Sunday, December 13, 2009

Last Blog Post on UFN

Dear Readers,

First, I want to thank you for reading my blog over the year and 1/2 that I've been with Urban Fashion Network. I started with UFN as an intern while balancing school and work full-time. People thought I was crazy to take on this internship on top of everything I was doing but I was desperate for a taste of fashion in my life and like they say, if you want something bad enough, you make it work. All the sleepless nights has certainly been worth it! I've had the opportunity to attend some of the best fashion shows, galas and fashion events in Seattle! Along the way, I've also met some amazing people who I have established friendships with.

I don't think I ever shared this milestone on my blog but I graduated this past summer with my B.S. in Business Administration. The months to follow, I spent it trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and although it was a very difficult decision to make, I decided this year would be my last year blogging for UFN. I'm not exactly sure what I will be doing with myself but that's what I will be doing with my spare time - figuring it out.

This doesn't mean that you will be out of tune with Seattle's fashion scene. Tarah, the founder of UFN has her own blog and you are welcome to follow her here:

Thank you for following me. I'm glad you've enjoyed reading my blog. Stay warm and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Holiday Designer Trunk Show

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2009
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: 2656 13th Ave W. Seattle, WA 98119

Eight local designers will showcase their wares for your shopping pleasure.

Snack, sip and shop!

Glamspoon Clothing
Lekkerlife Clothing
Pare Umbrella
Pepo Park
Stir Boutique
Tarah Prater Jewelry
Thea Starr

RSVP on facebook

Monday, November 2, 2009

4th Annual Sips & Shoes: A Wine Tasting and Shoe Extravaganza

Whoever thought of this idea is a genius! If you love wine and shoes this is the event for you! This year Seattle Uncorked is hosting their 4th Annual Sips & Shoes extravaganza. They’ve teamed up with five local shoe stores (Cleminitine, DSW, John Fleuvog, Sole Food, and Shoetini) and 30 wineries for you to sample the latest wines while you browse the new shoe arrivals / collections. There will also be a complementary pasta bar provided by the Hyatt. Money raised from the event will benefit Ryther Child Center

When: Sunday, November 8th
Where: Seattle Grand Hyatt
721 Pine Street - Seattle
From: 4:00-7:00 pm, Registration opens at 3:30pm
Cost: $40 - For tickets go to

Glitter Gala

When: Thursday,November 5, 2009
Where: Sheraton Hotel | Metropolitan Ballroom
1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle
What is the Goodwill Glitter Gala?

This year is our second annual Glitter Gala in coordination with our Glitter Sale. The Gala will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 6 pm at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

Together with our talented, committed and hardworking event partners, we would like to invite you to join our efforts to help support Goodwill. The evening includes a lively reception, a delicious dinner, a dynamic fashion show, entertainment and a silent auction.

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.

Net proceeds from the event support Goodwill’s free job training and education programs, which help low income people with barriers to employment get the skills and support they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency through work. Because jobs change lives.

Sponsor the Glitter Gala

Join local business leaders in supporting Goodwill’s 2009 Glitter Events! Learn about the benefits of connecting your business with Goodwill's mission.

Register to Attend the Glitter Gala
Individual tickets for the Glitter Gala can be purchased for $125 per person.
You can also gather 10 friends or colleagues and become a table steward for $1,250.
Email or call, (206) 583-8055 for more information or to register over the phone.

Volunteer at the Glitter Gala
There are many ways in which you can help out at this year's Glitter Gala! Learn about available positions, how to sign up, and the benefits of being a volunteer.

Contact Information

For more information about this event, contact Gina Hall:
Phone: (206) 583-8055

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Portland Fashion Week

It took me two and a half hours to drive to Portland to attend Portland Fashion Week and it was well worth it. If you didn't know, Portland Fashion Week is the only fashion week in the world that’s focused on eco-friendly apparel. I couldn't wait to see the bamboo runway or photograph side by side with Fashion Wire Press.

The featured designers for the Saturday night show included Jason Matio, Seattle designer Lizzie Parker, Jantzen Swimwear, and Mehdi.

Here are the highlights of each collection…


Sequins, sequins, sequins!!!


Mid-eastern inspiration


Romantic flows


Strategic usage of fabric to enhance a woman’s best assets

Monday, October 12, 2009

Two Amazing Fashion Shows in One Night

This past Friday night was a hectic one for Tarah and I because of one little problem: we were booked to attend two shows in the same night. The two shows were the 2nd Annual EcoLavish Fashion Show and Luly Yang’s annual couture show. The good news was we made it on time to catch both shows. The Luly Yang show started a little earlier than EcoLavish so we were able to dash out during Luly Yang’s intermission to make it to the Engine Room at Georgetown Studios for EcoLavish. The bad news is that we missed Luly Yang’s finale. Hey, you lose some, you win some right?

EcoLavish was put on by Half Past Lavish (an event planning company ran by FGI member Courtney Russell) and the goal behind EcoLavish is to prove that eco-friendly apparel can be stylish, fun, and anything but boring. Being that this is the only fashion show in the northwest with a green runway and full on eco-friendly designers / apparel, I think Courtney is on to something big. The designers included Renee Corrick of Six Degrees, Kimberlee Iblings of Deco Modiste, Teresa Remple of Texture Clothing and finale designer Lizzie Parker of Lizzie Parker Eco Atelier.

Here are some of my favorite looks of the night…


Texture leggings

The Luly Yang annual couture show was held at Fairmount Olympic Hotel with the theme ‘The Creation’ which was influenced by Michelangelo’s artwork. Just like the previous years, Luly Yang donated a portion of the proceeds to Camp Korey, a camp in Carnation, WA fully staffed with a medical team and counselors for children with a serious illness to attend. We were able to catch the Camp Korey show where the children wore Luly Yang on the runway and the client portion of the runway show where previous client walked the runway with their custom made garment.

Camp Korey Super Star

Clients of Luly Yang

After attending both shows, Tarah and I joined our blogging friends Jess and Nadine for a late night dinner at Taco Del Mar.

Friday, October 2, 2009

BFW: Sweat and Spice Spectacular

I attended the Sweat and Spice Spectacular as part of Bellevue Fashion Week tonight and didn’t have any expectations at all with one exception – I was expecting to see some athletic wear. The event description states, ‘enjoy savory treats, witness incredible live performances, explore our latest functional product line and leave inspired.’ They were able to deliver all that they promised and more.

The event was presented by Lululemon Athlectica with all proceeds benefiting the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club. The show started out with Bollywood Infusion Dance Performers and they did an awesome job! Then we had Kathy Haggart, president of the Boys and Girls Club welcome the audience with a thank you to the attendees. Shortly, Allison Forsyth, owner of Lululemon Athelectica and Canadian alpine ski team alumnus took the stage. She shared with us her story of becoming a professional athletic and the day her race ended due to a crash days before her chance for the gold medal during the 2006 Olympics. She also shared with us a tear jerking story about her mother who was diagnosing with breast cancer and how fortunate she felt to have come home from the Olympics to spend time with her before her passing. The speech was definitely a little longer than I had expected but as promised, she did inspire me. She left us with the message that life happens and when it does you can either say, ‘poor me’, or pick yourself back up and keep going. I thought that was a positive message for the little ones who did attend.

Now the crowd was ready for the fashion! When the models entered the runway, they were not your typical female model – 5’9, 105lbs, and check bones has high as a sky scraper. Instead they were athletics who worked in the fitness industry walk the catwalk with their tricks. Bev Currier and Maika Manring from The Bar Method stood on the run way with a balancing act on double bars all proving that the gear they were wearing from Lululemon Athelectica was indeed functional.

After the show ended, Tarah and I were grabbing our cap for our lens when we spotted a group of girls battling at the end of the runway mimicking the tricks they were just presented with. It was quite adorable.

This show was definitely for people who have a strong love for the active life and the gear necessary to make it happen. Yes, not so much for me.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Nordstrom Bellevue Square Fall Fashion Show

Held at the Hyatt, the Nordstrom Bellevue Square fourth annual fall runway fashion show was a sold out event. With approximately 500 guests, 100% of the ticket sales went towards the Detlef Schrempf Foundation! Featured designers included Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth and James, Haute Hippie, Hugo Boss, Leifsdotter, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Milly, Rag & Bone and Vince.

The essential items for Fall 2009 according to Nordstrom are…

For women… leather, updated sheath dress, the ‘boyfriend’ blazer, ruffled blouse, leggings, tall boots, seasonless sandals, and metal hardware.

I’d like to add faux fur…

And deep colors…

For men… leather, a cardigan, lean silhouettes, plaid, boots, Nordstrom guide to men’s style by Tom Julian.

…and I totally agree with lean silhouettes..

Stay tune for more photos of the runway show at photos by youa kong blog.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The September Issue Special Screening with Director R.J. Cutler

Getting to see the most powerful and influential women in the fashion industry in action was the perfect way to kick off Bellevue Fashion Week.

... and after watching the documentary, Anna Wintour proved to me three things:

one.. She is highly influential...

Staff: No one was wearing fur until Anna put it on the cover of Vogue in the early 90's.

two.. She has a sarcastic sense of humor...
Interviewer: Anna, you are known as an... 'ice queen'.
Anna Wintour: This week has been cold.

three... She is powerful...

Interviewer: Would you call Anna the priest?
Staff: Oh no, more like the Pope of fashion.

Your chance to watch The September Issue is this Friday at the Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bellevue Fashion Week

Hello fashionistas! Bellevue Fashion Week is just around the corner and here are some updated information for you...

Fashion Week ’09 In-Store Events/Mini Runway Shows Add Sizzle to Weeklong Celebration of Style

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Sept. 21, 2009) – Along with the more notable fashion runway events for Fashion Week ’09, which runs September 29 – October 4, 2009 at The Bellevue Collection, are a host of complimentary in-store events and mini runway shows -- all loaded with style.


Tea Time with TIGI at Beauty Works
Monday, September 28, 1-3 PM
Are you a Brunette Goddess or a Super Star? Are you a Rockaholic or do you rock the Cat Walk? Sip iced tea, and play with product while TIGI expert, Susan Grizzle answers all of your questions, and helps you find which TIGI personality you are! Stop in and enter to win a prize.

Dismero Event at Papillon
Monday, September 28, 4-8 PM
Come to Papillon to celebrate our fabulous Italian Sportswear line Dismero- for you to take with you- special purchases on all our Italian lines. Sip Prosecco and nibble on Italian delicacies.

Complimentary Skincare Consultations at Aveda
Every Day of Fashion Week
Visit Aveda for your complimentary skincare consultation and receive a sample of a masque best suited for your skin type.

An Evening In Black and White with Sebastian at Beauty Works

Tuesday, September 29, 6-8 PM
Did you love Sebastian's Threads? You will love Microweb Fiber! Come and learn about Microweb Fiber and the rest of the fabulous new line with our Sebastian specialist, Chrissy Sayre. You will be able to play with the products, enjoy a snack, and participate in an in-store drawing.

Curls Night Out by Deva Curl at Beauty Works
Wednesday, September 30, 4-7 PM
Sick of flat ironing your hair every day? Fearful that the Seattle rain will make your waves rear their unruly head? Stop denying your curls and embrace them! The Deva Curl line was created by Lorraine Massey, author of the book Curly Girl. Come and let our very own designer, Linda Jacobs, walk you through a new way to love your curls with these amazing products.

Skin Bar Event by Dermalogica at Beauty Works
Thursday, October 1, 4-7 PM
As the seasons change, so does the needs of your skin. Our skin care specialist, Inga Lajauskiene, can help! Stop by for a specialized Dermalogica face mapping, and find out what your skin needs to keep that healthy glow all year round. There will samples and testers, as well as a chance to win a fabulous Dermalogica gift basket.

Grand Opening of HUGO BOSS
Thursday, October 1
Join HUGO BOSS and Details to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new BOSS Store. Enjoy specialty drinks and the chance to win exclusive prizes as you shop the newest BOSS collections for men. For event details visit the BOSS Store. Register to receive exclusive information on HUGO BOSS events and collections and a chance to win a $1,000 HUGO BOSS wardrobe by visiting

Business Casual Seminar at Road
Thursday October 1st, 7 PM
This event will cover acceptable workplace fashion. How to start with the basics and add the elements of fashion. Picking the right color and how to achieve the perfect fit will also be covered. Special one on one consultations will be available as well.

Hair U Wear by Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson at Beauty Works
Friday, October 2, 4-8 PM
Get the glamour of long silky voluminous hair without having to do the work of growing it! We will do a color match, and show you how to apply these popular extensions. Learn how to utilize the extensions for different styles and how to properly store and clean them so that you can have your extensions for years to come. During this event, all hair pieces will be 50% off.

KOS Launch Event at Louie Permelia
Saturday, October 3
The world's hottest new fashion footwear line. KOS, an elite purveyor of high quality, high fashion shearling boots. Come see an exclusive preview of the new fall line-up. Enjoy wine and cheese for this exciting event.

Invite the teens, men and women in the family for these exciting mini runway shows. The following stores will feature shows in Center Court of Bellevue Square daily from Sept. 30th – Oct. 4th A complete schedule of mini runway show times is posted on
v Ann Taylor

v Aritzia

v Banana Republic

v Billabong

v Cache

v Eddie Bauer

v Escape Outdoors

v Exofficio

v Express

v Free People

v Gap


v Helly Hansen

v Louie Permelia

v Lucy

v Macy’s


v Martin & Osa


v Vans

v Zebraclub

For more information on all Fashion Week ’09 events, visit

About The Bellevue Collection

Located in the heart of Bellevue, Washington, The Bellevue Collection includes Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square. With a distinctive collection of 250 of the finest shops,23 sit-down restaurants, a 16-screen premier cinema, 700 luxury hotel rooms and 10,000 free retail parking spaces, all in one location. The Bellevue Collection is an experience unlike any other in the region. It is located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 10th Street in downtown Bellevue, just across Lake Washington from Seattle.

Friday, September 18, 2009

IADT Imagine Fashion Show

When I think of the International Academy of Design and Technology’s annual fashion show – Imagine, I think of the big white Bryant Park like tent set up in the school’s parking lot. This year IADT presented another well executed fashion show. There were over 100 garments and 9 categories including casual and active, day, career, cocktail, alternative, club, costume, evening, and bridal wear.

Here are my favorite designs for the night…

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fashion First

There are a handful of fashion shows that I look forward to seeing every year and Fashion First is one of them. The idea behind Fashion First is to showcase the best fall fashion within our local boutiques and designers while benefiting the Starlight foundation. The event was definitely charity heavy and full of fashion.

John Curley from Evening Magazine kicked off the night with an auction. The auction included a seven day stay in Cancun, jersey from Matt Hasselbeck, wine collections, and a one on one consultation and garment made of your choice with Project Runway contestant, Blaine (which was auctioned for $2,000).

Tonight's line up included...

La Ree (pictured above), The Finerie, Totokaelo, merge, Tatters, Clutch, Impluse, Heidi K Jewelry, the winners of Seamless in Seattle, and student designs from the Art Institute.

On the runway there were a five trends that I spotted...
1. Lots of mixture with gray and black
2. Black Boots, Booties, and Gladiator heels
3. Fur vests
4. The boyfriend blazer
5. Big everything from hair to bold colorful jewelry.

Once again, Fashion First threw another great show. :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Save the Date: Ecolavish

Back for the 2nd year, this annual event features up-and-coming and established eco-conscious fashion designers from the Pacific Northwest. EcoLavish is Seattle's only eco-friendly fashion show.

NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted.

General Admission Tickets are standing room.

VIP Tickets include runway seating (first come, first served) and a swag bag.

Guests must be 21 and over with ID.

Complimentary on-site event parking.

Date: October 09, 2009
From 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Location: The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios
5890 Airport Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108

Price: $25.00 - $50.00


Contact: Courtney Russell

Monday, August 31, 2009

From Fashion Faux Pas to Fashion Fabulous!

A few local designers were put to the challenge by the Ruby Room to play fairy godmother and beautify the unwanted evening gowns left behind. Once transformed, the evening gowns were then displayed at the Fashion Faux Pas to Fashion Fabulous fashion show where they were auction off. The local designers included Sabrina Couture and Tiffany Miller. Here are some of the gorgeous gowns they were able to put together...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Shopping at the Warehouse Sale

Although I was exhausted from last night's Product Runway show, I couldn't contain my excitement for the Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale going on this weekend. This morning I was able to wake up at a decent time and rush over to Fremont Studios to join the early birds. The highlights of my adventure included:

*Being a part of the first 75 shoppers to receive a swag bag
*Walking right up to Logan Neitzel to get my autographed poster and picture
*Falling in love with Jesica Milton's 100% blue silk party dress
*Snatching a pink square diamond ring and a gold necklace with a key charm from Katie Kay
*Shopping to great music spin by a DJ

What was the highlight of your shopping experience at the first ever Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Seattle Fashion's Night Out: Boutique Culture Warehouse Sale

If you haven't already heard, September 10th is reserved for Fashion's Night out in NYC and all across the world in some of fashion's biggest capitals! Designers, celebrities, models, and any name in the fashion industry will come together in department stores, boutiques, etc. to encourage customers to shop in hopes to boost the fashion industry and save jobs.

This weekend, Boutique Culture is hosting a warehouse sale with some of our local fashion boutiques / designers and I'm calling it Seattle's Fashion Night Out. Why? Because you will be seeing boutiques and designers who are a big part of our local fashion industry such as Spun, La Rousse, Clutch, Jessica Milton, and Deli. Your local celebrity supporting this event is Logan Neitzel of Lifetime's Season 6 Project Runway! This will be a two day event and many of the merchandise being sold will be anywhere from 40 to 80% off and new fall arrivals will be 10- 20% off. To top it off, this event's admission is free!

Come out and support your local designer and boutiques!

When: Saturday, August 29th 10AM to 6PM & Sunday, August 30th 11AM to 4PM
Where: Fremont Studios

For more information visit: Boutique Culture

Friday, August 21, 2009

Save the Dates: Great Fashion Events

My favorite time of the year is just around the corner – fall! With that, so are the fashion shows! Here are some upcoming shows you do not want to miss. Every show is tied to a charity so why not kill two birds with one stone – a great night out with your girls while supporting a local charity!

Product Runway
What: 18 leading interior designers, architects, and students will flaunt their creativity by sending couture garments crafted from a diverse range of interior materials and finishes down the runway. Innovative teams from regional firms will design and construct their creations using everything from carpet to lighting – as they compete for prizes and bragging rights!
When: Friday, August 28th Doors open at 7PM
Where: Seattle Exhibition Hall
Benefiting: Seattle Ronald McDonald House & IDCW

Fashion Faux Pas to Fashion Fabulous!
What: The Ruby Room invited talented local fashion designers such as MAC Designs, Tiffany Miller and Sabrina Couture to work their magic with Ruby Room gowns that weren't asked to the prom. The designers will make them the belles of the ball and you'll have the chance to take home a one-of-a-kind gown! You will also have the chance to bid on two round trip JetBlue tickets, a relaxing stay at the Inn at Langley, a SilverLake Wine Frenzy and much much more! Last year they exceeded their fundraising goals and with your help they'll do it again this year.
When: Saturday, August 29th Doors open at 7PM
Where: Paramount Theater
Benefiting: The Ruby Room

Fashion First’s 6th Annual Fashion Show
What: Watch all your local fashion boutiques such as La Ree, Merge, and Clutch come together for one hot night filled with fall fashion! You will be the first to see what these boutiques will be stocking on their shelves in time for the fall.
When: Thursday, September 17th Doors open at 7:30PM
Where: Qwest Event Center
Benefiting: Starlight Children’s Foundation

The Bellevue Collection: Fashion Week
What: The Bellevue Collection presents six days of fashion displays including a special screening of The September Issue, Nordstrom fall fashion show, and a first time ever Front Row Fashion show, a collaboration with Vogue.
When: Tuesday, September 29th – Sunday, October 4th
Where: Bellevue, WA
Benefiting: Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue

Imagine! – 2009
What: The International Academy of Design & Technology’s 3rd Annual Fashion Show - Imagine! will take place on the grounds of their fabulous campus in Tukwila under canopies and in tents in the same style as the celebrated Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City. On this very special Friday evening they are proud to present to you some of their top student designs – the best of the best that their fashion students have to offer.
When: Friday, September 18th @ 8PM
Benefiting: The International Academy of Design & Technology

Luly Yang Annual Couture Fashion Show
What: Every year Luly Yang’s newly designed couture collections are first revealed at her annual couture fashion show before they go on display at her store. Luly’s couture collections are stunning and unique. You can also find a theme behind the creation of her designs.
When: October 9th, 2009
Where: Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Benefiting: Camp Korey
Tickets: email

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Collaboration: Vogue and The Bellevue Collection's Fashion Week '09

It is not hard to miss the major development and renovations in downtown Bellevue these past few years especially the endless expansion of The Bellevue Collection. This place easily became one of my favorite spots to shop for luxury brands and it continues to get better with new retail store openings such as Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, True Religion, and 7 For All Mankind (yes, you can now find these stores in Bellevue Sqaure).

Every year The Bellevue Collection hosts their own fashion week on the Eastside and today they announced some very exciting news - The Bellevue Collection will be collaborating with Vogue to bring you Front Row Fashion! This will be a runway show produce by the fashion magazine and will feature fashion from The Bellevue Collection. Ann Vincent, the director of merchandising for Vogue will be sharing fall fashion must-haves. Also included in the six day extravaganza is a special screening of The September Issue at Lincoln Square Cinemas. Yes, all very exciting stuff!

Here are all the details of what you can expect to see...

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bellevue Collection announces today a collaboration with the recognized authority in haute fashion coverage, Vogue magazine, for Fashion Week '09, September 29 - October 4, 2009. In addition to a special Vogue fashion presentation, this fourth annual event will include proven favorites such as the Nordstrom Fall Fashion Show, a runway show by David Lawrence showcasing Italian designer fashions, a cutting edge hair and fashion show by 7 Salon and Zebraclub, and VIP Shopping Night at The Bellevue Collection.

New this year is Front Row Fashion presented by Vogue, a spectacular runway show designed and executed by Vogue magazine with fashions from The Bellevue Collection. This exclusive presentation will bring the fall trends straight from the pages of Vogue to Bellevue's Fashion Week runway. Special guest, Anne Vincent, director of merchandising for Vogue, will be sharing this fall's must-haves.

In addition, Lincoln Square Cinemas will be the site of the greater Seattle/Eastside director's screening of the new documentary The September Issue. Offering unprecedented access into the making of the world's most famous fashion magazine, The September Issue illustrates Vogue's extraordinary influence on fashion, culture and on the market. The debut will be followed by a special Q & A reception with Director R. J. Cutler.

"With all of the new luxury brands choosing to open at The Bellevue Collection (Burberry, Michael Kors, 7 For All Mankind, Hugo Boss, True Religion) plus the broad collection of haute designers featured at Nordstrom and boutiques like David Lawrence and Mercer, partnering with Vogue to present our major fashion event was a perfect match," says Jennifer Leavitt, vice president of marketing, Kemper Development Company (KDC), owners of The Bellevue Collection. "This partnership speaks to the affluence, sophistication and fashionable sensibility of our core customers. We are ecstatic to be able to bring Vogue to the Northwest for Fashion Week at The Collection."

Anne Vincent, who has been with the business side of Vogue for eight years spearheading events, presenting fashion and beauty trends and serving as TV spokeswoman will be on hand for media interviews.

Major events planned for Fashion Week '09 are as follows:

Sept. 29 The September Issue Special Screening with director R.J.
Cutler, Lincoln Square Cinemas

Sept. 30: Nordstrom Fall Fashion Show, Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Oct. 1: Italia: Life in 'I' Style presented by David Lawrence and the
Italian Trade Commission, Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Oct 2 Sweat and Spice Spectacular, lululemon athletica, Hyatt
Regency Bellevue

Oct. 3: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Tiffany & Co. at Bellevue Square

Front Row Fashion Presented by Vogue, featuring Anne Vincent,
Vogue magazine, Hyatt Regency Bellevue

VIP Shopping Night at The Bellevue Collection, featuring a
host of exclusive offers from stores throughout The

Oct. 4: Urban Blowout, cutting edge hair meets cutting edge fashion,
7 Salon and Zebraclub, Hyatt Regency Bellevue

For more information, visit

About The Bellevue Collection

Located in the heart of Bellevue, Washington, The Bellevue Collection includes Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square. With a distinctive collection of 250 of the finest shops, 19 sit-down restaurants, a 16-screen premier cinema, 700 luxury hotel rooms and 10,000 free retail parking spaces, all in one location. The Bellevue Collection is an experience unlike any other in the region. It is located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 10th Street in downtown Bellevue, just across Lake Washington from Seattle.

SOURCE The Bellevue Collection

So ladies, save the dates: September 29 - October 4, 2009 for The Bellevue Collection Fashion Week! Stay tuned and UFN will certainly keep you posted on more info, tickets, etc.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

2009 Nordstrom Designer Preview Fashion Show

Honestly, I didn't sleep well last night because I was too excited about attending tonight's Nordstorm Designer Preview Show. There were three things, to be exact, that I was anticipating: 1) testing out my new Canon SLR because I was getting super tired of producing poor photo quality to all you readers; 2) Fall fashion! I love love love fall fashion; and 3) the designers! Oh, I'm talking about Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and my girlfriend Versace! Yes, they were all there.

Held at the Paramount Theatre, the doors opened at 6:30pm for guests to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oevuvres while they mingle and did some boutique hopping. Each designer featured in the fashion show had their own little boutique set up for guests to get a better look at the garments that were being featured in the show. Guests were also able to pre-order the featured fashion; however, the only thing missing were the actual designers. Oh how a girl can wish...

So just how I like it, the show started at 8:30 as promised. Guests were seated fairly quickly and the show was rolling in no time. Already too ecstatic about the show and antsy to see what's to come, I was thankful that there weren't any long speeches. We got the chance to meet the new Seattle Art Museum's president to whom the show was benefiting and then out strutted Gucci.

The featured designers in the Nordstrom Designer Preview show were Gucci, Missoni, Stella McCartney, Marni, Versace, Nina Ricci, Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, and Chanel.

This was by far one of the best fashion shows I've attended thus far. It was so well organized and the fashion did not disappoint. I will go to bed a happy girl tonight!

You can see all of the photos I took from the show here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

InspirAsian Fashion Show

The International Examiner celebrated their 35th Anniversary at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on Pier 66 this evening. The agenda included a live auction, dinner, and a fashion show featuring local Asian designers.

Five designers were chosen to showcase their collection. They included:

Bo Choi: Graduate of the University of California at Davis in Fashion Design and Studio Art. All her pieces were in black proving that one girl can never have too many LBD's.

Vivian Hsu: Vivian has a broad background when it comes to fashion. I've seen her photograph the hottest fashion shows, I also know that she's model, and now a designer too. She's well rounded when it comes to fashion so I wasn't surprise to see her exquisite collection of evening gowns. Each gown portrayed elegance and rich jewel-like colors.

Jessica Louie: After earning her B.A. in Architecture from the University of Washington, she will be continuing her education and pursue a fashion degree from Parsons School for Design. I loved the simplicity of Jessica's collection and her collection was very fun and flirty with full shirts and bouncy dresses that strut the runway.

Kelly Su: After graduating from the Art Institue of Seattle, Kelly spent the past 6 years designing for Nordstrom's Halogen and lingerie label. Pieces from her collection were versatile from day to evening and was made for the girl on the go.

Lennura Zhataganova: As an international student from Kazakhstan, she will be graduating from Seattle Central Community College in Apparel Design this June. Her collection was inspired by fabric colors and textures which explains the memorable yellow hip length coat.

It was truly inspiring to see the talents of the Asian community together in one evening and the event was overall fun and enjoyable.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day

The goal behind Earth Day is to cause more awareness and appreciation of our earth's environment. This day is celebrated in over 140 countries. However, being that I am a Seattlelite, every day feels like earth day. The people here really embrace being eco-friendly in every possible way. Think of our intense recycling system that comes with a cheat sheet, our local restaurants and their eco-friendly to go boxes, the number of workplaces that participates in composting, etc. It's unavoidable. Being green is really the new black and this is definitely not a FAD or trend because I don't see it going away... ever.

So fashionistas, what can you do to support your environment? Shop with our local eco-friendly designers and boutique. For starters I recommend you visiting FashionEthic is an online boutique founded by Candice Caldwell in 2007. Fashion Ethic is centered around three principles: 1) providing you with the best in fashion-forward and forward thinking apparel so you can build a wardrobe you feel good about; 2)bringing the boutique experience online; and 3) supporting and promoting ethical designers who make fashionably responsible choices in their materials and manufacturing, labor and business practices, and social responsibility. Shop at now and any purchases of $35+ made through May 1st is 30% off. Use the code "EVERYDAY" at checkout.

As for designers, one of our local favorite eco-friendly designers - Lizzie Parker will be opening her own store in Issaqauh this weekend (and coincidentally, I was scheduled to interview her today). Her Fave-T (organic t-shirt) was recently featured in InTouch Magazine and in honor of that, this weekend they will be up for grabs at 2 for $80 (normally $54 each). Her mission is to bring women chic fashionable clothing with organic, eco-friendly, and locally made designs.

Happy Earth Day and Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Seattle Fashion Week

Tonight I attended the Seattle Fashion Week kick off party at Amber in Belltown. After a year hiatus, Gabe Choy and his team are back.

Here are the details for the upcoming shows:

Thurs, April 16
Independent Designers Showcase
@ Fremont Studios
Door open at 7PM

Fri, April 17

Urban Retailers Show
@ Fremont Studios
Doors open at 7PM

Sat, April 18
Couture Finale Fashion Show
@ Fremont Studios
Doors open at 7PM

Please note that all the shows are 21 and over with a strict dress code. It is not too late to purchase tickets if you haven't already done so here.

For more information about Seattle Fashion Week, visit their website. Urban Fashion Network will be at all shows and of course, covering all the details for those of you who can't make it.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Be a Recessionista Event

Urban Fashion Network will be at the next Girl Power Hour networking event for women. Here are the details…

Seattle, WA / April 2, 2009 – Girl Power Hour, Seattle’s premier woman’s professional networking experience, hosts the final installment of a special 4-part series called The Power Of Focused Intention with guest speaker and author Jill Keto who will offer money saving tips and discussing her book Don't Get Caught with Your Skirt Down.

Girl Power Hour occurs the third Thursday of every month for young professional women to connect and share ideas at stylish venues across town. Each event explores an empowerment theme, boasts an inspirational guest speaker and a charity connection. Girl Power Hour also offers a fun, friendly environment, swag bags, door prizes and cocktail specials.

When: Thursday, April 16, 2009 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Alchemy Collection 2029 Second Avenue Seattle, WA 98121

This very special, exclusive event will host only 150 women - first come, first serve. Tickets are $25.00 online at

Enjoy complimentary food and drink provided by Gourmondo, Pearl Vodka and Propel Water. The first 50 women will receive swag bags and the 50 to sign up will receive either an eyebrow consultation and wax or a 5 minute massage at the event from Radiance Medispa.

Girl Power Hour will also hold a mini-"swap" hosted by Urban Fashion Network and invite attendees to bring one viably fashionable accessory for this fun and free activity.

Washington CASH (Community Alliance for Self Help), a non-profit that helps small businesses get the funding they need is the charitable partner for this event.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Warehouse Sale Cruising This Weekend

I’ve always been a ‘glass half full’ kind of girl so with that being said; I am going to make the best out of this recession and you may ask, how is that even possible? Well, the bad economy should be in your favor, shopaholic because what that means for you is great deals, less money spent which ultimately equals more quantity! This weekend I am planning to attend two warehouse sales that I’ve been anticipating all week:

Endless Knot Warehouse Sale
Why: Rumor to have spring clothing with prices below wholesale!
When: April 2nd – April 5th
Thur 10am – 9pm, Fri & Sat 10am – 9 pm, Sun 10am – 4pm
Where: Faces / Arc Gym
9250 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Spring Sports Warehouse Sale for Women and Men

Why: 50 to 70% off of spring items
When: April 3rd – April 5th
Fri 9am – 8pm, Sat 9am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm
Where: Magnuson Park
Hanger 30, 6310 NE 74th St
Seattle, WA 98115

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Couture Carnivale

First off, I have to apologize about the hiatus. It’s been over a month since I last blogged or attended a fashion event. Not only was it a quiet winter for the Seattle fashion scene but I was also having a quiet moment of my own – but I’m back now!

Last Sunday night my good friend Sandy picked me up and we headed over to the Last Super Club in Pioneer Square to catch the Couture Carnivale fashion show. Not only was it my first event since my hiatus but it was also the first time this year seeing my friend Sandy. Yep, life has been busy. We arrived about 45 minutes after doors opened and was greeted with a packed house. The show had a burlesque / circus like theme to it. The hostess, Anna Lange (owner of Pretty Parlor) wore a cute five tiered multiple colored layered dress. I’d have to say she was absolutely fun with her faux accent and curly pigtails. The show featured four local boutiques including House of Pretty Parlor. Each boutique showcased vintage recycled clothing perfect for spring. The show was presented by Margidavid Salon who was also responsible for the fabulous big hair the models sported. There were three burlesque performances too but unfortunately due to my lack of attention to details, I overlooked that information in the brochure and skipped out early. To my defense it was a Sunday night show ;).

Tarah (UFN founder and my sweet boss) recently emailed me a few shows for spring so I will say that things will start to pick up. If you're interested in the details please visit the UFN event calendar otherwise stick around!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Project Red Dress Winner!

Attending the 2nd Annual Project Red Dress competition last night at the Fairview Olympic Hotel was the perfect way to welcome Valentine’s Day! Benefiting the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Movement, the event entailed 10 students from local fashion schools competing to win a $3,000 scholarship, and a window display with their dress at the downtown Macy’s Store.

Brooke and Monti of Movin’ 92.5 were the hostesses of the evening. Prior to the show, the contestants were given limited time to design and create a red dress (same concept as Project Runway). The Project Red Dress fashion show was held to judge the garments and determine the winner. This year Project Red Dress welcomed back Nick Verreos (Project Runway Season 2 contestant and NIKOLAKI designer) to be a part of their judge panel. Accompanying Nick on the judge panel included Laura Cassidy - Fashion Editor of Seattle Metropolitan, Victora Glenn - Victoria’s Bridal Couture and V Custom Design, Rose Dennis - President, ARD, LLC, and Aysel Andreson, M.D. - The Art and Science of Beauty. The judge panel took into consideration the contestants’ design concept, construction of the dress, creativity, and overall fit.

Taking first place was contestant Rosie Kohlmeier of New York Fashion Academy. Her fun and flirty cocktail dress finished off with an enormous bow in the front, had the best care in construction. Although she took home $3000 that evening, the look on her face when Nick Verreos announced her as the winner was priceless!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Project Red Dress

Seattle is rolling out the red carpet for the 2nd Annual Project Red Dress design competition sponsored by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. Fashion students from 6 schools will compete to win a $3,000 scholarship while helping to raise money for The American Heart Association. Celebrity judges including Nick Verros from Project Runway will be on hand to review custom red dress designs submitted by contest participants.

Tickets start at $50 for general admission. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75 and include premier runway seating and a swag bag. Last year’s event sold out so get your tickets today!

Event Sponsors include: Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Fashion Group International, IADT, The Fairmont Hotel, Half Past Lavish Events, Macys, Pacific Fabrics & Crafts, and the Renton Sewing Company.

When: February 13, 2009

Where: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Time: 6:30 PM

Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

For more Information visit:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jason Wu Trunk Show

Jason Wu - better known Michelle Obama’s inauguration ball gown designer, is having a trunk show at the downtown Nordstrom today from 11am to 3pm. You will be able to purchase Jason Wu’s Spring 2009 collection and preorder the latest and greatest off the runway. Unfortunately the designer himself will not be there but one of his reps will.

Happy Shopping!

Photo credit: New York Times

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Get Organized, Get Styled

Happy New Year!
It’s hard to believe that we are almost through the month of January! Recuperating from the holidays was very much needed but now it’s back to all biz! Statistics show that a month after the New Year celebration, only 65% of the people who set New Year resolutions are still hanging on. Although I would love to be a part of the 65%, I have to admit I haven’t given my New Year resolutions much thought… BUT that’s okay because help is knocking on my door (and of course yours too…!)

Closet fly and Organized Innovations, LLC is partnering up to bring you, ‘Get Organized, Get Styled.’ Held on Tuesday, January 27th at Mercer Island Community Center from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Stacey Anderson and Mayna Sgaramella will present ways to help you revamp your look and organize your workspace for a fresh start to 2009! I caught with both ladies for a quick and fun Q&A session…

YK: Stacey, tell me a little bit about yourself and Organized Innovations, LLC .

SA: My background is in medical office management where I fine tuned my organizing skills with regards to systems, paper management and figuring out the right solutions for everyone involved. I started Organized Innovations as a way to work with the general public who also struggle with many of the same things as the corporate world. I get to work hands-on with my clients teaching them and guiding them in their organizing process. Sometimes people just need to be told it is ok to get rid of things, and others need to know what to get rid of.

YK: What is the most rewarding part of your job?

SA: Having people see success in what we are doing. My goal is to have them learn the organizing skills they need to stay organized on a regular basis. Most often people just need the help to dig out from the piles and aren’t sure where to start. I get to help them start anew and feel stress free for the first time in a long time. Their smiles are often the great reward.

YK: What is the most common help sought after from your clients?

SA: Paper – too much paper for everyone. Most people are overwhelmed by how much information and paperwork they receive on a daily basis and don’t know where to begin. Do I keep this, and if so for how long? Where do I keep it? Why do I keep it?

YK: How is that problem solved?

SA: I teach clients what they need to keep and what the guidelines are. But I also help them create a process that makes sense for them to implement and keep up. No system is going to work unless it makes sense for you and your family/group.

YK: The concept of work life balance is becoming more and more popular in the work place. Has this also played a part in your business and if so, how?

SA: Yes, many people have to work harder and longer because they are overwhelmed by such things as emails and paper. I work to teach them techniques that will help them reduce the paper and emails. I also work with them on time management so that they can create a plan for their day. People waste in excess of 1 hour a day because of disorganization. I help them to regain that hour and spend it doing what they like, not what they don’t.

YK: What is one small adjustment or change a person can make in their work environment to reduce stress and / or clutter?

SA: You have to do maintenance. Many people think that once they create a system it will just work on its own. Daily or weekly you need to take 15 minutes or more to file, plan your day and do the things on your to-do list. Things are constantly coming in and if you don’t process them out, you will not be able to stay ahead. Take time to plan and act.

YK: Thank you Stacey!


YK: Mayna, tell me a little bit about yourself and Closet Fly.

MS: After graduating from Columbia College Chicago and majoring in Interactive Multimedia, I moved to Washington in 2001 to work as a business consultant teaching teams and individuals how to be more efficient, results-oriented, and follow their passion. I started to follow my own passion and took what started as just helping friends and family with their wardrobe to the next level and started my own business, Closet Fly, in 2005. Since then, I’ve been educating men and women on knowing their body type, recognizing a good fit, and how to shop smart so they can look and feel their best every day. Sometimes people just need support and an outside “eye” to sort through what they have, decide what to get rid of, and choose new pieces that work for their lifestyle. Volunteering for organizations like Dress For Success Seattle keeps me grounded and connected.

YK: What is it about your job that you love most?

MS: Seeing the transformation people make after a couple sessions of working with me. They start to see themselves in a new way and begin expressing their best self with their wardrobe. It is very much like the guests say on TLC’s What Not To Wear after they’ve experienced their transformation: “It’s not just about the clothes.”

YK: What is one of the most common wardrobe no-no’s you’ve encounter?

MS: One of the biggest mistakes I see is poor fit. I have a lot of clients that are 5’3” and under, which technically classifies them as ‘petite’, and many of them wear regular sized clothing which is not proportioned for their body at all, so they end up looking shorter or unpolished.

YK: Are there any basic rules you have in regards to style and fashion that we should follow?

MS: YES! If everyone would buy a full length mirror and do a top-down check before they left the house each morning, many mistakes could be avoided. Learning how to recognize a good fit is something I stress with my clients and once they see how fabulous they look in proper fitting clothing, it’s hard to go back to wearing something that looks just “ok”. Also, always shop with a list and a budget…and know what you already have in your closet before you go!

YK: What are some basic things you think every woman should investing it?

MS: I have a list of the “Top 10 Items Every Woman Should Have in Their Wardrobe” and on that list are:
- A light weight wool black pant suit. You can always break up the pant suit and if it’s in a year-round fabric like a light-weight wool and you care for it properly, you’ll use it for years.
- A cashmere sweater in a flattering color. You can layer it or wear it alone and it feels oh so soft!
- A fabulous dress (black, navy, or other neutral). This is where accessorizing gets fun, but you have to have good quality basics in order to pull it off. Every woman should have one dress that makes them feel feminine, sexy, and fabulous—at any size or shape!

We’re all sending a message to the world with our appearance, so we might as well put some intention behind that message and invest in showing the world our best selves. What message are you sending?

…and sometimes, maybe all we need is a little help with a pinch of inspiration to get our message across! For more information about the event please visit: or you can contact Stacey at: info@ and Mayna at:

Have a wonderful 2009!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Get Your Free Cosmetic!

Due to a class-action settlement, major retailers such as Saks, Nordstrom, and Macy’s will be handing out free cosmetics! The official start date is Tuesday, January 20th and will run for the next 7 days or while supplies last. I stopped by Nordstrom after work today to confirm the rumor and to my surprise the generous giveaway had already began. People were lined up to get their free cosmetic! Without further thought, I quickly got in line and was handed a list of products, a pen, and a clipboard to sign for my free cosmetic. Easy as that! The hard part though was to come. The list entailed over 15 great cosmetics and they were all regular size! Anyone who’s seen my bathroom knows that I live off of Clinque. They have a wonderful skin care line and gracefully got me out of my teenage skin! Anyhow, I ended up picking the Clinique Moisture Surge lotion worth $43.20! Nice.

Here’s the list of products:

• Boucheron (USA) Ltd.:

Femme Eau de Toilette (1 ounce/30 ml)
• Chanel, Inc.:

Coco Mademoiselle body lotion (3.4 fluid oz)
• Christian Dior Perfumes, Inc.:

J’Adore Eau de Parfum (15 ml)
• Clarins U.S.A., Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last):

Clarins Energizing Morning Cream (30 ml) OR

Clarins Beauty Flash Bomb (30 ml)
• Conopco, Inc. (distributed by Coty, Inc. on behalf of Conopco, Inc.) (customers will have a choice of ONE of three products, while supplies last):

Calvin Klein Euphoria Bath and Shower Crème (6.7 oz)


Vera Wang Princess Body Polish (5 oz)


Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Shower Gel (6.7 oz)
• The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last):

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (15 ml/0.5 oz)


Clinique Moisture Surge (30 ml/1 oz)
• Guerlain, Inc.:

My Insolence Eau de Toilette (15 ml)
• L’Oréal USA, Inc. (formerly known as Cosmair, Inc.) (customers will have a choice of ONE of eight products, while supplies last):

Lancôme UV Expert 20


Lancôme Cils Design Pro Mascara


Lancôme Fatale Mascara


Lancôme Courbe Virtuose Mascara


Lancôme Primordial Skin Defense


Ralph Lauren Romance Shower Gel (6.7 oz.)


Giorgio Armani ACM Shower Gel (6.7 oz)


Lancôme Hypnôse Shower Gel
• Parfums Givenchy, Inc.:

Very Irresistible Givenchy Eau de Toilette (15 ml)

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