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I think it’s safe to say that 24 hours in any city just isn’t enough time.

But since we were flying up for just a day for Eric to have a meeting, we had to take as much of Seattle as we could get. In truth, every time I’ve been to the city (3 times now) it’s been for very short amounts of time. I think the longest I’ve spent in Seattle has been a whopping 40 hours, so trust that I am no expert. But I do have a decent amount of experience with cramming a lot in to a short amount of time, so HERE GOES NOTHING.

We started off our day at Oddfellows. This is a spot that was recommended to us again and again, and we finally had the chance to go in. We immediately could see why all of our close friends and all of you suggested it to us – the interior looks basically exactly like what we want our future house to look like. Warm wood, vintage pieces, tall ceilings, and none of it too serious.

We stopped by for breakfast and to snap some photos of the interior. The food was great (we got a biscuit with eggs + the brown butter rice krispy treat) and the decor was everything I’ve ever wanted. I went a bit snap-happy while shooting, but I have no regrets. In fact we liked the spot so much we ended up coming back in the late afternoon for a little happy hour drink, and it was great to get to see the spot when it was packed as well as empty. Such a great location, so if you’re nearby, definitely pop in. Did I mention there’s a Le Labo right next door?

I will say, we absolutely lucked out on the weather. The day started out overcast, and ended with a beautiful sunset. Absolutely no rain, so it was easy enough to dress for. Plenty of local were opting for tee shirts, but as I don’t have a lot of opportunities to bundle up in LA, I decided to go for it. I wore this MaxMara coat I found secondhand, some vintage denim, and my favorite vegan loafers from Taylor and Thomas LA. I always get compliments on these shoes, and I love how walkable they are. Definitely a versatile shoe (since they look great with dresses too) and hint hint I will be having a giveaway with them soon! Don’t miss that.

As we were in town for such a quick trip, Eric and I shared a small suitcase, and I brought along this canvas + leather tote from Vince. I love that the leather straps can be cinched shut for a smaller feel, or else expanded for a day of carrying a camera and a sweater inside. Packing small and efficient is one of my favorite things, so having a bag that looks cute and works practically is a win-win for me.

After Oddfellows and Eric’s meeting, we sort of just popped all over the city for a few hours to try to see a bit. We walked through a park nearby to see the Lincoln Reservoir, and grabbed an afternoon coffee at Analog Coffee. I always love shopping for vintage, so we visited Pretty Parlor and then headed north to Fremont Vintage Mall. They had a great selection, and we ended up both finding a tee to bring home.

We went down to Pike Place Market (can’t miss it, right?) and saw the gum wall because again, you can’t miss that! We stopped into Radiator Whiskey since we both love whiskeys and scotch, got oysters at Bar Melusine, and finally had dinner at Tavolàta, because we are nothing if not pasta obsessed. Every stop was perfect, and while there was so much more I wanted to see and do (and eat, let’s be real), I know we will be back again. I love Seattle, and cannot wait to have more time there when I go back to actually dive in a little deeper.

Since we didn’t have a lot of time though, I did want to leave a list of the places that I’ve been to before and loved, as well as your most suggested spots. I got a lot of good recommendations and can’t wait to cross more of these off in the future.


Spots marked * are ones I’ve been to and loved.

  • Walrus and The Carpenter Oyster Bar*
  • Sizzle Pie Pizza*
  • General Porpoise
  • Frank’s Oyster House
  • Pablo y Pablo*
  • Sea Wolf Bakers
  • Ballard Annex Oyster House
  • Il Corvo
  • Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
  • Gas Works Park*
  • Olympic Sculpture Park*
  • The Space Needle
  • Pike Place Market*
  • Totokaelo
  • Museum of Pop Culture
  • B-Side Foods
  • The Crumpet Shop
  • Tides and Pines
  • The Pink Door
  • Biscuit Bitch
  • Pioneer Square*
  • Casco Antiguo*
  • Glasswing
  • Rachel’s Ginger Beer
  • Moorea Seal
  • Bainbridge Island*


  • Julia W
  • May 24, 2019

Seattle is one of the top cities I’d like to visit some day! The shoes are actually really gorgeous and I’m looking for a good pair of brown loafers, do you have any recommendations for where to look? Looking forward to the next post! 🙂

  • Colleda
  • May 24, 2019

As an ex-Seattleite who still has a condo there and visits on the reg, I applaud your choices! From one pasta lover to another, get yourself to Il Corvo the next time you’re in town. It’s always fun to see how other people see your city and I enjoyed your take. Happy travels.

  • Grace
  • May 25, 2019

Love this post and the pictures! What camera were you using?

    • Courtney Halverson
    • May 25, 2019

    Hey! We shoot on a Canon Mark 3 with a 50mm lens typically. Although a few shots in here were on my iPhone!

  • Kamalla
  • May 28, 2019

I found this article extremely helpful. I am getting ready to move away from the Seattle area and head back to LA. I have spent little time in the city since I am usually at UW, but my dad is coming into town and I was curious about some restaurant where we could eat and this article is timely and extremely helpful.

  • Rachelle Younie
  • June 07, 2019

You sure made the most of your time! Always amazed at the quality of your photos. Such a beautiful purse too! @almostrachelle

  • Kate Laver
  • June 07, 2019

I long for the Pacific NorthWest and this solidified my need to travel there. Always the best recs! @k8lvr

  • Angel L.
  • June 07, 2019

I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle! The scenery from what I’ve seen is beautiful! Thanks for the recommendations if I ever get the chance to go!

  • Sarah Ogden
  • June 07, 2019

Seattle is one of the places my husband and I are dying to visit, and after reading this I know if needs to be soon! Love the recommendations, and love all of your outfits!
Instagram: @sarahmae_95

  • Vanessa porter
  • June 07, 2019

Oddfellows has been on my list for so long! Honestly just because of looks, it’s sooo dreamy. Now I want to go while wearing a cozy sweater…you’ve got to have dreams. @velvetbird

  • Ana Sofia
  • June 07, 2019

I absolutely love your pictures. You have an eye for making even the most mundane things look beautiful. I’ve never been to Seattle but it’s definitely on my list now.


  • Jaime
  • June 07, 2019

I’ve never been to Seattle but always wanted to go. This post has inspired me to make that happen sooner rather than later!

  • Jaime
  • June 07, 2019

I’ve never been to Seattle but have always wanted to go. This has inspired me to make that happen sooner rather than later! @jaimeexplores

  • Marissa
  • June 07, 2019

I love this post and how simply laid out it is. Definitely took a screen shot of the list of recommendations so that when I eventually get to Seattle it’s less work for me to put together a list! Love it.

  • Ariel
  • June 07, 2019

My husband and I are planning a road trip up to Seattle from LA sometime next year with our daughter, Poppy, who’s almost 10 months old. We will definitely have to go to Tavolàta after seeing that pasta pic!! @arielrain

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