Today was the Women’s March on Washington, and Anchorage turned out to the tune of 2,000 – 3,500 people. It was an incredible feeling to be part of such a massive, peaceful movement and I couldn’t stop smiling as we marched in the snow and as I saw photos of events all over the world rolling through my Facebook feed.
A couple months ago I read What the world’s best cities will look like in 2030, an article about how cities can prepare for and attract aging populations, and shared it on Facebook with the question, “What can we do to become more age friendly and keep our seniors here?” Most responses cited the cold, dark winters and a few others mentioned the lack of affordable housing and challenging transportation as deterrents to staying. The general consensus seemed to be that once Alaskans hit retirement age, it’s snow bird time: relentlessly sunny skies and outlet malls, here we come!
Yesterday, the last day of 2016, I was rushing to get ready for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Quickly blow drying my newly short hair, I swiped on a sparkly eyeshadow and mentally debated the likelihood of running tights passing as evening wear.
I’d like to introduce some of my favorite bloggers – each one offers a regular dose of fun and inspiration while sharing their adventures in AK!
Ah, the few days a year when Her Tern slashes the prices on their insanely beautiful, handmade shoes and you (meaning me) can justify purchasing a pair. The sale is today through Sunday, and also includes summer dresses, cozy coats, cool girl tunics, graphic t-shirts and more. I’ve scored some of my favorite pieces at Her Tern sales, always marveling and the deep discounts and my luck in finding just the right thing.
Skinny Raven is also having a sale that’s bound to include some incredible deals.
Go forth and shop!
In a “blink and it’s here” arrival, autumn has come to Anchorage. Leaves are yellowing, evenings are dark again, and the clouds and intermittent rain add a blue grey tinge of chill to everything that makes me long for apple cider and soups.
Ten+ years ago, I met two friends in Philly and spent an evening catching up on a rooftop deck. It was an urban oasis – the deck was alive and warm, with flowers and greenery surrounded by tall, tall glass buildings on all sides. It felt like we were floating in the middle of the city, and I’ve longed for something similar in Anchorage ever since. And finally, we have one!
On a gorgeous summer evening, Williwaw’s rooftop deck is the perfect place to kick back with a drink, listen to music, catch up with friends, snuggle with a sweetie, and enjoy the fire pit as the warmth of the sun fades away.
Often, when people criticize Anchorage, one of the things they say is that we’re a bit behind the rest of the country. Sometimes it’s true, and sometime it isn’t. But when it IS true, it doesn’t have to be negative. We’re in the enviable position of being able to note exciting/successful endeavors happening in other parts of the country, cherry pick the most viable options, and make them happen here.
For example, Launch : Alaska, the state’s very first business accelerator.*