Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) Links a la Mode 11/29/12

It's my pleasure to edit the Independent Fashion Bloggers' weekly Links a la Mode roundup once a month. I typically read through anywhere from 100-120 blogs and choose my top 20 posts. This month, there seemed to be a special energy in the blogosphere. Instead of glancing through outfit post after uninspired outfit post, this time I found myself in front of many thoughtful perspectives, engaging dialogues and beautiful imagery. We should blog what we are passionate about, right? The 20 links below are the best representation of the amazing heart IFB members have poured into their blogs lately. Please enjoy reading these as much as I did!

Holiday Carousel

Edited by: Jess of Fresh Jess

Season’s Greetings! Around & around we go in a frenzy of holiday parties, gift shopping and spending time with loved ones. The holidays are in full swing, and yet, this week’s Links a La Mode featured bloggers have managed to stay stylish through it all. Each month, I’m more and more impressed at the thoughtful perspective shared in your blog posts. Whatever it is that you’re passionate about, you’re all doing an amazing job in channeling that passion and bringing it to the forefront in your posts. Shine on! Enjoy the vibrant colors, beautiful sights and wonderful tastes of the season as you read through this week’s picks. 

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If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE where you see “Links a la mode next week’s date (official).” The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode widget on the right side of the blog, and will be published later today. ~ Jennine


What Are Your Favorite TED Talks?

Lately I've been trading in listening to music while I work for TED talks. For anyone who might not be familiar with T(echnology) (E)ducation (D)esign, it's a non-profit that spawned from a 1984 conference with the goal of bringing people together over "ideas worth spreading." TED has inspired thousands of talks and many spinoff conferences (if you're in Seattle, keep an eye out for TEDxRainier, TEDxSeattle, TEDxPuget Sound among others.)

I've got a few favorites in my TED profile, but wanted to share this one by actress Thandie Newton because it's one I watch almost daily. Thandie talks overcoming insecurity from growing up bi-racial and finding beauty within herself.

If you've got any favorite TED talks, please leave a comment with a link to them! I'd love to see what inspires you.

Happy Thursday! Take a break from holiday chaos and enjoy.


Fresh Jess & Family Are Doing The Big Climb! Support Us?

"They ask me what I do & who I do it for..."
This March, I'm joining my cousin, brother and uncle for The Big Climb up the tallest skyscraper in Seattle - the Columbia Center. 69 flights of stairs, 1311 steps, and 788 feet of vertical elevation. Why would I put myself through such torture? Easy; because no pain I endure can compare to what our cousin/brother/son has been through since he found out he had cancer in December 2010. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

I would deeply appreciate your support with a donation. Our efforts will help make a big difference in the fight against blood cancers. Interested? AWESOME! Please visit my donation page here.

Who is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society? 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Every day, more than 347 LLS sponsored researchers come closer to the goal of finding a cure for leukemia and related blood cancers. Locally, LLS funds 7 researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical Center.

Your support and commitment to the mission of LLS enables us to continue this important work of saving lives and aids us in our ability to reach patients in our community.

Thank you for your time and I hope that you will consider donating to this cause!


Social Media Revolution 2013 (video)

I work in social media. I have for about four years now. 90% of the work I've done since becoming an independent consultant has had something to do with social media strategy development, community management, or training in-house staff on social media.

I hate blogging about social media.

I realize this might deter a lot of people from following me here or Twitter in hopes of regular discourse on the latest and greatest on social media. Please understand that I live and breathe it for my clients. The last thing I want to do on my personal affronts is to talk more about it.

I always tell myself that I should occasionally write here on social media since it is such a big part of my life. I won't say I never will, but if you're looking for regular perspective on tech & social, I'd like to suggest a few better alternatives. Follow Kelly Clay, or Monica Guzman, or Digital Royalty. They're all amazing women I can vouch for because I read their stuff regularly.

I do want to share this video on the Social Media Revolution. Socialnomics makes one of these every year, and it's a great way to get some perspective on how quickly our world is going digital. Enjoy!


Baohaus' Eddie Huang Has a Show & It's Awesome

I love following entrepreneurs on Twitter. They come in all shapes and sizes, and keep me on my toes while inspiring to ALWAYS be who I want to be regardless of who I work for and what I want to do. Entrepreneurs over everything.

I started following Eddie Huang after hearing about his infamous Four Loko Thursdays, which enjoyed a short but mighty run before it (and his restaurant, Xiao Ye) were shut down by the NYPD. This was back when Four Loko was still in its "we're legal but we'll fuck you up" stage, not in its watered-down, Dimetapp-with-some-bubbles current state. I wanted to go to there so bad.

Anyway, I thought it was awesome to see a (cool) Asian-American doing his thang in the restaurant business, so I found his blog and Twitter. Since his General Loko days, Huang has rubbed elbows with Anthony Bourdain & Tom Colicchio, seen Baohaus take off and even found a place for himself among other 2013 TED fellows. Lately, he's been illin with VICE magazine for a short web series called "Fresh Off the Boat." Check out the first two episodes in Taiwan below and follow Eddie on some food adventures around the world on VICE's YouTube.

This one I had to throw in because it features Filipino food:

"I think our generation...it's our job to break the barriers and get people to eat outside their comfort zone."


Awesome Black Friday & Holiday Events 11/21/12

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! While most of us are prepping our menus and comfy outfits, others are mapping out their plan for Black Friday deals and holiday events. I'm going to keep a running list in this post of sales and things to do, mostly in Seattle but also online. If you have anything you'd like to add to this post, email me at info@freshjess.com.

Cheers! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Black Friday only

*NEW* Alive & Well

Seattle Goodwill has a sweet 50% all color tags sale!

Black Friday_Seattle_2012
  • City stores will open at midnight on November 23rd
  • Fashion Finds for the entire family from $5
  • Scratch-offs for the first 100 people in line at stores, valued up to $300
Nifty Thrifty
Vintage flash sale site Nifty Thrifty is putting 50 of their favorite items on sale for under $50. You could score discounts up to 80% off on DVF, Hermes, Valentino & more!) Need an invite to Nifty Thrifty? Get yours here.

Report Shoes
Head over to the Bellevue Square store for 20% off everything in the store, and 30% off if you spend $300+ or buy 3+ pairs.

Swink Style Bar
Free makeup service with the purchase of any hair service, Friday only at both Swink locations!

Seattle Holiday events

*NEW* Sway & Cake's 3-Way Sale
Peep the Sway & Cake blog for the exclusive codes for your Black Friday & Cyber Monday.

*UPDATED* Seattle's Best Coffee's Free Coffee
Participating SBC locations will be serving up free coffee to anyone working on Black Friday! If you're  one of them, head over to Seattle's Best Coffee and just let them know you're on break from work and they'll hook you up. On Cyber Monday, make sure to like the SBC Facebook page to claim your coupon for a free 16oz. drink from the SODO drive-thru!

Shop the Hill & Get a free ride from Uber! - Fri Nov 23 - Sun Nov 25
Uber car rides, Capitol Hill and supporting local businesses are three of my favorite things. Bring them together and you have the coolest way to shop in Seattle this weekend. Head over to FB for all the details on Shop the Hill, and get a free ride there from Uber Seattle.

Winter Wonderland at Pacific Place - starting Fri Nov 23
Santa parks his sleigh at Pacific Place starting Black Friday. Check out all the Winter Wonderland festivities, including snow, Elf the Musical, and gift wrapping at Pacific Place's website.

*UPDATED* Santa at The Bellevue Collection - starting Fri Nov 23
Santa makes his way to center court at Bellevue Square, starting at 9:00a.m. on Black Friday and continuing through Christmas Eve. For a limited time (through Nov 30), get a set of eight wallet-sized photos with each purchase, and a complimentary plush toy reindeer per photo package on Nov 23, 24 and 25 (while supplies last.) See all of the winter festivities at The Bellevue Collection here.

Saint Nick's Open House Weekend - Sat Dec 1 & Sun Dec 2
On December 1st and 2nd, the wineries of Woodinville Wine Country will open their doors from 11:00am - 4:00pm for the annual Saint Nicholas Day Open House. Guests will have the opportunity to taste wines from exclusive boutique wineries as well as special selections from a few of Woodinville's more well-known participants. This is a unique and festive holiday event where you can discover new wineries, meet the winemakers and learn about present offerings and future releases. New this year, your Saint Nick's booklet will contain special purchase coupons so you can stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays and get that perfect gift for family, friends, or co-workers.

Be INC - Radiate Chic - Sat Dec 1
Head over to the downtown Seattle Macy's International Concepts (INC) department for food, drinks, music and a sweet fashion show. Prices better than Black Friday and a gift with purchase when you spend $100 on merchandise! Noon to 5:00p.m.

emilie SLOAN Etsy pop-up - Sat Dec 1
On Saturday, December 1st from 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m., emilie SLOAN is hosting a select number of Etsy artists to showcase their wares in its Pacific Place store. Guests will be able to purchase exclusive products, meet the artists and snack on Trophy Cupcakes. Visiting Etsy designers include: Baby Souls Couture Shoes, delicate handmade baby shoes in small editions; fine and fashionable jewelry by Ashley Elaine Designs; and unique hand crafted crochet bowels by On the Hook. Emilie SLOAN is also donating 10% of each sale made during the event to the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization that serves military service members who incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.

Bellevue Towers holiday boutique - Weds Dec 12
Set your sights on great gifts and a breathtaking view during Bellevue Towers’ Holiday Boutique, to take place in the 42nd floor penthouse on Wednesday, December 12th, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Join 300+ shoppers for a night of retail therapy, hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and live music. Fifteen local specialty purveyors will showcase women’s and men’s apparel, home furnishings, high-end stationary, jewelry, wine, whiskey, chocolates and gourmet pairings, pet products, and more, with a suggested donation of $20 benefitting Bellevue Schools Foundation.


11/23 ONLY – 20% off everything when you use code BLACKFRIDAYBONUS

*NEW* BaubleBar 
11/23 ONLY - Buy 2 Baubles, Get 15% Off (code: FRIDAY15) Buy 3 Baubles, Get 25% Off (code:FRIDAY25) Buy 4 Baubles, Get 35% Off (code: FRIDAY35)

Blank NYC
11/21-11/28- save 25% off site wide with code CYBER25

11/21-11/25 – Enjoy a beauty trio of your choice and a free specially-size lip gloss with every order, plus free standard shipping! No code needed.

11/21-11/26- 30% off already-reduced merchandise

11/21-11/23 6PM CST- receive an extra 20% off sale merchandise, no code needed!

11/21-11/26 – additional 30% off sale items + free shipping with code HOLIDAYSALE

11/21-11/24- up to 60% off entire store

*NEW* Gorjana
11/23 ONLY – Win up to 100% off your purchase (enter code BLKFRIDAY to see what % off you will get)!

11/21-11/25 – 25% off all orders + free shipping on orders over $150, when you use code COLOR25

*NEW* Levi's 
11/23- save 40% off site wide plus free shipping on orders $75+! Use code BLKFRI

11/21-11/25 – 25% off everything + free shipping with code TREAT

*NEW* Petango
Shopping for your dog or cat this holiday season? Petango is offering 25% off sitewide with code SALE2012

11/21-11/23- up to 50% off select products

*NEW* Revolve Clothing
11/23-11/28 – 20% off everything

11/22-11/23- 60% off select apparel; free $25 gift card with a $100 cosmetics & fragrance purchase (code BEAUTY12); 50% off select cashmere for men and women

*NEW* Shamila Fine Jewelry
Enjoy 15% off any one item on Shamila.com in honor of Shamila's 10th year in e-commerce!

11/21-11/26 – Spend $250 save 20%, spend $500 save 25%, spend $1000 save 30%, spend $1500 save 35% when you enter code

11/23-11/26 – enjoy 30% off sitewide when you enter code THANKS2012

11/21-11/27- enjoy 30% off with code HOLIDAY (excludes watches and clothing)

11/21-11/26- enjoy up to 40% off fall/ winter collections & an extra 15% off already reduced items with code YOOXTHANKS

*NEW* Solestruck

*NEW* Digital Royalty's social media online classes

The Blogger Market
The Blogger Market is a unique retail project combining great products from emerging brands and artisans and top bloggers to create a highly-curated online pop-up. Bloggers; Kiara Schwartz from Tobruck Avenue, Stephanie Liu from Honey & Silk, Kelsi Smith from Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Kelly Lee from Kelly Golightly and Bethany Struble from Snakes Nest, were all invited to select their favourites from a select group of emerging brands and artisans. The Blogger Market will be open through December 15th.


Seattle: King Tut's Going Strong at Pacific Science Center!

"Everywhere, the glint of gold." - Howard Carter
If you're looking for something amazing to do this holiday season, make sure the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center is on your list. Whether you're entertaining guests from out of town or looking for something different to do in the city you live in, the King Tut exhibit is a must-see.

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

The Pacific Science Center is currently housing over 100 artifacts from the young pharoah's tomb plus other ancient Egyptian rulers' sites, chronicling over 2000 years of rich culture, opulence and history. I remember doing a major project on Ancient Egypt in third grade around a book on her majesty, Queen Hathepsut. I've been hooked on the ancient civilization ever since, and was stoked when PacSci invited me down for a blogger tour in August.

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

Some highlights you'll see on this tour include: a 10-foot statue that's the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed; the boy king's golden sandals; Khufu (the king whose face adorns the Great Sphinx and commissioner of one of the Great Pyramids); the first CT scans of King Tut's mummy; and Harrison Ford's voice accompanying you through the exhibit on the audio guide.

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

The exhibit runs through January 6th, 2013 and is the last stop in North America before it heads back to Egypt for good. The majority of proceeds from the tour support the preservation and conservation of antiquities and monuments in Egypt, including construction of the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza.

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

King Tut_Seattle_Pacific Science Center

Unfortunately, exhibit-goers can no longer take photographs as they go through the exhibit, but it's my pleasure to share the ones I took with you before the rule was instated. You can see the rest on the Fresh Jess Facebook page.


Getting Fresh at The Bar Method Seattle (+ Giveaway!)

A couple of weeks ago, I took a barre class for the first time - and it kicked my ass in a way that no other workout has ever done before.

You can go to almost any gym now and take a barre class. The biggest common thread is that they all incorporate a ballet barre in the workout. What sets The Bar Method apart is the blend of interval training (fat-burning), isometrics (muscle-shaping), dance conditioning (flexibility & elongation) and the science of physical therapy with personalized attention and results.

The Bar Method Seattle

What's all that mean? Basically, a class at The Bar Method is an intensive hour, an extreme bang for your buck and a magnifying glass on what you're doing shone on you by people who know exactly what they're doing.

The Bar Method Seattle

The Bar Method Seattle

That's why we take workout classes, right? If we stayed content in our comfort zone, we wouldn't see results. My time at The Bar Method was tough on me mentally and physically, but left me with the determination to do better. I knew where my bar was set (no pun intended), and I know I can only get better from there. 

At a Bar Method class, you can expect: a warm-up, free-weight exercises & push-ups; leg, seat & ab work at the bar; then more ab work on the floor; with plenty of stretching in between. One of the key differentiators between Bar Method and other classes is the philosophy of the workout, which in the case of Bar Method is designed to sculpt muscle, putting the least impact on the joints an burning the maximum amount of calories. Bar Method instructors are purists who only teach Bar Method. They are handpicked from among our existing clients & go through over 300 hours of extensive training prior to teaching their first class.

The Bar Method Seattle

The Bar Method Seattle


They say that barre yields the best benefits when performed 3-5x per week. Lucky for you, I've got a month of unlimited classes* to give away! Want to win it? Just leave me a comment below & you'll be entered to win!

I'll draw a winner on Friday, November 23rd at 5:00p.m. Good luck!

*Seattle residents new to The Bar Method only.


Lookbook Love: The Hill-Side A/W '12

The brothers Corsillo (Emil & Sandy) of The Hill-Side sent out disposable cameras and samples of their latest collection of ties, scarves and handkerchiefs. They gathered the results into this sweet A/W '12 lookbook. Only in Brooklyn can they come up with a lookbook on hipster level ultra 9000 and still be taken seriously. Enjoy my favorite shots below, and the rest at TheHill-Side.com:


See the World with Lookmatic & Fresh Jess

When's the last time you were asked how you look at the world? My dear friends at IFB asked me last week, when they partnered up for Lookmatic glasses for their #SeeTheWorld series.

Hope: A foggy but hopeful start to another beautiful Seattle day.

Simply put, Lookmatic makes you feel great about how you look by offering prescription eyewear at realistic prices. Realistic is a perfect way to see the world, right? I have never understood why it should cost hundreds of dollars to look the way you want in something you need to physically see. Many of us don't have the luxury of 20/20 vision, but why should we pay buku bucks for that? Lookmatic was kind enough to gift me a pair to show you how I see the world.

Community: Right before my YFEcon panel

Community: The Space Needle through my lens

I had a particularly busy day yesterday, when I snapped these photos. I prepped for a panel talk for YFEcon while taking my Spike to daycare, on top of a day of work, blogger event and client meetings. The icing on my Thursday was a first screening of Breaking Dawn: Part II! No matter how busy I am, however, I always see the world through a lens of hope, love and community.

Love: My Spike

Love: Another blogger event! I do it for the love. (photo by AlixRose)

How do you see the world?

This is a sponsored post, fully written and reviewed by me. All opinions expressed in this post, as with all posts on Fresh Jess, are mine.


Seattle: CRAVE presents Holiday Craveings Shopping Party - Weds Dec 5

I'm honored to be the media sponsor for CRAVE Seattle's Holiday CRAVEings party coming Wednesday, December 5th at the Seattle Design Center!

It's been a couple of years since I briefly managed the CRAVE Seattle community but I've remained a part of this amazing network ever since. For those of you who aren't familiar, CRAVE is all about women business owners. From hosting business chats and tons of advice on the CRAVE blog to handy city guides and fabulous parties, CRAVE is your one stop shop for connecting with smart, successful women business owners and discovering new, innovative ways to boost your business!

Join us for our Holiday CRAVEings shopping party 2012, an exclusive soiree for the glam gals of the Emerald City. There'll be shopping, entertainment, personal pampering and so many more fun festivities for you and your girls! Holiday CRAVEings features some of the best women-owned businesses in Seattle, offering special CRAVING SAVINGS. Shop local and support our female entrepreneurs in fashion, accessories, health & beauty, food, home decor, and mommy life!

Holiday CRAVE-ings 2012
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, 5:00 -9:00p.m.
Seattle Design Center (5701 6th Ave S, Seattle WA 98108)
$15 in advance, $20 at the door (Get two or more tix now and save 50% on each ticket. It's like a buy one get one free! Limited time only)
Swag for the first 100 guests available at each pop-up shop
Buy Tickets

Vendors wanted!
We've got a few spots left for the indie clothing or jewelry designers, Etsy sellers, what have you at Holiday CRAVEings. We'd love to have you! Email me at info(at)freshjess(dot)com for more information.


YFEcon is Tomorrow. Join Us!

Freelance life is scary, but is much less so when you have enriching communities from which to learn from and make connections with. If you've got the entrepreneurial spirit, I'd love for you to join us for YFEcon, happening all day tomorrow!

What is YFEcon, you ask? It's Seattle-based Young Female Entrepreneurs' first online conference, bringing together women in their 20s & 30s for six hours of peer-to-peer mentorship through panels, lectures, interviews and breakouts. YFEcon is all online, so you can watch from the comfort of your office or home.

It's only $29 for full access or $19 for livestream access, and partial proceeds will benefit Hurricane Sandy efforts. Affordable & accessible!

I'll be moderating the New Media panel at 10:30a.m., featuring Zweet Sports' Marja & Kimberly, and Crispy Bikinis' Sue & Cristina. We'll be discussing all things social media and online marketing. Hope you can join us!

For full details and to buy your pass, visit YFEcon.com.