Always Aubrey

Friday, June 23, 2017

Seattle: Museum of Pop Culture

Every year, Dan and I try to take a week-long vacation as a couple.  For our 2017 trip, we decided to take a road trip through parts of Oregon and Washington!

One of Dan's favorite experiences in Seattle, hands down, was the Museum of Pop Culture (a.k.a. MoPOP).  If you're a nerd like us, and you have your fav fandoms, chances are they are represented at MoPOP.

The MoPOP used to be the Experience Music Project, so it has an incredible guitar sculpture, Jimi Hendrix exhibit, and a lot of music-related stuff.  But now, it contains so much more!



The majority of the exhibit were props and other items from TV and film, which we loved.  There's a Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame exhibition on the main floor, and more throughout the building.  Dan's favorite was probably the horror exhibit, and we both loved the fantasy and sci-fi sections.  I think my favorites were the Dalek from Doctor Who, costumes from the Princess Bride, and swords from the Lord of the Rings.  We also explored the Star Trek exhibit.  


 


One of the temporary exhibits was on video games.  You could actually play a bunch of indie video games on various platforms, which was pretty cool.



A special treat at the museum was the visiting Jim Henson exhibit.  One thing Dan and I have in common is a love of Jim Henson!  I grew up on Sesame Street, and we love the movie Labyrinth.  We picked up the Ludo Funko Pop while we were at the gift store.




Dan loved the museum so much, we explored it, ate lunch, then went back through our favorites again.  It was the perfect nerd date for the two of us, and we'd go back in a heartbeat!


Fellow nerds, this is the museum for you!
Pin the image below to save this post for later.

Museum of Pop Culture Seattle

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: Aventura Clothing

Disclosure:  I received clothing for free for this sponsored post from Aventura.  I promised to review the product, honestly, with all opinions as my own!


I'd never heard of Aventura, until I got an e-mail asking if I'd be interested in reviewing the company's clothing.  To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure that it was my style.  I'm more indoorsy than outdoorsy, and it felt kind of crunchy.  But when I read about Aventura's sustainability efforts, I decided to give it a go; I certainly don't dress sustainably on a daily basis, but I was interested in whether or not I'd like the fabrics.

Thanks to Lauren for taking pics before dinner!


After sending over a list of clothes that I liked on their site, Aventura sent me two pieces: the Easton dress and a pair of leggings.  The first thing I noticed?  Quality!  The Easton dress has so many nice details with pintucks and the back yoke, and the fabric was incredibly soft.  It had a great thickness and felt so comfortable to wear at the office all day.  The leggings were super soft as well, and they have an amazing stretch.  It was feminine yet functional, and not the assumed crunchy look I'd imagined; I was able to express my own style.




Aventura produces fashionable and comfortable clothing with a low environmental impact.  They try to avoid chemical pesticides and choose organically farmed cotton.  Over 75% of their styles use lower impact or sustainable materials.  I wore a cardigan due to the A/C in my office, and I liked how the grey-green could go with a variety of different colors.



After these photos, I ended up taking the sweater off to have dinner with two of my friends outdoors in Nashville.  See, I go outside!  Zero complaints after wearing this dress all day, and into the night.  I kept touching the fabric because it was so soft.



As for the leggings, I think they'll be perfect under a tunic or a dress, but they didn't pass my opacity test (bend over, look in mirror! LOL) as to whether I could wear them with just a tee or for working out.  But the stretch and the seamlessness felt incredible and comfortable, so I will definitely be wearing them as they're the only grey colored leggings that I have in my closet. Note: Aventura let me know that their leggings are meant to be worn under dresses/tunics, not as pants, so FYI! :)



Overall, I loved the quality and the sustainable sourcing of Aventura clothing!
I wouldn't hesitate to shop this brand!

Disclosure:  I received clothing for free for this sponsored post from Aventura.  I promised to review the product, honestly, with all opinions as my own!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Seattle: Chihuly Garden and Glass

Every year, Dan and I try to take a week-long vacation as a couple.  For our 2017 trip, we decided to take a road trip through parts of Oregon and Washington!

We spent two nights in Seattle, staying with friends in Fremont.  They were at work since it was a weekday, so we set off to do some exploring!  I'd seen friends post about the Chihuly Garden and Glass, located right next to the Space Needle.

Yellow is my fav color, and this was one of my favorites


Dan and I love art museums, and museums in general, so he was on board to check it out.  We looked up the artist, Dale Chihuly, on Google, and I realized that I'd seen his work in the ceiling of the Bellagio in Las Vegas.  I'd always assumed that glasswork was done by an Italian artist, but it was done by Chihuly, who is from Washington.  So it is definitely appropriate he have such a big presence in his home state!



The price of admission was steeper than I expected for the size of the place, but I think that's because we were officially in summer tourist season.  It's $29 per adult, but only $19 if you go during their "early morning" hours when they open.  But they do have one of the best gift shops I saw on our trip.  We bought a couple of souvenirs!



We really loved seeing all of the different exhibits.  The fragility of glass made me think it must be a challenging medium to work with, as you could complete a work and then lose it completely to an accidental drop.  I was also struck by the variety in the collection.



I also like how there were outdoor installations within landscape design, making it feel very organic despite being manmade glass.  Even the simplest pieces could be very beautiful in composition.



It was certainly crowded with tons of people (lots of selfies!) but worth taking the time to explore.  There was also a glass-blowing exhibition happening outside, so you can see a bit of the technique that Chihuly and his associates use.



If you're an art lover visiting Seattle, I'd say that this museum is definitely a must-see.




Chihuly Garden and Glass is a must-see in Seattle!
Pin the image below to save this post for later.




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...