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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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:  
DEVONATION by Devon Yan
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!!!

XOXO,
Tanya

Exciting Changes to my Fashion Getaways! (Part 2)

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Changes in Store…

Hello, friend!

Earlier this month, I shared the Why behind my girls-only Fashion Getaways: Empowering women to travel! To recap, I believe magic happens when you step out of your comfort zone, your city, and your culture. Your eyes see something new, and your heart expands to take it in. Travel changes you; it makes you stronger, but it also makes you see the world as more accessible! (View the full Part 1: Why article HERE!)

Now, I’d like to explain How we’re making it all happen! My goal is to plan at least two trips per year, one domestic/US trip and one international, loosely based on the Fashion Week calendar of Spring and Fall.

For 2017, I am currently putting together TWO Fashion Getaways. The first is an early-summer Amsterdam & Paris trip – which I’ll release information about SOON – so those of you who want to come can purchase your airline tickets while they’re less expensive!

Then for the domestic/US trip, later in the year, say Aloha! to a tropical getaway to Honolulu Fashion Week. This Getaway will be in the Fall, with luaus, exploring, beaches, poolside cocktails, shopping, hula dancing, snorkeling, and much more. My mouth is already watering for Kahlua Pork and Mai Thais, is yours?

So here is the big question:
How are we going to empower each woman to have the fashion/cultural/empowering adventure that she wants?
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Beginning with the Amsterdam/Paris 2017 trip, the Style Spy Girl team will create itineraries that have a daily scheduled group activity (a fashion week show, dinner reservations, etc.), most likely in the evening. During the morning and afternoon, we will incorporate YOUR wishlist/bucket list items (if you will be on this trip, please write in and tell us what those are!) into the schedule. It’s important to note: these will be optional activities that each woman can sign up for, or you can choose to have free time instead!

This information will be provided weeks in advance, so you can plan ahead and decide exactly how much alone time, group time, shopping time, and sightseeing time YOU are interested in, and how much you want to budget for each of those things. It puts the power in your hands to create the adventure you want, and you can plan exactly how much you want to spend doing it.

So, tell me: where in the world do you want to go? stylespygirl fashion getaway new york city

And what do you want to see/do/eat/hear/watch/experience while you’re there? Click reply to email me back, and let’s keep the conversation going, or connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

The world is ours to explore – so let’s hop on board, babes! 🙂

Come with me, and together we can #GlobeTrotLikeAGirl!

XOXO,
Tanya Carnahan

An Open Letter About Why I REALLY Do Fashion Trips for Women (Part 1)

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Real Reason I Do Fashion Getaways

(Hint: It’s not just about the shopping!)

Hello, my friends!

It’s time for an update! You may have heard about the ladies-only Fashion Getaways I launched last year. If you want to know the How, What, and Why behind these trips, read on…

For starters, a heartfelt THANK YOU for your feedback — to you who have been on excursions with me and those who are interested in joining future trips!

I’ve heard everything from “I’d love more shopping time!” to “There’s too much shopping; I’d prefer to sit in a café and absorb the culture!” and “Will there be more fashion shows?” or “I don’t want to dress up and do fashion shows every night; let’s just relax and go get dinner!”

The truth is, I want all my travel companions to have a wonderful time on every getaway we plan! On our way home from our recent New York trip, while thinking through all we accomplished and ways we could improve, I had an epiphany: Yes, we really can do it all, and I know exactly how we’re going to do it! But before I share the How, I’d like to share some of the reasons Why we’re doing this in the first place…

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What’s the goal of Fashion Getaways?

Is it all about fashion shows? No. Is it all about shopping? No. Are we a glam squad that always looks amazing and camera-ready? I’ll answer that as soon as I stop laughing… um, definitely no!

NYC was honestly a lot of shorts, t-shirts, and sneakers — and we did our best to comfortably explore the city during a surprise heat wave. Humidity in the Big Apple is no joke!

I started Fashion Getaways because I want to empower women to travel. 

Here’s the thing: this means ALL WOMEN. Yes, all women are welcome on these getaways — women of every age, style, and demographic.

I believe magic happens when you step out of your comfort zone, your city, and your culture. Your eyes see something new, and your heart expands to take it in. You encounter challenges and rise up to meet them. You figure out how to navigate a new city, explore new food, see historic landmarks, meet people that aren’t really as different from you as you might have thought, and embark on adventures you never would have encountered back home.

And travel changes you! It makes you stronger, but it also makes you see the world as more accessible. It helps you realize that you can go almost anywhere, and do anything you want! And how much more fun is it to do with a group of adventurous women?

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It’s true: I love fashion — and I love shopping

But more than that, I am passionate about traveling, having new cultural experiences, and empowering women to have life-changing adventures! This is what I hope to achieve with these Fashion Getaways; to bring together ladies of all ages and backgrounds – even strangers! – who share a love of travel. I want to see women experience the world in their own unique ways, and I want to create adventures that make it all possible.

Come globetrot with me… watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle and shine, learn to hula dance in Honolulu, eat a cone of fries “mit mayo” while walking the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam, listen to street music on the sidewalks in New Orleans, watch a sunset from the breezy beaches of Greece… and yes, do a little (or a lot of!) shopping along the way. Because we’re girls, and that’s how we roll!

Stay tuned for my next update… when I explain How — and describe the exciting ways we’re making all of this happen!

I’ll be releasing details regarding a women’s trip to Amsterdam and Paris VERY soon, so make sure to connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

Come with me, and together we can #GlobeTrotLikeAGirl!

XOXO,
Tanya Carnahan

Join the Las Vegas Fashion Week Ladies’ Travel Posse!

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are thrilled to announce that StyleSpyGirl is teaming up with the
Swank Girls at their Boutiques in Boise and Spokane for a very special Ladies-Only Fashion Week adventure to Las Vegas!!! Here are all the details:

International Fashion Week Las Vegas (FWLV), is a semi-annual event where designers can showcase their collections to thousands of industry insiders from around the world, including buyers, retailers, celebrities, VIP’s and members of the national and international fashion press. Join our #GirlPosse as we attend runway shows, explore Las Vegas, and shop till we drop at the malls, boutiques, vintage shops, and couture outlets across the city!

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FEBRUARY 17-21, 2016
PACKAGE PRICE: $2,595 for private hotel room, and everything listed below.
BFF Discount Price: $2,195 if you share a hotel room!
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This ALL-INCLUSIVE Package includes:
$100 Gift Card to shop at Swank Boutique Boise, Spokane, or online before the trip!
4-night stay at the luxurious Aria Hotel
Round trip airfare
Shop-till-you-drop daily organized adventures (from couture boutiques to vintage/thrift shops!)
 Dedicated photographer accompanies our group for gorgeous images of your adventure!
Ground transportation included around Vegas
Sightseeing adventures in the city that never sleeps
Girl Time with your best friends, plus the chance to make new ones!
Ladies’ Night Out VIP Dinner & unique Vegas Show, more details to come…!!!
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BOOK YOUR SEAT NOW – A DEPOSIT AT THE LINK BELOW HOLDS YOUR SPOT!
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Bellevue Fashion Week Finale with Rachel Zoe!

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day at Bellevue Fashion Week was better than the one before, and by Day 4 we were all in a state of high expectation, and to be honest, a little light-headed from the fabulous-ness of it all! On our last day in Bellevue, we started with breakfast and a little shopping, then around 1pm met up at Bellevue Square for a special Fashion Forcast presentation with RACHEL ZOE. See those seats? Yup, front two rows, just for our
#StyleSpyGirlPosse! We were so stoked!!

fashion week rachel zoeCara Crowley & Rachel Zoe on stage… And that’s us, front 2 rows on the right!

fashion week rachel zoeReady for some Fall trend predictions?

fashion week rachel zoeRachel and Vogue’s Events Director Cara Crowley shared their Fall Fashion forecast, hitting all the major trends like Bohemian prints, moto jackets, shearling trim outerwear, fringe, long coats, and more!fashion week rachel zoefashion week rachel zoeWhen Cara asked Rachel “What is the one trend you think people should try and incorporate into their wardrobes, if they are on a tight budget?” Rachel responded, “Grey. It’s such a major color right now, and it’s so versatile you can do a ton with it.”

fashion week rachel zoeRachel was SO much fun, and a wealth of style information. I asked her if the “No white after Labor Day rule could be over and done with for good,” and she responded, “It’s definitely OVER! I love wearing white, all year round!” There it is, folks – the official word from global stylist pro Rachel Zoe. Now stop giving me nasty looks when I wear white jeans in January!

fashion week rachel zoeRachel was totally fab, and we enjoyed the presentation. Bye for now, Ms. Zoe! See you at the Vogue Fashion Show in the evening!

But then things got…

                                                              Even…

BETTER!

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Sorry the pic above is a little grainy, but we got a surprise meet & greet with the fabulous fashion maven herself, Rachel Zoe! We were dying! Seriously!!! Here are a few more…

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And now, on with the Fashion Show…

fashion week rachel zoeMy outfit: Dress by Rooney Mae Couture (Boise designer) / Chain Collar Necklace by BCBG / Handbag by Zac Posen (thank you Angie!)

Front row, just feet from Rachel Zoe (so basically she’s the one taking this photo – just kidding! No, we’re totally BFF’s with her by this point.)

fashion week rachel zoeCara Crowley emceed the show… And that blonde head right above the word blonde is Rachel Zoe! See, I said we were close, ha ha. 😉

fashion week rachel zoeHOTTEST ticket in town – let the show begin!

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fashion week rachel zoeTotally NOT stalking! Just had to get this shot of Ammo with Rachel Zoe… Up top… Cute redhead with the gorgeous smile! 😉

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And then, after the show ended, our #girlposse hopped up on the stage and had a blast taking photos together, because it was our last night and the next day we’d all have to return to “real life.” 😉

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fashion week cara crowleyMe and Vogue Events Director Cara Crowley. She’s fabulous!

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fashion week rachel zoe stylespygirlMe and H&M Spokesmodel Ashley T. Barkley – follow her awesome social media feed on Insta!

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fashion week rachel zoe stylespygirlMe and the rad babes from Intermix, where we had a great shopping party two days before!

Whew, what a wild night! We stayed out late, made the most of every minute, and had a wonderful time. HUGE thanks to the Bellevue Collection for throwing such a posh, elegant, classy, AMAZING fashion week!!! We loved every minute of it, and can’t wait to come back again next year!!!

XOXO,
Tanya

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Ladies-Only Trip to Honolulu Fashion Week 2015

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ALL ABOARD for the next “Shop/Style/Adventure” women-only travel package, hosted by Fashion Blogger & Stylist Tanya Carnahan, to Fashion Week in HONOLULU, HAWAII Nov. 19-24!

Reserve your seat now to join the #StyleSpyGirlPosse for an incredible fashion getaway, with 6 days of Shopping, Styling, Fashion Week shows, poolside cocktails, and much, more, in the beautiful Hawaiian paradise of Honolulu!

Package Price: $3,500, includes a private room and everything listed below.
BFF Discount Rate: $3,150 to share a double room, plus everything listed below.

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This all-inclusive fashion getaway includes:

Round-trip Airfare. *
Hotel
accommodations at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki**.
Transportation around the city.
Reserved seats at daily Fashion Week shows.
All meals included.
Styling sessions and personal shopping with
fashion blogger & stylist Tanya Carnahan, aka., StyleSpyGirl. (Complimentary; by appointment, on a first-come, first-served basis.)
Poolside cocktail time. ***
Power shopping in downtown Honolulu, everything from outlet shops to the 3-story CHANEL flagship!
Gorgeous professional photos capturing your memorable moments, for use on Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest, & whatever social media platform you use to share pics with all your friends & family back home!
A once-in-a-lifetime experience, traveling with a professional fashion blogger, explorer, stylist, and personal shopper, with tons of photos of your experience to make your friends back home SO jealous!
~ MORE fun perks & special events will be announced as details allow; fireworks, dancing, luau’s, and more!!!

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Only 8 SEATS LEFT AVAILABLE for this trip, so clear your calendar and get ready to hop aboard for the getaway of a lifetime! Bring your BFF, your sister, your daughter, your grandma… Every woman is welcome! ?

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Not sure what a ladies-only fashion adventure looks like? Click the following link to view our previous trip to Bellevue Fashion Week with Rachel Zoe: The #StyleSpyGirlPosse rocks Fashion Week Bellevue 2015!

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*Prices based on flights from Boise, Idaho. Contact us directly for pricing info from other parts of the country!
**Hotel prices vary, based on single or double occupancy. Detailed information available when you click the pricing link above.

***First adult beverage per meal included in your ticket price; additional adult beverages are out-of-pocket.

 

 

 

Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection, Day 2!

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Day Two of our Bellevue Fashion Week trip was all about SHOPPING!!! Some of our crew grabbed an Uber to downtown Seattle, while the rest of us stayed Eastside. Just a hop, skip, and a jump up to Kirkland, WA, where we found the BEST vintage & designer resale shops, OMG! There’s an entire walking street of fabulous boutiques, all along Lake St. and Park Lane, by the waterfront. We loved Ragamoffyn‘s and Absolutely Fabulous in particular, snatching up treasures from vintage Prada bags to new Chanel sunnies! We only had a few hours to power shop, but all agreed we’d love to come back and spend DAYS here!

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 Next, we went to a SHOPPING PARTY at Intermix, a really cool shop in Bellevue Square packed with gorgeous & luxurious clothes, shoes, and accessories…

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shopping bellevue fashion weekThe staff gave us a cool demo on currently trending fashions in the Pacific Northwest, and served us champagne and hor d’oeuvres! Thank you Intermix, we really enjoyed our time with you!

shopping bellevue fashion weekAshley Barkley, rad wardrobe stylist & spokesmodel for H&M! Follow her on Instagram and Snapchat: @ashleyt.barkley

 shopping bellevue fashion weekGorgeous #girlbosses Jody and Rishon, admiring the jewelry

shopping bellevue fashion weekFabulous Beth, the power shopper! Love her style. ❤

After all that shopping we dumped our bags at the hotel and headed to 13 Coins, a new Bellevue branch of an amazing downtown Seattle upscale gourmet restaurant!13 coins bellevue fashion week stylespygirlThanks for hosting our group in your gorgeous Gold Room, 13 Coins!

And thus ended day two of our fabulous Fashion Week adventure. Next up: Day Three, with more shopping and FASHION RUNWAY SHOWS!!!
XOXO,
Tanya

>>>> Read about our exciting Day Three of the Fashion Week Adventure here!