Mar 29, 2016

Fashion Recap: Stylish in Seattle

As the complex relationship between fashion bloggers and the fashion industry continues to evolve, Seattle’s most influential style bloggers gathered to explore key issues and current trends through interactive panel discussions at the first-ever Stylish in Seattle summit. Participating fashion brands including Neiman Marcus, Brooks Running, Julep, and The Shelf, offered bloggers valuable insight on everything from how to establish rapport with a brand to the importance of creating engaging content that resonates with readers. 

Seasoned style bloggers Cassandra LaValle, Moorea Seal and Tiffany Ishiguro rounded out the second panel to discuss the business of blogging and share their personal stories of becoming business owners by launching a second concept. The day concluded with an inspirational keynote speech by freelance travel and style editor Amanda Zurita. 

Guests were treated to refreshments by Fonte coffee and enjoyed sweet treats from Jujubeet, Dianne's Delights and Cupcake Royale. The first 25 people who purchased tickets to Stylish in Seattle also received VIP swag bags featuring products from Brooks Running, Nordstrom Rack, T+J Designs, Bartell Drugs, Susan Grace Skin Care, Neiman Marcus, Fashion First, Compendium, Julep, Gallipot Skin Care, Fit Code and Strideline.

On a personal note, being able to bring the style blogging community together for a day of shared insight and connection was truly amazing. I've been blogging in Seattle since 2008 and have met so many incredible women along the way. Some of whom, remain my very close friends today. We are a unique city. We have a different way of operating, a different dynamic when it comes to interacting with each other. We talk about fashion and style from a different point of view, and that's what I love about being a style blogger in Seattle. It's not what you would expect. It's so much more. 

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Mar 2, 2016

Fashion Calendar: Combatant Gentlemen at Pop-In@Nordstrom

Stylish guys often get the short end of the stick when it comes to shopping for menswear in the city, but that's about to change. In order to meet the rapidly evolving demands of its customer base, Nordstrom has aligned with leading e-tailers to fill the gap including HauteLook, Trunk Club and most recently, Combatant Gentlemen via Pop-In@Nordstrom. Often referred to as the "Warby Parker" of menswear, Combatant Gentlemen cuts out the middlemen and supplies men with Italian Wool suits at a fraction of the typical price. Starting at just $160, Combatant Gentlemen eliminates the markups presented by traditional retail with a vertical supply chain and direct to consumer business model. The company recently released a new app that can curate outfits based on a variety of factors including climate, location, occasion, fit preference, and even previous shopping habits. Additionally, customers can shop online from Combatant Gentlemen using their “Fit Tech” algorithm which translates a customer’s BMI into a perfect fit.

The Seattle Combatant Gentlemen Pop-In@Nordstrom will take place March 4 and 5 and give men an opportunity to get fitted for a custom suit with an experienced tailor personally trained by CEO Vishaal Melwani, a third-generation tailor. Additionally, select apparel from the Combatant Gentlemen line will be available for in-store purchase. Combatant Gentlemen has partnered with Georgetown Brewing Company and Macallan Whisky for the event to provide craft beer and whisky tastings throughout the weekend. A local DJ will also be on site both days spinning tunes for shoppers. 

Guys, listen up: Every man should own at least one great suit, this is your chance to experience the difference of made to measure clothing. Don't miss out! 

Mar 1, 2016

5 Glittersweet bags you need to get before they're gone

We have sad news fashion friends, Seattle-based Glittersweet is closing up shop and selling off the last of the remaining inventory as we speak. The progressive close-out sale is winding down and starting today all bags are marked at 75% off. These vinyl bags are handmade in Seattle and when they're gone, they're gone for good. Here are 5 bags you need to get before Glittersweet says goodbye. 
For Sports Fans...The limited-edition Chevron Tote from the Seattle Colors collection is going fast. Perfect for showing a little local love for your favorite Seattle sports team on game day, these bags are durable and have genius design details like a non-slip shoulder strap. On sale now for $24. 
For Travelers...The Ampersand tablet sleeve by Glittersweet is a favorite among travelers who want a stylish way to keep their tablets safe while traveling. If you have a convertible laptop or a tablet, this buy is a no-brainer, especially for under $25. These padded sleeves were handsewn in Seattle and feature adorable appliqué designs. Glittersweet tablet sleeves fit Apple tablets, Kindle Fire and the Microsoft Surface. Limited qty. and styles on sale now for $24. 
For mini fashionistas...If you have little ones in your life, the purselet makes a very sweet and sparkly gift. My one-year-old daughter London received one over the holidays and she absolutely adores it. The short strap can be attached to a single side or used as a shoulder strap. This bag also comes with a longer strap which can be used to convert the purselet into a crossbody bag. On sale now for $14. 

For make-up junkies...The Glittersweet flat cases are the perfect way to tote beauty products around town. Here's a fun fact: I never leave home without my make-up bag because I love having the ability to do touch-ups on the go. These vinyl flat cases will easily fit into your handbag and have fun printed liners and a durable zipper. And since make-up can be a bit messy sometimes, the exteriors can easily be wiped clean.  On sale now for $8.

For stylish spring break adventures...The classic Huckleberry zipper tote by Glittersweet is durable, sparkly and distinct. The zip top closure keeps valuables tucked safely inside and the vinyl exterior showcases colorful applique designs. This bag is the perfect companion for lounging around at Golden Gardens with a book when the sun comes out. On sale now for $34. 

These bags are Seattle staples and they are going F-A-S-T. Mark your calendar for a special close-out sale featuring Glittersweet and Zupers on Saturday, March 12th at Phinney Books. But word to the wise, don't wait until the final sale to snag your favorite bag! 

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