Friday Favorites

Happiest of Fridays everyone! Today Nick and I are headed to Portland for a long weekend. We’re checking out a bluegrass concert and checking out a relatively new vegan restaurant. The forecast calls for rain all weekend, but I’m sure we’ll make the best of it by cozying up in our little Airbnb apartment. Have you ever been to Portland? Mil went this past summer, but I haven’t been in years! Have a great weekend and enjoy this week’s favorites.
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1. Need tips on how to effectively network through social media? Public relations CEO Danika Daly is full of them!
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2. These beauty advent calendars are such a fun pre-Christmas gift for a girlfriend. It does bum me out a little bit though that Christmas stuff was out in stores the day after Halloween.
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3. I loved seeing this Design Sponge tour of a Victorian home in Seattle’s Central District, an up and coming neighborhoods in Seattle.
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4. The LA Times dares to ask the hard hitting questions like: Is cheese really like crack?
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5. This week NASA put out a call for new astronauts. Can you feel your eight year old heart just pounding with excitement? Someone I know, please apply!
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XOXO,
Jules

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Life Lately

Y’all, lately life has been pretty busy. The other day I realized that we’ve now been in Seattle for 9 months and it’s crazy how quickly the time has gone by!  I thought it was high time to share an update on some of what’s been going on in my world, as of late.
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Julia Malinowski Pure Barre Sherman Oaks

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I feel like I’ve spent most of the last few months catching up with friends and family. I just got back from visiting my in-laws in North Carolina and have been able to spend some quality time with my mom. When I lived in Arkansas, I saw her about once a year, so it’s a nice change for her to be able to pop by every few weeks. Although to be fair, she mostly comes over to see our dogs, seeing Nick and me is just a side benefit. She refers to herself as “Grandma” and is in the process of framing a photo of her with her “grand-dogs.” Please tell me I’m not the only one whose mom is like this!

This summer a number of long-time friends came through town to visit. Friends I hadn’t seen in at least a year, if not more! I finally met my good friends’ baby, the beautiful Eleanor, and I think we hit it off pretty well considering that I was a nervous wreck during our first introduction. Babies can sense fear and respond to it. Seriously. So it was basically a miracle that by the end of their visit she let me hold her, briefly, but it still counts. I also caught up with my long-time friend Anna, who lives in LA. She’s a Pure Barre instructor, so if you’re ever in the Sherman Oaks area, be sure to stop by. Anna, Mil, and I actually all went to high school together, which is kind of crazy to think about.
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Julia Malinowski Enchantment Lakes Cascade Mountains Washington

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Since we recently made a big cross-country trip, Nick and I decided to keep our travel expenses pretty light this year. So no exotic summer trips to share. I did however go on an incredible backpacking trip about a month ago. I backpacked the Enchantment Lakes, a series of alpine lakes in the Cascade Mountains here in Washington. It was hands down the most challenging trek I’ve attempted to date. I’m scared of heights and one portion of the hike involved basically rock climbing up the side of the mountain. The struggle and the vertigo was real, but the payoff was worth it. The scenery was jaw-droppingly beautiful and almost otherworldly. These photos may not fully do the scenery justice, so do yourself a favor and Google image search “Enchantment Lakes.”
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Other than that, my life has been comprised of the same week to week constants: work, dogs, chores, husband, and friends. My next big upcoming life events are hitting the big 3-0 in November and a trip out to New York in early December. I’m not sure how I feel about leaving my twenties behind, but I do know that I’m excited to get back to New York City. It’s been about 6 years since I lived there, so I’d love any recommendations for new spots to seek out. Also, what have you been up to lately?
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XOXO,
Jules

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Photo credits: Josh Tyack, Marie Hernandez, Kathleen Quinlen

Friday Favorites

Hooray for Friday! How was your week? Seattle is settling into fall, which means it’s grey and drizzly here and all I want to do is stay inside, get cozy on the couch and watch half a season of Gilmore Girls in one sitting. But I’ll have to put my ambitious Netflix plans on hold, because Jules and I are getting up at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning and heading to Nordstrom for their Fall Beauty Trend Show. As always, I’m going to require copious amounts of coffee, but I can’t wait! Now let’s kick off the weekend with some fun links.

Friday Favorites 9.18.15 // South by Northwest

1. Why don’t we party like we used to? This piece delves into the death of the party in modern culture. Unsurprisingly, technology may be to blame. (New York Times)

2. Mindy Kaling is our girl crush/spirit animal, so naturally we are super excited to read her new book! (Amazon)

3. I plan to relish the last few days of summer with this scrumptious peach crumble…AKA the last non-pumpkin thing I’ll be baking for awhile. (Paper & Stitch)

4. This guide to the best coffee shops in Seattle includes a few places I’ve never tried, which means a day of caffeine-fueled exploration is in my near future. (Domino)

5. The title of this one says it all: What I Instagrammed vs. What Was Really Happening, or Why My Entire Life is a Lie. Ha! (Bustle)

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

♥ Mil

Spots to Seek out: Musashi’s

Musashi sushi SeattleWhen I lived in Arkansas, everyone always used to ask if I missed living in a city. Didn’t I miss going to shows and out to bars? As somewhat of a homebody, I was actually right at home living in a small town where most of the social scene takes place on front porches and at dinner parties. I didn’t care that much about not being able to see movies on a Monday night or not having an endless selection of happy hours to sample.

Asian food however was one of the few experiences I never stopped longing for throughout my four years in the Delta. I’m half Vietnamese and have a Japanese step-mother, so I grew up eating sushi and spring rolls at American holidays like Thanksgiving dinner.

Now that I’m back in Seattle, I’ve been working to satisfy four years worth of cravings, which equates to a whole lot of Thai takeout and trips to Chinatown. It’s been fun exploring new restaurants that have popped up since I’ve been gone, especially in our Phinney Ridge/Greenwood neighborhood. However, when it comes sushi, nothing I’ve tried has come close to competing with my longtime college favorite: Musashi’s.

Musashi’s is a little hole in the wall sushi restaurant in Seattle’s Wallingford District. Both the interior and exterior are pretty basic. so leave your high heels at home. The food is done simply as well, which lets the quality of the food shine through. None of that deep-fried “sushi” stuff they pad the menu with in the South. Expect a basic menu of nigri, classic rolls, teriyaki skewers, and a few other items.
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Musashi sushi SeattleKnow before you go: there is always a wait. The restaurant probably sits 30 people total and that might be stretching it. Build in about 30 minutes into your dinner plans or alternatively order takeout. They’re pretty quick with takeout orders and it’s nice in the summer to eat al fresco at Gasworks Park.

Musashi sushi SeattleThe Chirashi bowl is my favorite item on the menu, and is their most popular order. It’s sashimi on a bed of sushi rice and is a great value. This picture doesn’t do the cuts of fish justice. The fish here is cut twice as thick as what a standard restaurant would serve, and is so fresh. I kept on waving my pieces around for the table to admire.
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Musashi sushi Seattle Julia MalinowskiNick and I met my brother for dinner a few weekends ago. Here we are sipping on some Oolong tea post-meal. Bottomless hot tea is definitely a pro for dining in. Don’t you just love drinking out of those little cups?

If you like sushi and you’re in the Seattle area, make a point to seek out Musashi’s. You may have to wait 15-30 minutes for a seat, but once you’ve had your first bite, you’ll forget about everything else.
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Do you like sushi or does the raw aspect make you nervous? What’s your favorite type of Asian food? Mil doesn’t like sushi but she does like Thai.
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XOXO,
Jules

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