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{Freebie Friday} Fotor: Free Online Photo Editor

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Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I’m excited to introduce Fotor, a free online photo editor. I played around with it and I just love all the options! The above collage was put together on Fotor. They have a variety of preset collage templates to choose from, but you can customize it from there! Want no white border? A different border? Filters? You can change it all!

The photos above for for Lan Su Gardens in Portland, OR. They are one of the venues we are looking at for the wedding. I just uploaded the pictures from my computer (you can also grab them from the web, your Facebook, webcam, Picasa, etc.) and dragged them into the template. I applied a warm filter to give it an instagram or vintage postcard look. Everything is super user friendly. You can then add text (all fonts installed on your computer are options). I used the font Lighthouse (for personal use) above.

There are also plenty of clip art options you can insert and you can even make personalized greeting cards!

What are you going to edit or create with Fotor?

Note: This post is written in partnership with Fotor. All words and opinions are my own. Posts like these help us provide colorful inspiration to all you lovelies. Thanks for tuning in!

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{Wish I Was Wednesday} Leah Flores

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Portland based Leah Flores is inspiring me with her hand lettering combined with retro feel photography for a match made in heaven. A and I used to get excited when we discovered a new place in the neighborhood and beyond and we’d just look at each other and say “Adventure!” (yes, we’re total dorks like that). I definitely need to order some prints, but which ones?

{Leah Flores} Society 6 Shop

Which is your fave?


Garden Nature Portland

{Color Palette} Lavender Picking

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Lavender is definitely a calming scent for me. The vibrant colors of this color palette (via The Bride’s Cafe) have me dreaming of the lavender festival we went to a few years back and pining for some lemonade made with this lavender syrup. If you’re in the Portland area, here’s the info on the festival this year July 13-14, 2013: Oregon Lavender Festival.

Do you like the scent of lavender?


Food Portland

{Taste} Lake Oswego, OR: Casa Del Pollo

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My guy bff and I headed to Costa Rica for 4th of July a few years back and I remember having such a good time. Drinks were buy one get one free at happy hour, the waters were warm, there were monkeys everywhere, living next to the Travel Channel hosts at the hotel, and we definitely had some funny food adventures (ordering fried rice served with mayo and getting corn pancakes at a local fair by the beach). This little red “hut” near our neighborhood takes me back. They serve simple Costa Rican food and are known for their freshly smoked chicken.We stopped by for a small bite and tried their smoked chicken and smoked pork tacos. They were piled high on a fresh cabbage slaw and there was smokiness in every bite. So good! I will definitely be stopping by here in the summers after a cold river swim to pretend I’m somewhere far away.

{Casa Del Pollo} 15910 Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035 | 503-344-4354

Have you been to Costa Rica or had Costa Rican food?

PS: Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all those who have served our country.


Food Portland

{Taste} Portland, OR: Boke Bowl

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My mom used to crave warm soups on winter days. We’d drive around to find a local pho or noodle soup place to cure the craving and the cold. Since then, nothing’s given me more comfort than finding a perfect soul warming bowl of noodle soup. A and I headed to Boke Bowl. We ordered siu mai and fried chicken in steamed buns (I’ve been meaning to try out their Boke Bird on Thursdays) for an app. Then we got a bowl of Pork Dashi and Miso Black Cod Ramen to share. Then, the Donutorama creme brulee doughnut taunted us in the case, so we saved that for dessert. I just love the feel of the place and the branding. So simple and direct. Our noodles were a bit undercooked, so that was disappointing though the flavor of the broth was super umami (do you like my made up adjectives?), but those fried chicken steamed buns. WOW. I think those stole our tastebuds’ hearts. We’ll definitely need to take an early Thursday off work one day to make the fried chicken night…

{Boke Bowl} 1028 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214 | 503-719-5698

What’s your cold day comfort food?


Food Portland

{Taste} Beaverton, OR: Honey Toast Cafe

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In the Bay Area, I had lots and lots of Taiwanese style cafes to choose from. Each with their little specialties. But in Oregon, I don’t really have that little luxury anymore. So, when I found out a new choice opened relatively nearby, I had to test out the waters. Honey Toast Cafe has little savory Asian snacks like salt and pepper chicken, fried tofu, sandwich-bobs, and the like along with the usual boba teas and coffees. Their namesake dessert though are honey toasts. They are a hollowed out sweet Asian breaf loaf that is sprinkled in sugar and charred on the inside. The bread from the cavity is then cut into little soldier sticks that undergo the same treatment and layered back in with honey pastry cream, ice cream, fruit, and even macarons of your flavor choice. We’ve tried the strawberry, honey classic, and deluxe versions. The classic and deluxe are our faves. The faint honey taste in every bite totally makes my mouth happy and I love the almost creme brulee taste with every toasty stick. I’ve already started taking my visiting friends there and though the size is really overwhelming, it’s a fun shareable dessert that everyone can’t stop eating. Plus, it’s open late for an after dinner stop in.

{Honey Toast Cafe} 12520 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97005 | 503-747-2712

Are you a fan of boba/bubble teas? What’s your favorite flavor?


Food Portland

{Taste} Hillsboro, OR: Curry And Crust

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I would never think about Indian food with pizza, but this new place we tried recently definitely had me backtracking. Their indian style pizzas are so creative and delicious! Think naan with curry built in. We tried one with tandoori chicken and another with paneer (Indian style cheese) and we were hooked. The creamy sauces with the herby crust. It was crave-able! We also got some papri chaat, which I haven’t seen served in Oregon much. It’s a delish snack introduced to me by my bff back in my Berkeley days. We used to share one from Chaat Cafe. It’s a mixture of tamarind and yogurt sauces with little crispy chips. garbanzo beans, and potatoes. Anyways, it took me back to our “studying” days. I’m excited to go back to this place to try their daily buffet and other desi pizzas.

{Curry And Crust} 4950 NE Belknap Ct, Hillsboro, OR 97124 | 503-992-6363

Have you tried any unexpected food combinations recently?


Color Fashion Portland

{Color Palette} A Statement Umbrella

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Photo via Kate Spade

Spring in Oregon is often a waiting game. It’s that big rainy lull between winter (often bright but just cold) and the amazing summers. A got me a really bright umbrella (similar to the one in this post) for my birthday to cheer me up when skies are gray. This floral one would also do the trick! Also check out this fun umbrella mobile DIY.

How are the Springs where you are?


Food Portland

{Taste} Portland, OR: Jam On Hawthorne

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This place always has a huge line so we avoided going there because there are lots of brunch options in Portland, but right before moving into our house I convinced A that we had to try it. I’m so glad we did. I opted for the corned beef hash and some lemon ricotta pancakes to share. Of course, silly me bought the “wrong” lens so you get a good close up view of the hash.

Jam On Hawthorne | 2229 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 | 503-234-4790

Is there a place that always has a big line that you’ve been wanting to try?

Food Portland

{Taste} West Linn, OR: Lil Cooperstown

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Sometimes A and I just go driving with no destination and we end up somewhere new. Unfortunately, we’ve been doing this for a while, so now even when we try to get lost, we can’t. But! Sometimes it’s pays off. We found the adorable little downtown of West Linn one time and we’ve been back a couple times since because they have a really good fabric store, a little French boutique and more. This time we ate at Lil Cooperstown, a local chain. The burgers were huge and the decor was eclectic. We’ll definitely be back.

Lil Cooperstown | 1817 Willamette Falls, West Linn, OR 97068 | 503-655-1995

Do you go exploring in different neighborhoods often?