this week in photos: 8.12.15

A week in the life started this past Monday. While I’ve never been good at capturing the daily moments in a form I liked, I’ve always enjoyed these records of each week. So, every week that I can, I’ll post five photos of my past week. Maybe they’ll be from each day, or all from one. Either way, it’ll show you a bit into what I do (it’s not much 🙂 )

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WED: This past week, the heat meant a trip to Molly Moon’s Ice Cream.

FRI: The sunshine was replaced with thunder and lightning storms for a full day. Unfortunately, that was the day I had to walk through downtown to get home from work. To take a break, I ducked into the Central Library for an hour, browsing through the magazines and taking notes.

SAT/SUN: That weekend, our family friends visited from Portland. They’ve been to Seattle so often that they don’t remember all the tourist attractions, like Pike Place Market. We also took them to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery to try some *intense* black coffee.

TUES: My friend and I delivered balloons to our friend’s house to welcome her back from a full summer of camp. (balloons and wind and public transportation = struggle)


seattle // UVillage Part 2

This is Part 2 of my trip to UVillage. Read Part 1 here.

After getting my hair done at Swink and doing a little shopping, we stopped for lunch at Eureka!.


DSC_9520I think that was the first time I couldn’t finish everything. Yes, I was a bit sick but still. It was pretty good.

As we slowly made our way outside, under the cloudy skies, the bright liveliness of a single storefront caught our attention.

It was Paint the Town, a childhood favorite of mine. You walk in, pick a ceramic piece, and you start painting. I’ve always loved painting. Picking out the paints, painting layer after layer of beautiful color.


I haven’t been surrounded by so many colors in ages. It was nice to go back again. And this is for you has become a mantra of mine that I keep in my head. I’ll do a post about it soon. 🙂

It was the to such a wonderful day, visiting all the places I’ve always wanted to go, and places I’ve always loved. Being near my home, I stop by often, and now I have another reason to hang around this local shopping village. If you aren’t convinced to visit just yet, let me remind you that UVillage (fully known as University Village) is right next to the University of Washington, which means (if I use the vernacular) hella good food.

What are your favorite parts of your city? Tell me in the comments!

seattle // UVillage

In a new series exploring the wonderful places in Seattle, I went on a day out shopping. Yes, yes, I spent a whole Saturday eating, shopping and getting my hair done. Just for you. It was hard, but I made it though. 😛 Now let me tell you about it.

I started my day with a hair appointment at Swink Style Bar. It’s the first style bar in Seattle. Throughout the years, I’ve passed by Swink many times, always sneaking a peak into what happens inside. So when they offered a complementary ‘do, I took it. I’ve never gotten my hair done before and after just getting a new haircut, I was nervous. But I walked right in, got seated, and witnessed my hair become a piece of art.

DSC_9441 DSC_9425 DSC_9428 DSC_9442DSC_9430DSC_9438 DSC_9434The lights were shining, and the mirrors glimmering. I sat down, unsure of what I wanted. The stylist talked me through everything, ending with me choosing the G&T look. Excuse the weird face I’m making. It’s hard to be composed when my hair looks so. freaking. good. The stylist even gave me a braid to finish it off. ( I am the worst at braids)

With my hair looking fabulous, my friend and I hit the streets (@UVillage) and did a little shopping.

We walked across the sunshine-filled village to H&M, where I’m finding is becoming less and less my style.

In a sad attempt to showcase the hair and braid, I of course took some selfies in the mirror (it’s more interesting than the clothes there).

That’s just a small (small!) piece of the wondrous University Village that I’ve been visiting since I was a kid. An open-air shopping area, right next to the University of Washington (which I’ve also been going to since I was a kid), it’s one of the places you should visit after the classic tourist attractions. Gives you a feel of what the people are like here in the PNW. Shopping and hair styling, could it get better? YES. I’ll be posting part 2 of UVillage next week! Stay tuned.

Thanks again to Swink Style Bar for giving me the chance to feel awesome for a day. ❤

day in the life: december


In the past I’ve shared the daily lives of others (here and here), but today I’ll be sharing a day in the life  of me, the typer behind the screen. Let’s start with this morning…

6:30 am Alarm goes off. I consider curling my hair but with a stuffy nose and lack of curling iron, that didn’t happen.

6:50 am Get up, get dressed, and do all the morning stuff. Breakfast was cold medication and some cereal.

7:30 am Head out the door. In a rush of course. Mornings tend to be a blur, as I  find myself in school before I even realize what’s going on.

7:45 am Arrive at school. First period starts in five minutes and I walk to class, sit in my seat in the back.

9:50 am End of second period and beginning of break. After our second period, we get a twenty minute break to do whatever we want. I tend to go to my next class and hang out there. Do some homework, eat some food, and watch as our science experiment for third period failed.

12:00 pm Lunch! Eating at the forum ( these big stairs that the freshmen eat on) and chit chatting. Lunch was a sandwich and lots of oranges.

2:20 pm School is over, but I stay around for debate after school. Out of Spanish and a quick stop at my locker. Totally forgot to head to chemistry for the experiment. Debate is in the math wing, and today was only a quick lecture from the older members. Took some notes, then left early since I was still recovering from a cold.

3:30 pm Taking the bus to the transit center after debate means talking with the debate gang. We talk, then go our separate ways towards home.

4:00 pm At the mall, headed to Target and bought a whipped cream. Secret Santa gag gift step one, done.

4:30 pm Back home, and from here on I do my homework, watch some tv, and get my work done.

7:00 pm Between the last time I check-in and now, I’ve eaten dinner and slowly (procrastinatingly) did my homework.

10:30 pm Everything unwinds, backpacks close, and it’s time for bed.

day in the life: Katie of blue poppy blog

You guys. I am so excited to share with you Katie and her amazing day in the life! This summer I really wanted to have more guests around here and show you guys how amazing these bloggers are. Take it away Katie!


When Iris and I got in touch about collaborating in her series describing ‘A Day in the Life’ of fellow bloggers I immediately jumped at the chance! Mostly it is because I enjoy collaborating with other creatives, but another reason is because lately life has been pretty good to me, and I wanted to take some time to think about that and reflect on it. In the grand scheme of it all your daily life may be routine and therefore boring to you, but to others it may be extremely interesting. And when I really think about it I honestly can’t find much to complain about! I am in my early twenties, I have a full time career, live in a great area, and have a loving and caring boyfriend, just to name a few. Anyway, to introduce myself, I’m Katie of blue poppy blog. I started blogging over the winter in order to keep myself busy as work was pretty slow and Albany, NY, where I live, can be a pretty difficult place to live come winter. Our winters get freezing and the sun setting at 4:30pm doesn’t help either. Luckily it’s Summer, and there is much more to do!
My day starts out like most peoples days do with waking up, making breakfast, and getting ready for work. Today I made some eggs and ‘facon’ (fake bacon, as I am a vegetarian) and some fresh ground French Press coffee.
I really need to make sure I fuel myself well for the day ahead as my job can be demanding, especially in the summer. What do I do? I am the production manager and associate photographer for Clark+Walker Studio, a well known award winning photography studio focusing on wedding and portrait photography. Needless to say during the wedding season of May-October I don’t catch much of a break. I will find myself working 40 hours weeks with maybe one or two weddings each weekend. Today I am working on a wedding that is so far one of my favorites of the season 🙂
My job is to sort through all of the images taken the day of the weddings, pick the best ones, retouch them all, and send them to the client in a timely manner. Other responsibilities of mine are scheduling appointments, booking clients, designing albums, and much more. It keeps me busy but I love it. Photography was something I fell in love with at a young age and knew I always wanted to do. And now I am lucky enough to be doing for a living!


After work I typically engage in several extracurriculars. Tonight I am heading home and going for a run, but on other days I will play pick up basketball, softball, or do yoga, which I aim to do once a week. Staying active is important for me, especially after sitting at a desk all day.
Speaking of heading home, I live in a great 5th floor apartment right in the heart of Albany. Here’s a view from my bedroom window. It’s a gloomy day today but the views are great no matter the weather, and the sunsets are gorgeous when the sky isn’t murky.
I also spend half of my time at my boyfriends house which is about 20 minutes away. It’s my second home. We’ve been together for just over three years and I am just head over heels for him. Things really couldn’t be any better than they are. I am incredibly happy!
After my run tonight I’ll come home, cook dinner, relax with my love and do some blogging.
I’m really excited to be reviewing some beautifully scented candles for the blog later on – I won’t give too much information on this new company and their awesome candles as you’ll have to stay tuned this month and check the blog to find out more! But until then I’m off to run a couple of miles and then come back to make veggie tacos for our ritual Taco Tuesday dinner!
xo Katie


Isn’t that awesome? I would love to have that kind of day, everyday! You can find Katie at her blog, blue poppy blog, on facebook, and on twitter and instagram as @bluepoppyblog! Let me know in the comments below what your daily life is like and don’t forget to give Katie some love 🙂 

Guest: A Day in My Life – London

Ever wondered what happens in an average day in the life of some fabulous bloggers? Well, that’s what this series is about! Here’s a day in the life of the brilliant Alex Stella!

Hiya, I’m Alex from over at Stella Et0ile  for my guest post I thought I’d do a day in my life during my Easter holidays!


I knew I had a long day ahead of me so I had a big breakfast to keep me going; since it was one of my first mornings back from school, and I’m never really at home (boarding school!) my mumma made me some brioche French toast which was the yummiest thing ever, I could eat this all day!


Waiting for the tube…. On my way to Oxford Circus, I wanted to do a big shop and have a browse at all the Spring/Summer collections. I never used to be a great fan of the tube but I love the new tubes, they’re so much more spacious so you’re less likely to have your face squished up in someone’s armpit! (cons of not being very tall!)


I was most excited to go into Zara as I’d been eyeing up almost everything from their new collection online; I did find a couple things that really stood out to me but when I went to try them on nothing really fit right, I guess I was just having one of those days! The floral shorts on the left were to die for but unfortunately they didn’t suit my short legs aha! I think at first glance people see Zara as being a very expensive brand but if you have a closer look around you can find some really good deals; I got a pair of leather black heels from Zara for under £30!


Unfortunately my shopping trip wasn’t too successful, but I did pick up two things. From Forever 21 I picked up these flowy aztec print shorts and from Superdrug, the NYC bronzer in Sunny which I am super excited about as I’ve heard lots of people rave about it, and this was super cheap, I think it was around £2!


In the afternoon I went to the Saatchi Gallery which is on King’s Road. This is my favourite gallery because it’s quite small but the rooms are so vast and open and another plus is that it’s free admission! They have this really cool ant exhibition on at the moment which I thought was really interesting and different and they also had some other really interesting exhibitions as well. I’m not one who likes to spend hours looking at a piece of art, more like 2 minutes but I really did appreciate everything on display in here! They also have a big shop which has tons of cool stuff from books to mugs and posters; I think it’s a great shop if you needed to get someone a present but didn’t know what to get them.

So that was pretty much the end of my day, I didn’t photograph my lunch or supper but it probably wasn’t that interesting anyway! I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe pop over to my blog, where I write about all kinds of things!

Thanks for hanging out on my blog Alex! Make sure you go check out her blog where she writes about beauty, life, and lots more. It’s pretty great. Happy Monday.