Self-proclaimed “vintage stationery junkie” Riani Townshend and lover of snail mail has opened Dear Uncle Stu, an online stationery shop inspired by a series of correspondences she had as a teenager with the elderly Col. Stuart Townshend.
Townshend offers a sophisticated assortment of embossed cards and beautifully lined envelopes in an array of vintage designs, from Japanese woodblock prints to satirical political cartoons (think Napoleon rather than Obama), as well as lovely botanical and travel images.
Port Townsend’s Wearable Art Show has officially started accepting entries for its May 11 show. In the spirit of unfettered creative freedom, rules of entry are simple: art that is wearable. Whether sculptural, functional or abstract, all forms of expression (and all media platforms) are welcome. This year’s juror will be Layne Goldsmith, professor of art at the University of Washington and past chair of the Fiber program.
Mind-expanding afternoons at our beloved Pacific Science Center just got a whole lot easier on your wallet with free admission on the first Monday of every month from now until April (courtesy of Cigna). The first 200 people to come to the center will get an entire afternoon of awesome physics, dinosaurs and insects, as well as an IMAX documentary ticket.
I have been turned on to many local designers in the last few month by retail curator and photographer Charlie Schuck (Object, Frye Art Museum Store), but right now I'm loving the work of Jessalin Beutler, whose designs range from bold geometric shapes to intense fractal patterns and are rooted in the natural world.
Since November 30, ten local designers have been competing in The Look, a reality fashion TV show co-produced by King 5's Evening Magazine, IADT’s Monir Zhanghoreishi and Rose Dennis, designer Luly Yang’s publicist.
Seattle magazine managing editor, Lisa Wogan, always wears the coolest tights.
Arts editor, Brangien Davis, isn’t too far behind Ms. Wogan, with her stylish “uniform” of boots, tights and pencil skirts.
So once I found these amazing ombre tights ($45, on sale now for a limited time for $30) from BZR on Etsy, I immediately thought of my lovely co-workers and how I might now be able to join their tight-knit, exclusive clique.
Mega-hit War Horse opens at the Paramount Theatre tonight in Seattle (tickets still available; show runs through 2/24).
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel about a boy fighting to reunite with his horse after it is sold to the cavalry during World War I, this version of the heartrending story is all about the remarkable puppet magic which brings the horse, "Joey," to life on stage.
I’ve followed Issaquah-based designer Lizzie Parker since her store-within-a-store at the now-closed Tweed in Greenwood, which she stocked with her cozy, comfy, sexy, simple and chic brand of cotton jersey-centric ready-to-wear. Since then Parker has opened and closed her own atelier in Gilman Village, become a reality TV star and seen her career take off on a national scale.
So, Valentine’s Day is all about roses and chocolates and sparkling wine, right? Well, that’s a good start, but when it comes time to sit down to a romantic dinner, pour me a sexy red, please.
I want something that’s velvety soft, yet deep and complex. Something that whispers, but says something meaningful. Like about where it’s from. Red wine is my favorite form of armchair travel, transporting my tongue to the rare earth from which the grapes are grown. If it sounds like I’ve been sampling the goods, well, I’m not going to deny it.
You got that hot date spot dialed in for Valentine’s Day?
No pressure! (HA!)
The good news is that February 14 is on a Thursday, so it will naturally spill over to February 15, which is going to set us up for a whole Valentine’s Weekend. So many options. But hurry! Your days of booking a table are dwindling down to a precious few. Here are a few (with the newest entries up top):
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, let me give you a little advice garnered from my years of experience (ha!). Instead of struggling to book a last-minute restaurant or trying to wedge your way into a crowded bar, make that special someone a deliciously flirty cocktail at home. Here are five possibilities that taste scrumptious and fit the “Be Mine” mood. [Want restaurant recommendations for Valentine's Day? Check out Leslie Kelly's picks.]
MUST SEESapeurs Ongoing (1/25–3/2) — Do not miss this stunning photography exhibit at M.I.A Gallery downtown, featuring the work of Baudoin Mouanda, a Congolese photographer who documents the “Society of Party Revelers and Elegant Persons,” a group of men dedicated to donning electrifyingly elegant fashion (think: dapper suits in day-glo colors) as an antidote to poverty and social stagnation. M.I.A Gallery, 1203-A Second Ave.; 206.467.4297; m-i-a-gallery.com
Unless you’ve got other plans for that worn-once, too-small dress that has occupied space in the back of your closet since… well, that’s not important… consider giving it a second chance to see the light of day—or rather, to see the light of a disco ball. On February 24th from 11am to 1pm, the Ruby Room will be holding a dress drive at their Capitol Hill boutique for low-income and foster teens in need of formal wear.