Riannon bought these boots something like 7 years ago she thought. She has had them resoled and they just keep on going. I don't know what I would do without my ever able shoe repairmen up the street at Broadway Shoe Repair. With the amount of walking I do, I wear through the heel of my shoes at a ridiculous rate. They also stretch leather shoes for me when I find a great old vintage pair that are a little small for me (all too common). Finding a good shoe repair shop is almost as priceless as a good tailor.
Richard was in Seattle visiting from LA when I passed him coming out of Flora & Henry on Capitol Hill. He is a cinematographer down there. Check out his website... oh, and his Tumbler, which documents his travels for work and fun.
Corie is originally from Seattle but she moved to LA to work in fashion. She works for DL1961 denim company, who made these great jeans that she is wearing. I might need to get myself a pair... if these weren't out of stock I might be buying them tonight.
The photos that I chose this week to post over at CHS for my Hill Style feature screams fall to me. This is my very favorite time of year for so many reasons but one thing in particular that I love about fall is watching the outfits that people are out in. It isn't time to cover up completely yet so we get to see all the layers and our coats and sweaters work together with our outfits rather than just covering everything up. It is a time where we get to mix and match pieces and colors from just about every season. I definitely find my favorite photos as we move into this cooler season.
Best part of this outfit... that hair! What a great bold side swept curl.
There is so much to this look that I love. The mix of a worn out pair of jeans with a perfectly tailored shirt and blazer. All the little details... suspenders, classic glasses and the trim of the jacket. And of course, a great haircut; the best accessory of all for you boys.
Featured on this weeks street style slide show over at New York Mag. Photos of the boys are a major rarity on that feature so, nice work Jonny! You have a wonderful sense of style.
Lance passed me on his bike in front of the Kolstrand building on Ballard Ave while I was on my way to The Walrus and The Carpenter for dinner and he was kind enough to let me stop him for some photos. When I commented on what a great dog owner he was for bringing the pup on a ride he said that he was actually just dog sitting... Well, there you have it, the greatest dog sitter!
Charlie works at the Capitol Hill American Apparel. Since starting this blog I have stopped a lot of American Apparel employees... they always have incredible personal style! These shoes are something aren't they. They look so sturdy and comfortable for heels.
The Don and I went down to San Francisco for my birthday this year and did some serious food conquering with my friends Veronica and Walter. Here are some of the highlights.
A day in Sausalito and lunch at Harmony Dim Sum. The menu had so many vegetarian options, something that doesn't usually happen at Dim Sum restaurants. I was completely overwhelmed when it came time to order. We got so many things but my favorites were the veggie steamed dumplings and the squash blossom tempura fritters.
The best meal of the trip happened at the Presidio Social Club. I can't believe I am saying this but they had the best mac & cheese I have ever tasted. I could have eaten it every day we were there. Look at that utterly prefect mix of creamy and crispy. We also had beautiful mixed drinks and honey ricotta toast.
There were also stops at The Front Porch (thanks for the suggestion Henry!), Chilayo, and Phat Philly. All of the above had amazing vegetarian options. I got the seasonal vegan special at Front Porch which had eggplant, zuchinni, a fresh tomato sauce and fried onions. At Chilayo I had a super fresh taco and we filled the table with an array of their house made salsa's. One of them was made with pureed pumpkin seeds! And at Phat Philly I ordered the Portobella variation of their Philly cheese steak and a side of onion rings with beer cheese. Whew! A lot of incredible food fit into one weekend. We were pretty proud of ourselves.
Seeing a bag like this makes me feel very disappointed in myself for having a boring black vinyl one for carrying my laptop. Shame Dana, shame... time to get out and find an old leather or canvas bag to replace mine.
Phil was visiting Seattle from Baltimore the day that I came across him. I feel like there is always so much that I need to tell people about when they are staying in Seattle for the first time. I have so many favorite neighborhoods, stores, restaurants and hikes. Maybe I need to come up with a condensed list of highlights redily prepared for these exact encounters. A list that includes maybe three neighborhoods and two not-to-be missed things in each one... Might be impossible but I am going to work on it.
I really liked that even though these two were both wearing Justin boots they styled them so differently. I took Dritta's photo about 2 years ago down at Pike Place Market. I've always really liked this photo. Now that I have been doing this blog for a while I have gotten to run into a lot of you more than once. Some of you I see often. It is really fun watching everyone's style change over the years and and as we move from season to season.
It feels a little like I am giving away the map to a buried treasure by telling you this but I am about to disclose to you Seattle's hidden gem of vintage clothing. A lot of you are probably living just down the street from it and either aren't aware it is there or have seen the shop's amazing window displays on a day when it isn't open. I'm referring to Indian Summer on Summit & Mercer on Capitol Hill. For a few years now Indian Summer owner, stylist and vintage genious Adria Garcia has been one of my main sources for great vintage finds at her Punk Rock Flea Market booth. The Punk Rock Flea Market only happens twice a year so I was thrilled to find out that she was taking up shop in a permanent location just two blocks from my apartment.
Adria has a very unique and keen eye for vintage clothing but she also believes strongly in only selling items that that are in beautiful condition and that she would wear herself or dress her friends in. Shopping at Indian Summer feels like perusing the racks of a small high end boutique but every item is one of a kind and instead of seeing price tags in the $100-$300 range you will find everything is about $10-$30. Instead of of spending hours sorting through bins and piles to find one treasure Indian summer is a small space with only a few racks of perfectly steamed pieces for men and women hung and organized in a way that creates an easy and totally enjoyable shopping experience. Having a vintage shop like this as a resource in our city is so awesome. So is having a shop owner and stylist so excited about clothing and the story that it tells.
So there it is guys and gals... now you know my secret. Go forth and prosper.
It is one of my favorite things when I come across someone pulling off simplicity in a unique way. Divya very obviously has an innate sense of style because, most of the time, black jeans and a t-shirt aren't that riveting but by tucking the t-shirt into these high waisted pants and pairing the calf length hemline with a subtle pair of heels created something special... it definitely grabbed my attention.
Ps. Divya is a web designer. Check out here site www.nimbupani.com. As someone who struggles with even the simple blogger template I find people who do web design as a living super impressive.