So you know that here at Yay-Today, we like to look cute, but we really love paying our credit cards off in full every month. (Frequent flier miles and no accrued interest? Yes please!) Yeah, I get a little wistful when I walk by the windows of Nordstroms and Saks, but a little bit of self-control goes a loooong way for the ole’ credit score. But that does not mean that you’ll find me sporting shabby, or worse, boring, outfits as I strut past my favorite retail establishments. I just have to keep my eyes peeled for amazing values and alternative forms of getting my fashion fix. This weekend, we’ve got two great events to help accomplish this goal. First, Splendid opens in Bellevue and throws a Crafting Community Party just for you. Then, on Sunday, the Thread Indie Fashion Show comes to Seattle, giving you the chance to check out what up and coming local designers are up to for as little as $5! It’s a double rainbow of frugal fashion discoveries, just in time for the crisp weather to remind me that I seriously need to give up trying to wear tank tops in October. Sigh.
If you aren’t familiar with Splendid, then you don’t know the meaning of cardigan bliss. Splendid makes cute, comfortable clothes for men, women and children that are actually worth the money you spend on them. Everything is made of super soft cotton-based fabrics and their wares come in a range of colors that actually possess the power the fight off the Seattle Freeze. (Yes, don’t panic, there are plenty of neutrals too. But embrace color people!) And while some of their pieces are well over $100, they have great sales. And I’ve had some version of their classic long-sleeved cardigan ($74) that has lasted even my abuse for nearly 3 years.
Anyway, Splendid is opening their first free-standing store in the Pacific Northwest this weekend in Bellevue Square, and they’re saying hello with a Crafting Community Party this Saturday from 1:00-3:00pm. LA-based artist Karen Kimmel is setting up a series of interactive art stations where you can create your own art, accessories and customized Splendid scarves using repurposed, natural materials. (Again, in bright colors. I vote for orange.) So head over, make something cute, and you might just stumble across the wardrobe piece that will get you through the winter.
If the Crafting Community party gets you fired up, then fuel your creative urge on Sunday by checking out the Thread Indie Fashion Show, taking place at Seattle Center from 11:00am-5:00pm. Tickets are $10 at the door, but only $5 if you register online! For that ridiculously low price, you get to spend the day (or just an hour or two) supporting local designers and boutiques (which hopefully means I get to pick up the Mandy dress from VueSociety that I’ve been eyeing), participate in a giant clothing swap open to both men and women, load up on freebies from various vendors, check out fashion shows happening all day long, play at some of the FREE diy booths and more! This event sounds like a ton of fun on it’s own, but they also have a bar going the entire day. Nothing makes for inspired fashion shows like a cocktail. Or three. (Psst- if you feel like a balla’ this weekend, or just really love swag, you can score a VIP ticket for $25 that gets you a cocktail, special discounts, said swag bag and early entrance.)
So if today’s post doesn’t give you the shopping bug, well, you’re hopeless. Or you’re just a true Seattlite who really loves your Tevas. And that’s cool- as long as you read this blog regularly, like us on Facebook and talk to me occasionally on Twitter, I still love you.
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