Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, everyone! Spring is trying its very hardest to happen around here, and I’m looking forward to slightly higher temperatures this weekend and maybe even some open-toed shoes. Be the change you wish to see in the world, right? I’m also excited to have brunch with some friends I haven’t seen in awhile and catch up over mimosas and chilaquiles. What are you up to this weekend? Whatever’s on the agenda, I hope you have fun and enjoy this week’s roundup!

Friday Favorites!

1.  Everyone I know has such crazy busy schedules these days! The art of making time is something that can benefit us all. (From Roses)

2. Fake your way to built-in bookshelves (among other things) with these super chic IKEA hacks. (My Domaine)

3. Not sure where to shop for affordable art? These online resources are all budget-friendly. Personally, I’m a big fan of Society 6 and 20×200. (A Cup of Jo)

4. In honor of Women’s History Month, please enjoy these historic pictures of badass ladies during World War II. (Buzzfeed)

5. I’m not one to deny the power of a good serum, but these foods can be just as helpful in your quest for smooth, glowing skin. (The Everygirl)

Have a lovely weekend!

♥ Mil

Spots to Seek out: Olympic Sculpture Park and Summer at SAM

olympicsculpturepark (2)Summer in Seattle is all about getting as much time outside while the sun’s still shining, because you never know when the clouds are coming back. Parks and outdoor event venues are packed with outdoor festivals and events almost every day of the week.
One of my favorite parks is the Olympic Sculpture Park, located on the northern end of Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, overlooking the Puget Sound. The Seattle Art Museum built and manages the park, so there are some really interesting sculptural pieces scattered throughout. On any given day of the week it’s the perfect spot for a picnic complete with stunning views of the water with the mountains in the distance. In college I worked for Nuun and our office was located just a couple blocks away. Many a lunch was spent walking through the park and down to the water. 
summeratsam1What makes this park particularly awesome is that it was designed with events in mind. A big portion of the property is laid out as an amphitheater for small outdoor concerts or other events.
This past week, Seattle Art Museum hosted a Dog Night at the park as part of their Summer at SAM series. Not one to pass up the prospect of unlimited doggie kisses, I of course had to go! A local band, Vaudeville Etiquette, was rocking out while friends and families lounged with their dogs in tow.

summeratsam5During events the pavilion there opens with a concessions stand inside along with plenty of seating in the shade. And yes, their concession stand carries wine! The museum also set-up the cutest craft station inside, where pet owners could create collage portraits of their beloved dogs. I didn’t bring either of my fur babies along (they’re socially stunted), so I satisfied myself with weirdly cooing as other pooches posed for their pictures.
summeratsam3It was just a great night spent soaking in the sun and taking dozens of pictures of other people’s dogs.

Besides a multitude of opportunities to frolic with puppies, there were a series of other fun area set-up all over the park. They had agility demonstrations, a tour of the sculptures, and an adoption bus. Also, how cute are these sketch pads they set-up to encourage artistic expression? This girl was working on some kind of serious masterpiece.


I was excited because the Plum Burgers truck set-up shop and I’d been interested to try their all-vegan menu. I don’t eat cheese so their version of mac and cheese caught my eye. I haven’t eaten dairy for years, so the last time I had mac and cheese was probably six years ago. Surprisingly enough, their vegan version of this classic dish was tasty. Probably not healthy, but delicious!

summeratsam4Nothing hits the spot on a hot day like a cold popsicle. This is me trying to slowly savor my vegan strawberry popsicle from Pop-up. Although next time I hope they invite Six Strawberries. This popsicle was good, but the Six Strawberries fudge popsicle rocks my world.

Finally, you just need to take one more look at this view! I was excited to capture this shot of what looked like a sailing class passing by.
Next time you’re looking for something to do, check the Seattle Art Museum’s schedule of events to see if anything is going on at the Olympic Sculpture Park. The Summer at SAM series runs through the end of August, so if you’re from the area, there’s still time to check a few of these events out. While the park is a beautiful spot to visit any day of the week, it’s definitely more fun when it’s energized with people, music, and sometimes even dogs.

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List // via South by Northwest

Even though we’re grownups now and we no longer get the summer off (undoubtedly the cruelest twist of adulthood), I still tend to think of the entire season as a sacred time meant for lazy beach days, spontaneous road trips, and reconnecting with friends. Summer in Seattle is glorious, and it’s always been my favorite season – but this year I’m even more excited since Jules and I will be experiencing it together for the first time in ages! So, to ensure we don’t forget anything, we put together our very own super official Summer Bucket List (which I reserve the right to embellish as necessary):

1. Enjoy a picnic at Gasworks Park, watching the seaplanes and sailboats go by

2. Lounge in the sun at Golden Gardens

Golden Gardens
3. Cheer for the Mariners and share a plate of Safeco Field’s legendary garlic fries

4. Watch a movie outdoors. There are so many options this year…I vote for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Or Grease!

Fremont Outdoor Cinema

5. Try the gelato at Fainting Goat in Wallingford

Fainting Goat Gelato

6. Shop for art and homemade treasures at the Bellevue Arts Fair

7. People watch at the Fremont Solstice Parade

8. Indulge in some day drinking at Kirkland Uncorked

9. Rent a boat for the afternoon (or maybe jet skis)!

Boating on Lake Union

10. Find the most spectacular view of the fireworks on the Fourth of July

11. Sample cuisines of the world, from funnel cake to pho, at Bite of Seattle

Bite of Seattle

12. Round up some friends for a beach bonfire at Alki (s’mores are mandatory)

13. Take a ride on the Cycle Saloon

14.  Pick up some fresh produce at the Ballard Farmers Market and cook something yummy

15. Close out the summer at Bumbershoot, Seattle’s biggest and best music festival!


We’ve got our work cut out for us, but I can’t wait! What’s on your summer bucket list?

♥ Mil

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Moving Back Home and Decorating Like a Grown-Up

Moving back home to Seattle has at times felt like traveling back in time. I’ll have moments of déjà vu waiting for the bus or strolling through downtown. In an instant I’m brought back to my time in undergrad at the University of Washington. It makes me feel about 20 years old for just a brief moment, which at this point isn’t an entirely bad thing. These moments have made me think a lot about how my life is different now versus then. At what point does one stop being a young college kid and become a real grown-up? The biggest change is of course the responsibility of being married and sharing a life and home with my husband. As we went through the process of packing and unpacking our home, we made a number of purposeful decisions about what furniture and decorations to keep. We focused on shedding items that either weren’t high quality or didn’t hold any significance. Basically all the junk. Probably the biggest difference in our home and daily lives, besides a more regular cleaning schedule, lies in our decorating and purchasing choices. I’m more purposeful about buying items with longevity; I also have a better sense of my own personal style. In college, I bought the cheapest curtains and bathroom rugs I could find; I distinctly remember hunting for second hand curtains in thrift stores in New York. Since then, I’ve learned that high quality textiles can make a huge difference in how a home looks and feels. When I bought my first home, my first purchase was a large rug to set the tone and color scheme for the space. I’m currently eyeing the two rugs below to help add some vibrancy to a few spaces in our current place. I also shifted to using real table linens as opposed to paper towels hastily ripped from the roll. Cloth napkins make even takeout feel like a real meal and they last forever. One of my napkin sets is similar to the one shown below ; I like that the fabrics are varied, so the table doesn’t look too matchy-matchy. .

Rugs Textiles Esty Julia Malinowski


. In my early twenties, I happily taped a few band posters to the wall, along with other thrift decorations purchased to simply fill the space. These days I’ve traded out free posters for photographs and art that remind us of our favorite people and places. We met in the Arkansas Delta, an area that is still very near and dear to our hearts. As a result we have a wide collection of photographs reminding us of the Mississippi River and the expansive fields of soy and wheat we left behind (2,4). We have several artist friends whose work we have proudly displayed, including pieces by Nick’s sister Amy and our good friend Bill Branch (3). One of my favorite pieces is a small rustic sign Mil got us as a housewarming gift. It reads “Welcome Y’all,” the perfect reminder of the Southern hospitality we fell in love with. The below sign is similar, but not an exact match (5). Finally, even when we’re old and grey, Nick and I will still be a little silly and hopefully a lot of fun. Since we both love A Prairie Home Companion and the Ketchup ads, I’ve been thinking about adding a Ketchup print to our kitchen (1). Thoughts? .

Art Etsy Bill Branch Julia Malinowski


Other things that are different? Man stuff, of course. Stray beard hairs strewn across the bathroom counter and giant shoes sitting next to mine on the shoe rack. My husband wears size 14 shoes, so yes, they are actually giant-sized. Of course, not everything can or should change. One thing that’s stayed the same? My cherished collection of gnomes still pop their heads out from bookcases and guard the tops of our toilet tanks. . Julia Malinowski Gnome . How has your decorating style changed or stayed the same over the years? When did you start feeling like a grown-up? XOXO, Jules

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