Monday, February 12, 2018


last, but certainly not least, on our trip out to portland was the wedding of our sweet friends brian and nicki. it really is so wonderful to see two kind-hearted people embark on this chapter in their lives together. plus, i just love seeing two cultures coming together - in this case, persian and american. nicki was sweet enough to explain all of the persian customs and imagery involved in advance so we could follow along during the ceremony. 

[adding sweetness to their marriage (jana and i got to partake in this as well!)]

after feeding each other sweets, the presentation of gifts by their families, and the kiss, they were pronounced husband and wife! it was such a beautiful moment and i'm so happy we were there to witness it...well, T was performing groomsman duties with michael, but you get what i mean :) 

[wives club]

[post-ceremony cocktail hour]

[the newest member of the husbands crew]

[bridal party entrance]

[the newly announced mr & mrs harting]

[saffron-flavored rock candy]

once the entire bridal party made their entrance, it was time for the newlywed's first persian music, of course. their moves, their smiles, and the music were amazing. 

[my hunky date]

the rest of the evening was filled with loads more dancing, food, cheering, a knife dance (yes, you heard me right), far too many goofy photo booth pictures, and a confetti-filled farewell to the happy couple. we couldn't be happier for you both, and are so happy we got to be a part of y'all's special day!

Friday, February 9, 2018


last week, T and i flew out to portland for the weekend with michael + jana to celebrate brian and nicki getting married! we first arrived thursday and immediately set out to explore the area before all the festivities began.

[strolling through brian's neighborhood]

[flavorful, spicy thai food...sign us up!]

[baldy bromance]

[salt 'n straw, i heart you so much]

we first strolled around the neighborhood while brian showed us around to some of his favorite spots. so much green and extra tasty food, we loved it. 

[champagne toasts with the bride-to-be]

after checking into our airbnb, the guys split off to go on their bachelor party debauchery while simone, jana, and i had a little gals date over pasta. it was so, so good. 

[sake and sushi date with nicki and her ok-pdx friend gang]

[T turning portland]

[r.i.p maude, tree, and eleanor]

the next day, we set out to explore our neighborhood, sample the local treats, and stretch our legs. 

[feelin' mossy]

[coffee shop cozying up]

[loving this mural]

[post-bachelor party remnants]

after a day of frolicking around, we headed to the benson hotel for the wedding rehearsal. it was so cute seeing all the adorable children walk down the aisle. plus, i loved getting to see everyone practice the different persian traditions for the ceremony. 

[hey michael!]

then, it was off to the brewery for the rehearsal dinner and quite possibly the sweetest father-of-the-groom toast maybe ever (besides my dad's :) ). 

[salmon fish 'n chips...yum]

[groomsmen gifts]

the next morning, we kept things pretty low-key since tyler and michael had to head off for groomsmen duties that afternoon. there was a tasty breakfast, a walk around the neighborhood, and another coffee shop find.

[loving the colors]

[classic portland coffee vibes]

[i found my sandwich shop]

[airbnb sweet, airbnb]

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

awesome & awkward

[mother-daughter time]

  • on a quick trip back home, my parents and i wandered into a cute little local shop. while my dad visited with the shop owner, my mom and i couldn't contain our laughter over their hilarious greeting cards. we created quite the scene as the two of us were giggling so hard we were practically in tears. i secretly wanted to by their entire stock right then.
  • last week, T and i started our day off by getting to see the super blue blood moon. it was such a cool experience which was made even better that we got to view it from inside our house! plus, can you believe the last occurrence was in 1866?
  • occasionally i'll catch solo watching tv or movies for a few seconds, but can't ever figure out what he likes to see. that is until i watched how the grinch stole christmas - he couldn't turn away! i'm guessing it's all the movement and crazy sound effects jim carrey makes. 

  • a couple of weeks ago, we took boba to the vet for a problem with two nails that needed to be removed. when we brought our very drugged boy home, he could not have been more confused and lost. he even got stuck under the dining table (see pic below) was equal parts pathetic and adorable. thankfully, our grumpy boy is back to normal and can find his way from underneath tables :)
  • on a recent flight back home, our flight attendant was going through the typical safety speech when he got to the portion about what to do with children. right then, he paused and said, "why??...just kidding" and continued on. i thought his sass was hilarious, but unfortunately no one else laughed. he later followed it up with, "alright folks, enjoy your flight...or don't". 

[hitting the skating rink for michael's birthday]

[the sweetest surprise delivery from one of my dearest friends]

[poor drugged boba stuck under the dining table]

[the cutest wounded pup]

Friday, January 26, 2018

binging with babish

it's no secret my love for food, and re-creating the food i love from movies. so, you can imagine my surprise when santa delivered binging with babish's new book this past christmas! i can't tell you how excited i am to crack into it. 

binging with babish tries everything from the giant pancakes in uncle buck to prison sauce in goodfellas (even using a razor to shave the garlic) to shrimp cocktail in beetlejuice, and il timpano in big night. 

one of the best qualities, besides the amazing food he makes, is that binging with babish aka andrew rea is not a professionally-trained chef. he's just your average joe who loves food, has a passion for it, and wanted to create the food he loved to watch. how great is that?  

here's to my future food in movies adventures!

Monday, January 22, 2018


[dinner with old friends]

have you ever felt that sense that personal change is coming? i have felt it at certain times in my life when things were clicking into place, or when my gut was speaking the loudest. the strangest thing about this sensation is that i can never pinpoint it to one specific thing in particular. nothing that screams out, "yes! that's why!". but, i know it when i feel it. it's a mix of calm, reassurance, nerves of the unknown coming, and anticipation. the one thing i know for sure is that when it happens, i know i'm on the right track. 

has anyone else felt this way?  

[stocking up on my favorite local goodies]

[dinners that taste as beautiful as they look]

[working on those goals]

[catching up over lunch]

[cocktails and tasties]

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