off to portland!

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i am in desperate need of a vacation... so the hubby and i are off to portland, oregon for an extended memorial day holiday!

portland has been majorly up-and-coming in the past handful of years... you can't turn a corner of the blogosphere without hearing about another amazing artist who calls the city home. lucky for me, my husband makes the perfect tour guide - he was born and raised in good old portlandia :)

hope you all have a fabulous week/weekend... be back next tuesday!


marta lugo jewels.

these gem-inspired pieces from marta lugo jewels are just my kind of jewelry... one part quirky, one part girly, one hundred percent awesome.


three red apples.

i simply adore these works of textile art from three red apples. the bohemian, gypsy vibe is adorable and makes them the perfect gift for the free spirit or globe-trekker in your life.


friday fave finds.

1. geometric patterned blouse from anthropologie
2. ruched maillot from j. crew
3. anchor necklace from yellow heart art
4. nautical-inspired handbag by fred perry, via zappos
5. navy velvet settee via home portfolio
6. rue de la lune photo by magalerie
7. crown and laurel wreath pillows from helkat design
8. puppy peacoat from rover


manly gifts from kaufmann mercantile.

father's day is coming up, and you know what that means... we all need ideas for manly gifts! here are some rustic, beautifully designed gift ideas from kaufmann mercantile.

bonus - they offer free shipping with any purchase over $25 and $7 off when you sign up for their e-newsletter!

from top:

handmade leather football, $115
canvas backpack, $145
camping hatchet, $36
cloth-bound notebook, $19
deerskin work gloves, $45


slight clutter.

these dreamy images from slight clutter photography just make me want to spend more time outside. just my luck, it's supposed to rain all week here! at least i can live vicariously through her lens :)



i love anything bird-themed, so obviously i can't resist these adorable purses and pouches from broundoor. check out the rest of the shop for some super awesome wallets, passport covers, journals, and more!


weekend project . . . plant an herb garden.

there's nothing quite like a handful of fresh herbs to brighten up a summer meal. i've always wanted to grow my own herb garden, but years of apartment living with no outdoor space didn't exactly help me develop my green thumb.

now that i've got a house and a yard, i'm ready to take the plunge! i have the unfortunate tendency to kill every plant i touch, so i'm taking a bit of a shortcut and using some herb seed bombs i purchased from visualingual. such a fantastic idea for the novice gardener!

hope you have a fantastic weekend... see you on monday!

p.s. no fave finds today... they'll be back next friday!


party decor by bhldn

bhldn, sister shop to perennial favorite anthropologie, recently released a lovely decor collection. perfect for adding that handmade touch to parties and weddings, even when you don't have the time to do it yourself!


dying to try . . . socks with sandals (!)

{burberry via the yay or nay}

{image via drake journalism}

once thought of as a hardcore fashion no-no, socks with sandals are starting to appear on stylish bloggers and street-chic girls everywhere! over the past few seasons, i've fallen hard for the sweet, girly-girl look of ankle socks paired with strappy wedges or platforms.

what's your take... can a normal girl wear this combo, or do you have to be a leggy, super tall model-type to pull it off? should i try it out myself or leave it to the pros?


friday fave finds.

1. photo via we heart hair
2. box of colorful paper twine from bhldn
3. lace-up wedge sandals by loeffler randall
4. playful orange boyshorts from victoria's secret pink
5. painted vintage picture frames from mandolin goose
6. metal scroll chair from anthropologie
7. every day is the best day gocco print by heather jeany
8. image via deja vu vintage