Dec 7, 2013

Holiday Shopping Wishlist: Karan Dannenberg Clothier

Capture the magic of the holiday season by heading to Belltown and shopping locally from Karan Dannenberg Clothier. Since 1997, Karan Dannenberg has been wardrobing clients with gorgeous apparel and accessories from brands like Nicole Miller, Rock Star Jewelry, Cookie Johnson, Creenstone, Mackage, Mandy Moon Vintage, Alberto Makali, Sympli, SW3 and more. Here are a few of our favorite holiday gifts that you'll find in store now. Karan Dannenberg and her team will even help with gift wrapping and shipping!

Dec 5, 2013

Shop local and get cozy at the Cashmere Holiday Party

Join three local cashmere companies at Trillium Custom Tailoring in Bellevue on Thursday, December 12th for a special Cashmere Holiday party! Featured lines include Paychi Guh, BENU and Mere Basics. (You may remember Paychi Guh and BENU from the Independent Designer Runway Show in Bellevue.) At the event you'll also have the opportunity to meet designer Kathleen Baxley of Mere Basics. The company just launched it's first online boutique and the entire product line makes the perfect gift! Shop local for the holidays and don't miss out on this great event!

{far4} hosts Shana Luther pop-in tonight from 5-8pm

Join Seattle boutique {far4} for a Shana Luther pop-up party tonight from 5-8pm. The Brooklyn-based handbag line will be available for a limited time only in Seattle, so stop by, socialize and get your holidays shopping done in style. 

Dec 4, 2013

For those that love the outdoors: The Patagonia Legacy Collection

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Patagonia is bringing back 10 timeless favorites just in time for holiday gift giving.  These Legacy Collection vintage classics are re-interpreted with modern materials and design lines that are available exclusively in Patagonia stores and online at 

Shop Local at the Amex + Delta Pop-Up

Going on now through December 23rd you can shop for all your holiday gifts at a special American Express + Delta Pop-Up Shop taking place in Downtown Seattle. Each week has a different theme and this week, it's beauty & fashion. Shop from local vendors including Clementine, Zebra Club, Mishu, Kimberly Baker, Blackbird, April Pride and more. The Pop-up runs daily from 10am until 7pm and stays open an hour later on Friday and Saturday nights. Happy Shopping!

American Express + Delta Pop-Up Shop
55 University Street
(Located at Alki Arts at Harbor Steps)
Seattle, WA 98101

Nov 21, 2013

AIS hosts benefit event for Inspire Youth Project

Join the Art Institute of Seattle for a student-produced holiday soiree featuring food, drinks, music, art and a silent auction benefitting the Inspire Youth Project. Formerly known as Rise N' Shine, Inspire Youth Project offers emotional support and advocacy to at-risk youth. The event is taking place on Thursday, December 5th from 5-8pm. Admission is $5 at the door. The Art Institute of Seattle is located at 2323 Elliott Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. Street and garage parking available.

Nov 19, 2013

Clementine to host Ricefield Collective Pop-In Shop

Ricefield Collective will be popping up this Saturday, November 23rd at Clementine in West Seattle. Shop the colorful, handmade selection of knit hats and scarves as you help support relief efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Pop In Shop will donate $1 for every RSVP from now until the event and 10% of event sales will be donated directly to the cause. Clementine is located in West Seattle at 4447 California Ave. S.W. Seattle, WA 98116. Can't make the event? Check out what's popping up online at

Queen Anne Holiday Shopping Guide: Charley + May

You don't have to wait until Small Business Saturday to shop at your favorite local boutiques. Charley + May on Queen Anne is gearing up for the holidays and has a great selection of gift-worthy items that everyone on your list will love. Here are a few of my favorites. 

Stylish Bags by Keeper
If you're looking for something made in Seattle by hand, don't miss the gorgeous laser cut felt Peacock handbags by Keeper (pictured left). Each bag comes with a detachable leather strap that features a Peacock cutout detail and chain embellishment.  The company also makes a stylish envelope clutch (pictured right) composed of wool and recycled PET hand-laced with vegan tanned leather. If you stop by the store and love the idea of handcrafted felt accessories you might also want to check out the felt coasters by Keeper. They make a beautiful (and budget-friendly) hostess gift for the holidays.

Nov 12, 2013

Styled Seattle produces another great issue of Styled Right magazine

Vicci Martinez looks stunning on the cover of this month's Styled Right magazine. Available online, the new issue features style advice from Clinton Kelly, host of TLC's What Not to Wear, Thrifting tips from Evening Magazine's Kim Holcomb, dating advice from Lindzi Cox of The Bachelor, holiday must-haves from the "It List" including White Space jewelry stackable rings and cashmere scarves by Paychi Guh, plus tips on how to thrive this holiday season. Read the full issue online here:

Nov 4, 2013

Shop for a cause: The 30th Annual Goodwill Glitter Sale is coming Nov. 9th and 10th

Time flies when you're having fun. This year Seattle Goodwill is hosting it's 30th annual Glitter Sale which will take place this weekend, November 9th and 10th. 

This year's designer highlights for the annual Goodwill Glitter sale include Burberry, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Trina Turk, Michael Kors and more. Admission is free to the two-day sale which will run daily November 9th and 10th from 9am-6pm. “I am excited to be celebrating 30 years of the Glitter Sale because this is one of the ways to support our free job training and education programs,” said Cindi Forslund, Vice President of Operations for Goodwill. “This year we expanded the Glitter Sale space so there are even more fabulous items to shop.”

Book Review: Parisienne French

My first two trips to Paris would have been a lot different had I taken the time to learn a few key phrases in French. I was busy, London was the focus of my trip, and despite the Spanish courses I took in high school my foreign language skills were limited if not severely lacking. One of my most memorable exchanges was in a Parisian coffee shop where I struggled to order a simple Americano. Turns out, in Paris "Cafe Americain" is filtered coffee. "Cafe Leger" on the other hand is espresso with double the water. As I struggled to figure this out (in English) and the barista struggled to help me (in French) the rest of the customers in line behind me began to get impatient. Feeling annoyed and sensing that I had no intention of trying to figure out my order in French the barista finally turns to me and says in perfect English, "Just tell me what you want to drink." Note to self: learn a few key phrases if you don't want everyone in the local coffee shops to hate you. Noted.

Oct 27, 2013

A golden glow just in time for Halloween

If you're planning to show a little skin on Halloween (or even if you're not), a golden glow can go a long way this time of year. Providing clients with an eco-friendly alternative to traditional tanning beds, Seattle-based Divine Sunless Tanning offers clients mobile service for a quick and easy airbrush tan that won't harm skin. The company was recently featured in the October issue of Allure magazine and works with clients year-round to maintain a gorgeous glow. Divine Sunless Tanning offers a variety of services to suit every need from a 2-hour express glow for girls who "gotta have it now" to the "Beautiful Assets" package which uses an artists airbrush to define jawbones, highlight cheekbones and contour cleavage. Owner Wendy Smith also offers bridal packages and tanning parties for groups of 3 or more. It's time to get your glow on!

Oct 25, 2013

Calypso St. Barth now open at University Village

Once a modest collection of resort-wear based in St. Barth, Calypso St. Barth has grown into a luxury lifestyle brand with a growing international following. Inspired by travel, culture, and art, the brand's apparel and accessories are designed to be easily mixed and matched to create a chic looks for everyday wear. Celebrity fans of the line include stylist Rachel Zoe, fashion blogger and TV host Sydne Summer and actress Jennifer Aniston. A brand new Calypso St. Barth store is now open at the University Village. Stop by to welcome the team to the neighborhood and enjoy 25% off your purchase now through Sunday, October 27th. Shop online at using code FALLFF13.

Oct 23, 2013

Locally made hostess gifts you'll love

It's the time of year for get togethers and gatherings filled with warm food and good friends. Don't show up empty handed. Here are a few hostess gifts you'll love to give...and receive. Everything on this list is made locally and available right here in Seattle. 

Custom gloves for wine and champagne are now available from local leather and fur designer Carole McClellan. Available in multiple colors and materials these adorable accessories are the perfect way to dress up your next bottle of wine. Visit

Oct 21, 2013

FGI hosts A Color Conversation with International Color Expert Leatrice Eiseman

Fashion fans in the city are already counting down the days until the next Fashion Group International event featuring international color expert Leatrice Eiseman. As the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and the author of six books on color theory, Leatrice is well-versed on the art and science of color and the impact it has on our everyday lives. If you've ever wondered how the Pantone Color of the Year is selected or pondered how the top color trends are forecasted- this event is for you! Early bird ticket sales have closed, but a limited number of tickets are still available via Brown Paper Tickets for the October 29th event at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Craving more color? Check out the Eiseman Color Blog

What: A Color Conversation with Leatrice Eiseman

When: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 from 6-8:30pm

Where: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 727 Pine St. Seattle, WA 

Tickets: Prices vary. Visit Brown Paper Tickets for availability. 

Twitter: @FGISeattle

                               Recommended reading: Spring 2014 Pantone Fashion Color Report

Oct 18, 2013

W Seattle hosts Wear Wednesdays event featuring Mario's

The Wear Wednesdays fashion series at the W Seattle is still going strong and if you're in the market for a new pair of jeans you'll want to join Mario's for an exclusive fall fashion event on Wednesday, October 23rd from 5-7pm. The evening will include a denim showcase featuring brands like Vince, Paige, Hudson and 3x1 Denim and Mario's style experts will be on hand help guests pick out the perfect fit. Guests will also enjoy happy hour pricing on all refreshments throughout the event and have the opportunity to take away a stylish swag bag. For event updates follow @WSeattle on Twitter using event hashtag #WearWednesdays. 

Oct 17, 2013

Don't miss Macy's fall fashion event featuring local bloggers

Local style bloggers including Jess Estrada of Fresh and Alix Hernandez of will be at the Bellevue Macy's store this Saturday, October 19th from 2-4pm to report on their favorite fall fashion trends and present their essential picks for the season. Guests will enjoy mini manicures by Hoa Salon, a braid bar courtesy of Gene Juarez and a special fashion emergency kit with purchases of $75 or more.

What: Macy's Fall 2013 Fashion Event

When: Saturday, Oct. 19th from 2-4pm

Where: Bellevue Square Macy's

Why: Because shopping with your favorite style bloggers while getting mini manicures is the perfect way to spend a Saturday!

Karan Dannenberg Clothier to host Yoana Baraschi Trunk Show

Belltown boutique Karan Dannenberg Clothier will host a special Yoana Baraschi trunk show on Saturday, October 26th from 11am-5pm. Yoana's fall collection titled "Blue" features gorgeous dresses, easy knits, and structured jackets in a variety of shapes and silhouettes that incorporate intricate design details. Guests are invited to experience the fall collection in person while enjoying refreshments and entering to win a Yoana Baraschi dress of their choice.

 Get inspired to shop the line by taking a peek at the Yoana Baraschi Fall '13 video. 

What: Yoana Baraschi Trunk Show

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 11am-5pm

Where: Karan Dannenberg Clothier 2232 First Ave. Seattle, WA (next door to Local 360)

Why: Because you have lots of holiday events on your calendar and nothing to wear. And also because you like to #ShopLocal. 

Oct 14, 2013

Carole McClellan to host weekend sample sale

Acclaimed Seattle designer Carole McClellan is opening up her downtown atelier to host a special sample sale October 18-21st. The event will feature artisan made sportswear, special occasion leather, handbags, collectible fabric and fur garments. More than 100 items will be available for men and women, priced at 60-70% off. Carole's work has been sold in stores such as Nordstrom and was even featured last fall at the the Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket exhibit at EMP. Don't miss your chance to meet the designer and score an original Carole McClellan piece of your own.
Carole McClellan Sample Sale

Friday, October 18th - Monday, October 21st
Daily hours from 11am-7pm 
(Sunday hours are from 11am-5pm only)

Carole McClellan Designs
606 2nd Ave. No. 202
Seattle, WA 98104

Introducing e-commerce boutique JJ Caprices

What do you get when you mix an avid traveler with an eye for style? 

After visiting more than 33 countries and falling in love with the people and places along the way, Jennifer Jedda decided it was time to combine her wanderlust with her desire to showcase extraordinary creations from artisans around the world. Just a mere two months old, JJ Caprices features hand-selected jewelry, scarves, fragrances, and home accents from countries like India, Israel, France and Spain. Every single item featured on the site was discovered in it's country of origin during Jennifer's travels. Along with the item descriptions you'll also find information about where Jennifer discovered each piece and why she was drawn to it. Take for example, the soft pink enamel cuff (pictured below, left) made by Israeli jewelry designer Leetal Kalmanson. This gorgeous, handmade piece was discovered by Jennifer while strolling the streets of Jerusalem. In love with Paris? You'll want to check out the delicate votive candles (pictured below, right) wrapped in vintage Parisian lace by designer Jeanne Notari. "I showcase women's accessories and smaller home accents that have surprised and delighted me," says owner Jennifer Jedda, "My purpose is not only to sell beautiful things, but to engage my women clientele by sharing stories of the places the pieces come from as well as the artists that give each item a heartbeat."

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, JJ Caprices offers women the chance to roam the world and discover gorgeous little gems while supporting artists around the globe. A portion of every JJ Caprices purchase goes to World Vision to sponsor girls in developing countries. The contribution is used to provide education, water and health to girls and their families so that they can sustain a better quality of life. Shop now and enjoy free shipping on all standard orders over $50. You'll also want to sign up for the JJ Caprices newsletter to save 15% on your first order. 

Shop Local: Check out JJ Caprices in person and meet Jennifer Jedda at the Bellevue Athletic Club trunk show on Nov. 9th. 

Can't get enough? You can also follow Jennifer's global travel adventures on her personal travel blog. And since she's traveled to more than 30+ countries, we couldn't resist asking Jennifer for her top 5 travel tips. 

Tip # 1- Make bookings a breeze with sites like It's easy to check multiple sites for the best prices on airfare and hotel and find the ones that offer "free cancellation" in case your travel plans change. 

Tip # 2- When traveling on a budget take trains or public transportation from the airport into the city so that you can splurge on other aspects of your trip like champagne and good food. By taking the RER into Paris you can save 50-70 EUR which is around the price of lunch at the famed Tour d'Argent. 

Tip #3- Research your destination to maximize your trip. "There are so many resources online where you can easily find details on tours, places and packages that speak to things that might interest you," says Jennifer. Don't miss out on the hidden gems the city has to offer. 

Tip #4- Despite all that research, make sure you always leave room in your itinerary to just "get lost". Wander the streets, duck into cafes, meet locals, sit and soak in the surroundings, eat at a restaurant off the beaten path...."These deviations have proven to be some of the most enriching experiences of my trips," adds Jennifer. 

Tip #5- My travel essentials include my Tumi crossbody bag (stylish yet sensible for keeping valuables safe) and my travel "all-in-one" adapter which works in multiple countries to make getting "plugged in" a cinch. 

Check out highlights from one of Jennifer's favorite travel experiences in Mali via her travel blog, One Girl's Travel Adventures:

Oct 4, 2013

Rosaline Hampton hosts Fashion Camp for Grown-Ups

Just a mere two months since giving birth to her son Henry, celebrity stylist Rosaline Hampton is already back in action. Never mind the normal adjustment period that many moms require in order to get back into the swing of things, Rosaline is cool, calm and collected when I catch up with her in her namesake Bellevue salon. "The first 5 weeks were a blur," admits Rosaline, who says that once she mastered the daily routine of getting both herself and her baby out the door on time, everything else seemed like a breeze. She credits her organizational skills and extreme planning for keeping things running smoothly and is currently working on striking a balance between fashion and family.

Next up on the agenda for Rosaline Hampton? Fashion Camp for Grown-Ups inspired by the summer camp experience she created for teens. "We had so many people asking us when fashion camp for grown-ups was coming," says Rosaline, who eventually gave in to the demand. Flipping through fashion magazines for inspiration is one thing, but getting to spend time quality time with experts who can intimately discuss hair, make-up and wardrobe trends and how to make them work for you was an experience that even grown-ups responded to with excitement. In fact, the demand was so great that the workshop quickly sold-out. For grown-ups, the signature 4-day fashion camp experience was consolidated into one full day of workshops. The range of topics to be covered during Fashion Camp will make-up tutorials, how to dress for your body type, how to incorporate fall trends into your wardrobe, how to shop for denim, how to pose on the red carpet, how to embrace the power of color and more. Each guest will also receive a personal headshot by Fashion Camp photographer Meg Stacker. Special guests include YouTube sensation and beauty blogger Marlena Stell of Makeup Geek, Fitness Champion and Posing coach Tanji Johnson, designer Farinaz Taghavi who will be showcasing her fall/winter collection and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rosaline Hampton Fashion Camp for teens. Fashion Camp for Grown-ups is taking place on Saturday, October 26th from 10am-4pm at Rosaline Hampton Salon in Bellevue. For more information call (425) 614-6377.

Oct 3, 2013

Wear Wednesdays at the W Seattle feat. Paychi Guh

Just two weeks after stepping off the runway at the Independent Designer Runway show in Bellevue where she was recognized as one of the top 3 designers in the competition, cashmere designer Paychi Karen Guh will be featured by the W Seattle for the Wear Wednesdays fashion series, Oct. 9th from 5-7pm. The event will include the opportunity for guests to meet the designer, shop the debut fall collection and preview samples from the spring '14 line.

What: Wear Wednesday feat. Paychi Guh

When: Wednesday, Oct. 9th from 5-7pm

Where: W Seattle 1112 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Stay social: Follow the fashion conversation on Twitter @PaychiGuh using the event hashtag #WearWednesdays.

Don't miss: Les Amis Trunk Show feat. Alice Noon & Kimberly Baker

Join Fremont boutique Les Amis for a special trunk show on Friday, October 4th featuring jewelry by Kimberly Baker and luxurious leather goods by Alice Noon. Meet the designers, enjoy champagne and shop the fall collections of two noteworthy Seattle-based designers. 

What: Kimberly Baker + Alice Noon Trunk Show

When: Friday, Oct. 4th from 4-7pm

Where: Les Amis 3420 Evanston Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103

Indochino brings the Traveling Tailor to Seattle

Pay attention guys, you won't want to miss this unique traveling tailor experience brought to you by Indochino. 

With the vision of making custom tailored menswear accessible to the masses, Vancouver, B.C.-based Indochino is taking it's e-commerce model of made to measure clothing offline for a special Traveling Tailor event that runs today through October 13th in Seattle. Guided by expert fit specialists and personal stylists, men are equipped with everything they need to shop Indochino's extensive menswear collection with confidence and ease. 

Over the course of a 30-minute Traveling Tailor appointment, men will be measured and walked through the customization process. There are 20 suit customization options and 8 shirt customization options. Suits start at $429, shirts start at $79.

Ladies, bring the men in your life to experience what it's like to have clothing tailored to fit like a glove. The Seattle Traveling Tailor experience will be held at Harbor Steps on First Avenue downtown. Hours of operation are 8am-8pm on weekdays, Saturday from 9am-8pm and Sundays from 10am-7pm. Take advantage of the quick and easy appointment bookings online at Follow the fashion conversation on Twitter @Indochino. 

Oct 1, 2013

Bright Pink Power Hour heads to Westfield Southcenter

Ready for a girls night out? Join Girl Power Hour, Styled Seattle and Seattle Magazine for a night of fashion as Westfield Southcenter on October 10th from 6-9pm. The event will feature a fall fashion show, cocktails and light bites, swag bags, fashion-forward raffle prizes, music from a live DJ and more. Your $30 ticket will include admission to the event, a drink ticket, sweet treats, access to beauty bars hosted by Nordstrom, Macy's, Gene Juarez, LUSH and Aveda, a Bright Pink Book featuring over 30 exclusive retail offers, a Westfield Style magazine and more. 100% of the ticket sales benefit Bright Pink- the only national non-profit focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. "This event has it all," says Styled Seattle founder Darcy Camden, "Swag bags, cocktails, and a dynamic runway show bringing our favorite fall fashions to life."

When: Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6-9pm

Where: Westfield Southcenter - The event will take place in Macy's Center Court 

Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 at the door via Event Brite 

Check out this great video featuring Giuliana Rancic to learn more about The Bright Pink Book. 

Don't miss: The 11th Annual YWCA Closet Treasures Sale

Shop for a cause at the 11th Annual Closet Treasures Sale 

The 11th annual YWCA Closet Treasures Sale is coming to South Lake Union October 11-12th. This year the sale will pop-up at 415 Westlake and feature deep discounts on gently-used designer apparel, accessories, shoes, handbags and more. All proceeds benefit Dress for Success, a YWCA program that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire and career development tools to help them thrive. Admission to the Saturday sale is free, but since the best stuff always goes early, you'll want to support the cause and be the first to shop by attending the VIP preview sale on Friday, October 10th. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to support a worthy cause. For sale updates follow the YWCA on Twitter @YWCAWorks.

What: 11th Annual YWCA Closet Treasures Sale

Friday, Oct. 11th VIP Preview Sale, 5-8pm
Saturday, Oct. 12th Public Sale, 10am-4pm

Where: 415 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Why: Shop for a cause and support the YWCA Dress for Success Program

Tickets: VIP Preview Tickets are $30 and available via

Fashion Fact: Dress for Success Seattle was established in 1998 with a grant from the Seattle Chapter of Fashion Group International.

Photo Credit: Laine Bowen

Sep 26, 2013

Runway Recap: Indie Designer Runway Show

Indie Designers Kick off Bellevue Fashion Week 

The turnout for Wednesday night's Independent Designer Runway Show to kick off Bellevue Fashion Week was amazing! An overall feeling of excitement filled the air and guests were buzzing about the indie fashion movement happening in our city. The talent of the designers was evident in the cohesiveness of their collections and also by the refinement that clearly went into every garment over the past six months. Back in March a total of 38 designers went through the interview process to participate in the showcase and last night the top 10 finalists had the opportunity to send their collections down the runway. The sold-out crowd consisted of Seattle fashion enthusiasts including members of Fashion Group International, buyers from local stores, fashion editors for Pacific Northwest magazines, wardrobe stylists, fashion fans and even fellow fashion designers in the community coming together to show their support of the fresh talent the city has to offer. The caliber of this year's designers blew me away and their sheer level of talent and creativity cannot be ignored.

Winning the top prize of $5,000 cash and the chance to showcase his line in Bellevue Square during the month of October was Aykut Ozen. His line of handmade leather goods inspired by classic workwear and rock-n-roll are both functional and original.

Designers Erin Roby and Paychi Guh tied for runners-up and each received a prize of $1,000 cash, courtesy of The Bellevue Collection. Erin Roby's collection featured structured silhouettes to create a modern "Northwest" look, while Paychi Guh focused on beautifully draped, architecturally-inspired sweaters, tunics and scarves in pure cashmere.

Crowd-favorites from the evening included the mixed materials and contrasting textures shown in the Wyatt Orr set, the oversized, chunky cashmere scarves shown by Benu Cashmere and the white-on-white looks sent down the runway by Trina Pierre, shown below.

Other designers showcasing their collections at the Independent Designer Runway Show included Corban Harper, Lia Pal, Michael Cepress, and Heather Ellrod. Take the time to get to know these amazing indie designers and buy one of their pieces while you can- soon you'll be telling your friends you "knew them way back when"...

Photo credit: The Bellevue Collection/Jami Davis 

Sep 24, 2013

Runway Recap: Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway

Seattle Style Debut

Fall is upon us and it’s time to switch up the wardrobe for proper fall and winter ensembles. From summer sandals to bold… or basic, booties and flirty tanks to cozy sweaters, Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway Event debuted the hottest trends with a few of our favorite stores and boutiques! From Macy’s to Momo, Seattle’s got it all. Trends are set, but it’s up to you to style and create your unique look!

The Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway show was bursting with plaid, leather, and layered cozy looks. Cropped ankle pants with modern designs, pencil skirts, and sweaters/sweatshirts were also on the must have list. (HINT: Pair a statement setting pant with your style of bootie and a basic blouse, and your set to strut your stuff in style.)

Playfully Plaid
Plaid rocked the runway with tastefully designed ankle pants, blazers, and blouses. A true plaid piece sets the stage for an on trend and chic outfit perfect for any occasion. You can dress it up with heels and a blouse or take it back with a cute pair of flats and a chic sweater.

Mix and Match Leather
Leather is an absolute essential for fall/winter 2013. Leather paneled pencil skirts, tuxedo pants, and dresses are constantly being paired with and opposite media. Think of this look as a soft/hard look. Taking a Leather paneled skirt, the hard, and pairing that with a soft sweatshirt of your choice, and layering a complimentary tee under, with a pair of super chic booties. The element of soft and hard creates an intriguing outfit versatile enough to go from date to night with the touch of a bold lip!

Love Layers?
Hopefully you do. This season is all about, not just mixing media and patterns, but layering them up as well. As Vera Wang said layering lends a certain nonchalance. Creating an effortless look that may cause severe confusion.

How to Layer 101

1. The key is to mix and match colors, textures, lengths, proportions, and cuts.

2. Don’t be afraid to clash styles.
Your options are endless, for example layer a classic T-shirt or blouse with a unbuttoned shirt (denim with studded or detailed collars really compliment this look) on top and now you’ve got something started. The next step is to add one more piece over that, a cardigan, blazer, or vest always does the trick! The final piece to this Layered Look is adding a coat and/or scarf. Once you get the “rules” down this trend really is effortless and will keep you looking your best.

(HINT: “Rolled up sleeves and embellished collars will make you look effortlessly glam & edgy” – Fashion Tag.)

3. Have fun with it! 
Love the look of a leather put don't want it to look too edgy? Pair a leather jacket with an athletic inspired sweatshirt or layer a yummy cashmere sweater with a moto jacket. The key is to mix and match to create a style that is all your own. 

Sep 23, 2013

NM CUSP Party featuring local style blogger Mollie Ruiz-Hopper

Neiman Marcus will host a CUSP party on September 28th from 2-6pm with local style logger Mollie Ruiz-Hopper of Guests will enjoy free makeovers by Bobbi Brown, create their own Flip Book courtesy of Flipped Out Productions and be on the CUSP with rock-inspired temporary tattoos and a nail decal bar. Enjoy treats, beats by DJ Sharadawn, models wearing the latest fall trends and a chance to win rocker chic inspired CUSP accessories valued at $365.  RSVP by calling 425.452.3317.

Here's a peek at our top 5 picks from NM Cusp

House of Harlow Crystal Earrings, $55.00
The perfect pair of earrings to perk up a leather jacket this season.

PJK A-Line Leather Skirt, $298
This skirt goes with everything from a basic tee to a novelty sweatshirt. Dress it up for date night with a silk blouse and a pair of ankle boots.

Seychelles Leather Wedge Bootie, $150
Say hello to your new go-to shoe for fall. This boot looks great for fall with jeans and a cashmere sweater. Complete the look with easy accessories.

Design History Onyx Mesh Sweater, $135
A faux leather front with sheer mesh raglan-style sleeves makes this mixed material sweater the perfect way to add a little edge to your wardrobe.

Diane von Furstenberg Leopard Print Clutch, $265
If you've opted for a neutral wardrobe for fall, spice things up with a statement clutch by DVF. Leopard print looks great with leather and all we can say is, meow.