Right now I’m the only bidder

And I want these sooooo bad. But all the money raised in this ebay auction goes directly to one of my favorite artists in the world Jan Terri, so AGAINST MY BETTER JUDGEMENT I am going to share this:

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You are bidding on the original latex elf shoes that Jan Terri wore in her Rock&Roll Santa video!!
All monies made go to help fund Jan’s big move to Sunny California! 
The winning bidder will also receive a set of extra elf ears intended for the video, but never used.
Still in package, and not for wearing. Just for showing off! The winning bidder will also receive a
secret surprise gift of something cool Jan has used. Could be a denim purse??
Could be a kitten t-shirt?? No matter what it is, if Jan wore it?? It’s going to be cool. 
Shipping in the US is only $5! 
Perfect gift for that Jan Terri fan on your list!!!

Here is the infamous video: 

SAVE THE DATE

It’s the first ever SEQUINS IN SEATTLE RUNWAY SHOW!!!

This is my big debut! I spent the afternoon with Kenneth Piekarski and Jonathan Grosvenor, putting together a few fab looks using things pulled directly from my closet.  This runway show will be for the annual Hollow Earth Radio / VERA PROJECT DIY Holiday Fair, and in the spirit of doing it myself I’m putting together items that are already in my wardrobe and assembling them into a souffle of high rising high-fashion. 

The fair is a great fundraiser for two rad non-profit organizations (full disclosure: I’m a co-founder of Hollow Earth) while also being a top-notch spot to pick up vintage clothing, weird crafts, and new records from local labels. 

You can find out more about the fair here: Facebook Invite

And here’s just a preview of some of my upcoming winter line you’ll see strutting the catwalk this weekend! 

 

Hope to see you at the fair! It’s totally free!

Value Village Report

Whenever I enter a thrift store I literally always start with the Menswear section and work myself around to vests and long-sleeve shirts. I don’t really know why I bother though – perhaps out of habit ? Because it’s absurdly rare that I ever find anything of substance in these sections. 

Take it from me: As any devotee of the extravagant arts will tell you, the real luxury lies in the section  WOMEN’S JACKETS. 

The other night, after a crushing defeat on the second floor of Value Village in Capitol Hill, I slumped down the stairs empty handed and a little dejected. I was killing time at the store, waiting around for some friends. But I got bored quickly, because I simply couldn’t find one thing worth even picking off the rack on the entire floor devoted to ‘Men’. 

Depressed, I decided to mill about the rows and rows of Women’s garments and lo and behold! – SO MANY JACKPOTS!!!!

Big fan of the striped elbow patches!

SEQUIN SHOULDERS!

Lime green jacket! Although Amber thinks the fringe kills the look, plus she says it’s oversized. But whatever, I’m getting a little tired of having to tell her “Um, excuse me, which one of us runs – arguably – Seattle’s most successful fashion blog ?” Plus, the oversized look kinda reminds me of  David Byrne / Talking Heads  – you going to tell me those folks aren’t stylish? 

I wasn’t the only dude who found something special in the jackets supposedly reserved for ‘Women’. Here’s a picture of Dizzy Giggleflix & Kate – a chic duo walking the same aisles I was in. Dizzy had just found this Celtic inspired trenchcoat and it’s a real gem.

I am now convinced there is no reason to even venture into the Men’s section at thrift stores anymore. It’s always a let down. And this experiment help proves that there are plenty of garments for those who identify as men; in fact, I’m pretty sure that these clothing aisles distinctions between ‘Mens/Women’s’ are really just a way to separate ‘dull, tired, browns/khakis and cargo shorts’ from everything bright, elegant and fucking fantastic!

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