Looking back at last year through my Instagram feed puts everything in perspective. I realized there were some truly lovely moments indeed.
January was the usual decompressing from the holiday.
In February I attended several one day classes. The first being a painting course in which I walked away with a portrait of a flamingo. The other course was learning to concoct lip balm, bath bombs and lotion. The month ended meeting Tiffany Pratt who I continue to fan girl over to this day. In March I signed the lease for my shop, Lifestyled.
An early Birthday trip took place in Palm Springs in March. My two oldest and dearest friends (our Mom's were actually best friends before we were born) and I rented an entire epic house for this adventure. There was delicious food, bingo, and margaritas poolside.
April was an important Birthday for my father.
Then came May which marked an important Birthday for me. The start of my Birthday month was spent in Seattle watching a two night Magnetic Fields show at the Moore Theater. The Magnetic Fields are my favorite band and I haven't had the opportunity to see them in at least a decade. My friends and family spoiled me all month long. My actual Birthday weekend took me up to Vancouver. More celebrating continued back home with a unicorn piñata and unicorn Birthday cake.
In June my cat Morrissey turned sweet 16. Also in June I saw my childhood crush Corey Feldman perform mere feet from where I stood. At the end of June I saw the musical version of Romy & Michele's High School reunion. Followed by a reunion with a couple of dear friends that live in LA but flew up to Seattle for the weekend. We did all those touristy things one does with out of town guests. Most importantly visited the gum wall, which I actually had never experienced myself.
July found me in Seattle again with several friends attending the Yayoi Kusama show at the Seattle Art Museum.
In August I was back in Seattle seeing another favorite band, Belle & Sebastian, at the Paramount Theather. 2017 was indeed the year of epic shows. Then a few days later I was back in Seattle for a Mariner's game. August also included an annual visit to the fair and a screening of La La Land at the outdoor cinema. The end of August included the epic eclipse and a visit from out of town family.
In September Labor Day weekend brought about the preview of my brick and mortar shop Lifestyled. Which is currently scheduled to open on a grader scheme in March of 2018.
In October my beloved and only Aunt passed away unexpectedly. The grieving process continued through to the end of the year. Also though on a somewhat lighthearted note in the light of my loss, a photo I took of a bag of Angie's Boom Chicka Pop Candy Corn flavored popcorn got noticed by Angie's themselves. Not only did they send me a giant box of their popcorn, but they shared the photo across all their social media.
November included a low key Thanksgiving.
At the start of December I took a cookie decorating class and ended the month getting ill with a horrific stomach flu. Luckily I was well enough by New Year's Eve to have a lovely night in with the girlfriends I went to Palm Springs with in March.
Looking ahead there's a couple of exciting trips already on the books for 2018. A long overdue trip back to Savannah is happening in March. Then of course I'm already looking ahead to my Birthday month of May. Tentative plans have me in NYC to watch Mean Girls the musical with my Birthday week twin and dear friend.
So here's to more memories, documented, as always, on Instagram.
Happy May Day darlings! There's just something about the arrival of the first day of May that makes me so happy. In part it's because spring is officially here and flowers abound. Then there the fact it's the start of my Birthday month. My Birthday this year happens to be one of those milestone Birthday's. So in honor of the occasion, I'll be spoiling myself with flowers all month. Since we had such a long winter, the flowers here in Washington are all blooming later than normal. I did however spy some early blooming lilacs near a cemetery and slyly stole a few. Don't tell!
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.
Just in time for a Gilmore Girls viewing party or everyday life, Gilmore Garbs is the place for you. My dear friend of over 20 years, Marisa, launched this gem of an online shop, which features apparel worn on or inspired by the show Gilmore Girls. The shop is bursting with well curated items.
Beyond the well culled clothing, is the meticulous detail paid to the sets that are the backdrop for each featured piece of apparel.
So whether you're a Lorelai, a Rory, or even a Kirk, you'll find something compelling to put in your shopping cart from Gilmore Garbs.
Fort Ounce Rosé "Forty Ounce Wines is offering up everyone’s favorite pink wine in twist-off 40-ounce bottles. Yup, 40-ouncers aren’t just for malt liquor anymore. Though you’ll probably want to avoid putting this forty in a brown bag, lest you conceal it’s beautiful pink hue."