Aug 27, 2014

Sunday Must-Have: Stylish Seahawks Gear

Get ready! Football season kicks off next Thursday, September 4th right here in Seattle with a home game between the Seahawks and the Packers. Say goodbye to the days when you had to sacrifice fashion in order to show your pride as a fan. We've rounded up some stylish gear just in time for game day!

Seahawks v-neck tee, $36, Nordstrom

Seahawks Tank, $39.95, Lane Bryant

Join Seattle blogger Natasha Jarmick of The Chic Curve on Thursday, Aug. 28th at the Northgate Mall Lane Bryant store as they unveil their new NFL collection featuring Seahawks merchandise. Guests will be entered to win gift cards for the store along with tickets to the Seahawks home opener on September 4th! 

Seattle Seahawks v-neck tee, $22.95, Victoria's Secret

Distressed Seahawks tee, $38, Macys

Seattle Seahawks logo charm bracelet, $32, Alex and Ani

'47 Brand Seahawks beanie, $22.95, Pro Shop

Aug 26, 2014

3 Natural Skincare products I can't live without

Getting into a natural skincare routine is something that definitely didn't feel "natural" for me. For years I used products that were full of chemicals and the truth is, I didn't even think twice about it. I wrongly assumed that products with "active ingredients" and additives would be more effective to treat various skin conditions but I'm happy to report that I was wrong. YouTube vlogger Kendra Atkins of Vlog with Kendra recently put a new app on my radar called Think Dirty that lets you scan your beauty products and learn how toxic the ingredients are. It even suggests cleaner alternatives that are better for your skin. I had a great time scanning my beauty arsenal and I'm pleased to report that my skincare routine is "clean". Here are a few of my favorite natural products that I wish I would have started using sooner.

African Black Soap 
I stumbled upon African Black Soap by Alaffia on (it was one of the products "suggested" to me on the site) and found out that the company is based out of Olympia, so I decided to give the cleanser a try. There are numerous benefits to using African Black soap and aside from the fact that it's great for combination skin, I love the fact that you can use it as a face wash, shampoo and even a shaving cream. It also works for clearing up dry skin and acne. You can get African Black Soap by Alaffia locally at Super Supplements, Whole Foods and of course,

Rose Water Toner
Traditional toners usually contain alcohol which can be very drying for the skin and for those of us who depend on these products to get rid of oil, doing without them can be a deal-breaker. Say hello to Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner that smells sweet and has soothing aloe to tone skin without stripping it. I use this product as part of my regular skincare routine and love the fact that it doesn't contain alcohol. You can buy this product locally at Bartell Drugs and Super Supplements.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Ok, first things first. The smell of apple cider vinegar isn't the best, but the results are amazing, so bear with me. I started using Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar when I was pregnant because I didn't want to use chemicals to spot treat acne but I desperately wanted clear skin. This stuff really works! You can dilute it and use it as a toner or use it full-strength on spots as an overnight treatment. I apply it when needed after washing my face and wake up with clear skin. It's my little secret weapon. You can buy Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar locally at most grocery stores including QFC and Safeway.

So stop slathering your skin with chemicals and give these natural skincare products a try. You'll save money and love the results.

Top photo c/o Pretty Girl Make-up Artistry

Aug 22, 2014

Meet Kendra Atkins of Vlog with Kendra

Join Gossip & Glamour this Saturday, August 23rd at the Downtown Seattle Sephora store to meet YouTube vlogger Kendra Atkins of Vlog with Kendra. She'll be sharing her favorite beauty tips and tricks, talking fall make-up trends and inviting guests to join her afterwards at Cupcake Royale for a meet & greet mixer. The event starts at 11am and the group will be meeting outside the Sephora store before heading in. Use hashtag #KendraInSeattle and you'll be entered to win beauty swag! See you there!

What: Kendra in Seattle Meet-Up

When: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Where: Sephora 415 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101

Time: 11am-noon followed by a reception at Cupcake Royale

More info: Email

Aug 9, 2014

Don't miss the Dolce Vita Warehouse Sale this weekend only

Seattle-based Dolce Vita is hosting a weekend warehouse sale featuring deep discounts on clothing and shoes. The event is taking place at the Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill and runs now through Sunday (see specific times below). Nothing over $100. Sounds like a few new pairs of shoes are in my future. Happy Shopping!

The date
Saturday, August 9th from 11:30am-5pm
Sunday, August 10th from 10am-2:30pm

The place
Century Ballroom - West Hall
915 E. Pike St. 
Seattle, WA 98122

The details
Shop till you drop, but keep in mind that all sales are credit card only. No cash. 

For event updates follow along on Twitter @ShopDolceVita. 

Aug 8, 2014

Experience Bellevue Fashion Week in style

If you're flipping through fashion magazines and dreaming of a way to splurge on fall must-haves without breaking the bank, look no further. Bellevue's Hyatt Regency is hosting a very special Fashion Week sweepstakes that is not to be missed. The winner will receive the ultimate Bellevue Fashion Week experience including airfare to Seattle with transportation to and from the airport, a 4-night stay at Hyatt Regency Bellevue, tickets to each runway show including Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue, pre-show hair styling at Obadiah Salon, a $250 gift card to Daniel's Broiler, spa treatments at Yuan Spa, a $500 gift card to shop the Bellevue Collection and more. Enter to win on Facebook (it only takes 2 seconds) and be sure to share the contest with your friends!

If I won the sweepstakes, here's what my Bellevue Fashion Week Itinerary would look like:

Wednesday, September 24th
Independent Designer Runway Show 
The IDRS show made it's debut in 2012 and showcases emerging designers who are competing for their chance to win a cash prize of $5,000 to fund their collection. This year's designers include Brian Cuddy, April Pride, Kristie Metcalf, Mia Fioravanti, Rebekah Adams and more. Last year's show was sold-out and the energy of the evening was unmistakable. This year's IDRS show is not to be missed, but before the show a pre-event hair appointment at Obadiah Salon is a must. Now the big question is, should I wear my hair up or down?

Thursday, September 25th
Spa treatments at Yuan Spa 
Fashion Week can be exhausting so a reiki treatment at Yuan Spa would be a great pick followed by a smooth stone massage for total relaxation. The winner of the Bellevue Fashion Week sweepstakes will also receive a catered lunch at Yuan Spa.

Friday, September 26th
Posh Party Trend Show
The Posh Party trend show is a nice prelude to Saturday's Vogue presentation. Guests of the event will enjoy a runway show highlighting fall fashion trends from the shops at the Bellevue Collection. The evening will also include interactive beauty demonstrations, drinks, appetizers and photo booth fun.

Saturday, September 27th
Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue
This is one of my favorite Bellevue Fashion Week shows because it highlights fall fashion trends straight from the pages of Vogue's coveted September issue. VIP ticket holders receive entry to the exclusive post-show cocktail reception at Suite Restaurant & Lounge, so naturally, you'll want to dress to impress. There will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture the evening which as a must for documenting the fashion fun on Instagram.

So what are you waiting for? Enter the Bellevue Fashion Week sweepstakes now!

Aug 7, 2014

Fashion First celebrates 10 years of spectacular runway shows

The annual Fashion First runway show will return on September 11th and this year's theme is fashion, fun and firefighters. Executive Producer Joan Kelly has another amazing evening in store and has chosen Inspire Youth Project as this year's beneficiary. Inspire Youth Project provides long-term sustainable support to children who are affect by HIV/AIDS. The runway show line-up includes La Ree, Blue Luna, Elizabeth Roberts, David Lawrence, Ketch, Mercer, Ragamoffyns and more.

The details
The show will take place on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Showbox Sodo. Doors open at 6pm for VIP guests and 7:30pm for general admission. The runway show starts at 8pm. The evening will also include an auction with proceeds benefiting Inspire Youth Project. There will also be a special surprise at the event for David Lawrence who is celebrating 20 years in business.

The dress code
"Wear the hottest thing you own," says Joan Kelly. In other words, dress to impress in cocktail attire and really, really ridiculously good shoes. Preferred colors that fit this year's theme include pink, red and purple.

The tickets
This year's Fashion First runway show tickets start at $50 for general admission (standing room only) and go up to $500 for Ultra VIP tickets. There are a few ticket specials this year to make note of including the "double deal steals". See the ticket page for more info. Joan and I go way back, so this year we are offering a special promo code to save you $20 off any ticket type. Simply use promo code "Gossip" at check-out to receive the discount. Enjoy!

The final word
There are many runway fashion shows here in Seattle. Many of them come and go. This show is the real deal and has been a staple in the Seattle fashion community highlighting indie designers and local boutiques since 2005. If you want to really explore the Seattle fashion scene, come by, stay for a drink, enjoy the runway show and most importantly, shop local.

The end.

Aug 5, 2014

Hyatt Regency Bellevue hosts the ultimate fashion week sweepstakes

It may be 80 degrees outside right now, but fall fashion will soon be making it's arrival. Hyatt Regency Bellevue wants to make sure you have a chance to enjoy fall fashion at it's finest by giving you the opportunity to win the ultimate fashion + spa prize package. One lucky winner will be whisked away to Bellevue, Washington, September 24-28th and receive a pair of tickets to every Bellevue Fashion Week show including the Independent Designer Runway Show and Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue. The prize package also includes a four-night stay at Hyatt Regency Bellevue, daily breakfast at Eques, $800 in airfare with transportation to and from the airport, two treatments at Yuan Spa, pre-show styling at Obadiah Salon, a $250 gift card for fine dining at Daniel's Broiler and a $500 gift card to shop for all your favorite fall must-haves at The Bellevue Collection. This contest is not to be missed. Tell your friends, start deciding what you'll wear to the runway shows and enter the win on Facebook now! (Contest ends August 31, 2014)

Bellevue Fashion Week Highlights

September 24th- Independent Designer Runway Show featuring April Pride, Brian Cuddy, Kristie Metcalf and more.

September 26th- Posh Party Trend Show featuring a runway show of fall trends from The Bellevue Collection. Ticket proceeds benefit Bellevue LifeSpring.

September 27th- Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue featuring a fall trend presentation straight from the pages of Vogue.

Event information and tickets for shows can be found on

Jun 20, 2014

Luxury on Demand to host summer pop-up party

Seattle's newest online designer consignment boutique Luxury on Demand is hosting a summer pop-up party on Thursday, June 26th at Lilospace and you're invited! Join owner Jesica Milton of Luxury on Demand along with Annie of Live Simply by Annie as they help you prepare the summer season in style. Luxury on Demand will have a stylish assortment of summer-inspired apparel, accessories and shoes for you to shop from and Annie will be on-site offering closet organization tips to help keep everything organized. RSVP now and enter to win a $100 Luxury on Demand gift card!

What: Luxury on Demand Summer Pop Up Party

When: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Where: Lilospace 3200 Airport Way S. #200 Seattle, WA 98134 (Free Parking)

Time: 7-9pm

For event updates follow Luxury on Demand on Twitter @LuxonDemand.

coco+kelley styling event at DVF

Cassandra LaValle of coco+kelley will be hosting a special event at the Diane von Furstenberg store in Bellevue on Thursday, June 26th from 6-8pm. The party will feature shopping and complimentary summer styling advice, a special gift with purchase, and refreshments including champagne and light bites. Guests will also enjoy pics in the DVF photo booth and be entered to win special prizes including a private shopping party in the store. This is a complimentary event but RSVP via email is requested. 

What: coco+kelley Styling event at DVF

When: Thursday, June 26th, 2014 from 6-8pm

Where: DVF Store - Bellevue Square Mall


Jun 18, 2014

Fashion Calendar- Summer Market & Trunk Show at Les Amis

Fremont boutique Les Amis is hosting a summer market showcase featuring merchandise from a variety of West Coast designers on Friday, June 27th and Saturday June 28th. For this special event the store will be stocking lines that they don't normally carry, so stop in to say hello, check out the marketplace to stock up on all your summer essentials. Featured designers include Jess Brown, Layla, Erica Tanov, Boet, Heidi Baron Godoff, Takara Design and Heathermarie Heaton.  Around the corner from the store, Essenza will be hosting a jewelry trunk show featuring Katherine Armer of Rockstella. Two great shopping events, one weekend only. 

Les Amis | 3420 Evanston Ave N | Seattle | WA | 98103

Jun 9, 2014

FGI to host Fall/Winter Trend Presentation

Fashion Group International will be hosting it's semi-annual trend event featuring fall/winter fashion at the headquarters of on Thursday, June 26th at 6pm. The video presentation begins at 6:30 and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Seattle's top fashion editors including Ali Brownrigg of Seattle magazine, Lauren Foster of 425 magazine and Laura Cassidy of Seattle Met. Tickets are on sale now and start at $20. This event is a great opportunity to network with Seattle's best and brightest fashion industry professionals and learn more about how membership to FGI can help you connect to a global fashion community.

What: FGI Fall/Winter Ready to Wear Trend Presentation

When: Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at 6pm

Where: 1551 Eastlake Ave. E. Suite #275 Seattle, WA 98102

Tickets: $20-30 via Brown Paper Tickets

Jun 1, 2014

Shop for summer and save up to 50% at University Village

Whether you're stocking up on summer essentials or looking for a gift for dad (Father's Day is June 15th) the University Village Sidewalk Sale is coming soon and that means you can save up to 50% at select stores. The sale starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday, June 8th.  In other words, let the shopping begin!

Shopping Tip: The best stuff always goes first, so shop early for the best selection. Make a day of it by checking out one of the new restaurants at U-Village. My current fave is Liam's because they have Beecher's mac and cheese! Try it. You can thank me later.

5 Reasons to check out the sidewalk sale

  1. Because you have weddings, baby showers, birthday parties and a bunch of other occasions coming up that require you to shop, so you might as well save a little cash in the process. 
  2. Because it's been awhile since you've seen your friends, so the sidewalk sale is the perfect excuse for a little shopping and socializing. 
  3. Because the forecast says it's going to be sunny all week and you have nothing to wear.
  4. Because Aritzia is expensive but they have cool clothes. 
  5. Because saving up to 50% off means you don't have to find any additional reasons to justify shopping. 

Participating stores:
American Eagle Outfitters
The Confectionery
Crate and Barrel
Eddie Bauer
Fran's Chocolates
Free People
Kid's Club
The Land of Nod
Sole Food
Something Silver
Trophy Cupcakes
Village Maternity
Zovo Lingerie

For a full list of participating stores visit

May 28, 2014

Find your zen this weekend at Evo

Is it just me or does a short work week feel more exhausting than a regular one? Maybe it's because we're attempting to pack 5 days worth of work into 4 business days, or maybe it's because we were spoiled with one extra day to sleep in. Either way, if you find yourself needing a little zen in your life this weekend, head to Evo in Fremont for a relaxing in-store yoga session. Taking place on Sunday, June 1st at 9:30am, the hour-long practice is designed for all ages/ levels and will be taught by one of my favorite instructors, Yogalife's Frances Hammond.

Tickets are $10 and can be applied to an in-store purchase the day of the event. In stock now Evo has a great selection of activewear from brands like Lucy, PrAna, Sanuk, Burton, The North Face, Patagonia and Volcom.

Space is limited. Get your tickets online now. Event sponsors include PrAna and Colombia Gorge Organics.

What: OM at Evo

When: Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 9:30am

Where: Evo 3500 Stone Way, Seattle, WA 98103

Tickets: $10

May 24, 2014

In case you missed it: 5 takeaways from Pine & 14th Family Day

If you didn't make it out to the Pine & 14th Family Day today on Capitol Hill please know you were missed. But don't worry. We ate extra astrologically themed cookies from Dianne's Delights on your behalf and penned a short recap of 5 things you need to know about the party. 

#1- Photo fans (myself included) got a chance to nerd-out on Polaroid cameras and film in the Impossible Project's Silver Shade Airstream parked outside Rare Medium as part of their nationwide tour. In 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plan in the Netherlands and started to invent and produce new instant film for old Polaroid cameras. They even make hardware including the Impossible Instant Lab while lets you transform digital images on your iPhone into Polaroids. Insider tip: Get your own Impossible Instant Lab at Rare Medium on Capitol Hill.

#2- Bootyland Kids is a great place to shop for toys and clothing for kids. Since 1995 this Capitol Hill boutique has been the go-to place for eco-conscious moms who are looking for organic apparel for babies and kids (up to youth size 12), toys, all-natural beauty products and even amber teething necklaces. Insider shopping tip: This is a great place to shop locally for Seattle-based Kate Quinn Organics.

#3- Representing one half of The AstroTwins, local author and celebrity astrologer Tali Edut lives here in Seattle on Capitol Hill. The Pine & 14th Family Day event marked the local launch of Momstrology, the fourth book she's written with her twin sister Ophira. This is an incredibly insightful and easy to read parenting guide that can be used to decode kid behavior based on birth date. Insider tip: There's a reason this book is a best seller on Amazon. Not only does it make a great gift for moms (hello summer baby showers!), it's a priceless guide for anyone who is interested in understanding more about their own astrological sign.  This book is also available locally at the Pacific Place Barnes & Noble.

#4- Well the good news is, should you ever find yourself in an emergency situation on Capitol Hill you are in good hands. The friendly team at Seattle Fire Station #25 on Pine street had a great time showing kids around the station and letting them take pictures on the trucks. Look closely in this pic and you can see the disco ball that hangs from the ceiling above one of the trucks. The disco ball was apparently rescued from a night club that was being shut down on the hill. #onlyoncapitolhill

#5- Last but not least, the Pine & 14th Family Day event would not have been possible without help from our sponsors including Seattle Metropolitan magazine, Dianne's Delights, Nuflours, and Talking Rain. We also want to give a big thank you to everyone who helped us spread the word about this community event including The Capitol Hill Blog, SkinnyPurse, Fresh Jess, Style Logical, An Emerald City Life and BellingFAM.

Please visit to view event photos.

May 14, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Wear Wednesday featuring deRosairo

The next Wear Wednesdays event is taking place tonight at the W Seattle. Come meet designer Nishika de Rosairo and view her namesake collection of womenswear for Fall/Winter 2014 that pushes the boundaries of luxury and architectural design. This is a complimentary event in the W Seattle Living Room with happy hour food and drink specials provided by Trace bar.

What: Wear Wednesdays ft. de Rosairo
When: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Where: W Seattle 1112 Fourth Ave.
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

May 13, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Dior & I

Fashion Fans: Don't miss the new film Dior & I screening this weekend at the Seattle International Film Festival. View behind the scenes footage of Dior's Creative Director, Raf Simons, filmed in 2012, as he prepares his first haute couture collection for the iconic brand. The film will be shown at various theaters in the Seattle area May 17th - 22nd. Tickets start at $12. Learn more at

May 12, 2014

Save the Date: Pine & 14th Family Day on Capitol Hill

The AstroTwins will be making an appearance at Rare Medium on Capitol Hill, Saturday, May 24th from 10am-3pm to promote the launch of their newest book Momstrology. Come meet the twins in person, get a free mini astrology reading, satisfy your sweet tooth with treats by Dianne's Delights and NuFlours and enjoy family-friendly activities at other businesses on the block including Bootyland Kids, Aria Salon, The Project Room, Moxi Salon and more! For a full line-up of the Pine & 14th Family Day activities visit This is a free event that is open to the public. Bring your families and come enjoy a fun day out on the hill!

May 9, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family Party- tonight

Queen Anne's favorite neighborhood boutique, Queen Anne Dispatch is hosting their semi-annual Friends & Family event on Friday, May 9th from 6-10pm. Stop by for 20% off your purchase (all day), music by DJ Mullet, refreshments, light bites, and more. This is a great opportunity to shop for all your spring must-haves including dresses, jewelry, accessories, gifts and even last minute Mothers Day Gifts (Mothers Day is May 11th!). Queen Anne Dispatch stocks a variety of stylish labels including BB Dakota, Olivine Atelier, French Connection, Mavi, Coobie, Butter London, Hanky Panky and more. Special announcement: JoeyBra will be making their Queen Anne debut at the Friends & Family event. Stop by to meet the team and learn more about this amazing Seattle-based brand that is perfect for outdoor summer concerts, travel, working out, playing sports and more!

Queen Anne Dispatch
2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98109

What: Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family Event

When: Friday, May 9th, 2014 from 6-10pm

Where: Queen Anne Dispatch 2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Why: Because you love to shop local and getting 20% off your purchase helps sweeten the deal. Oh and did we mention DJ Mullet? Check out his website for a pretty awesome pic of Mullet in his full glory wearing a green leotard. (We can't make this stuff up)

May 4, 2014

5 Mothers Day Gifts from 5 Local Designers

Mothers Day is less than a week away. If you want to give mom a gift she'll love and support local designers, this list is for you! Take a look at our top local picks for stylish moms in Seattle.

The Open Stitch rectangle popover by Issaquah-based cashmere designer Paychi Guh is a perfect everyday basic for moms who want covet versatile pieces that will remain be part of their wardrobe for many years to come. Available in a latte/ivory colorway as pictured, or navy/grey, this gorgeous top can literally be "popped over" to change the shape of the neckline.

For moms who look to accessories to quickly pull an outfit together, the Casbah earrings by White Space jewelry make a gorgeous gift that she will absolutely love. Made from 14k gold vermeil these earrings are handmade in the USA.  White Space designer Khadijah Fulton's picks for Mothers Day were recently featured in this gift guide round-up by Seattle Met.

The Blanca collection for Spring '14 from designer Cameron Levin is now available at Butch Blum. These black chiffon pants tie at the waist and have a nude stripe detail on the lower leg just above the ankle. Great for working moms who want to look stylish on a summer day at the office, these pants pair perfectly with a silk white tee or tank. Add a blazer to finish the look.

For moms who deserve to be pampered this year, Mere Basics has a special cashmere gift set that is guaranteed to please even the pickiest moms. Made of 100% pure cashmere, the Mere Basics gift set features a cap sleeve short sleeve top and coordinating cashmere shorts, perfect for light-weight layering on a cold day, or lounging around the house.

If the mom on your Mothers Day shopping list loves bold fashion statements, local line Gutanga has the perfect pair of pants that not only look good, they support a great cause too. The entire line is made in the USA and a portion of every sale goes to supporting children's education in Rwanda.

Apr 29, 2014

Goodwill set to open brand new Capitol Hill store

This Friday May 2nd, Goodwill will welcome the public to it's brand new Capitol Hill location. The 15,000 square foot store previously occupied by Half Price Books will feature apparel, accessories and home goods. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 9am on Friday and to celebrate the new store opening the first 200 customers into the store will receive special giveaways and door prizes. The party continues all day long and will include a special Friday night party from 4-9pm featuring hourly giveaways and music from C89.5 DJ's Gabriel Zus and Harmony Soleil.

Opening just a little after Earth Day, the new store will appeal to shoppers who want to limit their impact on the environment by purchasing quality, reusable items. Last year, Seattle Goodwill recycled over 47 million tons. Shoppers get the added benefit of knowing that the net proceeds from their purchases help Goodwill provide free job training programs to low-income and underserved individuals in the community.

Goodwill Capitol Hill
115 E. Belmont Ave. E. 
Seattle, WA 98102
On Twitter @SeattleGoodwill

Good to Know: The new store has a small parking lot! We all know this is rare on the hill, so get there early and take advantage!

Apr 28, 2014

Event Reminder: NW Hope & Healing Style 14 Runway Show

The 12th annual Northwest Hope & Healing Fashion Show is taking place this Thursday, May 1st at the Showbox Sodo. Over 30 breast cancer survivors will walk the runway showcasing spring trends from Seattle's best boutiques including Carmilia's, Coastal Surf Boutique, Canopy Blue, Queen Anne Dispatch, Tatters, Road Apparel, West Seattle Runner, Calypso St. Barth, Blue Luna and more. Tickets start at $50 for general admission and go up to $200 for VIP reserved seating. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Northwest Hope & Healing Patient Assistance Fund in an effort to offer financial assistance to women battling breast cancer in the Puget Sound area. Over the last 14 years, the Northwest Hope & Healing Patient Assistance fund has awarded grants to more than 2,000 women to help them get through breast cancer. To date, the annual fashion show events have helped to raise over $850,000. This year's fundraising goal has been set at $130,000. Come share a great night out with the girls while supporting a very worthy cause.

Want to learn more? Check out this great video!

What: Northwest Hope & Healing Style '14 Annual Fashion Show

When: Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Where: Showbox SODO 1700 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98134

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm for VIP guests and 7pm for General Admission

Tickets: $50-200 Purchase directly from the NW Hope & Healing website
Please note this is a 21+ and over event.

Apr 24, 2014

Calling all beauty junkies: Bluemercury opens University Village store

Tonight DUO PR hosted an amazing event to celebrate the grand opening of Bluemercury's first store in the Northwest at University Village! Founders Barry and Marla Beck welcomed a packed house of stylish guests and treated them to deluxe swag bags, champagne, make-up applications, product demos, and tours of the store which includes a dedicated room for beauty services like oxygen facials, brow tints and waxing. The store is the 49th location for the company and stocks brands like Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Dermalogica, Mario Badescu, Bliss, Oribe, Bumble & Bumble and M-61. The open layout of the store is inviting and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Be one of the first 100 guests to stop by the store this Saturday, April 26th and you'll be treated to complimentary makeovers, mini facials, deluxe swag bags and more. RSVP to 

Bluemercury 2661 NE 46th St. Seattle, WA 98119

The store is located next door to Liam's at University Village. Park in the new parking garage (on the Virginia Mason side) and take the elevator down to the store. It's SUPER easy! My insider tip? Bring a friend, play with make-up at bluemercury and then head next door to Liam's for their famous mac and cheese. I just planned out your perfect Saturday. You can thank me later. 

Apr 23, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Wear Wednesday at the W Seattle featuring Trina Pierre

You may have seen her collection last fall on the runway as part of the Independent Designer Runway Show at Bellevue Fashion Week and now you'll have the chance to get a sneak peek of Trina Pierre's next collection! Showcasing her signature fall/winter 2014 line, Trina Pierre is joining the fashion showcase at the W Seattle for Wear Wednesdays. The event will take place from 5-7pm on April 30th in the W Seattle Living Room and will feature happy hour pricing on food and drinks from Trace. Sip on a signature cocktail and peruse the effortless chic styles from this amazing local designer. View the current collection online at

Keep in touch with Trina on Twitter @TrinaPierre and use hashtag #WearWednesdays.

Apr 22, 2014

Seattle Style: Mothers Day Gift Guide for Glamour Moms

Mothers Day is May 11th and and we've compiled a list of our favorite local gifts that are perfect for the special ladies in your life who love beauty! Get ready to pamper her with a gift she'll love. 

Julep Maven Box
Pamper moms who love beauty products but don't have time to sneak away to the nail salon with a Julep Maven Box filled with new nail polishes and select beauty products tailored to her personal style. Each month recipients will receive $40 worth of products and enjoy free shipping plus 20% off at Gift boxes are available in increments of 2, 4, or 6 months. And for moms that can sneak away for a little TLC, a Julep Parlor membership is another great gift idea. Bonus: Shop online at, spend $35 on a Mothers Day gift and enter promo code FORMOM to receive a special gift set of mystery minis.

O2 Blow Dry Bar
For moms who have a lot of hair but only a little time, the gift of a salon quality blow out is priceless. Obadiah Salon's blow dry bar, O2 offers a frequent dryer program so that everyone can enjoy the gift of good hair. Available in packages of 3, 6, or 12, the frequent dryer program is a time saver that moms will love. I have long, thick hair and every time I've visited the O2 Blow Dry Bar they've had me out the door in 40 minutes or less with beautiful, bouncy hair.

Gene Juarez Spa
I can speak from experience when I say that the maternity massage at Gene Juarez is an incredibly indulgent experience for expectant mommies. I had this massage at the University Village Gene Juarez a few weeks ago and it was heaven! Available in 60 or 90 minute sessions, the Maternity Massage relives muscle tension, increases energy and improves the quality of sleep for moms-to-be by using massage techniques that are specifically designed to address the unique concerns of pregnant women. This is a must for moms who could use a little rest and relaxation before the big day.

Kari Gran Skincare
Based in Seattle, the entire line of Kari Gran Skincare is eco-friendly and all-natural made from ingredients that are organic, non-GMO and paraben-free. The Kari Gran starter kit is $35 and great for expectant mothers and nursing moms who are looking for a chemical-free skincare routine. The starter kit includes the Kari Gran cleansing oil, hydrating tonic and essential serum.

Olivine Atelier Perfume
In addition to the adorable packaging that will look great on mom's vanity stand, Olivine Atelier "Amongst the Waves" Eau de Perfume is like a refreshing walk on the beach, complete with a tropical breeze blowing through your hair. Inspired by Hanalei, Hawaii this fragrance has notes of ocean salt, black coconut, stargazer lily and Arabian sandalwood. Available locally at Queen Anne Dispatch.

Sassoon Salon
Perfect for mommies seeking a new look to fit their new lifestyle, Sassoon Salon offers custom cuts that are designed to be quick and easy to style at home. An easy gift card will allow the special moms in your life to shape long layers, take a risk and go shorter, or experiment with color. To celebrate Mothers Day the salon is giving away $20 vouchers good for products or services with every $100 gift card purchase, because it's nice to give...and receive.  Fun fact: The downtown Seattle Sassoon Salon recently celebrated it's 5th anniversary.

Happy Mothers Day!

Fashion Calendar: Jamie Joseph Trunk Show at Essenza

Join Fremont's Essenza boutique for a special trunk show featuring local artist Jamie Joseph on Saturday, April 26th from 11am-7pm. The event will include decadent chocolate cupcakes + champagne and feature an array of gorgeous styles from the Jamie Joseph line which include diamonds, precious stones and gold. Stop by to shop local for all your Mothers Day Gifts, peruse the line and meet the designer in person.

615 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103