Seattle Sunday: Trendspotting at U Village Means Free Stuff for YOU

 Eileen Fisher Shaped Jacket in Fluffy Fleece Wool Blend. Eileen Fisher. $378.

Ah, University Village — the place you go shopping when you are entertaining out-of-towners.

It's relaxing, can technically be counted as time "outdoors" and has an array of destination retailers without fighting for parking downtown. 

September offers up thirty-plus excuses to get to U Village, fast. 


What's Trending at U Village and Why it Matters to YOU


 Aram Mules. Anthropologie. Was: $100 Now: $80.

1. Because you are a shopping genius and here's an opportunity to show off.

You know what's cool. You know where to find just what you want. You know U Village. So, why not take this opportunity to benefit from all that shopping experience? Simply follow along via social media or via the U Village website and learn the day's clue. The solution is always a retailer at U Village. Once you've solved the clue, head to that retailer and enter to win that day's drawing. And, you REALLY want to win.

 Wilfred Free Izabel Romper. Available in multiple colors. Aritzia. $65.

2. I'm sorry, did you say $250?

I certainly did. Solve the puzzle, enter to win and the following day you could be the lucky recipient of a gift card for the store worth up to $250. Seriously.

 Clean Indigo Shirt. Scotch & Soda. $149.

3. Looking for fun in all the wrong places? Not anymore.

Every Thursday offers extra incentives to get to University Village. Music, extra offerings, special appearances. Who knows what's in store? The important thing is that you are heading over there to enter that day's drawing anyway, why not enjoy the entertainment while you're there?

 Maxi Poncho Silk Caftan. Calypso St. Barth. $395.

4. And then there's that trip to NYC.

I know, right?! Every person who enters a daily drawing is entered to win the grand prize: A trip for two to New York City AND a $250 gift card from U Village to prep for your trip. As a former New Yorker, I promise you, you'll want to win.

 Girls Voyage Tropical Fish Denim pants. Scotch & Soda. Was: $120 Now: $60.

5. You've been meaning to get over there ever since my blog post about Bluemercury, anyway….

I have had SO much feedback from readers and clients who are excited about the new Bluemercury store. Several have gone by the retailer to have their makeup done or enjoy a facial. (I just got a facial plus vitamin C and oxygen again yesterday with Leanne!) Others have told me that they've been meaning to get there. And, many more continue to take the skincare ingredient quiz based on my interview with Bluemercury CEO Marla Beck. No more excuses. See the store. And, if it's raining, park in the new garage with a door that practically opens to Bluemercury. Besides, don't worry about the weather in the first place — U Village has those handy umbrellas you can borrow while you shop. Then, seek out some high quality skincare and move on to Scotch and Soda or Aritzia or Madewell or Anthro….. oh, dear. 

So look for trends! Here are some extra hints just for you, Dear Reader, because I'm here to help:

Hard Wear + Herringbone: Banana Republic and Aritzia

Top it Off: Scotch & Soda & Bluemercury

Mix it Up: Mercer & Sole Food

Mad for Plaid: Eileen Fisher

One last thing: There's no purchase necessary to win. So, even if your budget isn't up for shopping, you can still participate.

See you over there!


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