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Fashion Calendar: The Oula Company Spring Sample Sale

Seattle fashion fans are invited to join Erika Dalya Massaquoi of The Oula Company this weekend for a special sample sale and preview of new arrivals. Erika is a curator, educator, and entrepreneur who sources textiles from emerging markets in Africa and produces beautiful garments with the goal of creating not only a cultural exchange but an opportunity for economic development. 

The Oula Company produces artisanal garments and accessories using small batch production methods in Seattle, Ghana, and Sierra Leone, to maintain the quality and craftsmanship of each piece. The event will include resort wear, children's clothing, vintage textiles, home decor, and jewelry. 

The event runs May 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and is hosted by Donna Moodie, owner of Marjorie Restaurant. Full event info can be found below. Stop by to shop and meet two Seattle entrepreneurs who are doing amazing work in the community and around the globe. 

// Event Details //
What: The Oula Company Sample Sale 
When: Sat. May 19 - Sun. May 20
Where: Kingston 8 501 Rainier Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98144
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Photo credit Image 1: Victoria Kovios
Photo credit Image 2: Dysfunction Magazine

3 fashion films you can see at SIFF

The Seattle International Film Festival is back and the line-up of films is incredible! Fashion fans won't want to miss these great films packed with style and dripping in backstage access to industry legends. Here are 3 films you'll want to add to your fashion calendar ASAP.

McQueen - This documentary takes a look at the life of late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The film covers his humble beginnings and rise to the top, including his battles with mental illness, which eventually took his life. The London Evening Standard has already proclaimed this movie the "fashion film of the year". 

McQueen Showtimes  + Ticket Links

The Gospel According to André - Vogue fans will be lining up to see The Gospel According to André when it makes its local debut at SIFF. This film examines the life and career of fashion insider and former Vogue editor-at-large André Talley.  Get ready for cameo appearances by Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, and more.

The Gospel According to André Showtimes + Ticket Links

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist - Designer Vivienne Westwood helped redefine British Fashion for nearly half a century and continues to make waves in the fashion industry with her activism for the environment. This documentary explores Vivian's childhood in post-war England and her journey to the major runways of Paris and Milan to present day.

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist Showtimes + Ticket Links

Fashion Calendar: Behind the Seams

Fashion and history come together at the Behind the Seams series at MOHAI. This month the event will focus on Seattle women in the 1940's and examine the ways that the Second World War affected clothing. Clara Berg, the museum's Costume and Textile Specialist, will lead intimate one-hour discussions that allow guests to view rarely-seen garments from the archives and understand the context of what was happening in the city when women wore them. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for MOHAI members. If you love art, fashion, history, and culture, this is the perfect event for you!

What: Behind the Seams featuring 1940's fashion
When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Where: MOHAI 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)
Time: 11 a.m. , 12 p.m. , 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10-25
More info: mohai.org/event/behind-the-seams-1940s-fashion

6 stylish gifts for the mom who has everything

Mother's Day is just around the corner and it's time to celebrate the amazing women in our lives who help make the world go round. From custom bracelets to luxury handbags, power ties, and wine accessories, you'll find great gift ideas here for the mom who has it all. 

For power moms raising strong girls: Andieanderin
Designed in Seattle and produced in the U.S.A., these 100% silk neckties by Andieanderin will make a major style statement on Mother's Day. Each tie is inspired by influential women both past and present including Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Mother Teresa, Frida Kahlo (shown above), and even Hillary Clinton. The ties come in sizes for both women and girls, so they are perfect for a matching mother-daughter moment. 

For the fashion mom who needs a better bag: KACYYOM
Stylish moms on-the-go need a functional bag that fits their lifestyle. Enter: KACYYOM, a gorgeous new line of luxury handbags designed in Seattle and produced in an eco-friendly factory in Italy. These bags come in punchy colors and strike the perfect balance of form and function. Shop for KACYYOM bags locally at The Spa at Four Seasons in downtown Seattle, or online at KacyYom.com.

For the eco-friendly mama who deserves organic roses: Velvet Report Rose Vegan Beauty Box
Trying to navigate the world of vegan beauty products is hard, but staying true to your values when it comes to purchasing beauty products doesn't have to be. Velvet Report sources 100% vegan beauty products from a variety of beauty and skincare vendors and packages them up in beautiful keepsake boxes, making them a fabulous gift. I love the Rose Vegan beauty box which comes with a softly-scented rose toner, rosehip and clay facial mask, and a rose lip balm.
For the mom who hates "wine mouth" but won't give up red wine: WineBlock
WineBlock is a fun, practical gift for moms who love wine. It literally prevents wine mouth a.k.a. the embarrassing red stains on your lips and teeth caused by red wine, before it happens. WineBlock has zero taste and is made from an all-natural, non-toxic formula. We love wine here in Washington state and we're pleased to say this is a Seattle-based brand. #ShopLocal

For the mom who loves travel: Lat & Lo bracelet
For me, it's London. For my friend Nao, it's her hometown in Japan. We all have that one destination that makes our heart melt and that's why a Lat & Lo bracelet featuring geographical coordinates is the perfect gift for moms who love to travel. Lat & Lo also engraves rings, necklaces, and keychains.

For moms who love adventure: Ban.Do Cooler Bag
With summer just around the corner, moms who love adventure absolutely need a colorful cooler bag for chic picnics in the park. This insulated bag by Ban.Do will keep wine + snacks cold and features faux-leather handles and an insulated lining. Available locally at Nordstrom.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there! 

Lead Photo credit: Jenna Lynn Fernandez (top image)

Shop Now: 10 Mother's Day Gifts from flora & henri

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th and time is running out to find the perfect gift for the special ladies in your life. Seattle boutique flora & henri has a gorgeous assortment of gifts that are beautiful to give or receive.

This Two New York dress is a beautiful take on modern minimalist. Handmade in New York using fair trade textiles from India, this garment is one size fits all and features adjustable straps. $288.

Isle of May flora & henri fragrance featuring notes of rich red roses, fruity purple violets, and a vanilla-amber base. Available in multiple sizes. Launched last fall, this fragrance is a beautiful gift for moms who are looking for a new signature scent. 
Perfect for outdoor adventures and everyday wear, the Janessa Leone Woven Hat is a style staple for summer. $205. Made in the USA. 

Slip them on, pair with everything from breezy dresses to jeans. The craftsmanship on these leather sandals is absolutely stunning. Matta Koli Flat Sandal, $96. 

Give mom the gift of luxurious relaxation with Herbivore Calm Soaking Salts, $18. This is a great local company that does small-batch production to maintain the highest levels of quality. 

For moms who have a green thumb (obviously not me), Foraged Flora is a great gift! This book is organized by month and encourages readers to create floral arrangements using flowers and plants at the peak of their season. $40

For moms who love weekend getaways, this A-Frame overnight bag is the perfect gift! Made in the USA from 18 oz. canvas, this bag is durable, stylish, and large enough to fit everything you need. I bought one last spring and loved it so much I bought my husband one to match. We've taken these bags all over the world, and they are still in perfect condition! Highly recommend this fabulous bag. 

The flora & henri Sardinia swimsuit is insanely flattering and perfect for moms who want to look stylish while hanging with the kids by the pool. Fully lined and available in XS-L. $182. 

This gorgeous evil eye necklace is 14k rose gold and features a sapphire eye to ward off bad vibes. Kimset by Milka, $470. 
How sweet is this Mama Bird Card by Ghost Academy? This card is the perfect way to complete your gift. $5. 

flora & henri is located in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. Shop locally in-store or shop online from anywhere in the world. In March of this year, flora & henri celebrated 20 years in business. Congratulations and thank you for making Seattle such a stylish place to shop!

flora & henri 
401 First Ave. S. 
Seattle, WA 98104

Recap: Portland's 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum

The 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum, produced by Brittany Sierra of Laptops and Smalltalk, took place on Saturday, April 21st in Portland. The forum explored the social and environmental impacts that fashion has on our world and challenged guests to consciously examine their current consumption habits when it comes to beauty, fashion, and even food.

The half-day event at Yale Union featured thoughtful panel discussions, an eco-friendly marketplace filled with local and sustainable vendors, and a fashion show. Speakers included Davora Linder of Seattle's Prairie Underground, Kelly Raynor of Modified Style, Whitney Bauck of Fashionista.com, Andrea Plell of Fashion Revolution, and Carly Mick of KEEN footwear.

Guests of the event learned timely information about the challenges facing the fashion industry when it comes to sustainability. Speakers also offered fashion fans tips on how on how to make a change as a consumer by being thoughtful about purchasing habits, choosing environmentally-friendly fabrics, shopping locally, and demanding more transparency within the supply chain when shopping from global brands.

The Sustainable Fashion Forum provided thought-provoking information about eco-friendly fashion and presented it in a way that was fun and digestible. I look forward to diving further into this topic in the months to come. We need to extend our conversation about eco-friendly fashion beyond Earth day/month and educate ourselves as consumers about the environmental impacts the fashion industry has on our planet.

If you're curious about this topic and want to learn more about what Seattle brand Prairie Underground is doing when it comes to sustainability, please check out their event this Saturday in Georgetown featuring talks with the founders and detailed tours of the warehouse and production process. RSVP now via Facebook.

Photo credit: Candace Molatore

Spotted around Town: Andieanderin Neck Ties

Seattle stylist Darcy Camden recently named neckties as one of her favorite spring fashion accessories, so it's no surprise that we've seen this trend pop up all over town adding a splash of color to outfits and starting meaningful discussions along the way. Andieanderin ties have been featured on King 5's Evening magazine and will appear in the April issue of Seattle magazine, but my favorite place to spot them is on the streets so that I can see how real women style them.

The pink Andieanderin tie, inspired by Malala, made an appearance on the red carpet at the 425 magazine Women to Watch event earlier this month. Worn by writer and editor Shelby Moyer, the Malala tie paired perfectly with a black and white knit top and bright yellow trousers. It was the perfect way to celebrate women around the city and give a thoughtful nod to women around the world. (Pictured below: Ally Svenson, co-founder of MOD Pizza, Brooke Fox of Movin' 92.5, Amy Lunch, regional VP of Comcast, Shelby Rowe Moyer, assistant editor of 425 magazine, Kim Peterson, owner of Uniquely Savvy, and Claire Durrell, founder of LEAD. Photo credit: Pavel Verbovski.)

Andieanderin create neckties for women and girls that are inspired by influential women, both past and present. The debut collection made in the USA features 7 styles that celebrate a range of fabulous women including Oprah, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and even Mother Teresa. Each tie comes packaged in a beautiful box with a storyboard that highlights the accomplishments of the woman who inspired the tie.

"We are in a pivotal time in our society," says co-founder Lisa Santos, "and we felt the need to celebrate the women who are pushing us forward on issues of gender equality, race equality, and pay equality." The ties are great conversation starters and come in sizes for both women and kids. Join the necktie revolution and shop the collection online at Andieanderin.com.

Speaking of street style and spring trends, check out how our stylish friend and fellow style blogger Jenn Haskins of Hello Rigby, styled her pink Malala tie with a dark floral kimono and white boots, as pictured below. (Photo credit: Rebecca Klein)

We can't wait to see how YOU style your Andieanderin tie. Tag us in your photos on Instagram @Sydlovesfashion and use the hashtag #Andieanderin.

ps. If you missed the 425 Women to Watch event, check out the recap written by Shelby Rowe Moyer here.

Fashion Calendar: Dining Out for Life

Join me as I hit the streets and dine out around town on Thursday, April 26th as part of the Dining Out For Life event which helps raise funds for Lifelong. Over 90 restaurants in the Greater Seattle area will participate by donating 30-50% of their proceeds from the evening to support Lifelong programs which include the Chicken Soup Brigade, health and dental services, youth outreach, and more.

This year's participating restaurants include Terra Plata, Skillet Diner (Capitol Hill), Oddfellows Cafe & Bar, Mamnoon, Elysian Fields, Coastal Kitchen and Bar Melusine, among others. I'll be at Terra Plata on Capitol Hill dining with friends and I encourage you to find a participating restaurant in your neighborhood to help support this very worthy cause. This is a great opportunity to grab your friends and make a  difference by supporting Lifelong's vital programs.

Dine at one of the participating restaurants on April 26th, take a quick survey (on-site), and you'll be entered to win two roundtrip tickets anywhere Delta Air Lines flies in the United States. Hello, summer getaway! For event updates check out the Seattle Dine Out For Life Facebook event page and follow the conversation on social using the hashtag #DOFLSeattle.

See you on April 26th!

Fashion Calendar: 4 must-attend fashion and beauty events in Seattle

Spring is officially here which means it's time to make room for a new season of style! Join us at these amazing events happening around the city and come experience how Seattle does spring fashion, come rain or shine. 

April 11 - Pacific Place Spring Style Event: Join Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle and Andrew Hoge of Seattle magazine for a special spring style event featuring curated collections from Pacific Place retailers, a beauty bar by Noir Lash Lounge, fashion sketches by Drawing Blueberry, power ties from local brand Andieanderin, and more. 6-8 p.m. at Pacific Place/Level One. Get your ticket here

April 18 - Bella Bash: The annual Bella Bash at Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa is happening on Wednesday, April 18 from 6-8 p.m. on Queen Anne. The spa is giving away over $6,000 worth of services the night of the event including laser hair removal packages, facials, reflexology, and more. Tickets are $25 and can be redeemed for products/services at the event. As a bonus, Bella Fiore is giving each guest an additional $25 credit to spend at the spa. The first 25 people to RSVP will receive a swag bag filled with beauty and spa products. If you've never checked out Bella Fiore, this is a great chance to meet the team and learn more about eco-friendly skincare services. Get your ticket here.

May 12 - Behind the Seams: If you love fashion, you owe it to yourself to check out the "Behind the Seams" series which explores fashion from the MOHAI archives.  The lectures by Clara Berg are fascinating and explore history through a fashion lens. The next event is May 12th and will focus on how World War Two affected women's clothing in the 40's, specifically in Seattle. Tickets are $25 for general admission (which include museum admission) and can be purchased here

June 8 - NW Hope & Healing Fashion Show: This annual event helps raise funds for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer in the Seattle area. The fashion show features local boutiques and couture designers, all coming together for a very worthy cause. Tickets and more info can be found here

Fashion Calendar: Cookies and Cocktails

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington are gearing up for the Cookies and Cocktails fundraiser which will take place on March 1st at the Seattle Design Center. As a former Girl Scout myself, I have to admit, this is a pretty cool way to raise money for the organization. The theme this year is "Around the Campfire" and will include a larger-than-life campfire made entirely of Girl Scout Cookie boxes, of course. The event will also include music by STAR 101.5 DJ Paul Thompson, an airstream trailer photo opp, cookie-inspired cocktails served up by local bartenders including a special S'mores cocktail featuring Heritage Distilling brown sugar bourbon and DRY Soda, and more. This is a 21 and over event and tickets start at $50. VIP Tickets are $100 and include a one-year Sip Northwest subscription, a Trophy Cupcake, a ginger DRY Sparkling soda, Grounds for Change coffee, Theo salted almond clusters, a Hello Robin Cookie, a box of Girl Scout Cookies, and more!

// Event Details //

What: Cookies & Cocktails, a fundraiser for Girl Scouts of Western Washington
When: March 1, 2018
Where: Seattle Design Center 5701 6th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108
Why: Because every girl deserves a chance to change the world (and you love cookies)
Tickets: $50-100+ available via Brown Paper Tickets
Hashtag: #cookiesandcocktails2018

8 local beauty brands we're loving right now

The Pacific Northwest may be known for its plethora of coffee shops and tech start-ups, but it's also home to a full range of fabulous beauty brands too. We're talking everything from skincare to makeup, nail polish, and more. Here's a round-up of our favorite Seattle-based beauty brands.

Founded in 2007 by former Starbucks executive Jane Park, Julep has been one of my go-to Seattle beauty brands for a long time. My friend Natasha used to head up their PR and would literally blow my mind with the products they were launching. Dual-ended kajal eyeliner that would last all day and not irritate my eyes? Check. An oxygen nail treatment that would help me to stop biting my nails for good? Yes, please. Julep has it all, from Korean-inspired beauty products to long-last nail lacquers and even free-standing nail parlors sprinkled around the city.

Thrive Causemetics 
Founded by Karissa Bodnar, Thrive Causemetics is a Seattle-based beauty brand that gives back. For every product sold, one is donated to empower a woman thriving through cancer or domestic violence. All products in the line are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. The range includes blush, lipstick, mascara, eyelashes, eyelash adhesive, and makeup brushes.

Paula's Choice
Founded in 1995 by Paula Begoun, Paula's Choice is an online beauty brand based in Seattle. Their product line is non-irritating, fragrance-free and never tested on animals. British Vogue recently called their 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant the "elixir of dreams" because it allows you to exfoliate without actually scrubbing your skin. One of the things that I personally love is that you can shop the site by category, skincare concern, or collection. You can even order your favorite Paula's Choice products in travel size which is perfect for all my jetsetting friends.

flora & henri
Although not a traditional beauty brand, Seattle-based flora & henri did in fact launch fragrances last fall. Isle of May and Alcazar Palace, developed in partnership with local perfumer Chelsey Owen, were a huge hit with shoppers over the holiday season. Available in three sizes, the fragrances make a great gift (for Valentine's Day, perhaps?) and offer a full sensory experience.

Velvet Report
Lindsey Arnold originally launched Velvet Report as a blog to share her love of vegan and cruelty-free beauty products. The site has now expanded to include a full shopping section that features vegan beauty boxes, makeup starter sets, micellar water, and face masks. I also like that she features local brands in her edited assortment whenever possible.

Herbivore Botanicals
Although this local brand is currently experiencing massive growth, the company is just a little more than five years old. Created in a Seattle kitchen by husband and wife team Julia and Alex, Herbivore is founded on the idea that skincare products can and should be safe, non-toxic, and highly effective using organic, food-grade ingredients. The entire line is excellent but my favorite product is the Coco Rose Body Polish which is perfect for getting a super smooth shave on your legs.

Van der Pop
Launched in 2016 by April Pride, Van der Pop offers a full range of beautifully designed products for female marijuana connoisseurs including leather stash bags, violet glass jars, geometric porcelain pipes, and pre-rolled cones. The Van der Pop line also includes several skincare products that feature European-cultivated hemp seeds including serums, creams, body balms, and luxurious body oils.

butter LONDON
It would be a miss not to include butter LONDON in this round-up. Their polishes are fabulous, and yes, they even have one that matches Pantone's Color of the Year. The company also just opened a nail bar in Seattle's trendy South Lake Union neighborhood with means I now have zero excuses for sporting a chipped manicure for extended periods of time.

Photo image courtesy of Van der Pop. 

10 Seattle boutiques you can shop on Garmentory.com

When I started this blog back in 2008, my goal was to highlight cool designers and boutiques in the city. In fact, this site was originally called "Seattle Boutique Blogspot". What that name lacked in originality it made up for with rich, shopping-specific content. I loved hearing from readers who would peruse the site and discover new shops in their own backyard almost as much as I loved delighting the indie designers that I featured. The truth is that these local shops and designers are what make Seattle great. They are the cornerstones of our communities and one of the many reasons Seattle is such a wonderful and creative place to live and work. But, one blog can only feature so many stories, and what these small businesses really needed to thrive was an online platform that allowed consumers from all over the world to shop their stores. They needed a way to diversify their revenue stream while also expanding their reach in the world of e-commerce. Enter Garmentory.com. The Seattle-based company launched in 2013 with the goal of bringing the curated experience of brick-and-mortar shopping to the world of e-commerce. At the time of the launch, the company featured just 25 designers and boutiques. It was a win-win scenario for everyone. Indie designers and boutiques finally had an online hub to move through merchandise and reach new customers, and online shoppers had the ability to shop for hard-to-find labels and boutiques, all in one place.

Fast forward to 2018 and you can now shop from over 3,000+ designers and 500+ boutiques on Garmentory.com including some cool Seattle shops. Baby & Company, Glasswing, Rizom, and Velouria are just a few of the stores you can explore on Garmentory. The assortment from Seattle also includes designer lines SCHAI, SILVAE, and Salua Lingerie. Check out a few of our favorite picks from the site.

The woven dress you'll want to wear every day...

The ultimate accessory to finish off any outfit...

Faris Bold Cuff available from Rizom

The white shirt you'll wear with everything this season...

SCHAI Astro Shirt 

The silk dress you need to add more color to your life...

La Prestic Ouiston Silk Dress available from Baby & Co. 

The hanging terrarium you need to find your zen...

Modern Glass Terrarium available from Glasswing

The romper you can't wait to prance around the house in....

Salua Lingerie Silk Romper 

To date, Garmentory has raised $3.6M to continue growing its e-commerce platform. Last year they added menswear and this year the world is their oyster. We can't wait to see what's next for this cool Seattle-based company. 

3 must-have holiday gift sets from Van der Pop

'Tis the season for scrambling to find the *perfect* gift for everyone on your list. Seattle-based Van der Pop has you covered with some amazing gift sets that are guaranteed to make you the hit of the party.  No pun intended. Each set featured below is priced under $60 and designed for modern women with high aspirations. Order by 12/19 to receive your gift by Christmas.

Kate's Stash Set is priced at $39 and includes a 100 ml PARTY stash jar, one Van der Pop grinder card, one pack of Pop Sticks (3 red, 3 black), and a bonus 30ml LAUGH stash jar. Van der Pop's violet glass stash jars are labeled with the power of the medicine, herb, or flower it is destined to contain. In this case, we think Kate likes to party and after she parties, she might enjoy a good laugh. The set also comes with a credit-card size grinder card for on-the-go grinding and colorful pop sticks printed with soy-based ink that can hold up to 1 gram of ground up flower.

Martha's Stash Set is perfect for laid-back party girls. Priced at $49, this set includes one 100ml LAUGH stash jar, one Van der Pop hieroglyphics grinder card, one pack of Pop Sticks (3 pink, 3 black), and a bonus 30ml RELAX stash jar. The pink pop sticks make this gift set so much fun!

Last but not least, fancy girls will love Yasmin's Stash Set. It's designed for stylish self-care and makes a luxe holiday gift. Priced at $59 the set includes one handcrafted 24k gold cone made with a blend of hemp and edible gold, a 1 oz. jar of Van der Pop's FORGET balm which is a topical treatment for muscle aches, one Van der Pop hieroglyphics grinder card, and a bonus 30ml SLEEP stash jar.

These gift sets are brand-new from Van der Pop and selling fast! Order by 12/19 to receive delivery by Christmas.


 Van der Pop recently released the results of their "Women & Weed" survey. The survey gathered data from over 1,530 women in North America. Check out their findings below.