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!
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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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!
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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!!
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!
In 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.
Pop 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
An annual event not to be missed is Bellevue Fashion Week presented by the The Bellevue Collection. It runs September 24 through September 28th this year and is currently in its ninth year of the fashion extravagance featuring the latest and hottest Fall fashion trends and style tips by the Bellevue Collection. During the five day fashion event, one of the must-see events is Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue Magazine with fashion curated from The Bellevue Collection that brings fashion insider trends directly from Vogue magazine onto the runaway. But first, there’s the Fashion Forecast Preview.
Fashion Forecast preview is part of the Bellevue Fashion week trend preview hosted by TV host and Celebrity Stylist Lawrence Zarian and Associate Director of Special Events for Vogue Cara Crowley to discuss how Fall 2014 trends can be translated from runaway to every day life.
The event, reserved for press and bloggers, took place late morning at the Hyatt in Bellevue on Thursday 9/25. This year’s fashion forecast opens up our eyes to the world of fashion and more! It was inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming. The show started with a short slide show of Vogue “Instagirls” Joan Small, Cara Delevigne, Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente and Andrea Diaconu the new generation of super models who build their brand through social media.
The following slide show featured 2014 Fall fashion trends of ready to wear white cable knits from Faconable, Grey and Black ensembles of loose layering from Eileen Fisher, vintage inspired little floral dresses by Nordstrom, and sophisticated textured coats by Diane Von Furstenberg.
This year’s Fall fashion preview presented by Cara Crowley and Lawrence Zarian covered a great deal of topics and tips ranging from what’s hot in color, style, accessories, make up and more. Here’s what stood out:
For makeup, last years focus for fall was all about bold lip color, this year, it’s all about Statement Eye makeup and Accessories:
After the presentation and mini fashion show, Cara and Lawrence sat down for a Q & A style session for those curious about what they’d just seen and how these trends could be adapted to current wardrobes. We all need to refresh our wardrobes from time to time and having two fashion experts help is pretty cool.
Q & A
Q: What is the trickiest trend to work into an everyday wardrobe?
A: Cara : 60′s inspired. It could be bold with too much prints.
A: Lawrence : If it’s on trend, there is always a way to incorporate an element of it into your wardrobe such as a floral scarf. You wear the style, the style doesn’t wear you.
Q : How do you keep boots new and interesting?
A. Cara : Wear them with a girlie dress!
A. Lawrence : Add textured hose, like black opaque. It gives a longer and leaner look.
Q: Jumpsuits are in. How do you keep that look fresh and not….like the 80′s?
A : 80′s are fabulous! Add a sash, tie a bow in the front, a thick belt works well too.
Q : Cara, how did you land a job at Vogue Magazine?
A : I graduated St. Joseph University in Philadelphia with a Marketing major. Growing up watching my mom read Vogue magazines. I moved to New York City because it’s a great place for fashion and landed a job at Bergdorf Goodman as an assistant personal shopper where I learned about high end brands and watching Chanel fashion shows helped. (Her advice: Life is about networking. Be ambitious, work hard and be kind.)
Q : How do you see the future of fashion; how will it change?
A : Fashion keeps going. With Social Media people can see everything, everywhere. People will be more creative in fashion.
Also, women will invest in classic pieces, one piece that create four different looks, mix high and low fashion, invest in classic little black dress, crisp white dress shirt.
Q: What fashion piece is the one to invest in this season?
A : The 60′s trend; vintage jewelry. Go to thrift stores or boutiques and buy a unique piece of jewelry. Create your own signature style. Get at least one key embellishment for Fall.
Q : What are the shoe trends this year?
A: Cara : For women, Flats, sneakers as featured in Chanel sneakers movement.
A: Lawrence : For Men, double moon straps in tan and black color
Q: Seattleites loves their scarves. How to you make it fashionable?
A: Wear the hottest colors and prints and add to a black shift dress. Wear it like Italian women do, on their bags, in their hair, around their wrists.
At the end, both Cara and Lawrence shared their favorite quotes and thoughts on “beauty”. Cara made reference to Coco Chanel who said, “Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off,” and Lawrence referenced Audrey Hepburn with her fitting quote, “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” He went on to say that we tend to follow impossible standards of “beauty” from the red carpet and that we shouldn’t forget that these are people who have teams of stylists, chefs, etc. but that they make up such a small percentage of people in this world and that instead, a woman needs to be comfortable with who she is, where she is right now, not making herself something that she is not.
So with that, I wish you lots of happiness and fun fall fashion. Until next time…