My First Apartment

It’s crazy that I’ve been living in Portland for a year.

I’m about to move into my new apartment this weekend. (I’m half way moved in now, but no furniture.)

I wanted to post photos of my first big girl apartment so that I can always remember it.

These photos were taken at different times over the year, so that’s why there are different flowers/ no flowers.

The Living Room:

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The Bedroom:

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I love my first apartment. I love the mix of Ikea and Antique furniture, I think the whole thing is me.

I’m excited to be finally be moving in with someone! Yay room mates!

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Beverly Palm Print

I honestly can’t remember where I first saw the Beverly Palm Print, but I do remember it was the wallpaper version on some blog, years ago.

Originally from the Beverly Hills Hotel, the printed wallpaper has inspired many different products with the print over the years.

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And I fell in love. HARD.

And I knew I had to have something with the palm print on.

I’ve scoured the internet, high and low for it.

Unfortunately, it tends to be rather expensive.

I’ve found pillows:

Society Social Pillow

From Society Social, $75

Watercolors:

The Aestate Palm Print

From The Aestate, $61

And a phone case:

Sonix Beverly Hills CaseFrom Sonix Cases, $35

I’ve bought the phone case, and it is perfect! The light pink and green go well with my yellow iPhone 5c! I’m in love, and I’m so happy I held out for something I really love!

Barre3 in the Park

My roomie Kristen and I have been doing some Barre3 classes here in Portland over the last year, and I love it.

Barre3 was actually started in Portland, and the studio we go to is actually the first one.

On August 23rd (my birthday), they had their 6th anniversary Barre3 in the Park.

I went, and it was the most surreal experience. Doing barre, which is yoga, pilates and a bit of ballet all together, with 500+ people on the most beautiful day. Incredible!

Here’s some photos:

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taken from my instagram

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All other photos are from Barre3 Portland’s Facebook Page

It truly was an amazing experience, and I cannot wait to do it again next year!

TWENTY FOUR.

That’s right, I turned 24¬†THREE weeks ago, and it was a wonderful night!

I ended up celebrating twice. Dinner on Friday and then again on Saturday. That didn’t include my trip home to my parent’s the weekend before.

So Friday, the plan was to meet my (soon to be) roomie and my friend at Departure Lounge, which is a fancy rooftop bar in a fancy hotel in downtown Portland. Well, I walked in, and this was my face:

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Dinner was great, I got to see some people I hadn’t seen in a while.

The next morning, I woke up and went to Barre3 in the park, which will have it’s own post, but look how pretty it was!

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That night, I met up with my friends at one of their apartments for a pre-game, since I live in the ‘burbs.

It was SO much fun celebrating! Some friends happened to be in town from Eugene, so they came along!

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I swear I was laughing. Apparently I look like I’m going to cry when I laugh.

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But a HUGE thank you to my wonderful friends that made my birthday a wonderful one!

Here’s to 24 being the best year yet!

Podcasts

I’ve recently been getting into Podcasts.

I listen to them during my commutes to and from work.

Most of the ones I listen to are about 30 minutes long, which is the length of my commute.

The first one I started listening to is The Lively Show. I first started listening to it when one of my favorite bloggers, Liz of Sequins & Stripes was on it. It’s a podcast put on by Jess Lively, and it’s really inspiring. I listen to it on Fridays on my way to work. They’re posted every Thursday.

My favorite however, is Things You Missed In History Class. I am a HUGE nerd when it comes to History. Like Crazy. And European History is my favorite. I even took AP European History in High School. I’ve listened to episodes on the Hessians, Victoria & Albert and other subjects. I HIGHLY recommend it!

What are some of your favorite podcasts?