The sale of all sales

The annual Twist sale starts tomorrow!  As a loyal customer I happen to know they spend a lot of time setting up for the highly anticipated event the day before it officially begins. Unable to contain myself, I showed up at the unofficial presale with my two favorite shopping buddies. While my companions lingered by the entrance, perusing tables of ceramic goods, I sprinted to the back of the store. I went straight for my favorite jewelry designer, Alexis Bittar. Here’s what I picked up…

LOVE these Alexis Bittar pieces. Did some damage at Twist, but it could have been way worse...

Look at that green color. Gorgeous!

Couldn't say no.

My favorite purchase. Obsessed with this. Obsessed.

There’s only one problem. I am on a major budget, especially when it comes to shopping. So, what can you do to make yourself feel better after an unintentional shopping spree? Clean out your closet and sell your clothes to Buffalo Exchange.  I had two giant shopping bags filled with clothes that sit in my closet and I never wear. They completely paid for my jewelry splurge. Definitely worth it.

And a lucky customer will find my Tory Burch sandals literally on display at the Buffalo Exchange on West Burnside. Enjoy!

Traded in these Tory Burch sandals to fuel my Alexis Bittar addiction!

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Longchamp Spring 2012 Campaign.

Certain ad campaigns resonate.

Yesterday evening I flew home from Chicago after a whirlwind weekend of celebrations for my grandmother’s 85th birthday. I sat exhausted on the plane flipping through The New York Times Style Magazine, wondering what it is that makes Lana Del Rey so unlikable. Then I came across this ad…

There was something about it. The dog is adorable, but model Coco Rocha really captured the essence of a fashionista obsessed with her k9. Check out her facial expression and posture. Adorable.

And this post seems all the more appropriate given the fact that my grandmother received a Longchamp purse for her birthday!

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Just a quick post to wish all my readers the most wonderful Valentine’s Day! My day was filled with family and friends, tulips and dark chocolate, homemade pasta with clam sauce for dinner and yellow cake with chocolate frosting for dessert. Does it get any better? Well a special someone knows me all too well. He departed from my first love (clothing) and surprised me with a cookbook, Flour by Joanne Chang. As an avid baker I can’t wait to get started. And we must be on the same page because I also got him a book, which reviews the life of Wassily Kandinsky. We both fell in love with Kandinsky, a Russian artist, at the Pompidou in Paris. Back to the clothes tomorrow. À demain!

Kandinsky by Wassily Kandinsky, Tracey Bashkoff (Editor), Vivian Endicott Barnett (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Christian Derouet (Text by (Art/Photo Books))

Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe by Joanne Chang

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Pushing the Envelope – Grammys 2012

It’s 8:01pm and the Grammys are just getting started. Stars have already walked the red carpet and my mind is buzzing with the best, worst, and craziest looks of the evening. My readers know I typically go for classic, uncomplicated designs with clean lines. One of my favorite award show looks was Jennifer Lawrence wearing Calvin Klein Collection at last year’s Academy Awards. I thought she looked flawless. With that said the Grammys are an opportunity for musicians to step outside the box, and I love it. One of my favorite things about fashion is that it surprises me. And I surprise myself when I fall in love with designs that push the envelope. Here are a few gowns that did just that…

Fergie wearing Jean Paul Gaultier Couture

Taylor Swift wearing Zuhair Murad

Katy Perry wearing Elie Saab

Rihanna wearing a gown she designed with Armani

Corinne Bailey Rae wearing Christian Siriano

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Worth the wait…

When it comes down to it, my style is simple, classic, elegant and comfortable. James Perse consistently fits into this style profile and I can’t seem to get enough. Over the last couple years I’ve started quite the collection of James Perse tees and tanks. Last summer I added to the collection when I found the most amazing James Perse cotton dress on sale at Saks. I fell in LOVE with it.

Me in the James Perse dress. Nina (my sister) wearing Elie Tahari.

This weekend was beautiful in the Northwest. My mom and I took a long walk to do a little shopping in downtown Portland and the timing was right. A new shipment arrived at the Nordstrom Rack and there was a bountiful selection of…you guessed it…James Perse. I’ve been waiting to purchase the James Perse Contrast Panel Shirt for years, hoping I would find it marked down. Well, I found it on sale at the Rack and could not be happier. I also picked up the James Perse Crepe Utility Shirt on sale. Definitely worth the wait

And my James Perse wish list?

I first saw the James Perse Twisted Wrap Mini Skirt on Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits.

Need it! Worth waiting for?

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Pretty In Pink

I’ve been looking for an excuse to share a few of favorite items in pink. Today it’s beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest – it feels just like spring! There is no better time to move away from the dark colors of winter and embrace bright, bold solids, which we will see all spring and summer. Plus, for all you love birds out there, you can’t go wrong with beautiful pinks, oranges and reds for Valentine’s Day. xoxoxo

1. Katie Ermilio Double Pintuck Dress
2. Kate Spade Gumdrop Stud Earrings
3. Alice + Olivia High Waist Wide Leg Pants
4. ISSA Short Kimono Dress
5. Tibi Draped Dress
6. B Brian Atwood Fontanne Platform Pumps
7. Equipment Daddy Blouse With Poppy Collar
8. Equipment Sleeveless Signature Blouse
9. Essie – Forget Me Nots
10. Essie – Secret Stash

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