Seattle, United States
Chelsey, 30
Graphic Designer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a graphic designer and I’m fortunate to be able to say I do it because I love it. I’m also a musician, amateur film photographer, and artist. Beauty, art and music are all things I try to incorporate into my work. I create branding for artists, small businesses, and sometimes giants like Amazon.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Soundtracks and instrumentals by artists like Dustin O'Halloran, Nils Frahm, or Hans Zimmer. Or maybe someone soulful like Jeff Buckley, Matt Corby, or James Blake.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Stranger Things, Daredevil, Downton Abbey, and Doctor Who to name only a few.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

When I’m not shopping online, I say goodbye to my money at Totokaelo, Nordstrom, Rizom, and Glasswing and maybe Barney’s someday.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

On a Segway tour or in a Ride the Duck boat/truck. But never say never...

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Seattle that you particularly like?

Tacos Chukis on Capitol Hill. It’s tucked away upstairs in a strange, small little mall-type place with other restaurants and a tattoo shop. Those are my favorite tacos in Seattle. The lines can be long but it’s worth it. Buuut they’ve recently opened a location in South Lake Union that’s larger so those lines move faster.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Seattle? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I have a reservation coming soon at Canlis. I’ve never been but I’ll just say—tuxedos are required and I’m saving up.

What restaurant in Seattle looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Rancho Bravo on Capitol Hill

Where can you get the best cocktail in Seattle? Which one do you like?

Damn the Weather. I don’t really drink so you’ll have to take a friend’s word for it.

Where would you take your partner in Seattle if you wanted to really pamper them?

Banya 5 Spa. You rotate through a eucalyptus

What are the Seattle spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The Olympic Sculpture park and Centennial Park, Oddfellows Cafe or Talullah’s, La Marzocco cafe at KEXP, the Museum of Pop Culture, Westward, Cinerama, and any Tom Douglas restaurant. I think you should see Pike Place Market too. Some say it’s overrated but I don’t think so.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Seattle. How do you spend it?

First, cry a little. Then we’ll take a swim in the south corner of lake Union, eat house tacos at Tacos Chukis, ride bicycles to pick up cookies at Cinnamon Works and coffee from Storyville in Pike Place market then continue the ride north along the water to Myrtle Edwards park and picnic there. Next, we’ll take the water taxi to Alki in West Seattle and finish with a bonfire on the beach as the sun goes down. My last day in Seattle must be warm and sunny.

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