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Seattle, Capitol Hill Community Garage Sale Day: June 13, 2009

Friday, June 12th, 2009
your junk=another person's treasure

your junk=another person's treasure

Tomorrow is the official garage sale day for everyone in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Hosted by “Sustainable Capitol Hill” and “Unpaving Paradise” two great organizations working hard to bring more parks to the neighborhood and educate the community about sustainability. The event is a great way to reuse and recycle items that you might otherwise send to the landfill. There are over 44 independent garage sales registered on the website, being held at homes or apartment buildings throughout the neighborhood, as well as 32 sales registered to use the community space offered by the organizers to people who would not otherwise have a way to sell their stuff, located on the corner of Pine and Belmont. Even if you only have a couple items, it might be worth it for you to haul them out the sidewalk. There will be so many people out your bound to make a few bucks.  In this economy, who couldn’t use some extra cash!  Alternatively, you might be able to find something you really, for a great deal, that you otherwise could not afford. I’m headed down to my storage space right now to get the baby blue dresser I’ve been storing for the last three years for no particular reason. I could get 40 bucks and you could get the perfect addition to your bedroom set. Sounds like a great deal!

make some cash!

make some cash!

–Raven Alexander

Rock Star Jewelry: Work It!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
hues of purple and grey will look great with black

hues of purple and grey will look great with black

For some reason I have an excessive amount black in my closet. I don’t intend to always wear black but somehow I end up wearing head to toe black more often then I’d like to admit. I don’t even intend to buy it every time I see it in the store but for some reason the bright colors never go with anything in my closet when I get them home. I’m all for mixing black with color but if not done well, you risk looking like a young female executive circa 1984 or a fifteen year old girl circa 1992. I find that adding a great piece of jewelry, in a complimentary or contrasting color, can take my all black outfit from funeral director to elegant fashionista, in under a minute. I love Rock Star Jewelry because of her pieces are so sophisticated and sometime extravagant they can be a real conversation piece that ties the whole look together. The Seattle-based designer personally hand-selects all the semi-precious gems used in her collection. She meticulously hand-strings each stone to create the beautiful pieces. I am in heart with this great dark chunky necklace because it’s still somehow very delicate but has something to say,  and has just enough color to pop that little black dress.  Work it girl!

could be great as the "something blue" in your wedding this summer

could be great as the "something blue" in your wedding this summer

another great conversation piece with black

another great conversation piece with black

–Raven Alexander

Otra Vez: A Seattle Original

Sunday, June 7th, 2009
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Tough girl

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english translation: in another time

Otra Vez is owned by best friends and artists Jessica and Jane with the idea to “give everything and everyone a second chance.”  The ladies reuse and recycle items found at vintage and secondhand shops and craft them into one-of-a-kind pieces that have a funky yet feminine look that feels fresh and current. Based in Seattle, in Fremont to be exact, the Otra Vez collection has been picked up by a few independently owned Seattle boutiques including (a personal favorite of mine) Clementine in West Seattle. I love the look of the earrings above because the flowers remind me of one of those porcelain figurines you might find on your grandmother’s coffee table, but the addition of dark metal almost makes them seem rough, like you might think twice about underestimating the girl who wears them. Girly, with a touch of toughness – I like it.  In addition to keeping things out of the landfill, Otra Vez has also pledged 10% of their proceeds to “Women for Women International” and the “Save Darfur Coalition.” Another great company that can make you feel good about looking good. Otra Vez is worth checking out.

fun and funky

fun and funky

–Raven Alexander

Conley Hat Mfg: Coolness awaits you

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Alexander Conley III

The real deal wearing an Alexander Conley III original

How do you feel about hats? I don’t mean baseball caps or knit caps meant to keep you warm in the snow.  I mean real hats. I personally wish that men still wore fedoras with their trench coats and that you didn’t have to be J. Lo to get away with a wide-brimmed bucket hat anywhere other then your neighbor’s Kentucky Derby party. When I first moved to Seattle I lived in the Madrona neighborhood and I would often see this plainly-dressed gentleman with fantastically crafted hats. He wore them as you’d wear your favorite jeans; as if they were an extension of him. There were classic cowboy styles, fedoras, a coachman and one that seemed like it belonged on a horseman in the Australian bush; I never seemed to see the same one twice. I wondered what his story was until one day I passed the Conley Hat shop on 34th Avenue. Alexander Conley III is a world famous, master hatter and owner of Conley Hat Mfg, right here in Seattle. He handcrafts hats of all sorts for both ladies and men that will take you back to a time when people really had style and personality in their everyday wardrobes. His shop is small and filled with old wooden forms of the various made-to-order styles he offers. Many people don’t realize that a well-made wool hat can actually be used, quite effectively I might add, in place of an umbrella. It will leave your hands free, protect your hairstyle, and making you look dashingly dapper on the streets of the emerald city. What a great way to make a statement and add a little style to your look. Conley Hats get a Locallectual thumbs-up!

–Raven

cool gal inspiration for your next order

cool gal inspiration for your next order

cool guy inspiration for your next order

cool guy inspiration for your next order

Seattle Cheese Festival: So Gouda!

Sunday, May 17th, 2009
Toothpicks ready at Willapa Hills stand

Toothpicks ready at Willapa Hills stand

There were in fact seas of tourists.  I swear I was twice almost taken out by a mob of couples each attempting to navigate doublewide strollers down the cobblestone streets of Pike’s Place Market. After I checked to make sure I still had all my limbs, I reminded myself that these cheese enthusiasts were bringing some much needed benjamins to our neck of the woods.  Maybe I should have made sure they knew that Nordstrom, a Seattle original, was just a couple blocks away?  But I digress. It was the first day that really felt like summer might actually be coming our way.  The temperature, at least where I was, got all the way up to 75 degrees! With the sun on my shoulders and Gouda on my mind I navigated my own way through the crowds to the booth of Samish Bay Cheese, a 100% organic farm in Bow, Washington. I picked up the small morsel of light orange Gouda attached to a wooden toothpick and had no idea that, the cheese would bite me back. WOW!!  That’s a lot of flavor. I love a really great aged cheese with a lot of sharpness. This was like sharp cheddar on crack. Hard, crumbly, delicious. I was off to a great start. As typical of  Seattle events people were lined up patiently, in single file lines, waiting their turn in a civilized manner. I made my way through several stands and was starting to get a bit dazed by it all and then I came upon Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese, and their “Little Boy Blue.” Made of wild sheep and cow’s milk and aged 60+ days it was creamy, almost silky, and so flavorful my taste buds were jolted awake. While not officially organic, the Doty, Washington farmstead raises their flock of ewes on pesticide-free pastures, locally-grown grass hay and without growth hormones. You know I half-expected my favorite cheeses to be French or Italian and therefore not part of my Locavore diet but, I am happy to declare, that these two local farms had the best cheese I tasted all day. Proudly, Washington State makes some great cheese. Definitely worth checking out!

Cheese Heads

Cheese Heads

–Raven

The Perfect Wedding Gift: glassbaby

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Tranquility

Tranquility

It’s almost wedding season. It seems like once you pass the age of 24 every summer you have at least two friends getting hitched. With all these weddings a gal could go crazy trying to keep up with department store registries and bridal shower themes. A couple years ago I decided to go my own route with gifts and try to be a bit more original and unexpected. In my experience my favorite gifts that I have received have always been something I love but might not buy for myself… either because of budgeting or simply because I was not aware of it. My gift of choice this summer is going to be a matching set of votive candleholders from glassybaby in Seattle. With a store just up the road in Madrona and more then 70 colors to choose from I know I can find something for every bride on my calendar.  The company was started in 2001 by Seattle native Lee Rhoades and has since grown to sort of a secret staple on the tables of some of your favorite Seattle restaurants. According to Lee: “As glasses, glassybaby are beautiful and useful: they act as cups and goblets, and the transparent colors are ideal for this job. glassybaby are dishwasher safe and are practically indestructible when you drop them… a glassybaby creates an aura of love and good that fills the heart of anyone.”  How lovely is that? In the season of love what could be better then gifting the aura of love? And I can personally attest to their durability because, being a natural klutz, during a recent trip to the store I did happen to drop one, on a hard wood floor no less, and the sucker did not break! I’ll be toting a pair to my dear cousin Erika’s wedding in Detroit this June (that’s right I said Detroit in June) in an incredible shade called “Jane’s Caramel” that, when lit, glows a warm golden orange reminiscent of the sky just after the sun sets.  So beautiful!

each glassybaby is hand blown

each glassybaby is hand blown

–Raven