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April 8, 2011

April Fool’s Day has become much more fun since the invention of social media. Back in our day all we had was a generic pantsing, or at best, a little baby powder in our sister’s hairdryer (she deserved it!).

Nowadays, April Fool’s Day means billion-dollar internet companies organizing extravagant campaigns to make office drones like us smile in the morning (glad we weren’t one of those suckers who posted Google’s Gmail Motion stunt on facebook). But we’re also pretty satisfied with the frosted cardboard cake that we brought to the office to tease all those mooches (yes, yes, we did). So, thank you April Fool’s Day 2011, and now onto the rest of the month.

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Seattle Picks:


Ring of Fire

Our obsession with mixed martial arts began one day when we were lying sick in bed. Flipping through daytime television, the pickins were slim. We passed on the soap operas and the Maury Povich Show, and opted for an unlikely option—an ESPN documentary featuring UFC Fighting Champion, George St. Pierre (his 12-pack and utter hotness made this decision pretty easy). After an hour flew by, we were sold on MMA.

But is there room in MMA for the ladies—and couch-potato ladies at that? Axtion Club is Belltown’s newest fitness club specifically geared toward women (the proof is in the selection of pink boxing gloves). Featuring fun and inclusive classes in boxing, Muay Thai, self-defense, kickboxing, capoeira, zumba and yoga, now all we have to do is pick which class we want to take. And the icing on the cake? The first class is free, all memberships include unlimited classes, and there’s no commitment to join.

So we’re stepping into the ring. And you better watch out.

Axtion Club
2602 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121


Le Petite Francophone

It’s been a long time since we've studied any language, but after enrolling in French lessons for the summer, we felt the need to refresh our brains on the finer points of verb conjugations.  To wash away our first-day-of-class nerves, we decided to don a plucky little outfit and sip some café au lait while perusing our brand new textbook.

A quick walk past the Pike Place market put us on Le Pichet’s doorstep.  Known for its sharable small plates, this little French bistro was the perfect place to grab a mimosa and share an assiette de fromage or charcuterie (the fancy name for a plate of cheese and cold cuts) and watch the world go by.  Of course, we may have done a little more people-watching and a little less studying than we could have, but the menu is mainly in French… that’s practice, right?

Sincérement, Le Pichet was a great place for a quiet moment with a book, coffee, and snacks.  And rest assured, we sounded pretty impressive in French class that day! 

Le Pichet
1933 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101


Over the Rainbow

Okay, can the sky stop falling now?  April snow showers are kind of messing up our social lives. Right about this time of year we expect to be prancing around in cute sundresses, turning heads and breaking hearts, not darting from awning to awning in attempts to dodge pounding rain storms, lightning bolts and snow (end rant). It’s no big deal, though. With Endless Knot in Belltown here to help us with this tricky season, we should be just fine..

Endless Knot is all about the spring fashion (with that special Seattle twist), featuring classic knits and tweeds from BB Dakota, and our favorite rain boots from Nomad. But with the rainy weather comes fur and leather—so what is an eco-friendly girl to do when she wants to shop with a clear conscience? Endless Knot also has that fashion dilemma solved. We can relish all the layered lusciousness of our rainy Seattle springs with 100% faux fur and faux leather in hats and vests from Happy Animals and bags and totes from Big Buddha.

Fine...maybe we’re not ready to break out the swimsuits and tank tops just yet. So go ahead, let it rain on our parade! We’re ready to chase some rainbows (in some cute new rain boots, of course).

Endless Knot
2300 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121

  Chick Picks:  

The Good Life

Life is good, friends. The sun is (soon to be) shining, flowers are in bloom, and our social calendars are kind of blowing up. For the first time in several months we’ve had the inspiration to put a little extra effort into our ensembles, rather than just opt for the warmest sweater.

Lekkerlife (Dutch for “the good life”) just launched their darling Spring 2011 Collection, featuring playful dresses and tops. Sporting locally made, sweet and charmingly chic dresses in bold colors and patterns makes embracing the good life a breeze.


Charmed, I’m Sure

Our jewelry boxes are in a bit of a transition mode—a growth spurt, if you will. We’re chucking out the Forever 21 hunks of acetate and plastic glitz to make room for timeless, classic glamour. Enter: Joanna Morgan Jewelry.

Featuring semi-precious stones like green amethyst, pearls and moonstone, and vintage pendants and charms, Joanna Morgan’s handcrafted jewelry collection is perfectly feminine, elegant and timeless, and will forever have a place in our jewelry box.

Joanna Morgan Jewelry


Walk the Line

Creative, right-brain thinkers that we are, we never were the type to draw within the lines, which is why we love local Seattle clothing company Out of Line.

Out of Line clothing features casual, comfortable and cute cotton tees in simple but chic prints, and skirts and dresses with whimsical quilt-style detailing. Our favorites? The Triangle Top made from super-soft cotton jersey with triangular stitching detail, and the Square Black Dress in jersey. Line up!

Out of Line


Hip Happenings:


Get Paid to Get Away

Spring shopping is hard work, and Portland wants to pay you for all that effort! Book a two-night stay at a participating Portland Perks hotel, and they’ll hand you $50 cash at check-in. Plus enjoy free parking, a continental breakfast, and valuable coupons at shops and restaurants. Remember, there’s no sales tax in Portland, so your efforts are especially rewarding.

What: Portland Perks Package + $50 cash from Travel Portland
When: Book and travel by April 30, 2011  
Where: 25 participating Portland hotels


Who’s the Boss?

HUGO BOSS, of course! Mario’s is hosting a party to celebrate the latest spring styles for men and women from Hugo Boss, and you’re invited! Take 10% off on all Hugo Boss merchandise and receive a special gift with your Boss purchase. Enjoy food, drinks and in-store DJ—it’s just one day only, so don’t miss out!

What: Hugo Boss Party at Mario’s
When:  Saturday, April 9, 10 am–6 pm
Where: Mario’s, 1513 6th Ave.
Call: 206.447.2677


Swap Till You Drop! 

Clear out your closet for the Northwest's largest clothing, accessory and shoe swap and networking event! Girl Power Hour’s Swap Till You Drop event will feature door prizes, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, brunch bites and tons of stylish clothes from Seattle’s top fashion influentials. (VIP tickets score you first access, swag bag, and makeup bag cleanup workshop!)

What: Girl Power Hour’s Swap Till You Drop
When: Sunday, April 10, 11 am-2 pm
Where: Herban Feast at Sodo Park, 3200 1st Ave. South
Cost: $20 Non-members; $12 GPH Members; $45 VIP


Seattle Restaurant Week

More than 150 restaurants throughout King County are participating in the third annual Seattle Restaurant Week, starting Sunday. With tons of top-notch restaurants offering a three-course menu for just $28 (and some restaurants offering three-course lunches for $15), we’ll be sure to make reservations, and start planning the next 10 days of dining delight!

What: Seattle Restaurant Week
When: April 10–21
Where: Throughout King County


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