Fashion Review: Fashion First

Fashion Review: Fashion First
This rock and roll inspired runway production had the audience dancing to the beat of the music and admiring every look. Fashion First is in it’s 13th year running and has been successful in creating a platform to share our favorite local boutiques, designers, and up and coming fashion students to the Seattle scene. This year’s new venue at Hotel Motif made the setting more intimate. The audience sat right up to the runway and even the general admission had a stellar worthy view of the show. Local boutiques received great exposure through a cohesive set where every look matched the music selection. This year’s line-up of boutiques included Canopy Blue , Intermix , The Brik , Cute Like Mad , David Lawrence , Divalani Style , The Finerie , Mercer , Ragamoffyn’s , and Sharply . In addition to...
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Festival Review: Magnifique 2016

Festival Review: Magnifique 2016
There is really nothing quite like the Gorge Amphitheatre. Time and time again I am blown away by the incredible views as well as the crazy, happy and free people here. I think for this trip especially, my friends and I might have been among the craziest. It couldn’t have been a better day, which was nice because driving blind in a rainstorm for nearly two hours before we arrived had been extremely nerve racking. The sun shined down on us as we set up our tents, cracked some beers and settled into our campsite. After a while, we ate and began to plan our departure time. Word slowly got to us that a wind delay had pushed back the times and put a pause on entry for now. We could see the massive line of anxiously waiting guests from...
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September Seattle Food News

September Seattle Food News
As summer comes to a close this edition of food news covers late summer and early fall. Get the most notable food news on the Seattle food scene including what’s new, what’s closing, and where you can have your next foodie adventure. Newish: Vestal Vestal opened on Westlake in South Lake Union on 8/23. The latest Josh Henderson project is shrouded in deep mahogany wood décor and decorated with delicate succulent accents. The food will undoubtedly be thoughtful with rich Northwest-inspired ingredients. The connected space Cantine has recently opened it's doors and is already busy servicing the Amazon crowd and Poulet Galore are slated to open early fall. The Butcher’s Table Another Westlake charmer opened earlier this summer and has already started to reign in the Amazon crowd with the sleek interior and floor to ceiling windows. The Butchers Table...
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HBO premiere of The Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution

HBO premiere of The Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution
Last week I had the privilege to attend the HBO premiere of The Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution last week at SIFF Cinema Uptown. HBO partnered with TWIST, the hosts of the Seattle Queer Film Festival , to put on this very special and important event. This premiere wasn’t exactly a ‘grab your popcorn and friends’ event but more like a ‘shut up, pay attention and learn’ event. Both of these documentaries were extremely eye opening and educational. First we saw Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution . Mariela Castro is the niece of the Fidel Castro. She is also the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education as well as a proud activist for the LGBT community. During the documentary, Mariela took a lot of time to share the stories of LGBT people...
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Cider Week in Seattle: How ‘bout them Apples?

Cider Week in Seattle: How ‘bout them Apples?
The iconic Washington apple gets a turn in the limelight this week as the Cider Summit Seattle kicks off the sixth annual Washington Cider Week in South Lake Union on September 8th. With fall fast approaching, there are plenty of reasons to soak up the last rays with a crisp cider. Cider festivities affiliated with Seattle Cider Week will be held around the Seattle area from September 8 – 18th. Beneficiaries of the event include the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. , Northwest Cider Association , and Seattle Humane . Be on the look-out for some of the local favorites and whether you try them in your backyard, in the tap room, or at the Washington Cider Week make sure to enjoy with company that is just as refreshing as this orchard elixir. Locust No additives – just...
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Festival Review: Bumbershoot 2016

Festival Review: Bumbershoot 2016
The Bumbershoot Festival was one hell of a weekend. What makes Bumbershoot so special is not only the different musical genres it provides but also the wide variety of entertainment as well. For 3 days, Seattle Center is taken over by music, comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, dance performances and more. The ability to jump from a yoga class, to a laser show, to stand up comedy and still have plenty of time for live music is something you mustn’t take for granted. Of course, Bumbershoot also attracts a classic mass of festival folk who range in age, creeds, color and music preference. No matter the differences, all of us were there to have a great time together and enjoy the last bit of summer, which despite a bit of rain during Friday, shined down on us splendidly for the...
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Fall In Love With Your New Winter Look

Fall In Love With Your New Winter Look
Fall is just around the corner, and in the tradition of grayer skies and more indoor lighting, it's time to start thinking about your fall and winter looks. Personally I love the dark in fall/winter, light in spring/summer, however there is more to that than meets the eye. Take these tips to learn how you can take your summer looks darker without going mod black and save your hair next summer when you want to return to your bodacious blonde locks. Warm Up For Winter Both of these Balayage are about the same lightness, so minimal lightening at the end of the cold months would get you back to where you started. In addition to minimal lightening to get you back, getting you there is pretty easy as well. Because most of the differences lie in the tone of the...
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Festival Review: MusicfestNW Project Pabst

Festival Review: MusicfestNW Project Pabst
I bought my ticket for the Project Pabst Sunday show the day they went on sale. Two names stuck out to me on the lineup, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala . I had just seen Unknown at Sasquatch and their lively performance was burnt into my brain. And well, I had been obsessed with Tame Impala since the end of 2015 (I know I was late to the party - sue me). I wasn’t going to miss seeing Unknown Mortal Orchestra again and perhaps the once in lifetime opportunity to see Tame Impala. That is until the Bumbershoot lineup was released… so maybe it’ll be twice in a lifetime. After what seemed like forever, the weekend of Project Pabst had finally arrived. I made the trip down with one of my best friends, Dylan. There was nothing but Tame...
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Seaside at Anacortes, Washington

Seaside at Anacortes, Washington
Seventy-five miles north of Seattle, 20.4 miles west of Mount Vernon, on the Puget Sound, lies a secret - a hidden emerald on the banks of Fidalgo Bay - the small seaside destination town of Anacortes, WA. Known as “The Gateway To The San Juans," it is an archipelago of over 400 small islands in Northwest Washington, but it’s a lot more than that. It’s a nature-lover’s paradise, riddled with hiking trails and fresh water boating. It’s a cultural hub, with loads of insanely talented local musicians. There’s also art galleries, museums, places of historical interest, tasty restaurants, modest camping, lavish lodging, and a warm and friendly community. Anacortes is small, but not rural. It’s a cosmopolitan mecca - somewhere between a tourist stop, a college town and a beatnik holdout. Sitting in The Donut House, looking at a vague...
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For the Love of Dogs

For the Love of Dogs
Dogs, what do we love about them? Better question is what don’t we love about them? They’re our most loyal companions who only want to spend time with us. That's probably the reason why when National Dog Day was celebrated last Friday, August 26, social media channels were flooded with pictures of dog owners and their furry friends. As most dog lovers know the love for dogs is unexplainable even when they aren't your own. They warm your heart and make you smile with their quirky personalities. So grab your furry best friend, pop some popcorn, sit back, and these watch dog starring movies you both can appreciate.  Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Homeward Bound is about the grand adventure of two dogs and a cat - I know, we will let it slide - who are desperately trying to...
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Opa! It’s Omega Ouzeri

Opa! It’s Omega Ouzeri
Feast your senses on the subtly exotic temptations of Greece on Cap Hill. Once you step into Omega Ouzeri, you’ll know what I mean. On a warm day, there’s a gentle breeze coming through the open air window. Light from a window reflection floods the dining room. Blue and white décor somehow captures a postcard you’ve seen of Santorini. The hospitality makes it feel like you’re with family rather than on Capitol Hill. On a Thursday summer evening, the dining room is full of people enjoying life. Among them is Omega Ouzeri owner Thomas Soukakos. “Have you ever been to Greece?” Soukakos asks. You’ll be ready to start packing your bags before the entrée even comes out. Soukakos has been on the Seattle Greek food scene since 1993 but conceptually, Omega features the most modern take on Greek food. With...
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The "Pokey" Workout

The "Pokey" Workout
It's no secret Pokémon Go is the nation's latest craze. Users everywhere are hitting up the streets, breathing in some fresh air, visiting monumental sites and adding up those steps! No doubt the game has received some backlash with the email scandals, but have you heard of its potential fitness benefits? The Self-Determination Theory holds that we have natural and intrinsic tendencies to behave in effective and healthy ways. So why don’t you want to hit the gym but are okay with collecting those steps with Pokémon Go? Well, according to psychologists Edward L. Deci and Richard Ryan, humans are motivated by three psychological needs: competence, autonomy and psychological relatedness. We seek to control the outcome of most situations so we can master our world. At times we feel like we’ve mastered the art of working out, but sometimes the repetition...
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Pickathon 2016

Pickathon 2016
photo credit: Pickathon 2016 | Mt. Hood Stage from above l by Liz Devine It's almost astounding that the sylvan paradise of Pendarvis Farm, located in rural Happy Valley, OR., is less than 15 minutes from Downtown Portland. It's like it has a cloak of invisibility around it, protecting it from the outside world. It's this circle of protection that has allowed Pickathon to flourish into its 18th incarnation, the largest yet, with musicians from all over the world and thousands of music fans from all walks of life. This year, Pickathon had the most eclectic lineup than ever before, flourishing far from the festival's traditional music roots. There was hardly a fiddle or banjo in sight. Instead it favored an impressive array of guitar-centric indie rock, some experimental electronica, several African musicians, and a surprising amount of punk, metal and progressive. Over...
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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Citrus Cocktail

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Citrus Cocktail
Fresh juices, infused brews, and a hefty squeeze of a fresh-off-the-branch citrus; summer almost demands these must-have additions to your cocktail regime. Even though I am loyal to the plain and simple vodka with fresh squeezed lemonade, sometimes that combo can leave something to be desired. Don’t risk basic bitch status and quench your thirst for the flavors of summer with these citrus brews, cocktails, and spirits that elevate beyond your normal go-to. Orange Rosemary Sidecar Ciudad Georgetown strikes again with the newly opened Ciudad featuring a Mediterranean influenced that highlights grilled meat. The cocktail menu is equally as juicy as the cuts of marinated lamb and the fresh citrus pairs perfectly with whatever is hot off the grill. Try the Orange Rosemary Sidecar with brandy, citrus liqueur, made in-house orange juice and rosemary. So Fresh and So Clean Elysian...
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Bring the Outdoors In

Bring the Outdoors In
Is there anything better than summer? Living in Washington gives you the ideal way of enjoying the very best that the region has to offer when the weather warms up. At  Carriages at Fairwood Downs, our luxury apartments connect you to all of the amazing summer activities. You’ll see sunsets overlooking Maple Valley in the background and hear the birds chirping. How can you bring this sense of summer into your apartment, though? There are several simple things you can do to add a splash of summer into your day-to-day life within your apartment. Open Your Windows Pull back the blinds and curtains! Allow the sun to shine in. This will definitely help improve your mood since natural sunlight boosts moods and improves overall clarity. Add Some Plants Easily start a small herb garden on your window sill or patio. You can...
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Dinner with Friends at Bar Vacilando

Dinner with Friends at Bar Vacilando
If you have ever traveled before then you know that there is something about being on the road that makes it easier to immerse completely in new people and new things – on the road, the stars shine brighter, the air smells sweeter, and the music is just easier to sing to. Such is life on the tropically white-washed and garden-clad patio, under the twinkling string lights at Bar Vacilando . The concept of the new gastropub on Capitol Hill is loosely inspired by this very idea; the limitless joys of world travel.  As such, the menu items at Bar Vacilando are pulled from the owners’ travel experiences, but they aren’t pointed toward one style or influence – it’s not a menu of monochromatic flavors, trends, or themes. Instead, the menu reads like a collaboration of travel stories including highlights...
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Fashion With Compassion

Fashion With Compassion
Cover photo by Jean-Marcus Strole Photography lt’s incredible how a community can come together for a cause they support and show up for the people they love. Designer Olga Szwed was heartbroken when she first heard her friend’s Elena Scott and Masha Culver‘s children were struggling with severe illnesses. They were battling for their lives, and undergoing strong medical treatments. Elena’s son, Preston, is 6 years old and was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma (brain cancer) and Masha’s daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease that included 3 surgeries and a liver transplant at only one month old. Olga got her crew together, a.k.a her best friends in the fashion world, to organize and volunteer for a show that would raise money to support these two young children. Compassion with Fashion was a magical night. There were no empty seats, the room was...
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Finding the Perfect Workout

Finding the Perfect Workout
There are several fitness trends and fads out right now. We’ve come a long way from the Billy Blanks' Tae Bo VHS’s we used to watch in our living rooms. Fitness has evolved into many different classes, meanings, and most importantly workouts. Finding the perfect workout class can be hard and expensive. For example CrossFit may sound fitting, so you pay $200 to sign up only to find out that heavy lifting wasn’t what you were looking for. So you go back to the drawing board and decide to sign up for a monthly Barre class your co-worker introduced you to. After about two weeks you realize that their scheduled classes don’t align with your work and life schedule so you inevitably cancel. This process can be costly and time consuming. Why not bundle this experience and expense with your...
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End of Summer Festivities

End of Summer Festivities
Summer is slowly coming to an end as we enter the second week of August. Before we know it, it’ll be winter and raining every day, yikes. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of opportunities to take in the sun and some fantastic music. So check out these four upcoming events for some good, clean fun in the sun. South Lake Union Block Party August 12 The SLUBP is back this year and even better, its free entry! You can spend that ticket money on food from 16 different restaurants and food trucks and grab a few delicious drinks in the Brave Horse Tavern beer garden. You also have the chance to sample sliders from the “Best Burger in SLU” competition. Did I also mention there’s music? Artists like Beat Connection. Hibou, The True Loves and more will be...
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Feeling the Love From National Oyster Day

Feeling the Love From National Oyster Day
I developed a love for oysters when I lived in New Orleans. Oysters from the Gulf of Mexico never leave the menu in New Orleans. These oysters are meaty, and mild because of the fresh water from the Mississippi. From the famed Oysters Rockefeller to free oyster Fridays at Le Bon Temps Roule, New Orleans is a good place to kick off an oyster obsession. But being back in Seattle has taught me a thing or two about how lucky oyster lovers are here in the Pacific Northwest. Not sure where to start your own journey through the vast sea of oyster choices? Have no fear – you can still feel the love from National Oyster Day. Check out these Seattle favorites for Pacific Northwest oysters to get you started. And remember, you might just find a pearl. Happy shucking!...
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