If you’re not wearing a denim pencil skirt this spring, then you’re doing it wrong.

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What I’m listening to- (Had this on repeat all week!)

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Today I’m paying homage to one of my favorite designers of all time (along with ODLR, Poiret, & more) – the amazing French designer Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975). Her career peaked in the 1920’s – 30’s when she became a famed couturier and has long been considered the “Queen of the Bias Cut.” Below I’ve included just a small sampling of her incredible gowns- as well as my top four favorites.

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My favorite Vionnet pieces are these four-favorites

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Today’s post pays homage to one of the most fascinatingly fashionable couples on the red carpet these days- Notoriously funky Mr. Depp & the bombshell Amber Heard. Love ’em or hate ’em- you can’t deny that they’ve got a look.
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What I’m listening to:

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While November may still be Fall, technically, I’ve decided to go ahead and create a guide covering both of the chilly seasons. Obviously the two have a lot of the same sort of cold- weather pieces. I’ve picked ten “essentials” (not that faux fur or rhinestones are even close to being essential in the literal sense of the word) that every wardrobe should have. A few of these pieces I already have, and a few are just ones I’m pining after (Two words- Fendi Purse). Links to each item are in the photo captions.

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(1.) Faux fur

Done right, fake fur doesn’t have to be a hot hooker-looking mess. Pair it with a simple solid top & black skinny jean combo to help it look relaxed & funky.

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Kristen Blake Faux Chinchilla JacketF21 Faux Fur CoatEllen Tracy Faux Fur Vest, ASOS Faux Fur Orange Stripe Collar, F21 Boxy Faux Fur CoatSupertrash Odyssey CoatF21 High Collar Faux Fur Jacket   

(2.) Colorful beanie

I had to cop the first one in the top row from F21. It’s a lovely dusty salmon color that looks really good on blondes ;) Transition your beanie to indoors by wearing it with an oversized white V-Neck and blingy statement necklace.

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F21 Men’s Fold Over Knit Beanie, Topshop Rib Knit Beanie, F21 Men’s Fold Over Knit Beanie, Leith Ribbed Knit Beanie, F21 Classic Knit Beanie, Phase 3 ‘Stand Up’ Beanie

(3.) Burgundy leather

I was really gung-ho about this look a couple months ago. I’ve cooled off on it a little, but it’s still pretty fabulous. Especially in a leather pencil.

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Kate Bosworth in a Michael Kors skirt, 10 Crosby by Philip Lim Skirt, Acne Lambskin Pants, Bosroom Leather Jacket, Cheryl Cole in a burgundy leather mini

(4.) Snake print

It’s everywhere. If you haven’t noticed it, your head must be in the sand. I have way too many other posts (OOTD) with snake print pieces that I won’t bother to gush here about my love for snake print. I’ve ecrued enough Serpentine pieces in my wardrobe this fall to choke a horse, I just need to get my OOTD act together #lazy

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Hudson ‘Nico’ Jean, Gibson Snakeskin Sweatshirt, Steve Madden ‘Ecntrc-c’ Slip- On, Vans ‘Classic’ Slip- On, Lysse Metallic Faux- Suede Leggings, Topshop Snakeskin Flocked Leggings, River Island Tote Bag, Topshop Snakeprint Tunic, Sofiacashmere Python Duster, Just Female Pag Skinny

(5.) Ankle boots

Everybody needs a pair. Those Vince Camuto ones (bottom center) are to die for!

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Dolce Vita ‘Harvie’ BootieLucky Brand ‘Bartalino’ Bootie, BP ‘Trolley’ Bootie, Sole Society ‘Chelsea’ Bootie, Vince Camuto ‘Amori’ Bootie, Steve Madden ‘Whysper’ Nubuck Bootie

(6.) Tunic sweater

I LOVE the halogen ones! I wear mine all the time.

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Halogen High/Low Tunic Sweater, F21 Classic Tunic Sweater, H&M Fine-Knit SweaterH&M Knit Sweater, F21 Longline Crewneck Sweater, Halogen High/Low Tunic Sweater

(7.) Snow leopard print

Regular leopard print has nothin’ on this delicious look.

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Fendi Calf Hair Peekaboo ToteJoie Brooklyn SweaterKaren Millen Coat, Joie Silk Rain B Tank, Christopher Kane Calf Hair Moto JacketChristopher Kane Moccasins

(8.) Leather leggings

Another cold weather layering essential.

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Tildon High Waist Faux Leather Legging, Hue Distressed Faux Leather Legging, Glamorous Faux Leather Leggings

(9.) Brick red

I am going nuts over this color right now.

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Trouve Zip Detail Sweater, Spago Donna Top, Velvet by Graham & Spencer Dress, MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Chili’, Reala Clais Scarf on Etsy

(10.) Art Deco jewelry

The 1920’s & Art Deco/Egyptian Revival style are truly my favorite fashion influences. Particularly in regards to jewelry. Below are just a couple of my favorite deco-inspired duds.

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JewelMint ‘Starboard’ Necklace, Baublebar Jupiter Gem Drops Earrings, Baublebar Pharaoh Bib Necklace, Deepa Gurnani Spike Necklace, F21 Deco Stone Pendant Necklace, Kate Spade Imperial Tile Necklace

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Well there’s really only an hour left of this Monday. Things have been hot & heavy between good ol’ F21 and me this week- with 50% off sale items and free shipping on any order. I couldn’t resist picking up a few fun fall pieces both online and in store. I think we can all agree I will rock the hamburger tee I ordered like no other (stay tuned for an OOTD with it, hehe).

Anyways, here’s a couple quick, blurry shots selfies from the past week of my 21-sportage. I don’t even know if that is a word. Does that make any sense? I am delirious from lack of sleep and a newfound espresso habit. Working at Nordstrom means a discount at the eBar which happens to make the best quadruple shot mocha bianca I’ve ever come across.

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F21 Textured faux fur vest here, Zara dolman sweater, Spring Tree gold tassel necklace.

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F21 shearling moto jacket here

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F21 abstract polka dot mini dress, similar here

And these three below are a couple of lil’ beauties I’m waiting for to come in the mail. Don’t you dare judge the hamburger, I will make it work! You shall all see…

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 F21 scuba blazer, woven shift dress, and hamburger tee

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Below is a collection of some other F21 pieces I was eyeing. That leopard pony hair belt tho…

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Well that took forever. I can’t even begin to describe how “over” 80- degree days I was getting. Now I can wear real pants again! And boots and sweaters and scarves and hats and long sleeves and all those other things too, I guess. Below are some some Polyvore sets I made with a few of my favorite fall pieces that I’m currently eyeing (Those Hudson snake print pants?! Ma gaww!)

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Hermes rose gold crocodile collar, Halogen hi-low tunic sweater, Sanctuary Clothing waxed jeans, Del Toro ponyhair sneakers, Lord & Taylor Fashion Fair lipstick

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Calypso St. Barth rabbit fur vest, The Row cashmere sweater, Gucci trousers & riding boots, Kelly Wearstler ring.

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Acne t-shirt, Alexis Bittar jewelry, Hudson Jeans snake print denim, Jimmy Choo metallic flat, Baggu leather shopper.

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Zara assymmetric sweater, Hudson Jeans snake print denim, Baggu leather shopper, Casadei blade pumps, Pyrite stud earrings from Etsy. 

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Rebecca Taylor t-shirt, Iro leather moto vest, Hudson Jeans wide leg pant, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Avery’ crossbody, Low Luv by Erin Wasson scarab ring, Adornia emerald ring, ASOS felt fedora, Laura Mercier tightline cake eyeliner.

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H&M cropped tee, Zero + MariaCornejo Nebi skirt, Gianvito Rossi sandals, Alexis Bittar earrings & bangle, Nordstrom brand cut out cuff bracelet.

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I’m back with another treasure trove of dirt- cheap goodies I’ve curated from good ol’ F21 and H&M. This week, I’ve included a lot more fall styles, since it’s getting to be that time of year again. Thank God. I always loved summer growing up on San Juan Island, but this 80+ degree summer weather in Seattle has been rough the last couple of years. I’m ready to wear long pants and layers again! And closed- toed shoes! I swear, I don’t think I’ve worn anything but sandals since May. Stay cool!

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I like to start things with a little humor :)

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Admittedly, I spend FAR more time on Pinterest than I should. Hours, sometimes. Who doesn’t these days, though? I’m not so much into the recipes and 1,000,000 ways to repurpose a wooden palette. I use Pinterest mostly for saving fashion inspiration that would otherwise be eating my laptop’s harddrive alive. In addition, I compulsively pin photos of different designs, patterns, and works of art I like. Many of them, I’ve thought, would translate well into garments or accessories.

Below I’ve paired up some of my favorite prints I’ve pinned, and existing products that resemble what I think the prints would look like if brought to life. Of course, however, these are NOT all things I would wear myself (A metallic Burberry trench is a bit much for me), but they help to give you an idea.

Ye be warned, this is only one of many installments of this kind, as I have created OODLES of these pictures. I almost chose to post them all at once, but even I got overwhelmed. Anyways, get inspired!

Tom Ford Feather Handbag

Tom Ford Feather Handbag

Jeffrey Campbell Heel

Jeffrey Campbell Heel

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Erdem Runway

Erdem Runway

Cynthia Rowley dress

Cynthia Rowley dress

Burberry Runway

Burberry Runway

Clemence Poesy in Balmain

Clemence Poesy in Balmain

Aurelie Bidermann necklace

Aurelie Bidermann necklace

Adrianna Papel dress

Adrianna Papel dress

Pencey dress

Pencey dress

Valentino dress

Valentino dress

Spell & The Gypsy kimono, Snake The Rules maxi dress

Spell & The Gypsy kimono, Snake The Rules maxi dress

Alexander McQueen dress

Alexander McQueen dress

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Anna Sui dress

Anna Sui dress

 

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“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

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Essentially, this is just a repost of a fabulous existing post from StyleCaster.com- 50 Minimalist Summer Outfits to Copy. They shared a slide show of modern, simplistic summer looks to draw inspiration from. They were all on- point, & I’d like to show a few of my absolute favorites, as well as a few of my own findings that I believe would fit the bill.

**Link to original StyleCaster article at bottom of post**

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Below are some looks that I found elsewhere & thought would also serve as great minimalist summer style inspiration (Those of you who follow me on Pinterest may have already seen a number of these)

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ORIGINAL STYLECASTER ARTICLE: http://stylecaster.com/minimalist-fashion-outfits/

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Considering the amount of time I usually waste shopping online, I figured sharing some of my weekly treasure hunting spoils with the blogosphere might be fun- and make it easier to abandon my shopping cart rather than finding myself broke with a bunch of opened packages strewn across my apartment floor. Seeking validation as to my fashion choices can be found through different methods besides actually purchasing and wearing things, I’ve found. Very healthy… very skillful… very proud of myself :)

I, just like everyone else, am a bargain fiend and routinely check up on what’s arrived at Vomit 21 and H&M each week. As long as you can accept that the shirt you purchased will warp and shrink after one wash, and completely fall apart by the end of the season- go for it! You get what you pay for with fast fashion, so as long as you can handle buying something that is the clothing equivalent of a disposable wet wipe, it’s all good.

Here’s some junk from my favorite junk stores that I’ve been eyeing lately… a couple of which I am guilty of actually purchasing –

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Here’s a few of the pieces I picked up and wore recently-

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Happy to find this snake print kimono at H&M while on the hunt for the perfect pool cover up!
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