Rihanna covers Glamour Magazine September issue

Rihanna is Glamour's cover girl for their September issue and she looks AMAZING:

On dealing with how messy life can get:
“I think honesty is the ultimate liberation in life. People want to shy away from the truth and keep sweeping it under the rug. But after a while, you pick up the rug and there’s just way too much dirt, so you might as well just be up front about it.”

On her attention getting sense of style:
“Getting dressed, I want to pick the most bizarre pair of shorts so I can figure out how to make it look right, or work an outfit that will make people go, “What the hell is she wearing?”

On hating drama…and perfection:
“I hate drama. But at the same time, nothing bothers me more than when life’s perfect. And that’s the sick part. I just love a challenge, whether it’s a relationship, my career, clothing...”


Seattle: Pista sa Nayon - Sunday July 31

Did you know that the largest outdoor Filipino-American event in the U.S. happens right her in Seattle? Pista sa Nayon (a Filipino phrase translated “town festival”) happens every year on the last Sunday of July in Seward Park. Which means the 2011 Pista happens tomorrow, July 31st!

Pista sa Nayon was carried over from the Philippines, where Filipinos would gather for a fiesta in the middle of town to celebrate a good harvest, and it would be a time for people to focus on their neighbors, family and friends, solidifying the sense of community and hard work.

The festival in Seattle was first proposed in 1990 by Ron Sims, then a member of the King County Council. Together with his wife, Cayan Topacio and his staff assistant Bengie Santos (both Filipino Americans), they approached Filipino American community leaders and asked for their support for a summer festival associated with Seafair. The purpose of the festival was to give the growing Filipino American population a sense of partnership with the larger Seattle community. African American, Latino, Native American, and other Asian American groups already had celebrations as part of Seafair.

The first festival was held in 1990 at Rainier Playfield, drawing roughly 2,000 attendees. By the year 2000, Pista was drawing in excess of 10,000 people. In 2001, an estimated 15,000 people came to Pista at the Seward Park Amphitheatre.

At Pista, you'll find vendors and performers living and breathing the best of Filipino culture. Enjoy pancit, adobo and lumpia from one of the food vendors while watching traditional and modern Filipino dance and art on the main stage. There's always tons of clothing and jewelry to shop from as well - all Filipino-made and inspired. There are also booths by various groups in the city, from human rights organizations to the Kuyas & Ates, aka the Filipino fraternity and sororities based in area universities.

Community support is the key to Pista’s success. Throughout each year, volunteers plan, meet and raise funds to ensure its success. Over 150 volunteers work on Pista, now the largest outdoor Filipino American event in the country. Catering to everyone from birth to community elders, it has become the essential family reunion on a wonderfully grand scale.

I've been attending Pista for as long as I can remember. Hope to see you tomorrow! Look for the girl stuffing her face in halo-halo:

Wedding Guest Steez

Summer means weddings every weekend! Choosing the perfect outfit for attending a wedding is always a careful, mindful choice to make. You want to look fancy, comfortable and stylish all while not upstaging the bride on her big day. The formula of knee-length dress and dependable heels always works for me.
La Rousse green & black heart-shaped corset dress
Steven black peep-toe heels
Sustalux vintage bag
Vintage bracelets from Sustalux & Urban Xchange
Bulldog ring from Moksha

I keep it light on the makeup in the summer time too: bronzer, neutral eyes & rosy lips:


Gym Jones & the Hauteness: Michi

Whenever I work out, I refer to it as a visit to "Gym Jones." Why? Mostly so people don't know where it is I get them situps right, but also inspired by the workout regimen of the muscled men of "300":

It's pretty funny calling working out "Gym Jones." Some people think it's a play on words I made on rapper Jim Jones (ballin!), while others have taken to referring to it in the same way. One of my lovely friends Carrie even started a blog called "Gym Jones & the Hotness." I believe there is now an actual Gym Jones franchise, but I don't work out there :)

Anyway, here's some hotness to keep you cool and stylish while lighting the hearts in your very own Gym Jones afire. Michi via Oak & High Snobette:

Images via Michi & High Snobette. Photo credit Gian Carlo Drueco


Nike CEO Mark Parker's office

If this was my office, I'd be motivated to run the largest sportswear company in the world too

Seattle: Sonics Night at the Mariners' Game - Friday July 29th

I'm pretty sad that I'm missing Sonics Night at the Mariners. I miss having an NBA team in the city, especially after the H206 Game! I grew up with many of the players planning to be at this event. This night that the Mariners have put together looks like pure magic...

Sonics Night
Safeco Field | Friday, July 29th
Rays vs. Mariners

The Mariners tip their caps to the Seattle SuperSonics during a special pre-game celebration featuring some of your favorite green and gold legends, stars and coaches hosted by the "Voice of the Sonics" Kevin Calabro.

Make sure you’re in the ballpark by 6:30 for the largest gathering of Sonics stars ever, including:

Freddie Brown
Michael Cage
Tom Chambers
James Donaldson
Dale Ellis
Hersey Hawkins
Spencer Haywood
George Karl
Shawn Kemp
Nate McMillan
Gary Payton
Detlef Schrempf
Jack Sikma
Slick Watts
Gus Williams
Lenny Wilkens

Following the pre-game ceremony, the salute will continue throughout the game as we honor some of the biggest names in Sonics history and celebrate the legacy of Sonics Basketball.



Block Party Babe

I bought this chiffon maxi skirt in March after eyeing it all over the fashion blogs and L.A. style vixens, but quite frankly there hasn't been a perfect occasion to wear the thing in Seattle.

In the sea of cutoff denim, sundresses, plaid, & hippie chic, it just felt like the right way to stand out :)

I keep it HollyHood.
Vintage Levi's denim jacket
Dior vintage belt
Nine West strappy sandals
Vintage bag & necklace

Thank you AlixRose for the pic & dancing the night away with me!

Sleep is for the Successful! Arianna Huffington TEDtalk

I see way too many people forgoing sleep in order to get in more hours for work, partying or whatever they deem a higher priority. I just can't agree with that lifestyle. Sleep is so important for your health and being able to focus! Most of us need 6-8 hours per night to function properly.

Think I'm nuts? Check out this infographic on sleep at FastCompany, and Arianna Huffington's TED talk below:


Seattle: Socializing for Social Change - this Thurs July 28

VisualNoiseType's Antonio Smith & CEM Management's Maile Cabral are teaming up to bring you Socialize For Social Change, this Thursday at Tia Lou's in Belltown!

Socializing for Social Change
Thursday, July 28th / 6:00 - 9:00p.m.
Tia Lou's (2218 1st Ave, Seattle 98121)
RSVP on Eventbrite
Official Twitter hashtag: #S4SC

Why should you attend?
  • Support a good cause
  • Tia Lou’s for happy hour specials
  • Free appetizers
  • Cool local fashion
  • Great music
  • Networking
  • First 50 attendees will receive a swag bag from our great sponsors!
  • Fashionably late comers, relax – there will be a raffle for awesome prizes!

All proceeds go to Global Music Project, a non-profit organization representing music fans, artists, event promoters, progressive businesses, social activists, and others who believe in the power of music to attract, educate, and inspire humanity to participate in making a better world.


Showing Up For Life - Bill Gates Sr.

Simply put, this book impacts me so much I will likely read it at least once a year for years to come. Bill Gates Sr. is probably most famous for being the father of one of the richest men in the world, but he is also a former UW student, Boy Scout, lawyer, law firm partner, and current father, grandfather, husband and all-around proud family man. He now helps his son and daughter-in-law carefully choose where their money and efforts go as one of the leaders at the helm of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In Showing Up for Life, Mr. Gates dilutes a lifetime of changing our community locally and globally into one extremely simple message: show up.

Bill Gates Sr. is so full of love, humility and perseverance. I cannot help but be inspired by him every time I hear or read about him, and most strongly when I read this book. Showing Up for Life is filled with Gates Sr.'s many life experiences, from summer trips with his family and others to visits to Africa to various speeches he's given around the world. His love for family and tradition shine throughout - it's clear that his children, wife Mimi, former wife Mary and his grandchildren are the driving force in all that he does.

The stories told in Showing Up for Life are short but incredibly impactful. Gates Sr. implores life lessons on everything from: instilling tradition in your children; responsibility to community, neighbors & family; and the importance of a lifelong education (stay learning!) All of these lessons tie back to his overarching message: for everything in life, nothing can be until you show up.

Show up for opportunities that are given you.
Show up for your family.
Show up by educating yourself always.
Show up for your local, national and global community.
Show up for your beliefs, your opinions and your rights.
Show up for life!

Check out this interview with Mr. Gates Sr on Showing Up for Life. It's an hour long, but totally worth it :)


Fresh Eats: Revel

My boyfriend treated me to Revel, a gem in the Fremont neighborhood for my birthday dinner and it was nothing short of awesome. Seif Chirchi & Rachel Yang, the husband & wife chef team who also own Joule in Wallingford, crafted Revel's distinct menu inspired by Korean cuisine with a modern twist. Their partners in Revel & adjacent bar Quoin, Chad Dale, Bryce Philips & Ira Gerlich, designed the restaurant with simple but comfortable metal, glass & wood.

BF and I sat at the chef's table so we could watch the team do their thing. Seif even came over & chatted with us for a bit and treated me to a couple of birthday treats! You can really tell that Seif and Rachel put as much heart into Revel as they do for any dinner party I imagine they'd have at home. The team was so welcoming and Seif coming over to chat with us really put the icing on my birthday meal. Thanks!

Dark & stormy!

403 N 36th St, Seattle 98103
Reservations: 206.547.2040 / info@revelseattle.com
Follow Revel on Facebook / Twitter

Summer hours:
Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - close

Happy hour: 4:00 - 6:00pm / $1 off wells, beers & wine glasses; $7 rotating selection of cocktails


All Beyonce Everything

Beyonce is everywhere and then some for her album and other various projects! Your hustle is so admirable...

Behind the scenes & shots from her "4" album photoshoot in Paris via StyleCaster:

Complex Mag's Aug/Sept issue cover & gallery:

Jay-Z & Kanye's Watch the Throne documentary:

I pre-ordered "4" after watching this mobile video Jay-Z took of his wife backstage at American Idol. He's so proud of her, and she of him. SWOON

RIP Amy Winehouse

Sadly this isn't much of a surprise. I remember seeing her "Rehab" video for the first time and just being enamored by her voice. I really wanted her to get better, but addiction is a beast I just can't even begin to understand. May you find peace now miss.

This is my favorite Winehouse performance: "Love is a Losing Game" with Mos Def on MTV Unplugged.


Gilt City Seattle! Launch Event & Invite Code

Gilt City has arrived in Seattle! The mega-popular Gilt Groupe flash sale site is expanding into local deals, from private spa parties, tasting menus, salon treatments and preview movie screenings. What's unique is that each of these deals is super limited, so if you don't act fast, they'll be snatched up in the blink of an eye. Still in beta, most of the Gilt City Seattle deals are sold out with a long waitlist. I have no doubt that Seattleites will be clamoring for these sweet experience deals in droves!
Want in on the action?
Enjoy 20% off your first purchase with this FreshJess invite code!

Tonight's launch event was held at the lovely Rover's restaurant in Madison Park. Thierry Rautureau and team produced a beautiful setting, with wine and food tastings both inside the restaurant and spilling out into the garden below. I'm not sure if it was our setting or the excitement for Gilt City, but everyone in attendance brought their style A-game tonight with beautiful dresses and men in suit jackets. Well done Seattle :)

A few photos with my ladies & fellow bloggers: Jaymee, Alix, Mollie, Birdie & Anisa

We took home these sweet swag bags filled with Seattle elements: an umbrella, coffee, alder salt, Theo Chocolate and Thierry's Moroccan spiced salt. What a great tote!

Sustalux dress & vintage bracelets
Dior vintage belt
Steven heels
Tiffany bar necklace


Team Up 4 Non-Profits Gigs4Good benefiting PAWS - Thurs Aug 11

Team Up for Nonprofits presents Gigs4Good #8 with Handful of Luvin’, Jubilee & The Local Strangers benefiting PAWS' Injured & Orphaned Wildlife Rehab Program.

You know how much PAWS means to me!

Come and experience a fun night of music for a cause with three of Seattle’s most entertaining bands. Fiddle Driven Roots/Rock band Handful of Luvin’ will be supported by nonprofit band Jubilee and emerging new talent The Local Strangers to benefit PAWS at one of Seattle's legendary live music venues, the Tractor Tavern in Ballard.
Funds received from Team Up’s Gigs4Good benefit will help PAWS shelter, feed, comfort & rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife. Caring for the variety of animals—from Harbor Seals to Black Bears—is an enormous financial responsibility and community support makes a huge impact for the animals in their care.

Team Up for Nonprofits presents Gigs4Good #8 featuring Handful of Lovin’, Jubilee & The Local Strangers benefiting PAWS.
Thursday, August 11th
The Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle 98107)
Doors 7:30 p.m., Show starts at 8:00p.m. sharp!
Adults 21+
Tickets: $15 pre-sale, $20 at door. Students $12.

Team Up for Nonprofits' mission is to build capacity for nonprofit organizations by cultivating a new generation of engaged supporters through the power of music and social media. Our Gigs4Good benefits raise funds and awareness for the nonprofits we partner with and provide a fun and accessible opportunity for people to support organizations making a difference. With Team Up you buy the tickets, we bring the music, nonprofits get the money!

Emma Watson on the Harry Potter premiere circuit

I cried like a baby when I saw Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows pt. 2 this weekend. I'm surprised at myself, I mean, I've read all the books and I know what happens. Oh well. It's hard to say goodbye to something that was part of your life for 11 years! We've all had the pleasure of watching Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton and more grow up before our very eyes.

Speaking of which, check out Emma's various looks on the HP worldwide premiere blitz. Tres chic Hermione!
Bottega Veneta

Oscar de la Renta

All images and the rest of Emma's looks from Fashionista via Getty Images


Portland! Buy Local. Stay Luxe - Weds July 27

Every once in awhile a Portland event will be so awesome it's a can't miss. Usually these events involve Jen Joyce:

Join us for Hotel deLuxe's first outdoor Tweet-up featuring local boutiques!

We've pulled together a few of our favorite Portland boutiques who are setting up shop just for you to peruse their lovely items. In the meantime, enjoy delicious bites and drink specials from the ever-so-classy Gracie's. Just a few details you should know...
  • The first 75 friends to join us will receive a drink coupon good for a Bartender's Favorite Cocktail.
  • Giveaways! Hotel rooms, gift certificates to local boutiques...
  • We will validate parking based on availability! Stop by the front desk on your way out.
  • Our fantastic sales team will be present to give room tours! Just ask.
Get ready to enjoy shopping with:

Buy Local. Stay Luxe.
Hotel deLuxe (729 SW 15th Ave, Portland 97205)
Wednesday, July 27th, 5:00 - 7:30p.m.

And have a Voodoo Doughnut bacon maple bar for ya girl!

Happy Birthday, Moksha!

Sometimes you meet people and you just want them to succeed. You have seen many of my inspirations covered here on Fresh Jess, and one of those I'm most supportive of especially. Moksha Clothing on the Ave in the University District has held it down for nine years, celebrating their anniversary last weekend. It's difficult for many small businesses to survive a couple of years, yet Moksha has stood strong throughout a recession and more.

I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the Moksha team (Elvia, Aleph et. al.) support me - keeping me stylish from my days as a brokeass college student to my life now. It has been a pleasure growing up with you, Moksha. To many more!

Shop Moksha now through Friday, July 22 and enjoy 30% off most everything in the store.

Here are some of my favorite outfits from Moksha over the last couple of years:

Dress & earrings from Moksha - HollyHood

Skirt from Moksha - SXSW

Dress & earrings from Moksha - illin on the Hill

Dress from Moksha - SAM Remix

Our event together in 2009!

Happy birthday Moksha! Love you!

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