Last year, I visited the Mediterranean for the first time in my life. I’m not an experienced world traveler, but I’ve seen a few bodies of water in my lifetime and there is nothing like “Mediterranean blue.” Depending on what part of the sea you’re in, the water moves from a deep, bright, royal blue [...]
Since I was a child and started packing up my side of the backseat in my parents’ car for roadtrips, I knew that I loved traveling. It is exciting to go to a place in the world and finding myself somewhere that I never knew existed – a Hungarian citadel on a hill, a [...]
Over the weekend, Phil and I spent some time with my folks on Amelia Island, Florida. We had a much needed break from the Seattle rain hanging out with my parents, relaxing on the beach, and eating great food. What could be better than mom’s cooking, bottomless sweet tea, and east coast seafood?
I have yet to publish The List 2013. It almost feels silly doing it since it’s almost May but I have a friend that reads this blog who told me a few weeks ago that she’s waited for that post for a couple of months now. Soon, dear friends. Soon.
I can tell you that one [...]
It’s been a while. There’s really no other way to start this post other than to acknowledge it and move on gracefully from there.
I travel a bit more with work these days and have started a little tradition of trying to visit at least one local business before I leave town. My days are [...]
Ten years ago I spent 6 months in Eastern Europe doing humanitarian/mission work with an organization. While I was there, I picked up a few souvenirs and brought them back to Georgia with me. Many of them have long been broken, used, or thrown away. But a few have remained with me over the years.
My kitchen table is a constant source of design frustration for me. I purchased it for $5 off of Craislist, slathered on a couple of coats of “New Penny” orange paint and first used it as a desk a few years back in grad school. I was so proud of it and thought I’d finally [...]
Three years ago on New Years Eve, I adopted Stells from the Bellevue Humane Society. Today is her birthday and I’m so grateful to have this little fur ball in my life. Sometimes I get a little frustrated with how needy she can be – she’s a vocal cat and requires a lot more attention [...]
I have a slightly embarassing confession.
When I go home to visit my parents in Georgia, I walk around their house from room to room looking around and asking my mom if I can have various things in her house. What kinds of things, you might wonder? Rugs, frames, plates, pictures, paintings, and vases, to [...]
I hope you and yours had a wonderful New Year’s last night. Phil and I stayed in, cooked dinner, and watched a movie — our second year in a row doing this. Midnight came around, we clinked our glasses of Prosecco, and then it was bed time.
I think we might have a tradition.
Mirror or frame to be painted (I purchased mine from Goodwill for $9.99 minus 20%) Blue painter’s tape Gold paint (I used Deco Art Dazzling Metallics in Glorious Gold) Sponge brush Sandpaper (if it needs to be prepped) Time for multiple coats
Step 1: Sand down the edges if it’s already painted [...]
Sometimes my job takes me to some really fun places.
A few months ago I was asked by a director in one of our east coast firms if I would plan an overnight event for his office for the holidays. I said yes, not knowing that it would lead to a weekend away in New [...]
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved to stock up on things…face wash…quarters…socks. So, it seemed quite apropos that I would get on a kick in the kitchen where I make a batch of something and then freeze it for later to stock up for future dinners.
Enter Ghiradelli’s chocolate chip cookies. [...]
When I went to visit my little brother and his girlfriend in DC, they took me to my first speakeasy in the city: The Gibson. Little did we know that this visit would start a trend for my drink orders from this day forward.
I’ve never been a heavy drinker, but I enjoy a [...]
A couple of weeks ago (literally the weekend before Sandy hit the East Coast), I flew to DC to see my little brother and his girlfriend for a couple of days. I made it out of town on one of the last flights at BWI and was sad to hear about all the damage that [...]
I have created the loveliest hostess gifts in the last couple of weeks.
To be fair, it’s not a project I came up with solely on my own. Terrariums are kind of a thing right now so if you’ve paid attention to the style blogs lately, I’m not doing anything that the big girls haven’t [...]
There is a point in every woman’s life when she must grapple with the fact that she no longer has the body of her twenties. With love and grace she must gently admit that buying her favorite skinny jeans in the next size up is the kind thing to do for her abdominal circulation and [...]
For every one picture I show of Stella on the internet, there are 30 more in the “trash bin” of my laptop. Pets, children, and my boyfriend do not understand the importance of sitting still for a photograph. All three are cute, regardless.
On Saturday morning, my boyfriend and I both decided that instead of running errands, we were going to lay on the couch, order Chinese takeout, and watch Clue, the movie. It was heavenly. I ended my day with a massage, watched the Huskies get pumleed by Arizona and was asleep by 10:00. I firmly believe you [...]
This weekend, fall fell.
The anticipation of fall has been an interesting experience for me this year. When the sun continued to shine well past our coveted month of summer and into September, I almost couldn’t speak of fall for fear that I’d jinx it for the entire city. And then, like that, [...]
My sweet momma from Georgia flew to Seattle a few weeks ago to visit me and it was the best girl’s weekend we’ve had in years. She met Stella. We saw King Tut. She watched me stiff arm a linebacker in a flag football game. She cooked my favorite meal and made a double batch [...]
I found this gorgeous vase at ABC Home and Carpet two weeks ago in New York. At the request of a friend, who coincidently shares the same name as me, I visited the store and fell in love with everything in it. My eyes were set on a new leather purse [...]
A few weeks ago, I was in Whistler (Canada for my east coast readers) for a work event. We took over one of the resorts and the team I work with executed one of our most flawless events to date. A few photos from the great weekend.
Here are a few of my favorites from my visit to MOMA on Sunday that will inevitably end up as the wallpaper on my iPhone at some point. If I hadn’t been in such a hurry, I would have taken pictures of the summaries for each piece to identify each artist’s work. I know [...]
I’ve fallen for another city. It feels so cliche to say it…but I loved New York City. This past weekend was my first real visit to the city. I went in fifth grade with my classmates on a school trip to Philadelphia and NYC — we drove through the city, took a boat to the [...]
Three and a half weeks ago I walked into Spencer and Graham’s rooms for the last time, leaned over their beds, gave them my last good night hug, and told them good bye. As I tucked them in, I told them:
Mommy loves you. Daddy loves you. Your brother loves you. And, I love you.
People often ask me if Georgia peaches are actually better than any other peach in the country. I look at them, flash my prettiest southern belle smile and tell them as bluntly as a Yankee, “Yes.” No other explanation is needed, in my opinion, and I can’t help but feel indignant that such a question [...]
A few weeks ago, I visited the Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island and enjoyed dinner at the inn’s restaurant. It was a multi-course meal: starter, bread, shellfish, seafood, chicken, beef, a fruit dessert, and a chocolate dessert. The dishes were just the right portions to give you a quick taste of the dish but [...]
As I thought about gifts to give my beau for our one year anniversary, I started brainstorming if there was a way to print out my favorite instagram photos from my iPhone.
I realized that though I wasn’t a frequent user of instagram in the last year, most of my [...]
Five years ago today, I drove into Seattle with all of my belongings crammed into a 2006 Honda Civic. I checked into my hotel, drove to sign a lease, and started unpacking my belongings, one by one, into my new apartment with my dad. My window looked over the garbage cans and the carpet looked [...]
In a month or so, my mom is coming to visit me in Seattle. I took a look around my apartment and realized I need to do some tidying up. Here’s what’s on the list.
Linen curtains for the living room
If you notice, I have curtains on one side of my apartment, [...]
A couple of weekends ago, two of my girlfriends and I met in Denver for a girls weekend away. Over the past several years we have traveled to Phoenix, Vegas, Charleston, Atlanta, Clinton (Iowa), Destin (Florida), and St. Simon’s Island (Georgia). Who knows where (or when) we’ll see each other next but when the time comes, [...]
Stella has this habit of sitting on my bed and meowing loudly until I open the blinds of the window next to me. Most mornings I try to ignore her so that I’m not reinforcing bad behavior. She usually wins.
Earlier this month, I returned home to Seattle from a vacation with my boyfriend after a week of sailing in the Dodecanese Islands in Greece. It has been a dream of mine for years to do this, and to be honest, it seemed like such a far fetched idea for me to ever do so. [...]
By far one of my top three favorite meals in Seattle is the 8 oz Mishima Ranch Wagyu Sirloin at Smash Wine Bar in Wallingford. Anytime I make plans to go to this restaurant, my mouth waters the entire day at the thought of letting this delicious steak melt in my mouth. Last week I [...]
Last Friday night I cooked dinner for two and decided to pull out some table linens for the meal. My cousin Stacy gave them to me years ago and this was the first time I actually used the table cloth. I loved the scene and quickly snapped a photograph of it while making my mom’s [...]
Last week I returned from a relaxing week of vacation. It’s official and I can attest: There is nothing in the world more relaxing than spending a week on a sailboat in the middle of one of the most gorgeous bodies of water, the Mediterranean Sea. Pictures to come, but before I share the full [...]