Friday, I’m in love: 5.23.14


Happy Friday! This has been such a whirlwind week, jam packed with errands and busy evenings, so I am really looking forward to sleeping in and laying low this weekend.

I road my bike to work yesterday for the first time which was pretty exciting. It’s all downhill on the way to the office which is nice and easy, but heading home at the end of the day is going to take some training. I rode about 1/2 the way yesterday and walked about 1/2 when I got to some big inclines. I’m determined to just keep at it because I know it will get easier. (And thank yeezus for lower gears!)

This weekend I’m going to a barre3 class with my friend Christa. If you haven’t heard of barre3 it’s an exercise program that combines ballet, pilates, & yoga… and it will seriously kick your butt into shape. I’ve been consistently going once a week again this month and it’s really helping to give me some good energy throughout the week. If you’re interested in knowing more about my experience at barre3 you should check out a post I did awhile back over at Campfire Chic.


This weekend might be a good time to catch up on some TV shows we’ve been lagging on because of our busy schedules. I’m loving this infographic from Uproxx that shows just how much time it will take you to binge watch a whole series.


ModCloth+ is having a huge Memorial Day sale this weekend with up to 30% off select summertime styles! I’m loving this Vivid Viewpoint dress+. Be sure to check out all the goodies and pick yourself up something pretty for the nice weather ahead.

I’m pretty excited to check out The Leftovers premiering on HBO next month. Here’s the latest teaser trailer.

And while we’re at it, have you seen the True Blood season 7 trailer? I’m so excited! But I’m also bummed because this is the last season.


These new Sin City posters have me very excited. I’ve been waiting 10 year for a sequel to the original Sin City and August can’t get here soon enough.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! I hope we don’t get totally rained out here in Portland because I think a bike adventure would be really nice.

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99 Bottles

Summer is so close I can almost taste it. And with the new season approaching there’s nothing better than having good drinks with good friends. A few of us are putting together a beer (& cider for me) tasting next month and I’m so excited. Now to just put together my dream beer tasting outfit:

Beer Tasting Party

Dress: ModCloth+ // Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens+ // Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Koozie: ASOS // Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
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I like big books and I cannot lie

At the beginning of this year I decided that I not only wanted to read over 100 books/comic books again this year, but I wanted to read some big books. I think anything with 450+ pages is a pretty damn big book. These require commitment, time, and often tears to finish.

interestings This week I’ve start reading two big books: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Combined these books total about 1300 pages! Ahh! I’m sure I’m a crazy person for trying to read these huge books at the same time, but they’re both so different. I find it much easier to read two books at the same time when they come from different genres. So when I need a break from the old fantasy world I can dive into summer camp in the 70’s.

a-game-of-thrones So far I’m enjoying both stories. I’ve heard rave reviews from friends about The Interestings and I’ve been watching the past few seasons of GoT and knew I needed to read the books. I can’t wait to share full reviews with you in the next few months.

I find summer is a great time to dig into big books. I work shorter days at the school and find that lazy afternoons spent in front of a fan reading books isn’t a terrible way to pass the time. Also riding my bike to Laurelhurst Park and camping out in the shade with my kindle sounds pretty nice.

Do you have any plans to read some huge books this year?

Make Something Monday – Rosemary Infused Vodka & Whisky

Well, hello my pretties. It’s Monday again so it’s time to get off your booties and shake your way into the kitchen.

Last week a very nice lady at a bar handed me a BUSHEL of rosemary. Her 90 year old neighbor had given it to her and she decided to bring it to the bar to share with other patrons. Very kind. Very Portland.


The whole drive home I was trying to think of what I could possibly do with so much rosemary and then it struck me like a bolt of lightening. Rosemary infused alcohol! I looked around our apartment and I had about 1/2 a bottle of cheap-ish vodka and a full bottle of Crown Royal Black whisky. Perfect!

rosemary infusion

I filled up two mason jars with about 10 sprigs of rosemary, then topped one jar with HRC Vodka and the other with the Crown Royal Black. They are now resting peacefully in a kitchen cabinet. Tonight I’ll check their flavor and if all is good then I’ll strain them into a new jar and hopefully mix up some fun cocktails.

All those cocktails are easily adaptable and would be delicious with your homemade infusion.

What are you shaking up in the kitchen this week?