Dec 21, 2010

Seattle's Holiday Shop Local Guide

So many gifts- so little time. This season forget the mall and venture into your own neighborhood boutiques to find the perfect gift for that someone special. Seattle Boutique wants to remind you to shop local this season. Here's a quick list of our favorite places to shop in the city.

Queen Anne Dispatch- This one-stop-shop on Queen Anne Avenue has everything that a girl in the city could possibly want- shoes, handbags, sunglasses, apparel, candles, stationary, cards, gifts and even lingerie! Plus, they can pack and ship to just about anywhere making it easy to buy and ship the perfect gift in no time.

Queen Anne Dispatch - 2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 - @qadispatch

The Finerie- Opened in September of 2006, The Finerie offers sophisticated style for men and women. Owners Tanya and Michael do an impeccable job stocking brands like Abi Ferrin, Yoana Baraschi, Ted Baker and even local designer Heilyke. The Finerie will validate parking at Hotel 1000 for all purchase of $175 or more.
The Finerie - 1215 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 - @thefinerie

Sway & Cake- Shop this trendydowntown boutique to find all the latest clothes, shoes, accessories & handbags that are sure to be donned by all your favorite celebs. Brands include Alice + Olivia, Genetic Denim, Killl City, Rebecca Minkoff and more. Can't shop in store? Priority shipping on is always FREE.
Sway & Cake - 1631 Sixth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 - @swayandcake

La Ree- Owner Rachael Nov is committed to staying on top of the trends to bring her customers high fashion from around the globe. La Ree carries a variety of designer labels including Alexander Wang, Cynthia Vincent, Helmut Lang and jewelry by local designer Jamie Joseph.
La Ree - 11 103rd Ave. N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 - @lareeboutique

Horseshoe- Known as the “Finery for Fillies”, Horseshoe boutique is a little bit of country and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. Find a large assortment of brands including Prairie Underground, Suzabelle, Ella Moss, Scrapbook, and more. Owner Jill even sells her own line of beautiful artisan jewelry in the store. Stop by and check it out!
Horseshoe - 5344 Ballard Ave. NW. Seattle, WA 98107 - @horseshoesea

Promesse- This upscale women’s boutique in Kirkland carries designer apparel and accessories from Adriano Goldschmied, Abaco Paris, Hugo Boss Orange, Michael Stars, Mint Jodi Arnold, Rag & Bone, Theory and more. Don't miss their recently added selection of adorable baby clothes and accessories!
Promesse - 128 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033

Canopy Blue- Nestled in Madison valley, Canopy Blue has a friendly staff and carefully edited merchandise from Diane von Furstenberg, Adriano Goldschmied, Rebecca Taylor, Suzabelle, Theory, Tory Burch, Trina Turk and more.
Canopy Blue - 3121 East Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112 - @canopy_blue

Opal- For budget-friendly fashion check out Opal! With 3 locations in the greater Seattle area including Downtown, Mill Creek and Redmond there's sure to be an Opal near you. Brands carried include Theory, Michael Stars, Hale Bob and more. The staff is helpful and the atmosphere is laid-back which makes Opal a great place to shop!
Opal - 2121 Terry Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 - @opalboutiques

Alhambra- if you're shopping downtown check out Alhambra. They carry everything from casual wear to cocktail dresses, shoes and accessories. Designers carried include Gary Graham, Rozae Nichols, A Common Thread, Inhabit and more. Alhambra also carries a fabulous assortment of jewelry from Renee Garvey, Dana Kellin and Rebecca Lankford. Get a glimpse of what's in store now by checking out Alhambra's blog.
Alhambra - 101 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101

Sweetie- Sweetie is a West Seattle women’s boutique that carries apparel and accessories from Diane von Furstenbeg, Rebecca Taylor, Tracy Reese, Trina Turk, Sanctuary, True Religion, Citizens of Humanity and more. Sweetie - 4508 California Ave. Seattle, WA 98116 - @sweetieboutique

Totokaeleo- Totokaelo derives from toto caelo, a Latin phrase that means "reaching to the edge of the stars." It's a fitting theme for the two stores and online community, which began in 2003 as a small shop in Fremont. Rather than paying attention to what others say is "in," they believe in building a tightly curated wardrobe that is reflective of personality and lifestyle. Featured brands include Rachel Comey, Yohji Yamamoto, Chloe, Future Classics, Jil Sander and more. Check out new arrivals by clicking here.
Totokaeleo - 913 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 - @totokaeleo

Meadow- Queen Anne's newest boutique recently celebrated their 1-year anniversary. Owner Shelly Hall makes it a point to keep everything in her shop affordable and on-trend. The product mix includes apparel, accessories, housewares and more. Looking to shop from local companies this season? Check out the beautiful assortment of Leah Pastrama jewelry or yummy soaps by Sweet Petula at Meadow.
Meadow - 1959 6th Ave. W. Seattle, WA 98109

The 206- Seattle style maven Kimberly Carney recently launched a new e-commerce website called “The 206”, a contemporary clothing boutique for men and women. The online store features contemporary trends for both work and play. Women's brands include Joes Jeans, G Star, Alice + Olivia, BCBG, Genetic and William Rast. Menswear brands include Ted Baker, J. Lindeberg, Robert Graham, and Rufus.

SPUN Collective- Designer Sara Seumae recently opened SPUN Sustainable Collective, a unique shop featuring local lines including Jesica Milton, Plaid Doctrine, Twig Cosmetics, Cameron Levin Couture, TĂȘte Couture, Thinknow jewelry and prints from Valentina Vitols Photography.
SPUN Collective - 1515 14th Ave., Suite A, Seattle, WA 98122

Spa Scotta- This is THE place to go for a much-talked about Shellac Manicure. I'm telling you, this is the only way I've ever been able to grow out my brittle nails. The environment at Spa Scotta is great and I absolutely adore Jessica, the spa owner who makes sure the vibe is blissful and the service is the best. Check out Spa Scotta's gift packages here or customize your own gift certificate online.
Spa Scotta - 4915 25th Ave. N. E. Seattle, WA 98105 - @spascotta

Swink Style Bar- Take the guess work out of getting ready by stopping in Seattle's only blow dry bar featuring a fab menu of 8 signature hair styles. 30 minutes and around $30 later you'll walk out looking like a million bucks. Swink is now open on Sundays from 10am-3pm.
Swink Style Bar - 611 Stewart St. Seattle, WA 98101 - @swinkstylebar

Calidora Skin Clinic- I saved the best for last. No, really. I love Calidora! The staff is amazing and they do a great job with injectables including Botox, Restylane, Dysport, Juvederm and more. Needle phobic? Try one of their other services including Thermage, laser therapy, facials, Via-C peels and more. Check out Calidora's Daily Deal by clicking here.
Calidora - 2613 N.E. University Village St. Seattle, WA 98105 - @calidora

Insider Tip: Another fun way to shop local this season is to pick up a copy of the recently launched CRAVE guide featuring over 160+ women-owned businesses in the city that rock! This book makes a great guide for yourself or a stellar present for a friend!

Happy Holidays!

Dec 14, 2010

Welcome to The 206

Seattle style maven Kimberly Carney recently launched a new e-commerce website called “The 206”, a contemporary clothing boutique for men and women. The online store will feature contemporary trends for both work and play. Women's brands include Joes Jeans, G Star, Alice + Olivia, BCBG, Genetic and William Rast. Menswear brands include Ted Baker, J. Lindeberg, Robert Graham, and Rufus. Live in the city? Shop online and get free next-day delivery in the Seattle-area. To celebrate the launch of the site, “The 206” will offer 30% off the entire purchase for the first 50 orders, including gift cards. Shoppers can enter HOLIDAY2010 at checkout to take advantage of this opportunity through January 15. 2010.

Dec 13, 2010

Julep Holiday Nail Set + Giveaway

Nothing says "Hello Holidays" quite like a beautiful manicure completed with glittery gold nailpolish. Julep is celebrating the season with a new Holiday color set that includes 4 signature shades for every holiday soiree. "Cyndi" is a deep chocolate polish with festive red sparkles, "Stefani" is a glittery olive green, "Sienna" is an oh-so-festive and sophisticated shimmery gold foil, and last but not least is "Molly" Julep’s update on a classic red. The set retails for $29 and is also available online at

So what's the secret to fabulous nails? Jane Park, CEO of Julep Nail Parlor shares her favorite holiday nail tips & tricks.

Dry Winter Hands? Unfortunately, just slathering on lotion doesn’t help. Exfoliating your hands is the key to ensuring that your moisturizer can reach past the layers of dead skin cells to do their job. At Julep, we use a sea salt and natural almond oil scrub to exfoliate hands and feet before applying lotion. For women who have very dry hands, or for women with significant age spots, I always recommend our “Girlfriend’s Glycolic Manicure”, which always wows our guests with immediate, dramatic results. One of my friends told me she just couldn’t stop touching her hands after this manicure – her skin was so soft. With the deep glycolic exfoliation, all of the rough, dead skin cells were sloughed away – exposing younger-looking, dramatically softer skin. Moisturizer doesn’t work if you don’t exfoliate! During the winter, Jane uses our Refresh Exfoliating Scrub on her hands everyday to exfoliate, hydrate and protect in just one step. (Plus it’s all natural and smells just amazing).

Migrating manicure?
To keep your manicure or pedicure looking fresh all holiday season, follow these tips! Sealing the “free edge” with every layer. The base coat, nail polish, and top coat should be applied across the “free edge” the part of your nail that is clipped or filed. Sealing the free edge can double the life of your manicure from only days to a full week or more by protecting your manicure from water damage and the resulting lifting or chipping of polish. The manicurist should run the brush of the base, color, and top coats along this edge, painting “horizontally” across the tip of your nail in addition to painting “vertically” along your nail. At the end of your manicure, you should not be able to see the white edge of your nail if your manicurist is using a colored polish.

Cuticle & Top Coat Tip: Maintain your manicure by applying cuticle oil on the cuticle and across the polish twice a day and applying a coat of top coat every other day. Top coat wears off with all the hand washing, typing, rubbing and abuse we put our hands through. Don’t worry – applying multiple coats of top-coat throughout the week will not result in your polish feeling thick and heavy. A fresh coat merely replaces the protective layer that often wears down within 48 hours. And don’t forget to “seal the free edge” with your top coat!

Water Protection for Nails: Protect against water: Always wear gloves when doing dishes – water is the enemy of a great manicure. Nail polish can take up to 12 hours to fully harden and “cure.” In particular, try to avoid hot water. Use
hand sanitizer, or cold water and soap to wash your hands (helps harden the nail polish).

Schedule Early. Most high quality salons and spas are very busy over the holidays so be sure to book early! December 23 and December 31st are two of our busiest days at Julep.

Holiday Nail Tip: For the holidays, you’ve just got to do red. ‘Tis the season, and red is instant glamour in a bottle. Especially if bold red lips are not in your repertoire, you should experiment with bold reds in your pedicures and manicures. Sparkly is always fun (TIP: sparkly or glittery nail polish tends to last longer because of the higher proportion of solids in the nail polish!). We love Marilyn (our red glitter) –It’s instantly figure enhancing. A deep wine red is more conservative for holiday work parties or for meeting the in-laws for the first time. We also love the classic fire engine red. So timeless and enduring.

New Year’s Eve Nails: We love the sophistication of white on my hands and black on my toes for New Year’s Eve.
With a black or silver sequined dress and spikey heels!

For more information about Julep click here. You can also follow Jane Park on her blog at

Enter to Win!
One lucky reader will receive a Julep Holiday Nail Color Gift Set featuring all 4 holiday shades. To enter "LIKE" Julep on Facebook and follow Julep on Twitter @JulepNailParlor. A winner will be announced on Friday, November 17th via the Julep Facebook page.

The winner will also receive a FREE One-Day Membership Pass to Julep!

Dec 10, 2010

4-Day Color/Design Class

Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, founder of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training has set the date for her next 4-Day Color/Design class to be held in Burbank, California. Running January 27th-30th the training program will enable participants to expand their career into lucrative and creative color consulting areas. A maximum of 20 people will be accepted per class and spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Required reading prior to class is Leatrice Eiseman’s latest book, “Color: Messages & Meanings, a Pantone Color Resource”. The workshop price is $1750 and includes a color workbook, plus professional color specifying materials. The cost of the training may be an allowable tax deduction for professional enhancement. Click here for additional details about Lee Eiseman's Color Training classes.

Dec 9, 2010

Cashmere Wrappings Trunk Show- Tonight!

Cashmere Wrappings and Pearls of Wisdom are coming together for a holiday trunk show! Get your Christmas shopping done early by shopping local and supporting these great companies. The trunk show is going on all day long so stop by anytime between 10am and 8pm. Don't be a scrooge- bring your friends!

WHO: Trunk Show- Pearls of Wisdom [by Jill McKinley] CASHMERE WRAPPINGS [by Betsy Balch]

WHAT: Holiday Open House/ Trunk show

Thursday December 9, 10AM to 8PM

WHERE: 18311 8th Ave. NW, Shoreline WA 98177 [ phone 206-542-8121 ]

Holiday gift shopping for fashion basics, fashionistas, pearl & cashmere lovers.

Dec 8, 2010

SportsWise Sale in Fremont

SportsWise is hosting a holiday sale at the Canal Building in Fremont December 9th through the 12th. This is a sale you won’t want to miss featuring popular men’s and women’s fall and winter athletic brands including Dude Girl, Horny Toad, Karma, Merrell and Oiselle at prices that are 40-80% off. Plus, lots bargain bins with stocking stuffers galore! The Friends and Family pre-sale begins on December 9 from 5 to 8pm and is open for the entire weekend, Friday, December 10 from 10am to 8pm, Saturday, December 11 from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, December 12 from 10am to 5pm. For more information or to sign up for the mailing list and a Friends and Family pre-sale invite, visit

On Friends and Family Night, Custom Smoothies will provide $5 gift certificates to the first 25 customers. Vincent Family Cranberry ( juice bottles provided to guests and samplings of their delectable fresh cranberries as well. The Vincent Family uses sustainable practices on their family-owned local farm to produce these finely crafted naturally sweetened artisan juices. On Friday morning, door prizes not to be missed will be awarded from The Sweat Box (, with locations in Shoreline and Capital Hill, of gift certificates for 90-minute Bikram Yoga classes.

“We have some of the hippest and unique quality brands in athletic wear,” said SportsWise President Lara Dittoe. “While bringing our customers the most stylish apparel and accessories, this sale promises to make holiday shopping for our customers and those on their list a fun experience! Our SportsWise customers are always happy knowing they’ve received the best price especially during this season, knowing they didn’t break the bank. ”

What: SportsWise Holiday Sale

When: December 9th-12th

Where: 716 N 34th Street in Fremont

Parking: There will be complimentary parking in the adjacent parking lot for SportsWise customers during the sale.

More info: Click here.

Dec 7, 2010

Whitney Stern Trunk Show @ La Ree

It's the season for sparkle and shine! Join the Eastside's premier women's boutique La Ree for a Whitney Stern jewelry trunk show on December 11th from 12-6pm. Whitney is a local designer who launched her line in 2007 and collaborates with metal smiths in Seattle, Washington and artisans from Lima, Peru to develop her line. The trunk show will also include wine tasting provided by Apex at Alderidge Winery. Whitney's jewelry would make a fabulous holiday gift for a friend or possibly a special splurge for your own jewelry box.

11 103rd Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98004-4965
(425) 453-786

Dec 6, 2010

CRAVE Heads to the Eastside- Tonight!

Hey Eastsiders, CRAVE is coming your way tonight at the Woodmark Hotel. This special installment of Words @TheWoodmark will feature a chat with Publisher Melody Biringer of the CRAVE company and the opportunity for guests to network with local Eastside women business owners that are featured in CRAVE Seattle: The Urban Girl’s Manifesto, Fourth Edition. For more info about the CRAVE Seattle guide click here.

What: Eastside Launch of CRAVE Seattle at the Woodmark Hotel

When: Monday, Dec 6th from 6-7:30pm

Where: The Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033

Price: FREE (but you must RSVP in advance to attend!)

RSVP: or (425) 739-6300

Dec 5, 2010

Modern Vintage Meets Maximal Art

Vintage-inspired jewelry designer John Wind loves creating pieces that clients will connect to and fall in love with. His line, Maximal Art is comprised of unique pieces that are stylish, sophisticated and destined to become instant favorites in your jewelry box. John originally started making jewelry in college while studying at the Slade School of Art in London. On weekends he would peruse the Portobello Market and look for great vintage trinkets that he could use to create custom jewelry. "I'm really inspired by the past. I love everything ‘Vintage’, from Victorian to the 1970’s. That’s where my creative process starts, and then I look for a modern, contemporary balance to counterpoint the old," says John.

The line features great pieces including this Mid-Summer Nights Dream Necklace that has a great woven metal mesh collar adorned with flowers, rhinestone birds and even a sweet lady bug. This necklace makes a great gift for the whimsical jewelry lover in your life.

The Jewelry Box also includes a beautiful 3 strand glass pearl collar with a crystal vintage clasp. So pretty for a holiday black-tie event or family pictures with Santa.

When it comes to vintage jewelry, John Wind finds a way to make everything old new again. The end result is a beautiful collection of truly timeless pieces. Find John Wind Jewelry locally at Stuhlbergs on Queen Anne. The pieces make great holiday gifts that anyone on your list would love to receive.

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Dec 4, 2010

Seattle FGI & GPH Partner for Holiday Event

Seattle's Fashion Group International is proud to be sponsoring the Girl Power Hour accessory swap that is part of their annual Christmas cocktail party on December 9th. The event will include pictures with Santa, swag bags, door prizes, a gift drive for the Jubilee Women's Center and lots more! Please join us for an evening of celebration at Citrus on Lake Union! See details below.

What: Girl Power Hour Holiday Cocktail Party

When: Thursday, Dec. 9th

Where: Citrus - 1001 Fairview Ave. N. # 1001

Time: 6-9pm

Rules for the Ultimate Accessories Swap:
-Everyone who brings an item receives a ticket (if you bring 3 items, you get 3 tickets, etc.)
-Items can be new or used, up to you
-Items need to be received within the first part of the event
-We'll have tables to display the items and we'll set it up to shop the items
-Then, people come in and "shop" with their tickets
-All left over unwanted items will be donated to the Jubilee Women's Club

Dec 3, 2010

Holiday Designer Event @ The Finerie

Come support the local fashion scene and join The Finerie for a holiday handcrafted designer event on December 4th from 12-7pm. Meet the Seattle-based designer behind Heilyke and see her gorgeous handcrafted winter coats, blazers, skirts and dresses.

1215 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 652-4664

Dec 1, 2010

Blackbird Holiday Gift Guide

Blackbird is making holiday shopping for the man in your life a little easier this year. With great gift options at a variety of price-points there's something for every man on your list including special holiday sets that take the guess work out of gift giving. *LOVE*

This kit contains everything you need to keep warm this winter including Baxter's lip balm, a Blackbird Boy Replica knit cap and a Black 8 oz. Stanley hip flask all packaged in a handsome wooden box.
$59.00 USD

Keep your hands warm in style with these 100% virgin wool gloves with leather palms. Treated for water repellency, lined in polyester fleece, and wrapped in classic red and black brodie plaid, these gloves add charm and warmth to your cold weather outfits.
$50.00 USD

This navy and green plaid woven is made of 100% cotton flannel and features triple chain stitch detail on sleeves and side seams and a bias cut chest pocket with top stitch detail. This is the perfect shirt for a holiday outing with the family or even pictures with Santa. :)
$180.00 USD

Mmmm. What better snack on Christmas morning than a yummy Applewood smoked bacon milk chocolate bar? This chocolate bar makes a great stocking stuffer too!
$9.50 USD

Look great and smell good too with this cologne made from a blend of lavender, citrus, warm florals and tobacco. Top notes of bergamot, lavender, and neroli open to tobacco, leather, and wood. This unisex cologne is packaged in a European dropper bottle and is made in Portland, Maine.
$68.00 USD

Our favorite gift from Blackbird is the Best of Seattle Set (of course!) Includes a pair of Filson, 100% merino wool fingerless gloves, a Stanley classic 8 oz. flask, a Blackbird Bird boy coffee tumbler and Frans Chocolates.
$65.00 USD

5410 22nd Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 547-2524

Seattle Boutique Blogspot wants to remind you to Shop local this holiday season!