How we celebrated our 1 Year Blog-iversary

Beauty Fashion Lifestyle tallz and SMALLZ

tallz dress, | SMALLZ dress

Shoes provided by Luxbodega

It was early in the blustery Seattle spring of 2016 when I told Natalie that we HAVE to start our own fashion blog. She was 30 weeks pregnant, but I was not backing down. I knew that we had a unique fashion story perspective and all I needed her to do was say “yes”. She did, and the seasons that followed have been a roller coaster ride in the best possible way.

Fast forward to Saturday, October 14th, 2017, to the first annual SHOP HER CLOSET Event in downtown Seattle—our brain child that we created to build fellowship and diversity while also bringing philanthropic consciousness to the style community.

We collaborated with 8 of the fiercest, kindest, and woke bloggers from the Seattle area who were willing to sell items from their blogs, with the proceeds all going to Dress for Success Seattle, and invited an awesome group of fashionistas and fashionistos from all over the area to come shop and meet their favorite bloggers.

Dress for Success, for anyone who’s not familiar, is a nonprofit organization working to empower women transitioning back into the workforce by providing professional attire and support. They personify the power of a new outfit and work to help them thrive in work and in life. Their clients walk out ready to embark on a new chapter in their lives with new confidence, self-esteem, and dignity.

We started the evening, set in the chic, downtown industrial loft at the Max Seattle’s Hotel Max, with introductions from othe lovely blogger Ishea Brown, from SixTwentySeven blog. We then showcased our amazing silent auction items provided by our friends at V & Co., The Lodges on Vashon, Kennedy Skincare, Brown and Coconut, Seattle Sounders, Fitcode, and Brooks Running! We couldn’t have asked for a more epic lineup of donators.

Our guest speaker, Christine VanderWerf, a Dress for Success beneficiary, shared her very personal experience. She told us about her low point in life and how DFS gave her tools she needed to rise up. It was clear to see how powerful fashion can be in the community.

Music filled the room with R&B, neo soul, and pop jams provided by DJ Epop, setting the perfect tone for the most amazing night of shopping, sipping specialty cocktails provided by Brown Liquor Cocktails & Co., and eating a delicious spread of small bites from Arthur’s Seattle. And let’s not forget about the delicious custom ice cream (cardamom caramel!) from our sweet friends at Sweet Lo’s Ice Cream.

Later in the evening, Natalie styled a 4-piece fall collection exclusively from LikaLove Boutique.  The collection featured the essential “I woke up like this” knit tunic, the must-have camel coat, a holiday party dress that will keep all eyes on you, and an epic purple velvet jumpsuit perfect for a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember.

By the end of the evening, we knew that we had all the elements of a great party for a great cause, but we had no idea the community would receive it with so much love. Thank you ALL for your support: we raised our goal of $5,000 for Dress for Success Seattle!

Overall, we want to thank all of you who attended, showed up, and showed out for such a great cause! To our influencers— Megan Little, Molly Clifton, Doug Ta’a, Ribicca Mamuye, Emma Cortez, Morgan Lillian, Antonio Smith, and Darcy Camden—who gave their time, energy, and fashions, we can’t express how much we appreciate you.

Last but not least, a SPECIAL SPECIAL thank you to Erin Oostra, Kristyn Asseff, and Bretlyn Hensley, of Bretlyn Shea Events, Planning & Design.

We hope to see everyone next year for SHOP HER CLOSET 2018 (when tallz & SMALLZ turns two!)!



(and Natalie)

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