Giveaway: Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market August 17th

Sip & savor at Pike Place Market this August 17th at Sunset Supper! Proceeds benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation and the Market’s human service agencies (preschool, clinic, senior center, food bank) for low-income and elderly residents of downtown Seattle. Celebrate the beauty of summer in Seattle with a special evening at Pike Place Market where you can sip and savor your way through many of the region’s best restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries as you meet local chefs and winemakers.

Here’s how you can enter to win a ticket (value $100). You can enter all three ways!

1. Write in the comments here on the blog what food vendor or winery you’re most excited to visit during the event.

2. Enter on Seattle Pocket’s Facebook page.

3. Tweet ” I want to win a ticket to @mktfoundation #SunsetSupper via @keridwyn #seattlepockets ” (be sure you’re following @keridwyn and @mktfoundation on twitter).

Enter through Tuesday August 14th at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Winner announced Wednesday.


Nordstrom Seattle Sale starts July 20th

If you are a Nordstrom fan, you probably already have their upcoming sale on your calendar for Friday, July 20th!

I hear from their twitter handle @NordstromSea that some Wacoal bras will be included in the sale and am pretty excited to pick up some new pieces of my own!

I was recently able to attend a Wacoal event at Pan Pacific Hotel and have been debating between which style to choose next  Which is your favorite? (Comment below or like your favorite on my pinterest board)


Check out The Ultimate Makeup blog for a colorful post of some makeup, clothing and shoe finds you can expect to see at Nordstrom!

Note: bras pictured above may not be available for sale at Nordstrom.  Wacoal has gifted me with a complimentary bra as a thank you for attending a recent event.

Summer In Seattle Giveaway – prizes from Broadway Market, Best Western PLUS Executive Inn, Century Ballroom, Tours Northwest & Uber!

Update: Giveaway has ended! Congrats to winner Stacy Justino!

Summer is finally here!

The folks at  Broadway MarketBest Western PLUS Executive InnCentury BallroomTours Northwest, and Uber want to help one lucky winner celebrate by giving away a fabulous “Summer in Seattle” prize package, valued at over $700.

One lucky winner will win an unforgettable Seattle experience, which will include the following:
·         One night stay at Best Western PLUS Executive Inn, including free parking & breakfast for 2 (Valued at $269)
·         Two Mt. Rainier Gondola tours ($89 each) from Tours Northwest
·         A $100 gift certificate for Broadway Market shopping center on Capitol Hill
·         Passes for six to a DJ’ed Dance at Century Ballroom (Value up to $100)
·         A $100 gift certificate to Uber, your favorite town car service

To enter, simply “Like” each of the partnering companies on Facebook AND post a comment on this post sharing your favorite Summer activity in Seattle.
Best Western PLUS Executive Inn:

On Twitter? You can also enter the contest by following & tweeting!

then tweet ” I want to win #thesummerinseattle grandprize giveaway “

1 blog entry per person. 1 twitter entry per person. Must be 18 to enter. Contest ends 11:59pm Pacific Time July 26, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Hotel stay and tour gift certificates must be used by December 31, 2012.

Keridwyn’s Waffle: New Scarf

My friend Molly M started a FUN blog called The Waffler – you send her things you’re debating between and she posts to her fans to vote what they like the most. I’m featured today – will you take a minute and vote?

The Waffler

Keridwyn is a busy girl. Not only does she run her own social media marketing business, but she recently created Seattle Pockets, a blog devoted to sharing cool Seattle events and activities.  And now she needs our help.  Keridwyn loves these fun (and affordable!) scarves from DIDUCI, but is waffling about which color to get.   Here are Keridwyn’s options:


diduci-turquoise-scarf, turquoise-scarf, etsy-scarf, pretty-scarf, inexpensive-scarf, fun-scarf


diduci-white-scarf, scarf, white-scarf, etsy-scarf


green-DIDUCI-scarf, pretty-scarf, pretty-cotton-scarf, etsy-scarf


yellow-DIDUCI-scarf, pretty-scarf, etsy-scarf


Keeping Keridwyn’s coloring in mind, which scarf do you think would suit her best?

Would you like to be a guest waffler? I’d love to feature you on The Waffler. Click here to find out more about waffles or on the button below to contact me and get started.

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Nordstrom Rack relocates to Westlake Center – grand opening 3/15

Last night I had the pleasure to check out the new location for Nordstrom Rack – downstairs in Westlake Center.  The space is much cleaner and well organized then their last location, creating a great flow for customers wanting to shop in multiple departments. The new 42,500-square-foot Nordstrom Rack features 30% more selling space and a larger selection of merchandise.  I walked away with a new pair of designer tights and a yellow clutch and had a fabulous time connecting with friends, meeting people in person that I’ve connected with through the twitterverse and blogosphere and chatting with some of the very friendly employees.  I especially enjoyed their men’s section, and suggested Brandon head back there to shop soon. Nordstrom Rack is an interesting mix of designerwear and great deals – on one rack, I could find shirts for $10 and hundreds of dollars.  If you know me, I’m a girl looking for a deal, not a label, and the Rack had a lot to offer.  Check out hashtag #RackOpening on Twitter for tweets from other attendees of the preview event.

Tomorrow, Nordstrom is hosting their grand opening event with refreshments, entertainment, and a chance for one person to win a 90 seconds shopping spree (remember the Toys R Us ones they had when we were kids? I always had the BEST dreams about those!). They’re also hiding Emerald Hangers throughout the store, each worth a $100 gift card. Check out the Facebook event page for details and follow them on twitter at @seattle_rack. shares even more information about the event than the Facebook event provides, here.

100 Things To Do in Seattle Before You Die

I live in an amazing city – rich with unique parks, fabulous entertainment options, memorable restaurants and so much more.  When 7×7 contacted me to write a list of  “100 things to do in Seattle before you die,” I jumped at the chance, tapping into my personal experiences and asking Seattleites around me their advice of what makes our city truly special. We started a bit north and worked our way south. Here’s #1 – 20:

1. Support young writers by shopping at the Space Travel Supply Company. (Greenwood)
2.    Fly a kite at Gasworks Park. (Wallingford)
3.    Giggle at the kitsch at Archie McPhee’s. (Wallingford)
4.    Have a laugh at quirky Bizzarro Italian Cafe. (Wallingford)
5.    Find your favorite sweet treat: try a Trophy Cupcake. (Wallingford)
6.    Then head to Cupcake Royale to cast your vote in the great cupcake debate. (Ballard)
7.    Toss on those bike shorts and hit the Burke-Gilman Trail. (Ballard)
8.    Sample from the 64 beers on tap at Brouwer’s. (Ballard)
9.    Savor Eastern Mediterranean flavors at Golden Beetle. (Ballard)
10.    Dance to a rockabilly or bluegrass band at Tractor Tavern. (Ballard)
11.    Knock back an adult beverage at Cafe Mox over a board game from Card Kingdom. (Ballard)
12.    Start a bonfire during sunset at Golden Gardens. (Ballard)
13.    Take a free guided tour at the Arboretum. (U District)
14.    Kayak past houseboats in Portage Bay or paddle out to see the Seattle Skyline at Agua Verde Paddle Club. (U District)
15.    Get a uniquely flavored brain freeze at Full Tilt Ice Cream. (U District)
16.    Catch a show at a movie theatre built in the ’20s. (U District)
17.    Critique contemporary works at Henry Art Museum. (U District)
18.    Climb on the Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge.  (Fremont)
19.    Hunt for treasures at the Sunday Fremont Market. (Fremont)
20.    Unearth  vintage threads at Deluxe Junk. (Fremont)

21. Cash in your golden ticket and take the Theo Chocolate factory tour. (Fremont)

22. Add to your vinyl collection at Jive Time Records. (Fremont)
23. Dress up for a swanky event at Fremont Studios. (Fremont)
24. Run in the International Fountain in the shadow of the Space Needle. (Seattle Center)
25. See a show at Seattle Repertory Theater and stay for a talk-back. (Seattle Center)
26. Enjoy an Erik Carlson menu and aerial performances at Teatro Zinzanni. (Seattle Center)
27. Rock out like Hendrix at EMP Museum. (Seattle Center)
28. Witness a book go from page to stage at Book-it. (Seattle Center)
29. Walk up the stairs from lower Queen Anne to snap a postcard worthy photo from the view at Kerry Park. (Queen Anne)
30. Make date night delicious with a visit to an Ethan Stowell restaurant. (Queen Anne)
31. Spoil your sweet tooth at Top Pot Doughnuts. (Queen Anne)
32. Nosh on rotating Americana themed food at  5 Spot. (Queen Anne)
33. Nurse your hangover at Peso’s. (Queen Anne)
34. Splash land in a seaplane. (South Lake Union)
35. Steam, soak and sauna at co-ed urban spa, Banya 5. (South Lake Union)
36. Climb the pinnacle at the flagship REI store. (South Lake Union)
37. Go back for seconds at Portage Bay’s Cafe‘s brunch toppings bar. (South Lake Union)
38. Snag a slice of gourmet pizza at Serious Pie. (South Lake Union)
39. Shock your taste buds with a crazy burger from Lunchbox Laboratory. (South Lake Union)
40. Dress retro and dance to soul music at The Lo-Fi. (South Lake Union)
41. Eat an enchilada in the Elvis Room at Seattle’s oldest Mexican restaurant, Mama‘s. (Belltown)
42. Have a cocktail & bucket of popcorn delivered mid-movie at The Big Picture. (Belltown)
43. Grab a beer and dog while you drop a couple quarters in the pinball machines atShorty’s. (Belltown)
44. Get your sushi happy hour on at Umi. (Belltown)
45. Delight in goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates at Pintxo. (Belltown)
46. Find a speakeasy around the corner. (Belltown)
47. Eat after the bars close at The Lucky Diner. (Belltown)
48. Marvel at the mummies, shrunken heads and other curios at Ye Old Curiosity Shop. (Waterfront)
49. Wander through the art along the Puget Sound at Olympic Sculpture Park. (Waterfront)
50. Ride a ferry to Bainbridge Island. (Waterfront)
51. Hop on the Water Taxi and dine at Salty’s. (Waterfront/West Seattle)
52. Stand under an arch of jellyfish at Seattle Aquarium. (Waterfront)
53. Dodge seagulls while snacking on fish & chips at Ivar’s. (Waterfront)
54. Find your way to a well crafted cocktail at Zig Zag. (Waterfront)
55. Munch on a salmon sandwich at Three Girls Bakery. (Pike Place Market)
56. Add a piece to the Market Theater Gum Wall on your way to an improv show. (Pike Place Market)
57. Listen to buskers perform outside the original Starbucks. (Pike Place Market)
58. Enjoy tea and crumpets. (Pike Place Market)
59. Sip some absinthe at a cabaret show at The Can Can. (Pike Place Market)
60. Catch a fish from a fishmonger. (Pike Place Market)
61. Romance a lover over Italian food and live jazz at The Pink Door. (Pike Place Market)
62. Ride up neon green escalators inside the Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas & Joshua Prince-Ramus. (Downtown)
63. Parkour up walls and over waterfalls at Freeway Park. (Downtown).
64. See a show from a half-moon booth at The Triple Door. (Downtown)
65. Smile when a tourist expects a second stop on the Monorail. (Downtown/Seattle Center)
66. Shop the half-yearly sales at the flagship Nordstrom. (Downtown)
67. Order an international wine flight and sweet potato fries at Purple. (Downtown)
68. Explore local shops (Rain City Meats, Calf & Kid, Taylor Shellfish) at Melrose Market. (Capitol Hill)
69. Cozy up in a curtained booth at Bleu Grotto over clever cocktails and Wasabi Grilled Cheese. (Capitol Hill)
70. “Spin The Bottle” – see some good, bad and great late night theater at Annex. (Capitol Hill)
71. Indulge in a souffle-like Chocolate Pot at B&O Espresso. (Capitol Hill)
72. Attend a literary event at  Richard Hugo House. (Capitol Hill)
73. Show your sporty side at Cal Anderson Park. (Capitol Hill)
74. Hang out with hipsters at Unicorn. (Capitol Hill)
75. Spin a partner around the dance floor at Century Ballroom. (Capitol Hill)
76. Take an adult class at the original Babeland store. (Capitol Hill)
77. Meditate on a Sunday evening with Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral. (Capitol Hill)
78. Buy an ingredient you’ve never seen before at Uwajimaya. (International District)
79. Fill up on Dim Sum at Harbor City. (International District)
80. Share hot pot with friends at Seven Stars Pepper. (International District)
81. Give a shout out to the ’90s and karaoke a grunge song. (International District)
82. Flash back to the 80s and pick up some retro video games at Pink Gorilla. (International District)
83. Get inspired at the First Thursday art walk. (Pioneer Square)
84. Witness the view from The Chinese Room in Smith Tower, Seattle’s first skyscraper. (Pioneer Square)
85. Delight you inner child at Magic Mouse Toys. (Pioneer Square)
86. Enjoy chilled tastings at Saké Nomi. (Pioneer Square)
87. Get a taste of Seattle’s debaucherous past with the underground Underworld Tour. (Pioneer Square)
88. Watch the visiting team beat the Mariners at Safeco Field. (SODO)
89. Rock out to a favorite band at Showbox SODO. (SODO)
90. Show off your scarf and spirit at a Sounders game. (SODO)
91. Geek out on comics at Fantagraphics. (Georgetown)
92. Fly through the air with the greatest of ease at SANCA. (Georgetown)
93. Raise a glass of Washington wine at Laurelhurst Cellars. (Georgetown)
94. Take the pilot’s seat in a WWII flight simulator at Museum of Flight. (South Seattle)
95. Share a quiet picnic at Kubota Gardens. (South Seattle)
96. Spot an eagle at Seward Park. (South Seattle)
97. Sit on the patio at Cactus and watch the sunset over the water. (West Seattle)
98. Get healthy with some vegan fare at Chaco Canyon. (West Seattle)
99. See the “Statue of Liberty” and breathtaking views at Alki Beach. (West Seattle)
100. What should #100 be? Tell me in the comments below!

I’d love to hear your feedback! How many have you done? Anything I missed? Which of your favorite things made the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

You can also check out my pal Rob Lightner’s list of 100 things to eat in Seattle before you die.