Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fashion Calendar: Gary Graham Trunk Show

Seattle boutique Les Amis is hosting an exclusive Gary Graham trunk show on Thursday, October 2nd from 4-8pm. Stop by to check out the fall collection and meet Gary in person. Known for his visionary eye and passion for the craft, Gary's fall collection features signature elements including dyed fabrics, fluid silhouettes and intricate detailing. Since his line launched in 1999 his designs have been featured in numerous fashion publications around the world include Vogue, Elle and Glamour. "Everything is oversized and drapey," Graham told Style.com while referencing a twill canvas coat that can be worn upside down for an eclectic effect (pictured below right). Check out the entire fall collection here.

What: Gary Graham Fall Trunk Show

When: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Where: Les Amis 3420 Evanston Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103 in Fremont

Time: 4-8pm

More info: www.lesamis-inc.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bellefleur Lingerie presents The Enchantment Hotel

Tickets are on sale now for The Enchantment Hotel, the 2014 Bellefleur Lingerie Fashion Show. The event will showcase new collections of designer lingerie in a fun and theatrical way making it a great night on the town with friends, or even a sultry date night. The evening will include an open bar, DJ Michael Duncan from Miked Up Productions, swag bags, door prizes and more. Bring in a new or gently used bra and you'll receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a fabulous prize including lingerie sets, gift certificates and more. 100% of event proceeds will benefit Free the Girls, a non-profit organization that helps the victims of human trafficking. Robert Ramsay Cellars and Odin Brewing Co. will be on-site to keep you hydrated. Get your tickets for this luxe lingerie fashion show now!

What: The Enchantment Hotel

When: Friday, October 3, 2014

Where: Fremont Foundry 154 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103

Time: 8pm

Tickets: $100 via BellefleurLingerie.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kari Gran Skin Care on Sale Now

There are still a few more days to take advantage of the 1st annual Kari Gran Skin Care sale! Now through Sunday shoppers can save 20% on Kari Gran's famous Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Tonic, Essential Serum and even her signature Lip Whip. This sale only comes once a year, so if you love natural skin care products you'll want to take advantage of this amazing sale! The entire line is organic and handcrafted in small batches right here in Seattle.

Stylish Seattle Getaway: Suncadia

Style, serenity and sunshine come together beautifully at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. Just a mere 80 miles east of Seattle the gorgeous views will take your breath away. If you've ever felt too plugged in when you'd rather rather zen out, you're in luck. Suncadia Resort is well worth the drive and you'll feel instantly relaxed the moment you hit the lodge. This is an easy getaway that will leave you recharged and ready to take on the week ahead.

The What: Weekend escape to Suncadia Resort

The When:
Suncadia can be enjoyed year-round. During the summer months guests will enjoy swimming, outdoor concerts in the amphitheater, s'mores, evening strolls under the stars, and outdoor dining. The winter months are perfect for enjoying a glass of wine near the fireplace, ice skating, snowshoe trekking, and even sleigh rides with the kids.

The Why:
Because according to CNN Money, taking a break from work is when people come up with their best ideas. Translation: you'll basically be multi-tasking.

The How:
My vehicle of choice for road trips to Suncadia is the Lexus RX450 Hybrid. You get all the luxury you would expect from a Lexus with the added environmental benefit of reduced emissions. It gets 32 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway making it fuel efficient and fun to drive. The dual-screen rear entertainment center is pretty awesome too! My son loved watching Star Wars from the backseat.

The Details:
Our weekend at Suncadia was incredibly relaxing from start to finish. Upon arrival we had lunch at Portals restaurant located in The Lodge and since it was sunny outside we ate on the terrace and enjoyed sweeping views of the Cle Elum River and the Cascade Mountains. This was such an easy getaway from the city that felt so close, and yet so far away. The guest rooms are clean and comfortable with all the amenities you would expect. What I love most about Suncadia is that you can essentially choose your own adventure. One day might include breakfast in bed followed by a stroll around the property and an afternoon swim in the pool, while the next day might begin with a sunrise hike followed by a day at the spa lounging in the mineral pools after a hot stone massage.

What to Pack:
The sunny days get hotter in Cle Elum that in Seattle, so if you head over in the summer months you'll want to pack shorts, tanks, dresses and a swimsuit. If you head over in the winter be sure to pack a coat that is water resistant and warm for your outdoor adventures. In the evenings I found myself wanting to curl up next to the fireplace in soft, comfortable pajamas, so be sure to pack those too!

What to know before you go:

  • Request the river view when you book your stay. The views are incredible and they get even better at night when the stars come out!
  • In the evenings the resort usually has entertainment in the lodge near the fireplace. Grab a glass of wine from the bar, sit back and enjoy. 
  • There are two swimming pools on-site. One that is located just steps from the lodge  that is mellow and great for adults and a second pool that is kid-friendly just a 5 minute walk away.
  • If you can't imagine a weekend without Starbucks, never fear. There's a coffee bar located near the lobby that makes a decent cup of joe and they also stock snacks, sandwiches and lunch items that are perfect for picnics. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This weekend: The NFL Fan Style Tour Truck hits Issaquah

Football is a family affair at our house and thankfully I don't have to sacrifice style in order to support the Seahawks. In fact, there are so many flattering fan gear options available this year that I'll have to start rotating my gameday outfits. Seahawks fans won't want to miss the NFL Fan Style Tour Truck this Saturday, September 13th in Issaquah. The 53' foot trailer will offer plenty of shopping opportunities for fans and feature an NFL Virtual Dressing Room, Rush Zone merchandise, an NFL Auction Area with signed jerseys, and much more.

So what's the best way to show off your style with your gameday look?
NFL Creative Director of Women's Apparel Phillip Bloch gives us a few fashion tips.

If you're going for an athletic + chic look, Phillip recommends side-striped workout pants paired with an NFL tank, complemented by stilettos and a bold jacket. Pictured above: Seahawks tri-blend vintage tank (available at NFLshop.com), Gorjana bracelet (available at ShopBop.com), suede trimmed wool track pants by Joseph (available at Net-a-Porter.com), Trouve reversible biker jacket (available at Nordstrom), Asos leather wallet, Steve Madden Insaniti Pumps.
Another fun way to style your fan gear this season is to pair a 60's inspired silhouettes with NFL clothing and sports gear to give it a modern twist. For example, a varsity-inspired cardigan worn with a 60's style vintage dress. Pictured above: Dallas Cowboys Pro Line cardigan (available at NFLshop.com), Topshop floral weave dress, DVF Ziggy Oxfords (available at Nordstrom).

And for the workaholic: Throw on a classic blazer and pair with an NFL t-shirt and your favorite pair of jeans. Pictured above: Maison Martin Margiela blazer (available at Net-a-Porter.com), Seahawks tee (available at NFLshop.com), Rag & Bone Denim, Kate Spade wristlet (available at Zappos.com).

Have with your gameday gear this season and don't miss out on the NFL Fan Style tour stop this weekend in Issaquah!

What: NFL Fan Style Tour Truck

When: Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Where: Sports Authority 1185 NW Gilman Blvd. Issaquah, WA 98027

Why: Because you need new fan gear for gameday #GoHawks

Time: 11am-3pm

Stay Social: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @NFLFanStyle

Update: Don't miss the Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz at the event from 11:30-12:30pm, the Sea Gals from 12:30-2:30pm and a special appearance by Marcus Trufant from 1-2:30pm.

Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway Sept. 20th

The countdown to this year's Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway show continues! Taking place at the Paramount Theatre on September 20th this year's show will feature a variety of downtown retailers including Butch Blum, Columbia Sportswear, The Finerie, Mario's, Nordstrom, OSKA, sandylew, Suitsupply and more. Hosted by Seattle Met Style Editor Laura Cassidy and KIRO TV's Alexis Smith the evening will begin at 6:30pm on the red carpet with stylish photos, followed by the runway show at 8pm and a special after party for VIP's at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Come celebrate fall fashion in the city and get your tickets now! Join the fashion conversation on Twitter and Instagram by using hashtag #SEArunway.

What: Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway presented by Delta Air Lines and KeyBank

When: Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014 from 6:30-9pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre 911 Pine St. Seattle

Tickets: $50-175 available here

SEVEN Ignites Runway with high-fashion hair show at Bellevue Fashion Week

SEVEN salon will be hosting it's 6th annual Illuminessence hair show at Bellevue Fashion Week on Sunday, September 28th at 7pm. The evening will feature alluring cuts, dramatic color and style inspiration in a 60-minute contemporary runway show that pushes the creative envelope and showcases the cutting-edge talent of SEVEN stylists. In anticipation of the show, SEVEN salon Creative Team leader Jaclyn Beith shares her top picks of the season with Seattle Boutique Blogspot. 

For those with long, glorious locks, the DIY updo is completely in vogue this season. These styles range from the messy ballerina bun, disheveled braids and twists, to all types of ponytails. It also embraces the 'New Wave' which means letting natural waves come through. To enhance natural waves use SEVEN luxury haircare's BOOST and BEACH sprays to create texture. 

The color must-haves for fall include everything from the traditional fiery auburns to rich brunettes. For those who wish to stand out, it's all about bright vivids, jewel tones and soft, cooler tones. Try an all-over dusting of color if you want to test the waters, or do an ombre with color at the tips. Tip: To protect hair and prevent fading try SUN Spray by SEVEN salon. 
"Haircut trends are all over the map this season, which is awesome!" says Jaclyn, "It has everyone wearing something that works for them as opposed to wearing what's "hot" now." The biggest trend at the moment is the "wavy lob", which Karlie Kloss debuted last year. If you're in need of something different but don't want to commit to short hair this might be your new 'do. Tip: If you're using hot tools to bring out your natural wave be sure to try DIAMOND Serum to add shine and tame frizzies. 

Tickets to the show can be purchased at SEVEN salon locations in Seattle and Bellevue and range from $85 for general admission to $105 for VIP access. For a limited time only, SEVEN is hosting a special promotion for guests to buy one ticket and receive a second complimentary ticket. Purchase online and use promo code GEN2F1 for general admission and VIP2F1 for VIP tickets. 

Seattle Boutique Blogspot is giving away 2 tickets to the Illuminessence show! Simply follow @Sydlovesfashion on Twitter and tweet: "I want to win tickets to the @7salon Illuminessence hair show at #BellevueFW from @Sydlovesfashion" for a chance to win. Contest ends Sept. 24th, 2014. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Seattle's Fall 2014 Fashion Calendar

So many shows. So little time. Or should I say, so many outfits to plan? It's officially September and Seattle has quite the line-up of fall fashion events. Here's everything you need to know about where to go, what to do, and who'll you see at these stylish events happening around the city.

September 11th, 2014
Fashion First
Celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year, Fashion First is back on September 11th with this year's theme, "Fashion, Fun and Firefighters". Showcasing independent Seattle boutiques including La Ree, David Lawrence, Ragamoffyns, Blue Luna, Ketch, Mercer and Canopy Blue, Fashion First is a must-see show to kick off the fall fashion season. Doors open for VIP's at 6pm at The Showbox Sodo. More info at www.fashionfirstseattle.com.

September 14, 2014
Champagne Brunch with Giuliana Rancic
Join style expert Giuliana Rancic as she hosts a special champagne brunch and fall runway fashion show to benefit her charity Fab-U-Wish, which grants fashion and beauty themed wishes to cancer survivors. The runway show will be produced by Darcy Camden of Styled Seattle and feature fall fashion trends from Westfield retailers at Southcenter Mall. The event begins at 9am in Macy's Court. Tickets are $50 and include a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of Giuliana's Gorgeous Giveaways and valet parking. All event proceeds benefit Fab-U-Wish.

September 20th, 2014
Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway
Celebrating it's third year in a new location, Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway is back and better than ever. This year's fashion line-up includes Butch Blum, Club Monaco, The Finerie, Mario's, Nordstrom, sandylew, Suitsupply and more. The show will be hosted by Seattle Met Style Editor Laura Cassidy and take place at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets range from $50-175.

September 24, 2014
Independent Designer Runway Show 
Ten local designers will compete for the grand prize at this year's Independent Designer Runway Show at Bellevue Fashion Week including Rebekah Adams, April Pride, Kristie Metcalf and more. Tickets start at $50. Come celebrate Seattle fashion and support emerging designers. This is a great show serving as the perfect kick-off for Bellevue Fashion Week.

September 27, 2014
Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue
This runway fashion show features fall fashion trends straight from the pages of Vogue. 100% of ticket proceeds benefit The Moyer Foundation at this very stylish night out on the Eastside. This is a 21+ event and tickets start at $100. Doors open at 6:15pm and VIP guests will enjoy a post-show cocktail reception at Suite Restaurant & Lounge.

October 16, 2014
Wine, Women & Shoes
Dress to impress for the annual Wine, Women & Shoes event taking place on October 16th at The Four Seasons. This year's charity partner is Olive Crest and the evening will feature savory wine, exclusive shopping opportunities, a fashion show and an opportunity to win the "key to the closet" worth over $10,000 in merchandise. Tickets are $150.

October 23, 2014
Get Hitched, Give Hope
The 7th annual bridal auction & gala Get Hitched, Give Hope will take place at The Four Seasons on October 23rd, 2014. Brides, grooms and guests will enjoy lavish refreshments as they shop from a variety of Seattle's hottest wedding vendors and give to a great cause. Get Hitched, Give Hope benefits the Dream Foundation which delivers final dreams to those who have been given a terminal diagnosis. Tickets range from $45-250.