Friday Faves

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{homemade muffins + pretty bouquet}

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been gray and rainy here all week, and I’ve had a nasty cold, so I’m extra ready for the weekend. What are your plans? I made two delicious recipes this week for the blog but didn’t manage to post either of them, so I might work on that.  My cousin delivered a baby girl in Edinburgh an hour ago, so I get to go pick out a little something tiny and pink to send over to Scotland. Movie date to finally go see The Wolf of Wall Street tomorrow night (should we even bother?)….. and of course, games three and four of the Portland/Houston series tonight and Sunday. I’m predicting the Blazers sweep!

Some fun links and photos to help you make it to 5 pm:

  • How to wear bronzer (I have a tendency to overdo it so this is helpful!)
  • This article reminded me of my grandpa
  • I might need to try these asap (as I’ve recently rediscovered my love for Nutella)
  • Happy (belated) birthday, Suri
  • Love this new Tumblr!  (My friend Jessie just bought that LK Bennett dress and she spilled a cup of tea on it and it’s ruined, how sad is that?)

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{all new products for my over-processed hair}

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{I told you I wanted these!}

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{mid-cookie-baking snack}

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{weekly baby nephew purchases – t minus three months!! Sleeper, teether, rattle, blanket}

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{the back is the cutest part!}

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Friday Faves

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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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Tulips at the market

Happy Friday, friends! All of the tulips, daffodils, and crocuses popping up in the markets and yards make me feel like spring is finally here! Just last week I was scraping ice off my car, yet next week’s forecast is in the 70s.  Such a crazy time of year!  Some fun inspiration in honor of the season of renewal:

And then, some not-necessarily-springy highlights from my (last few) week(s). Have a wonderful weekend!

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Delicious meal at Grassa in Portland (don’t worry, this was just the first course).

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Bundt cakes (lemon poppyseed and rum) for my dear friends’ wedding last weekend – in lieu of having a traditional wedding cake, the bride asked about twenty of her girlfriends to make their favorite bundt cakes. Tragically,  my cakes and I ended up missing the wedding due to a terribly-timed bout with the norovirus, but all reports said the bundt cake table was a hit!

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Champagne cocktails at Tallulah’s in Capitol Hill – so hip.

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My new baby nephew’s first stationary from my new Etsy fave.  I’m going to try really hard not to overwhelm this blog with pics of all the baby things I can’t seem to stop buying, but I thought these were extra cute! And what unborn baby doesn’t need personalized thank you notes?

Friday Faves

Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe it’s already August? It feels like this summer – this whole year, actually – is flying by. After weeks and weeks of perfect summer weather, Seattle had its first few overcast days this week, and I know I’m a true Northwesterner because the grayness, mist, and 65 degree temperatures felt heavenly. This girl is definitely ready for football season. A few highlights from the half sunny, half gray week: image Wine tasting at Two Vintners, my new favorite Washington winery. I joined their Wine Club this past weekend and can’t wait to go back – and to drink the Grenache Blanc that I purchased (featured on Canlis’ tasting menu this month, no less). image Peach shortcake for my friend Scott’s 30th birthday dinner – homemade Smitten Kitchen biscuits, fresh peaches tossed with lemon juice, cinnamon, and sugar (Scott: “are these like homemade canned peaches?”), and Ben & Jerry’s Peach Cobbler ice cream (Haagen Dazs vanilla bean on the side – no such thing as too much ice cream, right?). image Latest score from the (constant) Banana sale. The day I attempted to purchase these, they were 40% off of the first markdown – but they had to ship them from a different store, and by the time they processed the transaction the following day they were 50% off of a second, further reduced price. $130 shoes for $38, yes please! image Nordstrom Anniversary Sale “Beauty Exclusives” – $268 value for $128 – if you do the math (which I obviously did), that’s a 53% savings. Stock up before the sale ends on Sunday! image My half successful, half failed attempt at dinner last night – the all-over-Pinterest Martha Stewart one-pot pasta. I did one pot with gluten free angel hair (fail), and one with Smitten Kitchen’s farro version, which turned out delicious. I’m sure regular pasta would be fine – the rice pasta just got too gummy – but I think the fact that the farro takes 30 minutes really helps develop the flavors (the pasta only takes 7-10, so those onions still looked pretty raw to me). Wishing everyone a lovely, back-to-being-in-the-80s weekend. I’m having another peach dessert tonight (peach crisp with crème fraîche ice cream, how yummy does that sound?!) -trying to enjoy these last few summer weeks while we have them.  I suppose fall will be here soon enough.  xoxo

Friday Faves

I don’t know about you, but this girl is definitely ready for the weekend. I’m heading to the beach for what Bridget Jones would call a “mini-break,” and I cannot wait to get on the road. What is it they say about the sea air restoring your soul? I can’t really remember, but I’m excited to curl up with a blanket and a bottle of wine and relax after a crazy busy week. That’s still a few hours away though, so in the meantime – a few highlights from the past seven days:

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View from Section 331

Every year my friend Katie’s parents buy a huge block of tickets for the Mariners’ home opener. It’s become such a fun tradition, even though Safeco can be kind of a zoo on Opening Day. This year was actually warmer than past years, there was amazing people watching in the beer garden, I ran into so many friends, and the M’s even got a win! (Let’s not talk about anything that’s happened since then).

Peonies at the market – makes it seem like spring even when it’s gray and rainy!

It’s pretty much impossible to get out of my grandparents’ house without my grandma trying to “gift” you something – whether it be food, an old cardigan, or a family heirloom. Lately she’s been trying to give away some of her really nice things, such as this china teacup. She insisted that I take it home this past weekend, asking only that I try to find it “online” (not sure she really understands the concept) to find out what it’s worth. So that’s on my to-do list, but in the meantime I’m just appreciating it for its intricate design and delicate beauty (hand-painted gold!). I have an extensive teacup collection thanks to my godmother, so now all I need is a huge dining room with a china hutch. Maybe someday…..

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I’m obsessed with my new cucumber candle from West Elm (on clearance!).

I’ve been loving my new ballet flats from Sperry – I love their boat shoes but these just seem to work better with my wardrobe. I’m obsessed with this pair but not sure if I would wear them enough to rationalize the purchase (my sister bought them and returned them for the same reason). Although, now that I look them up online I see that they’re actually Milly for Sperry, which means I probably should go back and buy them immediately. Who doesn’t need a pair of hot pink boat shoes for spring? Now I just need more friends with boats!

A couple other pairs of fun spring shoes I love:

Colorful flats: here and here

Kate Spade pumps: here and here

I always need cute new running shoes: Nike Frees in pastel stripes

And just to torture ourselves: Manolo Sandals

Happy Friday!! I hope everyone has fabulous plans for the weekend, and that 5 o’clock (or 2 o’clock, in my case) comes quickly! XOXO