Sep 29, 2013

5 beauty must-haves for fall

The weather has turned from constant sunshine to 24/7 rain in Seattle and my usual laid-back beauty routine will no longer cut it. The change in weather means that my hair is going a little haywire and my complexion looks washed out without a pop of color on my lips. Here are 5 beauty must-haves I can't live without this season.

1. Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner
After running out of my usual eyeliner I stumbled upon this great liquid eyeliner at Sephora. It's high-pigment and waterproof so one swipe will last all day. The pen applicator makes it surprisingly easy to apply and for $18, the price is right.

2. Revlon Gold Eyelash Curler
My lashes are crazy long right now because I have been faithfully using LiLash every night before bed. Unfortunately, despite the length they are still stick straight so I would be lost without a little lift from my lash curler. For under $5.00 you can pick up a Revlon eyelash curler from your local drug store. I've used many, many lash curlers and this is one of my favorites. The simple act of curling your eyelashes can really open up your entire eye area.

3. Topshop Nail Lacquer
Metallics are "in" for fall and it's easy to incorporate them into your wardrobe even if you're personal style is relatively low-key. My personal pick is the metallic gold lacquer from Topshop. One easy coat dresses up nails and takes your look from day to night (or all-nighter) instantly. It's even office appropriate!

4. Benefit Boi-ing Concealer 
If dark under eye circles are getting the best of you this season, get rid of them with a heavy-duty concealer that is easy to apply and won't crease or fade. Full disclosure: I spent time working for Benefit Cosmetics early in my career and I can tell you from experience this concealer is magic! It's great for hiding blemishes too!

5. Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Vinyl
My husband recently spoiled me for my birthday with an array of beauty products from the new Marc Jacobs Beauty make-up collection (he's a keeper!). As a self-proclaimed "lip gloss junkie" it's no surprise that the lip vinyl was my favorite product from the line. The lip vinyl provides full-coverage color that is shiny without being sticky. Bonus points for the minty tingle that instantly refreshes your lips!


Sep 26, 2013

Runway Recap: Indie Designer Runway Show

Indie Designers Kick off Bellevue Fashion Week 

The turnout for Wednesday night's Independent Designer Runway Show to kick off Bellevue Fashion Week was amazing! An overall feeling of excitement filled the air and guests were buzzing about the indie fashion movement happening in our city. The talent of the designers was evident in the cohesiveness of their collections and also by the refinement that clearly went into every garment over the past six months. Back in March a total of 38 designers went through the interview process to participate in the showcase and last night the top 10 finalists had the opportunity to send their collections down the runway. The sold-out crowd consisted of Seattle fashion enthusiasts including members of Fashion Group International, buyers from local stores, fashion editors for Pacific Northwest magazines, wardrobe stylists, fashion fans and even fellow fashion designers in the community coming together to show their support of the fresh talent the city has to offer. The caliber of this year's designers blew me away and their sheer level of talent and creativity cannot be ignored.

Winning the top prize of $5,000 cash and the chance to showcase his line in Bellevue Square during the month of October was Aykut Ozen. His line of handmade leather goods inspired by classic workwear and rock-n-roll are both functional and original.

Designers Erin Roby and Paychi Guh tied for runners-up and each received a prize of $1,000 cash, courtesy of The Bellevue Collection. Erin Roby's collection featured structured silhouettes to create a modern "Northwest" look, while Paychi Guh focused on beautifully draped, architecturally-inspired sweaters, tunics and scarves in pure cashmere.

Crowd-favorites from the evening included the mixed materials and contrasting textures shown in the Wyatt Orr set, the oversized, chunky cashmere scarves shown by Benu Cashmere and the white-on-white looks sent down the runway by Trina Pierre, shown below.

Other designers showcasing their collections at the Independent Designer Runway Show included Corban Harper, Lia Pal, Michael Cepress, and Heather Ellrod. Take the time to get to know these amazing indie designers and buy one of their pieces while you can- soon you'll be telling your friends you "knew them way back when"...

Photo credit: The Bellevue Collection/Jami Davis 

Sep 24, 2013

Runway Recap: Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway

Seattle Style Debut

Fall is upon us and it’s time to switch up the wardrobe for proper fall and winter ensembles. From summer sandals to bold… or basic, booties and flirty tanks to cozy sweaters, Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway Event debuted the hottest trends with a few of our favorite stores and boutiques! From Macy’s to Momo, Seattle’s got it all. Trends are set, but it’s up to you to style and create your unique look!

The Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway show was bursting with plaid, leather, and layered cozy looks. Cropped ankle pants with modern designs, pencil skirts, and sweaters/sweatshirts were also on the must have list. (HINT: Pair a statement setting pant with your style of bootie and a basic blouse, and your set to strut your stuff in style.)

Playfully Plaid
Plaid rocked the runway with tastefully designed ankle pants, blazers, and blouses. A true plaid piece sets the stage for an on trend and chic outfit perfect for any occasion. You can dress it up with heels and a blouse or take it back with a cute pair of flats and a chic sweater.

Mix and Match Leather
Leather is an absolute essential for fall/winter 2013. Leather paneled pencil skirts, tuxedo pants, and dresses are constantly being paired with and opposite media. Think of this look as a soft/hard look. Taking a Leather paneled skirt, the hard, and pairing that with a soft sweatshirt of your choice, and layering a complimentary tee under, with a pair of super chic booties. The element of soft and hard creates an intriguing outfit versatile enough to go from date to night with the touch of a bold lip!

Love Layers?
Hopefully you do. This season is all about, not just mixing media and patterns, but layering them up as well. As Vera Wang said layering lends a certain nonchalance. Creating an effortless look that may cause severe confusion.

How to Layer 101

1. The key is to mix and match colors, textures, lengths, proportions, and cuts.

2. Don’t be afraid to clash styles.
Your options are endless, for example layer a classic T-shirt or blouse with a unbuttoned shirt (denim with studded or detailed collars really compliment this look) on top and now you’ve got something started. The next step is to add one more piece over that, a cardigan, blazer, or vest always does the trick! The final piece to this Layered Look is adding a coat and/or scarf. Once you get the “rules” down this trend really is effortless and will keep you looking your best.

(HINT: “Rolled up sleeves and embellished collars will make you look effortlessly glam & edgy” – Fashion Tag.)

3. Have fun with it! 
Love the look of a leather put don't want it to look too edgy? Pair a leather jacket with an athletic inspired sweatshirt or layer a yummy cashmere sweater with a moto jacket. The key is to mix and match to create a style that is all your own. 

Sep 23, 2013

NM CUSP Party featuring local style blogger Mollie Ruiz-Hopper

Neiman Marcus will host a CUSP party on September 28th from 2-6pm with local style logger Mollie Ruiz-Hopper of Guests will enjoy free makeovers by Bobbi Brown, create their own Flip Book courtesy of Flipped Out Productions and be on the CUSP with rock-inspired temporary tattoos and a nail decal bar. Enjoy treats, beats by DJ Sharadawn, models wearing the latest fall trends and a chance to win rocker chic inspired CUSP accessories valued at $365.  RSVP by calling 425.452.3317.

Here's a peek at our top 5 picks from NM Cusp

House of Harlow Crystal Earrings, $55.00
The perfect pair of earrings to perk up a leather jacket this season.

PJK A-Line Leather Skirt, $298
This skirt goes with everything from a basic tee to a novelty sweatshirt. Dress it up for date night with a silk blouse and a pair of ankle boots.

Seychelles Leather Wedge Bootie, $150
Say hello to your new go-to shoe for fall. This boot looks great for fall with jeans and a cashmere sweater. Complete the look with easy accessories.

Design History Onyx Mesh Sweater, $135
A faux leather front with sheer mesh raglan-style sleeves makes this mixed material sweater the perfect way to add a little edge to your wardrobe.

Diane von Furstenberg Leopard Print Clutch, $265
If you've opted for a neutral wardrobe for fall, spice things up with a statement clutch by DVF. Leopard print looks great with leather and all we can say is, meow. 

Sep 5, 2013

Seattle's Fall Fashion Calendar

So many fall fashion events, so little time. Here's your Seattle guide to the best fashion events in the city. Get ready for be inspired to shop for the most coveted fall favorites including color, texture, new must-have silhouettes for the season and more! 

Les Amis Fall Fashion Party
Sept. 6, 2013
Enjoy champagne, swag bags and raffle prizes as you shop the fall collections of noteworthy lines like Ulla Johnson, Isabel Marant Etoile, Wyatt Orr, Rebecca Taylor and more. 4-7pm. 
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Craft & Culture Showroom Event 
Sept. 8, 2013
Celebrate the city's best and brightest indie designers as they unveil their fall collections for the first time. The event will showcase 40+ labels and brands that are making major waves in the fashion industry.  
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Horseshoe Stockroom Sale
Sept. 12, 2013
Ballard boutique Horseshoe is cleaning house and offering up last season's merchandise at deep discounts. Don't miss the stockroom sale from 4-8pm. The best stuff goes first! 
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Strong Women Strong World 
Fashion Show Fundraiser
Sept. 12, 2013
Local boutiques including Canopy Blue, Velouria, The Finerie, Vian Hunter House of Fashion, and others will hit the runway to showcase fall fashion as they gather together to support the Strong Women Strong World campaign. The event will take place on Capitol Hill at the Fred Wildlife Refuge. Tickets start at $30 and all proceeds will benefit the cause. 
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Neiman Marcus hosts The Art of Fashion 
Sept. 12, 2013
In lieu of last year's Fashions Night Out festivities Neiman Marcus will celebrate fall with a special fashion show featuring the season's hottest looks. Guests will enjoy beauty makeovers, fashion photo opps, happy hour refreshments and a chance to win a designer handbag. The event begins at 6pm, fashion show to start at 7pm. 
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Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway
Sept. 18, 2013
Come experience what the city has to offer as Downtown Seattle rocks the runway to kick off the fall shopping season. Participating retailers include Nordstrom, MOMO, emilie Sloan, Mario's, Club Monaco, and Barneys New York. Tickets start at $75. 
More info:

David Lawrence Fall Fashion Event
Sept. 20, 2013
Join David Lawrence for a special fall fashion event featuring local and international designers and brands. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $100 and event proceeds benefit the Nephrology Guild at Children's Hospital. 
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Indie Designer Runway Show 
Sept. 25, 2013
Bellevue Fashion Week kicks off with the Independent Designer Runway Showcase featuring eleven local designers including Paychi Guh, Claire Kim, Erin Roby, Trina Pierre, Wyatt Orr, and Michael Cepress.
Tickets start at $50. Don't miss the complimentary Paychi Guh after-party at Trillium where guests can meet the designer and shop the entire line. 
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NM CUSP event feat. Mollie Ruiz-Hopper
Sept. 28, 2013
Meet local blogger Mollie Ruiz-Hopper of and register to win the latest rocker chic CUSP accessories from Neiman Marcus. Create your own Flip Book and complete your fall fashion look with complimentary temporary tattoos and a DIY decal nail bar. 2-6pm. RSVP by calling 425.452.3317. 

Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue
Sept. 28, 2013
This sold-out show presented by Vogue in collaboration with The Bellevue Collection brings the pages of your favorite fashion magazine to life. 100% of ticket proceeds benefit the Moyer Foundation. Doors open at 6:30pm. 
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Stay Warm in Style: Fall 2013 coats arrive at Karan Dannenberg Clothier

Although it's not "officially" fall until September 22nd it sure feels like fall in Seattle today. The leaves are falling, the rain has arrived, thunderstorms are making their way into the forecast and a seasonal wardrobe shift is inevitable. Brighten up a gloomy day with a colorful coat from Karan Dannenberg Clothier in Belltown. In stock now you'll find beautiful fall outerwear from brands like Creenstone, Mackage, SW3 and Clara Sunwoo. 
Shown above: Outerwear looks by Creenstone and Mackage

Shown above: Fall 2013 outerwear looks by Mackage 

Karan Dannenberg Clothier
2232 First Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98121

Photos courtesy of Karan Dannenberg Clothier 

Sep 4, 2013

David Lawrence to present fresh fall fashion at charity fashion event

To kick off the fall fashion season Bellevue boutique David Lawrence is hosting a special fashion event on Friday, September 20th, 2013. The evening will include a runway show featuring designer brands like Versace, DSquared, Herve Leger and Diesel Black Gold, plus local favorites including Built for Man by Francisco Hernandez. The event will benefit the Nephrology Guild at Seattle Children's Hospital which funds research and works to improve the quality of life for pediatric kidney patients. In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, 20% of the purchases made at David Lawrence the night of the event will also be donated to the cause. "This fashion show allows us to present some of the most creative worldwide brands from a Northwest perspective," says Diana Blackham, Vice President at David Lawrence. 

Tickets are $100 and include a $75 David Lawrence gift certificate, an exclusive swag bag, and refreshments provided by Blue Martini. Doors open at 7:30pm. 

What: David Lawrence fall fashion show 

When: Friday, September 20, 2013

Where: David Lawrence | The Bravern | 700 110th Ave. N.E. #275 Bellevue, WA 98004

Time: Doors open at 7:30pm. The fashion show is scheduled to begin at 8pm

Tickets: $100

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