Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Join DELI September 2nd as they unveil new work by John Osgood, Sensei 23, and Zachary Bohnenkamp. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and awesome art from 6-9pm.

DELI | 87 Yesler Way | Seattle | WA | 98104

Monday, August 30, 2010

Review: Vogue Front Row Fashion

The pages of Vogue came to life on Saturday night at the Front Row Fashion Show at the Hyatt in Bellevue. Fur & Feathers, American Sportswear, Animal Magnetism and Urban Luxe were among the Fall '10 trends featured. Anne Vincent, Director of Events and Merchandising at Vogue introduced the show wearing a black wrap bodice dress adorned with a blue feathered skirt paired with a black ankle boot. The prelude to each segment was a collage of the featured trends as seen in the pages of Vogue. Must-have's for the Fall '10 season include a full spectrum of colored tights, layers of pearls, ankle boots, menswear trousers, feathers, sequins, anything leopard print and a cult classic: a khaki trench. Although the show was short (approx. 12 minutes in length) it didn't disappoint in content (or trend) and a great time was had by all!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fall Fashion Must-Haves: Queen Anne Dispatch

Fall arrivals are cascading in at Queen Anne Dispatch! Here's a look at my favorite fall pieces in store now!

I'm a fanatic for a good dress. Check out this great piece by Simon Chang with embellished sleeves, a full zip back and a fun safari print. This dress is also available in a heather grey.

In addition to menswear-inspired trousers, skinny jeans are still relevant for Fall '10. I love this pair of dark denim skinny jeans by WORN. Pair them with heels, or tuck them into your favorite pair of fall boots! Queen Anne Dispatch has jeans from a variety of different brands for all shapes and sizes in a full spectrum of washes. Can't find your size? Just ask one of the sales girls and they'll help you find the perfect fit!

The trench is back and this version by BB Dakota is a great value for $72. The classic khaki colorway will go with anything and everything in your wardrobe!

The military-inspired look is another big trend for fall. I love these skinny cargos by WORN jeans. They also come in a great black colorway! Check out the ankle zip detail. I'm also obsessed with the grey boots (pictured) by Matisse.

Grey is a great neutral for fall. This embellished dress by Eva Franco provides great coverage and works well alone or as part of a layered ensemble for those brisk fall days.

Ankle boots are another fall must-have. This pair by Nicole have a removable buckle and chain. I love the embellishment but for the office you can remove the chain and then add it on later for Happy Hour!

Denim inspired leggings are still all the rage! This pair by WORN comes in a slim fit with a heathered finish. The denim styling and back pockets make this pant a bit more structured than a basic legging but still provides all the comfort you'd expect. Play with proportion this fall by pairing these pants with a chunky knit sweater.

Queen Anne Dispatch
2212 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98119

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fall Fashion at Alhambra

It may only be the end of August, but Seattle's best boutiques are already gearing up for a fabulous fall season! Here are 5 great key items from Alhambra that you need to own!

One of the fall trends that you can have a lot of fun with is faux fur! Check out this great faux fur vest by Rozae Nichols that you can wear with a dress for evening or with denim during the day! *LOVE*

The blazer is another key item for fall and this season it's all about functional jackets you can dress up with a skinny belt like this great piece from Ulla Johnson.

Dresses are going to be BIG this season. Check out this wool herringbone Tucker dress with fabulous sleeve detail. I love the neutral colorway (which is another big theme for the season!)

This fall you're going to need a pair of sturdy boots! I love this pair by Coclico Nevine. Tucked into jeans or worn with a dress you'll get a ton of mileage out of these boots.

And last but not least, this Tucker dress was featured in the September issue of People STYLE WATCH. Congrats on the fabulous press Alhambra!!!

101 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Top 5 Fall Faves from Rebecca Minkoff

Mastering apparel, accessories and handbags, Rebecca Minkoff is doing it all for Fall! Here's a look at my 5 favorite items from the Fall '10 Collection.

# 1- The Pierre Trench! No fall wardrobe will be complete without one of these and the khaki colorway is classic. I like this trench for dressing up or pairing down with jeans.

#2- The "Catwoman" Dress has a great sweetheart neckline and voluminous sleeves. If you're feeling for some color, add a belt! Word on the street is that Kim Kardashian is a huge fan of this dress!

#3- A camel asymmetrical sweater is another must-have for the season. The "Nadia" sweater is 100% merino wool and is meant to be worn off the shoulder for a stylish yet chic look.

#4- In terms of a signature RM piece, this embellished clutch with chains, zippers and tassels is a must-have. The" 5-Zip" Italian leather Clutch adds a rock-inspired edge to any look. Pair this bag with your cargo pants and boots!

#5- The Deathstitch leather jacket is another key item for fall because of it's simplistic styling and versatility. I love the smooth lines and blazer-styling!

To view the full Rebecca Minkoff Collection click here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bellevue Fashion Week Highlights

Bellevue Fashion Week is back and bigger than ever! Running August 24th-29th the week long event will feature runway shows, VIP shopping nights and exclusive trunk shows. Participating retailers include the Zebra Club, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Report Shoes, Sephora, Free People, Mercer and more.

Here are some of the week's highlights & must-see events:

American Fashion Designers at Home VIP Preview Party- In partnership with Assouline and the CFDA
Vogue and The Bellevue Collection celebrate the newest addition to the CFDA /Assouline American Fashion series, American Fashion Designers at Home with Author Rima Suqi, and special guest designers. Private event. By invitation only.

Special Event Just for Petites- 6:30 pm @Eileen Fisher- Enjoy personal wardrobing advice and receive double rewards points (day of event only). Refreshments will be served.

Fall Trendwatch - Mother, Daughter and Girlfriend Runway Show at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. Doors open at 11:30am. Don’t miss this fall trend show designed just for all the fashion passionate girls in the family while enjoying small bites and cooling drinks. The timing is perfect to see what will be walking down the hallways at school or seen at the next soirĂ©e with fashion from The Collection. 100% of ticket price benefits The Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue.

Forever In Fashion- Tiffany & Co. invites you to discover a spectacular array of iconic Tiffany jewelry and the art of putting it all together. Invitation Only. Event runs from 6-8pm. Limited Availability. For more information please call 425.451.8844 or email bellevue@tiffany.com.

5: Fitness & Lululemon Athletica | Function | Fun | Fearless | Fashion- @ Hyatt Regency Doors open at 7:30pm. Show is at 8:30pm. Lululemon athletica celebrates 5 years in Bellevue. A party to remember that will leave you inspired. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at lululemon athletica in Bellevue Square. For more information call: 425.462.5530. All proceeds will support Islandwood.

JOHNNY WAS fashion event @ Louie Permelia. LA-based JOHNNY WAS fashion event, featuring their best styles for FALL 2010. We will have goodies all day Friday and Saturday along with a gift certificate drawing for the event.

Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue at the Hyatt Regency. Vogue brings the fall trends straight from the pages of the magazine to the runway offering insight on how to wear fashions available at The Bellevue Collection. The show will feature fashion from Ann Taylor, Aritzia, Banana Republic, Eileen Fisher, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Macy’s, Mercer, Nordstrom, Vince and White House Black Market. Hair will be by Obadiah Salon and make-up by Sephora. 100% of the ticket price benefits The Moyer Foundation. Must be 21 or over. Doors open at 5:30pm.


Report Footwear VIP Store Launch Party @ Report. Girl Power Hour is launching REPORT Footwear’s very first retail location with a VIP shopping party! Enjoy Girly Girl Wines, savory and sweet bites, win door prizes including shoes from REPORT, swag for all guests, other surprises and a special night of perusing and shopping during the last night of Bellevue Collection Fashion Week. All guests will receive a 20% discount on any purchases that evening. $25 REPORT gift cards will be given to the 1st, 25th, 50th, and 100th guest! A percentage of proceeds from the evening will benefit City of Hope. Appetizers will be provided by Pearl Bar & Dining Restaurant. Private event. By invite only. For more information email info@girlpowerhour.com.

For more information on Bellevue Fashion Week, click here.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ella Mon to Close

Ballard's Ella Mon is closing up shop. :( Owner Monica Treacy cited slow sales during the spring and summer seasons as her main reason for calling it quits. The Closing Sale began on Friday, August 20th. Everything in the store is marked to sell including furniture and fixtures.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

La Rousse Pop Up Shop at Clementine

If you love online-only boutique La Rousse, check out their limited-time pop up shop at Clementine in West Seattle going on today through August 22nd. They will be marking the occasion with a special happy hour from 3pm-7pm today and tomorrow, plus featuring many outfits under $100 (including shoes), you'll also get 10% off all new fall merchandise, and up to 60% off sumer clearance. Happy Shopping!

4447 California Avenue Southwest
West Seattle
(206) 935-9400

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fabbys Trunk Show

If you haven't checked out Seattle-based Fabbys Shoes, you are seriously missing out. They're portable and precious and so affordable you can afford all 3 colors! Stop by for their one-day-only trunk show this Thursday at Gotta Have Shoes in Bellevue. Stick around after the trunk show for Shoenata, a night of acoustic performances and sneak peaks of new styles from the store’s featured designers.

When: Fabbys Trunk Show

When: Thursday, Aug. 19th from 1-5pm

Where: Gotta Have Shoes, 10047 Main Street, Bellevue

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fall 2010 Trend Overview

Many of the Fall 2010 trends have been carried over from Spring 2010 and Fall 2009 with updates, embellishments and detailing to make them new again for the upcoming season. Leather and trench coats were among the key items for Spring 2010 and the trend was carried over into fall at Charlotte Ronson’s show when she showed a combination of the two in a beautiful leather trench coat.

Black and white themes as seen in Spring 2010 will continue to be popular for fall as seen at BCBG Max Azria.

And from head to toe at Helmut Lang.

A fall favorite- chunky sweaters were a major part of the Rag & Bone Collection from the traditional button-up to vests, gloves, dresses, and skirts.

Loving the collar detail as seen at Helmut Lang.

All over prints are still all over the runway for Fall 2010. Nicole Miller opted for an all-over print mini dress in a black, white and grey color story.

Helmut Lang played with graphic prints in this pretty dress with a beautiful drape.

A mismatch of prints is also a popular trend for Fall from plaids to stripes and florals. Charlotte Ronson paired a striped shirt with floral harem pants.

A total mismatch as seen at Peter Som.

Military influences are still important as seen in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. Charlotte Ronson tapped the trend with a khaki camp shirt for day.

Rag & Bone opted for camo military jacket.

And Vivienne Tam chose a belted military-inspired jacket.

Followed by this rendition at Philosophy paired with a sheer glittery skirt.

Not usually considered a fall item, shorts were seen on the runway for Fall 2010 in the form of black dress shorts with a bow belt detail paired with a turtle neck and a grey overcoat also at Charlotte Ronson.

Or paired with tights and a top hat as seen at Alice + Olivia.

Fall is ripe for Special Occasion gowns and Jason Wu opted for playful romance in this Alice in Wonderland inspired gown. I love the length and the volume.

Or for a heavy dose of drama how about this beautiful Christian Siriano silk gown?

*All photos are from Style.com

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Bravern Be There Sweepstakes

You may have seen photos, read the stories and drooled over the season's hottest fashions, so instead of fantasizing about Fashion's Night Out, enter to win and actually BE THERE! Get started at The Bravern's Facebook page to answer fashion trivia questions presented by The Bravern and invite your style-savvy friends to play along. The winner will receive a 3-day VIP trip to Fashion's Night Out in New York City!

Sweepstakes Starts:
August 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM (PST)

Sweepstakes Ends:
August 29, 2010 at 11:59:59 PM (PST)



Congrats to Alyssa Taylor of Seattle who was the winner of The Bravern Sweepstakes. Alyssa and one friend were flown to NYC to be there during the Official Fashion's Night Out and they will be staying at the beautiful Fashion 26 Hotel located in the Fashion District!

Review: Miracle Skin Transformer

I often find myself crunched for time when it comes to getting ready in the morning which is why I love products that multi-task. One of my new favorites is the Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20 which hydrates, enhances and protects all-in-one. I normally like a bit more coverage when it comes to a tinted moisturizer type product but this worked really well for me and goes on light without being greasy, yet still provided enough coverage that I didn't need additional concealer.

Created by beauty industry expert Sarah McNamara, Miracle Skin Transformer instantly transforms your skin, leaving you with a smooth, radiant, airbrushed finish in seconds. The formula is free of petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, parabens, dyes, wax, mineral oils, and talcs and made right here in the U.S., plus, they don't test on animals, which is another major bonus in my beauty book!

During the summer when layers of product on your face end up being a gross, sweaty mess you need a product you can count on that provides all the skincare you need without the extra steps (and layers) that you don't. Try Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20, it's the perfect skincare trifecta for flawlessly beautiful skin.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Girl Power Hour Turns 3: Champagne Wishes

Girl Power Hour is celebrating their 3rd Anniversary on September 24th at the Report Footwear Showroom in Factoria.
Join the savviest girls in Seattle for a stylish social networking event celebrating empowerment, philanthropy and social GLAM. Be part of an elite group to experience this unique space while enjoying:

-The Wish Bar featuring amazing giveaways all night long!

- A special presentation of the GPH Power Awards to notable influencers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists in our community

-A look inside the REPORT Lounge showcasing this season’s hottest trends in footwear plus a Runway shoe show presented by REPORT Signature featuring Spring/Summer 2011 trends

-Seattle Met Magazine Photo Lounge and interviews on the pink carpet

-Seattle’s hottest DJ’s spinning grooves you can lounge to

-Learn about how the YWCA is the leading organization for moving women and families out of crisis, towards empowerment. Bring an item for their upcoming Couture Sale and get an extra drink ticket!

Date: September 24, 2010

Time: 8pm-Midnight

Location: REPORT showrooms in Factoria (off of I-90)

Attire: Dress to Impress

Tickets: $50 through August 31st, and $60 through September 23rd. (You missed out on the $40 GA tickets which were on sale through July 31st!) General Admission includes drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres, and swag bags for first 100 guests. Get there early!

VIP tickets are $100 through August 31st and $150 through September 23rd. VIP admission includes an open bar, priority parking, private VIP lounge to get pampered in, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary subscription to Seattle Met Magazine and Special VIP swag Bags (limited capacity).

Click here to get your tickets now!

Girl Power Hour 3 Year Anniversary party sponsors include Report Shoes, Seattle Met Magazine, Rocketdog Communications, Incentive Solutions, Pearl Vodka, Anheuser-Busch, Popchips, ITVNW, Girly Girl Wines, Seattle Fashion TV, Karuza & Koh, New York Cupcakes, and the YWCA.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hooray for the SLU Block Party

Join in the fun and festivities at the South Lake Union Block Party taking place today from 12 noon to 11pm. Watch local chefs from Flying Fish, Seastar Restaurant, and Whole Foods Market battle it out in the ultimate grilling showdown, check out the beer garden, enjoy wine tasting or show up late for a movie under the stars! Proceeds from this year's SLU Block Party will benefit Historic Seattle, the only non-profit dedicated to preserving Seattle and King County's architectural legacy. Check out the full schedule of events below.

Schedule of Events
12:00 P.M.

12:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Kids/Family Activities

12:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Farmers Market & Food Vendors/Sampling Open

3:00 - 10:30 P.M.
Pyramid Breweries Beer Garden Open

5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Seattle Magazine Discover Wine Event

5:00 - 6:30 P.M.
Whole Foods Market Audacious Burger Challenge

8:00 - 9:00 P.M.
ZomBcon International presents Thriller Dance workshop by Seattle Thrillers

9:00 – 11:00 P.M.
Cinema on the Lawn Outdoor Movie - Zombieland (Rated R)

Fall '10 Trend: Leopard.....Meow

There's something very animalistic and appealing about the leopard print madness going on for Fall '10- but you don't need to be a risk taker to indulge yourself in this exotic print. Let's peruse the leopard looks as seen on the runway and take a look at some realistic ways you can incorporate some leopard prints into your wardrobe this fall.

A sweetheart neckline leopard bodice paired with a sheer polka dot skirt looks playful and fresh at Dolce & Gabbana.

Roberto Cavalli showed several renditions of the traditional leopard print and went wild with leggings, cuffs, booties and bags. I like the varied sizes and scales of the leopard print which adds interest and variety to each piece.

Looking for other chic ways to wear leopard this fall? How about as a vest with a military-inspired belt as shown at Dries Van Noten? I'm loving the leopard, olive and navy color scheme in this outfit.

And if you're feeling brave this fall- how about going all out with an all-over print leopard jacket? All you need are some black boots and you're all set!

When it comes to infusing leopard print into your wardrobe this fall you can add splashes or go all the way. I love these Pelle Moda 'West' Platform pumps from Nordstrom. Pair them with a little black dress for a shot of style if you're feeling frisky or partner them with a black trousers and a button-up for the office.

For an easy one-piece check out this Warehouse Animal shift dress. Crafted from structured, tailored cotton fabric this feminine take on the trend has subtle puff sleeve detailing, a sumptuous bow to nip in the waist and a concealed zipper to ensure a perfect fit. I'd pair this dress with red pumps for a night on the town.

If you're prefer to be a bit more subtle about incorporating leopard into your wardrobe how about a leopard print wallet like this one from Jimmy Choo? This wallet would look so hot peering out from inside a black bag. In fact, you should skip the bag altogether and just rock the wallet instead.

Skyscraper heels aren't for the faint of heart- so if you prefer to be closer to the ground, try some leopard flats instead. This pair by Tory Burch is made from calf hair and has the signature gold logo at the toe. Pair these with dark denim skinny jeans, a white tank, layers of gold chains and a navy blazer.

If you're not feeling bold but still want to incorporate the leopard trend this fall, the safest way to go is with a wrist watch like this one by La Mer from Urban Outfitters. The leopard straps read like bracelets while the inside section reads like a trendy watch. For $49.95 it's worth the risk.

And last but not least, if you want to try the leopard trend but prefer a smaller shot of it, try this Animal Janine Dress by Motel available through Topshop.com. Pair with a black quarter length sleeve blazer and some black pumps and you're ready to roll.