Nov 21, 2013

AIS hosts benefit event for Inspire Youth Project

Join the Art Institute of Seattle for a student-produced holiday soiree featuring food, drinks, music, art and a silent auction benefitting the Inspire Youth Project. Formerly known as Rise N' Shine, Inspire Youth Project offers emotional support and advocacy to at-risk youth. The event is taking place on Thursday, December 5th from 5-8pm. Admission is $5 at the door. The Art Institute of Seattle is located at 2323 Elliott Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. Street and garage parking available.


Nov 19, 2013

A week's worth of outfit inspiration


Clementine to host Ricefield Collective Pop-In Shop

Ricefield Collective will be popping up this Saturday, November 23rd at Clementine in West Seattle. Shop the colorful, handmade selection of knit hats and scarves as you help support relief efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Pop In Shop will donate $1 for every RSVP from now until the event and 10% of event sales will be donated directly to the cause. Clementine is located in West Seattle at 4447 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116. Can't make the event? Check out what's popping up online at


Queen Anne Holiday Shopping Guide: Charley + May

You don't have to wait until Small Business Saturday to shop at your favorite local boutiques. Charley + May on Queen Anne is gearing up for the holidays and has a great selection of gift-worthy items that everyone on your list will love. Here are a few of my favorites. 

Stylish Bags by Keeper
If you're looking for something made in Seattle by hand, don't miss the gorgeous laser cut felt Peacock handbags by Keeper (pictured left). Each bag comes with a detachable leather strap that features a Peacock cutout detail and chain embellishment.  The company also makes a stylish envelope clutch (pictured right) composed of wool and recycled PET hand-laced with vegan tanned leather. If you stop by the store and love the idea of handcrafted felt accessories you might also want to check out the felt coasters by Keeper. They make a beautiful (and budget-friendly) hostess gift for the holidays.

Seattle-inspired soap by Blackbird
Another local favorite you'll find in stock at Charley + May is an assortment of Blackbird grooming products. In addition to their signature Beard Oil which is perfect for No Shave November, you'll find sweet smelling incense pyres and my personal favorite, the Blackbird May 18th black soap, inspired by eruption of Mount St. Helens. This soap set makes a great stocking stuffer for the guys on your list.

Eco-friendly water bottles by bkr in a rainbow of colors
I recently purchased my first bkr water bottle from Charley + May and now I'm hooked! Not only do I find myself drinking more water throughout the day, but I love the fact that I'm drinking out of glass not plastic. bkr bottles are not only better for my body- they're essential for the environment and they make a very stylish gift! #Cheers

Statement rings by Snash
Handmade in Brooklyn, Snash jewelry makes it easy to make a statement. The rings are unisex and easily adjustable. Charley + May owner Lauren Formicola even convinced the designer to make a Seattle skyline ring, making it even easier to show your city a little love.

A Sleek Portable Radio
Perfect for gadget geeks and music lovers alike, the Tivoli portable radio is the perfect way to take music anywhere without sacrificing space. Great for the office, outdoors, travel and home, these sleek radios make a great practical gift!

Socks by Stance
If you're late to the Stance socks bandwagon, jump right on. These socks are crazy comfortable and super cool making them a perfect gift for those "hard to shop for" people on your list. Stance socks are available for men, women and kids in crazy prints and patterns that will suit any personality and style preference. You'll like these socks so much that you'll probably want to pick up a pair (or two) for yourself.

The Hug Mug
You can't help but smile when you see the porcelain Hug Mug by Alessi. Hand-decorated and perfect for minimalists, the Hug Mug is great for coffee and tea lovers who take their morning ritual seriously (but not too seriously.)

Charley + May
2225 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
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Nov 12, 2013

Styled Seattle produces another great issue of Styled Right magazine

Vicci Martinez looks stunning on the cover of this month's Styled Right magazine. Available online, the new issue features style advice from Clinton Kelly, host of TLC's What Not to Wear, Thrifting tips from Evening Magazine's Kim Holcomb, dating advice from Lindzi Cox of The Bachelor, holiday must-haves from the "It List" including White Space jewelry stackable rings and cashmere scarves by Paychi Guh, plus tips on how to thrive this holiday season. Read the full issue online here:

Nov 4, 2013

Shop for a cause: The 30th Annual Goodwill Glitter Sale is coming Nov. 9th and 10th

Time flies when you're having fun. This year Seattle Goodwill is hosting it's 30th annual Glitter Sale which will take place this weekend, November 9th and 10th. 

This year's designer highlights for the annual Goodwill Glitter sale include Burberry, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Trina Turk, Michael Kors and more. Admission is free to the two-day sale which will run daily November 9th and 10th from 9am-6pm. “I am excited to be celebrating 30 years of the Glitter Sale because this is one of the ways to support our free job training and education programs,” said Cindi Forslund, Vice President of Operations for Goodwill. “This year we expanded the Glitter Sale space so there are even more fabulous items to shop.”

To help expedite shopping Goodwill will be using a numbering system so that customers do not need to stand in line for prolonged periods of time.  Upon arrival at the sale, customers should go to the table outside the store to get their number. The number is both entrance to the sale and the number to access the jewelry counter. Racks will be restocked throughout the weekend. New this year: Uber has teamed up with Seattle Goodwill to offer new users their first ride FREE up to $20 to make shopping the sale easier.  Just sign up by using promo code: GLITTERSEA. (The promo code is good through 11/30/13). 

Preview items from the sale including clothing, jewelry, accessories and other glam attire on Goodwill’s blog, Cup of Goodwill.  Individuals can sign up to receive blog posts at sales from the Glitter Sale benefit Goodwill's free job training and education programs that help individuals in our community get the skills needed to gain meaningful employment. 

Book Review: Parisienne French

My first two trips to Paris would have been a lot different had I taken the time to learn a few key phrases in French. I was busy, London was the focus of my trip, and despite the Spanish courses I took in high school my foreign language skills were limited if not severely lacking. One of my most memorable exchanges was in a Parisian coffee shop where I struggled to order a simple Americano. Turns out, in Paris "Cafe Americain" is filtered coffee. "Cafe Leger" on the other hand is espresso with double the water. As I struggled to figure this out (in English) and the barista struggled to help me (in French) the rest of the customers in line behind me began to get impatient. Feeling annoyed and sensing that I had no intention of trying to figure out my order in French the barista finally turns to me and says in perfect English, "Just tell me what you want to drink." Note to self: learn a few key phrases if you don't want everyone in the local coffee shops to hate you. Noted.

Turns out, Paris may be in my cards again very soon, except this time I plan on taking this trusty new sidekick (pictured left) also known as "Parisienne French: Chic Phrases, Slang & Style" by Rhianna Jones. This book was easy to digest and fun to read. Highlights include a user-friendly pronunciation key, common phrases for any stylish situation, a guide to the 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods) and a quick overview of Parisian culture. A must-read for anyone who doesn't speak French and plans on visiting the famous "City of Light".
This book is the perfect budget-friendly gift for your stylish friends who love to travel, because when all else fails, at least you'll always have Paris.

Parisienne French
Chic Phrases, Slang & Style
by Rhianna Jones
$14.95 US/$17.50 CAN
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