Stylista and creative goddess Karleen Ilagan, owner of Seattle’s Moksha boutique in the International District and yogini at Modo Yoga—how does she stay so DOPE? Well, this girl literally finds a balance in busy Emerald City.
Karleen and I go back from some of our first days of college at the University of Washington. She saw the Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley posters in my dorm room—plus the Sublime t-shirt I was rocking—and we became instant friends and longtime roommates. I owe her for inspiring me to express my personal fashion choices—just step inside of Moksha and you’ll know what I mean. Thanks to her, I’m no longer wearing those band tees that were a staple my freshman year!
What are you up to tonight?
Ding! A text message pops up on my phone from Karleen on a Friday evening.
Darling! I start typing my response. No plans, should we make some?
I’m closing Moksha in an hour, got membership at the Y, could work out then grab a bite or drink?
That sounds amazing!
Lol I was semi-joking
Um, I’m so down.
I swing by her spot early to show off my new ride and vape pen. We smoked a bowl from her sacred, ancient glass piece.
We got to the Y early to warm up before a class—my hip had been bothering me. Karleen suggested I kick the tightness out. For a while we stood there, kicking it out, snickering at our silly selves.
The hunger set in before class was over, so we jetted to a different room. Karleen did some crunches while I sprawled out on my back on the floor. The week prior was a sativa-induced stupor of insomnia for me, and I needed to chill.
Wow, I thought, admiring my friend. She is one smooth, beautiful ballerina.
Next we made it to a happening Ethiopian restaurant, Cafe Selam on Cherry Street. Amy our favorite gal’s name. When you go there, you’ll know who I’m talking about. She’s a boss without being bossy, the DJ pumping dance and reggae tunes, and the hands bringing us some bomb, gluten-free injera with stewed lamb and an array of veggies.
It was the perfect grub and the perfect setting with the right people—so therapeutic. This thing called self-care? We need more of it.
If you’re looking for more opportunities to find a balance with my creative, cutting-edge, captivating kin Karleen, stay tuned. Whether it be yoga, sound baths, dancing or art curations, Karleen’s vibe will soothe your soul, adorn your body and relax your mind. Come be fly and soar in Seattle!