Cabin fever

This past weekend, my partner and I took a short road trip to Crystal Mountain (~2 hours outside of the city). While I usually opt to stay indoors on chilly Winter days, we’ve found ourselves on a mountain snowboarding almost every other weekend since the end of December. Even though I was still recovering from the last snowboarding trip, I tagged along for the drive to enjoy being outdoors in the powder. I go a bit “crazy” (aka have too much energy for my own good) when I get cabin fever!

pnw outfit
This has got to be the most stereotypical west coast, Pacific Northwest-er, outfit I’ve ever worn! I call it my “cabin outfit” because I dream about wearing it to a cabin on a winter getaway. In reality, I wear it to work on an almost weekly basis. I love this outfit because it incorporates: a thrifted piece, a gifted top from my family, and a borrowed beanie and backpack from my fiance (what’s his is soon-to-be-mine, right? haha!). I haven’t owned a flannel buttondown since I was about 10 years old, which my grandma bought to help me brave the winters as a kid who hated being outside at recess. Over the holidays, my family (back in Toronto) decided it was about time for me to own a flannel shirt since apparently not owning one and living in Seattle is a faux-pas.

Seattle winter hike
UGG Cecile boots styled
outfit details:
plaid flannel buttondown: American Eagle (exact)
cable knit cardigan: thrifted via Goodwill
UGG Cecile boots: c/o J.Jill (exact)
leggings: Lululemon (similar)
Especial Primo backpack: Timbuk2 (exact)
beanie: borrowed from the fiance ;)

how to style flannel
If you’re wondering what’s up with my thigh-high snow legs, there’s a funny story behind that. You might’ve already read it on Instagram over the weekend, so feel free to gloss over this paragraph if you did! While we were taking these photos, there was a really cute spot I wanted to walk further over to. T was asking if the snow was packed enough to stand on, since he was only wearing sneakers after having changed out of his snowboarding boots. “Trust me! It’s packed solid!” was my response and then not a moment later after making that statement, I fell through into thigh-deep snow!

Of course, we couldn’t stop laughing about it and that’s how we ended up with this set of silly photos. Moral of the story is to never trust me as your snow tour guide. I will get too excited jumping around in it and end up with soaking wet socks for the 2 hour car ride home from falling through non-packed piles of snow.

… aaaaand blooper! This was taken right after falling through the surface of the snow into thigh-deep powder. As you can tell, I was having a splendid time with snow down my boots!! This is my, “hey can you help me out of here?” face.

plaid flannel outfit - blooper
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Apple picking

A few weekends ago, some friends and I braved the torrential downpour and went on a mission to go apple picking, As the non-planner for this trip, I fell asleep on the car ride over. As we parked the car, I woke up only to realize that I went to this same orchard 4 years ago! Looking back on that old post, I can say for a fact that I dressed more appropriately this time around ;) haha!

apple picking in Seattle
outfit details:
raincoat: c/o Helly Hansen (exact)
Dress Pant Yoga Pants: Betabrand (exact)
Bar Harbor All-Weather boots: LL Bean (exact)
beanie: H&M (similar)

Jones Creek Farms - apple picking
apple picking in Washington

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but these L.L. Bean boots have been sitting in my closet for almost 2 years before this apple picking trip. Buying items off-season has its pros and cons. The big pro for buying these boots back when I did is the fact that they were 20% off. The con is that I had to wait almost a full year before they were weather appropriate to wear. By that time, I may have forgotten about them in the back of the closet. Rediscovering (and wearing them for the first time) almost 2 years after their initial purchase is more than a little bit embarrassing to admit.

LL Bean boots - Bar Harbor All-Weather boots
Helly Hansen - raincoat
If you ever find yourself apple picking during planned downpour, I highly recommend wearing some sort of eye protection. Despite these big frames, I still got hit in the eyeballs a handful of times with sideways rain drops. Not exactly the best conditions for blog photos haha!

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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:

glamping-must-haves
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Tazo Tea: Maintaining zen throughout the day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tazo® Tea for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Growing up in a family that loves green tea blends, tea has played an important role in our morning and evening routines. I have so many fond memories of my parents steeping a pot of green tea at the end of dinner, giving us time as a family to sit and chat about our days while sipping joyfully. There are so many ways to enjoy tea throughout a day, not just at the beginning or end of one. I’m excited to partner with Tazo® Tea to highlight the Zen™ hot filterbag and how I like to prep and enjoy it! I selected Zen, a harmonious blend of green tea with lemongrass and spearmint, because of my love for green teas and mint flavour. Not to mention, I’ve enjoyed this blend numerous times outside of this blog post and love how easy it is to pair with other fruits for all day long tea sipping.
Tazo tea blend, Zen

At Tazo, tea is a celebration of flavour and aroma that adds a little excitement to the day. They focus their teas around taste, crafting them with exhilarating, unexpected flavor blends that delight the senses. The Zen is no exception. I like to pair the Zen blend with other citrus fruits to compliment the lemongrass and further amplify the spearmint. Lemon or lime is my favourite, especially for a mid-day refreshment.

Tazo Zen tea with lime

One of my faovurite times to enjoy a cup of tea is in the early afternoon. With the Seattle weather being in an intermediate Summer to Fall transition, the weather often shifts from brisk morning winds to warmer afternoons. I like to steep the tea, add a slice of lime during the steeping, and then take the tea on the go. Tea is the perfect afternoon drink, especially one like Zen where the caffeine level is not extremely high, so that my bed time isn’t affected.

Tazo Zen tea blend infused with lime

Having a fruit infuser water bottle is amazing for taking tea on the go! After getting splashed in the face a few too many times by fruit slices, I invested in a double walled fruit infuser water bottle. This makes transporting and enjoying the lime-infused tea a lot more pleasant. I’m excited to try and get even more creative with Tazo® Tea in the future! With other blends like Passion® and Awake™ English Breakfast, the infusion combos are endless. If you’re a big fan of tea like I am, head to Tazo.com to find Tazo tea near you!

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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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