Dec 14, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide for the girl who has everything

52 Lists book by Moorea Seal // Shadow House Annora Ring // Christian Louboutin Lip Color //
Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak // Pom Pom Key Chain from Pipe & Row //  Brooks Vanguard Heritage // Emmy Trinh Bracelet //

White Space Ruby Arc Earrings // Dolce Vita Hazeley Heels // YSL Nail Lacquer No. 9 // Kate Spade Champagne Clutch // Kendra Scott Haylee Ring // Marc Jacobs Watch // Marcus Lupfer Sequin Beanie // London Coordinates Bracelet //


Dec 13, 2015

Great gifts under $25 for anyone on your list

Cancer constellation mug // Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert // PF Candle Co. // Shelterwood Field Notes // Glittersweet Tablet Sleeve #Local //  Seahawks Key Chain & Bottle Opener #Local// Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert // DysFUNction Board Game #Local

Kari Gran Lip Whip #Local // Seattle Canvas Map Tote #Local // Herbivore Soaking Salts #Local // Olivine Atelier Body Lotion #Local // Glittersweet Flat Case #Local // Seattle Chocolates Gift Box #Local //

Dec 12, 2015

The best blow out in Seattle

Chances are you know someone with "really good" hair. Is it the luck of the draw? A really good shampoo? Or maybe a killer haircut? As someone with signature long locks I can tell you it's a clever mix of all of the above. Truth be told,  my best hair days come after spending time in one of Seattle's best blow dry bars. We've lucky to live in a city where good hair days are just 30 minutes and around $35 away. Blowouts are a budget-friendly way to get pampered and achieve the bombshell hair you've been dreaming about. Here's a list of the best blow out bars in the city. Trust me, these salons really know how to work a round brush.

O2 Blow Dry Bar 
If you live on the eastside, check out the O2 Blow Dry Bar located just downstairs from the main Obadiah Salon in Bellevue. This location is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to do a little primping in between retail therapy sessions. The stylists are amazing at working with hair of any length and texture and always keep product usage to a minimum to help make your blow out last as long as possible. 
Style Tip: Pick up a travel-sized can of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to help extend the life of your blowout. 
Parking: Underground parking is free at The Hyatt with validation.

Gary Manuel Studio
Located in South Lake Union, Gary Manuel Studio offers a full menu of hair services but it's the blow dry that keeps me coming back for more. The stylists are great about helping you achieve the perfect look whether you want a basic blow out or something for a special occasion. If you Aveda hair products, you'll love this salon. 
Style Tip: To prep for your next trip, stock up on travel-sized Aveda products when you visit the studio. 
Cost: Depends on the stylist 
Parking: Metered street parking and underground parking available. 

Gene Juarez Express Blow Dry 
Added as a service back in 2012 for girls on the go, the Gene Juarez Express Blow Dry is great for those who want great hair in 30 minutes or less. Guests can choose from a dry style "do-over" for clean hair that needs some styling TLC or full shampoo and blow out to create major volume with a round brush.
Cost: $35
Parking: Varies by location.

1 - Use a dry shampoo on your roots to soak up oil. Be sure to blend. If you are prone to extremely oily hair, try using dry shampoo at night to absorb oils while you sleep.

2-  Wrap hair in a silk scarf before you go to sleep. Silk diminishes the scalp's natural production of oils and can extend a blowout an extra day or two.

3- Pack an umbrella to avoid getting frizzy hair in the rain. Or, wear a jacket with a silk-lined hood.

4- Finish hair with an anti-humidity spray like Oribe's Imperméable to shield hair from frizz.

5- Wrap your hair in a towel or use a hair cap before taking a shower to keep hair from getting wet.

Dec 11, 2015

Best of Beauty: Seattle

I could spend hours talking about anything beauty-related. My close friends can attest to this because they've been subjected to my endless monologues about everything from eyelash extensions to the importance of pubic hair etiquette. We could be anywhere, in the middle of any conversation, and I'll find a way to weave it in. Brunch? No problem, there's nothing we can't talk about over mimosas. In line while waiting for photos at an event? Even better. Someone standing nearby might just need to know where they can find the best hair stylist, spa or local beauty product in the city.

As a beauty addict, I've road-tested many of Seattle's best products and services in the name of "research". I've even been called a "beauty fairy godmother" a time or two. From micro-needling to injectables and everything in between, here's a look at my "best of beauty" picks, Seattle-style.

Best Seattle skin care line: Susan Grace Skin Care

The women with the best skin in the city regularly see Seattle esthetician Susan Grace to maintain a healthy glow. Susan specializes in Pacific Northwest skin conditions and works with clients to calm redness, soothe dry skin and reveal a brighter, more youthful complexion. Enjoy the experience of great skin at home with the Partly Sunny Skincare line. For those looking for a serious anti-aging experience will want to check out The Tiffany, named after pro make-up artist Tiffany Lowry.
Susan Grace Skin Care
5424 Ballard Ave NW Suite #300
Seattle, WA 98107
// Beauty Notes // Located in the heart of Ballard. Easy street parking available.

Best place to go for injectables: The Stella Center
Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, you name it, the only place to go in the city for natural looking injectibles is The Stella Center. Dr. Stella Desyatnikova and RN Carolee Weaver are the best in the business and in addition to having years of experience, their "less is more" approach delivers beautiful results.
The Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
509 Olive Way Suite 1430
Seattle, WA 98101
// Beauty Notes // Located downtown. Easy parking available at Pacific Place. Sign up for the mailing list for monthly specials.

Best Organic Skin Care: Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
At Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa on Queen Anne you'll find serious skin care coupled with innovative technology to achieve long-lasting results. Available services include Dermaroller, Naturopathic Facials, Body Contouring, Laser Hair Removal and more. All products used in treatments are organic and the spa also stocks additional organic lines including iSun and Kari Gran Skin Care. I highly recommend the Dermaroller treatment for acne scarring and fine lines. For a detox after the holidays, also check out the Urban Detox Retreat.
Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. #103
Seattle, WA 98109
// Beauty Notes // Located on Top of Queen Anne across from Umpqua Bank. Free street parking available.

Best Blow Dry Bar: O2 Blow Dry Bar
There's one one place to go for blow outs in Seattle, and actually, it's located in Bellevue. Obadiah's O2 Blow Dry Bar is the place to go for a beautiful blow out that lasts several days. The stylists are well-versed on blow dry styles and will get you in and out the door in under an hour (less time for shorter hair).
O2 Blow Dry Bar
10500 NE 8th St. #106
Bellevue, WA 98004
// Beauty Notes // O2 is located in the Hyatt on level one. Parking in the underground garage is validated with your service. Stock up on travel size Oribe products when you are there.

Best Seattle make-up line: Julep 
When Julep first introduced make-up I was skeptical. I mean come on, they specialize in nail polish. But when I tried the dual-ended eyeliner I was an instant convert. The Kajal Eye Glider is black on one side and shimmery brown on the other. It's a great product for women looking to streamline their make-up bags and the color lasts all day.
// Beauty Notes // Some of the Julep make-up line is available in Julep Parlors, but for the best select I recommend shopping online.

Best place for a mani + pedi: Frenchy's Day Spa
Located in Madison Park, a classic mani + pedi will run you about $60. Frenchy's is a Parisian-inspired day spa that has been around for more than 15 years. They are great about coordinating appointments so that you coordinate your service with a girlfriend (or two!)
Frenchy's Day Spa
3131 E. Madison St. Suite #103
Seattle, WA
// Beauty Notes // Parking is limited to small lot, but street parking is available nearby. Arrive early and stop by Belle Epicurean (a few doors down) for champagne cocktails and a quiche.

Best place for organic hair removal: Sugar, Sugar
An alternative to traditional waxing, sugaring is a method of hair removal that uses all-natural, organic sugar. It's environmentally-friendly because it doesn't require the strips used in regular waxing and in my opinion, it hurts less. After your initial appointment, expect to go in for maintenance every 4-5 weeks. Sugar, Sugar also stocks some great skin care products including the entire line of Eminence skincare and Portland-based Serious Serum.
Sugar Sugar
510 NE 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
// Beauty Notes // For the faint of heart, Sugar Sugar also stocks lidocaine numbing gel by Numb It. Call in advance to make sure it's in stock if you think you'll need it prior to your appointment.

Best place for a juice cleanse: Jujubeet
In New York and LA, juicing is serious business. Here in Seattle, the juice scene is just ramping up as more people turn toward juicing as a way to support overall health and wellness. If you're on the hunt for an easy, organic juice cleanse to kick off the New Year, Jujubeet has you covered. They make it easy for Seattleites to supplement their diet with healthy fruits and vegetables and even have an on-staff dietician to help answer questions as they come up along your juicing journey. Cleanse prices start at $35, but select juices are also available a la carte.
4915 25th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98105
// Beauty Notes // Pick up your cleanse in-store or schedule front porch delivery for $15/day. You'll also want to check out the delicious raw, vegan food made fresh each day at Jujubeet including raw almond energy balls sprinkled with cinnamon, millet balls and if you have a sweet tooth, don't miss the chocolate banana bites. 

Best nail polish line: butter LONDON
Founder Sasha Muir was on to something when she brought a little bit of her British roots to the Northwest with the launch of butter LONDON over a decade ago. The line is now available at mass retailers worldwide and its products have a very loyal following. Butter London nail lacquers come in yummy, long-lasting colors plus, they are free of toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, toluene and DBP.
Butter London
// Beauty Notes // Shop locally for Butter London at Queen Anne Dispatch (Queen Anne), Horsehoe (Ballard) and Nordstrom (various locations).

Best lash extensions: Noir Lash Lounge
Long lashes accentuate the eyes and perk up the entire face. They also make the morning "get ready" routine a whole lot faster. If you're addicted to long lashes you have to check out Noir Lash Lounge in Bellevue. They stock over 100 different sizes of lashes, which means the perfect lash combination is finally within reach. For lash addicts looking for insane volume, Noir Lash Lounge has a new service called the "Carte Blanche" which involves placing 5-10 synthetic mink lash extensions onto a single lash.
Noir Lash Lounge 
225 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
// Beauty Notes // Free parking. Expect to go in for fills every 3-4 weeks. Noir Lash Lounge also sells its own label of strip lashes that are perfect for a night on the town. If lash extensions are too much commitment, Noir also stocks a lash growth serum called LiLash that works wonders and sells out quickly every time it's in stock. You heard it here first.

Best Spa experience: Four Seasons
The spa at Four Seasons is award-winning for a reason, it's simply the best spa experience in Seattle. Not only do guests get whisked away from the hustle and bustle of the city right into the lap of luxury, but the spa also offers sweeping views of the Puget Sound making it an epic place to unwind. During the holidays the spa offers seasonal spa treatments including the Shimmering Cranberry Pomegranate Body Scrub which is a hybrid between a body scrub and a massage. It's a 75-minute treatment that is as relaxing as it is indulgent. Let's face it, you deserve to be pampered.
The Spa at Four Seasons
99 Union St.
Seattle WA 98101
// Beauty Notes // Parking is validated for spa guests if you valet at the hotel. Allow for extra time before your spa appointment so that you can enjoy the relaxation room.

More beauty favorites are coming soon!


Nov 24, 2015

Seattle Shopping Guide: Queen Anne

The Queen Anne neighborhood shopping guide is here!

Queen Anne is one of my favorite neighborhoods of all time. Never mind that I live and work here on the hill, that in itself makes me only slightly partial, but it's the amazing business owners that work hard to curate the best mix of products in order to create a unique shopping experience on the hill that I absolutely love. Seattleites are lucky to have so many independent boutiques to shop from and we know how important it is to #ShopLocal this holiday season in order to help these businesses thrive. Whether you're a native, or just visiting the Emerald City on a quick trip, we hope you enjoy this round-up of Queen Anne boutiques to check out on your next shopping adventure.

Queen Anne Dispatch
Not only do I personally love this little neighborhood boutique, but it's been a favorite of residents on the hill since it was founded in 1987 by owner Jan Paolini. The shop is now run by Jan's daughters, Tara and Sabrina and continues to stock a great mix of merchandise including apparel, accessories, jewelry, gifts, toys and more from brands like French Connection, Kelsi Dagger, Mavi Jeans, Butter London, Hanky Panky and Vince Camuto. They even gift wrap, pack and ship, making any gift-giving occasion a breeze. The staff is well-versed on product knowledge and always eager to help.
2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Three Birds Home  
For decorative home accents and great gifts including housewares, head to Three Birds Home. Owner Robin Johnson shops markets in NY, LA and San Fran to purchase gorgeous ceramics, beautiful table linens, candles, soaps, picture frames, wall art and more.
2107 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Tucked along sixth avenue west on Queen Anne, Meadow boutique carries apparel, accessories, outerwear, shoes and home decor at prices that won't break the bank. (We're talking dresses under $50 and kitchen items like decorative recipe cards as low as $6.) Owner Shelley Hall regularly stocks local favorites including Sweet Petula Soaps, Woo + Co. Candles, Leah Pastrama jewelry and more. This boutique may be off the beaten path, but it's certainly worth the adventure and there's plenty of free street parking nearby.
1959 6th Ave. W. Seattle, WA 98119

Once Upon a Time 
Red Tricycle voted this store the "Most Awesome Baby Boutique" and for good cause. This store has an amazing selection of children's clothing, toys, art supplies, gifts, games, and more. This is a must-visit store for baby showers and gifts for little ones and mamas alike.
1622 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Located at the top of Queen Anne, Stuhlberg's has been one the city's favorite independently-owned home accessory stores since 2002. Owner and co-founder Megan Stuhlberg carefully curates a beautiful mix of products from brands like Jonathan Adler, Juliska, Simon Pearce, Votivo and more. At Stuhlbergs, you'll find great gifts like soaps and candles for the home, toys, books and even stuffed animals for kids.
1801 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
Although Bella Fiore isn't technically a boutique, you can certainly shop here for beauty products and book services when you visit Queen Anne. In stock now you'll find Kari Gran Starter Kits, Osmosis Skin Care, and more.
1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. #103 Seattle, WA 98109

Queen Anne Books
There's something magical about wandering into a neighborhood bookstore and escaping into a world of literary insight and adventure. Queen Anne Books has great books for kids, travelers, culinary enthusiasts and even has a small fashion section. You'll frequently find local authors doing book signings in the store so be sure to check the website for a current line-up of events. Queen Anne Books is also a great place to shop for gifts.
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

This adorable boutique has finally moved to the top of the hill. Now located next door to Starbucks, Peridot is a stylish boutique that stocks a variety of budget-friendly fashion brands for women including apparel, accessories, outerwear and even loungewear. Shoppers will also find great jewelry and home goods including Voluspa candles, which make great gifts for the holiday season!
2135 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

No need to shop till you drop. There are plenty of places to Queen Anne to fuel up while you explore the neighborhood.

The 5 Spot
Hands down, The 5 Spot is one of my favorite places to dine on the hill when I'm in the mood for comfort food.  The menu is constantly changing but does offer regular regional staples like grilled salmon, cod & chips and a basic burger. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, The 5 Spot does not disappoint. If you're kid-free, grab a seat in the bar for faster service. If you plan to dine for brunch on a Saturday or Sunday morning be prepared to wait in line.
1502 Queen Anne Ave N. Seattle, WA 98109

Le Reve
Even Parisians love this French-inspired bakery on the hill. Known for their flakey twice-baked almond croissants and buttery Quiche Lorraine, Le Reve is the perfect place to recharge when you're shopping on the hill. Everything is baked fresh and perfect for sharing. This time of year the " Le Gobbler" sandwich is a hit featuring turkey, gouda cheese, caramelized onions and housemade cranberry sauce on a croissant.
1805 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Bounty Kitchen
Committed to organic ingredients and healthy eating, Bounty Kitchen offers imaginative salads and healthy bowls featuring fresh fruits and vegetables. With numerous vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options there's something for everyone on the menu, including kids. The Detox Wagon salad is delish and has dried blueberries, hemp seeds, chevril and avocado over a bed of kale and arugula. It's the equivalent of a green juice except you actually get to chew.
7 Boston St. Seattle, WA 98109

For lunch or dinner, Paragon is a great pick on Queen Anne and has LIVE music 5 nights a week. The menu features All-American food with Southern accents including the popular Paragon Burger, jambalaya, or for something more indulgent, the smoked gouda mac and cheese. If you arrive early, you can snag the coveted corner booth.
2125 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

El Diablo
Although you can order food here like empanadas and burritos, it's the coffee that keeps people coming back for more. If you've never experienced authentic Cuban coffee, you'll definitely want to stop by for a cafe con leche. There's a reason El Diablo has a cult following. It's that good. And that's coming from someone who usually drinks her coffee black. You can thank me later.
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

- 2-hour parking is free on Queen Anne but the meter maids are constantly patrolling and will issue tickets, so if you plan to shop and stay awhile, park in the neighborhoods instead of on the main ave.

- Free underground parking garages are located under Bartells, Menchies and Trader Joes. The entrances are located behind the building off the alley.

- The Queen Anne Farmers Market runs on Thursdays from June to mid-October. 

Seattle Shopping Guide: Ballard

If chain stores just don't cut it and you're looking for an authentic Seattle shopping experience, head to Ballard. Located just north of downtown, Ballard is an urban little neighborhood lined with coffee shops, bars and some pretty great boutiques. Here's a round-up of our favorite places to shop, spa and socialize.

Located on Ballard Avenue, Horseshoe prides itself on providing clients with "down home" customer service. Originally from Denver, owner Hill Andersen regularly stocks women's apparel and accessories from a variety of contemporary brands including Veronica M., Prairie Underground, Suzabelle, Sol Angeles, Bailey 44 and more.
5344 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

Since 2010 Ketch has been providing Ballard shoppers with casual apparel that is perfect for the Pacific Northwest. Labels include Joie, Callahan, Capulet and more. They even carry gameday gear including Seahawks tees, UW sweatshirts, and loungewear. Guys, don't worry, they've got a small section of merchandise from brands like Retro and Obey for you too.
5317 Ballard Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98107

Part retail space, part gallery spot, Prism in Ballard is a unique and highly curated shopping experience. Shoppers will find a mix of apparel for men and women plus grooming supplies, accessories, housewares and even gifts.
5208 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

With the goal of promoting and supporting artists that live and work in the city, Venue is a Seattle-centric collective featuring retail space and studio/office space for artists. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Venue highlights everything from handmade art to artisanal chocolates and other creative gifts. This is a great place to shop locally during the holiday season.
5408 22nd Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

This elegant one-of-a-kind gift shop has a distinctive European style and specializes in stocking an edited assortment of home decor, stationary, vintage furniture, books, tea and skincare. In stock now you'll find vintage apothecary jars, bath and body products by Tokyo Milk, Potluck Paris jewelry, Sweet Petula soaps (great local line!), and a full alphabet of porcelain letters. Gift wrap is also available making gift-giving easy and fun.
5332 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Ballard, Bastille serves its signature French cuisine using ingredients sourced from local "farmers, foragers and fisherman". The menu includes frites & aioli, a heavenly Bastille burger featuring arugula and pickled onions, heirloom carrot salad, chickpea fries, and even local oysters.  Don't miss the cool ambiance of the back bar. Head back for a drink while you wait for a table or play it cool and dine in the back with the locals.
5307 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

Zayda Buddy's 
Dubbed as Seattle's only Minnesota-style pizzeria, Zayda Buddy's serves up delicious pizzas, midwestern fare and has a full bar. On the menu you'll find cheddar cheese and chili fries, a tater tot casserole, and a "Ballard Bridge" pizza which is a local favorite. The restaurant is part bar, part booth-style seating for families, so feel free to bring the kids. This is a great spot for Sunday brunch after hitting the Ballard Farmers Market.
5404 Leary Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

La Isla
A delicious spread of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine awaits at La Isla in Ballard. The restaurant started as a Fremont Sunday market food vendor and quickly grew a loyal following. The rest is history. The La Isla menu includes empanadas filled with pulled pork, ground beef and tender chicken, camarones (butterflied prawns sautéed in olive oil, garlic and white wine) and Pernil Divino (marinated pork shoulder) served with rice, beans and tostones.
2320 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107

Cupcake Royale 
If you've got a sweet tooth you'll definitely want to check out the decadent treats at Cupcake Royal. Since 2003, Cupcake Royale has been serving up tasty treats that are made from scratch every single day. They even have gluten-free cupcakes, baby cakes, cake pops and bakeshop-inspired ice cream. This year's seasonal flavors include White Chocolate Cranberry, Maple Sweet Potato, Eggnog Snickerdoodle and of course, classic Gingerbread.
2052 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107

The Ballard Farmers Market happens every Sunday rain or shine from 10am-3pm between Vernon Pl NW and 22nd Ave NW. The street is shut down to cars but there's plenty of parking available on side streets and around the neighborhood. On Sundays, all meters are free.

The Ballard Art Walk happens on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 6-9pm.

If you're looking for skin care in Ballard, check out esthetician Susan Grace and her Partly Sunny Skin Care line which is specially formulated for Pacific Northwest skin conditions.

For spa services in Ballard, check out Habitude, located just down Market street. The spa offers express massages starting at $65 and have services from massages to reflexology for men and women.


Nov 16, 2015

Free yoga series at Jujubeet

Avoid seasonal meltdowns and nourish your body from the inside out before hitting the holiday party circuit this year. Join yogi Andi Wardinsky and Jujubeet for a series of free community yoga sessions starting on Saturday, December 5th at the University Village Jujubeet location. Classes start at 8:15am and are free to the public. Guests will get to sample Dragonfly Nutrition bars, taste signature juices and have the chance to chat with Jujubeet dietitian Elena Razmpoosh to learn more about juicing to support your health and wellness goals. Yoga sessions run Dec. 5-19th and will resume in the New Year.

What: Free community yoga at Jujubeet

When: Saturdays, 8:15am (Dec.5-19th and starting again in the New Year)

Where: Jujubeet Seattle 4915 25th Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98105 (just past University Village)

Why: Because you need a moment of calm during the chaos of the holiday season

Note: Bring your own mat. Parking is free in the underground parking garage.


Nov 15, 2015

Seattle Fashion Directory: Handbags

Navigating the Seattle fashion scene is easy when you know where to shop. Here's the inside scoop on Seattle's best handbag lines and where you can shop for them locally.

Ampersand as Apostrophe
Featuring clean design details the Ampersand as Apostrophe line created by Seattle designer Jessica Park is a local style staple. The minimalist collection features utilitarian-style mailbags, luxe leather reversible totes, convertible shoulder bags and more. The parcel bags are a personal favorite due to their versatility, but the entire line is beautifully crafted and built to last. Shop locally at Hitchcock Madrona 1406 34th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122. 

Such Sweet Tierney
Designed by husband and wife team London Tierney and Christian Perry, Such Sweet Tierney is a gorgeous collection of hand-printed textiles that are assembled into everything from tea towels to tote bags. All designs are rendered onto paper with pens and paint, then manually screen-printed in Pioneer Square using eco-friendly, water-based inks. Shop online or check out the bags in person at Seattle boutique Velouria, located at 145 S. King St. Seattle, WA 98104. 

Pine + Boon
I first stumbled upon Pine + Boon products at Moorea Seal's shop in Belltown and have been following the line ever since. Created by Jess Marie Griffith, who runs a small design studio in Seattle, the Pine + Boon line features suede totes, leather bags with hand-painted graphic prints, coin purses and more. Shop locally at Moorea Seal in Belltown or online at

Colorful enough to brighten even the gloomiest day, Glittersweet bags are made for Pacific Northwest living. Designed to sparkle in the sun and stand up to the rain, the entire line is made of high-quality vinyl and produced locally in Sodo. Seattle sports fans will want to make note of the capsule collection designed especially for 12th fans. Shop locally for Glittersweet bags at Phinney Books located at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103. (Update: September 2017 - Glitter has closed)

After founding the nail polish line butter LONDON, Seattle entrepreneur Sasha Muir set her sights on the world of accessories. Inspired by working women in need of functional yet fashion-forward accessories, Sasha developed BEVÉE (pronounced beh-vay), a line of convertible wallets and handbags that transition from office to evening in a click. The detachable billfold is one of my favorite features of the line! These bags are great for travel and come in a rainbow of colorways to suit your mood. (Update: September 2017 - BEVÉE has closed)

Bag, Borrow or Steal
When Jennifer Hudson wowed Sarah Jessica Parker with her patchwork Louis Vuitton rental in the first Sex & The City movie, Bag Borrow or Steal became a household name. Located in Seattle, the designer handbag rental site brings luxury fashion to the masses. 100% of the items on the site are verified for authenticity and the site regularly stocks on-trend pieces from designers like Balenciaga, Gucci, Chanel and Hermes. Bag Borrow or Steal offers free standard shipping and includes damage insurance in the price of each rental.

Alice Noon
Based in Fremont, the Alice Noon line, designed by Tiffany Eley, is carefully handcrafted using oil tanned leather and suede to produce unique handbags perfect for everyday wear. The line includes shoulder bags, duffles, shopping totes and even backpacks. Shop online, or check out select bags at Les Amis, located at 3420 Evanston Ave. N. 98103.

If you're on the hunt for an eco-friendly bag that is great for travel, look no further than Haiku. The Passage duffle (pictured above) is made from more than 38 recycled plastic bottles and has a vegan leather applique, detailed embroidery, plus a water-resistant interior and coating. You can even slip a yoga mat or jacket through the front slip pocket. Shop online at


Nov 13, 2015

3 PNW jewelry designers you need to know right now

Accessories can make or break an outfit, which is why I never leave home without them. The truth is, simply adding a great necklace can instantly transform a look and update your wardrobe for the season without breaking the bank. Here's a look at 3 pretty incredible jewelry designers that you need to put on your radar right now.

Dreamy, minimalist jewelry that is perfect for everyday wear. Say hello to Masha Moon. The entire line is handcrafted in Seattle and includes bracelets, necklaces, cartilage earrings, gold-filled rings and more. Shop online or check out the Masha Moon collection in person at the Found & Gathered pop-up on Dec. 12th. 

Speaking of amazing accessories, here's your first look at the debut line from Rogue T&K. Designed with maximum versatility in mind, this line merges natural materials like freshwater pearls with mixed metals to create unique pieces that are perfect for the Pacific Northwest. Wood pieces for the line are hand cut and dyed in vegetable juices, making them eco-friendly and vegan too! Check out the Rogue T&K line and meet Katrina, one of the designers of the line at RAWk Seattle on December 3rd at Foundation nightclub. 

Just north of Seattle in Vancouver, British Colombia, designer Emmy Trinh is busy making gorgeous jewelry inspired by architecture, nature and visual elements of the west coast. Celebrating one year in business last month, Emmy's namesake line features delicate bracelets, gold-dipped crystal necklaces, onyx earrings and more. The Emmy Trinh jewelry collection is designed for everyday wear and combines quality materials with classic shapes. Shop locally for select Emmy Trinh pieces at 8telier, located at Pacific Place. You can also locate additional stockists on her website


Nov 3, 2015

Gala Guide: 5 Outfits + Accessories

Seattle-based online boutique JJ Caprices has you covered when it comes to sparkly accessories that shine this holiday season. Get gala ready with chandelier earrings, statement bracelets and ornate rings. Here's a look at a few of our favorite pieces for the holiday party season.

Golden Glamour is a major trend for the holidays and designers have gone all out with gorgeous gowns adorned in glitter, sequins, and beautiful metallic fabrics. Perfect for festive parties and gala events, the golden glamour trend is sure to be a showstopper.  Shown above: Dress, Badgley Mischka. Earrings, Drop earrings by LK Designs available at Lipstick, Gucci Iconic Red. Shoes, Aquazarra.

Take a trip to the dark side this holiday season with lace, matte lipstick and ornate accessories. Shown above: Dress, Marchesa Notte. Necklace, Pearl with crystals by Maodun. Lipstick, Nars Audacious. Shoes, Sebastian Milano.

The little black dress is a classic and provides the perfect backdrop for incredible accessories. Elegant earrings instantly dress up this look and a soft pink lip adds a beautiful final touch. Shown above: Dress, Nha Khanh. Earrings, Filigree drop earrings from LK Designs. Shoes, Jimmy Choo. Lipstick, Christian Louboutin available exclusively at Nordstrom.

Oct 26, 2015

Meet your new best friend: Knack

If gift giving were a competitive sport, I would be in the winner's circle. My holiday shopping routine often goes something like this:
1) brainstorm creative gift ideas
2) find local shops that carry the products I'm looking for
3) run around the city like a crazy person picking up various elements to assemble the gift
4) spend even more time finding a creative way to package each item
5) blow the recipients mind with my thoughtfully curated gifts sourced from local vendors

Yes, it's exhausting but I'd like to think that the recipients of my gifts would agree, it's worth it. Until now, there hasn't been an easy way to shop from a variety of local brands while also being able to completely customize your gift with a personal touch. Say hello to Knack, an incredible new way to satisfy your inner DIY-er while taking advantage of the convenience of online shopping. On the site shoppers can create gifts by choosing from over a thousand high quality products (called knicks) sourced from all over the Pacific Northwest. The site then helps you make a "knack" using whatever vessel suits your fancy including glass jars, paint tins, premium gift boxes or even upcycled bottles. 

The site is incredibly user-friendly and features a variety of local brands I love including Olivine Atelier, Herbivore, Tokyo Milk, Fran's Chocolates, Dachshund Design House, Potluck Press and more. Making a Knack is fun and users also have the option to collaborate with others, instantly making group gifting a lot easier and so much more engaging. There's even an option to split payment among multiple people!

The team recently invited me over to their Capitol Hill office space to create a Knack for my best friend Jessica. Naturally, my custom BFF box includes an array of beauty products mixed with inspiration, celebratory confetti and topped off with a small glitter crown.

Each item is then carefully hand packed into a box (or other vessel) by the Knack team and topped off with a Knack Book that includes a personalized message from the gift giver along with product descriptions for each item so that recipients can get to know the backstory of the brands included in the gift and discover incredible products made right here in the Pacific Northwest.

My BFF box aka the "Soul Sister" is available for sale on the Knack store. You can purchase it as is for the gal pals in your life, or customize it based on your budget and needs. Knacks start at $25 and can be shipped anywhere in the United States. Your holiday shopping just got so much easier (like you needed one more thing to stress out about).  You can thank me later.

Knack is a great way to shop local while also having the ability to customize the perfect gift. Tag us in your Knack pics so that we can see what you've created! And don't forget to follow @KnackShops on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 


Fashion Calendar: Goodwill Glitter Sale

The 32nd Annual Goodwill Glitter Sale will take place November 14th and 15th at the Dearborn store located at 1400 South Lane street. Get ready to shop because we're talking Missoni tops, Prada skirts, Tiffany bracelets, vintage dresses and more. Admission is free and as per usual, the best items go first! Proceeds from the sale benefit Goodwill's free job training and education programs in the community. Racks will be restocked all weekend long and if you can't wait, feel free to preview available items on the Goodwill blog.

What: 32nd Annual Goodwill Glitter Sale

When: Saturday, Nov. 14th and Sunday, Nov. 15th from 9am-6pm both days

Where: Goodwill 1400 South Lane St. Seattle, WA  (Free parking)

Why: Because this is the ultimate way to shop for a cause

Don't forget, there's still time to buy your tickets to the Goodwill Glitter Gala taking place on Nov. 6th in Seattle. I will be there and can't wait to meet you! Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.  Check out the video from last year's show:


Oct 16, 2015

Coming soon: Uniqlo Bellevue

The countdown is on! Uniqlo is opening its first store in the Pacific Northwest on Friday, November 6th in Bellevue. The 16,000 square foot store will house merchandise for men, women and kids. "We see the entrance into the Pacific Northwest region as a necessary and exciting growth driver as we continue to expand across the US," says Uniqlo CEO Larry Meyer. Uniqlo opened its first store in Japan back in 1984 and now has more than 1,600 stores worldwide. Follow the new store opening action on social media using the hashtag #UniqloSeattle.

Head over to to take a peek at a curated assortment of merchandise for Seattleites and meet the taste makers the company partnered with for the launch of the new store including Shauna Casey, Bethany Marie, Hollis and more! 

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