i'm like rev run - a small reflection on '08

i got less than two hours left til the new year and i don't want to spend it blogging, but i did want to share one small reflection on the past year. if i can take anything away from 2008, it's that thinking and exuding positive vibes is a powerful thing. so simple yet so hard to master, right?

we all have our bad days (especially these past few months) but negativity is time and energy mad wasted. looking out for the best possible outcome in everything, even when you can't see it, is an amazing motivator to do better for self, for others and for the world. it's a lot more work to look for the positive than to feel sorry for yourself or to blame others, but the outcome is soooo much better in the end!

please keep that in mind as you encounter challenges, downfalls, downturns (:P) and just shitty days. be fortunate that you will be a better person once you overcome it! be fortunate that you have the life that you do, because there is always someone out there who can use your help.

i wrestle with this every day, in my work and in life. challenging myself to think and stay positive has led to some things i can really be proud of looking back: taking on an events director promotion, joining the board for dress for success' young execs for success (YES), and being nominated for the Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list among the major things; navigating my relationship, dealing with stress and managing my time among some of the smaller things.

i look forward to great things in '09 and wish you much success, happiness, prosperity and POSITIVITY!

i now only have good days and great days
-lance armstrong


steady NYE

NYE planner

not sure what to do yet to ring in the new year?

check out the roundup on seattle citysearch

huppy huppy new year!


r.i.p. eartha kitt

peace be with you always beautiful lady!


GSP, canadian athlete of the year - recognize

georges st. pierre, aka french-canadian jacob, was announced yesterday as the 2008 Canadian Athlete of the Year. because he the shhh...

SI.com: St-Pierre wins award in Canada
After garnering 89 percent of the votes from fans, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was named Sportsnet.ca's 2008 Canadian Athlete of The Year, beating out Chantal Petitclerc, Jarome Iginla, Justin Morneau, and Daniel Nestor.
his MMA record is 17-2, and he's about to destroy BJ penn in UFC 94. holla, hollahollaholla, can i holla at cha


pac-man christmas tree

this is awesome...thank you kanye

a new look!

what do you think?

photo copyright jacob


herban feast sodo park january tasting (updated)

i have had the honor of managing a couple of chamber events at herban feast's sodo park venue. i am not surprised that they're already booked for all saturdays in 2009 for weddings and other shindigs. not only is the venue gorgeous, but the entire building was refurbished with secondhand materials, right down to the furniture and the martini tree (you have to see it.) owner BJ duft and his staff are awesome to work with, and the (all-organic & local) menu is deeeelish!

here is your chance to check out herban feast for yourself...
Sample new dishes created by Chef Dalis Chea and Herban Feast's culinary team for our 2009 wedding menus!

It's the perfect time to start planning your wedding, reception and upcoming special event.
Herban Feast not only operates Sodo Park, but also provides a bounty of local and sustainable catering options for all types of events around the greater Puget Sound Region. Together we'll create a menu that complements your budget, theme and culinary desires!

Herban Feast is offering special budget saving packages for Fridays and Sundays as well as off-site catering.

Sunday, January 11, 2009 ~ 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Sodo Park (3200 1st Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134)
Herban Feast's Sodo location is between Hanford and Horton streets

Kate at 206.932.4717 or email kate@herbanfeast.com.

Space is limited.

get pretty @ high maintenance

these are good until january 15th!

december coupons here

order or book your appt @ highmaintenanceskin.com


brazil: #1 for climate change?

NYtimes.com: Forest Plan in Brazil Bears the Traces of an Activist’s Vision

But some environmentalists question whether the new targets, which would reduce Brazilian deforestation by 72 percent by 2017, are achievable in a country that has shown few signs of adjusting its development model as a major food provider to the world, especially in the midst of a global economic crisis.

To achieve the first phase of planned cuts, Brazil would have to reduce deforestation next year by 20 percent, to less than 4,000 square miles. That would be the lowest amount per year ever recorded in Brazil, said Paulo Adario, the Amazon campaign director for Greenpeace in Brazil.

old people pay attention

PINKmagazine.com: Gen Y Greatness

Gen Y employees aren't just a source of anxiety as we learn to manage them. They're also changing the workforce for the better – for us all.

that's right!

one of my many purchases last night

earlier this year, i lost out on a sweet vintage black leather jacket at nasty gal vintage's ebay store. never again! NG now has its own online boutique complete with tons of vintage offerings, new stuff by rojas & 80%20 and a sick blog. i snagged this lovely number last night - only one in stock foo
p.s. cabin fever is dangerous


best use of twitter ever


i HIGHLY suggest following the WA State Dept of Transportation on twitter if you aren't already. this is an awesome resource for traveling on our roads, especially in this storm!

you can view up-to-date accident reports and road closures on your phone. so tight

be safe everyone

xmas eve eve party @ the war - tues

i hope the storm clears out for this...

yo son! 7 year anniversary @ chop suey


big ol sale @ karmaloop.com

i am tired and headed for bed, but just wanted to say...

50% off at karmaloop.com
the global streetwear boutique
EVERYTHING is half off, even the sale stuff!
code: MERRY

my personal reference code is JA27401 if you want an extra percent off! :)

i stocked up on some more beanies, gloves, scarves, arm warmers etc. because it is FREEZING! coal, goorin brothers, obey, cubannie links, oh my!

stay warm everyone!


oh. em. gee.

union jack ankle boot
actually, if you want to buy me the entire AM autumn/winter '08 shoe collection, i would be open to that. thanks

net-a-porter's holiday style, edited by dita von teese

i love DVT, her style is always 1000% on point!
here she is with my other fave, vicky b:

why does all the fun stuff happen on weds nights???

man y'all know i can't come out on school nights!


holiday yoga workshop - this saturday

events, committee meetings, family obligations and meaty make my schedule ridiculously crazy. that's why i can appreciate this...

restore & renew yoga workshop
saturday, dec 20
2-4 p.m.
community fitness (2113 NE 65th St, Seattle 98115)
206.523.1534 or communityfitness.com to register

Let the holidays be filled with joy & peace, rather than stress & anxiety!

In this workshop, you'll be guided thru meditations and visualizations while resting your body truly & deeply in restorative yoga poses.

The poses are thoughtfully designed with rejuvenation & joy in mind. Bolsters, blankets & pillows support you in the poses throughout your practice. Workshop concludes with tea & cookies (!)

Kelly is my favorite teacher at CF - this will be fun and good for you. hope to see you there!


pdx x jess

every time we go down to portland, we have to hit three of my favorite places on the planet...

compound is a gallery/boutique with a very urban japanese vibe. here you can pick up exclusive kicks, stussy jewelry, anap & married to the mob for her, orisue & hundreds for him. i think when we build that house we are always dreamin up, we will fill it only with art from compound's gallery. their artists are that awesome. check it: justbecomplex.com

the doug fir is the place to be for food and for some of the best shows in town. i can't describe the feel of the place - the best i can say is that it's the dopest log cabin i've ever been in! if you go, you have to have the keiko coffee, it's bomb: dougfirlounge.com

end your night at the jupiter hotel, adjacent to the doug fir and another one of the coolest places i have ever stayed. the owner took a motel 6-type building and made it uber-hipster. you can rub elbows with the bands staying the night after their show, just outside of the door/chalkboard. each of the rooms are designed and outfitted with a balance of retro and simple modern chic. i wanted the sam flores shower curtain! jupiterhotel.com

bella umbrellas

these are amazing and based here in seattle...a little out of my price range for an umbrella, but worth it if you want to stand out in a sea of black totes umbrellas

if i had to send myself a Christmas card, it would be this

someecards x daily candy

meatball should have this

sorry, we don't carry forces here

this weekend, soy clothing hosted its holiday party at gems sneaker shop in pioneer square. gentlemen, if you have not had the chance to check out this little gem of a sneaker boutique, located on the other side of snowboard connection on the edge of the waterfront/PS/furniture district, i highly suggest rollin through sometime! how many other sneaker shops have been featured in the NY Times top 5 new boutiques?

store owner john has a fantastic taste in mens' kicks, featuring creative recreation, feit and the exclusive and very dope alexander mcqueen for pumas. they are amazing i promise you. this ain't your little brother's sneakershop!

i also suggest comin thru on first thursdays. in true pioneer square tradition, you can check out gems, then head upstairs for six floors of studios - 15 on each floor! hot toddy!

visit gems here

coastal happy hours

i'm sad i missed this yesterday! good thing it wasn't the last...

coastal holiday happy hour
dec 6, 13, 20
coastal's alki location

enjoy holiday cheer and libations, plus 20% the featured items of that day at one of seattle's best boutiques :)

coastal blog


bait & switch

this is why everybody hates comcast...never stick to their word. "you won't have to do a thing for the digital conversion!" YEAH RIGHT liars

king5.com: Comcast customers will need digital conversion

common sense

CNN.com: Obama will change hip-hop's attitude


CNN.com: U.S. attorney: Gov. tried to sell Obama Senate seat


casual industrees holiday sale

the freshest way to represent the evergreen state...

Deals on limited edition sample runs, HOODIES AS LOW AS $30, and HUGE QUANTITY DISCOUNTS ON SHIRTS, BEANIES AND MORE.

SATURDAY/DEC 6, 2008 10a-6p
SUNDAY/DEC 7, 2008 10a-2p

For more details email: kristen@casualindustrees.com

6205 sw admiral way // Seattle, WA 98116 // 206.420.1620

way of the b-boy premiere tomorrow night

see you there!

2200 holiday shopping event this weekend

if you are as obsessed with your dog as i am, you'll be delighted to know that this weekend is "shop with your pup" weekend at 2200 in south lake union!

enjoy holiday pet photos, free gift wrapping, holiday cocktails and great deals from the 2200 retailers; take advantage of pet microchipping and adoptions offered by the seattle humane society, and bring your canned foods for the drive benefitting the YWCA!

see all of the fun here


this is a win-win for everyone

get your holiday shoppin and holiday drankin on and help local small businesses in these rough economic times!

city stimulus

thank you frank, nikki, all of the above


12 days of holiday cheer @ hotel 1000

this is tight!

Hotel 1000's 12 days calendar

Y.E.S & Dress for Success Seattle's holiday soiree

i really hope to see you there - i'm a newly minted board member of Y.E.S., holla!

Date: Monday, December 8, 2008
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Rob Roy, 2332 2nd Ave

To build awareness and raise money for Dress for Success Seattle, The Rob Roy (formerly Viceroy) will host the newly established Seattle branch of Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!) as they mix and mingle the night away.

Y.E.S! Seattle is a volunteer branch of Dress for Success geared toward young professional women and offering a fresh new approach to networking and fundraising in Seattle. It is where business and philanthropy come to meet and mingle through exciting events that "raise the fun" while "raising funds" for the organization.

Attendees can meet members of Y.E.S!, enjoy specialty libations including a Grey Goose Citron “Y.E.S! Cocktail”, learn more about the organization and what future events and volunteering opportunities are on the horizon for the New Year.

All drinks excluding wine will be $1.00 off of regular price with 20% of sales donated to Dress for Success!

Dress for Success Seattle

manik skateboards/luxe riot open house - this weekend

$2 off SAM admission

When you come to SAM Downtown to see the exhibition S'abadeb—The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists, bring a non-perishable food item to donate and receive $2 off admission. Food donations will benefit the Chief Seattle Club, an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Seattle's homeless, low-income and at-risk Native population.

This offer is good through January 11, 2009, which is also your last opportunity to see the show the Seattle Times calls "an exhibition that every person who lives in the Puget Sound region should see."

more details


the hills aftershow

what the f is this???

the only thing worse than watching a show that's lost all of its appeal is a bunch of nobodies sitting around afterwards critiqueing it! who watches this crap? oh yeah i do b/c i forget to change the channel!

also, what happened to the hills? it used to be so good and now it's so boring! hasn't anyone noticed that it is damn near impossible to be friends with lauren conrad unless you've sold your soul to the devil, aka lo bosworth? if lo ain't havin you, you are doomed! see this is why i like spencer pratt - at least he knows his high levels of d-bagness and totally plays into the fact that nobody can stand him. le sigh...i hope this is the last season

okay no more i promise


It's official: The economy is in a recession