Friday, May 28, 2010

United Nude at Clementine


If the new Sex and The City 2 move has left you with a serious shoe obsession, Clementine in West Seattle has you covered. They have a fabulous assortment of summer sandals in stock including several styles (as shown) by United Nude, an international brand developed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and seventh generation shoemaker Galahad Clark. United Nude’s unique and colorful sandals will take the modern woman anywhere from the office to a beach party in style. Check out the full Spring/Summer 2010 collection by clicking here. The silhouettes and creative design elements make the United Nude line a true work of art.



4447 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98116-4108
(206) 650-9976

Thursday, May 27, 2010

3rd Annual Project Red Dress


The third annual Project Red Dress fashion show will be Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. This year’s event will feature celebrity judges, including “Project Runway’s” Nick Verreos. Participating fashion design students will have the opportunity to feature one-of-a-kind red gowns at the event, which promises to inspire and challenge the students while raising awareness of heart disease.

"This event brings together the best of the fashion design students to benefit two great causes,” said Monir Zandghoreishi, program chair, Fashion Design & Fashion Merchandising at IADT-Seattle. “One being education and the other is the American Heart Association, bringing everyone together for a great cause.”

Seattle's leading fabric store, Nancy’s Sewing Basket, will provide each contestant with $200 worth of fabric. The students will also be given 16 hours of sewing time to create their vision in red at IADT-Seattle. The event culminates with a gala fashion show at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Ticket prices range from $35-75.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fairy Tale at SPU


Seattle Pacific University will be holding it's annual Fashion Exhibit on Friday, June 4th from 4-7pm in the Gwinn Commons. This year's theme is "Fairy Tale" and guests will experience fun and creativity in fashion design. A fabulous group of fashion designers will be displaying their work. Come join the fun and support the newest additions to the Seattle fashion community.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SAMBAG Launches New Site



Featured in Vogue and loved by celebs including Elle Macpherson, Australian retailer SAMBAG plans to launch a new and completely re-designed site on June 7th. Features of the new site include a "Recommend" section to help you pick the perfect piece, a "Wish List" function, an online Look-Book with fashion collages, a SAMBAG press file and an exciting new blog, which will be constantly updated with SAMBAG news, including reports from the travels of SAMBAG founder, Sam Wagner. Shop for fab handbags, shoes, clothing, accessories and even kids by clicking here.


To celebrate the launch of the new site, SAMBAG is offering free shipping on all purchases for the first week of the launch plus free 'Zoe' inner soles to compliment all shoe purchases. Customers can also submit their own SAMBAG story for the SAMBAG blog for a chance to win fabulous prizes including SAMBAG ballet flats, a Dahlia Bomber, a Michi Clutch and more! Send submissions to online@sambag.com.au.

Follow SAMBAG on Twitter by clicking here!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fashion Mags Make Recovery


When the economy headed south many fashion mag readers worried that their favorite magazines would also fall victim to the sour economy due to slow ad revenue, but recovery is now in sight. Magazines including People StyleWatch, Marie Claire, Cosmo, Elle, Lucky, Allure and Vogue are all showing steady signs of financial improvement. In fact, Marie Claire was up 22% in the first half in terms of total number of pages. But just because the outlook is bright doesn't mean companies aren't taking steps to proceed with caution. Harper's Bazaar magazine plans to combine the June and July issues for the first time ever in order to help cut costs.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Save 15% at Sway & Cake


Shop online at Swayandcake.com now through May 21st and get 15% off your order by entering SWAY15 at check out. All orders also qualify for free priority shipping.

I'm a fan of the GAR-DE Bobby dress in hot pink. With a sweetheart neckline and two heavy duty zippers this 100% silk dress is so perfect for stylish summer events.


I also love the Cynthia Vincent wedge made from 100% leather with a metallic lining, zipper closure and adjustable straps.


And for a little drama, how about this Tri Agate Rolo necklace from Nugaard Designs? This necklace would be perfect to wear to the premier of the new Sex & The City movie coming out May 27th. (I can't wait!!!)




Sway & Cake is located at 1631 Sixth Ave. downtown. Click here to shop online.

What to Wear When it Rains


Picking out the perfect outfit is hard enough and when you add in the changing weather elements the process can be even tougher. A new site called The Weather Stylist seeks to change that by helping users pick outfits based on the current weather conditions for over 25,000 cities in the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as 500 international cities. This is the perfect site for someone who travels and wants to know what to pack ahead of time.

The site is very user-friendly and quick (no sign ups needed!). All you need to do is enter your zip code and you'll instantly get a 7 day forecast for your city plus a suggested outfit to wear. I tried it out for my zip code in Seattle and based on today's weather of partly cloudy skies and showers, here is the outfit the site suggested.


If you don’t like the outfit picked by The Weather Stylist you can quickly view other outfit options to suit your personal style. You can also click on each piece to view price and purchasing information. It's so easy. Why didn't I think of this?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Love: The Lacoste Book


I always say that my kind of heaven involves a majorly stocked walk-in closet and a library full of fashion books. The new Lacoste book is definitely one I'd add to my collection and not just because the cover is reminiscent of their iconic polo shirts. The new book is self described as "an encyclopedia of casually elegant style". Published by Assouline, the book is available online for $50 and comes in a variety of color options.


"Sip & Spa" Returns


Earth month may be over but if you're embracing a greener lifestyle you'll absolutely love Olive 8's eco-friendly spa, Elaia. Connecting you to the goodness of the Earth and the progressive thinking of our city, the experience of Elaia promises to be a unique experience of unmatched luxury dedicated to your well-being and that of the community. 

Back by popular demand Elaia Spa is bringing back their signature ‘Sip & Spa’ happy hour! Starting this Thursday, May 20th guests can enjoy a luxurious 15-minute Oxygen Boost Facial and delicious Sangria every Thursday from 5 – 8 p.m. for just $25.

Gather up your girlfriends, unwind in Elaia’s relaxation room and leave feeling relaxed and ready for spring! Reservations are recommended, so call (206) 676.4500 to secure your spot.

Elaia Spa at Olive 8
1635 8th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98101

Monday, May 17, 2010

Swim on Sale @ Zovo


Don't stress over swimsuit shopping this season- head to Zovo Lingerie where the expert staff can help you and the "girls" find the perfect fit. With the best selection of bikinis in town running in cup sizes from B through K it's easy to find the perfect fit. Plus, right now all bikinis and tankinis are 40% off. Shop early for the best selection. The sale runs through May. 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Abigail Glaum Lathbury Trunk Show



Join The Finerie May 21st & 23rd for an Abigail Glaum Lathbury trunk show. Meet Abigail in person and see the Summer 2010 collection titled "Invention and the Obsolete".  There will also be a preview of the Fall 2010 line and a chance to pre-order.

What: Abigail Glaum Lathbury Trunk Show

When: Friday, May 21st from 5pm-9:30pm and Sunday, May 23rd from 12pm-5:30pm.  

Where: The Finerie, 1215 First Ave. Seattle. 

Introducing: SockTheory.com


This summer it's all about great legs and New York-based Sock Theory.com has everything you need to show off those gorgeous gams. The site is dedicated to the concept of legware being more than just an accessory, but rather, the centerpiece of an outfit.  The founder has always been obsessed with tights and socks so launching a company dedicated to her favorite wardrobe pieces was a dream come true. As a life-long New Yorker, company founder Morgan was constantly inspired by the styles she saw walking down Seventh Avenue everyday. "It's impossible to not be fashion minded," says Morgan, "City style is always something that inspires me."

The site carries something for everyone including knee high socks, thigh highs, anklet and slipper socks, toe socks, leg warmers, arm warmers, fishnets and more.  And as for plans for the future,  the possibilities are endless, but Morgan has her sights set on opening stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

Get 10% off your order of $25 or more by entering in coupon code "SYDNEY" at checkout.  Don't forget to check out Sock Theory on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. And you can also catch up on the latest news on the Sock Theory blog

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Portable Perfume by Mélange

For a girl on the go there's nothing more convenient than portable perfume and a new batch of fragrances has just landed in Seattle. Made from the finest ingredients, Mélange’s Solid and Roll-On Perfumes are offered in an array of fragrances and priced at under $20.

Mélange’s Solid Perfumes are a combination of fragrance notes and essential oils formed in a base of natural Beeswax and Jojoba Oil. Every Mélange Solid Perfume is artisanally hand-poured in small batches to ensure that the fragrances are at their peak when they reach their destination. You can even make your own custom blend!

Mélange also makes Roll-On Perfumes, which contain no alcohol and are blended using a base of natural Coconut Oil mixed with Hawaiian Kukui Nut Oil. They smell sweet and fit perfectly into even the smallest clutch or handbag.

Find Melange Perfume's in Seattle at Queen Anne Dispatch, The Sweet Spot, Fini, Finch & Sparrow and Olivine.

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's All About: My Shoes


If you're searching for the perfect pair of shoes you need to bookmark Myshoes.com. The new shopping site has been featured in the LA Times and helps women find and compare shoes from hundreds of stores including Macys, Zappos, Heels.com and more to let them find the best price. 

“Shopping online makes it easy to compare products and prices and gain access to brand reviews, which allows consumers to make smart buying decisions,” says Lenka Keston, senior product manager for myShoes.com. “myShoes.com takes this a step further and empowers women with the opportunity to find the perfect shoes at the best price among multiple retailers by offering various comparison options in one, easy-to-search site.”

Going beyond the typical shoe search, myShoes.com helps women find the best value on every pair by listing all of the retailers that sell the specific shoe selected. The site further sorts the results by price and integrates any discounts and online coupons available through PromotionalCodes.com so that users are presented with the least expensive option available on the Internet. Store’s applicable shipping and return rates are also included in the results so that shoppers have all the necessary information needed to make a smart purchase and eliminates the need to surf other sites for savings.

Don't forget to check out the monthly shoe giveaway!

Seattle Fashion Calendar

So much to do and so little time, but don't let that stop you from checking out these great Seattle fashion events. There's literally something for everyone whether you're going green or looking for a fabulous runway show!

May 11th- CRAVE Goes Green at Herban Feast. Click here for more.

May 13th- Seattle Fashion Week Independent and Emerging Designer Showcase featuring Isaiah Whitmore, Anar Couture, Voss Rock and more. Click here for more.

May 16th- The 2nd Annual Save The Girls Designer Bra Fashion Show will be held at Pravda Studios and serve as a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Click here for more.

May 16th- Luly Yang Tea Show at The Fairmont Hotel. Click here for more.

May 19th- Fashion Group International presents a Fall 2010 Trend Overview and panel discussion featuring Tamara Donaghy from Sway & Cake and Seattle designer Lisa Vian Hunter. Click here for more info.

Sunday, May 9, 2010






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Saturday, May 8, 2010

FGI Fall 2010 Trend Overview & DVD Presentation


If clothes are socio-economic indicators, the recession is really over and it’s okay to look rich again. That’s the fall fashion mantra on both sides of the Atlantic, so clear your calendars and join Seattle’s Fashion Group International for a DVD Presentation and Panel Discussion of Fall 2010 Trends on May 19th at Seattle Pacific University. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served as guests network with FGI members, fashion industry professionals, and students studying for a career in a fashion related field. A carefully selected panel including designer Lisa Vian Hunter and Tamara Donaghy of Sway & Cake will discuss the season’s trends and give their insight on the direction the fashion industry is headed for the upcoming season.

What: Fashion Group International Fall 2010 Trend Presentation

Where:
Seattle Pacific University, Peterson Hall, Room 201. 3307 Third Ave. W.
Seattle.

When: May 19th, 2010 at 7pm

Admission:
FGI Members $15 in advance/$20 at the door 
Non-FGI Members $20 in advance/$25 at the door 
Students $6 in advance/$12 at the door (must show ID) 

Click here for tickets. 


Photo: Greg Kessler / FirstView.com

Friday, May 7, 2010

Credo Jewelry Trunk Show @ Ella Mon


Seattle jewelry designer Rosalind Vazquaz is holding her first ever trunk show for her line Credo Jewelry at Ella Mon in Ballard this weekend, May 8th & 9th. Credo Jewelry is quality sterling silver pendants made with Italian silver chains. Each piece much embrace 5 essential values dictated by the designer: it must have meaning and symbolism, it must be created with intention, must have functionality, the materials must be conflict-free and it must be manufactured in a process that enhances the lives of all who touch it. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and 10% off all purchases on Credo Jewelry throughout the event.


What: Credo Jewelry Trunk Show

When:
 Saturday, May 8th from 4pm – 9pm and Sunday, May 9th from 11am-3pm

Where:
Ella Mon

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mother's Day Cards that Give Back


Sunday is Mother's Day and what better way to celebrate mom than with a card from Myrtle Alley Press that gives back to the community? The studio has created a beautiful letterpress card for the occasion and the proceeds go directly to the Jubilee Women’s Center, an organization that provides transitional housing to homeless women in Seattle. You can donate any amount in honor of your mother or a special woman in your life, and Jubilee will send the card to the honored recipient on your behalf. 

“Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the special women in your life, and a gift that gives back to the community really expresses the essence of a mother’s generosity.” said Sara McNally, the graphic designer who designed the cards. Myrtle Alley Press and McNally donated their time to design and print the bright and cheerful cards that display a timeless quote from Mother Teresa: “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Inside, a simple message, “Thank you for all the small things you have done and continue to do, day after day. Happy Mother’s Day,” is displayed alongside the recognition of a donation. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Jubilee Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization that has provided transitional housing for homeless women in our community for over 27 years. 

“We were excited to create these cards for such a great cause,” said Rebecca Mullins, owner of Myrtle Alley Press, a letterpress studio in West Seattle. To donate and send a card to a woman in your life, visit www.jwcenter.org, or call Katy Childers at Jubilee Women’s Center at 206-957-4392, or email at katy@jwcenter.org.

Your mother would be so proud. :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Project Runway Finalist: Lisa Vian Hunter


Congrats to Seattle designer Lisa Vian Hunter who is now officially a Project Runway Season 8 finalist! Lisa recently met with Project Runway's Tim Gunn and Season 7 winner Seth Aaron Henderson and was asked back to meet with the show's casting directors for the final audition, which, if successful, would lead to Seattle's favorite new designer participating as a contestant/cast member for Season 8, which starts filming this summer. Good luck Lisa!

Fall 2010 Trend: The 1950's


The fashion world is channeling the 1950's this fall with an emphasis on style icons including Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly.  Louis Vuitton's Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection was even titled "And God Created Woman", a 1956 French film starring Bardot.  Across the pond, London's Victoria & Albert Museum is currently showing an exhibit featuring Grace Kelly's wardrobe from films including High Society and Rear Window.  The exhibit will also explore the evolution of her personal style as Princess Grace of Monaco, from the outfit she wore to her first meeting with Prince Rainier in 1955 to her haute couture gowns of the 1960s and '70s by her favorite couturiers including Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves St Laurent. Click here for more info. 


Photo © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld 2009

Monday, May 3, 2010

2nd Annual Save The Girls Bra Fashion Show



The 2nd Annual Save the Girls Designer Bra Fashion Show is just around the corner and the Little Black Dress Events & Productions team is looking forward to beating last years donation to The Puget Sound Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This years event will be held at Pravda Studios on Sunday May 16th, hosted by Brooke & Monti of Movin 92.5. The event will include a bra fashion show featuring unique creations from a variety of designers, a silent auction, and a raffle featuring great prizes from event sponsors. Bring your friends and come prepared for an evening of fun, fashion and entertainment for a great cause. Event sponsors include Julep Nail Parlor, Opal, BoConcept, Report Shoes, Sydneylovesfashion.com, Dry Soda Co., Bella Cupcake Couture, Fuze, Tullys, Angela Miller, Seattleboutiqueblogspot.com, DList Magazine, Neodandi, Purely Paige, Clutch, Gary Manuel, QFC and more!

What: 2nd Annual Save The Girls Designer Bra Show

When: Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Where: Pravda Studios. 1406 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Tickets: $15-30 available by clicking here. VIP tickets includes a VIP reception, swag bag and wine.

*This is a 21 and over event.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

2nd Annual Save The Girls Bra Fashion Show



The 2nd Annual Save the Girls Designer Bra Fashion Show is just around the corner and the Little Black Dress Events & Productions team is looking forward to beating last years donation to The Puget Sound Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This years event will be held at Pravda Studios on Sunday May 16th, hosted by Brooke & Monti of Movin 92.5. The event will include a bra fashion show featuring unique creations from a variety of designers, a silent auction, and a raffle featuring great prizes from event sponsors. Bring your friends and come prepared for an evening of fun, fashion and entertainment for a great cause. Event sponsors include Julep Nail Parlor, Opal, BoConcept, Report Shoes, Sydneylovesfashion.com, Dry Soda Co., Bella Cupcake Couture, Fuze, Tullys, Angela Miller, Seattleboutiqueblogspot.com, DList Magazine, Neodandi, Purely Paige, Clutch, Gary Manuel, QFC and more!

What: 2nd Annual Save The Girls Designer Bra Show

When: Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Where: Pravda Studios. 1406 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Tickets: $15-30 available by clicking here. VIP tickets includes a VIP reception, swag bag and wine. 

*This is a 21 and over event.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Shop to Make a Difference


Now that the University Village has a Sephora I find myself there on a regular basis to visit my favorite places including Calidora, Zovo Lingerie and most recently, Pottery Barn Kids. Shopping comes naturally to me, but if you did need an extra reason to shop, consider this, when you shop at select U-Village Stores May 14th-16th and purchase a Cure Card for $25 not only will you save 20% on your purchases but the money collected from the card will go directly to women's cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Cure Cards can be purchase online by clicking here or by visiting a participating store. 

Stores participating in this event include:
  • Anthropologie
  • Banana Republic
  • The Confectionary (Yay!!!)
  • crewcuts
  • J. Crew
  • Juicy Couture
  • Fran's Chocolates
  • Eileen Fisher
  • The Land of Nod
  • Lucy
  • Mecer
  • Papyrus
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Zovo Lingerie (Yay!!!)
  • Something Silver
  • Village Maternity

Maternal Bliss @ Four Seasons

In celebration of mother's and of course, all those *glowing* mom's-to-be (Shout-out to Elizabeth Rampson!), The Spa at Four Seasons is offering special mommy packages during the month of May to celebrate Mother's Day (May 8th).
  • The 'Mom & Me' package is designed especially for mothers and daughters to spend a little quality time together. The day begins with a rejuvenating full body Swedish massage followed by a Deep Poor Cleansing facial and a Pike Place Manicure using a seasonal mineral scrub.
  • The 'Celebrate Mom' package is perfect for mom's who need a little escape from the daily grind. A Bamboo Lemongrass Body Scrub starts the luxurious spa experience followed by an application of lemongrass and ginger body oil to calm and hydrate the skin. Complete the journey with a Triple Anti-Aging Facial which helps promote cellular renewal and defend against the signs of aging leaving the skin with a radiant complexion.
  • For the 'Mom-To-Be', paper your body and soul with a 50-minute Prenatal massage, followed by an energizing Vitamin C Facial and concluding with a Pike Place Pedicure.
Bonus! Valet parking is complimentary with every spa treatment.

99 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 749-7000