Posts Tagged ‘Karen Kane’

Quote of the Week:

Here we have one of the many profound Sugar Boo quotes that Shelly has beautifully “flowered” the floor of our window with. Intrigued? Stop by and take a look!

AS FOR THE SWEATER. . .

Be still my heart! Where do I begin? Well. . . first off, it’s a sweater!! Who doesn’t love a sweater? After working nearly 16 years at Sound Styles, I can say without question that there are more beautiful sweaters in the store right now than at any other time I can remember. Certainly you have noticed that sweaters are soft on the skin and seem to hug us with comfort. But, have you ever noticed that they are also soft on the eyes of both the wearer and the beholder making us appear friendlier and more approachable. Not only do they keep you warm both inside and out but they, more than any other garment in our wardrobe, remind us of long ago special times. I still clearly see the sweater I was wearing on the Oregon Coast beach walk with my best friend holding one hand of my first born child and me the other.

Secondly, this particular sweater is brown or sienna (burnt that is) as the title of this post suggests. I’m thrilled to the brim that brown is out of the fashion exile that it has been in for what seemed forever. To me brown is the “comfort food” of color. While I don’t want to call it a baked potato, its resurrection deserves more than a dollop of sour cream. It’s a neutral that can give its competitors like black, navy and grey a run for their color “money.” I’ve read that there is a current appetite for minimalism, sustainability and natural beauty and brown is the epitome of all those.

WHICH BRINGS ME TO SUSTAINABILITY. . .

Rather a big word being bandied about a lot these days. And I think the quote above from Seattle’s namesake, Chief Sealth, embodies the essence of its meaning. To sustain means to nourish, not just the body of us but also the environment of us and in the end our planet earth. This means that not only do the designers and creators of fashion but also the consumers of fashion need to be aware of what contributes to our environment and what detracts from its “wellness.” We at Sound Styles are becoming more astute to the vendors that we carry and how they approach this philosophy and practice the art of being sustainable.

Karen Kane proudly embraced the concept and is using fabrics that practice what they preach and are having them made into beautiful garments right here in America. Masai from Copenhagen is proud of their viscose fabric that is grown with particular concern for the environment and leaves the planet in a better place. Glyder is one of our newest brands of active apparel and they vow: “we are in the process of researching and developing new fabrics made from recycled and organic materials, and plan to greatly expand our range of products made with these Earth-conscious practices.” 

In the end, Chief Sealth, a hundred of wisdoms ago had it “right on.”

“Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Please ask us about what our vendors are doing to help nourish this planet earth. We are just beginning this journey but will do the best we can to become more and more aware and informed.

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Can you believe it? My garden has already given me its first bouquet… scattered daffodils made an early appearance. Rather than see them quiver in the snow, I brought them in to shed some sunlight on my kitchen. . . at least for a few days.

So yes. . . “hello yellow!” One of Pantone’s colors of the year. And, mind you, not just yellow but ‘illuminating’ yellow.

In his book, Theory of Colors, I think that Johann van Goethe got it right when he noted that. . .

“with yellow the eye rejoices, the heart expands, the spirit is cheered and we immediately feel warmed.”


If colors are the ‘smiles of nature’ as Leigh Hunt once observed, then yellow has perhaps the biggest smile of them all.

Sounds crazy, but color theorists say your body absorbs the vibration of the color you’re wearing which, in turn, affects your brain and can actually alter your mood. I wonder. . . maybe they aren’t kidding when they say ‘put on a happy face and go spread sunshine all over the place.’ And then. . . if theorists are correct, and it does make sense as to why color affects our mood, then putting on a yellow piece of clothing or accessory can’t hurt! I just found myself a new pair of yellow shoes and, knowing me, I will find myself just the right tee or top or hoody cardigan to go with them.

“Hello Yellow!!”

I literally am out of touch with the store and all of its new merchandise. I was just looking again at some of Jenny’s latest videos and I spotted quite a bit of yellow on those racks. Glad to see it represented and its cheery warmth is tugging at me. And then. . . wouldn’t you know it, Shelly sends me a pic of just the right Karen Kane top to go with those new shoes.


Good timing Shelly. Not only do I love the color but I’ve had several twist top tees and they are very flattering. I don’t even have to go into the store to know that I am going to love that top.

Go for it ladies! Find your bit of illumination with a new yellow something!! Be it accessory or complete outfit. Then you too can say “hello yellow.”

Julie

On a personal note, I am excited to write that I am returning to Sound Styles. It was March 8th, 2020 that I last locked the door to Sound Styles and walked home not even thinking that it might be an entire year before returning. I am grateful my job has waited for me. Not being able to see you all has left a void. So, my contributions for March will be fashion clues, such as this one, which will appear every Monday. Then April will find me back in the store.

Until then, I hope you enjoy reading more on our blog about fashion and trends and I hope our upcoming posts will help broaden horizons and give confidence to be the best that you can be.

More soon,
Julie

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Karen Kane meets Bryn Walker…
  
Scene 1:   Early morning.  Our heroine puts on her favorite new chandelier blouse from Karen Kane.  As she pads off to the kitchen for morning coffee, a thought arrives, “Cute, however… “

Kane meets WalkerScene 2:   “Ooh!  (aha moment!)  What would happen if I added that funky Bryn Walker overpiece?”, she wonders out loud between yawns.  She stretches and takes a second sip of her favorite blend.

Scene 3:   Our inspired heroine returns to her closet where she marries one with the other and creates harmony in a surprisingly new fashion statement.  “Short over long.  Isn’t that what they told me at Sound Styles?”  “I think they were right ‘cause I love this look… it’s totally intriguing!”

Scene 4:   “Now what might be the icing on this cupcake?” she ponders, as the clock ticks away moments before she must dash out the door, off to her morning stroll along the water’s edge where someone special awaits her arrival.

Our heroine saunters to the bedroom window, pulls up the tasseled shade, peeks into the dawn, smiles broadly into the face of a clear blue sky, then shouts with subtle glee… “A hat, of course!”

The moral to our little tale is simply said, What you choose to wear each day speaks volumes… so don’t mumble!

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Okay! Okay! Who needs the drama?
 
Just enjoy the “fashion message” here and contemplate putting short over long….  add a tapered leg pant and you’ll immediately look taller and more slender and oh so in the fashion moment.
 
People inevitably make assumptions about you based on how you dress, so why not wear things that nudge them in interesting directions?

 
Stay tuned for further installments of Soundings micro-dramas!

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Staff Picks from us to you!

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Julie


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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