Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amazing Women No. 9: Megan Kophs



Hello friends! I am so excited to feature one of my best friends and one of the most amazing women I know on my blog today.

Megan Kophs recently launched her personal styling business, StyleRemix. I asked her to share some fashion tips for fall. If you feel like you’re in a rut or need some help pulling the perfect outfits together, I highly recommend a personal styling session with Megan. It’s fun and worth every penny! You can also sign up for her weekly emails to receive free style tips, the latest fashion trends and new blog posts. I highly recommend this too!

Fall fashion tips…a conversation with Megan Kophs

Q. First things first, what is your favorite color/color combo for fall 2014?
A. That is a tough one! I am drawn to both the metallic and navy trends this season but for a true pop of color I am obsessed with red! The quote "When in doubt, wear red" by Bill Blass comes to mind. It is a confident and timeless color and it wardrobes effortlessly with almost any neutral. It is easy to add a pop of red into your wardrobe with accessories, shoes, a handbag, or to really make a statement try a red coat. 




Q. What is your favorite trend for fall 2014?
A. My favorite fall 2014 trend is the classic tailored lines and simple shapes everywhere this season. Minimalist styles easily transition from work to evening. I love the casual and modern look of an oversized wool coat with a cropped pant or a midi skirt. Just add a cashmere sweater and pumps or a heeled boot for a polished and sophisticated look.    


 
Q. What is your style philosophy?
A. As you develop your personal style and understand what styles flatter your body, you can create a wardrobe that reflects your signature look. Only keep or buy items that make you feel confident and happy. What you wear gives others an instant snapshot of who you are. It can be great way to express yourself so have fun with it and let your personality shine through!

Q. What investment pieces are you recommending to your clients for fall 2014?
A. I always recommend investing in great boots, perfect-fitting denim and wool coats. These are items that you will wear over and over and will carry you through the winter season. My absolute favorite boot trend for this season is knee-high Stuart Weitzman boots. There are also some great suede color options. They can be worn with dresses, skirts, leggings and skinny jeans throughout the fall and winter seasons. 


 
 
Q. How do you help your clients look and feel their best?
A. I work with my clients to assess wardrobe needs and tailor my services to fit individual budgets, body types and lifestyles. Together we create goals for developing a personal style which usually starts with a closet consultation. My goal is to have every client feel confident getting dressed and understand the styles, patterns and colors that will make them look and feel their best every day.  

Q. You do the working mom thing so gracefully. What are your go-to items for transitioning throughout the day?
A. Have fun with accessories and invest in great handbags and shoes that fit your personal style. If you have staple pieces in your wardrobe you can put together a very versatile outfit by sticking to the basics. Adding a great tote, a necklace and the right shoes can pull together almost any outfit from a t-shirt and jeans to basic pants and a cardigan. I can go from volunteering in the classroom, to a client meeting, to date night by bringing a great handbag, a scarf or a statement necklace, and change of shoes.

Q. Anything else you want to share?
A. Every wardrobe needs essential neutral pieces that fit great. These include timeless pieces that you can wear throughout seasons and you feel great in. Some of my must- have essentials include: perfect fit denim, black pant, white button up shirt, tees and camisoles, blazer, LBD, trench coat, cashmere turtleneck, skirt, cardigan, riding boots, ballet flats and patent heels. Once you have those key tailored pieces it is easy mix and match, add seasonal trends, and accessorize without getting overwhelmed.

For more inspiration check out the Style Remix website.


 
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

#100happydays

Hello friends,

Today I'm starting a project to breathe new life into my blog - and hopefully bring some joy and inspiration to you!

Yesterday while enjoying a cup of tea at Volunteer Park Cafe and poring through the latest House Beautiful color issue, I read about the #100happydays challenge. 

For the next 100 days, follow my journey on Instagram where I'll be posting at least one picture of something that makes me happy every day. If you're not an Instagrammer, I'll be posting a weekly round-up here so you won't miss out on the fun. Or join me - sign up for your own #100happydays challenge here.  

I'll be posting in the following categories and hashtags. These are things that make me happy and feed my soul. 

- Color (#colormakesmehappy, #ilovecolor)
- 5 f's (#family, #friends, #fleurs, #fashion, #fun)
- Health & wellness (#healthylifestyle, #nutrition)

And one to keep things interesting - #justbecause. 

Here's to happy days ahead!

xoxo,

Amy

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Week in the Gorge

I spent last week in the Columbia River Gorge - and it was good for my soul! On so many levels. The beauty of the place is simply stunning. Being with close friends - who feel like family - was a treat. And watching Sofia learn a new sport - windsurfing - was pure joy! Here's a photoblog so you can see for yourself.















 
 
Cheers friends! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

An Island Treasure

 
I took a day trip by myself to one of my happy places last Wednesday - Bainbridge Island. I fed my soul and it felt soooo good!
 
Originally my main reason for the excursion was to have lunch with my friend and color mentor, Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, who lives on the Island. I've also been wanting to visit the year-old Bainbridge Island Museum of Art since it opened so that was my first stop before lunch, and it was such a treat!

 
This stunning new building greets visitors right when they get off the ferry. It has quickly become a cornerstone of the community. The architecture and landscaping are stunning and inviting. I couldn't wait to get inside!
 
I was greeted by volunteers who informed me that the museum is free thanks to generous benefactors. Wow, what a treat! Then they informed me that they were in between major art exhibits, which at first bummed me out, but I made the most of it. There was still ample art to see and it was also fun to observe the museum director, artists and volunteers installing the art for the exhibit that was opening two days later. 
 
I really enjoyed the varied collection of regional art. From colorful serigraphs by Romson Regarde Bustillo (top photo above and also below) to flora and fauna acrylic panels by Fred Lisaius (below) to sculpture and oil paintings, the museum is beautifully curated.

 
Art has long been the backbone of the Bainbridge community, and many artists have moved there to practice their art. Now they have a lovely place for "a real local focus on artists and their stories that haven't been told yet," according to a video I watched in the museum's auditorium. They said (and I agree) that "Art is as fundamental to us as trees, water, nature. Part of being human is the ability to create." How wonderful that just a ferry ride away from Seattle is this island treasure.  

 
 
 
There is a room tucked away on the second floor dedicated to the art of book bindery.
 



Even the bathroom is art-filled!

I have a thing for bees, so this is one of my favorites by Fred Lisaius.

 

After filling up on art, I had a wonderful lunch with Lee catching up on all things color, art, travel, health, nutrition, family and life. Then I headed north to Suquamish, where Geoff's grandfather lived for many years and his family is selling his final property. I soaked up the view, read a magazine (Coastal Living, in fact, so appropo!) and enjoyed the sound of the waves and the nice sea breeze.



Before boarding the ferry back to Seattle, I stopped for an iced tea at one of my favorite Island hangouts - Pegasus Coffee. This lovely patio made me feel like I had been transported to Europe.

 
I wrote in my new "Wonder" journal and reflected on a lovely day.
 
 
 
How do you feed your soul?
 

Too Pretty Not to Share No. 5



Geoff and I went on a biking date last night. Our destination was Delancey, a wood-fired pizza restaurant in Ballard. I've been wanting to go there for years but had been put off by the rumor of very long wait times. But I had also heard about their little bar next door called Essex, which I knew would be a charming place to wait for a table at Delancey. So we peddled over there and sure enough, the hostess told us our wait would be about an hour. I ordered a glass of sparkling Rose and to my surprise they brought it in this charming vintage coupe glass. The glass was sparkling as the wine literally bubbled with joy! It was so delightful and too pretty not to share!

Speaking of sharing, my friend over at I DREAM OF wrote a charming post today about Rose that I just had to share!

Enjoy and happy Sunday friends!

xoxo.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Reading



Hi friends,

School is out and summer is almost here! How are you feeling about summer "break"? I'm really excited! 

Finding time for ourselves during the summer months can be tricky, so I wanted to recommend one of my favorite books for you to read throughout the summer to make sure you are finding time to nurture your body, mind and soul. 

It's called The Joy Factor: 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health. It is jam-packed with really practical ways to bring more joy, balance and vitality to your life. 

Here's an overview of the 10 sacred practices. If you focus on one each week of the summer, I guarantee you will feel great! And you'll still have time for some fun, brainless beach books!

Practice #1: Set the bar high

Practice #2: Act with kindness

Practice #3: Celebrate the child in you

Practice #4: Resonate to the music

Practice #5: Exercise - fast and slow, alone and together

Practice #6: Deepen your relationship with yourself

Practice #7: Nourish yourself with living foods

Practice #8: Experience ecstasy

Practice #9: Seek opportunities for service and stillness

Practice #10: Savor balance in all things

Summer is awesome but we need to remember to take time for ourselves and to fill our cups so we're not counting the days until school starts again in September!

Happy summer everyone! Joy to you.

xoxo,
Amy


joy

noun
  1. 1.
    a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

Friday, June 13, 2014

P.S. to Jamie Joseph


Hello friends,

This is a postscript to my love note to Jamie Joseph...

I wanted to share the beautiful ring that my friend Heidi chose with our winnings from the Silverado Jamie Joseph contest (see aforementioned blog post!).

Heidi's ring literally glows - just like the picture - and it is so beautiful just like her! I was thrilled that she chose this sparkling turquoise stone with a tiny diamond embedded in it. For those of you who know Heidi, she's a fancy gal! She loves her ring as much as Heather (Heidi's twin) and I love ours.

Heidi sent me the following text when she first got hers: "I love my ring sooooo much! I have a cramp in my wrist from holding my hand up to gaze upon its beauty."

I can totally relate. There is something magical about the beauty and energy that emanate from Jamie Joseph's rings.

We gathered on the Oregon Coast a couple of weekends ago to spread Scott's ashes at Pacific City, one of his favorite surf spots. It was a very special and sacred time (more on that at some point). Here are a few pictures of our rings together for the first time, and so happy!




We were there on Scott's 43rd birthday and Sofia and Chance wrote him this message in the sand!


Xoxo,

Amy