September 19, 2014

Happy {Still Summer} Weekend

Summer clearly isn't leaving Seattle anytime soon, so I'm trying to take advantage of it as much as possible.  This weekend is all about celebrating - a wedding, several special birthdays, and hopefully a Seahawk win :)  In the meantime, here are a few pics from a trip around Lake Union I took earlier this week.  Isn't this just the prettiest city ever?

stephanie marie

September 18, 2014

San Diego {Part 3}

Sunday was all about the game - the real reason we went to San Diego :)  Please excuse our sweaty faces - it really could've been the hottest day of my life!

 the tailgate was awesome - insanely hot, but nothing a few beers and cheers couldn't cure :)

 there were so many 12's and we found the only shady place in the parking lot to celebrate

 several seattle news channels filmed us for tv!

 leslie's friend sheryl met up with us the night before on a whim and helped us pass out skittles to fans

 when we got into the stadium, we were greeted by some crazy hot sunshine, but some surprisingly nice chargers fans {they may have just wanted our sunscreen}

 our guys were apparently dropping like flies {i don't blame them!} and kept having to go back into the locker room for iv drips!

 unfortunately we lost the game, but we were still in good spirits...

 ...until we saw this line to get to the train back to the city!  fortunately, it was quicker than it looked

 we got back to the hotel, took much needed showers, then headed to Craft and Commerce for some more tacos.....

...and a bacon ice cream sandwich! {amazingly good}

Although the weather was insane and the game didn't turn out as we had hoped, we really had a great weekend down in San Diego.  Can't wait for the next year!

stephanie marie

September 17, 2014

San Diego {Part 2}

Here are a few pictures from Day 2 of our trip to San Diego, or as I like to call it - Beach Day:

Saturday morning was a gorgeous day in San Diego {there's nothing more 'california' than palm trees, right?}

 per Danielle's suggestion, we strolled around the Little Italy Farmer's Market, which spanned at least 5 blocks and had amazing looking food, drink, flowers, and crafts {not to mention, people in seahawks gear everywhere we looked}

 this fresh raspberry lemonade was the perfect cure for a hot day hangover :)

 we headed out to Coronado for some beach time {isn't the resort gorgeous?}

 we watched birds and kids play in the water...

 ...while we enjoyed the breeze...

 ...and soaked up some sun.

 we of course sported our Seahawks gear, and for sure weren't the only ones doing so

 afterwards, we found some shade at Tavern and enjoyed these awesome steak tacos

 we had heard about a welcome party at the airport for the Seahawks, so we headed down there to cheer on the team {the only person I could make out in the bus was Pete Carroll, which pretty much made my day}

 later, we grabbed a drink in our hotel lobby, where Bachelor Brad {who had checked in right behind me on Thursday!} was ponied up to the bar

 we made our way down to Old Town for dinner,,,

...where we enjoyed more tacos {are you seeing a theme?} and the best margaritas in San Diego.

stephanie marie

September 16, 2014

San Diego {Part 1}

We had a pretty great trip down to San Diego for the long weekend!  While the weather was hotter than I could've ever predicted, Leslie and I had a fabulous time eating our way through the city while trying not to sweat too much :)  Here's a look at Day 1, if you'd like to see:

I spent Friday morning like this, lounging at the rooftop pool at the W while Leslie worked.  It was the most relaxing way to start the vacation:)

After pool time, we had a delicious lunch at Karl Strauss Brewery right around the corner from our hotel.  The fish tacos were so yummy.

That afternoon, we walked down to the waterfront to check out the boats and the water {this pirate ship looking one was my fave}

We also checked out the USS Midway, the aircraft carrier docked on one of the piers.  It was giant!

We stumbled upon this huge "Unconditional Surrender" statue on the waterfront {see guy to the left for perspective}.  

There was also this sweet tribute to Bob Hope that was playing old recordings of his.

After walking around for awhile, we got cleaned up and headed to Vin de Syrah, a really cool hidden wine bar/speakeasy in the Gaslamp.  If you're in San Diego, you have to try this place out!

Next, we headed to Bencotto in Little Italy for an insanely delicious dinner.  It had been recommended to us by several people and I'm so glad we went.  

I had this amazing spicy shrimp and squid ink fettuccine which I could eat over and over and over again.  Yum.

We accompanied lots of laughs, girl talk, and catching up with many glasses of wine, and it was a great way to start a long and hot San Diego weekend!

stephanie marie

September 10, 2014

Vacation Time!

Tomorrow morning I'm heading out of town for a long weekend in sunny and warm San Diego!  I cannot wait to lay on the beaches, wander through Old Town, and, of course, cheer on the Hawks to victory over the Chargers!  It should be an awesome weekend away :)

Until next week!

stephanie marie

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September 9, 2014


Friday night, David and I headed out to Chippy's, a new Ethan Stowell fish & chips place in the same building that houses The Walrus & The Carpenter and Staple & Fancy.  We saddled up to the bar at this small space in Ballard that has a well stocked bar, awesome sides, and a full menu section of "...And Chips".  We started off sharing the crab and avocado dip {omg - so good!} and an heirloom tomato & watermelon salad before ordering the biggest piece of cod and chips I've ever seen.  Everything we tried here was so good - and everything else on the menu made me want to come back right away.  While this may not be the most wallet-friendly fish and chips joint in town {is there such a thing as fancy fish & chips?}, it will definitely leave you feeling full and satisfied, just like we were.  Thanks for the date, David!

stephanie marie

September 8, 2014

Erika & Joe {Diana}

I can't believe it's been a year {yesterday!} since Erika and Joe's amazing wedding.  I had forgotten that I had taken these pics on my Diana, but in honor of their anniversary this weekend, here are a few from that gorgeous day.  Such fun memories!

stephanie marie