Obsession: Top Button & Statement Necklace

Do we all agree that the top button MUST be buttoned?  Yes, okay good.  But now, how do we wear necklaces??!  Collared shirts are always a bit tricky with necklaces – usually the necklace falls inside the collar on your skin.  If you want to button up your oxford a bigger necklace worn almost like a bow tie works well.  I thought this red tuxedo blazer and pressed shirt combo was a good palette to show how I wear a necklace with a high, buttoned up collar.

Amazing cooper “waterfall” necklace by Xenia Mara.  This piece is sooooo fabulous.  It works with literally everything (believe it or not!).  I love this necklace with just an athletic grey v-neck t-shirt, as much as with a silk cocktail dress a la Helmut Lang.  The chains reach all the way to your belly button (can I say button one more time in this post!?) and so I thought it would be cool to button (there I go again!) up the blazer too.  The necklace then disappears within the blazer.

Crocheted sterling silver and cotton thread necklace by Venessa Arizaga.  Evil doily or spider web?  Either way – yes!

I cannot stop wearing my MOSCOT frames.  They have become an essential in my fall wardrobe.

I chose the Pamela Love arrowhead necklace to show a more delicate look with a buttoned collar.  This works because the pendant has some weight.  It can’t be too delicate or the collar will be too strong.  The necklace also has to be over 18″ long.

I stuck with the arrowhead necklace to wear all day and paired it with dramatic earrings that play off the crude/organic vibe of the necklace.  These earrings are so unique!  They are made by Karazi Design, a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona.  I need to do a proper post on her work but for now check out these hand-carved antler (traditional Balinese design) earrings set in gold plated sterling silver.  Obsessed!

Sterling silver spine ring by Michael Spirito (middle finger) and sterling silver, moonstone and pink tourmaline snake ring also by Michael Spirito.

Let me see your top button and statement necklace combinations – post photos on our Facebook page!

XOXO

Erica


Just in: Barbour Coats, Boots and Bags

For the first time ever (officially) we have ready-to-wear! Clothing at Hitchcock Madrona?! I know, it is different for us but we couldn’t resist these coats while placing our fall order with Barbour. We were very deliberate and hand-picked just a few styles that we love, are not carried in Seattle, and marry the heritage of the brand with fashion. More will be coming in throughout the season but we have four styles in store now.

Above I am wearing the Falcon Coat in black.  We also have this style in olive. This is a long (just below the knee) wool with cashmere military-inspired coat. The best part is the amazing, high quality leather belt. I love that Barbour didn’t skimp on the weight or details of the belt.

Barbour Rainbow International nylon coat. Barbour International is the motorcycle racing division of Barbour of England.  These jackets were made famous by Steve McQueen in the 1960’s. We have two styles from Barbour International and I love how they are very subtly motorcycle-esque. In fact, most people don’t realize it is influenced by a motorcycle jacket. Which means you won’t feel like someone you are not getting out of your wagon to go to the grocery store!

We have black, red and green Barbour boots in the knee high style and black in the short (mid-calf) style.

Blanket Bag by Barbour.

Barbour is a brand that, in my opinion, is wearable for women of every age. The garments are so well made! The fabrics and details are practical (not just fashion). Especially for the weather in Seattle. They are built to be worn!

Come visit and try them on!

XOXO

Erica


XENIA MARA TRUNK SHOW

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Hitchcock Madrona invites you to preview Xenia Mara’s latest collection at an exclusive trunk show hosted in the boutique.

Xenia has been with Hitchcock Madrona since our beginning 7 years ago, and has developed a highly loyal following amongst you, our discerning clients. While her designs evolve subtly from season to season, they retain a consistency that’s both recognizable and unique.

Xenia’s meticulous hand workmanship manifests itself in how each piece lies on the body, and it’s this kind of attention to detail that makes her one-of-a-kind designs extremely wearable.

Please feel free to bring friends.  Champagne and bites served.

These are two necklaces designed by Xenia that are so versatile (I own a version of each). She pairs amazing vintage chain with high quality semi-precious stones in her signature vintage-meets-organic style. I can’t wait to unpack the show!!! She has made us over 40 pieces.

XOXO

Erica


Outfit of the Day: 80’s Prep meets 90’s Grunge

Today I mixed my decades! On the top half, 1980’s popped collar prep featuring my Brooks Brother’s BOYS navy blazer and Jcrew white and pink oxford. There is something about a preppy blazer and that color pink that is so 1980’s (in a good way – I hope).  Then on the bottom half, my ratty old Levi 501’s that Dustin found in a thrift store (for himself) which I promptly stole and cut off to the most unflattering length that I could manage. The high heeled penny loafers feminize the outfit while tying it all together.

I am wearing one of my favorite gemstones ever – green amethyst. I actually buy more green amethyst than the traditional purple amethyst. It is so clear and sparkly with just a hint of mint green. It is so neutral but not boring at all. This is a great alternative for people with February birthdays that don’t love their birthstone.

Necklace: Green amethyst and vintage “V” chain necklace by Xenia Mara.

These earrings are so beautiful the stone is cut with tons of little facets so the light dances through.

Earrings: Green amethyst and vintage circle chain earrings by Xenia Mara.

My jeans are about 3 sizes too big for me and thus not the most flattering but, I like them!

Bracelets: (right hand) Pearl and vintage chain bracelet by Xenia Mara. (left hand) Rose quartz and bronze bangle by Lulu Frost, Seiko watch (personal), 14K gold filled bangle cuffs by Hitchcock Madrona.

I hope everyone is having a good late summer – we can’t complain about the weather here in Seattle. But fall is just around the corner (secretly excited).

XOXO

Erica


Outfit of the Day: KEN

It was so fun to have our good friend Ken visit us from Miami.  We forced him to be our model because everything looked so cool on him.

Linen Scarf by Hitchcock Madrona. Black tourmaline and sterling silver bullet necklace by Unearthen. Brown coral and steel necklace by Surplus.

Sterling Silver and cotton woven bracelets by Hitchcock Madrona.  Steel ring by Surplus.
Love you Ken!

Erica


Outfit of the Day: Commes des Garcon and Surplus

Today I am wearing my favorite purchase from our Edmonton trip, my men’s Commes des Garcon polka dot shirt. I purchased it from a wonderful store called Gravity Pope.If you have been to Edmonton (or Vancouver) I am sure you are familiar with this well curated store. Despite being made for a man, it is cut perfectly for me and the slight puff sleeves are a stuffy detail to this otherwise hilarious shirt. Perfect!

Vintage resin bangle bracelets found by hitchcock Madrona. Sterling silver and druzy quartz ring by Hitchcock Madrona.  “Big Bang” Necklace by Surplus.

How fun is this piece? Harriet, designer of Surplus Jewelry, attended the Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris in 2000. All attendees got a Louis Vuitton compass-type-do-hicky and that is the center piece of this fabulous pendant. The re-purposed, vintage water faucet knob (yes, that is what it is!) looks so scientific – like an atom. It hangs around your neck with vintage green leather that has been sewn together. The color combination, patina of the old knob, conceptual nature, and whimsy of this piece are all indicative of Harriet and her creations. This is quite a conversation piece!

We are gearing up for our next interior transformation with a Dustin road trip next week. He will be scouring the countryside from Seattle to Salt Lake City for treasures befitting the shops next incarnation. Stay tuned!

XOXO

Erica