Glimpses

Here are some photos of what has been going on around here. I really haven’t been doing enough picture taking. I think I’ve just been working too much! If you’re on Instagram come say “hi”! Or follow my Instagram feed online or see ’em as I tweet ’em on Twitter.

Now, on with the snapshots…

1) These roses are so pretty. I got them at lovely Ink & Peat. The moon photograph is from Chad’s shop, Mon Petit Fantome. The candle is one I’ve been hoarding for 6 or 7 years–‘Sultana’ by Fresh. Sadly, they don’t make it anymore.

2) Eeeep! I was so excited to receive these vintage arrow bobby pins from Angeliska. She saw my star on my vanity and was very sweet to send these my way. She even added some pretty glitter. I’m kind of a fool for arrows and stars.

3) Some things cluttering up my vanity. Stuff: Cedar Rose Argan Oil Hair Tonic by OLO (LOVE), Big Apple Red nail polish from OPI (great bright red!), Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf by Evan Healy (miracle cream!), my vintage sterling airplane brooch and polka dot bobby pins from Jane Tran. Perfume: Angeliques Sous La Pluie by Frederic Malle, Tainted Love by Tokyo Milk, Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens, Rumpledcake by Twigscent and Lotus Blossom & Water Lily by Jo Malone.

4) My good friends opened up a fantastic new Portland food cart. Stop by Chilango! There are a lot of veggie and vegan options if you don’t eat meat. The PDX cart is located on 4th & Hall downtown by PSU. They’re the sweetest people!!

5) I’m sure you didn’t need to see yet another one of my photos of my Rosewater Pistachio Mini Cake obsession, but… I’m still in love with this vegan AND gluten free amazing cake. Sorry. If you’re in Portland you can see what I mean at Back to Eden on Alberta.

6) A little shout out to striped paper straws. I got ours at Kikkerland, but you can find them all over.

7) Between our farm share and my friends giving us about 15 pounds of tomatoes–we’re kind of drowning in them. I’ve been slow-roasting them with herbs and olive oil in batches and freezing them to use this winter. SO YUMMY.

8) Sometimes I wake up feeling like someone is staring at me. Usually, it looks something like this. Unnerving, right?

 

 

Photos by me, Jen McCabe. Find me on Instagram!

Glimpses

Here are some glimpses of what has been going on in my world lately. You can find me on Instagram or if you are iPhone-less, you can follow my Instagram photo feed. There is a steady flow of animals, food, fancy things I’m admiring and snaps taken around my home.

Images by me, Jen McCabe. Follow me on Instagram!

 

Glimpses

Here are some photos of what’s been going on around here lately. I feel like I have let my obsessive Instagram-ing kind of fizzle. I think I’m just really looking forward to fall!

I’m including a kind of crummy photograph of the new bedroom wall color–Wickham Gray from Benjamin Moore. It’s very dreamy and came about after the ‘very light, perfectly slightly muddy pink’ (Pampas Grass from Benjamin Moore) that I loved turned into ‘My Pretty Pony strawberry ice cream princess pink’ once it covered the walls. I’ve been planning a light pink room for 5 years–I was bummed to discover that it really didn’t suit me after all.

If you’re on Instagram come say “hi”! Or follow my Instagram feed online or see ’em as I tweet ’em on Twitter.

Here we go…

1) Zelda in in her natural habitat–bed. Or anywhere else she can find a blanket and pillows. She’s more of a silly, needy cat than a dog.

2) Daily homemade iced americano with coconut creamer cloud. YUM!

3) I’m still regretting not eating one of these beauties from Sparrow Bakery in Bend. That place was really, really good.

4) I really loved this sweet hat at Xtabay Vintage here in Portland. It’s such an amazing shop and the proprietress, Liz, is awesome.

5) These candles by Tatine at Ink & Peat smell so good. Yes, I realize the photo makes them look a bit like toilet paper.

6) I could totally eat all these tiny watermelons. Why can I eat so much watermelon?? Ridiculous.

7) Wickham Gray! This photo is terrible–it really is a pretty light grey blue.

8) The roses here in Portland are still pulling out all the stops. Fragrant and nearly on every block in my neighborhood. Sigh. ♥

 

All photos by me, Jen McCabe. More on Instagram + Flickr.

 

Glimpses

Yikes! I haven’t done one of my GLIMPSES in such a long time. Here’s a little of what’s been going on around here lately. If you’re on Instagram come say “hi”! Or follow my Instagram feed online if you don’t have an iPhone and see ’em as I tweet ’em on Twitter.

Here we go…

1) Ever feel like you’re being stared at? Yep. Right through the living room window. This squirrel is such a jerk.

2) Portland is the Rose City and a house in my neighborhood even has a rose tattoo on the chimney!

3) I love a muddled fresh fruit spritzer. This one was peach lemondade, mint sparkle water and muddled blueberries. So good!

4) We stopped by a cute cafe in Astoria, Oregon. I love all the globes… I have a bit of a globe addiction.

5) There are real lawn deer in Astoria! A beautiful family was happily grazing in someone’s yard.

6) Zelda is so ridiculous. Her life is super hard.

7) Totally oblivious, my husband almost left the house like this to go to the grocery store. I gave it away by giggling too hard as he was leaving.

8) We finally got to meet our friends Tes and Jason’s baby, Violet. She was sweet, cuddly, had the cutest frock and longest eyelashes. Can’t wait to see her again!

9) I love pinata shops! This is at a grocery shop in Portland in the St. John’s neighborhood.

10) We got to see Dumb Eyes’ newly remodeled Seattle headquarters. SO COOL.

11) Loved this sign on the way to Bend, Oregon this past weekend.

12) This is, apparently what they serve at the Swiss Village. So baffling. What is a $29 Fashion Burger???

 

All photos by me, Jen McCabe. Find more on Instagram + Flickr.

Five Treasures Come Knocking

My good friend, Angela, was in the Pacific NW from Chicago a few weeks back. She and her mom, Joan, came to Portland for a visit and I had such a good time showing them around town. I hadn’t seen Angela in quite a long time–I’ve really missed her a lot. It’s hard to believe that we have spent so many more years of our friendship living across the country from each other than the time we spent becoming so close while living in Seattle. We haven’t even spoken consistently or very regularly, but you wouldn’t know it.

Here are some photos I snapped of our trip to the amazing teahouse at the Lan Su Chinese Garden–here in Portland.

I have a handful of friendships like this–where there isn’t ever a pressure or expectation of how much communication you have to have to maintain that friendship. It is always right there waiting for you to pick up right where you left off the last time. And over the years you never doubt that your friend would be there if you really needed them. That is a given. Nobody has to say it and you never feel an absence. You just wish you could see them more often because you like their company so much–their perspective and whit.

When you do get to see each other. You enjoy the time you get to spend filling in the blanks and cheering and/or jeering their hurdles and personal successes. You reminisce about the favorite memories you have stored up–it keeps those moments alive. I think adding new stories to these lists of moments is part of why your friendship will always grow and even get stronger.

Not that I wouldn’t love it if Angela lived here in Portland–believe me–I am really hoping she will someday! I’m just glad that we never let the physical space between us amount to anything beside just that.

It was so wonderful to hang out with Angela and Joan. The dreamy setting of the teahouse at the Lan Su Chinese Garden didn’t hurt either. Joan treated us to a lovely lunch while we all caught up. So much has changed in our personal lives, but it was comforting to find that our demeanor and dispositions were all the same.

Along with tea, dumplings, noodles and yummy MOONCAKES–we shared an incredible dish of strange treats called “Five Treasures Come Knocking”. We took turns having little nibbles of the odd, petrified fruit. I’m positive that the herbal bitterness and perfume quality of the dried kumquats will make its way into our friendship fabric the next time we get to hang out. It was so fun to see their faces get screwed up with confusion while eating each bite–mirroring my own expressions.

Description for Five Treasures Come Knocking:
A dish of seasonal treats representing the five blessings of the New Year, health, wealth, longevity, virtue and happiness. Often includes chestnuts, kumquats, candied lotus seeds and winter melon.

Thanks so much Angela and Joan–I had a wonderful time with both of you. I miss you so much already.

If you live in Portland or have a chance to visit our Chinese Garden. It’s a special place–go with good friends.

 

All images by me, Jen McCabe. Find me on Flickr and Instagram!