san juan again

i came home yesterday after nearly a week on San Juan Island again. I'm already sick of seeing so much asphalt around the city, missing those island county roads! my legs were a little sore everyday on the island because we explored so much. i'm thankful for two pairs of boots after so much bushwhacking - really just starting up old forgotten trails for the season ;)

a reoccurring theme to this blog is my documented love for washington's islands. one day i want to live out here. when i lived on capitol hill i thought i'd never leave the city, but as soon as i did leave i quickly realized it was never what i wanted. too fast, too loud, smelly from cars, not enough nature, too many people. seattle has a reputation for unfriendly people who don't make eye-contact or say hello in passing, it's true.

but do you really need an island to get away from it all? no... not really. but i think anyone who has ever visited this part of the world knows it's something special. this place is magical. i look forward to every visit because of a sense of inner peace, which makes me feel like i belong.

for the past two years my family has stayed at Roche Harbor (after a little trade) in a house at the end of the property. A little/big house that nicely accommodates our group of six with a big kitchen (very important!), too many bathrooms, and an open backyard to trails and deer. we are a group of foodies, so cooking was a main event. my sister & her partner are foragers and pick mushrooms, i'm the resident vegetarian chef (though we did pick up local salmon and lamb for the meat-eaters), anthony is the king of spices and herbs, and my parents round us all out.

it was a relaxing set of days, free from work. we met Popeye, Friday Harbors favorite seal. she has been showing up at a fish stand for the past 15 years. harbor seals can live to be 30, so i'm sure she'll be around for many more. she's very recognizable not only for being oddly friendly(she knows how it get an easy meal), but for a blind left eye that looks like the cosmos.

last year i documented the trip with 35mm film, this year i was lazy and used my SLR... you never know what kind of photos will come from a trip, but i am very pleased.

The Oh Ana Shop, an update

thrifting has never been so fun now that i have a vintage shop to feed. i now think about all the wonderful pieces i've left behind before my little shop because of that voice of reason in my head... do i really need this? yes. now the answer is always yes. this is sort of a shameless shop promotion post... but i really love the pieces i've been finding lately!

this crazy amazing jumpsuit below is one of my new treasures! after some research, it turns out to be by a wonderful hollywood designer, Travilla (who also designed marilyn monroe famous white dress!!). i even came across a photo of julie sommars in the same outfit... i may not have a wild cat to go with it... but this was still a killer find.

i'm still working on how i want to curate the shop, i wanted it originally to be more whimsical bohemian like my own style... but i keep finding sweet wiggle dresses from the 50s and 60s... so i guess i'm targeting vintage from the 50s-70s for now. i really liked Astral Boutiques featured shop post on etsy.

"When I started my shop on Etsy four years ago, I tried to sell everything to everyone – all styles, all eras – but I noticed that I was getting the biggest response from the items that lit my own fire. Little by little, I found myself creating a customer base of people who were totally on my aesthetic wavelength, and my shop started to feel like an art project with a retail component, instead of the other way around. Now everything I choose and make for the shop is a part of my personal vision of beauty."

i'm taking great inspiration from that quote. this is my goal for my own shop now. :)

well, happy hunting to all, come visit the shop sometime!


Sunday was a beautiful day to get out of the city and hang out with thousands of tulips! We headed north to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival... I'm going to pretend like traffic wasn't an issue for the day (it was awful!) because all of these photos are so pretty! The sky hasn't been so clear and bright in months! Some flowers were even TOO bright to photograph! We were savvy and took the back roads up there since the freeway was a parking lot for 60+ miles... but I'm glad because the country was lush with spring!

There were a lot of international families at the festival. The Indian outfits were my favorite, just as colorful as the flowers!

This week I will be traveling north once more for a nearly week long vacation on San Juan island again! I'm so excited to be hosted by Roche Harbor... I imagine my next post or two will be from the island. :)

Spring is here in full force and i couldn't be happier!