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Jan 7, 2021

The Blow Dryer That Changed My Life

Haircare is not something I take lightly. In fact, as someone with a lot of hair, the process of washing, drying, and styling my hair, is something that often takes up to two hours. I wish that I had the type of hair that would allow me to shower at night and wake up the next morning with dry hair. But sadly, I'm not. I've tried and my experiments always end with a sad, soggy pillow and soaking wet hair. Over the years I've come to terms with this reality and scheduled "wash days" accordingly but always found the entire operation quite frustrating. And then one day, everything changed. 

For Christmas this year, my husband surprised me with the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. I had seen ads for it and watched as other influencers posted about it, but honestly, I didn't understand what the buzz was about. For starters, the blow dryer is nearly $400, which is a far cry from the $40 dryer I had been using from Revlon for years. And secondly, I had never used a dryer with a hole in the middle and had no idea how it worked. 

Turns out, this blow dryer can dry my hair in 8 minutes flat and I'm telling you, it's worth every dollar. It used to take me 25-35 minutes to thoroughly dry my hair and I would have to dry it in layers because my hair is so thick. With the Dyson, I can dry my hair quickly and move on to styling in a record amount of time. My entire "get ready routine" has become much more efficient and I feel like I've been given my valuable time back. The best part is, that in addition to rapid dry time, the Dyson protects hair from heat damage and visibly deceases frizz and flyaways, which is MAJOR for my naturally wavy hair. 



So how does it work? Well, for starters, the dryer is powered by a motor that propels 13 liters of air up to the amplifier every second. The airflow then produces a controlled, high-velocity jet of air designed to dry hair quickly. The airflow is temperature measured over 40 times to prevent heat damage, which helps make hair shiny. 

This blowdryer has honestly changed my life and streamlined my morning routine. I feel more efficient when I use it and love that it no longer takes me nearly 90 minutes to get ready when I need to wash my hair. Thank you, Dyson. 


ps. This post is not sponsored. We purchased the dryer with our own money and I'm telling you, it was worth every penny. 


Lead photo credit: Demri Rayanne Photography 


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Jan 6, 2021

Travel Inspiration from Pacific Northwest Bloggers

The Port of Seattle recently published a round-up of BIPOC travel influencers to follow for travel inspiration and they kindly included me in their list. I'm in great company, alongside Andrew Hoge, Antonio Smith, Carolyn Yuen Marino, Jennifer George, Mariame Sanoh, Sahily Perez, and more. If you're experiencing cabin fever and need some safe staycation ideas, go through the list and follow these amazing content creators. 

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Jan 5, 2021

5 Of My Favorite Book Club Picks


Last spring, my friend Amanda invited me to join her book club. Looking back, saying "yes" seemed like a small moment in time, but fast forward nearly nine months later and I now realize how big of an impact that decision has had on my life, in the best way possible. The goal of the group was simple: read books by women of color, celebrate their work, and see the world from their perspective. Little did we know at the time that COVID would cause chaos around the world, halt travel, and fuel a social justice movement that was long overdue. Many of the topics we were reading about in our monthly book club would carry over to what was happening in real life and facing those hard truths became unavoidable. 

I've always loved to read. My grandma taught me to read when I was very young and my family has old photos of me sitting on my grandma's couch, surrounded by piles of books. As I got older, I stopped reading for fun and only consumed trade journals and business books. Every once in a while if I was about to board a long flight, I would pick up a book to read on the plane, but only then could I justify the time spent reading. Saying yes to book club meant that I suddenly had an excuse to carve out time to read and our monthly (virtual) meet-ups held me accountable so that I would actually finish the books lingering on my nightstand. I've read more books in the past 9 months than I have in the past 9 years and I've fallen in love with reading again, which I know would make my grandma very proud. 

Here are my 5 favorite book picks from 2020 written by a wide range of authors. I hope you love them as much as I did!

Half Of A Yellow Sun - This book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is essential reading as far as I'm concerned. In fact, this book was so incredibly well-written that once I finished it, I ordered every other title by the author that I could get my hands on. The book centers around two sisters who experience the Biafran conflict, sometimes known as the Nigerian Civil War. The story is well developed and shines a light on the situation and the tragic consequences that ultimately unfolded. If you like this book, I also encourage you to check out Americanah


Vanishing Half - Brit Bennet is an incredible author and her epic storytelling abilities come to life in this beautiful book. Vanishing Half is about twin sisters who grow up in a small town and construct a plan to escape the monotony of their lives. The book explores topics of sisterhood, personal identity, and the implications of being Black in America. 



Homegoing - This book by Yaa Gyasi was my personal pick for the group and one that I find myself recommending to people again and again. It made me realize that while we talk about slavery in this country, we fail to come to terms with the origins of slavery and its generational impact. Homegoing is the story of two half-sisters who are both born in Ghana but in separate villages. One goes on to marry an Englishman and the other is sold into the Transatlantic slave trade. The story is devastating and illuminating, making you deeply appreciate how the past ultimately shapes us all. 
Photo credit: Knopf/Cody Pickens 


Born a Crime - I stumbled upon this book over the holidays and what I thought might be a fun, easy book to read when I had pockets of time quickly became a book that I couldn't put down. I read the entire thing in two days and found myself completely captivated by the story. Trevor Noah's path from South Africa to present-day at The Daily Show is remarkable. Prior to reading this book, I didn't know about apartheid, which meant I couldn't appreciate how deeply it impacted communities of color. I found myself laughing, crying, and loving Trevor Noah even more by reading this book. 



Everything Is Beautiful In Its Time - 2020 has been a year of loss for so many of us and this book couldn't have come at a more perfect time. Over the summer one of my best friends lost her father after a long battle with cancer and several months later, my husband lost his grandmother, his last living grandparent. This book truly helped heal my heart and deepen the appreciation I have for my family. Author Jenna Bush Hager lost 3 of her 4 grandparents in the span of just one year and shares personal family stories and photos, allowing readers an intimate look at what it's like to grow up in not one, but two presidential families. This book was like therapy for me and I've since purchased it for friends who are going through heartbreak. I highly recommend it!




Reading is a love that I hope to pass along to my children. Several years ago while spending time in London I took my daughter to high tea sponsored by Daunt Books at the Langham Hotel and each child got to pick out a book to read and take home. My daughter (also named London), picked out Oi Frog!, a book she now knows by heart and reads out loud with joy. What are your favorite books for kids? Leave a comment down below. Oh, and if you love Oi Frog, you might also want to check out London's new favorite, Oi Dog




Shop Local

For convenience, I've linked the above titles to Amazon, but if you can, please consider shopping locally at your neighborhood book store. Here are a few of my favorites:

Elliot Bay Books

Queen Anne Book Company

Phinney Books

Three Trees Books



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Dec 13, 2020

The Best At-Home Gel Manicure

Like many people, I've had to change my usual beauty routines due to COVID in an effort to limit my exposure. That means I'm doing more of my beauty maintenance at home, including my nails. No matter how many top coats I use, my nails ALWAYS chip, which means I'm sometimes painting (and re-painting) my nails, several times a week. I recently spotted the Le Mini Macaron at-home gel nail polish kit at Nordstrom's gift shop and decided to give it a try. 



The kit comes with a cuticle stick, nail file, remover pads, a bottle of polish, and an adorable mini macaron-shaped LED light. This kit was SO quick and easy to use! You simply prep your nails by filing them and pushing down your cuticles, swipe the polish on, and then cure the polish for 30 seconds under the LED light. I was done in 10 minutes flat and my manicure is absolutely stunning! Honestly, it looks like I went to the salon for a traditional gel manicure. The Le Mini Macaron sets are available at Nordstrom for $35 and make a great gift for the beauty fans on your list. 

I'm now obsessed with doing my own nails at home and have purchased additional colors of Le Mini Macaron polish. For the price, this set is a great value and I love how shiny and long-lasting the manicure is. 


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Dec 11, 2020

Insider's Guide to #DoSomethingNearby in Seattle's Southside


The holidays are here and local businesses are eager to help you shop, dine, and experience the magic of the season in a safe and responsible way. Visit Seattle recently launched a "Do Something Nearby" campaign to encourage locals to get out and do something to support local businesses. This season, every little bit helps, so whether you're ordering take-out from your favorite neighborhood restaurant or stocking up on gifts from local boutiques, we can each do something to make a difference in our community. Here's your Insider's guide to #DoSomethingNearby in Seattle's Southside. 



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Burien Press - Since 2009, Burien Press has been keeping the South Sound hydrated with coffee, natural wine, and craft beer. They also serve light bites like house-made biscuits with strawberry jam, sticky buns, and scones. Open for takeaway every day until 7 p.m. 


Spice Bridge Global Food Hall - Home to Seattle's Food Business Incubator program, Spice Bridge helps women of color in South King County start and grow a thriving food business. At Spice Bridge, you'll experience foods from around the world. Check out the featured food stall vendors here


Classic Eats - Self-described as a "low-key diner" with classic American staples, Classic Eats has everything from meatloaf sliders to pulled pork sandwiches and chicken pot pie. There's something for everyone on the menu and you can even order online. 


Pigfish - Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, Pigfish is located in the center of Old Burien and the menu features fish and chips, classic burgers, and hot sandwiches served with hand-cut fries. During the holidays they're offering daily specials for take-out or delivery. 


Burien Fish House - This month Burien Fish House is celebrating 5 years in business. The menu includes cod, salmon, and halibut fish & chips, fish tacos, po-boy sandwiches, and seafood chowder. Digital gift cards are also available and make great stocking stuffers for the seafood lovers in your life!


Anthony's Home Port - If you're craving seafood, you can't forget about Anthony's Home Port in Des Moines. They are a Pacific Northwest staple in my book and the food is consistently delicious and fresh. The menu includes award-winning clam chowder, salmon tacos, fish & chips, lobster fettuccini, and more. Order online for takeaway or eat outside on the heated patio. 


Copperleaf Restaurant -  Located at Cedarbrook Lodge, Copperleaf Restaurant is currently offering an outdoor "Camp Copperleaf" dining experience, daily from 5-9 p.m. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, burgers, and warm soups. They even have camp desserts like Mason Jar Creme Brulee and Dark Chocolate Pot Au Creme. 



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The Shoppe Seahurst - Locally owned by Beka Atwood, The Shoppe Seahurst has a perfectly curated assortment of gifts, home goods, and accessories that are PERFECT for the gift-giving season. The selection includes custom prints, neighborhood blankets, candles, pillows, tote bags, and more. Beka is also offering curated gift boxes and curbside pick-up to make shopping easy and efficient. 


Three Tree Books - Perfectly nestled in Burien on 152nd street, Three Tree Books is open for shopping appointments and online order pick-ups. In addition to books, the shop also carries gifts like mugs, candles, puzzles, journals, teas, and more. They even have Obama's new book, A Promised Land, which I recently started reading and I can tell you, it's really good


Paper Delights - Locally owned and operated by stationary connoisseurs Kathy Perkins and Alicia Olsen, Paper Delights stocks a wide range of unique cards, high-quality stationery, and gifts. You can also see what's new in the store on the @PaperDelightsBurien Instagram page and call the store to place an order. If you live in the Burien area, the team will even deliver your purchase straight to your door, for free. 


Sitka Living - Specializing in local art, gifts, and bespoke furniture, Sitka Living is locally owned by Lori Glynn and Rebecca Zielinski. Located in Downtown Burien, the shop has an amazing assortment of giftable things including vintage glassware, handmade jewelry, scented candles, throw pillows, books,  ceramics, and more. 


Macadons - Technically this should be in the "eat" category but I'm making the executive decision to include this in the "shop" category because these cookies are so cute you'll want to gift them to your friends and family. For a limited time, they have a BTS Holiday Set available for pre-order. This holiday collab is in partnership with Magic Shop in Seattle, which is basically Seattle's BTS army.  Macadons offers free local delivery and they also ship nationwide. 


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It's a Wonderful Burien - The City of Burien is hosting a series of holiday-inspired events to celebrate the season. The line-up includes a gingerbread man-themed scavenger hunt, imaginative story walks for kids, dance parties for the whole family, and more. There's even an adorable Santa Mailbox in Town Square Park. 


Highline Seatac Botanical Garden - The holiday season can be a stressful time and that's why escaping to the Highline Seatac Botanical Garden is a must if you can carve out the time. Admission is free and the gardens are open every day from dusk until dawn, offering up the perfect excuse for a leisurely afternoon stroll. 



Stay 

Cedarbrook Lodge - Located less than five minutes away from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is perfectly situated on eighteen acres of restored wetlands and is a great place to stay if you're visiting Seattle's Southside. The scenery is beautiful, the rooms are comfortable, and there's even a spa on-site offering massages, body treatments, and nail services. If you decide to visit, I highly recommend dinner at Copperleaf Restaurant. 


Today officially marks *two weeks* until Christmas but there's still time to #DoSomethingNearby to support local businesses in the community. Seattle's Southside is home to an array of amazing businesses, from restaurants to retail, there's truly something for everyone. As you get out around town, tag me in your posts @Sydlovesfashion and use the hashtag #DoSomethingNearby. Be sure to include @VisitSeattle too! We're all in this together and together we can make a difference for businesses in our community. Oh, and don't forget your mask!


Header photo credit: Demri Rayanne Photography 



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Dec 10, 2020

Insider's Guide to #DoSomethingNearby in Woodinville

This year it's more important than ever to support local businesses and Woodinville has so many amazing places to shop, dine, and help get you into the holiday spirit! Visit Seattle recently launched a campaign that encourages Seattleites to get out and "Do Something Nearby". Whether you're visiting the neighborhood boutiques in your own backyard, enjoying a socially-distant glass of wine, or ordering take-out from one of your favorite restaurants, your support this year means the world to businesses in King County. While there may be modifications to your usual holiday activities due to COVID, there's still something for everyone to enjoy around town. Here's your Insider's guide to #DoSomethingNearby in Woodinville. 



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Barking Frog at Willow's Lodge - There are a lot of things I love on the Barking Frog menu at Willow's Lodge but if I had to pick a few must-haves, the beignets with huckleberry cream cheese frosting and mac & cheese with truffle oil would be high on the list. Brunch is available daily from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. which basically means that even if you're a late riser (hello, me!) you can still enjoy huckleberry pancakes and Vermont maple syrup until late in the afternoon. The take-out menu is available for brunch or dinner and you can also order room service if you're staying at the hotel. 


The Commons - Open for outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery, The Commons is well-known for cozy comfort food and handcrafted cocktails like "The Local" which features Woodinville Whiskey Co. rye, brown sugar simple syrup, and Scrappy's aromatic bitters. They also have blankets, seasonal soups, and hot drinks, ready and waiting for you! 


Vivi - Family-owned and operated, Vivi serves up authentic Sicilian Italian food in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country because pizza and wine are a pretty perfect pairing. The menu includes calamari, classic bruschetta, spaghetti carbonara, gnocchi with pesto, and a wide range of wood-fired pizzas. During COVID, Vivi is offering outdoor dining service, take-out, and delivery. 


The Coop - If you love Detroit-style pizza, be sure to add The Coop to your list of must-visit places in Woodinville. The pizzas are made fresh from locally sourced ingredients and the menu includes the usual suspects like pepperoni and cheese, plus adventurous favorites like the Marketplace Sotheby's which has pepperoni, bacon, and jalapeno. 


Hollywood Tavern - You can't visit Woodinville without making a stop to the Hollywood Tavern, which was originally established in 1947 by Mabel Nieman. She was a fixture in town who loved to dispense drinks and advice to the local farmers, loggers, and mill workers. The menu features classic comfort food including tater tots, a drive-in style burger with American cheese, a half-rack of baby back ribs, and even fried pickles.  


Heritage Restaurant - Great for date night or family dinner on the town, Heritage Restaurant is locally-owned and operated by Chef Breanna Beike. The menu includes butternut squash bisque, Dungeness crab hushpuppies, honey citrus brined chicken, herbed farro risotto, and more. Currently open for pick-up or delivery orders, Heritage Restaurant is also offering Wine Gift Packs for the holidays. 


Pasta Nova Italiano - You can never go wrong with gorgonzola bruschetta, homemade meatballs, or lemon rosemary scallops, and that's exactly what you'll find at Pasta Nova Italiano, alongside other authentic Italian dishes. Dine outdoors, or place an order for curbside pick-up or delivery. 




Shop 

Elegant Details - Designed as a lifestyle boutique for women, Elegant Details in Woodinville offers women's fashion, accessories, home accents, and gifts at affordable prices.  Check out their Instagram page to see what's in stock right now including new arrivals and holiday gift ideas. 


Molbak's Garden + Home - Located just across the street from Elegant Details, you'll find Molbak's Garden + Home. Founded in 1956 by Egon and Laina Molbak, both immigrants from Denmark, Molkbak's is a great place to shop for holiday gifts, plants, and of course, fresh-cut Christmas trees. Make an appointment to shop in person, or shop online and do curbside pick-up. 


Miyar Adventures - Founded out of a passion for climbing, Miyar Adventures will help you plan your next outdoor adventure and get you geared up, too. Locally-owned and operated by Sandeep Nain, Miyar Adventures offers gear rentals and training for outdoor climbing activities whether you're a beginner looking to get out in nature or a serious climber ready for high-altitute trekking. The shopping assortment includes gear from Outdoor Research, The North Face, Thermarest, Osprey, and more. 




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Spa at Willow's Lodge - Good news, friends! You can safely enjoy a visit to the Spa at Willow's Lodge and let's be honest, we could all use a little break after the year we've had. Soak in the serene atmosphere as you enjoy an indulgent massage, soothing facial, or detox seaweed wrap. Right now the spa is doing a special "24 Days of Blissmas" promo featuring a rotating list of weekly spa specials. Gift cards are also available for those on your list who could use a little rest and relaxation. 


Métier Brewing - Fun fact: Métier is *the only* Black-owned brewery in Washington state. Their mission is to brew good beer and build community to inspire bigger dreams for all. The current assortment available on tap and to-go includes the Trail Blazer Pale Ale, an award-winning American Wheat, an Imperial stout made with blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger, a New Zealand IPA, and more. Reservations can be made online for visits Thursday through Sunday. 


Damsel Cellars - Locally owned and operated by Mari Womak, Damsel Cellars is a boutique winery that specializes in red blends and crisp whites. In addition to single bottles, they are also offering mystery boxes and digital gift cards. The tasting room is closed due to COVID, but you can still order online and use the "Damsel Drive Thru" Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4 p.m. 


Woodinville Whiskey Co. - Specializing in small-batch, handcrafted spirits, Woodinville Whiskey Co. is locally owned by best friends Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile. They deeply believe in the time-honored traditions of bourbon production and all of their grain is grown exclusively on the Omlin Farm in Quincy, Washington. Shop online for holiday gifts including custom-etched bottles of whiskey. 



Stay 

Willows Lodge - Located on five acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Willows Lodge is the place to stay in Woodinville. The spacious guest rooms feature beautiful Pacific Northwest details including oversized soaking tubs and cozy fireplaces, allowing you to completely relax and unwind. They even have a DIY "Do Not Disturb Bath & Bubbles" amenity which features bubble bath, epsom salt crystals, champagne, candles, and Fran's Salted Caramels. That sounds like the PERFECT night to me. 



We're just about two weeks away from Christmas, but there's still time to #DoSomethingNearby this holiday season. Woodinville is eager to welcome you as you shop, dine, and take in the festivities at local businesses. Tag me in your posts @Sydlovesfashion using the hashtag #DoSomethingNearby and be sure to include @VisitSeattle so that they can see what you're up to around town. You can also tag @visitwoodinville and #woodinvillewinecountry in your posts! 

We're all in this together and together we can make a difference for businesses in our community. Don't forget your mask! 

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Moonlit Skincare Now Available on QVC

Indie beauty brand Moonlit Skincare is now available on QVC! Through this new partnership, Moonlit Skincare is offering exclusive never-before-seen kits that are PERFECT for the gift-giving season including the Goodnight Kit, The Sleep Well Kit, and the Rested & Radiant Kit. Shop these great sets before they're sold out!


The Sleep Well Kit - The Moonlit Skincare Sleep Well Kit is the perfect holiday gift for those on your list who need a recharge. Contents include the luxurious silk sleep eye mask with blackout paneling to increase melatonin production, a bottle of Moonlit Skincare's signature Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil infused with lavender, and the Sweet Dreams Hydrating Lip Balm. 

The Goodnight Kit - This nighttime duo is a dreamy set from Moonlit Skincare that is exclusive to QVC. The kit comes with Moonlit Skincare's "Let Me Sleep" silk eye mask with an adjustable strap and black interior paneling, plus Moonlit's Sweet Dreams Balm which is great for dry lips and doubles as a cuticle balm for dry nail beds and hands. 


Rested & Radiant Kit - This gift set contains everything you need to wake up rested and radiant. Contents include Moonlit Skincare's Midnight Shift Overnight Facial Oil, the Slumber Bath Salts which help combat muscle tension and relieve stress when you need an indulgent evening soak, the "Let Me Sleep" silk sleep eye mask with black-out paneling, and the Sweet Dreams Lip Balm, which also doubles as cuticle balm for dry nail beds. 



Rest Easy Set - QVC also has the Rest Easy Gift Set which includes Moonlit's new Serene Clean Chamomile Soap in a cool ergonomic design and the Sweet Dreams Overnight Lip Balm which helps to nourish lips and replenish hydration while you sleep. Perfectly priced at $25, this set is great as a stand-alone small gift for beauty fans or perfect as a stocking stuffer. 



On QVC you can also find single bottles of Moonlit Skincare's Midnight Shift, which make excellent stocking stuffers, PLUS you'll find several colors of Moonlit's sleeping eye masks made from 100% mulberry silk. These masks are dreamy and the soft, blackout paneling really does help block out distracting light to help you fall asleep. 

Moonlit Skincare is female-founded and woman-owned. Shop the curated Moonlit Skincare Collection on QVC here


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Dec 9, 2020

Insiders Guide to #DoSomethingNearby in Bellevue

The holiday season is decidedly different this year but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the fun and festivities happening around town in a safe and responsible way. In fact, businesses in King County are counting on you to get out and celebrate the season by shopping and dining locally. Visit Seattle recently launched a "Do Something Nearby" campaign to encourage Seattleites to get out and do something.  Whether you're grabbing take-out in your neighborhood, enjoying a socially-distant glass of wine, or shopping for the loved ones on your holiday list from local boutiques, we can each do something to make a difference for the businesses in King County. While there may be modifications to the usual holiday festivities this year, there's still something for everyone to enjoy around town. 

Here's your Insider's Guide to #DoSomethingNearby in Bellevue. Pick a few places to shop, a few places to eat (or snack), add a few holiday activities, and you've got a full day! Every business featured on this list is locally owned + operated!


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Jujubeet - Jujbeet believes that the foundation of a healthy diet is whole, unprocessed food. In fact, everything on their menu is made fresh and perfectly crafted to provide healthy nutrition for an on-the-go lifestyle. Female-founded and locally owned, Jujubeet has an amazing assortment of light bites, Complete Meals, and Cleanse Packages that make great holiday gifts. In addition, they also have a great retail section that includes artisanal chocolates, single-source CBD oils, cookbooks, and organic skincare. Don't miss their recently released holiday gift baskets.  


Cactus - Located at Bellevue Square, Cactus is one of my favorite places to go for Mexican food. I love their hand-crafted cocktails and inspired menu which includes a full range of my favorite dishes including the Butternut Squash Enchiladas, the Sonoran Spa chicken with cotija cheese, and the Braised Brisket Tacos. In October, Cactus invested in Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization systems for its restaurants which help kill pathogens in the air and on surfaces. Oh, and they also have a great kids menu


Tavern Hall - Boasting a full menu of burgers, fried chicken and waffles, and even stadium nachos, Tavern Hall at Bellevue Square is a great place to grab a bite when you're in Bellevue. Their Sesame Salmon Bowl is amazing, too! During COVID, Tavern Hall is offering delivery, takeout, and patio dining. 


Japonessa -  If you're craving sushi, don't miss Japonessa in Lincoln Square South. The menu takes traditional Japanese cooking and fuses it with hits of Latin flair including signature rolls, sashimi sets, tempura tacos, and more. Open for patio seating, take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery. 


The Lakehouse - I've dined at The Lakehouse many times over the past few years, and I'm always inspired by the simple, yet insanely delicious food prepared by Chef Jason Wilson. Located inside W Bellevue, The Lakehouse is now doing "dinners to go" Wednesday through Saturday, with pick-up available from 4 - 6 p.m. The menu includes grilled organic carrots in a red curry cashew yogurt, Alaskan halibut, beef wagyu burgers, and grilled octopus with pancetta. Order now for dinner, date night, or even Christmas eve.


Lady Yum - For a sweet treat, I'm a BIG fan of Lady Yum's macarons. Seasonal flavors include Gingerbread Lemon, Peppermint Bark, Cherry Coconut Cordial, and Frosted Sugar Cookie, which looks strikingly similar to the macaron Baby Yoda was eating in a recent episode of The Mandalorian. The holiday packs make a great stocking stuffer or gift! 


Third Culture Coffee - For a pick-me-up while you're out shopping and enjoying the holiday festivities, don't miss Third Culture Coffee in Bellevue. It's locally-owned and completely dedicated to serving up perfectly brewed coffee and tea. Need an easy stocking stuffer? Gift cards are available for purchase online. 


Molly Moon Flagship - While many things closed during COVID, Molly Moon took the bold step of opening a brand new flagship in Bellevue. Located just a few steps from Downtown Bellevue Park, guests can visit and carry-out delicious Molly Moon ice cream. Shoppers can even peer inside Molly Moon's pastry kitchen to see the culinary team at work while they shop for gifts and splurge on a sweet treat. Shop MM merch online here




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La Ree - Established in 2006, La Ree curates a beautiful mix of apparel and accessories for women from emerging designers and independent labels. If you have fashion fans on your list, this is a must-visit boutique in Bellevue. They also have a limited assortment of travel-sized gift sets that make great stocking stuffers! During COVID, private shopping appointments are available and can easily be booked online in advance


jarbo - Owned locally by Sharon Roth, jarbo creates timeless, sophisticated clothing for women. The assortment includes beautiful cashmere sweaters, goose down parkas, Italian suede bags, and even face masks and accessories. (Tip: jarbo shares a small parking lot with glassybaby and Jujubeet, so you can easily hit all 3 places when you stop by for holiday shopping). 


glassybaby - If you've never experienced glassybaby, this is the *perfect* season to discover these gorgeous local gems that make beautiful gifts. Each glassybaby is hand-blown in Seattle and made with love. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from every glassybaby sold goes back to those in need. To date, glassybaby has donated over $10.8M to charitable causes and non-profits. Gift cards are also available. 


Made in Washington - A one-stop-shop for holiday gifting, Made in Washington at Bellevue Square makes it easy to #Shoplocal for everyone on your list. From local teas, to handcrafted soaps, bath salts, regional foods, and even chocolates, Made in Washington has it all. In fact, I dedicated an entire post to my favorite holiday gift picks that you can check out here


City Flowers - I always say that a house is not a home without fresh flowers. City Flowers makes giving beautiful arrangements fun and easy any time of year, but especially during the holiday season.  In addition, they have great ornaments, gifts, candles, and decor. 


Farinaz - Well-known for her beautiful collection of tailored shirts and timeless fashion for women, local designer Farinaz Taghavi also has gorgeous sweaters, structured jackets, and silk blouses that make extraordinary holiday gifts. Farinaz also offers digital gift cards. Shop in person at The Bellevue Collection. 


Karan Dannenberg Clothier - Located in the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel, Karan Dannenberg Clothier carries women's clothing and accessories from brands like Adore, Hale Bob, Sympli The Best, and Myka Designs. During the holidays, Karan also stocks gorgeous gifts like gloves, hats, scarves, ornaments, and more. 


Bellevue Arts Museum - While the museum is closed due to COVID, you can still shop for gifts online and cruise by for curbside pick-up Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The epic assortment of gifts includes silk scarves, organic soaps, jewelry, ceramics, and more. 



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Yuan Spa - Located in Bellevue on 106th Ave N.E., Yuan Spa is just off the main strip but perfectly situated to be the "destination spa" you don't have to travel to. They are operating at a reduced capacity due to COVID but still have a full range of spa services available from facials, to signature massages, therapeutic body treatments (including a CBD body scrub!), and even an ASMR service designed for deep relaxation. Spa gift cards are also available. 


Obadiah & 02 Blow Dry Bar - "In the before", I used to get my hair done all the time and I miss the salon experience so much, so during COVID I treat myself to a "snack size experience" at the Obadiah O2 Blow Dry Bar. Everyone wears masks while in the salon and all precautions are taken to ensure your visit is a safe one. If you have beauty fans on your list, gift cards are also available and make a great stocking stuffer!


Bellevue Farmers Market -  The Bellevue Farmers Market is a non-profit dedicated to supporting small farms and businesses on the Eastside. Operating every third Saturday of the month, the next market is scheduled for Saturday, December 19th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Bellevue Presbyterian Church. This year you can shop in person from local vendors or buy curated gift baskets online.  


Snowflake Lane - There's no parade this year, but you can still catch the holiday magic of Snowflake Lane nightly from 5-9 p.m. along Bellevue Way. Guests will get to see classic Snowflake Lane decor, enjoy holiday music, and even get caught in a surprise snow shower. 


Stay 

W Bellevue - If a staycation is in your future, I recommend a getaway at W Bellevue.  Perfectly situated on Bellevue Way in the heart of the shopping and dining scene, W Bellevue is a great home base for weekend shopping adventures and it's pet-friendly, too! Face coverings are required and COVID precautions are being taken. 


There's still time to get out and #DoSomethingNearby this holiday season! Whether you're shopping, dining, or taking in the sights and sounds of the season, there's plenty to do in Bellevue and actual people do happy dances when you support local businesses. Tag me in your posts @Sydlovesfashion and @VisitSeattle and @VisitBellevue as you shop around town and don't forget to use the hashtag #DoSomethingNearby #VisitBellevue. Wishing you a healthy & safe holiday season!



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Launch Alert: Jujubeet Holiday Gift Baskets



Jujubeet just unveiled 6 new holiday gift baskets filled with must-have presents for everyone your list. Each themed basket comes with a range of beautiful products sourced from local brands, all perfectly packaged in a custom Jujubeet farmer's market tote. This is a fun and efficient way to #Shoplocal this holiday season, but don't wait, these gift baskets are already going fast! Oh, and Jujubeet is also offering FREE home delivery for holiday baskets 12/18 and 12/23. You may even catch the delivery drivers singing holiday carols on Instagram LIVE as they deliver joy to each doorstep. 



Jujubeet Favorites Basket - This is a great basket for the health-conscious people on your list who love nutrient-dense food and healthy living. Contents include: Jujubeet Cookie Dough mix, Jujubeet Waffle Mix, Jujubeet Paleo Granola, Jujubeet Dried Orange Slices Dipped in Chocolate, Jujubeet Christmas Cookies, $50 Jujubeet Gift Card, Caffe Umbria Espresso, Addictive Wellness Elixir Blends Raw Chocolates, Slow North Essential Oil & Wax Candle in Patchouli & Cedar, Jujubeet Farmer's Market Tote. Value priced at $160. 

CBD Enthusiast Holiday Basket - This is a great gift basket for the people on your list who need a zen moment of calm in their lives. Contents include: 1,000 mg bottle of Two Cranes Botanicals Organic Single-Source CBD Oil, Jujubeet Cookie Dough Mix, Jujubeet Waffle Mix, Jujubeet Paleo Granola, Jujubeet Dried Orange Slices Dipped in Chocolate, Jujubeet Christmas Cookies, $50 Jujubeet Gift Card, Caffe Umbria Espresso, Addictive Wellness 3 Elixir Blends Raw Chocolates, Slow North Essential Oil & Wax Candle in Patchouli & Cedar, Jujubeet Farmer's Market Tote. Value priced at $274. 

Skincare Mamma Basket - This basket is PERFECT for the clean beauty fans on your list. Contents include: Kari Gran Cleanser, Kari Gran Serum, Kari Gran Lip Whip, Kari Gran Mini Travel Kit, Jujubeet Cookie Dough Mix, Jujubeet Waffle Mix, Jujubeet Paleo Granola, Jujubeet Dried Orange Slices dipped in Chocolate, Jujubeet Christmas Cookies, $50 Jujubeet Gift Card, Caffe Umbria Espresso, Addictive Wellness 3 Elixir Blends Raw Chocolates, Slow North Essential Oil & Wax Candle in Patchouli & Cedar, Jujubeet Farmer's Market Tote. Value priced at $282. 

Winter Ritual Cleanse Basket - This holiday basket is great for those on your list who want to start a "year of wellness" in 2021. The Jujubeet Winter Ritual Cleanse delivers on 1/1/21 or after and is designed to help the body detox through nutrient-dense foods including soups, juices, and elixirs. Contents include: Cocoa Ashwagandha Brazil Nut Milk, Inflammation Arrest Elixir, Vegetable Soup, Flu Buster Elixir, Super Immunity Elixir, Nuthin But Greens Juice, Detox Mulligatawny Soup. PLUS: Everything in the Jujubeet Favorites Basket including Jujubeet Cookie Dough Mix, Jujubeet Waffle Mix, Jujubeet Paleo Granola, Jujubeet Dried Orange Slices Dipped in Chocolate, Jujubeet Christmas Cookies, $50 Jujubeet Gift Card, Caffe Umbria Espresso, Addictive Wellness 3 Elixir Blends Chocolates, Slow North Essential Oil & Wax Candle in Patchouli & Cedar, Jujubeet Farmer's Market Tote. Value priced at $352. 

Jujubeet 'I Want It All' Basket - This is the ULTIMATE gift basket for Jujubeet fans. It includes everything in each of the above gift baskets (Skincare Mamma Set, Winter Ritual Cleanse, CBD Enthusiast Set) plus, everything in the Jujubeet Favorites basket. If you're looking to go big or go home when it comes to your holiday gifting, this gift basket is the ultimate splurge. Value priced at $635.  

Ready to Bake Cinnamon Rolls - Ok, so this technically isn't a holiday basket but it's still worthy of gifting if you have someone in your life who would love gluten-free, dairy-free cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. I tried these cinnamon rolls this morning- they are SO good, and I promise you won't miss the gluten, AT ALL. The set comes with 12 cinnamon rolls, shipped frozen and ready to bake. 


Shop online, or visit Jujbeet in person in Bellevue or Seattle. Check hours in advance, and don't forget to wear your mask. 


Jujubeet Bellevue
10246 Main St. #A
Bellevue, WA 98004
*Street parking or side lot next to Jarbo and glassybaby



Jujubeet Seattle
107 First Ave. S. 
Seattle, WA 98104
*Street parking 





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Dec 4, 2020

Fashion Calendar: Outdoor Winter Market at London Plane

Seattle's beloved London Plane has announced an Outdoor Winter Market featuring local vendors that will kick-off this weekend and run every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, rain or shine. The shopping area will be covered, but be sure to bundle up! Guests can meet local markers, shop for holiday gifts, and sit in the London Plane Christmas tree "forest" on the socially-distanced patio as they enjoy eggnog lattes and chocolate peppermint cookies. Wreaths and garland will also be for sale. Featured artists and merchants include Swan Dive Vintage, Izzie Klingels, Clementines, Flora & Henri, London Plane Flower Shop, and Velouria. 


With months of pandemic-related closures threatening many small businesses, Visit Seattle recently launched a "Do Something" campaign that calls on locals in the region to get out and do something nearby in a way that is safe and responsible. While the full impact of the pandemic on King County is not yet known, there is already significant data to prove that the pandemic has taken a devastating toll on the region. London Plane's Outdoor Winter Market is an amazing opportunity to shop from great local brands that could really use your support this holiday season. 

At the London Plane Outdoor Winter market you'll find something for everyone on your holiday list including apparel, accessories, toys, gifts, and flowers. 



Winter Market Details

What: Outdoor Winter Market at London Plane

When: Saturdays and Sundays from now until Christmas 

Where: London Plane 300 Occidental Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104

Why: Because every dollar counts and you love to #ShopLocal and #DoSomethingNearby

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 

Vendors:

Swan Dive Vintage

Izzie Klingels 

Clementines

Flora & Henri 

Velouria 

London Plane Flower Shop 

* Please note: Swan Dive Vintage, Clementines, Velouria, and The London Plane will be there every weekend, with special guests Flora & Henri and Izzie Klingels showing up along the way. 



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Nov 20, 2020

100 Seattle Brands You Can Shop Online Right Now


When I started my fashion PR agency over a decade ago, some wondered if my business model would be relatively short-lived because of the perceived lack of fashion in the city. Turns out, there are countless beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands based in Seattle and new ones emerging each day that would LOVE your support this season. Here's a round-up of 100 local brands that you can shop online right now as you plan out holiday gifts for everyone on your list. 


Women's Fashion 

Prairie Underground - All Prairie Underground clothing is made in Seattle and ethically-produced with sustainability in mind. They even have an adorable collection for kids


Sskein- Founded in Seattle by designer Elisa Yip, Sskein is a line of sustainable luxury knitwear for women including cozy cardigans, bodysuits, jumpsuits, and accessories. 


Akala - Making its debut earlier this month, sustainable brand Akala Clothing is designed in Seattle and made in the USA. The collection features size-inclusive wrap tops, sweaters, pants, and jumpsuits. 


FELLER - It's no secret that it rains an average of 152 days per year in Seattle, making a stylish raincoat a must-have wardrobe staple. FELLER offers waterproof raincoats in a variety of modern designs including trench coats, fitted coats, jackets, and parkas. 


Paychi Guh - Paychi Guh believes that cashmere should be an everyday indulgence. The collection includes sheer cashmere sweaters, textured scarves, cashmere tanks, beanies, and more. 



SCHAI - Designed by Korean-American designer Suk Chai, SCHAI is self-described as an 'untailored alternative luxury'. The collection, made from finely milled Italian fabrics, features beautiful shapes and architectural lines. 


Stone Crow Designs - You may have seen Jennifer Charkow's rock-and-roll inspired designs on Season of 18 Project Runway or around town at Sassafras boutique in Belltown. This season, Jennifer has a beautiful assortment of scarves, face masks, unisex t-shirts, and leggings. 


Rollick - This Seattle-based online boutique features apparel and accessories for women, plus jewelry, gifts, handbags, and outerwear. 


Armoire - In addition to Armoire's wardrobe subscription services, you can also shop an edited assortment of merchandise online including branded t-shirts, jewelry from Boma, and face masks by The Oula Company. 


Morning Siren - This Seattle fashion brand stocks a mix of fashion and accessories including hand-sewn face masks and hand-dyed t-shirts. They also have gift boxes, hair accessories, and greeting cards. 


Rossario George - Specializing in ready-to-wear clothing for women, the Rossario George Collection features dresses, jumpsuits, blouses, and blazers. They also carry a limited selection of make-up and home goods.  


Poppyseed Clothing - Handmade in small batches, Poppyseed Clothing is ethically-made in the U.S. and designed to fit. 


Rabecca Onassis Boutique - Fashion maven Frilancy Hoyle owns this fashion-forward women's boutique which has both a brick-and-mortar location and an online shopping site. Check out the brand backstory here


Over & Over  - Founded by retail veterans Vivian Miller-Rahl and Barb Gauld, Over & Over creates beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces out of vintage kimonos. They also added face masks to the assortment in response to COVID. 


Tomboy X - This cool local brand was founded by two self-proclaimed tomboys, Fran Dunaway and her wife, Naomi Gonzalez. The line features everything from unisex t-shirts to underwear, bras, pajama sets and loungewear. 


Farinaz Taghavi - Farinaz specializes in making beautifully tailored shirts for women made from the finest European fabrics available. 


Union Bay - Established in 1981, Union Bay believes in the freedom of youth and making clothing that prolongs the youth within. The assortment includes apparel and accessories for men, women, and kids. 


JUNGMAVEN - JUNGMAVEN makes ethical fashion for men and women out of hemp. They fully acknowledge that choosing a hemp t-shirt is a small act, but it's one that has the power to change the world, and I think that's something we can all get behind. Their home goods section is great too!


Gustavo Apiti - Beautiful bespoke garments for women (and men) including custom suits, dresses, and fashion-forward face masks. 

Maiden Noir - Contemporary clothing for women (and men) including apparel, accessories, and outerwear. You'll also find great gift ideas in the LIFE collection


Sarah Alexandra - Sarah Alexandra shirts are tailor-made from the finest Italian fabrics available to give women a flattering fit that is perfect for everyday wear. 


Girlfriend Collective - Girlfriend Collective makes size-inclusive activewear out of recycled materials like old fishing nets and water bottles. 


Not Monday - Designed for women, by women, Not Monday makes luxurious wardrobe staples that are thoughtfully crafted from premium fabrics to give you that Sunday morning vibe, every day of the week. 


Flora & Henri - Flora & Henri's namesake label features beautifully designed products for women and kids including cozy sweaters, dresses, scarves, and even swimwear. The children's collection of essentials is the perfect way to welcome new arrivals because every baby needs a pair of dreamy cashmere leggings. 


Sway & Cake - The in-house label of products from Seattle boutique Sway & Cake now includes kimonos, jumpsuits, hoodies, face masks, and more. 


The Oula Company - The Oula Company makes small batch artisinal garments and accessories using small-batch production methods. All garments are made in the USA using globally sourced textiles. 


Women's Handbags



KACYYOM - The entire line of luxury leather goods from KACYYOM is handcrafted in Italy at a family-run factory in Tuscany. KACYYOM bags are produced with leather that is sustainably sourced from an Italian tannery that is both socially and environmentally responsible. 


FERAL - Feral was launched in 2018 by local designer Shannon Fisher. The brand celebrates individuality and takes a minimalist approach to luxury handbags. All bags are ethically made in the USA. 


Kate Mensah - Gorgeous handbags in bold, unique designs, by Kate Mensah. The collection includes clutch bags, studded wristlets, crossbody bags, and oversized totes. 


Cuckoo B - Cuckoo B was founded by two friends who share a deep love of travel. The idea for the brand came during a post-vacation catch-up date when the pair was sharing tips about hideaway destinations and travel treasures. From there, Cuckoo B took flight, aiming to be a digital destination for edgy heirlooms, made by hand around the world. 


Ampersand as Apostrophe - Architecturally-inspired handbags for design-conscious fashion fans. Many of the styles featured in the collection are designed to be worn in multiple ways for full functionality. 


Nuciano - Nuciano is an award-winning handbag brand based in Seattle. Founded by Joy Egbejimba, Nuciano offers today's modern woman the freedom to express her individuality through bold fashion accessories. 



Jewelry 


Boma Jewelry - Boma Jewelry has been making high-quality, sustainably-minded jewelry since 1981. Family-owned and operated, this ethical jewelry brand is leading the industry when it comes to price and transparency.  All Boma Jewelry touches the hands of 21 skilled workers, artisans, and silversmiths from start to finish. The brand will celebrate 40 years in business next year. 


Lace & Pearls - Founded by Seatle style influencer Asa Herrman, Lace & Pearls Jewelry makes beautiful jewelry that is perfect for any occasion. The assortment includes handcrafted earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. 


Valerie Madison Fine Jewelry - Best known for offering alternative wedding rings and engagement bands, Valerie Madison also makes beautiful fine jewelry including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. 


Amy Augustine Jewelry - The OR Collection by Amy Augustine features colorful beaded bracelets, layered gold necklaces, and pendants with natural stones. Available exclusively at Flora & Henri. 


Baleen - Founded in 2008, Baleen specializes in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry, made in the USA. The collection includes earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces. 


Silver + Salt - Handcrafted in Seattle using sterling silver, gold, and semi-precious stones, Silver + Salt makes beautiful jewelry and custom bespoke pieces using recycled metals and ethically-sourced gemstones. 

Maja Arnold Jewelry - Artist and designer Maja Arnold designs contemporary monogram jewelry that is custom made and deeply meaningful. 


La Objeteria - Feminine, playful, and designed to celebrate the beauty in everyday life, La Objeteria Jewelry is handmade in Seattle by Barbara Magana Perez. You can even commission custom pet portrait jewelry, which I highly recommend. 


Allison Claire Jewelry - Allison Claire makes beautiful, officially licensed collegiate jewelry. Each piece is custom made in the USA and designed to be worn with pride. The current assortment of jewelry includes University of Washington, Washington State University, Gonzaga University, Virginia Tech, University of Alabama, and University of Oklahoma. 


Rebekah J. Designs - This Seattle-based brand blends elemental metals with modern textiles to give jewelry a unique twist. 


Accessories


andieanderin - andieanderin make beautiful pussybow neckties inspired by influential women from history and today. The most recent necktie added to the collection is designed to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights act of 1965. 


Chunks - Best described as colorful, quirky accessories, Chunks was launched in the spring of 2019 by Tiffany Ju. The collection includes acetate hair clips and colorful sunglasses. 


Beauty 


French Girl Organics - French Girl Organics is committed to offering handcrafted skincare with sustainable luxury in mind. I'm a big fan of the bath & body products, but the lip tints are pretty amazing, too!


Herbivore Botanicals - Safe, non-toxic, and highly-effective skincare made in small batches using high-quality organic ingredients. Herbivore Botanicals was created in 2011 by Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow in their Seattle kitchen. 


LUMVI Skincare - LUMVI stands for 'luminous vitality' and is the brainchild of Dr. Christine Schaffner of Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa and beauty maven Lauren Vogt. 100% of the line is made in the USA using plant-based ingredients that are highly effective and safe for the skin. 


Kari Gran Skincare - Eco-luxe, organic skincare formulated without chemicals that will disrupt your hormones and wreak havoc on your skin. Each product is made using sustainably-sourced, wildharvested, non-GMO ingredients. 


Veque - Veque nail polishes come in a full range of beautiful colors and are made with clean vegan ingredients. 


Alaffia - Handcrafted with fair trade ingredients that support community empowerment projects in West Africa, Alaffia makes clean skincare products for the entire family including shampoos, soaps, lotions, body washes, deoderants and more. I encourage you to check out the Alaffia story here


Lamain Beauty - Lamain is a beauty company built on diversity, inclusion and non-toxic ingredients. The range includes liquid lipsticks, bronzers, face mists, finishing powder, and more. 


Noir Lash Lounge - With locations around the country and a homebase in Seattle, Noir Lash Lounge specializes in beautiful eyelash extensions. In addition, they also manufacture their own line of strip lashes for those that prefer to DIY. 


Rue Sante - Specializing in organic, vegan beauty products that promote mind and body wellness, Rue Sante makes facial oils, bath powders, mineral masks, and more. 


Rho Cosmetics - Founded by Rachel Ho, a former R&D formulation chemist, Rho Cosmetics aims to make skincare science fun and accessible. The current collection includes a Hydra-Boost Serum and a Repair & Balance cream. 


Immortal Perfumes - Immortal Perfumes is a micro-perfumery specializing in historically-inspired handmade perfumes. 


Molly Ray Perfumes - Driven to elevate perfumery as an art form, Molly Ray creates beautiful fragrances for individuals, brands, and special events. 


Untamed Humans - This local skincare brand uses high-quality ingredients to create personalized, uncomplicated skincare routines for clients to give skin exactly what it needs. 


K Banana - K Banana carries coveted Korean skincare products and gifts from must-have brands including Dr. Jart, Huangjisoo, Knours, BTS, and more. 


Wellness

         
Two Cranes Botanicals - Specializing in premium, organic, full-spectrum CBD oils, Two Cranes Botanicals was founded by Korean American twin sisters Hanna and Susun, who deeply believe in the restorative power of cannabinoid-rich full-spectrum hemp extract as part of a holistic approach to health and wellness. 


Peak & Valley - Peak & Valley was founded in 2019 with the goal of providing inclusive, science-backed, honest products to the world of wellness. The product line includes blends for stress, skincare, and brain function. 


Fitness & Outdoor


Oiselle - Oiselle is a Seattle-based athletic apparel company for women who love to run. Founded in 2007, Oiselle's mission is to make great products, improve the sport, and build the sisterhood. Their flagship store is located at University Village. 


Brooks Running - Brooks Running believes that every day with a run is a gift that brings you closer to your best self. Check out the 100+ year history of the brand here


Filson - Established in 1897, Filson is the leading outfitter and manufacturer of goods for outdoor enthusiasts. The luggage selection is pretty amazing, too. 


Eddie Bauer - Local brand Eddie Bauer is celebrating 100 years in business this year and to mark the occasion, they've launched some pretty cool collabs. The company specializes in casual sportswear for men and women with an outdoor lifestyle. 


REI - Founded in 1938 by a group of climbing friends, REI sells high-quality gear for outdoor adventures. Every year since 2015, REI has closed its stores on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, in order to give employees an opportunity to #OptOutside with friends and family. 


K2 Sports - K2 was born on Vashon Island in 1962. Renamed in 2003 as K2 Sports, the company is on a mission to make high-quality products for snow sport enthusiasts. 


Outdoor Research - Founder Ron Gregg built Outdoor Research on the simple idea that life is an adventure. The assortment includes apparel and accessories for men and women, plus headwear, handwear, and gear. 


Tommy Bahama - Tommy Bahama specializes in relaxed, casual clothing for men and women. They also carry a large assortment of beach gear and home goods. 


Menswear


Freeman  - Based in Seattle, Freeman makes high-quality men's clothing, outerwear, and accessories. 
The collection includes Feller's signature raincoats, plus sweatshirts, flannels, and more. 


Good Man Brand - Co-founded by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Good Man Brand offers a full assortment of clothing, shoes, and accessories for men. Good Man brand donates 3% of every purchase to the Why Not You Foundation, which is committed to motivating, empowering, and preparing today's youth to be tomorrow's leader. 


Coal Headwear - Coal began in 2002 with the mission to create better-fitting headwear. The collection has expanded since then and now includes apparel, accessories, and face masks. 


Zumiez - Zumiez is a leading specialty retailer that specializes in apparel, footwear, accessories, and hardgoods. 


Guillermo Bravo - Guillermo Bravo is a genderless line of sneakers and apparel, designed by Luis Velez. The current collection includes coats, trousers, and button-down shirts. 


Ebbet Fields Flannels - Ebbet Fields makes athletic clothing inspired by history. Products are manufactured in the USA and each item is limited-edition and handcrafted. 


Petty Snacks - Petty Snacks makes streetwear featuring cartoon characters that have an abiding love of weed. 


Samborghini - When he's not designing merch for music artists like Billie Eilish and Migos, designer Sam Bledsoe makes his own line of graphic-design driven apparel. 


Hammer & Awl - Specializing in modern equipment for the modern man, Hammer & Awl is a Seattle-based boutique that carries apparel, accessories, outerwear, jewelry, and leather goods. 


Division Road - Division Road is a luxury menswear boutique that carries footwear, apparel, outerwear and accessories. 


Jack Straw- Jack Straw is a specialty boutique based in Seattle that focuses on beautifully constructed clothing that isn't fussy or uncomfortable.  


Metamorphic Gear - Inspired by a need to upcycle used outdoor gear, Lindsay Lawrence created Metamorphic, an entire line created from upcycled sails, tarps, and climbing rope. 


Ably - Brothers Raj and Akhil spent 40 years in search of a better way to make clothing without the heavy environmental footprint. They finally invented Filium™, a technology that makes natural fabrics repel liquids and reduce the amount of energy needed for the laundering process. 


Roanoke - Self-described as 'men's fashion separates tailored to meet the needs of the contemporary tech professionals', Roanoke made its debut earlier this month and is reshaping what it means to dress for the workday. View the Kickstarter now


Casual Industrees - Casual Industrees is a lifestyle apparel company based in Seattle. The collection includes apparel and accessories for men and women, plus hardgoods and poster prints. 


LIKELIHOOD - LIKELIHOOD combines a passion for footwear, men's fashion, and Seattle culture. The root of the word LIKELIHOOD means, "a favorable end, a promise". LIKELIHOOD believes that sneakers should lift you up, inspire you, and put a spring in your step. Check out new releases here



Kids


Kate Quinn Organics - For over a decade, Kate Quinn Organics has been making baby clothes out of bamboo and organic cotton. In 2018, the company made the decision to abandon its wholesale business and focus entirely on its direct to consumer business, making its childrenswear line more affordable and accessible to all. 


Beet World - Beet World creates timeless clothing for kids in soft cotton fabrics that are perfect for everyday wear. The collection includes girls dresses, skirts, tops, trousers, and hair accessories. 


Meme Kids - Meme makes fashion-forward clothing for babies and kids. The adorable collection includes overalls, beanies, jackets, and jumpsuits in bold prints. 


Petite Moss - Petite Moss is a Seattle-based children's fashion and lifestyle brand made from 100% Organic Pima Cotton.  Don't miss the cashmere silk cardigans and Peter Pan collar shirts. 


For & Littles - For Love & Littles is a Seattle based childrenswear boutique that carries clothing and toys for modern little ones. Founded by Seattle style blogger Rechelle Lewis, a portion of the proceeds from every sale is donated to women struggling with infertility. 


Bootyland Kids - Known for its unique selection of creative clothing and toys for kids, Bootyland also stocks books, games, and everything else you need for a kid-friendly home. 


Toys & Gifts


Tokki - Tokki is on a mission to ignite joy through gifting. Founded by Jane Park, Tokki is woman-owned, carbon-neutral, and made in the USA. Wrap your holiday gifts in Tokki's 100% cotton gift bags that are designed to be reused again and again. 


Chalo - Chalo is a travel gift and lifestyle company that focuses on expressing the unique experience of a city. Products include Fishermen totes, Boarding Pass Canvas Bags, Face Masks, and more. 


Knack Shops - Knack helps modernize the gift-giving experience by offering fun distinct, and memorable gifts. Each gift is artfully arranged in a custom, personalized Knackbook. 


Orphan Ten - Small batch ceramics, made by Shannon Kelly. The collection includes bowls, vases, planters, and serving trays. 


Thea Candle Co. - Founded in April of 2020, Thea Candle Co. makes beautiful candles that are non-toxic, clean-burning, and made using reusable ceramic vessels. 


Seattle Chocolate Co. - Seattle Chocolate Company is well-known for its meltaway truffles and decadent chocolate bars. Their sister line of chocolate, jcoco, was created to elevate the way people experience chocolate and give back to organizations working to end hunger. 


Fran's Chocolates - Based in Seattle and family-owned, Fran's Chocolates is celebrating 38 years of creating premium, artisan chocolates. Their signature Salted Caramels are my favorite!


Theo Chocolates - Theo believes that chocolate can be made in a way that allows everyone, from bean-to-chocolate, thrive. The collection includes chocolate bars, chocolate covered marshmallows, peanut butter cups, and more. 


glassybaby - Glassybaby makes handblown glass candle holders and drinking glasses, crafted to support causes of hope and healing. $3 from the purchase of every glassybaby purchase goes to the glassybaby foundation. 


Watson Kennedy - Established in 1998 by Ted Kennedy Watson, Watson Kennedy is a beautiful place to shop for all things home and entertaining. From paper goods, to pantry items, and even home entertaining essentials, Watson Kennedy has unique gifts for the whole family. 


Antica Farmacista - It started with two best friends and one shared vision of creating an unparalleled luxury home fragrance brand. Founded in 2003, Antica Farmacista now has 20 unforgettable home fragrances that offer an immersive scent experience. 


Strideline Socks - Strideline socks wants you to take back your sock drawer. This Seattle-based company prides itself on making the most comfortable socks on earth. The assortment includes socks for men and women, plus an entire collection dedicated to NFL players. 


Archie McPhee - Archie McPhee sells the best novelty gifts and toys in Seattle and was even named as one of the "Top 10 Independent Toy Stores" by USA Today. At the shop, you'll find everything from Bigfoot Puzzles to Ketchup Candy Canes, and Inflatable Unicorn Horns for Cats. 


Posie Turner - Specializing in socks for your soul driven by the power of words, Posie Turner is a Seattle-based brand of colorful socks for men and women. 



Write a list. Make a Plan. Shop Local this holiday season!



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