Shopping News: Beauty Line Kari Gran Debuts, Plus Meet The Kippy Ding Ding Fashion Truck

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Happy (almost) holiday! Once the fireworks shows end and we nap off our food-induced comas, take some time to check out the following new beauty and style finds:

 A few months back, I visited the divine little Honeysuckle Spa near Green Lake. Not only did owner Molly Griffith give me an insanely awesome organic facial (so, call her maybe), but gave me a great tip, too: There was a eco skin care company in the works over on Queen Anne. And now, Kari Gran is here; the line crafted with organic, non-GMO and wild-harvested ingredients. With offerings like cleansing oil ($25), lavender hydrating face tonic ($20-$35) and smooth cinnamon-pimenta lip whip gloss ($15), I am officially obsessed with this new line.

Another fun beauty find to cross my desk this week: Seven Salon’s new beach spray. Perfect for creating those loose, sexy waves you get after a day at the beach, the spray is packed with pro-vitamin B5, plankton extract (for scalp nourishment), plus seaweed and kelp extract. I test drove the spritzer this morning and love my natural, summery waves.

Beep, beep: Keep your eyes peeled for the weekend debut of Seattle’s first “fashion truck”, The Kippy Ding Ding. Friends Amanda Linton and Allison Norris have revamped an old vintage trailer and outfitted her with fancy vintage duds for sale (from the looks of their Facebook page, they have a goods taste, too). The trailer will start scooting around town starting this Friday, where it will make its debut at the Fremont Art Walk in the 509 Wines parking lot. 

Additional photos courtesy of Kari Gran and Seven Salon

2016 Cookbook Gift Guide

2016 Cookbook Gift Guide

Three essential local culinary guides for holiday gift giving
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COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR: Chef John Sundstrom is one of the Pacific Northwest’s culinary icons, winner of the James Beard Award for best Northwest chef in 2007 and a semifinalist for outstanding chef in 2014. His latest cookbook, Lark: Cooking Wild in the Northwest (Sasquatch, $30), published in August, is an updated version of 2013’s self-published Lark: Cooking Against the Grain. But, in addition to the rustic Northwest takes on French-themed classics that put the consistently great First Hill restaurant on the map—bacon-wrapped quail, mustard-roasted chicken, silky Meyer lemon parfaits—the new paperback version includes a chapter on Sundstrom’s favorite everyday staples: recipes for pasta, ricotta, vinaigrettes, breads, syrups and pickles. To some, the cover, with its haunting image, looks more like the cover of a book by Bainbridge Island author David Guterson than that of a cookbook. But the contents? One word: essential. 



SOUTHERN COMFORT
: Fancy yourself a baker? Big Food Big Love: Down-Home Southern Cooking Full of Heart from Seattle’s Wandering Goose (Sasquatch, $25) will send you running for your mixer. The new cookbook by North Carolina native and Capitol Hill restaurateur Heather Earnhardt features 130 recipes, including ones offering up the secrets to her towering layer cakes, like the top-selling Brownstone Front Cake; brunch favorites worthy of those long weekend lines, including the famed corned beef brisket bubble and squeak; and comforting dinner favorites, such as Loaded Chicken Pot Pie and Smoky Meat Collards. Did we mention Earnhardt shares all 10 of her biscuit recipes? Now that’s Southern hospitality.  



THE ULTIMATE COCKTAIL GUIDE
: In The Canon Cocktail Book: Recipes from the Award-Winning Bar (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28), owner-bartender Jamie Boudreau spills the beans on what has made First Hill’s Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium one of the world’s 50 best bars, according to Drinks International magazine (it consistently makes Esquire’s lists as well). Instead of clamoring for one of the bar’s coveted 32 seats, tuck into Boudreau’s 352-page book which features all of Canon’s signature cocktails, from the stenciled Banksy Sour (with Peychaud’s bitters) to the smoky Khaleesi cocktail. Boudreau reveals his “golden ratio” cocktail philosophy and promises you won’t need his $1 million whiskey collection or a trace of liquid nitrogen to wow your friends.