Jan 23, 2017

SoulCycle is now open in Bellevue

2017 will be the year I look back on and fondly remember as the year I finally embraced my own health and wellness. For the past few months, I've been slowly getting back into shape at Ian Fitness doing high-intensity interval training workouts and I'm always on the hunt for fun ways to mix up my routine. For years now I've been hearing about SoulCycle, wondering what type of spin class could possibly be so exhilarating that it's developed a cult following. "You just need to go!" said one friend. "Trust me, it's an insane experience." said another. So when SoulCycle opened its doors in Bellevue and my friend Julia from Style & Cheek invited me to check out a free class, I instantly said yes.

For those of you who are new to SoulCycle, the learning curve can be steep. You arrive, sign in at the front desk to receive your bike number, rent cycle shoes for a nominal $3.00 fee, then store your stuff in a locker before heading into class. The spin room is dark, which makes for a cool night club-style vibe- essential to getting lost in your workout. On the flip side, the darkness is somewhat terrifying for first-time riders who have no idea how to find their bike, how to adjust it, and most importantly, how to "snap in". Fortunately, the SoulCycle team spotted me instantly and swooped in to help adjust my bike and get my shoes snapped into the pedals. By the time I got my bike set up the instructor was already a few minutes into the warm-up, but I had no problem catching up.

So picture this: you're in a dark room, with *amazing* music, surrounded by your Soul Cycle sisters, pedaling like a maniac, sweating like crazy, and most importantly, you're smiling. In the dark. Because it's such a high. And that my friends, is the magic of SoulCycle. I can definitely see why people are instantly hooked after their first ride.

The instructors are amazing, literally glowing in the dark because of the lights illuminating their platforms. I was incredibly inspired by Britt, who had an epic playlist and amazing energy. Her positive mantras kept riders focused on feeling the music and having fun. It was a full body workout. Sure, there were points when I was sure I couldn't go on, but Britt made me feel like my pace was the perfect pace and that I could face any challenge that got in my way. SoulCycle is all about riding with your tribe, pushing through together, and savoring the experience. I highly recommend checking out a class. If I survived, you can too!

A few things to know before you go:
  • The ideal outfit for spin class consists of a sports bra, tank top, and leggings.  Too many layers may restrict your movement and it gets really hot, really fast in class. 
  • Drink plenty of water before you ride and during class. You'll be sweating like crazy so it's important to rehydrate. 
  • Easy parking is available at Lincoln Center. 
  • To celebrate the second weekend of being open in Bellevue, SoulCycle is having a complimentary yogurt bar at the studio on Saturday 1/28 to give riders a delicious way to refuel after class.  
  • Classes can be booked each week starting on Monday at noon. 

Ready to experience SoulCycle? Buy a BLVU Soul Starter Pack which gets you 3 classes for $60, available for a limited time only. To take advantage of this grand opening offer call the studio at 425.786.0004 or stop by the front desk. You can also keep up with the Bellevue Soul Cycle studio on their Facebook Fan page to hear about studio news and community events. 

SoulCycle Bellevue
10470 NE 4th St. 
Bellevue, WA 98004


Jan 19, 2017

Colombia Tower hosts Fashion Lab January 31st

The Columbia Tower Club Art Committee is hosting a fashion show titled "The Art of Fashion" on January 31st featuring a variety of Seattle designers including SCHAI, Julie Danforth, Re-Sleeve, Mia Fioravanti, and more. The event will also include a shopping marketplace featuring JJ Caprices, Elke Couture, and Carole McDowell. Guests will have the opportunity to meet featured designers and shop styles featured on the catwalk after the show. Tickets are priced at $25 for Columbia Tower Club members and $35 for non-members. Limited seating is available. To purchase tickets, call the Club Concierge desk at 206-622-2010. 

This event is part of a larger series of "Fashion Lab" events tailored to highlight emerging talent in the Seattle fashion industry and other like-minded creatives and brands. The series is sponsored and produced by Suley Group and Tiger Mountain IT. 

Buki pop-up to remain open until April

You may already have seen the blogger buzz about Buki, but if not, don't despair because the holiday pop-up shop has been extended through April. Known for its forward-thinking about the wardrobe of the future, Buki has developed proprietary fiber technology and infused it into apparel and accessories for men and women. The collection, which launched last fall, is composed of 7 technical fabrics that use Kinoki-3.0™ technology to give Buki styles a variety of added benefits including breathability, moisture management, thermoregulation and ease of care.

"I've been interested in fiber technology for years," Joey Rodolfo recently told Geek Wire. "Buki is the perfect platform to merge high-end apparel with hyper-functionality. We call it the wardrobe revolution."

The pop-up located at 1826 Sixth Avenue stocks the full Buki collections for men and women along with limited-edition items like blankets, scarves, and branded gift boxes. Don't miss your chance to check out this great local brand and learn more about how fiber technology will shape our wardrobes in the future.

Buki Pop-Up Shop
1826 Sixth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Check out Buki on King 5's Evening magazine here

Pictured at top: Seattle style blogger Jorden Jakobs 

Jan 18, 2017

Fashion Calendar: Jag Jeans Sample Sale

The Jag jeans sample sale starts tomorrow! Stop by for $5 denim in petite, missy, and plus sizes. The event runs for 2 days and stock is limited to samples on-hand. Help the team clear out excess inventory to make room for spring arrivals. All samples including denim, tops, and jackets are priced at $5, cash only. The Jag jeans sample size is 6, but there are also petite sizes available in 6P and plus size denim samples in 18w. Full event details are below. 

Jag Sample Sale

Thursday, Jan. 19th from  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Friday, Jan. 20th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

1725 Westlake Ave. N.
Suite #220
Seattle, WA 98109

What you should before you go:
Cash Only (No on-site ATM)
Most samples are a size 6 but there are other sizes available
Petite sample size is 6P
Plus sample size is 18W
Sample sale also includes select jackets and tops


Jan 13, 2017

Help fundraise for Planned Parenthood at Pink Carpet Project

It's time to mobilize, my friends. So, if you're looking for something productive to do on Inauguration day, join Seattle magazine and The Stranger for the third installment of Pink Carpet Project, a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood created by Seattleite Cameron Levin. The event will help raise funds for Planned Parenthood, which is under critical threat of being defunded by the impending administration. The evening will include music, food by Madres Kitchen, cocktails by The Rhino Room, art, performances, and words of inspiration by Amelia Bonow of #ShoutYourAbortion  (because whispering isn't working), House Representative Noel Frame, Senator Rebecca SaldaƱa, and more. Guests are invited to bid in the silent auction and shop a curated marketplace featuring merchandise from women-owned businesses with proceeds going directly to Planned Parenthood. Please note, this is a 21+ event.

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Pink Carpet Project: Seattle Stands with Planned Parenthood

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Rhino Room 1535 11th Ave. Seattle, WA

7-11 P.M.

$25 via MercTickets
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