Sunday, February 7, 2016

Shop Local: Seattle Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Love is in the air and Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Don't worry, there's still plenty of time to shop locally for the perfect gift.

High impact earrings are trending for spring and since gold goes with everything, we rounded-up a few of our favorites from local brands. From left to right: Gold earrings by Veronica and Harold,
Gold Filigree earrings by LK Designs available at, Antique Gold Deco Earrings from T+J Designs, Umea Cartilage Earrings by Masha Moon, Swoon Moonstone earrings available at Moorea Seal, Geometric Drop Earrings by Baleen, Diamond Arc Studs by White Space Jewelry.

For the beauty addict in your life....Olivine Atelier Love + Roses Beauty Mist, $38. Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll 'Kiss & Blush', $40. Stila 'A Whole Lot of Love' Limited Edition Make-up Set, $59. Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish, $36. Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf $80 at the University Village Sephora store. Julep Restorative Facial Milk for lightweight moisture with skin-boosting oils to treat, hydrate and replenish, special launch price, $28.

Give your sweetheart the gift of ultimate relaxation with a certificate for a spa day in the city. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa on Queen Anne is offering an ISUN Chocolate Mask treatment with a detoxifying Rose Petal Foot Bath, 90 minutes for $115. For those who want to be "Wrapped in Red", the Spa at Four Seasons is offering a luxurious mani + pedi featuring Rose shea butter and a calming paraffin dip, 80 minutes for $120. For those that prefer a holistic approach to traditional spa days, a sweat session in an Infrared sauna at City Sweats in Madison Park is the perfect solution. Infrared saunas heat the body deeply and help naturally prompt detoxification. 45-minute sweat sessions start at $45.

In case you haven't heard, Seattle's beloved Glittersweet bags is closing up shop this spring. Give the gift of Glittersweet and save big on the entire line of coveted vinyl bags designed to sparkle in the sun and stand up to the rain. Made in the USA. Daisy Sling Tote, $63. Wildflower Pearl Purse, $96. Huckleberry Zipper Tote, $86. Red Wildflower Tablet Sleeve, $63.

Fashion Calendar: Neiman Marcus Trend Event

Fashion takes on many forms this spring and Neiman Marcus in Bellevue has gathered three very stylish tastemakers to help interpret the season's biggest trends. Darcy Camden, founder of Styled Seattle, Lisa Cole, Style Writer for Vanguard, and Jennifer McCullum of Seattle magazine will join forces on Wednesday, February 10th at The Bravern for a special style presentation. Guests will be treated to refreshments and an informal fashion show as each stylist puts their own spin on spring trends from the Neiman Marcus 'It List'. Join the discussion and prepare to be inspired by the colors, shapes, textures and styling techniques that will dominate the season. 

What: Neiman Marcus Spring Trend Presentation 
When: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Where: Neiman Marcus 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004
Time: 11:30am 

Feeling inspired? Peruse the top trends featured by Neiman Marcus for spring '16  here

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and the countdown to find the perfect gift is on. Here's a round-up of gift ideas for all the "special someones" who fill your life with love. ♥️ Happy Valentine's Day!

For moms we adore.....Glittersweet Wildflower tote, Diptyque Rosaviola Candle available at Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade Cedar Street wallet, YSL Kiss and Love Makeup Palette, Estee Lauder 'Le Rouge' Lipstick in Red Ego via Nordstrom.

For super sweet little girls.... Lego Junior Supermarket Suitcase set, Kate Spade Kids Glitter headband, Hello Kitty Valentine Hearts Plush, Fashion Angels play tent available at, Glamourpuss book by Sarah Weeks, Piggy Paint all-natural nail polish.

For your best friend....Kate Spade Rose Print Metro Watch, Charbonnel et Walker Marc De Champagne Pink Truffles, Ciate London x Olivia Palermo Fashion Edit Nail Set, Jessica Simpson 'Mekos' sandal, YSL Rouge Volupte available at Sephora, Diana Vreeland 'Simply Divine' perfume, Dark Rose Pendant Earrings by LK Designs available via

For new mama friends....Rebecca Minkoff mini wallet for on-the-go errands available via ShopBop, Momstrology book by The AstroTwins available on, Gorjana Midi Rings, Dylan's Candy Bar cupcake filled with sour watermelon candy, Tatcha Luminous Overnight Memory Serum, Bottega Veneta Sleep Mask available via Neiman Marcus.

For anyone on your list.....Bright Pink Fox Fur Keychain via T+J Designs, Herbivore Coco Rose Lip Conditioner, Kate Spade 'Just Add Water' bottle available via Nordstrom, Julep 'Amanda' polish, Ban.Do Gem Speaker, OMG iPhone 6 case available via Moorea Seal.

Last but not least for my adventerous friends in Sydney, enter to win a Valentine's Day getaway in the Blue Mountains valued at $3500. The winner will enjoy two nights at an exclusive couple's retreat and over $1300 worth of romantic flowers, candles, chocolates and a luxe bottle of Moet et Chandon on arrival. The Love Cave giveaway ends February 14th, 2016. Good luck lovies!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Seattle Shopping Guide: Fremont

If you want to explore the independent shopping scene in Seattle, head to Fremont. It's full of boutiques, bars, restaurants, and on Sundays, a fabulous Farmer's Market. Check out our recap of the best places to shop, dine and play in Fremont.

Your first shopping stop in Fremont should definitely be Pipe + Row. In addition to affordable price points, it's the mix of labels like Finders Keepers and Keepsake that had me at hello. In stock now you'll find a full assortment of apparel, accessories, jewelry, sunglasses, pom pom keychains and even shoes. Shop online and get free shipping anywhere in the USA. 611 NE 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103Stocking brands like Rachel Comey, Gary Graham, and Isabel Marant, Les Amis is a style destination in Fremont.  They also carry local favorites including Alice Noon bags and Jamie Joseph jewelry. 3420 Evanston Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103Just around the corner from Les Amis you'll find its sister store, Essenza. Stocking body products, skin care, fine jewelry, perfume and even a curated selected of children's wear, Essenza is a great place to shop for gifts. Featured brands include Grown Alchemist, Herbivore (a local gem!), Rockstella, Antica Farmacista and more. Gift wrapping is available. 615 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103On the corner of 35th and Evanston avenue North, Burnt Sugar carries shoes, gifts, accessories and bags for women. Stop in for a new pair of shoes, a gift for a friend or a brand new handbag for the season. Sign up for the mailing list and get $10 off your first order of $100 or more. 601 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103If you're in the mood for skincare products don't miss the new Aesop store. This Australia-based brand has been around since 1987 and focuses on plant-based skin, hair and body products. If you're new to the brand, I recommend trying out one of the travel sets to sample a few of the essentials from the line. 3415 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103
Warby Parker moved into the Fremont neighborhood last fall and has been outfitting shoppers with fashion-forward frames ever since. The Fremont store marked the company's first store in the Pacific Northwest, but it certainly won't be their last. 3501 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103For an authentic boutique shopping experience in Seattle, add Show Pony to your list of must-visit boutiques. Offering a mix of contemporary clothing and consignment, Show Pony also stocks Seattle-based brands like Prairie Underground and Veronica & Harold. 702 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103And with Valentine's Day just around the corner don't miss Bellefleur Lingerie featuring European and designer lingerie for women. You'll also find alluring sleepwear and exceptional customer service. Bra fittings and bridal registry available. 3504 Fremont Pl. N. Seattle, WA 98103

There are many great places to eat in Fremont, but here are just a few of my favorites and trust me, it wasn't easy trying to narrow it down.

If you're in the mood for savory noodles, short ribs with rice and melt in your mouth dumplings, head over to Revel. The food is incredibly delicious which means the wait times can be a little excessive, especially during peak dining hours. Arrive early or round up a party of 6 so that you can reserve a table. You'll find happy hour pricing on food and drinks in the bar daily from 4-6pm. 403 N. 36th St. Seattle, WA 98103

El Camino is a staple in Fremont as far as I'm concerned. If you're in the mood for Mexican food, this is the place to be. The enchiladas en mole are amazing and of course, you can't go wrong with the traditional tacos de carne asada. Weekend brunch is served from 11am-3pm Saturday and Sunday. 607 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103

Head to Pie for savory and sweet bites to satisfy any craving. From traditional chicken pot pie to a more regional smoked salmon pie, there's something for everyone on the menu, including mini pies that are perfect for kids. 3515 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103

Mark your calendars now because the annual Fremont Solstice Fair is coming June 17-19th.  It's a free-spirited weekend with music, food, crafts and community. You'll find yoga, a doggy parade, music and more.

Seattle-based Brooks Running has a beautiful flagship store in Fremont that is loved by locals, including non-runners. Get a glimpse into the company culture, pick up some lifestyle shoes from the Heritage collection and enjoy a free game of ski ball before you leave.  3400 Stone Way N. Seattle, WA 98103

Gas Works park located at the north end of Lake Union has sweeping views of the city and is the perfect place to perch for a picnic lunch on a sunny day. Spread out a blanket, watch the seaplanes come and go and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

4 Spring Fashion Must-Haves

I know what you’re thinking: Spring is not exactly around the corner, and we’ve still got a couple months of cold weather to trudge through. But even in the thick of winter, we can begin looking forward to the spring sunshine and all the fashion that comes with the season.

A lot of the spring styles that debuted on the runways back in September have fashion lovers around the world testing their patience. There are so many fun trends to choose from, it will be hard to pick a favorite. For those of us who also have a hard time waiting, there's no time like the present to start stocking up for spring. I’ve rounded up some of the biggest trends for the season to help streamline your shopping list. Without further ado (because you’ve already waited this long!)… Here are 4 spring fashion must-haves to get your hands on right now.

A Romantic Maxi
Lace, flowing fabric, and colors that make you want to sail off into the sunset in the South of France. Romance is in the air this spring.  Get the look with pastel colored dresses, tulle skirts, floral embellishments and fringe details. This is a great trend to experiment with Rose Quartz, one of the new Pantone "color of the year" picks. (Shown above: Maxi dresses from

Anything Off the Shoulder
Pulling inspiration from earlier eras, off-the-shoulder styles are back and bigger than ever this spring. Appearing in both dress and blouse varieties, off-the-shoulder details are sure to be a staple in every woman’s spring wardrobe. It’s hard not to feel sweet yet sassy in one of these shoulder-baring garments. (Shown above: Rachel Zoe mini dress, Love Fire lace dress, Tularosa romper)

The tie-dye top
Spring style is heading straight back to the seventies with tie dye tops, dresses, swimwear and more. Finally, designers are drawing inspiration from the actual season at hand and providing ready-to-wear garments that are both practical and fun. This fashion week trend report from Style Caster notes that the spring '16 runway shows included a lot of batik, tie-dye, Baha pullovers, bucket hats, and loose linen. Add a pair of denim shorts and you're all set.

The Fashion Sneaker
Many women are trading in their beloved heels for more comfortable footwear. While I have mixed opinions about this phenomenon, one thing that cannot be argued is that fashion brands have come to the table with some very stylish options. Enter the fashion sneaker: a high-brow take on once-urban streetwear. Fashion sneakers are more than your average pair of Adidas. This season we will see sneakers decked out with over-the-top embellishments, adorned with funky patterns, and soaring high on platforms for added height. This fashion website mirrors my thoughts on this trend exactly: “I keep seeing girls in cool sneakers and want a pair too.” It looks like this trend is just something I'm going to have to own. (Shown above: Brooks Running, Kurt Geiger, Christian Louboutin)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Seattle Shopping Guide: Capitol Hill

Known for being one of the most playful neighborhoods in Seattle, Capitol Hill is home to some of our favorite places to shop, eat and indulge. Whether you live on the hill or are visiting for the first time, we hope you'll find a few hidden gems in our Capitol Hill Shopping Guide. 

Totokaelo (pronounced Toh-toh-kye-oh) located on Capitol Hill boutique carries an array of thoughtfully curated merchandise for men and women from designers like Dries Van Noten, Maison Margiela, Jil Sander, Rick Owens and more. In store you'll also find shoes and must-have accessories like Issey Miyake backpacks and Marni shoulder bags. Last fall Totokaelo opened a second store on Crosby street in New York. 
1523 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 

Counting over 24 years on the hill, Le Frock Vintage has a fabulous selection of now and then designer clothing for men and women. In store you'll find everything from vintage Prada to fur coats and earrings. Check back often for hidden gems like Marc Jacobs handbags and costume jewelry to complete your look. 
613 E. Pike Seattle, WA 98122

Melrose Market is another must-visit destination on the hill due to its community-inspired space featuring fresh flowers, organic produce and coveted local vendors. This is a great place to stop for lunch before or after shopping on the hill. Don't miss Glasswing, part retail store, part gallery. Cheese lovers: Don't miss the Cheese 101 tasting classes hosted by Calf & Kid. They feature locally made products from farms all over the Pacific Northwest. 
1501-1535 Melrose Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 

Voted Seattle's favorite vintage and indie fashion boutique, Pretty Parlor carries clothing, shoes and accessories from the 20's through the 80's. At Pretty Parlor you can also shop local designers including Jamie Von Stratton and Frankie Four. And for the animal lovers out there, they even have an entire photo gallery dedicated to Vincent, the shop cat. Enjoy. 
119 Summit Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102

New to the neighborhood, Visette boutique stocks casual and special occasion dresses for women, plus outerwear and accessories to complete the look. If you've got a cocktail party or a date night in your future, add this store to your shopping list. 
307 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

Since 2008 Veridis has been stocking contemporary clothing for men and women from brands like Bridge & Burn, Greylin, Trina Turk, Pendleton and more. Spend $100 and get free shipping anywhere in the US. 
1205 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

If you're looking for home goods, don't miss Retrofit Home. You'll find a colorful assortment of wall art, mirrors, books, decorative accents, candles and more. They also offer design services for creative types looking to find a unique way to furnish their home. 
1103 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

Part cooking school, part French boutique, Paris Eastside offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in Parisian food, art, home goods and more. If you've been bitten by the travel bug but can't get away, stop in for a little piece of Paris. They also offer classes and great tips for traveling to Paris. 816 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

Located on the south end of Melrose Market, Terra Plata is one of the yummiest places to eat on Capitol Hill. With an "earth to plate" concept, Terra Plata serves fresh food inspired by the seasons. The menu features house-made potato chips with truffled sea salt, Octopus with chorizo,  beets with spiced walnuts and more. In the summer months, don't miss the roof top patio.
1501 Melrose Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Owners describe the atmosphere at Grim's as "steam punk meets silent hill". We describe the atmosphere as "totally awesome" citing the liberal use of reclaimed and recycled materials to build tables, fixturing and lighting elements. Happy hour starts at 4pm and features grilled cheese + tomato bisque for $5. Escape the madness and enjoy a bit of privacy in the Butterfly Lounge, named for colorful butterflies housed in glass casings.
1512 11th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Coffee fans will want to check out the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. The 15,000 square foot space is dedicated to roasting and coffee education. Sip coffee in the lounge while catching up with friends and then head over to Serious Pie (located in the building) for an evening of pizza and wine.
1124 Pike St. Seattle, WA 98101

For those with a sweet tooth, cap off the night at Dilettante Chocolate's Mocha Cafe for a Midnight Espresso martini. It's mind-blowing. Happy hour runs from 5-7pm daily and features a mix of sweet treats and savory bites.
538 Broadway E. Seattle, WA 98102

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide for the girl who has everything

52 Lists book by Moorea Seal // Shadow House Annora Ring // Christian Louboutin Lip Color //
Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak // Pom Pom Key Chain from Pipe & Row //  Brooks Vanguard Heritage // Emmy Trinh Bracelet //

White Space Ruby Arc Earrings // Dolce Vita Hazeley Heels // YSL Nail Lacquer No. 9 // Kate Spade Champagne Clutch // Kendra Scott Haylee Ring // Marc Jacobs Watch // Marcus Lupfer Sequin Beanie // London Coordinates Bracelet //

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Great gifts under $25 for anyone on your list

Cancer constellation mug // Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert // PF Candle Co. // Shelterwood Field Notes // Glittersweet Tablet Sleeve #Local //  Seahawks Key Chain & Bottle Opener #Local// Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert // DysFUNction Board Game #Local

Kari Gran Lip Whip #Local // Seattle Canvas Map Tote #Local // Herbivore Soaking Salts #Local // Olivine Atelier Body Lotion #Local // Glittersweet Flat Case #Local // Seattle Chocolates Gift Box #Local //

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The best blow out in Seattle

Chances are you know someone with "really good" hair. Is it the luck of the draw? A really good shampoo? Or maybe a killer haircut? As someone with signature long locks I can tell you it's a clever mix of all of the above. Truth be told,  my best hair days come after spending time in one of Seattle's best blow dry bars. We've lucky to live in a city where good hair days are just 30 minutes and around $35 away. Blowouts are a budget-friendly way to get pampered and achieve the bombshell hair you've been dreaming about. Here's a list of the best blow out bars in the city. Trust me, these salons really know how to work a round brush.

O2 Blow Dry Bar 
If you live on the eastside, check out the O2 Blow Dry Bar located just downstairs from the main Obadiah Salon in Bellevue. This location is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to do a little primping in between retail therapy sessions. The stylists are amazing at working with hair of any length and texture and always keep product usage to a minimum to help make your blow out last as long as possible. 
Style Tip: Pick up a travel sized can of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to help extend the life of your blowout. 
Parking: Underground parking is free at The Hyatt with validation.

Gary Manuel Studio
Located in South Lake Union, Gary Manuel Studio offers a full menu of hair services but it's the blow dry that keeps me coming back for more. The stylists are great about helping you achieve the perfect look whether you want a basic blow out or something for a special occasion. If you Aveda hair products, you'll love this salon. 
Style Tip: To prep for your next trip, stock up on travel sized Aveda products when you visit the studio. 
Cost: Depends on the stylist 
Parking: Metered street parking and underground parking available. 

Gene Juarez Express Blow Dry 
Added as a service back in 2012 for girls on the go, the Gene Juarez Express Blow Dry is great for those who want great hair in 30 minutes or less. Guests can choose from a dry style "do-over" for clean hair that needs some styling TLC or full shampoo and blow out to create major volume with a round brush.
Cost: $35
Parking: Varies by location.

1 - Use a dry shampoo on your roots to soak up oil. Be sure to blend. If you are prone to extremely oily hair, try using dry shampoo at night to absorb oils while you sleep.

2-  Wrap hair in a silk scarf before you go to sleep. Silk diminishes the scalp's natural production of oils and can extend a blowout an extra day or two.

3- Pack an umbrella to avoid getting frizzy hair in the rain. Or, wear a jacket with a silk-lined hood.

4- Finish hair with an anti-humidity spray like Oribe's Imperméable to shield hair from frizz.

5- Wrap your hair in a towel or use a hair cap before taking a shower to keep hair from getting wet.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Best of Beauty: Seattle

I could spend hours talking about anything beauty-related. My close friends can attest to this because they've been subjected to my endless monologues about everything from eyelash extensions to the importance of pubic hair etiquette. We could be anywhere, in the middle of any conversation, and I'll find a way to weave it in. Brunch? No problem, there's nothing we can't talk about over mimosas. In line while waiting for photos at an event? Even better. Someone standing nearby might just need to know where they can find the best hair stylist, spa or local beauty product in the city.

As a beauty addict, I've road-tested many of Seattle's best products and services in the name of "research". I've even been called a "beauty fairy godmother" a time or two. From micro-needling to injectables and everything in between, here's a look at my "best of beauty" picks, Seattle-style.

Best Seattle skin care line: Susan Grace Skin Care

The women with the best skin in the city regularly see Seattle esthetician Susan Grace to maintain a healthy glow. Susan specializes in Pacific Northwest skin conditions and works with clients to calm redness, soothe dry skin and reveal a brighter, more youthful complexion. Enjoy the experience of great skin at home with the Partly Sunny Skincare line. For those looking for a serious anti-aging experience will want to check out The Tiffany, named after pro make-up artist Tiffany Lowry.
Susan Grace Skin Care
5424 Ballard Ave NW Suite #300
Seattle, WA 98107
// Beauty Notes // Located in the heart of Ballard. Easy street parking available.

Best place to go for injectables: The Stella Center
Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, you name it, the only place to go in the city for natural looking injectibles is The Stella Center. Dr. Stella Desyatnikova and RN Carolee Weaver are the best in the business and in addition to having years of experience, their "less is more" approach delivers beautiful results.
The Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
509 Olive Way Suite 1430
Seattle, WA 98101
// Beauty Notes // Located downtown. Easy parking available at Pacific Place. Sign up for the mailing list for monthly specials.

Best Organic Skin Care: Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
At Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa on Queen Anne you'll find serious skin care coupled with innovative technology to achieve long-lasting results. Available services include Dermaroller, Naturopathic Facials, Body Contouring, Laser Hair Removal and more. All products used in treatments are organic and the spa also stocks additional organic lines including iSun and Kari Gran Skin Care. I highly recommend the Dermaroller treatment for acne scarring and fine lines. For a detox after the holidays, also check out the Urban Detox Retreat.
Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. #103
Seattle, WA 98109
// Beauty Notes // Located on Top of Queen Anne across from Umpqua Bank. Free street parking available.

Best Blow Dry Bar: O2 Blow Dry Bar
There's one one place to go for blow outs in Seattle, and actually, it's located in Bellevue. Obadiah's O2 Blow Dry Bar is the place to go for a beautiful blow out that lasts several days. The stylists are well-versed on blow dry styles and will get you in and out the door in under an hour (less time for shorter hair).
O2 Blow Dry Bar
10500 NE 8th St. #106
Bellevue, WA 98004
// Beauty Notes // O2 is located in the Hyatt on level one. Parking in the underground garage is validated with your service. Stock up on travel size Oribe products when you are there.

Best Seattle make-up line: Julep 
When Julep first introduced make-up I was skeptical. I mean come on, they specialize in nail polish. But when I tried the dual-ended eyeliner I was an instant convert. The Kajal Eye Glider is black on one side and shimmery brown on the other. It's a great product for women looking to streamline their make-up bags and the color lasts all day.
// Beauty Notes // Some of the Julep make-up line is available in Julep Parlors, but for the best select I recommend shopping online.

Best place for a mani + pedi: Frenchy's Day Spa
Located in Madison Park, a classic mani + pedi will run you about $60. Frenchy's is a Parisian-inspired day spa that has been around for more than 15 years. They are great about coordinating appointments so that you coordinate your service with a girlfriend (or two!)
Frenchy's Day Spa
3131 E. Madison St. Suite #103
Seattle, WA
// Beauty Notes // Parking is limited to small lot, but street parking is available nearby. Arrive early and stop by Belle Epicurean (a few doors down) for champagne cocktails and a quiche.

Best place for organic hair removal: Sugar, Sugar
An alternative to traditional waxing, sugaring is a method of hair removal that uses all-natural, organic sugar. It's environmentally-friendly because it doesn't require the strips used in regular waxing and in my opinion, it hurts less. After your initial appointment, expect to go in for maintenance every 4-5 weeks. Sugar, Sugar also stocks some great skin care products including the entire line of Eminence skincare and Portland-based Serious Serum.
Sugar Sugar
510 NE 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
// Beauty Notes // For the faint of heart, Sugar Sugar also stocks lidocaine numbing gel by Numb It. Call in advance to make sure it's in stock if you think you'll need it prior to your appointment.

Best place for a juice cleanse: Jujubeet
In New York and LA, juicing is serious business. Here in Seattle, the juice scene is just ramping up as more people turn toward juicing as a way to support overall health and wellness. If you're on the hunt for an easy, organic juice cleanse to kick off the New Year, Jujubeet has you covered. They make it easy for Seattleites to supplement their diet with healthy fruits and vegetables and even have an on-staff dietician to help answer questions as they come up along your juicing journey. Cleanse prices start at $35, but select juices are also available a la carte.
4915 25th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98105
// Beauty Notes // Pick up your cleanse in-store or schedule front porch delivery for $15/day. You'll also want to check out the delicious raw, vegan food made fresh each day at Jujubeet including raw almond energy balls sprinkled with cinnamon, millet balls and if you have a sweet tooth, don't miss the chocolate banana bites. 

Best nail polish line: butter LONDON
Founder Sasha Muir was on to something when she brought a little bit of her British roots to the Northwest with the launch of butter LONDON over a decade ago. The line is now available at mass retailers worldwide and its products have a very loyal following. Butter London nail lacquers come in yummy, long-lasting colors plus, they are free of toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene and DBP.
Butter London
// Beauty Notes // Shop locally for Butter London at Queen Anne Dispatch (Queen Anne), Horsehoe (Ballard) and Nordstrom (various locations).

Best lash extensions: Noir Lash Lounge
Long lashes accentuate the eyes and perk up the entire face. They also make the morning "get ready" routine a whole lot faster. If you're addicted to long lashes you have to check out Noir Lash Lounge in Bellevue. They stock over 100 different sizes of lashes, which means the perfect lash combination is finally within reach. For lash addicts looking for insane volume, Noir Lash Lounge has a new service called the "Carte Blanche" which involves placing 5-10 synthetic mink lash extensions onto a single lash.
Noir Lash Lounge 
225 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
// Beauty Notes // Free parking. Expect to go in for fills every 3-4 weeks. Noir Lash Lounge also sells its own label of strip lashes that are perfect for a night on the town. If lash extensions are too much commitment, Noir also stocks a lash growth serum called LiLash that works wonders and sells out quickly every time it's in stock. You heard it here first.

Best Spa experience: Four Seasons
The spa at Four Seasons is award-winning for a reason, it's simply the best spa experience in Seattle. Not only do guests get whisked away from the hustle and bustle of the city right into the lap of luxury, but the spa also offers sweeping views of the Puget Sound making it an epic place to unwind. During the holidays the spa offers seasonal spa treatments including the Shimmering Cranberry Pomegranate Body Scrub which is a hybrid between a body scrub and a massage. It's a 75-minute treatment that is as relaxing as it is indulgent. Let's face it, you deserve to be pampered.
The Spa at Four Seasons
99 Union St.
Seattle WA 98101
// Beauty Notes // Parking is validated for spa guests if you valet at the hotel. Allow for extra time before your spa appointment so that you can enjoy the relaxation room.

More beauty favorites are coming soon!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Seattle Shopping Guide: Queen Anne

The Queen Anne neighborhood shopping guide is here!

Queen Anne is one of my favorite neighborhoods of all time. Never mind that I live and work here on the hill, that in itself makes me only slightly partial, but it's the amazing business owners that work hard to curate the best mix of products in order to create a unique shopping experience on the hill that I absolutely love. Seattleites are lucky to have so many independent boutiques to shop from and we know how important it is to #ShopLocal this holiday season in order to help these businesses thrive. Whether you're a native, or just visiting the Emerald City on a quick trip, we hope you enjoy this round-up of Queen Anne boutiques to check out on your next shopping adventure.

Queen Anne Dispatch
Not only do I personally love this little neighborhood boutique, but it's been a favorite of residents on the hill since it was founded in 1987 by owner Jan Paolini. The shop is now run by Jan's daughters, Tara and Sabrina and continues to stock a great mix of merchandise including apparel, accessories, jewelry, gifts, toys and more from brands like French Connection, Kelsi Dagger, Mavi Jeans, Butter London, Hanky Panky and Vince Camuto. They even gift wrap, pack and ship, making any gift-giving occasion a breeze. The staff is well-versed on product knowledge and always eager to help.
2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Three Birds Home  
For decorative home accents and great gifts including housewares, head to Three Birds Home. Owner Robin Johnson shops markets in NY, LA and San Fran to purchase gorgeous ceramics, beautiful table linens, candles, soaps, picture frames, wall art and more.
2107 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Tucked along sixth avenue west on Queen Anne, Meadow boutique carries apparel, accessories, outerwear, shoes and home decor at prices that won't break the bank. (We're talking dresses under $50 and kitchen items like decorative recipe cards as low as $6.) Owner Shelley Hall regularly stocks local favorites including Sweet Petula Soaps, Woo + Co. Candles, Leah Pastrama jewelry and more. This boutique may be off the beaten path, but it's certainly worth the adventure and there's plenty of free street parking nearby.
1959 6th Ave. W. Seattle, WA 98119

Once Upon a Time 
If you're expecting a new arrival or know someone who is, don't miss Once Upon a Time on Queen Anne hill. This boutique received the Red Tricycle "Most Awesome Baby Boutique" award and carries everything you can possibly imagine for babies and kids including toys, strollers, cloth diapers + accessories, books, clothing, shoes, keepsakes and more. Once Upon a Time even stocks a huge selection of European toys from Moulin Roty, Sevi, Haba, Kathe Kruse, and Holztiger.
1622 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Located at the top of Queen Anne, Stuhlberg's has been one the city's favorite independently-owned home accessory stores since 2002. Owner and co-founder Megan Stuhlberg carefully curates a beautiful mix of products from brands like Jonathan Adler, Juliska, Simon Pearce, Votivo and more. At Stuhlbergs, you'll find great gifts like soaps and candles for the home, toys, books and stuffed animals for kids and everything in between. This is a must-visit boutique on Queen Anne.
1801 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
Although Bella Fiore isn't technically a boutique, you can certainly shop here for beauty products and book services when you visit Queen Anne. In stock now you'll find at-home dermarollers, Osmosis Skin Care, Kari Gran Lip Whips, Gallipot Skin Care Lavender Body Butter (featured in the Seattle Met Holiday Gift Guide!) and more.
1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. #103 Seattle, WA 98109

Queen Anne Books
There's something magical about wandering into a neighborhood bookstore and escaping into a world of literary insight and adventure. Queen Anne Books has great books for kids, travelers, culinary enthusiasts and even has a small fashion section. You'll frequently find local authors doing book signings in the store so be sure to check the website for a current line-up of events. Queen Anne Books is also a great place to shop for gifts.
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

This adorable boutique has finally moved to the top of the hill. Now located next door to Starbucks, Peridot is a stylish boutique that stocks a variety of budget-friendly fashion brands for women including apparel, accessories, outerwear and even loungewear. Shoppers will also find great jewelry and home goods including Voluspa candles, which make great gifts for the holiday season!
2135 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

No need to shop till you drop. There are plenty of places to Queen Anne to fuel up while you explore the neighborhood.

The 5 Spot
Hands down, The 5 Spot is one of my favorite places to dine on the hill when I'm in the mood for comfort food.  The menu is constantly changing but does offer regular regional staples like grilled salmon, cod & chips and a basic burger. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, The 5 Spot does not disappoint. If you're kid-free, grab a seat in the bar for faster service. If you plan to dine for brunch on a Saturday or Sunday morning be prepared to wait in line.
1502 Queen Anne Ave N. Seattle, WA 98109

Le Reve
Even Parisians love this French-inspired bakery on the hill. Known for their flakey twice-baked almond croissants and buttery Quiche Lorraine, Le Reve is the perfect place to recharge when you're shopping on the hill. Everything is baked fresh and perfect for sharing. This time of year the " Le Gobbler" sandwich is a hit featuring turkey, gouda cheese, caramelized onions and housemade cranberry sauce on a croissant.
1805 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Bounty Kitchen
If you're looking for something healthy on the hill, don't miss Bounty Kitchen. Committed to organic ingredients and healthy eating, Bounty Kitchen offers imaginative salads and healthy bowls featuring fresh fruits and vegetables. With numerous vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options there's something for everyone on the menu, including kids. The Detox Wagon salad is delish and has dried blueberries, hemp seeds, chevril and avocado over a bed of kale and arugula. It's the equivalent of a green juice except you actually get to chew.
7 Boston St. Seattle, WA 98109

For lunch or dinner, Paragon is a great pick on Queen Anne and has LIVE music 5 nights a week. The menu features All-American food with Southern accents including the popular Paragon Burger, jambalaya, or for something more indulgent, the smoked gouda mac and cheese. If you arrive early, you can snag the coveted corner booth.
2125 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

El Diablo
Although you can order food here like empanadas and burritos, it's the coffee that keeps people coming back for more. If you've never experienced authentic Cuban coffee, you'll definitely want to stop by for a cafe con leche. There's a reason El Diablo has a cult following. It's that good. And that's coming from someone who usually drinks her coffee black. You can thank me later.
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

- 2-hour parking is free on Queen Anne but the meter maids are constantly patrolling and will issue tickets, so if you plan to shop and stay awhile, park in the neighborhoods instead of on the main ave.

- Free underground parking garages are located under Bartells, Menchies and Trader Joes. The entrances are located behind the building off the alley.

- The Queen Anne Farmers Market runs on Thursdays from June to mid-October. 

Seattle Shopping Guide: Ballard

If chain stores just don't cut it and you're looking for an authentic Seattle shopping experience, head to Ballard. Located just north of downtown, Ballard is an urban little neighborhood lined with coffee shops, bars and some pretty great boutiques. Here's a round-up of our favorite places to shop, spa and socialize.

Located on Ballard avenue, Horseshoe prides itself on providing clients with "down home" customer service. Originally from Denver, owner Hill Andersen regularly stocks women's apparel and accessories from a variety of contemporary brands including Veronica M., Prairie Underground, Suzabelle, Sol Angeles, Bailey 44 and more.
5344 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

Since 2010 Ketch has been providing Ballard shoppers with casual apparel that is perfect for the Pacific Northwest. Labels include Joie, Callahan, Capulet and more. They even carry gameday gear including Seahawks tees, UW sweatshirts, and loungewear. Guys, don't worry, they've got a small section of merchandise from brands like Retro and Obey for you too.
5317 Ballard Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98107

Part retail space, part gallery spot, Prism in Ballard is a unique and highly curated shopping experience. Shoppers will find a mix of apparel for men and women plus grooming supplies, accessories, housewares and even gifts.
5208 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

With the goal of promoting and supporting artists that live and work in the city, Venue is a Seattle-centric collective featuring retail space and studio/office space for artists. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Venue highlights everything from handmade art to artisanal chocolates and other creative gifts. This is a great place to shop locally during the holiday season.
5408 22nd Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

This elegant one-of-a-kind gift shop has a distinctive European style and specializes in stocking an edited assortment of home decor, stationary, vintage furniture, books, tea and skincare. In stock now you'll find vintage apothecary jars, bath and body products by Tokyo Milk, Potluck Paris jewelry, Sweet Petula soaps (great local line!), and a full alphabet of porcelain letters. Gift wrap is also available making gift-giving easy and fun.
5332 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Ballard, Bastille serves its signature French cuisine using ingredients sourced from local "farmers, foragers and fisherman". The menu includes frites & aioli, a heavenly Bastille burger featuring arugula and pickled onions, heirloom carrot salad, chickpea fries, and even local oysters.  Don't miss the cool ambiance of the back bar. Head back for a drink while you wait for a table or play it cool and dine in the back with the locals.
5307 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

Zayda Buddy's 
Dubbed as Seattle's only Minnesota-style pizzeria, Zayda Buddy's serves up delicious pizzas, midwestern fare and has a full bar. On the menu you'll find cheddar cheese and chili fries, a tater tot casserole, and a "Ballard Bridge" pizza which is a local favorite. The restaurant is part bar, part booth-style seating for families, so feel free to bring the kids. This is a great spot for Sunday brunch after hitting the Ballard Farmers Market.
5404 Leary Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

La Isla
A delicious spread of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine awaits at La Isla in Ballard. The restaurant started as a Fremont Sunday market food vendor and quickly grew a loyal following. The rest is history. The La Isla menu includes empanadas filled with pulled pork, ground beef and tender chicken, camarones (butterflied prawns sautéed in olive oil, garlic and white wine) and Pernil Divino (marinated pork shoulder) served with rice, beans and tostones.
2320 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107

Cupcake Royale 
If you've got a sweet tooth you'll definitely want to check out the decadent treats at Cupcake Royal. Since 2003, Cupcake Royale has been serving up tasty treats that are made from scratch every single day. They even have gluten-free cupcakes, baby cakes, cake pops and bakeshop-inspired ice cream. This year's seasonal flavors include White Chocolate Cranberry, Maple Sweet Potato, Eggnog Snickerdoodle and of course, classic Gingerbread.
2052 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107

The Ballard Farmers Market happens every Sunday rain or shine from 10am-3pm between Vernon Pl NW and 22nd Ave NW. The street is shut down to cars but there's plenty of parking available on side streets and around the neighborhood. On Sundays, all meters are free.

The Ballard Art Walk happens on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 6-9pm.

If you're looking for skin care in Ballard, check out esthetician Susan Grace and her Partly Sunny Skin Care line which is specially formulated for Pacific Northwest skin conditions.

For spa services in Ballard, check out Habitude, located just down Market street. The spa offers express massages starting at $65 and have services from massages to reflexology for men and women.