The Refinery Salon -Featured Guest

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I am so excited to introduce you to the Refinery Salon at our first live filming of friendsfavz. Sarah Sewalelot was recommended by a friend of mine and I am so happy to find a salon that has such great customer service and a great team of people.

The Refinery Salon is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Edmonds and offers approachable luxury. Its warm modern environment is the ultimate place to learn about beauty, have your hair done, and regenerate from a busy life. From luxury to Organic they offer only the best!

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I hope you can join us for our live taping on Thursday June 26th at Alexandria Nicole Cellars form 5:30pm-8:00pm and meet Sarah and some of her team of artists.


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The Refinery Salon -Featured Guest

friendsfavz first live filming!




friendsfavz First Live Filming at Alexandria Nicole Cellars

You are invited to join us for the first live filming of the friendsfavz web show! Grab a girlfriend and be a part of the studio audience. We will be talking with Kristine Bono from Alexandria Nicole Cellars and tasting two of their fabulous wines. Listen below as she gives a little insight to what we will be tasting!

Also joining us will be Stephanie Richter who will be presenting her luscious lip bar featuring hot summer colors! Come and try on some fun lip products and find a new favorite! We will have some fun giveaways too!

 Laurie London, New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author, will be talking about her new paranormal romance books!

Sarah Sewalelot, Owner and Stylist from The Refinery Salon in Edmonds, will be showing us some fun summer hairstyles with a sixties influence.

I am so excited to introduce you to some of my favorite friends for an evening of wine tasting, beauty, hot reads and flirty hair!

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friendsfavz interview with LB Dutchess


I was at the taping of Socially Savvy on blogtalkradio hosted by LB Dutchess on Monday evening. What a fun time we had sipping wines at Alexandria Nicole Cellars for the taping of the show.

Socially Savvy on blogtalkradio is a show about how to be savvy in all aspects of life. LB  was talking this week on savvy wine tasting, BBQ, boating and picnicking. She Co-hosted with Lisa Cryder of Corks and Canvas, and interviewed Ali Chapman-Boyle and Kristine Bono of Alexandria Nicole Cellars. The radio show was on a countdown to begin so I knew I only had less than a minute to introduce you to LB and her show via video. So I pulled out my phone and did a mini interview.

I have been following Lb and her blogtalkradio show for a couple of years. She is an inspiration to me as she is a gal who is making things happen. She is building a popular radio show by bringing a variety of  guests focused on how to be a little more savvy in all situations.

I love being able to share  talented and inspiring friends with you. I hope you enjoy LB’s radio show and Alexandria Nicole wines as much as I do.

Love to hear from you! Have a great weekend! Karen



How to make a Yard Art Lamp Flower Basket



friendsfavz is all about the things we love and want to share with our friends. Today I am sharing one of my passions, Crafting Projects!

Do you love to do creative projects but lack the creative gene? That is me! I love to do creative art projects and always have a good time but I would not consider myself an art diva.  I have so many friends that are truly talented and creative art divas that I am excited to share them with you. On this episode, my sister Darla will be sharing how to make a Lamp Flower Basket for your yard.

Darla is number five of six sisters and has an identical twin, she is a whopping 4 minutes older than her younger sister Deena. She is camera shy, so she did not want to be filmed but works along side of me with the instructions. Even though my twin sisters have developed their own look and style over the years they still get mistaken for each other. 

Darla happens to be one with a creative gene and she makes beautifully artsy projects and comes up with new ideas on a whim. Our last project together, we created beaded serve ware out of old broken beaded bracelets. I love using things we already have and creating something new! Renew, recycle and be creative.

On this video, Darla helps me create some yard art while saving some old lamps from going to the trash. She made an original lamp flower basket for my mom last year for Mothers Day. I loved it and was intrigued by the height  and shape of the basket and how it held the flowers so uniquely. I knew I had to have her explain it to all of us on a video so we could have our own flower baskets to dress up our gardens. Darla also chose grasses and flowers that accentuate the height and originality of the piece.

Thanks Darla for helping create some Yard Art!!

Darla's Lamp Flower Basket

Darla’s Lamp Flower Basket

I love to hear from you so leave a comment about a creative yard art project you have worked on lately.

Keepin it Hip on Thursdays! Karen

Women Networking Events with friendsfavz!



Do you have a business that you are passionate about and want to share?

Well I am seeking out fantastic businesses that our friends here at need to hear about.

The fabulous Stephanie Richter invited me to a Women Helping Women Win Networking Event last week. I met dozens of Women business owners who love what they do. On this weeks Hip Thursday I will introduce you to some of these women who are excelling in their fields and give you a glimpse at what they do.

If you ever have a chance to meet Stephanie Richter you will walk away feeling beautifully encouraged by her. She is inspiring women to be beautiful on the outside, as she has a successful Mary Kay business, and to feel fabulous on the inside.

Watch as we have fun getting to know each other and encouraging each other to present our businesses!

The next Women Helping Women Win Networking Event will be July 14th! If you would like to showcase your business or attend as a guest, contact Stephanie at

Leave a comment and tell me about your business that is up and coming!

Love and hugs, Karen

friendsfavz, Hosting a Football Party!


Football time! The NFL football playoffs are happening and we having a party Our favorite team is playing, the Seattle Seahawks! My sister Deena had a fantastic idea on how to feed a large group and be able to enjoy her guest and watch the game too! Category People & Blogs License Standard YouTube License

Woodway Class of 1978, 35 year reunion


Could it really be 35 years ago that I graduated from High School?
I grew up in Edmonds Washington where you can smell the salt air and the beach is just a bike ride away.

I remember high school days when people filled the fountain on Main Street with soap and it would overflow into the street. My friend Val and I would cruise the beaches in her 55 Ford truck and look for our friends, well, really we were looking for cute guys. Everyone would go to the football games then head to Herfy’s for fries and shakes after the game! What fun times and we thought we were so grown up.

Jump ahead 35 years, now many classmates have moved back to Edmonds realizing what a gem it is with the ferry, the sound and the quaint little town. We have gone from a world revolving around us as teens to having navigated through the years of raising kids and are now faced with being empty nesters. I must say that I am looking forward to having hobbies again and having time to reconnect with old friends.

I describe our class as being special with many bonds. We have had great turnouts for our reunions and I know especially as we get older how much we appreciate seeing each other. We have grown past the high school groups and can enjoy our sense of community and building new friendships.

Here are a few snapshots for those of you who were not able to make it to the reunion. Sorry, for the low quality photos and movies. The lighting was not good with our camera phones and everyone was busy visiting so we did not get photos of all who attended.
Hope you are all doing well and see you in five years at the next reunion!

Karen Rae