Portland, OR home featured in NYT

SMILE!: Amazon.com has launched Amazon Smile. The premise is simple. Be sure that when you’re shopping from Amazon that the URL starts with smile.amazon.com, and .5% of your eligible purchases are donated to an approved charity of your choosing. I love this! The charity I picked? Code.org, which is promoting computer science education in grades K-12.

BRIDESMAID BAH HUMBUG: An interesting, very honest essay on banning bridesmaids. What’s your take?

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: So, I have to admit, I read a lot of TV recaps and analysis around here, so I kiiiind of suspected that the ending would be what the ending was. Did you watch the finale? Were you surprised slash disappointed with how the show closed out?

GET ME A LATTE: No, but really, I want to know who this essay is about. Don’t we all?

COTTONTAIL CANDY: How adorable are these little “bunny tail” donut confections? Perfect for any Easter/spring celebrations!

MMM…PESTO: Hello, yum. Herbed Dijon Potato Salad with Arugula Pistachio Pesto. I want this.

TOTALLY FOLLOWING: VSCO’s “journal” (aka blog). The most perfect place for photography inspiration. Let it speak to you!

SIMPLE SPRING CLEANING TIP: I’ve been slowly transitioning warm weather duds out of storage and packing away items worn during this sub-zero winter. I loved this tip from Clementine Daily on keeping drawers odor free. Easy.

OOH LA LA: I am in the market for some new bras. I am correspondingly intrigued by this company and their sizing app. The things the kids are coming up with these days!

FIVE BOOKS: to inspire your business and your life. I’ve read a bunch of these and can totally vouch for them. Hey, you should buy these through Amazon Smile!

It’s one of those weeks that because I was traveling, yesterday felt like Monday so today feels like Tuesday, but very, very conveniently (or perhaps not), it’s Friday. It would all be well and good, but this gal has some deadlines to meet, so all that work has been crunched into a few short days. I’ve been up for the challenge though — nothing like tight timelines to light a fire under your butt, right?

Texas was good. It’s always so strange to be back in my original hometown, when I visit more rarely these days than I care to admit and the city changes more every time I visit. It was a quick trip, but still nice to spend some time with family and friends, and we even managed to fit in a country drive to look at bluebonnets.

I mentioned it on Tuesday, but this weekend, we’re hoping to do some work outside on our terrace — temps are finally warming up, and with any luck, we’ll be able to snag some plants at the local nursery and get some new herbs and flowers in for the spring and summer! It’s kind of sad how excited I get to plant stuff on our little patio. Especially considering how much I detested yard work as a kid. But, as the fam very duly noted this past week when I happily watched Antiques Roadshow with them, it’s inevitable that the things you hate as a child end up being your loves later in life. It’s just how the universe works, no?

Hope you have a fab weekend!

Image: Lincoln Barbour for the New York Times, originally in this article; found via lark & linen

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  1. 4.4.14
    Chelsea said:

    Can’t wait to read the bridesmaids link..sounds interesting!

  2. 4.4.14

    i love the idea of amazon smile too. can’t wait to read the ‘boycotting bridesmaids’ article. i have been in so many that honestly it makes me want to completely forgo the whole idea for my wedding!

  3. 4.4.14

    Half sizes for bras? I love it. Have a great weekend, V! xo

  4. 4.4.14
    ame said:

    Ok, the bra thing is genius!

    The HIMYM…this is from someone who saw MAYBE 3 eps from the entire series besides the finale.

    I overall liked the closure, though I have some issues with it. I hated that Barney and Robin divorced, that broke my heart. I hated that she gave him and out and that he took it. I hated it. But when they told the group and his telling Lily she was pregnant because she’s a solid C cup again was hilarious. I liked Ted with “the mother” though, a lot, and it bugged me that what I expected to happen all along basically happened, that they kill her off and he ends up with Robin. I absolutely died sobbing when Barney held the baby. Couldn’t even handle it. NPH is fantastic in that scene.

    I don’t get why Fudge Supreme (I seriuosly almost died laughing at that) has more of a storyline than Lily though. She seems like a baby maker and nothing more. Though she seems to be just like her American Pie character to me.

  5. 4.4.14
    Lily said:

    I am an Amazon fanatic and love the new “smile” idea… Also, happy Friday! I feel like I never needed a weekend more.

    xo Lily

  6. 4.4.14
    Kayla said:

    I would LOVEEE to know who that essay was about too.. that poor personal assistant!


  7. 4.4.14
    Bethany said:

    Great and interesting links, as per usual! I did watch the HIMYM finale and love most of it, though I was very sad with the end. It’s funny how important a story’s ending is to us! I feel the same way about the Divergent series..

  8. 4.4.14

    The bridesmaid link is fantastic and couldn’t be more true…bridesmaids and often guests as well have to make some financial sacrifices to attend some weddings. I hope to keep this in mind when it’s time to plan mine!

    Thanks for the great list!

  9. 4.4.14

    Digging into all of the links now! Have a good weekend Victoria!

  10. 4.4.14
    Sher said:

    hi there, stumbled on your blog via your (very helpful) media kit posts! love the idea of amazon smile as well :)


  11. 4.5.14

    Thanks for the mention, Victora! So thoughtful of you and glad you and a lot of your readers are enjoying the recipe. I made it for a cookout recently and it’s perfect hot or room temperature.

    Love the Bridesmaids article. Though Indian weddings are not one for having/holding the tradition of bridesmaids, they have recently adopted the practice from Western weddings. I’m a bit torn. I know a lot of my friends who would be thrilled to be considered a bridesmaid, but I think I believe the article where it is just a lot of time and financial commitment that as a bride, I would feel terrible. Personally, I want to have a simple wedding with just immediate family and then have a large reception (no wedding party necessary). But I love the idea of bringing all the people you love so close for a beautiful event. Oh the woes…

    And now off to read the Hollywood assistant article! Happy weekend! x

  12. 4.14.14
    Rose said:

    Not sure where you plan to pick up flowers/plants etc from but if you’re up for a trip to Brooklyn I HIGHLY recommend GRDN and Dig. They’re both in Boerum Hill/a short walk from Atlantic/Pacific and well worth the trip.

    • 4.14.14
      Victoria McGinley said:

      We already finished the garden, but thank you so much! We got plants from both the Union Square Greenmarket and Chelsea Garden Center.