Here's a quick Gallery of The State Farm Traffic Divas (no professionals were harmed during this photo shoot)
That's Obama, not Oprah, bt-dubs. The leader of the free world makes yet another visit to Seattle on Sunday afternoon, and while we don't have specific travel times, POTUS' plane is expected to lane at Seatac around 4:30pm.
Obama leaves the Oval Office for a fundraising mission that will take him to North Seattle for an event Sunday evening. We can assume that his route will take him from Seatac, East on 518 and north on I-5 to North Seattle, so that means closures of on & off ramps and the mainline, of course while the motorcade rolls through.
El Presidente is then expected to roll out Monday morning and is believed to be departing the Emerald City and Seatac shortly before 9am. Yep, you guessed it, that means all those closures will be happening for our Monday commute. We know what you're thinking, morning commutes are already super fun, this one will be downright delightful! ;-)
**UPDATED info- Obama is staying at the Westin in Downtown Seattle. As a result, there are some surface street closures that will remain in effect through most of the morning:
*Virginia Street closed between 4th & 6th Ave ( no access from any adjacent alleys)
*5th Ave closed between Lenora & Stewart St (parking lot b/w Lenora & Virginia is open & accessible from the alley off Lenora)
*Westin Building Parking garage is not accessible unless arrangements have been made with the US Secret Service
*Pedestrians restricted on the south side of Virginia between 5th & 6th and on the north side only when the President is coming & going.
*Be advised that Metro busses will be rerouted during this time.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, there are only 27 days(!!!). Not even a full month! Not even 4 weeks! So, this year, I decided to put up the tree "early" - three and half weeks is NOT enough time to enjoy a tree (in my opinion hehe). Usually I wait for Black Friday to roll around, but this year is a bit different; I won't be home on Black Friday, so I decided to put it up before I left for Thanksgiving vacation - there is nothing better than coming home to a warm and cozy apartment full of holiday cheer.
PLUS, decorating early gives me a chance to really make it perfect, and pass along some good ideas to you!
First, I started with my 6-foot tall faux tree crammed into the only corner of our apartment that it'll fit in to. I think next year I'll have to upgrade to one of Wight's gorgeous artificial trees; they have a whole forest of them for you to pick from (and right now they are 20% off!)! Next, I added lights. Then I took all of the incredible ornaments and stuff I got at Wight's and put them out so I could get a game plan going.
I got classic white ball ornaments (some in the box of 12 were matte finish and some were glossy), silver sparkly large ornaments, a few birds (mostly adorable owls), some 'sweater' type ornaments, some fake snowball ornaments, an awesome clock ornament, some amazing slowflake ornaments, a snowshoe ornament, a glittery piece of garland, and some pine cones. I started decorating with what I had the most of - the white ball ornaments - and then moved on to the large silver ornaments and garland.
When I got the pine cones at Wight's, I wasn't 100% sure how I was going to use them, I just knew I wanted to add the 'natural' aspect to my sparkly tree. Just setting them on the branches of my fake tree didn't work; I wanted to make them look like they had grown on my tree. So, I got a little crafy with it. I took the pine cones and heated up my hot glue gun. On the bottom of each one, I added a tiny piece of green floral wire. After they cooled, it was amazingly easy to add them to my tree!
I also decorated an awesome garland over our entertainment system to really complete the look in our living room. I used gorgeous snow-covered magnolias from Wight's to give it a soft, wintry feel. The white looks great against the deep green of the garland.
Aaaaaaand voila! Everything has come together! I think I might add some hand-cut paper snowflakes to my tree in order to really fill it out, BUT, the stuff I got at Wight's really added class to my tree and took it up a notch from what I had been doing in years past. All of the stuff I got at Wight's is perfect, I'll definitely be heading back there next year! Make sure to check out Wight's for everything YOU need to decorate your home for the holidays - and let Ashley and I know what you get! We'll share photos that you send to us right here :)
Every year, Wight's Home & Garden transforms into Wight's Wonderland of Christmas - 23,000 square feet of glorious holiday decor; they have an artificial tree 'forest,' tons of lights, all sorts of garland, all the ornaments you could ever imagine, trinkets, gifts, stocking stuffers, and MORE. TONS MORE!!
Earlier this month, Ashley Ryan and I stopped by Wight's for their Winter Gala; it was an awesome event where we drank chanpagne and shopped for Christmas decor ideas. Does it get any better than that!? It was perfect.
I went back last week to gather all the things I need to get my tiny apartment in full-on holiday mode. Here are some pictures from the store!
This place has it all. These pictures don't even show you half of all the stuff Wight's has! Wight's is divided into 'rooms' that are themed, and in each room you can find everything used to decorate the trees in the room. They had a peacock themed area, a retro theme, music theme, ocean/beach theme, kitchen/wine theme, nativity theme, classic red and green Christmas theme, bright colors theme, log cabin theme, fairytale theme, nature theme, glitzy theme, princess theme, Versailles theme, white and gold theme... it just goes on and on! All of the trees are gorgeously decorated and are incredible inspiration for decorating your home. I got so many great ideas just looking around!
My favorite area was the white wonderland area (specifically the Snowdrift tree, but also the Snow Storm and Snow Blizzard trees - you can find photos here!); it was full of sparkly things, foxes, bears, deer, owls, branches, icicles, pinecones, snowflakes, snow, and a hint of burlap. It was gorgeous! And perfect for my home. It definitely was the inspiration for the decorations I got for my apartment.
I came home with TONS of ornaments that were white, silver, and sparkly. I got a bunch of candle holders, some garland, some wrapping paper, some gift tags, and more. It was the best shopping trip ever. When I got home, I started with the little things; I put up a piece of garland, and put some incredible smelling potpourri in a bowl; now my apartment smells like the holidays! (That's SOME of my stuff at checkout on the upper left, and my potpourri bowl in the photo on the right!). My little apartment already feels super cozy and ready for the holidays! Can't wait to put up my tree this week!
In the next few days, I'll show you a few photos of my decor and what I do with all the things I got at Wight's! (There's a sneak peak photo below!). Make sure you get to Wight's to decorate YOUR home, and share photos with me and Ashley Ryan! Maybe we'll even share them right here on the Diva's Page. :)