MAPLE LEOPARD: September 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I was so honored and excited to be chosen as one of the 3 winners of the "Street Style" Instagram contest for Bellevue Fashion week!


Monday, September 29, 2014


I had a great time at Bellevue Fashion Week, and I was happy to meet two fashion celebrities! Lawrence Zarian and Vogue Market Stylist Cara Crowley.   The runway show was fantastic and I walked away with some great new information on trends for fall.

Knit coats for men and women were modeled in different earth tones.  White is super popular this fall season and it's not taboo anymore to wear white after labor day.   A beautiful "whiteout" dress  by Victoria Beckham was modeled(black and white shift dress).  Textured touch was displayed in a striped mink coat by Diane VanFurstenburg.   Of course my favorite print showed up and made me smile big!  Retro styles are also making a big comeback.  Decade influence is very much alive, especially from the 60's! 

 Diane VonFurstenburg mink coat seen at the show- LOVE IT!

Friday, September 26, 2014


Outerwear is an expression of your style, as much as the rest of your wardrobe. It is the first thing to be seen, so it has to make a great statement!  A lot of our time is spent inside a coat, well, in the very "dry"( ha ha ) climate of the NW it is anyway!

I was on a mission to find an unusual fabric to make a stylish raincoat, to my amazement I found it in the upholstery section where they carry tablecloth fabric.  I loved the Paris print(of course) and the vintage pink color.  I used a simplicity pattern, and added black piping to make the towers pop out.

My other raincoat creation is very interesting and a great conversation piece! I don't wear it often, as the materials used were very fragile.Yes this coat was make from plastic bags!(backed wtih I saw a coat designed by Linda Macphee( modeled at the NW Sewing and Stichery Expo a few years ago. Her designs are so amazing and unique!  If you want to have a great keepsake from a trip you went on, make a plastic bag coat! You will get stared at for sure!  Make sure you have LOTS of patience stored up first...this project tested mine several times!  Make sure you get tons of bags. I ran out :(     ( Old navy had to fill in, I should get paid for advertising!)

Stay tuned.  I will be posting more coats in the coming days and reviewing what is trending for women, as well as men.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


I am totally stoked I found this skirt and bag! The skirt was purchased at Amazon and the bag I found at the WA state fair.   Pencil skirts are back, in longer lengths this time.  Styles are popping up everywhere with city scenes/names, and french phrases.  This combination looks great with classic black pumps or high heeled boots.  These prints will take the fashionista far away to places she dreams of visiting!  What is your favorite fashion destination?   Los Angeles fashion district is definitely one of my favorite spots, and of course...Paris and NYC are on my bucket list!

Friday, September 19, 2014


Leopard is by far one of my favorite prints to wear!  I love my black and gold raincoat.  Whether you are in the office or out for a night on the town, wearing leopard is a sure way to be seen.  Leopard prints tend to be the most popular of the animal prints.

Animal prints are known as one of the longest standard prints in fashion. These prints represent a lasting trend that continues to get reinvented every season.


Headbands are a stunning accessory that help define your style and add a finishing touch to your outfit.  They look great with different lengths of hair.  You can also pin your hair into a low bun and wrap the headband so it sits like an angled halo.  Flowered headbands have been a very popular choice this year, as seen here on my daughter.  They abound right now in an assortment of colors and styles.  Wide bands with hippie motif (boho) are very popular with younger girls.  Some have very delicate details, especially vintage bands chosen frequently by brides to be.


 This BCBG sweater and cute little dress by American Rag, are on display in the JR dept at Macys.  Pastel Shades mostly show up in spring and summer.  This past winter this lovely shade of pink made its debut.  I have always disliked any shade of pink, and would never wear it.  That all changed when I fell in love with all the new styles in this color.  AKA: Smoke Rose, Misty Rose, and Cameo Rose.  Pastel shades are feminine yet modern.


Leggings are great for the cooler fall weather and are so versatile.  Shown here is a tunic paired with leggings and boots.  Great for a casual event!  Shed the leggings and add a pair of heels.  Now you are ready for a dressier event.  
Remember leggings and tights are different.  Tights should only be worn with dresses or skirts.


The story of my closet...HA! Well I didn't think I would ever say this but I have too many outfit choices and have a hard time in the morning making a quick decision on what to wear (shhhh;-))
I keep buying more! Yes, it's a sickness called "I can't live without this!"  You do not have to spend big dollars to look like a million.  I hardly ever pay full price for anything.  If what I am looking for is not on sale at a great price, then I sew it myself! 
 Your closet definitely has to be organized and functional, it helps make those decisions at 6 a.m just a little quicker!  I would love to have a closet the size of my bedroom. (Uh oh that would probably get my wallet in a LOT of trouble!)  I like all my clothes sorted by piece, color, and season.  Storing your shoes in boxes helps keep their shape and they last much longer.  I am planning to transition all of mine to clear boxes.  A fun way to store boots is to buy pool noodles, cut then in half and voila your boots are standing up straight and keeping their shape.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


I love Wendy's style.  This great fall look is currently on her website at

The ideal wardrobe should be a combination of classics and unique pieces that reflect who you are: a smashing print, an effortless jacket or blazer, a leg flattering skirt, and chic shoes.


I love the warm fall colors of teal and brown in this piece.  Teal is my favorite color! This tunic is so versatile.  It can be worn sleeveless for early fall or add a bolero /shrug when colder weather arrives.
This is a great look for summer or fall.  For warmer weather it looks cute as a short dress.