Sunday, May 22, 2011

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seattle was AMAZING.

i completely fell in love with the city - perhaps because it has awesome food and, more importantly, COFFEE! - and would even consider moving here if it didn't rain so much up there (it's gloomy enough in san francisco for me, thank you very much).

i did take a ton of photos to chronicle my seattle adventures (and brought out my "real" camera for a lot of them!), so this i'm just warning you that this will be a photo-heavy post :)

so this is what i wore the day i flew out (i also worked a half-day that day, so this is what i wore there, too):


shirt: thrifted. skirt: express. boots: target. tights: target. belt: thrifted. necklace: vintage.

this skirt is a tad longer than what i usually wear (i am still debating whether or not i kinda get swallowed up in it), but it has a semi-swingy shape that i kind of love. i even did a tiny twirl in it, heheh.

well then. on to trip photos!

i got to fly out of the new terminal 2 at SFO - i ended up getting a 20% off voucher for virgin america, and that was part of the reason i decided to even go to seattle in the first place. it was pretty awesome - lots of cool art type things, and plenty of good food (which i sadly didn't get to eat much of - next time?).


joy ended up picking me up and we hung out for a couple hours (sadly, forgot to take a photo with her! shucks - next time!). first stop - space needle!!!


it was sooooooooooo clear when i got there - the first thing i saw when we landed was mt. rainier which looked soooo close! that meant perfect views from the space needle (part of the reason why i wanted to do it first. the other was that it was open late).

i also got lucky because i flew in right before sunset, and by the time i got to the needle, the sun was about to go down but there was still light out. i had contemplated doing the day/night ticket, but there was no need, because i got to see seattle in the light:

and dark:

and mt. rainier made an appearance in both!

the next morning, my first stop was pike place. i conveniently stayed in a hotel about 2 blocks away, so i made MANY stops here! the weather was super perfect that day - 72 and sunny!!!

sooooo much good stuff...

made a stop into the original starbucks just to see it, and ended up getting a latte because i was caffeine-deprived and the line wasn't too bad (i had originally planned on getting a latte at one of the OTHER places on my list. oh yes, i am a coffee snob these days).


had something like 3 breakfasts while at pike place - including at piroshky piroshky and donuts at daily dozen.


also at pike place, i took a trip out to the gum wall. it's apparently the second germiest attraction in the world (i wonder what the first is), but i was super amused by it. it was totally AWESOME and gross at the same time!


took my outfit photo (sort of) in front of it...

cardi: h&m. top: kensie girl. skirt: forever 21. belt: thrifted. shoes: thrifted. necklace: forever 21.

oh yes, you better bet it was warm enough to wear a short skirt...in seattle!! i had planned to wear boots, but decided it was too warm out!

after a stop back at the hotel to drop off the extra goodies i picked up at the market, i headed out to lola. i was determined to hit up a tom douglas resto (or two), and was actually planning on dahlia lounge, but it was still before 11 and dahlia wasn't open yet. so lola it was.

it was delish - i had a pork kebab thing (lunch started 10 minutes after i got there). i also had a ginger mint spritzer (kind of like a mojito without the alcohol, and with soda) - super refreshing!

i decided i needed to walk off my four meals before noon, so i hoofed it all the way to capitol hill for some coffee. i heard from several sources that vivace had the best coffee in town, so i went there first.

i was gonna stop by another place but i got lost (twice) trying to find the place, AND i got distracted by a crossroads (yes, i ended up buying stuff. oops). i had also wanted to stop by top pot for donuts, but completely forgot as i was trying to find my coffee. argh. next time?


went back over to seattle center to walk around. i did wanted to go to EMP, but figured i wouldn't have time for it to really get the full experience, so i settled for a photo in front of it instead.


headed back downtown, went back to the hotel, changed and walked allllllll the way down 1st, from the waterfront, through pioneer square, in front of the stadiums, and through sodo, to the showbox sodo to see jimmy eat world.


oh yes, this was the other part of the reason why i decided to fly out to seattle. don't judge me. it was completely worth it, and not only because the show was pretty epic! soooo glad i made it out to seattle because i really did have an amazing time - this just added to the whole experience.

anyhow.

ended up chatting with the band again after the show, and got pics with all 4 of them. (i've done this before, and i have gotten a pic with the entire band, but i'd never actually gotten a pic with all of them on one day. nor had i ever gotten a pic with tom). ended up talking to jim for awhile...i am always so taken aback by how down-to-earth and just NICE he is (they all are, but especially him). it's really refreshing. oh, and apparently, he remembers me. erm. yeah.


the next morning, i finally did make it to dahlia lounge for breakfast!

this french toast was pretty AMAZING. i also wanted to get his doughnuts, but was waaaaaay too full for that. oh well. another one on my list for next time.


headed back to pike place to pick up more goodies (at le panier). it also was raining that last day, which made this seem more like typical seattle.


next was the olympic sculpture park. it was pretty awesome - and i loved this wall inside the visitors' center, that i had to snap some outfit photos in front of it.


cardi: forever 21. top: mine... pants: h&m. boots: target. necklace: forever 21

there were lots of cool sculptures all around, and it was a nice little walk, but i loved the ampersand thingie.


headed back up to capitol hill for some more coffee - this time at stumptown.


i wanted to stop at another spot or two, and then make it out to top pot, but i got lost - AGAIN - and ran out of time. sadface.

last stop before heading to the airport was dahlia bakery. mostly because i wanted that coconut creme pie. i ended up getting the teeeeny tiny little bite-sized ones - delicious! i want more when i go back! also got a chocolate truffle cookie to go, and have been munching on it today. soooooooo good. i wish i bought more goodies!


such an amazing weekend. i loved seattle - i didn't want to leave. i am sure i will be back, very soon!!!

14 comments:

emily kate said...

Ok the gum wall was disgusting but the rest of the trip was totally awesome. I want to go there so bad!

~amy~ said...

FUN pics...I work in Downtown Seattle and feel fortunate that all the places you hit are within walking distance from work:) Sounds like you had a great time!

Chris and Paige Evans said...

Isn't Mt. Rainier the prettiest mountain you've ever seen!? You're so lucky that the skies were blue and warm :) You're making me miss home somethin' fierce!

A Lost Feather said...

ah seattle is such a great city! you got some amazing photos! sadly when i was there mt. rainier didn't come out at all.. boo! but that's ok, i still loved it :) i was kind of scared of the space needle, but my sister made me go to the top and the view waaas pretty great. (even though i think i was shaking haha)

dotty said...

it looks like you had a fantastic time in seattle! i went there last may and it was definitely my best eating vacation yet!

Lydia Marie said...

Sounds like a great trip! I'm going there in August and I'm stoked.

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kileen said...

i really love this skirt and think the length is actually very on trend for the longer midi-length skirts that i'm seeing this spring. and the shape is so fun! definitely keep!

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Trude said...

Dang that's totally the kind of Seattle trip I've been dreaming of! There or Portland...so jealous. :) Glad you had so much fun - and looked so cute the whole time!

Lea said...

I actually went to Seattle a few weeks ago and also had a lovely time. I loved the Olympic Sculpture Park (where that ampersand was) and Pike's Place Market :D So much fun.

I really like your skirt. I think it might look a tiny bit awkward because of the boots. With bare legs and sandals, it probably would not swallow you up at all. Either way, it looks fine though :) In the past few months I've just started meandering midi skirts too. They are so much fun :D

genevieve, sandbox romance said...

Loving all the fun pictures and cute outfits! Seattle looks like it was a blast (and tasty, too)! I;m totally crushing on that darling, pleated yellow skirt you wore.

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~Sasha Farina~ said...

you're too adorable, C! and ... i'm hungry now!! thankyouverymuch! LOL.

Jill said...

Oh, GOSH -- scrumptious pics! I SO love Seattle! That view of Mt. Ranier makes my heart quicken.

Emily said...

I love seeing my town through visitors eyes. Sometimes I forget how impressed I was with her when I moved up 4 years ago.

So...for those of us who don't know the band, which one is Jimmy? I'm thinking that adorable one in the bottom left...