LEICA M

For my birthday I received a very generous gift from my mother.  She bought me a Leica M body.  This is my first Leica and first images I have taken with my new toy.  I feel as though I am learning a completely different language in the world of photography.  Shooting with this new tool really makes me slow down and think more about what I am shooting. It reminds me of old film days.  It truly is refreshing.  

 This post is from my 33rd Birthday celebrations.

seattle ferry

The morning of my birthday my husband surprised me with an early ferry ride to Victoria, CA.  I have wanted to visit Victoria, ever since relocating to the Seattle area.  The time has come :-)

SeattleFerry
victoria ferry
ferry boat
ferry ride

As we approached Victoria, the weather became dreary. Thankfully Joel had planned 2 nights in Victoria so we had time for the weather to clear up as well as explore the area. Plus, I still had another surprise waiting for me!

My first meal in the city! Amazing food from .BeLove

My first meal in the city! Amazing food from .BeLove

Then we arrived to the main highlight of my birthday... An airstream on the water!  This truly was a special gift.  I love to explore, see new things, be in nature, and dream of a day when I live on wheels! ha.  :-) So, we got a taste of this life for a short two days.  We met some amazing people in the RV park and really appreciated the simplicity of this lifestyle. 

Thank you Airbnb and my amazing husband for planning this!

Thank you Airbnb and my amazing husband for planning this!

After traveling all day, we stayed put for the night and let the pups play as we enjoyed cooking by the fire and watching the sunset on the water.

grilling

With no real plans ... we started our day with a stroll on the beach with the dogs and then headed to Victoria to explore & wander.  

Most of the second day was spent driving around and seeing as much as we could of the area.  We ended up spending a lot of our time in Oak Bay 

oak bay, canada
oak bay beach
After wandering in Oak Bay we made our way back into town for food.  We were excited to get back to the airstream and enjoy the fire and wind down for the night.  So the search for take out began!  Joel was wanting Chinese, which worked out great because we wanted to visit China Town.  At this point we were so zapped that we didn't explore more of the Harbor, and planned to return in the morning before heading home.

After wandering in Oak Bay we made our way back into town for food.  We were excited to get back to the airstream and enjoy the fire and wind down for the night.  So the search for take out began!  Joel was wanting Chinese, which worked out great because we wanted to visit China Town.  At this point we were so zapped that we didn't explore more of the Harbor, and planned to return in the morning before heading home.

victoria
china town, victoria
Leland will always be our lap dog.

Leland will always be our lap dog.

Our last night at this beautiful location.

Our last night at this beautiful location.

camper

Before going to bed we decided that we were going to catch the later ferry home so we had more time to see the harbor and downtown Victoria.  

This allowed us to grab some brunch and browse around in some stores at Market Square.

leica m
Our vices : His & Hers.

Our vices : His & Hers.

ferry

After an amazing mid-week adventure we came home to attend our friends birthday(s) whom were celebrating it together!  So, the three of us gals, shared some gluten free cupcakes and drinks together. 

Let the 'Ginger Fiesta' begin.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The best homemade piñata ever!  Team Pelirojas kicked ass. 

                                                                                                                                                                                        The best homemade piñata ever!  Team Pelirojas kicked ass. 

seattle market



On the Road for 1 month

From mid-December to mid-January was spent on the road with my wee-little family... this post highlights some of our adventures and beautiful areas that were explored during that time.

 My husband had just left his job to focus on his music, and my work had slowed down due to the holiday's ... so we decided to hit the road and drive coast to coast.

After visiting Arches National Park, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, random coffee shops in passing cities, Vegas, Colorado, and our family on the East Coast & Midwest, we had to start heading back home!  

Due to the bitter cold we endured in WI we decided to hit the coast on the way back to Seattle.  What was a couple extra days at this point?!?  

Hello California  

We found this adorable little motel in LA.  

We found this adorable little motel in LA.  

After spending a day in LA and Venice Beach we drove to Palm Dessert to visit my Grandfather.  We ended up staying with him for two nights, and took a day trip to Joshua Tree before hitting up HWY 101 to Seattle!

palm dessert
Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

joshuatree
joshua tree rock climbing

HWY 101 and Big Sur never disappoint! 

big sur

Then we enjoyed our last sunset on the road and finished our drive home.  It was such an amazing month full of so much exploring, seeing family & friends, and new discoveries.  I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to be able to leave for a month and be on the road!  It's where I feel most alive. 

big sur, CA



Best Restaurants : Seattle Magazine

Over the last few years I have had the pleasure of contributing to the Best Restaurant's issue for Seattle Magazine.  

As April approaches I get very excited to see what establishments I will be documenting and food dishes I will be discovering.  Without a doubt I end up with a list of places I wish to return and dine at.  

London Plane

 

Here is the list of the Best New Restaurants of Seattle, April 2015.  

Damn The Weather

damn the weather
damn the weather
damn the weather
caesar salad sandwich

Single Shot

single shot
singleshot seattle

Trove

trove
trove seattle
trove bar
trove bbq
bbq seattle
trove custard
parfait at trove

Taylor Shellfish

taylor shellfish
pioneersq

Trend We Love

  1. Fishy Fish : Mashiko
  2. House-churned butter : BottleHouse
  3. Ramen : Hokkaido
  4. Yogurt : Sitka & Spruce
  5. Over-the-top, High-end Burgers : Loulay
  6. Growler-filling Stations : Beer Junction
mackerel
house churned butter
local seattle honey
bottlehouse seattle
ramen
sitka&spruce
yogurt
loulay
beer junction

Manolin

manolin
manolin seattle

Bourbon & Bones

bourbon and bones
mac and cheese seattle

Lark / Bitter Raw

lark/bitter raw
lark
lark

Dough Zone

dough zone
dough zone

Pizzeria Gabbiano

pizzeria gabbiano
seattle pizza
mike easton pizzeria

Mammoth Sandwich

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mommoth

{In the running}  Stateside

stateside
stateside
stateside



Outdoor Project

This past summer I landed my dream job; getting paid to hike and photograph the beautiful outdoors.

The Outdoor Project is an amazing company that is designed to educate those outdoor lovers on trail conditions, campgrounds, and a variety of different types of adventures that may be just steps from your doorstep.

I spent between 5 to 6 days a week from June to November driving to some of the most amazing hiking trails in the Washington area.  It was so educational as well as meditative. I was so lucky to have had this opportunity to document the beauty that surrounds me!  Here are some of my favorite images from my season job in the woods.  Enjoy