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Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

The holiday season is in full swing - first came the coordinated chaos of Thanksgiving then the insanity of Black Friday - now it's time to get serious about your upcoming parties and figure out what you're going to wear!

A festive yet functional cocktail dress is a great solution for the endless events that come with the holidays.  Go bold with pattern and texture while keeping the silhouette easy and versatile,  you want to be able to wear this dress multiple times this month without tiring of it. Can the dress take you from day to evening? Awesome. Will it hide a spill of Champagne?  Even better. 

For less formal events, trade in your fur topper, bare leg and delicate pump for a leather jacket, opaque tights and a leather bootie.  

From L to R: Nicole Miller "Mercedes" dress, Akris Punto knit herringbone dress, Red Valentino floral chiffon dress, M Missoni jewel print dress, Red Valentino cherry print jacquard dress.

Wishing you a yours a fantastic, festive and fun holiday season!

XO
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Laced Up

Laced Up

Lace is everywhere this season.  The delicate fabric is showing up in the most unexpected places, making it thoroughly modern and new.  Lace is no longer limited to bridal gowns, lingerie and after 5 PM, it's a day-to-evening fabrication that is versatile and fresh.

We're seeing delicate lace laid over double-face cashmere, floral patterns made out of vegan leather, point d'esprit in punk-rock, mini dresses and graphic, cotton eyelet inserted into crisp, white shirts.

From L to R: Max Mara "Zanzara" skirt, DVF "Cooper" cardigan, Rag & Bone "Charlotte" dress, RED Valentino eyelet skirt, Les Copains vegan leather lace skrit, Akris Punto eyelet top.

Have a little fun this holiday season and spice up your party ensemble with a little lace, whether it's an accent or a statement, it's sure to be chic.

XO
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Pret-a-Party

Pret-a-Party

We dressed up the kids, faced the downpour and the puddles and survived the sugar high.  But now, with Halloween behind us, it's holiday time! Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and things are about to get busy.  We want to give you a head start on your holiday wardrobe and get you party ready.

Thanksgiving tends to be on the casual side here in Portland, it's often jeans with a cute top or cozy sweater and a some statement jewelry.  We've stepped it up a notch, by eliminating the denim, but the styles remain easy to wear, comfortable, and of course, chic. 

From L to R: Vince directional rib cashmere dress and stretch leather leggings, Samira 13 tassel pearl lariat, Rene Escobar oxidized silver bracelet, DVF fur cross-body, Frame "Le Crop" cashmere turtleneck, T by Alexander Wang skirt, Rene Escobar oxidized silver necklace, Sara Weinstock half moon pendant with diamonds, Vince "Signature V" cross-body, Vince laser cut sleeveless turtleneck, Rag & Bone "Perry" pant, Sara Weinstock yellow gold and diamond earrings and bangles, DVF leopard print clutch.

From L to R: Vince directional rib cashmere dress and stretch leather leggings, Samira 13 tassel pearl lariat, Rene Escobar oxidized silver bracelet, DVF fur cross-body, Frame "Le Crop" cashmere turtleneck, T by Alexander Wang skirt, Rene Escobar oxidized silver necklace, Sara Weinstock half moon pendant with diamonds, Vince "Signature V" cross-body, Vince laser cut sleeveless turtleneck, Rag & Bone "Perry" pant, Sara Weinstock yellow gold and diamond earrings and bangles, DVF leopard print clutch.

We've kept the palate neutral, and the fabrics forgiving (it is Thanksgiving after all) and added some exciting accessories. 

XO
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Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Portland natives have been known to say that Summer - or Summer weather - doesn't start until the July Fourth holiday.  And boy is it ever going to heat up. With the weather forecast predicting three digits, we've collected some of our favorite, and coolest outfits for America's big day.

A lightweight sundress is the perfect solution for the Fourth - a no brainer - stick with breezy cotton or linen in hues of blue.

Current/Elliott Strappy Dress. Sundry Stripe Maxi Dress, Current/Elliott Indio Dress,
Vince Stretch Linen Drawstring Dress, G. Kero Adele Dress

Keep your separates festive and easy, mixing different textured stripes in white and blue, or a cheeky take on stars and stripes.

Sundry Stars Muscle Tee, James Perse Cotton Linen Stripe Pencil Skirt, Rag & Bone Greta Blouse, Current/Elliott Bermuda Short, Rag & Bone Camden Stripe Tee, Vince Fold Over Short, Current/Elliott The Costa Short Sleeve Shirt, Frame Le Garçon Jean

A jean jacket is a summer staple, throw yours on over any of the above looks when its time to watch the fireworks.

Current/Elliott Trucker Jacket, Closed City Jacket,
AG Jeans Distressed Denim Jacket and Robyn Jacket

Have a fun and festive holiday!

XO
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Easter Best

Easter Best

Easter is coming up fast, and seriously, what's not to love about it?  Any excuse to have brunch, celebrate Spring with our family and friends and of course buy a dress.  You'll continue to wear a new Easter dress throughout the spring and summer to weddings, baby showers and date nights. And best of all, most of these items can be dressed up or down, so, why not?

A beautiful and whimsical jacket over a simple, textured shift dress is a modern take on your Easter Best and Red Valentino knows how to do classics with a spunky twist.  This jacket will quickly become one of your signature pieces - pair it over dark wash skinny jeans and a crisp white shirt for a lunch meeting or throw it over a black cocktail dress for an evening event - add a delicate black suede pump or a metallic sandal to complete the holiday look.  

Red Valentino Broderie Anglaise Jacket, Theory Shift Dress
and Maya J 14K Gold White Gold and Diamond Flower Pendant Necklace

We're loving the sixties vibe of this festive dress from 'S Max Mara.  Pair the dress with some statement earrings and a lace up flat à la Aquazzurra to finish it off.  You won't want to wait long before you wear it again, we suggest adding a shrunken leather jacket and bootie for a girls night out.

'S Max Mara Silk trapeze dress and Loren Stewart Sterling Silver Cuff

A new Easter dress is the perfect opportunity to add a little color to your wardrobe and invest in an item that can be worn to any and all of your Spring and Summer events.

XO
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