Styling

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I Think I’m Happy With the Bar Area!

Oct
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This little bar area in the apartment started out as function rather than form. Behind those canvas panels are boxes and boxes of various wires and other computer things for Brian. The shelves itself is a fairly utility-looking number from Ikea that I picked up off of Craigslist for $20 a few years ago. After “slipcovering” the shelves I figured I’d better jump on the bar cart bandwagon to pretty it up. I added the print last year (West Elm), and the whole thing looked okay, but I knew it could look better. I found this lamp at a local store, The Standard, last week, and it is just what was needed! Now, in a perfect world I would hang the print, but I tried that before, and it came crashing down, and as a result the glass cracked and we spent a good chunk of change getting the frame fixed. I’m just a little shy to hang this piece again.

Photos: Gretchen Lilly

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West Elm Opening

Oct
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Marta and I went to the West Elm Seattle pre-opening party last night, and I brought my camera to document it.

I thought I was going to buy some stuff, but it was very crowded and the lines at the register were very long. I plan on going back to check it out under normal circumstances.

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Fun With The Dressform: Warming Up

Apr
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We’re in the season of turning on the defroster in the morning, but rolling down the windows when you get off work.  Layering season!  I went with a jacket that isn’t too heavy, so you won’t look too silly carrying it around with you at the end of the day.  You can wear the scarf with the dress after ditching the jacket- some lady on t.v. said it’s okay to wear a print and a stripe as long as they’re in the same color family.  Holding a bunch of tulips optional.

Jacket: Gap

Scarf: Liberty of London for Target

Dress: Old Navy

Sandals: Gap

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Fun With the Dress Form: Mid 70s

Apr
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When it comes to fashion history, I think the 70s take the prize for everyday glamour.  Hair was shiny and full of volume.  Gold jewelry everywhere.  Jeans that made your legs go on for miles.  This outfit captures that 70s glamour, but doesn’t look too dated.

Scarf: Banana Republic

Purse: Coach

Dress: Vintage (available here)

Belt: Gap

Shoes: Seychelles

(Image: Gretchen Lilly)

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Fun With the Dress Form: Crisp Cotton

Mar
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The spring weather has been such a tease; sunny but moderate one day, rainy and windy the next.  I am getting very antsy.  I just want to throw on a cute dress and hop on my Vespa!*

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I swear on a stack of Girl Scout Handbooks that I will throw this ensemble on as soon as it gets over 77 degrees.

Dress: J. Crew

Jacket: Mossimo

Belt: Gap

Purse: Drika B.

Necklace: Claire’s

Shoes: Old Navy

*Vespas are more exciting than ’99 Corollas.

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Fun With the Dress Form: Dreaming of Paris

Mar
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When you live in Paris, you have no choice but to be chic and fashionable.  At least, that’s the impression I’ve gotten from everything I’ve read about the place.  I’ve also read that Americans stick out in an embarrassing way.  Hopefully this outfit won’t get you too many eye rolls Francais.

Top: A.P.C.

Skirt: Martin+Osa

Shoes: TOMS

Necklace: Claire’s

Purse: Coach

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Fun With the Dress Form: Cool and Comfy

Mar
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You’re hitting the clubs, and you want to pass the dress code, but you also don’t want to hobble your way home.  These flats are chic enough to bring out at night, and leggings aren’t just for wearing under Union Bay sweatshirts any more.

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Jacket: Vintage

Tank: J. Crew

Necklace: J. Crew

Handbag: Target

Leggings: Ann Taylor Loft

Flats: Jeffrey Campbell

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Fun With the Dress Form: Audrey Aspirations

Mar
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There is something about black leggings and flats that will always bring to mind Audrey Hepburn.  Cut some bangs and throw your hair up in a ponytail to complete the look, and wait for people to do a double take at the mall.

Top: A.P.C.

Sunglasses: Coach

Bag: Coach

Leggings: Ann Taylor Loft

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

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Fun With The Dress Form: Fancy Weekend

Feb
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I own a dress form (technically, a mannequin, but that doesn’t sound as artsy).  I own clothes.  I like to put together outfits.  I am such an artistic control freak that I don’t trust someone else to take pictures of me in outfits.  Also, it’s more fun to style on a dress form.

May I present to you, the new weekly feature: “Fun With the Dress Form”.

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Imagine that you are someone who spends your weekends doing something other than sitting around in comfy pants, eating Mallomars dipped in peanut butter while watching the third season of Gilmore Girls on DVD.  Imagine that you go out to brunch, followed by a trip to the farmers’ market.  This would be a great outfit to wear.

Scarf: Old Navy, Spring ’10

Sweatshirt: J.Crew, Winter ’09

T-Shirt: Vintage rock band

Cords: J.Crew, Fall ’09

Books: Seychelles, Fall ’09

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