Kimono Krazy

I have a weakness for kimonos.  Maybe it's the wanna be beach beauty in me, the one who hasn't cut her hair in over 2 years but loves to layer on gold necklaces and shimmery bronzer.  Or maybe it's because it's like wearing a bathrobe that instantly elevates your style clout.

But how could you not love this kimono?  and really any kimono from Pool To Party.  Their pieces are all fabulous.  Sophisticated happy prints in the softest flowy fabrics.  I admit, this isn't the first time I've confessed my love for these kimonos.  I'm just a believer.

If you missed Mondays post, the amazing backdrop for these photos is Gorjana's flagship boutique.

kimono - Pool To Party c/o.  find here
tank - Bobi, Queen Anne Dispatch.  also here
jeans - J Brand, Bloomingdales
shoes - Dolce Vita c/o.  find here (over 50% off!)
necklace - Gorjana c/o.  no longer available
photos by Angie.



Gorjana's New Digs. #livelovelayer

Gorjana Flagship Exclusives.

stacking gold rings

long gold statement necklace

I've been a fan of Gorjana jewelry every since I received my first bracelet a few years ago.  Her elegant yet beachy styles are perfect for layering, layering and more layering.  Long gold necklaces and stackable rings - totally up my alley.

She is also woman and a mom you just want to hang out with in hopes of catching some of her beautiful yet totally laid back style.  Really, how do you do that?

Recently Gorjana opened her fabulous flagship store in Laguna Beach.  The style is spot on cool coastal and fabulously chic, exactly how I dream my house to look.  In the midst of the relaxed vibe, she accomplishes making accessorizing a breeze.  The layout is completely geared toward layering and playing to find your perfect jewelry pieces.  You absolutely can't go away empty handed. 

What I love about Gorjana pieces are the easy way they elevate any outfit, and most pieces come in gold, rose gold or sterling silver.  So then it's all about deciding.  Or go for all 3.  Her stackable G ring set has been a staple in my wardrobe, I'm still obsessed with my body chain, and recently I have fallen hard for her Laguna Necklace

The Gorjana Flagship store is also available for events, they sort of thought of everything in this little space - the back room with it's hanging rattan chair, wall of plants and shelf of rose will keep you taking your time and coming back for more.  How fun does a shop and sip evening 3 blocks up from the beach sound?  

It's a must.  

Here are some of my favorite pieces currently.




You can also find a large selection of Gorjana Jewelry at Nordstrom and on occasion Nordstrom Rack.

Photos by Angie.

Thank you to Gorjana for letting me tour your wonderful new space.  As always I am a huge fan.

Happy Monday,


That Time I Fell in Love with Fly Fishing. Shhhh Don't Tell.

Growing up near a river in Montana, it's just part of the patchwork that was my childhood.  Hiking down to swimming holes, catching frogs and water snakes, lazy summer afternoons picnicking on the sandbar, and rafting adventures - I'm so grateful to have had these experiences.

For sure my husband loved me long before he knew I had a tiny bit of river in my blood but this fact definitely sweetened the deal.  You see one of his love languages is fly fishing.

So on our trip last summer to Montana, I scored major wife points surprising him with a morning on the Middle Fork of the Flathead river with my favorite fishing guide.  Oh my it was a highlight of our summer.  Hilary has grown up fishing and guiding on the Flathead River and has taken on the mission of educating people on the importance of protecting public lands, especially rivers.

The thought that my boys might not get to have these same experiences is very sad to me.  It's concerning that these public lands could be up for grabs.  It's not a given that this majesty will remain untouched by development and industry.  I want my boys to have these experiences too.  They speak of their fishing and swimming hole experiences as if they were legendary.  I suppose they were.  Right up there with sleeping out under the stars (they made it 'till 11pm when I brought them inside.)

Disclaimer:  The photos below were from different fishing trips.  I confess, we did not take the boys with us this time and they were not happy about it when they found out.

In 1968 Congress passed the Wild and Scenic River Act to preserve certain rivers and keep them free-flowing for the recreational enjoyment of present and future generations.  Today only 1/4 of 1% of U.S. rivers have this designation.  In Montana 2/10ths of 1% are protected.  A new river hasn't been given this designation in 40 years.

Besides recreational use, there are a number of other factors to think about, including...
  • Freshwater animals are becoming extinct 5 times faster than land animals.
  • One mature tree in a riparian area (habitat along the river edge) can filter as much as 200 pounds of nitrate runoff per year.
  • In the PNW over 100 stock and subspecies of Salmon and Trout have gone extinct and another 200 are at risk, a prime factor being loss of habitat and damns.
  • Of the 1200 species on the threatened or endangered list, 50% depend on rivers and streams.

Every Bend, a film by Noble Lab and Trout TV gives you a glimpse into two Montana Rivers, one is protected, one is not.  You can also find out more on the American River website.

Thank you to Hilary for an incredible morning.  I caught my first fish fly-fishing.  (Notice at the beginning of this post I didn't mention any memories about growing up fishing.)  I was shocked how much I enjoyed it.  Don't tell my husband.  But honestly how could you not?

If you are Montana in the Flathead area, you can find Hilary, guided tours, and all the fly-fishing gear you need at Larys Fly Shop.  

"There's a river somewhere that flows through the lives of everyone." -Roberta Flack



Put Some Spring in Your Denim

Denim is so essential in the Pacific Northwest style diet.  It often ends up being a necessity and can become just part of the daily grind.  Don't get me wrong, a great skinny jean is the work horse of my closet, but adding in cropped flares or skinnies with a step hem are easy ways to spice it up.

Recently I had the opportunity to be on New Day Northwest for a style segment Stylish At Any Age: The Denim Edit, with Lisa from West Fulton Street.

Enter Marz Denim.  What I really love is how this denim takes it a step further.  These jeans are so fun.  And why not?  These repurposed Levi's were given new life with painted and ribboned hem, patches, stitched embellishments, and a wrapped grosgrain waistband.

Marion's inspiration came from a trip to Mexico when she saw all the palm trees painted white along the bottom.  You can see all her one of kind denim here, you can also entrust her to customize your own favorite pair of denim.

These are my picks for denim to help you get over that winter that won't quit hump and into spring and beyond.

You can find these jeans, along with this shirt and bracelet cuff at Canopy Blue.