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My little sister, Tara, finally came back from studying abroad in Cortona, Italy, last week.  And thanks to my extra amazing mom, myself and Diana got to surprise Tara at the Seattle airport (the last leg of her travels back to Los Angeles).  To make the most of our adventure, we decided to spend the night and explore this Northwest hub.

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We were not disappointed!  Staying at the W Hotel downtown was the perfect spot; we were central to the Light Rail (Seattle's impressive new public tram) and able to walk to Pike Place Market and Capitol Hill and everything in between.  Our first afternoon we got a bit touristy and went to see the signature fish flying by the bay.  We were immediately sidetracked by the unexpected heat and opted for a Moscow Mule at Rachel's Ginger Beer, pictured above.  The concept is absolutely brilliant; deliciously refreshing ginger beer blends and cocktails, all on tap.  We plan on ordering the White Peach to enjoy at home.  Not to mention Rachel, the owner, put us on the right track for a foodie adventure to Kedai Makan (Malaysian street food that really is sooo much more).

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The second stop I have to mention is Totokaelo, located on Capitol Hill.  This place is unreal.  Between delightfully modern home-ware, fluffy moroccan rugs, cases of gold jewelry, shoes upon shoes, and clothes I have since only dreamed of, owner Jill Wenger's space is an artfully curated selection of some of the most inspired, interesting pieces I have ever shopped for in retail.  The only negative?  There isn't one in L.A., yet!  Definitely take a moment to peruse their website.

From top left: Britt's Pickles at Pike Place Market, Eggs Benedict at Lola, NuBe Green's charming window, and me, waiting at the airport for my little sis.

From top left: Britt's Pickles at Pike Place Market, Eggs Benedict at Lola, NuBe Green's charming window, and me, waiting at the airport for my little sis.

The best part of the trip?  Reuniting with Tara.  This separation marked, truly, the first major separation my sister and I have ever faced.  Our bond runs deep and having her back makes me feel like I am whole again.  There were plenty of tears in saying goodbye and more realizing how much she has grown up without me by her side.  But the time apart has made me aware of the joyful, thoughtful, and curious woman she is as an artist and as an individual.  My sister is one cool chick.

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