Just In: Lulu Frost ‘Tesserae’

As usual, we are doing back flips over the pre-fall 2015 collection from Lulu Frost. The aptly named ‘Tesserae’ collection draws on Native American artwork, and the intricate and beautiful mosaic work of the early Greek and Roman Civilizations. Sophisticated color choices, right angles abound, and subtle bling (I know, I was shocked too) make this collection a winner. Margot and I took a trip to the Arboretum for an appropriately lush environment, to show off a few of the collections heavy hitters.lulu-braceletThe Petra Cuff is a stunning statement from this collection. Paired with a sexy dress, or a pair of jeans the muted, sophisticated colors and organic feel of the stones make this cuff incredibly versatile.

 

chokerFueling my obsession for collars, I gravitated to the Passages Necklace instantly. Sleek gold blocks, mimic the mosaic work on pieces like the Petra Cuff with just a touch of bling in classic Lulu form.

lulu-necklace-longThe Petra Tassel Necklace has to be easily the best layering piece in the collection. Here I paired it with my shield and two of our Twinkler Strands made by our girl, Hannah (I’m obsessed with both her and the necklaces), it also works well with a delicate lariat for a more casual layer or one of the shorter, statement pieces from the collection if you’re feeling extra bold.

bangles-luluSweet and spacey, the Terraced Bracelet is another favorite. Small enough to be easily worn with a grouping of bangle cuffs, or stacked against a thin metal and leather cuff this little guy is a keeper.

 

For more of the collection, stop by the store or email us for pictures and pricing inquiries. You won’t want to miss out on this collection, to be honest I’m wearing the Tassel Necklace as we speak, er-type. I think this bad boy is coming home with me.

 

XOXO

Millie

 

Hitchcock Madrona Red Carpet Edition: Nancy Guppy

Friend of the arts and friend of Hitchcock Madrona, Nancy Guppy recently covered the Red Carpet at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) draped in Hitchcock Madrona jewelry. We are so honored to have been represented on the red carpet by such an incredible force! Scroll down to see Nancy’s entire look.

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Nancy, with Tab Hunter wearing the HM Wide Bronze Cuff and Signature Druzy

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We love how bold Nancy is always willing to go, a woman after our own hearts! Thank you to Nancy for representing Team Hitchcock Madrona on the 2015 SIFF Red Carpet. All photos courtesy of Nancy’s lovely photographer, Ernie Sapiro who’s work can be found here: http://www.erniesapiro.com/

Bridal Week: Elope to Las Vegas!

For our last installment of bridal week we are going on a little impromptu trip…to Vegas! Your wedding your prerogative, right?? We wanted to redefine what it means to be a modern bride by pairing a traditional veil with our favorite vintage Levis. Whether you just can’t stand to wait any longer, or jeans and a white tee are the fanciest clothes you could ever want or need, Vegas isn’t for the faint of heart or those in doubt.

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There is something so fun about the irreverence of a Vegas wedding.  Las Vegas must be the only place in the US you can get married in a drive thru (or, by an Elvis impersonator).  Traditions come in all shapes and sizes!

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It’s your day! Who cares if the family is a little surprised?

ashlyn'd-clutch-sideviewAcrylic Dice Clutch by Ashlyn’dScarab and Rhinestone Bracelet by Lulu Frost.

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Silver Spear Earrings by Mariella Pilato

Go for the dramatic earrings and necklace.  More is more in the The Graceland Wedding Chapel and we say go full bling.

dannijo-necklaceThis must be my favorite necklace in the store right now. I am obsessed with it’s stylistic ambiguity. There is something very evocative of 1970’s Elvis within the color combination! Is it just me? Bonus! Bridal jewelry that can double as your something blue. Lasting, gorgeous, and a funky nod to tradition. Viva Las Vagas!

XOXO,

Erica

Bridal Week: Rethinking the Veil

     Throughout the centuries, hair ornamentation has been a symbol of social status or ritual significance. Wedding veils are no exception, but this form of adornment has certainly seen many iterations as popular wedding fashions change and grow.

     Artists like Jennifer Behr and Kelly Christy, are able to create modern examples of classically rooted, and seriously stunning headgear. Whether you’re a vintage bride, a minimalist bride, an edgy, bold bride or something entirely different there are ways to tailor your hair accessories in a way that feels uniquely you. Not only that, but Mother of the Bride fascinators, and jeweled headpieces for your bridesmaids are a wonderful thank you, and a special nod to the ones you love for their support on your day.

kelly-christy-jennifer-behr-rosita-headwrapBirdcage veil by Kelly Christy, Rosita-Tiny Crystal Scallop Headwrap by Jennifer Behr 

A perfect, vintage inspired fresh take on a veil. Remove the Veil and just wear the headband for the reception. Jennifer Behr does a wonderful job, creating hadpieces that are flawless in composition and can be tailored to so many different styles. Bridal and beyond.

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jennifer-behr-facinator-closuuFeather and vintage floral hair clip by Kelly Christy, Earrings by Lulu Frost

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Whether you’re a cool toned winter bride, or a whimsical spring bride there’s nothing like a plume of milk white feathers to tie together your whole look.

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For the edgy minimalist, or the quirky delicate bride this sleek headband adds an elegant hint of sparkle. Paired with a pearl and rhinestone pair of stunners from Tom Binns (the Godfather of fashion jewelry for those who don’t know-take note) and you’re guaranteed to be turning heads. No matter how bold you go, or how simple you keep it risk and restraint always yield great results. What’s most important in my mind? Feeling like the most radiant version of yourself on that day. We just want to help you shine.

 

XOXO,

Millie

Bridal Week: The Whimsical Bride in Spring

After Winter comes Spring and to every Spring bride I say: Color!  Flowers!  Whimsy! We at Hitchcock Madrona will always encourage you to bring some whimsy into your look for any late spring event. There is no better time to rock a fascinator (It’s just a veil light.  Right??) or why not throw in multicolored rhinestones, and that vintage brooch that was left to you? Sweet and sentimental are hard to beat for Spring.

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It seems as though Dustin is directing me and I am…well….doing whatever I want.  My husband is the ever solid hand to keep me steady.

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A vintage multicolor crystal and black necklace is my favorite vintage purchase as of late.  I knew it needed to be the center of this look.  As you can see, you can bring in color and whimsy without looking too overdone.  There is something about a huge white cress with 20 layers of tulle that really tones everything else down!

1Lavender is my color of the moment!  I found this extra long lavender grosgrain ribbon within our extensive ribbon archive at HM headquarters and paired it with a vintage lavender flower brooch at the bow.  We kept the ribbon long and let it goooooooooo.  As you can see it creates movement in an otherwise still photo.

This is the actual fascinator that I wore to my reception.  I opted for a veil during the ceremony but wanted to be a little more playful and light for the dancing.  Kelly Christy has created several wonderful headpieces for our bridal clients.  Feathers, net, white flowers and tulle are the ultimate whimsical flare paired seamlessly by Kelly’s expert hand…more on those later this week. Until then, consider adding a little whimsy to your life, see how fun it can be.

XOXO,

Erica

Bridal Week: The Vintage Bride in Winter

The ring is presented.  The proposal accepted.  Champagne flutes raised.  Friends, family and co-workers all want to know: When is the wedding? Where will it be held? All important details, none more important than the question we ask ourselves: what type of bride am I??  Am I a beach bride?  A Las Vegas bride??  A winter bride?  A church bride?  It’s fun to try on all the veils for just a moment and see what feels like you.

If you live in Seattle June through August is wedding season.  We got married in June but I have always been drawn to the gutsy winter wedding.  Today I explore the vintage bride in winter.  Icy rhinestones (something new), a vintage fur wrap (something old), and Gatsby-esque touches complete my frozen combo.  I used a cobalt ribbon (something blue) to accent my dress and coordinated my husband’s pocket square for our (fictitious – we are married!) February nuptials.

Without further adu – here comes the bride….

jennifer behr, lulu frost, hitchcock madronaPearls are always a classic bridal choice but I wanted my look to be a little more dramatic and less traditional.  The headband and long pearls play up the flapper vibe but in a sublte way.  The opera length strand of freshwater pearls also breaks up the straight neckline of my dress.

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As you can see, my accessories are subtle but paired with a wedding dress they are not crazy.  In fact, you need to keep proportion in mind.  A large dress that is very formal needs jewelery that stands up to it in photos that are (a lot of the time) from a distance.

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Husband is working his MOSCOT sunglasses in Tummel Tortoise.  He is serving some rat-pack-realness!  That phrase just made him so uncomfortable.

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Lipstick color is key, especially when considering photos can easily wash you out.

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A vintage fur wrap or caplet is a winter bride’s sole advantage.  Who else can wear fur to their wedding??  Take it and run!

XOXO

Erica

Bridal Week: Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

A lot of you may not know we sell pochettes (pocket squares) and since it’s Bridal Week we thought it appropriate to mention.

The pochette is the prefect way to tie in the groom, groomsmen, father of the bride, etc to the vibe of your big day. Our selection ranges from white solids with traditional check borders to playful patterns of polka dot, paisley and houndstooth in vivid colors. We also carry cotton squares for the more casual moments, be it the rehearsal dinner, after party, reception, etc. Through texture, with color, coordinated with neckties; there are many ways the pochette can add to the event’s cohesion.

Your out of pocket expense is reasonable too with prices ranging from $65 to $78, (all made in Italy). However you decided to remember your special day, Hitchcock Madrona is here to say “we do”.

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Classic black punctuated by silk polka dots in blue!

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Inherently casual seersucker perfectly complimented with cotton paisley.

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Fold it flat or let it bloom…on a linen blazer = CHIC

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Pocket square as bouquet?  Maybe not, but consider it money in your pocket when this simple addition elevates his suit to a million bucks!

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Welcome to Bridal Week! My Wedding…10 Years Later

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Weddings are not beautiful because they are perfect, they are perfect because they are beautiful.  Two families coming together, small children in charge of gold rings, groomsmen and an open bar…imminent disaster lurking.  On our particular day everything went relatively smoothly.  The only glitch was, because there always is one, all photos were lost.  Obviously this was a big deal!  Now, ten years later, our bridal week post-apalooza was the perfect excuse to recreate the moment (with proof).  Our mom’s are ecstatic!

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Expect multiple bridal styling posts featuring new merchandise ordered specifically for weddings.  We also have groom and groomsmen accessories and gift ideas.  Enjoy and thank you for indulging us!

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Dustin steaming away my dress after being resurrected from it’s hermetically sealed tomb.

Fortunately, ten years later most details are the same: same couple, same dress, same location.  One (not so minor) addition was our four year old son…playing secret ninja!

 

XOXO,

Erica

 

 

Obsession: Ampersand as Apostrophe

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Every time I start discussing Ampersand as Apostrophe handbags with a client, passerby, barista really anyone who will listen.  I find that my voice climbs a notch or two with excitement. Simply put, Ampersand as Apostrophe has made a loyal fan of this handbag lover. Designer, Creative Director, and Founder of AasA (as the fandom has affectionally abbreviated it) seamlessly navigates the line between fashion forward, simple, and classic in a way that I have yet to see at such an accessible price point with the quality of a few design houses I will refrain from naming.

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Each bag is functional, structured, fun and comes with an incredible snap out clutch that is not only convenient but adorably sexy as well.

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Often times, I find myself gravitating to features I never utilize; mirrors, lipstick pockets, built in key rings, you get the picture. This has not been the case for my AsasA bag. I spend most of my time running from the store to an event, or a styling gig and I have found myself snapping out my clutch so often I think it has become an involuntary action.

If you’re interested in seeing Jessica’s amazing work in for yourself, and for a chance to meet the designer in person, stop by the store this Saturday, April 18th between 1pm and 6pm for our Ampersand as Apostrophe Trunk Show.

Hope to see you there!

XOXO,

Millie