September 24, 2015

breakfast club

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I love to brunch. Who doesn’t in Portland, really? And I love having plans throughout the week to look forward to, which is why a breakfast club makes perfect sense. I tossed the idea out to a couple friends, and they loved it as well, so this week marks our official start to monthly breakfast get-togethers.

Every month, we pick a day of the week to meet at a local breakfast spot. A chance to enjoy some fresh brewed coffee and warm pastries over morning chit chat. For our first breakfast meeting, I chose Nuvrei Cafe in the Pearl. A cool, upbeat neighborhood joint that puts out fresh French pastries each morning.

What do you think about the idea? Something you might try with your pals? I’d love to know.

image via ZsaZsa Bellagio

xKelsey

 

September 12, 2015

wedding bells: photography

They say choosing your wedding photographer is as important, if not more important, than choosing your venue and entertainment. So we put a lot of thought and consideration into who was going to snap our big day. I think people are drawn to different aesthetics and styles, so maybe your decision is very easy, but here are a couple helpful tips I found useful when making our selection.

1. Settle on a style.

2. Do your homework, set-up interviews and review full wedding albums.

3. Make sure your personalities mesh. It’s important that the photographer is excited about your vision.

Allen and I spent a fun afternoon with Jason Wasinger shooting some engagement photos in the Columbia Gorge. If you are interested, I’d love to share some from our session a couple months ago. Jason was really easy to work with, friendly and made it effortless for us. I think it’s important to feel like yourself when getting your picture taken.

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xKelsey

September 10, 2015

feast style

feast-styleSweater: J.Crew. Jeans: Anthropologie. Sandals: Shopbop. Bag: Nordstrom.

Feast Portland is only one week away, so the obvious question is, what do I wear? For a day of small bite sampling at the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, I’m feeling inspired by the comfort of light knits, slingback sandals and distressed jeans. This sweater in the season’s hottest olive hue is roomy enough to hide a day of culinary indiscretions and pairs perfectly with the relaxed fit of these ultra-distressed jeans for a downtown-cool vibe. Perforated leather sandals prevent the look from feeling too heavy while keeping me light on my feet as I bound from tent to tent. Last but not least, a basic black bag is a must to stash away any wrapped samples for inevitable late-night snacking.

You can find the full listing of Feast events here. Tickets are still available for the Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting, Sandwich Invitational and the Drink Tank series. Hope to see you there!

(image via Who What Wear)

xNatalie

September 9, 2015

reading list

reading-listThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This book has been getting major hype all over the blogosphere. It’s about time I saw what all the fuss is about.

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss. Sorry, I couldn’t resist – I have babies on the brain! This never-before-seen book by everyone’s favorite doctor is sure to delight. That being said, my favorite is, and always will be, Scrambled Eggs Super.

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. Have you ever taken a StrengthsFinder assessment? The results are eye-opening, to say the least. This book expands on the original StrengthsFinder assessment with strategies for applying your strengths to do your best work every day.

Make it Ahead by Ina Garten. When time is of the essence, there is nothing better than having a meal prepared in advance. This latest cookbook from the Barefoot Contessa, aka my kitchen goddess, features make-ahead recipes like French chicken pot pie, wild mushroom and farro soup and chocolate cake. My mouth is watering…

xNatalie

September 2, 2015

second trimester favorites

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The second trimester is commonly referred to as the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy. Energy is up, nausea is gone, and you’re still small enough to move around without discomfort (or waddling). Well…I hate to say it, but such has not been the case for me. I was more tired this trimester than I was during the first! And now that I’m at the end of it, I am feeling pretty enormous. (I honestly don’t know how I’m going to pack 10-15 more pounds on my short body by December. Seems impossible.) So no honeymoon for this girl.

That’s not to say my second trimester was all doom and gloom. Baby started kicking at 19 weeks on the dot (I was poolside in Positano at the time), and ever since then, he/she has been quite the wiggle worm. Phil and I imagine the baby swimming laps when he/she is particularly active in there. Feeling those punches, kicks and somersaults has been the greatest part of pregnancy by far.

I also discovered a few things that made my second trimester a little bit easier. Thought I’d share in case you find them helpful.

BabyList. Free. Registering for baby gifts is no joke. I’ve read more product reviews and asked more questions (what’s safe? what do babies like? what’s actually useful?) than I ever thought possible. My mom friends are probably so annoyed with me at this point! That’s why I love BabyList – it’s basically a shoppable Pinterest board that allows me to register for anything from any retailer, so when I find that holy grail baby product that meets all of the criteria, I can add it straight to my registry, regardless of where it’s from. (It even has an “Add to Babylist” button like the “Pin It” button in my bookmarks bar!)

10-minute arms and butt videos. Free. My workout routine took a major hit during my second trimester due to a lack of energy. These 10-minute videos, plus walking on the treadmill, kept me feeling great without overdoing it.

James Maternity Jeans. $145. Every pregnant woman deserves a really great pair of maternity jeans that are super comfortable and make her feel beautiful. After humming and hawing over a couple of blue denim pairs, I settled on these charcoal grey ones by James and am so in love.

Zoe Karssen tees. $62. I’ve long been a Zoe Karssen fan, so I was pleased to find out that her soft, loose fit tees are perfect for pregnancy. They cling to my burgeoning belly bump in the most flattering way and make me feel like a million bucks.

Hanky Panky thongs. $20. It’s tough to feel sexy when I’m busting out of literally every pair of pants I own. Thank god for my Hanky Pankys. I swear they look even sexier sitting under my pregnant belly. Pregnant or not – these are the best underwear in the world.

Comfy robe. $98. These days, I don’t wear clothes unless I absolutely have to. I like to let the belly breathe. My robe is all that keeps me from walking around naked every Sunday morning.

Week by Week pregnancy infographic. Free. A quick reference guide for what’s going on with baby and the bump on a weekly basis – symptoms, weight gain, baby growth, etc. It also reminds me where the weeks land in each trimester range, which is becoming increasingly harder to remember! #pregnancybrain

Organic dried apricots. $27.98. Toward the end of my second trimester, I started to experience some lightheadedness, which my doctor suspects is anemia. Although we won’t confirm it until my next appointment, I’m upping my iron intake just in case. Turns out, apricots are a great source of iron, while the fiber keeps things “moving”, if you catch my drift 😉

Moms or moms-to-be, what got you through months 4-6 of pregnancy? Any tips for the third trimester?

xNatalie