Tacomans! You’re loving life right now. Lush, that emporium of body care goodness is opening up in your mall. Very soon!
In early May, you’ll be able to shop their ethically formulated and 100 percent vegetarian soaps, hair care, bath bombs, scrubs, creams and cosmetics on level one between Macy’s and Nordstrom in the brand’s fourth Washington state location.
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, but as a middle-aged woman, I’ll channel my inner “geriatric starlet” (to steal her phrase) and wear sunglasses by the inimitable Iris Apfel, the 92 year-old interior decorator and fashion icon instantly recognizable by her big, round black framed glasses and layers of amazing jewelry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art feted Apfel in 2005 during an exhibit named Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel, with a focus on her personal possessions and personal flair.
Enjoy your Mother’s Day a little early and head to this fun fabric flower making demo at West Seattle’s Clementine Shoes on Saturday, May 11 from 12 to 4 with local milliner Izzie Lewis. In addition to a fun frill to take home, Clementine will be offering special deals and $20 in Clementine Cash for attendees to spend in the store throughout May, that can be claimed at the store’s Facebook page.
The Endless Knot Warehouse Sale started Thursday, April 25 and runs through Sunday, April 28. This is a sale that always sneaks up on me and always happens on a weekend that I’m already busy, but Endless Knot is one of the best, under-the-radar shops in town, which makes me think that their warehouse sale is equally as good.
Western Ave.’s home furnishings store. Liave, is closing their brick and mortar location and heading into the world of e-commerce. Between now and the store’s last (TBD), all in-stock inventory, including all the lovely European home décor and gift items this store is known for, is 20 percent off. I love this shop and its tagline: "beautiful things meant to be used," and look forward to what treasures owner Cornelia Veit will have to share online.
Cuyana is a San Bay area company run by founders Shilpa Shah and Karla Gallardo who travel the globe on the lookout for chic, high quality materials, think textiles and metals, that can be transformed by local craftsmen into chic, high quality and limited-edition goods and accessories that they sell on their web store. Cuyana donates a percentage of their proceeds to Charity:water, a non-profit organization that provides solutions for clean water worldwide.
Fine artist Seth Damm (sethdamm.net) knew he was on to something early in the creation of his Neon Zinn rope necklaces. “There’s just something about them that makes people want to touch them.” And wear them.
Influences: Having grown up in a booming Aberdeen of the 1970s, when “every day was sunny” and all his girlfriends “tasted like bubble gum and vodka,” Gabe Johnson holds an almost religious reverence for “oil cans, muscle cars and slingshots,” and other blue-collar Americana from the 1940s-’70s, an era when things were made with pride. “I appreciate items that were meant to outlast the maker,” he says.
Exciting news in the region’s retail scene with the announcement of several new shops opening in the next few weeks. Hometown mega-brand Tommy Bahama is celebrating their 20th anniversary by opening a shop at Bellevue Square on April 26 (they’ve already got one at University Village), for all your resort and island lifestyle fashion needs.
I’m a West Seattle girl and I love my West Seattle shopping. But I realize that many people think West Seattle is too far away or hard to find to warrant a visit. Which is totally not the case, it’s actually quite easy to get to via both I-5 and 99, and the Junction (the crossroads of California Ave. SW and SW Alaska St.) is a direct shot up from the bridge and requires practically no navigation to get to. Plus, there’s ample free parking in conveniently placed lots throughout the neighborhood. Free. Easy. Parking.
Ladies, do yourself a favor and get a professional bra fitting. It really makes all the difference in the world in terms of looking good and feeling good.
Nordstrom is having a huge bra event on April 26 and 27, in all their stores (and on-line, where you’ll have access to great tips for finding the right bra for you), where their fit stylists will be on hand to help you in your quest for the perfect underpinnings, at the right price for your pocketbook.
Great news for the interior design obsessed. Jonathan Adler, the master of mood-elevating decor options is bringing his business to Seattle in a stand-alone store at University Village. An opening date is set for June. More details to follow.
A few years ago I heard about an archaeological dig in China that unearthed a Chinese woman in her fifties who was so well preserved by her cypress wood tomb layered with clay and charcoal that she was perfectly intact, including her last meal of honeydew melon, the seeds of which were still in her stomach.
Just when you thought buying local couldn’t get any closer to home, it has, and there is already an apt hipster word for it: “uber-local.” As opposed to “local”, which designates food from within roughly 350 miles of the consumer, the term describes food products grown or produced within a radius of only ten miles.