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Friday: Feeling like Fall…..

Despite the gray skies and raindrops, fall coming quick is showing in other ways as well.


Over a year ago, I created this Outfit Idea board for a client on how she can style her leather skirt.  Since then it has been re-pinned well over 1000 times on Pinterest.  As of late it has come back into action with more pinnings.   Although leather can be worn any time of year, I think Fall stands out as the perfect time for most.

And there will be leather! Fall 2013

And this grouping has been popular as well.

Whether a bracelet, a shoe or a more major piece, jacket or pants, leather is a staple that shows up year after year as something to have in your long term wardrobe.  And for those who prefer faux, the designers are coming up with such great quality faux, sometimes it’s hard to even tell.

From full Designer look

To an individual piece.

From everyday retailers like Banana Republic for affordable pieces

To a fabulous faux.

Will leather (real or faux) make your Fall Fashion?

When it hits you……

I don’t think of my job as just putting clothes on people.  Being up and close in people’s personal space (whether their closet or dressing them) allows me to connect and really feel what’s going on.  Not in a creeper mode, but a cool one.


Awhile back, a local man hired me as a birthday surprise for his wife who had been working hard with diet and exercise to get fit.  We  had time in her closet and then all three of us went shopping.  The wife was shy and although excited, I would guess a little uncomfortable at first.  Halfway through shopping for her new things, it dawned on her how good she looked and to see her excited made her husbands smile grow 1000x.  To see that moment makes my heart sing.


The same goes for working with new models.  On test shoots, it is normally their very first official photo session.  Although people on the outside may see something different, these young girls only see themselves as that.  School, friends, sports teams, they may have been told over and over that they are pretty but yet they have not really seen IT.


The girls work really hard and pose away, learning all that goes into a shoot.  It’s is only afterward though, when the team sits down and goes through the pictures from the shoot and the model suddenly realizes that the pretty face on the screen belongs to them.  Usually giddiness happens.  Something they didn’t know they possessed reflects back at them.


Whether on set, in a closet, or in the mall.  It doesn’t matter your shape, size or height.  Everyone possesses that special something and when we find it, magic happens.


I love my job!

The photos above are unedited pictures from last nights test shoot.

Model: Amrine (SMG)

Photographer: Mcklyn Cole

MUAH: Katya Gudaeva

Styling: Kim Brooks Style

Summer seems to be slipping away….

I’ve been on slow motion blogging as of late, trying to take in as much summer as I can.  Seeing  school supplies spilling out of bins  in every store, Halloween costumes in full affect at Costco and SeaFair come and gone, I feel summer slipping away.  I hear people talking negatively about the too hot temps but I love it and will truly miss the season when it passes.

Haijin Lee Ceramics www.haejinlee-ceramics.com

Haijin Lee Ceramics

One summer activity I always plan around on both the Bellevue Arts Fair and the Harmony Arts Fair in West Vancouver, BC.  This year I only did a 15 minute pass through on the Bellevue one but did get to partake in Harmony Arts.  This pictures are from the artists who stood out to me this year.  Although they are all based in Canada, they ship worldwide.  Be sure to check them out.

These resin + sterling silver pendants are gorgeous!  www.effiebakerdesigns.com

These resin + sterling silver pendants are gorgeous! www.effiebakerdesigns.com


Gorgeous pottery pieces with an Asian flair by Jackie Frioud.  www.jackiefrioud.com

Gorgeous pottery pieces with an Asian flair by Jackie Frioud. www.jackiefrioud.com



Being a huge fan of mixed media art, I was drawn to the work of Lori Bagneres. www.loribagneres.com

I was in love with her work last year and once again, she did not disappoint.  If one jewelry line were going to represent my style, it might just be hers.  Taniagleave.com

I was in love with her work last year and once again, she did not disappoint. If one jewelry line were going to represent my style, it might just be hers. Taniagleave.com

If you are in Vancouver (living or visiting) the first week of August, you must check out Harmony Arts.  Not only do they feature artisans and their wares, but lots of yummy food trucks, and live music every night (right next to the water to boot!).  It’s a must do for me.  What summer activities are on your must do list every year?

On a Sunny Sunday

What a week I tell ya.  Sitting back today and catching up on computer land.


I’m so super excited about some recent Editorial shoots, they have all been so amazing.   Hopefully I can share soon.

Friday, we were busy working under a viaduct.  You know, glamour and all.

On my summer wardrobe list, I’ve had a neutral colored, summer dress that I can throw on for casual or dress it up when need be.  Although we are almost at August, I have yet to find “the one” but this Kate Moss for Topshop number is rather cute.  Is there a summer piece you have been on the lookout for?

Do you remember Anatomie?  Hip Travel Mama and I did a piece on them awhile back, a fashionable, travel wear company with excellent quality pieces.  Well, they have a deal for you right now.

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They have a fabulous leather and lycra (on the side panels) jacket that they are practically gifting away.  You know I love my leather and this is a smoking deal!

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Several of their leather jackets are specially priced at $250, check them out here.

Hoping to get out and get a little vitamin D as well today, perhaps check out the last day of the Bellevue Arts Fair.  What are you up to?  Hope it’s a good one!


Once upon a Tuesday…..

What’s up Fashion Friends?

Test shoot from this past weekend.

Test shoot from this past weekend.

I’m using these few free days of mine, gray days to boot, to get some behind the behind the scenes to-dos taken care of.

I have some amazing fashion pieces that have seen the camera enough that it is time to find them a new home.


Trying to decide if a style sale, a FB posting or Ebay is the way to go.  Do share your thoughts.

Weather wise this week, it’s all about the layers.  Gray and chilly in the am but sunny and warm by late afternoon.  Lightweight sweaters, blazers or jackets are a must use.


While I am knee deep in my fashion sort and what to do with my pieces, I have a little thought for all of you.  I have a friend who is a seamstress extraordinaire who is taking on some mending projects for the next few weeks.  Have items that need button replacement, moth holes in wool, creative, little fixes?  Contact me and I will hook you up to get your fall pieces ready to go.


Where ever you are this week and whatever you are doing, hope you are having fun!

Summer Sunshine…..

Holy smokes, it is hot!

Loving every minute of the warmth and will store it away in the memory bank for November when it is cold and gray.


This is Nick B from a recent shoot with him and Mcklyn Cole and today reminds me of a warmer version of that one.

Found this light that I may want to add to my space.

Found this light that I may want to add to my space.

The days seem to be flying by with work and play, I haven’t even had a chance to get back into my studio  to further  set up.  Hopefully I will have that completed sooner than later so I can share.


This week I am working on a couple of test shoots, an editorial and clothing some groomsmen for a wedding.  Always love a variety pack week.

Hope you all are able to balance the work and play and enjoy this gorgeous Northwest weather!


Keeping it cool…….

Not to be the one to tell anyone what they have to wear but I am strongly suggesting an easy, breezy (no, not CoverGirl) dress for these hot days.

Top with a little jacket if you will be in an air-conditioned office and bring an extra pair of shoes to switch out once you are done with work.

For the shorter dresses, if you are worried about the breeze, pair with some boy shorts for tmi protection.


In other news, had a fabulous Editorial photo shoot yesterday.  Thank goodness for this amazing weather, we were able to work well into the evening.


It was the first shoot based out of my new studio space, which worked out fabulously.

And, there is a little, secret Japanese restaurant close by which was the perfect ending to a great day.  Yum!

Monday Morning Madness…..

Glad for a little cloud cover this morning as I prep for an Editorial shoot.


80% of a stylists work on a shoot, happens before the actual shoot.  Finding the wardrobe, putting the looks together, prepping the individual pieces.  A lot of behind the behind the scenes.  The actual on set work is usually easy peasy.

Recent publish in HUF Magazine.

Recent publish in HUF Magazine.

The heat was an unusual treat the last couple of days.  I had moving (into my new studio) to do, so a romper was my wardrobe of choice.

The Wilfred Free Izabel Romper from Aritzia.

The Wilfred Free Izabel Romper from Aritzia.

Paired with an old standby.


I might have actually thought about Birkenstocks this weekend.  WHAT?


While, I’m doing a slow move into my new space, I have started with the essentials.

A favorite quote art piece and a new Japanese vase I picked up in an art store in Oregon.


And of course these.  These make me happy.


What’s happening in your world?

Happy, Happy, Celebrations!!!!



Well, I finally have (almost) every photo shoot pic loaded into my styling tab.  At least the ones I can share.  Who knew it would take this amount of time to load, I am so happy to almost be done.  Although it was fun to look back at all the varied work from the last 18 months!


Be sure to check back to this website tab and it’s 5 sub folders often as I will be adding several more shoots and projects soon!


My people and I are headed South down the coast for a couple of days getaway.  Nothing is better for my head, heart and soul, then to be by the water.  And the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day.  I know July 1st has passed but I know my Canadians tend to stretch their celebrations out (love ya!).  So I wish you all, both sides of the border, a Happy 1st, 4th and Independence, something we all are lucky to have!


I’ll be back like gangbusters next week with a photo shoot, an office move (the rest of it) and lots of other good stuff.  Have a fabulous weekend!


Well, hello you!

I’m so excited!  I’ve picked up my keys to my new space and as you are reading this, I may just be starting to move in.



A place for me to create, collaborate, store and meet.  Hopefully I will have it in tip top shape soon, so you can come see me.

Well, if this darn website didn’t test my patience.  I finally have the STYLING photos switched over to their new format and I almost have them all up.  Staying up until the wee hours to get them done.  Be sure to check out the new styling section above and all its new tabs, everything will be complete in the next 2 days.


While working with a new client this past weekend, I was asking her about jewelry and what if any, she incorporates into her wardrobe.  She pulled out a set of three gold chains that she has named her “Mr. T Starter Set”.  I love it!  Don’t forget to keep using your jewelry over the summer months, an easy way to add an extra pop or take that t-shirt to the next level.

Alexandre Plokhov Cuff

Alexandre Plokhov Cuff

Finally, I hate that I have to keep so many secrets from you.  Photo shoots that I love that are just waiting to be published, client work that has to be hush hush and upcoming projects I am so excited to be involved with.   Hang in there with me while I am quiet on the Western Front and know that I will share as soon as I can.  And Instagram.  That is a good place to see what I’ve been up to.  See me there.  I mean here.

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Have a fabulous day!