My life is (almost) complete.

There are times where I’m browsing in Forever21 and I get angry.

I’m not angry because they are all out of my size in something I like. I’m not angry because while trying on a shirt 3 buttons pop off. I’m not angry because they have an odd policy about allowing you to throw out an empty cup in their store (true and weird.) I get angry because I wish I had another option for inexpensive “fast” fashion.

I’ve been wishing for YEARS that a store like H&M or Zara would open in Seattle…

And my wish has been granted! Seattle fashionistas can look forward to our own H&M opening in University Village in Spring OR Fall of 2008! (There are conflicting reports.)

What would complete my life? Adding a Zara in town.



September 4, 2007 at 9:52 am 7 comments

Yum. Jewelry.

Have you ever seen a celebrity and they’re, like, crying because they didn’t win a prize at one of the awards shows? And then you hear about the goody bags they get and you want to vomit because they get the COOLEST STUFF?

Well our friend Sheela at Kuukivi has one of her designs in those goody bags and I’m so jealous!

Kuukivi will be among the select group of companies providing products for the 2007 “Everybody Wins at the Emmy Awards” Nominee Gift Bags. Kuukivi’s necklaces were selected exclusively for the gift bags, which will be handed out to the non-winning nominees in the major categories of the Emmy Awards on September 16th, 2007.

I’m jealous that they get to open up goody bags and come across necklaces like this:
($85 on Kuukivi)

Another designer I loooove is Gigi Caron. Wendy, the mastermind behind the line, is one of those women you’d like to take out for drinks and learn from. Wendy has worked at CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and People and if that’s not cool enough for you, her jewelry follows a great theme:

Wendy is strongly influenced by the history of powerful women and the jewelry they wore. She especially loves poison rings and lockets. Each piece in the diamond and 18K matte yellow gold Vivat Regina collection is named for a different queen (Vivat Regina means “Long live the Queen” in Latin). This site includes mini bios of all the queens, so it’s fashionable AND educational. The It Girls pieces take their names and personalities from cool women ranging from kings’ paramours to Swinging ’60s chicks to fabulous family and friends.

Oh, AND she uses conflict-free diamonds. A few of her designs:

Juana Peekaboo Skull Ring, , $7,000.

Victoria Buckle Ring, Gigi Caron, $6,250.

Dekko Earrings, Gigi Caron, $450.

Happy Friday!


August 31, 2007 at 11:28 am 3 comments

Hooded Scarves: For you or for Grandma?

I have been seeing a lot of hooded scarves online. I haven’t seen any “in action” yet, but that’s mainly because it’s still 85 degrees.

Anzevino & Florence, $59 at 80sPurple.

I’m not sure if it’s going to look cool or if it will look like this:

And if it does look like the above…well, this is the only thing that comes to mind:

If you have any images of Hooded Scarves in action, please send them my way. I’m dying to see how they’ll look.


August 29, 2007 at 3:18 pm 7 comments

What to wear to an outdoor concert

Allie from Seattle, WA sent in a question:

“Jennnnnny what should I wear to the Gorge this weekend? (outdoor concert amphitheater, 85 Degrees+) I don’t want to wear just regular old jeans shorts and a white tank. I need something cheap, cute, trendi, and comfortable.”

You should definitely skip the jean shorts. In hot weather they feel really heavy PLUS they’re totally predictable. (I bet most of the girls there will be wearing them.)

Most likely you’ll be dusty, sweaty, and will spill something on yourself/be spilled on by the end of the concert. Leave the expensive things at home.

Readers of this blog know I have a love-hate relationship with Forever21, but I am going to pull together an outfit from their site because cheap + cute + trendi = Forever21.

I like these cotton shorts. They’re lightweight and cuter than basic shorts. ($18 at F21)

Keep the top simple with a fitted tank.

Avoid billowy tanks with the above shorts. The shorts have some volume to them so the top should be fitted.

You also don’t want the top to be so long that it covers the shorts. That would be tacky and would lead to your friends whispering to each other, “is Allie not wearing shorts? Gross. Who wants to say something to her?” ($9 at Forever21)

Wear a lightweight flat or sandal. You may want to avoid flip-flops or strappy sandals depending on how dusty/dirty it is. Having dirty feet is never trendi.

Cheetah Flats ($16.80 at Forever21)

Then have fun with the jewelry. I thought this elephant necklace was a total steal at $5.80.

Or do big earrings. But don’t do both- a busy neckline and busy ears completely detracts from your face and your outfit instead of complimenting it.

If at the end of the night your outfit is totally ruined, tell your self it’s OK because it cost under $50.

Have fun! Let me know what you end up buying.


August 29, 2007 at 2:55 pm 1 comment

Can you dress yourself?

Most people would answer, “Yes, of course I can dress myself!”

I would argue that you can’t.

I’m on one end of the spectrum- I spend my whole day thinking about fashion, looking at it, talking to people about it, writing about it. I often forget that general America doesn’t know how to dress themselves.

While traveling last week, I witnessed hundreds of fashion atrocities. A short list:

– Nylons with thong-toed shoes
– Sheer white dress with bright yellow granny panties
– T-shirt with a hole on top of the left shoulder, paired with short sweatpants and Adidas sandals (I think I saw this “look” at least 15 times in the airports)
– Bathing suits 5x too small
– And the worst…white socks with black shoes AT A WEDDING.

I witness things like this and am shocked, even though I know I shouldn’t be after a week of people watching in 4 different states.

One of the other thoughts that comes to my mind is how honest are we with each other? If your friend attempted to walk out the door in a fashion “no-no”, would you stop him or her? I know I would. I would stop any of my friends and acquaintances.

Oh, for the sake of humor, you let it happen, snap a picture, and send it to me so I can share it. 🙂


August 28, 2007 at 11:19 am 3 comments

Uggs + Crocs = Cruggs

Disclaimer: I’m sorry if this post offends some of you Ugg/Croc wearing folk.

I own a pair of Uggs, but bought them when they were only available in Australia years and years ago. I officially stopped wearing them the second a knock-off version showed up. Does that make me cooler than you? Probably. Now I only wear them to take my dog outside and even then, I’m mildly embarrassed.

I don’t own Crocs, but was tempted for 5 minutes last summer to buy a pair that looked like a ballet flat. I didn’t end up buying them, thank GOD.

People, these shoes are HIDEOUS. Don’t believe me? Here’s my mini pro/con list for Uggs and Crocs.

– Comfortable
– Relatively durable


– Ugly
– Make feet look swollen, fat, and 6 sizes larger
– Worn by 67% of Soccer Moms (Uggs)*
– Worn by 87% of Gardeners (Crocs)*
– Knockoffs readily available
– 100% Gross*

* Stats are 100% made up.

Anyway, that’s my opinion on them. Feel free to disagree!

I bring this up because some “genius” out there thought it’d be great to breed the two ugliest shoes.

Crocs + Uggs = Cruggs

Help me, people. I’ve had enough…I’m ready to have a Croc & Ugg bonfire party. I’m sure the melting Croc material will tear a hole in the ozone from the fumes, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take to eradicate these eye sores.

Thanks to Vivian for pointing out these monstrosities.


August 27, 2007 at 2:19 pm 20 comments

It was a group decision.

I’m visiting family on the east coast, but wanted to take a second to do a quick post.

I was shopping at a department store yesterday and was torn between 2 pairs of shoes. I am attending a wedding on Friday and needed a pair of shoes, preferably in a gray color.

It was either these pumps in a grayish color ($69 at Macys)

or these BCBG shoes in dark grey ($97 at Nordstrom)

I was TORN. My gut was leaning towards the first pair (more conservative and “safe”) but the second pair was so feminine and much flashier. I had one on each foot and was debating. THEN something interesting happened.

No less than 6 women approached me and told me to go for the BCBG shoe. These women ranged in age from 13 to 75 and they all told me to go for the sexier, less “practical” shoe. Even though it went against my gut, I followed their advice and bought the BCBG pair.

And I’m so happy I did. I truly believe the wisdom of a crowd (in this case, the wisdom of 6 women shopping in the shoe department) is always going to be better than the wisdom of someone, even if that “someone” thinks they are an expert. 🙂

Thanks, ladies, for the help!

Happy Monday,

August 20, 2007 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

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