Oct 27, 2013

A golden glow just in time for Halloween

If you're planning to show a little skin on Halloween (or even if you're not), a golden glow can go a long way this time of year. Providing clients with an eco-friendly alternative to traditional tanning beds, Seattle-based Divine Sunless Tanning offers clients mobile service for a quick and easy airbrush tan that won't harm skin. The company was recently featured in the October issue of Allure magazine and works with clients year-round to maintain a gorgeous glow. Divine Sunless Tanning offers a variety of services to suit every need from a 2-hour express glow for girls who "gotta have it now" to the "Beautiful Assets" package which uses an artists airbrush to define jawbones, highlight cheekbones and contour cleavage. Owner Wendy Smith also offers bridal packages and tanning parties for groups of 3 or more. It's time to get your glow on!

10 reasons you need a Divine Sunless Tan

#10- You're going somewhere sunny on vacation.

# 9- You just got back from a tropical vacation and need a easy to maintain your glow.

# 8- You have a friend's wedding to attend.

# 7- You have your own wedding to attend.

# 6- It's your birthday.

# 5- You're having photos taken soon.

# 4- Your best friend is getting married and the bachelorette party is in Vegas. (This means a little black dress is on the agenda and you'll need a faux glow to perk up your skin.)

# 3- Because tanning beds are SOOOOO out.

# 2- Because you're not so great with bronzer and an overall golden glow might make your "get ready" routine a little bit easier.

# 1- Because you live in the Northwest and chances are you're a little bit pasty this time of year......or possibly, year-round.

If you're new to sunless tanning you'll want to check out Divine Sunless Tan's preparation tips to get the best results. Book an appointment online at DivineTan.com or call (206) 240-7883. Save on your next session by liking Divine Sunless Tan on Facebook and leaving a comment with the word "Ghoul" to receive a 20% discount on the tan of your choice.


Oct 25, 2013

Calypso St. Barth now open at University Village

Once a modest collection of resort-wear based in St. Barth, Calypso St. Barth has grown into a luxury lifestyle brand with a growing international following. Inspired by travel, culture, and art, the brand's apparel and accessories are designed to be easily mixed and matched to create a chic looks for everyday wear. Celebrity fans of the line include stylist Rachel Zoe, fashion blogger and TV host Sydne Summer and actress Jennifer Aniston. A brand new Calypso St. Barth store is now open at the University Village. Stop by to welcome the team to the neighborhood and enjoy 25% off your purchase now through Sunday, October 27th. Shop online at CalypsoStBarth.com using code FALLFF13.


Oct 23, 2013

Locally made hostess gifts you'll love

It's the time of year for get togethers and gatherings filled with warm food and good friends. Don't show up empty handed. Here are a few hostess gifts you'll love to give...and receive. Everything on this list is made locally and available right here in Seattle. 

Custom gloves for wine and champagne are now available from local leather and fur designer Carole McClellan. Available in multiple colors and materials these adorable accessories are the perfect way to dress up your next bottle of wine. Visit CaroleMcClellan.com

Chocolate is always well received, especially when it's made right here in Seattle. Theo's is the first organic and fair trade chocolate factory in the country and their seasonal flavors like Gingerbread Spice and Coconut Mint are oh-so-good. Available locally at Fireworks Gift Gallery. 

Screen printed right here in Seattle these cotton tea towels by Oliotto feature maps of the Emerald City. Great as a house warming gift or a souvenir for out of town friends. Feeling creative? Add a frame and the tea towel instantly becomes wall art. Available in Ballard at Venue 

Handcrafted in Seattle's Madrona neighborhood, glassybaby candle holders make a colorful hostess gift. When illuminated with a simple tea light candle these gorgeous vessels create a warm ambiance that is perfect for this time of year. For store locations or to shop online visit www.glassbaby.com

Oct 21, 2013

FGI hosts A Color Conversation with International Color Expert Leatrice Eiseman

Fashion fans in the city are already counting down the days until the next Fashion Group International event featuring international color expert Leatrice Eiseman. As the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and the author of six books on color theory, Leatrice is well-versed on the art and science of color and the impact it has on our everyday lives. If you've ever wondered how the Pantone Color of the Year is selected or pondered how the top color trends are forecasted- this event is for you! Early bird ticket sales have closed, but a limited number of tickets are still available via Brown Paper Tickets for the October 29th event at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Craving more color? Check out the Eiseman Color Blog

What: A Color Conversation with Leatrice Eiseman

When: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 from 6-8:30pm

Where: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 727 Pine St. Seattle, WA 

Tickets: Prices vary. Visit Brown Paper Tickets for availability. 

Twitter: @FGISeattle

                               Recommended reading: Spring 2014 Pantone Fashion Color Report


Oct 18, 2013

W Seattle hosts Wear Wednesdays event featuring Mario's

The Wear Wednesdays fashion series at the W Seattle is still going strong and if you're in the market for a new pair of jeans you'll want to join Mario's for an exclusive fall fashion event on Wednesday, October 23rd from 5-7pm. The evening will include a denim showcase featuring brands like Vince, Paige, Hudson and 3x1 Denim and Mario's style experts will be on hand help guests pick out the perfect fit. Guests will also enjoy happy hour pricing on all refreshments throughout the event and have the opportunity to take away a stylish swag bag. For event updates follow @WSeattle on Twitter using event hashtag #WearWednesdays. 

Take a peek at what goes on behind the scenes at 3x1 Denim. Every single pair of their jeans is made in their NYC factory. #MadeInAmerica

Oct 17, 2013

Don't miss Macy's fall fashion event featuring local bloggers

Local style bloggers including Jess Estrada of Fresh Jess.com and Alix Hernandez of AlixRose.com will be at the Bellevue Macy's store this Saturday, October 19th from 2-4pm to report on their favorite fall fashion trends and present their essential picks for the season. Guests will enjoy mini manicures by Hoa Salon, a braid bar courtesy of Gene Juarez and a special fashion emergency kit with purchases of $75 or more.

What: Macy's Fall 2013 Fashion Event

When: Saturday, Oct. 19th from 2-4pm

Where: Bellevue Square Macy's

Why: Because shopping with your favorite style bloggers while getting mini manicures is the perfect way to spend a Saturday!


Karan Dannenberg Clothier to host Yoana Baraschi Trunk Show

Belltown boutique Karan Dannenberg Clothier will host a special Yoana Baraschi trunk show on Saturday, October 26th from 11am-5pm. Yoana's fall collection titled "Blue" features gorgeous dresses, easy knits, and structured jackets in a variety of shapes and silhouettes that incorporate intricate design details. Guests are invited to experience the fall collection in person while enjoying refreshments and entering to win a Yoana Baraschi dress of their choice.

 Get inspired to shop the line by taking a peek at the Yoana Baraschi Fall '13 video. 

What: Yoana Baraschi Trunk Show

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 11am-5pm

Where: Karan Dannenberg Clothier 2232 First Ave. Seattle, WA (next door to Local 360)

Why: Because you have lots of holiday events on your calendar and nothing to wear. And also because you like to #ShopLocal. 

Stella McCartney x goop add new pieces to the collection

Stella McCartney and goop have recently added two new pieces to the Stella McCartney x goop capsule collection, a luxury designer collaboration available exclusively on goop.com. The latest collaboration was sparked from the close friendship between the designer and goop founder, actress Gwyneth Paltrow. One of the newest items to be unveiled is a long sleeve fit and flare white dress with invisible zippers at the wrist (pictured left). Also recently added was the Beckett clutch in white (also pictured left). Additional items in the collection include a pair of black denim pants with navy velvet panels on the front, a charcoal gray wool jumpsuit with a drawstring waist, and a classic chic gray wool blazer. Shop the collection online at Goop.com.


Oct 14, 2013

Carole McClellan to host weekend sample sale

Acclaimed Seattle designer Carole McClellan is opening up her downtown atelier to host a special sample sale October 18-21st. The event will feature artisan made sportswear, special occasion leather, handbags, collectible fabric and fur garments. More than 100 items will be available for men and women, priced at 60-70% off. Carole's work has been sold in stores such as Nordstrom and was even featured last fall at the the Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket exhibit at EMP. Don't miss your chance to meet the designer and score an original Carole McClellan piece of your own.
Carole McClellan Sample Sale

Friday, October 18th - Monday, October 21st
Daily hours from 11am-7pm 
(Sunday hours are from 11am-5pm only)

Carole McClellan Designs
606 2nd Ave. No. 202
Seattle, WA 98104

Introducing e-commerce boutique JJ Caprices

What do you get when you mix an avid traveler with an eye for style? 

After visiting more than 33 countries and falling in love with the people and places along the way, Jennifer Jedda decided it was time to combine her wanderlust with her desire to showcase extraordinary creations from artisans around the world. Just a mere two months old, JJ Caprices features hand-selected jewelry, scarves, fragrances, and home accents from countries like India, Israel, France and Spain. Every single item featured on the site was discovered in it's country of origin during Jennifer's travels. Along with the item descriptions you'll also find information about where Jennifer discovered each piece and why she was drawn to it. Take for example, the soft pink enamel cuff (pictured below, left) made by Israeli jewelry designer Leetal Kalmanson. This gorgeous, handmade piece was discovered by Jennifer while strolling the streets of Jerusalem. In love with Paris? You'll want to check out the delicate votive candles (pictured below, right) wrapped in vintage Parisian lace by designer Jeanne Notari. "I showcase women's accessories and smaller home accents that have surprised and delighted me," says owner Jennifer Jedda, "My purpose is not only to sell beautiful things, but to engage my women clientele by sharing stories of the places the pieces come from as well as the artists that give each item a heartbeat."

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, JJ Caprices offers women the chance to roam the world and discover gorgeous little gems while supporting artists around the globe. A portion of every JJ Caprices purchase goes to World Vision to sponsor girls in developing countries. The contribution is used to provide education, water and health to girls and their families so that they can sustain a better quality of life. Shop now and enjoy free shipping on all standard orders over $50. You'll also want to sign up for the JJ Caprices newsletter to save 15% on your first order. 

Shop Local: Check out JJ Caprices in person and meet Jennifer Jedda at the Bellevue Athletic Club trunk show on Nov. 9th. 

Can't get enough? You can also follow Jennifer's global travel adventures on her personal travel blog. And since she's traveled to more than 30+ countries, we couldn't resist asking Jennifer for her top 5 travel tips. 

Tip # 1- Make bookings a breeze with sites like Skyscanner.com. It's easy to check multiple sites for the best prices on airfare and hotel and find the ones that offer "free cancellation" in case your travel plans change. 

Tip # 2- When traveling on a budget take trains or public transportation from the airport into the city so that you can splurge on other aspects of your trip like champagne and good food. By taking the RER into Paris you can save 50-70 EUR which is around the price of lunch at the famed Tour d'Argent. 

Tip #3- Research your destination to maximize your trip. "There are so many resources online where you can easily find details on tours, places and packages that speak to things that might interest you," says Jennifer. Don't miss out on the hidden gems the city has to offer. 

Tip #4- Despite all that research, make sure you always leave room in your itinerary to just "get lost". Wander the streets, duck into cafes, meet locals, sit and soak in the surroundings, eat at a restaurant off the beaten path...."These deviations have proven to be some of the most enriching experiences of my trips," adds Jennifer. 

Tip #5- My travel essentials include my Tumi crossbody bag (stylish yet sensible for keeping valuables safe) and my travel "all-in-one" adapter which works in multiple countries to make getting "plugged in" a cinch. 

Check out highlights from one of Jennifer's favorite travel experiences in Mali via her travel blog, One Girl's Travel Adventures:


Oct 4, 2013

Rosaline Hampton hosts Fashion Camp for Grown-Ups

Just a mere two months since giving birth to her son Henry, celebrity stylist Rosaline Hampton is already back in action. Never mind the normal adjustment period that many moms require in order to get back into the swing of things, Rosaline is cool, calm and collected when I catch up with her in her namesake Bellevue salon. "The first 5 weeks were a blur," admits Rosaline, who says that once she mastered the daily routine of getting both herself and her baby out the door on time, everything else seemed like a breeze. She credits her organizational skills and extreme planning for keeping things running smoothly and is currently working on striking a balance between fashion and family.

Next up on the agenda for Rosaline Hampton? Fashion Camp for Grown-Ups inspired by the summer camp experience she created for teens. "We had so many people asking us when fashion camp for grown-ups was coming," says Rosaline, who eventually gave in to the demand. Flipping through fashion magazines for inspiration is one thing, but getting to spend time quality time with experts who can intimately discuss hair, make-up and wardrobe trends and how to make them work for you was an experience that even grown-ups responded to with excitement. In fact, the demand was so great that the workshop quickly sold-out. For grown-ups, the signature 4-day fashion camp experience was consolidated into one full day of workshops. The range of topics to be covered during Fashion Camp will make-up tutorials, how to dress for your body type, how to incorporate fall trends into your wardrobe, how to shop for denim, how to pose on the red carpet, how to embrace the power of color and more. Each guest will also receive a personal headshot by Fashion Camp photographer Meg Stacker. Special guests include YouTube sensation and beauty blogger Marlena Stell of Makeup Geek, Fitness Champion and Posing coach Tanji Johnson, designer Farinaz Taghavi who will be showcasing her fall/winter collection and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rosaline Hampton Fashion Camp for teens. Fashion Camp for Grown-ups is taking place on Saturday, October 26th from 10am-4pm at Rosaline Hampton Salon in Bellevue. For more information call (425) 614-6377.

Oct 3, 2013

Wear Wednesdays at the W Seattle feat. Paychi Guh

Just two weeks after stepping off the runway at the Independent Designer Runway show in Bellevue where she was recognized as one of the top 3 designers in the competition, cashmere designer Paychi Karen Guh will be featured by the W Seattle for the Wear Wednesdays fashion series, Oct. 9th from 5-7pm. The event will include the opportunity for guests to meet the designer, shop the debut fall collection and preview samples from the spring '14 line.

What: Wear Wednesday feat. Paychi Guh

When: Wednesday, Oct. 9th from 5-7pm

Where: W Seattle 1112 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Stay social: Follow the fashion conversation on Twitter @PaychiGuh using the event hashtag #WearWednesdays.


Don't miss: Les Amis Trunk Show feat. Alice Noon & Kimberly Baker

Join Fremont boutique Les Amis for a special trunk show on Friday, October 4th featuring jewelry by Kimberly Baker and luxurious leather goods by Alice Noon. Meet the designers, enjoy champagne and shop the fall collections of two noteworthy Seattle-based designers. 

What: Kimberly Baker + Alice Noon Trunk Show

When: Friday, Oct. 4th from 4-7pm

Where: Les Amis 3420 Evanston Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103


Indochino brings the Traveling Tailor to Seattle

Pay attention guys, you won't want to miss this unique traveling tailor experience brought to you by Indochino. 

With the vision of making custom tailored menswear accessible to the masses, Vancouver, B.C.-based Indochino is taking it's e-commerce model of made to measure clothing offline for a special Traveling Tailor event that runs today through October 13th in Seattle. Guided by expert fit specialists and personal stylists, men are equipped with everything they need to shop Indochino's extensive menswear collection with confidence and ease. 

Over the course of a 30-minute Traveling Tailor appointment, men will be measured and walked through the customization process. There are 20 suit customization options and 8 shirt customization options. Suits start at $429, shirts start at $79.

Ladies, bring the men in your life to experience what it's like to have clothing tailored to fit like a glove. The Seattle Traveling Tailor experience will be held at Harbor Steps on First Avenue downtown. Hours of operation are 8am-8pm on weekdays, Saturday from 9am-8pm and Sundays from 10am-7pm. Take advantage of the quick and easy appointment bookings online at Indochino.com. Follow the fashion conversation on Twitter @Indochino. 


Oct 1, 2013

Bright Pink Power Hour heads to Westfield Southcenter

Ready for a girls night out? Join Girl Power Hour, Styled Seattle and Seattle Magazine for a night of fashion as Westfield Southcenter on October 10th from 6-9pm. The event will feature a fall fashion show, cocktails and light bites, swag bags, fashion-forward raffle prizes, music from a live DJ and more. Your $30 ticket will include admission to the event, a drink ticket, sweet treats, access to beauty bars hosted by Nordstrom, Macy's, Gene Juarez, LUSH and Aveda, a Bright Pink Book featuring over 30 exclusive retail offers, a Westfield Style magazine and more. 100% of the ticket sales benefit Bright Pink- the only national non-profit focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. "This event has it all," says Styled Seattle founder Darcy Camden, "Swag bags, cocktails, and a dynamic runway show bringing our favorite fall fashions to life."

When: Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6-9pm

Where: Westfield Southcenter - The event will take place in Macy's Center Court 

Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 at the door via Event Brite 

Check out this great video featuring Giuliana Rancic to learn more about The Bright Pink Book. 


Don't miss: The 11th Annual YWCA Closet Treasures Sale

Shop for a cause at the 11th Annual Closet Treasures Sale 

The 11th annual YWCA Closet Treasures Sale is coming to South Lake Union October 11-12th. This year the sale will pop-up at 415 Westlake and feature deep discounts on gently-used designer apparel, accessories, shoes, handbags and more. All proceeds benefit Dress for Success, a YWCA program that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire and career development tools to help them thrive. Admission to the Saturday sale is free, but since the best stuff always goes early, you'll want to support the cause and be the first to shop by attending the VIP preview sale on Friday, October 10th. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to support a worthy cause. For sale updates follow the YWCA on Twitter @YWCAWorks.

What: 11th Annual YWCA Closet Treasures Sale

Friday, Oct. 11th VIP Preview Sale, 5-8pm
Saturday, Oct. 12th Public Sale, 10am-4pm

Where: 415 Westlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Why: Shop for a cause and support the YWCA Dress for Success Program

Tickets: VIP Preview Tickets are $30 and available via YWCAWorks.org

Fashion Fact: Dress for Success Seattle was established in 1998 with a grant from the Seattle Chapter of Fashion Group International.

Photo Credit: Laine Bowen
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