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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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!

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

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!

 

Starting to Settle

The year 2013 was full of accomplishments, I graduated from university, moved to Denver and then to Seattle, and finally I decided to change careers. After always believing that my career was going to be in fashion it’s definitely been a whirlwind few months with deciding where my goals are heading.  This last three months have seemed like forever (I mean foreverrrrrr) but I can finally say that I’m happy to have finally found my feet again at an airline company.

I’m sure every recent graduate has gone through the process of trying to figure out what they want to do with their life. The advice that I kept hearing from the elders around me was PATIENCE. For those who know me I have only the smallest ounce of patience, so this was a hurdle that proved difficult. My family helped me through those days that seemed endless.

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So I discovered a way to keep myself patient, focused, and as far away from boredom as possible. I wrote down all the professions that I was interested in, even if they were eccentric. Then I found ways to gain a real life snippet of what it would be like to work in that area.

I took pilot lessons (look out for that blog post), went to a Peace Corp presentation, spoke with insurance agents, got involved with The Mountaineers (where I ate a mill worm, got to admit not that bad), and even went to the local college to see about taking an engineering class. The one thing that I found out is that you cannot find out what you want by typing on the computer. Yes I got funny looks but I also gained great connections and friends.

I can say that my friends follow that same mentality and we’ve all been able to succeed goals. Anna is moving to Canada this year and Becca landed herself an amazing job. We’re all very excited for 2014!

Anna, Becca, and I

After living in England, Spain, and Denver I’m happy to start building a life and career in Seattle.