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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time for holiday spirit and beautiful gift guides. I am a gift guide lover, which if you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know. I think it might be my favorite kind of post to do here on the blog — picking beautiful, fun, awesome gifts for different kinds of people, and arranging them in an aesthetically pleasing way. I pride myself on my gift picking abilities, and this is just the tip of the iceberg, people! Check out the first of this season’s gift guides, for the Girly Girl, below…


Perfume|Bodysuit|Sleep Mask|Notebook|Shirt|Candle|Socks|Dish|Earrings

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Posted: 1st December 2013 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | 1 Comment

Calypso St. Barth in Seattle


All images via M. Magee Photography

Calypso St. Barth came to Seattle this past month and I for one, could not have been more excited. I’ve loved the ultra-luxe brand for awhile now, so this was big news for me. I was so honored to be asked by them to host a special event at the new store for their Calypso Cares project benefitting Covenant House last weekend. All my friends and family and plenty of fashionable ladies stopped by to shop for super soft cashmere, cozy winter ensembles, glittering sequins, and deals on sweaters if they brought in a gently used one of their own for the teens of Covenant House. And you guys — if you haven’t been to the store yet, get thee to University Village stat. This store is gorgeous. Oh, and we had cookies and hot cocoa.


Everything is so beautifully merchandised at Calypso — makes shopping even easier (like it’s ever difficult). They even have a little home section with agate coasters I am seriously coveting, pillows with amazing textures, and little gifts.


I was all about the rabbit fur vest and went home with the cozy knit beanie with the pom on the top. Friends of mine went home with sweaters and even an incredible fur neck warmer that we decided could also be used as a turban – a furban if you will. Everyone had a blast trying on something – including the glam gold sequined evening gown. That was on the top of every wish list. As was a place to wear it to.


Thanks for having me Calypso St. Barth! It was so fun helping so many lovely ladies pick out winter fashions and lending a helping hand to Covenant House.


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Posted: 25th November 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, My Life, Retail Therapy, Shopping in Seattle | Leave a comment

Calypso Cares


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!


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?


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!



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

Midi Rings


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.


Gorjana Griffin|Gorjana Griffin|BaubleBar

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Posted: 30th October 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | 3 Comments

Fashion Inspiration: Boucle Jackets


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.


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.


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



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.


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

Would you wear a beanie to work?


Madewell|Eugenia Kim|Warm-Me|Isabel Marant

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

Introducing: Umba


When I attended Alt Summit last winter, I was introduced to this fun, creative line called Umba Box that did a monthly subscription service for handmade goods. Recently though, they’ve rebranded their company a little and are now going by the name Umba, with a focus on empowering artists through social selling. Their fall look book and collection are gorgeous. When I saw the the photos above, it got me in the mood for crunchy leaves, hot cider, cozy blankets, rain boots and fires in the fireplace. And then I went to check out the new products on their site and fell in love.

Each product is so thoughtfully and well designed. These are just a few of my favorite finds—wouldn’t the the ampersand bracelet make a cute bridesmaid gift? And the confetti poppers? We used them at our engagement shoot and now I am all about it. They would be so fun for parties.


Anyhow, their community of artists is exceptional and there is tons of cute stuff. Go check it out!



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Posted: 3rd October 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Pretty Things | Leave a comment

Emerson Fry


All images via Emerson Fry

I remember when Emerson Fry first started back in 2009 with just a few pieces, and the name was emersonmade. Now it’s a full blown gorgeous, pulled together, chic collection. So elegant and so ladylike. The coats, more than anything, have always been on my highly coveted list of items for my closet. Every season she comes out with different styles and this fall they are so clean with such simple lines. The pale pink knee length version and the leather jackets are my favorite. And that little black dress?? Is it too early to plan a New Year’s Eve outfit?


I could wear everything in this collection. Truly.


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Posted: 1st October 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight | Leave a comment

Lulu Frost Spring Summer 2014


All images via Lulu Frost

One day I plan on going to New York Fashion Week, but in the meantime, I follow along closely via Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, websites—whatever means necessary to see the collections as they are happening from across the country. One of  my favorites this year was the Lulu Frost Neon Baroque collection. The photos from the presentation are stunning—mixing the old and the new, kind of like Marie Antoinette and Sophia Coppola. There was tulle, stacks of bracelets, beautiful bouquets of flowers, and models with exquisite hair – it was like princess fairytale with a punky twist.


Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at this showing! I mean, the jewels alone give me heart palpitations. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lulu Frost‘s pieces, but I am particularly drawn to these glamorous, vintage-y looking pieces with such bright, playful, youthful, pops of neon color. Now, if only we didn’t have to wait for February for the collection to hit stores!

Which piece is your favorite?


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Posted: 27th September 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Pretty Things | 1 Comment

Favorite Pins of the Week


Just a few of my favorite pins from the week…

1. I was fighting a nasty cold last week, and thought this would be such a cute gift to take a friend when they are under the weather. Note to self next time someone I love gets sick!

2. It’s officially fall and that means one thing: all pumpkin everything. Pumpkin spice lattes, trips to the pumpkin patch, and pumpkin flavored desserts! Can’t wait to try these oatmeal pumpkin creme sandwich cookies.

3. I love Cuyana bags. I have this tote in brown, but now I am wishing I had one that was mongrammed! Must be time to get another tote in a different color and get this one monogrammed.

4. It’s time to start thinking about how I can take some of my spring and winter pieces into fall. Especially skirts. I’ve been wearing skirts and dresses all summer and am not feeling like wearing pants again quite yet. Tights and oversized sweaters with skirts it is!

5. When I saw this mug I laughed out loud. Must add to my kitchen cupboard.

See you on Pinterest, lovelies!


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Posted: 19th September 2013 | by: ashley | in: Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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