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Escape to Bainbridge Island 

Days off ‘ are meant to explore, wander, and de-stress. We must allow ourselves time to decompress from work and daily life stressors. I know . We feel like we have so much to do. That we don’t have time. But .. It’s important. 

(You know , that whole work-life balance thing. ) 

It can work in your favor. It already is. You’re taking time to read this post. Treat yo self. 

Also  .. you’ll have more energy. You might not lose your cool, as easily. You might even be happy , like smiling. Voluntarily. 

Sounds fun, right? 

The husband and are getting back into the routine of work-life balance , dating each other , and truly enjoying our free time together. 

Join us – as we escape to – BainBridge Island. 

We’d heard wonderful things about Bainbridge . Bainbridge Island is one of the neighboring islands near Seattle. It’s about a 30 minute ferry ride. So happy we jumped on the Seattle Ferry & headed over. (It’s only $8.20 for walk on pedestrians. And free on the way back.) You can either pre-load your Orca card (at various locations) or purchase tickets at the Seattle ferry terminal. 


There are some wonderful boutique shops , equisite restaurants , beautiful green spaces and lovely events on Bainbridge. This is our first trip , so I’ll be unveiling cool spots to check out on this feature series. 

Dining – 

1) Harbour Public House 

[ 231 Parfitt Way SW . www.harbourpub.com ] 

Get thee to the pub house! Fantastic selection of local micro-brews, wines, eats in a historical lil out house. They have a versatile menu for GlutenFree too. Unbelievable seafood with an unbelievable view. (21 & up only) 

His :  Bainbridge Island Kommuter Kolsch with Bo Burger with Bacon and side of hand-cut Washington fries. 

Hers: flash fried (GF) calamari with the Eagle Harbor Pubordeaux ( a 50/50 mix of merlot & cab. Blended on island) 






2.) Wander about the <Walking Trail> in cute downtown Winslow . Nature for the win. 


3.) Sweet Treat : Moira’s Iced Creamery 

[139 Madrone Lane N. 

www.moraicecream.com ] 

Best ice-cream ever. It ’twas Fresh , flavorful , and light. Local ice cream shop. hand-crafted (48) different ice creams , sorbets , milkshakes & desserts. Almost all flavors are gluten-free. Also, they deliver. Yup. You read that right. 

Hers: mint chocolate chip 

His: orange (he ate it before I could snag a photo ! ) 


4.) Fun StuffBainBridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) 

[550 Winslow Way East. www.biartmuseum.org ] 

Contemporary art museum filled with interesting world-renown collections. Rotating collections often feature prominent local artists. The art museum is free & open daily, which is amazing. (Woop) .What is more amazing is the additional programs they feature on a daily basis. They offer workshops & art classes for students of every age. They also have lectures / readings , book arts programs , and a podcast series. 

We happened to catch the opening night of the SMARTfilm series , comemorating the age of the classic movie musicals. 

You guys know.. “I’m all about film”..

So,  I was excited to see this was an ongoing series that they use to educate and spark conversations in the community. 

Opening Night – Sept 20- Animal Crackers 

Animal crackers : the Marx brothers comedy caper . Loved all the physical comedy. And the audience interactive response between musical numbers. A talk-back was featured with Frank Ferrante (award-winning professional Groucho Marx impersonator) 

Sept 27: Gold Digger’s of 1933 

Oct 4: Top Hat 

Oct 11: Stormy Weather 

Oct 18: On the Town 

Oct 25: West Side Story 

https://www.facebook.com/Bainbridge-Island-museum-of-art/
Tix can be purchased through a link on their website & Facebook event . (Only $10 each) 

We loved our first visit to BainBridge. 

can’t wait to show you more next on the next feature of “Escape to BainBridge Island” II. 

Where is your favorite escape spot? 

Quirky and wanting another Island Day, 

Kelli 

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Major Score : Check-In to “Hotel Nordo”

It’s the time of day where sun fades away. A breeze swings from the west , and you’re hungry. (Of course you’re hungry.) You’re always hungry.

You long for multiple courses of food. A feast perhaps.

Small delicate plates with ‘artistically & aesthetically’ pleasing  food. The idea that it not only ‘looks gorgeous, but tastes gorgeous.’

Can such a place exist?

You’re tripped out of your ‘day-dreamed food haze’ by the cobblestone road. ( Like literally) . The husband grabs your hand and laughs. This cobblestone road is rich with history. So many stories have walked this path everyday. You walk this path everyday.

 

 

You look up and see a door. (Hmm) I don’t remember this.

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A face appears thru the glass, and the door creaks open.

“Will you be joining us this evening?”, the concierge says.

YES.” (we say in unison)

We enter Nordo’s Culinarium. Approach the lobby. Check-in with grace. The place has a vintage style. An Old-Hollywood feel. The concierge hands us an envelope. “Please open this at your table. Your table is right this way”.

I pause to check out the chic floor. Design goals. Just saying. (snaps photo)

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Our table is mixed within the hotel lobby. 

Imagine if you will– a little moonlighting , happy & delighted guests, wine flights galore.

(Lan  <The concierge >happily informs us we have a VIP wine flight with our 5 course dinner.)

Yes. You heard that correctly. A  (4) course Wine Flight. A (5)Course Dinner. We open our envelope. Our room key awaits.

 

 

 

 Do I have your attention yet?

This is just the tip of the ice-berg. Lettuce inform you.

(Sorry guys. I love cheesy puns.)

Sophie (the Bellhop) swung on by the table ..I asked how her shift was.. 

“Things are not as they seem. ”  

First wine flight arrives. (Flama d’Or Cava-Spain) . The husband selects local (Two Beers) – Immersion Amber Ale.



The music starts up. 

Lights go out. We hear a faint calling with beautiful synthesized orchestration. The faint bellow lending to a screeching halt . It’s as though the room can speak. The walls practically move with bellowing wails. 

And it begins. 
Welcome to Hotel Nordo

This live immersive theatrical & food experience ..is one of the best live immersive experiences .. I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend. 
The food & beverages are heavenly. If you want a 5 star dining experience that includes : incredible service, varietal menu, personalization , and bubbly beverages..

I like this check-in service. Attention to detail is on point. 

What I loved most about the colorful menu is the flexibility if you have dietary & allergy restrictions. They are more than happy to accommodate your needs. I have a food allergy, and often it is hard to dine out. (Gluten Free & Vegetarian options available)

Executive chef (Erin Brindley) had beautifully themed dishes that catered to every palatable need. It was beautiful to see and beautiful to eat.** ( Warning- of upcoming food selfies ) **



Don’t spoil your appetite. These are just a splash of edibles that grace your plate. 

I don’t want to give away any of the theatrical elements or archs of this experience , but you are 100% immersed in the Hotel Nordo environment. 

The ensemble actors (Ronnie Hill, Alyssa Keene, Corinne Magin, Evan Mosher, Heather Refvam, Ray Tagavilla) do an amazing job of portraying multiple roles. They transition effortlessly practically jumping time and space. Their performances we’re so effective, I would often forgot ..”oh yea, they we’re just here”.. 


Two standouts performances (for me): Opal Peachey & Richard Slaniker. 

From the very beginning of their 1st appearance , I was taken with their energy. This nervous un-easiness of ‘Everything is fine’ unraveled with crumbling care till it practically burst. 
At one point , Peachey’s bellhop , ..looked upon guests ..quietfully rageful. And it was brilliant. 

The musical interludes are breathtaking.  I absolutely loved the blend of modern pop-rock tunes mixed with (Anastasia Workman) original music tunes (“Baby, Why are you so cold” and “The Big Break). I’m really hoping they’ll release a cast recording. (iTunes- please?) 

The artistic team is brought to you by Terry Padgotski and Erin Brindley. Their electrifying story will have you on the edge of your seat. And it’s in the best way possible.  

For my fans of pop-culture & cinema  – I’d possibly liken it to -if “American Horror Story ” married Alfred Hitcock and they stayed at the Overlook from “The Shining”. 

This is the season opener for Cafe Nordo’s Mainstage performances . 

Needless to say ,  I can’t wait to bite into the next show selection. 

If your looking for a dynamic and exceptional dining and theatrical experience – look no further – check in to Hotel Nordo . 

..Before they have no vacancy..

And you are lucky enough to be blessed as one of its guests. 

For at least one more night. 

You won’t want to check out. 


Quirky and craving a hotel’ stay, 
Kelli 

Local tid-bit /Info for your “stay” : 

“Hotel Nordo” runs thru September 22- November 20 at Cafe Nordo. 

~Happy Hour Bar opens at 5 pm 

~Seating & Drinks service begins at 7 pm. 

~ Dress to impress 

[Shows run Thursday – Sunday 

Thurs – Sat  8 pm showtime 

Sunday 7:30 pm showtime ] 

109 South Main Street Pioneer Square, Seattle , 98104 

www.facebook.com/CafeNordo

Twitter @CafeNordo 

Instagram @CafeNordo 

Special performances

{Special Halloween performance 10/31 ,Monday , 8 pm} 

+ Vegan Weekend 10/20-10/24 

+ Adults Only ‘ Special Tuesday 11/15 

Beautifully Recycled.

It’s Monday. You wake up last minute.

Coffee spills on your outfit. You just throw on whatever. Some manufactured over-worn t-shirt. It works. It doesn’t matter. Or so you think.

You go about your day. Meetings. Office small talk. More coffee. You get home .. Just to realize .. You’ve had a huge hole in your shirt. (Along with a sizable rip) “I’m cool. So cool.”

As you start to hurl the worn t-shirt into the trash.. You stop to think..What if this wasn’t trash? What if this could be more? What if this simple and basic fabric could stand for something.

This stance resonates with the ladies (Janelle Abbott & Martha Lucas) of This Then That Studio. This Then That Studio is an Eco and Ethical Fashion line based in Tacoma. I had the pleasure of catching up with them at Urban Craft Uprising in downtown Seattle.

Over 13.1 million pounds of textiles end up in landfills annually.

Abbott and Lucas  are on a movement to re-purpose such a fabric as a “worn t-shirt”. Their on a mission to salvage waste and transform it into zero waste hand-made fast fashion.

First, their process begins with the idea of a white worn t-shirt. They cut out the seams and assemble into various geometric shapes. Shapes are placed on various other fabrics and a new creation is born. Once the garments have exceeded their use, the garment can be de-constructed and turned into a t-shirt once again.

The beauty of the “This Then That Studio” is magical. Giving a purpose to possibly a piece of discarded ‘trash and turned into a working piece of ‘art . Their movement is renewable , sustainable , hand-made , and a zero-waste piece of clothing.

Sounds like a win-win if you ask me.

Helping the environment .(Check)

Helping local small business. (Check)

Helping /Supporting gifted artisans. (Check)

Helping attribute to a beautiful movement . (Check)

It’s inspiring. I’m inspired.

Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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www.thisthenthatstudio.com

Facebook & Instagram  : ThisThenThatStudio

( I had to snag a piece from Janelle’s prior singular season)

 

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Quirky , Happy, and feeling fashionable ,

Kelli

 

My Favorite [14 ] Moments of The Golden Globes

My Favorite [14] Moments of The Golden Globes

So ,[of course] ,I watched The Golden Globes.

It’s my Happy Place.

I’m pretty sure you already know my passion for film.

And you know , the whole Hi Guys.. I’m an Actor  !

So here is a rundown of my favorite 14 moments from watching The Golden Globes.

[And a link to the Oscar nominations via The Oscar Website. ]

  1. Jonah Hill starring as , The Bear, in The Revenant . Who knew how well the Bear could rock a suit?

2. Rachel Bloom “Crazy , Amazing Award Speech Winner”. Her speech makes me want to get my crap together. She created a hit show , that almost didn’t get picked up , and was noticed by a CD on YouTube. [Her YouTube is awesome guys] go watch it.

3. The lead girl from ” The Blindspot” [Jaime Alexander] had    TelePrompTer issues. Or the TelePrompTer was drunk on champagne. [Either way , their just like us!]

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4. The moment when Jaime Fox pulled a Steve Harvey.

5. ” J-Law , Amy , and all the Hemsworth’s”

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6. MadMen meets Chumbawamba. Can you even imagine?

7. For the win: Gosling & Pitt (as best comic duo)

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8. Stallone’s Win.

 

9. Tom Hanks spot-on impersonation of Denzel Washington (and he had a cold)

10. Denzel’s [Humble / Down -To -Earth / Humorous “I don’t have my glasses” ] Cecil B. Demille Acceptance Speech

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11. When the TelePrompTer said ” Please Wrap..” About 20 seconds after Taraji P Henson got to the podium. Her response “I waited 20 years for it, your gonna wait”. Priceless. Be prepared for people to pull this in the Monday meeting.

12. The Martian was nominated for best comedy/musical film. And won for best comedy/musical film. Well, to be fair, the genre is Sci-Fi, not drama?

13. LEO wins the Golden Globe for Best Actor in The Revenant. YES. Please give him the Oscar. I loved his acceptance speech , speaking of indigenous communities. PREACH

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14. The Revenant wins best Picture. Featuring our beautiful world , in all its lush, spectacle , natural amazingness. Yay Earth!

So , there’s my thoughts / my favorite moments , of this years “Golden Globes”.  Thank you GIPHS via GIPHY .
And the Oscar Nominations are out! Woot. Woot!

www.oscars.org
Keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts /reviews of best Actor and Picture nominations

What movies and performances are you excited to see?
What did you like about The Golden Globes ?
Are some of your favorites nominated ?

Quirky and ready to go to the movies,
Kelli

The Force Awakened: Dawn and Copper

The world is full of opportunities.
Every minute, of every day , the possibility of “something” is upon us.
We take a path. The path twists and turns . We then make a quick judgement .
Do we take the path in front of us?
Do we take the off-beaten path? The road less traveled?
Do we create our own path? Hoping it collides with a highway to the unknown?
Do we take that main highway? [The one we’ve been on a million times]

But as we see it .. That road ‘ less traveled’… Is unknown to us.
Others [might] know it. But we do not.
It is a new horizon.
And that is when inspiration can strike.

Inspiration comes in many forms.
A dogs kiss when you arrive home.
Seeing a beloved family member after many years.
A hot meal. A smile. A laugh. A movie.
[Yes. A Movie. Three words.]
A road less traveled.
An unknown destination.
A handmade product.
Made with care.
Made with Love.
Made just for you.

My world got the pleasure to collide with Alicia Waltz [Etsy Boutique ~ Dawn and Copper]

www.dawnandcopperdesigns.etsy.com

The designs are refreshing . Such creativity.
Her decor and handmade jewelry captures the beauty and spirit of the breath-taking Pacific Northwest. The rebel’s heart. The adventurers eye. The wanderlust spirit.

Ethical Fashion that fits you. Eco Fashion that fuels you. And your Lifestyle.

PNW.
A land that ‘my pack ‘ will soon call home.
It was pleasure to feature Dawn and Copper on my Instagram and Blog.
I look forward to our future collaborations together next year.

Thank you Alicia for your work.
It’s beautiful.
A small piece of inspiration.
A small piece of Art … That I can take on my small unknown trek.. Called life.

Go take a trek through these Instagram shots.
[And see how The Force inspired this photo series]

-Dawn and Copper Brass Necklace | White & Pink Beaded Hoop Earrings

Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville, NC

 

” Chewie, We’re Home” – Han Solo

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“Hope is not lost today, it is found.” -Leia 

 

“Rey, May the Force Be With You.” – Leia

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“The force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You, have that power, too. ” – Luke Skywalker 

 

“Every generation has a story.” – The TagLine to a Great Film

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“Same thing I always do, talk my way out of it.” – Han Solo

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“Escape now, Hug Later.” – Han Solo 

 

“It’s True. All of it. The Dark Side, The Jedi. They’re real.” – Han Solo

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“Alicia, you rock.” – US

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Quirky and inspired by collaborating & lifting others up,
Kelli

My Weekend with my Sunglasses 

Last weekend …. I got to adventure around a cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains….
[Yay! Cabin in the woods! Cue: horror music interlude]

I had family in town , that I hadn’t seen in a long time.

[It was a blast to run around and act all ” touristy” in a neighboring town of Chimney Rock, NC]

So , let’s see .

Where do we start?
We got lost trying to find the cabin.

I got several bouts of motion sickness. [blargh]

But , we had wonderful weather.

Great company.

And I had my trusty Pink Westie Sunglasses.

When you’re in a pinch, and feeling woozy from car sickness, it’s amazing how a good pair of sunglasses and a lot of ginger [can be your friend] 
I stumbled upon Ramsey Supply Co. [Ramsey Supply on Instagram]


What a wonderful organization !
They are a family run – business . [woop! ]

Each pair of sunglasses are hand-made, hand-crafted , and unique.

No two pairs of sunglasses are the same

[yes. That means no one will have your exact pair]

Each piece of wood is different, and they have a great selection.
They’re affordable , and come with a lifetime guarantee.
And here’s the best part about the company .

Their kind, compassionate, and a portion of each pair of Sunglasses …

Is donated to charity!

[I absolutely Love this]


Each customer, can suggest a charity to donate to.

This month’s Charitable Donation : One More Wave Surf Co 

[1mwave on Instagram]

Http://www.onemv.org

One More Wave Surf Co. is a 301C Non-Profit organization the provides wounded and injured veterans with surfboards [customized for their needs]
Soooo [let’s sum this up]

You’re saying

*My sunglasses we’re hand-crafted and hand-made ?

*They are ethically made , family-run, and made in the USA ?

*The bamboo wood is renewable and sustainable?

*Ramsey gives back to those in need?

Just knowing that by getting a pair of sunglasses, you’re helping multiple people? …

That’s amazing.

I’m inspired.

They say , ” She saw the world full of rose-colored glasses”. I mean, they are pink. [Yes. Kind of like a baby/ rose pink]

And my weekend family vacation? 

My mom & stepdad came to visit.

My stepdad has suffered close to 9 strokes this year.

He has gone from complete paralysis , losing his speech, motor functions, and has gone thru months of physical therapy.

I hadn’t seen them for over 8 months…

I saw my stepdad walk for the first time.

He is up and walking around. He is talking. He is laughing.

And my “Pink Westie” sunglasses were with me.

Sometimes …something as small [as Sunglasses] ….can be so much more.

 

Thank you Ramsey Supply Co.

We need more good.

We need more good companies like you.

www.ramseysupply.com 

http://www.facebook.com/RamseySupply/Shop
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.


 
How would you Frame Your World?

Quirky [sitting in the sun and Inspired] ,

Kelli

Indecisions and Sweaters 

It’s our day off.

What’s any good day off involve ?

Well , let’s see…

It might involve that whole ” Adulting ” thing.

[Ya know] Like paying bills , running errands, and grabbing groceries.

Closely followed by an amazing Enchilada lunch [I’ll blog later] and a good cup of coffee.


And puppies.

I almost forgot about the puppies.
…Somewhere in between that Enchilada Queso sauce and a Venti Vanilla Latte ..

We stopped for puppies.


[Not literally.]

We just happened to be driving past Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue.

[Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a wonderful no-kill rescue facility located in Asheville, NC ]

http://www.bwar.org

Me: “Let’s stop by. We can visit the puppies . We can give them treats. And show them some Love”.

The husband [so smart]: “You’re going to get attached. You’re going to want to adopt all the dogs. And we can’t right now”.

Me: yea. No . I’m totally fine. I just want to say hi [he’s totally right]

[Have you ever had a vision of running in a field filled with Puppies? Doesn’t that sound like the best dream ever?!]

So. There we we’re at Brother Wolf.

Just walking thru. Visiting & handing out treats.

And then we saw her.

A little smiling face . Wagging tail.

The cutest little furball in the world.

She looked like some kind of mini- Aussie & Lab mix

Body and mannerisms of a mini-Aussie. Fur of a lab.

Beautiful smile.

She had this twinkle in her eye.

We’d continue looking around, and we’d look over, and there she was smiling at us.

My husband couldn’t stop smiling.

As we we’re leaving, we talked about how she would be a wonderful addition to our family.

We named her Lexi. “Little Gray”. And talked about picking up an adoption application.

I want to rescue all the puppies.

Sometimes , you have to know when to give up, throw in the towel, or get a new sweater.

Which brings us to sweaters.

Do you realize how many sweaters are out there?

Specifically dog sweaters.


[There are a lot of dog sweaters out there in the world]
In the wake of ,wanting to adopt all the dogs, and a Venti coffee bean…

We ended up at Petsmart. Surrounded by dog sweaters.

We sat and debated all the different sweaters for our dogs.

Salvatore needs a rain slicker. The border collie doesn’t like getting his fur wet. Spencer [our mini Aussie] loves wearing sweaters. Plus she gets cold. And the one she has now is a little worn. So she is due for an upgrade.
You know , you’re that ‘Dog Parent’ when you spend 30 minutes debating over dog sweaters. Literally.

Pink doesn’t fit her’. The Velcro could be uncomfortable. The argyle square print . The argyle square is perfect.

We leave with one sweater.But want five sweaters. Sound familiar?
***[Luckily till tomorrow, Petsmart , is having a 40% sale ,on coats & sweaters. plus an additional 15% for PetPerks Members YES. So we got a $20 sweater, for $10] ***
Some things are unresolved. Timing is everything. We’d love little Grey. But, right now ,we have two dog sweaters. We don’t want to overstuff the closet. But we’d love a bigger family. Maybe sometime soon. I’m grateful for the beautiful family I do have.



Quirky and in love with adorable dog sweaters,

Kelli


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