Ooh, my favorite!

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.

Waterfall Swing
October 11, 2012, 10:46 am
Filed under: Smile, Videos

This wonderfully awesome contraption was featured last year at the World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science. Just watching this makes me giddy. I’d probably pass out from sheer delight if I ever have the chance to take this for a ride.

“Riders pass through openings in a waterfall created by precisely monitoring their path via axel-housed encoders, creating the thrill of narrowly escaping obstacles.”

So true! The sensations of the water, even just seeing and smelling it, would add such an exciting dimension to my already favorite playground staple. I am just so happy this exists somewhere. Sigh.

White & Putty
October 10, 2012, 9:30 am
Filed under: Shoes


Since when did Narciso Rodriguez get into the shoe game? How did I not know this? These. Right here. To die for.
White & Putty Wedge Sandal, $895 preorder

Cold Season – My natural medicine cabinet
October 9, 2012, 7:29 am
Filed under: Clean, Health, Organic, Preparedness

The season isn’t even in full swing yet and already I’ve heard lots of talk about sniffles and colds. I thought that since the season has truly arrived you might want to take a peek inside my medicine cabinet. Please know that I share these with you because I find natural methods to be healthier and more practical than mainstream medicine. This may not be for you so please only try these products if you see the benefits in alternative practices of medicine.

Tired of the effects of popular over-the-counter medicine over the years I started looking into homeopathic alternatives and eventually settled on a few that worked to help my system power through even the most epic colds. These staples work to help heal the entire body as opposed to simply chasing or masking symptoms. If it’s possible to feel better than you did before you caught the cold, these remedies can help you get there. Here are a few of my favorites:

1.  Sambu Guard

This stuff is beyond awesome, and not just because it tastes better than a shot of St. Germaine. This stuff tastes GOOD, and and it has been naturally sweetened with honey. It’s actually intended to be taken before you have a full-fledged cold, so more along the lines of when you’re just starting to feel something coming on. It’s an immune booster, so the mix of herbs, Elderberries, Elder flowers, and Echinacea all combine for a potent cold defender. Even if I miss the before part, I still take it during the course of a cold as it’s safe enough to be taken as an everyday supplement. Available at Pharmaca and other natural pharmacies and stores it’s pricier at about $17 a bottle, but truly worth every penny.

2.  Cold Snap

This is the ultimate naturopathic defense…a modern version of ancient Chinese medicine and herbology. Containing 20 different herbs these capsules have some serious fighting power and ultimately work to help restore the balance of your body. For really detailed and fascinating information check out the Ohco site and read all about building righteous chi.

3.  Bach Rescue Pastilles

Meant more for calming and soothing effects, these gummy pastilles are made of flower and herbal extracts that help in situations of high stress or trauma. Since these types of situations often lead to compromised immune functionality, I have these on hand when I need a little boost. Also great to have this little tin tucked away in ones purse for extra stressful days.

4, 5, 6. Hot Toddy

I’ll say it again, ditch the NyQuil and go for this remedy instead. Lemon is a natural antiseptic, antimicrobial, and has mucus-resolving properties that are essential for helping your body fight a cold. Raw honey, which has been used as a cold remedy for centuries, soothes a dry throat and cough. The shot of whiskey is all too important for napping, numbing aches, and boosting morale. The list of ingredients of over the counter cough syrups really is quite alarming if you think about it. My recipe at the link above adds a slice of fresh ginger to help eliminate toxins and also to comfort tender tummies.

7.  Thayer’s Slippery Elm Lozenges

These chalky-candy-like lozenges are bad ass. The inner bark of the slippery elm tree is pure comfort on a sore throat. Free of any preservatives these lozenges are also a trusted source for vocal relief for many singers and speakers (since 1847).

8.  Herbal Expectorant

I’m not gonna lie, this is not my favorite part of the cold regimen. This guy is very much like a cough syrup, and unfortunately tastes like one too. Its active ingredient is Guaifenesin, which is also found in other cough syrups, but the benefit here is the addition of herbs, like rose hip and red clover, and the omission of extra additives.  I often have to watch my colds and work to ensure they don’t move down into my chest and turn into bronchitis (a curse since childhood), so I rely on the herbal expectorant to help keep my bronchioles clear.

I’ll be making my trip to the pharmacy section of Madison Market this weekend to be sure I’m all stocked up for whatever may be ahead on the sniffle front…but still hoping to avoid having to use any of it. Happy cold season, friends!

Red Thread Souk
October 8, 2012, 10:46 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Home

I’ve been on the hunt for a kick ass rug forever but it’s a really, really hard one. I’m really craving for something unique and special; but of course, those are the ones that are scary expensive. Hell, even the cheap, crappy rugs are expensive! So naturally, the former is precisely what I have here today. I couldn’t help myself though, I’ve never come across a collection of rugs that I love as much as these vintage Moroccan rugs from Red Thred Souk. Are you seeing this runner? I mean, seriously. (It was custom made for a Marrakesh mansion.) I can’t remember how I came across these but I’v been lusting after them for weeks and figured it was time to share my obsession with you.

It’s a small and impeccably curated collection, with no possible way to choose a favorite. Here are a few more that caught my eye.

And while the rugs may be out of my budget range their collection of vintage wedding blankets is glorious, and the prices are all around $400. A one-of-a-kind, vintage piece that would most certainly get lots of love and attention wouldn’t be a terrible investment would it? (Nope.)

Can’t you envision one of these as a throw on a chair or chaise? And what an insane gift. Though to be honest, there’s no way I’d be able to part with any of these.

These are a few…
October 5, 2012, 10:36 am
Filed under: My favorite things, Personal

Ok, maybe I phoned it in a bit this week, but for some reason it was hard to focus on any one thing and I’m not really sure why that was. Well actually, there was some weirdness with my car getting broken into and that pretty much knocked me off center, but even before that I was still in tunnel vision mode. Do you ever have that sensation? Thankfully I was able to pull it together by the close of my week (with lots of help from Andrew and mom) and now I can celebrate my weekend! Tomorrow is a night out with friends and we’ll be at Sitka (of course) and then we’re going to try the new rum bar that opened here on The Hill. I’m excited! What shall I wear?

Hoping your weekend is filled with fun and sexy plans too. Here are some of my faves from the week. Kiss!

Westie walking in Volunteer Park. My favorite part of the week was Westie-sitting Chase and Chloe. And it didn’t hurt that it was warm enough for shorts on Monday.

Autumn flowers at home. It’s nice to have pieces of autumn inside too. I have no idea what each of these actually are, but I like ’em.

Sardines and sparkling at Sitka & Spruce. I’ve become quite good at lunching before work.

In anticipation…winter boots
October 4, 2012, 9:17 am
Filed under: Shoes

In an attempt at accepting the impending Seattle winter of rain, rain, and rain, with the possiblility of a snowflake or two, I realized it’s probably time I had a proper pair of winter boots. I’ve got rain boots down but nothing that resembles a real boot. I know right, a Seattle girl without boots? There are a few of us, but until I saw these guys I was willing to make due without. Rugged and useful but still oh so stylish and feminine (with faux fur). I likey!

Sorel Tofino Waterproof boots, $150

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