Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My GFs and I have been talking about Malibu for a while. Not only is it where the celebs hide, it's a part of the Pacific Coast none of us had been. A few months ago, after much prodding from me about miles I had that were set to expire, we booked a super cute airbnb right on the water and set to planning to not have a plan (very hard for me).

That week was one of coast to coast vacations for me - I jetted off to Florida straight from LAX (more to come on that). While we were in Malibu, though, we walked along the PCH (do not recommend), tried some SUP (do not recommend at rising tide - I have the battle wounds to show for it), ate at Nobu (recommend), shopped on the pier (recommend) and did a little celeb spotting (always recommend).

The whole place was in bloom when we were there and Nobu was a short walk from our little condo. I have to admit, Manhattan Beach is higher on my list, but if someone asked me to come back to Malibu, I wouldn't deny them.

Plus, it made for some really pretty pictures. 

A Birthday in BC

Monday, July 20, 2015

For the past few years now, my mom and George have toured around the Canadian islands most of the summer. One year they went all the way to Alaska. This year, she wanted Raz and me to meet them in Canada for her birthday. Not only can she not be tamed, Carlo cannot be denied, so Raz and I reluctantly agreed to go off the grid with her.

After a very anxiety-ridden travel adventure up to the Great North, we made it to a rickety old dock and boarded our home for the next four days. By the end of it, we'd caught 18 crabs (11 keepers), fought off horseflies, spent each night in a different cove, kayaked, fished, baked a birthday cake in a microwave, read a full book and, most importantly, survived each other.

Aside from her birthday presents and all the random deliveries they needed that we had to smuggle across international borders, I had to give up only my new mascara ("Whitney, I won't get to a Nordstrom in I don't even know how long! Pleeeeaaaaseee?"). I'd call that a successful little getaway.

Just taking selfies in the mirrored floor.
Waving goodbye was hard. Whenever I'm away from her now my soul aches.

Something that could be a function of my dad situation, or maybe getting older, or maybe thoroughly enjoying our adult relationship, or...all of the above, is that soul ache. I feel more connected to her than ever before. I love her so much, my heart swells and breaks before we hug goodbye. She is infuriating and amazing and I absolutely cannot live without her.

And, in true Carlo fashion, she's already booked our tickets back for next year. Guess we don't have a choice :).

P.S. If you're into these things like I am, Yolanda and David Foster spent this past weekend in the Canadian islands as well. It's like they want to be us or something. It's also big kudos to my mom and George's taste because Yolanda is hashtagging her instagrams with things like #Heaven and #FavoritePlace. Yolanda's been everywhere. Yolanda knows.

Never Been to Bainbridge

Friday, July 3, 2015

Talk about next door. I've lived in Seattle seven years now and had never been to Bainbridge Island. WHO AM I.

Raz and I had planned to go to Chelan to relive our wedding weekend for our first anniversary, but the 110+ degree weather ruined that idea. Mostly, we were concerned our house would turn into a sauna and we'd come home to two roasted cats.

So we decided to stay close to home.

Raz's former office is in the short building on the right I lovingly call the "turquoise titty"

I overheard someone at work talking about this huge rummage sale on Bainbridge that weekend and I considered it a sign. I like rummaging, and I like sales. I used to work for the Rack, after all.

But then we got there and saw this.

We went anyway. 

It was hot and crazy and like a big outdoor Goodwill, but it was still pretty cool. I heard they played the national anthem at 7 a.m. and then opened the gates. I can't even imagine being in that throng.

We found some cool stuff, but nothing we needed.  

And we got hangry so we went to find some sustenance. 

Anything with a big umbrella and views speaks to me. Call it basic, I don't care.
We took the ferry up north instead of back to Seattle so we could hit the outlets and my BEAUTIFUL RESTORATION HARDWARE OUTLET THAT IS CLOSING THIS WEEKEND WHY.

This is how I always stand on ferries, windblown shirt and all. I promise my gut isn't that horizontal.

Was saving this shirt for a special occasion and got these Levi's shorts at Urban before our Florida vacation

I just love this place so much.

And this guy.

We hit port in Edmonds and then immediately went to find me ice cream. I was promised it at the ferry dock beforehand but we got there three minutes before we loaded on, so...angry ice cream-deprived Whitney.

Ombre water is one of the few ombres I can get behind.


It's almost like we spent our first anni in Italy. Raz has promised to take me there one day, though

There's lots more to explore on Bainbridge. We found the cutest shops and had some pretty decent fish and chips. Whidbey is next on our list. On Sunday, our actual anniversary, we brunched and walked and ice creamed in true Popa style.

Cheers to heading to year two.

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