I came across Bridgid Roney at Roy & Broadway on Capitol Hill. In addition to having great style Bridgid is a seriously talented jazz musician with an absolutely enchanting voice. Check out her Myspace page.
Apparently Sunil had the same idea as me on Friday. I like to pop into the store once a month to flip through a few import fashion and interior magazines. This ritual usually doesn't end up being free as I always end up bringing home at least one of those pricey little devils.
Red checked gingham shirt... military tone t-shirt... wavy red hair. So many things that I like about this photo. My friend and I were talking recently about how jealous we are of natural redheads. It is the ultimate accessory. People try so hard to replicate with dying but it just never quite stands up to the real thing.
Only a few weeks after reposting Mya's photo from last summer when she was oh so pregnant I ran into her looking just as lovely but with a baby instead of a bump. I had to grab some photos of these two. Whether she 9 months pregnant in the middle of summer or on a stroll with her little one Mya seems to look easy breezy and dress just right. I love this summer outfit.
I know, I know. Everyone is "over" cupcakes. Well, I'm not and I was ecstatic when The Don's recent obsession with baking brought these little cakes of perfection into my kitchen the other day. I got the honor of decorating them using heaps of his homemade lemon cream cheese frosting, candied lemon peal (this was an unexpected and amazing creation) and fresh blueberries from the Broadway Farmer's Market. My desire for buying baked goods from some of my normal haunts is dwindling each weekend with every new treat Don creates.
Readers, have you been going to the free KEXP concerts on Friday evenings at the Seattle Center Mural?? I found Alyssa dressed perfectly for an outdoor summer concert. She works at mynorthwest.com who hosts the website of my favorite imaginary radio show TBTL.
If you haven't been to a concert at the Mural yet this summer then you better hop on down there this Friday because it is the last one of the year. Grab your cozy blanket and a buddy and lay out on the lawn while listening to Mt St Helens Vietnam Band play you songs from their amazing new album. Did I mention it's free...?
I am a total morning person. I get up at 5:00am everyday and work early by choice and on the weekend 7:00 is sleeping in. Everything feels so new and exciting first thing in the morning. There aren't very many people out in clothing besides excercise attire early on a weekend morning but every once in a while I find someone who, just like me, is ready for the day when I am out walking around the city before 10am on a Saturday. Sean was my most recent early morning photo find. He passed me while I was waiting for the bus in front of QFC on Broadway which made my 15 min wait for the 49 go by extra fast... added bonus. Well, Sean is this weeks Hill Style photo on CHS. I have a few other pictures posted over there of his well put together outfit. Check it out here.
Autumn- On Broadway between Olive & Thomas in Capitol Hill.
Autumn works at Union Bay. She also told me about the clothing company Actual Pain. Actual Pain is designed by Book Of Black Earth lead singer TJ Cowgill. His locally made shirts and other apparel can be found at the Actual Pain online store.
After the show at KUOW I of course had to get a shot of the lovely and stylish Laura Cassidy. Laura is style editor at Seattle Metropolitan and editor-in-chief at Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom. Bottom line, she knows her stuff. Definitely check out her Seattle Met blog Wear What When.
When I came across Chanel I thought she looked so summery and the swimsuit peeking through her dress seemed so appropriate because of the blazing hot weather. She had just gotten back from swimming. I haven't gone yet since moving here. I know that there is a spot in Madison Park as well as Golden Gardens but I somehow have made it to either yet. With a few days of temps in the 90's ahead of us I think it is about time I check one of them out.
Readers! I am going to be part of a panel on KUOW's Weekday with Steve Scher this Friday morning from 9am-10am discussing Seattle fashion and how style has evolved in our city over the years. Strath Shephard from creative firm Pacific Standard and Adam Sinding from Le 21 Eme Arrondissementwill also be part of the show as well as Laura Cassidy; style editor for Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and the mind behind fashion blogWear What When. All three of these people are incredibly creative and talented so it should be a really fun conversation. You can listen on our local NPR station at 94.9 and also on Weekday's podcast if you are outside of the Seattle area.
I like how when I stopped Claire she happened to be standing in front of a gorgeous arrangement of flowers. You don't come across a lot of flower explosions in Capitol Hill... Claire is my Hill Style photo this week. Check it out here.
I ran into our lovely Ifrah again outside of Neumo's on Capitol Hill. I took her photo a few months back for a Hill Style feature on CHS. She looks equally well styled with this vibrant headwrap as she did with her hair in a gorgeous fro. These pants are so great. I found some similar to these in the men's section of Value Village recently. I can't get enough of the menswear paired with feminine cuts lately... In fact, I think I have been saying "lately" in reference to that for over a year. It just looks so good!
Last weekend was filled with lots of walking and eating in Portland. Of course, you know I can't eat good food without taking a photo of it first!
Gravy on Mississippi is my favorite breakfast place in Portland so far. This is my second time there and everything I have tried has been amazing. The menu is great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
Oatmeal Berry Brulee- This will forever haunt my dreams. It was fresh mixed berries on the bottom, creamy (quite possibly buttery) oatmeal in the middle and, on top, a brulee layer all baked under the broiler I'm assuming. You can also get it with banana or apple instead of berries.
Vegetarian biscuits and gravy. This is the single side order... whew!
My friend Thaona ordered the breakfast sandwich. Also shockingly big. Gravy uses such delicious bread for everything.
Portland is known for its food carts. I can't count how many times I said "another food cart parking lot!!". Entire parking lots in several nieghborhoods are filled with unique spots to grab food on the go. The is way beyond your average taco wagon or falafel stand. We're talking Indian, Ethiopian, Himalan, Thai, wacky grilled cheeses, even waffles. There is an entire website dedicated to the offerings of these tasty shacks called Food Carts Portland. A lot of these spots are only open during the weekdays but we had lunch at the Saturday Market where there were many many to choose from. I decided on Horn of Africa and got the vegetarian platter with Bideena (sponge bread) Missira Dima (red lentils) Kurunba (vegetable in a curry cream sauce) a sambusa (fried vegetable pocket) and a bajiya (garbanzo bean and spice cake). I loved the lentils and the the bread but the rest wasn't as flavorful as most of the african food I have had. I want to do a food cart bike trip through Portland... map out some spots that can't be missed and make a day out of it sometime during the week.
I have been meaning to try Farm for a long time and I finally made it there on our last night in town. Farm serves local organic farm to table creations in their stunning peaceful location that leaves you feeling like you are in a remote (but extremely well decorated) country farm house. We were lucky enough to snag a spot on the patio surrounded by fresh herbs. Our table was conveiniently located next to the fragrant mint plants.
We started with two beautiful cheese appetizers. The baked Brie and the Farmhouse Cheeseball.
I ordered the Seitan Tamale with chipotle creme fraiche. Spicy but refreshing with a perfect mix of textures.
The Don ordered their Farmhouse Veggie Burger made with eggplant, breadcrumbs, cheese and spices. The fries came with a homemade ketchup that made me declare that I would learn how to make my own at home next weekend. The sandwich was so rich a creamy from the eggplant. Such a great idea for the "meat" of the burger patty.
Thaona ordered the Grilled Corn and Smoky Blue Risotto with Rogue Valley smoked blue cheese. The strong cheese flavor melted into the Risotto and cooked heirloom cherry tomatoes were an incredible combination of powerful flavors so well evened out by corn and Arborio rice.
Sunday morning started with a stunning drive along the Columbia and through several small towns outside of Portland. My favorite stop was a lavender farm right off the road in front of a sweet old woman's home. She told us that each weekend during this season she gets up and gather bunches of lavendar and sits amongst the lavander with her dog and cat selling to passers by. We took her last bundle so this appears to be a popular stop.
Final stop before heading back to Seattle was happy hour at The Observatory in the Montavilla neighborhood. Don had been here and loved it so he was excited to finally get to show it to me.
We ordered the bartender's drink special which was a mixture of iced tea, lemonade and vodka. Perfect for the hot day and the mix was just right.
We ordered the Oregano Fry Bread to start. Doughy goodness with unique dipping options. I feel like most places would have provided some sort of safe marinara go-to. Not here folks; this came with a basil creme fraiche and a tomato puree.
The Old House Dahlia Salad was filled with a fresh mix of shaved dahlia tubers, fennel, pears, citrus and spicy greens with a cranberry vinaigrette and candied nuts.
Don ordered the Draper Valley Farms chicken fried steak and kindly handed over a large portion of his sides which included sweet potato mashers and a zucchini squash mixture. My taste buds told me we were on a southern farm but I kept looking out the window at an adorable and vibrant street in southest Portland.
I had to snap a shot of the bartender Adam. What great style! This to me was truly Portland. I was caught off guard and pleasantly surprised by how he so effortlessly pulled off clogs by pairing them with a vintage shirt and well worn denim cuffed just right. I know this was supposed to be a food post but I wasn't leaving The Observatory without a photo of this handsome barkeep.