Jaded in Emerald City

Adventurous romps in Seattle city experienced by yours truly

Red and the Radio

July 29, 2010                  

I love today. J

Seriously, I know I always talk about how much I love life lately but its true! I adore it! Seattle is so amazing all the time….I can’t get away from the beauty no matter where I go. Of course, that could have something to do with my sunny disposition.

As much as I love Seattle, I’m also excited to get back to Jacksonville soon. I miss my family and friends so much! Also, I’m sort of a geek and I actually really like school. J So, I’m excited to start my classes as well. 

top/vintage the shirt company   belt/UO   skirt/express   shoes/aldo  shades/Franscescas

This outfit was very comfortable today. I’ve found that I don’t often put myself through too much hassle when it comes to what I wear. I pretty much need something that’s going to be cute and functional and this totally was. These shoes are probably the comfiest heels I own.

I sort of felt like Jackie from That 70’s Show in this vintage top. J It’s very 70’s polyester and I LOVE it.! By the way, I told you guys I wear the heck out of this skirt!

Today was the last day of the work week! Whatever is left to experience in Seattle now, I better do this weekend!!!!

Until tomorrow…..

Song of the Day- “Wolf Like Me” TV on the Radio


 Jaded in Emerald City

Adventurous romps in Seattle city experienced by yours truly

Taxi Cab…hollaback

July 28, 2010                  

Oh…Mylanta, I’m exhausted! I’ll just be posting some of my style inspirations for photos tonight as I had time to take none of my own today. Considering that this is my style blog, I think it’s appropriate for you guys to see some of the things that inspire my personal style choices.

This is my sort of summer into fall conversion..:)  This stuff is from some of my favorite bloggers and brands seen below. Of course, living in the freaking sub-tropics means I can't really dress like its fall until...well...until winter. Curses Florida...

J Crew Fall 2010 lookbook
Blushing Ambition
Idee Geniale
The Clothes Horse
Flashes of Style
Ruche Summer 2010 lookbook
the Knight Cat

 I just got home from sitting in on the judging of the Emmy awards Northwest chapter. The PR director thought it would be a cool thing for me to sit in on, and as it turns it out it was. I’m grateful for all the opportunities she has provided me. But, by 9:45 it was sort of dragging. So, I decided to head out since I have to intern tomorrow morning in the newsroom.

The category being judged was for documentaries on non-profits. Viewing these made me realize how lucky I really am. There were a couple really great ones and all the videos were for great causes, but I swear to you not a single one of them was as good as the documentary that I was able to be a small part of last year at JU. They looked almost small town and very amateur next to ours. The transitions and introductions were stale and dated and the videography wasn’t even on the same caliber. On at least two of them, the graphics were trite…even corny. It’s supposed to be the other way around! We’re just students and these people are paid to do this! So, I have an all new respect for Catinka and Joe…again. J Honestly, even the video that I made for TDC for the student life program at JU outshines some of the ones I saw tonight. Style points!! J

I was so tired that I just grabbed a cab on the way home instead of taking the bus so late. Best…..decision….ever. I never want to ride the bus again. I’ve never taken a taxi by myself, before. The only time I ever get in taxis back home is quite late into the night and usually with more people than the cab is ever meant to hold. ;) I felt so independent..I could definitely get used to that…maybe I’m meant to live in NY. J

Until tomorrow.....

Song of the Day- "Where is My Mind" Pixies 
One of the best songs to wrap up a movie ever....


Jaded in Emerald City

Adventurous romps in Seattle city experienced by yours truly


July 27, 2010

I’m mildly obsessed with this vintage pencil skirt. I got it at the thrift store a few weeks ago for 7 bucks. Yep, that’s what I said. SEVEN dollars. Anyway, I’m in love and it will be perfect for fall, not only because of the color (which looks more blue in these photos than its true purple..I guess its sort of like indigo?) but also for my broadcasting endeavors since I’ve somehow managed to skirt (pun definitely intended) along all this time with exactly two that were professionally appropriate.  Anyway, happiness abounds. J

skirt/vintage  shoes/Modcloth  tank & tights/F21  beaded cardigan & messenger bag/H&M

So, I was in a great mood at work this morning and all throughout the day. Then it was time to come home. I’m honestly sick of riding the bus. I know all the different routes by now and I don’t have any trouble making it home. But, frankly, it just sucks. I think riding the city bus is turning me into an introvert. I try to be open minded, but I really don’t enjoy sitting by stinky, loud obnoxious people in the summer heat which just magnifies the smell that much more. And its so crowded, so you can’t sit down half the time. Ugh….I think I am going to go for a drive when I get home just because I can.

Now, I am going to go exercise while its still early! I found a lovely place to hike just down the street. I start at Cowen Park and hike to Ravenna Woods to a brook. It’s really charming and makes my workout that much easier. 

Goofing off with Jess in the Weather Center.. :) 

Until tomorrow…..

Song of the Day- “Islands on the Coast” Band of Horses


Jaded in Emerald City

Adventurous romps in Seattle city experienced by yours truly


July 26, 2010

I can’t believe this is my last week at my internship! Holy cow, where did the time go?! Well, anyway I have so much to do it’s not even funny…pack pack pack… I am going to be so sad to say goodbye to this place, but I am excited to be home, too. I actually can’t wait to start my last year of school. (Last year..wow…what?! Time flies.) I’m sure I will be regretting that statement, though when I’m up to my elbows in midterms and senior sem stuff.

Anyway, I got to go to the beach today! :) I wasn’t exactly dressed for it…But, oh well. We were covering arson at the park on the beach. So sad. But, the ice cream man came while I was wasting time! Yippee! 

shirt/express  dress/american eagle  shoes/UO  unseen messenger bag/H&M 

I ended up looking more polished than I even aimed for today so I’ll be funking it up a little more tomorrow!

Until then….

Song of the Day- “Wide Eyes” Local Natives


Jaded in Emerald City

Adventurous romps in Seattle city experienced by yours truly


July 25, 2010

shirt/vintage  skirt/express  shoes and bandeau/forever 21  wristlet..cosmetic bag/Marc Jacobs  charm bracelet/gift from my grandmother  necklace/jewelry store on Melrose
So, I would say that this black mini is the most worn item in my closet. It goes with everything, I can’t resist putting it on!! I tucked this tunic I snagged on a recent thrifting expedition into it and it made for a super comfy outfit. Honestly though, this get up is a little more rock and roll than I usually am. Maybe because of all the black….but I guess I’m sort of more of a hippie. :) So, this one was a tiny stretch. I felt like I needed to throw in some earth tones or a vest or something. I actually thought about putting a braid in my hair to add a little more me to it, but eventually just conceded and let it hang loose. Adding a ton of accessories would have ruined the integrity of the outfit so I decided against it. 

I thought the colors were a little dark for summer, though. So, I added this strawberry pendant necklace that I got at the cutest jewelry shop on Melrose in L.A. a couple years ago. For the life of me, I can not remember the name of it. Sorry!

I think I found my ideal photo spot today. We shot these just right under my apartment in a little recess behind the dumpster area. Lol… The lighting was perfect, though and it was so much cooler (literally) in there than anywhere else on the street because the sun never gets a chance to shine in! Also, it is on a decline so the vantage point of the photographer is perf! My lovely roommate has obliged to take my outfit photos for me while I’m here. She looked at me a little crazy when I chose the location, but luckily she trusted my photography experience and the photos came out great! Thanks Malia!

So, I was thinking a lot over coffee this morning. It must have been the extra espresso shot that got my wheels turning! :) Anyway, there is something so liberating about not letting things get to you. Before I came to Seattle, I think I let some things fester for too long. Taking control of your life instead of letting someone else control it, well it’s just magnificent. I guess you could say it was like an awakening. Life is too sweet and much too short to waste your time on people you can’t control. I know, all of you are saying “Duh!” But, I’m sort of just realizing this; my outlook was a little too cloudy to see the sunny forecast before.

I can’t wait for tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that….that’s how sweet life is. Good things are a comin’. I’m on a roll now. It’s sort of like, if you take that first step off the ledge then the rest feels like flying. I really hope I never come falling back down to earth. :)

Until next time…I bid you adieu 

Song of the Day- “Sweet Disposition” The Temper Trap

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Jaded in Emerald City

Adventurous romps in Seattle city experienced by yours truly

To the Falls!

July 24th, 2010 

Snoqualmie Falls is so gorgeous! And its only like 45 minutes outside of Seattle, which is so convenient. I traveled there with my roommate today to snap some photos. 

We saw the falls first, then we went to the Indian Reservation to see the casino. It’s sort of weird because Snoqualmie Casino is a huge brand new casino with a sprawling slots floor, private poker rooms, and several restaurants. But, there’s nothing else out that far. So, you have to drive in just to go to the casino. It’s sort of out of place, I guess. 

After we left the casino, we headed back to North Bend, which is the cutest little town on the side of the mountain. They have a small art museum, a diner, and several little bakeries and barber shops on the main street. We decided to have lunch at Twede’s Café, home of the “World Famous Twin Peaks” cherry pie. I ordered apple instead. Figures. :)

Until next time……

FYI- My blog is slowly headed in a more sartorial direction. I am going to write along with my posts, as always. But, I am trying to do more outfit posting because it seems like a lot of fun, I truly love vintage, and I think outfits you wear say a lot about your personality and your life. :)

Blouse/vintage via Goodwill  Vest/Forever 21  Cutoffs/American Eagle  Moccasins/Minnetonka 


Jaded in Emerald City

Adventurous romps in Seattle city experienced by yours truly

Much Ado About Nothing

July 23, 2010

So, the Barefoot Bandit didn’t have a lot to say yesterday, as he let his smarmy attorney do most of the talking. This guy painted the picture of a celebrity lawyer-he was tan and had his blonde hair a little long like Zach Morris in Saved By the Bell the college days and was wearing a scarf when we first met him. He actually turned out to be very nice and seemingly accommodating, though.

While I’m glad I got to go out on the story, I was also a little melancholy yesterday and I’m not sure why. It was exciting to be part of the media frenzy running into the courtroom but it was also a hassle. Between CNN, Dateline, Inside Edition, and all the other local stations, everyone was basically chasing him up the stairs to the courthouse, which by the way looks exactly like the one on Law & Order. (Seriously, why so many steps?) And I was doing a little dance trying to stay OUT of the cameras’ lens. Alas, I’m almost positive you’re going to see me somewhere in the media today because it was way too difficult.

As we made our way up to the hearing, we could see that people were being turned away. The two guards told us that no one else was being allowed in and that we had to listen to the hearing in the overflow room next door. He wouldn’t even let us look through the window! So, we battled the sea of people and stood outside to talk to the attorney just to be banned from the courtroom in the end! Jeez….

After the hearing was adjourned, all those same people and myself were to follow the attorney outside to the front steps of the courthouse so that he could do an on camera interview-None of the photographers were allowed in the Federal courthouse. But, as I was entering the (crowded) elevator, a voice announced the following: “No one is to enter or exit the courthouse. All doors should be locked immediately.”

Fantastic. Everyone in that lift was a little frightened we were going to be stuck in there. But, luckily, the elevators were still in operation. Is it wrong that I was sort of hoping he was escaping? :) It would make a nice twist in the story…

In the lobby, the reporters began interviewing the now pigeonholed lawyer without the cameras, since he was stuck anyway. I decided to take this moment to use the restroom. After, I walked back out into the lobby, which was now virtually empty, a sign of our freedom. But, I had to walk right behind Moore’s attorney to get out of the building! I asked the guard if there was another way I could go out and he looked at me like I was a complete moron. Those federal guards, sheesh. Loosen up.

Sorry I don’t have more photos of the event! No cameras allowed. I will try to post more photos on my blog this weekend of Snoqualmie Falls! My roommate and I are going tomorrow and I’m psyched to see it! :)

Until then….


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Jaded in Emerald City

Adventurous romps in Seattle city experienced by yours truly

Solved Mysteries

July 21, 2010

I’m a sleuth! Okay…not really. But, I did get to interview someone today who solved a 33 year old cold case murder! It was very cool because I actually wrote the all the questions and did the interview independently. Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s not allowed…lol…oh well.

On the way there, the photographer told me to write up some questions based on the press release the PIO (public information officer) had sent out. “You’re not going to ask them?” I asked him. “What do you think you’re here for??” he said. :)

So, very long story short; 33 years ago this guy assaulted his wife and strangled her to death then put her body in her car and dropped it in the woods only 3 miles from their home. He was able to dispose of all the evidence…almost. But, a piece of the rope he used to strangle the woman fell behind her neck and the police have had it all these years. They visited the guy, who had remarried, in 2004 and swabbed his DNA but had to sit on it until they could get around to processing with the proper equipment. The alleged murdered died 6 months later of a brain tumor.

Now, 6 years later, they have run his DNA and it does match the DNA found on the piece of rope. The detective that has been working on the case for the past 6 years called the victim’s mother to let her know. She told him that she thought she was going to go to her grave never knowing for sure who killed her daughter. The scariest part of all is that the victim had a daughter with her husband (the killer) and after her death he isolated her from the maternal relatives. She and the grandmother and aunts and uncles are still estranged.

After returning to the station, I had a chance to sit down with a writer and be there as a fact checker since I did the interview. :) He also gave me some good advice and let me hang out while he wrote the whole thing. Anyway, kudos for justice!

Until tomorrow….(where I will have either lost or won a serious fight with the other interns over who will get to go see the Barefoot Bandit )

Song of the Day- “Madder Red” Yeasayer


Jaded in Emerald City

Adventurous romps in Seattle city experienced by yours truly


July 19, 2010

This video is amazing. Follow the link. Watch it. Read about the organization after that.


I love to write. I love to write in every way. Actually, I’ve come to realize that I really enjoy and seem to be good at doing the thing that can most passionately communicate my ideas, from writing to speaking to expressing myself artistically. I am a communicator. That’s who I am. I have no idea why, but that seems to be the way my heart and my brain melded together to create what I am.

I think everyone in the world possesses God given talents for a reason and the traits of that person uniquely make up who they are meant to become and why. The thing that lies inside of you that compels you to do something, the reason for ever getting off the couch in the first place is a part of who you are.

I do think people have free will and whether or not they choose to take advantage of their innate capabilities is a choice. But, I also believe that means there isn’t just one road, and that there are several paths that have been made suitable for a person by a higher power, and that fact alone is the reason why I am a hopeful person not a desolate one, an inspired person rather than an unmotivated one, a passionate person over a halfhearted person and a dreamer, not a cynic.

All these things make me such a grateful person, that I feel like I need to be doing more to create these types of opportunities for others. I am aware that, while my life is very much not perfect in any way, it is so blessed and I am so thankful to have been born into such a loveable and supportive family. The amount of love and encouragement I have received throughout my life is more than some people ever get to experience and for that I am so thankful and also moved.

I’ve spent my day stirring up some ideas about how I can use my talents to do my part in my own community. I think I’ve got some pretty great ideas to flesh out. I’ll talk more about them in the coming months if they actually come to fruition. :)

Until tomorrow....

Song of the Day- "Cello Song" The Books

P.S. Wearing pink nail polish is very fun. :) I usually don’t do it because it can be pretty obnoxious and gaudy if not done well. But, this pink was more like a plum or something. Also, I love doing weird things to my photos…this outfit was from Saturday..not today.