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WILD FLOWER FIELDS

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RED DRESS: REBECCA MINKOFF (C/O) | BOW SANDALS: KAANAS (C/O)

Ben and I have officially decided that Discovery Park is our favorite part about Seattle. We seem to end up there almost every weekend and never get bored of all the stunning beauty. You can read my previous posts about Discovery Park here and here.

A couple of weeks ago we had friends in town visiting, and in our quest to show them all of the beautiful parts about Seattle, we obviously ended up at Discovery Park. Photography has become a side hobby for me, and I love taking pictures for friends and family. I'm definitely considering doing more of it in the future, so hit me up if ever want a shoot (#shameless plug). We decided to take a few family pictures for our friends who recently had an adorable little baby. It was so fun getting to show them around our favorite spot and take some great family photos for them. I included a few below in case you were interested in how they turned out (are they not the cutest?). We got so lucky and happened upon thousands of pink wildflowers the day we chose to shoot (they have since disappeared, so make sure you go in early August if you are looking for them). It was such a treat to see and shoot pictures in the midst of!

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AQUA BY EL GAUCHO

If you haven't heard, food in Seattle is AHMAZING. Weekend dinners have become quite the constant struggle because of the vast array of delicious restaurant options. I have had a list of superior restaurants that have come highly recommended by others since moving to Seattle and have been doing my best to try them all. AQUA by El Gaucho was definitely on the list, so I was thrilled when Ben suggested it for a sunny summer evening.

AQUA is owned and operated by famed Seattle steak house, El Gaucho, and I knew it was going to be delicious. Let's just say it definitely lived up to my expectations. We enjoyed a wonderful evening on the outdoor patio overlooking the water. If you are looking for waterfront dining in Seattle, AQUA's views of Elliott Bay are unlike any other. We went on a Thursday evening and were treated to a front row seat of the Downtown Sailing Series. We dined on delicious food as 100's of sail boats drifted past us. It was truly so cool.

On to the food and drinks. I knew the food was going to be delicious, but I wasn't expecting the cocktails to be as amazing as they were. I sipped on the Morado Margarita ( a slightly spicy blackberry margarita) and Ben enjoyed a traditional Manhattan. We followed drinks with a round of tasty starters including the Tenderloin Diablo and the Mussels. For our entrees, I had the Filet and ben chose the Halibut. They were accompanied by a multitude of sides but our favorite was the Macaroni and Cheese. Since I ALWAYS leave room for dessert, we capped off the evening with the Bailey's Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding (it was as yummy as it sounds). The whole meal was beyond delicious!

It's moments like these that make me fall more and more in love with Seattle! You just can't beat dinner on the water with mountains as your backdrop and delicious food in your belly! Thanks AQUA for an evening i'll never forget.

 
 

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5 TIPS FOR VISITING THE WASHINGTON TULIP FIELDS

STRIPED DRESS: URBAN OUTFITTERS (UNDER $100) | BOOTS: HUNTER

As you can probably tell from my many posts on Instagram, I recently visited the Skagit Valley Tulip festival right here in the beautiful Pacific North West. It was something I had been dying to see since I first heard about the festival a few months before moving to Seattle. The best part is that you don't have to travel all the way to Holland to see fields of gorgeous tulips. Here are my top 5 tips for planning your visit to the tulip fields:

1. Plan to visit in April: Obviously theres no way to know when exactly the tulips will bloom, but it's a pretty sure bet that they will bloom in April. My main advice is to check the bloom website to see when they are officially in bloom and plan accordingly.

2. Plan to visit on a weekday: Crowds get crazy on weekends, so the middle of the week is the best time to visit. We visited on a Monday and it was still busy, so you can imagine what weekends must be like. People come from all over the country to visit the tulips!

3. Arrive right when the fields open: If you're anything like me, then getting the best photos is definitely at the top of your priority list. Make sure you arrive right when the fields open and try to be one of the first ones to the fields. Parking is free at both locations. You can choose to visit either Tulip Town farm or RoozenGaarde. We went to RoozenGaarde, but I think both sites offer gorgeous tulips.

4. Bring a camera: I probably snapped 1,000 pictures while I was there, and it was totally worth it. My main piece of advice is to make your way to the outer fields. It is a bit of a hike, but there are less crowds and you get the best photo ops. At RoozenGaarde, the pretties pink tulips are some of the farthest fields away, so definitely make your way out there.

5. Wear rain boots: As you probably already know, it rains a lot in the Seattle area and the tulip fields are often very muddy. You will have to walk quite a distance, so I would recommend wearing a pair of rain boots. I wore a dress and still rocked my trusty Hunters

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How to Find the Perfect Pair of Jeans: FITCODE + AG

DISTRESSED DENIM | RED AND WHITE STRIPED TEE | EYELET BLOUSE | RAW HEM DENIM TOP | BUTTON-UP DENIM BLOUSE

How much time have you waisted in a dressing room lately trying to find the perfect fitting pair of jeans only to find twelve pairs that are either too tight, too long, too short, or the wrong shade of denim? Why is it so hard to find jeans that fit these days? Well, I'm so excited to tell you about my latest discovery— a way to find the perfect fitting pair of jeans from the comfort of your own couch every single time! Let me tell you gals, Fitcode is your new solution to jean shopping!

By women and for women, Fitcode helps you shop with confidence for great-fitting jeans. I'm a big online shopper and was thrilled to find a solution that helps me find the right pair of jeans without having to order multiple sizes. I was even more thrilled to find out about the partnership between Fitcode and my absolute favorite denim brand, AG. I followed the easy steps below to determine my perfect AG fit thanks to Fitcode.

How it works

  • Step 1: Find your Fitcode. Your perfect fit starts with the fit quiz. Answer a few quick questions about your body shape to find your Fitcode.

  • Step 2: Shop your fit. You’ve got your Fitcode—now select Shop your fit to browse women’s denim.

  • Step 3: Browse styles in your Fitcode. Look for the Fitcode badge as you browse to see which styles we recommend for you. Select the badge to view fit details on variables that impact fit, like stretch, rise, inseam length, and sizing.  

  • Step 4: Love your fit. Make your mark in great-fitting denim that makes you look as good as you feel.

I ended up paired with the Legging Ankle 10 Years Revealed and was so thrilled with the amazing fit. Seriously they fit like a DREAM! I paired the denim with a few of AG's new arrivals to give you some denim outfit inspiration. Are you ready to find your perfect fit? Take the fit quiz here.

 
 

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