Aug 29, 2009

Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale Directory

If you haven’t stopped by the Boutique Culture Warehouse sale going on at Fremont Studios this weekend, you’re really missing out. But don’t worry! It’s going on all day Sunday too (from 11am-4pm) so stop by and take advantage of the deep discounts and spectacular sales from designers and boutiques all over the city. Here’s a quick directory of the featured boutiques at this weekends sale!

Canopy Blue
Nestled in a corner of Seattle’s thriving Madison neighborhood, Canopy Blue has been called a dream come true for the modern day urban princess. Pale hardwood floors, powder blue walls and "seaside shop in St. Bart’s" décor – complete with canopied dressing rooms, crystal chandeliers, and seashells strewn throughout – add to the soothing atmosphere. Inside the airy shopping oasis, you can whittle away an entire afternoon. Flip through the latest issue of Vogue, chat with the friendly staff and browse through the carefully edited merchandise from Diane von Furstenberg, Adriano Goldschmied, Rebecca Taylor, Suzabelle, Theory, Tory Burch, Trina Turk and more. From hard-to-find basics to the season’s must-have styles, Canopy Blue will soon become your favorite shopping destination. Canopy Blue is located at 3121 East Madison St.

Queen Anne Dispatch
This one-stop-shop on Queen Anne Ave. 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. The staff is helpful, the boutique is pet-friendly and the assortment of apparel and accessories has something to suit just about anyone! Queen Anne Dispatch is located at 2212 Queen Anne Ave.

Clutch is Seattle’s only handbag boutique that carries a huge selection of bags from designers like CC Skye, Badgley Mischka, Linea Pelle, Hayden-Harnett, Sabrina Love, Teesje and more! Owner Kimberly also loves to entertain her customers with private trunk shows featuring cupcakes and champagne! Clutch is located in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel at 1212 4th Ave. Click here for more info.

La Rousse
Each season La Rousse showcases a hand-selected collection of up-and-coming designers from San Francisco to New York, hard-to-find rare gems from around the globe, and coveted basics that provide the foundation for any fashionable wardrobe. Brands carried in this hip online-boutique include Anna Sui, Sophmore, American Retro, Zuriick, Feral Childe and more. Check out La Rousse now by clicking here.

Birgitta is Blackbird’s answer to womenswar. Located inside the loft within the store Brigitta carries a variety of new and vintage items ranging from apparel and accessories to shoes. Click here for more info.

DELI is a boutique housing independent & contemporary lifestyle brands. With the history of family owned deli's in the Seattle area and an interest in fashion, owner Max Heigh set out to create a store which merges the two ideals in a unique way. Brands carried include Shades of Greige, Modern Amusement, Grn Apple Tree, RVCA, Insight and more. Check out Deli at 87 Yesler Way or online at

Duque Salon + Spa + Boutique
“We fix bad hair,” says owner Giovanna Duque, “and that’s the truth”. Duque Salon may be best known for great hair but also has an amazing spa that includes a chic nail parlor which overlooks the salon and of course, a great boutique that carries everything from beautiful jewelry to handbags and novelty cards. Check them out online by clicking here.

Suzanne Jaberg founded Suzabelle in 2005 and has been going strong ever since. Her designs have been described as innovative and feminine yet classic. Suzabelle believes that what comes around goes around, even in business. So to help offset the impact of production and transportation of it's garments on the environment, Suzabelle donates 5% of profits to Conservation International™. Who says fashion doesn’t have a heart?! Click here to view Suzabelle’s collection online.

The Industry
Located in Downtown Seattle, The Industry, a menswear store, makes it easy for guys to shop for their favorite brands in a kick-back environment. The extensive collection of denim features 1921, William Rast, Monarchy, WeSC and Cohesive, while for shirts and jackets, there is Cassette, Penguin, Howe, Ben Sherman, DBLA, Insight, Gant and more. Owners Angela Kantanto and Megan Stokke will make your shopping experience fun and help you find exactly what you’re looking for! Visit the store at 1826 6th Ave or online at

Jesica Milton
Local designer Jesica Milton’s namesake line is known for fusing Seattle’s laid back style with a little bit of ladylike sophistication. Luxury fabrics are used to create flattering silhouettes with clean lines and the best part is that each garment is designed to be versatile enough to mix, match and integrate into your wardrobe. Love. Check Jesica out online by clicking here.

Blackbird’s claim to fame is their well-edited selection of menswear from brands like RVCA, Jeffery Campbell, 3Sixteen, Kzo, Obey, Rag & Bone, Wings + Horns, United Bamboo, and more. They also have a great assortment of men’s grooming products including Baxter of California, Malin + Goetz and Comme Des Garcons. Visit Blackbird in Ballard at 5410 22nd Ave. NW. or online by clicking here.

Katie Kay Accessories and Home Décor
Katie Kay’s love of fashion and accessories provided the inspiration to start Before starting Katie Kay Accessories she worked as a showroom manager in the Seattle Gift Center for 16 years, learning how to buy and sell with manufacturers all over the world. With an eye for accessories and a keen sense of quality and price, she scours the fashion markets across the country for unique, fun, well-priced accessories women love. Click here for more info.

Moksha is a hip boutique on the Ave. in the U-District. They host Art Shows every third Friday of the Month and support independent artists in the gallery and boutique. Click here for more info.

Lemon Drop
Carrying a vast assortment of vintage apparel, accessories and home décor, Lemon Drop is the perfect place to discover new treasure. Lemon Drop is located at 3845 Bridge Way N., Seattle, WA 98103.

What: Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale (Admission is FREE!)
When: August 29th (10am-6pm) and August 30th (11am-4pm)
Where: Fremont Studios. 155 N. 35th St. Seattle.
More info: Click here for more info or directions.

Aug 26, 2009

Product Runway is on Friday!

Product Runway will take place this Friday at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall! Part runway fashion show, part theatrical production Product Runway promises to be one of the most memorable fashion events you attend all year! 18 leading interior designers, architects, and students will flaunt their creativity by sending couture garments crafted from a diverse range of interior materials and finishes down the runway. Innovative teams from regional firms will design and construct their creations using everything from carpet to lighting – as they compete for prizes and of course, bragging rights.

What: Product Runway

Friday August 28th

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Time: Doors open at 7pm

Tory Burch takes Seattle

This weekend the girls from Tory Burch took to Seattle streets – from Pike Place Market to Aliki Beach to Fremont - showing off the latest in fall fashion and handling out signature Tory Burch cookies. Tory Burch will open in The Shops at The Bravern on September 12 in Bellevue.


2nd Annual EcoLavish Fashion Show

The 2nd Annual EcoLavish Fashion show will take place on October 9th at The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios. EcoLavish is Seattle's only Eco-friendly fashion show that features both up and coming and established designers from The Pacific Northwest. Featured designers include Deco Modiste, Texture, Renee Corrick and Lizzie Parker. Sponsors include Mode Salon, Dry Soda, Yelp, and Half Past Lavish Events.

What: EcoLavish Fashion Show

When: October 9th

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios. 5890 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108

Tickets: $25-$50

Photo credit: Brick House Photography

Aug 25, 2009

Fall 2009 at The Industry

Owners Megan and Angela of The Industry menswear boutique unanimously agree, "We’re super excited for our Fall shipments! Things are clean and well defined with great contrast details like this super plush Modern Amusement sweater."

Modern Amusement "Ramble Hooded Cardigan": $159.50

"Denim is dark and leaning away from the pin-straight leg into a more comfortable, yet still tailored look, like this pair from Loomstate. Little touches like hand sewn stitches and organic materials used in production are also seen throughout all our brands, giving it that extra red ribbon to tie up the perfect piece!" adds Angela.

Loomstate "Prophecy - Basin": $159.50

Check out The Industry online by clicking here or check out the shop in person at 1826 6th Ave. in Seattle. Vote for The Industry as Seattle's Best Menswear boutique in City Search by clicking here.

Forget Evite, this is What's Next

If you’ve ever spent time trying to send out a stylish invite online you know that when it comes to fashion-worthy graphics- it’s slim picking out there. I’m really excited about Pingg, the style and design-focused invitation, ecard and event management company that just joined forces with world renowned fashion, society and nightlife photographer Patrick McMullan. They recently launched a collection of 30 fashion-themed online invitations and ecards that would make any fashionista want to RSVP with a “Yes”. If you’d rather have printed invites sent out via traditional mail, Pingg can do that too! They print, stamp and mail printed versions of your online invitations or ecards for $1.50 each, plus postage.

The fashion industry including Vanity Fair, Daily Candy, Nylon Magazine, and The New York Post are all raving about this new service and I am too! I want to have a party just so I can send out a stylish invite.


Aug 23, 2009

Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale- This weekend!!!

The first annual Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale keeps getting better and better. So far the line up of boutiques includes Deli, Clutch, Duque Salon + Spa + Boutique, Plane Jane, Revival Ink, Blackbird, Brigitta, Jesica Milton, Una, Gotta Have Shoes, La Rousse, Queen Anne Dispatch/Undies & Outies, Katie Kay, Moksha, Bench, Suzabelle, Angela Miller, 4 Stars, Canopy Blue, Mapel, Lemon Drop, The Industry, and Otra Vez. Admission is free to this fabulous warehouse shopping sale which boasts an all-inclusive shopping experience with discounts of 40-80% off sale merchandise and 10-20% off the latest contemporary men's and women's collections from local boutiques and designers.

* Bonus * Swag bags will be given away each day to the first 75 guests and there will be a special guest appearance by Logan Neitzel of Lifetime's Season 6 Project Runway who will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs on Saturday from 10am-12pm.

What: Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale
Sponsored by Verizon Wireless, Dry Soda, Zip Fizz, Wink Cupcakes, Seattle Boutique Blogspot, Seattle Picks, Hotel Max, Sassy Fit, thinknow, Crave, Butter London, and D List Magazine.

August 29th and 30th

Where: Fremont Studios. 155 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA

For more info click here.

Local Boutiques Featured in Marie Claire

Local boutiques Totokaelo and Canopy Blue were featured in this month’s Marie Claire magazine supplement “The New Way to Shop”. Marie Claire loved that inside Jill Wenger’s boutique, Totokaelo, fashionistas in the city can find big-name designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Stella McCartney right alongside up-and-coming designers who are just breaking into the industry. Marie Claire also loved Canopy Blue’s assortment of brands including Diane von Furstenberg, Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Taylor, Trina Turk and more! Plus, who doesn’t love Canopy Blue’s dressing rooms which are each outfitted with chandeliers and blue, scallop trimmed curtains.

913 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA
*Check out Totokaelo in-store or at the 6th Annual Fashion First runway show September 17th.

Canopy Blue
3121 East Madison St. Suite 103
Seattle, WA
*Visit Canopy Blue in-store or at the 1st Annual Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale August 29th and 30th in Fremont.

Deja Vu?

Am I the only one who noticed the resemblance between Britney Spears 2000 VMA's outfit and Heidi Montag's rendition at the 2009 Miss Universe pageant?



Who do you think wore it better? I think there's a clear winner and her name is Miss Britney Spears. 


Aug 20, 2009

The Look for Less: Runway Rundown

Literally and figuratively speaking we’ve all had to tighten up our belts for fall. Let’s face it, it’s just a fact that fashionistas everywhere are having to find creative ways to rig their wardrobes for fall without spending excessive amounts of cash. But don’t worry because I just discovered one of the best ways you can look fabulous without breaking the bank and it’s called The daily fashion blog spots the hottest trends around the world and then finds the same look for less! You can search by season, designer, color, material or trend and when you’re ready to buy takes you directly to the sites that have what you’re looking for.

“Times are tough, but you can still afford an up-to-date wardrobe, you just need to know where to look” says Kim Halzle, co-founder of After years working her way through the West Coast fashion industry, Kim knows what's hot and what's not. But hot isn't cool when you can't bring your look to life. “On we show you how it’s possible to be fashionable without compromising your cash flow. “

I love that there are so many ways to sort and search the site. You can search looks by designer including Dior, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Balmain and Bottega Veneta, or search by Season (so far Spring, Fall and Resort 2009), sort by price (check out the under $100 section), browse by clothing type (dresses, skirts, belts), browse by style (strapless, mini dress, etc.), browse by color or even browse by retailers (including Shop Bop, Nordstrom, Revolve, Chick Downtown and more!). Click here to check out the site!


Aug 16, 2009

Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale- Aug. 29th and 30th

Normally I would say "Get your tickets now!" to an event like this but guess what? Admission is free to the first ever Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale which is the ultimate two day sale for an all inclusive shopping experience boasting discount prices of 40-80% off sale merchandise and 10-20% off the latest contemporary men's and women's collections from local boutiques and designers.  Participating vendors include Deli, Clutch, Duque Salon + Spa + Boutique, Plane Jane, Revival Ink, Blackbird, Brigitta, Jesica Milton, Una, Gotta Have Shoes, Katie Kay Moksha, Bench, Suzabelle, Angela Miller, 4 Stars, Canopy Blue, The Industry, and Otra Vez. 

* Bonus * Swag bags will be given away each day to the first 75 guests and there will be a special guest appearance by Logan Neitzel of Lifetime's Season 6 Project Runway who will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs. 

Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale 
Sponsored by Verizon Wireless, Dry Soda, Zip Fizz, Wink Cupcakes, Seattle Boutique Blogspot, Seattle Picks, Hotel Max, Sassy Fit, thinknow, Crave, Butter London, and D List Magazine.

August 29th and 30th

Where: Fremont Studios. 155 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 

For more info click


Aug 13, 2009

Fall 2009 Trend: The 80's

Most people didn’t believe that acid wash jeans and denim vests would come back in style but Spring 09 showed us otherwise and there’s no sign that 80’s trend will be dying any time soon. So bring back the leggings, shoulder pads and ornate jewelry because you have one more season to PLAY!

For Fall 2009 designers like Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs showed printed and embellished tights, Zac Posen and Dolce & Gabbana showed Dynasty-inspired styles and DKNY, YSL, Max Mara, Viktor & Rolf, and Michael Kors all showed lots of leather. Here is a glimpse at some of my favorite 80’s inspired looks for Fall 09. 

Photo Credits:
Louis Vuitton- Robert Tecchio
Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti, DKNY, MaxMara - Marcio Madeira

Happy Birthday Clutch

Today Clutch Handbags (Seattle's only handbag boutique) turns two! And according to owner Kimberly "We're screaming again 'cause CC Skye is back in the shop! Who says a ladylike bag like The Bridgette can't be a little rocker?" I heart CC Skye and couldn't agree more! Save 20% off new merchandise today only by entering in the web code Birthday2 when you shop online. Or use code Clutch10 to save an additional 10% off sale merchandise! Happy Shopping and most importantly, Happy Birthday, Clutch!!!


Aug 11, 2009

Rock Star Jewelry Sale

If you haven't checked out the beautiful jewelry of local designer Martha Driver, you are missing out! The pieces for her line Rock Star Jewelry are elaborate, amazing and affordable! I also love that each piece is handmade using only the finest materials.

The annual 25% off summer sale is going on now at Around The Block Gift Store located at 3308 W. McGraw in the Magnolia Village. The fun ends the last day of August so get there while you can and take advantage of the savings! New pieces are brought in weekly so the assortment will always be fresh!

Mention and save an extra 5% off Rock Star Jewelry for a total savings of 30%! Check out Rock Star Jewelry online by clicking here.


Aug 10, 2009

Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale

The Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale is taking place at Fremont Studios the weekend of August 29th and 30th so jot it down in your fashion agenda now. This is a do-not-miss event! The sale is the ultimate two-day sale for an all inclusive shopping experience boasting discount prices of 40-80% off sale merchandise and 10-20% off the latest contemporary men's and women's collections from local boutiques and designers.

Participating vendors include Suzabelle, Una, Duque Salon Spa & Boutique, Plane Jane, Blackbird, Deli, Katie Kay, Spun, Moksha, Jessica Milton, Birgitta, Clutch, Bench, Girl Power Hour, Revival Ink and more!

This event is brought to you by Verizon Wireless, Seattle Boutique Blogspot, Dry Soda, Zipfizz, Wink Cupcakes, Hotel Max, Wishpot, Fremont Studios, thinknow, Butter London, El Gaucho, Duo PR, Dulce Design, and Sassy Fit.

Aug 29 from 10 am - 6 pm
Aug 30 from 11 am - 4 pm

Fremont Studios
155 N. 35th. St. Seattle, WA

Admission to the event is FREE

Aug 9, 2009

Seattle Fall Fashion 2009 Trend Report

Fall 2009 introduces many new fashion trends including the thigh high boot, the sharp shoulder silhouette and a continuation of the 80’s trend. Velvet made a comeback at many of the runway shows including Prada, Lanvin, Chloe and Ralph Lauren. My favorite collection of the season was Louis Vuitton, where Marc Jacobs focused on the romance and glamour of Paris in the 1980’s. I loved the ruffles, the lace, the bold colors, the exaggerated bows and don’t even get my started on the accessories! Paper chain style leather necklaces, thigh high boots, ankle strap platform high heels, amazing leather handbags all made an appearance on the runway.

Key items you can count on for Fall include the pencil skirt, the draped dress, the disco dress, the belted coat, the oversize blazer, and the leather jacket. Fabrics that will be important for fall include leather, velvet, lace and tweed. Must-have accessories include the thigh high boot, printed tights or leggings, a classic clutch handbag, bold necklaces, ankle strap high heels, skinny belts, and platform pumps.

From the totally outrageous designs of Marc Jacobs to the contemporary minimalism seen at Jil Sander, Fall 09 promises to be refreshingly colorful, elaborate and sophisticatedly sweet. In order to get a snapshot of what Seattle would look like this fall I asked local designers and boutiques how they were planning to interpret the trends and what key items they were most excited about.

Sway & Cake’s top trends for fall include punky ruffles, pastel florals (from Patterson Kinkaid, Daftbird and Rory Becca), studs and zippers (from JJ Winters, Black Orchic and Rececca Minkoff), tie dye jeans (from J Brand, Blank, and Orchid), Statement jewelry and thrashed leggings (from Lna and Nightcap). “We’re also getting in some embellished blazers and faux fur vests from 32 Flavors by Young Fabulous and Broke and a few other brands,” says Laura Paige, one of the Sway & Cake buyers, “and of course jumpsuits are still super hot from brands like Ra Mona La Rue and Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent.” Fall at Sway & Cake will be a lot of 80’s punk. Expect to see a Sequin Black Blazer paired with a hot pink tulle ruffle mini and don’t forget to get in on the pre-sale of the Ramona La Rue Jumpsuit that was featured on the premiere of Entourage.

La Ree in Bellevue just recently received their first fall deliveries from Helmut Lang, A.L.C., Alexander Wang, and Rozae Nichols. “It is all about mixing sophistication with a tougher urban look for Fall- Introduce your classic black pencil skirt to rough metal zippers, and your classic denim jacket topper to black leather sleeves,” says Anika from La Ree. Key items you’ll find at La Ree this fall include the Helmut Lang Zipper Belt Dress, the A.L.C. Zipper pencil skirt, and the Alexander Wang Goatskin Sleeve Jacket. Shop online by clicking here.

Online chic boutique La Rousse also has some great merchandise for Fall including designs from Margarita Saplala (NY), Mary Meyer, Masha Osoianu, Neurotica (UK), Obesity & Speed (NY), Sophmore, Something Else, Seneca Rising and serial Cultura. Shop online by clicking here.

If you’re looking for thigh high boots or fabulous footwear for Fall ‘09 look no further than Seattle-based Report Footwear. Their thigh high boot “Kane” comes in both leather and suede and has stud and zipper details. 

Some of you might not be quite ready to commit to the thigh high boots and in that case Report Signature has a great ankle boot called the “Kline” which comes in black, dark brown and grey.

For those of you who prefer high heels you’ll love Report Signature’s “Dante”. It’s a platform, ankle strap heel with a zipper detailed bow. This shoe comes in black leather or your choice of black or purple satin. Check out Report shoes at Nordstrom.

When it comes to handbags, Clutch tell us they are very into the rocker trend for Fall including studs, fringe and of course, leather! Owner Kimberly loves CC Sky’s interpretation of leather fringe done in metal- and she’s not the only one! This bag has also been seen on Fergie! Click here to shop online.

Speaking of fabulous handbags, the classic bag is one of the major fall trends and Seattle-based handbag line Rocco E Dante has a great bag called the Hancock. I love the Italian leather, basic styling, back zip detail and of course, the gold hardware. This bag comes in black, brown and forest green. "The collection features top grain Italian leather that’s very supple and thick in dark classic hues. Overall the collection is classic but has a bit of an edge with the screw top studs and zipper details,” says designer Tara Sauvage. Her favorite bag from the fall collection is the Prude Bag, “It features a cross body strap and a triple gusset. Tons of pockets and easy to wear for everyday.” To shop the Rocco E Dante collection online, click here.


Fashion Ethic, Seattle’s eco-friendly online boutique will have lots of great pieces for Fall including an organic cotton twill two-piece suit, high waisted skirts by Emily Katz, and lots of “double-duty” tops which can easily go from under a blazer at the office to a great night out. “With the uncertainty of the economy,” says owner Candice Caldwell, “women should get more out of their Fall pieces while still maintaining a sense of newness in their wardrobes.” My personal favorite for fall is the Emily Katz trench coat made from recycled poly/hemp denim and features a drop waist and skirted styling with a tie belt. Check out more eco-friendly fashion on the Fashion Ethic site by clicking here.

Local footwear designer Carolina Pagano has a great calf hair zebra pump and gold fish scale flat for fall. “The idea behind these two styles for fall was to go wild with the prints! I took the inspiration from the roughness of the woods and forests in the south of Brazil and wanted to create that wild look with perfection in the finishes and the gold and patent leather to give that sharp sophisticated look to the shoes. I think it falls in the wild animal trend that is going on right now,” says designer Carolina Sadowski. Her designs can be found at Posh on Main in Bellevue.

thinknow design a local eco-friendly jewelry line has a great metallics collection for fall (which fits right in to the 80’s theme!) The metallic earrings are made from a rich walnut using metallic paper. Designer Becky Ellis notes that these beautiful earrings are the perfect way to transition your jewelry from summer to fall while still being eco-friendly. “The Metallic Papers we use allow us an eco-alternative to traditional precious metals with a range of metallic, pearlescent and irridescent colors that are both sophisticated and natural,” says Becky. To shop the thinknow collection click here.

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