Nordstrom Rack houses a dizzying array of high-fashion brands—some of it from the Nordstrom shelves and some of it straight from top-tier designers—that it sells for as much as 70% off retail prices. Every store stocks an average of 25,000 pairs of shoes, a foot-feast featuring hundreds of designer brands. Gals can suit up for slick, soggy streets with a duo of Report 'Louise' faux suede convertible boots ($46.90), while guys can stylishly saunter in a pair of suede-overlaid New Balance retro running shoes ($39.90). Nordstrom Rack's extensive collection of designer jeans keep wayward legs from impersonating arms, and with a bevy of items for women, men, juniors, and children, Nordstrom Rack's expansive stock is sure to please the palate of any hanger-hungry wardrobe.
Just as the senses can inspire great art, the fragrances at Les Comedie des Parfums take their inspiration from the work of legendary artists. When Gabriel Abraham founded his Parisian perfumery in 1993, he began crafting scents with a story?in this case, a two-act play of his own creation called Les Secrets Des Roses et Des Soupirs, translated as The Secrets of Roses and Sighs. That spirit is still on display in his stateside studio. Each enticing fragrance in Abraham's palette takes its olfactory cues from an artist's story, whether the plays of Moli?re, the paintings of Matisse or Van Gogh, or the guitar solos of the pharaoh Ramses. And the perfumer's commitment to inspiration doesn't end with his own creations, as Abraham frequently hosts fragrance-making classes that help students capture their own ideal scent. All of Abraham's fragrances are 100% natural and 70% of the ingredients are sourced locally in Seattle.
At Studio Cleer, the art of hair removal doesn’t stop at waxing and sugaring. The studio’s aestheticians also perform subtle maintenance on fuzz that grows on legs, backs, and chests, trimming and snipping hairs into a defined, natural-looking topography without leaving skin bare. For completely smooth, epilated skin, they first numb targeted areas with a topical cream or an icy hug from a snowman before whisking away unwanted bodily fleece with Cirepil wax or organic sugaring techniques. Aside from hair removal, the multitalented aestheticians can also take on other beauty projects, including formaldehyde-free eyelash extensions and customized facials that target clients’ specific skin conditions with extractions, hydration, and exfoliating microdermabrasion.
This narrow, but tidy salon, in Seattle’s Montlake residential neighborhood, offers comfortable leather chairs and cheerful ambient lighting that bounces off its lavender walls. Its menu of services for adult clients is available six days per week. Aside from traditional cuts and styling, Salon Blast’s small team offers color via balayage, partial or full foil, accent color, as well as formal event styling and updos, Brazilian blowouts and keratin smoothing procedures designed to de-frizz and moisturize hair. Salon Blast sells salon-only hair care products from Kevin Murphy, which are sulfate and paraben-free, as well as formulas for colored hair from Davines Alchemic and moisturizing treatments from Moroccan Oil.
The certified trainers at EDGE Personal Training know the challenges of developing healthy routines, which is why they’re dedicated to creating custom workouts that fit seamlessly into your already time-crunched schedule. Not only will the welcoming but tough staff develop a program to suit personal needs, they also provide a wealth of knowledge and insight on dietary needs and proper technique, to ensure maximum benefits after a hard session at the gym. EDGE’s studio space, located in the heart of the trendy Ballard neighborhood, is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and a slew of old-school favorites, like tried-and-true medicine balls and free weights. Best of all: the parking’s free.
Tucked away inside a nondescript building in Seattle’s always-colorful International District, Imperial Foot Massage offers what some clients have come to believe is the city’s best massage experience. The dim, low-slung storefront doesn’t spend much time on décor or frills, opting instead to focus on the work at hand – literally. Guests can expect expert rub-downs from the comfort of several malleable red sofa chairs, which can be turned and tweaked, depending on the desired service. Basic foot rubs are what the cliental expects, and customers keep coming back for the relaxing 60, 90 and 120 –minute foot sessions, perfect for relieving aching bones after a hard week of walking.