About a Bow

  Juxtaposition and unexpected details are two fashion elements that I’ve gravitated towards for a number of years. It answers one’s need to be ladylike/sporty, tough/ preppy, modern/retro, etc. This week, I’d like to visit the glory of distressed denim and ladylike blouses. My blouse from Sheinside is adorned with a fun and unexpected bow on […]

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Gingham Style 

Gingham is a print that’s made its rounds. Masculine in 1946 on Katherine Hepburn, All-American in 1968 on Jane Fonda, feminine in 2008 by Prada on Anna Wintour, and crisply preppy on Olivia Palermo in 2013. This season, the gingham print has taken another creative turn. The combination of a ruffle revival and a classic mini […]

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Refurbished Resort Trends

Resort is my favorite season. Why?  Becuase designers color outside the lines. There is zero consistency. It’s the time of year where fur and bikinis compete for space on the racks. The sun comes out one day and it snows the next. The weather outside hasn’t fully committed to Spring because it’s still hanging onto those […]

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PW’s guide to drop-in guests

Let me take a recess from fashion this week and focus on the entire sense of the practical woman. The lifestyle of the PW is a balance between practical and fabulous. A practical woman finds the time for style, for her career, and for entertaining. So, let’s explore a scenario… A couple of close friends from old […]

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Shirts Pt. 3

Long Live Femininity! Reflecting back on parts one and two of the PW’s shirt trilogy, I recognize that both rebellion and masculinity have been examined. But what about the feminine side of shirting? Is the point of shirting merely to exude power and therefore reject femininity? After all, Katherine Hepburn frequently sported the classic white […]

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When a practical woman goes western

The young practical me loved plaid and Canadian tuxedos when visiting Grandma at her home dubbed “The Ranch”. I would put on my red cowgirl boots and a cream hat for horse rides and hay bailing. Honestly, . After numerous attempts to use a pitchfork longer than my height with hands straight in the air, hay […]

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Deconstruction…crop tops…rebellion!

I remember my first encounter with the idea of deconstruction. I was on a study abroad in France with a group of 15 students from Oregon State University. We were immersed in fashion for almost three weeks. Designer Prudence Millinery taught us how to make hats just as she did for YSL, Balenciaga, Tom Ford, etc. More […]

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Shirts of Spring

I’ll be posting three parts on the subject of shirts. Why? Well, as much as I feel like a lady in a dress, I exude power in a shirt. When I was very young, I danced around in dresses with layers of stiff silk and tulle made by my Aunt Carol. Notice that power stance […]

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The Choker

We’ve seen them everywhere lately. They come in all shapes, textures, colors, and sizes. The infamous choker. Back from the grave of your jewelry box from the 90s. Pull them out, dust them off, and pair them with your favorite low neck blouse, a ribbed fitted sweater, or even a scoop neck dress. What I appreciate […]

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