Apothecary Jars

apothecary jars
 
I am having a summer respite in the Pacific Northwest. The lavender at my parent’s farm thrives in the dry, mountain climate here. My mom likes to dry hers so we filled these old-fashioned apothecary jars with lavender to store them to last as long as possible so she can use them in baking and hopefully soon in goat milk soap she’s learning to make. The black, glass apothecary jars keep the ingredients dark and cool so they stay fresh longer than your average jar. Plus, they have a beautiful old-world feel that reminds me of the old apothecary shops in Lisbon.
 
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Porto’s Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

porto jardins do palacio
 
If you find yourself in Porto, Portugal, make time for the Jardins do Palacio de Cristal. I spent a couple of hours wandering the formal gardens, forests, and riverside trails of this park. Along the trails you’ll find incredible views over the Douro River. Enjoy this visual tour of the gardens designed in the 19th century by Emille David. At the time I went the gardens were overflowing with camellias!
 
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Introducing: Wood Fiber Clay

pillow
 
I am pleased to introduce a new shop today, out of the Napa Valley, owners Kelley and Lisa, niece and aunt, have combined their interior, floral, and business backgrounds to create a special new shop and studio with thoughtfully made, fair-trade products and exclusive collaborations with local craftspeople. Kelley says, “Our makers are a mix of friends, creatives we admire, and suppliers with a like-minded focus on sustainability and responsible production.” Today I am sharing a few of my favorite products from Wood Fiber Clay, that offer beauty and function for any home.
 
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Lisbon Travel Guide

lisbon travel guide
 
I first fell in love with Lisbon in February of 2015 and after traveling back and forth for a few months, officially moved here in September of the same year. Why Lisbon, people ask? I answered that here, but in short, the unpretentious people, the seasonally focused food, the sunshine, and the extremely laid back energy. Lisbon is at times a bit raw, on the rise from a recession, still stuck in the past, but also full of new and interesting places and people.

Included here are just a few of my favorite stops for food, art, gardens, and shopping, that I have visited myself over and over again. Some will be obvious, while others are secrets I am hesitant to share! I am in the process of working on a more comprehensive guide and more in depth posts as well, but for now, here are the places I love to share with visitors.
 
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