Used Bubble Gum for the Win!

As a designer, it's essential to find inspiration daily. However, that can be difficult when your surroundings never change. That being said, I like to schedule myself an adventure every now and then. Sometimes, a trip down the road a mile or two is all it takes to get the creative juices flowing and other times you need a more grand solution. 

I recently was blessed with one of those aforementioned "grand" opportunities to travel to Seattle, Washington. The land of grey, grunge, flannel, and rain. I know what you're thinking, "What's a southern belle going to do with all that?" Well, here's how it went down..... 

Night one: Dinner at  SPINASSE

Night one: Dinner at SPINASSE

 

Seattle is VERY casual and of course I happened to be the most dressed up person in the restaurant. Wearing a short multi-colored long sleeve lace dress trimmed in black velvet.  I have always found some comfort in being overdressed rather than under. However, as I crossed the street after dinner, a young female grunger who clearly did not follow that same mantra commented to her friend, "you can always tell the people who aren't from Seattle!" Yes, southerners can be spotted a mile away...it's our fabulous flare! 

Day two:  

Saturday morning cooking class at "Serious Pie". 

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Serious Pie only does oval pizzas, NO ROUND!  
About to make it delicious.  

About to make it delicious.  

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Jim was a great teacher and very attentive!  

Jim was a great teacher and very attentive!  

There are no words to describe how tasty this was!  

There are no words to describe how tasty this was!  

Only a picture!  

Only a picture!  

If you ever find yourself in Seattle with a few hours to spare, try the "Serious Pie"  cooking class! Or hell, just stop by and try the pizza! 

If you ever find yourself in Seattle with a few hours to spare, try the "Serious Pie"  cooking class! Or hell, just stop by and try the pizza! 

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"The mountain was out!" For Seattle folks, if the clouds subside and clear enough for you to see Mt. Rainier...it's a good day!  

"The mountain was out!" For Seattle folks, if the clouds subside and clear enough for you to see Mt. Rainier...it's a good day!  

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This had to be the most inspiring location of all! It's soooo gross, but extremely beautiful at the same time. It definitely gave me more that one design idea.   

This had to be the most inspiring location of all! It's soooo gross, but extremely beautiful at the same time. It definitely gave me more that one design idea.   

I had to leave my mark! 

I had to leave my mark! 

Dinner at "Cure" for some delicious meats and cheeses.   ---I had to take one of those "bloggy, ootd, I'm not looking at the camera, someone is just following me pictures." Ha 

Dinner at "Cure" for some delicious meats and cheeses.

---I had to take one of those "bloggy, ootd, I'm not looking at the camera, someone is just following me pictures." Ha 

After dinner concert at Showbox Presents with Lord Huron. 

After dinner concert at Showbox Presents with Lord Huron. 

Night cap at "UNICORN." A fun little bar with a carnie/circus theme! It was also in the Macklemore "Thrift Shop" video. 

  A snow cone shot!  

 A snow cone shot!  

Day Three:

Century Ballroom

Click the photo for more information......

Click the photo for more information......

Where I swing danced the night away!     

Where I swing danced the night away!  

 

Day Four: 

Flowers & a Seaplane Seattle Tour 

One unexpected Seattle detail....there were flowers on every corner! I was even lucky enough to be given my very own bouquet!  

One unexpected Seattle detail....there were flowers on every corner! I was even lucky enough to be given my very own bouquet!  

 
If you ever get a chance to ride in a seaplane, you should jump at the offer! Give  SEATTLE SEAPLANES  a glance or find one in your area!

If you ever get a chance to ride in a seaplane, you should jump at the offer! Give SEATTLE SEAPLANES a glance or find one in your area!

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Pikes Place from above.  

Pikes Place from above.  

Space Needle

Space Needle

"Look at that view!"  

"Look at that view!"  

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Day Five:  

Shopping! 

Who else is loving the rose headdress trend?  

Who else is loving the rose headdress trend?  

 

Day Six:

Baseball with the Boys!  

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Baseball and cold weather do not mix in opinion!  

Baseball and cold weather do not mix in opinion!  

All in all Seattle had a lot to offer (crazy good food) , and I really enjoyed seeing the Pacific Northwest for the first time. I'm very thankful however, that I did arrive while they were having unseasonably warmer weather (sometimes I even found that still too cold). I recommend if you're a hardcore southerner, try visiting during July and August. I was told that time of the year the weather feels amazing. 

 

XOXO - Nicole