Saturday, July 23, 2011

What to Swap?!?!

You might be asking yourself, "Do I have anything stylish in my closet to contribute to a swapping party?"  Going through your closet to find great pieces can be a lot easier than you think! We have all made purchases we regret, the sale item we couldn't resist, that piece that was a size too small or the the thing you bought on a whim and haven't yet taken off the price tag. Here's a guide to help you make the right decision on what to let go and swap. The key thing to keep in mind is to trade something you hardly wore for something you'll never want to take off.

Items That Should Go:

1. Tags still attached: How long has it been hanging in that closet of yours? You either have no idea how to wear it or you don't feel comfortable enough in it to leave the house.

2. The piece you've only worn once: You tried it out and saw hideous pictures of yourself in it so why would you hold on to something like that?

3. Too small/ too big: If you tend to fluctuate in weight, feel free to have section for these pieces but you must keep in mind, it may be best to let them go. Sometimes we think we will lose or gain weight, but why have a mindset of something uncertain?

4. Shoes: Uncomfortable, too tight, slipping out of them or only wore them once.

5. Jewelry and more jewelry: This is a big one ladies! We tend to emphasize cleaning out our closets but if you take the time to go through your jewelry box, you'll find that 3/4 of those pieces have hardly been used at all. Mostly because of you've forgotten about them or received them as a gift.

Now you should be ready to pack your things up and kiss them goodbye. Instead of taking them to Goodwill, consider swapping them out.  This gives you the chance find pieces that you'll wear more than once.  Not only that, it gives you an excuse to go out with your girlfriends or solo, and enjoy a weekday getaway.

Join us! Seattle's 1st Annual Swapping Spree on August 31st will not only be a swap, you will have the opportunity to indulge in beauty services by local experts, Duque Salon and Tiffany Nash Beauty. Don't miss your chance! Purchase your tickets and find more information at

The proceeds of this event are benefiting Additionally, your un-swapped items will be donated to Jubilee Woman's Center - "To provide woman a supportive place to live and an opportunity to learn will become self-reliant in housing and employment".

Monday, July 11, 2011

No More Dress Drama

Dresses are ultra feminine, lightweight, and easy to wear. Why not stock up?



Nordstrom $168

Color your professional world with a sleek dress and print.
Style Tip: Avoid clingy dresses if you are uncomfortable exposing your figure



Caché $138

Hugs all the right places and will give you the ultimate sexy summer look. Easy travel piece that can be dressed down with nude, flat sandals or dressed up with strappy gold heels.

Style Tip: Remember, the trick to a tight dress is it has to hug all the right places, if you feel at all uncomfortable, move on to the next sexy dress.


Banana Republic $130

Instead of cargos and and olive green top, try the style in a bright color. The tie-around waist, pockets, and sleeveless cut make this the ultimate safari piece.

Style Tip: Make sure the tie sits right on your mid section, if it accentuates your midsection in a negative way, avoid this cut.


White House | Black Market $128

Tired of florals? Here is another one of Mother Nature's prints: the leaf. The detailing in the band around the middle adds a bold, unique flair. Wear a pair of red heels and you're dressed up and ready to go.

Style Tip: This dress is travel-friendly, casual, and also a dressy.


J. Crew $59.50

Boots and sandals - they both compliment this dress. Easy-to-wash and a good piece for going to the farmer's market or for a lazy Sunday.

Style Tip: Have fun with the belt! Find one with texture, print, or a bold color.

"I like being a woman, even in a man's world. After all, men can't wear dresses, but we can wear the pants."
~Whitney Houston

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Sandals Under $50

Summer in Seattle is the most beautiful time of year, but it's short visit makes light weight tops, open toed shoes, and colorful pieces the last thing you want to invest in. I do recommend to have at least one nice sandal to wear with everything for the 2-3 months that we have sunshine. Last year's sandal may not make the cut, check to make sure it doesn't look worn and torn. Below are styles that will update your summer wardrobe.


Anthropologie $49.95

Stripes look great on tops and dresses but how many people have stripes on their shoes? Wear this season's hottest trend on your feet!


Instead of wearing your plastic flip flops to run errands try a style similar to the one above.


EDGY $32.99

This black chunky cut out sandal will provide you with style and comfort.


Topshop $50

Wear these with denim, cropped pants and flowy skirts. It's intricate knit detail makes this soft and whimsical.


Piperlime $39.99

A great neutral you can combine with all your favorite colors this season and the best part, it will elongate you legs.

"Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world"
~ Bette Midler