Friday Treat Day: Apple Cake

Apple Cake

I’m not a big fan of cake usually. I’m more of a pie kind of girl. But this apple cake is an exception. It reminds me a lot of coffee cake (also an exception) but with cinnamon-y apples tucked throughout. It is so delicious. I usually make it twice during apple season…

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

I may have had a piece of it with my tea every morning this week. Whoops.

You can find the recipe here, by Smitten Kitchen.

What’s your favorite apple treat to make this time of year?

Hope you all have a wonderful, cozy, fall weekend. x

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Five Autumnal Tunes Lifting My Spirits

Oregon Fall

As the year begins to wind down and the sun starts to set earlier and earlier each day, it’s easy to find myself in the midst of an autumnal slump. When the chilly air and dark skies start to get me down, though, I’ve found that embracing the darkness helps to shake myself out of any funk. This season is full of lovely, yummy, cozy things to appreciate and love. It’s the time of year when I start craving hot cider with whiskey, chunky oversized sweaters and dim, candlelit dinners. If you’re like me and simultaneously love and loathe this time of year, these good tunes have been helping me get in the mood for the dark, albeit beautiful, fall and winter days ahead lately. I hope they lift your spirits too…

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Beauty Secrets 04: Allegra Villella

Allegra Villella

For this weeks beauty secrets column, I talked with the stunning Allegra Villella, an awesome photographer and blogger who lives here in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and darling pug. I recently discovered her more personal posts on her journey to clearer skin using natural products and knew I would have to know her secrets! Doesn’t she look positively luminous?! Here, she explains how to get clear skin, a natural foundation that only has four ingredients in it (!), and how raw honey is good for more than just sweetening your food…

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Fall Pout

Fall Lipstick, NARS and Laura Merceir

I usually wear either a bright, true red lipstick for fall but this fall, lips are going these deep, sexy berry shades that I’m loving and want to try. NARS audacious lipstick in Bette (pictured above) looks like the perfect fall color. In the past I have shied away from a dark lip because it’s always so obvious when it’s starting to fade and looks tacky to me. But, the trick I’m learning to darker lipstick is to kiss it off with a tissue after you apply it, so it’s more of a stain, and then reapply a top coat. That way it stays on a little longer, even after eating and having a few drinks.

If you’re not one for bold lip color, you’re in luck. I’ve been seeing so many nude lips this season!  The natural look seems to be widely popular right now. This Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Peche looks lovely. 

Which would you go for this fall?

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The Alps: An Essential Oil Cocktail

 The Alps Essential Oil Cocktail

Photo by Cate

My friend Cate is a fellow blogger and, more recently, became a wellness advocate for dōTERRA essential oils. For this Friday’s treat, I asked her if she would contribute a cocktail that included some essential oils. You can learn more about essential oils and their healing/health benefits here and, of course, on Cate’s blog.
The cocktail she shared sounds delicious and includes two of my very favorite things…

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Five Ways Your Life Will Improve From Wearing This Fab Deodorant

Fat and the Moon Deodorant

I’ve been on a life-long search for the perfect deodorant. Like everyone else, I’ve wanted to find something that’s more natural and not laden with chemicals but that actually works! Believe it or not, I think I’ve finally found it: Fat and the Moon deodorant cream. It will change your life. If you’ve been on the hunt too, here are the five reasons you’re hunt is now over…

  1.  All your worries about putting nasty chemicals on your skin day in and day out can finally be put to rest. All of Fat and the Moon products are made with completely natural, organic ingredients. Many of which are home grown on the organic farm where the Fat and the Moon team reside.
  2. This formula actually works! Most of the all natural deodorants I’ve tried haven’t really worked. By noon (on a good day), my pits and everyone around me are not happy. But this one is a game changer! Fat and the Moon deodorant takes care of the stink. 
  3. The scent is super mild and won’t compete at all with any other fragrance you’re wearing.
  4. Like black clothes? No problem here. “This deodorant won’t leave those chalky white streaks that make you look like you’ve had a mime in a headlock.”
  5. It lasts forever. So don’t think you’re paying $12 for stick of deodorant. A little goes a long way. This stuff has lasted me months.

I hope you’re as impressed as I am and go buy yourself a jar. Toxin-free, fresh days await you. I now want to buy all the Fat and the Moon products. Their dry shampoo and this lip and cheek stain are calling my name.

xx

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My Other Half: Aaron and Andrea

St. Jack-Aaron and Andrea

I couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to Aaron and Andrea Barnett, the next couple in the newest series on the blog, My Other Half. Aaron is a chef and the owner of the reputable, beautiful, unfussy French restaurant, St. Jack, here in Portland. Andrea is a former librarian, stay-at-home mom, writes a blog, and (it would go-without-saying) a rock to her family.

When I wrote Andrea to see if she and Aaron would be interested in being a part of this series, I knew it was a long-shot and wasn’t expecting a response really. My dad used to own a restaurant (and has always worked in the food industry in one way or another), so I’m not naive to the hours. I know time is always coveted. So when they responded with a yes, I. was. floored. They were incredibly generous, invited us into their lovely home, and gave us a morning to get to know the two of them, their two sweet dogs, Bradley and June, and their amazing two-year-old son, Ewan. He’s a book lover like his mama and can already recognize words (!).

It’s with great pleasure I invite you all to hear the story of how Aaron and Andrea met, the challenges and rewards of owning a restaurant and being a family, and how they do it all with an authenticity and grace that will stick with me…

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Weekend Bits

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I hope you all had lovely weekends! We certainly did. It’s making it difficult to say hello to Monday today. My husband and I went away for a night in Astoria, Oregon and it was woooonderful. It was our first time away from Eleanor overnight. I know! We realized we waited too long for this when we came back and she barely noticed us (ha!). She was having such a good time with her Grandma and cousins.

I thought I’d share some pictures of our visit, where we ate, drank, and what we did. Warning: we’re kind of boring. No curfew and leisurely drinking coffee and reading without a toddler competing for our attention and time felt so luxurious.

Also, I tacked on a few pictures at the Apple Festival celebrating being back with our little lady at the end…

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Friday Treat Day: Apple Thyme Cocktail

Apply Thyme Cocktail

I can’t think of a better cocktail to celebrate the beginning of fall and apple season. It’s such a clean, crisp, warm drink. It would be perfect to sip on a cozy fall night by a fire.  You’ll love it…

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Fall Nail Polish

Fall Nail Polish 2014

I kind of have a not-so-secret love of nail polish. Especially now that I’m a mother, which may seem counter-intuitive. Don’t get me wrong, it can be challenging to carve out the time to paint my nails or go treat myself to a mani-pedi. But, really, it is one of the easier ways to make yourself feel better and a little more put together. It’s one of the small things I can do for myself that requires very little effort.

I’m always a little more excited about nail polish at the change of season too! I think the new colors and palettes coming out this fall are just gorgeous. Here is a round up of a few new colors I’m coveting and a few classics I’ve loved for years for the fall season.

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