Feb 29, 2012

Learn About Color from Pantone Expert Leatrice Eiseman

If you love color and want to learn more about how to forecast colors, create color combinations and expand your career join Pantone Color Institute's Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman for a 4-Day Color/Design class July 12th-15th on
Bainbridge Island. A maximum of 20 students are accepted per class and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Leatrice has taken her 30+ years of experience in the world of color and condensed it into a 4-day class. Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your knowledge of color and understand the psychology behind it.

*Required reading prior to class:
Color: Messages & Meanings, a Pantone Color Resource” by Leatrice Eiseman

Feb 28, 2012

Karan Dannenberg hosts "Sympli the Best" Trunk Show

Join Karan Dannenberg Clothier this Saturday for a special trunk show featuring Canadian clothing line Sympli the Best and local jewelry designer Martha Driver of Rock Star Jewelry. The event will include refreshments by O Wine and Talking Rain plus the chance to win a $100 gift certificate when you spent $100 or more.

What: Karan Dannenberg presents Sympli the Best Trunk Show with Rock Star Jewelry

When: Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Time: 11am-5pm

Additional Info: Keep up with Seattle boutique Karan Dannenberg via their blog or find them on Facebook.

Karen Dannenberg
2232 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Feb 25, 2012

Retail Minded Launches Lifestyle Magazine

The world of retail is rapidly changing and boutiques everywhere are struggling to keep up. Over the past few years we've seen many of the independent boutiques in our communities disappear and those that remain are hanging on by a thread as they struggle to adapt and adhere to the new rules of retail. That's why I'm excited to announce the launch of a new retail magazine that is completely devoted to the celebration of retail not only as a business but as a lifestyle. Retail Minded magazine is filled with relevant articles on everything from social media marketing to merchandising and contains useful tips and practical strategies that small business owners can put to work right away. The launch of Retail Minded magazine has been a long time coming for Nicole Leinbach Reyhle. She's spent years working in the trenches with boutiques on everything from employee training to assortment planning and believes that "retail isn't just a job, it's a lifestyle". As Founder and Editorial Director of Retail Minded, Nicole and her team strive to help provide quality resources to independent retailers in order to help them achieve success. Contributors to the magazine include a wide range of entrepreneurs, savvy retail experts, showroom owners and industry veterans to provide readers with a fresh, modern approach to understanding all things retail, including living life beyond the store walls. The inaugural issue includes articles on How Videos can Help Bring Customers to the Store, Effective ways to get feedback from shoppers, The Importance of Showroom Relationships, Tax Tips for small businesses and even an article on how to invest your money for long-term financial success. This magazine is a must-read for anyone living and working in the world of retail.

Retail Minded magazine will publish on a quarterly basis and include regular sections on merchandising, marketing, inventory,and lifestyle elements such as how to fit in a weekend getaway while working a retail schedule. Subscriptions start at $39.95. Group rates and student discounts are also available. Preview the premier issue here.

Feeling social? Follow Retail Minded on Twitter @RetailMinded.

Feb 23, 2012

AIS hosts 'The Rite of Spring' Fashion Show

Support student fashion in Seattle on Thursday, March 8th at The Showbox Sodo! The Art Institute of Seattle will be hosting their 14th Annual Fashion Show 'The Rite of Spring' sponsored in part by Nieman Marcus. Tickets are $20 for standing-room general admission and $60 for front row seating. General Admission student tickets are only $5 in advance. For full info click here.

Feb 20, 2012

Local Fashion Designers Unite to Support Planned Parenthood

The countdown to the pink carpet continues as Seattle's fashion community unites for a special runway fashion show to benefit Planned Parenthood. Featured designers include Lizzie Parker, Lisa Vian Hunter, SPUN, Katie Chrisman, LAVSH, Kate Mensah, Lady Konnyaku, MEKA Clothing, Ilha Swimwear, Clear Coated Rainwear by Miriam Reynolds, La Belle Reve, Fancyhawk, Seamless in Seattle Winner Banchong Douangphrachanh, Cameron Levin and Twirly Girl Pasties. The evening will include performances by The Heavenly Spies Burlesque Troupe, The Can Can Castaways, Fuchsia Foxxx and DJ Sharadawn. Prior to the runway show Planned Parenthood Medical Director Anna Kaminski will host a short discussion on the status of PP's life-saving mammogram services. Tickets are on sale now!

"The support of this event has been incredible so far, and to see so many collaborate on this project is proving our gratitude towards PPGNW (Planned Parenthoods of the Greater Northwest). On March 1st, not only will we be highlighting women's health care, we are also celebrating the services that PP has provided men, women and teenagers for many years. It is our evening to say "thank you" and to give back to this organization so that much needed services can be provided for generations to come." says Grace Kelly, one of the many people who have spent countless hours working to put together this event.

Check out this great video about the Pink Carpet Project!

What: Pink Carpet Project: Seattle Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood

When: Thursday, March 1st at 8pm

Where: Fred Wildlife Refuge 127 E. Boylston - Seattle, WA 98102

Cost: Tickets $25-300

Twitter hashtags: #pinkcarpetproject #standwithpp

Feb 14, 2012

Enter to win a $500 Mercer Gift Card

Seattle boutique Mercer recently launched their own Facebook Fan Page and to celebrate their hosting a $500 gift card giveaway! Enter to win and you could be saying hello to your new spring wardrobe. Mercer carries contemporary clothing and accessories from brands and designers including Theory, Rachel Zoe, 2812 by Sienna Miller, Rebecca Taylor, Dolce Vita and more. Enter to win on the Mercer Facebook Fan Page and tell your friends. When they enter and mention your name- you'll be entered for an additional chance to win!

Find Mercer in Seattle at the University Village (2670 NE University Village Dr.) or in Sammamish at the Pine Lake Village (3046 Issaquah Pine Lake Road SE). If you run a business, check out these plastic card printing services for your own gift card givaways!

Feb 13, 2012

Zumiez to Relocate Web Operations

In a move to remain competitive with e-commerce retailers who are offering customers rapid turnaround times after placing orders online, Zumiez has made the decision to relocate their e-commerce order fulfillment operations to Edwardsville, Kansas. The move, scheduled to take place in May, will allow Zumiez to deliver online orders to customers anywhere in the continental U.S. in 3 days or less. The 35 Everett-based employees affected by the move were given a 60-day notice last week and offered the opportunity to relocate to Kansas, or take severance packages based on their years of service and position.

"Decisions like this need to be evaluated carefully, especially when they impact our valued team members. As a company, we continually evaluate opportunities to increase the speed of delivering products to our customers while also improving our costs," said Zumiez Chief Financial Officer Marc Stolzman.

About Zumiez Inc.-
Zumiez is a leading specialty retailer of action sports related apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories based out of Everett, Washington. As of January 28, 2012 Zumiez operated 434 stores in the United States and 10 stores in Canada.

Feb 6, 2012

New Year, New You

Join Little Black Dress Events & Productions this Thursday at GEM Salon in Kirkland for a high-energy evening of beauty on Carillon Point. Guests will be treated to a beauty service of their choice (see menu below), nutrition consultations by Ashley Besecker of Crave Health, refreshments by Girly Girl Wine, sweet treats from NY Cupcakes, music by DJ Million, plus a VIP cocktail reception at The Woodmark's Beach Cafe. Tickets are $30 and guests can choose from one of the following beauty services:
  • Day or Night Look with Smokey Eye Make-up Application (including tutorial)
  • Blowout with Styling Lesson
  • Eyelash Extension Express Preview
  • Brow Wax
  • Lip Wax
Gem Stylists will also be on hand to give guests complimentary hair cut and color consultations.

What: New Year, New Your

When: Thursday, February 9th, 2011

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Where: Gem Salon at Carillon Point

Tickets: $30 includes a beauty service of your choice (must schedule in advance), refreshments, and swag bag. Please call GEM Salon at (425) 822.2990 to book your service once you have purchased a ticket to the event.

Feb 1, 2012

Beauty Notes: Bellevue Welcomes Noir Lash Lounge

Noir Lash Lounge has officially opened it's doors in Bellevue and as a beauty addict here in Seattle I can tell you- it's going to be a game changer. Specializing in eyelash extensions, Noir Lash Lounge offers guests full sets of lashes for $75, fills for $35 and additional services like strip lashes for a night on the town, Mink lashes for a little bit of glam, or Lash Dip, a semi-permanent mascara. The Bellevue lounge is Noir's 5th location and because of the high volume of lashes they go through on a weekly basis the company has worked with manufacturers to develop a special Noir Lash Lounge line of eyelash extensions, glue and oil-free makeup remover. This also allows the company greater flexibility to offer varying sizes and lengths of lashes that may not be available at other eyelash extensions bars. With a wider range of styles stylists have the ability to customize a signature look for each guest based on eye shape, lash fullness and style preference. "We want to make beautiful eyelash extensions accessible for everyone," says owner Joyce Poon in reference to Noir's pricing. Noir Lash Lounge may only be charging a fraction of what competitors in the area are charging for lash services but one thing Joyce & her team of stylists don't skimp on is quality. "We know that guests won't be back if they aren't happy with the experience," says Joyce, "and because we embrace a no-advertising policy we strive to impress our clients every time so that they'll keep coming back and recommend us to their friends."

The eyelash extension experience starts with a consult and recommendations from the stylist on lash type. All Noir Lash Lounge stylists go through hours of training to ensure their understanding of how to analyze the shape of the eye and create a custom look by combining various lengths and sizes of lashes. Guests receive a mini eye treatment via gel pads infused with Aloe and Vitamin E placed under the eyes to keep lower lashes from interfering with the lash application. The lash application process takes about an hour and half and includes a clear sealant top coat to enhance shine and help protect the lashes. A relaxing forehead massage completes the experience and guests are sent home with a tip sheet on how to care for their new lashes.

Noir Lash Lounge also sells a variety of retail products including Geisha Ink Eyeliner, a 24-hour, smudge proof liquid liner made in Japan, "Faux on the Go" kits that include Noir Lash Lounge strip lashes, glue and mini tweezers for application, Oil-Free eye makeup remover (a must-have for eyelash extension wearers), Bel Fiore hair ties, and Eye Curl, a heated eyelash curler which works wonders on hard-t0-curl lashes.

Once you fall in love with your new eyelash extensions you'll be searching for ways to make them last. Check out these fab tips from Noir Lash Lounge Owner Joyce Poon on how to care for eyelash extensions and make your look last. (My favorite is number 3!)

1. Less is best! The constant application and removal of eye makeup can be a strain on your gorgeous new lashes. Wearing less with lashes not only gives you that au natural fresh face, but keeps your lashes fresher longer. Can’t go without a little extra something? Try a new shade of lipstick or skin shimmer- your eyes don’t have to be your only fab feature!

2. Stop rubbing your eyes. Not only is the motion hard on your lashes, but think about the delicate skin surrounding your eye! If you’re stressing about fine lines, remembering not to rub your lashes will aid in your anti-aging battle and keep your lashes pretty longer.

3. Goggles. No, we’re not kidding. Straight from the mouths of our clients! That waterfall shower may be oh-so-heavenly on your achy muscles, but it’s not so nice on your lush lashes. Try replacing that icky rubber band on swim goggles with a soft stretchy terry cloth, then voila! Comfy and practical protection! Totally makes washing your hair worry free.

4. Sleep on your back! Face sleepers tend to have more issues with “tangling” and losing lashes, smooshing your pillow in your face stresses the lashes making them fall out faster. We can totally tell when you’ve been sleeping on your side, too. No we’re not psychic, your lashes tell us which side you’ve been sleeping on as you’re more likely to lose lashes on that side. The added bonus? Sleeping on your back prevents wrinkles as opposed to sleeping on your face.

5. Keep your lashes tidy. If you keep your lashes tidy this is will keep you from fussing with them throughout the day. Fussing with your lashes leads to a shorter lash life- remember rule number one: less is best! Detangle your lashes with tweezers after your shower to keep them in the best shape. The steam “softens” the lashes making them ultra easy to comb through. Using tweezers gives you control in fixing the placement of the lashes without the risk of snagging the lashes and pulling them out (ouch!). Once you leave the steamy room, the lashes will set in place looking picture perfect.

Noir Lash Lounge
225 Bellevue Way N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Open 7 Days a Week!