Friday, April 28, 2017

WIW: Pin Stripe Tank with Jeans and Target Cardigan

Stripe Tank - Marshalls (similar and cheaper similar) // Long Black Cardigan -  Target (similar) // Banana Republic Jeans - Petites (similar)  // Nine West Pumps - Handjive // Handmade Adventure Necklace 

Staples in my wardrobe are as follows: Black Pumps, Quality Jeans and Black Cardigans. You can add in the accessories in between. These Nine West Pumps should not be a surprise to you as I wear them all the time. No joke, I own them in two different colors (black and tan) and I've got my eye on two more colors on Amazon. I love shoes but finding easy to wear and comfortable pumps can be difficult to find. These ones I swear by. I may consider doing a post later of all of the outfits I've worn these pumps with. So far you've seen my tan pair in "For the Love of Pearls and Joggers" and now my black pair with this ensemble.

My favorite accessory, besides my shoes, is my Aventurine necklace. Many confuse it with Jade. I think because you often see Jade in a round dish like mine. I chose Aventurine while out on a mini adventure a few months ago. I love healing stones and crystals and when this one jumped out at me while in a bead store at County Village Shops, well I had to have it. I bought a green leather rope to make a long necklace out of it.

Aventurine is often known as the "Stone of Opportunity". It's considered a lucky stone, which is why I also own a bracelet that I tend to wear with my rose quartz bracelet. Lucky in Love.  If you're interested in the stone, you can check out more info on CrystalVaults.

All the best this week!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Save or Splurge: Selena Gomez Everyday High-Waisted Jean Crops

Selena Gomez white cuff tee black jean crops

SPRING!!! For the love, guys. Doesn't 78 degrees of sunshine and partly cloudy skies sound like a dream come true? It does to me and that's what Selena Gomez's outfit in this post says as well.

How chic is this girl? Stepping out on to the streets with her dark denim, plain white cuffed tee and sunnies. The choker and slips are the finishing touch to her simplistic ensemble and pair oh-so-easily with her blue nails.

What I love about the outfit is how easy it was for her to probably put together. I wear black and white all the time. It's a staple. Add a lip and you're ready for Happy Hour! However, any arrangement of clothing can add up so I thought I would be a fun "Save or Splurge" since I really haven't done one since my Kendall Jenner Airport Style last year.
Save or Splurge Selena Gomez Style Nordstrom

This is such an easy replication. The price points on these are out of control for the splurge... it's a white cuffed tee! I honestly like the "save" tee better anyway. It looks so perfect and comfortable for a nice walk around Lake Union in Spring. I'm also obsessed with the nail colors.

What do you think about these "Save or Splurge" items?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Brooks Running Greenlight Crops

There's an old tale that Seattleites tell transfers when they move to the city. Probably because they're dying for an excuse to allow their emo introverted personas to be acceptable. The tale normally begins with a question that turns into an apology and ends with the tale of woe. The story being that there is a Seattle freeze. That OG Seattle isn't very good at allowing people in and getting to know outsiders on more than a surface level.

I would say that this is true but I'm an annoying Oregonian who will talk to anyone so I appear to be unaffected by the dreaded curse of Seattle. A lot of transfers leave after their first year because of the "freeze" and also the lack of assurance that they can make it through another grey winter.

Now, why am I telling you this? It took me awhile to get acquainted with Seattle. For Seattle to accept me and become a true friend. Now I have many many local and transfer friends here. For that, I am so fortunate. One of my friends, that I met last year, works for Brooks Running Company. Brooks is a local company. It's a sports associated clothing company that generally specializes in running. It's out in Fremont, across from an infamous Fremont Brewery and the Burke-Gilman trail, which runs along the water.

My friend and I are the type of friends that don't need to spend money to have a good time. We're more than content meeting at Greenlake and walking around the track once or twice. We catch up and coach each others on our careers but our main common interest is working out and finding fun activities to do. Last week I met up with her to walk around the lake and she brought me a pair of Brooks Women's Greenlight Running Capris from work! What a great friend, right?

She calmed she went a bit crazy on products this year and was up to her ears in shoes, capris and sports bras and wanted to know how I liked the capris from their line this year. I told her I was so excited to try them out.

Three things off my list:
1) Local Products
2) Work Out Gear
3) REVERSIBLE (game changer)

The past few weeks have been kind of crazy but I wore them to our annual Field Day event at the Boys and Girls Club that I volunteer for. I also decided to test them out on the Earth Day 5k Magnuson Series I ran last week.

Where these capris are like .... ..... ... wearing nothing. There! I said it! Swear to you. Cross my heart! It's like wearing nothing on your legs. They're beyond comfortable. They don't fall down, like my lululemons do and they hold everything, from cards to phone. They're great! I ran all 3.15 miles during my 5k and the capris didn't phase me. Zero adjustments to be made. In the past I wore a pair of adidas to another series and they were riding up the whole time. These didn't move. AT ALL.

I will say that this is a 100% honest review. My friend isn't paying me and she didn't ask me to review them on behalf of her company. She doesn't even know I have a blog. So these are all my own thoughts on these pants and they are GREAT.

The pants I got came in black but according to their site, the others are reversible and some go from patterns to solids. So cool. I'm mildly obsessed with that. The fabric is really unique and I think it's due to their 4-way stretch. When you rub your hand on them, it's not completely smooth and yet they are. They're also some how soft to the touch. The wide power waist is great for keeping the pants from falling down and also give you tummy control. I love that it doesn't have a drawstring but also that it's got a 20' inseam so it doesn't look completely ridiculous on us petite gals.

In my book, these are a quality pair of capris and I'll be buying more of these in the future. They are a far better price point than Lululemon and they don't fall down. I am a curvy hips gal, as you know. I have a lot of slender friends who swear by Lulu's so that's just my personal opinion.

I love having such amazing friends that work for such cool companies.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Event: Earth Day 5k Magnuson Park Series, Seattle, WA

Today was a really fun considering how much I was dreading this run last week. About a month ago I thought to myself " need to get back on track with your fitness. You've been neglecting yourself."

This has to be something that happens to everyone, right? You wake up and suddenly you're just one takeout box heavier. Maybe two. Life is hard and we often need to remind ourselves that we're doing the best we can. When I get like this, generally it boils down to routine. For the past 3 weeks I've been waking up at 7am. I know I am trainable simply because I went to bed an hour early and woke up this morning at 6am... which is unfortunate, since it's Saturday.

As I was saying, last month I had a crazy idea and decided it would be a lot of fun to run a 5k every single month until September. Seeing how it goes, and try and do a full year. My personality is better with short term goals to hit an overall large goal. It's just how my persona works.

With that plan, my search for the perfect 5ks started. Then I began to wonder if my body would be able to handle a 10k. I've done a few 5ks in the past. There are so many competitors that go for the 10k, half, etc after running a few 5s. I know it's a mental game and it would be a challenge.

So, back to my tale: up early, preparing for a run I was unprepared for and, praying my car would start, I left the house. Didn't eat breakfast (my side will cramp) and didn't grab a bottle of water (lost my mind), I set out to Magnuson Park.

This is my second Magnuson Park race. My recommendation is to get there at least 25 minutes before the actual race begins. It's highly organized and everyone is very very friendly. It's a dog friendly and kiddo friendly series. Parents often have their children participate in the morning dash but others have their children run along side them or push them in strollers. It's family oriented. Who can complain about that?

My speed is slow. It's debatable if I am running or jogging. However, my goal today was to make the finish line before 35 minutes. By mile 2 my heart was pounding and my shins started burning. The inevitable happened, I had to walk to slow my heart rate down. I allowed myself a minute and a half and pushed on. Running the inside corners and on the left side on the straights. Somehow, I finished today at 33:07.

My victory? 1 banana, 1 pear, 1 cup of water and a Douglas Fir tree to plant in the beautiful spirit of Earth Day. It was the first time, in a long time, that I felt like I had earned my meal.  My calves were on fire as I walked it off and stretched against an aged tree. It was worth it. At that moment, I realized that I had accepted my challenge: once a month.

In as short of words as possible, I highly recommend checking out the Magnuson Park series if you are looking for a nice, friendly and kind 5k. No one passes judgement. Everyone there is just trying to have fun and support one another.

Friday, April 21, 2017

WIW: LulaRoe Geometric Dress & Kut from the Kloth Blazer

Mirror shot of outfit: Lularoe Geometric blue dress with kut from the kloth vegan leather blazer, amethyst necklace, Office Booties
Geometric Dress - Lularoe Julia Dress (similar) // Faux Leather Blazer - Kut from the Kloth (thrifted, similar) // Amethyst Stone Double Strand Necklace - Boutique in Portland, OR (similar) // Black Loose-waist Tights - Fred Meyers // Black Booties - Office (London Brand, similar)

End of the week, loves! This Lularoe is one of my favorite dresses because it's so comfortable and I can also wear it as a top, if I want to. I don't. The option is out there though!

What is very satisfying about this dress is that it's cotton, light and like nothing else in my closet. Which I love because it's an edgy/flirty where many of my pieces are pretty/flirty. I am going to enjoy wearing this as we transition into Spring. The one thing I don't like is that I think this dress will fade with time so I will never put it in the dryer. It will always need to be air dried. 

My Kut from the Kloth blazer is a thrift find and one of my favorite pieces. It's a piece I always feel confident wearing however the sleeves are SO long! I need to get them taken up. It's a blazer that was not made for a petite body type. If you look close enough, you can tell that I roll the sleeves in so that they aren't in the way. 

My necklace actually broke the day I wore this... I bought it at a boutique and it's one of my favorite necklaces. I will have to do some arts and crafting to try and fix it. I love that it's two necklaces clasped together to be one. I love the arrow that the stone came with. Despite it breaking, I would have bought it again regardless of the outcome. The stone is still in wonderful condition. I'll let you know what happens to it. 

Outfit hanging on the door: Lularoe Geometric blue dress with kut from the kloth vegan leather blazer and amethyst necklace
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My booties are what got me through Fall and Winter of last year. I bought them in London, in Notting Hill, last March when I went to pick up my sister in Europe. She studied abroad in Rome. I went to Paris to visit my second cousins then flew out to Rome to pick her up. These booties bring back every memory we shared so they are by far my favorite shoe. I almost feel bad even thinking of boxing them up or Spring and Summer. Alas, I need a break from the constant drizzle and downpours. I can't wait for 65* and lightly cloudy.

I plan to go through all of my Spring items next weekend and to a full swap out of clothes. I can't wait, actually. I have so much planned before I move and a lot of clothes to sell on ebay before the move.

I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter Sunday this past weekend. I know I did. I got to spend the whole day with my parents and sisters. My brother couldn't join but I love how close we all are as adults. We always miss each others on these types of holidays and remanence about all of the odd gifts we would get from the Easter Bunny. Who knew the Easter Bunny love Mariah Carey's Butterfly album as much as me??

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bella Fiore's Naturopathic Facial Review

This weekend I adulted and scheduled myself a facial for the very first time in my life. I'm laying in bed at 2am writing this because it's so fresh in mind that I don't want to lose it.

Total disclosure, I booked my first facial at Bella Fiore because:

1) I'd been to their spa before for laser hair removal and remembered liking it
2) The reviews are amazing
3) They only use all natural and organic products on your skin
4) They are all certified estheticians
5) I had a promotional code for 15% off my services (total disclosure!)

The process was insanely easy to book online through their portal. A mere email and password and I was logged in. They has a standard profile with your information and skin type. I had a lot of fun going through each service that they provided. Anything from a standard Express Facial to a Micro current Platinum Facial (I still don't know what that is). Since this was my first appointment and I have oily and ache prone skin/sensitive skin, I decided to go for a Custom Naturopathic Facial.

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 2017 Favorites

Happy Monday! I'm starting this week off with my all time favorites for April this month. Things on my mind, things I love around my beautiful city and amazing videos I want to share. I want to start doing these once a month to see if anyone else has similar interests! I'm starting off with my favorite Downtown Seattle Coffee Shop. 

Favorite Coffee: Almond Milk Chai Latte from Cherry Street Coffee

The people who work at Cherry Street are amazing. They make a damn good cup of coffee but they also hire the most incredibly friendly people who genuinely want to get to know you and share your day. The music is always different, depending on who is working and who's pandora station is plugged in. I highly recommend, if you want a quality cup of joe and a whole-hearted smile.

Favorite Dress: Ted Baker Samm Floral Fit & Flare Dress

Gorgeous, as always, by Ted Baker. Loving the tiny birds, graphic floral print and pink belt. The perfect spring dress to move right into summer. I'm dying over the cut of the top and the length of the skirt. It's perfect for us petite gals.

Favorite Book: Garden Spells

I've said this once before and I'll say it again, Garden Spells is one of my all time favorite books and it's about that time of year when I re-read it. I love books where the characters become your friends and you miss them. If you are looking for a little adventure through with small town life with lovely sparks of magic brought out by food, this is the book for you. Enjoy and tell me your thoughts!

Favorite Coaster: Anthropologie Geode Coaster

Something a lot of people don't know about me: I have an undying love of coasters. Girllllll ... I effin' LOVE coasters, OMG!!

When the modpodged coaster at my desk was looking rough, I walked over to Anthropologie and struck gold with this gem (literally) of a Geode Coaster. Not a single one of the piles had a coaster that looked like the next so mine is genuinely unique (pictures to come!). This one is the photo from the website because I want you to see the comparison in the future. In short, I'm obsessed and I kind of want about 3 more.

Favorite Video: Girl Friend Getaway Part 1

Girl Friend Getaway Part 1 featuring Six Twenty Seven Ishea Brown

One of my great friends, Ishea, was able to participate in an amazing excursion to Whidbey Island, WA. The event was sponsored by Buick and Seattle Refined. Here's her post. She's having a blast! It was such a joy to be able to watch her be 100% herself with her friend Natalie. Love girls trips, love this!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

WIW: April Jogging

Sports Bra - Adidas // Purple Running Top - Adidas (different color) // Blue and Turquoise Running
Capris - Lululemon (old, obsessed with) // Running Shoes - Nike (similar and obsessed with)
The slightest sight of sun and warmth on my skin: I'm out. My heart is beating trying to remember my stride that I lost sometime back in November. That was before I got sick, before the traveling and before I just stopped caring. 

Running til my lungs hurt and my eye water from the cool wind. I find peace. I clear my head and my heart at the same time as my shoes hit the ground trying to avoid any major holes in the beat up, root growing sidewalks in Capitol Hill. The cars drive by with their windows rolled down and kids riding their bikes through the parks. It could almost be Spring. I can almost see the light. My God, jogging is my vice; come blues skies and tree moss!

I ran today. It felt like I was jogging through heaven. The fresh air was almost too much, I could have passed out. Seattle had a beautiful day and I didn't think twice about it. I threw on my Nikes and ran for the hills. Literally.

These lululemon pants are one of my favorite pants for working out in because they have side pockets on the outer thighs. However, even with the draw string tied ... they fall. Not a crazy amount but enough to frustrate you and stop to pull them up properly. They are an older pair and my friend, Ishea (the blogger from Six Twenty Seven), was invited to one of lululemon's parties. She was able to try out a pair of their new pant line and she's in love with them. Check out her review here.

As for my top, I swear by Adidas' Ultimate V-Neck Tees. They're the only tees I've ever worn that don't make me itchy after a run. I used to wear standard cotton tees and I would scratch my stomach without knowing it. At the end, I would take off my shirt and my stomach would literally have red nail lines all over it from my scratching. I highly recommend these tees. They're my favorite. I own 4 of them.

My favorite pandora station, for running, doesn't play anything slow. I have my secret running paths that I had to learn last year but still nothing compares to my old Seattle neighborhood. I wonder if I'll end up moving back there in the next month. If you're caught up on my posts, I'll be moving soon! I don't have a place in mind but I do have neighborhoods in mind. A large portion of my neighborhood picks are based off of mobility. They might not be easy to get to off the free way but they have amazing running areas. When I live in Queen Anne, I have a set path that was almost exactly 3.15 miles. That route was on purpose.

Is there a route you love and follow?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Recipe: Honey CocoOats with Strawberries and Bananas

Good morning, oatmeal loving friends!

This little post is near and dear to my heart simply because it's my go-to budget breakfast at work. It's filling, sweet and stuffed with fruit! I've never truly loved oatmeal until I became an adult. I was  cream of wheat kiddo all the way. No question. I was very particular about it too. First of all, only my grandmother could make it and it had to have a cinnamon stick in it.

Obviously, as I've gotten older, I learned that cream of wheat isn't the only breakfast food that makes me happy. I have tons of breakfast loves on my salad blog. However, oatmeal has become somewhat of a staple primarily because it's easy and inexpensive to make. It also doesn't take a lot of time and you can make it at night and just add the fruit in the morning.

Here's the secret:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

WIW: Sweater Equestrian & Changes

Turtle Neck Sweater - Thrift Find (similar ♥ and similar) // Black Jeggings - Express // Brown Riding Boots - Ralph Lauren (similar and similar) // Silver Swarovski Diamond Earrings - Groupon // Matte Lip Lingerie Liquid Lip (Push Up) - NYX    // Floral Phone Case - Amazon
My hope is that this will be my last sweater post til October of this year. I have been praying for blue skies and light clouds for weeks now and it appears Spring is finally on it's way. I want to go hiking and run through the city without getting soaked! Hence why I'm still wearing my tall riding boots. Boo-hoo.

Really exciting news, guys. I can start looking for my own place! That's right, it's officially that time to pursue through Craigslist and find a home that's going to fit my unique style. I love old buildings filled with history and charm. Though I considered going new, I'm going to stick with what I know and keep it old school. Literally though. I've been so excited for this that's it's honestly hard not to start packing now. 

The moving scene in Seattle is a very tricky process. When you view a place and you like it, you bring your checks and id because it won't be there for a second viewing. That's just not how it works here. You go, you rent. 

I've got a few areas in mind but I have my heart of Queen Anne again. We'll see how it plays out I can't wait to share my adventure with you. I also can't wait to decorate! As you can see in all of my pictures, almost everything is mine. The art, the rug, the couch, the table, etc. It's all very dark. Even though I went with an equestrian vibe today, I am not feeling that in my home all day everyday. I have been debating for sometime if I will sell all of my furniture and start over or not but I suppose we'll have to find out together.

Let get to the outfit, this outfit sums up how I feel about the weather. I want to be stylist but mostly just comfortable and warm. Though this oversized turtle neck is a true thrift-ed find, it won't be too hard to find a similar on sale since we're all going into my favorite time of year. 

My boots are my traditional Ralph Lauren riding boots. I got them during Black Friday from their site. They're perfect for the rainy months but also equestrian enough to have a classy style. I always migrate toward riding boots. I can't help it and borderline thinks it's hereditary or I just love classic riding boots. My Mom used to always wear riding boots. I think I get the trend from her. 

Hair was in an actual pony-tail today! I never do that, as you can see from past posts. Its very rare to get up and think "today is a pony kind of day". May hair has gotten so heavy lately that I sometimes thing about chopping it off but I also think about how far I've come. NYX lipstick to match my equestrian vibe. ♥

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks

I'm cheap.

I'm frugal and have a very very hard time justifying spending $18 on a tube of lipstick. Which I did, by the way, last month. I bought a MAC lipstick at Nordstrom and I walked out feeling as if I'd been cheated because it's not even a lipstick that's going to last all day. The lipstick isn't like a liquid lip that can tolerate my tea addiction or eating all day. It's just as it sounds: A tube of lipstick.

Naturally, I panicked and went on a hunt to prove that a 5 dollar tube could be the same.

As you know, I went to Target... mmmhhhmmm. Long story short, I bought a tube that is now my favorite lipstick ever. Number 104, gals. It's mauve, gorgeous and smells delicious. This is my best friend. I keep her in my bag just in case I magically need a little rouge. It has transferred from bag to bag with me since I bought it.

Let me be clear. This is not a liquid lip, these sticks will not last all day as they're not designed too. They transfer, to be short but they do stain. It's a nice perk for a lip that's under $5 and you want to change out throughout the day without any kind of mess.

After I got home and tried this formula, I turned right back around and walked to the local drug store where I bought #11 & #107. Both gorgeous reds. A dark cranberry and crimson berry. I'm obsessed.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

WIW: For the Love of Pearls and Joggers

Top - The Loft (old, similar) // Stretch Crepe Jogger Pants - Trouve //  Handjive Leather Pumps - Nine West  // Long Strand Pears - Bought in Hawaii on Family vacation (similar and similar) // Gold Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs (old, similar) // Blue Topaz Ring - Gift from Mom (HSN)

You're either for or against joggers. 

There's no middle ground in this debate. It's really that. You like them or you despise them and, of course, I adore them. It did not start out this way. I was convinced they would make me look like I was wearing pajama pants to work. Though, at some tech companies that might be perfectly acceptable ... (I'll leave that hanging)... our company is not one of them. 


When joggers first came out they were in this weird in between phase. Half sporty, half sloppy. Additionally only seemingly worn by European men, to the point where GQ had to send a message out

When I walked into Nordstrom looking for a very pair of black trousers, the current joggers that inhabit my closet today were not on my buying list. However, my eye kept going back to them. Picking them and holding them, out at least 4 time until they made it into the dressing room. After that, it took me approximately 1 minutes to realize my stereotype was gone because these bad boys had to be mine. The comfort. The style, The ease! 

Wear them tucked in, Wear them half tucked in. To the side, tucked in. Not at all, tucked in. 

Honestly, they are so easy to style that it blew my mine. I thought they would be such trouble but, no. Not a bit. 

So naturally, my mind styled these pants with pearl and pumps for this week. My long pearl necklace, knotted in the middle and my new leather pumps ready for spring. My blue button up is very old but it's been with me for so long I may keep it til it gets holes and can no longer we "work appropriate". 

My challenge continues! The past week was a success and my camera is filled to the max with photos from every outfit from Monday to Friday. It's a bit harder to remember to do on Sunday nights but it's not something that's been forgotten yet. Sundays are generally reserved for meal preps and laundry but adding this to the list was easy enough. 

These joggers look perfect with black pumps as well. Generally my green silk blouse gets worn with these pants but it was a nice change to see them with the blue and natural colors. They're cool toned and yet perfect for the half and half Spring we've received thus far.

Hope your week is filled with pearls, pumps and joggers!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

WIW: Favorite Cotton Black Dress

Old Navy Black Cotton Dress - Value Village (old, similar & similar) // Christopher & Banks Hunter Green Vest - Value Village (old, similarsimilar & similar) // Black Boots - Ralph Lauren (Only in brown left, similar) // Watch - Marc by Marc Jacobs Green 'Baker' Watch (Old and favorite watch, similar in the 'Roxy')  // Mala Beads - Mint and Glamour (Etsy

Good Morning, Afternoon and Evening, Friends, where ever you maybe.

Here's a quality question for you - Have you ever gone into Target to buy 1 or 2 things and walk out after spending nearly $90 and thinking "What on this great Earth did I buy"?

If so, than this will be quite a fun story because I'm hoping you can relate. Errand day was on Sunday so I hopped in my old car and ventured out to the Target to buy: Dishwasher soap (very important), Q-Tips, Cotton Swabs, Toilet Paper and Larabars. 

Here's where everything went wrong - I walked in. That was it. I mean, I could have gone to Walgreens for these items, even Safeway has all of these. Alas, no, Target is the place to be. So naturally upon walking in and I think "ohhhh, I'll just simply walk through the clothing department. What could I possibly need?"

Turns out, I "needed":
  • A black v neck tee-shirt (which I don't have)
  • A new black tank (have one now...)
  • A mauve pink tank (listen, it's so gorg)
  • 3 tins of Harney & Sons Peppermint Tea (they were on sale?)
  • 1 box Camomile and Lavender Tea (actually did need this, I was out!)
  • A Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in #104 (not a single reason, #beauty)
  • A eyeliner brush (...just... *sigh*)
  • 1 box of berry fruit leather (I'm the worst)
As you can see by this list, there's a reason everything added up so quickly. I wasn't even going to buy those tins of tea until I went walking through the next aisle and realized what a lovely gift they would be for a quick Thank You or Birthday.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Thank You For Taking The Thyme - Tea Cookies

There are somethings in the world that just make life better. Earl Gray, Peppermint, Chamomile and Lavender, Buckingham Palace, Paris, Ceylon... the list is endless to my palate as, I love tea. And if makes my life a happier place. Almost any type of tea. In the mornings my heart doesn't beat faster for a cupa' joe. What I want is a nice cupa' earl gray with a splash of almond milk. Every morning. This is my routine. Even though I fear stained teeth in my future life, I always feel so much better with a cup in hand walking from meeting to meeting. 

I think this daily routine really stuck with me after my last trip to Europe. I went to visit my beautiful cousins in Paris, specifically Saint-Maurice, and we would have tea and cookies every afternoon. In the mornings, she would have a itty bitty espresso and then a tea, I would stick with my tea and a tear or bread with jam. After I would walk to the metro to start my journey for the day. 

Though I don't start an exploration every morning, in Seattle, the smell of tea helps me get excited for the day.  

Perhaps we should get to the cookies them, hmm? This special batch of cookies were made because a wonderful friend help me with some graphic design work for a non-profit that I'm apart of. Since it's a non-profit, we can't pay friends for their work. It's helped me get pretty creative with my gifts! 

For starters, these were my "Thank you for your Thyme" cookies. I got the recipe from a fellow blogger's (who's originally from Washington!) post. Even though I couldn't eat them, I won't lie I did to some tasting to make sure they weren't toooo lemony. Did you know there are people out there that don't like lemon?? What has this world come to? Regardless, the recipe requires 3-4 lemon zests. That's a LOT of lemons and, to be frank, also a lot of time. So I zested one lemon and juiced 1/4 of it to make up for flavor. 

I set aside a nice plate for my friend and wrapped it up this a card. Then went ahead and prepared the remaining batch for my team at work. Who ate them at 9am and called them 'breakfast cookies'. They were gone in a blink! Everyone ate them, no no ... devoured them with their morning coffee and tea. It was darling and they raved about them for the rest of the day, which was very sweet. Cookies for the win! 

Here's where you can find the Lemon and Thyme Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Hope you enjoy some great treats this week!