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Lauren @ Balue/Co.
Seattle, Washington
Graphic Designer and Owner at Balue/Co.
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I can't quite remember when I became aware of Shahrzad's photography, but somewhere along the line we became acquainted through the local music festivals here in Seattle, and I've been a fan ever since. Not only is her professional work beautiful and expressive, but her Instagram feed manages to feel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Balue/Co.
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Christmas came quietly this year, for me. No big trips, no big plans—which was pretty nice, I have to admit. A long work break allowed for a weekend trip over the mountains to Leavenworth, where much tromping in the snow was had. Christmas Eve with the family included a tipsy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Balue/Co.
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How's it going around your neck of the woods? It's been a bit quiet around these parts lately... a little holiday hiatus. The past days were spent clomping around in the snow in Leavenworth, Bavarian Wonderland, USA. A couple days of work are ahead, and then a nice restful break.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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Because it's the season of giving, and in case you missed the Black Friday sale, here's a big surprise holiday sale! Take 25% off today through friday, using code HOLIDAY25 in both our main shop and our Etsy page. Happy shopping! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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A few snaps from around this chilly city as of late. We're being treated to mostly sunny skies, which makes for some very pretty frosty mornings. Oh, Seattle. / photos taken with an iPhone 5C, edited in Afterlight Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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In honor of the biggest shopping day of the year (I do love me some Black Friday shopping action!), take a whopping 40% off everything in the shop — our biggest sale yet. But hurry, sale ends tomorrow! p.s. Balue/Co. is also on Etsy, if you prefer. Happy Holidays! Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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Last but not least for this year's Gift Guides — the pets! A handful of things for the pooches and kittens in our lives. 1. A pom-pom pet bed! So cute. 2. The best gift for a new dog owner: a dog starter kit 3. Modern laser pointer bird, endless... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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Cute + funny for the kids. 1. A stylish and not-too-loud cork drum for them to bang out the beats 2. Tiger blanket! 3. A clear skateboard. Whoa. 4. A very grown-up trench coat for a little lady 5. Glow-in-the-dark constellation PJs, so cool 6. Such a sweet little knotted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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A handful of great things for that great guy. 1. Almanac Brewing Co. is putting out some amazing beers. Their Biere de Chocolat is smooth and rich, but not too sweet. Perfect with, say, Christmas dinner. 2. For a true heirloom gift, a timepiece from Detroit-based watchmakers Shinola. 3. Be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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It's Holiday Gift Guide time! I have to admit I love this time of year, the planning and shopping and wrapping and that tingly feeling when you give someone a gift that you can tell they really, really love. This week I'll be featuring collections for her, him, kids, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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A little reminder to stay open to those little moments, and to say yes. Have a great weekend. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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A few shots from around here the past couple weeks. I found that awesome U.S. Aqua can in my mom's fiance's basement, and it's still full of water. The side of the can says 'Impervious to nuclear fallout.' So rad. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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I recently used a couple gift cards I had to the MediSpa at Virginia Mason (which is far more relaxing and spa-like than it sounds, thankfully) for a facial, and while the whole experience was relaxing and amazing—I definitely fell asleep for a second during the massage—a couple of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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I recently got an envelope in the mail from my grandparents in South Carolina—my grandmother had been going through her albums, and thought I might want some of the photos. 'You come from a long line of good-looking people,' she had written in the card, which made me laugh. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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I've been losing myself in the sheer scale of this amazing collection by Edward Burtynsky lately. Water focuses on that vital lifeforce's role on this planet, and how we as humans attempt to harness, utilize, enjoy, and survive on it. How I would love to see these in their full... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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I read a lot of beauty blogs. Or more accurately, I curate a lot of beauty blogs on my to-read list. Perpetually worth-reading, these three are all rocking in their own unique way lately, which really begs the question of whether I even need that old to-read list anymore? These... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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A recent upgrade to an iPhone 5C means I'm back in the market for a cute case. And since I tend to buy one case and use it until the phone inevitably breaks, it needs to be something I won't mind looking at for a good few years. Loving Julia... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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With my new commute (hello crowded bus and frigid mornings waiting at the stop), I am finding myself reaching more and more for a select number of tried and true basics that I know are comfortable while also looking at least somewhat put together. Gone are the days of any... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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Without fail, I fall deep down the rabbit hole that is knitting around this time every year—to emerge only in the spring when the weather decides it's not all doom and gloom all of the time. Last year, I was brand new to knitting and stuck to the comfort of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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Ain't that the truth? If I wanted badly enough to make the time, I think I would spend tonight sprawled out on my couch, glass of wine in hand, watching all of this season of Revenge (my guilty pleasure obsession). Ah, Wednesdays... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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The coveted fourth spot in the much-lauded Series of Ideal Men has gone to Lil Bub's Owner (aka Mike Bridavsky). I mean, come on. Have you guys seen the Bub film? If not, go watch it and then you'll understand fully. No, it's not just for his awesome ink and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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A similar sight, a different night. Discovery Park, you have my heart. / photos shot on an iPhone 5C, edited in Afterlight Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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A dinner out, a desk scene, and a sleepin' kitten as seen in the past couple weeks. This month is flying by. It's feeling much more like a true autumn here in Seattle lately, and the leaves are just beginning to fall with gusto. This is really the best time,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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DOWNLOAD: Desktop / iPhone 4 / iPhone 5 Well, this sure is a pretty sight, is it not? The man-partner took this on a recent hike up in the mountains around here, and I instantly stole it for my own purposes... to give to you all in wallpaper form! So... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Balue/Co.
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Happy friday! It's been a busy week, getting into the swing of things at the new job downtown. Here, a snap of what I look out at every day, fog version. Have a lovely weekend! Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Balue/Co.