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!




Where would you go with 250,000 Hyatt Gold Points?


To celebrate it's 25th anniversary Hyatt Regency Bellevue is saying "thank you" to guests with the gift of travel. Now through Dec. 31st enter for a chance to win a prize of 25,000-250,000 Gold passport points for use at Hyatt hotels worldwide. Points can be redeemed for free accommodations or other travel perks. Enter by visiting the Hyatt Regency Bellevue Facebook Fan page. The grand prize of 250,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points can be redeemed for at least eight nights at the highest category of Hyatt properties or for many more nights depending on the property category and room type. Feeling lucky? Enter to win now!


Where would I spend my free nights? In London of course. 


Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Nov 20, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Fremont Shop the Block


Fremont boutiques will band together tonight for an evening of socializing, shopping and champagne. Shop the Block: Fremont does Black Friday early runs today from 4-9pm. Participating boutiques include Pipe + Row, Les Amis, Essenza, Portage Bay Goods, Burnt Sugar, The Sweet Spot and Lambs Ear. Pipe & Row will have a special trunk show featuring local lines Fresh Tangerine and Ampersand As Apostrophe. Start your holiday shopping early and take advantage of special savings happening tonight only. There's something for everyone! Les Amis is offering a 20% discount on all clothing and will is hosting an Alice Noon trunk show. Over at Essenza guests will be treated to a 20% discount on loungewear and children's clothing. Lamb's Ear shoppers will receive 10% off all new arrivals and Pipe + Row will be offering exclusive shopping discounts for the event. Skip the mall this holiday season and shop local!

Here's a sneak peak at what you'll see tonight at the party:

Fresh Tangerine Chevron Bracelet (Pipe + Row)

Alice Noon bucket bag (Les Amis)


Ampersand As Apostrophe Oxblood parcel (Pipe + Row)


Participating boutiques

Pipe + Row
611 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Les Amis
3420 Evanston Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Essenza
615 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, Wa 98103

Portage Bay Goods
621 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Burnt Sugar
601 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

The Sweet Spot
3507 Evanston Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Lamb's Ear
617 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103

Holiday Gift Guide: PNW Favorites


After living in the Northwest for over 20 years there are certain things that I've started to take for granted. That list generally includes things like fresh air, green trees, organic food, drive thru Starbucks, year-round farmers markets and of course, the plethora of super cool products made right here in the Northwest. Here's my "local love" list of Pacific Northwest favorites that make great gifts any time of year, but especially during the holidays.


If you've got a crazy family like I do (love you mom!) the best way to avoid an emergency therapy session is with a friendly game of DysFUNction. Players share stories about their awkward upbringing and get rewarded with baggage to add to their cart. Whichever player ends up with 15 bags first, wins! Who's ready for family game night? Use promo code FINDFUNSBB for $5.00 off + Free Shipping!



There's something magical about getting a box full of surprises delivered each month. There's something even better about getting a box full of products that are made in the Pacific Northwest. If you have someone on your list who can't get enough of the good old PNW, you'll want to check out Seattle-based MakrBox. Each month they curate a box of handcrafted artisan goods made by independent markers in the Northwest. Each product comes with an information card about the maker so that recipients can learn more about how their goods are made and what materials are used in the process. Monthly subscriptions start at $29. Gift someone on your list a single month or an entire year of goodness at Makrbox.com.  Use promo code GOSSIPGLAMOUR to get 30% off your first box. 




If you love dachshunds you have to check out Portland-based Bean Goods. Their Crazy Wiener Dog Lady tote bag is one of my favorites. I met the designer several years ago at a conference in New York and in addition to being super cool she totally IS the crazy wiener dog lady she designs for. Bean Goods also makes t-shirts, sweatshirts, beanies and even luxe doggy sweatshirts with hoods. The entire line is made in the USA and screen printed by hand in Portland. 



A gorgeous glassybaby is a good gift any time of year but especially during the holiday season because it's a gift that also gives back. 10% of every sale goes directly to organizations that support people in need including the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children's Hospital, Camp Korey and many more. In 2014 glassybaby reached a major milestone of $2 million dollars in charitable giving. Pick a color and give one glassybaby or splurge on a color-coordinated set. These beautiful glass votives are hand-crafted locally and add instant ambiance to any room. 


When Seattle mom Laura Silverstein stumbled upon a roll of great vinyl fabric at a yard sale in her neighborhood she had no idea it would later become an entire line of locally produced bags that were perfect for Northwest living. Come rain, sleet or snow the glittersweet vinyl bags held up perfectly in Seattle weather conditions and could be easily wiped clean if they got wet. Needless to say they quickly became a local favorite and positioned founder/designer Laura as one of the World's Most Interesting Moms. The glittersweet line includes totes, travel cases, purses, tablet sleeves, flat cases, coin purses and more. Shop online or check out the collection in person at Phinney Books. 

If you frequent local boutiques (and even if you don't) you've probably walked past Compendium products a million times. This Fremont-based company is famous for it's inspirational journals, notebooks, cards and gifts. Whether you want to encourage someone in your life to "Live Inspired" or "Love who you are", Compendium makes it fun and easy. Find Compendium locally at Fireworks, Queen Anne Dispatch, Elliot Bay Books and The Red Balloon Co. 


For those that lead active lifestyles, Brooks Running is a true Pacific Northwest favorite. 
Finding a new pair of running shoes under the tree this year will make even the pickiest people on your list run happy. For color lovers, my personal pick is the Glycerin 12 running shoe (shown above). This shoe weighs only 9.1 ounces and has a rounded heel for better alignment to minimize stress on joints. Shop the beautiful new Fremont store in person at 3400 Stone Way North. 


You can't go wrong with chocolate, so for the sweet tooth on your list Fran's Chocolates has you covered. For a little variety, splurge on a box of assorted chocolates or keep it simple and stick with the signature salted caramels. Pre-packed in beautiful boxes with a festive red bow Fran's Chocolates make a great gift. 


Torch Illumination has a great collection of Pacific Northwest inspired candles that make a beautiful gift during the holiday season. Available in a variety of scents including blood orange, honey almond and lavender lemon these hand poured, eco-friendly candles are made using soy wax and locally sourced fragrance oils then packaged in recyclable tin containers. Torch Illumination candles are available locally at Bartell Drugs. 



The entire Partly Sunny Skin Care line by Susan Grace is formulated for people who live in the Northwest. Yep. You read that right. It's a climate specific skin care line because even on the sunniest days we don't get enough of the vitamin D we need. Susan's Tone Well skin toner is essential for Seattleites who need an easy way to incorporate a dose of the skin-rejuvenating vitamin into their daily routine. 


Happy Holidays and thanks for shopping local this holiday season!
#ShopLocal

Nov 17, 2014

Fashion Calendar: 8telier Store Preview


Join Seattle designers Jean and Craig Glover on November 19th for a special preview of their new store 8telier located downtown at Pacific Place. The design duo will be showcasing their sophisticated line of womenswear and giving guests a sneak peek at their spring '15 collection. Key items from the collection include the asymmetrical liquid fabric biker jacket (shown above, left), the City Skirted leggings, and the Sabine jersey top (shown above, right). In addition to experiencing the line and meeting the designers in person, guests will also enjoy refreshments from Tray Kitchen. This is a free event and open to the public. See you there!


What: 8telier Store Preview & Party

When: Wednesday, Nov. 19th from 6-8pm

Where: 8telier - Pacific Place 600 Pine Street - Level One

Why: Because this is a great opportunity to meet local designers and support the Seattle fashion community

Stay Social: Facebook.com/8telier

Nov 11, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: The Outdoor Enthusiast


If you're on the hunt for a great gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, you've come to the right place. We're lucky to live somewhere that we can enjoy the convenience of city life and still escape to the mountains for a day of adventure. Here's a round-up of the best gifts for the people on your list who can't get enough of the great outdoors.


For skiing and snowboarding the Captura goggles from K2 offer world class optics in a sophisticated shape. Available in a blue/pink mirrored colorway these gorgeous goggles are a must-have snow accessory that also make a great gift!



For a refreshing dose of color this season the REI co-op down jacket is a great pick. Featuring light weight insulation this jacket has a durable water repellent finish and also provides wind resistance for outdoor adventures. Available in multiple colors.



Personal style doesn't stop when you hit the slopes, proving that there's always a way to wear leopard, especially in the Northwest. Stylish outdoor enthusiasts will love these 686 Authentic Willow soft shell pants available locally at Evo in Fremont. Complete the look with a solid colored snow jacket and a soft beanie.


In the next few weeks many stylish Seattleites will be setting fitness-related New Years Resolutions and the JoeyBra Sport is here to help! Designed with discreet side pockets the JoeyBra conveniently stores ID cards, cash, post-workout snacks and even keys so that women have a safe place to store valuables. Brilliant! 



For a fun and budget-friendly stocking stuffer check out Stance socks. In addition to being colorful, warm and available in lots of great patterns, they also have cushioned support making them extremely comfortable. The El Paso pair (shown above) is available locally at Zumiez. 


For outdoor enthusiasts on-the-go this Eddie Bauer Down Travel Throw is the perfect solution for sunny but chilly winter days. It's warm, folds up small and even doubles as a travel pillow! And don't worry, if pink isn't your color, there are plenty of other shades to choose from.


I like infinity scarves for many reasons, but mostly because they are really hard to mess up from a styling perspective, which is also why they make an excellent gift. The Matchstick scarf (pictured above) is available locally at Moorea Seal and instantly adds color to any outfit.


Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the durability of the rain-resistant duffle bag from Filson. Made right here in the USA, the medium duffle combines bridle leather with rugged twill and has rust-proof brass zippers and storm flap closures for added protection from the elements.


Top it all off with "The Kate" beanie by Coal Headwear. This fun waffle knit beanie with an oversized pom is great for those on your list who are extremely hard to shop for. This beanie is designed locally and also makes a great stocking stuffer!



Last but not least, for the girl who's got it all, KAVU mittens with a ski-style snowflake print make a great gift. Perfect for keeping hands toasty warm on a brisk winter day! These adorable gloves remind me of childhood and are guaranteed to add an element of excitement to any snow day.


Thanks for stopping by to check out this holiday gift guide. Have a great holiday season and thanks for shopping local! 
#Seattle


Nov 9, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Paychi Guh Trunk Show + Sample Sale



There are a list of things in life that I feel are worthy of splurging on. My personal list includes things like global travel, gifts for people I love, jeans that fit like a glove, and of course, Paychi Guh cashmere sweaters. Her entire line of 100% Mongolian cashmere sweaters fit like a dream and feel so soft you'll literally want to live in them. She's developed what you might call a cult following- a cashmere cult following to be exact. And the group is expanding to include global markets as well.  Pick up a Paychi Guh cashmere sweater for yourself and if you really want to be the star of your holiday party, pick one up for a friend too. The designer is hosting a special trunk show and sample sale on Saturday, November 15th at Juniper. Stop by, say hello and shop for what is soon to be your new favorite thing to wear.



Paychi Guh Trunk Show Details

What: Paychi Guh Cashmere Party and Trunk Show + Sample Sale

When: Saturday, Nov. 15th from 11am-6pm

Where: Juniper 3314 E. Spring St. Seattle, WA 98122

Shop Online: Paychiguh.com

Stay Social: Facebook.com/PaychiGuh

Tip: Get there early! The event is part trunk show, part sample sale and you can bet the samples are going to go f-a-s-t. Happy Shopping!

 #ShopLocal #HolidayGifts #Cashmere

Nov 7, 2014

Weekend Calendar: Colombia Winery Taste of Red

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Columbia Winery is hosting its 13th annual Taste of Red event this Saturday, Nov. 8th in Woodinville. In addition to featuring their latest wine releases guests will enjoy music and be able to shop from a variety of local vendors including Simple & Crisp, JJ Caprices, Tease Chocolates, Silpada Designs and more. Music guests include Kelly Shirey, Kyle Stevens, Block Party and Quinn. Tickets to the event start at $25 for Wine Club members and range up to $35 per person at the door. Enjoy a relaxing Saturday afternoon sipping wine, shopping and savoring good music with great friends!



What: Taste of Red

When: Saturday, Nov. 8th, 2014

Where: Columbia Winery 14030 NE 145th St. Woodinville, WA 98072

Time: 1-6pm

Tickets: http://columbiawinery.brownpapertickets.com/

Nov 6, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Style Urban Essentials

The holidays are upon us which means that it's time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We're lucky to live in a city that's rich with so many amazing designers, neighborhood boutiques and international brands that help make shopping local a cinch this season. Here's a round-up of our favorite urban style essentials. 


Just as Anna Wintour advises the audience in the movie The September Issue "There's always a way to wear fur", in the Northwest there's always a way to wear cashmere. Made from 100% Mongolian Cashmere this asymmetrical poncho by Issaquah designer Paychi Guh is perfect for crisp Seattle days.


Speaking of cashmere, for a serious splurge you can't go wrong with this gorgeous oblong cashmere coat by Schai. Made in the USA this collarless coat made of 100% cashmere from Italy is fully lined and perfect for fall.



These ombre-inspired glasses from SEE Eyewear are my favorite way to instantly add color to any outfit. Available with clear lenses or a prescription, these glasses are fun to wear and will instantly perk up you entire face. Which really means you can wear them, put your hair in a pony tail and even get away with wearing less make-up. Who knew a pair of glasses could streamline your get ready routine too? Pictured: SEE Eyewear Style #9254.


For under $30 this sleek faux cheetah and white lambskin slim wallet by Jonquil & Mr Black makes a great stocking stuffer. Handmade in Ballard these wallets are perfect for urban living. 


Holiday hopping can be an adventure and if you love discovering something new you'll want to check out the 8telier pop-up shop going on now at Pacific Place. You'll find a host of urban essentials at the shop including leather jackets, knit tops, cozy cardigans and even small home goods like bar soap from local line Blackbird. 


For a great gift on a budget I recommend these booties by Seattle-based Dolce Vita shoes. Priced at $100 flat these suede ankle boots are versatile and have a heel height that is completely manageable, even in the rain. 



And underneath it all every stylish Seattleite needs gorgeous lingerie. Visit Bellefleur Lingerie in Fremont for a beautiful selection of sophisticated and chic lingerie. My personal pick is the Pansy collection by Freya. (Pictured: Freya Pansy Midnight Bra and matching brief)

Like what you see? Please share and stay tuned to Seattle Boutique Blogspot for more #ShopLocal Holiday Gift Guides!



Nov 5, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Goodwill Glitter Sale


The Seattle Goodwill Glitter Sale has arrived! Taking place this weekend, Nov. 8th and 9th, the 31st annual sale just keeps getting bigger and better. Shoppers will find designer pieces from labels like Burberry, DVF, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Trina Turk, Michael Kors and more. Upon arrival Glitter Sale shoppers should head to the designated table outside the store to get a number for access to shop the sale. Racks will be re-stocked through out the weekend but as always, the best stuff goes first! All sales benefit Goodwill's free job training and education programs that help individuals in our community gain meaningful employment.

What: Goodwill Glitter Sale

When: Nov. 8 and 9, 2014 from 9am-6pm

Where: Goodwill 1400 S. Lane St. Seattle, WA

Admission: FREE

Stay social: Use hashtag #Glittersale on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Bonus: Get a first look at some of the merchandise that will be available at the sale this weekend by visiting the Seattle Goodwill blog.

Fashion Calendar: Queen Anne Dispatch F&F Sale


One of my favorite Queen Anne boutiques is hosting it's annual Friends & Family sale this Friday featuring 20% off everything in the store. (As if I needed a reason to shop.) This friendly neighborhood boutique has a great mix of all the brands I love including French Connection, Voluspa, Coobie, Butter London, Free People, Mavi, Compendium and more. They've got apparel, accessories, beauty products, lingerie, novelty items and even stuff for kids. Plus, they can gift wrap and ship anywhere in the world! Come meet owners (and sisters) Tara and Sabrina, shop the great assortment of merchandise and save like it's going out of style. The discount is good all day long but if you're free in the evening you'll enjoy music by DJ Mullet, a trunk show by Veronica & Harold Jewelry and much, much more. Stop by, shop local and support this great boutique!

What: Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family Sale

When: Friday, Nov. 7th from 6-10pm

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

Why: Because local boutiques like Queen Anne Dispatch make the world go round

Nov 4, 2014

Kick off the holiday shopping season this weekend at The Bellevue Club


The Bellevue Club is hosting it's annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 8th from 9am-5pm. This free event is open to the public and will feature over 100 vendors to shop from including JJ Caprices, Little Gems Paperie, Luminita, Shamila Fine Jewelry and many more. Get an early start on your holiday shopping and support local businesses in your community. View the full vendor list here.

What: Bellevue Club Holiday Bazaar

When: Saturday Nov. 8th from 9am-5pm

Where: Bellevue Club 11200 Southeast Sixth St. Bellevue, WA 98004

Admission: Free

Good to know: Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots and you'll be entered to win great prizes from featured vendors!