High Tea at the Palace.

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J for Jamie Blog | High Tea

Oh my gosh, one of my little cousins is married! We celebrated Victoria’s beautiful wedding this weekend in Sacramento so I thought it would be the perfect time to share some photos from her bridal shower. My aunt, the bride’s mother, hosted us at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. We had a beautiful high tea in the historical Garden Court with 4 different kinds of tea, delicious tea sandwiches and scones, and an endless amount of desserts. We had a lovely Saturday celebrating Victoria who looked gorgeous in a mint lace maxi dress.

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Meet Jessica

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J for Jamie Blog | Seattle by Thread & Bones

My main goal of Blog Party is to connect bloggers with each other so I’m always so thrilled to hear about people networking after our events. Of course, when I can collaborate for my own blog, it’s great too! I met blogger Jessica, of Thread and Bones, at the Social Print Studio Blog Party and was thrilled to have her guest post on JforJamie. Jessica is an amazing photographer and blogger and documents her travels all over the world. Today, Jessica shares some hidden secrets with us from her recent trip to Seattle. The way she travels is exactly how Chris and I love to travel – off the beaten path. I want to jet off to Seattle right now, I mean look at that seaside picnic!

Seattle is such a vibrant, beautiful city with fantastic spots to eat, walk through, browse and explore — it’s one of my favorite locations for a home-away-from-home getaway from San Francisco. That being said it took me quite a couple trips before getting a handle on how to experience Seattle like a local, and I’m excited to share those secrets here with you! Read on for how to experience Seattle like you live there.

J for Jamie Blog | Seattle by Thread & Bones

J for Jamie Blog | Seattle by Thread & Bones

J for Jamie Blog | Seattle by Thread & Bones

J for Jamie Blog | Seattle by Thread & Bones

Local Secret #1: Don’t drink coffee at Starbucks
Avoid Pike’s Place and head south to Pioneer Square. This historic part of town has gorgeous eye candy architecture, and quiet Zeitgeist Cafe is an awesome, steam-punk coffee shop with some great brews and a killer vibe. Start your weekend with a caffeine boost there before strolling around the corner to East Smith Mercantile, Laguna Pottery, and whatever other funky little vintage shops and speciality boutiques catch your eye. For lunch, look no further than the London Plane, with fresh, seasonal West Coast cuisine. Order the assortment of in-house spreads (my favs were the beet hummus with harissa and roasted red peppers + cashew dip) and share a couple plates of salads and grains (the curry chicken salad is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten).

Bonus: if you want to dig further into Seattle’s history you can take their spooky and fun underground tour

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Local Secret #2: The Real Seattle Farmer’s Market
As I mentioned, Pike’s Place is really not worth the visit in my opinion. You can get better, cheaper, fresher produce and watch salmon fly through the air by by heading across the bridge to old town Ballard. The Ballard Farmer’s Market here is open year round, rain or shine, and offers an incredible variety of produce, cheeses, nuts, jams, breads, foraged products, prepared foods and even wines; is wonderful for shopping, grabbing lunch, or just getting a cup of coffee at the Anchored Ship and people watching. To see more photos of the market, check out my recent post on the event Jessica’s blog, Thread and Bones!

Bonus: Afterwards, take a short jaunt (10 min walk) along the water to the Ballard Locks. September is actually the best time to catch a sight of wild salmon running upstream through the lock’s fish ladder!

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Local Secret #3: Nature in the City
Washington state is renowned for its hiking and outdoor adventure offerings, but you don’t have to leave the city to experience some nature. Spend the morning trekking through beautiful Discovery Park; swim in the ocean, or just lay out and admire the views of the sound and the ring of mountains around you. This is a perfect place to also get in one final savoring of the summer before it ends — the area is beautiful in September so pack a seaside picnic like we did here, with cooked crab, cheese and olives, a light chowder, and pre-roasted lemons, fennel and carrots that were just as good cool as fresh out of the oven on this hot day pictured.

Bonus: If you’re curious about cooking up some of that summer corn and fennel chowder for yourself, check out local blogger, Cannelle et Vanille has the recipe.

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Local Secret #4: Worth the wait for a table
Local celebrity Molly Wizenberg, of cooking blog Orangette, opened her own restaurant Delancey a few years ago, but it’s still running strong as a priceless neighborhood gem. This is a perfect spot to visit for lunch after the Ballard Farmer’s market, and has some of the best pizza I’ve eaten in a long time. The menu is nicely rounded out with super fresh, delicious salads, wine, beer and cocktails, and some gluten free options as well.

Guest post by Jessica of Thread and Bones
All photos by Jessica

 

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Year One.

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J for Jamie Blog | Wedding

Oh my goodness, it’s our official 1 year wedding anniversary! I can’t believe the time has flown by so fast. I must admit, I still suffer from post-wedding sadness at times. I wish we could relive our wedding every weekend! Being married to Chris is a lot like when we were dating but it actually feels so much more special now. We are officially in this together, figuring everything as a team. Of course there are the occasional off days and disagreements but going through those with someone I care infinitely about makes it worth it. Our next big adventure is our official honeymoon trip/anniversary trip to Europe and I can’t wait to travel around my favorite cities, and explore new ones, with my husband. Happy first year of amazing memories to my handsome husband! See more photos from our magical wedding on Instagram by searching #chrisheartsjamie.

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Brit + Co-Op Party

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J for Jamie Blog | Brit + Co-Op

I was so thrilled to participate in the exclusive Brit + Co-Op DIY party this summer. Brit + Co. sent me 11 Brit Kits and I invited 10 of my fabulous and crafty friends over to spend the afternoon DIY-ing. We embroidered watch bands from Timex with the embroidery thread, needles and thread that came in the kits. Luckily I had a ton of unused embroidery thread for my guests to choose from as well. To eat, I served fig and prosciutto croissant sandwiches, Caprese pasta salad, watermelon and feta and a charcuterie board. To drink we had white wine sangria and for dessert, chocolate pot de cremes and homemade red velvet bundt cakes from my friend Katie.  As you know, I love throwing parties so I had to go all out for this one. It was such a relaxing day crafting outside, eating delicious food and hanging out with some of my favorite people. If you’re interested in becoming a host for a Brit + Co-Op Party, apply here!

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See my Instagram photos from the party @jforjamie and #wearitwell and #britkits

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Blog Party + Polyvore

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It’s official! We’re having another Blog Party and it’s going to be epic. This time we’ve teamed up with Polyvore, an online global community that brings new ways to discover and shop for things you love. Polyvore will be hosting us on October 2nd in Mountain View, right in the heart of the Silicon Valley. For all you city people, their office is conveniently located right across from the CalTrain Station. This Blog Party is only open to 30 bloggers, so grab your ticket before we sell out! If you’re a creative company and are interested in sponsoring, click here to fill out the sponsor inquiry form.

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Star Street Precinct

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J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong by Liz

My cousin Liz lives and works in Hong Kong and despite the distance, we’ve remained really close. She was one of the first to hear about my Blog Party idea and was so supportive. Together, we’ve thought up so many ideas and projects together that I can’t wait to plan with her. Although Chris and I are planning a trip to Europe this year, we’ve already talked about going to Asia next year so we can visit Liz. I was so surprised when I read Liz’s latest blog post that was dedicated to me! Check it out for a visual tour of her eccentric and adorable neighborhood, Star Street Precinct, in Hong Kong. I wish we could get over there sooner but for now, I’ll live vicariously through her blog and her Instagram. Thanks so much for the post Liz, love you!

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Ilan dei Venice, Los Angeles

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J for Jamie Blog | Ilan dei Venice

Lately when we visit Los Angeles, it feels like we never have enough time. Before heading out of town, we visited my favorite street, Abbott Kinney and had coffee with my friend Hailee. While strolling around the neighborhood, Chris and I found this great store, Ilan dei Venice. I love that the store is set up in multiple shipping containers and is both indoor and outdoor. They have tons of amazing stuff for the home and products from local LA designers. It was hard to refrain from buying everything; I can’t wait to go back after we buy our own home to decorate.

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A Frozen Birthday Party

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J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

My little cousin, Christine, recently had a Frozen themed 6th birthday party and it was too cute not to share. As are most kids at the moment, she is obsessed with the movie and so are all her friends. Her mom planned a fun girl’s only Frozen party at a kids’ art studio (I was lucky enough to be invited). They learned how to paint Elsa’s castle, complete with glitter and snowflakes. Then they had pizza and Frozen-themed snacks; and of course, a blue Frozen birthday cake. Wasn’t this just the cutest party ever?

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

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J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

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J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

J for Jamie Blog | Frozen Birthday Party

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What I wore to Blog Her

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J for Jamie Blog | Blog Her '14 Outifts

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you know that I recently attended my first Blog Her ’14 in San Jose. As with most things I do, what I was going to wear was important to me. I was going to represent me, my brand and Blog Party so I wanted to look stylish and professional. However, I didn’t know how much walking there was going to be or if it was going to be hot or cold so I wanted to also be comfortable. I went more casual the first two days and saved my new Ted Baker dress for the last day. I also toted around my Ona camera bag which fit my iPad, notebook and makeup perfectly. Tell me, what would you wear to a blog conference or networking event?

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What I wore:
Prabal Gurung for Target top
Asos polka dot joggers
Dolce Vita shoes

Anthropologie top
J.Crew jeans
Enzo Angiolino shoes

Ted Baker dress
Halogen shoes

Ona Camera Bag

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Chris’ Un-Birthday

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J for Jamie Blog | Chris' 33rd Birthday

Just some scenes from Chris’ un-birthday in July. He always insists on ignoring it’s his birthday but I can’t help myself. We had a small gathering for drinks and dinner in Mountain View at Steins Beer Garden. I’m pretty sure he was glad we had dinner and his lovely friends were happy to celebrate with us. Sorry Chris, you’re stuck with me which means many more birthdays!

J for Jamie Blog | Chris' 33rd Birthday

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J for Jamie Blog | Chris' 33rd Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Chris' 33rd Birthday
J for Jamie Blog | Chris' 33rd Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Chris' 33rd Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Chris' 33rd Birthday

J for Jamie Blog | Chris' 33rd Birthday

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