Monthly Archives: Aug 2014

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?

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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

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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

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!

These resin + sterling silver pendants are gorgeous!


Gorgeous pottery pieces with an Asian flair by Jackie Frioud.

Gorgeous pottery pieces with an Asian flair by Jackie Frioud.



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

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.

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.

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?

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