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Red, White, and Bling

Red, White, and Bling

The perfect outfit is perfectly proportioned. But what about the proportion of clothing to jewelry? This Independence Day, embrace your sparkly side and create an outfit that shines as bright as the fireworks by adding more than a few pieces of bling.

Start with a simple red, white and blue ensemble. A pair of blue jeans and a lightweight tee keep things classic and are easily punched up by a red jacket. The versatility of this outfit means that the footwear options are endless, although sandals or loafers are a good place to start.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    FABIANA FILIPPI COTTON JACKET, THREE DOTS BRITISH COTTON TEE, AG JEANS THE PRIMA, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR NECKLACE BLACK DIAMONDS, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR EARRING BLACK DIAMONDS & SAMIRA 13 JEWELRY FRINGE BRACELET

FABIANA FILIPPI COTTON JACKET, THREE DOTS BRITISH COTTON TEE, AG JEANS THE PRIMA, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR NECKLACE BLACK DIAMONDS, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR EARRING BLACK DIAMONDS & SAMIRA 13 JEWELRY FRINGE BRACELET

Finally, layer on the bling. The star shape of these Kismet earrings and necklace pay homage to the Independence Day theme. Their dark color also ties in nicely with the dark wash of the denim. A fun Samira 13 fringe bracelet adds a final layer of playfulness to the look.

XO,

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Color Blocking

Color Blocking

Bright summer hues make the perfect statement pieces, but why not take your colorful look a step further? This season we dare you to play with bright hues and try color blocking!

 FABIANA FILIPPI WOOLEN SCUBA OVERCOAT, HARTFORD HYSOPE BLOUSE, VINCE STOVEPIPE TROUSER, SUZI ROHER HEIDI CHARCOL SCARF & DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY BOND WOVEN LEATHER TOTE BAG.

FABIANA FILIPPI WOOLEN SCUBA OVERCOAT, HARTFORD HYSOPE BLOUSE, VINCE STOVEPIPE TROUSER, SUZI ROHER HEIDI CHARCOL SCARF & DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY BOND WOVEN LEATHER TOTE BAG.

Color blocking can be a daunting task, but fear not! These simple steps make creating colorful looks as easy as pie:

1. Choose a dominant piece. The yellow scuba coat in this look is obviously the crowd-pleaser. None of the other colors outshine it.

2. Pick colors that contrast. If you look at a color wheel, colors that contrast are at opposite points of the wheel. For instance, the cool blue of this Harlow top perfectly contrasts against the warmth of the yellow coat.

3. Don’t mix in too many hues. By sticking to only two or three colors, each one can speak for itself without being lost.

4. Tie it all together. Pick a few pieces whose colors are exactly the same. For instance, the black of the handbag and trousers in this look create a sense of continuity in the outfit.

And there you have it! A quick and easy guide to creating a color block outfit that is both fun and sophisticated. Have fun mixing!

XO

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Current in Camo

Current in Camo

Camouflage is getting a major update this season and we couldn’t be more happy about it. Gone are the days when wearing camo meant blending into the background. This summer, brands are reinventing the pattern with a softer touch; incorporating it into more understated and feminine pieces.

   
  
 
  
    
  
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    ZADIG & VOLTAIRE KAVY EMBROIDERED CAMO JACKET, PAM & GELA CAMO TRENCH COAT & CURRENT/ELLIOT FATIGUE JACKET

ZADIG & VOLTAIRE KAVY EMBROIDERED CAMO JACKET, PAM & GELA CAMO TRENCH COAT & CURRENT/ELLIOT FATIGUE JACKET

A camo jacket is an easy way to introduce the pattern into your existing wardrobe. With a basic white tee underneath, pair yours with blue, black or white denim on bottom. Sandals are perfect for a day out shopping, but your camo look can easily be dressed up for night by simply changing into booties. Keep the rest of your look simple and you’ll be surprised by how versatile your camo statement piece turns out to be!

XO

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Summer Errands

Summer Errands

The kids may be on summer break, but your busy life never stops no matter the season. So stay prepared for hectic days of warm weather errands with the perfect on-the-go outfit.

 From L to R: M MISSONI MULTICOLOR PLISSE CARDIGAN, RtA LILIAN CAMI, CITIZENS OF HUMANITY ROCKET CROP SKINNY JEANS, ANNABEL INGALL CECE MESSENGER BAG & RENE ESCOBAR WIDE GOLD DIAMOND SPRINKLE BANGLE.

From L to R: M MISSONI MULTICOLOR PLISSE CARDIGAN, RtA LILIAN CAMI, CITIZENS OF HUMANITY ROCKET CROP SKINNY JEANS, ANNABEL INGALL CECE MESSENGER BAG & RENE ESCOBAR WIDE GOLD DIAMOND SPRINKLE BANGLE.

Start your ensemble with a mixture of denim: white jeans and a blue denim tank top don’t clash because of their different coloring. Add a colorful, light-weight cardigan to help protect from the sun. Use minimal golden jewelry and a brown messenger bag to keep your look warm and vibrant. Lastly, don’t forget to pair your bag with brown sandals to keep your look consistent and comfortable!

XO

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Summer Check List

Summer Check List

Despite the fluctuating weather patterns - from 100 degrees to chilly and rainy all in one week - summer is here. School's out, vacations have been planned, local strawberries are finally in season and we see more sunshine in the forecast.  It's a good time of year to check in on a few key pieces in your summer wardrobe and fill in what's missing. 

As we all know in Portland, the days can remain cool until nearly 5 pm, so it's good to think about lightweight layers in cotton, denim and linen.  We also like sticking to a color palette, so you can mix and match easily and the clothes will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe.

From L to R: Rag & Bone straw wide brim fedora, Rag & Bone "Devon" scarf, Vince Park Collection convertible bucket bag, Majestic stripe linen tee, Paul Smith cotton skirt, Frame cotton lace tank dress, Current/Elliott "The Snap" denim jacket, Rag & Bone "Drape" tank, Current/Elliott "The Girlfriend" short, Vince lace tee and Frame "Le High Skinny" jean.

A few of our favorite summer essentials include a good sunhat, a striped linen tee, a couple breezy, cotton tops, a versatile sundress, and of course a pair of white jeans.  All pieces that can be mixed and matched and dressed up or down. 

Happy Summer!
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