Jan 21, 2009

Magnolia Village Girls Night Out




Style mavens in the city are heading to Magnolia Village on Thursday, January 22nd for a Girls Night Out. Stroll local boutiques, sip a glass of wine and spend some time with the girls! Participating merchants include Around the Block, Bleu Papillon, Cocoa & Cream, Magnolia Garden Center, SZMANIA’s, Serendipity Café, Swirl Wine Bar and Vixen. Martha Driver of Rockstar Jewelry will have her line of accessories on sale for 25% off at Around the Block Gift & Interiors.

Where: Magnolia Village


When: Thursday, Jan. 22nd, 2009


Time: 5:00 PM to 8: 00 PM

Photo: Necklace and earring set handmade from Rockstar Jewelry.

Jan 17, 2009

Back to the Basics



Denim is a wardrobe staple and now is the time to stock up for the New Year. Boutiques all over the city are offering deep discounts on all of your favorite brands including True Religion, Union, Paige Premium Denim, 7 For All Mankind and Rock & Republic.

Check out Mercer Boutique in the University Village for their selection of denim marked down to $124. Brands include Citizens of Humanity, Union, Hudson, True Religion, Rock & Republic, Joe’s Jeans, Adriano Goldschmied, Paige Premium Denim and Mek Denim.

Opal boutique is also marking down their denim regularly $136-240 now priced at $49.99-$99.99. Brands include People’s Liberation, AG, Seftontaine, Union, Goldsign and True Religion.

Or if you prefer to stick with that you’ve got, consider unleashing your inner designer by picking up a Denim Design Lab kit, which comes with a collection of tools to hand-finish denim that you already own. For more information check out
www.denimdesignlab.com

Jan 13, 2009

No Shortage of Menswear Here


Although not necessarily known for its fashion scene, Seattle is home to a number of fabulous menswear boutiques. We’ve got Ian in Fremont, Oslo’s on Queen Anne, Blackbird in Ballard and Marqsmen in Bellevue. That’s hardly slim pickings when you consider all the brands that they carry. Easily accessible locations along with blogs that feature the latest product make these stores the best in the city when it comes to catering to the menswear market.  

Ian has been in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood since 2002 and opened up a second location in Fremont in 2007. Known for carrying a strong mix of trendy, contemporary styles along with global fashion pieces, Ian carries a wide range of brands including Dope & Drakkar Denim, G-Star, Erik Hart, Orthodox, Kicking Mule Workshop, Modern Amusement and Penfield. For the latest product selection and brand offerings check out Ian’s blog at
www.ianshop.com/blog.

Voted by Seattle Magazine in 2006 as the Best New Men’s Clothing store, Oslo’s has been another staple in Seattle menswear. My favorite part about this boutique is the friendly store mascot, a gold retriever named Oslo. They also carry a variety of great brands including Earnest Sewn, Chip & Pepper, Indigo Palms, Loomstate, Union, Agave, and Velvetmen. Along with their well-edited product assortment Oslo’s also has another unique feature, an in-house barber who offers a traditional shave for $30. Additional barber services include aromatherapy skin treatments, haircuts, scalp treatments and buzz cuts. Oslo’s can be found online at
www.oslosamensstore.com.

Blackbird was a sleeper hit for several years before it went mainstream and the Ballard neighborhood it called home turned into a hip urban metropolis. Blackbird’s creative merchandising techniques along with their fashion forward brands like Kenzo Minami, Robert Geller, and Obey make their store an oasis of items to be coveted by men who love fashion. Fans of Blackbird can keep up by checking out their blog at
http://helloblackbird.blogspot.com/.

Marqsmen in Bellevue Square is designed to cater to the upscale menswear market on the Eastside. The store is clean, masculine and meticulously edited with brands like Jack Spade, James Perse, 7 For All Mankind, Loomstate and Rian Bags. Marqsmen was also recently featured in Esquire Magazine as part of their “Style Manual for Successful Men”. Keep up with the latest buzz at
http://marqsmen.com/

Photo Credit: Spring 09 William Rast Menswear Collection - Style.com

Jan 12, 2009

2nd Annual Project Red Dress Design Competition


Seattle is rolling out the red carpet for the 2nd Annual Project Red Dress design competition sponsored by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. Fashion students from 6 schools will compete to win a $3,000 scholarship while helping to raise money for The American Heart Association. Celebrity judges including Nick Verros from Project Runway will be on hand to review custom red dress designs submitted by contest participants.

Tickets start at $50 for general admission. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75 and include premier runway seating and a swag bag. Last year’s event sold out so get your tickets today!

Event Sponsors include: Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Fashion Group International, IADT, The Fairmont Hotel, Half Past Lavish Events, Macys, Pacific Fabrics & Crafts and the Renton Sewing Company.

When: February 13, 2009

Where: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Time: 7:30 PM

Tickets:
Brown Paper Tickets


For more Information visit:
www.projectreddress.com

Jan 7, 2009

The Paper Doll in Bellingham



For a quick and relaxing weekend getaway my fiancé and I like to head up to the quaint little town of Bellingham. We sleep in, grab a cup of coffee, eat brunch and most importantly, we shop!

Last weekend I stumbled upon a great boutique called The Paper Doll near Fairhaven. The adorable product assortment paired with the whimsical décor make this a shopping destination worth checking out. Brands carried include: Suzabelle, Candyrot, Jessica Louise, Red Boots, City Kitty.

If you stop by, say hello to Soupy, the adorable store mascot!

Jan 4, 2009

Rocco E Dante Handbag Sale!


A great wardrobe always starts with style staples. For women this includes a great outfit paired with stylish shoes and of course, a fabulous handbag. You should never underestimate the power of a great bag because it’s the one item that can truly pull your entire look together.

Tara, from Rocco E Dante handbags knows this concept very well and on January 89th and 10th she’s offering her bags for up to 60% off their normal retail prices.

This is an amazing steal you won’t find anywhere else and of course, it’s only on Queen Anne at Rocco’s boutique tucked away at 812 5th Ave. North (just a few blocks up from 5th and Mercer).

Doors will be open from 11 AM until 7PM for 2 days only. Pencil this into your agenda- you won’t want to miss out on a sale like this!

For more on Rocco E Dante handbags check out : http://roccoedante.com/


Jan 3, 2009

oh...Deer pumps



Eventually the grey weather will give way to brighter days and your winter boots will need to go into hibernation. That means that now is the time to plan out your spring footwear wardrobe so that you’ll be prepared. My pick of the moment is the navy patent leather oh…Deer! pumps. The gold toe makes this shoe perfect for dressing up denim when the weather gets a little warmer.


oh...Deer! shoes are available at Undies & Outies boutique on Queen Anne. When you stop by, ask for Mercedes. She'll help you shop!

Jan 1, 2009

Seattle's Best Boutique Sales


It’s officially 2009 and now that the Holiday’s are over you can stop feeling guilty about spending a little money on yourself. Besides, boutiques all over the city are having great sales that you would be crazy to miss!

If your New Year’s resolution is to polish up your look, check out the winter coats at La Ree by Rene Lezard, M Missoni, Tracy Reese and Mike & Chris that are now up to 60% off. The entire M Missoni fall collection of apparel is also 60% off. In addition, La Ree is also offering up to 85% off select items by Mint Jodi Arnold, Alexander Wang, Grai, and Ksubi denim. La Ree is located in Bellevue at 11 103rd Avenue. N.E. 

Sway & Cake is hosting an amazing 30% off sale. In store you’ll also find 10% off all candles, diffusers and room sprays. In addition to these great deals, beginning January 1st and running through January 4th if you shop online at www.swayandcake.com you’ll get 20% off your order by entering in coupon code NEW20 at checkout. The 20% off at check out is good on everything including items that are already on sale. It’s a great deal you won’t want to miss! Sway & Cake is located at 1631 Sixth Ave. next to Nordstrom.

Canopy Blue’s winter sale is also in full swing featuring 40-80% off select styles from designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Theory, Trina Turk, Nanette Lepore, Vince, Milly and more! They also have new spring 09 receipts including arrivals from Tory Burch, T Luxury, Mint Jodi Arnold, Theory and Seaton. Canopy Blue is located at 3121 E. Madison St. Suite 103. www.canopyblue.com

Blackbird in Ballard has Italian made Pria scarves on sale for $60. Made of 100% Virgin Wool these scarves are a great way to update any man’s wardrobe for the New Year. Blackbird also has sales on select items by Robert Geller, Filippa K, Opening Ceremy, Orthodox and KZ0. Visit them in store at 5410 22nd Ave. NW. or shop online at http://blackbirdballard.com/.

Alhambra has been one of the fabulous boutiques in Seattle’s Fashion First Runway Show since 2004. The thing I love most about them is that their product mix is diverse and you can find something for everyone. They are currently featuring sales of 30-50% off select apparel and accessories (including shoes). Also, be sure to mark your calendar for January 15th when Alhambra will begin their annual ½ off sale featuring 50% off selected clothing, jewelry and shoes. Alhambra is located in Seattle at 101 Pine St. 

If you’re on Queen Anne check out Oslo’s A Men’s Store which is having an after-Christmas sale featuring up to 50% off select items. Brands like AG, Agave, Loomstate and Chip & Pepper make this menswear boutique a must-see. Plus, if your man is looking a little scruffy you can always take advantage of Oslo’s in store grooming services including traditional shaves, haircuts, scalp treatments and more. Oslo’s is located at 1519 Queen Anne Ave. N.

Posh on Main in Bellevue is now having a 40% off sale on all Fall Shoes and Handbags. The sale includes brands like Tory Burch, DVF, Valentino, Stella McCartney, YSL, and Chloe. After personally viewing their sale shoe selection, I suggest that you just cut to the chase and shop online at www.poshonmain.com. Or if you prefer to shop in store, Posh on Main is located at 10245 Main Street.

Encanto Barcelona has a large selection of items marked down 20-50%, so if you’re in the city, it’s worth stopping by. Encanto Barcelona is located at 1406 1st Avenue.
All merchandise at the Merge boutique in Fremont is currently on sale for 30% off. This includes brands like American Vintage, Enza Costa, DKNY, Nolita and more. They also took additional markdowns on merchandise that was already on sale. If you have not been to this great new boutique now is the time to experience it shop!

Happy Shopping and most importantly, Happy New Year!


Photo: The image above is of an Elizabeth and James dress on sale now at Sway & Cake.