In Seattle, Noms, Uncategorized

Seattle Foodie-ish.

Often seemingly out of nowhere ~ my foodie self appears. Enthralled by the local food scene, and the community that surrounds it, a mood will strike and I will find myself hearting up Instagram posts ranging from sugar coated baked goods to health/environment focused Meat Free Monday meals (say that one five times fast).

A few months back, I attended a Seattle Foodies Instameet and since then I have been thinking more about the role of food and community building in the age of Instagram.

I have followed a number of local foodies and have begun to seek out unique cuisine in my travels. I have learned new hashtag lingo. I am delighted to see that a good food snap can lead to an interesting cross cultural or cross neighborhood dialogue/meetup.

Naturally, when I learned a Pie Instameet at A La Mode Pies was going to be led by my delightful friend Seattle Dessert Geek aka Jess Tupper I knew this was a chance to be part take part in something especially delicious. Every time I hang w/ Jess I seem to find myself consuming food that is wonderful, unique, and memorable… Also, I like pie ~ basically because I’m human.

Call It Like You See It
The Blue Hawaiian – signature pie of A La Mode & lovely Elvis Tribute 🙂
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Mexican Chocolate Mousse – My chosen slice 
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Cookies & Cream – this one was my bestie’s favorite.
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Instagrammer @SeattleOnTheRun aka Page snapping the magical Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse (also seen w/ me in the featured photo at the top of the post)

While people do complain about a world filled with people, “just posting pictures of food online”, I have seen friendships and professional growth develop through Internet foodie culture.  For me, becoming a #SeattleFoodie is an entirely delicious experience.

 

Adventures, All, Collabs, Fashion, Fashion & Beauty, In Seattle, Journal, Life, Media, Media & Tech, Music, Noms, Not In Seattle, Projects, Style

Amara Inspired on YouTube #IWD

It’s International Women’s Day & to celebrate I made three YouTube playlists, yep three, one for each channel. On my main channel, Amara In Seattle, is a playlist of videos that inspire me, many of these are among my all time favorite YouTube videos for various reasons, explained below.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk: Your elusive creative genius
It would often happen on the way to an old job, that I would suddenly feel like I must MUST write something down.  In this Tedtalk writer, Elizabeth Gilbert, highlights the value of that feeling & helped me to make changes into a Big Magic filled creative life.


St. Patty’s Day Hair of the Dog w/ Hannah Hart & Grace Helbig

There is a moment of true friendship that is captured during this episode of YouTube comedian Mamrie Hart’s show, You Deserve a Drink, when things go terribly wrong.  This video highlights why these three women are pillars of YouTube culture, in large part because they care about each other in the way we all want our friends to.

Finishing with Sprinkle of Glitter – Louise Pentland
When long time British YouTube creator, Louise Pentland, decided to step away from her established YouTube formula to be more honest and direct with her audience it was risky. Inspiring and truly brave, Louise is leading the way in the development of YouTube as a platform for evolving dynamic creators.

Meghan Tonjes – ‘This Year’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
This is probably not Meghan Tonjes favorite song, it was early in her music career and launched her to video success (and landed her on Ellen!), but for me the lyrics continue to be inspiration whenever I need a reminder that this moment and year is part of my journey.

Too Emotional – Mayim Bialik
Mayim Bialik has stood off to the side from me for a long time. I didn’t watch Blossom as a child but it was there in all its uniquely dressed glory. Her channel is new, but tackles subjects that are very open and raw, using her Big Bang Theory celebrity to open important digital dialogues like this one on feelings.

Living The Mr. Kate Lifestyle – Mr. Kate
I have watched Mr. Kate build her one-of-a-kind channel to over 1 million subscribers through hard work and strange colorful ideas. When this video debuted it brought Kate into my view, and I have watched her be silly, weird, creative, and brilliant ever since. Kate showed me that YouTube offered a one of a kind amazing opportunity. She also inspired me to realize there is room for different kinds of lifestyle channels, helping me to form Amara In Seattle.

Climbing Mt. Fuji – Sharla In Japan
Sharla took me up Mt. Fuji and in the process helped shape my vision for my travel channel, Amara Not In Seattle ~ a place to share travel as I see it: in beautiful experiences. Videos that feel like you are right there, experiencing those one of a kind travel moments.

House Tour – Rosanne Pansino
Ro is the queen of YouTube growth and improvement but it is the way she designed her home, to also be her workspace, that inspired me to see her as a model #girlboss. This design is inspiring, downright clever, and got me to begin dreaming about how Amara In Seattle could blow past expectations. Also, Ro is also a Seattle gal, so I may be a little delightfully bias.

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes – Wendy’s Lookbook
This vid sparked the idea that I want to learn technical video creation skills for artistic reasons, as well as practical ones. The information is presented in such an entertaining way that it immediately got me thinking: I wish I could do that. Now, when I get stuck learning a program or digital process I return to this tutorial to be inspired.

Wild Flag – Romance
There is a moment in this music video when Carrie Brownstein rocks out so hard it answered a question I’d had most of my life: what instrument is for me. This video helped put an electric guitar in my hands and is filled with strength and silliness. The video for Romance is a good reminder that badass and goofy can and should go together.

Check Out the Other Amara In Seattle International Women’s Day Activities:

What women inspire you? Let me know in the comments below.

Join the discussion in the comments below & by using the hashtags: #HerVoiceIsMyVoice #BeBoldForChange

Adventures, Collabs, In Seattle, Life, Social Media, Technology

Social Media Puppy Love

What happened in Vegas did anything but stay there.

I was in the Paris Hotel taking a momentary break from a new media marketing conference to scroll through Instagram. It was just supposed to be a momentary digital refresher before going back the professional grind. That was before Sebastian Unleashed, an adorable mini American Eskimo mix, appeared in my feed.

A true Seattleite, Sebastian wakes to the smell of coffee. He snuggles with his nearest and dearest while reading the morning news. He is quiet and likes to take naps in his favorite chair. And when it is time to leave the house, Sebastian often walks to his favorite Space Needle view point, Kerry Park, to clear his head and Instagram.

After hours of panels discussing about the importance of seizing the social media in the moment, I decided to send a query to the Seattle based pup to see if he would like to do a collaboration when I returned to home.

The result is the social media puppy love story you see below.

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The day we met started with drinks at Fremont Coffee Company.
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Sebastian is a great listener.
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There was a modeling stop at Theo Chocolate Factory.
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Then we bundled up for a walk by the lake.
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There was fun, laughter, & silly faces.
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Sebastian was a little shy.
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Maybe, he was just camera shy.
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But in the end, he turned out to be the perfect social media valentine.

By seizing the social media moment Sebastian, his owner, & I have just begun a relationship of wonderful digital & irl adventures ~ I for one am glad that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there.

See Sebastian’s YouTube debut & some behind the scenes moments on the vlog channel:

Find Sebastian on Instagram as @SebastianUnleashed.

Learn more about Seattle dog culture in my most recent Amara In Seattle video:

Have a pup? Get dog related tips & styles from Sebastian’s favorite website Sew Doggy Style.

As I always love social media cuteness, please let me know about your favorite Instagram or YouTube pet in the comments below.

Best Adventures,
Amara in Seattle (and Sebastian Unleashed)

Journal, Life

Thanks for the Crayons

img_2521When I was thirteen I overheard a father explain to his kids that they could only draw for an hour because he didn’t want them to get used to the idea that art was acceptable. It was the first time I felt sad about art.  It was also the first time I recognized that making art contains an element of fear.

The father limited the crayons because becoming an artist is scary, both for the artist and the people who care about them. The ground to an artistic life is shaky and the path is unclear. For many who make art, there is hardly a path at all.

I’ve found that creating the path to art is part of the art you end up making.

That day, the crayons may have been taken away from those kids but it also was the day my path changed. I learned about the defensive lurch to fight for art that lives inside me. A need for creation that motivates and inspires me to step up and try new things.

Sometimes I fail.

Sometimes I fail hard.

Learning is a process and art is constant learning.

Drawing your own course is easier when you are given crayons and surrounded people who believe you may be able to use them. I am more thankful than I can ever express for my community, those who believe in the spark of possibility, those who remind me that getting lost in the woods is part of many of the best stories, and those who share their art. You rockstars are the best and you make me, and the art, better everyday and I love you for it.

Thank you for the crayons!

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Best Adventures,
Amara In Seattle

Adventures, In Seattle, Journal

Happy Halloween Scare-attle & Beyond

I am writing this dressed as Captain Amar-ica at Ada’s Technical bookstore in Capitol Hill, Seattle… or Scare-attle as I am calling it today. It is Halloween and it is raining, natch.


In just a few days life gets even busier, at Midnight tonight Nanowrimo begins, I am suddenly going To LA in just a few days (see Nov. 2nd), and later this November is VloggerFair , the YouTube creator convention in Seattle.

But before November takes hold I am going to revel in Halloween magic. For me that began with the creation of the story time video below where I tell of few of my favorite 90’s Halloween memories.

May yours be spooky and inspiring, filled with creativity, adventure, and excitement.  Now I’m off consume a whole lot of pumpkin spice, while I still can.

Best Adventures,
Captain Amar-ica In Seattle Scare-attle.

P.S. behold the raindrops on my glasses…even as Cap I cannot escape the rain. 🙂

Adventures, In Seattle, Music

My New Bae is Beethoven

When was the last time you were submerged in classical music? If you are like me, the answer is simple: never.

Emerald City Music would like to change that by making classical music accessible and part of the lives of all music lovers. They provide access to top notch chamber music that is comfortable and affordable. Classical music experiences where no tie is required and you can feel totally at ease wearing your comfy sweater and jeans.

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Intrigued, I grabbed my camera, threw on a bright orange skirt, and headed into the light sprinkle of Seattle rain to experience an Emerald City Music concert for myself. And I am so glad I did.

It started with mingling around a photo booth. There was popcorn, chocolate, and an open bar. There was a general ease in the atmosphere.

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The program showcased The Dover Quartet who played through Beethoven’s life with small educational chats in-between pieces. The musicians took turns explaining the life and history of the music, their roles as performers, and even touching on what made these particular pieces valuable to them personally.

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As the music flowed, I began to see Beethoven in a new light. First as a student of music displaying a hint of oncoming dissonance. Then as the evening moved on, I felt his evolution into full force rebellion further complicated by the knowledge and emotion of his encroaching hearing loss. The gripping sounds of an all-consuming calling being snuffed out by a cruel unstoppable deadline.

img_7127At the end I stood up with all the other attendees, we were astonished. Violin, viola, and cello strings had been shredded. It turns out The Dover Quartet doesn’t just play classical music, they tell human stories in song.

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Filing out of the concert space, the rain continued to softly beat down on the roof of 415 Westlake, it was a perfect Seattle moment; unexpected, gripping, and calling on me to grow as a person. Beethoven was no longer the name of an old dead classical musician relevant only to the upper crust but kind of punk rocker from long ago. He felt the things that inspire artists, he took chances, and he created a story I needed in my life.

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Invigorated and with a bit of popcorn in my teeth, I instagramed in joy at my new love for Beethoven. Emerald City Music had been victorious and I was happy, there was new music in my life.

Invite more music into yours by learning more about Emerald City Music and checking out their Twitter, Facebook Page, and Instagram.

Experience the astonishing Dover Quartet on their website and find them on Twitter and YouTube.

Adventures, In Seattle, Journal, Not In Seattle, Uncategorized

Now Uploading – YouTube Channels!

I am so excited. I just keep saying that. At the start of this month, I begin uploading Amara In Seattle videos and within a week I had launched all three Amara In Seattle channels.

Making the decision to start early, while I am still in a learning phase was hard, but I find that creating is about learning as you go. There are many things I am working to improve, but I am thrilled to dig in and grow. To start. To take one step at a time. But most of all, I am excited to start interacting with all of you, amazing digital rock stars.

I hope you will join me on these of strange, beautiful, and fun adventures by subscribing, liking, sharing, and interacting with the three AIS channels:

Amara In Seattle (#AIS), the main channel. Here we adventure in the pacific northwest looking at history, events, pop culture, Americana, geekery, music, books, technology, social media, DIY, thrifting, vintage, retro, nostalgia and all kinds of other cool stuff.

Amara Not In Seattle (#ANIS) is a travel channel. A place for us to get lost traveling from exotic locales to local experiences, these are life enriching journeys. And to help your travels, there will also be travel tips, tricks, books, and reviews.

Amara In Seattle Vlogs (#AISV) is the catchall. A place to do random stuff like unboxings, DITLOs, super random talking, bloopers, internet trend videos, behind the scenes fun and other such vlogish things. http://bit.ly/2dTHKZF

As I keep saying, I am… well… so excited and I hope you are too. It’s going to be such fun!

Questions? Ideas? Leave me a comment on one of the channels above or send an email to: amarainseattleinfo@gmail.com

Business, Press, Events or Collaboration Inquiries, please email: amarainseattlebusiness@gmail.com

Best Adventures,
Amara In Seattle

All, Journal, Life

Adventures Of A Lifetime

Amara In Seattle (AIS) finally has a landing pad and I couldn’t be happier.

Yesterday marked my first post on this website, so the beautiful wild strange adventures have begun.

Here you will find a plethora of interesting content covering stuff like:

  • Pop Culture
  • Americana
  • Local History
  • Geekery
  • Nostalgia
  • Technology
  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Social Media
  • DIY
  • Fashion
  • Beauty
  • Thrifting
  • Travel
  • …and so very much more.

Some of those things my be familiar, the Instagram and Twitter accounts that have been going for years. Then there are the glittering gems like the mixtape project, Mixed with Care, and  Shiny Stuff & Wild Things, a Tumblr sharing small moments of inspiration, joy, and strangeness.

Others adventures are going to be brand new, like my three (yes, three!) new YouTube channels:

But Amara In Seattle is much more than individual videos, projects, and moments, Amara In Seatttle (AIS) is series of adventures led by innovation, creativity, and delight.

What you have found is a community of rock stars forging creation and inspired lives! Have cool ideas? Want to share your inspiration? You can always find me here & by tagging your projects with #AIS

See you soon (I’m so excited!!!)14264076_10105239335017522_7120550377866818869_n

Best Adventures,

Amara In Seattle