Dec 29, 2014

New Hair for the New Year: essensuals London

Good hair is hard to come by, especially in Seattle when a good blow dry almost always equals a downpour the next day. First there's the matter of finding a stylist who understands your vision, then there's the drama of the front desk where inflated egos run rampant, and of course, there's pricing. Too little and you know you're in for a hairy ride, too much and you're forced to hide your receipt so that your significant other doesn't know how much you actually spend on your hair. (I've only had to do that once....) The real answer to good hair is a trip to Capitol Hill's newest salon essensuals London. Located on 11th and Madison, essensuals London offers accessible pricing, a friendly vibe and insane amounts of experience from quality stylists who are eager to help you achieve the hair you've been dreaming about. Yes, I do happen to be obsessed with the city, but to me, London is a lifestyle concept that should have it's own hashtag. With cuts starting at $55, pricing is affordable, the staff is welcoming and the salon environment is unmatched in more ways than one.

Boasting a friendly but firm no asshole policy, (which I strongly feel should apply to life in general), salon owners and twin brothers Jason and Robert Townsend welcome guests to experience their minimalist salon that caters to urban clients looking for fashion-forward styling. In addition to giving guests great hair, stylists at essensuals London also focus on educating clients by providing city-centric tips on how to manage their mane. Love a hot shower after a brisk Seattle day? Beware of hot water that can fade your hair color and cause split ends. To prevent damage without sacrificing your shower, clip hair up while shampoo and conditioners soak, then lower the water temp before rinsing. After years of spending excessive amounts of time in salon chairs, I thought I was well-versed on hair care. Turns out, even I learned a few new tricks to keep hair healthy and make it shine.

Jason and Robert grew up in the salon scene and developed a passion for it. Their mother was a stylist and often kept the boys out of trouble by having them sweep floors and clean brushes. These seemingly menial tasks ended up having a major impact on the twins and helped them to develop a strong work ethic that still serves them today. They understand the importance of the salon atmosphere and know how vital it is to shaping the customer experience. At essensuals London you'll find the usual amenities that you would expect at a traditional salon including complimentary coffee and tea, but you'll also find a place that feels familiar because the staff welcomes you like family and makes you feel right at home.

Each stylist at the salon specializes in their craft and takes a collaborative approach to styling clients. In my case, Robert worked on my color and patiently sat through endless pictures of Kim Kardashian on Pinterest so that he could understand my "vision". After the color was complete Jason did the cut and worked on shaping my long layers for maximum movement. The process was seamless and the experience was a lot of fun.

Locavore's will love the fact that many of the salon details are locally sourced including the reception stand and coffee table. Both were made locally by Timber & Ore out of reclaimed wood. The salon sign was also made locally by the artists at Noble Neon.

The atmosphere at essensuals London is inviting and fashion is at the forefront of this community salon. If it's been awhile since your last good hair day, you owe it to yourself to start the New Year off right. Tell the boys I sent you.

essensuals London
1156 11th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122

Good to know before you go: Pricing varies by stylist, so if you're on a budget make sure you're paired with someone in your price range when you book.


Dec 5, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Prairie Underground Sample Sale

So many shopping events, so little time, but this is one not to be missed. For the first time Prairie Underground will be hosting their annual sample sale in their workshop in Georgetown and their entire team will be on-site to meet guests and help suggest the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list. The sample sale will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm and feature discounts of up to 70% off retail prices on hoodies, jackets, sweatshirts, tunics, leggings, and more.

What: Prairie Underground Sample Sale

When: Saturday, Dec. 6th and Sunday, Dec. 7th

Where: Prairie Underground 940 South Harney St. Seattle, WA 98108

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Good to know: Free parking. New stock added daily.


Dec 2, 2014

Pure Barre hosts Mine for Cline Donor Drive Sat. Dec. 6th

Join Pure Barre, Gossip & Glamour and Seattle Met style editor Amanda Zurita for the "Mine for Cline" Bone Marrow Donation Drive this Saturday, December 6th. Amanda's five-year-old nephew Cline suffers from a rare blood disorder that causes him to have a depleted immune system putting him at an extremely high risk for illness. That means no school, no playgrounds, no restaurants, no typical kid activities and no hope for a happy, healthy future without a life saving bone marrow transplant. This is where YOU come in. We're hosting a special bone marrow donation drive at three Puget Sound Pure Barre Locations in an effort to get people registered as potential bone marrow donors for Cline and others out there who are waiting on a life-saving transplant. Getting registered is easy, you'll fill out some paper work, swab your cheek and in a few months' time find out if you're a match for Cline, or anyone else on the list. Despite the fact that there are nearly 11 million people on the registry Cline has still not found a match. Help us give hope this holiday season by getting signed up. #MineforCline volunteers will be at the Queen Anne, Green Lake and Bellevue locations ready and waiting to help answer questions and get people signed up. Pure Barre will be doing prize pack giveaways and the first 100 people to sign up and get swabbed will receive a special Mine for Cline hair tie. Come out to support this great cause and help us find a match!

Learn more about Cline's story in this brief video. 

What: Pure Barre Mine for Cline Bone Marrow Donation Drive

When: Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2014 from 7:15am - 2pm

Where: Pure Barre locations including Queen Anne, Green Lake and Bellevue

Why: Because this is a great way to start your weekend and help save lives

Bonus: Newbies to Pure Barre get their first class FREE

Connect with us on social media using hashtag #MineforCline


Beauty Calendar: Bella Fiore Holiday Party

Join Queen Anne's Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa for a special holiday party and open house this Friday, December 5th from 3-6 p.m. Guests are invited to sign up for complimentary mini facials and can enter to win generous raffle prizes including a laser hair removal package, reflexology session and a microcurrent facial. Shoppers will receive free deluxe samples with purchase and get an additional raffle ticket for every $100 spent. In addition to beauty and wellness services, Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa stocks a variety of great products that are perfect for the gift giving season including Kari Gran Skin Care, Gallipot, One Love Organics and more. Guests will also enjoy light snacks and refreshments while socializing and sipping on seasonal egg nog. Don't miss out on exclusive holiday pricing on select packages the night of the party only.

If you haven't stopped by to check out Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa this is a great opportunity to meet the staff, get a tour, check out the service offerings and learn more about their approach to skincare and overall wellness. Ashley from One Love Organics will also be on-site at the party to answer questions about the product line and meet guests. RSVP now at

Holiday Spa Specials
3 Kona Treatments for $475 
(regularly $225/each)

6 Microcurrent facials for $500 
(regularly $125/each)

6 Laser Hair Removal sessions (small area) $500 
(regularly $1050)

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Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. #103
Seattle, WA 98109


Dec 1, 2014

Shopping Event: Ladies night at Recoop Spa

Join Recoop Spa in Bellevue this Thursday night from 4-8pm for a special ladies night event featuring discounted pricing on manicures, pedicures, mini massages and facials. Guests will also be invited to shop locally for everyone on their holiday list from Seattle e-commerce boutique JJ Caprices. Come relax and enjoy an evening of sipping, shopping, spa treatments and more with Recoop Spa. Call 425-429-3323 to reserve your spot.

// Ladies Night Treatment Specials //
$15 Coop manicure
$20 Coop pedicure
$50 Quick Fix 30-min massage
$50 Time Saver 30-min facial

with special guest Jennifer Jedda of JJ Caprices

Recoop Spa
925 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004


Fashion News: essensuals London opens on Capitol Hill

British high fashion will meet Pacific Northwest cool on December 2nd with the opening of essensuals London, a boutique hair salon located on Capitol Hill. Part of the TONI&GUY UK brand the new salon is the first essensuals London location on the West Coast. The salon, owned and operated by twin brothers Jason and Robert Townsend, will offer a complete range of cut, color and styling services specializing in fashion-forward looks for everyday wear. "Seattle is a city full of trend-setters and the rest of the nation is taking notice. We wanted to be part of the excitement which is why we made the decision to open our salon in Seattle," says owner Jason Townsend, who recently relocated from Beverly Hills. The philosophy of the salon is to provide creativity, quality and consistency at an affordable price. In addition to styling services guests will also have access to stylists who can offer customized tips on hair care products and make recommendations on styling tools that will help make daily styling a breeze. Haircuts start at $55.

essensuals London
1156 11th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122


Nov 23, 2014

Fashion News: Zebra Club launches e-commerce site for women

Fashion fans- please say hello to a new online speciality boutique exclusively for women brought to you by Seattle-based retailer Zebra Club. Featuring emerging and established designers including luxury knitwear brand Loma of London, Brookyln-based Ace & Jig, British equestrian brand Lavenham and vintage inspired clothing by Lauren Moffatt, the new boutique is a carefully curated mix of brands designed for an effortless yet fashion forward lifestyle. The new site features apparel, outerwear and accessories and the assortment will continue to expand for spring 2015. The merchandise on the site is an entirely different assortment than the merchandise you'll find in Zebra Club stores, so get online and check out what's new. 

Here's a peek at some of the merchandise available now on 

Ace & Jig

Lauren Moffatt


Loma of London

Fidelity Sportswear

Follow ZebraClub on Instagram and leave a comment letting us know what's on your holiday wish list and you'll be entered to win a $200 gift card to shop for your holiday favorites on Use hashtag #ShopZebraClub so that we can find your entry. Good luck!


Where would you go with 250,000 Hyatt Gold Points?

To celebrate it's 25th anniversary Hyatt Regency Bellevue is saying "thank you" to guests with the gift of travel. Now through Dec. 31st enter for a chance to win a prize of 25,000-250,000 Gold passport points for use at Hyatt hotels worldwide. Points can be redeemed for free accommodations or other travel perks. Enter by visiting the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Facebook Fan page. The grand prize of 250,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points can be redeemed for at least eight nights at the highest category of Hyatt properties or for many more nights depending on the property category and room type. Feeling lucky? Enter to win now!

Where would I spend my free nights? In London of course. 

Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Nov 20, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Fremont Shop the Block

Fremont boutiques will band together tonight for an evening of socializing, shopping and champagne. Shop the Block: Fremont does Black Friday early runs today from 4-9pm. Participating boutiques include Pipe + Row, Les Amis, Essenza, Portage Bay Goods, Burnt Sugar, The Sweet Spot and Lambs Ear. Pipe & Row will have a special trunk show featuring local lines Fresh Tangerine and Ampersand As Apostrophe. Start your holiday shopping early and take advantage of special savings happening tonight only. There's something for everyone! Les Amis is offering a 20% discount on all clothing and will is hosting an Alice Noon trunk show. Over at Essenza guests will be treated to a 20% discount on loungewear and children's clothing. Lamb's Ear shoppers will receive 10% off all new arrivals and Pipe + Row will be offering exclusive shopping discounts for the event. Skip the mall this holiday season and shop local!

Here's a sneak peek at what you'll see tonight at the party:

Fresh Tangerine Chevron Bracelet (Pipe + Row)

Alice Noon bucket bag (Les Amis)

Ampersand As Apostrophe Oxblood parcel (Pipe + Row)

Participating boutiques

Pipe + Row
611 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Les Amis
3420 Evanston Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98103

615 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, Wa 98103

Portage Bay Goods
621 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Burnt Sugar
601 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

The Sweet Spot
3507 Evanston Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Lamb's Ear
617 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103


Holiday Gift Guide: PNW Favorites

After living in the Northwest for over 20 years there are certain things that I've started to take for granted. That list generally includes things like fresh air, green trees, organic food, drive thru Starbucks, year-round farmers markets and of course, the plethora of super cool products made right here in the Northwest. Here's my "local love" list of Pacific Northwest favorites that make great gifts any time of year, but especially during the holidays.

If you've got a crazy family like I do (love you mom!) the best way to avoid an emergency therapy session is with a friendly game of DysFUNction. Players share stories about their awkward upbringing and get rewarded with baggage to add to their cart. Whichever player ends up with 15 bags first, wins! Who's ready for family game night? Use promo code FINDFUNSBB for $5.00 off + Free Shipping!

There's something magical about getting a box full of surprises delivered each month. There's something even better about getting a box full of products that are made in the Pacific Northwest. If you have someone on your list who can't get enough of the good old PNW, you'll want to check out Seattle-based MakrBox. Each month they curate a box of handcrafted artisan goods made by independent markers in the Northwest. Each product comes with an information card about the maker so that recipients can learn more about how their goods are made and what materials are used in the process. Monthly subscriptions start at $29. Gift someone on your list a single month or an entire year of goodness at  Use promo code GOSSIPGLAMOUR to get 30% off your first box. 

If you love dachshunds you have to check out Portland-based Bean Goods. Their Crazy Wiener Dog Lady tote bag is one of my favorites. I met the designer several years ago at a conference in New York and in addition to being super cool she totally IS the crazy wiener dog lady she designs for. Bean Goods also makes t-shirts, sweatshirts, beanies and even luxe doggy sweatshirts with hoods. The entire line is made in the USA and screen printed by hand in Portland. 

A gorgeous glassybaby is a good gift any time of year but especially during the holiday season because it's a gift that also gives back. 10% of every sale goes directly to organizations that support people in need including the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children's Hospital, Camp Korey and many more. In 2014 glassybaby reached a major milestone of $2 million dollars in charitable giving. Pick a color and give one glassybaby or splurge on a color-coordinated set. These beautiful glass votives are hand-crafted locally and add instant ambiance to any room. 

When Seattle mom Laura Silverstein stumbled upon a roll of great vinyl fabric at a yard sale in her neighborhood she had no idea it would later become an entire line of locally produced bags that were perfect for Northwest living. Come rain, sleet or snow the glittersweet vinyl bags held up perfectly in Seattle weather conditions and could be easily wiped clean if they got wet. Needless to say they quickly became a local favorite and positioned founder/designer Laura as one of the World's Most Interesting Moms. The glittersweet line includes totes, travel cases, purses, tablet sleeves, flat cases, coin purses and more. Shop online or check out the collection in person at Phinney Books. 

If you frequent local boutiques (and even if you don't) you've probably walked past Compendium products a million times. This Fremont-based company is famous for it's inspirational journals, notebooks, cards and gifts. Whether you want to encourage someone in your life to "Live Inspired" or "Love who you are", Compendium makes it fun and easy. Find Compendium locally at Fireworks, Queen Anne Dispatch, Elliot Bay Books and The Red Balloon Co. 

For those that lead active lifestyles, Brooks Running is a true Pacific Northwest favorite. 
Finding a new pair of running shoes under the tree this year will make even the pickiest people on your list run happy. For color lovers, my personal pick is the Glycerin 12 running shoe (shown above). This shoe weighs only 9.1 ounces and has a rounded heel for better alignment to minimize stress on joints. Shop the beautiful new Fremont store in person at 3400 Stone Way North. 

You can't go wrong with chocolate, so for the sweet tooth on your list Fran's Chocolates has you covered. For a little variety, splurge on a box of assorted chocolates or keep it simple and stick with the signature salted caramels. Pre-packed in beautiful boxes with a festive red bow Fran's Chocolates make a great gift. 

Torch Illumination has a great collection of Pacific Northwest inspired candles that make a beautiful gift during the holiday season. Available in a variety of scents including blood orange, honey almond and lavender lemon these hand poured, eco-friendly candles are made using soy wax and locally sourced fragrance oils then packaged in recyclable tin containers. Torch Illumination candles are available locally at Bartell Drugs. 

For an easy and affordable Pacific Northwest-themed stocking stuffer check out these great socks from Seattle-based Strideline. These socks are great for the 12th man (or woman) in your life and have special wicking properties to keep feet comfortable and dry all day long. 

The entire Partly Sunny Skin Care line by Susan Grace is formulated for people who live in the Northwest. Yep. You read that right. It's a climate specific skin care line because even on the sunniest days we don't get enough of the vitamin D we need. Susan's Tone Well skin toner is essential for Seattleites who need an easy way to incorporate a dose of the skin-rejuvenating vitamin into their daily routine. 

Happy Holidays and thanks for shopping local this holiday season!

Nov 17, 2014

Fashion Calendar: 8telier Store Preview

Join Seattle designers Jean and Craig Glover on November 19th for a special preview of their new store 8telier located downtown at Pacific Place. The design duo will be showcasing their sophisticated line of womenswear and giving guests a sneak peek at their spring '15 collection. Key items from the collection include the asymmetrical liquid fabric biker jacket (shown above, left), the City Skirted leggings, and the Sabine jersey top (shown above, right). In addition to experiencing the line and meeting the designers in person, guests will also enjoy refreshments from Tray Kitchen. This is a free event and open to the public. See you there!

What: 8telier Store Preview & Party

When: Wednesday, Nov. 19th from 6-8pm

Where: 8telier - Pacific Place 600 Pine Street - Level One

Why: Because this is a great opportunity to meet local designers and support the Seattle fashion community

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Nov 11, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: The Outdoor Enthusiast

If you're on the hunt for a great gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, you've come to the right place. We're lucky to live somewhere that we can enjoy the convenience of city life and still escape to the mountains for a day of adventure. Here's a round-up of the best gifts for the people on your list who can't get enough of the great outdoors.

For skiing and snowboarding the Captura goggles from K2 offer world class optics in a sophisticated shape. Available in a blue/pink mirrored colorway these gorgeous goggles are a must-have snow accessory that also make a great gift!

For a refreshing dose of color this season the REI co-op down jacket is a great pick. Featuring light weight insulation this jacket has a durable water repellent finish and also provides wind resistance for outdoor adventures. Available in multiple colors.

Personal style doesn't stop when you hit the slopes, proving that there's always a way to wear leopard, especially in the Northwest. Stylish outdoor enthusiasts will love these 686 Authentic Willow soft shell pants available locally at Evo in Fremont. Complete the look with a solid colored snow jacket and a soft beanie.

In the next few weeks many stylish Seattleites will be setting fitness-related New Years Resolutions and the JoeyBra Sport is here to help! Designed with discreet side pockets the JoeyBra conveniently stores ID cards, cash, post-workout snacks and even keys so that women have a safe place to store valuables. Brilliant! 

For a fun and budget-friendly stocking stuffer check out Stance socks. In addition to being colorful, warm and available in lots of great patterns, they also have cushioned support making them extremely comfortable. The El Paso pair (shown above) is available locally at Zumiez. 

For outdoor enthusiasts on-the-go this Eddie Bauer Down Travel Throw is the perfect solution for sunny but chilly winter days. It's warm, folds up small and even doubles as a travel pillow! And don't worry, if pink isn't your color, there are plenty of other shades to choose from.

I like infinity scarves for many reasons, but mostly because they are really hard to mess up from a styling perspective, which is also why they make an excellent gift. The Matchstick scarf (pictured above) is available locally at Moorea Seal and instantly adds color to any outfit.

Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the durability of the rain-resistant duffle bag from Filson. Made right here in the USA, the medium duffle combines bridle leather with rugged twill and has rust-proof brass zippers and storm flap closures for added protection from the elements.

Top it all off with "The Kate" beanie by Coal Headwear. This fun waffle knit beanie with an oversized pom is great for those on your list who are extremely hard to shop for. This beanie is designed locally and also makes a great stocking stuffer!

Last but not least, for the girl who's got it all, KAVU mittens with a ski-style snowflake print make a great gift. Perfect for keeping hands toasty warm on a brisk winter day! These adorable gloves remind me of childhood and are guaranteed to add an element of excitement to any snow day.

Thanks for stopping by to check out this holiday gift guide. Have a great holiday season and thanks for shopping local! 


Nov 9, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Paychi Guh Trunk Show + Sample Sale

There are a list of things in life that I feel are worthy of splurging on. My personal list includes things like global travel, gifts for people I love, jeans that fit like a glove, and of course, Paychi Guh cashmere sweaters. Her entire line of 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters fit like a dream and feel so soft you'll literally want to live in them. She's developed what you might call a cult following- a cashmere cult following to be exact. And the group is expanding to include global markets as well.  Pick up a Paychi Guh cashmere sweater for yourself and if you really want to be the star of your holiday party, pick one up for a friend too. The designer is hosting a special trunk show and sample sale on Saturday, November 15th at Juniper. Stop by, say hello and shop for what is soon to be your new favorite thing to wear.

Paychi Guh Trunk Show Details

What: Paychi Guh Cashmere Party and Trunk Show + Sample Sale

When: Saturday, Nov. 15th from 11am-6pm

Where: Juniper 3314 E. Spring St. Seattle, WA 98122

Shop Online:

Stay Social:

Tip: Get there early! The event is part trunk show, part sample sale and you can bet the samples are going to go f-a-s-t. Happy Shopping!

 #ShopLocal #HolidayGifts #Cashmere

Nov 7, 2014

Weekend Calendar: Colombia Winery Taste of Red

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Columbia Winery is hosting its 13th annual Taste of Red event this Saturday, Nov. 8th in Woodinville. In addition to featuring their latest wine releases guests will enjoy music and be able to shop from a variety of local vendors including Simple & Crisp, JJ Caprices, Tease Chocolates, Silpada Designs and more. Music guests include Kelly Shirey, Kyle Stevens, Block Party and Quinn. Tickets to the event start at $25 for Wine Club members and range up to $35 per person at the door. Enjoy a relaxing Saturday afternoon sipping wine, shopping and savoring good music with great friends!

What: Taste of Red

When: Saturday, Nov. 8th, 2014

Where: Columbia Winery 14030 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

Time: 1-6pm


Nov 6, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Style Urban Essentials

The holidays are upon us which means that it's time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We're lucky to live in a city that's rich with so many amazing designers, neighborhood boutiques and international brands that help make shopping local a cinch this season. Here's a round-up of our favorite urban style essentials. 

Just as Anna Wintour advises the audience in the movie The September Issue "There's always a way to wear fur", in the Northwest there's always a way to wear cashmere. Made from 100% Mongolian Cashmere this asymmetrical poncho by Issaquah designer Paychi Guh is perfect for crisp Seattle days.

Speaking of cashmere, for a serious splurge you can't go wrong with this gorgeous oblong cashmere coat by Schai. Made in the USA this collarless coat made of 100% cashmere from Italy is fully lined and perfect for fall.

These ombre-inspired glasses from SEE Eyewear are my favorite way to instantly add color to any outfit. Available with clear lenses or a prescription, these glasses are fun to wear and will instantly perk up you entire face. Which really means you can wear them, put your hair in a pony tail and even get away with wearing less make-up. Who knew a pair of glasses could streamline your get ready routine too? Pictured: SEE Eyewear Style #9254.

For under $30 this sleek faux cheetah and white lambskin slim wallet by Jonquil & Mr Black makes a great stocking stuffer. Handmade in Ballard these wallets are perfect for urban living. 

Holiday hopping can be an adventure and if you love discovering something new you'll want to check out the 8telier pop-up shop going on now at Pacific Place. You'll find a host of urban essentials at the shop including leather jackets, knit tops, cozy cardigans and even small home goods like bar soap from local line Blackbird. 

For a great gift on a budget I recommend these booties by Seattle-based Dolce Vita shoes. Priced at $100 flat these suede ankle boots are versatile and have a heel height that is completely manageable, even in the rain. 

And underneath it all every stylish Seattleite needs gorgeous lingerie. Visit Bellefleur Lingerie in Fremont for a beautiful selection of sophisticated and chic lingerie. My personal pick is the Pansy collection by Freya. (Pictured: Freya Pansy Midnight Bra and matching brief)

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