Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Emi Meyer


I met Emi at the Ballard Farmers Market. Her gorgeous coat is what caught my attention but I am so glad that I stopped her because I was able to find out about her incredible music. What an unbelievable voice! Her music is part jazz, part folk, part pop music and she sings both in English and Japanese. Sounds pretty unique right... Check out her website for yourself here and listen to her songs here. What a lovely girl.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Naomi

Naomi- In front of Elliot Bay Books on 10th
I love my L.L. Bean bag. My mom bought one for me and one for my brother when we went away to college knowing that we would no longer have access to the ones she has used since we were little. They were always a mainstay on any trip we took... picnics, camping, a day at the beach... I associate these bags with really fun adventures, not to mention serious durability. I didn't know they made them with zippers like Naomi's.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Unicorn



I had to get some photos for you guys of the circus/carnival inspired food and decor at The Unicorn, a Capitol Hill bar that opened in the Pike/Pine corridor a little over a year ago. We went for the first time last weekend and had so much fun. Now, let me preface this by saying that The Don and I have grown a bit lame in the last couple years when it comes to bars... We prefer to enjoy them in the light of day before the crowds arrive and while the happy hour menu is out in full force. We go for the food in other words. The Unicorn ended up having a beer on tap ($4) that Don really likes and a Viognier wine ($5) that was ultra tasty so we had a few drinks too. The food on the happy hour menu was seriously inexpensive so we ordered way more than we knew we could eat.

The Lynwood Poutine- Ranch fries, cheddar cheese, Franks Red Hot Aioli ($4.50)


Narwhal Balls- Mashed Potato, Swiss cheese, deep fried with a Harrissa mayo ($3)


Vegetarian "hand dipped with love" corn dog ($2)

On their regular non-happy hour menu they have tons of other "should I really be eating this" items like the Magical Unicorn Burger which has Sri-Rachas cream cheese, cole slaw and crispy onion rings on it, a Crispy Fried Exploding Twinky, and even the old tried and true carnival go to; the elephant ear. In addition to the food that makes you feel like a kiddo (and also makes you feel like you may be experiencing minor heart malfuctions) these guys also have a great jukebox and walls covered all sorts of things you can't stop looking at. Don and I spent about a half hour researching the difference between leopards and spotted jaguars on our phones trying to figure out which of the two was mounted on the wall. Okay, now that I have typed that out I'm realizing it sounds not so fun but for some reason we were highly amused. I can't attest to what the Unicorn is like once the crowds come out but I highly recommend stopping by for happy hour one afternoon and finding your inner child (ditching your diet) for a bit.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sarah


Sarah- 4th & Pine downtown Seattle
Good lord, Sarah has got incredible hair! Absolutely gorgeous.

This coat was once covered completely in the material on the torso but to make it her own she tore off the majority of it off leaving only the khaki colored lining. Then, to top it off, a larger than life cat patch on the back. An everyday coat turned into a one of a kind DIY treasure. I love that.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sonia


Sonia- 16th & Pine on Capitol Hill
There is was something truly special about Sonia's style and the way that she wore her clothes. Of course, I don't know Sonia beyond the lovely interaction I had with her in the time I took these photos but I got the sense that she has found a wardrobe that she feels like herself in and that she enjoys wearing.

Sometimes style has everything to do with the confidence behind the person wearing the clothes. In fact, I think this the meaning of having an innate sense of style. Putting an outfit together in a way that you are excited about, enjoying your clothes, and feeling confident in what you are wearing; have these things in your back pocket and you will no doubt look great and have a closet full of clothes that bring out who YOU are rather than replicate an image in a magazine or look plucked straight from a mannequin standing inside of (fill in the blank) big box store.

Hope you all have been able to get out and enjoy these first signs of spring. It's beautiful out there!
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Ellie & Quang



Ellie & Quang- 15th Ave Coffee (one of those secret Starbucks locations...) on Capitol Hill

Clean and simple

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Savannah



I spent much of last week basking in the beauty of the Historic Savannah, GA. After a sleepy red eye I woke up at the Savannah airport where my best friend Jessica picked me up and drove me to the section of downtown that would be home for four days. I haven't spent any time in the south but I found myself instantly drawn to the architecture, the gigantic trees with endless amounts of Spanish moss draping from them and the sweet southern hospitality that came at me from all directions with every local I came in contact with. The pace of Savannah can only be described as "easy". No one is in a hurry in the historic district. People get where they want to go by foot or on their adorable beach cruiser bikes. Each day went by slowly and calmly allowing me to become completely rejuventated as the trip progressed.

Of course, there was also the food. Oh, the food! Being a vegetarian left me a little limited in this land of meat eaters but I was perfectly happy staying full on the grand array of side dishes and sweets that were available by the plenty. Mac & Cheese, potatoes in every form, greens, fried green tomatoes... and desserts; fresh handmade pralines, sweet tea, cupcakes, and chocolate chocolate chocolate! The week certainly didn't fall into the realm of my normal fare of local vegetarian whole foods but it certainly was delicious and I've got the slightly tight pants to prove it.


My favorite restuarant of the week was The Olde Pink House. Built in 1771, this is the oldest house in Savannah. It survived two large fires, the Civil War and the growth of a city. It is this wacky pink color because the underling brick bled through the plaster walls and changed the color of the house from white to Jamaican pink.


While waiting for our table we were entertained by a group of young girls in the midst an etiquette class in the front dining room. Ah, the south...


We were brought to our table in a dining room on the second floor and the menu deliberation began. I went with a shmorgishborg of side dishes for my dinner and my girlfriends each chose different entrees that looked incredible. The two the Pink House are known for are the Crispy Scored Flounder with Apricot Shallot Sauce, Anson Mills Grits and Collards and the "BLT", Fried Green Tomatoes & Sweet Bacon with Black Pepper Thyme Buttermilk Dressing.


We also went on a Haunted Savannah tour late one night that even a sceptic would have loved. The guide told the stories of each "haunted" establishment beautifully and with so much detail. I learned so much about the history of the area and many people who lived in it. The houses in the historic district take on a whole new look when the sun goes down. They go from romantic and whimsical to dark and eerie. It was so much fun.

One of our days was spent on Tybee Island, a warm weather beach destination for people in the area. If I go to Savannah again I will definitely rent Kayaks and explore Tybee on the water. There were several places to rent boats but we didn't get around to it.

Savannah is home to the second largest St Patrick's Day celebration in the country. None of us were aware of this when we planned the trip but it ended up being a fun unexpected addition to our trip. The fountains were flowing green water, residents had flags and decorations up, and River Street and downtown were filled to the brim with dancing, drinking, laughing and celebrating people all day and night. People watching was most definitely at its prime for our visit. I didn't bring my camera with me on this day so you'll have to use your imaginations... or Google it, there are lots of pictures of this crazy celebration online.
Like I said before, the architecture was amazing. Carriage houses, cottages and row homes were nestled together and framed by enormous trees and the streets were lined by beautiful street lights, some even oil lit.

There were so many streets I didn't get a chance to walk and food I didn't have room to eat... I can't wait to go back! Savannah required at least a couple more days to fit everything in.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Hill Style- Aviva


This week's Hill Style Feature! Go on over to CHS Blog to check out my photos of Aviva in all of her adorableness. I've been on the lookout for a good pair of red wool tights since taking these pictures...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Da & MIna



Da & Mina- 1st & Pine downtown Seattle

The long skirt! I am loving this trend. Its a little tricky to pull off in a flattering way but with the right proportions it looks so romantic and I like it because it also reduces the likelyhood of those pesky moments when your skirt flips up in the wind. Great bonus...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Homemade Ice Cream



My friend Janelle is currently letting me borrow her old school Donvier hand crank ice cream maker and let's just say that The Don and I are certainly taking advantage of having it around. We decided to start with coconut milk ice cream rather than your traditional variety. It turned out so well that we haven't strayed from using coconut milk yet. The picture above is our favorite concoction so far; Nutella Chocolate Chunk.

1 can light coconut milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Nutella (we microwaved ours in a glass bowl briefly so that it could be drizzled it into the coconut milk)
1/2 cup chocolate chunks/chips

In a large bowl empty the can of coconut milk and add in the sugar and vanilla extract. Once these are mixed add the softened Nutella and chocolate pieces. Swirl the Nutella and chocolate in with a few swipes of a spatula (don't mix too much or the Nutella will blend in completely). Let sit for a moment if you heated up the Nutella so that the warmth doesn't hinder the ice cream maker's ability to freeze the ingredients. Add the mixture to the ice cream maker and stir according to your ice cream maker's directions.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Marina




Marina- Across from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle

I check in on Garance Dore every couple days and recently she has been posting with photos from the runway. The same day that Garance posted about the Chanel show I came across Marina while I was running an errand downtown. Check out Garance's coverage from the show and you will see why Marina's look caught my attention on that day.

This haircut is so fun but could be pulled off by very few. I most certainly am not one of those select ladies but Marina most certainly is. What a stunning girl...

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sierra


Sierra- Fremont underground market

Whenever I throw on a scarf or a high collared coat I always automatically pull my hair out so that it isn't tucked underneath. The shooting of these photos began my new plan not to do that in an effort to come close to looking this adorable...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jen & Jaz

Jen & Jaz- In front of the Baltic Room on Pine & Melrose.

I do believe that Jaz is single handedly bringing back the leg warmer in a great way. I love how she styled them in this outfit. This could be a very unbecoming accessory if done wrong but this photo is a wonderful reminder that it is possible to look like a well dressed dancer on the way home from practice if the leg warmers are worn in the right proportion with the other items in your outfit. It's never easy to pull off an accessory that increases the size of the thinnest part of your leg. I am newly inspired to give them a try.

What a sweet duo.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Maren & Katelyn



Maren & Katelyn- Ballard Sunday Farmers Market

Between the wrap coat and that totally perfect denim jacket these two set off my well-done layering radar from about 5 booths down. It's that time of year again. The time when we get days during which a few layers make for just the right amount of warmth to be out and about in.

These are the sort of outfits that when I am looking at the photos later I realize how many interesting details I didn't see in person. And they are even wearing my favorite accessory... Fresh farm produce.


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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hill Style- Erin


My Hill Style photo this week at CHS has all sorts of great little details... Erin's capecoat, her short boots, an adorable vintage dress. Check it out here.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Davy



Davy- 5th & Pike downtown
First Jim now Davy... these gorgeous men's wool coats are out in full force this season. I love all the details on this one.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rabia & Lauren


I found Rabia and Lauren in front of Bauhaus on my way downtown a few days ago. Seeing them in their colorful bohemian layers made me feel like I was watching a moment in time from the 70's. Clothes have always been so telling of the times but we live in an interesting place now where inspiration is taken from all the eras that came before us. We have such incredible access to vintage clothing with sites like Etsy and Ebay and in Seattle we are also lucky to have endless access to great second hand/vintage stores. I feel really lucky when I get ready in the morning and find myself pairing a vintage sweater from the 50's, shoes from last year and Levis that I plucked from a box of my dads old clothes when I was in high school. It all somehow comes together to make "my style".
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