Mar 29, 2014

You're Invited: SEE Eyewear Spring Trunk Show April 3-6th

If you missed the launch party for the new SEE Eyewear store in Seattle last month you'll want to mark your calendar for Thursday, April 3rd from 5-7pm to celebrate the launch of the new spring collection of stylish frames. The fun begins with a special in-store kick off party hosted by Seattle style blogger Aika of Aika's Love Closet. The event will feature special discounts on the new spring collection including an exclusive gift with purchase, light refreshments, on-site shopping from JJ Caprices, complimentary mini manicures by Julep, free bang trims, dry styling and swag from Sassoon Salon, and more. Get there early! SEE Eyewear will have stylish swag bags for the first 25 guests. This is a free event and open to the public.

The fun continues in-store all weekend long. Come update your style for spring, meet the team and see what the "hip without the rip" buzz is all about. SEE Eyewear also has fashion-forward sunglasses- all priced at $99 flat. Get there early! SEE Eyewear will have stylish swag bags for the first 25 guests. This is a free event and open to the public.

What: SEE Eyewear Spring Trunk Show

When: April 3-6, 2014

Where: SEE Eyewear 1429 Fifth Ave. Seattle (Located next to the Red Lion Hotel)

Event Overview:
  • Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 - Spring Kick off party in-store from 5-7pm featuring style blogger Aika of Aika's Love Closet, special discounts and gift with purchase on the spring collection, complimentary bang trims, dry styling and swag from Sassoon Salon, free mini manicures by Julep, on-site shopping from JJ Caprices, light refreshments including Yellow Leaf Cupcakes and more!
  • Friday, April 4th, 2014 - Stop by the store to check out the spring collection of frames and sunglasses! SEE stylists will be on-site to talk spring eyewear trends and help you find the perfect pair for your personal style! Fashion Fact: SEE stocks fashion-forward eyewear for men, women and kids. 
  • Saturday, April 5th, 2014 - The eye doctor is IN and the trunk show continues all weekend long! Enjoy music from an in-store DJ, shopping from JJ Caprices, plus an appearance by Seattle style blogger Aika of Aika's Love Closet. 
  • Sunday, April 6th, 2014 - The weekend caps off with morning mimosas and spring style consults by SEE Eyewear specialists. 

SEE Eyewear 
1429 Fifth Avenue 
Seattle, WA 
 (206) 288-5040
On Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @SEEeyewear

Mar 18, 2014

Global Retailing Conference to feature local speakers

The University of Arizona's Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing will host it's 18th annual Global Retailing Conference on April 10th and 11th in Tucson, Arizona. This year's scheduled speakers for the conference include Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods, Jeanne Jackson, president of product and merchandising at Nike, Blake Irving, CEO of GoDaddy and two local favorites, Harvey Kanter, president and CEO of Blue Nile, and Nadia Shouraboura, founder and CEO of Hointer. The theme of the two-day conference is "Ignite the Customer Experience" and over 300 guests are expected to be in attendance. Visit the Global Retailing Conference website for a full list of this year's speakers.


Shop to make a difference at U-Village

Shop & dine to make a difference March 21-23rd at University Village. Purchase a Cure Card for $30 and enjoy 20% off at more than 60 stores and restaurants including Mercer, Calypso St. Barth, Madewell, Jonathan Adler, and Aritzia. In addition to 20% off at select retailers Cure Card holders will also receive dining specials at University Village restaurants all weekend long. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the Cure Cards will benefit women's cancer research at Fred Hutchinson.


Mar 17, 2014

3 Beauty Products I'm loving and 3 I can't live without

It's safe to say that I'm a beauty product junkie. I love trying new things when they hit the market while also remaining fiercely loyal to the products in my beauty arsenal that are tried and true. Here's a look at my 3 new favorite beauty products for spring. 

Aura Cacia Peppermint Oil
I'm already a believer in the benefits of aromatherapy for the mind, body and soul, so when I saw Aura Cacia on sale at the drug store in my neighborhood I picked up a bottle and decided to find a way to incorporate it into my daily beauty routine. Peppermint oil is characteristically cooling and extremely refreshing, so I keep my bottle in the shower and pour out a few drops as part of my morning ritual. As the oil mixes with the steam of the shower I take a few deep breaths to fully experience it's effects. If I'm having a really hard time waking up in the morning I'll go a step further and put a few drops in my hands and breathe in several times. This helps me find the mental clarity and alertness I need to start my day. If you're not a "morning person" you'll definitely want to give this a try! 

Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil
Yes, cleansing my skin with oil sounded incredibly counterproductive when I first heard about it, but as a "try anything" beauty junkie, I was still intrigued. On a recent trip to London I kept hearing the beauty buzz about Dermalogica's Pre Cleanse Oil, which essentially claims to melt away layers of excess oil, sunscreen, make-up and environmental pollutants from the skin first, so that you can use your regular cleanser afterwards and have it actually do it's intended job. That part made sense to me, but the fact that I have oily skin to begin with made this whole oil cleansing method seem a little out of reach. When I got back to the states my friend Natasha sent over a bottle of Julep's new Bare Face Cleansing Oil and told me to give it a try. I kept it in my bathroom for at least a week before finally gathering the courage to open the box and try it out. To my surprise, I loved it and guess what? My normally oily, acne-prone skin is less oily and the blemishes are healing, revealing clear, healthy skin. Wow. Wasn't expecting that one! 

To be fair, I'm not using Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil as originally intended all the time. Sometimes I use it as a pre-cleanser to get rid of make-up, oil, and other build up, before using my normal cleanser for a deeper cleanse. I use white towels at home and would always end up with make-up stains on them after washing and drying my face. I'm happy to say that I don't have that problem any more and it's all because of Julep's Bare Face Cleansing Oil. It really works to get rid of dirt, oil and make-up for truly clean skin. If you're curious about oil cleansing you should definitely try it. I promise, it's not as scary as you think! Check out the Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil video (above) for more info. 

Topshop Lipstick in "The Damned"
During the winter months when I'm at my most pale, I have to rely on a little lipstick to perk up my entire face. I'm a big fan of the entire Topshop lipstick line, but my favorite color is "The Damned" which is a gorgeous raspberry color. The lipsticks have a velvetly finish that can easily be intensified with a swipe of gloss for a night on the town. If you're looking for ways to incorporate more color into your life, adding a little lipstick is an easy place to start. 

LiLash Eyelash Growth Serum
Let me just start off by saying that at one point in time I was a huge fan of eyelash extensions. I loved how pretty they made my eyes look and how they helped streamline my morning beauty routine. I loved waking up every day and knowing that my eyes were already "done", but the truth is that eyelash extensions are time consuming and can be incredibly expensive to keep up. The first application takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours, followed by bi-weekly appointments for fills that can take 30-45 minutes. Most lash bars will tell you that you can go 3 or maybe even 4 weeks in between fills depending on how fast your natural lashes grow, but I've seen women go that long in between appointments and it's not pretty. That's when lashes tend to go a little crazy, clump together and look...well, fake.

The secret to keeping lashes in "just applied" condition for more than two weeks was finally bestowed upon me by the eyelash tech after I had been in the lash routine for a few months. You have to wear goggles in the shower. Yep. That's right. Swim goggles in the shower. This helps keep the lashes from getting weighed down by moisture and for those of you with stick straight lashes (like me!) this will keep your natural lashes from releasing their bond to the false lash. I hated wearing goggles in the shower. They would leave marks around my eyes from being so tight, but they worked so I didn't really mind. A few months later I was on vacation in Florida when one of the lenses on my goggles popped out while I was in the shower. I took it as a sign that my high maintenance beauty routine was getting a little out of hand. I mean come on, I was on vacation somewhere warm and sunny with a really nice pool and I wasn't even taking advantage of it because I was terrified of getting my face wet.

When I got home from my trip I had my eyelash extensions removed and my natural lashes were short, brittle and sad. That's when I decided to give LiLash a try. The product comes in a silver tube and has a brush similar to a liquid eyeliner brush. Every night you just apply a swipe at the lash line and over time your natural lashes grow longer and fuller. It took about 3 months of regular use for me to see noticeable results, but trust me, stick with this product and you'll never go back to the lash bar again. I definitely notice a difference in my lashes when I don't use the product. The best part is that there are no side effects. No redness at the lash line, no eye irritation, nothing but beautiful lashes. I still have friends and colleagues who don't believe me when I tell them that my lashes are real. They are just as long (if not longer) than when I had my extensions and the best part is, no more goggles in the shower. 

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation (My secret weapon for oily skin)
Finding a good foundation can be like trying to find the holy grail. You have to try multiple brands and formulas until you find the best fit for your skin with regard to color, texture and specific skin concerns. Last year I discovered that the foundation I had been using was not gluten-free and could potentially be causing some of my skin sensitivity. So, ater spending excessive amounts of time and money at Sephora, I finally stumbled upon the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation and have been happily using it ever since.

This is hands down the best foundation I've ever used because it's oil-free, humidity-proof, long wearing and water-resistant. It's also free of phthalates, gluten, synthetic dyes, animal products, nanoparticles and fragrances. Coverage is medium to full, but on days when I just need light coverage I mix a few drops of foundation with my moisturizer and that does the trick. This foundation is available in 16 shades so have the girls at Sephora color match you and send you home with samples so that you can wear the foundation around before buying the full bottle.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
When I first started using this product my immediate thought was, where has this been my entire life? This product has really helped get a few of my most stubborn blemishes along my jaw line moving so that the healing process could begin. Formulated with a rice-based powder that activates upon contact with water, Dermalogica's Microfoliant helps balance uneven skin tone to reveal smoother, brighter skin. It's gentle enough to use every day and has colloidal oatmeal to help calm skin. I'm a believer in this product and I think you will be too! Beauty tip: For girls looking for extra cleansing power, use Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant with your Clarisonic brush!

What are the beauty products you can't live without? I would love to hear from you! Please leave questions and comments below. 


Mar 14, 2014

FGI Seattle launches Executive Fashion Series

Fashion Group International is pleased to announce the launch of the Executive Fashion Series, a curated collection of events designed to showcase Seattle's biggest retail/fashion executives and allow them to share their personal stories of success in an intimate group setting. The series kicks off this month with Harvey Kanter, CEO of Blue Nile.  Join in as Mr. Kanter speaks about the growing diamond and jewelry business, shares his experience as an executive of a public company and unveils his top tips for running a successful e-commerce company. 

What: FGI Seattle Executive Fashion Series featuring Harvey Kanter, CEO of Blue Nile

When: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 6-8:30pm (The presentation will begin at 6:30pm)

Where: Impact HUB  Seattle 220 2nd Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98104

Tickets: $40 members/$60 Non-Members via Brown Paper Tickets. Become an FGI member and your first event is free!


Mar 12, 2014

Luxury on Demand celebrates spring with closet clean-outs

Throughout the months of March & April, Seattle’s newest online designer consignment boutique, Luxury on Demand is heading offline and out into the community to guide you through the season with helpful tips on closet purging, organization, and out of season storage. Book a complimentary closet clean out session and you’ll also receive fashion advice on how to style your favorite fall pieces through the seasonal transition and get budget-friendly tips on how to update your existing spring pieces. Luxury on Demand will also help you determine which pieces from your wardrobe are worth consigning to make a little cash for your next spring splurge!

Luxury on Demand Spring Cleaning

When: Now through the end of April

Where: Your closet

Cost: This is a complimentary service.

For questions or to request a closet clean out service online fill out the form on the CONTACT page.

Wear Wednesday to feature local designer Suk Chai

Local designer Suk Chai will be featured at the W Seattle's Wear Wednesday event on Wednesday, March 19th from 5-7pm. Guests will get to meet the designer and get an exclusive look at Schai (pronounced "shay") the debut collection from Suk Chai for Fall/Winter 2014. This is a complimentary event open to the public. Check out behind the scenes footage from the Schai editorial photoshoot and get ready to be really excited about where the local fashion scene is headed. Congrats on the launch Suk! 


Mar 11, 2014

New Arrivals: Maiden Art Jewelry

Maiden Art jewelry is now available at Karan Dannenberg Clothier in Belltown. The jewelry line created by Maristella Colombo is entirely handmade by Italian craftsmen using the finest materials available. The collection includes gorgeous statement necklaces, chandelier earrings, and charm bracelets. Take a look at the full collection online at

Karan Dannenberg Clothier
2232 First Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98121


Tickets are on sale now for LUNAFest

LUNAFEST, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness of women's issues will take place in Seattle on Tuesday, April 15th at 415 Westlake on South Lake Union. This unique festival will highlight women leaders in society through the screening of nine short films produced by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama and cover a variety of topics including women's health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking through barriers. Guests will enjoy popcorn provided by Yelp Seattle, refreshments from Po Dog and Grims, plus beer provided by Hilliards.  Guests will also be able to get glam on site with blowouts by Gene Juarez and take home a LUNAFEST swag bag. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and REEL Grrls. To date, LUNAFEST, created by LUNA, has raised over $785,000 to support the work of various women-focused non-profits. Tickets to the event are $20.


When: Tuesday, April 15th from 6-8:30pm

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

Tickets: $20 available via Eventbrite

LUNAFEST featured films include:
  • Date with Fate (Filmmaker: Venetia Taylor)
  • First Match (Filmmaker: Olivia Newman)
  • Flying Anne (Filmmaker: Catherine van Campen)
  • Granny's Got Game (Filmmaker: Angela Alford)
  • Maria of Many (Filmmaker: Alexandra Liveris)
  • Running Dry (Filmmaker: Dimitra Nikolopoulou)
  • Sidewalk (Filmmaker: Celia Bullwinkel)
  • Sounds Shadows (Filmmaker: Julie Engaas)
  • Tiny Mini Magic (Filmmaker: Danielle Lurie)

For event updates and more information about the event visit


Mar 10, 2014

Seattle Met hosts first look of SCHAI by Suk Chai

Seattle Metropolitan magazine is hosting a special event this Friday, March 14th to showcase SCHAI, the debut collection of local designer Suk Chai. Seattle Met Fashion Editor Laura Cassidy will be on hand to introduce the designer and go over highlights of the fall/winter collection. Don't miss your chance to meet the designer and see the collection that is quickly becoming the new favorite of the fashion community. 

What: SCHAI event hosted by Seattle Met

When: Friday, March 14, 2014 from 6-9pm

Where: Roche Bobois 1015 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

Tickets: Admission is free. RSVP in advance via Eventbrite. 


Mar 7, 2014

Rosaline Hampton to host Spring/Summer Trend Event

Spring/Summer Trend Event
with Rosaline Hampton

Rosaline Hampton and her team of expert stylists are hosting a Spring/Summer Trend Event on Thursday, March 20th from 6-8pm. Guests will enjoy an evening of fashion including an overview of the the latest fashion trends, tutorials on how to wear the season's newest color palette, highlights of seasonal must-haves and advice on how to wear the hottest runway looks and make them work for you. Tickets are $75 and space is limited. Reserve your spot now by calling 425-614-6377.


Mar 6, 2014

Butch Blum has a new home

Butch Blum has officially made the move and is now up and running in their new location. After 39 years in their former space on fifth avenue the company decided to move into a new beautiful location at 1332 sixth avenue. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm and parking is validated with purchase at the Washington Athletic Club garage at 6th and Union. For events and blog updates visit

Mar 5, 2014

Marc Jacobs, House of Harlow and more at Goodwill’s Designer Accessory Sale

Goodwill is hosting it's 5th annual designer accessory sale this weekend at the University Village store featuring designer shoes, handbags, accessories and more. Shoppers will find a great selection of merchandise that will be constantly re-stocked throughout the sale. Featured brands include Betsey Johnson, Kate Space, House of Harlow, Marc Jacobs, Steve Madden, Nine West, See by Chloe and more. There will also be a great selection of merchandise for men including ties, shoes, hats, belts and clothing. 

Fashionable, name-brands at affordable prices

The sale will take place Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th from 9am-8pm both days. The University District Goodwill is located at 4552 University Way N.E. in Seattle. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Goodwill's free job training and education programs at ten centers around the region. These classes include English for speakers of other languages, basic computer training, GED preparation, retail training and more. 

Photo credit: Bret Doss


Mar 4, 2014

Meet Sarah Jessica Parker at Nordstrom

Style icon and actress turned designer Sarah Jessica Parker will be making a personal appearance tomorrow at the downtown Seattle Nordstrom store to promote the launch of new shoe line. Customers will have the opportunity to meet Sarah Jessica and have their purchase signed by the star. The opportunity to meet SJP will be on a first come, first serve basis, so get there early!

What: Sarah Jessica Parker personal appearance at Nordstrom

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where: Nordstrom Downtown Seattle 

Time: 4:30-5:30pm

Check out the entire SJP collection online at 


Experience 1.State at Nordstrom with Coco + Kelley

1.State has teamed up with InStyle Magazine and Cassandra LaValle of Coco + Kelley for a shopping and styling event this Saturday, March 8th at the Bellevue Nordstrom store. Experience the spring collection, enjoy mini make overs and receive a special gift with purchase while enjoying light bites + sweet sips. This is a free event. 

What: 1.State launches at Nordstrom 

When: Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Where: Nordstrom Bellevue Square in the t.b.d. department (level two)

Why: Celebrate the launch of 1.Slate at Nordstrom, meet Cassandra of Coco+Kelley, enjoy mini makeovers, receive a special gift with purchase 

Time: 1-3pm


Shop the closets of stylish Seattleites

Clementine Shoes in West Seattle is giving you the opportunity to shop the closets of your favorite Seattleites including Sandy Lew of Sandy Lew boutique,  Linda Sabee of Carmilia's, Linda Walsh of Clementine Shoes, and designer Mia Fioravanti. The event kicks off Friday and runs through the end of March. Shop the curated consignment items during normal business hours and spruce up your wardrobe for spring! A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit Dress for Success. 

Clementine Shoes
4447 California Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98116


Mar 3, 2014

The Art Institute presents The Fashion League

The annual Art Institute of Seattle Fashion Show is taking place this Thursday, March 6th at the Showbox in Sodo. Showcasing the design work of talented students the show raises money for the school's scholarship program and also works to raise funds and awareness for Redeeming Soles, a non-profit organization in the Puget Sound that donates gently used shoes to those in need. Tickets start at $10 for students with ID and goes up to $60 for reserved front row seating. Use promo code "Gossip" for $10 off your ticket. 

What: Fashion League - The Art Institute of Seattle's annual student fashion show 

When: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Where: Showbox Sodo 1700 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Time: First show featuring festival seating is at 5pm. Second show with reserved seating is at 8pm. 

Tickets: $10-60 available via TicketLeap

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