April 30, 2013

pattern play

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side-finalTank: Wildfox. Skirt: Haute Hippie. Booties: Matt Bernson. Jewelry: Cartier, David Yurman.

Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. I tried being low key, but was unsuccessful. My mom and sister came over on Friday night, and we took the streetcar up to Tasty n Alder. I love the cool jams in that place. We shared a corner booth, crab dip and radicchio salad, and then ordered our own entrees, hamburger for mom, jaeger schnitzel for sis and fish tacos for me. Don’t forget the chocolate potato doughnuts to finish, you know those are my fav.

I volunteered for TEDx on Saturday, which always turns out to be a day of energy, exhaustion and motivation. Tom Brokaw was my favorite speaker, full of so much knowledge that man is.

It’s going to be a beautiful week, enjoy it!

April 29, 2013

reading list

Reading List April

I believe the books people choose to read say a lot about them, so I will preface this post and tell you that I love fictional books. Fantasy and mystery are my favorites, and while you won’t find the Hunger Games or Twilight trilogies on this list, you can bet that I once wished I was Katniss who ended up with Edward Cullen.

I trust friend’s book recommendations, so gimme yours.

Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd. Former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, tells her story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most legendary muse in the history of rock and roll. This book was incredibly addicting, rich and raw.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, and her husband is the prime suspect. If that doesn’t captivate you, I don’t know what will.

Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson. My love for mystery began with James Patterson’s “Kiss the Girls”, and never faltered. Alex Cross is one bad dude, learn about it.

Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly. Because who doesn’t like a little history? A narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

April 26, 2013

double stuffed brownies

double-stuffed brownies | TWELFTH AVENUE

This is what happens when moving day and PMS fall on the same weekend: Ghirardelli double chocolate brownies stuffed with Double Stuf Oreos.

After two straight days of packing, unpacking and organizing all of my worldly possessions, the last thing I wanted to do on Sunday afternoon was grocery shop. So when I finally forced myself to drive over to my new neighborhood Albertson’s, instead of stocking up on healthy produce and fresh cuts of salmon like a good girl, I left with a carton of eggs, a package of Double Stuf Oreos and a box of super chocolately brownie mix. Brownies for dinner? Sure! Why not? And why don’t we stuff them with Oreos while we’re at it?

double-stuffed brownies | TWELFTH AVENUE double-stuffed brownies | TWELFTH AVENUE

Needless to say, the results were pretty remarkable. This recipe is a definite crowd pleaser, especially if you surround yourself with chocolate freaks like me.

double-stuffed brownies | TWELFTH AVENUEDouble Stuffed Brownies
makes 16 brownies

INGREDIENTS

1 box store-bought brownie mix, prepared (or a batch of your favorite homemade brownie batter)
1 package Double Stuf Oreos (16 for the brownies, the rest for snacking)

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8×8″ baking pan with butter or spray with cooking spray.

Mix up your brownie batter in a large mixing bowl. Pour half of the batter into the greased baking pan. Place your Double Stuf Oreos side by side on top of the batter (as pictured above) and pour the rest of the batter over the Oreos. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. I like my brownies soft and gooey, but if that’s not your thing, refrigerate brownies for half an hour or so. Let cool completely before slicing into 16 even squares.

April 25, 2013

more cheetah print? seriously?

TWELFTH AVENUE TWELFTH AVENUE TWELFTH AVENUE TWELFTH AVENUETee: Kelly Wearstler. Jacket: BCBGMaxazria. Jeans: Joe’s. Shoes: BCBGirls (similar here, similar wedge version here). Bag: Cole Haan (similar style). Cuff: Mikal Wynn.

I know, I know, more cheetah print. I can’t help myself. It’s a sickness, really. I scored this gorgeous Kelly Wearstler tee during Shopbop’s most recent sale. It is touchably soft and clings in all the right places. Love. And how cute is it paired with a high-waisted denim skirt? Speaking of which, I’m thinking I need a denim skirt for spring/summer. Maybe this one. Or this one.

Okay, enough of this train of thought rambling. Portland is anticipating a sunny, 75 degree day, and I have some serious staring-longingly-out-the-window to do.

April 24, 2013

love notes

succulents2-final{The cutest place card holders from a wedding last weekend}

salt water-final{Newest addition to my summer sandals line-up}

pug-final{Pugs make the funniest friends}

closet-final{I like cheetah print and color coded closet space}

elephant man-final{Who couldn’t love this guy?}