Origins of style: “I can remember in the early 1980s when I was in sixth or seventh grade asking for a pink sweater and subscriptions to Vogue, Interview and GQ for Christmas,” says 41-year-old Nordstrom personal stylist Brent Martin—requests that made him quite an original in small-town Colorado, where he grew up.
Sweet Petula bodycare creator, Formulary 55 owner and longtime fixture in the Seattle-area retail scene, Cordelia Smith, announced yesterday that she's moving herself and the biz down to Pueblo, Colorado (for the affordable living and high quality of life). Starting today, Smith will not be open her normal business hours, but does plan to open the store a few more times before hightailing it out of here towards the sun.
San Francisco-based beauty expert Victoria Tsai’s fine skincare line, Tatcha, has just launched at the Seattle Barneys. With formulations based on traditional Japanese ingredients combined with modern science, and inspired by beauty secrets of the geishas, Tatcha products are exquisite—and exquisitely packaged.
A well-fitted button up shirt can do wonders for a woman’s figure, in my humble opinion. Done right, it buttons without gaping, hugs the lines of her back and sides without bulging, shows off her lovely hourglass shape and strikes a very sophisticated and polished cut of her jib. Too often, though, the fit is not correct, and both gaps and bulges are present, which is probably why many women have sworn off fitted tops that button up the front. I know I have for the most part, opting instead for looser fitting blouses and knitted tops.
The real brunt of winter is hopefully behind us, and our winter was no polar vortex, but the dry and itchy skin that results from being inside with the heater cranked has just been brutal this season.
Kiehl’s, one of my favorite American heritage brands, has just launched two new products, sent from heaven to relieve the parched visage that stares back from the mirror each morning.
Make a purchase from Sarah Jessica Parker’s Nordstrom-exclusive SJP Collection of shoes, handbags and trench coat between February 28, when it launches and March 5, when she makes an in-person appearance at the downtown store, and meet the woman herself.
Today, February 14, is a big one for Nordstrom—and for rap superstar Drake. This Valentine’s Day marks the launch of Nordstrom’s fourth Pop-In concept shop, Heartbreakers Club, and the first time that Drake’s clothing collective, October’s Very Own (OVO), will hit the retail racks.
Shopping for a prom dress with a teenage girl is a memorable experience, as much for the thrill of it as for the potential for a meltdown. A failed search for just the right gown for her daughter’s prom, combined with a profuse love for all things sparkly, prompted West Seattle–based Crista Martin to open Dolce Bleu (3220 First Ave. S; 206.420.7320; dolcebleu.com) last fall, a formal dress shop in a soaring SoDo warehouse space stocked with a bevy of beaded and sequined gowns appropriate for proms, galas, weddings and pageants.
It’s been a few days and your fanicure is probably looking a little worse for wear. Lucky for you, Wink in Bellevue is hosting a Manicure Marathon from February 7 through 14 with special pricing on mani/pedis in order to get gussied up for your Valentine.
Head to The Barrel Thief in Fremont on Saturday, February 8 from noon to 4 p.m. for a wine tasting event featuring a trunk show of gorgeous jewels from Shamila.
The wine tasting is free, and so is trying on all the eye candy, but be forewarned, Shamila’s rings, necklaces and earrings are so sublime, you may find yourself whipping out your credit card for a have-to-have piece of her stunning work.
Vashon Island-based designer Dawn Smithson uses fine hides from Italian tanneries, sample hides that would be discarded if not for her, and crafts them into sumptuous and chic one-of-a-kind leather bags sold locally at Far4 and Heron's Nest on Vashon.
New York’s fashion week started today and all the talk about Alexander Wang moving his show to Brooklyn (radical!) and the stellar indie lineup of Milk’s Made Fashion Week (Cushnie et Ochs, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Jonathan Simkhai, Jeremy Scott and many others) running concurrent to the tents at Lincoln Center has got me thinking about Seattle’s nonexistent fashion week and why that is.
Madrona’s new men’s shop, Hammer and Awl, is the culmination of owner Erin Krohn’s 17-year obsession with retail design, shopping and fashion—especially accessories, which she calls the perfect way to “define your style and be unique.” The former interior designer opened Hammer and Awl to provide men (and women who lean toward a masculine aesthetic) with a resource for artisanal goods made by small, niche producers in the United States.
Pioneer Square-based online eyewear boutique, Rivet & Sway, known for their home try-on package and easy-on-the-wallet pricing structure, has just released their new Chelsea Hall collection, which includes sunnies—a first for the brand. We’re hooked on these frames for all their tough chic, cool girl appeal.