Paying Tribute to Brooks Heritage

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Paying Tribute to Brooks Heritage

Brooks Vanguard Heritage Kicks c/o | Grana Mini V-Neck Silk Dress c/o | Longchamp Small Le Pliage Shoulder Tote | Cole Haan Aviator Sunglasses | Moorea Seal Hat c/o (sold out, similar)

What better way to pay tribute to an iconic Pacific Northwest collection than a visit to the quintessential Seattle Pike Place Market. On a recent summer afternoon I headed to the market in search of fresh flowers, wearing a little black silk dress and retro Brooks Heritage kicks from Brooks Running.

As a runner I have been running in Brooks Running shoes for years. I am a big fan of their running gear for both trail and road runs, which I find to keep me warm and dry on wet and stormy days and cool and protected on hot and sunny days. Seriously so good, one long sleeve shirt from Brooks I've had for over 10 years, has seen hundreds, if not thousands of miles and still looks brand new!

In 2014 Brooks Running launched the Brooks Heritage line to commemorate it's 100 years in business. Brooks Heritage collection celebrated Brooks rich running history with an ode to the classic footwear and retro styles that catapulted us into the running boom of the 70s and beyond. Featuring luxurious materials and detailed craftsmanship, the nine models in three years delivered by Brooks featured remastered sneakers from the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's. As a runner and lover of all things retro (particularly the 70s), I (alongside other retro sneaker fanatics) was immediately in love with this line.

For my afternoon at Pike Place Market in search of flowers I chose the Brooks Heritage Vanguard Sneaker to pair with a little black silk dress, an oh-so-70s floppy hat and a Longchamp Le Pliage Tote I've had for over 10 years that I purchased at an Airport Duty Free when my bag broke mid-flight.

The Brooks Vanguard Heritage Sneaker was originally introduced in 1976 and captures the essence of of the 1970s running boom with clean design lines, classic styling and the iconic T-toe. The signature shoe of the 2014 Brooks Heritage launch, the addition of this shoe to my wardrobe made both myself and my closet happy.

The Brooks Vanguard Heritage Sneaker was thus the perfect choice to pay tribute to Brooks Heritage because after a strong second run, Brooks Heritage styles have headed back into the vault.

“We seized Brooks Running’s centennial as a moment to celebrate the company’s past footwear milestones in a contemporary way. The Brooks Heritage Collection gave us the opportunity to authentically pay tribute to that history and take it to new heights, allowing us to explore design, express our brand and deliver beautifully crafted footwear for the consumer seeking something new. After exploring premium interpretations of Brooks’ most iconic sneakers, we put the Heritage Collection back into the vault having given a nod to Brooks’ past while looking to its future.”
- Shane Downey, Global Director of Heritage

But don't worry, Brooks Running is still around delivering the best in running shoes and gear, they're just putting the Heritage line back in the vault! And remaining Brooks Heritage Collection stock is still available at exclusive retailers and at Grab it quick before it's gone!


Photography: Karya Schanilec 

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West Seattle Vibes

Monday, July 10, 2017

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West Seattle Vibes

Lindsay Nicholas New York Perfect Dress c/o | Moorea Seal Morley Hat c/o | Who What Wear Collection Shoes (sold out, similar) | Silver and Salt Golden Bar Necklace c/o | Silver and Salt Tri-Color Textured Ring Stack c/o | Cole Haan Aviator Sunglasses | Coach Clutch (vintage, similar) | Target Faux Fur Jacket (sold out, similar)

It's finally feeling like summer in Seattle and I am just loving it! This sunshine has inspired me to seek out all my favorite neighborhood spots and also discover new hidden gems in my neighborhood and city. A recent afternoon had my feet leaving footsteps all over the California junction in the West Seattle neighborhood.

Serious West Seattle vibes.

The "Junction" as locals call it (where California meets Alaska), is the perfect spot for an afternoon of record shopping at Easy Street Records, coffee and croissants at Bakery Nouveau, consignment shopping at boutiques lining California and ice cream at Husky Deli.

As the weather heats up, you will definitely notice me sporting this fabulous little black dress c/o Lindsay Nicholas New York. I am a big fan of the little black dress for sunshine days, accessorizing to match the day and mood. The perfect dress in black by Lindsay Nicholas NY has quickly become a closet favorite.

Lindsay Nicholas New York designs clothing that fit any career, any season and any woman who wants to wear confidence while she takes on the world—then gets up and does it all again the next day.

For this particular afternoon jaunt to the Junction, I paired my Lindsay Nicholas NY LBD with a perfect-for-summer hat from Moorea Seal, vintage Coach clutch I thrifted and my favorite aviator sunglasses. Also making an appearance were a pair of flats from the the Who What Wear collection and some new jewelry c/o of Silver and Salt that I am pretty much wearing all summer long.

Simple and classic, Silver + Salt is jewelry that you can wear everyday. Our jewelry is hand-crafted in Seattle, WA using sterling silver, gold, and semi-precious stones. We use recycled metals and conflict-free, ethically sourced gemstones.

While strolling California, I was also sure not to miss the newly-opened Falafel Salam and you can be sure I took home a box of cupcakes from Cupcake Royale.

What are some of your summer favorites? Seattle neighborhood spots not-to-miss? Favorite summer accessories? Please leave your tips in the comments!


Photos: Bailey Makaimo

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How to Use Social Media For Your Wedding

Friday, June 30, 2017

Disclosure: This post contains paid placement. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

How to Use Social Media For Your Wedding
photo credit: Jenn Haskins of Hello Rigby

When do you share about your engagement on Facebook? Should you have a Wedding #hashtag for your big day? Do you want guests sharing your Ceremony live on Instagram? These are just a few of the many questions I've pondered while preparing for our big day and considering how social media may play apart in our wedding festivities.

I've discovered quite a few great tools related to social media that have come in handy during wedding planning, from website builders to hashtag generators to Snapchat geofilters by WeddingWire. These tools have and continue to make planning easier, while also customizing our wedding festivities and keeping our guests informed. However, there's also some wedding etiquette I've had to consider in regards to social media, such as do we allow phones during our ceremony and when to announce the engagement on social media.

Today I'm sharing 10 tips on how to use social media for your wedding, including a few of the things we are planning to do for our wedding in only 64 days!

7 Anti-Aging Tips for Beautiful Healthy Skin

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thank you Olay for sponsoring this post. Olay is a worldwide leader in skin care and has been trusted by women for over 60 years! #ad #ageless

7 Anti Aging Tips for Beautiful Healthy Skin

I was super lucky as a teenager and had fantastic skin. This continued into my twenties, and as such, I neglected to adopt any type of daily skin care regimen or consider how my diet or water intake might affect my skin long term. Other than the occasional face wipe to remove a few swipes of mascara from a night out or to clean up while on a camping trip, I thought a skin care routine was for my peers struggling with breakouts and greasy skin.

Lately, however,  I have started to notice some beginning signs of aging; first wrinkles appearing (sigh...), dark under eye circles (particularly on days following a night of little sleep) and spots of discoloration. I've realized it's time to up my game and commit to taking my anti-aging destiny into my own hands. Today I've partnered with Olay to share 7 anti-aging tips for achieving beautiful, healthy skin without spending prestige prices.

A Weekend on Whidbey Island

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thank you Whidbey Camano Islands for partnering on this post and hosting our stay at Inn at Langley and dinner at Orchard Kitchen. Whidbey and Camano Islands are located in the middle of Puget Sound and an easy drive from Seattle. The shortest distance to far away!

A Weekend on Whidbey Island

Just a quick drive and ferry ride from Seattle, Whidbey Island is one of my favorite destinations for a quick weekend getaway. For one, it's the Island I grew up on, and two, my fiancé S and I are getting married on Whidbey in September! Once an island girl, always an island girl! I recently partnered with Whidbey Camano Islands for a weekend visit to Whidbey Island for S and I to gather ideas for our guests for when they visit the island for our Wedding!