Shopping News: Promesse Closing Sale, the New Totokaelo, and Introducing Ligne Ballet Flats

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Here’s the latest word in shopping around Seattle:

In case you haven’t walked by the newest beckon glittering on the Hill, take a moment to peer at the photos of Jill Wenger’s new home for her hip fashion clothier Totokaelo. Blissful, eh? It’s just as dreamy as it appears: After seven years in Pioneer Square, Wegner has relocated her boutique to the Ford Building on Pike/Pine. The former auto shop now boasts 20-foot ceilings, white, clean walls and over 7,000-square feet of shopping. In addition to fashion-brand staples like Rick Owens, Jill Sander and Martin Margiela, Wegner is also adding furniture, lighting, linens and other home decor to the pristine selection. Go gawk at it soon.

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On the other side of the shopping spectrum, I received the sad news that Francine Park’s darling Kirkland boutique Promesse will close at the end of July. Park could always be counted on to scout out unique European brands and killer boots, and her expertise will be missed. Go wish her well and check out the ever-expanding sale section; deals range from 20%-60% off on women’s wear, baby clothes are all 60% off.

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We all adore kicky heels, but sometimes you have to traipse downtown, catch a bus or run errands in comfort and style without killing your tootsies. Enter new local line Ligne Shoes’ darling and daring flats. Mimicking the sweet style of a traditional ballet flat but with a sturdy, street-worthy sole, Ligne offers these $59 flats in a wide array of colors. This pink pair will soon be living in my commuter bag.

Additional Totokaelo photo also courtesy of Charlie Schuck; ballet flats photo courtesy of Ligne Shoes

 

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.