Monday, December 27, 2010

Menswear Trend: Workwear

WWD recently reported that men are back, and they're buying. Menswear even emerged as the top performer for many retailers this holiday season. One of the biggest menswear trends continues to be the workwear trend, which leads me to believe that the working class hero is back and here to stay. Here's a quick list of 10 work wear trend essentials.

#1- The Chambray Shirt- This 100% cotton long sleeve chambray shirt with dual button flap chest pockets, cuff tabs to keep sleeves rolled up, and rear horizontal yoke is the perfect wardrobe staple when channeling the workwear trend. It looks crisp and it's a versatile addition to any wardrobe.

#2- The Plaid Shirt- This heavyweight flannel by Patagonia can be used as a warm shirt or double as a lightweight jacket. Made of 100% organic cotton through the Common Threads Recycling program this shirt is perfect for keeping you warm around the campfire.

#3- The Distressed Jacket. This jacket was first designed back in 1936 and to celebrate it's 75th anniversary J. Crew brought back the original. Made in England this jacket is made of 8 oz. waxed cotton and has an authentic distressed finish plus a warm tartan lining. This jacket is sure to be a collector's item.

#4- The Non-Denim Pant. This Wool Chino Pant by Wings + Horns is a great alternative to jeans. The button fly has four faux-wooden buttons, one watch pocket just below the waistband, and two welt-style back pockets. These pants are sure to keep you warm during the cold winter months!

#5- Crisp Denim- Average Joe dry dirt organic jeans are another workwear trend must-have. This 11.75 oz rigid denim from Italy made from 100% organic cotton has a raw, vintage look due to the special effects created by the yarns. All the trims are organic too.

# 6- The devil's in the details, which is why you'll also need a utilitarian style leather belt. This belt has a soft, worn-in feel and is an easy way to compliment your workwear look.

#7- Red Wing Boots. These shoes will help you flawlessly pull off the workwear trend. They look polished with crisp, dark denim and a freshly pressed woven shirt. The 6'' Classic Moc boots are the perfect shade that works as a neutral with almost everything your wardrobe. This boot is also available in black.

#8- Another option when it comes to fashionable footwear is the more rugged 8'' Classic moc boot by Red Wing. Made of Hawthore muleskinner leather these boots are built to last and require more than a basic ankle sock.

#9- Continue working through the long winter with a pair of Filson Merino Wool fingerless gloves. According to the Blackbird site these gloves are "A hunting and fishing favorite designed to keep your hands warm while allowing you to use your fingers to tie knots and pull triggers." While we don't recommend using them in that capacity we think these gloves will come in just as handy in the city when the winter weather is sunny but crisp.

Last but not least- #10
Really into the workwear trend? Check out The Field House Trusty Workshop Apron. This hand-dyed heavy canvas apron is handmade in Ballard, Washington using all locally sourced materials and is perfect for all your work-related projects or weekend hobby gigs.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

LUCKY Launches Kids Mag

I have an 8 month-old son who is absolutely cute as a button. Yes, I'm bias, but needless to say, I'm thrilled that Lucky Magazine plans to launch Lucky Kids in April of 2011. The new mag will run 3 issues a year (April, September and December) and feature shopping and style advice for savvy parents. Hooray!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Seattle's Holiday Shop Local Guide

So many gifts- so little time. This season forget the mall and venture into your own neighborhood boutiques to find the perfect gift for that someone special. Seattle Boutique wants to remind you to shop local this season. Here's a quick list of our favorite places to shop in the city.

Queen Anne Dispatch- This one-stop-shop on Queen Anne Avenue has everything that a girl in the city could possibly want- shoes, handbags, sunglasses, apparel, candles, stationary, cards, gifts and even lingerie! Plus, they can pack and ship to just about anywhere making it easy to buy and ship the perfect gift in no time.

Queen Anne Dispatch - 2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 - @qadispatch

The Finerie- Opened in September of 2006, The Finerie offers sophisticated style for men and women. Owners Tanya and Michael do an impeccable job stocking brands like Abi Ferrin, Yoana Baraschi, Ted Baker and even local designer Heilyke. The Finerie will validate parking at Hotel 1000 for all purchase of $175 or more.
The Finerie - 1215 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 - @thefinerie

Sway & Cake- Shop this trendydowntown boutique to find all the latest clothes, shoes, accessories & handbags that are sure to be donned by all your favorite celebs. Brands include Alice + Olivia, Genetic Denim, Killl City, Rebecca Minkoff and more. Can't shop in store? Priority shipping on is always FREE.
Sway & Cake - 1631 Sixth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 - @swayandcake

La Ree- Owner Rachael Nov is committed to staying on top of the trends to bring her customers high fashion from around the globe. La Ree carries a variety of designer labels including Alexander Wang, Cynthia Vincent, Helmut Lang and jewelry by local designer Jamie Joseph.
La Ree - 11 103rd Ave. N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 - @lareeboutique

Horseshoe- Known as the “Finery for Fillies”, Horseshoe boutique is a little bit of country and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. Find a large assortment of brands including Prairie Underground, Suzabelle, Ella Moss, Scrapbook, and more. Owner Jill even sells her own line of beautiful artisan jewelry in the store. Stop by and check it out!
Horseshoe - 5344 Ballard Ave. NW. Seattle, WA 98107 - @horseshoesea

Promesse- This upscale women’s boutique in Kirkland carries designer apparel and accessories from Adriano Goldschmied, Abaco Paris, Hugo Boss Orange, Michael Stars, Mint Jodi Arnold, Rag & Bone, Theory and more. Don't miss their recently added selection of adorable baby clothes and accessories!
Promesse - 128 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033

Canopy Blue- Nestled in Madison valley, Canopy Blue has a friendly staff and carefully edited merchandise from Diane von Furstenberg, Adriano Goldschmied, Rebecca Taylor, Suzabelle, Theory, Tory Burch, Trina Turk and more.
Canopy Blue - 3121 East Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112 - @canopy_blue

Opal- For budget-friendly fashion check out Opal! With 3 locations in the greater Seattle area including Downtown, Mill Creek and Redmond there's sure to be an Opal near you. Brands carried include Theory, Michael Stars, Hale Bob and more. The staff is helpful and the atmosphere is laid-back which makes Opal a great place to shop!
Opal - 2121 Terry Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 - @opalboutiques

Alhambra- if you're shopping downtown check out Alhambra. They carry everything from casual wear to cocktail dresses, shoes and accessories. Designers carried include Gary Graham, Rozae Nichols, A Common Thread, Inhabit and more. Alhambra also carries a fabulous assortment of jewelry from Renee Garvey, Dana Kellin and Rebecca Lankford. Get a glimpse of what's in store now by checking out Alhambra's blog.
Alhambra - 101 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101

Sweetie- Sweetie is a West Seattle women’s boutique that carries apparel and accessories from Diane von Furstenbeg, Rebecca Taylor, Tracy Reese, Trina Turk, Sanctuary, True Religion, Citizens of Humanity and more. Sweetie - 4508 California Ave. Seattle, WA 98116 - @sweetieboutique

Totokaeleo- Totokaelo derives from toto caelo, a Latin phrase that means "reaching to the edge of the stars." It's a fitting theme for the two stores and online community, which began in 2003 as a small shop in Fremont. Rather than paying attention to what others say is "in," they believe in building a tightly curated wardrobe that is reflective of personality and lifestyle. Featured brands include Rachel Comey, Yohji Yamamoto, Chloe, Future Classics, Jil Sander and more. Check out new arrivals by clicking here.
Totokaeleo - 913 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 - @totokaeleo

Meadow- Queen Anne's newest boutique recently celebrated their 1-year anniversary. Owner Shelly Hall makes it a point to keep everything in her shop affordable and on-trend. The product mix includes apparel, accessories, housewares and more. Looking to shop from local companies this season? Check out the beautiful assortment of Leah Pastrama jewelry or yummy soaps by Sweet Petula at Meadow.
Meadow - 1959 6th Ave. W. Seattle, WA 98109

The 206- Seattle style maven Kimberly Carney recently launched a new e-commerce website called “The 206”, a contemporary clothing boutique for men and women. The online store features contemporary trends for both work and play. Women's brands include Joes Jeans, G Star, Alice + Olivia, BCBG, Genetic and William Rast. Menswear brands include Ted Baker, J. Lindeberg, Robert Graham, and Rufus.

SPUN Collective- Designer Sara Seumae recently opened SPUN Sustainable Collective, a unique shop featuring local lines including Jesica Milton, Plaid Doctrine, Twig Cosmetics, Cameron Levin Couture, TĂȘte Couture, Thinknow jewelry and prints from Valentina Vitols Photography.
SPUN Collective - 1515 14th Ave., Suite A, Seattle, WA 98122

Spa Scotta- This is THE place to go for a much-talked about Shellac Manicure. I'm telling you, this is the only way I've ever been able to grow out my brittle nails. The environment at Spa Scotta is great and I absolutely adore Jessica, the spa owner who makes sure the vibe is blissful and the service is the best. Check out Spa Scotta's gift packages here or customize your own gift certificate online.
Spa Scotta - 4915 25th Ave. N. E. Seattle, WA 98105 - @spascotta

Swink Style Bar- Take the guess work out of getting ready by stopping in Seattle's only blow dry bar featuring a fab menu of 8 signature hair styles. 30 minutes and around $30 later you'll walk out looking like a million bucks. Swink is now open on Sundays from 10am-3pm.
Swink Style Bar - 611 Stewart St. Seattle, WA 98101 - @swinkstylebar

Calidora Skin Clinic- I saved the best for last. No, really. I love Calidora! The staff is amazing and they do a great job with injectables including Botox, Restylane, Dysport, Juvederm and more. Needle phobic? Try one of their other services including Thermage, laser therapy, facials, Via-C peels and more. Check out Calidora's Daily Deal by clicking here.
Calidora - 2613 N.E. University Village St. Seattle, WA 98105 - @calidora

Insider Tip: Another fun way to shop local this season is to pick up a copy of the recently launched CRAVE guide featuring over 160+ women-owned businesses in the city that rock! This book makes a great guide for yourself or a stellar present for a friend!

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Shoes for Every Occasion

We have the perfect shoes to compliment any outfit this fall. So instead of leaving your footwear wardrobe as an afterthought let our Holiday Shoe Guide help navigate the way to some fabulous footwear ideas!

For a holiday party with a twist try these fabulous peep toe pumps by Alexander McQueen. I love the contrast of the embellished skull against the subtle angel wing embroidery along the edges and don't even get my started on the studded heel. These pumps require some serious attitude.

Speaking of holiday parties- another great shoe to consider this fall is the neutral pump. So many women spend excessive amounts of time worrying about finding the perfect shoe to "match" their dress. Well guess what? Nude shoes go with everything and make your legs look really long. (Score!)

If you're wanting to try the bootie trend this shoe is for you. A suede platform ankle boot with a bow on the back and a 5-inch heel. *LOVE* You could totally wear this bootie with a mini dress and a pair of sheer black tights for a Holiday Soiree or a night on the town with friends.

For a dress that requires a strappy shoe try the Pelle Moda Verbena Open toe platform. It comes in 4 colors (black, pewter, gold and silver) and has tiny (and tastefully done) crystals adorning the straps and even the buckle. This shoe is the perfect match to a shimmery New Years Eve dress!
Not into the skyscraper heels? Come back to Earth with a pair of leopard print flats. They're the perfect compliment to dark denim skinny jeans and add interest to outfits that are tonal or composed of mostly solid colors. These flats also work as a commuter shoe to get you to and from the bus or rail when headed to work or leaving the city after a hard day's work. Throw a pair into your bag and you're all set. $39.99 from

For a sturdy shoe try a pair of tall black boots. This shoe is the black stiletto of boots which means it's totally neutral and has a lot of versatility. These boots will look great with pants or skirts and has simple hardware for a polished look. $69.99 from
When wearing a heel isn't an option try a pair of embellished flats. These shoes will add holiday sparkle to your outfit and would be the perfect shoe for running to take advantage of those early bird shop sales. $49.99 from

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Welcome to The 206

Seattle style maven Kimberly Carney recently launched a new e-commerce website called “The 206”, a contemporary clothing boutique for men and women. The online store will feature contemporary trends for both work and play. Women's brands include Joes Jeans, G Star, Alice + Olivia, BCBG, Genetic and William Rast. Menswear brands include Ted Baker, J. Lindeberg, Robert Graham, and Rufus. Live in the city? Shop online and get free next-day delivery in the Seattle-area. To celebrate the launch of the site, “The 206” will offer 30% off the entire purchase for the first 50 orders, including gift cards. Shoppers can enter HOLIDAY2010 at checkout to take advantage of this opportunity through January 15. 2010.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Total Type A Obsession

I'm a total Type A personality. You know the type: organized, always planning, borderline annoying. Yes. That's totally me- and one of the ways I stay organized is by hoarding Behance Action notebooks. I normally get them from a boutique called Blackbird but for those of you that don't live in Seattle you can also get them online directly from Behance. The Action Book was designed by the Behance team and is based on the Action Method and the idea that there are too many ideas in the world and not enough action. Further, without organization and productivity brilliant ideas never come to life. I carry mine around and always get compliments when I attend meetings about how "organized" I am. :) It's nerdy, but I secretly love it. Save 15% on all Behance Products now through December 25th using webcode: HOLIDAY10B. These notebooks make a great gift for your scatter-brained friends who need a little help reigning it in. Cheers!

Julep Holiday Nail Set + Giveaway

Nothing says "Hello Holidays" quite like a beautiful manicure completed with glittery gold nailpolish. Julep is celebrating the season with a new Holiday color set that includes 4 signature shades for every holiday soiree. "Cyndi" is a deep chocolate polish with festive red sparkles, "Stefani" is a glittery olive green, "Sienna" is an oh-so-festive and sophisticated shimmery gold foil, and last but not least is "Molly" Julep’s update on a classic red. The set retails for $29 and is also available online at

So what's the secret to fabulous nails? Jane Park, CEO of Julep Nail Parlor shares her favorite holiday nail tips & tricks.

Dry Winter Hands? Unfortunately, just slathering on lotion doesn’t help. Exfoliating your hands is the key to ensuring that your moisturizer can reach past the layers of dead skin cells to do their job. At Julep, we use a sea salt and natural almond oil scrub to exfoliate hands and feet before applying lotion. For women who have very dry hands, or for women with significant age spots, I always recommend our “Girlfriend’s Glycolic Manicure”, which always wows our guests with immediate, dramatic results. One of my friends told me she just couldn’t stop touching her hands after this manicure – her skin was so soft. With the deep glycolic exfoliation, all of the rough, dead skin cells were sloughed away – exposing younger-looking, dramatically softer skin. Moisturizer doesn’t work if you don’t exfoliate! During the winter, Jane uses our Refresh Exfoliating Scrub on her hands everyday to exfoliate, hydrate and protect in just one step. (Plus it’s all natural and smells just amazing).

Migrating manicure?
To keep your manicure or pedicure looking fresh all holiday season, follow these tips! Sealing the “free edge” with every layer. The base coat, nail polish, and top coat should be applied across the “free edge” the part of your nail that is clipped or filed. Sealing the free edge can double the life of your manicure from only days to a full week or more by protecting your manicure from water damage and the resulting lifting or chipping of polish. The manicurist should run the brush of the base, color, and top coats along this edge, painting “horizontally” across the tip of your nail in addition to painting “vertically” along your nail. At the end of your manicure, you should not be able to see the white edge of your nail if your manicurist is using a colored polish.

Cuticle & Top Coat Tip: Maintain your manicure by applying cuticle oil on the cuticle and across the polish twice a day and applying a coat of top coat every other day. Top coat wears off with all the hand washing, typing, rubbing and abuse we put our hands through. Don’t worry – applying multiple coats of top-coat throughout the week will not result in your polish feeling thick and heavy. A fresh coat merely replaces the protective layer that often wears down within 48 hours. And don’t forget to “seal the free edge” with your top coat!

Water Protection for Nails: Protect against water: Always wear gloves when doing dishes – water is the enemy of a great manicure. Nail polish can take up to 12 hours to fully harden and “cure.” In particular, try to avoid hot water. Use
hand sanitizer, or cold water and soap to wash your hands (helps harden the nail polish).

Schedule Early. Most high quality salons and spas are very busy over the holidays so be sure to book early! December 23 and December 31st are two of our busiest days at Julep.

Holiday Nail Tip: For the holidays, you’ve just got to do red. ‘Tis the season, and red is instant glamour in a bottle. Especially if bold red lips are not in your repertoire, you should experiment with bold reds in your pedicures and manicures. Sparkly is always fun (TIP: sparkly or glittery nail polish tends to last longer because of the higher proportion of solids in the nail polish!). We love Marilyn (our red glitter) –It’s instantly figure enhancing. A deep wine red is more conservative for holiday work parties or for meeting the in-laws for the first time. We also love the classic fire engine red. So timeless and enduring.

New Year’s Eve Nails: We love the sophistication of white on my hands and black on my toes for New Year’s Eve.
With a black or silver sequined dress and spikey heels!

For more information about Julep click here. You can also follow Jane Park on her blog at

Enter to Win!
One lucky reader will receive a Julep Holiday Nail Color Gift Set featuring all 4 holiday shades. To enter "LIKE" Julep on Facebook and follow Julep on Twitter @JulepNailParlor. A winner will be announced on Friday, November 17th via the Julep Facebook page.

The winner will also receive a FREE One-Day Membership Pass to Julep!

Friday, December 10, 2010

4-Day Color/Design Class

Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, founder of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training has set the date for her next 4-Day Color/Design class to be held in Burbank, California. Running January 27th-30th the training program will enable participants to expand their career into lucrative and creative color consulting areas. A maximum of 20 people will be accepted per class and spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Required reading prior to class is Leatrice Eiseman’s latest book, “Color: Messages & Meanings, a Pantone Color Resource”. The workshop price is $1750 and includes a color workbook, plus professional color specifying materials. The cost of the training may be an allowable tax deduction for professional enhancement. Click here for additional details about Lee Eiseman's Color Training classes.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cashmere Wrappings Trunk Show- Tonight!

Cashmere Wrappings and Pearls of Wisdom are coming together for a holiday trunk show! Get your Christmas shopping done early by shopping local and supporting these great companies. The trunk show is going on all day long so stop by anytime between 10am and 8pm. Don't be a scrooge- bring your friends!

WHO: Trunk Show- Pearls of Wisdom [by Jill McKinley] CASHMERE WRAPPINGS [by Betsy Balch]

WHAT: Holiday Open House/ Trunk show

Thursday December 9, 10AM to 8PM

WHERE: 18311 8th Ave. NW, Shoreline WA 98177 [ phone 206-542-8121 ]

Holiday gift shopping for fashion basics, fashionistas, pearl & cashmere lovers.

4 Day Color Class Heads to Burbank

Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, founder of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training has set the date for her next 4-Day Color/Design class to be held in Burbank, California. Running January 27th-30th the training program will enable participants to expand their career into lucrative and creative color consulting areas. A maximum of 20 people will be accepted per class and spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Required reading prior to class is Leatrice Eiseman’s latest book, “Color: Messages & Meanings, a Pantone Color Resource”. The workshop price is $1750 and includes a color workbook, plus professional color specifying materials. The cost of the training may be an allowable tax deduction for professional enhancement. Click here for additional details about Lee Eiseman's Color Training classes.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

H&M to open Las Vegas Store

H&M is excited to announce its continued expansion in the Las Vegas area by opening the largest H&M location in the world at The Forum Shops at Caesars on December 11th. The new store will feature a 50-foot high atrium complete with disco balls overhead and custom-designed feature walls which display an ever-changing light show. The product mix for the store includes ladies, mens, children's, accessories, maternity, lingerie and cosmetics. In celebration of opening day, H&M at The Forum Shops will offer the first 1,000 shoppers in line an H&M Access to Fashion Pass, valued from $10 to $500 in addition to a variety of opening offers and giveaways. One lucky shopper will also receive a shopping spree worth $1,000.

SportsWise Sale in Fremont

SportsWise is hosting a holiday sale at the Canal Building in Fremont December 9th through the 12th. This is a sale you won’t want to miss featuring popular men’s and women’s fall and winter athletic brands including Dude Girl, Horny Toad, Karma, Merrell and Oiselle at prices that are 40-80% off. Plus, lots bargain bins with stocking stuffers galore! The Friends and Family pre-sale begins on December 9 from 5 to 8pm and is open for the entire weekend, Friday, December 10 from 10am to 8pm, Saturday, December 11 from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, December 12 from 10am to 5pm. For more information or to sign up for the mailing list and a Friends and Family pre-sale invite, visit

On Friends and Family Night, Custom Smoothies will provide $5 gift certificates to the first 25 customers. Vincent Family Cranberry ( juice bottles provided to guests and samplings of their delectable fresh cranberries as well. The Vincent Family uses sustainable practices on their family-owned local farm to produce these finely crafted naturally sweetened artisan juices. On Friday morning, door prizes not to be missed will be awarded from The Sweat Box (, with locations in Shoreline and Capital Hill, of gift certificates for 90-minute Bikram Yoga classes.

“We have some of the hippest and unique quality brands in athletic wear,” said SportsWise President Lara Dittoe. “While bringing our customers the most stylish apparel and accessories, this sale promises to make holiday shopping for our customers and those on their list a fun experience! Our SportsWise customers are always happy knowing they’ve received the best price especially during this season, knowing they didn’t break the bank. ”

What: SportsWise Holiday Sale

When: December 9th-12th

Where: 716 N 34th Street in Fremont

Parking: There will be complimentary parking in the adjacent parking lot for SportsWise customers during the sale.

More info: Click here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Levi's Introduces WaterLess Jeans

Last month Levi's announced new Waterless jeans in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing their products. During the production process a typical pair of jeans is “finished” in large washing machines and dryers at least 3-10 times to achieve some of the signature "broken in" denim looks the company provides. Levi's combined multiple wet washing processes into a single process to cut down on water usage and removed the water from their signature stone wash jean without compromising the visual appeal.  "We took the idea of jeans that use fashion-forward finishes that people love to wear--the worn in look, creases around the pockets--but made with a lot less water," explains Kelly Benander, Director of Corporate Communications for Levi Strauss. In addition to controlling their water usage at the production level the company's changes will also save their suppliers money by reducing energy usage. Approx. 1.6 million pairs of WaterLess jeans will be produced for Spring 2011. In October of this year Levi Strauss announced that they were eliminating the sandblasted products from their line due to health concerns for the workers involved in the process (see image below). 

Levi's has always been a leader in the arena of corporate social responsibility. In 1991 they incorporated a series of environmental provisions into their global sourcing guidelines and in 1995 added strict guidelines for water quality. Next year the company plans to unveil a "Better Cotton Initiative" program that addresses the environmental impacts of growing and processing cotton for denim.

Whitney Stern Trunk Show @ La Ree

It's the season for sparkle and shine! Join the Eastside's premier women's boutique La Ree for a Whitney Stern jewelry trunk show on December 11th from 12-6pm. Whitney is a local designer who launched her line in 2007 and collaborates with metal smiths in Seattle, Washington and artisans from Lima, Peru to develop her line. The trunk show will also include wine tasting provided by Apex at Alderidge Winery. Whitney's jewelry would make a fabulous holiday gift for a friend or possibly a special splurge for your own jewelry box.

11 103rd Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98004-4965
(425) 453-786

Monday, December 6, 2010

CRAVE Heads to the Eastside- Tonight!

Hey Eastsiders, CRAVE is coming your way tonight at the Woodmark Hotel. This special installment of Words @TheWoodmark will feature a chat with Publisher Melody Biringer of the CRAVE company and the opportunity for guests to network with local Eastside women business owners that are featured in CRAVE Seattle: The Urban Girl’s Manifesto, Fourth Edition. For more info about the CRAVE Seattle guide click here.

What: Eastside Launch of CRAVE Seattle at the Woodmark Hotel

When: Monday, Dec 6th from 6-7:30pm

Where: The Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033

Price: FREE (but you must RSVP in advance to attend!)

RSVP: or (425) 739-6300

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Download the Spring '11 Pantone Color Report

According to Pantone the colors for Spring 2011 are an "exotic journey". Check out the full color palette complete with designer inspirations and download a PDF copy by clicking here.

Modern Vintage Meets Maximal Art

Vintage-inspired jewelry designer John Wind loves creating pieces that clients will connect to and fall in love with. His line, Maximal Art is comprised of unique pieces that are stylish, sophisticated and destined to become instant favorites in your jewelry box. John originally started making jewelry in college while studying at the Slade School of Art in London. On weekends he would peruse the Portobello Market and look for great vintage trinkets that he could use to create custom jewelry. "I'm really inspired by the past. I love everything ‘Vintage’, from Victorian to the 1970’s. That’s where my creative process starts, and then I look for a modern, contemporary balance to counterpoint the old," says John.

The line features great pieces including this Mid-Summer Nights Dream Necklace that has a great woven metal mesh collar adorned with flowers, rhinestone birds and even a sweet lady bug. This necklace makes a great gift for the whimsical jewelry lover in your life.

The Jewelry Box also includes a beautiful 3 strand glass pearl collar with a crystal vintage clasp. So pretty for a holiday black-tie event or family pictures with Santa.

When it comes to vintage jewelry, John Wind finds a way to make everything old new again. The end result is a beautiful collection of truly timeless pieces. Find John Wind Jewelry locally at Stuhlbergs on Queen Anne. The pieces make great holiday gifts that anyone on your list would love to receive.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Seattle FGI & GPH Partner for Holiday Event

Seattle's Fashion Group International is proud to be sponsoring the Girl Power Hour accessory swap that is part of their annual Christmas cocktail party on December 9th. The event will include pictures with Santa, swag bags, door prizes, a gift drive for the Jubilee Women's Center and lots more! Please join us for an evening of celebration at Citrus on Lake Union! See details below.

What: Girl Power Hour Holiday Cocktail Party

When: Thursday, Dec. 9th

Where: Citrus - 1001 Fairview Ave. N. # 1001

Time: 6-9pm

Rules for the Ultimate Accessories Swap:
-Everyone who brings an item receives a ticket (if you bring 3 items, you get 3 tickets, etc.)
-Items can be new or used, up to you
-Items need to be received within the first part of the event
-We'll have tables to display the items and we'll set it up to shop the items
-Then, people come in and "shop" with their tickets
-All left over unwanted items will be donated to the Jubilee Women's Club

Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Designer Event @ The Finerie

Come support the local fashion scene and join The Finerie for a holiday handcrafted designer event on December 4th from 12-7pm. Meet the Seattle-based designer behind Heilyke and see her gorgeous handcrafted winter coats, blazers, skirts and dresses.

1215 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 652-4664

Thursday, December 2, 2010

5 Fashion Resources I can't Live Without

No fashion addict can go it alone. In a world dominated by globalization the fashion industry depends on key resources to stay up to date on style trends. Here are the 5 fashion resources I can't live without.

The site recently merged with the Fairchild Group to become somewhat of an online fashion hub. I love the fabulous runway pics that are promptly posted during fashion week. The ready-to-wear database goes back 10 years which is great for style research and inspiration. I also love the regular updates in the Fashion News section. And for all you urban sophisticates out there- check out the Street Style section of

The New York Times does a great job of reporting fashion news from a factual and objective point of view. Start your week off right by curling up with a copy of the Sunday Style section of the NY Times and a caramel macchiato from Starbucks. You'll find a rich collection of articles including special reports penned by Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune. If you want to stay up to date on all things fashion you'll also want to check out the Thursday edition of The New York Times which always includes a special style section.

I'm a fashion fanatic so I subscribe to both the print and online edition of Women's Wear Daily. I find that I'm constantly seeking up-to-the minute access to the website but still love the idea of leafing through the print edition while lounging at home or in the office. Women's Wear Daily truly focuses on the business of fashion and is often first to break industry news to the masses.

#4- The Cut from New York Magazine
The New York Daily magazine's fashion blog (and daily email) always keeps me up to speed on what's going on in the world of fashion. News about what my favorite designers are working on, plus what sales to hit make this site a MUST on my bookmark list. This site also has a great fashion calendar, a model manual, and a great fashion show archive loaded with pictures and easy-to-use search functions.

#5- London Evening Standard/Fashion Section
While honeymooning in London I fell in love with the London Evening Standard and became instantly addicted to the fashion stories in the Life & Style section. Reporters cover what to wear this week, profile designers and share behind-the-scenes stories on what's going on in the London fashion industry this-very-minute.

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