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Summer in Seattle

4 September, 2017

I had heard a lot of good things about Seattle but was afraid of all that rain. Luckily, August was the perfect time to visit so Drew and I booked a three day trip for our fourth wedding anniversary. We ate delicious food, explored Pike’s Place Market, chartered a sail boat to Bainbridge Island, visited Nordstrom’s flagship store, and ate at the famed Canlis restaurant for our anniversary. Before the trip I stopped into some of my favorite Boulder boutiques to get Seattle appropriate clothes since the sun is warm like Colorado but the air is cooler. Audrey at Willow and Barbara at Christina’s Luxuries were wonderful! I put together a few tailored but Seattle friendly looks for our adventures.

Here are the highlights from my trip and the fashion it inspired. Enjoy! xo, Nancy

Day: 1

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Look 1: Rails plaid shirt from Willow (similar here and here), Fidelity jeans (similar here), Burberry Kensington trench coat (similar here) and Chloe scalloped ballet flats.

On our first night in Seattle we stopped At Oddfellows cafe+ bar for small plates and a cocktail. The duck confit crostini and the deviled eggs were artful, delicious and creative.  Oddfellows is in a fun, hip, unapologetically young and vibrant neighborhood that reminded me of a perfect marriage between the lower east and west village of NYC.

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Next we were off to to Westward for oysters and a sunset view of the city. Drew had rose and I had a glass of local pinot noir and we shared several varieties of local oysters, the halibut and a beautiful pasta dish. The patio has cute striped umbrellas and adirondack chairs that face downtown Seattle so we caught a gorgeous sunset and view of the city our first night. Once the sun went down I was happy to have an extra layer because the air gets cool. Packing two jackets for this quick trip was necessary.

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After dinner we went back to our hotel I put on this cute navy polk a dot and lace chemise from Christina’s Luxuries to sleep in. I love having nice chemises, robes and pajamas at night. Our hotel had fun celebrity pillows in each room so we took a fun photo with ours and then off to bed.

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Polk a dot and lace chemise by Gold Hawk from Christina’s Luxuries

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Having fun with the celebrity throw pillows at The Palladian Hotel before turning in for the night.

Day: 2

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Look 1: ATM black shirt, Fidelity Jeans, old Prada tortoise cat eyesunglasses (similar here) and Maxi straw tote by Sensi, diamond drop earrings from Hurdles Jewelry.

Our downtown hotel was walking distance to Pike’s Place Market so we went first thing and it was already packed on a Friday morning. I wore a casual outfit with some great basics to the market. I love this black ATM shirt because it is classic, well fitted and in a linen blend perfect for summer. I wore my fidelity jeans and took my favorite maxi straw tote from Sensi Studios and tortoise Prada sunglasses. There were so many beautiful flowers and fresh produce I was completely overwhelmed and intoxicated. I wish I could have bought flowers to bring home. If I lived in Seattle I would definitely shop here for produce, fish and flowers. Since I couldn’t bring fresh flowers and seafood home I sampled lots of yummy things including a berry cup with black, white and red currants. 

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Dungeness Crab in Season at Pike’s Place Market

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Berry Cups with Currants

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Downtown Seattle in Bloom

After the market we hurried back to the hotel and changed to catch our 3pm chartered sailboat with Upbeat Sailing. We met Andy the owner of Upbeat Sailing and his wife Chris at the wharf and they couldn’t be nicer. We decided to sail across the Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island and cruise some of the back coves looking at architecture. We set sail and Andy and Chris explained the basics of sailing, how you can tell which boats are racing boats by their sails and who has the right of way in the water. They et us try steering the boat and Drew loved it. We saw dolphins and got to see the city from a different vantage boat and get some quiet time out on the water. Sailing was a highlight of the trip and very calm and beautiful. Layering was really important so I opted for a white palette with lots of layers. Denim, white leather deck shoes, a cream coloured sweater and an Orvis quilted summer jacket. Once the sun goes down it gets chilly on the water and I really needed a jacket. I love how tailored and chic the Barbour summer quilted jacket is but easy to pack and very warm. It was perfect!

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Look 2: Henry & Belle denim , Velvet by Graham and Spencer sweater from Christina’s Luxuries (similar here), Barbour cavalry quilted jacket,  J Slides leather slip ons, old Prada sunglasses, diamond drop earrings from Hurdles Jewelry.

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I loved the woven look of these white leather slides. I wore invisible socks and felt very sailing chic. Historically you are only suppose to wear white soled shoes on boats.

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Drew loved steering the boat.

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After sailing we went back to our hotel and changed for dinner at Canlis. Canlis was listed as the best restaurant in Washington in Time Magazine, and we were lucky to get a reservation with two weeks notice. Housed in a mid-century modern building on a hill top the restaurant has an entire side of windows that faces out towards Seattle. It was pretty to see all the lights at night. The four course meal and service was top notch. Since this was our official anniversary dinner we left the cameras at home. If you go make sure to try the Canlis salad. It is amazing! As is the dungeness crab and black cod. They’ve also won a James Beard award for their wine list and we had a glass of bubbles, chardonnay and a local pinot noir. All were excellent!

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The restaurant has a dress code and encourages you to dress up. This means jackets for men. I choose a ruffled silk blouse, cropped black wool pants and sexy heels. I loved the covered buttons and the ruffled movement in this blouse. Seattle also makes me think of thick forests so I thought an Emerald green blouse was a perfect colour!

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Look 3: Silk blouse by Cinq a Sept from Willow (similar here and here), 6397 wool trousers, and Aquazzura Belgravia Heels

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After dinner we went back to the hotel and I put on this super soft chemise and robe set and drifted off to sleep. I love this pretty lavender set. It’s perfect for layering and feels pretty and finished for lounging.

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Look 4: Eberjey Chemise and Robe from Christina’s Luxuries

Day: 3

Our last morning in Seattle after we checked out of the hotel we wanted to grab a quick bite before our early afternoon flight. I had heard glowing reviews and seen beautiful images of The London Plane for breakfast, baked goods and small plates. It was a delightful last stop before our flight. The architecture, food, flowers and elegant but relaxed atmosphere was lovely. We admired the flower shop, artisan breads and then ate a pastry and one last seasonal salad of tomatoes and peaches before jetting out of Seattle. 

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I loved our quick trip to Seattle and recommend visiting in August. It is beautiful, sunny, warm and the air is a little chilly so it is a perfect end of summer vacation. Next time I want to take a ferry to Bainbridge Island and stay there longer. The Seattle Art Museum also has some excellent exhibits that I’d like to see next time. Overall, a great end of summer get away!

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