June 9, 2015

Best Boba in Seattle! Cafe Chi Boba Tea (Issaquah, Washington)

This past Sunday, we were checking out open houses with my fiancé's little sister in the Newcastle/Bellevue area of Washington. Afterwards, we decided we would check out the Issaquah Farmer's Market afterwards to find out it closed at 2pm. His sister looked up boba places in Issaquah and we found ourselves at Cafe Chi. 1. Who knew there was a boba place in Issaquah! 2. It is the best boba I've tried yet in all of Seattle, well all of Washington really!
I highly recommend their Original (Black) Milk Tea or just Black Tea with boba or lychee jelly. Their boba is slightly sweetened. I've heard that some boba shops prepare their boba with honey or brown sugar to add that hint of irresistible sweetness to the chewy boba goodness.
Nail polish is OPI, "The Berry Thought of You" from 2015 OPI Brights Collection
I can tell that they brew their own black tea, and the sugar syrup looks house made. They also use FRESH milk which completely sold me. I tried ShareTea near the University of Washington, but I didn't like the milk tea because of the milk powder. Similar to fresh Thai tea, I like it when they use real milk or half and half. I don't want to waste my drink calories of powdered creamers! Nope. 

But back to Cafe Chi, the tea was so good, I ended up back on Tuesday! It was a gorgeous day for a sunny drive. Note, I don't live very close to Issaquah...it's about a 25 minute drive from me and about 30 minutes from the city of Seattle in general. They were out of lychee jelly yesterday so I got it with the rainbow jelly (fruity flavor).

You can even have lunch or dinner at Cafe Chi; they have Taiwanese foods which I have yet to try. They posted food photos on the wall, which brought back good memories from college. I loved that the shop is next door to Spa Chi and there's an outdoor seating area with koi pond! I only Snapchatted the koi pond and now wish I took some photos! I'm just discovering Snapchat (DSKSteph) and it's pretty fun once you get the hang of it. ^_~

I hope you continue to have a wonderful day! -Steph

June 8, 2015

Golden Garden Beach, Seattle

Yesterday, we went to the beach for the first time this year. I had never been to Golden Garden Beach in Seattle before and it was the absolute perfect place to spend the 86 degree day.
It's absolutely beautiful there and completely different from Alki Beach in West Seattle.
I had a blast exploring the edge of the water looking for shells and crab! It was really nice to enjoy the breeze from the Puget Sound and get a little sun. I loved spending the day at the beach.
Afterwards, we went to Ray's Boathouse for an unplanned fine meal in our casual beach wear.
The appetizers were the best part of our meal. I still can't believe we paid $19 for 6 oysters on the half shell. >.<
We sat on the patio and the views made the dinner worth the experience.

Thanks Seattle for the sunshine!

May 31, 2015

My Best Nordstrom Rack Find Ever!

I never thought I would own a pair of Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats. I knew of the brand and of the cute cat shoes, but I knew the price point was just way too much for me to spend on a pair of flats. I never imagined I find them for a fraction of their original price at Nordstrom Rack!

As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of browsing and shopping at Nordstrom Rack. I found this particular pair at their Southcenter, Tukwila, Washington store. I had an adrenaline rush when I found them and quickly snapped a photo to send to my friend. They're a smooth velvet with leather lining soles and insoles. They're honestly one of the MOST comfortable pairs of shoes I've ever owned so far in my life. The leather stretches and molds to feet and the heel being leather lined is SO comfortable. 

I find that if I don't wear them, the leather will shrink almost back to it's original form..if that even makes sense! Haha, I know because I have wide feet so all my shoes take a little bit of breaking in. I feel it's a great sign of quality when the leather act that way. The form of the shoe withstands the test of time thanks to the quality of the leather! They do feel like $500 shoes and I can genuinely say they're worth every dollar based on my experience with them (SO COMFORTABLE!). I would love to be able to own another pair in the future, but for now, I'm enjoying my classic black Kitty flats!

They are seriously one of the cutest pairs of shoes I'm lucky enough to be able to own! I have gotten so many compliments with strangers stopping me to tell me they like my shoes! =^-^=
Now only are these shoes a cat lover's dream, they're a huge self-esteem, feel good booster to the tenth power!
Thank you Nordstrom Rack for carrying an amazing selection of shoes. The tag says these were worn and refinished, but they were definitely new! 

May 30, 2015

Wood Watch by JORD

Wood Watches by JORD reached out to me to share one of their hand-crafted wood watches. I picked out the 94A Series watch in Chocolate
The watch arrives well packaged in a well-designed sturdy wooden box. 
The presentation makes this watch makes it a perfect gift.
It features a double locking fold over clasp. 
It has a very fun loving, outdoorsy masculine look.
The darker wood is a nice choice on this timepiece.
The watch has a Citizen Miyota Quartz Movement.
 
I have gifted my friend a JORD watch last year and he wears his watch all the time. It's definitely a fun, casual statement piece that gets him all kinds of comments and compliments.
If you're looking for a unique gift idea, check out Wood Watches by JORD.

May 29, 2015

"I Sea You Wear OPI"

Hi everyone! I can't believe it's been 4 weeks since my last blog post. Where has the time gone?!
I picked up my DSLR camera last week and thought I would use my macro lens to capture my freshly painted nails over the Memorial Weekend. ^_^ I'm wearing OPI's new shade called, "I Sea You Wear OPI." It's part of the new OPI Brights Collection for Summer! I'm still wearing it as I type this out this long overdue blog post. The staying power is great with the use of my favorite base coat.

It's a BEAUTIFUL blue metallic polish with shimmer that will bring a smile to your face. :-)
I love everything about this bottle of polish. OPI always nails it! ;) The formula was great which made it so easy to apply!
OPI's Description: Look who's loving waves of shimmering metallic blue.

I hope you have a wonderful Friday and an even more amazing weekend!
Talk to you soon! -Steph

p.s. I made a Youtube video slide show of this polish. :)

March 26, 2015

Purple Ombre Hair Color!

I dyed my hair purple!! 2 weeks before I turn the big 28 too. :D I should have done this a long time ago, but better late than never right?
I'm the type of girl that gets my hair done about twice a year. My hair doesn't grow very much or fast. I tried to get in with a recommended hair stylist but she was booked a month out. We just had engagement photos taken this past Saturday so I knew I had to do something about my hair before picture day.

March 17, 2015

OPI: My Silk Tie (Fifty Shades of Grey Collection)

OPI "My Silk Tie"
Fifty Shades of Grey Collection