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Playing Tourist in Seattle

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This past weekend, one of my college roommates came to visit. I always love having friends come to town because – besides the obvious things like extra time for girl talk and exorbitant amounts of delicious food – it’s a fun way to explore the touristy things that sometimes I forget about as a local. [...]

He for She

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Have you seen Emma Watson’s recent speech to the UN about gender equality? It's worth the watch... Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals. [...]

Heart Swells

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Happy Friday! I spent much of this week excited for my California girl to arrive -- one of my college roommates is here for the weekend and I couldn't be more excited to have her with me for a few days. We kicked off her arrival with mimosas and brunch yesterday morning, and the rest [...]

Are you Decisive?

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I recently read this quote by Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue: "I think possibly what people working for one hate the most is indecision. Even if I'm completely unsure, I'll pretend I know exactly what I'm talking about and make a decision." And it stuck with me because I am increasingly having to make big, [...]

Lipstick Obsession

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I've recently discovered a whole new love for lip color. I love how a shade can make such a big difference in not only the way you look, but the way you feel. A subtle pink might feel clean, dewy and fresh, whereas a red called 'Wine with Everything' feels like it matches at a [...]

On Greetings

A friend and I were talking over the weekend about how important greetings are. Every day when I was younger, I would hop off the school bus to see my mom waving giddily at my arrival. And although I still call my dad nearly every day with nothing particularly newsworthy to say, he always greets [...]

Seattle Entertainment: Improv Comedy

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Welcome back -- did you have a good weekend? A few friends and I went to Unexpected Productions, a comedy club right in the heart of Pike Place Market, nestled behind the famous gum wall. We chose their late-night Theatresports show, which features teams of comedians doing a variety of improv skits, songs and jokes. [...]

Heart Swells

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We made it -- happy Friday! This weekend, I plan to go out on the boat, catch a comedy show with a few girlfriends, watch the Seahawks game, and maybe even BBQ while the weather is still holding strong at 80 degrees. What are you up to? I've come to love this tradition of looking [...]

Fall Activities


Fall is my favorite season, and after one of the best summers e-vah, I finally feel myself warming up to the idea of cooler mornings, leaf-covered sidewalks, and cozier days spent indoors will family and friends. Before summer started, I made a list of everything that I wanted to do to soak up the season. [...]

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Hi friends! Heart Swell now has its own Facebook page. I'll be adding blog posts as well as photos, videos and content that you wouldn't otherwise see on the blog. If you like what you see, you may like it here. Thank you for your support! P.S. Let's be friends! Connect with me on Instagram, [...]