Now that it’s dark at 5 p.m., there is no reason left not to shop: You have finally packed away your sundresses and swimsuits, and it’s time to remember that added layers mean added opportunities for looking fabulous. Brighten your look and your outlook at these shopping events around the Seattle area this week.
1. Bellevue: Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery Third Anniversary One-Day Sale
As if Bellevue's The Shops at the Bravern wasn't a dapper enough shopping experience with the likes of Jimmy Choo, Ferragamo, and Louis Vuitton all sharing its walls, Italian fashion label Gucci opened a sizeable, 8,000-square-foot flagship store there this past spring.
Somewhere deep within an anonymous Lynnwood office park is Wardrobe Ltd., an appointment-only fashion lover’s paradise, with more than 3,000 pieces of the most highly coveted consigned couture and premier designer clothing, handbags and shoes. Owned, operated and obsessively curated by 22-year-old sartorial wunderkind Austin Deppa—who started the company when he was 16—Wardrobe Ltd. is where serious luxury shoppers buy and sell their Chanel, Hermès, Valentino, Prada and other heavy hitters.
Looks may be skin deep, but radiance comes from within. Seattle-based beauty maven, co-founder and owner of the Kari Gran brand of natural, non-toxic skincare and self-described "beauty junkie" began her quest for natural replacements to her daily beauty routine when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. Her philosophy is that ingredients matter—whether they're in your food or on your face. We had the privilege of getting an in-depth glimpse into the life of this local celeb...and into her handbag.
GeekGirlCon hits the Washington State Convention Center this weekend, October 11-12. A melding of lady nerds of all varieties (scientists, gamers, techies, comic book fans and the like), this informative and entertaining extravaganza centered on geek girl culture hosts a slew of workshops, panel discussions, hands-on science experiements, a costume contest and networking opportunities. (There is still plenty of time to snag your passes if you haven't already.
As I get older and my concern for what people think of what I wear softens and my sartorial daring ramps up, I often think of these lines from Jenny Joseph’s poem “When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple”:
When I am an old woman I shall wear purpleWith a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
Fall has arrived and we can't wait to get our hands on cozy knits and plaid prints. Take a peek at some of our favorite fall finds, all sourced from local boutiques in Seattle. Special thanks to wardrobe stylist Tannya Bernadette and assistant stylist Jennifer Saul for putting together these fabulous looks. Look #1
It's going to be a glorious weekend for college football: Stanford vs. Washington, Notre Dame vs. Syracuse, Cincinnati vs. Ohio State. My dad, an Ohio State fan, just called with his prediction for that game (which has been the only thing on this Cincinnati fan's mind for months): UC 42 OSU 35. Go UC!
Sensory overload from the work week already? We've been there. Seattle has a host of lush locales to sweep you off of your tired, working feet. We've made your search trés facile by rounding up seven swanky spas located here and on the Eastside. We also chalked up some notes from our visits to help you make educated choices from each spa menu. Use that smart phone or tablet to read up on which spa is best for you and then turn all gadgets off as you embark on your Seattle spa-cation this weekend.
The Filson flagship store sits near Safeco Field, at the base of an off-ramp from the tangle of elevated roadways that lead to the freeways. Most people drive past the unassuming building on Fourth Avenue South with nary a glance, let alone a clue as to the retail wonderland that lives inside—or the legacy of outdoor gear that has been manufactured in Seattle since 1897.
Sometimes a fashion phenomenon comes along that unexpectedly catches fire and this year, it’s Normcore. In case you’re out of the loop, Normcore is all about dressing, wait for it, normally. Which means sensibly, anonymously—conspicuously inconspicuous—in mom jeans, practical shoes, fleece and often an oversized tee shirt with a logo on it from the 90s or early 2000s.