Mar 31, 2015

Stylish Getaway Guide: NYC


New York is a city filled with wonder and possibility which is why it's such an incredible place to visit and find inspiration. After just returning from a power-packed, four-day, girls getaway to the big city I'm still feeling the buzz. Here are my top picks on the best places in NYC to stay, spa, sip and shop.


The Belvedere has quickly become one of my favorite places to stay in the city. Located in midtown near the Theater District, The Belvedere is clean, centrally located and perhaps most importantly, bed-bug free. The rooms are a good size by NYC standards and the bathrooms feature luxurious marble flooring. This hotel is within walking distance of Times Square and close to numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and markets. www.belvederehotelnyc.com

The highlight of the trip was definitely our visit to Bliss 57 Spa. Let's just say there's a reason this spa has a cult following. I splurged on the signature "FatGirlSlim" toning treatment which consists of dry brushing followed by a trouble-spot-targeting seaweed mask, a heated wrap, a waist-targeting rubdown with "The Love Handler" followed by a generous application of the infamous Bliss "Fat Girl Slim" firming cream. The 75-minute treatment was amazing and I definitely noticed a difference in my skin tone and texture after the service. I can't wait for my next spa day! www.blissworld.com

For those that crave local and organic food, don't miss Blue Dog Kitchen. It's now on our "must-list" next time we visit the city and just talking about it makes us hungry all over again. Located in midtown, this cafe + juice bar has a fun, cozy atmosphere and serves fresh food that is beautifully plated. Start off with a fresh-pressed juice (made on their Norwalk Juice press) before your meal. I had the "Knight in Armor" juice which consists of apple, lemon, double ginger and cayenne. It had a kick and I loved every sip! For brunch, try the breakfast sandwich on a croissant with egg whites, turkey bacon and avocado. www.bluedognyc.com


As I write this I'm now on day #5 of my Dry Bar blow-out and I promise it looks just as good as it did on day one. Whenever I'm in NYC I take full advantage of Dry Bar because it's quick, easy and convenient. I have really long, thick hair and not having to worry about washing or styling my while I travel is well worth the $40 price tag. Dry Bar offers several styling options to choose from and has experience with all hair types. Style tip: To make your blow out last as long as possible try the Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo.  www.thedrybar.com

We left midtown and spent an entire afternoon shopping in Soho and it was well worth the trek. In Soho you'll find Zara, Uniqlo, Topshop, Mango, Bloomingdale's and many other places to experience a little retail therapy. Soho is crowded and the fitting room lines are long, so plan accordingly. If you need a pick-me-up while shopping, stop by the IT'SUGAR store for a sweet treat. 

If you're heading uptown, shopping on fifth avenue is another safe bet. You'll find Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Tiffany & Co., Moncler and more. Keep going until you hit Central Park so that you can take a breather with a quick cappuccino in the park. 





Easy walking shoes with a square heel for a maximum comfort while strolling the city


Multi-tasking makeup: Benefit's Lollitint works as a lip and cheek stain, saving valuable space in your cosmetics bag


A convertible clutch that easily transforms from day to night 
Pictured above: BEVEE Continental Clutch


An easy leather jacket that goes with everything and pulls together an entire look
Pictured above: Leather Moto Jacket from Topshop


Mar 25, 2015

Spring '15 Inspiration & Style Challenge


My love affair with fashion started a long time ago and this season along with being inspired by the gorgeous colors and playful trends seen on the runway, I'm inspired by the feelings they evoke. This year I'd like to spark a more meaningful style conversation and talk about the designers and brands that are pushing innovative new ideas to the forefront of fashion. This approach to style allows us to integrate the apparel and accessories we love and examine the lifestyles we lead and how our favorite pieces play into them. What's significant about style is not the price of a dress, the size, or even the designer for that matter. What's really noteworthy when we discuss style is how it makes us feel and whether or not it inspires us to live life fully and be present in the moments that bring us joy.


This season Seattle-based Porch.com asked style bloggers to participate in a "Spring Style Challenge" that involved styling an outfit inspired by a room created by one of their design professionals. I loved the versatility and rich colors in the photo (shown above) designed by New York interior designers Marks & Frantz. Their ability to mix pieces from multiple time periods and play with various shapes and textures is exactly my shared sentiment for spring. I love the colorful chandelier in the center photo and adore the way it captivates the room. Gold is one of my favorite accent colors (as seen in the shoes I'm wearing at top) and in the far left and far right photos you can see the careful use of gold-plated accents that bring an element of sophistication to each room. 


Corey Dress from Pipe & Row in Fremont paired with Spring '15 color inspiration from Marks & Frantz Interior Design, New York 


Seattle is fortunate to be home to many creative designers and amazing boutiques, each brimming with fresh picks for spring. I headed to Fremont's Pipe & Row boutique to peruse the selection and pick up the Corey dress (shown above). Featuring a nod to the 70's-inspired wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg, this dress has everything I love (colors, pockets, prints) all wrapped (literally) into one beautiful piece. The long sleeves make this a great dress for spring's transitional weather and the mix of colors makes it easy to pair with a wide variety of accessories. 

This season my style challenge to you is to have more fun with fashion. Play with color, texture and trends by adding in signature style elements that feel right to you. Stroll through neighborhood boutiques, pick up a fresh bouquet of flowers and savor the arrival of this beautiful season and the possibilities that it brings. 


Here are a few of my favorite style picks for Spring '15

Best shoe to run around the city: Vince Camuto leather caged sandals, $129.95

Accessory you can wear with anything: J.Crew Hexagon Bangle, $29.50



Most versatile bag: BEVEE Convertible clutch with detachable chain, $190

Style with a story: Druzy Quartz ring from Turkey via JJ Caprices.com, $149

Effortless dress for everyday wear: Corey Wrap Dress from Pipe & Row in Fremont, $189


Color Crush: Marc Jacobs lipstick in Bold Rose, $30

Mar 9, 2015

AIS presents Runway District fashion show


The Art Institute student fashion show is almost here and tickets are going fast. This year's theme is "Runway District" and the show will take place on Thursday, March 19th. Two show times are available, 5pm and 8pm. Use promo code GOSSIP for $10 off your ticket. The evening will include a live auction and raffle to benefit Redeeming Soles, an organization that provides footwear to the underprivileged. This is the 17th annual fashion show so please consider showing your support of Seattle's emerging fashion talent. 

What: Runway District Fashion Show presented by The Art Institute of Seattle

When: Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Where: AXIS Pioneer Square 308 First Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104

Time: Shows at 5pm and 8pm 

Tickets: Available at TicketLeap.com. Use promo code GOSSIP for $10 off your ticket

Mar 2, 2015

Canopy Blue hosts personal styling event



Need help shopping for spring? Join personal stylist Megan Kophs of Style Remix and Canopy Blue as they dive into spring fashion trends to benefit the Ben Towne Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. The event is taking place on Wednesday, March 11th from 12-3pm for mid-day shoppers and again from 5-8pm for those that prefer to shop after work.

What: Canopy Blue personal styling event with Style Remix

When: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Where: Canopy Blue 3121 E. Madison St. Suite #104 Seattle, WA 98112

Time: 12-3pm and 5-8pm