Aug 9, 2017

Event Recap: Creating Influential Word of Mouth

The Riveter delivered another inspiring event for women in business last week on Capitol Hill that focused on personal branding and the power of building your tribe. The evening's speakers included Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm, Jane Park of Julep, Emily Carrin of Apptentive, Jill Donnelly from Baby & Co., and Linda Derschang of The Derschang Group. The discussion was moderated by Jennifer McCullum, Editor of Gray magazine, and focused on the epic task of building your personal brand and learning how to navigate obstacles along the way. Nothing was off limits- speakers shared their most intimate failures in business- and most importantly, they shared how they got back on their feet.

Linda Derschang told the group about the early day's of Linda's Tavern when the beer suppliers were reluctant to sell her beer because she was one of the only female bar owners in the city and didn't belong to "the boys club". Sue Bird spoke about a PR crisis in the early days of her career that forced her to re-think her communication style and put out more meaningful messaging. She spoke openly about the importance of truly knowing who you are and what you stand for so that in moments of chaos you can quickly come back to center.

From a fashion perspective, I enjoyed hearing from Jill Donnelley, who bravely took ownership of Baby & Co. back in 2008 at a time when many small shops in the city were closing their doors. She spoke about her early days in retail, learning customer service from Nordstrom back when the company had only eight stores and talked about the importance of staying on-brand and being laser focused on the task at hand, regardless of what the competition is doing.

Jane Park, founder of the cult nail polish and beauty brand Julep, acknowledged that putting your brand out there can be hard because it opens the floodgates for feedback, both positive and negative. This can be tough for new brands who are trying to figure out their place in the world of social media but it's important because it allows for an open dialogue between the brand and the customer. Jane also encouraged women to focus on the talents they possess rather than dwelling on the things they still have yet to learn. If you're passionate about something go for it and play up the skills you do have and be willing and open to learning the rest.

The women on the panel also discussed the importance of forming your tribe to help you succeed. Surrounding yourself with like-minded women that you can bounce ideas off of and seek advice from is crucial for success. Women in business need other women in business, end of story. "Have women business friends," said Linda Derschang, "Tell each other things. Build your tribe." Jill Donnelley echoed that sentiment and added, "Given the current political climate, women are looking for a tribe." Band together. Do something meaningful.

Creating influential word of mouth and shaping your own personal brand isn't for the faint of heart, but it is an important step for women in business, regardless of where you are in your career. The panel featured a wonderful mix of women who "live their personal philosophies in their professional lives", as noted by moderator Jenny McCullum. I couldn't have said it better myself. Although I did enjoy Sue Bird's last words of advice about personal branding, "Don't be a douche."

Photo Credit: Jenna Lynn Photograhy

Jul 26, 2017

Must-See Shows at Bellevue Fashion Week

Bellevue Fashion Week kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 21 and you won't want to miss a moment of the action. This year's line-up includes a showcase of seven local designers at the Independent Designer Runway Show, a Posh Party Trend Show produced by Terri Morgan of TCM Models highlighting must-have fashion trends for fall, and a Collective Runway Show featuring fashion from Bellevue Collection retailers. Tickets are on sale and going fast. Check out our breakdown of each event below to help you decide which ones to add to your September fashion calendar ASAP.

Independent Designer Runway Show - Thurs. Sept. 21
This show kicks off the Bellevue Fashion Week ticketed events and hands-down my favorite local runway show. The Independent Designer Runway Show, a.k.a. IDRS, has served as a launch pad for many noteworthy local designers including Paychi Guh and Silvae. The final runway show is the result of many months of mentorship to help designers define their point of view and edit their collections. Each designer will present 10 looks on the runway and compete for a $5,000 cash prize. 
This year's judging panel includes Marj Turner of Fashion Group International, Bruce Pflaumer of Michael Bruce Imagine Consulting, designer Lisa Vian Hunter, and Jennifer McCullum of Gray magazine. 

Posh Party Trend Show - Friday, Sept. 22
This event is a runway show that highlights must-have trends straight from the pages of the Bellevue Collection Look Book. The fashion show is always beautifully styled and designed to inspire. Event proceeds from this event benefit Bellevue LifeSpring. 

The Collective Runway Show- Saturday, Sept. 23
The final event of Bellevue Fashion Week is The Collective Runway Show, featuring curated fall fashion picks from The Bellevue Collection retailers. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Washington. 

In addition, Bellevue Fashion Week will also feature a variety of events that are free and open to the public. For more info visit

Jul 12, 2017

Colette to close in December

The news it true, although it's still hard to believe. Colette in Paris will close its doors at the end of the year and fashion world is heartbroken. For those that are unfamiliar with Colette, let me fill you in. In a nutshell, Colette is the store that all other stores look to for inspiration, direction, and insight on how to support emerging brands, create a unique customer experience, and create a store that simply has that "je ne sais quoi", the thing that you can't describe because there simply aren't words for it. After 20 years in business setting the pace for other retailers to follow suit, Colette will close for good, citing the upcoming retirement plans for founder Colette Roussaux.

The closing of the store signals tough times ahead for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers who are already weary of how the industry continues to change and evolve. The New York Times reports that Colette was fully owned by Ms. Roussaux and her daughter Sarah Andelman. Annual sales exceeded $32 million last year, and 25% of that came from e-commerce. The end of an era is near.

Photo credit: Menswear Style UK

3 easy Seattle summer getaways

I love living the city life, but when Friday rolls around I'm ready to explore wide open spaces. Summer is the perfect time to get out and experience all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. The skies are blue, the wildflowers are in bloom, and the weather is just right. Here are my favorite Seattle summer getaways that are fun, easy, and totally worthy of adding to your list.

Summer Getaway #1: Bellingham, WA
Located just 90-minutes north of Seattle, Bellingham is a fun and easy getaway that is absolutely gorgeous during the summer months. On our last trip, my family and I stayed at Hotel Bellwether which overlooks Bellingham Bay, and had a fabulous time! The rooms were spacious, the views were stunning, and there's a bike path that leads you straight to Zuanich Point Park. Our Bellingham trips usually involve stopping for a bite at Bob's Burgers, visiting the historic Fairhaven District for coffee and shopping, and letting the kids run around in the splash pad at Fairhaven Park.

Village Books
1200 11th St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Anthony's Hearthfire Grill
7 Bellwether Way
Bellingham, WA 98225

Hotel Bellwether
1 Bellwether Way
Bellingham, WA 98225

Summer Getaway #2: Cle Elum, WA
If you prefer to head east over the mountains where the sunshine is more consistent, Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum is a great choice. It's also 90-minutes from the city by car if you go east on Interstate 90. The resort has two swimming pools, an amazing spa, wine tasting experiences, golf, bike rentals, complimentary nightly smores, and more.

I've experienced Suncadia on both girls getaways (shown above) and family trips, and both have been amazing. When I'm with the girls I always make time for the spa, but when I'm with family I usually rent bikes, take a dip in the pool, head to one of the on-property playgrounds, and then unwind over dinner with a nice glass of Swiftwater Cellars wine. Don't forget to check the event calendar before your trip to find out what on-site events are happening during your stay. They usually have LIVE music in the lodge on Saturday nights.

Coal House Caffe
The gift shop at Suncadia has snacks, gifts, smores kits, sunscreen, and anything else you might need on your trip, including wine. They also make a great cup of coffee when you need a caffeine fix.

Swiftwater Cellars
201 Rope Rider Dr.
Cle Elum, WA 98922

3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA 98922

Summer Getaway #3: Vancouver, B.C.
Most Seattleites agree -we don't get to Vancouver B.C. nearly as often as we should, and that's a shame because it's such a beautiful city! Our dollar goes further in Canada which is reason enough to get your passport in order and head North for a long weekend. We always stay in downtown Vancouver so that we can walk to shopping on Robson Street.  We also like being close to Gastown because it has a plethora of dining options and it's home to Noir Lash Lounge and Blo.

Holt Renfrew
737 Dunsmuir St.
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Note: Holt Renfrew is a Canadian department store that specializes in luxury goods, comparable to a Nordstrom or Saks Fifth Avenue in the USA. It's owned by the Selfridges Group (my favorite department store in London) and was founded in 1837.

Cactus Club Cafe
1136 Robson St.
Vancouver, BC

Hotel LeSoleil
567 Hornby St.
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Jul 11, 2017

5 must-have summer beauty products

Summer is my favorite season of the year but as a girl with combination skin, the heat and humidity can sometimes wreak havoc on my complexion. Luckily, I've found these 5 beauty products that have quickly reached "holy grail" status in my beauty bag.

At just $12 per tube, the Sephora Collection Rouge Lip Tint is perfect for summer. It gives just the right amount of color and lasts all day. When you're going for the no make-up look this lip tint instantly adds color to your face. My favorite shade is Magenta.

I'll make space for any product that multi-tasks in my make-up bag. Any product that protects my skin from the sun and preserves my make-up is a game changer, especially in the summer months. Coola's Make-up Setting Spray is SPF 30 and provides UV and broad-spectrum protection from the sun. It helps keep my makeup matte and the green tea and aloe feel refreshing when I re-apply during the day.

I love the ritual of taking off my make-up at the end of the day. When I complained of my oily skin to a friend, who also happens to be a make-up artist, she suggested I check out Supercleanse by GlamGlow. From the first time I tried it, I was instantly hooked on the clean feeling it provided post-cleanse. It's a mud to foam cleanser and it's perfect for blemished and oily skin, which makes it the perfect cleanser for me during the summer months. It's gentle, yet effective, and works differently than other cleansers because you apply it to dry skin and then add water to lather.

A few years ago my friend Natasha worked as a PR manager for Seattle brand Julep. Every now and again she would show up to our coffee dates armed with new beauty products for me to try.  I vividly remember the day she casually handed me a dual-ended eyeliner and promised it would rock my world. "Seriously, you can use the black to line your waterline and in a pinch use the brown side to do your brows," she said. She was right. The Julep Kajal eyeliner is one of the best things that has ever happened to me and I panic every time I run out. Last time I placed an order I doubled it at check-out, just in case. This is the only eyeliner I've used that doesn't irritate my waterline and the rich pigment lasts all day. Note: This eyeliner isn't available at Julep nail parlors, you have to buy it online.

I strongly believe in using a good serum at night to treat and repair skin. Lately, I've been loving the isClinical Active Serum which helps smooth fine lines and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation.  I've noticed a huge difference in the tone and texture of my cheeks since using it. isClinical makes several serums but the Active is my favorite because it has a slight cooling sensation that feels clean and refreshing, especially during the summer months. Available locally at Skin Spirit, University Village.

BONUS product!
During the summer months, I also like to exfoliate a few times a week to keep my pores clean and lately, I'm loving the Umbrian Clay FaceEexfoliant by Fresh. This product helps absorb excess oil and regulate sebum production, plus it's easy to use. After cleansing you rub a pea-sized amount all over your face for about 30 seconds and then rinse. It's super easy and works great for oily skin!

Jun 14, 2017

flora & henri concept shop now open in Pioneer Square

After a five-year hiatus from traditional brick-and-mortar retail, Seattle brand flora & henri is back and better than ever. Today marks the grand opening of the new 3,000 square-foot concept store in Pioneer Square featuring an expanded selection of merchandise including womenswear, home goods, shoes, jewelry, children's clothing, gifts, and more.

Originally founded in 1998 by owner/designer Jane Hedreen as a childrenswear line, flora & henri has found a way to survive today's turbulent retail environment. They closed their Capitol Hill location back in 2012 to focus exclusively on wholesale and e-commerce but ultimately, they missed the daily interactions with customers. "We want to offer a personal shopping experience in the midst of big-box retail," says Jane. It's a sentiment that resonates with vendors and customers alike. By focusing on boutique brands with a similar aesthetic, flora & henri has found a way to curate a gorgeous assortment of products while also supporting like-minded brands that believe in timeless quality and craftsmanship.

Featured womenswear brands include Vivien Ramsay, Electric Feathers, Matta Puja, Caron Callahan, Vayarta, and local favorite, Ampersand as Apostrophe. If you're in the market for a new swimsuit, you'll want to check out the flora & henri line, which also corresponds to matching kids suits. Insider tip: If you love denim, you'll be thrilled to know that 6397 is exclusive to flora & henri in Seattle.

For the guys, flora & henri has a variety of gifts and accessories including headphones by aHead, pajamas by UK-brand Derek Rose, Izola dopp kits, shellfish sets, magnetic bike lights, dart boards, and more.

If you're shopping for little ones, flora & henri stocks a beautiful range of apparel, accessories, and toys including their namesake "Essentials" line which is designed in Seattle. The knit tops and bottoms are produced in a local factory. The store also carries an amazing selection of children's shoes.

To round out the shopping experience, flora & henri has carefully curated a selection of home goods including ceramics, linens, books, candles, and even mohair throw pillows. If you're getting married soon, it wouldn't be a stretch to register here for everything on your list. They even have honeycomb bath towels that you never knew you needed and suddenly have to have.

If you miss the days when shopping in the city was truly an experience, you need to check out the new flora & henri store in Pioneer Square. Tell Jane I sent you!

flora & henri
401 First Ave. S. 
Seattle, WA 98104
- Open 7 days a week - 

Photo credit: Jenna Lynn Fernandez

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 // 

Art + Sole event featuring Mia Weiner

Monday, May 22nd

Likelihood 1101 E. Union St. 

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

6-8 p.m. 


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 // 

Fashion Evolution - A Fundraiser for Seattle Sewn

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Riveter 1517 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

To help raise funds and awareness for apparel production in Seattle

$50 via Stranger Tickets 
Proceeds benefit Seattle Sewn

// Marketplace Vendors // 

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 

Apr 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

Join the Conversation
On Instagram @theriveter_sea
On Facebook at

Apr 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.

Mar 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

- 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 
Complimentary parking validation available. 

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

Mar 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

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