Fashion + Style Friday: Three locally-made accessories to jazz up summer style

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There were a lot of jewelry pieces, handbags and shoes hanging around the office this week (check out the September issue to find out why!) and if you want to assemble a gaggle of girls lightning quick, just start throwing those things out on a table. The appeal of the accessory is simple: they can instantly change an outfit without putting a huge dent in your budget. Now that summer is upon us, here are three favorite accessories for the season—simply throw on jeans, a tank and one of these locally-made babies and you’re ready to go:


1. Daly Bird--Earrings

I believe I’ve worn these earrings almost every day this week, and fair warning, I probably will next week too. Ballard-based Tiffany Eley crafts her dramatic, super long earrings from recycled leather, adding hand-painted gold and fringe details. Find her ‘Sunny’ style on (Psst: take advantage of the July super sale while you are there).



2. Joanna Morgan--Necklace

Pop into SPUN Sustainable Collective boutique and take a gander at the serious rocks displayed on the back table: Capitol Hillster Joanna Morgan’s new necklace line is flush with luxe materials including chunky quartz, green pearl and moonstone.



3. Ampersand as Apostrophe--Bag

Jessica Park of Coming Soon in Fremont is forever coming up with the new “it” bag, and she’s done it again with her Aztec parcel bag, which can be folded and carried as a clutch, or as a cross-body shoulder bag, perfect for toting around the Farmer’s Market.

aztec bag

 Happy (stylin’) weekend!

Photos courtesy of Daly Bird, Joanna Morgan and Amersand as Apostrophe

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;