Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Into Color

“I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant.” ~Oscar de la Renta

Spring has officially arrived. The weather is warming, flowers are emerging, color is blooming. It’s time to trade in our winter greys and blacks for some cheerful hues. Spring clothing is arriving daily at Momo, including these bright happy pieces:

Raffi clothing is a family business led by Raffi Shaya, who is attributed with having an “almost clairvoyant ability to forecast color.” We won’t argue! We are loving out newest pure linen shirts, available in a playful pink and a delicious summery blue.

100% linen Raffi shirts in pink and cornflower blue.

Brand new and fresh from Hawaii: Pitacus by Lisa Wiemken. Lisa’s clothing is made in Hawaii from vibrant Japanese textiles. What always thrills us? Dresses with pockets! Pitacus’ oversized patch pockets add a measure of practicality belied by the playful fabric.

Pitacus top with amazing pocket.

Pitacus tunic, made from Japanese fabrics.

A gentle way to ease into spring color (we know it can be a shock to the system after six months of drizzle and monochrome) is to accessorize with a pop of color! I. Ronni Kappos masterfully combines her treasure trove of vintage German glass components into happy bright jewelry. Momo has a brand new batch of her creations, the perfect greeting for spring.

Whimsical, happy color: vintage German glass by jeweler I. Ronni Kappos.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring Scores at the Momo Good Fortune Sale

“That’s the way the cookie crumbles!” is a good thing when it comes to our Momo semi-annual sale happening for the next two weeks. It’s our way of offering you incredible deals while making room for new goodies ... and, as the proverbial THEY say, “Early bird gets the worm!” But then again, we often randomly mark down new items, so it’s all a fun game of chance, with every one a winner. Here’s how it works:
  • Decide that you need to go home with a SALE item. 
  • Bring said SALE item to the counter. 
  • Pick a tasty, crunchy fortune cookie out of a jar and open it.
  • Inside is a special fortune giving you an ADDITIONAL 10% - 30% OFF THE SALE PRICE.
  • Eat cookie. Do not eat fortune.
  • Leave feeling stylish and smug for saving money.
Hope to see you at Momo soon!
Prairie Underground’s ‘Leaf Miner’ is sleek yet comfy.

Reindeer leather adorns the cuffs
of Finland’s Marita Huurinainen cardigan.

Wom&Now tunic-length cardi is toasty warm.
We love the striped details.

Retro but not campy - Marigold’s
tunic dress is wrinkle-proof and flattering.

Prairie Underground, complete with their signature
pocket ruching! Love love love the easy fit.

Wom&Now’s drop-waist dress is another low-maintenance, wrinkle-free piece.
The playful floral graphic is rendered in the subtle colors that Seattle prefers.

Men’s clothing is also a part of the Good Fortune Sale! Here’s a sampling of what the gents can look forward to scoring: 

Azul jersey crew has a great texture. Pair with this
navy Bench zip-through hoodie for a casual day out.

Stylish but not stuffy: Bruun & Stengade button-up
layered with a Raffi sweater.

Take your pic: merino wool Raffi 1/4-zip sweaters
in soft taupe, classic blue or black. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Scarf Style

Daffodils are starting to push their way through the soil, trees are beginning to bud – spring is approaching! It’s time to trade your heavy winter wraps for light-as-air luxuries wafting in to Momo. Here’s a tiny glimpse of our current selection.

Amet & Ladoue: A match made in heaven, featuring French designs crafted in small textile mills in India. Gorgeous fabrics and flawless craftsmanship transform these scarves into small works of art. 

Contrast stitching gives this tiger extra punch. 

Scarf Shop: Straight from Minneapolis, Scarf Shop scarves are hand-dyed 100% cotton. Extra long for creating a multitude of styles. 

A rainbow of options!

Moment By Moment: by way of Amsterdam. Easy-to-wear patterns in lightweight cotton make these simple to pair with your spring wardrobe. 

Are you looking for new ways to wrap your scarf? Here’s a video with a plethora of fun and easy ways to swaddle yourself in style: 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes. Check it out, and then come play with us at Momo!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Adorn Your Adored

The clock is ticking down toward the day devoted to giving gifts of love. Traditionally those gifts include flowers, chocolates and jewelry (among other things). The last of those three poses the greatest challenge for many of us — jewelry can be such an intimate thing, highly colored by personal preference. Gold or silver? Stones or no stones? Simple or ornate? Delicate? Rugged? 

Happily, Momo has got your jewelry needs covered. Freshly stocked with an eclectic, carefully curated array of adornments, we're certain you'll find something that will set your sweetie's heart a-flutter. Are you unsure of what choices are the most likely to be a hit? We can help! 

Seattle native Nina Raizel has crafted sweet little hearts for your sweetheart!

Tiny hearts from Nina Raizel.

Eric Silva statement rings.

Reminiscent of an abacus: Stunning
blue quartz and textured sterling silver bracelet.

More E. Silva: an antler half-moon suspended by blue topaz. 

Rubies, garnet and amazonite, oh my!

Little Teal’s minimalist stone earrings highlight
PNW rocks like river cobbles and hydrogrossular garnet.
Does your valentine prefer a pop of color?
Enamel earrings from Momo's own Flora and Fawn.

Silver + Salt’s recycled silver and
ethically sourced pearls: elegant + unique.

Our newest jewelry line hails from Shoreline. Using papermaking techniques,
Verso's nature-inspired pieces are airy and lightweight.

We love these virtually weightless “leaves.”

We’ve also got an incredible array of Valentine's cards right now. Ranging from saucy to sweet and everything in between, you'll definitely find the perfect one to go with your jewels. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ramen Time

For some, the word “ramen” conjures images of poor college students slurping additive-laden noodles in their dorm rooms, but ramen is so much more than that. Ramen has a long and storied history. Believed to be Chinese in origin, it became a popular noodle dish in Japan in the early 1900s. Disruptions to food supplies during WWII created an underground “black market” ramen business – you could be arrested if you were caught selling ramen without specific permission! The omnipresent instant ramen was not invented until 1958 and was considered something of a luxury food until the ’70s (later, in the US).

In celebration of this perfect comfort food, we are featuring an array of ramen-themed delights one might find here at Momo.

Colorful ramen bowls by Danica are large enough
for even the most decadent bowl of noodles. 

Wonderfully talented local designer Stasia Burrington’s
“Ramen Girl” pins are beyond adorable. 

100% cotton kitchen towels feature
12 different doodles of delectable ramen bowls.

The eternally popular Ramen Shark tee from SumoFish.

Wear your ramen on something other than your shirt!
Ramen tabbisocks to keep your tootsies warm.

No blog post about food would be complete without some dining suggestions! Here are some of our favorite places you can find ramen right here in the International District:

•As much as we refrain from cluing people in to our secret den of deliciousness, we can't help ourselves. Tsukushinbo serves ramen as their lunch special on Fridays. Their broth simmers for days before being deemed worthy.
Fu Lins China-meets-Japan offering is affordable and hearty! Definitely add a side of gyoza.
•Next door neighbor Kaname specializes in two types of ramen: shio and miso tonkatsu. Pair with a cocktail made by Momo's very own Leland for a terrific dinner.
Samurai Noodles is a neighborhood go-to. Added bonus: there are a variety of add-ons you can request for your soup.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hello, Year of the Rooster!

Torn Tissue Rooster by Toni Yuly

On January 28, the world will greet the Lunar New Year of the Rooster — the Fire Rooster, to be specific. This feisty creature heralds a dynamic, high energy year wherein people will practice lessons in temperance and politeness. Folks born in the year of the Fire Rooster are known for their loyalty, trustworthiness and popularity.

The Wing Luke Asian Museum will kick things off on Saturday, January 28th from 10am to 5pm. ringing in the New Year with fun activities for the whole family. Lunar New Year games, arts and crafts, a stuffed animal petting zoo and much more! 

On Sunday, January 29th from 11am to 4pm, Seattle’s Chinatown-International District will continue the festivities in the heart of the ID. Sunday's celebration will be something to crow about with lots of cultural entertainment, including lion and dragon dancers, and drummers. And for the 7th year, check out the Adult and Children's Costume Contest and Parade, sure to be packed with creative cuties. More info available here.

For the foodies out there, there will be the famous $3 Food Walk (view menu here). Get 5 stamps from participating restaurants and enter for a chance to win prizes from Delta Airlines and Stevens Pass Mountain Resort! 

And do visit your local shops (especially Momo!) while youre in the neighborhood. You never know what New Year treats you might find.

Are you a Rooster? Here's a fun little chart that Momo Girl Angela found!

Monday, January 9, 2017

What to Wear to the Apocalypse?

Happy New Year! For the first post of the year, I’m honored to turn the Momo blog over to guest writer and Momo Girl Leslie Haynes.

Leslie shows her stripes

Momo lovers, I am pissed. Royally. Proletariatly. I’m pissed that a man who brags about grabbing pussies will soon be the President of these United States. That’s why I’m grabbing mine and heading to the other Washington for the Women’s March to defend the rights of woman and the rights of other marginalized groups.

What’s a mother-loving fashion-activist to wear to this event? If nothing else, we PNWers know about layers. I’m pulling out my favorite Momo pieces. I’ve set aside a black Cop-copine top with metal snaps up one side. When I tried it on at the FLASH sale, I felt like a Warrior Princess. So that’s a must. My father, Sterling, gifted me a Momo certificate for Christmas, and I vowed to spend it on something extravagant. With the help of my buddy, Chris Higashi, and two Momo men, I decided on the Vintage Kimono wrap pants handmade in Kyoto. Sterling loves an extravagant gesture and a good story. Two birds, one pair of pants. I already adore the swish of the legs and know, from experience, that a pair of Tabbisocks underneath will help me keep warm in a storm and protect my lady parts. 

I just signed up for The Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance to be held at my favorite eatery, Busboys and Poets. For that, the Azul pinstriped onesie is the ticket. It’s not really a onesie. It is an elegant jump suit. Think coveralls for the martini set. In it, I feel free and strong. The last time I visited this item at Momo, I hummed the first verse of Helen Reddy’s “I am woman, hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore, and I know too much to go back and pretend. Cuz I’ve heard it all before, and I’ve been down there on the floor. No one’s ever going to keep me down again.” Ahem. Where was I? Ah, yes. Outfits. I’ll pair that with a dramatic Metalicus sweater that I bought years ago, when Momo was just a baby. It’s seen better days, but, hey, haven’t we all?! I’m going to pack the palazzo pants from Dress to Kill that I splurged on right before a big interview, with thanks to Lala for the advice and support. They hide a multitude of sins. I didn’t get the job, but — once again — the pants are the prize. Recycled cashmere fingerless gloves? Check. Girlband? Double check. Both matte and fuzzy versions. I’m still not quite sure how to wear them, but I know they keep my ears warm. All in stock now at Momo.

My palate is Seattle black and grays. But this time I’m adding a bit of hot pink, the better to go with my Pussy Hat. Do you know about the Pussy Hat Project? LA-based DIYers have mobilized knitters and enlisted yarn stores across the nation to make enough hats for all marchers. But Seattle is SOLD OUT. So I had to find a friend who knits. I put the call out. First up, Lala. She worked her network and directed me to Alicia at Churchmouse Yarns on Bainbridge Island. (Pussy Hat from a Churchmouse. Tee hee.) Alicia committed to making 12 hats. Numbers 1 to 11 were claimed. I was Lucky #12. She emailed me with mouse-like speed. “And before you ask ... I’m not charging for any of my hats. My payment will be to see people (including my dad!) wearing pink hats and marching in solidarity. That will make me happy and proud, and that's payment enough...” Didn’t she want some Apple Butter, my specialty? A home-cooked meal? Nope. She wants me to pay it forward. And I shall. Then Roz, a friend and forever educator in Portland, bit on a Facebook ask. “I can knit a scarf,” she said. “And the Pussy Hat pattern is basically a modified mini scarf.” She sent me a photo of her work in progress: from her hand to my head (and heart). 

Momo lovers, I am no longer pissed. Instead, I am basking in all this woman love. Go get yours. And then march!

Churchmouse knitter, Alicia

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Count the Days

Looking forward to a new year? Ready to say goodbye 2016, hello 2017? Look no further: the future is at Momo, with two thoughtful, artistic, locally hand-crafted calendars to meet your day-tracking needs. 

An annual favorite (for self and as gifts) are our Ilee Letterpress calendars, designed with 12 special letterpressed cards that tuck upright into a jewel case. In honor of the upcoming Year of the Rooster, artist Ja Teuber has hidden a tiny rooster on each page. 

New for Momo: a Bainbridge-based collaboration between collage artist Patty Rogers and award-winning poet John Willson. These banner calendars are limited edition, signed and numbered – a lovely gift for the artist or writer in your life.

A calendar makes a tasteful, practical gift for nearly anyone on your list. Not only is it a constant reminder that one is loved, at the end of the year, it goes away, leaving only the memory of happy days.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Anti-Big Box Shopping Fun • 11/25 + 26

One thing all of us can do to ‘make America great again’ is SHOP SMALL. Yes! So this year, Momo is joining forces with a BIG BUNCH of wee Seattle shops for a Black Friday and Small Business Saturday city-wide shopping spree and raffle. Totally free to enter, you’ll be eligible for discounts and raffle prizes like an iPad Air, a stay at the Ace Hotel, spa and restaurant gift certificates, and tons more fabulousness.

Little Boxes started with a tiny idea in Portland in 2011, this year, for the first time, it’s coming to Seattle. Be an early adopter — if you've got an iPhone or Android, download the Little Boxes app to navigate and play along digitally. Or, stop by Momo to pick up your official paper Passport. Full details are available at Little Boxes.

Here’s how it works:
- Download the Little Boxes app or use the paper passport
- Visit your first Little Boxes shop and enter the visit code (available at the shop)
- Make a full-price purchase, obtain your purchase code verification from shop
- Unlock 10% off at subsequent Little Boxes shops when you show your validation
- Gather more visit codes/purchase codes and better your chances of winning prizes

So, pop into Momo where we’ll have plenty of gift ideas, snacks and super jolly employees awaiting you. Then, cruise over to our participating neighbors in Pioneer Square: Clementines, Drygoods Design and E. Smith Mercantile. And, there are 80+ more boutiques across the city, so shop on. Little Boxes: It’s fun, it’s free, it’s fabulously feel good. Thank you for supporting small!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Eco-chic Michigan

Brand new to Momo: introducing Conscious Clothing!

Founded in 2003 by wife/husband team Rose and Doug Phillips, Conscious Clothing springs from a desire to create apparel that is ethically produced and environmentally friendly — and super cute, too. Made from sustainable organic fabrics, inks and water-based dyes, each garment is cut, sewn, washed, dyed, tagged, ironed and shipped from their small studio in Rockford, Michigan.

Momo loves the easy wearability of our capsule collection. We also love feeling good — inside and out — about this conscientious, mindfully-crafted clothing.

“Winter Nomad” is the epitome of comfort.
A snap funnel neck gives you multiple options and
the hemp/organic cotton blend is warm and soft. 

The “Backyard” tunic is crafted of finely woven organic linen —
which, in Seattle, we love year ’round. Throw on a toasty cardigan,
leggings and boots and you’re set. Plus it has POCKETS! 

The “Winter Snap” is also hemp/organic cotton.
Deep pockets, top-to-bottom snaps and a hood
make this fleecy layer as practical as it is pretty.