Jun 24, 2009

Nordstrom Bellevue Square and El Gaucho Celebrate PACE


Rollasole Plans to Make U.S. Debut

If you've ever felt the pain of a long night wearing sky-high heels you can appreciate 27-year old Matt Horan's brilliant entrepreneurial idea of selling foldable shoes in vending machines outside nightclubs in the UK. According to BBC News, he came up with the Rollasoles idea after being inspired by a stiletto-loving girlfriend who constantly complained about her feet every time they went out. His solution was to create an comfortable shoe that was affordable (about $8 USD) and chic.  Even celebrity blogger Perez Hilton likes them! Rollasole currently has it's sights set on making a U.S. debut in New York, L.A. and Las Vegas. I can't wait!

Rollasoles come in 3 fashionable colors including black, gold and silver.  Each pair also comes with a bag to hold your high heels in when you switch over to your Rollasoles!

For the latest updates, follow Rollasole on Twitter by clicking here!

Fashion Ethic Pop-Up Shop at Ella Mon

Online Eco-fashion boutique Fashion Ethic and Ballard boutique Ella Mon have teamed up to produce a “Naturally Chic” Weekend of events in celebration of the first ever Fashion Ethic Pop-Up Shop at Ella Mon!

The Pop-Up shop opens Friday, June 26th and will have residence inside Ella Mon for an entire week. The shop will feature fashionably responsible apparel from eco-friendly and socially-conscious lines like EDUN, Naturevsfuture, Emily Katz, Ryann, Peligrosa Knits and Sublet, plus eco-friendly jewelry from Thinknow Designs.

The "Naturally Chic" Weekend will be full of in-store events at Ella Mon! Customers can learn how to make stylish and eco-friendly decisions when it comes to building their wardrobes and filling their cosmetic bags.
10% of the weekend’s sales will benefit the Junior League of Seattle. Additional “surprise” discounts will be taken at the register. Come celebrate Eco-friendly fashion with Candice Caldwell from Fashion Ethic while you browse through Ella Mon’s fabulous assortment of women’s fashion!

Naturally Chic Weekend Line-Up

Friday, June 26th – The kick off begins at 4pm with headshots and photos taken by Alison Jensen Photography.

Saturday, June 27th - Ella Mon and Fashion Ethic will be treating guests to low-cost chair massages and paraffin hand waxes while showcasing the Malie Organics Natural Body Line. Expect morning mimosas and afternoon wine and cheese!

Sunday, June 28th - Come take part in a “High Tea Hat Party” with cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, tea from Miro Tea and hats from deVunono.

What: Naturally Chic Weekend

When: June 26-28th 

Where: Ella Mon Boutique. 5404 22nd NW in Ballard.

For more info, click

Jun 19, 2009

Fashion Kills Hunger Runway Review

If you didn’t make it out to The Chapel last night for the 1st Annual Fashion Kills Hunger Runway show, you missed out! Angela Kantanto, owner of the Industry, alongside other young entrepreneurs, designers and boutique owners welcomed a packed house in an effort to fuse together fashion and philanthropy to benefit Northwest Harvest.

The runway show featured TCM Models in fashions from Horseshoe in Ballard, Lizzie Parker (who recently opened an Eco-Atelier & boutique in Issaquah), Original Penguin and The Industry. The runway show started almost 30 minutes “fashionably” late, but guests in attendance agreed it was worth the wait. The Horseshoe set featured a hot pink jumpsuit, a black and white gingham plaid dress with a black satin ribbon, and a jersey knit convertible dress which could be worn “20 different ways” as called out by boutique owner Jill Andersen as the dress went down the runway. Lizzie Parker’s set included teal ruched leggings made of organic bamboo and lycra, a hand-dyed orange and white maxi dress and a green long-sleeve mini dress. Original Penguin started their set with a classic white polo featuring a navy blue pop color chest pocket paired with some plaid yarn-dye shorts. For women, Original Penguin showed a cotton khaki dress with a belted waist and front button detail, tuxedo style tank tops and a longer length cable knit cardigan. The Industry boutique closed the show with an array of menswear looks including a long sleeve woven shirt paired with a skinny tie and a great pair of jeans, a blue and white argyle sweater, a heather gray cardigan, a leather M65 jacket and lots of denim.

Guests were asked to wear black to the event as a sign of their commitment to killing hunger in Seattle. Needless to say there was an overflow of little black dresses and sky-high heels at The Chapel last night. Guests sipped champagne and snacked on mini cupcakes from Wink.

The event also included a silent auction which helped to raise funds for Northwest Harvest’s 300 food banks and meal programs in the Seattle-area. Auction items included autographed baseballs by Ken Griffey Jr. and Ichiro Suzuki, Gift Certificates to Pyramid Brewery, an organic and bamboo dress by Lizzie Parker and several jewelry items.

Overall, the event was a major success! The models looked amazing, the runway sets were fashionably edited and the crowd was enthusiastic about helping to raise money for a great cause. Links to event pictures will be posted shortly.


Jun 16, 2009

Report Footwear Sample Sale!

The only thing better than shopping for shoes is shopping for shoes when they are on sale and 100% of the proceeds are going to a great cause! Report Footwear is hosting a sample sale at their headquarters in Bellevue on Saturday June 20th from 10am-1pm featuring a variety of shoes styles including flats, boots, booties, sandals and high heels at deep discounts!

The “Java” beaded flat sandal from the Report Women’s collection (pictured below) will be specially priced at the sample sale for $25. (Original Price $69.95.)

If you’re looking for something a little dressier for all those summer weddings, check out the “Hearst” platform peep toe which comes in 2 fabulous colorways! Originally $179.95, marked down to $70 for the sample sale!

All net proceeds from the Report Footwear Sample Sale will go to New Beginnings, which is a non-profit, battered women’s shelter in Seattle that is committed to ending domestic violence. The Sample sale will also feature shoes from Report Footwear’s other brands including Report Signature, R2 and Rocawear.

When: Saturday June 20th

Where: Report Footwear Headquarters. 13150 SE 32nd St. Bellevue, WA 98005.

Time: 10am-1pm

Note: Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the sample sale. No checks.

Jun 13, 2009

Fashion in the City-Hot dates for your Summer Calendar

It’s finally summertime in the city and there’s lots going on! Pencil in these fashionable parties and shopping events into your datebook ASAP.

Thursday June 18th

Fashion Kills Hunger Fashion show sponsored by The Industry at The Chapel on Capitol Hill. Featured designers and boutiques in the show include Horseshoe, Original Penguin and Lizzie Parker. Tickets start at $25. For more info, click here.

Saturday June 20th
Come to the 4th Annual Out of the Closet Fashion Show produced by Art Institute alumni Eric Davis at the W Hotel. Host Sylvia O’Stayformore will be working the crowd while DJ Colby B spins some sweet tunes. Proceeds support DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) and Seattle Out and Proud. VIP Tickets includes two drink tickets, hors' dourves and exclusive viewing of the designer fashions. This is a 21+ ONLY event. For more info, click

Thursday June 25th
The Angela Miller Purse Party at Alderwood Mall. For more info, click

Wednesday August 19th
Summer Dreams Crave Party at Teatro ZinZanni’s Spiegeltent. Tickets start at $35. For more info, click
August 21st
After a successful first annual show, Seattle’s Product Runway is back for part two. Created by the Interior Design Coalition of Washington (IDCW), Product Runway is designed to celebrate the distinct talent of Seattle’s Interior Design community, composed of industry professionals and students. Teams will construct couture garments crafted from interior design materials using everything from carpeting to light fixtures. Pencil this fun (and fashionable) event into your calendar ASAP. Event proceeds benefit IDCW’s education and professional development programs. Tickets range from $30 for students to $100 for VIP. For more info, click

Jun 11, 2009

Shopping Destination: Portland

Traveling to exotic shopping locations can be fun, but why scour the globe when you have fabulous shopping in your own backyard? Portland, Oregon has a city full of independent boutiques and fabulous designers, so here’s my play-by-play on where to shop, what to snack on and where to stay while you’re there! 

When it comes to shopping in Portland you have to plan at least one day to shop on the NW 23rd Ave. strip. Imagine if Queen Anne Ave. extended for a few more blocks and was lined with a ton of apparel, accessory and footwear boutiques. That's exactly the vibe you get when shopping on 23rd, the shops are unique and the people are super friendly!

EXIT- This is always our first stop on NW 23rd Ave. when we shop in Portland, mostly because it’s on the end of the strip but don’t let that downplay this awesome little store that carries everything you need for snowboarding and skateboarding. I love the Insight swimwear, RVCA boardshorts and my fiancée liked the Red Vans high tops. 
BLAKE- If you need a great pair of jeans in Portland, you have to stop by Blake. They carry brands like Joes, Sugar Cane, Hudson, Paige and G Star for both men and women. 

GALORE DEPARTMENT STORE- Although not really a department store, Galore does have a multitude of brands and styles merchandised by concept so technically you could shop by “department” if you wanted to. They carry stylish dresses, skirts, blouses and a ton of accessories that make the perfect addition to any wardrobe. Galore is located at 823 NW 23rd Ave. (503) 279-8946.

SLOAN- I have never been in a store this fabulous that carries so many adorable dresses! Sloan carries everything from Kensie Girl and BCBG to BB Dakota. It’s quite an eclectic mix. If you're looking for a dress for a summer night or a special occasion you have to stop by and check it out! 

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES- Portland isn’t exactly around the corner from Brooklyn but that didn’t stop Brooklyn Industries from opening their first West Coast location there. Brooklyn Industries is an artist-owned and operated clothing company that strives to collaborate with the community and has the constant desire to create.

BLUSH BEAUTY BAR- I fell in love with this little beauty bar on NW 23rd Avenue the first time I set foot in the store years ago. Owner Deborah Haynes worked for MAC Cosmetics for 14 years before opening up her own shop. “My goal was to fill the void for girls who wanted to buy beauty products but didn’t want the typical beauty counter experience,” says Deborah. Blush Beauty Bar provides a fun atmosphere mixed with quality products from brands like Nars, Lorac, Sidlab, Bare Minerals, Stila and more! When I was in their shop last weekend I picked up a Nars Multiple Stick, A Stila Eyeshadow and the Crave Portland book

ZUPANS- If you get hungry while shopping on 23rd stroll over to Zupans. This amazing grocery store is a blend of Metropolitan Market fused with Whole Foods. It has an amazing bakery that serves petit fours, yummy macaroons and adorable sugar cookies plus the wine selection is amazing! We tried the Polka Dot Riesling which is imported from Germany and it was delicious!

MASU- A trip to Portland would be incomplete without a visit to Masu, the best sushi restaurant in the city! The atmosphere reminds me of a swanky New York loft, the drinks are stiff and the sushi is fresh, it’s the perfect combination. My favorite roll on the menu is the Lotus roll which has tuna, crab and avocado. Pair that with the Ume Blossom cocktail and you’ll be in heaven! If you go on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to make reservations because this place is so good it fills up quickly! 

DOUG FIR- After a long weekend of shopping in Portland there’s nothing better than a Bloody Mary and a nice brunch at Doug Fir. Located in the lower Burnside neighborhood, Doug Fir has retro 1950’s décor mixed with original log cabin woodwork, these two elements set the perfect backdrop for seriously delish food like the Satyricon Scramble that’s made with three eggs, baby spinach, tomatoes, kalamata olives and feta cheese. For a hearty meal try the Logger breakfast which comes with two eggs, rosemary potatoes (which are to die for!), and your choice of bacon, pork, veggie sausage, chicken fried steak or pancakes. Doug Fir is located at 830 E. Burnside in Portland. 

Hands down, the best place to stay while you visit Portland is 
Hotel Monaco! The accommodations are exquisite and the location is central to all the Downtown shops! Hotel Monaco has a complimentary happy hour featuring beer, wine and cocktails everyday in the lobby from 5-6pm and when we were in town they also had live music by musicians from Rio de Janeiro. Hotel Monaco was also recently awarded the Green Seal for meeting Environmental Standards. My favorite part about staying at Hotel Monaco is that it’s pet-friendly which means that when my fiancée finally gives in and buys me a French bulldog puppy, I can bring him along too! If you already have a pet, visit the hotel website for a great map of pet-friendly places in Portland and if you are pet-free, Hotel Monaco will bring you a complimentary gold fish to keep with you during your stay.


Jun 3, 2009

Shop it like it's Haute

Stop by the 1st Annual "Shop it Like It's Haute" Boutique Sale at Merge in Fremont for insanely low deals from a handful of Seattle’s best boutiques including Clutch, The Finerie, Merge and Tatters. The event is in partnership with Fashion First, Seattle’s largest independent runway fashion show. The Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation (which has been named as the 2009 Fashion First beneficiary) will receive 10% of the days sales from each participating retailer.

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2009

Time: 10am-3pm

Merge in Fremont
611 N. 35th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

* BONUS- If you are in Seattle also check out the La Rousse Summer Kick Off Sale at Spa Noir. For more details, click
here! It’s on Sunday June 7th from 11am-1pm.
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