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I’ve kind of dubbed 2016 the year to do whatever you want or have been wanting to do. Seriously, what’s stopping you? Just do it (not intended to be a Nike reference). No matter what you do or how you do it, someone will always have an opinion and that’s fine… but don’t let that fear stop you from being who you want to be or going wherever it is you want to go. I know exactly how anxiety and lack of confidence can keep you just one step from where you could be. Doubts do nothing but hold you back. The worst that can happen is failure, and to be honest, that’s not even the hard part. The hard part getting yourself to do something outside of your comfort zone. The easy part being a badass and getting back up after you’ve failed because things can only move up from there. Believe me.

10 Facts About Me

Hey, what’s up, hello….


You guys, this blog is going to happen. It’s only taken years of inception, but I’m ready. Here are a few things about me to get things going.

  1. Ruthaye is a name one of my old friends came up with in elementary/middle school and I’ve kind of stuck with it since then. (find me on twitter, snapchat and instagram @ruthaye)
  2. My uniform consists of eye liner, curled hair, black denim, sneakers and leather jackets. Recently obsessed with bomber jackets and ripped denim.
  3. Love hip hop and rap… but I’ve slowly been getting into EDM. Send me music recommendations!
  4. Currently trying to get fit… but I still don’t like to run, so don’t ask me to join your run club. At least not yet.
  5. I’m an introvert. It takes at least a month of constantly being around someone new before I feel comfortable around them. So props to anyone who was persistent enough to get to know me, become my friend and understand that sometimes it takes a lot of energy for me to be around people.
  6. If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life, it would be avocados.
  7. My Starbucks order is usually an iced coffee unsweetened.
  8. I hate being in front of the camera. I used to think I would be a professional photographer, but that dream got interrupted when I decided that I would give design a try.
  9. Currently about to hit 5 years as a professional designer. Graphic design, not fashion.
  10. Born and raised in the PNW and love, love, love the West Coast.

And that’s all for now. Stay tuned!

New Year Goals

I’m not really one to commit to new years resolutions once the ball drops, but throughout the year I create short term goals that I know, or at least hope, can be accomplished within a reasonable time span. So for 2016 I’ve taken it upon myself to really step my organization game up and invest in a planner. If you know me, then you know I have a ton of creative ideas, but I usually don’t have the motivation to complete them all. I’m hoping that 2016 becomes my most productive year as a designer and as a creative. I have been eyeing these planners and notebooks by Julia Kostreva for some time now. Her designs are so minimalistic but extremely bold and eccentric. A few things I’ve been eyeing for the new year:

  1. Any year daily planner by Julia Kostreva:

2. Tillandsia Pohliana air plant from Pistils Nursery

3. Glass terrarium planter from Living Room Glass


Every show I have gone to this year has been amazing and each one has been a memorable experience. AlunaGeorge’s performance at the Crocodile on Sunday night did not disappoint.  It was the perfect sized venue, there was separation between 21+ and the younger crowd, their opener did a pretty good job setting the tone for the night, but their set in combination with the fog, black light and crazy light show was so good! And Aluna sounds amazing live-she has a very natural and energetic stage presence.

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If there was one rap artist that I obsessed over this year, it had to be Vic Mensa. He recently performed at the Neptune Theater and while the crowd was a bit younger, it was still fun. Vic Mensa is only 22 and majority of the crowd was probably around that age or younger… anyone 24+ was pretty much posted up at the bar, which was nice because we ended up running into a lot of local music artists like The Flavr Blue and Sol. His performance was filled with a ton of energy and Vic Mensa ended up crowd surfing by the end of the show.
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Portland, OR

I absolutely fell in love with Portland this weekend. A few friends and I went on a short weekend get-a-way to visit an old friend that we’ve known since kindergarten and it was nothing short of amazing. We explored every neighborhood, shopped for nothing but air plants and succulents and ate way too much good food.

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Rattlesnake Ledge

Decided to take a spontaneous trip into the mountains for a short hike with a few friends. Rattlesnake Ledge is located in the North Bend area, just 45 minutes to an hour east of Seattle. The entire trail is about 4 miles roundtrip and there are two views; Rattlesnake Ledge and the Upper Ledge. The horizon view from the ledge is amazing – hopefully we will try explore that upper ledge on another day.

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A Weekend in SF

Headed to the Bay Area with a few close friends for Memorial Day Weekend. We checked out a lot of tourist attractions since this was my first time in San Francisco, but everything was worth it. We ate a ton of amazing food, met up with old friends and family members, visited the Twin Peaks when the view was covered in a sea of fog, and explored the SF nightlife all within the span of a few days. There obviously wasn’t enough time to do everything on our list… so hopefully we’ll make it down for another trip very soon. Definitely one of my favorite cities – if I didn’t live in Seattle, I would most likely be at home in SF.
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