Feb 28, 2010

Love, Peace, Planet Belltown

Come to Belltwown for an evening of networking and promoting local businesses at Salon Ciba on Thursday, Marth 4th. Neighborhood Belltown businesses are invited to display products and share ideas with fellow merchants by setting up mini-shops at Salon Ciba for the night. There will be demonstrations of hair trends, massage, health, beauty, private clubs, photography, clothing and more. Plus, Kevin Givens, a nationally-known motivational speaker, will be discussing the value of networking.

Among the event’s other highlights is a short film presented by Jeff Newsom, Founder and President of AShirtBag, a non-profit organization focused on curbing waste in our environment. Jeff’s company will give away items (while supplies last) made of earth-friendly materials including Tree-in-a Box kits, light bulbs and tips on seven things you can do in the next seven days to save the Earth.

The upbeat theme for the evening is LOVE PEACE PLANET – BELLTOWN. It’s a great opportunity for business owners to invite their favorite customers and expand their customer base.

Vendors include: Strut Boutique, Marmalade Originals, Gayle Ziese/Personal Organization, Fire Eyes Photography, Belltowner, Tanya Bernadette Wilson Personal Styling, Festival Media Corporation, Market Minder, Breathe Yoga Studio, Amy's Limousines, Ventana Restaurant and Lounge, Cruise West, Maria Marsala, Helen Kesle, BelltownPeople.com, Mike Adams Photography and Estera Tamas.

What: Love, Peace, Planet Belltown

When: Thursday, March 4th

Salon Ciba- 2301 1st Ave. Seattle, WA 98121

Time: 6-10pm

For more information contact Cindy Jarvis: cindy@salonciba.com or 425-463-6852.

Feb 27, 2010

Girl Power Hour "Love, You" Makeover Event

Girl Power Hour hosted it's first annual "Love, You: Boost your Wardrobe, Boost your Biz" Makeover Fashion Show at the Downtown Banana Republic Store on February 18th.  Over 200+ women showed up to network and watch as a select group of local business women received makeovers from Seattle stylists including me. Other stylists included Rachel Kim from Vue Society, Dana & Darcy from Styled Seattle, Tiffany from Iamstyle-ish.com, Mayna Sgaramella from Closetfly.com, and Janet and Grace from Seattle Fashion Week

We each got someone to style and I got the lovely Amber Wilson, founder of The Kids to Coach Foundation, a non-profit that sends kids to sports camps. Amber's main makeover goal was to to learn how to spice up her wardrobe and create a signature style. She admitted that most of the time she liked to wear trousers and sweater vests, so getting her to step out of her comfort zone was a lot of fun. We tried on several outfits and ended up settling on a Banana Republic black pleated dress that Amber could wear during the day with a belted sweater or at night with some strappy open-toe shoes for an evening out. "I would never have picked this dress out for myself," admitted Amber, "but I totally love it!" We finished off her look with some dangly earrings and a silver clutch.

"The event was fantastic," said Darcy Camden, Style Director for Girl Power Hour, "I'm really happy that our 10 deserving makeover winners each had an incredible experience. They learned a lot, had fun every step of the way, and every single woman looked beautiful and confident- which was our goal!"

The event was hosted by Q-13's Lily Jang and sponsors included Market Optical, Aveda, Styled Seattle, Gene Juarez, Urban Yoga Spa, Divine Sunless Tanning, GoSmile, Babeland, II Fornaio, O Wines, Pearl Vodka, Trophy Cupcakes, Seattle Fashion Week, Banana Republic and Cirque du Soleil. 

Feb 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Peridot

Peridot Boutique on Queen Anne is marking it's 6th birthday and to celebrate they are having a sale! For every $60 you spend you get $16 off your purchase. The promo includes apparel, accessories and sale items and ends March 8th.

Peridot Boutique

523 First Ave West

Seattle, WA 98119

(206) 284-3313

Feb 24, 2010

Zovo Lingerie Now Carries Swimwear

It’s true! Zovo Lingerie is now carrying swimwear from three brands including Panache, Freya, and Huit. Say hello to bikinis and tankinis in sizes 32A to 38K.

The size range for Panache is 30D-38K. The tankini’s have underwire and for the bottom you can pick from either a boyshort or brief. Panache Swimwear is made especially with larger cup sized girls in mind. The Huit suits have no wires and come in a size range 32B-34D, with a boyshort bottom. And last but not least, the Freya swimsuits come in a size range of 30D-36I. The bikini top comes in a plunge or a triangle, with two options for bottoms.

Zovo Lingerie is located at the University Village
4612 26th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98105

206-525-ZOVO (9686)

Zovo Lingerie carries one of the largest bra assortments anywhere from size 30AA to 46K. Shop online by clicking here.

Cintli Celebrates Grand Reopening

Cintli by Beto Yarce, a Seattle-based Jewelry and Mexican Décor boutique, will celebrate their Grand Reopening March 19th-21st in a new and improved Pike Place market location. Despite the economic downturn, Cintli has managed to expand the business by providing customers with beautiful jewelry and timeless home décor. In 2003, Beto Yarce, owner and head designer for Cintli, opened the first U.S. store in Seattle’s world renowned Pike Place Market. His dream was to present his unrivaled jewelry collections to a new audience and was humbled by the warm response it received from clients. Beto currently designs all of the pieces sold in the store.

"This recession has been tough in many small businesses like ours, but we are extremely excited about our expanded location in Pike Place Market," says Mr. Yarce, "In many ways this symbolizes the strong foundation our business has established, and it confirms our commitment to Cintli’s loyal customers.”

Since opening, Cintli has implemented innovative and meaningful initiatives to stay afloat despite the economic downturn. Initiatives include allowing local artists to exhibit and sell their artwork at Cintli, and implementing waste reduction and environmental-friendly techniques in all jewelry collections carried in the store. “It is important to me as an artist and a businessperson to create solutions to obstacles in our community and our planet,” says Mr. Yarce, “I also want Cintli to be a resource for local artists to showcase their work.”

Cintli’s Grand Reopening celebration will take place the weekend of March 19th - 21st and include great discounts, food, prizes and more.

1501 PIKE PLACE #321

Feb 23, 2010

Sip, Snack and Shop with Clementine & La Rousse

Seattle’s favorite pop-up shop, La Rousse boutique, is bringing its stylish clothing to Clementine shoes in West Seattle for a soiree on Thursday February 25th from 6-9pm. Shop winter styles from Mary Meyer, Rabbit on the Run, Sophomore, and others at more than 50% off plus, and check out what’s hot for Spring from SSWTR and Margarita Saplala. Complete the look with Clementine’s selection of heels, lace ups and peep-toes, including spring sandals and wedges from Dolce Vita and Chie Mihara. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

La Rousse’s Pop-Up Shop will remain at Clementine through the weekend Feb 25 – 28.

Feb 22, 2010

Exhibit: Beth Levine - First Lady of Shoes

To put it simply, Beth Levine was one of the first successful female shoe designers in the world and for a limited time you can see her work on display at the Bellevue Art Museum. Beth championed unusual materials for footwear including vinyl, acrylic, and Lurex and helped introduced various shoe silhouettes into the American market including the mule and the fashion boot. In fact, Nancy Sinatra made Beth’s boots famous with her 1966 song “These Boots were made for walkin”.

Beth began designing shoes under the name of her husband, Herbert Levine, in 1950. The pair opened up a shoe factory in New York and the rest is history. A true visionary of the fashion world, Beth was honored in 1967 and again in 1972 with the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award. She remains the only shoe designer ever to win the award twice.

The Exhibit runs February 18 - June 6, 2010 at the
Bellevue Art Museum and is co-sponsored by Nordstrom.

Feb 18, 2010

Deli Announces B:Scott Pop-Up Shop

Staying within the theme of the deli concept, DELI has created an extension to the store & is proud to announce the opening of a unique shopping experience, “The Freezer!”, a pop-up store showcasing the collection of San Francisco designer Brandon Scott’s anticipated brand B:SCOTT.

Launched in 2009, B:Scott embodies the fusion of Japanese and German aesthetics, not overdesigning, but rather using lines with a purpose. Architecture is a major
inspiration behind this, as Brandon Scott's grandfather, having been trained at the Bauhaus in the 1930's, became a prominent designer and contractor with projects to his name throughout the U.S.

The entire B.SCOTT collection will be on display in DELI’s “The Freezer” from February 20th-April 30th. A special launch of the pop-up shop will take place this Saturday from 1pm-6pm. Complimentary Champagne will be provided!

87 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104

Feb 15, 2010

Madina Vadache Bridal Event at The Finerie

Join The Finerie as they unveil the 2010 Madina Vadache Bridal collection, Saturday February 20th from 12pm-6pm. Meet Madina in person, schedule a bridal consultation and get ready to be amazed.  

Madina Vadache's 2010 Collection is all about feminine lines gently floating around the body of the Bride. Using her favorite fabrics like satin, silk organza and silk taffeta and adorning them with couture elements - contrast of draping, handmade embroideries and ribbons. Madina Vadache creates sophisticated looks for the modern bride who is ready to impress the groom and all her guests with unforgettable beauty.  

The Finerie is also pleased to feature Rock Star Jewelry, Michelle Lenae and Marilyn Berg who are available to create custom jewelry pieces to compliment your special occasion dresses and bridal gowns.  

RSVP to the Madina Vadache bridal event by emailing rsvp@thefinerie.com. If you're getting married in 2010 (or know someone who is) this is a do-not-miss event!

Feb 13, 2010

Seattle Boutique Sales

Seattle boutiques are starting to get their spring shipments in and marking down merchandise from holiday. Here's a rundown of local sales and special promotions to check out this weekend.

Sway & Cake- Shop online at swayandcake.com and get 15% off your order by entering Luv15 at checkout as their way of saying “Happy Valentines Day”.

Totokaelo- All sale items were just marked down another 30%. Click here to shop the sale now.

Opal- Don’t miss the biggest storewide sale at Opal’s Mill Creek location February 18th through Sunday February 21th. Tops starting at under $10, Designer denim from $49.90 to $69.99, Mackage leather jackets from $299.90, Australia Luxe Collection ugg boots now $69.90. Opal’s Mill Creek store is located at 15117 Main St., Suite B102 in the Mill Creek Town Center.

Queen Anne Dispatch- Check out select shoes on sale for 50% off and don’t miss the 75% off rack featuring winter close-outs.

Grace Gow- Save 30% on beautiful Grace Gow earrings for Valentines day by entering Love30 at check out.

Clutch- If you’re in the market for a new handbag check out the selection of SALE bags at Clutch. They have a great selection of bags from Treesje, Blumera, Caprice and more!

David Lawrence- The Bellevue Square Mall store is moving to their new location at The Bravern so in order to clear out merchandise prior to the move the store is on sale 30-70% off. 

In other boutique news- Blackbird is looking for models! Click here for more info.

Feb 12, 2010

Girl Power Hour Love,You Event

Join Girl Power Hour on February 18th at the Banana Republic Downtown store for their signature “Love, You” event featuring wardrobe makeovers for 10 deserving business women from the Seattle-area. Q13 news anchor Lily Jang will host the event which is sponsored by Market Optical, Urban Yoga Spa, Il Fornaio, Banana Republic, Gene Juarez, Cirque Du Soleil and Divine Sunless Tanning. Guests will enjoy appetizers from Il Fornaio, Trophy Cupcakes, O Wines and Pearl Cocktails. Plus, the first 50 guests will receive swag bags and door prizes from Cirque de Soleil, Seattle Fashion Week, Revitalash, Market Optical and more. Click here to meet the style team behind the event.

What: Girl Power Hour “Love,You” Event

When: Thursday, February 18th from 6-9pm

Banana Republic 500 Pike Street

Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 at the door

Feb 10, 2010

Happy Valentines Day, from Alhambra

Mention this gift certificate at Alhambra (or print out a hard copy) and get $25 off with a purchase of $50 or more at the Alhambra downtown store. For your purchase may I suggest this beautiful silk Rozae Nichols dress with a leather belt detail? 

Happy Valentines Day!

101 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101-1511
(206) 621-9571

Feb 4, 2010

Local Stylist Goes Backstage at Armani

Vu Montgomery, local hairstylist and director of education at Obadiah Salon in Bellevue, fulfilled a lifelong dream last week when he worked backstage as part of Armani's hair styling team during the Paris Spring 2010 Couture show.

"As a young stylist twenty years ago, I had always dreamed of an opportunity like this, and when I was invited, I felt like I had really made it," says Montgomery when asked for his reaction to being invited by Oribe to be part of the stylist team.

Practice sessions, lasting up to 10 hours for days before the show lent Vu a new found sense of humility as Oribe and Mr. Armani himself would reject hair that wasn't the picture of perfection. “Armani is about perfection, the hair had to reinforce that.”

Catch up with Vu Montgomery at Obadiah Salon in Bellevue Place. He was voted as Seattle Magazine’s 2008 Best Stylist and his work has been featured in many salon industry publications.

4th Annual Bags & Bottles Event

Get your fix of wine and handbags at the 4th Annual “Bags & Bottles” event March 14th at the Westin Hotel to benefit Gilda’s Club of Seattle. Sample wine from over 32 Northwest wineries and meet Washington state firefighters as they sign their 2010 calendar.

Fashionista Joan Kelly, of Seattle’s premier runway show Fashion First will be auctioning off handbags signed & donated by celebrities including Carol Burnett, Olivia Newton John, Shawn Johnson, Tina Fey, Sharon Osbourne, Regina King, Lili Taylor, Sweet P, Scarlett Johansson, Rachael Ray, Elisabeth Moss, Aya Sumik, Marcia Cross, Rebecca Wells and Amy Ray.

What: Bags & Bottles

When: March 14th from 2-7pm

Westin Hotel

Tickets: $40

Feb 2, 2010

Current Obsession: Bella Cupcake Couture

Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year by adorning cupcakes with wrappers by Bella Cupcake Couture. After a year of research and talking to cupcake lovers and shop owners, founder Carrie Middlemiss decided to start a company that specialized in decorative textile-inspired cupcake wrappers to make cupcakes sweet and stylish.

The boutique-style designs add a touch of sophistication and elegance for any special occasion. The line includes cupcake wrappers for birthdays, baby showers, Valentines Day and more! You can even do your own custom wrappers for special events.

I also love that all the wrappers are printed using soy inks on recycled paper. 
Shop Local: Buy Bella Cupcake Couture wrappers on Queen Anne at Wink Cupcakes

Feb 1, 2010

Give Love, Get Love at Clementine

Thursday Feb. 11th through Valentine’s Day Feb. 14th, Clementine is hosting a “Give Love, Get Love” benefit event for Jubilee Women’s Center. Shoppers who donate a gently used handbag or pair of shoes will receive 25% off anything in the boutique with a red heart, including Jeffrey Campbell new spring collection of shoes, Vivienne Westwood rain boots, Pour La Victoire oxfords, Pietro Bianco shoes and more.

Jubilee Women’s Center is a gorgeously preserved Craftsman-style home in the heart of Capitol Hill that provides homeless women or women at risk of becoming homeless with a place to live and rebuild their lives. One of the few organizations serving single women without children, Jubilee helps these women gain the skills they need to become financially stable, to develop healthy relationships and to maintain a permanent residence.
Give love and get love at Clementine.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

4447 California Ave S.W.
Seattle, WA