Twin Peaks Fashion Spread by Seattle Met

It's taken me until this Fall to finally start watching Twin Peaks and I'm so obsessed. (If you have Amazon Prime, it's free to watch it with your subscription!) I feel light years behind all my friends as so many of them have adored it for years and years and years. But I'm in, finally!!! My husband is going to dress up as the Log Lady for Halloween, haha! 
Did you see that there is going to be a Twin Peaks reboot coming next year? OMG YAAAAS! Aaannnd did I mention that the cafe from Twin Peaks is just outside of Seattle, where I live? I've driven past it many times but now that I've finally seen the show, I feel justified in going in and actually checking it out. Time to plan a little trip!

Aaaaaaaand perfect timing for this Twin peaks madness, Seattle Met just included a ton of jewelry from my store mooreaseal.com in their Twin Peaks themed October fashion spread! Here are a few of my favorite shots by Brandon Hill.


Where My List Obsession Began

It's pretty obvious judging by my books 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness that lists are not only fun for me but really ground me and make me feel more balanced, focused and fulfilled in who I am. When my depression and anxiety feel really strong, I turn to lists to feel more centered. And during the summer, my depression and anxiety usually are the worst because I get kind of overwhelmed by the activities of summer, the desire to get outside while I still have so much work to indoors, and I miss the ease and freedom of summers as a kid a lot. I miss the time I had to just daydream and come up with... you guessed it, lists. I was a massively shy child and spent a lot of time alone, for better or for worse. I was super spacey (still am) thanks to ADD and just being a creative spirit and because school was a challenge for me, I was grounded pretty much every weekend of high school for not finishing all my work. I'm an introvert through and through and I can get lost exploring my own mind for hours. I was diagnosed with ADD around age 6, then again in middle school and again in high school. It's a daily challenge to battle ADD with depression and anxiety. But because I've dealt with all of them so long, I've had time to practice and discover what works best for me in managing all of those difficult aspects of self. List making is my major tool not just for daily task management but even more importantly, my self management, self discovery, exploration, and self investment.

At the end of high school, I started this little book documenting all of the lists that I wanted to invest in and discover as a way to better get to know who I was and what I loved, what connected with my heart and truest self. I don't think I've ever shared this on my blog, but it's one of my most special possessions. And please humor me in how serious I was about discovering what was cool to me as a teen. I wish I could insert a gif of me cringing here, haha. I just made these lists as a way to research and discover what felt like a reflection of who I am and what I love. To note: I don't like all of the musicians, books, movies, etc on these lists but I DID discover some that have become life long favorites through these lists. The exploration of this little book of lists, going through each list over a summer spent mostly in my bedroom at age 18 was so fulfilling for me. And I'd give a bajillion bucks to get to have a full summer like that again, before social media came about, before my cell phone had color or video on it, and the pressure to be a certain way, look a certain way, and act a certain way became so pervasive online.

This is the notebook. It's tiny and the pages are super ratty and messy. But it's like a little time capsule of me as a teen trying to discover who I was and what defined me. If someone ever steals this from my house I will hunt them down and whatever happens to them, it will not be pretty. JK, Im not serious... or am I?

I spent the entire summer of my 18th year pretty much in my bedroom reading, watching movies that I'd researched, listening to music and searching my local libraries for all of the above. The other part of the time I spent working at a local coffeeshop making garbage coffee drinks (I don't drink coffee and my skills were not the best, ha!!) and making out with my high school boyfriend, hehe. Ahhh introverted youth. Here are some of the books from my list that I have opinions on today:

  • Thanks to this notebook of lists I totally fell in love with Haruki Murakami's books and realized that magical realism was my favorite genre. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was the first book by Murakami that I read and I think it's still my favorite, or maybe Kafka on the Shore.
  • Cathedral by Raymond Carter was another book that I fell in love with thanks to my list of book research. I love short stories, especially ones that have some surrealism like ALL of Franz Kafka's work. All of iiiiiit.
  • Siddhartha is an all time favorite along with some other books by Herman Hesse like Steppenwolf. My dad gave me a copy of Steppenwolf around this time when he saw all the types of books that I was pounding like they were candy. Get ready for a somewhat dark, philosophical and contemplative journey if you are going down the Herman Hesse path. The end of Steppenwolf also is one of the trippiest things I've ever read, fair warning. Herman Hesse's work was some of the first work that I read at a young age that was very deep and dark, containing poetic storytelling that explored the search for the authentic self and self knowledge. I think it deeply influenced the person that I am today, why I focus on self knowledge above all else, and why I love writing. 
  • Choke, and all of Chuck Palahniuk's work. Oh man, I loved it all when I was 17 and 18. It felt so daring and dark. But now that I'm older and a little more comfortable with how boring I am, I just don't find any of his books entertaining anymore. It's a little too much for my sensitive spirit.
  • I remember trying to read Dave Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius but I couldn't stand it. I guess because I had experienced a lot of trauma in my childhood too, I just couldn't relate to the way he became self destructive and shitty towards women. Not like I am a saint and handled my own trauma well, I just went the polar opposite direction and self imploded with self hate and isolation. Oh I could go deep into that, but to keep this a little lighter, I don't dig his writing but I do love and respect his program 826 which does incredible things for kids in the most charming ways. The Seattle location of 826 changed to a new name The Bureau Of Fearless Ideas. See, look at all this stuff you can learn just from writing a list! I learned about his book, and then more about his as an author and activist and philanthropist, and then his amazing organization, and then how the Seattle location has changed and grown, and how he and I relate in some traumas but channeled it different ways... All of that from writing a list and being open to still learning about an author even though I didn't like one book I read. Lists are rad.
  • After reading The Grapes of Wrath in high school, I just couldn't do East of Eden though I know a lot of people who adore the book. I can't do John Steinbeck. Sorry!

It's really fun for me reflecting on the lists that fill up this goofy little notebook. So I think I might post more lists from inside it's pages. What do you think?


Epic Adventures

My hotel room in Las Vegas

I have been traveling a lot for work this summer and I’ll be traveling even more this fall! I was just in Las Vegas, then was in NYC for a week and soon I’ll be coming back to NYC and then on to LA. It’s a busy season for work, but I’m fitting in a little fun in my travels too ;) I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to travel wisely, especially when it comes to finances. And seriously perfect timing, the amazing team at #Amex invited me become an #AmexAmbassador to share how I use my Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express to bring a little more epic adventure into my life, especially through my travels and fun events around my hometown of Seattle. 

Nighttime swims in Las Vegas

Here are a few reasons by I really dig this card – first, you earn $150 back after you spend $500 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Ding! That’s a win. Plus you can earn 5% back on $4,000 in eligible travel purchases within the first 6 months of Card Membership, up to $200, which means more cocktails under the moon for me ;) Cash back is given through a statement credit that I use to pay for everything from my flights to hotels, which is super helpful. There are also great benefits for travelers like car rental loss and damage insurance, travel accident insurance, and a global assist hotline. All this on top of the 3% cash back you get grocery shopping, 2% cash back at U.S. department stores and other great daily benefits.
So, what have I been using my Blue Cash Everyday Card for so far in prepping for my travels and during my adventures across the U.S.? A lot of practical things and plenty of fun too! I booked my flights with the card, hotels, and any of the necessities I needed for my trip were purchased with it to get the most out of my rewards. And everything else I used it for was fun fun fun :) While my team and I were in Las Vegas, we ate out at some delicious restaurants. And after really long work days at the Project Trade show where we presented our debut jewelry line and home goods lines, we hung out by the pool and grabbed cocktails under the stars. That was magical.

Setting up our booth at NYNOW!

In New York, we were also showing our lines at NYNOW trade show (which I’ll share more about in another post. We had so much fun!) I used my card to see two Broadway shows which I was super excited about as I have never seen any shows on Broadway before! I got to see Mathilda which was my favorite book and movie growing up. And then I saw Les Miserables on the last night of my trip which was so special to me as I was obsessed with the musical in high school. 

Excited to see Mathilda on Broadway!

I also used the card for little things around the city like my subway card which got me over to Brooklyn to see my sweet friend Julie at Etsy headquarters which was SO rad. And I used it to buy my other long time blogging buddy Kara a drink at my hotel. We stayed at the Hudson Hotel and it seriously felt like Harry Potter during the daytime with it’s magical decor. I really got some good use out of my card on the first two trips of my epic Summer/Fall travels and I’m already planning out the best ways to take advantage of the benefits of my Blue Cash Everyday Card in prep for my next big business trips to NYC again in less than a month and trips to LA and Nashville!

I got my first credit card just a year ago at age 29. I really believe in spending money thoughtfully and cautiously which is why I waited until I was almost 30 to get a credit card. I decided to add the Blue Cash Everyday card to my wallet based on my own belief that when you spend your money, you should spend it with intention, and make it work for you. Now that I travel quite a bit for business, I really want to be able to get rewarded whenever I can with use of my credit cards, especially if I can get rewards with purchases I make for travel. Getting cash back on everyday purchases also makes spending money a win and a thoughtful shopping experience for me. My partnership with Amex is sponsored, but all opinions are truthfully my own. I’m excited to share with you more as summer transitions into fall about how I travel thoughtfully and get the most out of my credit card to benefit me in future travels. And I cannot wait to share something truly epic I get to do later this week thanks to Amex! Eek!


What I Wore: My First Cropped Top!

Since we just started carrying clothing on my retail site mooreaseal.com, I figure it's about time I get back into sharing what I actually wear in real life! Do you want to see my very first outfit post ever? What a dork, that was 7 years ago when I was 23 and deep in a super vintage/Zooey Deschanel phase. Ah youth.
These days, my outfits are usually a bit more casual, bohemian and rustic with a touch of 70s or 60s vintage inspiration. On a trip to LA recently, my buying team convinced me to get some bell bottoms which I haven't worn in YEARS, but they were right. These have become a go to in my wardrobe ever since I bought them. I've always been too scared to wear a cropped top but paired with high wasted pants, I think I can do it and be a little less afraid.

This top is called the Front Tie Striped Top and seriously everyone on my staff is obsessed with it, especially our sales team. Our sales associate Marissa (who is also an AMAZING photographer) just bought this top too and I can't wait to see how she styles it. What makes this top so great is that is suits tons of different body types. I'm 5'9" and very busty. I wear a 30H bra size. So finding tops that fit both my waist and boobs is a nightmare. I usually need to wear a size medium top to fit my boobs and this top is a size Small (At places like Forever 21 I'm usually a large, Nordstrom I'm usually a medium. Oh the world of brands and their sizing, so confusing.) It's meant to be kind of loose and then you tie the tie to whatever looseness you want, so I could actually get away with wearing a Medium too if I wanted an overall slightly looser look. Its nice that this top suits a ton of different body shapes. I like the tie pretty tight to show my waist, and being that I'm pretty tall, this hits me right just above my high wasted jeans for the perfect crop. Marissa is around 5'2" and it looks sooo cute on her and hits her right at her waist. She wears an X-Small.

I also paired it with my favorite wide brimmed hat with a soft shell top called the Gambier Hat by Herschel. I usually go for a more structured wide brimmed hat like our Morley Hat (I own it in 4 different colors. HA!) But I like the softness of this hat with this top. And of course, my favorite Punched Pouch by Pine + Boon. I've known Jess, the owner and founder of Pine + Boon, for going on ten years now! We went to college together, were both Art majors, my store was the first to stock her line and she even worked with us as a sales associate for a season. She's amazing.

Anyway, what do you think guys? Should I get back into the Outfit Post game on my blog? I really do miss it and I haven't done on one my blog in 3 YEARS! Geeze. Time to get back in ;)