Though I was just visiting SF for work, I was able to spend a few hours catching up with the lovely Amanda of Fashionablee Me - a necessity while I was in such close quarters with her! If you’ve never checked out her fashion blog – do your self a favor and head there now. Oh, and did I mention she’s responsible for much of the marketing over at Poshmark? Yea – Amanda has got it going on (with a side of sass – a favorite friend trait).
If you’ve never had a chance to explore San Francisco – put that on your list of things to do. And bring layers, because just like Seattle and my emotions, the weather tends to be a bit unpredictable!
My Outfit Details:
What’s leather, leopard and striped all over? Me – this past weekend!
And that’s all the witty banter I have for you (for now).
The jacket is literally an old man’s vintage bomber jacket I got a thrift shop (cause shit it was 99 cents!). The striped blouse is from Forever21 (plus size here), pants are my favorite skinnies from GAP. My booties are c/o Aldo and have become a fall/winter staple for me. The faux-ostrich bag is a wonderful item that Rehka of Outrage Fashion sent over to me – and I’m completely in love with it! The scarf is an old favorite I picked up in London years ago, and the hair is all mine. That’s right ladies – real Natasha hair.
Most people who live in Seattle are frequent attendees of live shows – rock bands, underground rap, indie groups, even open mic nights with unknowns. This short post is the typical outfit I usually wear to shows, the particular event was in Capitol Hill.
Another year has gone by. I’ve now been blogging for over 2 years, and while I haven’t had time to post every other day as I’d like to, my posts this year were some of my personal best.
As every year passes, and we arrive at New Years Eve, everyone thinks about the last 365 days of their lives and how each one has changed them. We also think about the next 365 days, and refresh our passions and drive for goals in the upcoming year.
For me, 2012 has been a year of lessons. A year full of experiences, some which ended the way I was hoping, and others ending in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined (both good and bad). However when I look back on every decision I made, everything I consciously participated in, I regret nothing. So to close out 2012, I’d like to share 12 lessons I learned this year – things I learned by making mistakes, taking risks and putting myself out there.
A Notes about Moving Skirts from Summer to Fall
I’d like to take moment to chat about bringing skirts into Fall. I was having a conversation with a (very fashionable) coworker of mine, about how strange it felt/looked to throw on skirts & tights – and how when we got dressed in the morning, we’d always end up changing back into pants. We discussed having an anything-but-pants day during the week to force ourselves to get out of the habit. It’s just when you’ve got bare-legged in skirts all summer, then start pairing them with dark tights – the contrast in style seems a bit uncomfortable (especially if the skirt isn’t a dark color). So with this post – it starts. Skirts with tights. Get ready for it. I’ll be trying to make this Fall my most skirt-lined-season ever.
What I’m Wearing
I’m not sure what I should call the highlight of this outfit – every piece is my favorite. The statement necklace was a birthday gift from my sister – it’s the J.Crew Archipelago necklace (sold out, but similar here) – and the colors in the necklace inspired me to stick to strictly black & white for the rest of my outfit. My top is an amazing thrift shop find (Hey Macklemore, can we go thrift shopping? Yup, yup, yup, yup) and I call it my typewriter button-down, because it’s got random letters along with faded black stripes. The skirt is courtesy of SimplyBe – it’s a faux leather skirt with a perfectly placed pleat to add only the flattering curves to your figure (and hide away the others…).
You knew I’d return.
I’m back from my “sebatical” which included getting stuck in NYC during the Sandy hurricane, then traveling to San Francisco for a conference, all the while trying to balance work & personal life. But you knew I’d be back…and here I am. With a new outfit post I’m excited to share with you! I missed Seattle and I’m excited to be home for the holidays…running around trying to look fashionable while I simultaneously stuff stuffing and turkey into my belly!
This outfit is fabulous for a couple of reasons. First off, the wonderful people at ALDO contacted me and I was able to choose any pair of booties from their site to test out here on my blog – and I fell head-over-chunky-heels for the leopard Cedrina ankle boots. The boots are high quality and super comfy, they are definitely a staple for my fall wardrobe! My faux fur collar is from H&M (similar here), my long coat is a favorite and it’s from the Gap (old, similar here). My oxblood hat is also from H&M, I’m in love with it…everyone needs one. The fabulous bracelet was a gift but I’m lusting after this piece of arm candy.
And the photos were shot at the Westin in downtown Seattle by the most amazing photag in the world, Chelle Ticeson. Check out The Chic Curve on Facebook for exclusive photos & outtakes of this outfit!
Last week I was invited to take a tour of the new amazing exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, Elles: Pompidou. There are 130 pieces of art on loan from Paris by 75 extraordinary women artists, ranging from 1907 to 2007. We were guided through the exhibit and told stories of women artists, repression, protests through art, history, women’s rights and global art. I enjoyed every single piece – from classic oil paintings, to cubism resembling Picasso, to THE Frida, photography, video and sculpture. The exhibit is laid out in a way so you can take a journey through time and history, and experience the real meaning of each piece and each woman’s story.
My very favorite piece by far, was the photograph exhibit below. It is an alternating series of framed photos, with journal entries in French below. Our tour guide told us that the women to took the pictures was staying in a hotel in Paris when her boyfriend called her on the red phone (shown below) and broke up with her. She was so devasted that she took a picture of the “crime-scene” and then proceeded to write journal entries on her grieving process. The black background represents grieving while the white background represents moving on – as you can tell by the reoccuring phone photo as she recalls her heartbreak. However as time passes, and as her heart heals, the writing on the black paper begins to fade into the background – until eventually there is no visible writing on the “grieving paper” as she has fully moved on. I really identified with this as a woman, having had to heal a broken heart, and how you go back and forth between sadness and moving on until finally, you are recovered.
And of course, I had to figure out what to wear to this wonderful event at the Seattle Art Museum. I decided to go with something bold, that both showed off my curves yet at the same time was not a traditionally feminine ensemble.
As you know…it’s October and fall is truly starting to show it’s orange and red colors here in the Pacific Northwest. And that means only one thing in October…PUMPKIN PATCH TIME! I headed out to a lovely pumpkin patch in the greater-Seattle area and ended up finding the perfect little pumpkin to hang out near my doorstep until I decide to gut the thing for all it’s seeds…and bake them into deliciousness.
Oh, what’s that? You want to know what I’m wearing? Sure, sure. I’ll tell you. My little coat is from GAP (it’s old, but I love this one), striped shirt is from H&M (similar here), scarf is from Forever21 (old, similar here), boots I’ve had forever (but these and these are amazing).
And if you can’t tell, I’m really into statement-socks sticking out of booties for this season. In fact I bought the most adorable pair of hen-socks from J.Crew this past weekend that I plan to flaunt near my ankles very soon!
Hey there good lookin’.
Well the sun may still be out here in Seattle, but fall has arrived. The colors of the leaves are slowly changing to yellows and reds, and the temperature is getting quite chilly – chilly enough to break out your favorite fall coat! So I had to break out my couch coat, as my friend calls these coats – for all we know, there’s a factory that turns old couches from the 60s into stylish new mod fall coats! This mustard yellow plaid + burgundy + black + brown outfit makes me look like a walking autumn tree – and I’m totally into that, so it’s OK.
Fall is my favorite season for fashion, and being a blogger, I get to share some of the looks I put together with you. And get ready for tons of pics in this post – my friend at FlashShots Photag. did such an amazing job I couldn’t narrow it down to just a couple (plus don’t we all want to see this couch coat from every possible angle?).
What I’m Wearing: I’m rocking my favorite oxblood lipstain from YSL (it’s the most amazing lipstain gloss I’ve ever used) – and this will probably end up being my statement lip color for fall this year (hope you like it, get ready to see it a lot). The coat is vintage (but this one from Anthro is amazing. My top is from Forever21 (another great blouse here), the bag is gifted from my good friend Heather’s trip to NYFW & the boots are Steve Madden (similar here). The wonderful printed scarf is something I picked up in Italy back in 2008, and it’s still my favorite fall accessory.