Jun 28, 2013

Save the date: The Gilt City Warehouse Sale is coming soon

Gilt City will be hosting it's first Seattle warehouse shopping sale on Friday, July 26th at 415 Westlake in South Lake Union. This not-to-be missed event will feature deep discounts on Gilt's top designer brands for men, women and kids. Some items will be marked down as much as 90% off retail! According to Vogue, Gilt City  shopping events channel the "online shopping phenomenon" and bring it offline where shoppers can peruse a curated mix of Gilt City brands right in their own communities.  The merchandise mix will include apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry, home furnishings including bedding, kitchen and bath accessories, home decor and much more from brands like Helmut Lang and Brian Atwood. In addition to an awesome assortment of merchandise guests will enjoy music by a live DJ, refreshments by Coco Cafe and AQUAhydrate, an on-site photo booth, and an on-site bar sponsored by La Marca Prosecco. The event runs from 5pm-12:30am and tickets to the Gilt City Warehouse Sale range from $5-10. Early admission access is already sold-out! More info at: http://www.giltcity.com/seattle/gcwarehousesea.

City City Seattle Curator Rebecca Skidmore offers a few helpful hits on how to shop the sale:

#1- Leggings and tank tops- Wear tight fitting clothing like leggings and tank tops so that you can quickly and easily try on clothing at the sale. But don't worry- fitting rooms will also be available. 

#2- Easy Shoes- There's going to be some amazing shoes at the warehouse sale. Be sure to wear shoes that you can easily slip on and off like a pair of easy flats or sandals. 

#3- Jacket and Purse- All shoppers will need to check their coats and purses at the door. Be prepared and plan accordingly. We suggest wearing something with pockets so that you can easily carry around your credit card, ID and cell phone. 

#4- Go easy on your accessories- Big bracelets, dangly earrings, watches and necklaces will only get in the way of trying new stuff on. 

#5- Plastic- No cash is accepted. Be prepared and bring your credit or debit card to shop. 

Seattle Boutique Blogspot is giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the Gilt City Seattle Warehouse Sale for the 8:30-10:30pm late night shopping session. Make it a girls night and bring your friends for a night of stylish summer shopping in South Lake Union. To enter, all you need to do is tweet a link to this post using the hashtag #Raidthewarehouse and include our twitter handle @Sydlovesfashion to be entered to win. Winners will be announced on July 15th, 2013. Good luck and happy shopping!


Jun 24, 2013

Tickets to Bellevue Fashion Week are on sale now

If you love fashion- mark your calendar now for Bellevue Fashion Week taking place September 25-29th. This year's line-up includes the 2nd annual Indie Designer Runway show sponsored by Fashion Group International, The Nordstrom Men's Shop and GQ Fall '13 Runway Show, and Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue. 

TICKETED EVENTSDon't miss out! Bellevue Fashion Week tickets go on sale June 24th at 12pm. 

Independent Designer Runway Show
Wednesday, September 25th  - Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 6:30 pm
Experience the Northwest’s unique fashion scene as The Bellevue Collection in partnership with Fashion Group International hosts the second annual Independent Designer Runway Show to feature eleven Northwest fashion designers. The event is 21 and over. VIP tickets are $75 and General Admission tickets are $50. 100% of the ticket price benefits the IDRS program.

Thursday, September 26th - Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 7:00 pm
7 pm – Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception
8 pm – Runway show spotlighting the best of the Men’s Shop collections, featuring local celebrity guest models. VIP tickets are $175, Patron tickets are $100, and General Admission tickets are $60. Purchase at detlef.com or by calling 206-464-0826.

Friday, September 27th - Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 6:30 pm
A stylish evening of cocktails and appetizers, a runway show of fall’s must-have trends, and Macy’s Beauty report by Benefit Cosmetics and Smashbox Cosmetics. The event is for all ages. Tickets are $50. 100% of the ticket price benefits Bellevue LifeSpring.

Saturday, September 28th - Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 6:30 pm
Vogue presents the fall trends straight from the pages of the magazine to the runway, offering insight on fall trends and how to wear fashions available at The Bellevue Collection. All Access ticket holders are invited to join the runway show team for an exclusive post-show cocktail reception at Suite Restaurant/Lounge. The event is 21 and over. All Access tickets are $175 and General Admission tickets are $100. 100% of the ticket price benefits The Moyer Foundation.

MEMOIR presented by SEVEN Salon
Sunday, September 29th - Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 7:00 pm
SEVEN Salon will define style during a highly anticipated evening of high fashion and raw energy where the inspiration... is you. Your hair is the one accessory you wear every day and it tells the world a story about who you are. Be front row, as SEVEN ignites the runway with alluring cuts and dramatic colors ranging from the classic to the avant grade. Front Row VIP tickets are $105 and General Admission tickets are $85. Purchase at SEVEN Salon locations and online at SEVENluxuryhaircare.brownpapertickets.com.

Hyatt Regency Bellevue is giving one lucky winner (and a guest) the chance to experience Front Row Fashion in style. The prize package includes airfare for two to Bellevue, a four night stay at Hyatt Regency, tickets to all the Bellevue Fashion Week shows, a $500 shopping spree at The Bellevue Collection, pre-event styling at Obadiah Salon, and a luxurious spa day plus lunch for two at Yuan Spa. Enter by visiting the Hyatt Regency Bellevue fan page on Facebook!

Getting excited for fashion week? Check out the video recap of last year's Bellevue Fashion week events. 

Jun 21, 2013

FGI Presents Karan Dannenberg Clothier - Success At Retail Thru Two Economic Downturns

On Wednesday, June 26th, Fashion Group International will host a special event at Karan Dannenberg Clothier in Belltown. The evening will include a candid discussion on what it takes to be successful in retail, how to retain loyal clientele, and why genuine customer service is now more important than ever. The conversation will also include tips on how to boost your business and methods on how to offer guests an incredible shopping experience that keeps them coming back for more! The evening will be moderated by Marj Turner and will include an opportunity for networking. Sponsors include Girly Girl Wines, Bellini and Local 360. 

WhatFGI Presents Karan Dannenberg Clothier - Success At Retail Thru Two Economic Downturns

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Karan Dannenberg Clothier 2232 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Cost: $25.00 FGI Members/$40.00 General via Brown Paper Tickets

Rosaline Hampton's Fashion Camp inspires teens to reach for their dreams

The 3rd Annual Fashion Camp by Rosaline Hampton is taking place July 10-13th in Bellevue. Fashion Camp is designed to help teens from the Greater Seattle area build confidence, set goals and head back to school feeling empowered to make positive choices and overcome adversity. Throughout camp the girls will listen to inspirational presentations by a series of powerful mentors who will share stories and words of encouragement about what it takes to follow your dreams. Fashion Camp is a non-profit organization, designed by Rosaline Hampton to encourage young girls to discover their own personal style and build confidence while exploring the art of hairstyling, make-up and fashion. This year's line-up of mentors include Beverly Chaney of Fly Wheel, International Success Mentor Amy Yamada, Teen actress and fashion designer Courtney Allegra, Fashion Group International Board Member Julia Ryan, beauty blogger Marlena Stell aka The Make-Up Geek, jewelry designer Mandy Moon, award-winning hair stylist Kay Matthews, and Fitness Champion Tanji Johnson. 2013 Fashion Camp sponsors include Orange Box Jewelry, The Bellevue Collection, Zumiez, Bel Fiore, Butter London, Charley + May, Queen Anne Dispatch, Senna Cosmetics, Salon Services Northwest, Talking Rain, Luna Bar, KIND Snacks, Gossip & Glamour, and Rosaline Hampton. A Fashion Camp graduation will take place at Rosaline Hampton Salon on Saturday, July 13th. Get Fashion Camp updates on Twitter @RosalineHampton using hashtag #FashionCamp. 


Jun 18, 2013

The Best Blow Dry Bars around the world

I'm what you might call a "blow dry aficionado". As someone with a lot of hair, a great blow dry isn't a small luxury, it's an essential experience. This is especially true when I travel because there's no way I'm hauling around all the styling tools and products that I require to manage my mane. I love experiencing new blow dry bars, from Seattle to New York and London, here's a look at the best blow dry bars around the world.

// Seattle // 
Gary Manuel Studio 
This Aveda concept salon is one of the brilliant brand new additions to the up-and-coming South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle and blow-outs are just $35. The blow dry experience comes with complimentary extras like shoulder massages, hand therapy, scalp treatments and make-up application for the perfect final touch.
Location: 390 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109
Site: www.garymanuelstudio.com
Beauty Tip: Don't forget to take pics at their in-salon photo booth from Usnaps!
On Twitter: @GaryManuelSalon

// New York //  
Dry Bar
This blow dry bar saved my life on a recent trip to New York. In major need of a wash and blow dry they were able to get me in on short notice and offered me a complimentary glass of champagne to help me unwind. It was pure bliss and my hair looked amazing afterward! I also love that every station had a place to charge your iPhone. 
Location: 4 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011
Beauty Tip: Don't skip the champagne! Have another!
On Twitter: @TheDryBar

Dream Dry
Created by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe in collaboration with Robin Moraetes, Dream Dry made it's NYC debut earlier this year. Committed to bringing you a better blow out, the Dream Dry team focuses on giving guests the personalized experience of their "dreams".
Location: 35 West 21st St. New York, NY 10010
Site: www.dreamdry.com
Beauty Tip: Catch up on your favorite fashion magazines using one of the Dream Dry iPads.
On Twitter: @DreamDryStyle

// London //
Hershesons Blow Dry Bar
I stumbled upon this great blow dry bar while shopping at the Oxford Circus Top Shop in London. For around $39, you can choose from one of the 12 looks on their fashion-forward hair menu and walk away 30 minutes later with gorgeous hair. 
Location: 214 Oxford St. London/Oxford Circus
Beauty Tip: Try on clothes before you get your hair done.

// Miami //
Blo Blow Dry Bar
Proclaimed as the original blow dry bar in North America and waiting to "blow you away", Blo is all about giving guests catwalk-worthy hair at an affordable price of $35. The menu of 7 signature styles include the tousled "Pillow Talk" and the "High Society" aka high altitude bun.
Location: 3301 1st Ave. Miami, FL 33130
Site: www.blomedry.com
Beauty Tip: A a scalp massage for $10!

// Santa Barbara //
Shine Blow Dry Bar 
A signature blow out with a 10-minute scalp massage is only $38, regardless of hair length. Special occasion blow outs for children under 9 are $30 which are great for family photos or weddings. Need a "Blow to Go"? Sounds strange, but this $70 service involves the stylist coming on location to you armed with styling tools and products to make you shine
Location: 1129-A State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Site: www.shineblowdrybar.com
Beauty Tip: Manicures are also available!

// St. Louis // 
Blown Away Blow Dry Bar
Mother and daughter team Betty Goran and J.J. Krane decided to put an end to bad hair days in St. Louis. Prepared to be "Blow Away" with one of their 6 signature styles including the 'Hollywood Glam', 'Short and Sleek', 'Pony Up' and even the 'Sleek and Straight'.
Location: 8815 Ladue Rd. Saint Louis, MO 63124
Site: http://blownawaystl.com
Beauty Tip: Check out the website for daily specials.

// San Diego // 
Paradise Point 
Although not a traditional blow dry bar, the spa at Paradise Point in San Diego is home to a small salon on-site that offers blow outs to guests who don't want to bother doing their own hair. Both times I've stayed at the resort I've used the services in the salon and had a great experience. You can't beat the convenience.
Location: 1404 Vacation Rd. San Diego, CA 92109
Site: www.paradisepoint.com
Beauty Tip: If your locks need a little TLC try a deep conditioning treatment.

// Toronto //
Blowdry Lounge
Gorgeous hair days are made easy at Toronto's Blowdry Lounge. Yielding 5 stars on Yelp, blow dries at the lounge start at $35 and additional services can be added a la carte. No appointment is necessary and the salon is open 7 days a week.
Location: 1343 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M4T 1X9
Site: blowdrylounge.ca
Beauty Tip: Check out current specials on the website.

Holt Renfrew
Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew recently doubled the size of it's beauty hall which included the addition of a brand new Primp & Polish Bar. Blow outs are $40 and you can add on select Kerastase treatments to address specific haircare concerns.
Location: 3401 Dufferin St. Toronto, ON M6A 2T9
Site: www.holtrenfrew.com
Beauty Tip: Holt offers complimentary make-up bag consultations which include a free brush cleaning service.


Jun 12, 2013

Seattle Shopping Guide: Capitol Hill

Known for being one of the most playful neighborhoods in Seattle, Capitol Hill is home to some of our favorite places to shop, eat and indulge. Whether you live on the hill or are visiting for the first time, we hope you'll find a few hidden gems in our Capitol Hill Shopping Guide. 

Pronounced (Toh-toh-kye-oh) this beautiful Capitol Hill boutique features an array of beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated fashion, housewares, furniture, lighting and art from all over the world. Featured designers include 3.1 Phillip Lim, Assembly New York, Rachel Comey and Isabel Marant. Shopping tip: Bring your man! Totokaelo Man is now open on the lower level of the store. 
1523 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Le Frock
Counting over 20 years in business on the hill, Le Frock Vintage has a fabulous selection of now and then designer clothing for men and women. In store you'll find everything from Prada shoes to vintage earrings and fur coats. Shopping tip: Check back often for hidden gems like Marc Jacob handbags and must-have jewelry to complete your look.
317 E. Pine St. Seattle, WA 98122

Melrose Market
Making it's debut in January of 2010, Melrose Market instantly made an impression with it's community-inspired space featuring fresh flowers, organic produce and local vendors. Featured businesses include Marigold & Mint, STILL Liquor, Bar Ferd'nand, Rain Shadow Meats, Sitka & Spruce, Melrose Vinyl Market, and Butter Home. Melrose Market is also home to Melrose Market Studios, a 5,000 square ft. event space. Shopping tip: Cheese lovers: Don't miss the Cheese 101 tasting classes hosted by Calf & Kid. They feature locally produced products from farms all over the Pacific Northwest. 
1501 Melrose Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Pretty Parlor
Voted Seattle's favorite vintage and indie fashion boutique, Pretty Parlor carries clothing, shoes and accessories from "the 20's through the 80's".  Right now they're really into Great Gatsby-themed outfits, vintage swimsuits and summer-inspired accessories like colorful sunglasses and beaded necklaces. 
119 Summit Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102
On Twitter@PrettyParlor

Veridis Clothier
Located on East Pike, Veridis is a contemporary clothing store for men and women that features independent designers from around the globe including Kain, Greylin, Tart, Rozae Nichols, Clover Canyon and more. Shopping tip: Spend $100 and get free shipping anywhere in the U.S. 
1205 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

Stocking over 50 brands of mens underwear, gym wear and swimwear, UnderU4Men located across from Roy Street Coffee on Capitol Hill is the place to shop for men's undergarments. Featured brands include Hugo Boss, Diesel, Versace, Puma, Calvin Klein and more. Shopping tip: Taking a road trip to Portland? UnderU4Men has a second location on SW Washington street. 
709 Broadway East Seattle, WA 98102

Retrofit Home
Featuring home goods like wall art, mirrors, furniture, decorative accents, clocks, candles and more, Retrofit Home is a great place to visit on the hill. Stop by for colorful inspiration for the home including books and last-minute house warming gifts for those with a quirky sense of humor. 
1103 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122

Paris Eastside
Part cooking school, part French boutique, Paris Eastside offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in Parisian food, art, home goods, wine, jewelry and more. Tip: Check the schedule of events for classes on how to make macarons. 
816 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122
On Twitter@ParisEastside

Terra Plata
Located on the south end of Melrose Market, Terra Plata is one of the yummiest places to eat on Capitol Hill. With an "earth to plate" concept, Terra Plata serves fresh food inspired by the seasons. The menu features house made potato chips with truffled sea salt, Yakima asparagus with ricotta, king salmon and red quinoa tabouleh. 
1501 Melrose Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Owners describe the atmosphere at Grim's as "steampunk meets silent hill". We describe the atmosphere as "totally awesome" citing the liberal use of reclaimed and recycled materials to build tables, fixtures and lighting elements. Don't miss the mini grilled cheese sandwich from the small plates menu which comes with a delicious tomato basil soup "chaser". Tip: Looking for an intimate setting to dine with close friends? Head up to the Butterfly Lounge!
1512 11th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Dilettante Mocha Cafe & Chocolate Martini Bar
If you're a chocolate lover you definitely don't want to pass up a trip to Dilettante's for a Midnight Espresso Martini. The chocolate at Dilettante's is mind-blowing and the truffle mochas are good too! Tip: Don't miss out on the martini of the month! 
538 Broadway E. Seattle, WA 98102

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