Saturday, July 30, 2011


So here's my thought: hipster is surely progressing into the new mainstream emo. Think about it; it starts with a small group of people who find irony in society and decide to be nonconformists. In the process there is a social stir in what these people are really up to. Grandpa types will see a male hipster walking down the street and may compliment him on his hat, but recommend that he go take a shower and possibly shave. What I'm trying to say is this; no matter how mainstream (oh the irony) hipster-ism becomes, they are a group of very intelligent, somewhat urban hippie types who are greatly contributing to the music, movie and fashion industries who also have found their way into every generation. Hipster-ism will ALWAYS be a billion times better than emo-ism.

The educational ranting aside, I believe there are many fashion STAPLES being made by these independent trend setters.

Gray skinnys and the Messy Roll
It's easy and super casual, the best part is that you can make any style outfit with them
Menswear Inspired Fashion
Welcome to the world of cargos, hats, blazers, woven belts and oxfords add a sparkly accessory for a girly touch
Layering like a Champ
This is the perfect day to night look and great for any season. Ditch the sweaters, add some heels, a black belt and metallic necklace for an edgier look

Vintage feel with a Modern Look
Turn your old tshirts into layering tanks, add some leather leggings and your favorite boots! 

Finally some professional photos! What do you guys think?? 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thrifting Tricks

It has been FOREVER!! I am so so so sorry! Any northwesterner can attribute to the fact that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is pretty much Christmas and then some. Things have been crazy at work and I have been exhausted to say the least. Happy news: I'm 21!!!! Exciting right?

As my apology to you for going so many days without posting, I will give you a few of my tricks on thrifting. I know, I know, 'Second hand clothes?? EWWWW' not true. If you do this right, you can find some really amazing DESIGNER things for dirt cheap.

1. Know where to go
Keep your eye out for good second hand and vintage stores. Places like Value Village are not going to offer much, but can always be a good side trip for costume jewelry and similar items; however, I would save these places to find a costume you'll wear only once to a themed party (be sure to sanitize everything first). Plato's Closet and Buffalo Exchange are two well known second hand stores. They are very picky on the items they buy from people and therefore offer a much better selection.

2. Do your research
Before you go on your thrifting journey, make sure you read reviews online about the stores you plan on going to. This research is even more important if you plan on selling things. You don't want to go into a store expecting big bucks and leave having sold only half your items for a fraction of what you expected to make. If you're a big customer service freak (like me) don't be heart broken if you run into some ill-tempered employees.

3. Know what you're looking for
This is SUPER important, otherwise you might end up spending a lot more money than you wanted. Go in with a plan, and come out with just that, unless, of course, you come across something amazing and at an even more amazing price. What are you waiting for, BUY IT, are you crazy??

4. Know quality
If you're looking for a designer item, don't settle for the first you see if the quality isn't completely there. If you want Joe's Jeans, don't buy the $30 ones with the worn knees. Look around and pay the extra $20 to get ones that look brand new. Just think, if you were buying brand new you'd be paying over $160. Paying $50 for jeans that someone probably only wore twice is well worth it, especially if they're Joe's.

5. Customize when applicable
I'm talking about shoes, tshirts and jackets. If you buy second hand shoes, make sure you put in your own insoles to save your feet and speed up the break in process. Shoes form to your feet over time, if they have already formed to the previous owner's feet, it'll take some time to pick up your particular foot shape. If you buy a tshirt (which I wouldn't advise because, hello, everyone's pits are gross) and it doesn't fit exactly right, make it your own. Everyone needs a restyled vintage inspired tshirt. Cut a curve from shoulder to shoulder to create a draped look, cut it into a boxy tank, just PLEASE do not do the trashy side ties. By jacket I mean something like a blazer. Instead of spending money to get it tailored, get crafty and buy some ribbon. Use a needle and thread to put a few stitches in the lower back area of the blazer, bunching the fabric evenly to make it more fitted. Stitch the ribbon to the bunched area and tie a bow!! CUTE!!

This is probably my favorite picture I have ever posted! HA! Joking, I just wanted to show you the Seven's I bought for $40 on my thrifting journey--Super comfy! 

These are my Cameron Diaz from 'Knight and Day' inspired boots. I looked everywhere for these things and had a super good feeling at Plato's Closet, I turned around and BAM! There they were!! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tea Party- a Great Girly Day

The tea party was wonderful. All of the girls were dressed beautifully and we all got our creative juices flowing by making fascinators. The day was not complete without delicious food and hot tea and coffee!
I am quite proud of my coffee cake, I will post the recipe! 

This is the first fascinator I've made! I can see a mini business in the making... 

Made by Kati- I have SUCH creative and stylish friends! 

The beautiful girls!! 


Sunday, July 3, 2011

How Do I Wear That?!

These sweaters are a more boxy cut and work great with most summer styles. They are also perfectly versatile enough to wear deep into the chilly days of fall.

I'll show you how!! 

forever 21 $6

So easy and SUPER EARTHY! Stick with the neutral tones and add a colorful accessory. The espadrilles and headband are very summery and the cargos and tee are light enough to keep you cool all day. 

Make this a night look my adding a black tank, dark skinny jeans, OTK boots and some flashy earrings. 

This is a great back to school look! White t-shirt underneath, colorful pashmina, dark skinnys and some riding boots. Super easy and ready for class! 

That JUST happened, it's possible, a sweater at the beach. Whaaaaaat? Dude, look, it is the perfect bikini cover; it shows a little but not too much. It goes great with your wayfayers, fedora and beaded sandals. =) 

Get crazy. Happy styling! 

Let Freedom Ring!

I of course have a special outfit for the Fourth of July. Thank you Forever 21 for being amazing and having cute tanks with an American flag pattern. I will definitely be getting in touch with my inner Party in the USA tomorrow. =)

Throw a swimsuit on underneath and I'll be off to Lake Stevens to enjoy a great day of sun, jetskis, food, friends and fireworks! 

(Please stay safe, leave the fireworks to the professionals.) 

Hats and Fascinators

My apologies for the infrequent posts. I haven't been too busy with work lately but HAVE had lots of fun days with the girls. Tomorrow Sara is hosting a tea party and all of us girls will be dressing up in our Sunday Best, sporting a dress and a hat or fascinator. We will also be making fascinators while sipping tea and enjoying little snacks. I will take many pictures but in the mean time, oggle over the simple beauty of Kate's ensemble. =)

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