Cyber Monday: Save 30% off at Manhattnite!

Shopping at Manhattanite just got a little sweeter...

Manhattanite stocks everything from CC Skye, Siwy Denim, Mackage, Fluxus, JET and KRMA. There's a fabulous selection of women's apparel, accessories, bags, baby stuff and general gifts - so you can knock a ton of presents off of your shopping list in one fell swoop!

Also, check out the Manhattanite blog for input on some of the stuff you'll find on the site from some really great fashion bloggers, including: Crosby of PR Couture, Grechen of Grechen's Closet, Julia of FashionPulse, Jennine of The Coveted, Lauren Messiah, Jordana of Clutch 22 - and yours truly :)

Giving Thanks...Making Transitions (Allow me to reintroduce myself...)

No one who achieves success does so without the help of others.
The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Alfred North Whitehead
I have a lot to be thankful for this year! As always I am eternally grateful for my giant family and all of my friends, colleagues and mentors who've contributed positively to my life. I can only find success knowing you are there for me. I am healthy and have a wonderful home. I count my blessings every day for this beautiful life!

I am thankful for social media. What started out as a fun hobby has turned into my most powerful networking tool; has brought me a ton of new friends who I would've never met otherwise; and has also opened doors I never would have known were there to open had I not put myself out there on Twitter, Facebook and here on my blog.

Now, I can add that social media has officially gotten me to my next chapter in my professional life!

I wasn't actively looking for a job. Knowing what the job market is like for a lot of people out there, I didn't think it'd be worth my time when I was still in a job I got a lot out of. You can imagine my surprise when Banyan Branch approached me about joining their team. Come mid-December, my time at the Chamber is coming to a close.

I have learned so much in my ascent to events director for the chamber, meeting so many different kinds of people in every kind of business you can imagine. I was given an incredible amount of creative freedom and independence to grow the Chamber's body of networking events and professional development programming thanks to a fabulous boss who really believed in my potential. I've grown immensely in my public speaking, networking and problem solving having had every type of problem and public speaking situation thrown at me there. Countless opportunities have been afforded me through my work and the network I've built there. I got a lot of praise and a lot of criticism too - both have helped me grow. They say to never forget where you came from and I have the Chamber forever imprinted in my life. Thank you for shaping a part of me!

I'm SO excited to make a career change into a field I LOVE (marketing & social media), with the skills I've honed at the Chamber to help me excel in what I've been brought on to do.

I don't talk about work much on FreshJess.com but making this transition has dominated my mind the past few weeks and I'm delighted to share the decisions I've made with you. Not to worry, FreshJess readers; though I know I'll be puttin in work in my new role, I'm going to do my best to keep this blog updated with fresh content as much as possible.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Peace, love & happiness to you & yours.



Black Friday, FreshJess style

how many of you brave the Black Friday crowds to buy gifts for other people?

yeah, me neither. here are the deals i took advantage of this morning for myself :)

25% off almost everything at Manhattanite
! Through Sunday. I picked up some new & sassy So Low workout pants (watch out gym jones) and some casual yet sexy gear from Jet.

Nasty...Nasty Gals
Enjoy 20% today only!
I got a sweet pair of boots for just over $60 w/shipping!

Where did you go shopping today? What were your favorite deals?


Black Friday: Goods


while you're there make sure to swing by Stussy Seattle's grand opening also. CHYEAH

Black Friday: Finch & Sparrow's Grand Hatching Party

Don't miss the Black Friday launch party of Fremont's latest and greatest boutique - Finch & Sparrow!

F&S has a really great selection of affordable everything: bags, shoes, art, accessories, scarves, and clothing. I really like the buying choices they've made for the store. Everything is unique and much of it is made by local designers and artists. If you've ever been to the sustainable sandwich shop Homegrown , you can't miss F&S - just head two doors north!

I have to say, the crown jewel of Finch & Sparrow right now has got to be their boot selection. I bought a sweet pair of black wedge boots that I've been wearing everyday - only $78! These are flying off of the shelves also:

Happy Thanksgiving! at the White House

le sigh
Michelle Obama in Naeem Khan
NY Times: Modern Flourishes at Obamas' State Dinner


Fresh Friends: Clutch 22 (and a call to action!)

I met Jordana of Clutch22 early this year and she's been a force in my life ever since! She's the true embodiment of one of my favorite quotes by Madeleine Albright:
"There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."

While making a name for herself professionally in the world of (digital tech & fashion) PR, Jordie has always been willing to lend her time and energy to help her friends. She was a catalyst in driving me to take FreshJess.com much more seriously, branching out to new creative ideas and ways to differentiate my blog from other lifestyle blogs out there. Despite her recent move to NYC, she's been there to bounce ideas off of and is a constant support in my plot to take over the world :)

Jordana was featured recently in DList Magazine's Young Seattle issue as "The Blogger" and is a regular contributor to the international online community Independent Fashion Bloggers.

She needs our help in the home stretch of the America's Most Stylish Blogger competition by BlueFly.com & StyleList.com. Jordana is representing style that's made her fashion blog Clutch22.com a hit - Seattle-influenced and now with an NYC edge.

The AMSB challenge ends December 1st, and you can vote daily in the AMSB widget in the sidebar <-----
Every time you vote, you're entered in to win $1000 to spend at BlueFly.com! Check out her past outfits (w/links to her commentary) and stay tuned for her last one tomorrow. Seattle - show your girl some love and vote every day through Dec 1!

Host a Krochet Kids' Give the Gift of Love party this holiday season

Krochet Kids friends & fans - this is your call to action!

This winter KKi is mobilizing people across the nation to Give the Gift of Love to Northern

From December 7th-14th, 2000 of Krochet Kids' famous hats will be delivered to socially minded people like you, all across the country.

During this week, find creative ways to sell these hats. The goal is to sell out in one week. And we will!

The dream behind the Give the Gift of Love campaign is to give people the opportunity to
purchase a gift this holiday season that gives twice. Your friends and family can give a hat to
someone, and that hat also gives the gift of empowerment to a woman in Uganda.

To reach this goal, think about how you can work within your community and
social networks to develop a venue where the story of Krochet Kids and its life changing
products can be shared.

The options are endless but here are a few examples:
- Throw a Sweater Party/ Information Night.
- Go Caroling with KKI Hats.
- Host a Hot Cocoa Event.
- Throw a Benefit Concert.
- Host an Art Show Showcasing KKI products.

So dream BIG!

Think you can do it? Fill out the interest form here and sign up to host a Give the Gift of Love party today. Come on - all the kool kids are doing it :)


i'll be here tonight! blogmeetblog at boconcept

see you there fellow Seattle bloggers!


Shop & Chill f/ SPUN & Jesica Milton at Hotel Max - this Weds Nov 18

My dear friend Sara Seumae, the force behind eco-fashion line SPUN, and local designer Jesica Milton are teaming up for a very stylish Tweetup - this Wednesday at Hotel Max!

Each season, Sara strives to bring quality organic clothing that meets her personal three F’s…it fits, flatters and is fashionable. Each SPUN piece is proudly made in the United States using high quality 100% Certified Organic Cotton which is dyed using environmentally safe low–impact fiber reactive dyeing processes.

Jesica strives to strike a balance between comfort and glamour. Luxurious fabrics are used to create flattering silhouettes with clean lines and a romantic edge. Each garment is designed to be versatile enough to mix, match, and integrate seamlessly into your wardrobe – and your lifestyle.

I met all of these talented ladies (Jen of Hotel Max included) via Twitter. I'm inspired by their passion, creativity and ambition - and how they've all used social media to grow their business. This event is just one of the many ways these ladies are thinking outside of the box to thrive. I hope you'll join me on Wednesday to preview these ladies' new collections and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

RSVP via Twtvite or Facebook

See you there!

p.s. a few avid SPUN fans!


Y.E.S. Seattle Anniversary & Annual Shopping Night at Banana Republic - Thurs Nov 12

Join me at Y.E.S. Seattle's anniversary and annual shopping event, this Thursday, November 12th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Banana Republic in downtown Seattle.

Enjoy 30% off all of your purchases, light appetizers & refreshments and networking with some of Seattle's best & brightest young professional women!

If you're a current Y.E.S. member, you can renew for our next exciting year. If you're not a Y.E.S. member, you can find out all of the great perks of membership and how your contributions benefit Dress for Success Seattle.

Y.E.S. is the young professional fundraising arm of Dress for Success Seattle. Being on the Y.E.S. board has been such a great experience, from volunteering at DFS and helping clients transform for their professional growth through outfit styling to making decisions that will help keep Dress for Success a viable program in Seattle. I am biased of course, but I HIGHLY recommend you attend on Thursday night and consider donating $35 to join Y.E.S!

The Y.E.S.! Seattle board
img via Jenny Billington

Blush II benefiting Y.E.S. / Dress for Success Seattle - this Friday Nov 13

Don't miss Blush II, this Friday from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Spitfire Grill!

View Vantha Ry's latest collection and features from Clutch and Rockstar Jewelry.

Proceeds from the night and the auction will go to Dress for Success.

$20 general admission / $40 VIP

Get your tickets here

See you there!

Fresh Faves: Nicki Minaj

I am lovin Nicki Minaj right now!

A few weeks ago I was perusing Necole Bitchie's blog reading up on celebrity gossip when I noticed Nicki in almost every other post. 'Who is this chick?' I thought to myself. Sure enough, after reading the blog I saw her everywhere I turned and in every video I saw.

Back in the day I LOVED Foxy Brown, Lil Kim and Trina. I feel like it's been forever since a lady rapper has dominated the overwhelmingly male hip-hop scene and it's cool to see Nicki taking charge so quickly. The girl is supremely talented (watch the BET Cypher vid below), she can sing and rap (writes her own stuff), she isn't overly raunchy and she's evolving her larger-than-life persona fast. She recently signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money crew and can be found on tracks with Drake, Gucci Mane & Weezy himself.

The Jamaica Queens, NY native is African, Indo-Asian & Trinidadian. Like Beyonce and her Sasha Fierce, Nicki's got three personas that describe her style: Nicki the Harajuku Barbie (girly, cartoonish), Nicki the Ninja (lyrical assassin) and Nicki the Boss (taking over the game).

Take a look at the "Who is Nicki Minaj" interview and her Cypher freestyle below to see her crazy awesomeness for yourself. I can't wait for her mixtape!

img via HoneyMag.com

Who is Nicki Minaj?

BET Cypher at the Hip-Hop Awards - part 1

Hear her stuff at Nicki's Myspace Music page


Style Fit for a (Spartan) King: Gerard Butler in Ferragamo

Scotland. Thank you. le sigh

Gerard Butler in Salvatore Ferragamo suit & shoes. Law Abiding Citizen premiere in Oslo, Norway.


and just for laughs :)

Fresh Style: Thrifty & Witchy

I don't like Halloween. I hate costume shopping, mostly because I can't find any rhyme or reason in spending cheese on something you can only wear once, on one night, then never again. I can't do it!

I do, however, love Wishpot and Hotel Max, so when they teamed up to put on a Trick or Tweetup, I was happy to oblige with the costume-preferred dress code.

Still not wanting to spend a bunch of cash, I ravaged my closet. Ideally I wanted to be Bellatrix LeStrange from Harry Potter, but I spun it to reflect my body, style and what I already owned.

All black everything!
Leather gloves: vintage (from Lucky Vintage)
Pearl necklace: F21
Tank: SPUN
Belt: Moksha
Skirt: vintage (from Closet Treasures Sale) - worn as a tube dress
Fishnet tights
Granny boots: etsy.com find - Magpie & Birdie

Thanks to the lovely Andria Lindquist & Beauty Revolution Magazine for the pic!

p.s. I was also Amelia Earhart at work, but sadly I didn't get any pictures. It was awesome though :)


Peak Shoulders: Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!

this weekend we caught "This is It" - a peek into what was to be MJ's last hurrah. i highly recommend seeing it while it's out in theatres. you really get a sense of why Michael is such a one-of-a-kind. the magic he brings to the stage wasn't lost in the midst of all the scandal and craziness that haunted him for most of the past couple of decades!

one of my favorite parts of the movie was seeing MJ continue his streak of trend-setting jackets. throughout the whole movie, we see him donning peak-shouldered, fitted blazers - much like the ones favored by rihanna, karl lagerfeld, victoria beckham and perfected by designers like balmain & preen. one of my favorite girls, Jordana of Clutch 22, styled the puff shoulder in a recent post!

check the trailer - then view a few of my favorite variations. God bless you and your impeccable style, MJ!


Girl on Top LIVE Seattle - this Fri Nov 6

Career expert, bestselling author & motivational speaker Nicole Williams of WORKS returns with her latest book, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success. I'd like to invite all of the fabulous young professional women with brains, beauty & style to a special in-store event with Nicole - this Friday, November 6th at The Limited at Westfield Southcenter!

In Girl on Top, Williams promises to "skip the bullshit & provide relevant, honest advice you can use." Learn how to take 20 dating rules and apply them to your professional journey!
At the event, you'll get:
  • the opportunity to network with other fabulous Seattle ladies
  • a swag bag (worth over $500!)
  • 40% on all new items at The Limited
  • free Girl on Top cocktails
  • career advice from Nicole herself!
Girl on Top LIVE Seattle
Friday, November 6th, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Limited (Westfield Southcenter, Seattle 98188)
RSVP here (don't forget to mention you are a guest of FreshJess.com!)

p.s. Take a look at Nicole's website also - she's got lots of great tips and articles on career, money, style, travel & living in general!

See you there!