If you’re anything like me, your Instagram feed is filled with fashion blogger, models, and other aspirational people that are more fascinating than who I goal myself to be like. That aside, sometimes their trend rub off on me and this fashion week was no exception. Fashionistas (I hate that word for the record) and style icons across the board seem to feel that wearing jackets as actual jackets instead of a shrug or shawl is passé. Not that I agree-sleeves and I generally get along, but I found myself becoming just another sheep in the herd. However, I accessorized in a way that most of them are not, with our newst fine jewelry line: Ginette NY. Sleek, sexy, and a little sweet the 18k rose gold collection we received left us blown away. A perpetual fan of letting my jewels do the talking, I suited up and hit the streets, well the alley behind our studio not quite NYC but far cooler in my opinion. Check out the awesome collection, and decide how you feel about sleeves as accessory.
Ginette Rose Gold Collar, Rose Gold Hoops, and Rose Gold and Diamond strip studs
Rose Gold rings by Ginette, FARIS, and Hitchcock Madrona. Black Gold Nico Ring by Selin Kent
Loren Stewarts XL Chain Bracelet, and my wide silver HM Bangle Cuff have yet to come off my arm. Capped off with my Ampersand as Apostrophe (removable) clutch in Buffalo Leather and I’m ready for front row…at the bar of my choosing.
Whether Fashion Week viewing, or strolling to your local dive these Ginette pieces are sure to make your cool, absolutely effortless. Throw in some leather accents, and your favorite pair of shades and you’re good to go.
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.
Sooooooo, sometimes I get in a full length sequin dress and emerge from the water dramatically, fulfilling all my Siren Shipwreck fantasies. You? No? Ok, I guess it’s just me. In any case, I don’t necessarily recommend doing this – the water was freezing. But, anything for the picture, I guess.
The perfect accessories for a shipwreck: Hitchcock Madrona Metal & Leather cuff with Bella Colletta’s “Showstopper” necklace. One might think this dress doesn’t need a necklace but we love pushing the limits. The chains almost blend into the sequins and add texture.
We throw caution to the wind when it comes to our cuff – the more you wear it, the better it feels and looks. As spring and summer approach give your cuff new life and rock it with your favorite swimsuit (or gown). Whatever floats your boat- or, in this case, sinks it.
Navy, bronze and white. How can you NOT want to play with a color combination that perfect? I’m in love! I threw on three Xenia Mara goddess chain necklaces (one as a bracelet-which also works as a belt!) along Eddie Borgo’s dramatic and sexy silk tassel necklace from last fall. Obsessed with these off kilter proportions!
As you can see, Xenia masterfully mixes deeper bronze with bright gold and copper. The warmth plays off the cool navy and white of my outfit in a dramatic and cohesive way. To top it off (literally) I threw on my Kelly Christy Fedora, which I absolutely can’t live without! This is the best hat I have ever owned. It’s light, well crafted, and unspeakably comfortable. When my son sits on it I have a heart attack but it (thankfully) pops right back into shape. Bonus: I can wear it confidently in the rain. Swooning yet?
I love experimenting with clothing and jewelry. How can I wear this differently? Turn your necklace around, wear a necklace as a bracelet, or even a ring as a pendant. Once you start looking for new possibilities they become endless.
Iko Ino Necklace, Nora Kogan Lip Cuff
I don’t know about you, but January always leaves me pining for the Summer Sun (which I spend most of August complaining about). I’m never satisfied with the weather. It seems, my seasonal “the grass is always greener” attitude is in full swing at the moment. As a result I’m sharing my “beach basics” shot on our retreat to Anacortes this past August. Hitting the beach is all about looking your best with very minimal effort. For me, this begs for Iko Ino’s Traffic chain, Pamela Love’s Five Spike Earring, a sexy-surrealist Man Ray Lip Cuff from Nora Kogan and my favorite one piece that absolutely needed a moment. So, turn on your happy light, scroll through, and maybe-just maybe summer won’t feel so far away.
Selin Kent Necklace
Pamela Love Earrings
Hitchcock Madrona Leather & Metal Cuff, Yellow Gold Sharktooth Cuff
Hitchcock Madrona Leather & Metal Cuff, Yellow Sharktooth Cuff
It feels great getting settled into our new home at 1422 34th Ave (still in Madrona). We are still setting up the space and taking some much needed time (reopening January 27th) to work on our web store and other time-sucking endeavors such as, inventory and financial planning. It’s not all rhinestones and puppies around here! But, alas, you can’t let calling insurance companies and researching point-of-purchase solutions get you down creatively! So, out came the Star Wars t-shirt and racing stripe denim. My current favorite hat silhouette is a big round crown with a small or mid-sized brim (partially inspired by Dustin’s Jonboy look). I have been a die hard fedora wearer for many, many years and still love me a tomboy hat BUT this proportion is so fresh. It feels Wild West mixed with a little school girl. Annie Oakley meets Madeline! I’m investing in a few incarnations this year (black and brown, large and small brim).
Nora Kogan Matchstick Necklace in Red, Lulu Frost
As per usual, the jewels are all over the place today. I started with the gold Parnassus Necklace by Wanderluster (looks like spiky sun rays). Then came the Nora Kogan Matchstick Necklace in red (of course!) and a rhinestone and chain tangle by Lulu Frost (you can barely see it high on my neck). I also threw on a crazy plastic skull necklace from Goodwill and some Chanel. Why not?
Hitchcock Madrona Leather & Metal Cuff – Wide Sterling Silver in brown leather
Double cuff action. A Jedi gets to break rules and wear two cuffs at once. But, you can too, if you want. I opted for copper and sterling. I wanted to fight symmetry by adding a sterling silver Native American cuff and an HM yellow gold shark tooth cuff on my left wrist.
Hitchcock Madrona Leather & Metal Cuff, Sharktooth Cuff, Nora Kogan Matchstick Necklace, Lulu Frost