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Endless Summer Playlist

Vol 5 | Endless Summer Playlist

It seems we’re now in the height of summer. Our days are spent getting up early and hitting the gym, to squeeze in the fun moments of margin. It means night swims, bonfires with friends on the beach, and walks at sunset. Outside of the heat it has become one of my favorite seasons. The days are long, things are a bit more laid back, and I love the rhythm it provides. In celebration of an endless summer vibe, we put together this little playlist. We hope it sets the perfect backdrop for workflows, afternoon adventures, and any roadtrip your summer might hold.

Keep reading for the full playlist after the jump!

Vol 5 | Endless Summer Playlist

Do you have any favorite tunes this summer? Music finds you can’t live without?

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5 podcasts for a summer road trip

5 Podcasts for A Summer Road Trip

The first week of July is a significant mark for me. I’ve spent the past month traveling, and while fun. It has been an amazing to be back home and not dress out of a suitcase for a few days now. My last adventure of June was a solo road trip north. Our first stop was Portland and then we headed to our final destination, Seattle. It was my first road trip and I wanted to be prepared. After about two hours, music and dancing in the car doesn’t keep me nearly as alert as it should, so I opted to download a few podcasts that seem to do the trick. These are my five favorites and I can’t tell you how enjoyable they made the trip.

Keep reading for our top five favorite podcasts after the jump!

1. The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher

I discovered this podcast through some other creatives. Whether talking social media, systems, or small business, I couldn’t recommend this podcast enough. Each podcast has clear and easy calls to action that you can apply to your business. More than anything, after every episode I feel that I’ve invested my time well.

2. Freakanomics Radio

If you loved the documentary or the book, you will love Freakanomics radio. The relationships and correlations of data they find, humor applied, and nature of the show. After each episode, my curiosities and my mind is heightened in the best of ways.

3. Ted Talks Radio Hour

I love listening to these while I work. Ranging on topics from civic change to design, from wonder and dance, imagination, and innovation, TED Talks always inspire me to innovate, dream, and change the world.

4. Pursuit with Purpose

I’ve loved Melyssa Griffin and her blog for years. She offers so much free content and is ridiculously generous. (If you’re a blogger or creative entrepreneur, run to her website as fast as you can.) In her podcast, she interviews her mentors, business partners, and those she has learned from over the years. Rather than practical tips, she asks about their routines, motivations, and the why behind the businesses they have built. It’s a fascinating look at the processes behind legends in this industry.

5. Serial

If you love This American Life and are looking for something that has fiction and story at the center, try Serial. Each episode is a snippet into a mystery, unfolding and coming to a surprising conclusion at the end of each season. It will keep you on the edge of your toes listening and anyone in your car guessing who did what.

What are some of your favorite podcasts to listen to?

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below.

brooklyn

5 Must See Spots in Brooklyn

Ever since I knew I was going to New York, I knew I wanted to visit Brooklyn. Brooklyn has been thriving over the past decade and is the place to explore. I planned a whole day for a visit and it was one of my favorite parts of the trip. From the beautiful cobblestone streets to James Beard and Michelin star restaurants, enjoy wandering this stunning (and quieter) area of New York.

Keep reading for our 5 Must See Spots in Brooklyn after the jump!


Walking the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridge

This is a must-do when visiting NYC. There’s some great options once you walk off the bridge. I would first stop at the famous Grimaldi’s for a delicious slice. (If you’re looking for a less crowded walk, choose to walk across the less crowded, but equally beautiful Manhattan bridge.) For idea photo ops, make sure to traverse back to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge during golden hour.

Here’s how to get there from Manhattan:

Take the subway downtown to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop. Cross Park Row and walk across the bridge.


DUMBO Neighborhood and Brooklyn Bridge Park

If you’re here on the weekend, head to the Brooklyn Flea, the Farmer’s Market, and grab brunch in Atrium Dumbo. This restaurant has been nominated for a Michelin Star. Make reservations or expect a long long wait. After getting walking across the bridge make your way to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Here you’ll find a stunning park, shots of the city, and the bridges. (If you’re ever wondering where photographers get shots below the bridge along brick buildings and cobblestone streets, it’s here.)

If Grimaldi’s pizza isn’t your thing and you’re looking to fill your sweet tooth, head to Almondine for some amazing macaroons or the famous Jacque Torres’ shop for some phenomenal cookies or frozen hot chocolate. When on the East Coast, you should always try a lobster roll and we highly recommend Luke’s Seafood. With outdoor seating underneath the bridge, overlooking the bay, making for the perfect lunch spot.

Pressed Juicery

Heading toward Williamsburg, make sure to stop into the Pressed Juicery. (We know they have West Coast locations, but it’s one of our absolutely favorites and decided to stop in.) It’s located right at the 7th street subway terminal. It was a warm day as we crossed the bridge and we were more than ready for a bit of rest and a sweet treat. Keeping things simple we had the matcha freeze and chocolate freeze. The matcha was the favorite and kept things clean with a frozen blended juice of matcha, apple, spinach, kale, lemon, and ginger. It was amazing and we’ll be visiting the locations in Sacramento very soon!

Sea

Located in the heart of Williamsburg this Thai restaurant is unlike any other. With floating pools, lily pads, and beautiful wooden pergolas that separate the space throughout the restaurant, they’ve nailed atmosphere and given nods to Asian interiors and design. We opted for the duck curry and Pad See Ew. Both of our entrees were amazing and hit the spot before we headed back across the bridge.



Mast Chocolate

Most of us have come to know and love the Mast brothers and their story. As entrepreneurs, they’ve introduced us to craft chocolate and helped put Williamsburg on the map. They offer tours of their chocolate making process at their shop in Brooklyn. The cost of the tour includes a $10 credit, so make sure to stock up on their signature Brooklyn flavor and delight in their stunning packaging. (It’s won design and packaging awards over the years so make sure to delight in every editorial detail of their store.)


Do you have any favorite spots in Brooklyn? Any summer travels you’ve been going on? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below!

day diaries bend oregon

Day Diaries: Bend, Oregon

Micro-breweries.  Homemade kombucha.  Fire pits.  A stunning view of the Three Sisters mountains.  These are a few of the staples of character-filled Bend, Oregon.  Bend is a charming and well-rounded city, celebrating the arts as well as rugged adventure.

Keep reading for all of our recommendations after the jump!

Stay
One cannot talk about downtown Bend without mentioning the historic McMenamin’s Hotel.  Once the Old St. Francis Catholic School campus, McMenamin’s is now a pseudo-resort featuring a 60-guestroom hotel, movie theater, restaurant, pub, cigar bar, and more.  Perhaps its most unique feature is the Soaking Pool — a former chapel which has been converted into a cross-shaped hot tub.  Surrounding the pool are breathtaking mosaic murals.


Play

In addition to the aforementioned features, McMenamin’s also features the Fireside Bar (with cozy fireplace, billiards, and shuffleboard tables); weekly live music, and a movie theater.  Available inside the theater is a full-service bar, pizza, and of course popcorn.  We also stumbled upon the vintage arcade called Vector Volcano. V.V. included all of the classics including Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat 2, Space Invaders, and a slew of old-school pinball machines.  


Every first Friday of the month (spring and summer only), downtown Bend becomes a sprawling art show.  This is called the First Friday Art Walk.  Art galleries and various shops open their doors to exhibit local artists, and many will serve refreshments.  We also encountered a marching band, and a scantily-clad group performing tribal music and dance.  

Eat

To our amazement, the Old St. Francis Pub was able to accommodate 25 of us without a reservation.  The service and the food were stellar.  I highly recommend the Expedition Elk Burger with coffee-bacon jam, black garlic aioli, and white cheddar.  

Later that week, we visited Toomie’s Thai Cuisine.  Their Red Curry was to die for; as was their Kauteo Heng noodle dish.  Caution: when it comes to spiciness Toomie’s are extra generous.

When it comes to coffee, Thump Coffee Roasters has got it figured out.  The exceptional ambiance, service, and espresso made Thump our go-to java joint for the week.  Lastly, we cannot forget to mention the food truck lot called The Bite.  Representing at The Bite were
high-quality food trucks such as The Rogue Chef, Rico’s Tacos, and Nuthin’ Fancy BBQ; as well as an open-air taphouse.  The taphouse serves a slew of local brews, as well as fresh kombucha. In true Central Oregon fashion, The Bite has a Cornhole game setup, live music, and a cozy fire pit. 

We loved adventuring in Bend and can’t wait for our next trip!

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portland-city-guide

Portland City Guide

Portland. Located 6 hours north, it’s the perfect weekend getaway. A few weekends ago we headed to Portland, part for play and part for work, completing photoshoots for a few clientts. Last time I was in Portland, it was 6 years ago on a road trip with a college roommate. At the time we stayed in a hostel and were living on a road trip budget. This time my visit to Portland surprised me in the best of ways. No longer a quirky city, Portland has grown and flourished with amazing spots past the downtown corridor. We decided to explore Portland like a local and found spots that are impressive and past keeping Portland weird. My second visit to Portland was lovely and I can’t wait to visit again soon.

Keep reading for our full city guide after the jump!

Portland City Guide

Coffee


Stumptown Coffee at the Ace Hotel

With the shared lobby of the Ace Hotel, make sure to head to Stumptown and enjoy the Ace, even if only from the lobby. With stunning olive sectionals, layered air plants, a DJ spinning vinyl, and a bookcase filled with vintage spines by color, every detail of this space will inspire you. While you will find the Ace and Stumptown on most city guides, it’s with good reason. Smart interior details and a great cup of coffee with classic chicory flavors, Stumptown at the Ace is an experience that shouldn’t be missed.



Case Study Coffee

Located on Alberta Street, Case Study Coffee boasts a stunning interior and beautiful outdoor seating area. Filled with classic wood tones, black, and plants, every detail in the interior is thought through. Our favorite feature? The custom light fixtures and work loft, allow for a stunning separation of space in this shop. With use of midcentury molded blue tile work, Case Study Coffee, combines beautiful and unexpected details. Looking for something different? Try the bourbon caramel latte and enjoy it in the natural light provided by the garage doors from floor to ceiling.

Eat + Drink

In Portland, it is easy to find great, local, and affordable food everywhere. These stops are by no means all-encompassing, but rather some of our favorite finds on a short weekend.  As a foodie, Portland, you’ve won me over.

Old Salt Marketplace

Part butcher counter, part restaurant, this shop in North Portland provides some of the freshest meat and main dishes you’ll find. Locally sourced, we ordered fresh ground burgers and fried potatoes off the late night menu. It was probably one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. Paired with a local brew on tap, it has the vibe of a locals spot and has great price points for a phenomenal product.


Oven + Shaker

Located in the Pearl District, this restaurant is smart and gorgeous. With specialty pizzas, small plates, and cocktails, they stick to their niche in flawless fashion. We ordered Pineapple Trainwreck cocktails, paired with a braised fennel and cheese pizza. The presentation was stunning, food was delicious, and the cocktail we’re still trying to remake. (Hopefully it will show up in a mixology or Recipe Remix post soon!)


The Waffle Window

Featured in the show Portlandia, the Waffle Window is incredibly delicious and a Portland staple for good reason. We ate here our first morning in Portland for brunch. It provided the perfect fuel for a day of photoshoots. Ordering a savory waffle, these waffles are made with Liege fashion and finished with pearl sugar, creating a lovely caramelization on the surface. We ordered one with chicken sausage, Tillamook cheddar, egg whites, and herbed gravy. The other waffle we ordered was a classic ham and swiss with over easy egg. Both waffles had a lovely pairing of sweet and savory flavors and the stacks of ingredients complimented each other well. With four locations throughout Portland, make sure to grab bunch here one morning.



Blue Star Doughnuts

While Portland is notoriously known for another doughnut shop, I prefer to forgo the quirky for the delicious, and head to straight Blue Star Doughnuts. Blue Star does doughnuts unlike anyone else. Whether with torched and caramelized sugar and vials of cointreau inserted, or a classic buttermilk cake doughnut, they smartly use sugar in thoughtful and inventive ways. Pushing the boundaries of classic doughnut flavors, we ordered a sample of doughnuts, bringing in a half-dozen to share among our party. My favorite? The Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk doughnut. The nuances of flavor in every bite told a local story common to the winter months in the Pacific Northwest.

The Grilled Cheese Grill 

Portland is known for a thriving food truck scene, with options spanning most any food you might like.  Walk a few blocks in any area in Portland and you will find a city block filled with food trucks. We headed to The Grilled Cheeserie on 10th and Alder for a classic taste of childhood. Ordering The Kelsey with Turkey, classic cheeses combined with basil pesto and turkey, giving a taste of nostalgia and comfort on a cloudy and rainy winter day.


Salt and Straw

Known for artisanal flavors with the classic Portland quirk, head to Salt & Straw for a sweet treat. With a variety of seasonal offering and small batches of production, find their locations on NE Alberta Street or 23rd street. I picked up a favorite, Honey Lavender.

Shopping

Bridge and Burn

With a custom line, beautiful graphic tees, and curated retail shop, Bridge and Burn boasts a flagship store in Portland on Morrison Street. While we were there, we were invited to their collaborative sale at the Ace and got some phenomenally good deals on their sample pieces from the winter collection. I’ve loved Bridge and Burn’s collections for a long time, so this was a special treat.

EcoVibe Apparel

With ethically sourced basics and curated jewelry and accessories from local artisans, EcoVibe boasts modern basics in a variety of neutral colors, cuts and styles. Combining boho sensibilities and updated trends, their newest store location on NE Alberta is beautiful and worth a stop.


The Union Way

It’s uncommon to recommend a complete shopping area, but with one step into Union Way you will understand why.  With local stores and brands you are sure to love, Union Way combines Scandinavian and mid-century modern architecture in this open and airy gallery. Make sure to stop by Will Leather Goods Homestead Store and Spruce Apothecary. Looking for a non-traditional way to remember your trip? Engage your senses with a natural perfume by a local artisan. After discovering Imaginary Stories from our AirBnB, we headed to Spruce Apothecary to purchase our own bottle of Yesterday’s Haze. It is a favorite scent and a great way to remember our adventures in Portland.

Stay





We opted to book our stay in Portland through Airbnb. With an amazing option available, we booked the Birch Plywood Loft. We couldn’t recommend this space enough. Designed by a creative couple, there is not a detail overlooked. Filled with local apothecary goods and finishes from Schoolhouse Electric, we loved this space that is cozy and provided the perfect backdrop for planning shoots, lingering enjoying cups of coffee, and one of the most beautiful showers we’ve ever seen. Our hosts were amazing, providing great communication, and a city guide prior to arrival. (The fixtures in the space were perfect. They sourced the most perfect shade between gold and copper that was stunning.)

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Do you have any favorite spots in Portland? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below.