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So we finally took a little time off this week… five days in Vegas to be exact. Vegas! Oh, what a week. Just me and the husband. A little gambling, a lot of sun, so much great food and a much needed couple days of down time.

The day we landed I asked our friends for suggestions and we got so many great ones!
Favorites: Fremont Street and $5 Black Jack tables at 4 Queens Casino, Parasol Down Bar at the Wynn and the crazy, strange, wonderful water show outside, Carnevino & Craftsteak at MGM for fancy dinners, Peppermill for the best cheesy, over-the-top Vegas-esque lounge. Love! Thanks all!

So… I turned thirty this week. What a week it was! Another friend of mine turned thirty this week also, so there were many festivities to be had. We had a lake float and pool party BBQ, dinner with 15 of our closest friends at the fantastic new neighborhood Mexican restaurant, and drinks & fun at my favorite local bar. They just built out a huge lower level filled with games – feels like a carnival just landed! Now I’m looking forward to resting up a bit this weekend after all this fun…

How was your weekend? My birthday is coming up this week, so we had a little celebration on Saturday. Just a casual get together, floating on a lake then a bit of BBQ… my favorite way to spend a warm day. Today we lounged about the house, doing a whole lot of nothing – my second favorite
way to spend a weekend day. Husband and I are starting to prepare for our adventure next month,
a long weekend in Vegas. I’m not much for gambling, but I’m really looking forward to the sun, great
food and a whole lot of down time. Now to just pick out a few new travel outfits… and maybe a few other lovely things…

summertime sangria
sweet little floral dress
this amazing thread of tuna salad recipes
how to make your own lampshade
a panty party!
the wise words of julia child
the softest tees and tanks
a perfect tote
birthday cake pancakes

image via the pursuit aesthetic

It’s beautiful outside here in Seattle! I have the feeling this is going to be a historically warm summer for us. I’m not one for real heat, but for now I’ll enjoy the crisp warm days as we transition from spring with outdoor lounging, grilling and bare legs earlier in the season than I’ve ever dared.

Here are a few of my favorites from around the web, on this sunny slothful Sunday.

Floral Pants are adorable!
The beauty of basic black.
San Francisco is our next destination. What are your favorite restaurants?
Tory Burch Summer.
I’ve had this Ikea piece in my closet forever and I love this makeover.
Beautiful rose gold oxfords. Want.
A colorful engagement shoot.
Wildfox Kids, a look book even grown-ups could use for inspiration.

image via vanda vintage

I realized the other day that six months have already passed since our wedding. Oh how time flies!
And it’s starting to feel like forever since our honeymoon… I wish we could go back to Europe. Now.
It was such a magical two weeks. Italy. Paris. We could have spent forever there.








So many favorites. Florence was amazing, filled with art and fantastic sculptures on every corner, but my favorite was Pandemonio – the best meal I’ve ever had in my life. The sweetest little hole in the wall, where we were served by Mama herself, and drank way too much limoncello on the house.
Venice was lovely, with the waterways and lack of streets, it felt a bit like Disneyland. I literally teared up the second we walked off the train and into Rome. It was like stepping into a history book. The Colosseum was breathtaking, and we really enjoyed wine with every meal, but the best was discovering our favorite new dessert – panna cotta. One of these days I’ll try my hand at it.

And Paris, oh Paris. We could have stayed forever. Just the streets, every building was beautiful. The gardens and parks dotting the city. So many sweet cafes for sipping cappuccinos and people watching. Endless museums with hours of beauty – the Louvre’s line was endless, Musée d’Orsay was closed due to a strike, and the Musee de l’Orangerie ended up being the perfect museum for our half day. It looked tiny from the outside, but seemed to go on and on downstairs, and the main rooms were filled with Monet paintings spanning the length of the walls. Surreal. And Ladurée. Those famous macarons. It’s no joke folks, those cookies are a tasty little dream. And while the historic restaurant Polidor was incredibly delicious and where we had the most quintessential european dinner experience – with shared bread, tables, and conversations all night, it wasn’t quite my favorite meal in the city. It was just barely beat out by our incredible experience at L’Entrecôte.
The best steak-frites you’ll ever have. Sensing a trend? I think next time we’ll eat our way through Eastern Europe.

We finally don’t have a million things going on this weekend and I’m thrilled. We are dog sitting and have some brunch plans, but compared to the last few weekends, it feels like endless free time.
And although that mostly means we’ll get a little house cleaning done (yay for spring cleaning!),
I’m really hoping we’ll start our little garden – since it stopped snowing here. Finally.

Hope your weekend is just lovely!

Here are some of my recent favorites from around the web:

Panna Cotta is my new favorite dessert and this one looks fantastic.
Funny bit about living alone.
How to dip dye baskets.
The power of a photograph.
Maps for your walls.
The dream scarf.
A guide to champagne cocktails. Yum.
I adore brick walls.
The cutest little wine bottle stoppers.
Quickly pickled veggies.

image via the pursuit aesthetic

My mother has been raving about these new hair products for months, and then over our Portland weekend she showed me all her new ‘little baby hairs’ (as she likes to call them). While I’m generally a pretty serious skeptic about hair product, she did have quite a bit of new growth.
And then she pulls out a bag full of product – for me! What a sweet mommy! She definitely knows how much I despise my thin, flat, lifeless hair – we lament over our sad hair genes all the time.
All I dream of is volume! I even tried the Rogaine shampoo once, but didn’t really notice a difference. But after seeing the thrill on my mother’s face, I’m ready to give it a shot.

It’s only been a few days, but I’m already a bit in love. The tingle! The Kleen shampoo and Mint conditioner are such a magic combo, my scalp feels amazing. But it’s the thickening serum that’s really got me. Starts tingling right away, which practically has me convinced it’s working already.
I’ll let you know when I start seeing my own new little baby hairs sprouting up!

Confession time: It may have been this photo of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Miki’s facebook that convinced me this stuff must be awesome.

So it snowed today. Really, actually snowed and stuck. So of course, I did not leave the house.
But my dear friend Andy took this lovely pic of the neighborhood:

It still surprises me when it sticks. I’m a bit of a baby about the cold. So I stayed in and online.
And here’s what I found.

These leopard shoes.
Be my valentine.
If I did it all over again, I’d have this cake.
Lovely illustrations.
A reusable carrier we’d really reuse.
Beautiful thoughts on marriage.
Some spring shoes for him.
Blue walls.
Fab stripey bags and great outfits as well.
How I will store wine.
A sweet and funny engagement shoot.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Did I mention I’m on jury duty right now? I guess not, since I’m not supposed to talk about the case.
It is driving me a bit crazy though – I don’t keep things bottled up very well! The days are a bit slow, but terribly interesting at the same time. Fortunately, each one is peppered with a number of small breaks… in a small back room. I’m so grateful that they have WiFi in the courthouse; I’ve been able to peruse the online world to my heart’s content. Some of my favorites from this week:

Bedroom Art.
A beer tasting party.
Gorgeous chunky cardigan.
Step 1 to great banh mi: pickled vegetables.
Glamorous headpieces.
Homemade service.
The best macarons in the world.
Beautiful furniture from reclaimed materials.
Print dress.
Polenta for breakfast? Or anytime? Yes please.
Black walls are so dreamy.
Watch.

(ps) The bouquet pictured above was for my Nana’s 86th birthday this weekend, from Pike Place Market  – the very best place in Seattle to get flowers!