Nov 21, 2013

AIS hosts benefit event for Inspire Youth Project

Join the Art Institute of Seattle for a student-produced holiday soiree featuring food, drinks, music, art and a silent auction benefitting the Inspire Youth Project. Formerly known as Rise N' Shine, Inspire Youth Project offers emotional support and advocacy to at-risk youth. The event is taking place on Thursday, December 5th from 5-8pm. Admission is $5 at the door. The Art Institute of Seattle is located at 2323 Elliott Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. Street and garage parking available.

Nov 19, 2013

Clementine to host Ricefield Collective Pop-In Shop

Ricefield Collective will be popping up this Saturday, November 23rd at Clementine in West Seattle. Shop the colorful, handmade selection of knit hats and scarves as you help support relief efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Pop In Shop will donate $1 for every RSVP from now until the event and 10% of event sales will be donated directly to the cause. Clementine is located in West Seattle at 4447 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116. Can't make the event? Check out what's popping up online at

Queen Anne Holiday Shopping Guide: Charley + May

You don't have to wait until Small Business Saturday to shop at your favorite local boutiques. Charley + May on Queen Anne is gearing up for the holidays and has a great selection of gift-worthy items that everyone on your list will love. Here are a few of my favorites. 

Stylish Bags by Keeper
If you're looking for something made in Seattle by hand, don't miss the gorgeous laser cut felt Peacock handbags by Keeper (pictured left). Each bag comes with a detachable leather strap that features a Peacock cutout detail and chain embellishment.  The company also makes a stylish envelope clutch (pictured right) composed of wool and recycled PET hand-laced with vegan tanned leather. If you stop by the store and love the idea of handcrafted felt accessories you might also want to check out the felt coasters by Keeper. They make a beautiful (and budget-friendly) hostess gift for the holidays.

Nov 12, 2013

Styled Seattle produces another great issue of Styled Right magazine

Vicci Martinez looks stunning on the cover of this month's Styled Right magazine. Available online, the new issue features style advice from Clinton Kelly, host of TLC's What Not to Wear, Thrifting tips from Evening Magazine's Kim Holcomb, dating advice from Lindzi Cox of The Bachelor, holiday must-haves from the "It List" including White Space jewelry stackable rings and cashmere scarves by Paychi Guh, plus tips on how to thrive this holiday season. Read the full issue online here:

Nov 4, 2013

Shop for a cause: The 30th Annual Goodwill Glitter Sale is coming Nov. 9th and 10th

Time flies when you're having fun. This year Seattle Goodwill is hosting it's 30th annual Glitter Sale which will take place this weekend, November 9th and 10th. 

This year's designer highlights for the annual Goodwill Glitter sale include Burberry, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Trina Turk, Michael Kors and more. Admission is free to the two-day sale which will run daily November 9th and 10th from 9am-6pm. “I am excited to be celebrating 30 years of the Glitter Sale because this is one of the ways to support our free job training and education programs,” said Cindi Forslund, Vice President of Operations for Goodwill. “This year we expanded the Glitter Sale space so there are even more fabulous items to shop.”

Book Review: Parisienne French

My first two trips to Paris would have been a lot different had I taken the time to learn a few key phrases in French. I was busy, London was the focus of my trip, and despite the Spanish courses I took in high school my foreign language skills were limited if not severely lacking. One of my most memorable exchanges was in a Parisian coffee shop where I struggled to order a simple Americano. Turns out, in Paris "Cafe Americain" is filtered coffee. "Cafe Leger" on the other hand is espresso with double the water. As I struggled to figure this out (in English) and the barista struggled to help me (in French) the rest of the customers in line behind me began to get impatient. Feeling annoyed and sensing that I had no intention of trying to figure out my order in French the barista finally turns to me and says in perfect English, "Just tell me what you want to drink." Note to self: learn a few key phrases if you don't want everyone in the local coffee shops to hate you. Noted.