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Heart Swells

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Oh my. I’ve missed you this week! Thank you for your patience through holiday madness. I’m headed into two weeks of time off and couldn’t be more excited for some R&R, projects around my place, and time for family and friends. This week I turned 28 and I have more fun memories from the celebrations than I could’ve imagined. It seems like every weekend gets better than the last these days. The moments that made my heart swell this week:

- Yoga class with my dear talented friend Megan
- Rocco’s pizza and stumbling upon a holiday party
- Holiday team luncheon
- An ugly Christmas sweater and white elephant party
- Ringing in 28 at midnight with one of my best friends
- An early morning shopping run followed by crepes for birthday breakfast
- The best birthday party + after party with friends
- A big neighbor brunch + Seahawks game the next day
- Convos on the way home with Jessie and my folks

{Photo via Grace Atwood}


We Never Met

A Cup of Jo recently featured an Instagram account that has stolen my heart. The description on the feed’s page explains it as, “A series of conversations we never had. Short stories created for random strangers whose faces we never get to see.” Here are a few examples of the witty and oddly sweet feed…

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He refuses to pick up supermarket baskets. He’ll then arrive at the till balancing some spinach, toilet rolls, 4 mangoes and a six-pack of raspberry cider.

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When they first met, his hair was longer than hers. What she doesn’t know is that the money he now saves on conditioner goes straight to the engagement ring.

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He has 521 friends on Google Plus. He doesn’t know he has Google Plus. Read more…


Cheers to 28

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My 28th birthday was this past weekend, and I had an absolute b-l-a-s-t ringing it in. My friend Nathan and I share birthdays just one day apart, so we combined parties for one mega celebration with our friends.

I mentioned last week that I felt a little rushed going into this new year, without much time to reflect going into it the week prior. But the one thing that I absolutely knew is the word (well, words) that I wanted to represent 28: all in.

I want this year to be a year where the things that I say yes to I mean yes to with my entire heart; where they’re a ‘hell yes’ or a ‘no.’ Where I fully invest and embrace, rather than being half in. Where I am p-r-e-s-e-n-t. Less time with technology and more time with the people in the room next to me. Where I show up for each moment, instead of my mind scurrying in a million different directions. Where I really value and deepen the good things in my life.

27 was an incredible ride. It contained moving downtown, making so many new friends, traveling, developing my blog, and really saying yes. To every invite and offer and opportunity. If I feel a little flustered going into 28, it’s because almost every single day and night this year was full of friendship and outings and fun, and a year really, fully lived.

I can’t wait for 28. Cheers to the gift of another year. I’m all in…

{Photo via Lauren Conrad}


Heart Swells

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My birthday is Saturday, and this week was full of a hundred good things leading up to it. I saw so many friends across the city, went to holiday parties and impromptu gatherings. I like to go into birthdays fully ready to embrace the new year, and at first I felt a little anxious that I didn’t have much time to reflect this week. But then I realized it’s because 27 has led to so many good friendships and a full, bustling, loving life… and that’s a pretty good reason to be thankful for going into 28. The moments that made my heart swell this week:

- Always my fave: a Greenlake walk
- Pre-holiday party drinks and neighbor visits
- Holiday party
- Pesos + Cajun cooking
- Impromptu Christmas tree trip and decoration
- The best southern meal + friend family dinner
- Bellevue din din + carpool conversations
- A pizza princess party with some of my very favorite people
- Impromptu stormy night game watching at a local pub
- Looking forward to a double birthday party with my friend Nathan tonight

{Image via Sorakeem}

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Robbins Brothers Diamonds & Desserts Seattle

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Last week, I had the honor of hosting Robbins Brothers Diamonds and Desserts holiday try-on party, benefiting Dress for Success. Bloggers and media professionals from across Seattle attended to try on jewelry, enjoy cupcakes and champagne, mingle with one another, and donate clothing and accessories.

These two organizations have powerful missions, and it was one of the highlights of my year to be a part of such an incredible event. Robbins Brothers is an engagement ring and jewelry store that assists couples with one of the happiest stages of their relationship – their engagement! And Dress for Success is an inspiring non-profit organization that equips women with professional clothing, employment retention programs, and ongoing support. Combined, it was a night of fun, new friendships, and a good cause. Here are a few photos from the event, if you’d like to see… [click to continue…]


Holiday Cookies


I put my Christmas tree up last weekend, and love how festive it feels now being inside my apartment. One of these days, I’d love to spend an afternoon making holiday cookies (and then promptly pass them out to neighbors, so I’m not left to my own devices). You can tell me your deepest secrets and I won’t say a word, but I cannot be trusted with baked goods in my apartment. That being said, here are a few recipes I’d love to try… Read more…


Heart Swells

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I’m ending this week with a pretty full heart. Thanks to everyone for your support of the Robbins Brothers Diamonds & Desserts holiday event benefiting Dress for Success. I got to meet some amazing bloggers and it meant a lot to share it with a few of my closest gal pals. This weekend, I’m looking forward to spending time with friends, making it out to Greenlake, and working on a few projects. I hope you have a lovely weekend and stay warm! The moments that made my heart swell this week:

- Drinks, living room dancing and Thai food with neighbors
- Hosting Diamonds & Desserts with Robbins Brothers and Dress for Success
- So much love on Facebook and in texts/messages. Thanks you guys! Seriously.
- Daily check-ins with Matt
- Another December 1st
- Kitchen conversations about the meaning of life etc.
- The first snow of the year
- Walking Green Lake with Nate and a pup
- A morning phone call with Tricia
- Pizza by the slice with my sister
- The support and excitement of this gal. So much love.

{Photo via Lauren Conrad}


Moisturizing Yogurt & Oatmeal Face Mask

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I love any natural skincare product I can get my hands on, especially when it doesn’t require a trip to the store to get it. On nights when my skin requires a little extra TLC, I use this scrub to exfoliate, then make a yogurt and oatmeal face mask. I’ll admit, the mask looks a little ridiculous on, but the ingredients are ultra-nourishing and my skin immediately feels more toned and taut after.

To make the mask:

Simply mix 1/4 c. organic yogurt with 1/4 c. rolled oats. You may find that you can use more or less of each ingredient depending on your skin, so play around with it until you find what works best for you. Apply the mask to your face and leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water and a washcloth.

The science behind it:

Yogurt is naturally hydrating and its high zinc content minimizes the look of blemishes and improves the appearance of pores. Oatmeal, on the other hand, is lightly exfoliating and soothes the skin. Combined, this is one powerful duo that you likely already have on hand in your home.

Let me know what you think! It’s one of my faves. Hope you like it, too. (:

P.S. Related: body scrub, coconut oil moisturizer, and skincare inspiration.


Rompers for All Seasons


I’ve had a major thing for rompers lately. I know it may seem like I’m about five months behind here, but with holiday parties coming up, I love the idea of pairing them with tights and heels for classy but playful party attire. Below are a few of my favorite looks. I would keep hair wavy, makeup dewy, and jewelry subtle. Rompers are fun enough pieces that they can speak for the entire outfit.

Links by number: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9. Happy Shopping!


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Healthy Berry Banana Flaxseed Smoothie

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Weekday mornings, I’m all about breakfasts that are easy, filling and healthy. I want something that isn’t going to leave me hungry and falling off the edge of a sugar high a few hours later; something that packs a big nutrient punch without requiring an entire morning of cooking. This smoothie fits the bill in all of those areas. It’s made with antioxidant-rich berries and bananas, protein-dense yogurt, omega-rich flaxseed, and immunity-boosting wheat grass. Just five ingredients, but a hearty and healthy start to the day. The biggest flavor players are the bananas, berries and yogurt; the flaxseed and wheat grass add major health benefits but are hardly noticeable taste-wise. On mornings when I need breakfast to take me even further through the day, I add a little bit of dry oats or Kashi GoLean Crunch! cereal for extra heartiness. Cheers!

Ingredients (1 serving)

1/2 c. berries
1 banana
1/2 c. vanilla yogurt (I use plain for less sugar, but vanilla adds sweetness)
1 T. ground flaxseed
1 T. wheat grass
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. ice


Put all ingredients into a blender and blend. Top with dry oats or Kashi GoLean Crunch! cereal as desired (my favorite combo is the Toasted Berry Crumble).

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