Monday, April 18, 2016

Wood Prints: Cathy McMurray

Source: My Modern Met
Etsy shop: Cathy McMurray

These vibrant wood prints by Cathy McMurray encapsulate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest so well. The first picture looks like a mashup of Portland wilderness and designs you might find in an Anthropologie, which are two things I love! Well, I haven't been to Portland yet, but these beautiful wood prints are definitely making me look forward to my trip next month!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Snackie Snacks: International

My friend went traveled overseas recently, and she came back with some sweet treats for us! The red box is a substantial box of chocolate sprinkles (meant to be used on buttered toast for breakfast. Yes, breakfast!) from Holland. I think it will last us at least a year. The peachy bag of wafers is from Austria. The vanilla filling is thicker and richer than the wafers you find here. Great with some tea!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Let's Go Hiking!: Ahnu

Elsie modeling the boots for me!

Steve and I are planning a trip to Portland this spring, and since we haven't gone on vacation in a long time, we decided to get ourselves fully geared up to look like obvious out-of-town tourists completely out of place in the middle of the woods. First thing's first, footwear. Steve said, "let's be practical and just get hiking shoes that look like regular sneakers." I said, "um, okay" but as I perused shoe upon shoe, I came across the Ahnu Sugarpine Boot in Deep Teal. I have to admit that I bought mine from Amazon for 30% less than retail. I compared pictures and reviews on several outdoor gear sites, and here's what I learned:

ADORABLE: The boots are far cuter and stylish in person compared to any of the images I've seen online. I think the photos above capture the actual colors, which are vibrant but not blinding.

WATERPROOF: The Ahnu boots have a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, but it is only applied up to the ankle. So the boots are only water proof from the ankle down. I will post an update once I have tried them in the rain myself.

LIGHTWEIGHT: Each boot is 11.6 ounces. It really does feel like you're wearing regular sneakers

COMFORTABLE: The inside of the boot is very soft and pillow-like. I ordered a 7.5, and I think it fits true to size. I don't have narrow or wide feet, and I don't have arch support issues. The only mild discomfort I've experienced is around the front near my shins. I've experience this with boots in the past where it feels like my shins might start hurting. The boots feel more comfortable when I loosen the laces around the ankle, but then I feel like the boots don't fit as tightly as I would normally like. Also, I'm not sure if it's a matter of "breaking in" the boots or not. I will continue to try them out and report back.

QUALITY: The boot feels and looks like it uses high quality materials. I've read some reviews that said it falls apart after a month of hiking 10+ miles per day. I can't vouch for that as I would be dead if I hiked that much within a month.

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10. I will provide a new rating after extensive use.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Yay! Swatches: JOYBIRD


After many years of trying to maintain a clean, white sectional and failing miserably, the mister and I decided to forfeit and get a new couch. Anyone who has kept a white sofa clean seriously deserves a trophy made of solid gold or chocolate or chocolate gold.

Steve stumbled onto Joybird when we were considering a different brand. The furniture looks stream lined and well designed. The reviews stated over and over that the sofas are well made so out of curiosity, I requested free swatches in the Blues & Purples range. Seeing the fabrics in person really sold it for us. I want to see couches made with all of them, especially the tweed! Tweeeed!

We placed an order for the Eliot sofa, and I have high hopes that it'll turn out as lovely as I imagine. I'm typically pretty doubtful with online purchases, but Joybird offers free shipping and free returns. We'll see if the couch lives up to the photos on the site!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wilco: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Play List
The Joke Explained
I'm Always in Love
Shot in the Arm

Source: NPR

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Doodle: Sesame Street



Elliott loves his Sesame Street characters. Bert and Ernie top his list, and Cookie Monster is a close second. Here's one of my favorite pics of Elliott with his buddies: