Friday Links & Loves

1. I went to an Alumni mixer for my high school last night, which was a blast. Unfortunately, I got home pretty late, and I don’t do well on little sleep. But the mixer was so fun! I saw people that I hadn’t seen since I had graduated, or since they had graduated, and people that I had never met before. I went to the school from 6th grade-senior year, and I had 64 kids in my graduating class. Yes, you read that right, 64. So I knew everyone really well. Some of our old teachers came, so that was fantastic to see them.

2. The first look at President Coin in Mockingjay! I must have not been paying attention, because I didn’t know that Julianne Moore was playing her, but I am happy with that choice! We’ll see how she does! Click on the link for a little video of her talking about the character.

3. With graduation season upon us, even though UO’s isn’t for about another month, Levo League posted this article about great graduation speeches from the last decade. I haven’t had time to watch these yet #fulltimejobproblems. But hopefully I’ll get to them this weekend!

4. 33 Reasons why the University of Oregon is the best. I have to agree with most of the items on this list. As a proud alum (GO DUCKS!), I found this hilarious. Especially the one about the morning classes. I had 8:30am Econ 202 during Winter Term of my senior year. Getting there was ALWAYS a struggle.

Have a fantastic weekend! The weather is supposed to be rainy here again (surprise, surprise) but hopefully we’ll get a little sun!

Network Upfronts

I’m a huge fan of new seasons of shows.

I love knowing what shows are going to be coming out in the next season.

In this case, Fall.

The upfronts for NBC, ABC and Fox have been over the last couple days.

ABC’s Manhattan Love Story

I loved Greek and I can’t wait to see how Jake McDorman does in this show.

Fox’s Gracepoint

This is a remake of Broadchurch in the UK that David Tennant also starred in. It looks as though this is going to be exactly the same, and I wish it was going to be different, but it’s not.

NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura

I love Debra Messing! I can’t wait to see this!

NBC’s Marry Me

I love Casey Wilson, so I’m excited to see how this show is!

NBC’s A to Z

The mom from How I Met Your Mother!

PDX Guide: Happy Hour at 23Hoyt

Last week, my soon to be room mate, Kristen, and I went to happy hour at 23Hoyt.

Neither of us had been there, but the drinks are cheap, and it’s pretty close to our new apartment.

The atmosphere is really cozy, and kind of Anthropologie-esque.

To drink, I had a Le Jus du Soleil, which is Vodka, peche, soda and peychoads (whatever that is). It was refreshing, but quite strong.

Le Jus du Soleil

Kristen and I both had the Bibb Lettuce Wedge. I really liked it, the goat cheese dressing was delicious!

Bibb Lettuce Wedge

Of course, I also had the hand-cut fries with garlic aioli! So good!

Fries with Aioli

I also ordered the Mac & Cheese, which was fantastic. I gobbled it up before I remembered to take a photo!

Kristen had the fried almonds, and they were quite good, after we figured out what they were!

You Need to Know:


Corner of NW 23rd and Hoyt

Happy Hour: 4:00-6:30 (Mon-Fri), 2:00-6:30 (Sat & Sun), Late Night 9:00-11:00 (Fri & Sat)

I’ve heard their dinner is quite good as well.

Let me know if you have any recommendations for Portland restaurants!

Friday Links & Loves

1. Have you heard of Butter Coffee? I read this article last night on Camille Styles, and I’m curious, but only enough to maybe purchase one in a store. Anyone know of a coffee place in Portland that sells Butter Coffee?

2. This is a HILARIOUS, albeit rude, article about San Francisco. My family lived in the Bay Area until I was 10, and my parents couldn’t handle the commutes and the traffic anymore. My favorite line is “I am convinced that San Francisco was built as a dune buggy course, but became an actual city in the 1970s” San Francisco is THE worst town to drive in. Between the hills and the one way streets, you’re in for a rough ride. 

3. Have you seen Humans of New York’s photos from the Met Gala? They’re so great! And I love the stories from the celebrities. Especially Chrissy Teigen’s.

4. I love Emma Stone. I think she is so funny and gorgeous and I think we’d be BFFs. Case in point. She loves my favorite British “Scripted Reality” show. Made in Chelsea is hilarious for anyone who wants to see basically The Hills with British accents.

5. I’m obsessed with I first heard about it when I was watching Eat, Drink, Love on Bravo over the summer. (seriously, my friend Alexis and I love this show). One of the girls is a writer for the website. And I love it. I scour the Portland page to see what cool restaurants are opening.

I’m heading home tonight to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom and sister. I’m so excited! Seeing them makes the 5 hour drive so worth it.

Have a fantastic weekend!


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I’ve been seriously struggling with wanderlust lately.

I want to just take off, and travel. It’s something that I’ve loved doing ever since I was a little girl.

When I was 10, my family moved to England for 2 years, and while we were there, we travelled ALOT. Almost every weekend.

Western Europe, Africa and of course, around England.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been dying to go anywhere. My dad just went to Guatemala for work, one of my coworkers is going to Belize for two weeks at the end of the month, and my parents are going to Europe for 2 weeks in September (jealous!). I love love love to travel, and since studying abroad 2 years ago, I haven’t been anywhere.

Now that I have a job, I have vacation days (!!), but I don’t have the means to get anywhere quite yet. On top of that, there’s the small matter that I don’t have anyone to go with. I’m still not sure if I like traveling by myself. But I feel as though I could enjoy a country even if I was to go by myself. I would be able to do all the things I want to do, like go to museums all day long (yes!) without having to think about if other people like doing that (most don’t). But I don’t like eating by myself, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable going out by myself.

Anyway, I’ve just been dying to go anywhere! I’ve been dying to go back to London, as I can never get sick of that city, and of course Paris, as I feel like you can never spend too much time there.

Friday Links & Loves

1. As someone who has to say “Moira, M-O-I-R-A” at least once a day. This list made me laugh!

2. I’m an avid traveller. So this blog has kicked my wanderlust back up!

3. I don’t know if you all are Spice Girls fans, I was for sure! But did you know there’s a documentary on them on Hulu? I sure didn’t! I haven’t watched the whole thing yet, since I fell asleep before I could.

4. I’m loving this scalloped skirt! I love anything with a scalloped hem!

5. Have you seen those tassel garlands that have been all over Pinterest for like a year? Well, I’ve always wanted one, and I’m thinking of getting this one! What do you think?

6. So I love Duchess Catherine, I think she is so chic and well put together. And Prince George is just so cute! Love these photos from their tour in New Zealand so far!

Have a fantastic weekend! I’m off to Eugene for my sorority’s Alumni Weekend!

What are you up to?

Gluten Free Bread

I recently started reading The Londoner, which is a blog written by a woman, Rosie, who lives in, you guessed it, London!

For anyone who knows me, you know that I am minorly (or majorly) obsessed with anything and anything British. Her blog posts are filled with wonderful sites and fantastic looking eats!

She recently posted a recipe for gluten-free, low carb bread. And I love bread, so I figured I’d give it a try, as it seemed pretty easy.

I made my long-time friend (seriously, 11 1/2 years…) and soon to be room mate, Kristen help me. As I’m a terrible baker, and she’s fantastic.

For this recipe, you need:

4 eggs

1 cup of flax meal ( I used ground flax seed)

3 tbsp water

1/2 cup ground almonds (I got slivered almonds and ground them in the coffee grinder)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 loaf tin


Preheat oven to 400F


Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the water


Beat the eggs


In a separate bowl, combine flax, almonds, baking powder and salt. Toss it all together.






Pour into the tin and Bake for 20-25 minutes (I recommend 25 minutes!)




It got a bit stuck….


We made a lovely bruschetta with it! And ate this and Parmesan Chicken!

This is definitely not a typical bread texture, Kristen remarked that it was along the lines of corn bread, but it was good! I’ll definitely be giving it another try!


OMG. I’m posting an outfit.

This is something that you’ll see me wearing pretty often.

I wear this outfit combo: sweater and jeans to work pretty often (casual office) with some flats.




This scarf is one of my favorites, I got it in Spain at a boutique when I studied abroad in France.

What I’m wearing:

Gap Sweater | American Eagle Jeans | North Face Vest | Converse Sneakers | Kate Spade Watch | Bauble Bar Necklace

All Photos taken by Kristen Jorizzo for The Striped Life

Friday Links & Loves

I’m going to start a new regular post on Fridays of all the links I liked this week.

1. This video that is one of the greatest things I’ve seen in a while. I love the Spice Girls (what 90s girl doesn’t?) and Paris (I studied in France last year). And what I want to know is, how the heck they walk in those shoes, because Lord knows I can’t.

2. Have you seen this video?? Emojis plus Beyonce and Jay-Z. SO great!

3. This article is really old, but I really enjoy it. I love J.Crew, and I think Jenna Lyons is so fabulous.

4. Did you watch the How I Met Your Mother finale? I LOVED it. I sobbed through the entire second half of the show. I watched the show for about 6 years, I watched the first 3 seasons on DVDs. I am so sad that it’s over now!

5. The Mindy Project! OMG!!

6. Veronica Mars. I know, I’m late on this. I actually saw the movie the day it came out. I watched the show on Netflix (why did they take it off??) I cannot wait for the movie to come out on DVD and for the book!