Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CRAVEseattle Book Launch

Ashley Jones owner Popcorn Pavilion-  CRAVE Book Launch Party from the CRAVEcompany on Vimeo.

I have the honor and privilege to know the fine ladies of CRAVE. Sunday night was the big launch of the 4th edition of their CRAVEseattle book. The swanky event took place at the new Dish it up! in Ballard, the night was so very inspiring and exciting. Never before had I thought about starting my own business, but after that night I left feeling as though the world was at my fingertips. It was incredible to talk with so many amazing and successful business women! I also had the chance to chat with some of CRAVE's Entreprenesses and pick their brains a little. I asked them questions like, "How would you describe your business in three words?" or "What advice would you give to other women who are starting their own business?", and "What is the most inspiring thing you've heard tonight?" It was fun getting to hear everyone's responses! I took note and walked away with what I feel was great advice. I think what stuck with me the most was that I should never give up!

Be Truly You - CRAVE Seattle Book Launch Party from the CRAVEcompany on Vimeo.

CRAVE Seattle 4th ed Book Launch  - Sydney Chavez - Business Tip from the CRAVEcompany on Vimeo.

A bow tie wearing fashionable man: Mario Lopez

I always enjoy spending time with my sister and best friend, Katia. This weekend I am quite excited because on Saturday 11/27 we'll be heading to the South Hill Mall to catch a glimpse of and hopefully rub shoulders with the one, the only Mario Lopez! He would definitely be categorized in my opinion as a fashionable man, he's good looking, in shape and he wears bow ties! I love it. Hopefully on Saturday I'll find out if he smells good, because as I've written in the past, every fashionable man should smell good too.
The event is open for anyone to come, so if you want to take a minute and drool over a good looking hunk you might want to consider stopping by!

Mario Lopez Celebrity Appearance - November 27, 1-3pm Mario Lopez from Extra and VH1's Saved by the Baby will be making a celebrity appearance at South Hill Mall on November 27th at Center Court from 1-3pm for photos and autographs. Lopez will be joined by his girlfriend, Courtney Laine Mazza. The event will be emceed by Miss Washington 2010, Jacquie Brown.

What are you thankful for?

I'm going to keep this simple and ask the same question that everyone seems to be asking this week, what are you thankful for?

I know that I am thankful for

My family
My dog
My friends
My lap top
Justin Bieber

There you have it, I hope everyone has a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mollie Loves: thinknow

Mollie Loves: thinknow
Remember how I'm a Gemini? Well with that said, I love conversing, networking and meeting people. Part of why I started my blog, was to share with you or anyone who was interested to read, things that I love. Whether it's a shampoo, lip gloss, or in this case jewelry.

World, I would like to introduce you to Think Now Design- an eco-chic way to express your fashion fabulous-ness through jewelry. Think Now was created back in February of 2009, what I love about their designs is that not only are they beautiful and practical for every day wear, but it's elegant, simple and classy. Three words that I think are very positive to be associated with, right? The other fantastic quality about Think Now is their commitment to being green and sustainable. The jewelry is made with all sustainable and green materials, that are so environmentally friendly, get ready for it, this is what impresses me the most, is that if you were to lose the jewelry say you dropped them in the ground on accident (which of course would be very sad and you wouldn't actually want to) but if you did, they're bio-degradable. Think Now products are made from 100% natural materials and water-based adhesives. All wood products are sourced from managed growth forests, and their products are sealed with beeswax and linseed oil. How fabulous is that? Wear their jewelry, look fashion forward and support the world. It's a win/win.
Rebecca Luong is the eco-chick and designer of Think Now, she is an accredited design professional committed to leadership in the green design community, and exploring the fusion of hospitality, fashion, and sustainable lifestyles. All of these designs are from right here in Seattle!

So, if you're looking to make a bold statement, tell the world you love it and support it, and show everyone how fashionable you really are, you'll consider checking out Think Now. At least one pair should live in the jewelry box of every fashionable lady. I'll tell you that I've worn my Honey Drop pink earrings and Tear Drop Bangles several times and have received many compliments on them. I know that you can find Think Now's designs at a couple different locations in the Seattle area, the Capitol Hill (one of my most favorite Seattle neighborhoods) boutique of Spun Sustainable Collective, and Winslow Salon in Kirkland for those of you on the Eastside of the city! 

To learn more about Think Now and its collections, check them out online, or on their Facebook! Be sure to like Think Now on Facebook and enter their awesome giveaway on their website- it's a great way to kick off the holiday season! Think Now is 'gifting away' three weekly gift certificates for 50% off THINKNOW. Enter to win and you will also be eligible for our Grand Prize give-away of a THINKNOW earring + necklace set for your fabulous holiday parties- can't go wrong with that! I know I'm going to enter! Their first drawing is coming up, 11/26, so hurry up and get entered!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tory Burch Partners with Dress for Success to Celebrate the Holidays

If you follow me on Twitter or read my blog you'll know that I have many passions and interests. A couple of which are Tory Burch who's clothes and shoes I die for, and supporting various charitable organizations.

"Tory Burch is an attainable, luxury, lifestyle brand defined by classic American sportswear with an eclectic sensibility, which embodies the personal style and spirit of its co-founder and creative director, Tory Burch."
Over the weekend Tory Burch celebrated a wonderful partnership with the fantastic organization Dress for Success- an organization she has supported practically since her inception as she is passionate about helping women in business. I was invited along with my lovely sister to attend this special evening. Women supported by Dress for Success were invited to light specially designed Hasbro Lite-Brite holiday windows at several Tory Burch boutiques across the country, one of which was right here in Washington, Tory's boutique at The Bravern in Bellevue. The holiday windows featured reindeer images made of Lite-Brite pegs framed in a mirror. Inspired by a photograph of a reindeer taken in Russia, Tory Burch collaborated with a New York-based artist named Timothy Paul Myers to transform the picture into a sophisticated, colorful design that had a Pop Art feel to it. There are 46 installations, which took about 4,900 hours and 2,025,000 pegs to create using seven Lite-Brite colors.

That evening, each participant from Dress for Success was invited to select work-appropriate Tory Burch items of their choice, up to $500. I had the pleasure of meeting Erica, a friendly and positive young woman who's goal is to open up a soul food restaurant right here in Seattle. I believe this to be an awesome idea, and look forward to enjoying some good soul food, because there aren't really any of those restaurants here in Seattle.
Erica selected some really wonderful pieces, I would have to say she has great taste! Best of luck Erica in your future endeavors, I can't wait to enjoy your delicious and authentic soul food right here in Seattle, all while looking fabulous in your Tory Burch attire. I think the two best pieces of advice I've heard from other women who've started their own businesses is to follow your dreams and never give up, because you can achieve anything you put your heart and mind into! DFS is an international not-for-profit organization that helps promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

I'm also excited to share with you, that I'm not the only person who's loving Tory Burch and her lavish designs, just recently her flannel Reva flats and Tory handbag were featured on Oprah's farewell season of her favorite things!

Friday night was truly a wonderful and inspiring night, it's so great to surround yourself with positive goal oriented people, people like Erica! Her positivity radiated throughout the store, it was clearly contagious because I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to as well. I couldn't have asked for a better evening to kick off the holiday season.

For more information on Dress for Success go to their website.
For information on Tory Burch's Foundation visit her website.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Girls Weekend part deux

This past weekend I had the privilege of getting to spend time with some of my best and most favorite gal pals! We had a girls night last month, and decided to rendezvous downtown in Seattle for girl's night part deux. I have to say I have incredible/awesome friends, every fashionable, lady, girl, should have gal pals, as girl time is crucial in maintaining sanity and having fun. I mean you can't gossip about boys, boyfriends, relationships, clothes, or celebrities with guys, come on now! I was the first to arrive at our hotel, so while I waited for everyone else to get there, I decided to walk around downtown some, I stopped at Starbucks (duh right?) picked up my venti vanilla latte and then made my way over to some amazing windows near the Fairmont, I think you know where I'm talking about right? I drooled over the gowns at Luly Yang, their windows right now are amazing!
As we all arrived, we collected ourselves, got ready and made our way down to where else? Contour of course, I had to introduce my friends to the most amazing mac & cheese/happy hour ever! Contour was so great to us, we were seated in a comfy booth and enjoyed wonderful conversation, food and wine! After dinner it was time to get dolled up and paint the town red. I cherish every moment I get to spend with my friends, each one of them is amazing, fabulous and inspiring.

Now about where we or I chose to have us stay. I was really torn about where to stay, because I wanted the night to be the best and most memorable ever. A couple years ago we all stayed at the Hotel Monaco downtown and our stay there was a dream. The Monaco went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable, happy and had everything we needed. This time however, I chose to have us stay at the W downtown. I don't really even know why now, I guess I thought I heard from people that it was nice, unfortunately my experience was quite the opposite. My stay with them from the get go was less than ideal, I walked into the lobby with two big bags on my arm, my purse and my lap top bag in hand, in heels mind you, so I'm juggling a ton of bags, hoping that I wouldn't fall over. Post check in I was pointed in the direction of the elevators, and assumed that I would be helped to my room, boy was I wrong. No one helped me carry my bags- I was so sad. I won't get into the gory details, but I will say that I have no desire to ever return to that establishment ever again. In the W's defense they did send us up a nice little wine and cheese spread on Friday, and I did get a call from them on Monday. So I appreciated that effort.

In other happy news, it's the weekend! Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous and fun weekend.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

For the love of Marilyn

"This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And babe, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soul mate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about."
— Marilyn Monroe
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