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Mad About Plaid: Duvall-Style

Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills. Main Street, Duvall. That’s right. Duvall.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a fashion show at Match Coffee & Wine in Duvall, WA, a quaint town about 40 minutes east of Seattle. The café is in a great space on Main Street. High ceilings, exposed brick, a fireplace, and lots of art on the walls. The bar was packed, and people stood in the aisles waiting for the show. I sipped on syrah, listened to music, and chatted with Mr. Jean of all Trades.

wine and corks

The show was presented by Chic Essentials, a cute boutique (also on Duvall’s Main Street). Chic Essentials has a great selection of women’s clothing, from basic tanks to trendy tops. I had my eye on a bias cut skirt in a pretty cornflower blue.

Fashion shows are notoriously hard to shoot (moody lighting, moving subjects), and of course, despite taking a ton of photos, there was nothing flattering in the lot. Well, except for one of me, taken by hubby! He took this photo of me before the show, while I was sitting on a bench made of books. It adorns the sidewalk outside of a used bookstore next to Match. It’s especially fitting, since it’s Get Caught Reading month.


Trench: Thrifted
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: John Fluevog
Scarf: DIY

After the fashion show, we crossed the street to The Duvall Grill and Tap Room. The service was great, the food was delicious, and the wine warmed me up. They have a good selection of vegetarian items too, which made me happy.

It’s worth the trip to Duvall. It’s a small place, but there are things to do and see and there’s a distinctly artsy vibe about the place. I’ll be back. Maybe to browse through antique shops and boutiques, but probably for the cornflower blue skirt.

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National Tartan Day

I’ve barely recovered from National Tweed Day and it’s already National Tartan Day. Phew! April is exciting.

Tartan Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which gave Scotland independence from England and made it a sovereign state. Their declaration influenced the American Declaration of Independence. Hooray for independence!


Jacket: Macy’s
T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Necklace: Denise
Shoes: Seychelles

My dad is from Scotland so I grew up learning a lot about the country and its people, culture and history. I know how influential Scots have been in the development of both Canada and the United States. The Scots, both at home and abroad, have contributed immensely to the arts, science, engineering, politics, and more.

And since I’m writing about (and wearing) tartan today, I can safely say they’ve contributed to fashion as well. Who doesn’t like tartan? I bet you have some in your closet. If so, wear some today and celebrate with me.

To celebrate the tartan and National Poetry Month, here’s a poem by Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns:

The Winter It Is Past

The winter it is past, and the summer comes at last
And the small birds, they sing on ev’ry tree;
Now ev’ry thing is glad, while I am very sad,
Since my true love is parted from me.

The rose upon the breer, by the waters running clear,
May have charms for the linnet or the bee;
Their little loves are blest, and their little hearts at rest,
But my true love is parted from me.

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