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T-minus 2 days until the big 3-0

Friends! Like the headline reads, I am nearly 30. I really cannot believe it. Thirty sounds really old to me…like I should have a heck of a lot more stuff figured out by now. The fact is, I will be 30 on Friday and instead of thinking about all the things I don’t have, I hope this birthday allows me to think of all the things I do have. I am thankful for much, but that’s another post. Today, it’s time for a 30 before 30 list check-in!

1.)  Find the most perfect little black dress. And purchase it. Completed – I didn’t buy a black dress, but I’m making a substitution – I bought the most perfect black heels from Kate Spade…they count, don’t you think:)?

2.)  Donate my hair to locks of love. Completed on 12/6/11 – proof here

3.)  Perfect one killer cocktail.

4.)  Compete in the decathlon.  Completed on 5/22/12. I don’t have photo evidence of this (thank goodness, it wasn’t pretty) but I completed my 10 events and was SO glad to be done with this! I was somewhat happy with my performance (I was incredibly sore after the 100-meter dash. Yes, only 100 meters! Pathetic.)

5.)  Break my athletic club’s decathlon push-up record. So, I did complete this in terms of TRYING to break the record, but I didn’t break it. Such a bummer. Truthfully, I was actually really fired up about this and super sad. I just missed it by a few push-ups (the goal was 60 chest to the floor push-ups). Lame. On a different note, I broke the bench press record, which was ironic because I broke my own record from years ago, so it’s nothing to write home about. There’s always next year…

6.)  Learn how to make my parent’s delicious eggs benedict. Completed on 4/21/12 – proof here

7.)  Give cold hard cash to a charity of my choice. Completed. Three cheers for accessible healthcare for women.

8.) Take a cooking class. Completed on 12/17/11 – proof here

 9.)  Play one round of golf with my Dad and brother. I hear they are quite good.  We played golf in Black Butte, and I loved every second on the course. Full update here.

10.) Create and order our wedding album.

11.) Visit Kyle’s grandparent’s historic bar in  Crawfordsville, Oregon.

12.)  Get a spray tan (must succumb  to this – I live in Oregon!). Completed on 12/1/11 and proof is below. This photo was taken in the middle of December, in Oregon. I’d normally never, ever, be this dark during the winter. For all you Portlanders, visit the Organic Bronze Bar if you need a little “sun” – I’d highly recommend them for an even, natural looking tan.

13.)  Take my niece and nephew on a special  “Auntie Outing”. Completed. We went to Disney on Ice, and it was a magical afternoon.

14.)  Pamper myself – get  a facial and a massage in the SAME day. Imagine that. Scheduled for 11.1.12. YAY!

15.) Surprise Kyle with something. Completed. A new golf club is the way to a man’s heart.

16.)  Visit New York for the first time. Completed in May! And an AMAZING visit it was. Proof here and here. Yes, it was such a lovely trip one post just couldn’t do our vacation justice.

17.)   Begin the search for our next home. Completed. Our house officially sold, we’re living in an itty bitty NW apartment, and we just bought our second home. 

18.)  Buy a luxurious set of sheets. No more sets from Target. Completed! Purchased these from Schoolhouse Electric. Not totally sold on them, but I finally pulled the trigger.

19.)  Legitimately learn PhotoShop. Completed in March. I finished my 8-week PhotoShop class at PNCA in the spring. And the good news is, I graduated. I’m sorta smart at Photoshop now. Keyword is sorta.

20.)  Take a hard look at our finances/retirement accounts. Update: We’ve made some strides, but we aren’t quite finished yet. SOON!

21.)   Take a sewing class. Uupdate: I signed up to take a zippered pouch class at Modern Domestic and then I couldn’t escape work on time and I missed my class. Sad! But, I’m going to sign up again for another class-hopefully the outcome will be different and I’ll have a handmade zippered pouch to show in a few months.

22.) Officially launch my design services on Restored Style. Update: My services are here! This was a big line item on this list and I’m incredibly happy to announce I’m officially available for hire.

23.)  Try bikram yoga. Update: I bought an amazing bikram yoga Groupon so I’m all set…now I just need to drink some water and get my booty to class.

24.) Think (NOT try!) about adding a wee one to our very content family of two. Completed. Let’s just say we have a house to remodel first.

25.)  Read the stack of books on my bed side table. All of them. Update: I made my way through the Hunger Games series (LOVE) and a few other great books, but I still have handful more to go to check this off my list. 

26.)   Pay it forward to a stranger. Completed! Enough said.

27.)  Buy the camera lens I’ve been coveting. Completed. Purchased. I still can’t believe something so small costs so darn much.

28.) Save ALL my photos to my external hard drive. No more memory mishaps.

29.)   Open a cherished bottle of wine from the wine collection my Grandfather gifted me many years ago. UPDATE: Picked out a bottle to be opened at my birthday dinner. 

30.)   Have a birthday party to celebrate turning 30! UPDATE: Party is all set for the weekend! Can’t wait to share more about the shin-dig after it really happens.

This 30 before 30 exercise has taught me so much. Like I can’t even tell you. But I’m going to try – I’m working on a recap of all I’ve learned this past year while checking things off my 3-0 list.

Happpppppy Halloween!

Golf with Dad

I realized the other day that I haven’t posted too many “real  life” photos on here recently, and today we’re going to change that. Even though this blog is about home decor and all things pretty and such, it’s fun to throw people in the mix too. And I have to keep you guys updated on my 30 before 30 list!

A few weekends ago, I went golfing with my family  at Black Butte Ranch and from the looks of this Instagram picture, I was clearly excited to play. Okay, I was also really excited about the golf glove my Dad bought me. I felt really professional:).

I actually used to golf when I was younger, but other sports got in the way as I grew up and I haven’t really played nine holes for quiet a long time. So, I know the rules and how to play, but I had some serious rust going on with my swing and my short game was laughable. But I was on the course, and that’s what counts. It was also important to me to try to incorporate the people I love on my 30 before 30 list, and I thought golf was something that all of us would enjoy doing together. And I was right. I absolutely adored my time outside, being active, with family. Oh yes, and there was sunshine too! It was a really incredible time and made me want to play again.

Oh yes, and my sweet husband came too. He didn’t spend all his time in the sand, I promise.

That’s beautiful Black Butte in the background. Perhaps one of the best views of the evening was when we were driving home. This lovely sunset could be seen from anywhere on the ranch. This place is magical, friends.

I learned a lot golfing that day, but I was also reminded how powerful doing something new can be. When’s the last time you went outside your comfort zone and just tried something? It’s a really fulfilling feeling jumping into uncharted territory, and I once again realized that my 30 before 30 list is pushing me a bit outside my comfort zone…and I’m liking it.

Happy weekend, all!

Little black dress…check?

Friends. I need fashion advice.

 The first item on my 30 before 30 list is to find a little black dress….and purchase it! Well, I *think* I have found one. It’s not the sexy little back dress I had planned in my head originally, but the more I think about it, I realize the chances of me wearing a hot “little black dress” is very slim. Actually, it might never happen. I live in Portland, remember? This city is casual. Crazy casual, actually. Anyway, I am about to press purchase on this little number….thoughts?

I think I will purchase it, and then decide if it’s a winner when I can actually try it on. Deal? Stay-tuned for photos…

Happy Friday, all!

Progress Update: 30 before 30

This weekend I was scrolling through a few past blog posts and I realized its been a long time since my last 30 before 30 update. And much has happened! Therefore,  it’s due time for another 30 before 30 update! Since I updated you last, here’s where I stand…

1.)  Find the most perfect little black dress. And purchase it.

2.)  Donate my hair to locks of love. Completed on 12/6/11 – proof here

3.)  Perfect one killer cocktail.

4.)  Compete in the decathlon. – Completed on 5/22/12. I don’t have photo evidence of this (thank goodness, it wasn’t pretty) but I completed my 10 events and was SO glad to be done with this! I was somewhat happy with my performance (I was incredibly sore after the 100-meter dash. Yes, only 100 meters! Pathetic.)

5.)  Break my athletic club’s decathlon push-up record. So, I did complete this in terms of TRYING to break the record, but I didn’t break it. Such a bummer. Truthfully, I was actually really fired up about this and super sad. I just missed it by a few push-ups (the goal was 60 chest to the floor push-ups). Lame. On a different note, I broke the bench press record, which was ironic because I broke my own record from years ago, so it’s nothing to write home about. There’s always next year…

6.)  Learn how to make my parent’s delicious eggs benedict – Completed on 4/21/12 – proof here

7.)  Give cold hard cash to a charity of my choice.

8.) Take a cooking class. Completed on 12/17/11 – proof here

 9.)  Play one round of golf with my Dad and brother. I hear they are quite good.  Update: Golf game scheduled for August in Black Butte Ranch. Should be a fun afternoon!

10.) Create and order our wedding album.

11.) Visit Kyle’s grandparent’s historic bar in  Crawfordsville, Oregon.

12.)  Get a spray tan (must succumb  to this – I live in Oregon!). Completed on 12/1/11 and proof is below. This photo was taken in the middle of December, in Oregon. I’d normally never, ever, be this dark during the winter. For all you Portlanders, visit the Organic Bronze Bar if you need a little “sun” – I’d highly recommend them for an even, natural looking tan.

13.)  Take my niece and nephew on a special  “Auntie Outing”. Update: I have a few summer ideas up my sleeve, so more to come on this!

14.)  Pamper myself – get  a facial and a massage in the SAME day. Imagine that.

15.) Surprise Kyle with something. Update: truth be told, I don’t have anything up my sleeve for this one. Any ideas for me, friends?

16.)  Visit New York for the first time. Completed in May! And an AMAZING visit it was! Proof here and here. Yes, it was such a lovely trip one post just couldn’t do our vacation justice.

17.)   Begin the search for our next home. Completed in June. Our house has officially sold, we’re living in an itty bitty NW apartment, and we’re ready to pull the trigger on buying our next house. 

18.)  Buy a luxurious set of sheets. No more sets from Target. Update: I’ve been looking at sheet sets, and plotting our next bed set, but no decisions have been made. Yet.

19.)  Legitimately learn PhotoShop. Completed in March. I finished my 8-week PhotoShop class at PNCA in the spring. And the good news is, I graduated. I’m sorta smart at Photoshop now. Keyword is sorta.

20.)  Take a hard look at our finances/retirement accounts. Update: We’ve made some strides, but we aren’t quite finished yet. SOON!

21.)   Take a sewing class. Uupdate: I signed up to take a zippered pouch class at Modern Domestic and then I couldn’t escape work on time and I missed my class. Sad! But, I’m going to sign up again for another class-hopefully the outcome will be different and I’ll have a handmade zippered pouch to show in a few months.

22.) Officially launch my design services on Restored Style. Update: My services are here! This was a big line item on this list and I’m incredibly happy to announce I’m officially available for hire.

23.)  Try bikram yoga. Update: I bought an amazing bikram yoga Groupon so I’m all set…now I just need to drink some water and get my booty to class.

24.) Think (NOT try!) about adding a wee one to our very content family of two.

25.)  Read the stack of books on my bed side table. All of them. Update: I made my way through the Hunger Games series (LOVE) and a few other great books, but I still have handful more to go to check this off my list. 

26.)   Pay it forward to a stranger.

27.)  Buy the camera lens I’ve been coveting. Completed. Purchased. I still can’t believe something so small costs so darn much.

28.) Save ALL my photos to my external hard drive. No more memory mishaps.

29.)   Open a cherished bottle of wine from the wine collection my Grandfather gifted me many years ago.

30.)   Have a birthday party to celebrate turning 30! UPDATE: I think I’ve found a venue! Not 100% certain, but when I am, I will share with you what I’m envisioning. And, I am still feeling GOLD.

I’m slowly getting there…and feeling ready and excited for the big 3-0, even though I still can’t believe I’m that old. More updates to come on this front, including a little post about what this 30 before 30 adventure has taught me thus far.

Cheers to a happy week!