Jan 27, 2015

Fashion Calendar: Brooks releases limited edition #12thFan Shoes



12th Fans get ready because Brooks Running is releasing a limited-edition shoe on Saturday that you need to complete your game day look. Say hello to the Brooks Emerald Chariot, a brand new addition to the Brooks Heritage Collection. Featuring a Seahawks-inspired blue and green color scheme the Emerald Chariot celebrates the spirit of Seattle as the team heads to Super Bowl 49. The shoes retail for $89.99 and will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last at Brooks Trailhead (3400 Stone Way N.) in Fremont this Saturday, January 31st, 2015. Doors open at 9am. Get your gear just in time for the big game! Go Hawks!

What: Brooks Emerald Chariot limited edition shoe release

When: Saturday, January 31, 2015. Doors open at 9am. Be there early. You're crazy if you think there won't be a line. 

Where: Brooks Trailhead 3400 Stone Way N. - Fremont

Why: Because you love this city and you want to show your 12th Fan Pride! (And also because you can justify anything when it's limited edition. 

Don't forget to follow @BrooksRunning on Instagram!

Jan 21, 2015

Lisa Bridge unveils new jewelry line for Ben Bridge


Sourcing design inspiration from around the globe and right here in the Northwest, fifth generation Bridge family member Lisa Bridge recently unveiled an exclusive line of jewelry for Ben Bridge. The line features a bold, modern aesthetic and is composed of precious metals and real gemstones. As a certified gemologist and jewelry designer, Lisa's collection carefully bridges the gap between fashion accessories and fine jewelry. No pun intended. Prices range from $79 for a silver bracelet to $899 for a Labradorite and Moonstone necklace. Shop the collection online at BenBridge.com

Lisa Bridge Rutilated Quarts Earrings, $499



Lisa Bridge Hexagonal Labradorite Ring, $399


Lisa Bridge Rose Quartz Ring, $399

Lisa Bridge Agate & Chalcedony Earrings, $499


Lisa Bridge Blue Chalcedony Necklace, $599



Meet Lisa
Lisa Bridge will be hosting the next SMLunch at The World Trade Center on February 10th where she will discuss how Ben Bridge utilizes digital media platforms to connect with consumers. Tickets are $25 and available via Brown Paper Tickets

Jan 12, 2015

Fashion Alert: Jonquil & Mr Black Studio Sale


If you haven't had the chance to experience the Jonquil & Mr Black line that is designed and produced in Jordan Christianson's Ballard studio, now is the time to see what you've been missing. In honor of his birthday, Jordan is having a major studio sale for a limited time only featuring big discounts on must-have handbags, wallets, bow ties, accessories and more. Shop now or cry later. 


Happy Birthday Jordan!

Jan 7, 2015

Urban Getaway Guide: Bellevue


If you're on the hunt for a great getaway to unwind after a crazy week, the answer may just be right under your nose. In a recent post for PR Couture I discussed the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance, especially if your New Years Resolutions involve spending more time with the people you love.  Scheduling a weekend away isn't always possible, which is why I absolutely adore the idea of an in-city staycation. Just a mere 20 minutes east of Seattle, Bellevue is a great getaway spot with plenty of convenient shopping, spa and entertainment options.

Stay                                               
Located in the heart of Bellevue just across the street from The Bellevue Collection Hyatt Regency Bellevue is a stylish place to stay on the Eastside and is connected via sky bridge to more than 250 shops, 45 restaurants and plenty of places to get pampered. Featuring over 700 guestrooms and 55 suites, Hyatt Regency has multiple on-site restaurants and offers guests free weekend parking. On our last girls getaway we stayed in the Mt. Rainier suite which features sweeping views of Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier. The 1500+ square foot room has two bathrooms, a full dining area with seating for up to 8 people, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Bellevue Way and even a separate kitchen area. It's luxurious and absolutely perfect for a girls getaway or romantic weekend.




Shop                                            
You can't book a weekend at the Hyatt Regency without taking full advantage of the nearby shopping at Bellevue Square. With a solid mix of Northwest favorites including Zovo Lingerie, Eddie Bauer, Ex Officio, Zumiez, and ROAD Apparel, the Bellevue Collection also has a variety of designer boutiques including Intermix, Michael Kors, DVF and  Burberry. The Bellevue Nordstrom store is also now home to the first Shoes of Prey Design Studio which enables shoppers to design their own shoes. Beauty fans will want to check out the giant Sephora store to stock up on travel-sized toiletries.




Get Pampered                            
For a traditional spa experience, guests of the Hyatt Regency should head over to Yuan Spa for massages and hydrotherapy. For those looking for a less formal experience, Recoop Spa is another convenient option offering nail treatments, body scrubs, massages and skincare.  Haircare fans will be pleased to know that the Hyatt Regency is also home to Obadiah Salon and the O2 Blow Dry Bar. This is the perfect start for date night or girls night out. The stylists at O2 will transform your hair into a bouncy, manageable mane in less than 40 minutes for $35. For lash addicts, Noir Lash Lounge has a "One Night Stand" service for $20 that includes the application of false lashes for a flirty night on the town.



Dine                                             
So many good places to eat, such little time. On our girls getaway we arrived just in time for happy hour at Suite Lounge, located in the Hyatt Regency. Suite has speciality cocktails and small plates making it a great place to start the night. For dinner, nearby options include Daniel's Broiler, Joey's, Maggiano's Little Italy, and my personal favorite, Palomino's. Coffee addicts will be pleased to find Tully's Coffee in the hotel lobby for an early morning latte fix, or for a quick stop before heading upstairs for brunch at Eques. Tip: The Dungeness crab eggs benedict pairs perfectly with a mimosa!


          // Girls Getaway Checklist //             


Fashion mags to flip through for shopping inspiration 

Champagne, chocolates and candy

Appointments at O2 Blow Dry Bar to make getting ready for girls night a breeze

Dec 29, 2014

New Hair for the New Year: essensuals London

Good hair is hard to come by, especially in Seattle when a good blow dry almost always equals a downpour the next day. First there's the matter of finding a stylist who understands your vision, then there's the drama of the front desk where inflated egos run rampant, and of course, there's pricing. Too little and you know you're in for a hairy ride, too much and you're forced to hide your receipt so that your significant other doesn't know how much you actually spend on your hair. (I've only had to do that once....) The real answer to good hair is a trip to Capitol Hill's newest salon essensuals London. Located on 11th and Madison, essensuals London offers accessible pricing, a friendly vibe and insane amounts of experience from quality stylists who are eager to help you achieve the hair you've been dreaming about. Yes, I do happen to be obsessed with the city, but to me, London is a lifestyle concept that should have it's own hashtag. With cuts starting at $55, pricing is affordable, the staff is welcoming and the salon environment is unmatched in more ways than one.

Boasting a friendly but firm no asshole policy, (which I strongly feel should apply to life in general), salon owners and twin brothers Jason and Robert Townsend welcome guests to experience their minimalist salon that caters to urban clients looking for fashion-forward styling. In addition to giving guests great hair, stylists at essensuals London also focus on educating clients by providing city-centric tips on how to manage their mane. Love a hot shower after a brisk Seattle day? Beware of hot water that can fade your hair color and cause split ends. To prevent damage without sacrificing your shower, clip hair up while shampoo and conditioners soak, then lower the water temp before rinsing. After years of spending excessive amounts of time in salon chairs, I thought I was well-versed on hair care. Turns out, even I learned a few new tricks to keep hair healthy and make it shine.

Jason and Robert grew up in the salon scene and developed a passion for it. Their mother was a stylist and often kept the boys out of trouble by having them sweep floors and clean brushes. These seemingly menial tasks ended up having a major impact on the twins and helped them to develop a strong work ethic that still serves them today. They understand the importance of the salon atmosphere and know how vital it is to shaping the customer experience. At essensuals London you'll find the usual amenities that you would expect at a traditional salon including complimentary coffee and tea, but you'll also find a place that feels familiar because the staff welcomes you like family and makes you feel right at home.



Each stylist at the salon specializes in their craft and takes a collaborative approach to styling clients. In my case, Robert worked on my color and patiently sat through endless pictures of Kim Kardashian on Pinterest so that he could understand my "vision". After the color was complete Jason did the cut and worked on shaping my long layers for maximum movement. The process was seamless and the experience was a lot of fun.

Locavore's will love the fact that many of the salon details are locally sourced including the reception stand and coffee table. Both were made locally by Timber & Ore out of reclaimed wood. The salon sign was also made locally by the artists at Noble Neon.
The atmosphere at essensuals London is inviting and fashion is at the forefront of this community salon. If it's been awhile since your last good hair day, you owe it to yourself to start the New Year off right. Tell the boys I sent you.

Stay tuned for details on the essensuals London grand opening party happening in January!


essensuals London
1156 11th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122

Good to know before you go: Pricing varies by stylist, so if you're on a budget make sure you're paired with someone in your price range when you book.

Dec 10, 2014

City Sweats hosts grand opening event


Seattle's first infrared-focused wellness spa is now open in Madison Park. I did one of their signature sweats a few weeks ago and now I'm a believer. In fact, I lost over a pound of water weight during my first session and felt really good after sweating it out for the 55-minute session. It was a cold day in Seattle and the warm heat felt so good! 

City Sweats offers a variety of spa services including their signature Far Infrared Sauna treatment, massages, Himalayan salt scrubs, lymphatic cleanses, and more. For newbies to this type of spa service, infrared light heat up the body and helps to open pores, release toxins and stimulate the immune system, allowing for deep detoxification. Sweat lodges have been around for hundreds of years as a means to purify and cleanse the body. City Sweats helps make this an accessible wellness regimen for city dwellers looking for an effective way to relax, unwind and ditch toxins. They even have mounted flat screen tv's so that you can watch a movie during your sweat session. I got to watch "The Hunger Games" during my session which definitely appealed to the nerdy, multi-tasker in me. 

If you're curious about infrared saunas you'll want to stop by City Sweats on Saturday, December 13th for a special grand opening event. Starting at 1pm City Sweats will be offering tours of the spa, free massages, tonic shots, fresh juices, spa giveaways, a raffle, and an outdoor s'mores bar for the kids. Special guests include If you purchase a package during the event 50% of the proceeds will benefit Project Violet, a philanthropic effort to drive early drug discovery at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 


1928 43rd Ave. E. 
Seattle, WA 98112


What: City Sweats grand opening event

When: Saturday, Dec. 14th from 1-4pm

Where: 1928 43rd Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98112

Why: Because you promised to make health and wellness a top priority in 2015!



Dec 5, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Prairie Underground Sample Sale



So many shopping events, so little time, but this is one not to be missed. For the first time Prairie Underground will be hosting their annual sample sale in their workshop in Georgetown and their entire team will be on-site to meet guests and help suggest the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list. The sample sale will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm and feature discounts of up to 70% off retail prices on hoodies, jackets, sweatshirts, tunics, leggings and more.

What: Prairie Underground Sample Sale

When: Saturday Dec. 6th and Sunday Dec. 7th

Where: Prairie Underground 940 South Harney St. Seattle, WA 98108

Time: 10am-3pm

Good to know: Free parking. New stock added daily.

Dec 2, 2014

Pure Barre hosts Mine for Cline Donor Drive Sat. Dec. 6th


Join Pure Barre, Gossip & Glamour and Seattle Met style editor Amanda Zurita for the "Mine for Cline" Bone Marrow Donation Drive this Saturday, December 6th. Amanda's five-year-old nephew Cline suffers from a rare blood disorder that causes him to have a depleted immune system putting him at an extremely high risk for illness. That means no school, no playgrounds, no restaurants, no typical kid activities and no hope for a happy, healthy future without a life saving bone marrow transplant. This is where YOU come in. We're hosting a special bone marrow donation drive at three Puget Sound Pure Barre Locations in an effort to get people registered as potential bone marrow donors for Cline and others out there who are waiting on a life-saving transplant. Getting registered is easy, you'll fill out some paper work, swab your cheek and in a few months' time find out if you're a match for Cline, or anyone else on the list. Despite the fact that there are nearly 11 million people on the registry Cline has still not found a match. Help us give hope this holiday season by getting signed up. #MineforCline volunteers will be at the Queen Anne, Green Lake and Bellevue locations ready and waiting to help answer questions and get people signed up. Pure Barre will be doing prize pack giveaways and the first 100 people to sign up and get swabbed will receive a special Mine for Cline hair tie. Come out to support this great cause and help us find a match!


Learn more about Cline's story in this brief video. 

What: Pure Barre Mine for Cline Bone Marrow Donation Drive

When: Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2014 from 7:15am - 2pm

Where: Pure Barre locations including Queen Anne, Green Lake and Bellevue

Why: Because this is a great way to start your weekend and help save lives

Bonus: Newbies to Pure Barre get their first class FREE


Connect with us on social media using hashtag #MineforCline


Beauty Calendar: Bella Fiore Holiday Party


Join Queen Anne's Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa for a special holiday party and open house this Friday, December 5th from 3-6pm. Guests are invited to sign up for complimentary mini facials and can enter to win generous raffle prizes including a laser hair removal package, reflexology session and a microcurrent facial. Shoppers will receive free deluxe samples with purchase and get an additional raffle ticket for every $100 spent. In addition to beauty and wellness services, Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa stocks a variety of great products that are perfect for the gift giving season including Kari Gran Skin Care, Gallipot, One Love Organics and more. Guests will also enjoy light snacks and refreshments while socializing and sipping on seasonal egg nog. Don't miss out on exclusive holiday pricing on select packages the night of the party only.

If you haven't stopped by to check out Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa this is a great opportunity to meet the staff, get a tour, check out the service offerings and learn more about their approach to skincare and overall wellness. Ashley from One Love Organics will also be on-site at the party to answer questions about the product line and meet guests. RSVP now at bellafioremedspa.com/bella-fiore-holiday-party.


Holiday Spa Specials
3 Kona Treatments for $475 
(regularly $225/each)

6 Microcurrent facials for $500 
(regularly $125/each)

6 Laser Hair Removal sessions (small area) $500 
(regularly $1050)


* * * 

Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. #103
Seattle, WA 98109


Dec 1, 2014

Shopping Event: Ladies night at Recoop Spa


Join Recoop Spa in Bellevue this Thursday night from 4-8pm for a special ladies night event featuring discounted pricing on manicures, pedicures, mini massages and facials. Guests will also be invited to shop locally for everyone on their holiday list from Seattle e-commerce boutique JJ Caprices. Come relax and enjoy an evening of sipping, shopping, spa treatments and more with Recoop Spa. Call 425-429-3323 to reserve your spot.


// Ladies Night Treatment Specials //
$15 Coop manicure
$20 Coop pedicure
$50 Quick Fix 30-min massage
$50 Time Saver 30-min facial

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// JJ Caprices Shopping Sneak Peak //




Recoop Spa
925 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Fashion News: essensuals London opens on Capitol Hill


British high fashion will meet Pacific Northwest cool on December 2nd with the opening of essensuals London, a boutique hair salon located on Capitol Hill. Part of the TONI&GUY UK brand the new salon is the first essensuals London location on the West Coast. The salon, owned and operated by twin brothers Jason and Robert Townsend, will offer a complete range of cut, color and styling services specializing in fashion-forward looks for everyday wear. "Seattle is a city full of trend-setters and the rest of the nation is taking notice. We wanted to be part of the excitement which is why we made the decision to open our salon in Seattle," says owner Jason Townsend, who recently relocated from Beverly Hills. The philosophy of the salon is to provide creativity, quality and consistency at an affordable price. In addition to styling services guests will also have access to stylists who can offer customized tips on hair care products and make recommendations on styling tools that will help make daily styling a breeze. Haircuts start at $55.



essensuals London
1156 11th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122


Nov 23, 2014

Fashion News: Zebra Club launches e-commerce site for women


Fashion fans- please say hello to ZebraClub.com a new online speciality boutique exclusively for women brought to you by Seattle-based retailer Zebra Club. Featuring emerging and established designers including luxury knitwear brand Loma of London, Brookyln-based Ace & Jig, British equestrian brand Lavenham and vintage inspired clothing by Lauren Moffatt, the new boutique is a carefully curated mix of brands designed for an effortless yet fashion forward lifestyle. The new site features apparel, outerwear and accessories and the assortment will continue to expand for spring 2015. The merchandise on the site is an entirely different assortment than the merchandise you'll find in Zebra Club stores, so get online and check out what's new. 

Here's a peek at some of the merchandise available now on ZebraClub.com. 

Ace & Jig

Lauren Moffatt


Lavenham

Loma of London

Fidelity Sportswear




Follow ZebraClub on Instagram and leave a comment letting us know what's on your holiday wish list and you'll be entered to win a $200 gift card to shop for your holiday favorites on ZebraClub.com. Use hashtag #ShopZebraClub so that we can find your entry. Good luck!




Where would you go with 250,000 Hyatt Gold Points?


To celebrate it's 25th anniversary Hyatt Regency Bellevue is saying "thank you" to guests with the gift of travel. Now through Dec. 31st enter for a chance to win a prize of 25,000-250,000 Gold passport points for use at Hyatt hotels worldwide. Points can be redeemed for free accommodations or other travel perks. Enter by visiting the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Facebook Fan page. The grand prize of 250,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points can be redeemed for at least eight nights at the highest category of Hyatt properties or for many more nights depending on the property category and room type. Feeling lucky? Enter to win now!


Where would I spend my free nights? In London of course. 


Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Nov 20, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Fremont Shop the Block


Fremont boutiques will band together tonight for an evening of socializing, shopping and champagne. Shop the Block: Fremont does Black Friday early runs today from 4-9pm. Participating boutiques include Pipe + Row, Les Amis, Essenza, Portage Bay Goods, Burnt Sugar, The Sweet Spot and Lambs Ear. Pipe & Row will have a special trunk show featuring local lines Fresh Tangerine and Ampersand As Apostrophe. Start your holiday shopping early and take advantage of special savings happening tonight only. There's something for everyone! Les Amis is offering a 20% discount on all clothing and will is hosting an Alice Noon trunk show. Over at Essenza guests will be treated to a 20% discount on loungewear and children's clothing. Lamb's Ear shoppers will receive 10% off all new arrivals and Pipe + Row will be offering exclusive shopping discounts for the event. Skip the mall this holiday season and shop local!

Here's a sneak peak at what you'll see tonight at the party:

Fresh Tangerine Chevron Bracelet (Pipe + Row)

Alice Noon bucket bag (Les Amis)


Ampersand As Apostrophe Oxblood parcel (Pipe + Row)


Participating boutiques

Pipe + Row
611 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Les Amis
3420 Evanston Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Essenza
615 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, Wa 98103

Portage Bay Goods
621 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Burnt Sugar
601 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

The Sweet Spot
3507 Evanston Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Lamb's Ear
617 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Holiday Gift Guide: PNW Favorites


After living in the Northwest for over 20 years there are certain things that I've started to take for granted. That list generally includes things like fresh air, green trees, organic food, drive thru Starbucks, year-round farmers markets and of course, the plethora of super cool products made right here in the Northwest. Here's my "local love" list of Pacific Northwest favorites that make great gifts any time of year, but especially during the holidays.


If you've got a crazy family like I do (love you mom!) the best way to avoid an emergency therapy session is with a friendly game of DysFUNction. Players share stories about their awkward upbringing and get rewarded with baggage to add to their cart. Whichever player ends up with 15 bags first, wins! Who's ready for family game night? Use promo code FINDFUNSBB for $5.00 off + Free Shipping!



There's something magical about getting a box full of surprises delivered each month. There's something even better about getting a box full of products that are made in the Pacific Northwest. If you have someone on your list who can't get enough of the good old PNW, you'll want to check out Seattle-based MakrBox. Each month they curate a box of handcrafted artisan goods made by independent markers in the Northwest. Each product comes with an information card about the maker so that recipients can learn more about how their goods are made and what materials are used in the process. Monthly subscriptions start at $29. Gift someone on your list a single month or an entire year of goodness at Makrbox.com.  Use promo code GOSSIPGLAMOUR to get 30% off your first box. 




If you love dachshunds you have to check out Portland-based Bean Goods. Their Crazy Wiener Dog Lady tote bag is one of my favorites. I met the designer several years ago at a conference in New York and in addition to being super cool she totally IS the crazy wiener dog lady she designs for. Bean Goods also makes t-shirts, sweatshirts, beanies and even luxe doggy sweatshirts with hoods. The entire line is made in the USA and screen printed by hand in Portland. 



A gorgeous glassybaby is a good gift any time of year but especially during the holiday season because it's a gift that also gives back. 10% of every sale goes directly to organizations that support people in need including the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children's Hospital, Camp Korey and many more. In 2014 glassybaby reached a major milestone of $2 million dollars in charitable giving. Pick a color and give one glassybaby or splurge on a color-coordinated set. These beautiful glass votives are hand-crafted locally and add instant ambiance to any room. 


When Seattle mom Laura Silverstein stumbled upon a roll of great vinyl fabric at a yard sale in her neighborhood she had no idea it would later become an entire line of locally produced bags that were perfect for Northwest living. Come rain, sleet or snow the glittersweet vinyl bags held up perfectly in Seattle weather conditions and could be easily wiped clean if they got wet. Needless to say they quickly became a local favorite and positioned founder/designer Laura as one of the World's Most Interesting Moms. The glittersweet line includes totes, travel cases, purses, tablet sleeves, flat cases, coin purses and more. Shop online or check out the collection in person at Phinney Books. 

If you frequent local boutiques (and even if you don't) you've probably walked past Compendium products a million times. This Fremont-based company is famous for it's inspirational journals, notebooks, cards and gifts. Whether you want to encourage someone in your life to "Live Inspired" or "Love who you are", Compendium makes it fun and easy. Find Compendium locally at Fireworks, Queen Anne Dispatch, Elliot Bay Books and The Red Balloon Co. 


For those that lead active lifestyles, Brooks Running is a true Pacific Northwest favorite. 
Finding a new pair of running shoes under the tree this year will make even the pickiest people on your list run happy. For color lovers, my personal pick is the Glycerin 12 running shoe (shown above). This shoe weighs only 9.1 ounces and has a rounded heel for better alignment to minimize stress on joints. Shop the beautiful new Fremont store in person at 3400 Stone Way North. 


You can't go wrong with chocolate, so for the sweet tooth on your list Fran's Chocolates has you covered. For a little variety, splurge on a box of assorted chocolates or keep it simple and stick with the signature salted caramels. Pre-packed in beautiful boxes with a festive red bow Fran's Chocolates make a great gift. 


Torch Illumination has a great collection of Pacific Northwest inspired candles that make a beautiful gift during the holiday season. Available in a variety of scents including blood orange, honey almond and lavender lemon these hand poured, eco-friendly candles are made using soy wax and locally sourced fragrance oils then packaged in recyclable tin containers. Torch Illumination candles are available locally at Bartell Drugs. 


For an easy and affordable Pacific Northwest-themed stocking stuffer check out these great socks from Seattle-based Strideline. These socks are great for the 12th man (or woman) in your life and have special wicking properties to keep feet comfortable and dry all day long. 



The entire Partly Sunny Skin Care line by Susan Grace is formulated for people who live in the Northwest. Yep. You read that right. It's a climate specific skin care line because even on the sunniest days we don't get enough of the vitamin D we need. Susan's Tone Well skin toner is essential for Seattleites who need an easy way to incorporate a dose of the skin-rejuvenating vitamin into their daily routine. 


Happy Holidays and thanks for shopping local this holiday season!
#ShopLocal