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It's back to school time! This year I've got boots, books and poufs on my list. What's on yours?

Back to School 2016

August 11th, 2016 Posted by Lifestyle, Lists, Shopping No Comment yet

It’s getting to be that time again! So soon! This summer went by faster then ever. I’ve been hiking, biking, swimming and generally just ticking things off on my Summer Bucket list. It’s been a summer that I’ve actually enjoyed for the first time in years, largely due to living in Central Oregon (no more humidity! YAY!). I am one with my Teva sandals and shorts. Yep, it’s my summer adventuring uniform these days.

But I am beyond excited for fall. Here’s a couple things on my back to school list: 

Winter boots. Slipping on snowy sidewalks is not cute. Good thing these are on sale right now, and they are adorable! 

Pouf for my office. Technically I bought this long before back to school time, but I am loving it and including it here as a great suggestion for dorm room decor or just to add to that comfy corner of your room. 

New PENS. Because opening up a pack of new pens is the best, right? I love these Pilot Precise v5 pens for my everyday writing. When I’m feeling fancy or arty, I use my color set of Micron 05’s or my Copic Multiliner Brush pen. 

And we can’t talk about pens without talking about pencils. These are my favorite mechanical pencils. I’m VERY particular about my writing utensils. I like these because they are easy to hold onto, colorful, and the lead is a little thicker like a regular pencil. The eraser works great too! I do love the smell of a freshly sharpened pencil, however. 

When I bought my new winter boots I also got a Hydro Flask. Gotta stay hydrated, even in those cold, dry winter months. I’ve heard so many good things about these babies! They have a growler size too, OMG. That would be perfect for all the breweries here. 

There are always books involved when it comes to back to school time, isn’t there? Whether you are in college and you have to buy all your text books, or you are covering new books, they didn’t invent the term “time to hit the books” for nothing. Now that I’m out of school, I love getting a couple new cookbooks or business books (or any books I can learn something from!) around this time of year. A couple I’ve got my eye on: 

  1. Martha Stewart’s Vegetables
  2. Creative Lettering and Beyond by Gabri Joy Kirkendall and others. 
  3. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk (I already own this one, but it’s next on my list to read this fall!)

I love finding new ways to expand my mind, feed my belly and rock some personal (and warmer) style in the fall. Back to school time feels like the time of year when we all kinda get more focused, get a little busy in the kitchen again. The words cozy and home come to mind. I can’t wait for that special chill in the air! 

So what’s on your list for back to school 2016? 

Need more ideas? Check out my Pinterest board: Back To School for Adults

Back to School — for Adults

September 13th, 2015 Posted by Lifestyle, Shopping, Style 1 comment

I absolutely love this time of year. Back to school shopping is my personal favorite kind of shopping. I realize now I may be a little old for that hot pink Trapper Keeper, and I have little use for all the pencil erasers in my basket, so I relinquish school supplies (well, sorta) and move on to the things I would buy as a full-fledged adult. So the back to school list I made for this year is all about things I want for fall, for the year and just to start the year off strong! 

back to school for adults list 2015

The List:

  1. Adorable ModCloth Skirt. Why it made the list: I can wear it now, while the weather is still kinda warm, but in the winter it will be adorable with boots and a sweater. 
  2. Because I just want to have school lunches again. Why? I don’t know. It was my favorite time of the day. Even though I work from home, I still want to buy this because those individual compartments bring me so much joy. If you are looking for awesome school lunch ideas, beyond the basic sandwich, check out this article by The Kitchn!
  3. I love a good necklace! This one gives back to! My bestie is working on this company and has an awesome selection of handmade jewelry and other fun things from Haiti. This would be so cute with jeans and a knit top or a dress. Read more on Empower Haiti Together at their website
  4. It seems like my social calendar starts filling up in the fall and it’s so nice to have some fun new pieces to entertain with. There are a lot of fall and winter birthdays in my family as well as the holidays, so investing in these now will get me a lot of mileage this season. 
  5. Every one needs a good pair of jeans. They are essential! This pair from Madewell has a higher rise too, so maybe my muffin top will be made more scarce. Or maybe I should hit the gym. Either way, I need jeans! 
  6. The equivalent of a new backpack for adults…. a new tote. This is a vegan leather one from Nordstrom’s in Congnac/Aqua, and I love that it’s reversible. In the spring, I could just flip out the aqua side and boom! Two-in-one handbag fun. 
  7. Tea is essential. We drink it all year, but especially in the fall. I need it to keep my designing fingers warmed up. I love this one with the infuser basket set
  8. Speaking of warming up, how about a nice big pot of soup? Or braised chicken? Or pot roast? I need this book for easy, and effortless fall meals that are full of comfort. I am also in love with the title font! 
  9. And how about a warm blanket to snuggle up in? I love Pendleton blankets, and especially in a fun color palette like this one
  10. Finally, because I know right around January I’ll wish I could grill something, I’ve got my eye on this new grill pan from Le Creuset. I especially love the French Grey and Ocean colors. 

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this little round up of fun things for fall. If you want to see what was on my list last year, you can check it out here: Back to School for Adults 2014

 

Disclaimer:

Images from sites where products link to (except #2, which is from this article on The Kitchn that you should totally check out. No affiliation or kickbacks of any kind have been collected, this is just a fun list of stuff I think is awesome for back to school lovers… who are a little old for the roll call. 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 2nd, 2015 Posted by Holidays, Lifestyle, My Favorite Things, Shopping 1 comment

   mother's day gift guide 2015

My Mom is such an inspiration! She’s an athlete, and business woman and a regular gal pal. She just recently became a grandma too! So I think this Mother’s Day is extra special. I have so many ideas in my head, I don’t know what to do! But here’s a TON of ideas for original stuff to get your Ma this year. 

Etsy lovers: 

If you love the unique, or if your Mom does, check out Etsy. Just make sure you allow time for delivery. 

My Mom likes astrology and the moon, and she loved this poster. If your Mom is into that, get her this! It’s beautiful. I got this one for Joel too. 

Little Low has AH-dorable cards, art prints, and more. I especially love the “what’s in bloom” posters, the flowers version, and the garden version. (photo from Little Low’s shop)

Little Low poster

For the NEW Mom in my life, I’ve got my eye on this custom monogram letter for the baby’s room. I also love these stylish baby headbands. So cute! 

Artistic Moms and those who love texture (and tea or coffee) would love one of these mugs. So pretty and detailed. 

Athletic Moms:

You can never have too many yoga pants! Since I work from the comfort of my own home, I have been buying more and more. But my Mom actually DOES work out, so I think she would put these to good use!

I love anything made by Lucy. I have a basic black pair from 10 years ago and I swear to god, they haven’t worn a bit! I even gained weight and they have enough stretch to still fit. I love these pants! 

I just got this workout top from Old Navy, and I love it! It’s modern and comfortable.

Moms who love to help a cause:

Check out this online store that works with artisans in Haiti and imports delicious coffee! I have to say, I’m biased, because it’s run by my bestie. 

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For those interested in something more recent they can help out with, you can send a donation to Nepal in the name of your Mom. There are several sites that do this, but here’s one through Crowdrise

And last, but not least… Foodie Moms! 

These are so everywhere… Weck jars. You can get the best deal if you go to the Weck website. Fill them with fancy flours (see what I did there?) or your special biscuit mix or in my Mom’s case, some gluten-free flour mix and Mom will have something delicious to eat AND look at. I think I just figured out my own Mother’s Day game plan! My Mom also loves my Almond Milk, so maybe I’ll give her some of that too.

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Spiralizers are also everywhere! If your Mom has one of those already, check out some of these cookbooks just for this of-the-moment tool. 

I’m kinda a spice junkie and I love to share new ones with my Mom too. If your Mama is the same, check out or get her a gift card to The Spice and Tea Exchange or Penzeys

If your Mom loves going out, see what restaurants in your area would be interesting to her. A couple I know my Mom likes are Prasad in the Portland Pearl District, Mother’s Bistro and I think she would really like Kiva which is a spa AND a restaurant. Such a smart idea! Instagram shot below of a co-worker lunch I had there.

kiva cafe portland oregon

For more ideas, crafts, recipes and downloads for Mother’s Day, check out my Pinterest board

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I hope you and YO’ MAMMA have a super happy Mother’s Day! 

My Favorite Things #2: Back To School Shopping

August 23rd, 2014 Posted by Goals, Lifestyle, Shopping, Style 2 comments

I love this time of year. Fall means starting over with a new set of freshly sharpened pencils. It is finding new friends and connecting with old ones. It is cooler weather (my favorite) and cozy nights at home. Back to school shopping is something I always look forward to and I think I do it now even as an adult with no kids. I just want to have that fresh start, and intentionally say to myself, “these are the things I want to do this year, these are the things I want to be this year.”  

I took a look around at some key items I felt I was missing. These are things, but also recipes to try, methods to master, and concepts to learn. Here’s what’s on my “adult back to school list”: 

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1. Lodge Combo Cooker. I want to make Tartine Bread

2. Fremont bridge cuff bracelet

 3. Experiment with gouache paints

4. The ultimate modern pitcher

5. The perfect rain boots for the pumpkin patch. 

6. Love this blue and white plaid shirt. I don’t care if it is a men’s, I’d still wear it. 

7. I saw a girl walking down the street with almost this skirt. I did a double take. 

8. Gotta have the perfect bag

9. Oh this book. The cover alone.

10. This is going to be my mantra for the year. 

 And that’s not all… 

I want to make this apple tart.

This broccoli dish from Nigel Slater. 

Make a cinnamon loaf that is swirled like this. 

Work on growing my hair out to be this. 

Learn more about food photography, lighting, being creative and managing my time from skillshare (I love learning!)

Fall brings so many welcome changes. Be the person you want to be, and do it with intention. 

 

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