I’m smitten with the color of these high-waisted trousers. So perfect for Fall.
CHEZ CHIC a glittering copper sequined long sleeve mini = sexy, not skanky.
LA REE one of the big trends this season is colorful pants. these red Rag & Bone skinny stretch cords are so perfect, especially paired with Joseph wedge booties, and an Alexander Wang sleeveless turtleneck.
MERCER i love this no-nonense look… something you can throw on and run out the door on a crisp Autumn day (Vince hooded drape coat, Autumn cashmere wrap).
There was an excess of sparkles and skin at this year’s Fashion First runway show and auction. Freshly botoxed ladies huffed and puffed at the wait in the drink line; older men escorted much younger women to VIP seats; and one unfortunate gal took quite a spill, thanks to her five inch heels (and maybe the vodka-based cocktails being served). But brushing the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” scenes aside, it was wonderful seeing local independent retailers showcase their wares. Most of the looks got me excited for the autumn season ahead– I can’t wait to break out my plaid scarves, wool tights, and and comfy sweaters.
New York Fashion Week kicked into gear last week, and each day just keeps getting better and better as I obsessively troll style.com’s runway slideshows. Although I hate to be thinking about anything else other than plaid scarves and English peacoats right now, it is definitely exciting to see what the designers have graced us with as far as Spring Ready-to-Wear fashion goes. Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite looks so far, shall we?
This bubblegum pink full skirt by Jason Wu (minus the prickly hair)
I love that Seattle is such a bike city. Great for the environment, great for the glutes. The only problem? It can be a challenge to stay protected and stay fashionable while pedaling, especially when you’re caught in the inevitable rain shower. Solution? The Iva Jean rain cape.
Silkara Ultrex, a durable water resistant fabric (back off, puddles!)
Reflective piping for increased visibility (safety first!)
Half zipper for easy dressing and removing (so your J. Crew blouse stays in top shape)
The founder of Iva Jean, Ann DeOtte, is an avid Seattle cyclist (minus the scary spandex) who’s big on breaking barriers. AND, she’s made it to the big time: Daily Candy is featuring her in their annual Start Small, Go Big contest.
since most of our summer has been a prolonged build up to fall (see: coolish) i can’t help but look for ways to stay stylish but warm. and since hosiery is my J-O-B (legwear designer for nordstrom) i get to study legwear for work. i’ve been seeing all these adorable iterations of the OTK and bold, statement tights. a look i can’t help but mimic as we make our way into the dreary months…
allie, vicoria and i gathered some inspiration for you- let us know what you think! (featured above, a stylish lady from paris- eleonor bridge- since my french isn’t what it used to be, i can’t tell you much more than that- but don’t you love the tutu and socks!?!)
past fashion choice most cringe-worthy?
I used to wear Calvin Klein overalls in high school. From Costco. Why? Why?! Although now overalls are apparently coming back. Yeesh.
clothing item you can’t wait to purchase?
A new pair of brown leather boots for Fall!
what’s your take on seattle style?
It can thoroughly be improved upon. A little less fleece, please. We’re a major metropolitan city! Let’s start dressing that way! Leave the NorthFace for recreational activities. Although I respect that our city doesn’t take itself too seriously, style-wise. Fashion is supposed to be fun, not uptight.
white belts, yes or no?
Oh Lord, it really depends on the context, but usually it’s a big no.
name a song and cocktail that were made for each other-
French 75 and “Le Foule” by Edith Piaf.
allie and i decided to hit the ballard market this past sunday, and it was packed. apparently everyone wants to soak up the quasi-sunshine (before it’s gone again) and there was no shortage of people to snap… we loved mila’s bright bags, i think she said she picked them up in italy? of course…
While I’ve been known to post obsessively about my love for the top knot, I also have a lifelong love and adoration for boy-short hair. Imagine how pleased I’ve been that cute, punky cuts have been popping up a lot lately amidst the long braided hair-do’s. After growing my hair out for 3 years, I recently and spontaneously went to a new place downtown to get my hair cut short – and the lovely man said … No. He thinks women should have long hair. I thanked him for his time, and promptly went to my standby salon (never should have cheated in the first place!) and got my mane chopped. Ladies, it feels good.
although i have very little extra time with the newest addition to our life, a full time job, and sleeping… i’ve been making time for PINTEREST. are you addicted? i downloaded that app faster than you can say ‘pin it!’ and every night before i start snoring away, i pin a few little tidbits. here’s a few inspirations…
jill is one crafty mother, and my kid is totally ripping off her kid’s costume. add a mustache… done!
you probably don’t know this, but i have a pen habit. see the tutorial for this pen can lazy susan, or be inspired to make your own. i went to value village one afternoon, and spent about $25 to make this… (crap cell phone pic, apologies)
fall is on it’s way (did we ever have summer?) i’m finding tons of images of covetable style…
this weekend i’ll be scheduling some posts… as you’ve seen, some lovely ladies have decided to join me on n+t, can’t wait to have them here for some style sighting company and contributing their personal style inspiration.
This pair, worn by Scandinavian fashion blogger Elin Kling, looks uber-comfortable, and that peachy color adds an extra element of uniqueness. I have yet to see anyone in Seattle sport them… so come on ladies! Let’s embrace comfy chic! (and no, you can’t wear your bunny slippers with them, that’s taking it too far)
i pretty much HAVE to post photos of my kid. and i could go on and on about how awesome he is, and cute… but pictures say it all. labor… long. baby… big. but it was all worth it. now i have this rad little guy to hang out with, and we’ve been having fun. and of course i’ve been accosting him with my camera. what are moms for?
above: the first week. babies scream. who knew. but when they’re not screaming, they’re sleeping. and they’re pretty cute. for more photos Read more
wow. if you’ve ever had a kid, you know i’m not kidding when i say, i didn’t even realize 5 months went by. if you haven’t had a kid… please understand that time, and it’s passage, have new meaning for me.
i wouldn’t trade a single second of everything that’s transpired. being pregnant… sucked. but you know the upside? your very own baby. it’s been a pretty crazy ride, but now it’s time to get back to all things style in our city, and putting up some inspiring content on needle+thread.
i’m putting it out there that i’d love contributors. want to write about local retail? love to take photos of your fashionable friends? do you like to illustrate or draw? if you live in seattle, and have any creative inklings that are (or are not) related to fashion and/or style… drop me a line. my only goal here has been to show what the people in our city are like… walking the streets, going to shows… i want to continue that, and would love for you to help me. looking forward to hearing from you!
let’s be honest. this is old news. but it’s still good news for local nail lacquer guru, nonie creme. her lovely line of delish nail shades, butter london, made an excellent accent to betsy’s visit last october at the downtown nordstrom. not only did nonie do the nails for betsey’s spring fashion week show in new york, but her line was picked up by the seattle retailer and is available in store.
for all of the photos from the event… click Read more
i’m a fan of hearing from other local creatives. add design, and i’m in. although i haven’t done much clothing shopping for myself lately, i’d love to check squelette out in person. the fact that they apparently sell their wares in conjunction with a wine studio… that may have just sealed the deal (when i’m back on the grape). seems like a perfect addition to an artwalk meander; they’re located down in sodo, and apparently open till 7pm on the weekdays.
(photo nabbed out of their 2011 lookbook, photo credit: patrick kehoe)
holy cow. somewhere i’ve lost a few months of my life. it’s been… occupying. this pregnancy thing, it’s a doozy. i’d take the photos, and then not have the energy to do anything with them. never mind that my studio was in the basement. now that we’ve rearranged, and *ahem* sloooooowwwwly started getting some of this house in order (baby room? not quite), i’m ready to finally get some posts together.
i think for the duration of the weeks i have left (that would be 8, god willing), i may just post things i find interesting. it’s hard for me to take photos, and honestly, hard to carry around the extra weight of the camera. i miss my camera. i miss being able to get low to take a photo, and now that i’m being honest, miss being able to get up on my own from getting low. you get the gist. enjoy some of these older shots, and in the meantime, i’ll be working on getting some inspiration posts together. it may not be seattle street style, but i’ll do my best.
i wanted to collect all the little bits from those in our beautiful city, and show that regardless of what you hear about seattle... we do have style. up-and-coming design, street style, unique retail and our evolving, inspiring music scene. daily, i see details and items that show how much thought we put in to dress. it's your silent communicator. style isn't fashion, style is you, and how you choose the items you leave the house in... to walk to the market, to see a concert, to go shopping for your next must have item. if you see yourself here, or see me on the street... say hello.