Friday, April 21, 2017

Bubblegum

I was perusing "New Arrivals" at J Crew and found this look. . .I am SO obsessed with it! I would look like a giant piece of bubblegum if I tried to pull it off though ;)




This week was a long one, and I am so glad it's the weekend!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

Happy Easter!

This weekend has gone by so slowly, and I mean that in the best possible way. Lincoln waking up at 5AM on the weekends makes the days seem soooo much longer.

We didn't have any plans this weekend. Yesterday, we browsed around At Home for decor inspiration, and I did some online shopping. I bought a pair of wedges, 3 tops and a pair of earrings for under $100 (if you don't count shipping :P)! I am excited to receive some new items to style for spring. Then last night Michael and I made kabobs for dinner. Neither of us had made them before, and it was so much fun! :) After dinner, we watched a couple of episodes of Grey's Anatomy. Michael and I started watching it on Netflix a year and a half ago and have slowly been making our way through the seasons. We finally got caught up to the current season, so now we're watching it on Hulu haha

Today is Easter! We were planning to go to church this morning, but Lincoln was super grumpy all morning -- we think he is teething again. I went to church by myself, and then my dad came over to our house for a little while. Michael and I made dinner together - ham, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls. We were trying to keep it traditional even thought it was the just the two of us haha. Right now Michael is trying to get some stains out of my red Michael Kors bag. I have no idea what I spilled on my purse, but it looks like splashes of white out :( He bought some leather cleaner for my "Easter basket", and I am hoping it will clean up my bag without leaving any weird stains.

Here's to another week!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hula's Modern Tiki

Tonight, I met my friend Sarah for dinner at Hula's Modern Tiki. It was so fun! The restaurant is Hawaiian themed (if the name doesn't make that obvious haha). I haven't traveled much lately, so it was nice to pretend to get away, even for a few hours. ;)

I ate Hawaiian Lobster Bisque and Crispy Coconut Shrimp Rolls that came with a delicious pineapple horseradish sauce - yum!

We thought we might do a little bit of shopping after dinner, but somehow we had been talking at our table for a full 3 hours before we realized what time it was! That tends to happen whenever we get together. :)


Pineapples


Dolce Gabbana cotton dress
$2,390 - brownsfashion.com


Dolce Vita suede shoes
nordstrom.com


Hand bag
modaoperandi.com


Banana Republic pineapple earrings
bananarepublic.gap.com


Karen Walker cat-eye glasses
modaoperandi.com

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chips & Salsa Diet

Some days you are gung-ho about losing the baby weight. Other days, your hubby experiments in the kitchen and makes hamburgers stuffed with jalapenos and cream cheese. Today was a burger-stuffed-with-cheesy-goodness day.

I was perusing the Shopbop sale and found this cute pink sweatshirt. I live off of chips and salsa, so I showed it to Michael saying I want it! His only response was "How can something so simple be so expensive?" #storyofmylife

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Pinks

Hi there! :) It's been a fun couple of days. I am loving this Spring weather!

On Sunday, we drove about 2 hours North East of us to spend the day near Payson! More specifically, we went to Bear Flat, AZ - population 18 people. (Google it.) Michael carried Lincoln in our Bjorn Baby Carrier, and we hiked along Tonto Creek. This was my first time here, and I was surprised to find there wasn't actually a trail. It was more like Michael leading me as we navigated our way over/around big rocks. It made me nervous to have Lincoln with us, but Michael carried him like a pro! There wasn't any shade where we stopped, so Michael built us a mini-fort out of tree branches, and Lincoln was having a blast being outside. He loved watching the flowing water, and was fascinated feeling the smooth boulders and gravelly dirt. He would stick out his pointer finger and gently scratch at the surfaces - it was the cutest thing! By some miracle, he fell asleep on the bouncy hike back to the car.

Yesterday after work, Michael suggested we try out this pizza place he really wanted to try - Jet's Pizza. It's about 30 minutes away, and it's out of our norm to travel this far during a weeknight but I said let's go for it! When we got there, we discovered that the pizza place was take-out only. It is not actually a restaurant you can eat at. hahaha We sat on a bench near the counter for 20 minutes for our pizza. Once we got our pizza, we were both SO hungry and didn't want to drive all the way home and let the pizza get cold, so I suggested we eat it at a nearby park. Luckily, we still had a blanket in the car from our Payson trip, so we sat on the blanket while Lincoln rolled around and played as we watched the sunset. It was completely unexpected, and SO much fun - I love it when that happens! :D
 On a different note, here's a collection of spring accessories I've had my eye on lately! Clearly, I have a thing for pinks! ;)

Spring Pinks


Puma silver sneaker
karmaloop.com


Sam edelman sandals
nordstrom.com


Mar y Sol pink purse
nordstrom.com


Clare V leopard purse
nordstrom.com


BaubleBar drop earrings
$51 - bloomingdales.com


Ray Ban ray ban aviator
$150 - stylebop.com

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Our Roadtrip from Phoenix to Portland - Part 3

Heyooooo!

Tonight I wanted to wrap up the rest of the pictures of our road trip to Portland (after scarfing down a triple-chocolate muffin from Costco, of course)!

Day 7
I was definitely sad to be leaving Portland so soon, but I was excited to be visiting the beautiful Crater Lake on our way home! As we got closer to the lake, we discovered that due to a forest fire, the North entrance to the lake was completely closed. If we wanted to see the lake, we would have to enter from the South entrance--adding 2 hours to our planned 10 hours of driving. Michael asked what I wanted to do, but he already knew I really wanted to see Crater Lake. We had come all this way! He wanted to see it took, so we took the detour and I am so glad we did! Crater Lake is gorgeous. Its water is the most beautiful, brilliant shade of blue I have ever seen in my life. We learned that the water is also some of the cleanest water in the entire world!




 

We didn't get to stay very long, but I'm glad we got to see it at all! Soon we were back on the road and headed to Lake Tahoe! We arrived in South Lake Tahoe when it was already dark out, but got to explore the area the next morning. Two lakes in two days -- woohoo! :)

Day 8
Lake Tahoe was even bigger than either of us expected, and we both want to go back and spend a few days there. Camping, boating, paddle boarding, hiking. . .there is just so much to do there!! We only had a couple of hours, so we spent it near Emerald Bay.









After lunch, we were headed to Tonopah, NV. Tonopah is an old, tiny mining town and let's just say there's not a whole lot to do :) That was fine though, because we were absolutely exhausted and didn't feel like doing anything anyway! We dragged ourselves down to the restaurant downstairs for dinner (Michael had French Toast, and I had ice cream :P), and then crawled into bed and watched Hitch. We stayed at the "Tonopah Station", and they had some eclectic decor.



Dinner of champions.

Day 9
The last day of our trip! Where did our vacation go?? This was probably our roughest day of driving because we just wanted to be home. We had planned our route to go through Las Vegas and over the Hoover Dam in case we wanted to stop, but neither of us wanted to so we just drove straight through. Once we crossed the state line into Arizona, we encountered some crazy storms! It was pretty strange that during our entire trip through the Pacific Northwest, the only time we got a drop of rain was in Arizona of all places haha I'm not complaining! :) After what felt like forever, we were back home and reunited with our pups and everything was right with the world. :) 
I am the worst copilot. I give wrong directions even when I'm holding the GPS in my hands. :P After 3,470 miles of dealing with my wrong turns, this guy didn't once get mad at me for it. In fact, he kept me laughing the whole entire way. There's no one else on the planet I'd rather explore the PNW with. <3



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Our Roadtrip from Phoenix to Portland - Part 2

Hi there!

A few weeks ago, Michael and I took a 9-day road trip from Phoenix to Portland! It was an amaaazing trip that I will never forget. :) In my last blog post, I talked about the 3 days it took to get to Portland! Starting right where we left off. . .

Day 4
We woke up in Lincoln City, OR, and drove 2 hours over to Portland. Finally, we had arrived!!!

Our first stop in the city was the Portland International Rose Test Garden. I had no idea that there are hundreds of different species of roses, but there are! This garden grows different types of roses in all the colors of the rainbow. The garden was so beautiful and, as you can imagine, it smelled absolutely LOVELY.







Right next door is the Portland Japanese Garden, so we checked that out too. It is so beautiful and peaceful. Even though it's outdoors, I felt like I had to whisper the entire time we were there! haha





Michael being Michael :P

After our morning walks through these 2 gardens, we drove to the nearby Pittock mansion, which is a restored mansion that was built in 1914. I love visiting historical homes and learning about the people who lived in them and the culture at the time, and this was no exception. I didn't take many pictures, but look how beautiful even the back of the house is.


We were pretty hungry after doing all of these touristy things all day! I searched on Yelp for some Thai food, and we settled on a place not too far from our hotel. . .only to discover it was completely shut down. We randomly picked a different Thai restaurant, and I don't remember what it was called but I remember it was near a community college. Anyways, Michael says he was served the best fried rice he's ever had! The most memorable part of the dinner for me is when Michael was given this teeny tiny box to put his leftovers in. I was cracking up!


After dinner, we stuffed ourselves silly on ice cream from Salt & Straw. When we ordered two scoops, we didn't realize that they would be monstrous. That didn't stop me from eating every last bite of my Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and Chocolate Gooey Brownie ice cream cone. I'm drooling just writing about it.



Day 5
I call this our wilderness day! The entire day was dedicated to exploring the beautiful outskirts of Portland. It's crazy to me you can see waterfalls from your car while driving down the road. WHAT?! I could hardly contain myself with excitement from the first waterfall we saw, Wahkeena Falls. Michael and I pulled over to check it out. I was literally jumping up and down because I was so overwhelmed with how beautiful it was! We found a path near the parking lot and decided to follow it for a little bit---about an hour later, we had hiked up to the very top of the fall (with my purse and all LOL)! I'm not sure what I was expecting to see at the top of the waterfall, but I was not expecting to see a pool of water flowing out of a hole in the ground! 

This was definitely one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done!!





After that adventure, we made our way to the Fruit Loop to eat some local produce from some farm stands! The Fruit Loop is literally a 35-mile loop with tons of different farms and small stores to stop at along the way. I had the most delicious peach ever, ate my first huckleberries (#oregon), tasted fresh jellies and mustard, found beautiful sunflowers, and fed alpacas! I didn't realize this before our trip, but guys, I really want a blanket made with alpaca wool. Oh my word, these creatures have the softest hair. Blankets are pretty gosh darn expensive, but ah so warm and cozy!



I can't decide what I love more about this picture - those chompers on the big alpaca, or the sweet little baby alpaca

On our way back to Portland, we stopped at famous Multnomah Falls! Wow, what a view! We also had dinner right there at the water fall -- our one "fancy"-ish meal of the trip. It was so special! :)


Day 6
The next morning, Michael and I fueled up at Blue Star Donuts. Guys. These beautiful things melt in your mouth. I had a blueberry bourbon basil donut all to myself, and Michael and I split an original glazed donut. I washed it down with some Stumptown cold brew, because the lovely man who helped us assured me that would be the very Portland-ian thing to do. Again, it was delicious. After breakfast, we went to check out Forest Park, which is a very long trail that is lush and green and over-brimming with beauty, and I just really wish there was a trail like this in Phoenix to run through. Like the Redwood forest, it just doesn't seem real to me.




We didn't have time to walk very far before we were back in the car and headed to Husum, WA, for some white water rafting!! This was my first time white water rafting, and Michael's second. The guides from Wet Planet are AWESOME, and very thorough about going through all of the safety procedures. After the safety talk, you gear up (wow, I am glad I don't have to put a wet suit on every morning :P) and are bussed out to the river. We got in our raft with our guide and 2 other couples, and away we went! After a little while, the rapids become a little too intense for the beginners class, so we had to get out and portage. We walked up this cliff, and we had the option to jump 20 feet into the 40 degree water below. I gave a big HECK NO, but Michael did it! He always has a blast doing the things that give me heart attacks. :P Soon enough, we were back in our raft and flying down the river. At the end of the river is a 12 foot waterfall, and the guides give us the option of getting out of the raft before the water fall, or going over it. Michael and I decided to go over it, and I am glad we did! It wasn't nearly as scary as I expected.





That night, we ate dinner at Pogy's Subs, and I don't have any pictures or anything, but the food was great and the customer service was the best that Michael and I have ever, ever had. We were both just super impressed, and I highly recommend stopping there to anyone who happens to go through Milwaulkie, OR. :)

Thank you so much for reading!