6.09.2019

Embarrassment, A Rad Bag and A Striped Jumpsuit.

Today's Look, A Neutral Jumpsuit with Pops of Contrasting Colors.  



Something that I still haven't gotten comfortable with is passerby's observing us taking photos when it's my 10year old snapping the shots.  Not going to lie, I get super embarrassed, and try to stall any snaps from happening until they pass.  I live in a small enough community that chances are we may know each other, at least by sight.  This first photo was captured as my neighbor from two blocks over, you know far enough that they DON'T know I'm a style blogger and take photos but close enough that we stop and chat when walking past, was walking by.  I cordially smile hello, and CRINGE inside.

Just another day in the life of mom who often relies on her children for photos snaps.  

So there you go.  These shots were taken by my not so patient 10 year old.  But this neutral striped ruffle jumpsuit was worth the embarrassment.  I thought it paired really well with a coral bandana in my hair and pistachio colored tennis.  I was quite proud of my outfit.  That is the best part of a neutral outfit - there are so many ways to accessorize.  This jumpsuit would be so fun with heels and blinging jewelry for any evening out or a jean jacket and ankle booties come fall.  

And my bag is the newest addition to Queen Anne Frame & Gift and I am so excited about it.  Not only is the style fabulous and has me dreaming of every memory we want to make this summer, living in the city - this bag also empowers a coop of women in Bangladesh to create better futures for themselves and their families...AND I get to sell it in my shop!  

SO RAD.




jumpsuit - Traffic People c/o
shoes - Brooks c/o no longer available darnit!
bandana, earrings and bag - Queen Anne Frame & Gift


So that's all folks.  Just a quickie.  Trying to be better about sharing on my blog again, not just instagram.  Can a blog post just be short and sweet and you will still want to read it??   

best
Kirsty


5.30.2019

For The Fairy Princess In All Of Us.

DIY floral crowns using pipe cleaners.  Genius.  




This is the kind of DIY activity for anyone young at heart.  It's beautiful, fun, easy to do in groups while gathered around a table.  And YES anyone can wear a crown.  

Think about your next event...baby showers, bridal showers for sure, book club, cocktail club (if anyone wants to start one of these I'm totally in.), just because, summer solstice...ooh what about a holiday brunch - I mean why should warm weather have all the fun??

Recently Jenn and I hosted an afternoon at Pacific Place, the theme was a Spring Pop-Up and the plan was to make floral crowns. (if you live in the Seattle area, you can follow Pacific Place to see their upcoming events)  Having made them in the past, I was a little hesitant at how this was going to go down with 50 people in attendance, thankfully Holly Yee Floral had a plan.  And it was brilliant.



The brilliant piece was the headband that your start with, Holly had woven two pipe cleaners together to create the long headband base.  Because it was pipe cleaners it was soft and comfortable against the head but sturdy enough to hold up to the weight of flowers, and flexible.  You guys isn't that so smart??





The second brilliant piece was making small bouquets of flowers and greenery, about 7 total BEFORE you start attaching, this way you have all your flowers ready to go before you start wiring.   So the middle bouquets will be the front of your crown.  Holly chose a wonderful assortment of flowers...carnations and roses, billy balls, freesia, wax flowers, mums, eucalyptus, asparagus ferns...really any flowers that you can gather into small bouquets will work, and in my opinion the more greenery the better.  Do your research and choose flowers that can hold up to being outside of water for a long time.

Once you have your 7 bouquets ready, start at one end of the woven pipe cleaner headband, leaving at least an inch to tie the ribbon to, and begin wiring the flower bunches at the stems using floral wire.  Make sure that the blooms are nearest the end of the pipe cleaners, so when you add the next bouquet you are slightly layering it over the stems of the previous bouquet.  Do them all in the same direction.  Make sense?  Hold your mini bouquet all together against the pipe cleaner and wrap round and round - you don't need to worry about weaving the wire through the holes of the pipe cleaner, simply wrap the wire tight around the flower stems/pipe cleaners a few times till it feels securely attached and then grab the next bouquet and continue the wrapping process.

When you have reached near the other end of the pipe cleaner you are done.  You can always add a few extra pieces to hide the end of the stem, or just role with it - stems are pretty too.  Attach ribbon to both ends, place the crown on your head and tie it.  Done!




Bonus, this thoughtfully planned DIY makes any gathering more beautiful with flowers everywhere, and the best part is how different everyone's crowns will be, yet all equally lovely, and the instant the crown is placed on an individuals head, their eyes will sparkle.  You can't help it. 

if you make these crowns I would LOVE to know!  email me (kirsty@luciakjewelry.com) or tag me (@thekirstyfiles) in your post, it will make my day!!

photos by Saskia

best,
Kirsty

5.28.2019

A Quick Moment Among The WildFlowers

Traffic People Maxi Dress.  Honoring that inner voice.  




I woke up today (today that I'm writing this post, not today that I took these photos) feeling a lot of anxiety and heavy-burdened.  Some hard ongoing health issues for a few people dear to me and a to-do list full of the yucky stuff...dentist appts (nothing like a broken tooth to jumpstart that to the top of the list), reports due, bills to pay.  Stuff that just has to get done.  In my comfiest sweatpants. 

Rewind to the day of this shoot, this dress, feeling ethereal.  Hanging out with one of my dearest friends to take photos, doesn't even feel like work at all.  Magical evening light and for sure magic in those wild mustard plants.

Both are realities.  This is what I love about fashion, it can transport me, elevate my mood, make me feel like I have super human powers...Major TO-DO list to tackle - put on my best, most comfiest sneakers.  Feeling like I need an extra person in my corner, I wear the socks my mom gave me for my birthday right before she passed away.  Strutting down the street - for sure in my best fitting pair of jeans.

Having the chance to wander through the wildflowers, only a magical dress will do. 

These little voices are inside me, and one way I honor them is in what I wear.  






About this magical dress, it's from Traffic People.  I have posted about this brand before, they are a favorite, for their bright prints and flattering styles.  It's a bit vintage and a bit modern, born in the heart of London.  Which of course makes them even cooler.  You can see more of my favorites here and here.

jewelry (necklaces, tassel bracelets, and earrings) - Queen Anne Frame & Gift

photos by Angie, isn't she great?

best,
Kirsty


5.09.2019

Free Flowing In My Red Pants

That Vacation State of Mind.  Can't it be like this always?




Ah, vacation.  Am I right?  I LOVE vacation, duh - who doesn't?  I am actually NOT good at planning or prepping for vacations but I'm getting better.  I do however, love putting together outfits for my trip, not a surprise I'm sure.  And I love the influence places have on my style, currently I'm still slapping on the self-tanner and wearing big ol' beach hair (well that might be in part from my lack of time to wash my hair.)  Beach vibes it is!  

These particular pants are so fun, like start busting out crazy legs when walking, because they are just meant to flow.  Super comfortable and flattering, and an awesome deep red color.  They have just the right amount of interest that elevates an outfit but not so much that they take thought in wearing.  

So, when I need a vacation moment as I'm hustling down the street - I'll probably be wearing these.  


Few more outfit notes:  

My tank top is from one of my favorite brands for tanks and flowy tees.  They always fit right in the armpit area and have a wonderful amount of fit and flow.  I wear these all summer long.  Queen Anne Dispatch carries most of this line, if you are in the Seattle area shop local.  

My earrings, speaking of local - YES, I have been looking a long time for seed bead earrings that weren't mass produced crud, but also still affordable.  Hello - these are time intensive and the price should reflect the labor.  This is a new line I have at my shop, fair trade jewelry working in partnership with a family in Vermont and village in Guatemala.   




pants - Bobi, also at Queen Anne Dispatch
tank - Bobialso at Queen Anne Dispatch
shirt - Bella Dahlalso at Queen Anne Dispatch


Short and sweet blog post today, because if I want to actually post this I have to wrap it up and really these photos do their own talking.  It was so fun to be with Angie and shoot again where it all began, for your viewing pleasure here is our very first photo shoot together.  

You need to know this outfit is at Queen Anne Dispatch and their Friends & Family event is this Friday - tomorrow!  It will all be 20% off, if you live in Seattle get there - shop the day, or join the party (and shop) from 6 - 10pm.  If you don't live in Seattle, you can call and ask for Sabrina, they can ship!

Let if flow.

Kirsty

4.30.2019

Rhubarb Thyme French Gin Fizz

"Se Repeter" A Rhubarb and Champagne Cocktail on Repeat.




I am not a food blogger, but I have put this cocktail through rigorous testing.  I like it so much that I even measure the ingredients every time!  If you know me at all, this is a big deal, I RARELY measure anything and believe recipes are simply a jumping off point.  But with this one, I want consistency.

We happened upon this drink by chance, and it's gone through a few improvements to land on the final recipe, which has been on repeat this last month.  I've made this for my husband, friends, neighbors, alas we tried to concoct it on vacation, but there was no Rhubarb in Laguna Beach. Like I am buying $5/lb rhubarb because I can't find a ditch to clip it from, putting out pleas to my in-laws and dad who live in the glorious PNW country to keep their eyes peeled.  Please brake for Rhubarb.  Eating and drinking seasonal makes me so happy, but it's also fleeting.  Maybe that's why it's so darn good because it doesn't last very long?  So don't wait on this one, start prepping for Friday night folks.  You can definitely find Rhubarb at specialty grocery stores in the PNW or in the ditches.

I can't decide if I am just totally smitten with how lovely it looks in my vintage champagne coupe glasses garnished with a sweet sprig of thyme, or it's refreshing spring taste with that delightful layer of foamy goodness on top that I am in love with more.  Or perhaps it's that it must be shared because the recipe only really works in pairs.

Se Repeter.  Get it?  It's Repeat in French (according to google.)  I don't know how to say it but I know how to drink it.



Either way we have been getting creative with eating a lot of extra egg yolks - throwing the extras in waffles or french toast batter.  Don't waste those golden yolks!

These are wonderful for an occasion.  Truly.






Notes on the recipe:  Now you can definitely make a rhubarb simple syrup, the reason I prefer macerating is I think the flavor of the rhubarb - or any fruit in general, stays more fresh and bright and true.  Why cook it when you don't have to?

Also I think this cocktail would work with many other seasonal fruits, this way it can be a year round affair.  That's my plan.

This is a slightly tart refreshing drink, you can always adjust the amount of rhubarb syrup and lemon to make it less tart and more sweet or the other way around.  Don't omit the Thyme if possible, it adds a lovely hint of herbaciousness (that should definitely be a word it it's not.).  The finishing touch.  The egg white is what creates that lovely foamy layer on top.


Macerated Rhubarb.
Ratio of small-medium 1 stalk of Rhubarb thinly sliced to 1/2cup sugar (if it's a large stalk use 1 cup sugar).  Place in food processor and blend, store in airtight container and let it set overnight, refrigerate.  Strain prior to use, squeezing the rhubarb pulp to get every last drop of juice out.  We have made this drink without straining, my husband prefers this method, I prefer it strained.  Each to their own.

Cocktail (makes two technically)
2 oz Dry Gin
1.5 Rhubarb Syrup
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 egg white.
Ice.

Champagne
2 sprigs of Thyme

Mix first 4 ingredients in shaker (mason jar also works) shake vigorously for 10 secs.  Add ice.  Shake for 30 secs.

Strain into a a very cute cocktail glass, top with champagne.  Gently pat thyme sprigs between the palms of your hands or with the back of a knife to release the oils and fragrance, but keep their pretty shape.  Float on top of drink.



Enjoy!

Thank you for reading.
Kirsty