May 29, 2013

Emerging designer Paychi Guh to host trunk show at Pacific Place

Aimed at women who covet cashmere, Seattle designer Paychi Karen Guh is ready to unveil her new line of luxury knitwear for Fall 2013. Inspired by modern art and architectural form, the Paychi Guh collection features transeasonal cashmere designed to be an everyday essential for women who desire high quality and sophistication. The 10-piece collection made of 100% Mongolian cashmere can be effortlessly styled and worn year-round. In addition to luxurious basics, several pieces from the line can be worn multiple ways based on the wearers styling preferences.  For example, the Two Way Cozy Cardigan (pictured above) can be worn upside down to showcase or downplay the geometric pattern, whereas the Rectangle Popover can be worn sideways to change the shape of the neckline.   Karen pays special attention to the shape of each garment, ensuring that it embodies maximum movement and perpetual style. The use of surface texture to evoke visual interest was a major focal point in the development of the line. Karen found creative ways to incorporate unique geometric patterns into the fabric with the use of specialized stitch techniques. Each piece is luxuriously soft and lightweight, making it perfect for everyday wear and essential for travel.

While wearing cashmere everyday may seem like a splurge, Karen is confident that it is an indulgence women will embrace. "I developed the Paychi Guh collection incorporating simple form, refined texture, modern graphics, and high-quality cashmere.  Each design caters to the independent, creative woman who desires individuality, timeless style, and ultimate comfort,” says Karen. From the Everyday Tunic to the Graphic Scarf, the Paychi Guh collection is perfect for stylish women in search of everyday luxuries that also serve as a modern form of art.

See the collection in person at the first-ever Paychi Guh Trunk Show taking place at Pacific Place June 7th & 8th. In partnership with Hointer, the event will showcase the Fall '13 Paychi Guh collection and give guests the opportunity to meet the designer and pre-order pieces from the line. Find out more at You can also follow along on Twitter @PaychiGuh. 

May 27, 2013

Seattle Shopping Guide: Ballard

Traditionally home to Seattle's Scandinavian community, today's Ballard is thriving with charming boutiques, yoga studios, great restaurants and plenty of opportunities to veer off the beaten path to discover something new. Here's a list of the best places to shop and dine in Ballard.

Know for stocking great brands including Eva Franco, Velvet, Splendid, Toms, Michael Stars and Raven denim, Horseshoe also stocks local favorites like Prairie Underground and Chemical Wedding. Owner Jill Andersen is known for stocking great dresses, essential accessories and of course, helping guests look and feel their best with a healthy dose of down home customer service. Style Tip: Shop online and get free UPS ground shipping.
5344 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
On Twitter@Shophorseshoe

As soon as you walk inside Ballard's Ketch boutique you feel as if you've been whisked away to Soho. The minimalist design, artistic decor and amazing labels including Wildfox, Joie, Lovers + Friends, Paper Crown and Rory Beca all contribute to the stylish vibe. You'll also find handbags by Rebecca Minkoff, shoes by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, and accessories from the House of Harlow line.
5317 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
On Twitter@KetchShop

With an inspiring mix of old and new, Trouvaille which is French for "lucky find", is a great place to find apparel, accessories, found objects and art in Ballard. From consigned designer goods to home decor you just never know what you'll find when you stop by this intriguing boutique. Fun fact: The store just recently celebrated it's first birthday!
5335 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

Stylish men flock to Blackbird in Ballard to stock up on Odyn Vovk, Robert Geller, Wings+Horns, and Tellason denim. This hip boutique also carries it's own private label line for basics like oxford shirts, denim, leather belts and wool beanies. In store you'll also find apothecary items like Malin+Goetz shaving cream, REN eye gel and handmade soaps scented with pure essential oils.
5410 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
On Twitter@HelloBlackbird

If you're on the look out for independently made clothing, jewelry and accessories, don't miss Velouria in Ballard. This charming boutique strives to showcase the best indie designers in the Northwest and regularly features their stories on their store blog. In stock now you'll find dresses by Portland-based brand Make it Good, jewelry by (de)construct, skinny belts by Steel Toe Studios, and floral leggings by Nooworks. Velouria also hosts rotating art shows for Ballard's second Saturday Artwalks.
2205 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107
On Twitter@VelouriaBallard

This elegant one-of-a-kind gift shop has a distinctive European style and specializes in stocking an edited assortment of home decor, stationary, vintage furniture, books, tea and skincare. In stock now you'll find vintage style apothecary jars, bath and body products by Tokyo Milk, Potluck Paris jewelry, Sweet Petula soaps (great local line!), and a full alphabet of porcelain letters. Gift wrap is also available making gift giving easy and fun!
5332 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107


Dry Goods Design
Do you love the DIY movement? Don't miss Drygoods design! This shop is a great place to buy fabric (our favorite is the Paris flea market fabric), trims like Aqua Divine Twine and handmade goods including baby blankets, bib sets and paper goods. You'll also want to check out the menu of classes at the make*do*mend sewing + craft studio located inside. The line-up includes sewing machine classes designed for beginners, tote bag workshops, 'Modern Meets Traditional' quilting classes and even summer craft camps for kids! It's time to get creative!
5308 Ballard Ave. N.W. Suite One, Seattle, WA 98107
On Twitter@DryGoodsDesign

With a desire to expose the amazing artists in the city, Venue in Ballard features artisan chocolates, hand-made jewelry, fine art and creative gifts. Artists and brands include Torch Illuminations Co., Seattle Sundries, Diana Fakhoury Jewelry, Orange Twist greeting cards, Oliotto, Downing Pottery, Floating Stone and more.
5408 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

Hands down my favorite restaurant in Ballard, Bastille serves it's signature French cuisine using ingredients sourced from local "farmers, foragers and fisherman". The menu includes frites & aioli, a heavenly Bastille burger featuring arugula and pickled onions, and a raw kale salad with leek vinaigrette, sunflower seed hummus and Mimolette cheese. Tip: You won't want to miss the cool ambiance of the back bar. Head back for a drink while you wait for a table.
5307 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

Zayda Buddy's 
Dubbed as Seattle's only Minnesota-style pizzeria, Zayda Buddy's serves up delicious pizzas, midwestern fare and has a full bar. On the menu you'll find cheddar cheese and chili fries, a tater tot casserole, a blue cheese and bacon stuffed burger and a "Ballard Bridge" pizza. Fun fact: Owner Joel Radin is one of the co-founders of Top Pot Donuts.
5404 Leary Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

La Isla
A delicious spread of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine awaits at La Isla in Ballard. The restaurant started as a Fremont Sunday market food vendor and quickly grew a loyal following. The rest is history. The La Isla menu includes empanadas filled with pulled pork, ground beef and tender chicken, camarones (butterflied prawns sautéed in olive oil, garlic and white wine) and Pernil Divino (marinated pork shoulder) served with rice, beans and tostones.
2320 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107

Cupcake Royale 
If you've got a sweet tooth you'll definitely want to check out the decadent treats at Cupcake Royal. Since 2003 Cupcake Royale has been serving up tasty treats that are made from scratch every single day! Signature flavors include Carrot Walnut, Toasted Coconut Lime, Salted Caramel, Lemon Mascarpone and Tiramisu. They even have gluten-free cupcake options and bakeshop inspired ice cream!
2052 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107

- The Ballard Farmers Market takes place every Sunday on Ballard avenue from 10am-3pm year-round. You'll find fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, baked goods, flowers, live music and more!

- The Ballard ArtWalk takes place on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 6-9pm. Find participating business online at


May 16, 2013

The Stock List: Charley + May

You never know what you'll discover when you stop by Charley + May on Queen Anne. In stock now you'll find great gifts for weddings, graduations and birthdays, plus an edited assortment of Father's Day Gifts like iPod speakers, Seattle-inspired bottle openers, stackable coffee cups and decor for an "urban man cave". Ladies will love the assortment of accessories by Orange Box Jewelry, Flex watches, laser cut earrings by Vinca, Tokyo Milk body products, Melie Bianco handbags, soaps, candles and more!

Charley + May
2225 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109


May 12, 2013

Shop local and get pampered at the 6th Annual Girls Gone Glam event

The 6th annual Girls Gone Glam event is taking place in Seattle this Thursday, May 16th at the Alexis Hotel. Guests will enjoy signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while they shop from chic local boutiques and get pampered with massages by Chroma Salon & Spa. Participating vendors include Formulary 55, Jaleh Clothing, Glamspoon, Orange Box Jewelry, Shamila Fine Jewelry, Swink Style Bar, Urban Farm Naturals and more. The event is a benefit for Dress for Success. Valet parking is complimentary on a first come, first serve basis. General admission tickets are $25 via Brown Paper Tickets (event id: 358142). Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GirlsGoneGlam.

What: 6th Annual Girls Gone Glam Event

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013

Where: Alexis Hotel 1007 First Avenue Seattle, WA

Time: 5-8pm

Tickets: $25 via Brown Paper Tickets (Event id: 358142)


May 9, 2013

SAM presents Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion

The Seattle Art Museum highlights innovative Japanese fashion designers in new exhibit launching June 27th 

The Seattle Art Museum will unveil Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion, a must-see exhibit featuring over 80 original designs by amazing Japanese designers including Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe and Jun Takahashi. The exhibit will be on view from June 27th until September 8th, 2013 and highlight innovative Japanese design from the early 1980's to present day. The exhibit was curated by Japanese fashion historian Akiko Fukai, Director and Chief Curator of the Kyoto Costume Institute. In addition to creative displays of Japanese fashion, the exhibit will also include video elements to showcase noteworthy catwalk shows and fashion documentaries. The Seattle Art Museum is the first museum in the country to share the collection and some of the designs that will be on display have never been seen in the United States.

“Japanese fashion designers at that time developed breathtaking aesthetic positions that subsequently influenced a younger generation of Western designers including Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester and Alexander McQueen,” says Catharina Manchanda, SAM’s Jon & Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.

The exhibit is structured in a combination of thematic and monographic sections titled 'In Praise of Shadows', 'Flatness', 'Tradition and Innovation' and 'Cool Japan'. The first section explores the Japanese designers’ interest in materials, textures and forms, and consciousness of light and shade. 'Flatness' explores the simple geometries and interplay of flatness and volume in the work of Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo. 'Tradition and Innovation' considers the radical reinvention of traditional Japanese garments and techniques, such as kimono and origami, to the technological advances in textile fabrication and treatment. 'Cool Japan' examines the symbiotic relationship between street style, popular culture and high fashion. Tickets are on sale now by visiting the Seattle Art Museum website

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion 
June 27–September 8, 2013 
SAM Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
On Twitter @iheartSAM

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5 Fun Ways to Brighten up your home for Spring

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love the sunshine, the flowers in bloom and the crisp air in the mornings. I especially love spring cleaning because it gives me an excuse to give my house a mini style makeover to celebrate the start of new season.  Here are 5 easy updates that can help brighten up your home for spring!

# 1 - Graphic prints are in for spring! Add some visual interest to your home with the addition of a graphic print rug in a bold design. A new graphic print rug can breathe life into any room and this season there are lots of great colors and patterns to choose from.

# 2 - There are so many wonderful benefits to having plants in your home. Some varieties can help improve the air quality while others have a calming effect to help you unwind after a busy day. But you don’t need to have a green thumb or a lot of space to have plants. Ceramic wall planters are an easy and affordable update for spring and are very easy to care for.

# 3- When it comes to standard prints to decorate your walls, we’ve all been there and done that. For spring, why not try freshening up your home with beautiful fashion illustrations instead? I’m a fan of Inslee by Design because their watercolor illustrations are stylish and affordable even for those on a strict budget.  The 8x10 print (shown above) is only $25.


# 4- Remember the old bean bag chair you had as a kid? Well Bean Bag Boss is bringing back the bean bag in grown up colors, patterns and textures like lame, leather. These chairs are great for adding comfortable seating in the living room, a kids room, a library or anywhere else in your home that you want comfortable chair to lounge around in. Check out the video (above) featuring half a dozen ways to use your bean bag.

# 5 - My idea of heaven includes a home library filled with fashion books, so it’s no secret that rounding out my top 5, is a new fashion-inspired coffee table book. Pinterest lovers won’t want to miss Ps. – you’re Invited by Erica Domesek featuring easy, DIY ideas and tips to how create décor, accessories and delicious treats for one-of-a-kind parties. 

FGI Seattle hosts Fall/Winter '13 Trend Event on Capitol Hill

Fashion Group International hosts semi-annual trend event on Capitol Hill

Join FGI Seattle as they explore the top fashion trends for Fall/Winter 2013. The event will include a video recap of the top runway shows from New York, London, Paris and Milan plus a panel discussion of how the trends translate to the Northwest. Moderated by local designer Lizzie Parker  who was featured on season one of NBC's Fashion Star, the panel will include Nordstrom Trend Director Adam Moon, Interior designer and FIDM Alumni Heather Kirk Riley and 425 Magazine Fashion Editor Lauren Foster. During the first hour of sipping, snacking and socializing guests will be treated to a Julep Lipstick Trio so that Jilly Eddy, founder of the Art and Science of Lip Print Reading can interpret the lip prints on a signature 'Kiss Card'. Tickets start at $40 for FGI Members and go up to $60 for general admission. Sponsored by Girly Girl Wines and Gray magazine.

What: FGI Seattle Fall/Winter Trend Event

When: May 22nd, 2013

Where: Melrose Market Studios 1532 Minor Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Time: 6-8pm

Tickets: $40-60 via Brown Paper Tickets 

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May 8, 2013

Seattle Style: Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is May 12th and whether you splurge on a great gift or make her something special–it's the thought that counts. At the end of the day, moms just want a little love and recognition.  We’re here to give you some ideas for wonderful local places to shop for great gifts!


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