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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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:

View from Section 331

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

Friday Faves

Happy Friday and Happy March! Is anyone sad to say goodbye to February? I know I’m not. I tried to escape the February blahs by spending a few days in Arizona with my family last weekend, so the majority of my highlights from the week (besides Indiana’s loss on Tuesday night!!) are from our mini-vaycay. Our trip was short and sweet, and even though the temperatures were only in the mid-60s (10 degrees lower than average for the end of February), it still felt so heavenly to see blue skies and sunshine. And since it wasn’t really warm enough to lay by the pool (at least, not without a sweatshirt on), we had the chance to do things we wouldn’t normally have done had we been busy working on our tans.

Per my friend Kristy’s recommendation, hiking Camelback Mountain was on our list of things to do. There are two trails that go up Camelback, but the more difficult of the two was closed for renovations so our only option was the “longer, but less steep” Cholla Trail. All I can say is, I would recommend no one ever try the steeper route, unless you have a death wish. Or unless the renovations include some pretty serious guardrails. Because whoa, that mountain is a lot steeper than it looks. We had to abandon our water bottles about two thirds of the way up, because we needed both hands for climbing. I think at that point we decided we weren’t so much “hiking” as we were “rock climbing” (the website calls it “rock scrambling,” which sounds even worse). Despite being completely terrified, however, it was so much fun and I’m so glad we did it – but when I met some friends for dinner that night and they told me people die “all the time” when hiking Camelback, I wasn’t at all surprised.

I think spring training is going to be a new annual tradition of mine. I get so excited for baseball season to start each spring, even though lately the Mariners have been so bad that our season is beyond hope by the time it’s actually warm enough to go to a game. But spring training games are warm (or warm-ish) even in February, and tickets are $7. You can essentially sit wherever you want, and even the beers are cheaper. And parking is free if you show up after the first inning, like we did. Peoria Diamond Club, here I come! (PS – at the time of this posting, M’s are 6-1! Maybe this will be our year, after all!).

Another bonus of our trip was that every single meal was delicious. We had some recommendations thanks to my sister’s friend Shannon, a Scottsdale native, and all of them were great. North has all-day happy hour on Sunday, so we headed there after the M’s game for an early dinner and half-priced wine. Two of our app orders, brussels sprouts and “zucca chips,” arrived in these mini cast iron casserole dishes that I’ve been obsessed with for quite some time – now I want them even more. And/or these, and/or these. And then I’m going to throw a party and serve zucca chips in them, because they are adorable and delicious. I can’t wait.

I know I already talked about enamel bracelets last week, but oops! I bought another one. I love anything with a “C” on it (Anthropologie is a very dangerous place for me) so when I saw these on the C. Wonder website I decided to splurge. I’m going to buy a couple more for gifts, and I probably need the “E” for my middle initial too, since orange and pink are so fun together! Or rather, now that I know my dad is reading this, I’m not going to buy anything else, and save all my money for retirement.

I know technically spring doesn’t start for three more weeks, but I’ve always felt like the seasons should be cleanly broken into months. Spring starts in March, summer starts in June, etc. It just makes so much more sense that way! It’s still dumping rain here in Seattle, but all the tulips at the market make it feel like spring has already arrived. Also, I love these little bud vases I got at CB2 last year – they were a total impulse buy, and truth be told I think one was supposed to be a gift, but when they arrived I decided they were a set and kept them both. Now if only it could be as springy outside as it is in my apartment!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I’m looking forward to laying low – maybe beginning some spring cleaning/closet organizing – and hopefully trying out some new recipes to share with you on Monday! TGIF!!