Like Microsoft in Seattle, Facebook in Silicon Valley, and Goldman Sachs in New York, there’s a special kind of symbiotic relationship that occurs when a company grows up from within a specific community.
Albertsons, the little grocery store chain established in Boise in 1939, has over the decades become that inseparable counterpart to the great state of Idaho. With its latest grand opening of the new-concept Albertsons Market Street store at Eagle & Fairview, the special bond between company and community has never been more apparent!
From in-store-made cheese to hand-crafted jewelry, local organic produce and farm-raised beef, touches of Idaho culture and community are vastly evident throughout this expansive new store.
This big, beautiful store is so much more than groceries;
Albertsons Market Street is Idaho incarnate!
I spoke with one of the department managers at a recent blogger/influencer Sneak Peek event, right before their grand opening. It was clear that she was very proud of how her store is not only “including” local products and artisans, but deliberately championing them. Look no further than the clothing & gifts section, where t-shirts and hats from Wear Boise hang proudly beside “I ❤ Boy See” coffee mugs and baseball caps.
Inspired by this clear passion for all things Idaho, my friend & frequent blog partner Ammophotog and I went on a #locallove treasure hunt throughout the new store, spying all the wonderful things Albertsons is deriving from – and contributing to – this community!
Enjoy the tour,and be sure to stop in to see the gorgeous new Market Street store at 3499 E Fairview Ave., Meridian, ID.
Once upon a time, my dear friend Roshan Roghani told me her fashion philosophy: “I only buy things that make me happy.” She went on to explain that if something in her closet didn’t bring her joy when she looked at it, she would pass it on to someone else who might like it better! It was her way of decluttering her life and her wardrobe, while also sharing happiness with the world around her. How cool is that?
We all know that things don’t make you happy. But having things in your wardrobe or house that remind you of sadness or bring up bad memories can definitely affect you. I’ve adopted Roshan’s philosophy, choosing to build a wardrobe that may not always be on-trend, but will consistently represent my heart, my style, and the happiness I want to share with the world.
Sparkles bring me joy.
I have always gravitated towards sparkly clothes, jewelry, and even shoes that reflect light and color, and I have memories of my father teasing me, “Will you ever have enough glitter?” Apparently, the answer to that is NO, because when I spotted these amazing trousers on sale at Zara.com, I couldn’t pass them up!
I also couldn’t wait for an “appropriate occasion” to wear them, because why should we limit sequins & sparkle to holidays and special events? Fortunately for my fragile patience, the gorgeous Chateau des Fleurs was throwing a special Bloggers & Influencers event last weekend, so I threw two outfits together – one casual/comfort, and the other drama/dressy – and headed over.
Huge, adoring, grateful thanks to my amazing photographer @ammophotog for all these fabulous pics, and to the generous Chateau des Fleurs team for letting us play in your beautiful paradise!
Outfit One: Comfy Sparkle
I like to balance drama pieces with sedate classics. I dressed down this look with always-in-fashion Adidas, and a very cozy brushed cotton top I found at a local boutique. The result felt cool, casual, and comfortable! I could wear this almost anywhere.
My new favorite necklace! ❤
Use special discount code GIFT134 at Roma Designer Jewelry to get 20% off any purchase!!!
Outfit Two: Sassy Sparkle
For this look, I matched drama to drama with a rock & roll top and fluffy faux fur jacket. It felt purrrrrfectly fun and full of attitude! I didn’t have time on this day to change my shoes, but next time I wear this look it will be with my favorite red boots!
Quick, look at your calendar – Christmas is just days away! If you’re not ready (and might be panicking a little), take heart; you are not alone, and your friendly neighborhood shopping pro is here to help!
When it comes down to the wire, you have two optimal choices to strategize finding that perfect gift:
1. Shop online, or
2. Shop hyper-local.
For those scrambling to find the perfect gifts, here are my top tips for last-minute Christmas shopping!
Sorry, no, you probably don’t have time to ship something from Amazon; that’s not what I’m talking about here. Your best bet for last-minute online options are subscriptions! From diamond jewelry to organic dinner, there are tons of both national and local subscription services for just about everyone on your list.
For maximum impact, I recommend printing something out that explains the subscription, and then wrapping it along with a physical item that reflects the theme. For example, if you’re giving a wine delivery subscription, wrap it up in a box with a pair of champagne flutes!
Annual subscriptions are the gift that literally keeps on giving, all year long!
Perhaps the best gift you can give right now is the one you can’t really wrap up in a box: adventure. Designer goods are waning in popularity right now, while travel and adventure are on the rise. Some of that might be fueled by economy and budget, or perhaps a thirst for the perfect photos to post on Instagram. Either way, there’s little in this world more exciting than opening up airplane tickets for Christmas!
Listed in order from most to leave expensive, below are my top picks for adventures you can purchase online in a minute, and cherish for a lifetime:
Winter in Europe – Gorgeous sights, lights, tastes, and shopping. Personal faves are the German winter markets in January, and the designer sales in Paris in February. Flight sales are insane right now, some under $500 round trip!
Tropical getaway – Go relax, get warm & soak in some vitamin D.
The Treasure Valley is blessed with a plethora of unique local gift, clothing, shoe, and home decor boutiques. But why choose local over big box stores? The answer is two-fold. You already know how important small business is to a city’s economy, sustainability and growth, so I won’t dig into that…
But the other reason is how well we know each other in this community! Chances are, the person you’re searching to find a gift for has a favorite place to shop. Go there. Show the salespeople the name & a photo of your person. It’s very likely they have worked with him/her before, and know their style and tastes! Walk into downtown Boise’s Piece Unique, for example, say “My wife Mary shops here all the time,” and they are likely to respond: “Oh yes, we love Mary! She’s very into our Baci Fashion line, which is right over here. Her favorite colors are pink and blue, so she’s probably love this sweater!”
Ta-da, the perfect gift! See how that works? It’s one of my favorite things about this town!
Below is a list of some of the best localfashion boutiques in town, where I know you will get that kind of service. (PLEASE comment below and let me know if I’ve missed YOUR favorite store. I love getting to know places & faces that are new and special in this community!)
Let’s be honest: When it comes to fashion shows and red carpet events, Bellevue Collection’s Fashion Week is truly head & shoulders above the rest. And this year was no exception! From designer meet & greets, to platters of fresh macaroons wafting through the crowd, to a famous artist giving out personalized caricatures, everything about Bellevue Collection Fashion Week 2018 was done to perfection.
Our crew of adventurers consisted of 15 fashion-loving Boise women, all ready to explore, wine, dine, and shop till we dropped! On day one, we hit the ground running with a VIP party at Nordstrom.
But first things first: lunch at the new Bento Grill, where chef Tom Douglas crafted a unique dining experience that melds gourmet Asian cuisine with take-out-buffet efficiency.
Debbie Evy, a brilliant stylist from Nordstrom’s Collectionsdepartment, showed us how to select our dish, then customize each step to create the perfect bento box experience. Top off lunch with a blended mango sake shake, and you’re in for a fabulous afternoon!
Next stop: Nordstrom’s Designer department for champagne and shopping! Debbie and her crew brought in new fall pieces from Gucci, Prada, Louie Vuitton, and more to tantalize our couture-craving crew.
While models displayed how to style this season’s scrumptious Chloe sweater dresses and vibrant Tory Burch jackets, makeup artists from Trish McEvoy primped and pampered our travel-weary faces.
On the lower level, hair stylists had style-&-go stations ready to plump, smooth, curl, and tame our tresses! With our Nordstrom treasures and beauty swag-bags in hand, we dashed back to our rooms at the Westin Bellevue for a quick clothing change…
And then off to the show!
The Independent Designer Runway Showis one of my all-time favorite events! In the past, designers from around the Pacific Northwest have competed for a coveted top spot, cash prize, editorial coverage in Seattle Met Magazine, and the opportunity to display their looks in Bellevue Square.
This year, instead of fledgling designers, the Collection graced us with a special show that brought back past winners to compete in a best-of-the-best runway throw-down!
Flip through the slideshow to be inspired by looks from: DEVONATION by Devon Yan LOURDES é EVA by Nore Suárez Cute Like Mad by Jeanette Svensk Li Poppyseed by Rebekah Adams Valentina & Valenti’s by Milena Natanov Deyonte’ Weather Collection by Deyonte’ Weather Chany Venturini by Maria Venturini
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Hello, loves! Did everyone have a gorgeous & eventful summer? Mine flew by, and I can’t believe it’s almost Autumn!!!
Well, get ready, because this month I had the special honor of doing a Fall Fashion report for our dear local Boise Lifestyle Magazine. I’m reprinting that feature here, just for you, with a little extra dose of love: links and info for where to purchase these darling outfits & accessories!!!
Enjoy the fashion inspiration, and as always, I adore your feedback so please comment away below & tell me what you think! XOXOXO, Tanya
FALL FASHION FEATURE: Gemstone Hues
Whether it’s a bold red lip, flash of accent green on a handbag, or stripes of yellow and purple across a shoe, this season’s trends showcase every color of the rainbow.
As the soft pastels of previous seasons fade with the summer sun, expect Fall to come in strong with a dazzling array of gemstone colors, vivid stripes, and a plethora of edgy prints from around the world.
The 90’s are back, too, with chunky footwear, colorful overalls, whimsical sunglasses, and a wide variety of denim styles. From ruby red to sapphire blue, choose your favorite haute hues and embrace the crisp coolness of autumn.
Fall fashion’s overall message for 2018 is: Be bold!!!
I had a blast shopping for the hottest trends at three wonderful boutiques in Boise: Ibeni, Shift, and Swank! Check out my fashion inspiration looks below, and tell me in the comments: Which ones are your faves?
In the last few years, there’s been a major shift in the fashion industry towards a more ethical design, manufacturing, and shopping experience. From employment practices abroad, to real financial impact closer to home, it’s encouraging to watch this movement grow and blossom into something truly impactful… And truly beautiful!!!
Christmas is near, but if you still have shopping left to do, check out some of my personal favorite companies below for inspiration! Some items are available locally, and most are also online. I’ve chosen these products and companies because I have either connected directly with the fine people selling them, or have a deep personal passion for the mission behind their products.
But think of this list as just a beginning! Please (pretty please with sugarplums on top!) tell me YOUR favorite give-back-biz in the comments below. Post links, pics, anything you love; share your faves, so we can spread the joy, together!!!
Bought Beautifully is a lovely online shop founded by Colin & Emily Betzler, two-huge-hearted entrepreneurs from Wyoming. The Betzlers believe in changing the world by living generously, and to that end, have built “a marketplace that empowers you to create dignified opportunities for people around the globe, one purchase at a time.” Every item in their shop, from jewelry to Christmas ornaments, is both beautiful and fashion-forward.
I fell in love with Bought Beautifully’s Brass Stud earrings from Sasa (pictured above, lower right), a brand that empowers and supports deaf men and women in Nairobi, Kenya, and on the Island of La Gonave, Haiti.
Bought Beautifully sells handcrafted items from 36 partners in over 16 nations across the globe, and you can search by category, or by the cause that is close to your heart!
Speak Your Silence
My friend Matt Pipkin founded Speak Your Silence in 2012 as a place of healing, recovery, and empowerment for men and women around the world who are victims of sexual assault. Speak Your Silence’s unique zigzag pattern can be added onto any piece of apparel or accessory, as an unspoken sign of solidarity and support among those who have suffered.
Whether you have personally experienced sexual violence or not, wearing the zigzag pattern shows you care, and want to inspire others to prevent sexual assault and share your voice for those affected.
Speak Your Silence has partnered with Boutonné, a San Diego-based brand that produces leather goods, to create a special Swivel Clip, Envelope Laptop Case, and the Mills Tote I am wearing in the photos above. Click hereto purchase the tote ($190), and find out more about Boise-based Speak Your Silence! T-shirts, decal kits, and other products are also available for purchase.
Corbin’s Legacy Bracelets
No child should have to go an entire school day without lunch. That’s the basic, and passionate anthem behind Corbin’s Legacy bracelets. Founded in honor of Corbin Leafman, a beloved and compassionate kindergarten teacher who passed away at 31 years old from cancer, Corbin’s Legacy bangles give back 100% of their proceeds to food & medical care for disadvantaged elementary school children.
Corbin was known for “always walking through the lunch line holding up a $20.00 bill to make sure that the cafeteria lady knew that none of her students were to go without a hot meal.” She bought backpacks, school supplies, and gifts for children in need, and her giving heart lives on in those who knew and loved her! Bracelets are $30 in downtown Boise, at Swank Boutique.
Did you know our local Buckle store is a major force for good in the community? Through their Buckle Believes program, they offer multiple give-back lines of clothing and accessories, all with great style and affordable prices! I loved these soft, cozy sweatshirts by tentree, available in multiple colors, and all fleece-lined. Ten trees are planted for every item you purchase, and the tag comes with an extra seed for you to plant! These tops are great for stocking stuffers, and cold winter nights. Shop the entire collection here, and at your local Buckle store, $35-76.
Girl Power for good!
All right, I get to toot my own horn on this rad project! But don’t worry; no money goes in my own pocket. 😉 It’s all for giving back! I teamed up with brilliant Boise designers Fourthwave Apparel for a special collaborative design, Nobody Puts Girl Power in a Corner. For every shirt sold, 40% of the profits go directly to Leap Charity, a local non-profit org that helps house and support refugee families arriving in our community.
If you live anywhere in the Treasure Valley, you know about Proof Eyewear! We all love this local company that’s made it big in the fashion industry, but did you also what big HEARTS they have as well?? Through Proof’s Do Good program, thousands of dollars have gone back into health and vision projects around the world. From micro-loans for entrepreneurs to building orphanages, Proof ‘s commitment to socially-conscious programs across the globe is unmatched.
Click here to read more about Proof’s Give Back program, and all the amazing projects they support, or visit their new downtown flagship store at 314 S. 9th Street, Boise, for last-minute gifts!
Those who know me well, know that I am passionate when it comes to fighting bullying. My son went through some horrific experiences at a very young age, because of his Asperger’s. Please read more about his story here; Ethan is an incredible kid, and I will fight tooth & nail for the life he deserves to live.
When I stopped by Buckle to look for give-back brands, these Buckle Believes t-shirts made my eyes leak a little. The Be Buddies, Not Bullies top was my fave, and I’m proud to wear it to help raise awareness for my son, and all kids everywhere!!! Proceeds from all three of the tops pictured above go to The American Cancer Society, and Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. These designs (and more!) are available for $28.95 online at Buckle.com, or available at your local Buckle store.
Don’t forget to add your voice to the conversation!
Please comment below with your favorite give-back gifts and companies.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may all your days be merry & bright!
This week, I was honored to be a guest stylist on KBOI Channel 2 News’ Idaho Living show. We brought in some great models to show us hot styles from the Village at Meridian, but for the short length of the TV segment we only got through about HALF of what I wanted to convey to the audience. (It’s so hard for me to STOP talking about fashion, ha ha ha!)
The fashion world in general is having a major revolution right now, and the rules are all up in the air. Skinny jeans? Wide-leg cropped trousers? Overalls? Backwards button-up shirts? White after Labor Day? Yeah sure… Whatever you want to wear, wear it!!! Style it, rock it; just be YOURSELF. ❤ ❤ ❤
On the show, and here on my blog, we’re talking about some of the hot things I’ve seen start trending over the summer, and continue into our fall fashion season. Below is my full list of Fall Fashion Trends, with pictures & examples, that YOU can take to the mall or your favorite local boutique for shopping reference. And be sure to watch the full episode right HERE to see how we styled each trend on our fabulous local models! ENJOY!!!
MAD FOR PLAIDPlaid is always classic! From jackets to shoes, all types of plaid are in style this season. Find your fave & rock it!
On the show, we talked about how shoulders are the big trend thing right now. Off-shoulder, one-shoulder, cut-outs, and cold-shoulder. Anything goes! For my daughter, her school dress code requires a three-finger width on her shoulders, so this cut-out top from Francesca’s was perfect for her!
I spotted the sneakers above in Amsterdam, where E V E R Y O N E wears tennis shoes, flats & boots. Get wild, get creative, and have fun with your sneaks this season!
Also hot: ankle boots, motorcycle boots, high-top sneakers, white shoes for men & women, metallic and velvet footwear of any kind.
PUMP UP THE VOLUME
From sleeves to pants & skirts, get comfortable with comfort! Culottes, wide-leg trousers, accordion skirts, and mega-sleeves are all the rage.
WHAT’S UP YOUR SLEEVE?
Like this picture above from Who, What, Wear shows us, this is the season to wear your attitude on your sleeves! The bigger the better, but ruffles, laces, and more demure takes on this trend are fine as well. Whatever works for YOU!
It’s red, red, red everywhere right now! But also pink, lol. Seriously, all sweetheart shades from traffic-stop ruby red to Millennial pink (like the Coach bag below!) are totally acceptable.
SHIMMER & SHINE
Velvet and patent leathers are back, along with metallics, holograms, glitter, and shine!
Lauren showing us her triple-threat fall fashion look from Anthropoligie; fluted sleeves, velvet accordion skirt, WITH florals. (Oh, and stripes too! Those are big this season, yay!)
ALL DENIM EVERYTHING
Skinny, cropped, long, patched, bedazzled, wide-legged, black, floral, or whatever! All denim is in. Enjoy!
Thank you Idaho Living for the fun opportunity to share my love of fashion with your audience! Special THANKS to all the awesome models who helped out with this segment – Tyson, Lauren, Ellia, Will, and Blake!
And extra-special thanks to Tina Tatum of Tatum Productions for the awesome on-set pictures!!!XOXO, Tanya