Guilty: Turning down plans from two separate people so that I could stay in and watch James Franco host SNL and SZA perform on it! Not seeing her in concert when she was here in San Francisco earlier this year was a missed opportunity. She is easily my favorite artist of the year though and if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, better start now. SZA performed “The Weekend” (my favorite) and “Love Galore” last night.
Happy Monday everyone! We’re not having a Wedding Mondays this week because we simply just believe in quality over quantity and there hasn’t been enough quality to post. However, we’re making up for it with a lot of personal posts 🙂 My parents were in town this weekend to visit me and we had a grand ‘ol time exploring the beautiful Bay Area! We ate until we each gained 5 pounds and even though I’ve been here for almost a year now it still felt like I was on a family vacation.
On their second night, we went out to Sushi Tomi in Mountain View. Here is just a little snapshot of what we put into our tummies.
I ventured over to Napa for the first time. BIG DEAL because I feel like I always preference Sonoma. I had discovered on Quora that Artesa was one of the prettiest wineries to visit so we put it at the top of our list! It really was as amazing as this photograph looks and so much more. Napa and Sonoma are both just full of hidden gems.
No matter how old I get, I think I will still really enjoy staying at hotels. That’s something that I think my Mom and I share a love for. We called The Lodge in Sonoma home for a night! I didn’t get to experience the pool while I was there. It was my biggest regret.
What would a family trip be without a family movie night about a fake family?
One of my close friends from college was in town this weekend and better yet – on his 24th birthday! We had to take him out, naturally. After dinner at Range and dessert, we were sent off with these adorable mini macarons. The boys pretty much swallowed it whole, but Hailey and I still treated it as if it were regular size and took bites into it. I want these forever.
My weekend started a little bit earlier this week! Since I had some extra time, I decided to have a last date with myself in downtown Seattle. BCBG Max Azria has always been home to some of my favorite cocktail dresses. As soon as my eyes glazed over this one, a part of me wanted to purchase it right there on the spot. It’s a wallet breaker for sure, but the lace detail and leather skirt attached to it is a dream. It looks so much better in person than the photograph on their website.
We had one of our last Yow Yow! meetings at Cafe Pettirosso this week. It was my first time stepping foot into this place and I was amazed by how big it was inside. It’s really a gorgeous space.
If you’re ever looking for the perfect place to buy greeting cards, stop by Elliott Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill. These cards made me so proud to live in a city like Seattle. Also, this picture is fitting because I had a complete wedding weekend! With a wedding reception and a wedding assisting gig, I was kept busy.
The wedding reception I attended this weekend had an entire dessert table with goodies and four different kinds of “Cakes in a Jar!”
There are so many reasons to love weddings, but one of them is being reunited with old friends.
I can’t remember if I have mentioned this on Yow Yow! yet, but this month I am helping my friend Toby with her wedding planning gig and as her trusted little “minion” I accompanied her to Michael’s the other day so that we could pick out decorations! I’m so excited about this opportunity because it’s a combination of two things that I already love – weddings and event planning. We’ll keep you posted every step of the way.
When you’re in college, most of your friends typically live near school not just because it’s convenient for you and your friendship, but because it is convenient for them as well. When college ends, your friends disperse and that’s when the real challenge occurs. How do you remain close when you are no longer a couple doors down or a few blocks across? Meghan as since relocated to Maple Leaf in Seattle and we spent the afternoon catching up on her porch. Last year, I asked Meghan to write a guest post for Yow Yow and usually I leave this open ended hoping that my friends writing will share a story about themselves or their own insight. Instead, she wrote a mini biography on me and it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve asked her to write a follow-up post for Yow Yow! again and I have no doubts at all that she won’t surprise us with something spectacular.
Sunday brunch right on Lake Union!
I hadn’t been back to the Seattle Art Museum Outdoor Sculpture Park since it first opened – literally opening day! It was so nice to return to this space to see how it has changed over the years. We also didn’t want to miss an opportunity to “make” a photograph artsy ourselves.
When we decided to eat at Momiji for dinner we didn’t expect that they would have outdoor seating now next to their Japanese Garden. Of course, we had to take advantage of it and on a sunny Sunday.
Are we halfway through summer yet? Because it feels like the summer weekends are just flying by! This weekend was the weekend of all goodbyes. With my friend Margo leaving for Philly, Ashley off to San Diego and Mandi and Eric driving to San Francisco today to start the next chapters in their lives, I am excited for what’s to come. My friend Mathew asked me last night, “Are you sad?” to which I responded, “About what?” And he said, “All your friends are leaving!” Yes, that is true; they are all leaving, but I’m not sad because they’re my friends. They are going to do great things and I would hope that if I were in their place that they would be just as happy for me and I know they would. Moving on, moving forward, life – there’s nothing to be sad about.
Finally, summer is here!
Other than Sunday, I spent most of the weekend outdoors in the sweltering heat…too hot for Seattle? What would I have done if I had been raised in Arizona or California?! This weekend was so full of food, drinks, and birthdays! Hooray!
On Friday, we surprised my dear friend Jennie with a birthday party at Manhattan and the most beautiful pink ombre birthday cake. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a photo of it, but it was definitely something that you would catch on Pinterest.
We kicked off Saturday with a fancy brunch at Daniel’s Broiler! Who can guess my meal?
It’s a veggie scramble of course.
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
1. A win for our Seattle Seahawks!
2. A perfect Croque Madame at Cafe Presse for my Sunday brunch
3. Mine and the boy’s first trip to Costco together and a hot dog for me on him. Quite the catch.
4. I’m not exactly sure why we decided to watch this.
5. A new vinyl that I can’t wait to play on my new record player.