Summer Packing Essentials

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Summer is the perfect time to take a weekend road trip and explore local and regional gems, whether it’s a great restaurant or a scenic hiking trail. Living in Las Vegas, we have numerous destinations within a five-hour driving radius. To the west we have San Diego for a beach retreat while up north we can explore the forested hiking trails in Zion National Park. We want to take advantage of this convenient location and experience as many unique places as possible.

Packing for a weekend trip can be challenging if you haven’t planned out every activity and restaurant. The best way to be prepared for any occasion is to bring versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down and can be mixed and matched. These are a few of my packing essentials for a weekend getaway:

  • White v-neck t-shirt. I love a basic tee because it can easily be dressed up or down, creating a simple, sophisticated look. Plus, chances are it will match all of the bottoms you packed.
  • Gray tank. This is another piece that is versatile and can be interchanged with the v-neck. Pair it with shorts and sandals for an easy ensemble.
  • Simple, black dress. There’s a reason why every woman should own a LBD – they are elegant and create an instant outfit. For day, pair it with your shades and throw your hair in a top knot; for night, add a statement necklace and let your hair down in beachy waves.
  • Floral skirt. This floral, asymmetrical skirt can be worn for both daytime excursions and a night out on the town. It’s trendy and easily paired with both tops.
  • Denim shorts. An obvious favorite because they are comfy, casual and neutral. For an unexpected look, dress up the distressed denim and a basic tee with a colorful statement necklace.
  • Neutral tote. Since you’ll be living out of a suitcase, it’s ideal to have  a large tote that carries all of your essentials (sunglasses, sunscreen, wallet, camera, etc.). A neutral-colored bag that matches the other pieces you packed will make it easy to grab and go.
  • Classic sandals. Flat sandals that are comfortable to walk in are a must. For maximum packing efficiency, it helps if they match your casual outfits, but also look dressy enough for a nice restaurant.
  • Aviators. These stylish shades make any outfit look effortlessly put together. They will also come in handy if you are doing some outdoor sightseeing.
  • Statement necklace. This is the easiest way to fancy up a basic tee or dress. Add the stand-out accessory to your basic ensemble and you have an entirely new outfit!
  • Straw fedora. No time to wash your hair before your next activity? A stylish straw hat and side braid can fix that!

 

San Diego To-Do List

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Although it may seem like all we did was eat while visiting San Diego (check out my favorite restaurants here), we actually did a lot of sightseeing, too. We explored the beautiful Balboa Park, kayaked to the La Jolla sea caves, sunbathed in front of the famous Hotel del Coronado and cheered on the Padres. From museums and parks to shopping and beaches, there is so much to do and see. The quaint neighborhoods along the beach were a welcomed break from the desert. I also enjoyed the chic, urban areas with trendy restaurants and stylish boutiques. We didn’t make it to everything on our to-do list, so we will definitely need to visit again!

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{Beautiful flowers at the rose garden inside Balboa Park}

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{Balboa Park Carousel}

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{The deer on the vintage carousel reminds me of trendy home decor}

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{Colorful patio inside Balboa Park’s Spanish Art Village Center}

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{My floral shades checking out La Jolla}

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{Hotel del Coronado}

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{Seaport Village Fudge Shop. I love the pink, retro look of the storefront.}

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{Padres baseball game on the 4th of July}

San Diego Treats

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Rob and I went to San Diego last weekend for a wedding, so I did a lot of research and made a list of places to visit since we had never been. Of course my top priority was finding the best restaurants. Although we didn’t have time to try them all, we did have several scrumptious meals! San Diego has a fun culinary scene with a variety of fresh seafood and chic gastropubs. Gaslamp Quarter is full of trendy dining destinations and we also liked Little Italy, which has a bustling farmers’ market. We tend to stay within the $ to $$ range on Yelp, so the below restaurants are pretty affordable, but still delicious!

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My favorite restaurants + bars:

  • Prepkitchen. I knew this was going to be a great restaurant when I walked in and saw the rustic chic décor. We went on a Saturday afternoon when they were still serving brunch, so I ordered the chilaquiles made with chipotle braised chicken, avocado, onion, queso fresco and over-medium eggs. It had great flavor! My friend ordered the poppy seed pancakes topped with strawberries, rhubarb whipped cream and almond crumble – it was unreal! With the fluffy pancakes and flavorful toppings, she definitely had the best order. They also offer a self-serve coffee and scone bar (pictured above), which I thought was a cute idea.
  • Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill. Rob and I love watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so we try to visit at least one of those restaurants when we go to a new city. Since we were in San Diego, we also wanted to take advantage of the fresh, local seafood. Blue Water did not disappoint! I loved the mini Calico Amber Ale beer-battered shrimp tacos. The portions are good-sized, too, so you definitely get your money’s worth.
  • Donut Bar. Before heading home we stopped for some sweet treats. The artisan doughnuts come in a variety of delicious flavors, such as salted caramel (pictured below), Nutella, red velvet and chocolate espresso. These doughnuts are HUGE. I thought they might be a little overpriced when I was looking up the flavors online, but these are at least three times as large as a typical grocery store cake doughnut. We were in a sugar coma on our drive home, but well worth it!
  • El Indio. This popular San Diego establishment catered the wedding, which made for a tasty fiesta! We enjoyed the mini chicken burritos, fish tacos and chips topped with guacamole. Next time we will try out the actual restaurant, too!
  • The Fish Market. After touring the USS Midway, we were starving and looking to grab some grub right on the harbor. We came across this waterfront restaurant and had a savory lunch while sitting in the sun. It was pretty crowded, but we found a table on the deck with an amazing view of the water. We loved the baked crab & artichoke dip and king crab BLT.
  • Werewolf. Before heading to the Padres game on the 4th of July we fueled up at this American pub with seared ahi soba noodles and some drinks. It’s a fun atmosphere with a great menu and within walking distance of the stadium.
  • Frost Me. While looking for some waterfront attractions I came across Seaport Village, which is full of shops, restaurants and entertainment. I saw that there was a gourmet cupcake shop that had been a champion on Cupcake Wars, so I immediately added it to our to-do list. Located in the heart of the bustling village, the bakery has a long list of classic and specialty flavors. I tried mocha (pictured below), which was made with chocolate cake topped with a layer of chocolate ganache, espresso frosting and crushed espresso beans – delicious!
  • Noble Experiment. This chic speakeasy is hidden inside Neighborhood, a gastropub located in Gaslamp. To get in you have to text a number to make reservation. Luckily, they were able to squeeze the eight of us in last-minute. After you walk through the secret entrance, you’ll find an intimate bar where they specialize in craft cocktails. I didn’t know what I wanted, so I told the bartender I liked wine. He made a delicious drink with fortified wine and strawberries. It was exactly what I wanted without even knowing.
  • Taste and Thirst. This restaurant is divided into a bar and an eating area (hence taste AND thirst). When we stopped by, they were offering a 4th of July special, which was half off of all drinks. We are always down for a cheap drink! It’s a casual atmosphere with a tasty menu – hello, truffle fries!
  • Shiku sushi. Located in the heart of La Jolla, this tasty sushi restaurant has fresh seafood and unique rolls – we loved the soft shell crab. It was the perfect post-kayaking lunch.
  • South Beach Bar & Grille. Great food and great deals! We enjoyed the Taco Tuesday specials – all tacos were $2.75 and much larger than I expected for that price. Great surfside dining!

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Do you have any suggestions on where to eat next time? Let me know :)

 

Sprinkles Cupcakes

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The forecast calls for a lot of Sprinkles in Las Vegas – at least for cupcake lovers like myself! I couldn’t wait to try these sweet treats from Sprinkles Cupcakes when it opened at The LINQ this spring.

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In addition to the vast selection of cupcakes, Sprinkles also makes ice cream! Since I couldn’t decide between the two, I went for the cupcake sundae made with salted caramel ice cream and a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting. The cupcake is cut in half with the bottom at the base of the sundae, which is topped with the ice cream and then finished with the top half of the cupcake. It’s like a cupcake ice cream sandwich – amazing!

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Another fun feature is the Cupcake ATM. Located outside of the shop, it allows you to choose between the flavors of the day and then you watch a crane pick up the cupcake, put it in the box and when the little door opens, you’re cupcake is ready to eat!

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Chocolate cupcakes are my go-to and my standard of measurement for cupcakes shops. This dark chocolate flavor did not disappoint. And how can you beat this view?

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A Day at the Park

I love Downtown Las Vegas because it’s a great escape from the Strip and the cool, laid-back vibe reminds me a little bit of Seattle. I wanted to share some pictures of the quirky, whimsical decor at Park on Fremont since it’s so unique, but I could also see the eclectic style trending on Pinterest. The vintage-yet-modern look is so popular right now and makes me want to go spray paint my boring, brown furniture! Plus they serve delicious drinks, like the Pillow Talk and Trophy Wife, in Mason jars… LOVE!

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Home for the Holidays

Like the song says, “There’s no place like home for the holidays!” I’ve never found this so true until I was visiting Seattle last weekend. I’m not used to the sunny winters and brown scenery of Las Vegas, so it didn’t really feel like Christmas until I was able to see the green trees, gray skies and Christmas lights on the Space Needle. Below are a few photos from my quick trip.

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(1) My mom still hangs stockings for all of the kids (and the three dogs) in the family. (2) My pink “J” stocking. (3) As you can tell by the frozen fountain, it was a little chilly shopping at University Village – it got down to 15 degrees! (4) Although it was cold, I had to get the salted caramel ice cream from Molly Moon’s. (5) Ok, I also had to get my favorite cupcake from Trophy (6) I was just as excited (if not more…) to see my dogs as I was my parents. (7) Muddy – our sweet, old lab.

Life Is Beautiful

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20131102-194502.jpgWe had an amazing time and I’m so glad we were able to experience the inaugural Life Is Beautiful festival.

Fall in Washington

You can’t beat fall in Washington. Living in Las Vegas has made me appreciate it even more. It’s hard to enjoy a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks when it is still 80 degrees outside or carve pumpkins to put outside your front door when there are palm trees in your yard. Plus the selection of pumpkins and fresh produce can’t compare. When I took a trip home in September I made sure to stop by Snohomish where fall was definitely in the air! Below are a few photos from my trip that I wanted to share. Hope they help everyone get into the seasonal spirit :)

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Happy Fall! 

 

Celebrating 100 Posts With Almost 100 Cupcakes!

Get ready for a cupcake overload! Last weekend I went to the Las Vegas Cupcake Bake-Off. Basically it was my idea of Heaven: as many cupcakes as you can eat, cocktails and country music. There were about 50 vendors competing in the bake-off. Each of them had a themed display that highlighted their unique flavors. Although we didn’t get to sample all of their flavors, Gigi’s cupcakes provided as many mini cupcakes as you can eat! I tried most of them, obviously. The salted caramel was my favorite!

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Below are some of my favorite displays.

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The Great Gatsby meets cupcakes.
I loved this 1920’s-themed display. The teenaged baker even donned 20s apparel and a cute feathered headband. If I were a cupcake I like to think this would be me. Sweet, classy, pretty and sophisticated.

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Bonjour, delicious cupcake!
This Parisian-inspired display with strawberry macaron cupcakes was another favorite of mine. It makes me feel like I’m sitting at a dainty table on the sidewalks of Paris while enjoying this fashionable treat. Maybe there is a little dog, too. Yep, I think that completes the idealistic picture in my mind.

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Sweet and salty.
Love churros? Then you will love this cupcake! With cinnamon cake, cinnamon buttercream, a mini churro and decorative salted caramel, this tasty treat has to be amazing!

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Cupcake Lane.
Take a trip through Candy Land with these delicate desserts! The vanilla funfetti cake is topped with cotton candy buttercream, a cotton candy puff and homemade candy. Doesn’t get much sweeter than that!

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The perfect picnic… for dessert!
Thought that was a juicy burger and buttery corn on the cob? Think again. The corn on the cob is a chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream, topped with jelly beans and a yellow starburst for the butter. This is my kind of BBQ!

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I mustache you a question...
How could you not like the looks of this cupcake?! This chocolate-y delight is topped with a decorative mustache, which is right on trend with the mustache merchandise that is appearing everywhere.

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Drop it like it’s hot.
A few bakers displayed their cupcakes in cocktail glasses, which is such a cute idea! I could drink this raspberry lemon drop cupcake right up!

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You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!

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Love the retro kitchen theme! 

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Mugs of hot cocoa are so yesterday.
I’m loving this Kahlua hot chocolate cupcake with marshmallow buttercream! Can I just curl up by a fireplace and watch the snow fall outside the window with one of these in my hand?

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Let’s take shots!
Of chocolate liqueur, that is. Can’t forget pretzels, the traditional bar snack. This is one thought-out cupcake!

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A little sweet, a little salty, a lot of flavor!
With a caramel cake, peanut butter and caramel filling topped with chocolate icing and a chocolate-dipped pretzel, this cupcake is definitely a palette-pleaser.

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Most interesting flavor goes to… Shrimp?
The cornbread cupcake is topped with shrimp. Not sure how I feel about that combination.

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Fiesta con cupcakes!
No need for a margarita when you have this chocolate chipotle bacon cupcake to spice up a party.

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Luck of the Irish.
Whether it’s St. Patty’s Day or you just enjoy this dark bar, a Guinness cupcake is best served in a glass!

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Holy, Cannoli! 

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Paradise found.
I’ll take a beach and/or a cupcake any day.

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Viva Las Cupcakes!
It wouldn’t be the Las Vegas Bake-Off without a slot machine. I’ll take chocolate chips over poker chips any day!

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Stylin’ shoe-cakes.
Dress up your cupcake with a cookie heel!

{Hope you enjoyed this calorie-free tour!}

Hello, Sunshine!

Better late than never… here are some of my pictures from our trip to Cabo!

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This was the gorgeous view from our favorite restaurant at our hotel: 20130608-173422.jpgI learned that I LOVE SUSHI! I’m obsessed. Especially with tempura rolls. I didn’t know there was deep fried sushi!20130608-173356.jpg20130608-173432.jpg20130608-173448.jpg20130608-173459.jpg20130608-173509.jpg20130608-173517.jpgThe world’s smallest bar: 20130608-173543.jpgWe took a boat ride to Lover’s Beach, which was beautiful!20130608-173552.jpg20130608-173559.jpg20130608-173606.jpg20130608-173618.jpg20130608-173624.jpg20130608-173718.jpg

We got a little adventurous and went zip lining. It was so much fun!

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It was a great trip full of relaxation, adventure and sun!

 

Gorgeous Glass

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I don’t love museums and I’m not much of an “art” person, but Chihuly Garden and Glass is AMAZING! It was on my checklist of places to visit before I move (so long Seattle, viva Las Vegas!), so my roommate, Alie, and I set out for a little adventure to Seattle Center with our cameras in hand. Dale Chihuly is a local artist, but has created pieces all over the world. This collection of his work is absolutely beautiful. My favorite feature is the glasshouse that you can see the Space Needle through.  The outdoor glass garden is stunning, too! There is also a cafe and a bookstore full of souvenirs. Here are some of the pictures I took. Professional photographers are also there to take your picture, which you can email to yourself for free!

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Persian Ceiling.

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This tower is part of the sealife room.

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Mille Fiori (Italian for ‘a thousand flowers’).

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There are several chandeliers in the exhibition.

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Macchia Forest.

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Glasshouse.

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Alie being artsy with her “fancy cam.”

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The Glasshouse and the Sun, which is the center of the garden.

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The Sun and the Space Needle. Even though I see the Space Needle almost every day, I still think it is so cool.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass is a must-see in Seattle! It should definitely be ranked up there with Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and the Seattle Great Wheel as top tourist attractions. Although locals should definitely check it out, too!

White Sand Wonderland

While I was visiting my boyfriend in New Mexico we went to White Sands National Monument, which is about 20 minutes south of Alamogordo. It was beautiful! They have sleds that you can purchase (and they will buy them back) so that you can sled down the dunes. It feels weird because it is much slower than snow. As you will see, my boyfriend tumbled all the way down. We were so lucky to run into a professional photographer, Patricia Raglin. She took these amazing photos of us! This was by far my favorite place that we went that week because it is so peaceful, quiet and a welcomed change from the surrounding brown landscape.

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Eating in El Paso

Howdy, y’all! This Seattle girl is about to experience the Southwest! My boyfriend, Rob, is living in New Mexico right now, so I will be visiting him this week! I flew in to El Paso since it is only an hour and a half away from Holloman Air Force Base, which is where he is stationed. We spent our first 24 hours together exploring El Paso through our stomachs. We love food and found some delicious restaurants!

Stop 1: Chico’s Tacos. This was our first stop after leaving the airport. While researching places to go in El Paso, I came across this fast food restaurant because it had been on The Food Network’s show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. We tried the rolled beef tacos, which they are famous for. These fried, rolled tortillas are stuffed with beef, topped with cheese and served floating in tomato juice. They were tasty and different from most Mexican food, but I wouldn’t say it’s the best thing I’ve ever eaten. I liked the hot dog sandwich better. Two hot dogs were cut in half and served on a hamburger bun with chili, mustard and pickles. It was a great combination!

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Stop 2: L & J Cafe. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves delicious, authentic Mexican food. I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed after looking at their expansive menu and tasting their chips and salsa (amazing!). I couldn’t decide what to get so I ordered the combo tacos, which included one guacamole taco (my favorite!), one chicken taco and one meat taco. The tortillas were cooked perfectly and the filling was very flavorful! Rob ordered the sirloin chile con queso. It was delicious! I learned that they like to put green chile on everything down here. I thought it would be spicy (which I can’t stand), but it wasn’t and it added so much flavor! Needless to say I stole a few bites off of his plate… Okay, more than a few.

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Stop 3: Crave Kitchen & Bar. Last, but definitely not least! When we went for brunch around noon there was a 30 minute wait, but it was completely worth it! The modern decor, yet casual, local atmosphere was perfect for enjoying the amazing food. I couldn’t pass up the turkey, brie and bacon sandwich. It came on ciabatta bread with garlic aoili, cranberry chutney and lettuce. I chose sweet potato waffle fries as my side, which were cooked perfectly! I hate when they don’t even taste like sweet potatoes because they are too fried, so these were amazing! Rob got the biscuits and green chile gravy, which came with two eggs, sausage and a side. His side was green chile mac ‘n cheese. I’ve learned that green chile makes everything better! We finished off our meal with the “pot” brownie, which got its name because it is served in a pot (just in case there is any confusion… ha). It was topped with vanilla gelato, pecans and caramel sauce. It was the perfect ending to our time in El Paso.

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Theo Chocolate Tour

It’s no secret that I love chocolate, but it’s possible that my mom loves it even more. Theo is one of our favorites, so we decided to go on the tour of their factory! It’s very interesting because you learn how the chocolate is made and get to see the machines that transform it from a bean to a bar. The Confection Kitchen is another stop on tour. Here you get to see the caramels and truffles being hand-crafted (plus you get to sample some!). The final destination is the retail store, which is where they sell the delicious chocolates, T-shirts, coffee mugs and other chocolate-related goodies (as well as MORE samples). Below are some pictures from the tour.

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Fun in Fremont

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After living in Seattle for five years now, how have I never been to the Fremont Sunday Market before?! There is food, mobile clothing boutiques, jewelry, crafts, home decor and thrift store-type items, so basically everything I love! My roommates and I had the best time. They both got some delicious jam from a stand that sold unique flavors such as raspberry chipotle (which had beer in it, too, although you couldn’t taste it). I enjoyed the booth selling gluten-free pastries! However, the mobile clothing boutiques were my favorite. These repurposed school buses and trailers were as cute on the outside as they were the inside! One was even heated and had a dressing room. They had a surprisingly big selection of cute clothes, accessories and purses. Check out the pictures of our weekend adventure below :)

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To Wyoming and Beyond!

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Howdy! Recently my boyfriend and I took a road trip to his hometown, Laramie, Wyoming. He was driving from Seattle to New Mexico, which is where he will be living for four months, so I decided to go along for the ride! I’ve never been to that part of the country, so it was amazing to see all of the beautiful sites! We stopped in Ogden, Utah the first night and went to dinner at the Rooster, a local restaurant and brewery. It was delicious and had a cute, country feel to it.

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The next day we hit the road and didn’t stop until Laramie! We arrived just in time for a pretty sunset.

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On our first full day we went to the University of Wyoming, where he went to college. Apparently they also call it “U-Dub,” but I like to refer to it as the “fake UW” because, as a University of Washington graduate, I believe we are the one and only. However I did end up getting this T-shirt… Go cowboys!

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We went to a “UW” basketball game one night when they were playing Boise State. This UW team was undefeated, so we were excited to see a win! It was such an exciting game! There were 10 lead changes and 8 ties throughout it. UW lost by three points on a buzzer-beater! I guess I’m bad luck… (there’s more too this later). After the game we went to a bar called The Library. The bartenders wore shirts that said, “Don’t lie to your parents, tell them you’re at The Library.” How clever!


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While we were in Laramie we also went ice skating and walked around downtown. There are a lot of cute storefronts, including a clothing boutique called “Bakery.” I love that it combines my two favorite things: fashion and baking! There was even a pink Christmas tree! This is me expressed through a store! Inspiration for my future, perhaps? :)

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On our final day together we went to Denver. We spent the afternoon walking up and down 16th St. and shopping at Cherry Creek Mall. It was the first time I’d seen a Nordstrom in a week, so I was starting to feel back at home. While in Denver, the Broncos were playing in the NFL playoffs. Of course since I was in town, they lost. So did the Seahawks when I returned to Seattle. Like I said, I’m bad luck.

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Also, as a country music fan, I had to stop by Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. We didn’t actually eat there, but I got the tourist shot I wanted!

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I had a great time, but you can’t beat coming home to Washington on a sunny day! Also, 33 degrees feels warm compared to the two degrees I experienced in Wyoming. My hair even froze at one point. Needless to say, it was good to see Seattle!

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