Best of Seattle: Julep Downtown

I have troll feet. It is an inescapable fact. Mangled, broken, sausage toes cling like barnacles to the ends of my wide, scaly feet. You may also remember that my hands ain’t much to look at, either. For obvious reasons, I try not to wear sandals unless absolutely necessary.  So it should come as no surprise that when sandals are absolutely necessary, I enjoy the occasional mani/pedi to beat my extremities into submission. Last month was no exception, as I was preparing for a week-long triple-date* beach vacation in Hilton Head. With high expectations, I scheduled an appointment for a pedicure and gel manicure at Julep’s salon on 5th.  Continue reading

Instead of [BLANK], Try [BLANK]

Instead of juicing, try increasing your water intake!

I’d like to make it clear that I AM NOT A DOCTOR, NURSE, OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL IN ANY CAPACITY (I cannot stress this point enough). But it doesn’t take a medical degree to know that water is good for you. The human body is composed of roughly 60% H2O, with the brain claiming a whopping 90% water composition. Water is necessary. Not necessary in a I can’t believe you’re not on Facebook how do you even survive way, but in the more immediate basic needs mandated by the United Nations without which you will literally die sense of the word.

And after reiterating that I am not a physician, surgeon, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, or shaman, I’d like to offer my personal, non-medical opinion that juicing is total bunk. Many people (particularly those with health-related Pinterst boards) are attracted to the promises of rapid weight loss, vitamins, antioxidants, increased energy, curing cancer, ending global suffering, and the kitchen sink. The truth is that juicing is potentially hazardous to your skin health (among other things). Luckily, the benefits touted by members of the juicing clan can be gained by other, less risky means. Continue reading

Drink Series: Mint Julep

Those of you who are into equine sports and the Sarah Vickers lifestyle know that the Kentucky Derby was a week and a half ago. I was not on my game, and thus did not post this article on a more appropriately topical day (like, two weeks ago). No time like the present, though, so I’m about to lay down some mint julep truths. Continue reading

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mothers We Really Care About

My mother is a wonderful, wonderful woman. I love and respect her; I miss her every day and wish we didn’t live 2,000 miles apart. But it’s clear from my pop culture proclivities that I was actually raised by television. The moms of sitcoms and dramas have provided me with at least as much relationship, life, and fashion advice as the woman who lovingly shoved me out of her uterus 25 and a half years ago, and I would give back to them if I could. Tomorrow is the day that you’re supposed to make grand gestures, to show your moms you truly appreciate them. If I could, I would give the following 10 TV moms these gifts to show my gratitude. Continue reading

Drink Series: Margarita

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The margarita seemed like a natural choice to kick off my drink series, as today happens to be Cinco de Mayo.** For historians, this means that it is the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, in which the Mexican army kicked the collective asses of the occupying French forces. For those who like to celebrate other nations’ achievements by getting drunk and wearing culturally-appropriative clothing, this is an opportunity to drink tequila and wear sombreros. Luckily, a nice tequila cocktail can be enjoyed the other 364 days of the year, as well. Continue reading