10.29.2009

Fresh Style: Video Vixen

So this is an iPhone pic but it's going up anyway. This is back of house at Neodandi Couture, at the Seattle Fashion TV launch party a few weeks ago. I didn't have much time between work & party - so this outfit is a good transition from office time to playtime. Thank you to the darling Nadine of A Girl's Guide to Seattle for snapping this!


The paper walls remind me of A-Ha's iconic "Take on Me" video - which 4-yr-old FreshJess wanted to be in very badly (and still does!)



silver sleeveless top: vince
pink bubble detail skirt: moksha
fishnets: urban outfitters
black peep-toes: steven
earrings & clutch: vintage

with Birdie, Elvia, & Nadine
img via Luis Ongpin

6th Annual Women in Wine - Mon Nov 9

Don't miss this evening celebrating five of Washington’s finest female vintners and their award-winning wines – selected by Master Sommelier Joseph Linder and paired with an exquisite array of hors d’oeuvres crafted by Executive Chef Gavin Stephenson.


6th Annual Women in Wine
The Georgian @ the Fairmont Olympic (411 University St., Seattle 98101)
Monday, November 9th, 2009
6pm
$35 (tax, gratuity & complimentary valet parking included)
10% of each ticket will benefit the Puget Sound Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
RSVP: 206.287.4049 or borjana.marusic@fairmont.com

Rover's special edition Julia Child menu - extended through November

Due to popular demand, chef and owner Thierry Rautureau has decided to extend Rover's five-course menu inspired by Julia Child through November. It features French classics that Child introduced to many Americans for the first time.

The menu is offered Tuesday-Sunday, $55 per person (not including tax & gratuity) with an optional wine pairing for $40.

“As a French cook and restaurant owner in the United States, Julia Child has a special place in my heart,” said Rautureau. “Her appreciation and love of French food and French food culture was not only infectious but formative for many Americans. I’d say her influence can still largely be felt today in this country’s current celebration of great food and great cooks.”

The menu: Amuse Bouche

~Salad Lyonnais: Frisée Salad with Poached Egg, Bacon and Red Wine Vinaigrette

~Potage Parmentier: Potato and Leek Soup

~Sole Meunière: Sautéed Sole Filet with Brown Butter
Or
~Boeuf a la Bourguignon: Beef Stew with Bacon, Pearl Onion and Mushroom

~Soufflé au Chocolate: Chocolate Soufflé


Reservations can be made by calling Rover’s at 206-325-7442. Space is limited. More information can be found at www.rovers-seattle.com.

Foodportunity is coming - this Monday, Nov 2!

Who can resist a night of networking coupled with some of the finest culinary artists in the city?

Frantic Foodie's Keren Brown presents the second Foodportunity this Monday, November 2nd at Tom Douglas' Palace Ballroom.

Three all-stars will share their success stories in a panel on making it in the culinary scene:
· Ethan Stowell (with four restaurants - How to Cook a Wolf , Anchovies & Olives, Tavolata and Union)
· Kurt Dammeier (Beecher's Cheese, Maximus Minimus, Pasta & Co, Bennett's Pure Food Bistro and a cookbook, "Pure Flavor".
· Tamara Murphy (Brasa and Burning Beast)

Moderated by Mina Williams, editor of the online restaurant industry magazine NorthwestStir.com.

After the talk, enjoy appetizers and networking with other Seattle food lovers. Foodportunity is open to food journalists, bloggers, public relations professionals, restaurateurs, farmers and all food-passionate people.

Foodportunity
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Palace Ballroom (2100 5th Ave., Seattle 98121)
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$30 + tax (which includes bites and a glass of wine)
Buy tickets here

10.26.2009

Win a Lucky Shops VIP gift bag from Shop It To Me


Lucky Shops is coming November 6th & 7th!

One lucky Shop It To Me member will win a Lucky Shops VIP gift bag filled with fun goodies, valued at $750! Inside you’ll find Amrita Singh bangles, Kiehl’s products, a Clu tanktop, tons of other fun beauty products and more.

To enter, just do the following:

* Visit www.luckyshops.com
* Leave a comment for Shop It To Me about what you think is the most exciting part of Lucky Shops
* You must be a Shop It To Me member to win (use the FreshJess referral code to register at SITM for free!)

We’ll pick a winner on Friday, October 31st at 5pm PST by conducting a random drawing among all comments left here.

Please note: Prize can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.

FreshJess is a



Two great fall events benefiting Dress for Success


Don't miss these opportunities to help Dress for Success Seattle this fall!

At Clutch boutique on November 4th, bring your gently used handbags and new toiletries to donate to DFS and receive a 25% discount on a new handbag.

On November 13th, preview Vantha Ry's latest collection at Spitfire Grill. Guests and attendees of Blush II will enjoy an evening of fashion, beauty, and entertainment all to benefit Y.E.S. and Dress For Success.

Visit Seattle Boutique Blogspot for complete event details. Hope to see you at both events!

I Heart Indie Holidays premieres on the Eastside - Sun Nov 29


On Sunday November 29th, I Heart Indie Holidays 2009 will premiere as the Eastside’s FIRST Indie Holiday Craft Show. Innovative, artistic and crafty vendors from the Pacific Northwest will give Eastside visitors a shopping experience like no other.

Hosted at the Lake Street Bar & Nightclub, shoppers will be able to enjoy cocktails, a full service food menu, and a live DJ all while browsing the unique handmade goodness on display. Show opens at 11am and runs until 6pm, but get there early… because the first 25 customers get a crafty-licious holiday swag bag!

I Heart Indie Holidays made it’s debut in 2007 as a triple-threat holiday show spanning three weekends and three cities around the Pacific Northwest. After a one year hiatus, I Heart Indie Holidays is back to bring indie-fever to the Eastside!

I Heart Indie Holidays is put together by the folks at I Heart Rummage, Seattle’s longest-running, indie craft event. This holiday season I Heart Rummage and I Heart Indie Holidays will be partnering with the Bellevue Art Museum to bring in-your-face crafty demos to the BAM’s screening of the indie craft revolution’s film masterpiece, “Handmade Nation”.

So shop local and buy handmade, make this holiday season a craft-acular one!

I Heart Indie Holidays
Lake Street Bar & Nightclub, (15 Lake Street, Kirkland 98033)
Sunday, November 29th, 2009
11am – 6pm

10.25.2009

SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!



I bought my opening night tix already. That's right. I don't play!

Watch all of the trailers here:







and just because...

Fresh Tweets: Recent Twitter Faves 10.25.09


Nike 1960 (Temporary Store in Rome) via @sneakhype

The President on the Nobel Peace Prize via @WhiteHouse

The Pension for Punishment (a study on MMA fighters' mental states) via @JoeRoganDotNet

Bloggers: Create a disclosure policy here via @CSMgmt

A Beginner's Guide to Vintage via @Queens of Vintage

A Frequent Culprit of Shoulder & Back Pain
via @Peegj

11 Productivity Tips that Creative Types already know via @LifeStyled & @DanielleLaPorte

Rihanna Does Paris Fashion Week via @YuliZ

Dress for Success: Program equips women w/professional attire & more
via @NWJobs

Managing Social Media with a System via @Shih_Wei & @DuctTape



Fresh Faves: English Relics. Yes Please.

I think I discovered English Relics from a recent post on Kingdom of Style. I'm enamored. I have a really soft spot in my heart for ancient Greece & Rome, and medieval anything!

Designer Peter Leathers and business manager Angela Thompson share my love for antique artifacts. English Relics was born from their vision of fusing modern high-fashion jewelry with Roman, medieval, Viking & Tudor pieces. Each piece is original and unique - so you can be sure to stand out in a crowd and know that you alone are wearing that piece of history!

Please get in my jewelry collection right now!



10.18.2009

Kid Sister, Fourcolorzack & Flosstradamus - this Tuesday at Neumo's

This Tuesday night, catch two of my favorites at Neumo's!

Kid Sister
featuring Fourcolorzack & Flosstradamus

Tuesday, October 20th
8pm
Neumo's Seattle (925 E Pike)
$15 adv
21+

You might remember Kid Sister's "Pro Nails" hit with Kanye last year, paying homage to acrylics of all shapes, colors & sizes. I'm excited to see this show - I love everything she's put out so far, which isn't much but all good. She's got amazing style too and puts my excessive working out to shame :)

FCZ is probably my favorite DJ in Seattle right now, a regular at Yo Son! Saturdays at War Room among many other nights in town. I'm also excited to see Flosstradamus for the first time. They hail from Chicago but I thought they were from here since they're in town so much :)

Just for fun...here's Pro Nails:

Kid Sister - Pro Nails ft. Kanye West

KID SISTER | MySpace Music Videos


I ain't rockin no stupid bass!

10.13.2009

Massive Relief - this Sunday!

Unless you've been under a rock, by now you know my peoples suffered two typhoons and landslides earlier this month. Join us this Sunday at the Filipino Community Center in south Seattle for a benefit event featuring Massive Monkees, Blue Scholars, Big World Breaks and Orb (Circle of Fire).

Suggested Minimum Donation: $10
(Larger donations accepted and encouraged)
100% of donations go to ABS-CBN Foundation, UNICEF, or the charity of your choice. Have checks written to: F.C.S. or directly to the foundations themselves.

If you can't make it but would still like to donate, visit Bayan USA.

After the show it's the afterparty...

10.08.2009

IFB Links a la Mode: Fashion Rollercoaster

IFB Links a la Mode Fashion Rollercoaster

Fashion Roller-coaster

Edited by Jennine

Wow… we’ve got an interesting bunch this week… word from fashion weeks has put us on a roller coaster from the creepy toenails on Shoe Daydreams to the stunning Alexander McQueen on ferOHHHsh, a much needed shopping bill of rights ondramatis personaeand Bay Area Style File wonders why cigarette cases are marketed to teens at Urban Outfitters. We’ve also got some new faces in our round up including one of my favorite French blogs, Morning by Foley whose beautiful photography reminds me how sweet fashion really is.

Links à la Mode : October 8th

10.07.2009

Fresh Snapshots: Seattle Fashion TV's Shalonne Foster

Fresh Snapshots is a new feature at FreshJess.com, highlighting some of the best and brightest talents that I've encountered here in Seattle and beyond. In a few brief questions, you'll find out a little more about what makes these fabulous people tick - what lights the fire that inspires them to pursue their passions.

My first subject is none other than Shalonne Foster, founder of Seattle Fashion TV. Read on...

1) What inspired you to create Seattle Fashion TV?
I have always been interested in fashion and been aware of the role that personal image plays in life. However it wasn't until I returned from Europe, where I watched this magical channel-Fashion TV (which plays nothing but designer runways shows); managed my way into Paris Fashion Week and shopped in Paris and Milan did it become an obsession. Seattle Fashion TV started out as a blog that focused on spotlighting local designers and their collections. I was curious to see what Seattle designers had to offer and after scouring the internet realized there wasn't an effective way to find them. Vision and demand has allowed it to evolve into what it is now.

2) What can we expect when we visit the Seattle Fashion TV site*?
Seattle Fashion TV will cover the people that make up Seattle's Fashion Industry: designers, photographers, models, make-up artists, hairstylists and bloggers. We will also provide: trend reports, make-up/hair tips and how to's, hosts various events and cover any fashion related event/party. We will produce editorial shoots, translate national trends for Seattle's up and coming market and host a multi contributor blog. Essentially, we are an online magazine that hosts 60-75% video. I have very big plans for Seattle Fashion TV and really want to elevate Seattle's fashion scene.

*Note
: Becasuse we are a new site, we are playing a bit of catch-up, so please be patient with us as we manage the transition and content. Please join our mailing list at seattlefashiontv.com, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook Fan page.

3) What is your favorite thing about Seattle fashion?

I have two favorite things about Seattle fashion- first is the diversity. Because Seattle's fashion scene has flown under the radar for so long, designers here don't feel the pressure to conform to the national trends. Therefore, we have designers that are designing from their heart and imagination rather than following board selected trends. We have designers that look like they were transplanted from Tokyo, Paris, NY and Beverly Hills, we even have designers that still draw inspiration from Seattle's Goth and Grudge days. The selection is incredible, yet hidden. Seattle Fashion TV wants to provide them all with a platform to shine.

Secondly, I think Seattle is going through a bit of a fashion revolution right now, people are stepping out of the fashion freeze that once defined Seattle fashion and creating their own image. Seattlites are beginning to care about what they wear. They are paying attention to trends, adopting a sense of personal style and incorporating a bit of glamor and sophistication, it is a wonderful to see. With the opening of The Shops at The Bravern, I think the Seattle Metro Area may finally shed it title of being the fleece and flannel capital and demand to be taken seriously in the world of fashion.

Our first event is a Fashion Industry Networking Party. The goal is the bring together the various different pockets of Seattle fashion and rally around the idea of elevating Seattle's fashion scene.

Thanks Shalonne!

Don't miss the Seattle Fashion TV launch party Thursday night, October 8th starting at 7:00p.m. at Neodandi Couture in Pioneer Square.


If you'd like to be considered for a future Snapshot, please email me at jess@freshjess.com.

10.04.2009

Fresh Faves: Melody Ehsani

I first saw Melody Ehsani's stunning creations on HighSnobette.com and immediately fell in love with her standout jewelry and vibrant shoes. After reading up on her, I appreciate her so much more! Miss Ehsani came up in a Persian family. Rather than adhering to her culture's standards for women, Melody was inspired to follow her dreams of design. As a result, she creates powerful, edgy pieces meant for the independent women with the inner fire to make things happen. In her words, "We are sexy, classy & bold, with a deeper, unshakable driving purpose." I feel that!

Miss Ehsani has upped the style factor for artists like Rihanna, Keri Hilson, Angela & Vanessa Simmons, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys & Amber Rose. Her three-finger rings and gigantic matrix earrings are all over the place! I think I might need to add a custom necklace to my own collection here soon. (See Rihanna's)

Melody just released her fall/winter 2010 accessories collection last week. Shoes are coming soon - for now check out her latest!

My favorites from Melody's latest lookbook. All images via Melody's Tumblr:





10.03.2009

BALSA: Relief Aid for Typhoon Ondoy's victims

Please take a minute to read thru and donate if you can. Everything helps!

On Saturday September 26th, Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) struck the Philippines with the heaviest rainfall recorded followed by the worst flooding in 40 years.

BAYAN-Philippines’ “BALSA” (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan, or “People’s Cooperation for the People”), is calling upon compatriots and sympathizers to gather financial donations for the victims of the Big Flood.

Where do our donations go? These donations go directly to BAYAN Philippines and the BALSA Relief Operation. BAYAN Philippines is an alliance of grassroots organizations all over the Philippines that represent the most marginalized and impoverished communities in the country. These are the communities that have been most impacted by the Typhoon. The BALSA Relief Operation will be providing medical, financial and clean-up aid, especially in the urban poor areas, where people have literally lost everything. This will NOT include the bureaucracy and red tape that happens with third-party groups like the Red Cross or the Philippine Consulate.

For more info, please visit BAYAN's US site here.

Fresh Features: handbags at NOVICA

There is no greater feeling than being able to help others and to give back to your world. That message resonates strongly with me, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a similar message behind NOVICA.

NOVICA partners with the National Geographic to provide a fair-trade forum for international artists to share their passion with the rest of the world. All of the goods on the site include the personal story of each artist and their creation. I love that they also include notes from past customers directly to the artists - you can see how lives are positively affected by the connections made between artist & customer!


NOVICA recently premiered a new handbags section, featuring designs from artists representing Brazil, Bali, Thailand, the Andes, Mexico and India among others. There are price points to satisfy every taste and budget. I love the vibrant colors and the use of fabrics like silk, wool and even soda pop tops in these bags! Many of them remind me of the bags my aunts & grandma bring me from the Philippines :)