New Notepads!

October 23rd, 2014

I just restocked my Busy Bee notepad and added 5 new notepads to the shop—eeek! Check them out and let me know what you think!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

new wit & whistle notepads!

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Oregon

October 21st, 2014

As promised, here are some photos from our Oregon travels!

We planned to spend our first day in Oregon driving down the coast, but there happened to be a dense blanket of fog hanging over the coast that day. All the beaches we came to looked like the photo below (Indian Beach), although the skies were clear and sunny everywhere else. We made the best of the fog and headed to Portland.

Portland Oregon, Indian Beach

In Portland spent a good chunk of time wandering around downtown. We visited my cards at Radish Underground and spent a few hours getting lost in Powell’s Books. Powell’s gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings of browsing books in my elementary school library in the 80′s but without the card catalog.

Powell's Books, Portland Oregon

In the Columbia River Gorge, braved icy cold water, and scaled a precarious logjam to walk through Oneonta Gorge. I’ve been drooling over shots of this place on Pinterest for years, and it was so much more grand in person.

Oneonta Gorge, Oregon

I’m pretty tea savvy, but I’m ignorant when it comes to coffee. We visited Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and to my surprise a macchiato isn’t anything like the drink Starbucks serves up by the same name. It was super strong but roast-y and delicious. Do coffee tastings exist? Someday I’d like to stand in front of a fancy schmancy coffee shop menu and know what the heck everything is and what it would taste like. Right now I just quickly pick something at random so I look like I know what I’m doing. ;)

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland Oregon

Just before dark one evening we hiked to Wahkeena Falls and had the whole place to ourselves. It was dreamy!

Wahkeena Falls, Oregon

We frequented Blue Star Donuts while we were in Portland. The blueberry bourbon basil donut was my favorite, but maple bacon was a close second. I love donuts that aren’t super sweet. These donuts reminded me so much of my favorite donut shop here in Cary (Sweet Traditions) that closed down 5 or 6 years ago.

Blue Star Donuts, Portland Oregon

We spent a day with one of Daniel’s old high school pals and her husband so they could show us around the Portland area. (Thanks again, Jana and Alex!) Eagle Creek Trail made for a lovely hike. It included plenty of mossy trees, lush forests, and narrow cliff-hugging paths to keep us on our toes.

Eagle Creek Trail, Oregon

Here’s a pre-sunset view of the Columbia River from Crown Point.

Crown Point, Oregon

After dinner at ¿Por Qué No? we had the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted at Salt & Straw. I pretty much can’t eat ice cream now, because I keep comparing it all to theirs. My favorite was strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper (topped with extra hot fudge of course).

Salt & Straw, Portland Oregon

I could totally live in Portland, and I was sad to leave. Everyone was so nice—how do you Portlanders do it? I don’t think I’ve ever struck up so many conversations with complete strangers before or come across so many of my favorite shops in one place. Don’t even get me started on the amazing restaurants. And beautiful nature to soak in, too!?

To make myself feel better about not living in Portland I’m working on a list of all my favorite shops, restaurants, and things to do around Raleigh/Durham to share here on my site. I’ve come up with a ton already, so my list-making is definitely doing the trick.

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American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

October 16th, 2014

I’m so excited to announce that Wit & Whistle notebooks and jotters are now available at select American Eagle Outfitters stores and on ae.com as a part of their Wear America collection! The Wear America collection features a bunch of small business owning, American makers like me. (I know you can’t technically wear things like notebooks and jotters, but just go with it.) I created two new designs for this collection that can purchased exclusively at American Eagle, and my “Love Triangles” jotter got a new color scheme for the occasion. If you spot them in store, I’d love it if you sent me a photo or tagged @witandwhistle on instagram!

Special thanks to my mom for helping me box up this monster order, to my dad for moving all the boxes and loading them into the biggest FedEx truck I’ve ever seen, to The Urban Smith for being my support group as we learned the ins and outs of being American Eagle vendors, and to all of you for backing Wit & Whistle so I can continue to take on new challenges like this!

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

American Eagle Outfitters: Wear America

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Washington

October 14th, 2014

Daniel and I spent last week in the Pacific Northwest exploring Washington and Oregon. I’m so thankful to live in such a beautiful country. Here are a few shots from Washington. (Special thanks to Daniel for being my human tripod when necessary!)

After checking out Seattle, we visited Mt. Rainier in all its snow-capped glory. Luckily we got there just in time to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Mt. Rainier, Washington

Mt. Rainier, Washington

Hurricane Ridge was unbelievably gorgeous, sunny, and Christmas scented due to all the fir trees. The curious doe we met up there wasn’t the least bit shy. After a few minutes of watching her, an adorable little fawn joined her in the underbrush.

Hurricane Ridge, Washington

Hurricane Ridge, Washington

Hurricane Ridge, Washington

Rialto and La Push beaches were misty and mysterious. The colorful beach rocks were begging to be stuffed into my pockets! I wonder if there’s some way we could dump a huge load of stones like those on North Carolina’s beaches?

Rialto Beach, Washington

La Push Beach, Washington

Rialto Beach, Washington

Rialto Beach, Washington

Our last stop in Washington was the Hoh Rainforest, where we wandered through the aptly named Hall of Mosses. I have a thing for moss, and this place was magical.

Hoh Rainforest, Washington

Hall of Mosses, Washington

Hoh Rainforest, Washington

Stay tuned for Oregon photos!

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My Very Own Fiddle Leaf

October 4th, 2014

I’ve been crushing on fiddle leaf fig trees since 2011. So, it’s high time I added one to my houseplant collection! After a few months of keeping an eye out, I finally spotted the perfect little fiddle leaf. It just barely fit into my car.

I had to evict my split leaf philodendron to make room for the new addition. I love those beautiful split leaves, but I don’t have enough light for it so it just flops over and looks ridiculous. I threw it off the deck and into the woods behind our house (my usual method of disposing of unwanted house plants).

Out with the old…

split leaf philodendron

In with the new!

fiddle leaf fig tree

fiddle leaf fig tree

I won’t be blogging next week—I need to take a little break from work before the holiday rush begins. However, I will be instagramming, so stay in touch with me over there next week!

I’m leaving my witandwhistle.com shop open, but all orders placed between now and October 12th will ship the week of October 13th. Thanks for your patience!

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