weekend things and wheels up.

bedroom mantle scene.

Hello! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was even more uneventful than usual because I came down with a gross cold on Friday (and I know you're wondering how it's possible for my weekends to get more low-key than they already are, but hey, I'm an overachiever when it comes to being a sloth). I did nothing on Saturday aside from going through an entire box of tissues, and on Sunday I was feeling a little better so I took a Pure Barre intensive class. I promptly canceled any benefits from said class by going to the Little Tap House for a burger and beer, and then I started packing for Helsinki (I leave Wednesday and I'm super excited). And if you have any recommendations, send them my way--we're definitely going to L√∂yly and have a couple of restaurants lined up, but I'm otherwise going to figure things out on the fly.

Follow along on instagram if you're so inclined @heatherandolive.


three things I've got my eye on.

l.l. bean wicked good lodge chukkas

my mom got these for christmas, and I would have stolen them from her if my feet weren't too big. currently backordered until march, but 20% off until 1/14/20 with code WINTER.

cuyana oversize carryall tote

I have the medium version of this, and it's slightly too small for everything I want to bring with me to work (mostly, another pair of shoes and my beats headphones, along with all of my other office stuff). I will be buying this sooner rather than later (and it's way more practical than the other designer bag I've been considering). 

madewell roadtripper jeggings

can jeans change your life? If they're these, they can. I'm super late to the madewell jeans game, but I finally snagged a pair during black friday and I love the fact that they're super high waisted and fit like a glove. I will be slowly replacing all of my denim with some version of these in the future, 


weekend things.

what may be the best pizza in all of portland.

one of the funniest faces I've ever see Olive make.

sunday's din.

Happy first full week of 2020. I don't know about you, but I think I'm ready to face it.

This weekend was rather uneventful, but I have no complaints. On Friday night I got pepperoni pizza with hot honey delivered from BLVL and it was seriously the best pizza I've had in Portland. The pepperonis were perfect little cups of salty/spicy deliciousness and the pizza itself was huge--I ate it over the next couple of days and it was just as good as the first time. This will definitely be a repeat occurrence. (I will also say that while this goes against my "less takeout in 2020" proclamation from a couple of days ago, it's a new restaurant I haven't tried before so it complies with "branching out" declaration. It's all about balance).

Saturday and Sunday I worked out, and on Sunday I did some laundry, got groceries and gave myself a manicure. I finished Olive Kitteridge (and cried), started Olive, Again and I finished Season 2 of You (super creepy). With some football sprinkled in both days, I wrapped up Sunday making Half Baked Harvest's Coq au Vin Meatballs (and froze half!). It was very tasty but definitely took longer than 30 minutes. 

Here's to a good week. We can do this. 


what I'm excited for in 2020.

Happy New Year! I know this is the time when people declare their resolutions, intentions, plans, hopes, dreams, etc. but I'm not going that route this year. Instead, I'm listing some things I'm excited about. It's better that way (for me).

Going someplace new. While I only have one trip scheduled so far for the upcoming year, it's a place I've never been: Helsinki! My sister is going on a work trip, and I've decided to tag along. We go in a couple of weeks, and I'm really looking forward to hitting up some saunas, trying new food and Kalsarik√§nni if we don't feel like venturing out.

Running. I know I say this every year, but this year it will be different. Here's why: I signed up for a race. Every time I say I'm going to start running again I fail, and I've come to the realization that I need something to work towards. I'll be doing the Portland 10 Miler at the end of April, and it's the perfect motivator to get me out the door (which is very important during the difficult winter months).

Cooking. I love to cook, but truth be told, I've become exceptionally lazy past couple of months. It's beyond easy to just order in (or if I'm feeling extra ambitious, go to a restaurant around the corner) and I get really sick of cooking a big meal and eating leftovers for days. I received Half Baked Harvest's Super Simple for Christmas, and I'm pumped to be better about meal planning (and halving recipes).

Trying new restaurants. I know I just said I want to cook more, and it's true, BUT if I do go out to eat, I need to try new places. It's so easy to stay close to my apartment and eat at the same (delicious) spots, but there's a whole side of Portland I never go to. Washington Avenue, I'm headed your way.