A Guide to Fashion's Night Out part 2: University Village

Want to make the rounds at this year's Fashion's Night Out? Make sure you make your way over to the University Village. Normally the stomping grounds of Huskies and families, they're celebrating FNO from 3:00 - 9:00p.m.

The University Village has 35 participating retailers and restaurants for FNO. Some FreshJess faves for the night include:
  • Anthropologie's fall preview trunk show
  • Cole Haan (Enter to win a pair of shoes every month for a year!)
  • $10 off any purchase of $50 or more at H&M
  • J. Crew FNO tote (w/purchase of $150 or more)
  • Yoga demos at Lululemon
  • Ravenna Gardens fall garden fashion demonstrations
  • 20% off at Sonrisa
  • Swink Style Bar hair & makeup consultations (and enter to win free lash extensions!)
  • Tiffany & Co sterling silver lock charm bracelet giveaway
The Sony Store's even got the non-FNO celebrants covered. Enjoy the Man Cave Destination: sports, PlayStation, gaming and more plus 50% off sheet battery with purchase of a Sony VAIO S Series. Check out the full list of deals and special events in each store here.

FNO at the U-Village is giving back, too. Donate a new or gently-used coat to Wellspring Family Services during FNO and be entered to win a $500 University Village Shopping Spree!

RSVP on Facebook or on Twitter (your Twitter RSVP enters you to win a $50 University Village gift card!)

Check out the FreshJess rundown of Fashion's Night Out, also in Bellevue and Downtown Seattle (Thursday.)

Thursday, September 8th
~ 6:00 - 11:00p.m.
Worldwide locations


A Guide to Fashion's Night Out part 1: Bellevue

Two years ago, American Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, NYC & Company and the City of New York came together to create Fashion's Night Out to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, boost the industry's economy, and put the fun back in shopping. FNO quickly grew to a global initiative, and now in its third year, the Seattle area is in on the action.

In this first post of the definitive guide to the 2011 Fashion's Night Out gatherings in our region, we're covering the Eastside, where they're bringing you festivities at The Bravern and Bellevue Collection.

Bellevue Collection's got 75 retailers and counting participating in this year's FNO, with everything from parties at Zebra Club and Ann Taylor, complimentary services at Sephora and the Aveda Experience Center, pastry & coffee samples at Starbucks and sweet discounts at Aldo and Report Footwear. Check the full list of discounts here.

There are giveaways and gifts with purchase at the Bellevue Collection FNO, and at Center Court in Bellevue Square, you can dance the night away to the DJ spinning tunes, capture memories with FNO photo booths and enjoy live runway shows featuring the latest fall trends at participating FNO retailers.

Bellevue Collection's crown jewel for Fashion's Night Out is the exclusive exhibit of the Nordic Fashion Biennale: Curator's Cut, premiering in Bellevue Square at FNO and closing October 2nd. The exhibit is an exciting preview of the Nordic Fashion Biennale 2011, coming to the Nordic Heritage Museum from September 30th to November 13th. At the exhibit, you'll enjoy street fashion photography from the Scandinavian capitals, complimentary gifts and fun surprises. View an installation of the creative work of the NFB’s guest curator, New York-based Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, known for her collaboration with Bjork and commissioned work at MOMA in New York, along with others featured in the Nordic Fashion Biennale 2011.

RSVP on Facebook to Fashion's Night Out at the Bellevue Collection to receive the exclusive swag bag.

The Bravern was the only FNO destination in the region last year, and this year it's pulling out all the stops for a chic and luxurious look at the fall trends at Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie. You'll enjoy champagne, delicious bites, giveaways and special promotions at David Lawrence, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Karen Millen, Piazza Sempione and more. Red Door Spa is offering complimentary services, and special deals can be found at John Howie Steak, Vovito Caffe & Gelato and Wild Ginger. Trophy Cupcakes will be featuring Couture Cupcakes in a runway show, and you can enter to win a year's worth of cupcakes along with the fashions they're featured with.

Neiman Marcus is producing a Fall Trends runway show, featuring Lily Jang of Q13, Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes, Molly Mesnick from The Bachelor and Lorna Kneeland, executive director at PONCHO styled by Kim Crumpler, Stacy Zimmerman, Darcy Camden and Jeannie Oliver (respectively.) Take a look at the featured trends here. Anthropologie is also hosting a fall preview show. Creme Tangerine will be performing a live Beatles experience, and David Barton Gym will host the official Bravern FNO afterparty.

Are you planning to attend The Bravern's Fashion's Night Out? Make sure you RSVP on Facebook - and let The Bravern know what you'll be wearing!

So much to do in so little time!

Stay tuned for a FreshJess rundown of Fashion's Night Out at the University Village (Wednesday) and Downtown Seattle (Thursday.)

Thursday, September 8th
~ 6:00 - 11:00p.m.
Worldwide locations


PAWSwalk is coming Sept 10. Support Team Meatball?

If you've read FreshJess before, you know a little bit about Meatball, the light of my life. We started doing PAWSwalk in 2008, initially to support Meaty's homies who weren't as spoiled as our little boo bear. Now we walk in memory of our amazing angel bully.

PAWSwalk 2011 is coming in just over a couple of weeks, and we'd like to raise at least $500 for PAWS. We'd love your support!

PAWS is a champion for animals—rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people. PAWSwalk is their biggest fundraiser each year, and this year they hope to raise over $200,000 for the animals.

Wanna see where your money goes? Check out the PAWS blog or watch the short vid below:

I hope you'll consider helping Meaty's homies out this year. 

To donate, check out our PAWSwalk page here.

Thank you for your support of Team Meatball!



Get More: 2011 VMA, Music


Beyonce covers Harper's Bazaar UK September Issue

I started using my Tumblr publicly so I could post inspirational photos there and focus more on content here. But I just can't quit Beyonce!


Seattle Style: Bianca Casimes

Believe it or not, there are a lot of style mavens roaming the streets of the Emerald City. Seattle Style is a new weekly feature on FreshJess, giving you a look at some of the city's most stylish - who they are, what they do, and some of the very best out of their closet!

Our very first feature is on the incredibly stylish Bianca Casimes:

Amercian Apparel black top / Thrifted shorts / Bass oxfords / Thrifted clutch / DIY Necklace / Nixon watch 

What do you do?
By profession I'm an Interactive Designer at the social media agency, Banyan Branch. Side ventures include arts, blogging, graphic design and even front end development (when I'm feeling super nerdy).

Forever 21 hat / Urban Outfitters shirt / Zara skirt & shoes / Vintage purse (from Mom!)

How would you describe your style?
Generally on trend despite being scummy by nature. I'm definitely inspired by mixing styles as well as anything seventies-esque.

H&M skirt / Zara top / Thrifted purse / Shoes from a street shop in NYC / Gap belt

What are your favorite shops?
If I could own anything from one store it would be Aritzia. Other favorite store would be Zara, when I lived in Brooklyn it was my weekend destination.

What's your favorite thing about Seattle?
It's the only place I know that I can see the ocean, mountains, and still be in a city. I'm also a creative nerd and being surrounded by people who love tech and love art is the perfect catalyst to own growth. I can't imagine growing up anywhere else.

Thanks Bianca!

Find her at 7Pine.com


Love & Meatball

A friend of mine recently asked if anyone believed in love anymore. I said, "I do." I absolutely do. Love is an overwhelming, unconditional, unyielding motivation to care and be there for someone. Simply put, they somehow have the power to make you do things for them even if you don't want to! Most people experience this when they have their first human child. Mine just happened to come in the form of the most handsome bulldog of all time:

Love is the memories I'll hold onto forever, so that even if Meatball isn't physically here with me, I can go to them when I'm tired, having a bad day or just want to channel comfort, peace and warmth. I'll remember the tickle of his fur when I snuggled him, the sound of his snoring and the smell he protruded whenever he needed a bath. It's like corn chips and soy sauce I swear. These are things that stay with me every moment of my life. This is love.

Love is also the sound of my friends and family's voices when I called them in a blind shock that day. I didn't know what to do or what to say, and I'm sure they didn't either. But I needed them and they sat with me, sharing their own loss, words of comfort, or just silence while I sobbed and tried to process what was happening. Love is being there for me while we hibernated from the world that week, doing what we could to cope.

Finally, love is the drive that Meatball fuels within me. His spirit is laced in everything I do. When I am totally stressed out, doing too many things and find it difficult to focus, I know I am never alone. It might sound weird, but I just remember how I used to come home each day to his loving, often sleepy face. The look in his eyes and the feeling of coming home to that big ol' face is like a sea of calm to me. Everything is better already.

I tell people that we probably won't get another bulldog until we have a house. Since his passing, I've devoted most of my philanthropic efforts to animal safety and rights. I donate to ASPCA monthly, volunteer with Bullldog Haven NW & Cascade Bulldog Rescue, and contribute my time, money and energy to PAWS on a regular basis (including participating in PAWSwalk, a tradition started when Meaty was 3.)

More than anything, love is knowing that Meatball's passing will never be something to get over. Rather, Meatball's spirit, light and amazing presence courses through my veins and will illuminate the rest of my life.



Seattle: The Great Affair is to Move by Kyle Johnson at Moksha - Fri Aug 26

Did you know that Moksha features a different artist on the walls of its boutique every month? Now you do, and this Friday night you can view the latest exhibit, "The Great Affair is to Move," collection of photographs by Kyle Johnson.

All of the images in the exhibit were shot during Johnson's travels this summer, including Sayulita, Mexico, Alaska & San Francisco. The show is influenced by the following quote, 
"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Twenty-seven year old Seattle-based photographer Kyle Johnson loves exploring new places and shooting new people. He strives to create intriguing images that are classically executed. Recently, his portrait work has been published in VICE, Popular Mechanics & Rolling Stone.

The Great Affair is to Move
A Collection of Photos by Kyle Johnson
Friday, August 26th, 8:00 - 11:00p.m.
through September 22nd
4542 University Way NE, Seattle 98115

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DJ Scene's The Mint Rewind

We started off our summer with The Mint. Now we're finishing it off with The Mint Rewind!

Another hour-long party in your ears from DJ Scene!


Seattle: TOMS Style Your Sole at Coastal - Sun Aug 28

For as often as I wear my TOMS, this is the only picture I have wearing them! These particular shoes were also the result of a Style Your Sole event, back in November at the WOMMA Summit. It was a great time and I saw a lot of Summit attendees going all out with stamps, paints, sequins, glitter and the like. I kept my TOMS simple - there's a small brown "Hello" stamped on each of my toeboxes.

See you Sunday at Coastal!

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Custom cream TOMS
Sunnies, diamond dangle earrings & grey cardigan from Moksha
Purple v-neck tee from Aritzia
Denim jeggings from Target
Vintage cross-body bag



Styling Shocking Goat

A watch like one from Seattle's Shocking Goat is a fashion statement in itself. How do you style around it?

One Friday at work, I took a casual spin to it with an easy combo of denim vest, long tank & splattered jeans. I look like I should be working at Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory but hey, my firm's pretty fun too :)
Yellow on yellow Shocking Goat watch
Thrifted denim vest (from somewhere in NYC's East Village)
F21 long tank (gifted from my sister)
Grey splattered jeans from Moksha
BCBG black stilettos


The Gates Foundation Reinvents the Toilet

I bet you never thought you'd read a blog that covers style and poop! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is working on reinventing the toilet system as we now know it, so that the millions of people around the world who don't have access to a porcelain throne can safely go without the risk of disease. Ever the innovator, the Foundation looks to turn waste into a renewable resource, for fuel, fertilizer and clean water.

For more insight into other Foundation initiatives, like the mission to end polio with FC Barcelona, check out the Foundation's YouTube channel.


Fresh Snapshots: Tina Kirkpatrick, Curator, Gilt City Seattle

Fresh Snapshots is a 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.

Do you ever meet someone & understand immediately why you're drawn to them? That's how I felt upon meeting Tina Kirkpatrick, curator for Gilt City Seattle. Tina's got the entrepreneurial spirit and passion for life that I admire in a lot of women, from CRAVE's Melody Biringer and Darcey Howard to Queen Rania and more. I had the chance to interview Tina over a morning coffee date at Bauhaus, and really got to know the lady behind the already popular Gilt City Seattle.

A native of the Seattle area, Tina moved home from Chicago just a few weeks before the Gilt Groupe tapped her to head up their Seattle initiative. After a successful stint in the television industry as well as in directing business at a small floral shop in the Windy City, something was calling for Kirkpatrick to move home. Her work in turning the floral shop into a destination boutique with faithful clientele led to a partnership for the boutique with Gilt City Chicago, where she offered floral design classes with champagne & chocolates at a special package price. Her success as a boutique partner for Gilt City Chicago would lead to the offer to head up Gilt City Seattle upon her move home. Talk about things coming full circle!

I can't think of anyone who is more perfect for this role than Tina. She truly lives and breathes the Gilt City motto of "Love your city more." Having been on the business side of partnering with Gilt City, she carefully curates businesses who resonate with that motto, and features a fantastic diversity of Seattle establishments and experiences.

Tina works with each business to craft a unique Gilt City Seattle deal that's highly coveted but accessible to Gilt members. Each experience offer on Gilt City is the result of Tina's ability to showcase the best of a business while thinking outside of the box. It's really wonderful to see that Gilt City puts a lot of time and care into making sure each business they partner with will benefit from being included.

Kirkpatrick hit the ground running with Gilt City Seattle, assembling offers and experiences from some of Seattle's finest establishments. She launched the initiative in the city with lots of style, creating a Parisian garden pre-launch soiree with Chef Thierry Rautureau for Seattle influencers and a big launch party concert with Best Coast. She promises even more amazing offers from Gilt City Seattle in the weeks to come!

As far as her own favorite Seattle experiences, she says:
"Waking up, going for a jog to the top of Capitol Hill then back down to Pike Place Market. Watching the vendors unpack and set up their goods for the day, then having a coffee at Victor Steinbrueck Park while watching the sun come up over West Seattle."


"Spending time at my family's home (which is also part llama farm!) Drinking wine, savoring the mossy grass and the views of the Cascades."

and finally:

"The foam on the coffee at Uptown Espresso!"

I'd call that Northwest Urban Elegance at its finest :) I'm really looking forward to Tina's work in helping the Seattle small business community thrive through Gilt City.

Thanks for your time Tina!

Channeling Kelly Kapowski w/TwinSistr vintage

One of the greatest things about vintage is being able to channel style icons of eras past. There's a whole universe of celebrities and world leaders to look up to, and being able to pull style inspiration from them is just one of their many influences!

I picked up this sweet dress from TwinSistr vintage's Maria Martinez at the Comet Tavern benefit flea market a few weeks ago. It fits perfectly - which can be hard to come by as a petite lady! The halter top buttons at the neck and the skirt bellows out into a beautiful flower shape.

I think of Saved by the Bell's Kelly Kapowski or even Cha-Cha from Grease (RIP!) whenever I wear it. This time, I took this pretty frock out for a vintage shopping date with my girl Anisa.

Meet me at The Max?


Seattle: Rene Ropas Dollhouse Prom - Thurs Sept 22

I love it when creatives pull out all the stops to make an event. Morgan Carson, designer of Rene Ropas designs, is doing just that with the Rene Ropas Dollhouse Prom!

Rene Ropas Dollhouse Prom
Thursday, September 22nd
7:00 - 11:00p.m.
iMusic (332 5th Ave. N., Seattle 98109)
$55 - $99

Morgan will premiere the fall avant-garde "Infiniti" collection from Rene Ropas with a live fashion performance for the Femme au foyer, choreographed by Renado Tozer and with LED light installations designed by Kevin J Russell.

You'll also enjoy appetizers, a fashion video by Brett Renville, a special art showcase by Kemba Opio, live band performances and many other fun distractions throughout the night. VIP guests will be treated to personalized gifts!

Proceeds from the event, including those from auction & dress sales, will benefit the Mona Foundation, a grass roots organization dedicated to education initiatives.

Also make sure to check out Yelp and Shocking Goat, who are sponsoring this fun event!

Want a taste of what to expect from Rene Ropas? Check out Morgan's last show, themed Alice in Wonderland. Shout out to my dear Jaymeedoll in the turquoise mushroom skirt :) She'll be modeling in Dollhouse Prom too!

Follow Rene Ropas on Facebook & Twitter


Fresh Eats: RN74 Winemaker Dinner & more

RN74 Seattle is one of the newest editions to Seattle's restaurants scene and is already making a splash among food and wine aficionados alike. Named after Route National 74, the major thoroughfare passing through the heart of France’s Burgundy region, RN74 is the brainchild of Restaurateur & Chef Michael Mina and James Beard Award winning author & Wine Director Rajat Parr. RN74 Seattle features an expansive wine list, created by Parr, showcasing the best expressions of Burgundy and Northwest producers perfectly paired with the Burgundy-inspired menu of seasonal, fresh dishes.

With cellar access to more than 10,000 bottles, RN74’s wine list features international selections from Burgundy and throughout Europe to regional finds from the Pacific Northwest. The wine bar and restaurant showcases roughly 80 wines on wall-mounted menu boards, the “Market Board” and the “Last Bottle” list, which highlight special wine offerings and indicate via changing lights or flipping plaques when they are no longer available.

The Market Board
Getting a tour of the wine cellar with Alix, Annie, Taryn & Jaymee

RN74 features various winemakers in its popular and frequently sold-out "Behind the Bottle" winemaker dinners, as well as giving winemakers a break during harvest with the late October addition of “Behind the Barley,” a dinner dedicated to brews. Check out the upcoming dinners below:





Enjoying Bastille Day with RN74 Seattle GM Eric, Anisa, Chef Michael Mina, Alix, Mollie & Natasha

Sweet corn & dungeness crab bisque w/bacon-wrapped fingerling potato & piquillo peppers

Maitake mushroom tempura w/green onion mousseline & Yuzu salt
Chef Michael Mina's signature dish: ahi tuna tartare w/scotch bonnet pepper, pine nuts, sesame oil, quail egg & jalapeno
Yummy oysters
Mad Hatcher Coq Au Vin: red wine braised leg w/egg noodles & lardon
Grilled Idaho rainbow trout w/glazed pork belly, puy lentils & peaches
I cannot even talk about how delicious these hand-cut beignets are.
w/salted caramel & Macallan 12 butterscotch

1433 4th Ave, Seattle 98101
Lounge & bar: Monday through Friday 11:30 am to close, Saturday and Sunday 5 pm to close Valet parking is available from 5:30 to 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 5:30 pm to Midnight on Friday and Saturdays for a rate of $9.
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Seattle: SPUN Sustainable Collective sample sale - Sat Aug 27

I'm not really sure what else to tell you Seattle. Be there!

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Fresh Eats: ART Restaurant (food & style post!)

Thanks to Seattle's mild summer, the ladies of the city have been able to play with fall trends a bit early (boots, sweaters, tights, etc.) I took out my vintage leather pencil skirt and paired it with one of my summer staples - my white sheer button-up shirt. Throw in a little bit of red & gold and I've got an outfit to take me from a full day at the office to happy hour with some of my favorite girls.

Vintage leather pencil skirt
Michael Kors strappy, snakeskin detail mary janes
SPUN white tank
Sheer white button-down shirt (from somewhere on the Santa Monica Promenade)
Urban Renewal cropped 3/4 sleeve trench
Marc Jacobs & In God We Trust necklaces
Dior vintage belt

We chose ART Restaurant at The Four Seasons Seattle for our happy hour. We arrived to a lovely surprise - being seated at the brand-new communal table and a sweet caprese appetizer tree!

Seafood ceviche in dried ice

Ceviche & sangria make a perfect pair

My lovely ladies Anisa, Alix, Jaymee, Tiff & Yale
It was my first time at ART for happy hour. They've got a great drink menu and some yummy appetizers to go along with them, as you can see above.

Thank you so much to Chef Kerry Sear, Chief, Bev and the entire ART team for making girls' happy hour such a fun time!

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Frank Ocean covers Fader & Watch the Throne numbers

I have had Watch the Throne on repeat since the weekend. I can't stop listening to it! Jay-Z and Kanye have intertwined in each other's careers ever since The Blueprint and Jay signing Kanye to Roc-a-Fella Records. It's pure magic when they come together.

Obviously my favorite songs on the album include Beyonce and Frank Ocean. One track in particular, "Made in America," stands out above the rest for me. As soon as I hear Frank's voice, I get so proud for him. The guy has seen so much success these past few months. I just think it's so amazing to catch the eye of the likes of Jay, Beyonce & Kanye. Can't help but respect hustle & talent!

Frank on the cover of the latest Fader
And a sweet infographic on Watch the Throne numbers:


Pirq, the daily deal antidote

Ever find yourself scooping up that daily deal at a great restaurant, only to realize months later that you've got this deal you either forgot to use or never got around to taking advantage of? We've all been there.

Kirkland-based entrepreneur James Sun (a former contender on The Apprentice) launched the Pirq app and service last week as the "antidote" to those deals we just can't resist. Available first for the iPhone, with an Android app soon to follow, Pirq incorporates a proven, geo-location platform and is the first company in the world to fully integrate Microsoft Tag into an app that unlocks consumer discounts.

“By 2015 consumers will spend about $119 billion on goods and services bought via their mobile phones,” said Sun, CEO of Pirq. “Seventy percent of iPhone owners use apps or a web browser to help them while shopping in-store, and 41% are making purchases directly from their phones. Pirq shifts the way we discover and get deals by letting our smart phones help us find instant, relevant savings wherever we are - in a way that benefits both consumers and businesses.”

Initially offering real-time discounts at 130 dining businesses, Pirq delivers quality deals of 20-50% off the total bill for consumers, based on location. Pirq is also solves the recurring daily deal problems like pre-payment for coupons that go unused, overwhelming deal redemptions during peak hours, and fake coupons that ultimately hurt businesses. “This is not a cheap, random, one-time daily deal. With Pirq, consumers will save again and again. Businesses will see those customers again and again,” said Sun.

“Tag technology offers a rich, interactive mobile experience that can be used in an endless number of ways,” said Bill McQuain, director of Tag product management at Microsoft Corp. “We’re excited that Pirq is using Tag as an integral part of its daily deal service to offer customers such excellent deals at local businesses.”

Have an iPhone & want to use Pirq? It's simple:

  • Download the app
  • Pirq populates your iPhone with deals near your current location (or where you’re headed)
  • If you see a deal you like, click COMMIT, walk in the door, then click REDEEM to scan a Microsoft Tag in the business
  • The deal is authenticated on the spot with no pre-payment
  • You get 20-50% off the total when the bill comes (and can look forward to another deal in the future)
Something that always bugged me about daily deal sites is their largely unfavorable outcomes for small businesses. Pirq gives business owners more promotional campaign control in a 100% yield management solution that prevents too many deals from being redeemed during peak business hours. More than 130 select Seattle and Eastside dining locations are currently offering quality discounts through Pirq, including O’Asian in Seattle, Grand Cru in Bellevue and 13 Caffé Ladro locations throughout the area.

Several businesses signed up for Pirq based on past experience with other daily deals. “With other daily deal services, customers came for the deal, and we did not see most of them ever again,” said Bok Oh, owner of Utopia, a specialty yogurt shop in Seattle. “People tried to print multiple copies and redeem them, and the paperwork was a nightmare. I’m excited to use a solution that is good for me and my customers.”

I'll be trying out Pirq in the next few weeks around the city. I'll let you know how it is!

Download Pirq in the iTunes store
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