Thursday, September 24, 2015

Style Recap: Independent Designer Runway Show

Congratulations to the production team at Bellevue Fashion Week on another amazing Independent Designer Runway Show. The sheer level of talent among the 8 participating designers was incredibly inspiring. To see the evolution of each line was a testament not only to the judging panel who helped mentor the group for the past six months, but also to the region's continued support of emerging designers.

This year's judging panel consisted of Bruce Pflaumer of Michael Bruce Image Consulting, Marj Turner of Fashion Group International, industry veteran Patricia Wolfkill and Amanda Zurita, Style Editor of Seattle Met. This group not only helped support the designers as they geared up to showcase their collections on the runway but also helped provide coveted insight on fashion branding and retail strategy.

The event marked the 4th annual Independent Designer Runway Show competition as part of Bellevue Fashion Week. The grand prize winner, Phuong Nguyen received a cash prize of $5,000 furnished by The Bellevue Collection and the Kemper Freeman family. Her bridalwear will also be featured in seven free-standing fashion frames located throughout Bellevue Square through the month of October. Watch out Luly Yang, it looks like you've got some competition on your hands.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Style Recap: Fashion First Seattle

Fashion fans from all over the city hit the town on Friday night to celebrate fall fashion at the 12th Annual Fashion First Runway show at the Showbox Sodo. The line-up included local faves David Lawrence, Canopy Blue, Elizabeth Roberts, The Brik and La Ree, plus national favorites like Intermix and Shane Co. among others.

Seattle style bloggers and influencers also came out to support the cause and hang out in the VIP Style Lounge provided by Seattle Style Society in partnership with Gossip & Glamour. While on site the guests sipped champagne, supported the LIVE auction and enjoyed over 100+ fall fashion outfits in the runway show produced by Terri Morgan of TCM Models.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

3 fall fashion "trends" you already own

If you plan to play with fashion this season you'll probably have add a few new pieces to your wardrobe, but chances are you already own some of the season's biggest "trends". Check out our budget-friendly summary below.

If you've been keeping up with trends this year, you probably already own something lace. This trend was everywhere for spring and continues to carry over for fall, which is great for anyone (like me) who bought lace like crazy last season. Pair a lace top with jeans, layer a lace tank under a jacket, couple a lace skirt with a basic tee, or add lace-inspired accessories to dip a toe into the trend. This season you'll find me living in lace dresses paired with ankle boots. End of story. 

Embroidery continues to remain relevant for fall and you won't hear any complaining out of me. I personally love this trend and can't wait to continue wearing it through the season. For fall, I'll pair embroidered tank tops from my summer wardrobe with cozy sweaters and boots, my embroidered dresses will be layered with faux fur vests and my heavily embellished and embroidered bags will get paired with numerous outfit combinations. 

Last but not least, don't save your sparkles for special occasions. This season the cool kids are letting their best metallics shine during the day. That means you can totally wear a sequins jacket with boyfriend jeans. Metallic shoes with a blazer. Even a sequins dress with a leather jacket on a random Wednesday. Remember that sequins clutch you bought to pair with your New Year's Eve outfit? Yep. Bring that out too. Anything goes. Now go have fun playing dress up!

Friday, September 4, 2015

3 must-have fall trends

Fall is on the way and that can only mean one thing. It's time to pack away your summer staples and make room in your closet for the onset of fall fashion. Here's a look at my must-have trends for fall '15.
Pairing a leather pencil skirt with an easy knit will be one of my go-to looks this season. Great for work (or play) a leather pencil skirt is versatile and fun to wear. If pencil skirts aren't your thing, there are literally hundreds of other ways you can play with the leather trend this fall. Leather dresses, leather tops, and of course, the infamous leather jacket will all be style staples this season.

// Leather Style Tips // 
Play with texture: Pair a leather top with a cozy knit sweater for a fresh look this fall. 
Mix and match: Throw a leather jacket over a graphic print dress for an easy look with a little edge.
Go head to toe: Friday nights will be way more fun when you wear a leather dress. 
Just a touch: Add a pop of color to your fall wardrobe with an oversized leather bag or dip a toe into the trend with an embellished leather wallet instead. 

I am all over the printed dress this season, especially if it has long sleeves.  Bonus points if it has pockets too! Dresses are so much fun to wear because you can literally throw them on, add ankle boots and you're all set. My favorite go-to boutiques for dresses in the city are: Queen Anne Dispatch (Queen Anne), Horseshoe (Ballard) and Pipe & Row (Fremont). 

// Shown above //
BEVÉE convertible clutch (Seattle-based fashion brand)
Dolce Vita 'Mazarine' fringe bootie (available at Nordstrom)
Sapphire gem earrings via T+J Designs (Seattle-based e-commerce site)

This season more is more and embellishments everywhere are having a major moment. Don't worry about going overboard. This trend is all about having fun and adorning yourself in apparel and accessories that you love. 

// Embellished Everything Style Tips // 

If you want to dip a toe into the embellishment trend try a pair of statement earrings like the ones shown above from These beaded drop earrings have a fun fringe detail and are handmade in Israel by LK Designs. 

Colorful, embelished shoes are an easy way to add color to a fall outfit. These Sophia Webster shoes are colorful and have a gorgeous satin texture making them fun and interesting. Plus, the Mary Jane-style shoes with a sweet ankle strap are big this season. 

I'm an equal opportunity girl when it comes to embellishments. Fur, feathers, sequins, and semi-precious stones are all fair game as far as I'm concerned. If you have statement shoes you've been meaning to wear, now is the time to take them out and dust them off. It's dress up time dolls! Go bold, or go home and most importantly, have fun with it. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Porcelain and Stone Pop-Up at Moorea Seal

Belltown boutique Moorea Seal is hosting a pop-up shop featuring Porcelain and Stone on Sept. 5th at the store. The event runs from 11am-4pm and will feature the work of artisan Kimberly Huestis, who pairs ceramic jewelry with fine metals to create gorgeous accessories that are minimal, yet modern. Here's a peek at some of our favorite pieces from the line:

Stone River Ring with 22k gold detailing, $86

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tried It: Sugar, Sugar

In a new series on Seattle Boutique Blogspot called "Tried It",  I'll share my most intimate, Seattle-centric beauty adventures with you! Put your seatbelt on and get those ear muffs ready, because this is going to get personal. 

In this edition, we cover sugaring. It's one of my latest beauty obsessions because it's a total timesaver. Translation: I don't have to shave every day. As per usual, I didn't dip a toe into this new beauty adventure. I went all the way. In this case, that means full Brazilian at Sugar Sugar on Green Lake.

An alternative to traditional waxing, sugaring is a method of hair removal that uses all-natural and organic sugar. The sugaring paste is water-soluble and can be used over and over on different parts of your body. After the treatment, the entire ball of sugar is discarded. No more strips. No excess waste.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Stock List: Moorea Seal

Seattle boutique Moorea Seal is definitely one of my favorite Belltown boutiques. Located on third avenue between Vine and Wall street this shop is literally a Pinterest page come to life. Stocking great brands like Fresh Tangerine, Herschel, Pine + Boon, Baleen, Dolce Vita, and Quiet Clementine, you're sure to find something you can't live without. Plus, with a full range of price points, you won't have to break the bank. 

Color, texture and graphics come together perfectly in these great bags from Moorea Seal. If you wear black all day these bags would be a great way to perk up your outfit. Shown above: Bags from Anna Joyce, Pine + Boon and Karu. 

In-store it's grid-layout galore! This is my favorite way to view merchandise, but I'm also a classic Virgo, so this comes as a surprise to absolutely no one. Shown above: Coin purses by Pine + Boon, Les Femmes desk calendar with illustations by Garance Doré.  

If you get excited about accessories, Moorea Seal will be your new go-to shop in the city. They even show a little local love by stocking Seattle brands like Fresh Tangerine. Shown above: Brass Jaspar Cuff by Cities in Dust, Weiland Spike Ring by Shadow House, Gold Doppler Earrings by Cities in Dust, Raw Stone Drop Earrings by Leslie Francesca, Thistle Pendant by Shadow House, Louise Necklace by Dream Collective.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Summer Hair from A-Z with Sassoon Salon

Make the most of stylish summer hair with this A to Z guide from Sassoon Salon. 

A Summer Refresh

Beach Waves To achieve a tousled beach wave, use a large barrel curling iron and alternate the size of each section for a more natural result. Be flexible with the sectioning by starting underneath and working up to the cheekbones, leaving out the ends for that loose, tousled, beach wave look.

Curls Even if your hair isn’t curly, protection products, such as Davines Sea Salt Primer will ensure your beach waves are artfully disheveled rather than frizzy. Products for curly hair are often designed for ‘air-drying’, so no heat-activation is required to define texture.

Disheveled There is something irresistibly seductive about perfectly textured hair that is ruffled and disheveled for that effortless carefree look. 

“Lift each section out from the head and smooth through with a paddle brush before ruffling the hair with a texturizing product such as Sebastian Drynamics,” says Lisa Rowell, Seattle’s Creative Director.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

3 fall fashion events you don't want to miss

Fashion First is back for the 12th annual show and tickets are going fast. Featuring top-tier retailers in the city including David Lawrence, La Ree, Intermix and Canopy Blue, Fashion First will take place on Sept. 18th at the Showbox Sodo. This year's event has been moved to Friday night and will benefit the Inspire Youth Project and The Crescent Moon Foundation, effortlessly pairing fashion & philanthropy. Just in time for the start of the football season, this year's theme is "12th Fan, 12th Man" so get ready to root for the hometeam. General admission tickets start at $50 and trust me, you don't want to miss out on this Seattle fashion event. More info at

The Independent Designer Runway Show is one of my absolute favorite fashion shows in Seattle because it gives emerging designers an opportunity to receive a 6-month mentorship from industry leaders who can help guide their collections and edit accordingly. Part of Bellevue Fashion Week, the Independent Designer Runway Show aka IDRS will take place on Sept. 23rd at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. This year eight designers will compete for a chance to win a $5000 cash prize to help fund their collections. The line-up includes Dawson & Deveraux, Victoria Postolit, Iris Klein, Cute Like Mad and Daniel Ressa, among others. General admission tickets are $50 and 100% of the ticket price benefits the IDRS fashion fund. More info at

Just when you recover from all the fall fashion events in September, you'll be refreshed and ready for Wine, Women & Shoes. Benefitting the Olive Crest Foundation, this stylish event features a fashion show, silent + live auction, shopping, and of course, wine, women and shoes. 2015 marketplace shopping vendors include BEVÉE Bags and JJ Caprices. This year's event will take place on November 12th at the Sheraton in Seattle. Tickets start at $150 and can be found at

Monday, July 20, 2015

In full bloom: Petal City makes its debut

Fill in the blank. A house is not a home without ____________. 
The answer is: FRESH FLOWERS. 

Why? Because flowers make people smile and instantly brighten up a room. Forget the days when flowers were reserved for special occasions. Petal City founder Emma Fitzpatrick believes that everyone deserves beautiful, fresh flowers and that's why she created Petal City, Seattle's fastest, same-day flower delivery service. Which means, you can order flowers online selecting from beautiful, fresh-cut flowers and have them delivered to you (or someone special) in an hour. Brilliant. 

Launched in May of 2015, Petal City is quickly becoming a go-to site for busy professionals and city dwellers who don't always have time to hit the local farmer's markets but want access to fresh, seasonal flowers. Each bouquet is inspired by Pacific Northwest favorites including "The Elliot Bay" which features colorful dahlias and "The Alki", brimming with sunflowers and white cosmos. Visit and enter your zip code to find out if you're within the delivery area. You can also schedule deliveries up to 30 days in advance, which is perfect for all you procrastinators out there. Birthdays and anniversaries just got so.much.easier.

Use promo code BOUQ15 for 15% off your first order. You can also follow Petal city on Instagram @Petal.City to see the latest bouquets.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

How to travel in style with kids

Travel tips from a stylish mommy who's been around the globe with two little ones in tow

The first time I took a trip with my son Liam he was just a little over a year old. I was scheduled to be in New York for a few days so that I could attend a Fashion Group International Conference and there was no way I was leaving him back in Seattle. (I would miss him too much!) I have a blurry photo that my husband took of Liam and I in Times Square at night and it's a picture I will cherish forever because that trip marked the start of our family travel adventures. My husband and I traveled a lot before we had kids but after our son was born we were both too exhausted to even think about the prospect of globetrotting with a tiny one in tow, but several months after the New York trip we ventured off to London and then spent a few days in Paris. We've been going non-stop ever since- now with a second kid in tow- and loving every minute of it. Traveling with little ones is definitely an adventure, but trust me, it gets a lot easier and every kid benefits from having the opportunity to explore the globe. Here are my top tips for traveling (in style) with kids. 

Tip #1 - Buy your child a seat
The first thing I recommend to any parent traveling with a little one (i.e. a child under three) is to spend the extra money and buy your child a seat even if the airline doesn't require it. I know, it sounds a little counter-intuitive, why spend the cash if you don't need to? But trust me, it's worth it. Having the extra space on the plane to get comfortable is the key to having a stress-free flight, especially if you're traveling long distances. My son loved spreading out his toys on the seat and I loved not having to constantly worry about elbowing the person next to me.
Bonus tip: If you buy your child a seat don't forget to sign them up to earn frequent flyer miles.  

Tip #2 - Fly direct if you can
Sometimes even a small layover can add on numerous hours to your total travel time so in order to avoid meltdowns we find it's helpful to book direct whenever possible. Traveling from Seattle to London on a direct flight is around 9 hours, but with layovers you're looking at almost 15 hours+ of total travel time. For a small child (and even some grown-ups) that's small eternity, so if the airline offers a direct flight and you are traveling with kids, my advice is to take it. You can thank me later.

Tip #3 - Pack light for your flight  
It's almost second nature for some parents to pack everything but the kitchen sink in their diaper bags, but somehow I missed that bandwagon (including the diaper bag) and always strive to pack light when I travel, kid in tow, or not. My carry-on bag always includes kid-friendly snacks and toys, plus emergency items like children's Tylenol.  Essentials for my travel bag also include a phone charger, aromatherapy lotion in peppermint or lavender, dipes + wipes, plus at least 1 disposable sippy cup so that I can kid-proof any in-flight beverage. If your kid is notorious for spills don't forget to pack an extra outfit, or two. But remember, the more you pack in your carry-on bag the more you have to lug around (in addition to carrying your kid), so whenever possible, pack lightly. If you forget something and can't live without it, chances are you can buy it at the airport or upon arrival at your destination. This also goes for magazines and books! Whenever possible, I download anything I want to read on my iPad in advance.

Another tip for traveling with kids is to pack smaller toys that they haven't played with in awhile so that they get the experience of playing with "new" toys on the plane. This little trick kept my baby entertained for hours on our last flight to London.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

JJ Caprices heads to Italy

This week the JJ Caprices Summer Travel Series heads to Italy! The adorable Jasmine from Questa Dolce Vita offers up her tips for first-time visitors and shares what not to miss and what you should pack. She also talks about getting arrested and why you should savor the experience of visiting a new city for the first time. Read the full interview here.

Cheers to summer travel adventures!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

#LocalLove: 4th of July fashion inspiration

Hey friends! Just a little 4th of July fashion inspo to kick off the holiday week.  Have fun and shop local!

Happy 4th!

Pictured above: 
1. Glittersweet Huckleberry Tote in Red
2. Blue beaded earrings by DUBLOS available JJ Caprices
3. Glittersweet Dew Drop Sling Tote in Red
4. BEVÉE Continental Convertible Clutch in Cayenne

Monday, June 29, 2015

Glittersweet joins Seattle Made

Known for their colorful vinyl handbags, Glittersweet has officially joined Seattle Made, a Seattle Good Business Network initiative to support urban manufacturers and craft producers in the city. Keeping production close to home has always been a top priority for Glittersweet owner Laura Silverstein and in addition to reducing lead times it also helps manage quality control. “The first bags we made were produced in my basement,” says Laura, “Now that the line has grown and sales continue to increase, local manufacturing resources have become vital for the business.” 

With sales growing 46% in the first quarter alone, having access to local production facilities was critical for Glittersweet's inventory replenishment. Add to that the impending launch of a new style that will make its debut at the Fashion First Runway Show in September, Glittersweet anticipates a very productive year in 2015. Joining Seattle Made has allowed the company to align with other local businesses who are working to preserve domestic production and sustain urban manufacturing. Other noteworthy fashion brands in the collective include Blackbird, Fioravanti, Freeman, and Kavu. 

“Entrepreneurial urban manufacturers like Glittersweet contribute to Seattle’s economic diversity and our cultural vibrancy. These businesses are key to growing living-wage jobs and their creativity are what help keep Seattle Seattle,” says Seattle Good Business Network Co-Director Erin Nelson, “Our goal is to do everything we can to make sure businesses like Laura’s can afford to stay and thrive in Seattle.” 

#ShopLocal for Glittersweet products online at or at:
Phinney Books 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103   
Terry Ave. Saturday Market 225 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (Sat. 10am-3pm)
The Handmade Showroom located at Pacific Place on Level 3

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Save the Date for the 12th Annual Fashion First Runway Show

Long before there was even a line-up of fall fashion events to attend in Seattle, Fashion First was providing a stylish platform for local brands and businesses to showcase the season's must-have trends. The 12th annual show sponsored by The Shane Co. and Skinceuticals will take place on Sept. 18th at the Showbox Sodo and feature Seattle's best boutiques including Canopy Blue, La Ree, Intermix, David Lawrence and more. 

Just in time for the start of the Seahawks season, this year's theme is "12th Year, 12th Man". Fans who want to make a style statement and show off their Seattle Colors can shop on-site from the locally produced assortment of Glittersweet bags, which are perfect for game day. This year's event will benefit the Inspire Youth Project and The Crescent Moon Foundation. Tickets start at $50 for general admission and range up to $500 for VIP's. Learn more about the longest running independent fashion show in Seattle here:

Major shout-out to Executive Producer Joan Kelly for her long-standing support of the Seattle fashion scene. You've come a long way since the first event in 2004 at the Bada Lounge in Belltown when the Fire Marshall tried to shut us down because we were over capacity. I have absolutely loved seeing the growth and evolution of Fashion First. 

See you on the runway!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Personal appearance by Tali Edut of The AstroTwins this Sat. at Calypso St. Barth

Celeb astrologer Tali Edut of The AstroTwins will be at the University Village Calypso St. Barth store on Saturday, June 27th doing seasonal horoscopes from 2-4pm. Come sip champagne, meet Tali, see what's in your stars this summer and, of course, shop. Event guests will receive 20% off their purchases, making it a great time to shop the seasonal arrivals.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stylish Getaway Guide: Downtown Seattle

Those of us lucky enough to call Seattle home know we've got a good thing going on. There's plenty of fresh air, lots of open spaces, amazing places to eat, great local boutiques, a thriving art scene and so many incredible places to experience there's hardly time to see and do it all. Here's our style guide to the best summer staycation in the city. 

Since a staycation in the city means you won't have to pay for airfare, splurge on your accomodations instead and book a room at Four Seasons. You'll be in the lap of luxury as you overlook the Puget Sound and take in sweeping views of the waterfront. In addition to the spa which serves as a "sanctuary in the city", guests staying at the hotel this summer will also enjoy Ethan Stowell's latest restaurant concept, Goldfinch Tavern, scheduled to open in June. 

The Seattle Art Museum is a great place to visit while on a staycation in the city and is conveniently located across the street from the hotel. Now through May 17th check out masterworks of American Indian Art at the Indigenous Beauty exhibit. 

The Pike Place Market is great for those wanting a culture fix in the city. Plus, in addition to stocking up on seasonal fruit and fresh vegetables, visitors can shop nearby boutiques and shops including Zebra Club (1901 First Ave), Maggie's Shoes (1927 First Ave), The Powder Room (1528 First Ave), Fini (86 Pine St.), The Finerie (1215 First Ave) and Bella Umbrella (1535 First Ave).

The Seattle Center is always a fun day in the city. Take a trip up to the Observation deck and look out over the city on a sunny day. While on site, check out the Chihuly Garden & Glass, sit by the fountain and read a book, pop in to the Science Center, or visit the Star Wars exhibit at EMP.

You really can't go wrong with the restaurant scene in downtown Seattle so it will really come down to what you're in the mood for. For those that want to stay close to home, check out Goldfinch Tavern (in the hotel) scheduled to open in June. Or, a quick walk across the street will take you to the Seattle Art Museum TASTE restaurant where you can grab a glass of wine and sample local cheeses, indulge in polenta fries with pepper aioli or snack on the ling cod ceviche.

Photo Credit: Purple Cafe & Wine Bar

My absolute favorite restaurant downtown is Purple Cafe & Wine Bar, partially for the ambiance, but mostly for the food. At Purple you'll find gorgonzola dates, Maine lobster mac and cheese, steak frites and of course, an endless wine list to wash it all down. Other best bets include Palomino, RN74, Lola, Dahlia Lounge, Umi Sake House and Il Fornaio. For brunch, don't miss the Icon Grill (1933 Fifth Ave) for fresh seasonal fritters, fried chicken and biscuits, or one of the signature breakfast hashes. 

For shopping in the city, Pacific Place is a good place to start. Located at 600 Pine street, you'll find Barney's New York,  BCBG Max Azria, J. Crew, Michael Kors, 8telier, Ann Taylor and a sky bridge to Nordstrom. Nearby there's also a Zara, H&M, All Saints and American Apparel. For those that want to explore the local boutique scene, downtown is home to several gems including Mario's (1513 Sixth Ave), Butch Blum (1332 Sixth Ave), Baby & Co. (1936 First Ave), Karan Dannenberg Clothier (2232 First Ave) and Ian (1913 Second Ave).

I hate packing hair products when I travel which is why I rely on nearby salons to help keep my hair in check. For girls who love a good wash and blow dry, you've got several options downtown including locally-owned Swink Style Bar located at 611 Stewart Street, or Sassoon salon, located at 1405 Fifth Avenue. Both are great options! Services at Swink Style Bar starts at $40 and Sassoon starts at $45. This is a great service to schedule post-spa when your hair is a mess and you'd rather not deal with it before a night on the town. 

Now, speaking of spas... The Spa at Four Seasons is a great place to relax and unwind in the city. I did a staycation + spa day there earlier this year and it was pure bliss. In addition to great massages and skin care services like anti-aging facials, the spa also offers great body treatments including detoxifying mud wraps and Northwest body scrubs.