Jun 10, 2021

5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Swim

Summer is here and chances are if you have kids, you'll be swimming to beat the heat. This is often the time of year when parents start thinking about swim lessons and while those may be valuable for some kids, consistently spending time in the water with your children can be just as effective. I taught both of my kids to swim over the years and made it a point to teach them critical water safety skills. My kids definitely don't know the butterfly or backstroke, but I have been successful at teaching them to swim safely and feel more confident in the water. Here are 5 tips for teaching kids how to swim:


1 - Get a Puddle Jumper

It's important that kids get comfortable being in the water even before they know how to fully swim. We found that having a Puddle Jumper was a great way to help our kids practice kicks and back floats. These skills are critical for swimming and the puddle jumpers offered a great range of motion. Both of our kids started swimming with puddle jumpers in the beginning and then graduated to swimming puddle jumper-free as time went on. 

Note: Kids need to be supervised in the water even while wearing puddle jumpers. We used them exclusively for helping our kids stay above water while teaching them swimming skills.  






2 - Buy a Snorkel Mask 

Fact: It's hard to swim without getting water on your face. The truth is, most kids are afraid of getting their faces wet and are even more terrified of getting water up their nose. We found that snorkel masks (the kind that fully covers the nose) were helpful when teaching our kids to swim because they eliminated the problem of getting water in the eyes or nose. It's really hard for kids to be able to plug their nose while also using both arms to swim, so the snorkel mask is key. We also found that snorkel masks were more durable than traditional goggles and didn't allow water to leak in while swimming. Once kids can see in the water and stop worrying about getting their faces wet, they will instantly be more engaged. 




3 - Teach Water Safety 

Drowning can happen in just a few inches of water so it's critical to teach kids about water safety when they are young. Early on we learned the importance of teaching our kids best practices around water to keep everyone safe. In addition to basic things like no running near the pool to avoid slipping, we also ensure that kids get permission from an adult before entering the water. Oversized pool floats, older kids in water, and crowded pools can make it hard for little ones to swim around safely. 

We also make sure that there is a designated adult ready to watch the kids and keep an eye out for any horeseplay that could pose a risk to kid safety. It only takes a second for kids to quietly slip under the water so it's important that they have your undivided attention. At kid parties and other group swim activities, you also want to watch out for horseplay that could accidentally cause kids to get trapped underwater, even if for just for a second. 

If I'm teaching kids to swim, I like to focus on one child at a time. So when my kids were small, that meant putting one in a puddle jumper to swim around while I was actively working on building skills with the other one. It's also important to remember that kids get very tired when swimming because it's a full body workout, so remember to take breaks and get out of the pool when you notice kids getting tired. 







4 - Teach Key Skills 

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I'm not a professional swim coach and when I taught my kids to swim, my ultimate goal was to keep them from drowning. I didn't care if they could do the butterfly or the backstroke, I wanted them to be able to swim to the edge of the pool and rescue themselves if they were in a bad situation. I taught both kids how to float on their backs so that they could keep their face out of the water and take a break if they were tired of swimming. I also taught them how to effectively kick their legs and paddle with their arms to quickly get to the pool edge. 

To teach the backfloat, use a puddle jumper or an alternate floatation device and "spot" kids under their back so that they can lay flat and practice holding themselves steady. Practice in shallow water at a depth where kids can easily touch the bottom of the pool so that they can put their feet down if needed. 

To teach kicking skills, have kids hold on the pool edge while they practice kicking their legs to simulate swimming. 

As my kids developed their skills, I would then remove their puddle jumper and position them close to the pool stairs (while I carried them) so that eventually they could practice swimming to the stairs on their own without the use of a flotation device. It takes time, but they'll get it eventually. Keeping the swim distance short and the depth shallow is the key to early success. 




5 - Be Consistent

As with any skill, repetition is key. You have to give kids frequent access to practice their swim skills if you want them to be strong swimmers. This might mean finding open swim times at your community swimming pool and taking your kids in the evening a few times a week. It might mean doing a staycation in the city somewhere with a pool so that you can commit to swimming every day for a week. It might mean signing your kid up for swim lessons for a week in the summer and then continuing their skill development on your own. Or, it might look like something totally different. Find what works for you and stick with it. 

Trust me, the LAST thing I wanted to do when my kids were small was put on a swimsuit and get in the pool to teach my kids how to swim. I prefer sitting poolside with a fashion magazine and a tropical drink, but, I knew how important it was to teach them how to swim so that they could safely enjoy the water. It is possible to do, but it does take patience and time. But isn't that true of anything that's worth doing?



Here are some pools around Seattle that we love:

Pop Mounger Pool - Magnolia

Colman Pool - West Seattle 

Queen Anne Community Pool - Queen Anne 

Four Seasons Seattle Infinity Pool - Downtown Seattle 

Nelson Dairy Farm Pool - Suncadia 


Full disclosure, I'm not a certified swim instructor, I'm just a mom who taught her kids how to swim. 

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What's New at Pacific Place

 


After a two-and-a-half-year renovation, Pacific Place, Seattle's downtown shopping center, quietly opened its doors last summer at the height of the pandemic. The big reveal unveiled a modern new look for the property but ultimately left fashion fans underwhelmed when it came to the actual shopping experience because only a fraction of the original retailers remained. After all, we were in the midst of a global pandemic and many of the retailers that had once called Pacific Place home had closed up shop or moved on to other locations that were foot traffic-friendly. 

During its lengthy renovation, Pacific Place embraced a pop-in strategy, allowing indie retailers to utilize short-term, temporary spaces. As a result, a variety of Seattle retailers including The Handmade Showroom, JNBY, and Bezel & Kiln, made use of the space and added newness to the property while testing out retail concepts that would otherwise have been cost-prohibitive. Art galleries including Gallery Onyx and Ghost Gallery also opened their doors at Pacific Place, giving shoppers a fun and easy way to experience local art. The WOW Gallery is scheduled to open on June 18th. More info on the opening party can be found here

In addition to art and indie retailers, Pacific Place is also still home to national brands like lululemon, Tiffany & Co., Aveda, and AT&T. And of course, there's still plenty of great dining options including Thai Ginger, Johnny Rockets, Pike Place Chowder, Haidilao Hot Pot, and Din Tai Fung. 



Other noteworthy updates:

+ During COVID, AMC Pacific Place is offering guests the ability to rent out a theater for private parties. For $249+ tax you can host up to 20 guests and enjoy a private movie experience. Learn more


+ Din Tai Fung is now offering vegan menu items including Vegan Wontons with House Spicy Sauce, Vegan Noodles with Sesame Sauce, Vegan Noodle Soup, and Vegan Wonton Soup. 


+ You can now visit Dress for Success at Pacific Place on Level 3. Dress for Success helps empower women to achieve economic independence by providing support, development tools, and professional attire. By appointment only. Save the date! The virtual Summer Soiree is scheduled for June 24th. 



Pacific Place 
600 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Find Pacific Place on Instagram @Pacific_Place


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Jun 9, 2021

The Cura Co. unveils Hanae Collection



The Cura Co. has unveiled a new limited-run apparel collection designed to offer fashion fans ethically-made wardrobe pieces that will effortlessly transition from season to season. The 13-piece Hanae Collection, co-created in Cambodia with Cura’s zero-waste production partners, was made using pre-consumer textile waste that would otherwise have gone unused. Each piece embraces a slow fashion ethos and can be styled in multiple ways to create a variety of looks. The goal of the Hanae collection is to provide timeless foundation pieces for a sustainable wardrobe.

“We are committed to mindful, ethical fashion,” says Cura Co. founder Kiko Eisner-Waters, “The Hanae collection is designed to be seasonless and will be released with rolling drop dates that reflect and embrace our vision for the future of fashion that takes into account both people and the planet.”




Five of the thirteen styles from the Hanae Collection are available now in multiple colorways and fabrications. New styles from the line will be released periodically throughout the season. By embracing a slow fashion production schedule that intentionally pivots from the traditional fashion calendar, The Cura Co. is leading with its commitment to ethical and sustainable fashion. Each piece was designed in Seattle and handmade in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at a female-founded, woman-owned production facility. The partnership is a true collaboration with talented makers who specialize in their craft. The size-inclusive, versatile range includes jumpsuits, dresses, tunics, and pants.



About The Cura Co.

The Cura Co. is a one-stop shop for conscious living. Founded by fashion industry veteran Kiko Eisner-Waters in 2019, Cura helps simplify your values-based lifestyle by making it easier to shop from a curated mix of ethical brands. Deeply rooted at the intersection of beauty, art, equity, and impact, CURA provides an intentional connection between producer and consumer. Female-forward with social justice at the core of its model, The Cura Co. is more than just a brand - it’s a conscious lifestyle. Learn more at thecuraco.com.



The Cura Co. 
2407 E. Union St. #D
Seattle, WA 98122

Hours
Tues. - Sun.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 



Photo credit: Jessica Garcia 




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May 16, 2021

I Know A Place: Seattle Fashion Edition


As a long-time Seattleite who loves exploring, I know many places around town that truly make this city a magical place to live. We have gorgeous bodies of water surrounding us, clear skies, clean air, and innovative ideas. My friends frequently come to me to ask for recommendations on hidden gems around town like must-visit boutiques and great places to dine with kids. I constantly find myself saying the phrase, "I Know A Place", so it's only fitting that Visit Seattle asked to highlight a few of my favorite places for their spring campaign. Long-time readers may remember that I partnered with them last fall on a series of posts about where (and how) to shop locally during the holiday season. You can view those posts here, here, and here

For our latest collab, I explored the city through a fashion lens by visiting beloved book stores, new pop-ups, and indie shops that are too good to miss. My family and I capped the day with a delicious dinner at Goldfinch Tavern before turning in for the night at the Four Seasons. Here's an overview of our itinerary filled with insider tips for safely exploring the city in style. 


I know a place....that curates a gorgeous assortment of global fashion brands. 

Flora & Henri has been locally owned and operated since 1998. The Seattle concept shop located on the corner of First and Jackson in Pioneer Square is visually stunning and perfectly curated with beautiful products for the entire family. At Flora & Henri, you'll find a mix of local favorites like handbags from Ampersand as Apostrophe merchandised next to dreamy, global favorites like dresses from Italian brand Loretta Caponi. View a round-up of my favorite spring must-haves here


I know a place...where you can shop local for ethically made clothing and shoes.

Clementine's in Pioneer Square offers fashion fans a unique place to shop from small brands who value slow fashion. Owner Linda Walsh is passionate about providing an inclusive space for people to make conscious fashion choices. Featured brands include Paloma Wool, People Tree, and Prairie Underground. The store is currently open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


I know a place...where you can shop an amazing selection of local authors. 

If the pandemic was good for anything, it was simply to remind us that we're always just one book away from a great escape. Elliott Bay Book Co. on Capitol Hill is a full-service, locally owned bookstore home to over 150,000 titles. As a lifelong bookworm and #ShopLocal fan, I love the fact that they give valuable shelf space to local authors including astrologer Stephanie Gailing, who released not one, but TWO books during quarantine. Stephanie's latest books, The Complete Book of Dreams and The Complete Guide to Astrological Self-Care offer readers a holistic approach to everyday wellness. As a Virgo, I'm a big fan of astrological insight and after devouring Stephanie's dream book, I'm really excited to dive into her self-care guide that features sections for each of the twelve zodiac signs. 

* Elliott Bay Book Co. also carries the Seattle Style: Fashion/Function book by MOHAI curator Clara Berg, which originally accompanied the 2019 Seattle fashion exhibit.  


I know a place...where you can shop one of Seattle's best heritage brands. 

Filson has been around since 1897, originally outfitting prospectors passing through the city on their way to the Klondike gold rush. The Seattle flagship is a fun place to experience the roots of the brand and witness its evolution. In addition to shopping in person, customers can opt for curbside pick-up for orders made over the phone. Same day delivery services are also being offered from the flagship store within a specific radius. Visit the store later this month and you'll be among the first to experience new arrivals to Filson's limited-edition Smokey Bear Collection, a continued partnership designed to communicate the importance of wildfire prevention. New products from this special collection will be available at the Flagship starting on May 28. The product mix includes a variety of must-have items including a Smokey Bear enamelwear camp set, authentic ranger hat, and full zip hoodie. 


I know a place...where you can shop an incredible selection of international fashion magazines.

Earlier this year, Big Little News quietly opened up shop on Capitol Hill. Woman-owned and operated, this hidden gem is brimming with specialty magazines like British Vogue, Elle UK, Paris Vogue, and more. In addition, you'll also find indie magazines that cover a variety of interests and must-have items to accompany your reading material, like bottles of champagne and giant boxes of candy. 


I know a place...where you can shop a limited time pop-up featuring amazing brands. 

Seattle's beloved Baby & Co. boutique closed its doors locally last summer due to the pandemic but they're back in town for a limited time only as part of the 10th Ave Collective Pop-Up happening now through June 6. Located on Capitol Hill in the old Totokaelo space, the 10th Ave Collective features apparel and accessories from Baby & Co., art from Robin Layton, and home goods from Susan Wheeler. I picked up a bottle of the Poets of Berlin perfume by Vilhelm while I was at the shop this weekend and it has quickly become my new favorite fragrance. 


I know a place...where you can shop a great mix of local designers that handmake their goods in Seattle.

Located in Belltown, Sassafras is a retail shop and fashion studio home to a variety of local brands including Stone Crow Designs, Bartle B., and La Macón by Shari Noble. The shop is a hub for independent fashion designers from around the city and offers a great way for fashion fans to shop a selection of local brands all under one roof. Personal shopping appointments are available and can easily be booked online.  



I know a place...where you can enjoy an amazing dinner complete with sweeping views of the Puget Sound. 

Goldfinch Tavern, located at the Four Seasons, serves up Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine featuring locally-sourced ingredients. From the drinks menu, start with the Smoked Manhattan and then move on to my favorite main course: Cedar Plank King Salmon served with vegetables from Pike Place Market. As a side dish, you have to try the Goldfinch Lobster Mashers. I'm still dreaming about the decadence of this acclaimed side dish.  Insider tip: Flat rate parking is available when dining at the restaurant. 




I know a place...where you can escape the ordinary and enjoy a staycation in the heart of the city. 

Four Seasons Seattle is the perfect place to visit when you need to recharge but want to stay in the city. We loved the views from our room of the Washington State Ferries and of the iconic Seattle Great Wheel. Room service is a must for breakfast (my daughter highly recommends the blueberry pancakes) and if you have time, the spa is a magically rejuvenating place that is good for both the body and soul. The Infinity Pool overlooking Puget Sound is also open daily for guests from 6  a.m. to 9 p.m. 


What are your favorite places to shop around town? I'd love to hear from you! Send me an email or leave me a comment on this post and tell me your favorite shops to explore around town. 

* This post was written in partnership with Visit Seattle. 

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May 15, 2021

The Seattle Spring Skincare Guide

Spring has finally arrived and spas around Seattle are offering up a great mix of seasonal treatments and signature favorites. Treating yourself to a spa day is a true form of self-care in my book. Here’s a round-up of the 5 best treatments for spring available at spas around town, plus a bonus recommendation for those of you who are craving a mini road trip.


Peachy Keen Mangosteen Scrub, Yuan Spa


To celebrate spring, Yuan Spa is on a mission to help guests get the ultimate glow with their new "Peachy Keen Mangosteen Scrub" designed to slough away dead skin and boost circulation. Guests will then be treated to a generous application of 'Peachy Keen' whipped sugar scrub by Lalicious followed up a quick rinse and liberal application of Mangosteen moisturizer by Eminence Organics. Fun fact: Yuan Spa is open every day until 10 p.m. so if you're crazy busy and prefer a late night at the spa, you're in luck. 60 min./$140



Circadian Rhythm Detoxifying Facial, Still Spa


Still Spa at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland is now offering a luxurious and detoxifying facial that helps to rejuvenate skin and enhance the body's natural cellular repair system. The Circadian Rhythm Detoxifying Facial helps repair skin from free radical damage while adding antioxidant support with natural Kaolin Clay. The service is finished with a moisture boost from natural honey. 60 min./$150


Microneedling, Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa


Microneedling treatments have been a true game-changer for my skin. I used to suffer from terrible acne scarring on my cheeks but microneedling has offered me a natural approach to skin rejuvenation. The results have been amazing and my skin continues to get better with each treatment. The service is similar to a facial but involved using microscopic needles to create micro-injuries designed to trigger cellular turnover and repair skin from the inside out. Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa on Queen Anne offers a variety of microneedling packages that can be customized to fit your specific skincare concerns. Single treatment, $375


Botox, Skin Spirit


If last year's constant Zoom calls highlighted the frown lines on your face, you're not alone. The spring season is a great time of year to get a boost of Botox. I'm a big fan of this treatment and swear by it for relaxing frown lines and preventing new ones from forming in the first place. When getting Botox, it's important to find an experienced injector who can assess your specific needs and customize a treatment plan for you. I'm a regular at Skin Spirit and highly recommend their amazing team for a variety of services including Botox, and injectables (Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, etc.). If you end up booking a service, please tell them I sent you!


Thermogenic Mud Cocoon, Four Seasons Spa


One of the things I missed the most during the pandemic was visiting The Spa at the Four Seasons. As a mom of two, I take self-care seriously. "In the before", a.k.a. pre-pandemic, I used to sneak away at least once or twice a year for a massage at the spa and a visit to the Eucalyptus steam room. One of my favorite things about the Spa at the Four Seasons is that you can easily valet park and head straight up to the spa making the entire experience truly seamless. For a unique experience, try the Thermogenic Mud Cocoon service. It's a purifying wrap that deeply cleanses the skin and helps detoxify sore muscles and stiff joints. 80 min./$285


CBD massage, Glade Spring Spa at Suncadia


Located just 90-minutes East of Seattle, Glade Spring Spa at Suncadia is a great place to visit when you want to get out of the city and recharge at the spa. I recently experienced my first CBD massage and walked away feeling incredibly relaxed. In fact, I don't know how I'll ever enjoy another massage without the natural benefits of CBD oil. You can add CBD to any massage at Glade Spring Spa for an additional $35. I highly recommend it!


What spring skincare services are you excited about this season? I'd love to hear from you! Send me an email or leave me a comment below.

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May 12, 2021

10 Must-Have Spring items from Flora & Henri


Spring has finally arrived in Seattle and when it comes to seasonal essentials that transcend the test of time, Seattle boutique Flora & Henri in Pioneer Square has you covered. From easy accessories to summer hats and apparel, there's something for everyone to enjoy. 


Janessa Leone Aisley Hat

Aisley Hat by Janessa Leone - The easiest way to finish off a spring outfit is with a stylish hat. This one by Janessa Leone is lightweight and comes in a neutral color that looks great with just about everything.  Handwoven with Panama straw. Made in the USA. 




Flora Henri Satin Dress

Flora & Henri Silk Satin Floral Dress - This delicate dress is made from 100% silk and features an elastic waist, self-tie belt, and adjustable straps. Perfect for breezy summer days and long summer nights. Pair with a white sneaker and classic denim jacket. 

The Great College Sweatshirt

The Great College Sweatshirt - During the pandemic, sweatshirts became like a second-skin to me. I lived in them and loved the warm embrace.  These pieces will transition well into summer when paired with shorts or jeans on a cool summer day. The Great College sweatshirt is based on a vintage style and features double-washed terry for a soft hand feel. 

Alumnae Knotted Sandal

Alumnae Knotted Sandal - Made in Italy, these comfortable leather sandals will be a staple in your spring wardrobe. Hand-knotted and featuring covered elastic, the Alumnae Nappa Luna Sandal will quickly become the go-to shoe in your wardrobe this season. 


Sydney Evan Cherry Necklace

Sydney Evan Cherry Necklace - Easy accessories are the PERFECT way to transition your wardrobe into spring. I love this cherry necklace by Sydney Evan. It's made from 14k yellow gold and has pavé black diamonds and gorgeous green emeralds. This necklace makes a great gift, too!

Veja Kid Shoes

Veja Kid Sneakers - We can't forget about the "littles" in our life when it comes to spring fashion. I love these Veja Kid velcro sneakers available at Flora & Henri. These eco-friendly shoes are made in Brazil using wild rubber from the Amazonian forest. Fashion mamas can get themselves matching shoes, too. 

Tensira Long Apron

Tensira Apron - I didn't suddenly start baking sourdough bread during quarantine, but I did start cooking more and found myself constantly reaching for a durable apron. I love this one from Tensira, which is named after a small village in the Republic of Guinea known for its specialization in dyeing with indigo. 


Brass Watering Can

Brass Watering Can - "Watering Wednesdays" is a thing at my house and since it's official, I've decided that I might as well water my plants with the most stylish watering vessel I can find. Thankfully, flora & henri stocks a brass watering can by Ilse Crawford for Skultuna that I am obsessed with. Not only does it elevate a tedious task, but it also brings joy with repeated use. Take my word for it. 


Yves Saint Lauren Biography

Yves Saint Laurent Book - Flora & Henri curates a great selection of books for every type of reader. I'm particularly drawn to books about fashion, like the Yves Saint Laurent biography, available in hardcover. It's a beautiful coffee table book filled with interesting insight on the French fashion designer. 


Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits - Raise your hand if you're guilty of drinking a little too much during COVID. (If you're not raising your hand, you are either under 21 or you're lying). Made in my favorite city in the world, London, these spirits are non-alcoholic and perfect for those who want to partake in the festivities without drinking actual alcohol. Sugar-free, calorie-free, and perfect for sipping, this one tastes like Allspice and cardamom with a fresh citrus top note. 


If you've been craving a fashion field trip lately, I highly encourage you to visit Flora & Henri in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Street parking is readily available and if you come during the day (Monday through Friday) you can stop by General Porpoise for a freshly baked donut on the way out. 



Flora & Henri is located on the corner of 1st and Jackson at 401 First Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104. Shop online or visit the Seattle store. Head over to their website for current operating hours. 


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May 5, 2021

Boma Celebrates AAPI Heritage with Treasured Collection


Boma Jewelry has announced the launch of a new collection designed to celebrate and advocate for underrepresented voices in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The 10-piece Treasured Collection will debut on May 1, 2021 and 100% of the profits through the end of May will be donated to the AAPI Community Fund. Dedicated to CEO Suzanne Vetillart’s late grandmother, Loy Tee, the Treasured Collection was sustainably designed with circularity in mind, using a mix of deadstock green stones including Jade, Agate, and Aventurine, each stone symbolizing valued virtues including protection, self-confidence, and good luck.

“Jewelry is meant to represent and remind us of who we are,” said Suzanne Vetillart, second-generation owner of Boma Jewelry, “As I wear my necklace designed in honor of my grandmother, I reflect on the connection and courage I feel wearing something that fully reflects who I am. The result is something that is based in cultural symbolism yet remains unique, like me. The Treasured Collection is a representation of that sentiment. Today we are facing a continued rise in racism and violence against Asians. This collection pays tribute to the past and stands as a call to action for the future.”

Highlights from the collection include a signature Agate Bi-Disc necklace, Jade pendants available in sterling silver and 14k gold, and stud earrings featuring Aventurine beads. All items from the collection were ethically produced in-house at the Boma factory in Bangkok, Thailand using deadstock gemstones and recycled metals.



During the month of May, 100% of profits from the Treasured Collection will be donated to the AAPI Community Fund which aims to address urgent issues in the AAPI community as well as broader, systemic problems. Donations are being received through GoFundMe.org and grants from the fund are being allocated to various AAPI organizations and partners working to address racial inequalities.

Prices for the Treasured Collection range from $50 for the ‘Opportunity’ Aventurine stud earrings to $125 for the ‘Assurance’ Agate pendant necklace. Shop now





About Boma Jewelry

Boma Jewelry is a leading social purpose corporation focused on using fashion as a force for good. Specializing in high-quality, ethically-made jewelry, Boma offers unparalleled quality and true transparency to customers and valued partners. Through its vertically integrated supply chain and 40 years of experience creating fine jewelry, Seattle-based Boma Jewelry demonstrates that being good to people, conscious of the planet, and prosperous as a family-owned company is achievable when long-term goals are prioritized over short-term gains.

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10th Ave Collective Hosts May Popup Featuring 6 Seattle Businesses

Capitol Hill Shopping Pop-Up

In an effort to bring back a sense of community to Capitol Hill, a small collective of local businesses will band together under one roof to host a month-long pop-up shop in the space formerly occupied by Seattle boutique Totokaelo. Starting on Friday, May 7th, and running through June 6, 2021, a multifaceted pop-up will emerge featuring book signings, designer features, shopping, and a listening lounge. Participating businesses include Baby & Co. (men's and women's fashion), Tune Hi-Fi (home audio), Fleurish (floral design studio), Robin Layton (artist and photographer), Susan Wheeler Home (housewares and decor), and Easy Street Records. 

"After a year of hardship and separation, we want to create a vibrant environment that enhances the 10th avenue restaurant and street scene to revive a feeling of community," says Baby & Company owner Jill Donnelly. Due to the pandemic, Baby & Co. was forced to close its First Avenue storefront and transition into a new space in Sun Valley, Idaho. The Donnelly's are excited to be back in Seattle for this special pop-up to reconnect with friends and fellow fashion fans. The gallery-inspired retail space will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will also host weekly open house events on Friday evenings. 


Line-up of events:


● 
Friday, May 7: Welcome Back, Baby! Mother’s Day gift ideas featuring fragrances from Vilhlelm Parfumerie, bouquets from Fleurish, and a signing of Robin Layton’s photography book The Lake.

● Friday, May 14: At Home showcase featuring Susan Wheeler Home, flowers from Fleurish, and a listening lounge with Tune Hi-Fi sponsored by Easy Street Records.

● Friday, May 21: Made in LA designer capsule event featuring Los Angeles–based designers sold at Baby & Company, including Jaga, Esquivel Shoes, Louiza Babouryan, and MATiAS Denim.


Pop Up Details

What: 10th Ave Collective Pop-Up 

When: May 7 - June 6, 2021

Where: 1523 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122


The popup will follow the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines and city mandates requiring the wearing of face masks, limiting capacity, and requesting that shoppers maintain six feet of social distance.

Grab your friends and come #ShopLocal at this fun Seattle pop-up that's around for a limited time only. 

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Mar 7, 2021

The Cura Co. partners with Boma Jewelry on 'This Matters' Collection

In the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s death in May of 2020, long-time friends and business associates Akiko Waters of The Cura Co. and Suzanne Vetillart of Boma Jewelry knew it was time to use their business platforms to dismantle systems of racism and redistribute wealth.

Six months later, the duo has released their first gender-inclusive “This Matters” sustainable jewelry collection designed to recognize and redistribute funding for community organizations in support of Black lives. The collection includes a BLM “Power Pendant” featuring a raised fist, a “Say Their Names” slogan necklace, and a raised fist “Power Signet” ring. All items are available in sterling silver and 14k gold.




"As a company, we are continually looking inward and finding new ways to listen and lend support,” says Suzanne Vetillart, CEO of Boma Jewelry, “Learning about Delanie and Izzy inspired Akiko and I to look at the ways in which our brands could be used as a force for good to help make meaningful change.”

100% of the profits from the capsule collection will support the Black College Matters fund by Save Your VI, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy for Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “This Matters” proceeds will be directly donated to support the college education funds for BIPOC activists Delanie Seals and Izzy Miller. Future collections will benefit a rotating list of grassroots organizations dedicated to supporting and empowering Black communities.

Delanie Seals and Izzy Miller made national headlines last spring when they fought to change a discriminatory school policy barring African head wraps from being worn at school. These courageous young women led a grassroots campaign that got them suspended from school for wanting to express their cultural heritage. Eventually, they won the right for all BIPOC students to wear cultural head wraps at school and attend schools free from discrimination and harassment, as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees. In addition, Izzy and Delanie organized multiple Black Lives Matter protests in their community and continue to urge the city council in Byng, Oklahoma to designate Juneteenth as a paid holiday. Cura Co. & Boma are honored to support these remarkable young leaders in their pursuit of the higher education they deserve.

The “This Matters” collection is available for purchase exclusively through Cura Co. and Boma Jewelry. Prices start at $50 for pendant necklaces and range up to $130 for signet rings. Shop the collection here.


About The Cura Co.

From fashion to home goods and health, The Cura Co. creates an intentional connection between producer and consumer in pursuit of a more equitable, beautiful world. Female- forward with social impact at its core, The Cura Co. is more than a brand- it’s a conscious lifestyle.


About Boma Jewelry

Boma Jewelry is a leading social purpose corporation that is focused on providing unparalleled quality and transparency for its customers and partners. Through its vertically-integrated supply chain and 40 years of experience creating fine jewelry and cultivating artisanship among its employees, Boma demonstrates that being profitable, respectful of its people, and conscious of its environmental impact is achievable when long-term goals are prioritized over short-term gains.

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