Friday, July 24, 2009

Pepper Schwartz talks Samantha of Sex in the City, That Girl and more with Elle magazine

What fun it was to connect Dr. Pepper Schwartz with Elle magazine recently, for the “Living Single” article on the single gal in tv and film through the years. Writer Jeryl Bruner wrote about taking a tip or two from “unwed wonders throughout pop-culture history” and who better than Schwartz, author of such books as Prime: Adventures and Advice About Sex, Love, and the Sensual Years to offer expert comment?

Of Marlos Thomas’ That Girl character, Schwartz says, “The opening scene was her pure joy—like she was saying, ‘Am I happy to be here or what?’” Of Sex and the City she says, “Imagine a show based on middle-aged and old women, who are usually invisible, having good and interesting lives,” says Schwartz. “They were bright, analytical, adventurous, and even interested in sex.”

This is a fun read single gals, so be certain to click on the blog title above to read the entire piece.

Thank you Jeryl and thank you Pepper!

Photo of Marlos Thomas as Anne Marie in “That Girl”.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Halter Hotties are some of the Fini Gals “Favorite Things”

Local made eco chic halters burn it up on Seattle Met mag’s “Who What Wear” blog.

The chic halter tops of our clients at Halter Hotties have headlined Laura Cassidy’s fashion blog “that’s all about cultivating a life of style in Seattle.” Laura writes, “Kimberly Kay and her daughter Paris sort through piles of discarded silk and otherwise luxuriously smooth vintage scarves — designer and otherwise — and, adding contrasting fabrics to form soft necklines, belts for structure, and ultra-soft lining for wearability, fashion them into barely-there summer blouses.” Available at the Pike Place Market nighborhood boutique, Fini, the entire collection can also be viewed online.

Click on blog link above to read Laura Cassidy’s blog at Seattle Metropolitan magazine’s website. And check out singer Jewel shown hear rocking a halter look just last week- proof positive these style are on trend and glamorous.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Seen in PSBJ's Scene Section: Evergreen City Ballet

We adore the dynamic duo who grace the pages of the Puget Sound Business Journal this week: Melinda Morrison and Kevin Kaiser. Thanks to Erin Van Bronkhorst for spreading their smiles across the paper for us. Having collaborated with Morrison for years, for the last year + we’ve had the added pleasure of working with Kaiser as he's taken Evergreen City Ballet to new heights. South King County’s only professional ballet company and school is growing with leaps and bounds. Bucking the local non-profit trend ECB’s contributions, ticket sales and enrollment are all up.

Their first annual “Under the Tuscan Sun” dinner gala, pictured in the PSBJ, brought together over 100 attendees on May 16th at the Fairwood Golf & Country Club to raise funds for scholarships and ECB’s new Dance ALIVE educational outreach program. The top auction items were tickets to the Oprah show and two nights in Chicago plus an Edgar Martinez bat. Fun stuff!

Photo Courtesy Chris Clark

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Spur Gastropub spoils readers with Outstanding in the Field dinner tickets for two

Thanks to the Seattle Editor of Daily Candy for popping a great mention of Spur’s upcoming Outstanding in the Field dinner in DailyCandy’s Weekend Guide today! For those of you who don’t know, Spur’s chefs will be out at Oxbow Farm on Thursday creating a dreamy five course farm feast. Guests will dine at a long linen draped table under the blue skies at the farm—just gorgeous and delish of course. Daily Candy wrote:

"WIN: Outstanding in the Field Tickets

What: Spur is giving one lucky DailyCandy reader two free seats at the dinner honoring and served by chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough at Oxbow Farm.

Why: Have a field day.

When: Enter to win by Sun., 5 p.m.

Event, July 16, 4 p.m.

Where: To enter, e-mail

Tickets also online at"

Trust me, my in box has been flooded as all of us with Spur see just how many folks would LOVE to get their hands on two of these hot tickets. And for those of you not wanting to leave Thursday’s plans to chance, go to the Outstanding website and order a couple. It will be an evening to remember for sure.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kat Spellman sounds off in this month’s Seattle magazine

I just can’t stand by while folks play the game of buy-wear-and return… treating retailers who have generous return policies, like Nordstrom, as their own personal free wardrobe supplier. August’s Letter to the Editor section of Seattle magazine includes a sidebar discussion in response to the May article “Recession Diet”. I'm quoted.

The article touched on trends like: touting your own flask to a bar with friends and surreptitiously sipping from it, instead of paying for drinks there (don’t get me started on that one); nanny sharing (an idea I embrace if the nanny knows up front, is fairly compensated, and isn’t saddled with a bad kid-to-nanny ratio) , and the longstanding trend by gals I disdain (you know who you are) of buying an outfit, tuckin’ in the tag, and wearing it out on the town… only to return it to the store for full money back the next day saying, “It just really didn’t fit…” Ughh.

In this month’s issue Seattle mag included my reply to this piece: “The idea of abusing Nordstrom's return policy was utterly shameful to Kat Spellman of Seattle. ‘WOW. Shame on Dionne and her pride in her wear-and-return policy of buying items,’ Spellman said."

Photo from Seattle magazine. Click on blog title above to read Karen Johnson’s entire article, Recession Diet. Can't wait to hear what you all think!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Simply the Best of 2009: brides beware, you need to scoot down south to the All About Weddings shop in Tukwila

We’re thrilled to share the news that our favorite bridal biz whiz Gayle O’Donnell has won THREE awards from Seattle Bride magazine in their annual Best Of issue:

Best Bridal Accessories

Most Creative Favors

Best Place to Buy Wedding Supplies

Might we mention that this is the seventh year in a row that Gayle’s shop, All About Weddings, has won? And the ever humble Gayle recently confessed to us that she is one of only FIVE
Vendors in the world designated an “accredited wedding vendor" from the
Association of Bridal Consultants.

Pictured at the Awards Party Gayle (left) and Ali Basye, Seattle Bride magazine’s Editor