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Dec 17, 2014

Happy Humpday! Today I'm sharing some iPhone snaps from my Seattle trip last month. You may have already seen a few of these on Instagram, but most of these didn't get posted, since I was pretty busy running around the city (for work, and some fun too!). Seattle reminds me of a smaller, wetter version of San Francisco, and now that I've visited a few times I've developed a few favorite spots and restaurants. Check them out below...

pike place

The first evening we arrived we walked over to Pike Place and had dinner at Steelhead Diner. Don't let the modestly starred yelp reviews fool you; it's one of my favorite seafood places. The clam chowder with truffle oil is to die for. We also had an amazing salmon dish that's making my mouth water all over again just looking at the photos.

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The next morning a latte was in order as we geared up for our first day at the LISA conference. For you non-eng folk (not to be stereotypical but I assume there are few, if any engineers reading my fashion blog), LISA is the Large Installation System Administration conference put on by USENIX.org. 

We had breakfast at another favorite of mine, Lola. If you go, get the doughnuts with seasonal jam and vanilla mascarpone (*drool*) and the eggs benedict. 

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[above] Loved the view of Seattle's fall foliage from our hotel room. [below] Off to the Space Needle for dinner!

space needle
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With my coworker and partner in crime, Melanie! We had a romantic little dinner at the restaurant at the very top of the Space Needle (Sky City). When you dine there, you can also go up to the observation deck afterwards without purchasing tickets. The restaurant also rotates around so you end up getting 360 degree views without having to get up from your seat—although if you get motion sickness like I do, you may want to request a seat closest to the window (the turning is less noticeable). The food was good, if not a little over-priced, but you're also paying for the extraordinary views. 

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For our last breakfast, we hit up Biscuit Bitch. Yep, you read the name right. Although, the sign on the outside says Caffe Lieto—maybe in an attempt not to offend potential customers? Clearly, it takes a lot more than a sassy name to offend me (I mean, have you seen the name of my blog?), and I loved the cheeky names of their different dishes. Hot Mess Bitch, anyone? You might think with the bitchy names, it might reflect the demeanor of the people that work there, but they were absolutely delightful and they helped me settle on the Cheesy Pork N' Bitch with an egg over easy. Another lesson learned here: One is definitely enough to share between two people. 

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We took a pit stop at the Seattle Google office to catch up on some emails, and then headed back to good old San Francisco, where it felt like summer compared to Seattle. Who knew the Pacific Northwest gets so cold? Not me.

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Jump, Jump

Dec 15, 2014

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 Jumpsuit ~ H&M (similar here)
Hat ~ Forever 21
Shoes ~ Steve Madden
Necklace & bracelet ~ c/o YourBijouxBox



This look is the last outfit post from our trip to Sedona—hard to believe it's been two months already! I wore this outfit to dinner at our favorite spot in the red rocks, Enchantment Resort. This is the first jumpsuit I've ever bought, and aside from the whole having to practically get naked just to pee thing, I love this piece! This particular jumpsuit is silky soft, and I kinda feel like I'm wearing pajamas when I wear it. Really, really chic pajamas.

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Spiked Nutella Hot Chocolate

Dec 10, 2014

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Today we're making *spiked* Nutella Hot Chocolate! Oh my, were these good on a cold, rainy day. The fiancĂ©  and I cozied up to a couple mugs of this deliciousness and settled in for a movie night, and it was kind of the best thing ever. Here's the easy recipe so you can make some for yourself!

For the Spiked Nutella Hot Chocolate
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup Nutella
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
A pinch of salt
2 shots of Bailey's (or any other choice liqueur) 

For the Homemade Whipped Cream
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners (powdered) sugar (half this if you prefer less sweet)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the hot chocolate: Warm (don't boil) the milk on the stove in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk in the Nutella until it dissolves. Add cinnamon and salt. Pour into two mugs and add a shot of Bailey's into each mug (or more, if you're feeling particularly frisky).

For the whipped cream: I love making homemade whipped cream to go with any dessert—pies, ice cream, jello, you name it! It's something my mom has always done since I was a kid, and after learning from the best, Cool Whip just ain't gonna cut it for this girl. Fortunately, homemade whipped cream is super easy to make.

Using a hand mixer or Kitchenaid whisk (not paddle), whip the cream in a bowl until it starts to form peaks. Keep an eye on the cream—over mix and it will literally turn into butter. As the cream is starting to form peaks, add in powdered sugar and vanilla. 

Add the whipped cream to your mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.  

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This hot chocolate is really rich and decadent—definitely a special treat! If you're not in the mood for booze, it's also delicious sans alcohol. Don't worry, I taste tested both version for you. ;) Enjoy!

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Holiday Cheer

Dec 8, 2014

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Back at that daily grind—happy Monday! In partnership with Zappos (which is so more than just an online store for shoes) today, I styled my new Paige jeans and Freebird boots with a touch of holiday cheer. Big, cozy plaid scarves are adorning most folks' necks around this time of year. Instead of wrapping mine around my neck, I draped my scarf over my shoulders and belted it with a thick belt around my waist to accentuate my silhouette. I'm kind of obsessed with how the look turned out and will definitely be replicating it with different variations of scarves and belts this winter.

The last time I styled these jeans and boots from Zappos it was a bit warmer in the city, but this weekend I was happy to have my warm coat and over-the-knee boots on. And you may have noticed on Instagram (here, here, and here) that these jeans have become my new favorite pair and I can't stop wearing them. Usually I roll my eyes when a brand says they "only partner with the best such-and-such houses in the country," but in Paige Denim's case it actually does make a difference. By partnering with the best wash-houses, I actually see the difference in how their jeans hug my curves and have the perfect amount of give. And of course, I can't not mention these beautiful leather boots. Freebird's original designs, inspired by vintage Americana, were the perfect unique touch to finish off my look.

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