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! 

travel tuesday :: tips and tricks for packing essentials

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Who's now beyond excited to not have to stare at her suitcase anymore? Um... THIS GIRL. Maybe I overpacked a bit... but I'd rather have options than run out of outfits, right. Thank goodness that's done! I'm not going to lie - packing is stressful, and I'm more than appreciative of bloggers like Hitha on the Go and Semi-Charmed Kind of Life who've shared their helpful Travel Tips. Here are a few of my favorites from them, and hopefully, these will be helpful to you when you're packing for your next adventure.

Packing Tips with Hitha on the Go

Traveling with Semi-Charmed Kind of Life

Well, I guess it's ta ta for now until next week when I return. Can't wait to share my travel adventures with you. In the meantime, feel free to follow my Instagram for tidbits here and there.

 And until next time... 
Wishing you and your family a wonderful, safe and happy 4th of July! 

concert comfy chic with converse.

Monday, June 30, 2014

j.crew gray structured v-neck shell // michael kors anorak cargo jacket (similar) //
faux leather panel leggings (similar) // rebecca minkoff mini mac // converse chuck taylor sneakers
Happy Monday, friends! Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine kicked off with cocktails at the newly opened bar/bistro, Damn the Weather in Pioneer Square. By the way, if you haven't checked it out yet - I highly recommend it. The cocktails are amazing - not a surprise since the owner was the previous bar manager of Rob Roy in Belltown. Also, I had the most tender, delicate and tasty snail and pickled fiddlehead sandwich. YUM. 

After a few drinks and a quick, delicious bite, my main squeeze and friends were off to a concert at Showbox Sodo to see the Fitz and the Tantrums! My latest favorite from them? The Walker... listen and try not to whistle along.

So as with any Friday date night or weekend outing, I had the hardest time figuring out what to wear to this concert. I mean the big dilemma was to find an outfit that was just the right amount of comfy chic for the concert, but also not too laid back for drinks at the bar. 

Since Seattle was being a little indecisive with its weather patterns, I opted for an outfit that was practical and fun. Leather leggings had just the right amount of sass, but also allowed me to jump around and get my groove on. The light anorak jacket was a great choice for keeping me cozy, but adding some pizazz to my simple basics outfit with its gold zippers and accents. Also, I chose to rock a sporty look with my Converse Chuck Taylors, which allowed me to walk comfortably on the uneven sidewalks for Sodo, as well as not worry about getting my feet soaked in surprise puddles outside after the show. Needless to say, this is one of my new favorite, comfy and versatile outfits. 

What's next for this week? Packing and getting ready for my East Coast adventures! Remember when I first shared with you guys about it? It feels like we've been planning this trip for months... and now it's less than three days away. Absolutely can't wait to visit Boston and New York, and I have been looking for must-see, must eats and must-visit places to pin to my A + K: Summer 2014 Pinterest board.

Tomorrow, I'll be sharing a few of my must-pack items and links to wise words from other bloggers about traveling and packing. Stay tuned! xoxo

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rebar :: clean eating in victoria, british columbia

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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As highlighted in my most recent outdoor adventure post, I had a blast exploring the wilderness of Victoria and Port Renfrew in Canada. However, one of my favorite discoveries on this trip was in the heart of the city - Rebar - a healthy, veggie-friendly restaurant in Victoria - whose motto "eat really well" resonated with me strongly.

Rebar Salad with Addtl Smoked Salmon
Ever since I changed my diet (started Crossfit) and embraced a more clean eating lifestyle - I've approached that concept of "eating really well" much differently than before. I used to love eating at the rich, gastropubs and trying new restaurants all the time. It was all about the foie gras, black truffles and the most decadent entree. Don't get me wrong - I still LOVE those aspects of fine dining and trying new places, but my love for my body has changed. I respect it on a whole different level, and as such, "eating really well" for me means gaining the necessary vitamins and nutrients to keep me refreshed and feeling energized. Enough about that, let's get to the good stuff - the reasons why I fell in love with Rebar

Upon entering the restaurant, my main squeeze and I immediately felt at home. It had the Seattle-like hipster vibe and reminded us of Local 360 since all of their food is fresh and sourced within the local area. One of my favorite things about Rebar is that everything is made in-house, too. All of the dressings, stocks for their soups and hand-cut herbs, as well as freshly grounded spices add an amazing touch to their meals. Learn more about their food philosophy here!

Additionally, I've never seen such an extensive juice menu before at a restaurant! All freshly squeezed and made to order - I was super excited to see more than five different choices for various juicing concoctions and smoothies - options for fruit only, vegetable only, fruit and vegetable, wheatgrass combinations, tonics and even coconut water based juices. 

If you're in Victoria, Canada for a day and a need a quick, healthy bite to eat - I highly recommend giving Rebar a try! A great way to refuel for those who are health-conscious, as well as for the veggie-friendlies and gluten-free folks. 

Rebar | Eating Really Well
50 Bastion Square, Victoria

monday to thursday 11 - 9 // friday 11 - 10 // saturday 8:30 - 10 // sunday 8:30 - 8

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