Meet Gabby, she was the first person I saw today that made me stop and think "wow, this look is on point." I envy her ability to be pulling off such a quintessentially fall look (à la trench coat and pants) while the ridiculous sun keeps insisting on summer. She was very kind and mentioned that she originally considered a career in fashion but pursued other more financially-secure interests so that even if she couldn't work with clothes she could at least buy the ones she likes. Touché Gabby, but I still think a personal style blog should be in your future...
This is Krishane, an adorably retro, pin-curl wearing fashionista I stumbled upon near the mall. Her dress is 40's vintage and when I asked where she likes to shop she told me "Lucky Vintage in the U-District, Red Light in both the U-District and Capitol Hill, and online shopping" for her older, more elusive finds. I have the highest respect for anyone with the patience to master pin-curls and keep vintage fashion alive and thriving.
I walked past Sofia once thinking I had lost the chance to snap her photo but was lucky enough to run into her again (and then a third time when I was on my way home.) She is the lovely owner of Salon Alchemy (her website is here) and I'm almost hesitant to tell you that I had a bit of an American Psycho moment when she handed me her business card (it's heavy and probably a centimeter thick with gorgeous font...) In any case, I loved her style and overall air of sophistication and hope I run into her again.
I should start off by clarifying that I'm not big into menswear, nor do I know much about it, but something I can say definitively is that Shawn had on some killer shoes. On top of that, the purples and maroons of his outfit complimented each other effortlessly and he radiated coolness. He was also kind enough to get out of the line he was in for lunch to let me take his photo so for that I say thank you, good sir, the people appreciate it.
What I like about Ruth-Anne's look is that it sort of personifies the kind of casual confidence that I expected to find more of in downtown Seattle. The layers, frayed denim, geometrically printed top, and slouchy bag all worked together with her lively hair to paint a picture of urban youth that seems much harder to find these days. Ruth-Anne makes me wish I had been a Seattle fashion blogger in the 90's, sigh.
This is the last stylish person I shot today who, coincidentally, is also named Sofia. She was like a gorgeous, chic, business-casual butterfly that floated past me before I had the chance to chase her down. Luckily I stumbled upon her again as she was sitting outside of Starbucks. If I had to describe her I would say "unpretentiously lovely" and mysterious as all the greatest women are. I'd been asking everybody all day where they shopped just in case I wanted to put it here and when I asked her it went like this:
Me: "So, where do you like to shop?"
Me: "I love that answer...all day I've been hearing Nordstroms."
Her: "Who can afford Nordstroms?"
That's the thrifty Seattle perspective I've been craving all day so lucky me that I met Sofia. She is a good reminder that true style isn't about brands or wealth, it's about a physical, visual manifestation of personality and self and she clearly has an A+ sense of style.
Bonus round: This is my favorite piece of street art that I've seen in Seattle and I must've found it pasted all over Capitol Hill in at least 10 different places by now. For those of you not familiar with Pokémon, this is Bulbasaur with a tastefully large and humanlike set of nose and lips. Whenever I see it I feel a strange sense of euphoria and the more I see it the more I love it...as is the strategy behind being a well-known street artist if I'm correct.
I've been doing photo shoots galore these days so soon I'll do a post on those but for now happy Thursday you fashionable creatures.