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Signet Rings

gold-signet-ring Vogue

With my impending nuptials just 37 days away, my monogram has been on my mind a lot. That may seem weird, but I am one of those closet prepsters that loves to have her monogram on bags, trays, jewelry, you name it. With my initials changing shortly, I have been contemplating dropping my middle name and making my current last name my new middle name, or maybe not. One thing is for sure, I never expected to be sad about losing my last name. I am excited to take my husband’s name, but there is some sadness saying goodbye to the one I’ve had for 32 years too. Anyway, all this monogram talk got me thinking about signet rings. I have been wanting one forever. A gold one or rose gold one only. Maybe now is the time to get it and it can me a reminder of my old name?

signet-rings SheRa Jewelry|Adult Runaway|Junam Jewelry|Ralph Lauren|Pinterest

I like them kind of chunky, not too dainty – a fit that is more like a man’s ring. Choosing what script to use is difficult though. They are just so beautiful and can be personalized which I love – not to mention, they are a great conversation piece and something you can pass down to future generations as an heirloom. These are a few of my favorites – prefer the circle or rounded version best, but the square one is pretty unique and statement-making too.

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Moon and Lola|Sarah Chloe|Ginette NY

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Posted: 10th July 2014 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things | Leave a comment
 

Slip on a Shirtdress

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It’s no secret – I am so ready for spring weather and spring clothing. I am itching to ditch the long pants and boots, the sweaters and jackets, in favor of flirty skirts, sandals, dresses, and sunglasses. The dress style that has been catching my eye recently? The shirtdress. It’s such a stylish throwback – back in the 50s, women rocked this style all the time with a full skirt and a sharp collar.

shirt-dress-2 Glitter and Grace|Atlantic Pacific

With sandals or wedges, I love the cross between a feminine dress and the menswear look of a button down with a collar. Put on a little belt and you’re good to go – a perfect casual spring outfit for cruising around on the weekends. These are some of my favorite options…

shirtdress-3 T By Alexander Wang|Equipment|Diane Von Furstenberg|Dagmar Lisen

 

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Posted: 26th March 2014 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 1 Comment
 

Slip On Sneakers

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I am totally obsessed with the new spring trend of slip on sneakers. As much as I love fashion and style, I love to be comfortable just as much. When the two worlds collide, I’m a happy camper. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this idea sooner, really. My fiance is the world’s BIGGEST Van’s fan. Literally, he doesn’t own any shoes that aren’t Vans—except flip flops and one pair of dress shoes. Vans are like the original slip on sneaker — I should have taken a cue from his closet earlier and stolen the look. The fact that I am now interested in having a few pairs of slip on Vans sneakers, is probably his proudest moment.

They are such perfect weekend casual shoes. I pair my leopard print ones with skinny distressed jeans or cropped black skinny jeans usually. Last week for a party, I paired them with a blush silk button down from Everlane, and my torn up J Brand skinnies and a statement necklace – if I do say so myself, it was a perfect dressed-up and dressed-down look.

slip-on-sneakers-1 Madison Muse|Not Your Standard|La Cool & Chic|Stella Wants to Die|Unknown

Check out a few of my favorite pairs — I think I may need to add the gold Vans to my closet soon. Or maybe the dark denim ones. Or maybe ALL OF THEM.

slip-on-sneakers-2 Polka Dots|Gold|Camo|Leopard|Chambray Polka Dots|Denim

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Posted: 15th March 2014 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

Red and Black Buffalo Plaid

Buffalo-Plaid Via Ivory Lane

It may not be the dead of winter anymore, and we may be seeing spring clothes in the stores already, but here in Seattle, we still have very much winter-like weather. And I am completely obsessed with buffalo plaid. I am totally into channeling my inner lumberjack in red and black check. It would be so fun to mix this masculine plaid with sequins, sparkly jewels, heels, and skinny jeans.

red-and-black-plaid See Anna Jane|J.Crew|McKenna Blue|Brooklyn Blonde|Ivory Lane

 

I love mixing laid back masculine looks like this with more feminine pieces. The final result is cozy and casual, but chic. J’adore! I am a huge fan of the jacket from J.Crew because the shape and cut makes it eternally classic, but I would also rock the trapper hat with long loose waves and aviators.

buffalo red and black plaid Jacket|Hat|Vest

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Posted: 19th January 2014 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 1 Comment
 

Calypso Cares

calypso-st-barth-cashmere-sweater Sweater: c/o Calypso St. Barth, Vest: J.Crew, Jeans: Paige Premium Denim, Boots: DV Dolce Vita, Necklace: Kate Spade, Bag: Louis Vuitton

Surprise! I did a personal style post — I know, they don’t happen enough here on The Style Umbrella — and even Luna got in on the action. But this sweater called for something special. From Calypso St. Barth‘s cashmere collection, The Callee Turtleneck is everything a sweater should be: cozy, comfy, a little roomy, insanely soft, beautifully made, and warm. And I adore the caramel color – so perfectly fall! Plus, the cropped sleeves allow me to show off my bracelets and watch and add some polish to the look.

On a related note, I’m really excited to tell you guys about my latest collaboration here on the blog. This month, I am partnering with Calypso St. Barth on their Calypso Cares campaign.

Next Saturday, November 16th, if you are in Seattle, you can come visit me at their brand new University Village boutique and donate a gently used sweater for the Covenant House, a charity that provides care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth, and receive 20% of the purchase of one of Calypso’s sweaters…and let me just tell you guys, their cashmere is like heaven. I wish I could wear it all day every day for every occasion, it is so insanely soft and cozy.

If you don’t live in Seattle or can’t make it on Saturday, you can still donate at any Calypso location between the 15th and 17th, you will still receive 20% off the purchase of a sweater. Sounds like you’ve got plans for next Saturday!

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Nothing better than cute boots, a cozy sweater, a puffy vest and a warm, stylish hat to scream fall. Today, I just couldn’t decide which hat looked better with my ensemble. And let’s be honest — I am obsessed with beanies this season. Which do you prefer?

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Hope to see you next Saturday, November 16 at the new (stunningly gorgeous) Calypso St Barth boutique in the University Village – please stop by and say hello!

xoxo

 

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Posted: 8th November 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Fashion Inspiration, My Life, Shopping in Seattle | 1 Comment
 

Midi Rings

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Have you guys noticed the recent midi ring trend? I’ve been seeing it everywhere recently and it’s such a pretty way to dress up your digits beyond nail art and cocktail rings. I love dainty jewelry, so it’s high on my list of trends to try. Except that I am one, afraid it won’t stay on—don’t they look like they could just slide right off?—and two, I think my fingers may not be long, graceful, and elegant enough. They tend more toward the sausage side of things. Regardless, I am going to slip one on to see how it looks next time I run across one.

midi-rings Gorjana Griffin|Gorjana Griffin|BaubleBar

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Posted: 30th October 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | 1 Comment
 

Fashion Inspiration: Boucle Jackets

Chanel-boucle-jacket The classic Chanel jacket

On the top of my wish list for fall – a boucle jacket. The word may not be familiar to you, but you’d know the jacket style and fabric if you saw it. Classic Chanel jackets are often boucle! A special type of yarn, boucle often resembles tweed and has one thread looser than the others producing a rough textured cloth. It is unbelievably classy, elegant, and yes, a little traditional. But recently, designers have been doing the classic fabric in updated cuts like moto jackets – I adore this new spin on it.

Boucle Mayraalejandrax|Unknown|La Modella Mafia|Refined Style|Wendy’s Lookbook|Refined Style|Unknown|Elle UK

Throw one of these jackets on over a loose t-shirt and you can give it an edgy dressed down look – not the matching suit and skirt version of the older ladies from the Upper East Side in New York. Updated, modern, and such a unique fabric – I am in love! These are a few of my favorite ways to wear boucle this fall…a moto jacket in snowy white from Rebecca Taylor, a fun vest from Scotch and Soda, and a dressier jacket with a tuxedo collar from Maison Scotch. Hint, hint: Rebecca Taylor is the Queen of To-Die-For boucle jackets.

Boucle-jackets Rebecca Taylor|Scotch and Soda|Thakoon|Rebecca Taylor|Maison Scotch

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Posted: 25th October 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | Leave a comment
 

Fashion Inspiration: Beanies

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Beanies were all over the fall and winter runways and I for one, am delighted. They’ve finally got some street style cred. I’ve always loved beanies for bad hair days during the colder months and often rock the slouched look with messy wavy hair. But after seeing them on the runways for this season, I’ve realized they’re now being dressed up as a stylishly acceptable accessory with outfits of every kind — day to night, with heels, with skirts, with feminine coats. They’re not just for skaters, snowboarders, fishermen and grungy college boys anymore! I’ve got to get out and add to my collection because they are going to be one of my top staples for the wintery weather on the way.

beanie-hat Brookyln Blonde|Style Zen|Chi-HagiHara|The Native Fox|Unknown

Would you wear a beanie to work?

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Madewell|Eugenia Kim|Warm-Me|Isabel Marant

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Posted: 14th October 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Now Trending | 1 Comment
 

Santorini Style

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It’s happening again. I’m getting that restless feeling. Wanderlust. Well, I guess that isn’t an entirely true statement. Really, the wanderlust never goes away. I am forever daydreaming of all the places I want to see and travel to. I would only travel all the time for the rest of my life if I could. Sounds cheesy, but I just want to see the world.

On my mind recently? Santorini in Greece. I came across a shot of Santorini while browsing through Pinterest this week and it just captivated me. Pictures of Santorini always have. Its so blue and so white. The contrast of the bright white against all those shades of blue is so striking. There is the deep blue of the water, the bright blue of the building tops, the cyan blue of the sky—its just heavenly. Such a simple color palette—blue and white—and yet, I am inexplicably drawn to it every single time I see it. In life, and in fashion.

Santorini, I will see you soon. I hope.

Dress|Towel|Swimsuit|Shoes

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Posted: 21st June 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things | 1 Comment
 

Exposed: Peek-a-boo Bra

exposed-peekaboo-bra Coco Brandolini in Elle Magazine, Fashion Salade, Glamour Magazine, Fashionising

It’s been absolutely stunning in Seattle the past week—sunny skies and temperatures in the 80′s. It all happened so suddenly, I was scrambling to pull all my spring and summer staples out of the depths of my closet. I was reminded of one of my favorite hot weather fashion looks today while I was sweltering in my office-appropriate attire. I love the look of a peek-a-boo bra. I think showing off a little bit of your bra can be sexy and fun. I’m not talking unbuttoning your blouse to your navel so that everyone can see your Wonderbra—I am talking about slightly sheer blouses with a lacy and brightly colored bra underneath, or straps showing in a racerback tank. Remember when Carrie from Sex and the City went through a whole season wearing low-backed tops and dresses with her bra strap showing in the back? I know some people think its totally tacky, but I love it. Maybe its the hidden tiny bit of exhibitionist in me. I think it’s a free spirited way to style summer and spring outfits. Just a little peek of sexy.

Would you try this look?

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Posted: 7th May 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 2 Comments
 
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