We don't want to burst any bubbles here - but it's almost fall. Rather than to launch straight into fall fashion, we'll take it nice and easy so as not to spook anyone. Let's start with the four boots every Seattleite needs in their closet for Fall 2014.
Alyson is Seattle Refined's fashion writer (and guru), and is passionate about the fashion and beauty scene here in the Pacific Northwest.Fashion Writer
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90's grunge fashion inspired by Seattle bands is having a major moment this year, and people from New York and LA to London and Paris are wearing flannel, graphic tees, and ripped denim alike.
Today we're exploring a bit of Seattle street style. These six girls show us that polar fleece and gortex aren't the only fabrics Seattleites wear. They're into wearing prints, finding amazing thrifted pieces, and showing off their femininity.
Every year, Nordstrom hosts their Designer Preview fashion show, where they preview collections they will be carrying in their stores from some of the most well-known brands in the world such as Valentino, Christian Dior, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and more. Last night was the Fall Preview.
Being Seattleites, we wear our workout gear to the gym, to run errands, to lunch meetings, and everywhere in between. Here are the top five summer workout trends from Athleta in University Village.
Melanie Biehle is an editorial and commercial content creator and creative consultant. She helps companies and publications share their stories using her expertise in writing, photography, graphic design, and mixed media collage.Art + Design Writer
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Are you looking for a new way to decompress after a long week at the office? Urban Float in Fremont offers one-hour float session in a dark, silent float pod that could do the trick.
Over the past few years, coworking spaces began popping up all over the country. As the number of people who telecommute continues to grow, coworking spaces like WeWork are proving to be more than a passing fad.
Take a break from the heat with some cool cookbooks from Book Larder in Fremont, Seattle's community cookbook store. In addition to collections of delicious recipes, Book Larder features fun events like book signings, pop-up bakeries, and hands-on classes.
Do you miss Mad Men as much as I do? While you won't see Don draping himself over Hans Wegner's Round Chair, you can imagine it while viewing the Nordic Heritage Museum's current exhibition Danish Modern: Design for Living.
Pink makes me (and a lot of other people!) happy. Here are some of my favorite finds featuring bright shades of pink.
Seven things to do right here in Seattle when that feeling of Mediterranean wanderlust strikes.
One of my favorite things to do in Seattle year-round is visiting the Olympic Sculpture Park. In the summer the Seattle Art Museum makes it even more special with their fun free event series starting today, and going through August.
While we might love to decorate our homes with original artwork, sometimes we need more affordable options. High-quality prints, like these from four local Seattle artists, can help you fill your space with beauty without breaking the bank.
Seattle-based company Urban Hardwoods recycles trees by giving them a second life as high-quality furniture. Ninety percent of the materials used to create the one-of-a-kind pieces are sourced within 20 miles of Seattle.
Savor the afternoon by curling up with a summer beach read, enjoy a late snack, and finish out the day with a glass of wine or a fun summer cocktail. Here's a list of 10 things to help you create your own cozy outdoor nest and enjoy a long, lazy summer day.
Tif Fussell is a Seattle-area artist, author, and crafter. She was born into a family of collectors and fills her lovely home with things that make her happy.
Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945 features nearly 200 objects ranging from paintings, sculpture, and items for the home to advertising, film, and fashion. It will be on view at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park through October 19th.
A look at what's inside the Second Avenue Belltown space that houses Suyama Peterson Deguchi, Suyama Space, 3x10, and Peter Miller Books.
Peter Miller Books is one of the best bookstores that I've ever visited. Luckily for us, it's located right here in Belltown.
Mixing and matching colorful, patterned carpet squares to create my very own personalized rug? Yes, please.
We interviewed James Peeken from vintage home goods shop Ludlow in Phinney Ridge to learn about the shop and find out some of his favorite places in Seattle.
While I often hate seeing spaces that hold sentimental value be replaced by high-rises, I love some of the things that are being done with multifamily housing and commercial space these days. Assembly Hall at Via6 is the perfect example.
If you need ideas on how to create an interesting floral arrangement, design a fun tabletop, or make a comfortable but beautiful dinner, these creative locals have got you covered. Get ready to be inspired!
Even before I knew that Living Room walked away with the top honor in the American Bars category of the 2013 UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, I had decided that I needed to see and photograph it. The blend of color and architectural details makes it a must-visit spot for modern design fans.
One way to freshen up the look of your entire room is to add a piece of interesting lighting. When I heard about the Dennis Parren CMYK color lamp at Inform Interiors, I had to go and see it for myself.
The London Plane is a shop, cafe, bakery, wine bar, and events space from the teams who brought us local favorites Marigold & Mint, Sitka & Spruce, The Corson Building, Bar Sajor, and Old Chaser Farm.
If you have a big project, like redesigning your entire home, gathering inspiration can be overwhelming rather than fun. Next time you feel stuck in a decor rut, try some of these tips to spark your creativity.
This month Ben and Gretchen Knudsen are celebrating their one-year anniversary of the Ballard location of their modern home decor, furniture, and accessories shop, Digs.
I don't think I would fare well in an all-white room, especially since I live with a chocolate-covered toddler, but I can appreciate the visual quietness that color white provides.
Retrofit Home played a role in helping me build a new life for myself, and close to ten years after first walking through their doors it's still one of my favorite Seattle shops for furniture, home goods, quirky cards, and art books.
To say that Frank Guanco enjoys a good wine would be an understatement. Frank’s been on a search for the next surprise in a glass and will stop at nothing to get there. Cheers to that.Food & Wine Writer
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Pioneer Square’s hot streak with buzzy restaurants continues with the opening of Pizzeria Gabbiano.
A conversation with Rachael Coyle about her pop-up, Coyle’s Bakeshop, butter, baked goods, and books.
Next weekend is the Auction of Washington Wines weekend where there will be several events to celebrate local wine. Imbibe with barrel samples, break a sweat during a fun run, or dress to the nines at their closing gala.
The reach of Ethan Stowell has grown in unique ways in the past couple of years. From fun-runs to wine cellars, casual restaurants to ballpark food, here is a rundown of his evolution.
Here are a handful of restaurants that don’t have the trendy vibe of all the new hip places that open up in Seattle. In some cases, they are just as good. These restaurants fly under the radar and probably enjoy it that way.
It's Bite of Seattle weekend at Seattle Center. Here's a list to make sense of all the food merriment.
The bevy of apps available for your smartphone is staggering. Here is a roundup of wine apps to supplement your smartphone addiction and your wine enjoyment.
With Damon Huard and Dan Marino involved with a new wine, Passing Time, sports fans and wine fans can intersect.
Bryan Jarr (formerly of Madison Park Conservatory) has just announced his involvement with the Pike Place Market's Atrium Kitchen, the Pike Place Fish Market and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation for the Seasons of Seafood Dinner Series.
Here are some restaurants and bars to grab a bite to eat and drink to watch the World Cup matches on the telly.
Last night was FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular. It was real and it was spectacular and we’re here to talk about it.
Two new projects from John Howie and Erik Liedholm; a distillery called Wildwood Spirits Co. and a new restaurant, Beardslee Public House.www.seastarrestaurant.com/
A rundown of doughnuts shops in the Seattle area that are off the beaten path.
News hit yesterday that chef John Sundstrom will open three restaurant concepts this fall and move his iconic restaurant Lark, to the new space.
With over 400 movies and programs to see at the 40th anniversary of SIFF, here are some picks to consider for your festival experience.
Visit local comic book shops and partake in Free Comic Book Day today!
Tom Douglas and his team announced the inaugural classes for their upcoming cooking school, The Hot Stove Society.
FareStart’s mission to help the Seattle community through their programs is a goal we can get behind. And the ability to support these missions is as easy as going out to eat.
Just in time for the Mariners home opener tonight at Safeco Field, here is a rundown of new food and drink options at the ballpark. Play ball.
The Bourgogne Wine Board wants more people in Seattle to know about their wines. If it meant trying dozens of French Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we were more than happy to oblige in this endeavor.
To say we're proud that a Food & Wine magazine Sommelier of the Year is from a Seattle restaurant would be an understatement. Chris Tanghe is Master Sommelier at downtown Seattle's Aragona, and we sat down to talk about his new-found fame.
With a visit to Seattle coming up as part of his tour, it got us thinking; where in town would this voracious foodie eat? We took his stated likes (Matt's in the Market, Tilth, Salumi) and ventured into other places we could probably find him treating himself.
Phinney Ridge's Picnic is the food and wine shop that everyone wishes they had in their neighborhood. Jenny Klock shares with us what she and her customers have been drinking lately.
Who better to talk about Washington Wine Month than winemaker Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars? Greg shares his thoughts on wine style and the excitement of Washington wine.
As Washington Wine Month swings into full gear, here's an interview with Paul Zitarelli of Full Pull Wines to get winos started.
Jamei is the Beauty and Lifestyle writer for Seattle Refined, and loves both events and people. Her ambition is to discover how each impact the community. Her beauty expertise stems from her experience as a cosmetologist and international model.Beauty & Lifestyle Writer
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Little Black Dress: something almost very woman has heard is essential, elegant and simply perfect for any situation. Wouldn’t it be great to have a skincare line like that?
Many little girls dream of being a ballerina, but as grown women it's not often they are given the chance to stand in front of floor to ceiling mirrors, with motivational music blasting, and have ballet incorporated in to their workout.
Jenny Kuglin is an award-winning journalist with fifteen years of experience writing for television, radio, websites, and newspapers. She lives for great meals, strong drinks, traveling, and tweeting about her cats.Food & Travel Writer
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Here are five unique (and sometimes a little strange) weekend destinations that take long enough to feel like you’ve really gotten away, but also leave plenty of time for exploring.
The new Canterbury Ale House on Capitol Hill definitely isn't a dive bar anymore. With Chef Cormac Mahoney at the helm, the food is fantastic and the new decor is bright and open.
“Shrubs” are also known as “drinking vinegars,” and as old-fashioned cocktails have made their way back onto menus all around Seattle, you’ve probably seen more of these vinegar-based drinks as well.
It’s one of the most stunning views in all of Washington: Hidden Lake Lookout. The retired fire observation station was built in 1931 and has spent the last thirty years or so as a destination for intrepid hikers and nature lovers.
As development moves into the Colman neighborhood, families will likely have to say goodbye to a neighborhood favorite: Judkins Street Cafe. We talk with Owner Michael Mcgloin about the future of his popular restaurant.
So far, summer in Seattle has brought us lots of hot days and clear skies: The perfect recipe for hiking. Watching (or swimming in) a waterfall is one of the best ways to end a hike, especially when it’s sweltering. Here are five of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes to enjoy this summer.
With brews constantly changing, Standard Brewing in the Central District is the home to some of the best beer around. Try the Bee’s Wine on a summer afternoon for a sweet (and historical) delight.
Each year, thousands of kite enthusiasts head to Long Beach for the Washington State International Kite Festival. There’s beautiful scenery, lots of activities for kids, and some great restaurants for the adults.
As temperatures have soared in Seattle, ice cream is being eaten by the gallon all over the Emerald City. You can cool down and celebrate National Ice Cream Month by enjoying ten of Seattle’s tastiest ice cream flavors.
Summer in the Pacific Northwest brings a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. You can enjoy all that our beautiful region has to offer by taking road trips to summer food festivals.
Capitol Hill is full of great restaurants, but it can be a nightmare to get a table at some of the most popular spots. Here are three new restaurants on Capitol Hill where you can easily grab a table while also getting some great food.
With still-standing cabins and plenty of artifacts, Monte Cristo is a great place to visit in the summer. Bring a lunch and soak in the history and fantastic views.
The second annual PROOF event is taking place this weekend. You can sample liquors from more than 40 craft distilleries.
The results are in! Spur Gastropub’s Seth Sempere recently won the regional Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition.
The 4th of July is usually a day for barbecues, picnics, and cheap food. But if you’re looking for a little more luxury this year, here are three ways to celebrate in style.
Deception Pass is the straight that separates Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. It’s great for either a day trip, or a three-day weekend full of camping and hiking.
This Washington-grown cherry is similar to a Rainier, but it has a much higher sugar content.
European Vine Selection proves that wine shops don’t have to be pretentious. You can find cheap deals, learn about new wines, and pet the friendliest (and furriest) member of the staff.
When you’re looking for some fresh seafood to throw on the grill this summer, there are plenty of great fish markets all across Seattle. Here are some of the best places for finding cheap, delicious, and fresh seafood.
If you’ve got a long weekend for travel this summer, this small mountain town has plenty of outdoor activities, good food, and cheap beer.
With a new food and cocktail menu, the Ballard Annex Oyster House is worth a second look.
Does Copper River Salmon really taste better? We talked to Executive Chef Steve Anderson of Ivar’s Salmon House about the famous fish.
Seattle's favorite greasy diner turns 60 this year. They're celebrating by giving customers some throwback prices and a chance to don their best 1950's gear.
Tapas are meant to be shared with friends, and these five restaurants are perfect for a few bites, cocktails, and the latest gossip. Here are some of Seattle’s best restaurants for small plates in the summertime.
Central Pizza is about to have its one-year anniversary. The neighborhood pizza joint is so good, even East Coast pizza lovers are coming back for more.
Jennifer is a Lifestyle writer for Seattle Refined, KOMO news producer and blogger. She loves telling stories, and hearing good ones too.Lifestyle Writer
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Ever wanted to spend an evening with Will Ferrell? The comedy icon is coming to Seattle for a one-night event that’s sure to make you laugh - and, yes, it might even tug at your heartstrings a little, too!
Hope. Courage. Faith. Strength. The key to unlocking second chances lies in the messages inscribed on the pendants of the trending accessory line The Giving Keys.
Welcome to the dog days of summer! This hot, sticky weather is definitely not friendly to our canine pals. Fortunately, that’s not the case at many of Seattle’s restaurants and bars.
I can’t hold it in! I have to let you in on a couple secrets about Seattle Secret Shows; concerts in secret locations around the city where music fans can connect to some of the most talented singer/songwriters in the country on a hyper-intimate level.
If you need an excuse to meet up with friends or colleagues for a stiff drink this weekend, just say you need to do it for charity.
The multi-talented Hugh Laurie will be appearing in Seattle this Friday. No, his visit has nothing to do with the Seattle International Film Festival. While many fans know him best for his acting chops in his award-winning role as the cynical curmudgeon Dr. Gregory House in House, he’s also a talented musician.
If you feel most at home scaling a snow-covered mountain, exploring a rocky trail or kayaking in pristine waters, True North is calling.
Love to spoil your pet rotten? You’re not alone! In honor of National Pet Month, Amazon.com just released its list of the Most Pampered Pet Cities in the U.S., and it’s no surprise that Seattle is one of the top dogs, ranking at #2.
Dog people - this one is for you! Grab your pup and come have a drink at the Belltown Pub today for Yappy Hour! All proceeds benefitting the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.
We all know Seattle’s restaurant scene offers just about any cuisine one could hope for. Now your every culinary craving can be delivered right to your doorstep with the help of the new delivery service BiteSquad.
Spring is in full swing and that means tails are wagging at full speed all over Seattle. Now that the sun is starting to beckon us outside again, dog owners are jumping at the chance to shake off the winter blahs and unleash their canine companions at Seattle’s 14 off-leash dog parks.
After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website is designed to help make that communication easier.
Police in Tukwila say a gunfight with a robbery suspect ended with one man dead.
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