Apr 16, 2015

Gray magazine presents "The Sorrento Sessions"

Gray magazine recently kicked off The Sorrento Sessions, a five-part series of panel discussions featuring talented designers and creative thinkers in the Northwest. The first sold-out session took place on April 9th and featured architect George Suyama, Bellevue Arts Museum curator Jennifer Navva Milliken, and furniture designer Brent Comber among others. In partnership with the Interior Design Show West, The Sorrento Sessions encourage creative conversations for trade and design enthusiasts. The next event, "Remix Culture & Cross-Disciplinary Design" is taking place on May 5th and will include a panel discussion highlighting bright design stars in the region who will share their experience crossing into unexpected design territories and shed light on why this practice will soon become the new standard.

What: The Sorrento Sessions "Remix Culture & Cross-Disciplinary Design"

When: Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 from 6-8pm

Where: Sorrento Hotel 900 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

Tickets: $10 via EventBrite

Apr 14, 2015

Calling all #WomenthatDo

I'm excited to share that Seattle-based BEVEE bags recently highlighted me as part of their #WomenthatDo campaign that features inspiring women who are working, thriving and giving back to their communities. Sasha Muir, founder of BEVEE, designed the collection with working women in mind, knowing that a functional, convertible clutch was the perfect compliment to a fast-paced lifestyle. The BEVEE bags moves with women throughout their day allowing them to convert the bag from a clutch to a crossbody in a click. Other women who have been profiled include Katrina Koo of The Demure Muse and Joanna Lord of Porch.com. I'm thrilled to be part of a stylish and engaging conversation that encourages #WomenthatDo to keep moving, shaking and making things happen. In the post you'll find my favorite tips for being productive, a few tweetables to share, the advice I would have given to my younger self and of course, my favorite BEVEE bag from the collection. >> Read the full story on BEVEE.com 

Apr 12, 2015

JJ Caprices to host Global Style Trunk Show at Hotel Max

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th and now is the time to start thinking about the perfect gift. Fortunately for you, Jennifer Jedda of JJCaprices.com has curated a gorgeous assortment of global jewelry that is just right for the occasion. Her latest buying trip took her to Paris, Rome, Scotland, Sicily and Turkey, and she's hand-selected incredible pieces just for this event. Come meet Jen is person, check out her new arrivals, see pics from her travels and get a jump start on your Mother's Day shopping. 

JJ Caprices Global Style Trunk Show

Saturday, April 25th 2015 from 4-6pm

Hotel Max 620 Stewart St. Seattle, WA 98101

Because you have wanderlust and shopping the curated selection of jewelry from around the globe is the only thing that will hold you over until your next trip. 

Good to Know:
Happy Hour pricing from Miller's Guild will be available for event guests from 4-5pm

Apr 8, 2015

Elizabeth Roberts featured in Lucky Shops

Local love is the best kind

Local line Elizabeth Roberts is getting some major love this week. One of the floral anorak coats from her line was featured in a Lucky Shops story titled "23 Killer Rain Coats you'll actually want to wear". The jacket was also featured by Hollywood style blogger and stylist Elshane of Elshane's World. The blonde beauty wore the Elizabeth Roberts coat during a spring style shoot for her site. 
To learn more about the line or shop for a spring coat of your own, visit Elizabeth Roberts online at www.elizabethroberts.us 

Apr 6, 2015

Wear Wednesdays to feature Seattle designer Brian Cuddy

Join the W Seattle for the monthly Wear Wednesdays style series this Wed. 4/8 featuring Seattle designer Brian Cuddy. Known for his colorful graphic prints, Brian is a former Design Director from Nordstrom and his namesake line was showcased at Bellevue's Independent Designer Runway Show last fall. Guests will enjoy happy hour pricing throughout the event from TRACE Bar and 20% of all proceeds from food and beverage will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign in support of marriage equality. Bring a friend and come enjoy this stylish night out on the town.

What: Wear Wednesdays at the W featuring Brian Cuddy

When: Wednesday, 4/8 from 5-7pm

Where: W Seattle 1112 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Why: Because you love fashion and revel at the chance to mix and mingle with fashion colleagues and friends.

Cost: This is a complimentary event.

For a live stream of event photos and updates follow @WSeattle on Instagram!

Apr 3, 2015

5 spring trends and where to buy them locally

Spring is officially here and now is the time to stock up on seasonal must-haves from Seattle's best designers and boutiques. Here's a look at our top 5 favorites for the season. 

// Pretty Pastels //
Sorbet-inspired colors are "in" for spring '15 as seen on the runway at shows like Alice + Olivia and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Soft pinks, purples and pistachino colors are an easy way to incorporate delicate pastels into your wardrobe. If the thought of wearing full pastels is intimidating, opt for a pastel colored bag instead, like the Continental Clutch from Seattle-based BEVEEshown above.

// Perfectly Perf //
This season I'm smitted by anything and everything perforated. This trend started out in the athleisure space and has quickly taken over just about every fashion category you can imagine including bags, skirts, tops, dresses and even outerwear. Keep it simple with a pair of easy flats by Seattle-based Dolce Vita (pictured above) available locally at Moorea Seal. Pair these with jeans for a laid-back spring look.

// The New Bohemian //
Versatile and easy to wear, the new crop of boho-inspired dresses for spring are an absolute must for your seasonal shopping list. Available in crisp cottons, soft silks and even lace, the boho dress is the perfect way to step out in style this spring. Shown above, the Avril dress from Tryb, available locally at ZebraClub.com

// Ornate Accessories // 
If there's one thing you splurge on this season it should be your accessories, especially if you decide to go back to the basics with your wardrobe. Ornate, embellished accessories are IN for spring '15 making it a great time to have fun with global-inspired statement jewelry, like the Turkish necklace shown above, available locally at JJCaprices.com.

// Effortless Outerwear // 
Easy pieces that can instantly pull together an entire look are essential for spring. I love this organic cotton "Tarapaulin" jacket from Seattle-based Prairie Underground. With an asymmetrical zip detail this jacket is light-weight and pairs perfectly with dresses or pants. 

Mar 31, 2015

Stylish Getaway Guide: NYC

New York is a city filled with wonder and possibility which is why it's such an incredible place to visit and find inspiration. After just returning from a power-packed, four-day, girls getaway to the big city I'm still feeling the buzz. Here are my top picks on the best places in NYC to stay, spa, sip and shop.

The Belvedere has quickly become one of my favorite places to stay in the city. Located in midtown near the Theater District, The Belvedere is clean, centrally located and perhaps most importantly, bed-bug free. The rooms are a good size by NYC standards and the bathrooms feature luxurious marble flooring. This hotel is within walking distance of Times Square and close to numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and markets. www.belvederehotelnyc.com

The highlight of the trip was definitely our visit to Bliss 57 Spa. Let's just say there's a reason this spa has a cult following. I splurged on the signature "FatGirlSlim" toning treatment which consists of dry brushing followed by a trouble-spot-targeting seaweed mask, a heated wrap, a waist-targeting rubdown with "The Love Handler" followed by a generous application of the infamous Bliss "Fat Girl Slim" firming cream. The 75-minute treatment was amazing and I definitely noticed a difference in my skin tone and texture after the service. I can't wait for my next spa day! www.blissworld.com

For those that crave local and organic food, don't miss Blue Dog Kitchen. It's now on our "must-list" next time we visit the city and just talking about it makes us hungry all over again. Located in midtown, this cafe + juice bar has a fun, cozy atmosphere and serves fresh food that is beautifully plated. Start off with a fresh-pressed juice (made on their Norwalk Juice press) before your meal. I had the "Knight in Armor" juice which consists of apple, lemon, double ginger and cayenne. It had a kick and I loved every sip! For brunch, try the breakfast sandwich on a croissant with egg whites, turkey bacon and avocado. www.bluedognyc.com

As I write this I'm now on day #5 of my Dry Bar blow-out and I promise it looks just as good as it did on day one. Whenever I'm in NYC I take full advantage of Dry Bar because it's quick, easy and convenient. I have really long, thick hair and not having to worry about washing or styling my while I travel is well worth the $40 price tag. Dry Bar offers several styling options to choose from and has experience with all hair types. Style tip: To make your blow out last as long as possible try the Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo.  www.thedrybar.com

We left midtown and spent an entire afternoon shopping in Soho and it was well worth the trek. In Soho you'll find Zara, Uniqlo, Topshop, Mango, Bloomingdale's and many other places to experience a little retail therapy. Soho is crowded and the fitting room lines are long, so plan accordingly. If you need a pick-me-up while shopping, stop by the IT'SUGAR store for a sweet treat. 

If you're heading uptown, shopping on fifth avenue is another safe bet. You'll find Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Tiffany & Co., Moncler and more. Keep going until you hit Central Park so that you can take a breather with a quick cappuccino in the park. 

Easy walking shoes with a square heel for a maximum comfort while strolling the city

Multi-tasking makeup: Benefit's Lollitint works as a lip and cheek stain, saving valuable space in your cosmetics bag

A convertible clutch that easily transforms from day to night 
Pictured above: BEVEE Continental Clutch

An easy leather jacket that goes with everything and pulls together an entire look
Pictured above: Leather Moto Jacket from Topshop

Mar 25, 2015

Spring '15 Inspiration & Style Challenge

My love affair with fashion started a long time ago and this season along with being inspired by the gorgeous colors and playful trends seen on the runway, I'm inspired by the feelings they evoke. This year I'd like to spark a more meaningful style conversation and talk about the designers and brands that are pushing innovative new ideas to the forefront of fashion. This approach to style allows us to integrate the apparel and accessories we love and examine the lifestyles we lead and how our favorite pieces play into them. What's significant about style is not the price of a dress, the size, or even the designer for that matter. What's really noteworthy when we discuss style is how it makes us feel and whether or not it inspires us to live life fully and be present in the moments that bring us joy.

This season Seattle-based Porch.com asked style bloggers to participate in a "Spring Style Challenge" that involved styling an outfit inspired by a room created by one of their design professionals. I loved the versatility and rich colors in the photo (shown above) designed by New York interior designers Marks & Frantz. Their ability to mix pieces from multiple time periods and play with various shapes and textures is exactly my shared sentiment for spring. I love the colorful chandelier in the center photo and adore the way it captivates the room. Gold is one of my favorite accent colors (as seen in the shoes I'm wearing at top) and in the far left and far right photos you can see the careful use of gold-plated accents that bring an element of sophistication to each room. 

Corey Dress from Pipe & Row in Fremont paired with Spring '15 color inspiration from Marks & Frantz Interior Design, New York 

Seattle is fortunate to be home to many creative designers and amazing boutiques, each brimming with fresh picks for spring. I headed to Fremont's Pipe & Row boutique to peruse the selection and pick up the Corey dress (shown above). Featuring a nod to the 70's-inspired wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg, this dress has everything I love (colors, pockets, prints) all wrapped (literally) into one beautiful piece. The long sleeves make this a great dress for spring's transitional weather and the mix of colors makes it easy to pair with a wide variety of accessories. 

This season my style challenge to you is to have more fun with fashion. Play with color, texture and trends by adding in signature style elements that feel right to you. Stroll through neighborhood boutiques, pick up a fresh bouquet of flowers and savor the arrival of this beautiful season and the possibilities that it brings. 

Here are a few of my favorite style picks for Spring '15

Best shoe to run around the city: Vince Camuto leather caged sandals, $129.95

Accessory you can wear with anything: J.Crew Hexagon Bangle, $29.50

Most versatile bag: BEVEE Convertible clutch with detachable chain, $190

Style with a story: Druzy Quartz ring from Turkey via JJ Caprices.com, $149

Effortless dress for everyday wear: Corey Wrap Dress from Pipe & Row in Fremont, $189

Color Crush: Marc Jacobs lipstick in Bold Rose, $30

Mar 9, 2015

AIS presents Runway District fashion show

The Art Institute student fashion show is almost here and tickets are going fast. This year's theme is "Runway District" and the show will take place on Thursday, March 19th. Two show times are available, 5pm and 8pm. Use promo code GOSSIP for $10 off your ticket. The evening will include a live auction and raffle to benefit Redeeming Soles, an organization that provides footwear to the underprivileged. This is the 17th annual fashion show so please consider showing your support of Seattle's emerging fashion talent. 

What: Runway District Fashion Show presented by The Art Institute of Seattle

When: Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Where: AXIS Pioneer Square 308 First Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104

Time: Shows at 5pm and 8pm 

Tickets: Available at TicketLeap.com. Use promo code GOSSIP for $10 off your ticket

Mar 2, 2015

Canopy Blue hosts personal styling event

Need help shopping for spring? Join personal stylist Megan Kophs of Style Remix and Canopy Blue as they dive into spring fashion trends to benefit the Ben Towne Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. The event is taking place on Wednesday, March 11th from 12-3pm for mid-day shoppers and again from 5-8pm for those that prefer to shop after work.

What: Canopy Blue personal styling event with Style Remix

When: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Where: Canopy Blue 3121 E. Madison St. Suite #104 Seattle, WA 98112

Time: 12-3pm and 5-8pm

Feb 25, 2015

Wear Wednesday announces Spring Style Edit

Join Seattle fashion insiders for a spring style conversation on Wednesday, March 18th from 5-7pm. As part of the Wear Wednesday series, the Spring Style Edit will feature seasonal picks from the editors of Seattle Met, Seattle, Gray and Seattle Refined. Seattle style bloggers will also join the fashion conversation by sharing their spring style inspiration via an outfit of the day photo showcasing their favorite trend for the season. 

Wear Wednesday at the W: Spring Style Edit featuring seasonal picks from Ali Brownrigg of Seattle magazine, Amanda Zurita of Seattle Met, Rachel Gallaher of Gray magazine, and Alyson Andrews of Seattle Refined. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 5-7pm

W Seattle 1112 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Because talking about fashion is almost as much fun as shopping for it. Join us for this fun, informal, creative conversation about spring style in Seattle!

Featured bloggers to be announced soon! Follow the fashion conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WearWednesday. 

Feb 5, 2015

The perfect card for your sweet Valentine

Sad Shop recently unveiled a new series of cards just in time for Valentine's Day! These cards are the perfect way to cut to the chase and tell someone exactly how you feel. Sad Shop cards are available locally at Queen Anne Books, Horseshoe, Elliot Bay Book Co. and Phinney Books. You can also shop online at http://sadshop.etsy.com. 

Sad Shop x Nordstrom

Come meet artist Katie Davis in person at the downtown Seattle Nordstrom store this Thursday and Friday for a Valentine's Day pop-up shop. She'll be helping shoppers pick out the perfect card for everyone on their list. 

What: Sad Shop Valentine's Day Pop-Up

When: Thursday 2/12 and Friday 2/13 from 4-8pm 

Where: Nordstrom 500 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101 (Level One)

Why: Because Valentine's Day is this Saturday and there's still time to make someone smile

Enter to win: Fifty Shades of Grey tickets

You've read the book. You know the story. Now it's time to see the movie. In other words, it's ladies night! We've got 10 pairs of tickets to give away to the pre-screening of Fifty Shades of Grey at Pacific Place on Wednesday, Feb. 11th at 7pm. To enter all you need to do is follow @Sydlovesfashion on Twitter and leave a comment below telling us what what colors you'll pair with grey for spring 2015.

Rafflecopter giveaway 

Good luck! Contest ends on 2/9/15 at 12pm PST.  Follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #FiftyShades.

Jan 27, 2015

Fashion Calendar: Brooks releases limited edition #12thFan Shoes

12th Fans get ready because Brooks Running is releasing a limited-edition shoe on Saturday that you need to complete your game day look. Say hello to the Brooks Emerald Chariot, a brand new addition to the Brooks Heritage Collection. Featuring a Seahawks-inspired blue and green color scheme the Emerald Chariot celebrates the spirit of Seattle as the team heads to Super Bowl 49. The shoes retail for $89.99 and will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last at Brooks Trailhead (3400 Stone Way N.) in Fremont this Saturday, January 31st, 2015. Doors open at 9am. Get your gear just in time for the big game! Go Hawks!

What: Brooks Emerald Chariot limited edition shoe release

When: Saturday, January 31, 2015. Doors open at 9am. Be there early. You're crazy if you think there won't be a line. 

Where: Brooks Trailhead 3400 Stone Way N. - Fremont

Why: Because you love this city and you want to show your 12th Fan Pride! (and also because you can justify anything when it's limited edition) 

Don't forget to follow @BrooksRunning on Instagram!

Jan 21, 2015

Lisa Bridge unveils new jewelry line for Ben Bridge

Sourcing design inspiration from around the globe and right here in the Northwest, fifth generation Bridge family member Lisa Bridge recently unveiled an exclusive line of jewelry for Ben Bridge. The line features a bold, modern aesthetic and is composed of precious metals and real gemstones. As a certified gemologist and jewelry designer, Lisa's collection carefully bridges the gap between fashion accessories and fine jewelry. No pun intended. Prices range from $79 for a silver bracelet to $899 for a Labradorite and Moonstone necklace. Shop the collection online at BenBridge.com

Lisa Bridge Rutilated Quarts Earrings, $499

Lisa Bridge Hexagonal Labradorite Ring, $399

Lisa Bridge Rose Quartz Ring, $399

Lisa Bridge Agate & Chalcedony Earrings, $499

Lisa Bridge Blue Chalcedony Necklace, $599

Meet Lisa
Lisa Bridge will be hosting the next SMLunch at The World Trade Center on February 10th where she will discuss how Ben Bridge utilizes digital media platforms to connect with consumers. Tickets are $25 and available via Brown Paper Tickets