May 31, 2013

company eggs

company eggs - twelfth avenue

Oh hey! It feels like it’s been awhile. I did this thing you should never do when you are traveling overseas and craving home-cooked meals, I read my Bon Appetit magazine and drooled over all the fresh, spring recipes included in the May issue. One recipe for company eggs really captured my interest. The recipe calls for very few ingredients and super simple to serve for either brunch or dinner.

Isn’t the color of the swiss chard just pretty? That’s the vegetarian in me. If you were serving this for a crowd, you could pair the eggs with a light salad and skillet hash browns. Don’t forget the cocktails!

swiss chard - twelfth avenue

swiss chard & onion - tweflth avenue

Company Eggs
serves 6


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
2 bunches Swiss chard, thick center ribs and stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped (about 12 cups)
1/2 cup heavy cream
12 large eggs
2 ounces sharp white cheddar, grated (about 1/2 cup)


Preheat oven to 400°. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 8-10 minutes.

Add chard to skillet by the handful, tossing to wilt between additions. Cook, tossing often, until tender, 8-10 minutes. Add cream and simmer until thickened and almost evaporated, 8-10 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

Spread chard mixture evenly in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Using the back of a spoon, make 12 small, evenly spaced divots in the chard mixture. Crack 1 egg into each divot. Season eggs with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese over.

Bake, rotating dish once, until egg whites are almost set and yolks are still runny, 15-18 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

May 30, 2013

now wearing summer booties


Just picked up these pretty little booties at Nordstrom last weekend. The ankle cutout, thick stacked heel and light tan color are perfect for summer. Add a striped shirt, high waist denim cutoffs and oversized sunnies to create a casual weekend look. Now if only the weather would cooperate so I can actually wear them!

May 29, 2013

taming of the brows


Photo credit: Swide

If Elle Macpherson is “The Body”, then Cara Delevingne should be “The Brows”. Thick, dark and bushy, Cara’s eyebrows have appeared on the biggest designer runways, graced magazine covers from Glamour to Vogue, and starred in several high fashion ad campaigns, most notably for Burberry and Chanel. I would pay big bucks for caterpillar brows like Cara’s, but alas, it is not meant to be. In middle school, I plucked my long, sparse eyebrows into scrawny submission and have been working on growing them back in ever since.

You can understand, then, that I am a bit apprehensive when it comes to brow maintenance. More often that not, a lone hair will pop out about a quarter of an inch below the bottom of my eyebrow, and I’ll leave it there for days, weeks even, before reaching for the tweezers. Super attractive, I know. But when a salon I’d never heard of asked me to come in for a brow wax, I decided it was time to clean things up.

I’ve been to several salons that offer waxing services, and they’re all great, but Urban Waxx is really something special (maybe it’s the extra X? JK JK it’s not). I booked my appointment at the bright yellow Northwest location at NW 18th and Marshall (they also have salons at Tanasbourne and on SE Division). Despite the bold exterior, the salon’s interior is serene and spa-like, with beautiful decor and fragrant candles lining the shelves. There’s also free wine and candy machines, so best of both worlds, really.

Urban Waxx review on TWELFTH AVENUE

Photo of Urban Waxx Northwest by Natalie Howes

The receptionist greeted me with a clipboard and a smile. After jotting down some vital information, I was led into the treatment room by Sara, the sweet esthetician with gorgeous Cara brows. Seeing as I was just getting an eyebrow wax, I didn’t have to disrobe or anything. (True story: The first time I got a bikini wax, I stripped completely naked and wrapped the towel around me like I was hopping out of the shower. Why I thought the esthetician needed access to my entire torso, I do not know. Good thing I’m not easily embarrassed!) I settled onto the table and repeated maybe one too many times that I wanted my brows as thick as possible, which Sara evidently took to heart. “I have just the thing,” she said. “We’ll try it out on you when we’re done with the wax.”

The treatment itself was quick and relatively painless; Sara used a hard wax, which I guess is gentler than soft wax, and plucked the strays with tweezers. Then, after my brows were all clean and tidy, Sara used what is now my new favorite beauty product – the Universal Brow Pencil. I’m telling you, this product works wonders. I’ve tried other pencils and even had my brows tinted a couple times, but nothing has made them look as naturally thick as this pencil. Genetics may not have blessed me with perfect Cara brows, but thanks to Urban Waxx and the Universal Brow Pencil, I’m getting pretty good at faking them.

Good news, Portland readers (or Portland visitors in need of a wax)! Mention my name to receive 15% off any service the first time you visit Urban Waxx.

*Disclaimer: My brow wax was free, but opinions shared above are entirely my own.

May 28, 2013


mumford - twelfth avenue

AG - twelfth avenueDenim: AG. Blouse: Elizabeth and James. Jacket: Hinge. Booties: Matt Bernson. Purse: Prada. Jewelry: Cartier, David Yurman.

mumford and sons - twelfth avenue

Hope everyone had a fabulous long weekend! Mine was fabulous, but not quite long enough. We headed to Detroit Lake on Friday evening to camp with some close friends, and had a great time despite the rain on Friday and Sunday. We didn’t get to hike like we had planned, but eating and drinking around the campfire was just the speed I was looking for.

I finally decided it was time for new jeans, and after trying the AG Stevie Ankle on several times, I couldn’t find a reason to say no. They find a way to look good with everything, no?

Allen and I had the pleasure of celebrating with the TEDx crew at the Mumford & Sons last night. They were freaking awesome. Lastly, I am trying to get back in the swing of things after being gone for a couple weeks. I feel like I’ve been on the go for months. So I look forward to getting back in the swing of things in life and this little blog right here.

May 27, 2013

love notes

Santorini{Walk between Fira and Imerovigli Santorini}

Oia{Oia, Santorini}

Oia Santorini{Oia, Santorini}

Athens{Beautiful Athens sunset}

IMG_20130522_071405_499 {New Hotel in Athens, Greece}