Monday, July 30, 2012

weekend with bffs <|

Thank goodness for the weekend! After the craziness that was last week, it was so incredibly wonderful to have a weekend. And not just any normal weekend, but one where two of my most bestest friends in the whole world visited from Portland! Christina and Gennie came up on Friday and and we spent the weekend olympic-opening-ceremony-watching, fancy-drink-drinking, rummikubing, breakfast-eating and farmer's-marketing.

Oh, how I miss living in college dorms and hostels in Italy and Germany with those two. But alas, sometimes people grow up and move away from each other and it's lame. Like Christina, who is leaving us for Philly, which is *ahem* WAY too far away. We've had four good friends move away from us in the past month. So, yeah. Tears and sadness. If only the world revolved around us and our living situation.

Anywho, here are some photos (via my iphone) from our glorious weekend! Hope yours was just as grand. 


Oh, and besides all that, Lance's mom and aunt visited from Portland and made us some delish Puerto Rican food followed by gelato (duh, what else). And, on Sunday, we celebrated my wittle itty bitty baby sister's 21st birthday! Yikes. So old.

Aaaannnndddd Lance starts his new job today! So exciting.

Yeah, so, it's 2AM now. Why I am still up I have no idea. So goodnight or good morning or whatever. zzZZzzzZZzz....

Thursday, July 26, 2012

one of those weeks

Some weeks everything that can go wrong will and every due date, deadline, and responsibility will pile up at once. And during those weeks you just have to keep your head up and press forward and know that later, these may just be the weeks you look back on and laugh about...

Friday, July 20, 2012

hello seattle

 photos from some of our recent waterfront walks...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's All in the Details {Kitchen Edition}

Sometimes it's the little things in life that inspire us or make our hearts go pitter-patter. I know that for me, in the kitchen especially, it's often the aesthetic details that make things like cooking bearable. Simple things like my pretty apron from Anthropologie, brightly colored kitchen tools, and cute recipe cards are all what draw me to my little kitchen space and actually make me happy to be there. I know these items would certainly make me want to bust out my inner Martha...

What brings you to your kitchen?

Monday, July 16, 2012

haircuts, attempted doggy suicides, justicifcation for eating excessive desserts, and MORE

Hello friends! I certainly had a lovely and eventful past few days!

First and foremost, I FINALLY got a haircut. It had been AGES. Like, way, way, way too long. I always wait until my hair is good and dead before cutting it (something I really should remedy!). It always feels so light and fresh after a good haircut. I am quite pleased to say the least.

On Thursday we went out for dinner and then gelato with two of our dear friends. It was a goodbye hang out as they are headed off to Southeast Asia and Australia for 6 months. Such adventurers those two. Before Lance got his job we seriously considered joining them. We might be a little bit jealous...

Over the weekend I went home to visit my family and we went on a lovely after-dinner walk to the beautiful Island Lake Park.

I spent one afternoon playing basketball with my little baby brother. And, if you must know, I taught him everything he knows. He may or may not be almost as tall as me. Don't wanna talk about it...

I witnessed a couple of {even-more-gorgeous-in-person} sunsets.

I had some quality cuddle time with this happy animal! Does this face not bring you the utmost joy?! Me too, me too.

And, dear, sweet 17-year-old Winston decided to emerge from his bed a few times. During one such excursion he managed to escape and run down the street to the lake, where he proceeded to JUMP (according to the neighbor who witnessed said excursion) into the water. This, mind you, is highly adventurous for a dog who can barely see and who's legs periodically give out on him (bless his little heart!). 

The possibilities: 1. He regained a moment of pure, unadulterated puppy bliss and decided to take a little dip. 2. It's been a long 17 years and he's finally sick enough of us to take matters into his own paws and commit doggy suicide. 3. (the most likely scenario) He couldn't see the edge of the dock and simply took one step too many and experienced quite a wet surprise upon landing in the water.

Needless to say, we almost lost Winston. Thank goodness for the neighbor who rescued him from impending drowning. Three cheers for good neighbors!

We had a few too many desserts this weekend, because, well...we deserve it? Yes, yes we do. Helpful hint: you can justify any extravagance or overindulgence with the simple phrase "because I deserve it".  Example: "Why, yes, I will buy that $350 J. Crew dress. Why? Because I deserve it." See how easy that is? Phew. It really makes life and decision-making so much easier. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Aaaaand...after church on Sunday I hopped on a ferry home!

Now, go have a glass of wine. Or two. Because you deserve it. 

Or, if it's too early for wine, feel free to have that venti mocha with extra whip. Because you definitely deserve it. 
xo, Kylee

Thursday, July 12, 2012


My instagram life lately... 
 apartment hunting, coffee, sunshine, girls day filled with lots of fantastic food, new iphone, and waterfront walks

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

hip, hip, hooray!

My wonderful husband Lance just accepted a job offer at the company he was most hoping to work for! I'm so incredibly excited for him! I guess all those long hours of shopping to get him interview-ready paid off ;). Time to pop some champagne! And maybe get out of this cave sometime soon....

Send him your congrats below!

Monday, July 9, 2012

i think it might finally be summer in seattle.

Summer is...
1. Messy beach waves (found here) 2. Picnics on a dock (Kinfolk) 3. Refreshing beverages (A Crimson Kiss) 4. Maxi dresses (Madewell) 5. Freckles (Josephina Bietti)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear illness, you are not welcome here. I need you to LEAVE ME BE. Dearest husband, love LOVE love you. So much. Dear Space Needle, I still have never visited you. I see you quite frequently and photograph you often. However, it's a little spendy to embark upon your elevator ride during which I would probably just freak out given my dramatic fear of heights. Worth it? Perhaps. Dear Jack, Lance enjoyed walking you while you were visiting Seattle. I think maybe you have convinced him that we might just need a puppy in our future. Dear gelato, thanks for existing. Dear fancy tropical drinks, I would like to thank you for existing as well. Dear illness, once again I would like to ask that you please retreat. Seriously.  

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

*Fourth of July*

I hope all you Americans had a wonderful Fourth of July yesterday! We decided to go out to Gas Works Park since we had never been to any Seattle Fourth of July festivities. It was pure craziness. We were lucky enough to find a place to plop down and have a little picnic while we waited for fireworks.

We actually ended up leaving before it even got dark. Not my doing. In fact, I was a wee bit upset with the husband last night. He was grumpy about being cold and bored and really wanted to leave before the fireworks. So we did.

To be WAS cold and maybe even slightly boring, but I was happy to make the best of it. Oh, well–what's done is done! I'm over it. We had fun for the little while we were there. Maybe next year we will plan a little better and bring layers for warmth, and friends or books to keep us occupied while we wait!

Happy 236th birthday America!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

To Visit In Seattle: La Isla

Last Friday we out to Happy Hour at one of our favorite little places, La Isla in Ballard. The first time we ventured here purely based on it being a Puerto Rican restaurant. We had never seen one before and hubby was especially intrigued given that he is half Puerto Rican! We certainly were glad we found the place because we haven't stopped going since. It is especially wonderful at Happy Hour...$4 mojitos, $2 empanadillas and much, much more! Not only do they have some great deals, but the food is quite excellent. And, according to Lance (and his mom!), it's fairly authentic.

Our La Isla Favorites:
Favorite Drinks:
His- Mojito
Hers- Rum Runner

Favorite Happy Hour eats:
His- Yuca Fritas and Papa Empanadilla
Hers- Tostones and Pork Empanadilla

Last time Lance was brave and went for the Spicy Mojito (filled with jalapeno and habanero peppers). Yeah, gross, I know. But he enjoyed it apparently.

 This was face after the first sip (a mixture of horror and delight):

Basically everything we have ever tried here has been great! Except for one time... But we forgive them because they were so, so great about it. So, yeah, we recommend it. Highly.