There are so many great things we look forward to each spring but one of our favorite aspects is finding a new signature spring scent! Aromas almost instantaneously trigger strong reactions and have the power to flood back memories, so you’ll want the perfect scent to associate with Spring 2014 and really make a lasting impression. Often, scents are described using seemingly ambiguous adjectives like ‘bright’ or ‘heavy,’ leaving us wondering if we’re even talking about fragrances anymore. So, we here at Pacific Place, prepared a Spring Scent guide in layman’s terms so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Our friends at Victoria’s Secret have such an incredible selection of perfumes, body mists, lotions, scrubs and more in so many different fragrances, it almost made us dizzy (or maybe we were just having way too much fun with all the yummy options). It was hard to narrow down our favorites but Wild at Heart, Ready to Party, and Wild and Breezy from their PINK collection are just the right fun and flirty perfumes you would come to expect from Victoria’s Secret.
Wild at Heart is just the right amount of fruity without making you feel like you just stepped into a middle school girl’s room. The red passion fruit notes make it perfectly sweet, while the sheer musk makes the fragrance feel a bit more grown up.
Despite its crazy name, Ready to Party reminds us of the classic, fresh-out-the shower smell everyone loves. The pink lotus flower and apple notes are clean and light, but girly and unique enough to make this pick anything but boring.
Wild and Breezy is exactly how you want to smell after a day at the beach, without the gross salty part. The red guava and passion-flower notes are so refreshing, you won’t be able to get enough of this stuff.
The Body Shop also has an amazing selection of products that smell like heaven, made from natural ingredients, and ethically produced. Even before you step into the shop, you’ll be spellbound by all the wonderful smells floating in the air.
The Moringa scent from The Body Shop is not so much a scent as it is an experience. One breath and you’ll think you’re a flower princess frolicking through a beautiful meadow right after a spring rainstorm. It is not at all like other “flowery” odors that smell like they were made in a factory, but feels like you’re sticking your nose into a fresh bouquet of flowers. If all that isn’t enough, Moringa scented products contribute to a sustainable wage for famers in India!
The Amazonian Wild Lily Eau de Toilette is our personal favorite. It’s the perfect combination of floral and fresh. And even when we got a bit too enthusiastic and sprayed too much, it wasn’t overwhelming in the slightest. Simple without being boring, sweet without being sickening, we wish everything in the world could smell this good.
The Original White Musk has been a best seller since 1981 so the experts at the Body Shop launched a vamped up version called White Musk Smoky Rose this year, which we fell completely in love with. Of our three picks, it’s the most intense, with an intoxicating rose scent that is daring and seductive without being overpowering — very appropriate for spring.
Gentlemen, we know you have to smell good too, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you as well.
Activist is surprisingly spicy while retaining The Body Shop’s signature element of being inspired by nature. It’s suitable for everyday use but perfect for those nights you want an extra oomph.
White Musk Sport is the more distinctive version of the original White Musk for Men. The grapefruit and lemon notes keep it smelling crisp and clean, but the musk provides an element of mystery and sexiness. It’s somewhat subtle, but you’ll definitely turn ladies’ heads when you want to!
Drifter from True Religion is perfectly named. There’s a slight spiciness that will intrigue you right away. You’ll find yourself asking, “what exactly do I smell” and the longer you smell it, the more layers will be revealed. All the scents will keep you wondering, much like a drifter would, not fully revealing his story, but telling just enough to fully capture your attention.
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The spring season in Seattle seems right within our grasp, and yet, just barely out of reach. If the fleeting moments of blue sky and temperatures above 40°F weren’t enough of a tantalizing tease of what is to come, stores have already started putting out their spring collections full of bright florals and lightweight fabrics. While we desperately want nothing more than to shed our heavy coats and step outside in nothing but a t-shirt, leaving the house without a warm jacket still feels like a mistake as soon as we feel the wind chill. If you’re like us and find yourselves still slightly feeling the winter blues, join us in some major pampering to leave our winter skins behind and get ready for spring!
One of our favorite ways to welcome the new season is with a new hairstyle. Lucky for you, the stylists at SEVEN Salon have styled everyone from Drew Barrymore and Natalie Portman, to Macklemore — so you know you’ll be getting star treatment. If a new cut isn’t what you’re looking for, the experts at SEVEN also offer the best coloring and styling services. Add SEVEN’s signature Conditioning Treatment to any service to restore, soften and revitalize your hair from winter’s harsh cold that might have made your hair dull and dry. Whether you want to try the newest trend or go for something classic, no one will meet your hair needs like the talented stylists at SEVEN.
During the winter, we can get away with neglecting our feet by hiding them in cute, warm socks and stylish boots, but before you know it, sandal season will be here! To prevent any embarrassing feet moments, give your feet and legs the care they deserve with the luxurious Shea Butter Foot Cream from L’OCCITANE. The nourishing Shea Butter and goodies such as lavender essential oil, and arnica extract, will repair your feet from all the winter damage and have you feeling like you just got a pedicure!
The Tourmaline Charged Skin Care set from Aveda uses finely powdered tourmaline, a naturally energizing mineral to bring out the natural glow of your skin; which might need an extra boost after toughing through the harsh elements of winter. The set includes an exfoliating cleanser, hydrating crème, and refining fluid that will energize your skin and leave you glowing from within. Get ready to look as radiant as the imminent sunshine that will soon grace the Seattle skyline.
Gentlemen we’re sure you want to treat yourselves to some pampering as well. The Art of Shaving makes indulging manlier than ever. They offer a great range of full shaving kits that transform the mundane act of shaving into a lavish experience; you’ll wonder how you ever got through your shaving routine without these products. Each kit includes pre-shave oil, shaving cream, a shaving brush, and after-shave balm, which come in fresh scents like ocean kelp and lemon, but is available unscented for all your sensitive fellows out there.
We know it’s not quite spring yet, but you’ll surely be ready for the Seattle sunshine after trying any one of these luxurious winter solutions!
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida
There have been many studies that prove drinking wine is beneficial for your health. Red wine is known to have antioxidants with heart-healthy benefits and moderate drinkers of wine have a lower risk of heart disease. We here at Pacific Place are, of course, dedicated to improving our health so naturally we visited our favorite wine retail space and bar, Sixth Avenue Wine Seller, to have a very heart-healthy evening.
While we may not be professional wine tasters, we are professional wine enjoyers, and of the incredible collection of both local and international wines available at Sixth Avenue Wine Seller. Here were some of our favorites.
Of the white wines, the Pratsch Gruner Veltliner from Weinviertel, Austria is our number one pick. The apple and peach notes are incredibly light and refreshing. It’s the perfect balance between not too sweet and not too dry and for better or for worse, we can see ourselves drinking this delicious wine with dinner. A lot of it.
The Le Domaine De Menard (Colombard/Ugni) from Cotes de Gascogne, France was next on our list of favorites. It’s definitely more of a dessert wine, much sweeter with notes of pear, nectarine, and lime. Make sure to swirl your glass and take a deep breath. The smell alone is good enough to have you swear off any other dessert wine out there.
From Willamette, Oregon we tried the Cristom Pinot Gris. It was the driest of the three we tried, but there were still pear and citrus notes that paired perfectly with hints of spice. We love that it’s so delicious and we love that it’s local!
The Helix Syrah from Columbia Valley, Washington was not only our favorite red wine of the night, but our favorite overall. It has a smokiness and elusive sexiness to it that we can’t quite put our fingers on, but we’ll keep drinking until we find out!
Sparkman Cellars Wilderness Red Blend is also from Columbia Valley, Washington and it’s a little bit of peppery, and a whole lot of perfect. If the fact that Sparkman was recently recognized by Wine and Spirits Publication as one of the top 100 wineries in the world isn’t enough to convince you to try this delicious red blend, consider the fact that Sixth Avenue Wine Seller will donate 10% of the proceeds from this bottle to preserve the wilderness.
The bark of the Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa County, California is perfect for it’s bite. The smoky spices are perfectly blended with notes of red cherry and blackberry making it a perfect choice for anyone who loves strong flavors in strong wine.
There’s no holiday that comes with as much pressure as Valentine’s Day. You can brush it off as a “Hallmark” holiday all you want, but that doesn’t mean you can fully escape the expectations attached to it. If the drugstore chocolates and flowers aren’t cutting it anymore, you’re in the right place. We here at Pacific Place put together a game plan for your Valentine’s Day to make sure everyone has a good time no matter what stage of the relationship you’re in.
Keep it casual by first taking her/him to a movie! Endless Love is a romantic drama about the forbidden love between David (Alex Pettyfer) and Jade (Gabriella Wilde). If that sounds too sappy, check out the romantic comedy, That Awkward Moment starring Zac Efron. Then, after the movie, head right next door to Johnny Rockets for some good food! One milkshake, two straws = too cute!
If you’ve been dating a while…
Spice things up with the bold flavors of Mexico Cantina y Cocina! The delicious food will have you feeling “muy caliente” despite the cold Seattle weather, and the margaritas will make you think you’re at a beach on a tropical vacation. Who says tequila can’t be romantic?
Rejoice in Romance
For the most romantic dining experience, try Il Fornaio. Every dish is rich and flavorful and there is a great selection of wine to choose from too. If that isn’t enough, the beautiful décor creates an ambiance second to none. After dinner, take a stroll through Seattle and soak in the sights of the city (and your date).
Valentine’s Day can be a very hard holiday to shop for. Although chocolates and flowers are the traditional go-to gift, something a little more personable and special can be nice. So whether you’re shopping for your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, or just a friend, here are a few alternative gifts we love right now from Pacific Place! With choices for every budget, we hope we can help make the hunt for the best Valentine’s Day gift a little bit easier.
Something Silver has a great collection of Valentine’s Day pieces, including infinites, hearts, and more. Our favorite is the sterling silver XOXO ring. It’s the quintessential piece of jewelry that goes well with just about anything. The best part is that it won’t make a big dent in your wallet!
The Valentine’s Day Bombshell Collection from Victoria’s Secret will make your special someone feel pampered and beautiful. Our favorite is the ‘Night Fragrance Mist’, the sensual and feminine mix of floral and warmth.
Every girl loves lululemon, and every girl will love their ‘Nice Asana Jacket’. The signature Luon fabric makes this jacket the coziest zip-up to work-out in, or to wear on a daily basis. It’s so comfortable and looks even better on!
If you’re not on a tight budget this year, our all-time favorite piece of jewelry is the Tiffany & Co ‘Open Heart Pendant’. This is a beautiful and dainty necklace that your lady will never want to take off. It’s the perfect accessory to the everyday outfit.
We also just love the Tiffany & Co ‘Infinity bracelet’ in sterling silver. The bracelet is classy, sleek, flawless, and the essential arm candy.
Brookstone’s new Tempur-Pedic Slippers are the best slippers we have ever tried on! These unbelievably comfortable slippers make a great gift that will make your Valentine extremely happy. It doesn’t get much better than these for your feet and bank account.
The Michael Kors ‘Saffiano Card Carrier’ is a staple wallet every guy should have. Ideal for traveling to keep money and cards safe in a stylish way
Ray-Ban ‘Classic Wayfarer’ from Solstice Sunglasses Boutique. These are the most classic Ray-Bans, and guys love them! They are our absolute favorite sunglasses! With Spring nearing, these sunnies are our TOP choice for trendy sunglasses to block out the sun.
If you feel like splurging extra on your man this year, the Bose ‘QuietComfort’ noise-cancelling headphones are absolutely awesome. With noise cancelling, amazing sound and a sleek style, you can’t go wrong with these.
One of the best things that come with a new year is the motivation to start fresh. Each year we reminisce about the prior one and think about how to be better in the year to come. One thing consistently on our list of resolutions time after time is to get healthier!
But there’s no denying that New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep. Come January 29th (or 30th or 31st…), we already know shopping is going to seem so much better than going to the gym. But not to worry! Here are a few ways Pacific Place is looking to make 2014 your healthiest year yet!
One easy and delicious way to be healthier is to drink more green tea. Full of antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols, green tea has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes. Teavana has a wide selection of green teas; their most popular being the Gyokuro Imperial. We can’t get enough of the rich and soothing flavor.
It seems like everyone and their mothers are juicing these days, and Williams-Sonoma has all the tools to meet your healthy juicing needs. Maybe you’re just looking for a way to get more vegetables into your diet. Or maybe you want to try to complete a juice cleanse. Either way, a juicer from Williams-Sonoma will have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in no time!
Take advantage of the winter season and incorporate skiing and snowboarding into your exercise regimen! The Downlight Jacket from Eddie Bauer, available for both men and women, will make sure you’re both stylish and warm as you take on the slopes.
Running will have you feeling good and lululemon will have you looking good while doing it. The Core ½ Zip for men, and the Base Runner ½ Zip for women are both made from Rulu fabric, specifically designed for runners to keep you warm.
And if nothing else, all those calories burnt while shopping have to count for something right? Happy 2014 from all of us at Pacific Place!