Jun 28, 2012

Nordstrom presents GQ Selects

Last month Nordstrom announced a new partnership with GQ magazine for an integrated marketing campaign that pulls product from the pages of GQ and highlights them on Nordstrom's website in a special section called "GQ selects". Beginning with the July issue (on newsstands now) editors from GQ worked with Nordstrom Mens Fashion Director Tommy Fazio to hand-select featured items. 

This month's picks include a pair of olive green J.Brand slim-fit cargo pants, a Todd Snyder henley (currently sold out), a Jack Spade nylon backpack, a pair of Prada low-profile espadrille sneakers and a Thom Browne plaid oxford shirt. The partnership will continue through December featuring 12-18 key items each month. 

Check out these cool behind-the-scenes shots from the NYC photoshoot via the Nordstrom Mens Shop blog. 

Jun 25, 2012

The Stock List: Olivine

Seattle-based online boutique Olivine is a rare gem that regularly stocks labels like Prairie Underground, Suzabelle, Spun, SheShe and Kimberly Baker. Owner Julie Wray opened Olivine as a brick and mortar store back in 1997 and later took the business online. She now runs the e-commerce store in addition to running her secondary site Olivine's Charm School. Take a peek at what she's got in stock now.

This Happy Hour clutch is the perfect way to dip your toe into prints this season.  The colors are beautiful and the print makes this piece a home run. Need it tonight? If you live in Seattle, Olivine offers same-day delivery!

I'm a sucker for a knit dress and this one by Suzabelle has everything I look for when choosing a new piece. It's got a built in belt (with shiny hardware!), cool asymmetric detailing, short sleeves and simple stripes. I'd pair this with sandals and an armful of bracelets to hit the town.

Starting on July 1st the City of Seattle is banning plastic bags so you might as well stock up on stylish totes now.  I love this fuschia style by Baggu which features a feisty animal print.

Handmade in Portland by Marisa Howard for her line Seaworthy, these beautiful art deco earrings make a great gift for a friend or the perfect addition to your summer jewelry wardrobe. 

Speaking of local designers, check out this Apron dress by Sara Seumae of Spun.  Made of 100% organic cotton this dress features elbow length sleeves, two front pockets and a fun print. Super easy to wear and machine washable. Love.

If you like to customize your accessories check out these vintage brass banners than can be stamped with up to 15 letters. Your name, your boyfriends name, your nickname, you name it- and it's yours. The length of the chain can also be customized for the perfect fit. Such a great gift idea!

The packaging on these SHE BELONGS THERE solid perfumes is way too cute to pass up. With notes of gardenia, jasmine and smoky vanilla you're bound to get hooked on the scent.



Jun 23, 2012

Luly Yang Sample Sale Begins Today!

Luly Yang is hosting a Bridal and Evening wear Couture Sample Sale beginning today, June 23rd at the Seattle showroom. The sample sale runs through July 31st but as with all sample sales, the best stuff goes first! Shop for bridal gowns, evening dresses, cocktail dresses and shoes for up to 70% off. Happy Shopping!

Luly Yang - 1218 Fourth Avenue - Seattle, WA 98101

Jun 22, 2012

The Stock List: Karan Dannenberg Clothier

Belltown boutique Karan Dannenberg Clothier has great merchandise for the summer season in stock now. Karan is so dedicated to providing customers with a complete wardrobe that she frequently makes special orders for clients. Each season she also works with local jewelry designers like Martha Driver of Rock Star Jewelry to create custom pieces that fit in perfectly with the assortment.

One of the best selling items in stock now is this Nicole Miller stretch linen dress (shown above). This piece is amazingly versatile and surprisingly flattering. Also available in Coral.

Speaking of coral- if you're looking for something more formal, check out this flirty Tadashi number. Also available in black.

Karan regularly stocks a full assortment of colorful Jimmy Crystal Swarovski crystal readers. So much cuter than your Grandma's old readers and definitely way more fun.

You'll also find pieces from local designer Cameron Levin in stock at Karan Dannenberg Clothier including one of her most popular pieces, the wing dress made out of organic cotton (shown above). 

If you're loving the color block trend this season you'll want to stock up on Big Buddha bags available in a variety of sizes and colorways. The prices are easy on your pocketbook too!

Last but not least, you'll also find a full range of Franco Mirabelli dresses like the one shown above in stock now. 

Karan Dannenberg Clothier - 2232 First Avenue. - Seattle, WA - 98121
On Twitter @KaranDannenberg


Jun 21, 2012

Chinos: A Menswear Classic

Men are less susceptible to fall for the demands of the rotating ‘seasons’ which the fashion world relies on to sell new merchandise at various points throughout the year so it's important that their wardrobes are built around classic pieces that can be styled up or down depending on the season. Simple cotton shirts, loose-cut linen suits, well-made classic t-shirts and crisp dark denim jeans are all great basics to invest in. A pair of quality chino pants is another item every man needs in his wardrobe because they will never go out of style. Chinos were originally worn by women in the French armed forces in the 19th century and grew in popularity as Spanish-American War veterans returned to the USA from the Philippines. Chinos have been a staple in menswear for many years and made an appearance on numerous high profile runway shows for Spring/Summer '12.

Largely famous for the classic beige colorway, the new mens chinos style feature a range of bright colors in reds and blues – something of a compliment to the fluorescent styles featured in the current collections for women. This modern update on the classic chino can still be worn with a stylish, clean approach. The combination of functionality, formality and fun means that men’s chinos will never fall out of grace.

Zumiez acquires Austria-based Blue Tomato

Earlier this week Everett-based sports retailer Zumiez Inc. announced that it will acquire Austria-based retailer Blue Tomato in a deal worth $75 million at current exchange. Under the deal, Zumiez will also make additional payments if Blue Tomato hits certain milestones over the next three years. “Joining forces with Blue Tomato represents the next step in our strategic plan to build the leading global action sports retail business," says Rick Brooks, CEO of Zumiez. Blue Tomato's headquarters will remain in Schladming, Austria and senior management will continue in their current roles. Blue Tomato currently operates 5 stores in Austria and has an e-commerce site available in 14 different languages.


FGI partners with the Bellevue Collection for Fashion Week Runway Show

This year Fashion Group International is parterning with Fem City Seattle and The Bellevue Collection to produce a special runway show during Bellevue Fashion Week featuring local independent designers. A casting call went out to the Seattle design community earlier this month and the final six designers will be selected by a panel of judges including Jan Klier, Regional Director of Fashion Group International, Sarah Butler of The Bellevue Collection, and Laura Cassidy of Seattle Metropolitan magazine among others. The lucky designers will share the runway with Seattle-area NBC Fashion Star contestants Lisa Vian Hunter of Vian Hunter House of Fashion and Lizzie Parker. Winning designers will be notified early next week and announced to the media by June 28th. For updates follow The Bellevue Collection on Twitter @BellesVue.

Jun 19, 2012

Rosaline Hampton Anniversary Party - June 23rd

Fashion fans will hit fast forward on June 23rd as they celebrate the one-year anniversary of Rosaline Hampton’s Bellevue grand opening. The Hunger Games-inspired event will include exotic cocktails, a futuristic feast and an over-the-top costume contest with prizes awarded for the most innovative outfit. The dress code will be strictly enforced and guests are encouraged to wear their best and brightest fashion-forward apparel and accessories pulling inspiration from the Capitol of Panem in Summer’s hottest book turned big-screen movie, The Hunger Games. Party guests can peruse outfit inspiration direct from the Rosaline Hampton Anniversary Party Pinterest board that highlights neon shoes, oversized accessories and exaggerated hair and make-up trends. “It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since our grand opening! We are incredibly thankful for our loyal clients and friends,” says Rosaline Hampton. Inspired by the vivid colors and energy of the summer season Rosaline chose The Hunger Games theme for the anniversary party to remind guests to have fun with their fashion choices this season. The event will also celebrate the launch of the brand new RosalineHampton.com website which features eye-catching imagery, digital look-books and stylist profiles. The party will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at the Rosaline Hampton Salon in Bellevue starting at 6pm. Event sponsors include The Zella Company, Strickland Consulting, Davines, O Wines, Tanji Enterprises, Brenda Meckley and Wink Lash Extensions. RSVP on Facebook to the Rosaline Hampton Anniversary Party to be entered to win the ultimate beauty swag bag worth it’s weight in silver parachutes. May the odds be ever in your favor! 

What: Rosaline Hampton Anniversary Party

When: Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Where: Rosaline Hampton Salon 188 106th Ave. N.E. Suite #400 Bellevue, WA

Time: Doors open at 6pm (Hunger Games inspired dinner & drinks will be served)

Dress Code: Neon colors and futuristic attire inspired by The Hunger Games Capitol of Panem

RSVP: Facebook.com- Rosaline Hampton Anniversary Party (Event Page)

Twitter: @RosalineHampton


Jun 11, 2012

Help Seattle 'Save the Girls' on June 17th

2011 Cupcake Bra

The 4th Annual Save the Girls designer bra fashion show is taking place at Pnk Ultra Lounge this Sunday, June 17th from 3-6pm. A variety of Seattle socialites and media personalities were selected to design bras to be featured on the runway to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This year's designers include Rachel Kim of Vue Society, Tina Witherspoon of Glam Spoon, Jenni Hogan of KIRO 7, Brooke, Jubal and Mason from MOViN 92.5, Kaci Aitchison of Q13, Christie Johnson of King 5 News and many more! Tickets start at $15 for general admission and go up to $30 for a VIP ticket which includes a swag bag, reserved seating and access to the VIP reception which begins at 3pm and includes complimentary drinks and appetizers, plus the opportunity for early bidding on silent auction items. The Little Black Dress Events & Productions team has secured some pretty amazing silent auction items this year including a one-night stay at Hotel Max, a $1000 laser hair removal package from Pacific Dermatology, Limo service and dinner for 6 at Bucca di Bepoo courtesy of Blackstone Limo, a sultry swag bag from Babeland Seattle, and much more! Don't miss out on this high energy event to raise money for the Puget Sound affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Tickets are going fast!

What: 4th Annual Save the Girls designer bra fashion show

When: Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Where: Pnk Ultra Lounge at Pacific Place/4th Floor

Time: VIP reception 3pm/Doors open for General Admission at 4pm/Fashion Show begins at 5:30pm

Tickets: $15-30 available at Brown Paper Tickets

Social Media: On Twitter @LBDressEvents using hashtag #SavetheGirls12

Jun 8, 2012

Coming soon: Gucci Sustainable Soles

Later this month Gucci will debut a new line of eco-friendly footwear designed by Creative Director Frida Giannini. The Sustainable Soles line of shoes will include a stylish sneaker for men (available in high and low top) and a ballerina shoe with a peep toe detail for women. Both styles will be available in multiple color ways. The shoes are made from biodegradable plastic and will be available at the end of June.


Jun 7, 2012

Bullying is Never in Style

If you were bullied in high school or know someone who was then you already know how heartbreaking it can be. Designer Rachel Roy recently took a stand and designed two t-shirts for CharityFolks.com that will be auctioned off on June 8th to help raise money for Facing History and Ourselves, a non-profit organization that provides bullying prevention training to educators and administrators.

Rachel Roy is part of a long list of celebrities who have stepped up to support BULLY, a movie currently in theaters nationwide. “These tees get the message out loud and clear that bullying is a critical issue that needs as much attention as possible. I’m proud to join the fight for this meaningful cause," says Roy. 13 million kids were bullied in school this year. You can make a difference!

Watch the trailer for the Bully movie now! 

FGI hosts an evening of Haute Couture

Space is extremely limited for Fashion Group International's special event "An evening of Haute Couture" taking place at the Henry Art Gallery on June 21st. The story of "Designers who made Paris the Capitol of Fashion" will be explored by FGI member Diane Katz as she takes guests through a highly informative visual tour of Parisian Haute Couture history. The event will include a showcase of actual haute couture garments that have been carefully preserved in the Henry Art Gallery archives. A reception featuring light refreshments will follow.

What: An Evening of Haute Couture presented by Fashion Group International

When: Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Where: Henry Art Galley - University of Washington Campus

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Tickets: $20-$45 via Brown Paper Tickets *Space is limited so guests are encouraged to get their tickets now to guarantee admission.

Sponsored by: Gray magazine

Jun 6, 2012

Goodwill to open new South Lake Union Store

Thrift store thrill seekers may want to mark their calendars now: Goodwill is planning to open a brand new store in South Lake Union at the end of July! Taking over the space of Honeychurch Antiques the store will be part of a new concept for Goodwill which will include a smaller format and a special selection of merchandise specifically aimed at urban city dwellers. "This is going to be a different kind of Goodwill store,” said Cindi Forslund, Vice President of Operations for Goodwill. The company specifically chose a space in South Lake Union for their new location because the area is known for it's long history of environmental awareness and support for recycling and re-use. The new store will be Goodwill's 22nd location in the Puget Sound region and be much smaller than existing stores in order to be a natural fit for the neighborhood. The store will be located at 411 Westlake Avenue. A grand opening celebration is planned for sometime in July. More details to follow....


Jun 5, 2012

The Stock List: Charley + May

Queen Anne boutique Charley + May is a unique gift gallery featuring an eclectic mix of products that focus on form, function and fun. Covering a variety of categories including jewelry, home decor, sweet treats, beauty products, kids toys and even electronics, owner Laura Formicola puts a major focus on keeping her store freshly stocked with creative products available in limited quantities. Take a look at what's in store now. 

This "Save the Wild Mustangs" Tee (shown above) was recently featured in People StyleWatch.  Available in white and tobacco colorways this off-the-shoulder tee is super soft and perfect for pairing with summer shorts or laid back jeans. 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of this tee go to Saving America's Wild Mustangs!

The rain showers this week are leaving many Seattleites in search of functional rainwear. Local designer Miriam Reynolds has the perfect solution to keep you and your four-legged friends dry.  The line includes rainwear covers for people, pets and shoes.

Perfect for outdoor summer concerts or evening BBQ's this breezy sweater from Goddis (shown above) is in stock now and available in a variety of colors. An asymmetrical hem and long sleeves make this light weight sweater the perfect pick for all of summer's great adventures.

If you have a sweet tooth you'll love this unexpected treat: Carrot cake caramels by Amella. Made from fresh carrots, roasted pecans and cocoa butter these creamy caramels have no preservatives and are finished off with a coating of dreamy white chocolate.

Tokyomilk has somewhat of a cult following among indie fans all over the world. Known for their unexpected essences and creative packaging these unisex products are not for the faint of heart. The Arsenic No. 17 hand cream (shown above) is deeply hydrating with fragrance notes of absinthe, vanilla, cut greens and fennel.

Visit Charley+May this Thursday June 7th for a special Queen Anne Farmer's Market after party featuring Duck Street BBQ, wine by Robert Ramsay Cellars and beer by Lantern Brewing from 5-7:30pm.

 charley + may co. - 2225 Queen Anne Ave. - Seattle, WA 98109 - 206.281.5555
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