While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fun, I still make sure to shop small whenever I can. I love supporting local businesses here in Seattle and wanted to share a list with you guys. Most have online shops, too, so even if you’re not a Seattle-based reader, you still just might find the perfect gift! Here are some of my most favorite local shops where you can find the perfect gift during Shop Small Saturday:
NW Crystals — this is the ultimate one-stop-shop for your boho friend who love crystals!
Prism — super cute, design-y items + great gifts for men!
Miroja — this shop is like plant therapy. It will pull you out of a bad mood and brighten your day in a big way.
Back when I lived in the loft, I was just down the street from Pike Place Market and used to go quite frequently. But now that I live up in Ballard, getting down there can be such a drag, especially when trying to find parking. Recently, Sean and I decided to go on a little date night excursion for a little bit of tourist-in-our-own-city action. We partnered with Uber today to share just how easy they made it for us to enjoy our favorite market spots + a list of my must-eats in Pike Place!
I have my own car, but as someone who lives in a city and is always on the go, I don’t always love driving. But what I do love is using Uber to get where I need to be safely, as quickly as possible, and while learning about someone else’s story along the way. Plus, I know I can’t be the only one who chats up their Uber driver-partner! Recently Uber reached out to me to share two stories: that of the driver-partner and that of the rider. This is the first in our series, where I sat down over coffee with Shayem and chatted with him about Seattle, his favorite passenger stories, why he drives for Uber, and much, much more.
Lately I’ve been diversifying the type of work and projects I take on, especially into the styling realm. So you can imagine my excitement when one of my most favorite shopping sources, the Seattle Goodwill, reached out to me about putting my styling skills to the test. The ask was simple: shop the local Goodwill stores and pull together 3 different tablescape looks to inspire people for the holidays! Armed with $200 in gift cards (which goes a loooong way at the Goodwill), I loaded up many carts with some amazing goodies. During the Fall Fashion Event, bloggers, social media rockstars, and editors were also given a sneak peek of the goods offered at this year’s Glitter Sale, plus tips for Halloween makeup by Tiffany Lowry! It was an awesome event, to say the least.
I’m about to reveal something that I’m not sure most of you guys know — I am a huge football fan. So imagine my excitement (actually, that word is an understatement) when American Express invited me to their exclusive Dinner on the 50 event for Card Members… literally, we had dinner on the 50 yard line at Century Link field and had the epic adventure of meeting Seahawks players, scoping out the Super Bowl trophy, and feasting on some amazing dishes.
Playing tour guide in Seattle (and the surrounding gorgeous Pacific Northwest) is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I truly believe this city and the surrounding forests, waterways, and mountains are some of the most breathtaking places on the earth. Big words, I know. I’m just so grateful to live here, but even more so when friends come to see it, too. Last month my friends Danielle and Wil Rivera of Danfredo Photo + Films visited the Pacific Northwest for the first time ever, so naturally I had to show them the best of the best: delicious snacks, strong dranks, stunning mountains, and rocky beaches — the real PNW experience. They shot stills and video during the trip and I just HAD to share…
Admittedly, it’s been a hot minute since I last shared a favorite Seattle spot. Moving tends to do that, huh? Now that I’m a bit more settled in, I’ve been taking time to explore my new neighborhood of Ballard more and more. As I stroll down the main thoroughfare (aptly named Ballard Ave), I always notice one thing: a long queue outside of one bakery. Meet Hot Cakes, a molten chocolate cakery!