Jun 24, 2020

The Sydlovesfashion Guide to Suncadia

Summer is officially here and easy weekend getaways are my jam. Suncadia recently announced that they are now open for business and officially in Phase 3 of reopening. If you're looking for a fun place to escape quarantine, Suncadia is it! There's something magical about packing up the car and driving away from the city to get back into nature for a weekend of relaxation.

The 90-minute drive over the Cascades is beautiful and the skies open up giving way to gorgeous trees and serene sunshine. We first started going to Suncadia almost a decade ago when it was slow and sleepy, but since then, it's developed into a robust resort with multiple pools, parks, and vacation rentals. Suncadia is a great place for families to unwind, connect, and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I consider myself somewhat of an aficionado when it comes to Suncadia, so here's my guide on how to do it right.

Where to Stay
We love the Lodge at Suncadia. There are plenty of options on-site including the inn, condos, and even vacation rentals, but if you really want to experience Suncadia at its finest, stay in the lodge. The rooms are spacious, including some units with kitchenettes, and I'm a big fan of being able to walk down to grab a coffee from Coal House Cafe in the morning. The beds are comfortable, the bathrooms are spacious, and if you book a river view, you can stargaze at night. The Lodge also has a pool (pictured above) with is open late and much quieter than the other pools on property. If you prefer more space, you can also rent a vacation home on-site or search places like VRBO for other on-property rental options. Please note, the only way to access the pools is if you book directly with Suncadia. We recently booked this rental through VRBO and loved our experience!

Where to Eat
There are a few restaurants on-site at Suncadia including Portals which serves a mix of American food and Pacific Northwest favorites. The Lodge burger is a trusty favorite and you can order it to-go from the bar if you prefer to enjoy the epic views from your room. If you're planning on dinner at Portals be sure to make reservations in advance as weekends can be busy. Our favorite place to dine at Suncadia is on-property at Swiftwater Cellars. Sit outside if you can snag a table and enjoy sweeping mountain views while you sample flights of wine. If you head into Cle Elum there are a variety of restaurant options available. We like Beau's Pizza and Pasta and El Caporal Mexican Restaurant.

What to Do
Suncadia is all about relaxation. Take a long walk or bike ride around the property. We spend a lot of time at Dawson Park when we visit because my kids love to run around in the grass, scooter on the path, and take our dog to the fully-fenced dog park. There are also a variety of hiking trails on the property and you can easily rent bikes and boats from the Fitness Center. If you have time, I highly recommend booking a treatment at the Glade Spring Spa. They are offering a limited menu due to COVID which includes massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures.

Kittitas County, where Suncadia is located, recently received approval to advance to Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan. This means that public pools can reopen, restaurants can increase capacity to 75% and people can gather in groups of up to 50. You'll still need to wear your mask while out in public (indoors and outdoors) and maintain social distancing when you can. We're all in this together and we can still have a great summer if we all play it safe.

Jun 8, 2020

How to Make Change

The events of the past week have been difficult to watch and yet critical to witness if we truly want to move toward shaping a better world. We have a lot of work to do in this country to end racism. The first step for many is perhaps acknowledging that it exists and to see the many ways we are privileged by the color of our skin. We each have an obligation to acknowledge how racism disproportionately impacts the black community. Now is the time to show up, do the work, educate ourselves, and fight for systematic change.

Many of you are tired, overwhelmed, and feeling paralyzed because the problem seems too big, and it is. But we have to begin. We have to begin speaking up, educating ourselves, doing the work, and being held accountable for our actions. Last week, mental health therapist Alishia McCullough and dietitian + activist Jessica Wilson put together a great list of calls to action. Here are a few that stood out to me as a creative:

  • Fund projects, books, and podcasts created by black people
  • Use your privilege and connections to provide space and equipment for black people to host events and conferences
  • Center the experiences of black people in conversations about social justice and body liberation
  • Hold people accountable for long-term changes

There are so many things we can do as creatives to amplify black voices and give them access to opportunities. Many influencers work with a vast network of brands. Why not leverage those relationships to start conversations with brands about how they can diversify their social media feeds and pay black content creators or allocate shelf space to black designers? Aurora James of sustainable fashion brand Brother Vellies recently created the 15% pledge asking retailers to dedicate 15% of their shelf space to black-owned businesses. I encourage you to sign the pledge and start conversations with your favorite brands about what they are doing to ensure black artists, creators, and businesses are part of their product mix and represented in their organization in meaningful ways. 

Here are some things you can do today:

  • Examine your own biases and work to dismantle them. 
  • Have hard conversations with your friends, family, and employers about systematic racism in America. Silence is violence and avoiding these conversations will only perpetuate the cycle. Speak. Educate. Fight for change. 
  • Don't just read books, listen to podcasts, and continue to consume content in your quest to be anti-racist. DO 👏 THE 👏 WORK. 
  • Use your platforms and places of access to ensure that black voices are amplified and that their experiences are widely shared. 
  • Diversify your feed. Follow black content creators, business owners, and activists. Listen to their stories. Get to know them. Get involved. 
  • Keep showing up to fight for change, not just today, but every day. 

I invite you to harness the emotions of the past week and use them to fuel your work toward meaningful change. We have to dismantle the systems that continue to oppress communities of color and rebuild them in a more equitable way. I am here for you and ready to do the work alongside you to create a brighter future that is filled with love and possibility for all.

Photo credit: Demri Rayanne Photography 

May 19, 2020

Seattle Style: Face Mask Edition

Seattle residents are now encouraged to wear face masks in public areas to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. The new guidance includes grocery stores, restaurants, retail, indoor workplaces, and public transit. Many local brands are answering the call of safety by offering masks that help keep fashion fans stylish and safe.

Morning Siren has colorful masks in a variety of prints and patterns. The best part is, they are FREE! Just pay for shipping and handling. Oh, and while you’re shopping, consider making a donation to help pay for material costs to keep Morning Siren mask production going. They also just added gift packs that include greeting cards and small gifts.

One Imaginary Girl face masks are not for the faint of heart. They are for die-hard fashion fans who want to make a style statement. Designer Sarah Donofrio just announced that new color block face masks have been added. View all the styles available in the Mask Shop here. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will benefit a rotating list of local non-profits. 

Freeman has 100% cotton face masks available in brushed twill and plain weave oxford fabric. The masks are $10 and will be made in between production runs of PPE for local healthcare workers.

Luly Yang currently has over a dozen styles of stylish face masks available including one that features her signature butterfly motif. Each mask is priced at $55 and made in Luly’s couture studio located in Seattle. You can also make your own mask at home using this handy guide.

Seattle brand Over & Over has also pivoted from making vintage kimonos to making face masks amid the coronavirus outbreak. The collection of silk masks features 8 different styles and proceeds benefit Food Lifeline.

Feral is also making masks during the COVID-19 outbreak and for every mask purchased, the company is donating a mask to someone in need. I love the colorful range of tie-dye styles! View available styles here

Sustainable brand Tokki is also now offering face masks for both kids and adults. For every mask purchased, one is donated to a frontline worker in need. 

Zumiez has a variety of face masks and coverings in stock now with prices starting at $9.95. The Zine mask (shown above) is made from 100% cotton that is super soft and comfortable to wear.

According to the World Health Organization, up to 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, which means that there are people out in the community who otherwise feel well but are inadvertently getting people sick. Please wear a mask and help control the spread of coronavirus. Your community thanks you! And hey, if you're going to wear a mask, you might as well #ShopLocal and get one that you like.

May 18, 2020

Peridot boutique announces store closure

In the midst of the on-going COVID-19 outbreak, Peridot boutique located on Queen Anne has announced that it will permanently cease operations on June 30, 2020. The storefront has been closed to the public since March 17 when Governor Jay Inslee first announced the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order in Washington. Customers have maintained the ability to shop online during the outbreak via the store's e-commerce site with limited curbside pick-up and will continue to enjoy free shipping on orders over $50 from now until the store closure.

"We have loved being part of the Queen Anne community for all these years. It is with a heavy heart that we announce our closure. We are a small business and the prolonged shutdown has had significant impacts on our business. Due to personal reasons and the escalating costs of running a brick-and-mortar store in Seattle, we have made the difficult decision to close. That being said, we greatly appreciate our customers and their support throughout the years, especially as this news has become public. I am truly touched by everyone's kind words and response to our news," said owner Lindsey Snider.

Peridot has been a staple on Queen Anne since 2004, offering women's apparel, accessories, footwear, and gifts. Online and FaceTime shopping will continue until Tuesday, June 30 and the store will reopen for in-person shopping if Phase 2 begins before the store closure date. The store is also offering curbside pick-up and free delivery within Queen Anne/Magnolia. Use promo code SAVE25 for 25% off your order.

2135 Queen Anne Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109

New U Village Retailers Announce Curbside Pickup

In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, over a dozen retailers at Seattle’s University Village have announced curbside pickup. Starting this week, select retailers will allow customers to shop online or over the phone and pickup merchandise within set business hours. See the current list of retailers offering curbside pickup below.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop online and select curbside pickup for your order.


Curbside pickup is available Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. View featured products here or email b8taseattle@b8ta.com for details.


Curbside pickup is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the store to place an order or shop online and select in-store pickup.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call to place your order on weekdays beginning at 9 a.m. or weekends at 11 a.m. Customers can also place orders online.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Place your order online and receive a confirmation when your order is ready for pickup. Call the store upon arrival and the staff will bring our your items.


Shop online or call the store to schedule a private shopping appointment.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the store to schedule an appointment or arrange curbside pick-up.


Curbside pickup and in-store shopping available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call to place an order for curbside pickup.


Curbside service is now available. Shop online and select in-store pickup. Click here for more info.


Curbside services are offered by appointment only (see website for available time slots). Services include: Pick Up of "Pottery To Go" Kits, drop off of finished pottery for firing, pick-up of fired pottery.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call or shop online to place your order for curbside pickup.


Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shop outside without an appointment or inside with an appointment. Stay tuned with plant arrivals by signing up for the weekly email. To place an order for curbside pickup, call the store or email orders.ravennagardens@gmail.com.


Curbside pickup available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Place orders online or call the store to schedule curbside pickup. Email seattle@TWISTonline.com for specific inquiries.


Open for curbside pickup on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop online or email mail@villagematernity.com to place an order for pickup.


Curbside pickup is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop online or call the store to place an order for pickup.


Liam and London Paint the Town

Keeping kids entertained at home during the coronavirus outbreak can be challenging, which is why I'm excited to share that Paint the Town at University Village is now offering a special Pottery to Go service. This is a fun and easy way for kids who love art to get their creative fix while also getting a break from screen time. We tried out the curbside Pottery to Go service last week and my kids are already asking to do it again.

The assortment of pieces that are available to paint include picture frames, plates, mugs, animal figurines, and more. There are a variety of price points available and pricing includes the finishing glaze and firing. You can order individual items to paint or full kits that include brushes and pre-selected paint colors. Individual paint colors are available for $1 each and brush sets are $5. We had more than enough paint for multiple projects and the brushes can be reused, which is excellent because I have a feeling painting ceramics is going to become a regular thing at my house.

The Pottery To Go process is quick and easy. You simply pick the items you want to paint and make an appointment to pick-up at U Village. After completion of your project and once the paint has fully dried, you carefully wrap the items back up and schedule an appointment to have them fired in the studio. Once the items are done, you'll book an appointment for pick-up and receive your items back with a beautiful, shiny glaze.

I come from a long line of artists who express themselves creatively through writing, painting, and drawing. Turns out, that we also have a knack for painting ceramics. The process was fun and the experience was therapeutic for my kids who were bored with their usual art activities and wanted to try something new.

Pottery to Go is great for virtual zoom dates, book clubs, mommy meet-ups (with wine!), and of course, kids who want to try something new for their homeschool art class. Gift certificates are also available for purchase if you want to gift a Pottery To Go experience to a friend.

Paint The Town
4611 Village Court N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105


Mar 18, 2020

The Coronavirus Guide to Take-Out at U Village

The coronavirus outbreak continues to impact daily life in Seattle but there are still many local businesses and restaurants that are working hard to meet your needs. Here's an overview of the restaurant at University Village that are offering flexible dining options. Please note, this list is constantly changing. Please check directly with the restaurant to confirm availability. 

Ba Bar - Available from Caviar, DoorDash, Postmates, and Uber Eats. Guests can also order over the phone for take-out. 

Bamboo Sushi is available on Caviar. 

Chipotle is offering orders to go and is also available on Postmates. You can also order on their website and get free delivery. 

The Confectionary - You can now email the team at hello@theconfectionery.com or call (206) 523-1443 to place orders for sweet treats. The team is well-versed on candy for all types of allergies and food sensitivities. 

Delfino's Pizza - You can still get your hands on Chicago-style Deep Dish from Delfino's through Caviar, DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and via their website

Din Tai Fung - No more long lines at Din Tai Fung when you order through Caviar, DoorDash, and Postmates. 

Eureka! - Our family loves the burgers here and you can order through DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and via takeout. 

FrogLegs - Order online, phone-in your order, or do a pick-up at University Village. Grubhub also delivers sweet treats and decorating kits from FrogLegs. 

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka - There are many ways to get your ramen fix if you're in self-quarantine. Get food delivered via Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, or Uber Eats. 

Homegrown - Get fresh local food from Homegrown via Caviar and by ordering online for pick-up. 

Jamba Juice - Get your smoothie fix with Jamba Juice at U Village available via DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats. You can also order juices on the Jamba Juice app. 

Joey Kitchen - Available via DoorDash and for pick-up. Anyone who phones in an order for curb side pick-up will get 20% off. Find details here

Juice Press - Available via Grubhub. 

Menchies - Available via Postmates and Grubhub. 

Molly Moon's - Ice cream and sweet treats are available on Caviar, DoorDash, Postmates, and for pick-up. Some local shops are open during this time but running on limited hours. 

Mr. West Café Bar - Seattle's favorite cafe and coffee shop is open for business, but with limited hours. You can call in your order for takeout and they are actively working on delivery options. You can also purchase gift cards online. 

Pasta & Co. - Food is available for pick-up. 

Piatti Ristorante - Order food for pick-up or delivery via Caviar. 

Rachel's Ginger Beer - As of this moment, the Univerity Village location remains open from 12 p - 7 pm. Take a peek at the menu here or make drinks at home using these recipes

Trophy Cupcakes - The company just launched a Pay if Forward Campaign that benefits local non-profits. The U Village shop is temporarily closed until further notice. 

Veggie Grill - Get your greens in with takeout from Veggie Grill. The menu is available on a variety of apps including Bite Squad, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats. You can also call to order food for pick-up. 


Mar 17, 2020

How to #ShopLocal During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Seattle is changing quickly as a result of the on-going coronavirus outbreak but there are things you can do to help support local businesses during this difficult time. Here’s a status update on some of our favorite retailers around town. Please note, this list is constantly changing so please check back for updates and follow along on Instagram @Gossip_Glamour.

Baby & Company is open by appointment only through March 31st. They will still be fulfilling online orders and taking FaceTime appointments with clients as requested. If you live locally, the team is also offering free delivery within a 10-mile radius of the store. Gift cards are available online.

Bellefleur Lingerie just introduced The Bellefleur Club, a monthly lingerie subscription service based on your style preferences. You can also shop for gift certificates online and receive free shipping through March 22nd.

Boma Jewelry is open for business online and will be fulfilling e-commerce orders as usual. Shipping times may be delayed, but you can still shop for early Mother’s Day gifts or simply to let a friend know you’re thinking of them with an ethically-made piece of jewelry during this difficult time for everyone.

Buki has announced that it will close its Seattle flagship store through Friday, March 27th. Customers can still shop online at www.bukibrand.com and enjoy free shipping on all orders. 

Emry in Madison Valley will be open by appointment only for the next 2 weeks. The team will be adding more products to the e-commerce website so that customers can shop online. Spring arrivals are available now including dresses, tops, and jumpsuits.

FrogLegs has all cookies and cake pops available for $28/dozen and can do delivery. In addition, they have pints of edible cookie dough for $7.00. If you have little ones at home and need a fun activity, FrogLegs offers decorating kits that include 2 frostings and 3 candies. Email info@froglegskca.com to place an order.

flora & henri has temporarily closed its Seattle and Marin County Mart locations to ensure the safety of staff and customers. Everything from their site can be safely delivered to your door, so take a peek and see what’s new. Oh, and if you need some good vibes right now, check out the flora & henri playlist on Spotify

Freeman is limiting operations at the brick and mortar to appointment only at this time. Brittany and Scott will be holding office hours at the shop and packing up online orders. In addition, curb-side pickup is available for local orders. Gift certificates are also available. 

French Girl Organics wants to help the community focus on self-care during this challenging time and will be offering FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders for the next 30 days. This is a great time to check out their assortment of all-natural bath & body products including bath soaks and body scrubs. You can also purchase gift cards online. 

Frenchy’s Day Spa is temporarily closed for business until April 1st due to COVID-19. Until then, they are offering a few alternative ways to stock up on your favorite skincare must-haves including skincare consults over the phone and at-home drop off for products. Follow along on Instagram for updates. 

on Capitol Hill is open for business and will operate on a day by day basis during the coronavirus outbreak. They also offer curb-side pickup. All you have to do is shop online and select local-pickup during checkout. You can also call the store to shop over the phone.

Gene Juarez Salons and Spas will be temporarily closed from March 17 to March 31. 

Horseshoe in Ballard is temporarily closed and will be working on re-launching its e-commerce website soon. In the meantime, you can purchase a gift card online. 

Jujubeet has closed all locations except for Main Street in Bellevue. The team is currently working on a plan for delivery services and will be adjusting their website to offer multiple ways customers can get their favorite Jujubeet food and juices. Right now if you live in the Bellevue area you can send any orders to contact@jujubeet.com for free delivery. 

K Banana at University Village will be closing its store until March 27th. The online store will remain open and they’re offering free shipping on orders over $50. They currently have a limited supply of hand sanitizer in stock and hand masks to soothe dry skin.

Lika Love has announced that the store will be temporarily closed until April 1st. The website is still open for shopping and you can also purchase gift cards online. 

As of this very moment, Seattle sneaker shop Likelihood is still open for business and customers can shop both online and at the Capitol Hill boutique. If you need something to lounge around the house in, check out the sweatshirt assortment here.

Moorea Seal has closed her storefront in Seattle for the next 2 weeks. Online shopping is still open and she has created care packages for Happiness and Calm to help support those around the country that are in self-quarantine. You can also purchase gift cards online. 

Nordstrom has announced that it will close all stores for the next 2 weeks. "The health and safety of our customers and employees remain our top priority as we continue to make decisions during this rapidly evolving situation," Nordstrom CEO Erik Nordstrom said in a statement.

Peridot Boutique on Queen Anne has announced some changes. They will be doing virtual shopping appointments via FaceTime and offering free delivery for orders in the neighborhood. You can also shop online and enjoy free shipping on all U.S. orders. Check out the loungewear section if you need something cozy to wear while you WFH. 

Pipe & Row in Fremont has closed its doors and is doing online shopping only for the time being in an effort to help “flatten the curve” and keep the community safe. Shoppers will get free shipping on orders over $50 and can arrange for curbside pick-up. If you’re working from home, may we suggest these adorable fuzzy slippers

Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, Penelope & The Beauty Bar is also closed for business until April 1st. They will also be offering phone consults and at-home delivery for product purchases. For clients with skincare memberships, your packages will be extended for another year. You can also purchase gift cards online

Prism has temporarily closed its doors for business in Ballard and will be focusing on e-commerce order fulfillment and curbside pick-up for local shoppers. They have a great selection of clothing, candles, home goods, and cool things for kids. Shoppers will enjoy free shipping this week too.

Queen Anne Dispatch is open for business and has a variety of ways you can continue to shop. They are taking phone orders and have the ability to wrap and ship directly from the store. You can also purchase gift certificates by calling the store. 

Robert Leonard Salon has announced that they will be closing its doors until March 31. If you have an appointment on the books during that time, the front desk team will call you to reschedule. You can’t purchase products online but you CAN buy a gift certificate to spend on product and services when the salon re-opens. 

Red Ticking in Madison Valley has also made the decision to temporarily close until further notice. They will be doing private shopping appointments if you would like to come in. Call 206-250-8853 if you want to make an appointment. 

Skin Spirit has suspended clinic operations in Bellevue and Seattle until March 31st. If you have an appointment in March, they will be contacting you to reschedule for a later date. In the meantime, you can shop online and receive free shipping on your order.

will be closing its store for 2 weeks, effective on Tuesday, March 17. Stay tuned for updates on online shopping.

Swink Style Bar
will temporarily close through Tuesday, March 31st. If you have an appointment on the books during that time, their team will reach out to reschedule. April appointments will remain for the time being but may need to be adjusted as we get closer in. Gift certificates are available to purchase online.

Two Cranes Botanicals is offering 15% off Attune CBD oils from now until March 22nd. Use promo code CARE at check-out. Two Cranes Botanicals CBD oils are made in the USA using organically grown hemp and USDA certified organic MCT oil. Their oils are great to use for anxiety, insomnia, and inflammation.

Totokaelo has temporarily closed its stores in Seattle and New York but will continue to fulfill online orders. Take a peek at the new arrivals here.

Trophy Cupcakes is offering no-contact FREE DELIVERY on sweet treats including their popular “Decorate your Own Dozen” kits which are great for kids. Enter code "FREEDELIVERY" at checkout. 

Universal Standard has closed it’s 1:1 locations in Seattle, New York, Chicago, Houston, and Portland through March 31st. You can still shop online and purchase gift cards. Check out the loungewear collection for robes, pajama pants, and sleep sets.

Velouria is closed until further notice and will be evaluating how to maintain their online shop through this on-going epidemic. They are offering free shipping on orders over $50. You can also shop for gift certificates online.

Just further south, you’ll find One Imaginary Girl, based in Portland. Founder Sarah Donofrio will be taking her pop-ups to Instagram and doing virtual trunk shows. The e-commerce site is still open and we highly recommend the silk pjs sets for working from home.

Thank you for shopping local during this crazy, chaotic time. We will get through this together. If you can’t shop right now, that’s ok too. Here are some additional ways you can help support local businesses:

+ Post/Share updates from your favorite local shops

+ LIKE and comment on their posts

+ Send virtual hugs via a friendly text message to local business owners

Don’t give up hope that we WILL come out of this stronger and more resilient than ever. Email me your best #ShopLocal tips and updates at sydneymintle@gmail.com. 
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