Phoebe Philo

February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

phoebe philo

She conveys that simple, effortless kind of chic to which I aspire.

“Invisible. That is what Phoebe Philo’s clothes for Céline make you feel. Not romantic, like Valentino. Or dark and edgy, like Saint Laurent. Simply invisible. A woman in a perfectly cut shirt and a pair of pants. And, oh, what a relief! Because we are busy. We work. We wipe our children’s mouths with the backs of our hands as we rush out the door. We don’t have time to consider whether our prints match or our buttons align. To try on different outfits each morning, like so many different personalities. To fuss and preen. That seems silly, somehow weak. Despite Philo’s many best efforts, there is a Céline uniform: large, slouchy trousers; a collarless shirt; flats; a tuxedo jacket — preferably in navy, black or cream. The clothes are quiet and not meant to make a statement. And so you look invisible. Able to be viewed for more than your surface appearance. This is power dressing.

Adding to the Céline mystique is the designer herself. For anyone who follows fashion, it’s impossible to think of the French house without first thinking of Philo. She’s the best advertisement for the brand. A mother of three who quit the top position at Chloé, in part to spend time with her new daughter, then famously refused to relocate her family from London to Paris when she got the Céline job, she has firmly prioritized what matters most. Her intentionally mousy hair and no makeup are the mark of a woman who relies on more than looks to get her way. And she rarely talks to the press, preferring that her collections speak for themselves — which, of course, is its own brilliant marketing tool. But, really, what would she say? That she’s a woman who thinks about women? That she was inspired by these modern times we live in? That’s already abundantly clear. Ultimately, for Philo, it’s about the work. And isn’t that what all of us ever hope to say?”

From the New York Times here.

Not Yet Spring…Wardrobe Additions

February 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

It has been beautiful in Seattle the last few days. The sun is out and the temps are warm-ish that I am already thinking about Spring. I just acquired two new wardrobe favorites that are perfect for in-between seasons.

The first, a jacket I have been coveting from Zara. It’s been sold out in my size but luckily a Zara just opened in Seattle and my husband happened to get early access photographing the store. He found it and brought it home yesterday and I don’t want to take it off. It’s not appropriate teaching attire but I nearly tried.

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zara coat

The second awesome addition are my new leopard print hightop Vans.

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Pretty rad for the playground, running errands and teaching at the studio.

From my holiday wishlist…

December 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

A few things I am coveting this holiday season…

heath seasonal mug set

These beautiful mugs from Heath.

David Mellor flatware

Also available from Heath. “Pleasant and practical in stainless steel with resin handles and brass rivets. David Mellor Design operates on the simple principle that well-designed equipment can improve your life.” Enough said.

le creuset french oven

The forever useful Le Creuset French oven. The cookware you will pass down to your grandchildren.

Ripe Nigel Slater

The companion to Nigel Slater’s Tender.

Maya Brenner D necklace

Simple and special from Maya Brenner.

Clare Vivier Sac Bretelle

And this beauty from Clare Vivier. In the black pelli. LOVE.

From my wishlist…

November 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

clare vivier duffle

Monogrammed of course. Check out the duffle and all of Clare’s beautiful bags here.

From my wishlist…

November 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

loeffler randall reese

Kinda in love with these Loeffler Randall beauties.

Neither Rain Nor Sleet

October 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Though I took this photo from my studio, these No6 boots are not my new studio shoes. However, I have a feeling I will be wearing these almost daily as we settle into the fall weather here in Seattle. Shearling lined, best worn barefoot, AND waterproof! Chic and cozy, perfect for the damp, cold months ahead on the street and on the playground.

From my wishlist…

October 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

emerson fry peacoat

emerson fry long peacoat

From here.

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