Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Little Green Dress and Fabulous Faux Fur

Photography by Kirsten Beeksma Morse

I often talk about shopping local both on this blog and on my Instagram, and I really practice what I preach. Sure, I am often enticed by surfing the web or perusing the fast fashion chain world, but when it comes down to it, knowing the shop owners by name in my neighborhood and being a regular customer feels great. After all, it is a win/win situation. You can support small businesses and local companies while finding beautiful clothes, great gifts, lovely home furnishings. I love it. Plus, no matter where you live you can participate in Shop Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 25th, right after the dreaded Black Friday, a much better option.

I am going to take one holiday at a time here, and right now I am gearing up for Thanksgiving. The green dress featured in this blog is the Tart Collection Sian Dress and it is a GOOD one. I love the green ruffle bottom and of course the pockets. Plus it is the perfect length to show off a great pair of over the knee boots. I think a neutral or black suede would be gorgeous, but my Sam Edelman snake print boots add a bit of chic personality to the whole look. I love this dress and even better, it is 30% off at Queen Anne Dispatch on Friday, November 17th, when the store holds a day long party for its 30th Anniversary. Now that's something to celebrate.

Faux fur is everywhere this season and with good reason. It is the kind way to show style with fur, and faux fur comes in as many colors and kinds as you can imagine. I am a big fan of the the Pia Rossini Snood that QA Dispatch carries--every season I give them as gifts and several have made their way home to my own closet. Add it to a dress or wear it out with a coat--no matter what you have on, a little fur makes a big impact. The knit Pia Rossini Wrap Sweater I am wearing above (also from QA Dispatch) is a super cozy way to stay warm and look cool. I like wearing this chic Pia Rossini Wrap with denim too. The faux fur is so soft and "real" looking you may get people wanting to pet've been warned.

Dries Van Noten Rimbaud Faux Fur Coat

In other faux fur news, my fantasy pick has got to be the Dries Van Noten Rimbald Faux-Fur Coat from Barneys New York. I saw it on a woman yesterday with a causal pair of jeans and it is a stunner.That may be on a Christmas list....

Free People Dolce Faux Fur Bag

On the budget friendlier side, my Free People Dolce Faux Fur Bag in Wine gets more compliments than any other bag I carry. It is so fun and super soft and comes in a rainbow of furry fun colors.  It would make a great gift too but you may be too enchanted with it to give it away. ;)

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving and cheers to a festive holiday season ahead. xx

Friday, November 10, 2017

Overall Fabulous: The Velvet Overall

Photography by Kirsten Beeksma Morse

Fashion this season has taken on a creativity that has blurred the lines of fashion rules by the pairing of unlikely patterns as well as adding nighttime luxury to day dressing. From stripes and florals and sequins in the daytime to wearing velvet all year round, there is an amazing freedom to dressing well right now. Without the constrictions of certain elements of style being for certain times of the day, the sky is the limit on showing your own unique style.

Velvet is truly one of my favorite fabrics to wear because it is the epitome of luxury. That being said, its beautiful texture can lend a chicness to something as casual as say, overalls.  I was on a hunt for the perfect pair of velvet overalls this fall and these Pilcro and The Letterpress pair at Anthropologie were that and more. They have a flattering figure hugging fit that is as comfortable as a pair of high waist denim, and yet they still have a sexy edge to them. The leg is cut in at the thigh and then flairs out on the bottom. The whole design is one of edgy femininity. They also come in a cool dark turquoise that I would have bought in a heartbeat if they had had it in stores, but the black pair are equally rock star.

Because the overalls are fitted up high, I chose to wear a fitted body suit which would guarantee I wouldn't have to constantly tuck in a more billowy top. This alice + olivia Joan Bodysuit is sold out, but I love both their Britney Bodysuit and the Becker Scallop Bodysuit. Intermix has a fabulous assortment of cool bodysuits too and I am particular to this Cinq À Sept Elara Bodysuit. 

Velvet shoes, boots and accessories are also a great way to up your style game. I collect vintage handbags and and always enchanted by the embellishments, details, and tiny mirrors that accompany vintage bags. I found this beautiful little Fuji velvet clutch embroidered with gold thread and tiny beads at one of my favorite haunts for such things, Lucky Vintage. It is a treasure trove of vintage finds of all kinds for both men and women. I bought it over the summer when it was 90+ degrees out so you know I must have been wowed by it's pristine black velvet loveliness. I look at vintage as things that have had a fabulous past life and are ready for a new chapter with me. Check out Lucky Vintage in Ballard.

I love a shoe with big personality and these stand boots stand out against the all black. I spotted these in the window at Clementines in Pioneer Square and it was love at first sight. The Kat Maconie Ursula black ankle boot is made of kid suede leather with subtly-printed pony hair and gold accents that make your exit quite dramatic.

Overalls aren't just for kids. I have a leather pair as well that I wore with a high neck lace blouse and heels to an auction. This Madewell pair has a similar vibe to my pair, but with a skinnier leg. And this A.L.C. Harlow Crepe Overall from Neiman Marcus would be gorgeous at a holiday event.

As always, thanks for reading and happy shopping! xx

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Shop Local: Happy 30th Anniversary Queen Anne Dispatch!

Photography by Theresa Wingert

We all have things that we love about our neighborhoods that make us glad we live where we do. My family has been on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle for more than a dozen years now and we love it. It is like living in a small town inside a big city. Growing up in Billings, Montana, I lived in a 1920s house on a tree lined street, and it is a happy coincidence that my family and I ended up in the same type of neighborhood.

Up on “The Ave”, better known as Queen Anne Avenue, small businesses reign. From small clothing shops and salons to Seattle chef-owned restaurants, the street is center of the community hub. Although some things do change, (RIP Nancy’s Sewing Basket and Communique Gifts) there are a few institutions that we love around here, and one of them is Queen Anne Mail and Dispatch.

Queen Anne Mail and Dispatch, or to many of us, “The Dispatch”, was founded in 1987 by Jan Paolini. The business originated from her experience in the moving industry and her perception of what the local residents of Queen Anne needed in their neighborhood. Today Queen Anne Dispatch is not only a personal mailbox/shipping/office, it is also a boutique filled with gifts, beautiful clothing and more. The location, which was once an independent grocer where Jan's daughters bought penny candy as children, is now a center of the community here on the hill. Jan's daughter's, Tara and Sabrina, have taken her legacy and continued to make this small business an integral part of Queen Anne living.

So, now it is time to celebrate! And who doesn’t love a party? On November 17, 2017, The Dispatch will celebrate 30 years in business. This is no small feat in this ever-changing world, and you are invited! Owners Tara and Sabrina will be celebrating with the community all day long, with 30% discounts throughout the entire store, bubbles and bites, giveaways and more. Mark your calendar and come celebrate what is great about the small businesses in our neighborhood. While I was there taking advantage of their business services, several lovely pieces caught my eye, including the Gypsy Havana Midi Dress and more....

Dark florals are where it is at this season, and this gorgeous Gypsy Havana Midi Dress is completely on trend. I actually wore it backwards so that the v-front was in the back and the little buttons showed in front. The fitted Tart Collection Natasha Jacket gives it a chic vibe with its faux fur and zipper details. My red velvet Zara Sock Booties play off the colors in the floral pattern. Also, every year I buy the Pia Rossini faux fur infinity scarves, also known as a snood, for gifts (and for myself too) because they are the perfect accessory to look chic and stay warm. I love this champagne colored one because it goes with everything.

Small businesses thrive and make our community better when we all support them. Cheers to 30 more years, Queen Anne Dispatch!

Queen Anne Dispatch 30th Anniversary Party
Friday, November 17, 201,  9 am to 9 pm
2212 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109