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These are a few…
August 31, 2012, 6:13 pm
Filed under: My favorite things

A little late today, but here nonetheless. This week was spent recovering from a hectic summer, and ultimately attempting to get centered again. Last Saturday we had the Thai monks come down to the restaurant for a small ceremony, which we try to do a few times a year. I always feel rejuvenated and balanced after a morning with them, but usually it’s just the start to a long journey of meditation and reflection. And so it began…but I did manage to also feed my soul by eating quite well. And I also ran into some wonderful friends at the Melrose Steet Fair last Sunday! A good start I’d say.

Hoping you have a wonderful long weekend ahead. Kiss!

Chocolate whiskey cake from Columbia City Bakery. No need for any utensils when you can shove it right in as you walk the farmer’s market. I even managed to share a few (and by that I mean two) bites with my sweetie.


A visit from the monks. Positive vibes, getting back to “center”, sharing a special meal with family and friends.


Date night with Meem at Sitka & Spruce. Mom’s are great for feeding the soul, and with my guy away I needed extra love…and three glasses of sparkling wine. It was the perfect night out. (This was the spiced lamb. It was awesome.)

Givenchy Wingtip Platform Booties
August 30, 2012, 10:49 am
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In the sea of new fall shoes at Barney’s these stood out in every way. Wingtips look good with a platform, no? Ok so maybe at first glance they’re not your thing, but trust me when I say they are gorgeous. The perforated details and layered trim are perfect, but the best feature is the color. The light and delicate patent grey make it more lovely than vamp, which could have easily been the case with this silhouette (notice the square “blade” shape of the heel). With pants or a dress they’d be quite versatile and wearable for years to come.

Givenchy Wingtip Platform Bootie, Barney’s $1,295

Mosser Glass Mixing Bowls
August 29, 2012, 10:08 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Home

There’s something about the glossy black that I love for the kitchen. Maybe because, for me at least, it’s unexpected.

Mosser Glass is a great company as well. Check out their cool story.

[From School House Electric & Supply Co. $54 for the set]

Ribbon Eel
August 28, 2012, 8:59 am
Filed under: Nature, Videos

I’ve never seen this guy before but he’s super cool. A ribbon eel from the oceans of Indonesia.


Stella McCartney’s Saskia dress
August 27, 2012, 10:01 am
Filed under: Fashion

A new season and a new beautiful gown to lust after. Oh, I love it so! The stretchy-tight contoured fit, navy front, white back, with the nude mesh cut-outs at the sides, and the metallic belt are all just unbelievably perfect. If only I had the party (and the wallet) to support such a lovely dress.

These are a few…
August 24, 2012, 10:26 am
Filed under: My favorite things, Seattle

If you’re out and about in Seattle on Sunday you should swing by the Melrose Street Fair in front of Melrose Market. We’ll be celebrating its 2 wonderful years with food, booze, and coffee. My very favorites stops Sitka & Spruce, Bar Ferd’nand, and Taylor Shellfish will have snacks, and my very favorite guy and I will be working the Stumptown Coffee Cold Brew station. Come by and grab a brew!

In the meantime I’ll be contemplating preparations for the changing season. Autumn is in the air and while I’m really, super excited I’m hoping that there are still some of bits of warmness ahead. I’m just not quite ready to give up my favorite Summer accessories. Here’s to warm (and dry!) Indian Summer days, and cozy cool Autumn nights.


Cole Haan mini purse. Just big enough to hold my phone, cash, and lipstick. I got it so long ago it’s probably considered vintage by now.

T by Alexander Wang tee. Seriously the most wonderfully soft and stylish t-shirt ever. From cut-off shorts to fancy skirts it’s perfect.

Gucci python espadrilles. Scored at an end of season super sale last summer I didn’t have much of a chance to wear them through the fall, so I made up for lost time this year.

Agate slice trivets
August 23, 2012, 11:36 am
Filed under: Drinks, Entertaining, Home

I’ve never quite understood the whole coaster thing; perhaps because I eat dinner at my coffee table where there are no rules as to what can be placed atop, or because I love my linen cocktail napkins. So really what it comes down to is that I have never had a need for a coaster set. But then I saw these referred to as trivets and that was something I could understand. And what perfect timing as my guy and I were just talking about looking for a trivet. This is probably not what he had in mind but perhaps I can sneak a couple into the kitchen anyway. They range between 5-6″ so as a single it’s perfect for my teapot or his Chemex coffee, or for larger pieces a few of them might be needed. From Leif $20 each.


Objets d’art
August 22, 2012, 11:12 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Home

I’ve happily and somehow reluctantly realized that my design aesthetic has taken quite a turn over the past year and I find my eye wandering to objets d’art that are well, just that…art-y and price-y. Definitely more in the sophisticated realm, and a little less in the sweet where I’m more accustomed to dwelling, I’ve got to figure out a way to integrate pieces like this AND also somehow manage to get my guys mid-century modern bits in at some point. I actually feel kinda funny about these pieces because aside from the lamp-ness of the lamp they really are just ornamental and even the definition of an objet d’art has me grimacing:

A work of art with some artistic merit. An artwork exhibited for the purposes of decoration or the reflection of social status.

Eeew! That’s certainly not the idea I want to incorporate but I can’t help it, I can’t explain it, I adore this piece from Dwell Studio. The marble base with the brass tubes is like an everlasting blossom, so with that logic it’s an investment right?

And then there’s this unbelievably gorgeous lamp from Shades of Light that is functional but then oh-so-much-more with the decadent rose quartz body. (The only thing that’s got to go is the cheesy finial.) If there was ever a lamp that was me I suppose this would be it.

On a string
August 21, 2012, 11:27 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Entertaining

I’m sure at some point you’ve seen a strand of tassels from Confetti System ($130), either online or hanging at a home, wedding, restaurant, and/or party near you. Elegant and fun tassels for any occasion, or no occasion at all. I’ve secretly fantasized about hanging a string or three in my dressing room. What can I say? I have a thing for parties and poms.

In case the Confetti System strand isn’t quite in your budget there is an Etsy shop that creates a very similar system for about $30, though they’re about half the size of the ones from Confetti System.

August 20, 2012, 11:22 am
Filed under: Personal

I had a long weekend at the restaurant but I often think of this awesome quote from Conan O’Brien and it helps. After all, he got screwed not so long ago and managed to wrangle plenty of amazingness. While thoughts of karma aren’t always enough to ease me through terrible situations with people of unmentionable names, I like this and I think I believe it.

[Print available here.]

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