Curling Photos

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I was just at Borders, and the current issue of the Canadian magazine Cottage Life caught my eye:

I actually have been curling once in my life; a curling club in Seattle was holding an open house. The sport doesn’t get much respect here in the States, but it takes a lot of skill, and there’s something beautiful and calm about it.

A few more curling photos:

via: The Curling News

via: Stop Worrying

via: Image Shack

via: The Daily Mail


Running Away From Winter

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I’ve been wanting to stay at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs since Laure blogged about staying there back in August of 2009. Oh boy, did I want to go there. Well, I devised little scheme that involved driving down to Palm Springs in our 1980 Mercedes station wagon, sleeping in said wagon, driving without the assistance of cruise control, and making do with air vents that like to blow cold air when it is cold outside and warm air when it is warm outside. I pitched my little scheme, and Brian was in (it didn’t hurt that both of our places of employment were closed between Christmas and New Years).

The motto for the trip was: “Don’t stop driving until it’s sunny” and we didn’t see sun until our second day on the road. It just got nicer and sunnier until we arrived in Palm Springs.

Except, our first full day in Palm Springs was basically rainy and windy.

However, bad weather in Palm Springs is the type of weather people in Seattle will wear shorts and flip flops in (I’m not kidding) so we had fun driving around looking at all of the mid-century modern architecture.

We stopped in Santa Rosa for New Year’s Eve, and stayed at the Fountaingrove Inn, a place I stayed as a flight attendant.

I ate what was probably the fanciest meal of my life, the highlight being the lavender creme brule for dessert, at the hotel restaurant.

We’ve been back home for a week now, but I’m already scheming on how to go back to Palm Springs and Santa Rosa for some more vacation time.


My Muse, My Man

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Fun With The Dressform: Warming Up

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We’re in the season of turning on the defroster in the morning, but rolling down the windows when you get off work.  Layering season!  I went with a jacket that isn’t too heavy, so you won’t look too silly carrying it around with you at the end of the day.  You can wear the scarf with the dress after ditching the jacket- some lady on t.v. said it’s okay to wear a print and a stripe as long as they’re in the same color family.  Holding a bunch of tulips optional.

Jacket: Gap

Scarf: Liberty of London for Target

Dress: Old Navy

Sandals: Gap


Fun With the Dress Form: Mid 70s

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When it comes to fashion history, I think the 70s take the prize for everyday glamour.  Hair was shiny and full of volume.  Gold jewelry everywhere.  Jeans that made your legs go on for miles.  This outfit captures that 70s glamour, but doesn’t look too dated.

Scarf: Banana Republic

Purse: Coach

Dress: Vintage (available here)

Belt: Gap

Shoes: Seychelles

(Image: Gretchen Lilly)


Terrarium Update!

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Saturday was a perfect example of spring weather; bright, warm, and sunny.  I decided to get out and pick up some plants for inside and outside my place.  I repotted the coleus and chenille plant, picked up some pansies and petunias for outside, and found some tropical plants for the window box- including a terrarium!


I didn’t think a terrarium would make me this happy; there is just something about looking through the glass into the little ecosystem.  I’m really tempted to pick up a little gnome to add to this living diorama.

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Fun With the Dress Form: Crisp Cotton

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The spring weather has been such a tease; sunny but moderate one day, rainy and windy the next.  I am getting very antsy.  I just want to throw on a cute dress and hop on my Vespa!*


I swear on a stack of Girl Scout Handbooks that I will throw this ensemble on as soon as it gets over 77 degrees.

Dress: J. Crew

Jacket: Mossimo

Belt: Gap

Purse: Drika B.

Necklace: Claire’s

Shoes: Old Navy

*Vespas are more exciting than ’99 Corollas.


Unexpected Beauty

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I was shopping at U Village today with my sister, when we came across this beautiful, detailed construction fence.



I was so impressed!  I’ve never seen such a work of art surrounding a construction project.  These little critters were all carved into the wood.  What a bit of unexpected beauty while shopping.


Fun With the Dress Form: Dreaming of Paris

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When you live in Paris, you have no choice but to be chic and fashionable.  At least, that’s the impression I’ve gotten from everything I’ve read about the place.  I’ve also read that Americans stick out in an embarrassing way.  Hopefully this outfit won’t get you too many eye rolls Francais.

Top: A.P.C.

Skirt: Martin+Osa

Shoes: TOMS

Necklace: Claire’s

Purse: Coach


Fun With the Dress Form: Cool and Comfy

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You’re hitting the clubs, and you want to pass the dress code, but you also don’t want to hobble your way home.  These flats are chic enough to bring out at night, and leggings aren’t just for wearing under Union Bay sweatshirts any more.


Jacket: Vintage

Tank: J. Crew

Necklace: J. Crew

Handbag: Target

Leggings: Ann Taylor Loft

Flats: Jeffrey Campbell