Glen plaid has had such a moment this past year and I am obsessed! It reminds me of the clothes my grandpa used to wear but I love how European and old school it looks #GrandpaChic. I got a little too excited and purchased this glen plaid duster coat along with a skirt, pants and dress (woops) The print itself is an easy way to dress up any outfit! The color and structure of the plaid look formal but can be easy to pull off with a simple shirt and jeans! I styled it with a red purse because I loved how it popped and how it complimented the red stripes on the coat. Unfortunately this particular coat is sold out but there are tonssss all over the internet! I have included a few of my affordable favs. Let me know what you guys think.

xoxo Nams

 

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I finally forced myself to sit down and get this Portland recap together. In all honesty, this city is impossible to capture with just words and pictures.

Coming from SF (the alleged birth place of insta worthy cafes and Patagonia wearing hipsters….) I felt right at home. If you love coffee and beanies and bike riding, Portland is the place to be. I was most fascinated by how many AMAZING restaurants lined every street. We were there for 3 full days and it was nowhere near enough time.

There is something to love for every type of person in Portland. Hiking for the outdoors lover, food on food on food for the foodies, breweries and pubs for the beer lover and NO TAXES for the shopping lover (aka me…)

I will try and pull together a quick summary of how we spent our 3 short days in Portland!

*Thursday*

-Landed at PDX airport and took an uber into downtown (everything in the city is fairly close so getting around is very easy)

-Ate dinner at Nel Centro which was the restaurant in Hotel Modera (where I stayed) The food was fantastic and like everything else in Portland soooo shockingly affordable!

*Friday*

– Started the day off with an amazing brunch at Mother’s Bistro. There are a few locations in Portland and come highly recommended by everyone who has been there. The brunch was fantastic and extremely filling. I loved the ambiance of the restaurant and how spacious it was. We got the salmon hash (most popular) the biscuits and gravy and the french toast.

-We tried to walk off the Brunch calories by hunting for the cool Portland sign that everyone takes pics at. Our uber driver from the night before said that the best view of the sign would come from standing on Burnside Bridge. He was absolutely right!

-We walked from Burnside Bridge to the Pearl district (which was my favorite) It is full of shops and cafes and the attraction that I was most excited for…Powell’s City of Books. If you love to read, explore or just stand in awe..this is the place to do it! I have never seen anything like it before. I spent hours exploring Powell’s and even ended up finding my uncle’s book in the fashion section (such an exciting moment)

-From Powell’s we headed to Voodoo dough nuts. It is a staple for tourists in Portland. To be completely honest, I thought the dough nuts looked cool but they definitely weren’t the best ones I had ever eaten. It was worth the trek for the insta-pic though…

-Next on the list was the Portland Aerial Tram. It is a $2.50 ticket to ride the tram, which we found out was a mode of transportation for doctors and students at the medical school. The base of the tram is one campus of the med school and the top of the tram ride takes you to another. Nothing exciting going on there, but the views are amazing! It was a clear day and we could see Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood.

-For Dinner we headed to Bollywood Theatre which was probably one of the most amazing restaurants I have ever been to. The food and decor were beyond amazing! We ordered the Chicken Kati roll, Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji with a Mango Lassi. To be honest, I am very picky about Indian food and usually don’t eat it unless it is home cooked. This dinner surpassed all expectations!!!

-The last stop and something I was really excited about was the Multonomah Whiskey Library. I had read amazing reviews and heard only great things from friends who had been there…but low and behold I forgot my ID and they are extremely strict…soooo I did not get in. I was so sad, but now have a fantastic excuse to make another trip to Portland. (Warning: There is usually a 2-3 hour wait here, so people put their names down and grab dinner while they wait)

*Saturday*

– I started the day with my favorite thing (Matcha and Bagels) After exploring on IG, I came across the cutest Japanese cafe. It is located right next to the Portland Museum, hence the name “Behind the Museum Cafe” The interiors were authentic and beautiful. There were all sorts of Japanese artifacts to observe and the Matcha was amazing! We also got a Matcha brownie and Lox Bagel. This cafe was a little pricier but still seemed affordable compared to the $8 Matcha that I drink in SF.

– Next we made our way over to the Zip car that we rented and started a long day of exploring. Some of our favorite stops along the way were St. Johns Bridge, Multonomah Falls, Stevenson Lookout, Solstice Pizza and some other places which we actually ended up blindly driving through (no clue what the names were) That was the beauty of our day. We just drove and drove with no map and loved enjoying the phenomenal scenery. We got lucky with the weather as well! Sunny and no rain! One caviat was that a lot of the water falls are closed in the winter / spring due to rain. Keep that in mind when deciding which hikes to go on.

-Saturday night was in interesting one. We had a dinner reservation at a fancy rooftop restaurant called  Departure but decided last minute to trade heels and sushi in for sneakers and beer. We decided to go to a Portland Trailblazers game. Both Arj and I love basketball and decided it would be fun to experience a hometown game in a different city! It was a fantastic game against OKC and both of us were so happy we experienced it.

*Sunday*

-Had a quick brunch at Nel Centro (again) and were impressed all over again. I had an early flight so I had to head to the airport soon after. I rarely say this, but I was not ready to go home. Usually after a vacation, I feel like I have seen a majority of the things I wanted to but this time was way different. I would have loved to spend a full week in Portland to explore everything that I missed.

Overall, it was an easy, affordable and fantastic trip! I will definitely be back.

(ps: I swear, the people in Portland are some of the nicest…which made us love it even more)

xoxo Nams

(keep going to see snapshots of my fantastic trip)

         

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I have rounded up some of my favorite spring steals!! Let me know if you have questions…I own a lot of these items.

Happy Shopping

xoxo Nams

 

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I just got back from a fantastic weekend in Scottsdale, AZ. Arizona might not be the first thing that pops into mind when you think of fine dining but boyyyy is it under rated! I love eating out in Scottsdale. It reminds me of a much more affordable version of LA or SF. They have tons of farm to table, vegan, hipster, insta-worthy and delicious restaurants to choose from!

I am such a creature of habit and always want to go to the same tried and tested places when I got to AZ (Postinos all day everyday) But this time we decided to try something new! We happened to walk by farm and craft while we were in Old Town and decided to give it a go and oh my….we were impressed!

The restaurant’s main focus is healthy fresh food that also tastes good! I was impressed by the amount of detail put into everything starting with the menu. I was stunned when I saw that their famous drink was the Kombucha Margarita! If you know me, you know that I was in heaven. The drink was $12 which is a little pricey but it was STRONG. No kidding…if I had not eaten the amount I did…I would have been crawling out of there.

For the main brunch/lunch meal we ordered a chicken pesto pizza, salmon poke bowl and strawberry brioche. I don’t even know how to describe the brioche because words are not enough. Arj and I eat out a ton and this might have been top 5 meals we have had together. He even pulled the  lactose intolerant card on me and said, “I think this Pizza might make your stomach hurt” (just because he didn’t want to share)

Overall the meal was absolutely incredible. It ended up being a little pricey for brunch ($70 total) but our hearts and tummies were full to the brim. Next time you are in Scottsdale, be sure to check this place out!!!

xoxo Nam

 

 

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I always find the end of the year to be a very ironic time in my life. I put on my sequined dress and sky high heels, pop champagne and post an Instagram photo with a super cheesy New Years caption that I steal from Oprah or a Mantra Band. I sing and dance with my family and friends, and send kissy face emojis to everyone on Snapchat. I post my “year in review” video on Facebook followed by #blessed #thankful #readyfor2018. But somehow, after all the makeup comes off, the Snap story expires and the hangover kicks in…I realize that New Years is the absolute worst. It is a holiday that causes me more anxiety than usual, a time of self reflection that makes me think “damn…what exactly did I do for the last 365 days” and most of all a chance to use excess amounts of alcohol to mask the self perceived progress of my life.

But something is different this year. Let me explain.

One of my friends from college gave me a pair of earrings for Christmas. The earrings were adorable, but it was something else that really resonated with me. On the package was a quote that read “Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never knew you had.” Wow. Let’s read that one more time….

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never knew you had.”

I have probably read that quote over and over a hundred times and realized that it is so true in regards to my life.

When I begin every new year I create lists of goals and resolutions etc. Go to the gym more, progress in your career, be a better daughter and sister…the list goes on. These resolutions come from an idea in my head. A picture of where I should be at the age of 24. A picture that has been painted by society, social media, my parents and my friends. But imagine if at the end of the year we considered all of the amazing things that happened to us outside of our “lists.” The dreams we didn’t know we had…..

My goal for 2017 was to move out of my parents house and in to the city. That didn’t happen. But instead I got the chance to spend a year living in my childhood home, saving money, waking up to the smell of my mom’s cooking and my dad’s classical Indian music. Something I know I will be grateful for later in life. A dream I didn’t know I had.

I wanted to visit a new country in 2017. That didn’t happen. But instead I was able to move to New York City for 3 months and live like Carrie Bradshaw. I explored every nook and cranny of Manhattan. I spent Memorial day wine tasting in Connecticut. I got to go to work in beautiful Tribeca and enjoy overpriced Matcha in the West Village. A dream I didn’t know I had.

I wanted my blog to reach 10k followers in 2017 and that didn’t happen (not even close). But instead I was able to land brand partnerships I would have never have imagined, I was invited to Pinterest HQ and Femme Fair. I have met hundreds of amazing new friends from all over the world. I taught myself the basics of css and launched my own site! A dream I never knew I had.

I realize that the cause of my New Year sadness is not what I am..but rather what I think that I’m not.  So this year, I have made a promise to myself to truly enjoy the beauty in not-accomplishing goals. Celebrating the dreams I didn’t know I had. Learning from the struggles of failure. And though the destination will probably end up on Social Media, it is the journey, that no one else sees, which I will cherish.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and successful New Year!

xoxo Nam

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