Photo Diary: Frye Art Museum and Cafe Presse

Photo Diaries

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This past week, I kicked off my Seattle Bucket List by visiting my first destination.

This bucket list is directed towards seeing the city on a budget. Everything is going to cost around twenty dollars or less, although a majority of them are next to nothing.

The first stop: Frye Art Museum

704 Terry Ave. Seattle, Wa. 98104

Admission: Free!

Parking: Free!

The Break Down: Currently under construction, there is one small room open to walk through. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Photos are allowed, just no flash photography. There are also artists in their as well, painting in the exhibit.

Would I go back? Once they’re done with construction most likely because there will be more rooms open. Still, if you haven’t gone I would definitely check it out. You’re getting some early 19th century European culture for completely free. There is a bistro style cafe inside, as well as a very sophisticated gift shop filled with modern art pieces and art history books.

Food Stop: Cafe Presse

1117 12th Ave. Seattle, Wa. 98122

Pricing: $$

Parking: 2$ an hour

The Break Down: Typical French Style Bar and Cafe. All the staff was very friendly and outgoing. I ordered the tartare de boeuf, salade au radis $13.50. Grass-fed beef, hand chopped and seasoned arugula, radish, radish greens and grapefruit, with a grilled baguette. I also order a chocolate chaud, a Parisian-style hot chocolate made to served with some incredible whipped cream. I also took home some caramels au beurre which are house made caramels and oh my god were they incredible. I’m definitely going back just to order more of these little drops of heaven.

Would I go back? Yes. You can never not go back to a Parisian style cafe.

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Ranting and Raving: When to Cut Ties

Ranting & Raving

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Yes, my favorite day is here!

Okay, this week’s ranting and raving is dedicated to those lingering friendships you’ve been debating about ending. Before you freak out, you have to realize that it’s not a bad thing to cut ties with people. Chances are, there’s a pretty valid reason why you’re thinking of blocking this person out of your life. I’ve had to cut ties with several people, and to be honest I wasn’t all that heartbroken about it. Maybe it sounds harsh, but you can’t think of it like that. The people that I’ve chosen to no longer have in my life were toxic. They brought me down, they held me back. When you’re trying to become something of yourself, you need to surround yourself with people who will lift you up, who are supportive.

Leaving my friends behind in California was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. Though they were extremely supportive and loving, I was leaving a family.  These people are amazing and have become some of my best lifelong friends. They keep in touch with me nearly every day and for that I am forever grateful. It’s not like it was a goodbye forever either, it was more of, I’ll see you soon.

The people that I have met here in Washington have been unbelievably kind and welcoming. Since it’s a bigger city, I have so much opportunity for my blog, for my career, and for myself. All this love and support I’m getting from everyone has kind of left me on this permanent high with life. I’ve never felt this happy, like I could legitimately make things happen now that I’m meeting all these people and the complete resources I need.

That’s great and all, but that’s not the purpose of this post. Back to cutting ties. I have this major golden rule that I lived by for quite some time now. It’s become more prevalent now that I’m an adult and taking my life more seriously. Okay so this is my rule:

If you’re friends with me on social media and do not attempt to keep in touch with me whatsoever, you’re getting cut. You don’t get the privilege of seeing what’s going on in my life if you’re not going to be apart of it.

Similarly to Lauren Conrad, in a blog post she wrote about inviting people to weddings, she believed that if you haven’t sat down and had lunch with that person in 2 years, they don’t get invited. People are lazy, and it drives me nuts that people actually believe that being friends virtually but not in person is legitimate. The way I see it, I’m young and  having the time of my life. This time is precious, and it’s not going to be wasted by anyone.

No one will hold me back.

You are completely responsible for everything in your life. Your happiness, your relationships, your jobs, your friends, you mistakes. It’s up to you what to do with them

Until next time,

Chloe.

Tuesday Books 

Tuesday Books


This week I don’t have a specific book chosen, but rather I’d like to tell you about an on ongoing tradition I have. Whenever I have a visited a new city, I like to get a teddy bear with that has the city/country’s name on it. However, I also get children’s books, I’ll get the quirkiest ones as well as my old personal favorites. For instance, one of my favorites was Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, or Froggy’s First Kiss. When I went to Paris, I got a James  Joyce children’s book, a Salvador Dali children’s book, and of course a kids version of phantom of the opera.

I’ve gotten all these and more for my future kids. It’s an exciting unusual experience, but I’m happy that I do it because one can never have too many books.

Until next time,

Chloe 

Music Monday

Music Monday


Toothbrush by DNCE

Oh my gosh. This week’s pick is my latest obsession. I know I saw that with every Music Monday song, but that’s kind of the point. This song just makes me happy and gets me pumped up about the day. I have a 30-45 minute commute to work, and you better believe I’m blasting this song and that there is some major car dancing going on. DNCE’s frontman is Joe Jonas, from the former band the Jinas Brothers (when I was little this was my one direction). Everyone knows Cake By the Ocean, but this song is just gold to my ears. Any song that can lift my spirits and get me dancing is a favorite. 

Listen to it here

Until next time,

Chloe 

Etsy Sunday

Etsy Sunday

Photo courtesy of Elaine with her Represent Jewelry bracelet in California. 
Sorry guys, this etsy Sunday is going to be brief. There’s no new additions to the store yet, I’m still working on prototypes for the new men’s department. I still haven’t decided on a launch date, but once I finish the bracelets I’ll have a better idea.

An awesome new change I have made to the shop is that I officially have added sizes, so each bracelet will fit perfectly. There’s a list of wrist measurements that range from petite to plus size. 

I have a day off coming up soon, and besides exploring of Seattle I’m hoping to craft a majority of the day 🙂

Until next time, 

Chloe

Shop Represent Jewelry Here

Saturday Chat

Saturday Chats


As always, it’s been a very busy week and soon to be weekend. 

I’ve been creating a bucket list of all the things I want to see in Seattle, and I’m very excited to explore the emerald city. I’ve visited the city many times before, but now that it’s my home there’s many hidden gems that need to be seen. Virtually, I hope to give you the Seattle experience and allow us to explore together. Another plus about my list that I’ve created is that a majority of the activities are free, which is great if you’re exploring on a budget. If they do cost anything, it’s under $20. 

I’ve already visited a couple places, which I will have a photo diary of next week.

Stay tuned! 

Until next time,

Chloe

Camille

Interviews


My name is Camille and I’m a 20 year old business student.

Why do you think women judge each other so harshly?

I think that we have “models” that we always refer to so we compare ourselves and other girls to these models. Also, I think that most of girls that judge so harshly are maybe not so self confident and they try to feel good by comparing themselves to other girls.

What do you think young women need to hear more often?

That they are pretty the way they are and that they are equal to men! They should hear that they can become everything they want, they should not limit themselves.

What do you think is your best quality?

Good question! I think my best quality is to be determined, I’ll always do my best to achieve my project! And I will never let someone tell me I can’t do something. If they do, I’ll show them they are wrong.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My studies! I am proud of being accepted into business school!

What advice would you give your younger self?

To believe in myself.

How do you find ways to be happy?

I find happiness when I am with my boyfriend and my family! I am also happy when I am at the gym, where I learn to love a little bit more of myself.

How do you learn to love yourself more?

By doing sports and feeling stronger. Also thanks to my family and boyfriend who always support me and tell me that I am great as I am and that they love me the way I am.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Just that every girl should accept themselves!

Photo Diaries: New York City

Photo Diaries

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Today’s Photo Diary is dedicated to all that is beautiful in the glorious New York City. I took the trip a few years ago and I’ve been dying to go back. This city is everything I dreamed it would be and more. There are so many sights to see, so many people to meet. There’s something for everyone here.

Top Left: Children enjoying Humpty Dumpty puppets in Central Park.

Top Right: A picture of me at the stunning Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bottom Left: The view from The Top of the Rock.

Bottom Center: The Statue of Liberty (duh).

Bottom Right: Cyclists and Carriage rides through Central Park.

What all did I do:

-Took a boat tour around the statue of liberty

-Saw Jersey Boys on Broadway.

-Explored NBC studios and Top of the Rock

-Had lunch at Rockefeller Center.

-Walked around Central Park.

-Visited John Lennon’s apartment complex.

-Took dozens of pictures at Times Square.

-Visited the Empire State Building.

-Paid respects at Ground Zero.

Ranting and Raving

Ranting & Raving

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Today, I think we need to talk about social media etiquette, specifically facebook.

It seems to me that there are no longer any boundaries or any form of privacy. People are quick to judge, hate, and share things with little to no common sense. We need to establish some ground rules. Here are my top 3:

  1. Don’t share your political views: I don’t care if I agree with you and I think all your opinions are valid. Politics and religion are two topics you almost never want to bring up with any friend, old or new. You need to keep your views to yourself, as it will not bring you the attention you so desire. It’s not okay that we begin to judge each other merely through our specific views. Once you throw your views in other people’s faces, it makes it harder for them to see what kind of person you were before you labeled yourself in such a way. Nothing will come of this and you need to stop.
  2. Don’t share your religious views: Similarly to political views, religious views are also something that needs to be kept private. I don’t want to sound hateful, we all have our own views and that’s awesome. All I’m saying is, with how people are nowadays, we tend to make things a bigger deal then they are. You need to know your audience. Say you keep sharing posts of how dumb trump is or how you believe God is good, while others may share the same view as you, others do not. And it is awkward and uncomfortable.
  3. Don’t be afraid to be private: I can’t begin to tell you how many things I see on my facebook that I believe should not be on there. Don’t put yourself out there all at once like that. What’s wrong with keeping things private? Political beliefs? Keep it private. Religious beliefs? Private. Relationships, work problems, fights, keep it private. This is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to this generation and social media. I’m not saying you shouldn’t trust anyone but there needs to be boundaries set. I guarantee you that a majority of your friends on facebook are people that you rarely see or haven’t even met. Do you really want all these people to see things that are intimate?

These are things that I hope many of you will consider, as I always try to be respectful and private on all of my accounts.

That’s all,

Chloe

Tuesday Books

Tuesday Books

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If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen yet, I’d say it’s time you do.

Honestly, there’s a time in every single girls life where she needs to read this book then watch this scene so that you will forever have an unreasonably high standard for men.

Mr. Darcy isn’t like a majority of the male characters that women fantasize about. He has money, sure, but he’s much more complex then that. He’s very opinionated and well educated with slightest amount of sass which has yours truly swooning. Elizabeth Bennet is a bad ass as well, don’t get me wrong. She was way ahead of her time, and didn’t care about what was politically correct or incorrect for the women at that time. She did whatever she pleased which is why I adore her.

Seriously, this is the best excuse, if you needed one, to start a book club with your gal pals. It makes it so much more fun to all be reading the same adventure.

Long live Mr. Darcy.

Until next time,

Chloe