Thursday, September 25, 2014

TiLT: Fall Edition

I've resisted the urge to post about Fall for weeks and now I can finally do it. September 23 was the first day of Fall this year. Now that that's passed, you're in the for the onslaught. 

Did I mention I started a Fall tumblr? You can check it out here

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


We planned it for at least a month: the Portland Powell's Trip. 

I'm in a book club at work. We read one book a month and then meet to chat about it -- usually at a restaurant in Eugene. Two of my coworkers dreamed up a fun trip to Portland to go to Powell's and talk about our latest book (Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter). We all agreed and made plans for Saturday, September 20. 

Danny and I decided to drive up on our own while our coworkers took the train. 

We met at Kenny & Zuke's -- a cute little deli bar right beside Stumptown on Stark, barely two blocks from the Best Place On Earth (Powell's). They ask that people not use their cell phones, so I only took one sneaky picture of the menu. I ordered the challah french toast (huge, delicious) and Danny ordered pastrami cheese fries (huge, delicious). We had a great chat about the book and ate a lot of salt and deli meat. 

Then, we walked through the ridiculous 88-degree weather to Powell's. We picked out a ton of books, but eventually, settled on 3 books to tide us over. We'll make another trip later (when we have more money). I picked out The Night Circus (which I've already read, but it's one of the upcoming book club books) and The Best Mystery Stories of 2013, a collection I've been wanting for a while. Danny got Night Film, a book he's wanted for ages. I hemmed and hawed over a decorative copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, a new Murakami book, and several others. Next time.

Danny and I headed out since I was feeling kind of sick from so much challah bread and salt. We stopped and got a cold drink before we left. 

At home, I took a bubble bath and read because after a long day at a huge bookstore, you gotta soak your feet.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kat Von D Ink! Liner, or Why I Don't Try New Things

I know it seems like I try new things all the time, but trust me when I say I don't try new things, especially after I've found something I've loved. 

And when it comes to thinks I love, I love my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. It's gloriously dark; the brush is fantastic and never frays; and it has staying power like nobody's business. 

I don't know why, but I allowed myself to get talked into trying Kat Von D's other liner pen -- the Ink! Liner -- last week when I went into Sephora to pick up a new Tattoo Liner. The exchange when something like this: 

As I stood in front of the Kat Von D section, Associate: Hi, can I help you find anything?
Me: Oh, no, just getting a new eyeliner.
Associate: Have you tried the Ink! Liner?
Me: No, I really love the Tattoo...
Associate: It's so much better than the original. It lasts longer and you have more control of the line.
Me: Really?
Associate: Yeah. 

Logic: They are the same price ($18). They had near similar boxes and almost entirely similar looks when out of the package. What the heck? Why not try it? It can't be that different. 

I was wrong, guys. They're really different. 

The Tattoo Liner pen has a flexible brush with a fine tip that allows perfect wings and great lining. The Ink! Liner has a felt tip that does not move, onto applies a thick line, and pretty much means you'll never, ever get the point on a flick like you want. 

Oh and the staying power the associate mentioned? On Saturday I went to Portland with near identical eyeliner (after seriously 30+ minutes of trying) and by the time I headed home at noon, one side was smeared. I didn't even touch it. It's just that ridiculous. 

It's basically the worst

Ok, it's not the worst. It's usable. It's usable for the amount of time it takes me realize that putting on eyeliner is taking me 20 minutes in the morning and they're still uneven and I hate this freaking pen and I cannot wait to return it. 

Have you ever tried a product that you immediately regretted? Tell me about it!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Outfit: Old Favorites

Dress, Forever 21. Tights, Old Navy. Sweater, American Eagle. Belt, Forever 21. Boots, Target. 

Do you guys remember when I used to post really nice outfit posts with nice photos and great outfits? 

I'm still not at the point where I am confident enough to do this kind of outfit posts again, especially with high res photos, but... baby steps. It's been a long time since I've just written what I've up to and shared what I'm wearing. I wore this outfit last Wednesday; I'm making an effort to not dress ultra comfy everyday since I work in an office with essentially no dress code! 

This dress is literally the oldest dress I own -- I bought it in October 2008. 2008. That was six years ago, guys. I've worn this dress for six years. That's insanity. The fact that it still fits is even weirder to me. I'm always mixing and matching it and wearing it different ways. Here are a few others ways I've worn it through the years. 

My go to is clearly layering it over long sleeve tops. Sometimes I find it hard to look at old outfit photos -- especially the ones on the left in both of these collages! Those are from 2+ years ago -- aka, before I gained weight. I always end up playing the comparison game, which isn't fair to me or how far I've come professionally in that time. 

I love the fact, however, that I've worn this dress so many different ways in so many years. This is a dress I always turn to because it always makes me feel good. 

I'm going to make a goal to dress in a 100% new outfit combination everyday this week. Wish me luck! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Care Package from Dove

A few weeks ago, I received a DM on Twitter from Dove, asking if I'd like a care package from them. They'd seen an Instagram photo of mine and loved my outfit. I, of course, said sure! I had no idea what they would send, so I patiently waited. Last week, I received my care package. 

Inside was two sticks of Dove deodorant and a green ombre silk scarf. There was also a really nice note and a "summer fashion tip" that kind of made me giggle. Basically, it boiled down to: you should wear deodorant. 

Thanks, Dove! I figured out the deodorant thing around 14 so I think I'm good. 

I started using the Advanced Care stick first (since I was actually almost out of my normal deodorant); I like the Pink Rosa scent a lot. It promises to return your underarm skin to "normal coloration"; I assume that means the deodorant will remove the sometimes grayish appearance you can get from shaving. The deodorant works and smells really good, but I started to feel weird about using something that seemed to suggest it was bleaching my armpits. Still not sure where I stand on that!

The scarf is cute, but not something I would really wear. There is something about it that strikes me as a little "old lady"! I mean that in the nicest way possible. It is just not something I would really wear. I expect it to make an amazing regift. 

I really appreciated receiving this box from Dove. It was nice to receive a package and to get two sticks of deodorant -- I feel like I'm always running out and it's kind of a drag to buy deodorant! 

Thanks, Dove!

I received this care package courtesy of Dove, but I promise, all opinions are my own!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

TiLT: August 28

♥ Nate & Amy are here! Have I posted that already? They've been living with Danny and I for two weeks now and I absolutely LOVE having them here. From coming home to quesadilla burgers to painting Amy's nails, they are so much fun. It's nice to have roommates after a long three years of living on my own!

Taylor Swift's newest song, Shake It Off. If you haven't listened to it yet, you should. I'm not a huge fan of Taylor's music, but I love this song. Amy and I have had it stuck in our heads for a week now. 

♥ Wedding Photos. On the day Amy got her wedding photos, Sweet Cheeks Winery (where I got married over a year ago) posted a link to my wedding photos! It was weird serendipity and it made me happy and nostalgic. I love wedding photos of all kinds.

Listening to Kasey Musgrave at work. I've had Same Trailer, Different Park on at work repeatedly for weeks now. I switch it up sometimes and listen to Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour or Iwan Rheon's BangBang!, but mostly, it's Kasey. 

Working Out. I've been awful about working out since I started another full-time job. It's hard to get back into a schedule after being all over the place for a few months! But I've fallen back into a schedule and actually worked out both Saturday and Sunday -- something I haven't done in an embarrassing amount of time! Unfortunately, my schedule is about to take a hit before....

Danny's got a job! Danny received a longterm sub posting about a week and a half ago, filling in for a teacher at least through November. I'm so excited for him, mostly because we're going to carpool to work now! We'll be saving money and spending a bit more time together everyday, which I love. However, now I've got to figure out when I'll work out!

Journaling every morning. One of my coworkers mentioned that she journals every morning. I really like that idea, since I tend to be more motivated in the morning, especially for writing. I've woken up about 30 minutes earlier everyday this past week and spent that time drinking coffee and journaling. It's just a nice way to relax before my brain gets taken over by work and stress!

Counting down the days until Fall!! Ok, yeah, I'm one of those people. I'm over Summer, but let's be honest, I'm over Summer basically the moment it starts. I'm ready for Halloween decorations, Fall leaves, Salted Caramel Mochas, Pumpkin Spice everything, and having an excuse to wear sweaters 24/7. I've also started following an embarrassing number of Halloween and Autumn themed blogs on Tumblr, which hasn't helped my impatience for the season to change!

What do you love this week? 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Salted Caramel Mocha Donuts

It's that time of year again. The lead up to Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, followed by my definite favorite time of the year (Fall & Christmas). The best part of the end of August and September? Anxiously waiting for Salted Caramel Mochas to return to Starbucks. I know a lot of people don't like them -- they are more milkshake and dessert than coffee. But they are my absolute favorite. I love the nutty taste of salted caramel mixed with the rich mocha flavor. It's like a big toffee. 

I recently found a Salted Caramel Mocha Donut recipe and decided to make them this past Sunday. I made a few changes, so I'll include my recipe as well. 

Salted Caramel Mocha Donuts


♥ 1 1/4 cup flour
♥ 3/4 cup brown sugar
♥ 1/3 cup cocoa
♥ 1 tbsp. baking powder
♥ 1/2 tsp salt
♥ 1/4 cup brewed coffee
♥ 1/3 cup sour milk (1 tbsp vinegar with milk added to 1/3 cup)
♥ 1 tsp vanilla
♥ 1 egg
♥ 3 tbsp. melted butter

♥ 1/2 cup chocolate chips
♥ 2 tbsp melted butter
♥ 1 tbsp warm water

Salted Caramel
♥ about 1/4 cup of salted caramel sauce (I used store bought)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray your donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 

In a bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add coffee, sour milk, vanilla, and egg. Stir until combined. Add melted butter and stir until just mixed. 

Fill donut pan about 2/3 full with batter. 

Bake for 11 minutes. 

While the donuts are baking, combine chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 1 minute and stir. Microwave for 15 second intervals until chocolate is melted. Add 1 tbsp of warm water and whisk until chocolate is completely melted. 

When donuts are finished baking, take out of pan and place onto a cooling rack with a sheet of parchment paper underneath. Immediately dunk one side of the donuts into the chocolate glaze and return to the cooling rack. 

Heat salted caramel sauce for about 30 seconds in the microwave. Using a spoon, drizzle over the donuts. Allow to harden slightly. Enjoy! 

I love cake donuts and I love salted caramel, so these donuts are perfect for me. The donut itself is richly chocolate-y with a hint of coffee; add delicious bittersweet chocolate glaze and salted caramel sauce and the entire dessert is transformed into a perfect late Summer or Fall treat. They go great with a cup of coffee or a glass of cool milk.