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A Day at the Fair

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Mannequin Love

The first customer I saw in the boutique had this dress in her hand, and as I looked to my left the mannequin was styled in the exact look you see here-  I had to have it.

After a year of living in Fairbanks, Alaska and I finally made my way to Fireweed Boutique. I had a last minute shoot and nothing in my closet to wear for a shoot at the fair so I reached out to see if they could style me. In under thirty minutes I had three looks and was out of the door.

For those of you who love every item as much as I do and wish you could have them but aren't in Alaska, don't worry! They have something called a Style Box where you can give them a few details, pay, and receive various items from their inventory. It retails at $75 but you only pay $45- for all my shopaholics it is worth the while. No this is not sponsored, but I have to spread the word about the deals.

It's been so hard living in a place with no: Forever21, Zara, Nordstrom, etc. It was a breath of fresh air walking into this boutique to find style at a reasonable price. I don't know how many times I used the word 'soft' while trying everything on but needless to say it was a lot. Every item is quality, comfortable, stylish.

I could go on and on but I think you guys get the point...I'm obsessed! If you ever happen to be in the area-stop by. If your regular online stores start getting boring- try out their Style Box.

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Happy Hump Day

xoxo

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Photographer: Mary Webb

Poppyseed

Hey guys, I know it's been awhile! New year and happy to be working with a favorite designer and the launch of a big new project for her. Over a year ago I met Seattle local designer, Rebekah Adams; I instantly fell in love with all of her design. The best material and quality put into each piece of clothing is what drew me in then and now.

Most women find out they are pregnant at 4 weeks, at which time their tiny baby is only the size of a poppy seed! My husband and I called our baby Poppyseed for the first several months of this pregnancy.
— Rebekah Adams

Poppyseed was created with pregnant women in mind and made for the everyday woman. What does that mean? You don't have to be pregnant to wear this dress, and you won't have to stop wearing it when you are! The two zippers are sewn onto inverted pleats letting you play with the way the dress is styled. Rebekah is on a mission to raise 15,000 to turn her small business into something big. 26 more days left of her Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to make more of this dress with the end goal of getting the dress into stores such as Nordstrom. In 3 days nearly 2,000 has already been pledged, take a second to read more about the dress here and pledge to support a local business.

Photographer: Miranda Todd Makeup: Sable Desiree Dress: Poppyseed

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

Hello Fall

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Fall is finally in the air here in Seattle. The leaves have changed colors, the temperatures continue to drop, and the rain has even come back!

I recently had a fun fall-styled shoot with local brand Jaleh at Volunteer Park. Both new and old pieces from the line were brought to shoot, with a new twist on the styling to showcase the more casual side of the brand.

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This brand has so much to offer: colors, patterns, short sleeve, long sleeve. Dress it up, dress it down.

You know that rule about no white after Labor Day- break it. Who even came up with that?! I loved pairing this high low top with a nice pair of jeans and flat with a simple gold bracelet.

We shot eight pieces from Jaleh's collection and every item had something different to offer. My favorite look of the day was definitely the mustard peplum shirt; peek the rest of the looks and let me know which ones are your favorites!

xoxo

Photographer: Luba Kochubey/ Clothes+Styling: Jaleh/ Makeup: Heidy Escobedo

Shop Local

Do you know where your clothes come from? That may sound like an odd question, but take a second to really think about the answer. If you answered a store name I want you to think a little deeper, before the clothes reach the rack how did they come to be?

This is not a post to judge or talk down to anyone, but more to inform. I myself shop at name brand stores, but it is something I work to change as much as possible every year. Part of that whole less is more, quality over quantity-update wardrobe kick I'm on.

Dress: $95

Melanie is a Seattle local designer who creates all of her pieces by hand. Yes, people still do that. Melanie, founder of Klad Apparel spends up to eight hours a day creating one piece of clothing by hand. Some items may take a little less or a little more time depending on the design.

A few posts ago I made a comment about Zara being one of my new places to shop. In my mind it was an upgrade from Forever21 quality, but in reality they are all the same. U.K. magazine Daily Mail did a piece on Zara in 2013 after a lawsuit was brought against the company. Employees were found working 12 hour days, and only making between $147 to $272 a month. How does that add up?

Think about the pay rate of the person who made this dress from Zara, and the cost of the dress. Now I want you to think about the cost of the material, time spent creating the pieces with prices listed from Klad Apparel- all of a sudden shopping local seems like a very reasonable option.

Dress: $85

Huffington Post did an interview in 2013 with TS Designs about manufacturing and the ins and outs of the clothing business. Based in North Carolina, TS Designs pays their employees $15 an hour- according to the Institute of Global Labor and Human Rights, an average factory worker in Bangladesh makes $0.21 an hour. Let those facts sink in for just a second. This pay rate difference is the reason TS Designs produces less clothes, but is able to keep their brand state side. Ridiculously low pay, child labor, and workers from impoverished countries are being used to create multi-billion dollar companies.

If you think this only happens overseas, you are wrong. Before I started writing this post I did a lot of reading and came across two articles by Huffington Post and Business Insider on Forever21 that changed how I looked at the company and their clothes. Before a lawsuit in 2001 many of Forever21s clothes were being made in LA, where employees complained they were being paid CENTS per item they made. Cents- I couldn't believe it, however after reading countless interviews and lawsuits, I came to the realization that this is a real problem. Little pay, unsafe, and unfair work conditions are a reality for many people who work for many different companies.

So the next time you go shopping, think of where your clothes come from and consider shopping local. I know I will.

Photographer: Angela Carlyle/ Makeup: Sable Desiree/ Hair: Shontia Delpin/ Stylist: Frilancy Makungu/ Jewlery: Lembas/ Clothing: Klad Apparel