Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blue Skies, White Clouds + Links Ala Mode

I'm going to declare it outright: I am officially in love with Seattle. More specifically Ballard and its near-by districts.
As is my way, I'll often explore a neighborhood by shopping its shops. They are often a good indication of the character and flavor of a place. So here are a few of my faves so far: 

Lemon Drop Boutique: This Ballard boutique on 24th is just about the cutest little shop that you'll ever lay eyes upon. Darkly lit and expertly merchandised, the vintage found here is top-shelf, and there's loads of  fun tschokies to ooh and ahh over. Funky accessories mingle with vintage (and vintage inspired) tops, lingerie and dresses, with a dressing room so adorable, you'll need hours to play dress up here.  I wrote about this sweet boutique in my Ballard shopping guide posted over at The Big Mac Blog, which you can read (again) by clicking HERE.

The Sneakery: This fantastic shoe shop carries, you guessed it: sneakers. But awesome stylish, cool as school, hipster sneakers. And walking shoes. And shoes for biking. And socks. Set in a charming shop/cafe corridor on 65th Avenue between Phinney Ridge and Ballard, the Sneakery puts you smack dab in the middle of some of the most helpful + friendly customer service around. BONUS: great deals on the clearance shelves. See those saucy chile red Saucony sneaks in the photo collage above? Yup, they were on sale for $38 bucks, they're now mine, and I love 'em.

The Frock Shop:  After hearing major buzz about this dress shop, I had to stop in and check out this  Phinney Avenue boutique. This is where you can find the local label that specializes in recycled vintage fabrics, Glam Spoon. Glam Spoon is the love child of Seattle designer/blogger Tina Weatherspoon, and Glam Spoon's latest design, the Saturday Market dress is all of the above: super cute and comfy and kimono inspired! How cool is that? (Answer: as cool as a summer day in Seattle. Which makes it pretty effin' cool.) Also cool is the incredible volume of must-haves hanging on hangers in this beautifully lit retail space. Indie darlings, Knitted Dove can be found here, as well as a handful of up + coming local designers.

Do you have a favorite shop? Let me know in the comments.

And on another note, it was good to see IFB choose my interview with Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style to include in this week's Links Ala Mode.

Enjoy the bonus of this week's Links Ala Mode with the header image including gorgeous +50 blogger Judith, The Style Crone

Summer starts here!

Edited by: Emily of Sugar & Spice

My first week editing Links a la Mode and so many amazing posts to choose only 20 from! Today marks the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere and judging by my choice below, I am willing summer to start in earnest in the UK! In the meantime, there’s tips on keeping stylish in the rain. One of the things I love about the fashion blogging community is the creativeness that it breeds and this week is no exception with a few brilliant and on-trend DIYs for you to try at home. If DIY-ing isn’t your thing but you still like to save your pennies there are posts for splurging or saving too.


New Bags Shopbop: Ferragamo, Gucci, YSL, Totes, Addition, Chloe, M. Williamson, Valenentino Bags, Rachel Comey, Tucker, Hindmarch & Margiela Bags

If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine


Unknown said...

Ooh Bella - the jacket with the red trim is AMAZING - more pics please? And I LOOOVE that fabulous blue/green floral frock. So many lovely links - thank you! Sarah xxx

Patti said...

Thanks for the shopping tips, Bella - I love Seattle and haven't been there in a long time, must return! Congrats on Links A La Mode, you rock.

mispapelicos said...

Congratulations, my dearest bella.

Señora Allnut said...

glad you're enjoying so much pretty shops!, they seem so appealing!
besos & summer

Anonymous said...

Ballard is a great little town for shopping and food. I love Dish d Lish way down on Ballard Avenue toward the end near Leary I believe. There's a great little Thai place on the corner of Market and 22nd? Of course Buffalo Exchange is always fun.
There's a great little antique shop owned by a guy who started the motorcycle club in Seattle called the Cretins. He has cool furniture and nicknacks, etc...Oh, and he's the guy that puts on this huge motorcycle meet up along Leary way. The shop is called Space Oddity.
Have you been to West Seattle yet? We have great shops here too. And a Sneakery!

Heather Fonseca said...

Congrats! I love it when my friends are chosen for links a la mode.

I've never been to Seattle but its on my list of places I want to visit.

Sasha Maria said...

I love all of the links. The perfect thing for midday procrastination in the summer heat. Congrats on the Link A la Mode feature!

Oh to Be a Muse said...

Congrats on making Links A La Mode. And I must say, considering how close I live to Seattle at this point, I feel like I should take a trip out there some time. Would love to go to The Sneakery--that place sounds pretty cool.

Melanie said...

Links a la Mode - but of course! Good one!! I'm glad you're loving Seattle. I must get down there for a day of fun and shopping. You add double colour to the scene there.

Adrienne said...

I've always wanted to visit Seattle! Glad you are enjoying your new home, it sounds very cool :)

What Lola Wants

Curtise said...

Cingratulations in getting selected for inclusion. Love the green/blue floral dress, what a fab print. xx

The Style Crone said...

Your navy with red trim and silver buttons is beautifully dramatic and looks great on you. Congrats on Links Ala Mode and very honored to have been included in the header. You are a huge influence in the blogging community.

lasophia said...

Very pretty, my pretty. Wish I would have had this guide when i went to Seattle a couple of years ago.

Una said...

Oh I have to check out Seattle one of these days. Like the reflection in the shop window photo. Congrats on the Links Ala Mode feature.

Style Mentor™ said...

ooo, love the blue and red jacket and those buttons! I am saving this page if I ever get to Seattle. I just never know what each week will bring! Have a beautiful weekend Belle Q. :-)

glam.spoon said...

Hey Bella! You look great in those Saturday Market Dresses! Let me know if there is a specific color / print you're looking for. :)