In Our (Family’s) Closet: Vintage Fashion Photo

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When our family visited a few weeks ago, they brought along some old photos for us to keep safe. When we were perusing through them, reminiscing of years past, we came across this photo of Adria’s sister/Travis’ wife’s communion in the early 80s.

We were always told our grandmother (on the right) was stylish, but it wasn’t until we saw this picture of her that we understood. She just has such an elegance to her. We loved her monochromatic look, a color palette you’d see a women in her 20s wearing now. Her outfit is very age appropriate, but has a youthfulness to it with the bow belt and flirty ruffle on the hem of the shirt.

What was even more shocking was that our mother didn’t look half bad! Adria owns a striped dress shirt with a ruffle down the front now. She also loves pencil skirts. Our mother has a look à la Ghostbusters, and we’re not hating it! Even our father has some swagger with his suit; always one to love bold patterns.

Do any of you look have fashion memories of your parents or relatives? Do you look up to any of their styles? We’d love to hear about it because we truly believe fashion is a reinterpretation of styles past, so we love to hear about other people’s memories.

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In Our Closet: Dressing Down a Jacquard Skirt

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dressing down a jacquard skirt

If you saw my post from last week about dressing down lace you’re probably noticing a theme here. I’ve been inspired by a lot of my more formal pieces lately and have been looking for ways to make them appropriate for more casual settings.

Cue this jacquard skirt. Jacquard is traditionally a very formal fabric, often featuring ornate and luxurious designs. Its shimmer and texture can be intimidating, but dressing down a jacquard skirt can get you a lot more miles out of the piece.

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In Our Closet: Dressing Down Lace

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I love taking fancy pieces and dressing them down. It allows you to get more use out of everything you own and results in combinations that would otherwise be inappropriate for more formal setting.

Enter the above lace skirt. I found it at Joe Fresh during a trip to Vancouver a few months ago. Lace can be a more formal fabric, but this skirt’s thick stitching makes it the perfect transition piece from day to night. So naturally, I had to have it.

Not sure how to go about dressing down lace? Click through to see how I would do it and read some tips for purchasing pieces that you can dress up or down.

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Affordable Watercolor Art That Looks Expensive

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whale watercolor art

I stumbled across Michelle Morin’s artwork a couple years ago before I even knew her name.

I saw this image on Pinterest, but it was hosted on Tumblr with no source link. I kept coming back to it as I added more decor and furnishings to my new apartment, so I finally decided to do a reverse image search to figure out who the heck made it.

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A Finger-Licking, Slow Cooked Asian Short Ribs Recipe

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Slow cooked Asian short ribs recipe

I’m convinced short ribs are one of the best cuts of beef.

They are full of flavor; beefy to the point of almost being gamey. This recipe takes advantage of the short ribs’ full favor by searing them to form a brown crust and then cooking them slowly in a Crockpot to ensure the meat falls off the bone.

In addition to being full of flavor on their own, short ribs also pick up the flavors of Asian ingredients really well. Read on to try this super easy slow cooker short ribs recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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These 3 Valentine’s Day Deals Prove Whole Foods Is Out Of Its Mind

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Whole Foods Valentine's Day deals

Whole Food’s on Roosevelt in the U-District invited me to a sneak peak of its upcoming Sweet and Spicy event last night to taste some wine and food pairings. The event staff let us in on some amazing Valentine’s Day deals that are making me seriously consider an indulgent (guilt-free) night in.

Check out photos from the event and get an insider look at the deals coming up next week to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Welcome to the New Blog: Say Goodbye to The Emerald Closet

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The Emerald Palate launch

New Year, New Blog:

I am honored to have grown The Emerald Closet into one of Seattle’s premiere fashion blogs from 2010-2012. I ran it with my brother-in-law Travis, where we covered street style, created style guides, and offered personal shopping services.

However, some things changed. First, Travis had two daughters and his time to dedicate to blogging diminished. Secondly, and most importantly, I realized my original blogging strategy wasn’t sustainable with my new full-time job at a creative ad agency.

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