Oct 30, 2012

Cameron Levin launches 'Ruby' Collection


Seattle-based Indie designer Cameron Levin recently launched her Holiday 2013 Ruby Collection featuring a modern approach to the art of Flamenco. 


The 10-piece collection is composed using a dramatic color palette of deep reds and luxurious silk fabrics to evoke movement and draw upon the style and energy of southern Spain. Each piece is constructed using washable silks and eco-friendly organic cotton fabric. View the full line at www.lovecameron.com.

Fun fact: The model used in the 2013 Ruby Collection photoshoot (pictured above) may look familiar because she was also featured in the Macklemore Thirftshop Video!

Shop Local at Show Pony

Shop for all your fall favorites at local boutique Show Pony located in Fremont. The store assortment includes labels like Suzabelle, BB Dakota, Fluxus and Toms but you'll also find local favorites including Prairie Underground, Revivial Ink, A to Z, Twig Cosmetics and Foamy Wader Jewelry.

Revival Ink 'Octopus' Organic Sweatshirt 
Prairie Underground Cloak Hoodie in Emerald

Pirouette 'Cherry Blossom Girl' Perfume

Foamy Wader 'Infinity' Necklace

Twig Cosmetics Blush

Show Pony also has an in-house consignment program. Check out details and FAQ's here.

Show Pony
702 N. 35th St. 
Seattle, WA 98103


Oct 29, 2012

Seattle Men's Fashion Directory 2013

Navigating the Seattle fashion scene is easy when you know where to shop. Here's the inside scoop on Seattle's best places to shop for men. 

Blackbird’s claim to fame is their well-edited selection of menswear from brands like Robert Geller,Odyn Vovk,  Vim Beget, Wings + Horns, A.P.C, The Seventh Seal and more. Blackbird was voted by GQ magazine as one of the top menswear boutiques in the country. 
Location: 5410 22nd Ave. NW. Seattle, WA 98107
Website: www.blackbirdballard.com
Twitter: @HelloBlackbird
Shopping tip: Check out the Blackbird Apothecary (a few doors down from the shop) for a unique assortment of unisex fragrances, including some local lines! 

Ian carries stylish clothing for men (and women!) from brands like Civilianaire, Relwen, Nau, Life/After/Denim, B.D. Baggies and Imogene + Willie. Owner-Buyers, Scott McElmury and Cerise Lacock seek out lines that epitomize confident, modern style yet remain understated. 
Location: 1919 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 
Website: www.ianshop.com 
Twitter: @ianshop
Shopping tip: From now until April 1st get free shipping when you shop online at IanShop.com by using coupon code FREEIAN. 

Founded in 1978 right here in Seattle the first Zumiez store was actually at Northgate mall. The company has since grown to expand all over the country and now has more than 400 stores. Brands carried include Obey, Diamond Supply Co., RVCA, Glamour Kills, Toms, Volcom, DGK and more. Guys can shop for casual clothes, outerwear, full snowboard gear including hardgoods and of course, shoes. 
Location: Varies. See website. 
Website: www.zumiez.com
Twitter: @Zumiez
Shopping tip: Check out the online assortment at Zumiez.com for the best selection and possibly free shipping.

Located in Belltown on first avenue, Kuhlman's of mens (and women's) apparel and accessories from brands like H.W. Carter & Sons, Reyn Spooner, Haryln Clothing, Mia Melon, Barbour, Pendleton and more. Out-of-towners can stay at the Ace Hotel, located just next door to the shop.
Location: 2419 First Ave.Seattle, WA 98121
Website: www.kuhlmanseattle.com
Twitter: N/A
Shopping tip: Check the website for a current selection of offerings. See something you like? Phone in an order to the store. 

David Lawrence
For over two decades David Lawrence has been pushing the limits of fashion here in the Northwest. Owners David & Diana Blackham carry a carefully edited mix of labels for men and women including Hugo Boss, D Squared, Built for Man, Diesel Black Gold, and Versace. David Lawrence is located in Bellevue at The Bravern. Location: 700 110th Ave. N.E.Bellevue, WA 98004
Website: www.david-lawrence.com
On Twitter: @davidlawrenceco
Shopping tip: Sign up for the mailing list to be the first to hear about trunk shows and special events. 

Located in Fremont, Evo carries apparel and accessories for men and women including a wide variety of snow related hardgoods. Brands include The North Face, Obey, Brixton, Patagonia, Quiksilver, Kr3w and more. In the fall of 2011 the store celebrated it's 10th anniversary! They recently expanded their selection of women's merchandise and customers can easily shop online at evo.com. 
Location: 3500 Stone Way N. Seattle, WA 98103
Website: www.evo.com
Twitter:  @EvoGear
Shopping tip: Check the Evo blog for information about current promotions and in-store events. 

Making it's debut in March of 2013, TotokaeloMAN is Capitol Hill's newest menswear boutique. Located beneath the women's Totokaelo store, TotokaeloMAN features apparel and accessories from Maison Martin Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens, Undercover, Jil Sander, Acne, APC, Robert Geller, Saturdays, Hope, Wood Wood and more.
Location: 1523 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
Website: Visit the original website at Totokaelo.com. A dedicated site for TotokaeloMAN is coming soon!
Twitter: @Totokaelo
Shopping tip: Bring your girlfriend so she can shop upstairs! 

Oct 28, 2012

Seattle's Best Blow Dry Bars

Chances are you know someone with "really good" hair. Is it the luck of the draw? A really good shampoo? Or maybe a killer haircut? As someone with signature long locks I can tell you it's a clever mix of all of the above and often, my best hair days come after spending time in one of Seattle's best blow dry bars. We've lucky to live in a city where good hair days are just 30 minutes and $35 away. Blowouts are a budget-friendly way to get pampered and achieve the bombshell hair you've been dreaming about. Here's a list of the best blow out bars in my beauty arsenal. Trust me, these girls really know how to work a round brush.

O2 Blow Dry Bar 
If you live on the eastside, check out the O2 Blow Dry Bar located just downstairs from the main Obadiah Salon in Bellevue. This location is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to do a little primping in between retail therapy sessions. The stylists are amazing at working with hair of any length and texture and always keep product usage to a minimum to help make your blow out last as long as possible. 
Style Tip: Pick up a travel sized can of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to help extend the life of your blowout. 
Parking: Underground parking is free at The Hyatt with validation.

Gary Manuel Studio
Located in South Lake Union, Gary Manuel Studio offers a full menu of hair services but it's the blow dry that keeps me coming back for more. The stylists are great about helping you achieve the perfect look whether you want a basic blow out or something for a special occasion. If you Aveda hair products, you'll love this salon. 
Style Tip: To prep for your next trip, stock up on travel sized Aveda products when you visit the studio. 
Cost: Depends on the stylist 
Parking: Metered street parking and underground parking available. 

Swink Style Bar 
With a menu that features hair, make-up, lashes and waxing, Swink Style Bar is the perfect place to get pampered. The first location was opened downtown on Stewart street in November of 2009 with a second location making it's debut in the University Village in the spring of 2011. Blowouts are $35 and add-ons are available. 
Style Tip: The downtown salon is closed on Mondays but the U-Village location is open 7 days a week. 
Cost: $35
Parking: Varies by location. 

Gene Juarez Express Blow Dry 
Added as a service back in 2012 for girls on the go, the Gene Juarez Express Blow Dry is great for those who want great hair in 30 minutes or less. Guests can choose from a dry style "do-over" for clean hair that needs some styling TLC or full shampoo and blow out to create major volume with a round brush.
Cost: $35
Parking: Varies by location.
Website: www.genejuarez.com

1 - Use a dry shampoo on your roots to soak up oil. Be sure to blend. If you get really oily at the scalp it's best to use dry shampoo at night to absorb oil while you sleep.

2-  Wrap hair in a silk scarf before you go to sleep. Silk diminishes the scalp's natural production of oils and can extend a blowout an extra day or two.

3- Extending the life of your blow out at home can sometimes be as simple as cleaning your usual brush to avoid adding extra oil and product into the hair.

4- Pack an umbrella to avoid getting frizzy from the humidity. Or, wear a jacket with a silk-lined hood.

5- Wrap your hair in a towel or use a hair cap before taking a shower to keep hair from getting wet.

Oct 23, 2012

Karan Dannenberg to host Yoana Baraschi Trunk Show

There's a lot of good things going on with the Fall 2012 Yoana Baraschi collection. And when we say good, we mean that you'll literally want to buy everything and trust us, the good stuff goes quickly. Featuring bright colors, bold patterns and unexpected details this collection will make you want to have some serious fun with fall fashion.

Belltown boutique Karan Dannenberg Clothier will be hosting a special trunk show this Saturday from 11am-6pm featuring over 40+ pieces from the Fall 2012 Yoana Baraschi collection. Sip a glass of O Wine as you check out the line and pick your new fall favorites. 

Guests who spend over $100 at the trunk show will receive a special gift with purchase and be entered to win a free Fall 2012 Yoana Baraschi dress. 


What: Yoana Baraschi Fall 2012 Trunk Show

When: Saturday, October 27th, 2012 from 11am-6pm

Where: Karan Dannenberg Clothier - 2232 First Ave. - Seattle, WA 98121 

Why: Check out the fall line from Romanian designer Yoana Baraschi. She has a loyal celeb following (Heidi Klum, Olivia Wilde) and is regularly featured in numerous fashion magazines including Lucky, InStyle and Glamour. 


FGI to host Spring '13 Trend Event

Seattle's chapter of Fashion Group International is hosting a special Spring/Summer 2013 trend recap and video presentation covering high fashion runway trends from around the globe. The event will take place at Nieman Marcus in the Bravern on November 27th and feature commentary from local fashion industry insiders including Rosaline Hampton of Rosaline Hampton Salon, Laura Cassidy of Seattle Metropolitan magazine and Rebecca Luke, CEO of Les Egoistes. Come network with members of the Seattle fashion industry and learn how the runway trends will translate into Seattle's signature style for spring. Follow event updates on Twitter @FGIseattle.

What: FGI Spring/Summer '13 Trend Presentation

When: November, 27th 2012 from 5:30 - 7:30pm

Where: Nieman Marcus - Mariposa Restaurant - 11111 NE 8th St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (Located at The Braven)
Why: Because you're a fashion insider who wants the opportunity to view a video recap of the Spring 2013 Ready to Wear Trends and hear fashion industry panelists discuss how those trends will translate for the Seattle market.

Tickets:  FGI members $25 / General Admission $40 via Brown Paper Tickets, event ID #288347.

Oct 22, 2012

Designer J'Amy Tarr launches E-commerce site

Indie designer J'Amy Tarr may have recently relocated her operation to San Francisco but Seattleites can still get their hands on her creative designs via her new online store, J'AmyTarr.com

The Pacific Northwest inspired Holiday 2012 collection features beautiful silhouettes and impeccable craftsmanship. Favorites from the collection include the bronze dipped leather pants (pictured above) and the sueded silk charemuse blouse (below) perfect for adding rich color to your wardrobe just in time for the holiday season. Don't miss the Rosalind Italian Lambskin and wool coat (pictured top). It's bell shaped skirt is universally flattering and amazingly chic.  

Check out the J'Amy Tarr Holiday '12 Video for some major fall fashion inspiration. You can also find J'Amy (and  all her dreamy design inspiration) on Pinterest


Starbucks + Rodarte partner for Holiday collection

Fashion and coffee are two of my favorite things so when I found out that Starbucks & Rodarte were partnering on a limited-edition holiday collection I literally squealed in delight. The collection will be available in select stores on November 13th and feature Rodarte-designed gift cards, stylish totes, coffee mugs and cap sleeves in a holiday-inspired color story of silver, grey and white with a colorful pop of yellow. This is Starbucks first collaboration with a fashion brand and hopefully not the last.

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Oct 13, 2012

Worn to be Wild Runway Show at EMP

To celebrate the launch of their new exhibit Worn to Be Wild, Seattle's EMP Museum is hosting a special runway show on October 20th featuring Northwest designers including Carole McClellan, Ms. Wood, Stone Crow Design, Pierre Davis, Ruki: By Melanie Parr and Aykut Ozen. Each designer was tasked with pulling inspiration from one iconic item: the black leather jacket.

Tickets range from $35 for general admission to $175 for a VIP experience featuring reserved seating, a hosted bar, swag bags and more. All tickets include access to the exclusive grand opening of EMP's Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket exhibit. Proceeds benefit EMP's community programs. Get event updates on Twitter @EMPmuseum using hashtag #WorntoBeWild.

Dozens of garments and related artifacts such as iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be on display as part of the Worn to Be Wild exhibit. Guests will get to view everything from early military jackets to haute couture by Jean Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace. You won't want to miss this stylish event!

The Stock List: Stuhlbergs

Located at the top of Queen Anne, Stuhlberg's has been one the city's favorite independently-owned home accessory stores since 2002. Owner and co-founder Megan Stuhlberg works along side her mother Ann to carefully select the best assortment of products to perfectly curate your home from brands like Jonathan Adler, Juliska, Simon Pearce, Votivo and more.

This week to celebrate the real start of fall (grey skies, rain, cooler temps) we picked a few fun accessories that can add some color to your life.

Craving a little bit of nostalgia? Check out this retro-inspired handset by POP Phone. It's compatible with cell phones, notebooks and tablets and has a pick-up/hang-up button. Available in 6 colors. 

This great resource book by Pantone features 35 fan decks that help take the guesswork out of finding complimentary color palettes. Use the colors to inspire projects for your home, office, wardrobe or anywhere you need some color in your life. 

Jonathan Adler candles smell great and add beautiful color to any room in your home. They also make great gifts for housewarming parties, birthdays and holidays. 

Need a colorful place to jot down your notes? Check out this pretty pink color swatch inspired notebook by Rock Paper Scissors. Also available in blue and green. 

Multi-task traditional wrapping paper by taking Stuhlberg's great selection of maps and prints intended for wrapping presents and putting them in a frame instead. My favorite? The London tube stop map. I put it in a frame and displayed it in our dining room. 

Stulhbergs - 1801 Queen Anne Avenue North - Seattle, WA 98109

Oct 12, 2012

YWCA Closet Treasures Sale Kicks off today

The annual YWCA Closet Treasures sale kicks off today at Redmond Town Center with a special VIP preview from 5-8pm featuring first pick of designer items, refreshments, a fashion show and a live DJ. The sale will continue through Saturday, October 13th and is open to the public from 10am-4pm. New items and designer bargains will be added throughout the day. Check out the YWCA blog to view photos of some of the items available for sale. All proceeds benefit YWCA programs and services. Follow on Twitter @YWCAworks using hashtag #YWCTS.

Oct 10, 2012

Goodwill Glitter Sale Blog is Live

The online preview for the Glitter Sale on the Seattle Goodwill blog is now LIVE. The event will take place November 10th and 11th at the Seattle Goodwill store on S. Lane Street and feature a variety of designer labels including pieces from Diane Von Furstenberg (as pictured above), Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Michael Kors and more. As items for the sale come in they will be photographed and loaded to the blog to give shoppers a sneak peak at some of the items they can expect to see at the sale. For event updates on Twitter Follow @GlitterSale_Gal

Oct 9, 2012

Now's the Time to Join FGI

If you're in the fashion industry and have been thinking about joining Fashion Group International, now is the time. Join during the month of October and get the rest of the year free! (Your membership dues will be credited toward the 2013 calendar year.) Benefits of joining the global, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the fashion industry include meeting colleagues in your local marketplace, growing your global network, increasing your visibility in a competitive business environment, connecting with fashion's leaders and decision-makers and receiving the annual FGI membership directory which is published annually and lists FGI's worldwide membership by region. For a full list of benefits and a link to fill out a membership application online visit Fgi.Org. You can also follow the Seattle Chapter of FGI on Twitter @FGISeattle.

Oct 4, 2012

5 Fall Favorites

I love the start of a new season. It's an opportunity to make seasonal updates on everything from your wardrobe to your make-up and possibly even your point of view. This fall is all about having fun with fashion. Taking risks with color, texture and shape in an effort to spice things up for as the leaves on the trees begin to dwindle and the temperatures start to drop. Here are 5 things I'm loving for fall.

For many, many years my go-to fall fragrance was always Thierry Mugler's Angel. I was borderline obsessed with the soft notes of honey, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. Clearly I have a sweet tooth. Every time I put a spritz of Angel it always felt like fall. I've finally found an "Angel Update" that gives me the same sensation, Tom Ford's Black Orchid. Packaged in a sleek black bottle this glamourous fragrance has notes of Vanilla, Citrus, Black Gardenia, Sandalwood and of course, Orchid. If you loved Angel, this may just be your new favorite fall fragrance.

There's something very feisty about red lips. They are so much fun to wear and perfectly compliment my leopard print sweater for fall. Personally, I'm more of a gloss girl, so I instantly fell in love with the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipgloss. It's a gloss and a stain in one so it gives really great color with a lot of shine. And the best part? It's long wearing so the rich color lasts all day.

This next personal favorite is good for any season but particularly useful for fall: the basic black tee. Finding one that fits right, looks great and goes with everything can sometimes be like going on a hunt to find a diamond in the rough, but trust me, when it happens- it's golden. I found my perfect black tee at Zara on a recent trip to London and it's worth it's weight in gold. A great black tee works as a great backdrop for existing pieces in your wardrobe that require support like statement jewelry (as shown above), loud prints, and exotic textures.

In the Northwest fall is all about escaping the elements and getting cozy with great friends, good food and inviting interiors. One of the sure fire ways to make it feel like fall at my house is with beautiful, scented candle that gives off a warm glow. One of my favorites is the line of candles and home fragrances by Harman London. Each candle is hand-poured and has a burn time of 50-60 hours.

Last but not least, my final fall favorite is The Bar Method workout. Yes, it's been around for awhile and celebs like Drew Barrymore and Tori Spelling rave about it, but it's one of those things you have to experience for yourself to truly understand what the buzz is all about. I stepped into a studio three weeks ago to check out a trial class and instantly fell in love. Since then I've been in class at least 4-5 times per week and it's safe to say I'm addicted. As a little girl I did tap and ballet and later moved on to gymnastics in junior high so being back in the studio feels like coming home.  I'll admit, the workouts are intense but the sense of accomplishment you feel when you leave class is such an amazing reward.

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