style travel

A Scottish Highland Dream in Drumnadrochit

drumnadrochit scottish highlands

I’ve always been drawn to the British Isles, for years and years I wanted to travel to England, and my first trip abroad, across an ocean, was to Ireland. That trip only fueled my attraction to this area of the world. I can’t explain why I’m so drawn to it, my ancestors come from the region and I find the ancient history of the Celts and the Picts fascinating. Maybe it’s just my imagination gone wild with stories from history but I’m so wonderfully ensnared by the region, I feel like I could visit 100 more times and never get bored.

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JORD Watches: Style Tips & Contest

I’ve partnered with JORD Watches and you have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to use on their website! All entrants will receive a $25 code to the JORD website after the contest ends (June 18, 2017).


Register to enter the contest here


These time pieces are beautifully crafted and make a unique gift, with father’s day coming up, a JORD watch would be a wonderful way to surprise him.

Personally, I love the design of these wooden watches. As a Pacific Northwest gal, nothing adds a bit of PNW flair to an outfit than a well-crafted wood accessory.


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life style

A Day at the Dog Park

It is finally spring in Seattle. Until we make our yearly inaugural trip to Marymoor Dog Park with the pups, I refuse to acknowledge it is spring. On the sunniest & warmest day we’ve had, we pack the pups into the car & head off to Marymoor. The other important factor is whether or not the coffee stand is open at the park.

It was.

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Weekend in Whistler

peak 2 peak gondola whistler view

I lived about 80 miles north of Seattle in Bellingham for almost 5 years, and somehow in that time I never once made it to Vancouver or Whistler. And even after that, it took another 5 years for me to finally make it over the border into the great white north. When I was younger, my family didn’t take very many vacations that required air travel. We drove everywhere from Spokane and some of my favorite memories for the Thanksgiving holiday involve going up into eastern British Columbia and staying at Radium Hot Springs and the Fairmont Hot Springs.

I loved having breakfast at this little café in Radium, and you could watch the resident herd of Big Horn Sheep walk down the highway without a care in the world. Each time we went I saw a wolf in the wilderness, so I was even more enchanted with Canada each time. The last time I was there was about 11 or 12 years ago.

And so here we are now, finally, after all this time, I have made it to the Western side of British Columbia, and up into Whistler, a ski resort of the likes that I have never experienced before.

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food local

Issaquah Eats: The Black Duck Cask and Bottle Gastropub

black duck cask and bottle interior

The Black Duck Cask & Bottle is one of those rare gems of a gastropub outside the city of Seattle that I’m reluctant to share because it’s such an amazing spot.

I am particularly picky about where the husband & I go to eat. It’s not just about the food, but it’s about the ambiance of where we’re going and lately I’ve been into finding places outside of Bellevue. There are some great Issaquah eats that we’ve shared with friends, but the Black Duck Cask and Bottle is our favorite & most frequented.

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7 Stylish Rain Boots to Keep Your Feet Dry This Spring

stylish waterproof rain booties

Did you know it rains an exuberant amount in Seattle? You’ve probably never, ever, not even once heard that.

I’m kidding of course. We all know the Pacific Northwest is wet and soggy a good portion of the year. This winter has been unusually more wet than normal, which is really saying something, but with spring upon us (hopefully…no more snow please), it will be a bit warmer but still just as wet. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time on this side of the Cascades, it’s that a good waterproof boot makes all the difference.

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A Darker Tone: Spring Outfit

seattle spring outfit

I am not one of those people who is into bright colors. There was a hot second when a friend who was a fashion designer commented on my all black and grey wardrobe and told me I needed more color. I tried it. I liked it for a bit. But then I started dying my hair outrageously bright pinks and reds and I slid back into my life of black, gray, and darker colors. I’m 100% okay with that now. So spring is around the corner (more like hiding in the closet and refusing to show itself), and all the pinks and pastels come out.

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