From royal coins to Lands’ End totes, monograms have long been deployed to add a special, personalized touch to another otherwise mundane items. It was that desire to add meaning that inspired Bellevue-based artist Maja Arnold to create distinctive monogram necklaces, cast in sterling silver, white or yellow gold, using a bold, modern font.
After breaking his foot for the second time, Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Jordan Pacitti hung up his pointe shoes in 2010 to follow a different dream. Inspired by his love of fragrances—and with help from PNB’s Second Stage program, which financially assists dancers in pursuing new careers—he earned his aesthetician license from Gary Manuel Aveda Institute on Capitol Hill, and started Jordan Samuel Skin with an initial focus on perfumes.
Trunk shows, holiday shopping parties, Black Friday specials, one benevolent book drive-- there are beaucoup opportunities for you to spend your hard-earned cash over the next few days. (And who doesn't love doing that?) Thus, I've curated a doable list of shopping events to make your life a bit easier. After all, Friday shall be maddening and Saturday, which is Small Business Saturday, will most likely be just as maddening. Now, go forth and shop!
There's a new breed of men, from Ballard to Brooklyn. It's the bearded, flanneled hipster, otherwise known as the "Lumbersexual." Those are two words you rarely hear together. My dad used to work in logging camps in the 1930s and I heard his incredible stories at the dinner table, including ones I won’t repeat here dealing with the sex lives of the lonely, brutal men who worked with him. Let's just say that no one really wants to be on the business end of a horny lumberjack. Really, truly. No one.
Since opening in 2003, SkinSpirit has become one of the top destinations for aesthetic skin and body care, with multiple locations in California and Washington. On November 6 Seattle magazine and SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic & Spas partnered on a Beauty Insider event at the newly opened location in University Village. 100 VIPs attended to enjoy sips & bites, a mini style lounge, makeup touch-ups, treatment demonstrations, swag bags, giveaways & more.
Of course we should currently be on the lookout for gifts for others. (This little wonder notes there are a mere 41 days and 10 hours left until Christmas. Oy vey.) But I see no problem with slipping a sable or two for moi in with my handpicked gifts for friends and family. I do what I feel like.
Now that it’s dark at 5 p.m., there is no reason left not to shop: You have finally packed away your sundresses and swimsuits, and it’s time to remember that added layers mean added opportunities for looking fabulous. Brighten your look and your outlook at these shopping events around the Seattle area this week.
1. Bellevue: Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery Third Anniversary One-Day Sale
As if Bellevue's The Shops at the Bravern wasn't a dapper enough shopping experience with the likes of Jimmy Choo, Ferragamo, and Louis Vuitton all sharing its walls, Italian fashion label Gucci opened a sizeable, 8,000-square-foot flagship store there this past spring.
Somewhere deep within an anonymous Lynnwood office park is Wardrobe Ltd., an appointment-only fashion lover’s paradise, with more than 3,000 pieces of the most highly coveted consigned couture and premier designer clothing, handbags and shoes. Owned, operated and obsessively curated by 22-year-old sartorial wunderkind Austin Deppa—who started the company when he was 16—Wardrobe Ltd. is where serious luxury shoppers buy and sell their Chanel, Hermès, Valentino, Prada and other heavy hitters.
Looks may be skin deep, but radiance comes from within. Seattle-based beauty maven, co-founder and owner of the Kari Gran brand of natural, non-toxic skincare and self-described "beauty junkie" began her quest for natural replacements to her daily beauty routine when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Her philosophy is that ingredients matter—whether they're in your food or on your face. We had the privilege of getting an in-depth glimpse into the life of this local celeb...and into her handbag.
GeekGirlCon hits the Washington State Convention Center this weekend, October 11-12. A melding of lady nerds of all varieties (scientists, gamers, techies, comic book fans and the like), this informative and entertaining extravaganza centered on geek girl culture hosts a slew of workshops, panel discussions, hands-on science experiements, a costume contest and networking opportunities. (There is still plenty of time to snag your passes if you haven't already.
As I get older and my concern for what people think of what I wear softens and my sartorial daring ramps up, I often think of these lines from Jenny Joseph’s poem “When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple”:
When I am an old woman I shall wear purpleWith a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
Fall has arrived and we can't wait to get our hands on cozy knits and plaid prints. Take a peek at some of our favorite fall finds, all sourced from local boutiques in Seattle. Special thanks to wardrobe stylist Tannya Bernadette and assistant stylist Jennifer Saul for putting together these fabulous looks. Look #1