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Friday, July 18, 2014

FASHION WATCH: Budget-friendly workout wear

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM


With an abundance of trend-focused gyms popping up in the region, it’s evident the latest national fitness trends have made their way here. From CrossFit and hot yoga, to spinning and barre classes, there are so many options to stay in shape. Along with this workout culture comes another type of trend — fitness fashion.

With the presence of high-end (i.e. $80 yoga pants) fitness apparel brands Lululemon and Athleta in downtown Spokane, these stores are also now influencing local trends in fitness fashion that have become popular outside of the gym. But what do active, fashion-conscious people wear if they’re trying to look on-trend while maintaining a budget?

We shopped around the city to prove that it’s possible to find stylish and affordable workout wear. Check out our list of finds below.

1. Target

Target is an obvious destination for affordable clothing, and it always carries essential staples for any workout wardrobe. Target’s athletic clothing line, C9 by Champion  is made by the acclaimed exercise brand Champion. This means the clothing is well made and trendy enough to rival other high-end athletic brands without breaking the bank. The brand’s fitness clothing can be found in store or online, and prices max out at about $40. For additional discounts and coupons at Target consider downloading their mobile coupon app, Cartwheel. You never know what daily discounts will be offered.

Men's shorts: $13.59. - TARGET.COM
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  • Men's shorts: $13.59.

Men's Tee: $12.74. - TARGET.COM
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  • Men's Tee: $12.74.


Women's C9 by Champion leggings: $37.99. - WWW.TARGET.COM
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  • Women's C9 by Champion leggings: $37.99.

2. TJ Maxx

This popular bargain chain is constantly circulating new products and top workout brands ranging from Reebok and Adidas to Nike and UnderArmour at up to 60 percent off. Also, a summer sale is currently running both in stores and online, with merchandise at up to 75 percent off. TJ Maxx is also new to the online world, launching its shopping website last year for those customers who hate the hassle of digging through disorganized racks.

Reebok tank, $12.99, and leggings, $24.99. - MADISON BENNETT
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  • Reebok tank, $12.99, and leggings, $24.99.

Umbro men's tee, $9.99; and Head shorts, $12.99. - MADISON BENNETT
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  • Umbro men's tee, $9.99; and Head shorts, $12.99.

3. Plato’s Closet

The next (and sort of unlikely) destination was Plato’s Closet. For most of the year, Plato’s Closet is a fabulous place to sell and find gently-used clothing by popular youth-oriented brands such as American Eagle, Hollister and Express. During the summer months, though, the store switches things up and accepts more active wear. The franchise's store on North Division has an athletic clothing display right now with brands like Nike, Adidas and Danskin. Prices range from $10-$15.

Plato's Closet activewear display. - MADISON BENNETT
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  • Plato's Closet activewear display.

4. Costco


When you think of Costco, most shoppers probably think of food and free samples. But in the middle of the store Costco is always displaying many top workout-wear brands. Tanks, jackets, pants, sports bras, shorts and socks of brands like Nike, Puma and Reebok can often be found. Costco also has its own Kirkland brand of trendy exercise apparel. With Costco, you never know what you'll find when you stop in since its stores are always bringing in new brands. When we stopped by, Costco had Puma workout wear for men and women.

Kirkland Signature men's active 1/4 zip, $17.99; Puma shorts, $14.99. - MADISON BENNETT
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  • Kirkland Signature men's active 1/4 zip, $17.99; Puma shorts, $14.99.

5. Northwest Christian Thrift

Last, we decided to challenge ourselves and see if it’s possible to find trendy workout wear at local thrift stores. Surprisingly, after a bit of digging, we found that it is. Northwest Christian Thrift on North Ash at Five Mile has an entire rack dedicated to workout wear. Even though most of it screams 80’s, with a little bit of perseverance you can find a few pieces, with prices ranging from $1-$3 per item. Northwest Christian Thrift also offers 15% off student discounts on Wednesdays.

Nike leggings, $3.99; Champion sports bra, $1.99; Nike tank, $1.99; Trufit (new) socks, $1.59. - MADISON BENNETT
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  • Nike leggings, $3.99; Champion sports bra, $1.99; Nike tank, $1.99; Trufit (new) socks, $1.59.

While our shopping trip offers several examples of affordable workout wear, you can find reasonably-priced exercise clothing just about anywhere, especially when keeping an eye out for sales. Other retailers with great workout apparel lines include Gap and Old Navy, Athleta’s sister brands. Also check department stores, like JC Penny. By signing up for higher-end store's email lists, it's also easy to find coupons and updates about online and in-store promotions.

Also watch for discounted summer workout wear, as many stores are already starting to clear out merchandise to make way for fall clothing. 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

VIDEO: A miniaturized Spokane

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Local videographer Josh Frost just posted this video earlier in the week and it's quite darling. Frost uses a technique called tilt shift, which makes an image, or in this case a video, appear as if it were a miniature model. It makes for a quirky, almost animated look to the video.

Frost has done some other videos in a similar style, including this piece from the 2013 Lilac Festival. 

Enjoy:

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

PHOTOS: Cowboys, calves and wild horses at the Cheney Rodeo

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Hundreds of people gathered under the hot Cheney sun to watch the Cheney Rodeo on Sunday, July 13. Fans cheered and yelled as brave cowboys rode wild horses, roped calves and took down bulls.

Barely holding on at the Cheney Rodeo. - MATT WEIGAND
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  • Barely holding on at the Cheney Rodeo.

A cowboy chases a calf, in which he will rope and tie up in the fastest time. - MATT WEIGAND
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  • A cowboy chases a calf, in which he will rope and tie up in the fastest time.

10-year-old May Withrow, center, watches the Cheney Rodeo with her father, Al. - MATT WEIGAND
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  • 10-year-old May Withrow, center, watches the Cheney Rodeo with her father, Al.

A cowboy jumps off his horse and takes down this bull by the horns. - MATT WEIGAND
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  • A cowboy jumps off his horse and takes down this bull by the horns.

Flying high. - MATT WEIGAND
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  • Flying high.

The Armed Forces display the flags. - MATT WEIGAND
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  • The Armed Forces display the flags.

Katherine Merck, Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo - MATT WEIGAND
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  • Katherine Merck, Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo

The Cheney Rodeo Flag Team rides into the BiMart Arena with the flags of the companies who have sponsored the Rodeo. - MATT WEIGAND
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  • The Cheney Rodeo Flag Team rides into the BiMart Arena with the flags of the companies who have sponsored the Rodeo.

... Just a little bit longer... - MATT WEIGAND
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  • ... Just a little bit longer...

Family time with the Gerards. - MATT WEIGAND
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  • Family time with the Gerards.

Two herders ride to help a cowboy off of his horse. - MATT WEIGAND
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  • Two herders ride to help a cowboy off of his horse.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

PHOTOS: Northwest Renaissance Festival

Posted By on Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 9:01 AM

For the past 20 years in Nine Mile Falls, the Northwest Renaissance Festival has entertained patrons with jousts, music, mud shows, sword fights, gypsy shows and comedy shows. Vendors make everything from leather goods to chain mail and sell a variety of renaissance themed goods.

Here are some photos from Saturday's events:

Fr. Patrick McReynolds (Bishop) gives a blessing. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Fr. Patrick McReynolds (Bishop) gives a blessing.

Alexandria Tull (Dame Edith Saxby) makes a run to grab a ring during Knightly Games on Horseback and Joust. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Alexandria Tull (Dame Edith Saxby) makes a run to grab a ring during Knightly Games on Horseback and Joust.

Tieg Thornton (Sir Jude Llewellyn), left, and Carson Hentges (Sir Digby Simkins) joust during Knightly Games on Horseback and Joust. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Tieg Thornton (Sir Jude Llewellyn), left, and Carson Hentges (Sir Digby Simkins) joust during Knightly Games on Horseback and Joust.

Carson Hentges (Sir Digby Simkins), left, and Tieg Thornton (Sir Jude Llewellyn) fight after a joust. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Carson Hentges (Sir Digby Simkins), left, and Tieg Thornton (Sir Jude Llewellyn) fight after a joust.

Tieg Thornton (Sir Jude Llewellyn), left, strikes Dan Compogno (Sir John Callsforth) with a lance. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Tieg Thornton (Sir Jude Llewellyn), left, strikes Dan Compogno (Sir John Callsforth) with a lance.

Co-Owner Gerald Whitehurst throws an ax. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Co-Owner Gerald Whitehurst throws an ax.

Patrons 5 year old Abby Howard and her 4 year old sister Anna watch their father Andrew throw axes. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Patrons 5 year old Abby Howard and her 4 year old sister Anna watch their father Andrew throw axes.

Ken Slack, center, performs a card trick with patrons 10 year old Abby Stewart, left, and her father Shane during a Zoupa de Zonia comedy show. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Ken Slack, center, performs a card trick with patrons 10 year old Abby Stewart, left, and her father Shane during a Zoupa de Zonia comedy show.

Trevor Staples, center, and Corey Stubbs, right, hold back Ken Slack, left, during a Zoupa de Zonia comedy show. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Trevor Staples, center, and Corey Stubbs, right, hold back Ken Slack, left, during a Zoupa de Zonia comedy show.

Patron Sam Berry, center, purchases a neck wrap from Pam Bristlin, left, as Hayden Hauck looks on. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Patron Sam Berry, center, purchases a neck wrap from Pam Bristlin, left, as Hayden Hauck looks on.

Patron Cisley McCarty, center, looks at some art as Blade & Sledge Co-Owner Cathryn Newlun looks on. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Patron Cisley McCarty, center, looks at some art as Blade & Sledge Co-Owner Cathryn Newlun looks on.

Patron Correy Berilla, right, hands an ax back to Needle & Sledge Co-Owner Robert Smith. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Patron Correy Berilla, right, hands an ax back to Needle & Sledge Co-Owner Robert Smith.

Needle & Sledge Co-Owner Robert Smith makes chainmail. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Needle & Sledge Co-Owner Robert Smith makes chainmail.

Tandy Leather Spokane Store Manager Jason Jones stamps leather. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Tandy Leather Spokane Store Manager Jason Jones stamps leather.

Tandy Leather Spokane Store Manager Jason Jones stamps leather. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Tandy Leather Spokane Store Manager Jason Jones stamps leather.

Elizabeth Challenger (Jazmine) is carried to the gypsy camp. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Elizabeth Challenger (Jazmine) is carried to the gypsy camp.

Heather Challenger (Willow), top left, and Kaycee Pease (Thistle) act during the Gypsy Show. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Heather Challenger (Willow), top left, and Kaycee Pease (Thistle) act during the Gypsy Show.

Angela Rickerson (Iris), left, and Heather Challenger (Willow) act during the Gypsy Show. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Angela Rickerson (Iris), left, and Heather Challenger (Willow) act during the Gypsy Show.

Patron Alan Brockway and his 7 year old son Emet watch the Gypsy Show. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Patron Alan Brockway and his 7 year old son Emet watch the Gypsy Show.

Elizabeth Challenger (Jazmine) dances during the Gypsy Show. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Elizabeth Challenger (Jazmine) dances during the Gypsy Show.

5 year old Rosalie Tartt, right, shows her fan while (left to right) Elizabeth Challenger (Jazmine), 7 year old Adrianna Tartt, 3 year old Aaliyah Tartt and Heather Challenger (Willow) look on. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • 5 year old Rosalie Tartt, right, shows her fan while (left to right) Elizabeth Challenger (Jazmine), 7 year old Adrianna Tartt, 3 year old Aaliyah Tartt and Heather Challenger (Willow) look on.

Brian Thornton (Sir Guy Du Malvier). right, and Tieg Thornton (Sir Jude Llewellyn) fight during Knightly Games on Foot. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Brian Thornton (Sir Guy Du Malvier). right, and Tieg Thornton (Sir Jude Llewellyn) fight during Knightly Games on Foot.

Trevor Staples (Sir Edmund Walsingham), left, and Dade Staples (Sir Wulfric Ulfenhaad) fight during Knightly Games on Foot. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Trevor Staples (Sir Edmund Walsingham), left, and Dade Staples (Sir Wulfric Ulfenhaad) fight during Knightly Games on Foot.

Greg Mahoney, left, plays the guitar while Damian Cudmore plays the violin. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Greg Mahoney, left, plays the guitar while Damian Cudmore plays the violin.

Patron Savannah Demers, left, braids Linda Stephens-Mann's hair while watching Greg Mahoney, right, and Damian Cudmore play music. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Patron Savannah Demers, left, braids Linda Stephens-Mann's hair while watching Greg Mahoney, right, and Damian Cudmore play music.

Fiona Thornton acts during a Mud Show. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Fiona Thornton acts during a Mud Show.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

CAT FRIDAY: Too many cats

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM


Today's post isn't going to be the most uplifting, but this information needs to be shared.

There are too many cats in Spokane.

During the first week of the month, between July 1-6, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS) took in a total of 234 animals — 145 cats and 89 dogs. Many of the dogs were brought in following the Fourth of July fireworks, and a large percentage have since been reclaimed because their owners had the foresight to microchip or ID tag their pets. Yet, during the same 6-day period last year, SCRAPS took in roughly half as many animals — 43 dogs and 59 cats. 

The cats, unfortunately, haven't been as lucky as their canine cohorts. SCRAPS moved into its brand new, centrally-located facility (6815 E. Trent Ave.) about a month ago — a facility that includes 100 cat kennels; twice as many as its former building — but with all these new feline residents, the shelter's cat room is full. A video by KHQ news shows just what that's like, as cats beginning crying out for attention as soon as the photographer and SCRAPS director Nancy Hill walk into the room. 
Molly (4220) is a sweet, friendly adult calico currently waiting for a home at SCRAPS. - COURTESY OF SCRAPS
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  • Molly (4220) is a sweet, friendly adult calico currently waiting for a home at SCRAPS.

In the video, Hill credits the recent influx to one thing: owners are not spaying and neutering their cats. Though it is indeed kitten season, and all the kittens ending up in shelters are irresistibly cute, adorable and playful, they're going to grow up and many of them, sadly, will end up back in a shelter.

There is a little bit of silver lining in this unfortunate situation. Earlier today SCRAPS shared on its Facebook page that 58 total dogs and cats have been adopted since the shelter announced an ongoing adoption special to help find homes for its wave of new residents. From now until Sun, July 13, all animals — dogs, cats, puppies and kittens — have their adoption fees waived. Adoptees just pay the $15 cat or $25 dog licensing fee for their new pet. You really can't find a better deal. All pets come spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. The regular adoption fee for cats under 6 months is $62.70; cats older than that are $40 and all dogs are $87.04. SCRAPS is open tonight until 5:30 pm, tomorrow from 10 am-5:30 pm and Sunday from 10 am-5 pm.

This post might have raised some questions about what to do if you find a homeless animal, like a litter of kittens that seem to be living outdoors on their own. Back at the beginning of "kitten season" we featured some local shelter staff's tips on what to do if you find homeless kittens.

Just yesterday, an Inlander staffer found a tiny grey kitten wandering around her front yard panting in the heat. He's luckier than many other kittens — he's already spoken for and saw a vet this morning who gave him a mostly clean bill of health. The first and best thing to do if you find a kitten, like Inlander staffer Gail did yesterday, is to ask around your neighborhood to see if anyone's missing a cat. Posting a "found" notice in on Craigslist with details about the cat and photos is another way to try and reunite the cat with its family. While you're at it, scroll through the "lost" pet posting to see if any match the description, too.

If you're not able to house the cat while trying to find its owners, you can take the animal to SCRAPS where it will be impounded and also scanned for a microchip. Unfortunately, the chances of it being reunited with an owner after being brought the shelter are staggeringly low. Less than 5 percent of cats entering shelters end up being reunited with their owner, compared to 26 percent of dogs. 

The bottom line is — if you're able — do as much in your power to help a lost pet find its owner if the animal doesn't have a tag, microchip or a searching owner.

Pet overpopulation is a shared issue in every community. Encourage people you know to spay and neuter their pets, and to get a microchip or collar for their pets if they let them outside, even supervised. You never know when accidents may strike. If money is an issue, there are many resources to help paying for a spay/neuter surgery, not limited to: SCRAPS's free spay/neuter vouchersSpokAnimal's and the Spokane Humane Society's low-cost clinics; along with the many services offered by Pet Savers.
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FASHION WATCH: Six summer trends for men

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 9:55 AM

In our fashion issue earlier this summer, we highlighted a some of Spokane’s talented clothing designers who all happen to design for women. So we thought we’d do a follow up for all of you fashion-savvy men — you have not been forgotten.

When you think of men’s summer fashion your mind might drift to thoughts of traditional jean shorts, bro-tanks or simple cotton T-shirts. Although some men rock these looks, we want to open your eyes to the variety of summer trends available for men to switch up or enhance your look.

We created our list of six trends based off of what we notice local men are wearing (see our six prominent summer trend picks for women here), check 'em out below.

1. Boat shoes

Boat shoes are a summer staple in men’s fashion, they are breezy and act as the middle ground shoe between sandals and tennis shoes. Sperry has created a new addition for their men’s line you might want to check out. The new line is called “Cloud Logo.” On the bottom of these shoes “Sperry TopSider” is creatively written and indented in the shoes so that when you walk in the sand your shoes imprint this pattern. The “Cloud Logo” shoes come in flip flops, tennis shoe style, traditional topsiders and new mesh topsiders. You can wear them with shorts, pants or even swimsuits.

John Akers, Spokane native, is wearing two of our summer trends: boat shoes and colored shorts. - MADISON BENNETT
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  • John Akers, Spokane native, is wearing two of our summer trends: boat shoes and colored shorts.

2. Colored laces


Colored shoelaces might sound a bit crazy, but you should give them a try. Stores are starting to sell Oxford style shoes with different colored laces. But if you want to ease your way into this trend, try switching out the laces on your favorite pair of shoes for a colored pair that matches or even clashes with your outfit to create a subtle statement.

3. Statement sunglasses

Sunglasses are an easy way to make an impact on your look. A few contemporary styles are the aviator and Ray-Ban looks. Though these styles have remained classic for years, men are revamping the look this summer by purchasing these traditional frames with colored lenses.  Whether they are light blue, forest green or even mirrored, this simple switch adds a fresh perspective to these popular styles. These can be found at most stores for reasonable prices and worn with any look from swimsuits and flipflops to dress suits.

4. Colored pants and shorts

Solid colored pants and shorts are making a huge appearance this summer. Whether you choose red, blue, green or even salmon, these solid colored wardrobe pieces provide an easy way to bring personality to any outfit.

Doran Williams, local EWU student, is wearing colored shorts and boat shoes. To complete the summer suit look all he needs to do is throw on a light-weight suit jacket. - MADISON BENNETT
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  • Doran Williams, local EWU student, is wearing colored shorts and boat shoes. To complete the summer suit look all he needs to do is throw on a light-weight suit jacket.

5. Summer suits

“Summer suits” does not necessarily mean you should wear traditional suits during the summer. It means you should break up the suit pieces you already own and wear them with outfits you normally wouldn’t. For example, try wearing your suit jacket with a light dress shirt and a pair of shorts and boat shoes. Or sport a pair of linen suit pants with dress shoes and a dress shirt. Summer is all about feeling light and breezy, and this look achieves that.

6. Tiffany blue colored clothing and accents

Tiffany blue is trending in both men and women’s fashion. It is the color of summer because it is bright, clean and reminds people of the ocean. Clothing pieces ranging from tennis shoes to T-shirts are starting to incorporate Tiffany blue accents. One way you can incorporate this accent color or others into your wardrobe is by purchasing T-shirts with pockets on the front. Most pockets incorporate patterns or accent colors.

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Although there is not the same availability for men’s fashion to be found locally at boutiques or fashion trucks, this does not mean that men’s fashion is underrated.

As you continue to soak up the sunshine of summer, keep these trends in mind and remember to re-invigorate your personal style through subtle changes. As designer Ralph Lauren once said, “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Garland's Tinman Gallery to close as owner retires

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Tinman Gallery owner Sue Bradley is retiring at the end of the month, but will continue to serve on local arts nonprofit boards. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Tinman Gallery owner Sue Bradley is retiring at the end of the month, but will continue to serve on local arts nonprofit boards.

For more than a decade, the Tinman Gallery (811 W. Garland Ave.) has been an arts and culture business fixture in the Garland District, as well as to the greater Inland Northwest arts community, showcasing fine art by the region's top artists.

Yet all good things must come to an end, and yesterday Tinman Gallery owner and longtime arts supporter Susan Bradley announced that this month's is the last show and art sale at the gallery before she officially retires at the end of July. The gallery-wide sale, titled "Tinman's Greatest Hits," features artwork Bradley has collected over the past 11 years by the following artists: Harold Balazs, Mel McCuddin, Kay O'Rourke, Ric Gendron, Ken Spiering, Timothy Ely, Virginia Carter, Stan Miller, Marianne Figgins, Charlie Palmer, Ilse Tan, Len Heid, Kathleen Cavender, Scott Kolbo, Melissa Cole, Val Pate, Gay Waldman, Sheila Evans, George Flett, Kevin Red Star and Terrence Guardipee.

Bradley says it wasn't easy to decide to move on from the gallery, but she wants to spend more time with her husband who retired last October, and also plans to focus more on the four arts nonprofits for which she serves as board member: the Spokane Art School, MAC Foundation, Artist Trust and the Garland Business District.

"It's a difficult decision because I really loved helping the artists get their works out there," Bradley says. "I have really appreciated getting to know the artists and the people who came in to buy the art."

This morning marked the first day of the final show and sale, and already half a dozen pieces have been sold. Bradley estimates about 100 or so pieces she's bought for the Tinman's collection are offered for sale — artwork she personally doesn't have room to hold on to. Many of the artists included in the show aren't extensively producing and showing as they once were, so Bradley considers it a "last chance" for collectors to purchase their work.

Along with the artwork, the gallery's inventory of bestselling, art-related and children's books, handmade candles, greeting card and other gift items is on sale for 50 percent off original prices.

As far as the future of the Tinman Gallery space, located adjacent to the Spokane Art School's headquarters, Bradley says she'll announce its future planned use in the coming week.

"Tinman's Greatest Hits" started today, July 8, and continues through July 26. The gallery is open Tues-Fri, from 10 am-6 pm, and Sat, from 10 am-4 pm.


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Monday, July 7, 2014

Kickstarter Roundup: Leather cases, dreamy shirts, urns and a children's book

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

It's been a while since we took a look at some of the local projects on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms. Here's a summer update.

A duo of local designers called PACT is raising money to create wallets, cases and satchels made of only USA-tanned leather. The laser-cut patterns are brought together right here in Spokane by a nontraditional fastening system. Rather than a logo, a PactMark — a rectangle with a pattern of filled and open circles unique to each customer — represents their commitment to individuality and minimalism.


This campaign launched last week and is already 14 percent of the way to the $50,000 goal with 24 days remaining.

Goal: $50,000 • Deadline: Jul. 31 • Minimum donation to get something: $20 for you to customize your own PactMark pattern; $35 for a wallet


My Knowledge Clothing Company seeks to encourage others to live and dream. A project of 14Four designer Joey Bittner, the "dream" series consists of shirts with quotes, dreamcatchers and clouds on them to serve as daily reminders to keep chasing your dreams.

Goal: $2,500 • Deadline: Jul. 27 • Minimum donation to get something: $7 for a sticker pack


Craftsman Mike Ross saw a story on the news that he could not ignore. Unclaimed or unidentified cremation remains of war veterans were being placed in a memorial wall, but they were shown inside plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Ross knew that those veterans deserved better, so he started making purple heart wood urns. He is now trying to raise money so that he can craft and donate at least 50 by September.

Goal: $2,500 • Deadline: Jul. 30 • Minimum donation to get something: $1-10 for a thank you card including pictures of the urn and ceremony; $15 includes a piece of purple heart wood along with the card


Coming to the end of their second campaign on Kickstarter, Nana Needs a Rutabaga is a children's book about two boys who go to the grocery store with their Grandmother and end up chasing a monkey that popped out of a animal cracker box all around the store. The illustrations are paid for, but funding would go toward the costs of publishing.

Goal: $5,200 • Deadline: Jul. 11 • Minimum donation to get something: $10 for a thank you postcard with the cover illustration; $20 for an electronic copy of Nana Needs a Rutabaga 


Your Own Mobile App allows you to design your own app to share messages and pictures with your family or close friends without having to show the rest of the world.

Goal: $2,000 • Deadline: Jul. 23 • Minimum donation to get something: $2 for your own app for you and another person for one year; $5 for you and four other people for one year


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

FASHION WATCH: Boutique truck culture

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Mobile is the American way of life — mobile phones, mobile computers, mobile food and even mobile fashion trucks are sweeping the nation. As we talked about in our article last July, McCall Stover kicked off the Spokane fashion truck trend with a vintage flair. Today, the mobile fashion truck trend is expanding and creating a new dynamic in the constantly evolving fashion world.

The fashion truck trend first budded in the vintage clothing community in 2010 in bigger cities like New York, Los Angeles,  Denver, Houston and Washington, D.C. Since then many independent boutique owners made the decision to swap out their permanent stores for a more freeing and flexible mobile shop.

Journelle, a New York-based fashion truck. - FASHIONTRUCKFINDER.COM
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  • Journelle, a New York-based fashion truck.

These fashion forward hot wheel owners can choose their daily location and connect with a more diverse demographic of customers. They also can host shopping parties, or provide a dose of fashion to festivalgoers and college students.

In the last year, the Houston fashion truck culture has expanded so much it's culminated in a bi-monthly fashion truck fest where all local fashion trucks gather and host a night of food, music and fashion.

Because these boutique owners are always on the go, they have to think outside of the box — literally — to display their merchandise and store brand. Although this trend is blazing America, major designers and retailers are slower to catch onto this trend than independent boutique owners. Cynthia Rowley was the first major designer to craft a fashion truck in 2010.

Even though this trend is primarily nestled in big cities, Spokane is developing a fashion truck culture of its own. The Northside boutique, Swank, launched its fashion truck, Swank a-go-go, in April 2013 by owner Jody Mallonee. The idea formulated after Swank employees moved to college and discovered the lack of accessible fashion. Swank a-go-go is available to shop at private homes, public events, office parties and sorority and college events.

Spokane's Swank Boutique fashion truck. - FASHIONTRUCKFINDER.COM
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  • Spokane's Swank Boutique fashion truck.

As for Stover, Spokane’s first fashion truck creator, she is still carting around her 1967 travel trailer filled with clothing, jewelry and assorted décor items. Vintage Side Show can be spotted at local street fairs, festivals and concerts. This vintage street boutique started the Spokane fashion truck trend, which will hopefully continue to expand.

If you want to learn about fashion trucks in your area, an ingenious website was created for this purpose— fashiontruckfinder.com.


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Photographers share more tips, pics on capturing the outdoors

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Climbers ascend a remote ridge in Montana. Conklin later sold this photo to National Geographic for a story on the area. - JED CONKLIN
  • Jed Conklin
  • Climbers ascend a remote ridge in Montana. Conklin later sold this photo to National Geographic for a story on the area.

For the Outdoors Issue in this week's paper, we asked a few regional photographers about their work capturing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In interviews and emails, they all offered advice and encouragement on how to get the best pictures you can. Most of it comes down to planning, patience and a sense of adventure.

Here's some of the extra tips and photos they had to share.

Jed Conklin

Freelance photographer

Age: 37

Hometown: Spokane, Wash.

Conklin emphasizes the importance of getting out to the hard-to-reach places that make for rare and compelling images. Finding the perfect photo takes a lot of time, patience and dedication, he says. You've got to get you and your gear to the locations where others won't or can't go.

You have to put in the miles.

CONKLIN
  • Conklin

“There’s a lot of cool places," he says. “You put in your time. You figure it out. It’s just hard work and dedication.”

Conklin says he recently sold photos to National Geographic because he had made the effort to shoot a remote climbing area in Montana. He admits they weren't his greatest photos, but he put himself in a position to have a photo National Geographic ended up needing.

For gear, he suggests keeping things as light as possible. He will often carry a minimal load of two Nikon camera bodies and two lens. When he can he will take along some light-weight off-camera lighting equipment.

“You’re always going extremely light," he says. “You take the bare amount of gear.”

Otherwise, he recommends focusing on your craft instead of your equipment. Buy the best gear you can afford, but it's more important to just get out and make the best photos you can.

Like other outdoor photographers, he stresses the importance of planning your photos around the best possible lighting conditions — the golden hours. In adventure photography, he says that can be especially challenging when trying to summit a mountain or cross a dangerous ridge to get the shot right as the light is changing. Climbers could risk getting stuck in the dark.

"You rarely are climbing at those golden hours," he says. "[But] that’s what separates the lions from the sheep — going that extra mile."

More photos at: jedconklin.com

HEATHER BIGGS
  • Heather Biggs

Heather Biggs

Fine Art Photographer

Age: 30

Hometown: Cheney, Wa

Advice on equipment:

The best equipment out there for photography is given to you at birth. How you see things, and the specific way you look at the world greatly effects the images you produce. I used very entry level Dslr cameras for years, and it wasn't until I went to school that I actually started getting consistent results. Learning how your camera works and what you can do with it, along with some basic editing skills, that is what really makes a difference.

Advice on location:

The easiest advice I can give about finding a great location is as easy as getting lost. Turn off your gps and drive on some old dirt roads for a few hours. The inland northwest is full of so many beautiful landscapes, you don't need to drive far. If you're looking for a specific location try Turnbull Wildlife refuge, Palouse falls, or go for a hike on one of the many trails located in Riverside State Park.

Pine City, Wash. - BIGGS
  • Biggs
  • Pine City, Wash.

Advice on framing:

How you frame your image really depends on where you're placing your subject and where you want the viewers eyes to be drawn. Remember the rule of thirds, if you're unfamiliar with the rule of thirds Google has some great diagrams to get you started. I try to lead people through my images with things provided in my scene like a road or a fence.

Advice on lighting:

You will hear nature and landscape photographers say they only photograph during the golden hour (early morning or right before sunset.) This is the best lighting but not the only time you can get a great photograph. Chase the sun, look for natural lighting that really brings out the beauty of a location.

Photography philosophy:

Photography is such a therapeutic medium. I photograph because it makes me happy, and opens my eyes to the amazing surroundings that I am lucky enough to live so close to. Everything is beautiful, it just depends on how you look at the world. No matter your reasons for being interested in photography, enjoy yourself, and by all means have fun with it! The best advice I can give is to represent what YOU see with each image. Remember the emotions you felt when you were photographing a specific location and take that with you to the editing room. If you’re a realist and prefer not to do any post production, try to convey how the location made you feel while framing and setting up your shot. Two key words to learn, bracketing and masking. Good luck, and HAVE FUN!

More photos at: heatherbiggsphotography.com or facebook.com/heatherbiggsphotography

JOE GREER
  • Joe Greer

Joe Greer

Photographer

Age: 25

Hometown: Inglis, Florida

Advice on equipment:

All of the photographs that I have taken have been with my iPhone 5s. However, I have shot and worked with the Mark II and highly enjoy and recommend this body! I advise everyone to look into getting/renting the Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens as well. These two pieces together blow my mind! But, if you only have an iPhone and do not have the financial flexibility (like myself at the moment) to invest into this equipment then really take advantage of your mobile camera telephone!

Advice on location:

Some of my favorite locations to shoot include: Palouse Falls, Steptoe Butte, Lake Sullivan, any & everywhere in the Cascades. I really enjoy shooting in and around lakes. If you can catch some stillness and good lighting, you're going to be able to create a very powerful Photograph. Take advantage of the beautiful uniqueness of the Pacific Northwest!

GREER
  • Greer

Advice on framing:

I use two different methods of framing: 1.) I love to have a healthy balance of landscape and sky in every Photograph. Not over composing with too much sky and a lack of landscape, or vice versa. 2.) I really enjoy photographing people in these powerful outdoor environments, to me people are the heartbeat of photography. So when composing a photograph with someone in these outdoor scenes, I like to remember the rule of thirds. I also, like to create some sort of vantage point. Whether that is climbing on top of my car, getting on my friends shoulders, or climbing a tree, having a vantage point over your subject can add so much more emotion and depth to your photograph.

Advice on lighting:

When I started photography I had no idea how important and how much lighting was a key factor when taking a photograph. Quickly did I learn that lighting could make or break a photograph. I try as much as I can to shoot early in the morning and in the last few hours of the evening. As do many other photographers. Be careful shooting in the middle of the day when the sun is out and blazing, no one likes a washed out photograph! Take advantage of those foggy early mornings. One of my favorite times to go out and shoot!

Photography philosophy:

My philosophy of photography is to shoot what you love. At times I have found the pressure to shoot what everyone else is shooting, because that is what is popular at the time. If you love landscapes, shoot landscapes. Portraits? Shoot portraits. Street photography? Shoot that! Do what you love. Do not be afraid to try new things though. One other thing I try to live by is to have an open heart and mind to learn and be refined as a photographer. I have SO much to learn and never want to have the mentality that I have "finally arrived". Practice and walk in humility when you are behind the lens of your camera.

Some final thoughts that I try to keep at the forefront of my mind is to make it about the people. Be bold and adventures! Get outside! We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. So much opportunity to experience and capture the beauty that surrounds us daily.

More photos at: instagram.com/ioegreer Contact at: ioegreer@gmail.com

CHIP PHILLIPS
  • Chip Phillips

Chip Phillips

Fine Art Landscape Photographer

Age: 42

Hometown: Redmond, Wash.

Advice on equipment:

I am not much of an equipment junkie, but do feel that it is important to stay updated with new technology.  I am finding that It is nice to have larger resolution and sharper lenses as newer stuff comes out.  It is also important to have the full focal range covered, preferably from 16-200mm+ with polarizers for every lens.  A very stable tripod is absolutely necessary for landscape work, and one of my most important pieces of equipment.

Advice on location:

Photograph locations that you have a personal connection with, abut don’t forget to try new spots as well.  Try to research images before hand, this way you can avoid accidentally copying compositions that have already been done.

PHILLIPS
  • Phillips

Advice on framing:

Try not to include everything in the frame. Isolate individual portions of your image, and ask “does this enhance or detract from the image?”  I like to walk around an area for quite a while trying different compositions and really getting a feel for the setting.

Advice on lighting:

Shoot during the golden hours, about 1-2 hrs around sunrise and sunset. This is usually when light is at its best.  Although, don’t throw out the idea of shooting mid-day if the light isn’t harsh. Blue sky and puffy clouds are great during mid-day down in the Palouse throughout the spring and summer.

Photography philosophy:

I think this quote does a pretty good job of summing it up:

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" — Henry David Thoreau, Walden


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