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Monday, May 28, 2012

Week 21: Don't Miss 'Ems!

 getting in the Memorial Day spirit via Free People

Happy Memorial Day! I hope most of you are enjoying a long weekend of good food, good friends and lots of time outside. Summer is sooo close!

But it hasn't exactly been barbecue weather in Portland this weekend (I'm not complaining though because we had thunderstorms two nights in a row, and we never get exciting weather like that), so I've had a bit of a non-traditional, but still eventful, Memorial Day weekend. Friday night I went with a bunch of girlfriends to Ox, a new Argentine restaurant in Northeast Portland, and the food - actually the entire dining experience - was incredible. I think bread and chimichurri will be my go-to snack all summer. On Saturday I hiked Angel's Rest in the Columbia River Gorge, which is my favorite "viewpoint hike," with a couple of friends and afterward we headed into Hood River to eat and drink at my favorite little brewery, Double Mountain. Of course, the weekend would not be complete without a trip to Mississippi St. in North Portland for some Por Qué No? tacos, so that was the big event yesterday. I also watched an awesome documentary called "Forks Over Knives" and it has propelled me to make healthy choices today, consisting of an early morning gym sesh and nutritious, plant-based food since. My new goal is to eat less dairy and seafood, and maintain a mostly vegan diet - which will be tough, but doable. I plan on posting more vegan recipes in the near future, and I promise they will be super tasty! :)

I've also caught up on my blog reading, and below you'll find my favorite inspiration of the past week...

the fabulous Lummus Beach in Miami via Free People

this thirst-quenching lemon-thyme soda by Sacramento Street 

 this rustic country kitchen via Haute Design (those floors!)

 this glowing text installation via Because I'm Addicted

these super cute DIY neon-toe flats by Funkytime

this glamorous white & gold living room via The Decorista

 this scrumptious squash blossom quiche with feta & basil by Tartlette

these earth-toned handmade ceramics via Haute Design

this vibrant ombré tablecloth via Camille Styles

 this eye-catching glassware collection via Coco + Kelley

this cool blue bookshelf in the home of Heidi Merrick, featured at The Glitter Guide

these juicy, oven-roasted tomatoes by David Lebovitz

this All-American look featured in Vogue Spain via Oracle Fox

And that's a wrap. Happy Memorial Day!!!


  1. Love all these inspiration photos! Especially that beach photo - transport me there, please!

    1. I know! I've never wanted to go to Miami so badly!! :)

  2. Those neon flats are to friggin die for!

  3. Nice eye candy! The lemon thyme soda looks amazing.

    1. The cool thing is, there are so many variations you could do with the ingredients :)

  4. Love these images – lots of summery inspiration here.

    Sea and Swank


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