Valentine’s Day in Seattle 2015

Valentine's Ideas

So for all of you people who’ve been trying to discuss your Valentine’s plans with me here is a list compiled for you.

Underground Tour – Wine and Bourbon Tasting Event

Underground Tour Seattle

Northwest Symphony Orchestra – Valentine’s Concert full of love stories greatest music 

Explore Local Art – Ballard Art Walk & Central District Art Walk

The Triple Door – J’Adore Burlesque Show

Green Lake Park – Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash

My personal favorite – Cupid’s Undie Run

Dinner & Movie – Jason Aldous is hosting a pop-up restaurant & 50 Shades of Grey duh!

Tacoma Comedy Club – Comedy Benefit for the Autism Society of Washington

Seductive – Valentine’s Day Cooking Class & Dinner at Pike Place Market

Or, if you want to get creative….

Note Wrapped Flowers

Flowers and Notes

12 Months of Pre-Planned Dates

Valentine's Day Idea

A Cuddle Kit (can be personalized)

Valentine's Cuddle Kit

Love is Art Kit

Love is Art

Sexy Jenga

Sexy Jenga

Slutty Brownie Sundae – my favorite desert

The Londoner Slutty Brownie Sundae

 

 

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Seattle Rocks the Runway

I was kindly invited to the fall runway show in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre. Upon arriving to the venue you can really see why it was chosen. The mouldings around the ceiling and vast ceilings was the perfect environment for a fashion show.

After sipping on some red wine and mingling we were called to our seats and Seattle Rocks the Runway began.

Rather than one designer showing off their collection we were treated to a collaboration of stores coming together to show off their new clothes for the fall season. The stores that joined us for the evening were; Nordstrom, Columbia Sportswear, Butch Blum, Eileen Fisher, Sandylew, Oska, Finerie+CoLab, Club Monaco, True Religion, and Suit Supply. My favorite runway looks was the men’s suits. I love a man in some tweed. I’m familiar with most of the brands but was pleased to be introduced to some new ones that I fell in love with.

I wore a DVF dress and decided to take on the trend of wearing my blazer as a cape. Perfect for those nights that are a little chilly.

I made quite a few friends, one is a great blogger called AikA and you can follow here blog here. We had a lot of fun talking about upcoming trends and reading through the great Seattle Met Magazine.

Enjoy the photos!

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Seattle Underground Comedy

Seattle Underground ComedyI’m a huge fan of comedy shows. I actually think that might be an understatement… ok so I LOVE comedy shows. Stand-up to be precise.

As you can see from my demographically scattered blog I’ve visited a few places and comedy shows are always something I try to visit in every country. Seattle is no different. I surfed the web and found this great place called Comedy Underground which had rave reviews.

Seattle Comedy Bundt Cake

My work shift is crazy at the minute so decided I needed a laugh. The best thing about this place is that they’re open 7 days a week! So I decided to go to their Bundt Cake show last night and I was very delighted with the cramping from laughter. The comedians were; Brett Hamil, Geoff Keith, Carl Powers, Jimmy Milts, Brian Moote, Sadie Blake, Albert Kirchner, Taylor Clark, and Jeremy Whitman.

Brett Hamil Seattle Comedian

All of the comedians had their own style and stories which were all brilliantly executed. It was a perfect date night idea and something to break up that mid week routine. Everyone should really give it a try!

I’m sorry for the lack of photographs, my phone ran out of battery from all of the sunny day pictures I was taking.

 

 

DVF x Bellevue

Sorry for not posting in a few days, been under the weather recently after getting my wisdom tooth removed. Ouch!

DVF store opening

I was fortunate to be invited to the Diane von Furstenberg store opening in Bellevue on the 29th of June.

I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to spend any time with my mum and grandma, so I decided it would be a nice treat to them to a lovely night out. The moment we walked in we were greeted with champagne, yummy cocktails, and hor d’oeuvres. The shop was impeccably decorated and the ladies who greeted us were very stylish in their wrap dresses.

 Diane von Fursenerg store Bellevue

Amor Without Couture at Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg Seattle

I’ve always been fascinated with Diane von Furstenberg, she’s been a strong woman with a longevity in the fashion industry that can only be described as mind blowing. She is known for creating the wrap dress, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and empowering women to be successful whilst feeling confident. If you want to know more about this wonderful lady then you should really read her biography. It’s a perfect bath tub read.

Fellow blogger Cassandra Laville was helping host the party and I love her blog. When I first moved to Seattle I scoured the internet for bloggers who knew their way around Seattle and I was obsessed with Coco and Kelley. Elle magazine was also helping throw the extravaganza and like great hosts they gave us little goody bags. There was also a photobooth with lots of fun props that allowed us to be silly, took me straight back to the 90s.

photobooth fun at DVF

Trying on our Diane von Furstenberg dresses in Seattle

We had a fantastic time and I even purchased my first DVF dress!! Look at all the colors and patterns, can be styled so many ways. It’s perfect for the office and then out for cocktails with the ladies, which is perfect with my hectic schedule. My mother got two dresses which she adores and my grandmother could not stop giggling…maybe from the 3 glasses of champagne.

Welcome to Seattle Diane von Furstenberg, we’re so happy you’ve joined us!

 

Chihuly Garden and Glass

It was a great day in Seattle, the sun was shining and I was excited to wear my new Zara skirt. Although I was ready for my dinner and drinks with a crop top and bright pink pencil skirt, I had to obtain a more demure and cultured look for the Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Chihuly Garden and Glass Dale Chihuly grew up locally in Tacoma and is an unbelievably talented glass blower. You can see his designs in places such as Paris, Colorado, Chicago, London, Venice, Ireland, and Mexico.

He’s famous for mixing his new collections with the environment around him so that they look natural.

Chihuly Glass Features in Garden

Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass

This is one of my favorite pieces because it reflects its neighbor the Space Needle. Can you believe this is all glass!

Chihuly Reflection Ball

Even when you go indoors you’re surrounded by color and great displays of art.

Chihuly Art Museum

Artwork by Dale ChihulyRoom at Chihuly Garden and Glass

The room above is available to rent out for parties, wedding receptions, and business functions. Isn’t it a great setting!

When the room was built, Dale Chihuly signed one of the far walls.

Dale Chihuly autograph

Feasting on the Seaside

It’s my dad’s birthday week so even though we all have hectic schedules we managed to gather together for some dinner at The Crab Pot.

First we took a short stroll through the market. Pike Place Market is an open air market and known for its amazing array of fresh seafood, colorful fruits and vegetables, and reasonable priced bouquets of flowers. If you ever get the chance you should definitely check out the Pike Place Fish Market. Their famous for their fish throwing and employees who have huge amounts of character.

Pike Place Fish Market, Seattle

Pike Place Market Store Front

Now back to the birthday party. The Crab Pot is along the seafront and in a historic building with wooden floors and a ferris wheel right next door. The best thing about this place is that it’s pretty essential that you eat with your hands. No problem there! You order what seafood platter you want and they literally throw a bucket of seafood onto the table for you to start gnawing and cracking at.

The Crab Pot SeattleSo we grabbed our bibs and feasted on snow crab, oysters, mussels, shrimp, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. We washed it all down with a pitcher of beer and enjoyed a large mud pie and cheesecake to satisfy our sweet tooth. And playing with your food is encouraged upon.

Playing with our food at The Crab PotYou can really see what it’s like from their feature on the Man vs. Food show.

It was safe to say that everyone had a pretty amazing time! Happy 48th Birthday Dad!

 

A Palace in Granada

Granada is home to one of the most extensive palaces and fortresses I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The mouldings and tiles are beautifully intricate in design, in addition to the spacious gardens that were blooming with flowers.

La Alhambra, Granada, SpainAlhambra wall mouldingsLa Alhambra wall paintingsIntricate details of AlhambraEvidence of the Arabic past in Granada, SpainGardens in La AlhambraGardens in the Palace at Granada

Nowadays Alhambra, the name of the area, is a tourist attraction but it once stood as a fortress. It was created initially for military purposes which included a medina (city), alcazar (palace), and an alcazaba (fortress).

Alhambra derives from the Arabic language meaning “crimson castle”. You can see from some pictures of the palace that when the torches are lit upon the palace it gives off a reddish colour. If you look at some of the pictures you can see evidence of the Arabic language in the design and mouldings.

Alhambra, Granada, SpainAlhambra buildings Alhambra fortressGiant door in Alhambra

It took a long arduous uphill walk to get there so we naturally stopped several times along the way for breaks and popsicles. Once you get to the top though the views are sparse and spectacular.

Walking in Granada, SpainJoanna stopped for a walk in the streamAlhambra from a distant Views from AlhambraAlhambra Granada Spain

Phobia of Fish Discovered in Istan

On June 3rd, 2012 I went fishing and kayaking in Istan with my friend Joanna and her parents. The scenery was so beautiful and the best part was that we were the only people, except for a few annoying teenagers, within the whole reservoir.

Joanna and I were a little hungover after hitting one of our favourite bars, Room 101, for some Caipirinhas so we enjoyed paddling in the kayak.

Chilling in the kayak in Istan

Our guide, Captain Amer, showed us how to fish for bass which is actually hard! We brought a feast of cheese, meat, and fruit, giving us a reason to stop for lunch three times. The scenery was beautiful with mountains surrounding us and crystal blue skies, it’s a must if you get the chance to visit Marbella.

Although the girls unfortunately did not catch any fish, Joanna’s dad was like a fish whisperer and caught five.

I will admit that I think I have created an irrational fear to fish. I never want to be the prissy girl but every time the fish was near me I would squeal in such a high pitch that only dogs could hear. This only got worse when it came to killing and gutting the fish, which left me agape. This also made me wonder…..for times like these a boyfriend would come in pretty useful (All macho men may apply :-D) We were also allowed to bring our catch home for dinner, YUM!

Fishing in Istan, SpainIstan, SpainConquering the kayak in Istan

Denver, Colorado

When I landed my internship in Denver I was so excited that I went straight to the computer to look up all there is to know about this great city. After living in England for so many years I craved SUNSHINE and Denver gets over 300 days of it, which is better than Miami.

So I quickly wrote out a Denver Bucket List which included going to the Rocky Mountains, enjoying the best restaurants (of course), and visiting the capital.

I was a little naughty and didn’t bring my camera every where I went whilst exploring Denver. I did collect some of my favourite photos though and they bring back some great memories 😀

My first high was when I went to Blackhawk and did a little gambling. I managed to change my $10 into $100!!!

Blackhawk Casino, Colorado

Went to a Denver Nuggets game. I know the name of the team is a little quirky but they were quite good 🙂

Denver Nuggets Game

My friend Coral and I at the basketball game

I took advantage of having a 3 course dinner on an old fashioned train called the Georgetown Loop Railroad. We decided to go on a evening ride which meant we didn’t get to see the views as much, so I would suggest you do a day ride if you get the chance to go.
Georgetown Loop Railroad

Georgetown Loop Railroad views

Going to the Denver Zoo was amazing! It makes you feel like a kid again with all the amazing animals. Here’s Dory!!

Finding Nemo at the Denver Zoo

New Elephant exhibit at the Denver Zoo

A little bleary brown bear.The brown bears at the Denver Zoo

Of course I went to visit the beautiful Colorado State Capital in Denver. The dome was covered and getting a little spring cleaning when we went to visit it so I’ve included a picture from the website so you can see the building in all its glory. Tours are frequent and free of charge so give it a go.Colorado State Capital in Denver

Colorado State Capital

Inside the Colorado State Capital Building

The inside of the dome at the Colorado State Capital

Beautiful interior of the Denver State Capital

Picture of myself on the stair stating 1 mile above sea level. The sun is directly in my eyes so please excuse the scrunched up face.Myself on the State Capital stairs

Of course I had to go see a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which is a natural open-air and geologically formed amphitheatre. There’s nothing like it anywhere in the world and the acoustics are suppose to be the best for live concerts. You might remember that Mumford and Sons recorded their first film “The Road to Red Rocks” here. So I went to see the way too under appreciated Counting Crows who were INCREDIBLE!!

My pictures are a little blurry because of the night time light so I included a picture from the Red Rocks website so you can see what it looks like. Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Counting Crows concert

Red Rocks Concert

Finally, we went to visit some restaurants which had some tasty foods but I must say it was the taco places that really exploded my taste buds.

Tacos in Denver

I visited other places like the Rocky Mountains and Breckenridge which you can see in my other blog posts.

The Seahawks have flown home!

The 5th of February 2014 was a great day to be in Seattle! The Seattle Seahawks won the Superbowl 48 and were greeted to 750,000 fans who lined the streets (and even scaled the buildings) to cheer on the team.

Even though it took us nearly an hour to board the Sounder train, where we were then crushed like sardines. But, there was chanting and high spirits throughout the train which made the journey a great prelude to what was next to come. The photo below was indeed photo bombed haha

Trying to board the Sounder train for Seahawks Parade

So I arrived in Seattle with my two lovely ladies, the sun beamed on our faces and people were already lining the streets….and drinking. I was very much looking forward to a breakfast burrito not increasing my alcohol content at 10:00am 🙂

As time quickly ran on we decided to brace the cold weather and get a good spot on 2nd Avenue. The atmosphere was so incredible. Century Link field was already to its maximum capacity for the Award Ceremony and with 750,000 in Seattle the noise the ricocheted off the skyscrapers.

Seattle Seahawks Victory Parade

So when the football players made their way towards us in the Duck Trucks you can imagine the volume of the “12th man”! It was intoxicating and I liked it 😀 One of the best parts was how nice and respectful everyone was of each other.

Seahawk Victory Parade and the 12th Man

Unfortunately my videos will not upload but I got some great photos off of the Seahawks website which also has some amazing videos taken by the players.

Lynch in Beast Mode with his Skittles

Seahawk linebackers enjoying the Victory Parade in Seattle

Lombardi trophy

Seahawk Award Ceremony in Seattle

Great Superbowl Celebration