December 28, 2012

Guest Blog: Things I Want to Punch in the Face, Shopping Edition

Things I Want to Punch in the Face: The Horseshoe Edition
By Jennifer Worick

To know me is to know I love to shop. I’ve been on both sides of the cash wrap and after decades of hanging out in dressing rooms with funhouse mirrors and dodging overeager sales associates, I’m here to share a few of my biggest retail fails*:

Shopping with a drink: Unless it’s a sippy cup, don’t browse with your bevvie and don’t finger that silk blouse after downing your morning croissant.

Lingerie hangers: Unless you have a phD in product design, you aren’t getting that bra back on the hanger. And unless you have tiny fingers, chances are you’re going to break that hanger trying.

OSFA: Michael Stars, I’m looking at you. As a girl with big bazooms, don’t continue to tell me that your stretchy tee is going to contain my double Ds.

Pricetag shock: Yes, it’s spendy. No, it’s not made by child labor in third-world countries. Maybe, consider that unique, locally made items are worth the investment.

Photographing the barcode or hangtag: Don’t try on a pair of boots and then go home and buy them on Zappos. Try local and buy local.

Displaying one sample of each item: I’m not a size 6 and I’m not real psyched about having to ask a salesgirl in need of a sandwich for a size 12. If you’re only going to put one of each item on the floor, make it a size that most of us can fit into on our first attempt.

Mirrorless dressing rooms: The most likely reason that the mirror has no places is that you’re trying to flush me out of the retail brush so you can get me in your sights and kill me with false compliments. Reflect on that.

Worn Returns: There’s perfume on the fabric and a stain on the sleeve that looks suspiciously like pinot noir. You know you wore it so clip off the price tag and put it in your closet.

What are your retail gripes?

*These are my own beefs, and do not reflect the opinions of Horseshoe or its staff.

Jennifer Worick is the New York Times-bestselling author of more than 25 books, including the newly published Things I Want to Punch in the Face. She lives in Seattle. 

You can purchase Jennifer's witty books at the Secret Garden Bookstore in good ol' Ballard.
shop local online at  The Secret Garden

December 19, 2012

In Her Stride: The winning look of the equestrian

It doesn't take much to get on the equestrian track. By selecting a few key pieces that will end up as essentials in your wardrobe, you'll find yourself holding the reins to this style of class.  Get off to an easy start by pairing tall leather boots with your skinny's, an earthy-toned cardigan and some well placed accessories. 

The rest is yours, so spur into action as you please!

SOLD Spring Street Skinny $98 

Prairie Underground Denim Leggings $138
Pendleton Tote $348
San Diego Hat Co. Tuesday Hat $38 & Hayworth Gloves $98
Vintage Cowboy Boots 

Prairie Underground Tack Leggings $138
Carolina Amato Waffle Gloves $88
Christys' Ava Floppy Hat $62
V. Fraas Scarf $28
Calleen Cordero Jordi Bag $728

So go ahead with this winning look that can ride well into all the four seasons! 

December 17, 2012

From Our Neck of the Woods

The essence of the great outdoors and a taste for locally crafted libations meets the urban look of the Great Pacific Northwest.

Revealing the wanderlust in all of us with its cozy atmosphere filled with hiker's guides and maps, the Noble Fir Tavern is a perfect location to highlight the gorgeously gritty fashion of the Pacific Northwest. 
A look that inspires us to get outside and experience the elements!

 We delved deep into the heart of the fashion wilderness with some of our favorite designers who take on this classic American aesthetic with grace.

With organic cottons, finely woven wools, and attentive craftsmanship, designers like Prairie Underground, Pendleton's Portland Collection and Bella Dahl satisfy our thirst for adventure.

December 12, 2012

Revealing what you want with a Cardigan

Don't let your indispensable cardigan be the piece that gets over looked this season. The cardigan can offer extra color, unique attitude, and make your look more interesting.  By choosing the perfect length and print you'll make a dynamic addition to your style while at the same time the rest of your outfit will enjoy some well deserved attention. Follow our lead and your cardigan's warmth will become an added bonus, not it's only benefit.

Subtle Luxury Intarsia Wrap $128
Amour Vert Diana Dress $198
Elspeth Cowl Snood $138
TOMS Suede Desert Wedge $89
Greyling Necklace $98 

Blank Personal Life Skinny $78

Subtle Luxury Scarf $48
So when the crisper air starts to bite at your heels, let the cardigan wrap around your style, accentuating your already awesome look!

December 10, 2012

A Style That Get's Things Done

It's her day off, which doesn't mean she's got nothing to do!
 She still needs to get out and about and she knows she will do it better with some style.

She stops into Fresh Flours Cafe for a warm up.
What a perfect place to show off her excellent taste for winter coats, boots and gloves.

M2F Indie Skinny $128
V. Fraas Scrunch Text Gloves $18
Vintage Cowboy Boots 

She finds herself deep in conversation with you know who, and with her new texting gloves, she can stay connected while keeping her fingers warm at the same time.

M2F Indie Super Skinny $128
San Diego Hat Company Ava Gloves $28
Vintage Cowboy Boots

 Our most important layer in the Winter is sure to be our coat.  Stay vibrant as the temperature drops in you're fancy top layer painted with bright color and interesting patterns.

M2F Indie Skinny $128
V. Fraas Scrunch Tech Gloves $18
Vintage Cowboy Boots

And looking good, is where she really shines. 
Especially in a modified pea coat, the charming vintage inspired look of a swing coat,
 or the faux fur dazzle of a double breasted coat.

Prairie Underground Velvet Tuxedo Leggings $118 
V. Fraas Scrunch Text Gloves $18

With a little help from your friends at Horseshoe, you can get through this winter with the same nonchalant, confident demeanor as this girl about town.

Prairie Underground Velvet Tuxedo Leggings $118
V. Fraas Scrunch Tech Gloves $18

Because, you know when you feel like you look great you get more things done.
And even in the cold of winter, there is stuff to do!

Prairie Underground Velvet Tuxedo Leggings $118
Carolina Amato Melange Slit Gloves $32
Subtle Luxury Scarf $48

So get to it!