With the temperatures dropping, it's time to bundle up this winter. But bundling up doesn't mean you need to look like a giant marshmallow!
Alyson is Seattle Refined's fashion writer, and also authors her own style Blog 'Crushing on Clothes'.Fashion Writer
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This whole "Design Your Own ____" (fill-in-the-blank) thing is really taking off! A couple weeks ago we told you about Shoes of Prey where you can design your own shoes, and now meet Jonquil & Mr Black, a design your own handbag service.
If you're into modern neutrals, look no further. 8telier combines fashion with wearability, which is perfect for Seattle.
Find the perfect handbag, piece of jewelry, or scarf for the fashion lover on your list, all while supporting local Seattle brands.
The great debate: do you dress up for Thanksgiving, or dress comfortably? Let us show you how you can do both!
Shoes Of Prey launches its first shop in the United States inside Nordstrom Bellevue and allows you to create your own unique, custom shoes in an instant.
We can't change the weather, so we might as well dress for it! But that doesn't have to mean giving up on style. Here are some cute, seasonal ways to dress warm and cozy for the dark and cold weather.
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.
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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Stepping into Ann Hamilton’s The Common SENSE, an art installation on view at the Henry through April 2015, is sort of like entering a choose-your-own-adventure book.
Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is helping us discover the things in our home that we truly love and how to part with the rest.
Seattle-based jewelry designer Joanna Morgan creates versatile and stylish silver and brass jewelry made of metal sourced in the USA. If you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for the jewelry lover on your list, here are my five favorite pieces from Joanna’s online shop.
You know the one. The friend you’d never think to call if you scored an extra ticket to a Seahawks game. The black sheep “artsy” sister in your family of conservative investment bankers. What in the world are you supposed to buy for this woman?
If you’re looking to get your holiday guests out of the house but they’ve already seen the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, I’ve got another suggestion for you. The Central Library branch of the Seattle Public Library is one of the most interesting buildings in the city. Let’s go inside for a photographic tour.
Pop Departures at the Seattle Art Museum celebrates pioneering pop artists like Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg and takes us past the 60s to current artists who have been influenced by the movement.
Starbucks and Target teamed up with Seattle’s Cassandra LaValle, founder of the lifestyle blog Coco + Kelley, to bring you Starbucks Fall Essentials. And guess what? It's gorgeous.
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.
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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Here is a rundown of Seattle-area restaurants and their plans for New Year’s Eve.
Seattle was the location of last week’s Itadakimasu Day; an event to celebrate Japanese cuisine.
Cheers to the wine drinker in your life with these gift ideas. From stocking stuffers to a splurge, these would be welcomed by anyone that loves wine.
Once a month, The Paramount Theatre opens its doors to tour the theatre. We partook and here is a recap of what to expect.
The centerpiece of Thanksgiving is turkey. Here are a few different techniques and recipes that are in vogue this holiday.
Here’s a rundown on what to drink with Thanksgiving dinner before the inevitable tryptophan-induced nap kicks in.
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Lucasfilm are coming to Seattle next year for the opening of the Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit at EMP.
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.
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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This is the time of year when the cameras are ALWAYS out to take pictures you will either look back on and cherish, or loathe. We asked international fashion photographer Alvin Nguyen for some pointers on how to pose for the perfect pic.
Have you been naughty or nice this year? Don’t worry! I am specifically asking regarding your skin care. Santa might attest to the fact beautiful skin, especially up close, is a gift most ladies would ask for.
Hundreds of attendees and celebrities (like Macklemore), came out to The Showbox on Friday for Runway to Freedom - a fashion show aimed at empowering and supporting domestic violence victims by raising funds through fashion shows.
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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For people who really love coffee, their lust for the caffeinated beverage can border on obsessive. Here are 10 gifts for the coffee lover in your life.
Chef Simon Pantet has worked at several Seattle restaurants, is from Switzerland, covered in tattoos, and has a great penchant for swearing. In 2011 he became a local celebrity after appearing on Bravo’s Top Chef. We sat down with him to talk about his new gig at The Rendezvous.
Whether it’s your sister who is always making Pinterest-worthy desserts, your best friend who is the first to know about hip new restaurants, or your tired significant other who might want a break from cooking dinner, there are plenty of great gifts to give the food lover in your life.
Whether you’re a vegan, a vegetarian, a pescetarian, trying Meatless Mondays, or just want to make sure a visiting friend or family member can eat at the restaurant you’re visiting, there are lots of great reasons to try these five vegetarian Seattle restaurants.
After six years working under former executive chef John Broulette, up-and-comer Sarah Scott has taken over the reins at El Gaucho Bellevue. We got a chance to sit down with her to talk about her style of cooking, what it’s like to be a female executive chef at a steakhouse, and why butter is basically the answer to everything.
Christmas is only a few weeks away and that probably means you're planning a lot of family activities to put you in the holiday spirit. Here are three of Washington’s best Christmas festivals that both kids and adults will love!
If you plan on going Griswold this year and cutting your own tree Christmas Vacation-style, you’ll want to avoid some of the hilarious (and dangerous) missteps in the classic movie. Here are six tips for cutting your own Christmas tree this year, and making sure it stays fresh through the holiday season.
With several locations and lots of history, most Seattleites have had a piece of Ezell’s Chicken or Heaven Sent, but there are plenty of other fried chicken spots worth giving a try in the Emerald City.
Thanksgiving is a week away, and that means you’re probably starting to think about decorating (and shopping) for Christmas. Here are five holiday festivals in Washington this November where you can buy crafts and foods from local artisans, as well as take a quick road trip.
Having a great meal in Seattle doesn’t have to break the bank. As most chefs will tell you, a lot of the best dishes are simple, with very few ingredients. Here are 10 of the best Seattle dishes for under $10.
Between holiday travel, big family meals, and gift-giving, this can be a tough time of year to think about spending money on a vacation. But don’t worry: We’re all in luck, since we live in such a beautiful state! Here are five of Washington’s best small towns for a quick weekend getaway.
Great food, great ambience, and a great dinner partner are the necessary components for an unforgettable dinner. If you’re planning your next romantic evening on the town, there are plenty of new restaurants to consider before making your reservation. Here are five of Seattle’s best new date night restaurants.
Once the family leaves on November 28th (or if they’re sticking around for the weekend), you may feel like you need a glass of wine… or two. Luckily for you, on November 28-30, the Lake Chelan Wine Valley is having their annual Fall Barrel Tasting.
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.
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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Kent Phillips is the morning show host and program director of The Kent & Alan Show on STAR 101.5. He gets up at 3 a.m. and leaves the station at 5 p.m., and is your classic over-achiever.Theater Critic
Kate is Seattle Refined’s Home and DIY writer and creator of Nearly Crafty blog. A self described “birthday party obsessed mom”, Kate writes about both her crafting mishaps and lovely DIY projects.Home/DIY Writer
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
Britt edits and writes for Seattle Refined. She mainly covers the all-encompassing Lifestyle section, but can occasionally be found in Travel and Fashion as well.Editor
Naomi Tomky is the unrelentingly enthusiastic eater, drinker, photographer, and writer behind the blog The GastroGnome.Writer