Friday, October 17, 2008

Sabrina Love Handbags

Tonight was the Sabrina Love trunk show at Canopy Blue in Madison Park. Sabrina was there with her entire line. I love all of her bags and picking just one was so difficult (as it always is). I settled on the Milano Blu. This beautiful navy blue caviar embossed bag is perfect to go with everything. The texture will be a great way to break up the boring gray, black and white solid print items that I choose to wear on a regular basis. I really want the dove grey Marais as well as the Barcelona Azul clutch. I am looking forward to seeing what she will add for Spring. If you want to check out her stuff she will be at Thread Sunday October 26th in Seattle as well as her bags are located in the following boutiques: Canopy Blue, La Rue, Les Amis and others in the Seattle area. If you haven't checked out her bags, I would highly recommend it as they are made of italian lamb leather with Italian hardware and a pink suede lining. They are quite a bargain based on the quality.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tacoma Nordstrom Relocation Gala

Last night in T-town (Tacoma for those of you not from the south end), a fabulous event took place. This event was like none other. You may wonder what I am talking about. I am talking about the Nordstrom Relocation Gala which benefited the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass. For Nordstrom, this event was 42 years in the making. For me, I have been waiting for 2 long and agonizing years for this event to happen.

Guests were treated to valet parking. After handing over the keys
to the car, we entered via the black carpet where we were greeted
with cocktails (wine, champagne and pomegranate martini's). Tarah and I were given the grand tour by Nordstrom PR rep, Kendall.

As we viewed each new feature, trays of food were constantly passing us (I loved the lobster corn dogs). The Dudley Manlove Group provided the musical entertainment while guest checked out all that the store had to offer including the chance to shop before others. Models were available on both floors,modeling the latest fashions.

A few noteworthy items have been added to this store which include:
Anastasia Brow Bar - the perfect place to learn how to stencil your own brows, purchase an at home kit or get a wax.

Deborah Lippmann Manicure Bar - treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure at the end of a long shopping trip

Shoe Shine - we can all use a buff every once in a while plus it is
situated between men's and women's shoes so you can check
out shoes from your seat while getting a shine.

Cafe Bistro - entree based meals, quick service and a calming ambiance
B.P Dressing Room - this is something you must see for yourself. you can bring along your friends and they sit back on the couch and watch TV while you try on clothes. it makes me wish I was a teenager again.

There are many more feature however all of the fashion related ones you will have to tune in tomorrow for. I will be providing a breakdown of the different departments.

The official grand opening is Friday October 3rd. Nordstrom is kicking it all off with a Beauty Event at 8am in which a light breakfast will be served. This new store is a definite must see and a must shop.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Nordstrom Fall Fashion Week Runway Show

Fashion Week in Bellevue is now officially underway. Friday September 12Th was the official start. To kick off the week was the Nordstrom Fall Runway Show. The Nordstrom Show benefiting the Detlef Schrempf Foundation is in its third year. To date they have raised over $70,000 to benefit children and families in need. In today's current economic times this is even more important.
The doors opened at 6:30 pm for a VIP reception. The guest were greeted with 2 signature drinks the Fashionista (Vodka and X Fusion liqueur) and Lemon ginger Press (Ginger Lemonade). Boutique shopping was available. It was the best of handbags and shoes. There was Jimmy Choo, Prada, Gucci, Tory Burch, L.A.M.B, as well as several others. The food and service at the reception was exceptional. Nordstrom service was available in everything we saw (Thanks to Nicole). At 7:00pm the doors opened to the general admission ticket holders.
At 8:00pm, the curtains were pulled and the crowds started up the stairs searching for seats. The joy of being media is getting to sit at the end of the runway.

The show featured 10 top designers done in individual scenes.
Scene 1: Versace - I get skeptical with Versace as I prefer the colors of black, gray and white. I was pleasantly surprised. The Fuschia wool Mandarin-collar coat was beautiful and I also loved the Navy/black patent satchel.

Scene 2: Tory Burch - While she is well known for shoes, her clothes are even better. From the charcoal melange boat-neck dress to the grey patent 'Reva' clutch with rhinestones, a black stippled double-breasted cropped 'Ann' jacket and finally the purple knit sleeveless A-line 'Duncan' dress.
Scene 3: Diane von Furstenberg - Somehow I didn't even realize this is whose clothes were going by as I had turned the page in the program wrong. It was so sad as I love DVF.
Scene 4: Robert Rodriguez - The same can be said for this as DVF.

Scene 5 - Marni - I was also slow to catch onto this one.
Scene 6 - L.A.M.B. - I realized the error when L.A.M.B. was up as Gwen's style is so distinctive. She had 2 main items that I could see myself wearing, black tuxedo blazer with multi-color bead detail, and the carbon 'Secretary' dress. The rest was interesting, just not my style.
Scene 7: 3.1 Phillip Lim - This line was absolutely gorgeous and very me. The prussian blue dress with gold neck plate, rain turtleneck with rosebud sleeves paired with a black mini-houndstooth high-waist pencil skirt, black three quarter sleeved dress with necklace tie, marine sleeveless 'Capelet' dress and chocolate two-toned ballet-neck dress with lace swirl. There really wasn't anything in this line that I didn't like.

Scene 8: Michael Kors - I love watching him on Project Runway and this year I loved watching his designs come down the runway. I loved it all and don't know what not to describe so instead here is a picture of my favorite item.

Scene 9: M Missoni - This was a short collection and had lots of color mixed in. The items did not appeal to me as much as some of the other designers.

Scene 10: Gucci - All of the clothes in this line were very Bohemian and just not me. I like my clothes to be more tailored and a little less colorful. I did however love the studded knee high boots. Unfortunately we did not have a really good picture that would do them justice.
The show overall was amazing. I look forward to thing to wear this season. Thank you Nordstrom for once again bringing us the latest and greatest and filling the void of missing Bryant Park. Read here tomorrow to see how Posh Party went.

To see pictures of the entire evening click here :Nordstrom Show

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Fashion First

Fashion First fashion show was held Thursday August 7Th. This years venue was the Lake Union Park Naval Reserve Building. The purpose of the evening was to raise money for the Starlight Starbright Foundation. We were greeted with a red carpet and "paparazzi." Inside there were fashionable people on two floors. The upper floor was for the VIP guests. A silent auction was in full swing as well as raffle tickets being sold. The show began with Ron and Don from Kiro710 radio show hosting a live auction. After the live auction, the main event began. Local boutiques were invited to submit fall clothes to grace the runway. 12 stores submitted their latest items for fall. The clothes, shoes and handbags were amazing. Sabrina Love (a UFN supporter) had several of her bags going down the runway with the clothes. A favorite of both mine and Tarah's was the Milano Bourdeaux in burgundy patent leather. Another UFN supporter, Clutch, also had some amazing bags in the show. There were a couple of highlights that had a different focus. The first was the celebrity male models showing off the clothes of Marqsmen. Another was 5 designers from Seamless in Seattle. Seamless in Seattle was an event put on by Seattle Magazine to spotlight some of the best up and coming designers. The 5 that were highlighted had some great fashions. One included Karly Orr who had won Project Red Dress earlier this year. The final highlight was an amazing wedding dress designed by students of the Seattle Art Institute. The dress was worn by Josie Bissett (think Melrose Place). This was one of the best show that I have attended. It was well organized, had a charity focus, spotlighted local boutiques and local designers, and went off without a hitch (at least to those of us who were in attendance). I look forward to see what they put together next year. To see pictures of the evening click here Fashion First pictures

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nordstrom Designer Preview 2008

Tonight was the Nordstrom Designer Preview organized with Seattle Art Museum Supporters. The event was held at Pier 30 this year. Doors opened at 6:30pm (Thanks to Kendall at Nordstrom for the Press Passes). We were greeted with cocktails and appetizers as well as some exciting boutique shopping. I only wish I could do more than window shop at the boutique. The boutique featured designers such as Prada Donna, YSL, Christian Dior, and many more. Around 7:30, the doors for the fashion show opened. It was very organized with assigned seating. We were shown to our media seats (even the back row was a great view). The lights dimmed at the show started once everyone was seated.

First up was Chanel. There was the classic Chanel suits as well as some other interesting pieces. Next up was Burberry Prorsum. There were three particular items that I loved. First was the sour green silk organza knotted dress. Second was the Putty double-breasted trenchcoat with pleated sleeves. The final item was the Prussian blue quilted silk chiffon cocoon coat. The third designer was Michael Kors. I loved him before he was famous on Project Runway. His clothes were very Michael Kors. Scene 4 was Dolce & Gabbana. Dolce & Gabbana is usually a little more fashion forward than I can pull off however I found a few things that I thought would work for even me. The main item was the Black/white herringbone riding jacket over charcoal wool pants. Next up was Marc Jacobs which really did nothing for me. Proenza Shouler was exciting as I usually find their designs to be. YSL was classic YSL. Versace was the real shocker for me. I am not always a big fan, but tonight I could not get enough. The colors were vibrant and the designs right on. Next came Donna Karan and Marni which were so-so. Oscar de la Renta had a lot of fur which is so odd in Seattle. I can totally see it in Chicago (and often i do). The show ended with Gucci. The dresses looked ready to wear right then. I probably would have bought 4 of them if I could justify the price and had somewhere to wear them to.

After the show we were treated to dessert and more cocktails as well as additional shopping. The evening raised $170,000 for the SAM impressionists exhibit. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone looking for some great fashion and a great night out. I look forward to the event in 2009.

Click here to see the pictures of the evening Nordstrom Designer Preview

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sample Sales

Every fashionista loves a sample sale however they are hard to come by in Seattle. In the May issue of In Style magazine there is a section that highlights a couple of websites that now offer Sample Sales. The 3 listed are,, You will need to get the membership codes from They carry designers such as Badgley Mischka, Dolce&Gabbana, Ernest Sewn, Ella Moss, Rock&Republic, Christian Lacroix, and Oscar de la Renta to name a few. I have not personally used these sites so I will be interested to hear from others. Also another good site is Regents Secret. They are based out of LA, carry one designer at a time and have that designers wares at approximately 70% off.

Monday, April 28, 2008


I went to opening night of Corteo at Marymoor Park. I had incredible seats (about 10 rows from the stage) and access to the Tapis Rouge tent. I will admit it is definitely the way to go especially since it was free. The show was great however there is a fashion point to this. People in Seattle have a very interesting take on how to dress for an event. Before I tell you exactly what I mean I must comment that I have attended events in Chicago and NYC. People here in Seattle take casual to the extreme. For the most part people were dressed in what would be considered appropriate business casual some even dressier. I did see a couple of "prom" dresses but the really disappointing is the people that you wonder if they looked in the mirror before leaving the house or even realized they were leaving the house to go somewhere other than the grocery store. I really would like to see a return to people dressing for theatrical performances.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Fashion and Skiing

This past weekend I took my 3 year old for his first ski lesson. Since it was only a one hour lesson I sat in the bar overlooking his lesson as well as the main area that people walked through. I found myself checking out what people had on. I saw a young girl in a pink camo snow suit with matching boots. She was pink camo from head to toe. I saw a couple of men wearing the traditional black jacket that yelled 80's with its neon pink accents. The most interesting outfit was the women walking around in pajama bottoms and boots. I doubt she was skiing in that however it is still quite cold up there. If you are looking for entertainment, head up to the closest mountain on the weekend sit in the bar and enjoy the scenery. It is bound to amuse.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Project Red Dress

12 designers from 4 schools, 16 hours, 5 celebrity judges, 400 guests, Macy's and the American Heart Association can only mean the First Annual Project Red Dress. In case you are not aware of what this all means let me tell you. 12 student fashion designers were selected from 4 fashion programs at Seattle Area colleges. Each student was tasked with designing a red dress. They were given a $200 budget and 16 hours that were spread over 4 saturdays. The top prize was a $3,000 scholarship and their dress displayed in the downtown Seattle Macy's window. The judges included Nick Verreos from 2nd season Project Runway, local couture designer Luly Yang, Seattle Seahawks CFO Martha Fuller, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine Style Editor Laura Cassidy, and Seattle Macy's Fashion Director Heather Carney.

The evening was hosted by Poison Waters, who was very entertaining to say the least. The runway show included each designer discussing their dress while the model wearing the dress strutted down the runway. The dresses were as follows:
1. Katherine Andrews - long red off the shoulder dress with a pleated back. The judges found this dress to be a safe choice for a design.
2. Liise Wyatt - dark red short ruffle party dress made out of metallic organza with a large bow on the back. This dress had french seaming and was definately something you would see on a young hollywood starlet according to Nick.
3. Margaret Chin - strapless long red dress with weaving with a cream underlayer.
4. Heather Cozad - Audrey Hepburn style 1950's glamour accented with a black skinny belt.
5. Giuseppe Grazioli - dark red strapless with a deep V front and a tiered bottom.
6. Christen Morris - vneck long dress with a back bustle, very 1800's
7. Karly Orr - 20's era jersey knit with an open back and a brown underside
8. Molly Owen - old hollywood glamour, vneck with a crisscross back
9. Abigail Pleiss - one shoulder with a woven bottom on one side and the shoulder, buckle on the back bottom of the dress. The judges found this dress to be a modern new look.
10. Christianna Sterling - short cocktail dress
11. Caitlin Stone - long dress with a braided waist and neck, low back.
12. Quy Vu - deep red dupioni silk with chiffon straps and train and python lining.

After all the dresses were shown, the audience voted their favorite as well as the judges chose the top 3. The peoples choice award went to Quy Vu.
First Place was Karly Orr
2nd Place was Abigail Pleiss

3rd Place was Quy Vu
All in all it was a fun evening and raised money for the American Heart Association. I personally cannot wait for next years show. To see all the pictures click here

Thursday, January 10, 2008

January Sales

January is such a great month if you have any money left after Christmas. I ordered 2 long sleeve t-shirts, 2 sweaters, 1 sweater dress and a couple pair of unmentionables from Victoria's Secret and spent around $100. What a deal. There are plenty of deals to be had just search the web or the stores. Items are not just clearance of items that people don't want but also winter items (we are just now seeing winter).