Oct 16, 2015
Sep 24, 2015
Congratulations to the production team at Bellevue Fashion Week on another amazing Independent Designer Runway Show. The sheer level of talent among the 8 participating designers was incredibly inspiring. To see the evolution of each line was a testament not only to the judging panel who helped mentor the group for the past six months, but also to the region's continued support of emerging designers.
This year's judging panel consisted of Bruce Pflaumer of Michael Bruce Image Consulting, Marj Turner of Fashion Group International, industry veteran Patricia Wolfkill and Amanda Zurita, Style Editor of Seattle Met. This group not only helped support the designers as they geared up to showcase their collections on the runway but also helped provide coveted insight on fashion branding and retail strategy.
The event marked the 4th annual Independent Designer Runway Show competition as part of Bellevue Fashion Week. The grand prize winner, Phuong Nguyen received a cash prize of $5,000 furnished by The Bellevue Collection and the Kemper Freeman family. Her bridalwear will also be featured in seven free-standing fashion frames located throughout Bellevue Square through the month of October. Watch out Luly Yang, it looks like you've got some competition on your hands.
Other participating designers include Jeanette Svensk Li of Cute Like Mad, Daniel Ress, Sophie Karen of Dawson & Deveraux (my favorite of the night!), Varsha Agarwal of Varsha (dress shown above), Victoria Postolit, Rana Ottaviani of RO2 and Iris Klein.
Congratulations to everyone involved. It was an incredible night! Major kudos to Terri Morgan of TCM Models for producing another amazing runway show!
Sep 21, 2015
Seattle style bloggers and influencers also came out to support the cause and hang out in the VIP Style Lounge provided by Seattle Style Society in partnership with Gossip & Glamour. While on site the guests sipped champagne, supported the LIVE auction and enjoyed over 100+ fall fashion outfits in the runway show produced by Terri Morgan of TCM Models.
The final set fit perfectly into the show's "12th Year//12th Man" theme and featured jersey dresses made by design students from The Art Institute of Seattle. Blue and green bags from Glittersweet's Seattle Colors collection paired perfectly with the sports-themed ensembles which were later auctioned off for charity.
At the end of the night over $100,000 was raised for local non-profits and fashion fans were thrilled to see new merchandise from their favorite local boutiques go down the runway. For event pics and videos, visit the Fashion First Facebook Fan Page!
Photo Credit: Jami Davis
Sep 10, 2015
If you've been keeping up with trends this year, you probably already own something lace. This trend was everywhere for spring and continues to carry over for fall, which is great for anyone (like me) who bought lace like crazy last season. Pair a lace top with jeans, layer a lace tank under a jacket, couple a lace skirt with a basic tee, or add lace-inspired accessories to dip a toe into the trend. This season you'll find me living in lace dresses paired with ankle boots. End of story.
Embroidery continues to remain relevant for fall and you won't hear any complaining out of me. I personally love this trend and can't wait to continue wearing it through the season. For fall, I'll pair embroidered tank tops from my summer wardrobe with cozy sweaters and boots, my embroidered dresses will be layered with faux fur vests and my heavily embellished and embroidered bags will get paired with numerous outfit combinations.
Last but not least, don't save your sparkles for special occasions. This season the cool kids are letting their best metallics shine during the day. That means you can totally wear a sequins jacket with boyfriend jeans. Metallic shoes with a blazer. Even a sequins dress with a leather jacket on a random Wednesday. Remember that sequins clutch you bought to pair with your New Year's Eve outfit? Yep. Bring that out too. Anything goes. Now go have fun playing dress up!
Sep 4, 2015
Fall is on the way and that can only mean one thing. It's time to pack away your summer staples and make room in your closet for the onset of fall fashion. Here's a look at my must-have trends for fall '15.
// Leather Style Tips //
Play with texture: Pair a leather top with a cozy knit sweater for a fresh look this fall.
Mix and match: Throw a leather jacket over a graphic print dress for an easy look with a little edge.
Go head to toe: Friday nights will be way more fun when you wear a leather dress.
Just a touch: Add a pop of color to your fall wardrobe with an oversized leather bag or dip a toe into the trend with an embellished leather wallet instead.
I am all over the printed dress this season, especially if it has long sleeves. Bonus points if it has pockets too! Dresses are so much fun to wear because you can literally throw them on, add ankle boots and you're all set. My favorite go-to boutiques for dresses in the city are: Queen Anne Dispatch (Queen Anne), Horseshoe (Ballard) and Pipe & Row (Fremont).
// Shown above //
BEVÉE convertible clutch (Seattle-based fashion brand)
Dolce Vita 'Mazarine' fringe bootie (available at Nordstrom)
Sapphire gem earrings via T+J Designs (Seattle-based e-commerce site)
This season more is more and embellishments everywhere are having a major moment. Don't worry about going overboard. This trend is all about having fun and adorning yourself in apparel and accessories that you love.
// Embellished Everything Style Tips //
If you want to dip a toe into the embellishment trend try a pair of statement earrings like the ones shown above from JJCaprices.com. These beaded drop earrings have a fun fringe detail and are handmade in Israel by LK Designs.
Colorful, embelished shoes are an easy way to add color to a fall outfit. These Sophia Webster shoes are colorful and have a gorgeous satin texture making them fun and interesting. Plus, the Mary Jane-style shoes with a sweet ankle strap are big this season.
I'm an equal opportunity girl when it comes to embellishments. Fur, feathers, sequins, and semi-precious stones are all fair game as far as I'm concerned. If you have statement shoes you've been meaning to wear, now is the time to take them out and dust them off. It's dress up time dolls! Go bold, or go home and most importantly, have fun with it.
Aug 31, 2015
Belltown boutique Moorea Seal is hosting a pop-up shop featuring Porcelain and Stone on Sept. 5th at the store. The event runs from 11am-4pm and will feature the work of artisan Kimberly Huestis, who pairs ceramic jewelry with fine metals to create gorgeous accessories that are minimal, yet modern. Here's a peek at some of our favorite pieces from the line:
Stone River Ring with 22k gold detailing, $86
Gold bar earrings, $150
Midnight Kiss navy earrings, $120
Jaded Crescent Barnacle necklace, $285
What: Porcelain + Stone Pop-Up Shop
When: Saturday, Sept. 5th, 2015
Where: Moorea Seal 2523 Third Ave. Seattle, WA (Belltown)
The 52 Lists Project, $16.95
And while you're at the store, don't forget to check out Moorea Seal's new book, The 52 Lists Project, a journal of weekly lists that will nurture your soul and help foster self-development. Written by Moorea Seal, each seasonal section is a list of prompts to help you take action each day to make your dreams a reality. At under $20, this book also makes a great gift.
Aug 21, 2015
In a new series on Seattle Boutique Blogspot called "Tried It", I'll share my most intimate, Seattle-centric beauty adventures with you! Put your seatbelt on and get those ear muffs ready, because this is going to get personal.In this edition, we cover sugaring. It's one of my latest beauty obsessions because it's a total timesaver. Translation: I don't have to shave every day. As per usual, I didn't dip a toe into this new beauty adventure. I went all the way. In this case, that means full Brazilian at Sugar Sugar on Green Lake.
An alternative to traditional waxing, sugaring is a method of hair removal that uses all-natural and organic sugar. The sugaring paste is water-soluble and can be used over and over on different parts of your body. After the treatment, the entire ball of sugar is discarded. No more strips. No excess waste.
Not only is sugaring better for the environment than waxing, but I've been told it hurts less. While I've never had traditional waxing done, I have in fact been sugared a few times now so I can tell you that it hurts, but not as much as you might think. In fact, I found that the sheer anticipation of the pain was way worse than the actual sugaring. The women that work at Sugar Sugar are incredibly efficient, which means that each treatment is super quick and before you know it, you're a hairless wonder. The results speak for themselves and not having to shave every day has been priceless, especially during the summer. Expect to pay around $75 + tip for your first Brazilian service and then $55 for maintenance appointments that are scheduled within five weeks.
Sugar Sugar also stocks some great skin care lines including Serious Serum, which is a Portland-based beauty brand. Founded by Shannon Conley of Urban Waxx, this vegan product was originally developed to help prevent and treat ingrown hairs after wax treatments. The product uses alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), green tea, chamomile and aloe vera to soothe skin and can be used on the face, bikini area and even on your under arms to battle ingrown hairs. So whether your wax or get sugared, this product is a must-have. I'm a big fan of Serious Serum and use it on a daily basis. I like it even more now that I know it's from the Pacific Northwest.
1. Take Tylenol at least 30-minutes before your appointment to take the edge off.
2. If you're really apprehensive about your first treatment, use a numbing gel with at least 5% lidocaine to help take the sting out. Sugar Sugar sells a product called Numb-It, but you can get it cheaper on Amazon if you plan ahead.
3. Avoid ingrown hairs post-sugaring by exfoliating in the shower, using a serum with AHA and keeping the bikini area moisturized.
510 NE 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Street parking available
Aug 20, 2015
Seattle boutique Moorea Seal is definitely one of my favorite Belltown boutiques. Located on third avenue between Vine and Wall street this shop is literally a Pinterest page come to life. Stocking great brands like Fresh Tangerine, Herschel, Pine + Boon, Baleen, Dolce Vita, and Quiet Clementine, you're sure to find something you can't live without. Plus, with a full range of price points, you won't have to break the bank.
Color, texture and graphics come together perfectly in these great bags from Moorea Seal. If you wear black all day these bags would be a great way to perk up your outfit. Shown above: Bags from Anna Joyce, Pine + Boon and Karu.
In-store it's grid-layout galore! This is my favorite way to view merchandise, but I'm also a classic Virgo, so this comes as a surprise to absolutely no one. Shown above: Coin purses by Pine + Boon, Les Femmes desk calendar with illustations by Garance Doré.
If you get excited about accessories, Moorea Seal will be your new go-to shop in the city. They even show a little local love by stocking Seattle brands like Fresh Tangerine. Shown above: Brass Jaspar Cuff by Cities in Dust, Weiland Spike Ring by Shadow House, Gold Doppler Earrings by Cities in Dust, Raw Stone Drop Earrings by Leslie Francesca, Thistle Pendant by Shadow House, Louise Necklace by Dream Collective.
And guys, we've got you covered. Moorea Seal has a small, but well-curated selection of merchandise for men. In the shop you'll find beard tonic, ball caps and even wall-mounted artwork that also serves as a bottle opener. May we suggest a bottle of Rainier? Shown above: Herschel Little America gray backpack, Triangles wall-mount bottle opener by Fluffy Co., Unisex leather cap by Karu.
Add the perfect final touch to your outfit with a Zodiac necklace by Shadow House. These delicate gold-plated necklaces (shown above) feature zodiac constellations in sparkly pavé stones. Or, if you prefer more of a statement piece, the Cauld Collar is a must-have.
And last but not least, for all the little things in your life that you need to keep track of, how about these adorable little bags? P.S. These make great gifts too! Shown above: Cowhide Coin Purse by Primecut, Punched mini pouch by Pine + Boon.
Aug 11, 2015
Curls Even if your hair isn’t curly, protection products, such as Davines Sea Salt Primer will ensure your beach waves are artfully disheveled rather than frizzy. Products for curly hair are often designed for ‘air-drying’, so no heat-activation is required to define texture.
Jul 24, 2015
Select colorways of BEVÉE bags are now up to 50% off as part of the annual summer sale. Don't miss your chance to get a beautifully designed convertible clutch or wallet that goes from desk to date in an instant. Combining European aesthetics with unique design elements, BEVÉE bags are made to keep pace with your busy lifestyle. Wear your BEVÉE bag as a crossbody when you dash out the door in the morning, remove the detachable billfold for quick errands during the day, then transform your bag into a chic clutch for evening. Shop now! The summer sale ends at midnight on Tuesday, July 28th.
Jul 23, 2015
Fashion First is back for the 12th annual show and tickets are going fast. Featuring top-tier retailers in the city including David Lawrence, La Ree, Intermix and Canopy Blue, Fashion First will take place on Sept. 18th at the Showbox Sodo. This year's event has been moved to Friday night and will benefit the Inspire Youth Project and The Crescent Moon Foundation, effortlessly pairing fashion & philanthropy. Just in time for the start of the football season, this year's theme is "12th Fan, 12th Man" so get ready to root for the hometeam. General admission tickets start at $50 and trust me, you don't want to miss out on this Seattle fashion event. More info at www.fashionfirstseattle.com.
Just when you recover from all the fall fashion events in September, you'll be refreshed and ready for Wine, Women & Shoes. Benefitting the Olive Crest Foundation, this stylish event features a fashion show, silent + live auction, shopping, and of course, wine, women and shoes. 2015 marketplace shopping vendors include BEVÉE Bags and JJ Caprices. This year's event will take place on November 12th at the Sheraton in Seattle. Tickets start at $150 and can be found at WineWomenandShoes.com.