Five Pockets (Fall trends, Block Party, Summer tunes, Happy Hour & a great book)

Here are five “pockets” that I thought you all might enjoy:
South Lake Union Block Party
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Save the date for the South Lake Union Block party on Friday, August 12! Enjoy live music, “best burger in SLU” competition, Brave Horse Tavern beer garden and more. Facebook event page here.

Fashion trend: Geometric Jewelry! 
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Jewelry by bonnyrabbitboutique on etsy

We still have plenty of summer to enjoy, but fall fashion trends are coming out. I’m excited to see more geometric jewelry around—a look I can’t get enough of. Fashion trend forecasts expect to see more 80s comebacks, silvers and golds, and nautical overcoats (that reminds me, I need to find a good fall coat).

Chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Vietnamese Wing Happy Hour
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Legendary Portland chef (and two-time James Beard award winner) Andy Ricker (who I first was introduced to at Matt’s in the Market “Planes, Trains & Traveling Chefs” dinner) will be at Whole Foods in South Lake Union on August 5 from 5–7 pm. Enjoy Pok Pok’s sticky-sweet jumbo wings at $6 per order of three wings (first 250 orders will receive a free Pok Pok Som Soda.)
 
Summer beach playlist
This summer is all about beach days for me (mostly Madison Park Beach and Alki). Check out some great beach tunes here and add your own!
Recent Read
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I thoroughly enjoyed “Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders,” a novel told from the perspective of different women in three generations of one family. What great books have you read lately? Check out my latest reads on Goodreads.

Five pockets (Giveaway, figs, duets, organization & guns)

Here are five “pockets”  that I thought y’all might appreciate this week!

Swink Style Bar & Susan Grace Skincare free event + giveaway

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My client Swink Style Bar is co-hosting a free event with Susan Grace Skincare on June 2 + they’ve launched a giveaway for a free blowout and a trio of skincare products to celebrate. You can enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all three.

Blue Ribbon

My Mom, Dad, and fiancé had an incredible tasting with caterer Blue Ribbon Culinary Center this week. We’re going to try some more potential caterers for our wedding in Seattle, but this place really impressed us and is definitely on our list. The port-infused goat cheese and fig bruschetta was one of our favorites.

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“Tonight You Belong to Me”

I rediscovered this gem on youtube this week of a dad and daughter singing a duet.  Still one of the cutest things on the internet:

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This is one of my favorite google chrome extensions. One of my bad online habits is having too many tabs open at once. With a click of a button, OneTab collects all your tabs onto one page for you to easily delete what you no longer need to view and keep the rest on the list to reference later.Total game changer!

Everytown for Gun Safety

The “Inside Amy Schumer” show introduced me to an organization called “Everytown” an organization focused on bringing together Americans to end gun violence and build safer communities. Every day, 91 Americans are killed by gun violence. Let’s work together to educate the masses and make a change.

(For a bigger version of this infographic, click here).

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The perfect bag for summer in Seattle (from Beside-U)

If you see me this summer, you’ll likely get to meet my newest sidekick. She’s adorable, well organized, and the perfect companion for so many different outings. Don’t let her size fool you. She’s got a lot going on inside!
Who is she? My new Beside-U bag (style: Baker crossbody. Color: Ocean Blue). Ok, I’m the dork that personifies objects, but I only do this with my true favorites. And this baby quickly leaped to the top of the list as my new favorite bag.
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Not only is her bold color perfection and her inner lining the perfect mix of cute and stylish, her smart design has so much to offer:
I’m always amazed how much I can fit into this seemingly small bag. I can adjust her straps so she sits right under my forearm when I’m walking in areas I need to be more careful.
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Speaking of careful, Beside-U bags feature RFID-blocking pockets that fit your wallet. This means that thieves can’t use electronic card readers to steal your credit card info.
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The bag is water resistant and easy to clean. It also fits my ipad mini and notebook, Which means I can head to the beach from a work meeting without having to head home to change bags.
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These bags are so incredibly designed. This bag features so many pockets (one in the back that is more hidden against your body when carrying, inner zipper pocket in the large center section, a pen, phone, and a miscellaneous pocket in the front section, and a small front zippered area. I’ve never had my day to day purse be more organized in my life!
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Here’s a peek in to what everyday things I like to make sure are always with me (details here).
Even with all these items, there is plenty of room left over in this bag for extra stuff, including a reusable shopping bag:
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(The teeny adorable pacman purse was made by my nieces and sister in law! Love it!)  
I have a feeling this won’t be the first bag Beside-U makes that I own. I’m now eyeing the Azuza crossbody sling bag (I can totally picture biking around burning man this year with that bag in coral pink) and the Gwen tote bag to replace my current carryon for plane travel. But first, I think my Baker crossbody bag needs a name? Too much? It’s just a bag? Maybe. But maybe not. Owning this bag sure has made me happy this year, and summer hasn’t even started! I’m so thrilled I heard about Beside-U on travel blog Jessie on a Journey (check out her adventure through NYC here). I’ve already taken my bag to work meetings, the beach (sand wipes right off!), the spa (no problem getting it a little wet), the park, and parties.
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Disclaimer: Beside-U was kind enough to provide me this bag in exchange for review consideration. As always, the opinions I share here on my own. I also never blog about a product or experience if I don’t like it.  I really, truly love this bag! Thanks, Beside-U (and thanks to Brady for taking photos of me wearing it!). 

Sitcom Improv, Folklife, Motown, and Dancing in the Park: Upcoming Seattle Events

As my friends know, I love planning ahead. Here are some fun events on my radar I thought you all might want to know about.

May 19 & 20: Very Special Episode at Jet City Improv

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Very Special Episode” is an incredibly clever improv show at Jet City Improv in the U District that has its closing weekend this Thursday and Friday, May 19 & 20. Inspired by 80s and 90s sitcom episodes that took a moment to provide us with “teachable moments,” the direction of this show is superb and the cast is incredibly talented. I know it seems like it takes a lot of effort to turn off Netflix and get off your couch, but the laughter you’ll enjoy is SO worth it, people. Also, they serve popcorn. Prepare yourself: you will probably leave the show with a crush on at least two actors. BONUS: Your ticket purchase goes to support some seriously incredible youth outreach programs.  (Insert “The More You Know” music).

May 27-29: Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center

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This donation-only festival is one of the best in the region. Enjoy a wide variety of music and performances at the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center May 27 – 30. I love the poster artwork this year. Absolutely stunning!
May 31-June 12: Motown The Musical at The Paramount in downtown Seattle
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Motown The Musical will tour onstage The Paramount Theatre in downtown May 31–June 12! This show celebrates the stories and songs of one of my favorite times in music history. Stay tuned for a future post on this show!
June 4: Parke Diem at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill
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Parke Diem is a free day of DJ’ed music on June 4 at Volunteer Park. Bring your hula hoops and dance in the grass.
Have a Seattle event you think Seattle Pockets readers would like? Send me details and link via my contact form!

Pick Pocket: Podcasts, Movies, and what to do with Seattle tourists

I’m so grateful for my diverse, interesting, fun, and thoughtful group of friends and followers on Facebook! Here’s some insight on some lighthearted questions.

Like your favorite or add a new one if it hasn’t already been mentioned:

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Wide variety of favorite podcasts.

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Favorite romantic comedies.

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All time favorite movies.

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What’s one thing you would do and one place you would eat in Seattle with out of town guests?

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And then a question for my mom: best places in the Seattle area for chile rellenos. (I couldn’t find an appetizing photo of chile rellenos, so here’s a photo of a margarita).

Photos via: Modern Love Podcast / About Time / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / Tim Durkan Photography / Seattle Weekly 

 

Seattle Pockets on TV! Plus upcoming giveaways

Seattle’s King 5 (NBC) New Day Northwest invited me to be a guest on their show this week! Click here to watch the full segment.

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“One local blogger has made it her mission to help the rest of us discover the hidden gems of Western Washington.”  – New Day Northwest

As a recap, my five picks for this appearance included:

SANCA – The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Georgetown! Take a Flying Trapeze class or drop in on Friday’s for their Pay-Per-Flight sessions. This fantastic school also offers series and one time classes in tumbling, aerial work, gymnastics, strength training, and more for kids and adults.

The Electric Boat Company – be captain for a day! These cute duffy boats in South Lake Union fit up to 10 people. You can bring your own picnic and wine with you for a gorgeous ride on the lake with family and friends.

Olympus Spa – One of my happy places. Their Lynnwood location features different temperature hot tubs, a cold plunge, sauna, steam room, and (my favorite)  multiple silent heated rooms. Don’t forget to try the bibimbap in stone pots in their Korean restaurant.

Seattle Chocolates – these are my favorite chocolates! Their “Here’s to You” flavor is Dark Chocolate Truffle with natural Turkish popping candy. Let it melt in your mouth for a delicious experience akin to pop rocks. Available at Bartell Drugs, PCC, and other shops around town.

Big Picture Theater – perfect for a date night or a fun experience with friends. This place has a total speakeasy feel to it, with comfortable little nooks to sit and chat before the show. This is a 21+ theatre. It has a fantastic bar AND you can pre-order a drink to be delivered to you during the movie. Be sure to order popcorn with white cheddar or truffle butter, served in swanky champagne buckets.

These fabulous businesses have provided gifts for me to giveaway to my readers in the coming days and weeks:

  • A Gift Card to SANCA good for tuition or merchandise.
  • A certificate to Olympus Spa in Lynnwood that includes a day pass, a body scrub, and a body moisturizing service. (Giveaway is now live on my blog!)
  • Treats from Seattle Chocolates – perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day.
  • A Movies & Martinis gift certificate from The Big Picture – includes movie passes and cocktails for two and a bucket of popcorn.

If you’re viewing this on a computer or tablet, sign up to “Follow this blog” on the right side to get notified when these giveaways go live!

Thanks again for checking out my segment. If there’s a business, restaurant, or experience that YOU love that you think I should feature on my blog, tell me in the comments below.

Special thanks to New Day Northwest’s host Margaret Larson, who is a true delight, great at her job, and puts her guests totally at ease. Many thanks as well to the show’s producer Joseph who was wonderful to work with.

January Giveaways: Seattle fun + round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines!

Tomorrow, I’m appearing on New Day Northwest (King 5/NBC) to chat with Margaret Larson about five great Seattle businesses you should visit this year. In the coming weeks, I’ll be hosting some great giveaways from some of the businesses I talk about on the show. Stay tuned! You won’t want to miss these giveaways.

PLUS: I can’t reveal all the fun details yet, but later this month, I’ll be hosting a giveaway that includes two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines! I’m so excited to gift one of my readers with this fabulous prize.

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Be one of the first to hear about these giveaways when they go live: if you’re reading this on your computer or tablet, you can sign up on the right side under “Follow This Blog” to receive emails when new blog posts are posted.

Current giveaway on now: Enter to win tickets to see “Foreverland” at Showbox in the Market.

Question: If YOU were appearing on TV this week, what Seattle businesses would you talk about? Post in the comments below or tell me on Facebook.

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Images via Alaska Airlines and New Day Northwest