14.1.14

Investing in Seattle

photo by Lara

I had SUCH a fun weekend.  One thing I learned about myself last year is that being away from home too much can stress me out.  I traveled every single month last year and half of the time, I traveled 2-3 times each month.  Oof!  Too much of a good thing burns me out.  I definitely didn't give myself enough down time last year, and I also definitely hit a cracking point where I started to feel really lonely in my own city.  So this year, I'll probably still be traveling quite a bit but I'm trying to at least travel less than last year, only traveling for business if I think it is really necessary and going to whatever weddings I need to go to.  This year, I want to focus on really investing in my city of Seattle.

I've always had a hard time in my 20s of figuring out how to meet people in Seattle.  We're kind of a quiet, cold, and shy city.  I'm a bit of a homebody so meeting people at bars is not my scene and I haven't been to a party in ages as that scene kind of died away with college a few years ago.  So many of my friends have moved away and my friends who are still here are mostly married, a few starting to have kids.  But I don't want to exclusively hangout with couples, and I don't want my single friends to feel left out.  I want to invest in ALL of the friends I have here.  I also feel like I have plenty of room to add new friends in my circles in Seattle so this year is all about doing just that.  This year I am focusing on enjoying the city I live in and letting myself just reach out to people I want to meet without being embarrassed or nervous to reach out.  With having social media at my finger tips, most specifically Instagram, there are so many people I'm discovering in my own city that I admire and would love to chat with.  And this weekend turned out to be a big one for meeting Instagram friends!


I've been following Julia Manchik on Instagram for awhile now and I just adore her aesthetic.  And this week she shot me an email asking if I wanted to hangout sometime, and of course I squealed yes!  I soon realized that not only is she a fabulous photographer and photography partner with her husband, here is their photography blog,  but her design work and illustrations are just as stunning.  We ended up getting brunch together on Saturday and had such great conversation together.  I immediately think this girl is wonderful.  I ended up telling her about how I saw mention of a Seattle Instagram meet-up in Ballard on Sunday and we both decided to go, so I got to hang with her again on Sunday!  Thank's Julia for hanging out so much this weekend!  She's already a fast friend.

please excuse how pixelated this iphone photo is!

On the rest of Saturday, I had a few fun errands to run.  I'm going to be going to Alt Summit 2014 in Salt Lake City this year because I won the chance to host a party at Alt Summit with Chelsey & Whitney!  So excited for our Carnival Mini Party :)  Well, the theme of the main party at Alt this year is Green.  And being that I only own one skirt that is green and a button up shirt that is teal green, I decided it was a good excuse to go find a fun green party dress.  I headed to Pretty Parlour to try to find a fun vintage or vintage inspired dress and, hooray, I found a fabulous dress!  I'll reveal it on the blog after Alt.  I had such a great time chatting it up with miss Natasha Lady Krishna, who is the cutest little Seattle version of Betsey Johnson, that she ended up giving me a lipstick from the new line she has been working on with Atomic Cosmetics.  And I am obsessed with it!!!  I have a really hard time finding lipsticks that suit the tone of my skin, my hair, and suit my style.  I have skin that both can look like it should be on a redhead and can be more yellow-y orange toned.  And my hair naturally is a pretty neutral mousey brown.  So with make-up, I try to stay in a really neutral toned area or it looks really weird.  The lipstick Natasha gave me is called Lady Krishna and its a deep red with both hints of orange-y red and some brighter, cool tones and it's like the ultimate perfect color for my skin tone.  It also lasts all day long and is pretty matte which is what I love!  It was so sweet for her to just give it to me after we hand only chatted for about an hour.

Later than evening, I got my hair did.  I don't fully dye my hair like I did when I was younger.  And the last time I got my hair balayage-ed it was a year and a half ago, so all those subtle highlights were pretty much gone.  So I went in for a refresh at Fringe Salon here in Seattle and bam, I'm thinking my hair looks pretty dang perfect right now.  I only trust Gabe with coloring my hair because guys, he has serious artistic talent when it comes to balayage.  I will never go to anyone else for coloring if I can manage it.


On Sunday I met up with my friend Ariel who equally as passionate about women's rights as I am.  Last year we had planned to do a series on the blog called The Bad Roommate, referring to that nasty voice in so many women's heads that tells us we are lesser of a person than we really are.  But launching my store took up all of my time so the series had to be put on hold.  But this year we really want to get it going again, so expect another post coming later this month!

Later in the afternoon on Sunday, I gathered together my courage to go an Instagram Meet-Up in Ballard, here in Seattle.  I saw someone talking about it on Instagram earlier in the week and thought, ok, I should challenge myself to go.  Thankfully Julia and her husband joined me so I knew one person there.  But I ended up meeting tons of talented and creative folks and chatted away the hours with a few new friends, despite standing in the freezing cold.  I expected maybe 15 people to show up but it was closer to maybe 80 people!  Shout outs to new friends:  Madison + Daniel + Lara + everyone else I met at the Insta-meet-up.  You can check out photos from the meet up on instagram with the hashtag #socalityseattle & #ballardinstameet.  This meet up was hosted by Jonathan Taylor Sweet in conjunction with Instagram.  But my friend Cory from With Hearts on Instagram often hosts Instagram meet ups too.  And you can be sure I'll be going to more around the Seattle area because I had such a fantastic time.  If you live in the Seattle area, join in!  I'd love to meet you :)

19 comments:

abhaya_sondra said...

I live here in Seattle, and I agree, it can be so tough to meet people! The extra motivation of a meetup sounds like a good thing. Put it out there next time you know of one, maybe we'll meet! (or I'm @instasondra on IG).

Anna Zimmerman said...

Aww, so awesome that you and Julia met!

Ariel Shannon Cohen said...

I'm so glad the meetup turned out to be so much fun. And it was great to see you! I'm excited for all our grand plans for the series.

Natalie Bowman said...

Lets hang out!

Lauren Hughes said...

I love this post, I have literally just moved to Seattle from England and although I am aware that I don't know a lot of people, I am really looking forward to getting out there and involving myself in social/creative events and hopefully meeting some of you! Lauren

mooreaseal said...

Aw! I grew up in England outside of Peterborough in a tiny village called Helpston! Where are you from in England? I hope the transition into Seattle life is as easy as possible. I'll be honest and say that, after having grown up in England, I kind of think that the British have more personality that Americans as in a wider range of personality ranging from stoicism to wacky insane humor. Hopefully we can meet up sometime!

mooreaseal said...

DUH! Well, first I'll see you at Alt :) And I'll be traveling for the rest of the month after that till Feb 20th ish. But then let's get coffee or tea or brunch! Shoot me an email anytime at moorea AT mooreaseal . com

mooreaseal said...

YAY me too!

mooreaseal said...

Yea! She's such a sweetheart. Ps, your blog is so pretty!

mooreaseal said...

I'll definitely be posting about any upcoming meet ups before they happen! I'd love to meet ya! I'm also hoping to host a few fun events at my studio this year too!

Becca Lee said...

Oh I love this Seattlecentric post! I used to work at Pretty Parlor, and Anna Banana is just the best. She has the cutest shop, the best pets, and is just the nicest. Have you chatted up the ladies at Trove Vintage Boutique in Ballard yet? Sweet as pie!

I'd love to join in on more Seattle meet-ups. We have so many cool people here!

XOXO
Becca | Ladyface Blog

Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com said...

I'm desperate for some decent balayage here. Lucky lady!

Lauren Hughes said...

I'm from Wolverhampton, right in the middle! So far it's going well, but I'm not even a full week in! I've been a big fan of your blog for a long time and have loved seeing your shop evolve, i've found it especially interesting as i'm also a designer/blogger/jewelery maker and it's something I would really love to pursue out here so it's been really inspiring to see!! I totally agree that there are a lot of differences in the personalities! I'd love to meet up, hopefully we will be able to sort something out at some point! Would be great to chat!

madslinker said...

Best impromtu coffee I've had in a long while! Such a joy to meet an intensely creative and welcoming human. Looking forward to another hang out sesh (or 5).

To all the other Seattle ladies -- let's meet up! Send me an email at madisonslinker @ gmail .com and we'll grab coffee!

Moorea Seal said...

It was so fun meeting you and when I'm back from all my travels the next months, let's hangout again! :)

Moorea Seal said...

Balayage is the bomb! It's crazy expensive :( But I just get it done like once every year and I love how it grows out.

Moorea Seal said...

Yes! They are so many awesome, fun, kooky creative Seattlites. I love it :) I'll post on my blog when there is another meetup!

Moorea Seal said...

Feel free to email me anytime and we can plan a coffee/tea date :) I'm traveling for the next month but come March I'll be settled back in here.

Lauren Hughes said...

That sounds great, I'd really love that! I will drop you an email and then hopefully we can arrange soemthing! :-) x