Aug 28, 2018

Seattle blogger launches Youtube series about the Female Asian American experience

After sensing a void in Asian American representation in media and film, Seattle style blogger Carolyn Yuen Marino of Hey Pretty Thing decided to do something about it. Her new web series Sweet & Power will officially launch next month on Youtube and explores the female Asian American experience through the eyes of four millennial women. "Sweet & Power is part of a larger cultural shift in entertainment and we are very excited to add to that conversation," says Carolyn.  

The show features multiple on-going storylines and follows Cici and her three best friends, Yoona Kang, played by Yeji Kim Sakoda, Robin Chan, played by Becca Cheung, and Noy Inchareon, played by NoyNoy Inthaphanya. The first season follows the cast as they navigate the highs and lows of careers, relationships, sexuality, and cultural identity. Episode one of Sweet & Power will air on Monday, September 17th. Check out the official trailer below and don't forget to subscribe to the Sweet & Power Youtube channel to be the first to see new episodes. You can also follow along on Instagram @sweetandpowerseries


Aug 27, 2018

Travel-inspired fragrances to warm you up this fall

With Labor Day just around the corner the summer travel season is coming to a close, but flora & henri's signature fragrances can instantly transport you to faraway places. The fragrance duo, made in collaboration with Atelier Madrona, was originally introduced in the fall of 2017 and continues to be popular both online and in-store. Inspired by flora & henri founder Jane Hedreen's love of travel, the fragrances feature contrasting scents reminiscent of exotic travels and worldly adventures. Isle of May and Alcazar Palace are beloved by shoppers around the globe who love the aromatic journies that the perfect fragrance can inspire.

Alcazar Palace is a beautiful fragrance inspired by the fragrant orange trees at the Alcázar of Seville, a royal place in Spain built for King Peter of Castile. Opening with notes of orange blossoms, this fragrance is sunny and warm, blended with soft violet for a contrasted but clean impression.  Notes of Peruvian amber also add dimension to this scent without adding weight. Prices range from $30 for the 5ml to $250 for the 100ml.

Inspired by the crisp summer winds of the Isle of May in Scotland, this beautiful scent features notes of rich red roses and fruity purple violets with a vanilla-amber base. The Isle of May fragrance also has Spanish lemon oil for added depth and a raspberry note to saturate the base. Prices start at $30 for the 5ml size.

Both fragrances are available online at and in-store at the flora & henri concept shop on first avenue. They also make luxurious gifts for the holiday season. Visit the Seattle store at 401 First Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104. (Cross streets are First Ave. S. and S. Jackson St.)

Aug 26, 2018

K-Beauty pop-up makes debut at University Village

If you're a beauty junkie like me, chances are you already love and frequently horde Korean beauty products. We're talking sheet masks, skin essences, jade rollers, gel nail strips, and all the cute accessories that go along with them. Sure you can find a K-beauty section at Sephora, but what if you could shop an entire store dedicated to K-beauty? Well, your dreams just came true, my friend.

K Ba-Nana is opening a limited-run K-beauty pop-up at University Village today at 11 a.m. and it will remain open through the end of the year. They've stocked their shelves with coveted Korean beauty brands including Aromatica, Dr. Jart, Vika, Huxley, Too Cool For School, WKND, and 107. Shoppers will find colorful walls of sheet masks, tables of makeup and beauty products, fashion accessories, gifts, and more. The store is lined with handpainted murals by local artist Jesse Brown and also features a Molly Moon vending machine that serves up Minimoon cups of ice cream for $5. Follow the K-beauty convo on Instagram @HelloKBanana.

K Ba-Nana
2656 NE University St.
Seattle, WA 98105
* Free parking available on-site. The closest parking garage is near Crate & Barrel.


Aug 2, 2018

Fashion Calendar: SILVAE Spring 2019 Pre-Order and Launch

While many fashion brands are getting ready to release their fall 2018 collections, Seattle womenswear brand SILVAE is giving clients a special first look at their spring/summer 2019 capsule collection this Saturday at HYEI Studio on Capitol Hill. Guests will get to meet founder Deborah Roberts and preview new styles which feature limited-run fabrics and customized sizing. SILVAE is also offering a 20% discount on all spring/summer 2019 pre-order purchases now through August 17th.

SILVAE (Latin for "of the woods") is designed and produced in Seattle using sustainably-sourced textiles. Known for its versatility and unique styling details, SILVAE combines shapes found in nature with a distinct Pacific Northwest sensibility. 

What: SILVAE Spring/Summer 2019 first look 
When: Saturday, August 4, 2018
Where: HYEI Studio 1415 10th Ave. Studio 3 Seattle, WA 98122
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Buzz HYEI at the callbox on arrival to be let in to the building. Then head to studio 3. 

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