Girls’ Getaway 2018: Bellevue Collection Fashion Week

Let’s be honest: When it comes to fashion shows and red carpet events, Bellevue Collection’s Fashion Week is truly head & shoulders above the rest. And this year was no exception!  From designer meet & greets, to platters of fresh macaroons wafting through the crowd, to a famous artist giving out personalized caricatures, everything about Bellevue Collection Fashion Week 2018 was done to perfection.

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Our crew of adventurers consisted of 15 fashion-loving Boise women, all ready to explore, wine, dine, and shop till we dropped! On day one, we hit the ground running with a VIP party at Nordstrom.

But first things first: lunch at the new Bento Grill, where chef Tom Douglas crafted a unique dining experience that melds gourmet Asian cuisine with take-out-buffet efficiency.

Debbie Evy, a brilliant stylist from Nordstrom’s Collections department, showed us how to select our dish, then customize each step to create the perfect bento box experience. Top off lunch with a blended mango sake shake, and you’re in for a fabulous afternoon!

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nordstrom bellevue bento stylespygirl
nordstrom bellevue bento stylespygirl
Next stop: Nordstrom’s Designer department for champagne and shopping! Debbie and her crew brought in new fall pieces from Gucci, Prada, Louie Vuitton, and more to tantalize our couture-craving crew.

While models displayed how to style this season’s scrumptious Chloe sweater dresses and vibrant Tory Burch jackets, makeup artists from Trish McEvoy primped and pampered our travel-weary faces.

On the lower level, hair stylists had style-&-go stations ready to plump, smooth, curl, and tame our tresses!   With our Nordstrom treasures and beauty swag-bags in hand, we dashed back to our rooms at the Westin Bellevue for a quick clothing change…

And then off to the show!

The Independent Designer Runway Show is one of my all-time favorite events! In the past, designers from around the Pacific Northwest have competed for a coveted top spot, cash prize, editorial coverage in Seattle Met Magazine, and the opportunity to display their looks in Bellevue Square.

This year, instead of fledgling designers, the Collection graced us with a special show that brought back past winners to compete in a best-of-the-best runway throw-down!

Flip through the slideshow to be inspired by looks from:  
LOURDES é EVA by Nore Suárez
Cute Like Mad by Jeanette Svensk Li
Poppyseed by Rebekah Adams
Valentina & Valenti’s by Milena Natanov
Deyonte’ Weather Collection by Deyonte’ Weather
Chany Venturini by Maria Venturini

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Runway photos thanks to Denise Vasecka,
jewelry designer at Unigon Specialties 

At the end of the show, audience members casted their votes, and the winner was…  

Cute Like Mad by Jeanette Svensk Li!

Congratulations Ms. Svensk Li!!!   And congratulations to the Bellevue Collection for another superb and inspiring independent designer runway show! Can’t wait for the next one!!!


Fall Fashion 2018 Trend Report with Boise Lifestyle!

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Hello, loves! Did everyone have a gorgeous & eventful summer? Mine flew by, and I can’t believe it’s almost Autumn!!!

Well, get ready, because this month I had the special honor of doing a Fall Fashion report for our dear local Boise Lifestyle Magazine. I’m reprinting that feature here, just for you, with a little extra dose of love: links and info for where to purchase these darling outfits & accessories!!!

Enjoy the fashion inspiration, and as always, I adore your feedback so please comment away below & tell me what you think! XOXOXO, Tanya


Whether it’s a bold red lip, flash of accent green on a handbag, or stripes of yellow and purple across a shoe, this season’s trends showcase every color of the rainbow.

As the soft pastels of previous seasons fade with the summer sun, expect Fall to come in strong with a dazzling array of gemstone colors, vivid stripes, and a plethora of edgy prints from around the world.

The 90’s are back, too, with chunky footwear, colorful overalls, whimsical sunglasses, and a wide  variety of denim styles. From ruby red to sapphire blue, choose your favorite haute hues and embrace the crisp coolness of autumn.

Fall fashion’s overall message for 2018 is: Be bold!!!

I had a blast shopping for the hottest trends at three wonderful boutiques in Boise: Ibeni, Shift, and Swank! Check out my fashion inspiration looks below, and tell me in the comments: Which ones are your faves?


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Jack Floral blouse: Shift Boutique // We The Free black jeans: Shift Boutique

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Leather jacket: BCBG // Striped dress & bralette: Swank Boutique // Cross layered necklace: Swank Boutique // Boots: Doc Martens


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Dress: Ibeni Boutique // Mermaid Bag & Bracelet: Swank // Necklace: Vintage Chanel // Ankle Booties: Shift Boutique


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BCBG Jacket: Shift Boutique // Blouse: Ibeni Boutique // Striped Trousers: Swank Boutique // Shoes: Shift Boutique


emerald fall fashion look

Faux fur wrap: Ibeni Boutique // Dress: Ibeni Boutique // Shoes: Lyrique Boutique

emerald fall fashion look

Boots: Doc Martens // Jeans: Shift Boutique // Blouse: Shift Boutique // Shearling vest: Ibeni Boutique // Necklaces: Swank Boutique


sapphire fall fashion look

Blue Dresses: Both from Ibeni Boutique // Necklaces: Swank Boutique


fall fashion earrings

Earrings: leather and feathers from Ibeni Boutique





What is a Nordstrom Rack, and why am I Cartwheeling About it?

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grew up (mostly) in the Pacific Northwest,
where Nordstrom was founded. This wonderful family-run store has always been one of my favorites, its name synonymous with high quality, high fashion, and top-notch customer service. I still have my mother’s Dexter boots, bought at Nordstrom in the late 1970’s – despite being decades old, they’re strong, solid, & fashionable as ever! (Thanks, Mom!)

When the newly-opening Nordstrom Rack comes up in casual conversation, I usually hear one of two reactions. Many folks are thrilled, and can’t wait for the grand opening. Others look at me puzzled, and say: “What’s a Rack???” For those of you who fall into the first category, you’ll be happy to know the rumors are true: Boise is, indeed, opening it’s first Nordstrom Rack on April 12th, 2012. (Info on the Grand Opening Celebration is HERE!)

For those of you who fall into the second category, here’s the scoop on why everyone’s so excited: if you love high-quality, fashion-forward clothing, shoe, & accessories for less than department store prices, Nordstrom Rack is a little slice of shopping Heaven. Actually, I take that back; it’s a BIG slice!!!

But wait, you may say, what makes Nordstrom Rack different from other “fashion for less” stores? Because the items & brands they carry are different! Racks receive shipments of high-end clothing, directly from their mainline Nordstrom stores in Seattle, Portland, LA, and other parts of the country. Things that are still current, but maybe have only a few size options left, get sent to the Rack where they are deeply discounted. In fact, once or twice I’ve come across a clothing item in the Rack, that is STILL in the mainline stores, but at half the price!

A Nordstrom Rack in town gives us access to fashion styles and high-end names that are new to Boise! (Can you just hear the fashion bloggers salivating? Lol, I’m doing cartwheels!) Shopping in the Rack is like digging for buried treasure on a tropical beach; every day the tide washes out, and brings a whole new selection of amazing discoveries! We’re talking about fashion gems like Kate Spade totes, Chanel wallets, Gucci shoes, Diane von Furstenberg blouses, Givenchy jewelry, Nanette Lepore dresses, Armani jackets… I could go on and on, but you get my point. These are brands and styles that are HARD TO FIND in Boise – up until now! (Or rather, up until April 12th!)

So rejoice, Boise! And get ready for something new. Nordstrom Rack is coming, and I for one will be first in line! 😉 See you at the Grand Opening!!


P.S. Seriously, I hope you can all join me for the amazing Opening Day party! There will be entertainment, refreshments, and giveaways, including 20 Gold Hangers hidden throughout the store – each worth $100!!!

Karl Lagerfeld’s Macy’s Line and… That Dress!!!

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is a German fashion designer, whose keen sense of style and tailoring has made him an icon in the fashion world. He has designed for Chloe, Balmain, Chanel, Fendi, established his own line, and outfitted stars like Madonna,  and Kylie Minogue. In 2004, he designed a special line of budget-friendly fashions for European retail giant H&M, and this year, developed his exclusive Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse line at Macy’s. Can’t afford a $5,000 dress designed by Lagerfeld? Step into Macy’s and try on one for around $100!

Chelsey Hersley, Me, & Jamie Bruce @ Fashion's Night Out!

At last week’s Fashion’s Night Out event at Boise Town Square Mall, I fell in love with the adorable pink dress that America’s Next Top Model finalist Chelsey Hersley wore from Lagerfeld’s collection. The breezy ballerina-like material, coupled with an intricate black lace neck & back trim, are such a bewitching combination!

Chelsey chose to wear the dress with cropped leggings and slouchy combat boots, effortlessly transforming into a 90’s punk princess (anyone remember Courtney Love?)

When I posted Macy’s picture of the dress on Facebook, there were comments on the model’s extreme skinniness. On the other hand, reviews of the dress on Macy’s website spoke of the over-sized upper-proportions of the dress. I was curious about this seeming contradiction, so being a faithful fashion reporter, I simply HAD to go down to Macy’s myself and investigate in person! ;-D

I didn’t have a great deal of time to try on everything in Lagerfeld’s line; my focus was on that dress, the obvious stand-put piece of the collection. I can tell you that, true to Lagerfeld’s urban chic aesthetic, much of the line was black, grey, or hot pink. (If black is your go-to color, and you’re looking to update your wardrobe, go check out this collection; you’ll find some fabulous pieces!)

But on to the dress…

Slipping into pastel pink felt at first very feminine & elegant. But once the black lace touched my skin, I found myself missing my old Doc Marten boots! It truly is an adorable-yet-tough dress, one that I would wear in a heartbeat! That is, if it fit properly…

The reviews were right; the bustline of this dress is quite generous, almost to the point of being baggy. I also couldn’t keep the wide. puffy shoulders on very well, but they could be pinned to my camisole straps fairly easily.

Overall, here’s my review: this dress makes you feel feminine & flirty, with an urban edginess. I love it, but it runs a little large, so I recommend going down a size. This dress would be ideal for ladies sized 6-10, particularly if they have a larger bust size! 😉 Run down to your local Macy’s and try it on – and let me know YOUR review!!! 😀

Click the link to view the Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse Collection.


Great Gear For Getting Gorgeous!

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the barrage of beauty items in magazines & stores today, it can be daunting to find the things that work best for your specific needs!

During my time as a makeup artist, certain items have become my favorites, both at home and at work. Here’s my Top Ten list; I hope you find some helpful ideas here! 🙂

1. Cetaphil Soap & Lotion. Every dermatologist I’ve ever spoken to has recommended Cetaphil, and I’ve been devoted to the stuff for years. The basic face wash and body/face lotions are chemically simple, non-inflammatory, and work for almost all skin types. They never cause break-outs, are unscented, and are non-comedogenic; my acne-prone, rosacea-sensitive, combination skin loves Cetaphil!

2. Makeup Primer. Most women only need primer when they’re getting ready for a photoshoot! If your skin is smooth and evenly-colored, primer is probably unecessary for you. However, if you have scarring, uneven skin tone, oily skin that gets a mid-day “glow,” or the beginning of fine lines, makeup primer is a mini-miracle in a bottle! Smooth it on after moisturizer, and before foundation, to absorb oil and give your skin a smooth, even surface. For normal skin types, try Arbonne, Bare Essentuals, or Smashbox primers. For ultra-sensitive skin (like mine!), try Youngblood primer (available at Two Rivers Spa in Eagle) or Korres mild primer/moisturizer combo.

3. Foundation. High-end luxury: Chanel Naturally Luminous Fluid Makeup. Gorgeous and decadent! Mid-range: Youngblood Powder, Compact, or Liquid Foundation. Formulated by a gal who worked with burn victims; for normal to uber-sensitive skin; luxurious, natural, and flawless-looking! Budget-friendly options: Revlon ColorStay Foundation (for normal-dry skin), and Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Liquid Foundation (for normal-oily skin).

4. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. Eyeshadow primer is similar to makeup primer; it holds eyeshadow in place all day, keeping color bright & true, and lessens build-up in eyelid creases. Smooth it on your eyelids, let it dry a few seconds, and follow with eyeshadow. I’ve tried multiple brands of primers. MAC’s eyeshadow primer has fabulous staying power, but over time it dries out, and can pull & tug across the delicate eyelid area. I prefer Urban Decay’s version because it goes on so gently & smoothly, and lasts a very long time.

5. Eye Liner & Shadow. Urban Decay is hands-down-fabulous for eyeshadows. Their pigmentation is strong, with fantastic staying power. Choices range from matte to shimmer to full-on-glittery, and their prices are reasonable. Urban Decay offers single shadows, and their mixed palettes are a fantastic way to try a variety of colors. Budget-friendly option: L’Oreal’s HiP line. For eyeliner, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencil is wonderful! It’s waterproof, safe to use on inner lids, glides on like a smooth paint, and lasts all day! Budget-friendly option: Head to Fred Meyer and check out their “Styli-Style Line & Seal” waterproof eyeliners. Longer-lasting than most, with solid pigmentation. I like the twist-up pencil in black or brown for all-day wear!

6. Eyelash Curler. Most gals have tried an eyelash curler now & then. It’s an easy way to add drama to your eyes. Caution: Overuse can lead to eyelash breakage, as can worn-out curler pads and squeezing the curler too hard or too long. My choice for occasional usage is a partial-curler. Japonesque and Sephora both sell small/partial eyelash curlers. You can target the middle of your lashes for a wide-open look, or curl certain sections to add drama where you want it.

7. Mascara. I’ve tried so many over the years, looking for lush, bold, dramatic lashes! Cover Girl’s Lash Blast is an almost-perfect choice; the dense brush separates lashes & deposits a lush amount of inky black mascara. I love the drama & ease of this mascara! The only drawback to Lash Blast is it’s texture; it dries out quickly, so you can’t apply layers to build drama for evening. But if you’re a one-coat user, Lash Blast is fabulous. For those of you who like to layer mascara for extra drama, I recommend one that dries softly and with great separation, like Maybelline’s Full & Soft or L’Oreal’s Lash Out. After it dries, you can add dramatic coats of Lash Blast to pump up the volume! Luxury options: Dior’s DiorShow Black Out mascara, or Bare Escentual’s Buxom Lash.

~~~ UPDATED 1-9-2011 ~~~ L’Oreal just upped the ante with a fantastic new mascara! It blows the other brands out of the water, and is a great makeup buy for under $10!! If you are looking for one mascara that does it all, try the new Volumnous Million Lashes in Blackest Black!!

8. Bumble & Bumble Hair Thickening Spray. Do you have fine hair that needs a little extra oomph & body? I’ve tried many products over the years that promise to thicken or “plump up” hair. The only product I’ve found that consistently delivers on that promise is Bumble & Bumble’s Thickening Spray. Spray it in before blow-drying for body & thickness. You can also re-style it the next day; simply dampen your roots with a spritz or two and blow dry.

9. Fekkai Styling Cream. For those of you who are as addicted to your flatiron as I am, this lushious finishing cream is a minor miracle. Infused with olive oil, instead of the usual silicone, it doesn’t just coat your hair; it quenches & moisturizes, infusing damaged locks with lustre and movement. A tiny amount (pea-sized for normal hair, half-a-pea for us fine-haired gals!) smoothed over the ends and brushed through gives sleekness without weighing hair down or looking greasy. Luxury option: Oribe Smooth Style Serum, also available at Two Rivers Spa in Eagle. Truly the Cadillac of hair care products, this cream can be used on wet hair for styling, or on dry hair for extra silky shine. (Note: Oribe’s Shampoo & Conditioner For Beautiful Color are the best products I’ve ever tried for stressed & processed hair!)

10. Tanning Spray. I’m a big fan of avoiding sun exposure to stave-off wrinkles! But the truth is, tan legs look leaner than pale legs. So what’s a sun-conscious gal to do? Tanning beds are a recipe for skin damage, and lotions tend to be streaky & uneven. My solution: spray tans! I love, love, love L’Oreal’s Tanning Spray. It’s easy to use, almost fool-proof, natural-looking, quick, and inexpensive! Whether you are new to the self-tanning world, or a veteran tanner, give this product a try. The light mist sprays on quickly, dries in seconds, and you wake up the next day looking bronzed and beautiful!

What are your favorite self-care products? What beauty items do you find yourself coming back to again and again? I welcome your comments and suggestions! 🙂

Where to buy: Bumble & Bumble, Oribe, & Youngblood are available at Two Rivers Spa in Eagle. Dior, Bare Escentuals, Smashbox, Korres, & Urban Decay are available at Sephora, Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Nordstrom. Arbonne cosmetics are available through a local rep (see links section). Fekkai is sold at many hair salons, as well as Fred Meyer. All other products can be found at your local drugstore.