Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Panvaree Khao Sok, Thailand

Two nights ago we stayed at the Panvaree Resort raft houses in Khao Suk and it is deserving of a post all it's own. 

The floating houses, which are surrounded by water on all sides are only accessible by a 30 minute longboat ride on the jade colored lake through a rainforest national park so staying at them is just about as peaceful as a vacation can get. 


Our longtail boat driver
The elaborate dinner served family style on the night we arrived
 
My friends mom Valerie enjoying the sunrise.

Thai Jok breakfast spread (congee rice porridge).
 
We spent about 50% of our visit in the perfectly warm lake. 
 
The whole two days felt like a dream. Incredible...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A moment in Thailand


We went to the old downtown district of Chaiya Provence to watch these women make silk fabric on hand looms. Then only ten feet away we bought fabric to bring home. What an incredible experience. 

Katie Thompson | Broadway & Republican



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Two Weeks in Thailand


I'm at the airport and in a couple hours I'll be on my way to Bangkok. I'm spending two weeks exploring south Thailand with friends. I am so excited!  

I figured what would be a more appropriate post for today than a post about packing. I am a carryon only traveler. Ever since buying a Tom Bihn Aeronaut bag I haven't checked one bag. Have you heard of this Seattle based bag maker?? I tell everyone about Tom Bihn. They are located in SODO and they make bags for people who want to travel with durable, simple and carry-on friendly luggage. This is a total Mary Poppins bag. As you can see I fit a massive amount if stuff into all the compartment and I even have room to spare for anything I buy during the trip:
- Seven days worth of breathable linen and cotton clothing that I will have laundered once mid trip
-  pair of Chaco sandals
- wide brimmed SPF hat
- small quick drying towel
- SSS bug repellant wipes
- small makeup bag with just tinted SPF moisturizer, eye shadow and waterproof mascara
- clear liquids container from Tom Bihn with sunblock, propolis, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, face cream, Rosebud lip balm, and shampoo and conditioner bought in bulk and out into 2 oz bottles at the co-op.
- Kleenex wipes
- collapsible brush
- eye mask and earplugs for the long flight
- Dramamine for boat rides and small flights in Thailand
- chargers, cords and an Asia outlet adaptor
- 28mm Canon lens to put on my friends Canon body for street style photography at the markets
- business cards AND playing cards
- journal/sketch book and pen and pencil
- made ahead plane snacks (recipes thanks to My New Roots travel posts) and gum
- Passport
- water bottle 
- small drawstring backpack
- 3 Tom Bihn packing cubes. Backpack cube, small cube and large netted cube. All of my clothes are backed in the large square and small packing cube. The backpack cube is for anything I bring back and it will also fit into the bag's main compartment. 
- neck pillow
- airplane outfit and Superga sneaks

I put all my clothes in the main compartment as well as the hat. All body care items and meds go in the right hand side pocket which is up by my head when the bag is on my back. My sandals and neck pillow go in the left hand pocket that is at the bottom of he bag when it is on my back. I clip my water bottle to the bag. My passport, book, magazine, itouch and food all go in the small drawstring bag that I keep with me on the plane and the Aeronaut fits perfectly in the overhead with my body care products facing out in case I need anything during the long flight. 

I can't imagine going back to rolling luggage after this. I've learned to pack less and everything I bring has it's specific purpose. I keep my liquids case full of all the bottles in a drawer in my bathroom so that I just have to grab it out and refil anything running low before a trip. When you stick to a straight forward method and wear versitle clothing packing becomes so much less stressful. 

Well, I'm off!  I have the most recent season of Girls and Godfather I downloaded and ready to watch during the long trek. I hopefully my eye mask and earplugs will treat me right and I'll sleep during he second half of the flight. 

I have several Seattle street style posts scheduled to go up while I'm away but I'll also be posting some pictures of my trip on here and on instagram. 

-Dana 


Kilanelei Tabije | University District



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival


Lived here since 2007... Not sure how it took me so long to go see this.  I only had my phone with me to take photos but these flowers don't need a big fancy camera to look amazing.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Interviewed by Dansko



I took this photo a few months back of Fran Connelly at the Fremont Sunday market wearing a pair of Dansko clog boots and shortly thereafter was contacted by Dansko asking if they could feature the photo as well as a short interview with me on their own blog; Word of Foot. You can read the rest of the interview here.





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Robert Horner & Piper Corbett of Propolis Brewing | Port Townsend Farmers Market



I went to Port Townsend recently for the weekend. I love that town. Their farmers market is amazing. I met Robert and Piper there and got to taste their locally made beer. YUM! You can find out more about Propolis Brewing here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The London Plane



It was long overdue but I spent some time at The London Plane in Pioneer Square last week. So stunning! I could have spent all day eating pastries and drinking wine at a sunny window table. These two were creating beautiful floral arrangements while I was there. I loved their aprons!

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