After working at Microsoft for three years, mostly from home, Julia Amodt was ready for a change. “I wanted to make a big lifestyle change and be around people,” she said of her transition from tech to hospitality and marketing as the W Insider at W Bellevue. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into; all I knew was that it was going to be crazy, fun, and highly creative.” Now a year and a half in, Amodt is in charge of curating personalized and unique experiences for guests and partnering with brands — including SoulCycle and Pressed Juicery — to help promote W Bellevue. The creativity and rapid pulse that come with the job are why she loves what she does. The Redmond resident spoke with us recently to share a few of her favorite local haunts and give the inside scoop to throwing a successful soirée. — Shelby Rowe Moyer
Wine tasting in Woodinville
Woodblock in Redmond
To Grab a Drink
Civility & Unrest (I know; they’re part of the property, but honestly, the drinks are gorgeous, and the bartenders are awesome.)
To Be Inspired
Snohomish antique shopping
Big Black Delta, Tove Lo, LCD Soundsystem
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Last movie you saw in the theater
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Date night with my mama!
Favorite item in your closet
My All Saints leather jacket
Bite Beauty lip pencil, MAKE UP FOR EVER lipstick, YSL Touche Éclat highlighting pen, and Dior Diorshow mascara.
I have a lot of family in Southern California, so that’s my second home — but I’d go to Rome again in a heartbeat.
Be yourself. Go for what you want. Don’t lower your standards.
What W Insider experiences are you proud of?
I loved the Summer Crush event with Kettle One Botanicals and Recoop Spa. We also did a commercial with Time x American Express, and I got to be involved in the shooting of the commercial and put together an in-depth itinerary to show off Bellevue.
What makes an experience more memorable?
Personalization can go a long way. We’re lucky in that we have access to some of the best shopping in the area, so finding really beautiful pieces is easy, but it’s the personalization that makes it memorable. For example, meeting a family with a bulldog who is staying with you, then finding a cute bulldog shirt for the little boy. Or creating a scavenger hunt amenity based on a guest’s travels to make it interactive.
How can someone make their own event feel special?
My mom was essentially Martha Stewart growing up, and my parents threw lots of parties, so it’s in my blood to make sure the bar is stocked and there’s gorgeous food set up. I’m all about making sure everyone eats, has a drink in their hand, and is having a good time, which means you, as the hostess, need to keep your energy up! Focus on your guests, but have a hell of a time doing it.