Archive | March, 2011

guest post: sunshine coast

30 Mar

Some of the most beautiful forest and coastline is along the coast of British Columbia. Sunshine Coast is a great place to take it in for a few days. There are nice shallows that warm up significantly in the summer, so you can enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Pacific Northwest and still find a little sand and some saltwater that isn’t too cold to swim in. There are also some lovely family owned businesses in the area that offer cozy hotels and rentals, spa treatments, and access to amazing scuba diving, kayaking and hiking. The service I have experienced here is simultaneously warm, low-key, laid back, attentive and friendly. It manages to hit this incredible balance, making guests feel relaxed and comfortable while taking a backseat to natural beauty of the area. The best places to stay here are nestled into rocky hills and wooded nooks and they open out to breathtaking views and experiences of the surrounding landscapes.

For a family or couple looking for a wood cabin, a wood stove and a full kitchen, try Creekside Cottage:
For those who want some extra pampering try the Tuwanek Hotel (technically a bed and breakfast):
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a few summer must-haves

8 Mar

I’m giving up the internet that’s not work related for lent (I’m not catholic I just think it’s good to exercise self control sometimes) so here is one big post before I go. I will need some divine help to make it through 46 days without the internet.

Women’s Classic Grosgain in Petal, Tom’s

3″ Chino in Light Sage, J. Crew

Everything Nice Lace Dress, Free People

The Railway Rucksack, Madewell

Rhinestone Headband, Anthropologie

I have the chinos in three colors, they are well made and can be worn with anything, definitely a great investment. Although I like the soft pink Tom’s I might pair the pale shorts with some very red shoes for summer. The backpack should be paired with something eyelet or lace, to avoid looking like you’re actually camping.

I will have some guest bloggers while I’m on hiatus so don’t abandon these style ramblings!

mint

6 Mar

The color I’m looking forward to this summer!

Some things I’ve been eying:

The rare three speed beach cruiser. In love. Firmstrong Bella

Kon tiki, Noodles

Tiernan Dress Printed, Lily Pulitzer

24K Ve Turquoise Skinny Braid Bracelet, TAI

Organic Shape Ring (Blue Druzy)

“Dolphin” glassybaby

Samplings from different elements of style with one of my favorite colors. Glassbaby needs it’s own post, something delicious and Seattle.

la côte

2 Mar

I was recently out and about in Madison Park, a place I usually only hang around in summer, and ate at La Côte for the first time. My mind (mouth?) was blown.

Beside the fact that the waitress could actually speak French the food was amazing and the decor impeccable. Starting off with the onion soup was definitely a good choice, simple ingredients done well. I recommend La Fermière, a savory crèpe to die for. L’Alpine was also delicious. Beware: the food is rich, but that’s what makes it great. A great place to go for lunch or even just dessert, the sweet crèpe selection is great too.

An intimate space that still looks bright.

raw denim

1 Mar

I hate to love selvedge (sometimes called raw or dry) denim. People are so snobby about it but I love the completely pure color when it’s brand new and how it fades to your body shape and not generic “this is where knees are” places. That being said raw denim needs to be kept in rotation, and the faded jeans shouldn’t be dressed up like they were when you first got them. The dye will ruin suede shoes, and white shirts… just be careful about what it touches. The difference between raw denim and the rest is the way it’s woven and dyed. Raw denim is woven continuously on a loom, so each piece has the signature white edges you can see on the picture below. It is also typically not washed before sale, so it is saturated with dye. This is changing though as raw denim is becoming more mainstream, you can get washed and distressed selvedge denim from somewhere like J. Crew. Don’t be fooled by just dark or vintage washes, if it’s raw denim you’ll know.

It is easier to find raw denim for men, and sometimes you just have to settle for the darkest jeans you can find and know that they’ve been washed. The classic brands like Evisu offer women’s styles now though, and they’re hot.

A couple cute styles:

The EJ, Baldwin Denim (Guys should check out Baldwin too though)

Ashiya Slim Straight Fit Jeans, Evisu

All I have to say is if you do it, do it right.