Whew! The KATE SPADE NEW YORK party this past Friday came and went so fast!
It was a pleasant evening full of shopping and nibbling, all while enjoying 20% off retail price. We were so honored to be a part of the celebration, and Adria cannot thank KATE SPADE NEW YORK enough for the complimentary dress to wear. It received so many compliments and we think we even saw a few people trying it on.
Here are our shots from the event. Did you get a chance to stop by? Did you purchase anything? If so, share it in the comments!
We were ecstatic to be invited to attend and document Kate Spade New York’s grand opening of its new store in Bellevue Square. Come on down to the beautiful new store to enjoy snacks, drinks, and a special discount for EC readers.
We look forward to seeing you and welcoming Kate Spade to Bellevue!
*20% off discount valid only at the Kate Spade New York Bellevue Square shop. Not valid at any other Kate Spade New York retail store, Kate Spade New York outlet, or KateSpade.com. Cannot be combined with any other promotion. Not valid on gift certificates or previous purchases. Cannot be redeemed for cash or store credit. Valid on full-priced merchandise only. Not valid on watches. valid only on 5/18/12 from 6-9 pm. Promo code: Bellevue.
This past weekend was one of my favorite weekends of the year: The Goodwill Glitter Sale event.
This annual fashion event is held at the Goodwill on Dearborn St. in Seattle. The Goodwill saves all the fantastic items donated throughout the year and sells them at the Glitter Sale. This means there are fantastic finds, from designer shoes to glitzy pieces perfect for a New Year’s celebration.
I learned the hard way last year that you should get to the event early, as I talk about in my 2010 Goodwill Glitter Sale post. This year, I was prepared. I went with a few friends, whereas last year I went alone. And this time I got there at 7 am, rather than 8 am. I was disappointed that the line was still around the bend, similar to where I was in line the year before. However, we got into the first group (first 300 people) when they opened the doors, so no waiting in line for the other shoppers to finish scouring the Glitter Sale.
While waiting, I asked the people in the front of the line what time they got to the event. 2:00 FRIGGIN AM the night before. Seriously? I went further down the line and in about the middle from where I was to the front of the line, they said they got there at 5:15 am. Much more reasonable. Now I know for next year the golden arrival time seems to be between 5:00 and 6:00 am.
I think the fact that I was in the first group dramatically changed my experience. There were MUCH better finds this year, and I was happy to see the options for bigger-sized girls was fantastic. My one friend who is a size 4 had a lot of trouble finding items. We would actually stalk the skinny girls in the event, wait until they discarded items, and then scour their piles like a pack of vultures. A bit pathetic, but totally worth it since we found amazing finds for her in these abandoned pieces.
So let’s breakdown what we left with. After sweating, pushing, getting stuck between columns and racks, and experiencing brutal neck and back pain from a bag stuffed full of clothes, I settled on 4 pieces for a total of $129. One was the most FABULOUS Christmas sweater for an ugly Christmas sweater party I’m going to in December. The rest entailed a beautiful blush-toned cropped blazer ($7!), a leather crossbody satchel ($30), and the most fabulous navy fur-trimmed coat ($60).
To be honest, I can’t believe I only walked away with 3.5 items. I tried on over 60 items, but since I’m a stickler for fit and quality I didn’t do much damage. I probably could have spent all day there, but the mayhem can be overwhelming, so we decided to head out.
Plus, there are a few items that my friends bought that I will definitely be borrowing. First, the MOST AMAZING red cap jacket, à la Little Red Riding Hood. We saw a girl from across the Glitter Sale walking around in it. We literally followed her for 5 minutes until she finally discarded it. We basically made Melissa buy it. This was a fantastic $100 find.
Sarah, who you may recognize from this post featuring her amazing street style, bought a lot of really cute things, most of which were a result of scouring other women’s’ discard piles. She spent a little under $100, including a black blazer that fits like a glove ($15), faux diamond earrings ($7), a gold slouchy sweater ($10), a black sheer blouse with glitter trim ($15), and a white sheer cardigan with bead embellishments ($30).
Overall, it was a fabulous event that we definitely plan on attending again next year. One of the women at the event told us that Sunday afternoons around 3 pm you will find no line, so we might experiment going both days next year. In sum, the Goodwill Glitter Sale is a great place to find affordable, on-trend fashion pieces, particularly coats and glitzy tops.
This past weekend I went to the Holiday Bazaar at the Bellevue Club. I didn’t know what to expect, so I set my expectations low. However, I was blown away by all the vendors. There was some really great stuff. Actually there was a lot of great stuff, which resulted in me purchasing entirely too much. Here are the items I bought (3 hats, one necklace) and what I wore that day. I also bought a shrug/cardigan, not pictured. Thanks to The Bellevue Club and all the vendors for making it a great event!
Oh, and PS. Love this cape. I got it at the Brooklyn Flea last year. It’s reversible!
Thank you again to all of those who came to our fashion event last Thursday.
Our Fall Style Social at The Gap was a great time. There was food, music, discounts, and prizes for guests. We also had the opportunity to highlight our favorite pieces from The Gap (styled on mannequins) and go over which pieces look best on which body type during a fashion presentation.
Miss the event? We’ve embedded our presentation below.
Hopefully it will help you determine what types of clothing work best on your body type. We gave recommendations for tall and lean, pear-shaped, and hour glass figures.
Was your body type not covered? Let us help you discover the best pieces for your body type by scheduling a personal shopping service with us.
We also had the opportunity to work with Alyson Andrew from Crushing on Clothes, our winner for a blogger contest we held last week. She covered the event and posted more pictures on her blog, so check it out here.
We’re so excited to announce that we will be hosting at Fall Style Social with The Gap at Northgate Mall on Thurs. October 27th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm!
There will be door prizes, swag bags, food, beverages, music, and a style presentation. Prizes include AmEx gift cards, an exclusive Gap discount, restaurant gift certificates, and a grand prize of a $100 gift card to the Northgate Mall and a one-on-one personal styling session with The Emerald Closet!
We will be highlighting our favorite fall pieces at The Gap, styling them on models for the event. We’ll give a presentation about the looks we create, going over which pieces look best on which body type. We will also style mannequins, showing how to wear our favorite pieces for different ocassions. And don’t fret men: Travis will be styling a mannequin especially for you!
Food and beverages will be provided by Sushi Maru. There will also be swag bags for guests who RSVP. Swag bags will include samples, coupons, and gifts from other Northgate Mall stores.
Last Thursday, we were invited to the Gilt City Seattle launch party hosted at Rover’s. The night was lovely. Chef Thierry Rautureau greeted guests. There were 4 stations of French delicacies and wines. We were given swag bags actually worth keeping, including a spice rub from Thierry Rautureau and Theo chocolate.
Despite being a bit crowded and bottlenecked, it was a fantastic evening filled with great food, wine, and fashion. Here are some of our favorite looks from the event. We are excited to see what comes of Gilt City as it gains some footing in The Emerald City.
This past Friday we went to the Fashion Network Seattle’s Haute Summer Night fashion show. In case you didn’t make the event, we’ve picked our favorite looks from the runway. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the view from the front row.
When: Friday June 24th – doors at 7 pm, fashion show at 8 pm
Where: SODO Commerce Building
One lucky winner and a guest will celebrate the evening with the following event highlights:
- Runway show featuring 4 local designer collections including lingerie, swimwear and summer. Participating designers will be announced this Tuesday via a press release.
- FREE food, drink, and entertainment
- Dance party after the show
- Games and activities throughout the night (carnival, beach themed)
Half of all proceeds go to the local non-profit Sew Beautiful. Come out and support a great cause. You can expect a night filled with fun, fashion, and entertainment. This is the place to be June 24th, and it can be all yours FOR FREE.
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The contest ends June 15th. We will announce the winners on June 16th
Determined to attend this event? you can purchase your tickets using a special discount code just for The Emerald Closet readers!
Simply use the code “emerald” upon checkout for general admission (GA) tickets, which offers a $25 discount.
Want to rent out a special VIP section for you and your friends? Use the code “cabanavip” upon checkout for a 10% discount on the cabana – only 2 cabanas left!