Thursday, July 23, 2015

3 fall fashion events you don't want to miss



Fashion First is back for the 12th annual show and tickets are going fast. Featuring top-tier retailers in the city including David Lawrence, La Ree, Intermix and Canopy Blue, Fashion First will take place on Sept. 18th at the Showbox Sodo. This year's event has been moved to Friday night and will benefit the Inspire Youth Project and The Crescent Moon Foundation, effortlessly pairing fashion & philanthropy. Just in time for the start of the football season, this year's theme is "12th Fan, 12th Man" so get ready to root for the hometeam. General admission tickets start at $50 and trust me, you don't want to miss out on this Seattle fashion event. More info at www.fashionfirstseattle.com.




The Independent Designer Runway Show is one of my absolute favorite fashion shows in Seattle because it gives emerging designers an opportunity to receive a 6-month mentorship from industry leaders who can help guide their collections and edit accordingly. Part of Bellevue Fashion Week, the Independent Designer Runway Show aka IDRS will take place on Sept. 23rd at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. This year eight designers will compete for a chance to win a $5000 cash prize to help fund their collections. The line-up includes Dawson & Deveraux, Victoria Postolit, Iris Klein, Cute Like Mad and Daniel Ressa, among others. General admission tickets are $50 and 100% of the ticket price benefits the IDRS fashion fund. More info at FashionWeekBellevue.com.


Just when you recover from all the fall fashion events in September, you'll be refreshed and ready for Wine, Women & Shoes. Benefitting the Olive Crest Foundation, this stylish event features a fashion show, silent + live auction, shopping, and of course, wine, women and shoes. 2015 marketplace shopping vendors include BEV√ČE Bags and JJ Caprices. This year's event will take place on November 12th at the Sheraton in Seattle. Tickets start at $150 and can be found at WineWomenandShoes.com.


Monday, July 20, 2015

In full bloom: Petal City makes its debut


Fill in the blank. A house is not a home without ____________. 
The answer is: FRESH FLOWERS. 

Why? Because flowers make people smile and instantly brighten up a room. Forget the days when flowers were reserved for special occasions. Petal City founder Emma Fitzpatrick believes that everyone deserves beautiful, fresh flowers and that's why she created Petal City, Seattle's fastest, same-day flower delivery service. Which means, you can order flowers online selecting from beautiful, fresh-cut flowers and have them delivered to you (or someone special) in an hour. Brilliant. 


Launched in May of 2015, Petal City is quickly becoming a go-to site for busy professionals and city dwellers who don't always have time to hit the local farmer's markets but want access to fresh, seasonal flowers. Each bouquet is inspired by Pacific Northwest favorites including "The Elliot Bay" which features colorful dahlias and "The Alki", brimming with sunflowers and white cosmos. Visit www.petal.city and enter your zip code to find out if you're within the delivery area. You can also schedule deliveries up to 30 days in advance, which is perfect for all you procrastinators out there. Birthdays and anniversaries just got so.much.easier.

Use promo code BOUQ15 for 15% off your first order. You can also follow Petal city on Instagram @Petal.City to see the latest bouquets.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

How to travel in style with kids



Travel tips from a stylish mommy who's been around the globe with two little ones in tow


The first time I took a trip with my son Liam he was just a little over a year old. I was scheduled to be in New York for a few days so that I could attend a Fashion Group International Conference and there was no way I was leaving him back in Seattle. (I would miss him too much!) I have a blurry photo that my husband took of Liam and I in Times Square at night and it's a picture I will cherish forever because that trip marked the start of our family travel adventures. My husband and I traveled a lot before we had kids but after our son was born we were both too exhausted to even think about the prospect of globetrotting with a tiny one in tow, but several months after the New York trip we ventured off to London and then spent a few days in Paris. We've been going non-stop ever since- now with a second kid in tow- and loving every minute of it. Traveling with little ones is definitely an adventure, but trust me, it gets a lot easier and every kid benefits from having the opportunity to explore the globe. Here are my top tips for traveling (in style) with kids. 


Tip #1 - Buy your child a seat
The first thing I recommend to any parent traveling with a little one (i.e. a child under three) is to spend the extra money and buy your child a seat even if the airline doesn't require it. I know, it sounds a little counter-intuitive, why spend the cash if you don't need to? But trust me, it's worth it. Having the extra space on the plane to get comfortable is the key to having a stress-free flight, especially if you're traveling long distances. My son loved spreading out his toys on the seat and I loved not having to constantly worry about elbowing the person next to me.
Bonus tip: If you buy your child a seat don't forget to sign them up to earn frequent flyer miles.  


Tip #2 - Fly direct if you can
Sometimes even a small layover can add on numerous hours to your total travel time so in order to avoid meltdowns we find it's helpful to book direct whenever possible. Traveling from Seattle to London on a direct flight is around 9 hours, but with layovers you're looking at almost 15 hours+ of total travel time. For a small child (and even some grown-ups) that's small eternity, so if the airline offers a direct flight and you are traveling with kids, my advice is to take it. You can thank me later.


Tip #3 - Pack light for your flight  
It's almost second nature for some parents to pack everything but the kitchen sink in their diaper bags, but somehow I missed that bandwagon (including the diaper bag) and always strive to pack light when I travel, kid in tow, or not. My carry-on bag always includes kid-friendly snacks and toys, plus emergency items like children's Tylenol.  Essentials for my travel bag also include a phone charger, aromatherapy lotion in peppermint or lavender, dipes + wipes, plus at least 1 disposable sippy cup so that I can kid-proof any in-flight beverage. If your kid is notorious for spills don't forget to pack an extra outfit, or two. But remember, the more you pack in your carry-on bag the more you have to lug around (in addition to carrying your kid), so whenever possible, pack lightly. If you forget something and can't live without it, chances are you can buy it at the airport or upon arrival at your destination. This also goes for magazines and books! Whenever possible, I download anything I want to read on my iPad in advance.

Another tip for traveling with kids is to pack smaller toys that they haven't played with in awhile so that they get the experience of playing with "new" toys on the plane. This little trick kept my baby entertained for hours on our last flight to London.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

JJ Caprices heads to Italy


This week the JJ Caprices Summer Travel Series heads to Italy! The adorable Jasmine from Questa Dolce Vita offers up her tips for first-time visitors and shares what not to miss and what you should pack. She also talks about getting arrested and why you should savor the experience of visiting a new city for the first time. Read the full interview here.


Cheers to summer travel adventures!