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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Striped Sundress - Oahu, Hawaii

Zara sandals (similar here and here)

Even though I'm currently on a northeast coast road trip (see more on Instagram: @heyprettything_), I still have a few more outfit posts from our Hawaii trip last month. I love this striped sundress with the fun cutout, and I especially appreciated the cap-sleeves to protect my shoulders from further getting sunburnt.

I've been shopping the Early Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Public Access just started today! Here is the round-up of my favorite sale picks), and got a few boxes in the mail already! I'll be doing an unboxing on my Snapchat: heyprettything!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Picnic + Giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce that I'm the Pacific Northwest ambassador for Adams Natural Peanut Butter this summer! Adams was created in 1916 by Rex Adams, a football coach in Tacoma, WA just about 30 miles south of my hometown, Seattle. Growing up, my mom would only buy Adams because the ingredients are literally peanuts and oil - can't get more natural and pure than that!

To celebrate Adams' 100 years, I'll be creating three posts in the next 100 days of summer. My first is of our picnic last weekend:

summer picnic
Adams organic crunchy peanut butter
Adams peanut butter picnic
Adams peanut butter
summer picnic
peanut butter and crumpets
Adams organic peanut butter

On a lovely Sunday, Husband and I packed a tote of treats and headed to Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill. On our picnic packing list: cherries, crumpets and Adams peanut butter, soppressata with cheese and crackers, and lemon-lime-infused water.

GIVEAWAY! I'm giving 5 gift certificates for a free Adams product to 5 random winners!
  1. To enter, share this post or a photo from this post on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, OR Instagram.
  2. Comment below with the link of the shared post and your email address.
That's it! Giveaway ends in a week on 7/25. I'll notify the winners via email. Good luck and happy summer!

Thank you to The J.M. Smucker Company for sponsoring this post.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Shopping Guide: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started today for those with Early Access (just click the link to apply for a Nordstrom card to gain access and points). Every year, I score lots of goodies in preparation for fall season. Here is my round up of this year's sale favorites:




Happy shopping!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Bell-Sleeve Romper - Oahu, Hawaii

Forever 21 bell-sleeve romper
Dolce Vita "Julius" sandals
3.1 Phillip Lim round sunglasses
BaubleBar tassel earrings (on sale!)

Bell sleeves, tassels, and off-the-shoulder details all in one romper? I'm sold! I wore this look on our Hawaii trip, and a romper is an easy breezy piece for a tropical vacation. These photos were taken right after we had eaten amazing pokē at Nico's Pier 38 (I got a bowl with garlic clam, Korean crab, and spicy tuna and I'm still dreaming about it).

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Friday, July 8, 2016

"Best of Two Cities" Travel Guide: Vancouver & Victoria

what to do in Vancouver Victoria seaplane travel guide
Loden Hotel in Vancouver partnered with Magnolia Hotel in Victoria to bring together the "Best of Two Cities" travel package. Last weekend, Husband and I experienced this tour, and we highly recommend it if you've been wanting a Canadian adventure! We live in Seattle and frequently visit our neighbors up North (here are all my Canada posts), but this getaway was particularly special. We explored and did so much in both cities that we'd never done before, and it's because of the fun itinerary of the travel package. Here are the details:


Where to Stay: Loden Hotel
Loden Hotel Vancouver
Loden Hotel room Vancouver
Loden Hotel bathroom Vancouver
The hospitality at Loden Hotel is next level - everyone is friendly, helpful, and attentive. I immediately noticed the small details that make a hotel stand out: like housemade tea and local ginger beer in the lobby if you need a refreshment, or complimentary water and chocolates awaiting you in the room upon arrival.

The room is so chic - I love the modern, luxe decor with a midcentury, homey vibe. And do you see that huge bathtub?! I live in the city so I have a standard-sized tub, so that's the first thing I check out in a hotel room when I travel. Loden Hotel's tub comfortably fits two, so I popped over a few blocks to LUSH Cosmetics and picked up some bath bombs for an evening in.

For a full "MTV Cribs"-styled tour, watch my Snapchat video at the end of the post!

Where to Lunch: Homer St. Cafe & Bar
Homer St Cafe
Homer St Cafe and Bar Vancouver
nutella banana monte cristo
Homer St Cafe brunch
The food is only rivaled by the adorable decor at Homer St. Cafe, which is every Instagrammer's dorky picture-perfect dream. Seriously, the French doors and patterned tiles gave me decor inspo for my future house. We had brunch here and shared the Nutella banana Monte Cristo over coffee before our entrees arrived.

What to Do: Stanley Park & Granville Island
Loden Hotel bicycles
biking around Stanley Park
One of my favorite amenities about Loden Hotel is their complimentary bicycles! The hotel is a mere few blocks away from Stanley Park, so we went for a gorgeous, picturesque ride around the loop. Vancouver is such a bike-friendly city, with easy-to-identify and generous bike lanes that even put Seattle to shame!

Granville Island Public Market
Granville Island
Once we got back from cycling, we headed to Granville Island via water taxi since it was a beautiful day (but you can also drive onto the "island"). We happened to be in Vancouver on Canada Day, so Granville was even more bustling than usual. To celebrate, we lounged on a patio and enjoyed a few local brewskis in the sun.

Where to Dine: Tableau Bar Bistro
Tableau Bar Bistro Vancouver
Tableau Bar Bistro Vancouver appetizers
Tableau Bar Bistro Vancouver dinner
Tableau Bar Bistro Vancouver desserts
Award-winning Tableau Bar Bistro also happens to be adjacent to the Loden Hotel lobby, so that was convenient for us to swing in for dinner. We started with glasses of champagne paired with local Joyce Point oysters and a charcuterie plate. The menu is classically French, so of course, Husband ordered steak frites and I had mussels frites. We subbed out one order of fries for sautéed mushrooms, which were so buttery and divine. Lastly, we concluded the meal with mango sorbet topped over a coconut creme brûlée.


How to Get There: Harbour Air
Vancouver to Victoria by seaplane
seaplane Vancouver Harbour Air
seaplane Victoria Harbour Air
The next day, we got ready to take a seaplane over to Victoria! Harbour Air is only minutes away from Loden Hotel, and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle. This was our first time on a seaplane, and it's an awesome way to travel! For starters, we only had to check in 30 minutes ahead of time and boarding took 5 mins -- plus, the whole flight was 25 minutes. Usually, a ferry ride over to Victoria takes hours. Not to mention, being in a smaller aircraft, I felt (like a bird!) so much closer to the scenery and the views were breathtaking.


Where to Stay: Magnolia Hotel
Magnolia Hotel Victoria
Victoria BC
Magnolia Hotel Victoria
Upon landing, we were immediately greeted by representatives from Magnolia Hotel who walked us up a few blocks to the hotel. Magnolia Hotel has an elevated, classic charm that fits in so well with the style of Victoria. The room is cozy (equipped with a fireplace!) and the decor is sophisticated. I was pleasantly surprised to find a deep-soaking tub (!!!), and they provided a bottle of bath bubbles made by a local purveyor.

There is a sense of community within Victoria that permeates throughout Magnolia Hotel. For example, I chatted with the doorman who was attending high school and working there part-time. He had the idea to grow herbs on the rooftop, got his plan okayed, and now the hotel uses his mint for their drinks!

What to Do: Bike Loop > Chinatown & Downtown
Government House Victoria
Beacon Hill Park Victoria
Magnolia Hotel also provides complimentary bikes, as well as various routes for you to tour depending on your interests. We chose "Bikes, Beans & Blooms" and took off on a lovely ride, with some of my favorite stops being the Government House and Beacon Hill Park. At one point, a horse-drawn carriage trotted down the park as I was near a trickling creek shaded by a willow tree, and I felt like I was in a quintessential Victorian novel!

Kid Sister popsicles Fan Tan Alley Victoria
downtown Victoria
After the parks, we cycled to Chinatown and visited Fan Tan Alley, specifically for gourmet popsicles from Kid Sister (Husband had "Dulce de Leche" and I had a "Persian" one made of rosewater, pistachios, and saffron). Then, we strolled around the quaint Downtown and stopped by Oh Sugar to stock up on gummy candies.

Where to Eat
Catalano Magnolia Hotel Victoria
Breakfast at Catalano, the restaurant connected to the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel.

Cicchetti Bar Magnolia Hotel Victoria
Happy hour at Cicchetti Bar (order the prosciutto-filled cheese croquettes).

10 Acres Commons Victoria
Dinner at 10 Acres Commons, a block away from Magnolia Hotel. Husband ordered the halibut fish and chips, and the halibut was caught in Haida Gwaii, BC. We also shared the chilled seafood platter.


How to Get There: Kenmore Air
Victoria to Seattle by seaplane
Victoria seaplane Kenmore Air
Seattle Space Needle seaplane Kenmore Air
Seattle seaplane Kenmore Air Lake Union
Though sad to leave Canada, I was also excited about our seaplane ride back to Seattle because I wanted to fly closely over my home city and land on Lake Union. The views were so scenic cruising over San Juan Islands and Bainbridge... and finally, 30-mins later, as we soared over the iconic Seattle waterfront and Space Needle, my city looked just as epic from above as I'd hoped.

If you're interested, book the "Best of Two Cities" travel package here. Thank you to Loden Hotel and Magnolia Hotel for the best time!

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