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On Friday, November 14, 2014, Runway to Freedom 5 took place at the Showbox Theatre in Seattle. This year’s event benefited Mary’s Place, a local shelter that empowers women and children to reclaim their lives. Survivors gathered the strength and courage to share their powerful stories and inspire the audience throughout the night. It was truly beautiful to learned about how they were able to triumph and take control of their lives.

For the past four years, Runway to Freedom has been committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence . The event is produced and curated by Lauren Grinnell, who founded the charitable organization in 2010.

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked. The reasons women stay in abusive relationships can vary, but leaving is almost never as simple as just walking away. There is help available. Mary’s Place offers these women safe shelter and the emotional support and services they need.

The night consisted of a fashion show with designs by Jamie Von Stratton, Cami Funk, Justin Zachary Bartle, Devon Yan Berrong, Kate Kinkle Designs and the Zebra Club. Jairemie Alexander was among the talented musicians who took the stage and delighted the crowd with their performance. Local Grammy Award-winning hip hop-artist Macklemore did the meet and greet for VIP attendees.

The energy and excitement in the room during the live auction was truly amazing. Donated auction items included a package to Teatro Zin Zanni, exclusive trips to Europe, guitars signed by Willie Nelson and Brandi Carlile, a football signed by Seahawks Kam Chancellor, running shoes signed by Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman, among many other things.

Runway to Freedom raised over $20k. They will be donating fifty percent of their event’s proceeds to Mary’s Place. The other fifty

percent will help them complete the non-profit 501(c)(3) process, develop their own programing, and begin work on their long term goals.

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© KendallLauren Photography, 2014 for Runway to Freedom 5

Check out photos from the event here!

“By supporting Runway to Freedom you are empowering survivors, sometimes in their greatest hour of need, to get safe and make a plan. You are transforming lives. With the help from our community, businesses, family and friends, we will create and instill confidence in women, men, and children who have been stripped of hope by abuse.”

You can donate online now and support Runway to Freedom in their efforts of empowering domestic violence victims to become survivors. Also, if you’re interested in becoming a donor or volunteering at next year’s event, please email lauren@runwaytofreedom.com.

Abuse can take many different forms. Is someone you know in an unhealthy relationship? There are ways to help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is one of the many resources available. Their highly trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence. Mary’s Place also has a list of alternative local resources to assist those in need.

Remember, no one should live in fear of the person they love.

Seattle, get ready to live the sweaty life!

I first heard about ClassPass a few months ago. After reading reviews from users and learning about its benefits, I was very intrigued and couldn’t wait for them to make their way to Seattle. Although there are many fitness options out there, trying to find a place or the time to squeeze in a last minute sweat session can be overwhelming.

I have always been an extremely active person. At some point, I was even considered a workout junkie. Nothing makes me happier than squeezing a nice 5 mile run and a cardio session first thing in the morning. Sadly, these past few months I’ve struggled to meet fitness goals. I currently have a gym membership, but I am not a big fan of the location and their group classes are not the best. It’s easy to say that I’ve gone from a strict training schedule with lots of activity throughout the day, to a very sedentary lifestyle.

Thanks to ClassPass, getting my sweat on is about to get easier!

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So, what is it? It’s an alternative to a gym membership. It provides the option to access the best boutique fitness classes in the city, meet new people, and continuously challenge your body. There are hundreds of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.

ClassPass has already been a hit in other cities such as, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. And as of yesterday, it is finally available in Seattle.

 

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For $99 a month, ClassPass members get unlimited classes to use at studios in the ClassPass network. This is the perfect solution for those who get bored attending the same classes over and over and need variety to keep up their workout motivation. While a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can only visit the same studio 3 times per month. But don’t worry because once the next month starts, you can visit that favorite studio again for 3 times. The ClassPass Seattle roster includes The Bar Method and FlyWheel, just to name a few.

Each ClassPass cycle is one month in length, and will automatically renew on the same day each month. For example, if you buy your ClassPass on November 5, your subscription will renew on December 5. Once your new month starts, you’ll be able to keep taking your favorite classes and also exploring new venues!. And the best part… ClassPass does not require an annual/long-term commitment.

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I will be trying ClassPass out this month and will report back to let you know about my experience. I am really excited about this and determined to get my active lifestyle back. If you can’t wait for my reviews and want to check it out for yourself, then head on over to ClassPass and request your invite. Make sure you check Seattle ClassPass Studio Map. Don’t worry if you don’t see a lot of options in your area, they’ll keep adding more studios over time.

I can’t wait to try out a few classes this week. Stay tuned for my updates and follow me on Instagram/Twitter: @arlemJM to learn more about my ClassPass fitness journey. I can already tell you that I am beyond excited to try out some studios that have been on my radar for a few months. Let the fun begin!

Until next time.

 

 

 

 

collage_tannya_1The Nordstrom Beauty trend show (this past weekend) had everything from Estee Lauder’s granddaughter to our own Jane Park, founder of Julep Nail Parlor. Their personal stories and tips for Fall 2014 were innovative and right on, I’m looking forward to applying these myself. Take a look…

Top 3 beauty tips:

1.) Spray perfume in your luggage, when you get to your destination and take out your clothes, everything will smell so fresh. -Aerin Lauder, Estee Lauder’s granddaughter

2.) Your make-up is only as good as your brushes, replace them as necessary. – Tip from MAC makeup artist

3.) It’s all about detoxing your make-up bag, condensing and cutting time in your day to get ready. Purchase products that do more than one thing for you – Tip from Bobbi Brown makeup artist

Most innovative products:

1.) Dior : ‘Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm $33 – Glow lip balm changes to your own signature shade of pink, everyone has their own shade!

2.) Bobbi Brown: ‘Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick Tuxedo Black’ $28- Featured in Vogue, June 2012. You can create an easy smokey eye with this one product by an easy swipe and smudge.

3.) Clarisonic: ‘Mia 3/Aria Makeup Removal Expert $199 – The secret to flawless foundation and makeup is a clean face, prepping your canvas before applying your favorite products will make a huge difference.

 

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Seattle Goodwill will hold the 31st annual Glitter Sale on November 8 and 9, 2014. The sale is 9 am -6 pm Saturday and Sunday at Goodwill located at 1400 S. Lane St. in Seattle. Admission is free.

There will be designer, vintage, and unique one-of-a-kind items clothing and accessories for sale.  Designer pieces include Burberry, Prada, DVF, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Betsy Johnson, Trina Turk, Coach, Michael Kors and more.  This year there will also be a small selection of wedding dresses and an expanded selection of silver jewelry for sale.

Goodwill will be repeating the numbering system so that customers do not need to stand in line for prolonged periods of time.  Upon arrival at the sale, customers should go to the table outside the store to get their number. The number is both entrance to the sale and the number to access the jewelry counter.

Racks will be restocked throughout the weekend.

Preview items from the sale including clothing, jewelry, accessories and other glam attire on Goodwill’s blog, Cup of Goodwill.  Individuals can sign up to receive blog posts at www.seattlegoodwill.org/blog

All sales from the Glitter Sale benefit Goodwill’s free job training and education programs that help individuals in our community get the skills needed to gain employment

More About Seattle Goodwill
Seattle Goodwill Industries is a private, nonprofit organization that has served the central and northern Puget Sound since 1923. It provides free job-training and education programs and services that help low-income and underserved people obtain the skills they need to secure employment so they may achieve economic self-sufficiency. For more information about Goodwill programs, please call toll-free 1-877-GIVE4GOOD or visit the website at seattlegoodwill.org.

Use #GlitterSale when tweeting!

Check out my coverage of the Glitter Sale a few…ahem…years ago.

 

Join me as I guest tweet at the SAM Remix on November 7th.

Choose your own adventure from a variety of performances, activities, dancing, and more, inspired by their new exhibition Pop Departures and the rest of SAM’s fabulous collection during this creative late night.

This late night out explodes with performances, talks, art making and more. Be sure to get your tickets early this event sells out! Event is 18+. For more information visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org and make sure you purchase your tickets: http://bit.ly/1uiWfFj

SAM members enjoy priority access and a special membersonly bar at Remix. Not a member? Join SAM. Tickets are going fast. Get yours today!

See you then!

Don’t forget to connect with us!

Tweeting? Make sure you follow @arlemJM for more art updates and @GirlPowerHour for the scoop on the hottest events to help expand your social circles. Don’t forget to include the hashtags #SAMRemix #GirlPowerHour during your visit to the SAM and let us know what you think.

Spooks and ghouls will be finding their way to LaVida Studio’s Spooktacular Halloween Milonga “Tango Social Dance” on Friday, October 24th at 9:00pm.

I hope you will find your way there as well, and join us as we celebrate the haunting season with food, costume contests, special performances with a Halloween flair and, of course, great dancing. Come dressed in your favorite costume, play games and win prizes. Practice yourtango while socializing with old and new friends in a welcoming ambiance.

There will be a free intro to Tango class from 8:30pm 9:00pm, followed by Milonga from 9:00pm 1:00am. Event is all ages and admission is only $10 per person. So gather your costume, invite a friend and be prepared for a fun-filled evening. You won’t want to miss it!

See you there!!

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All classes and events held at LaVida Studio 13620NE 20th St, Suite G | Bellevue, WA 98005 | 425643LIFE (5433)

LaVida Studio offers wide array of yoga, fitness and social partner dance classes for adults and kids. They specialize in teaching Argentine Tango, Salsa, Ballroom dance, Hiphop, Belly Dance and Flamenco classes in a beautiful, safe and friendly environment.

For more information visit www.lavidastudio.com and of course, feel free to contact them with any questions.

The Vogue Front Row Fashion Show took place Saturday, September 27th during Bellevue Fashion Week.

The highlight of the show was that 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales were donated to The Moyer Foundation. Karen Moyer of the Moyer foundation shared that Kemper Development and The Bellevue Collection have raised over $225,000 for five consecutive years! The Moyer foundation is dedicated to helping children experiencing grief and family addiction.

The run of the show brought seven Fall 2014 categories or themes : Knit necessities, White Out, Flirty Femme, Textured Touch, Edgy Metal, Retro Ready and Enchanted evenings. All of these trends selected by Vogue are currently available at The Bellevue Collection. My favorite was the Edgy Metal look that I hope will dress Bellevue up as the sexy city it is.

Until next time!

Pop Departures_Kiss V_1964_Roy LichtensteinIn the 1960s, art for the first time embraced the brash world of commercial culture, advertising, and mass media—images of shiny newness, youth, and seduction. Pop art electrified artists, audiences, and critics alike. It changed our understanding of art, and the ripple effects of its seismic shift are still felt today.

This Fall, re-live the pop revolution at the Seattle Art Museum.

Pop Departures presents the bold visions of American Pop artists, including the works of icons such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, and Claes Oldenburg. Opening Thursday, October 9th.  This exhibit investigates how artists in subsequent decades have continued to critically engage with and redefine consumer culture and the cult of celebrity.

2014 PopDepartures jamolina00Pop art presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc. With pop art, consumerism and the image culture surrounding it were put on bold display, and many artists rebelled against traditional notions of artistic style through their retooling and imitation of commercial printing techniques.

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Perhaps no artist is better known for his manipulations of the subtleties of marketing and the projection of desire than Andy Warhol. In the late 1950’s, Warhol created magazine illustrations for the upper echelon of New York society and gained experience in decorating shop windows. He was already celebrated as a highly successful illustrator before launching himself as Warhol the artist, celebrity, filmmaker, director, impresario, publisher, and self-styled pop icon.

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The exhibition takes us beyond the pioneers of Pop and to the work of subsequent generations of artists for whom Pop art has been an inspiration or a vehicle for critique. See works from the 1980s and ’90s by artists such as Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, and Richard Prince. Continue with work made in the era of digital markets and social media by Margarita Cabrera, Josephine Meckseper, and Ryan Trecartin—contemporary artists who use Pop as a point of departure.

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Pop art changed the way we consume media and redefined as a part of our market economy. What some considered a fad that would soon fade away became one of the most enduring artistic legacies of the last fifty years and its effects are still felt today. Pop Departures will blow open your notions of Pop and take you on a journey through the last 50 years of American popular culture.

If you plan on attending…

On view October 9, 2014 through January 11, 2015,
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue. Seattle, WA 98101
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday
Closed on Monday & Tuesday

The Seattle Art Museum is located at the corner of 1st Avenue and Union Street, one block south of Pike Place Market. Park for up to four hours for just $6 at the 34d and steward Garage. Request a discount voucher at the SAM Ticketing Desk to use as you leave the garage. The garage is about four blocks from the Seattle Art Museum’s 1st and Union Street entrance – enter on Stewart street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. On weekends only, the same offer applies at the Russell Investment Center Garage under the Seattle Art Museum.

For more information visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Connect with us!

Tweeting? Make sure you follow @arlemJM for more art updates and @GirlPowerHour for the scoop on the hottest events to help expand your social circles. Don’t forget to include the hashtags #PopDepartures #GirlPowerHour during your visit to the SAM and let us know what you think.

Until next time!

The Illuminessence by SEVEN  show was the last of the Bellevue Fashion Week series. It was filled with over the top hair styles combined with runway worthy fashion. It was not only inspiring but eye-catching. The theme Illuminessence was clearly shown through the lighting, music, and background graphics that changed between sets.

Designs by Chelsea Mack

Designs by Chelsea Mack

It started off calm with a live hair styling presentation where stylist and model were at each corner of the runway. The audience was able to see the beginning and end of a wearable look.  By the end of the show there were large, dramatic up-do’s  that one could only imagine seeing through the streets of Bellevue.

Designs by Built for Man

Designs by Built for Man

The night’s fashion designers that complimented each hair style were a combination of Men’s and Women’s apparel:  Built for Man, Jacklyn DeMarco, and Chelsea Mack. Built for man was a leather-focused set, Jacklyn DeMarco focused on futuristic-like dresses with a combination of neutral layers in different textures, and Chelsea Mack had a frilly gown collection with colorful floral appliqué.

Designs by Jacklyn DeMarco

Designs by Jacklyn DeMarco

VIP guests were presented with a swag bag neatly filled with a heel shaped cookie (most likely Louboutin with red soles), Skoah facial gift certificate, Essie nail polish, and Anchorhead coffee beans, all necessary items for a fashionista! Complimentary champagne was passed on silver trays at the start of the show and  the emcee, Lindsay Hostetter, ended with a fantastic quote that really summed it all up, “Thank you for participating in our fantasy.”

VIP champagne + swag

VIP champagne + swag

Now, it’s time to take in all this beauty and use it as inspiration for your fall looks!

As the seasons begin to change and the weather starts to cool, it seems like a natural time to upgrade your wardrobe. But how do you stay fashionable without breaking the bank? Fashion and Beauty Expert Bobbie Thomas is teaming up with Kohl’s to share tips on how to look fashionable while shopping smart.

In this video, Bobbie gives you the scoop on how to scope out the best deals of the season, including information on the new Kohl’s Yes2You Rewards loyalty program and what’s hot right now. Want to know what’s smart for fall? Take a look!

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