It is with great pride I announce the launch of my new website with an updated logo by New Orleans based Sea Level Design and photos of me by Dallas based Christina Childress. This website looks and feels like the woman I am today. Please look around and leave comments here (constructive criticism is welcomed).
For those of you familiar with my former website, you may notice I am paring down my services. Gone are the custom color analysis, the image & style evaluation and makeup lessons. When I moved to Seattle, I wanted my business here to focus on my greatest strengths and the services I most enjoyed, closets and shopping. I have rolled the style evaluation into the wardrobe consultation as it is crucial to understand the client’s style before working with their wardrobe.
I have added photography as a service. It began as an idea to do street style photography for my blog. Then a couple of people used my photos on their website, and the idea to offer this service was birthed. The photos are web-ready for use on social media sites like LinkedIn and Facebook.
I continue to do public speaking as the opportunities arise. I have always enjoyed speaking and educating groups of all sizes, and I would like to see this part of my business grow. Stay tuned!
Last, but certainly not least, my new website features a new blog! I will be adding an e-mail subscription to that blog soon, and once it is complete I will let you know so you can follow me there. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Here’s to the next chapter!—Bethany
Here are a few more snaps from our evening at Casco Antiguo earlier this week. Style Lesson #1: If your top is long (longer than where your leg breaks when you lift it), you must wear a heel to create a longer leg. Otherwise, your body is cut in half (50% torso; 50% leg), which makes you look short regardless of your true height. Our lovely, leggy model Amanda here asked me about cuffing her jeans. If she had been wearing a top with a hem around her hip bone, I would have told her to go for it as she has plenty of leg to sacrifice. However, because her top is longer than the leg break, I advised her to keep her jeans un-cuffed. If you can visualize her in flats with a cuffed hem, she would have appeared overlong on her top half and, thus, out of proportion.
Style Lesson #2: The more leg you show, the more of your top half should be covered. I do wish I had a tan for this lesson – ha! Wearing shorts that hit at mid-thigh or shorter calls for a top that is either a half sleeve, 3/4-length or a long sleeve as I am wearing. Short shorts and a tank top is provocative and not very classy. Leave a little to the imagination, and keep it classy, ladies. It is what men prefer, actually.
Lastly, if you have silver and/or turquoise jewelry, now is the time to wear it. The cool tones of the silver has an overall cooling effect on your look, which is just right during our warmest season. Ditto for turquoise. The light, soft green/blue goes with all your spring/summer clothing without having to think about it. Don’t worry if you have none of this color in your outfit. Adding a new color to your look via accessories is totally okay and encouraged, actually. Happy Weekend!—Bethany
Last week I had the pleasure of spending time with Eva Spitzer, founder and designer of Peony and Moss, which offers a wide variety of artistic sock designs for women. Her best selling items are the thigh high socks. Where have these been all my life? I have the coldest feet and hands regardless of the season. No doubt I will become one of Eva’s best clients in due time.
Eva’s style is natural, feminine and practical. As a busy small business owner, she does not fuss over her appearance, yet she wants to look thoughtful and pulled together. She is an admitted lover of vintage and resale, which constituted much of what she wore the day I took her photos. A girl after my own heart! I love how she juxtaposed a feminine floral shell and cardigan with an androgynous bronze snake print driving loafer, a nod to her willingness to dress and think outside of the box.
For more on that, I love the look she sported the first time I met her in late February at a MeetUp she started: I am in love with her bright purple high/low pleated skirt, and her hair neatly pulled into a bun. Yet look how how she threw a polar opposite jacket on top of it as if to say, “Don’t even try to figure me out!” Or perhaps she is very cold-natured like me, and this is her warmest jacket. Either way, it’s fun and unexpected as style should be. Well done, Eva!
More Seattle street style coming soon. Have a fabulous, fashionable week!—Bethany
Walking into Twilight Gallery in the Alaska Junction of West Seattle is akin to stepping into a cool, artsy friend’s living room filled with elegant yet cozy furniture of various genres, arranged in funky, thought-provoking ways, the walls covered in obscure art pieces which beg you to step in for a closer look. You feel at once comfortable and a bit on edge for the mixture of energies around you. It’s a delightful space, a wickedly wonderful feast for the eyes where you could hang out all day and see something new every time you glance up.
But the best thing of all is the jewelry. Oh the beautiful, masterful, “how did they think of that?” jewelry. Many of the pieces in Twilight Gallery are one-of-a-kind, wearable art, true investments. Some of the featured artists in the gallery are local, but there are many jewelry designers who are based on the West Coast, around the U.S. and some are also international. The earrings I am wearing in the photo below (taken by my five-year old son) are by a designer who lives in Bali.
Jewelry is my Achilles heel. I have been investing in jewelry (mostly semi-precious) since my mid-twenties, and it is fascinating to see how my taste has evolved since that time, much like my style overall. My early twenties were about looking “right,” proper and conservative. From there I began to participate more in fashion, most notably after a trip to San Francisco when I was in my later 20’s. I have never felt so plain and boring-looking as I walked around the city in awe of the fashionable gals confidently striding past me in their tall leather boots, knee-length skirts and trench coats. Now my style is more modern, clean and relaxed. I am not spending energy or time wondering what other people think about how I look. I know what I like and I wear it. Period. Love it or leave it.
Enjoy the sampling of photos I took this week in Twilight Gallery, and if you have not been there in a while (or ever), go as soon as possible and return as frequently as you can. It changes every time you go. She’s tricky that way!—Bethany
Whoever said neutrals are boring didn’t know this lovely gal. Meet Niusha, new to Seattle from Dallas, TX, who was kind enough to allow me to snap her today on the street in Bellevue Square. She has a great love of fashion and style, and she also happens to be a brilliant MBA with a background in advertising and supply chain. Seattle is lucky to have her!
I love how she mixed a variety of neutrals in her outfit, and they all work beautifully together. Plus, the bright white at the top of her sweater brings the focus up to her gorgeous face. With the addition of the zippered handbag and stylish sunglasses (plus her radiant smile!), she’s totally pulled together and quite a head-turner. Thanks, Niusha!
Last fall while pondering ways to get involved in the scene here in Seattle and spread the word about my image consulting business, I got the bright idea I would take street style photos. Never mind that I do not know how to take professional photos, let alone have the guts to ask perfect strangers if I may take their photo. Oh, dear. What’s a girl to do?
Last week I attended a MeetUp of lovely small business owners who were, thankfully, happy to allow me to turn my lens in their direction. I am pleased with how my first street style photos turned out. I still have much to learn, but my professional photographer friends keep telling me to just get out there and practice. That’s what I did.
Most people imagine that Seattle style is casual, if not sloppy, and not at all stylish. I beg to differ! I see a lot of creative, fashionable people here. Regardless of where you live, dress well for your life! A good image positively impacts your interactions and your outlook.
I have been playing around with my new Canon camera and 50mm prime lens, and I can’t stop taking photos of all the lovely things that are blooming around me. The colors make me so happy. This morning I saw a wonderful post by Invoke Delight and Inspire which mentioned a photo challenge that sounded cool and right up my alley. Last week’s challenge was Seasons. Since I am in the process of a blooming season with my business, which is not new, but it is new to Seattle, I thought I’d post this photo I took yesterday of a sweet tree in our front yard that has the prettiest pink blossoms. The only thing about the spring blooms is they do not last long. So, enjoy this fleeting moment of bright colors, and have a wonderful weekend!—Bethany
Being the new kid on the block in Seattle, and not being super comfortable networking at luncheons and by other traditional methods, I have been thinking of ways to meet people and to spread the word about my business that would feel natural and organic. I have always enjoyed photography, though I have never taken a class. And I love street style photos by The Sartorialist and others. So, why not try street style photography here in the Northwest? The style here is vastly different than what you see in Dallas, and I think it would be cool to try to capture it. Seattle, as one of the fastest growing cities in America, is quickly becoming a melting pot of cultures and fashions.
I have bitten off more than I can chew, honestly. Professional photographers make it look easy, and these days everyone with an iPhone thinks they are a pro. But there is no going back now. I bought a nice starter camera by Canon and a 50mm prime lens that was recommended by two professionals. Below are a few photos I have snapped recently in practice sessions.
I will definitely need your encouragement and a lot of courage to approach strangers on the street once I feel I can capture some decent photos. Wish me luck! Have a great weekend!