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Luxury Gifts For The Hard To Shop For Featured

It's often pondered what to give the person who has everything, and with the holidays approaching we all have a few hard to shop for names on our lists. For me, it's my mother-in-law, otherwise known privately as The Duchess. She is so classy, so refined, and so cool that I can't imagine a single gift that would genuinely delight her. This woman has vintage Christmas ornaments she's collected from multiple trips to Europe, crystal handed down from her great-great-grandmother, antique rugs, and a pristine vanity topped with just enough La Mer, Chanel, and Dior to make the single Maybelline…
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Fall Fashion Looks You Can Actually Wear Featured

Sweater weather. Fall fashion. Wool, turtlenecks, cardigans, and coats. The season of style is upon us, and we are dying over the latest trends from Fall Fashion Week. The temperatures are dropping, stores are filled with rich colors, and our closets are positively begging to be filled with the hottest pieces to carry us through the colder weather. We rounded up some of our favorite fall trends, with inspiration for every age, budget, and body type, including some pieces for babes who are still sweating through Indian Summers. So get ready to swoon, because here is Seattle Metro's Fall Fashion…
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Ready, Set, Clean: How to Make Your Closet Work for You Featured

It can be an emotional, frustrating task to organize your wardrobe. Every item holds memories of a special time--that gorgeous sequined dress you wore on New Year's Eve, the flowing kimono you took on vacation but haven't worked into your wardrobe, favorite pairs of jeans with fallen hems from an epic beach weekend, those uncomfortable stilettos you scored at half price but launch you into a spiral of sartorial suffering, and all of the adorable things you bought, hoping they'd someday fit. Sorting through the pretty things you once loved enough to bring home isn't an easy task, especially when…
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Ready, Set, Clean: How to Make Your Closet Work for You Featured

It can be an emotional, frustrating task to organize your wardrobe. Every item holds memories of a special time--that gorgeous sequined dress you wore on New Year's Eve, the flowing kimono you took on vacation but haven't worked into your wardrobe, favorite pairs of jeans with fallen hems from an epic beach weekend, those uncomfortable stilettos you scored at half price but launch you into a spiral of sartorial suffering, and all of the adorable things you bought, hoping they'd someday fit. Sorting through the pretty things you once loved enough to bring home isn't an easy task, especially when…
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Vacation in a Bottle: Summer Fragrance Roundup Featured

I’ve always been someone who strongly associates scent with memory, and I’m not alone. Memory and smell are intertwined. Interestingly, mental disorders that impair memory also damage the sense of smell, as well as the ability to distinguish scents. So it makes perfect sense that when it comes to remembering periods of my life, I always think about the perfume I was wearing at the time. One whiff of Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon takes me back to the summer after I graduated high school and was working at a record store. If I spray Anna Sui One Love,…
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Let's Dismantle "Cool Girl Beauty" Featured

If you spend any time on Instagram, beauty blogs, Twitter, or leaving your house, you’ve probably noticed a trend over the last couple of years, a trend called “cool girl beauty.” The premise of this trend is basic (no, not the derogatory kind of basic, I literally mean basic): you are so naturally pretty that you don’t need to wear make-up and instead smear on something ethereal and glowy on your perfect face in less than five minutes to remind everyone how little you even need make-up to begin with. And because we live in a patriarchal society that prizes…
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Fashion Week Recaps with 4 Local Style Pros

For the ardent Streetpeeper, Le21eme, and Styledumonde Instagram followers, this marks the time when your feed (and imminent purchases) are full of bandanna neckerchiefs and shearling jackets. Such is the pandemonium surrounding fashion week. And while photogs transport us on to the buzzing streets of London, Milan and Paris, we’ve enlisted Seattle’s style impresarios to share their favorite collections this season. Here are the figures and what they are fawning over. Avi Loud What do you do? I’m an artist. If you would have asked me that five years ago, I would have said, “I am a photographer.” But my…
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Fashion Week Recaps with 4 Local Style Pros

For the ardent Streetpeeper, Le21eme, and Styledumonde Instagram followers, this marks the time when your feed (and imminent purchases) are full of bandanna neckerchiefs and shearling jackets. Such is the pandemonium surrounding fashion week. And while photogs transport us on to the buzzing streets of London, Milan and Paris, we’ve enlisted Seattle’s style impresarios to share their favorite collections this season. Here are the figures and what they are fawning over. Avi Loud What do you do? I’m an artist. If you would have asked me that five years ago, I would have said, “I am a photographer.” But my…
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Chance McLaren Shoots Models and Mountains

Photographer Chance McClaren[1] would play around with his dad’s Canon AE-1 camera growing up in Montana. His work later evolved into capturing scenic images throughout the Northwest. It wasn’t until McLaren was accepted to the Art Institute of Seattle—where he applied on a whim—that he had an inkling to pursue his newfound love for fashion photography. Nowadays he’s doing both. His subject-centered images subtly play up movement and garments, while his landscape photography showcases an eye for the grandiose. The Montana native shares his inspirations and the digital craze. What got you into photography? Science class in the fifth grade.…
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Hayley Francis Wants to Keep It Real (and Funny)

If you can imagine a leather-clad Edie Sedgwick with a Chipotle burrito bowl in hand you’re somewhere near the essence of Seattleite style blogger Hayley Francis. She’s a whole lot of personality with a dose of relatability (we love that in a blogger, right?), all laid out on her blog Neon Doves. For her, keeping it real is inherent to her blog’s success, which translates into self-deprecating and comical backstories for all her posts.[1] Where were you born and raised and where are you currently living? I grew up in Seattle and went to college in Boulder, Colorado where I…
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