September 9, 2012

my love is like a flower, a flower called seattle



these buds were shot on my iphone the first day of our trip, in a sunny community garden.  it's been nonstop rays since then, really, seattle's been full of color and sun and some of the most warm, outgoing city folk i've ever met.  i lose track of the amount of times i get stopped on the street with a compliment about my hair or outfit (yesterday, six separate seattle strangers were informed with a happy skip that the dress they were complimenting was made by me.  this only added to their, and my, glee).

but!  all streaks must end.  today we woke up to a washed wall of gray cloud cover, and my mood was instantly affected.  i would assume seattilites have built up an immunity to this sort of weather, but i'm interested to see if loss of sun is reflected in the demeanor of the city.  if i could deal with the rain, i could see living here.

but not driving here, man.  WHAT IS UP WITH Y'ALL AND THE ROAD RAGE.  it is instantaneous and overpowering. there's an alien living in the chest of each citizen of this fair city, it comes screaming out through every orifice the nanosecond another driver stops to let a passenger out or slows to make a turn.  it is so foreign, really the only response is laughter.  in fact... it's entertaining.

seattle!  can you do no wrong?

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  1. Oona - I'm originally from NYC and now in Seattle so please forgive my NYC snarkiness, Seattle is lovely but I have to warn you:

    I think you'll get a lot of attention for your dresses because Seattlites really have very little personal style. They don't really know how to dress seasonally, or at all.

    Seattlites are SUPER passive. The only road rage I've experienced here is from out of towners, who I believe are very angry with how passive native Seattle drivers are.

    Oh yeah, and wait until the misty, cloudy, winter. It actually doesn't rain that much here but it's more of just a constant mist in yo face. (that's what she said...?)

    That's all. But really - it's lovely here :)

    -Sara

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    1. i've been told the exact same thing re:style by a co worker. it's baffling to me. wouldn't you want to combat the gray with colorful outfits & houses?

      we were stuck in a long line of traffic in capital hill last night, behind two tow trucks. everyone quietly sat and waited. our friend finally pulled around and passed everyone, as we drove away we could see that no one followed his lead. i wonder if the rage is just downtown?

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  2. I grew up here (the Seattle area) and still live here. The grey does get to me.
    and drivers.... I agree with Sara, PASSIVE!!

    but the grey can't chase me away, I love this place!

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    1. if there was ever a city t make a good argument for putting up with gray, it's right here... but yeah, every winter i get a little bit closer to buying one of those SAD lights you wear on your forehead.

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  3. I lived in Seattle and really miss it. I am now on long island. I do take a little offense to the comment about Seattle not having any personal style! I don't think every new yorker has style any more than I think every seattlite has personal style. There are people in both cities that dress well and people in both cities that don't have a clue! I have a lot of friends in Seattle that dress very well. They still live there. I have also seen plenty of people here in New York that could use a mirror.

    Anyway, enjoy Seattle while you are there. It really is an amazing place. I cry every time I have to leave. Have not been back since I moved to Long Island though. I really like it here so we will see how I react when I have to leave Seattle this time ;)

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    1. wooeeee debate!!!

      another seattilite called the style of the city grunge, but not grunge so much in a sloppy sense. grunge in the way that peeps will wear what they want when they want. i like that.

      as for NY, i actually think it's become pretty drab style wise, unless you're walking around downtown or there during fashion week.

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    2. I just moved here so all I would know is lately. I have seen plenty of people with some great style, but I guess that was mostly at events I have attended in the city. I think the all around style around the country has gone downhill, but I do think that every city has its stylish bunch and not so stylish bunch :)

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  4. I love Seattle's grey watery self as much as its green flowery self. After living in the desert for 15 years, I gave myself a trip to Seattle as a birthday present and wow, it was blissfully refreshing, a real relief for my skin and eyes. As I drove through all the lovely old neighborhoods with the victorian homes and beautiful gardens it was tempting to think it would be a perfect place to live, but I've tricked myself that way before. Every city has its advantages and disadvantages, and you don't always know exactly what they are until you've lived there a while.
    I will definitely be going back there to visit whenever I can, to get a lungful of cool air and an eyeful of those flowers.

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  5. Beautiful flowers. I live in a part of the UK renown for awful weather even in the summer. I see flowers like that only in magazines lol

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  6. I live in Seattle and I love it! The weather's not usually as bad as people think; a lot of days here start out rainy and then turn sunny. All that rain is what gives us such beautiful greenery =)

    I think most people here have an alternative or unique sort of style. You'll see retro, goth, bohemian, a lot of hipster/indie types and everything else. Then there are some people with more mainstream style, but anything goes here so people dress however they want. Just because it isn't in style doesn't mean it isn't style. I really love the strong DIY ethos because people appreciate that I can sew and knit. I get compliments on my handmade stuff all the time and it almost always sparks a conversation.

    I hope the sun comes back out for the rest of your stay =)

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    1. Well said!!! You explained Seattle style perfectly.

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    2. i agree! most everyone here seems completely comfortable in their skin and their style.

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  7. I was just looking at these photos and thinking how cool it would be to have fabric that was printed with them. I wonder where I could find some like that...

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    1. You can always silkscreen your own... and there's Spoonflower if you'd like to pay to have it printed for you.

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