Western Rise

This summer we stumbled upon a new outdoor gear company headquartered in Denver, Western Rise.  I'm pretty loyal to Patagonia, but I purchased a Western Rise henley and absolutely love it.  It's long enough to actually cover my torso without riding up (a complaint I have about Patagonia's tops), the burnt red color is unique, and it is proving to be quite durable.  Rob also picked out a henley and we've both been wearing them for all of our adventures this summer (yes, at the same time - at least they aren't the same color!).  As far as shirts are concerned, I'm converted.  Oh, and with every Western Rise product purchased, a portion of the profits go to Western Rivers Conservancy to directly impact western rivers.  You can currently get 10% off of a selection of items on Huckberry.

All product images above are credit to Western Rise.  If you want to see awe-inspiring outdoor images, check out their Instagram.  Perusing their feed makes me want to put Blythe in her hiking pack and head out for an adventure.  Below are photos of me and Rob in our gear (sadly, no kids clothing yet).

The Great Outdoors

As Labor Day approaches, I am clinging to the last days of summer.  Here's hoping that next summer we either have our own yard (complete with grill and a spot for me to have a small garden) or that we take advantage of our roof deck more than we did this year!

If I did have my own roof deck or outdoor space, these are a few things I'd be lusting after to make the space perfect and usable.

Mason Jar Lantern from TerrainI've already posted about how I want one of these... I like this version from Terrain even more!
Cloth napkins perfect for a casual dinner party (Image credit to BHLDN) Antique Rice Bucket - perfect for toting things from the house outside (Image credit to At West End)
Pottery Barn Classic Stripe Outdoor Pillow Thomas Paul Melamine Plates
"Sombrilla" - great for creating some shade in the backyard or at the beach (Image credit to Hollie & Harrie) Ball Drinking Mugs (Image credit to Amazon)
Customizable Melamine Plates from LA Plates (I might even get these without a monogram - they have a huge assortment of preppy patterns)
Aubergine Heritage Watering Can (Image credit to Terrain)
Colorful Wooden Trays for serving delicious food! (Image credit to Wisteria) Isis Plate Set (Image credit to Calypso St. Barth)

Until I have some private outdoor space, perhaps a fancy picnic basket is in order?  Truthfully, I don't know how a normal person would/could use such a thing... in my mind, picnics are for plastic or paper products and are meant to be casual affairs.   However, if I had someone helping me to set up said "fancy" picnic, I'd love to use this basket, especially if it could be customized with my own monogram.

Carolina Herrera Picnic Basket (available by special order from CH Carolina Herrera in New York)