Keep your Cool! Best Ways to Beat the Seattle Sun

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When the temps rise and the Seattle beaches are packed, there is still plenty to do that will keep the summer cooler than ever.  Be Artsy Artists have long been a little bit cooler than everyone else. Tap into your artsy self by embracing the summer’s scene. Escape the sun by retreating to WAMU for the Seattle Art Fair , a cultural hub for Pacific Northwest art featuring large-scale outdoor sculpture at the North Plaza at CenturyLink Field by Jessica Jackson Hutchins . Hutchins incorporates stained glass frames into art inspired by the design of public rest spots, such as bus stops and park gazebos, to invoke a feeling of friction between mundane and transcendent.  Don’t miss local artists like Sean Barton featured by SEASON and Sherry Markovitz featured by Greg Kucera Gallery.  Photo: Gilley Wotan Woodside Braseth Gallery (Seattle...
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30 Signs You're a True Dog Parent

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Listen up dogs, times are changing. Humans have become busier. Less and less are having tiny humans and replacing that unconditional love for us. We are no longer just a ball of adorable fur on four legs. We have become family. We no longer have masters, we have "pawrents." Dog parents that obsessed over us and accept us as their own. Mine sure do. I started training them the moment they met my adorable puppy eyes. Now ask yourself - are you just a pet or are you a furbaby? Not sure? Simply hand your pawrents this checklist of dog obsessed signs to learn how to become a true dog parent and you will be on your way to the spoiled dog lifestyle... if you aren’t there already. 1. Your dog isn’t just your dog – it’s your baby. 2....
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Winter Is Finally Here: Game Of Thrones Season 7 Predictions

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 Winter has arrived – in the middle of summer. On Sunday, July 16th season 7 of Game of Thrones premieres. Through the first six seasons, viewers could rely on the books, written by George R. R. Martin, as a guide to what was coming next. This season, viewers will not have this luxury. Aside from what has already happened, it is pretty much a guessing game from this point. Season six ended on an intense note. Cersei Lannister blew up the Sept of Baelor and everyone in it and around it, including the High Sparrow and Margaery Tyrell. She took her seat on the Iron Throne and named herself ruler of the seven kingdoms. Arya Stark continued on her kill list by slitting Walder Frey’s throat and turning his children into a dinner dish. Jon Snow, or the King of...
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Keep Your Workout Cool

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Ugh. I hate running in the heat, I run outside all through the winter, rain, sleet, wind and freezing cold, but transition to the treadmill in the summer when the rest of the running folk flock outdoors. I do my best to avoid the heat by getting up early, doing indoor classes, or treadmill workouts but when training for a race, longer outdoor runs are unavoidable. Maybe it’s because I’ve lived in a cooler climate most of my life. I love a good hot sunny day for hanging on a boat, having a bbq or lying in the sun, but not to workout in. Yet, I want to be able to enjoy the summer, getting lots of vitamin D and outdoor training. Running through the summer is great conditioning for early fall runs and a great way to see all of...
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Summer Hair Trends Are Going Up

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During the summer months, our luscious locks flow ever so lightly in the warm breeze with our highlights shining from the bright sunny rays giving the essence of long beautiful hair. But let’s be honest, underneath the beauty is a sweaty mess of sticky hair or continuous sprays of hairspray to keep those humidity curls from springing up. Take these trending updos to keep cool this summer, each featured with a tutorial so you can nail every look. TOP NOTCH KNOTS Whether you want to part ways and wear it half and half or tie it all together, the top knot has made its way up. From a casual look to a trend celebrities are sporting out and about and on the red carpet. Top Knot Tutorial by Amber Scholl HOT CROSS BUNS If you’re not a fan of knots...
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Tastiest Trips in the Pacific Northwest

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When all you want to do is get out of town and as far from your desk job as possible, weekend getaways are clutch. There’s nothing like the feeling of leaving the office early on a Friday and hittin’ the road. And if you’re anything like me, one of the best parts of skipping town is trying new restaurants, sampling local specialties, and searching for hidden eateries off the beaten path. For indulgence chasers, foodies, and anyone who appreciates a good old fashioned weekend road trip, try one of these Pacific Northwest destinations. VANCOUVER, BC The Trip: 2.5 hours driving or 4 hours by Bolt Bus Who should go: cosmopolitan taste-makers Where to go: - Brunch is worth the wait at the Library District’s Mediterranean-inspired Medina Café. Don’t skip the $3 lieg style waffle with White Chocolate Pistachio Rosewater for...
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Festival Review: Upstream Music Fest + Summit

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Photo credit: Rod Mar For three days, Pioneer Square went "Upstream." Over 25 stages featuring 300+ artists were spread out from CenturyLink Field to Occidental Park and beyond. In true Seattle fashion, we experienced some extremely questionable weather during Upstream Fest + Summit . But in between the clouds and downpours, we were blessed with a few fantastic sun breaks that made this fresh festival all the more special. Stages consisted of everything between humble street corners to elaborate set ups where loyal fans danced to the music of their favorite bands. This weekend I made the schlep to the main stage for amazing acts like Deep Sea Diver, Beat Connection, Flying Lotus and Shabazz Palaces, squeezed into clubs like the Comedy Underground for Thunderpussy and Dude York and watched Fauna Shade, Acid Tongue and Tangerine make the Buttnick Building...
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Interesting Facts to Know About May

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Welcome to another month of 2017 and last full month of Spring as we creep into summer. What makes this month so special other the beautiful May flowers?  May Day marks May 1st marking the day smack dab in the middle between spring and summer and celebrated around the world. However that's not the reason why hundreds of Seattleites march the streets of downtown. May 1st is also the day where industrial workers across the U.S. went on strike in 1886 demanding 8 hour work days. Sadly the strike turned violent on the night of May 4, 1886 in Chicago when 180 policemen tried to break up the night's last meeting and a bomb exploded. It wounded 67 policemen and seven died. They opened fire in retaliation killing several men and wounding 200 protesters. The tragedy is known as the Haymarket...
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Kick That Secretary Butt Goodbye

Kick That Secretary Butt Goodbye
It’s the challenge every cubicle sitting, nine to five going, office living person faces. We have our jobs that burn little to zero calories, yet we’re supposed to lead healthy lives and burn more than we take in. How can we when we spend most of our days sitting in a chair? This phenomenon dubbed “secretary butt” is growing - no pun intended. Luckily you can avoid it with some ways to get kick that butt back into shape. Get Some Stability Sitting all day can promote a slouchy posture. Incorporating a stability ball in your work routine can not only help improve your posture, but it also increases balance and stability. To add to the benefits, you won’t be able to rely on leaning on the back of a chair, which means you will have to engage your core...
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LUZIA: It Was All a Dream

LUZIA: It Was All a Dream
The circus has finally arrived in the Seattle area – well the "Cirque" that is. The highly anticipated touring show, LUZIA, premiered this past Thursday under the Big Top inside Marymoor Park. Opening nights are always a big deal – it’s the first impression; it sets the standard on what to expect. I’ve been to three other Cirque opening nights, LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, VIVA Elvis (no longer in production), and I saw O after it had been around for about year. All the shows are on massive stages in Las Vegas so experiencing Cirque du Soleil under the Big Top was a first. Any show Cirque produces is exceptional, but LUZIA was incredibly different because it was the best Cirque show I’ve seen yet.   Once my date and I arrived, we were greeted by a Mariachi stilt walker...
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Crank Your Metabolism Up

Crank Your Metabolism Up
We all have that one friend who eats pizza for breakfast and loses two pounds, while you chew on lettuce and kill yourself at the gym just to see not a pound lost at your next weigh-in. Unfortunately, we don't all come equipped with a fast metabolism, but do not get discouraged just yet. All it takes is a few changes to your routine and you will be on your way to becoming a lean mean calorie-torching machine. Green Tea or Oolong Tea Drink up! Studies have shown that people who drink multiple cups of green tea had a lower body fat percentage than people who did not. Consuming this much green tea can also burn up to 100 calories a day. So consider swapping out your java for a natural green tea boost, physically and metabolically. Organic foods As...
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Oregon Eclipse 2017

Oregon Eclipse 2017
Cover Photo by  Zippy Lomax On August 21st, 2017, you have the tremendous chance of witnessing a natural phenomenon, a total solar eclipse. It has been nearly four decades since a total solar eclipse has been visible from the continental United States and this opportunity is not something to be squandered. If you are interested, there might be no better place to celebrate this event than Oregon Eclipse. This festival held in Antelope, Oregon will not only give you the best view of the eclipse on the west coast, but will also feature seven magical stages of music, workshops, yoga & dance classes, theatrical performances and massive art installations. Running from august 17th to the 23rd, Oregon Eclipse will be the highlight of your year. Oregon Eclipse will take place at Big Summit Prairie in the beautiful Ochocco National Forest....
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Men's Style List: Non-Profit Supporters

Men's Style List: Non-Profit Supporters
Make a difference with each purchase whether it’s a gift for friend or for you.  Some of your favorite brands are featuring special products that give back to our global community by donating money, planting a tree, and providing safe births and medical care for pregnant women. I’ve rounded up my top stylish picks for the month March with merchandise by Endangered Apparel, We Wood, Warby Parker, TOMS, and Lem Lem. Share your favorites with friends and help bring awareness to the brands that are making an effort to change the world. WeWOOD // Jupiter // $90 Watches are an important wardrobe staple for a man and WeWOOD carries a variety of designs made by 100% natural wood and completely free of toxic chemicals. This finely crafted conversation piece comes in a variety of styles but the most visually appealing...
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Noodle Adventures

Noodle Adventures
March in Seattle announced its looming arrival like an unruly beast. We got hit with thunder snow and a subsequent traffic apocalypse that made those commuting in and out of the city question their slowly diminishing sanity. We’re all ready for spring…But I’m not expecting it anytime soon. On the bright side, Seattle’s March food scene is as hot as a steaming bowl noodles. Noodle joints are popping up to warm you up, and there are always events focused on eating and drinking. Enjoy! Newish Sen Noodle Bar Wontons stuffed with pork, garlic and giner, build-your-own noodle bowls, and authentic Thai omelets served over rice. There’s a little something for everyone no matter what you’re craving. Budget friendly bowls of items garlic pork rice are only $5. The Nook This West Seattle cocktail bar features everything from classic craft cocktails...
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Drink like you’re in New Orleans

Drink like you’re in New Orleans
Experiencing an authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras is a spectacle unlike anything else—a true lesson in all-out revelry that spans weeks—not just a single day. Far from the tourist flooded streets of Bourbon, Mardi Gras season means neighborhoods are lined with families, new friends and old, tailgating evening parades while dressed in purple, green, and gold… and undoubtedly boozing hard. Think you can booze like a New Orleanian on February 27th? Show Seattle how it’s done by indulging in the true spirit of Mardi Gras with one (or five) of these historic New Orleans cocktails. Sazerac According to lore, the Haitian born New Orleans transplant, Antoine Amédée Peychaud, set up his own drugstore in the early 19th century slangin’ the cognac Sazerac de Forge et Fils and Peychaud’s bitters to his ailing customers. The concoction was later popularized at the...
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Love in Portland

Love in Portland
A quick two-hour trip from Seattle, most Seattleites have already made a trip to this eccentric city at least once to visit the now-iconic Stumptown Coffee Roasters, grab a dozen Voodoo Doughnuts, navigate the maze of books at Powell’s and sample flavors from around the world at the notable Portland food pods. But, this time, skip the typical Portland tourist attractions and go beneath the city surface to enjoy a cozy, romantic destination for a weekend away. The hometown feel that blankets the mix of upscale restaurants, antique architecture, and earthy surroundings is the perfect setting to indulge in a glass of champagne beside a warm fireplace. Book a hotel and make plans for a truly intimate affair. WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS Kimpton Hotel Vintage Kimpton Hotel Vintage is perfect for wine lovers; book a private wine tour, visit the...
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Books You Must Read in 2017

Books You Must Read in 2017
We have entered a turbulent and troubling time in America. It’s becoming harder to separate the lies from the truth. It’s becoming easier to fear or even hate someone based on their race, religion or political views. You might feel upset, scared or maybe you don’t even know how to feel. In a world of alternative facts and fake news, these powerful works of literature might help you gain some perspective and open your mind. A little knowledge never hurt anybody. 1984 George Orwell’s 1984 tells the tale of Winston Smith. He lives in a time encompassed by perpetual war, intense government surveillance and public manipulation. His job in the Ministry of Truth is quite simple. He rewrites news articles to always reflect the all-powerful Inner Party’s interests. In this age even a thought against the leader, Big Brother, is...
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Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Him & Her

Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Him & Her
It’s time to celebrate the love in your life on February 14 th . Our list includes gift ideas for him and for her, scroll down the article and find his or her personality and check out the best option for that special person in your life. Use this guide to find the perfect gift and don’t wait too long when you find it because the items below are selling out fast. FOR HER The Classic Elegant Cushion Drop Earrings // Bobby Shandra $120 These classic style earrings sparkle at every moment and can compliment outfits for day and evening wear. Besides being very stylish and beautiful, designer Bobby Schandra creates pieces with precision and offers a variety of timeless designs to choose from. The drop earrings are very feminine and you’ll love the way they look on her. If...
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Workout While Watching

Workout While Watching
Washington winters have made it hard to get our workouts in for the seasons ahead. Leaving your warm nest just sounds like the most unappealing thing at the moment. Cuddling up on the couch under layers of blankets while binge watching your favorite shows is much more desirable. Get over the guilt of skipping out on working it by compromising with these fit tricks to do while watching the tube. Optional workout accessories: Matt Dumbbells V-crunch: 1) Start on your back lying completely flat on the floor. 2) Extend your body up to a "V" position. 3) Lower body while keeping back flat and shoulders off the floor. Cross body mountain climber: 1) Get into a push-up position. 2) Bring your right knee to your left elbow. 3) Return to starting push-up position. 4) Bring your left knee to your...
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Eat your Heart Out: Food News Valentine’s Day Edition

Eat your Heart Out: Food News Valentine’s Day Edition
News: the influx of new Seattle restaurants is on a temporary pause and so this edition of Food News focuses on an epic day to wine and dine—Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner, want to rally friends for an extravagant party, or just decide to binge on beer and chocolate, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Channel your extreme romantic with these Valentine’s Day menus: Goldfinch Enjoy a four course dinner experience paired with Dolcetta chocolates and Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noir champagne. Course highlights include Black Cod Croquettes with tarragon aioli and King Crab & Scallop, with leek purée, herb Salad and black truffle. Accepting reservations for Feb. 10 — 11th, & Feb. 14th at $95. Serafina   Eastlake’s Old World Italian staple is offering a five course tasting menu with plenty of options. From beef...
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