Friday, May 19, 2017

Fashion Calendar: Likelihood to host Art + Sole


Capitol Hill boutique Likelihood is hosting a pop-up shop to benefit Artist Trust on Monday, May 22nd from 6-8 p.m. The How Could You? event benefiting Artist Trust will feature custom sneakers and tote bags embroidered with portraits of iconic artists. Brooklyn artist Mia Weiner believes everything should be embroidered and she's made some pretty epic works of art including this cool Bernie Sanders pin, this Virgo embroidery, and this canvas clutch. Do you want to rock a pair of cool sneakers with a custom embroidery this summer? (Yes, you do.) Then you need to RSVP right now for this cool event.

Enjoy drinks, light bites, music, and more, all for a great cause. Artist Trust is a non-profit dedicated to helping Washington state artists thrive. Since 1986 they have invested over $10 million through funding, training, and providing resources to meet the changing needs of artists. This event is produced in collaboration with Today's Tix, an app for tickets at the best prices to theater and other live performances in Seattle. Starting on May 22nd and running through May 28 they will donate $5 of every ticket sold to the Artist Trust.



// Event Info // 

What:
Art + Sole event featuring Mia Weiner

When:
Monday, May 22nd

Where: 
Likelihood 1101 E. Union St. 

Why:
Because you need sneakers and a tote bag embroidered by Brooklyn designer Mia Weiner and because supporting Artist Trust will make the world a more colorful place

Time: 
6-8 p.m. 

RSVP:







Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Seattle Sewn to host fashion fundraiser June 1st at The Riveter



Seattle has seen its fair share of apparel production in the city and Seattle Sewn is ready to bring it back in a meaningful way. Join us for Fashion Evolution, a fundraiser for Seattle Sewn on June 6th at The Riveter on Capitol Hill to learn more about this new initiative and how you can get involved. The event will include a local shopping marketplace, raffle prizes, silent auction, and a program highlighting Seattle's history in apparel production and the vision for how we can bring a portion of it back while also creating jobs and stimulating the economy. Proceeds from the event will go towards building a stronger sewn goods infrastructure in Seattle- from training and education to advocacy, outreach, production space, materials, and more. Tickets are $50, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to Seattle Sewn. Featured marketplace vendors include Filson, Freeman, Prairie Underground, Nube 9, and Ash & Ames. Drinks and light bites from Madres Kitchen are included in the ticket price. View the full press release here.


// Event Details // 

What: 
Fashion Evolution - A Fundraiser for Seattle Sewn

When: 
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Where: 
The Riveter 1517 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Why: 
To help raise funds and awareness for apparel production in Seattle

Tickets: 
$50 via Stranger Tickets 
Proceeds benefit Seattle Sewn




// Marketplace Vendors // 














http://www.silvae.co/

Baby & Co hosts mixed media wearable art event


Seattle boutique Baby & Company will welcome The Vera Project and UNIONBAY on Thursday, May 18th from 5 to 8 p.m. for a special showcase and party featuring the work of local artists. Guests will enjoy light bites and libations with music by DJ Larry Rose of KEXP as they shop one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces created using UNIONBAY outerwear. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Vera Project, a local non-profit that promotes community through youth-driven engagement in the arts. Guests are encouraged to RSVP via the Facebook event page.

// Event Details // 

What: The Mixed Media Wearable Art Collection
When: Thursday, May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Baby & Co. 1936 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101
Why: To support The Vera Project, a non-profit promoting youth-driven engagement in the arts
RSVP: Facebook event page 



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Meet The Riveter: Seattle's newest co-working space for women


When my husband first suggested that I launch my own company back in 2010, I thought he was insane. Why would I dare give up the security of my corporate gig and venture into the unknown? I thrive on being part of a team and starting my own venture sounded isolating and scary. Fast forward seven years later (I swear it went by in a blink) and Gossip & Glamour is now a well-known fashion PR company with name recognition all over the city. Many factors played into my decision to finally take the leap and launch my own brand, but there's no question that I never would have experienced success at this level had it not been for the countless women in the Seattle business community that helped show me the way.


In the early days, I often worked from home or circulated coffee shops on Queen Anne. I missed the community that my former workplace provided and I longed for a workspace filled with creative energy that was fun, flexible, and supportive. I toured several co-working spaces in the city, but nothing felt "right" to me. I finally came to the conclusion that maybe I wasn't meant for co-working and that feeling lasted until just about a week ago when I toured The Riveter on Capitol Hill. The moment I walked through the door I felt right at home. The workspace is gorgeous with high ceilings and warm natural light, but what really resonated with me was the positive vibe. It's clear that this is where the lady bosses of Seattle will gather to work, play, and share ideas with like-minded professionals. But what's really interesting about The Riveter is that unlike any other co-working space in the city, it's founded on a simple mission: to empower women in work and wellness. Yes, members at The Riveter will have a gorgeous space to work in, but they will also have on-site access to everything from yoga classes to meditation workshops, making the quest to find balance a little bit easier.


With a focus on fostering meaningful connections, The Riveter will give members the support they need to thrive both personally and professionally. "We're an ally to every woman, anywhere, regardless of where she finds herself in her career," says co-founder Amy Nelson. The Riveter offers flexible memberships designed for everyone from newbie freelancers who are leaving the corporate world behind to budding entrepreneurs preparing to launch their next endeavor. Rent a desk for $325/mo., get your own office for $700/mo., or simply drop-in with a day-pass. If you already have an office but want to be part of The Riveter movement, a community membership will give you access to workshops, events, and more.



The Riveter has created a new way to work by offering women a source for greater choices and opportunities. "Women who join will find a place, literally, and figuratively, to cultivate and harness their entrepreneurial firepower," says co-founder Kim Peltola.




The Space
The Riveter officially opens to the public on May 1, 2017. Located in Seattle's vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, The Riveter is a beautiful 11,000-square-foot coworking space dedicated to women and wellness with private workspaces, collaborative desks, conference rooms, a coffee bar, fitness studio, meditation room, and more.

The Deal
The moment I met The Riveter Co-Founders Kim and Amy, I immediately understood the scope and scale of the community they wanted to build. By giving women access to a collaborative network of shared resources and opportunities in the form of a coworking space is the missing link for female entrepreneurs in the city. It provides a physical and professional space for women to gather and work on everything from creative projects to hard-hitting business ventures. If this sounds interesting to you, come join this amazing community of women. Use promo code GOSSIP44 for $25 off any membership of your choice. And if you join and love it, (we already know you will) we invite you to share the love and tell a friend.

The Location
The Riveter
1517 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
theriveter.co

Join the Conversation
On Instagram @theriveter_sea
On Facebook at TheRiveter.co

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Freeman partners with Hotel Theodore



Good news fashion fans! Seattle-based Freeman has announced a partnership with Hotel Theodore and everyone is buzzing about it. The Roosevelt hotel, which will be re-branded this summer as Hotel Theodore, will stock Freeman rain jackets in select guests suites for visitors to wear as they explore the Emerald City. It's a stylish nod to the city's long tradition of innovation and craftsmanship, plus, it will inevitably help travelers embrace the rain which we are oh-so-famous for. The rain jackets are designed and manufactured right here in Seattle and guests will have the option to purchase them at check-out, if desired. Visitors looking for a unique "meet the makers" Seattle fashion experience will also want to venture to Capitol Hill to check out the brick-and-mortar Freeman store, owned and operated by founders Scott and Brittany Freeman. The jackets will be carried in 14 of the Theodore guest suites.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

London Diaries: Day Five


Hello London day five! Even this far into the trip I'm still so excited when I wake up every morning just to be here and explore everything the city has to offer. It's fun seeing what's changed since our last trip and discovering what's new. At this point, our family has seen most of the touristy stuff which means we have more time to indulge in the places we love most. <3 p="" vacationgoals="">


Today we started at Kensington Crepes for an easy brunch before heading across the street to the Science Museum. The kids need a break from shopping and I want an excuse to check out the V&A museum which is located next door. The good news is that everything in South Kensington is walkable so it's easy to visit multiple museums in a single morning. Plus, admission it's a budget-friendly way to spend the day. (Note: Admission to museums is free but most of the bigger exhibits require an admission fee.)

Today the Science Museum is showcasing a Robot exhibit that is equal parts cool and creepy. The exhibit includes robots that talk and respond to stimulus, as well as a baby (shown above) that blinks, breathes, and has real hair. It will definitely make you do a double-take. The exhibit is thought-provoking to say the least. It's an exploration of the last 500 years of robots and features over 100 robots on display.


Next, we headed to the Victoria & Albert Museum to check out Undressed, A Brief History of Underwear. Yep, we totally went from robots to racy underwear. The exhibit explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion, and its role in molding the body into whatever the fashion ideal is at the time. Although the recent waist-training craze via the Kardashians has seemed to pass, corsets have played a major role for centuries as seen in the garments on display. The exhibit features corsets that were made for women to wear during pregnancy and even post-partum when women were nursing. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the corset was invented by a man. What's interesting is to peruse the collection of underwear on display and visually see how underwear and body ideals physically take shape in the form of undergarments. Today we view underwear as outerwear and design it to not only be functional but to be admired by others. (Note: This exhibit ends on Sunday, March 12th.)


The V&A has an amazing gift shop that's worth checking out when you visit. It's a great place to pick up souvenirs and fashion books. They also have a beautiful cafe and outdoor courtyard with a fountain that is fun for kids to splash around in during the summer months.

For lunch, we walked over to Honest Burger because my husband can only live so long without a good old American burger. We used to fawn over Byron Burger when visiting London, but I have to say, after this last trip, Honest Burgers is my new favorite. They use high-quality meat (35-day dry aged British chuck steak) and serve fries with rosemary seasoning salt. Even the kids liked it. I got my burger without a bun and they didn't even blink. Gotta love a place that embraces a low-carb lifestyle. I'm a fan.

After lunch we head back to the hotel to recoop and relax. The kids always enjoy a little break and


After a day at the museums, it's off to Sloane Square in Chelsea for date night. Jeff and I try to sneak away at least once or twice on the trip to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city sans kids. We book a nanny through a local agency and sneak out for a night on the town. Sloane Square is a great place to shop and dine. For my daughter's first birthday we took her to Richard Ward Salon in Sloane Square to get her ears pierced. I have happy memories here. For dinner, we decided to check out Polpo, which serves beautiful food and most importantly, Italian wine. 

London is a beautiful city to explore and each neighborhood has its own charm. One mistake we made when we first visited was not taking the time to plot out the places we wanted to see so that we can group them by neighborhoods and make the most of our trip. Instead, we spent a lot of extra time and money zig-zagging all over the city. Don't do that. It's expensive and inefficient. By grouping the places you want to see by neighborhood you'll get to experience so much more. 

Enjoy! xoxoxoxo



// The It List //

- Shop -
The V&A gift shop
Zara 

- Eat -

- Visit -
Sloan Square

- Beauty - 

Fashion Calendar: Cute Like Mad Trunk Show


Cute Like Mad is hosting a spring trunk show at Canopy Blue this Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy light bites and bubbles as they peruse spring arrivals and meet the designer. The entire Cute Like Mad collection is ethically sourced and produced in the heart of New York City. View the spring '17 lookbook here and check out some of my favorite Cute Like Mad pieces for the season below.





Cute Like Mad is a local line that made its debut at the Independent Designer Runway Show back in 2015 at Bellevue Fashion Week. I have loved watching this line grow and evolve. I think you'll enjoy checking out the collection and meeting the designer. Canopy Blue is located in Madison Park at 3121 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112.


// Fashion Friday Itinerary // 


Mani + Pedi at Frenchy's Day Spa 
(located in the same plaza as Canopy Blue)

Cute Like Mad Trunk Show

Champagne and a Croissant at Belle Epicurean
(located in the same plaza as Canopy Blue)

Fashion Calendar: Neiman Marcus CUSP event


Spring fashion has arrived and you're invited to join Neiman Marcus in Bellevue for a seasonal trend event at CUSP. Guests will enjoy a panel discussion on spring style and trends featuring insight from Carolyn Yuen Marino of Hey Pretty Thing, Kirsty Papadopulous of The Kirsty Files, Molly Perdue of Molly's Musings, and wardrobe stylist Jennifer Lovin. The event runs from 6-8 p.m. in the CUSP department on the Plaza level. Space is limited. RSVP to RSVPBellevue@NeimanMarcus.com. 
Complimentary parking validation available. 


Neiman Marcus
The Shops at The Bravern
11111 NE 8th St. 
Bellevue WA 98004

Monday, March 6, 2017

London Diaries: Day Four


London is an endless adventure. Today we decided it was time to get out of South Kensington and into a different part of the city so we rode the tube to Shoreditch, a neighborhood about 40-minutes outside of the city. The vibe is very "up and coming" and perhaps a bit gritty. depending on who you ask. The first time I came to Shoreditch a few years ago I hated it and thought it was dirty, but even I've come around. Little boutiques and coffee shops have started popping up, cafes have opened their doors, and the Ace Hotel has arrived.

To get outside the city into Shoreditch we opted for the tube because it's faster and cheaper than a Black cab. We learned our lesson the hard way on previous trips hopping into cabs and shelling out major cash for long journies, so we mapped it out and decided to take the underground from Gloucester to Liverpool street. It was a pretty quick ride and we were blissfully unaffected by the tube strike on the central line. We were greeted in Shoreditch with wind and rain so we decided to head straight to the hotel for check-in.


The Ace Hotel is a departure from the usual hotels we normally stay at in London. It has a unique charm all its own complete with hipsters in the lobby drinking coffee and co-working the day away, plus an in-room record player, 24-hour room service, and bathroom amenities like shampoo and conditioner from Rudy's Barber Shop. Our room was clean, spacious, and safely located on the fifth floor, out of sound reach from the DJ in the lobby.


We had dinner at Hoi Polloi, the hotel restaurant founded by Ace in partnership with chefs Pablo Flack and David Waddington. The concept is "English modernist" with a focus on seasonal produce and forward-thinking. The breads on the menu were vegan, the wine organic, you get the vibe. We had some great cocktails and conversations while enjoying the delicious food.


After dinner, we headed over to Boxpark, a pop-up mall featuring a mix of global boutiques and eateries. The Boxpark is very conceptual and definitely a must-visit destination when you're in London. You'll find collabs like Idris Elba for Superdry, vintage fashion at Nordic Poetry, and souvenirs at The Gift Box. If you work up an appetite head upstairs for a full food court of restaurants or for a sweet treat head down to street level for an epic milkshake at Soft Serve Society. Boxpark could literally be your agenda for a full night out. The energy is contagious and the stores are fun to shop and explore.


The next morning we headed across the street to Forage &Co. for brunch. Fried eggs with avocado and chimichurri for the win. On our trip we found that breakfast was the perfect time to plan our day and strategize our next adventure. Forage & Co. also doubles as a co-working space so if the lobby of the Ace kills your vibe you can always head across the street to check emails and get some work done. After our leisurely brunch, we walked through the shops in the neighborhood including several cool menswear boutiques and then checked out of the hotel before heading back to South Kensington via the tube. Overall, our Shoreditch sleepover was a success. Will we be back? Definitely.


// The It List // 

- Shop - 
The Boxpark 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY

- Eat - 
Hoi Polloi - Inside the Ace Hotel London/Shoreditch 100 Shoreditch High St.
Soft Serve Society at The BoxPark

- Stay - 
The Ace Hotel 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ





Thursday, February 23, 2017

London Diaries: Day Three


Three days in and the only way to start the day is with a blowout. Sacrificing valuable suitcase space to pack a hair dryer is out of the question, so I head to Hershesons Blow Dry Bar for a blowout before starting the day. Located in the basement of Topshop at Oxford Circus, Hershesons is your best bet for a super efficient, quality blowout that will last at least two days, possibly three with liberal use of dry shampoo. I usually visit at least twice during my trips to London and I always walk out looking and feeling like a million bucks. And let's face it, the convenience of not having to do your hair while on vacation is priceless.

After my hair appointment, I hit the shops on Oxfords street including Miss Selfridge, Mango, Pull & Bear, Zara, River Island, and Next. The best part about shopping in the UK is the sizing. You can seriously find everything from petite to plus size, maternity clothes that don't suck, tall sizes in longer lengths, and a full array of cool kids clothes.



The three main fashion trends for women found in all the shops on the high street are the leather jacket, the concert tee, and florals with dark grounds, which are normally reserved for fall/winter. We're also still seeing the cut-out trend take on multiple forms this season including sweaters, t-shirts, and dresses. The sheer overlay trend is also going strong and morphs into flowy tops, skirts, and even footwear (as shown above).

If you have kids or want to shop for them while you're in London, don't miss Hamleys. Founder William Hamley opened his first store in 1760 and added a second shop on Regent street in 1881. The store was bombed five times during World War II and is still going strong featuring five floors of toys and games for children.


After hitting the high street it's a must that you visit Liberty of London. The store was originally opened in 1875 by Arthur Lasenby Liberty and is well-known for its floral prints. The store is an experience in itself and has a full Manolo Blahnik wall of shoes, a fabulous selection of printed silk scarves, a Le Labo perfume counter, a Nike lab, a gorgeous assortment of Needle and Thread dresses, plus a fabulous flower shop that looks beautiful and smells delightful.


Later that night Jeff and I snuck away for a date night in the city and headed to St. Christopher's Place, which is a little area off Oxford street with shops and restaurants. We ended up at a restaurant called Cocochan for sushi and dim sum. The ambiance was great, the food was delicious, and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

We've packed in a lot to our first few days in London and one thing is certain, my feet and legs are killing me. If you're heading to London you should know that you're going to walk miles every day. yes, that was miles with an "s" at the end. Despite getting around in a black cab of taking the tube, there will inevitably be walking involved so get ready for sore legs at the end of the day. I cope by stretching and soaking my legs in a salt bath when possible, it should be noted that I have not surrendered to wearing flats. Yet.

If you've forgotten something at home, don't worry. You can get anything your little heart desires in London.

If you forgot beauty products like face wash:

  • Look for a Superdrug or Boots store. These chain stores are similar to Bartell's or Walgreens and have everything from beauty products to pharmacy items. Some stores even carry snacks like fruit packs and groceries. You can also find adapters here if you forgot a converter at home and need to charge your electronics. 
If you need baby items:
  • Look for a Mothercare store on Oxford street. They carry everything from clothing to baby items like bath tubs, strollers, and high chairs. You can also get diapers, wipes, and bottles here. 
If you need to stock your mini fridge at the hotel:
  • Waitrose - For grocery items like milk, juice, fresh fruits and vegetables, and breakfast items for the hotel. They also have a great assortment of manages if you need to stock up. 
  • Tesco - Here in the UK Tesco isn't a gas station, it's a convenience store. You'll find chips, snacks, desserts including donuts from Krispy Kreme, and wine. 
Until next time!
xoxoxoxo


// The It List // 


- Shop - 

Oxford Street shopping
Hamley's
















- Beauty - 

(Check out these tips on how to make your blowout last longer)


- Food - 


- Baby - 
Waitrose




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

London Diaries: Day Two


Jet lag is the worst. We woke up throughout the night despite our best efforts to stay asleep and finally woke up around 10 a.m. Fortunately, it was sunny today which made it easier to get up and get going. Our first stop today was Kensington Palace. Originally my plan was to see the Princess Diana fashion exhibit, but we realized on arrival that it doesn't actually open until later this week. So instead we checked out Victoria Revealed. The exhibit is inspired by the Queen's own journals and gives an intimate account of her life. She was just eighteen when she became Queen of England. If you haven't been watching the series on PBS you should start right now. If you were a Downton Abbey fan, it definitely helps fill the void.


After the museum we walked over to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground. It's a beautiful place for kids to escape the city and play. The gated park has multiple play areas including a sand pit with a giant ship for kids to climb. There's also a cafe with drinks and snacks for kiddos who work up an appetite. This is a fun park to explore. (Note: The nearest tube stop is Queensway station)


After the park we took the tube over to Bond street for lunch at the Selfridges Food Hall. I didn't realize department store dining was a "thing" until I started coming to London. You can seriously spend the entire day shopping and eating your way through London via department stores. In addition to a rotating-themed rooftop restaurant, Selfridges has a casual food court downstairs featuring Yo! Sushi, EAT, Lola Cupcakes, grocery items, and more. Upstairs on level four you'll find a multi-vendor Selfridges Kitchen with salads, deli items, and other fast-food options, including a full Starbucks. There's also an Oyster and Champagne Bar, a sandwich shop, and multiple full-service dining options within the store. There's truly something for everyone which makes it an easy and convenient stop for families.


After lunch we shop the store and check out Material World which asks the question, "What on Earth Are you Wearing?" The campaign features 8 sustainable designers that each represent a different material including leather, denim, wool, cotton, and linen.  Featured brands include California-based Tortoise Denim, British Knitwear label Tengri, Swedish label Deadwood, and wool by Le Kilt. The Oxford street windows also feature displays from the campaign and are worth checking out.

Next stop: Harrods. If I were traveling alone I would allocate a full day just to explore Harrods, a luxury department store in Knightsbridge. The store occupies a 5-acre site and has over 300+ departments and over 300,000 people visit the store each day. It's kind of a maze inside so I would recommend downloading the store app or picking up a map when you arrive. This time we took the kids to see Toy Kingdom and explore new arrivals. When I have time to shop solo I'll definitely be back to peruse womenswear and of course, the shoe hall.


Last stop of the day, Byron Burger, which just happens to be close to our hotel. They have a cult following in the UK because it's one of the only burger joints that serves a decent American-style hamburger. I recommend the Bun-free skinny cheese burger, but if you're adventurous, you might like the "Cluckosaurus Rex", which is a fried chicken breast, onion ring, bacon, cheese, pickles, BBQ sauce and jalapeƱos. It's not for the faint of heart.

Until tomorrow!
xoxoxoxoxo

// The It List // 

- Shop - 
Selfridges to check out Material World


- Eat - 

 - Play- 

- Visit- 
Princess Diana exhibit at Kensington Palace
Victoria Revealed at Kensington Palace (re-opens in June 2017)

Monday, February 20, 2017

London Diaries: Day One


Back in 2009 my husband and I visited London on our honeymoon and instantly fell in love with the city. The sights, the sounds, the shopping. There's so much to soak in and experience. When we decided to have kids, we agreed that we wouldn't give up our love of travel, so now we bring them with us. They love the journey overseas and together we savor every trip.

We arrived in London on Sunday via the red-eye from Seattle. It was a 9-hour direct flight that arrived at London Heathrow around noon. I've never been a good sleeper on a plane so by the time we arrive I'm exhausted yet excited to be back and determined to stay awake until the evening so that my body can adjust to the time change.

Once we take the 45-minute cab ride into the city and check in to our hotel in South Kensington we unpack and get settled in our room. We've stayed all over London on our trips, but always near Hyde Park so that the kids have somewhere to play. This time around we are at the Vanderbilt hotel but we've also stayed at (and loved) The Kensington Hotel, The Cumberland, and the Crowne Plaza. They are all within walking distance of the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Natural History Museum, and Harrods.


The most important thing to do upon arrival is to get to know your neighborhood. We always make it a point to figure out the nearest tube stop for the London Underground. It's the cheapest/fastest way to get around the city. This time we are closest to Gloucester Rd. so we head over to buy Oyster cards. You can buy these via the automated machines at the tube station and load whatever dollar amount you want. Then you just swipe in and swipe out to pay your fare. It's super easy.


Our first adventure was taking the tube to Leicester Square on the West End of London to check out the Lego store. It's the largest Lego store in the world and features two floors of Legos. We had to wait in a 10-minute line (aka a "queue") before getting inside. It was worth it. The store has several photo opps including a red Lego brick phonebooth and a wall featuring the city of London, in brick form. They also offer a "Lego Mosaic" experience that involves a quick pic in the photobooth and getting a mosaic Lego portrait back, made entirely out of bricks. It's pretty cool actually and costs 99 pounds.

After the Lego store, we rode the Tube back to South Kensington and headed to Waitrose, the local grocery store, to stock up on drinks and snacks for our hotel. (This store closes early on Sunday so be sure to check the store hours before heading over.) London is a picnic-ready town so it's easy to find things like half-bottles of wine, ready-to-go meals, and even pre-mixed drinks like rum & coke.

If you can, stay up as late as possible on the night you arrive so that your body clock adjusts to local time. We all passed out around 8 p.m. and woke up throughout the night before finally waking up the next morning around 10 a.m. That first night can be a little rough, but if you come without kids, I would definitely recommend a late night coffee or cocktail to get you through so that you are well-rested for day two.

See you then!

// What to Know Before you Go // 

- Eat - 
Drink plenty of water on your flight so that you aren't dehydrated on top of being jetlagged your first few days in the city. 

- Stay - 
If you want to jump right in to the London experience I recommend staying somewhere central in the city so that you can explore all that London has to offer. Get an Oyster Card so that you can hop on and off the tube. 


- Play -  
The Lego store was a fun first-stop in the city for the kiddos. It's located in Leicester Square which is also on the edge of the theater district. It's a fun place to shop and walk around. 

- Pack - 
If you're traveling solo you can skip this step, but if you're traveling with kids I recommend packing picnic utensils like forks and spoons so that you can stock your hotel fridge with easy snacks and juice boxes for the kids. 




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fashion Bloggers: Here are 5 Reasons you can't miss the Style Summit

My love affair with blogging started back in 2008 when I launched my first site, Seattle Boutique Blogspot. I have fond memories of staying up late into the night to publish posts about local boutiques and emerging designers. Back then this info could only be found on a handful of websites and I was thrilled to have a platform to help showcase all the cool things happening in the city. 

My blog was originally designed as a shopping resource to help readers discover new boutiques in their own backyard and encourage them to shop local. I spent hours writing shopping guides organized by neighborhood and spent weekends investigating new shops around town. It was through the blogging scene that I first came to meet some of my favorite like-minded lifestyle bloggers in the city including Jess Estrada of FreshJess.com, Cassandra LaValle of Coco Kelley, Andrea Wingert of Skinny Purse, and Alix Rose of AlixRose.com. We would gather on the fringe of fashion events and talk about life, our day jobs, and of course, the fashion items we were currently coveting. 

Fast-forward nearly a decade and the style blogging scene in Seattle is now home to an amazingly diverse community of voices who are developing new niches and creating content that is keeping readers coming back for more. I am so proud to be part of this fashion blogging family and love any opportunity to bring the group together, meet new faces, and discuss the breakneck speed of blogging today. The Style Summit is an extension of that effort, designed to get people offline to meet in real life and talk about the things that matter. "How do you connect with brands you want to work with?" "How do you ask for money?" "Who takes your pictures?" "How do you grow your social media accounts?" These are the conversations happening at fashion events anyway, so who not bring style bloggers together for formal conversations featuring in-the-know brands and bloggers? 



#1- We just announced entrepreneur Alan Gertner as the Keynote speaker. He's been featured by Fast Company, The Globe & Mail, The Huffington Post, and Trend Hunter, plus he's got an inspirational message to spread about finding the work you're meant to do and embracing the journey along the way. 

#2- The Style Summit is the best place to connect with other style bloggers in the city who will help you grow your blog and get involved in the Seattle style scene. 

#3- SO MUCH has changed in the blogging world since we did this event last year and our featured speakers are ready and willing to share coveted insight from their brands that can help you stay competitive in a crowded marketplace. 

#4- You'll be inspired by our featured style bloggers who have leveraged their blogging experience to launch businesses. We are thrilled to be hosting Moorea Seal for the second year in a row. She's been featured by Forbes, Oprah magazine, Entrepreneur, The National Retail Federation, and countless fashion magazines. This year she'll celebrate the third anniversary of her brick-and-mortar store in Belltown and she's gearing up to share her top strategies for brand growth and development. 

#5- Because the Style Summit is a day to call our own. The top agenda is to connect, collaborate and come together as a community. It's going to be an epic day. Don't miss out on your chance to be part of the action!

// The Details // 

100+ style bloggers. Incredible panelists. Thoughtful discussions. One-day-only. 

What: Gossip & Glamour Style Summit, exclusively for fashion and lifestyle bloggers in Seattle

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Where: Thompson Seattle 

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Seattle Edition

Valentine's Day is Tuesday, February 14th and there's still time to find something local that your sweetheart with love. Here are 13 gifts that you can pick up locally because we all know you're a last-minute shopper. Guilty as charged. And yes, 13 is my lucky number. Enjoy!



Perfect for soft layering, this Superfine cashmere scoop sweater by local designer Paychi Guh is a sweet pick. Available locally at Juniper boutique in Madrona, $385.

Need something sweet and easy? Pick up a cheeky card and a box of Fran's Chocolates for a friend. With four locations in the Seattle area including Bellevue and University Village, there's definitely a store near you. Shown: 7-pc. salted caramels, $15.
For glamour girls, these Pink Sapphire and Diamond Halo ring from Blue Nile is a beautiful bet. Locals should also check out the Blue Nile Webroom at Bellevue Square for a full selection of Valentine's Day gifts.

Valentine's Day may come and go, but the scent of love and roses will remain in the ir with this sweet Olivine Atelier beauty mist. Available locally at Queen Anne Dispatch, Essenza, and Ship Song. 



Perfectly pink and sassy enough to brighten up any outfit, the Fusion Heritage shoe by Brooks Running is perfectly priced at $68.99. Also available in red. Pick-up locally at the Brooks Trailhead store in Fremont on Stone Way.

Jewelry fans will love the Druzy Quartz Ring from JJ Caprices, $98. Perfect for date night! Adjustable band for the perfect fit. Local pick-up available. Handmade in Turkey.


Brighten up an overcast day with these colorful Radient Bella sunglasses available at Moorea Seal in Belltown, $24. Multiple colors available. 



For the ultimate kissable lips, don't miss the limited-edition Saint Laurent "Love your Lips" 3-piece set $65 available at Neiman Marcus in Bellevue. Say goodbye to dry winter lips and hello to pigment-rich color and shine. 


You deserve a little TLC too, so splurge on the Chocolate, Strawberry, and Roses Facial at The Spa at Four Seasons. It starts with a hydrating cleanse using rose oil and follows with an infusion of antioxidants, and a chocolate mousse hydration masque. Available during Valentine's Week only. $150, 50-minutes. 


Perfect for jetsetters looking to travel in style, the Pink and Gray Herschel Backpack has a lifetime warranty and is available at Zumiez, $59.95. The interior features a padded pocket that fits up to a 13'' laptop. 
For something simple yet stunning, Robbins Brothers has you covered with the Lafonn Studs, $155. Sterling silver with cubic zirconia. 



Pretty polish never goes out of style, especially when it's non-toxic and free of pesky chemicals. Shown left to right: Hartleigh, Amanda, Caitlin, Drew, $14 each on Julep.com


For your sweetie with a sweet tooth stop by Nordstrom to pick up a heart-shaped box of truffles by Charbonnel Et Walker, $39.99. 


Happy Valentine's Day!