reading list

reading list | TWELFTH AVENUE

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. After playing coy with one another for a year or so, I finally picked up this novel at Powell’s last Friday and took it on a date to Clear Lake over the weekend. I’m about a third of the way in and deep into the can’t-put-it-down phase of our relationship. This book is beautiful, heart-wrenching, clever and funny all at once. I cannot recommend it enough.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. This novel is patiently waiting on my nightstand while I finish Beautiful Ruins. Although I am very excited to read it, I am also bracing myself for intense heartbreak. The Light Between Oceans is a tale of isolation, courage, loss and difficult choices in the face of morality. I’ll have my box of tissues at the ready for this one.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. One of my favorite things to study and discuss is why we (as humans) do what we do. This wildly popular book uses a narrative style, backed by scientific research, to explain why habits exist and how we can change them. My friends and family are probably sick of me referencing this book, but I can’t help it – it’s so interesting!

Summer Food by Paul Lowe, Nina Dreyer Hensley and Jim Hensley. Food porn alert! How can I resist a book brimming with recipes for light and flavorful summer fare? This would also make such a lovely hostess gift.

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There is something so lovely about really delicate jewelry, and Zoe Chicco really nails it. I was immediately drawn to her ring and necklace collections, so feminine and chic. When it comes to jewelry, I have my staple pieces that consist of my watch, two rings and diamond studs I never take off.

I don’t typically go outside my every day accessories, but I would love to add this baguette ring and hammered set to my collection.

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checking in

Hi ya’ll (I’ve been watching too much Bachelorette). I felt my radio silence deserved some kind of explanation. Summer has happened. It’s crazy, these few short months always seem to be jam-packed with travel, activities, friends, weddings, family, food, fun and some work thrown in there as well. Anyone else feeling slammed with fun?

Allen and I are headed to the Bay this weekend to see friends and family, and we are so looking forward to getting away for a couple days. We don’t have a lot on the agenda other than trying this charming little spot, basking in the Sausalito sunshine whilst on our stand-up paddle boards, and maybe a trip to one of our favorite spots to watch the beautiful California sunset. See you all next week!

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healthy “fried” quinoa

healthy "fried" quinoa | TWELFTH AVENUE

For the past few weeks, my CSA box has included big, beautiful spring onions and a boatload of peas. I’m always looking for creative ways to use my weekly dose of farm fresh vegetables (a girl can only eat so many salads), and this healthy take on fried rice really fit the bill. It’s quick, it’s delicious, it’s got weeknight dinner recipe written all over it!

healthy "fried" quinoa | TWELFTH AVENUE

Healthy “Fried” Quinoa
makes 2 servings


*Okay, full disclosure, I wasn’t paying great attention when I made this dish, but it turned out so delicious that I just had to photograph it and share. The ingredient ratios are my best guess, but use your judgment. Sorry. I’ll update if/when I make this again.

2 cups cooked quinoa (I used leftovers)
2 eggs
Big handful of fresh, shelled peas
1 spring onion, coarsely chopped
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
About 2 Tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
Salt & pepper


Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chopped spring onion and shelled peas and cook, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes. Meanwhile, scramble the eggs and cook in a separate pan. (If you don’t know how to scramble eggs, I can’t help you.)

Add cooked quinoa and scrambled eggs to the pan with the spring onion and peas and stir to combine. Add soy sauce/tamari and a big squirt of Sriracha and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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the heat is on

Madewell Dresses | TWELFTH AVENUE

Craving all things light and airy, like these summer dresses from Madewell, while the temps continue to rise here in Portland. (Left to right: Poncho Dress $138, Morningside Shiftdress $128, Sleeveless Shirtdress $118)

I realize that blog posts about the weather are super uninteresting, but c’mon, 97 degrees this weekend?! If you need me, I’ll be at the pool with my SPF 30 and a crisp glass of rosé while Portland works through this heat wave situation.

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