Sunday, September 14, 2014

summered well

I haven't posted all summer mostly because I have been making it a point to really be "present" when I am around family and friends.  This summer I have been really fortunate to spend time with those I love and it feels good to put the phone down and focus on what's important.  Of course...that's not to say I didn't snap some shots.  I can't help it. The part of me that loves art, style, serenity, and even a little chaos was sure to capture some of my favorite moments.  Hope you enjoy these shots and I will be sure to post more frequently.  Fall is my favorite shopping season after all....;)

Gasworks Park. One of my favorite spots in Seattle to sit and appreciate the beautiful city of Seattle.

Starfish at the Seattle Aquarium on a trip with my nephew.  I was so taken with the different colors.  Such beautiful creatures!

Reading by the Fremont Canal with my Sophia. My legs make a good tepee out of the sun.  Glad to help. Look at all those little ducks we saw!  I still can't believe she had so many...maybe ducky daycare??

Just one of my mother's amazing summer dinners when I go to visit them on Bainbridge Island.  

As hard as it is to spend pretty Seattle summer days inside, sculptor John Grade asked for volunteers this summer to help build his newest vision.  I couldn't resist.  Getting to participate in this project and just be present next to this incredible artist has been an experience I am very grateful for.  You can see more of his work at

My parent's sweet Olive actually really loves summer weather.  Her face just has a hard time conveying that.  Isn't she the cutest?!!

Hiking through the woods on my way to Green Lake- another one of my favorite Seattle spots.  

I used these "Flash Tattoos" in a project I was styling for and I grew addicted to them myself.  I love using them on my wrist layered with my own jewelry.  I like when it's hard to tell what's a tattoo and what's a bracelet.  I also have zero tattoos which is surprising because I am always thinking of ideas. These guys help keep the urge a bit satisfied.  

Two of my favorite dresses this summer.  I am realizing I am a sucker for a unique and interesting back on a dress. Luckily, even with all the constant wear and tare, they are both still in excellent condition.  I'll look forward to busting them back out next season.   

This summer was full of lots of incredible moments and good company. Here are few of my favorite people in some of my favorite places to visit this summer: Lake Union, Madison Park Beach, and the Frye Art Museum. 

My mother has been making these incredible floor cushions and I am in awe of her talents.  Each one is uniquely beautiful and made with lots of love!  I just love them.

This is what I did on Labor Day.  Kissed my summer goodbye with a little writing and the newest FALL issue of KINFOLK magazine at my favorite Seattle lunch spot- LOCAL 360 (you MUST try the beet salad- so good!).  This summer was one I will never forget.  I feel like I learned a lot about myself, saw a lot of beautiful things and let go of a lot of unnecessary stress.  I hope to bring the same mindset into this season- being "present" in all that I do.  Thank you for stopping by and if you have any summer thoughts or happenings you would like to share, please share!

xx. ellen

Monday, February 17, 2014

lack of color

There was a time when you would look into my closet and see nothing but black.  Now, while a lot of my staples- winter coat, shoes, bags, and stockings all are mostly black, my closet is starting to transition into something like the picture above.  I like bold colors and I love my black staples, however lately all I want to wear is ivory, caramel, gray, and a nude shade close to my own complexion.  I feel so glamorous in neutral colors.  This is something that has taken me a while to figure out. Here are a few current looks inspiring my new color...or lack of color pallet. 

Speaking of inspiring....this photo just kills me.  How amazing is this dress, so close to her own skin tone!  LOVE!

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Friday, January 31, 2014

sexy has no expiration date

I am so impressed with American Apparels recent adds showing a beautiful 62 year old model and this recent photo of Daphne Selfe. I find the pervasive ageism in America unsettling and rather ridiculous. Being in my industry, I meet women of all ages all day long and I find it's mostly the more mature women that inspire me with their wisdom and life experience. These photos invoke the elegance and confidence I realize I have been so lucky to witness in my life from all the amazing women before me that have inspired me and reminded me where true beauty comes from. About time that beauty was captured and shown off, very cool.  These women are beautiful and sexy and graceful and I aspire to be just like them.

xx ellen.
Here are a few more shots from the blog Advanced Style that inspire me...

Sunday, December 8, 2013

self titled

I love watching haul videos, reading organizing tips, and exploring other people's closets.  I just love beautiful storage spaces- they make me happy, what can I say?  I'm currently after an antique dresser.  I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for, but I know I will when I see it.  Here's some inspiration I've gathered along the way...

xx. ellen.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

odds and ends

There are few looks I'm pretty into right now that some people might find a bit odd.  Socks with open toe shoes, navy with black, just a peek of skin with winter layers, over sized slouchy leather bags, super girly hair bows...  sometimes I think it's these odd bits that really make an outfit memorable.  Here are a few pictures currently inspiring me...and maybe you as well.

xx ellen.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

rebel rebel

 I'm loving the moto inspired looks this season!  I feel like "biker-chic" has really become something multidimensional and I'm so into it! I think people are getting more creative with their leather or faux leather staples and taking this badass look in a lot of different directions.  I love romantic pieces pieces with a tuff leather jacket.  Geeky pieces and classic prints are really fun to play with this look as well.  Here are a few looks currently inspiring me...

xx ellen. 

images via weheartit