Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What to wear in Paris? (and Germany)

Is the question plaguing me at the moment. With temps in the 30s coupled with rain and snow, I'm preparing for the worst, and to be FREEZING. Or rather trying to prepare to not be freezing. I hate being cold. HATE. Why am I going to Germany and Paris in December again? Ok I'll stop complaining. Yuppie problems, really. That said, I don't want to go into debt for naught on this trip by being cold and miserable the entire time. I also don't want to resemble a walking snowman. So, I ask, what is a girl supposed to wear in winter in Paris?

I took to the internets. The HiP Paris blog has been amazing with their recent winter wear post. Not sure I can totally get behind those fashions, but it's interesting to see what the Parisiennes are wearing. Fur, wool, and funny low-heeled boots.

This might be a little more me. Credit.

Monday, December 13, 2010

We like to party

My outfit:
Top: H&M
Sweetheart mini-dress (under top) - F21
Skirt with bow F21 (A few years old)
Shoes thrifted
Earrings F21

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Although December is flying merrily by, I have to remember to stop and smell the pine cones! I'm actually really enjoying the holidays this year. I'll post a few pics of what I've been up to!

Thanksgiving was full of good food, good friends and love.
The bf's holiday party was at The Museum of Flight last night.

Tonight we party with good friends at Black Bottle. Tomorrow there are a few more parties! Then we are seeing Black Nativity on Sunday. Good times.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Wish List!

I'm pinching serious pennies until Germany this month and Paris for NYE!!! but if I had the extra cashola I would certainly pick up these lovelies to take along on my trips. Maybe I'll be able to get one or two...

Oxfords $39.50

My Dream Leather Jacket $195

Monday, November 1, 2010

Black Swan

I was inspired by Black Swan for Halloween this year. I found a feather wreath at a party shop to make a tutu and added some boas and additional plumage to get the full look. I also added feathers to my eyes along with black and white stage makeup. I really loved the look! I can't wait to see Black Swan the movie this December. How was your Halloween? I went to a few parties and had a great time!

Costume inspiration.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

eBay WIN: Jeffrey Campbell 99 Zip Wedge

I won these highly coveted albeit last season beauties on eBay (pic does not do them nearly enough justice) but they arrived in the mail yesterday and I will be keeping them, despite the $90 price tag (yes, used {but almost new} and on eBay). Ouch.

However I must report that they are quite fabulous. I plan to rock them with skirts and sweater dresses with tights and skinny jeans. How else would you style these babies up?

Designer Pronunciation Guide

Abaeté: Ah-bye-ah-tay
Alejandro Ingelmo: Allay-handro In-gel-mo
Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen (rhymes with “pen”)
Andy Thê-Anh: An-dee Tay-Ann
Anya Hindmarch: Ahn-ya Heind-march
Arthur Mendonça: Ar-thur Men-doe-sa
Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka
Bebe: Bee-bee
Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta
Bulgari: Ball-gah-ree
Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pror-some
Carolina Herrera: Caro-leena Hair-era
Cesare Paciotti: Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee
Chaiken: Chay-ken
Charriol: Sha-ree-ol
Christian Louboutin: Loo-boo-tin (“tin” rhymes with the French word “vin”)
Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-ten
Ermenegildo Zegna: Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya
Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-kin
Givenchy: Jhee-von-shee
Giambattista Valli: Gee-ahm-battista Valley
Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn
Hermès: Air-mez
Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay
Joeffer Caoc: Joe-fur Kay-ock
Junya Watanabe: Joon-ya Wah-tah-nah-bay
Lanvin: Lon-vin(“vin” also rhymes with the French word for “wine”)
Loewe: Low-ev-ay
Louis Vuitton: Loo-ee Voo-ee-ton
Madame Gres: Madame Gray
Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa
Mainbocher: Maynbo-shay
Moschino: Mo-ski-no
Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay
Narciso Rodriguez: Nar-siss-so Ro-dree-gez
Nicolas Ghesquière: Ni-co-la Guess-ki-air
Olivier Theyskens: Oli-vier Tay-skins
Pierre Cardin: Pee-air Car-dain
Proenza Schouler: Pro-enza Skool-er
Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)
Rei Kawakubo: Ray Kah-wah-koo-bo
Rodarte: Ro-dart-tay
6267: Six-two-six-seven (not Sixty-two-sixty-seven)
Sonia Rykiel: Sonia Ree-kee-eel
Sophia Kokosalaki: So-fee-a Ko-ko-sah-lah-kee
Thakoon: Ta-koon
Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Moog-lay
Tibi: Tbi (not Tee-bee)
Tocca: Toe-ka
Vionnet: Vee-oh-nay
Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to

Courtesy of The Blay Report.
You're welcome.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday at the Opera

The bf and I went to see Lucia Di Lammermoore at Seattle Opera on Sunday. It was wonderful. Getting dressed up was lovely too. A passerby said we looked darling. I thought so too.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lions and tigers and pumpkins, oh my!

I was a bit frazzled this past week and weekend to say the least. Add a side of annoyed to that as well. Loose plans to attend a local music festival on Saturday night were vetoed in lieu of an impromptu pumpkin carving party at my friend Dan's house. Unfortunately come fiesta time my annoyance had turned into full on upset (oh, boys) and a bad attitude followed me to the party. A friend noticing my bummed outttedness offered up her extra pumpkin for me to carve (I didn't have my own because originally I was going to the music festival, but I digress) but I was not feeling very inspired, until....

wait for it (Tom's concerned)

...this little gem came to mind! Angry much? haha

Well, I'm happy to say by the end of the weekend, misunderstandings became understandings, F-ck Yous were no more, and I made this delicious baby, mmmm mmmm good.
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread Recipe


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup organic turbinado sugar (or white sugar)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pumpkin purée
1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/8 tsp ginger

1 Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.

2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly.

3 Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.

Makes one loaf. Can easily double the recipe.

Hope everyone had a good weekend! It's already Tuesday.

Monday, October 4, 2010


This outfit is simple perfection! Also, Kendi Everyday is my new favorite blog. Credit.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


This morning while getting ready for work, the boy said he'd never seen me wear pants. Note: I do wear pants, just not very often. I aspire to wear solely skirts and dresses someday, although I do like the occasional skinny jean. Anyway, I put on a pair of dark grey trouser jeans from Banana to wear to work today. They look more like pants than jeans though.

I love this causal fall look. I'd probably pair it with of a pair of oxfords though, perhaps these.



Thursday, July 29, 2010

Vanity Sizing has gotten way out of hand!

Last night at the mall in an attempt for an Apple genius to diagnose my iPhone FAIL after the last update made it run like oxen up a hill, I wandered around for a bit while waiting for my appointment. Not looking for anything in particular, I was lured into the GAP for some reason. Maybe their new ads for the skinniest jeans ever or something like that. Not that I'm even a fan of skinny jeans at the mo, but I digress.

They were having an additional 40% off all sale stuff so I looked through the sparse racks to find a cute pair of white jean shorts, labeled size 2/26. I'm usually a 2 at the GAP so I suspected they would fit. To my dismay and almost disbelief in the fitting room, they were HUGE! Why GAP, why? I know my natural waist is larger than 26 inches and a size 2 should not be big on me. I am 5'4" and about 123lbs on a good day. I consider myself an average sized young woman. I should not fit into a size zero. I'm sure some women would love to be my size but I have friends much smaller than me and I have to wonder, if I need the zero, what sizes are they buying? Baby GAP? Realistically I should be a size 6. I'm sure if my Grandma was my size in say 1980, she would have been a 6. Not a zero. It's an evil marketing scheme and it's probably keeping some people fat. I mean you can parade around thinking you're a size zero as an average sized woman, what is that saying?

I was also at Ann Taylor Loft the other day in search of a dress to wear to a wedding. I found a suitable one in a size 2 Petite that was you guessed it, TOO BIG. I noticed they carried the size 00. What the heck is a double zero. Invisible?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Birthday Art

I've been saving the link to the post with this idea as a draft email since forever ago but decided it needed a new home. Why not here. Love it.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Long time no see blog

Spring has sorta sprung here in Seattle but it's still cold, rainy and wet and has been for the past, oh, too many frikin' days. That said, I've been inspired by some spring-like threads and upcoming festivies I'll want to look pretty for.

I was admittedly inspired to do this post after reading Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP Spring Fashion newsletter.

The first item for spring Gwynnie endorses is military inspired items. I haven't fully gotten behind this trend but it seems to be all the rage. Next up is graphic prints. Now those I can get behind. Third is a solid color dress. Yes! Then florals. Again, yes. And finally a LWD. Now I'll actually have a specific need for one of these babies next month as I'm attending a "White Party" where wearing all white is required, not the people.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Black and White

I'm noticing a pattern here; clearly I'm attracted to black and white stripes. Here's another great outfit from Jessica of What I Wore.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Red Tights

I mainly like this outfit for the tights and shoes. I have a pair of peep-toe booties I never wear because I think they look funny with my toes hanging out, but pairing them bright tights like in the above ensemble is incredibly appealing to me. I think I shall try out the look this weekend with a pair of bright blue Hue tights. Credit.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I'd Wear That: Hot Pink Tights

It's been a while, but I just haven't been too inspired by anything lately. That is, until I saw the above photo today. I have a pair of hot pink tights that came with a pair of black ones I bought in a tights emergency, but I never really intended to wear the pink ones. That is, until I saw the above outfit today. It's pretty much perfect. Credit.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I'd Wear That: Socks and Sandals

I am loving this look. Rock your wedges in the winter? Here in Seattle we're having a very spring-like winter. The highs have been in the mid 50s and it's relatively sunny. I think this look works because the wedges are a darker color so there isn't a stark contrast with the black socks. I will have to go home and survey my wedges. A new pair for the spring might be in order! I imagine a lighter colored pair would work well with lighter colored socks. Either way, I want to try this look. A great weekend option. Credit.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Style

I've been jet-setting the past two weekends to my favorite city in the world, San Francisco!

I was visiting a very cute boy (who I've since learned does not care much about fashion, although I find him to be well dressed and would describe his style as simple and neat -as in tidy) so imagine my fretting about perfect outfits for each second of the trip while having to fit them all in a carry-on. Weekend one was ok as I just had to pack for two days and an outfit to wear straight to work from the plane, but the second trip was Fri night through Tuesday afternoon and I had to include outfits for day, night, Valentine's night dinner and one outfit for a surprise where I was told it just had to be something I wouldn't mind getting dirty. What the heck! I'd been scouring my favorite blogs the weeks prior and compiling my favorite looks. Then I tried to incorporate them with stuff I already owned and a few little shopping trips to Forever 21, H&M, Marshall's and Urban Outfitters. I'm not really a fashion blogging photo taking gal, so I don't have any great photos like the gals on the blogs I frequent, but I did find one suitable to post of an outfit that was inspired by this one.

I call it "risky business" as I'm clearly wearing no pants! That was our joke for the day. I think the boy actually labeled it risky business first. I felt really cute in this outfit and it was comfy! I'm really over pants.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

DIY scarf tying how- to's

We all could use a little more scarf tying know-how, right?

First seen on Clothed Much by the beautiful Elaine, who credited the lovely tutorial by What Would A Nerd Wear, which I shall also credit.

Without further adieu:

The Belted Scarf

I'm not huge on belting scarves, but if I were, I would belt a lightweight square scarf like this, making sure the ends are fluffed out enough not to look meagre, and belting high on my natural waist. Credit.

The Warmest Way
Take Elaine's knot (third photo down) and tuck the knot under the loop, wrapping closely around your neck. I swear this is the warmest way to tie a scarf (even warmer than the Orchid Grey wrap because it leaves no part of your decolletage exposed to winter air), and it fits well under the collar of a coat. Figuring out this technique saved my neck from frostbite the year I moved to the midwest. Credit.

Elaine's version of The Warmest Way. Credit.

Full tutorial here but the two above are the ones I want to try the most!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Leggings and Colors and Tights, Oh my!

Reblogging this from one of the blogs I follow, What I Wore.

For the month of February We Love Colors is giving all What I Wore readers a 10% discount on their fabulous 80 denier nylon/lyrca tights and leggings plus free standard shipping in the US using code “WHATIWORE”

Free shipping! Say no more. I definitely plan to order a couple pairs of tights. Jessica of What I Wore said she's never snagged a pair! That would rock.

Friday, January 29, 2010

I'd Try That: Collars

Saw this post on WishWishWish and it introduced me to something I've never thought of in the way they are shown here: collars. I think they would be fun to spice up a plain t or simple dress. I will be on the lookout for one or maybe attempt to make my own. I found a couple tutorials if you're DIY inclined.

More looks. Credit.

Red Lips

I've always thought my lips were too big to accentuate them even further with red lipstick. The only time in recent memory I can remember trying the look was for Halloween a few years ago, but seeing a high school friend of mine via her blog rock the look has totally inspired me. We have similar skin tones and it looks amazing on her. She's such a beauty though. Anyway, I've read NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is the way to go. I will have to head to Sephora and test it out.

I'd Wear That: Funky Chic

A look from one of my favorite blogs, Orchid Grey.
I really like the mix of patterns between the skirt and the scarf.
Her hair is fab too!

Monday, January 25, 2010

DIY hair and beauty how-to's

This gal has got DIY beauty down! Check out cupcakes and cashmere for her awesome beauty tutorials.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Thinking about getting a pair of these before my upcoming trips to SF. Reviews say they're comfy and cute. I can also feel good about buying them because TOMS is an awesome company.

Their movement:

One for One

TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about.

Scar-Jo rockin' the black canvas TOMS. I would pair mine with a much cuter outfit though. Sorry SJ!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Celeb Girl Crush: Zoe Saldana

She just keeps getting prettier. I think her appeal to me stems from my being able to identify with her look. A somewhat unconventional, brown-skinned Hollywood beauty. In her words, "Look at me. I'm skinny, I have a big nose, no tits and no ass, but in a room full of beautiful women, I would still leave with the most gorgeous guy." She insists confidence is the key to her sex appeal.

I love her hair in the above pic from the red carpet at the 2010 Golden Globes. Credit.

Currently Coveting: Stripes

The above is my favorite outfit right now. Want. Credit.

I love this. I own a similar striped shirt and shorts I could make work in this outfit. Credit.

Another version. Credit.