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.
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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
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Please check out the following creative works by these very talented Seattle Women (and man): www.seattledesignfoundation.com, www.maraboudesign.com, www.oliviaknapp.com, www.mooreaseal.com, www.esmithmercantile.com, www.cocokelley.com, www.chezjjp.com, kimbrooksstyle.com

be: twelve.. what it means

If you’ve followed football for awhile and if you’re from Seattle, you probably know how incredible it’s been to be a part of the cheering squad here in the Northwest. For decades, Seattle fans waited with bated breath for the one team that would change their lives forever, would bring great pride to the city, and act as a uniting force for the Washingtonians. Being a fan has become more of a movement and to me it’s become a reminder that when communities come together for a positive idea, incredible things can happen.

When we began our own journey of jewelry design and creation, the be.line was only going to be created for bracelets and necklaces, but putting the message out there on t-shirts seemed like just as good an idea. What we choose to be is really entirely up to us and when we wear it, we become it, and that is really our message. We can choose happiness, we can choose joy, we can choose who we are.. And so with the launch of our new and improved website, with so many new products and lines, it seems fitting to begin by introducig our be: twelve.

To be twelve is to be connected, to push through adversity, to stand tall and strong, to come from behind, and to work together to achieve the biggest dreams imaginable. I feel like this path to where we are now has been met with ups and downs, but has involved so many amazing people along the way. I am constantly reminded  that I am surrounded by people who have joined together to help me, teach me, support me, and come as a loving group with a common goal. Hopefully this is the beginning of great things.Wear our be: twelve t-shirt and be a part of a group who understands what together really means.

be: fearless

 

Starting something new can be a daunting task. Risk taking has that word “risk” in it that can turn us all off because most people fear the unknown. However, the interesting thing about starting something new is that with each step forward, doors begin to open up, new knowledge is acquired, and if you are open to it, new relationships are formed. I start my first blog with this title because, well, writing a blog is new to me…(even though it’s 2014.. I should get with the program), building a website is new to me, and quite frankly designing jewelry was new to me at one point too. After six years of practice and study, I still don’t feel like I’ve even scratched the surface of all I need to know, but it’s a path that is evolving and I will share this experience with you. As a mother of two young children, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend, my life can get kind of crazy – throw in starting a new business and it can get borderline chaotic. That being said, unless we tackle each day with the idea of being fearless, we may never reach our true potential. We may never realize just what we’re capable of.

This month is breast cancer awareness month, and if you know of anyone who has fought this disease, I’m sure you know that these women are fearless. Please make sure you get your screening and stay on top of your health. This month also marks the launch of the Empowerment Project: a docu-series about women across America who were asked, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”. The film has opened up an amazing dialogue amongst men, women and kids, and shines a light on what roles women have in shaping our world. And finally, after some painful imagery and terrible choices made by some very visible sports figures, Seattle’s Russell Wilson has become the spokesperson for “Pass the Peace”, an aim at preventing and bringing more awareness to domestic violence.

I know the above doesn’t really have anything to do with jewelry, or fashion, or business, but it does have everything to do with women’s issues and since women are my customers, (and I’m a women,) talking about being fearless is a good place to start. I hope you continue to check back occasionally to see what’s new and what has sparked my need to share. We have a beautifully updated website, brand new products and we’ve added a fabulous t-shirt line with jewelry to match very soon. We are extremely excited and hope you are too! And with that, I leave with a quote by author Jack Canfield, ” Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Let’s get to the other side and be the best we can be.