Sep 28, 2009

West Seattle Fall Fashion Affair

The weather is changing and yes, it’s time to start shopping for your fall fashion wardrobe. That is exactly why you should join Sweetie, Carmilia’s, Edie’s, and Clementine this Thursday evening for the second annual West Seattle Fall Fashion Affair showcasing the latest fall trends! It goes without saying that if you shop early you’ll get the best selection. Be sure to pick up a punch card and visit all 5 participating stores. Full cards are redeemable at West 5 for a complimentary glass of bubbly! Sweetie will be serving champagne, wine and sumptuous sweets for this fabulous shopping event, so bring a friend and drop by to see their newest fall fashion arrivals. Several stores will be offering a gift with purchase so be sure to check out all the boutiques.

4508 California Ave. S.W.
West Seattle

4447 California Ave. S.W.
West Seattle

4310 SW Alaska St.
West Seattle

4528 California Ave SW
West Seattle

Sep 24, 2009

Galah by Lenna Kai

As part of my portfolio for The Art Institute of Seattle I displayed several pieces from Seattle online boutique La Rousse. The one pictured below is from Galah by Lenna Kai. It's a puff sleeve charcoal stretch twill dress handcrafted in Seattle with an exposed gold zipper in the back. Click here for more info.

Sep 20, 2009

More Bellevue Fashion Week Events

Along with the more notable fashion runway events for Fashion Week ’09, which runs September 29 – October 4, 2009 at The Bellevue Collection, are a host of complimentary in-store events and mini runway shows -- all loaded with style.

Fashion Week Extra Events

Tea Time with TIGI at Beauty Works
Monday, September 28, 1-3 PM
Are you a Brunette Goddess or a Super Star? Are you a Rockaholic or do you rock the catwalk? Sip iced tea, and play with product while TIGI expert, Susan Grizzle answers all of your questions, and helps you find which TIGI personality you are! Stop in and enter to win a prize.

Dismero Event at Papillon

Monday, September 28, 4-8 PM
Come to Papillon to celebrate our fabulous Italian Sportswear line Dismero- for you to take with you- special purchases on all our Italian lines. Sip Prosecco and nibble on Italian delicacies.

Complimentary Skincare Consultations at Aveda

Every Day of Fashion Week
Visit Aveda for your complimentary skincare consultation and receive a sample of a masque best suited for your skin type.

An Evening In Black and White with Sebastian at Beauty Works

Tuesday, September 29, 6-8 PM
Did you love Sebastian's Threads? You will love Microweb Fiber! Come and learn about Microweb Fiber and the rest of the fabulous new line with our Sebastian specialist, Chrissy Sayre. You will be able to play with the products, enjoy a snack, and participate in an in-store drawing.

Curls Night Out by Deva Curl at Beauty Works

Wednesday, September 30, 4-7 PM
Sick of flat ironing your hair every day? Fearful that the Seattle rain will make your waves rear their unruly head? Stop denying your curls and embrace them! The Deva Curl line was created by Lorraine Massey, author of the book Curly Girl. Come and let our very own designer, Linda Jacobs, walk you through a new way to love your curls with these amazing products.

Skin Bar Event by Dermalogica at Beauty Works

Thursday, October 1, 4-7 PM
As the seasons change, so does the needs of your skin. Our skin care specialist, Inga Lajauskiene, can help! Stop by for a specialized Dermalogica face mapping, and find out what your skin needs to keep that healthy glow all year round. There will samples and testers, as well as a chance to win a fabulous Dermalogica gift basket.

Grand Opening of HUGO BOSS

Thursday, October 1
Join HUGO BOSS and Details to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new BOSS Store. Enjoy specialty drinks and the chance to win exclusive prizes as you shop the newest BOSS collections for men. For event details visit the BOSS Store. Register to receive exclusive information on HUGO BOSS events and collections and a chance to win a $1,000 HUGO BOSS wardrobe by visiting

Business Casual Seminar at Road

Thursday October 1st, 7 PM
This event will cover acceptable workplace fashion. How to start with the basics and add the elements of fashion. Picking the right color and how to achieve the perfect fit will also be covered. Special one on one consultations will be available as well.

Hair U Wear by Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson at Beauty Works *Sydney's TOP PICK!

Friday, October 2, 4-8 PM
Get the glamour of long silky voluminous hair without having to do the work of growing it! We will do a color match, and show you how to apply these popular extensions. Learn how to utilize the extensions for different styles and how to properly store and clean them so that you can have your extensions for years to come. During this event, all hair pieces will be 50% off.

KOS Launch Event at Louie Permelia

Saturday, October 3
The world's hottest new fashion footwear line. KOS, an elite purveyor of high quality, high fashion shearling boots. Come see an exclusive preview of the new fall line-up. Enjoy wine and cheese for this exciting event.

Invite the teens, men and women in the family for these exciting mini runway shows. The following stores will feature shows in Center Court of Bellevue Square daily from Sept. 30th – Oct. 4th A complete schedule of mini runway show times is posted on
  • Ann Taylor
  • Aritzia
  • Banana Republic
  • Billabong
  • Cache
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Escape Outdoors
  • Exofficio
  • Express
  • Free People
  • Gap
  • GUESS?
  • Helly Hansen
  • Louie Permelia
  • Lucy
  • Macy’s
  • Martin & Osa
  • ROAD
  • Vans
  • Zebraclub 
For more information on all Fashion Week ’09 events, click here. 

Sep 15, 2009

Elevate Seattle Fashion Show

Get to the heart of fashion and get your tickets now to Elevate, a dinner, silent auction, fashion show and fundraiser benefitting Olive Crest. Featured boutiques and designers include Karan Dannenberg Clothier, The Finerie, Derek Andrew, Jaxx Men and Marilyn Berg Designs. Sponsors include Rocket Dog, Expeditors, Pink Restaurant, Salon Divas and more.

What: Elevate Fashion Show & Fundraiser

When: Friday October 2nd

Where: Colombia Tower Club

Time: 6:30pm

Tickets: $150

More info: Click here.

Sep 14, 2009

True Religion Opens at Bellevue Square

Today True Religion announced the opening of a new branded retail store at Bellevue Square Mall. Located at 575 Bellevue Square, the 1,900 square-foot branded retail store will offer shoppers the entire True Religion collection for men, women and kids, including its signature jean styles, its expanding denim, sportswear and handbag collection, and a full range of licensed product, such as footwear, swimwear, headwear and fragrances.

“We are excited to build upon our presence in the Pacific Northwest with the addition of our Bellevue Square retail store. Bellevue Square will mark our second full-price retail store in Washington and serves to complement our existing Seattle location,” said Jeffrey Lubell, chairman, chief executive officer and chief merchant of True Religion Apparel, Inc. “Consumers in the Pacific Northwest have exhibited strong demand for True Religion Brand Jeans merchandise and we seek to meet that demand through the ongoing expansion of our branded retail stores and the coordination with our premium wholesale partners.”

“We are pleased to partner with Bellevue Square, which is exemplified by its high-profile, high-traffic location in downtown Bellevue, luxury retail partners and affluent customer base,” said Michael Buckley, president of True Religion Apparel, Inc. “Located in one of wealthiest communities in the U.S., Bellevue Square is estimated to generate average sales per square foot well in excess of the national average.”

Hunter Trunk Show at Posh on Main

If you love boots check out the Hunter Trunk Show at Posh on Main on Saturday Sept. 26th from 12pm-5pm.  Within the past decade Hunter has moved from being a Scottish company with a predominantly British clientele to being a truly global brand with a range of products which reveals the proud heritage of the company while also reflecting modern trends in style and fashion. Come see for yourself!
What: Hunter Trunk Show
When: Saturday, Sept. 26th
Where: Posh on Main 10245 Main St. in Bellevue
Time: 12pm-5pm

Sep 10, 2009

Art & Fall Fashion & Pacific Place

Preview what’s new for fall at Pacific Place when the All For Fall Art & Fashion Event takes place Saturday, September 19th.  Informal modeling will showcase fall’s finest from Barneys New York, Tiffany & Co., Twist, True Religion Brand Jeans, Something Silver, Club Monaco, Benetton and more from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Atrium on Level 1, followed by a design competition from 5 to 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Event Impresario Eduardo Khawam, up-and-coming designers will compete at Pacific Place to earn a spot as one of the Top 12 Designers at the Columbia Tower’s Masquerade Ball on October 24. The challenge is to incorporate art into their designs as inspired by our partner, Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Judges include Project Runway Season 5 designer Blayne Walsh.

Guests can also enter to win a pair of SAM VIP tickets to see the Michelangelo Public and Private and Alexander Calder: A Balancing Act exhibitions. Simply stop by the Concierge Desk on Level 1 to register (no purchase necessary).  For more information, call (206) 405-2655.

Sep 7, 2009

Impulse Boutique Moves Downtown

After a six-year stint in the Fremont neighborhood, Impulse women's boutique is moving to 913 Western Avenue. Impulse will now be located adjacent to Totokaelo, its sister store opened November '08.

Opened in 2003, Impulse was owner Jill Wenger’s first retail store. Impulse stocks woman's designer clothing and accessories, who’s creators have evolved over the years from local up-and-comers, to a 'who's who' in cult fashion brands. Today, Impulse and Totokaelo represent some of the world’s most sought after designers, including: Maison Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe. Wenger recalls, “If I had a solid grasp of how much I didn't know about retail and small business ownership, before opening a business, I might have paused for a few seconds before starting. My learning curve is pretty much a straight upwards-shooting line." The secret to Wenger's staying power includes a firm dedication to picking lines that are timeless, versatile and well-crafted, and delivering a consistent, thoughtful, and personalized shopping experience unmatched by other retailers.

In 2008 Totokaelo [the downtown store] initially opened out of a need for square footage. Wenger and her staff simply outgrew the Impulse space. " launched in June of 2008. It was a huge deal. Almost immediately following the website launch, we were seeing sales almost twice what we'd ever seen before. It was crazy." Wenger continues, "We were shipping 20 to 30 packages a day out of a 100ft2 closet underneath a staircase. It got to a point where my team and I were literarily bumping into each other. I opened a larger space downtown simply because we needed more room." And now, less than a year later, the lease on Impulse is up and it's time to simplify. Totokaelo, the downtown store, has enough room for both stores to come together and room to grow.

Wenger looks forward to moving the two businesses under the same roof in order to provide the customized and relationship-centric experience, which has become the cornerstone of her businesses. Currently, the inventory represented on is split between the two retail stores. Wenger states, "This makes processing online orders and answering questions about clothing difficult, as there's a lot of directing clients to the store which houses that item, calling the other store to get measurements for a client, and driving half of the items from an order across town where the other half waits to be shipped. It's a lot of processes and memo's, and I'd rather be focused on styling and photo-shoots."

By simplifying, Wenger does not mean slowing down. In spite of the economic recession, the combined Impulse/Totokaelo/ triad saw sales grow by 40% in the first half of 2009. Wenger is currently working on a redesign of and a push towards evolving more diverse editorial content in both the shops and online.

Sep 5, 2009

Get Fashionably Fit in Ballard

If you’re worried about fitting into all the beautiful fall fashion you’ve seen on the runway sign up for Doc Bruno’s Fitness Bootcamp in Ballard. I’ve had two savvy girlfriends already sign up and they are already losing some serious inches on their hips, toning up their thighs and breaking out their skinny jeans just in time for Fall.

Fitness enthusiast and chiropractor Albert Bruno created the Bootcamp as a fun way to get fit. Doc Bruno started out as a personal trainer and trainer of personal trainer's at New York City's Vertical Club. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1989 and has been in private practice since then.

Sign up now for the special September rate of $99. Classes meet four times a week (Monday,Wednesday Friday and Saturday) for one-hour which means you are getting 16 workouts for a great value of just over $6 per class. Bootcamps run from 6am-7am and from 7am-8am in the
Ballard Commons Park so you can pick a time that works for you.

here for a list of frequently asked questions. For more info click here or call 206-769-0362.

Sep 3, 2009

Product Runway Picks a Winner

Last Friday, the Interior Design Coalition of Washington (IDCW) hosted its second annual Product Runway show in Seattle. The event showcased 18 teams of architects and design teams paired together to create garments out of textiles and materials meant for the home. More than 1,000 attendees attended the event at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall and watched models walk the 120-foot runway wearing everything from floor tiles, to leather and to upholstery swatches. This year’s winning team was Seattle architecture firm SkB Architects, Pental Granite & Marble, the Pacific Northwest’s largest importer and distributor of natural stone and tile, and Luwa, the premier appliance and vacuum distributor. Their winning design was a dress made from stainless steel tiles and vacuum cleaner liners. SkB drew inspiration from both Pental and Luwa’s sleek and versatile product lines. Luwa’s Miele line of appliances are designed to be modern and functional so the garment designed to be streamlined, elegant and tailored. Because these appliances are subtle, they allow for the tiles and stones incorporated into any design to stand out. The team used these elements to create a winning garment that is sleek, maintenance free and has multiple uses, similar to the little black dress.

Photo Credit: Matt Pietrek

Hotel 1000 Hosts Tiffany Wendel Personal Stylist

On Tuesday September 29th Hotel 1000 will host personal stylist Tiffany Wendel to offer free, one-on-one styling sessions, advice on the latest fall fashions and tips for updating an existing wardrobe.

An evening of fall fashion to learn about the latest fall trends, how to make them work with different body types, lifestyles or budgets, as well as tips for repurposing and updating existing wardrobe items.

Tuesday, September 29
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Free, 15-minute one-on-one styling tips with Tiffany Wendel
6:15 – 7:00 p.m. – Fall Fashion Trend Presentation and Q&A with Tiffany Wendel
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Free, 15-minute one-on-one styling tips with Tiffany Wendel

STUDIO 1000 at Hotel 1000
1000 First Avenue, Downtown Seattle

Personal stylist Tiffany Wendel and Seattle’s premier luxury destination Hotel 1000 have created a special evening dedicated to fall fashion on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 in the hotel’s STUDIO 1000 event space. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., celebrity stylist Tiffany Wendel will offer free, 15-minute style consultations on a one-one-one basis or in pairs. At 6:15 p.m., Tiffany will lead a talk on fall fashion and the latest trends hot off the runways of New York and Los Angeles fashion weeks.

There will be plenty of time for Q&A and a first-hand view of the best new fall looks as showcased by The Finerie (, Sway & Cake ( and Barneys ( During the event, Hotel 1000 will serve free appetizers from BOKA KITCHEN + BAR and offer a cash bar.

This event is open to both the general public and hotel guests. It is strongly suggested that guests sign up for an available consultation time slots prior to the event by calling 206-357-9455.

With over five years experience as a stylist and closet consultant in LA, Tiffany has styled for tv, film, theater and of course, for regular women with crazy lives. Tiffany is currently a buyer for the LA Boutique, Dari, which takes her to fashion weeks in NY and LA on a regular basis, but her home base is here in Seattle. Tiffany has also made t.v. appearances on Style Network Style Star, E! News, E! Fashion Police, Access Hollywood and TLC, A Makeover Story. Celebrity clients include Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Leah Remini, Gabriel Union, Natasha Henstridge and Kristin Davis. For more info click here.