Category Archives: Seattle

How to Make New Gal Pals in Adulthood

With today being Galentine’s Day, I thought it only made sense to share some thoughts on friendship. In my post-college years, I realized how difficult it was to make friends as an adult. The opportunities to reach out and find new female and male friends is just not there quite as often. You get up, go to work, come home, and repeat. Unless you happen to make friends at the office, at your local lunch spot, or during your everyday errands along the way, it can be a challenge.

How to Meet New Friends in Adulthood // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion BlogPhotos by Vivian Hsu Photography

After hosting a Galentine’s Brunch event with Bissinger’s Chocolatier at Bottlehouse in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood this weekend, I came to realize how fortunate I am to have made so many new friends during this stage of life. It’s not easy to put yourself out there, and it can be hard for an introvert like me to feel comfortable introducing myself to strangers. Joining friends over a glass of bubbly and chocolate (may I add, the new Bissinger’s Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries are probably the best thing I’ve discovered in awhile? Seriously, in love!) was the perfect way to celebrate Galentine’s Day, a day for celebrating the special gal pals in your life.

If you’re not quite yet feeling like you have as many gal pals in your life as you’d like, I totally get it. I felt the same way a few years ago. Fortunately through blogging and exploring my adult interests, I have been able to cultivate a small but amazing group of people I can call close friends. It wasn’t without a few stumbles though, so if you want to know a few surefire ways to make new friends, today I’m sharing my suggestions and road-tested ways of finding them!

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Fashion Diary: Columbia City, Seattle

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.

How to Dress in Columbia City Seattle // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog
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.
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My Thoughts on The KonMari Method & Recycling My Joyless Items

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!”

Thoughts on The KonMari Method & Giving New Life to Joyless Things // hellorigby seattle lifestyle blog

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.

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Bellevue Fashion Week Outfit & Staycation Vlog

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.

Rachel Zoe McKell Shift Dress and SJP Collection Lady Pump in Geranium // hellorigby seattle fashion blog

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)

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Pamper Yourself with a Massage from the Soothe App

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.

Soothe App: Massage on Demand Now in Seattle! // hellorigby seattle beauty blog

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.

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