December 31, 2008

Hello 2009

Happy New Year


I hope your 2009 is prosperous, and meaningful.

(Don't forget to write down your resolutions and post where you'll see them everyday.) 

December 29, 2008

Staying ahead of the curve

The curve in this case is not for grades, but for fashion. The fashion curve. Always months ahead. I know its cold, the new year's here, and you're trying to take a breather. Here is one more thing to think about. Helping to wipe the slate clean for 2009.

I usually do this before Christmas, so I have a clean, neat space for my new treasures.

1. Take a look through your house at your furniture, small appliances, dishes, lamps, and other decor. Ask yourself "would I buy this again?" if the answer is "no" then donate, sell, or trash it.

2. Closet time. Ask yourself the same thing as the first, then try to remember the last time you wore it. Last season? Last decade? if its a summer top but you haven't worn it for the past 3 summers (you make the time deadline, I recommend that if you haven't worn it for the entire season, then its time) then tailor, donate, sell (works best on designer pieces of course), or trash it.

3. Cleaning the slate, house, or apartment, whatever you have. Do the usual cleaning, then the shower, vacuum the awkward corners, dust the tipy-tops of the shelves, behind the microwave, you get it. I'll make a post later on all the quirky places to clean... stay tuned!

Once you do these three, your home will be gutted, and clean. its like a full body cleanse. And no this is not the same as Spring Cleaning. That comes in February...

December 13, 2008

Rockin Glamour


yes, perhaps a little flashback to Madona, but rock glam has always been here in one way or another.  I stumbled upon in sectus on Etsy, full of gothy accessories, but some are a perfect balance to add a little rock with your glam, add a little tough-but-girly.


cool memento mori necklace, it has two small jawbones mirroring the collar bones

The Tiny Tock which has an original soviet pin incorporated into the design.

this is the Madame brooch made with antique coins


December 2, 2008

Warm up!

As I sit in my festive, but freezing apartment, waiting for the heat to kick on, I realize its time to winterize. Its not just for the car, but for the home.

Change out the shades for something a little heaver with fabric and texture.


Tartan plaids, and flannel. Swap out the usual pillows and opt for a heavy woven fabric.Toss one of these over a chair .
No fireplace? youtube has a solution for that.


Cozy up your mugs and tea pots. I love these.


I hope you enjoy the season, and take advantage of all it offers. Merry Christmas.

November 23, 2008

Christmas gift guide

Great gifts on a budget, for the entire family. Everything is $50 or under.

For the gals in college:
Tea light tree - Available at cb2.com

For mom:
Vintage frame with a chalkboard - available at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5034485


For dad:
the art of shaving - available at nordstrom.com

For the girly girls:
ballerina in a bag - Available at target.com

For the little boys:
Nerf - Available at target.com
For the guys in college:
bar kit - Available at crateandbarrel.com
For the babies:
animal pillows - available at swayandcake.com


For the rough and tough teen boys:
Hogg hover remote control - available at target.com


For the too cool-for-school teen girls:
Spa set - Available at target.com
For the young adults' home:
perla anne pictures - available at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5120972

November 15, 2008

When did SALE become a 4-letter word?

Walking through the city I notice just about every store is having a sale. Not a half-yearly, or a floor model, or a promo, but a “SALE!”. As I have seen from my years of experience in retail sales are planned and scheduled. When a customer comes in and asks you are able to say “between May and June” and “November and December” this is the norm. But now a days with everyone “buckling down” they’re afraid to shop, so the stores are suffering. If they don’t sell enough, then they can’t buy enough and the designers are left with tons of product that they in turn have to try to shove out the door. That’s another story all together.

I have told customers “we’re having a special sale this weekend, make sure to check it out!” and they respond one of a few ways, “are you going out of business?”, “what’s wrong with it?”, “oh ok.”, or “great!”, the first three are usually accompanied by a “eeeeeeew” look. When did a sale become a 4-letter-word?

All these sales happening right now are good for you. Same clothes that you want, just cheaper, nothing wrong, just a lack of people wanting to shop. Retailers want customers so bad right now that if you just keep your eyes and ears open you’ll find some amazing deals on new merchandise.

Go to your favorite shops, if they’re not having a sale then ask, I’m sure something will come up soon. Don’t be afraid, go and spend some money!

Check out these great sales Barneys, Nordstrom, Sway & Cake, Kasala there's more to be had, just go look!

November 6, 2008

Paper please...


Seattle. Its known for a lot of things, music, computers, rain... I'm always interested in seeing what its up to. Today I stumbled upon Kate Greiner, an Etsy shop located in Seattle. Mostly paper goods but there are some other great pieces on the site. She also has a store NANCY 1930 2nd Ave Seattle WA 98101 open wed-sat 11 to 6pm

Holiday Cards

Hope you can enjoy her merch on Etsy!


October 31, 2008

Halloween

Ok, its here are you ready for tonight? Are your little ghouls and goblins ready? House decorated? Here are some easy-peasy ideas that you can whip up before the sun goes down.













October 30, 2008

What to wear to the party?

Here are some ideas for the Domino party on the 6th, or any other upcoming soirees. Better see you there!









I found these looks at Nordstrom and Barneys...

Book Party


Don't know what to wear? Stay tuned for ideas...

The Book of Decorating


Domino: The Book of Decorating cracks the code to creating a beautiful home, bringing together inspiring rooms, how-to advice and insiders' secrets from today's premier tastemakers in an indispensable style manual. The editors take readers room by room, tapping the best ideas from domino magazine and culling insights from their own experiences. With an eye to making design accessible and exciting, this book demystifies the decorating process and provides the tools for making spaces that are personal, functional and fabulous.

I think everyone with a passion for decorating, or wanting to cultivate one, needs this book. I love it, filled with inspiration and ideas, easy to browse or hit hard with a glass of vino. I can't wait to see the ideas you bring to life...



Enjoy!

October 29, 2008

Blues and Greens


Try these hues for your next inspiration. Cool, classy, and elegant. who said beige and cream is refined?





These lovely pictures are from Design*Sponge and The Paris Apartment

October 16, 2008

Halloween in coming...

Of course I love decorating, so when there is an excuse to decorate, I'm all over it. Halloween is coming up, which brings pumpkin patches, changing leaves, cooler days, and spooks! My costume is ready, pumpkins are carved, and I have been thoroughly enjoying the crisp weather.

Here are some pictures of my fall here in Seattle.


A spooky little wreath I made for the entry way

walking around Belltown - I love the brick

so pretty - the orange building, neon, and leaves are very urban-festive-fall

the pumpkins were inspired by Martha Stewart's pumpkin ideas (with little twists of my own of course!)

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