This is for those who will miss it on the Pink Pagoda Style Facebook page. I will keep it short and sweet. It is for the ladies and the gents. Many stores have started their summer clearance sales and it may be a draw to head on over and check them out. Two things to remember: 1) Summer (has it actually started in the PNW yet?) is quite short, you don't need much. 2) Don't buy for the sake of a good deal. Make a list of what you need BEFORE you head to the shops and only buy from that list. Deals hanging in the closet aren't deals after all. Okay, I'm done. Carry on.....
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
One of my go to inspiration blogs is Design*Sponge,run by Brooklyn based writer, Grace Bonney. All kinds of interiors, DIY's, and before and afters to spark your creativity. Today, D*S posted home photos and sticky notes from three different women across the globe. It was the sticky notes that got my attention. Each women was asked what she loved about her home.
This note was written by Graphic Designer, Sarah Sharpe of Sydney, Austrailia.
This note was written by Photographer Emma J. Noren , living in London.
And this note is written by former Seattlite and Blogger of "Roost" Caitlin Von Horn. Now in Alabama.
Notice that each of these gals is not mentioning that their favorite thing is their Roche Bobois sofa or some other high priced item bought new. It's about creating memories with good friends, family, sharing their guest bedroom, and quirky things like mismatched furniture. This made me think about my own home. When we are not in a position to upgrade the old sofa, redo the run down washrooms, or re carpet the entire house, it's time to seek out the small things. And appreciate them. I went around my home and took quick photos of some things that make me smile.
This antique wheelbarrow from my mom just sits among my greenery.
Two silver birdies gifted to me sit amongst a changing still life on my entry way console table.
I am a lover of books. Some of this cluttered collection has been in my possession since early childhood.
Living on a main road in our neighborhood, impromptu "occasions" happen quite frequently. We always save the corks and mark them with the date and names the bottle was shared with.
A lamp from my Grandma. Not necessarily my "style" but since I don't get to see her often, I have a piece that reminds me of her every day.
A Mexican Sacred Heart purchased on a milestone birthday trip with a fabulous friend.
My husband likes to stack rocks as his "Zen" thing. His various stackings around our property are little reminders of him at his best, or calmest. :)
Look around your home. What little things make you smile? Bring back a wonderful memory? Things your family members know are special?
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Don't worry, I am not going to get all "sciency" on you fashion fans. Recently I made note that some fashion advice I had given out was questioned and ultimately turned down and it got me to thinking. Even though I am really good at color and coordination and I absolutely love creating new outfits with what clients already own, fashion is NOT a science. Nothing is exact and there is never a one size fits all answer. For example, I had my Wayfarer days back in the 80's (a la Madonna) and although I liked them, been there, done that. My husband on the other hand, got his first pair this year and LOVES them. And they look good.
Edgey designers have had men and women in (I hate this term) "drop crotch pants" for the last year and I wouldn't put them on for any reason. If I was 20, I would probably have owned several pair and already been on to the next trend. Fashion is very personal and only you know what feels like you, regardless of what anyone says. Myself, magazines, books are only a guide and the rest is up to you.
|Me at the beach circa 1985.|
|My fashion inspiration back in the day. My parents weren't pleased!|
|Mr. Pink Pagoda Style|