#TGWTStravels: A Trip to Downtown Seattle Memory Lane

For today and for the upcoming new year, I just want to set aside all the reasons both acceptable and not so on my looongest hiatus throughout my blogging life and simply move on. Please take note I have regrets too and that there was never a day that I didn't think of doing any work that's related to this blog. Believe me when I say I was out there still shooting despite not being able to post. The spirit is still there, my friends! And merry Christmas!

Today, I'll give you something to entertain while you're on holiday mode. This isn't the first time I visited downtown Seattle. In fact, my feet goes through a lot of walking there every time I'm in the US! (hope you read my first post about this city almost three years ago) But since my mom's friend is a newbie in the state, the pleasure was ours in touring her around the city of course and in the perfect time of my mom's birthday as well which happened to be the Easter Sunday this year. It had indeed a double purpose.

Prior to the Easter Sunday, we decided to spend the night at the Courtyard Marriott in Lake Union so by the time we wake up in the morning, we can walk directly to downtown. That's basically what we did after breakfast! lol

Last photo at the hotel lobby while checking out before hitting the city!

Don't forget to stop along the way to take photos.

A tour in Seattle is never complete without having to visit the popular Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks Coffee store in the world and of course, the Space Needle! Don't worry, I'll tell you my experiences on every tourist spot except on the market though since I've already talked about it on my previous post. The first Starbucks store in the world is packed almost every single time I visit downtown and I always tell myself to visit the next time but had never done it. Now that we have a tourist with us, we had no more excuses left not to line up. Forgot to mention, line starts by the coffee shop's cashier up to outside the store's door, by the way! But the wait was totally worth it! If we had enough time, I would definitely line up again. 

After our coffee fix, we went out of the downtown area and visited St. James Cathedral (photo not included, sorry!) to attend mass since it was still an Easter Sunday. Afterwards, we hurried up to the Seattle Space Needle before sunset hits and enjoyed the perfect six hundred and five foot tall above the ground view + dinner + and a whole lotta chitchat! Save the best for last!


Fall Undertones

Prior to my glaring eyes on every designer's spring/summer collection from New York Fashion Week (thats almost ending, btw!), we can never deny the fact that fall is here. Just look at the weather now and it's probably gloomy and cold in Seattle right now! Ugh! I can't wait for spring season, thanks to #NYFW for feeding my eyes with colors on these dark days. Missing the sun as much as you guys do, I still have something to embrace and love about the cold season- earth tones! I've always been attracted to them and I think it shows on the colors that you most likely see me wear, pick or talk about here. They seem so elegant yet casual, preppy yet sophisticated, and interesting. Today's look inspires you to still be able to dress up on gloomy yet humid days, and basically put a twist on your usual black and white basics!

P.S. I know you guys are waiting for my next travel post. Hang in there! It should be the next post after this. Just have to finish editing :)

When I first saw this pair of high waist shorts at Topshop, I instantly fell in love with its print and color and I've been dressing it up over and over again since then. You can recreate this look by adding green hues (I suggest emerald green would be perf!) or change to rust or tan oxfords instead of mandals.

What do you think about my look?

[Get Spotted top, Topshop shorts, H&M bag, Primaluxe mandals, ZeroUV sunnies]

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#TGWTStravels: Museum of Glass

To freshly start off the -ber month slash fashion month slash birth month (I know, September is a big one!), is the much awaited travel posts I've worked hard (and still working) for my dearest readers! Yaaay! I'm sure most of you know where I spent my whole summer vacation, and then fast forward to the opposite weather we're having now versus spring/summer weather back, I could't help but reminisce on the adventures, experiences and places I went to earlier this year. At the same time, writing this post for you guys is like a pinch for myself because somehow until today, I can't believe these happened! Though this is just the first post of so many coming up, I'm sure you'll get how I'm feeling after I've posted all my summer break travels.

First off is the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, USA. Always had an open door for museums, I finally got the chance to visit one outside the country for the first time. Off the bucket list! Even if it's not the most popular museum known in the world, I still consider it a remarkable one in my books. I was just so lucky that time my mom's close friend from California came to visit us in town for the weekend because basically, she's also crushing out Washington State off her bucket list and at the same time thought to celebrate my mom's birthday with us. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone! On her first morning, we tried to search for museums and found so many but ended up here. We had so much fun despite my mom had to miss it since she was scheduled to work that day. The first photo above is the first thing you see after taking the elevator from the parking lot. It is made up of glass (of course!) and would light up vibrant colors at night. That's how you know it's the Museum of Glass! Too bad I don't have a photo of it at night time.

I can't quite tell if the earlier, the better is a must for museums since it was a first for me but we got there early and didn't have to fall in line to get passes. As soon as we got our passes, we were welcomed and got introduced to the glass sculptor and artist Dale Chihuly through the timeline shown on the photos above. He's definitely all new and interesting to me and it always feels great to get to know someone who made a good mark and inspired people even if you don't get to meet them personally. You can read more about Chihuly's personal life and how art mixed with courage and passion made him become a true and known American glass sculptor here and here.

Here are some of his early abstract sketches.

I totally love how they randomly put things like this for additional knowledge. How cool is that!

Do you see the amazing transition of his artwork from the usual pencil and paper, to painting and frames, and the enormous glass sculpts! Aah! Just look at what the abstract mind can do! On the other side of note though, some of his abstract paintings created another vision at the back of my mind like  they look like plants in abstract form or the others look like cells to me. Teehee!

The museum is such a big place that different kinds of art made of glass were also displayed there. Since the highlight of the place is glass art dedicated and inspired by Chihuly, the fun part (for me at least) is the kids' designs turned to life through glass art! I'm sure you'll enjoy and appreciate this as much as I did, the idea of how colorful, artistic, abstract and playful a kids mind all at the same time surely made me happy inside and out!

Cuteness overload is an understatement!

I know this sounds so "bloggerish" but I swear I'd go back here to take outfit photos! lol

And no, this beautiful staircase will not lead you to a castle. It's the staircase to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass!! I know, this place sure keeps a lot of surprises.

Yes, in the middle of a very huge highway! Let me know about your thoughts by placing a comment below. I would love to listen and chat with you guys!

  For more information visit www.chihuly.com