Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Faves // 02


It's no secret that I love travel-themed products. I'm always on the lookout for special items to fill my home that spark my wanderlust and encourage more adventures in life. These are things that make me happy, and I definitely believe home should be filled with the things you love.

Today's faves are a round-up of travel-themed products from Uncommon Goods. They are an online marketplace that feature creative goods from a variety of artists and designers at a wide range of prices. Not only are the items they carry interesting and one-of-a-kind, but the company is also committed to offering handmade, recycled and organic merchandise. I love browsing their site in search of special items for me (treat yo self!) or better yet, gifts for friends and family. Anyway, here are my favorite finds:

01. Tea from Around the World // A combination of my two loves - tea and travel! Having different kinds of tea from around the world is such a neat idea and I love that the tea leaves are packaged in test tubes.

02. Neighborhood Map Coasters // How awesome are these cedar wood coasters? They are a fun reminder and celebration of your favorite neighborhood every time you have a drink.

03. Scratch Travel Journal //  I love the idea of an all-in-one travel journal, planner and check-list, but I think my favorite thing about this is the set of scratch maps included.

04. All Aboard Book Series // I thought these would be the perfect presents for my niece and nephew to educate them and encourage their wanderlust. The illustrations look super fun and cute. (You can also find more great kid gifts here!)

05. Cork Globe // This is the coolest thing ever...a cork globe where you can put pins on places you've visited! Going on my wishlist asap.

06. Watercolor World Map // I adore a good map and this beautiful, watercolored one would be such a great print to have framed and hung up at home. The unique design makes it a colorful statement piece without being too bold. Love!

Any favorites from my list? You can check out Uncommon Goods for more unique items for you or your loved ones. Happy weekend!

*This post is in collaboration with Uncommon Goods. All words and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Travel Tuesday no.36 // Portland


Last December, my family and I headed down to Portland for a quick getaway. I've been to PDX twice before as a kid since it's only a six hour road trip from home, but it has been ten(!) years since my last visit. I was excited to go back to this city to explore all the cool places and spaces.

Portland definitely didn't disappoint. Even though the sun never made an appearance during our three days here, we had lots of fun eating delicious food, exploring local shops, and simply hanging out. I had a long list of places I wanted to check out and while we didn't make it to all of them, this trip was special since we were all there. Christmastime is one of the rare times when we're all together as a family. Definitely a great way to cap off the year!

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite photos from our trip (and you can see how I documented a summary of this trip in my Project Life here):


Started one of our mornings off at Blue Star Donuts. Oh man, so good. We kind of went overboard and ended up getting sixteen donuts, lol. It was worth it though! There were a lot of unique flavors and every single one was delicious.


I could spend hours at Powell's browsing their incredible selection of books!


Since it was the holidays, the Ace Hotel lobby was always busy whenever we passed by. We did catch a quiet moment in the evening though, and I had a good cup of coffee at Stumptown next door while waiting for the rain to pass.


We drove to Multnomah Falls, the second highest waterfall in the US. It is such a picturesque place and the fog made it even more magical. There was even a light dusting of snow at the higher elevations. (Bonus - there are rubber stamps to use inside the US Forest Service info center :D Talk to one of the volunteers; they're all super nice!)


Clearly, one flight of ice cream at Salt & Straw was not enough to try their unique flavors, ha! There were so many interesting combinations and surprisingly, the pear & blue cheese was one of my favorites.



There are so many amazing local shops in Portland! Too many on my list to visit - I definitely need to go back to hit up all the others. My absolute favorite from the ones I went to though was Lark Press, a lovely little shop filled with all kinds of treasures.


We had a lot of good meals in PDX as well. If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be Tasty n Sons. Loved the industrial look of the space, the maps hanging on their walls, and their 'American diner' cuisine. I still dream of their shakshuka!


Schoolhouse Electric was gorgeous. Walking around and photographing all the details here definitely inspired me...I'm filing lots of ideas under #dreamhome!


We really enjoyed our quick visit and I'm hoping to be back again one day (definitely sooner than 10 years! ha) to explore more local shops and good eats. Love you, PDX!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Faves // 01


Hey guys! I'm starting a new column today where I share some of my favorite finds on the inet and/or my current obsessions. Basically, anything that interests me that I think you'd enjoy as well :) I decided to kick it off with one of my favorite topics, stationery! My love for paper goods is no secret, and here's what I'm loving lately:

01. MT Fab Ticket Washi Tape // Anything travel-themed is a win in my book, so the colorful ticket design easily makes this my favorite roll of washi tape I picked up during my recent trip to Japan. Since a roll is only 3 meters, I may have purchased two of them so I won't worry about running out ;) I want to use these tickets on everything!

02. Pilot Frixon Highlighters (Light) // I received these highlighters as a gift from a friend, and they are a staple in my stationery stash. I love how soft the pastel colors are and the fact that they are erasable.

03. Rifle Paper Co. 2017 Bon Voyage Calendar // I always look forward to Rifle Paper Co's new calendar designs each year. I normally have one or two of their calendars hung up around the house because Anna Bond's illustrations make me happy. I already have my eye on this beautiful Bon Voyage calendar for next year, and I'm debating between the Constellations one or the Paradise Gardens one as my second choice.

04. Passport-size Traveler's Notebook (Camel) // I fell in love with the new camel colored traveler's notebook while in Japan, and decided to buy it in the passport size. I already own the regular size brown traveler's notebook which I use for travel journaling, but I think the passport size is a great little notebook that I can use on-the-go in my everyday life. The smaller size makes it easy to carry around without adding a lot of weight to my purse.

05. Delfonics Carrying Case (Medium) // I'm a big fan of pouches and I found the perfect one in Japan. It can hold my regular size traveler's notebook, watercolors and other little bits crafty supplies easily with room to spare. There are tons of pockets and the fabric is great quality. I'm tempted to buy a second in a different color!

Anyone have any current stationery obsessions? I'd love to hear about them in the comments! Hope you all have a great weekend! xo.