So, it’s Friday? I have no idea how this week went so fast. The pace of time is endlessly distressing (not a good use of time!?). I thought what might really be helpful is a tutorial for how to slow time down, but it just makes me wish I had more time and money to travel! Sigh. This weekend is full of tedious, time consuming tasks that I’m not looking forward to, so tonight will be all about slowing the week down with some takeout, nail polish, wine and a good Brit crime drama. I hope you have some slow, enjoyable plans for the weekend!
➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…
♥ Come enter my amazing giveaway–new Pendleton and LOTS of other lovely things!
♥ My new favorite top. I’m never taking it off.
♥ Love love love this super cute linen dress.
♥ …and the also super cute striped version.
♥ These dusty pink linen shorts are a lovely closet staple.
♥ Love this easy, slouchy sweater.
♥ Cashmere hoodie? Yes, please. 5, please.
♥ I’m not much of a t-shirt person, but this one I really like.
♥ These spotted flats are sweet for spring.
♥ I really need to buy a pair of these shoes for spring bike rides.
♥ I like these cute suede slip on sneakers.
♥ The very cutest of all the slip on sneaks.
♥ A beautiful custom ceramic moon pendant.
♥ My current fave candle—smells like sunny days are coming!
♥ I tried a sample of this perfume and it’s lovely! Pine, lavender, cardamom!
♥ I love this new ‘envy’ color lipstick that I picked up.
♥ The ‘fiery’ color is lovely, too!
➔ A FEW SWEET DEALS:
♥ Get 25% OFF Ay Marieke jewelry with code: GREENSPRING now thru 3/7/14.
♥ Get 10% OFF Shop Adorn new arrivals with code: HONEYLOVE now thru 3/31/14.
IMAGES ABOVE: 1. Photograph by Charles Allmon from “Martinique: A Tropical Bit of France,” National Geographic, February, 1959. 2. Dorian Leigh a pleated address with leather straps by Carven. Photo by Georges Dambier, March 1954.
The weekend before Christmas, we stayed at The Nines hotel here in Portland. We felt run ragged after months of long, busy days and REALLY needed to decompress in a fun way before family showed up to stay with us over the holidays. We also needed to finish buying gifts for loved ones, so staying downtown was perfect. We booked a pet-friendly room for a few nights so we could bring Zelda to chill out with us–that girl loves a good hotel stay.
The staycation thing might seem strange to some, but we love it. Relaxing at home is wonderful, but when I have a laundry list of things I want to get done around the house–it can be hard to completely exhale. Plus, it’s nice to experience this city we love with a more leisurely pace and a tourist’s perspective. Oh and being pampered–that’s nice, too!
I arrived at the hotel earlier than my husband and I’m not going to lie–I got right down to the business of relaxing. Within about 30 minutes of arrival I’d had a hot shower, applied a face mask, had a mini bottle of bubbles cracked open, magazines stacked and was wedged deep in the cloud of soft white cotton bedding in a fluffy white robe. Total heaven.
We’d talked about going out for dinner somewhere downtown, but we ended up going to the hotel restaurant, Urban Farmer, for some yummy small happy hour dishes and drinks. Later, we ordered a light dinner and some not so light, amazing desserts from room service. I love room service–especially when the restaurant is fantastic. You push a button and someone delivers you a lovely pot of tea and housemade honeycrisp apple donuts with rosemary ice cream to you? Oh, yeah–that’s the best.
Breakfast was wonderful, too. We had dreamy vanilla yogurt panna cotta and a cast-iron dish of beautiful steel cut oats delivered in the morning. Jim, my husband, had to go into the office for a half day, so I had some more lady luxury time with a bottle of bubbly that I’d brought from home (you can order bottles from room service–I was just saving a little money with BYOC), gave myself a glittery gold polish manicure and watched a couple movies. It was a super relaxing day.
When Jim got back from work we went out Christmas shopping and just leisurely stopped for coffee and roamed around downtown. We ended up having dinner at Boxer Ramen–a newer Portland restaurant that we’d been wanting to check out. The food was so good and our friend did the murals and signage in the restaurant, so it was sweet to finally see all the work she’d been doing in person. If you go, make sure to get a couple of the mochi ice creams–I had pistachio and coconut and they were perfect.
A friend clued us in that they have delicious cannelés at Courier Coffee, so Jim snuck out early in the morning and got us a few to enjoy with the coffee he procured. SOOOO GOOOOD. If you’re down around 10th and SW Oak, you should pop in and nab one… or twelve.
We did a bit more holiday shopping, read in bed and took naps throughout the day to recharge from all the intense relaxing. I love camping out in bed. The room was so comfy and the employees were all very sweet and accommodating. Zelda even got a lot of attention from everyone when we’d take her out for walks–we were all treated really well.
This staycation at The Nines was really fun–I’d love to do it again. It would be nice to stay in one of rooms with a more open view at the front of the hotel next time. We had a nice time in our sweet
pillow fort retreat hotel room. We had a lot to do when we got home, but we were in a far better state of mind. More about The Nines hotel–HERE.
IMAGES ABOVE: Some snaps from our December stay at The Nines in downtown Portland. 1. Pretty much the state of the bed the whole time. 2. Getting my face mask and polish ready. 3. Yummy oatmeal from Urban Farmer. 4. The kit for a proper chill out. 5. Zelda catching some Zzzzzs. 6. Cannelés at Courier Coffee. 7. The view from our room.
I’m so happy to be having a lovely giveaway with Shop Adorn today! In celebration of spring coming AND the new Pendleton: The Portland Collection launch, one lucky winner will get $150 shop credit to spend on ANYTHING they’d like in the shop. Shop Adorn has lots of great lines, but I always get especially excited when Pendleton’s TPC starts rolling in. The spring looks are so good–THOSE BAGS, the dresses, the sweaters and that sweet aqua windbreaker are all so dreamy! It’s going to be a difficult choice. More HERE. GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE! xx
P.S. Use code: HONEYLOVE for 10% OFF orders from Shop Adorn new arrivals thru March 31.
➔ TO ENTER:
1. Visit Shop Adorn and tell us your shop favorites in a comment below.
2. For an extra entry, follow Shop Adorn on Instagram. Then leave a comment below. If you already follow them–just let me know that, too!
A SWEET DEAL: Get 10% OFF orders from the Shop Adorn new arrivals with code: HONEYLOVE now thru March 31.
SHIPPING, ETC: The winner’s shipping will be covered by Shop Adorn. International entries are welcome, but the winner may be responsible for international duties and taxes.
DRAWING: This giveaway ends Tuesday, March 11, at 11PM PST. The winner will be chosen at random and I’ll update this post with the name of the winner on Thursday, March 13. YAY!
THE SHOP: Make sure to visit Shop Adorn’s wonderful brick and mortar shop here in Portland! They are located in the Beaumont neighborhood at 4120 NE Fremont St.!
Images courtesy of Pendleton: The Portland Collection.
I love this sweet silk watercolor watermelon dress from the MiH Jeans spring collection. I love their denim and their new collection has some other sweet non-denim pieces, but I don’t think most of the other things are available yet. I’m so ready for spring! More HERE.
➔ SOME THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED…
✚ Today is the last day to enter my dreamy jewelry giveaway!
✚ This beautiful new lookbook makes me want to get in the car and drive to the forest.
✚ A big roundup of things I’ve been loving lately.
✚ I LOOOOOOVE THIS COLLECTION.
✚ Marled watercolor stripes and more lovely designs.
✚ Everything in this natural skincare line sounds amazing!
✚ Stunning glass terrarium pieces made from recycled materials in Jessie’s living room.
✚ My friend Eden is making these new yummy syrups to add to lots of drinks and food.
✚ Lots of links, an amazing photo of Clara and being freaked out.
✚ A few nice things that Kate has been really into lately.
✚ Ilenia is window shopping for a cute outfit.
✚ Anna put together an awesome travel roundup.
✚ Kelly is talking about a bunch of things she likes right now.
✚ Lisa is talking about her friend, Carrie’s, amazing handmade quilts.
✚ Sarai talks about her love for Isabella Rosellini and some amazing photos.
A SWEET DEAL:
✚ Use code: GREENSPRING for 25% off Ay Marieke purchases now thru 3/7/14.
Happy Monday! I didn’t get a chance last week for an update here about our sweet pup, Miss Zelda Fitzpuppy. She’s doing well after she suddenly needed surgery when a little growth on her front leg that I brought up during her annual checkup turned out to be something scary (I still can’t say the “C” word–too hard) after being aspirated and sent to the lab. Needless to say, there was a bit of crying on the floor in the fetal position and last minute reaching out to some heroic blogger buddies to take the HK wheel for a week.
The worst part (for the humans anyways!) was the waiting to find out the lab results from the “aggressive margins” that Zelda’s vet had sent off to the lab. We were nervously bracing ourselves for one of three scenarios: 1. The bad thing was removed entirely and it was all over 2. They weren’t able to get all of the bad thing and they’d need to get the rest with an even more aggressive measure or 3. The bad thing was removed, but it was the extra bad kind that would come back. The wait was long and excruciating, but we got better news than we could have hoped for–the growth was all gone AND it was BENIGN. The word “benign” hadn’t even been on the table. We all did a jig in the dining room for about 20 minutes.
So, I just wanted to give this update and say “thank you” for all your kind words and wishes on my blog, email and across all social media portals. I really did draw strength from all the love coming our way. A BIG thanks to Ilenia (It Can Be A Lover), Anna (Door Sixteen), Lisa (Today Is Going To Be Awesome), Kate (For Me, For You), Kelly (Design Crush) and Sarai (Coletterie) for swooping in and taking the blog reins while I was freaking out and taking care of a drugged terrier. AND thanks to Zelda Fitzpuppy. This scare made it crystal clear how much you mean to us and how much I truly rely on your sweetness each and every day.
IMAGES ABOVE: Our incredibly sweet Boston Terrier, Zelda Fitzpuppy. Like me, she has a pretty heavy linen bedding addiction. Only the best for my BFF! She’s the bee’s knees. ♥