People will stare – make it good

People will stare – make it good

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.” —Harry Winston

 

I love learning more about the people who are quoted. Harry Winston was an American jeweler that supplied some of the worlds most famous people with some of the world’s most famous diamonds and jewels.

I do love this quote because I have always shunned attention instead of embracing it. I can’t imagine putting on a giant diamond and being comfortable. Why would I want the attention? I also know that diamonds don’t have the cleanest labor and human rights records. But imagine having the confidence to put on one of the world’s most famous diamonds and an outfit to match. That is a goal worth achieving. That kind of confidence.

 If you want to learn more about diamonds – their manufacture, marketing, history and value, you will enjoy this podcast from 99% invisible.

Clothing detail – The V neck

V necks have a lot going for them. They automatically create a long lean look for most body types. About the only exception I can think of is if you have an abnormally long neck because this would accentuate it.  (But hey you know my motto – if you love it wear it).  Watch how deep your v goes or you may be sending a message you didn’t intend to (either way).

You can create your own V by unbuttoning the top button of a button down or simply slashing a v in your crew neck t shirt.

V necks have the potential to be a valuable staple in your wardrobe.

Knowing the proper terminology for clothing detail will make online and in store shopping for clothes easier.

layered v neck

Photo from Nordstrom Rack

Style ideas – Balance your body with color

Color plays an important role in balancing an outfit. Where the colors change in an outfit can have an impact on whether the outfit is balanced or not. The saturation and hue affect  also come into play. This is why monochromatic color schemes are the easiest to put together.

How can you use color to create the balanced look you want?  

Triangles could use a lighter, brighter or print top to draw attention up.

Inverted triangles would use that lighter or brighter color or print on the bottom.

Photo from Nordstrom

Hourglasses could use attention focusing details on the top and bottom with a dark middle to emphasize their waist . Photo from Nordstrom

Rounds could use body skimming fit, slightly higher waistline and  monochrome dressing with a brighter scarf or necklace to draw attention up.

 

This color block dress would be great for columns because it adds shape and a waist Photo from JC Penney

What is your favorite trick for body balance? Don’t have one yet? Drop me a line Let’s create some body balance.

Inspired?

Inspired?

Today a friend wanted to visit the Seattle Aquarium. For some reason it was not on my radar as a must do but I went. And all I could think about was the undersea world must have been Bob Mackie’s inspiration as he dressed Cher. My photos aren’t the best but you get the idea. The outrageous color combinations and flamboyant fish made me lust for glamour and fun. 

Fashion designers get their inspirations from the world around us. What inspires you?

 

The Fall Winter 2018 colors – Are any of them YOUR colors

The Fall Winter 2018 colors – Are any of them YOUR colors

What are your colors? Do any of them fit the fall colors Pantone is suggesting will be popular this fall and winter?

Check them out here: https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/fashion-color-trend-report/fashion-color-trend-report-new-york-fall-winter-2018

 

Images courtesy Pantone

There is no need to race out and get the latest colors. If they are your colors they will already be in your wardrobe. Now is the time to use those colors that fit both your palette and the latest trends to look great.

The colors above are the fall colors that also fit my palette.

Here is an outfit that challenges the style I usually wear and incorporates some of the fall colors. How will you incorporate the colors for your fall outfit?

The rainiest on record

The rainiest on record

Yellow raincoat helped me beat the rain

Here in the Pacific Northwest we had the wettest wet season ever. 22.97 inches of rain between December and February. The old record was 22.27 inches set in 1998. Did it bother me? Shockingly no. I have always thought I had seasonal affective disorder or SAD. I have always lived in areas with shorter days in the winter – Northern Michigan and the Pacific Northwest. Winters are tough on me. But this year was different. I credit it to two things:

  1. Improved nutrition  including Vitamin D supplements that resulted in more energy.
  2. Giving myself permission to take time for myself to explore new things.

Every weekend day when I woke up with rain outside my window I rejoiced because it meant I would not feel guilty staying inside and working on my pattern making and sewing. I ignored the state of cleanliness of my house and did the grocery shopping another day. I didn’t work on my usual job any of the weekend days.I went downtown with a friend and had lunch at the market. Then we poked our heads into all the stores we couldn’t afford and admired their beautiful clothing.  I gave myself permission to feed my mental health and I survived. In fact I was surprised to hear we had set a record.because I didn’t even notice the rain.

Maybe my yellow raincoat helped too.

What have you done for yourself lately to feed your mental health?

 

Success!

Success!

 

I may still need to work on my photography and pay more attention to the background but the outfit was a success. We were lucky enough to be invited to a party that asked us to wear cocktail attire! This is a real score in the grunge capital of Seattle and I jumped on it. In the past my idea of cocktail attire was to pull out my square shaped black velvet sleeveless maxi dress and my worn down black velvet flats, throw on a scarf and call it good. Black was not my color and I never got compliments except from my husband who knows his job.

Our first party was across the street (and attire was described as come as you are). I was overjoyed that the first words I heard were: “Thank god! People in clothes!”. She of course meant dressed up clothes – no one was naked and I thought everyone looked pretty good for Seattle.

The person who greeted me (who looked fabulous in her gold dress that brought out her beautiful hair) then said “There is a woman who knows her colors. Look at how that teal matches her eyes” That made me glow because ever since our trip to Turkey I had been working hard to add the right colors to my style.

At the second official cocktail attire party a sweet young make up artist came up and told me I looked fabulous. Fortunately the dress distracted her from my cover girl makeup job.

The evening was great. I truly believe finding clothes that I felt comfortable and confident in made all the difference in my conversations and interactions with the other guests. I met new and interesting people and heard great stories. We danced, ate and toasted in a wonderful New Year.

What was your successful New Year’s eve outfit? Please share your unique style with me.