Hair Hacks for Dry Hair in Winter

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Disclosure: Thank you Aussie for sponsoring this post. All thoughts are my own!

Hair Hacks for Dry Hair in Winter

Today I'm partnering with Aussie to share 10 hair hacks for dry hair in Winter. If you're like me and as soon as the temps start dropping your hair becomes unmanageable, unruly and extremely dry, these 10 tips will help you survive the season!

Holiday 'Tis the Season Giveaway

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Giveaway

Disclosure: Affiliate links are used throughout this post. This post contains paid placements and products sent for consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

It's a Holiday Giveaway, 'cause 'Tis the Season! As promised in our recent Holiday Gift Guide post, we are doing a very special giveaway for many of the items in our gift guide this year, which is worth over $500!

Featuring KNACK, mywalit, Julep, Bissinger's Chocolate and more; this is one giveaway not to miss entering, and a great way to #treatyoself this holiday season. Be sure to enter for your chance to win our Holiday 'Tis the Season' Giveaway!

Gifting Jewelry This Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gifting Jewelry This Holiday Season

As a lover of jewelry since the days of playing dress up in my Grandmother's closet as a child, jewelry definitely tops my Christmas list this year. From necklaces to earrings to bangles to rings, I'm doing my best to stay on Santa's nice list and hoping my stocking is full of sparkle, and gifts under the tree full of shine!

Gifts to Surprise and Delight: Our Holiday Gift Guide

Friday, December 9, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide
Disclosure: Affiliate links are used throughout this post. This post contains paid placements and products sent for consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Happy Holidays from snowy Seattle! Last night brought some of the first snow to our beautiful City and as I sit writing this, most of the snow still hasn't melted! I've spent the day drinking mugs of hot chocolate and staring out the window at the oh-so-lovely winter white blanketing my neighborhood and City (yes staring out the window, because it is way to cold to head outside). It's definitely gotten me in the holiday spirit, making today the perfect day to share this year's holiday gift guide with you! 

Filled with gifts to surprise and delight, this year's holiday gift guide has something for everyone on your list! I've even included a few things you might want to consider as #treatyoself gifts, because we all deserve a little self care during the holidays. Speaking of #treatyoself, be sure to check back next week for a very special giveaway, worth over $500, that includes many of the items found in our holiday gift guide! Because 'tis the season!

Kendra Scott Grand Opening at Bellevue Collection

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kendra Scott Welcome Dinner at London Plane Seattle

Kendra Scott Welcome Dinner at London Plane Seattle

Kendra Scott Welcome Dinner at London Plane Seattle

Disclosure: Affiliate links are used in this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

I was recently invited to a dinner at London Plane to welcome Kendra Scott to the Pacific Northwest! That's right, one of my favorite jewelry designers recently opened her first store in the #PNW and I am beyond excited! Kendra Scott's beautiful, handcrafted jewelry utilizes natural stones to create timeless pieces that are perfect for gifting or treating yourself! And this week is the official grand opening celebration and you're invited!

Kendra Scott's new store at Bellevue Square is seriously the stuff that dreams are made of. With a custom color bar option right in store, you can design your own jewelry from hundreds (thousands?!) of options including style, metal and stone. Or browse the new home goods line and matching jewelry sets (I am in love with the Elle earrings in tan banded agate, #wishlist!). There is also a bridal section, which I am definitely eyeing for my September wedding!

Founded on the principles of fashion, family and philanthropy, Kendra Scott operates out of Austin, Texas and was founded in 2002 by Kendra Scott only 3 months after her son was born with just $500! She began by selling her jewely door to door and quickly found success. Last year Kendra Scott donated $1M and 50,000 pieces of jewelry while working with over 1k local and national organizations! Talk about how doing good never goes out of style!

The Kendra Scott welcome dinner at London Plane was so delicious (London Plane is one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle!) and we (myself alongside other Seattle women influencers) enjoyed learning a little bit about Kendra Scott, sipping bubbly, mingling and of course gazing and gaping at all the pretty Kendra Scott jewels! It was a truly lovely evening!

And now it's time for the official grand opening of the Kendra Scott store at Bellevue Collection and you're invited! All the details on the Grand Opening Party following the break, including how to RSVP. Hope to see you there!


Currently coveting from Kendra Scott:

Photography: Tonie Christine

You're Invited: Gilt Sample Sale Seattle Debut!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gilt Sample Sale Seattle Debut

The legendary Gilt Sample Sale makes it's Seattle debut next week and you're invited! Think coveted designer fashion at up to 80% off retail from Chloe, Valentino, Helmut Lang, Jimmy Choo, and more!

All the Best Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Deals

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday
image via glamour

It's that time of year again! Whether you plan to line up early for the best Black Friday deals, support a local small business on Saturday, or shop in your pj's in the early hours of Cyber Monday, I've rounded up my favorite Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales, deals and specials to pay attention to (and of course SHOP) this year!

Join the Wardrobe Revolution with Buki Brand

Friday, November 18, 2016

Buki Brand

Introducing a wardrobe revolution! Think supremely comfortable and on the move and innovative life-changing fabrics. Buki Brand, a new collection by designer Joey Rodolfo, has just launched and each piece made with cutting edge technology is about to be on your holiday wish list!

Luxe and super functional, Buki is super wearable and perfect for travel, work days, weekend relaxing and today's modern lifestyle. Every piece from Buki is machine washable (no need for a dry cleaner!). So you can take that extra time,whether you're at home or traveling the world, to grab a cup of coffee, catch up with a friend or walk in the park.

I'm already planning my holiday travel packing list around a few of my favorite pieces from this collection, including the Cocoon Coat (pictured), Polo Dress (pictured) and the Perfect Pullover (not pictured).

Buki Brand

Disclosure: Thank you so much Robert Leonard Salon and Spa for providing a complimentary hair blowout and style for this photo shoot. Some of the items in my outfit were gifted by the brand and marked c/o (courtesy of). Affiliate links are used in this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

My Outfit Details
Buki Brand Cocoon Coat (borrowed)
Buki Brand Polo Dress (borrowed)
Clare V. Supreme Flat Clutch - Camel/Red/White/Blue c/o
Pons Avarcas Classic Sandal c/o Moorea Seal

Makeup: Chanel
Hair Styling: Robert Leonard Salon and Spa
Photography: Jenn of HelloRigby

Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection: Day 3 with Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Friday, November 11, 2016

Vogue Front Row Fashion Show at Bellevue Fashion Week

Disclosure: a complimentary stay at Hyatt Regency Bellevue and brunch at Eques were provided by Hyatt Regency Bellevue. All opinions are my own!

For the 3rd night of Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection, the Hyatt Regency Bellevue (where all the fashion shows were taking place!) generously offered me a room to stay in. After driving back and forth to Seattle for Days 1 and 2, I so appreciated the opportunity to stay right on site after the Front Row Fashion Show presented by Vogue. This, of course, also meant being able to fit in some of shopping at The Bellevue Collection and a Sunday brunch at Eques (best brunch in Bellevue!). A perfect weekend of fashion!

Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection: Day 2

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

 Bellevue Fashion Week Posh Party Trend Show
After all the fun of Day 1 of Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection, I couldn't wait to head back for Day 2! With a schedule including makeup at Laura Mercier at Nordstrom Bellevue, a trend presentation for press and of course the Posh Party Trend Show; I made sure to fuel up with my favorite green juice from Jujubeet and a cappuccino and croissant from Fresh Flours, two of my West Seattle favorites!

OOTD for Bellevue Fashion Week Posh Party Trend Show

For Day 2 I went with another Little Black Dress favorite and kept to a palette of fall neutrals. I styled the LBD with tights, boots and a faux fur jacket for an "I am definitely feeling Fall" look; And added a bag from the WhoWhatWear Collection at Target for a pop of color.

Day 2 Outfit Details
Kische Boutique Little Black Dress (similar)
Wolford Tights
WhoWhatWear Collection Chain Strap Micro Bag c/o
Ann Taylor LOFT Suede Boots (similar)
Faux Fur Jacket c/o Value Village (thrifted, similar)
Hair c/o Swink Style Bar
Makeup c/o Laura Mercier at Nordstrom Bellevue

Disclosure: Some of the items in my outfit were provided by the brand and marked c/o (courtesy of). Affiliate links are used in this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection: Day 1

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bellevue Fashion Week Independent Designer Runway Show

Attending Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Last year Bellevue Fashion Week (BFW) was happening right when we moved, and I just couldn't make it work. This year however, my dream came true! With press pass in hand, 3 days of Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection became a reality, beginning with the Independent Designer Runway Show on Day 1!

On the CUSP: Fall Trends with Neiman Marcus

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I was recently invited to co-host the Neiman Marcus CUSP Fall Trend Event at Neiman Marcus Bellevue as a featured Influencer. It was such a fun evening of sips, bites, sweets, beats and of course lots of fall fashion!

Giveaway: Moorea Seal 52 Lists for Happiness Journal

Friday, October 7, 2016

Last week I shared affection for my new favorite journal, 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal. And this week, you have a chance to win your very own copy and discover what makes you happy!

52 Lists for Happiness is a followup to Moorea Seal's bestselling journal, The 52 Lists Project, and is an inspirational tool to discover what makes you happy and bring more joy and and balance into your life. Accompanied by beautiful photography and lovely illustrations, this gorgeous hardcover journal is perfect for reflection and discovering what brings you happiness, joy and balance.

And now you can enter to win your own copy of 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal!

All Laced Up for Autumn

Monday, October 3, 2016

I am all about the 70's as we find ourselves fully immersed in the season of Autumn. From laced-up shift dresses to chunky gold sandals, I am playing up that 70's style with all glam details. 

Of original boho origins and 1970's inspired style, the laced-up trend is so on point for Fall with numerous ways to incorporate it into your look; think boots, tops, dresses and more. Whether exposing just a touch of cleavage or placed on the side of a dress, laced up details provide that just-so bit of allure that is chic and playful.

It's super easy to take the lace-up trend and dress it up or down. For a recent visit to the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle for some shopping and dining, I styled the TOBI Better Off Lace UP Shift Dress with a pair of Gold Chunky Sandals by Sigerson Morrison, Tag Earrings by Seattle-based Lucia K Jewelry, a pair of Miu Miu Sunglasses and a bag brought back from Italy.

As the weather grows cooler I plan to pair this dress with tights or leggings and trade my sandals for a pair of over-the-knee boots. This dress is also perfect for styling over flared denim and clogs for true 70's style and stepping out all laced up for Autumn!

52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal: Discover What Makes You Happy

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The days are getting a bit shorter here in Seattle and it definitely feels like fall. I can feel the darkness of winter approaching (hello gray skies and cold days, and yes I am currently wearing multiple layers!) and I have to admit I am not quite ready to let Summer go. My body and mind pretty much crave the sunshine and although I absolutely love living in Seattle, I have a bit of a hard time during the colder, gray, rainy months in this City. However, I have found two things that really help me get through the gloomier months until Spring. One is coffee (Happy National Coffee Day!) and the second is writing in a journal.

As a follow up to the 52 Lists Project released last year, the just-launched 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal is a guided journal and yearlong journey to discover your own personal joy, one list at a time. Moorea Seal is a huge inspiration to me and her support for empowerment of women of all ages and "Doing Good while Doing Great Campaign" (7 percent of all proceeds from Moorea Seal benefit nonprofits!). I just loved the 52 Lists Project, so when I had the opportunity to check out her newest book I jumped at the chance! I also knew it would be the perfect journal to accompany me this year with so many big changes ahead (more on that soon!).

Fashion Week at Bellevue Collection Complimentary Events

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Photo Credit: Bellevue Collection

It's officially the start of Fashion Week at Bellevue Collection! I am so excited to be attending the Independent Designer Runway Show, Posh Party Trend Show and Front Row Fashion Show presented by Vogue. Now I just have to figure out all my outfits!

From September 21-25, 2016, the best of fall fashion comes to life on the runway at Fashion Week at Bellevue Collection. As the Northwest's leading runway show venue, experience exclusive runway shows, trend reports and demonstrations, chic parties and of course lots and lots of shopping at Bellevue Collection stores (hello Nordstrom, Zara, Uniqlo, DVF, and so many more of my favorite shopping spots!).

And while many of the premier events are now sold out, you can still join in on the fun of Bellevue Fashion Week! I'll be sharing recaps of all the shows here on Story of My Dress and also live on Story of My Dress social media (Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook). You can also attend some fabulous FREE (Yes, Free!) shows and events with no ticket needed (some require an appointment or RSVP). Complimentary events include a fashion forecast with Vogue Market Stylist Cara Crowley, Catwalk at the Collection Fashion Shows, Fab in Five with complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups and more!

Win 2 Tickets to the Seattle Goodwill Design Challenge

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's fashion month! Are you like me and glued to all the NYFW and London Fashion Week (and of course upcoming Paris and Milan) shows via the web and social media?! Seriously, nothing getting done here! And of course there's all the local Seattle events. Last week I hosted the #onthecusp Fall Trend Event at Neiman Marcus and attended the preview party for the new Styled Seattle space in Pacific Place. AND this week is Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection, as well as the newest addition to the fashion month calendar here in Seattle: The Seattle Goodwill Design Challenge! And guess what? I've got 2 tickets to giveaway to one of you lovelies to the Seattle Goodwill Design Challenge!

Introducing Sookie and Co., as in Your New Favorite T-Shirt

Monday, September 12, 2016


Introducing Sookie and Co., where elevated style meets simplicity. And also home to the perfect tee to mix and match and mix and match. Just launched in August, I had the opportunity to attend the launch party for Sookie and Co and I am so excited for all that is to come with this brand. Seriously, these are about to be your new favorite t-shirts!

The Perfect Dress to Transition from Summer to Fall

Thursday, September 8, 2016

With Autumn in the air I am all about finding dresses that transition easily from summer to fall. Think September weddings, farmer's market visits for fall harvest, and of course all the fashion shows and events of fashion month. When I saw the lace shift dress from Banana Republic on the rack I knew I had found the perfect dress to transition from the heat of summer to the cool days of fall.

You're Invited: Neiman Marcus CUSP Fall Trend Event

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It's fashion month! And you're invited to join me at Neiman Marcus Bellevue on September 15 for a very special trend event and soiree to get you ready for the Fall season ahead! Enjoy sips, beats and bites, and view the latest trends for Fall chosen by local tastemakers!

How to Transition the Off-the-Shoulder to Fall

Friday, September 2, 2016

If you're like me, you've been living in off-the-shoulder dresses all summer long. Now that fall is in the air, I am definitely not ready to pack them away or delegate to the back of my closet. Instead, I am all about finding ways to transition my off-the-shoulder dresses to fall, like this All About Lace Shift Dress from TOBI.

Fall Trends at Neiman Marcus

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hand selected by NM Fashion Director Ken Downing, the season's most important looks have arrived at Neiman Marcus. Yes, that's right, Fall is in the air and it's time for fall fashion! On August 10, I joined the local Seattle style community for the semi-annual Neiman Marcus Fall Trend Event, produced by Gossip & Glamour, at Neiman Marcus Bellevue.

How to Wear the New Fall Neutrals

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Fall Neutrals

I pretty much live in neutrals. Black, brown, taupe, grey, white, this is what you will most likely find if you peek in my closet. However, sometimes I get in the mood to shake things up. This fall I am all about incorporating what I have deemed "the new fall neutrals" into my wardrobe.

Warby Parker Grand Opening at University Village

Friday, August 19, 2016

Run, Don't Walk, Warby Parker is opening a second Seattle store this weekend at University Village! With a grand opening Saturday that includes treats from Six Strawberries Popsicles, an exclusive frame available only at U. Village, and a special gift with purchase; this is the perfect opportunity to grab some sunnies for those last summer days or a pair of eyeglasses for back to school. I recently had an opportunity to preview the new store before it's opening and immediately fell in love with the space.

Intermix Fall Trends Shopping Event

Thursday, August 18, 2016

If you happen to have your afternoon free today, be sure to RSVP and join Intermix Bellevue for a fun afternoon of shopping, champagne and truffles while exploring Intermix's latest fall trends! 

Ripe Berry Shades for Fall

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Outfit Details: TOBI All Tied UP Shift Dress c/o, 
Henri Bendel Handbag (similar), Moorea Seal Mariela Sunglasses c/o, 
Repetto Cendrillon Ballerina Flats, Lucia K Jewelry Tag Earrings c/o

I am a huge fan of ripe berry shades as we move into Fall. Hand selected by Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing as one of the season's most important trends, ripe berry shades perfectly compliment fall florals, everything velvet, and of course all the embellishments. With fall arriving and summer slowly fading, I am just loving this All Tied Up Shift Dress from TOBI in Wine. 

Nordstrom Designer Preview 2016 Fashion Show

Thursday, August 11, 2016

I recently had the opportunity and incredible honor to attend the 30th annual Nordstrom Designer Preview held at Smith Cove Terminal/Pier 91 in Seattle, Washington. THE most highly anticipated Seattle fashion event of the year, this was my first opportunity to experience the Designer Preview presented by Nordstrom and Vogue in partnership with Seattle Art Musuem supporters. The whole event was a truly magical experience from the moment I stepped from the car and it was one of those nights I wished for the clock to never hit midnight.

Aventus for Her by The House of Creed at Neiman Marcus

Friday, August 5, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to attend The House of Creed and Neiman Marcus exclusive fragrance preview for Aventus for Her and let me tell you, it has an irresistible scent and a great story!  Inspired by some of history's most powerful women (empresses, queens, heads of state) and modern women everywhere who are breaking the glass ceiling, Aventus for Her celebrates femme forte (strong women) and also helps to support a great non-profit organization seeking to raise the standards on how girls treat themselves, each other and the world.

The House of Creed Aventus for Her Launch Party at Neiman Marcus Bellevue

Chic and Comfortable Laura Britt Shoes

Monday, July 25, 2016

Malibu Hadley by Laura Britt Shoes
I recently filmed my first commercial, yes that's right commercial! How crazy is that? I have a little sneak peak of the commercial over on my Instagram right now and would love for you to check it out! The commercial is for Laura Britt Shoes, a Seattle-based shoe company that donates all net profits to charity!

5 Favorite Sunglasses for Summer

Friday, July 22, 2016

It's a midsummer dream and the sun is shining! Summer is in full swing and sun protection is key. Whether you call 'em shades or sunnies, sunglasses are one item that are essential for any trip to the beach, road trip or summer vacation. I've rounded up 5 pairs of my current favorites sunglasses to share with you today. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Here!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I want all thing things, it's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale time! Each and every year I look forward to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, because the deals! This year I have my eye on some pre-fall items including lots of denimhatsdresses and a new handbag, please.

Summer in the City

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

While it's nice to escape the City for a little adventure, there is also something to be said about spending the summer in the city. Whether it involves a glass of wine at the new Thomspon Hotel rooftop bar, a walk along Alki Beach at sunset, or a bit of shopping at University Village, there is just something magical about a summer in Seattle. The days are longer, the sun shines bright (most days) and the light breeze off Puget Sound calls for off the shoulder dresses, bags that pop with color, ballet flats and unique jewelry.

June 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have Box

Friday, July 1, 2016

Cheers to a 3 day weekend! Do you have any fun plans to celebrate the 4th of July? We are keeping things pretty low key and sticking around Seattle, with the possibility of catching a few fireworks and festivities. To kick off the weekend I decided to open my POPSUGAR June Must Have Box. POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try and it is just perfect for Summer. 

An Interview with Ken Downing, Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Photo Credit: The LeMarco Group
Seattle might seem a bit off the map for fashion compared to say LA or NYC, but truth be told some of fashion's biggest insiders hail from this West Coast City including Ken Downing, Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus, who grew up in the south end of Seattle. Mr. Downing was recently back in Seattle for a trend report and fashion presentation at Neiman Marcus Bellevue and I was oh so lucky to be invited to join him for an intimate conversation while he prepped for the presentation.

Moorea Seal Anniversary Party

Friday, June 17, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to attend the VIP party to celebrate the 2-yr Anniversary of the Moorea Seal Belltown boutique in Seattle! As you know, I am a HUGE fan of Moorea Seal (have you seen her Pinterest?!). As such, I was so honored to be invited to the celebration and had so much fun at the festivities!