Tales from the Hood. Tomorrow


see you there seattle.


Sanrio rolls into Seattle Center - this Saturday & Sunday!

This is for all the ladies (& gents) who grew up with a little Hello Kitty in their lives!

In honor of its 50th Anniversary, Sanrio is on a mobile truck pop-up shop steez all around the country. Just started last week in San Fran, the cutie pie characters make their way to Seattle this weekend - Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31 from 11:00am - 7:00pm at the Seattle Center Fountain Lawn.

Inspired by Sanrio’s “small gift, big smile” philosophy, the Small Gift mobile pop-up shop is everything Sanrio fans can dream of and more. Play games, spin the wheel & win Target gift cards, share photo ops with your favorite characters and the opportunity to get your hands on 50 must-have collectible products featuring: Hello Kitty®, Little Twin Stars®, My Melody®, Patty & JimmyTM, TuxedosamTM, Keroppi®, Badtz-Maru®, and Chococat®.

Be sure to get there early – goody bags will be handed out to the first 50 people in attendance! Small Gift is free to the public.

More info at Sanrio.com or on Sanrio & Hello Kitty's Facebooks.

See you there Seattle!

The road map. So kawaii!

The menu of limited edition items for purchase. Menu! I can't even


Make your social media count during Breast Cancer Awarness month!

The month of October brings with it changing colors, crisp leaves and cool air. It also brings to light breast cancer awareness. Thanks to great organizations like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, many of our favorite brands, products and things we buy partner up in the name of breast cancer awareness, turning parts of our world a little pink.

It can be overwhelming to figure out how to best give back to the cause, however. Facebook offers up a pretty passive approach as the main platform for the "I Like It" campaign. I'm not a fan of this campaign though, because I'm not sure how it ties to breast cancer awareness or how it gives to an organization.

At Banyan Branch, we're working with a couple of clients who are making it easy to donate to breast cancer awareness initiatives with your social media initiatives. Clarisonic's launched its Look Good, Feel Better campaign, whose cornerstone lies on Clarisonic's Facebook page. It's simple: like Clarisonic on Facebook and they'll donate a dollar to LookGoodFeelBetter.org, a national public service program that helps women with breast and other cancers manage their treatment and recovery with renewed spirit and greater confidence. Clarisonic also makes it super easy to share your support of Look Good Feel Better with your friends, with numerous sharing tools on their Facebook page. Check it out!

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance's Make a Mammogram Promise is just as easy peasy. Enter your email at MammogramPromise.org, and you've pledged to take charge of your health & get a mammogram. Go one step further, collect promises from your social networks and you can win something fun like a Nordstrom or AMC Theatres gift card. The person who collects the most promises will win a grand prize package from the Fairmont Olympic. So cool!

Whatever you do this month, take the time to do something to recognize breast cancer prevention & awareness. How can you not?


All Bundled Up & Everywhere to Go

Well, summer never showed up in Seattle and the crisp air of fall is here with a vengeance. They say that this winter is supposed to be absolutely ridiculous for the Pacific Northwest - which is awesome because not only do people not know how to drive in adverse conditions here, but the city has no idea how to appropriately prepare itself for storms of any kind. Awesome. Don't take me for just my cynicism, though...I'm looking forward to lots of snowboarding, caramel apple cider and staying bundled and cozy in my little apartment.

Naturally I need outerwear that can keep up with me during this fall & winter. I'll still be out and about at numerous events, shows and parties despite what the weatherman is telling me. It's a fine art to stay stylish yet bundled up without looking like the kid from A Christmas Story, yo. Hopefully I can avoid that tragedy :)

Here are some of my outerwear picks from some of my favorite online shopping haunts:

fly like a furball. Meaty forever.

ugh. i die over the draping of this one. little filipina riding hood

detail euphoria! those buttons. that puckered waistline. holy cow