Tag Archives: Summer

Camp Grounded – Summer Camp For Adults

Why does summer camp only have to be for kids? I love this idea from the people at Digital Detox who have created this retreat for people to disconnect all weekend long. No electronics, no email, and definitely no phones – just like when you attended summer camp yourself in the old days. Camp Grounded is filled with all of your favorite camp activities like crafts, hiking, truth or dare, campfires, and s’mores! Who wouldn’t want to attend this, right? I actually think this is a really cute idea for adults. Is anyone in Silicon Valley going to take advantage of this?! If so, gather some of your friends and start registering here for one of the three weekends.


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The Weekend: 5 Things

ferris wheel

With Alex in town from San Francisco and Lucia back from LA, it was a freshman reunion with the whole gang back together. I’m grateful that the friends I made in my first quarter of college at Seattle University are still the people that I love and enjoy being around! In addition to all of this going on, it was also Ashley’s last weekend so we had a total “Seattle Day” being tourists around the city before we gave her a proper send off to San Diego.

One year later, I FINALLY visited the Great Wheel. And it was awesome, as expected.

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The Standard x Warby Parker Short Story Collection

Last year, Warby Parker collaborated with The Standard to hold a writing competition asking people to share with them stories that are 1,000 words or less inspired by the “dog days of summer.” They selected 10 stories and compiled them into a pocket-friendly book – available now- for free! at Warby Parker retail stores in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston. However, if you are not within a location, you can also check out the virtual collection of stories here.


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The Weekend: 5 Things

ice cream


I hope all of you had such a wonderful 4th of July weekend. This past weekend had me incredibly spoiled with happy hours, dinners, friends, and family!   Can we have 4-day weekends all of the time? Kevin and I have been craving ice cream sandwiches like when we were kids so today  we contemplated at the grocery store whether or not we should buy a box of 12 or a box of 16. In the end, it didn’t really matter because we got what we wanted all along.

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Is It Summer Time Yet?

Celebrating spring in Seattle was absolutely fantastic today and only makes me more excited for the up coming season and the Seattle sun.  This photograph of this towel above though reminds me that I am in need of a vacation soon. Any ideas, readers? I’m not very picky, but my only requirement is somewhere I can grab some vitamin D.


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A Collection Part 31


Vacation time is great y’all! It allows me to get things done that I haven’t completed in 5 months like this post! Happy A Collection Day! and make the very most of your summer before it ends!

photo cred | Ren-Hang

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Wondermade Marshmallows

If you asked me what my favorite summer treat would be, I would – without skipping a beat – shout to you S’MORES! There is something about the season of summer that makes me cling to foods that are incredibly light and after all, what is lighter than a marshmallow, right? Now, I have not tried these myself, but the thought of flavored marshmallows in between my graham crackers and chocolate is making my mouth water. Wondermade Marshmallows come in flavors that include Pumpkin Pie (for that summer/winter taste,) Honey, Guinness, Blueberry, Almond, and Peppermint.

Sound good?

Learn more here.

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Katie’s Favorites of 2011

pic cred: WhoWhatWear

Favorite Style Icon: Zoe Saldana

Zoe wins again and again with her presentation on the red carpet and at press events. Here she is wearing a Calvin Klein dress in my favorite color for 2012: MINT!

Runner Up: Elle Fanning


Photo: Nate Watters | Apes on Tape

Favorite Event of the Year: Capitol Hill Block Party 2011

Two out of three days was just enough to make this festival not only the highlight of my summer, but the most memorable moment of the year. Who can turn down a weekend of great company, amazing live performances, free goodies, front row at Cults, stellar weather and meal breaks at all of my favorite restaurants just outside of the gates? You can’t.

Runner Up: Girl Talk at the Showbox SODO and being on stage!

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Happy September!

Since my university is on a quarter system, I’ve still got a little less than a month left of summer and I couldn’t be more thrilled. This is, after all, my last REAL summer before I’m a working girl so I have to take advantage of it as much as possible. It’s been a pretty great vacation so far, but I know that I’m going to make it count in this last month. Most of my friends are returning within the next few days and that means there will be more trips around the city, night time adventures, house warming parties and bbq’s to be had.

Even though I still consider September to be a part of my summer, I know that it will soon come to an end. I like to look at this month as a transitional month before heading back to school so that means a little less blogging and  more preparation for the upcoming year. I am, however, excited for quite a few things going on this month…

  • Bumbershoot (this weekend!)
  • Fall TV lineup
  • Pumpkin spice lattes
  • the opening of Momiji
  • Fashion Week
  • and of course…Senior year!

Hey readers – what are you most excited about this month?!

Also, I hope all of you have a fantastic, but safe Labor Day Weekend!


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Sweet Summertime

“Morning found us calmly unaware, noon burned gold into our hair. At night, we swam the laughing sea, when summer’s gone where will we be?”—The Doors

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Nomz: Lemon Spaghetti

Lemon Spaghetti is the one recipe that I have been itching to make all summer! Today, I finally had the time and the drive to do it so I walked myself to grocery and picked up everything that I needed to make it happen. This pasta is light, healthy, and so fitting for this season.

One thing that I realized from making this recipe was that I really need a lemon squeezer. Manually squeezing it myself made me tip the whole cup over and have to start again. Since I barely made 1/2 cup of juice with the whole organic lemon, I decided to substitute the rest of it with “Simply Lemonade.” Boom. Improvisation.

Feel like trying out this delicious pasta yourself? Here’s the recipe!

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Have You Been to an Outdoor Concert Lately?

It has been almost ten years since I have been to a concert that took place in a huge arena. Aside from the fact that I generally prefer music festivals to the one headliner – one opener combo, I just don’t have any interest in being in such a vast space with not so great viewing with the tickets I could only afford at the time. I will, however, shovel out my money for an outdoor festival. There is nothing better than having the best of both worlds by watching your favorite acts and being outside in a beautiful venue during the summer, wouldn’t you agree?

Flavorwire has highlighted some of the best outdoor venues in America and these photographs are absolutely amazing!

So who can guess the featured venue above?


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