don’t make me say ‘I told you so’

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ve probably gathered by now that customer service and the way people treat others is very important to me. I’ve been fortunate enough to only have a handful of negative customer service experiences since my move to Seattle: by and large, shopkeepers and their staff are friendly and helpful around here, and I’m glad to patronize places that compliment their quality goods...

Carolina in my mind

This past weekend, the 206 had the pleasure of visiting Winston-Salem, North Carolina: home of Ben Folds (my fake celebrity boyfriend; swoon), Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and my mom. The purpose of the trip was to spend some quality time with my grandparents, and I really enjoyed the visit. It had been 15 years or so since I’d last been there, and it’s funny how one’s consciousness will pick up the...

Missoni madness

Tuesday was the in-store and online launch of Missoni for Target, and man, did I not know what I was in for. Having never participated in Black Friday madness, I suppose I just wasn’t prepared for the level of insanity that scarce goods at reasonable prices could cause. I showed up at the Northgate Target store about 15 minutes before opening, figuring I’d have plenty of time to leisurely stroll...

a word, if I may

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about personal expression, the world of fashion and how the advent of the Internet truly has changed things forever. Much like the academic world, the magic of the ol’ Interwebs has expanded the sartorial marketplace of ideas into a global conversation: trends in fashion and style are becoming less of a ‘top-down’ movement and more of a broad, accessible form of human expression in...

so long, summer

Labor Day weekend means many things to the sun-starved masses here in Seattle: road trips, back-to-school shopping, and getting in one last hurrah on the final days of unofficial “summer” (all references to the season in Seattle should have quotations around them, as it’s by far the shortest season ’round these parts, and we’ve not yet broken 85 degrees in the Puget Sound area). In my weekly phone call to...