Ooh, my favorite!

Happy 4th
July 3, 2012, 10:15 am
Filed under: Nostalgia

Of course the holiday lands on a day that I already have off. Whatever. I have a day planned with the people I love most. Hope you do too. Listen to Marilyn, be safe out there.

See you on Thursday. Kiss!

[This and more great old-Hollywood pics here.]

Black Cap, baby
July 2, 2012, 10:22 am
Filed under: Clean, Farmer's Market, Food, Organic, Seattle

Black Cap Raspberries

Hello sweet thang. I’m a Black Cap raspberry. I’m kind of a big deal. Well, you know…some varieties of berries are considered invasive to Washington state, but I’m actually, ahem, a native variety. Oh yeah. I’m wild.

I’m considered an heirloom variety, but you can just think of me as free from genetic altering. This pretty much means that with me you’re guaranteed maximum nutrient and antioxidant potency. Yeah that’s right, I just said potency. Come to the dark side and enjoy the taste of blueberries mixed with blackberries. Seriously, I taste gooood. Catch you at the University Farmer’s Market next Saturday? Alriiiight. 

These are a few…[400th post]
June 29, 2012, 10:59 am
Filed under: My favorite things

Today marks my 400th post. I suppose it’s not as sexy as 500, and when you consider the break I took last year I should have hit this a while ago; but nonetheless, I still see this as a milestone. I myself am very particular about what I choose to consume online every day, so it makes me happy to think of those of you who take the time to have this little space be one of a million other possible daily reads. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I guess I was feeling especially girly this week because I seem to have been drawn to fifty shades of pink. Here are a few of my faves…


Dusty pinks. After a very trying last week I treated myself to some mini tea roses. I used to think it was nonsense, but walking into a room with flowers can be quite therapeutic and relaxing. And anyway, anything in a mini size is automatically happy-making don’t you think?

Salty pinks. My guy experimented with a gravlax recipe (actually he just made it up and it was amazing!) and since then I’ve been thinking that I might actually have a use for one of these gorgeous himalayan salt blocks. These are from my last trip to The Meadow in PDX.

Hot pink…wishing it was pinks. This special edition lipstick from Chanel is my favorite summer shade. Actually it was my favorite autumn and winter shade too, which is why it’s close to being gone. Now I’m wishing I got a second one before they were gone forever.

Totokaelo Seattle
June 28, 2012, 10:01 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Fashion, Home, Seattle, The Finer Things

An upscale lifestyle store in Seattle…on Capitol Hill? For real? No way!

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Totokaelo (toh-toh-kye-oh) is a gorgeous new store on The Hill, but the shop itself has been around for a while (you may recognize it from its smaller location in Pioneer Square). Featuring quality artisan wares from around the globe alongside some high-end designer goods, Totokaelo is a beautifully curated boutique with pieces at all price points…though the higher end is where it skews.

I was really happy to see the selection of artisan Japanese ceramics I’d been eyeing online but had hesitated buying without seeing and touching first. (They were as gorgeous as I’d hoped.) Beyond housewares there’s lots to be seen, and even if that’s ALL you’ll be doing Totokaelo is a great afternoon window shopping excursion.

There will be plush towels, Japanese ceramic housewares, and gorgeous furniture…

…there will be designer trinkets and toys…

…there will be clothing, jeans and jewelry…

…and there will be shoes!

Soap Box moment: While some on The Hill see the addition of this store as a swing in the pretentious and materialistic direction, I welcome the boutique with its celebration of artisan crafts and grown-up style. If we’re talking about the downside of “the gentrification of Capitol Hill” let’s turn the argument toward the poor city planning and the BARRAGE of cheap condos and apartments, and all of the mediocre restaurants and bars popping up down every street and on every corner. So there. I’m done now.

Animal Camouflage
June 27, 2012, 12:42 pm
Filed under: Nature

José Luis Rodríguez

Even though this is more of an optical illusion, I haven’t done an animal camouflage post in a while and I was excited when I came across this.

It might look like a caterpillar at first glance, but it’s actually a tight knit group of birds called European Bee Eaters that are huddled together to keep warm. Photographer José Luis Rodríguez even calls this Oruga de Plumas, or Caterpillar of Feathers.  This was the winning image in the European Wild Wonders photo competition. Love these guys!

June 26, 2012, 10:59 am
Filed under: Fashion, Seattle

Seattle summers don’t start until…well, I don’t know when, but they certainly don’t start in June. A few days of warm sun here and there does not a summer make! So the only thing to be done is to sneak some summer-ish elements into ones wardrobe, and lately my favorite has been a little peek-a-boo from my underpinnings. Bright and black alike it’s the perfect way to mix-and-match and pretend it is indeed summertime.

A quick public service announcement: please, please, puhleez don’t overdo it. Take note of the proportions of what’s on display here. The key is to balance out the amount of skin, so if you were going for that gauzy black tank above you’d need your lower half to be more demure. To put it simply: cover it up! No mini skirts with platform heels. I’d go for some wide leg pants, casual summer heels, and maybe a simple strand of pearls to offset the boldness of the bra. There ya go!

Essie’s Flagship Salon – NYC
June 25, 2012, 11:40 am
Filed under: Beauty

As much as I love my nails when they’re painted I always get in trouble for wearing them into “inappropriate” states (Mari’s exact phrasing), and even as I type now I’m looking at my sad, faded, chipped nails. In my defense though, I don’t like the smell of nail polish remover. So there. But for all of you proper mani-pedi lovers out there (and boy there are a lot of you) I figured you’d be interested to know that Essie is opening a flagship salon in NYC this week.

Those plush leather chairs you see are dyed to match their most popular polishes, and the wall of colors has just about 300 different shades. (I never knew they were bought-out by L’Oreal…did you?) It’s located inside the Samuel Shriqui Salon (explains the lack of windows perhpas). Manicures start at $32, and pedicures start at $65. Would be a nice special occasion gift for you or your favorite chick.

[images by Taylor Jewell via Vogue.com]

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