Seamless in Seattle 2012

This year I got to be on the panel of judges that narrowed the Seamless in Seattle contestants from 32 to 5. It was so much fun, and I must say – it is way better to judge than be judged. (See the super awkward photo of me from 2009 in this post.) Being a judge also meant I got to go to the fashion show on behalf of Seattle Magazine. It was at the Seattle Art Museum this year and I loved that the runway was right below the Ford Taurus’ suspended from the ceiling.

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Life, man.

Curious about what I was doing 3 years ago? I was designing, patterning and sewing my first collection that I got to show at Seattle Fashion Week, Thaw Fashion show, Fashion first and to display in Seattle Magazine. Looking back on that time in my life I’m blown away at what I was able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. I didn’t ever let my fears interfere with what I needed or wanted to get done. I think I just taught myself a life lesson. That I obviously already knew, but apparently forgot.
I’m not done yet, but shortly you’ll be able to see all of that info over here on the blog. Click here to see what I was up to in April 2009.

The Forecast

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Seattle Magazine’s The Forecast. There were quite a few retailers involved, and I think the stylist(s) did a great job of mixing stylish outfits with fashionable Seattle-appropriate pieces. It doesn’t rain every day, but if you think layers aren’t necessary here, you’re talking crazy.

The event was at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. I had never been there before and was really impressed with the space. (The main downfall to going anywhere downtown nowadays is that you have to pay to park on the street until 8pm. Are you KIDDING me Seattle? Geesh.)

There were so many things I liked, but I would say my favorite jackets overall were by Wraphabillement, launched by Elizabeth Roberts in 2011 and the designs by Terra, which were brought to the fashion show by Seattle E-Bike.

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Seattle Fashion

Last week I attended a fashion show put on by the Fashion Club of Seattle University. It consisted of fashion from local Seattle retailers (Zebra Club, Blue Luna, Casual Industrees and People’s Republic of Clothing to name a few), which were modeled by Seattle U students. I was very impressed with not just the fashion, but also the professionalism and fluidity of the show. The fantastic part about FCSU is that their charity partner is Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that provides professional apparel and career development to low-income women. 100% of their ticket sales were donated to Dress for Success. Not 10% or 30%…One Hundred Percent. That’s pretty amazing, no?

Here are a few photos I took of the show.

(Above shirt can be found here.)

And of course, Seattle represents:

(Above two shirts can be found here.)

Shabby Apple Gift Card Giveaway!

Hello lovely readers
I don’t know if you like free stuff as much as I do, but I am very excited to tell you that you have the opportunity to win a $75 shopping spree to Shabby Apple!

All you have to do is:

1. Visit Shabby Apple and pick out your favorite item.
2. Leave a comment below and tell me what you like best.
3. “Like” their Facebook page for a bonus entry (and tell me in the comments that you did so).

This giveaway is open until Friday March 9th at 10pm. Check back on Monday the 10th to see if you’re the winner! Good luck my friends. Good luck.

Another bonus is that for the next month you can use coupon code ohreallybecky10off to receive 10% off all purchases.

My favorites, in case you’re curious, include this and this.


**This contest is now closed.**

Fashion Inspiration

I got this book as a Christmas gift. Visual:

I love it because it’s not very big, but is packed with 450 images dating back to 1865. There’s no text wasting any space – it’s just a photo and a caption on each page. I really like looking at vintage photos for current inspiration, and I know I’ll go back to this one over and over. Here are a few of my favorites at the moment…

The leather satchel, flower bag and crocheted shawl on the left – love. it. The guys on the right look seriously fashion-forward for being from 1874. I mean do you see those skinny pants?

The model on the left must have felt so stupid in that outfit. But the swimsuit on the right is amazing. Can I have that as a dress please?  

Houndstooth! Plaid! Riding boots! Wool hat! (Camel toe!)

The hats on the left are pretty great and I guarantee no woman in the last 10 years has looked that good playing golf. 

I saw a spread like the photo on the left in a recent Vogue and I thought, “How creative and innovative!”. Not the case apparently since this photo was taken in 1966. It still made a great spread though. And OH the colors of the dress on the right. Love.

Knife pleats are my favorite.

That jumpsuit on the left is amazing. It’s too bad only 2% of the population have the body shape for it. 

The perfection of the way the plaid lines up on the jacket on the right gets me all excited. (It’s really difficult to do it that well.) The photo on the left is annoying me.

Those paper bag waist rolled hem pants on the left are sort of incredible. Zoot Suits, man. It’s where it’s at. And on the right: Brigitte Bardot. Enough said.  


What I Wore Book Giveaway!

I’ve been following the blog What I Wore for about a year now. I discovered it through a friend when I was in New York and have checked it pretty religiously since then. Jessica is so fantastic that someone even paid her to write a book about her personal style. It hits the shelves in 10 short days, and in honor of that she’s giving away a free book to 10 people. (I’ll probably buy the book anyway, but free stuff is always more fun.)

See her original post about the book giveaway here. (FYI, if you have a blog and are into fashion you can re-blog her post to enter the drawing too.)

And here’s a little note from Jessica’s original post:

I’ll be giving away 10 signed copies of What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style plus a personalized illustration (of you!) to one extra special reader!

What I Wore illustrations

To enter: REBLOG or REPOST this giveaway on your site and link back to this page. (If you don’t have a blog, you can e-mail whatiworebook(at) your pre-order receipt as well.) You must enter the link to your post in the comment section below (so I can find you!)

Contest Ends July 12, 2011 11:59 EST. Official rules here.


2011 Comcast Student Designer Competition

As promised, here are a few photos from last night’s Comcast Student Designer Competition.

Three of the five judges: Tanya Friberg – owner of The Finerie, Carina Van Son – KISS FM Fashion and Lifestyle blogger, and of course me. The other two judges were the always adorable Kim and James from Gene Juarez, who I failed to snap a picture of.

Below are designs by Jennifer M. Lamb.

Below is a dress by high school student Cindy Wang – she came in 3rd place! She’s only 16! (And you may recognize the model? That’s Alana, the model I used for pretty much everything back in 2009.)

The winner was Anna Dicklhuber! She got $1,000 (which is $700 more than I got when I won it. Ahem.) and will have the opportunity to show at Seattle Fashion Week. Congrats Anna! (Those are her two outfits below).

(Second place went to Christina Yi, but I failed to get a picture of her garments.)

Check out the official Seattle Fashion Week website here.