sjpGuess what Seattle? Sarah Jessica Parker will present the SJP Collection, her Nordstrom-exclusive collection of shoes, handbags and the Manhattan trench coat, at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle on March 5 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Parker will meet with customers and sign their SJP purchase throughout the event (as time permits).

Launching exclusively at Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com on February 28, the SJP Collection is a new collection of shoes crafted by artisans in Italy, reflecting Sarah Jessica’s personal looks and feminine style. The line will also feature three styles of handbags in black, nude, navy, coral, pewter, green, and mauve and the grosgrain-trimmed Manhattan trench coat in navy and khaki to complement the collection on the whole.

 The shoe prices range from $195 to $485 and is made in Italy from high quality leathers and materials. Handbags will retail from $245 to $375 and the Manhattan trench will retail for $495.

 For more information about the SJP Collection, please visit the Nordstrom press room. To download high-resolution images of the collection, click here.

*Please note that due to limited time, Sarah Jessica Parker will only be able to sign items from the SJP Collection for customers who have made a purchase.

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1212It was January a year ago when I realized I’d be heading  with the Army to Afghanistan for a year.  Literally my first thought was, “But the Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl!”  I knew I would be missing an exciting year for the NFL team I grew up loving.  Was I right or what!  I am gone the year the Seahawks make it to the Super Bowl and I am here in a metal container in the Middle East somewhere unable to outwardly show my fan support.  How was I going to be the 12th man if I couldn’t even show my support without breaking a military regulation in uniform or a general order?!
But I realize soon that being the 12th Man is believing, having faith, and standing by your team no matter what.

So in all the ways I could I looked for ways to show my 12th Man Spirit for the Seahawks.    Here are some of the things I did.

1.     I asked my friends back in the states for a 12th Man Flag, a girl friend Megan sent me a huge one that worked perfectly.  I went around taking photos everywhere.  One of the photos even got on a blog on the Seahawks blog page!
2.     My friend Jason sent me this Jack and Box head with a Seahawks helmet, which I attached to my bike and rode it all over the base.
3.     Creating my own version of the 12th Man logo for my girlfriends.
4.     Making friends with other Seahawk Fans.  Since everywhere I went I talked about the Seahawks, I quickly found who were also “In”.  I began trading Seahawk items with others and I got myself a T-shirt to wear for the game!
5.     Nail decal, Angela another Seahawks fan was kind enough to share with me her Seahawk nail decal, which I put on my fingernails.
6.     Decorating my porch.  MY metal container was at the corner of the building and close to the coffee shop, which drew a lot of people and groups.  I was able to hang the flag on the canopy I made and really have the 12th man flag held high.
7.     Seahawk Lulu lemon Sports bra! Even though I couldn’t be decked out in Seahawks colors, anything under my clothes was fair game.

The game goes on early, early Monday morning.  I will be loosing some sleep as I will be attending the lunch room to watch the game in my Seahawks t-shirt and multi-cams, but it’s worth it .  I have less than 21 days left in Afghanistan and being around all these people I don’t know, but who are rooting for the same team, makes it almost feel like I’m back home in Seattle.  There is no way that I’m missing a crowd  where majority of the crowd will be shouting for the same team as I.   I’ll be sure to post some photos!

So where ever you are, what ever you have or don’t have, you are still the 12th Man.  Let’s go Seahawks!!!

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Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch has partnered with Skittles to create a Limited-Edition Flavor Mix, that will be available through auction  to benefit Lynch’s Fam 1st Family Foundation. 

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Marshawn Lynch is honoring his team the Seattle Seahawks and their incredible fans by auctioning off “Seattle Mix,” a limited-edition flavor mix.  I know, I know, everyone wants to know WHERE to buy them and unfortunately they will not be available in stores.  The special mix will feature the team’s iconic blue and green colors. Three lucky fans will have the chance to win packs of Skittles “Seattle Mix” along with one-of-a-kind football-inspired Skittles-covered items through an online auction beginning Wednesday, January 29.  The Auction officially begins Wednesday, January 29 at 10:00 PM CST and ends Saturday, February 1 at 10:00 PM CST. 

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1happy hourFor business-minded women everywhere, networking is essential to success. When you can combine fun and excitement with business savvy, it makes it even better. For networking events, there are a variety of ways to keep guests returning.

Charity Brunch
A charity brunch provides a great opportunity to perform multiple tasks in one place. Guests can network, eat great food and help out a good cause. The meal can be presented in a buffet style format or with guests reserving their meals in advance. It also gives a fun chance to dress up in elegant dresses or “Sunday best” attire.

Speakers representing different charitable organizations may give presentations or speeches to bring awareness to their respective cause. Participants can then give to whatever charity they choose. Unlike many events, they would have the option of deciding where their resources would go.

Business Auction
At an auction, guests could put up their own items to sell or find goods they need at a competitive discount. Available merchandise can include clothing, household appliances, services and gifts. To spark additional fun, mystery items could be sold to stir the competition.

The items for bid could even include those from the companies the businesswomen represent. They may advertise their businesses by auctioning a discounted version of the services or products they offer.

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As the holiday season approaches, life can get hectic with decorating, festivities and shopping.  While it’s a time to share joy with family and friends, the approaching Winter Solstice is also a reminder to take time for rest as we approach a New Year.

Here are some Feng Shui tips for a stress-free holiday, home and life:

Create a peaceful environment. Less is more. Too many decorations constrict the energy flow in your home and overcommitting to social festivities can leave you feeling depleted. Balance is key. Take time to rest, rejuvenate and reflect during the holiday season. Let your home nourish you.

Place your Christmas tree in the Abundance area (far left or SE corner of your living room). As you hang each ornament on the tree, think of someone or something you are grateful for. Include a special ornament symbolizing a goal you desire and let the twinkling lights energize your intention.

Clear your clutter before the New Year. Clutter affects your physical, mental and emotional energy. Donate unused clothes, household items or Christmas decorations and you will brighten someone else’s holiday too. Start 2014 with space in your life for new opportunities and experiences!

Looking for some unique and meaningful holiday gifts for family and friends?  Consider a “Fortune” wind chime to hang outside the front door for a prosperous New Year…or give the gift of a harmonious home or office!

Whether you are home or visiting family and friends, enjoy the holidays and the new beginnings of 2014!

Wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday season!

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Woman business success“A brand is more than a word; it’s the beginning of a conversation.” If you don’t believe that’s true, think for a moment about some of the most famous brands in business like Mary Kay, Apple or Xerox. Just reading those brand names evokes an emotional response of some kind, and even if that response is negative, an internal conversation has begun.

Branding yourself or your business identifies you to your potential customers. A positive response to your brand makes people feel connected to you in some way, which leads to deeper networking and more success.

What is a Brand?

A brand is made up of many elements, starting with your reputation. Women in business know how important maintaining a professional reputation is, and how tricky it can be. Sharing your accomplishments can come off as bragging, while not sharing them can make you look like you lack confidence in your abilities. When you approach branding as an opportunity to tell the story of your business (or skills), it becomes easier to understand.

The career site Monster suggests these steps to identifying your brand:

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Pop-In 4UNordstom is excited to announce the latest installment of the Pop-In @Nordstrom series which opens this Friday, November 15th  at their Downtown Seattle and Bellevue Square stores, as well as online at nordstrom.com.

“4U: Brite Lights_Gift City” showcases a selection of gifts perfect for the person who has everything, ranging from stocking-worthy tchotchkes like science collectibles from New York’s The Evolution Store, to indulgent designer exclusives such as a custom black-on-black Rolex by Bamford.

Other gifts include Keith Haring skis produced by Bomber, Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 cameras, Venessa Arizaga necklaces, Louis Ghost Chairs by Kartell with exclusive graphics, OLO Fragrances – custom blends from Portland, AMH city tees, Illesteva eyewear, The North Face Base Camp Duffel bags, exclusive Andy Warhol “So Many Stars” Bugaboo strollers, LSTN Zebrawood Troubadour headphones – the sale of which helps provide services to restore hearing in children, Kidrobot toys, two Fiat models and Jawbone Jambox in exclusive colors such as “Grilled Cheese” and “Ice Cream Sandwich.”

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christmas_dinner_plate_205019It’s that time of year again — time for holiday travel and holiday parties. Between workplace gatherings, family events, and friend bashes, you’re likely to be attending one or two parties every week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

If you’re throwing a party yourself, here are a few tips to help it stand out from the crowd. After all, you want your party to be the one everyone remembers, not the one everyone is eager to leave.

1. Lighting

Nothing says “festive” more than lighting, and yet few hosts do much more than turning on the overhead lights and adding a few candles. Read Slate Magazine’s guide to party lighting, and remember their key advice: a good party has lights coming from the side, not from overhead.

2. Food

Right about the time when people really want to look their best, they’re surrounded by unhealthy, fattening foods. Read our tips for staying fit during the holidays, and follow that example as a host: provide simple fare like cheese cubes, sliced meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables along with the decadent cookies and cakes. This goes double if you’re throwing a party that coincides with the dinner hour — make sure you serve filling, nutritious food along with your nibbles and desserts, so guests don’t have to fill up on candied almonds simply because it’s dinnertime and they’re hungry.

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When my sister recently asked me to stand by her side as her Maid of Honor, as she makes the journey from being single to married, I was ecstatic. But I was also a bit nervous—being a Maid of Honor or bridesmaid comes with a lot of responsibility. And, to be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting into.

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Understand Your Duties

I’ve come to think of the Maid of Honor as a co-pilot helping make sure the bride reaches her destination. I’m not only my sister’s confidante, I’m her assistant and her emotional lifeboat. I listen to everything she has to say and give my advice when she needs it. If I can see she needs a laugh, I try my hardest to come up with a good joke. You need to provide as much help as you can without overstepping your boundaries.

Bridal Shower, Bachelorette Party, or Both?

Throwing a bachelorette party and bridal shower is a key duty of the bridesmaid co-pilot. Each event should be held four to six weeks before the actual wedding day. To make sure these festivities go smoothly, you’ll want to start planning about eight weeks before they take place.

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There is a fun event coming up this weekend in Puyallup.  I’ll be co-hosting Girls Night Out, on Saturday, November 9 at   South Hill Mall. The event will run from 4-8pm, guests will enjoy a fabulous array of shopping, entertainment, pamering, prizes and fun! We’re going RED in support of the American Heart Association. South Hill Mall is located at Highway 512 and South Meridian Street in Puyallup, WA.

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