Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spring '12 Trend: The Peplum Dress

This spring the peplum dress takes center stage and fans of this style will be glad to hear that this trendy silhouette is sticking around for fall. Fun, flirty and yes, absolutely girly the peplum dress creates killer curves for even the most slender fashion lover. (Pictured above: Marc by Marc Jacobs Peplum Dress from the Spring '12 RTW Collection)

For an exaggerated take on the trend check out this Jason Wu peplum dress featuring a delicate lace top and a cascading peplum ruffle. Complete the look with a chic skinny belt.

This structured peplum dress from Goddiva has a stretch blend for maximum comfort and a hidden center back zip. Pair this with some black ankle boots and a leather jacket for meeting the girls in the city for drinks or with a sleek stiletto for an afternoon wedding.

The peplum can also take a casual turn when turned into a stylish jumpsuit. This minimalistic number by Robert Rodriquez is made from silk and has an elastic waistband that is perfect for pairing with a colorful belt.

This Lily Pulitzer peplum dress is perfect for playing up the nautical theme this summer- especially if you're currently obsessed with stripes! The peplum ruffle on this dress is very subtle so no need to worry about calling unnecessary attention to your hips.

Speaking of Lily Pulitzer, we're also loving this blue peplum style dress with pinwheel embroidery adorning the sweetheart style neckline. The perfect dress to add a playful touch to an outdoor summer wedding.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Rocco e Dante Sample Sale at Vian Hunter

Fashion fans will have the opportunity to meet Seattle handbag designer Tara Sauvage of Rocco e Dante as she hosts her semi-annual sample sale this Saturday in Madison Valley. The event will take place at Vian Hunter House of Fashion, the boutique owned by Seattle designer and NBC Fashion Star Lisa Hunter who will also be on hand to meet and greet guests. The sample sale will take place from 11am-3pm and feature handbags and accessories for up to 60% off retail. Don't miss your chance to score genuine Italian leather handbags at sample sale prices!

What: Rocco e Dante Sample Sale

When: Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Where: Vian Hunter House of Fashion 2814 East Madison Street Seattle, WA 98112

Time: 11am-3pm

Photo Credit: All Klier Photography

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Z Spoke by Zac Posen available at Lord & Taylor

Dollface designer Zac Posen's diffusion line Z Spoke by Zac Posen is now available at Lord & Taylor. In it's 6th season the line for Fall '12 included some very wearable styles including a form-fitting little black dress with a sweetheart neckline and a long sleeve Tangerine Tango colored dress perfect for playing up Pantone's Color of the Year.

A small capsule collection of items from Z Spoke by Zac Posen made exclusively for Lord & Taylor are now available including a variety of dresses priced at under $200 and handbags starting at $250. 

Don't miss the denim mini dress (pictured above) made of a cotton/poly/spandex blend featuring voluminous sleeves. Gotta love a man who designs clothing for real women and their bodies. We love you Zac!!!

Haute Cuisine meets Haute Fashion

House of Fashion's Marta Kappl will team up with Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas for an evening of food and fashion on Friday, May 4th at The Palace Ballroom. World class, locally sourced food will be combined with fashion from local designers for an interactive fashion show featuring carefully selected food pairings by Tom Douglas.
"Food and fashion are both necessities for life," explains Marta Kappl, designer and owner of House of Fashion in Belltown. “We can consume fast food and fast fashion, or we can value quality.” The same principles that go into making a great dish—quality ingredients, a creative concept, and a skilled chef—can apply to great clothing and Seattle wouldn't have it any other way.

What: Haute Cuisine meets Haute Fashion

When: Friday, May 4th, 2012

Where: Palace Ballroom 2100 Fifth Ave. Seattle

Time: 7-10pm

Tickets: $35-49 available via Brown Paper Tickets

West Elm + Marigold and Mint Pop-Shop

West Elm is partnering with Seattle floral shop Marigold and Mint for a series of floral pop shops taking place on Saturdays from 10am-3pm. The pop-up shops will happen April 28th, May 5th and May 12th in-store and will feature beautiful, fresh flowers for purchase and advice on how to customize your arrangement.

West Elm Floral pop-shops will be happening simultaneously in other cities around the nation including Portland, Dallas, New York, Boston and L.A. Don't miss out on your opportunity to support a local florist and decorate your home for spring with fresh flowers!

West Elm
2201 Westlake Avenue #100 
Seattle, WA 98121
* The entrance to the parking garage is located behind the building. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 Mothers Day Gift Guide

On Sunday, May 13th Mothers everywhere will be celebrated. Don't get caught empty handed. Use this savvy, Seattle-based guide featuring 10 of the best Mother's Day gift ideas to point you in the right direction!

# 1 - Summer sandals from Queen Anne Dispatch

Who can say no to shoes? It's time to put those winter boots away and saunter into the sunshine with some pretty new sandals. Queen Anne Dispatch has some great summer styles in now plus, they offer complimentary gift wrap! Queen Anne Dispatch 2212 Queen Anne Ave. N.
(206) 286-1024

# 2 - An Ultra Age Defying Facial from the Spa at the Four Seasons

For busy moms who need a little rest and relaxation this comprehensive treatment provides immediate results. The 80-minute facial combines micro-currents with LED light therapy and ultrasonic exfoliation to re-educate muscles and hydrate skin. Jennifer Lopez swears by these facials and after getting my first one, I do too! The Four Seasons Seattle Spa (206) 749-7077

# 3 - A Wardrobe Styling Session with Styled.Seattle

Working with a stylist is not just reserved for the rich and famous. Anyone can  benefit from working with a pro who understands body type and works to help customize outfits that fit and flatter. Styled Seattle offers a Reduce, Reuse, Re-Style package that is perfect for moms on a budget who want to mix it up using pieces they already own. Styled.Seattle (206) 349-3401

# 4 - A full set of lashes from Noir Lash Lounge

Make her mornings a breeze with a full set of lash extensions from Noir Lash Lounge in Bellevue. Her eyes will be refreshed and ready to conquer the day and she won't even bat an eyelash at the price of a fill. Having lash extensions is guaranteed to save at least 10-minutes from her morning "get-ready" routine which basically means she can hit snooze at least once without feeling guilty! $75 for a full set. $30 for a fill. 
Noir Lash Lounge (425) 454-5274

# 5 - A Gift Certificate to Mane

Of course she can wash and dry her hair at home but why would she want to when she can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and slip into Mane for a relaxing $35 spa-style blow out instead? Mane has 5 signature looks to choose from and offers money-saving styling packages. Mane Blow Dry Bar 717 Pine Street (206) 352-6263

# 6 A Gift Card to Calidora Skin Clinic

From Botox to Fillers, Facials, Lasers and Peels, Calidora Skin Clinic has all your skincare needs covered. Give mom a gift card she can use on whatever her little heart desires. Now through May 31st, 2012 buy a $100 gift card and get an extra $25. Calidora Skin Clinic 2613 NE University Village (206) 522-2613

# 7 A beautiful bracelet by Seattle artist Martha Driver of Rock Star Jewelry

You can't go wrong this Mother's Day with beautiful jewelry from Seattle-based Rock Star Jewelry. This beautiful pearl and turquoise bracelet is perfectly on-trend for the season and available now at Karan Dannenberg Clothier in Belltown.

# 8 A signature cut & color from Rosaline Hampton Salon

Located in Bellevue the team at Rosaline Hampton salon focuses on giving clients their dream hair using customized cuts and super-flattering color. Pamper a special mom you know with a new hair style and signature make-up application. Rosaline Hampton 188 106th Ave. N.E. Bellevue (425) 614-6377 

# 9 Pretty Pedicure at Julep Nail Parlor

These candy colored polishes make the perfect spring accessory for your hands. DIY with a bottle of polish for $14 or splurge on a full manicure featuring reflexology-based massage, sea salt exfoliation, paraffin wrap plus a mini bottle of polish for $48.

# 10 A Shopping spree at Nordstrom

What would the Seattle shopping scene be without Nordstrom? Every woman loves to shop including stylish mom's so why not treat her to a little retail therapy with a Nordstrom gift card? She can spent it on a Marc by Marc Jacobs travel wallet, make-up, or even a new dress.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Charity Fashion Show celebrates 10 years of Hope & Healing

Fashion for a cause will take center stage at the 10th Annual NW Hope & Healing show taking place on Thursday, May 3rd. Over 30 breast cancer survivors will walk the runway this year including Tracy Dart, the event's keynote speaker and breast cancer survivor superstar who has been working to raise money for the cause since 2008. Organizers have set their sights high and hope that this year's event will raise $100,000 for patients in need.
Event proceeds go directly to benefit the NW Hope & Healing Patient Assistance fund to offer financial assistance to women battling breast cancer in the Puget Sound region. Over the past nine year the annual NW Hope & Healing charity fashion show has raised over $500,000.

Featured boutiques in the fashion show include Sweetie, Carmilia's, Coastal Surf Boutique, West Seattle Runner, Howard & Marge, Canopy Blue, Butch Blum, Road Apparel, Chloe and Dillon, Pink Ginger, Kick It Boots & Stompwear, Blue Luna, Asher Goods, Tatters with hair and make-up by Ola Salon. “The fashion show is incredibly moving because the women on stage are a true symbol of hope,” says Shari Sewell, Executive Director of NWHH. Linda Sabee, proprietor of Carmilia's in West Seattle has been involved with the event since it’s inception and will once again return to help coordinate the fashion show for the 10th consecutive year.

Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a night on the town for a good cause. Tickets are going fast! Don't miss out on this great event to give women in the Northwest Hope and Healing!

What: NW Hope & Healing 10th Annual Fashion Show
When: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Where: Showbox SODO 1700 First Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104
Time: Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets: $45-1000 via NW Hope & Healing
Twitter: @NWHopeHealing

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Going on now: Salone de Mobile

Why stop at your wardrobe when you can outfit your entire home in luxe designer decor? Over 2,500 exhibitors will showcase their collections at Milan's Salone de Mobile, going on now through April 22nd. The international design and furniture show will feature home lines from Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Bluemarine, Bottega Veneta, Versace and Fendi. Plus furniture by automakers who pride themselves on engineering and design including Mercedes Benz and Audi.

Table by Fendi

Velvet couch by Versace

R18 Ultra Chair by Audi

Couch by Fendi

Missoni Home Furnishings

Home furnishings by Roberto Cavalli

Style for Hire "Officially" Launches

After being in beta mode since 2010 celebrity stylist Stacy London officially launched her new venture 'Style for Hire' last Friday. With the belief that every woman should have access to work with a stylist regardless of her age, shape or financial status, Style for Hire aims to expand both the visibility and accessibility of nearly 130 independent stylists working in 24 cities nationwide. Seattle has two fashion experts in the mix including Styled Seattle's Darcy Camden and Sherri Garcia. Style for Hire's services include closet audits, closet shopping, personal shopping, corporate/group styling, editorial and city-specific shopping tours. Stylist fees range from $65-300 hour with most appointments lasting 2.5 hours. For more info visit

Saturday, April 14, 2012

British Vogue to hold Fashion Festival

The first annual British Vogue festival will take place in London at the Royal Geographical Society on April 20th and 21st. The two-day event will showcase fashion films, panel discussions focusing on current trends, and speakers from various aspects of the fashion industry including Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, DVF, Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabanna and Rachel Zoe among others.

Limited-edition "Golden Tickets" were available via pre-sale for $445 (at current exchange) in February giving fashion fans full access to all festival events. The 100 "Golden Tickets" sold-out quickly upon being released, giving event organizers confirmation that consumers are actively seeking first-hand experiences and social opportunities to connect the dots between their fashion fantasies and real life. "The whole idea of the festival was to bring the world of Vogue alive to the ticket buying public. It's the first time any fashion magazine has done something like this," says Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman.

The festival will also include a focus on the beauty industry featuring a range of workshops and makeovers. Master hair colourist Josh Wood and his team will be on hand for mini styling sessions with wash-out dyes and temporary hair extensions while Armani’s make-up artists will be offering tutorials on how to get summer’s smoky eye. Festival goers will also be treated to makeup touch-ups by Chanel beauty guru Mary Greenwell before posing for a special Vogue photo op.

Don't miss the limited-edition festival t-shirts designed by Mulberry at the event. À la carte tickets are available for £75 per session. For more info visit and a full line up of events visit the Vogue Festival 2012 official website.

British Vogue Festival Highlights - Day One (4/20)
  • 10am- Christopher Bailey, designer, in conversation with British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman
  • 12pm- "My Fashion Life" fashion panel featuring Lucinda Chambers- Vogue fashion director, Marigay McKee- Harrods fashion and beauty director, Matthew Williamson- designer, and Russell Marsh- model casting director.
  • 1pm- Nigella Lawson, Vogue contributing editor and food writer, in conversation with British TV news broadcaster Kirsty Young
  • 2:45pm- Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana in conversation with British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman
  • 5:50pm- Featured speaker, Stella McCartney

British Vogue Festival Highlights- Day Two (4/21)
  • 10am- Featured speaker, Diane von Furstenberg
  • 12pm- Fashion Q&A with leading British designers Holly Fulton, Henry Holland, Roksanda Ilincic, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, and Nicholas Kirkwood.
  • 2:45pm- Tom Ford, designer and film director, in conversation with British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman
  • 6pm- Red Carpet discussion featuring celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, photographer Richard Young, and celebrated interior designer William Banks-Blaney.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Everything but Water opens tomorrow in Bellevue

Everything But Water will open it's doors tomorrow, April 13th and celebrate it's Official Grand Opening at The Bellevue Collection on April 21st with an afternoon of tropical play from 1pm to 5pm. Customers can have their hair styled with fresh flowers, enjoy island-inspired drinks, shop for a new swimsuit and can create their own getaway souvenir – a custom-designed threaded bracelet. Shoppers will also receive a special gift with purchase, a brightly colored bracelet to give swimwear a color pop, while supplies last.

The newly designed store features an easy-to-shop bikini bar that includes an exceptional collection of well-curated designer looks from a variety of categories including swimwear, casual beach wear, and accessories. The 1,592 square foot store has decorative details that include grey driftwood slats on the exterior, cabana curtain accents in the fitting area, and oversized, scene-setting photography from Everything But Water’s fashion shoots.

What: Everything but Water Grand Opening Event

When: Saturday, April 21st

Where: 202 Bellevue Square Mall (Upper Level)

Time: 1-5pm

Style Tip: Use the Everything but Water Fit Guide to help find the perfect swimsuit for your body!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Local Designers: Seamless in Seattle Wants YOU

Seattle magazine is currently seeking submissions from local designers for it's 5th annual Seamless in Seattle design competition. Winning designers will be featured in the September issue of the magazine, receive prominent coverage on and the top 10 finalists will be introduced in style at the Seamless in Seattle runway fashion show taking place in September.

"Even after five years, Seamless in Seattle competition continues to evolve and surprise us, we are always so impressed with the level of talent," says fashion + lifestyle editor Kate Calamusa. "I'm excited to welcome the next class of winners into the Seattle magazine family this fall and help introduce them to the community via the magazine feature and our second dedicated Seamless in Seattle fashion show."

Entries will be accepted in the following categories: 1) Best Emerging Designers, 2) Best Student Designers, 3) Best Bridal Designer (winner will be featured in Seattle Bride magazine). Entries must be received by Friday, June 1, 2012. For full details click here.

What: Seattle magazine is seeking submissions from local designers for the 2nd annual Seamless in Seattle competition

When: Now through June 1st, 2012

Full details: Available on

Karan Dannenberg to host Cameron Levin trunk show

Local designer Cameron Levin is coming to Belltown to unveil her Spring 2012 "Sati" collection at Karan Dannenberg Clothier on Thursday, April 26th. Enjoy Antoine de Clairvoy Champagne from SJT Cellars and light hors d'oeuvres while perusing Cameron's "Sati" 2012 collection inspired by the natural beauty and wonderment of water in motion. The collection, constructed using water-preserving sustainable fabrics including 100% organic cotton and bamboo jerseys, was named after Sati, the Egyptian Goddess of Waterfalls. Models will be wearing Cameron Levin's new collection, with jewelry by Rockstar Jewelry and hair styled by Milagros Salon Spa.

What: Champagne reception feat. Cameron Levin at Karan Dannenberg Clothier

When: Thursday, April 26th

Time: 5-8pm

Where: Karan Dannenberg Clothier 2232 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98121

FGI to host Spring Beauty Event feat. Rosaline Hampton

Fashion Group International is hosting a spring beauty event on April 17th featuring celebrity stylist Rosaline Hampton. The evening will include a special presentation on color and hair trends + how fashion & retail professionals in Seattle can translate key looks into the local fashion market on the runway, in photo/video shoots, and retail displays. In addition to discussing the trends Rosaline will also provide demonstrations on live models. Tickets are on sale now via Brown Paper Tickets.

What: FGI Seattle event feat. Celebrity Stylist Rosaline Hampton

When: Tuesday, April 17th

Time: 6-8pm

Where: Rosaline Hampton Salon 188 106th Ave. N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004

Tickets: $20-45 via Brown Paper Tickets

The New World of JCP

JC Penney's is still in the midst of an $800 million dollar revamp and they're changing everything, including the way they find new vendors. Starting with their vendor assortment for Spring 2013, JCP will begin accepting applications from prospective vendors containing information such as sales history, margin projections, visuals of what their space within the store could look like if given the opportunity to sell, fixturing plans and retail prices. JCP will shift it's focus from worrying about pricing strategies to figuring out how to curate the right mix of brands and vendors into their stores that will ultimately translate into sales.

JC Penney is also working to expand it's store-in-store concepts like the ones that currently exist for MNG by Mango, Martha Stewart and Sephora. In the future, all JC Penney stores will be reformatted into a carefully edited mix of store-in-store shops in varying sizes. The smallest size shop at around 300 square feet will be considered a "boutique" and feature multiple brands for categories like denim or swimwear. The medium sized spaces (around 500 feet) will be considered "shops" and feature single brands like MNG by Mango. Larger spaces (around 2000 square feet) will be considered "stores" that are enclosed spaces dedicated to one company or brand, like Sephora. Vendors will get to customize their own space in a way that is cohesive with their brand using a company-issued JCP fixture kit that includes wall systems and basic fixturing. For an additional fee vendors can "upgrade" their space with glass walls, ceiling treatments, lighting and premium flooring. Vendors will sign on for a 4-year term which JCP hopes will be enough time to build business and realize a solid return on investment. JCP is also taking a non-department store approach to negotiating product pricing. All merchandise will be purchased up front at a specified price with no expectation of receiving markdown money later. The vendors will also not receive requests from JCP for co-op advertising money. Two big issues that have "plagued the industry for far too long" says JCP's President Michael Francis. The entire shift will focus on creating solid and long lasting partnerships with vendors.

Noteworthy Changes at JCP
  • Simplified Pricing. No more coupons or door busters. The pricing at JC Penney is now based on an "Everyday Low Prices" strategy which includes monthly values and clearances the first and third Friday of every month.
  • A new "Fair and Square" store logo.
  • New application process for prospective vendors.
  • A plan to re-invent the JCP Home Store by Spring 2013.
  • The discontinuation of the JCP 'American Living' brand after Spring 2012.
  • The addition of new categories including greeting cards.
  • The use of RDIF technology to help control shrink in stores.
  • The reduction of private label brands carried in store.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Belltown welcomes Sell Your Sole

A chic new designer consignment boutique recently opened it's doors and celebrated it's Grand Opening in Belltown. Sell your Sole provides clients with an exclusive shopping experience and a refuge from the chaos of the city. The loft-like space features high-rise ceilings and fresh, sleek décor which perfectly set the backdrop for shoppers to peruse racks of highly coveted brands including Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Helmet Lang, Alexander McQueen and Missoni. Sell Your Sole's assortment includes modern, classic and vintage designer clothing, shoes and accessories offered at a fraction of their original price. Owner Natalia Briner (pictured above) carefully curates the selection in her store to ensure that items are unique, timeless and still have "a lot of life" left in them. Natalia began thrifting with her best friend when she was 18 and loved the thrill of the hunt, "I just loved the idea of recycling garments and creating a totally new look," she says. She's been brainstorming the opening of her own store for years now and is thrilled that it's finally become a reality. "I wanted to do something I loved!" says Natalia. Price points in the store vary. An Alexander McQueen silk sleeveless blouse with raw cut ruffle detail at the neck retails for $875, but at Sell Your Sole, a gently used version is only $225. The brand line-up also includes merchandise by Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Gucci, and YSL. An invite-only Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd in partnership with Gary Manuel Salon. Stay tuned for details on a special Menswear Pop-Shop coming later this year!

2121 First Avenue Suite # 101
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 443- 2616
On Twitter @SellYourSoleWA and Facebook
Hours: M-TH 10am-6pm / Fri. & Sat. 10am-7pm

Photo Credit: Sorella Photos

Luly Yang Couture presents A Monarch's Tale

Save the date for Luly Yang Couture's highly anticipated couture collection 'A Monarch's Tale: The Journey of a Decade' being unveiled on Friday, April 27th at Fremont Studios. The collection will celebrate ten years of sensational fashion design and share the journey of the celebrated Monarch Butterfly Dress. The event is a benefit for Seattle Children's Hospital.

What: Luly Yang Couture presents 'A Monarch's Tale: The Journey of a Decade Couture' Fashion Show

When: Friday, April 27, 2012

Where: Fremont Studios

Time: Doors open at 6pm

Tickets: $100-500 available via Brown Paper Tickets

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sephora + Pantone

Seattle has a local connection with the new limited-edition Pantone Universe collection available now at Sephora and her name is Leatrice Eiseman. For years now the Bainbridge Island resident has served as the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and works to help pick the color trends for each season including the infamous color of the year. This year's color, Tangerine Tango (#17-1463) inspired a partnership with beauty giant Sephora for a special, limited-edition line of color cosmetics. These products make great gifts for color-loving friends and also serve as a color pick-me-up for a rainy spring day.

The "Color of the Year" collector's edition set is one of the best values in the line. It's a six-piece collection of products for lips, eyes and cheeks featuring the tangerine-inspired hue from Pantone. The set contains Tangerine Tango eyeliner, lipstick, lipgloss, blush, and an eyeshadow quad. $68

If you're make-up bag is already brimming with cosmetics then maybe the Pantone "Tangerine Tango" brush set is for you.
Brushes in the set include a powder brush, foundation brush, blush brush, eyeshadow brush, and crease/definition brush. The brush handles are made from clear acrylic and the entire set comes with a custom made, white acrylic stand to beautifully store and display the brushes when not in use. $68

The Sephora + Pantone Universe eyelash curler is perfect for spring! It'll add a major pop of color to your make-up bag and with it's own display stand it looks more like a work of art than a beauty tool. $18

I'm a gloss girl all the way! At any time I can be found with at least 4-5 lip glosses in my bag "just in case". The Sephora + Pantone Universe gloss set comes with four "Tangerine Tango" shades for every occasion including "Vivid" (Tangerine Tango), "Luminous" (Tangerine with gold shimmer), "Glaze" (Tangerine with gold shimmer), and "Opal" (Tangerine pink with gold shimmer). $20

And last but not least, probably the most wearable way for anyone to wear the Tangerine Tango trend is with the "Color of the Year" nail enamel set. Featuring four beautiful Tangerine Tango shades including cream, shimmer, glitter and matte this set is sure to brighten your day and make you smile whenever you look at your nails. $24

Shop for the Sephora + Pantone Universe collection locally at the following locations:

Sephora - University Village
2618 NE University Village St
Seattle, WA 98105

Sephora - Downtown Seattle
415 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Sephone - Bellevue Square
141 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004