Getting Fancy with Calligraphy and The Fancy Cat Studio

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This past Saturday, I took my love for doodling to a whole 'nother level. I had always dabbled with my own version of "writing fancy". I was that odd girl who loved to cursive with super fine point pens and wasted hours writing out my favorite quotes on pretty paper. So when the opportunity to take actual classes with The Fancy Cat Studio came up two months ago, I raised my hand. 

Actually, it was more like this:

Saturday arrived, and I was giddy like a Kindergarten on her first day of school. Cute outfit? Check. Ready to learn? Check. Check! The calligraphy workshop (class) was held at Fresh Tangerine, an adorable local jewelry shop in Pioneer Square, Seattle. And to answer your question -- YES, I gave into my shopping habits and picked up some adorable midi rings - like this ampersand one in gold fill. 

The store is absolutely beautiful (photos below)! Styled to perfection with a mix of vintage and modern home accents.

These bookends are adorable! I love deer/stag inspired home decor. Antlers bring a beautiful, woodsy and rustic feel to a home. I've also seen paper mache and plastered like material for stag decor. 

This pillow spoke to me when I saw it. I loved the pop of hot pink against the faux white sheepskin throw on the chair. 

And can we talk about this velvet couch and the gold pouf? For those of you who know me personally - I obsess over poufs at West Elm, and actually found my very own woven pouf last month. But that gold Moroccan styled pouf that I've admired and seen in Glitter Guide, etc. -- when I saw it in person, I just knew... it's going back on the shopping list, and specifically in the color, metallic gold. Also, do you guys see that wall gallery? On point. 

Oh, and we didn't just practice loop-de-loops and make messes with our inkwells all day... we did blogger-y things like pose by a beautiful flower wall and took silly photos. 

And no party.. .ahem.. class, is complete without snacks, yeah? 

Donuts, sprinkles, cheese plates and mimosas fueled us for that morning of learning, mingling and fun. I had such a great time, and learned so much. Crystal, founder of The Fancy Cat Studio, was an awesome instructor, and I look forward to more workshops with her! 

At the end of my class, I thought I was getting the hang of it... so behold (had to share), one of my  from my very first calligraphy class. (Right before I made a huge inkblot about 2 cms away...)

Have you learned something new lately? 
It was one of my New Year Resolutions to challenge myself and 
do something new. Share with me in comments below what you've 
been trying and discovering. 

exploring the pacific northwest

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's easy to get sucked into the crazy and overwhelming, non-stop madness that is life, and forget to just take a moment to breathe. As such, I've been unplugging (taking a step away from my Macbook) and exploring new ways I can rediscover inspiration and recharge. 

Lately, I've found comfort in exploring the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. As many of you know... I'm not an Annie Oakley. By no means would I consider myself a hiker or a trailblazer in granola munching, tent-sleeping or mountain climbing. However, there is something just absolutely b-e-autiful and serene about nature. It's so calming and just brings an overwhelming sense of peace. 

My main squeeze and I made an adventure list recently that features all the gorgeous, outdoorsy spots we want to hit up this season and through the summer. I'll be sure to share that list with you when it's done, as it could be helpful for you when you embark on your own quest into the woods.

At the very top of my list was Rattlesnake Ridge - about 45 mins outside of Seattle. It's in the Snoqualmie / North Bend area, and is a beautiful hike that overlooks Cedar River watershed, Rattlesnake Lake, Mount Si, Mount Washington and Chester Morse Lake. We crossed that off the list this past weekend, and it was actually a pretty easy hike, too. The view was absolutely breathtaking. (Photos below!) I highly recommend it if you're looking for a less taxing hike.

As I further explore the many wonders of Washington, I'm really looking forward to sharing many more of these adventures with you. Next up on my list -- the Ice Caves!

Where have you explored recently?
(Doesn't have to be outdoors -- if it's a new local coffee shop or restaurant, 
I'd love to hear all about it! Share in comments below.) 

all about those stripes

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Blacks, grey, neutrals and stripes - these are the patterns and colors that never go out of style and make up the bulk of my closet.

Whether it's navy on white, black on cream or heathered grey - I'm a big fan of stripes. Dressed up or down, they make a great look for work and play. For the longest time, I was on the hunt for the perfect navy and white striped long-sleeve shirt. I've been obsessing over these Saint James shirts, and then realized there were some better and more affordable alternatives.

J.Crew has a glammed up version of the striped shirt with metallic silver instead of white. Their painter boatneck tee is also a good option for a more casual look. This H&M one is the striped shirt I currently own. I loved the body-hugging fit look and the gold buttons on the shoulders so much... I bought two! 

But stripes don't have to be just in tee-form! Stripes can elongate legs when worn as subtle pinstripes on a pantsuit. Or better yet, they can add some fun flair to a work outfit like this Eliza J Fit and Flare dress. For a budget-friendly version of the Kate Spade one that was super popular last year, try Cece by Cynthia Steffe Stripe Satin Dress (found at Nordstrom). It makes a great "work to cocktails" look.

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How will you wear stripes this spring? 

For more stripe inspiration, check out my board on Pinterest.

Looking to add stripes to your closet? Shop my picks below! 

tacos chukis // seattle's hidden gem

Friday, February 6, 2015

One of my latest food discoveries a few weeks back was Tacos Chukis - a little taco joint in Capitol Hill. Nestled in the upper corner of a mini-hodge podge of strip mall on Broadway, Tacos Chukis is a hidden gem of delicious street tacos, burritos and tortas. For less than $20, you can purchase at least half a dozen of tacos - which is enough to satisfy the cravings for two. 

The tacos and burritos come in a variety of meat and veggie fillings. My personal favorite is the Adobada which features marinated Al Pastor pork with sweet grilled pineapple. And no shame, I ate three tacos AND a baby burrito... It was that good. 

What new places in your neighborhood have you recently discovered or want to explore?

Grab a taco today: Tacos Chukis  //219 Broadway E // Seattle, Washington

Discovering Gems with the Lisa Bridge Collection

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Last night, I was lucky enough to preview the new Lisa Bridge Collection from Ben Bridge and meet, Lisa in person! I had a wonderful time chatting gems with Lisa and the other bloggers. I absolutely loved learning about the different pieces, and the many places that inspired her new line. 

In total, Lisa made four collections for her line, which are all named after places she visited and loved! And what's great is you can see how each place is reflected in the jewelry - from the color to the setting of the stone. The four places she was inspired by were: Rio, Cascades, San Juans and Santorini. 

After looking at all four collections, it was really hard to narrow down my favorites... I liked them all!

The Cascades really caught my eye though - the mossy green color of the gems and even more so this gorgeous Labradorite and diamond ring! For Lisa, the pieces of the Cascade collection evokes the raw natural beauty of the mountain range and evokes untamed adventure. You can see it how all the gems are cut in angular shapes and hand-set for a unique look. 

Another collection I was drawn to, also inspired by the Pacific Northwest, is the San Juans collection. The ring above featuring the frosted rose quartz has a calming, beautiful and ethereal feel. 

The Santorini collection featured gorgeous blues and neutrals, and the Rio collection was bright, vibrant and full energy! I fell in love with the candy apple green color of the Chrysoprase, Chalcedony & Diamond Ring. See how I rocked the bling below? Like a natural. 

I had such a great time at the blogger event. Lisa is so passionate about what she does, and I loved learning about how she became a designer, her family history in the jewelry business and of course, discovering these beautiful new pieces! 

Thanks to Ben Bridge for hosting the event and for the lovely earrings from Lisa's San Juan collection! I absolutely adore them. 

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