New Hair, New Clothes, New Friends

For most of us, Thursday nights are just the one night away from Friday ( although those who are still in college seem to have the four day weekend all figured out… I digress…) But for most of us who have jobs, or kids, or a life that has a routine.. Thursdays are the day that I think we actually look forward to more than Friday. It’s the day that signifies the beginning of fun, ease, and sleep…and not in that order.. Last night was a perfect example of why Thursdays are the new Fridays in Seattle.. it helps if you are interested in all things beautiful, new, fun, and fashion-filled, (and have a few great friend in fabulous places).. and here’s why..

I happened to be some-kind-of-blessed because I tend to meet and really fall in love with some incredible people – talented, innovative, free thinkers, you name it.. I find them. We become best of friends, then that’s the story. Case in point, I had the most wonderful introduction to one of Seattle’s most talented stylists a year ago. A mutual friend of ours introduced us to talk jewelry, and after a fabulous lunch at Bar Sajor in Pioneer,Square, we realized that being friends was top on our list, jewelry second. It’s been a love story since..Kim Brooks of Kim Brooks Style and yo… two girls on a mission… fast forward to last night..

Thursday, Seattle, Two Events…What???  Yes!salon essentuals london 7.

……It’s true… We started at an event that had everyone who’s everyone abuzz for the opening of the Beverly Hill’s Salon turned now Seattle Salon, Essensuals London. Essensuals London is the new innovative salon concept from the highly acclaimed TONI&GUY London providing the ultimate salon experience. Their launch in Seattle included a party-like environment with the who’s who of Seattle style, drinks, and small bites from the neighborhood Poquitos – and if you haven’t experienced Poquitos chicken sopes or their tostadas.. please start living, and get to 1000 E Pike St in Seattle… amazing.. and listen,  I lived in Mexico for four years.. so there..I know what I’m talking about….

Amazing food aside… the vibe was cool, style was perfect, and the location was great. If you are looking for style that’s L.A. but you don’t have the time to catch that Alaska Air flight down to our southern brothers.. please step into their salon and get a consultation from their style director, Jake Martin..he knows layers, color, and all the tricks…IMG_9361


Then there were clothes…and jewelry…and everything else fabulous….Drew Morrison, event planner, entrepreneur,and creator of City Guru, put on a bubbly event in South Lake Union,at Rigoletto’s Osteria, to showcase some of Seattle’s newest talent coupled with the city’s established fashion community. Dani Ackerley, owner of Canopy Blue at 3121 East Madison  St. # 104, was the darling of the evening and  provided incredible energy, grace, and of course, the beautifully selected pieces for the show. The jewelry for the evening was provided by Lauren Hale and her mother, Katherine, of Vasiliki Designs, and lets just say they knocked it out of the park. If you haven’t discovered Visiiliki Designs yet, you better jump on the jewelry train and get some of Lauren’s designs.. rosaries, one of a kinds, incredible hand-made pieces that you could only imagine finding if you were jewelry hunting in the best Italian, Mexican, Spanish, and French  markets… Lauren and her mother/partner are two artists to watch for…Other designers who joined in the fun were Masha Osoianu Design.who’s one of a kind pieces will leave you breathless, and Seattle’s very popular bag designer Ampersand As Apostrophe .Let’s just say her leather creations will make you drool.

Danielle Ackerley of Canopy Blue in Masha Osoianu Design and Drew Morrison of City Guru

Lauren Hale of Vasiliki Designs

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Best of all, I was with amazing friends and made some great new ones..It was a fabulous night and the perfect way to start the beginning of the weekend…. Thanks girlies for filling me up with good vibes, fashion fun, and enough laughter to get me to Monday!



Seattle Girls, Creative Spirit, and Conversation Starters

Wednesday night I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by the very talented and famous Seattle Lifestyle Blogger, Cass Lavalle of Coco+Kelly. It was the launch of her new venture, Emerald Studio, a project she aims to encompass interior design, supper clubs, party planning, and I’m sure, educating others on how to live a fabulous life.  In the last few years I have had the privilege of becoming friends with some incredible women from Seattle – all by chance, and all because of art, and as I think back upon the trail that lead me to these girls who are in my life, I am reminded of the saying that whatever we project, we tend to attract.

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The fun started out at E. Smith Mercantile, my new all-time favorite shop/ bar/restaurant/kitchen/science lab/classroom. Kim Brooks, the Seattle stylist, Erin Gainey, founder and president of the Seattle Design Foundation, and I cozied up for some serious cocktails created by E.Smith’s mixologist extraoridnaire, Brandon. It was belly up to the bar where I was introduced to Kate and Jessie – the mother/ daughter team who are half of the family running E.Smith. Needless to say, these women are the real deal – open, loving, creative, and crazy fun. If you’ve never been to E. Smith Mercantile, you need to plan to right away – the storefront is filled with beautifully edited items, hand selected by the girls. Kate has her own Apothecary skin care line which she creates right there in the science lab below. And, Jessie, well if you google Jessie you’ll find her list of talents are endless.. designer, teacher, creator, all around amazing woman…You’ll find trend-setting clothes, stunning jewelry, cards, kitchen items, all for the “in the know” crowd. After you browse through everything you need, head back to the bar – a smooth black granite countertop  in the shape of a horseshoe magnet – that truly attracts everyone who walks through their doors. The experience is unlike any other in city, not just because the drinks are so good, or the food is so delicious, but the vibe and the energy that the owners and staff project is over the top fun. This is the ultimate in doing what you love and loving what you do..
Then it was off to the event.. The launch of Cass Lavalle’s new venture, Emerald Studio was in the 95 Yesler Creative Space, and what a gem this is. If you ever get the opportunity to visit this building or decide to attend one of Cass Lavalle’s events, just stepping into the space will make it worth your while. One step into this creative space and you know these women who work here are changing the world. Cass is one of several talented women making waves in Seattle, and not surprisingly, they all share space here in Pioneer Square.
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We were treated to handcrafted cocktails and canapes created by Chef J.J. Proville, who by the way, was voted one of Seattle’s next hot chefs by the Seattle Met magazine. I wish I had taken more pictures because the rest of my evening was spent laughing and chatting with some of Seattle’s most creative women, like Brandy Brown of Maraboudesign, Moorea Seal, Olivia Knapp, the list goes on. What I felt in that room was really magical and as I reflect, what I loved so much about the evening was that everyone I met was completely filled with excitement, creative spirit, and genuine joy for others’ successes.
As a side note, I’d like to leave this blog with a couple of thank yous. One, to my dear friend Erin Gainy who is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside.Her work with the Seattle Design Foundation is inspirational and she’s a real maverick.  I’d also like to thank my friend Angela. She stayed at my house over the weekend and sneaked off with a pair of my black ankle boots that I’d probably had opted for to complete my outfit for the night.. Since the boots were absent from my closet, and on a trip to Portland, I had to choose a pair of fun sexy pony hair pumps. This was the best thing ever in the end. I met more people because of those shoes, so I’ll leave you with my conversation starters.. It’s my “Owed”  to Pony…shoe
Please check out the following creative works by these very talented Seattle Women (and man):,,,,,,,