Ceramic artists Karra Wise of In The Shed & Shannon Kelly of Orphan Ten are joining local artists Rainbow-Renee Wyola Manier, Kari Pearson, Sammy Spence, and Kimberly Johnson for an open-air pop-up this Saturday, September 27 from 12 - 4 p.m. in Seattle's Mount Baker neighborhood. The shopping assortment will include a mix of pottery, decor, food, art, fashion, and more. Come support these amazing local vendors in a safe and socially-distant environment. 

Open-Air Pop-Up Details

Location: 2503 30th Ave. S. (enter on Bayview Street)

Date: Sunday, Sept. 27

Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

Featured vendors

Pottery by Karra Wise

Soul Chains & Shibori by Rainbow-Renee Wyola Manier

Fiber Art by Kari Pearson 

Artwork by Sammy Spence 

Functional pottery and hanging planters by Shannon Kelly of Orphan Ten 

Welded garden art by Kimberly Johnson 

Plus....Food & Beverage by Brooke St. Sauver & Curt Waller 

Open-Air Pop-Up Rules

  • Masks required
  • Adults only
  • Limit shop time to 30 minutes
  • Enter on Bayview Street. The number of shoppers may be limited due to capacity. 

Fall fashion is here and I recently had the chance to sit down with Sable Talley of
Stylishly Made to go over my Summer Retail Report and talk more about the state of fashion in Seattle. It’s no secret that COVID has been a major catalyst for many of the store closures around town and we haven’t hit the bottom yet. In our chat, Sable and I talk about everything from the spring cancellation of our signature Style Summit to how I’m coping with COVID as a business owner. PLUS, we offer up our best tips for brands on how to survive the holiday season.

It all started a few weeks ago when Michelle Obama proudly sported a gold necklace at the Democratic National Convention with the slogan “Vote”. That moment was a catalyst for many fashion fans to seek out stylish Vote merch in an effort to remind people to make their voices heard in the upcoming election. As Mrs. Obama points out, “Democracy continues with or without you.” Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite Vote merch from around town.

Boma Jewelry VOTE Collection

Boma Jewelry launched a special VOTE COLLECTION featuring earrings, necklaces, peace signs, and empowerment slogans. Sterling silver Vote studs start at $20 and 14k gold necklaces are $75.

andieanderin Women’s Suffrage Pussy Bow Necktie

andieanderin recently launched a new tie to commemorate the 19th amendment and women's right to vote. The Suffrage tie features a fashion sketch by artist Amber Vittoria and the slogan "Votes for Women". It is 100% silk and is Made in the US by a female-run production house. Available in 2 sizes.

Oiselle Vote Tote

The Oiselle Vote Tote is made from heavy canvas and has an adjustable cross-body strap for complete versatility. Plus, it has a bonus inside zip pocket to securely hold valuables. Limited quantities are available. 20% of all sales from the Vote Tote go to Run 4 All Women.

Splash Fabric Cotton Face Mask

Rock the vote with a Splash Fabric face mask. $5 from the sale of each mask goes to When We All VOTE - Vote by Mail campaign. One size fits all. All masks are hand-sewn in Seattle.

Viaduct Vote Tee

Viaduct is a Seattle brand that was born the same day the actual Viaduct saw its final passenger: January 11, 2019. Their products represent a specific time and place in the story of Seattle, both past and present. The Vote Tee features a traditional Vote slogan with the state of Washington perfectly nestled into the letter “O”. Available in black and white colorways, in sizes S-XXL.


We the People Gift Set from Knack

Get ready for civil discourse over a glass of whiskey in November. Knack has the perfect “We the People” gift set featuring a set of glasses etched with the Preamble to the Constitution. Also included, wool coasters and a leather-bound miniature copy of the Constitution.

Thank you BOMA Jewelry for this great graphic!

Over the past few weeks, I've been conducting outreach to local retailers of all sizes and asking them to take the 15% Pledge. As a result, many Seattle-based retailers are reviewing the product lines they carry and actively seeking Black-owned brands that can supplement their product mix in a dynamic way.

In order to help connect the dots for retailers and help save them time as they navigate reopening from COVID closures, we’ve compiled a list of 21 Black-owned womenswear brands that may be of interest for local boutiques. This list is organized in alphabetical order for easy scanning. Our hope is that by helping to eliminate time barriers, retailers can start the process of onboarding new brands as open-to-buy dollars become available. At the very least, we hope that this list helps start meaningful conversations between fashion retailers and Black-owned womenswear brands.

Designer Alimo Bello of Bello | Edu attributes her Nigerian and Ghanaian heritage as playing a major role in her flair for aesthetics. She started designing and creating clothing for her family in friends in 2008, debuted her first collection in 2014 and opened her first storefront in 2016. Bello | Edu garments are made with pride in Accra, Ghana in small batch production. The assortment includes apparel, accessories, and handbags.

Designer Chelsea Bravo was born in New York and moved to London at the age of two. She founded her eponymous menswear label in 2013 and two years later was invited to be a part of the British Fashion Council’s Emerging Designer Showroom, taking part for two consecutive seasons. She went on to add womenswear to the mix and continues to design artistic pieces in contemporary silhouettes. Chelsea is now based in Brooklyn, New York.

Based in Amsterdam, Daily Paper originally started as a lifestyle blog by three childhood friends. The blog morphed into a full-fledged brand, established in 2012, and the rest is history. The designs are fueled by Africa’s rich heritage and inspired by the founder’s shared love for music, art, fashion, and street style. Daily Paper offers timeless designs across accessories and ready-to-wear for both men and women.

Hanifa is a contemporary womenswear label featuring bold colors and feminine silhouettes. Available in a range of sizes from 0-20, Hanifa was founded by Anifa Mvuemba in 2012 and continues to make waves in the fashion industry for its direct-to-consumer model and creative use of technology.

Hope for Flowers is a womenswear brand designed by Tracy Reese. Inspired by the belief that clothing can have the power to inspire self-confidence and personal agency, Hope for Flowers is designed for women who desire to use their power as consumers to be agents for positive change in the world. The collection has a strong focus on sustainability and also uses eco-friendly fabrics including organic cotton, organic linen, and cellulosic fibers such as Tencel™. Photo: Itaysha Jordan.

House of Aama is a culturally inspired lifestyle brand rooted in the ethos of the African continent and diaspora. Run by mother and daughter duo, Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka, House of Aama was born out of the collective frustration the pair felt while trying to find clothing that adequately reflected their cultural and aesthetic interests.

Island Tribe is a womenswear lifestyle brand based in Southern California. Founded by a dynamic duo of free spirits, Angeline Hayling & “OD” Odero, Island Tribe focuses on femininity, environmental consciousness, and holistic living. This year, the brand was invited to be one of the featured emerging brands in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Design Entrepreneur Program which offers selected designers the business acumen, resources, and community to grow their companies.

Queen’s native LaQuan Smith started his namesake label at the age of 21, inspired by his grandmother who taught him the art of sewing and pattern making. His distinctive design work has gained the attention of a long list of celebrities including Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian, all of whom were early supporters of the brand. LaQuan recently launched a capsule collection with Revolve featuring sheer slip dresses and bike shorts.

lemlem is an artisan-driven sustainable fashion label for men, women, and kids founded by supermodel Liya Kebede. Designs are made in Africa by local artisans and the range includes everything from apparel to accessories and swimwear. 5% of all purchases are donated to the lemlem Foundation which helps women artisans in Africa thrive by connecting them to healthcare, education, and job opportunities.

Lisou is a London-based fashion brand specializing in beautiful silk pieces with a twist. Head designer Rene Macdonald grew up in Tanzania but moved to the UK at a young age and frequently traveled back and forth to visit family. That experience helped form her creative point of view as a stylist, avid vintage collector, and fashion fan. All products are designed in London and finished in Portugal.

Maki Oh is a womenswear brand that fuses traditional African techniques with detailed contemporary construction. Founded in 2010 by Maki Osakwe, the collection features prints that are rooted in centuries-old Nigerian textile traditions. Her designs have been worn by a range of celebrities including Michelle Obama, Lupita Nyong’o, Solange Knowles, Thandie Newton, Azealia Banks, and more. 

Founded by LA native James Flemons in 2013, PHLEMUNS is a thoughtful fashion label focusing on the fluidity of old and new, the usefulness of playful proportions, and the careful balance of unisex androgyny. The assortment of masks is also a must-see.

Off-White was founded in 2012 by Virgil Abloh and is described by the designer as "the grey area between black and white”. Virgil was born in Chicago to immigrant parents from Ghana. His mother was a seamstress who taught him how to sew. In 2016, Off-White opened its first concept store in Tokyo and went on to win the British Fashion Award for Best Urban Luxe Brand the following year. Today, Off-White has over 45 independent stores and the line is carried by a variety of high-end retailers including Selfridges, Harrods, Nordstrom, and Le Bon Marché.

Founded in 2013 by Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer Moss is described as part “art project”, part “social experiment”. The brand aims to use its voice and platform to challenge social narratives and evoke an on-going dialogue. Pyer Moss is focused on creating collections each season that carefully combine storytelling, activism, theater, and social commentary, while also collaborating with other artists and brands that resonate with seasonal themes.

Romeo Hunte is a lifestyle brand that is edgy yet sophisticated, with a balance of feminine and masculine. Raised in Brooklyn, Romeo grew up surrounded by stylish women who heavily influenced his love for fashion. He later studied design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and launched his own womenswear label in 2014, adding menswear in 2018. His designs have been worn by Zendaya, Beyonce, Victor Cruz, Hailey Baldwin, and more. In addition to apparel, accessories, and outerwear, the collection also includes an assortment of unisex face masks.

The K Label was launched in 2015 by designer Karice Leila. The UK-based label features premium womenswear essentials that are perfect for day-to-night dressing. Key items include corset hoodies and paneled jogger pants. Prior to launching her label, Karice worked for a variety of brands in the fashion industry including River Island, Karen Millen, and Vivienne Westwood.

The Oula Company is a womenswear brand based in Seattle that focuses on African, Asian, Indian, and Latin American textile and craft traditions. Founded by Dr. Erika Dalya Massaquoi, The OULA Company provides editorial coverage of emerging artisans and designers, while supporting nonprofits that incorporate the ideas of education, innovation, and integrity. Garments are made in the USA using textiles that are responsibly sourced from around the world.

Tongoro was founded in the spring of 2016 by designer Sarah Diouf. The label is 100% designed and produced in Dakar, Senegal, and features easy to wear apparel, accessories, and jewelry. Tongoro sources all materials on the continent and works to create new pathways for Africa-based manufacturing and social and economic development for artisanal workers in Western Africa. Tongoro has been worn by a wide range of celebrities including Iman, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, and Beyonce. Watch Tongoro’s Made in Africa documentary here.

Grace Wales Bonner launched her eponymous label in 2014, following her graduation from Central Saint Martins in London. Originally established as a menswear brand, Wales Bonner later expanded into womenswear. In January 2019, Grace Wales Bonner presented her first institutional exhibition, A Time for New Dreams at London’s Serpentine Galleries. She is an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, London, and has lectured at Parsons School of Design, New York City. Stockists include Dover Street Market, Net-A-Porter, and MatchesFashion.

William Okpo is a women's wear collection designed by sisters Darlene and Lizzy Okpo. Daughters of Nigerian immigrants, Darlene and Lizzy were inspired by their parent's sense of personal style and the juxtaposition of American cultural sensibilities. William Okpo is for women who celebrate their cultivated sense of style.

Zelie for She is a womenswear label designed to be an unapologetic expression of authenticity and individuality. Each collection has a different story and is designed and produced in limited quantities in LA by designer Elann Zelie. Check out the Essence of Heritage Collection here.

Summer is officially here and easy weekend getaways are my jam. Suncadia recently announced that they are now open for business and officially in Phase 3 of reopening. If you're looking for a fun place to escape quarantine, Suncadia is it! There's something magical about packing up the car and driving away from the city to get back into nature for a weekend of relaxation.

The 90-minute drive over the Cascades is beautiful and the skies open up giving way to gorgeous trees and serene sunshine. We first started going to Suncadia almost a decade ago when it was slow and sleepy, but since then, it's developed into a robust resort with multiple pools, parks, and vacation rentals. Suncadia is a great place for families to unwind, connect, and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I consider myself somewhat of an aficionado when it comes to Suncadia, so here's my guide on how to do it right.

Where to Stay
We love the Lodge at Suncadia. There are plenty of options on-site including the inn, condos, and even vacation rentals, but if you really want to experience Suncadia at its finest, stay in the lodge. The rooms are spacious, including some units with kitchenettes, and I'm a big fan of being able to walk down to grab a coffee from Coal House Cafe in the morning. The beds are comfortable, the bathrooms are spacious, and if you book a river view, you can stargaze at night. The Lodge also has a pool (pictured above) with is open late and much quieter than the other pools on property. If you prefer more space, you can also rent a vacation home on-site or search places like VRBO for other on-property rental options. Please note, the only way to access the pools is if you book directly with Suncadia. We recently booked this rental through VRBO and loved our experience!

Where to Eat
There are a few restaurants on-site at Suncadia including Portals which serves a mix of American food and Pacific Northwest favorites. The Lodge burger is a trusty favorite and you can order it to-go from the bar if you prefer to enjoy the epic views from your room. If you're planning on dinner at Portals be sure to make reservations in advance as weekends can be busy. Our favorite place to dine at Suncadia is on-property at Swiftwater Cellars. Sit outside if you can snag a table and enjoy sweeping mountain views while you sample flights of wine. If you head into Cle Elum there are a variety of restaurant options available. We like Beau's Pizza and Pasta and El Caporal Mexican Restaurant.

What to Do
Suncadia is all about relaxation. Take a long walk or bike ride around the property. We spend a lot of time at Dawson Park when we visit because my kids love to run around in the grass, scooter on the path, and take our dog to the fully-fenced dog park. There are also a variety of hiking trails on the property and you can easily rent bikes and boats from the Fitness Center. If you have time, I highly recommend booking a treatment at the Glade Spring Spa. They are offering a limited menu due to COVID which includes massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures.

Kittitas County, where Suncadia is located, recently received approval to advance to Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan. This means that public pools can reopen, restaurants can increase capacity to 75% and people can gather in groups of up to 50. You'll still need to wear your mask while out in public (indoors and outdoors) and maintain social distancing when you can. We're all in this together and we can still have a great summer if we all play it safe.

The events of the past week have been difficult to watch and yet critical to witness if we truly want to move toward shaping a better world. We have a lot of work to do in this country to end racism. The first step for many is perhaps acknowledging that it exists and to see the many ways we are privileged by the color of our skin. We each have an obligation to acknowledge how racism disproportionately impacts the black community. Now is the time to show up, do the work, educate ourselves, and fight for systematic change.

Many of you are tired, overwhelmed, and feeling paralyzed because the problem seems too big, and it is. But we have to begin. We have to begin speaking up, educating ourselves, doing the work, and being held accountable for our actions. Last week, mental health therapist Alishia McCullough and dietitian + activist Jessica Wilson put together a great list of calls to action. Here are a few that stood out to me as a creative:

  • Fund projects, books, and podcasts created by black people
  • Use your privilege and connections to provide space and equipment for black people to host events and conferences
  • Center the experiences of black people in conversations about social justice and body liberation
  • Hold people accountable for long-term changes

There are so many things we can do as creatives to amplify black voices and give them access to opportunities. Many influencers work with a vast network of brands. Why not leverage those relationships to start conversations with brands about how they can diversify their social media feeds and pay black content creators or allocate shelf space to black designers? Aurora James of sustainable fashion brand Brother Vellies recently created the 15% pledge asking retailers to dedicate 15% of their shelf space to black-owned businesses. I encourage you to sign the pledge and start conversations with your favorite brands about what they are doing to ensure black artists, creators, and businesses are part of their product mix and represented in their organization in meaningful ways. 

Here are some things you can do today:

  • Examine your own biases and work to dismantle them. 
  • Have hard conversations with your friends, family, and employers about systematic racism in America. Silence is violence and avoiding these conversations will only perpetuate the cycle. Speak. Educate. Fight for change. 
  • Don't just read books, listen to podcasts, and continue to consume content in your quest to be anti-racist. DO 👏 THE 👏 WORK. 
  • Use your platforms and places of access to ensure that black voices are amplified and that their experiences are widely shared. 
  • Diversify your feed. Follow black content creators, business owners, and activists. Listen to their stories. Get to know them. Get involved. 
  • Keep showing up to fight for change, not just today, but every day. 

I invite you to harness the emotions of the past week and use them to fuel your work toward meaningful change. We have to dismantle the systems that continue to oppress communities of color and rebuild them in a more equitable way. I am here for you and ready to do the work alongside you to create a brighter future that is filled with love and possibility for all.

Photo credit: Demri Rayanne Photography 

Seattle residents are now encouraged to wear face masks in public areas to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. The new guidance includes grocery stores, restaurants, retail, indoor workplaces, and public transit. Many local brands are answering the call of safety by offering masks that help keep fashion fans stylish and safe.

Morning Siren has colorful masks in a variety of prints and patterns. The best part is, they are FREE! Just pay for shipping and handling. Oh, and while you’re shopping, consider making a donation to help pay for material costs to keep Morning Siren mask production going. They also just added gift packs that include greeting cards and small gifts.

One Imaginary Girl face masks are not for the faint of heart. They are for die-hard fashion fans who want to make a style statement. Designer Sarah Donofrio just announced that new color block face masks have been added. View all the styles available in the Mask Shop here. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will benefit a rotating list of local non-profits. 

Freeman has 100% cotton face masks available in brushed twill and plain weave oxford fabric. The masks are $10 and will be made in between production runs of PPE for local healthcare workers.

Luly Yang currently has over a dozen styles of stylish face masks available including one that features her signature butterfly motif. Each mask is priced at $55 and made in Luly’s couture studio located in Seattle. You can also make your own mask at home using this handy guide.

Seattle brand Over & Over has also pivoted from making vintage kimonos to making face masks amid the coronavirus outbreak. The collection of silk masks features 8 different styles and proceeds benefit Food Lifeline.

Feral is also making masks during the COVID-19 outbreak and for every mask purchased, the company is donating a mask to someone in need. I love the colorful range of tie-dye styles! View available styles here

Sustainable brand Tokki is also now offering face masks for both kids and adults. For every mask purchased, one is donated to a frontline worker in need. 

Zumiez has a variety of face masks and coverings in stock now with prices starting at $9.95. The Zine mask (shown above) is made from 100% cotton that is super soft and comfortable to wear.

According to the World Health Organization, up to 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, which means that there are people out in the community who otherwise feel well but are inadvertently getting people sick. Please wear a mask and help control the spread of coronavirus. Your community thanks you! And hey, if you're going to wear a mask, you might as well #ShopLocal and get one that you like.

In the midst of the on-going COVID-19 outbreak, Peridot boutique located on Queen Anne has announced that it will permanently cease operations on June 30, 2020. The storefront has been closed to the public since March 17 when Governor Jay Inslee first announced the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order in Washington. Customers have maintained the ability to shop online during the outbreak via the store's e-commerce site with limited curbside pick-up and will continue to enjoy free shipping on orders over $50 from now until the store closure.

"We have loved being part of the Queen Anne community for all these years. It is with a heavy heart that we announce our closure. We are a small business and the prolonged shutdown has had significant impacts on our business. Due to personal reasons and the escalating costs of running a brick-and-mortar store in Seattle, we have made the difficult decision to close. That being said, we greatly appreciate our customers and their support throughout the years, especially as this news has become public. I am truly touched by everyone's kind words and response to our news," said owner Lindsey Snider.

Peridot has been a staple on Queen Anne since 2004, offering women's apparel, accessories, footwear, and gifts. Online and FaceTime shopping will continue until Tuesday, June 30 and the store will reopen for in-person shopping if Phase 2 begins before the store closure date. The store is also offering curbside pick-up and free delivery within Queen Anne/Magnolia. Use promo code SAVE25 for 25% off your order.

2135 Queen Anne Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109

In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, over a dozen retailers at Seattle’s University Village have announced curbside pickup. Starting this week, select retailers will allow customers to shop online or over the phone and pickup merchandise within set business hours. See the current list of retailers offering curbside pickup below.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop online and select curbside pickup for your order.


Curbside pickup is available Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. View featured products here or email b8taseattle@b8ta.com for details.


Curbside pickup is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the store to place an order or shop online and select in-store pickup.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call to place your order on weekdays beginning at 9 a.m. or weekends at 11 a.m. Customers can also place orders online.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Place your order online and receive a confirmation when your order is ready for pickup. Call the store upon arrival and the staff will bring our your items.


Shop online or call the store to schedule a private shopping appointment.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the store to schedule an appointment or arrange curbside pick-up.


Curbside pickup and in-store shopping available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call to place an order for curbside pickup.


Curbside service is now available. Shop online and select in-store pickup. Click here for more info.


Curbside services are offered by appointment only (see website for available time slots). Services include: Pick Up of "Pottery To Go" Kits, drop off of finished pottery for firing, pick-up of fired pottery.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call or shop online to place your order for curbside pickup.


Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop outside without an appointment or inside with an appointment. Stay tuned with plant arrivals by signing up for the weekly email. To place an order for curbside pickup, call the store or email orders.ravennagardens@gmail.com.


Curbside pickup available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Place orders online or call the store to schedule curbside pickup. Email seattle@TWISTonline.com for specific inquiries.


Open for curbside pickup on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop online or email mail@villagematernity.com to place an order for pickup.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop online or call the store to place an order for pickup.

Keeping kids entertained at home during the coronavirus outbreak can be challenging, which is why I'm excited to share that Paint the Town at University Village is now offering a special Pottery to Go service. This is a fun and easy way for kids who love art to get their creative fix while also getting a break from screen time. We tried out the curbside Pottery to Go service last week and my kids are already asking to do it again.

The assortment of pieces that are available to paint include picture frames, plates, mugs, animal figurines, and more. There are a variety of price points available and pricing includes the finishing glaze and firing. You can order individual items to paint or full kits that include brushes and pre-selected paint colors. Individual paint colors are available for $1 each and brush sets are $5. We had more than enough paint for multiple projects and the brushes can be reused, which is excellent because I have a feeling painting ceramics is going to become a regular thing at my house.

The Pottery To Go process is quick and easy. You simply pick the items you want to paint and make an appointment to pick-up at U Village. After completion of your project and once the paint has fully dried, you carefully wrap the items back up and schedule an appointment to have them fired in the studio. Once the items are done, you'll book an appointment for pick-up and receive your items back with a beautiful, shiny glaze.

I come from a long line of artists who express themselves creatively through writing, painting, and drawing. Turns out, that we also have a knack for painting ceramics. The process was fun and the experience was therapeutic for my kids who were bored with their usual art activities and wanted to try something new.

Pottery to Go is great for virtual zoom dates, book clubs, mommy meet-ups (with wine!), and of course, kids who want to try something new for their homeschool art class. Gift certificates are also available for purchase if you want to gift a Pottery To Go experience to a friend.

Paint The Town
4611 Village Court N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105

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