My friend Francisco Hernandez is an incredibly talented designer with a wonderfully generous spirit. His seven year-old line, Built For Man, provides comfortable, wearable, sexy and unique clothing for men, in part made by artisans in Peru, for whom he provides a living through their traditional looming techniques.
The beauty of a classic, traditional line like Faconnable,a French line started in 1950s, is that they offer something for practically everyone. Even the hippest it girl or punkest punk girl can appreciate a crisp white blouse, a cotton v-neck sweater and a black leather pencil skirt. What they do with those classics is up to them, and the beauty of personal style, but at some point, as fashionable women, we realize that well-made modern closet staples are the keystone that holds our wardrobe in place.
I’m in to the “barely there” makeup look. It’s good day when I have a second to layer on mascara and apply some Burt’s Bees chap stick. But when I do take the time to actually go for more of a focused, deliberate “barely there” look, I turn to Koh Gen Do, a high-definition Japanese cosmetic line sold at Barneys.
With just about five weeks to go on my Earth Day 5k training, I’m racking up the miles. Just kidding, I’m kind of behind on my Couch to 5k schedule, but anyone who knows me well, knows that I rally like a boss.
So, this week’s breakthrough has been in my calf (or gastrocnemius) area. Where before I was plagued by pain, now I am pain-free. And it’s all thanks to my new Brooks shoes. And Barefoot Ted. Let me explain:
Carmilia's, West Seattle’s most demure boutique, regularly filled with an inventory of imminently wearable clothing from lines like Velvet, Ella Moss, Michael Stars and some gorgeous jewelry from local designer Jules Accessory Designs (whose chunky semi-precious gem stone rings are covetable and affordable, such a nice combo), is hosting a vintage pop up shop on starting Thursday, March 14 during art walk from 6 to 9 p.m. and running all day Friday and Saturday.
For those of you following my journey to train for the Seattle magazine Earth Day 5K on April 20 (my first 5K ever), or who have committed to running it with me, I have some exciting news: King 5's consumer reporter, and advocate of the people, Jesse Jones, is slated to be our Master of Ceremonies for the event. We're all really excited here at the magazine, since we're huge fans of his and all he does for the community.
I’m obsessed with Instagram, and Jenny at Far4 (@far4ing) is one of my fave local Instagramers to follow. She’s got a great eye and fantastic style and stocks her downtown store will the most amazing, unique and (sometimes) challenging jewelry, art and porcelain. If you're into Instagram, or have been thinking of signing on, now's the right now. Jenny has just announced a contest!
Mario’s, whose stores in Seattle and Portland have been keeping stylish Pacific Northwesterners sharply dressed for decades is celebrating “the cosmic coincidence that Mar 10 spells Mario” on, you guessed it, March 10. (Ok, and March 9, officially as well.)
If you’re a label-loving bargain huntress (or hunter), then head to the U District Goodwill on Friday, March 8 and Saturday March 9 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., for their Designer Accessory Sale, which will include shoes, handbags and other accessories from coveted brands like Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Betsy Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Steve Madden and Nine West for both women and men. Proceeds from the sale go towards the organizations free job training and education programs.
Uptown girl, laidback-style: “I flip from carrying my black Celine Phantom bag from Barneys to a Navajo-print cotton tote that I got for free,” says Maria Christofilis, a scent-savvy Seattle native who has been on the advance guard of home fragrances for more than a decade (at anthousacollection.com—which she recently sold). She shakes things up sartorially by layering unstructured elements with something more tailored, such as a tuxedo jacket—her “go-to staple and favorite classic piece.”
Week two of my Earth Day 5K training is almost done (one more run on Saturday before week three begins technically) and I’ve learned a lot. Mostly that my calves cramp up habitually at the outset of every run. That’s been a painful lesson that led to the lesson of perseverance, which is painful in it’s own way. Because, you know, inertia.
Seattle's Grey City has been making shoes since 2011, but they may not be on your radar if you don't tend to wear the enormous platforms that are favored by twenty-somethings these days. (Check out Portland's Solestruck for an education on just how high those platforms can go.) But in addition to chunky, sky-high ankle-breakers, Grey City also makes some very cute, more down-to-earth (as in closer to the ground) styles that I'm just loving right now.
Tuesday, March 12 is Love of Fashion, the fifteenth annual student fashion show for the Art Institute of Seattle. Not only are the designers students from the school, the whole she-bang is being produced by students. The show takes place at 8 p.m. at Benaroya Hall and is inspired by Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony, with a special collection, Club Ludo, in honor or Seattle Symphony’s musical director, Ludovic Morlot.
Jonas de Varona's line, MMH, has been on radar for a few years now. In fact, I bought the most perfect white tee shirt from him a few years ago that I miss desperately. His vision is modern and innovative and I'm always thrilled by his work.