Musings

  • Consignment shopping, Seattle

    Consignment Fun!

    A quest to bring back more creativity to my style has been the topic of my last two posts. I’ve realized that my most memorable and beloved outfits over the years had something in common: they took some scavenging, improvising or at least a fair deal of creativity in procuring and assembling, and that is precisely […] Read more…

  • Thrift store finds

    Rethinking Thrifting, Part Two (Resale shopping)

     II. Resale Shopping In my last post, I mentioned how I have recently become inspired by the featured muses to dip my toe back into the world of resale clothing/shoe stores. Since venturing out, I would like to share my own experiences resale shopping and hope you will be further inspired as I am. We could conclude that […] Read more…

Muses

  • Skinny pants in San Francisco

    San Francisco Style, Part One (Skinny pants)

    How would you define San Francisco style? Is it even possible to define a style or styles in such a metropolitan area? I perceive that in general, there is a particular style among San Franciscans, and just as I recently posted about Seattle street style and New England (winter) style – and a while back about Santa Cruz […] Read more…

  • Seattle street style

    Seattle Street Style

    On a couple of recent trips to Seattle, I’ve noticed the city has style. It’s own style, or perhaps I should say, styles. While roaming the streets, I consistently spotted particular elements of Seattleite dress: sporty jackets over nicer clothes, dashes of bright color and adorable androgyny, to name a few. While I admit I didn’t take […] Read more…

Tips

  • Winter scarves

    Bundling Without Blunders (New England Style), Part Two

    II. At the beginning of this month, my fiancé Mark brought me with him to the Boston area, and I experienced real winter…New England style. And speaking of style, he warned me ahead of time to not expect much of it on the streets. He was so right. As temperatures dip into the teens, sartorial concerns obviously take a […] Read more…

  • New England winter style

    Bundling without Blunders (New England Style), Part One

    I. At the beginning of this month, my fiancé Mark brought me with him to the Boston area, and I experienced real winter…New England style. And speaking of style, he warned me ahead of time to not expect much of it on the streets. He was so right. As temperatures dip into the teens, sartorial concerns […] Read more…

Editorial

  • Uggly Uggs

    The UGG® Uniform

    Uniformity, conformity, imitation…these are the words which immediately come to mind when I think about or see Ugg boots. Have you ever noticed how alike Ugg wearers look? I’m talking here about the ubiquitous (everywhere-you-look) style of UGG® boot, of course, not the other footwear made by UGG®. So, how do I really feel? I won’t mince […] Read more…

  • Fluffy furry coat

    Trend alert: Fuzzy Furry (Really?)

    There is a trend taking the streets by storm in San Francisco: apparel and shoes of the fuzzy, furry type. I have to say I am more of an observer than a participant in this movement. It runs counter to my sense of style. I mean, this time of year I’m racking my brain trying to […] Read more…

women's style

  • how to wear boots

    Boot Watch, Part Two (Tall Boots)

    About this time of year, I go crazy over boots. Whether they are sassy, sophisticated, provocative or simply warm, there is a style for every woman or you could say, every mood. The streets of San Francisco are replete with awesome boot muses. Hope the ones featured below inspire and spark ideas for you as […] Read more…

  • How to wear booties

    Boot Watch, Part One (Booties)

    About this time of year, I go crazy over boots. Whether they are sassy, sophisticated, provocative or simply warm, there is a style for every woman or you could say, every mood. The streets of San Francisco are replete with awesome boot muses. Here are a few I have delighted these days in spotting. Part […] Read more…

men's style

  • Great casual men's look

    Men’s Smart Casual

    What comes to mind when you hear “smart casual“? It is becoming increasingly popular as the dress code for networking events, for example, and at workplaces. There is an awesome article on Primer Magazine about the difference between business casual and smart casual: (For business casual) the key words here are professional, neat, and pulled together…(With smart […] Read more…

  • selecting a great tie

    Stylin’ in a Necktie

    How is your tie collection these days? The necktie-shirt combination is one of few ways men have to express themselves while dressing more formally. Of course, there is also some potential in the necktie-shirt-jacket combination, and a great pair of shoes is nothing to pooh-pooh. If you’ve been missing out on these opportunities, I hope […] Read more…