Fresh Jess at Lucky FABB - Watch the Livestream!

Hi friends! I'm in beautiful Santa Monica for Lucky Magazine's first Lucky FABB West Coast conference. I got in yesterday for a full day of fun, shopping and networking with fashion bloggers from all over the country. Today we'll hear from the likes of Randi Zuckerberg, Zac Posen, Jessica Alba, Soleil Moon Frye, my blogger crushes Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Geri Hirsch (Because I'm Addicted) and more.

Lucky FABB West

Watch the livestream below, and follow my tweets at #LuckyFABB.

I'm posting pics on my Facebook page as well! This was my outfit for most of yesterday. Fresh off the plane :)

Quiksilver Women shirt / lace tank from Moksha / H&M shorts / vintage scarf


Nordstrom Flagship Spring Cosmetic Trend Show 2012 (Recap)

Nordstrom held their spring 2012 Cosmetic Trend Show last Saturday and as usual, it was quite the show! It was my second time covering the Trend Show as social media press, and really enjoyed tweeting each of the looks from the front row. 

Even though the Trend Show highlights what's hot for spring and summer beauty and fragrance, Nordstrom didn't fail to support with spring fashion looks from various departments in the store. Feast your eyes on all of this amazingness from DvF, Rachel Roy, Citizens of Humanity, Elie Tahari and Derek Lam:

All of these avid beauty fans were up bright & early for the show!

Nordstrom always sets a clever theme for their Trend Show, with each scene featuring essential makeup pieces from all the great brands in the store. This spring's theme was "Getaway", featuring "Glow Getters" golden, healthy radiance; "Sun-Dressed Eyes" with rose gold and shimmery yellow palettes; and "Splash-Glam Lips" with luscious corals and reds.

This year's Trend Show counts these trends among this spring & summer's beauty getaway essentials. You can see them demonstrated in the various looks in my photos:
Sun-dressed eyes
Splash-Glam lips
Effortless lips
Carefree cheeks
Flirty lashes
Glow getters
Imperfect brow
In the nude nails
Deconstructed hair
Fresh scents

Bond #9 Central Park West fragrance with:
Truth & Pride citron double-breasted jacket
Ted Baker multi rose bug cuffed shorts

Bare Escentuals' bareMinerals foundation with:
Vallete grey-silk sleeveless top
Theory natural white "Nayilla" wide-leg pant

Nars' Larger than Life lip gloss & pure radiant tinting moisturizer with:
Derek Lam ivory silk short sleeve blouse
Diane von Furstenberg grey "Charlotte" sequined short

Front row with AlixRose!

Philosophy Oxygen Renewal Set & Purity Made simple one-step facial cleanser with:
Remain rose gold scoop neck sweater
Hinge rose memoir tank top
Citizens of Humanity petite rose skinny pant

M.A.C. extra-dimensional eye shadow & zoom waterfast mascara with:
Marc by Marc Jacobs red hot silk top & normandy blue multi-print skirt

Chantecaille coral reefs palette & gel liner with:
Rachel Roy green/blue print dress

Nordy's Sanda Belaire with the Trend Show bloggers! Me, Ilsay of The Ultimate Makeup, Alyson of Crushing on Clothes & AlixRose

Thrifted yellow wool blazer (via Value Village Fashion Ambassador program!)
Grey low v-neck tee
H&M green denim
Topshop studded flats

And the sweet swag bag filled with goodies!


Getting Pretty with Gene Juarez Happy Hour

Last week, I was invited by Gene Juarez Salons & Spas to their GJ Happy Hour at the Downtown Seattle location. Gene Juarez designed these happy hours a few years ago as a fun ladies' night concept, with mini-treatments, bubbly, yummy goodies to eat and the like. Each salon location now hosts at least a couple of these happy hours a year. 

This was my first time at one and I'm told the flow of the event has evolved a bit to be a little more flowing (versus being shuffled from station to station) and now includes a fancy Facebook Beautification Project photo shoot at the end! Needless to say, it was fun being worked on by some of the best in the Seattle beauty industry.

My stylist, Leonardo, leads Gene Juarez's Team Artistic, which does the hair for almost every photo shoot and fashion industry event in the city (and more.) Leonardo worked some serious magic on my hair, giving it volume like I've never had before!

I then had the honor of sitting in Tracy Marie's chair for makeup and nails. Tracy is Gene Juarez's Makeup Education Director, a.k.a. the makeup artist that teaches all of the other artists! A seasoned pro in the makeup industry, Tracy didn't just do my makeup and tell me what product she was using. She went into more detail about why she chose the look that she did for me than any other makeup artist I've ever worked with. She went way beyond face shape and skin type, asking me a ton of questions about my lifestyle, my personal style and my attitudes toward makeup. Tracy then created a look with Gene Juarez's Flash Face concept (read: quick & easy) that played with some of the season's hottest colors while keeping the overall effect minimal. Thanks to her, I found out how to best highlight my features, tame my combination skin, and that I should spend more time with cool-toned makeup for pops of color.

I probably spent way more time than usual with Tracy, but I was so inspired by her clear passion for educating others about her passion. So great to have a new friend from this happy hour!

Special thanks to Alyson, recently departed as Gene Juarez's marketing coordinator and fellow blogger at Crushing on Clothes, for inviting me to attend!

She takes the best laughing pictures! I don't look that cute laughing!

I'm ready for my Facebook Beautification Project photos!

Even got a couple of pics with my girl, the lovely AlixRose!

The best things about this happy hour were the makeup tips I'm able to use every day now, and the fact that my hair held up for a couple of days after the event! Waves for days!

Thanks Gene Juarez! To find out about the next Gene Juarez Happy Hour in the Puget Sound region, sign up for their email list at GeneJuarez.com.

One quick note: I recently became one of Value Village/Savers' latest Fashion Ambassadors! I've been scouring the Value Villages around the Puget Sound region for years, and now my thrifting adventures are a little sweeter. The black & white ikat print top you see in the Gene Juarez shots are actually a thrifted t-shirt dress, and this beautiful coral knit sweater is also a Value Village find. These are both current staples in my wardrobe. You'll see a lot more of my Value Village finds weaved into posts going forward!


Black/white thrifted t-shirt dress (worn as tee - similar)
Levi's Perfect Fit denim
Zara booties

Thrifted coral knit sweater (similar here)
Studded necklace
Topshop studded flats
Arm swag from various trips


Seattle! Massive Monkees Day this Saturday, 4/21

Seattle’s world-champion break dancing crew Massive Monkees, is celebrating Massive Monkees Day this Saturday, April 21st.  All proceeds from their 13th anniversary event will be donated to Extraordinary Futures which focuses on building critical life and leadership skills for at-risk youth across the globe.

Come join in the sights and sounds of the local hip-hop scene while contributing to a good cause. During the 5-on-5 crew battle, world-famous DJs Lean Rock, Element, Fever One, Soul One, and Sureal will be working the turntables. Special performances will be made by Big World Breaks and more.

The MassiveMonkees, a 28-member group of break dancers, has spent years dancing their way through competitions, winning countless awards and titles. In 2004, they were named World B-Boy Champions at London’s Wembley Arena. The crew has placed 3rd on season four of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew and currently tours the country to speak and inspire the public. 

Beyond their passion for dance, the Massive Monkees Crew has a strong belief in giving back to the community and world that helped shape the people they are today. As recognized leaders in the community, they were honored by former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, who named April 26 official Massive Monkees Day. 

Get your tickets at Brown Paper. Advanced purchase is suggested as space is limited. Additional donations will be accepted at the Massive Monkees merchant booth as well as at the door.

Pacific Northwest Ballet's Backstage Bash: Apollo's After Party this Friday!

Pacific Northwest Ballet's Backstage Bash is back for 2012 with Apollo’s After Party! The end of Apollo and Carmina on April 20 brings the party to the stage once again at McCaw Hall.

Come dance the night away to beats spun by DJ Skiddle from C89.5 as the (complimentary!) drinks flow from the multiple bars both on and off the stage (Last year’s party was just too much for one stage, let alone one bar). And let’s not forget the delectable food for all (as if you could, don’t lie).

You will be surrounded on the stage by the company dancers; this is one of their favorite events of the season. All net proceeds for the bash go to support Pacific Northwest Ballet (@PNBallet) and their commitment to the arts including the PNB school, professional company, world-class choreographers and teachers, and top-notch dancers.

Get your tickets to Backstage Bash before they sell out! Head here for more information and to buy.


Fresh Monday at Melvita

I kicked off this week with a fresh facial at Melvita, the natural & organic beauty line out of Ardèche, France. Though I was there on an invite from Melvita, I can honestly say that I've never met a team so knowledgable and informative about every product in the store. M. Didier Thevinin, Melvita's head of education and training, gave me a crash course in all things Melvita, from its humble beginnings in the Ardèche region to its leadership in ECOCERT certification for beauty products.  

I learned about the various oils and ingredients that go into Melvita's product lines, and their commitment to strict standards for organic & natural products. They make sure to avoid parabens, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrances and colors, paraffins and more (see the full list here.) 

Didier and Sebastian (Melvita San Francisco's store manager) then sat me down and asked me about my beauty routine & any goals I had to improve my regimen. They selected the products below based on my answers (which told them I have your textbook oily/combination skin.)

Sebastian was kind enough to walk me through each step of my facial and reiterate some of the benefits from the ingredients in each step of the process.

Feeling rejuvenated, I fueled up with an almond croissant and some seriously delicious juice from Boulangerie Nantaise, the French bakery in Belltown. I'm not sure what was in that juice but I will have to head down to the bakery sometime and get more of it!

After breakfast and a tour of the rest of the store, I headed out with what I later found out was the single best swag bag I've ever received. Not only did I receive all of the products Sebastian used in my facial, but I got day & night versions, some monthly treatments and a bunch of samples too! M. Thevinin was so kind to write out the facial selections he'd made for me as a reminder for home.

Melvita, thank you so much for having me and starting my week off on the right foot! If you're into natural or organic products, I recommend checking out Melvita online or in one of its 45 worldwide locations (Newport Beach, Seattle or San Francisco in the U.S.)


Seamless in Seattle 2012: Now Accepting Designers!

Fashion designers! Get your portfolios in now to be considered for Seattle Magazine's 2012 Seamless in Seattle competition & fashion show.

Seattle Mag is combing the city for the best up-and-coming fashion designers hungry to change the face of local fashion. This year, the winners will receive big prizes, such as the chance to launch their line at a premier fashion event.

Entries will be accepted in the following categories:
1)    Best Emerging Designers
2)    Best Student Designers
3)    Best Bridal Designer (winner will be featured in Seattle Bride magazine)

Emerging Designers and Bridal Designers
• Designers who produce or sell up to 2,500 pieces per year.
• Designs must be original.
• Designers must reside in Washington state.
• Designers currently enrolled as a student in a fashion academy or institution must graduate before July 1, 2012 in order to be eligible for emerging division.

Student Designers
• Current students of fashion academies or other schools with fashion design programs (designers who will not graduate before July 1, 2012 must enter the student division).
• Designers who do not have clothing carried at any shops yet or who have sold less than $2,000 of merchandise (wholesale) in the last two years in two or less shops.
• Designs must be original.
• Designers must reside in Washington state.

Entries must be received by Friday, June 1, 2012.

For complete details, visit SeattleMag.com.


Stylish Spring Fashion Events In Seattle

A new season in Seattle means a slew of stylish events. Here are four major ones I'm looking forward to in the next month:

Jenesequa / JNSQ Launch Party
Melissa Middleton of JNSQ, the first independent style magazine for iPad, is celebrating the magazine's iPhone app launch this Thursday at the brand-new Makers venue in Belltown.  JNSQ is a forum that pays homage to all things stylish. “JENESEQUA” is the phonetic spelling of a French turn-of-phrase that means, “I don’t know what,” referring to an elusive, intangible quality that is unable to be described in words.

RSVP on Eventbrite (hurry before it reaches capacity!)

YWCA Inspire Luncheon
The YWCA's 2012 Inspire Luncheons are underway! The YWCA hosts 3 of these events each year, and the next one is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th at the Washington State Convention Center with guest speaker Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of Half the Sky. If you have some time, watch the online video of her TED talk. It's an inspiring 18 minutes.
YWCA supports Seattle's Dress for Success chapter. Dress for Success Seattle is a wonderful organization that helps women trying to get back on their feet and into the workforce.We all know how important it is to feel that you look your best and feel confident when interviewing for a job that could change your life. 
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 // noon to 1:30 p.m. // Washington State Convention Center
Suggested minimum donation of $150 per person, lunch included.
If you would like to attend the event, please send an email to Shauna Aron, Event Coordinator for Dress For Success Seattle, who will assist you with registration.

Luly Yang's 10th Anniversary Couture Fashion Show: A Monarch's Tale Benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital
Luly Yang Couture, the Northwest’s most prestigious fashion house will celebrate its tenth anniversary by hosting the event of the season: A Monarch’s Tale Couture Fashion Show on Friday, April 27, 2012 at Fremont Studios. During the black tie event, Luly Yang will unveil her highly anticipated 2012 - 2013 cocktail and evening wear collection. This collection is inspired by Luly’s signature Monarch Butterfly gown and her life journey throughout the past decade.

“This couture fashion show will be a special way for us to celebrate our ten year anniversary,” says Yang. “I am grateful for the community’s support and allowing me to follow my passion and do what I love everyday! This show is dedicated to my clients, friends, family, and staff who have made the past ten years a dream come true.”

Tickets may be purchased through www.lulyyang.com and range from $100 to $500.

 Northwest Hope & Healing presents "Style '12: Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good!" 

On May 3rd, more than 30 breast cancer survivors will show their strength as they model the newest spring trends during Style ’12Northwest Hope & Healing’s 10th Annual Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good! Fashion Show Benefit.  The women will be accompanied by 16 male models, men who have a close tie to the cause and have been touched in some way by breast cancer.  The runway fashion show featuring outfits from some of the hottest boutiques in the Seattle area including: Carmilia’s, Sweetie, Coastal Surf Boutique, West Seattle Runner, Howard & Marge, Canopy Blue, Butch Blum, Road Apparel, Chloe and Dillon, Pink Ginger, Kick It Boots & Stompwear, Blue Luna, Asher Goods, Tatters and Ola Salon. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Northwest Hope & Healing (NWHH) Patient Assistance Fund in an effort to offer financial assistance to women battling breast cancer in the Puget Sound area.  

Doors at 7:00 p.m. // Showbox SODO (1700 1st Ave S)  Tickets prices range from $40 to $1,000. For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.nwhopeandhealing.org/events.html   


My Shopbop Giveaway Winner Is...

Thank you to everyone who entered my Shopbop $100 gift card giveaway! I decided to take the old-school route and toss everyone's name into a fishbowl to find my winner:

So who's getting a little love from Shopbop?

Kim's heading to a wedding this month and said she'd love to wear this Rebecca Taylor textured rose strapless dress:

Happy shopping Kim! And thanks again everyone!


Lovely in Lush Clothing

I recently discovered that two staples in my closet - purchased at least a year apart and in completely different cities - were both of the same brand, Lush Clothing. When I realized this, I looked up Lush online to see what their current lookbook was like. To my surprise and delight, I saw that two of my favorite bloggers, Sincerely Jules & That's Chic, were featured models in this season's lookbook! I knew I was going to love the pieces but seeing Jules & Rachel, who I look up to, was the cherry on top of a new spring wardrobe. The best part about Lush is that most of these pieces are under $100. 

Check out the pics below for the bright palette, sweet flowing lines & fun details that make up Lush Clothing's latest lookbook:

All images via Nylon Magazine


Pinterest is Taking Over My Life - 4/6/12

I've decided to post a few of my favorite pins from various boards on my Pinterest in a monthly roundup here on Fresh Jess. You will see outfit inspirations, recipe ideas, travel destinations, celebrities, art and other visual stimuli that inspires me. Enjoy! 

We are all creators.

I love everything about this outfit & pose.


Moon smiles

Currently obsessed with all things Hunger Games. Mostly Peeta.

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