fashion, style

City of Roses

black perforated flats, black skinny jeans, vince jacket, vince leather jacket, rag and bone tank, karen walker super duper strength sunglasses, rose garden portland

I came across this heart-wrenchingly true quote, “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying those roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” (Courtesy of one of Dale Carnegie’s corporate leadership pieces.) It inspired me to re-prioritize enjoying that I have and wanting nothing more. If you’re particularly boss at doing that, share your tips below!

portland rose gardenLambskin jacket, Vince Scuba jacket, Shawl collar, asymmetrical zip leather jacket, vince jacket, leather jacketpink rose portland or rose garden  vince leather jacket white roses

While we are on the topic of priorities- comfort is one of mine; especially while on vacation. I practically lived in these shoes while we were in Portland (as you might expect from the last post). Why not?

Wearing: Vince leather jacket / Marc by Marc Jacobs jeans (with DIY holes) / Rag and Bone tank (white not avaialble, similar here and here) / DV by Dolce Vita flats / Reiss bag / Karen Walker Super Duper Strength sunglasses

P.S. I am participating in a fairly epic giveaway that you may want to enter!

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  • Brooke

    I so agree Bethann! We are all about the future and all that worry wastes our enjoyment in the present. I try to remind myself to just live in the now when I find myself on a Monday worrying about the things I have to get done on the weekend :/ Starting my day off with a yoga practice definitely helps since it’s all about being in the moment. It sets up my day to be that way. Loving this casual and edgy look! One of my favorite combos. And those shoes are great. Comfort is SO key when walking around all day.

    • Bethann Wagner

      I could use some more yoga in my life! Thanks for the reminder and have fun at your yoga retreat!

  • Anna

    The jacket looks fantastic 🙂 And thank you for the reminder to stop and appreciate. A favorite quote of mine is “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for”

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you Anna! Also, I love the quote you shared! Thanks for sharing.

  • Olivia

    That’s a great quote, and is so true! It’s always so hard to try and remember to enjoy the moment and not think of the future. I love your jacket, and the flowers are gorgeous!

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you for sharing your tips! That’s a good one and thanks for the kind words about the new jacket!

  • Anita

    Awww, I love that. It can be so hard just to be present. Even in yoga, I find myself thinking about what all is going on later that day. 😉

    Beautiful outfit as always! That leather jacket is perfect.

    Always, Anita

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you, Anita! It is hard to think of just yoga… but that is the PERFECT time to practice, right? xoxo

  • KatWalkSF

    Amazing quote + the flowers are the perfect pop of color for this look!


    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you dear, Kat! xoxo

  • Lilli Elise

    Gorgeous garden! Amazing jacket and perfect quote 🙂 words of wisdom for sure

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you so much, Lilli!

  • Donna

    LOVE the leather jacket! The setting is so beautiful, hope you had an incredible vacay!

    xo Donna

    • Bethann Wagner

      You are too sweet. Thank you, Donna! You HAVE to go see this garden (if you haven’t already) – you little jet setter you!

  • CarlinaL

    Hmm, that is a hard one, I think for me hearing about real troubles that someone has puts my life into perspective. Shows me I have so much and that at times I don’t value it nearly as much as I should. Anyways you must of been the chicest person in Portland…I’m sure. 😉

    xo Carlina

    • Bethann Wagner

      Ha! Chicest person in Portland. People sure did dress differently there! Great point about perspective. Totally agreed.

  • Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.

    Loooove this look! I’m so excited for fall so I can bust out my leather jacket again. And that’s a wonderful quote, thanks for sharing. I find myself all too often spending all my time thinking and worrying about the future and not appreciating the here and now. Trying to embrace the present more lately 🙂

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you, Whitney! Fall is my favorite time of year primarily because we get to layer… oh and the holiday of course! Thanks for the reminder to embrace the present. 🙂

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    Gorgeous look! Love the jacket and the bag!
    xo, Jane

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you, Jane!

  • Cara Northcutt

    HOT MAMA! Love the leather and sneakers! Get it;)

    xx Cara

    • Bethann Wagner

      haha, thank you Cara! xo

  • Kasia Vitanachy

    So smart! When looking ahead make sure to look around too;) i am still working on my appreciation skills. I just moved to the Bay Area from Stockholm and loving your blog.