Jan 27, 2016

Seattle Shopping Guide: Fremont

If you want to explore the independent shopping scene in Seattle, head to Fremont. It's full of boutiques, bars, restaurants, and on Sundays, a fabulous Farmer's Market. Check out our recap of the best places to shop, dine and play in Fremont.

Your first shopping stop in Fremont should definitely be Pipe + Row. In addition to affordable price points, it's the mix of labels like Finders Keepers and Keepsake that had me at hello. In stock now you'll find a full assortment of apparel, accessories, jewelry, sunglasses, pom pom keychains and even shoes. Shop online and get free shipping anywhere in the USA. 611 NE 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103Stocking brands like Rachel Comey, Gary Graham, and Isabel Marant, Les Amis is a style destination in Fremont.  They also carry local favorites including Alice Noon bags and Jamie Joseph jewelry. 3420 Evanston Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103Just around the corner from Les Amis you'll find its sister store, Essenza. Stocking body products, skin care, fine jewelry, perfume and even a curated selected of children's wear, Essenza is a great place to shop for gifts. Featured brands include Grown Alchemist, Herbivore (a local gem!), Rockstella, Antica Farmacista and more. Gift wrapping is available. 615 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103On the corner of 35th and Evanston avenue North, Burnt Sugar carries shoes, gifts, accessories and bags for women. Stop in for a new pair of shoes, a gift for a friend or a brand new handbag for the season. Sign up for the mailing list and get $10 off your first order of $100 or more. 601 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103If you're in the mood for skincare products don't miss the new Aesop store. This Australia-based brand has been around since 1987 and focuses on plant-based skin, hair and body products. If you're new to the brand, I recommend trying out one of the travel sets to sample a few of the essentials from the line. 3415 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103

For an authentic boutique shopping experience in Seattle, add Show Pony to your list of must-visit boutiques. Offering a mix of contemporary clothing and consignment, Show Pony also stocks Seattle-based brands like Prairie Underground and Veronica & Harold. 702 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103And with Valentine's Day just around the corner don't miss Bellefleur Lingerie featuring European and designer lingerie for women. You'll also find alluring sleepwear and exceptional customer service. Bra fittings and bridal registry available. 3504 Fremont Pl. N. Seattle, WA 98103

There are many great places to eat in Fremont, but here are just a few of my favorites and trust me, it wasn't easy trying to narrow it down.

If you're in the mood for savory noodles, short ribs with rice and melt in your mouth dumplings, head over to Revel. The food is incredibly delicious which means the wait times can be a little excessive, especially during peak dining hours. Arrive early or round up a party of 6 so that you can reserve a table. You'll find happy hour pricing on food and drinks in the bar daily from 4-6pm. 403 N. 36th St. Seattle, WA 98103

El Camino is a staple in Fremont as far as I'm concerned. If you're in the mood for Mexican food, this is the place to be. The enchiladas en mole are amazing and of course, you can't go wrong with the traditional tacos de carne asada. Weekend brunch is served from 11am-3pm Saturday and Sunday. 607 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103

Head to Pie for savory and sweet bites to satisfy any craving. From traditional chicken pot pie to a more regional smoked salmon pie, there's something for everyone on the menu, including mini pies that are perfect for kids. 3515 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103

Mark your calendars now because the annual Fremont Solstice Fair is coming June 17-19th.  It's a free-spirited weekend with music, food, crafts and community. You'll find yoga, a doggy parade, music and more.

Seattle-based Brooks Running has a beautiful flagship store in Fremont that is loved by locals, including non-runners. Get a glimpse into the company culture, pick up some lifestyle shoes from the Heritage collection and enjoy a free game of ski ball before you leave.  3400 Stone Way N. Seattle, WA 98103

Gas Works park located at the north end of Lake Union has sweeping views of the city and is the perfect place to perch for a picnic lunch on a sunny day. Spread out a blanket, watch the seaplanes come and go and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.


Jan 21, 2016

4 Spring Fashion Must-Haves

I know what you’re thinking: Spring is not exactly around the corner, and we’ve still got a couple months of cold weather to trudge through. But even in the thick of winter, we can begin looking forward to the spring sunshine and all the fashion that comes with the season.

A lot of the spring styles that debuted on the runways back in September have fashion lovers around the world testing their patience. There are so many fun trends to choose from, it will be hard to pick a favorite. For those of us who also have a hard time waiting, there's no time like the present to start stocking up for spring. I’ve rounded up some of the biggest trends for the season to help streamline your shopping list. Without further ado (because you’ve already waited this long!)… Here are 4 spring fashion must-haves to get your hands on right now.

A Romantic Maxi
Lace, flowing fabric, and colors that make you want to sail off into the sunset in the South of France. Romance is in the air this spring.  Get the look with pastel colored dresses, tulle skirts, floral embellishments and fringe details. This is a great trend to experiment with Rose Quartz, one of the new Pantone "color of the year" picks. (Shown above: Maxi dresses from Asos.com)

Anything Off the Shoulder
Pulling inspiration from earlier eras, off-the-shoulder styles are back and bigger than ever this spring. Appearing in both dress and blouse varieties, off-the-shoulder details are sure to be a staple in every woman’s spring wardrobe. It’s hard not to feel sweet yet sassy in one of these shoulder-baring garments. (Shown above: Rachel Zoe mini dress, Love Fire lace dress, Tularosa romper)

The tie-dye top
Spring style is heading straight back to the seventies with tie dye tops, dresses, swimwear and more. Finally, designers are drawing inspiration from the actual season at hand and providing ready-to-wear garments that are both practical and fun. This fashion week trend report from Style Caster notes that the spring '16 runway shows included a lot of batik, tie-dye, Baha pullovers, bucket hats, and loose linen. Add a pair of denim shorts and you're all set.

The Fashion Sneaker
Many women are trading in their beloved heels for more comfortable footwear. While I have mixed opinions about this phenomenon, one thing that cannot be argued is that fashion brands have come to the table with some very stylish options. Enter the fashion sneaker: a high-brow take on once-urban streetwear. Fashion sneakers are more than your average pair of Adidas. This season we will see sneakers decked out with over-the-top embellishments, adorned with funky patterns, and soaring high on platforms for added height. This fashion website mirrors my thoughts on this trend exactly: “I keep seeing girls in cool sneakers and want a pair too.” It looks like this trend is just something I'm going to have to own. (Shown above: Brooks Running, Kurt Geiger, Christian Louboutin)

Jan 12, 2016

Seattle Shopping Guide: Capitol Hill

Known for being one of the most playful neighborhoods in Seattle, Capitol Hill is home to some of our favorite places to shop, eat and indulge. Whether you live on the hill or are visiting for the first time, we hope you'll find a few hidden gems in our Capitol Hill Shopping Guide. 

Totokaelo (pronounced Toh-toh-kye-oh) located on Capitol Hill boutique carries an array of thoughtfully curated merchandise for men and women from designers like Dries Van Noten, Maison Margiela, Jil Sander, Rick Owens and more. In store you'll also find shoes and must-have accessories like Issey Miyake backpacks and Marni shoulder bags. Last fall Totokaelo opened a second store on Crosby street in New York. 
1523 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 

Counting over 24 years on the hill, Le Frock Vintage has a fabulous selection of now and then designer clothing for men and women. In store you'll find everything from vintage Prada to fur coats and earrings. Check back often for hidden gems like Marc Jacobs handbags and costume jewelry to complete your look. 
613 E. Pike Seattle, WA 98122

Melrose Market is another must-visit destination on the hill due to its community-inspired space featuring fresh flowers, organic produce and coveted local vendors. This is a great place to stop for lunch before or after shopping on the hill. Don't miss Glasswing, part retail store, part gallery. Cheese lovers: Don't miss the Cheese 101 tasting classes hosted by Calf & Kid. They feature locally made products from farms all over the Pacific Northwest. 
1501-1535 Melrose Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 

Voted Seattle's favorite vintage and indie fashion boutique, Pretty Parlor carries clothing, shoes and accessories from the 20's through the 80's. At Pretty Parlor you can also shop local designers including Jamie Von Stratton and Frankie Four. And for the animal lovers out there, they even have an entire photo gallery dedicated to Vincent, the shop cat. Enjoy. 
119 Summit Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102

New to the neighborhood, Visette boutique stocks casual and special occasion dresses for women, plus outerwear and accessories to complete the look. If you've got a cocktail party or a date night in your future, add this store to your shopping list. 
307 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

Since 2008 Veridis has been stocking contemporary clothing for men and women from brands like Bridge & Burn, Greylin, Trina Turk, Pendleton and more. Spend $100 and get free shipping anywhere in the US. 
1205 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

If you're looking for home goods, don't miss Retrofit Home. You'll find a colorful assortment of wall art, mirrors, books, decorative accents, candles and more. They also offer design services for creative types looking to find a unique way to furnish their home. 
1103 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

Part cooking school, part French boutique, Paris Eastside offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in Parisian food, art, home goods and more. If you've been bitten by the travel bug but can't get away, stop in for a little piece of Paris. They also offer classes and great tips for traveling to Paris. 816 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

Located on the south end of Melrose Market, Terra Plata is one of the yummiest places to eat on Capitol Hill. With an "earth to plate" concept, Terra Plata serves fresh food inspired by the seasons. The menu features house-made potato chips with truffled sea salt, Octopus with chorizo,  beets with spiced walnuts and more. In the summer months, don't miss the roof top patio.
1501 Melrose Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Owners describe the atmosphere at Grim's as "steam punk meets silent hill". We describe the atmosphere as "totally awesome" citing the liberal use of reclaimed and recycled materials to build tables, fixturing and lighting elements. Happy hour starts at 4pm and features grilled cheese + tomato bisque for $5. Escape the madness and enjoy a bit of privacy in the Butterfly Lounge, named for colorful butterflies housed in glass casings.
1512 11th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Coffee fans will want to check out the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. The 15,000 square foot space is dedicated to roasting and coffee education. Sip coffee in the lounge while catching up with friends and then head over to Serious Pie (located in the building) for an evening of pizza and wine.
1124 Pike St. Seattle, WA 98101

For those with a sweet tooth, cap off the night at Dilettante Chocolate's Mocha Cafe for a Midnight Espresso martini. It's mind-blowing. Happy hour runs from 5-7pm daily and features a mix of sweet treats and savory bites.
538 Broadway E. Seattle, WA 98102
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