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Three hours in a salon chair… and I LOVE my hair!

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It ended up being a silvery blonde with hints of pink and blue, and totally different than anything I’ve ever done to my hair before. I went in with four very different colors ideas, but after some assurance from my stylist at Vain (love that salon soooo much), we decided that I might as well try this while my hair is short.

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I attempt to take nice pictures, and then that get’s boring and this happens.

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Thoughts? I love it, though I know doing this to my hair on a regular basis will destroy it, and the grow out is going to be horrifying. But I don’t care, it’s too fun! Happy Monday!!

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Confessions of a Bridal Consultant

I work a couple of hours a week as a bridal consultant. It is something I do for fun, simply because I like working with brides and being around pretty dresses. I don’t work on commission (thankfully), and we generally get a pretty cool group of ladies that shop our boutique. Having worked there for awhile now though, i’ve noticed some trends, common themes/problems/questions that seem to come up in some way with every bride.

So here are my confessions….. Ok, not really confessions, more a top 10 list of info I wish brides were aware of when they started looking for their wedding dress/accessories.

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10) Try on at least one of every style. I know you may have had your heart set on a mermaid gown with cap sleeves, but I have seen too many brides come try on the “joke” or “just for fun” dress and fall in love with it. You never know unless you try.

9) Don’t schedule too many appointments in one day. Trust me, dress shopping is exhausting. Between the weight of the gowns and getting zipped, laced, snapped into them for hours, it can really take its toll on you both mentally and physically. You won’t remember one gown from another and you may be more likely to make rash decisions. I know that your mom may be in town for only the weekend, so maybe split it up. Two appointments saturday, two on sunday. Or better yet, go to some initial appointments earlier by yourself or with a friend. Then narrow down just one or two stops you want mom to come with you too.

8) Understand that your appointment has a time limit to it. I can’t count the number of brides that show up for their appointments and when we give them an estimate of how many dresses to pull (we let our brides choose their own), either they or a party member  remarks “oh, I didn’t know there was a time limit to the appointment. I guess we better hurry”, and then starts to rush. Breathe and Relax. Don’t rush. Just know that you may not be able to try on 20 dresses in one shop. Trust me, 10 dresses is more than enough to try, and chances are, this way you are only trying on the ones you really like (20 dresses is really exhausting too).

7) Tell us about your wedding! Not only do we like hearing about location, colors, and your gaggle of bridesmaids (we wouldn’t work in this industry if we didn’t), but it may help us find the perfect dress for you. We know the stock, and some dresses look awful on a hanger and really need a body to fill them out and look awesome.

6) Stop looking once you’ve bought a dress. Dresses are big investments, and if you fall in love with another one after you’ve already bought/ordered one, you many not be able to get your money back and be stuck with a costly decision to make.

5) Bring any questions you may have about the dress buying experience. If you don’t ask, we can’t answer.

4) Make an appointment and don’t try to walk in places even if just to look at accessories. Most shops will have to turn you away if you walk in without an appointment. I have seen countless bad reviews of bridal shops on yelp because of this, and I generally feel they are unfounded. Let me explain. Wedding dress shopping is unlike any shopping experience you will have otherwise. This isn’t like picking out a new sundress at Anthropologie, it is a much bigger investment financially and emotionally, and therefore consultants want to give you their undivided attention. When you pop in, even just wanting to browse, we feel like we are neglecting you when we are with our scheduled appointment. We would much rather you schedule something, so we can help make this the experience you deserve. In cases like the shop I work in, it’s also simply too small a space to allow extra bodies roaming around.

3) Be wary of bringing a crafter or basic sewer with you. Unless they have sewn wedding dresses before, take any alterations suggestions they may have with a grain of salt. I’ve had some crazy suggestions come from the brides party and I have had to take multiple brides back into the fitting room and tell her that it might not be possible to do what her friend recommended.

2) Be prepared for your mom to be a little crazy. You may have the most down to earth relaxed mum in the world, but much like a bride, you never can tell who’s going to go a little bit wonky. She will fuss over every little detail of the gown, and get flustered more easily than usual. She may also pull samples of what she wants to see you in, and then cry when you like your selections better than hers. It’s all totally normal. Have patience, she’s your loving mum after all, and her little girl is getting married. We as consultants are ready to handle the situation whatever may arise. Chances are after you’ve made your decision, she’ll settle back down and be thrilled with the decision you’ve made.

1) We are here to support you. Any consultant worth her salt is on your side. We have our own opinions and our own style of course, but this appointment isn’t about us. When you ask us for our opinion, we are going to talk about the dress we saw you light up in and get excited about. We can tell what dress you like the most even without you telling us. Sometimes this isn’t the family/friend favorite, but if it’s yours, it’s ours. Often when a persistent mothers opinion differs they will pull us aside and try to get us to agree with them. We won’t. We will agree that of course you looked beautiful in their pick (you did), but we really thought the other dress suited you more (it does).

That’s all for now folks! Happy Tuesday!

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It’s Springtime….. In L.A.

I went to L.A. on business last week. One day of meetings, one day of shopping for work. Yes, I get to shop for work some days and it is way more exhausting than I ever thought it would be when I started this job. Anyways, it was a glorious couple of days in L.A. before the rain hit. I even got to wear a sundress, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite looks I saw out and about.

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I loved this little shift from Madewell. Clean lines and a beautiful bright blue embroidery, this may need to become a part of my wardrobe this summer.

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Top Shop. High waisted jeans and crop tops are back ladies…. I’m game!

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Menswear styled beautifully by Barney’s New York. I loved how these were styled. I don’t think these will ever work for the Seattle guy, but they were interesting.

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I’m a sucker for a classic men’s suit, and Saks Fifth Avenue had some real gems.

I wish I had more time/money to get some good spring  wardrobe staples while I was there. Alas, I’ll be better prepared next time. Fortunately i’m off to NYC next month and will shop for spring whilst there. I’m really looking forward to some of the big spring trends and colors this year including pastels and crop tops. What are your favorites?

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This is How I Roll

Dear K had a birthday this month. Much to my joy, she flew back into town to celebrate. What better way to celebrate that dressing in 70’s attire and roller skating!!! It was like a trip back to my childhood, the sites the smell (all skating rinks smell the same), and I was happy to see the rink busy with families out for some saturday night fun.

We strapped on skates and got ready to roll.

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Classy K and I.

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Believe it or not, these thrifted pants have been a staple in my wardrobe for years.

L and I are a bit less classy, a bit more chaotic.

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A bit blurry, but we could only make it around the rink once like this before our clumsiness got the best of us. I think i’ll leave the skating to the professional roller derby gals.

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Post skating we headed out for some cocktails and confetti. What birthday is complete without some confetti 😉

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I have been pulling glitter out of my hair for the past two days….

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But K had a good time, so it was all worth it.

What did you get up to this weekend?

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A Walk in the Park

I walked in the park this past weekend. The Ballard Locks are about a mile away from my apartment and I am horrified to say…. I’ve never been. I tossed on my new little herringbone jacket (a sample I snagged from work), and coffee in hand, T and I set out.

The garden was a little bleak in early February, but I can’t wait to come back in the spring when there are flowers in those beds, and vines climbing the trellises.

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Our walk quickly turned into a mini photo shoot, which quickly turned into jazz hands and a whole lot of laughter.

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My favorite little purple wedges.

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Jacket: Esquel / Pants: Zara / T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters /  Shoes: Aldo / Back Pack: The Sak @ Nordstrom / Watch: Harry Ritchies

I love that I went to the locks, and didn’t take any pictures of water or boats. Guess I’ll have to go back and take more 🙂

Lately I’ve been….

Listening to– Kings of Leon. They finally won me over

Watching– The Winter Olympics! Speed Skating in particular.

Eating– Theo Gingerbread Chocolate. Goodness that stuff is amazing!!

Enjoying– Our snow day in Seattle! Now Seattle can’t really handle the snow, but there is just something so peaceful about that white fluff.

Looking forward to– An arial silks class next weekend with one of my dearest childhood friends! I love the circus, and all circus skills!

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Soft Blue Beret

This winter, I have been in dire need of a new cozy hat. Not wanting to buy one in store (all the ones I liked were way to expensive), I started scouring the internet for patterns that looked appealing. I came across this little beauty, and decided to give it a whirl.

It turned out pretty well with just a few minor adjustments. You never know with internet finds, as I have had some real doozy’s of end results on projects. This one however wasn’t a catastrophe, so I thought I’d share it with you!

I used the Lion Brand Alpine Wool yarn, and though a little scratchy, the color and ease of use make up for it.

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Gauge: 8dc*10rows = 10*10cm
I used 8.00 mm hook
At the end of each round join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beg. ch 3.

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Ch 3, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: ch 3 (count as dc), make 11 dc in ring.(12 dc)

Rnd 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc.(24 dc)

Rnd 3: ch 3, 2 dc in the same joining dc,*ch 2, skip 1 ch, 3 dc in next dc*, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2 and joining to first dc group.(12 dc group)

Rnd 4: ch 3, turn, 2 dc in next ch 2 space,*ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space*, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2 and joining to first dc group.(12 dc group)

Rnd 5: repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 6: ch 3, 1 dc in each next 2 dc,*1 dc in next ch 2 space, 3 dc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * around ending with 1 dc in last ch 2 space and joining to first dc.

Rnd 7: ch 3, 3 dc, dc2tog.,*4 dc, dc2tog.*, repeat from * around, joining to beg. ch3.

Rnd 8: ch 3, 2 dc, dc2tog.,*3 dc, dc2tog.*, repeat from * around, joining to beg. ch3

Rnd 9: sc around, join with sl st to last sc

Rnd 10: sc around, join with a sl st to last sc

Rnd 11: sl st around edge to last sc

Fasten off and weave in all ends

Here she is, all fancy on Millie!

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In retrospect, I think I would make it a little bigger. I have thick thick hair and a large head, and the hat didn’t quite have the slouchy affect I wanted in the back. Alas, I still like it, and I’ll still wear it.

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Can you tell I like black?

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I took my hat out for a jaunt around Point Defiance Zoo, for the last night of Zoo Lights. It’s a fun little walk around, and perfect for a chilly winter night with a cup of coco in hand.

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I hope your all staying warm in this chilly start to the new year!

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FALLing for Spring

I’m not really ready for spring, i’m still just at the beginning of my fall/winter obsession and it’s not even time to get crazy about Christmas yet ;). Spring fashion weeks for next year did just finish up though, and that means that I just spent the last few days obsessively pouring over the show slideshows, and getting really excited for trends to come. That said, i’d thought i share a few of my favorites with you.

There were a lot this season, so I’ve pared it down to just six 😉

The Row. Is anyone else as thrilled as me that Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen gave up acting to start amazing fashion collections? Beautiful neutrals, sophisticated lines.

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Custo Barcelona. Can’t say I would ever wear a swimsuit with sleeves, but those colors sure are beautiful.

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10 Crosby Derek Lamb. Perfect shapes and styling.

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Burberry Prorsum…. Christopher Bailey, enough said.

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Burberry Prorsum again. I am thrilled that pastels are making such a beautiful  comeback.

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Celine. I regularly drool my way through looking at this show, and this season was no exception.

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Ok, enough about spring, now to get back to my fall crocheting project.

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I Heart Seattle Art

Ok, so they weren’t Seattle artists specifically, but I do Love the Seattle Art Museum, especially their current exhibit Future Beauty, 30 Years of Japanese Fashion. Whoever curated this particular show created what I thought was one of the most cohesive and beautiful exhibits I have ever seen displayed at the SAM. Now I didn’t find out until halfway through the exhibit that it was a photo free zone, so Sshhhhhh, these photos will be our little secret 😉

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Japanese designers in general push boundaries of traditional garment shapes, and I love it. While they may not be very practical, they truly are works of art.

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The below garment was my favorite piece in the show. It was a beautiful play on traditional dress/Kimono silhouette, and the use of the bold and bright textile was brilliant!

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So if you get a chance, go take a wander through these halls before September 8th. I’m already planning on a second visit before they are packed up and sent off for some other cities enjoyment.

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OOTD Fourth of July Style

Thought I would do a quick but belated outfit post in honor of the 4th of July! Now I haven’t always been big on dressing up in red white and blue on the 4th, but ever since my college roomate’s birthday was on the 4th, i’ve felt the need to celebrate not only America’s birthday, but my dear friends birthday as well by dressing up in Red White and Blue!

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top: American Apparel, skirt: Express, boots: Frye, clutch: Ted Baker

More to come on China and Hong Kong to come in the next few days! Stay tuned!

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