SIX RAIN BOOTS FOR THE MINIMALIST

Rain season has officially underway in Portland and if you’re anything like me, you wear a lot of black and just one pair of any boot just will not do. Rain boots can sometimes come off childish and overly complicated with patterns, straps, and can be frumpy. So, I have rounded up six rain boots for the minimalist that will keep your feet dry, warm, and happy while keeping any lady feeling cute, can be worn in the office, walking the dog, or even with a holiday dress.

Sam Edleman Tinsley Rain Boot $55
Jeffery Campbell Hurricane Rain Boot $60
Hunter Classic Short Rain Boot $140
Hunter Classic Tall Rain Boot $150
Madewell Chelsea Rain Boot $68
Chooka Classic Rain Duck Boot $80

 

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CHOCOLATELY-PEANUTBUTTERY BANANA BREAD

 
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It's almost fall which means baking weather! Well, do you really need an excuse to make banana bread? Nah.
I made this bread a few weeks ago due to having too may over-ripe bananas laying around and brought some into work to share with my friends. They loved it and were asking me about the recipe and seeing how I haven't posted in what feels like forever (thanks home renovations), thought this would be a time. Thanks, Hannah & Casey, you girls are the best.

What you'll Need:
3-4 Ripe Bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg - beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
pinch of salt
1 1/2 c flour
Chocolate and peanut butter chips

What to do:
Preheat oven to 350
Smash bananas in a large bowel with a wooden spoon.

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Mix butter into bananas.
Mix in sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves.
Sprinkle in baking soda and flour and mix as you go. Do not over mix.
Add in chocolate and peanut butter chips.
Pour into pan and bake for 50-60 min until the center is set.

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Let cool and share with your friends.
As always, tastes better with some extra butter on top!

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OUR STAIRCASE: THE RENOVATION // WEEK FIVE

 
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Here we are at the end of week five and wow have we made progress!

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Once demo was done, the new stairs were up in just a couple of days! 
We still can't believe the transformation of the space. It doesn't even feel like the same house!
Our contractor did an awesome job at creating the winder that we wanted, too. 

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Of course, it wasn't until the drywall went up that we could really see our vision being pulled together. It looks soooo Scandinavian and modern right now without the newel, railing, trim, stain, paint, yada yada.. I kinda love it!
We are also really excited for our new casement window! Since we eventually want to replace all the windows, we styled this one as a model for the rest and to match the original 1920's style of the house. Can't wait to see it!

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Since our home is almost 100 years old, things aren't exactly straight and a tad slanty, leaving the opening square didn't seem like the best idea. To help with the visuals, we added an arch in place of where the old wall was and it's so beautiful and more than we imagined! I want to arch every opening now!
(Also, our contractor is a saint for being so patient with our house and working extra hard to make things straight.)

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We have a few more weeks ahead of work before the plastic comes down and we can start painting and staining!
I look forward to sharing the finished project and to show you what we have in mind for the space!

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