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  • Outfits That Say Ahoy!


    Little can compare to a day spent on the water with your closest crew, wine glass in hand, skin warm from the summer sun. That’s one of the perks of living in Seattle – there’s always a kayak, sailboat or yacht around the corner, ready to board. And in every boat there lies opportunity – outfit opportunity. An excuse to go full-on nautical in stripes, linen, head scarves and giant sunglasses – all at the same time.

    Clean. Bright. Preppy. Something that’s blue, white and striped. Hair scarves, red lips, boat shoes and linen shorts. Nautical style is classic and transformative, and it’s something that any yacht-party-going-gal ought to know how to pull off.

    To help all of my boat-bound babes out, below are some style tips for consideration before boarding your next nautical adventure. And this advice is very timely – later this month the American Cancer Society is hosting a little daytime yacht party with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the ACS. So if you are in the Seattle area, come join me on Sunday, June 14th for a toast to fight cancer at the Holland America Champagne Lunch! Register here (tickets are going fast, and they are only $30, so grab a spot quickly!).


    7 Nautical Styling Tips For Chic Boat Partying 

    Try one, or YOLO, try all of these on your next boating adventure (which could be the Seattle Hope Champagne Lunch!). 

    1. Try a bold, bright color paired with a neutral like white or tan. And that bold color can be something other than blue or red (think bright yellow or green!).
    2. Bring your most fabulous pair of sunglasses. Big. Bold. My favorite for boating are thick, white-framed, giant sunnies.
    3. Red lips look good on sailboats and yachts alike. Actually any bright lip color works on the water.
    4. Don’t forget how windy and/or cold it can get on the water. Flowy skirts can go up with the wind, and forgetting to bring a sweater can leave you chilly!
    5. Try a neck or head scarf. It’s so Audrey. And Bridgette. And every other effortlessly-chic-slash-french girl. 
    6. You can’t go wrong with stripes. It’s the easiest way to look like you belong on a boat!
    7. Jeans – in shorts, boyfriend or light form – can pair incredibly well with your nautical ‘fit. Don’t discount the old blue!
    8. Wear comfortable shoes. Some of us can stand (and balance) in heels all day – and some of us just can’t. You know who you are. Don’t end up being the Barefoot Champagne Contessa of the party. There’s no shame in a cute pair of flats or sandals!




  • 5 Interior Design Tips for Your Tiny Space in the Big City


    Not everyone can live in an open, modern space – especially if you live in a big city. My apartment is just under 600 square feet – with a giant, awkward wall that blocks the entire kitchen from the living room. When space and floor plan are lacking, you have to use creativity to make the most of your home. And recently I did just that: I set a [small] budget, did a lot of Pinterest-inspiration searching, and I rearranged my living, dining and kitchen areas. The result? More space for living, less clutter and a modern look. 

    Thinking creatively about your space requires you to let go of the way you currently have things laid out and to start completely fresh. To begin thinking about your floor plan differently, here are some interior design tips for smaller living spaces: 

    1. Walls don’t have to define the space

    Think outside the wall – the back of your couch doesn’t have to be pressed against it! Try pulling furniture away from the wall – and even using couches and chairs to separate one room into two spaces (like a living and dining area).


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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Shop Small

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    It’s Small Business Saturday – the perfect day to support local, small businesses while buying  unique holiday gifts for friends & family. While there are an endless supply of incredible small shops to choose from – below are some gift ideas from my favorite little shops. Below you’ll find a gift guide that includes handmade jewelry, knit beanies, street-style t-shirts, stylish sports gear and authentic leather purses – all from local, small businesses. Get shopping!

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    ABOVE: Stoned Jewerly (top left, bottom right) from Marrin Costello; Gold Metal Jewerly (top right, bottom left) from Fresh Tangerine

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    ABOVE: Red Knit Beanie and Seattle T-shirt from Shillingford Company; Vert Et Bleu Seahawks Sweater from Homefield Sporting Co.; Black Leather Handbag from Ampersand As Apostrophe 




  • 11 Ways To Wear Your Hair This Fall

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    It’s finally time to head into fall – hair first. That’s right, beach bums, time to rinse out the salt water and take a step back from the tousled waves you’ve been rocking all summer long. With fall comes the opportunity to pull back, put up and twist around (your hair, of course).

    Click through the slideshow below to check out 11 easy but stylish ways to wear your hair – most styles take less than 5 minutes to do, and pair perfectly with both scarves & boots.

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      Try a sleek center part with a loose and low pony
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      Throw your hair into a half-up messy bun (all the cool girls are doing it)
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      Twist your back into a messy, low bun
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      Try a pop of color with bright bobby pins
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      If you've been blessed with a ton of curls - just let 'em fly free (with a little smoothing product when drying)
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      Leandra Medine of The Man repeller knows how to chic-up a simple bun
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      A simple tie-back of the front few strands creates instant-chic fall style
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      Try a low messy bun and pull out most of the strands around your face for a cool-girl look
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      A low pull-through knot with hair wrapped around the hair tie creates a polished, easy look
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      Easy, twist into little, low buns (do it with a friend #twinsies)
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      No matter the length of your hair, try straight locks with a center part, tucked behind each ear

    I wish you much luck with all those stringy things on your head. The struggle is real. I’m here to help.