Friday, August 1, 2014

Blow Outs and Lashes!


Hi friends,
 
Happy August 1st!
A few weeks ago, well maybe it was a month, the last person in our group of friends turned...
wait for it...30!
 
So in true friend fashion we celebrated!
 
I was lucky enough to spend the day with her, before meeting up with everyone for dinner, drinks and dancing.
 
 
We started at Blowout,
A blow-dry-bar
 
$35 dollars and 70 minutes later I was washed, blownout and styled!!
Can I just say that having someone (anyone) else do my hair is simply divine.
I really could care less how it looks.
#Headrubs much!
 
Thoughts. The bar was adorable and my stylist was a miracle worker. 
I had volume and curls in no time and I left with a girl crush.
Bonus: You can book online!
 
Details:
Address: 128 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
 
 
Then we headed to Blush Beauty Bar,
 
Where I became a full-blown-lifelong member of having my makeup done professionally.
 
You see...prior to this outing, the only other time(s) I'd ever had my makeup done was for my wedding and other friends weddings.
Color me transformed.
Disclaimer: My selfie face is novice, and how uneven is my top lip, goodness??
 
Thoughts. Life Changing.
Plus if you spend $50 in product your make up application is...FREE!
But if you don't want to spend $50, getting your makeup done is only $38.
 
Makeup tip: When you're tired, hungover or just want your eyes to pop, use blue eyeliner! It makes the whites of your eyes stand out.
You're welcome.
 
Details:
Address: 513 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
 
 
I ended up spending $75 at Blush, because I needed a candle, the eyelashes, lipgloss and blue liner.
 
 
As a woman, I know some budgets can't accomodate activities like this, but if you can,
I promise you it's worth it just to feel pampered for a day!
 
 
Have a great weekend!
 
Cheers,

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

We moved to the burbs and I left my enthusiam in the city....


Hi Friends!
 
 
So....we moved!
 
I know! I know, it is devastating. For a few reasons...
 
#1. I am absolutely and irrevocably a Portlander at heart.
 
#2. I am back across the river, in the city I grew up in, hating the fact that I am "back home"
Note: I in no way mean to disrespect people who never move away; but I genuinely never thought I'd live in the 'Couve again. Insert tears here.
And here.
PS. I only moved 10 miles, but it feels like 1000.
 
#3. I now have to pay sales tax.
What-The-Hooker is up with that! 9.6% on everything.
That's so many bottles of California Crush. 
 And don't even get me started on taxed Target trips.
 
#4. My commute to work went from 8 minutes to 45.
Rush hour makes my blood boil; it is in no ones interest that I have any part of it.
Trust me.
Just ask my husband.
 
#5. My wonderful address is now ugly and boring I live on a number for crying (literally) out loud.
My street is full of row houses instead of bars, restaurants and boutiques.
 
#6. Moving just sucks.
Hard.
Your house is a mess, you have to find places to put the stuff you just "had" to keep that you haven't even looked at in years,  "Can you believe we are 30"..."Oh Hi Senior Sweater" and your first drivers license you were sure cute (NOT).
 
Plus we didn't have internet or TV for TWO Weeks! That's basically a year in 2014!
 
But there are positives too.
I swear.
 
#1. We gained so much sf. Like for real! We went from 981sf to 2215sf!
That is so much more house!
 
#2. My books now get to show some skin
 


#3. The master closet is huge, and we have a gym.
So what if it's currently empty except for 6 weights, a TV and a bouncy ab ball.
 
#4. The deck is humongous, and my relationship with sun bathing has been happily reestablished, we're expecting bum tan lines in 5...4...3...2....1.
 
#5. We have a second master for guests.
Come on over friends!
 
#6. M is happy, so I'm happy.
 
 
Lastly, I took a hiatus (a year) from blogging and though I cannot say I'm back for good, I can say I'm feeling inspired and hope to contribute something fabulous to this blogland. More than anything I've miss you friends.
 
Cheers,
 

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

We're getting Saucey in the PNW!

Hi friends,

When you find something you love do you eat it every day? 
Because that is what I do. 

I have been wanting to give up sugar because I will be 30 here shortly 
and
 I've had enough of the fluff. 
Ya-dig.

Insert this cookbook!

I bought the Kindle Version so I could access it on my iPhone and iPad, 
which makes grocery shopping so much easier!
Plus the Kindle version is half the cost of the paperback version.
You can get yours here!

So easy, so delicious!

The first time I made this I followed the directions exactly. 

The second through fifth time, I substituted a few things.

I used EVOO instead of avocado oil
and
A sweet onion instead of a shallot
plus
I also made a non-spicy version and left out the red pepper and cayenne pepper

There are so many options, and they are all sugar free!

Enjoy!


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

It is a print party!


Hi friends,

M and I have been trying to remodel/reorganize our closet for the last 100 years. 

We both shop 
and 
Having to share one closet is devastating

So we recently moved my accessories from the closet to the bedroom.

I have the perfect little nook to call my own

I'm on the hunt for the perfect little (big) mirror
Something vintage with gold
but 
In the mean time...

I wanted to put up some cute prints. 

I recently joined the year 2014 and stopped living under a rock
and
Got Photoshop!
Holy option overload. 

Here are the two prints I just made, 
The grey background is just so you can see them a bit better. 



I'm clearly not an expert but I am looking forward to playing with Photoshop a bit more.

Any and all helpful hints would be appreciated!


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The hunt for Tom-October

Hi Friends,

Have you seen this image floating around?
It was posted on Nordstom's Facebook page.

Do you see #3?

Are you dropping everything to visit Nordstrom and see if they have them in your size?

Hold the phone friends, you won't find it. 

I've looked EVERYWHERE. 

They do have them in denim size 10-12; but that doesn't help me or my wardrobe. 
and 
I'm
Dev-a-stated. 

So if you see them in an 8.5 
I'll hug you, 
Buy you some bubbly, 
and  
LOVE you forever. 

What do you want this Tuesday?

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Celebcrushends.

Hi friends,

The other day M told me that Charlize Theron was his lady crush. 
Umm what, 
She's blonde
So...
 In typical crazy fashion I asked him if he thought she was prettier than me.
He was very sweet and said 

M: "Babe I married you".
Me: You didn't answer the question, do you think she is prettier than me?
M: ....
Me: YOU PAUSED

So what if I agree that she is gorgeous. 
I can't compete with her 6+ foot frame
But I have boobs!
Winning. 

Anyways. 
I have about 5000 crushes. 
They aren't real by any means; 
I happen to follow just about all my favorite celebs (friends) on Instagram,
who doesn't
 and
 when I see their photos
I like them
and
They totally see that I liked it
and
We have a moment. 
Duh

So tickle me obsessed when I saw 
NPH's margarita contest. 
NPH: "Margarita #W: I swinnin laps"
Me: I swin that way too NPH, blue rimmed glass for the win!

 NPH: "Margarita #12: I's the life of the party!! Everybodyone is LOVING me!!"
Me: I love the look they are giving NPH; I feel like its the look M gives me when I have 12 margaritas.


NPH: "Margarita #4: Feeling great. Can't find my book..."
Me: He reads!!!

So who is your celeb crush????

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Friday, January 3, 2014

A December to Remember

Hi friends!
 
Happy New Year!!
 
I was fortunate enough to have the last two weeks off and if I'm being honest,
I want the last two weeks of every year off.
*Wishful thinking at its finest*
 
Here is a brief rundown of our month...
Since I forgot to photograph most of it.
Blame it on the a a a a a alcohol
 
One
For the 2nd time in 5 years.
M cooked.
  Viola!
Review:
It was actually pretty tasty, kudos to my bald Chef!
 
Two
I got 5 days with Twinner
In those 5 days we...
went to a winery
  Cheers!
 
Cooked,
Recipe adapted from here
 
And...
We decorated Gingerbread (Graham cracker) houses! 
Twinner killed us, whatevs.
 
Three
I also gained 4 lbs.
Damn you vino.
Kidding it wasn't the vino; it was fireball.
I can't say no to the cinnamon goodness.
 
Four
I may or may not
Have looked at a flier from 2012 when I was planning our NYE.
Don't worry the 5 other people with me did the same thing;
So we spent our evening over-dressed at a hotel drinking our sorrows via Greyhounds
(thanks vodka),
Ringing in the New Year with plastic beads and barefoot amongst people way older than we are
 (not really older we just "aren't" 30 yet).
 
Five
The 1st was spent at the Races
Where we lost $18 dollars  
If you live in Portland GO!
It's so fun, and cheap, we're talking $1 beers cheap.
 
 
I hope that the first weekend of 2014 brings you something great!
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