Eyes chestnut in hue, glossed over and desert dry from scanning website after website of fluffy cotton candy gowns. What am I searching for? Understated? Tasteful? Uncommon? I guess I'll know when I see it.
One click,... two click,... three...
And at that moment she felt pure captivation and desire. A monument to beaded exquisiteness and lace indulgence. Jenny Packham - Delicate
Classic Vintage StylesI am drawn to Jenny's designs like a hummingbird to sweet nectar. She (Jenny) seems to understand design from a perspective of the Art Deco, roaring 20's and 30's innovation and sensibilities. Intricate, yes! Refined, yes! Distinctive, yes! and Yes she designs gowns for really famous people and Yes she is a well known fashion icon but that is not why I have fallen for her.... Take a look for yourself...
(does this mean I'm saying yes to the dress?)
What most people don't know is that Seattle is one of the greatest cities in the world. Here is a look at some of the design Seattle offers.
love the harmonies guys
the old Macy's buildings are the best for design, they have so much character...
Tom Douglas your my hero!
Glass art by Chihuly
Spontaneity doesn't come easy for me when it comes to deciding what to wear for the coming day ahead. From the moment I was able to dress myself I have been crafting my daily wardrobe the evening before. I have, painfully at times, learned that if I don’t consider my attire before the day arrives … well lets just say a little film plays out “War of the Wardrobe” where the main character is antagonized by her inner conflict and aggression. ‘She’ faces aggravation, lack of confidence, and indecision… and at the end of the film she is always late.
Today was one of “those” days, I had one of those indecisive moments…I put on the clothing I had considered, took one look in the mirror and screamed to my internal self “Oh, No You Didn’t!” So for the next 10-15 minutes I went through the agony of changing from one outfit to the next tossing clothes on every inch of the floor… At these times in my life I wish I had the guidance of my good friend Jessica Barrios. Her style is forever fiercely fashionable and she always knows exactly what to wear. So I guess that's why she has made quite the career for herself…
Based in the New York Metro area, Jessica Barrios is the founder and president of Solo Image Consulting. Continually in high demand Jessica’s knowledge and expertise began early and I’m positive her time spent around the family business (a bridal salon) had a fervent hand in developing her creative eye. Jessica has worked as a costume designer and wardrobe stylist for many years, in varying genera’s. As the resident stylist for the famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Jessica has worked with high profile celebrities and her designs have been featured on stage as well as a few reputable periodicals.
I had a moment to speak with Jessica and investigate more specifically what she offers as a stylist and consultant. Can you give the readers some in depth insight as what an image consultant does? An image consultant works with a client to define style elements that are essential to their daily life, their work schedule, business activities and social calendar. There is a time and place for everything but it's important to always dress for the occasion. For example, an outfit that you may decide to wear to a club will not be the smartest choice for a job interview. It still surprises me that not everyone understands that concept. Think of me as that special friend that will spend hours with you finding the right looks for any occasion. I will give you my honest opinion and not be pushy about making purchases as a sales person might. I don't work on a commission. When a client comes to you for help what can they expect?
They can expect one-on-one specialized treatment. The first thing I ask is what their needs are and why they are coming to an image consultant. It's different for everyone. Some people just need help parting with clothing in their closet that no longer suits them. Others need a total overhaul because of a new job or because they've been wearing the same clothes since 1985! What is your favorite aspect of the job as a wardrobe stylist? I absolutely love helping people and making them feel good about themselves. The greatest feeling is when a client looks in the mirror and loves what they see ESPECIALLY if they weren't inclined at first to trust my suggestions.
I know that you have had the opportunity to work with some pretty established people, is there an experience that you’d like to share of who has been your favorite?
I work with high profile celebrities but I also work with regular folks. Sometimes it will be a bachelor Wall Street type that doesn't know how to transition from business to weekend wear. Other times it's new moms that need help finding new styles to flatter their new bodies. I don't have favorites but I love it when anyone that comes to me has an open mind about trying something new, even if they end up not liking it. It's OK to try it AND THEN decide.
What is the biggest thing that influences your work? Everything influences my work, my family, my friends, my clients, my peers, my neighborhood, my dog, my yoga instructor. NEW YORK CITY inspires me though. I love the passion and energy that stimulates all the dreamers and shakers here. It seems as though everyone is on a mission to accomplish so much with their lives. That's very powerful AND exciting! I love it!
Can you share a little about your new endeavors in accessories? Oh yes, my accessories. I have been making accessories since I was in 1st grade. I would sell them in the schoolyard during recess! It's been ever evolving. In college I made leather jewelry, then I started up Solo Tu Accessories with these beautiful hand-embroidered silk scarves. A couple years ago, I got into wire wrap jewelry. This year, it's men's accessories such as ties, bow ties, pocket squares and suspenders. I LOVE menswear!
As an accessorizing diva I look forward to checking out more of Jessica's design influence. And Jessica when you make it back to Cali. I think I need some help ;o)
I've always enjoyed shopping at consignment stores because I never know what I'll find...
This floral patterned cami will be great for work or play!
I would describe this piece as Modern Mad Men...
Very work appropriate dress...
The shoes were a find with two toned beige and metallic gold with yellow accent.
Antique vs. Vintage
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Antique and Vintage?
An Antique is qualified by its age; it must be at least 100 years old. It’s typically a collectable and rare to find.
Vintage…in wine terms at least, is the specific year in which the grapes were grown and harvested. In other items such as garments it would be classified as being at least 20 years old.
...So I guess that makes me a good vintage :o)…
I think antiques are “cool”… though I’ve never been one for collecting things. I can appreciate the beauty in something beyond maturity and uncommon,... I mean there is pleasure to be had in owning a piece of history.
But I am however a huge fan of vintage, not only in wine (hee hee) but clothing as well. There is something so special about clothing made for women in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. I think the clothing from these eras where designed with such care and made to accentuate the best part of a woman’s curves... Fitted bodice with gathered waistlines and falling skirts accentuate the bust and hide the hips. Front pleats and pockets placed in just the right way to hide the tummy, these are just a few of the design aspect of vintage clothing that I love.
Think old Hollywood Glam,… Greta Garbo, Vivien Leigh!
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The age of war and Big Band music. (Captain Crunch on Doughnuts anyone?)
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Fantastic era for music!
Frank, Little Richard, Otis, Chuck Berry, and we can’t forget Elvis.
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I’m sure most of the online shopping community has heard of Etsy.com
by now. It’s a great place to find unique vintage and handmade items... And by far one of my favorite shops on Etsy
is StutterenMama’s Roadside Vintage Boutique.
If there is anyone who understands the feminine designs of vintage clothing its
Sarah Deaton-Zaayer. I’ve known Sarah for years and she been wearing and collecting vintage clothing for as long as I’ve know her. She is a stylish, savvy
buyer and her passion for the vintage life style is one of serious dedication. If you check out her site you’ll find items from the 30’s 40’s 50’s, shoes, accessories and more. Sarah gives each item of clothing a fun descriptive title. And the detail she offers is extremely helpful. There are new garments added daily.
If you enjoy collecting and wearing vintage clothing like I do, I encourage you to check out her site for a fantastic selection of vintage clothing.www.esty.com/shop/stuttinMama
I Love Design!!!!!
Sarah and her main squeeze...