherry Blossom Tea – I always start my morning off with a cup of espresso, but when I want a cup of caffeine that I can slowly sip, there is nothing I love more than Harney and Sons teas. Each cup is luxurious in flavor, calming, and I am always sad to see the cup come come to an end.

Gaiam Yoga Mat – I practice yoga a couple of times a week and especially love these mats. It’s well cushioned, absorbent enough so that I can hold my poses for an extended period of time, and the fun prints are an added bonus too.

I’m ready to kick off my heels, put the tea kettle on the stove, light some candles, and pamper myself! I hope you also enjoy my tips for an easy DIY spa day in the comfort of your own home.


Helen Duong, Daisy Tribe

Linn - this is very cute and great advice 🙂 http://www.lifestylingit.com

Jorinde - Great picks! I going to use these tips as well. Totally need a spa day after this busy week. Tnx


Chic And Alluring Blog - Oooh, I’m going to have to try that Burt’s Bees scrubs; it sounds divine! I love pomegranate-scented things.

Helen - Thanks ladies! I am going to have my cup of tea tonight.