IMG_4297An annual event not to be missed is Bellevue Fashion Week presented by the The Bellevue Collection. It runs September 24 through September 28th this year and is currently in its ninth year of the fashion extravagance featuring the latest and hottest Fall fashion trends and style tips by the Bellevue Collection. During the five day fashion event, one of the must-see events is Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue Magazine with fashion curated from The Bellevue Collection that brings fashion insider trends directly from Vogue magazine onto the runaway. But first, there’s the Fashion Forecast Preview. 

Fashion Forecast preview is part of the Bellevue Fashion week trend preview hosted by TV host and Celebrity Stylist Lawrence Zarian and Associate Director of Special Events for Vogue Cara Crowley to discuss how Fall 2014 trends can be translated from runaway to every day life.

The event, reserved for press and bloggers, took place late morning at the Hyatt in Bellevue on Thursday 9/25. This year’s fashion forecast opens up our eyes to the world of fashion and more! It was inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming. The show started with a short slide show of Vogue “Instagirls” Joan Small, Cara Delevigne, Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente and Andrea Diaconu the new generation of super models who build their brand through social media.

 

The following slide show featured 2014 Fall fashion trends of ready to wear white cable knits from Faconable, Grey and Black ensembles of loose layering from Eileen Fisher, vintage inspired little floral dresses by Nordstrom, and sophisticated textured coats by Diane Von Furstenberg.

WHATS HOT

This year’s Fall fashion preview presented by Cara Crowley and Lawrence Zarian covered a great deal of topics and tips ranging from what’s hot in color, style, accessories, make up and more. Here’s what stood out:

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For makeup, last years focus for fall was all about bold lip color, this year, it’s all about Statement Eye makeup and Accessories:

After the presentation and mini fashion show, Cara and Lawrence sat down for a Q & A style session for those curious about what they’d just seen and how these trends could be adapted to current wardrobes. We all need to refresh our wardrobes from time to time and having two fashion experts help is pretty cool.

Q & A

Q: What is the trickiest trend to work into an everyday wardrobe?
A: Cara : 60′s inspired. It could be bold with too much prints.
A: Lawrence : If it’s on trend, there is always a way to incorporate an element of it into your wardrobe such as a floral scarf. You wear the style, the style doesn’t wear you.

Q : How do you keep boots new and interesting?
A. Cara : Wear them with a girlie dress!
A. Lawrence : Add textured hose, like black opaque. It gives a longer and leaner look.

Q: Jumpsuits are in.  How do you keep that look fresh and not….like the 80′s?
A : 80′s are fabulous! Add a sash, tie a bow in the front, a thick belt works well too.

Q : Cara, how did you land a job at Vogue Magazine?
A : I graduated St. Joseph University in Philadelphia with a Marketing major. Growing up watching my mom read Vogue magazines. I moved to New York City because it’s a great place for fashion and landed a job at Bergdorf Goodman as an assistant personal shopper where I learned about high end brands and watching Chanel fashion shows helped. (Her advice: Life is about networking. Be ambitious, work hard and be kind.)

Q : How do you see the future of fashion; how will it change?
A : Fashion keeps going. With Social Media people can see everything, everywhere. People will be more creative in fashion.
Also, women will invest in classic pieces, one piece that create four different looks, mix high and low fashion, invest in classic little black dress, crisp white dress shirt.

Q: What fashion piece is the one to invest in this season?
A : The 60′s trend; vintage jewelry. Go to thrift stores or boutiques and buy a unique piece of jewelry. Create your own signature style. Get at least one key embellishment for Fall.

Q : What are the shoe trends this year?
A:  Cara : For women,  Flats, sneakers as featured in Chanel sneakers movement.
A: Lawrence : For Men, double moon straps in tan and black color

Q: Seattleites loves their scarves. How to you make it fashionable?
A: Wear the hottest colors and prints and add to a black shift dress.  Wear it like Italian women do, on their bags, in their  hair, around their wrists.

At the end, both Cara and Lawrence shared their favorite quotes and thoughts on “beauty”. Cara made reference to Coco Chanel who said, “Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off,” and Lawrence referenced Audrey Hepburn with her fitting quote, “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” He went on to say that we tend to follow impossible standards of “beauty” from the red carpet and that we shouldn’t forget that these are people who have teams of stylists, chefs, etc. but that they make up such a small percentage of people in this world and that instead, a woman needs to be comfortable with who she is, where she is right now, not making herself something that she is not.

So with that, I wish you lots of happiness and fun fall fashion. Until next time…

Photo courtesy of SEVEN.

Photo courtesy of SEVEN.

SEVEN, a luxury hair salon with locations in Seattle and Bellevue, will take its cutting-edge hair creations to the runway for its 6th annual Illuminessence hair show at Bellevue Fashion Week.

Illuminessence by SEVEN promises a night of high energy and high fashion, and will feature alluring cuts and dramatic colors ranging from classic to avant-garde. The annual sold-out show will take place on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

“SEVEN stylists are true artists, and this is no more apparent than at Bellevue Fashion Week where they can push the creative envelope,” said Shelli Martin, director of stylists at SEVEN. “The runway show enables our stylists to take their passion to the next level, creating an unforgettable night that defines style.”

Illuminessence by SEVEN will showcase the salon’s penchant for fashion-forward design using hair as the canvas. The evening will feature a dramatic ensemble of creations from SEVEN’s top creative stylists who will collaborate to produce a 60-minute contemporary show, attended by more than 650 people.

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brunchWestfield Southcenter and Giuliana Rancic, the award-winning entertainment journalist, style and beauty expert and cancer survivor, will be hosting a champagne brunch event on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 from 9-11 a.m. in Macy’s Court. The event will benefit Rancic’s charity, Fab-U-Wish™.

The champagne brunch will include a runway fashion show featuring the latest trends from Westfield Southcenter retailers. In addition to a champagne brunch, guests will enjoy pampering beauty bars, a chance to win exclusive prizes from top brands and receive an exclusive gift bag filled with goodies as a thank you for supporting Fab-U-Wish™.

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fallfashionPut on your fall finest and come celebrate The Shops at The Bravern’s 5th anniversary at the Fall Fashion Showcase on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6-9 p.m. A sampling of select experiences includes:

The Bravern’s Fall Fashion Showcase will feature two fashion shows from Neiman Marcus (6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.), live mannequins, music, specialty bites and drinks. Come grace the red carpet and experience what the premier shops, restaurants and purveyors have in store.

Tweet: @bravern

I don’t wait just for summer to contour, highlight and bronze my face, in fact, this is something I do on the regular, no matter what season it is. But for those of you who don’t practice this art regularly, and who may want to try it, check out the video below from @nurberxo for tips on how to contour, highlight, and bronze your face to get your best sunkissed look without looking like Braveheart.

Want more? Get the products you need to achieve this look here.

Happy highlighting!
xo

 

You’ve heard a million times how so many companies struggle to break free from their 1950s mindsets of men ruling the workforce. Several large companies, including the likes of Apple, Delta Airlines, and Google, have absolutely no female members of corporate directors. Studies have found that diversity in the workplace leads to happier employees and a better bottom line.

A meager 22 percent of Fortune 500 board members are women and that number has only grown marginally in the past five years. Only 24 of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs – a paltry 4.8 percent. However, in countries such as Norway and Spain, quotas are in place which require a larger number of females in positions of power. 

As it stands right now, men are more favored for leadership positions in the workforce. But that doesn’t mean we can’t give them a run for their money. 

Show Encouragement

It’s not just about doing your tasks and pushing yourself. A good leader will go out of their way to help others and encourage those around them to succeed as well. If you see someone struggling with a concept, don’t turn it into water cooler gossip. Listen to their needs and point them in the right direction. Help them and it will in turn help you. Not only does this encourage people to come to you for help, but it instills a sense of camaraderie and trust that you are capable of leading.

Trust your Team

A relationship without trust is nothing, and that is no different in the workforce. Show your team that you trust their abilities. Allow your staff the freedom to solve their own problems. Studies show that micromanaging leads to unhappy employees, hostile work environments and, ultimately, a lack of productivity. They were hired for a reason and micromanaging only leads to two people doing the same job. 

Educate Yourself

Successful people know that knowledge is a continuous path. That means taking the steps to improve yourself. Seminars, basic college courses, and even furthering your degree will all show your ability to do the work needed to succeed. Leadership development is not an overnight process and may require coaching from an outside entity like an executive coach

It may take months to get noticed or it may take years, but continued education is an absolute necessity to succeed in the business world. Don’t exclude the option of business coaching and leadership development.

Stand Out

Don’t be afraid to show off your assets. You’ve taken the leadership courses, furthered your degree, and your staff trusts you. It’s time to show those in charge that you’re capable and willing to step up. Many executives say that taking risks not only got them to their position, but it’s something they look for when they’re promoting. You have to be willing to take chances and part of that could mean failing- but it could also mean overwhelming success. Don’t be afraid to take a leap. You never know where you may land.

It is vital to encourage ourselves and other women to follow our goals and strive for leadership positions. we need to make a change and show the world the potential that women have. It’s time to skew the numbers and get yourself on a list of powerful women. Hold your head high and make your way to the top.

July 2014

July 2014

On New Year’s Day, my mom called to tell me that she had something life changing to show me. I was hungover from New Year’s Eve festivities the night before and glued to the couch. But since she sounded so convincing I agreed to let her come over as long as she agreed to let me stay on the couch without entertaining her or moving whatsoever.

When she arrived, she had the energy of a bee whizzing about; all of the movement nearly made me vomit. Then she settled in to show me a video called the American Parasite made by a (probiotic) nutritional supplement company. Without going into too much detail, it was an informational video that talked about the harmful effects of sugar, how it leads to overgrowth of candid in the body and claims that it is the fault of the government that so many people are having issues with this “bacterial” imbalance due to the creation of aspartame and other “fat free” and processed food ingredients by companies funded and supported by them (the government) even after shocking reports of cancer in lab rats, etc. Sigh.

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nsaleIt’s finally here: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, starting today, Friday, July 18 in stores and online.  The sale features brand new merchandise at limited-time prices so shop early for the best selection because prices only last until August 3rd.

One huge reason to stop in this weekend: Nordstrom Downtown Seattle and Bellevue Square are hosting a Beauty Bash all day this Saturday, July 19th. Come in to check out the very latest and greatest in beauty and skincare, pick up exclusive gifts with purchase, and enjoy an appointment with one of our beauty stylists.

Another one of the best finds at this year’s sale: a huge selection of boots for men, women and kids. Here are three of our favorite must-have boot trends to check out when you’re there: Stacked Heel Booties, Riding Boots and Motorcycle Boots. I want all of those.

Want even more?

Yes.

Check out the Boot Bash at Nordstrom Bellevue this Saturday, July 19th, from 12 to 3 pm. You’ll find exclusive styles, a tote with your purchase, airbrush artists ready to customize your boots, and more. Be one of the first 500 customers to visit the boot bash for a $10 gift card toward your shoe purchase that day.

Want to check out what’s hot at the sale this year in advance? Visit Nordstrom.com to check out items that are trending on social media, and use the hashtag #nsale to show us your favorite finds!

bravern2Join The Bravern for its 5th anniversary celebration September 18, 2014, from 6-9 p.m for fashion shows, live entertainment and more in honor of their 5th Anniversary.

The Bravern’s Fall Fashion Showcase will feature two fashion shows from Neiman Marcus (6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.), live mannequins, music, specialty bites and drinks.

Come grace the red carpet and experience what the premier shops, restaurants and purveyors have in store. We hope to see you there!

Tweet: @bravern

ubereThere are few things I like more than Uber and Shopping. So, when I heard about the brilliant new partnership between Uber and Banana Republic, I had to share.

Uber has partnered with Banana Republic to celebrate the launch of their new program, Embark. To kick off this exciting effort, Banana Republic is going to reward 20 lucky Seattle Uber users with a $2,000 shopping spree.

Yes, you heard that right. 20 Seattle Uber users will win a $2000 shopping spree. Really? Yes.

How can you win this ultimate shopping experience?

1. Download the Uber app for IPhone or Android.
2. On July 12th, between 1-4pm, open your app or head to m.uber.com and request the “EMBARK” option in the app.
3. If you are one of the first 5 people to request at the top of the hour, you will be picked up in style and brought to the Banana Republic Coliseum store in downtown Seattle for a $2,000 shopping spree!
4. Brag to ALL your friends and share your new digs with the hashtag #UberEMBARK!


Make sure to have the app open and be ready to request as there are only 5 lucky winners per hour and you will definitely have some competition to score the ultimate in retail therapy!

BONUS! If you sign up for EMBARK! in one of the Seattle Banana Republic stores today through Sunday, you’ll have a chance to win FREE Uber rides!

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