Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Where did Tuesday go?

Wow…I was so busy today that I didn’t even have time to blog! And for those of you who know me..not having time for my daily blogging regime says just exactly how busy I was. Anyways…looks like my busy weekend translated right into my week. But I must say the long three day weekend was just what I needed. A perfect mix of fun and productiveness. I do wish I could have gotten one more day though. Would have really been prepared for the week. Ehh..all well..i always get through it one way or another.

Friday I headed up to salem for a little family time and was able to catch up with an old family friend. We’ve grown up together so it’s a little weird to be out and about having cocktails with him. But it was nice to catch up :)

Saturday I Finally got a haircut! Long overdue! I took quite a bit of length off! Proud of my myself! Then headed up to Portland for an evening full of good cocktails, good friends, and good entertainment. We hit up the Barrel room. And I totally love it! Dueling piano bar with a live band! Talk about talent. However I was a little disappointed that my request didn’t get played. Who doesn’t love a little Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!

The next morning..well afternoon the best an I had a Beautiful Sunday brunch at The Daily Café in the Pearl. Love. Love. Great Bruch and was in love with the cute little café. After that it was a day of running around and errands in preparation for the 12 million events I have going on the next two weeks.

But it ended quite nicely with a trip by the Willamette National Cemetery to visit my dad. It after all was Memorial Day weekend. When I was growing up we would always go visit on memorial day. They put flags up at every headstone. Its an amazing, touching site. I have often made the trip up alone a few times a year to just sit and reflect. Is it weird that this place is one of the most calming places for me? I always feel so at peace. This is usually a place of sadness and closure. As I was driving out I drove by the new sites that didn’t even exists when I made my first visits. The mothers and fathers and children in tears. The pain still so fresh. My heart went out to them. It takes so long to get over the loss of someone. It’s been almost 14 years but I still know exactly how it felt to be in that moment, in that place. To wonder what would happen now, how to go on. And even though I without a doubt would do anything to have my father back I know that because of this unfortunate unlucky time in my life I would not be who I am today. Knowing that when life’s worst comes knocking on your door that it could always be worse. It’s the people you surround yourself with, your faith, and the truth that things will go on, that life does go on and you will get through this. That’s what allows you to keep going, to wake up, to fight through the pain. Because one day, could be many years later, you will be able to look back and see exactly why you had to go though such an event. It makes you humble, it makes your grateful, and it makes you thankful. I know it’s not memorial day anymore but I hope everyone was able to take a moment and understand what the day meant to understand those who have fought for this country and lost their lives. And to remember those who are not with us anymore.

Love you forever and always daddy.

Hope everyone had a simply wonderful tuesday.

Friday, May 27, 2011

helloooo long weekend

You know what i love? 3 day weekends. One extra day is going to be amazing! And hopefully this weekend will be full of productiveness as well as lots of fun :) Anyways on to the Blanks. Feel free to add them to your blog as well and link up at The Little Things We do...

1. If I could get away somewhere for the weekend I would go to Bali. It is so calm and serene there and I could just sit on the beautiful beach and relax and I would bring anything but technology..a break from the world and phones and internet and everyone would be really nice for a weekend.

2. Something I often rant about is how men are ridiculous sometimes…okay a lot of the times but I won’t even go there. Im usually ranting about how I don’t have enough time to do the things I want to get done and how I wish I had another job so I could have money to go have fun and travel..the usual.

3. One item I need to have in my fridge at all time is well my new obsession right now is spicy ranch..its like salsa and ranch mixed together and I love making taco salads with it…I def had it like 3 times this week..yumm.

4. My "life-saving" product is ..okay so maybe not life saving but my favorite house hold product I cant live without is counter spray. Once you start using it you will never go back..trust me .

5. A friend is someone who you can trust to be there through thick and thin…someone who won’t use you but love you because of you and someone who can be there for you even if things in their own life aren’t perfect. A friend is kind hearted and knows what we need to hear when we need to hear it. A friend is love.

6. If I could write my own blank it would be One dream I will make happen sometime in this lifetime is….

7. My favorite kind of art is i do enjoy modern art but photography would have to be my favorite. It’s amazing how much emotion can be in one picture..a moment in time completely frozen for all time..its beautiful L:) .

Hope everyone has a simply wonderful 3 day weekend :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Guest Post!

i am super excited to have a guest blogger today! Ashley Clark, one of my super cool student workers is chattin up a storm with her favorite quotes. Who doesn't love a little inspiration to get them through the day?! Thanks Ashely!

Andrea has been so gracious as to allow me to make my blogging debut by guest posting here on Simply Pink! I’m so excited; I love the blogosphere and am an avid follower of many lifestyle blogs. Being a bit of a newcomer I think I will start out small, doing a series on my favorite things. This week I’ve decided to pick quotes, because who doesn’t love a good, inspiring nugget of wisdom to get through the day? Hopefully you find them helpful and have a happy Thursday!

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson (although I’ve read it is miss-credited to him, but we’ll stick with it).

“I believe in PINK. I believe that LAUGHING is the best calorie burner. I believe in KISSING, KISSING a lot. I believe in being STRONG when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that HAPPY girls are the PRETTIEST girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in MIRACLES.”

–Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery- celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to” --Jim Jarmusch

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be.
There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again”
--Benjamin Button, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

~Abraham Lincoln

Great quotes Ashely! Thanks again! Have a simply wonderful thursday!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hump Day

Oh hello hump day....

Oregon is back to its normal rainy self and its almost like the sun never existed yesterday. Sigh...maybe one of these days we will get a week of sunshine! hah! wishful thinking i know. Anywho...Its wedding time. And there were some super cute things floating around this week. So enjoy the beauty.

Something different. A groom in a cardigan. A look that I have never seen. But it looks great on this groom and fits the personality of this couple perfectly i think. A cardigan has never looked so classy :) Check out more of the groomy at Once Wed.

Time to sparkle in a beautiful dress from over on Bijou Bride. Not my top pic for walking down the isle but great second dress for a reception.

What I want. Love this practical but beautiful beverage containers. Nice and big with pretty stands.. I want! I want! I want! The rest of this wedding was quite lovely as well over on Elizabeth Designs.

Color Love. Loving the emerald green. Such a royal strong color. I love that it makes a statement.

What we dream for. To be so incredibly happy on the day of our wedding. To feel exactly as she feels. So full of love and emotional. beautiful.

Hoping you have a simply wonderful Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

i am obsessed...

well..i know its not wednesday..but this isn't a wedding video so i think i can get away with a proposal video on a tuesday. this has to be the cutest propsal video i've ever seen. it's more like a movie. and a little tid bit for you...after only 2 months of dating he knew she was the one. He video taped her coming into the Paris airport and toward the end of the video you see the footage and him saying that he would marry her...sigh...its just beautiful. a must watch for all of you ladies! we have Michael Justin Films to thank for this one!

LUCK - NYC Wedding Proposal from Aria Melody DJ on Vimeo.

have a simply wonderful tuesday.

Monday, May 23, 2011

why i love portland

Saturday afternoon my roomie Jereme and I decided that we weren't doing anything exciting in corvallis so why not head to Portland? The thing i Love about portland is that in the span of a couple blocks you can be entertained for hours! There is always something to explore and look at in portland. Love. Anyways we started our afternoon at the Saturday Market, but we got there at the tail end so we decided to just head to Powells.

Oh Powells. If you could ever get lost in a book store Powells would be the one. The thing takes up a whole block. I was instantly drawn to the 4 or 5 isles of cook books..where do i even begin with that! My roomie def did some major work....7 books later :)

Next we were planning on finding somewhere to have lunch but stumbled across something even better! The West Elm Etsy event! I had seen talk of this floating around some blogs but wasn't thinking I would be in Portland. So when i saw the sign I instantly got excited! It was so much fun! They had little treats and fun beverages. And some amazing etsy vendors.

Our favorite vendor was Rachel Austin. She did paintings on old maps. It was fascinating and beautiful. Very talented. Check out her store!

Also like Mary Kate McDevitt's Shop. How cute are these little chalkboards! Cute gift idea!

After our excitement of the little event we found we headed to find lunch. We settled on Rouge. Now neither of us our beer drinkers. And yet both us wish we could find one beer we can drink. We settled on Rouge's gin (who knew they made gin!) it was delish. But in our excitement of the day we decided that we can't be at Rouge and not at least attempt to drink beer. So the sampler came and out of the four mini samples we finished 2. Yep between the two of us. It was safe to say that we were beered out the time we finished them.

After lunch we went into a couple little shops then headed back to Corvy. Over all, great little afternoon trip to the city. Sigh...someday i'll call it home...someday...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Friday Friday!

Yay for sun, and warm weather! Finally! I know it won't last forever but it has been great having some good weather and fun outside. BBQ season has offically started and last night was a great kick off to many more to come. I hope everyone has a fun sunny weekend! Here's this weeks blanks! Add them to your blog and link up over a The Little things we do!

1. People always tell me I look like uhhh…I don’t think people really say I look like anyone..im just plain ole me :)

2. Friends don't let friends go starving. There is always a home cooked meal if they come to mamma and’s house! .

3. A sunny day is perfect for country drives, and BBQ’s with creamsicle cocktails and great friends .

4. My favorite accessory is my pair of chandelier earrings I got last month. Add them to any outfit and it takes it to another level .

5. If I could afford it I would get out of town for a long weekend somewhere. I so could use a trip away from Corvallis and better yet away from Oregon.

6. The cure for boredom is head to borders…I can spend hours just looking through cook books or wedding books or the other million books they have .

7. I am currently "in like" with wedges, Portland happy hours, whipped vodka, bold patterns, and pintrest.

Have a simply wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My top 5

Lately I have been itching to travel...or to be able to be anywhere but Oregon. Don't get me wrong I do enjoy living here but I need a change of scenery for awhile. But unfortunately the whole full time job, owning your own Business and looking for a third job doesn't leave too much time for travel fun. But maybe with this third job i can save a take a real vacation next year... It does look like I will be going to Indonesia this Christmas though. And although I will be out of the country that won't exactly be a relax on a beach and be a tourist kinda trip. So anyways..today i'm dreaming of far away place and where i want to be. Here is my top 5 Picks!

Pick number 5: New York

Who doesn't wanna go to New York? The hussle and bussle of the city! So much to do and see there! It's always been a top pick in my eyes.

Pick number 4: New Zealand/ Australia

Pick number 3: Ireland

Pick number 2: ITALY

I love everything about Italy. I've been there before but i would love to explore more of it! So beautiful and so much history.

My number 1 pick of where I want to be.....GREECE!

I don't know where my sudden fascination with Greece has been but I am head over heels for blue oceans and beautiful hillsides. If i could go anywhere right now it would be here :)

Sigh....Someday right? Where do you wanna go?

Wedding Love

Yay..we made it to hump day. And it looks like we might even get some sun! Looks like Oregon is finally pulling it together! At least for a couple of days.. As for today's wedding inspiration I fell in love with this shoot I saw over on Elizabeth Anne Designs from Simply Fabulous Events & Design.

I love the color of the dress. I know it's not the traditional white but it is a beautiful color and i love the back of the dress!

Isn't Pretty?!!! I love the colors of the flowers. The design of this shoot was just impeccable. Love.

Have a Simply wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Oh weekends... why are you over so soon...

For once I actually took it easy on Friday night. Thursday’s late night girls nite took it out of me and I was more then happy to get to bed at 10. I know, kinda lame for a Friday but totally worth it. Saturday was an errand day and I had some shopping and prep to do for a Birthday party I was helping decorate for. I spent the afternoon making a pretty cool birthday sign and watching No Strings Attached. It was def a movie that I thought might have potential to be kind of cute and it was. Nothing too special but an entertaining movie. After the movie we stopped by and watched some friends in a softball tournament.
And after being in the cold my roomies and another friend headed to salem to have dinner at my moms restaurant. It was delish. But who doesn’t love Sushi!? Yum!!! And we got a major hook up from the mamma :) Once we got back we watched Toy Story 3. I still hadn’t seen it! And it was adorable! So good and the rumors were all true. Def was tearing at the end! After that I headed out to Block 15. Another traditional spot for me to be at on a weekend night.

Sunday I headed to Salem again to decorate for a birthday party. I think my sign turned out pretty cute. It was some simple decorating but I think it definitely made a statement and made the space a little more festive . Sadly my pictures did not turn out very well. The windows were not helping me and after my first attempt I got distracted and forgot to take some more. All well.... After getting back from Salem it was nap time then I watched my 3rd movie of the weekend. The new Harry Potter. Ummm talk about intense!! It was so good! And a nice way to end a pretty okay weekend.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Friday!

It would be safe to say that i am seriously struggling today. Thankfully i was able to go home during lunch and power nap and now have a jamba juice in hand and feeling alot better. phew! just gotta make it a couple more hours then its time for a real nap and time to start the weekend. Sadly blogger was down today so no Fill in the Blank Friday's. But thats okay. Anyways this weekend is kinda up in the air so I don't really know what i'll be doing which is actually making me really excited! Enjoy the sun...while it lasts! hope everyone has fun!

Have a Simply wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I know its not Wednesday but…

Okay, so I know its Thursday but I was feeling a little under the weather yesterday and didn’t get around to posting some Wednesday Wedding inspiration. So this week its Thursday.

Some of you are probably why I even post about weddings but my love for weddings is beyond wanting to just do it for a living. I love them because I truly love, Love. I know, I know, here we go with the cheesiness, but I really do. I love that each and every wedding or even event is the reflection of a couple or person. It tells a love story, or it should tell a love story. I think that’s what makes a good wedding or not so great wedding. I want to leave a wedding feeling like I know more about the couple and their love. And leave having found out little things about them that I never knew. Personalizing a wedding to meet the basic needs of a couple is obvious. One way or another you will walk down the isle. But giving your couple an experience completely “them” is all any wedding planner could ever want. Or I guess it’s the wedding planner I want to be. This one day is a gift they are able to give themselves and others. It’s beautiful. To me a wedding is beautiful. And it doesn’t have to be a million dollar wedding to be the most beautiful event. I think that’s what people have to remember. It’s how you execute and how you bring yourself into it that make it a beautiful wedding. And if you don’t know how to do that or where to start then I would recommend hiring someone who does. It’s the best investment you could make in your wedding, and the best way to actually enjoy this day you’ve been looking forward to for so long.

Now that im done rambling. Here is something pretty to look at for now :)

This couple was over on Brooklyn Bride. Love these pictures.

Over on Style Me Pretty we had white. I love White on White. simple. classic.

Great Color combo! Pink and Navy

100 Layer Cake had a cute country wedding. How Cute is this Wet your Wistle Sign.

Love. And Love the detail of her dress.

Have a Simply wonderful Thursday.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What I'm Excited About!

I am so excited that I will be taking part in Portlands Summer School!

I know, I know, Me excited about school?? But this is different. its fun stuff! I'm already signed up for a Fresh Flowers by Frolic! Frolic is one of the blogs I follow and was I oh so excited to see that she is offering a class at the Ace Hotel next month! All of the classes offered that day look like they would be so much fun! I'm very tempted to sign up for my other top pick Packaging 101 by TOKKETOK & SHIM + SONS. They class looks like it would be so much fun. Learning how to package things so they are beyond cute! I'm in heaven. Anyways prices aren't too bad considering you are learning from great experts and all supplies are included. You should check them out if you are a little crazy like me and love pretty little things and could use something different to do on a Saturday :)Check our thier website for more information and to sign up!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Guess it's Monday

Why do the weeks drag and Mondays come to soon? We should petition for 3 day weekends. I would be very appreciative of an extra day :) Anyways this was a jam packed fun weekend so my lack of sleep was kind of worth it.

Friday night I got to hangout with one of my favorites. April :) My besties sister and I love that we basically spent the whole weekend together. Can't wait for for many more weekends and days in portland...in the pearl :)

Saturday I headed up to portland for work. I went early and did a little shopping. Got a cute new outfit to wear for the dinner I was heading to. We had a Pharmacy Icons event at the Portland City Grill. Talk about one amazing view of Portland. Helps that we were 35 stories up :) It was fun to help set up and the food was Amazing!

Then after the event I changed and met up with some friends at Departure. One of my favorite chill, laid back places. Great cocktails and great atmosphere . It was a nice way to relax after the hectic day.

The next morning I was up at the crack of dawn and headed to Whole Foods for a yummy mothers day dessert and to pick up another batch of flowers. We had a little fondue party and i ended up wrapping the flowers in pretty pink tissue paper to dress them up instead of leaving them in plastic. tied with a bow it was a cute way to present the flowers.

Delish Lemon Cake with a Lemon Curd topping!

The pretty peonies for the mamma and white roses for grandma.

The time I got home I was utterly exhausted. I napped then me and the roomie watched 127 Hours. uhhh talk about an crazy movie! I knew the basic story of him having to cut off his arm to survive but the movie was fantastic. It was intense too see everything he tried to do and ended up having to do. Def would recommend it!

Hope the mondays are goin okay today.