sister style : marie

October 30, 2014

Marie Marx is a badass make-up artist and sometimes model (I mean, just look at that bone structure!) who I discovered via Instagram after one of my favorite local shops re-grammed a picture of her wearing a jewelry purchase. I won’t lie, the word ‘goddess’ definitely came to mind when I first saw her. After meeting Marie in person when she glammed me up with an emerald green smokey eye on my birthday, I was blown away at how friendly and easy going she is. Her interests in oneironautics, crystal healing, and the great outdoors are evident in her elegant and mysterious style -






VGS: What is your first fashion related memory? How has it influenced your present day style, for better or worse?

M: My first fashion related memory would have to be on a trip I took to Seattle with my family, when I was still very young. I remember walking by Saks 5th Avenue, marveling at the gorgeous displays, and wondering what it would be like to live that life. It was such a stark contrast to my country living lifestyle, and it ignited a curiosity for style that hasn’t been quenched. Seeing such a refinement of style and fashion still influences me today! Even when I’m dressed down and “casual” (which is wearing jeans, in my book) I still try to retain an air of “dressed up”. My ultimate fashion goal? To dress like Meryl Streep’s character, Miranda Priestly, in the Devil Wears Prada. That style is deadly, and in charge!




VGS: What is the one item you can never have too many of and why?

M: I can never have too many snuggly infinity scarves! They keep me warm and cozy, plus they’re fantastic for that extra layering touch.







VGS: As a make-up artist, how does make-up influence your outfit? Which comes first: the make-up or the outfit?

M: Makeup and fashion are two peas in a pod, so naturally when I’m styling myself, I take both into consideration to create a look! If my makeup turns out more sultry, I’ll pair it with a more masculine, edgier look to balance it out. Lighter makeup looks usually are paired with skirts and dresses, but it all depends on my mood! With personal style, anything goes, as long as you do it with intent.  My makeup always comes before my outfit, simply because I don’t want to get makeup on my clothes!






VGS: Which designer(s) should VGS readers be aware of?

M: I am living for these local babes! Birds n Bones Jewelry is based here in portland, and they create fantastic sterling silver casts from ethically curated animal bones! My favorite piece from them is my armadillo vertebrae, and they just launched a dragon/Khaleesi themed line, Curio Draconis! My other favorite local babe for gemstone creations is Amy Fox of Iron Oxide Designs! She works with all of my favorite stones, smokey quartz, amethyst, etc and I cannot get enough of them. The chains of the necklaces are super long, which makes them great for layering with other pieces. Most of my favorite clothing pieces come from Lumiere, they have a wide variety of styles, but all of the clothes are very well made and gorgeous.


Be sure to keep up with Marie on Instagram!


October 28, 2014

In case you missed the memo, Halloween is my favoritest holiday EVER. I get pretty worked up about it and for the past five years, I’ve made a special halloween mix of spooky and gothy music (last year I posted four of them). Sadly, this year saw me too busy to set about making a sixth installment and instead, I decided to make a YouTube playlist of some of my faves mixed with trailers for my favorite horror movies. Some of you may also know that my middle name is ‘Luddite’ and this whole video playlist is way new to me (as in, I only learned it was possible to make one like, two weeks ago) and I’ve had some issues. For one, I assumed I could change the video order but it seems I can’t. No prob, I just put them on random order and that seems to have taken care of things. Please enjoy! (Oh and there might be some random boobs scattered throughout so careful watching in the office!)


look book : what’s inside you

October 27, 2014

Italian label, What’s Inside You, has just released their Fall/Winter 2014/2015 look book and I love everything about the new line: the lush geometric patterns, the cheeky attitude of that super fun lipstick print and sweaters with text, the classically modern silhouettes, and all of those gorgeous pops of color -





















WISY21- Photos by Sara Mautone -


Currently this collection has only been partially released and is available at Luisaviaroma.

sister style : courtney

October 23, 2014

Today’s Sister Style is coming at you all the way from Detroit! Courtney Spivak caught my attention via Instagram with her bold and always on point neo-eighties styling. Courtney is also one half of dark new wave duo, Ex American, who are definitely worth checking out. Seriously though, this Motor City cutie had me at the Adam Ant tee -












GREY JACKET 3- Photos by Christina Spivak -


For more OOTD shots follow Courtney on Instagram | Twitter

While you’re at it, you can follow Ex American on Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

indie designers : american qi

October 22, 2014

New York’s American Qi was founded earlier this year by Ariel Mitchell with the idea of melding the worlds of art and fashion in a way that is both accessible and meaningful. The result is a mobile gallery of sorts via a contemporary collection of printed sweatshirts and scarves. Everything is made in New York and artists receive 50% of the profits made from their designs. Current offerings include work by Alex Nunez, Matt Sheridan and Ariel herself -


Serena Reynolds

Serena Reynolds

Serena Reynolds

Serena Reynolds

Serena Reynolds

Serena Reynolds

Serena Reynolds

Serena Reynolds

Serena Reynolds

Serena Reynolds

Photos: Serena Reynolds

Model: Emily Cross

Make-Up: Ariel Mitchell


October 21, 2014

I hate to admit it but I’ve been trolling YouTube a lot this past week looking for creepy videos. (It’s that time of year, I tells ya.) Beyond the obvious visual here, I don’t count this video by my fave Kiwi pop-folkstress, Bachelorette, as scary but ya know, there is a definite sense of the disturbing in the lyrics despite the lush and upbeat tune. Enjoy, Creeps!


indie designers : rosehound apparel

October 20, 2014

Perfectly timed with the recent announcement of the return of Twin Peaks next year, Rosehound Apparel has released a new range of accessories for fans of the show. I love the mugs featuring memorable quotes from the show paired with emoji and would love to add all those buttons and pins to the Fire Walk with Me tote. Snap up your favorites and wear them to your local diner next time you meet a friend for coffee & pie -




sister style : shola

October 16, 2014

You might already know Shola Lawson as one half of rad vintage shop, Delicate Doilies, and as the fabulously talented analog photographer, Shot by Shola (see here and here). What you might not know is what an absolute delight she is – I’m not entirely positive but I think the term ‘good egg’ was coined with her in mind. And talk about stylish! An avid thrifter, lover of all cats everywhere and an enthusiast of Japanese culture, Shola effortlessly melds adorable with sophistication to create a unique style that I can only describe as kawaii-meets-ladies-who-lunch -
























Want more? Of course you do! Keep up with Shola via blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter and shop Shola approved looks via Delicate Doilies!


clothes reporter : layering for fall with mod cloth

October 15, 2014

No matter how many times I go through this, once summer ends and fall begins, the struggle is real; more often than not the mornings are dark and cold, the afternoons are warm and sunny, and the evenings are somewhere in between. The past few weeks have seen me changing my daily wardrobe more often than I care to admit and I’ve realized it’s time to bust out the old layering skills once again. Just in time, ModCloth asked me to showcase some of my favorites from their current offerings with fall layering in mind. I chose pieces that will work for most occasions and with just about any style of bottom, from a cute skirt to a skinny jean.




Fall Layering


Clockwise from top left:

Savvy Sommerlier top | Deco the Distance top | Wild and Freelance cardigan | Significant Spirit wedges | Mapmaking your Move wedges | Heads or Tails hat | Casual Influence boots


First things first, your base layer is key. Working double duty it’s the first layer in your warmth burrito, if you will, but it should also hold it’s own when you’re overheating in a crowded bar or music venue. I chose a feminine camisole in a rich fern green with a comfy drape that’s flirty and chic. The scalloped hem provides dimension along with the bronze tone beading which adds an edge of muted glamour.

Next is your main layer. It should add to the warmth burrito by providing more coverage than your base layer. It’s also the main attraction of your outfit and should have special details. I chose a pretty merlot blouse that’s a little bit 1920′s and little bit 1970′s. The pleated front, lace yoke detail and sweet rounded collar add up to just the right amount of special. Wear it in the office, to meet a friend for coffee, or for date night.

Last is the outer layer. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m uncomfortably cold most of the time and the outer layer is perhaps the most important layer since it’s what keeps me from hypothermia. ModCloth has an awesome selection of cardigans and it was a tough choice but I chose a boho 1970′s style knit cardigan in a neutral cream with wine and navy accents. It compliments but doesn’t overpower the blouse and would look sexy over the camisole. On the weekend, I would also wear it over a chambray shirt or white tee. The great thing about the slightly over-sized & open style is that once winter hits, it will fit over other knits for maximum warmth burrito layering.

Ancillary to layering are accessories. Portland is temperate compared to the rest of the country but fall and winter typically bring rain storms. Nothing is worse than slogging through your day with cold, wet feet. Accordingly, I take my footwear decisions seriously. First up, I chose a very practical but stylish boot. The low heel makes them easy for walking and the full coverage will ensure your feet stay dry. Another option are the map-patterned wedge booties from Jeffrey Campbell. Still providing full coverage, they’ll definitely add +10 style points to your outfit. And because sometimes you just want a break from boots, I chose a cool pair of wedge sandals to throw in your bag. Wear the cute & sensible boots for your commute and change into the sandals when you get to your final destination. People will be envious of your super style and wonder how you kept your feet dry.

Finally, it is known that true Portland babes never carry umbrellas. A floppy hat is the mode du jour for keeping your hair dry and pushes the boho vibe up a notch. Wrap it all together, add loose waves, a berry lip & cheek, and a neutral eye with lots of black mascara on top and bottom and you’ll find yourself comfy and stylish no matter what the weather throws at you. Find more cute layers for your warmth burrito on ModCloth.

look book : all bad days

October 14, 2014

In our current Pinterest world of inspirational quotes, gratitude lists, and shiny happy people, Portland’s All Bad Days are a refreshing bummer. Their latest collection of mournful tees, sweatshirts, mugs, totes and more is appropriately titled Damp Vibes and perfectly captures my feelings right now as the days grow colder and darker – for some of us, it’s not ok. Damp Vibes was just unveiled the week before last via a launch party at Mojave that I’m still crying about missing but we can now behold the collection in all of it’s dejected glory thanks to the magic of look books -

















- Photos by Ashley Jennings -


Damp Vibes is selling like sad hot cakes, get your faves now before you find yourself forever out in the cold and eternally bummed.

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