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November might be my favorite month of the year.  Or at least second favorite, after October. I don’t love the part where it’s dark by five pm, but November finally brings boot weather, sweater weather, flannel shirt weather, fire in the fireplace weather, Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ nail polish weather…..I could go on and on. Also it’s my birthday month. And while my November downtime is normally reserved for trying out new Thanksgiving recipes, I have an absurdly packed social calendar this weekend so my pumpkin cheesecake will have to wait. Which is probably for the best.

Have a wonderful weekend! Some fun links and pics:

  • Making these for my next cocktail party!
  • I’ll always love brunch, but this article made me laugh.
  • Obsessed with these pumps (thanks, Mindy!)
  • My sister sent this to me last weekend and it renewed my love for all things Taylor Swift.
  • Can we start a letter-writing campaign to bring back the GBL?!? (This seriously makes me so sad!)

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{kate spade “one in a million” necklaces}

Happy Friday, friends! What are you up to this weekend? I’m still waiting for my baby nephew, if you can believe it.  At first I thought he was just fashionably late like his favorite auntie, but now I’m afraid he’s bordering on rude.  I had some fun plans this weekend that I’m going to have to miss, but of course it will be well worth it. I’m so excited to finally meet this little person, and to find out his name (my sister and her husband have it narrowed down to two and are going to flip a coin at the hospital – true story).  I have so many personalized and monogrammed items in my (virtual) shopping carts all over the interwebs, I can’t wait to finally complete my purchases with an actual name! Hint: it’s going to start with one of the letters above.

PSA: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends on Sunday. So if you haven’t stocked up already, add that to your to do list for the weekend. My top five recommendations (aside from the Kate Spade necklaces) would be:

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{the beach this past weekend – this is literally a “#nofilter” photo}

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{new favorite face wash}

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{whale wins patio + summer white}

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{I put together this entire whale/beach/nautical themed package for Baby P, and intended for it to be a shower gift until I realized it needed to be “wrapped” in a Land’s End tote with his name on it – and of course we’re still waiting on a name.  And then I got impatient and gave it to my sister without the tote (which of course is in my cart, in two versions). But, isn’t it all just so cute? I’m pretty proud of the fact that I got every single one of these items on sale. The perks of having 20+ weeks to plan. Whale rattle here, beach towel here, all else long gone. Are you sick of all these baby clothes pics yet? At least we know there’ll be an actual baby by next week for sure.}

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{look what the april showers brought!}

Hello, Friday! I’m off to Austin for a very dear friend’s bachelorette party this weekend, and could not be more excited for some girl time, sunshine, and BBQ.  OK maybe not that last part (Austin is wasted on this picky vegetarian!), but I’m looking forward to exploring the city, particularly the music scene.  My weather app is predicting 91-degree temperatures, so I’m not sure how much we’ll stray from the pool, but once we do…..look out, 6th Street! And of course, the Blazers are playing in Portland tonight, but I’ll be cheering them on from Texas – I’m going to try not to jinx them like I did last week!

Some fun links for your Friday morning – including one for Cinco de Mayo and one for the Derby! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

  • One of my favorite posts from my friend Yoona’s blog (please note that “Cuz” and I have the same exfoliator).
  • Cinco de Mayo cupcakes – and quite a few helpful cupcake tips.
  • How amazing is Emma Stone in this lip sync battle?
  • A mint julep recipe in honor of the Kentucky Derby.
  • Getting to know George Clooney’s fiancé.

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{old fashioned(s) with an old friend at clyde common in portland}

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{finally restocked my favorite exfoliator}

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{fun new earrings}

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{this week’s baby p purchase – for his beach wardrobe – I’ve been waiting for it to go on sale and snatched it up the minute it was marked down}

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Wine tasting at Winderlea in the Willamette Valley – amazing pinots.

Can you guys believe it’s Friday again already? Where did the week go?  I feel like life has gotten so busy all of the sudden – I guess it’s just the time of year.  I’ve had “pedicure” on my to do list for over two weeks now and still haven’t made it to the nail salon – very unlike me!

Anyway…..people seemed to like the links last week, so I found five more. And then five highlights from the week – I’m trying to get back into my “Friday Faves routine” (I couldn’t help adding another baby item at the end!).  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  • Thank you notes: no longer a lost art?
  • My favorite asparagus tart (so easy!!)
  • Fun hair tutorial from a new favorite blog – so cute and fun for spring/summer
  • Perfect bright pink nail color
  • I wouldn’t mind this life (I have the same pink shorts!)

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My new weekend staple (no longer available online, but similar here, sale version here) – this was almost a selfie, but I caught myself 🙂

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Opening Day at Safeco Field

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Anthro candle + Glassybaby + vintage matches

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Can you handle the cuteness? Baby boat shoes from my new addiction, J. Crew Baby.

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Adorable “around the world” calendar from Rifle Paper Co. – compliments of my Pop Sugar box

For my birthday back in November, my sister gave me a subscription to Pop Sugar, a monthly delivery of fun beauty products, home goods, accessories, treats, etc.  It can be hard to get through the gray, rainy winter months  in Seattle, so it’s been so much fun to receive a box full of surprises each month – the gift that keeps on giving!  And the “around the world” calendar is inspiring me to renew my passport and plan a trip!  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend – I’m off to Arizona and I cannot wait!  It’s not exactly international travel, but the forecast for Tucson is in the 80s, so this permanently cold Seattleite will take it.

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I’m obsessed with my new detox cleanser  (also from Pop Sugar) – I can literally feel it working

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Nothing better than curry when recovering from a cold (which I have been for the past week, wah wah)

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In love with this necklace – I’ve been meaning to make something similar since I first saw this blog post over a year ago, but these look just like them and they’re already made for me!

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Whole wheat chocolate chip “lactation” cookies

This recipe comes from a friend of a friend (who doesn’t know I’m posting it, but thank you Ellen all the same!).  I whipped up a double batch for a cousin and a girlfriend who both had babies last week, and after posting a photo on Instagram enough people asked me for the recipe that I thought I’d share it.  Note that these are worth making even if you aren’t a new mom (they’re safe for men and non-lactating women too!) – they’re essentially just extra healthy cookies with brewer’s yeast, which can aid in milk production but is also full of protein and B vitamins that we all need.  Since I could only find it in a large tub, I had lots of leftover yeast and thought I’d be extra healthy and put some in my smoothie in the morning…..let’s just say, it’s better in the cookies.

As you’ll see, this recipe is pretty flexible.  Makes 18-20 small cookies.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (you could also use coconut oil)
1/2 cup brown sugar (a generous half cup)
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal, such as Bob’s Red Mill
1 heaping tablespoon brewer’s yeast
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup oats (a generous half cup)
1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips, or to taste
Raisins, dried cranberries, and/or nuts, optional and to taste

Melt the butter (or coconut oil) and let cool for a bit.  Mix the flaxseed meal in a small bowl with 3 tablespoons water and let sit for a few minutes until it gels. Mix melted butter and sugar together in a large bowl with a spoon or rubber spatula (these cookies work best when mixed by hand rather than with an electric mixer). Add flax/water mixture, brewer’s yeast, vanilla, baking soda, and salt; mix well.  Add in flour, almond meal, oats, chocolate chips, and other add-ins if using.  Mix until just combined.  Chill if you feel like it.  Bake tablespoon-sized cookies for 8-10 minutes at 390 degrees F (not a typo).

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{spicy tuna “roll” from Yardhouse – now that they list calories on the menu, it’s literally the only thing I can order, even when sharing}

Where did the first two weeks of November go? It feels like this month – and year, really – is flying by. The post-daylight savings time 4:30 sunsets always make me a little melancholy, but I love the beginning of holiday season. Seattle has been gray, but (knock on wood) not too rainy yet, so I’m trying to take advantage of being outside as much as possible while the leaves are still crisp, rather than soggy. And as much as this time of year makes me long for a Maui vacation, I’m getting excited about trying new Thanksgiving recipes and celebrating with family and friends in the weeks to come. Some highlights from the past few weeks (since I haven’t been very good about my “weekly” Friday posts):

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{I saw this old school gum at paper source and it made me so nostalgic}

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{kale and lentil salad from my oh-so-hip favorite lunch place, the Nordstrom cafe}

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{love these anthro coasters}

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{new obsession – lulu “vinyasa” scarf}

I hope everyone is looking forward to some R&R this weekend – and maybe a little football. Go Hawks!

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So I realized last night that we’re halfway through August, and thus two weeks away from Labor Day. Can someone please tell me how that happened? Where did the summer go? Fall is my favorite season, so I’m not too sad, but it’s always a little scary to realize how fast time is flying by. It was almost dark at 8:30 last night – as excited as I am for sweaters and boots and football season, that kind of made me want to cry. Next week I might have to focus on more “summery” highlights, but for now, some randoms:

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Coffee and breakfast treats at my favorite Madrona café on Sunday morning, after dropping off my Glassybaby rental (let’s pretend that peach scone is a tofu scramble, Carrie Underwood-diet-style).

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Thank you gift from my friends Ellie and Charlie after our play date last Saturday night. Babysitting used to pay five dollars an hour, and I would do homework once the kids went to bed – this time I received a lovely “sussie” instead, and I got to pour myself a glass of wine and watch Mindy Project reruns after the babies went down.

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Falafel salad – my new obsession from Harried & Hungry, my favorite grab-and-go workweek lunch place. Healthy(ish) falafel recipe coming soon – such a great vegetarian (and gluten free!) option that I often forget about.

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Happy hour at Bottlehouse, my new favorite summer/deck/happy hour hang out in Madrona (where I spent a lot of time last week).

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Some of my favorite pics from my brother’s wedding last weekend (at least, from those that were on my phone) – clockwise from top left: terrible angle for me, but somehow the only picture I have of me and Joe; my hair, which I was obsessed with – after countless weddings with “meh” bridesmaid hair, finally a “messy side bun” that turned out like I wanted it to (and on a related note, anyone planning a wedding in the Portland area should call Portland Makeup and Hair immediately); the beautiful bride and groom; killing time pre-ceremony  with the adorable flower girls.

Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer while they last!

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Oh hey, Friday. Here you are again already – thank goodness.

So we already know I’m pretty into my bangles (see, e.g., here, here, and here). I got the orange “A” for my sister for her bday, and had to get one for myself as well – love the initials! Bracelets in all letters and colors here. Happy Birthday Sissy!

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My “summer citrus” trio – grass (no longer available online), canary, and curry.

My coworker brought these into the office this week – they’re like a York Peppermint Patty, only way more delicious – and made with just honey, pure dark chocolate, and peppermint oil. Honestly, what did people do before Trader Joe’s?

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I’m not usually one for framed quotes, but I bought this on a whim a few weeks ago after stumbling onto this darling print shop through a style blog I follow. Who can’t use a little more Audrey in her life? The rose was a gift from my adorable four year old neighbor, Victoria.

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Wine tasting at my new favorite Willamette Valley winery, Four Graces. Its hard to beat sitting on a deck with your friends in the sun, sipping an Oregon pinot and looking out the amazing views (photo below from my other new favorite Willamette Valley winery) – you might find me here a lot this summer.

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Wishing you all a sunny and relaxing weekend – and maybe a glass of rosé, if that’s your thing. xoxo

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So I just did a quick count, and it turns out this is my 13th Friday Faves post. That means I’ve come up with 65 things to be excited about in the last few months – the better you know me, the more you realize that’s a pretty big accomplishment for my sometimes-not-quite-so-excited little self. And they haven’t all been pictures of my Glassybaby or J.Crew sale finds, even!

Tomato plants on display at Met Market – I would kill for more sun on my deck (or better yet, a full-sun backyard) so I could plant a “salsa garden” like Martha Stewart.

I’ve been cooking a lot of freezer meals for my grandparents – baking mac and cheese in muffin tins is a fun alternative to a normal casserole dish, as you can just pop them out, wrap them in foil, and stick pre-portioned meals into the freezer – easier to store and to use. For bigger portions/appetites, this “jumbo” tin works great. I used this recipe (healthy-ish and always a big hit), but you could do anything you like. If anyone has any good ideas for freezer meals – I have a lot of new moms to bring dinner to as well as Grandma and Grandpa – I would love to hear them in the comments.

So, this is happening. I’m officially a Game of Thrones nerd. Please no one talk to me or try to put anything on my social calendar for awhile – I’ve got something like 5,000 pages to get through.

Has everyone discovered Rent the Runway yet? I wore this Nanette Lepore pink and purple party dress and House of Harlow bangle to my brother and soon-to-be-sister-in-law’s “fiesta” couples’ shower last weekend and both were big hits. And on Sunday morning, I just shoved them into a pre-paid envelope and dropped them off at UPS. So easy and so fun!

For anyone who has ever wondered if you can mix vodka and champagne: the answer is yes. Maybe this was already obvious to you, but I had never thought of it. This fun cocktail (I wish I could remember the name – something mure?) was vodka, champagne, blackberry liquor and lime – it’s like a high-end version of the beer-vodka-crystal light concoction we used to make in college, except served in a champagne flute rather than a cooler.  Delicious and classy – is it time for happy hour yet?

So, that’s 61-65. And now we’re that much closer to 5 pm (or whenever your weekend officially starts – I hope its sooner).  Wishing you all a fabulous Friday and a sunny weekend !

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Hello, Friday!! I had a whirlwind of a week, and am heading into what promises to be a whirlwind of a weekend….can all of you West Coasters believe this weather we’ve been having? It’s almost too good to be true – and makes being at work such a challenge. June is the month I really wish I had looked more into teaching. Some highlights from the past seven days, despite being chained to my desk for the majority of that time:

I’ve been really into my summer brights and neons lately. This J.Crew clutch was a bday gift from my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law last year, mani is JulepAvery.” Some other summer clutches I love:

  • Invitation clutch in cork from J. Crew – so beachy and fun
  • Milly for Banana Republic – I actually love this whole Milly line – although I don’t love that my 40% off coupons don’t work for her stuff.
  • Grayson by Linea Pelle – I adore the bright orange, and the studs.

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Remember my goal of accessorizing more? It’s a lot easier now that the J. Crew Factory store is online. (I know it has been for awhile now, but in case anyone is way behind). Similar necklace here, tons more fun jewelry here.

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I discovered this moisturizer/sunscreen/foundation in my mom’s bathroom, of all places. I usually need a heavier foundation due to my melasma, but somehow this product provides plenty of coverage while staying light and non-greasy….plus everyone tells me I look tan. When I went to buy my own, the woman at the Chanel counter seemed confused, and told me its typically for older women, due to the “firming” and “smoothing” features – but hello, who can’t use a little help even at 29? (wink).  And it’s a built-in sunscreen – win win! The coordinating eye cream is also worth the investment.  Chanel counter = dangerous.

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My new cocktail for the summer: Skinny Girl Cucumber Vodka, soda, lime juice, muddled cucumber and mint. Garnish with cucumber slices, mint leaves, lime wedges, and/or fun pink striped straws.  Delicious, refreshing, and low cal!

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I had a few girlfriends over on Tuesday night to say goodbye to my friend Wendy, who is moving to San Diego at the end of the month (sob!). She picked the worst time of year to leave Seattle – it’s been gorgeous every day this week, and we were able to sit out on the deck until 10 pm. I was so excited to be able to serve bubbles from my new West Elm gold-rimmed champagne flutes, and on a fun gold-rimmed pink tray I picked up in Kona (please note the coordinating napkins).

TGIF, friends!! I hope everyone’s weekend includes lots of sunshine, sunscreen, cocktails and neon! XOXO