Blogging hiatus!

Hi friends! I’m on a short blogging hiatus because I’m out of the country vacationing. You can follow along on my Instagram as I share some bits of the trip (@tinycupofcake) but I will post more when we’re back with some vlogs and pictures! 

I’ve also been planning all summer and learning a little bit about self-hosting my blog. There will be a bit of a transitionary period as I move to a self-hosted WordPress blog but I’m so excited! I’ll explain more about the differences later but I’m excited to join a community of bloggers that really take this seriously. Almost all websites out there are self-hosted on WordPress.org and it’s the next big step in my blogging adventures. Of course, it takes a lot of time, knowledge, and even money so that’s why it’s a process that I didn’t want to rush and be sloppy with. 

Happy last bits of summer! 

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Explore Your City #2: West Seattle | Alki Beach

Last weekend I explored Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill (you can read my post about it here).  This week, I was lucky enough to sail around Lake Washington and ride a water taxi for the first time from Downtown Seattle to West Seattle. As someone who is prone to getting seasick on open water, I’ve always been hesitant to go out on any boat on any sort of body of water – but my phobia has definitely gotten better over the past few years and I don’t get too sick anymore. I’ll leave out the unnecessary details.

This was my first time riding the water taxi and it was quite the experience. After a few hours shopping in downtown, my friends and I made our way from Pioneer Square to Pier 50. For those of you with an active UPASS or Orca card, you can use them to board the taxi! Otherwise you can pay with cash and board for $4. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the West Seattle dock and then you can explore Alki Beach! If you get seasick, you may want to stand outside on the deck rather than sit inside because it’s stuffy.

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As soon as the water taxi pulls up to the dock, you can probably spot people fishing and crabbing if the weather is nice. There are many condos overlooking the water and right in front of the boardwalk is a restaurant that started off as a food truck, called Marination Ma Kai. We all decided to stop for a snack and despite the line, we got our food very quickly. The verdict? Everything was delicious, very reasonably priced, and they have a unique menu. Hawaiian-Korean cuisine? Yes please.

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Kalbi Taco

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Hawaiian Mac salad (w/ spam)

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Kimchi Quesadilla

Once we were back in the city, we stayed out to watch the sunset and it was absolutely beautiful. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Now for the fun stuff.. only hours into our adventure did I decide/get permission from my adventure buddies to start vlogging so that’s why this is such a short one. But here’s my first attempt at a vlog! Unlike my last video (you can find it on my channel), the audio should be normal. My iMovie skills are still lacking since I’m teaching myself as I go but I got really fancy this time and added transitions. Please, hold your applause. But do enjoy the sunset. I can’t get over how beautiful it was! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried out Marination Ma Kai or what you think about the vlog! Not going to lie, I was a little self conscious to be vlogging myself so the dual camera feature on my Canon came in handy. I love this camera!! Review soon, I swear.

Thanks for visiting – as always.

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Friday Favorites #2

I’m back again sharing some favorites from the past week! You can check out my favorites from my last Friday Favorites post here.

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<Effortless waves> 8 months ago, I decided to chop off my hair and I’ve never looked back. After years of long locks, I decided to trade dead ends for a fresh, sophisticated look. Short hair isn’t for everyone but if you’re feeling adventurous, this is the cheapest thing you can do to your hair for a new look :) I’ve been trimming it every month since then but transitioning to wanting to grow it out a little bit. Lately, I have loved wearing it in voluminous waves and I’m loving a messy, carefree look. For all of you who have natural texture in your hair, do you want to trade with me? I have to fake it with a curling iron but I’ve got it down to a 5 min routine, not bad. Stick straight hair is so last week.

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<Elephants as decor> Elephants have always been one of my favorite zoo animals to visit and when I got into room decor, elephants seemed to hold a special place in my heart and slowly I have accumulated more elephants around my room. These are my current favorite in terms of decor because they’re so unique and really well made. I picked up these elephants for only $6.99 at World Market but they were handmade in Rajasthan, India. How cute are they?!

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<VS Sun-Kissed Tamarind & Marigold lotion> Not unlike your average girl, I have a slight hoarding problem when it comes to lotions. Between the impulse buys of yummy smelling lotions every time I go to a mall and receiving lotion after lotion as gifts, I have a decent sized collection. This summer I’ve been really good at consistently using lotions in a rotation but the past week or so I have been reaching for this lotion from Victoria’s Secret from their last major sale. I have the matching scrub in my shower and the scent is perfect for summer. The lotion isn’t as fast absorbing as the lotions I reach for during the day but I love keeping it by my bed and using it before going to sleep.

<The Mindy Project> Late to discovering this gem, but I’m so glad I did. Mindy Kaling is beautiful, hilarious, and like a breath of fresh air in terms of television and leading actresses. I can’t remember the last time I saw an Indian female as the leading role in a show. This show is addicting and reminds me of New Girl which is another one of my favorites. I love the lightheartedness and let’s be real, Mindy’s sassiness is perfect. From one sassy soul to another, I feel like if I met Mindy and chatted with her, she would get me ;)

That’s a wrap for this week! I hope you all have a happy Friday and enjoy your weekend! Can I just say, how is it almost September?! I’m going to be wrapping up my full time internship and then immediately leaving for a trip which I can’t wait to share with you all! Now that I have my handy little Canon camera…there will be some fun stuff to share on the blog :)

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Explore Your City

Something not enough people do is play tourist in their city. I frequently go to Pike Place Market and I never get sick of it – although the weekend crowds can be a little overwhelming on certain days. Here are some shots that I took this past weekend on a perfect sunny day. All the tourists were out and all the fresh produce and flowers were too – bright and beautiful as ever.

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Dark chocolate linguine exists and it truly tastes like chocolate. I was told you serve it with fruit, ice cream, etc. Hmm..

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Photobombed by cars (it happens). Thanks to the super friendly Pike Place valet for the picture!

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How cool is this mural that I stumbled across in Capitol Hill? I love the colors!

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Hope you all had a terrific weekend as well!

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