When I’m home in between Blogcademy and business trips, I always revert back to my “work uniform” of black skinny jeans, a black tee and black sneaker wedges. Depending on the weather, I’ll layer on a scarf, sweater and leather jacket but it doesn’t veer much from these basic staples. My days are long and since my clients are all remote, there’s never really a reason to dress up.
When I hit the road, my style completely shifts. Skinny jeans are traded in for dresses and adventurous looks because my days change from sitting in my design studio to exploring cities, teaching classes and taking photos for my blog. It’s a great excuse to get out of my very uniform-focused wardrobe routine.
I’m always looking for new ways to mix my wardrobe up while staying true to my personal style so when Kung Katherine, a New York City-based fashion label offered to let me try out a piece from their new collection, I immediately gravitated towards this sheer top. It has some great visual interest with the varying panels and is form-fitting but not constricting. Best of all, it fit right in with what I already own — a Zara pencil skirt, Wolford tights and Steve Madden boots. What a welcome step up from my usual black cotton H&M tees!
I always forget how much dressing up changes my mood — I feel more confident and prepared for whatever comes my way, whether it’s a meeting, lunch date or drinks with my husband.
Here’s to taking the time to experiment with your personal style and trying out new things.
I wore: Top, ℅ Kung Katherine. Boots, Steve Madden. Tights, Wolford Crazy Maze. Pencil skirt, Zara.
To me, there’s nothing better than Fall fashion. Maybe it’s because the change of seasons reminds me of all those years of going back to school (I didn’t officially graduate from college until I was 27). Chunky, cozy knits and wool blends are great, as are all those very Fall (and Winter-centric) hues like olive, oxblood, pumpkin, mustard and navy.
Back in the late 90s in high school, I desperately wanted a bomber jacket but all the styles I found at my local army surplus store were just too baggy for my frame. I’m glad the trend has had a recent resurgence — this Zara version is perfectly cropped and basic enough to move from dressier looks to jeans. I’ve been wearing it everywhere lately, including this look to the Reed College campus.
These are some of my favorite olive-hued items right now:
1. F21 waffle-knit sweater, 2. F21 utility jacket, 3. Zara parka, 4. Zara bomber jacket, 5. Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses and 6. F21 knit beanie.
I wore: Zara bomber jacket, Banana Republic wool wrap skirt (very old), H&M socks and Dries van Noten wedges (2008).
Have a great Monday!
When I visited Amsterdam, my first day was spent doing the usual touristy stuff — walking along canals, eating cheese and snapping photos of the gaggles of bikes. That day of sightseeing, while beautiful, also felt a bit cliché. I wanted more.
That night, I went home and keyed Amsterdam into Pinterest (my favorite method for figuring out what’s cool in a city — for those of us that are more visual, it’s a goldmine of must-see sights). I knew there had to be something out there that was slightly wacky and not too far outside of the city. I only had to scroll for five seconds before the answer was in front of me: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.
This wasn’t just any hotel, though. Located in Zaandam, a town just twelve minutes from the center of Amsterdam, the façade was made up of 70 stacked traditional Dutch houses. Completely mind-boggling. The hotel was right next door to the train station (convenient!) and featured a restaurant that overlooked the canal. Though we didn’t stay there, the rooms are gorgeous, featuring scenes of Dutch history across the walls.
Yes, it was absolutely worth the tram ride to visit this architectural marvel. If you’re making a quick trip like I did, there are tons of restaurants and shops surrounding the train station so it’s ideal to tie it in with lunch or dinner. And when you run out of ideas for posing in front of this crazy place… just dance.
I wore: ASOS striped scuba dress, Crown and Glory Rachel floral ears and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers.
Photos: Kerry Murray.
Location: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.
Ah, Berlin. Our beautiful all white apartment in Mitte had a set of french doors that opened to a balcony overlooking a massive courtyard. It was the ideal spot to spend our mornings. But, perhaps even better than that were our late nights propped up on the couch sipping rosé and singing along to a Spotify playlist crammed with dozens of yacht rock tunes. I’m positive our neighbors were reaching for the ear plugs to avoid our off-tune Michael McDonald renditions.
I’d found this shirt emblazoned with You Only Live Once in a very YSL-inspired type treatment just a few days before tucked away on a rack at H&M. Aint that the truth. Traveling so much this summer has really opened my eyes and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. Knowing that I can survive with just a small suitcase and my laptop for three weeks has made me realize how little I actually need on a daily basis. When I pack, I stick with mostly solid black basics including shoes and then throw in a few bright, lightweight dresses and accessories to keep things interesting.
I wore a Crown and Glory Oversized Rococo Headband (not the most subtle piece!), an H&M shirt (I can’t find the link on their site but it should still be in-store), a J. Crew skirt I found at Buffalo Exchange and All Saints boots.
Photos: Shell de Mar with special thanks to Go With Oh.
The International Rose Test Garden in Portland is the most beautiful place to visit this time of year. I’m always blown away by seeing roses in hues I’ve never experienced in nature before.
But, one corner of the garden is my absolute favorite. It switches from the expected rows of roses to massive palms and tropical plants.
I’d just found this dress at Buffalo Exchange as the summer weather finally hit — the strappy back made it the perfect choice for an unseasonably hot day. Green and royal purple are two colors I normally wouldn’t pair but it somehow worked on this dress.
A mix of bodycon silhouettes, palms prints and stripes feel right for summer:
1. Topshop playsuit, 2. ModCloth dress, 3. Topshop dress, 4. ModCloth dress, 5. Heavenly wedges, 6. Norma Kamali swimsuit, 7. Tibi dress, 8. ModCloth dress and 9. Topshop peplum top.
I’m busy exploring Europe right now and absolutely loving it (Berlin is pretty much the coolest place I’ve ever been) but at the same time, I’ll be glad to get back to Portland and soak up the rest of summer there — it’s my favorite time of year to rediscover all my favorite places across the city like the Rose Garden.
I wore: Buffalo Exchange dress (secondhand) and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
Photos: Joey Maas.
Hopping, skipping and jumping through a rainbow crosswalk was a definite highlight during my stay in Canada.
Over its 35 year history, the Vancouver Pride Parade has grown to be the fifth largest in the world. In 2012, to commemorate Pride, temporary rainbow crosswalks were installed across the city.
They were such a hit that many have since become permanent. We visited the crosswalk painted at the intersection of Davie and Bute streets and it was an amazing site to behold.
Our photographers instructed me to do by best “Avedon hop” off the curb which seemed to entertain these onlookers. And, as if the colors streaming across the crosswalk weren’t enough, rainbow-hued picnic tables lined the side street as well. People constantly stopped to snap photos and enjoy the installation.
If you’re ever in Vancouver, take the time to visit it for yourself!
Photos: Diane + Mike.
“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.” —Lauren Bacall
Our faces convey so much about us and I love that this dress is covered in them — a graphic, collage-style mixture of those both famous and unknown.
These photos were shot in our self-described haunted mansion in San Francisco and the dress felt right at home, surrounded by a mix of zany artwork.
These are a few of my favorite head and face-focused objects: 1. Mickey skull, 2. Folter faces dress, 3. face mug, 4. Fornasetti pillow, 5. male and female vases, 6. Jonathan Adler pitcher, 7. Jonathan Adler vase, 8. Fornasetti plate, and 9. Phrenology head bank.
I wore: Folter faces dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers and Forever 21 belt.
Photos: Kristin Cofer.