Dec 19, 2018

Fashion Field Trip: Queen Anne Frame & Gift


In our latest SydLovesFashion Field Trip video, we hang with Seattle style blogger Brittany Streissguth of Pumps & Plaid to visit Queen Anne Frame & Gift. This shop is locally owned by fellow style blogger Kirsty Papadopoulos of The Kirsty Files and her husband Nick. They're an amazing Queen Anne family and they love sourcing cool products from vendors based in the Pacific Northwest. If you have any last-minute holiday shopping to do, stop by this adorable local boutique. They even offer free gift wrapping, which has literally saved my life.






In addition to doing custom framing, Queen Anne Frame & Gift stocks jewelry (from local brands including Lucia K and Baleen), bath and body products, books, home goods, cards, stationery, notebooks, key chains, blankets, and more. I want to send a BIG thank you to Brittany of Pumps & Plaid for hanging with me while we did the video together to highlight this cool local business. Don't forget to follow @QueenAnneFrame on Instagram!

Check out our full Fashion Field Trip video below and be sure to follow along @Sydlovesfashion on Instagram to be the first to see future style videos featuring Seattle designers, boutiques, and brands.


Queen Anne Frame & Gift
1621 Queen Anne Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98109

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Fashion Field Trip: Thompson Seattle Holiday Sip & Shop


After a successful fall fashion series featuring local designers and boutiques, Thompson Seattle hosted a special holiday shopping event at The Nest to give Seattle fashion fans a fun and easy way to shop local. Featured brands included Andieanderin, Armoire, F E R A L, LumberUnion, Moonlit Skincare, Moorea Seal, and more. Take a deeper dive into the featured brands showcased at the holiday shopping event and please check out my Fashion Field Trip video featuring fellow blogger and YouTuber Rachel Waldorf.


Andieanderin - This company has ties (no pun intended) on the East and West Coast. Co-founder Lisa (pictured above) moved to New York earlier this year while her partner Cara continues to run the operation here in Seattle. Andieaderin makes a gorgeous assortment of neckties inspired by influential women both past and present. They just celebrated their one-year anniversary and recently added 5 new styles to the line. Shop online here: Andieanderin.com

Armoire - This local startup recently raised $3M in new funding to help grow and expand its offering. At its core, Armoire is a clothing rental company for women, but it's so much more. Read the full story online in the Sunday Seattle Times. Sign up for a monthly membership at Armoire.style

Coupe Rokei - This downtown hair salon is located across the street from The Thompson hotel and is locally owned by Rory McGowan. They do fabulous hair, make-up, and skincare including microcurrent facials and they also sell a large assortment of Oribe hair and beauty products. Check out their latest announcement in our fashion field trip video below. 


F E R A L - This cool local handbag and leather accessory line owned by Shannon Fisher is 100% made in the U.S.A. and recently reached its funding goal on Kickstarter which means the brand can add more styles and colors to the already fabulous collection. Shop online and learn more about this cool local brand at FeralFeral.com

LumberUnion - If you're just hearing about this Seattle-based lifestyle brand you're not alone. They are fairly new on the scene and they have some major things coming for 2019. The vibe is laid-back PNW and the merchandise includes styles for men and women. Meet founder Anthony Bergin and hear what he has to say about the brand in our Fashion Field Trip Video linked below. LumberUnion.com


Moonlit Skincare - Ok this isn't technically a local brand but they do have a local presence by way of Knack Shops on Capitol Hill. I'm in love with Moonlit's Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil and I'm pleased to report that they recently added several new products to the line-up including the Powder Down Powder and the Slumber Bath Salts. Rumor has it there's also a sleepy time tea coming next spring. Meet founder Stephanie Kim in the video below and shop online at MoonlitSkincare.com

OULA- This cool local company focuses on small-batch artisanal garments and accessories that are globally styled and sourced. Founder Erika Dalya Massaquoi will be on-site at the Sip & Shop. Learn more about her story here

Pipe & Row - This Fremont boutique is well-known for it's West Coast vibe and curated mix of brands. In addition to apparel, they also stock a fashion-forward assortment of jewelry, handbags, accessories, and home goods. Shop online at Pipeandrow.com. 

Scotch & Soda - With two stores in the Seattle area (Capitol Hill and University Village), Scotch & Soda is making their mark on the city. The merchandise mix includes clothing and accessories for men and women and the prints this season are SO GOOD. They have great gifts this year including hats, socks, gloves, and many of them are priced under $150. Shop the Seattle store at 1530 Melrose Ave. 


Moorea Seal - Local fashion fans got to meet Moorea Seal in person at the Thompson Seattle holiday Sip & Shop event and shop from a curated assortment of merchandise handpicked from the shop. Her books The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness make great holiday gifts! MooreaSeal.com

Union Studio Metals - Self-described as adornment for "free-roaming gypsies with androgynous taste", Union Studio Metals makes beautiful pieces by hand using a range of metals and materials. View the collections online here. 

View the full fashion field trip video taken on-site at the Thompson Seattle Holiday Sip & Shop here. You can also follow our fashion adventures around the city on Instagram @Sydlovesfashion



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Dec 18, 2018

Robbins Brothers hosts holiday influencer event in Belltown


Robbins Brothers recently hosted an intimate influencer event to showcase holiday arrivals and introduce new store manager Molly Tyler to the style community. The evening included bubbles, light bites, and an overview of the Robbins Brothers brand. Guests in attendance included Haley Knox of Simply Darling Duo, Carlene Forbes of Queen Carlene, beauty blogger Caroline Case, and Youtuber Rachel Waldorf. Guests got to try on bling while sipping bubbly and learning more about how to pick the perfect diamond.




If you're in the engagement ring market and looking for a great company to work with definitely consider Robbins Brothers. They have stores in Belltown and Bellevue, and the customer service is excellent. Ask for Molly if you go to the Seattle store and tell her that Sydney sent you! Fun fact: my husband picked out my engagement and wedding rings from Robbins Brothers back in 2009. The entire team is great and the selection of high-quality diamonds is amazing. 


Robbins Brothers is located at 2200 1st Ave. in Belltown. Follow the Seattle store on Instagram @RbSeattleWa

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Dec 17, 2018

Travel Guide: See What's New at Sea-Tac


Sea-Tac Airport has a special place in my heart and not just because I worked for HMS Host managing airport gift shops back in college. For one thing, whenever I visit the airport I'm usually en route to somewhere fun like New York or London. I also have CLEAR, which allows me to scan my fingertips and skip to the front of the line at security checkpoints. I even have the airport map memorized by heart, making me a valuable travel companion for anyone trying to find the right gate at the airport. If you've visited Sea-Tac Airport recently you've likely noticed the flurry of new restaurants and retailers now on-site to enhance your travel experience. I recently had the chance to go behind-the-scenes at the airport with fellow style blogger Olga Evans of Explore your Bliss (pictured below) to get an update on the expansion and see what they're up to at Sea-Tac.




Here's what's new & coming soon at Sea-Tac Airport:

Spa - Arrive early for your next flight and take advantage of express spa services from Terminal Gateway Spa including massages and manicures. Located in concourses A and C, 20-minute manicures start at $25.

Vegan Dining - Vegetarians now have several new and delicious dining options at Sea-Tac including Floret, located in Concourse A. Floret sources fresh ingredients from local farms to make everything from butternut squash polenta cakes to savory black bean burgers. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen - Serving fresh Vietnamese food, this restaurant founded by a Pacific Northwest native out of Camas, Washington, will open in the expanded North Satellite in February. The menu includes pho, spring rolls, yellow coconut curry, and green papaya salad. Bambuza also has locations in Portland, Oregon.

Caffe D'arte - This locally owned coffee roasting company is a Pacific Northwest favorite and will be opening a location in Sea-Tac Airport's expanded North Satellite in early 2019.

Evergreen Salads - My favorite local salad chain is coming to Sea-Tac early next year. They'll be located in the airport's Central Terminal serving up fresh, healthy salads, wraps, and grain bowls.



Poke to the Max - Originally started as a Seattle food truck, Poke to the Max is coming to Concourse D at Sea-Tac in March. Menu highlights include Hawaiian favorites like kalua pork plate lunches, spam musubi, and of course, poke. I grew up on Kaua'i and I LOVE Hawaiian food. I can't wait to dine here next spring and support local owner Max Heigh and Chef Sam Choy, both are Seattle-born small businesses.


Concourse D Expanded- A two-story annex has been added to concourse D to help accommodate additional traffic coming through Sea-Tac. The expansion includes a Starbucks coffee shop and will allow the airport to shuttle passengers to and from planes that don't have an assigned gate at the terminal building.

North Satellite Expansion - The expansion now underway in Sea-Tac's North satellite will double the dining and retail space in the terminal and add eight new gates. Travelers will also get to experience a new rooftop-level Alaska Airlines lounge. The project completion date is 2021.

International Arrivals Facility - The new arrivals facility scheduled to be complete in 2020 will increase the number of international-capable gates at Sea-Tac from 12 to 20, allowing for a more efficient arrival experience. The new facility will include a grand hall for baggage claim, customs processing, and an 85-foot high aerial walkway that will connect passages from the South Satellite to the grand hall.

Central Terminal - The renovation will debut a modern design that includes 10,000 additional square feet of retail and restaurants. The plan includes family-friendly seating, charging stations, and mezzanine-level dining. The renovation is scheduled to be complete in the 4th quarter of 2019.

The VIP holiday event at Sea-Tac for influencers and bloggers also included light bites from featured restaurants, express spa services by Terminal Gateway Spa, beauty tutorials by MAC cosmetics, gift ideas by Seattle Chocolate and Chalo, plus gift wrap and bow tutorials by USO Northwest, and private tours of the airport. Click here for interactive guides on where to shop at Sea-Tac.

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Dec 8, 2018

Dancing into the holidays with The Nutcracker


The holidays are my favorite time of year and I'm always looking for new and special ways to celebrate the season. I recently had the chance to experience the opening night of The Nutcracker at Pacific Northwest Ballet with my four-year-old daughter and it's safe to say that the magic of the night has sparked a new holiday tradition for our family.

The choreography done by George Balanchine was incredible and my daughter equally loved the performances of both the Mouse King and Sugar Plum Fairy. The music was fantastic and getting to experience the full orchestra live was an experience I'll never forget.







The last time I went to the Nutcracker I was in high school. My grandmother was visiting from Texas and she wanted to give me a night on the town. I remember getting dressed up for the show and insisting that I get to bring a friend. Clearly, some things never change because this time around I brought my best friend Jessica and her daughter Maya (shown above) to enjoy the show with us. It was an unforgettable night that we will cherish for many years to come.

The Nutcracker is a beautiful holiday tradition and the Pacific Northwest Ballet delivers an incredible performance, every time. McCaw Hall is decked out for the holiday season and there are whimsical photo opps everywhere. Use promo code NutSocial for 15% off tickets to The Nutcracker. The show runs through December 28th. Don't miss your chance to see this beautiful production with your family. Oh, and pro tip: don't forget to pre-order your wine for intermission.

Happy holidays!
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Dec 6, 2018

Fashion Calendar: Holiday Sip & Shop in The Nest


The Thompson will be hosting a very stylish holiday-themed Sip & Shop event this Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. making it fun and easy to shop local this season. Many of the vendors participating in the event were featured in the fall fashion series at the hotel including Andieanderin, Moorea Seal, Feral, and LumberUnion. Here's what you need to know about each brand that will be on-site this weekend:


Andieanderin - This company has ties (no pun intended) on the East and West Coast. Co-founder Lisa moved to New York earlier this year while her partner Cara continues to run the operation in Seattle. Andieaderin makes a gorgeous assortment of neckties inspired by influential women both past and present. They just celebrated their one-year anniversary and recently added 5 new styles to the line. 

Armoire - This local startup recently raised $3M in new funding to help grow and expand its offering. At its core, Armoire is a clothing rental company for women, but it's so much more. Read the full story online from last week's Sunday Seattle Times

Coupe Rokei - This downtown hair salon is located across the street from The Thompson hotel and is locally owned by Rory McGowan. They do fabulous hair, make-up, and skincare including microcurrent facials and they also sell a large assortment of Oribe hair and beauty products. 


F E R A L - This cool local handbag and leather accessory line owned by Shannon Fisher is 100% made in the U.S.A. and recently reached its funding goal on Kickstarter which means the brand can add more styles and colors to the already fabulous collection. (F E R A L will also be on-site at the Gossip & Glamour holiday party on Monday, December 10th!)

LumberUnion - I'm not super familiar with this local brand, but I've heard through the grapevine they have some pretty amazing things coming in the year ahead including a new collection + storefront in the city. The vibe is laid-back PNW and the merchandise includes styles for men and women. 


Moonlit Skincare - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil from Moonlit Skincare and I'm pleased to report that they recently added several new products to the line-up including the Powder Down Powder (shown above) and the Slumber Bath Salts. The entire product line is perfect for the gift-giving season and the price points are JUST RIGHT. Co-founder Stephy Kim will be at the Sip & Shop this weekend. Stop by and say hi!

OULA- This cool local company focuses on small-batch artisanal garments and accessories that are globally styled and sourced. Founder Erika Dalya Massaquoi will be on-site at the Sip & Shop. Learn more about her story here

Pipe & Row - This Fremont boutique is well-known for it's West Coast vibe and curated mix of brands. In addition to apparel, they also stock a fashion-forward assortment of jewelry, handbags, accessories, and home goods. 

Scotch & Soda - With two stores in the Seattle area (Capitol Hill and University Village), Scotch & Soda is making their mark on the city. The merchandise mix includes clothing and accessories for men and women and the prints this season are SO GOOD. I recently partnered with them to dress Kelly and Andrew of King 5's Local Lens

Union Studio Metals - Self-described as adornment for "free-roaming gypsies with androgynous taste", Union Studio Metals makes beautiful pieces by hand using a range of metals and materials. View the collections online here. 

Get out and shop local this season. It matters more than you know and every dollar counts. We hope to see you on Saturday at The Nest!

// Event Info // 

What: Holiday Sip & Shop in The Nest

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Where: The Thompson 110 Stewart St. Seattle, WA 98101

Why: Because this is the easiest way to SHOP LOCAL while enjoying sweeping views of the city

Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

RSVP via Eventbrite

See you there! 



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