So what gives us the right to wax poetic about all things chic? We've been at it for years, dressing men and women of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. We've helped people feel gorgeous at the Oscars, the altar, and the playground. We study designers, textiles, accessories and inspirations from around the world. Most importantly, we LOVE it. Lovelovelovelovelovelovelove it. And, we're pretty excited to talk with you about fashion and beauty from all sorts of perspectives. We care what you think too, and would love to hear from you when you have found something extra special that makes you feel all tingly inside.
We firmly believe that some of the most reviewed trends that go down the runway are flat-out ugly, and sometimes they are quite stunning. Fashion can be about fantasy and art; wearability may not enter into the equation unless you are 17, 5’11”, and strolling the streets of Milan. We want to show you that part, sure, for the sheer entertainment value. But we also want to give you some tools you can actually use, tips on cute shoes you can actually walk in and jeans that work even if your ase isn't immune to the laws of gravity. We want to use fashion to help you refine and define your individual look. “Fashion” is constantly changing (that's part of the fun!), but style sticks around. We want to use this blog to illuminate the difference between the two, and how you can celebrate the one without abandoning the other.
In the interest of getting to know one another, we thought we would give you a quick peek into our lives to see what we can’t live without or wouldn’t be caught dead in. Hopefully you find this mildly amusing...
Paula: Bridgette Bardot, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carine Rotfield, Gwen Stefani, Elisa Sednaoui
Tracy: Audrey Hepburn, Ines de la Fressange, Blake Lively, Michelle Williams, Coco Chanel
Tracy: Easy chic, a little bit girly, little bit rock and roll
Paula: Clean, easy and elegant with a bit of edge. A little boho when it suits.
Tracy: Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo, Diorshow waterproof mascara, Bobbi Brown lip gloss in Nectar, Jo Malone orange blossom cologne.
Paula: Smith's Rosebud Salve, Kerastase Volume Mousse, Bobbi Brown lip gloss in Peony, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.
Paula: Nautical stripes - clean navy on white sweater, the French sweet-sailor look.
Tracy: White on white – sweet white dresses in grown up sheath shapes.
Paula: Suits, especially with full leg trousers. Pure elegance and subtly sexy.
Tracy: Dressing like a glass of wine – beautiful clothes in rich shades of bordeaux and crimson.
Tracy: Brightly colored denim shorts. Gave those up in elementary school.
Paula: Cropped white cotton pants. Nope.
Paula: Shorts that show one's bum.
Tracy: Jump suits and muffin-top inducing pants.
Portland - Mabel and Zora, Mario’s, Idom and Sloan. Where or where did Mimi and Lena go? Sigh.
Seattle - The Finerie, Blackbird, Mario’s, Alhambra, Les Amis
San Francisco – Marmalade, Azalea
New York – Pas de Deux, Dolce Vita, Oak, and we must give a nod to the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store with ten floors of temptations!
Gilt Groupe, ShopStyle, Saks.com, Ideeli, Rue la la, Svpply, The OutNet, Forzieri
We hope to post a couple of times a week and add in some regular features such as “Finding Fashion in Portland – We Know It’s Here!” where we will feature photos of people on the street that we think show some fashion-forwardness or generally look good. Next week we will let you into our accessory bag of tricks – our go-to items that can turn us from sleep deprived mommas into sassy style mavens in an instant. Really.
We want to hear from you, too. Tell us what you want to see here, and we'll do our best to oblige. Ciao, ciao!