Photo Diary: Labor Day Weekend

wow, sorry for the hiatus. to be fair though I have had a really awesome labor day weekend camping with friends and then catching the last day of Bumbershoot at the Seattle Center.

Lake Roosevelt, WA


our campsite ended up being about two hours further than I thought it would be (whoops). we drove 6 hours up to northeastern Washington to camp on the northern shore of Lake Roosevelt; the lake is almost 130 miles long so that’s probably where the extra two damn hours came from. needless to say, by the time we finally found it we were all sick and tiered of being in the car. if we had gone about 20 more miles we could have visited Canada! or at least looked across the boarder at Canada, only one or two of us actually had a passport. the lake wasn’t swimmable which was a real bummer. it was gorgeous but there were warnings for swimmer’s itch (there are no showers at the campground) and there were bugs hugging the shore of the lake that I was not particularly eager to swim with. however we stopped at sun lakes on the way back (I’ve been there on a previous camping trip and it’s a fun place to swim). otherwise the group site we stayed in was large and nice and we had a bit of privacy from the rest of the camp sites. the campground was well kept and clean, but also peaceful and quiet. the lake has a boat launch. if you ever get a chance to stay at the Evans campground I would go 🙂

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Blog Post Edit: I decided to go back and add in some photos that my friend Julie took from our camping trip. a bit of scenery from our campsite and our lovely boys kicking back and getting along (probably talking about video games or computers but we love them anyway).


Bumbershoot Music Festival

bumbershoot was a lot of fun too, although not everyone in our group had that much fun (we had a Russian guest with us). ryan really loves Alt-J so we got into Key Arena to see them. I was very impressed by their performance, they sound amazing live. the greatest disappointment was MGMT though, their performance was terrible and many people left early. including ryan and I when we decided we didn’t want to stick out another 40min. the sound mixing was bad and the drums drowned out everyone including the singer; you couldn’t hear a word he said even on the one song he played that I knew (I didn’t even stick around for him to play my favorite songs, that’s how bad it was). some other bands saved the day though, including a new band we found called the Kopecky Family Band (they’re not actually related…) and one of my favorite bands, The Joy Formidable! I also liked listening to Delta Rae at the Starbucks Stage. the joy formidable put on a great show though, despite having some sort of equipment malfunction after their second song. the female lead is an adorable welsh blond who shreds on the guitar, it was amazing!

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I had such an amazing weekend with my boyfriend and friends, it was great! I actually learned a lot about my friends this weekend, and I feel closer to some people now than I did before. it was the sort of weekend that could very well stand as my end of summer finale as we all start thinking about going back to school and as the weather begins to get cold again. I don’t want it to end, but this has been one of the best summers ever and is probably the first summer that didn’t feel like it went top fast and which I don’t feel like I wasted (although I would love to get me some more summer, don’t get me wrong!). i’m moving into my townhouse this Saturday, and just signed away most of my savings for it (tear, sliding down my cheek) and my Seattle academic life will resume again. I may try to fit some more events in before school starts, but for the most part summer is over now. its been real.

Note: I didn’t get a picture of the joy formidable so I borrowed this one.




Styleboard: College Edition

sorry for the absence guys! it’s been a really busy week for me, mainly just because I’ve been spending lots of time with my boyfriend and friends and not at my computer (not to bash on anyone who has nothing to do but sit on their computer all day, admittedly that’s more or less how the first half of my summer went. plus a good chunk of my school year. #confessionsofayoungadult.). my boyfriend and I have decided to get caught up on all the seasons of the walking dead. when it comes to tv shows, Netflix is a godsend. until you realize that they don’t yet have the newest season. then it sucks. we just started season 2 though, a season out of which I have already seen about 6 episodes so it’ll mostly just be new to ryan. we also watched the pilot episode of game of thrones, although i’m not as interested in that show and opted for the walking dead as my tv show of choice. then again, I also have to finish season 4 of the vampire diaries. and the last episode of teen wolf. (yes, I said teen wolf. believe me, me being hooked on that show a little bit was never part of the plan! don’t judge).

and now onto the main point of today’s blog post. so in order to make sure I put up something and not just leave you guys hanging, and also because I’ve been rather excited and inspired by the back to school campaigns right now, I put together a styleboard based on college life and going back to school. i’ll be moving into a beautiful townhouse in less than two weeks and I couldn’t be more excited for the move! i’ll be living in Seattle with some amazing girls for roommates. two of the three I already know as coworkers, and i’m looking forward to spending the year with these awesome amazing ladies! for the most part our townhouse comes furnished already, but that won’t stop me from adding some of my own little touches to the place. i’ll finally be able to try and bring out a little of the interior designer in me.

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1 Blanket // 2 REIKO KANEKO GOLD LIP TEASE MUG // 3 Tassel Key Chain // 4 2-piece Dahlia Candleholder Set // 5 Velvet Cushion Cover // 6 Satin Copper Kettle // 7 TOO by Blu Dot Hipper Office Chair

I also wanted to note that my last post of my sister and i’s photoshoot with Mariya Kuyan is one of the top-viewed posts on my blog! over a hundred views within 3-4 days, which is awesome! i’m glad that everyone seemed to enjoy them. also noteworthy is the fact that I have been nominated for three Liebster Awards. The Woman in the Dress, Catching Zees, and Annieleaf have all sent me nominations. thanks guys, and hopefully I will have that post up soon! for those who don’t know, the Liebster Award is an award for up and coming bloggers who meet a few qualifications and who are recognized by their blogging peers. it’s a great way to promote each other’s blog and discover/connect with other budding bloggers. thanks again, and i’ll try to do my proper Liebster Award post soon!

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Weekend Getaway: Great Views in Washington

this last weekend was one of the best weekends of the summer! (it’s going head to head with the camping trip I went on over the fourth of july weekend). this is one of the weekends that makes me have a great appreciation for Washington and the beauty of the pacific northwest! and I got to spend the whole weekend with my amazing boyfriend, so its a given that it was great! he took me to Deception Pass and Whidbey Island on Saturday (we sang in the car haha) and on Sunday we threw a surprise homecoming party for my friend Julie at Golden Gardens Park.

Deception Pass


the bridge across deception pass provides an amazing view of the ocean! or maybe it’s still the Puget Sound? bottom line is that the horizon is nothing but water. and it is beautiful!! we went and had lunch at a picnic area in the actual park, where I got eyed for a while by a really suspicious looking seagull (why are they such creepers?). I loved the trip because I felt like I was let into a special little corner of Ryan’s world, and I just followed him wherever he wanted to take me. i’d probably follow him anywhere.

Whidbey Island

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Ryan took me up this giant sand dune (which was an adventure, let me tell you) and we got to look out across Useless Bay and see the beautiful pink sunset. it was breathtaking, a small piece of time where your life takes a pause and just lives in the moment. a moment of quiet impact. Fort Casey has a pretty lighthouse sitting on a hill. small, but picturesque. we brought our bikes in case there was time to ride but the day started slipping away from us a bit faster than we anticipated.

Golden Gardens Park, Seattle

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Ryan and I went earlier in the say on Sunday to save a fire pit at a beach in seattle that I’ve never been to (my beach of choice is usually Alki). good thing we got there when we did because out of the 7 or 8 fire pits there were only 2 left! I can see myself coming to this beach a lot more often. as always, beach sunsets are always beautiful and it was a great time to introduce my boyfriend into my circle of friends (all went well!) and to reconnect with some friends I haven’t seen in a while. Julie was super surprised and at first came up to us thinking what a coincidence that you guys are here too! silly girl. she just came back from getting her yoga teaching certificate from a school in costa rica! we were all super jealous looking at all her amazing pictures.


as always, my awesome photographer friend Mariya took some great pictures from the beach so go over and see the rest of those!

all in all, this was an amazing weekend for me with amazing people and I have never been so excited to be where I am with the people i’m with. while our relationship is not always ideal and at times rocky, this is one of those times when I can honestly say Washington, I love you.



The Art of Killing Time: July Photo Diary (+ Happy Friday!)

first off, I just edited this post because it realized it actually (the end of) Friday soooo, Happy Friday! it’s amazing to me how every single summer my vacation seems to go by in the blink of en eye, without seeming to have done anything at all. so I asked myself, what is it that I actually do with my time? and it turns out, I just fill my days with lots of little things. so while my summer might not be marked with tons and tons of epic European and tropical vacations, week long camping trips, summer music festivals and parties, I still do a bit more than just lay in bed or sit on the couch all day and watch the sun rise and set every day (although I do still fit that into my schedule here and there).

for example, I spend lots of time with my dog Sam! we took him to a lake recently to see if he would swim, and while he was very hesitant and unsure of himself, he swam! so much fun, I really want to take him out again. he seems to like the water which is a lot of fun.
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I also like to go on little hikes and trail walks with him and my sisters. since we live in an apartment and we don’t have a fenced yard he doesn’t get out as often and I hate to say it but he’s a little bit pudgy. he definitely jiggles!! so these walks are nice because it gets my sisters and I out of the house on a nice day, all of us get exercise and have a little bit of fun (except for when we manage to get lost, and we’re tired, and didn’t bring enough water with us. then that’s when it’s time to call it quits). but the best part to me is that when we get home, the dog is out!! like a light. he’s so hyper and to energetic and we could spend and hour playing fetch and tug of war (his annoyingly favorite game) and he just won’t tire. so when we get him laid out its awesome!

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after that it’s just all about the even littler things. I do things like paint my nails (this particular color may actually be a bit dark and is better suited for winter but I like it so I wore it anyway!). my sisters and I go to hang out at our local Starbucks. my sister amy actually got a stuffed giraffe from a friend who was in California (her nickname is the Dribbling Giraffe, she got it on the basketball court and it stuck!). I watch movies in the theatre with my friends and sisters. I talk to my sisters about our favorite tv shows. we watch Dance Moms, Teen Wolf (yea…), The Vampire Diaries, Criminal Minds, Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model. i’ll go to a lake or lay by the pool on a hot day. I have a handsome young man I get to see all the time and talk to every day (we are going on a day trip tomorrow!), I work occasionally at Emerald Downs racetrack (today I got to work in the winner’s circle!).so although it seems in hindsight like I do absolutely something and lay on the couch all day like a lazy moose, I actually fill my time with lots of little things and spend time with the people closest to me. so I guess I can’t complain.




Hiking to Annette Lake


here is a story that most everyone has heard before, because most everyone has those friends. the friends who aren’t the best at planning. the friends who leave everything to the last minute. and we all have that friend who had something come up last minute and couldn’t make it. and because that friend was giving a ride to another friend they aren’t going either. and because the group has suddenly become small another person isn’t going and wants to call the whole thing off. and the two remaining eager beavers who still would like to go try to talk their flaky friends into still coming but eventually resign themselves to failure: two just won’t work. and just like that the trip you have been planning and talking about for over a week falls apart. like a soft pull at the end of a string which so easily unravels your whole plan. we all have those friends. including me, but this time? it wasn’t happening!

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us three remaining diehards formulated our final plan at about half past midnight, vowing to still partake in our planned hike. and it was a fun way to spend my Saturday. we chose to hike to Annette Lake in Snoqualmie Pass. the hike was 7.5 miles roundtrip with over a mile and a half of dreaded switchbacks (I hate them with a passion). but once the switchbacks ended and we got up to the top of the ridge the thick trees finally gave way to some spectacular views! this area and the north bend area have some of the best views, Washington truly is a beautiful and amazing place to hike if you ever get a chance!


~~ my friend Mariya (in the picture above) should have some more pictures from the hike up on her own blog soon, so keep an eye out for those! ~~

the lake was crystal clear and a brilliant turquoise color! the only major downside were the bugs that greeted us and then descended on us in giant clouds. I will definitely feel the soreness tomorrow but all in all it was a great workout, especially considering I gave up on my usual workouts as soon as school got out and my summer vacation hit (which I feel guilty about, naturally). I also got to spend some time with my new guy friend (we actually went and saw The Heat which ended up being one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time, including the time I saw This is the End. I hated that dumb movie, and lots of the time I laughed just because the guy I was with laughed) and am pleased to announce that despite my initial doubts I am beginning to really, truly enjoy myself with him and feel like i’m enjoying myself with and feeling appreciated by a guy for the first time in what seems like a long time (but which really has only been about 8 months since I felt like my ex boyfriend didn’t care much for me anymore).

and while i’m not eager to get up and go to work tomorrow (work will be really awkward since the a lot of people seem to have gotten themselves in trouble with the boss and i’m being brought in to replace some people and be a good example which means i’m getting a bit of resentment), i’ll have most of the rest of the week off to hopefully get some sleep back and rest up and relax. summer is half way over everyone! start getting in your last-minute summer plans. ready. set. GO!