Years ago when I lived in Seattle, visiting Pike Place Market was one of my favorite ways to spend the morning. Yes, even locals love the market! Now that I live a ferry boat ride away, I find myself visiting Seattle less and less. When I commuted to the city as an ER nurse, I would spend the entire day at the hospital, and those 12 hour shifts don’t allow for much time to explore the city. So it had been awhile since I had the pleasure of strolling through downtown.
My favorite things to do at Pike Place have remained the same over the years. I love to grab a warm latte from Le Panier, then make my way down to Piroshky Piroshky for their out of this world fresh rhubarb treat. THEY ARE HEAVEN! Then I would wander through the various vendors and of course pick up some flowers. They have the laregest, most gorgeous blooms for the best prices. I would then take a few too many samples from the Chukar Cherries gals before heading home. Black Forest is still my favorite! Oh the simple, pre-baby life.
Needless to say, I had a fun time wandering through the market again with my girlfriend Jesse. We were surprisingly baby free, and had the best day exploring without strollers! Jesse even took me on a birthday lunch to Boka when it started to snow. It was a girls day to remember!
There’s something so fun about being a tourist in your own city. Jess and I both vowed to do it more often, and I hope you will to! What’s your favorite Pike Place spot? Let me know in the comments!
Photography by Jessica Crockett
Hat: Anthropologie // Jacket: North Face, similar // Gloves: Anthropologie, similar here // Sweater: Old Navy //Jeans: Nordstrom //Boots: Frye
Growing up in Washington state, my dad would jokingly call my sister and I “Puget Sound Debutantes.” And I guess the title kind of stuck. My everyday style is very simple and laid back. You can find me in jeans and a t-shirt just about everyday. Like a lot of women, I have fun getting dressed up and dolled up. I like to do my makeup, and look my best. I have posted some of my dressier looks on the blog before, (also here and here) but the reality is that everyday life in the Pacific Northwest can get a little soggy. When my husband is gone at work for extended periods of time, I need to be the man and the woman of the house. Which often means function over form while I’m headed to the island dump. Yes, I have to take our trash to the dump.
I have found simple ways to dress myself up and make myself feel feminine, while living out in the country. Even just wearing a sweater instead of a sweatshirt, or putting on a simple pair of earrings can do wonders for my mood. I like to feel put together, but, most of all, I still need to be able to get get my hands dirty when needed.
I think it’s fun to embrace all sides of one’s style, and I wanted to give you all a glimpse at my everyday look. So here it is! With 3 day old hair, very little makeup and a puffy vest. What’s your everyday style? Is your style more form or function? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know!
Earrings: Kate Spade // Vest: Marmot // Sweater: J. Crew // Jeans: DL 1961 // Boots: Hunter
This year has brought more changes to ours lives than ever before. I feel blessed to be a wife, mother, and am embracing my new role as a blogger. I wanted to highlight my favorite photos and memories from this year, and narrowing them all down proved a challenge! Without further ado, here are Bainbridge Boheme’s top moments of 2016!
- Starting Bainbridge Boheme! It had to be number one because it all started here! Bainbridge Boheme stemmed from my love of celebrating life’s little pleasures. At the time, my love for journaling and photographing our everyday lives was growing, and this blog was born. When I launched, I really thought that my mother and mother-in-law would be the only readers. I’m so glad I was proven wrong. I have opened up about some really personal things here, and have had lots of just for fun posts too. I am grateful for each and every one of you for following along in this journey. It has blossomed into a true passion, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the New Year.
- Celebrating Julian’s first birthday. Of course, I knew his big day was coming, but it came faster than I could have ever imagined and it was more special than I can describe. Love you beyond measure baby Jules.
- Adopting our sweet rescue dog, Jet Pup when he was just 8 weeks old from the Kitsap Humane Society. Jeff and I are both such advocates for animal adoption, and Jet has been the perfect addition to our family. I love it when Jet Pup walks into Julain’s nursery with me to get him from naps. They are best buds!
- Finishing our home remodel (mostly)! I don’t talk about it much on the blog, but years ago we began an enormous project to remodel our home, which was once just a little Bainbridge Island barn. Like anyone who has been through a remodel will tell you, it takes all of your blood, sweat, tears and money. It has been a trying process, but one that I am so glad we took on. More than anything, I’m so glad it’s mostly done, and I’m so grateful we were able to spend our first Christmas in our new home.
- Our family trip to Hawaii! I feel so fortunate that we have family in Hawaii and are able to travel there for a sunny reprieve! Hawaii has so many special memories for us. Jeff and I took a trip there after we just barely starting dating (I know, I know!) and it was where we would later become engaged. This continues to be my most viewed post ever. Can’t imagine why 😉 You guys like swim suits I guess.
I would absolutely love to hear your top moments of the year! Let me know in the comments! And Happy New Year to all!
I am so excited to be able to start my New Year off with a glowing complexion! We all know what the holidays means; lots of parties, lots of events, and lots of photos! Glowing, beautiful skin is always in style and there’s no better time than the New Year to show it off. That’s why I took the time to visit my go-to esthetician Brenna from Blush by Brenna in Poulsbo, WA.
Pregnancy did a number on my skin. I had pregnancy induced melasma all on one side of my face, and none on the other. Needless to say, it used to make me incredibly self conscious. That would mean extra makeup to conceal and even out my skin. And while I like to wear makeup, I don’t like wearing a lot of makeup. So then I’d end up feeling self conscious about how much makeup I was wearing! My skin would get congested, and I’d end up wearing even more makeup! Enter Brenna.
Her “Perfect Facial” felt more glorious than a massage. We started off with a kiwi cream cleanse, then sloughed off dull, dead skin with a cranberry gomage. Her 30% glycolic peel and pumpkin peel works overtime to get you that beautiful, glowing skin. She even provides the most relaxing and hydrating hand and feet massages! Seriously, when is the last time you had a foot massage? It’s incredible. Alright, next came the not so pleasant part; extractions. Like I mentioned above, my skin was super congested! Brenna worked all of that congestion out, and then massaged wine oil into my skin for an anti-aging benefit. If I could bath in that stuff, I would. We topped off the facial with this incredible treatment called Thermo-Lo that gets rid of hyperpigmentation from my pregnancy induced melasma.
I love feeling comfortable and confident while bare faced. But lets be honest, that isn’t so simple as we get older! Sometimes we need just a little help from our local, friendly esthetician. I am feeling super vulnerable right now for posting a makeup free/filter free/unedited selfie on the internet (where nothing ever dies) but I couldn’t resist showing you all the amazing benefits of these treatments. Sure I still have little problem areas, I am human! But my skin has been radiant and oh so soft ever since my visit to Blush by Brenna. Check her out and get your New Years glow on!
Wanted to pop in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and to share with you this year’s Christmas card! I posted all of our Christmas photos in early December, but this was the winning photo that made our card! I know I’ve said it before, but this is my absolute favorite holiday. I hope you are cozy by a fire, drinking eggnog and feeling the warmth of the holiday. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Photography by Whitney Coudray Photography
Card from Minted
Earrings: Slate &Willow through RTR, similar here // Skirt: Slate & Willow, similar here and here// Shirt: Gap, similar here
Jeff: Jacket: Filson // Shirt: Pendleton, similar here // Pants: Levis, similar
Julian: Sweater: Gymboree, similar here and here // Flannel: Baby Gap // Pants: Tea Collection // Shoes: Barna and Co
Winter is the season for cuddling up and getting cozy by the fire. I love any excuse to have a relaxed day at home with family, and winter certainly brings that out in me. Having seasonal goals makes the time feel richer and helps me to embrace the change that is in the air. I shared my autumn to-do list on the blog before, so I thought it would be fun to share with you my winter list as well! Here’s a glimpse into a few of my goals for the winter season. Will you be doing any of these as well? What are your goals for the season? Let me know in the comments!
- Take Julian sledding for the first time
- Build a snowman (we may need to take a drive for this one, since our snow didn’t last long!)
- Set goals for the New Year
- See the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker. As a former snowflake myself (not a PNB Snowflake mind you!) this will always be my favorite Nutcracker scene!
- Have a Christmas movie marathon. My favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life!
- Take a drive around Bainbridge Island to see all the holiday light displays
- Send family Christmas cards. I’ll be sharing a peek at ours soon, I’m in love with them this year!
- Perfect my cinnamon roll recipe for Christmas morning
- Drink an eggnog latte. Okay, I may have already done that weeks ago
- Visit Christmas in Big Valley in my hometown of Poulsbo, WA.
Sweater: J. Crew old, similar// Jeans: DL 1961 // Boots: Hunter // Nail Polish: OPI
Our first snowfall was a magical as I had hoped it would be! The forecast predicted all of our snow would be gone before morning, so you can imagine my excitement when I woke to a winter wonderland! Jet was fascinated by the snowflakes and I could hardly get him to come inside all day. Julian was pretty mesmerized by the blankets of white, but was not interested in playing in it! He wanted his mama to hold him while he watch Jet Pup play.
For our little snowy playdate I bundled up in my new ILY MIX scarf and hat. You probably already know that I have a thing for scarves. So I was excited to add a few more pieces of theirs to my wardrobe and style them for winter. Hope we get some more of the beautiful snow soon. I would absolutely love a white Christmas!
For the past 5 years or so, every December I have reread “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Most of us know the story already, we’ve seen the movie, maybe even the Muppet rendition. But I think we can all agree that a book can take you to a magical place that a movie simply can’t. Well, maybe we don’t all agree on that (Dad) but that’s my humble opinion. Reading “A Christmas Carol” just before the Christmas holiday warms my heart like no other book can. It’s a quick read, and it’s subtly new every time.
It is the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a simple man who turns cantankerous, and selfish through his years. On the night before Christmas day, he is forced to look at his past, present, and what his future will entail if he does not change his actions. Scrooge redeems himself and his transformation is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. This tale is touching and filled with cherished lessons; to have the spirit of Christmas all year long.
Favorite quotes: “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused”
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my Grandma Shirley is one of my most beloved holiday memories. She had every kind of sprinkle variation imaginable, and her cookies always turned out perfectly. My sister and brother and I would spend the whole day at her house baking and decorating and then eating the fruits of our labor. Christmas music was always on in the background and I’m sure we destroyed her kitchen. I can’t claim to be as skilled as Grandma Shirley, and my sprinkle collection is probably a fraction of hers, but I wanted to share my cookie recipe with you all for the holidays! Honing my icing and cookie decorating skills is taking some time, but trial and error is always more fun when you get to eat the failed attempts! I’ve mentioned this before on another cookie post, but I often just leave cookies unfrosted, and luckily my husband thinks they are tastier that way.
Well the other day, baby Jules and I headed over to my parent’s house to make some Christmas cookies with my nephew Bennett. You can see his cute chubby hand helping out in the photos above! I knew I couldn’t leave these Christmas cookies naked, so I found a super easy royal icing recipe to try out. I kept the icing simple and white and used mostly my white sprinkles for this batch. The next batch was green and red, it just didn’t last long enough to be photographed!
This sugar cookie recipe has been my go-to for as many Christmases as I can remember. It’s simple, fool proof, and only requires an extra 30 minutes to chill before baking. My nephews, and whole family loved the cookies. Baby Julian even got a few bites! Baking and decorating Christmas cookies is a delicious and festive way to get in the holiday spirit!
Do you bake Christmas cookies with your kiddos or family members? There are so many special memories around baking Christmas cookies. I’d love to hear yours!
¾ cup butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla
Grated rind of 1 lemon
¼ tsp salt
2 ½ cups flour
With a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until light in color. On low speed beat in egg and egg yolk just until combined. Add vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Add the flour until blended, do not over beat batter. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for approx 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating. Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat them all! Enjoy!
Adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Baking
ROYAL ICING: Wilton’s recipe
Decorating for Christmas has always felt so magical to me. It’s those twinkling lights and glistening ornaments that get me everytime! Recently, I shared with you our trip to Valley Nursing in Poulsbo to pick out our perfect Christmas tree. I got such a great response from sharing our autumn decor, that today, I am sharing with you how I like to decorate our home for the holidays!
I always start decorating a tad early, because I love to be able to enjoy the holiday decor all season long. Christmas music is playing in our home starting early November. I told you I start early! My poor husband. As you could have already guessed from Julian’s first birthday party, I love to decorate with greenery! I took these photos on different days, so you can see two different looks for how we decorate our dining room table for the holidays as well. I love how the simple garland on our dining room table can transform the whole room into a cozy winter wonderland.
Our tree is so tall and stately, I feel as though these photos don’t do it justice. I was on the very top rung of a ladder trimming this tree! I kept the ornaments silver and gold for a classic feel. For a chic look on our table, we picked out a gorgeous long centerpiece from Valley Nursery.
I adore how our holiday decor turned out this year. Our home feels cozy, festive and ready for the winter holidays. If only I could leave our tree up year round!
Tree, poinsettia, and large centerpiece: Valley Nursery // Wreaths, and garland: Sherwood Forest Farms