Happy New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31, 2009

For the last few years Galileo and I have celebrated New Years in Madulain, a charming village near St. Moritz. We have rung in the new year in a variety ways during this time, from 30-person dinner parties at St. Mortiz's best restaurant, Chesa Veglia; to grand fetes at the Palace; to cozy dinners at the homes of dear friends. This year we have decided to shake things up a little. We are taking a horse-driven carriage up to Val Fex, a gorgeous valley located at an altitude of 6,560 feet above sea level, where we will have dinner and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. This is our attire for the evening, lots of warm clothes and tons of bubbly. The ride takes about 50 minutes and the temperature will be approximately 14 degrees. Intense right? But totally worth it, as it is so numbingly beautiful. Happy New Year!

Hi everyone, I just wanted to add a little something to this post. I was running so late yesterday, that I wasn't able to share my inspiration for celebrating New Years in Val Fex. (which by the way was super amazing). The first time I experienced the carriage ride to this enchanted place was last March with my dear friend Saidah. It was one of the most romantic evenings of both of our lives. The sky was clearer than clear and full of stars. Since there had been a lot of snowfall in the region, the snow on the path was plowed higher than the carriage itself. So basically, all you saw was white, the clear sky, and the stars. I kid you not, It felt like what I imagine it would feel like being on the milky way. It was a vision and a sensation that touched me at my core, and to which, I was left speechless. The only problem was that I was with a friend and not my very significant other. Yes, it's nice to experience these things with good friends, but this was too much. We joked about hooking up, just on principle. But if we didn't hook up during our cosmopolitan-fueled nights back in NY, when it was perfectly fine to kiss your girlfriends (you know the "hey we were drunk, we were just playing around" moment), then our chance had passed. So, I declared that night to repeat the experience with my very dear husband. And you know something, the experience was exactly what I expected, and more.

Outfit details: Parka by Mr. & Mrs. Fur; sequins t-shirt by Gryphon; stirrup pants by Postcard; black combat boots by Prada. The Miu Miu peep-toe sandals are my favorite sandals. I got them at the year-end sale last year. The price was so good that I also got them in purple. They really do look amazing with everything.

I need and will die a fashion death if i don't...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Via Style.com

get my feet into a pair of these Camilla Skovgaard clogs! Remember when your parents would ask you if you just wanted something, versus really needing it? Hell, I needed everything! LOL! It's life or fashion death mom! Please, I'll water your roses!

Even these fashionable feet can't wait for the spring to tuck into one of the season's most fascinating accessories. See mom, every one will be wearing them! Pleeeeease!

Casual ● Chic

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Inspired by Cristina's look on so many levels! First, I'm a huge fan of rompers. (I also really like the English name for them, play suit. Reminds me of good times.) Her transition of this silk American Retro version into a fall/winter look is brilliant. The layering of seasonal apparel is one of the most amazing things to happen to fashion recently. I personally have so many spring/summer pieces that I can't imagine not wearing year round. Throw them over a pair of leggings, opaque tights, and a cashmere sweater and you are good to go. Another thing that inspires me is her gorgeous vintage Valentino graphic sweater. It totally gets me in the mood for Spring 2010's graphic prints. And it lends a touch of chic to Cristina's casual-cool vibe.


Monday, December 28, 2009

I always wanted to post this picture of Janelle Monáe. Her cape is to die for, but the quality of the photo is quite forgettable. I must have reviewed the image at least 100 times, her irresistibly gutsy and witty approach to style kept inviting me to open the file. Then luckily, Christmas, in the form of a ridiculously fantastic mantella (thanks mamma-in-law!), came along and wiped away all my hangups.

I have always loved capes. Their drama is addictive. It is all about the tail blowing up and out when the wind blows. Who doesn't like to make a statement? I owned two before my mother-in-law's incredibly stylish and much appreciated Christmas present. The gray one by Marc by Marc Jacobs is totally Sherlock Holmes material. I feel rather smart when I wear it. The black one, a gift from a dear friend, is inspired by the traditional Tyrolean tabarro (cloak). Custom made for me, it is one of the most spectacular gifts I have ever received. I reserve it for nights at the Scala.

Voilà, my new mantella by Annalisa Castellini (the go-to brand for elegant Milanese women). Russian inspired, silk embroidered with velvet detail, and down-filled, I'm beyond over the moon about it! I guess I was a very good daughter-in-law this year. (smile)

Laser Long, Lasered

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Child of the '80s

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Giulia raids her mother's closet to achieve the perfect '80s inspired look. Updating her mother's parka and sweater with market-found lace leggings and H&M field boots, her look comes off edgy-cool. BTW, I am convinced that I recently saw that sweater somewhere. I can't remember where. Or maybe it was a dream. But it was offered in fuchsia and bright blue. Oh! And, one of my favorite looks from the '80s are lace tights. I was sooo happy when they made a comeback in 2001/2002, and I'm happy to see them back again. They add spice to any look!

Happy Holidays

Friday, December 25, 2009
May your days be bright. May you be happy, may you love, and may you be loved.
With great affection, Tamu

A Stylish Bird • Iman

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I first met Iman of Stylebyme during the chaotic days of MFW SS10. She was doing the glamorous thing. I noticed her immediately. She had great style.

I bumped into her a month later at the Jimmy Choo for H&M sale and was really impressed with her casual take on style. Her boyfriend blazer, boyfriend's sweater (I have totally taken over my husband's sweaters), chunky scarf, and driving gloves are a perfect perfect mix of edge, texture, and proportion. This time we exchanged info!

Layer master. My final run-in with this PYT confirmed my suspicion that she has style for days! Love the layering! I personally think that she's mastered the art of layering because she travels like crazy. My theory: If you wear a part of your wardrobe, you gain a ton of space in your luggage for plan A-Z outfit options, and for all of your new acquisitions. Brilliant! See you when you get back Iman!

Nice & Easy

Sauri nicely blends textures in her "must have" color for a cool and easy look.

Tableaux surrealistes

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My dear friend Simona and I started a style cooperative last spring to combine our various talents. "Studio76," as we have dubbed ourselves, is growing at a lovely pace and we are starting to see a blossoming of our first creative collaborations. Here are a few images from an editorial that we styled for the November_December issue of Made magazine. A special thanks to Fashion Director, Stefano Guerrini, for the fantastic invitation. And oodles of love for our photographer, Daniele Mari. It was incredibly fun and inspiring working with him on this production. He's truly an amazing photographer. Please let me know what you think, and stay on the lookout for up-coming Studio76 productions. XO Tamu

Up • Against • the • Wall

Monday, December 21, 2009

Model Marina Peres looking fierce after the Marni Show.

Velouria Opens 2nd Location

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ballard boutique Velouria has opened a new location at 1521 Melrose Avenue on Capitol Hill. Velouria is a boutique and art gallery that focuses on featuring apparel and accessories made by independent designers. The new capitol hill store will also offer a men's section. Visit Velouria online by clicking here


Kibbn to Close

Saturday, December 19, 2009

After 3 years of business at Redmond Town Center, Kibbn has announced it will close by January 1st, 2010.  We are sad to see them go! In order to liquidate the store all merchandise is now 50% off.  (Shop online by entering the code WRAP50). 


NOW WITH US: Lidia Prus

NOW WITH US: Katharina Rembi

NOW WITH US: Federico Cola

NOW WITH US: Anastazja N

Club Med

Friday, December 18, 2009

Yeah! New Milan street style over at Refinery29! Click Club Med to experience the fashion.

Sway & Cake Shopping List

Thursday, December 17, 2009

If you're holiday shopping for a stylish friend this weekend (or picking up a few items for yourself) stop by Sway & Cake. They have a great assortment of gifts in a variety of price points. Here's a quick look at some of my top picks. 

deux lux Piper Zip Wallet in black. Oh so cute for girls who won't want to bother with a handbag but still need somewhere stylish to store their cash. This wallet is made from PVC and has lots of yummy gold hardware. The wallet interior is lined with gold taffeta and has 2 bill slots, 8 card slots, and 2 compartments. $48.

I also love these Noir gold spike earrings. Celebs including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna love jewelry by Noir and I have a feeling you will too! Earrings on sale now for $52.50

Who couldn't use an Urban Aid "shame on you kit™". I mean let's face it- if you're going to the "walk of shame" you might as well be prepared. The kit includes a toothbrush and toothpaste, 1 thong, 3 condoms, 1 "emergency" phone card, 1 packet of pain reliever, and 1 "leave behind" note. This kit is a must for all you club hopping single ladies out there. $28.

Voluspa Candles are perfect for the holidays. This 3 Wick Candle Tin is in a beautiful snow flake fragrance made from (Snow combinations of Italian Vervaine, Winter Daphne, Water Lily, and Peru Balsam. This 12 ounce candle comes in a decorative tin with a lid and has an 80 hour burn time. $20


LaLa's coat is like a study in architecture. My eyes find shelter in the folds of its pockets, space in its leg-of-mutton sleeve, and a place to rest atop its stand-away collar. Designed and made by her friend Samira, it's an aesthetically functional treat.

Marqsmen to Close After Christmas

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Seattle Times reported today that menswear boutique Marqsmen located in Bellevue Square plans to close after selling off it's merchandise. The closure could come as soon as December 26th. After three years of business the recession finally took it's toll. Owner Marques Warren says that having to compete with department store price points has proven quite challenging and says, "There's no way I can compete with that."

Black and Blue

Black and blue, always a knockout combination.

silks in the rain

The new leisure suit: silk blazer over silk jumpsuit. And the rain? No worries.

Mosaic Fringe

Elisa is a picture of of chic in this gorgeous Sportmax fringe shift.

Happy Holidays from Opal

Monday, December 14, 2009
Opal boutique is celebrating the holidays with their 12 days of Christmas Sale featuring everything from holiday sparkles to Juicy Couture. You can even save by bringing in a new customer! See all the 12 days of Christmas sales below! *VIP members receive an extra 20% off all merchandise on the sale rack*

Dec. 12th: Christmas Sale Kick-off, 30% off storewide
Dec. 13th: 25% off on all candles and lotions
Dec. 14th: 25% off on all handbags, boots, and hats
Dec. 15th: 25% off on all items by Splendid and Velvet
Dec. 16th: 25% off on anything that sparkles
Dec. 17th: 25% off on all denim pants
Dec. 18th: 25% off on all “Holiday” wear
Dec. 19th: 25% off all Juicy Couture
Dec. 20th: Bring in a new customer, both save 25% on entire purchase
Dec. 21st: 25% off on all sweaters
Dec. 22nd: Buy 1 pair of jeans, get the 2nd pair half off
Dec. 23rd: Men’s shopping day, 25% off for all men

Opal is also having a Friends & Family Sale this Thursday, December 17th at their Redmond Location from 4-7pm and offering jewelry, handbags, apparel and accessories at deep discounts!

Visit one of Opal's three locations:
17887 Redmond Way, Suite 110, Redmond WA 98052
2121 Terry Ave, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98121
15117 Main Street, B102, Mill Creek, WA 98012

*Find Opal on Facebook by clicking here

Look'in through the windows

The windows and interiors at Prada are always super-inspiring.
The same goes for the amazing visual team that creates the inviting images that captivate our fashion minds. Advised by the thrilling, paillette packing, fur and feather wielding, embellished everything woman who makes my heart race when I see her, photographer and stylist Manuela Pavesi, they are the sweetest and chicest birds on the block.

With frequent window changing and floor sprucing-up, and because of my frequent accessory runs, I have had the pleasure of becoming friendly with a few members of this dream team. Matteo, Virginia, and the lovely Marta. NO, I haven't had the opportunity to get close to Signora Pavesi. I don't know where to start with her. Stare/talk---stare/talk. The last time I saw her, I became hypnotized by her show of color and texture, she was gone before I exited the trance. But I've been in the all or nothing mood lately. What are a few paillette-induced scrapes? Or who cares if I am poked in the eyes by a coarse tuft of goat hair? I am going to ask for a picture!

Here are a few pics that I recently shot of Matteo and Virginia while they were putting the finishing touches on the SS2010 windows. Virginia is like a dancer, and Matteo, a conductor.

For a more in-depth look at the exquisite world of Prada, check out the house's new book, Prada, which highlights the brand's many accomplishments in fashion, communication, architecture and art.

FGI Sponsors Shop Night at Vian Hunter

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Join Seattle's Fashion Group International Chapter on Wednesday, Dec. 16th at Vian Hunter on Madison for a private shopping event. Admission to the event is $10 and includes light appetizers and beverages. All proceeds will benefit New Beginnings to help end domestic violence. For more information on Vian Hunter click here.

Vian Hunter
2814 E. Madison St. 
Seattle, WA 98112

ANJA RUBIK for 25 Magazin December 09

ANJA RUBIK for 25 Magazin December 09 by Mateusz Stankiewicz


Art Director: Sasha Knezevic
Photo: Mateusz Stankiewicz
Make-Up: Johanna Lily Wong
Hair: Allison Lawsen
Styling: Eyob Johannes