Showing posts with label accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label accessories. Show all posts


Meet Banago Philippine Bags (+ Support Their Kickstarter!)

Last week, this Kickstarter campaign pitch landed in my inbox. Intrigued by the obviously Filipino word 'Banago' (pronounced ba-NAH-go), I clicked the email open and was immediately drawn in by the vibrant color and modern style of what I knew to be traditional Filipino straw bags. Founder Renée Patron graciously took time out of her busy New York Fashion Week schedule last week to hop on the phone with me and satiate more of my curiosity around Banago.


Lookbook Love: Ampersand As Apostrophe at Craft & Culture

I'm a fan of both the gals behind Ampersand As Apostrophe and Craft & Culture, so naturally their new partnership is high on my radar.

Ampersand As Apostrophe is an innovative accessories line from Seattle-by-way-of Detroit designer, Jessica Park. Approaching design with an analytical quick wit and a healthy sense of humor, her versatile handbags can be zipped and tucked to transform for a multitude of uses.

Ampersand As Apostrophe - Craft & Culture


On-the-Go Work Essentials f/ Starbucks® Iced Coffee (Sponsored)

Holy cow y'all. It's hot! We've been on a streak of 80+ degree days in Seattle, and while the sun is shining brightly on us, this city is just not equipped enough with A/C. When I'm not seeking refuge on the water or beach, I'm over here getting used to working in an office part-time again. It's still a culture shock for me, though a welcome one at that. I really love having some structure in my days, and having a place to go to helps me focus while I'm there. Sometimes I'll jet from work to an event or happy hour, so I carry a big Zara bag to tote all my things around & then some. On any given day, there's a pair of shoes and another big bag full of my lunch and snacks for the day, but pictured below are my purse mainstays to stay refreshed & organized in style.

Stay writing: I'm a self-professed office supplies queen, and my vices are Post-Its, notebooks and Sharpies. I am forever carrying at least one of these on me at all times, and in my everyday tote, I've got an arsenal. Sharpies in all point sizes, notepads of different colors and notebooks that each serve a different purpose. In this digital age, I have a fear of losing my penmanship, and thus, I stay writing on pen and paper. I've found I retain info much better when I've written it down by hand too. Sorry, organization apps, you ain't got nothin' on the old school

Stay hydrated: I also carry a water bottle with me everywhere I go, and my bkr is perfect for the office. It's just small enough for me to have to get up every hour or so from my desk to refill it! I don't drink a lot of coffee, but I'm into these Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee drinks for an occasional afternoon treat. Caramel is my favorite!

Stay moisturized: I'm just as nuts about my lip, face & body moisturizers as I am about my hydration and my office supplies. Gotta have at least five different lip balms, glosses and lipsticks at all times (skoah's Lip Love & smashbox's glosses are my faves at the moment) plus two options each for face & body lotion. I carry a full-size face lotion but I've just run out. I'm crazy, I know.

Stay connected: It almost goes without saying, but I'm never without my iPhone. I also still carry my blog business cards around, because you never know who you'll meet!

What's in your on-the-go bag? Leave me a comment below!

Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.


My Top 5(ish) #Seattle Event Picks, Week of 6/26/14

My top 5(ish) things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week!

Thursday, June 26:

DVF Bellevue is hosting a styling event with Cassandra LaValle! You can win a shopping party with friends & more. 

Luxury on Demand is holding a pop-up party tonight in SoDo! Come shop some great designer deals on consignment, meet founder Jesica Milton, get closet organizing tips from Live Simply by Annie & more.

Saturday, June 28th:
Head over to the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square for the Surface Pro 3 Launch! Derrick Coleman and Doug Baldwin of the Seahawks will be there to sign autographs and hang from 1:30 - 2:30p.m. :)

ABC's The Taste is casting in Seattle for their next season! for details.

Other fun upcoming events:

Want to be featured in a future Seattle Happenings weekly post? Email me at jess(at) for sponsorship opportunities and media kit.


Lookbook Love: Nordstrom's 'Let's Go' Pop-In Shop

Have you checked out Nordstrom's 'Pop-In' installations? Since October of last year, the retailer's been hosting themed pop-up shops in-stores and online. Past ones have included French-themed 'Merci' and the beach-inspired 'Surf City.' The latest install, 'Let's Go' is all about the summer road trip and the pieces they've pulled together couldn't be any more perfect for camping in the Northwest. These are my favorites:

'Let's Go' lasts through June 29th. Peep the full collection online and at select Nordstrom locations.


Lookbook Love: Senz Umbrellas S/S '14 Collection

Anyone who tells you that a real Seattleite doesn't carry an umbrella is a damn liar, because this born & raised native does. Especially if it's one as fly as these Senz selections:

Senz Umbrellas Spring Summer 14 Collection

Senz Umbrellas Spring Summer 14 Collection

Senz Umbrellas Spring Summer 14 Collection

Senz Umbrellas Spring Summer 14 Collection

Senz Umbrellas Spring Summer 14 Collection

Senz Umbrellas Spring Summer 14 Collection

Photos via svthvnl. Full collection at Senz.


My Top 5(ish) Seattle Event Picks, Week of 5/22/14

My top 5(ish) things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week!

Featured event:

Momstrology Family Day 2014

Celebrity astrologers The AstroTwins are celebrating the launch of their latest book Momstrology: The AstroTwins’ Guide to Parenting Your Little Ones by The Stars this Saturday by hosting a family-friendly fun day on Capitol Hill at Rare Medium. The new book offers parents and caregivers insight on how to decode child behavior based on astrological signs and gives real-world advice from a cosmic perspective. Kick off Memorial Day weekend right by stopping by Pine St. between 13th and & 14th Ave! Guests will enjoy special giveaways, exclusive discounts, door prizes and lots more. Peep the flyer for full details. 

Whole Foods Fill the Grill Memorial Day 2014
Firing up the grill this weekend? Stock up at Whole Foods Markets near you with this deal (and check out their Guide to Grilling for some tips too.)

Bevee Bags Memorial Day sale 2014
Bevee bags is having a sweet Memorial Day now through May 26th. Check out the site for deals!

ufc 173 95 Slide
Looking for a place to watch the fights this Saturday night? Head to 95 Slide for UFC 173. 

Lil Woodys Free Burgers Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day (Monday only) .99 cent tag sale at Goodwill is one of my favorite sales of the year. 

Other fun events:
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Two Mother's Day Flash Giveaways! Yuan Spa & Shamila Fine Jewelry

Hi friends! As you're all gearing up for Mother's Day, I've got a couple of giveaways from two local businesses to celebrate mom, or that special person who's impacted your life. Maybe even a treat for you!

My first giveaway is for a hydrotherapy pass at Yuan Spa in Bellevue. If you or mom have been searching for a way to disconnect for awhile, hydrotherapy is it. This pass gives you access to Yuan Spa's Cedar Sauna Room, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Salt Scrub Bar, Hot Bathing Pool, and Cool Sea Salt Bathing Pool, as well as a Relaxation Room. Relax, unwind, refresh and nourish your body and soul. Peep their Mother's Day spa packages for more sweet deals!

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Shamila Jiwa is a fellow Glow Girl and indie jewelry designer based in Fremont. Her creations are truly one-of-a-kind, with each piece so thoughtfully crafted to the tee. I had the chance to visit her studio last week and was blown away by Shamila's attention to detail. One bauble might have a rare, specially-cut gem - but it's also set seamlessly into intricate, sustainably-sourced metal that may also be encrusted with real, natural diamonds. Shamila tells me much of her business is in custom orders, and I can see why. You can tell that Shamila really dives into the making of each piece, from ideation to creation - and it's a fun journey to take with her! Enter here to win one of two $100 gift certificates to Shamila's shop. You won't be disappointed!

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Both giveaways end this Friday, May 9th at 5:00p.m. PST. Good luck!


My Top 5(ish) Seattle Happenings: Week of 4/3/14

My top 5(ish) things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week. Good mix of events!

Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day Food for Good 2014

Discover how to grow, prepare, and enjoy healthy foods from around the world through fun activities, music and storytelling. Head over to the Gates Foundation Visitor Center for the FREE Family Day: Food for Good on Saturday, April 5th.

Highlights of the day will include:

  • Hands-on games and art activities that show how easy and exciting it can be to make a difference – one seed or book at a time
  • Innovative tools and ideas that help farmers and families around the world
  • Storytime with children's book authors Katherine Pryor and Rick Swan who will lead kids in a discussion about gardening and the importance of trying new foods
  • Discovering fun, family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community
  • Performance by Ocheami
  • Sampling food from Tanzania and Ethiopia
  • Learning local and global food facts from different community organizations

Nordstrom Bauble Bar

Nordstrom and Bauble Bar are in love! Pop into your nearest Nordstrom store or get on to shop the capsule collection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings, all under $100 apiece! ($24 - $68, to be exact.)

see eyewear spring trunk show

SEE Eyewear is hosting a spring trunk show starting today (launch party 5:00 - 7:00p.m.) and running through the weekend. Shop the new collection and enjoy complimentary bites & sips! 1429 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

globe zebraclub

Head into Zebra Club in downtown Seattle for their latest collection launch party (for GLOBE), this Friday night 7:00 - 9:00p.m. RSVP on Facebook.


A party to bring together all the haute in Seattle. Hautehaus is Saturday night starting at 8:00p.m. at Kremwerk. More details and RSVP on Facebook.

My dear Rivet & Sway has just launched their Essential collection! You're invited to hang at the Rivet & Sway loft in Pioneer Square for their launch party, Monday, April 7th from 6:00 - 8:00p.m. RSVP on Eventbrite.

CRAVEfuel Seattle April 2014

CRAVEfuel is a monthly creative workshop made up of one part inspiration, a thousand parts collaboration. Have fun, meet amazing people and move your projects, career and business forward. More details on their April 9th fuel plus registration on the CRAVE Seattle events calendar.


Seattle Happenings: 2/27/14

Hi! I was at a wonderful retreat hosted by Melody of CRAVE earlier this week and now I'm back in town. There's a ton of Seattle news happening soon, and rather than let them wither in my inbox, I wanted to share them with you on this lovely Thursday:

In case you haven't heard, City Council is voting TODAY on proposed regulations that would essentially shut down uberX as we now know and love it. I'm proud to be an avid rider and supporter of Uber, and hope you'll join me in signing the petition at to show support of uberX and its incredible fleet of drivers.

I love Coastal!
Coastal Seattle is opening tomorrow! You may or may not know that the Alki surf/snow wear boutique goes on a winter break from December through February. They've got deals and gifts for you in their opening celebration tomorrow, Friday 2/28. Details here.

Want to win tix to Sosh Seattle's private social with Allen Stone, Skillet and Canon next week? Enter here!

Rebecca Minkoff is coming! See her and Uri Minkoff at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle handbags tomorrow, Friday 2/28 from 1:00 - 3:00p.m. She'll be signing autographs!

The ladies of Seattle's vintage e-boutique, afrobeatnik, are celebrating the launch of their e-commerce shop on Saturday night, March 1st from 9:00p.m. - midnight up at Lucid Lounge in the U-District. Performance by Cat of theesatisfaction & more!  RSVP here.

Seahawks team photo 2013
Get your official Super Bowl champion Seahawks team photo at!

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TOMS Marketplace is Awesome

Have you seen TOMS' new Marketplace yet? Earlier this month, the One-for-One brand expanded its social good efforts by creating a space for indie brands to sell their socially-conscious wares. TOMS has essentially procured a one-stop online shop for you to spend your money on things you need/want, while feeling good about what your money is benefiting. The Marketplace is aesthetically beautiful and designed to help you shop not just by category or brand, but by country, cause and occasion.

With all that's going on right now with typhoon relief and aid efforts in the Philippines, I almost didn't post about this. In terms of helping typhoon victims in my family's home country, I firmly believe in sending directly to NAFCON, the Red Cross or other non-profits, so families there can receive the fruits of your generous donation as quickly as possible. However, I am always of the belief that any way we can give back - to any and every cause that makes us come alive - is absolutely worthy of sharing. I love what TOMS has done, not just to expand its reach in giving back to the world, but in giving independent brands (whose shoes they were once in) a solid platform to thrive. 

Shout out to Krochet Kids, whose knit beanies and tech sleeves are among the first to be available in the Marketplace! 


Lookbook Love: Richer Poorer Fall 2013

Humble beginnings make for great stories.
That's the tagline for Richer Poorer, and also a great way to describe my connection to the brand.

My friend Vince has just started with the California-based sock line, and I was so happy to hear the news. Vince and I both worked at Niketown Seattle about a decade ago (whoa!) Though I haven't seen him much since, thanks to social media we've been able to keep up with each other's lives post-Swoosh. I admire and share Vince's appreciation for good sartorialisms, and for supporting the indie brands out there. Richer Poorer was built on the simple idea of making everyday products better than themselves. That gets my attention, and for someone who could use some help in adding some spice to her sock collection, RP is doing it right. Here's their fall 2013 back-to-school inspired lookbook:

Richer Poorer-Fall 2013

Richer Poorer-Fall 2013

Richer Poorer-Fall 2013

Richer Poorer-Fall 2013

Richer Poorer-Fall 2013

Richer Poorer-Fall 2013

Richer Poorer-Fall 2013

Richer Poorer-Fall 2013

Check out and shop at