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ABOUT SIP

Hey there, thanks for being here.

My name is Laurie Allen but I often write under the name SIP. In the past, I have written under the names Coco Irving and Lulu Rossi. The truth is that I enjoy hiding under a pen name as it offers creative freedom.

My past work experience includes working in retail where I advanced from the sales floor to a clothing and accessory buyer. I excelled in radio sales and was promoted to sales manager.  In radio, I specialized in live music and events because... well, because someone had to. Media sales lead to an advertising agency where essentially I was paid for my ideas. I have a lot of them. Today, I am a Real Estate agent with Lifestyle Real Estate Group, powered by Keller Williams. Although there are a lot of words (mostly song lyrics) swimming in my head, I think HOME is the nicest word there is.

I'm a dreamer.

I write because it's my passion. I primarily write for regional guidebooks and lifestyle magazines. Yes, actually printed words on paper. I am also an avid blogger and social media savvy.  I'm not sure if its because I wrote radio copy for so long or that I have a short attention span, but most of my writing is short, usually somewhat witty and most often in a conversational style.

My Father, a brilliant doctor, scientist and master writer tells me that's the only way to become a great writer is to write, to write, to write. My Mom is my biggest cheerleader who tells complete strangers they should follow my blog. I am grateful for their unwavering support. My husband James and my man-cubs, Brandon (26) and TJ (22) are my favorite companions for discovery and adventure.

Most often I write about all the important things in life: WINE, lodging, coffee, cuisine, art, boutiques, spas and travel. As they say, write what you love.

You could say I grew up with the Washington wine industry. There were just a few dozen wineries when I discover wine was true love. Now there are well over 950 wineries in Washington State. I adore the stories behind the wine - the terrior, the process, the people and the even the marketing.

Thanks for checking out my blog and joining me on this adventure.

CHEERS!

Life's fast, sip slow.

Laurie (aka SIP)


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