Seattle, Washington

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I was pretty relieved when I found out that Valentines Day and Presidents day fell on the same weekend. My boyfriend and I took the opportunity to take an extra two days off and get the heck out of dodge! We went on whirlwind vacation to Seattle, Vancouver, and Whistler.Today I'm focusing in on Seattle.

After an early wake up call for my first pilates class, the boyfriend and ventured over to Oakland to catch our flight. Luckily, the flight to Seattle was a quick one. We had a total of two nights in Seattle but those nights were bookends of our trip. We were fortunate enough to stay at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, which has 5 star service and gorgeous decor. Our floor was a beautiful Tiffany's blue, with some of the most beautifully detailed carpets.

When we visits cities, the boyfriend and I tend to avoid planning the touristy things and try and live like a local. Our first stop was to head to a local bar and get the city details from the bartender. This is very challenging for me because I like to plan, plan, plan. Once I finally let go of my comfort zone, I tend to feel a lot less stressed and have more fun. We headed to Sun Liquor, a bar recommended by Anthony Bourdain. Unfortunately, being in the vacation mindset, we didn't realize that the Bar opened at 5... It was 3, so we had to figure out something else to do. We stumbled upon the cutest coffee shop, chatted and ate donuts. We then wandered around Capitol Hill and stumbled upon the Starbucks Reserve.
{starbucks reserve}

This place was crazy cool! The roasters, the tasting tables, the details had me wandering around for 30 minutes! Being the architecture / interior design nut that I am, I was in absolute awe at the beautiful industrial design of the store. The fact that Starbucks had steel handrails covered in this beautiful coffee-ish tan leather had me squeal with excitement.

We moved on from the Reserve and started just walking around Seattle, where we stopped to enjoy a beautiful sunset behind the Space Needle. Luckily, we found another Sun Liquor and indulged in their hand crafted cocktails. Sun Liquor also distills their own rum, gin and vodka, so of course we chose our selection off of that. The people in Seattle are very kind, very hipster-ish but really awesome.
{the famous mai tai w/ distillery equipment in the background}

We of course had to hit up the touristy by beautiful Pike's Place. At night it's a little bit sketchier than  the pictures, but it's not that bad.
{pike's place}

After hopping around to a few different bars, we opted for a less fancy dinner and decided to grab appetizers and another drink at this little bar we walked passed call Bookstore Bar & Cafe.We ordered the house-made fettuccine and it was to die for. I would seriously fly back to Seattle just to have this dish. It IS that good. This bar is really intimate and kind of romantic. The drinks are hand crafted and really delicious. Lat

For breakfast we stopped at Toulouse Petit. This NOLA inspired breakfast bistro is rightfully claimed one of the best brunch spots in the USA. They have something here for everyone. He had a eggs benny and I had a scrambled hash. This is a meal I would come back for, but be sure to visit during the week. It gets pretty packed!













                   

Office Outfits

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I am very excited to share that I recently have accepted a new position at a different company. While I am very sad to leave my current co-workers I am looking forward to a new adventure and exploring other areas of construction.

With this new job, I'll need to step up my office attire. Being in the construction industry, the dress code is pretty relaxed. I tend to wear a nice blouse, jeans, boots or flats. My make up is simple and my hair is presentable.

I've started to look online to slacks and dressier outfits. Here are some great websites I've found so far. Where do you shop for work clothes?

The Limited  - The Scandal Collection is amazing! Plus, today everything except Scandal is 50% off!
Nordstrom - This one is obvious, they have everything!
Banana Republic - Preppy Chic and completely classic.
Gap - A little more relaxed look but great clothes
J. Crew - Preppy and Classic office attire
The Loft - Trendy and Conservative
Talbots - Geared towards the slightly older crowd, this store has wonderful office essentials

Please share your favorite stores!

xox
Coll

R&R

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I spent this past weekend in Arizona with my boyfriend watching the Giant's and A's during Spring Training. After two days of excessive drinking and junk food eating, we spent a lovely day and half detoxing at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch.

I first visited this glorious resort in the 4th grade with my best friend Danielle and her family. For about 15 years I wanted to go back, and I finally decided to make it work.

Upon arriving at the resort in the early afternoon, we were greeted with delicious pink margaritas and headed down to the "adults only" pool. The weather in Arizona couldn't have been more perfect. It was in the high 80's which made lounging by the pool with coconut mojitos complete paradise. I finally found the most gorgeous bathing suit that fits someone as "chesty" as I am. This one has no under-wires either! (Stay tuned for the post later this week) Needless to say, I felt great sporting this bikini at the pool.

The Hyatt is a perfect vacation for a couples trip or a family vacation. With over 5 pools, a hot tub and a water slide it is a sure fit for anyone. While the kids are at the pool, mom can go to the spa and day can play around of golf, or a couple can indulge in a couples massage. The Hyatt Camp has activities for the kids to keep them occupied and out of your hair all day!

For dinner we walked down the way to this little mall area with an Authentic Italian restaurant complete with Italian imported wines. We started off  with 3 different types of bruschetta (pronounced bru-sket-ta) that made me crave for more tomatoes.  The pizza was perfect and the pasta was fresh! It was a pleasant dining experience and kind of romantic too.

While I'm sad to not be laying by the pool today, I'm glad I got a little R&R with my main squeeze. Now I'm counting down the days until I turn 26.


{adults only}

{napping under some palms}

{paradise}




Tory Tory Tory

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

We all know how much I idolize and adore Tory Burch, so when I found out she came out with a new dinnerware I was delighted. I love that she is branching out into different areas of decor. When I saw this picture I was instantly reminded of spring but in a romantic sense. I love everything about the different shades of green with hits of white. The fog in the background reminds me of a Romantic Jane Austen novel.

What do you think?


Desert Chic

I'm off to the Desert this weekend for some baseball and R&R. I stumbled upon Piperlimes "Desert Chic" and found my ideal outfit. While I can't afford a whole new wardrobe many of these items are easily replaceable with ones in my closet. I currently can't resist the Rebecca Minkoff Bag or the skinny Giles and Brother bracelet. I feel like this outfit is perfect from day to night.


Classpass

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sorry for being MIA this past few weeks. I have a few posts I'll post this weekend.



So, these past two weeks I have been so busy working out! I recently joined this amazing thing called Classpass. For $99 a month you can any participating studio up to 3 times each billing period. I have found so many amazing classes and really have increased my strength and endurance. I first took a pilates class, and instantly fell in love with it. Holy cow did my thighs hurt from "jumpboard"! I've tried different yoga studios, cycling, bar and my most recent obsession 30/30. 30/30 is offered at Core Studio in Palo Alto, it is 30 minutes of stationary road biking, and 30 minutes of INTENSE core work on the mega reformer. I wasn't able to work out as hard as I could but I am not giving up, I'll eventually be able to slam through the whole class!

If you're looking to step up your fitness routine, I highly suggest trying out Claspass. Exploring new classes can be scary but Classpass makes it fun, you get to switch up your routine so your body is always being challenged.

Check it out! I know you'll love it!
http://www.classpass.com/buynow?utm_content=11426146831
Click this link and you'll receive $25 off your first month!

xo
Coll