STG Presents; Dirty Dancing at the Paramount

Work has been so unbelievable busy lately and even though I text my friends pretty much daily it’s not the same as chatting over cocktails or drinking wine at a slumber party (Yes I know alcohol is the basis of all my gatherings).

Dirty Dancing Seattle

So the girls and I heard that Dirty Dancing was hitting Seattle and we were sold! Personally, I’m a huge fan of dancing. A little cha cha can go a long way if you’re having a bad day.

Seattle Paramount Theatre

We hit Blue Acre first for some delicious seafood and then took to the pavement ready to get our swagger on. Out of the group, I’m the only one who has had the pleasure of going to the Paramount Theatre before. It’s so beautiful on the inside with all the chandeliers and ceiling mouldings. Another plus is the staff, they’re always accommodating and pleasant.

Paramount Theatre Seattle

We arrived right when the lights were dimming so we quickly scurried to our seats for the first scene, an introduction to the summer of 1963 and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ filling the theatre. We weren’t allowed to take photos or video but that’s perfectly fine because I was way too busy swooning over the Patrick Swayze look-a-like and his gyrating hips. I haven’t heard so many ladies hoot and holler since I saw Magic Mike at the movies. Honestly, these ladies were in the mood for some steamy high school slow dancing action!

Seattle Girls heading to Broadway

The actors were great and I was in awe of the singing abilities of the whole cast. Seriously amazing! It was a great cheerful atmosphere and definitely what was needed after a long hard week.

Dirty Dancing in Seattle We ended the evening at Olive 8, which is the bar within the Hyatt Hotel. Everyone ordered a glass of bubbly and we cheered to our refreshing evening of no stress. After having conversations about our grown up lives the low of the evening started to settle in around 10. I know an inconceivably late hour but with the next work week looming closer we all wanted a good nights sleep ASAP!

Olive 8 Seattle

So until the next outing I say goodnight!

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Superbowl 49 Reflection

Like most of you living in Seattle I was damn sure that the Seahawks were going to bring home another trophy. But, alas, they were defeated by the Patriots.

Seahawks Superbowl Game

I watched the game with a group of amazing people at Sport Restaurant and Bar next to the Space Needle. There were highs and lows throughout the entire game, not to mention the sporadic showering of Skittles. Even though the Seahawks didn’t win they performed incredibly well and demonstrated great sportsmanship. From Pete’s comments and the players shaking the hands of the competitors, the Seahawks proved they were a team with class. They are true role models!

Sherman shakes Brady's Hand

Even with the poor play that ultimately lost the Hawks their game, as I walked down 1st Avenue I could still hear everyone chanting SEAHAWKS! They had played well throughout the whole season and the 12th Man are still in awe of them.

As I reflect on the past year that I’ve been in Seattle I’ve loved the community that I’ve become involved in. The Seahawks are definitely part of that experience and I couldn’t be more proud of them!

12th Man Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks!

Unless you’ve been out of the country then you must of heard the news that the Seahawks are going to the Superbowl for the second time in a row! Seattle is buzzing with excitement and I’m so happy to be living within it.

To celebrate this monstrous occasion I’ve decided to blog about how Seattle businesses are getting involved.

Firstly, and probably the best, KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn is offering a free bag of their #BeastCorn if you go into any of their Seattle stores dressed in your Seahawks gear. This stuff is delicious and the promo is only on today and next Friday so grab some before it all disappears.

Beast Corn from KuKuRuZa

Papa John’s is the official pizza of the NFL so of course they’re making some noise with their 50% off total pizza purchase! That’s insane!

Papa John's Seahawks Promotion

There has also been a huge increase in charitable donations as a result of the Seahawks winning. One the best ones I’ve seen is with Russell Investments. Every time Russell Wilson runs or passes the ball in for a touchdown this great company will donate $3000 to charity. Awesome!

Russell Investments Seahawks Charity

If you’re lucky enough to be going to the Superbowl game in Arizona then check out PrimeSport who are offering VIP and exclusive packages for Seahawk fans. If you’re going to go big then this company can make it the best experience for you.

Prime Sport and Seahawks Packages

Of course Starbucks is getting involved! If you visit a selected Starbucks you can have exclusive content including photo and video messages sent directly to your phone from the Seahawks Mobile App which they call the ‘Legion of Brew’. Throughout the past two years Starbucks and Seattle coffee lovers have raised $100,000 for the ‘A Better Seattle’ initiative. Now that’s something to celebrate!

Starbuck Legion of Brew

Come on Seahawks bring home another trophy so Seattle can beat last year’s 700,000 attendees to last year’s street party!

Boeing’s Museum of Flight

For my 24th birthday I decided to have a low key day with the family at one of my favorite places, the Museum of Flight. The Boeing plant in Seattle and Everett are just amazing and definitely one of the places that inspired me to start flying.

Museum of Flight Boeing

If you plan on visiting the area clear your whole schedule cause there’s a LOT to do. There’s planes and prototypes from when flight was first imagined, a Boeing 747, and you can even tour the Air Force One during Eisenhower’s presidency. There’s simulators, #-D cinema, and tours.

Museum of Flight planesAmor Without Couture BirthdayMuseum of Flight airplanes

Boeing field is also a public airport so at their cafe you can sit outside and watch planes, jets, and Cessnas take-off and land. The whole family enjoyed it, especially my grandfather who is a fanatic.

Boeing field Boeing field planes

There’s also quite a few events going on at this place so make sure you check out their website to see when you want to go.

The museum is located just outside of Seattle so you don’t really have to worry about traffic either and theres tons of parking.

The ‘Big Stud’ airplane was quite a favorite among the men in my family.

Dad Boeing fieldGrandpa Museum of Flight

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

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

Jumping in El Chorro

El Chorro I have finally defeated you! It took me two trips and a lot of courage building but I finally jumped off a cliff.

I jumped in El Chorro

Ok so the cliff could be described as more of a ledge but I feel like the accomplishment is much bigger. So cliff seems like a much better word in this context 😀

El Chorro is known to be one of the best places for rock climbing. Its vast rock faces offers something for all abilities and when you get a little too hot you can just jump into the beautiful cool water.

Swimming in El Chorro, Spain

El Chorro landscape in SpainEl ChorroThe Gorge in El Chorro, SpainThe lakes in El Chorro

My life in Marbella

I  lived in Marbella, Spain from August 2011 until September 2012 and it was the best time of my life. I worked for the most amazing employers at Manifesto Design and yes I did get to party rather extensively.

I have the fondest memories of walking along the boardwalk in the sun with my gaggle of girls, deciding upon where we will enjoy tapas and euro beers. I’m a girl who enjoys simple pleasures.

Travelling and exploring a new culture is an experience I feel lucky to have had. The parties were pretty damn awesome as well 😀

This is also the place where Joanna and I became the best of friends, I had an Italian romance, gained valuable knowledge in the Marketing and PR industry, and grew up. So Marbella has a soft spot with me.

Here are some pictures that will hopefully encapsulate my time in the crazy city of Marbella.

This was one of our first nights out in a local bar in Fuengirola with some friends.

One of our first nights out in Spain

One of my first press invites to a Marbella party that was so cool.

First PR appearance in Marbella

Art Gallery opening

Nightclub Opening in Marbella

Enjoying the night in Marbella

Eating a nice Mexican

Night out in Puento Banus

Drinks with the girls in Marbella

Birthday Dinner in Puerto BanusNew Year's Eve in MarbellaNight out in MarbellaMarbella Art FestivalNight time dipAnother party in MarbellaSan Juan in MarbellaDinner for San JuanEnjoying some supper for San Juan Marbella

On our last day in Marbella I decided I wanted to get my ear pierced.

Where to pierce my ear before leaving Marbella

 

Roaming in Ronda

Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain and dates back to the Neolithic age. Pileta’s Cave has one of the best cave paintings of that era in Andalusia. Whilst the ‘New Bridge’ and the bullring of the Royal Calvary Order of Ronda are the symbol and soul of this great city.

There is so much history and culture surrounding this city but the real reason when went on a road trip to Ronda was for the puenting. Puenting is the like bungee jumping. You jump off a bridge and savour the free fall experience. I’ll be the first to admit that I was too chicken to try this out myself, which I kind of regret to this day. It looks awesome!!

Practising the jump for puenting

Getting ready for the puenting

Finally they jumped

After the jumps photo

You can see the video of their ‘last words’ on my friend Anna’s blog.

Now back to the historical part of our visit. We did a lot of eating and walking. The best feature, in my opinion, was the Puente Nuevo (The New Bridge). Towering 120ft above the canyon floor, this bridge offers the best viewpoint for viewing the vast of Ronda. We unfortunately didn’t get enough time to do everything we wanted to do, but it was still a great experience.

Anna and I in Ronda

Ronda is a place for romance

The New Bridge, Ronda Spain

La Ciudad Ronda, EspanaLa Ciudad Ronda, Espana