Seattle Style

When you hear the location, Seattle, you might automatically think of rain, rain, and well…more rain; however, spending my short Christmas this year in the commonly known wet city opened my eyes to new perspective on what Seattleites do, their ways of life, and how they dress for the occasion.

It’s easy to relate Seattle fashion to grunge, easy-going Birkenstock sandals, and comfort clothing. Many businesses, organizations, and people ooze a surrounding environment of eco-friendly living and outdoor adventures.  It’s quite obvious that Seattle is nowhere close to becoming the fashion capitol of the world, United States, or merely the West coast competing against cities such as New York and Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean the city, which is home to Amazon, Nordstrom, Starbucks and more, hasn’t put their own twist on fashion and brought a unique edge to it.

Walking through Pike Place market, I witnessed one of the greatest calamities of fashion I’ve ever seen. It was as if Seattle held no rules on styles and trends and everyone had agreed to dress to their own accord. The streets around the market were a mosh-pit of different looks inspired from numerous places.  Through my eyes, it seemed to be a mixture of European invention, New York posh, and Western ease. Forget the fact that Seattle is a large tourist city and would therefore attract many different looks. Forget the fact that almost everyone out there owns a flannel shirt and companies like Pendleton and Woolrich are commonly known brands to own. Forget the fact that every man I saw was sporting some type of facial hair! Everyone from the age of 5 to 85 had a different and unique sense of style.

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One of my favorite looks was a boy no older than 12, walking down Pike Place Market alongside the original Starbucks store, wearing a long camel colored dress coat and newsboy cap with a pair of Converse chucks. It appeared as though he had just stepped out of the 1920’s and slipped into some new kicks.

Deciding to walk around the area and see where these Seattle hipsters get their inspiration, my sister and I chose to walk through some stores throughout her local Ballard shops.  Of course Seattle has shopping malls just the rest of the country but it’s not as common to shop there. More and more people shop consignment, older re-sale shops, and thrift stores. I could spend hours walking through stores like Buffalo Exchange in Seattle where top notch, unique pieces are offered from Christian Louboutin pumps to Dooney and Burke vintage handbags. For me, it’s like one big adventure to see what treasures can be found hidden in-between the packed racks of goodies.

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For those who can’t stand digging through racks of older finds, there is a plethora of chic boutiques along Ballard Avenue, downtown. These moderately upscale boutiques offer unique pieces of clothing not commonly found at your local mall. Some offered fashionable yet funky pieces while many stores supplied comfort wear from top yoga lines for those super Moms who trek around their kids all day while still managing to stay fit to Seattle’s very own Kavu outdoor clothing line.

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Overall, this city has so much more to offer than a place to wear your rainboots. The culturally diverse city brings spectacular views from every angle you look out, a gorgeous view of the Puget Sound, and mountains and mountains galore. The people are friendly, warm, and more than willing to welcome you to their fashionable city.  I encourage everyone to visit Seattle. Just remember to pack your rainboots, a trench, and comfy pair of Toms!

Ilsa Jacobson

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Seattle!

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This morning, I was up bright and early with one happy baby Sven. We played and ate some breakfast before he laid back down for a short nap before going to church. Tonya and Peter took me to their local church Mars Hill where I enjoyed a really nice service. I was surprised to see how many young adults were there, some with families and some without, and so many seemed to be active within the service and with each other. I could see why Tonya andPeter enjoy going each week. The message was relevant, meaningful, and easy to listen to and the band sounded great!

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After church we grabbed some devious Thai food for lunch and came back home to put Sven down for a nap which didn’t seem to go so well. Tonya started to prepare dinner and we Skyped with Mom and Dad again with Tonya and Pete’s new web cam which sits on the mantle next to their 55″ television screen which doubles as their computer. It makes it. It makes it much easier to see everyone while Skyping and to also not temp Sven to crawl over and push the laptop buttons.

Tonya and Peter got me two umbrellas in hopes of a soon move to Seattle for me. They also bought me the book, Vintage Jesus, a book written by Mark Driscoll (the founding pastor of Mars Hill) and Gerry Breshears. It looks to be an interesting read and I’m looking forward to diving into it.

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Tonya prepared a wonderful spread of prime rib, broccolini, and mashed potatoes with artichoke dip and toasted French bread for our appetizer. Hands down the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten in my life! To top it off we ate chocolate soufflés for dessert along with a small piece of homemade apple pie I made from scratch the other night. Couldn’t have asked for a better meal!

We’re finishing the night trying to find a Christmas movie to watch and relaxing on the couch. All in all, a very enjoyable Christmas. No hype, no hoop-la, just good ole’ fashioned qualityt time spent with family. New tradition? I wouldn’t mind it at all.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


~ Nichole