Dec 11, 2012

Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Wardrobe

This season is all about going bold or going home. Colorful key items and accessories can bring your outfits to life and add some much needed sunshine to your day regardless of the weather forecast. 

The Bright Idea this season is to infuse color into your wardrobe in the form of powerful pops of color. Pictured Above - 1. Teaberry Pink North Face Jacket 2. Kate Spade Wallet 3. Juicy Couture Tech Gloves and iPhone Case 4. Jack Martin Motosurf Neon Orange Sunglasses 5. Neff Daily Beanie from Zumiez.

Sometimes adding a daily dose of color is as easy as swapping out your handbag. Here are a few colorful favorites. Pictured Above - 1. Kate Spade Post Street Nadine Yellow Bag 2. Reed Krakoff Leather Tote 3. Michael Kors Gia Clutch 4. Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Katie Bag.

If too much color feels like too much commitment you can always start small with accessories. Many of the items featured above are under $100. Experiment with color and texture until you find the right combination that works perfectly for you. Pictured Above - 1. Valentino Cuff. 2. Kendra Scott 'Danielle' earrings 3. BCBG Croc Ring 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Logo Bracelet 5. Rebecca Minkoff Heart Stone Earrings 6. Juicy Couture Parrot Charm.

Shoes say a lot about a person. Why not show the world how much fun you are with a colorful pair of shoes? The right pair of shoes can add so much personality to an outfit and make you smile every time you look at your feet. Pictured Above - 1. Alexander McQueen Seleucus Skull Shoe 2. Giuseppe Zanotti Suede Bootie 3. DV by Dolce Vita Briar Shoe 4. Aldo Wolny Yellow Suede Shoe 5. Valentino Rockstud Pump 6. Aldo Banet Wedge.

And finally, infuse a little color into your life by way of your make-up bag. Color cosmetics are trending in a major way this season and they're a great way to express your personal style. Pictured Above - 1. Make Up For Ever Pure Pigment 2. Nars Purple Eyeshadow 3. Estee Lauder Color Vivid Lipstick 4. Urban Decay Woodstock Eyeshadow 5. Julep Favorite Things Nail Color Set 6. YSL Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow Palette.


Local designer Whitney Stern hosts trunk show at Nordstrom

Once glance at the jewelry collection by local designer Whitney Stern just might take your breath away. Her beautiful line is made from ethically sourced 14k yellow and white gold and each piece offers stunning craftsmanship. After taking a look at the Tiny Treasures collection, which launched last month in Nordstrom stores nationwide, it's easy to see why the New York Times, Lucky Magazine and Oprah are all fans too. Each piece offers meaningful symbolism and timeless style. Whether you want to ward off bad luck with an evil eye necklace or enchant onlookers with a colorful precious gem cocktail ring the Whitney Stern line of jewelry offers something special to women looking for everyday glam with an edge.

Come see what the buzz is all about and meet Whitney Stern in person for a special trunk show at the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom store this Friday only. The designer will be on hand to showcase Nordstrom exclusive pieces from the Halo and Glam collections and help guests select pieces that are sure to become treasured holiday gifts.

What: Whitney Stern Trunk Show at Nordstrom

When: Friday, December 14th, 2012

Where: Nordstrom 500 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101

Time: 11am - 6pm

Twitter: @WhitneyStern

Shop Local at the Bellevue Towers Holiday Boutique

View the festive holiday lights from high above the city at this year's Bellevue Towers Holiday Boutique. Guests will enjoy hors d' oeuvres from Russell Lowell Catering, live music and shopping from local merchants including Urban Dogs, Marca Shoes, Sur La Table, Moxie Papergoods, Woodinville Whiskey and more. Guests will also find unique gifts and art by Leigh Pelzel and alpaca and Pima cotton knitwear by Alicia Peru. Entry is free but guests are encouraged to donate $20 to benefit the Bellevue Schools Foundation.

2012 Holiday Boutique Vendor List
Urban Dogs
Marca Shoes
Leigh Pelzel
Moxie Papergoods
Sur La Table
Oil & Vinegar
Alicia Peru
Terra Bella
City Flowers
Sozo Friends
Woodinville Whiskey

What: Bellevue Towers Holiday Boutique

When: Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 2012 from 5:30 - 9pm

Where: Bellevue Towers Condominiums - 500 106th Ave. N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 - 42nd Floor Penthouse

Why: Because you're not done with your holiday shopping yet and you want to shop local!

Dec 7, 2012

Zumiez launches Pin 2 Win Contest


Zumiez Announces Pin 2 Win Contest

Seattle-based Zumiez Inc. launched their first ever 'Pin It to Win' it contest today via Facebook. Participants are encouraged to pin a minimum of 4 Zumiez products to a Pinterest board and submit their board link on the Zumiez Facebook fan page. The contest runs today through December 17th and one lucky winner will be selected at random to win the Zumiez merchandise on their entry board (up to $300) or a $300 Zumiez Gift Card. The pins can be direct from the website or participants can re-pin items from the Zumiez Pinterest page. Happy Pinning!


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Dec 5, 2012

Seattle Furniture Designer Marian Built hosts Warehouse Sale

Seattle-based hardware and furniture design company Marian Built recently launched a brand  new website with online shopping capabilities, social media feeds and video streams. You can now peruse reclaimed materials that have been artfully re-purposed into furniture, lighting, hardware and signage right on the site. Here's a video that provides an inside look on how Marian Built creates custom furniture right here in Seattle. 

Marian Built fans won't want to miss the warehouse sale going on now through Saturday, Dec. 9th in Ballard. The sale features up to 75% off select items including furniture, hardware, lighting and more. Michael Marian, owner of Marian Built will be on hand for a special meet and greet this Thursday, Dec. 6th from 2-7pm. Follow event updates on Twitter @MarianBuilt.

What: Marian Built Warehouse Sale

When: Wed. Dec. 5th through Sat. Dec. 9th from 12-6pm

Where: Marian Built - 5410 28th Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Dec 4, 2012

Don't miss Julep's Holiday Warehouse Sale

Don't miss the first-ever Julep Holiday Warehouse Sale going on this Saturday in Sodo. Featuring amazing deals on polish, Julep Parlor gift card giveaways, DIY polish stations and free gift with every purchase this is an event you don't want to miss. Prices are going to be as low as $3 for nail color and $6 for beauty products. And as always, the best stuff always goes first!

What: Julep Holiday Warehouse Sale

When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 from 12-4pm

Where: 6703 E. Marginal Way S. Seattle, WA 98108

RSVP: On Facebook

Tweet: @JulepMaven

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Nov 29, 2012

Nordstrom to host Lizzie Parker trunk show

Local designer Lizzie Parker earned major kudos from Anne Vincent, Director of Events and Merchandising for Vogue magazine back in September when the two met during Bellevue Fashion Week. Anne saw Lizzie's designs go down the runway at the Independent Designer fashion show and loved one of her dresses so much that she wore it to the Vogue Front Row fashion show later that week (pictured above). Lizzie has since re-named the dress "Anne" in her honor. 

The Bellevue Collection is proud to report that Seattle-based Nordstrom has since picked up the dress just in time for the holiday season and made it available to the masses. We love that Nordstrom supports the local fashion scene! The dress is made in the USA and available online at

Lizzie Parker will be hosting a special trunk show and personal appearance this Saturday, December 1st at the Nordstrom in Bellevue. The event will take place from 1-3pm on the 2nd floor in the Special Occasion department. This is a free event and open to the public. Stop by to support an amazing local fashion designer!

JK Pop Party at Blackbird

JK (Japanese and Korean) pop music is taking over the world! Barboza on Capitol Hill has a crazy JK takeover once a month and you can experience what the buzz is all about this Friday at Blackbird in Ballard. Nicole Miller, lover of JK Pop and owner of Blackbird has been going to these awesome underground dance parties in Seattle since their inception at The Alibi Room and wants to share the love with you! To celebrate, the store will be showcasing Korean and Japanese brands along with music, free Soju, Makgeolli, dried squid snacks and ticket giveaways to the next JK Pop Night on December 6th. This is a free event and a great opportunity to do a little holiday shopping for the stylish men in your life.

What: Japanese and Korean Shopping Party at Blackbird

When: Friday, November 30th, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm

Where: Blackbird 5410 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

Why: Free Soju, Makgeolli and snacks. Get free tickets to the next JK Pop party!

More info on JK Pop Night:

Nov 20, 2012

Seattle Shopping Guide: Ballard

Shop local this Black Friday in Ballard! Here's a list of must-visit boutiques that will make your holiday shopping a cinch. Several of these places even offer complimentary gift wrap. All you need to do is ask! Happy Shopping!


Located in Ballard, Horseshoe boutique prides itself on providing clients with "down-home" customer service. Originally from Denver, owner Jill Andersen regularly stocks women’s apparel and accessories from a variety of contemporary brands including Kensie, Prairie Underground, Suzabelle, Three Dots, Scrapbook and Saint Grace. Horseshoe is hosting a Prairie Underground trunk show on Nov. 23rd from 12-6pm for #Black Friday!
Horseshoe -  5344 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 - On Twitter @ShopHorseshoe


If you're got a fashion-forward guy on your list don't miss Blackbird in Ballard. Their 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. Blackbird was even voted by GQ magazine as one of the top menswear boutiques in the country. 
Blackbird - 5410 22nd Ave. NW. Seattle, WA 98107 - On Twitter @HelloBlackbird


Located on Ballard Ave. Ketch is a hip boutique that stocks apparel and accessories for women. Opened in 2010 by Stephanie Kaldestad the store regularly labels like House of Harlow, Soft Joie, Rebecca Minkoff, J Brand, Enza Costa and Kill City. Shop online at Save 25% by entering SAVE25 at checkout.

Ketch - 5317 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 - On Twitter @KetchShop


Venue is all about promoting the artists that live and work in the city. In the store you'll find an eclectic mix of original pieces for sale. The collection at Venue includes home accessories, personal accoutrements, artisan chocolates, fine art and many creative gifts. This is one of the best places to shop local this season as the space represents over 40 local artists. LIKE Venue on Facebook at 
Venue Ballard - 5408 22nd Ave. NW Seattle, WA 98107


Located on NW Market street in Ballard, Velouria specializes in small production, independently-made clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts. Brands carried include Frankie Four, Grace Gow, Sweet Anthem, Out of Line, Alisha Louise, Fleet Objects and more. Shop on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday and receive 20% off your purchase. Visit the new website at
Velouria - 2205 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107 - On Twitter @VelouriaBallard

Seattle Holiday Shopping Guide: Fremont

If you're headed to Fremont for Black Friday shopping be sure to hit these great boutiques. Small businesses need your support this year. Let's help make their holiday season bright!

Show Pony

Fremont-based boutique Show Pony is both chic and eclectic offering women a wide range of apparel, accessories, jewelry, shoes and gifts. Featured brands include Revival Ink, Prairie Underground, Eric Michael, Daly Bird and Aubrey Summers.  In addition to regular merchandise Show Pony also has an in-house consignment boutique for shoppers to pursue the "thrill of the chase". 
Show Pony- 702 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103 - On Twitter @ShowPonySeattle

Portage Bay Goods

Located in the heart of the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle, Portage Bay Goods has been a part of the community since 1998. They offer a variety of products including toys, gifts, cards, novelty items and more.  They are huge supporters of the local art community and feature a different artist the first Friday of every month for the Fremont Art Walk. They are also big supporters of local artists, graphic designers, letterpress companies, screen printers, jewelry makers and chocolatiers. Shop online at
Portage Bay Goods - 621 N. 35th. Seattle, WA 98103

Bellefleur Lingerie 

If you're looking for a something with a little sugar and spice check out Bellefleur Lingerie. Since it's opening in December of 2002 owner Jennifer Carroll has worked to offer clients personalized service and ensure that the process of selecting every piece of lingerie from the basics to something a bit more extravagant pieces is both simple and satisfying. Check out what's in stock now at
Bellefleur Lingerie - 3504 Fremont Pl. N. Seattle, WA 98103

Lola Pop

Fremont's Lola Pop boutique has been a cherished destination for Seattle's most demanding shoppers since opening in 2001. Lola Pop is owned and operated by Muriel Monteiro of Vichy, France. The store stocks and specializes in fine French and Italian clothing, shoes, and accessories by brands like Suzon & Lena, Béatrice Puysségur, Gaëlle Barré, Catherine André, Repetto Shoes and many more.
Lola Pop - 711 N. 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103 

Les Amis

Fremont boutique Les Amis carries a variety of women's apparel and accessories from brands like Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, Rebecca Taylor, Jamie Joseph and more. This year's Under $50 gift guide includes candles by Linnea's Lights and pretty lipsticks by ilia.
Les Amis - 3420 Evanston Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103 - On Twitter @Lesamisseattle

Happy Shopping!

Seattle Holiday Shopping Guide: Bellevue

Small business Saturday is November 24th. Shop local and support these great boutiques in Bellevue for all of your holiday gift giving needs. Who knows you may even splurge on something sparkly for yourself.
Happy Shopping!

La Ree

Bellevue's La Ree boutique brings high fashion to the Eastside. Owner Rachael Nov regularly stocks labels like Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang, Brochu Walker, Joseph and jewelry by local designer Jamie Joseph. Shop online at
La Ree - Main street at 11 103rd Ave. N.E. Bellevue, WA 98004 - On Twitter @LaReeBoutique


Owner Gisela Manning has been doing designer consignment since 1982 at her store Ragamoffyn’s located in Kirkland. You'll find apparel, accessories and shoes from brands like Prada, Gucci, Chanel and Christian Dior when you peruse the racks for hidden gems. Although technically not in Bellevue if you're on the Eastside and plan to shop for friends who adore vintage designer pieces this little consignment boutique may be your new best friend.
Ragamoffyn's - 132 Park Lane, Kirkland, WA 98033 

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has been a Seattle fashion destination for over two decades. Featuring designer brands for men and women including Versace, DSquared2, Just Cavalli and Diesel Black Gold, David Lawrence also allocates adequate shelf space to support local brands and designers including Anne Sylvain, Lila Getty and Rock Star Jewelry.
David Lawrence - The Bravern/Level 3 - Follow on Twitter @DavidLawrenceCo                

Madina Vadache

Originally from Russia, couture designer Madina Vadache moved to America and opened her own store in Bellevue in the 1990’s. Madina Vadache is devoted to celebrating the art of fashion and offers sophisticated women’s apparel in a variety of categories including evening and bridal wear.
Madina Vadache - 989 112th Ave. N.E. #201, Bellevue, WA 98004 - On Twitter @MadinaVadache

Blue Luna

Blue Luna offers women on the Eastside contemporary apparel straight off the runways of Paris, Milan and Barcelona. Featured designers include Cop.Copine, Sunlight and Isabel de Pedro. Check out what's in stock now at
Blue Luna - 10619 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 - On Twitter @BlueLunaFashion 


Voted "Best Gift Shop of 2012" by King 5's Evening Magazine Fireworks is one of the best places in Seattle to shop for all your gift-giving occasions including birthdays, holidays, housewarming parties and more. Owner Michele Manasse purchased the Pioneer Square gallery from the original owner in 1985 and the rest is history. Fireworks now has over 7 stores including one in Bellevue Square Mall. The store stocks everything from jewelry to toys, books, candles, frames, home decor and even quirky kitchen items.
Fireworks - 196 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004- Shop online at

Nov 18, 2012

Seattle Holiday Shopping Guide: Downtown

The holiday shopping season is finally here. Shop local for all your holiday gifts with this great shopping guide for Downtown Seattle. We hope this list helps you discover new local gems.

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 more. This is the perfect place to shop for your holiday party outfits and luxury gifts. Park across the street at Hotel 1000 and The Finerie will validate your parking with purchases of $175 or more.
The Finerie - 1215 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 - On Twitter @TheFinerie

Sway & Cake

Shop this trendy downtown boutique for designer jeans, handbags, stylish accessories, home accents like Jonathan Adler candles and more. Brands include J Brand, Alice + Olivia, Genetic Denim, Killl City, Rebecca Minkoff and more. Can't shop in store? Shop online at
Sway & Cake - 1631 Sixth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 - On Twitter @SwayandCake


Alhambra has been serving the Seattle market for over two decades providing clients with women's apparel and accessories from brands like Gary Graham, Nicole Miller, Tucker by Gaby Basora, Raquel Allegra, Dana Kellin and Rebecca Lankford. Check out their new blog at
Alhambra - 101 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101 - On Twitter @AlhambraStyle

Karan Dannenberg Clothier

Often referred to as Belltown's hidden gem, Karan Danneberg's namesake boutique has been wardrobing women with apparel and accessories to fit their lifestyle since 1997. With clients from all over the world Karen carries a diverse mix of brands including Creenstone, Nicole Miller, Sympli, Rock Star Jewelry, Yoana Baraschi and Kokin. Get details on in-store events and community partnerships via the store blog.
Karan Dannenberg - 2232 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 - On Twitter @KaranDannenberg


The story of Mario's dates back to 1960 when Mario Sr. opened his first menswear store in Portland's Lloyd Center. This is when Mario Jr. began working for his father doing everything from sweeping the floors to selling. Fast forward to 1982 when Mario Jr. opened a Seattle Mario's store on sixth avenue stocking apparel and accessories for men and women. The rest is history and Mario's has been outfitting the stylish residents and local celebs of the Pacific Northwest ever since. The stock list includes Alexander McQueen, Nina Ricci, Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Lanvin and many more.
Mario's - 1513 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 - On Twitter @StyleMarios

Butch Blum

Located in Downtown Seattle, Butch Blum has been wardrobing stylish Seattleites since 1974. Inside the store you'll find sleek visual merchandising to highlight designer brands including Giorgio Armani, Blumarine, John Varvatos and Moschino. Park at the WAC located on sixth avenue and Butch Blum will provide validation with any purchase. Find out what's in stock now by visiting the Butch Blum blog at
Butch Blum - 1408 Fifth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 - On Twitter @ButchBlum


Ian carries stylish clothing for men (and women!) from brands like Stussy, Kill City, RVCA, Rogues Gallery, Cheap Monday, Engineered Garments, Wish, and G-Star. Owner-Buyers, Scott McElmury and Cerise Lacock seek out lines that epitomize confident, modern style yet remain understated. Find out what's in stock now online at
Ian - 1919 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 


Located in Belltown on first avenue, Kuhlman's of mens (and women's) apparel and accessories from brands like Fred Perry, Nixon, Pendleton, Wallowa, Spiewak and more. Looking for a new leather jacket? Kuhlman has a full selection of Schott leather jackets in stock now. Find out more at
Kuhlman's - 2419 First Ave.Seattle, WA 98121
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