If you are located in the Pacific Northwest, you know about the heat wave we've been having. Our current living situation (more details coming soon!) has AC (thank GOD) so we've been able to cope with this heat. Many of you may not have AC- When it's hot it's a good idea to get outside and find water. There are a lot of amazing water hikes in Oregon but, I do have a favorite when you need to escape the heat: Cape Lookout. I love everything about the Cape Lookout hike (especially in the heat). It's a very easy hike. Easy hikes are good in extreme heat because you won't overextend yourself. It has some of the best views I've ever seen. You will find dramatic coastline views. I've even seen sea lions, coastal birds, and WHALES! … Read Post
They are finally here! Our engagement photos are in! I’m so excited to share them with you.
We (I’m saying we to be in solidarity with D, but honestly, haha I did most of the choosing!) decided our photography style would be soft, light and bright and film. Those features are important factors for me. Then we researched (my friend Kelsey and I). Kelsey is in the wedding industry and recently married. She gave a lot of excellent advice when reaching out to potential photographers. A huge thank you to Kelsey for helping me in this process and all the other wedding processes. Your advice has been a godsend. I’d be lost without you.
We finally settled on our favorites: O’Malley Photography.
I am over the moon happy with my choice. They were so fun to work. They made D and I feel so comfortable doing something that seemed very awkward to me. The engagement photos are beautiful. These pictures are in some of our favorite places in the Pacific Northwest- which I love. We’ve shared with them family and friends and now it’s your turn. Take a peak and let me know what you think!
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. – Chinese Proverbs
Portland is such an interesting city. Once you’ve lived in a place long enough the tourist attractions seem to fade into the background and your favorite local haunts move to the forefront. Every now and again I love to play tourist and spend some time remembering why these places are so popular. This particular day I visited Lan Su Chinese Gardens. It’s one of my favorite places to escape in the city. But this wasn’t just any old visit. It was a special occasion.
It was my best friend’s birthday. The forecast looked dreary and wet, but we weren’t going to let that stop us. We packed up our biggest umbrellas and headed out for the gardens. If you’ve never been to the gardens, they are quite amazing. You might miss them if you didn’t know they were there. Deep into Chinatown there is one city block with a discreet wall around it. You enter through a beautiful gate and are quickly welcomed to a hidden oasis in the city. The garden has flowers, plants, waterfalls and ponds. As you stroll through the gardens you are transported to China. It’s calming, tranquil and a great place to clear your mind. I find myself at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens when I need a good reset in life. A quick cleanse of the old and in with the new. I figured it would be the perfect spot to take a friend for a birthday.
Once we finished strolling the garden we entered the tea room. We scrolled through the many options and decided on a formal tea ceremony- I mean it’s a special day. I loved the ancient ritual and sitting in the cozy tea room catching up on life. It was the perfect end to our day in the Lan Su Chinese Gardens.
Can you tell what treats we brought into the tea room? Ha it was a birthday after all. I highly suggest stopping by the Lan Su Chinese Gardens. Get your little dose of paradise in the city.
For more information, hours and admission prices check the website: Lan Su Chinese Gardens
1. a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch.
Let’s start this post off by saying, brunch or breakfast is far and away my favorite meal to eat out. I love all breakfast foods. I’m equally in love with a good scramble AND french toast. Sweet. Savory. I love it all.
What I don’t love is brunch lines. It seems I’m not the only one who loves a good flapjack in this town. So, when I heard that Verdigris was now serving brunch not only on weekends but weekdays… I wanted to check it out. I had heard of Verdigris from my friend Chloe. Her opinions on food rank highly in my book, so I had a hunch this place would be great.
Verdigris is a cute, quaint, little spot on Fremont in NE Portland. I love the huge windows, natural light, and crisp decor. It makes you feel right at home. The chef and staff were kind and hospitable. I enjoyed the insights they had on dishes, wine parings and thought behind the menu items. I highly suggest giving this little gem a try. The best part is, go on the weekdays for brunch.. no lines! I tried a little bit of everything on the menu and my recommendations are:
1. Duck Fat Fried Hash Browns Brown Butter Hollandaise
2. House Brioche Croque Madame Smithfield Ham, Gruyere, Sauce Mornay, Fried Egg, Pommes Frites
3. 60 Minute Eggs & Smithfield Ham Duck Fat Fried Hash Browns, Brown Butter Hollandaise
Verdigris menu changes with the season- so there are always new items to try, but you won’t go wrong with the ones above. Similar to Portland Dining Month, they also serve a 3-Course menu all summer. Check out their website for more information.
As I said in my last post, I had big news! We’re ENGAGED!
I can’t believe I am writing this post, but YES we are engaged. I’m SO excited.
D and I met at an office of a previous job. I worked with his older brother. According to D the story goes: ” I walked into your office to see my brother and you were drinking a beer at your desk and I thought- that’s the one.” While my memory doesn’t quite remember it that way, its a good insight into our fun, happy, little adventure. We have been dating for almost 3.5 years and now- will be together forever.
Every year I like going to the Woodburn Tulip Festival. Due to its popularity, we try to go on a weekday vs. a weekend. This year we happened to pick Friday, April 1 (yes April Fools Day). It was a beautiful spring day so I was weary it was going to be packed. Once we got to Woodburn, we parked and noticed most of the people were gathered around 1-2 fields of tulips. We trekked out to a farther field, away from all the hustle and bustle. I started snapping pictures (which I love to do) and all of a sudden, D became very chatty, which is uncharacteristic for him. I kept thinking “Why are you so talkative? This is a peaceful place. SSSHHHH.” Finally I noticed a little bench right in the middle of the tulips. I said “Hey should we go sit on that bench?” “YES”, D replied. We headed over to the bench and I sat down. D remained standing and started give his speech. Yet all I was thinking was, “Why are you standing over me?” Ha! Then he got down on one knee and I thought “OH THIS!” It was perfect.
I’m so happy with how he asked, it was so “us.” No one else was around, we were outside in a beautiful place and it was a gorgeous Pacific NW day. I couldn’t ask for more. We took a couple pictures I wanted to share with you.
I have already jumped feet first into planning and will be sharing tidbits of the process with you here. I’m still over the moon and can’t wait to start this journey together. We are so excited to be engaged and enjoy this time in our lives. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported both D and I in some way- we’ve been so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing friends and family. You mean the world to us both.