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Getting Comfortable In Your Own Skin

Getting Comfortable In Your Own Skin

We admit it can be daunting to see the words “face” and “peel” side-by-side. But spend just a few minutes with the kind, serene Hari-Prakash Boyd (who happens to have impeccably flawless skin), and your fears and preconceptions will be quickly washed away. The self-proclaimed “clinical holistic esthetician” hails from Bend, Oregon, and has been fascinated by herbs, aromatherapy and skincare since she was 14. Boyd loves researching ingredients found in commonly purchased products and finding effective yet natural, non-harmful alternatives to help others overcome challenges like acne and hyper-pigmentation.

Boyd opened her own skin boutique a year-and-a-half ago and recently relocated to a tranquil corner office on Stone Way where soothing light filters through glass-cube windows. Here, she offers free skin health analysis plus holistic skin treatments, plant-based chemical peels (with names like “blueberry smoothie”), waxing, tinting, even face massages. In her boutique, she also sells CosMedix products, used for her treatments, and items from Colorado-based company MyChelle.

Although we all know our beauty is far from skin deep, Boyd will show you that this is certainly a good place to start.

Grace Face Body
4037 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA
206.307.6952
www.gracefacebody.com

The Art of Gifting

The Art of Gifting

We’ll admit that giving gifts in this day and age can be tricky. What to give those who whip out the credit card the second they spy something they want? Our experience tells us that there are few better places for finding unique, thoughtful presents than museum gift shops.

At the Bellevue Arts Museum, an inspiring institution that focuses on art, craft and design, creativity spills onto the shelves of the splendidly-stocked gift store. Find delightful items for the home range like “Rippled Sapphire,” a handwoven basket by Dorothy McGuinness, or Sea Life Goblets by Carol Gouthro. For kids, find design-it-yourself placemats, “Ugly Doll” mugs and hats and Folkmanis puppets. For art-minded adults, find exhibition catalogues like the American Tapestry Biennial Six, Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett and Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker. Treat yourself (or others) to funky scarves by Chirstine Chaney, nature-inspired necklaces by Iris Guy Sofer and notecards by Nikki McClure.

In our opinion, being a bad gift-giver is one of the worse offenses. Let the Bellevue Arts Museum make you a star.

Bellevue Arts Museum Shop
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA
www.bellevuearts.org

Serenity Now

Serenity Now

Our New Year’s resolution to relax isn’t going so well. Our job is driving us crazy and the kids are still, well, kids. We need some Zen ASAP! Thankfully we know just the place.

The Yoga Tree on Fremont is the perfect spot to find the light on any gray Seattle day. Classes explore a range of approaches and practices (from Hatha and Vinyasa to Nidra), and the studio invites participants of all levels to test their strength—both physical and mental. Special workshops often spice up the curriculum, too, with topics like “The Paradox of Practice – Focus on Balance Poses,” “Advancing Your Practice: At the Edge of Evolution” and “Vibrant Body, Warm Heart.” Students can purchase sessions as part of a series (for example, through an unlimited monthly pass), or they can drop in for individual classes.

So if you’re feeling the need to stretch your body and mind, Yoga Tree is just the place to come back to your center. In this harried world, couldn’t we all use some time on the mat?

The Yoga Tree
4250 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle WA 98103
206.545.0316
www.yogatree.com

Business 101

Business 101

Even though we graduated from college with a degree in art history, we definitely have an inner business power-house. Had it not been for the unadulterated idealism of our early 20’s, we probably would have a corner office in some high-rise downtown. And despite our arty side, we’re still pretty pragmatic decision-makers when it comes to beauty. We look for products that are effective and healthy—no fluff.

Skincare 300 in Ballard is our destination for relaxing, yet results-driven facials, skincare treatments and waxing. They use Cell Renewal Systems, a paraben-free botanical product line formulated for effective wrinkle-reduction and smooth, radiant skin (don’t miss the deep-exfoliating pineapple enzyme peel and the nurturing honey toner). The process includes a cleanse and scrub, enzyme peel, aromatherapy scalp massage, complete upper-body massage, a masque with infrared light or calming cold globes, and a final hydration with serum and moisturizer for décolletage, face, lips and eyes.

So here’s the bottom line, Suite 300 Skin Care is all about immediate results… And we don’t need a business degree to figure that out.

Suite 300 Skin Care
5424 Ballard Ave. NW, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98107
206. 714.0136
www.suite300skincare.com

Scrub-a-Dub Dog

Scrub-a-Dub Dog

A least once a year we dog-sit for our best friend’s best four-legged friend. The dog is a bit Lassie meets Cujo—loyal and precious in the daytime, but startle her during a midnight potty run and she will try to kill you.

We love this dog, but every time we’re alone together chaos ensues. Our latest adventure resulted in her snapping her leash and running straight into the water at Lincoln Park. After her swim, we needed to clean her up stat! Thank goodness for the Wash Dog in West Seattle. It’s a complete spa for pets, offering everything from a basic wash and dry to pet perfumes and nail appliqués—too fun! The space is a chic as “people” spas. You can clean your own pet or hand her over to the professionals.

Since we’d had enough alone time for the day, we let the pros tackle our furry friend. In no time she was washed, dried, combed, and ready for the next adventure!

The Wash Dog
Bath House and Spa for Pets
6400 California Ave. SW
206.935.4546
www.thewashdog.com

East Meets West

East Meets West

All east-coast native biases aside, one thing cannot be denied: the folks on the other side of the country know how to make some darn fine sandwiches. And lucky for us Seattleites, The Other Coast brings this town two vibrant cafes (one in Ballard, one on Capitol Hill) where an awesome sammie is pretty much a done deal. Both venues feature genial staff, a simple yet cozy ambiance and a butcher’s case displaying a well-stocked supply of tempting cheeses and meats.

Hungry patrons choose between custom sandwiches or seven- and fourteen-inch pre-made options on baguettes, multi-grain, sourdough or rye. Cold items range from The Hammer (apple wood-smoked ham, carrot-jalapeno giardiniera, lettuce, cucumber and mayo) and The Captain (chicken, salami, Polish sausage, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, pesto, oil and vinegar) to The Other Coast (turkey, swiss, coleslaw and 1000 Island dressing). Hot sandwiches include the roasted veggie, homemade meatballs (topped with marinara and provolone) and a best-seller—the Rajun Cajun, a fiery mix of Cajun turkey, pepper jack cheese, tomato, onion and spicy salsa mayo.

So coast on down the next time you’re craving a dose of the fresh flavors that hail from the east.

The Other Coast Cafe 
5315 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107
206.789.0936

721 E. Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
206.257.5927
www.othercoastcafe.com

A Spoonful of Sugar

A Spoonful of Sugar

Who hasn’t, at one point and time, wanted to be Mary Poppins? She’s practically perfect in every way! She gets around town floating under an umbrella and has a bottomless handbag full of amazing knick-knacks. Where does she shop? She’d never tell (and she never has to explain anything), but quite possibly, we just found her secret.

SugarPill Apothecary is the place to get everything we might need for our own magical handbags. At this spit-spot shop they sell medicinal and culinary herbs as well as spices, gourmet salts, and chocolates—a definite girl necessity. It also features locally produced cocktail bitters and other pantry essentials. So basically, this shop carries everything from a cure for what ails us to the fixings for our next impromptu cocktail party. A spoonful of SugarPill really does help the medicine go down in the most delightful way.

After one shopping excursion at SugarPill Apothecary Mary Poppins won’t have anything on us, except for maybe that magical, flying umbrella. Now, where do we get one of those?

SugarPill Apothecary
900 E. Pine St.
Seattle WA 98122
206.322.7455
www.sugarpillseattle.com

Put a Ring on It

Put a Ring on It

Our first (and only) wedding happened when we were five. We “married” the six-year-old boy across the street in a ceremony officiated by the kid who lived two doors down. The veil: a pillowcase held by a headband. The bouquet: dandelions. The ring: the groom’s great-grandmother’s wedding ring that he stole from his mom’s jewelry box—oops!

We loved that ring, but as soon as our mom saw it we were marched across the street to tearfully return it to our unhappy “mother-in-law” (you know the type), and our “hubby” got the spanking of a lifetime. We wouldn’t be shocked if 30 years later he still can’t sit right.

Though the honeymoon was short-lived, so began our love affair with fine, antique and vintage jewelry. Recently, our romantic side was revived when we stepped foot in Alexandria Rossoff Jewels and Rare Finds. Bursting with exquisite Art Deco, Edwardian, and Victorian pieces as well as antique and period jewelry, you’ll find that unique necklace or perfect heirloom engagement ring. Just remember to lock your jewelry box.

Alexandria Rossoff 
Jewels and Rare Finds
402 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.381.3949
www.alexandriarossoff.com

Spring Fling!

Spring Fling!

We can’t complain; this May has been full of sunny weekends, flip-flops, breezy tanks and even a little bit of SPF 15 on our cheeks. While we would never normally turn down a good ole’ fashion barbeque, a half-cooked veggie patty with cheese just isn’t going to cut it for this newly converted vegetarian. This spring has us craving fresh, organic veggies and herbs straight from local Washington farms, so it’s off to Café Flora we go.

Seated in a cozy, botanical sanctuary surrounded by tall bamboo trees, trickling indoor ponds with radiant heated floors, we felt like we were on an indoor picnic. We delighted over their delicious new spring menu, featuring purely divine vegetarian, vegan and even gluten and soy-free dishes, bursting with flavor and freshness in each bit. Our favorites? We inhaled the cornmeal-fried avocados, the cheesy, melt-in-your-mouth springtime risotto and the chocolaty, marshmallowy Campfire Marquise.

Thank you, Café Flora, for saving us from our barbeque blues, and brightening up our spring even more with your savory and sweet new spring menu!

Café Flora
2901 E. Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
206.325.9100
www.CafeFlora.com