After leaving Alderbrook and sharing a taquito at Taco Time (one of our guiltiest pleasures from our Utah days), John and I dropped our rental car off at Sea-Tac and boarded the light rail bound for downtown Seattle. Since my mom’s side of the family hails from Washington, it was awesome to be able to see all the places she has been talking about for years and create my own special memories with my new husband in such a beautiful place. Plus, it actually rains in Seattle (understatement?), which is a HUGE novelty to us native Southern Californians. We could not have looked like bigger tourists in our puffy snow jackets and beanies if we tried.
Once we got off the light rail, we walked several blocks along the water until we reached our amazing second hotel, The Edgewater. It was recommended by my good friend Sarah (who was there just a week prior!) and we could not have been happier with our accommodations. Since we were staying in the off-season, we were upgraded to a BEAUTIFUL waterfront room (see photo above!) that was made for honeymoons, I swear. One of my very favorite moments from the trip was arriving at our hotel, ditching our big jackets, and finding a cozy spot in the lounge for happy hour cocktails and appetizers. Since The Edgewater literally sits right on the water, we were able to watch the sunset dip into Puget Sound through the floor-to-ceiling windows and revel in each other’s company. It was a small moment, but so definitive of our time together on this trip.
The next two days we hit the ground running. Since we didn’t have a car, we walked everywhere, which limited how much we could actually do, but made the trip a little bit more of an adventure (and a little bit more of an incentive to indulge at dinner!). It’s amazing how much more you see and experience when you travel by foot! Thanks to our long list of recs, we hit up Macrina Bakery, Pike Place Market, Bainbridge Island (post on that tomorrow!), the Space Needle, the Ace Hotel, the Seattle Great Wheel, and a handful of other amazing stops. Next time I want to stay more centrally-located to the heart of town so we can see even more than this short leg of our honeymoon allotted for.
The photo above says it all.
You’re amazing, Seattle!
While we were staying in Alderbrook, we realized we had forgotten something important in the midst of our last-minute wedding night packing frenzy, so we had to find the nearest Target (not that I need a reason to track down a Target). The closest store was about 30 miles away in the town of Olympia and it ended up making for a fun unexpected detour.
From the moment we pulled into town, I knew we were in for a real treat, of the scenic and cultural variety. Not only does Olympia sit at the southern end of Puget Sound (making for INCREDIBLE views), but it’s also the capital of Washington. So, being the eager tourists that we are, we made our way to Capitol building for photos and a chilly walk around the grounds. Can you believe that Fall foliage??
On our way back to Alderbrook, we made a few stops at the local thrift stores (obviously) and a coffee run to the best-designed little coffee shack I’ve ever seen, Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. I even had to buy a bag of beans with my latte because they came with LETTERPRESSED LABELS.
Say no more, Washington. I’m yours forever.
Just a handful of our many finds!
Honeymoons really are the best. There’s something about the whole experience that makes you feel like you’ve been handed a giant get out of jail free card. All of a sudden, money is no object, calories are just arbitrary numbers, and 1pm is a perfectly acceptable time of day to imbibe, because HEY! We’re on our honeymoon!
Dog bookends from Astoria, Oregon.
When we weren’t eating or drinking (or heck, even when we were), John and I thrifted + antiqued all across the PNW and made out like bandits. So many amazing finds at such great prices, we could hardly control ourselves. In fact, we didn’t control ourselves. We may or may not have had to make three separate trips to various post offices to send boxes of treasures back home. But we were totally fine with it. When in Rome (or…Portland), right?
Norwegian wall hanging from Astoria, Oregon.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the very best kind of souvenir (aside from a memory card full of photos!) is the kind that can be used and admired in your own home. I love that so many of the things we use on a daily basis were found during our honeymoon travels. I mean, you can’t really put a price on that kind of memorabilia (wait, yes you can…$15 per flat rate box – HA!).
Black rug from Bainbridge Island, Washington.
I’d say this is only the beginning of many thrift-filled vacations to come! Better stock up on extra suitcases now…
After going back and forth for months over honeymoon destinations (indecision runs rampant in these here parts), John and I have finally decided on the Pacific Northwest. As two people who want nothing less than humid weather and scuba diving and nothing more than colorful leaves and cozy cabins in our lives, we knew our post-wedding vacation had to be somewhere a little unusual. So, the PNW it is! We are both so excited to visit the Portland + Seattle areas on our first trip as a married couple. But let’s be real. I’m mostly excited to leave my shorts + tank tops at home and wear some real Fall attire. In FALL. #socalproblems
PNW locals + vacationers…any recommendations for us? We will love you forever for your ideas! xo
These past few weeks have been a total blur of CHA preparations + madness, but now? A much needed moment to breathe. I had such a great time in Vegas working with the BasicGrey team, hanging out with good friends, creating mini Capture albums at our always-hoppin’ make and take table, and indulging in so much food that I may swear off eating forever.
But like all business trips, coming home and sleeping in my own bed is easily the greatest reward of all.
I have so many fun things in store for this blog now that I have time to catch up a little bit! Have a great weekend!
Remember when I talked about how productive I can be when I just leave the house? Well, I think I may have found my most productive workplace yet: THE AIRPORT!
As someone who is perpetually fifteen (twenty, twenty-five…) minutes behind schedule, I rarely have the opportunity to really take full advantage of the airport setting. I’m usually trying to race through security, grab a bottle of water, and get onboard before my plane leaves the runway. Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad (most of the time), but it’s not often that I get to wander through an airport and take a moment to breathe before takeoff.
On Friday morning, I had an early flight to Salt Lake and was pleasantly surprised when the usual weekend rush at LAX was nonexistent. In fact, I was able to get through security in less than three minutes – victory! So I went over to Coffee Bean and picked up coffee + oatmeal (that came with steamed milk – heaven!) and sat down to enjoy my meal. I can’t even tell you how nice that was for a change. Especially since it meant I could avoid the always-futile juggling act of lugging my carry-on suitcase, my laptop, and a large cup of hot coffee down that narrow aisle to my seat (lord beer me strength). Once it was time to take to the skies, I opened up my laptop and got to work! I edited photos, I composed a blog post, and I reveled in the fact that I could be so productive at such an early (read: 7am) hour! There’s something to be said about having to remain stationary for an extended period of time that really allows me to focus and get things done.
On Sunday when I was flying out of SLC, I had to get to the airport extra early to turn in my rental car and on top of that, my flight was delayed. But you know what? I didn’t mind it one bit. Salt Lake has a fantastic airport with plenty of tables, comfy chairs, and outlets coupled with a wide selection of dining options (including coffee! and alcohol! go utah!). I was more than happy to get my standard coffee + oatmeal and find a table where I could take advantage of the several unscheduled hours I had before me. It was kind of the best thing ever.
If I could hang out in that airport at one of the tables overlooking the runway, I would do it every single day. Ahhh, I love flying.
Sundance was one of the first places John and I discovered upon our move to Utah in 2010 and it completely bowled us over. In fact, it STILL bowls me over every time I visit. I spent this past weekend in Utah and on Sunday, my good friend Sarah + her husband Mike took me up to Sundance for an amazing brunch at The Foudry Grill.
After breakfast, we spent a little time shopping (I’ll take one of everything, please!) and wandering around the resort. Just being amidst the trees + the mountains felt so refreshing. One of these days, I want to rent out one of the cabins (or yurts!) and wake up and breathe in that crisp alpine air with a hot cup of coffee in hand. Heaven.
From there, we jumped back in the car and went for a scenic drive through the Alpine Loop, stopping along the way for photos. This time of year is an absolute dream in Utah. The temperature is no longer too cold and not yet too hot and it feels amazing. I’m so glad my trip happened to coincide with the perfect weather!
If ever you get the opportunity to visit Utah, I highly recommend stopping by Sundance. Not only does the resort have so much to offer (including Full Moon lift rides!), but the idyllic drive through Provo Canyon to get there is worth the trip all on it’s own!
It’s really no secret by now that San Diego has a hold on me. It truly is my ultimate happy place and I can’t quite shake the feeling that it’s where I want to settle down. Eventually I’ll convince John that we need to move back down there, but until then, I’ll just keep visiting. A LOT.
One of my favorite spots in San Diego is Balboa Park. I’m absolutely in love with this place. Not only is the location (perched above the bay + downtown) ideal, but the sheer size of it is incredible! It’s home to a wide variety of museums, restaurants, and even the world famous zoo (all of which I highly recommend).
On Wednesday afternoon, I had time to kill between visiting Elise and trying to avoid rush hour traffic, so I spent a few hours wandering around the park and pausing to snap a photo every five feet. Even though I’ve been to Balboa Park countless times, I discover something new with each + every visit…the park is THAT big.
This trip, I finally found the walkway that crosses the insanely beautiful Cabrillo Bridge. It stands high above the 163 freeway and offers the most amazing bird’s eye views of the lush San Diego landscape (I may or may not have let out an embarrassingly audible gasp upon first glimpse).
I don’t know if it was the thrill of a new discovery or the cozy marine layer creeping in from the bay or just the fact that I took the late afternoon to myself, but I felt so happy standing there in Balboa Park. San Diego, you are my fave.
P.S. If you’re wondering if I ever wear anything other than that black + white dress, the answer is a resounding…NO. (ha!)
There’s really nothing in this world that I love more than a good treasure hunting excursion (obviously). I mean, what could possibly be more fun than digging through others’ discarded junk and giving it new life?! (Uh, just about EVERYTHING is more fun than that, my mom would say – ha!) Thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales – bring it on! So on the fourth Sunday of every month, I love to attend the Topanga Vintage Market in the San Fernando Valley. This market hosts a wide variety of vendors + vintage products in all different price ranges. Of course I’m always on the lookout for unique glass + tableware, but even if I don’t buy anything, it’s worth it for the visual inspiration alone! Here are a few of the awesome items I spotted the last time I attended:
One of these days, I want to purchase a giant sign like this and work it into a lush outdoor landscape. I love when urban + natural aesthetics collide, a la my beloved Grow.
The wooden crate! The orange tackle box! The yellow lawn chair! Everything about this photo makes me want to dig in.
If I had a few kids + a few hundred spare dollars, I would definitely snatch these chairs up and put them in a playroom or on a patio for outdoor dining. You could even use one as a place to stack books or blankets! Aren’t the colors just perfection?
These handcrafted glass beaded necklaces are amazing. Not only would they be great for wearing, but they would also look fantastic if they were tied into a loose knot and displayed on a dresser or coffee table. So many possibilities in so many beautiful colors!
P.S. If you make it to the market, be sure to stop by booth F-20 and say hello to my lovely future in-laws! (:
What are your favorite things to look for when you go treasure hunting?