Oct 22, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Get Hitched, Give Hope

The 7th annual Get Hitched, Give Hope wedding auction and gala is here! The event will give guests an opportunity to shop for wedding foods and services while giving back to a great cause. All proceeds benefit the Dream Foundation, which delivers final dreams to those that have been given a terminal diagnosis, and The Young Survival Coalition which provides education and support to young women living with breast cancer. This year's event emcees are Brooke & Jubal from Movin 92.5 and the presenting sponsors are Seattle Met Bride & Groom and MyWedding.com. Seattle e-commerce boutique JJ Caprices will also be on-site sharing her beautiful selection of bridal jewelry with guests. Online ticket sales have ended, so expect to pay an additional $10 per ticket at the door. But don't worry, you'll still have a fabulous time and all event proceeds go toward a great cause!

What: Get Hitched, Give Hope

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6pm

Where: Four Seasons 99 Union St. Seattle, WA 98101

Tickets: Available at the door starting at $55 for general admission

Oct 20, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Closet Karma Holiday Party

No need to wait until Black Friday to score amazing deals on your favorite designer labels. Closet Karma on Queen Anne is hosting a special shopping party on November 5th to help you stock up on all your style essentials before hitting the holiday party circuit. The "Better than Black Friday" event will feature an array of hand-selected merchandise that is perfect for the holiday season including dresses, handbags, jackets, scarves, shoes and of course, the finishing touch to any great outfit, accessories. Closet Karma's selection of brands includes Trina Turk, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel, Christian Dior and even Gucci, at a fraction of the retail price.

Guests will sip wine and enjoy light refreshments as they shop the edited selection of merchandise and support a small business owner on the hill! The event will also include special offers and giveaways from SkinMD, Noonday, Robert Ramsay Cellars and Snap Custom Sewing & Alterations. Check out new arrivals on the Closet Karma Facebook fan page. See you there!

What: Closet Karma "Better than Black Friday" Holiday Party

When: Wednesday, Nov. 5th, 2014 from 6-9pm

Where: 2544 13th Ave. W. Seattle, WA 98109

Why: Because it's ok to love designer apparel and accessories without having to break the bank.

RSVP: amy.shopclosetkarma@gmail.com

Oct 14, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Wine, Women & Shoes

The annual Wine, Women & Shoes event is taking place this Thursday, October 16th at the Four Seasons hotel in Downtown Seattle. Guests will enjoy a runway show featuring fall fashion with hair and make-up by Rosaline Hampton, mingle with "shoe guys" serving up this season's must-have shoes on silver platters, shopping from a multi-designer marketplace including fashion from Karan Dannenberg Clothier and David Tupaz, refreshments from Tom Douglas and Wild Ginger, and a chance to bid on an assortment of splurgy-worthy auction items. Guests won't want to miss their chance to win the key to the closet featuring over $10,000 worth of merchandise! This year's event will benefit The Olive Crest Foundation. VIP tickets are sold out but a limited number of general admission tickets are still available for $150. Dress to impress because Seattle style blogger Jess Estrada will be on the red carpet to award one stylish guest of the evening with the honor of the "best shoe" award. It's time to sip, shop and savor all for a great cause!

What: Wine, Women & Shoes

When: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 -  Doors open at 5:30pm

Where: Four Seasons 99 Union St. Seattle, WA 98101

Tickets: WineWomenandShoes.com/OliveCrest

Oct 2, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Stockroom sale at Horseshoe

If you were looking for a great excuse to add to your fall wardrobe, you've just found it. Horseshoe will be hosting it's annual stockroom on October 9th from 7-10pm. Guests will get to shop last season's goods for seriously low prices and when the goods are gone, they're gone. The best items go quickly and only 25 people will be allowed in the store at a time. A few things you should know before you go:
1) Cash only
2) Everything is final sale
3) There will be no fitting rooms. Wear layers so that you can easily try on garments. 

Make it a girls night and head to the back bar at Bastille after you shop. If you're feeling frisky, order the millionaire punch. Happy shopping!

What: Horseshoe stockroom sale

When: Thursday, October 7th, 2014

Where: Horseshoe 5344 Ballard Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98107

Time: 7-10pm

Sep 30, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Gary Graham Trunk Show

Seattle boutique Les Amis is hosting an exclusive Gary Graham trunk show on Thursday, October 2nd from 4-8pm. Stop by to check out the fall collection and meet Gary in person. Known for his visionary eye and passion for the craft, Gary's fall collection features signature elements including dyed fabrics, fluid silhouettes and intricate detailing. Since his line launched in 1999 his designs have been featured in numerous fashion publications around the world include Vogue, Elle and Glamour. "Everything is oversized and drapey," Graham told Style.com while referencing a twill canvas coat that can be worn upside down for an eclectic effect (pictured below right). Check out the entire fall collection here.

What: Gary Graham Fall Trunk Show

When: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Where: Les Amis 3420 Evanston Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103 in Fremont

Time: 4-8pm

More info: www.lesamis-inc.com

Sep 19, 2014

Bellefleur Lingerie presents The Enchantment Hotel

Tickets are on sale now for The Enchantment Hotel, the 2014 Bellefleur Lingerie Fashion Show. The event will showcase new collections of designer lingerie in a fun and theatrical way making it a great night on the town with friends, or even a sultry date night. The evening will include an open bar, DJ Michael Duncan from Miked Up Productions, swag bags, door prizes and more. Bring in a new or gently used bra and you'll receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a fabulous prize including lingerie sets, gift certificates and more. 100% of event proceeds will benefit Free the Girls, a non-profit organization that helps the victims of human trafficking. Robert Ramsay Cellars and Odin Brewing Co. will be on-site to keep you hydrated. Get your tickets for this luxe lingerie fashion show now!

What: The Enchantment Hotel

When: Friday, October 3, 2014

Where: Fremont Foundry 154 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103

Time: 8pm

Tickets: $100 via BellefleurLingerie.com

Sep 18, 2014

Kari Gran Skin Care on Sale Now

There are still a few more days to take advantage of the 1st annual Kari Gran Skin Care sale! Now through Sunday shoppers can save 20% on Kari Gran's famous Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Tonic, Essential Serum and even her signature Lip Whip. This sale only comes once a year, so if you love natural skin care products you'll want to take advantage of this amazing sale! The entire line is organic and handcrafted in small batches right here in Seattle.

Stylish Seattle Getaway: Suncadia

Style, serenity and sunshine come together beautifully at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. Just a mere 80 miles east of Seattle the gorgeous views will take your breath away. If you've ever felt too plugged in when you'd rather rather zen out, you're in luck. Suncadia Resort is well worth the drive and you'll feel instantly relaxed the moment you hit the lodge. This is an easy getaway that will leave you recharged and ready to take on the week ahead.

The What: Weekend escape to Suncadia Resort

The When:
Suncadia can be enjoyed year-round. During the summer months guests will enjoy swimming, outdoor concerts in the amphitheater, s'mores, evening strolls under the stars, and outdoor dining. The winter months are perfect for enjoying a glass of wine near the fireplace, ice skating, snowshoe trekking, and even sleigh rides with the kids.

The Why:
Because according to CNN Money, taking a break from work is when people come up with their best ideas. Translation: you'll basically be multi-tasking.

The How:
My vehicle of choice for road trips to Suncadia is the Lexus RX450 Hybrid. You get all the luxury you would expect from a Lexus with the added environmental benefit of reduced emissions. It gets 32 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway making it fuel efficient and fun to drive. The dual-screen rear entertainment center is pretty awesome too! My son loved watching Star Wars from the backseat.

The Details:
Our weekend at Suncadia was incredibly relaxing from start to finish. Upon arrival we had lunch at Portals restaurant located in The Lodge and since it was sunny outside we ate on the terrace and enjoyed sweeping views of the Cle Elum River and the Cascade Mountains. This was such an easy getaway from the city that felt so close, and yet so far away. The guest rooms are clean and comfortable with all the amenities you would expect. What I love most about Suncadia is that you can essentially choose your own adventure. One day might include breakfast in bed followed by a stroll around the property and an afternoon swim in the pool, while the next day might begin with a sunrise hike followed by a day at the spa lounging in the mineral pools after a hot stone massage.

What to Pack:
The sunny days get hotter in Cle Elum that in Seattle, so if you head over in the summer months you'll want to pack shorts, tanks, dresses and a swimsuit. If you head over in the winter be sure to pack a coat that is water resistant and warm for your outdoor adventures. In the evenings I found myself wanting to curl up next to the fireplace in soft, comfortable pajamas, so be sure to pack those too!

What to know before you go:

  • Request the river view when you book your stay. The views are incredible and they get even better at night when the stars come out!
  • In the evenings the resort usually has entertainment in the lodge near the fireplace. Grab a glass of wine from the bar, sit back and enjoy. 
  • There are two swimming pools on-site. One that is located just steps from the lodge  that is mellow and great for adults and a second pool that is kid-friendly just a 5 minute walk away.
  • If you can't imagine a weekend without Starbucks, never fear. There's a coffee bar located near the lobby that makes a decent cup of joe and they also stock snacks, sandwiches and lunch items that are perfect for picnics. 

Sep 10, 2014

This weekend: The NFL Fan Style Tour Truck hits Issaquah

Football is a family affair at our house and thankfully I don't have to sacrifice style in order to support the Seahawks. In fact, there are so many flattering fan gear options available this year that I'll have to start rotating my gameday outfits. Seahawks fans won't want to miss the NFL Fan Style Tour Truck this Saturday, September 13th in Issaquah. The 53' foot trailer will offer plenty of shopping opportunities for fans and feature an NFL Virtual Dressing Room, Rush Zone merchandise, an NFL Auction Area with signed jerseys, and much more.

So what's the best way to show off your style with your gameday look?
NFL Creative Director of Women's Apparel Phillip Bloch gives us a few fashion tips.

If you're going for an athletic + chic look, Phillip recommends side-striped workout pants paired with an NFL tank, complemented by stilettos and a bold jacket. Pictured above: Seahawks tri-blend vintage tank (available at NFLshop.com), Gorjana bracelet (available at ShopBop.com), suede trimmed wool track pants by Joseph (available at Net-a-Porter.com), Trouve reversible biker jacket (available at Nordstrom), Asos leather wallet, Steve Madden Insaniti Pumps.
Another fun way to style your fan gear this season is to pair a 60's inspired silhouettes with NFL clothing and sports gear to give it a modern twist. For example, a varsity-inspired cardigan worn with a 60's style vintage dress. Pictured above: Dallas Cowboys Pro Line cardigan (available at NFLshop.com), Topshop floral weave dress, DVF Ziggy Oxfords (available at Nordstrom).

And for the workaholic: Throw on a classic blazer and pair with an NFL t-shirt and your favorite pair of jeans. Pictured above: Maison Martin Margiela blazer (available at Net-a-Porter.com), Seahawks tee (available at NFLshop.com), Rag & Bone Denim, Kate Spade wristlet (available at Zappos.com).

Have with your gameday gear this season and don't miss out on the NFL Fan Style tour stop this weekend in Issaquah!

What: NFL Fan Style Tour Truck

When: Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Where: Sports Authority 1185 NW Gilman Blvd. Issaquah, WA 98027

Why: Because you need new fan gear for gameday #GoHawks

Time: 11am-3pm

Stay Social: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @NFLFanStyle

Update: Don't miss the Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz at the event from 11:30-12:30pm, the Sea Gals from 12:30-2:30pm and a special appearance by Marcus Trufant from 1-2:30pm.

Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway Sept. 20th

The countdown to this year's Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway show continues! Taking place at the Paramount Theatre on September 20th this year's show will feature a variety of downtown retailers including Butch Blum, Columbia Sportswear, The Finerie, Mario's, Nordstrom, OSKA, sandylew, Suitsupply and more. Hosted by Seattle Met Style Editor Laura Cassidy and KIRO TV's Alexis Smith the evening will begin at 6:30pm on the red carpet with stylish photos, followed by the runway show at 8pm and a special after party for VIP's at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Come celebrate fall fashion in the city and get your tickets now! Join the fashion conversation on Twitter and Instagram by using hashtag #SEArunway.

What: Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway presented by Delta Air Lines and KeyBank

When: Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014 from 6:30-9pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre 911 Pine St. Seattle

Tickets: $50-175 available here

SEVEN Ignites Runway with high-fashion hair show at Bellevue Fashion Week

SEVEN salon will be hosting it's 6th annual Illuminessence hair show at Bellevue Fashion Week on Sunday, September 28th at 7pm. The evening will feature alluring cuts, dramatic color and style inspiration in a 60-minute contemporary runway show that pushes the creative envelope and showcases the cutting-edge talent of SEVEN stylists. In anticipation of the show, SEVEN salon Creative Team leader Jaclyn Beith shares her top picks of the season with Seattle Boutique Blogspot. 

For those with long, glorious locks, the DIY updo is completely in vogue this season. These styles range from the messy ballerina bun, disheveled braids and twists, to all types of ponytails. It also embraces the 'New Wave' which means letting natural waves come through. To enhance natural waves use SEVEN luxury haircare's BOOST and BEACH sprays to create texture. 

The color must-haves for fall include everything from the traditional fiery auburns to rich brunettes. For those who wish to stand out, it's all about bright vivids, jewel tones and soft, cooler tones. Try an all-over dusting of color if you want to test the waters, or do an ombre with color at the tips. Tip: To protect hair and prevent fading try SUN Spray by SEVEN salon. 
"Haircut trends are all over the map this season, which is awesome!" says Jaclyn, "It has everyone wearing something that works for them as opposed to wearing what's "hot" now." The biggest trend at the moment is the "wavy lob", which Karlie Kloss debuted last year. If you're in need of something different but don't want to commit to short hair this might be your new 'do. Tip: If you're using hot tools to bring out your natural wave be sure to try DIAMOND Serum to add shine and tame frizzies. 

Tickets to the show can be purchased at SEVEN salon locations in Seattle and Bellevue and range from $85 for general admission to $105 for VIP access. For a limited time only, SEVEN is hosting a special promotion for guests to buy one ticket and receive a second complimentary ticket. Purchase online and use promo code GEN2F1 for general admission and VIP2F1 for VIP tickets. 

Seattle Boutique Blogspot is giving away 2 tickets to the Illuminessence show! Simply follow @Sydlovesfashion on Twitter and tweet: "I want to win tickets to the @7salon Illuminessence hair show at #BellevueFW from @Sydlovesfashion" for a chance to win. Contest ends Sept. 24th, 2014. 

Sep 3, 2014

Seattle's Fall 2014 Fashion Calendar

So many shows. So little time. Or should I say, so many outfits to plan? It's officially September and Seattle has quite the line-up of fall fashion events. Here's everything you need to know about where to go, what to do, and who'll you see at these stylish events happening around the city.

September 11th, 2014
Fashion First
Celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year, Fashion First is back on September 11th with this year's theme, "Fashion, Fun and Firefighters". Showcasing independent Seattle boutiques including La Ree, David Lawrence, Ragamoffyns, Blue Luna, Ketch, Mercer and Canopy Blue, Fashion First is a must-see show to kick off the fall fashion season. Doors open for VIP's at 6pm at The Showbox Sodo. More info at www.fashionfirstseattle.com.

September 14, 2014
Champagne Brunch with Giuliana Rancic
Join style expert Giuliana Rancic as she hosts a special champagne brunch and fall runway fashion show to benefit her charity Fab-U-Wish, which grants fashion and beauty themed wishes to cancer survivors. The runway show will be produced by Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle and feature fall fashion trends from Westfield retailers at Southcenter Mall. The event begins at 9am in Macy's Court. Tickets are $50 and include a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of Giuliana's Gorgeous Giveaways and valet parking. All event proceeds benefit Fab-U-Wish.

September 20th, 2014
Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway
Celebrating it's third year in a new location, Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway is back and better than ever. This year's fashion line-up includes Butch Blum, Club Monaco, The Finerie, Mario's, Nordstrom, sandylew, Suitsupply and more. The show will be hosted by Seattle Met Style Editor Laura Cassidy and take place at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets range from $50-175.

September 24, 2014
Independent Designer Runway Show 
Ten local designers will compete for the grand prize at this year's Independent Designer Runway Show at Bellevue Fashion Week including Rebekah Adams, April Pride, Kristie Metcalf and more. Tickets start at $50. Come celebrate Seattle fashion and support emerging designers. This is a great show serving as the perfect kick-off for Bellevue Fashion Week.

September 27, 2014
Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue
This runway fashion show features fall fashion trends straight from the pages of Vogue. 100% of ticket proceeds benefit The Moyer Foundation at this very stylish night out on the Eastside. This is a 21+ event and tickets start at $100. Doors open at 6:15pm and VIP guests will enjoy a post-show cocktail reception at Suite Restaurant & Lounge.

October 16, 2014
Wine, Women & Shoes
Dress to impress for the annual Wine, Women & Shoes event taking place on October 16th at The Four Seasons. This year's charity partner is Olive Crest and the evening will feature savory wine, exclusive shopping opportunities, a fashion show and an opportunity to win the "key to the closet" worth over $10,000 in merchandise. Tickets are $150.

October 23, 2014
Get Hitched, Give Hope
The 7th annual bridal auction & gala Get Hitched, Give Hope will take place at The Four Seasons on October 23rd, 2014. Brides, grooms and guests will enjoy lavish refreshments as they shop from a variety of Seattle's hottest wedding vendors and give to a great cause. Get Hitched, Give Hope benefits the Dream Foundation which delivers final dreams to those who have been given a terminal diagnosis. Tickets range from $45-250.

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 Amazon.com (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, Amazon.com.

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 admin@gossip-glamour.com

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.