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New York City Bar Tour

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The last time I was in New York City, my friends and I met up on a Saturday afternoon for barhopping at all the best craft beer bars, from the top of Manhattan down. It was a relaxed, fun way to spend the day, try out some new spots, and see the city along the way. I’ve been thinking… wouldn’t the same thing be fun in Seattle? Or wherever you live?

Although we visited half a dozen bars throughout the day, our first three stops included The Jeffrey, Hop Devil Grill, and Proletariat. Coincidentally, those are also the only places I ended up with pictures of. (A few drinks will do that to a woman my size.) (: Here are the pictures from the day…

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Quirky Stationery

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I stumbled across this stationery site and fell in love. Clever, dry and witty, it’s all the drama that can be squeezed into a few pieces of paper. Plus, who doesn’t love a notecard that says the things you’re thinking but don’t really want to say? A sampling of the line, if you’d like to see… Read more…

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The Mirror

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As many of you know from my Twitter and Instagram feeds, this past weekend I attended the BlogHer 2014 conference in San Jose. The weekend was full of amazing speakers, insightful sessions, and strong, smart, passionate women and men. By far, one of the most touching moments of the conference was ‘The Mirror.’ There was a booth in the expo hall with a mirror in it, and every time I passed by I would see women with headphones on their ears and tears in their eyes as they looked into it. Turns out, here’s why…

Such an amazing message by an amazing band, The Mrs. We need more of this message in music. Check out their website here, if you’d like.

{Photo via The Mrs}

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Heart Swells

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This week was full of highs and lows. For reasons I’ll address another day, my heart really ached. But what I love about ending the week this way, is that it reminds me that even the bad weeks are full of good moments. Sometimes, it’s the little things that get us through the big things. The moments that did that for me this week:

- Good old fashioned snail mail – a sweet card sent from my sister, a block away
- Girlfriends. Words cannot describe.
- Getting tickets to a Ryan Adams concert with my sister, mom, and dad
- Friday and Saturday night barhopping
- The generosity of my guy staying up until 4:30 a.m. to get my cell phone back after I left it in the cab due to said barhopping. Dangit…
- My new hire who is consistently a bright spot in my workdays
- Fast-paced, productive days at the office
- Daily check-ins from my New York City buds
- Hopping on a plane Thursday to San Jose for BlogHer ’14 (!)
- A night of deep cleaning. Amazing how happy this girl is organizing a closet.
- A morning email from my dad that made me smile
- An impromptu wine outing with my sister at our favorite hidden bar

{Photo via Dear Leila}

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How to Style A Coffee Table

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Now that I’m a few solid years into adulthood, I’m trying to make my home feel more like a home, and less like a temporary residence until the next city or neighborhood… which it also is, more often than not. (: Because a home is in the details, I’ve been focusing my first interior design project on styling my coffee table. It’s the center piece to where guests sit and visit, and makes an entire living room come to life. Here are a few of my favorite styled coffee table looks, if you’d like to see… Read more…

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Seven Things

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Founder and editor of the fascinating site Brain Pickings, Maria Popova, recently shared seven things she’s learned in seven years of reading and writing for the website. I thought they were really poignant and that you might find some meaning in them, as well. Maria partnered with the art subscription service Holstee to design this poster elaborating on each point. Wouldn’t it be a nice reminder to have in your office or somewhere you see daily?

  1. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
  2. Do nothing out of guilt, or for prestige, status, money or approval alone.
  3. Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words.
  4. Build pockets of stillness into your life.
  5. When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
  6. Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
  7. Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.

You may read the full descriptions of each note here, or order the poster here.

{Image via Holstee}

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On Aging

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I read a beautiful article over the weekend about a middle-aged woman’s perception of her aging body. The impetus for the article, which sadly was a man who rejected the author because he preferred the bodies of younger women, ended up producing a piece which is how I would hope women come to look at their wrinkles and marks of a life lived. An excerpt, by Robin Korth:

Naked, I stood at the closet doors with the lights on and made myself ready. I took a deep breath and positioned the mirrors so I could see all of me. I consciously worked to remove my self-believed inner image. I opened my eyes and looked very carefully at my body. And my heart lurched at the truth: I am not a young woman anymore. I am a woman well-lived. My body tells of all the years she has carried my spirit through life.

As I looked in the mirror — clear-eyed and brave — I claimed every inch of my body with love, honor and deep care. This body is me. She has held my soul and carried my heart for all of my days. Each wrinkle and imperfection is a badge of my living and of my giving of life. With tears in my eyes, I hugged myself close. I said thank you to God for the gift of my body and my life. And I said thank you to a sad man named Dave for reminding me of how precious it all is.

You may read the full article here, if you’d like.

P.S. More great pieces on body image: an interview, campaign, and commercial.

{Photo via I Am That Girl via Milenuts}

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Style Picks

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Us Seattle girls looove our hometown-founded Nordstrom stores. Up until August 4, Nordstrom is running its anniversary sale, which means deals on nearly everything in the store. Here are a few of my favorite sale items:

1. Sexy boots to wear on a night out.
2. The perfect two-toned crossbody bag to match with everything.
3. A sassy animal print iPhone case.
4. The prettiest initial necklace to layer or wear alone.
5. Cute shades.
6. bareMinerals makeup. Their blush is the only one I use.
7. A sophisticated gold watch.
8. A floral dress that could transition perfectly into fall with boots + a sweater.

See, Monday isn’t so bad after all. (: Happy shopping…

P.S. My favorite spring and summer choices.

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Heart Swells

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This was a relentlessly busy week, but busy full of good things. The right things, I think. I celebrated my mom’s birthday, spent time outside of the office catching up with my colleagues, accomplish a lot inside the office, and got long, restful nights of sleep. I even went to bed at 8 p.m. (!) twice… which is either a sign my body really needed rest, or I’m on the fast track to 85. Either way, the moments that made my heart swell with fullness this week:

- Coffee and sister time at Green Lake Park
- Birthday dinner with my momma and dad
- Happy hour x2 with coworkers
- Two long overdue phone calls with my cross-country girlfriends
- Waking up early Wednesday for my beloved long-lost circuit
- An unexpected email that just goes to show it’s ok to trust life a little bit
- Being able to sign up for a conference where I can learn a whooole lot
- A coffee date with one of the most brilliant, kindest women I know
- Remembering this. Maybe one of the best things I re-remind myself of often.

I’d love to hear — what’s one thing that made your heart swell this week?

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Summer Hairstyles

Guys. It’s almost Friday. Let’s let our hair down and talk about something girly for a moment, shall we? Like… hair? Seattle had its 12th straight day above 80 degrees today — and while I will never, ever complain about a Northwest heatwave, I have been trying to find creative ways to pull my hair back to keep cool as the weather warms up. Don’t you love these romantic half-up hair styles? I like how they’re just enough to keep the bangs out of one’s eyes, without feeling too done up. Keep it comin, heat wave. You’re alright by me. (:

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