Though I hoped sweet '16 would indeed be sweet, it felt more tart for me personally. However, looking back at year through my Instagram feed I realized that of course there were some lovely moments indeed.
In February I traveled south of the border to Oaxaca, Mexico for a dear friends wedding. Literally one of the favorite trips I've taken of late. The people and culture are so incredible and the mezcal and mole, which the city is known for, is to die for. I saw Dita Von Teese perform her burlesque show in April. She was brilliant beyond belief. For my Birthday in May I flew to the east coast (NYC, Brooklyn, NJ and CT) for a week spent with a friend of 20 years. The whirlwind trip highlights include: a luxurious stay at the Mayflower Grace Hotel in Washington, CT (which was the inspiration for Gilmore Girls), a Gilmore Girls road trip through CT, the Brooklyn flea market, front row seats at Nico Tortorella's play Crude, baubles from Catbird, and a custom lipstick from Bite Beauty. Upon my arrival back home to Washington I saw Beyoncé perform, which was sensational, naturally. At the end of May I hit up the newly opened Laduree in Vancouver. Finally access to my favorite sweet treat and less than an hour away. Over the summer I attended my first beach wedding. How is it that I live on an island and this was my first beach wedding? To say it was spectacular would be an understatement. Also over the summer I took a staycation to Bainbridge Island. As well, the summer was filled with a visit to the fair, outdoor movies, brunches, day drinking, and my sisters vow renewal. Summer came to a close with a sunset sail on a catamaran with some girlfriends. In the fall a close relative passed away. But as one person left my life another entered. I became an Aunt for the third time. My darling niece Layla was born in October. At the end of October I chopped a whopping 12" off my locks. There's just something transformative about a haircut. In November I was lucky enough to get comped tickets to see The Beach Boys. Then I got up close and personal with YSL designs at his retrospective at the Seattle Art Museum. Total inspo. In December I saw the epic Justin Townes Earle perform at a tiny venue. Talk about up close and personal. Then Christmas brought lots of usual excitement and anxiety. Oh the pressure to have the perfect holiday.
Looking ahead there's a couple of exciting plans already on the books for 2017. An early early Birthday girls trip will be taking place in Palm Springs come March. We've rented an entire epic house for this adventure. However, before my big Birthday in May, a super exciting surprise will be happening in April. I can't wait to share the news with you soon.
I'm back from my friends epic destination wedding in Oaxaca, Mexico and ready to dish. You know when you need a vacation from your vacation? This was one of those trips in the very best of ways. My friends, Emily and Nick, had a group of 60 of the coolest, most talented, funny, and clever friends and family present for their nuptials. It was also one of those experiences where you bond quickly with your fellow travel mates because you're together day in and day out for a week.
To make a sweeping statement about the region, Oaxaca is know for their mole, mezcal, embroidery and black pottery. But honestly that is just the tip of the iceberg. The cultural is so rich and vibrant. I'm already plotting my next trip back.
The highlights of the trip, beyond the wedding, were the sights and experiences we had inside the city proper and in the outlaying villages. Which I'll delve into soon.
Oh and there was also a celeb spotting in Oaxaca. Not by me unfortunately, because that was the one time I decided to call it an early night. But the rest of the group bumped into Adrian Grenier at a dive bar. Apparently he was in town tasting mezcal.
So this was just a taste of Oaxaca, I'll circle back around and talk specifically about the food and detailed adventures next time. Also, make sure you follow me on Instagram, @HissAndTell, for more pics from Oaxaca.
In a weeks time I'll be on a flight heading south to Oaxaca, Mexico. The highlight of the trip being a dear friends wedding. Beyond the wedding festivities, there are so many amazing sights and experiences to take in while in Oaxaca. Let's start with their food. Oaxaca is known for their multitude of mole sauces and abundance of incredible street food. Then there's the mezcal and grasshoppers, oh, my! My obsession with cactus has me excited beyond belief to experience Oaxaca's botanical gardens. The city is also known for its black pottery and textiles, which will likely be where some of my pesos end up. Many articles I've read about Oaxaca tout Hierve El Agua, a petrified stone waterfall, as one of the most stunning sights in the area. Along with the waterfall there's a naturally formed infinity pool nearby. Eeek!
Can you tell I'm excited about my impending trip? If there's anything I must not miss while in Oaxaca, please do let me know!
The end of 2015 gave me the perfect excuse to take a look back via @flipagram. To be honest I thought last year a bit of a bust. Reminiscing I felt as though nothing significant was accomplished and no monumental changes made.
But viewing my highlight reel made me realize that I did at least managed to have a bit of fun. After all there were the trips to Salt Lake City, Savannah, and Austin. Not mention a reunion with a dear friend that I hadn't laid eyes upon on in at least 15 years. There were loads of delicious cocktails and sweets consumed. My craft game was really on point. I managed to go to FIVE shows in 2015: Meghan Trainor, Kathleen Hanna, Jenny Lewis, The Sweeplings, and Lucius. This was a rather monumental feat as typically I go to a single show every few years. I moved house: two bedroom with a view and a beach, if you please. My nails art was taken to a new level. I attended The Gilmore Girls Reunion, which hopefully was the tipping point for the shows revival. I managed to do something naughty that was on my bucket list (lips sealed on that one). I hosted a rather successful, if I do say so myself, Christmas slumber party. And most importantly I renewed my passport. Oaxaca, Mexico here I come!
The takeaway being, don't be too hard on yourself. Some years are meant for a bit of fun rather than drastic changes and life improvement.
Joy the Baker is the brilliant mastermind behind the mash up of Drake's lyrics and cake. This collaboration is taking place on Instagram at @drakeoncake. Now I know what to ask to be written on my next Birthday cake.
If ever you're in need of a laugh until you cry moment, look no further.
So now that I've succeeded with providing you with a chuckle, let me profusely apologize for the radio silence. Life during these last several months got quite hectic with work and a move that dragged on and on. Now things are slowing down enough that I can finally take a breather. There's all sorts of projects to be tackled this fall, from decorating to crafting and of course some pumpkin carving. So here's to getting back into the swing of things.