eloise at christmastime

When I was in New York I couldn’t resist making a trip to the Plaza to see Eloise. They actually had the whole front room dedicated to her, with a Betsey Johnson designed pink Eloise Christmas tree with Eloise on top. So cute.

“I always hang a two-legged Christmas stocking just in case”

– Eloise at Christmastime

feeling for: rugged chic

This post is partially inspired by my ‘Fall escape’ photo story from earlier this week. ‘Rugged Chic’? I’m loving it, can’t get enough. It’s the Seattle in me? Or perhaps its the aura of permanence and durability in this faction of fashion that and in some ways suggests  ‘anti fashion’ – which I sort of like (and so does Ralph). Or, it’s just everywhere and it’s good.

Inspiration/Interpretation? see my ‘Buffalo Plaid’ outfit post from last year, Pendleton’s new, hip Portland Collection (sold at Anthropologie, Shopbop & Revolve) – this here is the unisex ‘Harding’ Cardigan  and the Herschel Supply Co. Fall lookbook. I’m also digging on the interiors of Unionmade’s new store in the Marin Country Mart.

Happy Friday everyone! I’ll be cozying up in my giant intarsia cardigan and flannel all weekend, will you?

brooklyn flea


On the Saturday I was in New York, I decided to take a break from the craziness of fashion week and the city and take to Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Flea Market in Fort Greene. My two friends and I instantly fell in love with the charming borough – a nice laid-back escape from the city without being too far. We discovered a small boutique there that we wanted to literally move into – Stuart & Wright. If I could only shop in one place for the rest of my life – this store would be it (maybe along with Opening Ceremony), it was that cool. You must go. The Brooklyn Flea market was equally as charming and amazing – a literal playground for the vintage loving girl. I scored a black short sleeved pleated-skirt dress that I am imagining wearing to death this fall. Couldn’t have asked for a better Saturday.

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Last Thursday night I took to the town with a gaggle of girlfriends for Fashion’s Night Out in NYC. We headed first to Saks to get our hair braided by Sally Hershberger salon-ers with Rebecca Minkoff and the Man Repeller (you know how much I like stuff in my hair). Next we headed to the Meatpacking to check out the Shopbop pop-up shop. It was such a crazy party in the streets there, which was so much fun to be a a part of. We ended the night at the Ace Hotel for the Opening Ceremony outdoor carnival and a late night dinner at the superb Breslin restaurant. Such a fun night to be in NYC!

what I wore: vintage 90s Betsey Johnson bias cut dress; Vince Camuto platform heels; vintage Francesco Biasia bucket bag; vintage braided necklace; vintage, BR, F21 & Alexis Bittar bracelets


me, Alicia & Meghan with Rebecca Minkoff (yes, she’s very pregnant, and so so pretty and sweet)

in the Shopbop pop up tent with the caped Alexander Wangs

my beautiful hostess for the week and BFF from high school, Chadé

me and Meghan in the streets of the Meatpacking!

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fashion from a far off place

Obsession du jour: online boutique shopping mecca FarFetch.com. As in, keep me up at night obsessed. You see, this unique online store features merchandise from on the zeitgeist boutiques from all over the world (including the coolest boutiques in the US). The site makes hard-to-find small European lines and unique global vintage pieces instantly accessible and purchasable. No more same jacket or platform heel as the girl sitting in the cube across the way from you. The site is organized by boutique country location (as well as by category) – making it so fun to see what’s hip and hot in the stores in say, Antwerp, Belgium. If you consider yourself a citizen of the fashion world as I like to (even if you rarely physically leave your state), then you should get on this. I went to town a bit and put together 3 fall outfits from some pretty cool far off places…

Joseph sweater from Francis Ferent in Brussels; Arielle de Pinto necklace from Ra in Antwerp; Henrik Vibskov skirt and Sabrina Dehoff bracelets from the Henrik Vibskov Boutique in Copenhagen; Alexander McQueen booties from Biondini in Paris

Gucci fringe shawl from Al Duca d’Aosta in Mestre; GALITZINE Vintage blouse, Pierre Cardin Vintage sunglasses, European Culture trousers from Babylon Bus Women in Plato; Italian Production Vintage alligator boots all from A.N.G.E.L.O. Vintage in Lugo di Ravenna

Maison Scotch Bathtub graphic tee and Citizens of Humanity Straight Leg denim from Atrium in NY, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Bounty leather jacket from Anastasia in Laguna Beach, Made Her Think Hampshire coin bracelet from Confederacy in L.A.; LUV AJ Crystal shard earrings, Will Leather Goods La manta mini backpack, Doc Marten’s Pascal Botanic boot all from American Rag in L.A.

(psst – i have to say, they have an amazing selection of designer footwear for all you shoe freaks)

fall on my mind


Now that it is officially August, I’ve officially got fall on my mind. Fall is my favorite season for fashion. Whenever it starts hitting the magazines and stores (and blogs) I get all giddy thinking about the leaves changing and the chilly mornings and afternoon sun. I look forward to getting back in my jeans and boots and cozy, drapey sweaters. Fall 2011 has me particularly excited because I am really feeling for all of the fall trends – a lot of them stemming from the 70s revival we saw starting in the spring. Cue jewels tones and working-girl blouses and heeled loafers (of which i totally owned a doc marten pair i adored in 7th grade- brings me back)! I am also loving all of the knitwear out there in various textures and knits. Pull out your sweaters girls, they’re officially in.

This is what I’m going to be wearing all fall…

1st set – clockwise from top 1. Cozy CABLE KNIT  donna karan cable-knit cashmere sweater paired back to 2. NAVY jersey crepe MAXI skirt – textile elizabeth and james riley crepe maxi skirt. 3. TORTOISESHELL SPECS add a touch of librarian chic- super eyeglasses ciccio havana frames from madewell. 4. HIGH WAISTED SKINNY FLARES IN DARK WASH the ultimate in flattering denim – madewell vintage rocker jeans. 5. PLATFORM HEELED LOAFERS true religion hathaway. 6. BRIEFCASE CROSS BODY BAG madewell  petite briefcase bag. 7. THE ICONIC EQUIPMENT BLOUSE in fall-appropriate houndstooth print – equipment devan houndstooth print chiffon blouse. 2nd set – clockwise from top. 8. OPEN WEAVE PULLOVER see by chloé open-knit wool sweater with 9.  FALL COLORED DENIM ag stevie ankle jean in sulfur plum. 10. OPEN FRONT BLACK LEATHER JACKET the new cardigan – day birger et mikkelsen day nilay jacket. 11. soft and layerable DEEP VEE POCKET TEES in neutrals and jewel tones – madewell v-neck pocket tee in bench green and heather grey. 12. POINTY TOE STILETTOS they’re baaacckk (why didn’t i hold on to my BR purple suede pair?) – kate spade licorice heel 13. CROPPED LIGHTWEIGHT SWEATER with CUTOUTS  i’d wear with everything – alexander wang cropped fine-knit wool sweater. 14. TRIBAL CHOKER BIB  NECKLACE oscar de la renta gold-plated multi-stone bib necklace

 

to market to market

The day after thanksgiving my mother and I decided to pass by the Best Buys and the Targets for a shopping experience of a more intimate kind. We spent the morning trolling  Bainbridge Marketplace , a pop-up vintage/flea market housewares shop in an empty open space tucked behind some shops on my hometown’s main street. The 2 day pop-up shop was operated and curated by the very talented Sarah Wen who collected all of the items in the shop from many sources (salvage yards, estate sales, various flea markets, local artists) and merchandised them in the space to make you feel like you were walking into an immaculately beautifully decorated “Farmhouse chic” home where you could buy everything.  I was in heaven from the moment I walked in. Mom and I spent hours in there looking at everything and admiring Sarah’s eye for design. Naturally, I had to snap some photographs.

of course we made some purchases: the wall mirror mom’s holding, the vintage chandelier necklace on the mannequin and a vintage milk glass vase for me and vintage cookie cutters, olive oil and ornaments for mom.

Sarah’s planning on hosting these pop-up shops on a seasonal basis and I really can’t wait for her next one.

happy black friday

What do you want / want to give this holiday?

happy biggest shopping day of the year, everyone! And here’s to the official start of holiday gift shopping…

tell me, did you shop today? 

Despite the fact that I work in the industry and generally like to shop, I really don’t get the 3am thing. My sleep and peace of mind is far more important to me than the real deal. But I get that plenty of people think it’s fun, and you can get some really good deals on certain items, so no judgement here, just not for me. Despite this, I am certainly not above a little retail indulging on this day at a reasonable hour, and that I did, both online and in brick-and-morter (yarn shop for knitting presents, flea market pop-up for interesting houseware finds).

In honor of Black Friday I have posted the photos from the Gap’s Holiday 2010 Ad campaign, which I happen to love. Gap changed it up a bit this year by taking their models into the out-of-doors into interactive street environments and away from the white screens. The shots remind me of those you see in outfit posts in fashion blogs, I think they were inspired by us all:  natural, dynamic street poses, intimate up-close shots, individual personality poses, interaction with real props, complete street-ready mix-and-match outfits (not “items”), interesting cropping. For models Gap used a mixture of modern pop-culture icons that they felt their target customer could relate to: actors and actresses in relavent movies and tv shows, models we see everywhere who also do good in the world, social media inventors, dancers and even a well-known fashion blogger. The tag line for the campaign “what do you want this holiday”  ties into in-store promotions for their “most wanted items” – items their designers have decided you just need to own and should want to own. The cool thing about the campaign though is that each model/celebrity/whatever who appears in the ad campaign has chosen a charity to represent. Gap created a video of the making of the ads, and for every “like” the video gets on facebook, Gap will donate $1 to each charity that was chosen. Pretty cool huh? So get on with your  facebook liking here.

In the campaign Gap asks each of their models the question: 

“If you could give anything in the world what would it be?”

True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten supports City of Hope    “all hugs, no worries”

Social Media whiz Alisa Leonard supports Goods for Good     “One zillion laptops and one epic hat”

Model and co-founder of FEED Projects, Lauren Bush, supports FEED Projects    “a seat for every kid at the table”

Style blogger Susie Bubble (Style Bubble) supports Shelter England     “Play down the crazy, dial up the cozy”

Comedian, writer and star of NBC’s Community, Donald Glover supports Community Connections   “less naughty, more nice”

Actress and Activist Isabel Lucas  supports Sea Shepherd  “Sequins in the city and more fish in the sea”

The Dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied supports Baryshnikov Arts Center    “To get the whole world moving together” 

Foursquare founders Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai support Camp interactive   “for kids to know where they’re headed but remember where they’ve been”

Broadway’s “Spider-Man,” Reeve Carney supports Partnership for the Homeless   “Sun in New York, snow in LA”

Actress Yaya DaCosta supports Women for Women international     “A little shine and a lot of faith”

Models Lily Aldridge and Boyd Holbrook   “For everyone to find the one”

L.A. Confidential

Here are a few of my snapshots from my most recent trip to LA! More photos taken in the Mondrian Hotel (whom kindly upgraded me to a suite, thank you very much!), a trip to Maxfield  in West Hollywood – a truly unique shopping experience (goth -decor store filled with everything amazing happening in the big world of fashion that you’ve never heard of or seen before), and a lazy afternoon spent wandering around the colorful and sunny shops of Abbot Kinney in Venice . Enjoy and Happy Tuesday.

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glass act

On a recent trip to Seattle I made a stop at one of my favorite shops:  glassybaby

glassybaby’s are beautiful hand-blown glass votives (or vase, or drinking glass). They are made from different shaded glass rods that are blown in a multi-layered process to create thick circular votives with rich, deep color. Depending on what angle you look at the votive, it will change colors slightly and appear either opaque or translucent. glassybaby‘s are extraordinarily beautiful, unique and magical in this way, and so lovely to have hanging out around your home. I adore my personal collection and am constantly thinking about expanding it. The problem is, I can’t decide what color to get next. ❤

glassybaby donates proceeds of several of their votives to cancer research and other charitable causes. And they choose great names for each color of votive, such as:  Dream, Hide and Seek, Creamsicle, Oz, Gratitude, Calm Sea and (named after Martha Stewart’s country home town) Bedford Brown.

Although on this trip I visited the newer University Village retail store, I love going to the original Madrona shop that is attached to their glass-blowing studio. All of the glassybaby‘s are made there and it is oh so fun to watch the artists play with the melting color rods over the oven. I highly recommend the trip.

glassybaby is a true Seattle-run operation, but they actually just opened up a new store in the West Village in NYC. If you are in NY (lucky you) you must stop by and check it out. I guarantee you will fall in love with them too.

“flowers wilt, chocolates melt, glassybaby forever…”

our beloved personal collections:

And since I have New York Fashion Week on the brain- I think that if I were to ever send a colletion down the runway, or style a runway show, I would line the runway with these votives, all lit up. How pretty would that be?

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