Glamping toiletry must-haves

Around the same time as planning the trip to Alaska, a friend of mine floated the idea of staying in a yurt. While the yurt plans never panned out for Alaska, I kept glamping in a yurt high on my list of things to do before the end of the year. Needless to say, my dreams of glamping in a yurt came true a couple weekends ago!

Seattle glamping in a yurt
Glamping on Orcas Island

Since this yurt adventure was the first time in a few years since I had last been off-grid, it took a while to figure out what essentials to pack. My goal was to bring no more than a single backpack for this 3-day trip. This meant packing light and bringing toiletries that would either play multiple roles, or strategically packing complementary essentials. Here were my glamping must-haves:

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5 things you (maybe) don’t know about me

One of my most favourite types of posts to read from other bloggers are the “things you didn’t know about me” kind. Not only do I get to learn more about the writers behind my favourite blogs, but I also get to connect and bask over similarities, become fascinated by differences, and generally have a great time reading through all the points. It’s been well over a year since my last “10 things” post (here, if you missed it!), so here we go with the latest and greatest 5 things you don’t know about me!

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outfit details:
cold shoulder top: ASOS (exact)
denim: AG Jeans (exact)
strapped clogs: c/o Musse & Cloud (similar)

1. I live for bubble tea. I’ve been to every bubble tea shop there is to visit here in Seattle and have all the stamp cards to prove my dedication. Bubble tea is my comfort food on good, bad, and ugly days. My friends have joked that if I ever become pregnant, I’ll need to be hooked to an IV bag dispensing bubble tea because my everyday cravings are already insane. Sadly, I have recently become lactose intolerant, so… dang. No more milk teas for this girl!

2. The Bachelor franchise can have all my roses. The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise? So grateful to have the Bachelor franchise in my life almost every season of the year! There’s something about the over-the-top drama and ridiculous meltdowns that I get hooked into every. single. season. I love trashy reality TV like no other.

3. Squirrels are my favourite animal. You read correctly! Squirrels, not cats. As much as I love cats and am a self proclaimed crazy cat lady, squirrels are my favourite. Why? I think squirrels have the perfect facial feature ratios. The ratio of their eyes-to-ears-to-nose size is just so cute! I know this makes me sound totally crazy, but check out Jill The Squirrel’s Instagram account and you’ll see what I mean.

4. I love food, but I’m also allergic to a lot of it. First and foremost, peanuts are my most severe allergy (yay for Epipens!). Next to peanuts are strawberries, almonds, and recently, hazelnuts. Any pitted fruits? Forget about those! No apples, peaches, plums, necatrines, etc, for this lady. Also, no carrots. With the recent discovery of being lactose intolerant, it’s been a challenge to figure out my morning breakfast routine since I was so used to making overnight oats with milk. Being allergic to milk, soy milk, and almond milk, my options are now limited to rice, hemp, or coconut milk. It just doesn’t taste the same!

5. I retain a lot of useless information. A solid 90% of my brain (hah, ok maybe a tiny exaggeration) is filled with song lyrics, even lyrics of songs I don’t like. This is particularly frustrating especially when some song from the 90s comes up that I really don’t like but might’ve heard over 5 times on the radio back in the day and now the words are engrained in my memory; so engrained to the point that I’ll start singing along years later!

This was such a fun post to put together! I’d love to get some other bloggers to share 5 things we may not know about them. I’m tagging Julia of Style & Cheek, Jenn of Hello Rigby, and Nicole of Writes Like a Girl to share 5 things about themselves!

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First time crabbing

Summer in Seattle is (finally) in full swing! After a few waves of chilly days sandwiched between hot scorchers, we’re just about to wrap up the first full week of mid to high 20s (or 80s, as most of this country refers to temperatures)! Everyone always refers to Seattle as being the rainy city, but the Summers are what we all live for. This year, I’m trying my best to stay busy and make the most of the sunny days.

Crabbing in Seattle: Throwing the crab cage
A few weekends ago, a handful of friends and I woke up bright and early and headed to one of the piers to try crabbing in Seattle. Having never been before, I had no idea what to expect. With one friend in the group having crabbed before, he sent out a list of supplies we needed to bring in order to participate, in addition to a crabbing license. All together, we brought a couple ring traps, a couple cages, and a few law chairs to hang out on while we waited for the crabs to take to the bait.

tiny pacific crab
Pulling the traps and cages in every 20 minutes made for a super exciting – and tiring – morning. With every pull, there was so much excitement in anticipation for what we would find. More times than not, we’d either come up empty or with crabs that didn’t meet the minimum size requirement and had to be put back in the water. The tiny Pacific crab baby in the photo above definitely had to be returned to the water, but I loved being able to hold her and get a better look at her beautiful shell.

crabbing in Ballard, Seattle
The most prominent type of species we caught was the Red Rock crab. After being camped out at the pier for a little over 4 hours, we ended up with 1 Pacific and 8 Red Rock crabs. Not bad for a morning of learning, soaking in the sunshine, and great laughs!

crabbing in Seattle
If you ever get the chance to go crabbing in Seattle, I’d highly recommend it! Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen and a good book to help pass the time. I can’t wait for the next trip to the pier for more crabbing shenanigans!

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Moorea Seal store – 2nd anniversary party!

If you’ve been a blog reader for a while, you’ll know how much I absolutely love supporting independently owned businesses– bonus points for local ones! The Moorea Seal store in Belltown turned 2 last month (where does the time go? Check out the original grand opening party post from 2014) and the local Seattle bloggers and media got a sneak peek of the shop makeovers before the big city-wide party this Friday (June 3)!

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moorea seal party cookies
moorea seal VIP party drinks

There was a beautiful arrangement of snacks from other local businesses, including QED coffee, which is now on my list of places to bike to in Beacon Hill! They served up some delicious coffee and herbal teas while we all mingled and heard about the soon-to-come plans for Moorea’s store (launch of her new book, plans for local influencers, and lots of other goodies!).

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Hi Rebecca!! :)
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Holy wowzas! There are a lot more bloggers in Seattle compared to 2014!
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For those of you who are not local to Seattle and haven’t seen her beautifully curated collections on Pinterest, Moorea has such a distinct style that translates directly to her shop and its beautifully stocked goods. Her storefront is my personal go-to for accessories (proof is in the pudding in these posts) and I’ve taken almost every girlfriend to this store to get their shop on!

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If you’re in the Seattle area, be sure to stop by the Moorea Seal storefront this Friday starting at 7PM! More details for the anniversary party here on her Facebook event!

Huge thank you to Vivian Hsu for all of the beautiful photography in this post from last week’s sneak peek event!

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Hama Hama oyster picking

Last month, a handful of friends organized a trip to Hama Hama Oysters to do some oyster picking. Not being the biggest fan of oysters (I’ve only eaten 2 oysters raw in my entire life before going to Hama Hama… not a huge fan of raw fish) and never having shucked an oyster myself, I didn’t know how excited to get about this day trip. Not to mention, it was supposed to rain the weekend we planned to go oyster picking.

betabrand Nor'easter raincoat
outfit details:
raincoat: c/o Betabrand (exact, but sold out)
jeans: PAIGE denim (similar)
scuba hoodie: Lululemon (similar)
rain boots: Treton (similar)
beanie: H&M (men’s section)

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I came fully prepped in my one and only, beloved raincoat, rain boots, and a beanie for good measure. Turns out that the weather Gods had a totally different plan for the day! We were in the warm, but windy, sunshine for majority of the time we were picking.

Hama Hama oyster picking was super easy: reaching into the ankle-height waters to look for appropriately sized oysters that weren’t clustered together. The double oysters in two photos above had to be placed back in the waters.

After about an hour of picking oysters, we moved on to digging for clams. With nothing but a hand-sized gardening trowel and our bare hands, we squirreled through moist sand to unearth some of the most delicious clams! Our final haul ended up consisting of 5 dozen oysters and 5lbs of clams.

hama hama oyster picking - shucked oysters

Let’s just say that I got pretty good with shucking oysters by the end of this trip! ;)
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