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As it has been said countless times; it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving has come and gone, thus ushering in the 2017…

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Let’s Party!

As it has been said countless times; it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving has come and gone, thus ushering in the 2017 holiday season. Many believe giving gifts is what makes the holidays special, and be sure to check our gift guide to find something for everyone on your list. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love tearing into a beautifully wrapped box, or counting the presents under the tree? However, what would the holiday season be without parties? Whether you are going to an intimate cocktail party, glittering gala, or a bubbly weekend brunch, the holidays are never complete without celebrations! To give you a little inspiration, we found some of the most glamorous, over the top, parties ever thrown. While you may not be able to achieve the grandeur of these fetes, think of them as something to aspire to. If all this talk of parties has you wondering what to wear, don’t worry, we have some ideas for that too!

The Vanderbilt Ball

Known as the party that changed New York Society, Alva Vanderbilt’s 1883 housewarming party was the hottest ticket in town for the rich and fabulous. Vanderbilt hosted a costume party to welcome 1,200 of her nearest and dearest to her new Fifth Avenue home. The most memorable outfit belonged to Vanderbilt’s sister-in-law, who wore a yellow satin dress with batteries underneath that lit up a torch making her look like a golden Statue of Liberty. This party set the town abuzz and brought Vanderbilt to the top of the social elite.

Premiere of Les Noces

In 1923, a party was thrown for the premiere of Stravinsky’s famed ballet, Les Noces. The soiree, held in honor of the composer, was held on a barge that cruised down the Seine. Legend has it that because it was a Sunday, all the florists were all closed, leaving the hostess without anything to decorate the tables with. The hostess, Sara Murphy, a wealthy American expat living in Paris, decided to get creative with the centerpieces. She piled toy cars, clowns, stuffed animals, fire engines, and dolls on each table. Pablo Picasso, a guest of the party, rearranged them into a mini mountain, topped with a cow on a fireman’s ladder. Necessity is truly the mother of invention!

Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball

It would be impossible to write about parties without referring to Truman Capote’s legendary Black and White Ball. Held in New York City, at the Plaza Hotel in 1966, Capote’s party was the event of the social season. He invited top members of society, artists, actors, politicians, and writers. The dress code was simple, black and white. All guests were to wear a mask, and if you forgot one, no worry, they had plenty waiting at the door. One of the most elegant and beautiful attendees was a young Candice Bergen, who finished off her look with a white mink bunny mask.

Malcolm Forbes’ 70th Birthday Extravaganza

What do you do for your 70th birthday when you are a multibillionaire? Well if you were Malcolm Forbes, the answer was simple, fly 1,000 of your closest friends, on privately chartered jets,  for an all expenses paid trip to your palace in Morocco. The three day celebration featured non-stop entertainment, fireworks, and sumptuous feasts. Not to mention the honorary hostess for the evening was Elizabeth Taylor, Forbes’ then girlfriend.

Kate Moss’ Beautiful and the Damned birthday party

As one of the most famous models in the world, Kate Moss has also built up a reputation for being quite the party girl. It should come as no surprise that when she throws a party, it turns out to be one for the books. Her 30th birthday celebration began with a girl’s lunch at London’s Mandarin Oriental, then moved to Kate’s suite at Claridges, where Kate and her posse got ready for the big night. Kate was a vision in a sea of vintage blue sequins. The event was named after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Beautiful and the Damned, in a nod to the wild and reckless era of days gone bye. The actual party was held at photographer Sam Taylor Wood’s home, but rumors have it that the after party, back in Moss’s suite, was where the real debauchery occured, running into the wee hours of the evening!

The Met Ball

Finally we finish with the crown jewel in the party crown, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Gala. This event is widely considered to be fashion’s biggest night out. Each year the evening kicks off the latest exhibit in the museum’s costume institute. The red carpet is a virtual who’s who of fashion models, designers, actors and actresses, and all those rich and fabulous! Designers create a one of a kind ensemble for a model or celebrity whom they escort to the event. It has become so popular, has started live streaming from the red carpet! Forget about the ball Cinderella, take those glass slippers and head for the Met!

As promised, here are some ideas for how you might rock your Sarah Alexandra shirt this holiday season. We love the idea of pairing a crisp white shirt and a statement skirt. Cate Banchett looks stunning in this Giambattista Valli couture ensemble. We would pair this dreamy skirt with our Signature Shirt with Two Button French Cuff  in White Haute for a twist on the usual black tie dress code.

Emma Watson went from schoolgirl to fashion icon right in front of our eyes. There is no style she can’t pull off. She is the epitome of modern cool in this tailored black suit. Imagine wearing this with our Weekend Shirt in The Right White to make a statement at your next event.

Sometimes you have to loosen things up. Kirstin Dunst looks effortless, in this pairing. This full leg trouser and shirt combination would be a perfect alternative to a cocktail dress. Our Weekend Shirt in Silver Fox or Grey Expectations would be perfection with these pants, and we love the pop of color in the shoes!

Angelina Jolie never fails to serve up an enviable look. The softness of her shirt plays beautifully off the hardness of the black leather mini. Why not try our Signature Shirt with Two Button French Cuff in Blackout. It would be the perfect twist on the little black dress.




GALS   1. Signature Shirt in Power Player – Sarah Alexandra  Of course we had to include a Sarah Alexandra shirt in our gift guide…

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1. Signature Shirt in Power Player – Sarah Alexandra  Of course we had to include a Sarah Alexandra shirt in our gift guide for the gals in your life!  What woman doesn’t want a beautiful shirt that instantly elevates her look?  The black and white windowpane in 100% cotton twill is incredibly versatile.  She can easily pair it with jeans during the day or a pair of velvet pants for a night out on the town.

Price: $345.00

2. Jewelry Case – Cuyana  I love keeping all of my things organized and giving something useful and personalized.  Add a beautiful monogram to this piece to make it really special.

Price: $115.00

3. T-Strap Mink Sandals – Jenni Kayne  I’m dying to buy these for someone in my life!  They are so darling and fun and the perfect gift for the woman who has everything.

Price: $425.00

4. Canvas Salad Servers – Jenni Kayne  I’m currently in need of salad servers myself and they are surprisingly hard to find.  When I saw these online I thought – this is it!  They are beautiful and classic and a great gift that won’t break the bank.  Also a great hostess gift.

Price: $78.00

5. Flannel PJ’s – Serena & Lily  There is nothing I love more than coming home from work and getting cozy.  These feel wonderful and look pretty chic as well!

Price: $128.00

6. Christofle Origine 24-piece flatware set – Bergdorf Goodman  I have searched high and low for new flatware for our everyday life and this is it!  They are beautiful and made by Christofle – the authority on flatware.

Price: $600.00

7. Vide Poche – Tiffany & Co.   I love beautiful trays and this caught my eye because I’m currently obsessed with rose gold.

Price: $225.00

8. Sterling Silver Drinker – glassybaby  Everyone in my life has many glassybaby’s but when I saw this recent addition to their drinker collection I fell in love.  These would look fabulous on any table with just simple white plates.

Price: $75.00

9. Garbo Faux Fur Coat – Nili Lotan  I loved the color of this beautiful faux fur coat.  Get her something special this year that is going to keep her warm and cozy during these cold winter months.

Price: $1,300.00

10.  Big Daddy Bag – Corroon  I love all of my Corroon bags and this camo version is spot on!

Price: $500.00




1. Dry Guy Boot Dryer – Amazon  I admit, this may seem like a dull gift to give but get him back for all of the coffee makers and waffle irons he has bought for you over the years.  Seriously though, he is going to thank you endlessly once he starts using this.  We use ours all the time especially during ski season for wet and cold ski boots.

Price: $59.50

2. John Muir Wilderness Essays – Amazon I love giving books and this would be a perfect book for any guy in your life, even a young reader in your family.

Price: $14.48

3. Colster – Yeti  These are the perfect gift for your tailgating guy.  No solo cup needed!

Price: $24.99

4. Porsche Driving School  I’ve heard through the grapevine that this is a pretty awesome experience for your guy.  Make it into a little mini-vaca with a hotel reservation.  Send him to driving school while you hit the shops in LA.

Price: Price upon request.

5. Tom Ford Belt – TomFord  Every man needs a chic belt and they are surprisingly hard to find.  This is a really beautiful one – it comes in black or brown.

Price: $840.00

6. Trailblazer Flashlight – Barebones Living  For some reason we are always looking for flashlights in our house – do your man a favor and get him a super cool looking one that is pretty much indestructible.

Price: $100.00

7. Garmin inReach Explorer+Satellite Communicator –  For the outdoor adventurer in your life.  Does your guy ski the backcountry or go hunting off the grid?  Keep him safe and in touch with this high tech gizmo.

Price: $450.00

8. Traeger Grill – Pro Series 34 Grill Bronze  I swear this has been on my husbands wish list for 5 years!  Maybe 2017 will be the year he finally gets the grill of all grills.

Price: $999.99

9. Swimtrunks – Subatukl  I bought these for my youngest son and the men’s version are just as good-looking & stylish.  They are incredibly well-made and have lasted the test of time.

Price: $99.00

10. The Guideboat  This may not be the most practical gift if you don’t live on a lake or pond but isn’t it just so romantic and unexpected?

Price: $4,850.00




1. Gatcha Gatcha Bingo – my sweet muffin  My kids have so much fun playing bingo and I swear this is the cutest bingo set that I have ever found.

Price: $54.00

2. Osmo  My sister-in-law, Amy, bought this for my kids last Christmas and it is such a wonderful gift because it is fun and educational at the same time.  Shhh . . . don’t tell but I bought my kids some of the add-on games for Osmo this year for Christmas!

Price: $141.75

3. Keva Structures –  My kids have played with these for a long time and they have made some pretty amazing things.  They are great for almost any age but also fun for creative adults too.

Price: $89.95

4. Create a Story Paper Center – Lakeshore Learning   When I saw this I thought – this is the gift this year!  My kids are constantly drawing and writing stories and this paper is designed just for that.  I’m sure I’ll have to order a refill in pretty quick order.

Price: $39.99

5. Wooden Cash Register – Land of Nod  Did you have so much fun playing grocery store when you were little?  I did!  I really like this option from Land of Nod because it’s cute as well.  The plastic versions have not lasted long at our house.

Price: $31.20

6. Pac-Man Arcade Game – Sharper Image  I’m obsessed with pac-man and whenever we go to the arcade with our kids you can always find me playing it . . . so maybe this is more of a gift for adults and not kids. 😊

Price: $2,950.00

7. Napsacks – Poler  I spotted on of my friends wearing this at the last football game and instantly thought my kids would die for one of these and guess what?  They have a kids version!

Price: $150.00

8. Young Architects – Mindware  My kids take after my husband and are going to love having this to design their own houses!

Price: $79.95

9. Kid Safe Knife Set – Amazon  My kids are always asking to help in the kitchen and they are pretty decent cooks!  I only wish I would have found these set of knives earlier.  It really sets your mind at ease knowing you aren’t going to have to make a run to the ER.

Price: $8.95

10. Stance Socks – NBA  Cool socks are a must for kids and we think these are pretty dope!  Buy them their favorite collegiate, NFL or NBA team and stick them in their stocking.  So cute!

Price: $18.00




1. Nili Lotan Black Wool Cropped Military Pant.  I have been on the hunt for the last few years for a great pair of black…

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1. Nili Lotan Black Wool Cropped Military Pant.  I have been on the hunt for the last few years for a great pair of black pants that can be dressed up or dressed down but either way look polished but still modern.  I found them on our last trip to NYC for EDIT/Coterie at the Nili Lotan boutique in Tribeca!  Eureka!

2. Good American Zodiac Sweatshirt.  I kind of secretly love astrology and fell in love with this super cozy and fun sweatshirt.  Can’t go wrong with the color and it is really well made.  I had to buy my sister one for her birthday!

3. Fleur De Sel Caramels from Trader Joe’s.  Sophie & I have an addiction to these delicious caramels that are stashed in our desk drawer!  So scrumptious when you have a hankering for just a little something sweet.  I also have an extremely bad habit of popping one in my mouth with my morning coffee!  Come by our showroom in Madison Valley to say hi and we’ll share with you!  Promise!

4. Signature Polar Icing.  This is one of our best sellers from the Fall/Winter Collection and once you have one you can see why!  It is so cozy and warm, especially with this cold weather.  One of our clients recently emailed us and said that she loves her new shirt and that “cashmere flannel is just so dreamy!”.  We are running low on stock but we do have sizes 4 thru 10 currently available – get it while you still can!

5. Gianvito Rossi Boots.  This was my big purchase for Fall but I’m slightly obsessed with them!  They are high but not too high and literally go with everything.  If you’re looking for a new black suede boot this season – this is the one!  LOVE!

6.  Have you ever had to go to the metro station lost & found to look for your child’s saxophone?  Well, I recently did and thank goodness it was still there!  Miracle!  My sister had a great suggestion – buy these Tiles and put them in anything you don’t want to lose; keys, wallet, saxophone case and you can track them down with an app on your iPhone.  Pretty slick.



1. Mochi Things Purse Organizer. Every woman who carries a tote bag needs this accessory!  My mother bought me this awhile ago and it is…

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1. Mochi Things Purse Organizer. Every woman who carries a tote bag needs this accessory!  My mother bought me this awhile ago and it is so incredibly handy!  You slip it inside your tote bag to keep your keys, wallet and other odds and ends totally organized and easy to find.  The other great thing about it is that you can easily just take it out of one tote bag and slip it into another when you decide to change up your handbag situation.

2. Beats Headphones. Ryan bought me these for Mother’s Day a couple of years ago and I love them!  They work great and look pretty cool as well!  They stay charged forever and are way more comfortable than earbuds!

3. Goyard Credit Card Wallet.  I bought this when I was in Paris with my mom and I LOVE IT!  There is just enough room for an ID and two credit cards.  Perfect for your back pocket, coat pocket or a clutch!  Can’t live without it now! You have to go to the little Goyard store across from the big one in order to find them.

4. Prada Wallet.  My girlfriends gave me this for my 38th or 39th birthday – who is keeping track at this point – but this is also a wonderful wallet that keeps all the extra cards, cash and coins organized.  Love the texture of the black leather.  Beautiful!

5. Craighill Key Chain.  I saw this when I was shopping at Likelihood on Capital Hill for Ryan and loved it!  It’s just kind of cool and I’m still not tired of it!

6.  Matchbox Car.  You’ll always find me with some sort of toy in my handbag whether it is a matchbox car or a plastic snake.  They do come in handy when my kids need to be entertained!

7. well-kept.  My sister got me on to these and I use these every morning as Sophie can attest to!  I sit down at my desk and clean my glasses and wipe down my phone.  They also come in handy when we are out and about and my daughters glasses need to be cleaned! Did someone say OCD?!?!

8. Marc Jacobs lip gloss.  I’ve always been a NARS girl but on my last trip to NYC I ran out of lip gloss and Sephora was right next to my hotel!  The woman at Sephora recommended this nude color from Marc Jacobs and I’m obsessed with it!  Love the color – great neutral and I love the wand!

9. Kiehl’s Hand Salve. Not only do I have this in my handbag I also have one in my desk at work oh  . . . and the center console of my car!  It’s great – not too greasy and not too smelly!

10. Glide Dental Floss. Love having dental floss when I need it!

11.  Moleskine Diary. I use this to write notes and boy do I refer back to it all the time!  Hard to remember everything any more!  There are definitely a few pages ripped out from when my kids need a piece of paper to draw at a restaurant too.

12. Canlis Gift Card. One of Ryan’s super sweet clients gave us a Canlis gift card!  We need to plan that date night!

13. Givenchy Sunglasses. My favorites for the last two years!

14. Eyeglasses by Barton Perreira. I bought these from Eye Society – they have super cool frames and are really friendly & helpful.  I tried on a million pairs and then the second I saw these I new they were going to be the ones.  They are classic but then a little unexpected with the ombre bottom color.

15. Advil. For the headaches that come with hangovers!

16. Zyrtec. I mean does everyone have allergies now?  I don’t remember having allergies but now I feel like I get them all year long!

17. Burt’s Bees Chapstick.  I cannot live without chapstick and I love Burt’s Bees.

18. Apple iPhone Cord. You can never have too many cords!

19. Barneys New York Gift Card. A birthday gift from my mother-in-law.  Need to put this to good use!  So utterly fabulous of her!

20. SA Business Card.  Sophie & I love our business cards!  I cannot believe these still come in handy with the age of iPhones.

21.  Givenchy Tote.  My girlfriends gave me this beautiful tote bag for my 40th birthday which was right around the time I started my business!  They thought it would be perfect for me now that I am a working woman and they were right!  So beautiful and durable at the same time!  I use it every time I get on an airplane!  Do I have amazing friends or what?



Does your date night need a little sprucing up? Sure, dinner and a movie are fine every once in awhile, but wouldn’t you prefer doing…

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Does your date night need a little sprucing up? Sure, dinner and a movie are fine every once in awhile, but wouldn’t you prefer doing something new and exciting? We like to treat our date nights as something special, and think outside of the box from time to time. Having dinner at your favorite spot is always a good idea, but maybe it’s time to switch it up and try something else? You’re in luck, because we put together a list of ideas for you and your sweetie. So go ahead, try something new for a change!


1) Pike Place Market

Who says only tourists go to Pike Place Market? Better known as “The Market” to Seattleites, there is never a dull moment at this beloved landmark. While there, be sure to stop into DeLaurenti’s Specialty Food and Wines for their incredible array of Italian delicacies, and do not miss out on the insanely decadent mac and cheese from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, or any flavors of Ellenos yogurt.





2) Seattle Great Wheel and Wings Over Washington

There is something romantic about a ferris wheel, and the Seattle Great Wheel is an experience not to be missed. It’s the perfect way to soak in the sights of the waterfront as you spin through the sky with your special someone. If you are more in the mood for a virtual experience, consider Wings Over Washington. This state of the art theater gives you the experience of flying over some of the most beautiful natural beauty found only in the Pacific Northwest. Afterwards, head straight to the Goldfinch Tavern for a lovely dinner for two.




3) All Together Skatepark

Always wanted to ride a skateboard but never got the chance? Skateboarding lessons aren’t just for the younger set – consider booking a lesson for your next date night! At All Together Skatepark, you can learn to look cool and skate like a pro, or something like that, with the guidance of your very own instructor. Remember, it’s good to try new things, and think of all the laughs you will have!


4) Paramount Theater

The Paramount has been delighting audiences with Broadway Shows, concerts, movies, and dance performances since 1928. Each season, they offer a wide variety, for you to choose from. Grab a drink and a pre theater dinner before showtime!  Showing now is Aladdin and it is not to be missed!


5) Seattle Scenic Seaplane

Obviously we think that Seattle is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Therefore, what better way to enjoy the sights and scenery than flying through the skies? So c’mon, hop aboard,  buckle up, and enjoy the view.


6) Coffee and a walk around Green Lake

We never underestimate the power of a good walk. In fact, some of life’s great conversations are had on walks with significant others. Just put on your best sneaks, head over to Greenlake, grab a coffee, you are good to go!


7) Emerald City Trapeze

Have you ever dreamed of flying through the air with the greatest of ease? If so, we have the perfect outing for you. At Emerald City Trapeze they offer introductory classes in flying trapeze and aerial arts. This date will definitely give you stories to share with your friends!


8) Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibition

Going to Chihuly Garden and Glass is like taking a trip to a magical world. This space is the flagship experience featuring the sublime creations of world renowned northwest artist, Dale Chihuly. It is a unique experience, meant to be shared!


9) Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum is home to exquisite, world class permanent collections and in-demand special exhibitions. It’s the crown jewel of the Northwest Arts scene. Go get your culture fix, and be sure to stop by Taste for a snack, coffee or a meal.


10) The Space Needle

The Space Needle is an iconic piece of Seattle history. It’s easy to dismiss it as a tourist trap, but a trip to the top is always exciting. They are renovating the revolving restaurant at the top and we can’t wait to see it!


11) Foot Massage – Two Smiling Feet in Fremont

Getting pampered should not be just for special occasions. Massages are a great way to relax so why not do it together? This is seriously one of the best massages you and your trotters will ever experience!


Food/ Dinner/ Dessert

1) The Pink Door 

If their seasonally inspired menu and spectacular views of the Seattle waterfront aren’t enough to entice you, then the entertainment will. With a revolving selection of jazz musicians, trapeze artists and cabaret acts, The Pink Door lives up to its reputation as one of Seattle’s most beloved establishments.


2) Canlis

What can we say about Seattle’s very first, family owned, fine dining restaurant that has not already been said? Well, it’s all true and quite a bit more!  For three generations, Canlis has been providing sublime culinary experiences to lucky diners in one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world!


3) El Gaucho

This is a grown up restaurant, with an air of days gone by. Go hungry so you can enjoy some of the finest steaks to be found! For an extra special experience, get the tableside Chateaubriand service!


4) Barolo

Who doesn’t love Italian food? Barolo serves modern takes on classics in a gorgeous, modern dining room. White tablecloths and sparkling crystal chandeliers, we’re in!


5) Spinasse

Quite simply put, Spinasse has some of the best pasta we have ever tasted. They make it all in house and always manage to create culinary magic with every plate. Make sure to reserve a table and come early to have a drink at their bar, Artusi, next door.


6) Rock Creek

In a city by the water, there are always incredible seafood restaurants. Rock Creek is one of those! The food is so delicious you end up wishing there was more no matter how full you are.


7) Six Seven – Edgewater Hotel

Delicious food and an incredible setting –  it honestly feels like you’re dining onboard a boat. Six Seven is an absolute no brainer to inject a little romance into a date night!


8) Queen City Grill

With roots as a saloon originally opened in 1910, Queen City Grill is an iconic part of the local culinary scene and has just recently re-opened under the amazing Trevor Greenwood.


9) The Thompson – The Nest

We love a hotel bar, and The Nest at the Thompson Hotel is a welcome addition to Seattle. The view, the decor, the drinks, we say yes to all!


10) Altura

Every day, Altura creates a seasonally driven menu of locally sourced delights.  They present them as a multi course, prix fix menu. This is a dinner to enjoy and savor!


11) Dick’s Drive-In

These beloved burger joints have been feeding hungry, and sometimes tipsy, Seattleites since the 50’s. Burger plus fries equals happiness, nuff said!


12) Hot Cakes

This genius dessert cafe built their brand on a sinful molten lava cake. What’s not to love about that?


13) Molly Moons

Seattle has been enjoying a mad love affair with Molly Moons since they opened their first shop. Thankfully, they have several locations now. Next time, try one of their outrageous sundaes with loads of toppings! YUM.