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.
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 :)