Get Ready to JUMP, Boise!

JUMP Boise

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giant construction behemoth in downtown Boise, that’s gone from traffic headache to architectural mystery to the most buzzed-about conundrum this city’s seen in years, is at last getting its first unveiling this weekend. The hubby and I got a Sneak Peek open house invite, so we bundled up and headed downtown on a chilly December night! Here’s what we discovered…

~ COMMUNITY ~ 

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JUMP’s website states this: JUMP—or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place—is a not-for-profit, interactive creative center and community gathering place in the heart of downtown Boise. And although the concept seems vague, we found exactly what it claimed: interaction, and community! JUMP’s six stories were packed with people, wine, food, dessert, conversations, touch-screen maps, interactive displays, and so much excited energy the air practically tingled with it. Strategically open spaces, fitted with cozy furniture and fascinating visuals, invite a variety of communal interaction and singular introspection, all new and unique to the Boise audience. I lost count of how many times I heard, “Oh wow, look at that!” throughout the evening.JUMP complex boise

Personally I loved the huge square out front; a concrete park-like setting which has instantly increased the visual size of our city. This wide-open square, facing 9th St., will forever alter the face of BODO and our downtown core!JUMP Boise

And this is just the COOLEST little bar I’ve ever seen… Don’t you want this at your next party???JUMP complex boise

~ INTERACTION ~

JUMP complex boiseScattered all throughout JUMP’s 6 floors are a variety of interactive exhibits, touchscreen displays, musical touchpads, gathering huddle spots, and more! If you like to touch it, taste it, hear it, see it, or feel it… There’s something here for you to do.

JUMP BoiseBluetooth listening pod – jack in and relax with your friends, or be in your own little cozy space…

JUMP BoiseDress up and be in a movie…

JUMP BoiseTake tech classes…

jump 15Or kiss in Paris! Ha ha ha, of course we had to try out the green screen. 😉

~ BEAUTY ~

JUMP complex boiseThe views from each consecutive floor, looking out every direction of the city, are nothing less than breathtaking!

JUMP complex boiseStanding on the little jut-out balcony over Myrtle St… Seriously though I have to admit the plexi-glass sides made me a little nervous – eek! Don’t lean on those very hard! I’m sure they are perfectly safe, but I was happy to snap our photo and step awaaaaaay from the edge, lol.

JUMP complex boiseAll these awesome platforms, colors, lights, and glass will make for some amazing fashion photo shoots, just saying! 😉

JUMP complex boiseOne of JUMP’s directors did a presentation on the 6th floor, along with orchestras, champion jumpropers, dancers, singers, and a night-long schedule of entertainment! JUMP aims to encourage the arts and local talent, which I believe is a beautiful mission and one that WILL have a positive impact on our community.

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~ MORE TO COME ~

JUMP BoiseOnly the main portion of part of the complex is completed so far. There is still SO MUCH MORE coming! These open community spaces are going to be gorgeous.

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AND THEN, THE BEST PART, (according to my kids…)

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JUMP BoiseYup, that’s a 4-story transparent slide! And it’s only one of the slides they are planning… I certainly hope they are going to allow grown-ups in those things!!!

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You’re beautiful, JUMP! Thanks for the amazing evening – we are looking forward to many more to come!!!
XOXO,
Tanya

>>>UPDATE: JUMP Boise is doing a series of open houses in the next few weeks, to let the community experience this amazing place first-hand! These open house events will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13th, 20th and 27th. The lobby, with its entrance located below the large orange JUMP sign near 9th Street, will be open to the public starting Dec. 15 from 10 am to 3pm Tuesday to Friday, but will not be open on the upcoming holidays. Stay tuned on their Facebook page for more details as they emerge: https://www.facebook.com/jumpboise/!

The Mystical Magic of Maxi Dresses

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Last Spring, I had the fun privilege of journeying through Italy with my husband and kids. We toured museums in Florence, rode a gondola in Venice, were awed by the Coliseum in Rome, and enjoyed the beaches and cuisine of the Amalfi Coast. And of course, I shopped. A LOT.

One of my favorite finds was this black embroidered maxi dress from a boutique in Sorrento. I loved wearing all summer over a little tank dress, but when the time came to stow my hot weather maxis and minis and pull out my Fall wardrobe, I balked at tucking this pretty piece away.

Why not just make it work for Fall, I thought? Easy-peasy, with a little inspiration from Stevie Nicks’ style and a fab hat from SWANK BOUTIQUE! Skip the sandals – brr! – and opt for tall cozy boots. I love the bell sleeves on this dress; that style is definitely trending for Fall, and it’s easy to layer a fitted long-sleeved top underneath for more warmth (like these styles from Uniqlo!), or a pair of long gloves or arm-warmers.

Do you maxi in the colder months? Tell me your favorite transitional pieces in the comments below!
XO,
Tanya

fall maxi dress fashion stylespygirlHat: SWANK Boutique / Dress: Italy / Wrap Belt: White House|Black Market / Boots: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack / Layering Necklaces: Moon & Black pendant by Druzy Dreams, long Rebel Pendant by Stella & Dot

fall fashion maxi dress stylespygirlLayering Rings, let to right: Rebel Ring by Stella & Dot / Star Midi ring, Druzy Dreams / Triangle stone, flea market / Silver Crystal wrap ring, Unigon Specialties / Midi ring, Unigon Specialties / Wedding ring, custom-made

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Style in the Aisles Fashion Show Launches in Boise

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week I had the honor of attending a very special fashion show, thrown by Piece Unique and beloved local legend Jesse Taylor.
Jesse is known for his generosity and dedication to the community, and this fabulous show was a true extension of his heart; the goal was to help raise money for the City Light Women’s & Children’s Home!

City Light provides emergency shelter for women and children, in downtown Boise. They house, feed, clothe, and counsel women who are seeking a safe place from dangerous circumstances, while providing care for their children as well. It’s an amazing program that has made HUGE contributions to the well-being of families in this city, and personally, I’ve had friends whose lives were literally saved by this shelter, so they are near & dear to my heart as well.

Sadly, as you can see below the blue lights on the stage were too much for my small camera, so I apologize for the overwhelming hue!

black halo fashion showBluuuuuue runway lights! 😀

Jesse teamed up with local stylist Heather Schwabe of Style Therapy, Boise-based vintage/couture jewelry line Monica Macha, and Natalie Durham at downtown boutique Piece Unique, to showcase one of my FAVORITE clothing lines: Black Halo. I’ve blogged about Black Halo before, because they’re an incredible, well-made line that fits busty girls in ways I never imagined an off-the-rack dress could ever do! If you haven’t tried on one of their fashion pieces yet, you absolutely must get down to Piece Unique and check them out. Worth every penny, I promise!

Here’s a short video clip of the runway finale:

As a THANK YOU to all who helped make the fashion show a success & supporting City Light & the Boise Rescue Mission, Piece Unique is offering 25% off ALL BLACK HALO purchases made in their store before Nov. 15th, when you donate $25 to City Light Women’s & Children’s Shelter! This special discount applies to all Black Halo items both in the store, and via special order.

Wonderful job, everyone! See you at the next show.
XOXO,
Tanya

black halo fashion showblack halo fashion showLeticia McLaughlin and her lovely daughter, always impeccably stylish!

black halo fashion showLovely Angie Berman (center) with two fabulous friends.

black halo fashion showBallet Idaho’s Lana Hollingshead and her daughter Veronica.

black halo fashion showA new friend, Rosemary, and her wickedly-cool leather necklace! This babe has style for miles.

black halo fashion showLet the show begin!

black halo fashion showSo much blue light, but I love her white Black Halo dress!

black halo fashion showRunway finale, packed with gorgeous local women rocking the catwalk!

black halo fashion showblack halo fashion showMore blurriness and blue light – ugh! – but this red dress was one of my favorites.

black halo fashion showGreen Black Halo dress on a model – that neckline on her is incredible!

black halo fashion showAngie & friend posing on the runway, after the show. Love this lady!! ❤

My Gypsetter Heart, With Weekend Society

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Globe-trotter, nomad, wanderer, Gypsetter. Yeah, all of those words pretty much fit this little Boise blogger! I’ve been traveling since I was born. In fact, my mom delivered me in Tangier, Morocco, while my parents were working abroad with an organization called YWAM, which I loosely describe as “a kind of Christian Peace Corps.” By the time I was 25, I had visited over 20 countries, and lived in 6. Despite being uprooted a lot, the crazy thing is that I liked it. Adventure, exploring, new people, new foods… What a heckuva way to grow up! I crave new things all the time; plop me down with a map and a few bucks in the middle of any city in the world, and just let me explooooore.

When emerging fashion label Weekend Society contacted me about a blog collab for their adorable tops, I was instantly drawn to this one. Gypsetter is like Gypsy and Jet-setter combined, which very much fits my heart & soul! The cutout sides were a little expose-y for my comfort, but paired with a sequin tube top from Express and a rad jacket, I made the Gypsetter tank fit my body type and my personal style.

Do you like how I put it together? How would you style this tank? Tell me below in the comments!

XOXO,
Tanya

gypsetter weekend society stylespygirlGypsetter Tank by Weekend Society / Maroon Jacket and layered Black & Silver Necklace, both from SWANK Boutique / Rhyder Bag via COACH / Waxed Jeans from Express / Ankle Boots by Report, via Nordstrom Rack

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Bellevue Fashion Week Finale with Rachel Zoe!

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day at Bellevue Fashion Week was better than the one before, and by Day 4 we were all in a state of high expectation, and to be honest, a little light-headed from the fabulous-ness of it all! On our last day in Bellevue, we started with breakfast and a little shopping, then around 1pm met up at Bellevue Square for a special Fashion Forcast presentation with RACHEL ZOE. See those seats? Yup, front two rows, just for our
#StyleSpyGirlPosse! We were so stoked!!

fashion week rachel zoeCara Crowley & Rachel Zoe on stage… And that’s us, front 2 rows on the right!

fashion week rachel zoeReady for some Fall trend predictions?

fashion week rachel zoeRachel and Vogue’s Events Director Cara Crowley shared their Fall Fashion forecast, hitting all the major trends like Bohemian prints, moto jackets, shearling trim outerwear, fringe, long coats, and more!fashion week rachel zoefashion week rachel zoeWhen Cara asked Rachel “What is the one trend you think people should try and incorporate into their wardrobes, if they are on a tight budget?” Rachel responded, “Grey. It’s such a major color right now, and it’s so versatile you can do a ton with it.”

fashion week rachel zoeRachel was SO much fun, and a wealth of style information. I asked her if the “No white after Labor Day rule could be over and done with for good,” and she responded, “It’s definitely OVER! I love wearing white, all year round!” There it is, folks – the official word from global stylist pro Rachel Zoe. Now stop giving me nasty looks when I wear white jeans in January!

fashion week rachel zoeRachel was totally fab, and we enjoyed the presentation. Bye for now, Ms. Zoe! See you at the Vogue Fashion Show in the evening!

But then things got…

                                                              Even…

BETTER!

fashion week rachel zoeTA-DA!!!

Sorry the pic above is a little grainy, but we got a surprise meet & greet with the fabulous fashion maven herself, Rachel Zoe! We were dying! Seriously!!! Here are a few more…

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And now, on with the Fashion Show…

fashion week rachel zoeMy outfit: Dress by Rooney Mae Couture (Boise designer) / Chain Collar Necklace by BCBG / Handbag by Zac Posen (thank you Angie!)

Front row, just feet from Rachel Zoe (so basically she’s the one taking this photo – just kidding! No, we’re totally BFF’s with her by this point.)

fashion week rachel zoeCara Crowley emceed the show… And that blonde head right above the word blonde is Rachel Zoe! See, I said we were close, ha ha. 😉

fashion week rachel zoeHOTTEST ticket in town – let the show begin!

finale fashion week rachel zoefashion week rachel zoeNo! We’re having TOO much fun! Squeeee!!!!

fashion week rachel zoeTotally NOT stalking! Just had to get this shot of Ammo with Rachel Zoe… Up top… Cute redhead with the gorgeous smile! 😉

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finale fashion week rachel zoefinale fashion week rachel zoefinale fashion week rachel zoeThat look, above, is me totally NOT freaking out because Rachel just gave me a little Hello smile and head nod from across the aisle. Wassup, oh amazing woman who is the inspiration behind every self-made fashion business woman on the planet? Yeah you… Thank you Rachel Zoe.

And then, after the show ended, our #girlposse hopped up on the stage and had a blast taking photos together, because it was our last night and the next day we’d all have to return to “real life.” 😉

finale fashion week rachel zoe finale fashion week rachel zoeMe and Ammophotog, our amazing and talented team photographer!

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fashion week cara crowleyMe and Vogue Events Director Cara Crowley. She’s fabulous!

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fashion week rachel zoe stylespygirlMe and H&M Spokesmodel Ashley T. Barkley – follow her awesome social media feed on Insta!

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fashion week rachel zoe stylespygirlMe and the rad babes from Intermix, where we had a great shopping party two days before!

Whew, what a wild night! We stayed out late, made the most of every minute, and had a wonderful time. HUGE thanks to the Bellevue Collection for throwing such a posh, elegant, classy, AMAZING fashion week!!! We loved every minute of it, and can’t wait to come back again next year!!!

XOXO,
Tanya

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Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection, Day 3!

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Day three began with a very special project: we all converged on Nordstrom in Bellevue Square, and had a party designing our own shoes!!!  Yes, totally and for real! Nordstrom has this new program called Shoes of Prey, where you sit down at an iPad and peruse through hundreds of example shoe styles, from flats to boots to sky-high platform heels. When you find something that inspires you, you click on it and begin to build.shoes of prey stylespygirl

What height of heel do you want? What color do you want the heel to be on the underside? What kind of material do you want the sole to be? Lace up, or ankle strap? I have to admit, it was almost overwhelming. So many options!shoes of prey stylespygirl

shoes of prey stylespygirlAmmo’s fun & creative style, in progress!

shoes of prey stylespygirlWhew! Special thanks to Nordstrom Bellevue for hosting us, and for the yummy lattes from their cafe while we shoe designed! Can’t wait to see our creative choices show up in the mailbox. ❤

Next stop: Hair & Makeup! The Bellevue Collection was packed with beauty stations throughout the lower level of the mall, with stylists from dozens of hair & makeup shops – everyone from Sephora to Nordstrom had specialists ready to assist us in quick updos and makeup perks-ups! shoes of prey stylespygirlshoes of prey stylespygirlbellevue fashion week stylespygirlbellevue fashion week stylespygirlBabes!

After getting beautified, we got ready to rock the evening’s Fashion Show: the Posh Party Trend Show with RACHEL ZOE!!! Yeah, pretty excited. This just keeps getting better & better!!!

bellevue fashion week stylespygirlFrom left: Me, Jody, Beth, Rishon, Angie, Christina, Cassie, Leticia, Danielle, Ashley, Allison, Brenda, & Ammo

bellevue fashion week stylespygirlbellevue fashion week stylespygirlbellevue fashion week stylespygirlbellevue fashion week stylespygirlPosh party girls love pictures!!! Words can’t even begin to describe how thrilled we are to be here! 😀

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Loved meeting up with fellow bloggers & fashion babes from around the Seattle/Bellevue area!

bellevue fashion week stylespygirlSqueeeee, she was going to sit right in front of meeeee! She stood & hosted instead, but this fell off her seat so I’M KEEPING IT! 😉 Shh, don’t tell.

rachel zoe bellevue fashion week stylespygirlAnd then she came out… And I might have screamed just a little.
rachel zoe bellevue fashion week stylespygirlThe unparalleled Rachel Zoe, talking about Fall Fashion trends and how Pacific Northwesterners are lucky because they get to wear her favorite fashion piece almost year-round: a jacket! She told us that fall is her favorite season, one which she would love to design for year-round, and forget spring. She said, “Fall is so much better! You get to wear beanies and more clothes… I think I’m moving to Bellevue.”

bellevue fashion week stylespygirlOn with the show! Trending: Glam Rock. Fringe, buckles, leather, sexy shoes, metallic heels, dark colors.

bellevue fashion week stylespygirlDark Romance: Velvet, pointy heels, sheer fabrics, patterned tights, crosses, white blouses, and lace, lace, lace!!!

bellevue fashion week rachel zoeGood Twill: Grey on grey, tweed, twill, checks, black & white, tailored but cozy

bellevue fashion week rachel zoeMore Good Twill looks. Capes & long jackets!

bellevue fashion week rachel zoeTouch of Luxe: Furs/faux furs, glitter, brooches, shiny dresses, metallic fabrics, lots of white

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The biggest standout trends to me were: Ankle boots with metal heels, 70’s bohemian looks are sticking around, capes, long coats, belted coats (think 80’s style), shearling on everything, thigh-high suede boots, 60’s style color blocking, patterned stockings, lace, and lots and lots of grey.

Whew, this is just day 3! Day 4, Saturday Sept. 26th is the MAJOR day, with two shows and some up close & personal time with Rachel Zoe Stay tuned! 😀

XOXO,
Tanya

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Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection, Day 1!

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This week I had the thrilling privilege to gather a group of gorgeous ladies and fly over to Bellevue, WA for the 10th Anniversary of Fashion Week at the Bellevue Collection! We got off to a slow start at the Boise airport, thanks to some flight delays, but had fun getting to  know each other and chatting about all the fashion shows coming up… and the shopping we couldn’t wait to do!fashion week stylespygirl ammophotogfashion week stylespygirl ammophotog~Cassie, Leticia, and Brenda~

DSC00758~ Ashley, Allison, Christina~

DSC00759On the plane at last – woohoo! Seven of our crew of 12…

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DSC00781First stop: champagne and lunch at Pearl!

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DSC00788Swags bags and goodies in our hotel suite, courtesy of the Bellevue Collection ❤

DSC00823Pre-party with these fab dolls, waiting for the Independent Designer Runway Show

DSC00804~ Lovely Christina!~DSC00806~ Rad babes Ashley, Jody, & Beth ~

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Our fab fashion photog, the always-styling Ammophotog!

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DSC00807~ Allison, Christina, Danielle ~

DSC00840Let the show begin! Eight local designers have worked hard to produce their fashion lines, competing for a panel of judges PLUS the coveted audience vote!

DSC00908Daniel Ressa | danielressa.com

DSC00990RO2 by Rana Ottaviani

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DSC01037Dream Dresses by PMN | Phuong Nguyen

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Finale

DSC01039Varsha Agarwal, with model | varshaagarwal.com

DSC01041Victoria Postolit By Victoria Postolit, with model | victoriapostolit.com

DSC01043Daniel Ressa by Daniel Ressa, with model | danielressa.com (I want his finale plaid Grunge dress – so chic!!)

DSC01044Blufur by Iris Klein | blufur.com

DSC01046Dawson & Deveraux by Sophia Karen, with model | dawson-deveraux.com

DSC01047Cute Like Mad by Jeannette Svenski Li, with model | cutelikemad.com

DSC01048RO2 by Rana Ottaviani | ro2designstudio.com

DSC01053Announcing the Winner of the People’s Choice award, Varsha Agarwal

DSC01063The grand prize winner of IDRS, Phuong Nguyen of Dream Dresses. Congratulations, Phuong!

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Had fun representing Boise style, in my own plaid dress by the very talented Treasure Valley designer Retro Hunny. Got tons of compliments on this lovely piece, with lots of requests for photos, so I figured it deserved a turn on the runway! 😉 Love it, Retro Hunny!!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more Fashion Week photos, including the Posh Party Runway Show hosted by RACHEL ZOE!!!

XOXO,
Tanya

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Fall Fashion 2015 – Treasure Magazine Shopping Column

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Fall fashion is afoot. Back-to-school shoppers are packing local stores, and school supply lists are circulating like hot cakes. But the most interesting trend that has everyone buzzing so far this year, is … the notable lack of trends!

Hear me out.

In recent history, “trends” were defined by the decade. Everyone wore similar clothes in the 1920s, ’40s, ’60s, etc. It’s how you can tell what era that strange faded photo of your parents is from. The last few years, however, it seems as though the fashion industry hit a fast-forward button, bringing trends around yearly, and then seasonally, so that nearly every three months you may feel the urge to redo your entire closet.

This year, however, hyper-trending fast-fashion seems to be having a negative effect, sucking the creativity out of designers and burning out consumers, not to mention burning holes in everyone’s wallets. This fall, shoppers and designers alike are putting the brakes on the over-proliferation of trends, calling instead for the fashion industry to just … slow … down.

This season, you will still see new concepts and innovative outfits trending across the country, but the good news is that past trends and styles are sticking around. You don’t have to ditch your wardrobe to stay in style. Instead, work on incorporating a few key pieces that you love into what you’re already rocking. If you loved the ’70s styles of summer, for example, I have good news for you: Bohemian fashions are still going strong.

Here are some other micro-trends and new fashions you’ll see in stores. Have fun with the ideas that resonate with your style.

Shimmer and shine: Fall fabrics and textures are rich and luxurious, embracing velvets, silks, furs and deep jewel-tone colors. Top your favorite black jeans with a burgundy blouse and silver jewelry, or go all out with a floor-sweeping navy blue velvet dress for head-turning drama. Look for rich brocades, floral patterns and shimmery fabrics, a la Studio 54 glam and decadence.

retro hunny plaid dressPlay in plaids: Last year’s ’90s-grunge styles are also holding strong. From capes and dresses to a classic lumberjack shirt tied around your rocker T-shirt and jeans, plaid continues to dominate the fashion landscape for both men and women. For a modern take on this classic trend, eschew the typical “schoolgirl” skirt and wear your plaid in unexpected ways, like a fitted jacket, tartan backpack or the custom-made rockabilly dress (pictured above) that I commissioned from local designer Retro Hunny (retrohunny@gmail.com). I’ve even seen plaid wedding dresses shock runway audiences with their simultaneous audacity and ability to invoke a highlander-esque magic.

Culottes: Whether you’re a lover or a hater, there’s no denying that culottes are huge in fashion right now. For fall, they look best worn with a sturdy wedge sandal or tall ankle boot for limited skin exposure. If you’re opting for printed culottes, be sure to find a pair that’s wide and flowy so that it almost appears to be a full skirt. Pair it with a tailored, printed blouse or jacket. If you’re wanting to dabble conservatively into this trend, I recommend a denim pair for comfort and versatility.

Nerdy chic: Take a cue from Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in “The Royal Tenenbaums” and pile on pastels in 1960s candy colors. Shirt dresses, varsity jackets, quilted fabrics, structured satchels, brown brogues and sport-infused pieces are the way to go to achieve this style. It’s part 1970s sportif, part nerdy schoolgirl, and part dowdy grandma. Sound unappealing? It’s remarkably chic, when put together well, but this look definitely takes confidence and attitude in high doses to achieve.

Leg up: Keep warm in the latest incarnation of patterned stockings, which range from sexy to playful in all ranges of colors and styles. It’s easy to go beyond fishnets and make a bold statement instead in stripes, bows, plaids and all manner of swirls and florals. Be careful when mixing patterns, though. Don’t wear paisley tights with a striped skirt, for example. Tights make your legs the statement piece, so keep them the focus of attention by turning the volume down on the rest of your ensemble. (Photo below from All About Socks in Boise.)fall fashion trends stylespygirl

Shoes: The newest boot style is the mid-shaft ankle boot, which is higher than the typical bootie and worn fitted or laced (jump back up to the plaid photo above, for an example!) Dress it up, with a pointy-toe, shiny patent leather and sturdy block heel. They are best worn with culottes, cropped pants or a longer skirt. Platform boots and shoes are still going strong, as are classic pointy-toe pumps. Doc Marten’s-style boots are still popular, as are platform and military styles. It’s very ’90s grunge to pair chunky black ankle boots with a long floral dress and denim jacket.

fall fashion trends stylespygirlHandbags: Backpacks are always great for back to school, but this season they’re also a huge trend for the grown-up crowd. Look for statement backpacks with words or patterns that you love, like this red one above from local leather craftsman ifeelgoodtoday.net, and customize it with another major trend in handbags: purse charms. Everyone from Louis Vuitton to COACH (Black Leather Rucksack with Feather & Stars charm pictured above) is creating adorable charms. They’re a great way to show your style (and own a small piece of your favorite designer brand without the hefty price tag).

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Daphne & Ellia, clothes by Justice / Ben and Moby, clothes and backpacks by Nordstrom Rack / Never Grow Up shirt by Huckleberry Threads

Children’s wear: For the first time in decades, it seems as though jeans are beginning to fall out of favor with the younger crowd. They are being replaced by athletic styles like sweatpants and track pants, yoga pants and leggings, and basically anything kids can run from the classroom to PE. in without having to change clothes. Bohemian looks are in for young girls, and statement coats in fun colors will be hot once the weather turns cold.

Kids love soft textures, so watch for faux fur and shearling on everything from jackets to shoes. High tops are a must for every kid; for boys, bright colors are king, while your little girl will probably pine for blingy, bejeweled accents like Skecher’s Twinkle Toes, or the silver glitter high tops from Justice pictured on Daphne in the photo above.

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Statement sweatshirts and T-shirts are very popular, like the “Never Grow Up, Never Surrender” shirt from local children’s designer Huckleberry Threads. Call it a hipster invasion of the schoolyard, but many boys and girls are also embracing classic accessories, like bow ties, suspenders and fedoras. Accessories are a fun and inexpensive way for kids to personalize their look.

For men: I asked Ashley Barkley, a local fashion stylist and H&M “Next Face” spokesmodel, about her predictions for menswear this fall. She told me that for men, the “Americana Heritage” look is huge. Must-have items for this style are warm earthy pieces, like beat leather belts and boots, denim jackets, slim cargo pants and joggers, and flannel shirts, which add a campfire-like, woodsy feel. Camel is the new fall neutral, Barkley said. “Discerning” gentleman, she added, also should look for items like gum-soled shoes, knits inspired by graphic art and grooming practices that enhance the overall look (fragrances, shave habits, groomed beards, etc.).mens fall fashion

Email Tanya your ideas and questions for Treasure at Tanya@stylespygirl.com. Visit her blog at stylespygirl.com for more Treasure Valley shopping news.

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Travel Spotlight: Exploring The Seattle Waterfront

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I had the fun pleasure of exploring the Seattle waterfront while taking photos for COACH’s Instagram, with fabulous photographer Lauren Max. We had such a blast, from the gorgeous views, to people-watching, to ice cream in the pier! I grew up in this area, and the waterfront is my happy place. 🙂 I used to love coming downtown to the boardwalk area, so it was really nice to be here again, hanging out, taking in the sights & sounds (and that glorious fishy saltwater smell!), and snapping some shots of this beautiful place for COACH. Enjoy!
XOXO,
Tanya

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stylespygirl coach lauren maxOh yeah, old school fun!

stylespygirl coach lauren maxHere, let me give you a hand with that old fella!

stylespygirl coach lauren maxThe hallway of heads is… interesting.

stylespygirl coach lauren maxBut I can totally share my ice cream!

Thanks for the great pics, Lauren, and the fun time shooting your beautiful Rhyder bag COACH!
XOXOXOXOXO

Fall Fashion Preview: Plaid Crush

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Valerie Davenport.

O Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen and down the mountainside
The summer’s gone and all the roses falling
‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.

There’s something about Fall that brings the Irish girl out in me, even moreso than other seasons. It’s as though the sound of falling leaves and smell of damp earth on cool, misty mornings transports me to another time, another place…

For Fall 2015 fashion, Tartan plaids are coming out as strong as they usually do, but this time around they’re showing their proud colors in unexpected ways. From backpacks to wedding gowns, this classic pattern still marches strong, and connects my heart to something timeless. Listen closely… Can you hear the bagpipes wailing in the distance?

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Dress: Retro Hunny / Mini Rhyder Crossbody Bag: Coach / Boots: / Medina Bib Necklace: Stella & Dot / Hair by Jennifer Engberg, Turning Heads Studioretro hunny plaid dressretro hunny plaid dress

I love finding pieces that transition between seasons well, and stand the test of time. This outfit is such a perfect combo for me, personally! I am a HUGE a fan of dresses, because I find them so easy to style around. Start with a great day dress, and you can change everything about it, by what you add to it! Picture this dress with a black moto jacket and Doc Marten-style boots. Totally different, right? Or with a denim jacket and sneakers. See where I’m going with this? A long, cozy sweater and shearling-trimmed wedge boots… I could go on and on!

My friend Retro Hunny made this dress for me, custom-fit for every curve. She’s amazing! She also made my Tanya top for summer, which you can view here (along with the cutest baby lamb pics!) She can make just about anything – email her if YOU want a dress like mine that’s fit just for YOU, check out her Facebook page for ordering info!

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Fall is coming soon, babes! Are you ready? Pumpkin lattes, cozy hoodies, and fleecy boots are just around the corner!

I say, bring it on.
XOXO,
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