In our bi-monthly Seattlemag.com column, Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city. Last year saw the blossoming of the Lumbersexual, the urban hipster guy who dresses like Paul Bunyan. Seattle, Portland and Brooklyn are where the style has taken root.
Seattle’s oldest neighborhood has seen boom times and busts over its 162-year history. It’s experienced prospectors and panhandlers, full occupancy and devastating vacancies. It is home to an arts crowd and a homeless community that coexist in a tenuous relationship. And these days, with a recent influx of notable restaurants, it is one of the most buzzed-about and desirable neighborhoods—and suddenly the place to set up shop.
If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to a tropical isle this month, whip your wardrobe into shape with something from Pua, a line of beach-worthy dresses, skirts and tops by Ballard’s Shala Sullivan Daniel, owner of former Queen Anne boutique La Femme.
CURRICULUM VITAEFor Capitol Hill’s Robin Held, there are no boundaries when it comes to sartorial self-expression. “I like convertible clothing,” says the creative strategist and cultural entrepreneur who has held prominent positions at Henry Art Gallery, Frye Art Museum and Reel Grrls. “I have skirts that make great tops.” When she travels, Held packs just enough pieces for one or two complete outfits and uses her imagination to combine them to create 10 different looks. “I’m not interested in idiot-proof clothing. I like the freedom to change things around.”
South Seattle–based jewelry designer Jamie Joseph (jamiejoseph.com) is best known for her highly coveted, faceted gemstone rings, each designed with a distinctive thick bezel and sometimes, a tiny diamond “beauty mark” embedded in the stone.
As if you haven't done enough monetary damage these past few weeks, there's even more store openings and sales a-happening, plus timely tidbits to know about should you still be feeling spendy. Let's roll.Moncler Opens in BellevueWhere: Shops at the Bravern
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.