January 29, 2015

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TWELFTH AVENUETWELFTH AVENUETWELFTH AVENUESweater: Society by Top Secret Society (sold out, but similar here and here).Jeans: Citizens of Humanity. Flats: Chinese Laundry. Bag: Cole Haan.

There are a few items in my closet that I cannot live without – my J.Crew waffle knit sweater, my J Brand skinny jeans that I’ve had forever, and these D’Orsay flats from Chinese Laundry. You can’t tell from the photo (thank god), but this pair is falling apart at the seams and so stretched out that I can’t walk around without the soles flap-flapping against the sidewalk. I’m debating whether to just replace them with the exact same pair or buy a similar pair with a slightly different shape or pattern. This pair caught my eye in Madewell the other day, and although the price is a little steep, considering how much wear I got out of my Chinese Laundry pair, I think the price per wear principle applies here.

What do you think? Have you ever replaced worn out shoes with the exact same pair? These ones are also lovely.

January 28, 2015

browsing

Happy hump day friends! How is your week going? We’ve been keeping pretty busy over here with work and whatnot, but looking forward to getting out of town this weekend for a girls’ trip to Hood River. Hope you’re having a fabulous Wednesday, and here are a few links we’re browsing lately…

Beautiful winter soups to warm you from the inside out.

An interesting solution for day 2 (or 3 or 4) hair, and it’s not dry shampoo!

52 Places to Go in 2015, any of these on your list? Hello #30, and the water really is that color in #41.

A stylish flat for kicking around the city this spring.

Is it just us, or is 2015 the year of the anti-resolution?

Buying these in bulk right now.

Made us laugh. Oh, Oregon.

7 strange questions that help you find your life purpose. (We found #6 especially interesting.)

Loved these “travelling noodles” for brown bagging lunch last week.

Portland’s most anticipated spring restaurant openings.

Chocolate chip cookie photo from Hummingbird High.

xKelsey&Natalie

January 27, 2015

a weekly routine

Rituals

We are people of routine. I have a yogurt every morning for breakfast. I bring a to-go coffee mug every day, filled with a little bit of half & half for when I fill it with coffee at work. I make the bed the same way, every day at roughly the same time. I watch the Today show from 7am unti 7:30am every morning. I pack my yoga bag the night before to take with me in the morning, kiss my boyfriend before bed and call my grandparents on occasion. We are people of routine.

However, there is one thing I’ve never found myself in a routine of, and that is dinner planning. One of Allen’s weekly  routines is to go to the grocery store every Sunday, with a list mind you. But if I had it my way, I would make “Kelsey surprises” until there was not a crumb left in our cupboards. I despise the effort of getting to the grocery store.

So, for 2015 I want to try something different. I want to try weekly dinner rituals where we each pick nights during the week to cook, whatever works best for our schedules that week, plan the menu, and own the responsibility of having dinner on the table when we say we will. I think that will help eliminate the nights where we both get home late from work and look at each other like, what’s for dinner? Who’s cooking? What do we have to make?

What do you think? Is this something you practice yourself? I’d love to know.

I love the predictability of it.

xKelsey

January 22, 2015

coloring

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Have you heard of coloring as a form of stress relief? A few months ago, I read an article that claimed “coloring can actually help adults combat stress.” (Okay, I only read the headline. Probably too busy/stressed to read the whole article. Ha.) I mentioned it to Phil and totally forgot about it, so I was pleasantly surprised when he gave me a coloring book and colored pencils for Christmas. I’ve been super stressed out with work lately, which he obviously noticed, and I appreciated his thoughtful gesture to help relieve some of my anxiety. The other night, I pulled it out and colored in a few pages. I found it quite relaxing to just sit and color with little more concern than staying inside the lines.

Would you try coloring to relieve stress? Any other stress relief tactics you’ve found effective? I’d love to hear!

xNatalie

January 21, 2015

the flat white

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A few months ago, our friend Luke came to visit from the UK. (Actually, he biked all the way across the US, from New York to the Oregon coast, before landing with us for a week in Portland. You can read all about it on his blog. So incredible.) While he was here, he told us about the flat white, a coffee drink that started in Australia and is all the rage in London. It’s similar to a latté, but with a higher proportion of espresso to milk and a smoother, more velvety texture. We didn’t quite grasp the difference – something about microfoam and creamier milk? – but were intrigued nonetheless.

Lo and behold, earlier this month, Starbucks introduced the flat white into its core espresso offerings here in the US. Interested to see what all the fuss was about, we popped into our neighborhood Starbucks yesterday morning and tried them out. We gotta be honest here – they didn’t taste that different from a latté. Maybe a little creamier? A little less milky? Maybe we’re not sophisticated enough to appreciate the nuances? They were tasty, for sure, but didn’t seem particularly special.

What do you think? Have you tried the flat white? Are we fools for trying our first flat whites at Starbucks and not an artisan Portland coffee shop?

xKelsey&Natalie