2/8/16

Now Trending: Oh, You're A Wild One!



I'm a coat hoarder, but for a long time, I went with the basic staple coats that can interchange with any outfit. That's what's great about a black or nude coat; these are musts for every fashion lady. But when you live in the Northwest and pretty much have to wear a coat consistently for a good six months you can start to feel like you're wearing the same outfit every day. Trust me I've been there. The best thing to do is expand your coat collection and make it the outfit rather than just something that goes with your outfit.

What do I mean exactly? Check out these strong statement coats that illustrate how fun a coat outfit can be.


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This has it all. The cut, the color and the pattern - not your everyday coat. Which means its perfect!



Maybe you're not ready to jump into a coat that has a lot of drama, so start small - go with color.


This is a perfect example of how a coat can be your outfit. It looks like this is a dress/coat combo, which is reminiscent of the 60's, but you can modernize it with accessories. FUN!




Let's shop!
Topshop
Camouflage and fur - an unexpected combo, but just looks right.

Nasty Gal
Check you later.  



River Island





Capulet 
Nordstrom

1/26/16

Turtlenecks Will Be Your Best Friend This Winter.


A perfectly good example of why you should never say never. I am NOW on the turtleneck bandwagon. I know it's a cold weather staple, but I've never been a turtleneck girl. I felt like it swallowed me up and made me look shorter than my go to scoop neck. But this year I found myself all about it.

I know a turtleneck doesn't need much to make a complete outfit, but if you want to wear one every day - here's a few ways to mix it up.




Under a dress. So, this JCrew racerback dress was a favorite this summer. When I found this thin turtleneck at Zara and realized it would be the perfect way to take my fave dresss into the cold months, I felt like I had won a style prize.



My favorite combo winter weather uniform. Instantly chic and no ironing required. WIN. 



The ribbed, slouchy white turtleneck to feed your neutral winter vibes. 



I love this look, but my petite body would be swallowed in this. I still love it and if you can pull it off - then please do it.



Two things I have never really been inclined to wear work together in the most stylish way. 




This is my favorite, I love the sweater dress + no sleeves + turtleneck. I am currently on the lookout for this combo piece. It's a classic that it can come out every season for years to come.

It doesn't matter if you're new to the turtleneck or have been wearing it for many years, these fun looks can help you mix up your look for any day of the week.


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1/25/16

5 WAYS TO STYLE A BLANKET SCARF




I already know you're in love with blanket scarves and you know it's one of my new favorite things. So, I did us a favor. If we're going to wear these babies for the next few months, we need some fresh style ideas.




Just wrap yourself up. This is perfect for your early morning walk to work. The wind is chilly and you're not awake enough to come to terms with the fact that you're not in bed anymore.



Cape. With the rise of super heroes its no wonder we feel like we need to let our inner super hero fly.



The twist and wrap. This is the effortless, I wear the blanket scarf it doesn't wear me. 



Belt it. This is when the scarf is more than just a part of your look, its actually your look. 




It's amazing to see that there's so many ways you can rock a blanket scarf. Which one is your favorite? Do you have other ideas? Let me know. 





1/24/16

Valentine's Day Secret from UVillage






Do you want to know a secret? Sure you do.
Everyone likes to be in on a big secret, especially when it involves winning a top secret prize.
This Valentine's Day, Uvillage is giving their email subscribers a chance to enter a giveaway that is valued around $500.

Not on their email list? Sign up and be entered to win.
Don't wait, you only have until 2/2/16 to sign up for a chance to win.




What's the prize? It's a secret. 
U Village isn't sharing what is exactly included in the Valentine's Day surprise , just that stores like Calypso St Barth and Jonathan Adler are participating.

The BIG REVEAL is on Feb 2nd.

I'm on pins and needles too! 

How to enter is easy: Go to UVillage.com, scroll to the bottom and enter your email address to subscribe to U Village's email newsletter. Once you subscribe, you're entered to win. Already an email subscriber, then you're already in.


Enter here: THE BIG SECRET

1/22/16

10 WAYS TO ROCK AMAZING HAIR ALL YEAR LONG





I don't know what it is about the new year, but everyone wants to change their hair.  I felt the need too; I spent way more time than I care to admit checking out hairstyles on Pinterest. But you don't have to have a total make-over to rock BOOMTASTIC hair.

I partnered with Sassoon Salon to share 10 Radiant Resolutions to help you start the new year off on the right foot.  Here are some great tips and tricks, plus amazing products that will help refresh your look and achieve effortless, gorgeous hair NOW!




1. Try a Radiant Refresh – Ring in 2016 with a new signature style by simply adding a side-swept fringe to your classic cut or upgrading your color with a warmer palette. This season’s statement styles call for cool, pared-back hair with effortless shine.

2. Fashion an Everlasting Blow-Out - If you’ve spent the time creating a beautiful blow-out yourself or paid someone else to do it, the last thing you want is to wake up the next day and it be gone. Lisa Baber, Sassoon Creative Director, explains, “prep is paramount and a lightweight mousse will work as a setting lotion, but make sure you comb the product through your hair to achieve an even blow-dry.”

3. Shine On – Just like our skin, healthy hair gets its strength and shine from a combination of proteins and vitamins. Customized weekly treatments, such as a Sassoon Instant Fusio Dose Treatment by Kerastase, deliver a host of benefits to dry, parched hair – from boosting the vibrancy of your color to preventing future damage and instantly smoothing and strengthening each strand.

4. Turn Down the Heat - Swap the perfect blow-out and go au natural once a week. Embrace your natural texture by applying a conditioning style cream and air-drying. You will prevent breakage and cuticle damage while maintaining softness and combating frizz.

5.  Go Glam After the Gym - Slick hair back using your fingers with a dollop of Gel Forte from Sebastian to hold the hair in place. Apply the product to the roots of your hair leaving out the ends. To achieve an even sleeker look, comb the gel through to tame any strays and let the hair air-dry. For a dryer texturized look, simply apply the product but blow dry the hair back and away from the face. Use bobby pins to secure the style in place and ensure the longevity of the look.





6. Trim Down – Forward book your salon appointments every 5-6 weeks for regular trims and haircuts. You’ll keep your ends healthy and feel forever fresh.


7. Embrace Hair Oil – Many avoid using hair oils for fear they leave hair looking & feeling greasy.  The new generation of hair oils is lightweight and nourishing. Embrace hair oils this winter and try Davines OI Oil or Oil Non-Oil.

8. Treat Yourself - In between appointments, keep hair shiny and healthy with an at-home deep-conditioning masque treatment personalized for your hair type.

9. Try a Cool Rinse - In the same way, that central heating affects hair, washing it in hot water can also dry locks out, so opt for a warm temperature instead. “Rinsing your hair in cool water adds extra shine and locks in vital moisture,’ says Lisa Baber.

10. Warm Up – Blend warmer color palettes to support and enhance shine this season. “From rich mocha for brunettes, deep ruby for redheads, and soft, light hues for blondes, warmer tones keep you from looking washed out in the winter and give your skin a boost of radiance,” says Carmen Gallander, Seattle’s Color Director.


So, you're totally going to have great hair all 2016 long if you follow 1 or all of these resolutions.


main image by Jenna Bechtholt

1/21/16

These Yoga Leggings Will Keep You Stylish In and Out of Class.




I blame my grandmother - because of her, my love for patterned leggings knows no bounds. So, even though I blame her, I thank her. The love she passed down to me makes me seek out brands that are strong in design and comfort. Well, I've fallen in love with One Tribal Apparel.



Their leggings check all the right boxes in my leggings must haves.
They must be colorful, the crazier the pattern the better, they must be comfortable, and they must work inside and outside the yoga studio.
It's not often that pair of leggings can check all of the boxes.
These do.



I wish you could feel these. I've owned a lot of leggings in my lifetime and these babies are soft. I usually wear them in yoga and on days I feel like having a little fun with my look.

I'm not wearing them as I write this post, but I wish I were. 



1/18/16

NOT YOUR AVERAGE RAIN BOOTS


You may be surprised to hear, but I've never owned a pair of traditional rain boots. Yes, I'm from the Pacific Northwest and yes it rains here, but funny enough I don't own any.  I'm also the girl who has way too many coats without hoods. It's just my way.
If you're looking for an alternative to rain boots, I have the shoes for you.



These patent shiny babies are my go to on rainy days. The rain slides right off, and they go with everything - jeans and dresses.
You don't have to buy these shoes, but if you fall in love with a pair of patent leather boots just remember they keep you stylish in the rain too.



photos by Jenna Bechtholt

1/17/16

ANNOUNCING STYLISH IN SEATTLE, A CONFERENCE FOR SEATTLE STYLE BLOGGERS!




Is this happening!? Yes!
I don't know how many conversations I've had about putting on a conference for Seattle Style Bloggers - so many and for more years than I can count. Well, I've stopped talking about it.
It's 2016 and it's finally happening. 





I can hardly believe it, but I've been in the blogging game for about 7 years - SEVEN YEARS! I had no idea that I would be spending my days and nights behind a computer writing my thoughts, my fashion crushes, sharing actual pictures of outfits for so many years of my life. But if I can be honest that time has passed in a flash. What started as something fun to do has turned into one of the best parts of my life.

Yes, I get to work with amazing brands, get invited to some pretty cool events, but at the heart of it has been the community. The amazing people I've had a chance to meet have become some of my closest friends. They support and inspire.


A blogger event Sydney and I hosted at the Four Season last year.


That's why Stylish In Seattle is so important to me. When I first started blogging the Seattle style blogger community was super small. It's been amazing to see the number of bloggers grow. I see new faces at every event. And one thing I know better than anyone is that these bloggers work hard. I know they devote time and money into their blogging life. It's more than just posing and posting. It's research, its hours behind the computer, all of this after they get off their daytime job. But at the heart of it, a lot of these bloggers would love to make it their full-time job. I would love to blog during regular business hours. It's just hard to make that leap. I've read countless articles on it, traveled to conferences in New York and LA for any insight. I always walked away inspired, but still clueless. A lot of conference were 101 subjects - how to write a blog post, platforms you should use, etc. It was time for a NEXT LEVEL Conference.




That's why it was important for me to help Stylish In Seattle come to life. Sydney of Gossip and Glamour and I wanted to create an event for bloggers who are ready to take their blog to the next level. I especially wanted to have a panel about turning your blog into a business. I affectionately call it the Do What You Love panel. It's amazing to think that the business of blogging is a real thing. Seven years ago, I had no idea that the blogosphere would be a platform to pursue and attain dreams.

We're working hard to make it a great event. So, if you're a Style Blogger in or around Seattle we hope to see you there.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below or tweet me @alixrose 

Buy tickets: http://j.mp/1nhMDLv

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