Monthly Archives: Jan 2013

Crew vs. V…

Whenever I am doing a speaking engagement or closet consultation, I always suggest to the ladies, that when choosing a tee shirt, pick the v-neck over the crew.  Of course there are many other necklines to choose from; button down, boatneck, cowl neck, and the list goes on.  But if it comes down between the same tee, v or crew, choose the v.

Why you ask?



Two reasons.

The first, is that regardless of what is going on with the rest of your body (too heavy, too skinny, too this, too that), the upper chest area is always good.  Such a flattering section of the body, I have yet to see one that needs to be covered up. Please note that I am talking about the collarbone area, not cleavage.

The second,  is that the crew neck magically adds weight to the area.  The extra fabric in the t-shirt , gives the illusion of more heft, more bulk, especially if the subject is chesty.   Generally, not the look most women are going for.



You already own crew necks that you love?  Break up the fabric with a statement necklace, scarf, or layer under a jacket.

Crew neck tee with necklace...


Crew Neck Tee with scarf...
Crew Neck Tee with jacket....

Thanks to Everlane for having the perfect tee’s (great product btw), to post this little, visual demo.

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Pantone 2975c…..

Which equates to a pretty shade of blue.


Two years ago last month, I gave my first year clients a holiday gift.  That gift was the latest CRAVE book to give them the skinny on all the latest and greatest businesses they needed to know about.  When I mailed those books to each client, I gave myself the goal that I would be in the next edition.  The launch party for the 5th edition of Crave was on Sunday night.  And guess who is on page 210-211?


I did it!  But I couldn’t have done it without all the fabulous clients, partners, and shops that I have worked with.  I have met some pretty amazing and talented people in the process and I look forward to the next two years.

The book features over 300 pages of women owned businesses in all kinds of markets from the Greater Seattle area.  Great for you, great for a gift.  Message/email/call me for details if you would like a copy.


Thank you.


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Audra Gaines-Mulkern

1ee102dWhether helping me to design a look and feel for an event or helping me design a wardrobe that works for my busy life. Kim Brooks has an innate ability to create innovative and beautiful solutions.

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One pant – Four Looks…

A little outfit inspiration for you this weekend.

1 pant, 4 looks.
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Fashion Friday 1.25.13

Before I share the clothing, I wanted to touch base back on the Athletic wear wardrobe and the Ladies Who Lunch post.  I was speaking with a group of women last night (who had all read it) and then with a client today.  I want it to be known that I think there are some fabulous lines of exercise wear out there and that they are very well suited for…. exercise.  I also, get that when young moms drop their kids at school and plan to head out for a few quick errands before home or post exercise errands in LuLu’s, those scenario’s make sense.  What I do not understand, in today’s casual mode, and Seattle’s even more casual mode, is the use of exercise wear as regular clothing.  As in, “I’m going to meet the girls for lunch, I put on my best LLL.”  Why?  There are so many cute options that are just as comfortable.  That was the point of the post.

So, Friday Fashion.  If you haven’t been with Pink Pagoda Style from the beginning, you may wonder why all the outfits are on the casual side.  This is because they are Friday Fashion.  The end of the week casual.  Other options than the loose jeans and a tee.  Hopefully you will find some inspiration.





Have a great weekend!

Tunic Top: Elizabeth & James, Scarf: Bliss (Fremont), Skinny Pants: H&M, Boots: Elizabeth & James, Hoop Earrings: Stella & Dot.

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When did this become okay?

Not to judge, we’ve all had these days.    But once upon a time, when the ladies got together for lunch, it looked like this:

cafe muscato

vanity fair

The weary publicist

And then one day, this became acceptable:

EXCLUSIVE Eva Longoria leaving the gym with coffee in hand



Not just on school campuses but out for lunch, a day of shopping and even in the workplace.  A large leap across the fashion board.

People do want to be comfortable and we are in the most casual part of the country BUT there are so many great fabrics available  (with all kinds of stretch) and so many options to be comfy and pulled together.  Is it laziness, a fashion trend, or convenient to be dressed for everything all at once?

Something to think about….

Images from Vanity Fair, Habitually Chic, The Weary Publicist, Google Images, and Cafe Muscato.
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Feeling Blue….

But that doesn’t have to be negative.   There really is another side to looking at it.  Seattle skies in the summer, tropical oceans anytime, bright blue fashion.  That is where I am taking us…


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Friday Fashion: 1.18.13

Hope your weekend is fabulous!






Scarf: H & M (old)
Blazer: Gibson
T-neck Sweater: Jarbo
Jeans: Seven for All Mankind (old)
Booties: Forever 21 (sold out)
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Watch: Movado (old)
Bracelet and Ring: LUCCA
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Frozen Floral

Taking another, more spring like wardrobe piece and making it work in these freezing temps.  Patterns and floral have been everywhere and will continue this coming spring  Might as well put them to use right now.


I’ve paired my floral crops with not only a blouse but also a cowl neck sweater dress.  The later has a banded bottom so I just adjusted it to sweater length and away I go.





Sweater Dress: Private label
Blouse: LUSH
Pants: Zara (similar)
Shoes: Zara
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Floral Ring: Vintage
Gold Band: Bliss, Fremont.
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Just because….

Are you freezing?  Ugh.  I hate being cold and I can’t seem to find enough blankets to wrap myself up in.  So getting dressed can be challenging.  The weather makes me want to wear cozy, sloth wear but  my job, let alone my anti-yoga wear mantra, don’t much allow for that.  To avoid having to buy new things every week but also avoid wearing the same two outfits over and over, you need to get creative.

Today for example, I took a dress I was wearing in Maui this past November and winterfied it.



This cap-sleeved, cut out back dress is suddenly a skirt with a matching collar when covered by the perfect, cozy sweater and the addition of tights.   Easy transition, totally different look.  And a chance to wear my cute dress (with pockets!) more often.

Dress: BB Dakota, Sweater: Vince, Tights: Hue, Booties: Forever21, Bracelet: Unknown (from Lucca, Ballard), Watch: Movado, Bracelet: Stella and Dot.

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