Nov 30, 2009

Sexy Basic for my man

So, I'm looking to upgrade my man's wardrobe. I'm sure he is fine with the items in his closet, but he's so cute that not accenting his features is a waste of man.

He's very laid back, shorts/jeans, tshirt, sandals, sweatshirt, hat/beanie, sunglases and he's happy. Actually, shorts and nothing else in a tropical setting would probably be his daily attire in the right setting.

Anyway, I'm putting together a few looks for him so I can start finding the key staples over the next few weeks. Here's DP's outfit number one (watcha think?):

Michael Kors at ShopStyle

Paint it Black (and Pink)

Adding a splash of color to a fabulous dark look makes me feel girlie.
Loving these Betsey Johnson shoes.

La Perla at ShopStyle

Nov 27, 2009

Silver Screen Fashion

Big, smokey eyes, Red lips, silver attire and a dirty martini make for a fun night with friends.

Herve Leger at ShopStyle

Nov 26, 2009

Christopher Kane Fashion Cloud Print Theme

Seika hosts a really cool stylebook. Check out her Christopher Kane Cloud Print Theme below. Even her 'dying in style' is noteworthy for those not feeling fresh the day after an all-nighter. Or for us celiac's "I ate some f#$%en gluten and wish I could rip it out of my body" days (plural on days).

Christopher Kane at ShopStyle

Dying in Style:
Lux at ShopStyle

November 2009 Fashion Favorites

Going through my ShopStyle sets, I found some items that really catch my attention this month. Black, Grey, Sexy, Shiny and Girlie. I think that sums up all of us this November, 2009.

Nov 23, 2009

Fashion Theme... Zippers

Just like the '80's big, metal, black and sexy, there is still plenty of rocker zipper attire to be found from last years trend (which continues to be popular this year). I'm looking through Bluefly's rocker collection and have a pattern of clicking on the rocker, zipper items. Most are from Romeo & Juliet Couture and a few from Prada.

I don't know if it's the '80's feel I'm missing or the rebel in me that wants to continue rocking, but I'm really attracted to the shiny objects.

Here are some of my favorite items that are currently for sale on Enjoy!

Fashion from the Doorway...

First, I'm not a big holiday decorator. I'd rather use my money to fly away for a fabulous holiday somewhere tropical BUT I am such a huge fan of holiday decorations (go figure).

I was on the HGTV site to see if they are doing another home giveaway (I love to look at their interior designs) when i came across this super cool DIY wreath. At first I thought is was a bracelet and when the page loaded I saw it was a wreath. Anyway, I thought it was really cool looking so I wanted to post it and share it out.

If you are into DIY or are low on funds or just want to have fun creating something for your house, check this out. This could be a great activity for household guests during Thanksgiving. If you create one, I'd love to see a picture of it. Have fun!

xo Charl xo

Tools and Materials: green garland wreath of any size; spray paint in 3-4 colors (our holiday palette was light blue, light green and silver); round ornaments in various sizes; ribbon; hot glue gun; glue sticks.

1. Spray paint the ornaments in different colors, making sure you get all the way around, don’t miss any spots. Let dry.

2. Using the hot glue gun, secure base layer of ornaments around the garland wreath. The base layer will be a mix of mostly large, but some smaller ornaments.

3. Add some dimension with smaller ornaments on top, filling in gaps and holes.

4. Using a hot glue gun, secure one end of the ribbon somewhere on the wreath.

5. Wrap and weave the ribbon throughout the ornaments and the garland for a decorative finish.

6. Secure the other end of the ribbon with another dab of hot glue.

7. Once the glue is set, hang your wreath.

Nov 17, 2009

HGTV Before and After Bedroom Fashion

This HGTV Before and After Bedroom Make Over matches my interior design personality.

The angled ceiling and bright window are a great pallet to create a stunning retreat.

The color scheme of pewter, platinum and other metallics are luxurious and soothing.
The cream built ins, piper chairs and chaise lounge creates a contemporary oasis to enjoy alone or with your favorite person.

Nov 16, 2009

Mommy's Taxi Fashion

Need to roll out of the house to pick up a child from a play date? Slip on this easy outfit, spritz your hair and add a little perfume to show up pulled together and trendy. No need to be the frumpy mom, you're too hawt for that!

(J Crew & Marc Jacobs)
J.Crew at ShopStyle

Nov 14, 2009

Girls Night Sleep Over Fashion...

I'm thinking about a girlfriend sleepover; great friends, cozy clothes, giggles and drinks, what can be better to end of a stressful week?

How aout a cozy chemise and long socks to keep you warm through a night of chat and giggles. Next day: J Crew white jeans, grey T, blk soft cardigan, Marc Jacobs metallic pom pom ballerinas, tote, charm bracelet and trapper hat keep you together while sipping coffee and enjoying more smiles and giggles.

J.Crew at ShopStyle

Nov 12, 2009

Don't wake me, I'm enjoying this dream...

Wow, tonight's sneak preview of Seattle Goodwill's Glitter Sale was INCREDIBLE!! We are SO impressed (and grateful) with all the hard work the volunteers and employees put into this event.

When we first poked our heads into the warehouse, we felt like we were walking into a secret, special, vintage hideaway which, for some reason, had a feminine feel to it. As we walked in, we noticed sparkly, sequin gems all around us. Racks full of colorful designer, vintage, brand name treasures from Prada, Escada, St. John, Gucci and, get this, an original Mr Blackwell three piece dress set that nobody could criticize (#classy). There was even a beautiful fur coat from Mrs. Luke F. Scholl of Tacoma (and I mean, b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l). Our gracious hosts, Tracy and Betsy, provided a tour of their favorite pieces of one-of-a-kind vintage beauties and passionately explained the history behind so many wonderful pieces.

For you museum buffs, you cannot miss the historic pieces, like an original women's button front duster!! This is a piece of history guys!! You can frame it and hang in your house or fabulous office!! Let me also add that I saw quite a few outfits that still had their original price tags connected... Vintage pieces... can you imagine?

Zoe and I were both clicking away with the camera. I was so excited at one point, I dropped the camera and 'kind of' broke it. I wasn't able to get pictures of the shoes, purses, jewelry, but was able to upload some pics to post with this entry. I'll post more information and pics tomorrow once I get the pics from Zoe's phone.

I'm naturally hesitant to post this entry before the event because I want the warehouse to myself. Zoe and I agree it would be a fantasy to lock ourselves in there for a full day dressing up in hawt fashion with stylish shoes, eye catching purses, and shiny jewelry. Reality is, we had an incredible experience and want to share the excitement with all of you.

So pack up your coffee ladies and gents, the sale starts on Saturday at 9:00 AM, but reliable sources tell me that annual shoppers start to line up at 5:00 AM (Ouch! Really? Well, I'm certainly glad @PEMCO_NW is bringing us hot coffee and Top Pot Doughnuts). Remember to layer your clothes to aid your public-isle 'dressing room' as there are no dressing rooms. I'm told the warehouse becomes pretty warm with all of the excited bodies running around, so leave the heavy coat at home (or in your car). They accept cash, check or credit card and will have plenty of volunteers on hand to help you out. Many many thanks to both Tracy and Betsy for reaching out and inviting us and other local #fashion blogHers to this special event!!

I'll see you Saturday. I'll be the one zig zagging quickly through the isles in search for my special treasures.

Until then... this is Zoe and Charl... 'from the dressing room'.

Nov 10, 2009

Hair flair thats light as a feather!

Styles for Fall and Winter are keeping the feathers and flowers around, even as the birds fly south. Finding anything coated in feathers and petals should not shock you during your next trip out to the mall. My new favorite item that seems to be flying off the shelf: Headbands. They are becoming so decorative and fun, definitely more of a statement then ever before.

You can keep it simple with bands such as this from Forever21:

Or go a bit abstract with these from Free People:

or go a little out there with these from Modcloth!

Be sure to look everywhere because almost any place that sells accessories will have items just like these ones, maybe for even less money! Urban Outfitters always has great stuff as well!

Nov 8, 2009

Seattle Fashion: Glitter Gala and Sale - Goodwill

Many thanks for @LeannU for pointing out that Seattle Goodwill's Annual Glitter Sale is on next Saturday and Sunday, Nov 14 and 15. If you like rows and cases of glitzy and glamorous Goodwill bargains, then this is the place for you.

The first Goodwill Glitter Sale began in 1983 at the Dearborn Street location. It's still in the same location 26 years later.

All proceeds support Goodwill's free job training and education programs so come down and spice up your wardrobe while changing a life, for the better.

Make sure to wear your 'easy on and off' public changing undergarments. Slips, body suite, boxers etc as there are no dressing rooms available.

Saturday & Sunday,November 14 & 15, 2009

9:00am - 6:00pm

Seattle Goodwill's Dearborn St. Store
1400 South Lane Street, Seattle

For more information, check out their blog, website , Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter.

Nov 4, 2009

Fashion love at first site...

My BFF @LeannU and I were shopping at Macy's the other day and were drawn in by some fabulous fashion. The lines of a black dress, zippers on a plaid jacket, contrasting fabrics, vibrant colors, unique designs and... (did I mention the zippers). We pulled open the jacket and saw the name 'Rachael Roy'. We didn't know who she was, but were so excited she was here. We quickly went through racks of Rachael Roy fashions like little girls "oh, look at this", "ooh, look at these zippers" "I love it!" "look, a sign with her name on it..". Ok, this might sound sad to some, but we were so excited to have a new line to play with. I know it was the zippers, studs, chains and odd mixture of fabrics that drew me in. This odd combination has always been my favorite. I can't wait to go back and try everything on (maybe Friday).

For now, I leave you with a few items that I really like:

(pics from