Aug 27, 2014

Sunday Must-Have: Stylish Seahawks Gear

Get ready! Football season kicks off next Thursday, September 4th right here in Seattle with a home game between the Seahawks and the Packers. Say goodbye to the days when you had to sacrifice fashion in order to show your pride as a fan. We've rounded up some stylish gear just in time for game day.

Seahawks v-neck tee, $36, Nordstrom

Seahawks Tank, $39.95, Lane Bryant

Join Seattle blogger Natasha Jarmick of The Chic Curve on Thursday, Aug. 28th at the Northgate Mall Lane Bryant store as they unveil their new NFL collection featuring Seahawks merchandise. Guests will be entered to win gift cards for the store along with tickets to the Seahawks home opener on September 4th! 

Seattle Seahawks v-neck tee, $22.95, Victoria's Secret

Distressed Seahawks tee, $38, Macys

Seattle Seahawks logo charm bracelet, $32, Alex and Ani

'47 Brand Seahawks beanie, $22.95, Pro Shop


Aug 26, 2014

3 Natural Skincare products I can't live without

Getting into a natural skincare routine is something that definitely didn't feel "natural" for me. For years I used products that were full of chemicals and the truth is, I didn't even think twice about it. I wrongly assumed that products with "active ingredients" and additives would be more effective to treat various skin conditions but I'm happy to report that I was wrong. YouTube vlogger Kendra Atkins of Vlog with Kendra recently put a new app on my radar called Think Dirty that lets you scan your beauty products and learn how toxic the ingredients are. It even suggests cleaner alternatives that are better for your skin. I had a great time scanning my beauty arsenal and I'm pleased to report that my skincare routine is "clean". Here are a few of my favorite natural products that I wish I would have started using sooner.

African Black Soap 
I stumbled upon African Black Soap by Alaffia on (it was one of the products "suggested" to me on the site) and found out that the company is based out of Olympia, so I decided to give the cleanser a try. There are numerous benefits to using African Black soap and aside from the fact that it's great for combination skin, I love the fact that you can use it as a face wash, shampoo and even a shaving cream. It also works for clearing up dry skin and acne. You can get African Black Soap by Alaffia locally at Super Supplements, Whole Foods and of course,

Rose Water Toner
Traditional toners usually contain alcohol which can be very drying for the skin and for those of us who depend on these products to get rid of oil, doing without them can be a deal-breaker. Say hello to Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner that smells sweet and has soothing aloe to tone skin without stripping it. I use this product as part of my regular skincare routine and love the fact that it doesn't contain alcohol. You can buy this product locally at Bartell Drugs and Super Supplements.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Ok, first things first. The smell of apple cider vinegar isn't the best, but the results are amazing, so bear with me. I started using Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar when I was pregnant because I didn't want to use chemicals to spot treat acne but I desperately wanted clear skin. This stuff really works! You can dilute it and use it as a toner or use it full-strength on spots as an overnight treatment. I apply it when needed after washing my face and wake up with clear skin. It's my little secret weapon. You can buy Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar locally at most grocery stores including QFC and Safeway.

So stop slathering your skin with chemicals and give these natural skincare products a try. You'll save money and love the results.


Aug 22, 2014

Meet Kendra Atkins of Vlog with Kendra

Join Gossip & Glamour this Saturday, August 23rd at the Downtown Seattle Sephora store to meet YouTube vlogger Kendra Atkins of Vlog with Kendra. She'll be sharing her favorite beauty tips and tricks, talking fall make-up trends and inviting guests to join her afterwards at Cupcake Royale for a meet & greet mixer. The event starts at 11am and the group will be meeting outside the Sephora store before heading in. Use hashtag #KendraInSeattle and you'll be entered to win beauty swag! See you there!

What: Kendra in Seattle Meet-Up

When: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Where: Sephora 415 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101

Time: 11am-noon followed by a reception at Cupcake Royale

More info: Email


Aug 9, 2014

Don't miss the Dolce Vita Warehouse Sale this weekend only

Seattle-based Dolce Vita is hosting a weekend warehouse sale featuring deep discounts on clothing and shoes. The event is taking place at the Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill and runs now through Sunday (see specific times below). Nothing over $100. Sounds like a few new pairs of shoes are in my future. Happy Shopping!

The date
Saturday, August 9th from 11:30am-5pm
Sunday, August 10th from 10am-2:30pm

The place
Century Ballroom - West Hall
915 E. Pike St. 
Seattle, WA 98122

The details
Shop till you drop, but keep in mind that all sales are credit card only. No cash. 

For event updates follow along on Twitter @ShopDolceVita. 

In August of 2014, Steve Madden purchased Dolca Vita Footwear for $60 million. Read the story on Fast Company here

Aug 8, 2014

Experience Bellevue Fashion Week in style

If you're flipping through fashion magazines and dreaming of a way to splurge on fall must-haves without breaking the bank, look no further. Bellevue's Hyatt Regency is hosting a very special Fashion Week sweepstakes that is not to be missed. The winner will receive the ultimate Bellevue Fashion Week experience including airfare to Seattle with transportation to and from the airport, a 4-night stay at Hyatt Regency Bellevue, tickets to each runway show including Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue, pre-show hair styling at Obadiah Salon, a $250 gift card to Daniel's Broiler, spa treatments at Yuan Spa, a $500 gift card to shop the Bellevue Collection and more. Enter to win on Facebook (it only takes 2 seconds) and be sure to share the contest with your friends!

If I won the sweepstakes, here's what my Bellevue Fashion Week Itinerary would look like:

Wednesday, September 24th
Independent Designer Runway Show 
The IDRS show made it's debut in 2012 and showcases emerging designers who are competing for their chance to win a cash prize of $5,000 to fund their collection. This year's designers include Brian Cuddy, April Pride, Kristie Metcalf, Mia Fioravanti, Rebekah Adams and more. Last year's show was sold-out and the energy of the evening was unmistakable. This year's IDRS show is not to be missed, but before the show a pre-event hair appointment at Obadiah Salon is a must. Now the big question is, should I wear my hair up or down?

Thursday, September 25th
Spa treatments at Yuan Spa 
Fashion Week can be exhausting so a reiki treatment at Yuan Spa would be a great pick followed by a smooth stone massage for total relaxation. The winner of the Bellevue Fashion Week sweepstakes will also receive a catered lunch at Yuan Spa.

Friday, September 26th
Posh Party Trend Show
The Posh Party trend show is a nice prelude to Saturday's Vogue presentation. Guests of the event will enjoy a runway show highlighting fall fashion trends from the shops at the Bellevue Collection. The evening will also include interactive beauty demonstrations, drinks, appetizers and photo booth fun.

Saturday, September 27th
Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue
This is one of my favorite Bellevue Fashion Week shows because it highlights fall fashion trends straight from the pages of Vogue's coveted September issue. VIP ticket holders receive entry to the exclusive post-show cocktail reception at Suite Restaurant & Lounge, so naturally, you'll want to dress to impress. There will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture the evening which as a must for documenting the fashion fun on Instagram.

So what are you waiting for? Enter the Bellevue Fashion Week sweepstakes now!

Aug 7, 2014

Fashion First celebrates 10 years of spectacular runway shows

The annual Fashion First runway show will return on September 11th and this year's theme is fashion, fun and firefighters. Executive Producer Joan Kelly has another amazing evening in store and has chosen Inspire Youth Project as this year's beneficiary. Inspire Youth Project provides long-term sustainable support to children who are affect by HIV/AIDS. The runway show line-up includes La Ree, Blue Luna, Elizabeth Roberts, David Lawrence, Ketch, Mercer, Ragamoffyns and more.

The details
The show will take place on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Showbox Sodo. Doors open at 6pm for VIP guests and 7:30pm for general admission. The runway show starts at 8pm. The evening will also include an auction with proceeds benefiting Inspire Youth Project. There will also be a special surprise at the event for David Lawrence who is celebrating 20 years in business.

The dress code
"Wear the hottest thing you own," says Joan Kelly. In other words, dress to impress in cocktail attire and really, really ridiculously good shoes. Preferred colors that fit this year's theme include pink, red and purple.

The tickets
This year's Fashion First runway show tickets start at $50 for general admission (standing room only) and go up to $500 for Ultra VIP tickets. There are a few ticket specials this year to make note of including the "double deal steals". See the ticket page for more info. Joan and I go way back, so this year we are offering a special promo code to save you $20 off any ticket type. Simply use promo code "Gossip" at check-out to receive the discount. Enjoy!

The final word
There are many runway fashion shows here in Seattle. Many of them come and go. This show is the real deal and has been a staple in the Seattle fashion community highlighting indie designers and local boutiques since 2005. If you want to really explore the Seattle fashion scene, come by, stay for a drink, enjoy the runway show and most importantly, shop local.


Aug 5, 2014

Hyatt Regency Bellevue hosts the ultimate fashion week sweepstakes

It may be 80 degrees outside right now, but fall fashion will soon be making it's arrival. Hyatt Regency Bellevue wants to make sure you have a chance to enjoy fall fashion at it's finest by giving you the opportunity to win the ultimate fashion + spa prize package. One lucky winner will be whisked away to Bellevue, Washington, September 24-28th and receive a pair of tickets to every Bellevue Fashion Week show including the Independent Designer Runway Show and Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue. The prize package also includes a four-night stay at Hyatt Regency Bellevue, daily breakfast at Eques, $800 in airfare with transportation to and from the airport, two treatments at Yuan Spa, pre-show styling at Obadiah Salon, a $250 gift card for fine dining at Daniel's Broiler and a $500 gift card to shop for all your favorite fall must-haves at The Bellevue Collection. This contest is not to be missed. Tell your friends, start deciding what you'll wear to the runway shows and enter the win on Facebook now! (Contest ends August 31, 2014)

Bellevue Fashion Week Highlights

September 24th- Independent Designer Runway Show featuring April Pride, Brian Cuddy, Kristie Metcalf and more.

September 26th- Posh Party Trend Show featuring a runway show of fall trends from The Bellevue Collection. Ticket proceeds benefit Bellevue LifeSpring.

September 27th- Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue featuring a fall trend presentation straight from the pages of Vogue.

Event information and tickets for shows can be found on

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