the handwritten note.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I believe in the art of handwriting - the beauty behind the curly script and feather-like movements of the pen. Confession: handwritten notes are my weakness. They win my heart ten times over hand-picked flowers. 

From the color of the ink to the gorgeous cardstock - notes are not just plucked from an aisle at the store. They are hand-selected, thought over and picked with love. Whether it's a gold trimmed edge or embossed initials, I love them all. 

Yes, I'm that girl who has a love for paper and pen... but can you blame me? Quality cardstock just speaks volumes. 

Recently, I re-filled my stockpile of stationary with these beautiful xoxo noteset from sugar paper. And with my order, I received the sweetest handwritten thank you note for my purchase and the card below. 

Cool, huh? 

I've also fallen in love with these below from Kate Spade, Nordstrom and more:

For more fun, I highly recommend Paper Source, Papyrus and Meri Meri

my summer essential: the simple cotton sundress

Thursday, July 31, 2014

summer cotton eyelet dress (similar) // tory burch sandals // gold bar necklace from moorea seal //
longchamp tote bag // marc by marc jacobs gold bracelet watch 
During my east coast adventures, I melted. Sweat, sweaty, sweatyness everywhere. Being from the PNW, I was not accustomed to the humidity, and boy did it get to me. I don't think I've ever needed to tease my hair - it was huge. I felt like I needed to take a shower as soon as I stepped outside of the perfectly cooled a/c. 

How did I survive? My beloved Tory Burch sandals to keep my feet comfy and cool, a lightweight Longchamp tote so that I didn't have to lug around a heavy purse, and of course, an easy breezy cotton summer dress. 

Looking back on my trip, all I really wanted to wear was my simple cotton dress. Just the idea of layering anything else on made me want to cringe and melt in a slimey puddle of goop. Also, the six pairs of shoes I packed for the trip = not practical. Not once did I end up wearing heels. 

With all the walking we did - sandals and my converse were the way to go! 

Resting our poor feet after long walks through the city...

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new york, new york.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

a peaceful moment captured on a morning walk through central park.
Yes.. yes, I know. My New York adventure was more than a few weeks ago, and I'm definitely overdue for sharing highlights. [SORRY!] But hey... I wanted to give this grand city justice and allow myself plenty of time to share my fav spots that I visited. 

As you know, we were in Boston prior to our venture into NYC. The journey to the big apple was quite the drive. Yes. We. Drove. Reasons why? We wanted to visit the main squeeze's extended family - which included meeting his grandparents, and also, we attended one of his high school friends' wedding. From there, we drove through Jersey and into the city around 10:30 pm. 

You know how they say the "city never sleeps"? They are 100% correct. I had never seen so much traffic at that time of day - the honking, the lights and street traffic buzzing. It was so alive compared to our sleepy Seattle folks who are nestled in their beds around 10 pm. 

The next few days in New York included morning walks through Central Park, a little rendezvous with great college friends, Robert and Chelsey at Laduree for brunch, window shopping and visiting all of the famous Carrie Bradshaw spots (aka her apartment, Magnolia Bakery, etc.). 

We walked through West Village, Soho, the Meatpacking District, Flatiron, and paid a visit to Chelsea Market. Our first full day ended with dinner at Momofuku, a place that my main squeeze and I had waited months for, especially after watching the entire PBS Series "The Mind of a Chef" with David Chang. We were obsessed, and he did not disappoint. 

The rest of the trip included visiting all of the big NYC landmarks, and I'm proud to say that we hit up/saw plenty of the big ones - Bryant Park (Fashion Week, need I say more?), New York City Public Library, Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and Grand Central Station. We even walked through Chinatown to find Joe's Shanghai soup dumplings. And dare I say it, they were tastier than Din Tai Fung. 

On the plane ride home back to Seattle, I started to tear up. My feelings for New York began to bubble up to the surface. I had become absolutely smitten with the Big Apple. All of my five senses were ignited and overwhelmed - I could see, feel, smell, taste and hear the city. There was something about the restlessness of this concrete jungle that kept me invigorated, energized and craving for more. And with that, I must go back soon. 

The Freedom Tower. It was a beautiful museum, and highly recommend it.
We spent about 2.5 hours in it.
Having my Carrie Bradshaw moment! 
Xoxo, Gossip Girl.
signature tourist photo. what a great spot!
I've missed this guy. Forever my bestie. 
the most amazing soup dumplings.

seersucker + nantucket red

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

red ruffle top from banana republic (similar) // lilly pulitzer shorely blue seersucker buttercup shorts //
brown longchamp tote bag // sperry top-sider boat shoes //
j.crew nautical bangle (similar) //  marc by marc jacobs gold bracelet watch

One of my favorite things about my trip to Boston was all the cute, preppy outfits I spotted over there! My love for Lilly Pulitzer was rooted in my internship in Atlanta a few years back, and it definitely continues today. Unfortunately, us - West coasters - aren't big on Lilly, so when I visited my first brick and mortar Lilly store on Newbury Street a few weeks ago, I was immediately in love, and barely able to contain all of my excitement when seeing all the pink, green and brightly printed outfits. And obviously, I couldn't pass up on the cutest pair of seersucker shorts... 

Comfy, chic, light-weight and easy to wear - this purchase immediately became a staple to my wardrobe on this trip. And of course - to complete the outfit, I added a pair of Sperrys and my Longchamp tote bag for simple, classic day look! (You can spot this outfit in my Boston travel post here during my trip to Mike's Pastry for yummy cannolis) 

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photo credit: my main squeeze

beautiful boston

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

spotted: beautiful brownstones nearby boston university
Home sweet home! Yes, I'm back from my East Coast adventures, and it's been a whirlwind playing catch up. I'm so excited to finally have a moment to share with you my travels, along with my favorite places to shop, eat and play. 

The Wednesday leading up to the Fourth, my main squeeze and I hopped on a red eye for the other coast. Upon landing in Boston and checking in our hotel, we immediately began the countless hours of walking and exploring.

First order of business? A little stroll through Boston Common towards Newbury Street... and for all of my Boston friends, you shouldn't be surprised at all. Newbury Street = fabulous shopping. For lunch, we enjoyed a local favorite, Parish Cafe, where the owner approached Boston's famous chefs and asked them to create their own sandwich for the restaurant's menu. As such, there's quite the variety of yummy-ness - from Italian hot subs to even a Vietnamese banh mi! Their Peach Puree Lemonade was super refreshing.

Then, it was off to explore Boston University. We ventured to my main squeeze's alma mater and visited the ROTC building when he first became the handsome officer he is today. We ended the adventures with my first trip to The North End for a romantic, Italian dinner at Panza before heading off to the Charles River for a Fourth of July fireworks show.

The fireworks were beautiful! I've never seen such a spectacular display of bright lights before, and the Boston Pops were playing the background, too. It was such a great evening. That night, I also happened to survive my first East Coast thunderstorm. As we were walking home to the hotel (about 6 blocks away), I felt a raindrop... and then just like that without warning, it all came down. Needless to say, we looked like drowned rats when we got to the hotel, but it was an unforgettable experience... and a great one to laugh at later. 

The rain didn't prevent us from continuing our exploring the next day. We stopped by a tiny corner breakfast shop called Mike & Pattys in the Bay Village. It reminded me of Seattle's Paseos because this truly was a local favorite - and if they ran out, that was the end of that day. It was delectable, and I would totally go back for one of their breakfast sandwiches. Also, I'm in love with its neighborhood. The Bay Village is so cute! All the little shutters and brick buildings... so adorable.

For dessert, we went back to The North End with the sole purpose of eating the amazing cannolis at Mike's Pastry. Pistachio for him, and chocolate for me - we devoured our delectable goodies at the park nearby. I was in bliss. 

The rest of our Boston included walking tours through Faneuil Hall, the Boston Harbor, Robert Shaw Memorial. ... and of course, more delicious seafood bites! Unfortunately, we got rained out for a Sox game, but being on Yawkey way was so neat. I've never seen so much team pride before! 

cannolis. pizzales. italian cookies. = heaven
they were amazing. 
amazing lobstah roll + clam strips at the clambox
Boston was such a beautiful city! I loved every minute of it, and hope to be back again soon. Below is a consolidated list of all my favorite sights and eats that we visited. Enjoy! 

boston eats:
legal seafood
parish cafe + bar
mike's pastry
b&g oysters
mike & pattys

boston sights:
newbury street
boston harbor
faneuil hall
boston common
prudential tower
fenway park
boston university
paul revere house

Stay tuned for a recap of my adventures in New York! 

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