Sydney's Friday Faves!

1) On Wednesday evening I flew to Portland, Oregon for work. I must say, every experience I have had in Portland has been straight out of the show "Portlandia." I'm not sure if any of you have had the pleasure of watching this absurdist gem, but I suggest you watch an episode or two because what you see IS what Portland is. But through the dreary rains, the mustache obsessions, and the 90's style, you find little pockets of charm and some extremely delicious food. Last year my boyfriend, Ian, and I were here for work and we had some free time one evening so we decided to venture out and see if we could find some scrumptious vegetarian cuisine. We stumbled upon a restaurant called "Andina" which is a Peruvian tapas restaurant that, hands down, was one of the best dining experiences of my life to date. Clearly we had to go back this time around! We indulged and had cheesey delicious appetizers that were so worth it! Remember Brooke and I love the motto, "Treat yo' self!" and that is exactly what we did last night. We dined with friends, laughed, and ate food that made my taste buds sing!

 

2) While journeying through northwest Portland - which I have found to be my favorite part - we headed to a little local tea shop called Tea Chai Té, that had literally hundreds of teas that all looked and smelled dreamy. It took me about fifteen minutes to finally decide on a black and lavender boba tea, that I sipped over lovely conversation with my boyfriend and his best friend, Travis, who is now a new transplant to the Portland area.

 

3) I adore Body Language Sportswear (www.bodylanguagesportswear.com) that is based in Los Angeles and all the products are made in the USA (yay)! I just got a wild and funky pair of purple snakeskin spandex pants that I'm obsessed with. I wore them to teach one day this week and I'm excited to wear them with an oversized knit sweater and some killer boots.

 

4) This quote makes me happy and speaks truth...

 

5) And this one...