Oct 23, 2016

Fashion Calendar: Goodwill Glitter Sale

The 33rd annual Goodwill Glitter Sale is going down Nov. 5- 6 at the Dearborn store in Seattle, a.k.a. the largest Goodwill store in the country. We're talking insane prices on designer, vintage, and one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories you won't find anywhere else. What will you find at the sale you ask? Is it worth waiting in line at 5 a.m. to be the first to shop the sale? Yes, yes, and yes. Last year shoppers found everything from Louboutin shoes to Burberry jackets and Coach bags.  A coveted Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress? Yes, those have been known to make appearances at the sale too. Last year's Glitter Sale helped raise funds to support Goodwill's free job training and education programs which served more than 9,700 people in the community and helped over 1,000+ people obtain job placement. This really is shopping for a cause.

The sale runs daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all weekend long and admission is free, so you can bet there will be a line, but trust us, it's worth the wait. Racks will be re-stocked over the weekend. Oh and the best tip we've heard for finding the coveted designer pieces at the sale? Follow the stylish people around the sale and wait for them to ditch items they've been carrying around.

What: 33rd Annual Glitter Sale
When: Nov. 5 and 6, 2016
Where: Goodwill 1400 S. Lane St. Seattle, WA (Free Parking)
Why: Because proceeds from the sale help support Goodwill's free job training
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photo credit: Brett Doss Photography


Oct 17, 2016

NUBE to host sensory shopping experience on Capitol Hill

In an overly-stimulated world, Seattle-based NUBE hopes to take shoppers in a different direction entirely, by allowing them to shop in the dark. Yes, you read that right. Shop in the dark. From October 31 through November 5, the Sense Up pop-up shop on 10th and Pine will become a pitch-black retail store, allowing customers to re-connect with their senses and inform their shopping decisions. Staff will be equipped with night vision goggles to guide shoppers through the store. The company hopes to bring shoppers out of their element and challenge the traditional brick-and-mortar experience by sparking a conversation about art, commerce, and the future of retail. Participating local brands include Woolrich, Peg & Awl, Porcelain & Stone, Prairie Underground, Baleen, and more. Don't miss your chance to experience this unique Seattle pop-up while shopping in the dark to support local brands.

What: NUBE Sensory Pop-Up Shop
When: Oct. 31 - Nov. 5 (Daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Where: 1527 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
Why: Because you've never shopped in the dark before and there's a first time for everything.


Oct 14, 2016

Robbins Brothers to open new store in Bellevue

Good news fashion friends! Robbins Brothers just unveiled a beautiful new store at 33 Bellevue Way in the heart of Bellevue. Just in time for engagement season, the new 4,000 square-foot-store will be home to an array of coveted bridal jewelry brands including Tacori, Henri Daussi, Simon G., Verragio, and more. The store will also stock an assortment of E3 Diamonds, which are lab-grown, eco-friendly, and conflict-free. Seven years ago my husband picked out my engagement and wedding rings from Robbins Brothers and it's the only place I recommend to my friends who are in the market for bridal jewelry. The experience was fun, relaxing and most importantly, enjoyable. If it's been awhile since you have checked out Robbins Brothers, now is the time! They also have a beautiful assortment of sparkly diamond bands that are the perfect way to add a pop of color to your wedding band set.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new store Robbins Brothers is hosting a 'Love is Sweet' weekend of festivities October 21 - 23rd. RSVP now for your chance to get a first look at the new store. Guests will enjoy swag bags, sweet treats by Trophy Cupcakes, and a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes.

Robbins Brothers Bellevue
10429 NE 2nd St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
(Free underground parking available)

Follow the store opening festivities on Instagram @RBBellevue using the hashtag #FirstLookBellevue.

Oct 4, 2016

Fashion Calendar: YSL at SAM

The fashion community has been counting down the days until the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit The Perfection of Style opens at the Seattle Art Museum. Scheduled to run Oct. 11 - Jan. 8, the exhibit will showcase highlights from the designer's career spanning over four decades.

Intimate and comprehensive, the exhibit will feature a full range of garments including haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces, some of which have never been on public display. Divided into eight sections and spanning over 110 looks total, The Perfection of Style aims to reveal not only the designer's unique style but also his immense influence on the fashion industry. The museum will present a full calendar of programming in conjunction with the exhibit including talks by curators, fashion sketching sessions, and even YSL's favorite films. Highlights are below.

October 13th
The Perfection of Style with Florence Müller
Hear from the exhibition's guest curator, Florence Müller, as she discusses the legacy of YSL.

October 22nd
The Art of Clothing in French Society
This workshop is presented in partnership with the Alliance Francaise de Seattle, explores clothing as an extension of the body and as an object of study in both sociocultural antrhopology and art history.

October 26th
Sam Films: Yves Saint Laurent Selects
As he grew up, Yves Saint Laurent's personal and professional sensibilities were shaped by the art of film. SAM and Alliance Francaise de Seattle will present two of YSL's favorites including Les Enfants du Paradis (1945) and La Bella et la Bete (1946), each in 35mm film. French with English subtitles.

November 3rd
The Perfection of Style: Drop-in Drawing Sessions
Enjoy free drop-in drawing sessions led by fashion illustration instructor Lori Meyer

// Exhibit Information //

Yves Saint Laurent The Perfection of Style

Oct. 11, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017

Seattle Art Museum 1300 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

Available online via SAM

Oct 3, 2016

Everything you need to know about Bellevue Fashion Week

In the absence of a traditional fashion week in the city, Bellevue Fashion Week has certainly helped fill the void. Yes, there is that pesky business of having to drive to the Eastside, but by this time next year the W hotel will have opened in Bellevue and Seattle will quite possibly be in the shadow of all things cool. Stores like West Elm and Robbins Brothers are moving in off Old Main street, Jujubeet's new location in the heart of Old Town is bustling, and the style set is regularly shopping indie retailers like La Ree and David Lawrence, and finding it quite appealing to see what's new at both The Bravern and The Bellevue Collection.

My PR brain is telling me I should consolidate this post and streamline my content so that I'm not including so many competitors in a single blog post, but the fashion influencer in me is wanting to paint the larger picture so that you fully understand the amazing things that are happening to the beloved Eastside. There is so much growth and development going on and it's a great thing for the local economy.

For those of you that are new to the concept of Fashion Week, it's pretty simple. The Bellevue Collection produces a full week of fashion experiences including runway shows, in-store events, cocktail parties, trend presentations, and special appearances by market stylists from the official media partner, Vogue. Yes, as in the Vogue magazine. This year the production team added several new experiences including a much-needed menswear-focused event called Sips & Suits.

All the events including Fashion Forecast and the Posh Party Trend Show (produced by Terri Morgan of TCM Models) are good, but my personal favorites are the Independent Designer Runway Show (IDRS) sponsored by Seattle Met and the Front Row Fashion Show presented by Vogue.

This years IDRS show featured nine up-and-coming local designers presenting carefully curated collections on the runway. This is an important show for the community because it is one of the only platforms local designers have to professionally showcase their work in a beautifully choreographed show produced by Terri Morgan. For designers, the most valuable part of this experience isn't just the opportunity to showcase their work on the runway, it's the invaluable occasion to receive mentorship from distinguished fashion industry members. Over the span of four months leading up to the big show, each IDRS designer receives critical feedback on their collection that will ultimately help them build momentum for their line. The grand prize winner received a $5,000 cash prize provided by The Kemper Freeman Family in partnership with The Bellevue Collection. The winner receives added visibility by having their collection displayed at Bellevue Square during the month of October. Past IDRS winners who have gone on to launch global brands include Paychi Guh and Ampersand as Apostrophe.

This year's IDRS winner was Devon Yan who designs collections for men and women under the brand DEVONATION. Other noteworthy IDRS participants from this year's show included Milano Mai by Oscar Milano Mai who showcased gorgeous outerwear and Dollstreet by Lindsay Moen who focused on swimwear. Over 600+ guests were in attendance at the fifth annual show and the energy at the event was undeniable.

The second event I adore at Bellevue Fashion Week is the Front Row Fashion Show presented by Vogue. The Saturday night show is the "anchor" of Bellevue Fashion Week in my opinion and is always a great fashion presentation. Hosted by Cara Crowley, market stylist for Vogue, the show features seasonal trends with looks pulled from Bellevue Square retailers. The show was a benefit event for Seattle Children's Hospital and raised over $100,000+. This year's presentation was only 30 minutes long, but showcased just under 50 solid looks.

Bellevue Fashion Week is a do-not-miss series that we are lucky to have in the Pacific Northwest. It's the perfect blend of local fashion and traditional retail. And since the event series is over for this season, here's what you should know before you go for next time:

  • The IDRS show always sells out first. Remember that for next year when you're on the fence about buying tickets. Do it. 
  • All the Bellevue Fashion Week runway shows take place at Hyatt Regency Bellevue so consider staying overnight after the Vogue show on Saturday and making an entire weekend out of your fall fashion experience. #GirlTribeGetaway
  • Obadiah Salon has a blow dry bar downstairs called O2 Blow Dry Bar. They are masters at beautiful blowouts. If you want bombshell hair, book one before a Bellevue Fashion Week show. 
  • Parking is free at the Hyatt for Bellevue Fashion Week events. Yes, free. So even though you have to drive to the Eastside at least you don't have to deal with circling the block several times looking for parking. 

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