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Dec 11, 2013

'Tis The Season for Savings!

It wouldn't be the holidays without a big sale, now would it!? We're offering 45% off through our shipping deadline (12/18/13) with coupon code HOLIDAY45. Make sure to cross off all of those lovely people on your list!
Happy Holidays!


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Sep 25, 2013

Rachel's Ginger Beer

Duncan and I recently discovered Rachel's Ginger Beer and I'm excited to say it's true love. I'm a big ginger fan so I knew I'd love it, but it seriously over delivered. Their flagship store opened in Pike Place Market this summer and we finally made a trip downtown to check it out earlier this month. It was so good we went back the following weekend. The downtown traffic, parking and rain couldn't even stop us from getting our hands on more. In addition to having a fantastic variety of non alcoholic ginger beer they also have a full menu of alcoholic beverages ON TAP! They're dangerously delicious and even prettier in person. You can sit and people watch while you enjoy your beverage and grab a growler to take with ya. Rachel herself was even there working the counter the second time we went! Did I mention I'm a fan!? This place is definitely added to the 'must taste' list I find myself frequently putting together for out of town visitors. You can find their products in lots of restaurants and markets around the Seattle area, but it's definitely worth a trip down to the Market to try the cocktails. I also just noticed that you can get it delivered via Amazon Fresh. I think I may sign up just for this! Check out their website for more info on how to order some for yourself.

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Aug 30, 2013

Vivi Dot Fall Faves

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I'm a huge fan of the patterns that Vivi Dot accessories consist of. Here are a couple of my favorite color combos, graphics, etc that are a great companion to the fall vibes that're heading our way- some being of the original Vivi Dot variety (designed by Molly,) and some fabrics that've been picked up along the way.

Bohemian Burst Lexington Necklace
Muted Hues Trio
Flower Collar Clip
Pen & Ink Cocktail Ring




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Aug 6, 2013

CABIN LOVE

I've spent most of my life in average sized homes, and currently reside in a six bedroom, 101 year old house that, while it's whimsical and charming in some ways, is often rather a pain due to how massive it is. The house I lived in before that had 13 bedrooms, and that was also a drag- news flash, the most space you have, the more often you need to clean. Ugh!
Cabins are appealing because they're adorable, humble, magical, and economical at the same time. It probably helps that they're often perfectly nestled in the woods or mountains, and usually somewhere vaguely near bubbling brooks or patches of mushrooms or tiny veggie gardens or whatever. Please enjoy this incredible images of cabins, c/o the wonderful blog Cabin Porn.











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Jul 16, 2013

FEED

I am on a no sugar, no bread, no alcohol, no meat, no fruit, NO FUN week-long cleanse. While it's much, much needed, I'm being a total baby about it. Please enjoy these beautiful photographs of delicious food and drinks, also known as "food porn," all c/o Pinterest.

Honeydew Margarita Popsicles


Salty Dog
Peanut Butter Cup Torte


Salt + Vinegar Potato Slices

Strawberry + Basil Bourbon Spritzer

Watermelon Soaked in Tequila w/ Sea Salt

Blackberry, Fennel, Goat Cheese Pizza




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Jun 27, 2013

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

I recently had my first go-see-a-movie-in-the-theater-alone experience which was fun and good and totally something I would do again. I think it helped that I saw a movie that I was really, really into, and kind of can't stop talking about.
Frances Ha was co-written (the other writer being Greta Gerwig, the star of the film) and directed by Noah Baumbach, who has done other gems like The Squid and The Whale and Margot at the Wedding. The film essentially follows the life of Frances, a 27 year old aspiring modern dancer who is trying to figure her life out in NY. The film heavily focuses on all of the weirdness of being a sort-of adult, including dynamics surrounding close friendships- I really enjoyed was that although there is some romance in the plot, all of the major growth in the film is friendship based- as well as not being able to pay rent, not knowing when it's time to get a 'job' job, etc.
It's cringey and funny and touching and I heartily recommend it. Here's the trailer, in case I haven't sold you yet.

Frances Ha - Official Theatrical Trailer from IFC Films on Vimeo.





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Jun 18, 2013

Color Theory: Marigold - Plum - Laurel Green - Fuschia

This version of color theory was pulled from a little corner of my kitchen. I picked some fresh lavender, mint and a few zinnia from our garden for an additional pop of color on the counter. The mint and lavender smelled so fresh and summery! The Sage green pitcher is something we normally use for soy sauce on sushi nights. The marigold yellow vintage flower against our subway tile was a garage sale find that I spray painted years ago. If you'd like to see more colorful glimpses into my life I'd love for you to follow me (@vividot) on Instagram.

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Jun 13, 2013

SUMMER BOOK CLUB

I've mentioned it here before, but the deep, dark, sad truth is that I don't read enough. I was talking to a friend last night who manages a book store, and he mentioned how recently he read an article about how the internet has made it nearly impossible for us to focus on one thing at a time- and since I started typing this blog post I've somehow managed to both check my phone for texts and check opened email tab, in case you need proof.
I feel like reading a book is probably one of the few remaining activities that one must throw themselves into IN ENTIRETY, and one that doesn't enable a mindset that allows you to do more than one thing at once. Here are a couple of books I've had my eye on to check out this summer, aka THE SUMMER I GET BACK INTO READING.

Photo by Deborah Feingold
Pretty much anything by Alice Hoffman
If you are alive and reading this than chances are you've seen Practical Magic, aka one of the cheesiest sisterhood/ magic/romance/witchy/woman power/family-comes-first movies out there. That gem of a 90's film was adapted from a book by Alice Hoffman, and is probably her most popular work. Virtually every book of Hoffman's I have read have an ongoing themes of lost love, family curses that have to do with lost love, jealous sisters, orphaned sisters, the woods, witches, townsfolk, family bonds, family ties, family secrets, good witches, evil witches, and broken hearts. Sounds so good, right? Her bibliography is quite impressive, however, and so this summer I'd like to read as many of them as possible.


Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed wrote Dear Sugar, a brilliant book consisting of excerpts from The Rumpus' advice column. Her writing is so honest and touching and funny and dark and wise that I don't doubt for a second that anything else by her is anything other than flawless. Her latest book is about her 1,100 mile hiking in the wake of her mother's death (darkness is her thing, but I PROMISE she's also insanely funny and not a total debbie downer) which sounds like my literal nightmare but I get why it's an important thing to do. It was also NY Times Bestseller which means that a lot of other people are into it, too. Cool!

Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is by Trinie Dalton
Trinie Dalton was a substitute teacher in LA who slowly became obsessed with the notes she was confiscating from her students. Three years later, with the help of a handful of artists, her favorite selection of notes were "illustrated, interpreted, and reimagined." Sounds so good! I'm a huge fan of Dalton's work, as it's kind of a surreal blend of stories that involve real life things and vaguely unreal things, not unlike Alice Hoffman's work.

What's on your reading list this summer?



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May 30, 2013

Mary Meyer Clothing

I LOVE SHOPPING. I definitely keep my adoration carefully under wraps ($$$$$$$!) more often than not, but thanks to the boundless accessibility that is online shopping I am comforted to know that at any given moment when I happen to randomly stumble upon large quantities of money, I'm a mere click of a button from any and all of the things that my heart desires. I found Mary Meyer's site via the instagram of Pretty Penny, one of my favorite vintage stores in the world in Oakland, CA.

With a background in painting, print making, weaving, welding and woodworking, Mary Meyer founded her clothing company in 2005. I was initially drawn to how simple and accessible her designs are, and the kind of pieces one could (cheesy but true!) completely dress up or down. They also look really comfortable, which is a plus.
The site is a grab bag of original and handmade clothing by her, as well as pieces (clothing, accessories, body products, and jewelry) from a range of other designers, including big wigs like Betsey Johnson and smaller (but equally rad) designers like Baggu. Here are some choice products that I fell in love with in particular.


Block Dress


Yes Ring


Zip Dress


Peppermint Clementine Body Wash


Kara Dress




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May 28, 2013

Summertime Sweet

I recently pinned a beautiful and tasty dessert on Pinterest from Dessert For Two. The salty pretzel contrasted with the sweet strawberries sounded so delish I couldn't resist. My version only has three ingredients so it's a bit more simple than the one I pinned. All it takes is fresh strawberries (I used my cuisinart to slice 'em up), pretzels (broken up into pieces), and whipped cream. It's summer in a bowl, and it's so pretty too! I also love that it's kind of a fresh take on the raspberry jello, cool whip pretzel 'salad' we always used to have at extended family dinners, which we now lovingly call white trash salad.



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May 16, 2013

HEAVY ROTATION

Thee Oh Sees are one of my pride and joy San Francisco bands- I've seen them play sold out shows in massive venues, free secret shows in abandoned bowling alleys, and preeeety much everything in between. Their latest single "Toe Cutter- Thumb Buster" makes me as proud as ever of this band, and although I haven't had a chance to listen to the whole record Floating Coffin yet, I have reason to believe it's just as magical as anything else they've created. Give it a listen, and let me know what you think!






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May 15, 2013

Color Theory: Lemon Yellow - Magenta - Persian Green

It's no secret that I love me some color. My inspiration for my fabric designs often comes from noticing pops of color in unexpected places. Our bi-weekly produce delivery came yesterday and I couldn't help but notice the vibrant colors of the rainbow chard. I love it when things from nature are colors that seem unnatural. The vibrant lemon yellow and magenta were stunning with the persian green greens. If you love color too make sure to follow me (@vividot) on Instagram.

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May 14, 2013

Mom's Day Decor

Duncan was gone for 19 days and we were finally reunited this weekend. It was so nice to have my partner in crime back. He just makes all of the usual day to day tasks so much more fun. This weekend those tasks included gardening, running errands and prepping for our Mother's Day guests.

We hosted my Mom, Grandma, two Aunts, one Uncle and one cousin for a late lunch of tacos and pomegranate margaritas. It was great to get everyone together to enjoy the sun breaks and the yard I've been busting my rear on.

The Huffington Post featured my Mom's Day table from two years ago (above) and that motivated me to put something fun together for this party too. We bought my Mom a gift certificate to Skye Nursery and I couldn't resist their amazing selection of succulents and tiny little teracotta pots.

I added a cake stand for height and some of my recent treasures (vintage apples, spotted eggs, and chess pieces) to add some unexpected fun to the table.

I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day weekend!

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May 2, 2013

HOOKED!

Just checkin in to blog about one of my new Favorite Things Ever, the horchata iced latte from TNT Taqueria. I live in Wallingford, home of the baby stroller and artisan sock boutique, so I don't find myself walking around the area that frequently as there's little to do that's "my scene."
However, everything changed last week when I was hooked into stopping for a refreshing beverage on my way to the grocery store, thanks to an enticing sandwich board advertising a horcata iced latte. HOLY MOLY, do yourself a favor and spend your well-earned $3.00 on one. It'll revolutionize your coffee experience. I haven't dabbled in any of the cuisine at TNT yet, but if any of the food is half was delicious as their coffee I would imagine that it'll be just as sacred of an experience. Highly recommended!

photo care of seattleeater.com





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