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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Last month, Seattle Goodwill hosted an event paying tribute to the MTV hit show, House of Style, which aired in 1989 (wowzas, I feel old now). I grew up thrifting with my grandma at Goodwill, so this organization has been near and dear to my heart ever since I could walk! As a style blogger, I often feel like there’s pressure to keep up with the latest and greatest styles and trends, but thrifting and getting creative through DIY projects helps to keep me creative to stay on trend without breaking the bank.
Designer Jordan Christianson of Jonquil & Mr. Black (center), acted as our design mentor for the evening of DIYing, showing us three different pieces he was able to transform on less than a $25 budget. It was incredible to see how different a pair of floral printed jeans looked when cut into cutoffs and tactfully frayed for a flattering fit.
Sitting next to Alyson, Megan of Diary of This Girl and Jenn of Hello Rigby meant getting to dig for inspiration around the store with some of the most creative ladies! I ended up selecting a leatherette sleeved top from Apt 9 as my “blank canvas” to start with:
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)!
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!).
Holy wowzas! There are a lot more bloggers in Seattle compared to 2014!
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!
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!