February 26, 2015

portland map


Have you seen these graphic map prints from Archie’s Press? As far as city reference guides go, this one of Portland is pretty spot on (and really puts into perspective just how small the city is!). Per the Archie’s Press website, “The original sketch came from a question many visitors and recent immigrants ask: ‘What’s North Portland?'” As a native Portlander, I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve often wondered the same thing.

You can buy the prints online at Urban Outfittersvarious retailers or directly from Archie’s Press at Etsy. Which is your favorite?


February 25, 2015


Here are a few links we’re browsing lately…

Love in the Time of Binge-Watching.

…speaking of which, you may not be seeing much of us this weekend. The Underwoods are back.

These would make such a fun party favor.

How to look like a J.Crew model, I wish, I wish!

Love this, but um, what is Quora?

This movie makes us want to plan a culinary roadtrip, pronto.

Buying these flats for summer.

People are competing for a one-way trip to Mars. No, seriously.

Beautiful peony photo from Marie-Paule Faure.


February 24, 2015

Since I was young, I’ve always carried a backpack. Whether it was as a handbag or school bag, I love the versatility and convenience of a backpack. I have an old Kate Spade version that I still carry from time to time, but it really should be retired, so I started browsing and found a couple I love. Honestly, this Tory Burch version really surprised me, but it was this Milly backpack that had me sold.

The soft, pebbled leather brings sophistication to the handbag, and the drawstring top makes it easy to access. What I love most about this bag is it’s functionality, this particular bag has range from day to evening. Do you carry a backpack as one of your main handbags?


February 19, 2015

revisiting an old favorite

TWELFTH AVENUETWELFTH AVENUETWELFTH AVENUETWELFTH AVENUESweater: Urban Outfitters. Denim: J Brand. Sunnies: Gucci. Boots: Madewell (sold out, but similar here and here). Bag: A.P.C. (similar). Watch: Burberry.

When was the last time you visited an Urban Outfitters? I hadn’t been there in a very long time until last weekend, when my friend Olivia and I went home decor shopping on Portland’s NW 23rd Avenue. After scoring two beautiful vintage pendant lights at my favorite home store, Manor, we ventured further south toward the Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware/World Market end of 23rd. That was when we spotted our old favorite, Urban Outfitters.

Like I said, I hadn’t shopped Urban Outfitters in a very long time – so long, in fact, that I didn’t realize they got rid of their home section until I was spinning circles in the store looking for it. We quickly redirected toward the racks on racks of clearance clothing items. Thumbing through the rails, I fell in love all over again with their ironic graphic print tees, vintage style dresses and cheap denim. Then I spotted this comfy grey sweater on sale for ten dollars. It’s a size large, but when something cute is that cheap, I make it work.

Are you an Urban Outfitters fan? Any other favorite stores from back in the day that you’ve been revisiting? Since they don’t have home stuff in store, I’ve been shopping UO’s Apartment section online lately – got my eye on a mint green dining chair and a blanket ladder.


February 17, 2015

modernism week

Hello Kitty
Gallery Wall
I landed in Palm Springs yesterday afternoon just in time to celebrate Modernism Week. Palm Springs Modernism Week is an annual celebration of mid-century architecture and modern design, art, fashion and culture. It features more than 100 events including home tours, films, lectures, cocktail parties, walking and bike tours, live music events, and more. Sounds pretty fabulous, right?

We stopped in at one of the featured home tours last night, and wanted to share a few photos I thought were fun. I really loved the TV and gallery wall frames in the media room, made the entire wall feel like a big piece of art. I definitely plan on using this concept in the future. I also loved the bold printed wallpaper used in the bathroom, and the mostly white interiors.

Have a great week!