daily candy seattle finally got something right

i've been waiting for weeks now for something to come out of daily candy seattle edition that 1) i couldn't find anywhere else and 2) that wasn't unbelievably wack. now this is probably a little more expensive than most of you are willing to pay for an umbrella ($32 - 39) but it might be worth standing out of a sea of black totes umbrellas!

it looks like umbrella society is a U.S. company who imports their pretty designs from japan. a proceed of their profits each year goes to The Orphanage Project -so they can build orphanages for the kids of New Delhi who are in need.

i couldn't pick a favorite, so this is one of them. check out www.umbrellasociety.com for more info and to shop


cassie's "official girl" video

...is cute, but

1) there will always only be one AALIYAH

2) is this song about diddy?

just a thought


mr. john legend


If You're Out There

Christmas is coming early to Downtown Seattle

from the Puget Sound Business Journal:
The Swedish retailer has already opened a 25,000-square-foot location at Westfield Southcenter. H&M said it will open a 19,000 square foot, two-story location in University Village on Sept. 12 and a 16,000-square-foot location at 520 Pike St. in downtown Seattle on Sept. 18.

to preface this article - nikki and i were being nosy little busybees trying to see what was moving in across the street from our hood, so we peered into the windows and read off of the upside-down blueprints to find out who our new neighbors were...boyfriends beware:

from the Seattle Times:
Upscale retailer Gucci plans to open a store in the downtown Seattle location where women's clothier Escada used to be, putting it near Louis Vuitton and St. John at Fifth Avenue and University Street.

bobby engram foundation's walk for sickle cell - this sunday

The 3rd Annual Bobby Engram Foundation Walk for Sickle Cell

August 31, 2008
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Seward Park

Join friends, neighbors, Bobby and the SeaHawks to raise funds and awareness to aid young people in their fight against Sickle Cell Disease. The event will feature breakfast, guest speakers, a celebrity packed charity walk, lunch and a free T-shirt.

Registration, breakfast and guest speakers begin at 10:00AM.
The 2.5-mile walk kicks off at 11:00AM.
All ticket purchases include breakfast, lunch and T-shirt.

Proceeds from the event will allow the Bobby Engram Foundation to continue to provide funds, resources and support to local organizations dedicated to fighting Sickle Cell Disease and caring for patients who suffer with its debilitating effects.

Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

The Bobby Engram Foundation website


PAWSwalk - Sept 6th - i'd love your support!

hi friends!

On September 6th, I will be walking in PAWSwalk for the first time!

If you have a pet or know someone who does, you know that it's not easy or cheap to care for them.Imagine having to care for hundreds of abandoned or abused pets!

I'm walking to raise money for PAWS because I'm amazed by the work they accomplish every day for animals.PAWS is well-known for their work with pets. In 2007 alone, PAWS Companion Animal Shelter found new and loving homes for more than 2,500 cats and dogs. That means literally TONS of cat litter, dog and cat food, toys, and treats.And, that's why I'm asking for your support!

PAWS is also a leader in educating our community on animal compassion. During the last school year, PAWS Humane Educators reached more than 4,000 students, ensuring that tomorrow's leaders are taught compassion for animals right from the start.

I love what PAWS does, and I hope you will support me in my walk to help the animals!

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support PAWS!

Thank you!

Healthy Parks, Healthy You - try it for $2

Seattle Parks & Recreation is hosting a slew of community center classes at the sweetheart deal of $2/class! now you have no excuse to get off that ass and WORK

Healthy Parks, Healthy You website


PSBJ.com: Seattle first market for Starbucks’ test of Clover coffee brewing

does anyone know where i can find a list of locations that have the Clover?

what is a Clover?


CNN.com: Atlanta area school district loses accreditation

maybe they can get some help from...

PSBJ.com: Gates Foundation gives $2M to five Washington school districts

my peoples

** Neighborhood Blogs: What's All the Buzz About? **
Thurs Sept 4
Seattle Public Library - Central Branch, 1000 Fourth Avenue
Registration 5:30pm
Program: 6pm
Expert-led blogging time: 7:30-8pm

From Ballard to Burien, from West Seattle to South Lake Union, and from Capitol Hill to Beacon Hill, the proliferation of neighborhood blogs all around Seattle is changing not just the local media landscape but also how community conversations are taking place in an increasingly digital world.

How does the 24-7 nature of citizen-driven blogs impact "traditional" news sources and how people are informed? How do these interactive (and often anonymous) online discussions promote greater civic participation and sense of community? Who runs these blogs and are they profitable?

Join CityClub for light appetizers and refreshments and hear from some of Seattle's most active neighborhood bloggers and experts about what it takes to start a blog, some of the hot button neighborhood issues generating the most debate on blogs today and ways to participate in the blogosphere. Stay after to blog with the experts in a library computer lab.

Amber Campbell, Editor, Rainier Valley Post
Heather McLeland-Wieser; Manager of Art, Recreation, Literature, History, Travel and Maps; Seattle Public Library
Tracy Record, Editor and Co-publisher, West Seattle Blog
Scott Schaefer, Author, The B-Town (Burien) Blog
MyBallard Blog Representative
Moderator: Monica Guzman, Online Reporter, The Big Blog, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Sign up here!

believe that


my new favorite word

chuch (as defined by urbandictionary.com)

a word usually used at the end of a sentence to express agreement and/or excitement. similar to the word Amen.

LOL - i don't know why, just is! chuch!

oh you nasty gal

nasty gal is responsible for my first-ever foray into the big bad world of eBay. let's just say i was a little slow to the punch, totally obliterated by the pros who put in autobids down to the millisecond before the deadline. damn - i really wanted that billie jean leather jacket too.

anywho, the nasty gals have outgrown eBay and recently launched their new website & blog. i love their concept of putting up a few items at a time - it seriously is eBay-like frenzy with every new batch of sales, and would quench the thirst of any bargain-hunting fashionista who loves a little competition. almost every item sold by nasty gal is a one-of-a-kind...so you are guaranteed to be the only one in your hood with that dress amongst a sea of tracy reese (or f21.) pay attention to that blog to get sweet previews of the next wave!
by the way...this was the piece that eluded me and broke my little heart - until i found a $35 knock somewhere else :)

i wear eight chains

i first saw jewelry by cubannie links in the last issue of missbehave mag, who must also be huge fans of their stuff b/c they did a byline article and used cubannie to accessorize just about every fashion spread in the magazine. it's all good though. this is only for the round-the-way girl!
case in point - the tupac rosary:


i needed these

real simple.com: 20 timesaving tips & tricks


steady labor day

our voice...our democracy - exhibiting now at wing luke

i went to the grand opening of this exhibit on tuesday night - a.k.a. election night. this is a pretty powerful exhibit that you should check out sometime. there are stats on how frighteningly unengaged asian pacific islanders are with voting and politics on the whole - and also highlights on some major movements for asian pacific islanders in legislature! please visit this exhibit and build your knowledge!

on display from august 20, 2008 to january 18, 2009


massive monkees x undftd

do you like breakdancing?
do you love undftd? (undefeated)
well fantastic - now you can represent with a tee

snowboard connection back-to-school sale - now

get em
20% off Nikita and Billabong
Denim $50
30% off swimsuits, boardshorts, flipflops
All reg.priced clothing and shoes 10% off
Volcom tanks and shorts
20% off Shoes
15% off Denim
15% off Streetwear
15% off All completes
20% off Longboard wheels
20% off Never Summer Longboard completes
15% off all pads n helmets
10% off everything
Even sale stuff


for those of you who like to play on school nights...

i'm an old lady now but if i could i would party like it's 2080 every freakin wednesday. best night in town, no doubt!


well shit

a few days late and i'm sure you all know this...but our holidays are going to be a little less jolly, dammit

king5.com: Poof! Next 'Harry Potter' flick moves to summer

a goods sale

this is so awesome

i saw this on both female sneaker fiends and kanye's blog...the nike burger!
‘in the tradition of material innovation of AM(air max) 90, I constructed a running shoe using the most powerful, must durable and most delicious material known to man: hamburger.‘- Swedish designer Olle Hemmendorff

LOL! those crazy europeans


who wears short shorts?

thank you seattle picks:

Summer Smooth

Make sure your legs stay in silky soft shape for the summer season with a special offer from Julep Nail Parlor. Get a pedicure and receive 50% off a leg waxing. You can relax into a featherbed and let Julep smooth your cares away—leaving you ready for shorts and sandals… as long as the weather holds out!

What: Leg Waxing and Pedicures at JulepWhen: Through the end of August

Where: Downtown: 1427 5th Ave.; University Village: 5001 25th Ave. NE

Call: D: 206.985.0088; UV: 206.985.6644

Visit: www.myjulep.com

i think i'm in love...

with my new toy...

daily comcast

via wall street journal.com: Comcast Sets Deal to Buy Daily Candy

brasilfest - tomorrow @ seattle center

my boyfriend loves him some brazil -so you may see us there!

WHAT: BrasilFest (Brasil is the Portuguese spelling for Brazil)
WHEN: Sunday, August 17, 12 noon – 8 pm
WHERE: Seattle Center - Fisher Pavilion, Center House and Mural Amphitheatre
305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington
COST: Free admission

The annual BrasilFest heats up Seattle Center with dancing, drumming, music, workshops and exhibits. The focus of BRASILFEST 2008 will be: CARNAVAL.


BrasilFest is one of 20 cultural community festivals that comprise FESTÁL, a series of cultural festivals dedicated to Seattle's rich ethnic heritage and diverse peoples. FESTÁL, which derives from a French word meaning "festive", is produced by Seattle Center, as year-round celebration of traditions, arts and performance, cultures and communities that enrich us all.


YPN's Annual Networking Event - Aug 21

hope to see you there!

Don't miss YPN's Annual Networking event, where you can build your network with the largest business group for young professionals in the Puget Sound area! YPN will be treated to Apulent Events & Catering's "Thursdays at the Beach Club." Enjoy fine cuisine and a spectacular setting on the Ballard waterfront while making new connections at YPN.

YPN (Young Professionals Network) is the premier young professionals group in Seattle, providing professional development and networking opportunities for emerging leaders 21-39.

Why get involved with YPN?

  • Exposure to what is going on in Seattle
  • To build your business network with other young professionals
  • Unique access to regional business leaders and political figures
Also - find our groups on Facebook & LinkedIn!

lucky L.A.

i can't decide if it's because L.A. has tons of fun things to do - or if daily candy's seattle edition is just a little wack...

via dailycandy.com

August 12, 2008
Wake the Neighbors
Wake Experience Wakeboarding School

wipe out!

Another beautiful, sunny California day. Yawn.

A shot of Wake Experience, pro rider pros Nick and Julz Heaney’s wakeboarding school, will wake you up.

Start your day with a few lessons on land going over gear, how to use it, and the basics of what exactly you’re supposed to do when you’re in the water. Then cruise the X-Star out to sea where you’ll be coached through tricks like toe side airs; butterslide 180s; off-axis 540s; and, of course, how to get up.

On top of custom packages and expeditions (next stop: Tahiti), the new L.A. Wake ’n’ Beach Club is an easy access, no-pressure way to pick up water sport skills (not to mention the perfect excuse to hang out on the boat, barbecue on the beach, and watch the Heaneys in action).

Ring the alarm.

Wake Experience (310-251-7227 or wakexperience.com)


save the date! sept 7 - live aloha!

because i love angela manke!



sleep well tonight!

oprah.com: bedtime guidelines


How much booze will $8,204 buy? The Chamber finds out the hard way

the cutest nephew on earth

i get to go his 1st birthday party, and you don't!

a val x bernie collabo

stuntin is a habit

via SeattlePicks.com: Jewelry mavens Amy Bengtson of Amy Bengtson Jewelry and Alisha Alderman, of Alisa Louise Jewelry, are hosting a trunk show where 15% of the proceeds will be donated to the Susan B. Komen Foundation. With new pieces from both designers, and a sample table with designs up to 70% off, there will be plenty of stunning baubles to choose from!

What: Trunk Show for Amy Bengston and Alisha Alderman
When: Sunday, Aug.10, 1 pm
Where: Amy Bengston’s Home Studio, 4416 SW Charlestown
Call: 206.351.6230
Visit: www.amybengston.com or www.alishalouise.com

ufc87 - tomorrow night!

my GSP is defending his welterweight title this weekend at UFC87, against jon fitch. unfortunately, due to my real-life GSP, i will be indisposed during the fight and will miss all the mixed martial arts goodness that i know georges st.pierre will bring - including keeping the belt!straight scrumptious! :)


damn, just when i got the idea

seattletimes.com: move a scooter, get a fine

so fresh & so clean

realsimple.com: how to wash your face

i originally went to realsimple.com looking for the summer skin tips - but i liked this article best. take a look at the article list on the left side though...real simple is stacked with good tips about all things skin-related!

i love you real simple

totally tabletops

events are my job, yes, but i'm not your typical event planner...my job is to produce programs, not fuss over menus, napkin, plateware or flower arrangements. BUT totally tabletops is all about the details - whether it's a small dinner party or your big day! i love looking at their patterns and arrangements on the website, their blog and in the many features local magazines have done on them. i'm also a big fan of no rental minimums :) i haven't used them but i would gladly recommend them to anyone looking for help planning their next party!

seattle works - election guide & ballot party

Seattle Works' 2008 Election Guide is now live here! This is probably a much better resource than the Voter's Pamphlet you got in the mail last week.

** The Ballot Party **
Thurs, 6/7 5.30-7.30pm ~ Pike Brewery
Free! Complimentary apps, no-host bar

Sure, you can’t go anywhere without hearing about what McCain and Obama are up to. But how about that State Legislature? Washington’s Secretary of State? The Governor?King County’s primary election is coming on up with a new structure that narrows the races down to the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation. Things are heating up – so why not cool down at The Ballot Party?Join us at Pike Brewery for beers, a short election briefing and informal political discussion. We'll be hanging out in their private events space, talking politics and nibbling on complimentary appetizers.

RSVP not required, but it sure is nice

winemakers dinner cruise hosted by waterways - aug 21

Relax, indulge and enjoy an evening of wine tasting, a leisure sunset cruise and beautiful views aboard the luxurious Olympic Star. Join Waterways Cruises and learn more about wine selections from Chandler Reach Winery (Yakima, WA) paired with a four-course dinner menu.

Cruise Date: 08/21/2008
Boarding Time: 6:00pm
Departing From: Waterways HomePort, Seattle
Cruise Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Tix: $125/adults; $112/seniors


nickel & dimin!

CNNMoney.com: New JetBlue charge: $7 pillow, blanket

Airline company says comfort kit is latest item to boost revenue amidst high fuel costs, joining charges for leg room, checked bag, and ticket change.


summer love

today was a beautiful day in the city, and while i want to chop my sore arms off from an afternoon of kayaking, i don't want to ruin the good vibes. soooo...here is my absolute, hands-down favorite song ever. itunes tells me i've listened to this song 1065x to date - just so you know i don't lie

sexy, eh?


humor me old man

WashingtonPost.com: McCain Camp: 'Obama Has Played the Race Card'

this is the best part of the article:
"Barack Obama is going out every day talking about the struggles of Americans, the struggles of Americans losing their homes and their jobs, and all John McCain can talk about is Barack Obama, because he doesn't have anything to say about the people of this country struggling in this economy," said campaign spokesman Linda Douglass, adding her candidate was not playing the race card when he made his remarks yesterday.

wo to the oooooord


for some reason, lately we've found ourselves watching a whole lot of documentaries - mostly on msnbc, but also on DVD when we were sans cable. i'm a little obsessed with the msnbc docs profiling business...china: people's republic of profit was on last night, i just finished watching big mac: inside the mcdonald's empire while cooking dinner, etc. my favorite, of course, is SWOOSH! Inside Nike. it's like two hours of nike heaven!

then there's the docu-series, like lockup and dateline: how to catch a predator. those i just love to watch with my mouth open and laughing at the occasional weirdo supreme. my absolute tops is unwrapped on food network. mostly because of mark summers (double dare!)

some of the best and worst documentaries have been the ones we've rented or seen in the theatre. i loved bra boys, but really i could've done without american meth or american bullrider. LOL - those were his picks.

yep - this is the stuff i think about on a friday night :)

just for kicks - click here to view Swoosh: Inside Nike