We just spent a lovely Sunday afternoon sailing on this sprit from the 1800s. A perfect summer outing, Pacific Northwest style.
Once upon a time, two of our favorite musicians collaborated on a classic.
Of course, you can't really beat Ella's version... but this is pretty great.
We've fallen in love with Commodity Goods perfumes. Sleek packaging of genius scents with straight forward names. Naturally, we found ourselves drawn to moss, tea & rain. They're like Warby Parker for the beauty world, try your own fitting kit at home then order your favorite(s).
What's your flavor?
Our neighborhood is full great spots to enjoy a drink or bite. It's so nice to just walk out the door, no Uber required. A few of our usual haunts include Cafe Umbria for granitas or a capuccino, The London Plane and Bar Sajor have created beautiful spaces on Occidental Square. Intermezzo has great ambience and all the waitstaff wear leather aprons, so chic! Damn the Weather for chicken fat fries and Casco Antiguo for spicy margaritas on tap. Girin plates the most beautiful Korean ssam. Radici, Kraken Congee and Cafe Paloma also hold a place on the list for a lovely meal. It's happy hour somewhere! Now, if only we were around for weekday lunch at Il Corvo or to grab a slice at Pizzeria Gabbiano.
If you haven't already discovered it, you should be watching the Netflix series Chef's Table. The director, David Gelb, set his sights on 6 internationally renowned chefs. All of them possess similar natures combining passion and discipline to achieve their status. Their lives outside the kitchen are just as complex. Be inspired, from one of the most isolated restaurants in Sweden to Buenos Aires.
We've been taking advantage of our proximity to various neighborhood galleries on First Thursdays. This past week, the most interesting show we found was titled Pagans, black & white photography by Jim Chuchu at Mariane Ibrahim. A filmmaker, his arresting images have a lot of movement. He takes the original photograph, draws in pencil or watercolors, then digitally scans the altered photograph to further manipulate it. His work explores African mysticism and his life living in Nairobi as an openly gay man in a country where it is considered illegal. The show runs through July.
Loft living is a definite departure from our old house. There's less space & everything is wide open, which puts your belongings on display, heightening the need for useful and well-designed objects. Also notable is the lack of storage, which meant some serious editing of our belongings. We jettisoned our large, vintage sectional couch on moving day and were mostly enjoying the open airy space that relatively few furnishings provides. Admittedly, it was weird to only be able to sit in chairs. Even the best ones are not the most comfortable seat in the house, because couches are made for lounging, right? And, of course, the pets were in competition for prime real estate lounging options. Hence, the hunt was on for the perfect sofa... and presto! While far from in perfect condition, this mid-century leather piece has nice lines, plays well with our other furnishings and is a project that has potential. We're also addressing the deck as we go along, most recently adding a little patio set for al fresco dining. Hello, Ikea.
Outdoor plants that enjoy full sun are next on the list.
The SOMA water purifiers have been on our list for awhile, but we didn't really need one since we had an in-door fridge filter at our house. We chose the pitcher style because it holds a few more glasses and the beaker style is too similar to our Chemex . These eco-chic products are well-designed, BPA free & made in the USA. The plant based filters were designed by David Beeman, an industry professional who has created products for Starbucks, Peet's and Keurig. SOMA also gives back, partnering with charity: water in their mission to bring safe drinking water to over 800 million people without access to it.
Today, we celebrate our anniversary of twenty years of togetherness! One of the best things about our relationship is that it remains dynamic. We try to keep our sense of curiosity about each other and the world, growing and learning together and taking risks. Most importantly, we embrace the everyday.
To another twenty more...
If I were a moviemaker I'd set about hunting sunsets.
We've officially moved into our new place in Pioneer Square. There's so much light here and
we love our view... watching all of the activity in Elliott Bay & gorgeous sunsets over the Olympics.