WEAR: Cozy and chic sweatshirts. It’s a win-win. Clockwise from top left: Houndstooth Beckside Crew from Jack Wills, Ivy Melange Lace Appliqué from Scotch & Soda, Floral Sweatshirt from J. Crew, and Damson Beckside Crew from Jack Wills.
Photo: Once Upon a Chef
EAT: Kale Apple Pancetta Salad from Once Upon a Chef. Make good use of the apple bounty with this flavorful, seasonal, nutrition-packed salad. Great topped with chicken breast or paired with roast chicken for a complete meal. I get regular requests for this one at home. Tip: Try it with prosciutto instead of pancetta. Or skip the meat all together and add a few more toasted pecans. It’s vegan. With protein. Score.
Photo: Anna Joyce
HOME: Hand-printed cotton napkins from Portland’s own Anna Joyce. You know how I feel about cloth napkins. So excited to discover a new source for stylish napkins and more! She’s also on etsy.
I swear there’s someone, somewhere, who flips a switch, and suddenly it’s fall in Portland. Over the last week, we went from sunny and in the 80’s, to alternately sunny and rainy and in the 60’s. And there’s no going back. Continue reading
My bedroom has been long overdue for a makeover. I’ve been staring at shiny sea green walls and using mismatched items since we moved into our house over two years ago– far too long.
My parents came to visit a few weeks ago and found it in their hearts to paint my room while I was at work. They’re pretty amazing like that. So before they arrived, I went to a super helpful local paint store (Powell Paint, for those of you in Portland) and left with an armload of Benjamin Moore swatches. I narrowed it down to a glowy shade of buttercream called White Rock. And picked up some Simply White for the ceiling and trim. It turned out even better than I expected.
I made such a great discovery this week– natural and seasonal foods blog, The First Mess.
Laura is a chef in Canada, and it took no time at all to find a handful of her recipes that I wanted to make, uh, immediately. Given our very changeable weather this week, the Caponata Panzanella seemed just right. I made it that same night. Continue reading
A few years back, I was invited to a cocktail brunch by a woman from work. I was still in my twenties and still living in an apartment. In contrast, her bungalow was all kinds of casual elegance, with perfectly chosen pieces that seemed both well-loved and well-used.
One idea I took from her warm, stylish and grown-up home is to use cloth napkins at every meal. She had a big stack of soft napkins in different colors and patterns set out for the party. I’ve been building my own collection ever since. C and I use them daily and when we entertain.