brunchWestfield Southcenter and Giuliana Rancic, the award-winning entertainment journalist, style and beauty expert and cancer survivor, will be hosting a champagne brunch event on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 from 9-11 a.m. in Macy’s Court. The event will benefit Rancic’s charity, Fab-U-Wish™.

The champagne brunch will include a runway fashion show featuring the latest trends from Westfield Southcenter retailers. In addition to a champagne brunch, guests will enjoy pampering beauty bars, a chance to win exclusive prizes from top brands and receive an exclusive gift bag filled with goodies as a thank you for supporting Fab-U-Wish™.

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fallfashionPut on your fall finest and come celebrate The Shops at The Bravern’s 5th anniversary at the Fall Fashion Showcase on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6-9 p.m. A sampling of select experiences includes:

The Bravern’s Fall Fashion Showcase will feature two fashion shows from Neiman Marcus (6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.), live mannequins, music, specialty bites and drinks. Come grace the red carpet and experience what the premier shops, restaurants and purveyors have in store.

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I don’t wait just for summer to contour, highlight and bronze my face, in fact, this is something I do on the regular, no matter what season it is. But for those of you who don’t practice this art regularly, and who may want to try it, check out the video below from @nurberxo for tips on how to contour, highlight, and bronze your face to get your best sunkissed look without looking like Braveheart.

Want more? Get the products you need to achieve this look here.

Happy highlighting!
xo

 

You’ve heard a million times how so many companies struggle to break free from their 1950s mindsets of men ruling the workforce. Several large companies, including the likes of Apple, Delta Airlines, and Google, have absolutely no female members of corporate directors. Studies have found that diversity in the workplace leads to happier employees and a better bottom line.

A meager 22 percent of Fortune 500 board members are women and that number has only grown marginally in the past five years. Only 24 of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs – a paltry 4.8 percent. However, in countries such as Norway and Spain, quotas are in place which require a larger number of females in positions of power. 

As it stands right now, men are more favored for leadership positions in the workforce. But that doesn’t mean we can’t give them a run for their money. 

Show Encouragement

It’s not just about doing your tasks and pushing yourself. A good leader will go out of their way to help others and encourage those around them to succeed as well. If you see someone struggling with a concept, don’t turn it into water cooler gossip. Listen to their needs and point them in the right direction. Help them and it will in turn help you. Not only does this encourage people to come to you for help, but it instills a sense of camaraderie and trust that you are capable of leading.

Trust your Team

A relationship without trust is nothing, and that is no different in the workforce. Show your team that you trust their abilities. Allow your staff the freedom to solve their own problems. Studies show that micromanaging leads to unhappy employees, hostile work environments and, ultimately, a lack of productivity. They were hired for a reason and micromanaging only leads to two people doing the same job. 

Educate Yourself

Successful people know that knowledge is a continuous path. That means taking the steps to improve yourself. Seminars, basic college courses, and even furthering your degree will all show your ability to do the work needed to succeed. Leadership development is not an overnight process and may require coaching from an outside entity like an executive coach

It may take months to get noticed or it may take years, but continued education is an absolute necessity to succeed in the business world. Don’t exclude the option of business coaching and leadership development.

Stand Out

Don’t be afraid to show off your assets. You’ve taken the leadership courses, furthered your degree, and your staff trusts you. It’s time to show those in charge that you’re capable and willing to step up. Many executives say that taking risks not only got them to their position, but it’s something they look for when they’re promoting. You have to be willing to take chances and part of that could mean failing- but it could also mean overwhelming success. Don’t be afraid to take a leap. You never know where you may land.

It is vital to encourage ourselves and other women to follow our goals and strive for leadership positions. we need to make a change and show the world the potential that women have. It’s time to skew the numbers and get yourself on a list of powerful women. Hold your head high and make your way to the top.

July 2014

July 2014

On New Year’s Day, my mom called to tell me that she had something life changing to show me. I was hungover from New Year’s Eve festivities the night before and glued to the couch. But since she sounded so convincing I agreed to let her come over as long as she agreed to let me stay on the couch without entertaining her or moving whatsoever.

When she arrived, she had the energy of a bee whizzing about; all of the movement nearly made me vomit. Then she settled in to show me a video called the American Parasite made by a (probiotic) nutritional supplement company. Without going into too much detail, it was an informational video that talked about the harmful effects of sugar, how it leads to overgrowth of candid in the body and claims that it is the fault of the government that so many people are having issues with this “bacterial” imbalance due to the creation of aspartame and other “fat free” and processed food ingredients by companies funded and supported by them (the government) even after shocking reports of cancer in lab rats, etc. Sigh.

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nsaleIt’s finally here: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, starting today, Friday, July 18 in stores and online.  The sale features brand new merchandise at limited-time prices so shop early for the best selection because prices only last until August 3rd.

One huge reason to stop in this weekend: Nordstrom Downtown Seattle and Bellevue Square are hosting a Beauty Bash all day this Saturday, July 19th. Come in to check out the very latest and greatest in beauty and skincare, pick up exclusive gifts with purchase, and enjoy an appointment with one of our beauty stylists.

Another one of the best finds at this year’s sale: a huge selection of boots for men, women and kids. Here are three of our favorite must-have boot trends to check out when you’re there: Stacked Heel Booties, Riding Boots and Motorcycle Boots. I want all of those.

Want even more?

Yes.

Check out the Boot Bash at Nordstrom Bellevue this Saturday, July 19th, from 12 to 3 pm. You’ll find exclusive styles, a tote with your purchase, airbrush artists ready to customize your boots, and more. Be one of the first 500 customers to visit the boot bash for a $10 gift card toward your shoe purchase that day.

Want to check out what’s hot at the sale this year in advance? Visit Nordstrom.com to check out items that are trending on social media, and use the hashtag #nsale to show us your favorite finds!

bravern2Join The Bravern for its 5th anniversary celebration September 18, 2014, from 6-9 p.m for fashion shows, live entertainment and more in honor of their 5th Anniversary.

The Bravern’s Fall Fashion Showcase will feature two fashion shows from Neiman Marcus (6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.), live mannequins, music, specialty bites and drinks.

Come grace the red carpet and experience what the premier shops, restaurants and purveyors have in store. We hope to see you there!

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ubereThere are few things I like more than Uber and Shopping. So, when I heard about the brilliant new partnership between Uber and Banana Republic, I had to share.

Uber has partnered with Banana Republic to celebrate the launch of their new program, Embark. To kick off this exciting effort, Banana Republic is going to reward 20 lucky Seattle Uber users with a $2,000 shopping spree.

Yes, you heard that right. 20 Seattle Uber users will win a $2000 shopping spree. Really? Yes.

How can you win this ultimate shopping experience?

1. Download the Uber app for IPhone or Android.
2. On July 12th, between 1-4pm, open your app or head to m.uber.com and request the “EMBARK” option in the app.
3. If you are one of the first 5 people to request at the top of the hour, you will be picked up in style and brought to the Banana Republic Coliseum store in downtown Seattle for a $2,000 shopping spree!
4. Brag to ALL your friends and share your new digs with the hashtag #UberEMBARK!


Make sure to have the app open and be ready to request as there are only 5 lucky winners per hour and you will definitely have some competition to score the ultimate in retail therapy!

BONUS! If you sign up for EMBARK! in one of the Seattle Banana Republic stores today through Sunday, you’ll have a chance to win FREE Uber rides!

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.

Happy Shopping!

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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