Gift Guides for Your Favorite People

With the holiday season upon us, we thought we would show you some fun and easy gift giving items for all the favorites on your list. Or, maybe provide some strong hints to those who are shopping for you? Wink. Wink. For a closer look of items listed below, click on the links to be taken to our website or if indicated store only, give us a call, we’d be happy to help you pick the perfect present!

 

Gift Guide : The Colorist

The Colorist

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE ONE WHO LIKES TO MAKE A STATEMENT

Let’s start with a guide for the ones who are not afraid of color. We dare you not to smile at this picture. Who doesn’t like color, right? We get giddy just looking at all these items.

  1. Birds of Ply –  For the perfect pet bird you don’t need to feed. (In-store only)
  2. Archetoys – For the adult who has always been a kid at heart.
  3. Pouch – Fun hand screen printed pouches for the design enthusiast.
  4. Jewelry – Colorful baubles are always a good idea. We have a great selection in the shop. (In-store only)
  5. Watch – Go old school with a modern timepiece.
  6. Socks – No shortage of fun socks around here! Up their sock game with some color. Click here and here.
  7. Notebooks – We love these Memphis inspired notebooks. We think they will too!
  8. Alice & Wonderland – You won’t need to go down the rabbit hole for this one, just come into re-souL.  (In-store only)

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Weekend Clothing Drive for YouthCare

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A homeless youth is styled for a future interview.

Every year our neighborhood of Ballard does a little something different for Black Friday. Local shops and businesses donate a portion of their Friday sales to a local charity. This will be our second year partnering with YouthCare. In addition to donating 5% of our sales for the day, we will be kicking off a weekend clothing and shoe drive to help collect needed items for homeless youth.

Unfortunately, Seattle is experiencing a rise of homeless people throughout the city. Each night in Seattle, up to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. With over 40 years of experience, YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education and employment training.

Facts about Youth Homelessness

• 35,000 students in WA public schools were homeless in the 2014-2015 school year, a 9% increase over 2013-2014

• 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ); many were kicked out for coming out to their parents or guardians.

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Facts about YouthCare

With multiple sites and a continuum of individualized services, through YouthCare in 2015:

• Nearly 900 young people accessed basic services during drop-in hours at YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center.

• 426 young people found safety in YouthCare’s emergency shelters, including 249 in YouthCare’s Young Adult Shelter. 45% of exiting youth entered into improved housing situations.

• 153 young people were housed in YouthCare’s transitional living programs, with 62% exiting into more stable housing situations.

• 252 youth accessed employment training and education opportunities, and 417 worked towards their goals with case managers.

• 81% of youth ages 12-17 in crisis through Safe Place were found a safe housing situation for the night.

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Proud to Present: Otter Wax

Chris of Otterwax in his element

We believe in taking care of your leather, and so does Chris Chase of Otter Wax. For years, we avoided selling shoe care products because of the sometimes harmful and toxic ingredients that go into them. When carrying beautiful handcrafted leather shoes made with vegetable tanned leather, you want to be sure that you’re using agreeable leather care products that will benefit the shoe.

When we met Chris at a trade show in 2012, we were so excited! We knew his shoe care line would be the right fit for our shop. Four years later, we are continuing to sell Otter Wax!

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Otter Wax knows that quality must not be rushed. Their all natural products are formulated and handmade in Portland, Oregon, demonstrating a commitment to making items that are pure, honest, and effective.

Don’t worry, no otters were harmed in the making of these Otter Wax products! The name was inspired by the natural protective qualities of an otter’s coat. Chris and his team believe that Mother Nature has given them all the tools to create shoe care products for everyday life. They use all natural plant-based ingredients from sustainable sources that offer the least amount of environmental impact, and do not ever test their products on animals. In addition to having all their products packaged by hand, Otter Wax requires each of its suppliers to be socially responsible and meet the highest quality standards.

We are proud to carry Otter Wax in our re-souL shop and online. We hope you will love this line as much as we do! If you have any questions about the processes behind using Otter Wax products to maintain you leather, check out the video below.

Or, even better,  join us at re-souL this Saturday, November 19th from 4-6pm for a special event with Chris Chase, founder of Otter Wax! Chris will be doing demos to teach proper leather care techniques using Otter Wax products. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an Otter Wax gift basket, featuring a range of their all-natural products, and receive a gift with purchase when you come to the event. We’d love to see you!

5+ reasons to visit re-souL

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Exciting news at re-souL! We’ve been busy at the shop and want to tell you all about our upcoming holiday plans. November brings us one step closer to the busy shopping season and we want to give you reasons to stop by, check the website and join the fun. Exclusive items, special events and more are on the agenda. Hope to see you in Ballard soon!

First off, the Fall re-souL collection – designed in Seattle and made in Italy – arrived, it looks great and fits well! Our exclusive house brand is comprised of everyday boots and loafers in simple versatile colors. SHOP NOW >

Mark your calendar for the fun events coming up here in Ballard. During the month of November, kids (and the young at heart) can participate in the Tomte Trail, something of a scavenger hunt around Ballard with prizes for participants.

Also, this holiday season, re-souL will have the pleasure of hosting two very special events in collaboration with two of our favorite vendors: Chris Chase of Otterwax, and Iris Guy Sofer, local jewelry designer.

Read on for more details…


Tomte Trail Scavenger Hunt

Tomte Trail Scavenger Hunt

Come to Ballard and follow the trail of the Jul-Tomte as he searches Ballard for his beloved bowl of buttered rice pudding. Check out 25 participating local businesses, including us, and see if you can find the tiny Tomte! To start your Tomte adventure, stop into re-souL to pick up your Tomte Trail passport.

Don’t forget to bring your completed passport to the Ballard Holiday Fest at Bergen Place Park on November 26th to collect your prize!

Santa’s coming to Ballard

Speaking of The Ballard Holiday Fest, the celebration is November 26th between 3-5pm. Participate in all the fun holiday activities at Bergen Place Park: get your photo taken with Santa, listen to live music and don’t forget to turn in your Tomte Trail Map to win prizes! Plus enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn while shopping along the festively lit avenue. 


Shoe Care Happy Hour with Otterwax

Shoe Care Happy Hour

Join us Saturday, November 19th from 4-6pm for a special event with Chris Chase, founder of Otterwax! Chris will be doing demos to teach proper leather care techniques using Otterwax products. Enter for a chance to win an Otterwax gift basket, featuring a range of their all-natural products, and receive a gift with purchase when you come by the event. We’d love to see you!


Ballard Gives Black Friday

Ballard Gives Black Friday

The “Shop Local” mentality is alive and well here in Ballard! We hope you’ll join us in our own version of Black Friday. Many Ballard area businesses are promoting the “Ballard Gives” Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. No “doorbusters” here but instead, a more socially conscious effort. Local businesses are partnering with local non-profits to donate a portion of the proceeds to an organization of their choice.

This year on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25thre-souL will donate 5% of the day’s sales to YouthCareYouthCare helps homeless youth gain confidence and self-sufficiency through outreach, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Please join us in support of this local non-profit organization, making big differences in the lives of our youth. 

CLOTHING AND SHOE DRIVE:

During the Thanksgiving weekend, we will be accepting donations on behalf of YouthCare. Help homeless young people feel ready for school or job interviews. Bring new or gently worn clothes to the shop, and we’ll donate them to YouthCare for you. Drive ends November 27th.


Iris Guy Designs Trunk Show

Jewelry Trunk Show

Friday December 9th, we will be hosting a trunk show and party in honor of jewelry designer Iris Guy Sofer. Iris will be moving back to Israel to be with her family, and we wanted to take this opportunity to host an exhibition of her original designs, old and new! Come by anytime during the day to check out Iris’s wide range of jewelry designs, and meet Iris at the shop between 5-8pm (5319 Ballard Ave NW).


We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving spending time with your friends and family. Thank you so much for being a part of our re-souL community. We are continually grateful for YOU! Stop by the shop when you’re in the neighborhood and say hi! We’d love to see you!

XOXO,

Maggie, Legh, Nova, Margaret & Katie

What to Wear Wednesday with Mellicia Marx from Poplin Style

On Wednesdays, we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. This week we handed the styling reigns over to Mellicia Marx of Poplin Style Direction.

Mellicia is a personal stylist who helps individuals look their best through easy, friendly, no-pressure styling. She can help you buy a new wardrobe, or edit what you currently own, or both. She’ll even go thrift shopping with you! So naturally we were thrilled for her to style her favorite boot from the re-souL collection. You may have seen our Iris boot in last week’s post. But, you can never have too much of a good thing, right? Plus, we love Mellicia’s styling, so without further ado, take it away Mellicia!

re-souL Iris Bronze Metallic Boot

 

It used to be that the cool kids wore silver, never gold. Then, something changed. Now, it’s all gold all the time. There was also a day when a classic black boot was your go-to. That time has passed. Now, it’s all about the unexpected. Whether you opt for a neutral, like green or blue, or try a surprising heel, it’s time to dive into a statement boot that is shockingly practical. For me that boot is metallic and the Iris from the re-souL collection is just right. The color is more subdued, which is just right when you are searching for something cool and not overly flashy. Of course, it’s crazy functional for walking up and down the hills of Seattle. So, it’s clear you need this boot. Now, how to style it?

I’m all about embracing your personal style and ensuring that your clothes communicate who you are. So, let’s begin with your very own Iris boots in bronze. Feel free to layer a leather jacket over top with any of these options or wear them sans cover-up.

 

1. With a compelling casual dress. I like neutrals with metallics and this cozy option is edgy and functional. Layer it up with leather leggings or distressed jeans or try it solo.

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2. With a super feminine dress. There’s nothing like the balance of hard and soft. A girly piece paired with sturdy, hip boots is a timeless approach. Elevate the look with metallic boots instead of black and feel your fashion-forward self come through.

3. With a long vest. A great strategy to simplify your life is to find boots that work well with a specific coat or vest. That way you can finish off every outfit effortlessly. Even the most basic of outfits is much more stylish with the right shoes and outerwear. If you find styling vests challenging, feel free to check out my post on the subject.

Metallic Boot Trend

With the deep rich colors that the Fall Season always brings, and the continuation of the ankle boot trend, we think that metallic boots are a fantastic way to add some oomph to your wardrobe.

Metallic Boot Trend: Kupuri boot

These Kupuri black metallic ankle boots are the perfect alternative to the pump. Plus they’ll keep your feet a lot warmer than an exposed pump or heeled sandal. We would wear these with dresses and wide leg pants. They would look great with or without hosiery.

Metallic Boot Trend: re-souL Iris short boot

Our very own re-souL ankle boot would look amazing with your favorite jeans and a chunky sweater. Because the bronze color is neither warm or cool, you could wear these with the full spectrum of color. Think of it as a neutral. These will look great with monochrome colors, jewel tones or warm rusty browns and mustard yellows.

What do you think? Ready to try some metallic boots? For more metallic shoe options visit our website here.

Top 3 Fall Trends

Must-have Fall Trends

Now that we are into the thick of the season of cooler temperatures, pumpkin flavors in about almost everything, and sweater weather, we think you need to know what the top 3 trends are for right now.

When you are not in the mood for your tall boots, may we suggest a chunky heel oxford to wear with your tights and dresses?

Craving a little bling? We suggest a metallic shoe to bring just enough shine and sparkle to your cozy knits.

Swap out those warmer weather slip-ons for an everyday ankle boot to keep your feet warm and comfy.

If you would like to see more chunky heelsmetallics or everyday ankle boots, visit our shop here.