Apr 30, 2010

New Fashion Mag Makes Debut

Susan Alveshere, Regional Director for Seattle's Fashion Group International recently helped launch élise Magazine, an international publication with a focus on luxury fashion and lifestyle. While striving to promote sustainability, élise features the latest trends in global fashion and the hottest new designers, as well as beautiful photography and intriguing articles.  élise staff and contributors include award-winning and recognized writers, artists, and designers such as Emmy Award-nominated Lori Ann Robinson, luxury jeweler Nancy Grando, and couture designer and stylist Giuseppe Grazioli, who is also a member of Seattle's Fashion Group International. Check out the premier issue by clicking here

Apr 29, 2010

Rocco E Dante Introduces Arm Candy

I love shopping for accessories because they are so much fun and always fit, so needless to say I was ecstatic when I found out that Seattle handbag line Rocco E Dante recently launched a fabulous new collection of Italian leather "arm candy" bracelets and cuffs. They retail for $58 and right now, Rocco is offering FREE SHIPPING when you place an order on or before Mothers Day! These cuffs let you add a bit of rock and roll to any outfit and the gold hardware against the black leather looks so chic. Click here to shop. 

Apr 28, 2010

Seattle Fashion Video Blog Makes its Debut

SeattleFashions.com, a new video magazine site about the Seattle independent fashion industry has recently made it's debut.  Produced by James Ritzman, the site lets viewers learn about local boutiques and designers plus watch videos of local runway shows.  Check it out now by clicking here

Apr 25, 2010

SPUN: Stylish & Sustainable

Seattle-based organic clothing line SPUN isn’t just your average eco-friendly line. Designer Sara Seumae strives to give women quality organic clothing that meets three F’s: fit (it’s got to be a perfect fit), flatter (has to flatter a woman’s body) and fashionable (because who says you have to give up style to go sustainable?) Each piece is made in the United States using high quality 100% Certified Organic Cotton which is dyed using environmentally safe low–impact fiber reactive dyeing processes. SPUN shows women that organic clothing doesn’t have to be a luxury- it should be a choice. For a list of places that carry SPUN click here.

Apr 24, 2010

Gucci & Prada Galore at Bellevue Goodwill

The Bellevue Goodwill store is hosting a two-day Designer Label Event featuring brands including Gucci, Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Hermes, Christian Dior and Versace. The event includes apparel and accessories (including handbags and shoes) at affordable prices. Over 4,500 pieces await shoppers during the sale which will take place on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1st. “We have many generous donors in the community who give us amazing clothes and accessories. We’re hoping this sale will introduce a lot of people to Goodwill and show them they can find fashionable items at great prices. And, what they buy will support a great cause—helping people find work and support themselves and their families,” said Store Manager Gary Foy.

The store will be open from 9am-9:30pm on both days of the event. Goodwill staff will be re-stocking the shelves all day but insider sources say to shop early for the best selection!

What: Bellevue Goodwill Designer Event

When: April 30th-May 1st

Where:  Bellevue Goodwill, 14515 NE 20th St., Bellevue, WA

Girls Gone Glam Shopping Event

This year marks the 3rd Annual Girls Gone Glam shopping event which is happening on Thursday, April 29th from 5-8pm at the Alexis Hotel. Event proceeds will benefit Seattle's Dress for Success program. Tickets are $15 and include exclusive shopping from Glam.spoon, Clementine, Sweet Anthem, The Finerie, Zavida Gemstones and Sweet Petula. Entry includes a raffle ticket (prizes include airline tickets courtesy of JetBlue), food, drinks and free valet parking. The beauty team from Swink Style Bar will also be on hand to perform updo's and blowouts.

What: Girls Gone Glam Shopping Event

When: Thursday, April 29th from 5-8pm

Where: Alexis Hotel, 1007 1st Ave., Seattle

Tickets: $15 at the door 

Apr 23, 2010

Seattle Fashion Events Calendar

It's always the same story, so much to do and yet, so little time, but don't let that stop you from checking out these great Seattle fashion events. There's literally something for everyone whether you're going green or looking for a makeover. 

April 24th- Casting for Bravo's Season Two of The Fashion Show at AIS 

April 24th- Mommy Makeover Day at Promesse with stylist Tannya Bernadette 

April 28th- Seattle's Fashion Group International presents the Twice Blushed Trunk Show 

April 29th- La Rousse Spring Pop-Up Shop at LIT 

April 29th- Northwest Hope & Healing Style '10 Fashion Show

April 29th- Girls Gone Glam Shopping Event

April 30th- Bellevue Goodwill Designer Sale Event

May 1st- Seattle's first-ever Eco-Chic Expo

May 7th- Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family Sale 

May 11th- Crave Goes Green at Herban Feast

Sidlab Magic is a Lifesaver

Lengthening the amount of time I spend in between blowouts is crucial when you have long hair like I do. That's why I love Portland-based Sidlab Hair Couture's dry shampoo Magic.  The product is clear so it doesn't add any additional weight or texture to the hair and it instantly absorbs oil so your hair looks and feels refreshed.  This is a great product to use when you don't have time for a traditional wash and blow dry.  Magic comes in an aerosol can so it's perfectly portable plus it's paraben and sulfate-free. With this product I can do my hair in less than 5 minutes which is perfect for a "girl-on-the go" lifestyle. For more info on Sidlab Hair Couture products click here

Apr 22, 2010

The "It" Shoe

These House of Harlow shoes are way too stylish to be taken lightly. We must find an occasion to wear these beautiful fish scale leather pumps available at Sway & Cake. They have padded insoles, a peep toe and gold accents.  LOVE. 

Apr 21, 2010

La Rousse Spring Pop-Up Shop at LIT

Seattle online boutique La Rousse is gearing up for their next pop-up shop at LIT which will take place April 29th through May 1st. A special launch party will be held on Thursday, April 29th from 5-8pm featuring great deals, light snacks and pretty spring cocktails. There will also be a special rack of vintage and clearance items. 

What: La Rousse Pop-Up Shop at LIT

When: April 29th-May 1st

Where: LIT. 1906 Prospect St. E. Capitol Hill. (206) 818 4101

Start shopping the spring assortment online now and get 20% off through this weekend by entering in discount code NEWSPRING20 at check-out. 

I'm loving this Grey Antics zip-front floral dress. Perfect for Saturday night -or- Sunday brunch with the girls. 

This black cicada jersey dress is adorable and would even be cute with a pair of leggings for a rainy Seattle day. And how cute are those Grace Gow earrings?

And what spring wardrobe would be complete without a pair of tri-tone oxfords? This pair by Slow & Steady Wins the Race is made from canvas, patent snakeskin, and suede. Oh my!

Happy Shopping!

Apr 19, 2010

New Chloe in at Totokaelo

Seattle boutique Totokaelo finally got in their shipment of Chloe Runway pieces and owner Jill Wenger exclaims, "Finally something to wear with the Chloe shoes!"

Totokaelo also has new arrivals by Rachel Comey, All for the Mountain Jewelry, APC Madras, Rick Owens and more.

And finally in Totokaelo news- the new website will launch next week! Owner Jill spent the past 6+ months working on it herself and it's almost finished! The new site will have larger images, a viewing window, a simple search and better navigation. 

913 Western Avenue
Seattle Washington 98104

Shop online now by clicking here.

Apr 15, 2010

Queen Anne Dispatch Friends & Family Event

Seattle's favorite neighborhood boutique, Queen Anne Dispatch, is holding it's Friends & Family Event on May 7th from 6-9pm featuring 20% off all purchases, light bites and drinks, and music from a live DJ. Come shop for all your spring must-haves from brands including BB Dakota, French Connection, MOR Cosmetics and more! Mark your calendars now!

Queen Anne Dispatch
2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98109

Seattle Casting Call for Bravo's The Fashion Show

Calling all designers! Casting for Season 2 of Bravo's "The Fashion Show", hosted by Isaac Mizrahi is coming to Seattle on April 24th. The Fashion Show will give designers a once in a lifetime opportunity to have their work seen by icons of the fashion industry…and viewers around the world. In order to apply for the show, you must be 21 years of age or older. You can be a fashion school grad or you can be self-taught; you can specialize in haute couture or streetwear. What matters most is that you have a creative vision for your designs and the technical skills (sewing, sketching, etc.) to back up that vision. The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize.

What: Open Call for Bravo Season 2 Casting "The Fashion Show"

Saturday April 24th from 10am-5pm

Where: The Art Institute of Seattle, North Campus, 5th Floor, 2600 Alaskan Way. (Corner of Alaskan Way & Vine St.)

What to Bring: Your portfolio, three articles of clothing that they have created and which best showcase their designs, a current resume, one piece of government-issued photo ID, a non-returnable photo of themselves, and a completed application form. To download an application form go to www.BravoTV.com/casting. You must bring your completed application and all other supporting materials to the casting call.

We Love Little Miss Grippy

Seattle-based Little Miss Grippy has given girls everywhere something to smile about. A pair of tights that is not only adorable but functional too! The entire line of Little Miss Grippy products has added traction to keep little girls who are on-the-go from losing their footing. What really sets Miss Grippy tights apart from the competition is the unique designs. Each leg features a different but coordinating pattern. (So perfect for little style mavens in training!)

Little Miss Grippy was started by two childhood friends, Jessie Gifford & Christy Bergstrom. The idea for the line presented itself when Christy noticed that her daughter was constantly sliding on the hardwood floors in their home whenever she wore tights- and with that, the idea for Little Miss Grippy was born!

The tights are available in three sizes: Itty Bitty (6 to 12 months), Bitty (12 to 24 months) and Not-So Bitty (2 to 4 years.) Little Miss Grippy Tights can be found locally at Monster Art & Clothing in Ballard, Rising Stars in Phinney Ridge, Kids on 45th in Wallingford or online at

Seattle Boutique Blogspot is giving away 2 pairs of Little Miss Grippy tights! Send an email to seattleboutiqueblogspot@gmail.com to win. The first two people to respond will win! Be sure to specify what size you'll need. Miss Grippy Tights come in three sizes: Itty Bitty (6 to 12 months), Bitty (12 to 24 months) and Not-So Bitty (2 to 4 years.) 

Apr 12, 2010

Seattle's Eco-Chic Expo Makes it's Debut

Seattle’s sustainability community is marking May day (May 1st) by hosting the first ever Eco-Chic Expo, an interactive green lifestyle event that will showcase over 15 local companies including Theo’s Chocolate, Celebrate Green, Tread Light Gifts, NEST, A Greener Kitchen, Eat Your Yard, Satsuma Designs, thinknow jewelry and more. This free event aims to entertain and educate guests about how to lead a chic lifestyle and do it sustainably.

“We want to share with our community that a greener life can be easy, fun, and even fashionable,” says Tracy Anderson, Eco-Chic Co-founder and CEO of Tread Light Gifts. Among demonstrations and interactive how-tos, guests can learn how to make organic paper, mix up non-toxic, all natural cleaning products, enjoy natural spa treatments, design green interior spaces, fashion organic clothing and jewelry, and experience an Eco-Chic Expo exclusive, a Dante Inferno’s Eco-Dog! (Trust us, you'll want to see this!)

“At thinknow, we believe sustainability or 'being green' is not a single effort or one-time fashion statement. It’s a lifestyle, a community ethos and a plan for the world's future. The Eco-Chic Expo presents an excellent platform to participate in a premiere eco-community effort to inform and inspire a great local audience,” says Becky Ellis, exhibitor and eco-friendly jewelry designer.

Come see why Seattle is not just a great place to live but an optimal place to "Go Green" at the first-ever Eco-Chic Expo.

What: Eco-Chic Expo

When: May 1st from 10am-2pm

Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center

Tickets: This is a FREE event.

More Info: Click here.

Apr 11, 2010

The Finerie featured in Seattle Magazine

Seattle boutique The Finerie is in full swing for Spring and recently landed a fashion editorial spread in the April edition of Seattle Magazine! The photoshoot was all about bright colors and vibrant prints. Designers showcased in the spread included Abi Ferrin and Moods of Norway. 

Apr 10, 2010

Promesse Announces Mommy Makeover Day

Kirkland's premier women's boutique Promesse is hosting a Mommy Makeover Day to coincide with the launch of their newly added baby section in their store! Join the style team for light appetizers, complimentary drinks, prizes, and makeovers by local stylist Tannya Bernadette!

The Promesse baby launch party will give mom's the afternoon to leave their baby bags at home and give themselves time to freshen up for spring! Guests will get to relax and sip cocktails while trying on the season's latest looks. Surprise swag bags will be given away each hour!

What: Baby Launch/Mommy Makeover

When: Saturday, April 24th from 1-5pm

RSVP: Space is limited. RSVP by calling 425.828.4259.

Visit Promesse online by clicking here!

Apr 8, 2010

Girl Power Hour: Getting Gorgeous for Summer

Girl Power Hour is gearing up for summer and partnering with Seven Salon to host a "Getting Gorgeous for Summer" event that's all about good hair. See new hair and makeup trends from industry experts, enjoy appetizers from Purple Café, treat yourself to a make-up touchup by the beauty experts from Trish McEvoy, indulge in a treat from the Oh! Chocolate Bar, get a hair consultation from Seven Salon and of course, pick up a swag bag with tons of great merchandise and samples from event sponsors. There will be many great door prizes including items from Seven Salon, RevitaBrow, Purple Café, Seattle Fashion Week and Trish McEvoy. Plus, drink tickets are included in the ticket price.

What: Girl Power Hour "Getting Gorgeous Hair for Summer"

When: Thursday, May 6th 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Seven Salon @ Bellevue Square

Tickets: $30 in advance. This event is limited to 150 guests and tickets will not be sold at the door. Plan accordingly. :)

For more info click here.

Apr 7, 2010

Mark Your Fashion Calendar Now

April showers may give way to spring flowers, but that won't stop Seattle's fashion community from attending these stylish events. Mark your calendars now!

April 10th- NY Fashion Academy Spring Fashion Show, Pour L Amour. 

April 12th-16th- Canopy Blue hosts a Spring Jodi Arnold Trunk Show

April 16th- Silhouettes of Style Event to benefit P.A.C.E. 

April 28th- Fashion Group International Presents the Twice Blushed Trunk Show

April 29th- The Northwest Hope & Healing Show, Style '10

Apr 6, 2010

Canopy Blue Now Open on Sundays

Madison Street's Canopy Blue boutique is the ultimate shopping destination for women.  The well-edited mix of merchandise is hip, stylish and comes from a variety of designers including DVF, Trina Turk, Theory and more. The big news? Canopy Blue is now open on Sundays from 12-4pm. Don't forget to check out the Jodi Arnold Trunk Show taking place April 12-17th. 

Insider Tip: Become a fan of Canopy Blue on Facebook by clicking here. 

Apr 5, 2010

2nd Annual Silhouettes of Style Fashion Event

The Act Two Guild’s 2nd Annual spring luncheon and fashion event, Silhouettes of Style 2010—Talk of the Town, will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010 at The Westin in Bellevue.  "This event will take the best of fashion and the best of the arts and tie them together," says Event Co-Chair Kristi Gegner Nangle. "We look forward to an entertaining and unforgettable benefit for PACE." Following a reception and luncheon, the runway show's stunning models will highlight the latest spring fashions from the shops and boutiques of The Bellevue Collection. There will also be a silent auction of acclaimed painter and art instructor Theresa Goesling's original, framed invitation artwork.

: Silhouettes of Style

When: April 16, 2010

Time: 11am-2pm

Seating Reservations: $95 per Individual or $125 per Patron. 
Table Reservations: Table for Ten $950 or Benefactor Table for Ten $1,250
Visit www.acttwoguild.org.

*Silhouettes of Style is a fundraiser for the Performing Arts Center on the Eastside (PACE). PACE will be located in downtown Bellevue and will feature a 2,000-seat Concert Hall and 250-seat Cabaret. Its mission as a premier center for the performing arts is to stimulate the arts region-wide; attract new audiences; heighten arts awareness and education; provide a performance home for select arts organizations; and serve as a cultural center for Eastside residents. Please visit www.pac-eastside.org for more information.

Apr 4, 2010

Cupcake Camp Seattle

Bella Cupcake Couture is proud to present Cupcake Camp, an event for cupcake lovers: Bake or buy cupcakes to bring -or- just come to eat and help a good cause. Activities include cupcake eating contests, cupcake wrapper decorating, bakers competitions, Hope Heart Institute fundraiser and more. Best of all … it’s FREE.

The concept for Cupcake Camp originated in San Francisco and promotes a true spirit of community and sharing, and Cupcake Camps now happen around the world and come in a wide variety of flavors and sizes. The most essential feature of a Cupcake Camp is that it brings together people to share their love of cupcakes!

Cupcake Camp Seattle is presented by Bella Cupcake Couture as a delicious celebration of this small coveted treat. Completely volunteer run and organized in an open and participatory manner,  Cupcake Camp Seattle raises funds for Hope Heart Institute.

There are many different ways to participate in Cupcake Camp Seattle:
  •  bake or buy cupcakes to donate
  • come to eat cupcakes
  • help raise money for a good cause (Suggested donation: $10 at the door)

No big hearted cupcake lover will be turned away. Cupcake Camp Seattle is all about sharing and celebrating cupcakes, community and creativity. Charity never tasted sweeter!

WHEN: Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 11am-2pm

WHERE: 415 Westlake Ave Seattle, Washington, 98109

WHY: Because who doesn’t love cupcakes?

For full event info click here

Apr 3, 2010

Butch Blum Presents: How to Pack Like a Pro

Butch Blum have always prided itself on their vast knowledge of fashion fixes...from how to select the best cashmere to where in Seattle to have an elegant cocktail. Join the Butch Blum style team as Kay Smith Blum teaches one of her favorites..."How to pack like a pro."Cocktails and light appetizers will be provided. 

What: How to Pack Like a Pro

When: April 6th, 2010

Time: 6-7:30pm

: Winston Wachter Gallery, 203 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109

Apr 1, 2010

Twice Blushed Trunk Show

Seattle’s Fashion Group International is “Going Green” this month with a special Twice Blushed Trunk Show. Twice Blushed turns once-loved bridal gowns into unique, one-of-a-kind art that represents an environmentally conscious approach to the traditional wedding gown. An essential component of a “green wedding”, Twice Blushed gowns are handmade right here in Seattle. Come meet the designer, see the beautiful showcase of gowns and learn more about the unique process that goes into reconstructing each gown into a signature piece. Otra Vez will also be on-hand to show their beautiful and eco-friendly line of jewelry.

Light refreshments including Champagne and Cupcake Royale Cupcakes will be served as guests network with FGI members, fashion industry professionals, and students studying for a career in a fashion-related field.

What: FGI Twice Blushed Trunk Show

When: April 28, 2010

Time: 6:30pm-8pm

Where: Vernell Studios. 5228 20th Ave. NW. Seattle, WA 98107

Tickets: $10 for FGI Members, $15 for non-members