Crave Holiday Shop Sale!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Save the date on your calendar for the 2008 Holiday Crave Show. This year’s show will be Wednesday December 10th from 5-9pm at McCaw Hall (Seattle Center). Tickets are $15 and include entry and access to some of the best holiday shopping deals you will find anywhere in the city. Local participating boutiques include La Ree, So Much Fun Sport Chic, Opal, Face Logic, Angela Miller, Inc., Baby Legs, Bouncing Wall and Derby Salon. The line up will continue to expand as the show gets closer so check out the Crave website for the most up to date information (

Here’s a list of Must-See Crave Show Highlights:

La Ree- Rachael Nov has one of the hottest boutiques in Bellevue and if there is one stop you make at the Crave show it better be to her booth! With labels like Mint, Alexander Wang and 18th Amendment you can’t go wrong. If I can get her to cough up specifics on what she’s bringing to the show, trust me, you’ll be the first to know! For more info check out

Opal- With three locations in the Seattle area (Seattle, Mill Creek and Redmond) Opal is taking the city by storm. Opal carries labels like Rock & Republic, William Rast, True Religion, Juicy Couture, Ella Moss and Black Halo. For more info check out

Revival Ink- Tara from Revival Ink is excited to unveil the newest eco-friendly addition to her collection at the Crave Show. If you’re "going green" this Fall you will definitely want to check this out! Revival Ink will also have deals on their signature Blossom Wraps, a bin full of items from last season for a special price of $12 and an assortment of jewelry from Minx Jewelry ( For more info on Revival Ink check out when you view the site check out the ‘ABOUT’ section to hear more about Tara and her mission to support local artists and take care of our planet.

Girly Girl Gifts- Laurie, the creator/owner of Girly Girl Gifts makes the most adorable hand painted stemware, dinnerware and personalized gifts for girlfriends. Custom hand painted wine glasses run for $21 and she can even personalize sake sets for sushi night for a flat rate of $24. For more info check out

Star Juice Aromatherapy- If you prefer a holistic approach to wellness and you love body products you’ll need to stop by the Star Juice Aromatherapy booth. Darcey will be giving out samples of her Cosmic Sugar Scrub which comes in 4 flavors: Creamsicle, Cocowood, Lavender Buzz and Cherub Booty. Check out for more info!

Haute Portraiture- Jennifer Bloom has amazing talent when it comes to painting portraits of people and pets. Her pet paintings make a great holiday gift if you have someone on your list who is an animal lover. Jennifer will be offering free design consultations at the Crave Show- plus, a 10% discount for anyone who signs up for a custom painting. For more info check out

Rocco E Dante Handbags- Come shop seriously deep discounts on all Rocco E Dante handbag samples. We're talking about 45% off retail and some bags at wholesale prices. The economy is in recession and let's face it- there is never a bad time to add a great handbag into your accessory collection.

Grab your girlfriends and come shop!


Weather changes but we want to be fashionable and beautiful at all times and seasons.

Suede jackboots Fendi

Handbag Bottega Veneta
Threre are various styles of handbags to every taste – strict, business-like, pretty feminine or chic. Every woman will find her own style.

Girdle Fendi
The elements of this trend include fringed boots, folk-inspired tooled leather pieces, charm belts and jewelry, embroidery and paisley prints.

Grey dress best-seller RM by Roland Mourent
As we have already mentioned tartan and check are the trends of this season. We see plaid patterns on anything: skirts, jackets, dresses, blouses. Rather than the traditional red tartans, 2009’s check embraces a palette of muted greys, blues, greens and browns.

Shoes Stella McCartney
Winter 2008-2009 shoe trends are bold, sparkling and sometimes a little wild and extreme.

Blouse with a bow Burberry

Lacy skirt Diane Von Furstenberg
If you have chosen skirts instead of pants you should notice a change which fits in with the season. Skirts are longer a little just below the knee. Of course, miniskirts are very popular among young girls. But there are fewer of them now. Besides lace is extremely fashionable again this season.

Cardigan Vince
Winter is cold and of course you can't do without a warm cardigan. This season designers have returned pastel shades to fashion. It is chic and looks perfect on every woman.

Long waistcoat J Mendel
We have seen a lot of fur clothes as well as fur embellishments. Fur collars are extremely popular and are seen in many collections.

Tunic dress Аnna Sui
It is part peasant, part sex-goddess rock chic. It has its roots in traditional folk elements - particularly Russian ones - but it fuses in luxury elements and rock-chic attitude.

For the Girl Who has Everything

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Chances are you have at least one person on your list that has everything. My suggestion is to skip racking your brain and wandering the mall aimlessly and just pick up a copy of the Crave Seattle book "The Urban Girl's Manifesto". This year they published their 3rd Edition and as an avid reader I can tell you, it's their best yet.

The book is a complete insiders guide to all of Seattle's best shopping destinations, spas, salons and more. You'll find interviews with Colette Courtion from Calidora (pg. 38) as she talkes about how she spends her free time and what the most popular treatments her customers ask for. You'll find an interview with Clutch store owner Kimberly Arrington (pg. 52) and discover why she is absolutely obsessed with handbags , and you'll read about Giovanna Duque and what mistakes she made when opening Duque Salon and Spa in Ballard.

See a list of my personal Crave book highlights below:

Fashion Ethic- pg. 82
Meet Candice Caldwell and learn about her sustainable business model

Girl About Town- pg. 97
Meet Darnell Sue and find out why she's passionate about hosting women's networking events like 'Girl Power Hour'.

Holiday Go Lightly- pg. 108
The best part about traveling is getting to relax, so next time you need to book a girlfriend getaway check out and find out why women everywhere love Kerry Rupp's business model.

Kelley Moore- pg. 124
Get up close and personal with Seattle's premier lifestyle expert and find out how what motivated her to start her own business.

La Ree- pg. 130
Rachael Nov is adorable and she brings the best fashion to the Eastside through her fabulous boutique, La Ree. Find out what most people are surprised to know about her and what the best selling products in her boutique are. Don't forget to check out La Ree's partner in crime, Angela Self at Posh on Main, pg. 171.

Red Salon- pg. 187
I would be insane if I left out Angela Bern Castagnola's salon RED from my list of highlights because my girlfriend Chantelle works there and always makes my hair look amazing!

Spa Scotta- pg. 216
Jessica Campbell is taking the city by storm and has been featured in countless Spa Directories in Allure and Lucky magazine. Find out what motivates her and what mistakes she will never repeat.

Turquoise- pg. 248
Meet Gretchen Freeman, a Fashion Marketing grad from The Art Institute (and one of our former Fashion First interns!) and find out what motivated her to open up a fashion boutique in the U-District.

Queen Anne Dispatch- pg. 180
Naturally, I saved the best for last and that's why my top pick of book highlights is Queen Anne Dispatch because Tara and Sabrina rock! Find out why they love doing business on Queen Anne and what people might be surprised to know about them.

The book is available at all the places listed in my highlights and online at


This book makes a great coffee table book, a great reference guide in a fashionista's library and of course, a great gift for the girl who has everything.


Thursday, November 13, 2008
It's very difficult to set our choice on one pair of footwear. There are too much shoes that are in fashion this season!

The variety of stylish boots and booties is so big that we don't know where to look first. Fashion of Winter 2009 sets a very difficul problem that we have to solve anyway :)
Varnish and sued boots, fringed cowboy boots, bright womanly booties, rough manly booties... No matter what style of footwear you choose it will be your perfect shoes and you will look pretty and fashionable.

1. Varnish red boots Bottega Veneta 2. Booties Marc by Marc Jacobs 3. Heeled booties Jil Sander

4. Boots Dries Van Noten 5. Blue sued booties Chloe 6. Brown sued boots Chloe

7. Booties Alexander McQueen 8. Booties Christian Louboutin

10. Red cowboy booties Chloe 11. Classic boots Jil Sander


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The simple graphics.

Penciling eyes with black eyeshades is very popular again this season. Black and dark grey lines in make-up are very topical now. There is no need to shade the lines, clearness is the most important thing.

The pencil line has to run strictly along eyelashes. A whitish blank is a serious makeup mistake.

1. Eye shadow pencil Double Wear, Black Pearl, Estée Lauder 2. Eye pencil Le Crayon Khôl Black Carat, 024, Lancôme

Queen Anne Dispatch + Friends & Family Sale- FRIDAY!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008
My favorite boutique on Queen Anne is Queen Anne Dispatch aka Undies & Outies Boutique. Tara, Sabrina, Mercedes and team (including Chico, the store mascot/watch dog) are fabulous and this Friday Nov. 7th they're hosting their annual Friends & Family sale featuring 20% off all purchases! 

That means 20% off their amazing selection of shoes (including the navy blue Oh Deer! pumps with the reptile skin gold toe (see above picture!) and 20% off all of their apparel & accessories.

DJ Darnell Sue will be on the turn tables spinning your favorite tunes and you'll be treated to cocktails while you shop compliments of the Queen Anne Dispatch team. 

The fun starts at 6pm but the sale lasts all day. So stop by and take advantage of the amazing discounts they are offering for 1 day only!

When: Friday Nov. 7th

Where: Queen Anne Dispatch. 2212 Queen Anne Ave. N. 

Time: 6-9pm (But the Sale lasts all day long!)