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Glass fish straws
October 22, 2012, 10:05 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Green


Cute glass fish straws! Safe for hot or cold drinks, these guys are handmade from borosilicate glass in Colorado. I’ve tried the stainless steel straws but didn’t care for the texture or the taste it left in my mouth, and the cute striped paper straws are great for events, but not for everyday use since often times they’re made in China. I have a ton left over from the wedding so I’ll be working my way through them regardless, but I think glass would be much better for sipping at home, don’t you?

Set of 2, $25

These are a few…
October 19, 2012, 10:09 am
Filed under: Music, My favorite things, Seattle

I’m 5 days in to a 12 day marathon at work. No weekend this week, so instead I caught up with my dear friend Gena over coffee and tea and also snuck away for some lunching. The only hard part has been the gloomy, stormy weather that makes me want to stay in bed. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Make it an extra good one.

Here are a few of my favorites from the week. Kiss!

No surprise, I lunched at Sitka & Spruce. Smelt, loxed trout, and lightly fermented vegetables. Oh, and some bubbly.

I indulged in Thai pastries. Chef made these pastries filled with her pineapple preserves as a gift for one of our servers that just moved to Hawaii. These piggies were ‘seconds’ so they became mine.

I had this on repeat. Then I decided to check out the video. Nothing like Time (Clock of the Heart) as the soundtrack to an extra long week. I suddenly see the irony in this.

Before, During, After
October 18, 2012, 8:31 am
Filed under: Compassion, Photography

This is an amazing series by photographer Claire Felicie. In an attempt to capture how life-changing experiences affect the way we look she photographed Dutch Marines before, during, and after a year of service in Afghanistan. It’s easy to be desensitized to headline chatter and imagery about war, but for me at least, this series captures everything.

Read more about it here.

[via my fave newsletter NextDraft]

For the Boys
October 17, 2012, 10:26 am
Filed under: Fashion

I don’t pretend to know anything about menswear because, truly, I know nothing. But I do know when I see something I like and I really, really like this idea of a classic and polished look with a flash of color from a statement sock. During my last trip to San Francisco I stopped into Bloomies and was really excited to see more than the overly exposed Happy Socks line. The Paul Smith collection was by far the best aesthetically and the quality (hand-linked toe) so much better than the aforementioned other brand. There are lots of other patterns and colors, but the multi stripes are my favorites. Andrew got a few pair as a little giftie, but now I wish I’d gotten dad a few too. He still wears his favorite neon orange and blue argyle socks, so I guess he’s ok until Christmas.

Paul Smith multi stripe socks, $30-$35



Animal Camouflage
October 16, 2012, 9:19 am
Filed under: Nature

These are good ones. Can you see the Chiffchaff bird and the grasshopper? The coolest thing about these types of images is that this isn’t some crazy expedition for a Discovery Channel documentary, it’s an everyday photographer capturing an animal (or insect) that has developed these physical traits to survive in its everyday environment. I find that to be fascinating.

[Image via Flickr user Joffley]

[Image via flickr user normalityrelief]

On the Hunt for: a Sequin Jacket
October 15, 2012, 11:45 am
Filed under: Fashion, My favorite things, Yes please

I have been on the hunt for a vintage sequin jacket forever and I figured now is the time to come clean…and this is only because I just got some major validation for this seemingly wacky idea. But really, what better way to have been truly affirmed than by Vogue itself.

I love their Five Days, Five Looks, One Girl series but it was this last look from Anna Wintour’s assistant, Adriel Saporta, that supported my obsession. I’ve had such hard time finding the jacket itself, but until now it’s also been impossible to find the proper type of inspiration. I’ve started a board on Pinterest, but to be honest I don’t really like most of the looks. There is such a fine line here, and it’s so easily crossed into Rod Roddy territory. I’m craving for vintage chic, not a trendy showpiece.

In my hunt for perfect vintage glittery goodness there are just so many things to consider:

  1. The shoulder: Probably most important because this dates the piece in the most obvious of ways. No pads, please, no pads.
  2. The length: Nothing too long or it looks like pudgy grandma at a Christmas event; and not too short or it gets into bolero territory.
  3. The pattern: Crazy and bold is fine, just no hearts and stars which somehow seemed to be the thing in the 80’s.
  4. The fit: Doesn’t need to be fitted but definitely not the boxy, oversized look that, again, grandma would go for.

So until all of these criteria are met I shall continue my search for the perfect sequin jacket, and be sure I will show you if I ever find it. Wish me lots of glittery luck.

(The only other source of proper inspiration I’ve been using is TTH from last fall. Love it.)

These are a few…
October 12, 2012, 11:49 am
Filed under: My favorite things

The Seattle gloom has returned just in time for the weekend and I am laaaaazy after a long week of running errands before work each day. I am excited though because I was sifting through Andrew’s recipe box last night and I decided that we should make Snickerdoodles to snack on during our dart marathon tomorrow. Though it will be interesting to see how long the marathon lasts as I broke a record number of tips last weekend. I’d like to think I’ve improved since then.

Happy weekend to you friends. Here are some of my faves from the week. Kiss!

Snack time. The salmon roe caviar  I made has been the most awesome snack ever. Since I’ve been too busy (and lazy) to make blinis I’ve used rice crackers instead; a surprisingly awesome accompaniment. I just add creme fraiche, shallots, lemon zest, fresh horseradish and throw ’em back like popcorn.

Andrew’s almond milk. This is my favorite base to use for smoothies which at first was surprising because almond milk from the carton does not taste good. We get these raw organic almonds from Briden Wilson Farm in California. Just soak 1 cup for 24 hours, add to a blender with 4 cups of filtered water. Blend, strain, and store.

Styling tips. Mari and I have the same military coat as part of our Autumn Uniform. Since she’s down in SF we’ve been sharing pics of how we’ve been styling. This week I liked pairing mine with a statement necklace and basic tee.

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