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Fashion blogger Antonio Smith adds lots of color in his winter wardrobe. Click the pic to see him out on the town on Instagram. (🎨: @haleydrewthis)

STAY COOL IN THE CHILL 😎

A couple weeks ago, we passed on some geeky tips for finding the right rain gear from Seattle’s Ascent Outdoors. But sometimes wearing the same outfit can make the days of our grey season blend together.

So how can we feel stylish and stay warm? We talked with five fashion and lifestyle bloggers to get some colorful and cozy inspiration.

Reader and fashion blogger Jess Estrada told us her key to looking (and feeling) good during Seattle’s wettest months is layering up.

“It’s about learning your style in the winter,” says Jess. “People write that off as shallow or just fashion advice. But it’s about being comfortable and taking care of yourself.”

We couldn’t agree more. Want to hear more advice from bloggers Antonio Smith, Richard Meharry, Alix Rose, and Jenn Haskins? Head to our Embrace the Grey Facebook group to learn more.

NOW HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY 🏒

The hockey test. It’s official: Season tickets for Seattle’s new hockey team are going on sale March 1 at 10 a.m. Does that mean Seattle is definitely getting a new NHL team? Nope, but it does mean we can boost our odds. To back up: Starting March 1, hockey fans will be able to put down a $500 deposit on season tickets for a potential new Seattle hockey team. If a lot of people put down those deposits, the NHL will see a lot of local support for a new team and will probably give us one. If not a lot people put down deposits, we won’t get a team and the fans who made deposits will get their money back.

So will Seattle’s hockey fans show up big for this season ticket drive? We called “Seattle’s only hockey bar,” the Angry Beaver in Greenwood, to find out. “I bet they’ll sell out right away,” said the owner, Tim Pipes. “We’ll probably have a huge party when the team actually gets announced.” There are more than a few eager buyers commenting on this post on the Beaver’s page. You in? Sign up for updates at nhlseattle.com.

Free pass. If you’re a student at a Seattle public high school, you’re going to ride for free on the bus, light rail, ferry — you name it. That’s thanks to a plan Mayor Jenny Durkan announced yesterday in her “State of the City” address. About half the public school students in the city already get free ORCA cards, the cards that get you on public transit. But those are just students who live more than 2 miles away from their school or certain students whose families don’t earn much income. With this new plan, all our public high school students will get free ORCAs, no questions asked, so parents can “worry less about how they get places and more about their grades,” Mayor Durkan said. (The Seattle Times)

They put a ring on it. If you’ve stopped by the Fremont Troll in the last week, you’ve probably noticed it’s got a new bit of bling. “Looks like the Fremont Troll is off the market,” a Redditor wrote, posting a pic of one of Seattle’s weirder icons wearing an engagement ring on its right hand. Who put it there? We traced it back to this Instagram pic from — you guessed it — Valentine’s Day. The photographer, Ashley Song, told us the ring is the work of a crew of local yarn bombers that includes her friend, Erika Kinno. Of course, not everyone believes our Troll is one to get tied down. “Pfft,” wrote another Redditor, “the Troll has been in Seattle waaaaay too long not to be poly.” ❤

Building up. Forbes just put out its list of the most innovative companies, and topping the architecture category is none other than NBBJ. That’s the global Seattle-based company that designed a lot of Amazon’s South Lake Union campus and — of course — those big round Amazon Spheres. NBBJ’s also worked with Target, Bloomingdale’s, Samsung, and even Chinese web giant Alibaba. Want a fresh look inside the open-only-to-employees Spheres? Here are some pics from Evergrey reader Patrick T. (Thanks for tagging #theevergrey, Patrick!) (Fast Company)

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅

OUR EVENTS / PARTNER EVENTS
AROUND TOWN
TODAY

💪  Meditate with cats (Capitol Hill)
👋  Meet young pros and their dogs (Downtown)

TOMORROW

🎈  Wind down at this Bluegrass Festival (Bellevue)
🍴  Fill up on the city’s best comfort food and brews (SoDo)
🗣  Catch a storytelling showdown (Downtown)

FRIDAY

🎟  Watch shadow puppets struggle in Seattle (International District)
🎈  Play with Muppets (Queen Anne)

SATURDAY

🎈  Hang out with octopuses (Downtown)
💡  Find the meaning of life (First Hill)
🍻  Sip craft brews at this open house (All over)

SUNDAY

👋  Swap seeds with green-thumbed neighbors (West Seattle)
🚴🏽  Do the Chilly Hilly, one of the best bike rides around (Bainbridge Island)
🚴🏽  …Or the Willy Nilly, a local spin-off (get it?) (Vashon Island)

Going to one of these?

Send us a pic or tag #theevergrey. See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.

MMM … SMELL THAT? 🍴

It’s the fry bread from Off the Rez, Seattle’s only Native American food truck. Eater devoted an episode of its “Cooking in America” show to it, and it’s worth a watch.

Have a good one. — The Evergrey


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