Southern California in November is a very confusing time. Everyone has unpacked their fall clothes (light scarfs, ankle boots, cardigans) and committed to fall fashion. I appreciate this, as I have a fantastic fall wardrobe. However, 83 degrees calls for cutoffs and swimsuits. I am adjusting, but I got caught riding my bike home one particularly blustery fall evening in my bathing suit and coverup. I looked like an idiot, and suffered mild hypothermia. I will get it one of these days.
November has always been one of my favorite months. Mainly for two reasons: Turkey and men with mustaches. Movember is ingenious. Not only do I appreciate a guy doing something for a good cause, but I love a good mustache. For an entire month men all over the country resemble Ron Swanson a little bit more, and that is a cause I can support. Aside from flirting with men with mustaches and flannels, I have also been busy eating sweet potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potato fries, sweet potato anything. Once Thanksgiving is over, I will get ahold of myself… but in the meantime I have a secret board on Pintrest full of different ways to eat sweet potatoes. This will be my first year not spending Turkey Day with my family. I am sad, but secretly know that they are all a little bit happy there will be extra of G-Ma’s sweet potato pie for them to devour (especially after reading this post).
In other news, it rained in Santa Barbara last night. I was surprised how refreshing it was to hear rain, and how happy I was to snuggle up and watch 15 episodes of Sons of Anarchy. I am sure glad I have been putting off that car wash for 2 months, because the rain did wonders for my little Mazda! Also, I officially have a California State Drivers License. I feel like an official Californian now!
I must admit, I do miss home this time of year. Friendsgivings, fireplaces, opening day, snow. However, I am so happy and lucky to be living here. Off to snuggle in front of the Yule Log on TV. Stache’s & Sweet Potatoes!
I officially have been in Santa Barbara for a week. I can’t believe it took me 25 years to make this move, but better late then never. Although I do miss my family and friends from Seattle, this truly feels like home. I can walk to the beach whenever I want, there is a froyo shop on every corner and I literally get to wear my sunglasses everyday.
I think my favorite part about Santa Barbara is the laid back nature of it. Everyone is genuinely nice and just wants to celebrate and live their lives! It’s right up my alley. There is live music at basically any bar you walk into, and for the most part no dress code or cover. Every bar reminds me of the Wild Buffalo in Bellingham, and I love it.
I can already tell Fall is going to be my favorite season here. Start the morning with a pumpkin spice americano and head to the beach for some reading and writing. It’s everything I dreamt of.
My wardrobe, hair, sunglasses and soul are very happy here. Sunshine & Sparkles ❤
I am a big believer in following your dreams, and never holding back. That being said, I have lived in Washington my whole life. I grew up here, went to school here, and have lived here since I graduated college. My heart has always been in Seattle, but something has always been very appealing about moving down the 101 and chasing the sun.
Well, the time has come. I decided to move to Santa Barbara, California! I quit my job, sold my furniture, and donated half of my closet to Goodwill. I am heading down to the sunshine state with no job and only what will fit in the trunk of my Mazda! I am scared, excited, giddy and overwhelmed.
I will keep everyone updated on my new life in the sunshine state. I will miss Seattle dearly, but so excited for this next adventure. Froyo & Flipflops ❤
Who am I to kid anyone, one of my top 5 favorite things about summer is being able to put on a simple sundress and magically look put together. Don’t get me wrong, I adore fashion, but I love the effortless look of a sundress. One of my favorite websites to buy simple sundresses is Tobi. Everything is super affordable, and new items are always 30% off! Any basically everything on their site comes in mint or teal (my favorite colors), so they have officially stolen my heart.
With summer winding down, I am feeling the sudden urge to adventure and explore in my own city. I look back at my planner and realize I spent very few weekends here in Seattle. In the spirit of spontaneity, a few girlfriends and I decided to hop on the water taxi downtown and spend the day on Alki. I haven’t spent a lot of time on Alki, but I am hooked! The boardwalk, skaters, sand, and amount of ice cream being consumed truly made me feel like I was in a little beach town. It is amazing to me that you can escape the hustle bustle of the city in just 15 minutes and find yourself in a place with a completely different vibe. I don’t know if it was the mimosas on the deck at Christo’s On Alki, or the sunburn I was acquiring, but for the first time in a long time I felt like Seattle was where I wanted to be.
As summer winds down, I am going to enjoy the best that Seattle has to offer. Please let me know of any secret rooftop happy hours that are going on behind my back. Until next time… Salutations, Sunburns & Seahawks.
I think we can all agree, this summer has been phenomenal. With what seems like endless sunny days, I can’t even begin to fathom the idea that summer may actually end. At the beginning of summer I promised myself that I would go on as many adventures as possible, do what I want to do, see what I wanted to see. All in all, I am happy. Countless weekends spent at the Gorge, staying out too late on weeknights for sunset cruises on the lake, and countless evenings on the roof giggling and drinking wine. All in all, I don’t think I can beat this summer. And to top it all off, there is still so much summer to enjoy. Football, bbqs, birthdays, trip planning & many more memories to be made. Time to start planning my next adventure. I am no good at Seattle’s rainy season. Peace, love & popsicle’s.
My favorite time of the year is when I open that new note on my iPhone and make my summertime bucket list! The theme of Summer 2013 is ‘Do more of what makes you happy’ (yes, I theme my summers) and I intend on living this one to the fullest. The Solstice isn’t even until June 21st, but summer mode has already been engaged for me. Here is stage one of the Summer 2013 bucket list:
Road trip to Santa Barbara to see Blythe & stop at 10 of the 425 Wineries along the way. I love Roadtrippers. It lets you plan your road trip and find tons of fun stuff to do along the way!
Run a 5K. This is a rollover from Summer 2012, but this year I am doing it! My room mate & I are running the Sound Orthodontics Alki Beach 5K to benefit women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Go paddle boarding, a lot. This was one of my favorite things to do in Maui, and there is no reason not to do it here!
Learn how to play two songs on the guitar
Go to the Farmers Market. I have a serious obsession with Farmers markets and in the past, I have had to stay away from them due to my acquire a ridiculous amount of homemade soaps and candles. Recovery over, bring it on Ballard Farmers Market.
Go to more shows. Marymoor Park has an unbelievable summer lineup, and its conveniently located right next to my office! Check out their summer schedule here. You will find me dancing in the grass.
Redecorate! As a realistic Seattle resident, I know I am going to have to spend sometime indoors. Time for crafts, shopping and redecorating until 3am!
READ. I am in a downward spiral of reading trashy books, but this summer I am going to get my classics on and read The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson. I downloaded it on my iPad 4 months ago. It’s time.
I think I can tackle that. Stay tuned for phase 2! Sunshine & somersaults.
As Seattle residents, we know this little game that the weather plays this time of year. We have one sunny day, get inspired for some spring cleaning, pack up all of our winter clothes and put them into storage and bust out our Levi’s cutoffs and flip flops. We shave our legs, apply some self tanner, put on our favorite sundress and greet summer with open arms! It’s all sunshine, laughter, day drinking and bbqs for a whirlwind 48 hours. You send snap chats to all of your friends in San Diego and Maui proclaiming ‘see, this is why I live here!’ You think to yourself, this is true love. Me and summer go together better than froyo and fruity pebbles.
Then one day you wake up & there are no birds chirping, no glaring sun shining through your window, no sunglasses on your way to work. Rain. Wind. Power-outages. All that’s left is sad memories of sunshine, a slight hangover, and regret that you moved all your winter clothes into storage.
This is just an average summer/spring/fall for people in Seattle. It’s an emotional roller coaster filled with sheer excitement and utter letdown. Regardless, I am a weather optimist! You can find me on the lake with a bottle of champagne and my waterwings. Viva la summer!
It is that magical time of the year when it finally becomes appropriate to have a Spotify queue full of Christmas Music. I did hold out on listening to my favorite Christmas album (Hanson Snowed In) until the day after Thanksgiving. So far I have gotten a Christmas tree, eaten 4 candy canes, watched Elf twice, and put up an obnoxious amount of Christmas lights in my apartment.
This season I am making it my goal to explore all that downtown Seattle has to offer for the holidays! I found this great guide from Seattle Met Magazine here that gives things to do no matter what your mood.
I am so excited to dust off my Christmas sweater and get this holiday season started! I hope you all have an amazing first weekend of December. Jingle Bells.