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Memorial Day Midi

Memorial Day Midi

A week of sunshine has never been more welcome or needed here in Portland.  After a long, cold, wet winter and disappointing start to spring, a few days of 75 and sunny is just what the doctor ordered.  Unfortunately, our phones can't tell us exactly what's happening over the holiday weekend, so it's best to be prepared.  Rather than risk freezing your tail off in a sundress and sandals or wilting in jeans and a jacket, we thought we'd combine the best of both looks for an easy and casual Memorial Day look.

From L to R: ALC Sandra Dress, Vince Military jacket, shay white gold and diamond choker & Jack gomme leather tote.

Start with a breezy midi dress that can stand on it's own - this is a great time of year to snag a couple of versatile dresses (hello, wedding season) that can be worn day to evening - then trade your sandals for a pair of white sneakers to keep your look fresh and comfy.  Throw a military jacket over your shoulders to keep you warm into the evening and add a choker (that's on sale!) for a touch of glam. Finish it all with a light weight leather tote bag so you can bring along your BBQ essentials (a bottle of rosé and your favorite sunnies of course).

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Party Ready

Party Ready

There's no better way to spread some Christmas cheer during holiday party season than with your clothes.  You don't have to go full on Mrs. Claus, but a little red, gold and green can be worn in just the right way to look both festive and chic.

Few designers do prints better than Red Valentino: with metallic brocade, bold colors and sparkling accents, this maxi dress will add just the right amount of joy to your ensemble.  Keep your accessories simple, with pops of burgundy and gold to accent the colors and textures in the dress.

From L to R: Red Valentino brocade dress, Shay Jewelry starburst choker, Julez Bryant bangles and Vince embossed leather cross-body.

Wishing you a holiday season filled with family, fun and of course, fashion!

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Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

The arrival of fall called for a change in fashion.  Less pristine and proper, now it comes with an edge.  A simple LBD is still chic, but has a little extra hardware.  Chains are no longer limited to handbags and skater kids.  Shiny and sturdy, these accents are showing up in unexpected places - replacing straps on dresses and lacing up the front of tops as well as oversized, multi-layer necklaces.  This metal moment extends beyond chains of all sizes, with the appearance of bars, grommets and other chrome accents.

From L to R: Serpui shearling and leather camera bag, Shay 18k gold and diamond chokers in white and yellow gold, Alexander Wang dress with chain straps & RtA Estelle hoodie.

The look remains glam with that touch of downtown, cool-girl that we always lust after.  For added edge, throw on a luxe hoodie and your favorite booties.

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Mad for Plaid

Mad for Plaid

Plaid and fall go hand in hand. Unlike the frumpy flannels of the nineties, the plaid we're seeing this season is totally refined.  Timeless tartans are featured in silk chiffon and sophisticated silhouettes with an edge. 

From L to R: Loren Stewart necklace, Rene Escobar 18k gold and diamond bracelet, Annabel Ingall "Isabella" tote, L'Agence "Kendall" dress, Vince shearling trimmed jacket, Shay 18k gold and diamond choker, Vince cross-body, McQ plaid blouse, Joseph suede leggings & RtA "Rene" jacket. 

Pair your plaid with leather and denim and edgy accessories for a downtown vibe.  This look is anything but outdoorsy.

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Tailored Trench

Tailored Trench

A piece every woman should own in her closet is a classic trench.  It is the ultimate piece of outerwear that will take you from season to season and every phase of your life.  Think of the women who've made this piece iconic, Catherine Deneuve, Diane Keaton, Brigitte Bardot, Kate Moss and Audrey Hepburn to name a few.  We love the standard khaki, but can't help but get excited about a trench with a twist - whether it's the color, details or fabrication - sometimes a little change can make a piece totally new again.

From L to R: Rag & Bone floppy brim fedora, Frame "Le Stripe" shirt, Vince leather camera bag, Rag & Bone "Siggy" suede skirt, ALC trench coat, Frame "Le Crop Mini Boot" jean, T by Alexander Wang stripe tee, Vince convertible leather backpack.

From L to R: Rag & Bone floppy brim fedora, Frame "Le Stripe" shirt, Vince leather camera bag, Rag & Bone "Siggy" suede skirt, ALC trench coat, Frame "Le Crop Mini Boot" jean, T by Alexander Wang stripe tee, Vince convertible leather backpack.

You really don't have to worry what you pair your trench with (it goes with everything) throw it on over a dress or jeans and a tee, and you'll look sleek, polished and totally chic.

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