8telier Open First Retail Store in Seattle

Sunday, November 23, 2014

This past Thursday, I was delighted to visit 8telier's first retail store in Seattle! The store sits on the first floor of Pacific Place - bringing sophisticated "elevated essentials" - with an array of neutrals and contemporary design. 

A few things I was obsessed with include:

This amazing jacket! It's made of this "liquid" fabric that's smooth, silky and better yet... MACHINE WASHABLE. Yes, ladies and gentlemen - fine, high quality clothing that doesn't need any dry cleaning? Count. me. in. 

Also, being me... (obsessed with accessories), I couldn't get my eyes off of her selection of midi rings. The gunmetal color is so edgy and cool! 

All the clothes had a great touch and feel to them - soft and comfy. I loved how the draping on the blouses and dresses fell. It's like a step up on your everyday basics - making them perfect for the workplace, a night out on the town or weekend adventuring. 

I'm very excited for Jean and Craig Glover of 8telier, and cheers to them on their first retail brick and mortar store! 

Hope you all get a chance to check out the store, soon! 

the little fur vest

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's been absolutely frigid these past few days in Seattle. But cold weather means new ways to layer and wear cute winter outfits ... and another reason to wear my favorite winter wear must-have: my little faux fur vest! 

I'm not going to lie... I stared at my vest this past September and was literally counting the days I could pull on this fluffy, softness of comfort around my shoulders. 

For this layered outfit, I paired my vest with a J.Crew black cardigan (similar), a deep plum chiffon blouse (similar), leather panel leggings and my favorite, comfy heeled Dolce Vita booties (similar). To top off the look off - I wore my favorite, fuschia Tory Burch satchel bag and a statement necklace from J.Crew. There's nothing better than a bright pop of color and some baubles to liven up an outfit. 

And what can I say... I love my fur vest. Semi-dressy like I did on this post or casual with a striped tee + skinny denim + flats, or even glammed up over a little black dress -- I heart it and and its furry warmth of goodness.

Mucho love to Alyson for snapping these photos! 

What is your winter wear must-have?

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Makrbox // discovering the pacific northwest

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This past weekend, I had the honor of attending a Seattle Fashion Blogger Brunch hosted by Sydney of Sydney Loves Fashion and Alix of Alix Rose! It was such a great time to catch up with other bloggers in the area, learn what passions they're currently pursuing, what inspires them and just get to know each other a little bit better. The brunch (complete with bellini bar.. yum!) was held at Motif Seattle which is a newly renovated hotel in Downtown Seattle.  I had a blast meeting new faces and reconnecting with old friends. 

At the end of the brunch, each blogger was given a swag bag - consisting of fun treats, beauty products, info on upcoming events... the usual. But one thing jumped out at me -- this beautiful brown box called Makrbox - filled with handcrafted, artisan goods. 

Inside, I discovered absolute beauty -- all things handmade right here in the Pacific Northwest and carefully curated by the team at Makrbox for us to enjoy. Alongside the goods, the team also shares cards (one per item) that outlines what the item is, which local artist made it, the products used, recommend uses for the item and a little history of the local business. 

What did we find in my Makrbox? An Oakmoss candle (scent: refresh) made of soy wax, beeswax essential oils and it even has a hemp wick. Oh, how very PNW! :) A jar of wildflower honey from the Ballard Bee Company, a hardwood peanut butter paddle by Fisher Woodworking, beautiful letterpress cards from Constellation & Co, and a gorgeous leather luggage tag by Miishka Handbags.

Everything about this box was simply beautiful! Looking for a unique holiday gift this year? I highly recommend signing up your friend for a subscription to Makrbox. There are two types of Markbox - the classic ($29 a month) for 2 to 3 items per box and the maven ($59 a month) for 3 to 4 items per box. Aside from giving your friend the gift of delightful Seattle goodness each month - Makrbox is a simple way you can support your local community, inspire craft and encourage uniqueness. 

So tell me , do you shop at your local farmer's market or have a favorite local boutique? 
Share in comments below! 
Regardless if it's in Seattle or not, I'm down for exploring!

Learn more about MakrBox here!

ClassPass // Exploring Fitness

Sunday, November 16, 2014

To all my friends who think I'm a little intense with Crossfit... yes, I agree. I'm obsessed, maybe just borderline cray. BUT I don't think Crossfit is the only way someone can get healthy and stay fit. I have many friends who opt for Barre, Yoga, Running, For The Glow ( a Seattle program) etc. They love it, and I support them 100% as long as they are doing their body good and giving it the exercise it needs. 

Sometimes though, we don't even know where to start! And that's the hard part, figuring out which one we want to take and which one our body likes best. Introducing.... ClassPass

ClassPass is an alternative to a gym membership. It gives you access to the best fitness classes in your city - with more than 1,000 classes available to member including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance martial arts and more. It only costs $99, and member get unlimited classes to use at participating studios. To note, while you can take as many classes per month, you can only visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly cycle... But that's still an awesome deal - compared to the $150 to $200+ you'd be paying for just one type of class with the same "unlimited" package.

Where is ClassPass? Currently they are located in NYC, Boston, SF, LA, Chicago, DC and recently... SEATTLE!

See below for a few of the studios participating in ClassPass in the Seattle area:

Want to learn more? Check out their FAQ!

How are you staying fit and healthy?
Would love to hear your fitness journey in comments below!

deck the halls // holiday decor

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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There's nothing I adore more than twinkling holiday lights and sparkly, metallic home accents to celebrate the season. Yes, yes... reds and greens are the traditional deck-the-hall colors, but I love LOVE the golds, rustic mercury glass vases, and rich color of dark evergreen wreaths. Blended with the spicy scent of cinnamon and gingerbread, let's just say it has holiday merriment written all over it.

This holiday, I'm looking forward to adding a few trinkets here and there to my happy home. A few of my favorite places to shop like Nordstrom, West Elm and C. Wonder even have a a whole section on their website for holiday decorations, which include barware, ornaments, candles, bottle stoppers and more. 

One of my favorite and inexpensive holiday decor finds... *drumroll please* is this beautiful, white ceramic stag head. The best part - the stag can serve as a year-round piece of home decor. Same with this sweet smelling white candle. Also, how can you say "no" to this gold cocktail shaker?! Pop. Fizz. Clink! 

Yes, my holiday craze may be a little bit early... seeing that I haven't even had a bite of Thanksgiving yet. But, I just can't help it. What can I say... Christmas is my favorite, and with that, I'm popping in "Elf" into the DVD player to begin the holiday movie marathon. 

Need a few holiday decor ideas to spruce up your happy home? Shop with me below! 

Have you started decorating for the holidays yet?

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