Thursday, December 15, 2011

winter's bone

Now I know that winter in Portland pales in comparison to the bitter cold of New York. The weather, albeit constantly rainy, is fairly mild, relatively speaking. But coming from a girl who spent the last four years at college in California, it's pretty damn cold here. The days can see a high of 45 with the sun out, while the nights hover on the cusp of 30 degrees. And it is not even winter yet...

Naturally, rather than sugarplums dancing, I have coats on the mind lately. Long and short, sleek silhouettes and fur trim collars, I find myself two months into my hunt for the perfect coat with only a slew of thin jackets to show for myself. I am kind-of over the whole double-breasted thing, and tend to stray away from enormously furry numbers, eliminating some options. But with such amazing patterns and shapes happening this season, I know that my coat is out there somewhere.

So for now, the hunt continues.

jak & jil

Thursday, December 8, 2011

TV's Latest Cancellation

So, I was on stylecaster's website a few days ago and was informed of the fact that Alexa Chung will be hosting a new show (ahem, project runway rip-off), entitled, 24-hour catwalk, which centers around a handful of designers competing to make an entire fall collection within 24 hours.

I am not opposed to another design show. I do not care that the idea is far from original, not too mention the premise nearly impossible, but honestly, can't Alexa Chung just stay away from hosting? If anyone else ever caught an episode of MTV'S It's on with Alexa Chung, they can understand the painful awkwardness that will inevitably ensue upon her arrival to the stage. Now, she is gorgeous, wears a babydoll better than anyone, and normally I even love her gawky and self-deprecating demeanor, but I'm pretty sure I get my fill of awkward tension in my own life. No need to experience that in my downtime. I absolutely LOVE you as a style icon and a model, but maybe this just isn't your calling Alexa.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Girls of Summer

Only good thing from Arabella Ramsay's s/s '11 collection, but it's sooo good.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Let's Go Gardening

Okay, when even the men are sporting botanical prints, you know your closet is missing something...


Dowse Me in Leather

What is it about leather that makes everything better? Sexier, more sophisticated, more unique... Even the slightest touch can amp up the volume of even the simplest ensemble. Maybe it's the remnants of my wannabe punk phase talking, or perhaps a biker chick is desperately trying to find her way out, but if I could add leather to every piece in my wardrobe, I probably would. Not to say that I want my closet to resemble an s&m workshop, but a touch of leather never hurt anyone. A chiffon blouse with a leather collar, leather sleeves on a wool blazer, or even leather buttons on a menswear dress are all drool worthy daydreams. I love how little details can change the ordinary into something unexpected.

Kelly Wearstler S/S '12, Jason Wu pre-fall '12, Stockholm Streetstyle

Friday, December 2, 2011


What could be cozier than slipping into a warm, fuzzy knit this winter?

Happy Holidays

Ashley Smith brings a little edge to this season as the face of VEDA x Reformation's holiday collection, in which vintage pieces are reworked by Yael Aflalo and Lyndsey Butler to create a brand new 10 piece collection. The styling as well as Ari Marcopoulos's photography also earn an A plus in my book, as the polaroid picture feel and grunge locations highlight the sort of laid-back glamour of the clothes.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Camilla and Marc

The color, the clean lines, the drop-waists, oh my. Camilla and Marc's most recent collection, a nod to powerful women of the 60's and 70's, flawlessly pulls together unique design elements to create a diverse yet cohesive show. The mix of femininity and masculinity certainly makes them a design team to watch.

fashion rising

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Yowza. Amazing photography. Amazing jewelry.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Versace Versace Versace

So you've heard about it on t.v., read about it on countless blogs, and seen it on the website, but tomorrow is the day when the Versace for H&M collection finally becomes tangible. Come 8 am, all who proclaim themselves fashion-obsessed will be lining up outside H&M doors to get the first pickings of the extremely hyped collection. And while I won't be there quite so early, (the idea of battling stiletto-clad girls for the last size 9 in the black lace-up booties does not exactly appeal to me), I can't deny that I will be making an appearance. And knowing me, among the chaos that will inevitably ensue, be it 8 am or 8 pm, I will probably grab whatever I can get my hands on and book it out of there. 

So, to keep my mind clear and focused, I have scoured the lookbooks and settled on three items that have made it on my wishlist. The leather dress is arguably the best piece in the collection, with just the right amount of structure combined with an intriguing studded design. I love the gold detailing on the bottom of the pleated skirt. And honestly, who could say no to that last dress? So now that my game plan is in order, what is on your wish list?

the UK does it better

It's obvious that at the moment, I am having a love affair with all things structured. Trousers, blazers, and button-ups are currently the most used and abused items in my wardrobe, and I can never say no to a great messenger bag. But, what is almost more important in my overall fashion mantra, is to keep things interesting. Simple is often good, but boring is always bad. 

So, ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Cambridge Satchel Company's classic bag, which comes in all four of the spectacular neon hues shown above. I can have the structure and the spunk. Best of both worlds.

Good Morning

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Winter is Coming

And here are the things I can't wait for
1 - more menswear (blazers, trousers, and the like)

 2 - shapeless coats

3 - knitwear as outerwear
 4 - motorcycle jackets everyyywhere

 5 - the retirement of this pleated number

the sartorialist, stockholm street style , vogue, facehunter, fashionsquad