Friday Faves

IMG_1812{Seaside Beach on the Fourth of July}

Happy Friday to my loyal B&B readers! Can you believe it’s been so long since my last FF post? 15 weeks, isn’t that terrible? And in the summer, when there are so many favorites each week! Not to mention all the Cooper and Harper pics I’ve failed to post. But now we’re back into the swing of things and I’m hoping to be better about blogging this fall.

What are you up to this weekend? I’m on day five of a 20-day detox, so I’ll be staying in for most of the weekend eating lots of healthy foods and not drinking any wine (woe is me). Thank goodness there’s lots of football to watch! Wishing everyone a lovely weekend. Go Huskies and Go Hawks! And now some fun links and pics. TGIF!

  • This little boy and I are on the same page
  • I’ve been eating this salad on repeat all summer (thus my need for a detox!)
  • Dying to try this soup – and it’s *almost* detox-friendly!
  • Rumor has it this lip pencil in ‘Dragon Girl’ is Taylor Swift’s go to red – I bought it for three friends this week and am thinking I need it for myself too!
  • This book arrived yesterday and I can’t put it down – Mindy and I speak the same language.

IMG_0959{wine on the beach – that’s an old photograph of my grandmother on the bottle}

IMG_1193{banana nutella waffle – this is why I’m now on a 20 day detox}

IMG_1930{my latest additions to Harper’s headband collection – they say the first step is admitting you have a problem}

IMG_1741{and the little glitter hair bow model herself – Harper and her cousin love fantasy football!}

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{last of the babies from my grandpa’s garden}

Happy last weekend of summer! Are you sad to see it end or soooooo ready for fall? I’m a little of the former but more of the latter – but I’m going to make a pitcher of this and just try to just appreciate the sunny weather while it lasts. I hope everyone has something fun on their agenda for the weekend.  I’m a little emotionally drained from the Mariners’ wildcard race (especially last night’s game!) and my fantasy loss on Monday night, but looking forward to some good baseball and football this weekend all the same. Some fun links and pics to get you through the work day:

  • Loving all of this career advice from some of my favorite people
  • Who doesn’t need more chocolate cake in their life?
  • And then an apple and fennel salad to offset it.
  • So much about Sex and The City I didn’t know!
  • I know this video came out awhile ago, but I saw it for the first time yesterday and it’s exactly how I feel about my little baby nephew (sob).

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{sugar cookies for baby cousin piper’s first birthday}

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{definitely the best way to be asked to be a bridesmaid!}

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{cold brew at home}

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{love this little guy and his funny sleep positions so much}

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{road trip + mcdonald’s cone}

Happy Friday, everyone! Look at me, two blog posts in two days.  I’m pretty proud of myself! (Taking two months off creates a bit of a FF backlog, but I’m going to do my best to catch up over the next few weeks).  I hope everyone has exciting plans for the weekend.  I’m helping out at my family’s annual charity golf tournament tomorrow – the forecast is 97, so wish us all luck not dying of heatstroke.  I hope your plans involve a beach or a pool instead!

Some fun links to get you through your Friday:

  • Orange lipsticks – what are your thoughts? I went to Nordstrom the other night in search of the second one (the most neutral, obviously) but tragically it’s been discontinued.  I was already at the MAC counter so I tried on the first one just for fun, but of course it made me look like a clown.  And by clown I don’t just mean like someone wearing an absurd shade of orange lipstick, I mean like someone you would pay to come to your child’s birthday party wearing a rainbow-striped wig and make balloon animals. Yikes.
  • I would like one of these right this minute.
  • I’m working my way through Emily’s monthly beauty buys – so far I’m still on April, but I’m loving this series (I bet she gets all her products as gratis too, no fair).
  • I don’t think I’m as obsessed with Ryan Gosling as much as the average female between the ages of 15-50 (I’m too busy planning my future with this man), but I find all of this freaking out pretty hilarious.
  • How to Write a Wedding Speech – I wish every best man would read this!

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{my dear friend alison’s gorgeous pacific palisades wedding}

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{new favorite pinot}

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{and favorite party punch from pinot release party}

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{new favorite skincare product – thanks emily!}

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{cuddle time with my (current) favorite newborn, sweet greta jane}

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{and her adorable big brother with his birthday cupcake and his trucks}

Friday Faves: Austin

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{morning run along the river}

Happy Friday, everyone! I just arrived in Spokane, WA for my cousin Ellen’s college graduation and am going to attempt to get a quick post up while I sit in the hotel bar and wait for a girlfriend to pick me up for dinner. I lived in Spokane for three years during law school – so crazy how that seems like centuries ago, but at the same time it’s as though I never left. I’m enjoying a delicious glass of Adelsheim Pinot Gris and wishing I could still be satisfied with happy hour white the way I was in law school.

But I digress. This week’s faves are from last weekend’s trip to Austin, which was a whirlwind from which I’ve been recovering all week. Austin is an amazing city – young and hip and full of live music and amazing restaurants and bars.  And beautiful people, although what really stood out to all of us was how nice everyone was.  I literally didn’t open a door for myself from the time we arrived until we landed back in Seattle.  When we finished diner on Saturday night, our waiter told us “I’m worried you aren’t going to be able to get taxis, I’ve taken the liberty of calling one of our drivers who will fit all of you in his suburban and only charges tip, no meter.”  In hindsight, it sounds (a) like maybe he really wanted us out of his restaurant and/or (b) a little unsafe, but at the time we just chalked it up to everyone in Texas being so nice. 

As you’ll see from the pics, we ate (and drank) our way through the city.  Our condo had an amazing pool, so I was able to soak up a little much needed Vitamin D.  And most importantly, we were able to celebrate the bride, my very dear friend (from law school!!) Alison, who is marrying a really great guy in three weeks (!!!).  My bridesmaid diet starts on Monday (that’s totally enough time, right?) – between now and then, I’m going to enjoy catching up with old friends, toasting the graduate, and of course celebrating my mom on Sunday.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

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{salsa and guac sampler at la condesa}

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{amazing sushi dinner at uchiko}

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{brunch beignets at annie’s}

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{baby p’s souvenir – might be regifted as my sister hates “anything with words on it”}

Friday Faves: Miraval Edition

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 early morning desert hike

Last week my mom, sister, sister-in-law, and I had the incredibly good fortune to hop a plane to sunny Arizona and spend a few days at Miraval, an amazing resort and spa outside of Tucson that I’ve been referring to as “Oprah’s Spa” (Oprah and Gayle went a number of years ago, and then Oprah sent an entire audience full of groups of girlfriends during her final season – if you were wondering).  Our days went a little something like this: breakfast, fitness class/hike/yoga, coffee/juice/smoothie bar break, classes or lectures (fitness, nutrition, cooking, mental health, photography, you name it), lunch, spa treatment, more classes or lectures, maybe some pool time, happy hour, dinner, bed.   Needless to say, our trip wasn’t nearly long enough and I can’t wait to get back.  A few highlights:

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life in balance spa – my new happy place

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hummingbird mama and her babies in their nest in the courtyard (in a kumquat tree!)

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pool time (not pictured: my prickly pear iced tea, so delicious!)

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desert sunset

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cooking demo with the pastry chef – lemon raspberry cookies and arugula salad with honey dijon vinaigrette (recipes coming next week, get excited!)

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downtime at the villa

Friday Faves

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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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Happy fall, friends! Technically I’m two days ahead of schedule, as the equinox isn’t until Sunday, but its starting to really feel like the seasons are changing in Seattle. All my summer weddings are over, the air is getting crisp, and we’re almost four weeks into football season, so autumn is pretty much here in my book. Which is good news for so many reasons, including all of the pumpkin-themed recipes I get to start making. Cookies, muffins, soups, granola – I hardly know where to begin. And that’s just pumpkin, don’t even get me started on squash and root vegetables. If you have any favorite fall recipes, I would love to hear them in the comments. (I made these pumpkin snickerdoodles for a “new baby dinner” last week, if you’re in a baking mood this weekend – pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin granola coming Monday).

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How fun are these vodka escort cards at my friends’ Jody and Anton’s (half) Russian wedding last weekend?

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Love the fig garnish on this gorgeous tart (obviously not homemade, but maybe someday).

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I adore all of the beetle print happening at Tory Burch right now. Including this bag, and the Jasmine top that my idol Mindy Kaling wore on her press tour this week (seen here).

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Hawks tailgate on Sunday – crab feed, Philly cheese steaks, green and blue cupcakes and Jell-O shots, the Manning bowl, flip cup, and a tailgate puppy named Mosley. Have I mentioned how much I love fall?!?

Happy weekend, everyone! I hope yours is filled with pumpkin and tailgates, and/or anything else that you love about this season.

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Hello again, Friday. It’s gray and rainy here in Seattle, and I’m loving every minute of it (I can say that only after confirming the forecast predicts a sunny 75 for my friend Jody’s wedding tomorrow). I fell asleep to a thunder and lightning storm last night, and woke up feeling more rested than I have in weeks. I know fall isn’t here to stay quite yet, but I love these first few hints of it. Between two weddings, Husky football, my fantasy draft (ESPN gave my team an A, if you were wondering), and the birth of my good friends Wes and Kyle’s new baby girl, there was a lot going on this week. A few highlights:

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{brunch at the Agua Verde Paddle Club on Lake Union}

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{beet and veggie juice at Tom Douglas’s amazing new “urban marketplace” downtown Seattle}

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{nothing better than the Sunday sports page after a huge Husky win}

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{gluten-free baking experiment from Love and Lemons}

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{nothing sweeter than a brand new baby – and nothing more fun than putting together treats for her and her family}

Happy Friday, everyone! No Husky game tomorrow, so I guess all I can say is Go Hawks!!

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Happy Labor Day Weekend, friends! Its always a little bitersweet to say goodbye to Summer, but I think Fall is in the air – it was gray and rainy in Seattle yesterday, college football starts tomorrow, and in case you haven’t seen it all over Facebook/Instagram, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back (a few weeks early, IMHO). I’m looking forward to celebrating my cousin Max’s wedding tonight, and the first Husky game in our new stadium tomorrow. I hope everyone has fun plans for the long weekend!

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{raspberry smash cocktails at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara}

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{chalkboard wall, inspirational quote, and tassel garland at my favorite local coffee shop near my parents’ house}

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{my new skincare obsession, thanks to my friend Jessie’s recommendation}

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{truffle popcorn on the RN74 happy hour menu}

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{berry sangria on the porch at my friend Katie’s beach house}

Very Berry Sangria, from Real Simple Magazine

1 bottle of red wine (750 ml)
1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
1 12 oz. bottle of ginger ale
1/2 cup sugar (or simple syrup, to taste)
2 oz. blackberry liqueur

Toss the wine, berries, sugar or simple syrup, and liqueur in a pitcher, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Pour in ginger ale just prior to serving. Fill individual glasses with ice and pour sangria over ice. We then topped with champagne, optional. Cheers!

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Friday Faves, Portland Edition

Happy August 9th, everybody! Today is my brother’s wedding day, so it’s an extra exciting day around here. I spent a lot of time in Portland over the past week, in preparation for the wedding festivities, so please enjoy some of my “Portland Faves” while I’m off to get my hair and makeup done (and have a mimosa):

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My all time favorite food cart, from the city that made food carts hip. My perfect lunch: “bambino” size Whole Bowl, hold the sour cream and olives, for $5. I’ve been saying for years that I wanted to bring WB to Seattle, but I recently discovered the “GFF” cart and its a pretty close second.

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Stumptown coffee at Petunia’s, my favorite vegan, gluten-free cafe in the Pearl – I didn’t realize when I ordered my Americano that “vegan” meant no half and half, just almond milk – only in Portland! (also: reasons I could never actually be vegan).

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Pre-wedding brow wax at Blush, my first stop whenever I’m in town.

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My Grandpa Nelson passed away fifteen years ago, but during his life he had the most amazing (and enormous) garden and orchard. Rows and rows of tomato plants, corn, carrots, potatoes, tons of berries, plums, apples, pears – I could go on and on. One of the saddest things to watch after his death was the deterioration of his garden. It’s only taken 15 years, but this year my dad planted his first tomato plants.  I even got to make a yummy pasta with the first red ones!

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Last Friday night I drug my mom, aunt and cousins to dinner at Simpatica, the restaurant where my parents hosted the rehearsal dinner for my brother’s wedding last night (blog post coming Monday, get excited).  I wanted to see the space, taste some wines, and do some last minute layout-planning for the rehearsal dinner, but as a perk we all enjoyed an outrageous four course meal. 1st: fried squash blossom stuffed with herbed chèvre on a buttermilk dipping sauce; 2nd: baby mixed greens, grilled haricot verts, blueberries, chopped almonds, red wine vinaigrette; 3rd: fennel-crusted Oregon Albacore, sautéed padron peppers, cherry tomatoes, corn, basil, green goddess dressing; 4th: peach crisp, crème fraîche ice cream.

I hope everyone is looking forward to something fun this weekend.  Wish me luck on (co) writing my best man speech – nothing like waiting until the very last minute! xoxo