Fashion + Style Friday: Spring makeup trends, flirty rain boots and one last hoorah for Oslo’s

Get thee to Nordstrom’s Cosmetics Trend Show, 2009 Seamless winner Out of Line debuts a kickin’ spri
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I will get up early on Saturday mornings—but it had better be for a darn good reason (because otherwise, sleep, reading the paper and drinking approximately 5 cups of coffee is the name of the game). However, it is well worth my time—and yours too—to get up early, grab that latte to go and get down to the downtown Nordstrom tomorrow for their Spring 2011 Cosmetics Trend Show. Starting bright and early at 8 a.m., Nordstrom experts will preview new spring colors and share makeup tips at the 2-hour long event. Tickets are $15 (credited toward any purchase you make, so think of it as a deposit of sorts), and along with your free gift (now, we’re talking), snag exclusive new products from the likes of Smashbox, Trish McEvoy and Laura Mercier (I adore their new turquoise ink cake eye liner). Grab a ticket today at a downtown Nordstrom cosmetic counter.


Happy birthday to local boot purveyor Washington Shoe Company, 2011 marks the Kent-based company’s 120th year in the biz. Along with ridiculously cute kiddie boots, the company is also responsible for Chooka, my favorite rain boot line. Since the weather has decided to stick with this whole wild, wet and wooly thing, there is still plenty of time to snag (and use) a pair of flirty puddle stompers from their spring line—I especially love the new rocker-inspired wellies.

Chooka rocker boot   Chooka peacock boot


In an effort to not be a Debbie Downer, I’m going to embed the sad news here in the middle: Queen Anne favorite Oslo’s A Men’s Store has closed its doors. I always loved poking into John McDowell’s super stylish men’s shop—from the in-house barber chair, and on-trend wear to the happy, tail-wagging store mascot Olso himself- it was a fun place that will be missed. (Perhaps fittingly, clothes from Oslo’s grace our male cover model this month.) However, grab one last Oslo souvenir for yourself this weekend. McDowell will be liquidating all remaining merchandise and furniture, the sale runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.


Okay, big sigh and on to happier thoughts, new clothing collections. Former Seamless in Seattle winner Beki Wilson has released her spring 2011 Out of Line collection. I could go on and on about how it walks the line between laid back ease and posh sophistication (because it does, beautifully), but instead I’m just going to say, look at it here, and go buy it here. Now.

Out of Line Spring 2011

And if you missed it, take a peek behind the genius of Nube Green’s new in house collection; we feature designer Adriennne Antonson in this month’s Shopping Around column and our videographers took a trip out to Vashon to get a behind the scenes look at how alpaca hair translates into high-fashion attire. Watch it here.



New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.


Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.