Looking into HBO's The Night Of

Looking into HBO's The Night Of
Your next crime/drama/mystery show is here. The Night Of is reminiscent of Making a Murderer and Adnan Syed’s case in Serial , co-mingled with the unnerving environment of True Detective . And in quite a fitting time, racial and criminal justice issues are quite potent in this new HBO series where details like facts, truth and dishonesty are vigorously stacked against an allegedly guilty suspect. And now with two episodes in the bag, we start to better understand what happened The Night Of . In episode one, we meet Nasir or “Naz” as he likes to be called. Naz is an American born Pakistani attending university and living with his parents in Brooklyn. One night he is invited to a swanky party downtown but his ride bails on him. With dreams of cutting loose and having fun Naz takes his...
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Break Up With Your Frizzy Hair

Break Up With Your Frizzy Hair
Frizz, the word alone sends a lot of us into a panic. You may be doing everything you can to avoid it, but the problem may not be originating from where you think. The root cause of frizz is breakage. Breakage has many sources, some well known and some overlooked. If you color your hair or use hot tools, deep conditioners and heat protecting products are your best friends. Those are fairly common, but there are two less obvious, but incredibly common culprits for frizz. The first sneaky cause for breakage is your hair band. That’s right, even the “non-breakage” kind. The tension that they place on your hair from either pulling the hair taunt in an unnatural position, or the band itself being wrapped too tight around the hair for extended periods of time, weaken and break the strands....
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Mind Over Mattress

Mind Over Mattress
We’ve all talked about it; want to do it, but somehow sleeping always gets the best of us. Of course going back to bed and hitting the snooze button is always the easiest thing to do but what if we got in a routine, woke up early and started doing more with our day. Getting a head start has not only been proven to make you more efficient, more successful and happier, but it also sets you up for a better life and improves your daily habits. Not to mention that you won't have to make the ever so difficult choice of choosing between the gym and happy hour. So wake up early and start preparing for greatness while the rest of the world is still dreaming. Get Prepped Start your day with some meditation and a good stretch. This is something that most people do...
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Raise the Roof: Best Seattle Rooftops

Raise the Roof: Best Seattle Rooftops
I think it’s safe to say that summer is dragging its heels this year which makes the rare Seattle rooftop time even more coveted. From the ever-popular Frolik, the tried and true Hard Rock Café, and the super sleek new hot spot, The Nest at the Thompson Hotel, Seattle is elevating the rooftop game. Get your rooftop rotation locked and loaded so that when the rays peek out from behind the July clouds… you’ll be lookin’ down on the suckers on the sidewalk. Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails Frolik’s hip urban rooftop bar is almost always packed. With a metropolitan modern aesthetic, fun cocktails, and gourmet bites, Frolik is the all-around go-to in Seattle rooftops. From the glow of the outdoor fires to the ambient décor, the vibe is a perfect fit for casual after work drinks or a date night...
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Relaxing with Summer Shows

Relaxing with Summer Shows
Do you feel like vegging out a few hours a day for the rest of the summer? Here are a few new and returning shows that will entertain you when you are in need of some serious down time. Enjoy. Mr. Robot Elliot Alderson is a cyber security engineer by day, computer hacker by night. Throw in a little paranoid schizophrenia and clinical depression and you get a better understanding of who Elliot is. In the first season of Mr. Robot , Elliot and hacker group, society, brought down one of the biggest corporations in the world. And now, Mr. Robot is back. There are so many questions that need answering. Will they be answered or will the audience only be pulled further into Elliot’s unraveling mind? If you are a fan of movies like American Psycho, The Matrix and...
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Best Strains For Coming Down After Work

Best Strains For Coming Down After Work
There are few things in life as sweet - or as necessary - coming down from a hard, hair-raising day of work. No matter who you are or what you do, if you exchange labor for capital, chances are you work too many hours a week, stress about money and finding time, and feel the need to be all things to all people. You get the drift. The sad fact of the matter is, I could go on and on with that list. I am not alone in feeling harried and rundown by modern living. According to data from the U. S. Bureau of Labor And Statistics, the productivity of American workers has increased 400% since 1950, without seeing a proportionate increase in lifestyle. With this shift, the duties of most workers has increased exponentially, as well. Many of us...
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The Digital Oasis

The Digital Oasis
On Friday, June 24th, around noon, seven girls hopped into a pimpin’ Honda Odyssey to head from Seattle to the Gorge Amphitheatre for Paradiso 2016 . The excitement oozed through the minivan as flower headbands were compared and chatter about how excited they were to see The Chainsmokers. We reminisced of the years prior and explained to the two Paradiso virgins what to expect. Even though they had heard, I explained that Paradiso is not a rave. Just because it’s EDM does not automatically classify it as a rave. A rave is party; Paradiso is a festival – hence the name, “Paradiso Festival.” By definition a festival is an “organized series of concerts, plays, or movies, typically one held annually in the same place.” People from 18 years old to over 50 years old attend and this was my fourth...
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Something Old, Something New: The Dunbar Room’s Summer Menu

Something Old, Something New: The Dunbar Room’s Summer Menu
First Hill’s Hotel Sorrento has been on our radar since before the Space Needle. Built in 1909, the building was named a landmark in 2012. It's caught attention for everything from its luxurious rooms, popular event programs and haunted 4th floor. Amongst these Hotel Sorrento gems: The Dunbar Room. The Dunbar Room has revamped its menu to reflect fresh seasonal summer ingredients. The classy ambiance, dim lighting, and sophisticated vibe will stay the same. The new summer menu is ideal for a warm summer night on the front terrace of the hotel where the coal fire pit will burn well into the night – especially Thursday – Saturday with featured live music. While I didn’t get to try the famed burger (Chihuly swears by it), the new, subtly Italian-inspired menu is still worth writing home about. Elegant dishes with a...
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10 Reasons Why 4th of July is the Best Holiday of the Year

10 Reasons Why 4th of July is the Best Holiday of the Year
In this crazy, busy world, it's rare we get a chance to relax, reflect and appreciate the foundation of what we have built our independence and livelihood upon... America. Well that time is here. Welcome to 4th of July weekend. Independence Day is in my opinion one of the best holidays of the year. Let me tell you the reasons why you should make it yours as well.  You are forced to take a day off from work... if lucky. Independence Day is a national holiday meaning a majority of businesses are closed. Just a bonus for you Seattleites, it's free parking for the day all throughout the city. You get to celebrate America ALL DAY long… Which means multiple BBQ invites... and a reason to eat all your favorite foods in mass quantities. There is only one beverage that...
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Summer Swim Fashion for Men and Women

Summer Swim Fashion for Men and Women
Swimwear decorates your bare bod in just the right places so you can play in the sun and look good. With so many options this season, do take into consideration the use - will you be swimming, lounging on the pool side, or looking good at the yacht party?  Women’s swimsuits are following similar trends from the runway including sporty inspired looks, sexy cutout detailing, crazy print mixes, and color blocking. Men’s trends include a play on colors, abstract prints, and modern vintage prints. Buy one, two, or three different options this season, that way you will be well prepared for your next invite. Keep it Wild // L Space // Top $92 // Bottom $79 Show off your cleavage in this web-like cutout bikini top. This style won’t be hard to find, you will come across many similar variations...
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Don't Let Your Mane Be Your Bane

Don't Let Your Mane Be Your Bane
It’s often hard to be proud of our natural color or texture of hair. We are all guilty of wishing we had anything but our own hair. There are ways to discover new, fun, interesting and exciting styles to wear your locks. However, if you hate your hair because “my natural color is just gross and drab”, or “it's just too frizzy and wild”, there may be options that don't take you away from your natural beauty. Here are the three most often received complaints I get in my chair that can first be remedied with products, express services and at home styling hacks. Problem: “My natural hair color is just so dull.” Solution: Gloss add-on is this sad hair days enemy. This is a service that can be easily tacked on to a blow out or cut. It usually ranges...
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Savoring España in Seattle

Savoring España in Seattle
Get whisked away by the warm flavors of summer in Spain. From sharable tapas, fresh seafood and traditionally prepared meats, the cuisine of Spain has a rich culture of regional cuisines. Treat your palate to authentic slow-cooked paella, rich Asturian cheeses, and salty bacalao (cod) without stepping foot outside of Seattle. Tarsan I Jane Tarsan I Jane is a newly opened Fremont spot specializing in regional Spanish fare. Chef Perfecto Rocher grew up in Villalonga and Tarsan I Jane will appropriately specialize in wood-fired Valencian and Catalan cuisine. Sundays are "El dia de les Paelles” and guests can enjoy Chef Rocher’s perspective through a 5 course family-style meal. Try the Botifarra – all natural house-made blood sausage with chickpeas. The llangonissa is exclusive to the patio and is served on coques with caramelized onions and tomato based sabitxada sauce. Tip:...
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Must Have Fashion Boating Outfits For Men and Women

Must Have Fashion Boating Outfits For Men and Women
Look out into an open sea of possibilities with the wind in your hair, excitement in your eyes, and a glass of bubbly in hand. Sail away with endless possibilities of the all-time stripe favorites, cut off shorts, skirts that float away in the breeze, and colors as bright as the sun. Summertime is here and it’s the perfect moment to let loose, get comfortable, and spend your hours free in the sun.  Forget your worries and get ready for private yacht parties, morning mimosas, and meeting new people. We’ve got the perfect boating essentials to keep you looking hot. LOOK 1 Knotted Wrap Skirt // Zara $49.90 FP X Sonnet Bra Ivory // Free People $48 Wrap skirts are easy to pull on and off during your boating day. This small little cover up can be worn with your...
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Working Out the Seasonal Sickness

Working Out the Seasonal Sickness
Has the seasonal plague hit you? If it has, don’t let it stop you from your productive workout routine. There’s still a way to get a moderately good workout in, even if you’re feeling under the weather. If you’re on a vigorous workout routine, the last thing you want is to let a little virus get in the way. Fear not, here’s a few ways to cheat your way into working out even when you’re not fully up to it and maybe even cure yourself in the process. Walking : If you’re feeling stuffy and congested, sometimes depending on how you’re feeling, a walk might be what you need. Though if you are having any sort of fever/body aches it’s probably best you wait it out until you feel better. If your symptoms are only neck up then that’s a...
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One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!

One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!
If experiencing Sasquatch alone wasn’t great enough already, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview some great Seattle groups like Beat Connection, Grace Love & The True Loves, Tangerine and Thunderpussy as well as Chicago rapper, Sir the Baptist. Beat Connection   CM: I saw you guys recently played a DJ set at Neptune. How does a DJ set work with a 4 man group? Reed: We’re actually working on changing it up a little bit but right now the DJ set is just me. Composition and flow is really important to us when we’re working on records and shows. I started Djing a long time ago, it’s been an important part of the band but it’s not something we do that often. It’s more of a special event because we haven’t quite figured a way to bring everyone into...
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The Jewel of Harney County

The Jewel of Harney County
Off the tiny two-lane highway of State Road 78, roughly 150 miles East of Bend, Or., lies the quaint, intimate, lavish-but-low-key Crystal Crane Hot Springs . Just outside of the tiny town of Crane, OR, it is like a spa, cowboy campground, lodge, and waterpark all in one. The hot springs have been an integral part of life in the area since the early 1900s. Dan and Denise Kryger purchased the property in 1997, bringing Crystal Cranes Hot Springs to what it is today with an extensive series of updates, upgrades, and little touches. Most notable are the cedar-enclosed private bathhouses, which add so much towards appreciating what a world-class spa experience this truly is, in the middle of nowhere. The Kryger's also upgraded the RV and dry-camping, as well as providing other luxury spa services like an on-call massage...
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Festival Review: Sasquatch! 2016

Festival Review: Sasquatch! 2016
Sasquatch! is four full days of music, arts and communion that takes place at the world famous Gorge Amphitheatre. Each day is jam packed of musical acts where it’s physically impossible to see them all. Every little nook and cranny of the Gorge Amphitheatre you’ll find work by Sasquatch! artist, Ryan “Henry” Ward and other featured visual artists. And of course, what is a festival without some friends to enjoy it with? How do you sum up such a crazy event like Sasquatch!? For me, the answer is simple. Five bands who made my trip to Sasquatch! are Alabama Shakes , Allen Stone , Beat Connection , Deep Sea Diver and Mac DeMarco . It was not only the power of their music which resonated with me so well, but also their ability to connect with the crowd that made...
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Chicken & Champagne at Bok a Bok Fried Chicken

Chicken & Champagne at Bok a Bok Fried Chicken
Meet Bok a Bok: a Korean fried chicken joint and newly opened toast of the town in South Seattle. The fast casual concept by Chef Brian O’Conner (previously of Roux and Skillet) is just in time for summer – aka the season delicious spicy fried perfection. Stop in for a quick lunch with a Sake back or grab a 100 piece wings for your inaugural Hawks pre-season, game day party. The important part is you can get damn good chicken fast – plus a premium beverage to cool down. The Chicken: Before I dive into Chef O’Connor’s menu, let it be known that the chicken at Bok a Bok is not your ordinary fried chicken. This is the Cristal of chicken with a fiery Korean twist. Bite into a moist juicy boneless thigh coated in fluffy batter with an audible...
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Engagement Rings That Dazzle

Engagement Rings That Dazzle
Wedding season is fast approaching. An engagement ring should be as precious and rare as the lady wearing it. As there are multiple jewelry stores in the greater Seattle area, going to every single one can be exhausting. Searching the web can result in flawed diamonds and what woman doesn't want to try on the glimmery brilliance shining off her fingers? Well that's why we are here. We want to make it easy for you with our pick for the best place to go and top rings for the type of woman you are. Turgeon Raine , located in the heart of Seattle, carries everything from traditional princess cut diamond rings to non-traditional pink diamond designs. The selection is luxurious and unique with a mix of their own styles in addition to international designer options. Find a design that fits...
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Seattle’s Meaningful Merrymaking

Seattle’s Meaningful Merrymaking
Summer in Seattle is known to be one of the finest secrets in the nation. With summer soirees just around the corner, that secret is about to be savored among locals and tourists alike. We can almost taste the outdoor movie popcorn. We can almost hear Ben Harper at Marymoor and Steve Miller at Chateau Ste Michelle. We can almost feel the sun… almost. How can you make the most of the summer season? My advice is to make it meaningful; no matter where you celebrate summer, there are awesome causes and Seattle charity events that make it easy to kill two birds with one stone. Pick a cause, enjoy life to the fullest, and make a difference. Here are some of our favorites to get you started. Negroni Week @ Six Seven June 6 - 12 Negroni Week is...
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