The coronavirus outbreak continues to impact daily life in Seattle but there are still many local businesses and restaurants that are working hard to meet your needs. Here's an overview of the restaurant at University Village that are offering flexible dining options. Please note, this list is constantly changing. Please check directly with the restaurant to confirm availability. 

Ba Bar - Available from Caviar, DoorDash, Postmates, and Uber Eats. Guests can also order over the phone for take-out. 

Bamboo Sushi is available on Caviar. 

Chipotle is offering orders to go and is also available on Postmates. You can also order on their website and get free delivery. 

The Confectionary - You can now email the team at hello@theconfectionery.com or call (206) 523-1443 to place orders for sweet treats. The team is well-versed on candy for all types of allergies and food sensitivities. 

Delfino's Pizza - You can still get your hands on Chicago-style Deep Dish from Delfino's through Caviar, DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and via their website

Din Tai Fung - No more long lines at Din Tai Fung when you order through Caviar, DoorDash, and Postmates. 

Eureka! - Our family loves the burgers here and you can order through DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and via takeout. 

FrogLegs - Order online, phone-in your order, or do a pick-up at University Village. Grubhub also delivers sweet treats and decorating kits from FrogLegs. 

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka - There are many ways to get your ramen fix if you're in self-quarantine. Get food delivered via Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, or Uber Eats. 

Homegrown - Get fresh local food from Homegrown via Caviar and by ordering online for pick-up. 

Jamba Juice - Get your smoothie fix with Jamba Juice at U Village available via DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats. You can also order juices on the Jamba Juice app. 

Joey Kitchen - Available via DoorDash and for pick-up. Anyone who phones in an order for curb side pick-up will get 20% off. Find details here

Juice Press - Available via Grubhub. 

Menchies - Available via Postmates and Grubhub. 

Molly Moon's - Ice cream and sweet treats are available on Caviar, DoorDash, Postmates, and for pick-up. Some local shops are open during this time but running on limited hours. 

Mr. West Café Bar - Seattle's favorite cafe and coffee shop is open for business, but with limited hours. You can call in your order for takeout and they are actively working on delivery options. You can also purchase gift cards online. 

Pasta & Co. - Food is available for pick-up. 

Piatti Ristorante - Order food for pick-up or delivery via Caviar. 

Rachel's Ginger Beer - As of this moment, the Univerity Village location remains open from 12 p - 7 pm. Take a peek at the menu here or make drinks at home using these recipes

Trophy Cupcakes - The company just launched a Pay if Forward Campaign that benefits local non-profits. The U Village shop is temporarily closed until further notice. 

Veggie Grill - Get your greens in with takeout from Veggie Grill. The menu is available on a variety of apps including Bite Squad, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats. You can also call to order food for pick-up. 






Seattle is changing quickly as a result of the on-going coronavirus outbreak but there are things you can do to help support local businesses during this difficult time. Here’s a status update on some of our favorite retailers around town. Please note, this list is constantly changing so please check back for updates and follow along on Instagram @Gossip_Glamour.


Baby & Company is open by appointment only through March 31st. They will still be fulfilling online orders and taking FaceTime appointments with clients as requested. If you live locally, the team is also offering free delivery within a 10-mile radius of the store. Gift cards are available online.


Bellefleur Lingerie just introduced The Bellefleur Club, a monthly lingerie subscription service based on your style preferences. You can also shop for gift certificates online and receive free shipping through March 22nd.


Boma Jewelry is open for business online and will be fulfilling e-commerce orders as usual. Shipping times may be delayed, but you can still shop for early Mother’s Day gifts or simply to let a friend know you’re thinking of them with an ethically-made piece of jewelry during this difficult time for everyone.


Buki has announced that it will close its Seattle flagship store through Friday, March 27th. Customers can still shop online at www.bukibrand.com and enjoy free shipping on all orders. 


Emry in Madison Valley will be open by appointment only for the next 2 weeks. The team will be adding more products to the e-commerce website so that customers can shop online. Spring arrivals are available now including dresses, tops, and jumpsuits.


FrogLegs has all cookies and cake pops available for $28/dozen and can do delivery. In addition, they have pints of edible cookie dough for $7.00. If you have little ones at home and need a fun activity, FrogLegs offers decorating kits that include 2 frostings and 3 candies. Email info@froglegskca.com to place an order.


flora & henri has temporarily closed its Seattle and Marin County Mart locations to ensure the safety of staff and customers. Everything from their site can be safely delivered to your door, so take a peek and see what’s new. Oh, and if you need some good vibes right now, check out the flora & henri playlist on Spotify


Freeman is limiting operations at the brick and mortar to appointment only at this time. Brittany and Scott will be holding office hours at the shop and packing up online orders. In addition, curb-side pickup is available for local orders. Gift certificates are also available. 


French Girl Organics wants to help the community focus on self-care during this challenging time and will be offering FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders for the next 30 days. This is a great time to check out their assortment of all-natural bath & body products including bath soaks and body scrubs. You can also purchase gift cards online. 


Frenchy’s Day Spa is temporarily closed for business until April 1st due to COVID-19. Until then, they are offering a few alternative ways to stock up on your favorite skincare must-haves including skincare consults over the phone and at-home drop off for products. Follow along on Instagram for updates. 


Glasswing
on Capitol Hill is open for business and will operate on a day by day basis during the coronavirus outbreak. They also offer curb-side pickup. All you have to do is shop online and select local-pickup during checkout. You can also call the store to shop over the phone.

Gene Juarez Salons and Spas will be temporarily closed from March 17 to March 31. 


Horseshoe in Ballard is temporarily closed and will be working on re-launching its e-commerce website soon. In the meantime, you can purchase a gift card online. 


Jujubeet has closed all locations except for Main Street in Bellevue. The team is currently working on a plan for delivery services and will be adjusting their website to offer multiple ways customers can get their favorite Jujubeet food and juices. Right now if you live in the Bellevue area you can send any orders to contact@jujubeet.com for free delivery. 


K Banana at University Village will be closing its store until March 27th. The online store will remain open and they’re offering free shipping on orders over $50. They currently have a limited supply of hand sanitizer in stock and hand masks to soothe dry skin.


Lika Love has announced that the store will be temporarily closed until April 1st. The website is still open for shopping and you can also purchase gift cards online. 


As of this very moment, Seattle sneaker shop Likelihood is still open for business and customers can shop both online and at the Capitol Hill boutique. If you need something to lounge around the house in, check out the sweatshirt assortment here.


Moorea Seal has closed her storefront in Seattle for the next 2 weeks. Online shopping is still open and she has created care packages for Happiness and Calm to help support those around the country that are in self-quarantine. You can also purchase gift cards online. 


Nordstrom has announced that it will close all stores for the next 2 weeks. "The health and safety of our customers and employees remain our top priority as we continue to make decisions during this rapidly evolving situation," Nordstrom CEO Erik Nordstrom said in a statement.


Peridot Boutique on Queen Anne has announced some changes. They will be doing virtual shopping appointments via FaceTime and offering free delivery for orders in the neighborhood. You can also shop online and enjoy free shipping on all U.S. orders. Check out the loungewear section if you need something cozy to wear while you WFH. 


Pipe & Row in Fremont has closed its doors and is doing online shopping only for the time being in an effort to help “flatten the curve” and keep the community safe. Shoppers will get free shipping on orders over $50 and can arrange for curbside pick-up. If you’re working from home, may we suggest these adorable fuzzy slippers


Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, Penelope & The Beauty Bar is also closed for business until April 1st. They will also be offering phone consults and at-home delivery for product purchases. For clients with skincare memberships, your packages will be extended for another year. You can also purchase gift cards online


Prism has temporarily closed its doors for business in Ballard and will be focusing on e-commerce order fulfillment and curbside pick-up for local shoppers. They have a great selection of clothing, candles, home goods, and cool things for kids. Shoppers will enjoy free shipping this week too.


Queen Anne Dispatch is open for business and has a variety of ways you can continue to shop. They are taking phone orders and have the ability to wrap and ship directly from the store. You can also purchase gift certificates by calling the store. 


Robert Leonard Salon has announced that they will be closing its doors until March 31. If you have an appointment on the books during that time, the front desk team will call you to reschedule. You can’t purchase products online but you CAN buy a gift certificate to spend on product and services when the salon re-opens. 


Red Ticking in Madison Valley has also made the decision to temporarily close until further notice. They will be doing private shopping appointments if you would like to come in. Call 206-250-8853 if you want to make an appointment. 



Skin Spirit has suspended clinic operations in Bellevue and Seattle until March 31st. If you have an appointment in March, they will be contacting you to reschedule for a later date. In the meantime, you can shop online and receive free shipping on your order.


Stuhlbergs
will be closing its store for 2 weeks, effective on Tuesday, March 17. Stay tuned for updates on online shopping.


Swink Style Bar
will temporarily close through Tuesday, March 31st. If you have an appointment on the books during that time, their team will reach out to reschedule. April appointments will remain for the time being but may need to be adjusted as we get closer in. Gift certificates are available to purchase online.


Two Cranes Botanicals is offering 15% off Attune CBD oils from now until March 22nd. Use promo code CARE at check-out. Two Cranes Botanicals CBD oils are made in the USA using organically grown hemp and USDA certified organic MCT oil. Their oils are great to use for anxiety, insomnia, and inflammation.


Totokaelo has temporarily closed its stores in Seattle and New York but will continue to fulfill online orders. Take a peek at the new arrivals here.


Trophy Cupcakes is offering no-contact FREE DELIVERY on sweet treats including their popular “Decorate your Own Dozen” kits which are great for kids. Enter code "FREEDELIVERY" at checkout. 


Universal Standard has closed it’s 1:1 locations in Seattle, New York, Chicago, Houston, and Portland through March 31st. You can still shop online and purchase gift cards. Check out the loungewear collection for robes, pajama pants, and sleep sets.


Velouria is closed until further notice and will be evaluating how to maintain their online shop through this on-going epidemic. They are offering free shipping on orders over $50. You can also shop for gift certificates online.


Just further south, you’ll find One Imaginary Girl, based in Portland. Founder Sarah Donofrio will be taking her pop-ups to Instagram and doing virtual trunk shows. The e-commerce site is still open and we highly recommend the silk pjs sets for working from home.


Thank you for shopping local during this crazy, chaotic time. We will get through this together. If you can’t shop right now, that’s ok too. Here are some additional ways you can help support local businesses:

+ Post/Share updates from your favorite local shops

+ LIKE and comment on their posts

+ Send virtual hugs via a friendly text message to local business owners


Don’t give up hope that we WILL come out of this stronger and more resilient than ever. Email me your best #ShopLocal tips and updates at sydneymintle@gmail.com. 

The Seattle fashion scene has changed a lot over the past decade and it's been a privilege to witness the growth and development in the city as both a blogger and a business owner. Over the years stores have opened and closed, runway shows have come and gone, Independent Designers have found new ways to expand the presence of their brands beyond the Pacific Northwest, and the Seattle fashion blogger scene has exploded.

When I started this site back in 2008, the scene was very different. The original name was "Seattle Boutique Blogpost" and my mission was to have a platform to cover local designers and boutiques. Back then, there were just a handful of bloggers. When brands hosted events we were on the fringe leveraging social media platforms like Twitter to communicate what we were doing, seeing, and experiencing. Today's bloggers and influencers ARE the event and have found a way to completely democratize fashion.

Just as the blogging scene has changed, so has this site. Over the years I've expanded my content to cover global travel adventures to places like Tokyo, London, and New York. I focused on organic content that was interesting to me including topics like sustainable fashion, beauty, and my journey to motherhood. I also made it my mission to focus on preserving the original Seattle fashion blogging community that humbly existed back in 2008.

Over the past decade, I've covered Seattle fashion stories for this site and worked with countless Seattle-based brands and boutiques through my work at Gossip & Glamour. We have a unique way of merging fashion and technology in the city and I can't wait to see what the next decade brings.

Let's take a look back at some of the fashion highs and lows of the past decade.

2010 

  • Zulily goes LIVE on January 27, 2010 with an initial focus on children's apparel. 
  • Enterprise Seattle publishes an Apparel Industry Cluster Study that makes the case for encouraging its growth and development in Seattle. The city is noted as the 7th largest apparel-manufacturing center in the U.S. 
  • Seattle boutique David Lawrence moves locations from Downtown Seattle to The Bravern.
  • Obadiah stylist Vu Montgomery goes backstage at Paris Fashion Week for Armani. 
  • Gossip & Glamour opens its doors for business.


2011

  • Seattle makes GQ's list of Worst Dressed Cities in America. 
  • Brittany and Scott Freeman set out to design the ideal raincoat for Seattleites. The Freeman brand is born. 
  • Online eyewear company Rivet & Sway is founded in Seattle. 


2012
  • Seattle brand flora & henri departs from traditional retail to focus on wholesale and e-commerce. 
  • TomboyX is founded in Seattle. 


2013
  • Seattle designer Paychi Guh launches her collection of knitwear inspired by modern art and architectural form. The former Nordstrom designer started with a handful of local shops and now sells at stores around the globe. 
  • Ballard boutique Blackbird announces its closure. 
  • Nordstrom expands Topshop partnership to 28 additional stores, infusing new interest into international fashion brands. 
  • Seattle start-up Glamhive is founded with the goal of leveraging social networks for shopping. 



2014
  • Gossip & Glamour hosts a blogger brunch at MOTIF to bring the blogging community together in real life. 
  • Brooks Running celebrates 100 years in business. 
  • Encore Consumer Capital takes stake in Butter LONDON brand. 
  • The Bellevue Collection launches the Independent Designer Runway Show as part of Bellevue Fashion Week. 
  • Nordstrom opens its first Canada store in Calgary. 
  • Zara opens first store in Seattle at Westlake Center. 
  • The Seattle start-up selling online eyewear, Rivet & Sway closes. 



2015
  • Uniqlo opens its first store in the Pacific Northwest at The Bellevue Collection. 
  • Brooks Running focuses on its lifestyle brand Heritage and hosts a summer blogger event in partnership with Gossip & Glamour to showcase the collection. 
  • Butter LONDON co-founder Sasha Muir launches a line of convertible handbags called Bevée. 
  • W Seattle revives its 'Wear Wednesdays' fashion events to spotlight local designers and boutiques. 
  • Seattle start-up Fitcode is founded to help women find the perfect pair of jeans. 
  • Warby Parker opens its first Seattle store in Fremont. 



2016
  • Wendy Feller launches FELLER raincoats using high-quality wax cotton fabrics. 
  • Seattle store Butch Blum announces new ownership. 
  • Gossip & Glamour launches its first-ever Style Summit to bring bloggers and influencers offline for a day of community-building. 
  • Seattle brand Buki, founded by Joey Rodolfo, launches its collection of luxury technical clothing using state-of-the-art Japanese fiber technology. 
  • Seattle store Totokaelo is acquired by Herschel. Founded Jill Wenger steps down from her role. 
  • Seattle brand Julep is acquired by Glasanol. Founder Jane Park eventually steps down. 
  • Gossip & Glamour partners with Styled Seattle to launch the 'Style Boss' series at Westfield Southcenter. 
  • Clothing rental service Armoire is founded in Seattle. 



2017
  • Seattle brand andieanderin successfully funds its Kickstarter campaign and launches a collection of pussybow neckties inspired by influential women from history and today. 
  • Sak's OFF 5th opens a 36,000 square-foot-store in Seattle at Westlake Center. 
  • Seattle brand flora & henri opens a 3,000 square-foot concept shop in Pioneer Square. 
  • Darrah Christel launches Loho, a new line of low-rise hosiery for women in Seattle. 
  • Moorea Seal moves her store from Belltown to First Avenue in Downtown Seattle. 
  • Brooks Running discontinues its Heritage line. 
  • The annual Wine Women & Shoes event raises more than $250k for foster kids in Washington via Olive Crest. 
  • Seattle brand Blue Nile rents out the penthouse at Hotel Theodore in Seattle to host a holiday party for local bloggers and influencers. 
  • Pacific Place celebrates fall fashion by hosting a screening of 'Unzipped' by Isaac Mizrahi. Local bloggers are tapped to highlight key trends in a photo campaign. 
  • Gossip & Glamour partners with Neiman Marcus to host a spring menswear event, helping to unite the mens influencer scene in Seattle. 
  • Belltown boutique Karan Dannenberg moves her store to Bellevue Place. 
  • Armoire opens an office space at The Riveter on Capitol Hill. 
  • Amazon Fashion introduces Echo Look. 



2018
  • Alaska Airlines debuts new airline uniforms designed by Luly Yang. 
  • Seattle style blogger Carolyn Yuen Marino launches "Sweet & Power", a scripted Youtube series featuring Asian American voices. 
  • Seattle brand Julep announces layoffs at the Seattle office and discontinues monthly subscription boxes. 
  • FashWire launches fashion discovery app in Seattle. 
  • Fitcode expands to men. 
  • London shop Wolf & Badger starts to carry leather goods by Seattle designer KACYYOM
  • Moonlit Skincare expands into the Seattle market with media events and brand activations. 
  • Gossip & Glamour hosts the 3rd Annual Style Summit for local bloggers and influencers at W Bellevue. 
  • Seattle designer Luis Velez launches sustainable sneaker company Guillermo Bravo
  • Pacific Place begins multi-year renovation project. 
  • Seattle start-up Fitcode closes its doors. 
  • Amazon Fashion introduces Prime Wardrobe



2019
  • MOHAI launches its first-ever fashion exhibit celebrating Seattle's rich fashion history. 
  • K Banana opens a permanent location at University Village after hosting a successful pop-up over the holiday season. 
  • Seattle brand Jane and The Shoe loses funding and cease operations. 
  • Universal Standard launches new 1:1 concept in Seattle. 
  • Gossip & Glamour brings the Women of Color FashTech Brunch to the W in Bellevue and gives Seattleites the chance to hear from a diverse panel of fashion industry experts. 
  • Seattle brand Zumiez closes its Northgate store due to construction. That store was opened back in 1978 and was the first official retail location for the company. 
  • Sustainable fashion brand Amour Vert opens its first store in the Pacific Northwest at University Village. 
  • Seattle boutique Butch Blum quietly closes its doors just prior to the holiday season. No announcements are made. 
  • Armoire opens new 7,000 square-foot HQ in Pioneer Square. 
  • Gossip & Glamour hosts the 4th Annual Style Summit at MOHAI. 
  • Seattle designer Jennifer Charkow of Stone Crow Designs competes on Season 18 of Project Runway. 
  • After nearly 43 years in business, Robert Leonard Salon on sixth avenue undergoes a million-dollar renovation. 
  • Gossip & Glamour and Styled Seattle open a fashion office at University Village. 
  • Nordstrom opens a 7 story flagship store in New York. 



2020
  • Eddie Bauer will celebrate 100 years in business. 
  • Gossip & Glamour will host its 5th Annual Style Summit for 200 local bloggers and influencers on Friday, April 10 at W Bellevue. 
  • Seattle based Boma Jewelry, founded in 1981, is scheduled to complete its B Corp Certification and continue to move forward with ambitious sustainability initiatives. 




After hosting a successful fall fashion series featuring weekly trunk shows, Thompson Seattle and Gossip & Glamour have teamed up again to host a holiday-themed Sip & Shop event featuring 13 local brands on Saturday, December 7th in The Nest. This is a fun and easy way for Seattleites to shop locally this season while supporting some amazing independent brands. The event will take place in The Nest, Thompson Seattle's rooftop bar, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the assortment includes everything from handmade cards to jewelry, women's apparel, men's footwear, skincare, beauty, and more.

Guests will enjoy signature cocktails and The Nest's new fall/winter menu as they meet local founders and shop a curated assortment of holiday gifts. The Sip & Shop runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and free tickets can be found via Eventbrite. Please note, due to the venue, this event is 21+.

Here's an overview of featured vendors:



andieanderin- This local brand designs neckties inspired by influential women from history and today. Featured women include Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Iris Apfel, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Malala Yousafzai, and more. In the 70's and 80's, women started to work their way up the corporate ladder and would often wear neck bows to emulate men's ties. Today, there's an important resurgence of women empowerment happening and andieanderin wants to continue that conversation by producing neckties that are uniquely inspired by influential women. Each necktie comes with a keepsake box and a storyboard that highlight's the featured woman's accomplishments. Learn more about andieanderin and the history of neckties here



Buki - This Seattle-based brand focuses on luxury technical apparel that combines fiber technology with classic silhouettes. Unlike other technical fabrics that are often coated or dipped, Buki fabrics use state-of-the-art technology to embed technical elements within the fabric so they won't be washed away when garments are laundered. The collection includes clothing for men and women including great gift items like collagen eye masks, scarves, wraps, and beanies.



Guillermo Bravo - When I first saw the debut collection of Guillermo Bravo, I knew we had a hit on our hands. This local brand founded by Luis Velez is not only stylish but it's also sustainably produced. The supply chain is fair-wage and the outsoles of the shoes are even biodegradable. Watch a behind-the-scenes video about the Guillermo Bravo process here.



K Banana - Beauty fans flock to K Banana for all things k-beauty and we're told that the assortment at the Sip & Shop event will not disappoint. Shoppers will find easy gift picks and stocking stuffers including sheet masks, beauty tools, make-up, and fashion accessories. Learn more about K Banana and read the full brand story via Beauty Independent here.



Lois Hill - Known for her contemporary collections of detailed sterling silver jewelry, Lois Hill is passionate about creating timeless accessories that span centuries and continents. Her First Avenue flagship specializes in jewelry, accessories, watches, bracelets, earrings, and cuffs.



Universal Standard - I could go on and on about this amazing size-inclusive brand with local ties, but I'll let the clothing speak for itself. Available in sizes 00-40, Universal Standard is the most size-inclusive brand in the world and they don't cut corners on style. The collection includes everything from t-shirts to denim and workwear essentials, plus activewear, outerwear, boots, and more. Universal Standard also has a revolutionary Fit Liberty Program that lets shoppers buy for the size they are now and then exchange merchandise within a year for free if they go up or down a size. The program was also recently expanded to also include moms. Trust me, you're going to want to see this cool brand at the Holiday Sip & Shop event.



Poppyseed - We heard through the grapevine that this is Poppyseed's one and only holiday pop-up this year, so don't miss out on experiencing this innovative local brand. The entire collection is designed and produced right here in Seattle by founder Rebekah Adams, who you may remember from the 6th Annual Independent Designer Runway Show in Bellevue. She won the competition with her 'Break the Surface' collection and has been creating beautiful new works of art ever since.



Varnish - This cool Seattle company just opened a brand new nail studio in the heart of Sodo and has been popping up all over the city ever since doing fresh manis and incredible nail art. Founder Kim Sop will be at the Holiday Sip & Shop event offering $15 manicures to help get your nails ready for the holiday season.



Two Cranes Botanicals - Ok, there's just no other way to say this: Two Cranes Botanicals has been a lifesaver for me. Their organic, single-source origin CBD oils have helped me get through some crazy stressful days and come out the other side calm and grounded. As a business owner and a mom of two young kids, adding CBD oil to my daily self-care routine has been a total game-changer. Founded by local twins Hanna and Susun, Two Cranes Botanicals offers organic CBD oils in three different concentrations including 300 mg, 725 mg, and 1000 mg. Meet Co-Founder Hanna Yi at the Sip & Shop event and check out the full assortment of CBD products that also make excellent gifts.



Sad Shop Cards - I first got introduced to this local card line through fellow PR babe Crosby Noricks of PR Couture. Designed and produced in Seattle by founder Katie Davis, the entire collection of Sad Shop Cards is wildly funny and somehow manages to capture the perfect sentiment for any occasion.



LUMVI Skincare - The skin is the body's largest organ, so it goes without saying that anything you apply topically gets absorbed into the bloodstream. Lumvi Skincare wants to help beauty fans close to loop between a healthy lifestyle and a clean skincare routine that is simple yet effective. The product line is 100% plant-based, organic and chemical-free. My personal gift pick for the season is the Detox Scrub made with green tea, rosemary, and white willow. Stop by the Sip & Shop event to meet co-founder Lauren Vogt and learn more about this fabulous new local line.



Moorea Seal - Often described as a "Pinterest board come to life", Moorea Seal's store in Downtown Seattle has something for everyone on your holiday list including books, jewelry, shoes, candles, accessories, and even home accents. She participated in the Holiday Sip & Shop event last year and trust me, I almost bought one of everything. Her curated assortment of gifts is amazing and Moorea is a delight in person, too.



Velé - This cool travel accessories brand is on a mission to redefine industry practices in an effort to empower women through a model of conscious production and non-profit partnership. With a focus on ethical craftsmanship, Velé ensures that artisans who produce every piece of their collection earn fair living wages and have safe working conditions. They also donate 10% of every purchase to the non-profit Not for Sale, an international organization that works to end modern-day slavery. The collection includes wallets, cross body bags, and leather cardholders. Take a look behind-the-scenes of how the cardholder is made here.



// Event Details // 

What: Thompson Seattle x Gossip & Glamour Holiday Sip & Shop

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019

Where: Thompson Seattle / The Nest

Why: This is a fun and easy way to #ShopLocal for everyone on your list.

Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tickets: http://sipandshop-at-thenest.eventbrite.com






Forget New York Fashion Week, Seattle has its very own line-up of stylish fall fashion events happening around town and there's something for everyone. Whether you prefer runway shows featuring high fashion labels at Neiman Marcus or shopping from local designers and boutiques at a massive warehouse sale, we've got you covered. Here are the must-attend fashion events happening this weekend in Seattle.

September 13 - Fashion Week Kicks off at The Shops at The Bravern
The 10-year anniversary celebration will include a variety of fashion events including a fashion show at Neiman Marcus to benefit Save the Children.
The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 13 - Leather Embossing at Hermés
To celebrate fashion week, guests of Hermés at The Shops at The Bravern will receive free leather embossing with the purchase of any product on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking with validation.
Hermés at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Fall Fashion presentation at Macy's Alderwood 
Grab your fashion friends and join Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle on Saturday, September 14th at 1 p.m. for a special fall fashion presentation featuring a runway fashion show, panel discussion with local influencers including Lisa Cole of West Fulton Street and Brittany Streissguth of Pumps & Plaid. Guests will also enjoy complimentary beauty services from on-site vendors. Spend $35 or more in women's fashion and receive a personalized hair accessories kit. This is an all-ages, complimentary event.
Macy's 18700 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, WA 98037 (Lynnwood)

September 14 - Bubbles and Shopping at Bottega Veneta
Guests are invited to pursue fall arrivals on Saturday, September 14th with a glass of bubbles from 10 am. to 8 p.m. at Bottega Veneta at The Shops at The Bravern. Free parking with validation.
Bottega Veneta at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Tod's Winter Outerwear Trunk Show
Join Tod's on Saturday, September 14th for a special outerwear trunk show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. as part of Fashion Week at The Shops at The Bravern. Guests will enjoy prosecco and light bites while they view new arrivals for the season and shop must-have pieces. Don't miss the Tod's Happy Moments collection by designer Alber Elbaz, available now in-store and online.
Tod's at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Wolford in-store shopping event
Wolford at The Shops at the Bravern is celebrating fashion week by offering shoppers 20% off their fall fashion purchase on hosiery, leggings, bodysuits, and more, on Saturday, September 14th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wolford at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Live performances at Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery 
Guests of The Shops at The Bravern are invited to stop by Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery for live performances and refreshments on September 14 from 2-5 p.m. The shop specializes in unique designer pearl necklaces and timeless pearl accessories.
Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Jimmy Choo Bites & Bubbles
No fall fashion look would be complete without a gorgeous new pair of Jimmy Choos. Come see what's new for the season and enjoy bubbles + bites at Jimmy Choo at The Shops at The Bravern, Sept. 14 from 2-5 p.m.
Jimmy Choo at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - David Lawrence Fall Shopping Event
David Lawrence at The Shops at The Bravern is hosting a special in-store event from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, September 14th featuring a first-look at fall arrivals along with a special Seahawks bracelet gift with purchase, while supplies last. David Lawrence recently re-opened on the ground level at The Shops at The Bravern between Gucci and Omega. This year the retailer will celebrate 25 years in business.
David Lawrence at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Neiman Marcus Fashion Show
Explore fall fashion trends at a special runway show on Saturday, September 14th from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. presented by Neiman Marcus as part of Fashion Week at The Shops at the Bravern. 100% of ticket sales will benefit Save the Children, an organization dedicated to giving children a healthy start at life. The runway show is a ticketed event, but the public is invited to join in the celebration for the official carnival-themed after-party from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. featuring decadent dessert bars by Café Trophy and Sugar Factory, plus complimentary fashion sketches, and cocktail tastings from Straightaway. Tickets to the Neiman Marcus Fashion Show are $50 and can be found here.
Neiman Marcus at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Satori Warehouse Sale
Join some of Seattle's best designers and boutiques for an epic warehouse sale on Saturday, September 14th in Tacoma. Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% off apparel, decor, stationery, gifts, and more from brands including Heis, Velouria, Prairie Underground, Prism, Misha, Poppyseed, Salua Lingerie, and more. Event admission is free. RSVP via Eventbrite here.
Alma Matter 1322 Fawcett Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402 (Tacoma)

September 15 - Sunday Hat Parade with Black Heritage Society of Washington State
Celebrate the tradition of hats in Seattle's black community with the Black Heritage Society (BHS) of Washington State at MOHAI on Sunday, September 15th. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest hat and take photos in the photo booth as they enjoy a special one-day-only display of historic hats from the BHS collection. The event will also include remarks by two local black milliners featured in the Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit. The event runs from 1-4 p.m. and tickets are included with museum admission. Click here to purchase online.
MOHAI 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)

September 15 - Nutrients in Skincare Workshop at K Banana
Join K Banana at University Village on Sunday, September 8th at 10 a.m. for a special class on beauty ingredients. Guests will learn about the benefits of k-beauty nutrients and why clean beauty is vital to overall health and wellness. Free parking. Free admission. Tickets via Eventbrite.
K Banana 2621 NE Village Lane Seattle, WA 98105 (University Village) #beauty



Seattle is gearing up for a major fall fashion season and this year there's a lot to celebrate around town. Over the summer Universal Standard opened a new retail concept in Belltown, Armoire expanded its presence in the city with a new 7,000 square-foot headquarters in Pioneer Square, and K Banana opened a permanent location for k-beauty fans at University Village. The city also has an entire exhibit dedicated to celebrating Seattle's rich fashion history at MOHAI, Gucci opened a new handbag boutique at Nordstrom last week and the party was written up by Vogue, and local brand Evernu partnered with Stella McCartney and Adidas to produce a 100% recyclable hoodie. It's been a busy summer season for fashion in Seattle and we're just getting started.

As the fall shopping season approaches, we invite you to shop local and support indie designers, local boutiques, fashion stylists in the city, and of course, retailers around town. Whether you have $25 to spend or $2500 to spend, do it locally. It matters. Here's the definitive guide to fall fashion events in the city. Use this guide as a map to choosing your own fashion adventure around town. Tag @Sydlovesfashion on Instagram in your shopping pics and use the hashtag #ShopLocalSEA for a chance to win 2 tickets to the MOHAI Seattle Style: Fashion/Function Exhibit as part of Seattle Style Month. A winner will be announced on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Happy shopping!

August 31 - September 1st - Citywide Summer Warehouse Sale 
Join a fabulous mix of local designers and boutiques for a citywide summer warehouse sale Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1st at Melrose Market Studios. Participating boutiques include Baby & Co, Hammer & Awl, Glasswing, Likelihood, Pipe & Row, Prism, Silvae, and Velouria. The event runs daily from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and as always, the best stuff always goes first.
Melrose Market Studios 1532 Minor Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (Capitol Hill)

September 4th - Good Sweat with Rachael's Good Eats 
Join Seattle-based trainer and dietitian Rachael DeVaux of Rachael's Good Eats on Wednesday, September 4th at W Bellevue for a special sweat session to kick-off the fall fashion season. The event runs from 7-9 p.m. and ticket are $50. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event will include a workout session, on-site vendors, swag bags, and raffle prizes. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Free parking available.
W Bellevue 10455 Northeast 5th Pl. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 7 - Dogwood Denim event at Sassafras
Denim tailor Alina Kroeker is taking over the Sassafras store in Belltown for one-day-only on Saturday, September 7th to host a special denim event. Alina does made-to-measure denim using your choice of fabric and hardware. The process is simple and the customization possibilities are endless. RSVP via Facebook. The event runs from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sassafras 2307 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

September 10 - MOHAI Fashion Lecture: Secrets of Seattle Style 
Join MOHAI on Tuesday, September 10th at 7 p.m. to hear about the process of creating MOHAI"s landmark exhibit, Seattle Style: Fashion/Function. Guests will enjoy a deep dive into the exciting stories and themes showcased in the exhibit and hear from exhibit curator Clara Berg about her favorite discoveries during the planning process. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for MOHAI members. Click here to purchase online. The Seattle Chapter of Fashion Group International is also celebrating its 60th anniversary at the event.
MOHAI 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)

Photo credit: The Shops at The Bravern

September 13 - Fashion Week Kicks off at The Shops at The Bravern
The 10-year anniversary celebration will include a variety of fashion events including a fashion show at Neiman Marcus to benefit Save the Children.
The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 13 - Leather Embossing at Hermés
To celebrate fashion week, guests of Hermés at The Shops at The Bravern will receive free leather embossing with the purchase of any product on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking with validation.
Hermés at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Fall Fashion presentation at Macy's Alderwood 
Grab your fashion friends and join Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle on Saturday, September 14th at 1 p.m. for a special fall fashion presentation featuring a runway fashion show, panel discussion with local influencers including Lisa Cole of West Fulton Street and Brittany Streissguth of Pumps & Plaid. Guests will also enjoy complimentary beauty services from on-site vendors. Spend $35 or more in women's fashion and receive a personalized hair accessories kit. This is an all-ages, complimentary event.
Macy's 18700 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood, WA 98037 (Lynnwood)

September 14 - Bubbles and Shopping at Bottega Veneta
Guests are invited to pursue fall arrivals on Saturday, September 14th with a glass of bubbles from 10 am. to 8 p.m. at Bottega Veneta at The Shops at The Bravern. Free parking with validation.
Bottega Veneta at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Tod's Winter Outerwear Trunk Show
Join Tod's on Saturday, September 14th for a special outerwear trunk show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. as part of Fashion Week at The Shops at The Bravern. Guests will enjoy prosecco and light bites while they view new arrivals for the season and shop must-have pieces. Don't miss the Tod's Happy Moments collection by designer Alber Elbaz, available now in-store and online.
Tod's at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Wolford in-store shopping event
Wolford at The Shops at the Bravern is celebrating fashion week by offering shoppers 20% off their fall fashion purchase on hosiery, leggings, bodysuits, and more, on Saturday, September 14th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wolford at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Fashion Illustrations at Ferragamo
Visit The Shops at The Bravern to get a real-life fashion sketch wearing your favorite fall fashion outfit at Ferragamo on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 2-6 p.m. as part of Bravern's Fashion Week celebration. Fashion illustrations are complimentary on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Ferragamo at The Bravern 1111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Live performances at Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery 
Guests of The Shops at The Bravern are invited to stop by Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery for live performances and refreshments on September 14 from 2-5 p.m. The shop specializes in unique designer pearl necklaces and timeless pearl accessories.
Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Jimmy Choo Bites & Bubbles
No fall fashion look would be complete without a gorgeous new pair of Jimmy Choos. Come see what's new for the season and enjoy bubbles + bites at Jimmy Choo at The Shops at The Bravern, Sept. 14 from 2-5 p.m.
Jimmy Choo at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - David Lawrence Fall Shopping Event
David Lawrence at The Shops at The Bravern is hosting a special in-store event from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, September 14th featuring a first-look at fall arrivals along with a special Seahawks bracelet gift with purchase, while supplies last. David Lawrence recently re-opened on the ground level at The Shops at The Bravern between Gucci and Omega. This year the retailer will celebrate 25 years in business.
David Lawrence at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Neiman Marcus Fashion Show
Explore fall fashion trends at a special runway show on Saturday, September 14th from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. presented by Neiman Marcus as part of Fashion Week at The Shops at the Bravern. 100% of ticket sales will benefit Save the Children, an organization dedicated to giving children a healthy start at life. The runway show is a ticketed event, but the public is invited to join in the celebration for the official carnival-themed after-party from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. featuring decadent dessert bars by Café Trophy and Sugar Factory, plus complimentary fashion sketches, and cocktail tastings from Straightaway. Tickets to the Neiman Marcus Fashion Show are $50 and can be found here.
Neiman Marcus at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 14 - Satori Warehouse Sale
Join some of Seattle's best designers and boutiques for an epic warehouse sale on Saturday, September 14th in Tacoma. Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% off apparel, decor, stationery, gifts, and more from brands including Heis, Velouria, Prairie Underground, Prism, Misha, Poppyseed, Salua Lingerie, and more. Event admission is free. RSVP via Eventbrite here.
Alma Matter 1322 Fawcett Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402 (Tacoma)

September 15 - Sunday Hat Parade with Black Heritage Society of Washington State
Celebrate the tradition of hats in Seattle's black community with the Black Heritage Society (BHS) of Washington State at MOHAI on Sunday, September 15th. Guests are encouraged to wear their finest hat and take photos in the photo booth as they enjoy a special one-day-only display of historic hats from the BHS collection. The event will also include remarks by two local black milliners featured in the Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit. The event runs from 1-4 p.m. and tickets are included with museum admission. Click here to purchase online.
MOHAI 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)

September 15 - Nutrients in Skincare Workshop at K Banana
Join K Banana at University Village on Sunday, September 8th at 10 a.m. for a special class on beauty ingredients. Guests will learn about the benefits of k-beauty nutrients and why clean beauty is vital to overall health and wellness. Free parking. Free admission. Tickets via Eventbrite.
K Banana 2621 NE Village Lane Seattle, WA 98105 (University Village) #beauty

September 19 - Cosmic Love AstroSalon by Stephanie Gailing
Join local astrologist Stephanie Gailing at Spruce Apothecary in West Seattle on September 19th for a special Cosmic Love event exploring Venus and how she informs love, beauty, and pleasure. Space is limited and tickets are going fast. Tickets via Eventbrite.
Spruce Apothecary 4156 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116 (W. Seattle)

September 20 - Sips & Shoes at Benaroya Hall 
Sips & Shoes will return on Friday, September 20th at Benaroya Hall after a 10-year hiatus. The event will run from 6-9 p.m. and feature local boutiques that carry fashion, handbags, and of course, gorgeous shoes. Participating retailers include Clementines, Lika Love, La Ree, Nuciano, Visette Boutique, Kate Mensah, and more. The event will also feature 20 wineries that focus on women winemakers and winery owners. It's going to be a fun and stylish night on the town! Tickets are $50 and a portion of the proceeds benefit Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda's Club). Click here to purchase online.
Benaroya Hall 200 University St. Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown Seattle)

September 21 - Fashion Meets Film: Pacific Place presents Downton Abbey 
Grab your poshest friends and join Pacific Place on Saturday, September 21st for a special screening of Downton Abbey. The event begins at 10 am with breakfast bites and bubbles followed by a special fall 2019 trend presentation by Andrew Hoge of Seattle magazine and Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle. Tickets are $20 and 100% of the proceeds benefit Mary's Place. Click here to purchase online. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pacific Place 600 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown Seattle)

September 21 - KD Designs Trunk Show at Sassafras 
Join Sassafras in Belltown for a special KD Designs Trunk Show on Saturday, September 21st from 12-6 p.m. Designer Katrina Dimick from Portland, Oregon will be on-site to showcase her collection, available in sizes S-2XL.
Sassafras 2307 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

September 23 - Yappy Hour at W Bellevue
Join W Bellevue on Monday, September 23 from 4-6 p.m. for a special Yappy Hour on The Porch featuring specialty cocktails by Tito's Vodka. Proceeds benefit the Seattle Humane Society. Dogs from the Seattle Humane Society will also be available for adoption at the event. Free admission. 21+
W Bellevue 10455 Northeast 5th Pl. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 25 - Big Mood: A Night of Fat Fashion at MOHAI
Join MOHAI for a night of immersive experiences curated by Adria Garcia of Indian Summer and Kim Selling of More Fats More Femmes.  The evening will include a pop-up market, fashion show, and conversations punctuated by live performances. Tickets are $10 for general admission. Click here for more info.
MOHAI 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)

September 25 - Taming The Trend Animal 
There is a difference between fashion, trend, and style. Fashion is what you see on the runway, a trend is how it's translated to the masses, and style is how you make it your own. Join The Michael Bruce Image Consulting team on Wednesday, September 25 from 10-11 a.m. at The Bellevue Collection for a special style seminar on how to approach fall trends. The event will take place on the second floor of Bellevue Square in between J. Jill and J. Crew. Click here to reserve a spot.
The Bellevue Collection 565 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 25 - Fall Trend, Your Body, Your Style, Fall 2019 
Join the Michael Bruce Image Consulting team on Wednesday, September 25th in Bellevue from 7-8 p.m. for a style seminar on how to tackle and tame fall/winter trends in a way that works best for your body. The interactive presentation will show guests how to wear the latest trends in an authentic and relevant way. The event will take place on the second floor of Bellevue Square in between J. Jill and J. Crew. Click here to reserve a spot.
The Bellevue Collection 565 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 27 - Posh Party Trend Show
Join The Bellevue Collection for its annual Posh Party Trend Show as part of Bellevue Fashion Week on Friday, September 27th. The event will take place at The Hyatt Regency in Bellevue at 6:30 p.m.
hosted by Brooke Fox of MOViN 92.5. The event will include a runway fashion show, drinks + light bites, beauty touch-ups, and more. Tickets start at $100 and proceeds benefit local non-profit Bellevue LifeSpring. Free parking available. Must be 16+ to attend. Click here to purchase tickets online.
Hyatt Regency Bellevue 900 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

Photo credit: The Bellevue Collection


September 27 - The Ultimate Encapsulated wardrobe 
Join the Michael Bruce Image Consulting team on Friday, September 27 at 10 a.m. for a special style seminar about how to create the perfect capsule wardrobe for the season. The event will focus on how to curate and refresh your closet while incorporating fall must-haves in a cohesive way. The event will take place on the second floor of Bellevue Square in between J. Jill and J. Crew. Click here to reserve a spot.
The Bellevue Collection 565 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)


September 28 - Collective Runway Show at Bellevue Fashion Week 
Bellevue Fashion Week will conclude with a special Collective Runway Show on Saturday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m. Inspired by Fashion Week runway shows from around the world, guests will get to see the latest fall fashion looks presented with a unique Pacific Northwest twist. VIP tickets are $175 and include a deluxe swag bag and $50 Bellevue Collection gift card. General admission tickets are $125 and include a swag bag and $25 Bellevue Collection gift card. Ticket sale proceeds benefit local non-profit Ben's Fund. Must be 21+ to attend. Purchase tickets online here.
Hyatt Regency Bellevue 900 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

September 28 - Two Cranes Botanicals Pop-Up at K Banana
Join the twins from Two Cranes Botanicals at K Banana on Saturday, September 28th from 12-6 p.m. for a special CBD pop-up. Shoppers will enjoy 15% off Two Cranes Botanicals products, meet founders Hanna and Susun, and have the chance to ask questions about how to incorporate CBD oils into an overall health and wellness routine.
K Banana 2621 NE Village Lane Seattle, WA 98105 (University Village)


Other cool things happening in Seattle during the month of September:

* During the month of September, Prairie Underground will be hosting an artist in residence, Tiffany Ju. Tiffany is an artist based in Seattle who uses upcycled materials to create beautiful works of art that lie somewhere between craft and soft sculpture.
Prairie Underground 940 S. Harney St. Seattle, WA 98108 (Georgetown)

* Experience Seattle in style with a stay at Thompson Seattle. Book a Seattle Style Month Package (during the month of September) and you'll receive two tickets to the Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit, a free gift with purchase at the MOHAI Mercantile, and two cocktails at The Nest.
Thompson Seattle 110 Stewart St. Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown Seattle)

Freeman will be releasing all new Seattle-made menswear flannels in early September and has plans to re-stock their famous waxed cotton raincoats later in the month. But, if you can't wait that long, you can get your hands on the classic raincoat in a variety of colors, in stock now. The company also announced it will be rolling out personal shopping experiences this fall. Stay tuned for details.
Visit Freeman on Capitol Hill at 713 Broadway E. Seattle, WA 98102. (Capitol Hill)

* Retailers around the city will be celebrating MOHAI's Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit with special windows displays dedicated to Seattle fashion during the month of September. Participating retailers include Nordstrom, Luly Yang, Baby & Co., Marios, Prairie Underground, Utilikilts, Sassafras, Zebra Club, and Road Apparel.

* For those craving a Seattle staycation: Celebrate Seattle Style Month at Hotel Theodore and receive 20% off your stay during the month of September along with a $30 food and beverage credit to Rider. Guests who book this package will also receive a free gift with purchase at the MOHAI Mercantile. Offer valid online only.
Hotel Theodore 1531 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown Seattle)

* Visit the MOHAI Mercantile during the month of September to experience hand-blended fragrances by local designer Molly Ray. Museum visitors will also get to check out the work of local artist Eda Atay Pastrimaci of Boejack Design. She focuses on small-batch production and local sourcing of key elements in her handbag line.
MOHAI 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)

* During the month of September, shop online from local brand LOHO for special end-of-season sale prices on low-rise hosiery. Available in sizes S-XL. (Online)

* Seattle brand A. Oei Studio is currently hosting a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for the Spring 2020 collection. Founded in 2017 by designer Angeline Oei, the collection focuses on modern silhouettes, subtle details, and original textiles inspired by art, nature, and technology.

* Starting on September 15th Seattle boutique CURA will be offering in-store Kundalini yoga classes on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The 90-minute classes are $20 and more info will be announced soon.

* The new collection from Seattle brand SILVAE will be available starting in September at the S3 Collective showroom on Capitol Hill. Select pieces will also be available locally at Les Amis in Fremont. S3 Collective is located at 1415 10th Ave. Studio 3. Seattle, WA 98122.




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We are also excited to announce a ticket giveaway for 2 tickets to the Fashion Meets Film event at Pacific Place featuring a special screening of Downton Abbey on September 21st. To enter to win, simply share this post on social media using the hashtag #ShopLocalSEA and tag @Sydlovesfashion. A winner will be chosen at random on Sept. 13th.



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 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. 


#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.  


#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 a 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.


#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. 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, diapers + 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.

Another tip for traveling with kids is to pack smaller toys that they haven't played with in a while 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.

#4 - Buy Diapers on Arrival
I'll admit, I once managed to disperse an entire package of diapers into my suitcase before leaving on an overseas trip because I was a newbie when it came to traveling with a baby and I was worried about finding them on arrival. Since then, I've realized that taking up valuable suitcase space with diapers is a waste and as long as you have enough diapers to get you to your destination and a few extras "just in case" it's easier and sometimes cheaper to buy diapers at your destination rather than sacrificing valuable suitcase space. With the exception of Hawaii, we generally travel to cosmopolitan areas where drug stores are readily accessible and stock all the diapers we could ever need, which means I have more room in my suitcase for shopping.

Also, another quick note on packing- don't bring an extra suitcase for your kid, no matter how cute the suitcase is. Try and pack as much of their clothing into your suitcase as possible so that you aren't stuck at the airport with one of those trolly carts because you have too much luggage. My rule is: if we can't carry it between the four of us, we don't bring it. This is especially important if you have to carry around additional items like a car seat or stroller. Speaking of car seats, we have found that it's far easier to rent a car seat from the car rental company if you are planning on driving than it is to carry one around with you. We have always had great luck with car seat rentals (clean, functioning properly, etc.) when we've needed them and with our AAA membership the car seat rental is often free.

If you end up shopping more than you anticipated on your trip, you can always buy another suitcase or duffle bag at your destination and check it for your return trip home. We have done this several times and works like a charm when/if we need it.


#5 - Bring picnic supplies 
In Europe, it's common to eat meals outside in the park by having an impromptu picnic, but the picnic supplies I recommend are actually for your hotel room. I like to pack plastic forks and spoons so that we can have yogurt in the morning and things like pre-packaged salads for dinner or a snack. Be sure that your hotel has a mini-fridge so that you can shop during the day and store your food. You can also pack an empty water bottle in your suitcase for use on arrival. Most hotels have lemon or cucumber-infused water in the lobby for guests, making it easy to fill up a cup and then transfer it into your water bottle when you get back to your room.

#6 - Take the umbrella stroller with you 
Our umbrella stroller has saved us too many times to count. My daughter naps in it when we're on vacation and she's too tired to keep walking and we also like it for keeping her contained when we are en-route somewhere and don't want her to get lost in the shuffle.


When it comes to picking an umbrella stroller for your trip, you'll want to find one that is:
1) Easy to fold up (preferably with one hand)
2) Has a strap attached so that you can sling it over your shoulder
3) Has storage space so that you can stash diapers and snacks for your little one/s.


Our favorite umbrella stroller is the Uppa Baby G-Luxe because it reclines and has a bit of storage. For our last trip we retro-fitted it with a cupholder attachment and an organizer. These little attachments made all the difference in our experience and were well worth it in the long run.  When we fly we usually take the umbrella stroller straight to the gate and then have the flight attendants gate check it so that upon arrival we can strap our daughter in and make our way to baggage claim as quickly and efficiently as possible.


#7 - Dress the Part
I like to dress up when I go out of town, but I also like to be practical. This usually means finding the right balance between casual and comfortable. Pack some lightweight tops, a few pairs of jeans, a dress (or two) and a sweater that can be added if it gets chilly in the evening. Scarves are also great for travel because they can multi-task. For example, my scarves become swimsuit cover-ups when we go to the beach. When it comes to shoes, I live in sandals when visiting places like Florida and Hawaii, but in Europe, I prefer flats that are good for walking around and chasing my kids. It's always WAY more walking than you plan on, so don't try to break in new shoes on vacation. Break them in before you leave on your trip otherwise your feet will be miserable.

Another tip that is absolutely essential for traveling with kids? Pack a crossbody bag so that you can be hands-free when you're out with the kids and don't forget to pack a portable charger so that you never run out of battery when you're on-the-go.


#8 - Take advantage of blow-dry bars and express spa services
Let's face it, most hotel blow dryers are total crap and definitely not an option for someone like me who has a lot of hair. Instead, when visiting cities like London and NYC I like to research blow dry bars in advance that are close to my hotel. Hands down, Dry Bar in NYC is my absolute favorite. In London, Hershesons Blow Dry Bar is the best. Don't forget to check nearby salons and spas for express spa services. A 30-minute mani? Yes, please. Selfridges in London has a great beauty workshop that offers a variety of beauty services including a full nail bar, lash services, and even spray tans.


#9 - Take advantage of Frequent Flyer programs
If you travel with kids in tow, be sure to sign them up for their own frequent flyer accounts so that they can accumulate points toward a free trip or discounted ticket. We took several trips with my son before realizing that as a paid customer he was also eligible to earn travel miles. Don't make this mistake. Sign up your kids now before your next travel adventure and they'll start accumulating travel miles that you can use on future trips.

#10- Keep Calm and Carry On 
This is the most important travel tip of all. Travel is an adventure and no matter how much time you spend planning everything out, at some point, you have to embrace the fact that not everything goes accordingly to plan. Trust me, I'm a total "Type A" personality and this one was hard for me, but once I learned to just relax and roll with it, traveling got so much easier.  Little ones pick up on your stress and will react to situations based on how you handle them, so remember to keep calm and carry on, and your kids will too!

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