My Top 5(ish) #Seattle Event Picks, Week of 10/2/14

Here are my top 5(ish) things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week!

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Families! Make sure you roll by the Gates Foundation Visitor Center this Saturday for Innovation Day!


#Seattle: Celebrate Innovation Day, Saturday 10/4 at Gates Visitor Center

For all the modern conveniences you're probably used to, it's rare to think about how they came to be. This Saturday at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, you can get a behind the scenes look at some of the unique solutions invented right here in Seattle. For the 10th anniversary of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative – a catalyst for advanced solutions – the Gates Visitor Center will host Innovation Day, a free celebration and exploration of award-winning inventions designed to help improve lives around the world. 


Remembering Your Anchor

Have you ever had so much going on that you just wanted to cry, laugh maniacally or throw your hands in the air saying "Nah. I give up."? If you haven't, I'd like to meet you and know what your secrets are! That feeling is very cyclical in my life, and lately I've felt like I've been having one extended Jessie Spano moment.

Life has a funny way of getting in the way of...life. 

When I was younger, going a million miles an hour was not only exhilarating, but encouraged. Always on-the-go, always up to something. Getting into the blogging game has only compounded my schedule with its various responsibilities. My commitment to health and fitness is yet another layer on top of that, and now my full-time, onsite gig has added a whole new dimension. Working from home spoiled me in many ways, and though I love and welcome this gig, I've been struggling hard with making time for everything. Older and wiser, I know it's not a matter of 'finding work/life balance', but of reorganizing my priorities and recognizing a new phase in my career. 

Photo by Emily Shearing for The Spoiled Life


My Top 5(ish) #Seattle Event Picks, Week of 9/25/14

Here are my top 5(ish) things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week!

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Bellevue Fashion Week is in full swing!

BREW Seattle by Seattle Magazine is coming Friday, October 10th!
Get $5 off your tickets with code FreshJess.
Enjoy & see you there!


My Top 5(ish) #Seattle Event Picks, Week of 9/18/14

Here are my top 5(ish) things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week!

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Hope to see you tonight at Scotch & Soda from 6:00 - 8:00p.m. for Trend Spotting at U Village special edition Thursdays!  Play TrendSpotting to win a trip for two to NYC, shop Scotch & Soda's fall/winter 2014 collection, take a Scotch & Soda Selfie in-store and you could win more great prizes!


Lookbook Love: Maison Scotch (+ Scotch & Soda/Fresh Jess Event Details!)

I can't wait to see you at Scotch & Soda in the U Village this Thursday night! I'll be there from 6:00 - 8:00p.m. hosting as part of U Village's fall fashion celebration. I'll be doling out fall style tips (walk the store with me & let me dress ya!) and presenting some of my favorite looks currently in the store. Make sure to take lots of pics in-store!  I'll be posting all of the night's photos to my Facebook page, and if you Instagram your Scotch & Soda Selfies during the event (with #UVillage), you just might win a fun prize :)

To get you in the mood, here are my favorite vignettes from the Maison Scotch 'Amsterdam Blauw' denim lookbook. So many layering separates perfect for Seattle's temperate fall & winter climate. Which are your favorites?

Planning to come to the event? Let me know in a comment below!

Maison Scotch Fall 2014 Denim Lookbook


Meet Banago Philippine Bags (+ Support Their Kickstarter!)

Last week, this Kickstarter campaign pitch landed in my inbox. Intrigued by the obviously Filipino word 'Banago' (pronounced ba-NAH-go), I clicked the email open and was immediately drawn in by the vibrant color and modern style of what I knew to be traditional Filipino straw bags. Founder Renée Patron graciously took time out of her busy New York Fashion Week schedule last week to hop on the phone with me and satiate more of my curiosity around Banago.


#Seattle: Trend Spotting at U Village (+ Join Me This Thursday For....)

Have y'all been to U Village lately? If not, you should, because you might just win a trip to NYC!

Trend Spotting at U Village

Throughout September, take part in ‘Trend Spotting at U Village’ for your chance to win a trip to one of the fashion capitals of the world – New York City!


My Top 5(ish) #Seattle Event Picks, Week of 9/11/14

I'm back! Here are my top 5(ish) things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week!

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Lookbook Love: Ampersand As Apostrophe at Craft & Culture

I'm a fan of both the gals behind Ampersand As Apostrophe and Craft & Culture, so naturally their new partnership is high on my radar.

Ampersand As Apostrophe is an innovative accessories line from Seattle-by-way-of Detroit designer, Jessica Park. Approaching design with an analytical quick wit and a healthy sense of humor, her versatile handbags can be zipped and tucked to transform for a multitude of uses.

Ampersand As Apostrophe - Craft & Culture