Just A Great Outfit.

Well in these photos ALL I can see is frizzy hair.  Ugh.  Sometimes we are our own worst critics.  But I am posting anyway, partly (mainly) to get over myself and partly because I don't want to waste an outfit shoot.  

And why do we think it's important to point out our faults?  

And then there's the fact that my day had a few hiccups that have left me too tired to write something well tonight.  Nothing that isn't just part of life, but none the less exhausting when you didn't have time to deal with it in the first place.  So I don't have the energy to expand on the above thoughts just yet.  Nor did I have the energy to discuss with my 9 year old why he can't get a certain video game.  I just need to go to bed.

So maybe you can just enjoy this great shortall?  I love a shortall all summer long, and into the fall with tights and a turtleneck, right?  Also these platform floral oxfords, so good, and on sale.  And my shirt, always love a flowy white top.  And the silk tie that is sort of a necktie meets scarf.

And PS - the BEST under T-shirt bra I have found so far.  Super soft, no underwire, still supportive (if you are on the smaller bust size like me) and gives you great shape under tees and sheer tops.  

Lots of good stuff.  

skirtall - Numph c/o.  no longer avail.
shirt - Mango.  similar
shoes - Abound, Nordstrom Rack.
silk tie - Queen Anne Frame.
bra - Gap

Good night friends, thank you for reading my blog even on days like today.

photos by Angie.



Spring Hat Edit

I am heading to NYC the beginning of next week to work with a salon brand on a curly hair product launch, whhhhhhat?  I bought this hat in preparation, because I plan to spend every extra second shopping and eating - NOT washing my hair.

Hats make the most wonderful travel companions.

Hats also hide bad hair days, offer sun protection and elevate style instantly.  I love hats.

There are so many fun versions right now so I thought I’d share my 4 favorites in hopes to inspire you all to try more hats.  Or keep up the good work.

My spring hat picks...

The fisherman’s cap.  Other variations are newsboy cap, engineer cap, bakers cap.

I am super excited about this style.  This is the one I am wearing in the photo above.  This particular hat is white wool, the perfect mix to wear year round and I plan on it.  I wore it with wide leg jeans and an off the shoulder top the day I got it - pulled it right out of the box and wore it, sign of a winning purchase right?

Wide rimmed and woven.  Fedoras.  Straw hats.

If you're local to Seattle- all 3 of these hats are in my shop right now.  Come visit us on Queen Anne, maybe you will find a few things you can't leave without. 

If you're not nearby, I found a few similar online.  Here are my picks...

Happy Happy Hats!



Paper Bags and Platforms

Are you a fan of the paper bag style pant?  It has always drawn me but I rarely find a pair that works for me.  It's one of those styles that has to fit and flow just right, because you are definitely adding volume and want to accentuate the waist as a balance.  The volume should look like it's coming from the fabric not you.  In my opinion that is how this style is flattering.   So I have tried on A LOT of this type of pant but rarely a success.

This style is quite popular right now with the high-waisted pant trend that is taking over.  Yessss.  And it's such a good one.  This style is effortless, aka easy, adding great interest to an outfit, simply add a tee and cute sandal, which is how I wore it the rest of the trip, and you're ready.  I just jazzed it up for photos.  You know, to make it more interesting.  I can't wear a tee shirt for every.single.post. 

Plus this awesome top is over 75% off right now.  You're welcome.

These particular shorts are from Numph DK.  A clothing brand I discovered at my favorite local clothing boutique Queen Anne Dispatch.  You can also find most of their line at Numph.com, and also some styles at Pintucked.  I can always count on this brand to have edgy yet sophisticated styles, mixed with bold happy prints and unique fabrics.  That is exactly the tune I like to sing, and I am always looking forward to their next designs. 

Speaking of tunes, random thought...I am the worst singer, and lately I can't help but bust out a tune, much to my children's dismay.  Not sure where that is coming from, it cracks me up.  It also warms my heart because my mom used to do the SAME thing to us and man was I always so annoyed.  Oh the eye rolls. 

Maybe someday they will appreciate my voice.  I often remind them that they used to ASK every night for me to sing them each a song at bedtime. 

Ok back to the outfit, because I cant leave out the shoes.  In two days I bought pastel sneakers and floral loafers.  And they are my marvelous rotation.  I freakin love these shoes.  Something about a whimsical floral, I love the mix of this feminine print with a more masculine loafer style shoe.  AND then add a platform with STRIPES.  These shoes also look particularly nice with a really undone hem.  I plan to get a lot of wear out of these.  ps - they are currently on sale for under $50.  Whoop Whoop.

You're welcome again. 

shirt - Derek Lam 10 Cosby c/o.  on sale 75% off in navy, in red.
shorts - Numph DK c/o.  find here
shoes - Abound, Nordstrom Rack
socks - not seen but SO necessary, Smartwool
sunglasses - Queen Anne Frame

And the beach hair situation, it's just so outside my comfort that I am not even going to mention it.  

Happiest Wednesday.

Photos by Angie.



Sneaks and Pleats and Spring To-Do lists.

I have never enjoyed to-do lists.  I actually spend a lot of my time avoiding the lists I make.  So clearly most of the time lists are counterproductive in my life.

But I will say that if I actually accomplish what I NEED to do AND manage not lose the list I made, AND I am organized enough to have written those things on said list - wow such satisfaction in crossing off each line.

Does anyone ever cross everything off?

Sometimes I add things just to be able to cross something off.

I have started to write down items like "laundry" and "washing my hair"  because those absolutely count.  And maybe they will help explain where all my time goes...I should really start including "nap."

The only list that I enjoy is a shopping list.  And for spring two top items on my list are a statement skirt and pastel sneakers.

What I LOVE about this skirt is the versatility.  It's unique enough to make a statement but still something that I can wear any day of the week.  It's a lightweight knit so it works year round easily.  There is a touch of metallic in the waste band, making it festive during the holidays and festival when the temp rises.  The pleats make me feel classic and preppy but the undone hem keeps it effortless and a bit boho - which makes it something that I gravitate towards.

About the sneakers.  Confession, I have not bought a pair of lace up fashion sneakers in as long as I can remember.  Walking into Nordstrom with the specific goal of purchasing sneakers, I had to laugh at myself.  But sneakers have won me over with their comfort and so much style, and I love the pairing of fancier items - dresses, and skirts - with sneakers.  An unexpected pairing is my favorite way to do fashion.  So these sneakers, after trying on probably 15 or more, were the winners.  I love the pastel lilac pinkish color with the chunky but not too chunky white soles and the under $100 price tag.  The rose gold heel detail was the kicker.

I envision wearing this skirt and sneaker pairing plenty over the next few months, with tees as shown, with tank tops and even sweatshirts.  It's an easy and a totally stylish momiform.

Maybe it will even help with my to-do lists.

A note on my bracelet stack.  The silver bangle is from Article 22.  Each bracelet purchased clears 3m of Laotian landscape littered with unexploded bombs from the Vietnam War.  I love this concept and company so much.  You can find this bracelet at my shop Queen Anne Frame.  

skirt - Numph c/o
shirt - Bobi also avail at Queen Anne Dispatch
shoes - Halogen, Nordstrom
sunglasses - Queen Anne Frame
bracelets - stone strands and silver bangle, Queen Anne Frame

Photos by Angie.

Happy Monday.



Finger Coiling. How I Style My Curls On Wash Day

Gosh I have been promising a curly hair styling tutorial video for so long, it's embarrassing.  But I just never felt like I had my act together enough to film and edit a video, and post it (well that part might still be the case.)

And had that perfectly placed bathroom plant.    

finger coiling curly hair

Then one Saturday, the lighting was so right, isn't it always about the light?  I had just washed my hair and was inspired mid product.  So in my pjs, no makeup on I propped my phone up on my vitamix - highest contraption I could find, and I filmed.  

The kicker... my video only exists in instagram.

How to watch it.

1.  go to @thekirstyfiles on Instagram,

2.  In my profile highlights it's called "wash day style"  ( I think you can only watch on your phone or Ipad - I know BIG eye roll.)

See not so bad?  and if in the meantime someone can teach me how to upload the video that would be grand!

cheers to babysteps.