Monday, November 12, 2007

UW Lecture, Monday 11/19

Calling all aspiring fashion writers, magazine editors and wordsmiths! Next week (11/19, 7:30) I'm giving a talk at UW about how to break into magazine writing and editing and describe a day in the exciting life of AB. Feel free to come on by!

Update: Whoops, this lecture is only open to students participating in the program. So, uh… don't come by after all!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The world's best party hats

I love these adorable handmade party hats—especially with the holidays around the corner (these are begging to be worn on New Year's Eve!) Co-owner/designer Mikele Keiffer was selling these at this weekend's Crave Show and she looked so cute—like a maverick Isabelle Blow for a new generation—that I had to snap a picture. I covet the hats with sweeping ostrich feathers and little songbirds perched among the marabou fur. Oh, and the party hats for puppies (you can almost see them in the picture) are a must for fancy pooches. Find, buy and look at pictures of Tuzzie Muzzie party hats here

Monday, November 5, 2007

How to Throw a Green Celebration

This past weekend's Crave Show was a smashing success! Thanks to everyone who came out to hear my presentation on "How to Throw a Green Celebration" (without sacrificing beauty, style or tradition).

As promised, I am publishing information here for all the sources and vendors I discussed in my talks. Again, none of these folks are affiliated with Seattle Bride; they're just products I personally think are great. My thinking is, if you're going to throw a big party, such as a wedding, why not make it as locally sourced, organic and earth friendly as possible—especially if the cost is nearly the same?

Sustainable fabric cocktail dresses
Anna Cohen found at Juniper. Gorgeous stuff! This boutique is pricey, but about 80 percent of the clothes sold here are good for the planet and designed in styles you'll wear for years.

Badger Mountain Organic wine, Fish Tale Ale and Dry Fly Distilling
Three examples of great, tasty, locally made wine, beer and spirits that cost the same as booze imported from far-flung places. Buy locally, support your state farmers, vendors and economy, and cut down on carbon emissions emitted through long-distance shipping practices.

Soy candles from Pacifica Candles
I got more feedback about my bit about using soy candles versus paraffin than any other part of the talk. Hooray! To recap:

—Soy candles are nearly 100-percent soot-free. Paraffin candles release soot (carcinogens) upon lighting (you can see the black stuff form on the votive) and continue to do so, staining your furniture, walls and releasing unhealthy chemicals into your home. Studies have shown carcinogens to be as bad for your lungs, heart and nervous system as second-hand smoke. If you don't let smokers light up in your home, then don't burn paraffin candles either!
—Paraffin is a petroleum-based product (refined gasoline) and supports the way-bad-for-the-planet outsourced oil industry.
—Soy burns two-to-three times longer than paraffin. Because soy candles are slow-burning, the wicks are usually made with cotton, as opposed to paraffin wicks that contain lead.
—Soy candles often use natural ingredients for scenting (always check the label, though), as opposed to paraffin candles which usually use artificial chemicals as scents, which release toxic chemicals into the air of your home as they burn.
—Soy is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product grown by American farmers. If every American switched to soy candles today, it would create an estimated $68 billion U.S. agricultural business!

Favors: Vegan Divine gift baskets
I was very impressed with this Seattle-based company founded this past summer by two smart, savvy and way-stylish sisters. Finally, gift baskets with healthy offerings that people will actually want to receive and use! The ladies will also custom-design baskets by special request.

There were several other ideas and vendors included in the talk, but these are the big ones. Write me with any questions about how to throw a green celebration or how to throw a green wedding. My years of editing Seattle Bride have made me a mini-expert on the topic!

Oh, and don't forget my two, non-party-related fashion books to read: The Long and Short of It: The Madcap History of the Skirt by Me! (funny how I managed to sneak this one in!) and Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas, an in-depth look at the big business of high-end fashion (Prada, Louie Vuitton, Chanel, et al) and how you don't necessarily get what you pay for anymore. I find this book fascinating and I recommend it!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Crave Show tomorrow!

I just returned from setting up my stage at this weekend's Crave Show and everything is looking amazing! Seattle Bride—as well as Seattle magazine, which is produced by the same publisher—has a beautiful presence and I'm officially excited to share my tips on how to throw an earth-friendly celebration. By the look of things, there will be more shopping, beauty treatments, fun seminars and fashion shows than ever before. I'll be at the Beauty Stage at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday—I hope to see you all down there!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Crave Show 07 this weekend

Calling all Seattle brides and party girls! Stop by Crave Show at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle this weekend to hear my presentation on How To Throw a Green Celebration and get some insider gossip on what you’ll find in the upcoming issue of Seattle Bride Magazine, due on newsstands in early January 2008. At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (11/3 and 11/4), I’ll be on the Beauty Stage highlighting all the creative ways Northwest women can plan earth-friendly parties without sacrificing tradition, beauty or romance, including tips on floral arrangements, party dresses, wine, beer and spirits, favors, recycling and food. You'll be surprised how simple, inexpensive—and fun—it is to reduce your carbon footprint. It should be a good time, so come by and see me!