Sunday, May 31, 2009

How to Have the Perfect Bachelorette Party

In order to have the best bachelorette party ever, you have to spread out the festivities over an entire weekend. That way you can have the maximum amount of fun possible and not feel rushed into getting everything into one night. The first step is to find a headquarters for your bachelorette weekend. My Queen Anne apartment is way to small to accommodate the overabundance of girls that were a part of the festivities so instead, my fiancée got us a room at The Fairmont downtown.

Next, begin your weekend with a quiet dinner somewhere like
Purple Wine Bar in Seattle. According to Seattle Metropolitan Magazine there’s “Nothing else like it” and you really can’t go wrong with a global wine selection and a Mediterranean themed menu.

After dinner at Purple keep the night going by having a glass of wine at the
W Hotel bar. It’s intimate, sophisticated and the drink menu is delicious. The “people watching” isn’t bad either!

A bachelorette weekend would be incomplete without a Spa day. My girlfriends and I chose Duque Salon & Spa in Ballard where they pampered us with fresh Mimosa’s and a light lunch before treating us to an afternoon of beauty that included body scrubs, make up applications and mani + pedi’s.

After a relaxing afternoon at the spa you’ll probably be in the mood for another night out so I’d suggest reserving a VIP booth at
Twist in Belltown for a night out with the girls. The staff is amazing, the food is delish and the drinks are stiff. It’s the perfect combination.

The morning after a night out with the girls it’s important to replenish yourself with lots of water and some good food. We had a nice bridal/bachelorette brunch at The Edgewater Hotel on the waterfront. The brunch includes a vanilla and raspberry cake from Morfey’s which was divine! During brunch my friend’s wrote their wedding advice and best wishes on custom note cards for me to save and reference when I need some inspiration.

After brunch your bachelorette weekend will probably be wrapping up and you’ll be exhausted. Plus, your friends who flew in from out of town will probably be getting ready to return home and you may have to drive them back to the airport. Therefore, I suggest a big group hug with all the girls and a final picture for the photo albums you’ll later put together with all the evidence from the best weekend ever! 

The Inside Scoop On Sydney is Finally Here!

Some people think they know, but truly- they have no idea. To get the inside scoop on me and my journey to finding true love, click here for a beautifully written recap by freelance writer Jessica Wick. 

For the inside scoop on Fashion First and how we started the largest boutique runway show in Seattle, click here

Queen Anne Dispatch

My favorite part about shopping at Queen Anne Dispatch is chatting about fashion with Mercedes and playing with Chico. Last Friday on my weekly visit I took Chico for a little stroll and we had a mini photoshoot. He is the most adorable dog ever!!! Queen Anne Dispatch is located at 2212 Queen Anne Avenue right next door to How to Cook a Wolf. They have great apparel, accessories, novelty items and stationary and the staff is fabulous! Click here for more info. 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Menswear Boutique Opening on Saturday!

Seattle is getting a brand new menswear boutique just in time for summer. Opening on May 30th, Deli will be showcasing brands like Shades of Greige, Modern Amusement, Grn Apple Tree, RVCA, Insight, Beautiful Decay and Penguin. Stop by the store located in Pioneer Square for the grand opening party on Saturday from 5:30-9:30pm for light refreshments and free giveaways! RSVP to: For more info visit

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Luly Yang Partners with Teatro ZinZanni

Earlier this month Teatro ZinZanni announced their artistic collaboration with Seattle couture designer Luly Yang, who will debut 13 original pieces for “Bottega ZinZanni: All Dressed Up with Some Place to Go”, which begins June 25th.

“I love to sculpt clothing around the organic shapes of the body and see it come alive in movement, creating the ideal balance between form and function,” says Luly. “Teatro ZinZanni is all about the joy of movement. I’m delighted to immerse my self and my staff in this special magical world.”

Luly Yang is known for her amazing couture gowns that grace the windows of her Seattle boutique in The Fairmont Hotel, she’s also been voted “Seattle’s Best Dress Designer” for five consecutive years by Seattle Bride Magazine and recently opened a second salon in Beijing in November 2008.

Teatro ZinZanni is a dinner theatre featuring comedy, music, performances and circus elements. Guests enjoy a five-course feast designed by chef Tom Douglas. For tickets to Bottega ZinZanni which features Luly Yang’s couture costume work, click

Monday, May 25, 2009

I was told there would be cake....

Leave it to my best friend Jessica to find the BEST cake shop in Seattle from the comfort of her own home in Post Falls, Idaho. Give her 5 minutes on the Internet and she can make miracles happen I swear! Hands down, if you're looking for a wedding or special occasion cake, check out Morfey's on Queen Anne. The cake is amazing (the best I've ever tasted!) and the service was impeccable. For my bridal shower at the Edgewater hotel in Sunday, Jessica picked out a white cake with raspberry filling, pink frosting and an inscription that read "Best Wishes Sydney & Jeff". It was absolutely adorable! I will post pictures ASAP. In the meantime, enjoy the Morfey's signature pink and white wedding cake above. 

Morfey's Cake
110 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Save the Girls Kick Off Party at Opal

Opal’s Seattle location and Little Black Dress will host a Kick Off Party on Wednesday, May 20th, from 6:00pm-8:30pm to celebrate the 1st Annual Save "The Girls" fashion show.  A portion of the sales proceeds from the evening will go towards the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Cocktails will be served. Come out and support a great cause while enjoying an evening of shopping at one of Seattle's best boutiques. While you're there, pick up tickets to the Save "The Girls" event on May 31st, or purchase them online by clicking here

When: May 20th
Where: Opal Boutique/Terry Ave. (near Whole Foods)
Time: 6-8:30PM

1st Annual Save the Girls Bra Fashion Show

Join Little Black Dress Events as they host the 1st Annual Save “The Girls” Designer Bra Fashion Show benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The evening will include food, fashion, entertainment and fabulous prizes. Event sponsors include Spitfire, Gene Juarez Salon and Spas, Movin’ 92.5 and Opal. "Our goal is to generate excitement for the Seattle Fashion scene and help support local businesses while throwing a fantastic party in the spirit of giving back," says Executive Producer Audrey Clark. View event details and purchase tickets by clicking here. The event will be hosted by Brooke and Monti from Movin 92.5.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ruffles to Die For

I'm a girly girl at heart so for me, it's not a question of whether or not to wear ruffles in the first place, but how to wear them and update them for Spring 09. I love this ruffle skirt from Kill City in Los Angeles which has a flirty ruffle and a silver front zip. $78. 

Kill City is destined to be a cult favorite. Check them out in LA at 7975 Melrose Ave. Or check them out online by clicking here. Kill City fans can also follow fashion on their blog

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Blumera Handbags at Clutch

Stop by Clutch this Saturday and meet Mehera Blum of Blumera Handbags. Based out of Los Angeles, she draws her inspiration from the brilliant colors and sensual textures of India. The entire collection is sophisticated, luxurious and oh so unique! Hollywood fans include Jessica Alba and Ashlee Simpson. 
When:Saturday, May 16th

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Totokaelo & Impulse Join Forces

As Seen in Seattle Picks

Two of Seattle’s hippest boutiques have banded together to offer shoppers an amazing deal. Purchase something at
Totokaelo or Impulse and receive a gift certificate for 10% of your purchase amount redeemable at the other location. 

What: Totokaelo and Impulse Gift Certificate Offer

When: Through May 31

Where: Totokaelo, 913 Western Ave.; 
Impulse, 3516 Fremont Place N.

Call: Totokaelo, 206.623.3582; Impulse, 206.545.4854


Pictured above:
Constanze Silk Dress $399
Dry clean. 28% silk, 38% cotton, 34% linen. Lining, 100% cupro. Fully lined. Textured sleeveless dress with exposed seams and binding throughout. Scoop neckline with tucks. Self-belt at waist. Racer back with tucks at armholes. Exposed seams and binding at front hip line, sides and center back. Slips on.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Opal Mother's Day Sale

Opal is having a Mother's Day sale May 8-10th featuring 20% off all regularly priced merchandise. (Opal VIP members recieve 25% off all merchandise). So bring your mother and shop till you drop! Or give your mom an Opal gift certificate and save 20%. 

Visit Opal at any of the 3 locations:
17887 Redmond Way, Suite 110- Redmond
2121 Terry Ave., Suite 100- Seattle
15117 Main Street- Mill Creek

You can also check out the Opal blog by clicking

Sway & Cake 20% Coupon Code

Now through Saturday May 9th enter SWAY20 at checkout to recieve 20% off your entire order. Click here to go straight to the website.  (Ends at Midnight on Saturday May 9th.) 

For your purchase may I suggest the Society for Rational Jumpsuit in Grey (pictured below). It's adorable and can be worn cuffed (as shown) or down as a full length pant. 55/45 Tencel Rayon. 

I also love the Mystique Studded Sandals in natural/silver.  They have textured snake straps and a leather sole.

Valentino's Seattle Debut

Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani has dressed many of the fashion industry elite including First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Two years ago at age 75 he announced his retirement after reigning over the industry for 45 years. His long career is documented by writer/film maker Matt Tyrnauer in a film titled VALENTINO THE LAST EMPEROR which will debut in Seattle on Friday, May 8th at Pacific Place. The film has been shown around the world and includes a rare behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion. If you enjoy stories about love and fashion, check out this movie. It’s currently the highest grossing documentary of the year. Check out Director Matt Tyrnauer’s synopsis of the movie by clicking here.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Fashionable Guide to Seattle’s Best Spring Fashion Events

I know it's hard to keep up with all the Seattle fashion events that have been popping up lately, so let me help decipher the list for you! Here's a guide to Seattle's do-not-miss fashion events coming up for May and June.

May 7th
Jewelry Trunk Show at
Clutch boutique featuring Birna and Xenia Mara Jewelry. Prosecco & Cupcakes will be served! This will be an excellent opportunity to get your Mother’s Day shopping done early! This event is free and runs from 5-8pm.

May 7th
The 3rd Annual Thaw fashion show will be held at Thursday May 7th featuring Adam Arnold, Michael Cepress, Jill Lindsey, Karly Orr, Liza Rietz, Holly Stalder, Kate Towers, Liise Wyatt and the top 5 winners from Seattle Magazine's Seamless in Seattle 2009 Design Competition. For more information, click here.

May 8th
Stop by Queen Anne Dispatch this Friday night for cocktails, small bites and music from a live DJ while you shop! It’s Friends & Family time, which means everything in the store is 20% off! Reps from Butter London and The Makeup Project will also be on hand to showcase product and answer questions. Now is the time to stock up on spring dresses, sandals and accessories!!! For more info click here.

May 14th
Shine Fashion Party hosted by All City Entertainment, at Ibiza. This party is the kickoff party to their weekly event every Thursday night at Ibiza. The fashion show incorporates inspired looks from Not Your Star Clothing, Loiter Ink, Ian, Upper Play Ground, Major Weight, Cake Face Clothing, Triple Crown EQPT and Tits. Hair will be done by Skyn Salon and Labou, and make-up will be done by Salon Ciba. VIP tickets are $15 and GA $10. Door open at 9pm show starts at 10pm. For tickets click here.

May 21st
This month’s Girl Power Hour Event will be held on Thursday, May 21st at Calidora Skin Clinic in the University Village. The theme is “Skin Deep with Calidora Skin Specialists” and since I am a regular at Calidora, I have to admit, this event definitely tops my “Do-Not-Miss” list! Guests will be treated to a Live Botox demonstration, information about laser & light therapy, free hand micro-dermabrasion treatments, demonstrations of the Clarisonic Skin Care System and sign-ups for Calidora’s complimentary Photo-Imaging Complexion Analysis. The first 50 guests will also receive a swag bag from Glamour Magazine! As if that isn’t enough, door prizes include a tube of Latisse (valued at $125), a Calidora Signature Facial, a Vitalize Peel and a Laser Hair Removal Package for the Bikini area. Tickets are $25. For more info, click here.

May 31st
Little Black Dress Events and Productions presents Seattle’s 1st Annual Save “The Girls” Designer Bra Show benefitting Susan G. Komen Foundation and Race for the Cure. This fashion community event, hosted by Brooke and Monte from Movin 92.5 will include a bra fashion show and silent auction. 
Guests will have a chance to win wonderful prizes and be entered into drawings while enjoying fabulous food and drinks from the Spitfire. 
Bring your friends for a great night out! Event sponsors include: Pandemonium, D List Magazine, Opal, Skyy Vodka, Clutch, Rock Star Jewelry,, Gene Juarez, Wink Cupcakes, Dry Soda, Calidora, Vantha Ry, Tully’s Coffee and Report Signature Shoes.Tickets are available at General Admission starts at $20. This event is going to be so much fun! 

June 11th
Join Half Past Lavish Events in the beautiful gardens of Clise Mansion at Marymoor Park for a Parasol Party! Sip delicious cocktails, shop with your friends and get treated to a Bella Umbrella fashion show! Event proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Tickets start at $15. For more info click here.