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That Spring Thing!

As the seasons change, so goes my closet!

“Just where does it go?” you might ask.

When summer turns to fall and winter to spring, I actually take pleasure in the ritual swap out of one season’s clothes for another. I find it transformative. Not only is the closet more aesthetically pleasing once the switch has been made but I find, happily, that what was put away from the last season is always like greeting dear old friends. Not to mention that I often will purchase something on a “super” mark down from the previous season. One that I purposefully don’t wear and stow away… only to be pleasantly surprised when I haul it out. I’ve already purchased something new for the upcoming season.

Then there’s always those “iffy” stinkers that don’t look so appealing any longer. “What was I thinking?” comes to mind. While I might have known it at the time but being rather lazy about it, I put them away in storage anyway only to reinforce my initial assessment when they are brought out the next season. “Ugh! What was I thinking?”

How about you? Don’t you love to put away those chunky sweaters and bring out the summer tops? Then again… for me it’s vice versa. Strictly a fall sort of lady, I can’t wait to bring out those sweaters and put away the much too unflattering summer tops. You know the ones I mean. The ones that don’t hide much of anything about the areas of our figure that need a good camouflage.

Alas… it is Spring and my favorite Fall clothes are destined for the back nine.

Okay… that still doesn’t answer the question you asked. Where does my closet go?

Years ago and still living in the family home, I had closets everywhere to store seasonal clothes. Since downsizing, I’ve had to get creative. Under the bed comes to mind. Under the stairwell where I have to crawl in at least five feet to reach a rod that was installed just to accommodate my shorter tops and accessories so they don’t have to drag along the floor. I’m coming to dread that “crawl” more and more each and every year. Then there’s the extra long coat closet at the top of the stairs where I must bring out everything in order to find what I stored from the previous season at the very back. Whew! I’m exhausted already at the prospect of doing the seasonal change even one more time.

So… what do I do about that?

This year I just gotta downsize the wardrobe as well as the space. Now is the time to re-think what I wear and how often do I really wear it. Life has changed rather drastically of late and so have my daily outfits. To say that I have no will power for resisting beautiful clothes is an understatement. Oftentimes, I even find myself purchasing clothes that don’t fit my lifestyle. Wishful thinking perhaps… wanting to have a different lifestyle? Why am I so attracted to clothes that I will have no place to wear?

That one penchant of mine should help greatly in the decision process of what to keep and what to let go of. But… that means letting go of my wishful thinking as well. No more wondering if someday I’ll have just the right occasion to wear that sequined top. That alone should help me decide what stays and what goes. Then there’s always those “iffy” stinkers that are a certain ‘done deal.’ To the Goodwill they go!

Wait just a minute here! That reminds me. Before our world changed so drastically, Jenny had been mulling over the idea of having a Sound Styles “Gently Used Clothing Sale” including both customers and staff. Hadn’t even begun to work out logistics as yet but we thought the idea sounded both fun and profitable. What say you? Does the idea appeal? Would any of you like to either sell and/or shop our very own ‘consignment’ articles? Maybe we’ll just keep Goodwill waiting a while longer.

I digressed! Back to the subject at hand.

I’ve decided that tomorrow is the day for me to make that last crawl under the stairwell and to haul out everything from the long closet at the top of the stairs. My goal is to keep from putting one thing back under or in either of those spaces. That means when either Goodwill or Sound Styles opens their door again, I’m going to have bags and bags full of donations or consignment pieces.

So be it! I’m getting more and more comfortable with this stay-at-home easy living. No one but me sees me. Not that I ever dressed for anyone but myself. However, I’m surprising myself at just how relaxed my daily outfits have become. Not to mention how long and grey the hair is getting these days. We’ll all have ponytails before you know it.

I set out in this post to give you all kinds of good advice about how to go about switching out a seasonal closet and, instead, went ballistically personal about what it means to me.

What’s up for you guys? Are you getting ready to make the spring switch soon? Will it be a chore or anticipated pastime? Perhaps you don’t need a switch and have ample storage for a year round wardrobe in one designated space. How does your closet go?

Gotta story or great tip about your closet? Please share! We’d love to hear from you.

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“Hi Jules! How’s life?”

Barely through the store’s front door and edging me out of my own ‘hello’ greeting, Sandy’s question made me smile and feel more welcome in my own space than she could possibly know.

Small town life bestows large gifts.

“There are so many people who don’t know small towns exist.” ~ Jan Karon

What a loss! Not to know the gifts of a small town.

And, to me, most of those gifts have been all of you who have so bestowed us with your humor, your kindness, your stories of daily life, your uplifting smiles and your words of wisdom about all things human… sometimes with just a touch of irony. But, above all else, your friendship and caring making us feel part of a family.

Small towns make up for their lack of people by having everyone be more interesting. ~  Doris “Granny D” Haddock   

Dear Doris…. What a wise observation. You have opened my eyes.


I think of Claire whose courage, humor and creativity abound from that painted head of hers.

I think of Cynthia who walks Louie around town looking like Maria Therese in her royal wardrobe.

I think of Elizabeth whose wise countenance always opens new vision.

I think of Carol with her infectious laugh.

I think of Joan who is my Saturday friend and makes me feel good about my suggestions for her wardrobe on an upcoming trip.

I think of glamorous Kay who fooled us all in those big white sunglasses. ‘Who is that?’ we all wondered when she walked in the front door eager to share her ‘joie de vie’ with all of us.

I think of Lili who, a few years back, went from zero to ten on the fashion scale and now delights in a wardrobe that makes her look “so good.”

I think of Leah who has a totem pole in her front yard and sews costumes for the local ballet and looks good in near everything she tries on. And that twinkle in her eye is the best accessory anyone could have.

I think of Miki and her head of gorgeous white hair who walks tall and proud around town….. lately needing a cane but so what!!

I could go on and on. I hope my message has been conveyed.

I adore and miss all my ‘more interesting’ friends. You brought such light and happiness to my life and I look forward to the joy of returning to greet, welcome and share stories with all of you about how life has been of late for all of us in our small corner of the world.

Until then… be safe and sound!

There is a comfortable feeling in small towns. It is salubrious. ~ Andie MacDowell

Ah! Salubrious indeed. Okay…. I had to go look it up but, if you want a short cut….

Just ask Justin at Edmonds Vitamins and Herbs.

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A Little Nudge!

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Speaking of hats…

Speaking of hats…
young hat 3ena joint Staff Pick from us…
Some sixty years or so ago when my mother first dressed me in a hat and coat for Easter Sunday, as if I were quite the young lady, I instantly became one! I felt oh so special and owned the title, young lady. Funny how that works! A great hat can change your entire persona and put a spring in your step. ~Julie
How about you?

What was the first hat that you remember wearing?
We hope you’ll have some fond hat memory to share with us, whether it be the first or another hat.  We’d love to hear your stories.
~Julie and Shelly
Says our very own Shelly, Hats make me feel good!  I love hats.

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There’s just something special about a woman in a hat… Betmar Philosophy

Scarves, mittens and hats are a great way to express your personality in the cold weather. Our store is full to the brim with great selections of all three… gifts for you or someone you love!

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New Temptations!
Staff Picks from us to you!
In walks Mike with today’s UPS delivery.
new mary smallWhat’s going to tempt us today?” Jenny’s ‘Golden Girls’ wonder out loud to one another.
Doesn’t take long before Mary has found her favorite…. “look at this tunic top!” she exclaims with excitement. “I love the mixed textures and prints. So unique and it’s already layered for you. I could wear this with jeans or velvet pants. It’s lightweight and would pack easily too. Might just have to take this with me on my upcoming trip in November.”
new julie smallJulie agrees with Mary’s choice but has a pic of her own. “The tunic is cute,” she agrees, “but look at this cowl neck sweater. Kind of has my name written all over it. Love the mixture of animal print and solid. Would be so cute with our herringbone black jeans.”
There’s lots to tempt us all in the new shipment from Alison Sheri. Cardigans, pullovers and tops galore. Come look before they all get scooped up!

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Staff Picks from us to you!
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In Her Words!
The Her Words collection of composition notebooks are warm and spirited, featuring brilliant cover vignettes by poet Monique Duval. Her Words will inspire you to explore, imagine, and create. These notebooks are perfect for capturing poetry, stories, music, or journaling and are great for the home, office, studio, or out in the world.

Softcover, 10″ H x 7″ W, 60 lined pages.

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Believe it or not, and clothes horse that I am, my favorite new addition to our store are these beautiful purse size journals that can accompany you everywhere… both for inspiration and motivation… lists, reminders, a bit of your own inspiration. I’ve no will-power for pretty journals (got three of them in my purse already) that compel me to open them and do a little writing of my own. Just a bit of icing on the cake that they’re from a local company in the Fremont District of Seattle and both text and illustration come from our own talent in the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s a bit of a ‘prompt’ for your first journal entry:

Robert Frost wrote a poem titled ‘The Road Not Taken.’ Name a road that you’ve always wanted to travel. Where do you hope it takes you and what might you see along the way?

Got room in the purse for a journal of your own?

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Staff Picks from us to you!

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How can I resist?
So… I’m the one who’s constantly being teased and how often do I hear, How do you ever work in here and even begin to take home a paycheck?  Well, just between you and me, this is a true dilemma and challenge for me.

For example, this new fur vest from Karen Kane is calling my name.  I can just see it paired with my camel turtleneck and brown jeans.  A splash of gold jewelry and…  Oh shoot!  How am I ever going to resist?

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icantoo…. And so can you!

Free-Spirited and Fun!

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I’ve noticed more and more customer requests these days for homegrown clothes… clothes that are “made in the USA.”

Our newest shipment of icantoo tops are proud to be made in California.  Made of 50% cotton and 50% polyester, they offer softness and sheer coolness against your skin… not to mention their yummy ice cream colors.

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Combine vanilla and caramel latté in a pretty burnout tie die effect, this cold-shoulder, dolman sleeve tee is “my pick of the shipment.  This flattering tunic slips on easily, provides one-step style and fits a relaxed, casual lifestyle… perfect to see you through an Edmonds kind of day, or pack and travel with you to far away and warmer shores.
Add a necklace, or even two, and you’ve brought more sparkling radiance to the fun party that is you and dressing well!
Come see the newest arrivals of icantoo and perhaps you can too!

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Keep Your Cool With Linen!

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Imagine that! A fabric that’s been around for thousands of years is still a fashion “must have.”

And, for good reason… lots of them!

For generations linen clothes have been well received because of the effortless comfort they afford. Attributes such as absorbability and breathability make for airy, lightweight, and comfortable linen garments.

Just picture yourself in this charming, sleeveless, hooded, easy-going spring green linen dress by Flax. Empire waist, side pockets, and mid-calf length complete the picture. Live your life in linen and be Summer ready in an instant!

You’ll look great, feel good and help protect the environment.

Yes! Linen is really that good!

Durable, Stain-Resistant, Eco-Friendly, Hypo-Allergenic, and even provides protection from solar rays.

What more could a lady want?

So… Come see our newest linen selections! Every day, in many ways… from beach to dinner by candlelight, linen should find its’ way into each woman’s closet.

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