Archive | April, 2012

someday i’ll have a balcony

24 Apr

And hopefully it will be as awesome as these. I first fell in love with French-style bistro chairs and tables when my mom opened her outdoor design store in Portland’s Pearl District. Every day after middle school I would ride the bus to the store, gawk over the pieces and usually head over to legendary diner Byways Cafe for a BLT to-go (on sourdough, obvi). Flying to California to hunt the LA Flea Market for new pieces for the store was another highlight, and it was then I developed my affinity for this patio furniture.   Luckily, Sweden’s Alvhem Makleri Design & Interiors loves them too.

Who wouldn’t want to hang out there? Delicious breakfast carbs..check. French press…check. Europe…check. Perfectly styled patio…check. I could really just go for renting an apartment in Sweden for a week and calling that a pretty good time.

a dream entryway

23 Apr

I wish wish wish I knew where this came from. Simplicity meets elegance:

Instead of the hanging light fixture, I might select something like this instead:

This chandelier happens to be from one of my favorite brunch spots in Portland (where I ironically had breakfast yesterday), Mother’s Bistro. I think it would look awesome in that entryway paired with more modern furnishings. I can just see this place as a brownstone in NYC with the city just steps outside your door.

45 places to see in 2012

22 Apr

Since a) I love travel and b) would go almost anywhere at the drop of a hat, I figure it’s only appropriate to blog about this year’s New York Times’ Best Places to go 2012. Up from 31, the NYT has released 45 amazing destinations this year (released in January).

Highlights:

#1) Panama. You definitely don’t have to twist my arm to convince me Panama would be an amazing place to see. American expats and realtors are flocking there (the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in Latin America is currently under construction in Panama City), which means I’ll need to plan a trip sooner rather than later. From the article:

“Across the isthmus, on Panama’s Caribbean coast, the Bocas del Toro archipelago has become a popular stop on the backpacker circuit, with snorkeling and zip lining by day and raucous night life after dark.”

uhhh…yeah. SOLD.

#9) Lhasa, Tibet. I’ve always been intrigued by Tibetan culture, and Lhasa seems like the perfect place to go to immerse yourself. I’d love to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism as well.

#14) San Diego. I don’t know how I’ve managed to live in Oregon my whole life, been to Palm Springs/Palm Desert plenty of times, and still managed to miss San Diego. 2012, I think this is the year. Much like Portland, San Diego is known for great breweries. Unlike Portland, San Diego is also known for great beaches and shopping. Seems like an excellent way to spend a long weekend.

#36) Dubrovnik, Croatia. The first sentence from the article says it all: “The St.-Tropez of the Balkans, equal parts classic and modern.” Yep, that’s all the convincing I need. If you need a little more, the NYT elaborates better than I ever could from research alone:

“Often called the Jewel of the Adriatic, this seaside city features marble streets, Renaissance fountains and white sand beaches. “

Other highlights not mentioned above include Florence, Italy, The Maldives, and Havana, Cuba.

Next on my personal list? Thailand, Austin and Charleston. I really have a thing for wanting to see SE Asia recently. Next on my list from this list? No doubt SD would be the easiest, but I’m dying to go ev-er-y-where.

oatmeal cookie goodness

21 Apr

I’m a sucker for carbs. I’m a sucker for oatmeal things. I’m a sucker for treats. I f*ing love oatmeal cookies – they’re my favorite – so when I discovered this recipe I had to put these bad boys on the “to make” list immediately. I haven’t gotten around to it just yet (there are a lot of things on there, ok?), but it’s hard to imagine these butter-free, dairy-free and flour-free disks of oaty goodness could disappoint. I mean, they even have peanut butter in them (although it seems easy enough to take out if that’s not your thang.)

Here it is (thanks to bitesandbliss):

  • 1.5 cups quick cut oats**
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (unpacked)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350°. Mix the dry ingredients then add the eggs, vanilla extract, and peanut butter. Mix by hand until well combined.

Spoon onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper with 2” between each cookie. Bake 15-20 minutes until slightly set. Let cool to set completely.

**Note: You can use thick cut oats but may need to reduce the amount slightly.

Yep, looks like a winner to me!

fancy friday

20 Apr

I spend most of my time in extremely casual environments, so I’ve adopted a new favorite phrase: fancy friday. Has a nice ring, doesn’t it? Here are a few of my favorite fancy finds from the week (though not actually particularly fancy):

Haute Hippie via shopbop. Gawking over this for my upcoming Palm Springs trip.

I keep seeing this all over the net, yet have no idea where it’s from. Anyone? This belongs in my closet.

I know it’s spring, but this cashmere cowl neck souchi sweater is beautiful.

Diane von Furstenberg ‘Zia’ platform sandal. I love them in this color.

Vince lambskin leather shorts via Bloomingdales.

Happy Friday!

share your passion

20 Apr

I used to blog. In a former life. Then I realized my work and personal life were becoming one in the same – my blog had lost the essence of “me,” and instead became a reflection of my daily work. While I love my work, technology has made it far too easy for e-mails/requests/projects to follow you home everyday. Far too easy to lose sight of passions because of the pressure to always be “on call.” Even so, technology has also provided us with many necessary resources to explore and continue discovering new things.

Ever heard the quote, “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time”? Your passions, coupled with your work, family, and whatever else is important to you, are what make you who you are. So, cheers to living a life full of passions and discovery. Cheers to living your ideal lifestyle. Cheers to living in style, whatever you interpret that to be. As a great rapper (or two or three or four) said – do you!