Madison Park’s Canopy Blue

IMG_4011One afternoon last week I had the pleasure and the honor of minding the beautiful boutique Canopy Blue located in Madison Park in Seattle. Stepping into the shop, you are transported to a tropical location with abundant blue and green hues, not to mention the gorgeous swimwear, tunics and flowy dresses creating fantasies of an island escape. IMG_3948It is a welcoming space with cozy chairs at the front of the shop surrounded by magazines and candles (perhaps for the non-shoppers in your party?). IMG_4040The two dressing rooms in the back of the shop are canopies, lending a romantic feel.

IMG_4028Canopy Blue stocks some readily recognizable brands like Trina Turk, Splendid, Vince and Elie Tahari, along with locally designed Cute Like Mad, meticulously detailed jackets and vests by Blanc Noir, fashionable active wear by Lanston and comfy, stylish pieces by Charli, among many other lesser known lines. Jean styles are well-varied with lines such as Mother, Joes and 7 for all mankind in stock. IMG_3956One of the best things about Canopy Blue is its limited inventory, so you won’t see your dress on a friend at the next neighborhood gathering.IMG_3964

Hats, bags, locally-crafted jewelry, and special gift items round out the store’s selection.

IMG_4000The Canopy Blue team is very knowledgeable, friendly and ready to help you complete your wardrobe with carefully selected items you will love and wear again and again. If this shop is not on your normal route, make a special trip. You will be glad you did. All photos by me.—Bethany

Edie’s Shoes – Seattle’s Capitol Hill Mainstay

IMG_2359For 16 years Edie’s Shoes has served up the sophistication of Europe in a relaxed shopping atmosphere in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Founded in 2000 by Erin Dolan, the shop offers men’s, women’s and a select few children’s styles, in addition to hats, handbags, jewelry and men’s accessories. On a recent visit, I found an enticing selection of merchandise, including lovely wall art for sale. As I have learned since moving to Seattle, comfort is key, and Edie’s serves it in abundance. Yet style is never compromised. These are on-trend shoes for the fashionable, discerning client.IMG_2310

IMG_2347Erin knows her stuff and is very hands-on with her customers, offering educated advice on what works and why.

As the saying goes, it is a small world. My daughter could not stop talking about a boy she likes (in a friendly, not a romantic, way – they are only five) in her class at a West Seattle school. It turns out, he is the son of Erin.

IMG_2348Edie’s Shoes offers a welcoming, relaxed shopping environment, and I recommend you stop in soon. They are running an anniversary sale until June 9! Now is the time to invest in a cool pair of shoes no one else will have at a price that won’t break your bank. Happy Shopping!—Bethany

Your Shoes – They Matter

Some of you know about my love of shoes.  Thus, it may surprise you to learn I have not always been into shoes. Up until about 8 years ago, I never paid them much attention (on myself).  I thought no one noticed my shoes.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I distinctly remember my oldest brother telling me when I was in my twenties how important shoes are and how telling they are about a person.  This struck me.  I was probably wearing a nondescript black or brown pair at the time, and I wondered what that said about me.  Several years later I was shopping with a friend who has great taste in shoes.  She was contemplating a pair of pumps for around $200, not necessarily a bank-breaking number but far more than I’d ever dreamt of spending on a single pair of shoes.  She asked me, “Is that too much to spend on shoes?”  I had to smile and laugh as I pointed to the $30 of sandals on my feet.  She laughed, too, and bought the shoes.  They looked fab on her.

So, why all the fuss about shoes?  In short, they set the tone for your entire outfit.  If you don’t believe me, picture a woman in a black cocktail dress wearing tennis shoes.  Alas, she need not don a pair of $200 pumps to look beautiful, but she should wear a pair that works with her dress and the occasion.  Hopefully, her shoes also say something about her personality.

One of my favorite Clinton Kelly quotes goes like this: “Accessories explain who you are as a person.”  I could not agree more.  This includes your shoes.  Look at your shoes, think about them.  Are your shoes scuffed and worn out?  If so, have them fixed or replace them.  Run down shoes ruin your look as quickly as ill-fitting clothes or wearing the wrong color.  You don’t have to be a shoe person to have great shoes.  Simply giving them more consideration and realizing they have an effect on your overall appearance should be enough motivation to raise the bar on your shoe collection.

Now get out there and find a few pairs that tell your story!