The year is coming to a close and the December Gossip & Glamour newsletter is here. Check out what we’re up to this month by reading the full newsletter here. If you’re not a subscriber, sign up on our home page now to stay in the loop on Gossip & Glamour events, client news, and community activations.
The Gossip & Glamour fall fashion series at Thompson Seattle offered local designers and boutiques a chance to showcase fall arrivals, meet new customers, and introduce Seattle style to travelers from around the world. Over the past few months we’ve featured nearly a dozen Pacific Northwest brands including Baby & Company, Andieanderin, Moorea Seal, Jane and the Shoe, and Buki. Take a peek at the full line-up of fashion partners from this year’s fashion series.
We want to thank all of this year’s participating designers, boutiques, and brands. Please keep them in mind for your holiday shopping needs. Stay tuned for details about next year’s fall fashion series and please let us know if you have ideas on other brands you want to see.
In the meantime, don’t miss the Holiday Sip & Shop event at The Nest on Saturday, December 8th featuring many of the vendors who participated in the fall fashion series. RSVP via Eventbrite.
Seattle Stylist Darcy Camden included K Ba-Nana in her round-up of stylish holiday gifts for King 5’s New Day Northwest.
Her personal picks included sheet masks, a rose quartz face roller, and Julep nail polish sets which make great gifts to give and receive. View the full segment of New Day Northwest here. Shop the assortment of Korean beauty products at K Ba-Nana in person at University Village.
Featured brands at K Ba-Nana include: Whal Myung, CORSX, Meg Cosmetics, Too Cool for School, Julep, Dr. Jart, IPKN, and Aromatica. Sheet masks start at $3 and range up to $12 for a 2-pack.
2656 NE University Village St.
Seattle, WA 98105
We recently hosted a Women In Business event at K Ba-Nana. Check out the full recap here.
HUNDREDS GATHER AT THE BRAVERN FOR THE INAUGURAL WINTER ILLUMINATION HOLIDAY LIGHTING EVENT IN BELLEVUE
The Bravern hosted a special Winter Illumination holiday lighting celebration on Saturday, November 24 to kick off the holiday season. The family-friendly event brought over 400 guests together for an evening of enchantment and delight featuring The Sea Gals and a special appearance by Santa. The Winter Illumination event was designed to highlight the property’s new LED, energy-efficient light installations, all custom made in Italy. The lighting fixtures included a custom gift box that encapsulated the 8th street arrival court fountain and featured branded ornaments with the names of tenants and retailers. The gift box light fixture is exclusive to The Shops at The Bravern and is the only on of it’s kind in the country.
“It was a pleasure hosting so many members of the community at The Bravern for the Winter Illumination event.” says Matthew Klutznick, General Manager of The Bravern, “We hope this is the start of a new tradition in Bellevue to kick-off the holiday season.”
Hundreds of families including residents of The Bravern packed the 8th street arrival court to witness Santa’s debut in a luxury Rolls-Royce followed by a festive holiday performance by The Sea Gals. A private VIP party took place at Microsoft Towers prior to the public lighting ceremony that featured on-site activities for children of all ages including a holiday letter writing station with local calligraphers, cookie decorating with FrogLegs Culinary Academy, holiday food and beverages, photos with Santa, and a special performance and meet-and-greet with The Sea Gals. Santa will be available for photos at The Bravern from now through December 24th.
View the full photo gallery by Vivian Hsu photography on the Gossip & Glamour Facebook Fan Page. The Bravern is located in Bellevue at 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004.
Supporters of Olive Crest gathered at the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle on Friday, November 9th for the annual Wine Women & Shoes fashion fundraiser. Over 350 guests enjoyed wine from local wineries including Chateau Ste. Michelle and light bites from featured culinary partners including Il Fornaio and Gourmondo as they bid on silent auction items, pulled corks from the “Wall of WIne”, and shopped from local vendors in the shop-for-a-cause marketplace. Guests also purchased raffle tickets to enter to win the coveted“Key to the Closet” which unlocked a $10,000 fashion prize pack.
The event was hosted by local TV personality Kaci Aitchison along side returning auctioneer Fred Granados. The duo led the LIVE auction, official event program, and a special celebration to honor this year’s “Shoe Guys” who helped raise over $29,000 in the community leading up to the event. In total, the Wine Women & Shoes Seattle event raised over $243,0000 for Olive Crest. There are currently 10,000 foster kids in the state and over 1,655 children who are actively awaiting a foster family. Olive Crest currently serves 442 families in the Pacific Northwest and plans to double that number over the next two years. We want to send a BIG thank you to everyone who came out this year to support the event and help Olive Crest get closer to reaching their goal. To learn more about Olive Crest’s work in the Pacific Northwest or to donate online, click here.
View the full 2018 Wine Women & Shoes Seattle photo gallery on the Gossip & Glamour Facebook Fan Page by clicking here.
Photo credit: Andrea Morland Photography
In October of 2018, Gossip & Glamour turned 8 years old. It’s hard to believe that just 8 years ago I took the leap from the corporate fashion world to jump in to the great unknown. Turns out, it was the BEST decision I’ve ever made. During my years in corporate America I spent time working on runway shows in Seattle to slowly build my network and learn more about Seattle designers and boutiques. I launched a style blog called Seattle Boutique Blogspot and most importantly, I served as Regional Director for Fashion Group International to better understand the inner-workings of the local fashion community. Armed with two fashion degrees, a background in retail, and experience in global sourcing and production, I launched Gossip & Glamour and never looked back.
Over the last 8 years, Gossip & Glamour has had the distinct privilege of working with hundreds of local fashion brands in the city to share their stories, help structure their marketing and PR plans, and celebrate their success. We’re just getting started and we can’t wait to count down 8 more years of fashion fun! To celebrate the occasion, we’re looking back over some of our favorite client memories and collaborations.
Here’s what we shared with fans to celebrate our 8th anniversary:
Buki Brand Launch - Fall 2016
Simply Darling Duo memories
Fun Collabs with Seattle style blogger Tiffany Ishiguro
Highlights from our events and activations with Pacific Place
PR highlights from our work with Seattle boutique flora & henri
Great runway shows and good times with Neiman Marcus at The Bravern
Our work as a Wardrobe Style Partner for the King 5 Local Lens team
Introducing LA-based brand Moonlit Skincare to the Seattle market
Our Women in Business event at K Ba-Nana
Our work introducing Brooks Running to the Seattle fashion community
That one time we opened the first SEE Eyewear store in the Pacific Northwest
Our must-read style stories filled with fashion tips and advice for PR Couture
Our work on the launch of Seattle childrenswear brand Beet World
The round-up of 15 Seattle women in business and why we love them
Our announcement that Seattle brand KACYYOM is heading to London
The Eye Eye Fall Frame event on Capitol Hill in partnership with Kirsten Andresen PR
A recap of our work with Olive Crest to support the annual Wine Women & Shoes event in Seattle
Our penthouse party at Hotel Theodore for Blue Nile
Our work with Seattle style blogger Carolyn Yuen Marino on her ground-breaking YouTube series Sweet & Power
That time we sent “Model Citizens” down the runway at Wine Women & Shoes
That time we hosted an epic Grand Opening Party on a Sunday night for K Ba-Nana at University Village
The Style Boss series at Westfield Southcenter in partnership with Styled Seattle
Our Macy’s Spring fashion event featuring local bloggers
Being named a “Social Media Master” by 425 magazine
When we hosted the Seattle Sewn event at The Riveter to celebrate local fashion
Our Men’s Fashion event at Neiman Marcus featuring local menswear influencers
The Easter Collab with Styled Seattle to benefit Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place
The 2018 Style Summit at W Bellevue
The 2017 Style Summit at Thompson Seattle
The 2016 Style Summit at Coterie Work Lounge
I want to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped support Gossip & Glamour over the years. Building this business has been one of the hardest, most rewarding things I’ve ever done, and I continue to be humbled and inspired by the process. Cheers to 8 more years celebrating Seattle fashion!
Come on the journey with me by signing up for the Gossip & Glamour mailing list to hear about cool Seattle brands, boutiques, and fashion events!
In my latest blog post over at Sydneylovesfashion.com I round up over 40 of my favorite local designers, boutiques, and brands to shop for Small Business Saturday. Yes, Small Business Saturday has come and gone, but you can shop local any time of year and I encourage you to do so from these amazing brands! Read the full story here.
We are thrilled to announce a brand new series on our sister site SydneyLovesFashion.com that will explore Seattle style and introduce viewers to local designers and boutiques around town. In our debut episode, we take fashion photographer Karla Melgarejo on a fashion field trip to visit flora & henri in Pioneer Square. Join us as we take a tour of the store and highlight key categories including childrenswear, home goods, and women’s fashion.
Let us know what you think about episode one. We also encourage you to check out flora & henri in person at 401 First Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104. You can also shop online at florahenri.com.
The Women in Business event at K Ba-Nana on November 4th was both refreshing and insightful, offering guests an opportunity to connect with a diverse panel of women who spoke in-depth about their career trajectories and lessons learned along the way. Featured panelists included K Ba-Nana founder Liz Kang Yates, Nordstrom buyer Jillian Peterson, high school English teacher, style blogger, and Sweet & Power series creator Carolyn Yuen Marino, and multi-passionate entrepreneur Brandy Brown of Marabou Design.
The discussion covered a variety of topics including career building, navigating a healthy work/life balance, overcoming adversity, strategies for personal development, and the importance of surrounding yourself with positive people. Here are the top 5 takeaways from the discussion:
1) Listen - If you’re someone who does more talking than listening, it may be time to press pause. Listening is a vital skill for anyone who wants to be successful in business and is especially critical for those who are working in teams. It’s easy to overlook how important the art of listening is, but it is an essential part of building trust in the workplace.
2) Ask for Feedback - As you move through your career it’s important to ask for feedback from colleagues, supervisors and even clients (if applicable) so that you can continue to learn and grow. In the early years of my career it was difficult for me to take feedback because I always perceived it as criticism, but ultimately hearing the feedback and understanding my patterns was a game changer for my personal development. Asking for feedback continues to be a critical part of my success as an entrepreneur. “When it comes to getting promoted, ask how you can step up and take on other things,” says Liz Kang-Yates. “Ask your manager for regular check-ins so that you know if you’re on track or not.” Say good-bye to surprises at review time. If you’re in constant communication with your manager, you’ll know where you stand and how you can improve.
3) Negotiate - As a woman in business, it’s important to get comfortable being uncomfortable, especially when it comes to negotiating. Whether the conversation is about money or the terms of a contract, it’s important to voice concerns upfront. “I frequently send contracts back to clients and ask for edits,” says Brandy Brown, “If the standard payment terms don’t work for me, I ask them to make adjustments.” It’s all about speaking up and finding common ground so that contracts are workable for everyone involved.
4) Schedule time for self-care - Whether it’s weekend brunch with the girls or a spa day at the Four Seasons, scheduling time for self-care is a must. “The business isn’t going to prioritize you,” says Jillian Peterson, “You have to prioritize yourself and the business actually improves when you do.” It makes total sense, because when you’re healthy and ready for anything, it’s much easier to get in the flow. Self-care can come in many forms, meditation, yoga, journaling, taking a spin class, or even stepping away from your desk to have lunch with a friend, they all count and they’re equally important to your health.
5) Enjoy the process. Have fun. - There’s not a singular path to career success. Everyone has a different journey and it’s important to embrace the process and have fun along the way. Try new things, experiment with different methods as you hone in on your craft, and when you find yourself in a downward spiral just remember that Instagram is a highlight reel, not the full, beautiful, messy story.
We want to send a big THANK YOU to each of the featured panelists and everyone who joined us bright and early on a Sunday morning (during daylight savings!) for the K Ba-Nana Women In Business event. If you missed it, don’t forget to sign up for the Gossip & Glamour mailing list to stay in-the-know about future beauty, fashion, and lifestyle events.
K Ba-Nana is located at 2656 NE University Village St. Seattle, WA 98105. Follow along on Instagram @HelloKBanana. K Ba-Nana was recently featured on New Day Northwest. Watch the full gift guide segment here.
Serpentine Jewelry Design recently announced 3 trunk shows for the holiday season. Fashion fans can shop this great local brand downtown at the Butch Blum Ladies Night Out on Wednesday, December 5th from 5 - 7:30 p.m. and at ZINC in Edmonds on Thursday, December 13th and Saturday, December 15th. Serpentine Jewelry is also available locally at La Ree in Bellevue.
Serpentine Jewelry Design is a timeless jewelry line that fuses everyday elegance with a modern twist. Each piece is crafted by artisans and made with a combination of precious and semi-precious stones combined with luxurious natural materials. Intended to be worn alone or layered together, Serpentine Jewelry will effortlessly take you from “carpool to cocktails”. Learn more at SerpentineJewelryDesign.com.
UPDATE - Serpentine Jewelry Design will also be on-site at the Gossip & Glamour holiday party on December 10th at Pacific Place from 7-9 p.m.
Stack shown above:
Pyrite stretch bracelet with pave diamond and sapphire hamsa charm - $178
Fossilized Coral stretch bracelet with pave diamond bead. - $178
Red Afghan Jade stretch bracelet with sterling silver and pave diamond tusk charm. -$178
Matte Black Onyx stretch bracelet with pave diamond and enamel evil eye charm. - $178
Serpentine Jewelry Design Winter Trunk Shows:
Dec. 5 - Butch Blum Ladies Night 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 - ZINC Edmonds 5-8 p.m. RSVP here.
Dec. 16 - ZINC Edmonds
Seattle childrenswear brand Beet World is getting some great media buzz this week! Red Tricycle included them in a round-up of must-have fall clothing for kids that was distributed nationally and Seattle’s Child also wrote a story introducing the brand to Pacific Northwest readers in the November print issue. A digital copy of the story is also available online.
Beet World was launched in August of this year and has been celebrated by local moms who love ethical fashion at affordable prices. Check out what people are saying about this stylish new Seattle-based childrens clothing line.
The Bravern is thrilled to announce a special Winter Illumination holiday lighting event on Saturday, November 24 at 6 p.m. to kick off the holiday season. The family-friendly event will showcase the property’s new LED, energy-efficient light installations, all custom made in Italy. The lighting fixtures include a custom gift box that will encapsulate the fountain on the 8th street arrival court and feature branded ornaments with the names of tenants and retailers. The gift box light fixture is exclusive to The Shops at The Bravern and will give the property an elegant glow for the holiday season.
“Hundreds of hours have been spent over the last 8 months to coordinate, prepare, and execute the successful installation of this set,” says Matthew Klutznick, General Manager of The Bravern, “We are very excited to see everything come together!”
The festivities will begin promptly at 6 p.m. with a high-energy performance by the Sea Gals followed by remarks from Matthew Klutznick. Santa will also make an appearance at the event to spread holiday cheer to children of all ages, making his much-anticipated arrival to The Bravern in a luxury Rolls Royce. The evening will conclude with the official, full-property lighting ceremony of seasonal fixtures and décor. Shops will remain open until 8 p.m. the day of the event for holiday shopping and in-store activations.
The Winter Illumination event at The Bravern is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to RSVP via Eventbrite for official event updates and exclusive offers. Complimentary 6-hour parking validation will be available for the event.
The Bravern is also hosting a special VIP experience prior to the public lighting ceremony from 4:30-6:00 p.m. featuring a private performance by the Sea Gals, complimentary photos with Santa, a gingerbread cookie decorating experience with FrogLegs Culinary Academy, a holiday card writing station with personalized calligraphy, plus holiday themed hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
What: The Bravern Winter Illumination Event
When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Where: The Shops at The Bravern 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004
Time: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. (Private VIP experience from 4:30 - 6 p.m.)
Public Light Ceremony Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bravern-holiday-lighting-party-tickets-51830798313
Private VIP Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bravern-holiday-vip-private-party-tickets-51832424176
Andieanderin, the Seattle fashion accessory brand that makes silk neckties inspired by influential women, is launching 5 new styles for the holiday season this week. Scheduled to be available on Thursday, November 1st, collection two includes styles inspired by Iris Apfel, Amelia Earhart, NASA mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Christine Darden, Seattle philanthropist Melinda Gates, and landscape architect Maya Lin. Learn more about each style below.
Inspired by style icon Iris Apfel, the “One of a Kind” 100% silk necktie (shown above) mixes print elements worn in real life by Iris, celebrating her “more is more” mentality when it comes to fashion. 3’’ wide x 68’’ long. Made in NYC.
The “High Flier” (shown above) is inspired by Amelia Earhart and is Andieanderin’s first 100% leather necktie. Made from premium Italian leather, this necktie is designed to represent a no-fuss uniform look. The leather is symbolic of classic aviator jackets worn in the early years of flight. Features airplane pin closure. 1.25’’ wide x 24” long. Made in NYC.
Inspired by the incredible ladies in the mathematics department at NASA, the “Women That Add Up” tie features an outer space print that includes constellations and a capsule representative of astronaut John Glenn’s mission to orbit the earth. These women were an integral part of NASA’s ability to excel in the global space race. 3’’ wide x 68’’ long. Made in NYC.
Andieanderin’s “Woman for Women” silk necktie is inspired by Seattle philanthropist Melinda Gates. Featuring an all-over contraceptives print to represent her Family Planning 2020 initiative which brings together a global community of leaders who are working together to address the most challenging barriers to expanding access to contraceptives, the green tie underscores the $40 billion that the Gates Foundation has donated to global causes. 2’’ wide x 68’’ long. Made in NYC.
Best known for her famous design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., landscape architect Maya Lin was the inspiration for ‘Stone Stories’, a 100% silk necktie with a marble print. The white necktie with leather tips represents the natural materials Lin used to create the work of art which honors the service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War.
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Gossip & Glamour is celebrating 8 years in business this month and we’re looking back at some of our favorite moments along the way with leading digital platform PR Couture. “Sydney has contributed so many wonderful articles of the years,” says PR Couture Founder Crosby Noricks, “My favorites are those that demonstrate her true expertise in elevating local communities with her signature, fashionable flair.”
Take a walk down memory lane with us as we look back over some of our favorite contributed posts to the site.
There are many ways to break in to the fashion industry. In our “How to Land Your First Job in The Fashion Industry” post we share tips from some of our favorite fashion professionals on how to stand out and get your dream job. Read the full post.
In the “4 Things This PR Girl Wants Fashion Bloggers to Know” post, we share my best tips on how influencers can work with PR agencies and professionals to build long-lasting relationships and grow their personal brand. - Read the full post.
There is no “hack” for building relationships with fashion editors and journalists. In our “How to Build Relationships with Fashion Editors” post, we share 3 tips for success. - Read full post.
In our “How to Network in the Fashion Industry” we share do’s and don’t for networking that every aspiring PR girl should read. - Read full post.
If you want to work in fashion, you have to dress the part. Here are 3 “Style Rules for your Next Job Interview” featuring tips from stylist Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle and Natasha Lekwa of Forbes. - Read the full post.
Executing successful fashion events takes thoughtful planning and a clear vision. You should never host a fashion event without a proper strategy and measurable metrics. Here’s our guide on “How to Plan, Promote and Host a Successful Fashion Q&A Event” - Read full post.
If you can’t get enough of fashion reality TV, don’t miss this post on “4 Things #GirlBoss Entrepreneurs Can Learn from the House of DVF”. - Read full post.
Go behind-the-scenes of the Worth Global Style Network and “Meet WGSN Trend Forecaster Sarah Owen”, plus learn how she got her job. - Read the full post.
If you really want to connect with people at the next fashion event you attend, check out the 5 “Networking Tips” you need to know in order to maximize your time. - Read full post.
Our favorite thing about the fashion industry is that it’s constantly changing. This also means that your career path in fashion will inevitably have its fair share of ups and downs. Here’s our guide on “How to Deal with Career Disappointment” and get back on your feet. - Read the full post.
Going one-on-one with fellow PR professionals is one of my favorite ways to spend time. In this post, you’ll get to “Meet the Global Brand Marketing Manager for British fashion brand Missguided” and learn what she wishes more people understood about her job. - Read full post.
Winter is coming and there’s no turning back now. Here’s one of our favorite posts on “How to find balance during the chaos of the holiday season” and maintain your sanity. - Read full post.
If you’re planning to host a limited-run fashion event, here are “6 Tips for a Successful Holiday Pop Up” and strategies for getting press. - Read full post.
Olive Crest has announced several of the LIVE auction prize packages that will be available for guests to bid on at this year’s Wine Women & Shoes event! The packages range from overnight stays at The Fairmont to a 12 day cruise with Holland America. Check out the highlights below and get ready to RAISE YOUR PADDLE!
Wine Women & Shoes will take place on November 9th at the Fairmont Olympic in downtown Seattle and proceeds help support foster kids in Washington.
Here’s a look at this year’s LIVE auction highlights:
Police Ride-A-Long - Experience iconic Lake Union from the unique perspective of the Seattle Police Harbor Patrol Unit. You and 3 lucky friends will tour the Harbor Patrol Police Station, see their fleet of vessels, and ride on a patrol vessel around Lake Union. Perfect for family or friends, this incredible tour will not disappoint!
Holland America Cruise for 2 - any cruise up to 12 days
FANTASTIC FAIRMONT “suite” NIGHT for 3 couples - Start you evening with a memorable dinner for six at Shuckers Oyster Bar, one of Seattle’s oldest and most pre-eminent oyster bars. Enjoy a menu featuring a selection of fresh fish and seafood. You will not have to walk far to your next stop. Finish you evening surrounded by luxury in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel with a Corner Suite for the Host Couple and Executive Suites for the other 2 couples. The host couple will also receive two Glow Packages from Seattle’s premier spa, Penelope and the Beauty Bar, located conveniently in the Fairmont Hotel.
FAIRYTALE GETAWAY - Take off to Alberta, Canada and enjoy your 3 days, 2 night stay in gold accommodations at the incredible Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel including breakfast for two, afternoon canapes, private lounge, concierge and honor bar. You will receive a $500 credit toward your flights and don’t forget your hats and scarfs from Coal Headwear for your trip.
Scottsdale and Adventure - Enjoy a three night stay at the beautiful the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel and dinner for two at one of their renowned restaurants. From the moment you arrive on the grounds you are surrounded by a mystical landscape of lagoons, colorful desert plants, fire pits, fountains and expansive green spaces – all set amid the sun-drenched Sonoran Desert and the majestic McDowell Mountains of Arizona. In addition to your luxury stay, adventure awaits with two tickets to the Dolphinaris Arizona where you will enjoy an up-close and personal experience with dolphins as well two tickets to the OdySea Aquarium.
Spanish Paella Fiesta for 8- Enjoy the best of Spanish cuisine from the comforts of Mercer Island. Chef Louie will bring the bold flavors of Spain throughout the night to you and seven friends during this seven course feast. Louie was born in Cuba after his grandparents migrated to Cuba from Spain. Louie is an exceptional cook who has traveled to Spain numerous times tasting and honing his cooking skills. This night is graciously hosted by the DeArias’, your suggested spread will include sangria, assorted tapas, gazpacho soup, salmon cake salad, lime basil sorbet, traditional mixed paella, flan and of course Spanish wines!
Napa Valley VIP EXPERIENCE for 2 COUPLES- Two lucky couples will sip and swirl their worries away on a two-night adventure in Napa Valley. Some of Napa’s finest wineries will open their doors to you for VIP tours and private tastings of internationally celebrated Napa Valley wines. When it’s time to relax, retreat to your private, beautifully-appointed wine country guest house, furnished with antiques and collected original art, located on a quiet, secluded country road just outside St. Helena. What better way to wind down from the day than with a game of bocce played on your private court, glass of wine in hand, on the edge of a world-class vineyard? Your trip includes VIP winery experiences at the following: Caymus Vineyards, Flora Springs Estate, Gabrielle Collection and J Gregory Wines.
See you November 9th! For a full line-up of festivities at Wine Women & Shoes event click here.
Korean beauty pop-up K Ba-Nana will host a special Women in Business event on Sunday, November 4th featuring a range of inspiring and influential women in the community. Speakers include K Ba-Nana founder Liz Kang Yates, Nordstrom buyer Jillian Peterson, Sweet & Power series creator Carolyn Yuen Marino, and Marabou Design founder Brandy Brown. The conversation, moderated by Sydney Mintle of Gossip & Glamour, will cover a variety of topics including work/life balance, mentorship, career building, and boss babe strategies for success. Admission is free, but space is limited. Get your ticket now via Eventbrite.
Jillian Peterson has been the Multi-channel Buyer of YC Casual (formerly BP Department) for two years. Jillian started with Nordstrom in 2005 as a salesperson in BP Shoes at Michigan Avenue where she worked her way through college. After graduation, she was the Department Manager of the Michigan Avenue Women’s shoe floor. Jillian moved to Seattle to become Assistant Buyer and later a N.com buyer for Comfort Women’s shoes. As a part of that team, she developed a passion for product and delivered what the customer wanted. In 2013, Jillian was promoted to the MC Buyer in BP Dresses and Undercover where she executed strategy and vision for the floor and online. Jillian is known for her passion for people and product and her high expectations. Jillian graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Communications.
Liz Kang Yates was raised in Washington where she graduated from UW Foster School of Business. From there, she started off her career in banking for 4 years and then took a leap to the merchandising world to become an assistant buyer for Zumiez where she worked her way up as Buying Manager. She also worked for adidas as Global Product Manager and US merchandiser for almost 3 years and currently manages sales for key Vans Footwear accounts. In August 2018, she followed her passion for Korean Beauty and opened up a pop up shop in the U-Village called K Ba-Nana to feature all of her favorite beauty and skincare products from Korea. Liz is also mom to very a sweet baby boy who constantly keeps her on her toes.
Carolyn Yuen Marino is a high school English teacher and personal style blogger at HeyPrettyThing.com. This year, she created and wrote Sweet & Power, a comedy-drama web series that follows the journey of four Asian-American millennial women as they navigate their 20s. The show covers a variety of topics including career, cultural identity, friendships, and sexuality. Carolyn was born in Hong Kong, and she speaks three dialects of Chinese (Shanghainese, Mandarin, and Cantonese). Currently, she lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband.
Brandy Brown is the Founder & Creative Director of Marabou Design, an innovative design studio located in the beautiful pacific northwest. Specializing in creative styling, editorial and graphic design, she describes her aesthetic as both playful & smart. Brandy also blogs for noted sites, and has been featured in several magazines such as Domino, Martha Stewart Living, Essence, InStyle and more! Brandy enjoys sharing tips and tutorials for the modern family & their extraordinary friends.
The fall fashion series at Thompson Seattle has been such a hit with hotel guests and local fashion fans alike that we’re officially extending it through the holiday season! To date, the series has featured a rotating list of designers and boutiques including Baby & Co., Buki, Andieanderin, Moorea Seal, Scotch & Soda, and Alhambra.
The goal of the series is to celebrate fashion by providing a platform to showcase local brands and boutiques. The trunk shows take place every Thursday from 3-8 p.m. in the hotel lobby and are free + open to the public. RSVP via Eventbrite for upcoming trunk shows and join us in supporting the local style scene.
A full range of handbags and leather goods from Seattle brand KACYYOM will soon be available in London. Making their debut at the new Wolf & Badger store in Kings Cross, the KACYYOM collection will be one of the first brands to be featured in the new 12,000 square-foot-store which opens to the public on October 26th. Located in Coal Drops Yard, a new shopping quarter in the heart of King’s Cross, the Wolf & Badger store will be a place to discover emerging designers and indulge in curated in-store experiences.
Based in timeless style and innovative design, the KACYYOM collection presents a fresh mix of handcrafted Italian leather handbags that transcend seasons. Designer Kacy Yom offers bold, yet effortless pieces inspired by her Korean heritage. The debut collection, named Soh-Lee, is deeply rooted in traditional Korean design details including bright colors and simple lines.
The KACYYOM collection is also available at the Wolf & Badger store in New York at 95 Grand Street in Soho. View and download the fall/holiday KACYYOM lookbook here.
It’s hard to believe that Gossip & Glamour turns 8 years old this month! Or, in the words of fellow publicist Kirsten Andresen, “Time flies when you’re fabulous”.
We’ve had the distinct privilege of working with hundreds of local fashion brands over the years by sharing their stories and helping to build strong communities. To celebrate, we’re looking back on some of our favorite moments. Head over to our Facebook fan page to reminisce with us and join the conversation.
Here’s what we’ve shared so far:
Buki brand launch - Fall 2016
Simply Darling Duo memories
Fun collabs with Tiffany Ishiguro
Highlights from our events and activations with Pacific Place
PR highlights from our work with Seattle boutique flora & henri
Great runway shows and good times with Neiman Marcus
Our wardrobe work with the King 5 Local Lens team
Our work introducing Brooks Running to the fashion community in Seattle
Oh, and we can’t forget about the time we helped open the first SEE Eyewear store in Seattle!
We want to thank everyone in the Gossip & Glamour community for supporting us over the past 8 years. Cheers to 8 more! Keep following along all month long for EVEN MORE fun Gossip & Glamour stories and memories over on our Facebook Fan page.
The second episode of Sweet & Power is now available on Youtube. Sweet & Power is a ground-breaking fictional web series featuring an all Asian American female cast. Written and directed by Carolyn Yuen Marino of the style blog Hey Pretty Thing, Sweet & Power offers unique insight into the challenging and often comical everyday moments of four millennial women.
“I created Sweet & Power because I wanted to watch a show like this on Netflix,” explains Carolyn, “I believe that if you don’t see the representation you want out in the world, it’s up to you to get out there and create it.”
The series is written from the perspective of the protagonist Cici Yuen, played by creator Yuen Marino. The show features multiple on-going storylines and follows Cici and her three best friends, Yoona Kang, played by Yeji Kim Sakoda, Robin Chan, played by Becca Cheung, and Noy Inchareon, played by NoyNoy Inthaphanya. The first season follows the cast as they navigate the highs and lows of careers, relationships, sexuality, and cultural identity. The show is funny, relatable, and most importantly, it sparks much needed dialogue about diversity and cultural identity.
The first episode made its debut on September 17th and new 10-minute episodes will be released each month through January 2019. Subscribe and watch the first two episodes of the series on the Sweet & Power Youtube channel by clicking here.
Sweet & Power was recently featured on King 5 Evening Magazine. If you missed it, check out Carolyn’s full interview with host Kim Holcomb now.