I don’t think it’s a big secret: I love living in Seattle. While it may rain a lot, what we don’t tell you about is our beautiful summers and the mild year round temperatures. For those that don’t love temperature extremes, welcome. You’re one of us.
Disclosure: Some pieces in this outfit were provided courtesy of Boohoo. Affiliate links are used in this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
The vibe of Seattle is casual, comfortable, and quirky: We don’t get dressed up often. We don’t expect you to dress up ever if you don’t want to. But don’t get me wrong – Seattle cares about style, even if it may not always be in fashion. We have the 90s grunge look down pat and have for years thanks to Pearl Jam and Nirvana who added to our already famous music scene. (Jimi Hendrix also grew up here! A park in his memory is over in the Central District.) And while some may be known for rocking socks with sandals, shorts year round, and the cold months often become a sea of North Face Fleece Jackets, some of us prefer to keep up with the latest trends. Or beat to their drum completely, whatever.
We also have a vibrant community of fashion designers and artists. While people may not fly into peacock like they do for NYFW, we do have our own Seattle and Bellevue fashion weeks and many fashion and design related events year round. And, the blogger community in Seattle is always working hard to show that Seattle has style too.
Fashion Diary: Columbia City, Seattle
I get asked all the time to share some of my favorite places or to recommend places for travelers to visit when they come to Seattle. So today, I thought I’d focus on one neighborhood that is a hidden gem and becoming very popular for locals to move into: Columbia City.
Sponsored Post: I am being compensated by Value Village for this post. All opinions on their new donation drop offs in Seattle are my own. :)
A couple of months ago, I picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This is probably one of the most hyped up books I think I’ve ever heard about. It seems like everyone, their mom, their grandma, and their cousins are talking about it. Posting to Instagram about it brought a lot of comments like “it will change your life!” and “I’m so curious, let me know how it is!”
So, I thought I’d tell you how it was. Spoiler alert: It didn’t change my life. It did, however, reaffirm a lot of what I’d always known about tidying but didn’t necessarily always follow.
Complimentary Service: Event tickets and a complimentary hotel stay were provided in exchange for sharing my honest experience. Affiliate Links: If you click a link in this post, I may make a small commission.
Last week, Seattle’s Eastside neighbor, Bellevue, celebrated fashion week. Every year, Bellevue hosts several fashion shows, parties, and free events celebrating fashion. I was honored to be invited by a local company, jcoco chocolates, to attend Bellevue Fashion Week’s Posh Party benefitting Bellevue LifeSpring on their behalf.
What I’m Wearing
Dress: Rachel Zoe McKell Shift Dress via Rent the Runway
Shoes: SJP Collection Lady Pump in Geranium
Clutch: Gorjana Jewelry Clutch (similar)
Complimentary Service: A massage was provided from the Soothe app in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own, of course!
Are you a massage fan? What a silly question. Who doesn’t like a massage?! Sitting all day at a computer, then coming home from work and sitting some more while I catch up on blog tasks does a number on my neck, shoulders and back. Usually, a massage are just a treat, but lately I’ve felt like it should be something that I get more regularly to treat some neck and lower back pain I have. Not to mention, there’s something about a massage that resets your mind and your mood.
Pamper Yourself with a Massage from the Soothe App
That’s why when I was contacted by Soothe app about their service launching in Seattle, I couldn’t wait to check it out. The cool thing about Soothe is that it’s like the Uber of massage. (And if you’re not familiar with Uber comparison, it’s just a service on demand. In this case, it’s massage therapists on demand.) Gone is the days of calling a spa or your local massage parlor, just open the Soothe app and schedule an appointment for later that same day, the next day, or weeks in advance.
Product Sample: Complimentary flowers were provided to me in exchange for this review.
When Emma, owner of new Seattle flower delivery service, Petal City, emailed me asking if she could send me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, I really couldn’t say no. I mean, is there a woman out there who hates receiving flowers? I think not.
Conveniently, these brightened my day before I got my wisdom teeth out. I had been a stress mess all day and having Emma pop by with these beauties, and an infectious smile made me feel better. And that’s just why Emma does it. In her words: “The best part of Petal City is connecting with our customers. As soon as they see the flowers, their eyes light up, and they’re instantly overjoyed. I’m often enveloped in a hug immediately. What better job could there possibly be?”