Gas Works Park

This former gas plant repurposed as recreational green space — complete with a kite-flying hill — is nothing short of spectacular. Perching at the northern tip of Lake Union, it overlooks the entire body of water with the Seattle skyline not too far off in the distance. Continue reading

Slate Blue & Poppy

When we first moved into our new place, I badly wanted to repaint the walls and replace the brown carpet — but, we rent. The living room was the palest shade of mint while the bedroom was a slate blue — slight visual dampers on a small space that doesn’t get much light for the first half of the year, ya think? So instead of doing anything drastic, I ended up adding a little accent colors and patterns of my own to brighten things up a little bit! Here’s our new bedroom. Continue reading

The View from Kerry Park

Seattle experienced the most beautiful three-day Easter weekend, and I’m glad we took advantage of the sunshine and stumbled upon cherry blossoms in full bloom! Two very rare events happening at the same time. Incredible. We hitched a ride in Phil’s convertible with the top down, enjoyed the view of the Space Needle from Kerry Park, then wandered into a secret garden of sorts with very old, and very large cherry blossom trees. If we were to stay in Seattle long-term (as this article seems to suggest would be a wise decision), I’d seriously consider Queen Anne as a new home — if we could afford it. Continue reading

Kakao in South Lake Union

Though we technically had Good Friday off, we all decided to hang out together as team, at a quieter local cafe. That choice was Kakao, an all-in-one venue, cafe, and chocolate store with minimal signage and an humble exterior. The comfortable seating invited us in, beautiful ballerinas graced the wall, eclectic chocolates on display drew us closer, and the extensive hot chocolate menu pretty much sealed the deal as we approach the counter. We sat next to the windows to maximize the beautiful sunshine, before heading to Queen Anne afterward! Continue reading

Around Capitol Hill

While exhilarating, the startup grind can take its toll on daily life, sucking away precious quality time, so every other Saturday is marked “Date Day: Do something fun!” on our shared Google calendar. Last Saturday, we decided to explore Capitol Hill — the neighborhood every friend and magazine has been recommending — for good reason. When we first moved to Seattle, I felt like I was just living in a much more sparsely populated San Francisco with very similar demographics but fewer dining options and hipster hangouts. That is, until I really explored Capitol Hill. The neighborhood feels much like the home I once knew! Streets are much more vibrant and densely lined with tasteful cafes, bars, and boutiques like those we’d find in the Mission or Castro, but also Pac Heights. I’d say, Capitol Hill is somehow a fusion between the grunge and swank — with a much more positive attitude. Continue reading

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