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People I meet walking down the street – who happen to rock a style of their own.

Thrifty Thursday: Head to Toe Menswear

Today’s Thrifty Thursday features a special guest: My dad. You could say my dad’s always been tight careful with money. My mom says it’s because he’s Scottish and frugality is in his genes. Well he must have passed them onto me because I also love a good bargain.

My dad loves the thrill of the treasure hunt and the chance to find a gem. We recently talked about some of his finds and he promised to send photos of his head-to-toe thrifted looks.

In this first photo, my dad managed to get a complete outfit for $38. The pants are Diesel and are made in Italy.

dad on deck

Velour jacket: Gap ($15)
Top: Billabong ($6)
Jeans: Diesel ($14)
Shoes: Route 66 ($3)

My dad really appreciates quality and workmanship. His Izod shirt was made in Australia. Dad’s never been a slave to brand names but he likes classic, quality pieces. Dressing well makes him stand a little taller and walk a little prouder.

dad in blue

Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger ($15)
Pullover: Izod ($6)
Jeans: Hugo Boss ($15)
Shoes: Lugz ($20)

This final outfit was mostly new, meaning that the tags were still on the articles. He got all the pieces for less than $60. That’s probably 1/3 of the price of the Banana Republic jacket. The shoes alone would have been $300.

dad next to rocks

Jacket: Banana republic ($20)
Top: Point Zero ($6)
Pants: Hugo Boss ($14)
Shoes: Mephisto ($14)

My dad will scour the clearance racks at department stores for drastically reduced new items, but he’s also a fan of Value Village, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and smaller, local thrift shops. Garage sales are not off-limit either. It might take a while to find the perfect items, but that’s part of the fun. And the work pays off, as you can see by the end result.

dad's shoes

Is thrifting a family tradition in your household? Have you convinced someone to try bargain hunting or are you alone in your quest for the perfect $3 pants?


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An Evening with Winemaker Tom Campbell at ROAD Apparel

Last night my hubby and I attended a special event at ROAD Apparel, a local men’s clothing store with locations in Seattle and Bellevue. The special guest in the Seattle store was Tom Campbell, a pioneer in the Washington wine industry.

Tom Campbell has two wineries, Mission Mountain Winery in Dayton, Montana and Tanjuli Winery in Zillah, Washington. He’s also the Director of Wine Production for Woodhouse Family Estates in Woodinville, Washington. When Tom started growing wine, Washington had only 17 wineries. There are now over 700. Needless to say, we learned a lot about wine from Tom. His wines also tasted amazing. No wonder they’ve won over 100 awards.

Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell, vitner and Washington wine pioneer

I tasted the Tanjuli Winery 2009 Viognier and 2007 Malbec as well as the Mission Mountain Winery Cocoa Vin Chocolate Port. I ordered all three. The chocolate port was rich and sweet. It’s rumored to taste divine when poured over vanilla ice cream. Yum!

After the wine tasting, I snacked on food samplings from Chutney’s and Shiki. Then came the apparel perusing. I saw a lot of fantastic items that I think a certain Mr. Jean of All Trades would love to see under the tree this Christmas. He had his eye on a watch, and I found wonderful messenger bags, scarves, jeans, shirts, and jackets.

ROAD Apparel collage

I found stylish people everywhere I turned. The first person I bumped into happened to be my colleague, Paul, who was enjoying the event with his friend, Pete. Paul is wearing ROAD apparel jeans; Pete has on a ROAD Apparel shirt and jeans. Looking good, guys!

Pete and Paul

Pete and Paul enjoying Tanjuli wine

I stopped these two stylish fellows on their way in. They let me snap a shot as long as I promised to feature their shoes. See, they work at Seattle’s flagship location of Aldo and are modeling the latest in men’s footwear. Of course I was happy to oblige.

The guys from Aldo

Aldo shoes

I met a man named Craig wearing a scarf from ROAD. I love the stripes and the pop of color. He wears it well, don’t you think?

Craig with ROAD scarf

I made a final lap of the store, chatted with a few wonderful people, including an amazing chance encounter with ROAD co-creator, Raj Shah!


It was a fun event and everyone enjoyed themselves. The store was packed and everyone was having fun, Between the stylish clothing, delicious wine, and tasty treats, it was an all-round great evening. Thanks, Julia, for inviting me!

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Street Style: Winter White and Plaid

Dont you just love this coat? I saw Caryn wearing it and ran over to compliment her on it. When she buttoned up the lapel to create a stylish funnel-neck collar, I was sold. I asked her to pose for my street style post and she kindly obliged.

plaid coat

Caryn has always had a great fashion sense (and the best accessory ever: strawberry blonde hair) but I think the coolest part of this story is that she’s had this coat in her closet—unworn—for two years. See, Caryn recently lost 100 pounds and this coat was part of what motivated her to get into single-digit sizes.

Talk about a major accomplishment! I’m so proud of Caryn for being dedicated to her health and following through on her goals. In her case, good old-fashioned exercise and a healthy, moderate diet got her here. She loves having more energy and having so many more sartorial choices.

outfit details

Now back to the coat: I love winter white and plaid so when I saw them together I swooned. It’s a great fall look but it’s light and bright. I like cheery coats and this one fits the bill. I really like how Caryn kept her silhouette lean with skinny jeans and nude ballet flats.


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Street Style: Kid Edition

Here’s an anomaly: A fashionable child in Seattle. My adopted hometown is a very relaxed city. Anything goes, and I guess that’s a good thing. But sometimes fleece and Tevas (together, oddly) win out over more stylish attire. So I was happy to see this lad in his button down shirt and slacks. Nary a team logo in sight. What a blessed relief.

trendy kid

I’m not saying kids need to dress like mini adults. This guy looks sharp yet comfortable. I’m also digging his hair color. Don’t be surprised if I take a cue from his hue and tint my own tresses one of these days. I’ve been itching for a way to brighten up. Hmm.


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Street Style: Falling for Layers

I love fall! It’s such a great season for style. You can layer to match the temperature and add or remove layers as the thermometer dips and rises. Some of my favorite clothing items are fall clothes: tights, scarves, blazers. Fall textures are my favorite too: corduroy, denim, tweed. Ah, autumn.

Ursula, one of my colleagues, is showing how fun fall fashion can be. She’s wearing a great two-toned scarf (both practical and stylish) with a dark denim tunic and black ankle-length leggings. I could see this tunic doubling as a dress in summer. For fall, it’s a great transition piece: The scarf and leggings make it work for cooler weather.


In fall, it’s not cold enough to always warrant socks. Ursula shows how fall isn’t all about boots. Look how cute a slip-on loafer can be. Her bare ankles remind us that there’s still beautiful sunny days to be had. Of course the only beaches we’ll be visiting in the Pacific Northwest are papered on the walls (just like the mural in the background).

Whenever I talk to Ursula about her outfits, I usually find out that she’s wearing something thrifted. Today’s look is no exception. The scarf and tunic are from Buffalo Exchange in Ballard. Ursula is great at finding thrifty looks from Buffalo, Goodwill, Value Village, and any other place she finds.

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Zebra Club Fashion Show at Piano Bash

Last night I attended the Zebra Club fashion show at Piano Bash. I was lucky to land VIP tickets to the show, which included an after-party at Munch Bar. Since I had two tickets, I immediately thought of my friend Shannon, the blogger behind The adventures of Lucky Duck. She’s got her finger on the pulse of fashion and I knew she’d be great company.


Shannon and I arrived around 8 pm. We received our press passes and goodie bags and walked the red carpet into the venue.


Shannon accessorized with Badgley Mischka jewelry and shoes. I wore a dress by Selma Karaca. We were welcomed by both the manager and marketing director of Piano Bash. The marketing manager looked adorable in a earthtone strapless mini dress with a tulip hem.

Piano Bash marketing manager

We met a lot of stylish people at the party, including Haarlem, a fellow blogger and NY transplant. He looked sharp in his suit and his accessories matched the red carpet! I think Haarlem is single-handedly proving that Northwest residents have style.


I ran into other Seattle-based bloggers too: Jess from The Suburb Experiment, Carolyn from Hey Pretty Thing, and Kimmie from Blue Paper Lanterns.

Oh, and the reason for the event: The Zebra Club fashion show. The show itself was a lot of fun. We watched DJ Topspin provide beats while a rotating group of freestylers took the stage, including Golden Mic King, The Physics, and Don’t Talk to The Cops.


The models came out and walked to the live music. I noticed a trend of texture mixing in the clothing the models were wearing. They wore free-flowing garments with contrasting accessories. This delicate dress and chunky boots exemplifies that.


I saw a lot of plaid (always a good thing, especially for fall). Models wore tons of layers, chunky knits, stripes, and tribal-inspired patterns. The proportions were great too. Billowy tops were paired with tights or leggings. Fitted dresses were accessorized with bold jewelry and tough shoes.

model collage

I was glad to see shorts in the fall lineup. Off the runway, these would look great with tights and boots.

two models

The show was a lot of fun and I have a few items on my wish list now. I’ll have to head over to Zebra Club and try on a fantastic long-sleeve mini dress I was drooling over and a chunky, loop-knit jacket one of the models wore so well.

Thanks to Zebra Club for inviting me, and to Piano Bash and Munch Bar for hosting.


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Street Style: Skirting the Issue

Cheryl and Dawn, two women at my work, have the same H&M circles skirt as I have. I hadn’t seen them in theirs recently so I decided it was safe to wear mine to the office. As soon as I did, I found Dawn wearing hers! Doh! Here’s Dawn with the skirt in pink.

pink circles

I love the white and pink combo. It’s so fresh and summery. I especially like how Dawn paired this outfit with a nude strappy sandal. They’re perfect. A white shoe would have been too matchy and a darker shoe would stand out too much.

After seeing Dawn in her skirt I realized a couple of things: First of all, it’s a great skirt and she wears it well. Secondly, the pink and white looks so different from the black and gray that I don’t think it’s worth worrying about who’s wearing what on which day. I’m going to wear mine whenever I want. And if I bump into Dawn or Cheryl wearing their skirts, well, I’ll be in good company.

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Street Style: Long and Lean

I’ve finally captured the elusive Cheryl. She can usually be seen running races or rowing competitively. Today, I found her moving at a slower pace so I snapped a picture. Cheryl is sporting a terrific long and lean look. Yes, it helps if you’re actually long and lean, but you can create a lean silhouette with a slim-cut top, skinny jeans, a sleek heel.

black top and skinny jeans

Top: Una
Jeans: Mavi
Belt: Old Navy
Necklace: Bree (by way of Santa Fe)
Bracelet: Street vendor in Victoria, BC
Ring: Store in Brooklyn
Shoes: BCBGirls

I like that Cheryl traveled to three corners of the continent (the Pacific Northwest – Victoria; the Southwest – Santa Fe; the East Coast – Brooklyn) to get her accessories. Perhaps that’s not the only reason she traveled, but it’s certainly a fun way to bring back trip reminders.

Her Una top is a new acquisition from the trunk show at Velouria that Cheryl and I attended last week.

detail of top


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Street Style: Free Wheelin’

Kirsten is one of those enviable souls who commutes to work by bicycle. And not just any bike—a great Euro-styled commuter bike (also called a Dutch bike) by PUBLIC Bikes. It reminds me of the Peugeot my mom rode around on in the ’70s (with me on the back in my little seat, usually holding the groceries). Except Kirsten’s is a modern take on a classic. It just looks old; it’s state-of-the-art.

kirsten with her bike

: Anthropologie
Jeans: Gap
Black top: Una
Tank: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Nine West
Necklace: Kimberly Baker

Kirsten is just as stylish as her bike. Most people I know love her glasses, but her outfit is pretty sweet too. I like when urban riders don’t dress for the Tour de France when dressing for work will do.

When Kirsten’s not cruisin’ to work, she plays upright bass in a Seattle rockabilly band, The Black Crabs. Can’t get much cooler than that. Go have a listen on the band’s Facebook page. Tell her Jean of all Trades sent you.


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Street Style: Better Than Flip-Flops

I try not to be a style snob. With fashion, my attitude is usually “anything goes.” But I do have a couple of pet peeves. One of which the flip-flop. I don’t mean nice flat, thong-toes sandals; I mean the rubber cheapies that ruin otherwise nice outfits. If you put any thought at all into your attire, please don’t stop at your ankle. For true H2T (head to toe) fabulousness, check out these alternatives:

red cutout

strappy and thong


white and braided


All of these styles go well with skirts and dresses as well as jeans and shorts. Their flat soles and airy uppers make these cool and summery. They’re all comfortable-looking, and look pulled-together, especially with a nice pedicure (with or without polish). The toe rings are a great touch—try one if you dare!

There’s a wide range of choices in sandals this summer—from die-cut to braided. And the color choice is amazing. Red is one of my favorites, but metallics are neutral and fun too. So try a pair instead of the usual flip-flip and take your summer style up a notch.

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