Photo Diary: Sleepless in Seattle

View from Kerry Park

This past year, I did quite a bit of traveling while working abroad in China. Since I have been back, traveling has consisted of moving up and down along the west coast. When I was living in China, I would always have my passport tucked away in my Tangerine Tote. I needed it to check into hotels, visit Hong Kong and fly in, out and around China. However, this trip did not require such an item. But what it did require was sunnies, gum and an appetite for seafood.

Seattle is an amazing city, and with beautiful weather it made it unreal. It was perfect. It’s super trendy, has amazing urban culture and hugs the sea nicely. One of the places we had to see was Pike Place Market. If you ever visit Seattle you have to come and see this famous and long standing Farmer’s Market.

What You’ll Discover at Pike Place Market:

  • First ever Starbucks (expect a long line)
  • Flying seafood and fish thrown by fisherman
  • Inexpensive flowers
  • Fresh goods (mini donuts, breads, bagels, steam buns, smoothies)
  • Handmade jewelry, soaps, souvenirs, and trinkets
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • The famous Gum Wall

Pike Place Market

Love the bike rack at Pike Place Market

Gum Wall at Pike Place Market

Adding my gum to the wall!

{The Seattle Ferris Wheel is a new addition to this trendy city. It reminds me of a smaller version of the London Eye}

Restaurant Views

Flower Truck

$15.00 bouquet!

$15.00 bouquet!

Crabs — look those claws!

Fresh Seafood

Mini Maple and Bacon Donut — My favorite, I had to stash some in my Tangerine Tote for later

Fruit Stand

Fruit Stand

Blue, clear skies in Seattle

Touring Seattle with my Sony NEX-F3, gotta love it!

Touring Seattle with my Sony NEX-F3, gotta love it!

I love Seattle so much! I can’t wait to go back for another adventure. Some of my best friends are from Seattle and I can see why they love it so much. If you get the opportunity to visit Pike Place Market let me know. It’s awesome. I don’t think I did it justice. I am going to try and make my own Bacon and Maple Mini Donuts! Stay tuned!


Caprese Salad

This week in Portland, it has quickly transitioned into my favorite season, Fall. Temperatures have dropped, rain is beginning to fall and gray hues are taking over the city. I have been expecting this for a month and now that it has finally happen it feels like Halloween is around the corner. One recipe that is always a great Summer dish is a simple Caprese Salad. It makes a great appetizer, snack or even a light dinner. It’s simple, tasty and fresh. Try it out before the leaves all fall.

Ingredients via Tangerine Tote’s Polyvore

  • Beefsteak (Large) Tomatoes
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Optional: Salt and Pepper

Pair this with a cheap red and boom! Easy appetizer! My Tangerine Tote philosophy is, is that if you supply the drinks and simple eats, have your friends make the dinner! Enjoy.

DIY Fold Over Elastic Hair Ties

I am in love with Fold Over Elastic Hair Ties and even after two years, they are still pretty popular. These hair ties are really easy to make and much cheaper than buying them at local boutiques (I’ve seen them range from $3.00 – $5.00 for one!!). They also make awesome gifts and look great as wrist accessories.

When I finally figured out what this special elastic was called, I did some research arround Portland on where to buy fold over elastistic. The closest place I found was the Fabric Depot. However, next time I am going to buy by the yard online. It’s a lot cheaper and there are more colors and selections.Check out Elastic By The Yard ($2.55 for 5 yards).

Materials You Need:

  • Fold Over Elastic (3 yards of desired color)
  • Yard Stick
  • Scissors

Step 1: Measure 7″ to 8″ of the fold over elastic on the yard stick. If you have really thick hair, measure 7 ½“ to 8” but remember it will stretch quite a bit. Cut the end of the elastic once it’s measured.

Step 2: Fold the elastic in half and tie a fold over knot at the end. Cut the two ends at an angle for a more polished look. If there are frays at the end, use a lighter to lightly singe the ends of the elastic.

Step 3: Organize your newly made hair ties in a cute container. Above, I used an old mason jar. I love it becuase it’s clear and you can see exactly what colors of hair ties you have.

I hope this inspires you to make your own fold over elastic hair ties! I made a lot of these awesome hair ties to have on hand when I have birthdays to go to. My friends and family love them! Give it a try and let me know how it goes. DIY projects are the best!

Neon Jacket

{Ray Bans, H&M Scarf, Nasty Gal Neon Jacket, Spendid Top, Vintage Christian Dior Bag, Joe Jeans}

Transitioning your Summer wardrobe to your Fall one is my favorite time of year. Bright colors and monochromatic hues work well together and help inspired me this look. My go to bright neon jacket was perfect in summer with white shorts, a gray v-neck, gold jewelry, and sandals. Now that it’s Fall, it is perfect to match with a pair of black jeggings, gray tee (with pockets), casual boots, and a stripe white and gray scarf.  In my current city, Portland, it has been an unusually long summer with very little rain (strange…). But who’s to complain? I get to wear some of my favorite clothes longer than usual.

{Boots are so fun, and these Melissa Button Frye Boots have been a staple piece in my wardrobe for over two years. If you are on the fence about spending money on a great pair of boots, I encourage to do so. Take the plunge now, and you will save money in the long term.  Having a classic pair of Fryes is a great addition to your Fall and Winter wardrobe.}

{Love the classic look of a Ray Bans’ Classic Wayfarer – it gives my outfit a touch of retro-classic mix into the playful color of neon yellow}

{Chan Luu wrap bracelet, Michael Kors Watch,  Stella&Dot bracelet, David Yurman Ring}

I love mixing vintage pieces, especially handbags, with edgier, more modern jewelry. My ring on my middle finger is a custom ring my father gave to me on my 21st birthday. It is fun to collect unique pieces of jewelry and vintage items because it feels and looks unique.

As I continue to post fashion looks, my readers will begin to notice that I love bracelets and rings. I love these accessories the most because I also get to enjoy them. It’s hard to notice a fun necklace, earrings, or headpiece because you are not looking at your face/neck all day. It’s nice to look down at your wrists and hands and notice something sparkly.

With more great Fall looks to come! What do you think of this outfit?

Photos by Andrew Sakai

Portland Farmer’s Market

"Summer Farmer's Market"
Summer Farmer’s Markets are a great place to find fresh produce, support local farmers, taste fresh artisan bread and purchase beautiful, inexpensive flowers. This summer, I spent a couple of my Saturday mornings at Portland’s Farmer’s Market. My first impression of this Farmer’s Market was a mix of Portland’s culture: hipster, organic, and artistic. I loved it!

A lot of the time, the produce at a Farmer’s Market is cheaper than your local supermarkets and the quality is much better. So fresh and tasty.  The colors of the fruits, vegetables, flowers and baked goods were so inspiring for summer: greens, reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, and blues.

Next time you are making your list of items to get at your local Farmer’s Market, you should first make a list of meals that you want to make for the week, or fresh ingredients you need to prepare a great Saturday or Sunday dinner with your friends and family. Also, fresh cut vegetables and fruits are a healthy snack for work or school.

Check out the great produce I found below…
{Beautiful, large carrots!}
{Inexpensive flowers! $10.00 per bouquet!}Flowers"Green and Red Peppers""Green and Purple Artichokes""Tomatos"{Big, ripe tomatos – perfect for fresh pasta sauce and soups}"Oregon Berries"{This is where I bought fresh Oregon blueberries for my Blueberry Mint Sparkling Cocktails}{Fresh lavender for your drawers}Artisan BreadNext time you go to your local Farmer’s Market make sure to check out information about the local vendors. A lot of the time, these booths have larger local stores year round where you can purchase seasonal, fresh goods everyday.