I love to eat and hate to exercise. That’s about it. That’s also why, suddenly at 40, I’m in dire need of a major attitude adjustment. So when I was approached by the promotions team at the magazine to train for our upcoming Earth Day 5K (April 20th, registration is open), and blog about the process, I jumped at it. The threat of public humiliation was the motivational tool I’d been missing! I’m committed to this now. It’s out there. You’ll know if I slack off. This is really happening.
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.
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.
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.
Save Your Sole consignment boutique and other Belltown/Midtown businesses have joined together in Belltown Unites, a partnership dedicated to helping keep some of the 2,500 homeless people sleeping on the streets of Seattle warm this winter. Each business has created a special promotion to donate warm wool blankets to the homeless community with a goal of distributing 3,200 blankets before May 1.
I’m a little obsessed with Kickstarter—the popular crowd-funding website—and often get lost in the site, checking out the cool, weird and improbable campaigns that people launch. I’ve always loved the thought of being a benefactor, and Kickstarter is a great way to do that on a micro-level, since a few bucks often makes all the difference to these ideas.
Vancouver, BC-based retailer, Aritzia, has announced that their first Seattle location will open on March 14 in University Village. If the name is familiar, it’s because they already have a boutique in Bellevue Square, their first in the US, which has been open since 2007. The brand started out as one boutique in Vancouver in 1984 and now has 50 worldwide, including 13 in the US.
After years of thrift-shopping for personal wear and pleasure, vintage fans Sara Leonard and Cyrena Preszler, took the plunge into retail last October, opening Trove Vintage Boutique in Ballard. This treasure-filled shop, with walls of lemon yellow and white stripes, accented by robin’s egg blue, and lit by hanging Mason jar pendant lamps, is filled with nicely edited, impeccably displayed clothing, accessories and home décor booty.