Sarah seeks her inspiration from the true style influencers—artists, bohemians, rock-n-rollers, mystics, and intellectuals. Sharing her 5 favorites of the day that can be found around the Seattle community, our editor brings to readers: A Christmas extravaganza in support of local seniors who have outlived their resources; beautify your face for the holidays with Dr.Stella; drinks at Tin Lizzie Lounge; Piper O’Neill’s short film at Winston Wachter; Elegant hosiery for holiday wear.
Providence O’Christmas Trees is a nonprofit committed to helping seniors who have outlived their resources. Every year in November the organization hosts three impressive events in a row during the last week in November at the Westin Hotel. The first is the children’s Christmas Carnival chaired by Leslie Wheatley, showcasing a spectacular array of Christmas Trees designed by Seattle designers, along with a special appearance by Casper Babypants. Families are invited to attend and share in the festivities while getting the first glimpse of the trees to be auctioned at the gala dinner. Carnival attractions and photos with Santa are free to the public. The next day features the Silver Bells Luncheon which is a fundraiser and fashion show for the ladies-who-lunch set, but the event is attended by an eclectic mix of fashionistas, mothers and daughters, Sisters of Providence, and corporate donors. The third day features the Gala dinner and auction—a glamorous black tie affair with a silent and live auction. The trees are the most exciting auction items and can go for up to $50,000. The funds raised support 10,000 seniors right here in King County. This year’s presenting artist is Olivier Wevers of Seattle-based dance company Whim W’Him. Chairing the Gala is Marshal McReal, an avid supporter of the arts community and board member at The Henry. Around 800-900 people will attend each event, and attendance continues to grow every year. Because seniors are the least supported demographic by nonprofit fundraising in the state, it has been exciting to see Director Patricia Szabo and her team become established in our community as the leading fundraising entity for the elderly. The Sisters of Providence have been helping the elderly in Washington state since the 1800s, and thanks to Patricia Szabo, the Providence O’Christmas Trees events are a great way to bring families and community members together alongside the arts community.
During the holidays there are so many wonderful events to attend, from the Nutcracker to the slew of holiday parties. I always want to look my best and the older I get, the more support I can use. Thanks to my dear friend Dr. Stella, I can get my skin renewed and plumped up a little here and there in a way that makes me feel fresh faced versus, God forbid, “done.” It’s not easy to find the right person for the job, since so many in the industry are more than happy to play into our dysmorphia for an extra buck. What I love about Stella is that she has a great aesthetic and her clients tend to look well rested as opposed to looking like the latest cast member of the next “Real Housewives of…” Even the men I’ve seen who use her services look amazing in a way that implies health over gross vanity. If you’re looking to polish up for the season, you won’t be disappointed. When people ask you how you manage to stay looking so young, you can blame the hideously aging portrait of you stashed in the closet.
One of my besties treated me to the Madonna concert in October and suggested we stop by The Tin Lizzie Lounge at The Marqueen Hotel on Queen Anne beforehand. I wasn’t surprised to like it as much as I did considering my friend is one of the top restauranteurs in Seattle. I love bars that feel like bars rather than Miami nightclubs. The movement of speakeasies, old world hotel lounges and gritty dive bars that have come back into vogue are a huge relief to me. The Tin Lizzie Lounge is just the kind of place that has a loungy old world feeling with just enough newness to be vibrant and not stale. The drinks are also good.
There are those people that no matter how well I get to know them, they remain intriguing to me. Maybe it’s because the way they see the world is different enough from how I see it that my curiosity is heightened. It’s like visiting a foreign land… Artist Piper O’Neill will be at Winston Wachter this Wednesday showing her short film about Seattle, and will also be participating in Petite Tableau, a group exhibition of small works with other artists. I’m looking forward to this show because I haven’t gotten over the last one. Still, I’m in love with the combination of well held together contradictions in those haunted little Victorian girls of bugs and lace, all telling such an utterly feminine and familiar story. O’Neill is like her art, appealing, soft and warm, while at the same time being edgy, raw, and compelling. Footage for her film was taken from the 1962 World’s Fair and is titled,”Indigo Blue.”
Ever since I was a little girl I’ve had a thing for hosiery. My first memory of hosiery involved a holiday dress, patent leather shoes and a pair of tights with ruffles on the backside. After that, I wore tights in ballet which I started at the age of three. I associated the wearing of tights with being a member of the female gender in the most positive way. Later, in middle school, I would have the occasion to wear sheer hosiery for the first time to a wedding reception and since then have enjoyed maintaining a varied selection of hosiery in my wardrobe. In high school, I went through several style phases: punk, new wave, and high fashion with variations of overlap. All the while cutting the feet off my tights, or delibrately running them to suit my needs, or wearing sheer black thigh highs with seams up the back, pumps and skinny black dresses, fringe leather gloves with big hoop earrings because it was so “Vogue.” In the late ’90s and early 2000s wearing hosiery went horribly out of style. For a moment we all felt frumpy and a little strange covering our pedicured toes with fabric. It wasn’t until 2007—while watching an episode of “The Hills” with my daughter that I saw Whitney Port wearing sheer black hose and a pink floral dress with brown fringe moccasin boots—I realized everything was being put right in the fashion world. I fell in love with Whitney Port, and ran down to Nordstrom to replenish my hosiery wardrobe by getting the first pair of Wolford tights I had in a decade. Since then I have discovered Fogal brand hosiery available at Butch Blum. We also have access to our own Wolford store now, thanks to The Bravern. If you want to feel exquisitely feminine and posh during the holidays, try donning beautiful hosiery.