Fresh Style: Golden Wedding Guest

a couple of weeks ago, we took a day trip to roche harbor on san juan island for my girl nikki's wedding to her wonderful beau, paul. last winter, i scored a fab vintage gold dress from nasty gal and as soon as i showed nikki the dress, she made me promise to wear it to her wedding. i decided it would be extra special to save the dress for the wedding, so this was my first time wearing it!
Vintage Gold Brocade dress from Nasty Galit fits me perfectly! i'm sad that it wrinkles easy, but what can you do. i'm in love with the sewn scallop design and the delicate two-toned shiny gold fabric. the shape is timeless and makes for really easy wear. i chose not to accessorize too much since the occasion was garden wedding on a pier - a gold headband & copper sandals completed the rest of the outfit.

Vintage Gold Brocade dress from Nasty Gal
of course, the day wasn't about me...check out the lovely bride!

Vintage Gold Brocade dress from Nasty Gal
dress: vintage
headband: moksha
sandals: old navy

Moksha presents POCKET FULL OF MONSTERS...ahhh!

Moksha's featured artist for October is actually an artist collective: meet Pocket Full of Monsters, a gathering of like-minded artists from around the world. created by Aaron Martin (Angry Woebots), their passion is simple: create & make an impact through art.

this time around we are privy to the creative delights of Iosefatu Sua, OneSevenNine, Joe McSween aka 2H, and Darvin Vida.

beats will be provided by one of my absolute favorites...DJ PhoSho

see you there!

Pocket Full of Monsters
Friday, October 2nd
Moksha (4542 University Way NE, Seattle 98105)
7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
RSVP here


Fresh Friends: JUXISM

FreshJess.com got a little facelift early last month, thanks to the talent & creativity of design artist Dan Dejos. tonight, to express my sincere gratitude, i wanted to share a little background on dan's work and give a little preview of things to come!

Back in 2006, Dan founded Juxism to encompass all of the creative projects he received shortly after his time at The Art Institute. the diversity of his work range from print, interactive, web, fashion, product & creative direction.

Juxism has worked with commercial & non-commercial clients, including Adidas, T-Mobile, Publicis, DJ Scene, Soy Clothing, Blue Scholars, Ride Snowboards, Hope Heart Institute & the Department of Energy.

Dan's designs have graced the pages of Rolling Stone, Inked, URB, Antenna and Sound magazines, in addition to numerous flyers of some of my favorite nights out on the town :)

Juxism's attention to detail, use of color and creativity have opened a ton of doors, including spearheading art direction for VXRSI, bringing the art of style and MMA together in innovative streetwear & competition sportswear.

Take a look at Juxism.com for more projects, and add it to your RSS or favorite reader. Stay tuned for some exciting additions to the Juxism site in celebration of the team's 4 year anniversary - including a limited edition tee!


Fresh Jess Features: Designers style Windows Mobile phones

i had the best (possible) time living vicariously through some of my favorites in the fashion blogosphere during New York Fashion Week!

to coincide with NYFW, Microsoft's Windows Mobile announced five fabulous designer themes which users can download to spice up their phones. here's a peek at the designers' creations, along with a few of my favorite looks by each designer who showed at NYFW earlier this month:

Diane von Furstenberg (on the Samsung Jack Windows phone)
DVF's theme is probably my favorite. I love the splashes of color; the theme absolutely captures her signature style. I think Jennine of The Coveted captured DVF's SS10 collection best, donning it "Egyptian Jinx"...

Isaac Mizrahi (on the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows phone)
Can we just take a moment to admire how lovely Mr. Mizrahi's Old Hollywood inspired line is?

Vera Wang handrawn sketch (on the HTC Touch Diamond2 phone, used by the lovely Clutch 22 to capture her favorite NYFW moments)

Looking at one of Vera's skectches on my phone would be like taking a little piece of museum art with me wherever I go! Check out the light & airy goodness that made up some of her SS10 collection

Rock & Republic (on the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows phone)

And finally, Ron Arad (also on the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows phone)

The designer themes are available to all Windows phone users with Windows Mobile 6.5 devices which will be available on October 6, and can be downloaded for free from Windows Marketplace for Mobile beginning the same date. You can find images of all the designer themes and additional information on the Windows Mobile team blog.

all NYFW images by Getty Images via Coutorture


Shop It to Me's Battle of the Brands round 2

Not into fantasy football but way into shopping???

Shop It to Me is in its second week of its Battle of the Brands competition. Tell them which brands you love most - and when you do, you'll also be entered in for a weekly drawing for a Marc by Marc Jacobs accessory. How sweet is that?

Vote here by Friday, Sept 25 at 5pm PST.

Never heard of Shop It to Me?
It's a great website where you can custom set email newsletters to you about your favorite brands & where to find slammin deals on them! Membership is free and only takes a couple of minutes.

Use the FreshJess referral link to sign up & play Battle of the Brands today!

Fab sale at Gene Juarez - September 24 - 26

Gene Juarez sure knows how to give back to their customers! This weekend (Thurs Sept 24 - Sat Sept 26), all retail products are 20% - 30% off. What a deal! Trophy Cupcakes will be at select salon & spa locations serving up the goods. I don't even need to tell you that Trophy's Red Velvet is my drug. So addicted!

I digress. Save on stuff from all the lines Gene Juarez carries - Kerastase, Shu Uemura, Skin Authority, Essie Nails, LaLicious - as well as GJ's house line of makeup & hair care. My personal favorite is Arcona products. I love their cranberry toner & morning eye dew! Gene Juarez is the only spot in the city where you can find the L.A.-based, all-natural line.

Happy savings



A few weeks ago, the lovely Jordana of Clutch 22 invited me to blog for the online boutique, Manhattanites. I'm totally honored to blog amongst such amazing girls like Jordana, Jennine of The Coveted, Crosby of PR Couture & Vyque of Fasshonaburu - and how can I turn down the chance to shop & write? Manhattanites is a great place for all kinds of needs - party dresses, workout gear, mama clothes, stuff to pamper your pets, and a huge sale section so every price point is represented.

Take a look at the Manhattanites blog & shop!

Thanks to Jordana & Jeanette for the opportunity!

Tuesday's on Friday - tomorrow night at Sole Repair

Tuesday Smith Collection Launch & Fashion Show
Friday, September 18th
8:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sole Repair (1001 E Pike St (10th Ave, between Pike & Union, behind Quinn's))

8PM - 2AM: Drinks and delights from Quinn's, Dahlia Bakery, Cupcake Royale, and Zaw

9PM: Designs from Totokaelo, Veridis, Hitchcock, Driftwood and Area 51

10PM-2AM: Dancing with DJ Up Above

i heard about this show from my friends at GEMS. i think i might be in love with Tuesday's bows already! excited to meet her tomorrow.

check out her cute evite here!


Friday Sept 11: Blender presented by Moksha...& FreshJess!

i am Moksha's biggest fan. they'll even tell you this themselves. as i grow in my career & my life, i give back to those who have contributed positively to it. in this case, Moksha has kept me looking fresh for over seven years!

i am hosting a party this Friday in the store, for those of you who love Moksha like i do, and for those who have never been and are curious to see what makes Moksha so special.

enjoy dranks & refreshments, performances by Tyler Swan (Truckasaurus) and ER Don & beats by DJ Introcut.

Did i mention there'll be giveaways from Obey, Brixton, Coal Headwear & Grn Apple Tree?

Support your local businesses. Party with me.

Please RSVP as space is limited!




Fresh Picks: GEMS fall/winter collection

GEMS Sneakershop is another Seattle boutique i love to support - and i can't even shop there! GEMS specializes in street footwear for the young male sophisticate. The store reflects the growth of its customer through its ever-changing offering of shoes. This fall, GEMS does an about face from its summer collection to bring you the latest and greatest in men's kicks...

Beginning 9/10/09, GEMS Sneakershop is excited to formally kick off the 2009 Fall Line.
Our collection for Fall will embrace what GEMS customers have called classic and we have reordered based on demand. Plus, you will see GEMS taking chances on some new and upcoming brands that have they believe have a very impressive foundation and future. GEMS believes in catering to individuality and personal style and orders (1) size per style/silhouette, so make sure you get your shoe today!

The Abington Collection by Timberland: According to the Abington site, GEMS is the sole provider of the Abington Collection in Washington State. The craftsmanship and quality from Timberland is superior above their other brands with the premium leather and attention to detail.

timberland abington 2009 fall 1 Timberland Abington 2009 Fall Collection

Pointer Footwear: Established in 2004, Pointer was created with the aim of making simple, well-designed casual shoes in response to a market then saturated with increasingly technical trainers and hyped-up limited edition sneakers. Pointer employs people it likes, from artists to interns; based in London, the company is backed by a creative stable of friends and co-conspirators, inspired and informed by everything from art and music to skateboarding and breakfast.

The Cyril Shoe: The Cyril Shoe by Pointer, Grey with Leather/Suede upper and interior

Alexander McQueen X PUMA: GEMS always brings in the most innovative and fashionable sneakers. McQueen does it again with his unexpected and unique line that stems from inspiration from the human anatomy the form of the human foot. Due to the popularity, McQueen has also created a Fall 2009 launch of the apparel line for PUMA.

6th Annual Fashion First Seattle - Thurs Sept 17

Fashion First is the only Seattle fashion show I put on my calendar!

The 6th Annual Fashion First show brings Seattle together for the most exciting night of fashion in the Northwest.

Retailers, designers, stylists, educators, students, interior designers and media will preview designer and specialty store trends for the Fall season.

Joan & Jared Events will roll out the red carpet for over 1,000 guests in order to raise money for this year's beneficiary, The Starlight Children's Foundation of Washington.

Get your tickets here. See you there!

Y.E.S! to Host Painting Party for Dress for Success, Sept. 18th - 20th

9/17/09: UPDATE! the Y.E.S. painting party has been POSTPONED until early 2010. sorry for the inconvenience!

Seattle's Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!) is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged women within our local community. As part of our ongoing support for Dress for Success (DFS), we are always looking for ways that we can add value to the organization this means going above and beyond the act of raising money.

That's why, over the weekend of September 18th, Y.E.S! has planned a painting makeover of the DFS location. While it is critical that Dress for Success provide top-notch clothing to its clients, it is perhaps even more important that these women feel comfortable with their surrounding environs as they shop for the perfect ensemble.

Come join us for an inspiring weekend of painting, connecting with fellow Y.E.S! members and ultimately, building a brighter opportunity for those in need!

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Anh Nguyen at Anh@yes-seattle.org. Please also feel free to pass along to anyone who might want to lend a hand.

The Details:
Y.E.S! Hosts Dress for Success Painting Party; Help us brighten up the DFS closet space with a new coat of paint!

September 18 (Fri): 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. (painting party set-up)
September 19 (Sat): 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. (painting)
September 20 (Sun): 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. (painting)

Dress for Success Headquarters
YWCA Seattle (1118 Fifth Ave (at Seneca) Seattle, WA 98101)

We look forward to seeing you there!

it's here! LiveAloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival - this Sunday!


Gene Juarez Ladies Night Out - Sept 09

spots at all salons are filling up fast for this popular event! get your girls & go!

*i spoke too soon! all spots at all salons are completely SOLD OUT! congrats GJ


Tonight! Opium Garden Party featuring DList's Young Seattle - & Clutch 22!

Hope to see you tonight at the Opium Garden Party, featuring the premiere of the "Young Seattle" issue of DList Magazine!
7pm - 2am
Amber Restaurant & Lounge

The Young Seattle issue features the face behind one of the best fashion blogs on the planet - Jordana of Clutch 22. Jordana is a truly innovative, creative and down-to-earth lady and well deserving of the honor of Top Blogger. I have the honor of calling her my friend and look up to her as a fellow blogger. If you haven't added Clutch 22 to your reader/RSS, you need to do so immediately!

The Bravern VIP Grand Opening

Be among the first to shop at the Northwest's brand new destination - The Shops at The Bravern!

Enjoy mimosas & breakfast with a friend, view first-look fashion shows, receive exclusive in-store discounts, comp valet parking & receive a signature tote bag - all while seeing The Bravern before anyone else in town.

For each person who attends, $20 will be donated amongst three of The Bravern's charity partners - including Dress for Success

RSVP by TODAY at bravernshops@schnitzerwest.com or 425.456.8785.

Do some good while you shop!