Seattle: Community Meeting for Danny Vega, tonight at Filipino Community Center

They say a great haircut can really make a person. For young Fresh Jess, that usually meant a trip to Danny Vega's salon, in a house just off of Rainier Ave. in South Seattle. My dad took my siblings and I there a lot when we were kids. They'd chat while we took turns in Danny's chair getting our hair did:

Thanks Danny for always making me look fly!
It was heartbreaking to hear about Danny's passing after a brutal beating that left him in a coma for almost two weeks. He was only four blocks from his home/salon taking his nightly walk when he was assaulted by three teenagers.

Photo via Seattle Gay Scene

Nobody should ever feel unsafe being who they are, where they are. The Seattle Police Department and Mayor McGinn have launched an investigation to track down the teenagers. There will be a community meeting tonight. If you know Danny or live in the neighborhood, I highly encourage you to attend and participate in the discussion:
In partnership and at the request of the family of Danny Vega, the Seattle Police Department Filipino Advisory Council and the Filipino Community of Seattle, the Seattle Police is holding a community meeting to address concerns of Vega’s homicide, criminal investigation process, crime prevention opportunities, and answer other questions tomorrow Wednesday, November 30th at 6 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle. 
We suggest anyone who wishes to attend this meeting to please consider carpooling or using public transportation as parking is limited. 
Captain Ron Wilson
Community Outreach Section
Seattle Police Department

Danny's memorial page on Facebook 


Fresh Faves: Cyber Monday Deals

I've gotten a lot of requests for my favorite Cyber Monday deals, so here they are! If you have any more, feel free to email me at jess(at)freshjess.com or tweet @JessEstrada and I'll update.

So many great lightning deals & specials for all categories! See them all here.

Special sale items here.

Barnes & Noble
Up to 70% off DVDs & Blu-Ray
Half-off New York Times bestsellers
$100 off Rosetta Stone & more

Barneys New York
Up to 40% off in-store and online.

Blue Nile
20% off the top gifts under $100 with code "CYBER20" at checkout.

Gilt Groupe
Amazing doorbuster deals all day long! Need an invite? Click here to join!

Use "GOCYBER" for:
25% Off + free shipping on All Orders Over $65
25% Off + free shipping + $10 Gift Code on All Orders Over $100
25% Off + free shipping + $20 Gift Code on All Orders Over $150
25% Off + free shipping + $40 Gift Code on All Orders Over $250
30% Off + free shipping + $60 Gift Code on All Orders Over $350
Get an extra 1% off when combined with rep code FRESHJESS

Krochet Kids
Free shipping on all orders today

40% off orders of $100 + free shipping with code "CYBER40" at checkout.

Living Social
Deals from InCase, Blue Nile, BlueFly and more.

30% off all orders with code "CYBER30" at checkout.

Nasty Gal
20% off orders of $200+; 15% off orders of $100 - $199; 10% off orders of <$99

Need Supply
Extra 25% off all sale items with code "25MORE" at checkout.

Pixie Market
Special sale items here.

Use "CYBERMON" for:
20% off Everything
Spend $75 get 25% off + Free Shipping
Spend $150 get 30% off +Free Shipping + Free Item
Get an extra 1% off when combined with rep code

Send the Trend
$15 blowout sale here

20% off entire online purchase + free shipping when you enter "CYBERMONDAY" at checkout

Free shipping on all online orders over $10 with code "CYMONFS11"


Is Everyone Hanging Out w/o Me? - Mindy Kaling

What makes a good friend? Someone who gifts you Mindy Kaling's book and makes you Persian tea all in the same night, just because. I love Anisa Leyla (check out her new blog!)
But enough about my awesome friends.

Mindy Kaling's own besties are just one of the many pieces of her life that she divulges in "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns)" While I love reading books by CEOs, entrepreneurs and others who inspire me, Mindy is the first one whose upbringing actually sounds like my own! Friendly and hilarious but never part of the popular crowd, Mindy counts her traditional, loving Indian family and close friends among her biggest influences and supporters.

Reading Mindy's book was such a breath of fresh air. It says a lot that Mindy is as down-to-earth now as she was in her flourishing college days. She shares her experiences and observations in major parts of her life - childhood, college, New York, The Office and of course her BlackBerry photo album - in such a light and funny way, you can't help but love it as you read along. I know this word is overused, but the girl keeps it "real." I mean, one of her chapters is titled "Someone please explain one-night stands to me" because she can't understand how you can trust someone with your body so casually. RIGHT?!?

Anywho, AlixRose and I had the pleasure of snapping this quick and blurry pic with her after her appearance in Seattle for Rainn Wilson & Friends' benefit show for The Mona Foundation. She was so sweet and didn't look at me weird when I told her I was the one begging to style her on Twitter :)

If you're looking for a fun holiday read, I highly suggest picking this up!


GOOD Saturdays @ HG Lodge gives back this holiday season

Who says your nights out can't help others too?

With the holiday season just around the corner, the #GOODSaturdays fam are partnering up with Treehouse, collecting gently used clothing, toys, school supplies and electronics for foster children/teens in the Seattle area.
Please take a look in your closets and book shelves to see if you can put together a donation bag. There will have bins at each #GOODSaturdays for you to drop off your goods or email RME206@gmail.com to arrange for pick up. Many of you have some hip clothing and toys that these children can definitely use for years to come.

We hope to see you out this holiday season wish you a safe and fulfilling rest of the year. Cheers!


The Newest Member of the Family

About a month and a half ago, I was at Seattle Works' SWANK gala when I saw this Facebook update:

Naturally I wanted to help however I could. I shared it on Facebook & sent it out on Twitter. When I got home, I decided to post a blog post as well.

Bulldog Haven reached out initially just to give thanks. Later, they found out that Spike's vet bill was over twice as much as they'd thought - for three different surgeries! They started a ChipIn donation campaign and reached out to me again to help get the word out for donations.

Long story short, my boyfriend and I kept looking at this sweet little guy - who looks just like my angel baby Meatball - and we decided to adopt him!

We are so excited to have him as part of our family. Looking forward to many dog park dates and slobber on my outfits!

Looking to adopt your own bulldog? Visit BulldogHavenNW.org for more information.


Fresh Happenings - Seattle events for week of 11/20/11

A carefully curated list of can't miss events in the Seattle area. Have an event you'd like to submit for consideration? Email me at jess(at)freshjess.com with details and image.

Monday, November 21st
1425 10th Ave, Seattle 98122 / 10:00p.m. - close
FREE / 21+ / RSVP on Facebook
Marty Mar / TigerBeat

Seriously the best weekly dance party in the city!

Wednesday, November 23rd
Turkey & Tits III
Captain Black's / 129 Belmont Ave, Seattle 98122 / 8:00p.m. - close
FREE / 21+ / RSVP on Facebook

Gravy shots!

2080s Reunion Party
HG Lodge / 722 E Pike St, Seattle 98122 / 10:00p.m. - close
FREE / 21+

If Moe Bar Mondays are the best weekly dance parties, 2080s are the special parties never to be missed! DJ Scene returns from Vegas for a reunion with Four Color Zack. Get ready for an amazing dance party!

Thursday, November 24th

Hope you enjoy a wonderful day filled with loved ones, food and football!

Friday, November 25th

All over Capitol Hill / All Thanksgiving weekend
RSVP on Facebook

Support your local businesses this holiday season and shop the Hill! Check out all the details over at Capitol Hill Seattle.


Fresh Happenings - Seattle events for week of 11/13/11

A carefully curated list of can't miss events in the Seattle area. Have an event you'd like to submit for consideration? Email me at jess(at)freshjess.com with details and image.

Wednesday, November 16th

Google Places November Bash

Suite Lounge / 10500 8th St. Ste 125, Bellevue 98004 / 7:00 - 10:00p.m.
FREE / RSVP here

Google Places Seattle is partnering with the Eastside's newest venue for an evening of networking, food and fun!

Thursday, November 17th

Rocco e Dante Trunk Show
SPUN Sustainable Collective / 1515 14th Ave E., Seattle 98122 / 6:00 - 9:00p.m.
Free / RSVP on Facebook

SPUN Sustainable Collective and Theo Chocolates proudly invite you to an evening with Rocco e Dante handbag and accessories designer, Tara Sauvage. View the new Rocco e Dante collection and meet Tara while enjoying delicious Theo chocolates and champagne.

Girl Power Hour Professional Development
Hotel 1000 / 1000 1st Ave, Seattle 98104 / 6:00 - 9:00p.m.
$30 GPH members / $40 non-members / Purchase tickets here

Hear from inspirational local women, including: Natalie Angelillo (Swink Style Bar), Angela Shen (Savor Seattle Food Tours), Dianne Dodson (Dianne’s Delights), Jacquie Brown (Former Miss Washington & 3rd Runner up Miss America 2011), Lily Jang (Q13 Morning News Anchor), who have built brands for themselves or their businesses by taking a leap of faith and following their dreams and their hearts. Find out where they came from, where they found their inspiration, how they got their started, what challenges they faced and more.

Friday, November 18th

DList Magazine Holiday Fashion Show
See Sound Lounge / 115 Blanchard St, Seattle 98121 / 8:00 - 10:00p.m.
$20 / Purchase tickets here

Check out holiday collections from: Masha Osoianu, Sway & Cake, Industry, Haute Under the Collar and Grace Gow.

Saturday, November 19th

glam.spoon Studio Sale

Recycled Style Studio / 1st Ave & Spring St, Downtown Seattle / 12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Free / RSVP here

Score some sweet deals from glam.spoon's beautiful array of custom accessories and clothing. The first 30 attendees through the door will receive a swag bag of goodies from glam.spoon. One of the 30 bags will contain a $100 gift certificate to be used on the day of the sale. All attendees will receive a coupon redeemable at Frock Shop (located at 65th & Phinney), the exclusive retailer of the glam.spoon ready-to-wear line.

Rainn Wilson & Friends benefiting Mona Foundation

Paramount Theatre / 911 Pine St, Seattle 98101 / 8:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.
Purchase tickets here

Seattleite Rainn Wilson, primarily known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy The Office, returns for a special, hometown only evening of music and comedy with special guests Mindy Kaling, Andy Grammer, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Visqueen, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists), Phoenix Jones (real life superhero) and more to be announced.

 All proceeds from the show benefit Mona Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting grassroots educational initiatives and raising the status of women and girls worldwide.


Seattle Style: Dave Nguyen

Believe it or not, there are a lot of style mavens roaming the streets of the Emerald City. Seattle Style is a monthly 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!

This week, meet our first guy feature, Dave Nguyen:

What do you do?
I'm a CPA Auditor living the corporate dream. On the side, I'm doing aesthetic and brand effectiveness projects to help out friends and random peoples. This helps balance that financial business-oriented side with some business creativity.

How would you describe your style?
My style is minimalistic, street, timeless, modern, updated yet inspired by the classics, and cultivated by my personality. And in all, dressing for whatever the Seattle weather permits. Music such as hip hop & indie make me try to keep things progressive. I love style and aesthetic. It's my form of art and a way to express myself. It articulates my personalty, mood, brand, and swag on swag on swag. Plus I can't draw or write poetry. 

What are your favorite shops?
Favorite shops are Gilt Groupe, Shop Acrimony (SF), Roden Gray (BC), Nomad Shop (BC), Barneys, Nordstrom, and J.Crew. You can also find me on the classifieds of StyleForum.net and eBay scouring for deals and hard to finds. Favorite brands are Band of Outsiders, Gitman Vintage, Surface 2 air, and of course J.Crew. Note, I never buy anything full price, usually 50% off or more.

What's your favorite thing about Seattle?
The diversity that feeds into it; the aspect of big city appeal with intimacy make it homely; growing food culture; the parks and recreation; being close to the lake/sound/nature; dressing for the seasons; depressed during winters; happy as fuck in the summers; and this is where my parents persevered to make it so I love this city. Also gotta love the people.

Thanks Dave!

Find him on Twitter, Instagram (@Davenguyen206), Facebook & Yelp.


Goodwill Glitter Sale Preview

The Goodwill Glitter Sale is this weekend! 

This is probably one of the funnest sales in the city. Held every year since 1983, this famous two-day sale features racks, rows and cases of glitzy and glamorous formalwear, gowns, jewelry, handbags, shoes and more, at fantastic prices! It has become Goodwill's most popular and well-attended sale—people from across the region and even other states make it a point to attend. 

 What makes the sale truly remarkable is that all proceeds—every penny our customers spend—go to support Goodwill's free job training programs. Every day, Goodwill helps low-income people with barriers to employment get the skills and support they need to find work and support themselves. Because jobs change lives. 

The sale goes on Saturday and Sunday, 9:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. at the Seattle Goodwill. The lines start to form real early on Saturday, but don't worry - they refresh the inventory throughout the day. Make sure to check Goodwill's Glitter Sale site and blog for tips and suggestions in making the most out of this sale!

I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek at all the Glitter Sale goods tonight, and saw some sweet finds from Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Christian Louboutin and a ton of exquisite vintage pieces. Enjoy!

See more preview pics on the Fresh Jess Facebook page!


Fresh Jess Loves PLNDR & Karmaloop

As the sun sets earlier each day and the temperatures drop, it's easy to want to just go home, bundle up in your favorite throw and window shop online. A couple of sites I enjoy are Karmaloop and its sister, PLNDR.

Long story short, Karmaloop was founded by Greg Selkoe and team as an answer to cookie-cutter "McFashion", as they like to call it. Karmaloop mixes well-known brands like Jeffrey Campbell, RVCA, Obey Clothing & Vans with upcoming, independent designers like Jeepney. What started out as a small operation out of Boston quickly grew to offices in New York and L.A., not to mention legions of loyal fans and consumers who've signed up as Karmaloop Reps. 

PLNDR.com is an exclusive, members-only online boutique that hosts limited time sales (often between 48 and 72 hours) offering the best in streetwear from cutting-edge brands at prices up to 80%-off - that’s practically stealing! If you're looking for amazing deals from brands like Crooks & Castles, BB Dakota, Motel, FreshJive & more, you've found the right place.

Feel like getting some fall shopping in? I've got sweet Fresh Jess codes for you to enjoy at both Karmaloop & PLNDR - just click on each for the link! 

 I've also got some sweet fall essentials for one lucky winner, courtesy of PLNDR:
Lira Graduate beanie in purple
The Double-Breasted Peacoat in black (pictured in ivory)
The Essential Satchel in yellow

Just tweet out "RT @JessEstrada: Fresh Jess Loves @PLNDR! http://bit.ly/v3Z62I" to enter!

If you're not on Twitter, you can leave a message on the Fresh Jess Facebook page to enter to win.

Contest extended through Monday, 11/14 at 5:00p.m.!

Good luck, and happy shopping!


Fresh Happenings - Seattle events for week of 11/6/11

Monday, November 7th
Moe Bar Mondays w/ DJ Marty Mar special guest Action Jackson (Indy)
1425 10th Ave, Seattle 98122 / 10:00p.m. - close

Wednesday, November 9th
KRS-One Speaks

Broadway Performance Hall at Seattle Central Community College / 6:00 - 9:00p.m.
FREE / RSVP on Facebook

The hip-hop legend is coming to speak to Seattle Central CC students - and the general public. Don't miss this rare chance to sit down & listen to history!

Thursday, November 10th
Thankful TechKaraoke Seattle
Hula Hula / 106 1st Ave N, Seattle 98109 / 8:30 - 11:30p.m.
FREE / 21+ / RSVP on Facebook
Tech Karaoke Seattle

Sweetie pie & karaoke junkie Karianne & friends get together every second Thursday of the month for TechKaraoke. If you're looking to make some new tech friends and don't mind singing & being onstage, join them this Thursday for some drinks & fun!

Friday, November 11th
Herve Leger Trunk Show
David Lawrence / 700 110th Ave. NE., Bellevue 98104 / 6:00 - 8:00p.m.
RSVP on Facebook
David Lawrence / Herve Leger

Enjoy wine, Trophy Cupcakes, gorgeous models and gift w/Herve Leger purchase at David Lawrence at The Bravern. Sharon Proy Basco of the iconic dress brand will be on hand to share the latest trends and pieces from their collection.

The Finerie 5th Anniversary Party
The Finerie / 1215 1st Ave, Seattle 98101 / 7:00 - 10:30p.m.
 RSVP on Facebook

Seattle Geek Roast
Redmond Marriott Town Center / 7401 164th Ave NE, Redmond 98052 / 7:00 - 10:30p.m.
Tickets benefit Nick Magnotti Benevolent Fund
Seattle Geek Roast site

See some of Seattle's finest geeks get roasted in the name of battling cancer.

Saturday, November 12th

Kane Hall, University of Washington / 1410 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle 98195 / 9:00a.m. - 6:30p.m.

TEDxRainier is an independently organized TED event, a gathering of thinkers, entrepreneurs, academics, artists, environmentalists and engaged citizens working to design better futures. I'm excited to see this year's conference. They've got a lineup stacked with great speakers!

Collie Buddz

Showbox Market / 1426 1st Ave, Seattle 98101 / 8:00 - 11:30p.m.
Tickets: $20 adv / $25 door

Bermuda's finest

Saturday, November 12th - Sunday, November 13th
Goodwill Glitter Sale
Seattle Goodwill / 1400 S. Lane St., Seattle 98144 / 9:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.
Glitter Sale site

This is probably one of the funnest sales in the city. Held every year since 1983, this famous two-day sale features racks, rows and cases of glitzy and glamorous formalwear, gowns, jewelry, handbags, shoes and more, at fantastic prices! It has become Goodwill's most popular and well-attended sale—people from across the region and even other states make it a point to attend.

 What makes the sale truly remarkable is that all proceeds—every penny our customers spend—go to support Goodwill's free job training programs. Every day, Goodwill helps low-income people with barriers to employment get the skills and support they need to find work and support themselves. Because jobs change lives.

Make sure to check Goodwill's Glitter Sale site and blog for tips and suggestions in making the most out of this sale!


Please help Spike! (updated)

*Updated Saturday 10/8/11

This is a special plea from one of the bulldog rescues I support!

This sweet little guy is Spike, a 4-year-old English bulldog. He was surrendered at the ER due to serious bladder stones that his family couldn't afford. Turns out he also had an enlarged prostate, bladder infection and needs a neuter badly.

Spike is now in the care of Bulldog Haven Northwest. He underwent surgery earlier this week, where the doctor neutered him and removed 10 stones from his urethra & 3 from his bladder. He just went home to his foster mom's after a few days recuperating at the vet.

I'm in love this little guy. He looks just like my angel baby Meaty <3

His vet bill skyrocketed to over $2000. Because this has happened in a matter of days, BHNW is putting out a call for your help in covering Spike's vet bill. Add to that the special needs for the dogs BHNW is already caring for, it's a lot to take on unexpectedly. If anyone can give to the rescue, every dollar helps!

Or checks via snail mail at: Bulldog Haven NW, P.O. Box 1120, Marysville, WA 98270

Seriously, anything helps. Thank you so much!

Bulldog Haven NW is a rescue and adoption organization that provides a safe place for English and French Bulldogs, mental & physical rehabilitation, rehoming, breed specific shelter assistance and more.

One final note: these problems could've been avoided if Spike had been neutered at an early age. PLEASE, if you're thinking about getting a dog (especially bulldogs as they have many health problems), READ UP on caring for your pup! There's a lot of time, energy, care and money that go into this commitment. 


National Just Write Month

BlogHer's declared November "NaBloPoMo" - National Blog Post Month:

NaBloPoMo 2011

If you've been here before, you know I don't post every day. I wish I could, trust me! While the idea of NaBloPoMo stresses me out a bit, I have decided to take part in Tac Anderson's spin on it - National Just Write Month.

Tac is a London via Seattle PR agency guy, and his blog, New Comm Biz, is one that I've made a habit of reading regularly. One of the things I really enjoy is expressing myself through writing, and compliments on my works and style are among those I treasure most. Unfortunately, it's also one of the things that fall to the wayside when life gets busy. Taking part in this will help me keep on top of it and hopefully help me to form a habit of writing on the regular!

In short, National Just Write Month is simple: 
Write something, every day. 
They say it takes 30 days to make something a habit. Making it a habit is the key to writing consistently. It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, non-fiction, a blog post or hand written journal entries. If you want to write more, just start writing. Start with a goal that’s achievable. Start writing for 30 minutes everyday. If your goal is to blog then write everyday and try to post 2-3 times a week. If you’re already writing everyday then take it up a notch, and post something everyday or write for longer periods of time. Just set a goal and keep it for 30 days. Don’t give up, don’t make excuses, just write. - New Comm Biz
As I mentioned, I'm not planning on blogging every day but I will take pen to journal at least once a day throughout November. There are so many reasons why I really want to do this:

  • Get back into writing
  • Improve my vocabulary. I use the same words way too much.
  • Improve my typing, penmanship, spelling and grammar.
  • Guarantee a few moments of reflection each day
  • A chance to have some clarity
  • Unplug from social media and technology
  • Brainstorm and ideate on things I can't/don't have time to think about because of work

Most of all, I'll be using this month to organize my thoughts. Lately I've been in this perpetual state of "Jessie Spano" as I like to call it. Simply put, I am doin too much and forgetting what's really important to me, my health and sanity, and you, my readers. It's been a crazy ride this year, but I can only learn from my experiences. Who knows? I might just end up sharing much of it with you.

Care to take part in National Just Write Month? Let me know!

If there's anything in particular you'd love to see me write on, I'd love to hear it! Leave a comment or message me at jess(at)freshjess.com.

Here I go...