You’ll be downtown shopping anyway in the next few weeks, why not schedule in a little “me time” at the spa to ease any holiday stress? Elaia is offering 12 deals for each of the 12 days of Christmas.
Thursday, December 12: The perfect stocking stuffer!Schedule a 60-minute or greater spa treatment and receive a $20 Gift Card
Friday, December 13: Wrapped too many gifts?$30 Elaia Winter Manicure (reg. $45)
Saturday, December 14: Give to receive!
Tacky sweaters are the reason for the season. When else do you have sartorial sanction to pull out your ugliest, gaudiest, green and reddest, most fabulous ugly holiday sweater? We know you wear them because we see you doing it all over Facebook and Instagram, there's no denying it. So send those pics of your festive self before Thursday, December 19 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Value Village. You can email pics to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit them via Twitter or Instagram with the tag @seattlemag.
It’s that time of year again, when every type of pundit (good and bad) puts together his or her end-of-the-year picks. But this year (see last year’s People Have Spoken post if you missed it), I wanted to get some end-of-year cocktail, bar and spirit favs from those who don’t write about the stuff for a living, but just enjoy it. Thanks to the following five tipplers for weighing in with their spirit-minded thoughts on new and old bar and drink favorites around Seattle.
Porchlight Coffee and Records owner Zack Bolotin has a new project, an online store called Close By, that you should know about. Bolotin lauched Close By over the summer, as a love story to his home state of Washington, filling it with “items that are well made, good looking and that I would want in my home (or on my back and on my head),” he explains.
Three things: Christmas is less than two weeks away. (How did that happen?). The US Post Office needs your support. (Buy stamps.) And New Year’s cards are a lovely option if Christmas isn’t your jam.
Following is a very brief selection of the cool cards from Pacific Northwest designers for your holiday communication needs.
I have a very chic friend who wears her Melinda Maria Goddess of Love necklace everyday, layering it with her other posh pieces and looking amazing like it’s no big thing at all. Granted she has great taste and a keen eye, but I really think that it’s her Melinda Maria necklace that grounds her fantastic look.
The hype is all about the food at Aragona, the newest endeavor by Spinasse and Artusi’s Jason Stratton and chef de cuisine Carrie Mashaney (who is currently kicking butt on Top Chef New Orleans) but I stopped in yesterday, during the calm before the opening night storm and got a sneak peek at the décor, which is off-the-hook cool and totally fresh.
After a few soft-opening dinners over the weekend, Spinasse and Artusi owner, Jason Stratton, is finally ready to launch Aragona. She opens to the public tonight at 5pm for dinner, with lunch service following in the coming weeks. Chef (and Top Chef contestant) Carrie Mashaney is helming the kitchen.
If your preschooler is anything like mine, he’s in constant motion, loves anything that keeps him that way and is raring to get on some wheels and go for it. This summer we discovered the Mini Micro scooter from Kickboard USA, perfect for kiddos ages 3-5, easy to dismantle, transport and carry for the inevitable “I’m too tired” whine after getting halfway to the park.
Beloved childrens musician and folk singer, Elizabeth Mitchell, has released a new album just in time for the holidays. Called The Sounding Joy, this festive album is inspired by the 1953 American Folk Songs for Christmas songbook by Ruth Crawford Seeger, the step mother of famed folk singer, Pete Seeger, and features a cadre of special guests, including Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs), Dane Zane and Pete Seeger's sister Peggy.
The Rob Roy Cocktail Advent Calendar may be the best part of the holidays, and I’m super excited that it’s back. If you somehow missed it in the past, here’s how it goes. Every day from the 1st of December until Christmas, Rob Roy (2332 Second Avenue) unveils a delicious seasonal drink. So, if you didn’t already know about it, you’ve missed a couple days, but there are many left!
Last year, Francisco Hernandez, the owner, designer and visionary behind men’s clothing line Built For Man created a yak ornament, made in Nepal, with proceeds benefitting the Early Rehabilitation Center (ERC), a Nepalese non profit committed to the welfare of special needs kids in that country.
It’s that time of year again: UCU is happening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. It’s 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and is totally free (of course, donations are welcome).
Now in its ninth year, UCU is a bi-annual indie marketplace with over 100 vendors participating, ranging from jewelers to plush doll makers, aprons to paper goods, candles to art, food, buttons, wallets and so much more.