The Fashion Rabbit

Color Story

by Aly on Friday, January 28, 2011

I think that everybody lusts after Anthro's displays, because they are fully developed stories executed to perfection.  Each area within the store is designated an element, color or theme, which narrates the most unique experience for each visitor.  For the Spring season, I found that the colors play an integral part to each visit.  I worked mainly in the front section, which is one of the most cared for places in the store.  The lush greenery and heavy print are used to beguile the customer, as well as a very specific set of colors including cobalt, fuschia and a light hue of sap green.  I spent a lot of time admiring the front this morning, probably because I kept having to re-set the front table (above).   It was difficult to set because it is the most important, but also because I'm not use to having to integrate home decor.

Anyway, in between taking photos, I mainly folded down the remaining tables and pranced around in my DVF (which everyone LOVED) and listened in on my two managers tactful deliberation.  The second half of the day was more eventful.  First I changed into my asymetrical flounce top and repotted some plants, painted some wood that will serve as spacers for the front display, and for the rest of the day I took down an old display hanging upstairs with the other intern.  It took a lot longer than I thought, but it was cool because SO MANY customers told us how talented we were and asked if they could have the display that we were taking down--that we didn't make..but took credit for.  At the end of the day, I found out that we hired a few more interns because we have a lot more work for the next few months.. I can't wait!



by Aly on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I haven't posted in a while, so I'm forcing myself to post on my break from my first day of the internship. I found out that I can document my progress each day (pics to come!) which makes me even more stoked for this! I'm really pleased with how they are concerned with what my experience is like.. that said, I can't believe that they actually let me do stuff!

This morning I worked with the merchandisers a bit, I folded a million shirts, perfected some table settings, and mainly observed from a far, still.. it was awesome! This afternoon I get to work on a display that we will put in the front entrance of the store. The display is made up of slats of stained wood, it will also have eye hooks attached, which will be used to hang merchandise. I am so glad that I get to work on something that will turn out cool.. At Nordstrom I decorated an entire forest and came home with fake snow in my underwear every single day. I don't know, although today seemed pretty uneventful, I am probably just excited that we aren't working on christmas?

So again, more photos to come.. And lastly, all day I've been dreaming about wearing my new j-brand flares and my anthro white flowy top--this morning we got so many cute 70's inspired pieces in, that have been on my mind for the past few hours. I am going crazy. The weather is awful and I can't stop convincing myself why I need this caftan that we just got in. I can't wait for Spring!


Speedy Recovery

by Aly on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

HM puff sleeve top, HM tiered skirt, Hue leggings, Steve Madden Maryn boots, Louis Vuitton Speedy 25, Nordstrom teal necklace, Vintage Marc by Marc Jacobs mens timepiece, Banana Republic mood ring, & MAC nails in Beyond envy.

The best way to recover an outfit from looking low is to mix in some high-end pieces. I'm always looking for clothes that look like one of a kind, but I just can't afford to be outfitted in head to toe designer wear everyday. By investing in timeless pieces that can translate into many looks, you can instantly make your look expensive. I often add a designer bag or timepiece to a simple outfit, while also styling the look so that it is fresh off of the runway. In this photo I tried out more wearable Guido Palau curls from Marc Jacobs. 


Mixed Media

by Aly on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MAC: Glitter pigment in Gold, Lip liner in nightmoth, Lipstick in media & nails are beyond envy, B.P necklace & Banana Republic mood ring. 

I love the look of teal and white, and I've been waiting for the opportunity to complement this necklace that I got from work with the perfect plum lip.  MAC has a great hue called media, which is pretty gutsy to wear to work, but I can't tell you how many compliments I get on the T.  The disco-inspired makeup is a fantastic compliment to a plain white silhouette, so don't be afraid to take a risk.


Snow Leopard

by Aly on Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dolce Vita ryan cape, Flounce top, Citizen Ava denim, Urban knit hat, Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, Free people covered wedge bootie.

Can you believe that Nordstrom is closed??? Apparently last weeks blizzard pales in comparison to this weeks mere 6 inches and counting. Whatever. I was able to take advantage of my day off, and Ian was granted freedom from risd as well, so we took the opportunity to shoot. Surprisingly, Free People blew my mind today, and although I couldn’t feel my toes most of the day, the booties had no problem in the snow.  I have to tell you though, I really lovemy cape, and despite the fact that every time I wear it people always say, “I love that!! but I would never buy it…” I think it photographs beautifully, I can’t decide if I like the black or white side better? Anyway, we stumbled upon a deserted church on benefit, and got some great shots in front of the doors. Enjoy!


Lost & Found

by Aly on Saturday, January 15, 2011

Diane von Furstenberg Justin wrap dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs: sunglasses, saddlery perfect purse, cocktail ring, vintage mens watch, & MAC nails in Vintage Vamp.

I have fond memories about the time when I first started working for Nordstrom in downtown Seattle. I moved into my first apartment, and it was the first year that I wasn’t in school. This was the year that I fell in love with fashion. I bought this DVF wrap dress, which is apart of her vintage print line, where she revisited textiles that were featured in her dossier from the seventies! This print is just incredible! By the time I got it home to my apartment, I realized that I couldn’t keep it.. and never saw it again. This last Christmas, by boyfriend gifted this dress to me, its like it never left my closet.



by Aly on Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I’ve been waiting for christmas to be over..but being greeted back home by blanketed train tracks, ice cold cappuccinos and my favorite: nordstroms winter storm hotline—hardly tells me that the holidays will ever end.  All of this aside, I have braved the weather in my silk Elizabeth and James top, and just today I almost left the house without my winter cape.  The truth is, and my parents can attest to this, that I love doing whatever I’m told that I shouldn’t, and this includes dressing for spring during a blizzard.  There’s something about the polemic season in between winter and spring that is begging me to disobey, oh and also my actions are heavily inspired by Julia in Eat Pray Love, moral of the story, do what makes you happy, always, and listen to Julia.

Two Sides to Every Story

by Aly on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Elizabeth and James top, Target faux fur vest, Citizen slick denim, Free People covered wedge bootie.

One of the reasons that I invest in designer wear isn’t only because of the great quality, but also because each garment feels like one of a kind (even though I know that its not). A stylist I knew in the Savvy department at Nordstrom in Seattle showed me a great trick to getting more wear out of designer tops—get ready—this is awesome: wearing a top both frontwards and backwards completely changes the look, and most of the time it works! In this shoot I wore the Elizabeth and James top backwards and tied in the front. try it yourself and good luck!


Green Smoke

by Aly on Monday, January 3, 2011

MAC eyeshadow in green smoke.

Love this shade, great for a complete smokey eye look this season.

Dior in Alston

by Aly on Sunday, January 2, 2011

B.P leather bomber, Vintage Dior top, Citizen slick denim, Aldo Bootie, Marc by Marc wristlet.

I found this top on my hunt for a bed frame at a junk shop in Alston. I’m always looking for great designer finds and at this point I don’t even care where it has been.. its fucking Dior for $4!



Marc Jacobs Obsession

by Aly on Saturday, January 1, 2011

My first fashion obsession was a Marc by Marc Jacobs faux fur lined hoodie, then a one of a kind time piece, followed by a pair of black knit ponte pants.. and many handbags to follow.  Marc is my favorite designer, these clothes have brought an alter ego out of me—the ability to be someone else wherever I go.  Giving in to this presence builds confidence. and this is what fashion is all about.