March 9, 2016

the best part of house of cards


claire-underwoodIt’s no secret that we’re big House of Cards fans over here, and although the show has its ups and downs (season 3 was not the best), the one consistent highlight is…

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January 6, 2016

2015 in review

We hope you had a wonderful 2015 and are off to a great start in the new year!  Thank you for reading this blog and for being a part of our lives. In case you’re interested, here is a look back at some of our favorite posts from the last year:

One of our first posts in 2015 was this browsing post, a new series we introduced to share links from around the web.

We really love book recommendations, so our Reading List series has remained a constant around here. This post from March included a couple of our favorite reads from 2015, The Girl on the Train and Deliciously Ella.

Nat talked about her travel bug in this post, and then we both planned trips to Positano Italy. Suppose we should share our experience soon, huh? Stay tuned.

Can’t forget about some major milestones; Nat’s pregnancy announced in August and my engagement in February. Both feel like forever ago now that baby Howes has arrived, and well, we got engaged forever ago.

Some of my favorite posts come in the way of outfits, always fun to look back on a year of clothes. One of my very favorite outfit posts from Nat, maybe ever, was this post in April. That cutout top is so effortlessly chic, don’t you think? And one of my fav outfit posts was in March, when the weather was trying to turn for the better, but still cold enough to wear a beanie – and for the record, those jeans were the best investment I’ve ever made for my wardrobe. Bold statement.

asparagus and parmesan popovers with spicy basil oil | TWELFTH AVENUE
And can’t forget about the food! Nat really held it down in the way of recipe posts with these asparagus and Parmesan popovers with spicy basil oil (and this and this). I’m getting hungry just looking at it.

Hope your new year is off to a great start!


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)


August 25, 2015


Denim: J.Crew. T-shirt: J.crew. Blazer: Equipment (similar here). Boots: Swedish Hasbeens. Sunnies: Karen Walker. Wallet: Prada.

I love the combination of casual basics paired with more formal wear, like these cut-off jean shorts and navy blazer. The shorts and striped tee make the blazer less stuffy, while the blazer brings more pizzazz to the outfit. Lately, I’ve felt a little stuck when dressing up to go to brunch or early dinner with friends. I’m constantly battling a feeling of being overdressed or underdressed, so am attempting to find a balance. What do you think about this combination?

On a totally unrelated note, I went and saw Amy on Sunday, and loved it. It was so heart-wrenchingly sad and utterly beautiful all at once. I had to take time to walk it off a bit afterwards, and was left thinking about it days later. Like one critic mentioned, in-your-face-intimate.


August 12, 2015

blue denim

Romper: J.Crew. Jacket: J.Crew. Shoes: Michael Kors. Jewelry: Gorjana, David Yurman.

We like rompers around here, can you tell? They are so easy to toss on and go, making this J.Crew playsuit one of my summer staples. I’ve paired with flat sandals, slides and these wedge platforms to take me from daytime to evening.

Allen and I have had a pretty adventurous past few weekends, backpacking outside of Bend, joining my sister and dad on the PCT and most recently, rafting the Rogue River. The trips were fabulous, but after all that adventure, bug spray and trucker hats, nothing makes me feel more like myself than coming home and throwing on a nice outfit.