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I’m back!

From Seattle!

This past week my boyfriend and I took a lovely vacation to sunny (yes! while we were there) Seattle!  We must have brought the sun with us because New England had the rainiest week in years.  Our visit entailed visiting all of the lovely shops that I’ve read about through blogs and eating tons of wonderful vegetarian and vegan food. I really couldn’t believe the amounts of veggie restaurants! Please see photos of our adventures below.

A typical bum or backpacker. We honestly couldn’t tell the difference.

These stones were near Pioneer Square I think.

Near Pioneer Square

This fabulous dog was hanging out in the store Baby & Co. Which by the way, had really awesome displays.

Seattle Public Library

In the Womb at the library

At Pike’s Place Market

Even though this place is very touristy, I love how it reminded me of the open markets in Paris.

Beautiful and Cheap Flowers!

The disgusting yet vibrantly colored gum wall.

Ports with the mountains in the background

Gasworks Park at night

I think my favorite neighborhood i Seattle is Ballard, it is the old port town of the city.  So quaint with great shops.  If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely check out Lucca, Souvenir, Dolce Vita, The Field House, and Blackbird and we had a great brunch at Señor Moose Café!  You can go down to the Locks to see the Salmon migrating and walk around the beautiful Botanical Gardens.

Dog treats!

This is the storefront of Souvenir, it mostly sells handmade cards and jewelry. The merchandise is so beautiful and so are the displays. The owner Curtis Steiner, makes everything himself. Great place for visual merchandising inspiration.

The Locks.

The Field House has a great concept and they do such a great job with defining their brand and customer. I love the displays and the styling, if I have the funds I would definitely buy too many good for my boyfriend from here.

I didn’t take any photos of the storefront and I can’t find any, but here is their cute little logo and signage that sits in front of the store.

Blackbird also has a great little candy shop at the corner of the block, you can read about its opening on here http://helloblackbird.blogspot.com/2009/08/second-born-blackbird-candy-shoppe.html

On our last day we made a trip out to Snoqualmie Falls.  Only 30 to 40 mins outside of the city there are mountains, waterfalls, and nature galore.

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Rainy days make me think. Maybe too much.

Wow, I never realized how hard blogging would be. Especially when you’re trying to write about something interesting and not so narcissistic. Which is what I have been working on for the past few days.  Recently, my boyfriend and I booked a trip to Seattle and while searching for interesting places to shop and things to do, I found it really hard to find what I was looking for.

These struggles caused me to be more self-critical of my own blog.  What am I?  As there are boundless shelter blogs out there, I almost find too many inspiring blogs to keep up with.  That is why I’m not going to focus on my shelter, but more on my city.  I know there are people out there are looking for the “Real” New York things to do.  I am going to embark on a series of installments that will guide us through the things that one can do . . . for fun, in New York City!  Such miscellaneous things may include: thrift store shopping, drinking coffee, walking your dog, vegetarian restaurants, grocery shopping, places for have  happy hour, museum days, furniture shopping, fabric shopping and even craft shopping.  I’m sure I’ll think of more ideas along the way, which will lead me off my path a little, but I promise it will all tie in and make sense! And of course, all the while, I will still be adding updates of my apartment’s progress, because a big part of living in NYC is making your only 500 sq. ft. work for you.  Well I hope you enjoy my perspective of New York City and thanks for stopping by!

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My V-Day

Valentines Day was my six year anniversary of being a vegetarian. I can still remember that last time I sat down to gorge on fried chicken, buffalo chicken and chicken parmesan. I thought chicken would be the only animal that I would miss eating. Thankfully, I have plenty of meat substitutes to eat so I don’t miss chicken all.  But being vegetarian is something that is very near and dear to my heart.  I became a vegetarian for the main reason of the disaster that is our nation’s meat industry.
This photo is from my sister’s flickr page she also has a blog called: Art is the Handmaid of Human Good

There has been a lot of talk about food recently. So much so that Oprah did a show called Food 101, where she featured a few inspiring individuals who’s have made a point to better their lives as well as many others.  Her guests included the author Michael Pollan, Chipotle’s Steve Ells and the actress Alicia Silverstone.

Michael Pollan gave the viewers some simple food rules to follow (He recently wrote the book called “Food Rules”.  He says that the food on the shelves in our super market is NOT really food!  He likes to call it, “Edible Food Like Substances”  Our Western diet is what’s causing many of our food related diseases and Pollan goes into this further on this clip from Oprah.com and the full list of his rules are found in his book.

• Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

• Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader could not pronounce

• Eat only foods that will eventually rot. Food is alive and it will die.

One great thing I took from watching the film Food Inc. is to eat as much organic and local food that you can. Also eating according to season will help you to be so much healthier. I mean thats what the French do!  Another thing I try to do is to not eat anything that comes in a plastic bag, which is actually very hard.  I have to remind myself everything I go on lunch break and begin to grab that bag of potato chips (even if they’re natural).  But anyways I’m not trying to preach or teach I just wanted to voice my opinions. I have plans to order the following books and I would encourage any reader to check them out as well:

Food Rules by: Michael Pollan

The Kind Diet by: Alicia Silverstone  (Silverstone is a vegan and here diet is very much based on the macrobiotic diet as well She calls her diet “The Kind Diet” because not only is it kind to the earth, but to your body as well. Plus it has some great recipes in the back!)

Gorgeously Green by: Sophie Uliano (This book goes much further into living a green life than just food, but there are a lot of helpful hints on eating)

Master your Metabolism by: Jillian Michaels (the biggest loser)

Lastly, I hope everyone in America and even the rest of the world will watch the film Food Inc. It is amazing and so insightful!  Its also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

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Day 14: Been without internet for a while

I’m sitting in my friend’s sister apartment in the Latin Quarter on Boulevard St. Germain using her internet. This apartment is beautiful with the fire place and terrace. I haven’t been able to use the internet since we changed from the dorm to the hotel. Since I last posted we visited the Grand Palais, Trend Union, Didier Ludot (little black dress store),  Marais (for shopping), Musee D’Orsay, Alsace, Kenzo, The Pompedou museum, the Luxembourg Gardens and Versailles. I have so many pictures to post so I’ll put the best ones up from each place.

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Grand Palais

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Grand Palais

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A Hotel called Caron . . . (the woman told me not to post the name on the internet but I liked the key)

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Roses outside of Notre Dame

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Notre Dame

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A motorcycle that burnt down

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Musee L’Orangerie – Monet’s Waterlillies

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A cute little Border Terrier

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Fountain at the Luxembourg Gardens

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The Luxembourg Palace

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Alley looking down

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Alley looking up

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Didier Ludot The Little Black Dress shop

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This woman was fabulous

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Trend Union Coat Rack

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Textile showroom that carries vintage and contemporary fabrics.

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Actual fabric that is in Louis XIV  bedroom.

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