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. 

What
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. 

When
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 5-7pm

Where
W Seattle 1112 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Why
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.

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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

Jan 12, 2015

Fashion Alert: Jonquil & Mr Black Studio Sale


If you haven't had the chance to experience the Jonquil & Mr Black line that is designed and produced in Jordan Christianson's Ballard studio, now is the time to see what you've been missing. In honor of his birthday, Jordan is having a major studio sale for a limited time only featuring big discounts on must-have handbags, wallets, bow ties, accessories and more. Shop now or cry later. 


Happy Birthday Jordan!

Jan 7, 2015

Urban Getaway Guide: Bellevue


If you're on the hunt for a great getaway to unwind after a crazy week, the answer may just be right under your nose. In a recent post for PR Couture I discussed the importance of maintaining a healthy work/life balance, especially if your New Years Resolutions involve spending more time with the people you love.  Scheduling a weekend away isn't always possible, which is why I absolutely adore the idea of an in-city staycation. Just a mere 20 minutes east of Seattle, Bellevue is a great getaway spot with plenty of convenient shopping, spa and entertainment options.

Stay                                               
Located in the heart of Bellevue just across the street from The Bellevue Collection Hyatt Regency Bellevue is a stylish place to stay on the Eastside and is connected via sky bridge to more than 250 shops, 45 restaurants and plenty of places to get pampered. Featuring over 700 guestrooms and 55 suites, Hyatt Regency has multiple on-site restaurants and offers guests free weekend parking. On our last girls getaway we stayed in the Mt. Rainier suite which features sweeping views of Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier. The 1500+ square foot room has two bathrooms, a full dining area with seating for up to 8 people, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Bellevue Way and even a separate kitchen area. It's luxurious and absolutely perfect for a girls getaway or romantic weekend.




Shop                                            
You can't book a weekend at the Hyatt Regency without taking full advantage of the nearby shopping at Bellevue Square. With a solid mix of Northwest favorites including Zovo Lingerie, Eddie Bauer, Ex Officio, Zumiez, and ROAD Apparel, the Bellevue Collection also has a variety of designer boutiques including Intermix, Michael Kors, DVF and  Burberry. The Bellevue Nordstrom store is also now home to the first Shoes of Prey Design Studio which enables shoppers to design their own shoes. Beauty fans will want to check out the giant Sephora store to stock up on travel-sized toiletries.




Get Pampered                            
For a traditional spa experience, guests of the Hyatt Regency should head over to Yuan Spa for massages and hydrotherapy. For those looking for a less formal experience, Recoop Spa is another convenient option offering nail treatments, body scrubs, massages and skincare.  Haircare fans will be pleased to know that the Hyatt Regency is also home to Obadiah Salon and the O2 Blow Dry Bar. This is the perfect start for date night or girls night out. The stylists at O2 will transform your hair into a bouncy, manageable mane in less than 40 minutes for $35. For lash addicts, Noir Lash Lounge has a "One Night Stand" service for $20 that includes the application of false lashes for a flirty night on the town.



Dine                                             
So many good places to eat, such little time. On our girls getaway we arrived just in time for happy hour at Suite Lounge, located in the Hyatt Regency. Suite has speciality cocktails and small plates making it a great place to start the night. For dinner, nearby options include Daniel's Broiler, Joey's, Maggiano's Little Italy, and my personal favorite, Palomino's. Coffee addicts will be pleased to find Tully's Coffee in the hotel lobby for an early morning latte fix, or for a quick stop before heading upstairs for brunch at Eques. Tip: The Dungeness crab eggs benedict pairs perfectly with a mimosa!


          // Girls Getaway Checklist //             


Fashion mags to flip through for shopping inspiration 

Champagne, chocolates and candy

Appointments at O2 Blow Dry Bar to make getting ready for girls night a breeze

Dec 29, 2014

New Hair for the New Year: essensuals London

Good hair is hard to come by, especially in Seattle when a good blow dry almost always equals a downpour the next day. First there's the matter of finding a stylist who understands your vision, then there's the drama of the front desk where inflated egos run rampant, and of course, there's pricing. Too little and you know you're in for a hairy ride, too much and you're forced to hide your receipt so that your significant other doesn't know how much you actually spend on your hair. (I've only had to do that once....) The real answer to good hair is a trip to Capitol Hill's newest salon essensuals London. Located on 11th and Madison, essensuals London offers accessible pricing, a friendly vibe and insane amounts of experience from quality stylists who are eager to help you achieve the hair you've been dreaming about. Yes, I do happen to be obsessed with the city, but to me, London is a lifestyle concept that should have it's own hashtag. With cuts starting at $55, pricing is affordable, the staff is welcoming and the salon environment is unmatched in more ways than one.

Boasting a friendly but firm no asshole policy, (which I strongly feel should apply to life in general), salon owners and twin brothers Jason and Robert Townsend welcome guests to experience their minimalist salon that caters to urban clients looking for fashion-forward styling. In addition to giving guests great hair, stylists at essensuals London also focus on educating clients by providing city-centric tips on how to manage their mane. Love a hot shower after a brisk Seattle day? Beware of hot water that can fade your hair color and cause split ends. To prevent damage without sacrificing your shower, clip hair up while shampoo and conditioners soak, then lower the water temp before rinsing. After years of spending excessive amounts of time in salon chairs, I thought I was well-versed on hair care. Turns out, even I learned a few new tricks to keep hair healthy and make it shine.

Jason and Robert grew up in the salon scene and developed a passion for it. Their mother was a stylist and often kept the boys out of trouble by having them sweep floors and clean brushes. These seemingly menial tasks ended up having a major impact on the twins and helped them to develop a strong work ethic that still serves them today. They understand the importance of the salon atmosphere and know how vital it is to shaping the customer experience. At essensuals London you'll find the usual amenities that you would expect at a traditional salon including complimentary coffee and tea, but you'll also find a place that feels familiar because the staff welcomes you like family and makes you feel right at home.



Each stylist at the salon specializes in their craft and takes a collaborative approach to styling clients. In my case, Robert worked on my color and patiently sat through endless pictures of Kim Kardashian on Pinterest so that he could understand my "vision". After the color was complete Jason did the cut and worked on shaping my long layers for maximum movement. The process was seamless and the experience was a lot of fun.

Locavore's will love the fact that many of the salon details are locally sourced including the reception stand and coffee table. Both were made locally by Timber & Ore out of reclaimed wood. The salon sign was also made locally by the artists at Noble Neon.
The atmosphere at essensuals London is inviting and fashion is at the forefront of this community salon. If it's been awhile since your last good hair day, you owe it to yourself to start the New Year off right. Tell the boys I sent you.

Stay tuned for details on the essensuals London grand opening party happening in January!


essensuals London
1156 11th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122

Good to know before you go: Pricing varies by stylist, so if you're on a budget make sure you're paired with someone in your price range when you book.

Dec 10, 2014

City Sweats hosts grand opening event


Seattle's first infrared-focused wellness spa is now open in Madison Park. I did one of their signature sweats a few weeks ago and now I'm a believer. In fact, I lost over a pound of water weight during my first session and felt really good after sweating it out for the 55-minute session. It was a cold day in Seattle and the warm heat felt so good! 

City Sweats offers a variety of spa services including their signature Far Infrared Sauna treatment, massages, Himalayan salt scrubs, lymphatic cleanses, and more. For newbies to this type of spa service, infrared light heat up the body and helps to open pores, release toxins and stimulate the immune system, allowing for deep detoxification. Sweat lodges have been around for hundreds of years as a means to purify and cleanse the body. City Sweats helps make this an accessible wellness regimen for city dwellers looking for an effective way to relax, unwind and ditch toxins. They even have mounted flat screen tv's so that you can watch a movie during your sweat session. I got to watch "The Hunger Games" during my session which definitely appealed to the nerdy, multi-tasker in me. 

If you're curious about infrared saunas you'll want to stop by City Sweats on Saturday, December 13th for a special grand opening event. Starting at 1pm City Sweats will be offering tours of the spa, free massages, tonic shots, fresh juices, spa giveaways, a raffle, and an outdoor s'mores bar for the kids. Special guests include If you purchase a package during the event 50% of the proceeds will benefit Project Violet, a philanthropic effort to drive early drug discovery at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 


1928 43rd Ave. E. 
Seattle, WA 98112


What: City Sweats grand opening event

When: Saturday, Dec. 14th from 1-4pm

Where: 1928 43rd Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98112

Why: Because you promised to make health and wellness a top priority in 2015!



Dec 5, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Prairie Underground Sample Sale



So many shopping events, so little time, but this is one not to be missed. For the first time Prairie Underground will be hosting their annual sample sale in their workshop in Georgetown and their entire team will be on-site to meet guests and help suggest the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list. The sample sale will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm and feature discounts of up to 70% off retail prices on hoodies, jackets, sweatshirts, tunics, leggings and more.

What: Prairie Underground Sample Sale

When: Saturday Dec. 6th and Sunday Dec. 7th

Where: Prairie Underground 940 South Harney St. Seattle, WA 98108

Time: 10am-3pm

Good to know: Free parking. New stock added daily.

Dec 2, 2014

Pure Barre hosts Mine for Cline Donor Drive Sat. Dec. 6th


Join Pure Barre, Gossip & Glamour and Seattle Met style editor Amanda Zurita for the "Mine for Cline" Bone Marrow Donation Drive this Saturday, December 6th. Amanda's five-year-old nephew Cline suffers from a rare blood disorder that causes him to have a depleted immune system putting him at an extremely high risk for illness. That means no school, no playgrounds, no restaurants, no typical kid activities and no hope for a happy, healthy future without a life saving bone marrow transplant. This is where YOU come in. We're hosting a special bone marrow donation drive at three Puget Sound Pure Barre Locations in an effort to get people registered as potential bone marrow donors for Cline and others out there who are waiting on a life-saving transplant. Getting registered is easy, you'll fill out some paper work, swab your cheek and in a few months' time find out if you're a match for Cline, or anyone else on the list. Despite the fact that there are nearly 11 million people on the registry Cline has still not found a match. Help us give hope this holiday season by getting signed up. #MineforCline volunteers will be at the Queen Anne, Green Lake and Bellevue locations ready and waiting to help answer questions and get people signed up. Pure Barre will be doing prize pack giveaways and the first 100 people to sign up and get swabbed will receive a special Mine for Cline hair tie. Come out to support this great cause and help us find a match!


Learn more about Cline's story in this brief video. 

What: Pure Barre Mine for Cline Bone Marrow Donation Drive

When: Saturday, Dec. 6th, 2014 from 7:15am - 2pm

Where: Pure Barre locations including Queen Anne, Green Lake and Bellevue

Why: Because this is a great way to start your weekend and help save lives

Bonus: Newbies to Pure Barre get their first class FREE


Connect with us on social media using hashtag #MineforCline


Beauty Calendar: Bella Fiore Holiday Party


Join Queen Anne's Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa for a special holiday party and open house this Friday, December 5th from 3-6pm. Guests are invited to sign up for complimentary mini facials and can enter to win generous raffle prizes including a laser hair removal package, reflexology session and a microcurrent facial. Shoppers will receive free deluxe samples with purchase and get an additional raffle ticket for every $100 spent. In addition to beauty and wellness services, Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa stocks a variety of great products that are perfect for the gift giving season including Kari Gran Skin Care, Gallipot, One Love Organics and more. Guests will also enjoy light snacks and refreshments while socializing and sipping on seasonal egg nog. Don't miss out on exclusive holiday pricing on select packages the night of the party only.

If you haven't stopped by to check out Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa this is a great opportunity to meet the staff, get a tour, check out the service offerings and learn more about their approach to skincare and overall wellness. Ashley from One Love Organics will also be on-site at the party to answer questions about the product line and meet guests. RSVP now at bellafioremedspa.com/bella-fiore-holiday-party.


Holiday Spa Specials
3 Kona Treatments for $475 
(regularly $225/each)

6 Microcurrent facials for $500 
(regularly $125/each)

6 Laser Hair Removal sessions (small area) $500 
(regularly $1050)


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Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa
1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. #103
Seattle, WA 98109


Dec 1, 2014

Shopping Event: Ladies night at Recoop Spa


Join Recoop Spa in Bellevue this Thursday night from 4-8pm for a special ladies night event featuring discounted pricing on manicures, pedicures, mini massages and facials. Guests will also be invited to shop locally for everyone on their holiday list from Seattle e-commerce boutique JJ Caprices. Come relax and enjoy an evening of sipping, shopping, spa treatments and more with Recoop Spa. Call 425-429-3323 to reserve your spot.


// Ladies Night Treatment Specials //
$15 Coop manicure
$20 Coop pedicure
$50 Quick Fix 30-min massage
$50 Time Saver 30-min facial

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// JJ Caprices Shopping Sneak Peak //




Recoop Spa
925 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Fashion News: essensuals London opens on Capitol Hill


British high fashion will meet Pacific Northwest cool on December 2nd with the opening of essensuals London, a boutique hair salon located on Capitol Hill. Part of the TONI&GUY UK brand the new salon is the first essensuals London location on the West Coast. The salon, owned and operated by twin brothers Jason and Robert Townsend, will offer a complete range of cut, color and styling services specializing in fashion-forward looks for everyday wear. "Seattle is a city full of trend-setters and the rest of the nation is taking notice. We wanted to be part of the excitement which is why we made the decision to open our salon in Seattle," says owner Jason Townsend, who recently relocated from Beverly Hills. The philosophy of the salon is to provide creativity, quality and consistency at an affordable price. In addition to styling services guests will also have access to stylists who can offer customized tips on hair care products and make recommendations on styling tools that will help make daily styling a breeze. Haircuts start at $55.



essensuals London
1156 11th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122


Nov 23, 2014

Fashion News: Zebra Club launches e-commerce site for women


Fashion fans- please say hello to ZebraClub.com a new online speciality boutique exclusively for women brought to you by Seattle-based retailer Zebra Club. Featuring emerging and established designers including luxury knitwear brand Loma of London, Brookyln-based Ace & Jig, British equestrian brand Lavenham and vintage inspired clothing by Lauren Moffatt, the new boutique is a carefully curated mix of brands designed for an effortless yet fashion forward lifestyle. The new site features apparel, outerwear and accessories and the assortment will continue to expand for spring 2015. The merchandise on the site is an entirely different assortment than the merchandise you'll find in Zebra Club stores, so get online and check out what's new. 

Here's a peek at some of the merchandise available now on ZebraClub.com. 

Ace & Jig

Lauren Moffatt


Lavenham

Loma of London

Fidelity Sportswear




Follow ZebraClub on Instagram and leave a comment letting us know what's on your holiday wish list and you'll be entered to win a $200 gift card to shop for your holiday favorites on ZebraClub.com. Use hashtag #ShopZebraClub so that we can find your entry. Good luck!