Sale Sleuth's Guide to: Shopping Seattle Local Coffee Spots!

Hey Hey!

During these difficult/uncertain times, I want to stay focused on the positive. We are ALL in this together, so what can I do to help others while also being safe/abiding by rules?

SHOP LOCAL! There are lots of small businesses that are offering delivery and takeout options right now. Since coffee is near and dear to my heart, I figured I would share local Seattle coffee shops that you can support right now! I took a day to go around and support some of these shops (making sure to be safe and follow social distancing rules) around Seattle! Other ways you can support these spots are to buy coffee grounds, swag, and gift cards from their websites if you are not comfortable with takeout options.

Make sure to keep an eye on their websites and instagrams to make sure they are still open, but for now ALL of these below are open for takeout!

Rovolutions Coffee – 7208 E Greenlake Dr N Seattle, Washington (Greenlake) 

Victrola – 310 E Pike St Seattle, Washington (Capitol Hill)

Monorail espresso – 3 locations Downtown!

HalfnHalf Doughnuts – You can also call ahead! 516 E Pike Street Seattle, Washington (Capitol Hill)

Bakery Nouveau – Can call ahead! (West Seattle, Capitol Hill, Burien) 

Spots that are on my list but I have not made it to yet are:

Rooster’s Espresso – Drive thru! 7809 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (Lake City Way)

Preserve and Gather – 358 NW 85th St. Seattle, WA 98117 (Greenwood)

Herkimer Coffee – Multiple Locations! One being: 7320 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Greenwood)

Caffe Ladro – Multiple Locations! One being: 2205 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98119 (Queen Anne)

Don’t see your favorite Seattle coffee shop listed here? Leave a comment or send me a message!

Save this post for now AND after this is all over, because small businesses will need our continued support long after this is over.

We are stronger together!

~McKenna

Sale Sleuth’s Guide to: Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice at Home!

Hello my fellow coffee lovers!

I am here today to tell you about my trick to saving some money (and calories!) by making the “Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice” at home!

Here are the materials I will be using:

  • Espresso Machine: Delonghi (exact machine linked here, similar/less expensive version linked here)
  • Contigo Cup from Amazon (3 pack linked here (AWESOME deal, btw!); single, similar cup linked here)
  • Glass Mug (linked here; similar linked here)
  • Starbucks Blonde Roast (linked here)
  • Further Food Collagen Peptides (travel packets linked here, tub linked here)

Step 1: Prep your espresso machine

Make sure your machine is clean, has water, and is warmed up!

Machine is clean, full of water, and the green indicator light is on which means it is warmed up and ready to go!

Step 2: Fill the 2 shot espresso cup with your choice of grounds!

My favorite is the Starbucks Blonde Roast, but I will use pretty much anything!

Make sure to fill the cup and then press it down evenly/make it compact.

Bonus tip: lay out a towel or paper towel for easier clean up afterwards – I am not sure about you but I usually get grounds everywhere!

Step 3: Place your grounds and start the machine!

Make sure to twist the handle tight so that no extra water comes out of the sides – we want all the water to filter through the grounds or else your espresso shots will be super watery!

Stop the water flow once the foam/espresso fills the cup. I will this cup all the way to the top, which would be between 3-4 espresso shots. Fun fact: the “Starbucks Doubleshot” is actually 3 shots!

Placing the grounds in the machine…
Start it up!
Stop the flow when the espresso is nearing the top of the cup. Voila!

Step 4: Start building your drink!

If you use collagen, now is the time to add it to your hot espresso shot so that it fully dissolves.

Add ice to a cup with a lid (that you can shake) or a drink shaker. Now pour your espresso into the cup!

Add any sweetener to the cup of ice and espresso now!

The collagen I use every once in a while! Mix it in to the hot espresso now.
Adding ice to a cup or shaker…
And any sweetener you would like to add!
And finally, the star of the show – the espresso!

Step 5: Shake shake, shake shake, shake it!

Put the lid on your cup/shaker and start shaking the ice, espresso, and other add in’s you used! I usually just shake until I can feel the coffee is cool/cold (no science here!)

Shake it like a polaroid picture! 😉

Step 6: Add milk of your choice!

I love almond milk so I add it until the drink is to the brim of the cup (depending on how much milk you like and on the size of your cup; I would say this is the size of a grande cup, so using the brim works well for me)!

Step 7: Clean your machine and enjoy your coffee!

Cleaning your machine is very important in order to keep it running! Remove and dispose the coffee grounds, clean out the handle and wipe down the machine as a whole so that the next time you go to use it, it is clean and ready to go!

Don’t forget to wipe down where the grounds were and rinse off the water collection tray!
Enjoy!

Let me know if you try this out, I would love to know what you think!

~McKenna

Sale Sleuth’s Guide: Nordstrom Winter Sale!

Hello Beautiful People!

I am here to show you not only my favorite finds at the Nordstrom Winter Sale, but also some really cute/trendy outfits! If you have been following me for a while, you know I love a good deal…in fact, something has to be a REALLY good deal in order for me to buy it! So, I usually wait for Nordstrom’s major sales to buy items that are on my list! Everything that I have pictured below has been discounted and, in my opinion, are awesome deals!

Here is my try on haul from in-store:

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Here is a collage of clothing items I found online (I purchased the jeans, ruched dress, and body suit):

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Here is a collage of accessories I found online (I purchased the necklace):

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What is your favorite piece?? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for tuning in!

~McKenna

Sale Sleuth’s Guide to: Valentine’s Day Outfits

Hello My Friends!
I am going to be real with you: I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day – in fact the only time in my life I actually LIKED it was in elementary school when we crafted little mailboxes and gave everyone valentines! I miss those simple days!!!

With this, I have never really “dressed up” for Valentine’s Day, but instead wore more subtle looks around the holiday. Check out my favorite looks below and click the photos to shop via my Liketoknow.it! Here is the link to my account if you don’t already follow me: https://www.liketoknow.it/coffeewithmckenna!

1. Subtle and Sophisticated – this look is perfect for those of us who have to go to work on Valentine’s Day! It has subtle pink elements that aren’t over the top, but still noticeable!

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2. Classic and Cool – anyone else feel 20x cooler with a leather jacket? I love this look for a date night because the outfit is solid on its own, but then add the leather jacket and it become more casual!

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3. Bright and Airy – not only is this look super bright and fun, but it is COMFORTABLE! Why make yourself miserable to look cute??

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4. Casual and Comfy – for those of us who refuse to go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the population! I would much prefer going for a walk or spend time together at home than making a big deal out of the night with everyone else in the city!

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5. Sassy and Chic – wear that faux fur girl! Go all out! This vest is such an easy way to kick an average outfit up a notch!

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What do you plan on wearing for Valentine’s Day? Comment below!!

Thanks for stopping by!

~McKenna

Sale Sleuth’s Guide to: Red Dress Boutique

Hello Fellow Sleuths!

Measurement Kit!

I wanted to share my Red Dress Boutique sale finds with you all since it was my first time shopping this boutique, and I wanted to give my honest review!

In summary: wowee I love these pieces! Almost all of the items that I ordered came as expected/pictured and were really nice quality! (There was one that I did not like and was not great quality, but it was $5 so I am not even going to complain.) Even the earrings – which usually are the classic cheap products – were very nice and I got most of them for $2!!!!

I also loved how they sent me a measurement kit (pictured to the right here)! It had a tape measure and tips on how best to take measurements so that I can more accurately order items! How customer service oriented is that?! LOVE IT!

Have you shopped Red Dress Boutique before? What are your thoughts? I have added pictures below of the items I purchased with links to my LIKETOKNOW.IT (just click the picture to be redirected to my LIKETOKNOW.IT!) I did this rather than link to the Boutique website since many of the items I bought are sold out, and I linked similar ones to choose from!

Click here to check out my LIKETOKNOW.IT profile!

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I hope that you all have wonderful experiences with Red Dress Boutique too!

Happy shopping!

~McKenna

Sale Sleuth’s Guide to: LIKETOKNOW.IT

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you all are having a fantastic day! I am so excited to announce that RewardStyle has accepted me into their program, so I am now able to post products on LIKETOKNOW.IT!!! This is a huge step for me as a blogger since my following is still small, but I am EXCITED to share links to what I find so much easier now!

Do you have a LIKETOKNOW.IT account? Click here to follow me!

Do you need to download the app or learn how it works? Click here!

Don’t have the app and just want to check out my profile? Click here!

LIKETOKNOW.IT Enabled Picture!
If you have the app, screenshot this to shop!

Here are some of my goals/thoughts as I begin to use LIKETOKNOW.IT:

Oftentimes, in my Sale Sleuth ways, I buy pieces that do not have a “link” that I can share. For example, when I shop the sale rack at Target, the items are not always online so I am unable to share a link for those. Therefore, my goal is to inspire looks/outfits – not necessarily that you buy the same exact pieces that I have to create the look! With this in mind and my new LIKETOKNOW.IT profile, I will link several, similar options to choose from so that you can achieve the overall “look” but in your own, individual way. All too often we are influenced to buy the SAME EXACT PIECES and walk around all wearing the same things (can I get a #Nsale…)!

Keeping to my core value of Sale Sleuthing, I want to provide you with the best possible deals that I can find – and this will be the best way to track these finds! My goal is to establish what your favored brands are and share my favorite pieces when there are sales going on for that brand. So comment your favorite brands below so I can keep track of them!!!

Finally, I do not want to promote excess and overspending – I want to show you looks/outfits that inspire you to be creative with what you currently own, and be thoughtful about the next addition to your closet. I also want to be mindful of my spending and the space in my closet (because let’s be honest, it is shrinking!!!) so I will be posting more and more on Poshmark (click here to follow me on Poshmark)!

Thank you so much for following along in my blogging journey!

McKenna

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Sale Sleuth’s Guide to: Oahu, Hawaii

Aloha! With the snow coming down here in Seattle, I wanted to think warm thoughts and write about one of my absolute favorite places in the world: Oahu, Hawaii! There is so much to do and eat in Oahu, even on a budget! Below I have listed places that we went to, and the food we ate (although there are MANY more options available at each place)!

FOOD/HAPPY HOUR

Espresso Martini @ Bills

Bills – Happy Hour 3-6pm https://www.billshawaii.com/system/location_menus/pdf_ens/000/000/005/original/Bills_HappyHour.pdf

  • poke with brown rice and avocado 
  • JR burger with fries
  • Calamari 
  • Espresso martini 
Udon Lunch Special @ Tsuru Ton Tan Udon Noodle

Tsuru Ton Tan Udon Noodle – Happy Hour/ Lunch special 2:30-5:30pm https://194d175c-38f5-4167-8d49-58508445fbce.filesusr.com/ugd/2019ca_299d5815189f483b9342b53d0f5d0055.pdf

  • garlic shrimp
  • Beef udon 
  • Mini don set w tempura shrimp 
Poke Trio @ Roy’s Hawaii
Main Course @ Roy’s Hawaii
Chocolate Souffle @ Roy’s Hawaii

Roy’s Hawaii – Sunset dinner (3 courses) https://www.royyamaguchi.com/roys-waikiki-oahu

  • Starters: edamame and 
  • Poke trio Waikiki Poke Trio: Traditional Poke (big-eye ahi, green onions, ogo, shaved onions, chili sesame soy); Salmon Poke (organic king salmon, “fuki-bubu,” truffle ponzu, Kahuku sea asparagus); Kamuela Cucumber Poke (Kamuela cucumber, kochujang, bonito, tobiko)
  • Main: Petite 4-ounce Filet Mignon and Jumbo Shrimp Scampi, Spaetzle “Mac & Cheese,” natural essence
  • Dessert: Roy’s Signature Chocolate Souffle Raspberry Coulis, Lappert’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Lava cake and ice cream 
Calamari and Ravioli @ Ruth’s Chris
Mai Tai @ Ruth’s Chris
Oysters Rockefeller @ Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Chris – Happy Hour https://www.ruthschris.com/menu/waikiki-oahu/happy-hour/

  • Ravioli 
  • Barbecued Shrimp
  • Oysters Rockefeller 
  • Calamari 
  • Veal Osso Buco Ravioli 
  • Mai tai 

Top of Waikiki – Happy Hour 5-9:30pm https://topofwaikiki.com/menus/

  • Goat Cheese Rangoons
  • Kaluah pork tostadas 
  • Top of Waikiki Famous Gummy Bear Martini (Vodka, Giffard’s lychee & peach liqueurs, lemon juice)
  • Hawaiian Hurricane (KoHana Kea Hawaiian Agricole rum, Plantation 3 Stars rum, strawberry, lilikoi, mango, pineapple, lime)
  • Loaded Baked Potato Tots 
  • Fried calamari 
  • Duck Pizza 
Pork Bun @ Tim Ho Wan
Wontons @ Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan – Happy Hour 2-5pm week days http://timhowanusa.com/menu/ (happy hour menu not online) 

  • Pork bun
  • Wontons/dumplings 
  • Dim sum 
Poke Nachos and Duck Fat Fries @ Strip Steak
White Tai @ Strip Steak

Strip steak – Happy Hour 4-6pm https://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/hawaii/stripsteak-waikiki/#menus

  • White tai 
  • Truffle Duck fat fries 
  • Ahi Poke tacos 
Egg Roles @ Eating House

Eating House – Happy Hour 4-6pm daily http://www.eatinghouse1849.com/#waikiki  (happy hour not on website) 

  • Egg roles 
Garlic Shrimp @ Camaron Food Truck

Camaron food truck (North Shore) 

  • Garlic shrimp 
Tacos and Pina Colada @ Mi Almita Cantina

Mi Almita Cantina – Happy Hour open-6pm https://www.michaelmina.net/restaurants/hawaii/almita_cantina/#menus (happy hour not on website) 

  • Chicken and pork tacos
  • Pina colada 
Garlic Cheese Bread @ Flower and Barley
Pepperoni Pizza @ Flower and Barley

Flower and Barley Brick Oven Pizza – Happy Hour 2-6pm & 10-close https://flourandbarley.com/waikiki/happy-hour/

  • Pepperoni pizza
  • Garlic cheese bread 

Coco Cove (convenience store) 

  • Lots of poke options 
  • Cheap bottle of wine 

COFFEE/PASTRIES 

Maleko coffee & pastries 

Island vintage coffee

Kona coffee 

Starbucks reserve 

SHAVE ICE

Island Vintage Shave Ice

Matamoto shave ice (North Shore)

Island vintage shave ice (Waikiki) 

THINGS TO SEE 

Waikiki Trolley

*We rented a car for several of the days, but the other days that we wanted to get around we used Waikiki Trolley! You can buy discounted tickets online.*

Near Waikiki 

  • Halona blowhole
  • Hanauma Bay 
  • Sandy beach park
  • Makapu’u lighthouse 
  • Diamond head 
  • Diamond head lighthouse 

North Shore 

  • Haleiwa beach
  • Waimea Bay
  • Dole plantation 

I hope these ideas help next time you are on the island! Aloha!

~McKenna

Style Guide: What to Wear to a Wedding!

Hello There!

Today I wanted to talk about one of the most stressful parts of attending a wedding: what to wear! I know as our wedding was approaching last year, my husband and I were getting GRILLED by our guests about what to wear, what “formal” meant, if “this would be okay?” and that was the LAST thing we wanted to think about when preparing for our wedding!

So here is a straightforward guide for what to wear to a wedding:

  • Do not wear white – the OG #1 rule for wedding attire!
  • When the attire is not specified: your safest bet is a cocktail dress or full-length jump suit

Casual: sundress, nice skirt/pants and shirt

Cocktail Attire: cocktail dress, dressy suit, jumpsuit

Semi-Formal/Dressy Casual: cocktail dress, dressy skirt and top

Formal/Black Tie Optional: fancy cocktail dress, formal dress or full-length jumpsuit

Black Tie: formal dress/long evening gown

White Tie: Formal, full-length ball gown

Have you heard of any other kinds of wedding attire I didn’t mention? If you have, comment below!

I hope this helps you stress less when deciding what to wear to your next wedding!! And please, Please, PLEASE do not text the bride/groom asking what you should wear – they have enough to worry about, trust me!

With Love,

McKenna

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City Girl’s Guide to: Camping

Our Campsite!

Hello Hello!

I hope that everyone’s coffee with strong this morning and you are powering through your day! I recently posted a poll on whether any of you would read about a “glam girl’s guide to camping,” and received a great response! I have actually decided to change it from “glam girl” to “city girl” because I don’t REALLY consider myself glam…but I have definitely gotten used to the city life in my 3 years living here…so camping for the first time in years was an adventure!

Mt. Rainier!

#1 Packing List

We decided that we were going to go camping for my husband’s birthday, so I immediately started creating a packing list of things we needed to remember. I looked all over Pinterest, Google, outdoor stores, and asked around to create this list because I didn’t want to forget anything (spoiler alert: we forgot things…)

So, after all that research and then actually going camping and noting what we should have brought, here is the list that I am going to use next time we go:

I would say that what you pack is the most important part of a successful camping trip, since that is all you have while you are out there – and most campsites are not close to a store to go buy what you forgot!

Can you spot the wild Daniel in the river? 🙂
Hammock Time

#2 Be One with Nature

The next important thing to remember: You are going to get dirty. You are going to smell like smoke. You will get bug bites even if you have 10 layers of clothes and big spray in every nook and cranny. It is part of the experience (although not my fave for sure)! When we first arrived I found myself longing for cell reception, grossed out by my bug spray + dirt caked legs, but my husband was having the time of his life and I wanted to join in that! So I sucked it up (and too a long shower immediately when we got home)!

At the top of the hike that was far longer than we anticipated!

#3 Speak Up

I am not the most graceful, coordinated or sportsy person, so hiking can be a little scary. And, of course, we went on what we thought to be a 2 mile hike but it turned out to be about 6 miles at a steep slope the whole way… During that hike, I needed to speak up so that I didn’t just die right there on the mountain (a little exaggerated). I didn’t want to make Daniel slow down (he was climbing like a champion) but I did not want to push myself so hard I wouldn’t make it back down. I want to stress the importance of knowing your limit, especially when you are out in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception! Once I spoke up I felt more relaxed, and made it to the top!

So these were my top 3 recommendations for the city girl (or anyone, really!) when going camping!

Meals

Not in my top 3, but something that we researched for a bit to figure out, was what meals to cook since we did not have a camp stove. We made sure that we had a fire pit at the site, so we made food that could be cooked over a fire! Check out the “camping” board on my Pinterest for all the recipes I saved, but here are a few ideas and pictures of ours!

I hope that this is helpful for those of you who have friends/partners/etc. who are forcing you (um I mean taking you…) to go camping! Or, if you aren’t going camping, I just hope this was entertaining to read, because looking back on it, it was quite humorous at times!

~McKenna

Sale Sleuth’s #NSALE Round Up

Hello my lovely people!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened up to the public online at 9:30am PST on July 19th, and you best believe I clicked “submit order” right when the clock struck 9:30am! I am also happy to report that I followed all of my own rules from my last post on how to stay on budget while shopping sales!

With it coming to an end soon, I wanted to take a minute to talk about what I purchased from the sale in more detail and be transparent about my thoughts on each item! Click the images to be directed to the Nordstrom website.

Good American Skinny Jeans – $112.90 on Sale (After Sale: $169.00)

These jeans are SO SOFT and STRETCHY! Any jeans of mine MUST be comfortable or else I will not wear them. I purchased a size 10, and unfortunately they were tighter than I normally wear, so I am going to either return them or exchange them for a size up. I thought long and hard about keeping them, but for $112.90 that would not be a good move for me personally (FYI I am used to buying the American Eagle jeans that are between $30-$60 on sale).

Sam Edelman Booties – $99.90 on Sale (After Sale: $159.95)

I have a pair of black leather pointy-toed booties that I wear every single day during the fall/winter, so I HAD to have these! I absolutely love the detail of the charm on the heel. They are super comfortable and the heel is such a great height for those of us who are taller/can’t walk in heels well! 🙂 True to size in my opinion!

Treasure & Bond Booties – $79.90 on Sale (After Sale: $119.95)

These boots are what dreams are made of, no exaggeration 😉 I LOVE Treasure & Bond, and actually was hesitant about buying them only because a lot of their products end up at the Rack. BUT since snakeskin booties are so trendy right now, I decided to go for it! These are a less expensive, yet still adorable, version of other popular finds during the NSALE. What a great way to try out a trend without breaking the bank!!! They also come in black, are super comfy and true to size! This heel is also a nice height as well!

Something Navy Wire Cat Eye Sunglasses – $38.90 on Sale (After Sale: $59.00)

I have been looking for a new pair of aviator style sunnies for a while now, and I love the cat eye look, so I thought I would try these out! And I actually love them. They are funky, but so fun! Very good quality too and they come with a magnetic sunglass case. I got them in gold, but they also come in silver! To be honest I am so cheap when it comes to sunglasses (I usually go for the $12 BP ones) so I would not pay full price for these, but the sale price is pretty great!

BP Cozy Joggers – $25.90 on Sale (After Sale: $39.00)

These are SO SOFT!!! I saw a few pairs of joggers that were popular for the NSALE, but the others were more than $30 and that hurt me to spend on something that I won’t probably wear out of the house. These were pushing it, but they are so comfy that I think I need them in my life forever. They are thin, but not see through. I ordered a size up for the comfy/cozy/lounge feel, but are true to size.

BP Squareneck Long Sleeve Bodysuit – $15.90 on Sale (After Sale: $25.00)

Bodysuits are so popular right now! I only had one so I wanted to get another (well…I bought two more :P) and love the color of it! I think this will be a fall staple for sure. I kind of went against my “only buy BP at the Rack and not the main store” rule on this, but at this price I am not sure how much lower it would even go anyway! I also bought a BP black tank bodysuit, but it was not for the NSALE yet SUPER inexpensive. Love them both!

Here are a few more items that I ordered but am still waiting on! I will update this post with my reviews once I receive them!

Blondo Georgette Waterproof Hidden Wedge Sneaker – $79.90 on Sale (After Sale: $119.95)

I actually bought these in tan and black because I have been wanting these forever! Blondos are a must in Seattle where it rains so much!

Steve Madden Feather Studded Loafer – $59.90 on Sale (After Sale: $89.95)

It looks like these are sold out of the snakeskin pattern, but they are still available in other colors! I would honestly recommend waiting to purchase the other colors, though, as Steve Madden typically ends up at the Rack.

Well that is all, folks! I hope that this information helps you decide on any last chance sale purchases you will make!! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, or feel free to message me!

With love,

McKenna