Mar 29, 2013

The 11th Annual NW Hope & Healing Fashion Show is coming soon

Tickets are on sale now for the 11th annual NW Hope & Healing Fashion Show, coming to the Showbox Sodo on May 9th. More than 30 breast cancer survivors will walk the runway to showcase spring fashion trends from local boutiques including Carmilia’s, Coastal Surf Boutique, West Seattle Runner, Howard & Marge, Canopy Blue, The briK, Queen Anne Dispatch, Veridis Clothier and Blue Luna. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Northwest Hope and Healing Patient Assistance Fund in an effort to offer financial assistance to women in the Puget Sound area who are battling breast cancer. To date, over 1,800 women have received grants from the fund. Tickets to the event range from $40 for general admission up to $200 for front row VIP access.

Check out video coverage from last year's event below.

Salt Mine Arium, The Salt Spa of Bellevue celebrates grand opening

The Salt Mine Arium in Belleve just might be one of the Eastside's best kept health and wellness secrets. Tucked away off Bel-Red road, the European style spa is the first in the Northwest to offer halotherapy. A salt therapy treatment traditionally found in central and eastern Europe where salt caves occur naturally and locals visit them to experience holistic healing. If you've never heard of halotherapy, it's probably because there are less than 30 companies in the U.S. that offer it. Two years ago when owners Annett and Mattias, started developing a plan open a halotherapy spa, there were less than five. The Salt Mine Arium hopes to change that by sharing their knowledge of salt therapy with clients and showcasing the many ways it can be a helpful way to support and promote overall health. In the Northwest, common ailments that can be treated by salt therapy include seasonal allergies, eczema (and other skin conditions), asthma, chronic fatigue, stress, depression and more.

The walls and floors of the salt rooms at the Mine Arium are constructed out of real bricks of Himalayan Salt, the purest salt on earth. The Halo Generator is the heart of each spa room working to produce and disperse a fine saline mist which helps open airways, oxygenate the the bloodstream, stimulate micro-circulation, and balance trace minerals and energy throughout the body. It may sound strange, but it works. The owners, both originally from Germany, have worked hard to re-create the elements found in traditional salt caves and have added a few new things to help enhance the guest experience including a careful infusion of color therapy and soothing music. Yoga enthusiasts, naturopathic doctors and even the local athletic community have all discovered the health benefits of halotherapy. There's even a salt box (instead of a traditional sandbox) for children to play in as they receive salt therapy too!

Unlike a traditional spa, at the Salt Mine Arium you experience halotherapy fully clothed while relaxing in a zero gravity chair (designed to help alleviate pressure on your spine) and draped in a warm blanket (if you choose). The calming effect of the lighting, soft music and in-room waterfall help you to gently relax in a soothing micro-climate of negative ions. Sessions start every hour on the hour and last approx. 55 minutes. Up to 8 guests can experience halotherapy at the same time making this a great way to relax and unwind with friends and family.

Curious about salt therapy? Check out the space at one of the many Salt Mine Arium events. There's something for everyone including yoga classes, group meditations, and workshops led by naturopathic doctors. For a limited time only, the Salt Mine Arium is offering new clients a special price of $75 for three, 50 minute halotherapy sessions.

Salt Mine Arium - 1850 130th Ave N.E. Suite # 4 Bellevue, WA 98005 

Mar 27, 2013

The Spa at Four Seasons Introduces Intraceuticals Oxygen Facials

Sure, you could travel all over the world in search of serious skincare, but if you live in Seattle you're lucky enough to have The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel in your own backyard. In addition to being the only spa in the Northwest that offers the Ultra Facial, a treatment that uses micro-current technology and high frequency to non-surgically tone and tighten the skin, the 6,000 square foot spa is now unveiling a new treatment that carefully combines beauty and science in order to achieve amazing anti-aging results. There's a reason celebrities like J.Lo and Madonna love this stuff! Even Victoria Beckham and Rachel Zoe give Intraceuticals facials "glowing" endorsements.

Tickets are on Sale now for the 3rd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes Event

Stylish Seattleites are gearing up for this year's Wine, Women & Shoes event taking place at The Four Seasons on May 2nd. In recognition of “National Mental Health Month” and “Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week” taking place May 5th through the 11th, the Seattle Children’s Home invites women to slip into their stilettos and kick up their heels with their “sole sisters” for an evening of fashion and compassion. The evening will include a multi-designer fashion marketplace featuring Lina Zeineddine, Neiman Marcus, Sway & Cake, The Finerie and more, wine tasting from the region’s top winemakers including De Lille Cellars, O Wines and Woodhouse Wine Estates, charming “Shoe Guys” that will tempt guests with styles ranging from platforms to peep-toes on their silver platters, and delectable nibbles from local chef Kerry Sear and his culinary team at ART Restaurant. 

As an exciting new addition to this year’s event, the team at Neiman Marcus will wow VIP guests with a runway fashion show during an exclusive preview hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Those who purchase one of these limited tickets will sip sparkling wine while indulging early in marketplace must-haves before taking home a swag bag filled with items valued at over $400. Event Emcee Duell Fisher of Team Photogenic will serve as the official “shoe judge” awarding special gifts to guests for the “Best in Shoe” contest, for which, guests are encouraged to impress by wearing their sassiest shoes.

The event will also feature a limited silent auction with one of-a-kind items as well as fantastic bottles of wine and wine trips. Guests may participate in a prize drawing for the key to the “Ultimate Closet” valued at over $10,000 in goods and services. All event guests will want to dress to impress as Team Photogenic captures their fashion in action “paparazzi” style. All proceeds from the event will support Seattle Children’s Home and their mission to help children and families by providing comprehensive mental health & developmental services. Event tickets start at $125 and group packages are available. 

Mar 26, 2013

11 local designers selected to participate in Bellevue Fashion Week Runway Show

After the careful review of nearly 40 applicants, The Bellevue Collection panel of judges has picked 11 local designers to participate in the 2nd annual Independent Designer Runway Show as part of Bellevue Fashion Week. In partnership with Fashion Group International, the runway show is designed to feature emerging talent in the Seattle market.

Mar 25, 2013

Seattle Mens Fashion Directory - 2013

Navigating the Seattle fashion scene is easy when you know where to shop. Here's the inside scoop on Seattle's best places to shop for menswear. 

Blackbird’s claim to fame is their well-edited selection of menswear from brands like Robert Geller,Odyn Vovk,  Vim Beget, Wings + Horns, A.P.C, The Seventh Seal and more. Blackbird was voted by GQ magazine as one of the top menswear boutiques in the country. 
Location: 5410 22nd Ave. NW. Seattle, WA 98107
Twitter: @HelloBlackbird
Shopping tip: Check out the Blackbird Apothecary (a few doors down from the shop) for a unique assortment of unisex fragrances, including some local lines! 

Mar 23, 2013

The new issue of Styled Right magazine is now available

The spring issue of Styled Right magazine is now available. The locally produced fashion magazine, by Darcy Camden and her team of stylists at Styled Seattle, features articles on everything from seasonal fashion trends to style, fitness and skincare advice. In this month's issue you'll find articles on:
  • What 6 items you need to add to your wardrobe for spring '13
  • How to Get Ready in 5 minutes (courtesy of the Pro "Get Ready" Girls at Swink Style Bar)
  • Skincare Q&A with Suite 300's Susan Grace (She was voted Seattle's top facialist!)
  • Spring shoe trends (lots of prints, patterns, colors and textures)
  • How to NOT get stressed out at the mall 
  • Comfortable (and stylish) Clothing you can move in - With contributions from the owners of the Seattle-Eastside Bar Method 
  • How to Layer Like a Pro (It's easier than you think!)
  • DIY Nail Ideas 
  • And, cover girl (and new mom!) Molly Mesnick dishes about her pregnancy style including how a body pillow changed her world and more about what it's like to step into her new role as a mommy (Congrats!)

Mar 22, 2013

The Stock List: Karan Dannenberg Clothier

Spring is in full bloom at Belltown boutique Karan Dannenberg Clothier. In stock now you'll find a colorful assortment of dresses, pants, light weight jackets, jewelry, sweaters, skirts, handbags and more. You will also find an edited mix of local designers including Cameron Levin, (her Tobillo leggings were recently featured on the cover of Seattle magazine) and Martha Driver's beautiful line, Rock Star Jewelry. Shop local this season and take a peek at what's in store now. 

Mar 20, 2013

Faconnable Celebrates Bellevue Grand Opening

Known for a strong focus on classic French tailoring, Fa├žonnable has long been one of the most celebrated international brands in the world. Since 1950 the company, founded in Nice, France has been making apparel and accessories for men and women with an emphasis on refined, casual elegance. Making their debut in the Northwest, Faconnable recently opened a brand new store in Bellevue square. To coincide with the launch, Spring '13 menswear trends by the company were highlighted this morning on New Day Northwest. Key items included tailored denim, gingham and paisley, double breasted jackets in a shorter silhouette and brightly colored suede drivers. Watch the New Day Northwest segment below:

The spring collection is inspired by St. Tropez and the Mediterranean lifestyle that goes along with it. Revisiting the summer suit as separates, pairing a washed linen jacket with colored trousers, and playing with texture and print including suede and paisley are all elements found within the spring collection. 

A grand opening celebration for the Bellevue store is taking place tonight from 6-8pm. As part of the grand opening, Faconnable is donating 15% of all sales now through March 24th to The Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to developing youth and community through increased accessibility to performing arts.

Check out a behind the scenes video from the Faconnable Spring/Summer 2013 photoshoot in St. Tropez. 

Mar 19, 2013

Don't miss: The Tiny Carnival at Charley + May

Seattle boutique Charley + May is hosting a Tiny Carnival this Saturday from 12-5pm. The event will feature music, prizes, beverages and games. You'll also get to check out VANMOOF Bikes, a commuter bike designed in Amsterdam while you're in the store and peruse other indie lines including Servello, a line of organic skincare, and Namu, a local clothing line. Charley + May also carries a great assortment of Tokyo Milk products (which make great gifts!) and an edited assortment of jewelry from local designers like Michelle Lenae.

Shopping Tip:
Make a day of it and work your way down the Queen Anne strip. Start at Charley + May, cross the street to Queen Anne Dispatch, the head over to Boston Street for lunch at Grub. After lunch, continue back down Queen Anne Avenue headed South to stop by Three Birds, before continuing on to check out the brand new Queen Anne Bookstore. After shopping for books treat yourself to a Cuban Coffee from El Diablo and then check out the great cards, home decor and toy assortment at Stuhlbergs.

Charley + May Co.
2225 Queen Anne Avenue N. 
Seattle, Wa 98109

Registration now open for Vian Hunter House of Fashion Workshops

Lisa Hunter of Vian Hunter House of Fashion wants to share her design experience with the community. The Madison Valley designer and boutique owner was featured on Season One of NBC's Fashion Star has been featured in numerous local fashion shows and national publications since then. She is now hosting several fashion design workshops out of her Madison Valley boutique in an effort to share her industry experience with others. The line-up of courses includes the Pencil Workshop, a 4-hour group session designed to help students make a custom pattern and sew a pencil skirt, Sewing 101, a 2-hour class to learn the basics of sewing, Design and Patternmaking, a 4-hour course focusing on the creation of a custom pattern and original garment, and last but not least, the Young Designers Workshop, aimed at students 13-19 years old who are interested in fashion design. The 7-week workshop is perfect for aspiring fashion designers who are working on sewing, pattern making, sketching and portfolio pieces. The Young Designers Workshop series will end with a grand finale runway show and portfolio presentation. For more information call 206.860.5030. 

Mar 16, 2013

The Stock List: Zumiez

While my site is mainly dedicated to local designers and boutiques from time to time I also like to feature Seattle-based companies too. This week's spotlight is on Zumiez, based right here in Lynnwood, Washington. They've been working hard on refining their juniors merchandise and the assortment for spring looks really good! In stock now you'll find a great assortment of spring break essentials including dresses, denim shorts, beanies, light tanks and swim suits. Take a look.

Mar 15, 2013

The Urban Girls Garage Sale is this Sunday

Get ready! The Urban Girls Garage Sale is this Sunday brought to you by three very stylish Seattleites including Darnell Sue of Girl Power Hour, Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle and Zong Her, a self proclaimed "Jill of all Trades" and savvy marketing professional. The idea for the Urban Girls Garage Sale came when Zong, an army reservist found out that she would be deployed to Afghanistan in April. Meanwhile, Darnell Sue was contemplating moving to France where her boyfriend just landed a new job. They both realized they had tons of high-quality items that they needed to get rid of in order to move but as city-dwellers had no space to host their own garage sale. Shortly after, the girls connected with Darcy Camden, founder of Styled Seattle. As a stylist, Darcy has helped hundreds of women clean out their closets, and together, the three friends created the Urban Girls Garage Sale."Who has a garage anymore?" says co-founder Darcy Camden, "Most urban girls are lucky to have a parking space! We wanted to give ladies in the Seattle area a chance to come together, sell their stuff and shop other people's treasures in an easy, stylish and fun way."

Don't miss the Vian Hunter Warehouse Sale this Sunday

Seattle fashion designer Lisa Hunter of Vian Hunter House of Fashion is hosting a special warehouse sale this Sunday to make room for new merchandise. The event will take place at the Jewish Community Center located at 3801 E. Mercer Way on Mercer Island from 8am-2pm.

Save the date- the annual Vian Hunter House of Fashion Runway show is taking place on May 4th featuring a fashion show and signature cocktails. 

Mar 13, 2013

Support local fashion: DRES Clothing Line Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Seattle stylist and entrepreneur Margaret Spencer created the DRES system with real women in mind. Feeling frustrated with clothing options on the market that simply didn't fit or enhance women's natural body shapes, Margaret was inspired by her two teenage daughters to design a line of dresses that would fit and flatter women of all shapes and sizes. "One size doesn't fit all. We are all different shapes and I wanted to design a line of dresses that would help inspire confidence in women," says Margaret. The DRES line is made entirely of eco-friendly fabric and manufactured right here in Woodinville, Washington. DRES pieces are tailored to fit four distinct body shapes – Diamond, Ruby, Emerald, and Sapphire (DRES). Each DRES piece is designed to enhance that specific shape. After the initial line of dresses is developed and produced Margaret hopes to expand the collection into additional ready to wear pieces.

Mar 11, 2013

The Stock List: Evo

If you haven't checked out the new Evo store in Fremont, you're missing out. The new 2-story space is beautiful with lots of natural light and easy to shop displays. You'll definitely want to check out the newly expanded women's clothing section featuring labels like Toms, Volcom, Burton, Obey, Roxy, Quiksilver and Prana. They even have a small assortment of yoga wear!

Shop to Make a Difference March 15-17th

Enjoy 20% off all your spring shopping at University Village between March 15-17th and you can help Shop to Make a Difference. Purchase a Cure Card for only $25 to save 20% at participating U-Village merchants. Cure Card proceeds go to support women’s cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Participating stores include Anthropologie, Aritzia, Free People, J. Crew, Mercer, Madewell, Tommy Bahama and more. Select restaurants will also be participating include Boom Noodle and Blue C Sushi. For a full list of stores please visit the University Village website. Free valet parking will be available during the event in the parking lot next to Pottery Barn Kids.

Mar 7, 2013

Blue Luna makes the move to Kirkland

After spending several years in Bellevue, the women's boutique owned by Ivetta Arzumanov featuring fresh European fashion is headed to Lake street in Kirkland. Voted as the 'Best Boutique on the Eastside' by 425 magazine, Blue Luna carries brands like Cop.Copine, Aldomartins, Isabel de Pedro and more. Join the festivities as they celebrate the grand opening of their new space Friday, March 8th from 4-8pm. Guests will enjoy wine, appetizers and gift card giveaways. RSVP via Facebook.

Blue Luna - 127 Lake Street - Kirkland, WA 98033 - On Twitter @Bluelunafashion 

Mar 4, 2013

Seattle designers to be featured in Vancouver Fashion Week

Several local designers will be participating in Vancouver Fashion Week taking place March 19th-24th in British Columbia. The six-day event will include a variety of shows including shows dedicated to featuring emerging designers, established designers and international designers. Participating Seattle designers include Carole McClellan, Mindy Spicer of Lucy Loves Ethel, Vivid Haiku and Carlisia Minnis of Mac Fashion House. Check out the full line-up of shows and events on the Vancouver Fashion Week website. You can also follow along on Twitter @VanFashionWeek.Can't make the show? Watch live coverage at

YWCA Announces 2013 YWCA Keynote Speakers

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the YWCA Inspire Luncheons. Spend an afternoon at the Inspire Luncheons to learn about the work of the YWCA, listen to engaging speeches from this year's keynote speakers including America Ferrera, Geena Davis and Elizabeth Gilbert. The YWCA Luncheons have cumulatively raised $21 million and made it possible for the organization to connect and help more than 60,000 people across King and Snohomish counties each year. The YWCA has a vision: that all people live with dignity, free from violence, racism and discrimination. Do more with your lunch hour and help this great organization fund their community-based projects and services.

Mar 3, 2013

FGI Presents: Red Carpet Couture with David Tupaz

Find out what it takes to build a couture business and make it into a commercial success on Tuesday, March 26th as FGI Seattle hosts Red Carpet Couture with David Tupaz. The designer will share his knowledge about the world of haute couture and discuss the development of his personal style and how to take design aesthetics to a commercial level. Models will showcase 18 of David's design while he discusses the fabrication, construction and design detail of each garment. 

What: FGI presents Red Carpet Couture with David Tupaz

When: Tuesday, March 26h, 2013

Where: Melrose Market Studios - 1532 Minor Ave. Seattle, WA 98101  

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (Presentation will be from 7:00 to 8:30 PM with time for networking before and after the event).

Tickets: $38.00 for FGI Members/$58.00 for Non-Members available via Brown Paper Tickets (Event code: 348603)

About David Tupaz
David Tupaz is an established designer from Los Angeles. Trained in the manner of the Haute Couture tradition, he was voted as one of the TOP 40 designers of the West Coast by Fashion Group International, Los Angeles in July of 2010. He has built a name in the Industry moving from NYC to Los Angeles to open his own company and atelier in 1998 designing for TV shows like Malcolm in the Middle, Cybil, NBC's wedding central, to name a few and caters mostly to the entertainment industry dressing celebrated stars and celebrities, sports figures, first ladies, royalty and high society mavens from Manila, Hong Kong, London, Paris, LA to NY and Washington DC. His signature line is classic elegance, structured tailored femininity and follows the grand approach of dignified grace and style. His couture graces major red carpet events from the Emmy's to the Golden Globes, the Oscars and the Grammy's. His list of clients and supporters are the who's who in Hollywood such as William and Elizabeth Shatner, Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner, Martin Sheen, Tracy and Scott Hamilton, Tonya and Alan Thicke, Patti Austin, Etta James, Cheryl Ladd, Julia Roberts, Goldie Hawn, Bo Derek, Christine Baranski, Mitzy Kapture, Lisa Rinna, Lucy Liu, Diane Von Furstenberg, Christen Chenoweth, Bai Ling, CSI Miami's Sofia Milos, the list goes on. 

Mar 2, 2013

Only Fashion Spoken Here: Celebrating John Doyle Bishop’s 100th Birthday

John Doyle Bishop was a Seattle fashion icon and shop owner from the 1940s until his death in 1980. In the month of his 100th birthday, MOHAI's Costume and Textile Specialist Clara Berg will give a presentation about John Doyle Bishop's life and his contributions to the fashion industry in Seattle. A special viewing of garments from MOHAI's costume collection will be available following the presentation. Read more about John Doyle Bishop on the MOHAI blog.

What: John Doyle Bishop 100th Birthday

When: Sunday, March 24, 2013

Where: Mohai - Microsoft Lakefront Pavilion - 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Time: 1:00pm - 03:00pm

Tickets: $5 - $10