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MODE Seattle


Editor-in-Chief Larissa Long

Creative Director

Christopher Chapman

Executive Fashion Editor

Executive Associate Editor

Scotti Provo

Krista Townsend

Editorial Team

Beauty Editor, Maria Vlasenko Lifestyle Editor, Linda Lowry Arts Editor, Peter Sessum Events Editor, David M. Bailey Events Director, LB Dutchess

Staff Stylist

Tannya Bernadette

Staff Photographers Josh Diamond Jomer Siasat

Staff Writers

Latasha Haskins Heidi Dang Maile Cabral

Graphic Design

Kirsten Leah Rogers






EDITOR’S NOTE Larissa on wedding season






ACT Theater

Bridal Entourage 24

WOMEN OF INFLUENCE Judge Veronica Galvan


SAVVY SIPS Drinks with LB Dutchess


LIFESTYLE Check Please!



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May 2014

ay is one of my favorite month’s in Seattle. It brings out a bit of sun but it’s still cold enough that I can wear a sweater or my boots every one a while to change up my look. May is about new changes as well. We see new fashion, new weather, and new love. Weddings are in full bloom, so much so that as I write this on an airplane the fight attendant is talking about her engagement and how she can’t get enough of wedding magazines right now. That’s exactly why MODE dedicated this issue to weddings. From beauty picks to gowns to the gentlemanly ways to act at a wedding. I love wedding season and all the weddings I get to attend (two this month and three next month). It’s the one day in your life where there are no limits to how much you can go overboard yet if it’s your thing to go simple it’s just as beautiful.

The 2010’s have made it easy for brides to wear their mom’s old gown because retro is a wedding trend not going anywhere anytime soon. However, maybe like my mom she was married at a courthouse in a polyester, sea green dress and color isn’t your thing (although many brides are doing color, so much so New York Fashion Week dedicated much of the runways to it) so you head to the nearest bridal boutique or consignment shop for that perfect gown. No matter what you choose it’s your day and nothing will be wrong. Just go with your heart. Good luck to all of our upcoming brides and grooms out there.

LARISSA LONG Editor-in-Chief

“No matter what you choose it’s your day and nothing will be wrong. Just go with your heart. ”




miling for all the pictures will be a snap because you’ve just nailed your best wedding outfit ever. #EasyBreezyBeautiful! Look #1 | Beach Wedding

Beach wedding style is about standing up to the elements. This lightweight lady-like versatile dress is tailored to perfection with the stripes to flatter your best curves. Adding a geometric belt to accentuate your waist and accessorizing to the nines is easy with this super cute clutch to hold all your party necessities.

DRESS Meeting point dress, Anthropologie $168 EARRINGS Pressed crescent earrings, Anthropologie $138 WEDGES Kyndra demi wedge sandals, Lucky Brand $69 CUFF Malindi cuff, Anthropologie $48 RING Tambours ring, Anthropologie $158 CLUTCH Flora embroidered clutch, Serpui Marie $209


Look #2 | Beach Wedding

A breathable solid colored jersey dress for a beach wedding will elevate your style to chic and modern. Layer jewelry of another color to bring dimension and complete your sophisticated look with this breathtaking blush colored wrap clutch. Your effortless charm will find you front and center for the bouquet toss.

DRESS Knotted Grecian knit Maxi, Sabine $69 NECKLACE Square flower necklace, Sabine $48 WEDGES Nassau braided wedge sandal, Cole Haan $89 CLUTCH Loess wrap clutch, Busk & Bask $160 BRACELETS Gold ‘Eloreven’ stacked bracelets, Debenhams $12



Look #3 | Formal Wedding Formal weddings are a perfect opportunity to practice your pretty.Turn up your glamour with dramatic jewels and refined accessories like these delicious suede ankle strap heels. Not too high to negotiate the dance floor so you’ll have no excuse but to bust your best moves.

DRESS Neon printed fit & flaire dress, Ark & Co. $79 HEELS Suede ankle strap, Ann Taylor $128 EARRINGS ‘Metropolitan’ drop earrings, Freida Rothman $175 RING ‘Earth Eclectic’ open pave ring, Rebecca Minkoff, $48 CLUTCH Julia clutch, Vince Camuto $118.40


Look #4 | Formal Wedding

Formal wedding etiquette opens the door to a more coiffed appearance. With its Gatsby inspired drop waist cut, this dress is a timeless treasure. Carry the classically designed Ivanka Trump Clutch that will put the icing to your embellished attire.

DRESS Tori cap sleeve contrast embellished dress, Cynthia Steffe $298 HEELS Gessabel peep toe, Nine West $79 EARRINGS Gold plated and resin, Oscar de la Renta $150 RING Caged ring, Rebecca Taylor $135 CLUTCH Marbleized pebble, Ivanka Trump $225


[UPCOMING] EVENTS May 3 | Project Glow Fashion Show Held at Trinity Nightclub in Seattle, this show combines lingerie and rave ware on the runway. Doors at 7:30pm. Tickets at BrownPaperTickets. May 3 | LAB Art Show Glitz Events in Vancouver BC presents an exhibition of different styles of art. Info at May 8 | Operation Fashion Forward Join C’est la Vie, the Edmonds community and corporate leaders for a charity fashion show to support military families at the Edmonds Yacht Club. Tickets at May 10 | NYFA Open House & Auction Join the New York Fashion Academdy from 6-9pm for an evening of fun, fashion and an auction to benefit NYFA’s 10th Annual Student Fashion Show. Info at NewYorkFashionAcademy. com May 10 | Chance Chance, at Neighbors Nightclub in Seattle, is the monthly creative connection for the Fashion Community. The May show brings back the ever popular swimsuit edition. Doors at 7pm. May 17 | Metropolitan Fashion Week Runway Show Seattle Art Museum will be hosting the 3rd Annual show. Info at Metropolitan Doors at 7:30pm. 10 | MODE MAGAZINE | MAY 2014

Gilda’s Club’s May 17 | Beauty by ‘Surviving Association Night of with Style’ May 20 Pampering Fashion Show & Come enjoy complimentary Luncheon Glamour Makeovers, Era In Time Makeovers (costumes This year with be the 17th provided) and Massages at the Double Tree Suits in Tukwila. Info Annual ‘Surviving with Style’ Fashion Show & Luncheon at May 22 | FGI Presents: Fall/ Winter Trends Join FGI Seattle at Melrose Market Studios from 6pm to 9pm as they explore the top fashion trends. The event will include a video recap of the top runway shows from New York, London, Paris and Milan plus a panel discussion of how the trends translate to the Northwest. Tickets at May 30 | NW Girl’s Night Out An evening of exceptional entertainment at China Harbor Resturant in Seattle - for ladies eyes only! Shopping, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and more! $30, tickest at Starts at 6pm.

put on by the Gilda’s Club, it will be held May 20th at 11:30 am at the Westin in downtown Seattle. The fashion show and luncheon is a celebration for cancer survivors, all of the models are cancer survivors and models will be outfitted in clothing provided by local boutiques. Surviving with Style helps support the Gilda’s Club which ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.

June 14th | Chance Join Seattle’s only monthly fashion show as they celebrate their 5th anniverasry at Neighbor’s Nightclub. Doors at 7pm. June 19 | RAW Artist RAW is showcasing indie artists from the Seattle area at the Showbox Market in Seattle. Info at Doors at 7pm.




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By Kathryn Kimball & Linda Lowry Article by: Kathryn Kimball & Linda Lowry ou don’t have to go to New York to see ou don’t havemusical, to go toyou New York to see a a great can travel to The great ACT musical, you can travel to The ACT in in downtown Seattle and experidowntown Seattle and experience a magnifience a magnificent musical, Little Shop cent musical, Little Shop ofFrom Horrors. Fromfirst thescene very of Horrors. the very first withhigh the three high schoolsetting dropouts withscene the three school dropouts thesetting scene the scene with their melodious voices on Skid Row to with their melodious voices on Skid Row to the bitterthe bittersweet of this horror comedy horror rock you sweet ending ofending this comedy rock musical, musical, you will be transplanted to the era of this will be transplanted to the era of this story time line story time line and experience the enactment of a and experience the enactment of a 1960’s “B” rated 1960’s rateddark Science Fiction dark comedy. Science“B” Fiction comedy. However, this musical However, this musical is anything but “B” rated, it ais is anything but “B” rated, it is definitely A++ and definitely andbrings a mustyou see!anThe talent does not must see!A++ MODE exclusive interview stop with Little Shop of Horrors, ACT has more with the lead actor in Little Shop of Horrors, Joshua surprises in the works for this emerald city, Seattle Carter, who plays Seymour. Vice. Joshua Carter is a born and raised Seattleite and plays This musical comedy, created by Mark Siano and Opal Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, currently in rotaPeachey, is set in the underworlds of Seattle and will tion at ACT Theater. He took the time to talk about the be brought out for all to on the at ACTplants, Seattle theater scene, thesee karma of stage carnivorous starting 28th and running through April 19th, and his March most (recent) embarrassing moment. 2014. MODE brings you exclusive interviews with he leaddid actor Little Shop Horrors, Joshua How youindecide on anofacting career? Is Carter, Sey-


mour a dream role? People are always shocked when I say this, but Seattle is the third biggest live theater city in the country, he leadNew actorYork in Little Shop of Horrors, Carter, behind and Chicago. The showJoshua that made who playstoSeymour andprofessionally the creator ofwas the acabaret me decide be an actor show musical Seattle Siano: called Polish JokeVice, that Mark ACT put on about 13 years ago. Seymour was a bucket list role for me, it’s something Joshua Carter a born andthe raised and I’ve wanted to doissince I saw movieSeattleite when I was plays Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, currently 9. When ACT announced they were doing it, I aimed in rotation at it. ACT Theater. He took the time to myself right at talk about the Seattle theater scene, the karma of carnivorous plants, his most (recent) Are you drawn moreand to drama or comedy? moment. I embarrassing started my career as a young actor just out of college, thinking I was going to Feel All The Feelings. How did you decideplay on an acting career? Is My personal favorite is King Lear, it’s maybe the Seymour a dream role? best play ever written. I played Edmund, and it was People areI always when say this, everything wantedshocked and more. ButInow afterbut doing Seattle is the third biggest live theater city in the Spamalot and Little Shop of Horrors, I realized I have country, behind New York and Chicago. The show so much more fun doing comedies, and people in the that made me decide to more be anelated actor professionally audience leave so much and happy with was a show called Polish Joke that ACT life. At this point in my life, I kind of wantput to on do about more 13 years ago. Seymour was a bucket list role for me, comedies and make people laugh. They’re more fun it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I saw the for everybody involved. While there’s a place for movie when I was 9. When ACT announced they dramatic and emotionally draining show, I think in the were doing it, to I aimed myself it. I want to end I just want have fun any right more,atand MODE MAGAZINE | MAY 2014 | 11

make sure people have a good time. What is your favorite LSH scene? Oh I was afraid you were going to ask me something like that! My favorite scene to act in is the scene where I’m being antagonized by the dentist, played by the brilliant David Anthony Lewis. It’s the best comedic back-and-forth we have in the show. My favorite song is a tie between “Feed Me Seymour” and “Suddenly Seymour.” There’s also a song called the “Weak Shall Inherit,” which I think has aged perfectly and tells the story in a very satisfying and fun way. The whole thing is just so fun, and everybody in the show is perfect. It’s a blast! What is your most embarrassing moment on stage? Oh gosh it’s kind of hard to narrow it down! But I’ll tell you the most recent one. It was in Spamalot. At the very end of the play I’m waiting for the laughter to subside, and I didn’t realize that the orchestra had only a finite amount of music, so they had to draw out the final note while I delivered my last four lines of dialogue before the last song. It was a ridiculous amount of time. For some reason it just became the funniest thing that ever happened and I start giggling, thinking, “Well, this isn’t going to end well.” The train came completely off the rails. The actors on stage with me started laughing, the audience started laughing. I didn’t end up singing a single note. I was totally out of character, gut-laughing. Someone told me afterwards that my face was as red as the “Don’t Park Here” curbside warnings.

kinesis, being able to move things with the power of your mind. I ’d use that more just for comedy, my own amusement. Like the rude guy in the restaurant, I’d make sure he’d never get a handle on his fork. My favorite version of that question is “What kind of menial superpower do you want,” like you can do magical things but it’s not very good. Like concentrating really hard and growing a full beard, or walking on water, but only on my left foot. Please tell me actors don’t actually say “break a leg” backstage before the show. It’s an unspoken thing among the cast, people have stopped saying “good luck” or “break a leg,” every body says “have a good show.” How do you want to be remembered? Like, eulogize myself? I would love to be remembered as someone who could put smiles on people’s faces, that worked hard, that never sold himself at the expense of someone else. I want to make people happy

Do you own any carnivorous plants? NO. No I don’t. I kill every plant I’ve ever owned. It’s a little bit of karma in the show, me getting fed to a plant at the very end. What is your favorite play you’ve seen as an audience member? I know I’m a little biased because I was in it for a short amount of time, but ONCE is fantastic. So are Warhorse and Peter and the Starcatcher. Candide at the 5th Ave Theater was one of the best things I’ve ever seen, hands down. I went back and saw that several times. What superpower would you choose? The problem with most superpowers is that they’re kind of useless on their own. I tend to go back to tele12 | MODE MAGAZINE | MAY 2014

Are you drawn more to drama or comedy? I started my career as a young actor just out of college,


and make people laugh. What is the one thing you want people to take away from this article? I’d like to get the word out that there is way more talent here than people believe. In many respects, artistically it’s paradise. You can do your art AND have your home with a fruit tree in the back yard instead of living in a postage stamp in Manhattan. There’s something amazing happening here every night of the week. There’s a sort of misunderstanding that “Oh that show was so good, it can’t possibly have been made by anybody in Seattle,” but it was, and it is, and there are so many phenomenally talented people in this city. We need to tap into that 12th Man fandom of local support and hometown pride.

Little Shop of Horrors runs at ACT from March 8, 2014 until June 15, 2014. Tickets can be purchased online at ot at the ACT Ticket Office located at: 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 292-7676 | General Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00pm-6:00pm Performance Day Hours: Tuesday through Sunday: 12:00pm until show time Monday: 4:00pm until show time


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the “Weak Shall Inherit,” which I think has aged perfectly and tells the story in a very satisfying and


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WOMAN OF INFLUENCE Interview by Kathryn Kimball | Photos by Morning Star Creative Group




udge Veronica Galvan, the first of her family to graduate college, spent her childhood living in Yakima Valley, WA where her father picked fruit for a living. While attending law school at the University of Washington, she was offered first an internship and, upon graduation, a full time job as an assistant city attorney at the City of Seattle attorney’s office. When she set her sights on a judicial career, she logged over 2,000 hours as a substitute judge while simultaneously holding a full time position as a prosecuting attorney for the city of Federal Way and balance the responsibility of a family. Today, she is the Presiding Judge in the Des Moines Municipal Court, which is the only court in the state of Washington that tries cases in both Spanish and English and the President-elect of District of Municipal Court Judges Association, which is the state-wide association that addresses policy issues at the state level. What makes you stand out? In terms of leadership issues, my entire legal career, I still believe in justice. I’m still idealistic, which for someone who’s been in the law for 20 years is saying something, I still believe in justice. To me it’s like a precious gem, multifaceted and at times very flawed. Flawed? Sometimes there’s a difference between justice and fairness. Fair would be, for example, to give everyone who committed the same crime the same punishment, but then that would fail to recognize that situations can be different. Should the person who’s stealing food to feed their child be treated the same as the person who steals out of avarice? Not MODE MAGAZINE | MAY 2014 | 25

Q: What’s your strongest memory?

A: When I graduated from law school, my daughter was a year old and I walked across the stage with her. It was knowing that, for her, college was going to be a “when,” not “if.”

“ I know that my decisions have impact not only on the person on trial but the effect it has collaterally on families. Justice is blind, but we can’t afford to be deaf, too.“


that stealing is right under either circumstance, but that’s what I mean by multi-faceted and at times flawed.

long way as a society in addressing issues of violence against women in the past twenty years, domestic violence in particular.

Do you get to rule differently in those cases? I have a lot of discretion in my cases, I have to look at the entire person. I know that my decisions have impact not only on the person on trial but the effect it has collaterally on families. Justice is blind, but we can’t afford to be deaf, too.

What has changed to make people see differently? I think it goes beyond education. I think we see that it affects not just the victim but the children, their behavior in school, and the community at large. You can’t keep violence behind closed doors because it doesn’t stay there, it perpetuates the cycle of violence, it’s a community concern.

What’s the hardest case you’ve tried? The most emotionally taxing case was during my time as a prosecuting attorney, it involved a stalker. When you looked at each incident individually it seemed innocuous, like sending the woman flowers after she went to visit her mother, but it was like, how did he know she was visiting her mother? This woman was denied a restraining order, which I think was a lack of communication on our court’s part, she found a copy of the denied restraining order stabbed through with a knife on her front door. After a week-long trial, where it was obvious the woman was terrified, the jury found the man not guilty because they thought that sending flowers to her was a romantic gesture, that he was trying to get back together with her, that was an eye opener. She was told that her perspective was irrelevant because it was his perspective that mattered, however, I don’t think we’d be there today. Given what we know now, given what society has come to realize about the insidious nature of stalking, I think today it would be a guilty verdict. We’ve come a

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the type and outcome of cases? The law has come a long way in addressing access to equality and justice. There’s an admission that sometimes throughout history the courts have failed people. I don’t think we can do this job and not recognize that we, judges, are humans. Like anything that’s manmade, we are flawed beings, we are not perfection. We have to own our humanity as we make decisions, and I think most of us do. Many of us have become advocates for the law, leaders of our communities, wanting to help others understand what we do and become more accessible. How do you stay objective, yet also feel that need for justice and fairness? And therein lies the crux of the issue, I think true objectivity is a lie. I think all of us have conscious or unconscious biases that impacts how we render decisions and affects the lens through which we view procedure and we have to recognize it and ask ourselves, “What is the lens that I’m using to MODE MAGAZINE | MAY 2014 | 27

“ ” My grandmother always told me we should try to make the world a better place, no matter how small, and not just for yourself, but for others.

view this? Is it appropriate or do I need to take a step back and use a different lens?” I think you just need to be conscious of that not upset, just conscious, do the right thing in spite of them. The law can’t be petty. Do you have a mentor? I have several, that’s why mentoring others is so important to me. At every stage in life there’s a realization you can’t do everything by yourself, I’m very fortunate that I have my family, they gave me the strength to believe in myself. Outside my family, there were teachers in high school and a college advisor who believed in me and nurtured my talents, and certainly, professionally, Michael Hurtado. He allowed me to intern at the City of Seattle Attorney’s Office, which led to my current job, he put my name forward and encouraged me to become a judge.

What’s your strongest memory? When I graduated from law school, my daughter was a year old and I walked across the stage with her. It was knowing that, for her, college was going to be a “when,” not “if.” What’s next for you? Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? I would love to do an Anthony Bourdaintype show, but for the law across the world, just to see how different judicial systems work. For example, take a simple case and see how it gets processed through the system.


Any political aspirations? I don’t know, it’s hard to aspire politically when you’re a judge. You’re protecting the constitution, but because you have to remain neutral you can’t really be a part of the political process. I’m not partisan, and I can’t talk about what my political opinions are. What will your legacy be? My children. Professionally, I want to be remembered as someone who wanted to improve our justice system. My grandmother always told me we should try to make the world a better place, no matter how small, and not just for yourself, but for others. She really believed in service and she used to always say, “don’t tell me, show me”. That was a value that was definitely handed down in my family and now we are teachers, public servants, and members of the military. Service is not a noun to us, it’s a verb.

Is there one memory that sums up your life story? I was at a wine dinner at the Columbia Tower Club recently, and the featured winery just happened to be Gamache Winery. I found it ironic that my father happened to work for them back in the 70’s and 80’s picking fruit and I was sitting next to one of the Gamache brothers, and we talked. This is a wonderful country! If the opportunity presents itself, take it and run with it. I am not ashamed my father picked fruit, there’s no shame in hard work. My roots may be humble, but look where I am today.


SAVVY SIPS Written by LB Dutchess | Photography by LB Dutchess

Spring has sprung and Wine is in the air! New releases everywhere so where to start? Here are some of my suggestions! Local Wine event’s Every year around this time of year, winery’s all over the country start presenting their latest releases! The latest and greatest that their wine makers have painstakingly had sleepless nights watching over grape vines to decide exactly when to pick the grapes to make your wine experiences even better! So How do YOU know what wines you are going to like? I believe some of the best ways to get your feet wet for the season are the local event’s where several get together and share! Here are a few we attended to give you an idea of what to look for in your area: Taste of Washington ~ Probably one of the if not the biggest wine event that goes on in Seattle, this event boasted 300 Winery’s over a 2 day time span in which to check out wines! While at this level it can be overwhelming to walk into an event this big with hundreds of people, if you go in with a plan, you can get a chance


to check out wines that are maybe not close to where you live, or brands you did not know existed! With List in have, plot your course to tackle either certain winery’s over 2 days OR certain types ~ Whites one day and Red’s the next. This keeps you feeling accomplished and able to taste with discretion instead of going hog wild and forgetting what you loved! Passport Woodinville Wine Country ~ This event is again a 2 day event concentrated in Woodinville wine country. Featuring over 30 winery’s you have 2 basic areas to check out….The Warehouse District and the Main Hollywood House area. Each offers dozens of winery’s within walking distance, and

[MAY SIPS] during this event for one price, you can go around and taste at the participating winery’s for a very fun and social experience! My advise…. have a service like Uber, drop off and pick up so you can enjoy stress free tasting! Reserve ~ 90+/95+ points ~ Magnum events. These are some of my favorite event’s for the avid wine drinkers or if you have guests in town that know and LOVE wine! With fewer winery’s involved, these one night only event’s boast some of the best wine’s to taste AND if still available, purchase!!!! Perusing with the likes of the wine makers, sommelier’s, wine connoisseur’s and winery owners alike you find these to have a very elevated experience if you chose to chat with these amazing people as their wealth of passion and knowledge in wine pours out! Watch out for next month’s column where we will feature several wines for you to check out! With Bridal Season in full swing we thought we would touch on a couple Savvy tip’s to remember: Tip #1 ~ Use white wine to remove a red wine stain on everything including teeth! Just a little swoosh of white wine in the mouth will help get rid of red stained teeth! Tip #2 ~ Bubbly can make you feel and look bloated, so avoid until after the big event! Then Drink and Dance your way thru the night!!! For more tips on great wines to taste and fun details about wine check out our blogtalk radio show Socially Savvy at and for more info on Wine Event’s on the West side of Washington check out . And Remember~ A Savvy Drinker has a Savvy Ride that is not Drunk! Check out Uber with this very special first time user offer Goto and get $30 off your first ride. -LB Dutchess Socially Savvy Blogtalk Radio Host & Media Personality @YourDutchess


CHECK PLEASE! Written by Kathryn Kimball | Photos by Brad Cole


ponsored by Sky City and PCC, Check Please! Northwest is Seattle’s best guide to both well known and little known eateries. The show originated in the Midwest, where, in 2001, a Chicago resident by the name of David Manilow decided to start a citywide version of the dining club. He and his two friends hosted informally every week for each other and Chicago’s PBS station picked up the idea and Check, Please! Chicago was born. What started as a Chicago-specific grassroots campaign to educate Chicagoans about their local restaurants has now spread to cities all over the country, Seattle’s KCTS 9 was the sixth city PBS channel to pick up the show. Each episode focuses on three different restaurants chosen by three different viewers, and a roundtable discussion after the dining experience. “People love to go out to eat and chat about what they had,” said Nicole Metcalf, Producer for Check, Please! Northwest. It all starts with the viewers. “In order for a restaurant to be on the show, our viewers have to apply to be a guest and tell us their three favorite restaurants and why they love them,” said Nicole. The next step is looking over the submissions and calling various applicants, both to find out more about their favorite restaurants and to make sure he or she will be an engaging guest on the show,



then the chosen restaurants are informed of their nomination. Each guest dines separately at each restaurant and writes up reviews, like a secret shopper, they don’t tell the restaurants they are there for the show. Afterwards they all gather at the studio for a round table discussion, where the group as a whole talks about their experiences at the restaurant, both good and bad. “This is not a mean spirited show, but we do want their real life experiences at the restaurant,” said Nicole. “We edit it down for time’s sake, but always make sure to have a representation of what everyone said. We stay true to the group discussion, it’s not our show, it’s their show.” Amy Pennington, host of Check, Please! Northwest, has been in the food industry in Seattle since 1998. She has authored several cookbooks and urban farming books, and is a freelance food writer, but most importantly she loves good food and dining. “I love any episode where the guests and reviewers are passionate and enthusiastic,” she said. “My favorite episode from season one was the show with Serious Pie, Beth’s Café and Hitchcock. Those guests were hilarious, had a great time, and they knew food!”. MODE’s very own Lifestyle Editor, Linda Lowry, was able to experience being a chosen guest on the show, details of where she ate, cannot be released until her segment of the show airs starting on April 17th, 2014. Linda tells MODE, “I enjoyed being chosen as a guest for the show, as I was able to go out and learn about other restaurant’s I was not aware 34 | MODE MAGAZINE | MAY 2014

of, or would not have tried and being on the show you have to visit two other chosen resturaunt’s that the other two guests picked as their favorite place to dine. The Hostess of the show, Amy Pennington, and the rest of the TV crew were very friendly and made you feel very relaxed. I was not at all intimidated to give honest feedback as I believe, the resturaunt owners will appreciate a true opinion of thier establishment, whether it be negative or positive. It gives the owners an idea of what needs improvement, and what

does not. If the show invites me back again, I would definitely do it again, I’m looking forward to the new season!”. It begins with three strangers, but when episode production wraps up, their relationships have progressed. “By the end of it,” reminisces Nicole, “they’re talking, laughing, sharing emails, and organizing viewing parties together. They’re making life long connections.” From the production crew to the diners to the television station, every aspect of the show

is a part of the community. According to Nicole, that is their mission. “We want to connect to our community. This show is a vehicle, and we’re providing a spot for our guests to get their thoughts out, tell us about their favorite local places.” “There are so many hidden gems in our area, not just in Seattle. We’re trying to go to places in Canada, or down south in Sumner, Just get out and explore. That’s one thing you hear a lot from guests, how they have driven past a certain place many times but

never stopped to eat there, and they say they are so glad we had them stop.” Over 500 people have applied for the show in Seattle alone, and there are over 35,000 applicants nation-wide. Reminds Amy, “You can be a guest, too! We are always looking for passionate, opinionated diners!” The season two premiere is Thursday April 17th at 7:30pm. There will be a season one marathon on April 13th, so if

you’ve missed out on any episodes you can catch up before the second season starts. You can also follow the show on Facebook ( CheckPleaseNW) and Twitter (@ CheckPleaseNW). To fill out an application or an encore of your favorite season one episode, please visit for all things local dining.

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Strapless dropped waist gown with ruched bodice on modified layered mermaid skirt, embellished with beaded floral appliquĂŠ at natural waist - By Enzoni at Luly Yang Couture $2,000 Crystal pendant necklace - Cicada $89 Crystal headpiece - By Abloom at Luly Yang Couture

Photographer: Clane Gessel Clothing: Luly Yang Venue: Fairmont Olympic Hotel Shoot Stylist: Tannya Bernadette Makeup: Dakita Harris Hair: Dawn Dominick, Paige Osborne Models: Kat King, Tonya Sonkin, Bonnie Rose Robbins MODE MAGAZINE | MAY 2014 | 37

Strapless sweetheart neckline with beaded appliquĂŠs on a tulle mermaid - By Enzoni at Luly Yang Couture $2,500 Crystal multi-cluster necklace - By Martha Berg at The Finerie $120 Crystal drop earrings By Gem Garden at The Finerie $175


Whisper II. Silk Chiffon ruched V-neck fit and flare gown with beaded French lace bust and silk chiffon tiered ruffle underskirt - Luly Yang Couture $5,200 1930s wax flower bridal crown - Trove $118 White pearl aqua earrings Cicada $24


Rose garden. Organza strapless a-line with asymmetrical ruffles, flower and petal detail on bodice and skirt - Luly Yang Couture $3,200 Two stone blue and white earrings - The Finerie $135 Crystal necklace - By Heidi Hull Designs at Cicada $89


Midnight in Paris. Lace cap sleeve gown with cutout back, fit and flare tulle skirt - Luly Yang Couture $4,800 Feather birdcage Cicada $287 Gold vermeil and Labrodorite necklace - By Best Silver at The Finerie



La Vie en Rose. Specialty pleated taffeta fit and flare with floral garden skirt - Luly Yang Couture $4,200 Gold filled and synthetic opal necklace - By The Gem Garden at The Finerie $390 Vintage gold flourish, Swarovski crystal and gold filled earrings - Ambience by Chrystie Cottier at The Finerie


J’adore. Layered organza and taffeta a-line dress with ruched bodice. Sequined French lace and scoop neck line. Ostrich feathers and flower adornments - Luly Yang Couture $4,100 Hair comb with pearl/crystal beads - Cicada $128 Crystal/pearl necklace - By Heidi Hull at Cicada $185


Whisper II. Silk Chiffon ruched V-neck fit and flare gown with beaded French lace bust and silk chiffon tiered ruffle underskirt - Luly Yang Couture $5,200 1930s wax flower bridal crown - Trove $118 White pearl aqua earrings Cicada $24


Strapless dropped waist gown with ruched bodice on modified layered mermaid skirt, embellished with beaded floral appliquĂŠ at natural waist - By Enzoni at Luly Yang Couture $2,000 Crystal pendant necklace Cicada $89 Crystal headpiece - By Abloom at Luly Yang Couture


Ivory and silver strapless crinkle chiffon gown embellished lace on top and Swarovski crystal and soft floral beaded belt - By Enzoni at Luly Yang Couture $2,035 Veil beaded trim - Cicada $250 Crystal earrings - By Heidi Hull at Cicada $120 Crystal bracelet - By Heidi Hull at Cicada $120


Strapless A-line silhouette with ruched bodice and asymmetrical draped gaza skirt with side ruching and intricate pleating - By Enzoni at Luly Yang $2,500 Sterling silver chain, vintage brooch, Chinese crystal necklace - By Mandy Moon at The Finerie $215 Stud earrings - Finerie $65


Midnight in Paris. Lace cap sleeve gown with cutout back, fit and flare tulle skirt - Luly Yang Couture $4,800 Feather birdcage - Cicada $287 Gold vermeil and Labrodorite necklace - By Best Silver at The Finerie






RULES FOR THE DISTINGUISHED GE Written by Peter Sussem | Photographs provide by Kirsten Rogers



Guide to Weddings


wedding is an opportunity for two people in love to celebrate their love and commitment in front of their friends and family. A gentleman knows this, and it is because he knows and respects this he will find himself the guest of many a wedding. To be a perfect gentleman at any wedding just follow these simple rules. Arrive early. It seems simple, but knowing who is in attendance early makes many involved in the wedding less nervous. One of the first words out your mouth should be, “Is there anything I can do?” On the wedding day most of the heavy lifting has been done, but there are always little things that can be done that will alleviate some stress for the wedding party. Dress the part. Wedding day attire for guests is not about comfort, it is about looking best for pictures. The pictures are going to last a lifetime, make them look good. This is where the rules of suiting up come in handy. The only rule is not to upstage the groom. But a nice suit can be downgraded without losing picture integrity by the removal of the tie. It should go without saying that a lady should ensure that she doesn’t upstage the bride, but since some violate that rule, I am saying it now.



RULE #1 The best man should be available 24/7 on the big day for anything the groom needs.

Sit where you are told. The day is about bride and groom. If there is assigned seating someone took a lot of time to decide where to put people, the last thing anyone needs is someone objecting to seating arrangements right before the ceremony or reception. The first wedding gift you can give is not making a fuss at the wedding itself. Few things are less gentlemanly than being fussy. Always check “plus one” when in a committed relationship. It is pathetic to not include your lady to a friend’s big day. A lady at a wedding doesn’t instantly go into bridal fever. The man that thinks women are so simple still has a lot to learn and should not be wasting a lady’s time. The single gentleman should invite a date if he is single provided the wedding is somewhat local or attending would not be a financial burden. He should ignore the bro code rule of not bringing sand to the beach. People are paying to share their day with friends and family, not footing the bill for drunken hookups with bridesmaids. Besides, it is a good excuse to dress nice and have a few laughs with a friend, and who doesn’t like that? Bringing a female friend means you have someone to talk to so no awkward silences at the table of strangers. The gentleman also has a ready dance partner. Better to have a person you are comfortable 54 | MODE MAGAZINE | MAY 2014

with when it comes time to dance than to be the desperate guy hunting around for a dance partner. A man with a female friend at a wedding is more comfortable and that looks a lot like confidence. People are attracted to confidence and therefore the gentleman is more desirable at the wedding than all the guys who left their own “sand” at home. The added benefit is that the lady friend of a gentleman at a wedding can talk him up to other women. She will, in essence, become a wingman… er wingwoman. She can talk the gentleman up in a way that is more subtle. But it is important to observe the rule of never leaving your wingman. A date can be arranged for after the reception. Ditching a friend is unbecoming of a gentleman. In the case the gentleman finds himself as the plus one, he is to conduct himself in a way that is favorable to the person that invited him. He is to be charming, witty and tell stories that are complimentary to the lady that brought him. It is well-known that on wedding day the wants and needs of the bride superseded everything except constitutional law and even that is on a case-by-case basis. Every effort should be made to make her day as stress free as possible but the gentleman does not forget the groom when attending the wedding of a friend. He is able to calm the nervous friend by having

him talk about why he asked the bride to marry him in the first place, the gentleman helps wrangle wayward groomsmen and delivers the perfect toast. The wedding toast is delightfully simple, yet so many screw it up. The perfect toast establishes credibility, is delightfully vague and compliments the person bride and groom. Remember this very simple rule, “Be bright, be brief and be seated.” The toast should not start with, “It was the summer of ’86, filled with mystery and wonder. Little did I know who would enter my life that hot July …” Keep is simple. Establish credibility by saying where you met and how long ago that was. State if it in high school, first day of football tryouts, college, while pledging the same fraternity, in the military or t work. This is where the delightfully vague is good. “We met during spring break” is better than “in a Tijuana jail cell.” Parents are present, no need to embarrass anyone on their big day. This is where things are better left unsaid. After all, how do you think inside jokes start?

Any embarrassing anecdotes should never be directed at the couple. Be self-depreciating. There will be no stories about the groom’s drunken antics, but a toaster can regale the crowd of how he himself was out of sorts and the groom, or in some cases, the bride, took care of him. All stories compliment the couple on their special day. Ending how the couple complement each other or make each other better is a cliché, but it is expected. If said with sincerity it will come off that way. Any gentleman worthy of the title will shine on any wedding day. Especially his own. For a gentleman that is the easiest wedding he will ever attend. He will show up early, dress the part which usually means a tux and give the perfect toast to celebrate the love for the person he wants to spend the rest of his life with. A day with friends, family and the person you love that ends with cake. What could be better than that?




Photos by Dale Rollings

Gabriel Lage, VFW ‘14


Gabriel Lage, VFW ‘14

Gabriel Lage, VFW ‘14

ancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 has come and gone, leaving a whirlwind of inspiration and creativity in its wake. This season was its longest to date, presenting designers from all over the world throughout its 7 days of shows. The diversity was apparent; we saw stunning gowns that shimmered down the runway from South America, savvy street wear from Korea, childlike rebellion from London, traditional designs from India and, of course, we saw some amazing collections from our local west-coasters. There were over 50 designers that sent their collections down the runway and now we are left with shopping lists a mile long and eager anticipation for the fall season. Some of the standouts from the week were: Gabriel Lage: Based in his native Argentina, Gabriel Lage creates elegant evening gowns for the high society woman. The gowns, which are absolutely covered in embellishment and dripping with jewels

Gabriel Lage, VFW ‘14


from top to bottom, had a way of flowing down the runway, almost liquid in their movement. Every dress is handmade in Argentina, and with a collection of over 20 gowns, we can only image the time and love that was invested in these gorgeous creations. Hong Kiyoung: Primarily a men’s designer, Hong Kiyoung describes his style as “minimalistic exaggeration with street” [sic]. Taking inspiration from contemporary arts, he has an on-trend way of incorporating feminine qualities in his menswear and masculine qualities in his womens wear. Using clean lines and high-quality fabrics, his designs are very wearable and speak to the west coast lifestyle. Some of the standouts from his collection were the cropped jersey style tops for women, a pale pink coat with matching shirt and pants for men, and perhaps the best flower sunglasses that have ever been created.

Hong Kiyoung, VFW

Hong Kiyoung, VFW


Nadia + Zehra, VFW

Nadia + Zehra, VFW

Nadia + Zehra, VFW

Hong Kiyoung, VFW

Gabriel Lage, VFW ‘14

Nadia + Zehra: Twin sisters from London, this duo of half Italian/half Turkish designers have enough creativity for an entire village. Although quite shy and reserved in person, their designs are anything but. Taking inspiration from the rebellious attitudes of children and the toys that they play with, the collection is a mix of bold color and pattern, explicit slogan tops and accessories, sculptured design and feathers galore. From concept to creation, they have put in over two years work on this collection and you can see why at a closer glance -- the entire collection is handmade with the prints being their own artwork that has been digitally printed onto the material. These twins have a unique vision we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.


Hong Kiyoung, VFW



Nadia + Zehra, VFW

Nadia + Zehra, VFW

Hong Kiyoung, VFW



Review by Chelsea Mack



his March at the Red Roasters Coffee House in Everett, Washington a group of makeup representatives hosted a makeup convention launching the MOTIVES makeup line as well as creating a collaborative community of industry professionals. Over 40 people were in attendance, including makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers, models, designers and stylists. “I think this is an awesome event,” said Tracy Bailey, an independent MOTIVES cosmetics representative. “There are nothing but beautiful and talented business women here who understand that if we all work together there is no need to be competitive with each other, but rather benefit from one another. We are creating an opportunity for everyone here; a business model that is so

smart because everyone in the chain benefits.” MOTIVES cosmetics has created a unique opportunity for each of its independent representatives. They provide makeup artistry training cosmetic institutes don’t offer as well as an opportunity for each representative to further their own business by selling the MOTIVES cosmetic lines to their clients.

MOTIVES is a high end professional cosmetics line created by top makeup designers. It not only provides flawless application, but is also good for the skin, erasing age spots and discoloration, minimizing pores, and improving the all over condition of the skin.

“MOTIVES has a huge celebrity following, says Maria. “It is a high end line developed by the best makeup “Now we can sell this amazing artists in the industry, but is product to our customers,” affordable for any makeup said Maria Vlasenko, an artist, especially those starting Executive Coordinator with out in the industry.” MOTIVES and the main host of the event. “This is a huge This is Maria’s first event, but market share for us to tap into not her last. She is dedicated that we couldn’t do before to creating a community of with any other professional artists who can all benefit cosmetic line. We used to from one another. “We are have to refer our customers in business for ourselves to Sephora or Mac and lose but don’t have to be in it by out on any profits from those ourselves.” sales.”


AIS Fashion League Show




Review by Renee Sun

student conducted and constructed runway show held by the Art Institute of Seattle took place March 6, at the Showbox Sodo. Northwest Motorsports, TCM Model and Talent, 7 Salon, Seattle Parties, and Team Photogenic, were amongst the many who came together to help the cause. This year also served as a fundraiser for Redeeming Sole, a non-for-profit established by formerly homeless founder Scott Sowle, which take donated new or used shoes for the homeless in Seattle. The institute’s many subgroups generated a lively atmosphere upon entrance. Friendly ushers seat audience members while photographers snap the gorgeous talent, as they mingle amongst family, friends, and the crowd. Culinary students sport chef’s hats by the designers as well as trays of orderves ranging from caviar to red velvet cupcakes.


Photos by Mike Adams Big winners included new MODE journalist, Chelsea Mack for her 2014 line, Torn to Shreds. The Avante garde pieces contour and shape to compliment a woman’s figure by accentuating fuller hips made my mesh underskirts and cinched waists drawn in by hand-beaded bodices. Though detailed and extravagant, Chelsea uses shredded, recycled fabric for added texture and layers, making her this year’s Winner for Best Editorial Collection and a $500 scholarship. Van Nguyen went the opposite direction for her simpler, yet refreshingly sophisticated garments. Cleanly tailored lines, a tastefully understated, yet modernly high fashion use of cutouts and geometric shapes, paired by flirty floral prints and hues of purple bring a grace, natural ease, and eloquent life to the work of the night’s big winner in Most Marketable, Designer of the Year, and $1000 in scholarships.

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