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service interrupted.

Today is Summer Solstice and I try to remember how many times I have marked this occasion with pretty pictures on this blog.  5 times, 6 times?  Admittedly, I have been painfully absent from this site, there would be just so much one could upload and write about, especially during summertime. And I have not… I’m way too preoccupied these days!

photo credit: Naomi!

photo credit: Naomi!

Instead, I am stealing a photo from the shop’s website – it showcases not only Portland nature but also three lovely outfits by SkunkFunk.

If you have made it this far, then you might also want to hear that I might not update this site much in the future as I am shifting my focus back to education.  Education in the school-type sense:  I am going back to teaching.  Kids this time, not grown fashionable women. I am entrusting the store into some capable hands who will certainly continue what I have started. 🙂

I promise I will continue to now and then showcase great fashion and let you in on my adventures in that realm on this blogsite.  As the posts won’t be very frequent, consider installing an RSS feed on your device – that way I connect with you when I do write something!



fall is lurking around the corner?

Yes, the calendar says it is SEPTEMBER. School starts the day after tomorrow. Flowers are wilting and drying up. Tomatoes finally ripen.

… and we are still having a most beautiful SUMMER!

Over the last week, my UPS guy has stopped almost every day with a new box. Of FALL merchandise! I know that clothing manufacturers have their ideas of deliveries, which at this point in time really does not coincide with the season.

Does not matter – I finally broke down and moved all summer stuff onto a ‘sale’ rack. Unpacked my boxes and started steaming the new outfits with the air conditioning ON.  And it is lovely!  More muted colors, thicker fabrics, long sleeves – ideas of covering up and warming myself by a fire crept up.


A glimpse into FALL and WINTER styles

cozy two tone dress by Hazel

shirt dress in soft jersey by Anni Kuan

wool cardigan by Darling of London

hooded, fitted dress in organic cotton by SkunkFunk

As one customer put it the other day:  When you buy Fall clothing NOW you have the best choices!

Now wait until I post the coats that I have in the store!   (… still a bit early for that, I think!)


Hello Folks – SkunkFunk reorder!

Everybody laughs at the name.  We all know the Spaniards have a funny way of naming things.  Nonetheless – SkunkFunk is a great brand that sells really well. So when I heard that they still have some popular styles available for immediate shipping, I splurged…

Most of the pieces make spectacular ‘transition wear’.  And the timing is just right – we had three days of heavy, heavy rain, which may be good for my garden but is definitively not good for my soul.  I AM SO MUCH of a summer person.  I love the warm temperatures, the sun on my skin; it makes me feel utterly alive and sensitive.  However, I can  live through this brief wet spell – my mailman has assured me that we are in for another hot summer run.

SKFK Bakaikua

SKFK Bakaikua detail

The Bakaikua dress – a deep petrol, color, nice lime green accents, buttons, AND pockets.  Can’t beat pockets on a dress.

SKFK Anuxka

Anuxka sweater/jacket.  A deeper shade of petrol, two zippered pockets and a patterned hood.


Last, but not least, the Dina pant.  I picked that one right out of the batch and am wearing it today.  Partly because I am still trying to hide my battered legs.

Did I say that all of these items are form their ‘green’ line – made from bamboo and organic cotton?  I scored!


Dresses for the dog days of Summer

Alright – I am unpacking boxes that contain ‘Transition Wear’, which means heavier fabrics and long sleeves.  And we just hit 95F (about 33C) and I’m SWELTERING.  This summertime weather made me think about the lightest dresses that are in my closet.  How you want as little fabric around your body but still looking decent.

It also made me think about some of my dear customers who will do anything not to show much of their skin.  For various reasons.  A regular pet peeve is arms.  Oh, I just don’t have those Michelle Obama arms, they will say, I CANT”T POSSIBLY wear that!  And granted, Michelle Obama has spectacular arms (as I was writing about here), I wanted to give a few suggestions for dresses for these dog days of summer – for the arm-challenged and the lucky ones (with sweet defined arms….)

I put SOFIA in the dresses but have to inform you that she has ABSOLUTELY no challenges other than pink really does not look good on her.  She also is almost 6 feet tall (180cm) and has firm skin (sic!), so keep that in mind.

Sofia halter dress

This halter dress by Press is my number one choice for a hot day.  Soft cotton and free flowing.  However, lots of skin showing on top.  So not for the arm-challenged or the office worker.

Sofia halter Hazel tunic

So I just put her in that mesh tunic/blouse by Hazel.  It covers nicely yet is airy enough to be worn on a hot day.

Sofia silk black dressSofia Hazel print dressSofia SKFK dress

These three also work for covering up the shoulders.  I own the black Anni Kuan dress and wear it in all temperatures, it still does not cling to the body.  The Hazel print wrap dress is of lightweight cotton jersey.  It takes a bit more guts to wear the Skunkfunk bubble dress but its sophisticated stitching and loose fit make for a good companion on a hot summer day.

AKN blue dressSofia liberty sheeth

While these two dresses do not have sleeves, they are nonetheless modest in the skin department.  Both by Anni Kuan, they are of lightweight cotton and have airy prints.  Just the right thing for a summer day.

Hazel strap dressHazel smock dress

Now, these little numbers require that you are willing to show some skin AND leg,

like you can see here:


Oh, how I wish I had her skin!


The curious case of the (unloved) SKFK shirt

When it first came to the store, I was away on my trip to Europe.  S. did not like it and later told me why – although one had sold right away.  She was actually thinking of even sending it back; that’s how much S. did not like the shirt.  The reason for sending it back would be the SKFK printing all over the pattern and the semi-unfinished neckline.

Then she sold another one, and I did, too – to the same woman who had bought the first one.  This customer needed another one because her mother had liked the shirt so much, she pulled it off her.  While I had no particular feeling one way or the other for the shirt, it began growing on me.  Especially after I got a request for a larger size and had to reorder.  And it sold well – that is also a good sign for my store.

When the re-order came in (I had re-ordered two ….just in case), I even began promoting it to my customers who were interested in it.

SKFK black top

Here it is.  And I do like it even more the longer I look at it.

First off, it is made from Bamboo fabric.  So it is incredibly soft.  It has this sweet scooped neckline that looks flattering on anyone without being too revealing.  Its two front panels are crossed, which give it structure in the middle – accentuating a waist or pretending one where there is little.  And then the boob job.  For a smaller breasted woman, this shirt adds folds and fabric for a fuller line.  It really convinced me, though, when a larger breasted woman tried it on and I saw what it did for her.  The shirt emphasizes the assets, cups them perfectly and smooths the breast for an elegant curvy look.

Needless to say that they all bought the shirt.  I now have one left in extra small.  I might just as well go home with me.  I am convinced.


The Greek theme

Now that I have finally caught up and straightened out the store, entered receipts, paid bills and looked at all the new merchandise that came in during my absence – I remember something I heard on the radio.  The piece was about Michelle Obama, her fashion style and … Greece.  I cannot recall the exact wording but something was said to the effect that dresses and fashion has a Greek theme to them this summer.  Maybe Ms. Obama was wearing something to that effect and the media caught on.  While we all know that fashion repeats itself and certain influences show up in the designs – I was not aware of Greece when picking out my summer fashions.

Well – what do you know – that Greek ‘theme’ stuck with me, and sure enough, I find some Greek-inspired pieces among the new orders that came in.


Anni Kuan calls this dress the ‘Grecian’.  The neckline and the fall of this jersey dress certainly does it justice.


This one is by Press and has the same simple lines – a high bust and simple hanging skirt.


And here is the ultimate European fashion:  a Maxi dress.  I did see a lot of those in the shop windows in Europe and women wearing them.  While I admit that it might not be a good office dress – it will make the best for weekends and garden parties.  EVERY woman will look great in this.  The color combination is also perfect:  white/ yellow/gray. And did I mention pockets?  It should sell itself just for the pockets.

And here this SkunkFunk top:


It does not get more greek-ish.  On a side note:  all of these styles will hide certain unwanted rolls in different places.

So as for my store – I am all with Michelle Obama:  Greek rocks.


Spring Break

As I am getting ready to hop on a plane to Europe, having packed winter clothes as it is still cold there –  I am so hoping for the spring sun, the flowers, the trees, the people who are in the mood for ‘sunnier’ clothes.

I have received low, light weight SmartWools to go into those low comfortable walking shoes.  I have many, many colorful cotton socks to brighten up the day.  And besides light denim, I also have put out the latest arrival from Anni Kuan.

akn-circle-print-silk-skirt This skirt is made from silk, lined and has two chiffon circles sewn on the front.

akn-green-paper-silk-top I call this the ‘paper’ silk because the silk is so sweet and lightweight

akn-paper-silk-top Another ‘paper silk’ top.  This one can be ties in a variety of ways.

akn-turquoise-jersey-jacket Color pop.  In reality, the turquoise is a lot more saturated.


Fine cotton tunic with a high waisted skinny sash

I also received  a new line:  SKFK by Skunkfunk out of Spain.  Their style is a little more edgy, a bit younger.  All the dresses can be worn over pants or by themselves.  Brushed cotton with a bit of stretch for comfort.


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