Wow! Can you believe this sunshine, Seattle!?!?? LOVE it!
So today was exciting for me because I was featured in the SCENE magazine that comes once a month in the local Eastside Reporter papers. Do I love the photo used of me? No. Did the two looks I put together get covered well? No. Can I pick it apart all day long? Probably. But I am super excited to have been featured on p.6 and to have a full page. If you haven’t seen it yet, go out and check your driveway! (Renton through to Bothell)
One thing it does mention, is that I am a “self proclaimed bartender of clothes”. Without the added context, what the heck does that mean? I explained that not only am I crafting an individual look suitable to a particular client but also that there is a lot of emotion tied to people’s wardrobes and a lot of clients do share these things with me. Hence the bartender.
On to Friday Fashion.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend in the sun and Happy Easter!
Sunnies: Target (here), Denim Jacket: Forever21 (old, similar), Necklace: Stella & Dot (here), Sweater: H&M (here), Cami: Dream (Fremont), White Jeans: Joe’s (similar), Shoes: Zara (similar), Stacking Rings: Bliss (Fremont), White Ring: Nordstrom Rack (similar), Earrings: Gift, Purse: Bliss (Fremont).
In and around town I came across several things that I wanted to share. With you.
First Stop, Between Friends in Bellevue. As an FYI, they are currently taking clothes (appointment necessary), spring fashion and they are especially looking for shorts, fun, breezy blouses, maxi dresses, and purses. For the shoppers out there,they have been taking in 300+ pieces a day so give them time to process, and there will be lots of goodness to choose from. Some of the finds today include:
After my Consignment Call, I headed South on Bellevue Way. Guess what I found? Remember I introduced you all to Jarbo (Formally Design 10301), the locally designed fashion by Sharon Roth? Euro dressing if you will. Well made, clean lines and very versatile. Well, she is holding a Sample Sale today through Sunday with 75% off prices. I saw a table labelled $10 and that is where the pricing starts.
The sale is not being held in their Old Main location but instead around the corner on Bellevue Way (heading South). Watch for the signs, there are a lot of them. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10-3 and Sunday 12-5pm.
Last stop, Targét . And I think the Easter Bunny has been there. Spring colors galore.
I want to thank everyone who responded to my Facebook question posed yesterday. “If you aren’t dressing the way you want to be, what is it, that is holding you back? a) Body Shape or Size b) Dollars c) Other”
I received votes for all three categories. Let’s tackle them one by one.
1) Body image. Such an important one. I have spoken with a lot of people regarding this topic (generally women, occasionally men) and it truly is a feeling shared across the board. A lot of “when I was younger”, “when I was smaller”, “before kids”, “before the stress of ______” and “if only __________”. A lot of people are in the Once I ___________ then I will ____________ mode. I have lots of blank lines in this post because I want everyone to be able to personalize it for themselves. This always make me sad because people are waiting to live the way they want to vs. doing it now. I understand when men or women are in the midst of a weight loss program and they are halfway there, perhaps they have their new wardrobe reward already planned. But when people have been holding the goal for years and not really seeing a change, it’s time to reset your expectations and live the way you want to now.
I have worked with clients of all shapes and sizes. People get the impression that a size 4 bod is required and that is SO not the case.
2) Those dratted Dollars. This topic is pretty quick for me. If you follow along on my Facebook or blog, you know that I am a strong believer in building a wardrobe from across the board. From Target to Tiffany’s. Dressing well is not solely about designer labels, it is about knowing what items to spend money on and with those items, buying the best that you can afford, not the best that is available. Secondly, buying 15 tops at $9.99 = $150. Can one buy a nice, quality item for their wardrobe for $150? Absolutely! Less (quantity), a lot of times, is more. It is just a matter of making a list, prioritizing and sticking with it. We can do that, right?
Above vs. Below
3) Some respondents answered C but only on gal gave a specific. It was that she lives in an area where fashion really isn’t the thing AND there is nowhere to shop. My thought is that if you have an inner fashionista living in you, even if it’s not the norm, you should be doing it anyways. My old tag line with Pink Pagoda Style was “defining your unique style” and this apply’s here. What is the worst thing that could happen? “Oh that Mary, she is just so stylish”. Wouldn’t that be terrible! As for where to shop. One word for you: online.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your feedback.
Photos from Pinterest and Google.
If you’ve been watching the Friday Fashion in the last month or so, you would have noticed a little theme. Several mentions of items from Forever 21. It’s not that I beeline into their store every time I hit a mall but it is a go to for me when I am looking for an inexpensive, more trendy piece. I get lot’s of, “THAT came from Forever 21??” and “I never see anything good when I am there”. So I perused the site today and though I would share some of the goodness I see.
These aren’t the pieces that are going to last you a life time, in fact, they may make it one season at most, but they allow you to try a color you may never have, experiment with a new look, or just dabble in the trends. PS: It makes for a great place to shop if you have a last minute invite to just about anywhere.
What is WRONG about this picture!?!?!?!
This IS what is wrong with this photo!
Now doesn’t this look just a tiny bit better? Perhaps more age appropriate?
And finishing the look off with a blazer and scarf.
Jacket: Gibson (here), Blouse: Joie (similar), Scarf: Bliss in Fremont, Jeans: Cabi Brando Jean (No longer available through CAbi but here is a pair), Shoes: Tod’s (here), Earrings: Stella & Dot (here), Necklace: Gift (similar), Ring: Vintage, Bag: Unknown, Boots: Uggs (you know where to find them IF you must!), Nails: Essie – Canyon Coral and Deborah Lippman – It’s Raining Men, Lip color: NARS – Niagra.
Do you have a great weekend planned? Hope whatever it is you are up to is fabulous!
PS: The UGGS are not mine. :)
PPS: Sorry for the mannequin siting, Gertrude wanted to be part of things.
You know how it goes. Light gone, too late for photos. BFF from Canada in town, playing, no time for photos.
Better late than never.
Todays outfit took me shopping around town and of course super comfy. PJ feeling pant, a tee and go anywhere booties. I don’t mean to be on such a Forever21 kick, but they have such good, fun stuff. Perfect place to add in the fads, and it’s not just for the juniors. You just need to spend some time to find the goodies.
Hope the rest of your weekend is fabulous!