love, rachel

May 14, 2015

Restaurant Review: Paragon + The Ladies

I feel like I'm cheating you a little, this isn't really a restaurant review as much as a quick chat about a day I spent at a restaurant...does that make any sense?

I remember this day very well, it was a day I was looking forward too, and a day long overdue. Three of my closest friends decided to spend the day today lunching and walking around the Pearl District. We ended up at the Paragon for lunch. This is a tried and true favorite in the Pearl. It's a beautiful space with a fresh and local menu (we all ordered the grilled cheese! + calamari. SO good). We got a beautiful table in the back by the fireplace. We were so content, we sat there for hours. Talking about life, relationships, our families and we even did a little "dating" on something that rhymes with "cinder."

The weather was a little wild, as you will see with the lighting in these photos. I'd like to say it challenged me a little. (ha.)

Regardless of the weather, days like these make my heart feel full. Have you had any days like this lately? I hope so.

Want more information on Paragon? Check out their website.

Enjoy your Thursday friends!

Rachel xo

May 7, 2015

Explore: Dry Creek Falls

Life has been a little stressful lately. But that's how life goes. There are ups and downs, the most important thing is how you navigate it. One thing I love doing when life gets too overwhelming is to get outside. That's just what I did a couple weeks ago. Planned out a trip with one of my favorite people in the world and went for an adventure. 

I'm lucky I live in a part of the world where this is my "backyard." I have written many times about the gorge and it's glory. Today will be no different. We headed out to Dry Creek Falls. I will admit I told J that it meant the waterfall was dried up at the end. Just to add to a little surprise. :) 

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. 

It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” 
― Cheryl StrayedWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Rachel xo 


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