Posts Tagged ‘design inspiration’


Thursday, January 19th, 2017


{That black jump suit.  I mean…}

Before it closed, I was able to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.  I wish I had gone earlier during its run because I would have loved to have gone back!  Either way, it literally took my breath away.  Admittedly, I think of fashion art, so this exhibit spoke to me.  Yves Saint Laurent was a true artist.  From his sketches, to the dresses, to the way he incorporated modern art and mood into his collections-it was obvious he was a genius and his medium just happened to be clothing.  His genius is timeless.  Many of gowns could be worn on the red carpet today and the celebrity would land herself on the the best dressed list.  Quality and details matter.  In the age of fast fashion- fit, craftsmanship, and detailing is often overlooked.  He painstakingly chose fabrics and added details that make his work inspiring.

Here a few of my favorite snap shots from the exhibit {all taken on my iPhone}:

YSL sketch 1

sketch 2

YSL sketch 3

There were hundreds of his sketches from collections spanning decades.  He sketched each gown or ensemble and added fabric swatches for each creation.


Any one of these pieces could be worn today!  The prints, draping and details feel so modern.


The 1980’s, in all its absolute grandeur!  That bow.

modern suiting

Modern suiting at its finest.  I’d love to see an actress rock that modern tuxedo at a movie premier!  The cuffs and collar {heart eyes!}


The showstopper.  She stood alone.  In a room of Andy Warhol paintings.  Simple, but so edgy!

I’m eager to watch this film about Yves Saint Laurent.  Like any artistic genius, he was tormented much of his life.  After seeing his work, I am so curious to know more about him.


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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017


Like any good girlfriend, I’ve got to give you the heads up on a great sale over at Madewell. All sale items are an additional 40% off when you use the code BIGSALE. This is not a sponsored post.  Just quality merch and an amazing deal.  I mean sneakers for $35?!?

A few of my favorites//  Flea Market Jeans | Saucony Sneakers | Peplum Top | Felt Fedora

Don’t forget the code at check out.  What would you put in your cart??


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Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


Is there anything worse than shopping for a swim suit?  No there is not!  I realize that it isn’t summer and finding a new suit might be the furthest thing from your mind, but I beg you to consider taking a peek at Victoria’s Secret.  It looks as though VS is discontinuing their Swim line and everything is ridiculously discounted.  With bottoms as low as $2.99 and tops at $14.99, you can even grab one item to go with a suit you already own.  Even sale items can be returned, so fill your basket, try them on at home, and maybe strike gold!

Plus, when summer rolls around (or your winter trip to the sun) you will be ready!

I love this top and these bottoms!


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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

closet clear out | Where is June?

We have distinct seasons here in the Pacific Northwest.  With a shift in weather, comes a shift in wardrobe.  I see this time as a perfect cue to clear out my closet.

I have had several of you ask me for help with your closets.  The hard part is knowing where to start.  In our busy lives, a formula is always welcome.  While I have not written a best seller, I am pretty good at clearing out my closet.

If you remember, I created a storage system when I gave my closet some love.  Clothes and shoes that I am not currently wearing find a home in storage containers for a few months. Clothes move in and out of my closet based on the season.  You may not have this system in your home, but the process will be the same.  Every article of clothing must be closely considered.  Does the item stay or go?  This is where it gets really difficult.

Here are the things I consider:


Simply, it must fit.  For me I can’t keep something that doesn’t fit anymore. This is sometimes painful and sad.  {Please note, I’m not talking about it being a bit snug because that can change by the week or day.}  If you aren’t sure, try it on and look at yourself in the mirror.  Does it flatter your shape?  Do you feel good in it?  Does it button or zip easily?  If the answer is no to any of those questions, it is time to let it go.  If you have recently lost weight and the piece is too large, please don’t wear it anymore.  Either have a tailor alter it for you or pass it along.  You deserve clothes that fit you well.


Carefully inspect each piece.  Is it in good shape?   Is it missing buttons or is the hem coming loose?  Some problems are easy to fix and will give life back to your clothes.  However, sometimes it is just time to say good bye.  Even if you absolutely love a blouse, you can’t wear it if it has a large stain.  Sweaters don’t look great once they have lost their shape.  Shoes get old.  I recently just gave away two of my most favorite pair of pumps.  They were past their prime and starting to look a tad tacky.  Was I sad?  Yes.  Did they need to go?  Yes.


Yes, it is true.  Everything eventually comes back into style.  However, it usually takes twenty years or so.  Are you really going to hold onto that pair of jeans until they are back in fashion?  I hope your answer is no.  There are true classics and they can be great from year to year.  However, it may be time to update your black pants or blazer.  If you tend to buy trend pieces, you need to be extra critical.  {I find that these pieces only stay in my closet for a couple of years.}

Do I wear it?

This should be your final question, always.  Do I wear it?  Honestly.  If you don’t wear it, what is the point of keeping it?  Buyers remorse might be involved here, but you just have to get over that.


If you have done your job well, there is a pile of clothes that need a new home.  I make two piles:  charity and consignment store.  If you believe that someone else would pay money for a few items {usually name brand}, consider taking them to a consignment shop.  You earn a little cash and this often times makes the process easier.  Off brands or older items can quickly and easily be given to a thrift store or charity.  Put them in your car right away so you don’t second guess yourself.

If you have questions, please leave a comment or shoot me an email  I will help in any way I can!  You can do this!


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Monday, May 4th, 2015


The Met Ball is tonight!  I always love the red carpet looks.  A few of my favorites from 2014:

The Olsen girls// inspired men’s wear

Nicole Richie// sleek and silver {but it may also be her purple hair}

Emma Stone// colorful and playful

Blake Lively//glamor and nothing else

Emmy Rossum// full and floral

SJP// over the top with Oscar de la Renta

This year the costume exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is dedicated to Chinese fashion.  I can’t wait to see what the designers come up with tonight!


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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

spring wish list

I have learned that making a wish list per season helps when making choices.  Just yesterday I put something back on the rack that wasn’t on my list of essential things for spring.  I am truly trying to keep my closet stocked with only things I love and will wear over and over in a season.

My Spring ’15/Wish List:

1.  Color Blocked Sunglasses

2.  White Button Down

3.  Envelope Clutch

4.  Lariat Necklace

5. Leather Fringe Handbag

6. Slim Boyfriend Jeans

7. Pointed Toe Flats

8. Colored Pumps

What is on your wish list for spring?  Find these and other spring essentials here.

{Inspiration/Sources:  Sunnies/Button Down/Clutch/Lariat/Fringe/Jeans/Flats/Pumps}


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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Lou and Grey Roundup

OH, YES.  Totally stumbled upon Lou and Grey and I am smitten!  This sister shop of Loft is stocked with easy separates that scream laid-back cool.  The color palette is 100% neutral.  I know many of you will LOVE that.  I kind of fell hard for all of it.  I have been telling my girlfriends for a few years that I am in between shops these days.  While I am not sure I will ever be ready to wear “lady-like”, traditional styles, it is certainly not appropriate for me to be shopping in the juniors sections exclusively.  Lou and Grey seems like a great middle point!  What do you think?

Clockwise {from top left}:

Skirt//Tunic Sweater//Drawstring Pants//Bomber Jacket//Tee//Cardigan//Zip Front Dress//Mixup Tee


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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

mom uniform rainy day field trip

And the rainy season is upon us here in the Northwest.  Lucky me, I am chaperoning an outdoor field trip next week.  70% chance of rain, means a high likelihood our trip is going to be soggy.  Even a rainy day field trip deserves a great uniform.  This time of year it is all about layers.  The temperature is not extremely cold, but the damp can cut right through.

The uniform::

A long ribbed tank and a plaid flannel shirt under a rain shell to guarantee staying dry and warm.  Mid-rise skinnies with lots of stretch.  Lace-up rain boots.  I am seriously coveting these beauties.  I appreciate that they are low and would be easy to walk in all day.  A colorblock wool hat- a necessity for me!  Curly haired girls loathe a rainy day.  Throw on a hat and tie your hair into a low knot and no one needs to see a big, frizzy head of hair.  A backpack to carry all of the essentials.  And finally, a bright lip stain.  While the day may be dreary and the clothes neutral-your lips can be cherry red!

Plaid Shirt//Ribbed Tank//Colorblock Cap//Backpack//Rain Jacket//Rain boots//Lip Stain//Skinny Jeans

Need another uniform??

Concert Cool

Mixed Prints

Road Trip

Modern Cocktail


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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

ted baker london

Whoa!  I was buzzing through Nordstrom yesterday on a mission to get a pair of jeans to alterations.  I was literally stopped dead in my tracks by the most gorgeous leather jacket ever!  The exposed zippers, the fur collar, the delicious silk floral lining.  It is just too much!  The sleeves actually zip off and it converts to a vest-to make it even more amazing.  I had to try it on and snap a picture.  Ted Baker London is 100% outside my price point, but the clothes are magnificent.  I now have a major crush on this design house.

Sometimes a girl just has to dream.

Wallet//Print Top//Sandal//Skirt

Oh, and I literally couldn’t find THE jacket anywhere on the Nordstrom or Ted Baker London websites.  If you find it, let me know!  xo


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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Oiselle Bird Machine

Do you follow fashion shows?  If you do, I am sure your social media feeds have been one image after another for the Spring/Summer trends for 2015.  If fashion isn’t your passion, just know that Fashion Weeks {first New York, then London, Paris and Milan to follow} happen in September.  Most of the clothes are either something I could never wear or could not afford.  However, for me it is fun to see new designs and how designers push the envelope.

The most inspiring show was New York Fashion Week like you have never seen it.  Oiselle, a women’s running apparel company, had real athletes walk the runway instead of professional models.  They walked the runway at Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City last week debuting they spring/summer line for next year!  These girls are the real deal.  A hammer thrower, marathoners, moms, and all-together bad ass runners.  True elite athletes. Just check out those toned legs, amazing abs, and ridiculous muscles.

oiselle birdmachine

These women represent the best of what we can be.  Beautiful, confident, strong and successful.  I love the energy and spirit of this company. Who better to model your gear than the women who it is made for?  Just keep running, Oiselle!

Oiselle Nolcha Fashion Week


To read a first hand account of the experience, read Dr. Sarah Lesko’s blog post about NWFW.

The New York Times took notice as well.  Read their article about Oiselle and Fashion Week.

Catch a glimpse of all the looks from the show.

Pictures courtesy of Oiselle.  Follow them @oiselle.



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