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Issaquah Eats: The Black Duck Cask and Bottle Gastropub

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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

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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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Burberry AW17

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Burberry is one of those brands where it’s very rare that I don’t like a runway collection. More likely than not, I’m fawning over their boots, the runway trench coats, and dresses. The Burberry AW17 Runway collection is no different.

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Skincare: Herbivore Botanicals Review

herbivore botanicals product review

I’ve been feeling guilty lately when it comes to being a consumer, especially a consumer of skincare & beauty items. I have a few Neutrogena products that I have used religiously the past few years but one of the face scrubs has microbeads in it. My regular face wash is just in a plastic squeeze tube. It’s all the plastic that’s used that is starting to get to me.

I had found out about the Herbivore Botanicals brand from a few of Moore Seal’s Instagram posts, so I finally decided to try them a month ago. This is my review of their blue clay mask and red clay bar of soap after using them for about two weeks without using the other face wash products I’d grown accustomed to.

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Weekend Getaway: MGM Grand Las Vegas

caesar's palace

Oh Vegas. I will say I prefer a weekend getaway to Las Vegas in the summer when all the pools are open. I much prefer to hang out at the MGM’s lazy river pool and drink, float, lay in the sun, and then repeat. But we were in Vegas to celebrate a family member’s birthday so our agenda was a little bit different and a little bit more laid back…and a little bit more full of gambling then the last time I was in Las Vegas.

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Outfit: Snow Day Essentials

The Seattle area shuts down when it snows 2 inches, that’s well known, but when it snows a foot in 24 hours?! Break out the hot chocolate and cozy blankets. This is a real snow day! Growing up in Spokane I am accustomed to driving in inches and inches of snow. I remember driving to my high school, 45 minutes away, when there was about 10 inches of snow on the road. School rarely ever shut down. I don’t think I remember having a snow day at all growing up.

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Outfit Inspo: The Pretty Mess

My guilty pleasure is Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I’ll admit it. I’ve watching every season multiple times & have been on Team Vanderpump since the beginning. I even went to Villa Blanca when I was in L.A. five years ago (it was delicious btw).

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Outfit: Silver City

all photos by Karya Schanilec

Honestly, I was trying to come up with a witty Depeche Mode themed title because their new single drops today & ecstatic doesn’t cover my mood at all.

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Outfit: Cozy Saturdays at Home

It’s probably because of the general state of the world at the moment, but my desire to venture out on weekends is waning. Though, it’s also probably because it’s winter and the cold makes me recoil.  But if I do have errands to run, I prefer to get those things out of the way early on in my Saturday.

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