Sunday, January 31, 2010

Vegan Euphoria at Molly Moon's



Walking past the Capitol Hill Molly Moon's I was instantly drawn in by the words "Vegan Heaven- Theo Coconut Kiss" written on their store front chalkboard. After a quick taste I excitedly took home a pint of this new delicious concoction. To create it they have replaced the dairy with coconut milk and the intense chocolate flavor comes from Seattle's own organic fair trade Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont. I'm not sure how long this flavor will be around. I don't see it on Molly Moon's twitter announcements... Better make your way over there while the gettin's good!

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Justin



Justin- 9th & Pine across from the Paramount Theater

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ashley



I found Ashley while taking a walk during my lunch and immediately recognized her. I took her photo last year and it is still one of my favorite outfits that I have photographed since starting this blog. She was looking equally lovely in her casual daytime attire and I was struck by her bold and incredible fun new hair style.

On a sidenote, it has been unusually warm and un-winterlike this season. One might think this picture was taken in early fall... I'm sitting next to the window listening to the start of what will probably be a very rainy day but those have been very rare this winter. Maybe Seattle is always pretty mild this time of year and my perspective is skewed from living here during last years numerous snow storms. Either way, I'm very much enjoying not having to wear my winter coats.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Inspiration Board


This is one of the photos from my inspiration board. This outfit is one of a few that has been influencing how I have been dressing and I have also been finding myself stopping people for photos that are dressed in this mix of casual menswear and standout color. Plus these jeans are absolutely amazing It's been a while since I found this photo so now I can't remember what street style site it came from. If anyone knows, I would love to be able to credit the site.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Weekly CHS Hill Style- Anthony, Emily, & Justin



Check out It's My Darlin's post today on CHS.












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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nicholas & Priya



Nicholas & Priya- At 2nd & Pine Downtown

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Monday, January 25, 2010

From Runway to Street

Sad you aren't in Paris right now? Stacy from Bijou Living, Claire from Harbourmaster and I feel the same way. So we've all decided to find inspiration at home and share with you all, our lovely readers. But first, a few photos...


Josephus Thimister

Dries Van Noten

Anne Demeulemeester

Christian Dior

Damir Doma (Photo:Ernest Aregall)



It is fashion week in Paris and we will be seeing a beautiful flood of runway photos for weeks to come of both menswear and women's haute couture. The newest and most innovative ideas in apparel, accessories, hair and makeup can feel a little dreamy and impossible when we see them worn in runway style. The key to taking these designs and bringing them into our day to day attire is absorbing them in a broader sense. When you see images from the runway that you like look for details within the clothing that catch your eye such as color combinations, era inspiration, or exaggerated shapes. Make note, or tear these pictures out of your magazines to keep track of your favorite characteristics. Now for the fun part... getting creative at vintage shops, thrift stores, flea markets, and on Etsy. There are two really great benefits to finding your favorite runway trends this way aside from the immense savings: you won't see anyone else wearing your purchase and when you pay second hand prices a passing trend leaves you completely unphased and ready to hunt down your next favorite trend.

We have so many great Vintage and consignment shops in Seattle. Here are some of my favorites right now:
-Fremont Underground Market every Sunday- Words cannot describe my love for this weekly event. Some of my very favorite belongings hail from this flea market. Sometimes you can even negotiate the price you feel is right for an item. Antique jewelry, levi's, motorcycle boots, and elaborate coats grace every little corner of this treasure trove.
-20 Twenty Vintage in Ballard- If you are on the hunt for something particular, tell the sales person and they will help you find it. If it's not in the store they may be able to find it for your on their Etsy shop.
-Atlas Clothing on Capitol Hill and Fremont Vintage Mall- same owners, equally wonderful and easy to shop.
-Private Screening in Fremont- antique prescription glasses, ornamental hats, wool coats, and sailor shirts. This shop is full of gorgeous items in beautiful condition.
-Red Light on Capitol Hill and in the University District- With items separated by era it easy to find just what you are looking for.
-Moksha- There are so many well placed vintage treasures amongst Moksha's new stock. There are always lovely, sometimes re-worked vintage frocks in the back by the dressing rooms.
-That's Atomic on Capitol Hill- I love this little shop. The owner can tell you everything about anything she is selling... who would have worn it, where it was made, how it is supposed to fit. If you happen to walk by when they are open then stop in! They don't have set hours. I am lucky enough to live across the street so I can peak out my window and see if they are working.
-Pretty Parlor on Capitol Hill- Anna Banana will help you find just what you are looking for and if she can't then she will know where you should go to get it. This fabulous lady knows her vintage and if you bring her a photo of a style you are trying to obtain I can pretty confidently say that you won't leave empty handed.

So this year, take your runway favorites and make them happen. It is so rewarding finding your own version of these artful styles. Also rewarding? Saving up occasionally for the real thing to accompany your unique finds. You deserve it after all you have saved... Hello Barney's

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Sarah



Sarah- At Pine & Harvard on Capitol Hill. My mom has a hat just like this that she got in Ireland before I was born. She still wears it to this day. Whenever I go home for a visit in the winter I make sure to steal it a few times to wear when we are out and about... or just hanging around the house. I love these hats. Such a timeless (and comfortable) style.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Billy Goat Vintage




During my day exploring the Alberta Arts District I happened upon Billy Goat Vintage. Emily, the lovely and stylish girl in the photo above was working there during my visit.

This shop is so beautifully decorated and easy to shop. So often I leave vintage shops feeling completely overwhelmed and overstimulated from hunting through packed racks of vintage fare. At Billy Goat Vintage I felt like each timeless vintage piece had been carefully selected and placed. With clothes and accessories for men and women hanging on tree branches amongst antique furniture and decor this shop is a treasure hunters paradise... and on top of everything else the prices are great! If you head down to Portland Billy Goat Vintage is well worth the trip. And don't miss the wall of beautiful hats in the back room. There were three that were begging to come home with me.

If you can't go there in person Billy Goat has an Etsy shop. So many great pieces on there!

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

From London to Seattle



Seriously well dressed guys right? These two are touring through Seattle with London's Richard Alston Dance Company with performances at the University of Washington. Their last performance is tonight at Meany Hall.

Hope you guys had a great time in Seattle!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Jamie Von Stratton





Jamie Von Stratton- 12th & Pike on Capitol Hill.

Jamie is a Seattle costume, bridal, and clothing designer. She is also a burlesque performer with The Atomic Bombshells. After checking out her website and the photo gallery of her costume designs it comes as no surprise that she would look this fabulous when just out running errands on a weekday afternoon. The bombshells have a show coming up February 12th at Oddfellows. I can't think of a better way to kick off Valentines day weekend.

Until January 26th Jamie is donating ALL of the profits from the fabulous creations in her Etsy shop to help disaster relief efforts in Haiti. My favorite item is this faux fur collar. It is only $8!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Weekly CHS Hill Style- Isabel



It's a Hill Style day :) Check out the full feature on CHS!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Back To Eden Bakery Boutique


Well, it's official... I experienced the best vegan baked goods I have ever tasted while visiting Portland last week. While wandering the Alberta Arts District I happened upon Back To Eden Bakery Boutique. Halfway through reading the writing on their window I was on my way inside and very excited.

Even the shelves of candy bars that you see in this picture are vegan.
Beautiful antique shelves and kitchen accessories give the shop such a unique look



From the second I walked in and saw the cases of goodies I knew I would be making some very hard decisions. Cakes, dessert bars, cookies, cupcakes, pies, truffles, and soft serve caught my attention in all directions.



I finally settled on the Everything Cookie, Pumpkin Whoopie Pie, and a Hazelnut Chocolate Bar. There was a lot of "wow", "oh my gosh", and "seriously?" with just about every bite that Don and I took of all three. I am still in complete awe that the cream in the Whoopie Pie was vegan... incredible!

It has already been decided that Back to Eden will be a regular stop on all my future trips down to Oregon. There is still so much left that I need to try. Portland's newest vegan bakery did not disappoint. If you are in the area don't miss it.

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Arabella



Arabella- At Belmont & Pine on Capitol Hill.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Gavin



Gavin- On 9th & Pine across from the Paramount Theater. This outfit is manages to looks effortless and perfectly put together all at once. The crisp white shirt is so striking and the thin suspenders are a great touch without feeling overly dapper. We have been having beautiful weather the last few weekends. I am seeing so many great spring like outfits as a result.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Amelia



Amelia- 1st & Yesler in Pioneer Square

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Corina


Corina- At John and Broadway on Capitol Hill. When I was really little I had a small red canvas bag that said "STUFF" on it. In it I would keep my tambourine, kazoo, and harmonica. When I wanted to pretend I was in a band I would get out my "STUFF" bag and play terrible music on my three instruments. Seeing Corina and her great bag brought these memories flooding back. I had completely forgotten that bag from so long ago. Then later that night I went through a bag of childhood items that I have held onto over the years and I found my red bag, sans plastic instruments.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Brian



Brian- Outside of Cafe Presse on 12th & Madison.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Weekly CHS Hill Style-Amanda


Check out the full feature on CHS

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Marco & Ditte


Marco & Ditte- In Front of Northwest Film Forum on 12th and Pike. They are both UW students from Denmark.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Christine


Christine- At John & Broadway on Capitol Hill. It's the small details that often grab my attention. The tie detail is fantastic on this coat and the small section of lacing on these boots make them stand out from the many tall boots out there.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bijou Living

(Image via Bijou Living)
Looking for wise and timeless style tips... Towards the end of last year I stumbled upon Bijou Living, a men and women's fashion/lifestyle blog written by Stacy Reynaud that has quickly become a favorite daily read of mine. From beautiful old black and white photographs that Stacy finds at Flea Markets to lessons in discovering your personal style this blog is filled with inspiration and unique perspectives. My favorite posts so far were Stacy's A-Z's of personal style for Him and Her. Whether she's teaching her readers how to tie a bow-tie, or forecasting the best shoe styles for the upcoming season, Stacy mixes sophistication and a sense of tradition when coming up with creative posts like the one I got the above image from titled "What to Wear for Time Travel"(so clever). Definitely check it out!

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