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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hip & Urban Attire

Make a splash with some cool items you'll want to wear again, and again. Out to the weekend market, taking kids to the zoo, hanging out with a friend over coffee, going to a gallery opening, heading out to dinner at a neighborhood cafe, stopping in at a casually chic birthday party (before heading to a music gig)...  you see, the list of occasions that require your seemingly effortless style goes on and on.

Just choose some modern, slightly edgy pieces, though; and you're good to go. These ones here are from more of the people in my neighborhood-- Kate Burt with her happening new clothing line from Operation + Stitch; and Amy Bengstson who creates a plethora of goods for us: her own jewelry, art, and even belts and buckles. Go ahead and put together your own bit of NW style with some of these looks. I know that I wear my favorite pair of Amy's earrings at least 4 times a week since they can be dressed up or down. Flexibility is key. Around Seattle, we seem to be especially drawn to these types of handmade, sustainable items that go with everything and are grab-and-go, or wash-and-wear. This is the way that we always ensure that there's more time for fun.
*channeling a bit of Mr. Rogers' in my cardigan here since it's been feeling more like October than April outside* 
Operation + Stitch- Luna Tunic. Photos by Fiona Pepe. Below, see the Asteroid Dress with the spectacular circular cut-outs, and the Meridian Stripes Dress with the blue accents.  

Cherry Blossom Necklace, ah, warm weather-- when will we see you around here?
Take your seemingly simple jeans and a tank top to the next level with stylish ease. Just add an August Eliason belt for him & her; and for the ladies, an Amy Bengtson necklace. When leaving the house this Spring, just toss a bright cardigan or casual anorak over her shoulders, and grab a casual jacket for him. I almost always add a long scarf too.


  1. and did you know that every one of the sweaters Mr Roger wore was hand knit by his mother?

  2. One of those sweaters would certainly be nice in the house on that couple in the bottom image. I especially like the links that I added for what they should wear when they head out in the neighborhood though!


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