Bestie Date: The Rose Garden and Salt & Straw

nikibecky 1Picture this: You’re strolling in a sun-warmed garden amongst thousands of beautiful roses of all colors, shapes, sizes and scents. After snapping a bunch of pictures, you get back in your car and set out in search of ice cream. You find it. The best ice cream the world (Portland, at least, but probably the world) has to offer. Sweet and creamy in a crispy waffle cone, mmmm…Let’s move on before I start drooling on my keyboard!

If this sounds like the perfect afternoon, and you live in the Portland area, here are our suggestions for a bestie date!saladI met Bekah at her apartment, and we shared a really good salad and some iced tea. I made the salad with kale, avocado, strawberries and almonds with a balsamic vinaigrette. Yum! Feta or goat cheese would have been a perfect addition, but alas, I had none.

bekah 1After lunch, we drove out to the Portland International Rose Test Garden. We decided to dress up a little just for the fun of it! Bekah said to me at one point “We should dress like this more often. I feel more powerful and that people respect us more!” Bekah wore a vintage lace dress she found at Buffalo Exchange (another fun bestie date idea!), and some thrifted heels.

rose 2niki 2I wore a thrifted vintage skirt, a top from Loft and heels from Naturalizer.

salt and straw signAfter we’d had our fill of roses, we drove to Salt & Straw, our absolute most favoritist ice cream shop in the world! If you live anywhere near the Portland area and you’ve never been, drop what you’re doing, grab your GPS and go now! You won’t regret it! They have unique and delicious flavors that are well worth the line. They’re also generous with their samples, so you can taste a bunch of flavors before making your final decision.

ice cream We sat on a bench outside to eat our ice cream, and were treated to a most Portlandia-esque sight. A guy in boots, a gold cape and a gold mask was “singing” and slow dancing dramatically to music. He was accompanied by an enthusiastic friend who alternated between dancing, playing percussion and waving a plastic sword around. It was very…odd. The thing about Portland, is that no one was even fazed by it. They just walked right past. Bekah and I, though, thought it was quite bizarre…

raspberriesOur last stop on the way home was The Barn for some fresh produce, because we’re grown-ups with kitchens who get excited about boring grown-up things like fruits and vegetables.

rose 1 I’ll leave you with a rather melodramatic quote from Dale Carnegie.

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

So go on, stop and smell the roses! And eat ice cream…Let’s not forget the ice cream…

– Niki and Bekah


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