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#LikeAGirl & #ShineStrong

I’ve never been so happy to see some of the commercials that are now being shown on the TV. I usually go do my errands or mute the TV when there’s a break from my show but because of Pantene and Always I’m sitting there totally enthralled with what is being broadcasted.

Their #LikeAGirl and #ShineStrong campaigns are so invigorating! The way they are presented is one that represents unity and helping each other in an intelligent way rather than some past efforts that may have come across aggressive. They’re so relatable as well!

My personal favorite is the #NotSorry commercial from Pantene because I personally do this on a daily basis, but not anymore!

Whilst training to become a pilot I have been overwhelmed by support and the help of people around me but I have also come up against some resistance because of my gender, which side-blinded me. Growing up I was always told I could do anything I wanted, which I presumed was the same with all girls but I’ve come to realize that this was a naive assumption.

Always one for female empowerment, I have come to realise that I could be doing more in order to support women around myself and to young girls who need positivity and confidence. So after experiencing this slight negativity I decided to channel my frustration into helping to find a solution.

So as my first initial act I’m helping Pantene and Always spread their amazing clips and thus, helping to inspire women around Seattle. I will continue to find ways to improve upon myself and help other women around me realize their potential, so watch this space.

Thanks Pantene and Always!

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Events, Live

Seattle Underground Comedy

Seattle Underground ComedyI’m a huge fan of comedy shows. I actually think that might be an understatement… ok so I LOVE comedy shows. Stand-up to be precise.

As you can see from my demographically scattered blog I’ve visited a few places and comedy shows are always something I try to visit in every country. Seattle is no different. I surfed the web and found this great place called Comedy Underground which had rave reviews.

Seattle Comedy Bundt Cake

My work shift is crazy at the minute so decided I needed a laugh. The best thing about this place is that they’re open 7 days a week! So I decided to go to their Bundt Cake show last night and I was very delighted with the cramping from laughter. The comedians were; Brett Hamil, Geoff Keith, Carl Powers, Jimmy Milts, Brian Moote, Sadie Blake, Albert Kirchner, Taylor Clark, and Jeremy Whitman.

Brett Hamil Seattle Comedian

All of the comedians had their own style and stories which were all brilliantly executed. It was a perfect date night idea and something to break up that mid week routine. Everyone should really give it a try!

I’m sorry for the lack of photographs, my phone ran out of battery from all of the sunny day pictures I was taking.

 

 

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Events, Live

DVF x Bellevue

Sorry for not posting in a few days, been under the weather recently after getting my wisdom tooth removed. Ouch!

DVF store opening

I was fortunate to be invited to the Diane von Furstenberg store opening in Bellevue on the 29th of June.

I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to spend any time with my mum and grandma, so I decided it would be a nice treat to them to a lovely night out. The moment we walked in we were greeted with champagne, yummy cocktails, and hor d’oeuvres. The shop was impeccably decorated and the ladies who greeted us were very stylish in their wrap dresses.

 Diane von Fursenerg store Bellevue

Amor Without Couture at Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg Seattle

I’ve always been fascinated with Diane von Furstenberg, she’s been a strong woman with a longevity in the fashion industry that can only be described as mind blowing. She is known for creating the wrap dress, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and empowering women to be successful whilst feeling confident. If you want to know more about this wonderful lady then you should really read her biography. It’s a perfect bath tub read.

Fellow blogger Cassandra Laville was helping host the party and I love her blog. When I first moved to Seattle I scoured the internet for bloggers who knew their way around Seattle and I was obsessed with Coco and Kelley. Elle magazine was also helping throw the extravaganza and like great hosts they gave us little goody bags. There was also a photobooth with lots of fun props that allowed us to be silly, took me straight back to the 90s.

photobooth fun at DVF

Trying on our Diane von Furstenberg dresses in Seattle

We had a fantastic time and I even purchased my first DVF dress!! Look at all the colors and patterns, can be styled so many ways. It’s perfect for the office and then out for cocktails with the ladies, which is perfect with my hectic schedule. My mother got two dresses which she adores and my grandmother could not stop giggling…maybe from the 3 glasses of champagne.

Welcome to Seattle Diane von Furstenberg, we’re so happy you’ve joined us!

 

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Events, Explore

Chihuly Garden and Glass

It was a great day in Seattle, the sun was shining and I was excited to wear my new Zara skirt. Although I was ready for my dinner and drinks with a crop top and bright pink pencil skirt, I had to obtain a more demure and cultured look for the Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Chihuly Garden and Glass Dale Chihuly grew up locally in Tacoma and is an unbelievably talented glass blower. You can see his designs in places such as Paris, Colorado, Chicago, London, Venice, Ireland, and Mexico.

He’s famous for mixing his new collections with the environment around him so that they look natural.

Chihuly Glass Features in Garden

Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass

This is one of my favorite pieces because it reflects its neighbor the Space Needle. Can you believe this is all glass!

Chihuly Reflection Ball

Even when you go indoors you’re surrounded by color and great displays of art.

Chihuly Art Museum

Artwork by Dale ChihulyRoom at Chihuly Garden and Glass

The room above is available to rent out for parties, wedding receptions, and business functions. Isn’t it a great setting!

When the room was built, Dale Chihuly signed one of the far walls.

Dale Chihuly autograph

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Events, Lifestyle

Feasting on the Seaside

It’s my dad’s birthday week so even though we all have hectic schedules we managed to gather together for some dinner at The Crab Pot.

First we took a short stroll through the market. Pike Place Market is an open air market and known for its amazing array of fresh seafood, colorful fruits and vegetables, and reasonable priced bouquets of flowers. If you ever get the chance you should definitely check out the Pike Place Fish Market. Their famous for their fish throwing and employees who have huge amounts of character.

Pike Place Fish Market, Seattle

Pike Place Market Store Front

Now back to the birthday party. The Crab Pot is along the seafront and in a historic building with wooden floors and a ferris wheel right next door. The best thing about this place is that it’s pretty essential that you eat with your hands. No problem there! You order what seafood platter you want and they literally throw a bucket of seafood onto the table for you to start gnawing and cracking at.

The Crab Pot SeattleSo we grabbed our bibs and feasted on snow crab, oysters, mussels, shrimp, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. We washed it all down with a pitcher of beer and enjoyed a large mud pie and cheesecake to satisfy our sweet tooth. And playing with your food is encouraged upon.

Playing with our food at The Crab PotYou can really see what it’s like from their feature on the Man vs. Food show.

It was safe to say that everyone had a pretty amazing time! Happy 48th Birthday Dad!

 

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Events, Lifestyle

Fly Away With Me

On March 23rd, 2014 I had my first pilot lesson!

Spanaway First Pilot Lesson

It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do but too scared that I would freak out mid-air. But in actual fact I was very calm and the instructor let me take off and control the plane whilst in the sky.

Spanaway Flying Lesson

I went to Spanaway at Thun Field in Puyallup and the session only cost $55!! Which is a steal in comparison to what other schools are offering around the area.

Here’s a video of the landing, sorry it’s not the best. We only had our cellphones that day.

 

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Events, Explore, Granada, Spain

A Palace in Granada

Granada is home to one of the most extensive palaces and fortresses I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The mouldings and tiles are beautifully intricate in design, in addition to the spacious gardens that were blooming with flowers.

La Alhambra, Granada, SpainAlhambra wall mouldingsLa Alhambra wall paintingsIntricate details of AlhambraEvidence of the Arabic past in Granada, SpainGardens in La AlhambraGardens in the Palace at Granada

Nowadays Alhambra, the name of the area, is a tourist attraction but it once stood as a fortress. It was created initially for military purposes which included a medina (city), alcazar (palace), and an alcazaba (fortress).

Alhambra derives from the Arabic language meaning “crimson castle”. You can see from some pictures of the palace that when the torches are lit upon the palace it gives off a reddish colour. If you look at some of the pictures you can see evidence of the Arabic language in the design and mouldings.

Alhambra, Granada, SpainAlhambra buildings Alhambra fortressGiant door in Alhambra

It took a long arduous uphill walk to get there so we naturally stopped several times along the way for breaks and popsicles. Once you get to the top though the views are sparse and spectacular.

Walking in Granada, SpainJoanna stopped for a walk in the streamAlhambra from a distant Views from AlhambraAlhambra Granada Spain

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Live, Seattle, Washington

The Whale Wins

Finding great places to eat is a perfect way to start to settle in a new place. Seattle is a great city and the one thing I love about it here is that everyone is a foodie. So in spirit of that after a few of us went for a hike on Richmond Beach we decided to check out one of the hot spots, The Whale Wins.

The Whale Wins in Seattle

The Whale Wins is one of two restaurants owned by award winning chef Renee Ericson with Jeremy Prince and Chad Dale. The other restaurant is The Walrus and the Carpenter, which will have to be our next visit.

The atmosphere was fresh and bright, perfect for the rainy day. It was very open plan and the food was healthy, fresh, and so delicious.

The Whale Wins entrance

We couldn’t decide what to have so we decided to feast upon a buffet of different salads and I, of course, delved into the sardines on toast.

Sardines on toast an The Whale WinsIf you’re not fond of vegetables you should still try this place because it might make you think twice. The brussels sprouts and beetroot salad was incredible. But don’t worry they still have the sought after meat and potatoes on the menu.

I’m sorry there’s no outside shots but the rain was making it hard to get the place in all its glory.

The Whale Wins indoor

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Events, Explore, Istan, Spain

Phobia of Fish Discovered in Istan

On June 3rd, 2012 I went fishing and kayaking in Istan with my friend Joanna and her parents. The scenery was so beautiful and the best part was that we were the only people, except for a few annoying teenagers, within the whole reservoir.

Joanna and I were a little hungover after hitting one of our favourite bars, Room 101, for some Caipirinhas so we enjoyed paddling in the kayak.

Chilling in the kayak in Istan

Our guide, Captain Amer, showed us how to fish for bass which is actually hard! We brought a feast of cheese, meat, and fruit, giving us a reason to stop for lunch three times. The scenery was beautiful with mountains surrounding us and crystal blue skies, it’s a must if you get the chance to visit Marbella.

Although the girls unfortunately did not catch any fish, Joanna’s dad was like a fish whisperer and caught five.

I will admit that I think I have created an irrational fear to fish. I never want to be the prissy girl but every time the fish was near me I would squeal in such a high pitch that only dogs could hear. This only got worse when it came to killing and gutting the fish, which left me agape. This also made me wonder…..for times like these a boyfriend would come in pretty useful (All macho men may apply :-D) We were also allowed to bring our catch home for dinner, YUM!

Fishing in Istan, SpainIstan, SpainConquering the kayak in Istan

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El Chorro, Explore, Spain

Jumping in El Chorro

El Chorro I have finally defeated you! It took me two trips and a lot of courage building but I finally jumped off a cliff.

I jumped in El Chorro

Ok so the cliff could be described as more of a ledge but I feel like the accomplishment is much bigger. So cliff seems like a much better word in this context :-D

El Chorro is known to be one of the best places for rock climbing. Its vast rock faces offers something for all abilities and when you get a little too hot you can just jump into the beautiful cool water.

Swimming in El Chorro, Spain

El Chorro landscape in SpainEl ChorroThe Gorge in El Chorro, SpainThe lakes in El Chorro

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