09 March 2012
What a busy few weeks! I am back from New York only yesterday and I leave for Los Angeles tomorrow bright and early for a full weekend of work.
Luckily I will be spending a lot of time outside in the sunshine. I am really looking forward to that.
[1. kevin dean]
03 March 2012
[1. c. lynn]
25 February 2012
My Nan passed away this morning and she will be so missed. But I hope that she is at peace with my Pop. It has been a very sad day for my family, but I have some many wonderful memories of her, which break me out of the sadness at times.
Her favorite, Hydrangeas.
[1. titanium22, 2. nyamaru kamome]
22 February 2012
Our Valentine's Day plans included a getaway to Lake Tahoe for a reunion of sorts with friends. The cabins that we rented were ski in ski out which made the whole process of hitting the slopes at Heavenly a breeze.
I must admit that I was a little apprehensive of meeting so many of A's old friends at once, but the experience was so meaningful and marvelous that I am so happy that we were able to attend. Not only did I make some fast friends, but I fell in love with Tahoe; it is truly a magical place.
[1-2. C. lynn]
13 February 2012
05 February 2012
I have been feeling a little more stressed than usual this weekend and have been trying different ways to relax. I have been soaking in tubs with lavender bath gels that my mom made for me. I also watched a movie to take my mind off things and went for happy hour margaritas with my fiance. I know that I'll feel better after a good night's rest.
I have been fantasizing about the tubs pictured above—although that cow hide bath mat in the top image doesn't seem very practical to me.
30 January 2012
29 January 2012
My sister and I are both into scented candles and we have our favorites. T loves Voluspa candles and they are one of her signature gifts. I love Astier de Villatte candles which conjure up the world's most fascinating cities and neighborhoods.
My other favorite candlemaker is Dyptyque—I love how I haven't even lit the one on my coffee table and yet the whole living room smells wonderful. My favorite scent from this line is Baies with a rich scent of roses and black current leaves.
A tip for hard burn candles like this one: make sure the first burn is over two hours long. You'll want to see a pool of liquid wax reaching all edges of the candle before you snuff it out. This way your candle will burn entirely, from rim to rim, and not just in a column leaving a ring of wasted scented wax on the outer rim.
Another good tip is to have a candle snuffer or a wick dipper, which will extinguish your candle smokelessly and coat the wick in wax for easy relighting. (You could also use a nonflammable long skewer.)
What to do with the candle glass once the candle is done for? Well, I like how Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere uses them as makeup brush holders.
[1. C. Lynn; 2. Emily]
28 January 2012
This last week I decided shake up A's favorite dinner of breaded pork cutlets by brining the chops in an apple cider and Calvados mix before searing them off in a skillet. The crispy leftover bits are deglazed and worked into a delicious cider-y pan sauce. I loved the end result and you will too.
I worked off of Oui, Chef's recipe for Cider Brined Pork with Calvados, Mustard and Thyme and used the rosemary from our rooftop garden instead of thyme. I served the chops with sour cream mashed potatoes and a glass of Oregon pinot noir.
[1. Sara Shatz, 2. C. Lynn]
23 January 2012
Getting a manicure was always a treat with my mom or a way to squeeze in some quality time with my sister, so it's a little luxury that I find offers a pick-me-up.
Lately I've been obsessed with all of the fun nail art trends out there, from ombre and metallic tips to graphic patterns and dots. I even ended up doing a little bit of my own for New Year's Eve with what they call tinsel tips.
Here's a fun little illustrated history of nail art and a tutorial for a 30s style "moon manicure."
[1-3. Refinery29; 4-5. c. lynn]
22 January 2012
Getting through the short gray days of winter in Portland is not an easy task, but we can all find ways of tempering the rainy day doldrums with something cozy and chic to slip over our heads. My winter fix has been Beau & Marigold's line of sought-after sweaters. I find them so easy to throw on with a pair of boots and feel so pull together and prepared for winter's chill. Not only are the sweaters knit with luxurious yarns and designed with a nod to timeless style, but the designer happens to be one of the most fantastic and talented women I've met in Portland.
With a second winter underway, I'm amassing a little bit of a collection.
PS: To keep all of my sweaters pill-free, I use a sweater stone.
[1-3. Beau & Marigold; 4. c. lynn]
20 January 2012
19 January 2012
There are some big wonderful things happening as we start this brand new year. For one thing, I am getting married in the fall! It's thrilling and heart-warming and emotional and really fun! I'm just starting to get involved in the planning, but so far it feels so exciting and I am loving it. There is more big news where that came from but plans are still developing and I will share as soon as we make the final decision.
I have really missed posting here and I hope that in the new year, I can be much more available to document all of my projects and ideas. I know that some of you have been looking forward to this, which is a big big compliment and I so appreciate it.
03 September 2011
Hello! I know it's been awhile. I have not been dutifully posting because I've been wrapped up with work, but not for too much longer!
I hope that you are enjoying the last weeks of summer. We are off on an annual camping trip next weekend in Cape Lookout and then will be in the Bay area for a wedding and some scouting for an exciting new adventure.
More posts to come.
[1. Greg Harness]