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Welcome to Seattle, Uniqlo!

Uniqlo finally opened their first location in Seattle yesterday (well specifically Bellevue!) Of course, everything exciting happens when I leave for California. They had our girl Hollis Wong-Wear in their campaigns and isn’t she the most darling thing ever?! I hope all of my friends back home are enjoying the opening of the store. We love this brand so much, but it’s no secret that I’ve been spoiling myself with them for the last two years since I’ve been in California and there are no shortage of their shops. :)

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The Best Time to Visit Seattle

It’s actually been a few weeks since I returned from my trip back home! It almost feels a bit outdated to write this post now, but then I remembered that I couldn’t not share all of the photos of everything that I ate while I was in Seattle. It just seemed like the wrong thing to do. Even though I’m calling the Bay Area home now, Seattle is never that far away and I don’t take advantage of the short flight as much as I should. It can be challenging because I have times at work where I should be in the office and not on vacation, but luckily for me the summertime is not that time. And that time also happens to me when Seattle is the hottest and the brightest! I decided to go back for Father’s Day and a few days extra which ended up being the right amount.


Before I even landed in Seattle, I had one request and that was for Kevin to pick me up at the airport (okay a 2nd request) and take me straight to Wasabi Bistro. I didn’t get to go here when I was in town during the holidays and it was the only thing that I wanted because no offense – California can’t even match up to Seattle when it comes to sushi and seafood. We were all thinking it. Also, I had sushi three times when I was home, so there.

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Ziplining Comes to Bellevue

photo cred | Seattle Times

Most people like to believe that ziplining is something that you can only do in Costa Rica or some other exotic location. Bellevue, WA is squashing that rumor and even moreso because Bellevue in itself is not an exotic location at all. As of last weekend, Bellevue Zip Tours is now open to the public in Eastgate Park.

The area in which this course is located is actually quite beautiful. I’m pretty sure that I’ve done several ropes courses in this area throughout my college years so it wasn’t that much of a surprise to me that they set up the tours here. In fact, I think it’s a great idea and an activity that will see a lot of action especially during the summer. In June, Bellevue Zip Tours will only be available on weekends, but starting July – they will be open every day for business.

Tours are approximately 2.5 hours (depending on how big of a group you go with), and $69 per adult, $44 for kids. While the riding age minimum is 9, riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

To learn more, click here.

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Let’s Lunch!


I know I always talk about my favorite places to eat at in Capitol Hill, but there’s another area that deserves some recognition as well. For my last lunch today, Toby and I went to Gilberts on Main in Bellevue – a place that I have never tried before, but am now in love with. Apparently, we both have bad timing because I’m leaving and I never even got a chance to try their breakfast omelettes! I ordered the “Tuna w/ Chipotle Cream Cheese” under the Light-Bite Bagel Sandwiches (pictured above.) Yum! If you ever get a chance to visit the Eastside, Gilbert’s is a must-stop. You won’t be disappointed.

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Drive Thru Boba

When I was living in Capitol Hill, there was no shortage of getting bubble tea. In the International District, you could find it everywhere whether it was in a specialty store or a restaurant. Here in Bellevue, the same cannot be said, which is why I am so excited to announce that Drive Thru Boba of Factoria is opening up a new location right in downtown. Kevin let slip on the news this morning and we already can’t wait. This is such a huge move for the place and I hope if you’re on the Eastside that you’ll give it a try.

For more information on Drive Thru Boba, check out their Facebook page here.

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Blog Roundup


We’ve typically done Blog Roundup posts in the evening, but I thought it would be nice if you all had something to wake up to this morning!

  • Are you using hashtags wrong? Make sure you’re not one of these seven abusers. [Source]
  • Don’t worry 20-somethings! A winding career path is just A-okay! [Source]
  • A very quirky read on the worst online dates that will never happen to you. They just happened to someone else. [Source]
  • How to build up your social media existence professionally [Source]
  • Because we tend to focus a lot on Seattle, here are 5 spots to dine out at on the Eastside this summer. [Source]
  • BuzzFeed’s 16 different cocktails to make that only involve two ingredients. Simple enough! [Source]
  • Lauren Conrad’s team from The Beauty Department show us how to perfect the ombre eyeliner [Source]
  • Modern Manners – Are you following the rules correctly? [Source]
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The Weekend: 5 Things


The weekend isn’t over yet, but Sundays are usually saved for rest and relaxation anyways. I’m okay with that because this weekend was packed with catch-ups and good food – lots of it. Now it’s time to prepare myself for Memorial Day Weekend and even though I think I have an idea of what I want to do… it might be a little last minute! Don’t those make the best adventures though?

1. This past weekend, I returned back to Seattle University for the annual Quadstock music festival. It was the same festival that I had planned the year before so it is still very near and dear to my heart, but I knew that it would probably be my last. Similar to how I said goodbye to the Search retreat last weekend, I knew I would be saying goodbye to Quadstock as well. The chairs did such a wonderful job and I’m glad I was able to see the final result of it.

2. Bake’s Place in Bellevue for brunch

Yesterday morning, a former office mate and I caught up over brunch at Bake’s Place in Bellevue. I wish I would’ve taken a picture of what I ordered – the crab and avocado omelette – because it was incredible. Also it doesn’t hurt that the whole time you’re eating there, you are being serenaded by extremely soothing jazz music.

3. Fruit Punch Gatorade


4. Another trip to Lost Lake Cafe

Yes, I did have brunch food twice in one weekend.

5. Cocktails at Manhattan

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In Quick Seattle News…

photo cred | Seattle Met

– Din Tai Fung will be opening a Seattle location at University Village this coming fall. The restaurant’s Bellevue location is already a huge hit, but will probably spread their customers out a little bit more with a Seattle spot as well. The new space which is currently being constructed near Blue C Sushi will be larger than the Bellevue Square location but will house a very similar menu. [Source]

– The original Red Robin space  on Eastlake will soon be occupied by a Pecos Pit! The chain specializes in barbecue brisket and pulled pork. Construction  on the new location will begin this fall. [Source]

– Boom Noodle has eliminated the “Noodle” from its name and now would like to just be called “Boom.” In addition to the name change, they’ve also added a late night dining special from Thurs-Sat  10PM-midnight. The menu will include tapas with prices ranging from $7-$14 and well drinks starting at $3.50 with $1 off draft beer, wine, and sakes. I love it when restaurants transition themselves to become a bar spot too. [Source]

– In just two weeks, Capitol Cider will open its doors to the public and no one is more excited than me. Hi, ciders are basically my drink of choice and now there is an entire bar dedicated to it. The menu will also include local brews, but let’s be real. I’m there for the cider and nothing else except maybe the brunch that will soon come and for the environment that will resemble an English-style pub. For more details, click here.


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Seattle Restaurant Week 2013

I’ve always loved participating in this every year! Seattle food and Seattle restaurants never cease to amaze me. Start making dinner plans and making dinner dates  now! For the full list, click here.

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Restaurant Review: Kukai Ramen


The first time Kevin and I learned that there would be a new ramen joint opening up near us, we were ecstatic. Aside from the fact that we love ramen, the last time we had it was at our favorite place in Vancouver B.C. and uh…yeah we can’t just grab that every time we want it. Kukai Ramen has been receiving quite a bit of buzz lately because of its national chain status. When we arrived, the place was packed, but we were able to be seated immediately since there was just the two of us. We ordered the Chicken Karaaje and Potstickers for  appetizers and two Shoyu Ramens.

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Weekend: 5 Things


photo cred | Emily’s Olives

It’s December and I could not be more excited about being so close to a new year already! To kick off the holiday season, I spent no time at all Christmas shopping and instead indulging in some of my favorite guilty vices. The life of a 22-year old, right?

1. To start off my Friday evening, boy and I went out to Nibbana in Bellevue for some Thai food and then off to Joey’s with a couple of friends for my most favorite drink of all – The Bellini.

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Artizia Opens Up Online Shop

Readers, I have the MOST exciting news for you this morning. One of my favorite retailers of all time has debuted their e-commerce store this morning. Lord knows we’ve all been waiting for this a very long time. The Vancouver-based retailer is an absolute dream with pieces that are the softest and most comfortable that you’ll never take them off. I have literally gone a whole week wearing their leggings. No shame.

The quality of the clothing is top notch and the service at their retailer stores – impeccable. The store’s design and concepts? Flawless. The new flagship location in New York just opened and after seeing the photographs, it houses the most wondrous displays I’ve ever seen.

As you can see, I’m a huge advocate for the retailer and even though I am in very close proximity to an actual store location now, there’s no doubting that I won’t be on the online shop perusing first.

Readers – it’s time to start shopping. For yourself. You deserve it. Here you go! And later this evening, I’ll be posting up some of my favorite pieces for all of you.

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Jimmy John’s

It’s customer appreciation day tomorrow! Sandwiches are $1 in the Seattle/Bellevue/etc. area between 11AM and 3PM.

Details here.


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VueSociety & Yow Yow! Collaboration

Good morning readers!

I am so excited to share some news with you today – one that includes a giveaway and promos! A few years back, I was introduced to a blog called VueSociety covering news in fashion and style from over on the Eastside. I’ve been a fan ever since. Today, the blog has been transformed into VueSociety –  a full-fledged online boutique showcasing some incredible up-and-comers in the fashion industry. The pieces highlighted in the boutique are beautiful. So let’s show both the designers and Rachel, owner of VueSociety our support!


VueSociety and Yow Yow believe these dresses would be a great fit for your Valentine’s Day plans. Tell us what you are doing for Valentine’s Day this year in a comment below by Wednesday, February 8th and one winner at random will receive a $25 gift voucher to VueSociety sent to them!


VueSociety is currently holding a promo for Blaque Label sequin dresses(like the one you see above). Snag yours from now until February 10th for $20 off the original price. To read more information, click here. If you order something  by the 10th, it will arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Fashion Designers in da House!

Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos will be making their return to the Northwest next Saturday to meet their fans and to draw them quick portraits! Sam is a huge fan of sketching and even launched the blawg “Numerous Drawings” to showcase some of his work. Here is his most recent one:

Check out the rest here.

On another fun note, Diane von Furstenberg will also be in town this Wednesday at Bellevue’s Nordstrom from 2-4PM to promote her new fragrance. In order to meet the designer, you have to buy a bottle of it. No buy no meet. But c’mon it’s Diane von Furstenberg! Just do it.


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