Friday finds

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EAT: This golden Olive Oil Cake from Rich Table in San Francisco. It seems like the perfect, versatile, not-too-sweet base for summer berries now and citrus curd (like this grapefruit black pepper curd from the darling and talented Rachel Khoo), or just about anything else later. I’ll swap the one cup AP flour for gluten-free AP flour, and the dairy milk for almond milk. This one looks easy and delicious– I’ll report back.

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COOK: I need to get my hands on this new paleo cookbook from Danielle at Against All Grain. I’m a big fan of her blog and recipes, and her book is getting knock-out reviews (Congratulations, Danielle!). Bonus: She’s posted the paleo brownie recipe from her book for you to try– I know I will.

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BODY: Like most of us, I put cleanser and moisturizer on my face every single day. Because I want it to sink in to my skin and do its job, that also means I only want good stuff for ingredients. The folks at Nahla Beauty are at the top of my list for super-effective, great-smelling products you can feel good about. Their products are completely free of toxins, petrochemicals, synthetics, parabens, dyes and fragrance oils, and are handmade from scratch with ingredients from small organic and biodynamic farms, wild crafters and artisan producers. I am already a big fan of the Forest Mint Gentle Foaming Cleanser, the Calendula Healing Cream (for hands, elbows, etc.), and the White Peony Firming Face Drops, and will be swapping a few more into my regimen.

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SHOP: I mentioned Uniqlo last week, but wanted to make sure you knew about these other somewhat-under-the-radar online shops.
BRIKA is a lovely curated version of etsy, where co-founders Kena and Jen feature objects from hand-picked makers, artisans and designers, from stationary to jewelry to household items and even toys. Great for gifts– to yourself or others!
Everlane makes stylish basics (tees, sweaters, silk and poplin blouses, scarves, a variety of bags and more) with “radical transparency” as their motto. This includes where their clothes are made and how much they are marked up (the answers: in socially-responsible factories and quite a bit less than usual). The Wall Street Journal recently wrote about Everlane as “feel-good fashion.”
At Kaufmann Mercantile, you never know what practical and well-designed treasure you might come across. From sturdy and beautiful Paris-made Le Kraft leather notebooks and Blackwing Japanese drawing and writing pencils in the office section, to tools for the kitchen, garden and outdoors, and sturdy and stylish accessories, it’s full of finds. There’s even this fun handmade slingshot I bought as a gift.
Now J. Crew is not a news flash, but have you been to the J. Crew Factory site? I don’t have patience for outlets, but this online version borrows heavily from the very shoppable design of J. Crew online. Expect J. Crew style at discounted prices with frequent sales. The best pieces often go fast, so you have to be on your toes! Pro tip: Sign up for their list to get advance notice of new arrivals.

Friday finds: Latebreaking edition

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LISTEN: I made a Spotify playlist of some of my favorite sun-drenched, dusty backroads, faded blue jeans songs of the summer. Enjoy with the windows rolled down!
How’m I Gonna Get Back Home? by He’s My Brother She’s My Sister
Ballad of Oregon by River City Extension
They Told Me by Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
Old Number Seven by The Devil Makes Three
Go Home by Eliza Dolittle
Smoke Ring Halo by The Wood Brothers
Boxcar by Shovels & Rope
Just Like Heaven by The Watson Twins

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WEAR: Do you know about Uniqlo?– the good quality, low price, big-on-design Japanese clothing store with outposts in New York and San Francisco. They’ve been doing some brilliant designer collaborations. When I was in New York earlier this summer I snagged a couple finds from their collections with indie NY fashion label Suno and British textile designer Celia Birtwell. Now they’re back with two new collaborations: prolific type foundry House Industries and Finnish fashion company Ivana Helsinki— both with unique and beautiful prints. It was tough deciding, but I picked a few favorites that should be landing on my doorstep any day now. Shop Uniqlo’s Ivana Helsinki and House Industries collections online and or in stores.

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EAT: Try these easy and super yummy raspberry buttercream frosted sugar cookies. I baked up a batch of sugar cookies using The Pure Pantry’s gluten free mix. To make them extra special, I frosted them with raspberry buttercream and topped with fresh raspberries. For the frosting, add 1 cup of puréed raspberries to your favorite buttercream recipe. To make it dairy free, substitute Earth Balance for butter.

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Via A Cup of Jo

READ: Over at A Cup of Jo, Joanna Goddard is doing a really wonderful (and surprising!) series on motherhood around the world. While it focuses on being a mom, it also gives a slice of daily life more generally. I don’t want to give too much away before you go and read for yourself, but I loved the story about babies sleeping outside in the cold in their prams in Denmark.

Eat this now: Blackberry Peach Crumble

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This week I faced the challenge of doing justice to some ridiculously perfect summer fruit: four big, sweet and juicy peaches and a pint of perfectly plump, sweet-tart Chester blackberries. Organic, Oregon-grown, some of mother nature’s finest work– my job was not to screw them up.

So, I dusted off a super simple crumble recipe (more of a formula, really) that I’ve been fine-tuning since last summer. Continue reading

Friday finds: Summer edition

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EAT: Try this grilled baby red potato and cucumber salad with easy homemade creamy italian dressing for a delicious new twist on a summer classic. It pairs perfectly with any grilled meat or seafood and it’s a great way to use all those cucumbers from the garden or farmer’s market! This is in heavy rotation at my house.
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DRINK: Coconut water limeade (or lemonade) with mint is so tasty and hydrating– it’s my go to when I come in from the sun. I shake some up in a mason jar. To make: add dehydrated coconut water to homemade or store-bought limeade or lemonade. Or squeeze lemons and/or limes into your favorite coconut water and sweeten to taste with plain liquid stevia or simple syrup. Add finely chopped mint and plenty of ice. Bonus: spike it with a good quality tequila blanco for a refreshing cocktail. This was a big hit at my last barbecue!

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BODY: By August, my curls are a little parched from all the fun in the sun. Applying 3-4 drops of this inexpensive, organic, 100% argan oil to my hair after I shower and after coming in from the sun is super reviving. It’s lightweight and not greasy, adds volume and shine, minimizes frizz, and smells lovely. It’s also great for face. I smooth it on under sunscreen for dewy moisture. I love how it feeds and soothes my skin and hair.

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BEAUTY: This shiny, semi-sheer, but still colorful lip tint from Tarte has become a favorite. I love the easy to apply chunky pencil, the tingle from the peppermint oil and how super-moisturizing it is. The poppy red “spirited” and cherry red “lust” look great on their own and even better mixed together. Plus, they’re formulated without a lot of yucky stuff. Especially important on your lips!

Four trends for fall

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Yes, summer is in full force. AC on today. Groundhog says 8 more weeks of hot and sunshiny summer here in Portland (definitely not complaining). But that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about fall. As soon as the calendar turns to August, I want to start gathering up boots and sweaters and number 2 pencils and wooly scarves. I blame the public school system… and Vogue magazine.

There are a few trends that have caught my eye and feel just right for this fall. When it finally cools off, catch me…

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