Every year I look forward to all of the festivities of the holiday season, and this year Tyler and I started a new tradition, making the trip up the mountain for a snow day with some close friends!
We went to the The Summit at Snoqualmie, which is about an hour outside of the city. So depending on how you look it this post is a little bit travel, a little bit "Seattle Spotlight"! Either way, we had a blast and I wholeheartedly recommend anyone living in Washington take a day trip at some point this winter.
Our original plan was to go to the tubing hill, where you can rent a tube and use the lift the a couple hours, but we ended up getting there after the spots were all sold for the day. Luckily we were able to buy a couple of sleds from the shop and found a quiet hillside nearby! Turns out cheap sleds and boys in their 20's aren't the best combination, since we left with 2 out of 2 sleds broken at the end of the day, but it was worth it for the laughs when you heard a sled crack halfway down the hill.
After sledding for a couple hours we decided to head back down to warm up and grab some cheap appetizers at Applebee's. It was a great way to catch up with our friends and I can't wait to try and make the trip again next winter when everyone is in town for the holidays again!
As for what to wear, I was totally unprepared for snow up until a couple days before. I'll link everything we wore below!
If you're looking for boots, I loved this millenial pink pair of Sperrys and Tyler thought his men's pair was comfy and warm as well. My coat was on sale for under $40 at Target, but unfortunately it looks like it's sold out online -- I've linked a few Uniqlo puffers that my coworkers have and rave about! From what I've seen there are still tons in-store, so if your heart is set on the icy blue one I'm wearing I'd definitely check the women's section at your local Target. I also wasn't able to find my exact scarf since I got it from a holiday market, but the Express scarf I linked looks like a close match.
As much as I tend to complain about the retreat of Summer and the onset of the cold and rain Seattle is most known for, I do really love Fall activities. I often say that I love the idea of Fall, and if the weather could just stay about 20 degrees warmer until it's time for maybe 2 weeks of snow and cocoa I would extremely happy.
Luckily this year we had a few extra days of sunshine, which provided the perfect excuse to engage in some of the Fall traditions I love so much! A couple Saturdays ago I ventured out with a couple of my sorority sisters, crossing the 520 bridge into the quiet city of Carnation to visit Jubilee Farms. You could probably argue that the hour drive disqualifies this trip from being a Seattle Spotlight, but I'm a fan of alliteration and Washington Spotlight doesn't have the same ring to it. If you can make a day trip from the city, (or in our case a morning trip) then I say it counts!
Jubilee farms is worth the drive. Getting further outside of the city meant it was less crowded, with more activities, and a scenic route to enjoy on the way. I turned on Taylor Swift's Red album, which in my opinion is the only thing worth listening to while driving backroads surrounded by colorfully leaved trees. Once we arrived, there was a vintage truck-turned-coffee shop stocked with pumpkin spice and eggnog, followed by roasted corn and a hayride. The actual patch was pretty big, with more gourd and pumpkin options than I thought possible!
Our attempts to carry all our pumpkins left us laughing and covered in mud before finally finding a wheelbarrow. Everything about our trip to Jubilee felt so perfect, and I can't wait to return next year!
Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing another "Seattle" favorite - Daddy's Donuts! Full disclosure, they aren't actually located in the city, but I definitely consider Kenmore to be a part of the "Greater Seattle Area" and it didn't really take any longer for us to drive there than it sometimes takes to get downtown.
Daddy's Donuts is family owned, and makes their mini donuts fresh when you order them. You can choose between a cup of classic donuts, or a donut sundae (I'm bad at choosing so we tried both). I ordered the Robot Roberta, which is covered in chocolate sauce and oreos, and Ty went for the Caramel Apple sundae. For the classic donuts we decided on cinnamon sugar. Since everything is made to order, the donuts were warm and super soft! I ate waaaaay more sugar than I could ever justify having in one sitting but I have no regrets 😋
If you find yourself in Kenmore, or are craving sundaes made of tiny donuts, be sure to check out Daddy's Donuts!
Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Origin Salon | Spa for my first facial ever! I don't know what I've been doing with my life, but I have seriously been missing out! 😳If you haven't had a facial before, I highly recommend it (aka don't make the same mistake I did by going 23 years without trying it). I've never been so relaxed, and I came out feeling so refreshed and confident about my skin!
Since Origin is an Aveda salon, all of the products they use are high quality, all-natural and environmentally conscious. This is super important to me - there's nothing that feels ickier than rubbing a bunch of crazy chemicals into my hair and on my skin.
Even though I try to treat my skin well and avoid harsh products, I learned just how much room for improvement I really have. I struggle with combination skin - an oily nose and dry cheeks/forehead - that's difficult to keep balanced. My dry areas end up really flakey so I exfoliate frequently. What I didn't know, was that I was just making the problem worse by not giving my skin enough time to recover. Instead I was recommended to only exfoliate once per week at max, as opposed to every day or every other day. Luckily the facial helped restore some of the moisture I was missing, and I was able to grab my own bottle of the Intense Hydrating Masque so I can get the same soft skin from home.
From the moment I walked in the door, the ladies at Origin made me feel so comfortable. The salon space is bright and open, and the spa is quiet and soothing - just what I needed!
If you want to treat yourself to a relaxing day at Origin Salon | Spa you can use code "alyssa" to receive $20 off your service.
If I had to pick one thing to eat for the rest of my life, it would probably be ice cream. If I had to pick one ice cream shop to visit for the rest of my life, it would probably be Molly Moon's.
From the unique flavors to the homemade cones, Molly Moon's is a Seattle must. There are several locations, including University Village and Capitol Hill. These photos were taken in Wallingford, where the shop features this fun mural and a parklette with outdoor seating!
My favorite flavors are all season, the all-time-best being Vegan Coconut Chunk (paired with their vegan hardshell chocolate) followed closely by the Mixed Berry FroYo (paired with lemon curd). However, there are definitely some classics on the permanent menu that are super yummy as well! I like Scout Mint, Stumptown Coffee, and Yeti. Tyler always goes for Sweet Cream!
Beyond the ice cream, Molly Moon's does a lot for the Seattle community. The purchase of Thin Mints sends several Girl Scouts to camp each year, and the Anna Banana Milk Fund was set up to provide families in need with fresh milk. They also support up and coming performers with their record label, and hire local artists to create art for their cups and merchandise.
Next time you're in Seattle be sure to check out one of the shops!
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