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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Pirate

This year I’ve been approaching Halloween costumes differently — I’ve been trying to discover people’s Halloween spirit animal. The process involves observation, seeing what costume components or natural inclinations they already possess, and waiting for inspiration to strike. My friend Meredith has a pair of striped pants and when she wore them a few weeks ago, it was clear — she would make a perfect pirate!


Costume Components

  • Bandana. Bonus points for a pirate hat!
  • Eye patch
  • Billowy blouse
  • Gold jewelry — don’t be shy!
  • Striped pants
  • Sash
  • Sword
  • Boots
  • Bonus: parrot!

True to form, a pirate costume is a great Costumes In Your Closet option since it won’t require many purchases. The one thing we were missing for the costume was the billowy blouse and I tracked down the lace blouse with ruffles from The Red Light in Portland last weekend! Being a pirate is a such an affordable and easy choice for Halloween costumes!

Have you pulled together a costume from your closet? Please share! Don’t forget to tag your images #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram — we’d love to see what you’re able to create from what you have!

Photo and editing by Will Bossen // Styling by Sarah Ward

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Dressing Room Scarf Tutorial


This week Jennifer and I went shopping at the LOFT to revitalize her wardrobe and found some great additions that fit her style and her budget. At the end of our session we explored several options for different ways to tie a scarf.

Here’s a closer look at these scarf tying options:





Scarves are such a low risk way to add color, texture, pattern and style to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Give a fun print scarf a try this season!

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Frida Kahlo

Photo: Will Miller

Photo: Will Miller

The most iconic unibrow in the world is that of Frida Kahlo. And if there’s one thing we can learn from Frida, it’s to embrace your facial hair. Last year I dressed up as the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo for work and won best costume in the process! If you have some eclectic pieces and flowers, this will be an ideal costume for you.

frida kahlo costume by sarah ward

Costume Components

  • crown of roses
  • unibrow
  • dangly earrings
  • layered necklaces
  • printed separates, or a dress
  • bonus points for a piano shawl with tassels, or Spanish manton
  • stacked bracelets

Costume Inspiration



Heidi Klum's 11th Annual Halloween Party

Rebecca Minkoff as Frida at Heidi Klum’s Halloween Party

Frida-Kahlo-Costume oh happy dayGo forth! Embrace your facial hair! Let Frida ring!


Photo by Will Miller.

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Rockabilly Rosie the Riveter


While I’ve dressed up as Rosie the Riveter before, I inadvertently did it again this week — Halloween runs deep! Why not lend a rockabilly flavor to your Rosie costume for an original spin? Make your costume your own!

Costume Components

  • Headscarf or bandana
  • Collared shirt — chambray, plaid, or otherwise
  • A whole lotta attitude

Here’s my original Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume.

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You can do it! You can pull together a great Halloween costume on the cheap!

Photo: Will Bossen


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Rustic back yard wedding | wedding stylist


At the end of the summer, Joseph and Felicia had a rustic back yard wedding reception in Vancouver, Canada and I had the pleasure of being the event stylist and calligrapher. It was such a perfect day for a back yard wedding! The low light was so lovely and romantic.


They had a vintage, shabby chic vision with burlap, hay bales, twine covered Mason jars, ferns, and chalkboard sign accents.

backyard reception by dave choo

Photo by Dave Choo

Here’s to the happy hipster couple!

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First Look: Calligraphy Tutorial for That Pleasant Surprise


This week I had the pleasure of doing a calligraphy tutorial for the lifestyle blog That Pleasant Surprise with the lovely Claire Batey. Our remarkable photographer Will Bossen captured some magnificent images and I can’t wait to share more! In the meantime, here’s a taste.

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Portrait of an Undercut | Short Hair

This week I got a refresher haircut at Rudy’s Barbershop in Belltown from Sarah and got this badass undercut. It follows my left ear in a C shape and is definitively edgy. Seattle photographer Sean Gumm kindly took this lovely portrait for me.

Last month I got my feet wet with an undercut which wasn’t quite as defined so I panicked after seeing how short it was. That said, I’ve warmed to it considerably and have gotten a TON of compliments on it.

The perks of an undercut? You can easily conceal it by letting the longer layers fall over the shorter hair. And when you want to be edgy, slick it over. And if it’s too short, it’ll grow out in no time.

The drawbacks is that you need to get it cut even more often than regular short hair to keep it up. But your hairstylist may have bang trim options for $5 or so to keep it fresh.

Short hair sisters, have you embraced the undercut?

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Styling: Coach

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Photographer: Richard Darbonne | Stylist: Sarah Ward

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Styling: Analogy


Photographer: Carlton Canary | Model: Kathleen Majdali

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Style Icon Iris Apfel Is Selling Her Accessories!

Iris Apfel is a renown decorator, textile designer, and style icon extraordinaire. Her wardrobe is one of a kind, and if you want to own a part of it, you’re in luck. In an unprecedented move, Apfel has begun to sell furniture and jewelry from her private collection via One King’s Lane.

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Iris Apfel via the New York Times

When one thinks of Iris Apfel what likely comes to mind is the art of wearing accessories. Here are a few memorable quotes from Apfel about what accessories can do to elevate your wardrobe.

My mother knew if you bought a couple of really good architectural outfits and put your money into accessories, you could create a million different looks. She taught that to me, which I think was invaluable.

Invest in basics in your wardrobe, then use accessories to change your look.

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Photo: PEM

I get more compliments on accessories than anything else. I think they’re kind of like herbs and spices. They give zest and zing to an outfit.

You can really make an outfit yours by how you accessorize.

Here are a few memorable pieces from her collection.

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Check out her sale!

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