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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A pocket full of chuckles!

I'm talking about one of my favorite things about living in the Northwest! :)

Aaron & Nikki: a beautiful country wedding

Sunday, August 28, 2011

This past weekend, Luke, my sister & I went to a wedding in Central Oregon. I used to live in Central Oregon with my family, so we got to see a lot of old friends & people that we consider our extended family. This wedding was by far the best wedding that I've ever been to. It definitely helps when you grew up with the groom & are super close with his family, too.

The wedding was located away from our old little Oregon town & out a gravel road, turned into dirt road, turned into an amazing grassy landscape with 360 degree views of farmlands & canyons. And in true central Oregon summertime fashion, there were wildfires all over the area, so the sky contained lingering smoke all night (which actually gave a beautiful hazy glow & luckily made for an amazing sunset, see last pic...)

Their wedding was filled with thoughtful details, handmade rustic structures, & so many personal touches that fit Aaron & Nikki's style & personalities. And the food. The food was to die for & the best wedding food we've ever had! But enough from me, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves :)

exciting things on the horizon.

Friday, August 26, 2011

I've had quite a few things on my mind lately, &
I have a LOT to be excited about in the (near) future!!!

I can't stop smiling about great things to come :)

I hope you all have a great weekend!

my {instagram} weekend

Monday, August 22, 2011

I'm a little late to the link-up party - let's just blame it on the internet going out in my house & no one has fixed it yet - meaning no blogging this past weekend for me! :( I did however have a fantastic weekend of hanging out with some great friends, shopping with Luke's aunt & cousin, catching up on True Blood & Big Love, & enjoying the summer sun in Portland! Hope you all had a great weekend, too :)

Kaitlin's adorable 2 month old daughter, Mariel

Friday afternoon beers with my dear friend, Kaitlin
(I took Friday off of work :)

Portland got its 2nd day of temps over 90 degrees this year!
(I know, that's sad...)
But time for summer dresses!

New boots! :) :)

My favorite Instagram of the weekend -
getting messages from Luke -
can't wait to have him back home tomorrow! :)

my friend has the cutest kids

Saturday, August 20, 2011

One of my best friends from college, Kaitlin, has the most adorable kids. Of course I'm biased, but seriously, you can't get much cuter than this! Yesterday I spent the day with Kaitlin (Connor & Mariel, too) & we went to the pool, had some lunch, then later had a bbq in their bak yard. Here are a few snapshots to prove just how cute these kiddos are!

Told ya, too cute! :)

a little vintage typewriter remodel

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I had been on the hunt for a vintage typewriter for a little while. I kept coming across images on pinterest like this & like this. I instantly knew that I wanted one of my very own! I found one on craigslist for $10. I didn't really love the color, but I had an idea of re-painting it a color that I do love! After a little research (thank you google) I embarked on my little DIY project. Here is my before, during & after! :)

I covered up all the places on the typewriter that I didn't want the paint to touch... 

Isn't it beautiful?! I bought a can of spray paint at Fred Meyer for $2.99 & used just one coat of paint. Unfortunately I didn't cover up some spots & the paint got on the keys... oops! I found that a quick scrub to an area you want to remove with some nail polish, & it comes right off!

Yes, I type letters in the backyard....

& the boyfriend can't stop laughing at me wanting to do a photo shoot in the backyard with the typewriter... but he cooperated because he's the best! :)

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& did you notice my new blog layout & header? I thought it was time for a change, I can't ever keep the same design... I get bored easily! I do hope this one sticks around for a while though, I kinda like it ;)

Isabel {a brunch date}

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A few weekends ago, the boyfriend & I had a brunch date. We tried to go to the new Trader Vic's but they were closed (which was a real bummer since their website listed an extensive menu & specific hours). Instead we went to Isabels (which we had been dying to try anyways). & we're sure glad we did because it was beyond delicious! :)

{Don't be fooled by the ugly menus that are falling apart at the edges // everything printed on here looked delicious!}

{I love the indoor//outdoor table layout}

{The best brunch date ;)}

{Arnold Palmers & Bright orange decor}

{Egg whites scrambled with grilled chicken, cheese, green onion & tomatoes wrapped in flour tortillas served with black beans & salsa fresca}
{Roasted rosemary potatoes, scrambled eggs, sauteed tomatoes, onions & grilled rosemary bread}

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P.S. --- I've come to realize that FOOD is my most favorite thing in the world to take pictures of!!