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Winter Wonderland

sea-to-sky-snow-look-2sea-to-sky-gondola-snow-day-1sea-to-sky-snow-look-12sea-to-sky-snow-look-14sea-to-sky-snow-look-6sea-to-sky-gondola-snow-day-2sea-to-sky-snow-look-8sea-to-sky-snow-look-1Hat: old, similar // Shirt: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) // Vest: Zara // Jacket: Zara (old, similar here and here) // Leggings: Zella // Boots: Target (old, similar here and here) // Socks: Old Navy (old, similar here) // Mittens: Old Navy (old, similar) // Purse: Forever 21 (old, similar here) // Sunglasses: Karen Walker // Nail polish: Essie

As I mentioned before, my mom, sisters, brother-in-law and niece all found their way up to the PNW to spend Christmas with my brother and I. After couple of days in Seattle, we took a ferry up to the Great White North in pursuit of cozy fires and plenty of snow. Continue Reading

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Making Waves

ferry-ride-pink-jacket-5ferry-ride-pink-jacket-7ferry-ride-pink-jacket-10ferry-ride-pink-jacket-4ferry-ride-pink-jacket-1ferry-ride-pink-jacket-9ferry-ride-pink-jacket-8ferry-ride-pink-jacket-6Hat: J.Crew // Overcoat: Forever 21 (old, other great pink coat options here, here and here) // Moto jacket: Zara (sold out, similar here and here) // Shirt: J.Crew // Jeans: Old Navy // Scarf: J.Crew (old, similar) // Boots: Circus by Jeffrey Campbell (old, similar) // Bag: Zara // Gloves: Target (old, similar)

In light of my recent shopping moratorium, I spent the last couple months of 2016 haunting my favorite stores—J.Crew, Zara and, of course, Nordstrom—for anything I simply couldn’t live without for the next year. Among those items that I picked up on my last-ditch shopping spree was this playful and very pink pompom beanie that I scored for a song at J.Crew.

I’ve always loved wearing color and lots of it, but something about these grey Seattle days has me assembling super-saturated looks like the Space Needle depends on it. This new bubblegum toque offered the perfect excuse to pull all the pink items from my closet and wear them all at once. A trusty J.Crew striped shirt served as the soft, comfy base, a blush-hued moto jacket from Zara added extra warmth (perfect for shielding me from the wind on the deck of this Victoria, BC-bound ferry) and a vintage-inspired pink cocoon coat completed the layered look.

As Pacific Northwest natives and Grey’s Anatomy fans will know, ferries are quintessentially Seattle and to me, riding them never gets old. When I was young and lived in Gig Harbor, I used to take the ferry to Seattle every other Friday after school on the way to my dad’s house. Waiting in line in the car seemed endless and almost unbearable, but once we boarded and walked out onto the deck, sailing from dock to dock, my imagination was free to conjure images of orcas swimming alongside us, magical campsites on forgotten islands overgrown with fragrant evergreens and seagulls swooping down to offer me tokens of polished shell and glossy kelp, a la the helpful Snow White birds.

This was my first ferry ride in a few years, and it didn’t disappoint. We were sailing from Port Angeles to Victoria, BC, where my family and I were to spend our Christmas in cozy Canadian conviviality. The skies were blue, the waters calm and the light was soft and warm. My sister kindly ignored her frozen fingers to snap these pictures of me on the deck of the Coho before we ducked back inside to snack on soda and popcorn. As well pulled into port, snow started swirling all around us, providing the perfect start to our family getaway.

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Current Inspiration: Akris + Carmen Herrera

I guess I’m late(r) to the party but boy oh boy: Carmen Herrera!

A Havana-born artist who spent her postwar years in Paris exhibiting with Mondrian and developing her craft with Yves Klein before settling in New York in 1954, Herrera failed to achieve any of the critical or commercial success of her male counterpoints. She was a woman and she was Cuban and she was shy and so her significant contributions to the minimalist form were ignored. For five decades she kept painting privately, in her studio loft near Union Square, despite the indifference of the art world.

As has been widely publicized of late, Herrera made her first sale in 2004 at the age of 89. Her first solo exhibition at a major New York museum is currently underway at the Whitney. She’s 101 years old. I’m not usually one for inspirational messages, but for Ms. Herrera, I’ll make an exception.

carmen-herrera-blouin-artWhat passion to wake up every day with the desire to create that which others refuse to acknowledge. What discipline to spend a lifetime in pursuit of the perfect line. What poetic satisfaction—and tragedy—in finding massive success and validation after 50 years of artistic solitude.  We could all learn something from Carmen Herrera.

Albert Kriemler certainly did. His Akris Spring 2017 show is directly inspired by several of Ms. Herrera’s most important works. And I have this Akris show to thank for my all-too-tardy introduction to the work and world of Carmen Herrera. I spent the better part of the workday yesterday writing about white linen jackets constructed with shocks of green satin—a nod to Blanco y Verde (1959)—and silk tunics printed with glowing geometric shapes akin to those that energize Iberic (1949). Below, I’ve put together six diptychs that pair Akris looks with their Carmen Herrera-made counterparts.

carmen-herrera-akris-2carmen-herrera-akris-3carmen-herrera-akris-4carmen-herrera-akris-5carmen-herrera-akris-6carmen-herrera-akris-1Carmen Herrera images from top to bottom: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8
Akris images from top to bottom: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

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Holiday Style Inspiration: Felicity Jones

Like much of the world, I first took note of British beauty Felicity Jones when she wore the above icy lavendar confection to the Oscars last year. Some hated the McQueen dress, but I loved it for its shameless mix of classic, feminine drama and modern edge.

This chic combination seems to be a theme throughout Felicity’s wardrobe—and it’s a vibe I’m currently channeling for my holiday party looks. While a little black dress’ll always do the trick, why not take a bit of a risk and go all-out with a layered sequin look, oversized velvet bow tie or drop-waisted dress in a bright candy color? Bonobos gave me the kick I needed to get out of my styling rut thanks to their Wear No Doubts campaign.

Join me in stepping out of your sartorial comfort zone with one of the festive party outfits inspired by Felicity Jones’s style I’ve put together below! And just in case you’re still looking for gifts for the men in your life, check out the selection of men’s pants over at Bonobos.

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Clockwise from top left look: 1. Dress // Earrings // Shoes 2. Dress // Shoes // Clutch 3. Top // Dress // Shoes // Bag 4. Dress // Top // Shoes // Bow Tie

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The Best Looks from Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (and Where to Buy Them)

It’s here and I am happy. Like many of you, I’ve been waiting for a fresh hit of Gilmore Girls since May of 2007, so it was with tears in my eyes and chills on my arms that at 12:01 a.m. last Friday I logged into Netflix and dove headfirst back into the world of Stars Hollow (Stars, Stars Hollow!). I consumed the first two episodes in one go, slept a bit, went to work and then returned home to binge-watch the final two episodes.

With this first viewing, it was all about plot, plot, plot. I wanted to know how the story would ostensibly end and how we would get there in seven short hours. I did, however, immediately fixate on a few choice wardrobe items—most notably Lorelai’s wildcat-print shirtdress in “Winter” and her lace-up crepe blouse in “Summer.” I’ve always been more drawn to Lorelai’s style over Rory’s (who doesn’t love a chic wrap dress in a fun print?) and this series proved to be no exception. Don’t get me wrong, Rory had a few stand-out sartorial moments, but it took a second watch for me to notice them.

After making a list of my six favorite looks from the reboot, I tracked down the designers (thanks for the help, Worn on TV) in the hope of adding some modern GG style to my wardrobe. Of course, since this was shot awhile ago, most of the pieces from show are no longer available—so I spent the last couple of days shopping around to approximate each look (at a significantly lower price point, in most cases).

Behold: the ultimate guide to making the style of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life yours. Happy watching and happy shopping!

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Black and White Lace DressWell, would you look at that: Rory’s a Self-Portrait girl! After all, who can resist that beautiful guipure lace (and I bet Logan likes the romance of this look, so that’s an obvious plus).

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Bloomingdale’s // ASOS // Boohoo // Adelyn Rae

rory-lace-dressGilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Animal Print Shirtdress Stella McCartney
As I mentioned above, this wildcat-print dress by Stella McCartney was probably my favorite piece from the reboot, so even though the original is sold out online, I was thrilled to find a lot of great stand-ins.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Ann Taylor // J.Crew // Ann Taylor // H&M

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Sequin Patch Sweater Marc JacobsThis sequin-spangled patch sweater by Marc Jacobs was a piece I recognized right away, since I wrote the Nordstrom copy for this collection a few months ago! I love the playful Americana charm of this style, and I think it fits in beautifully behind the front desk of The Dragonfly.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Zara // Oh!MG // Guess // Zara

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Dot Print Silk Shirtdress FrameAnother shout-out for my lovely place of work: this dotted silk Frame dress appears to have been sold as a Nordstrom Exclusive. That means that one of Brenda Maben’s assistants picked up this dress from a Nordstrom store, making me only a couple degrees of separation from Rory Gilmore herself.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Topshop // ASOS // Frame // Reformation

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Lucky Red Dress Full Skirt AnthropologieRed dress, full skirt. Here’s hoping the styles below will bring us more good luck than Rory’s linen shirtdress from Anthropologie brought her.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Tomas Maier // Reformation // ASOS // ModCloth

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Lace-Up Silk Blouse Derek Lam
Lorelai rocks the Boss Lady look in this breezy blouse topped with an oversized take on the trendy lace-up neckline. Snag a lookalike style below to spruce up your work wardrobe, too.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim // Kensie // Animale // MICHAEL Michael Kors