Apr 28, 2018

6 stylish gifts for the mom who has everything

Mother's Day is just around the corner and it's time to celebrate the amazing women in our lives who help make the world go round. From custom bracelets to luxury handbags, power ties, and wine accessories, you'll find great gift ideas here for the mom who has it all. 

For power moms raising strong girls: Andieanderin
Designed in Seattle and produced in the U.S.A., these 100% silk neckties by Andieanderin will make a major style statement on Mother's Day. Each tie is inspired by influential women both past and present including Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Mother Teresa, Frida Kahlo (shown above), and even Hillary Clinton. The ties come in sizes for both women and girls, so they are perfect for a matching mother-daughter moment. 

For the fashion mom who needs a better bag: KACYYOM
Stylish moms on-the-go need a functional bag that fits their lifestyle. Enter: KACYYOM, a gorgeous new line of luxury handbags designed in Seattle and produced in an eco-friendly factory in Italy. These bags come in punchy colors and strike the perfect balance of form and function. Shop for KACYYOM bags locally at The Spa at Four Seasons in downtown Seattle, or online at KacyYom.com.

For the eco-friendly mama who deserves organic roses: Velvet Report Rose Vegan Beauty Box
Trying to navigate the world of vegan beauty products is hard, but staying true to your values when it comes to purchasing beauty products doesn't have to be. Velvet Report sources 100% vegan beauty products from a variety of beauty and skincare vendors and packages them up in beautiful keepsake boxes, making them a fabulous gift. I love the Rose Vegan beauty box which comes with a softly-scented rose toner, rosehip and clay facial mask, and a rose lip balm.
For the mom who hates "wine mouth" but won't give up red wine: WineBlock
WineBlock is a fun, practical gift for moms who love wine. It literally prevents wine mouth a.k.a. the embarrassing red stains on your lips and teeth caused by red wine, before it happens. WineBlock has zero taste and is made from an all-natural, non-toxic formula. We love wine here in Washington state and we're pleased to say this is a Seattle-based brand. #ShopLocal

For the mom who loves travel: Lat & Lo bracelet
For me, it's London. For my friend Nao, it's her hometown in Japan. We all have that one destination that makes our heart melt and that's why a Lat & Lo bracelet featuring geographical coordinates is the perfect gift for moms who love to travel. Lat & Lo also engraves rings, necklaces, and keychains.

For moms who love adventure: Ban.Do Cooler Bag
With summer just around the corner, moms who love adventure absolutely need a colorful cooler bag for chic picnics in the park. This insulated bag by Ban.Do will keep wine + snacks cold and features faux-leather handles and an insulated lining. Available locally at Nordstrom.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there! 

Lead Photo credit: Jenna Lynn Fernandez (top image)


Apr 26, 2018

Shop Now: 10 Mother's Day Gifts from flora & henri

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th and time is running out to find the perfect gift for the special ladies in your life. Seattle boutique flora & henri has a gorgeous assortment of gifts that are beautiful to give or receive.

This Two New York dress is a beautiful take on modern minimalist. Handmade in New York using fair trade textiles from India, this garment is one size fits all and features adjustable straps. $288.

Isle of May flora & henri fragrance featuring notes of rich red roses, fruity purple violets, and a vanilla-amber base. Available in multiple sizes. Launched last fall, this fragrance is a beautiful gift for moms who are looking for a new signature scent. 
Perfect for outdoor adventures and everyday wear, the Janessa Leone Woven Hat is a style staple for summer. $205. Made in the USA. 

Slip them on, pair with everything from breezy dresses to jeans. The craftsmanship on these leather sandals is absolutely stunning. Matta Koli Flat Sandal, $96. 

Give mom the gift of luxurious relaxation with Herbivore Calm Soaking Salts, $18. This is a great local company that does small-batch production to maintain the highest levels of quality. 

For moms who have a green thumb (obviously not me), Foraged Flora is a great gift! This book is organized by month and encourages readers to create floral arrangements using flowers and plants at the peak of their season. $40

For moms who love weekend getaways, this A-Frame overnight bag is the perfect gift! Made in the USA from 18 oz. canvas, this bag is durable, stylish, and large enough to fit everything you need. I bought one last spring and loved it so much I bought my husband one to match. We've taken these bags all over the world, and they are still in perfect condition! Highly recommend this fabulous bag. 

The flora & henri Sardinia swimsuit is insanely flattering and perfect for moms who want to look stylish while hanging with the kids by the pool. Fully lined and available in XS-L. $182. 

This gorgeous evil eye necklace is 14k rose gold and features a sapphire eye to ward off bad vibes. Kimset by Milka, $470. 
How sweet is this Mama Bird Card by Ghost Academy? This card is the perfect way to complete your gift. $5. 

flora & henri is located in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. Shop locally in-store or shop online from anywhere in the world. In March of this year, flora & henri celebrated 20 years in business. Congratulations and thank you for making Seattle such a stylish place to shop!

flora & henri 
401 First Ave. S. 
Seattle, WA 98104


Apr 25, 2018

Recap: Portland's 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum

The 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion Forum, produced by Brittany Sierra of Laptops and Smalltalk, took place on Saturday, April 21st in Portland. The forum explored the social and environmental impacts that fashion has on our world and challenged guests to consciously examine their current consumption habits when it comes to beauty, fashion, and even food.

The half-day event at Yale Union featured thoughtful panel discussions, an eco-friendly marketplace filled with local and sustainable vendors, and a fashion show. Speakers included Davora Linder of Seattle's Prairie Underground, Kelly Raynor of Modified Style, Whitney Bauck of Fashionista.com, Andrea Plell of Fashion Revolution, and Carly Mick of KEEN footwear.

Guests of the event learned timely information about the challenges facing the fashion industry when it comes to sustainability. Speakers also offered fashion fans tips on how on how to make a change as a consumer by being thoughtful about purchasing habits, choosing environmentally-friendly fabrics, shopping locally, and demanding more transparency within the supply chain when shopping from global brands.

The Sustainable Fashion Forum provided thought-provoking information about eco-friendly fashion and presented it in a way that was fun and digestible. I look forward to diving further into this topic in the months to come. We need to extend our conversation about eco-friendly fashion beyond Earth day/month and educate ourselves as consumers about the environmental impacts the fashion industry has on our planet.

If you're curious about this topic and want to learn more about what Seattle brand Prairie Underground is doing when it comes to sustainability, please check out their event this Saturday in Georgetown featuring talks with the founders and detailed tours of the warehouse and production process. RSVP now via Facebook.

Photo credit: Candace Molatore

Apr 12, 2018

Spotted around Town: Andieanderin Neck Ties

Seattle stylist Darcy Camden recently named neckties as one of her favorite spring fashion accessories, so it's no surprise that we've seen this trend pop up all over town adding a splash of color to outfits and starting meaningful discussions along the way. Andieanderin ties have been featured on King 5's Evening magazine and will appear in the April issue of Seattle magazine, but my favorite place to spot them is on the streets so that I can see how real women style them.

The pink Andieanderin tie, inspired by Malala, made an appearance on the red carpet at the 425 magazine Women to Watch event earlier this month. Worn by writer and editor Shelby Moyer, the Malala tie paired perfectly with a black and white knit top and bright yellow trousers. It was the perfect way to celebrate women around the city and give a thoughtful nod to women around the world. (Pictured below: Ally Svenson, co-founder of MOD Pizza, Brooke Fox of Movin' 92.5, Amy Lunch, regional VP of Comcast, Shelby Rowe Moyer, assistant editor of 425 magazine, Kim Peterson, owner of Uniquely Savvy, and Claire Durrell, founder of LEAD. Photo credit: Pavel Verbovski.)

Andieanderin create neckties for women and girls that are inspired by influential women, both past and present. The debut collection made in the USA features 7 styles that celebrate a range of fabulous women including Oprah, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and even Mother Teresa. Each tie comes packaged in a beautiful box with a storyboard that highlights the accomplishments of the woman who inspired the tie.

"We are in a pivotal time in our society," says co-founder Lisa Santos, "and we felt the need to celebrate the women who are pushing us forward on issues of gender equality, race equality, and pay equality." The ties are great conversation starters and come in sizes for both women and kids. Join the necktie revolution and shop the collection online at Andieanderin.com.

Speaking of street style and spring trends, check out how our stylish friend and fellow style blogger Jenn Haskins of Hello Rigby, styled her pink Malala tie with a dark floral kimono and white boots, as pictured below. (Photo credit: Rebecca Klein)

We can't wait to see how YOU style your Andieanderin tie. Tag us in your photos on Instagram @Sydlovesfashion and use the hashtag #Andieanderin.

ps. If you missed the 425 Women to Watch event, check out the recap written by Shelby Rowe Moyer here.


Fashion Calendar: Dining Out for Life

Join me as I hit the streets and dine out around town on Thursday, April 26th as part of the Dining Out For Life event which helps raise funds for Lifelong. Over 90 restaurants in the Greater Seattle area will participate by donating 30-50% of their proceeds from the evening to support Lifelong programs which include the Chicken Soup Brigade, health and dental services, youth outreach, and more.

This year's participating restaurants include Terra Plata, Skillet Diner (Capitol Hill), Oddfellows Cafe & Bar, Mamnoon, Elysian Fields, Coastal Kitchen and Bar Melusine, among others. I'll be at Terra Plata on Capitol Hill dining with friends and I encourage you to find a participating restaurant in your neighborhood to help support this very worthy cause. This is a great opportunity to grab your friends and make a  difference by supporting Lifelong's vital programs.

Dine at one of the participating restaurants on April 26th, take a quick survey (on-site), and you'll be entered to win two roundtrip tickets anywhere Delta Air Lines flies in the United States. Hello, summer getaway! For event updates check out the Seattle Dine Out For Life Facebook event page and follow the conversation on social using the hashtag #DOFLSeattle.

See you on April 26th!


Apr 11, 2018

Fashion Calendar: 4 must-attend fashion and beauty events in Seattle

Spring is officially here which means it's time to make room for a new season of style! Join us at these amazing events happening around the city and come experience how Seattle does spring fashion, come rain or shine. 

April 11 - Pacific Place Spring Style Event: Join Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle and Andrew Hoge of Seattle magazine for a special spring style event featuring curated collections from Pacific Place retailers, a beauty bar by Noir Lash Lounge, fashion sketches by Drawing Blueberry, power ties from local brand Andieanderin, and more. 6-8 p.m. at Pacific Place/Level One. Get your ticket here

April 18 - Bella Bash: The annual Bella Bash at Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa is happening on Wednesday, April 18 from 6-8 p.m. on Queen Anne. The spa is giving away over $6,000 worth of services the night of the event including laser hair removal packages, facials, reflexology, and more. Tickets are $25 and can be redeemed for products/services at the event. As a bonus, Bella Fiore is giving each guest an additional $25 credit to spend at the spa. The first 25 people to RSVP will receive a swag bag filled with beauty and spa products. If you've never checked out Bella Fiore, this is a great chance to meet the team and learn more about eco-friendly skincare services. Get your ticket here.

May 12 - Behind the Seams: If you love fashion, you owe it to yourself to check out the "Behind the Seams" series which explores fashion from the MOHAI archives.  The lectures by Clara Berg are fascinating and explore history through a fashion lens. The next event is May 12th and will focus on how World War Two affected women's clothing in the 40's, specifically in Seattle. Tickets are $25 for general admission (which include museum admission) and can be purchased here

June 8 - NW Hope & Healing Fashion Show: This annual event helps raise funds for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer in the Seattle area. The fashion show features local boutiques and couture designers, all coming together for a very worthy cause. Tickets and more info can be found here

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