Friday, November 25, 2016

Making Spirits Bright Tasting Event

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today I wanted to make a photo diary type post about a local tasting event I recently went to. As you can see from the poster above the event was held on the 19th of November at a lovely place in Snohomish, Washington called Dairyland.

The venue was calming and beautifully decorated. It was a barn, but you almost couldn't tell because of the aesthetic. I really enjoyed it. There was also a fire pit with seating outside the barn as well as a couple of food trucks. One being the "Big Dogs" food truck. 

My favorite drink from the night was without a doubt a mixture that It's 5 made with their Eve's Apple Pie Moonshine and a whipped cream flavored vodka. It was so good! I used most of my remaining tickets on it after the first sample. 

Every distillery there had wonderful products and I very much enjoyed taste testing each one of them. The event was an overall great experience and I would definitely attend it again next year if they choose to hold it. The venue was dimly lit so pardon the lack of light in of some of my photos. Feel free to browse my photos of the event down below.


Thank you for checking out my post today! There are many more to come and I hope you come back soon. Leave a comment down below telling me what one of you favorite local distillers are or one of your favorite drinks of all time. Much love and stay brilliant.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

20 Gifts Ideas $20 & Under

Hello Everyone! If you're new here, welcome to my blog. Today I'm coming at you with a post of 20 wonderful gifts I found for $20 and under. I tried to pick a variety of items. From makeup and jewelry to candles and books, this list is sure to have at least one item someone if your life will love. 

Some of my favorites from the list have to be the Avocado pin, the Marble Keyboard Cover, and the Lace Up Tour Tee. If you should know anything about me, food wise, it's that avocados are definitely one of my favorites foods to ever exist on this planet. I CAN'T get enough's an addiction. Let me know if you're at all interested in learning some of my recipes that involve them. There are many ways to prepare an avocado and I'd be thrilled to make a post on it!

I'm also a sucker for anything that has a marble print on it and the marble print keyboard cover is no acceptation. You'll notice I also included a marble notebook from Urban Outfitters in my list. Fun Fact: I actually already own it. Oops! I just needed to share it with all of you. It's a very beautiful journal and well hello, it's under $20. Yes please. *snaps*

As for the tour tee, I've really been into the grungy, lace up, style clothing lately. I must say it's growing on me. There's something sexy about a usually plain boxy tee having a revealing lace up in the front. This shirt will be in my shopping cart as soon as payday comes around.

Take a look down below to check them all out for yourself. There is a link to each item in the captions below. Enjoy shopping and Happy Holidays!

Crisscross Top $15.90 | Gourmand Candle $14 | Avocado Pin $10 | Better Than Sex Ornament $12 | Marble Journal $12

Lace Up Tour Tee $17.90 | Little Snow Fairy $15.95 | Bobs Burgers Burger Book $19.95 | Becca Moonstone Set $20  | Triangle Bra $20

Thank you so much for taking a look at my post today. Feel free to leave a comment down below letting me know which item from the list is your favorite. I'm sure more shopping list ideas will somehow pop up on my blog in the future so be sure to check back soon. Much love and stay brilliant.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Project 7 Champagne Gummy Bears

So a while back champagne gummies became a huge thing. I first heard about them from BuzzFeed, you can read their article here. They featured Rosé flavored gummies from the company Sugarfina. They are definitely one of the most talked about flavors on the market.

There is a Sugarfina located near me, in Seattle, but today I opted for a less expensive alternative. I do plan on one day stopping by Sugarfina to try out some of their beloved sweets. Today however, I bought some Brut & Rosé Gourmet Gummies by Project 7 from my local Target store.

They retail for around $4.50. If you're interested in trying them yourself I recommend picking them up at Target before they are discontinued! I found mine over in the Christmas/Seasonal section, so I'm assuming they won't be a permanent item.

Click here to find out other products Project 7 offers!

Now for a review on the taste. The Rosé flavored one was LIT. Pardon my lack of the use of an actual word but that is the only thing I can say to describe it. It was delicious. What a wonderful idea for a flavor of gummy bear.

I will say, the Brut one was good but not my favorite. Not because it was poor tasting but more so the fact I'm not completely a fan of the taste in the first place. Nevertheless I still say you should try them out. It's always so strangely satisfying tasting things that are not in their usual form. I.e. a solid in liquid form or vice versa. They were definitely worth the $5 dollars I dished out and if they're still around when I run out I may grab another bag. 

I'm curious to see what my friends and family think of them. I plan on sharing them around to hear everyone's opinion.

Project 7 is actually a pretty cool company. Please read their "Mission" that is posted on their website. It tells all about what they stand for as a company and well, what their mission is as a whole.

Here are a few facts about their products as well! All of their products are 90% organic and non GMO.  They have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Lastly, everything they sell is made right here in America!

Thank you for stoping by to read my quick little review and taste test of Project 7's Champagne Gummies. Feel free to leave a comment down below telling me if you have ever tried any uniquely flavored sweets and how you felt about them! Much love and stay brilliant.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

8 Pairs Of Quirky Socks You Need Right Now

Hello beauties! Today I wanted to come to you with a list I've compiled of amazingly quirky socks I found while scavenging the internet.

I figured with Christmas being around the corner, these socks would be great gift ideas or socking stuffers for the loved ones in your life. Whether they be used as a gag gift or be given to some one who say, genuinely loves a cat in a bowtie, they will make a fun and creative gift this holiday season.

I chose eight different pairs down below. These are just some of the few I wanted to showcase but there are many more silly socks floating around on tons of websites. I picked mine from Forever 21, Asos, and Target. Now let's take a look, shall we?

Unicorn $10 | Bowtie Cat $1.50 | Unicorn Cat $1.50 | Chick $2.90 

Can we just take a moment to talk about these Unicorn socks from Asos? What is life? These are ridiculous and I absolutely love them! They're the priciest pair in my list today coming in on sale at $10, regularly $12.50. If you know someone who would fall in love with these magical socks, or maybe you yourself want a pair, I'd snag them up before the sale ends!

Also, look how they come packaged. WHAT?! I may just be a bit of a goon but I can't handle how awesome they are. I've not even a huge fan of unicorn-themed things but something about walking around with wonderfully ridiculous socks on under my shoes is enticing to me. It's like a fun secret. Like yeah I have cheeseburgers on my feet, but you'll never know.  ( ‾ʖ̫‾)

Sushi $2.90 | Cheeseburger $1.90 | Tacos $1.90 | Sliding Penguins $2.90

Whatever animal or food you are looking for, I've sure there are a pair of socks somewhere on the internet with that print, that you can buy. I hope you enjoyed reading my post today and maybe found a pair you might want to get. If you don't want to purchase anything online I definitely recommend going to your local Target store and checking out what they have. I own a bright orange pair with pretzels on them that I got from Target. Not sure why, but I fell in love and decided I wanted them immediately. They are also only around $1-$2 there so you're not making a huge investment.

I'll be compiling more lists of cool things "You Need Right Now" in the near future so be sure to follow my blog to be notified when they go up. Leave a comment down below letting me know which pair out of the eight that you like best. Thanks for stoping by. Much love and stay brilliant.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sunny Honey Co.

So you may be seeing a theme in my most recent posts. When I visit a big city I'm always inspired with so many ideas for blog posts! I'll be writing a wider variety of content in the coming months but for right now I want to show you all, the adventures that I had in Seattle most recently.

Today I wanted to feature a very cute little shop in the Pike Place Market called the Sunny Honey Company. 

As I'm sure you guessed, they sell different flavors of honey along with soap, chapstick, and a few other items. Please take a look at their website if you're interested in purchasing any of their products.

Their products are fairly priced and I must say, very tasty as well. If you're a fan of honey you most definitely will not be let down.

Personally, I'm a fan of their little honey sticks. It's an easy and affordable way to try out some of the different flavors they offer.

I may be a bit weird but I quite enjoy the sour green apple flavored one. Yum!

They have a wonderfully put together "About Us" page explaining the process they go through to achieve their final product and how their company came to be.

Check it out here!

I hope you enjoyed reading this quick little post about the buzzing company. I mainly just wanted to showcase a local place that sells delicious honey at fair prices. Make sure to check for future posts about the wonderful city of Seattle and all it has to offer. Much love and stay brilliant.

Friday, November 18, 2016

My Struggle With Anxiety & Depression

I have memories of struggling with anxiety that date back to when I was 6 years old, but these past two months have been extremely trying and have brought it all to the surface. In this post today I just want to give you a little background on how I've been feeling and also what I've started doing and thinking to help myself through this. The truth is anxiety and depression never go away, but that doesn't mean they can't be accessed in a way you can still live a functioning life.

This isn't going to be a get rid of it ideas post or have any info on how to "fix" you because here's the thing, you're not broken. 

You're feelings are valid. You're thoughts are valid. You, are valid.


When I was a sophomore in high school I was diagnosed with moderate to severe generalized anxiety disorder, otherwise know as GAD. More recently when some life altering events occurred and I was at one of my lowest points, I decided to seek help and visit my doctor. Keep in mind I'm 21 now, so it took me nearly 5 years to reach out again. Two weeks ago I was also diagnosed with moderate to severe depression. I'm now on medication to help with both illnesses, which is a whole other post I'll eventually write.

Now I don't want to say that I've always been fearful of actually being diagnosed with depression but I will say that I was never jumping with joy to be labeled with yet another mental illness. The fault in  my thought process was that I was lying to myself in saying that I was "fine." Saying that I, Kate, could NEVER actually have depression. I almost felt guilty, or embarrassed to admit that I may struggle with the illness. 

I realize now, that's just not the case.

What is "fine"? Everyone's "fine" is different. 

Depression is not something to be embarrassed about. It's not something you should ever feel guilt about possibly having. There is nothing wrong with me, just as there is nothing wrong with you.

There's a stigma that comes along with the word depression. Growing up and learning more about the mental illness I realized it may very well explain why I feel the way I do. Just as anxiety directly correlates to how I think and live. I see now, of course, how unfortunate it was of me to be so afraid of it.

In recently seeking out a doctor and being 100% open and honest about how I've been feeling and living, I was told I do in fact suffer with both mental illnesses. It may sound weird coming from someone who only very recently decided to face their biggest fears but I can truly say, I feel such relief from finally acknowledging parts of me I used to shove down and act like weren't really there.

I no longer feel any embarrassment or guilt about the topic. I actually wish I had accepted it sooner so I could have spent my time speaking about said illnesses with people who are/were feeling how I was. I've finally accepted these parts of me. It's been hard and upsetting and I've had many sleepless nights but ultimately I'm so glad I did. I'm not entirely sure where this post is going or what I wanted to talk about but I do want to make one point.

Just because you have a mental illness doesn't mean you are any less of a person. It doesn't mean you're less important. It doesn't mean how you feel and think are any less real. It doesn't mean you suddenly are a different person. It doesn't necessarily mean each day has to better or worse because of the diagnosis. It simply means you acknowledge that you suffer from something that is out of your control. To me it means that you are still capable of living a wonderful and fulfilling life, just like any one else, if you choose to follow that path. I almost feel more in control of myself now that I have accepted and put a name to what I suffer from. I don't mean to offend anyone in using the words mental illness so much but depression and anxiety are quite literally just that. And that's okay.

I've always found comfort in knowledge. Knowing more about how my brain and body work is a powerful thing. Knowing that both depression and anxiety come in many different forms and affect each person differently. I'll be making more posts in the future on this topic. I will go more into my anxiety and how I live with it. Since I've struggled with it for as long as I've had the ability to have memories, I'm very aware of myself and have learned ways to know when I'm on the very low end of my anxiety as well as the high. 

I wrote this post just as a start to opening up the topic and letting you all know that you don't have to be alone in this. I'm always here to talk and you'll probably be surprised at the amount of people who want to help and support you in your own life. I don't know where I'd be with all this if I didn't have the unconditional love and support from my Mom and Sister. 

I purposefully didn't want to go too deep into everything in this post because I want to leave myself open to speaking on many parts and aspects of it. Thank you for reading all I had to say today. Stay tuned for many more posts on this topic to come. Much love and stay brilliant.

Visiting The Gum Wall In Seattle

On my recent trip to the city I visited an iconic place in the Pike Place Market, the ever so popular Gum Wall. I've been there many times but never documented the adventure. Here's a little background for those of you I'm sure are saying, "The what wall? Gross!" The Gum Wall in Seattle, officially known as the Market Theater Gum Wall, has been around since 1993. It was eventually deemed as a tourist attraction in 1999 by market officials. 

In 2009, it was named one of the top 5 germiest tourist attractions. Nearly one year ago to the day, "It was announced by the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority that for the first time in 20 years the gum wall would be receiving a total scrub down for maintenance and steam-cleaning, to prevent further erosion of the bricks on the walls from the sugar in the gum." (source)  

Since then, tourist (such as myself) have already begun re-packing the walls with freshly chewed gum. I know to some it may seem pretty gross and a little pointless, but nevertheless it's still fun to do! If you travel to the Seattle area any time soon, why not stop by and leave your own little piece of history on the wall? 

The wall has become more than just a place to leave gum over all the years. You'll also find works of art that are more than creative in their presentation. You'd be amazed the things people think to make out of gum. Check out the photos below to see just a few of the things people thought of to add to the walls!

I find the "Gross" sticker to be very fitting. Look at that green piece of gum! I love Seattle.

You can see from the photo below that these cool gum art pieces where washed away in 2015 but part of them still remain. I wonder how much gum they had to chew to make that awesome skull and star? Hmm.

Thank you looking through my post. If you ever have any interest in someday visiting Seattle, I say go! I plan on doing many more posts about the wonderful city. Make sure to check back as I try and find hidden gems throughout Seattle. Although the gum wall is nothing less than astounding and creative, I plan on seeking out places in the city that not many outsiders know about.

If you have any questions or recommendations on where to visit, feel free to leave them down below. I'm always down for a little adventure. Much love and stay brilliant.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lunch In Seattle ~ Lowell's

Hello Everyone! I recently took a much needed trip to the city with my Sister and a good friend. After a few difficult changes happened in my life in the past two weeks, I knew going on a small trip to a place I love would help clear my mind. As always, Seattle did not disappoint. For those of you who don't know, I live about 30-40 minutes from Seattle. This time on my trip to the lovely Pike Place Market we decided to stop by the always good Lowell's for lunch.

If you are a lover of seafood, I definitely recommend stopping by Lowell's for a quick lunch if you ever find yourself in the Pacific Northwest. I myself am a vegetarian, but not to worry. I got a grilled cheese with tomato on rosemary bread sandwich. I must say, the bread was to die for! Their slogan says it all "Almost Classy since 1957". It's a very laid back restaurant. You can either order your food at the counter and sit on the first floor or seat yourself upstairs to be waited on. Either way, the food is worth it. My sister got the clams, which also came with garlic bread and my friend, Chishi, got the classic fish and chips. 

The prices range from around $10-$20. Fairly affordable for fresh ingredients! The food took about 10 minutes to be served. Overall, Lowell's offers very good food with a comfortable vibe and an amazing view of the waterfront.

It was a very relaxed and much needed lunch. You can see the big wheel from there too! Even though I live close to this city and I've visited it many times, I still find myself getting excited and almost jittery over the smallest things. It's a very accepting and urban place and I one-hundred percent recommend visiting it one day if you haven't already.

I wanted to keep this post short and sweet and show you the food porn bestowed upon us that evening. I hope you enjoyed reading! Leave a comment down below if you have any questions. Much love and stay brilliant.

Feel free to browse their website if you want any more information.
Click Here for Lowell's Website!