Jul 27, 2012

The Stock List: Sell your Sole

Belltown's Sell your Sole designer consignment boutique has received quite a bit of buzz lately- and for good reason. Owner Natalia Biner diligently keeps the store stocked with tons of great merchandise including apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry and handbags from brands like Christian Louboutin, Vince Camuto, YSL, Prada, DVF, Gucci and more. Here's a peek at what's in stock now.

Lots, lots and lots of shoes including quite a few pairs of strappy sandals, Frye riding boots, Prada pumps, and more. Sizes vary and as always, the best stuff always goes FIRST!

Check out this Banane canvas tote (shown above) with a hot pink Birkin bag printed on the front. Super cute way to carry your groceries home from the store now that plastic bans are banished in Seattle. 

These micro mini Rock & Republic shorts are perfect way to show off long legs this summer. Love the epaulette detail  on the sides and the gold hardware. 

How adorable is this D&G blouse? It was paired in store with a black J. Crew pencil skirt but would be just as cute with a pair of dark wash ankle length jeans. 

This just might be the stairway to shoe heaven. Sell your Sole has a great upstairs loft featuring walls lined with shoes of all shapes and sizes. Stop by and see what's in store now!

Sell your Sole
2121 First Avenue Suite # 101
Seattle, WA 98121
On Twitter @SellyourSoleWA

Jump from Paper : In Stock Now at Charley + May

The first time I saw the Jump from Paper tote bags it took me a second to wrap my head around what I was seeing. The bags look like hand drawn illustrations but they literally come to life, hence the name, Jump from Paper. Queen Anne boutique Charley + May is the first store in Seattle to be carrying these little gems. 

The pink and yellow tote bags are in stock now. They make a great conversation piece and are definitely worthy of a double take. The bags are large enough to fit a laptop and cool enough to become your new favorite bag.

Charley + May
2225 Queen Anne Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98109

Jul 24, 2012

Goodwill South Lake Union Opens July 26th

Goodwill is opening their brand new South Lake Union store this Thursday with a special Grand Opening celebration. The event will feature door prizes, giveaways, music, free Top Pot donuts for the first 250 guests, and free eco-friendly tote bags for the first 200 guests. Don't forget to register for a chance to win a $500 Whole Foods Gift card. If you can't make the event you can still get involved by Texting Goodwill22 to 91011 to be automatically entered to win a $250 Whole Foods Gift Card.

The new store is unlike any Goodwill store you've ever experienced and was specifically designed to compliment South Lake Union customers with it's fashion forward merchandise mix. At 4,800 sq. feet the store feels more like a boutique than the rest of the Goodwill stores but will still carry all the merchandise you've come to expect including apparel and accessories for men, women and kids, plus housewares, office decor and jewelry. This is Goodwill's 22nd location in the Puget Sound and all purchases go to support Goodwill's free job training and education programs that help better the lives of people in the community. Happy Shopping!

WHAT: Goodwill South Lake Union Grand Opening Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, July 26th, 2012 - Doors open at 10am

WHERE: 411 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

WHY: Come welcome Goodwill to the neighborhood and check out the new store!

TWITTER: @SeattlleGoodwill

PS- Don't forget to save the date for the Goodwill Glitter Gala coming this fall!

Jul 23, 2012

FGI hosts Social Media Event

Fashion Group International is hosting a special Social Media and Small Business event this Wednesday, July 25th at The Art Institute of Seattle. Mike Whitmore, President of Fresh Consulting will be speaking about the role social media plays in business today and give tips on how small business owners can stay ahead of the curve and keep customers happy.

WHAT: FGI presents Social Media for Small Business

WHEN: Wednesday, July 25th from 5:30 - 7:30pm

WHERE: The Art Institute of Seattle 2323 Elliot Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 in the South Campus Room #632 

TICKETS: $20/Members/$35 Non-Members


Jul 22, 2012

Designers announced for BFW Independent Designer Runway Show

A panel of judges recently selected six local fashion designers and two handbag designers (listed below) to be featured in the first ever Independent Designer Runway Show during Bellevue Fashion Week. The designers will present 6-8 looks from their collections on the runway at the September 26th show.

Anne Sylvain by Patricia Raskin

Ampersand As Apostrophe by Jessica Park

Bd Homme by Banchong Douangphrachanh

Built For Man by Francisco Hernandez

Carole McClellan by Carole McClellan

Kreati-ka by Kathy Sabin-Mensah

Masha Osoianu Design by Masha Osoianu (facebook.com/mashaodesign)

Olga Szwed by Olga Szwed

The winning designer will receive a monetary prize package provided by Fashion Group International and Fem City Seattle to help build their business. They will also receive additional recognition during the month of October with a special display of their work showcased at The Bellevue Collection. The independent designers will be joined on the runway by Seattle-area designers Lizzie Parker and Lisa Vian Hunter who were recently featured on season one of NBC's Fashion Star. Tickets to the runway show are on sale now.

Jul 18, 2012

Mobile Fashion Truck Hits the Streets of Seattle

Say hello to Kippy Ding Ding, Seattle's newest (and only) vintage fashion mobile.  Owners Allison and Amanda noticed that the city had a need for a mobile fashion boutique and decided to retrofit a 1965 Aristocrat Mainliner and stock it with vintage apparel, accessories and housewares. "We have a rule when it comes to vintage clothing. You have to try it on and you have to add a belt," says Allison. 

The stylish duo met by chance at a Queen Anne cafe and decided to go into business together.  They stock a little bit of everything including handbags, belts, sunglasses, jewelry, vintage dresses, shoes and home decor. 

Meet Kippy this weekend in the parking lot of the Interbay Whole Foods from 11am-4pm.  You can also follow Kippy Ding Ding on Twitter @TheKippy to find out where she'll be next. Hooray! Or, as Kippy would say, "Yay Vintage!"

Save the Date - Goodwill Glitter Gala

Tickets are on sale now for the Goodwill Glitter Gala and fashion show which will take place at the Sheraton Hotel on November 7th. The evening will include dinner and a fashion show plus the opportunity to participate in an event raffle and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes in Goodwill’s free job training and education program. Ticket prices range from $175 - $350 and are on sale now. This year's theme is "Around the World" and cocktail attire is requested...glitter is optional, but highly encouraged!

Jul 17, 2012

The Stock List: Horseshoe

Lately mornings in the city have been marked with clouds and a little bit of thunder, but don't worry the forecast for this weekend is sunny and warm which means that your outfit plans for the Capitol Hill block party and Bite of Seattle festivities should include breezy dresses and stylish sandals. Ballard's Horseshoe boutique is fully stocked with everything you need to put the perfect summer outfit together. Take a look!

This striped little number by Loveappella is perfect for cruising around Capitol Hill while listening to your favorite bands and drinking a cold bevy. Pair with flip flops and prepare yourself for a good time!

If you're loving the tribal trend this season check out this Jacinta Dress by Eskell. It's 100% silk and has a beautiful asymmetrical hem. Wooden bracelets, a turquoise ring and a straw bag would be perfect way to complete this look. 

This dress by Weston Wear has date night written all over it. A super chic print paired with carefully draped fabric make this dress extremely flattering and really easy to wear. Horseshoe owner Jill would probably wear this dress with a pair of cowboy boots but if you're worried about tan lines try a pair of sandals instead. 

It was only a matter of time before the denim dress made it's humble return. From the waist up the Miller dress by Greylin looks like it could be a workwear jumpsuit but don't let the utilitarian look be deceptive, there are many ways to get this denim dress all dolled up. Add a belt, some lipstick and a pair of earrings and you're ready to rock & roll.

The right shoes can make or break an outfit. These striped wedge sandals by Splendid add interest to any outfit and show off a colorful pedicure. (Hint, Hint)

Last but not least, summer is the perfect time to stash your oversized handbag and walk out the door with something a bit smaller and more colorful. I love this Wenona Clutch by Cleobella with it's adorable gold leaf zipper pull.

Horseshoe - 5344 Ballard Ave. N. - Seattle, WA 98107 - 206.547.9639

Jul 16, 2012

Neodandi hosts 'Road to Fashion Week' show

Seattle-based Neodandi House of Fashion is headed to New York Fashion Week and to celebrate they're hosting a special fashion show on Thursday, July 26th from 8-11pm. Admission is free and the event is 21+ with a cash bar. Come see what this local design house has to offer before their Mercedes Benz fashion week debut in September.

What: Neodandi "Road to Fashion Week" pre-show

When: Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Where: 1927 Third Ave. Seattle, WA

Time: 8-11pm

Details: 21+ only/Cash Bar/ RSVP on Facebook

Twitter: @Neodandi

Jul 13, 2012

Nordstrom partners with Topshop

Oh how I love Top Shop. Let me count the ways.....

The first time I fell in love with Topshop was in London while shopping on Oxford street. Nevermind that I was on my honeymoon and already in a state of bliss- the fashion forward merchandise (and the prices) had me at hello. The amazingly stylish petites department, in-store cafe, cupcake kiosk and the Hershesons Blow Dry Bar were just icing on the cake. I would never have to leave........expect when I did have to leave and head back to Seattle where there were zero Topshop stores. These days I visit Topshop when I'm in New York or London but that's all about to change because this week Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom announced that it will partner with Topshop for special shop-in-shops inside 14 of their full-line stores. Nordstrom will dedicate 2500 square feet for women's apparel and accessories and another 1500 square feet to Topman. The shop-in-shops will make their debut in September and in addition to apparel will also feature shoes, handbags, make-up and grooming products. I cannot wait! Let the countdown to the September 10th debut begin!!!!

Here's a little sampling of what you'll find and fall in love with at Topshop:

Lace bodycon dress, $90

Lace peplum top, $72

Leather Jacket, $116

Geo triangle earrings, $20

Black platform sandals, $130
Chevron Belt, $30

Leather studded bag, $170

Lipstick, $16

Studded peep toe by CJG, $230

Check out the Topshop Print Overload inspiration video!

Jul 5, 2012

Seattle Fashion Directory

Last update: August 2013

Navigating the style scene is easy when you know where to shop. Here's the inside scoop on Seattle's best designers, boutiques and e-commerce sites. Whether you're a tourist, a local or newbie to the Emerald City we hope you'll discover a hidden gem in our Seattle fashion directory. Happy Shopping!

Queen Anne Dispatch
This one-stop-shop located at the top of Queen Anne hill has everything that a girl in the city could possibly want including apparel, accessories, shoes, handbags, cards, stationary, gifts, nail polish and even lingerie! Featured brands include Toms, French Connection, Hanky Panky, butter LONDON, Mavi, Bleulab Denim and more. The staff is friendly and they even offer complimentary gift wrapping to make special occasions completely stress-free.  Take advantage of in-store shipping to send gifts anywhere in the world.
Website: www.queenannedispatch.com
Address: 2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA
Twitter: @QADispatch

The Finerie
Since opening in 2006, The Finerie has been outfitting sophisticated Seattleites in brands like Abi Ferrin, Desigual, Yoana Baraschi and more. Owners Tanya and Michael host regular trunk show and in-store events so be sure to visit the store blog for details. 
Address: 1215 First Ave. Seattle, WA
Twitter: @TheFinerie

Sway & Cake
Shop this friendly downtown boutique to find trendy apparel, accessories, shoes and handbags. Seattle fashion mavens hang out at Sway to shop, dish about their love lives, swap the latest gossip, or simply hang out in what feels like their best friends fabulous closet. Featured brands include Current Elliot, Goddis, Rory Becca, Janessa Leone and more.
Website: www.swayandcake.com
Address: 1631 Sixth Ave. Seattle, WA
Twitter: @SwayandCake

La Ree
Bellevue's La Ree boutique brings high fashion to the Seattle's "eastside". Owner Rachael Nov regularly stocks labels like Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone, Jamie Joseph and more. Find outfit inspiration on La Ree's Facebook Fan page.  You can also sign up for the mailing list on their wesbite for invites to special events and trunk shows.
Website: www.lareeboutique.com
Address: 11 103rd Ave. N.E. Bellevue, WA Twitter: @LaReeBoutique

Located in Ballard, Horseshoe boutique prides itself on providing clients with "down home" customer service. Owner Jill Andersen regularly stocks women’s apparel and accessories from a variety of contemporary brands including Kensie, Prairie Underground, TART Collections, Grayling Jewelry, Suzabelle, TOMS, and more. Check out the Horseshoe Facebook Fan page for pics of new arrivals.
Website: www.shophorseshoe.com
Address: 5344 Ballard Ave. NW Seattle, WA
Twitter: @ShopHorseshoe

Canopy Blue
With powder blue walls and St. Bart's decor, Madison Valley's Canopy Blue boutique is a whimsical fashion getaway in the city. The stock list includes Diane von Furstenberg, French Fifty, Generation Love, Linea Pelle, Theory, Rebecca Taylor, Trina Turk and more. Check the website for seasonal featured items.
Website: www.canopyblue.com
Address: 3121 E. Madison St. Suite #103 Seattle Twitter: @Canopy_Blue

With 3 locations in the Greater Seattle area there's bound to be an Opal boutique near you. Owner Shannen Wyman, a former Seattle Seahawks cheerleader, chose the name of her store based on her birthstone. Brands carried include Michael Stars, Hale Bob, True Religion and Kazia Digo. Website: www.opalboutiques.com
Address: Various locations
Twitter: @OpalBoutiques

Alhambra has been serving the Seattle market for over two decades providing clients with women's apparel and accessories from brands like Gary Graham, Ulla Johnson, Nicole Miller, New Scotland, Burning Torch and SW3. Located downtown within walking distance of the Pike Place Market Alhambra is easy to visit in person but with the recent addition of their e-commerce boutique you can now shop online too.
Website: alhambrastyle.com
Address: 101 Pine Street, Seattle, WA
Twitter: @AlhambraStyle

Totokaelo derives from toto caelo, a Latin phrase that means "reaching to the edge of the stars." It's a fitting theme for the store and online community that began in 2003. Rather than paying attention to what others say is "in" owner Jill Wenger believe in building a tightly curated wardrobe that is reflective of personality and lifestyle. Totokaelo stocks designer labels including  Jil Sander, R13, Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey and more.
Website: totokaelo.com
Address: 1523 10th Ave. Seattle, WA
Twitter: @Totokaelo

Sell your Sole
If you dig designer consignment don't miss Belltown's Sell your Sole boutique. Owner Natalia perfectly curates an edited selection of apparel and accessories from designer brands including YSL, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Elie Tahari and more. Sell your Sole proves that you don't have to spend a million to look like one.
Website: www.sellyoursoleconsignment.com
Address: 2121 First Ave. Ste #101 Seattle Twitter: @SellyourSoleWA

David Lawrence
Located in Bellevue at The Bravern, designer boutique David Lawrence carries apparel and accessories for men and women from brands like Versace, Hugo Boss, Herve Leger, DSquared2, Just Cavalli and Diesel Black Gold. Check the stores Facebook fan page for new arrivals, trunk shows and special events.
Website: www.david-lawrence.com
Address: The Bravern/Level 3/Bellevue
Twitter: @DavidLawrenceCo            

Butch Blum
Located in downtown Seattle, Butch Blum has been wardrobing stylish Seattleites since 1974. Inside the store you'll find sleek visual merchandising to highlight designer brands like Giorgio Armani, Allude, Fabiana Filippi, John Varvatos, Maison Martin Margiela and Moschino. For Spring '14 Butch Blum will launch a capsule collection with Seattle designer Cameron Levin.
Get live updates on the Butch Blum blog.
Website: www.butchblum.com
Address: 1408 Fifth Ave. Seattle, WA
Twitter: @ButchBlum

The story of Mario's dates back to 1960 when Mario Sr. opened his first menswear store in Portland's Lloyd Center. This is when Mario Jr. began working for his father doing everything from sweeping the floors to selling. Fast forward to 1982 when Mario Jr. opened a Seattle Mario's store on sixth avenue stocking apparel and accessories for men and women. The rest is history and Mario's has been outfitting the stylish residents and local celebs of the Pacific Northwest ever since.
Website: Marios.com
Address: 1513 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA
Twitter: @StyleMarios

Karan Dannenberg Clothier
Often referred to as Belltown's hidden gem, Karan Danneberg's namesake boutique has been wardrobing women with apparel and accessories to fit their lifestyle since 1997. Featured brands include Creenstone, Nicole Miller, Sympli, Rock Star Jewelry, Yoana Baraschi and SW3. Check the Facebook fan page for new arrivals and trunk shows.
Website: KaranDannenberg.com
Address: 2232 First Ave. Seattle, WA
Twitter: @KaranDannenberg

Luly Yang Couture
Award winning designer Luly Yang has been creating gorgeous couture gowns for over a decade. In addition to her store on Fourth Avenue, Luly opened a second store in Beijing in 2008. Her client list includes entertainers, politicians and fashion elite from all over the globe. Check Luly's Facebook fan page for events and updates.
Website: Lulyyang.com
Address: 1218 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA
Twitter: @LulyYangCouture

Founded by Karen Bonomo in 2003, Mercer offers contemporary apparel and accessories for women from brands like Paige Premium Denim, Cynthia Vincent, J Brand, Monroe, Tart and Citizens of Humanity. With locations in University Village and Sammamish, there's a Mercer store near you and sales girls ready to help you shop for everything you need. Join the VIP loyalty program for special perks and discounts!
Website: Mercerstore.com
Address: Various locations
Twitter: N/A

Show Pony
Fremont-based boutique Show Pony is both chic and eclectic offering women a wide range of apparel, accessories, jewelry, shoes and gifts. Featured brands include Revival Ink, Prairie Underground, Eric Michael, Daly Bird and Aubrey Summers.  In addition to regular merchandise Show Pony also has an in-house consignment boutique for shoppers to pursue the "thrill of the chase".
Website: www.showponyboutique.com
Address: 702 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA
Twitter: @ShowPonySeattle

Madina Vadache
Originally from Russia, couture designer Madina Vadache moved to America and opened her own store in Bellevue in the 1990’s. Madina Vadache is devoted to celebrating the art of fashion and offers sophisticated women’s apparel in a variety of categories including evening and bridal wear. Website: www.madinavadache.com
Twitter: @MadinaVadache

Vian Hunter House of Fashion 
NBC Fashion Star and Seattle designer Lisa Hunter uses luxurious fabrics to make beautiful, vintage-inspired clothing for women. Her entire line is made in the U.S.A. and is sold through her boutique, Vian Hunter House of Fashion located in Madison Valley. Stop by to see the collection and meet the designer in person.
Website: http://www.vianhunter.com
Address: 2814 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA Twitter: @LisaVianHunter

Olivine Atelier
Seattle-based online perfume bar Olivine Atelier lets women shop from a series of scents that are hand-crafted right here in the U.S. Can't decide? Olivine Atelier offers a special package of 2ml fragrance samples to make it easier to pick! Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more and get good karma points too! 5% of every sale goes to Every Mother Counts, a campaign founded by Christy Turlington to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world.
Website: www.shopolivine.com
Twitter: @_Olivine

Blue Luna
Located in Kirkland, Blue Luna offers women contemporary apparel straight off the runways of Paris, Milan and Barcelona. Featured designers include Cop.Copine, Axara, Save the Queen and Isabel de Pedro. Check the website for Blue Luna Fashion videos and special events.
Website: www.bluelunafashion.com
Address: 127 Lake St. S. Kirkland, WA
Twitter: @BlueLunaFashion 

Bag, Borrow or Steal
When Jennifer Hudson wowed Sarah Jessica Parker with her patchwork Louis Vuitton rental in the first Sex & The City movie, Bag Borrow or Steal became a household name. Located in Seattle, the designer handbag, accessory and jewelry rental site brings luxury fashion to the masses. 100% of the items on the site are verified for authenticity and the site regularly stocks on-trend pieces from designers like Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and more.
Website: www.bagborroworsteal.com
Twitter: @BagBorrowSteal      

Blue Nile
Founded in 1999, Seattle-based Blue Nile has grown to become one of the largest online retailers of certified diamonds and fine jewelry. Blue Nile offers high quality diamonds that are certified by the most respected independent diamond grading labs in the world. On their site you'll find engagement and wedding rings, jewelry, gifts and even the ability to design your own custom jewelry. Every order is shipped free, guaranteed and returnable within 30 days. Website: www.bluenile.com
Twitter: @BlueNileDiamond

Baby & Co. 
Baby & Co. opened it's doors in 1978 as the brainchild of Baby and Uri Burstyn. Known for carrying fashion forward brands before they hit the mainstream, Baby & Co. stocks brands like Frank and Lu, Yoshi Kondo, Malene Birger, Faliero Sarti, Elemente Clemente, and more. Current owners Jill & Wayne Donnelly use the streets of Paris, Copenhagen and other fashion capitals around the globe to search for trailblazing designers whose commitment to quality and creativity match their own. 
Website: www.babyandco.us
Address: 1936 First Ave. Seattle, WA
Twitter: @ShopBabyandCo 

Rock Star Jewelry 
Rock Star Jewelry is a Seattle-based company that creates handmade one-of-a-kind precious and semi-precious jewelry. The line, designed by local artisan Martha Driver, has been featured on the cover of Seattle magazine and graced the runway of shows like Project Red Dress, Fashion First, LA Fashion Week, Vancouver Fashion Week and more. The entire line of necklaces, earrings and bracelets are colorful and stunning making them great to give- or receive.
Website: www.rockstarjewelry.com
Address: Check the website for current stockists
Twitter: @RockStarJewelry