Fresh Fashion Format……..

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Change, change, change, things are always changing.  After six years of building this biz, Kim Brooks Style has taken on several iterations and each time we grow and  learn what works.

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One thing that has become clear, is that formal blogger does not fit in my style kit.  While I love to bring you style info, the writing schedule it takes to carry out a daily blog is better left for those who want to do it full time.

I style.

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So this week, we say goodbye to our old format and move forward.

Much more visual, clean, and what we do best.

Short style tips will still come via Facebook, Instagram, +Twitter and a visual blog will continue via Tumblr, we hope you will follow along.

See you soon, my fashion friends!

K.

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Au Revoir 2014. It’s been real.

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Is it strange to be thankful for so many good things in a calendar year, but also so anxious for this year to be done?  So much, how I am feeling.

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Late this fall, I hit my 5 year mark with Pink Pagoda Style now Kim Brooks Style.

So many experiences and projects through those, that I never would have imagined.

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The people I’ve met and the teams I have become a part of, so very grateful.

The art created, WOW.  Working with people through their growth, amazing.

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Not just creative growth though, so much personally.

New goals, new visions, and some serious streamlining on all.

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I am happy for all that happened in 2014 but am truly looking forward to putting all that I have learned into action for 2015.

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Wishing you the best for a fun New Years Eve but also for an amazing year in 2015.

xo K

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* Merry * Happy * Joy *

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Tonight is the night my family starts our celebrations of the season.

 Gatherings  and many long standing traditions.  Too tall kids, donning their new holiday jammies,  gathering around their Papa for the annual reading of  “Twas the Night before Christmas…” , an amazing meal after a candlelit service, cookies and milk for Santa, + the list goes on…

Whichever holiday you celebrate and the traditions that surround that, I wish you the very best this Holiday Season.

Merry.  Happy .  Joy

K.

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And the winner is………plus gift tips for you.

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Our drawing was held at 12pm today and the winners are:

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Lisa Schilling.

Thanks to everyone who entered and to Chrysmela Catch for giving us these fabulous gifts.

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Still have some last minute shopping to do?

Be sure to check our our “Current Faves” page for some suggestions.

Have a fabulous weekend!

K.

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*GIVEAWAY* Alert…

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In case you don’t follow us on Facebook, we are currently doing a giveaway for not one, but two pairs of Chrysmela Catch.  See the last post below for details on them, but basically they are a must have for anyone who wears pierced earrings with a post.   There will be a random drawing for one gold pair and one platinum pair and they will be sent out to the two winners this Friday evening.  Drawing is Friday at 12pm PST.  So head on over to https://www.facebook.com/KimBrooksStyle and look for the post with this picture.  You can enter there.

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If you are not a Facebook user, send us a quick email with your favorite holiday style (decor or fashion) and your choice of gold or platinum to kim@kimbrooksstyle.com and you will be entered.

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Are jewels on your list this holiday?

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Over a year ago, I introduced you all to a product that was a little wonder behind your big jewels.

Here is the original post: http://kimbrooksstyle.com/not-pretty-but-oh-so-helpful/

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If this is the year where you’ve got some post back sparklers on your list, make sure you add an order of Chrysmela Catch to go along with them.  Kind of like a super affordable insurance policy to protect those babies.

Since the last time we chatted about these wonder backings, a lot has updated in their world.

In November of this year, they were featured in People Magazine.

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They are now available in Platinum, 23K Yellow Gold, and Rose Gold for $50/pair.  You can find them at Amazon.com or Joyus.com.

In fact, Joyus put together this great little video to show you the CC’s in action.  Check it out here.

And finally, the exact patented mechanism made with surgical steel (no gold) can be purchased for $44 here.

Whether you are breaking out the fancies for the holiday parties or you receive a pair in a pretty little box this season, be sure to add a pair of Chrysmela Catch to the mix.

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Wintery White….

I’m going a little decor on you today.

It’s being a little quiet from this side, a little under the weather action has me grounded at home, and has me thinking redecoration.

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To say I have color in my home may be an understatement to some.

Burnt oranges, deep mossy greens, some pale yellows (as the calm!) mixed with dark bamboo floors and stainless steel counters. But the palettes that have been drawing me in lately, are much more calm.

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Winter whites, pale grays and wood tones.  And texture galore.

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Warm and cozy but not without whimsy.

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I have to have room for eclectic to keep my creative soul happy.

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I guess sometimes one needs to sit still in their surroundings to figure out what’s working.

Oversized moss green couch anyone, I think I’m going gray….

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Thankfulness…

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The night before Thanksgiving last year, my family and I were prepping our home for a large gathering of good friends and family, which has been our annual tradition.

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This year, after a beyond busy  last few weeks (or more), although missing the tradition, am pleased to be a guest this year instead.  A small, family gathering of great food and cheer and of course, the Seahawks game will be perfect.

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Not only am I thankful for my nearest and dearest friends and family, all of our health + well being but also for you.

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Kim Brooks Style just turned 5 years this week and I couldn’t be happier.  I have had the good fortune to meet, work with, and become friends with so many fabulous and talented people.    When I started this little ole thing (originally Pink Pagoda Style), I would have had no idea where it was to take me.

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For this, I feel blessed.  Thank you.

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Whatever the day finds you doing, a wonderful Thanksgiving to you all!

xo K.

Photos taken from Instagram.

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Sunday to Sunday……

Well, I just came off a wild week!!!  Fabulous, tiring, and oh so busy.

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Let’s start with last Sunday and my Sporty Shoot with Photog Felix, MUA Jaaron, and Model Camille.

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Next up for Tuesday, I got to work with some new to me folks.

Model Erin, photographer Tereza and East Coast MUA, Veronica.

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Wednesday was officially crazy.  Running around town doing pulls for the next 2 shoots.

Thank you Banana Republic Bellevue for being so kind!

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Thank Goodness for friends who have an “AKA Martha Stewart” after their name.

Audra was able to join me on a commercial set Friday to style our wonder bird.

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Didn’t she do a fabulous job?!?!

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A behind the scenes shot from the same day.  Half the team was new to me, and it was a true pleasure to work with these talented folks.

Models Billy and Kristin, MUA Katya, Photographer Emin and Creative Director Bruce.

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The next morning we were up and at ’em again, this time, same team but different models and different locale.

Meet Rattlesnake Lake.  And yes, it was cold.  And wet.  And windy.

And finally the last shoot of the week. A holiday theme, a perfect way to end my week.

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And there were shoes.  I’ve mentioned I really like shoes, right?

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A little sneak of what we were up to.  Tree styling, fashion styling and some fab makeup and photography by Shyn.

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Finally some back door returns.

What a whirlwind.  What have you been up to?

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Faking it…..

Sometimes you just have to.

Monday mornings are never my friend to begin with but the day after a full day photo shoot, I am, officially, a slug.

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Unless there is a door to door service taking me to a warm beach in the tropics, I usually feel that the perfect day would involve a heated blanket, some fleece jammies, and someone cooking my favorite comfort foods.  Throw in a book, some magazines and perhaps some mindless tv and I am set.

Hello!!!  Reality called.  Not happening.

We all have those days.  But instead of trudging out in the world with your Lulu’s and Uggs (yes, that topic again!), we can fake it.

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This is today’s outfit that I’m taking from my Fashion Daily on Instagram, to show you how it’s done.

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If you were to bump into me, I think you’d probably think that I am put together and I wouldn’t be worrying about looking like a slob.

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But I’d have you fooled.  Underneath my coat, is a tee, a hoodie and some leggings.  I have my comfort, you have the visual, I need you to see.  All it takes is one great piece.

Very similar to my Vince coat.  And some others worth looking into:
With that statement jacket, add some cute  (comfortable) boots, a scarf and some lip color and you are good to go.
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