Seahawks Stilettos

seahawks stilettos

With the Superbowl around the corner, people are decked out in Seahawks gear all around Seattle this weekend. One of my models today showed up in custom Seahawks stilettos by a local Seattle company, Hourglass Footwear.

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Aren’t these Seahawks stilettos incredible? Proof that supporting the Seahawks doesn’t have to mean dressing like a guy. Here’s to the 12th Woman!

Photo: Will Bossen

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Create Space for Better Things In Your Life


Eloise and I purged 50+ items of clothing from her closet yesterday! We pulled everything out of her closets and looked at each item — I was so proud of her for being willing to let so many things go. After that, came the fun part! We shopped her closet and created brand new outfits from pieces she already had — she was astonished at how many combinations there were that she hadn’t considered. We had a blast!

Here’s a life lesson to be taken away from a Wardrobe Evaluation:

When you remove the excess, you make space to invite better things into your life.

Now’s a perfect time to purge! Want help? I’d love to be your partner in crime.

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What Are You Wearing New Years Eve?

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Photo: Marshall Miller | Styling: Sarah Ward

The ball drops tomorrow at midnight — do you know what you’re wearing New Year’s Eve? It’s hard to go wrong with sequins so her are some of our favorite sequin looks!

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Whether you’re going to be in Time Square or in you’re living room ringing in the new year, there are plenty of ways to incorporate sequins into your New Years Eve!

Photo Credit (clockwise from top left): 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

What will you be wearing New Years Eve?

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How to Tie Your Scarf in a Bow


Are you looking for a new and creative way to tie your scarf? Why not tie it in a bow?

Recently I styled a Betsey Johnson accessories photo shoot and we had this glittery lipstick scarf to showcase. What better way to show off a piece with so much character than to tie it in a bow! Our adorable model totally embodied the Betsey spirit and we threw in a MAC Ruby Woo lipstick for good measure. (Photo: Will Bossen)

Here’s a quick scarf bow-tying tutorial from Hermes:

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Merry Christmas

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Hope you’re bundled up warm and enjoying wonderful time with family and loved ones. Have a safe and happy holidays.

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Calligraphy: Hand Lettered Ornaments for the Holidays


Want customized hand lettered ornaments for your Christmas tree this holiday? Choose your own text for the ornaments as well as clear, white, or gold leaf ornaments.


$30 for a set of 6. Pick up orders for Seattle available.

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Unique Gift Ideas for Christmas

Gift ImageChristmas shopping for me last year was beyond stressful.  My loved ones had supported me emotionally, mentally, and more all year.  But what could I give them that would say, “Hey, I love you”? What could I possibly get that either, a) they didn’t already have or b) that would not be just another thing for them to put in their closet or house and be forgotten?

I was tired of giving away “things” to other people, things that did not matter and had little significance to them other than another addition to their pile of “stuff.” As I was pondering gift ideas, I remembered a date night idea I had a few months earlier: a cooking class. I began to look at different events taking place in my city and realized that the perfect gift was:

The gift of experience. 

My husband and I decided to buy a cooking class for his parents who were experimenting with being vegan. They loved it! In fact, everyone we gave a gift to last year were beyond happy. In order to spread the Christmas joy, I would like to share with you ten unique gift ideas that would make your family and friends think of you as their Santa Claus.

  1. A cooking class. There are various types of cooking classes you can take, with focuses on appetizers, desserts, spices, Thai food, meatless dishes, etc. While some classes can be expensive, if you shop around, you can find different classes that fit your budget.
  2.  A crafts/design class (sewing, jewelry making, upholstery, decoration). For my sister-in-law’s birthday, I gave her a short class on making jewelry.  I brought the tools and jewelry making books and she took to it quickly and beautifully.
  3. A concert. What better present could you get or give than a night relaxing while enjoying some of your favorite music? Make this an extra special night by including dinner.
  4. A day at the spa/massage (a couple’s massage works too). I love going to the spa. I go in with all this tension I did not know I had and come out feeling relaxed, beautiful, and happy.
  5. An activity such as a Zip line. Have you ever Zip lined across a valley? Wow! What a rush! At first you’re scared because of the heights or the newness of it, but then you start going and it’s a pure adrenaline rush. This could be the perfect gift for the adrenaline junkie in your life.
  6. A personal trainer. Most people gain weight or become their unhealthiest during the holiday season. Although I believe you can enjoy the holidays without overindulging, I know it’s hard to resist all the goodies around you.  What better way for them to start the New Year than to hit the ground running.  Get them a personal trainer at their gym or find one through your local classified ads.
  7.  A chocolate/cheese tasting event. Chocolate and cheese; need I say more?
  8. A dance class. This is one gift I would love to receive.  I love to dance and would not mind learning a few new steps.  Dancing makes me feel alive, sexy, and beautiful.
  9. A trip. This need not break the bank.  If you book a trip far enough in advance, a trip can be pretty affordable.  Alternatively, a cruise is cheaper the closer to the trip you get your tickets as they are trying to fill up all their cabins.
  10. Time. Time is the most precious commodity we have.  What better way can you show someone you love them than by giving them the gift of your time? Take the time to do something they enjoy with them.  It could be as simple as dinner.  My sister is an extremely busy woman and so nothing means more to me than when she takes the time to just be with me.  I know it’s a sacrifice for her but she makes me feel like she would rather be there in the moment with me than anywhere else.  If you are going to take the time for them, then take the time. Be mentally as well as physically there with your loved ones.

What experience have you enjoyed or have given as a gift?

laureen headshotBIO: Laureen is a freelance writer with a background in medicine. Although writing has always been her passion it was not until she was having a “how we want to raise our children” discussion with her husband that she came to an interesting realization; how could she teach her children to follow their dreams ambitiously when she was not living her own? At that point she started her writing career.  She recently started a website to help others gain clarity for their lives and business at

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Maleficent

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For years Maleficent has risen to the top of my Halloween costumes and this year I finally executed it. This costume was certainly my biggest undertaking due to the creation of the headpiece.

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Costume Components

  • Horn headpiece — bonus points for handcrafting your own! I made mine and finished it within 30 minutes of my Haute Halloween party
  • Vampy makeup
  • Green contacts — the lighter and yellower the better
  • Feather choker — repurposed from my Raven costume last year
  • Black lace shirt
  • Black corset — borrowed from my friend Kim (this was her custom made wedding corset. Girl is badass.)
  • Staff with crow atop — I made mine with a piece of black bamboo, a plastic ball, black gaffer’s tape, and a black crow purchased from Michael’s
  • Edgy rings from Forever21
  • Black skirt — or black dress
  • Bonus: Nude manicure with red on the inside of the nail a la Adele at the Grammy’s

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Costume Inspiration

Photo: HitFix

Photo: HitFix

Photo: Entertainment Magazine

Photo: Entertainment Magazine

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Richard Darbonne is a talented Seattle portrait photographer I work with who suggested we do a portrait session after he saw my Malefiselfie on Instagram — “My heart stopped when I saw it,” he said. Richard created an environment with light that really highlighted the drama of Maleficent’s persona. “This light was especially crafted for you,” he told me when I sat down on set. “I tried to get other people to sit in, but it didn’t work.” It required the makeup and light and dark drama of the costume.

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This is an award-winning costume as well! On Thursday I won Best Costume at the zulily Halloween party for this Maleficent costume. When announcing the best costume, our Studio Director said, “I can see your horns from here!” As my friend Charity said, “You won Halloween.”

Watch for a forthcoming detailed post on the making of the Maleficent horns.

Show & Tell

Did you dress up as Maleficent or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer & Editor: Richard Darbonne | Blog
Model, Stylist & Makeup Artist: Sarah Ward

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Karl Lagerfeld


Fashion provides plenty of iconic costume ideas, and German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is one of the top choices. It’s a simple men’s Halloween costume choice — if you have a black suit and tie, you’re most of the way there!

Costume Components

  • White wig
  • Sunglasses
  • White collared shirt
  • Black tie
  • Black suit (borrowed from Sean — thank you!)
  • Gaudy tie clip and cuff links (tip: use women’s jewelry!)
  • Black fingerless gloves
  • Bonus accessories: white fluffy cat or white fan
Karl loves his cats. Photo: Harper's Bazaar

Karl loves his cats. Photo: Harper’s Bazaar


How perfect is Erick as Lagerfeld? When it came to embodying Karl, my clothing designer/stylist friend Erick was my first pick. He has the carriage, confidence, and dare I say cockiness to pull it off. Karl would be proud.

Show & Tell!

Did you dress up as Karl Lagerfeld or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer & Photo Editor: Sean Gumm
Karl, Stylist & Makeup Artist: Erick Skoronski
Art Director & Makeup Artist: Sarah Ward

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Halloween Costumes In Your Closet: Margot and Richie Tannenbaum


For a quirky, easy Halloween couple’s costume, consider going the Wes Anderson route!

Costume Components for Margot

  • Blonde wig
  • Smoky, brooding eye makeup
  • Red barrette
  • Brown fur coat (borrowed from Heather — thanks!)
  • Striped polo shirt or dress
  • Skirt or jeans
  • Handbag

Costume Components for Richie

  • Athletic headband and wristband
  • Aviator sunglasses
  • Neutral colored blazer
  • Blue polo with white blazer (we layered a collared shirt under a blue polo for the same effect)
  • Scarf
  • Jeans


Lana is a stylist and model I work with with her stunning bone structure and gaze and she came to mind for a perfect Margot Tannenbaum. Add her boyfriend Josh to the mix as Richie and we had a perfect couple’s costume!

Show & Tell!

Did you dress up as the Tannenbaums or pull together a costume from your closet? Leave a link in the comments, post a photo on our Facebook page, or hashtag #costumesinyourcloset on Instagram. We’d love to see your costume creation!

Photographer & Editor: Sean Gumm
Margot Tannenbaum: Lana Kraljevich
Richie Tannenbaum: Josh Tizon
Stylist and Makeup Artist for Margot: Sarah Ward
Makeup Artist for Richie: Erick Skoronski

A little behind the scenes love with the team.


L to R: Erick, Sean, Lana, Josh, Sarah

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