Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Find of the Day

Of all the victorian-ish ankle boots and booties (god, i hate that word) that I've seen this season, these are perhaps my favorite. They are from BC Footwear, totally reasonably priced and super comfy. Also I can't help but think how adorable these would look when paired with some plum colored tights. (Kudos Keren! the purple tights, blue satin dress combo was amazing!)

available at


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Plaid Ain't Bad

It's not just this jacket from 3.1 Phillip Lim that I've been seeing everywhere... it's plaid. In all it's many variations plaid is very much "in vogue" and in Vogue at the moment.

I like this dress from Built by Wendy's Spring collection. And since the babydoll dress isn't going anywhere for now, I think it's safe to say that this piece will carry you though the winter (with tights and a cardigan) and still be fun in the spring.

And there are so many cute plaid accessories that are fun but don't look like they've come from Hot Topic. I especially like the hats at Hat Attack.

So all in all, plaid is still making a statement. And while it isn't the same statement that it made when Robert the Bruce wore it, it's still pretty legit.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Fashon Week Favorites

So I realize that I haven't blogged in a while. I thought I'd celebrate my return with a few of my favorite looks from last weeks runway shows in New York.
First, of course, is marc by Marc Jacobs

Really, what isn't there to like about the 70's schoolgirl look, complete with penny loafers, all in bright primary colors. The waistcoat (vest, whatever) with shorts is a great look, and this pallet makes it eye catching.

Phillip Lim also used primary hues on his runway, but the lacy overlay gives it the subtlety and femininity that he's so famous for. Although, in spite of these details this was not my favorite show of his.

At Lela Rose (yes, that's her name as well as the name of her brand. Cute, isn't it?!) she also layered wonderful patterned lace over some very bold colors. I especially like this youthful evening dress. Total red carpet material.

Hats were everywhere on the runway this time around, everything from military helmets to floppy brimmed hats perfect for an afternoon of polo (or in my case, an afternoon of reading at Bauhaus)

This outfit from Tracy Reese (one of my fashion heroines) is perfect, from the hat to the blouse to the shoes, perfect.

I also really like the hat in this look at Diane von Furstenburg. Coco Rocha (the model) looks great in this shot.

And speaking of models. Freja Beha has never looked better than she did in this simple suit at Zac Posen. She looks so radiant, and I love her hair!

Also it was fun to see Dani (formerly of ANTM) in the line up at Jenny Kane. You sort of wonder if they actually get any work after being on the show, but it looks like she's grabbed this opportunity by the horns, and she looks great.

And last but not least...jeans. Because, lets be honest, what are you really going to be wearing next spring? Yeah, me too.

Adorable bellbottom jeans from Jovovich-Hawk (two names that I always want to add extra letters to). Love the styling (mmm... droopy braids), love the setting (The Chelsea Hotel), love those two designers. Milla Jovovich plays the freaking ukulele! And I think that we can all agree that the one thing that never goes out of style is a little eccentricity.


p.s. expect an update on the London shows!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Find of the Day!

I am totally impressed with these screen-printed textiles from New York based artist Scott Hill. He has been taking antique chairs and sofas and upholstering them in fabrics hand printed with text from poems and historical documents, and pictures of people like Marylin Monroe. I especially like the saturated indigo hues and relaxed feel of the pieces. They speak, but not too loudly.


Old Village Hall
60 Main St.
Andes, N.Y., (845)676-3313

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Sienna Miller must have the best publicist in the world. I mean it really takes talent and dedication to make such a shiny, Toon Town mountain out of the mole hill that is Sienna Millers talent and good looks. There simply isn't anything there. In fact the British actress/whatever has managed to be on the cover of American Vogue not once, but three times now! And for what?! In fact her first Vogue cover was so horrifying that I actually got into a discussion with three perfect strangers at the news stand about how awful it was.

And to cap it off she's now launching a fashion line with her designer sister Savannah. That's right! Another celebrity brand hits the racks! Aren't you thrilled? Not to mention ready to pony up the $500 bucks it'll cost you to purchase one of the silky little printed dresses in their fall line. Interestingly, the clothes totally remind me of her... over hyped, over priced, and quite frankly, pretty boring. ("Where have I seen that dress before?")
If you're determined to buy high priced celebrity designs I recommend looking to another pair of platinum haired sisters. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's line The Row contains all the sleek style, and mature fashion insight that is lacking in Sienna and Savannah Miller's Twenty8Twelve

(image from The Row)

Given those choices I'll take my Miller chilled and in a tall can please.


Monday, August 13, 2007

Back to (Style) School

While I adore reading about fashion, my actual exposure to the fashion world has admittedly been somewhat limited. And as such I have only ever read the names of my favorite houses and designers and very rarely hear them spoken aloud, thus leaving me to patch together my own muttered pronunciation of names such as Olivier Theyskens (pronounced Ty-skins) and Givenchy. The editors at Vogue, in all their knowledge, must have tuned in to this problem and have politely offered a solution. They will simply talk about the designers in a forum which everyone has access to, thus clearing up any confusion. While teaching the masses correct pronunciation may not have been the goal of these little spoken editorials, that is certainly my reason for listening in. As many times as it takes! If you find yourself in a similar situation you can tune in to the little minute and a half long editorials talking about trends for Fall on



Friday, August 10, 2007

Find of the Day

One of my favorite designers of the moment + one of my favorite sweater styles of all time = happy me! Also the sweater in question is long enough to wear with nothing underneath. I'm not totally sure how ol' Chris Columbus felt when he discovered the new(ish) world, but I'm feeling pretty great about 3.1.Phillip Lim and my find of the day.

Avaliable at
Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Key to My Heart

I totally have a thing for antique skeleton keys. I think this stems from reading too much children's lit where the characters find the old key that unlocks the door/chest/diary, to find the magical land/map/treasure, and that when they do (after some trial and error) they live happily ever after.
So I love this recent trend I'm seeing for including keys in everything from handbags to jewelry. And like everything, they go from pricey...

Multi Strand Necklace by T.Cyia available at

To handmade and reasonably priced.

Antique Leather Wallet, handmade by UrbanHeirlooms and available on


Tuesday, August 7, 2007

This One's for You Dad...

So, my father has a bit of a problem... he saves absolutely everything. Like when we first got a VCR he suddenly got this mania for recording everything on TV. We still have all the tapes. But don't get me wrong, my Dad didn't spend my childhood sitting in front of the tube, he also ran marathons (a concept that's totally lost on his progeny), and in honor of his feats of athletic ability he saved every damn pair of Nikes he ever ran a race in. We still have all the shoes.
Well, Nike sympathizes with this urge to preserve the past, and in that spirit is re-releasing some of the classic styles from the 70's in vintage colors and that slightly worn-in patina that we've come to be so fond of. So get some shoes, run a marathon, and save them for all time.


Avaliable online at And view the concept online at


Monday, August 6, 2007

Find of the Day

I'm totally in love with this tunic from Dries Van Noten. The designer is sometimes a little hit or miss for me, but I think this top is perfection. So versatile and elegant, and lets not forget... hot like fire!

Available online at


Monday, July 23, 2007

i just got WAY too excited.

Because I just read the line-up for Bumbershoot this year. There really aren't words for how happy this makes me.

Great Minds

(jean seberg)
Michelle Williams is pictured today in Vogue's 10 Best Dressed of the Week list sporting a Jean Seberg haircut, the obligatory Rayban Wayfairers and a Built by Wendy mini dress that has been on my "to buy when you have the cash" list since it came out this spring. I absolutely adore this brand. Wendy Mullin can do no wrong in my book, and her reasonably priced hipster duds are spot on.

I am feeling very validated right now.


Monday, July 16, 2007

Under Cover

My favorite part of the Resort runways this year is the little cover-ups worn with the few swimsuits that were shown. Across the board the message seems to be that elegance and not a skimpy bikini is what will get you noticed by the pool.
From this super conservative look from Fendi...

to something a little sexier (but still covered) at Badgley Mischka

it's less about the suit and more about the accessories. A wide-brimmed hat, a pair of Jacki O. style sunglasses, and anything from a sheer mini dress to a cardigan and you're set! And since I bought my swimsuit for this summer at Target and not Barney's this is perfect for me! I can accessorize my little heart out and no one will be the wiser.

My favorite look is this one from Bottega Veneta

Just when i thought the cropped cardigan had become totally passe here it is done beautifully. And I adore the texture of the suit.
You can emulate this look for less with this one piece from Urban Outfitters

Pair it with a cropped cardi in a contrasting color, and a pair of huge sunglasses!


Friday, July 13, 2007

For Friday the 13th: A Summers Day in Black.

I'm feeling a bit dark and broody today... maybe it's the clouds and the humidity, or perhaps it's the day of the month, either way, if I could have my way I'd be wearing this...

The "Pintucked Dress" from See by Chloe

I love the little peter pan collar and slightly puffed sleeves, it makes me think of The Secret Garden. This is a dress you can wear all year round and is just Gothy enough to suit my current mood.

Of course with a dress like this you need the perfect ankle boots or mary-janes.

I love these t-strap mary-janes by Clarks of London. Clarks makes such comfortable shoes for so cheap, and they are becoming increasingly stylish to boot! (pun intended.) The floral detailing on the little wedge heel and the sole of the shoe is the perfect touch.

And to top it off, I can't decide between this great little necklace by Lefthand Originals
which is available on Etsy for a mere $15.95.

or this one by Alex + Chloe

Because it really doesn't get much better than a bird claw necklace. "Nevermore!"


Thursday, July 12, 2007

SALE! is a great site that promotes independent designers, most of them from the Northwest. They are having a little T-shirt sale the whole month of July, featuring niffty graphic T's for only $9.99! (Which is actually about how much I think you ought to pay for a t-shirt.) Happy shopping!


Friday, July 6, 2007

Waiting for work to end?

Check out today. The video about Tokyo street style has totally inspired me. I want to go there and SHOP!!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Kiss Kiss

"Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God's final word on where your lips end."
~Jerry Seinfeld

That quote is so true!!! and if you struggle with this concept, why not try a nice gloss?! That way, if you color outside the lines a little, no one will be the wiser. Today I found that my favorite nail polish brand also makes lip gloss!! Zoya makes great salon quality nail polish in really bright, pure shades, and they don't charge an arm and a leg for it. And come to find out the gloss is also fabulous! It's not too sticky, but it stays in place, and it tastes/smells great, but won't make you feel like you're in Junior High. Best of all you can procure it for under 6 bucks.

You can purchase both gloss and polish at Wax On Spa on 15th or online at


Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Dior's 60th

Also, if you want to see something truly amazing, check out for the slideshow of the Dior runway last night. Glorious.

"Oh, Marilla!"

So, according to the interwebs there is a new version of Anne of Green Gables (under the clever guise of a prequel) that is currently in production. Although I have deep love for both the books and the TV mini series directed by Kevan Sullivan in the 80's, I'm about as excited for this new version as I was to watch that somewhat depressing cable spin-off staring Sarah Polley (although I adore her).

I can't help but think the whole Youtube casting idea they are using for this new version is a little pretentious. I don't know, but it seems to me rather unlikely that they'll find some pure, wide-eyed young thing just bursting with untaped acting ability by opening the floodgates of the internet. It's like a really contrived version of the "I just found her at the Mall!" story.

So instead of waiting with baited breath for the new movie, I will be drooling over this wonderful Victorian inspired jewelry that I just discovered!

The jeweler is Stefanie Freydont for Extasia Designs, and each cameo is hand-carved by artisans from Torre del Grecco, Italy, the small seaside town where the art of cameo was invented. The pieces have all the romance and charm of the brooch that Anne wore over the lake of shining waters, without the stuffiness of your grandmothers old baubles.

I think even Marilla would approve.

The jewelry is available for purchase online at
Also at Tableau in Ballard, 2220 Market st. and at Crackerjack, 1815 N. 45th


Friday, June 29, 2007

"Make tea not war" - Monty Python

I made a damn fine batch of scones today, and I just had to share the recipe!! While I do hope the sun comes out for this weekend, I must admit that sitting at home eating scones and drinking tea whilst reading a good novel (Vanity Fair for me at the moment) sounds like a pretty good idea.
To further motivate you... tea cups!!

I love the bright colors and mod feel of these handmade little mugs. They are available on Etsy, and come in a variety of colors.

I also can't get enough of the tea cups at Anthropologie...

And it really doesn't get any cuter than these little cups and tea pots available online at Little Flower Designs.

Remember to get a second cup to share with a friend!

A Serendipitous Find

"Serendipity is putting a quarter in the gumball machine and having three pieces come rattling out instead of one—all red." - Peter H. Rynolds

I have watched the movie Serendipity about 100 times, and I love the scene where Kate Beckinsale's character runs through the streets of Manhattan with her weekend bag slung over her shoulder, searching frantically for her lover man (I mean who wouldn't run?! It's John Cusack!). I've always been especially struck by the versatile simplicity of her tote. And this lovely bag by Kale reminds me of a great paired-down version of the bag from the movie. You may have noticed their product in recent issues of Elle and Lucky, and the bags are avaliable at

Have a Happy weekend!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

When Luxury Becomes Necessity

I admit it; I’m a sucker for great packaging. I’ll buy (or at least think of buying!) the worlds most useless things because the container beckons me. For example, the Paul&Joe lipstick I bought at Anthropologie, which is like every other red lipstick I own except for the fact that the tube came in such a delicious floral print, or that extra tin of chocolate covered Altoids

that I’ll never use, but that matches my purse. This happens so often, in fact, that I have begun to distrust cute packaging altogether and have fallen back on the starkly practical.

However, in skimming through the pages of my boyfriends GQ magazine on a recent flight, I happened upon a company whose packaging lured me in to such an extent that I was forced to make a purchase. The gold- embossed crests, and thick cream colored boxes all give off the aura of an old-world apothecary that cooks up cures in the ally of some Italian village that one on can remember the name of . And it’s no ruse, for that is in fact exactly what the Dominican friars of Santa Maria Novella (and later the family of Cesare Augusto Stefani) have been doing since 1612. Their product line includes everything from Almond foot cream (said to aid in circulation) to olive oil (which I imagine tastes something like heaven in a bottle).

My purchase was a simple one. A tin of lozenges from the herbalist’s shop said to calm motion sickness. The box my humble purchase arrived in would have been sufficient for a basketball, so carefully was it wrapped. And the whole package carried with it a subtle smell of lilies which had diffused pleasantly throughout my apartment by the time I dug through the packing paper to find my lozenges. It was such a great experience that I suddenly find myself in great need of soaps and perfumes, and am very excited to make my next purchase.

By the way, the lozenges are fantastic. No lie.

You can purchase any of Santa Maria Novellas products online at

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Are we on?

Check, check... hey soundman, could we get a little more awesome on this blog?