Summer is in full bloom here in Seattle with the many gorgeous flowers and plant life that keep our city nice and green. As you’re taking your time to stop and smell the roses, it’s a good reminder to consider your scent as well. While nothing will ever beat the fresh air and natural aromas of this joyous season, these top summer fragrances will come pretty close!
White Musk Eau de Parfum from The Body Shop
We’re suckers for best-sellers here, and this might be one of the best ones yet! This signature scent from The Body Shop is silky smooth and has a light quality to it that is memorable but not overpowering. Additionally, The Body Shop’s unparalleled eau de parfum format is the strongest, most concentrated and longest lasting fragrance on the market so you’ll be sure to smell sweet all day long!
Poppy Blossom Fragrance from Coach
Coach may be infamous for its trendy designer handbags and accessories, but the fragrances Coach has to offer should not be overlooked! Personally, we love the Poppy Blossom fragrance because of its undeniably summery feel. Its bright appearance and even brighter scent is representative of an ideal warm summer day and will make you smell even sweeter than the poppies themselves.
Citrus Verbena Summer Fragrance by L’Occitane En Provence
Citrus smells are always bright and fresh, and this particular citrusy scent blends lemon oil and grapefruit extract to create the perfect fruity summer fragrance. A generous helping of this fragrance in the morning will guarantee a clean and fresh summer scent for the rest of the day.
Stop by Pacific Place and pick up one of these must-have summer scents so you can focus on the other important things in life this summer (like what swimsuit looks best with your favorite hat and sunglasses combo). Happy shopping!
When the sun is shining, there’s no excuse for not getting outside to enjoy it.. While soothing walks and sandy beaches are definitely premium methods of soaking up the rays, we’re itching for something a little more adventurous. This year, we’re getting our sun in the great outdoors. Yep, you guessed it – camping season is upon us! Make sure you’re equipped with essential (and fashionable) gear for this summer’s greatest adventures. Who said you can’t get a little dirty, but look great doing it too?
Your trusty sidekick since the long days of your youth is the backpack, and it’s making the comeback of a lifetime. Swing on by Eddie Bauer this summer to pick out one of their many backpacks. Durable enough to survive even the most spontaneous adventure and trendy enough to satisfy even the choosiest of campers!
We love the Adventurer Backpack for its many mesh pockets, padded and adjustable shoulder straps, and the multitude of colors and varieties it comes in.
Staying hydrated is a number one priority when doing pretty much anything. Especially if you are outside breaking a sweat, you need to make sure you are bringing plenty of water along with you. The best way to do this, in our humble opinion, is to buy a beautiful and useful water bottle that absolutely never leaves your side.
Eddie Bauer’s 24 oz. Polar Water Bottle has been a timeless outdoor classic for a long time running. Its dual wall construction makes sure your water stays nice and cool no matter where you find yourself.
Protecting your eyes from the sun while driving is very important, but equally as important when it comes to walking too. Avoid being blinded this summer by bringing a nice pair of sunglasses with you everywhere. Don’t want to bring your expensive and high-end designer glasses with you to the dirty outdoors? We totally understand. That’s why you need a travel pair (and a lounging pair, and a beach pair, and a pair for any other circumstance you might find yourself in!) Stop by Solstice Sunglasses to buy sunglasses for every occasion.
In this instance, we would suggest perusing their selection of foldable sunglasses because their compact nature maximizes your travelling efficiency and your style.
It seems a little obvious, but essential nevertheless. No matter how bright and beautiful it may seem, all of that disappears when the sun goes down. Be sure to bring a heavy jacket with you whenever you’re planning an overnight adventure. Also, any born and/or raised Seattleite will tell you, that jacket better have a hood!
Head back to Eddie Bauer and check out their jackets for men and women! Personally, we love the BC Microtherm Down Jacket that is featured in both men’s and women’s styles. It’s a warm, breathable, windproof, and waterproof jacket that will provide the fullest protection for campers of any experience.
Last, but certainly not least, when decking out in outdoor gear from head to toe, you can’t forget the toe. While running shoes are nice and tennis shoes are useful, it’s a good idea to invest in some serious hiking boots.
Make Pacific Place your first stop before any camping expedition and go out and explore the great outdoors. Be safe and have fun happy adventurers!
One of America’s absolute favorite holidays is almost here and everyone is sure to make sure they’re sporting their red, white, and blue with pride. Whether or not you have plans this Independence Day, you’ll want to show off your patriotism the best way you know how: your style. Luckily, here in the U.S. style can range from clothing pieces, accessories, home décor, and even food! Lacking in inspiration? Here are some of our quick picks to help you show how much you love your country this Fourth of July:
Never underestimate the power of well thought out accessories, no matter how small. The Fourth of July is a perfect holiday to accentuate your favorite outfit ornaments because the bold reds, whites and blues will stand out from the usual golds and silvers. Whenever we’re itching for some bright and loud statement jewelry pieces, we go to Kate Spade. With necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more, Kate Spade is the frontrunner for bright jewelry pieces that will complete any Independence Day ensemble.
There is a huge range of ways you can tailor your Fourth of July style to fit the American theme. From wearing solid colored items, to going all out with American Flag inspired pieces, there is a large margin for creativity with this holiday.
If you’re looking for unmistakable patriotic apparel, Victoria’s Secret Pink is where you’ll find what you’re looking for. Pink is always fully stocked with themed clothing for every holiday, and the good old Fourth of July is absolutely no exception. This Slouchy Racerback Tank is absolutely perfect for this Independence Day.
Non Theme-Specific Clothing
If you’d rather rock the red, white, and blue in a slightly more discreet way, there’s a store for you too! We love Bebe for their bold and colorful clothing items that combine high-fashion and high-patriotism for your ideal Fourth of July outfit.
The outfit we’ve picked combines white Bebe Skinny Jeans, hot red Isella Fringe Sandals, and the Peplum Logo Tank for an outfit that spotlights what we think any gorgeous America-loving girl would wear. White denim is always a tasteful addition to any outfit, and combined with the rockin’ red stiletto heels, and the high-fashion peplum top, your outfit will absolutely steal the show no matter where you find yourself this holiday.
If you are pretty committed to your own personal style and want to show your patriotic flair in a different way, there are still many options for you too! We always head to Trophy Cupcakes for any holiday occasion to check out what unique themed selections they have to offer.
This year, the Stars and Stripes Dozen is sure to make you the most popular person at your Fourth of July party. The intricate frosting designs of both vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting, and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting imitate our glorious flag and are absolutely delectable demonstrations of patriotism. We salute you Trophy Cupcakes!
Show just how independent you are this Independence Day by rocking your patriotism on your sleeve (or desserts!) Have a wonderful and happy Fourth of July!
Whether it’s a get-away with the girls, or a cross-country family reunion, you’re going to be out on the roadways, airways and maybe even waterways. We love car games just as much as the next person, but even the most avid small-talker needs a little break from reality. There really is no better way to escape than with a good book. Fantasy? Drama? Romance? Doesn’t matter. All that matters is you and the next page.
Stop by Barnes & Noble to find some of this summer’s must have reads:
George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones series
We know you’ve heard about the new HBO series Game of Thrones that has filled the television sets and hearts of all those around you. The thrilling fantasy drama that takes place during the feudal era has all the makings of a fantastic television series: scandal, elaborate costumes, and a multitude of characters with impossibly difficult names to pronounce. If you’re an avid fan of the TV series or plan to start watching it, then reading the book series it’s based off of should be your summer goal!
The box set called Song of Ice and Fire Series contains five novels. The HBO series is based on three storylines from this book series and involves the same exciting plot twists you’ve grown to love, except this time your imagination sets the scene. Barnes & Noble carries the box set in both paper and hardback. Run and grab your copy now and get started!
Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
With your endless summer free-time, why not catch up on old favorites? I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a beautiful autobiography from the 1960s written by African-American writer and poet, Maya Angelou. The book describes Angelou’s difficult struggle to overcome racial prejudices and violence and grow into the powerful and dignified woman that we all knew her to be. This autobiography explores sensitive subjects such as identity, rape, and literacy and is an absolute must-read this summer.
Barnes & Noble is offering a re-made paperback edition of this timeless novel that features a vibrant new cover page to contain Maya’s addicting autobiography within.
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
WARNING: If you have not read this book yet, you must avoid any and all movie review websites and/or book review sites because the long-awaited movie was just released and has been the source of much internet buzz! That being said, if you have not read this book yet, you need to hop down to Barnes & Noble ASAP to purchase, read and digest this absolute literary masterpiece. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Bestseller, there is a reason this book has accredited so much national and international acclaim! This novel outlines the beautiful but heart-wrenching tale of two teenagers who meet at a cancer support center and their journey to discover themselves and their intertwining lives together.
Another WARNING: You will cry at any given time during the reading of this book. Plan accordingly, because this truly is a must-read this summer.
Summer is around the corner, schools are getting out soon, and celebrations are everywhere. Before you get too carried away with it all, take a moment to slow down and show your appreciation to an important person in your life: Dad. Words never seem enough to truly show our dads how much we love them, so here are some gift ideas to go along with your sentiments:
A New Pair of Jeans
Do you ever find yourself walking around the shopping center and reveling in despair at the sheer amount of bad jeans you see men wearing? Denim is always a safe bet boys, but you still need to be a little bit selective! Do your father a huge favor by getting him a new pair of jeans this Father’s Day. Once you do a little bit of sneaking around and find out his pants size, head to J.Crew to peruse their wonderful selection of them! If denim isn’t your dad’s style, they have a huge array of chinos, linen pants, and even seersuckers if that fits his style!
We love the 484 Jean because of its lightly worn and lightly washed appearance. Also, the slim fit is enough to pass as fashionable without setting off your dad’s “skinny jean” alarm. Your dad can wear these great jeans with any of his favorite shoes (preferably not running shoes, Dad!) and you can rest safe knowing that there is one less person rocking the “Dads jeans” look this year.
You can’t control what embarrassing genre of music your father insists is “hip” and “cool,” but you can control how he listens to it. A very nice and reliable pair of headphones is a perfect gift that your dad will appreciate for years to come. Also, the beauty of a tech gift is that you don’t have to worry about fitting your father’s personal style or size because they are one size fit all. One of the leading brands in the headphone industry is none other than our very own Bose.
Swing down to Pacific Place and browse their unparalleled selection of in-ear and around the ear headphones. While their products can be a little bit pricey, the quality and durability of each piece is well worth the cost!
A Gold Watch
“All gold everything” is how we feel about your Father’s Day present. Get your dad the timeless (no pun intended) gift of a brand new watch this year. A watch is an accessory that molds fashion and practicality and is a sure fire way to be your father’s favorite this year! We love gold watches (though we’re not picky!) because it is a color that compliments a wide variety of different outfits and has a more polished and refined feel than any of the digital or leather watches. Besides, gold always looks expensive and fancy, even when you aren’t trying to break the bank.
This year we’re going to Michael Kors to view their amazing selection of watches for our Father’s Day present. In particular, we’ve fallen in love with the Over-Size Golden/Cobalt Chronograph Watch because the juxtaposition of the dark blue and the gold create a classy nautical look that will easily complement the blues, blacks, and greys that dominate your dad’s closet. While he’s checking the time, everyone else will be checking out his snazzy new wrist-gear and wonder how a guy like that is so lucky to have a child like you.
In all actuality, your dad will love you no matter what you get him for Father’s Day this year. But if you buy him one of these suggested presents, he’s sure to remember that the next time you need him to lend you some cash or fix your car. Good luck and Happy Father’s Day from Pacific Place!
One of our favorite times to shop is when we don’t have anything in mind to buy. Nothing beats wandering aimlessly around our favorite stores and admiring the beautiful displays and tasteful mannequins. While this does occasionally pose a serious threat to our wallets, some of our favorite pieces were found this way. On a particularly beautiful day last week, we had a craving for something new, so we ventured up and down the Pacific Place escalators to see what we could muster up. Here are some of our favorite finds:
1.) We absolutely adore this pencil skirt and polo combination from Ann Taylor. The Fringed Tweed Pencil Skirt adds a professional spin on an office staple and we love it paired with the Eyelet Polo Shirt. The collared top makes it a layering essential to pair with a piece of statement jewelry, or even just wear it plain like it was displayed. This is a perfect outfit to wear to a job interview or business casual setting!
2.) This outfit from Club Monaco is to die for. The white on white is fantastic for the current warm weather. The infinite scarf is the cherry on top of this gorgeous ensemble and would easily convert a summery attire to a more Seattle-weather-friendly outfit. Finish it off with a strappy pair of sandals or some adorable booties like the mannequin has on and go out and strut your stuff!
3.) Leather is so in right now! We love Club Monaco’s Hayley Linen Bomber because the juxtaposition of the linen with the leather makes this jacket chic and unique. It combines the comfortable familiarity of linen, with the edgy leather sleeves and accents to create a versatile jacket that can be dressed up or worn casually out on the town!
4.) These Pure Focus Glass Water Bottles from lululemon are the perfect accessory to motivate those early morning runs (or so we’ve convinced ourselves). They come in a cute variety of colors and are fully equipped with a handle on top for easy portable access. Plus, the alternating panels of rubber and glass not only look cool but are practical for no slip-grip purposes as well.
5.) We really hit the jackpot at Barneys New York when we fell head-over-heels in love with this gorgeous emerald green number. The intricate beading that runs along the length of the dress adds to the elegancy of the outfit. Also, the combination of a high collar and a sleeveless cut not stands out, but it’s also the perfect balance of classy and fun!
6.) Who doesn’t need a good tote? We loved these vibrant colors from Barney’s New York. The totes are huge and are perfect for carrying all of our necessary little accessories. We think everyone is overdue for a brand new tote this season!
7.) Now that the sun’s out, who says we can’t be a little southern up here in Seattle? These floppy hats from Barney’s New York are absolutely delightful and are a must-have this year! Nothing beats the wide-brimmed beauty of the Chiffon-Trim Panama Sun Hat you’ll see in this photo hanging in the top-left corner and bottom. It’s an adorable addition to any spring or summer outfit and will help keep the sun out of your eyes during those long sunny walks on the beach.
8.) Hello BCBGMaxaria and hello gorgeous Soren Printed Long-Sleeve Romper. This beautiful and summery romper totally caught our eye! The stylist at BCBG nailed it with the belt and hat, accessorizing this trendy little piece. Rompers are making a huge comeback this spring (though they never really went out of style) so make sure you grab one quick!
9.) We are now going to make a bold statement. We LOVE bold statement jewelry. The dark blues and the light aqua featured in the BCBG’s jewelry case are breathtaking. A good statement piece can be worn with pretty much any solid colored top, and will dress up any outfit. You would be hard-pressed to find an outfit that didn’t improve with just a little bling to it.
10.) We know we said you need a new tote, but we would like to amend our previous statement: You need a new tote and a new clutch. Specifically this new clutch. This J.Crew clutch really caught our eye. The neon yellow is a color that is being featured in a lot of high-fashion pieces. Here, that bright top paired with the neutral beige, tapers the clutch so it still stands out, but doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the outfit. Hold it by your side or wrap the wristband around your arm – either way, you’ll be looking great.
Pacific Place is literally brimming with amazing finds. Whether or not you need something or if you don’t, head down to Pacific Place on a sunny day to just look around. You never know what might catch your eye.
May is an incredibly eventful month. Jam-packed with holidays, celebrations, and the welcoming of warmer weather. It’s the month where everyone is outside soaking up the fun. In our beautiful state of Washington, May marks the beginning of one of the most beautiful seasons: music festival season. Make sure you’re rocking out in style by flaunting some of this season’s cutest accessories that will make any outfit memorable:
While we all adore the sun and are welcoming its blinding rays with open arms, make sure you’re able to welcome the sun with open eyes too. Sunglasses are not only an absolute necessity to walk, drive and basically perform any activity that involves unimpaired sight, they are also essential to perfecting any spring ensemble. Currently, we love the aviator look.
While big frames of varying shapes will always be fashionable, the tinged bronzes, blues, and blacks of aviators are eternally trendy. Head to Michael Kors to peruse their nearly limitless selection of aviators and other sunglasses. If you can’t find the perfect pair at Michael Kors, go directly to Solstice Sunglasses where you’re destined to find the “IT” pair of sunnies!
Hang up those beanies and ski caps because the weather is finally warm enough to utilize one of our favorite and most diverse accessories in a more fashion forward way! This year, we are absolutely crazy about the floppy hat trend. The wide brim not only provides a shaded layer of protection over your delicate face, but it also adds a demure and elegant air to absolutely any light spring ensemble. Club Monoco has an amazing selection of spring hats that are the perfect combination of beach and city. One of our favorites is the Sunni Hat. The black and white stripes are a staple pattern that is easy to accessorize with any assortment of solid colors.
Another really cute hat Club Monaco has on sale right now is their Hat Attack Floppy Hat. This hat has a chic spin on the floppy hat look that makes it perfect for the Bohemian festival princess that you want to be. The natural coloring and intricate beading dress up the hat in a subtle way that accentuates the hat’s minor details without overpowering the rest of your outfit.
Last, but certainly not least, you need to get a cross body bag this year. While giant floppy totes have a certain level of practicality (specifically, being able to hold literally all of your stuff at once), we’re thinking it’s time to end those shoulder problems and embrace simplicity. The cross body bag has been a sensation this year and has taken the handbag world by storm. If you haven’t already, make sure you get yours right away! You’ll find that the addition of a simple cross body bag can not only enhance your outfit but also force you to really limit yourself to carrying the bare necessities. We think J. Crew has a phenomenal selection of cross body bags this year. Their Sophie Small Cross Body Bag is absolutely adorable and comes in a huge assortment of colors.
The metal clasp in the center is not only a gorgeous ornament on the bag itself, but it ensures the safety of your belongings when you’re out and about this May!