More than one sequins connoisseur on my block.

This is my neighbor, Michael.

On any given at-least-somewhat sunny day you can find this fine gentleman laying out on the grass, soaking up rays & talking with the occasional passerby (human, cat, or otherwise). He’s a happy, deep soul – always ready to talk about energy fields, pyramids, mayan calendars, musique concrète, or the bamboo cheese tray he found in a bargain bin (Full disclosure: Michael successfully convinced me to go in halfsies with him on said cutting board, and now we trade it back and forth between our houses). He’s a sharp fellow, full of interesting stories to share or peculiar perspectives to riff on. 

But yet, with all of those magical aspects shining outward from this person, it has taken me a FULL TWO YEARS to learn that he is also a proud owner of brilliantly crafted sequined garments! 

Truly: What are the chances of two ‘sequined ones’ finding each other living so closeby? 

So, learning of Michael’s mutual interest in flamboyant attire, I could not resist inquiring further when walking past his house this weekend. Always friendly, Michael brought out one of his favorite charms and allowed me to put it on.

Me, twisting side to side in the sunlight.

Michael giving advice on sequin upkeep. 

The best part of all of this? Michael totally allowed me to borrow this dazzler, in fact, he insisted upon it! If you really love something, you gotta set it free right? I feel like I have so much to learn from this dude.

BONUS VIDEO !!!!!!!

Grandpa Fashion Model

I LOVE THIS

According to an interview with Ms. Lv, it all started when one day her grandpa Liu came to help with unpacking: “He picked up one piece and tried to give some advice on how to mix and match. We thought it was fun so we started shooting.” Who said elderly men in China didn’t have a sense of fashion? According to Ms. Lv, many of the looks in the pictures were her grandpa’s ideas – he surely knows how to make teen girls look cute and stylish.

What does hot grandpa think? “Why unacceptable (for someone like me) to wear women’s clothes ? Modeling for the store is helping my granddaughter and I have nothing to lose. We were very happy on the day of the shooting. I’m very old and all that I care about is to be happy,” Liu told the journalist. And he was absolutely right. The store’s sales have increased 5 times since his pictures went viral and there was even a special “grandpa promotion style” currently featured at the store. Reactions from Chinese netizens have been overwhelmingly positive – they thought Liu was cool, open-minded, fun, extremely stylish and had the perfect camera face.“

The inter-office fashion wars are escalating

The office fashion fued between my sister-and-law and myself gets more and more bitter every single day. Just this afternoon I was introduced to someone as the ‘second most fashionable person in the office’. 

At first it started as a simple annoyance – Sasha coming into my cubicle to showoff whatever fabulous item she had just recently picked up to try and ‘outdo’ me, followed by many various not-so-subtle pleas to get pictures posted to the blog. Never in the history of Sequins of Seattle has been someone so desperate to get featured.

But then things took a dramatic turn when Sasha got her own ‘fashion spread’ (how much did that cost, I wonder?) on the site Broadist. Check it out.

If you do choose to venture into enemy lines, note NOT ONE SINGLE NAME DROP of ‘Sequins In Seattle’ anywhere in her interview. Not one. Not even a photo credit for any of the two million plus photos she made me take of her either. Where is the sense of family? 

Speaking of which, my own mom can be seen playing BOTH SIDES in this facebook discourse. 

It’s a sad day in Seattle fashion my friends. Luckily, there is one thing that can still cheer me up. You see, I saved this one ‘senior-photo’-type picture that didn’t make the cut. And as we all know, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, using a pose like this is like KRYPTONITE FOR YOUR FASHION CAREER. 

So take that.

The new hotness: iPhone Cases

The other day at lunch I ran across a woman with an amazing peacock bedazzled iPhone. I stopped her in the middle of a bite of food and asked her all about her luxury item.

This thing was gorgeous – about 2 inches thicker on the back than any case I’ve ever seen – but gorgeous. I sure am happy that Apple keeps making their phones thinner and thinner so we can just add more amazing stacks of jewels to their backsides!

I’ve been searching all over the internet for more cases like this, and it looks like there are folks out there making their own versions you can pick up. Here are just a few I found doing a google image search. 

This last one is genius! It’s both an iPhone cover with lots of bling – WHILE ALSO SERVING AS A HAT!

The Holiday season is arriving soon. I know what I’m putting on my letter to Santa. 😉

Glitter Sale : A Retrospective

Oh loyal fans, I must offer up my dearest apologies! After this Saturday’s Goodwill Glitter Sale I was unexpectedly put into what the medical community has called “a severe glamor coma” – a debilitating condition which left me slack-jawed and muttering to myself for the last several days. It is only now that I have achieved a form of spiritual clarity, surrounded here by the pile of sequin jackets and brightly colored vests purchased this weekend, that I can offer a sufficient look back on this most holy of holy days.

It goes without saying that I take my Glitter Sale seriously. But I am not one of those most righteous of devotees – the kind that wake up at 4am to camp outside the Dearborn Goodwill and wait their turn to enter that palace of enchanting apparel before the sun has yet to rise.
But I did wake up pretty early by my own standards and when my team arrived at 11am we were bestowed with sanctimonious lanyards & told that with our entrance numbers we were estimated to be let in around 4pm. 
All of us felt the blood rush from our face. 4pm! 4PM !! We went back to our car and drove to the Szechuan Noodle Bowl in the International District a little dejected, hoping that we wouldn’t lose heart and that the test of our commitment to the calling of all that is glitter and gold would persist throughout the day. We ate green onion pancakes and bok choy and tried to keep the faith.
Thankfully, instead of long lines, this year Goodwill decided to use the virtuousness of text messaging to let folks know when they would be permitted into the gates. Around 3pm we got the signal that we would soon be able to enter, and we rushed back to the thrift store seething with excitement. 
Words cannot describe what is to be experienced behind those fanciful curtains lifted only but once a year. As I entered into the exclusive sale I felt all sound collapse around me; my vision narrowed into a tunnel and I felt myself as if moving underwater. 
My wife took my hand and snapped her fingers in front of my eyes a few times ( this close from having to break out the smelling salts) and as emerged from the daze, I entered a fight or flight mode, racing clumsily through the aisles. 
As best a description as I can give: racks and racks and racks and racks with the most impeccably tailored blouses, vests, and jackets – almost exclusively beaded and sequined apparel, constantly replenished by staff and equally devoured by a host of hungry customers. 
It took me a minute to find my bearings, but I before long I found the aisles I was looking for: 
GLITTER JACKETS. 
Just try to imagine that for a moment. A WHOLE SECTION FOR GLITTER JACKETS.

I spent a good 40 minutes in this part of the sale, carefully sifting through the many varieties and trying things on right then and there. At first I was so excited that I actually broke a few hangers trying to pull things off too quickly. At one point someone picked up the hat I had in my stash but that I had forgot to keep nearby, and I felt my voice crack as I snapped “NO WAIT. THAT’S MINE GIMME GIMME GIMME”. 
Once I had the item back in my possession I was a little embarrassed about my behavior, and had a chance to reflect on it. Humbled, I decided to stop treating the experience like a competition and tried to just enjoy the moment. I looked around at all the smiling faces, the happiness and joy being had by all the folks around me and was deeply moved. Everyone was having so much fun!
It was such a peaceful experience, a singular moment in time that I can always refer back to as my ‘happy place’. And no one can take that away from me!
And now, for the fashion!
This was a great blouse thing we convinced Meghan she HAD TO GET. It has an elastic waist and ripples and ripples of shine. If it would have fit over my beer belly (and believe me, I tried) I would have snagged it from her. One of my favorites pieces from the sale, hands down.
This was my main competition, a stranger I met named Derrick, who had a criminal amount of sequined loot he was dragging around with him. We talked shop for a while, and he told me that he has a little project going where he’s taking men’s jackets and attaching sequin fabrics to them to spruce them up. I hope to feature this work on a future edition of Sequins In Seattle. 
Complex patterned jacket that Amber took a liking to. 
A pretty special vest with bead work and butterflies. <3 <3 <3 <3
Me, in a frantic moment.
No comment needed.
Totally snagged this one!
Fabulous sequin hat with music notes!
These are SEQUIN UGGS that a customer (Diane) was wearing. She got them on the
home shopping network. MUST FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE. 
And my personal favorite from the weekend, this sequin robe formal wear. 
I can totally see myself wearing this on a night on the town and stopping all the  muted-tone fleece-wearing fools in their tracks. Seattle is about to get so very real. 
THANKS #GLITTERSALE

OH YOU BETTER BELIEVE SEQUINS IN SEATTLE WILL BE THERE

GLITTER SALE AT GOODWILL THIS SATURDAY!

This is the only holiday that Sequins in Seattle officially recognizes.

I went last year and it was a raucous good time! Good to hear that this year they’ve removed the need to stand in line. Instead: GOODWILL HAS TURNED HELLA WEB 2.0!!!!

THEY’RE USING A #GLITTERSALE HASHTAG ON TWITTER TO NOTIFY YOU WHEN YOU CAN ENTER THE SALE!!!

That’s really good news because look at some of the glitz that will be there this year!

Here are some tips from the Goodwill blog:

The Glitter Sale is coming up!  Be ready when our doors open Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. with these useful tips.

  1. This year we are doing things a little differently to make waiting outside the Glitter Sale more enjoyable!  This year everyone in line will be getting a lanyard with a number on it.  Your number is your admission to the Glitter Sale – when your number is called, you may enter the sale any time thereafter.
  • Once you have your lanyard you no longer have to wait in line.  You may shop the regular Goodwill store, grab coffee, visit the food trucks outside, or just move about until your number is called.
  • Once inside the Glitter Sale, your number is also your admittance to the jewelry counter.  Please listen for your number to be called before approaching the counter.  (We do this so that each person can be helped by a personal shopper behind the jewelry counter.)
  • Numbers will be announced over the store PA system, via text alerts, on Twitter through the#GlitterSale hashtag, and on a board by the Glitter Sale door.  Sign up for text alerts by texting “goodwill123” to 91011.
  • If you shop in the main Goodwill store before entering the Glitter Sale, we recommend purchasing these items and putting them in your car before shopping the Glitter Sale.  However, if necessary you can pay for these items inside the Glitter Sale.
  1. Racks will be restocked throughout the weekend, so don’t worry if you’re not the first through the door!
  2. Outfits from the blog and the Glitter Gala fashion show will be on specially marked racks.
  3. Pick up a blue mesh shopping bag when you arrive; shopping carts are not allowed.
  4. Glitter Sale items are returnable within 7 days of purchase with original tag and receipt.
  5. Wear a leotard or swimsuit to try on clothes; there are no dressing rooms.
  6. Bring a friend who will give you honest feedback – shoppers will vastly outnumber the mirrors!

Of course I will be there covering the event and elbowing the hell out of everyone.

GIVE ME GAUDY OR GIVE ME DEATH.

What about you? Have you been to the Glitter Sale? You have any tips or tricks?

Mother of the Groom

I recently was married on Guemes Island to my lovely wife Amber Kai. On our invitations we added a postscript that indicated folks should ‘dress inappropriately’. Luckily, my side of the family took this as a free license to dress as their true selves. 

One of the highlights for me was the color craftsmanship my mother put into her attire for my very special day.

What you may not be able to pick up from this photo is the necklace that she’s wearing. It is made up of large chunky beads and SHRINKY DINKS that my sister and I made for her circa 4th grade. For those out of the loop, Shrinky Dinksare a "children’s toy/activity kit consisting of large flexible sheets which, when heated in an oven, shrink to small hard plates without altering their color or shape. They reached the height of their popularity in the 1980s.“ 

Now this is some serious ‘Haute couture’.

Fashion Inspirations

This list is by no means complete, but I’ve started a Pinterest for Fashion Inspirations that at least starts to peck away at those folks who’ve 
piqued my interest in the glamour arts. I will continue to update there (and feel free to add your own!)

Balki from Perfect Strangers is a key player. Especially in regards to vests, which have become my goto accessory. 

Early on in my career I was highly influenced by the fashion work of Rodney Dangerfield, particularly in his ‘Caddy Shack’ era. While I find a lot of his artistry a little dated for the modern era, I still feel his bold textiles and matching attitude had a definite impact on my own work. 

Hollywood from ‘Mannequin’. His glasses blew my mind. 

Seriously, who cares about Angela (or HER PARENTS FOR THAT MATTER. UG, BORING) It was always all about Ricky and Rayanne!

Parker Lewis. 

Duckie

Muammar Gaddafi, late ruler of Libya.

And of course, THE GOLDEN GIRLS

But as I stand back and look at all these folks, dressed to the nines – it’s so clear to see pop culture seeping into all of my pores. Is it really all about these 80’s/90’s icons, or is there a more organic root to my style guide?

When I really sit with it for a minute, the purest inspiration actually comes from those who have grown up around me. And none is more powerful of a figure than my very own younger sister, who has always been a fabulously wild dresser and (particularly back in the day) was able to accomplish massive fashion feats without flinching. 

In one of the most amazing displays of bravado, we have this 6th grade look – minimalist, yes – but powerful and contemplative, like a haiku. Still powerful after all these years.

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