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I have found a real appreciation for local businesses thanks to my time living in Seattle. My fashion roots started in Ohio where supporting local business isn't as big of a deal as it is in the Pacific North West. Since my move I have found a new respect for those who've created a brand and make clothes by hand. I recently had the opportunity to meet Victoria, the woman behind Kheops.

Her story is a little different from most I've met; she recently moved to Seattle from Europe in hopes of making a name for herself and her clothing line. Back home her brand is well known and has sold hundreds of pieces, so you might be asking yourself why she chose to move to Seattle. Not knowing much English, she decided to move to an area where she already had a network of friends and family who could help her make this the perfect starting point.

40 plus looks; 3 models in 8 hours! It was humbling to be a part of something so fabulous. You can only see five looks here but you still see just how versatile she is. Something fun, sophisticated, short, long, fitted, and loose- she has made all of this and even more! I love how unique the clothes are, not like anything you may see on the runway. A one stop clothing shop with various kinds of fabrics, all sorts of colors and various styles of clothing. Kheops is set to launch their website at the beginning of May but for now you can follow all of her adventures and new designs on Instagram and Facebook!

Photographer: Tereza Janakova / Makeup: Taylour Chanel

Sister Brides

Playing dress up begins at age 5 and never truly ends
— Kate Spade

I don't get to model with other people often but when I do it's always a good time. I had been eyeing Betty's work for sometime so when she asked me to be apart of this shoot I eagerly said yes! You would never guess from the looks on our faces that it was so cold. I mean barely being able to feel your toes cold, but it was so worth it. We held hands, danced around, shared some laughs in the most gorgeous dresses. I don't think I'll ever get tired of playing dress up. Pretty dresses, cute hair, beautiful makeup, and the most stunning flower arrangements; I was in heaven. A one of a kind team and I am so happy to have been a part of the magic.

xoxo

Photographer: Betty Globa HMUA: Natalie Kalini Dresses: Phuong Nguyen Florist: Shelby Bond

Fashion in Seattle

The day started out as most adventure days do, with hair and makeup being done. I got to work with Rosaline Hampton Salon and Dawson & Deveraux- two power teams, both run by women.

Sophie Karen created Dawson & Deveraux last March after finishing school just a year earlier. This formal wear is fun, edgy, and classy. If you look closely, a few of the dresses have poly-netting stitched in the piece turning drawer liner into high fashion; that’s what I call talent! The use of various types of fabric creating fun textures as well as different patterns and prints makes each of these pieces truly one of a kind. Sophie makes way more than dresses, you'll find skirts, tops, and even jackets on her website.

I started this blog with the intent of focusing on my own personal style; however, I have grown to love finding out about independent designers all around the west coast. It's nice getting to hear stories of how the brand started, the progress that has been made from start to now; and being able to be a part of the journey.

Until next time, enjoy all the pretty pieces :)

xoxo

Photographer: Megan Holloway/ Designer: Dawson & Deveraux/ HMUA: Rosaline Hampton

A Summer Wedding

I've said "I do" a few more times than the average 21 year old- but it's not what you think! Something most people may not know about me is how goofy I can be. During every styled bridal shoot or fitting that I do, I stand in that gown and start practicing how I will say those two simple words- β€˜I do’. I always joke that when it comes time for me to say it I want it to be perfect!

Many of the photos I post on my blog are projects that I have primarily planned on my own, but I had yet to plan a wedding shoot. After modeling for a few wedding photographers in the area, I wanted to set up a styled shoot of my own.

I spent over a month getting the team together, sending out emails and requests for people to work with. Finally I was able to get a dress designer, local bakery shop, florist, hair stylist, makeup artist, and photographer together to make this all possible.

Whoever said you can't have your cake and eat it too was wrong; as the day of shooting winded down Steve suggested that I grab a big chunk of cake and just eat it. I'm a little shy and I couldn't see how this would possibly look good- but after some harassment (just kidding) from the rest of the team I did it. These are now some of my favorite photos from the day!

Planning this shoot wasn't easy but so worth it. I'm excited to unveil some more personal projects in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Photographer: Steve Korn/ Dresses: Dream Dresses by P.M.N/ Hair: Diabolic Beauty/ Makeup: Sable Desiree/ Florist: Shelby Bond/ Cake: NuFlours/ Wedding Planner: Lilac and Lace

Love Beatrice

Just as I was getting ready to say goodbye to summer, Seattle weather decided to warm up again. It has gone from mid 50s up to low 80s within a week's time, which has turned my closet into a hot mess of sundresses and winter jackets!

Shana Bea, a local bag designer from Los Angeles, California and founder of Love Beatrice, recently contacted me about a project.

I was asked to create some looks that showed who I am, my style, and to accessorize with my new Alani clutch in black and burgundy. I've said it once and I'll say it again- my style has a mind of its own. I stuck to a simple but fun summer look by pairing my favorite yellow print pants with the new black clutch.

Last fall I went thrift shopping in downtown Seattle and came across this fur coat and I immediately fell in love. I had New York Fashion Week on my mind while putting together the second look. Always aiming to be classy but never wanting to blend in, I put together a little black dress with the coat and burgundy Alani bag.

The prices on her merchandise range from $20 to $65. Insert excited emoji here! Bags at that price are a deal- so go check it out!

Photographer:Jonathan Sumolang/ Makeup:Naima Hashim/ Clutches: Love Beatrice