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.
This summer has been a whirlwind of work and finalizing the never ending move. Last weekend I took a break from the chaos of real life and manage to fill my Sunday with two experiences my younger self would have died for. Picture this: the Hello Kitty festival followed by a Kathleen Hanna Julie Ruin show. No big deal, right? It was like my youth collided into one blissful day.
Several weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try a complimentary facial at Skoah, a spa in Seattle. To say that my face was in dire need of some attention is the understatement of the year. My face has been sorely neglected of late. What with an impending move and a bit of travel, my skin care routine had been reduced to remembering to cleanse my face at night.
Skoah was launched in Vancouver, but has expanded south of the border to include spas in Seattle as well as Boston. They promote their skin care as "personal training for your skin". Which is a novel way to think of skin care, yet makes perfect sense. Skoah is changing the way people think of skin care one facial at a time. According to their core beliefs, facials are "not a guilty pleasure, sporadic indulgence or beauty treatment. Just like your body, your skin needs regular workouts to stay healthy and look it's best." Brilliant.
The facial I received was "Fitskin", part of their Kore facial line. Awaiting me in the room was a personalized note and a tube of Skoah's Lip Love in Mint. Such a lovely and thoughtful touch at the start of a pampering treatment. This particular facial included toning, exfoliating, treating and hydrating, along with an arm and hand massage. The lovely esthetician also performed a few extractions.
Skoah products, produced in Vancouver, blend the best of science and nature. They use high-quality, highly-refined lipids and oils such as olive oil, shea butter and coconut oils. As well, they use sulphate-free cleansers in their face, body, and hair products. Most importantly Skoah does not test on animals.
The standout products that made the biggest impression were the Boost Serum, the Gold Serum, and the Dewlux Face Kream 30. The facial ended with the Dewlux moisturizer and it smells just like bubble gum. Which instantly had me coveting a jar. Not only does it contain SPF 30, a must, it also absorbs quickly and doesn't feel weighty on your skin. I'm uber particular about using non heavy products, and this moisturizer is perfection.
If you don't live near a Skoah spa, then try an array of their products via a travel kit. If you do live near a Skoah, go make yourself an appointment for a facial or two, or membership for that matter.
This video was filmed during a macaron class last I attended last month at Paris Eastside in Seattle. How gorgeous are my pink macarons with rose petals? The class was lovely and I would so take it again. Next time though I'd bring along a gaggle of girlfriends to make it even more of a good time. It's the perfect venue for a Birthday party or bridal shower. The champs flow at the end of class and you get a few macarons to take home as a memento. Even if you, like me, aren't much of a baker, you'll still thoroughly enjoy the experience.