LBD

Why should models have all the fun? Each month we take a lady we admire and give her the model treatment in our photo shoot, The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and makeup artist; she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style. Then we all head out on location for a professional shoot that showcases the looks in our monthly Dress Spotlight.

Sheena Kalso, The Invisible Hostess

Adelyn Rae strapless jumpsuit | Topshop velvet choker | similar style flat: KENDALL + KYLIE Sage ghillie flat

When October rolls around, the holiday party invitations start rolling in. So we turned to Sheena Kalso of The Invisible Hostess for pointers on surviving the busy entertaining season in style. Not only did she give us excellent advice—and a killer recipe for cranberry salsa—but she also showed us how to rock a little black dress (or jumper) with serious panache. As we goofed around while photographing her at the funky party venue WithinSodo, we learned that part of being a great hostess is knowing how to relax and be available. Sheena’s fun-loving temperament makes her a natural. Here’s what else she told us.

Tell us about your job and company, The Invisible Hostess.

Sheena Kalso, The Invisible Hostess

I started The Invisible Hostess in 2006 to help the average party hostess enjoy her event.  Shortly after launching, I was asked if I coordinated weddings. My excitement for domestic hospitality seamlessly translated to weddings. After 10 years, The Invisible Hostess has won a record amount of local planning awards in Seattle. I’m really proud to say we executed 250 events in 2015 with a staff of 50.

With the 10-year anniversary, I reflected on what made me get out of bed every morning and what kept me fulfilled—as one will with any milestone in one’s life. This year I decided to streamline operations by offering wedding coordination only and to focus on my next adventure, mentoring college grads as The Wedding Mentor.

REAL PARTY ADVICE AND MORE LBD LOOKS

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Imported Perfection: The LBD

Ah, the little black dress: a wardrobe must for every woman. Why not up the chic ante with a style that incorporates a decisively Parisian point of view? From Lanvin to Carven, embrace the LBD as interpreted by the leaders of French sophistication. Slip on a noir dress that’s elegantly minimal, yet crafted to contour the body with the most sumptuous of fabrics.

L to R: Pierre Balmain Asymmetrical Ruched Dress, Nina Ricci Silk & Wool Crepe Dress,
Lanvin Draped-Back Dress and Carven Puff-Shoulder Organza Dress

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The holiday season is all about creating unforgettable moments with ease. Maintain a seriously fashionable look with a timeless LBD. Find the perfect noir dress with a price point to match.

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