Saturday, July 31, 2010

It's My Darlin' Featured On NYMag!

Readers! Very exciting news on the It's My Darlin' homefront. The fashion editor of New York Magazine's website recently contacted me to ask permission to use my photos in a new street style fashion feature that they will be doing every week called Street Comber. It will be an ongoing feature in The Cut (NYMag's fashion section). Each Friday Street Comber will feature a slideshow of choice street style photographs taken from around the world. I was so excited and honored to be contacted but honestly didn't think anything would come of it. I also didn't want to say anything in fear that it would jinx me. Well, despite my lack of positive thinking, I am thrilled to tell you that the first week after being asked I checked yesterday's Street Comber slide show and the first picture in it was one of my shots! Remember this lovely couple at the Ballard Market that I posted last week?

If you liked the photo when you saw it last week hop on over to the post on NYMag.com and leave a comment. We can make our fashionable Northwest voices heard over on the east coast...

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Chef Don- Chilean Stuffed French Toast

The most recent creation by the Mr is Chilean French Toast. This made for a monumentally delicious weekend brunch at home.

Don cooked a mango marmalade reduction to use in the filling as well as on top of french toast.
The filling was a mix a spices, cream cheese, lots of sugar, strawberries and mango marmalade. I would have to work out a whole lot more than I do if Don didn't travel for work Monday-Friday...

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Weekly CHS Hill Style- Mya


I was interested to see what sort of outfit I posted last year at this time and when I went back to check I found the lovely Mya looking totally adorable in her vintage dress and braided updo. I love this outfit. So I've decided to do a "This time last year" post for CHS today since those readers haven't seen these photos yet.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dolce Vita for Target


If you love Dolce Vita as much as me you will be excited to hear that they have designed a line for our beloved Target and it is for sale online right now! I might have to pick up a few of these. Even the boots are under $40... Any order over $50 ships for free too. Now we all have to get at least two (for the free shipping of course).


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Good Shorts

Pine & Boren
I love the way you gentlemen are wearing your shorts lately. Tailored but relaxed and in great classic colors. Summer style isn't my favorite but I do love a good fitting pair of shorts.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Caitlin




Caitlin- 36th & Stone in Fremont.
Since finishing art school in Portland Caitlin has been living in Berlin and just recently returned to the Northwest. She creates gorgeous art using stacked and framed plastic straws. You can see her incredibly unique work at caitlinducey.com.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Reini



Reini Greene- Between Pike & Pine on 6th Ave downtown. Reini is the owner and esthetician at her own namesake spa in Bocz Salon on 6th.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Weekly CHS Hill Style-Dana


This weeks Hill Style photo is a nod to summer ease... And this lovely girl's name is Dana! How fun.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cameron & Catherine



Cameron & Catherine- Ballard Sunday Farmers Market

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Anthony- Take 2





Anthony- Westlake Center downtown Seattle... Spectacular accessories, so truly unique.

I was just doing some housekeeping on the blog and noticed that this post somehow didn't go up a couple months back when I published it. It was still sitting in my "drafts" looking very sad and lonely. So here's a second try that will, I'm sure be much more successful than the first.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Lenna Peterson, Thomas and Tuuli





I met Lenna, Thomas and Tuuli downtown while waiting for the bus to Fremont. This is quite the creative couple. Lenna is a local clothing clothing designer whose line Galah can be found at La Rousse. She is wearing a skirt that she made in the above photos. Her designs are truly stunning. Here are a few pieces she has done...

photos via LennaKaiPetersen.blogspot.com


Thomas has a literary and visual art publication called Pageboy Magazine that is carried at Elliot Bay Books and Powell's in Portland.

As for Tuuli... her creative superpower, from what I could tell on the bus ride and by looking at these pictures, is being utterly adorable.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jené DeSpain


I stopped by Velouria last Thursday for the Capitol Hill Art walk and got the chance to meet Jené DeSpain and see her absolutely gorgeous handmade jewelry in person. Jené really spends time getting to know her customers and is so passionate about her craft. It was great chatting with her and getting some photos of her at the event.
Velouria owner (and adorably pregnant) Tes De Luna and Jené.



A few pieces from the Black Honey Collection

I ended up choosing a pair of earrings from the Roaring 10's collection. I have been wearing them almost every day since I bought them last Thursday. Here they are sitting happily in my new bathroom...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Weekly HIll Style- Mitch


This weeks Hill Style photo was taken at Velouria during the Capitol Hill Art Walk.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Nicole


Nicole- Olive & Summit on Capitol Hill

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Jessica


Jessica- Downtown at 6th & Olive.

I really like the velvet leggings that are popping up lately. It is hard to tell that these are velvet but the leggings made the outfit.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Statement

Currently loving my girlfriend Veronica's Marc Jacobs ring...

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Jensen & Rudy



Jensen & Rudy- Pike & Bellevue on Capitol Hill.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Weekly CHS Hill Style- Jack


I would go as far as to say that this is one of my very favorite Hill Style photos yet. From head to toe I really love this style.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jené Despain Event at Velouria


Brooklyn based jewelry designer Jené Despain is coming to Seattle and you are invited to the party!! She contacted me recently to give me some details on the two events she will be hosting at Velouria's Capital Hill and Ballard locations to launch her Fall 2010 jewelry line named Black Honey. This new collection blends dark gunmetal pieces with 14k gold and black leather.










Now for the important event details. The first party is on Thursday, July 8th at the Capitol Hill Velouria boutique from 5-8pm and the second party is at the Ballard Velouria on Saturday, July 10th also from 3-8pm. Whether you have checked out Velouria already or not I highly recommend stopping by. In addition to getting the chance to meet Jené and see the debut of her new line you can also check out the new collection from It's My Darlin' favorite Michael Cepress at the Capitol Hill event!

I had an opportunity to ask Jené a few questions about her inspirations, her apartment in NY and even her favorite dessert...

What is the one item of jewelry that you would hope you were already wearing if your bags were lost by the airline on your way to Paris?

This is such a wonderful question! It made me really think about my entire jewelry collection and which piece I couldn't live without. As much as I adore my vintage rings, numerous beautiful bracelets, and all of the wonderful pieces of jewelry that I wear everyday from my
Roaring 10's collection and the new Black Honey collection, there is definitely one piece that I settled on as my favorite. A few years ago, I created a ring I hand cut from a sheet of silver. The design on the top of the ring is a lil bird sitting on a branch that wraps around the finger. When you turn your hand over to see the other side of the ring, there is a blue stone set into the silver that is the color of a robin's egg. It's the first ring I made as a jeweler, and I will be sure to wear it the next time I travel to Paris.

What inspired your style while you were growing up and is there anyone that you would consider a style inspiration today?

I grew up in an artistic environment as a child, and luckily, my parents were very understanding of my rampant obsession with fashion. It seemed like I was always gaga over the new swatch watch, espirit bag, or colors of benetton scarf. Music was actually a huge part of what influenced my style. When I was very young, I idolized the band Heart. I wanted to be Ann Wilson. So I wore lots of lace, fingerless gloves, patterned tights, and adult sweaters worn as dresses, with the sleeves and collars cut off. As a pre-teen, the Cure and Mazzy Star inspired me to wear black & white striped socks with baby doll shoes and lots of black. Black. Black. Black.
Now as an adult, I think my style is actually most strongly influenced by the city of NY. I recognize that it sounds odd to have a city as your style icon, but it's true. The geometric lines, sleek shapes, and diverse architectural designs are constantly inspiring me. I adore this city. She is so striking, how can I help but want to try on her style?

When you get a case of "jeweler's block" while working what do you do to motivate yourself and find your creativity?

It's rare that I get "jeweler's block" as I am constantly designing way too many pieces than I know what to do with, but when I do wonder what to do next, I often ask myself, "What am I missing in my jewelry box? What piece of jewelry am I aching to have at my fingertips?" This usually helps me to conjure up one fantastically bold piece of jewelry and from that idea stems an entire collection.

What room in your home do you think exemplifies your style the best and what are your favorite items in that room?

When I am not making jewelry, I am designing interior spaces. It's a huge passion of mine. I am strongly affected by my physical environment and find I am most happy when I am in gorgeous, well-designed spaces. As well as maintaining an incredible outdoor landscape complete with a variety of floral and edible gardens, my mother always kept our home immaculate and changed lil touches in our house with every season . She strongly influenced my love for interiors and fostered my joy for little details. Although I enjoy each room in my apartment, I would have to say my bedroom exemplifies my personal style the most accurately. It's a classic, predominantly white room with touches of charcoal and black. I wallpapered the entire room in a hand-painted silvery grey on white damask design that emotes sensuality. My bed is dressed in all white linens with a soft charcoal grey velvet headboard, and my vanity and armoire are a dark black stained set. Above my bed hangs the most beautiful Victorian chandelier with swarovski crystals that belonged to my grandmother. This antique chandelier has as much romantic, southern charm as my grandmother did herself, and it's my favorite item in my home.

You grew up on the west coast, what do you miss about it?

I miss so many beautiful things about the west coast, the list could go on for pages. My family. The ocean. Fresh blackberries in the summer. Moody weather. The view of Mt. Rainer in the distance. Affordable rent. Access to nature. The pace, I miss the pace of the Pacific Northwest. Someday soon, I hope to return to find myself a big, old house with a wide porch out front and a yard in the back just waiting for a garden.

In New York City what is your favorite place to splurge on:
A new pair of shoes?

Bergdorf's

An item for your apartment?

Anything from 27th street between 6th & 7th avenues at 6am on any given morning. This block is the center of NYC's flower district.

Dessert?

Blue Bottle just opened a new location right down the block from my apartment in Brooklyn. They have the most amazing iced coffee that they prepare by slow dripping cold water over course grounds for over 24 hours. This makes the most chocolately rich, delicous coffee. They also have yummy lil baked treats to indulge in while enjoying their coffee. I adore Blue Bottle.


Readers, I hope to see you at Velouria! I will be there with camera in hand...


Monday, July 5, 2010

Stephanie


In front of Nordstrom on 6th & Pine.
Stephanie is the founder of Imagine Cinema and Reel Youth Programme here is Seattle. Reel Youth is an amazing foundation working with youth to help them become empowered through film production and film education.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Stacy Rozich





I am so glad that I stopped Stacy for a photo and that she gave me her card. I was so blown away when I got home and looked up her blog Mystery Meat! Her illustrations draw from so many different sources of inspiration and her use of unique colors, bold prints and stripes and unlikely creatures is like nothing I have ever seen before. Her work can be found all over the globe from galleries in New York to the cover of Swiss design magazine Kinki. Here are a few of my favorite works by her off of Mystery Meat. I sure do want the middle image for my new apartment!!! Stacy is such a talent!




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