Spring is in full bloom here in Seattle, and Team Hitchcock is taking a no holds barred approach to vivid color, and soft pastels. This week, Erica talks to us about color and contradiction, her love of Doritos, and how to expertly pair your earthy beads with some serious Heavy Metal for a day of errands in her OOTD. Simple, right?
There is nothing I enjoy more when getting dressed than to mix seemingly contradictory styles. Wearing cooky clothing is my life’s little subversion *cackles* well, that and devouring spicy nacho Doritos. But, I digress. In this post my sole aim is to to illustrate one major “lesson” in personal style. Balance in contradiction, is a mantra I find myself repeating whilst meditating over my morning latte. Your contradiction may not be as extreme or thematic as mine (dramatic? me?) but don’t shy from mixing pieces that you normally wouldn’t. Experiment with color combinations, mix metals, combine designer with thrift. But, and this is key, execute it in a way that is planned. Balance your choices and leave everything else clean and simple.
We start with these delicate layers of colorful, vintage beads set to frame and balance this angry, angular pendant by IOSSELLIANI. The multiple strands of cobalt, translucent pink, white and gold beads dance around the structured armor of the Italian bling. IOSSELLIANI continues to amaze us with show-stopping jewels that are a fashion plate’s secret weapon. Who wouldn’t be impressed by this slightly tribal stunner? Take your edgy pieces, and soften them for a sunny, summer brunch or Happy Hour with the girls. Throw on your frayed denim shorts, a white t-shirt (I know – so cliche!), these two necklaces and a fab pair of this season’s shoe du jour – the flat gladiator sandal.
To keep the balance, make sure your rings and bracelets make an appearance. Tying in our themes of earthy with edgy, a grey Hitchcock Madrona Druzy is always welcome feature in my wardrobe. The perfect neutral compliment for any season, and it compliments my hair-I’m definitely a fan.
Lulu Frost’s Scarab Family Earrings from the Spring Collection were the perfect touch of whimsy for the look. While I am a fan of the rules, I’m always a fan of turning them on their heads. Maybe it’s the rush of Vitamin D, or the flowers in bloom but I’m certainly feeling playful in all corners of my life. I see no reason for my outfit to be anything less than representative of how I feel, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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On January 1st we moved into our new space (just 4 doors North on 34th Ave). The building owner happens to be the renowned artist, Roy McMakin, who used the space for his offices before relocating to warmer weather. Reverently, I attempted to bridge his original aesthetic with what is Hitchcock Madrona. One of my favorite nods is McMakin’s Big Leaf Maple table in the center of the South room.
Walls were freshened up with the original white scheme McMakin started with over 15 years ago. Holland lacquered (marine paint) finishes give a pain staking, wet sheen to the moldings and cabinets while remaining monochromatic. I added abstract art, a Swedish, stainless pendant lamp, high glossed french dresser, aircraft carrier desk, mid century seating, industrial cases and neutral, ethnic floor coverings to give the space its birth name.
When we take buying trips to NYC, the vendor showrooms are not open to the public, but still feel intimate and welcoming. While we are NOT “by appointment only”, I wanted to play on this fascinating and delicate balance for this installation. Windows were frosted for interior intimacy yet still inviting light freely. The entry was left visually unobstructed to frame a clear message as to what we sell, should there be any question.
Transforming a boutique is what I’ve called a career for the past 20 years, and what I’ve learned along the way may have honed the process, but it still feels like a puzzle, every time; a puzzle I really enjoy.
Spring has sprung a little early here in Seattle, and unlike our friends on the East Coast (sorry, guys) I’m breaking out the beaded necklaces, camo hoodies, and my favorite vintage party dress to celebrate. What better place to shoot my “kitchen sink” OOTD than our brand new studio space? I honestly can’t think of one. Seeing as I’m unveiling the new studio space, I thought it might be a good time to also share our next online trunk show. As our lovely followers know, we took a team trip to Billings, Montana last November where we acquired several amazing vintage, Native American pieces that we haven’t been able to get enough of. Erica has been rocking her beads for years, and has shared her “love of the bead” with yours truly. Now, we’re bringing this love to you guys! Expect a video soon on the ups, downs, pros and cons (there are none, actually), of styling beads from day to night and everywhere in between. For now, I give you beads, a party dress, and playtime in the Hitchcock Madrona Studio.
I hope my peak at spring, has given you guys some color inspiration. Being the perpetual layer heavy lady that I am, I softened my heavy metal hardware with a centralized beaded statement. Balance between the two, no matter how heavy the statement is what I strive to be mindful of. Most of all, just remember: confidence is key and if you love it-wear it.