Things I'm Loving Thursday | April 23, 2015

Today is Thursday which can only mean three things:

  1. Tomorrow is Friday, yayayayay!!!
  2. Scandal is on tonight.
  3. It's time for, "Things I'm Loving Thursday."

PS. I am pretty sure all of these were obvious but whatevs. 

Rose ‘N’ Blum Bubbly Moscato Rosé
A couple weeks ago my dad and brother delivered a batch of malted barley to Napa Valley for a vineyard that is starting to make beer. *Sidenote- you should totally check out Mecca Grade Estate Malts website, I am partial to the History Section).* Since they were in the Napa Valley they obviously had to go wine tasting and my dad was sweet enough to bring back two bottles of wine for Travis and I. One of the bottles was a bubbly moscato rosé that I cannot get enough of. It is bubbly like champagne with just the right amount of sweetness. I could have drank the whole bottle...but then I would have woke up with a major hangover because I am not 21. Unfortunately I do not think you can buy it anywhere in Oregon but you CAN buy it online! Right now it is on major sale, you can get a whole case for $75!! I am highly contemplating this...If you have a wedding coming up this would be perfect for toasting AND it is pink!

Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection
On Sunday my Instagram and Facebook were getting flooded with posts from ladies rushing down to their nearest Target to purchase something from the new Lilly Pulitzer line for Target. Since we live an hour away from Target and I was not feeling that hardcore, I did not hurry to the store, instead I just browsed online at all of the new, cute items. I figured by the time they got to Target the shelves would be restocked and I would also not have to battle women for bar cart accessories or a throw pillow. I am especially loving the house goods and am thinking I need a fun set of glasses for our bar cart this summer!

Lilly Pulitzer for Target Drinking Glasses - Set of 4

I Heart Gluten T-Shirt
I stumbled upon the Prairie Californian while reading an old blog post of hers that was featured on Huffington Post, "10 Farmwife Realities That it is Farming Season Again." I was laughing while reading this because they are all so true, not because they are necessarily funny. After reading her article I felt like we could totally be friends so I went over to her website and browsed for maybe a couple hours...but not in a creepy way. I noticed on her sidebar she had an "I Love Gluten" button (which I loved) and THEN noticed she has "I Heart Gluten" shirts. They come in male, female, kiddo and baby sizes. I am pretty sure I need one. Show support for farmers and wheat industry by getting yours here!

I Heart Gluten T-Shirt

bareMinerals- Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss
I am a lipgloss wearer, not lipstick, however, I do not enjoy overly glittered and wet looking lips. They seem either a little too teenager or a little too street walker for me. I also do not like sticky glosses. Gosh...I really sound picky. Anyway, our awesome swag bag from the Bloom Workshop included five different shades for the Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss from bareMinerals. Their Buxom lipgloss are my go to so I was curious to try these and I was not disappointed. They are not overly pigmented or sticky and also hydrate your lips. My favorite part about them though is the application wand, the sponge is slanted so it is easier to apply and you do not get it everywhere. 

Pink Macaron Kitchen Timer
While my mom and I were at the Bloom Workshop in Los Gatos, California, we walked through all of the super cute shops in their Old Towne. Although Sur La Table is a chain I still love that store. I have been looking for a new kitchen timer to replace my semi broken white one for quite awhile. I did not want to buy another plain one though, I wanted something fun. I stumbled upon this cute, pink, macaron timer and knew this was the one I had been looking for. It is also on sale right now, so if you are looking for one, you are in luck too!

Things I'm Loving Thursday| March 26, 2015

How is the already the last Thursday of March? Time is definitely flying by WAAAYYY too fast. I went over the mountain twice this week to Portland for one day trips so maybe that has something to do with it. Nonetheless here is your weekly dose of things I am loving.

KitchenAid Design Series- Toffee
Just call me Goldmember because, "I looovvveee gooooolllllld." When I joined the KitchenAid family I went for the classic almond cream KitchenAid mixer since I love cream and it would go with everything but, I think this KitchenAid might be my new favorite. It has just the right amount of glam without being over the top and gaudy. It says the color is toffee but in real life I think it looks gold. 

Image result for kitchenaid toffee sparkle

National FFA Organization
Monday wrapped up the final day of the 2015 Oregon FFA Convention and also marked 10 years since I was elected as an Oregon FFA State Officer. While I am not one to live in the glory days or cling to my high school youth I think that the National FFA Organization is often overlooked and underrated even though there are over 610,000 members. It still carries with it a stigma of only being for farm kids who compete in tractor driving contests and take hogs to the county fair. While you CAN do those things in FFA there are so many more opportunities for students. Looking back over the last ten years, being an FFA member was single handily the best choice I made not only as a high school student but also person. Things I learned as an FFA member continue to be some of the only things from high school that I still use as an adult. 

Tasty & Sons/Tasty and Alder
If you are in Portland you HAVE to try one of these restaraunts. They have the same owner and are basically the same but one is in downtown and one is on the east side. We initially saw Salty and Sons on a Cooking Channel show and knew we had to try it the next time we were there. They serve southern/homestyle brunch and dinner and let me tell you, IT. IS. DELICIOUS. We went for small plates and drinks and ordered hush puppies (served with jalapeno honey butter) and their meat and cheese board. All of their meats (smoked, sausage, jerky, ect.) are made in house. We sat at the kitchen bar so we were able to see all of the food orders and I did not see one thing I would not eat. I can't wait to go back for brunch.


Abercrombie Drapey Lace Maxi Dress
To be honest I haven't shopped at Abercrombie in ages because I felt like I was out of the age demographic for the store and I also do not enjoy the complimentary perfume headache I receive whenever I go in. HOWEVER, when I was walking by the store this dress immediately caught me eye and I had to go in and check it out. It is feminine, looks like summer and is also lined which is a major bonus. 

Nuvrei MAC Bar
I generally love most French things, and not just not on a weekly basis. Croissants, Coco Chanel, champagne, Versailles, Crepes, Monet, Notre I need to keep going? When I heard Portland had a Macaron Bar I knew I had to go. It is in the downstairs of Nuvrei, in the Pearl District and also across from the prettiest flower shop, you could smell the blooms over the yummy smells of the bakery. They have different flavors all the time but I would totally get their dark chocolate macaron and salted caramel macaron again. They are not too sweet and have the perfect texture of chewy, soft, crunchy and creamy. They will even box them up beautifully for you. I have got to master macaron making at home.