How to Quickly Learn a Foreign Language (or Six)
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How to Quickly Learn a Foreign Language (or Six)

I’ve studied Japanese, German, French, Spanish, and Latin in school, and several other languages independently, and used these languages to travel the world. Being able to speak to another person in their language, even if you don’t do it perfectly, is one of the greatest feelings in the world, because it opens up a world of possibilities to you. Quite literally, you can more easily travel and explore the world! Here’s how to quickly learn another language, including tips on how to select study aids, studying strategies, and reasons why learning another language is one of the best possible investments you can make in your own life.

Goldfinch Tavern | Seattle
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Goldfinch Tavern | Seattle

Goldfinch Tavern, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, serves up some of the most inventive, refreshing, and nourishing meals in all of Washington. Dine inside their modern tavern, with its warm, inviting, caramel and gunmetal grey color scheme, or dine roof side next to the hotel’s infinity pool, with incredible views of the Seattle Great Wheel, Puget Sound, and the surrounding islands.

Sawyer  Restaurant Seattle
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Sawyer Restaurant Seattle

Sawyer Restaurant in Seattle was one of the best places I’ve ever eaten. This unassuming restuarant inside of a former sawmill serves some of the very best seafood and vegetables we’ve ever had. A James Beard Semi-Finalist, this New American restaurant offers a seasonal menu that changes based on what’s available in the Pacific Northwest, while always maintaining a fine-dining atmosphere, impeccable plating and presentations, by only ever using the highest-quality ingredients.

Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum in Seattle
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Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum in Seattle

Chihuly Garden & Glass is a museum unlike any other. Next to the Space Needle, the incredible work of Dale Chihuly, like floating glass bubbles, phantoms, and tendrils, create numerous, enchanting atmospheres, transporting viewers deep into the forest, under turbulent waters, at the edge of a glass-like lake, and amongst towering flowers. Explore this incredible museum, garden, café and glasshouse by reading more here, and visiting for yourself.

Q&A Vol. 2 – How to Grow Long Hair
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Q&A Vol. 2 – How to Grow Long Hair

I’m often asked how I grew my hair so long, how to grow long hair, and what advice I have for those trying to grow out their hair. While genetics certainly plays a role in the ability to grow long hair, there is a lot we can control and influence, like our diets, habits, and the products we use on our hair. Read on to see what works for me, and what you can do to grow longer, stronger hair.

Aerlume
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Aerlume

Sustainability, and supporting local growers is something we’ve been trying to do more often. The concept of honoring the Earth, one another, and becoming more attuned to the unique flavors, textures, colors, and fragrances of each local season through food is precisely what Aerlume (pronounced like heirloom) is all about. Located between Bell Harbor Marina and the famous Pike Place Market, overlooking beautiful Puget Sound, Aerulume had some of the most flavorful, inspired food we’ve ever encountered in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle Japanese Garden
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Seattle Japanese Garden

The lush, verdant Seattle Japanese Garden was the perfect place to spend a morning strolling along stone paths, alongside a koi pond, amongst Japanese maples, surrounded by moss and Japanese stone lanterns. Explore the incredible features of this delightful 3.5 acre garden which just celebrated its 60th anniversary, and understand why people travel from around the world to visit this oasis of tranquility.

Le Spa de l’hôtel Lotte
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Le Spa de l’hôtel Lotte

Using the luxurious Biologique Recherche skincare line from France and finely-honed skincare manipulation and treatment techniques, Master Esthetician Patty Huang deeply hydrated, soothed, and balanced my skin, giving me a more luminous, clearer, and even complexion than I’d ever thought was possible. Le Spa de l’hôtel Lotte inside Lotte Hotel Seattle is where this incredibly talented skincare master practices her craft, and I’m giving you low down on how to book an appointment with her to transform your skin, confidence, and complexion.

Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge
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Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge

On the 16th floor of the brand new 5-Star Lotte Hotel Seattle is one of the best brunch spots I’ve ever visited. Overlooking breathtaking Puget Sound, the surrounding mountains, and the city of Seattle, Charlotte Restaurant and Lounge was one of our favorite dining experiences in the city. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Alexander La Motte, who has previously helped restaurants attain Michelin Stars, we were served a gorgeous meal featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Grand Opening of 5-Star Lotte Hotel Seattle
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Grand Opening of 5-Star Lotte Hotel Seattle

I was indescribably excited when Lotte Hotels & Resorts extended an invitation to join them during the grand opening of their newest location in Seattle, Washington. They treated us like royalty at every turn, from customized in-room gifts and flowers and pampering at Le SPA de l’hôtel Lotte, to meals crafted by Michelin Starred Chefs at Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge and staff that greeted us by name everywhere we went inside the hotel, Lotte Hotel Seattle’s hospitality exceeded our wildest expectations. Being one of the very first guests to ever stay at Lotte Hotel Seattle, Lotte’s third property in the United States, was an honor unlike any other, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share this stunning hotel with you!

The Matilda R. Wilson Aviary – Detroit Zoo: Vol II
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The Matilda R. Wilson Aviary – Detroit Zoo: Vol II

The Matilda R. Wilson Aviary inside the Detroit Zoo is a beautiful oasis filled with tropical birds that are free to fly wherever they’d like inside the aviary and tropical garden. This is one of my favorite places in Michigan to visit, in addition to Frederik Meijer Gardens, when I need a break from the cold, dreary winters that seem to stretch on endlessly.  There’s something so refreshing, enchanting, and soul soothing about stepping into the tropical climate, being surrounded by the sweetest bird songs, and lush, blooming flowers like red or yellow hibiscus and bright pink bougainvillea.