Halloween is just around the corner, and if you're looking for the perfect costume, why not represent our amazing city? Here are six Seattle-inspired halloween costumes.
Alyson is Seattle Refined's fashion writer, and also authors her own style Blog 'Crushing on Clothes'.Fashion Writer
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Looking for an excuse to shop without buyers remorse? Here are six. These fashion picks are double duty - not only are they fabulous, but they each benefit Breast Cancer organizations.
We had the chance to sit down with Ivanka Trump and learned what made her want to start her collection, what inspires her, and what three items she recommends every Seattle woman pick up!
This was the 5th year that The Bellevue Collection and Vogue have teamed up to put on the Front Row Fashion Show, and we were left speechless, inspired, and with a shopping list a mile long.
Ten local independent designers showcased their collections that they've been working on for the last six months, and they proved that the Seattle metropolitan area is one fashionable place.
Erin Fetherston recently launched a capsule collection for the Nordstrom Wedding Suites and shared with us wedding inspiration, trends, and the story of how she got her start!
We recently had the opportunity to interview the ladies behind the brand Winston White. The mother, daughter, and best friend trio started their line in 2013 and have taken the fashion world by storm.
Flash Tattoos flooded my Instagram feed all summer long, but now that the days are getting shorter and the air is getting cooler, will the trend slip away? Here are some ways you can rock them into the fall.
Cynthia Smith, a Market Editor at Vogue, took some time to sit down with us and answer our questions about fall fashion, classic wardrobe staples, and her favorite coffee order (it's Seattle - of course we had to ask!)
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.
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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This past summer I visited the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition located at the Seattle Center next to the Space Needle. It's a fantastic place to take your out-of-town guests, even on the darkest of Seattle gray days.
A few weeks ago I shared some bright, fun pop art sculpture by Seattle and San Diego artist Jean Wells. Here's the gorgeous place she called (floating) home for two months.
We’re really lucky to live in Seattle for a lot of reasons, but having fantastic musicians who cater to kids and families is definitely one of them. My husband and I love Recess Monkey just as much as our four-year-old son does!
Recently we shared some beautiful photographs from the City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India exhibition that’s currently on display at the Seattle Art Museum. Now we want to tell you the stories behind the images.
When I was first invited to visit City Sweats in Madison Park, I was a bit skeptical. Having grown up in the South, I do anything physically possible to avoid any type of heat.
Have you ever wished for just one more reason to justify a trip to Anthropologie? Well, now you have one. The downtown Seattle Anthropologie store is now offering in-store gift registry assistance.
Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt can be even more festive with if you enjoy it with these lovely bowls and flatware.
Local pop realism sculptor Jean Wells might not care for cooking, but she serves up delicious pop art mosaics that will whet your appetite for fun.
Embrace your creative side with a fine art workshop at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. In addition to quarterly courses, Gage offers weekend and weeklong workshops, fine art exhibitions, and art events.
Northwest Coast Native American art and Pacific Northwest landscapes influenced "the big four" of the Northwest School and ultimately produced modern art with its own distinct regional flavor.
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.
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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Last week, we took a tour through some destinations throughout Napa Valley for a vacation weekend. This time we’re going to visit the other great California wine destination; Sonoma County.
Over the course of Travel Month, we’ve explored Oregon and British Columbia, now we’re going to fly south for the weekend to take in Napa Valley; arguably the epicenter of American wine.
Our Canadian neighbors in British Columbia are also a wine producing region of distinction. Here's a rundown on some of their producers.
After last month's Pinot in the City, we look at Oregon wine and some of the places we'd love to travel to for a visit.
SoDo's Garagiste isn't just an email-based wine seller, it also has a modest wine shop inside its warehouse.
In the world of wine, there is a growing subgroup: wines from celebrities. Here are a few that we've tried recently.
When you can’t get yourself to a tailgate for a Husky game, here are some restaurants near Husky Stadium to eat on Football Saturdays.
Quality Athletics, the latest from the team that brought Westward to Seattle, open this week in Pioneer Square. Here is a preview.
Kickoff is here and the 12th Man is ready to provide the best homefield advantage in football. Here are a few places to fuel up with food and beer before gamedays at CenturyLink Field.
With the recent opening of his Hitchcock Deli in Georgetown, Brendan McGill adds to his local family of restaurants.
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.
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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Over 75 contestants arrived at the Miss Washington USA pageant yesterday. Tensions and expectations were high as McKenzi Novell, Miss Great Spokane USA, was named our reigning titleholder for 2015.
Lady 12 is a new clothing line and community, dedicated to making women Seahawks fans look fashionable while supporting the team and impacting the community.
As the leaves change, so should your perfume collection. The new season has arrived and it’s time to smell the way you look - fabulously in Fall.
Who says you can’t wear something you’d sleep in out in public? These five tricks will allow you to secretly wear your workout clothes anywhere.
You’ve gotten the ticket, the hair appointment and the dress. You’re all set for the Gala and the inevitable amazing night out on the town. But there are three stops you, like many gala attendees, probably forget.
As summer sunshine fades and the days get darker, so do the beauty trends for Fall 2014. Filling us in on the must-know trends for the season is Nordstrom’s Beauty Trend Editor, Kate Fannin.
How would you define someone who is ‘high maintenance’ - perhaps pampered, vain, and popular? Great, now add a bit of fur and four legs and you have the basis of Seattle’s own pet luxury brand.
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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With custom-made caskets, Ouija boards, and human skulls, Nevertold Casket Company is one of the spookiest new stories in Seattle. Located in Capitol Hill, the owners say they believe that many of the items in the curio shop are haunted.
If you haven’t stocked up yet for those spooky trick-or-treaters, now is the time to make sure you’re the most popular house on the block. And if you're curious what the kids really want to find in their bags this year, here are the top five candies in America.
Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's time to get dressed up, collect as much candy as possible, and hopefully have a few frights! From swamps full of zombies, to a family-friendly spot for trick-or-treating, here are five great Halloween destinations to visit this Halloween.
Halloween is just around the corner, pumpkin-spice-everything is everywhere, and the rain is back in full force. To me, this means it’s time for a visit to my favorite U-pick pumpkin patch! Since most of our area’s best spots have corn mazes, petting zoos, and more, you can definitely make a day trip out of it for you and your family.
Copalis Beach has plenty more clams than people, making this small beach town a great place for a weekend getaway. About two and a half hours from Seattle, the town sits near the northern end of a great razor clam bed and is known as the “home of the razor clam.” Here are three ways to relax and have fun on a weekend travel adventure in Copalis Beach.
A West Coast girl born and raised, I don’t like admitting that there are some foods that are just better on that other coast. But during my recent trip to Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, I couldn’t help but admit there are some dishes that are way better out there.
At Bell + Whete, the new restaurant from the team behind Local 360, the benedicts are perfect. Especially the Crab Benedict that includes huge chunks of crab meat, generously piled on thick, homemade English muffins.
While we’re still enjoying some 70 degree days and sunny skies in Washington, it’s a great time to get in the last few hikes of the season. If you’re looking for stunning views and a fantastic way to burn some serious calories, the Maple Pass Loop is a choice you won’t regret.
Fat Ducks Deli & Bakery has been open in the University District for about three years. It's a place where you'll find East Coast flavors and attitude.
More and more people aren’t eating gluten for health, dietary, and allergy-related reasons. If you’re one of these folks, you’re in luck, because Seattle is a great place for the gluten-free! So chuck out the wheat, and check out these five spots.
Arlington, Washington is a small town just one hour outside of Seattle. With less than 20,000 people and plenty of small-town charm, it feels very far away from the hubbub of city life.
September is one of my favorite months in Seattle (other than the spiders! Gah! Yuck!) Some days are still gloriously hot, while others are so cool we’re reminded of all the rain that’s just around the corner. Here are five cocktails that perfectly suit this season of change.
If you’re looking for a place where you can water ski, visit wineries, hike, eat decadent pastries, sip margaritas, or luxuriate in spas all in the same area, then Chelan, Washington is the place for you.
Whether you just can’t live without handmade noodles, or pho is your favorite dish - Seattle’s got plenty of new places to try this September. You can warm up your belly with some oysters and kimchi puree, bibimbap covered in honey-chili sauce, or Thai-style fried chicken. Here are five new Asian restaurants that just opened their doors, or are about to, this month.
While the sun is still out in Washington, one of the most beautiful trips you can take is the scenic 100-mile-drive on the North Cascades Highway. It’s where Highway 20 cuts across the rugged North Cascades, revealing snow-covered mountain peaks, an abundance of wildflowers, and plenty of quaint shops and restaurants.
Today is the day! The Washington State Fair (formerly the Puyallup Fair) attracts more than one million people each year for fried-butter-eating, roller-coaster-riding, rodeo-watching fun. Here are five new things to watch out for while you’re strolling through the dirt lanes of rides, games, and food stands today through Sept. 21.
There are countless outdoor activities to do in the Methow Valley, like hiking, camping, and skiing. But if you want to just hang out in Winthrop, here are five fantastic places to visit in the tiny town that transports you back in time.
Get out your Tums and put on your loosest shorts, it’s almost time for the Washington State Fair! From fried butter to everything bacon, the fair is a time to chow down on some of the most decadent foods around. Here are 15 crazy facts about just how much food we ate last year at the fair in Puyallup.
The days are starting to get a little shorter and the nights a little cooler. Fall officially starts on September 23rd, but you may already have pumpkin pie and fuzzy sweaters on your mind. Here are five of Washington’s best fall festivals.
Ines Patisserie brings a true taste of France to Seattle. The owner, Nohra Belaid, is from northern France and is extremely passionate about pastries. Her French attitude shocks some and delights others. She recently moved her popular bakery from Madison Valley to Capitol Hill.
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. 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.
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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Paola is a food and travel photographer and writer. Originally from England, she is now very happily exploring, photographing and eating her way around the Pacific North West.Travel Writer
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Naomi Tomky is the unrelentingly enthusiastic eater, drinker, photographer, and writer behind the blog The GastroGnome.Writer