8.31.2012

Fashion's Night Out Seattle Part 2: Seattle Style Search



In addition to the Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway show over at Pacific Place, Fashion's Night Out Seattle features a Seattle Style Search, sponsored by the Downtown Seattle Association & Metropolitan Improvement District (DSA/MID.) Presented by Geoteaming and open to the public, the Seattle Style Search is a smart phone scavenger hunt that will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

In a scavenger hunt-style setting, shoppers will use goosechase to hop from store to store for the chance to win one of two grand prize packages, and a sweet gift bag for the first 50 to complete the Style Search.

Make sure you download goosechase (available on Android and iPhone.) The app will provide you with a list of fashion missions. Complete the missions to win points. Grab up to three of your friends and be part of the paparazzi to capture the night’s best fashion looks with your smart phone.

Retailers who are part of this year's Seattle Style Search and who are also hosting Fashion's Night Out festivities in-store include:

  • Ann Taylor
  • BCBG
  • Eileen Fisher
  • Free People
  • Gucci
  • H&M
  • Macy*s
  • Mario's
  • Pacific Place
  • True Religion
  • White House Black Market

The team with the top score will win a prize package that includes: a one-night stay at The W Hotel; $50 to H&M; emilie SLOAN weekender bag; a pair of Teatro ZinZanni tickets; $100 to Sport Restaurant & Bar; $100 to any Landry's restaurant; one Mighty Leaf Tea box; one box of LUNA Fiber bars & a one-year subscription to Seattle Met.

One grand prize winner will be drawn for: a one-night stay at Hotel Max; $50 to H&M; emilie SLOAN clutch; a pair of Teatro ZinZanni tickets; $100 to Sport; $100 to any Landry's restaurant; one Mighty Leaf Tea box; one box of LUNA Fiber bars; a three-month Club ZUM membership & a one-year subscription to Seattle Met.

The first 50 to complete the Seattle Style Search will receive a swag bag with: Mario's catalogue; Mighty Leaf Tea sampler; emilie SLOAN mini-tote; Club ZUM prizes & a box of Luna Fiber.


For information on the Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway show and my $50 Pacific Place gift card giveaway, see Part 1. Follow Fashion's Night Out Seattle on Facebook for updates to the Seattle Style Search.

Happy Fashion's Night Out Seattle! Stay tuned for fall trends in Part 3 of my #FNOSEA guide.

8.30.2012

Fashion's Night Out Seattle - Part 1: Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway



Last year, Seattle Met pulled together a few merchants for Fashion's Night Out Seattle. This year they've partnered with the Downtown Seattle Association and Pacific Place for an amazing night out in the heart of the city. The main attraction and newest addition to Fashion's Night Out Seattle is Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway, in the Pacific Place Atrium at 7:00p.m.

Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway
Presented by Seattle Met & Pacific Place
Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Pacific Place Atrium
Cocktails & hors d'oeurves: 5:30p.m.
Fashion show: 7:00p.m.
$75 general admission / $125 VIP

You'll see fall offerings from: Nordstrom, Macy*s, Barneys New York, Karen Dannenberg Clothier, baby & co., True Religion, Alhambra, Eileen Fisher & Oksa with hair by 7 Salon.

Net proceeds from ticket sales will benefit O Wines Opportunity for Success' scholarship programs, funding college scholarships for young women. So you can have your fashion & give back, too!

Seattle Met will have a photo booth for you to capture the night, and Pacific Place's restaurant merchants will make sure you're fueled during cocktail hour for a full night of fashion.

Tickets are really limited, so get yours if you haven't already! Stay tuned for Part 2 & 3 of my Fashion's Night Out Seattle coverage for more details & other happenings downtown. 

Follow #FNOSEA on Twitter & Instagram, and the Fashion's Night Out Seattle board on Pinterest!



Want to win a Pacific Place $50 gift card? 

It's yours if you enter to win one or more of these ways (one entry per action)

1) Send me a tweet!

2) Follow the Fashion's Night Out Seattle board on Pinterest

3) Show us your favorite fall trend! Post a pic on Instagram & tag it with #FNOSEA

4) Leave me a comment below & tell me your favorite thing about fall.

I'll draw a winner on Wednesday, September 5th at 5:00p.m. PST.







8.29.2012

Macklemore Premieres 'Thrift Shop', Featuring Seattle Goodwill

Macklemore's new video for "Thrift Shop" is exactly what I look like when I'm thrift shopping. Weird! :)

The MC continues to rep Seattle to the fullest. In the "Thrift Shop" video, you'll see town landmarks like the Goodwill Seattle outlet, Northwest African-American Museum & Capitol Hill's whimsical Unicorn/Narwhal bar.

This video is hilarious and fun, but most of all - really well done. Macklemore's made "Thrift Shop" a little sweeter with a few donations to Goodwill that are up for auction now on eBay. Get a signed "Redux" EP with a sweet Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tee, and help support Goodwill's job training & education programs. Bid on the tees here, here & here.

Hear good and feel good!

8.21.2012

Meet Seattle's Kari Gran Skincare (+ Giveaway!)

I was invited by Carilyn of Magnolia PR to the studio loft that's home to Kari Gran Skincare, to meet the ladies behind the line and get a first-hand look at the products. Lisa & Kari started Kari Gran Skincare in 2011, after a fateful holiday lunch that would mark the beginning of a new venture. A self-professed beauty junkie with years of experimenting with different skincare products and homemade concoctions (partly for her health), Kari had made a habit of gifting products she'd made herself as holiday gift to dear friends and family. At this lunch, it was Lisa who finally convinced her to pursue her true passions and start her very own line. 




From the MIRON glass bottles to the long list of what's not in the products, Kari & Lisa have gone to great lengths to create an elegant yet affordable line that's good for your skin. The pair regularly try other skincare lines to see what else is out there, and to ensure that their own products don't indulge in the materials that could prove harmful to you down the line. Kari Gran products are hand-poured in small batches using the finest available natural, organic, wild-harvested & non-GMO ingredients.





I personally was so inspired to meet another couple of ladies who are chasing their dreams here in the beautiful Emerald City, and helping others to live a healthier life in one facet of life where harmful chemicals and ingredients are often hastily overlooked. Everything in Kari Gran's product line is fresh, handmade and under $100 (most under $50!) 













I'm giving away a Kari Gran travel set (seen above w/cleansing oil, essential serum & hydrating tonic; value $35) and two Lip Whips (one naked & one tinted; value $15 each) to one lucky reader! I've been obsessed with both of their Lip Whips since this party. I've abandoned all of my other lip glosses in favor of them. They smell insanely delicious and keep my lips moisturized for hours without feeling too oily or heavy. You're in for a real treat!

To enter to win, just:

1) Leave a comment below OR
2) Follow Fresh Jess & Kari Gran on Pinterest and re-pin the giveaway

I'll pull a winner this Friday, August 24th at 5:00p.m. 

Good luck!



8.19.2012

Seattle Style: Capitol Hill Block Party 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I was part of a team tweeting for the Capitol Hill Block Party. Since I wasn't the only one live tweeting from the music festival, I decided to focus on capturing the various stylings of CHBP-goers. Capitol Hill is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city, and the fashion at CHBP represented all that and more. Check out these stylish Seattleites!







It's me! Roxy military jacket (cute print one here)/ Kelly Wearstler tank (similar) / thrifted Levi's cutoff shorts (similar) / Senso spiked booties






8.18.2012

Fresh Style: Bainbridge Rummage Sale finds

One Saturday in June, my mom, aunt, cousin & I decided to take a last-minute trip to Bainbridge Island for a rummage sale I'd read about on Yay Today.  Little did I know we were walking in on the largest rummage sale on the island, held yearly by the Rotary group there. It took over an entire middle school grounds. From the parking lots to the playgrounds to a few classrooms, Bainbridge Rotary packed the place full of housewares, furniture, clothing, jewelry, sporting equipment and yes - boats and cars.


This were just two massive rooms of many! Below are the books/toys/office room and the bulk clothing section. Mountains upon mountains of clothes!



We spent a few hours there but didn't get too crazy. In fact, we all felt totally unprepared for the onslaught and chaos of the Bainbridge Rotary Rummage Sale . Next time, we're bringing several big cars, sturdy shoes, a water bottle and a strategy!

My total haul for the morning came out to $8! A never-been-worn dress, handmade knit beanie, a few issues of National Geographic & four pairs of old Levi's.


I turned them all into cutoff shorts, and have been wearing them all summer!



Catch the next Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale - June 29, 2013.

8.17.2012

An Evening at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center

Last week, I hung out with other Seattle bloggers, social media friends and the hospitality set for an evening at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. The Foundation is of course based in Seattle where the Gates family lives, and has been doing work for various efforts and causes throughout the world. Only recently have they opened up to the public about what it is they actually do and the strides they've made in global health and education. The Visitor Center opened next to Seattle Center and the Space Needle in February, and this evening was a chance for a few of us to get lost in its inspiring stories and interactive exhibits.

The Visitor Center is split into four main galleries that feature: exhibits on the work the Gates Foundation supports to give all people the chance to live healthy, productive lives; a showcase of innovations and progress on some of the world's toughest challenges (like malaria and proper education); and inspiration & information to help guests take action in our own unique way.

I had a blast learning and creating in the Visitor Center. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the night, with a full album on the Fresh Jess Facebook page.

The design and architecture elements throughout the Visitor Center are insanely awesome. This quote  of Melinda Gates' greets you when you walk in.

My hero!


So many inspirational quotes throughout the VC.




There we are in the VC's photo guestbook!

Easily the coolest lanyard I've ever received, and I've been to a lot of events & conferences!


This wouldn't be right without an outfit shot. 
Trina Turk for Banana Republic top (similar BR top here)/ Vintage mandala print high-waist shorts from Everybody's Buying Vintage (similar here) / Nine West strappy heels (similar here)

Thanks for a fun night!

8.16.2012

Seattle: All-YPN (Young Professionals Network) event is Weds Aug 22!

If you've read my About Me page, you'll know I started Fresh Jess to share all the fun events & news about Seattle that I was learning in research for my job as events director for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce (now the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber.)  One of my favorite programs to manage were the Young Professionals Network, because it meant I was meeting other business-minded people my age who were looking to make connections and build their networks.

The Chamber's hosting its third-annual All-YPN event next Wednesday at the new Armory at Seattle Center. All-YPN brings together young professionals groups from all over the region for one big night of mega-networking. I'm excited to get back in the fold of Chamber action! 

Everything I learned in the early years of my career - about business (corporate, non-profit, small business, startup & government), professionalism, building genuine connections and working hard - I learned during my time at the Chamber. I reference them a LOT, especially lately as I build out my consulting business.

If you're wondering what defines a "young" professional - the Chamber has never discriminated against anyone of course, but YPN is geared to the 21-40 set. Full details on the event are on the Chamber website, and all the pertinent details are below. 


Date: Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Armory at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle 98109

Chamber Members: $20 pre-paid ($25 after 8/20 and at the door)
Non-Members: $20 pre-paid ($25 after 8/20 and at the door)
Register: Online or contact Mark Grundberg | (206) 389-7271

Hope to see you next week at All-YPN!

8.15.2012

Fresh Style: Sell Your Sole Consignment (+ Giveaway!)

Last month, I hosted a sweet summer shopping party at Sell Your Sole consignment boutique in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. I had so much fun with my mom, sister and girlfriends chatting it up over champagne & bites. Natalia and her fiance Brent were the most gracious hosts. 

Here are a few pics of the night, plus the outfit I went home with that night and a $50 gift certificate giveaway below!

Tucked behind the Cherry St. Coffee location on 1st Ave. & Blanchard/Lenora, Sell Your Sole is an adorable loft full of designer consignment treasures. 

Natalia has an amazing eye for beautiful designer pieces. She opened Sell Your Sole to fuse her love of smart shopping with finding fabulous new friends in the city.

Natalia and I styled a few outfits for summer and fall with SYS's current inventory. As with all consignment shopping, you should come back often to see the latest!

I loved these earrings and this Tory Burch stacked ring set!

For the event, I wore a vintage Halston dress with Dolce & Gabbana gilded leaf heels. Disco queen :)

I love mixing prints!

At the top of the stairs to the loft, you'll see a beautiful wall of shoes and a giant mirror. A woman's dream loft!

I was totally eyeing this Dries Van Noten belted top. 

I went home with this ensemble! Blush pink shirt with black trim and BCBG faux leather high-waisted shorts.

I also couldn't resist this lambswool sweater. It's so soft and comfy! I'll be wearing it all winter.


Want to win a $50 gift certificate to Sell Your Sole for your own consignment spree? Just tweet me to enter to win!



I'll draw a winner this Friday, August 17th at 5:00p.m. Good luck!