weekends

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pike place chowder has the best chowder in the entire world.

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a building on the university of washington campus and  it’s pretty much exactly how i want my house to look.

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This past weekend was extra fun because I was in Seattle with my dad and sister! Finals are over (thank the lord) and I have a little bit of time before I head off to chicago for the summer. My sister will be attending the University of Washington in the fall, so we decided to do some apartment/restaurant hunting and explore the area a bit. I am so excited for her to move to a new place (mostly because that means I get to visit) and experience all of these exciting times.

The weather was sunny and warm during our trip, which was amazing (we were reminded that this is not typical by lots of people)! Since we got lucky and experienced absolutely  no rain we took a ton of time to walk around and explore outside. We went on the ferris wheel near Elliott Bay, drank lots of hot drinks, ate a ton of food, shopped and caught up on sleep.

We went to pike place market a few times and I am so obsessed. The amount of fresh produce, seafood, pasta, flowers and more is just insane. The tables of flowers go on and on and each bouquet is at most $20. I was so tempted to buy them all!

I’m always embarrassed when I go to write these posts because I feel like all my family does is walk around, shop and eat when we travel haha. But is there really any better way to do it??

Yay for exploring new places and finding an apartment for Kristin to live in!! I hope to have more weekends like this come September!

This weekend I am heading to Chicago for the summer. Then, in about two weeks, I will be with my mom and sister in Georgia!! I’m so excited and I can’t wait to see them.

 

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matt’s in the market

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On our last night in Seattle, we ate at a restaurant that was right next to pike place market called matt’s in the market. They buy all of their ingredients from the market to make it fresh each day. Although the menu is always different, you can be sure to find fresh seattle seafood, native washington rhubarb, and more.

I have to say, out of all the items we ordered last night, my dad’s seafood stew was the winner. it was overflowing with crab claws, mussels, scallops, and more. It was incredible. We also ordered rhubarb cheesecake and cinnamon sugar bread pudding. both of which were delicious.

Aside from the food, the restaurant boasts a small but lively atmosphere and sits just above pike place market. If you ever get a chance to go, be sure you request a seat by the windows (you can’t beat the view)!


happy birthday, kristin!

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Tonight, after we arrived in Seattle, we went out to celebrate my sister’s 23rd birthday! Just the other day I was telling her i may have accidentally written 22 on her card… oops. It just seems so crazy to me that we are getting older and she is basically in her early to mid twenties!!

My sister is someone that I look up to immensely. Everyday, she strives to do her best (and always does). She’s my best friend and the most incredible sister I could have ever asked for. My life is a million times better because she is a part of it. I love you kristin!!

We spent the day traveling and exploring pikes place market! I’ve missed my sister like crazy, so today was pretty much the best. Also, why has no one ever talked about the incredible flowers at this place?!? They’re insane. I was so tempted to buy them all.

Here’s to 23 kristin!! I can’t wait to get to know Seattle a bit better and eat some good food with you this weekend.


let’s talk

Green /:

i’ve been doing a lot of research lately about buying and wearing clothes in a sustainable way. if you know me, it’s no secret that i love to shop. i do it all the time. when i am not at the mall, i am online shopping. if i am not doing one of those two things, i am at least thinking about items i want to buy. for practical reasons, such as saving money or just being normal, i have decided to cut way back on my spending. not necessarily because i need to, but more so because i want to simplify my life.

currently, i have put off shopping until august. the only places i can spend money are pure barre (to work out) and the grocery store (to live obviously). this is actually pretty hard for me since retail therapy had always been my go to in times of stress. but, since i have cut out shopping, i find that working out or cooking or spending time with friends helps dissipate my stress more so than when i would go shopping. but this little “no shopping” stint got me thinking about much bigger issues.

ultimately, i ended up making a huge decision to change my lifestyle. i will no longer buy clothes that are not sustainable. now of course there are some exceptions to this rule. buying certain gifts for people or a specific piece of clothing can always be tricky, but as much as possible, i will try to stick with it.

it was really hard to make this decision. shopping sustainably means cutting out a ton of different stores and brands. i started out by watching “the true cost” on netflix and it began to change my perspective. if you haven’t seen it yet, and are interested, it is a very powerful documentary that i would highly recommend.  so many aspects about the fast fashion industry, or just the clothing industry in general, are unfair and ultimately end up harming our environment. i went onto the true cost website and from there i started to explore more articles about human rights and environmental impact. obviously after i began learning more about this topic, i knew i needed to make a change.

i started out with a very basic google search of “shopping sustainably”. vogue had a really simple and straight forward piece that i clicked on first. it was the perfect starting point for me. they give you 5 things that you can focus on to shop more sustainably. slowly, i began to build on top of that. being a supply chain student, a lot of this information i already knew. we actually talk about fast fashion in our classes pretty regularly. although, i must say, the talk so far has been mostly positive when i believe it should be the exact opposite.

if you are interested in doing research of your own, try looking up some of these things: fair trade agreements, fast fashion and human rights, rana plaza, clothing factory wages in bangladesh, fast fashion’s impact on the environment, and how to shop sustainably.

if you’re just here to get a few ideas of how you could make a difference, i compiled some easy “first steps” that you could take. i have used these tips to get started and they seemed to work pretty well for me so far. a few ways that make it easy to shop sustainably are:

  • buying gently used or recycled clothing. a lot of people overlook this aspect, but it is actually a huge step in the right direction!
  • buying clothes that use eco-friendly fibers. look specifically for linen, hemp, bamboo, lyocell, alpaca, organic wool and silk.
  • look for clothes that have fewer dyes. the less dyes we have in our clothing the fewer chemicals we use!
  • look for clothing that bears the fair trade label. to earn this label, manufacturers promise to pay all their workers a living wage. this also means that they guarantee that their factories are safe and their production is eco-friendly.
  • buy things that will last you a long time. i am trying to buy things that i will wear over and over again. try to ask yourself, “do i really need this? how much am i going to wear this? do i really want this?”. even those tiny questions have helped me out a lot.

since i have made this decision, i have found a handful of companies that make their  items in a sustainable way. this whole idea seemed a lot more daunting before i found that there were so many places i could still buy from. a lot of sustainable clothing is much more expensive. however, if you stick to buying high quality essentials, you will find you clothes lasting much longer (which will save you money). some of my favorite finds are below:

  • veja has tons of fun sneakers.
  • thredup is obviously a smart and reasonably priced option
  • harare has super cute sweaters and tops. (i recently got this one and it’s on major sale right now!)
  • teeki has great workout stuff that is all made from recycled plastic bottles!
  • freedom of animals has really nice bags that are all made with recycled plastic or organic cotton and use 70% less energy than many of its’ peers.
  • people tree is a pretty low priced option with many different products.
  • catbird has really pretty jewelry (on the lower and higher end)
  • woron is good for sustainable essentials
  • simon miller also has some really interesting and fun pieces. the brand focuses really heavily on ozone technology in their production, which is really cool!
  • zady also has great products as well.
  • the-acey is an amazing website because they sell clothing, shoes, and more from a lot of different sustainable companies (think nordstrom of the sustainable shopping world)!!

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some thoughts

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this week was long and crazy and busy and i am just glad that it’s over. it’s getting close to the end of the semester for me and i am just itching to get out of my typical daily routine. i took a lot of time to just rest and get little things done this weekend, which felt really nice. these photos are from when we decided to get out of the apartment for dinner and churros.

here a few few thoughts i had during my “long, crazy, busy week”:

  • i love the documentary “the true cost” on netflix. i think i want to start shopping in a more sustainable way, so i need to start doing my research.
  • my sister and i are planning a trip to europe and i am so excited. we have never traveled out of the country together, but we feel like we need to before our lives (mostly hers) begin to get way too busy.
  • my grandmother passed away this week at the age of 90, and i miss her so much. she was the most beautiful person.
  • i could see the new beauty and the beast movie over and over and over again.
  • my boyfriend and i are going on a spontaneous “just because” trip in about two weeks and i am really looking forward to it.
  • i can’t get enough of pure barre. i am so obsessed. i have gone 10 times in the past 12 days!
  • i am going home in a few days. i can’t wait to hug my family and cuddle with my pups.
  • milka chocolate has my heart.

i hope you had a great weekend!


a picnic in the park

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this lemonade is seriously so good

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this weekend was super nice in arizona! it’s been really hot recently, and then we had a few days of gloom, but now its 80 degrees and perfect. my boyfriend and i originally planned on going to hike camelback, but i just recently started pure barre. i went on wednesday, thursday, friday and saturday…and i am so sore. like insanely sore. which is pretty pathetic but whatever. i am trying to go about four or fives times a week, so we will see how that goes. anyways, we opted for a walk instead.

i typically don’t like to walk anywhere unless it involves food, so we decided to pack up some yummy lunch to bring along with us. we went and picked up a bunch of goodies to snack on and i stumbled across this rose lemonade (it is delicious).  i brought some reading with the intention of studying, but we just ended up playing football and people watching. even though i have been in arizona for about two years now, i can’t get over this warm weather. i don’t know if i can ever go back to the snow!

since i was supposed to study this afternoon and didn’t, i should probably hop to it.

i hope you had a great weekend!


cafe gratitude

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i am the worst at remembering all the restaurants i eat at on vacations, so documenting them here will hopefully help me with that down the line.

while in san diego over the weekend, we tried this restaurant called cafe gratitude, and it was SO good. it’s downtown in little italy, which is a really fun area full of shops and other places to eat. i’ve been trying (emphasis on the trying) to eat gluten and dairy free because it makes me feel a lot better than i do when i load up on sugars and carbs and stuff. anyways, this restaurant doesn’t use any dairy, gluten or eggs when they make their food! i was kind of skeptical at first, but as i am sure you can see in the photos above, the food looked and tasted amazing.

the entire place is so pretty and full of light. i love the kind of vibe they have going on. i will definitely be returning!