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. 


she lifts bro // my first olympic weight lifting compettion

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would compete in an Olympic Weightlifting competition... Remember one year ago? I didn't even think I was going to stick with crossfit. 

But now I'm obsessed, drinking the kool-aid, throwing weights around, and constantly trying to get a PR at each session. 

After a month of freaking out and training from an awesome Coach (Lincoln Brigham of Gryphon Strength and Conditioning), I did it - my first ever Oly Meet at the 2015 Dariotis Memorial Weightlifting Championships in Kent, WA. I had been to a few meets before -- but just as a spectator. This was my first one going as a participant, and I had the absolute best time. 

Nervous? You betcha pretty bottom dollar. I was terrified. 

I completed four out of six lifts, medaled and learned a lot about myself that day. I'm beyond thrilled to cross this off my bucket list, and look forward to training for my next one in a few months. 

I think, more than anything, the thrill and excitement of this competition was the fact I was trying something new - something I was afraid of. To be able to conquer one of my fears, get over it, and challenge myself was the most rewarding part.  


{ A few action shots from the mock-meet to prep for the big day }


{ Day of the Meet }


{ Celebrating our wins } 

No matter the challenge -- whether it'd be running a marathon, competing at a weightlifting competition, taking a photography class or figuring out how to make homemade pasta -- those moments when we're learning and pushing ourselves to try something new -- that's an incredible moment worth celebrating. 

What are you hoping to celebrate in 2015?
Cheers to you and your "celebration" moments this New Year, and wishing you the best!
xoxo

Photo cred: Coach Lincoln Brigham

my love for seattle // the upper left usa

Saturday, January 3, 2015


Hope you all had a beautiful New Year! When I woke up on the first day of 2015, I thought to myself - boy, I am beyond lucky and grateful to be where I am. Seattle is just absolutely gorgeous.

Fremont Bridge // image via
My main squeeze and I started our first day of the year with our annual walk through the city and by the waterfront (a snippet of our beautiful city above - a little moment captured on our quiet, cold morning adventure). Yes, yes... you may think I'm biased, but hey, I can't help it. I've lived in Oregon, Arizona and Texas prior to Seattle -- and there's just something about the fresh, crisp sea-salty air, all the green that is found in the ever so tall trees, the bustling noise of the city and those mountains... need I say more? Nature - city lights - open waters -- Seattle's got it all.

Green Lake // image via 
Don't even get me started on the food scene. Yes, I know I know... I'm technically supposed to be eating clean/paleo-ish BUT on the weekends when I get my cheat meals... I CHEAT. And there's such an amazing restaurant scene in Seattle.

From top left corner and clockwise -- my favorite spot for oysters in Seattle: Walrus and the Carpenter; a delicious happy hour place with an amazing lemon ricotta cake dessert at Black Bottle in Belltown; green curry pork dumplings one of the best Korean short rib rice bowls at Revel; world famous soup dumplings, spicy wontons and shu mai at Din Tai Fung

From top left corner and clockwise -- Korean BBQ, a parfait truck and a noodle bar at Trove; homemade, slow churned ice cream and sweet-smelling waffle cones at Molly Moon's; amazing sushi at Shiro's; my favorite go-to pasta and Italian appetizer dishes at Tavolata (it's an Ethan Stowell restaurant, and his other places are super yummy, too). 

And of course, you can't go wrong with any of the Tom Douglas restaurants - all of his spots are divine. Even Anthony Bourdain is a big fan. 

For those of you who haven't had a chance to visit yet or are planning an adventure to the emerald city -- be sure to check out my a few of my favorite spots! Here's a round-up of seattle restaurants and seattle sweet treats to enjoy.

Need more reasons to travel to the pacific northwest? Follow me on Pinterest (below) as I share more reasons why I heart Seattle - including beautiful landmarks, sights to see and more.

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celebrating one year of crossfit

Friday, December 26, 2014


One of my biggest accomplishments in 2014 was starting and committing to my crossfit journey. Remember when I first started as a crossfit newbie? It's crazy that it has been a year since I first joined Crossfit Belltown. So much has changed since then, and I've never been happier. I was scanning through my myWod app on my phone that I use to log all of my workouts, benchmarks, etc. and it's just mind blowing to see how much I've grown. I honestly can't imagine my life without it. I love it so much that I'm even training for my first olympic weightlifting competition! 

I mean it goes without saying that I'm obsessed with Crossfit (read more here), but it's more than just the crazy workouts. I've made great friends and met amazing, inspiring people through the gym. I admire them in and outside of the box, and am more than lucky to call them my friends. The 6 am crew who I affectionately call my crossfit family - are some of the most supportive folks I've met. No matter the time of day (I mean c'mon... it's 6 am peeps... it's still dark outside), and these folks are cheering, yelling and screaming with encouragement and excitement. Pretty spec-tac-u-lar! 

Well, here's to one year anniversary at Crossfit Belltown, and I'm beyond excited for many more years of WODing with the 6 am crew! 

How did you keep up with your fitness resolutions this past year?
xoxo

PS Check out the member spotlight my box did on me! I share my embarrassing secret for heavy lifts... 


santa's naughty list

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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I'm on Santa's naughty list this year... I know I know... it goes without saying that I haven't been posting in a while. I guess I just got so busy with work, holiday parties, training for my first Olympic Lifting competition and prepping for vacation. And at the end of the day, I'm just absolutely exhausted and all I want to do is ZzzzZzzz.z..... BUT no excuses. I'm so sorry, and you better bet your pretty bottom dollar, that I'll be writing plenty more soon. 

Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones, family and friends! I'll be back just right before the New Year to share a few, fun recaps of 2014 before we welcome in 2015. 

xoxo


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