Wednesday, August 19, 2015


dress  ||  sunglasses  ||  sandals  ||  bag  ||  earrings (Francesca's, unavailable online, similar)  ||  watch  ||  bracelet (Tuckernuck, sold out, similar)  ||  ring (Kate Spade, unavailable)

This past weekend, Chris and I drove up to Vancouver, B.C. to see Nicki Minaj live (totally 100% guilty of loving her) and to tour UBC's Vancouver campus! The weather was perfect and ideal for exploring the campus. We stayed in an AirBnB for the first time and had a great experience! Our condo was on the same block as the arena Nicki was playing at, so we didn't even have to cross a street to get there. I'm a huge fan of Vancouver, so it was nice to spend some more time there with Chris.

While exploring UBC, we found this cute little spot that overlooked some water - I think it was English Bay! It was so pretty so Chris took some snaps of me. UBC is huge. We actually missed our tour (oops!) because we got lost getting there. The campus takes up so much space, but it's right on the water and has a beautiful view! It's definitely a top contender when it comes to schools I'm considering transferring to. We'll see!

This dress is from H&M and less than $20! I probably should have ironed or steamed it before wearing it out though... But it's super cute, comfy, and perfect for casual dress or a nicer occasion! And for less than $20, it really can't be beat.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Seattle Eats: Hot Cakes Grand Opening

Molten chocolate cakes, vanilla ice cream, and creamy milkshakes: what more could you ask for in a dessert shop? Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, a Seattle cakery known for it's rich, delicious chocolate cakes, just opened a new shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle on Monday. The new shop is much larger than it's first shop, located in Ballard. The new shop offers an expanded menu, including soft serve and an outdoor fire pit to roast marshmallows! Additional seating is offered outdoors, perfect for warm evenings. 

Chris and I visited the shop Monday night for the grand opening. All night the line was out the door and many visitors took their orders to go or settled for standing, as all the seats were taken. This isn't anything new: the Ballard shop is known for having a line out the door most evenings! When we reached the counter, I ordered a s'mores molten chocolate cake (it was #NationalSmoresDay after all) and Chris ordered himself a peanut butter s'more milkshake! For the two of us, that was plenty. The cakes are small, but they're rich. The cakes come with a side of vanilla ice cream, but you can order it without or with a glass of milk instead. I was more than happy with my s'more cake: the marshmallow was perfectly toasted on top, giving it that fresh marshmallow flavor that most s'mores flavored dishes miss out on. Chris' shake also included a toasted marshmallow and crumbled graham crackers, and a delicious peanut butter flavor. If you're not feeling a cake or milkshake, they have other offerings on the menu: s'mores with smoked chocolate (a Hot Cakes specialty - it literally tastes like chocolate made over a campfire!), cookies, creme brûlée, hot chocolate, and even savory options!

The best part? Eating Hot Cakes desserts is guilt free! Ingredients are both locally sourced and organic, supporting the company's care of supporting farmers and being sustainable. 

Ballard Shop 5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Capitol Hill Shop 1650 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102

Monday, August 10, 2015


There are few ways to eloquently begin a post on loss. This past weekend, my small(ish) town of Snohomish lost a man that had a much larger impact than I could express. Snohomish is a town that loves tradition, high school football (though our record isn't anything to brag about), and farms - we're the go-to when fall comes around. It's no surprise when you see a giant tractor riding down the street or llamas (alpacas?) in your neighbors yard. Our town has a great community and currently, we're all mourning the loss of Tuck Gionet.

It's hard for me, or anyone really, to convey what Mr. Gionet meant to our community. He was a teacher that everyone respected and looked forward to having, an exceptional track coach that pushed his athletes, a world traveler who encouraged immersing yourself in another culture, and the father of our friends. Knowing Mr. Gionet was invigorating - he constantly questioned you and your choices, but not because he doubted them. He wanted you to understand the whys and the hows, not just the dos. My relationship with Mr. Gionet was funny - his family and my best friend's family were extremely close, so I initially met him through them. His son Kyle and I share a birthday and kind of always used that as what bonded us (haha). Three years ago, I was lucky enough to travel 30 days through Europe with him, on a tour he helped lead every other year so students had the opportunity to travel.

His appreciation and understanding of other cultures was admirable. Anytime I considering traveling, I'm reminded of his thoughts and our month overseas. Even though we were miles away from home, he never let us forget that no matter where we were, we needed to "leave it better than we found it." His leadership went beyond his classroom. Like many others this weekend, I've thought a lot about the memories we've shared. After our group first landed in Munich, we walked over 30 miles in our first two days. His energy and enthusiasm for traveling made all that walking so much easier. We took naps in public parks in Prague after eating lunch, hiked up a Swiss mountain (it was painful and I'll never be doing that again) and along Italy's coast (seriously, we took so many hikes), visited old Sienna, went to a lot of museums (which I have grown to really appreciate), learned to ride subways through cities, were taught how to properly hug a tree (an infamous Mr. Gionet joke that all of Snohomish knows), and were told how to react if someone tried pickpocketing us. There was one day that our group (think: 50~ people) went on a hike in Italy and my small group and I got lost. We ended up on the complete other side of a peninsula (I think...) than we were supposed to be. Even though we knew we would be fine, it was scary and stressful and we were tired and frustrated. When we finally reached the other side of the peninsula(?), I felt a huge relief when I saw Mr. Gionet's face, a little concerned, a little bit of trying-not-to-laugh, but mostly also relieved. 

Mr. Gionet had a quality about him that made everyone feel important. Hundreds of heartfelt posts sharing condolences, photos, videos, and fond memories flood Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, reminding us all how he made us feel. I wish I could share with you all the posts in his honor and how much love they each have. This post is not at all close to the emotion people are sharing and experiencing. Each one of us have had a connection with him that left us a little better than we were before we knew him. He pushed us to do our best instead of settling. He loved to give me a hard time about being an ASB officer because he knew just a title wasn't going to spread influence and make a different in our school (c'mon, we all knew that). Even though I wasn't super close with him, he's a figure that made an influence in my character and offered me experiences I wouldn't otherwise have had. He believed in actions, being on time, and investing wisely. He's the prime example of doing good and leaving behind a positive legacy that will live on and be celebrated.

Rest in Peace Mr. Gionet. After all the hard work you put into Snohomish, our school, our students, and our world, you deserve it. (Also, here's my favorite photo of you. Thanks for the opportunity to explore the world and teaching us all about where we were.)

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