The Darkness in HBO’s Bright Lights

The Darkness in HBO’s Bright Lights
In the fourth and last feature of HBO’s documentary series at SIFF, we stepped into the lives of two massive stars, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. In the beginning, Bright Lights is lighthearted and pleasant. We meet Carrie Fisher at her Hollywood home and accompany her on a short walk to her mother’s. The two of them are best friends and yet couldn’t be more different. Carrie is almost always nursing a cigarette and cursing like a sailor while Debbie is this radiant older woman who is always dressed in her best. As the documentary progresses, we learn what growing up was like for Carrie and her brother, Todd. It is an experience that I think can be best described as empty. The two of them had everything they needed except for a regular childhood. And when your father runs...
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New Year's Eve Fashion Inspiration

New Year's Eve Fashion Inspiration
There’s no better excuse to get all fancy and looking absolutely fabulous than on New Year’s Eve. The beginning of the year symbolizes hope, opening your life to changes and new adventures. It’s only the perfect reason to celebrate in style and go all out. Find the clothing that makes you feel like a star. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a dress - a lovely skirt and elegant crop top will do. Every moment from walking into the party to clinking glasses of champagne at midnight will be grand photos opportunity. Share your outfits by tagging @villemagazine on Instagram with #villefabfinds. JUMP FOR 2017 Jumpsuit // Alexis $693  l  Suede Platform Shoes // Miu Miu $690  l  Chandelier Earring // Christina Greene $255  l  Mother of Pearl Clutch // Serpui $665  l  Modern Pyrite Cocktail Ring // Novica $29.99...
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A Month of Seattle Concerts

A Month of Seattle Concerts
There is always a great concert happening in Seattle. We should consider ourselves lucky that we don’t live in a tiny town where once every ten years a Guns & Roses cover band performs. Every month we have the chance to absorb some great music and this month is no different. Here are December's upcoming concerts any music lover shouldn’t miss. Deck the Hall Ball: Tuesday, December 6th @ Key Arena Once again, 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball returns to the Key Arena. Last year, we were graced with bands like Twenty One Pilots, Alabama Shakes and Cage the Elephant and this year is looking just as fine with headliners like Empire of the Sun, The Head and The Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Band of Horses and more. This holiday themed concert is the perfect way to...
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Elephantasia

Elephantasia
Photo cover: Indian Designer Shriti Pratap elephant-inspired garment on model is Claudia Lorena, one of our Elephantasia's cover girls l photo by DeCarbon Azul by Eduardo Inclouds Ninety-six elephants are killed a year for their ivory, at this rate they could be extinct within one to two decades - within our lifetime. Thanks to Elephantasia , there is hope in saving these gentle creatures. They have begun a 3 year movement to help raise money for the African Wildlife Foundation . This is made-up of a traveling art installation of art and independent designers that are elephant-inspired and offer eco-friendly clothing will be featured on the runways of Berlin, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, and more. Photo: Press Release printed on elephant poo paper photo by DeCarbon Azul by Eduardo The African Wildlife Foundation is working on two major solutions to help...
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Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1

Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1
Cover photo: Models waiting to enter the runway, designs by Boho Republic photo by Alfonso Arnold The average North American wastes 81 lbs of clothing a year. Can you even imagine what that looks like? We couldn’t either because that’s an incredible amount of money lost to shopping mistakes and unwanted clothing.  Eco Fashion Week is a non-profit inspiring change by bringing awareness to the community through the creative art of fashion. Founder, Myriam Laroche, started this idea in Vancouver  B.C. 7 years ago and has now created one of the world’s largest sustainable fashion events. Ten designers and stylists were showcased for the Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1 Challenge at Canvas Event Space in Seattle, WA. Each designer and stylist had one month to prepare three outfits head-to-toe using no more than 8.1 lbs of clothing and accessories. This task required...
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Hello November...

Hello November...
As autumn has settled in and preparing for its last month of reign, November comes upon us. As October closes celebrating witches, ghosts and ghouls, November opens honoring the saints. Holiday decor has taken over every shop with a small trace of Thanksgiving dashed in between. The 11th month reminds that year is creeping to an end and a new year will soon be upon us. National Blog Posting Month is November, we decided to honor it by posting a blog on days to remember, holidays to celebrate and fun facts to know about November.  November 2016 Days to Remember Tuesday, November 1: just in case you didn't know what day it was Sunday, November 6: Daylight Saving Time - turn your clocks back at 2 am. "Fall back, spring ahead." If you are in the majority, you have a cellphone...
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Southern Hospitality at Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen

Southern Hospitality at Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
Every once in a while I desperately miss the southern flavors of life in New Orleans. And not just the food—the slower pace and the charming hospitality. Thankfully, Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen in Ballard comes pretty close to achieving everything that makes southern dining great with plenty of lively, country ambiance. Beware: It’s not fussy. It’s a place to have a fun, kick-back and enjoy. It’s the kind of place where everything on the menu just sounds good. From the Creole BBQ Shrimp with Worcestershire to the Chicken Pot Pie soup, Butcher Shop Burger with pimento, and variety of BBQ it’s hard to make a choice about what will satisfy your cravings for southern comfort the best. Check out the favorites and find some new ones of your own. Fried Green Tomatoes Before coming back to Seattle, I would routinely...
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Seattle's Pizza Party

Seattle's Pizza Party
It’s hard to find the right words to give pizza the recognition it deserves. Pizza is its own food group. It’s timeless. It’s worldly. The topping combinations are endless. It’s a late night snack and then its grab-and-go breakfast on the way to work. And the Seattle dining scene can't get enough of it. With new places like Southpaw and China Pie coming soon, the pizza party is packed. So what if we're mid-way through National Pizza Month; there’s still time to eat as a much pizza as humanly possible. Check out this hot, crispy, doughy, cheesy short list and grab a slice of the action. Bar del Corso The Beacon Hill crowd can’t stop raving about Bar del Corso. This dimly lit neighborhood spot opened in 2011 and five years later there’s still a wait to enjoy the Neapolitan-style...
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October 2016 Seattle Food News

October 2016 Seattle Food News
It’s fall harvest time. Apples, leeks, squash, and cranberries are all coming into season. Get the most out of this exciting month for foodies by following our notable food news including what’s new, what’s closing, and where you can have your next foodie adventure. There’s lots of upcoming openings slated for October, too so stay tuned! Newish: Asadero Sinaloa in Ballard The smartest foodies know to dine at Asadero Sinaloa in Kent before a Thunderbirds game. Now, Seattle residents don’t need to journey South for this authentic favorite for all-out-incredible carne asada and soft homemade tortillas. The second location is now open in Ballard with soft opening hours Tuesday to Sunday 5:00pm – 10:00 pm. White Swan Public House SLU has another addition to their growing restaurant scene. White Swan opened late last month next to the well-loved summer walk-up...
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Gifts that Give Back – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Gifts that Give Back – Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This month, when you need to purchase something for yourself or a gift for someone else, first think pink. There are many products that are donating part of their sale towards Giving back can be as easy as changing your nail color to pink or switching beauty products this month. Our favorite brands are making it easy to look stylish and raise money to help find a cure and raise awareness to the second most common cancer in women, breast cancer. We all know someone who has been affected by this devastating disease and the only way to make a difference is to share our stories of hope and triumph. Early detection saves thousands of lives a year, this means getting tested before finding a lump or having any symptoms at all. Please make it point to schedule your annual...
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Inside HBO's Westworld

Inside HBO's Westworld
In a time where virtual reality has truly become our reality, HBO takes it a few steps further with a reboot of the 1973 classic, Westworld . When you enter the new Westworld as a newcomer, anything is possible. You may gamble, visit a brothel, hunt outlaws, rob a bank, kill and do anything else your heart desires. And best of all, you can’t be harmed. You are God. For the androids or “hosts” who inhabit Westworld, it is an entirely different story. You are merely a brush stroke upon a canvas, a sentence in a book that can be enjoyed or destroyed depending entirely on the actions of the newcomers. You might be pampered one day then beaten the next or even worse, murdered. You are simply there to satisfy the customers in any way possible. But no matter...
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3 Ways to get Buzzed on National Coffee Day

3 Ways to get Buzzed on National Coffee Day
If you’re from Seattle, you’re pretty much obligated to celebrate National Coffee Day. Think of everything that coffee has done for you. I have a lot of fond coffee memories from the first taste of Stumptown in Portland, lines out the door at the Starbucks in New Orleans, espresso at the train station in Rome and many hours with my laptop at Urban Coffee Lounge. Seattle has so many incredible local roasters that are changing the way we drink coffee. From Victrola to Zoka , Herkimer and Elm , there's no shortage of places to drink good coffee. Honor your own coffee memories with a celebratory spike, and cheers to getting buzzed with a beverage that’s been there through it all. E Smith Mercantile Tucked away behind an all American mercantile with apothecary items, bulk teas, coffee, and candy, is...
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Getting Happy at Seattle's Happy Hours

Getting Happy at Seattle's Happy Hours
Winter is coming. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is here. But don’t fret because the weather is changing. It’s time to get happy with some of the best happy hours in Seattle. Elevate your mood, social life, and bank account with these top of the chart menus. Palomino Happy Hour: 3 pm – close Long hours and cheap eats from $1.95 sprinkled with truffle oil. What’s not to be happy about? Brave the Bellevue bustle and wind down in the dimly lit Palomino lounge. Wine from $5.50 and cocktails from $5.95. Get the Gluten Free Wild Mushroom Ravioli with gorgonzola cream, roasted mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts, and truffle oil for $6.95. Ballard Pizza Company SLU Happy Hour: 4 – 8 pm Pizza lovers rejoice because Ethan Stowell does fast casual right. Hit the courtyard patio for a fat slice of pie and...
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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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