Guest Post: How to Care for Your Leather and Suede

You might as well bookmark this now. I’ve asked one of my favorite people, Maggie Burns, co-owner of re-souL in Ballard to give us the low down on taking care of leather and suede. I’ve had LOTS of questions from clients about this lately. Maggie is the first person I think of for such things as re-souL carries very high quality shoes and accessories made from Italian leather including the re-souL shoe line made in Italy and designed by Maggie, right here in Seattle. (Maggie also volunteers with me styling homeless youth each month at YouthCare.) strongly suggest you swing by the shop (or go online) to order leather care products that re-souL stocks. I like to pick up Otter Wax, for example, as a stocking stuffer each year. And while you are there you might as well pick up some shoes, jewelry, handbags, socks…….

How to Care for Leather

How to Look and Feel Great at the Pumpkin Patch

As a personal stylist for women, sometimes I have clients who want to save their "good stuff" for special occasions. Think of this as your good china staying in the cupboard until Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

That approach works for family heirlooms such as china, but how likely is it that you're going to save several of your work appropriate pieces for your daughter 20 years from now? I'm guessing not super likely.

However, it is, of course, important to take care of your nicer pieces and running around in the mud and rain is probably not your first choice for when to pull them out. And, when playing with the kids at the pumpkin patch or out trick-or-treating, it's vital that you are ready to run, jump or ride in the car. Translation: Comfort trumps all. 

But, I assure you that you can still look stylish when celebrating autumn outdoors. Here's how. 


Your Outfit for Autumn Outings. Go!

The Essential, Elegant, Timeless Must Have for Fall

Author, coach, mom, all around bad ass and Poplin Client, Julie, is the picture of confidence in her animal print coat. It's time to get your animal print on, my friend. Whether you are going full force with texture AND print, like Julie, or you'd prefer something a little less bold, this is the season to stock up. Remember, animal print is a neutral and can be paired with virtually any color. Just choose your print carefully as it's vital that it communicates your personal style. And, remember that placement is key, too. Opt for animal prints where you want to draw the eye. If you have an Inverted Triangle shaped figure (shoulders wider than your hips) go for a skirt, pants or shoes. For a Triangle shaped body, like Julie, (shoulders narrower than your hips or thighs) opt for a top, scarf or coat. Rectangles (shoulders and hips are aligned without a defined waist), you'll want fitted options that provide shape or try a belt, scarf, shoes or details in the print. Or, an all over fitted dress. Diamond figures (shoulders and hips aligned and narrower than your middle) should try a vertical zipper or stripe down the middle, sleeves, pants, shoes or a scarf in the print. And if you have an hourglass figure (shoulders and hips aligned with a defined waist that is smaller than both), try it all over or balanced equally on the top and bottom. A belt works well, too. 

Now that you know how to wear it,

10 Fall 2018 Trends. Go!

As a personal stylist for women, I'm all about finding new ways to help a woman express herself through her clothing. Fall is major. The change in weather means the kids are back in school and it is officially time to start fantasizing about Fall Fashion Trends. Whether you are a fan of jumping on the latest trend or you prefer to just sit back and enjoy the magic, this fall is sure to treat you right. Off we go!

10 Fall Fashion Trends

How do I Style White Shoes?

In the very early stages of Poplin, I won a pair of shoes (of my choice!) from one of my very favorite retailers, the now defunct SoleStruck. I really wanted a pair of giant platform clogs. They were the result of a collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Chloe Sevigny. What could be better. There were two options: black leather or white patent leather. I was on the fence, but kept coming back to the white and since they were free, I decided to take the plunge. At the time, white shoes seemed like insanity. Naturally, there were few places to look for style inspiration and I found myself experimenting with them with much success. In fact, this blog post details that journey. 

That experience was just the beginning of my white shoe phase. Next up, platform white Birkenstocks, white sneakers and so many others. My latest love is my white pair of Vince slides. As a personal stylist who works with real women using pieces in their existing collection or purchased using their actual budgets, it's vital that I know how to maximize pieces for my clients. White shoes and the challenges of styling them have come up often. That brings us to white shoes. They are ubiquitous, so if you don't already have a pair, you soon will. Now, let's make sure you know how to wear them so you get the most out of this hot trend. Off we go!


5 Ways to Style White Shoes

Florals: Which Ones Are Right for You?

If you aren't on the Poplin email list, you are missing out. This week's edition was all about florals. Here's a sneak peak.

10 Places You Wouldn't Think to Shop for Memorial Day Deals.

As a personal stylist for women, I'm all about hearing real women's challenges and providing solutions for real bodies, real budgets and real life. One common struggle is experimenting with style while respecting the budget. We've all been there. A great way to get more bang for your buck is with some strategic shopping, like maximizing holiday sales. 

Often times, we hit our standard go-tos, whether or not we've found them satisfying. After all, finding new retailers and brands can feel like a chore. So, this time, I'm offering up some places you might not expect to kick off your shopping weekend. Enjoy!


10 Unexpected Places to Shop for

Memorial Day Weekend Deals

We Have a Winner!

Enormous thanks to everyone who participated in the Poplin Style + re-souL giveaway! Anyone who followed Poplin Style and re-souL on Instagram and tagged three friends was entered. If you tagged three friends everyday, you were entered EVERY time. Bam! Thanks for that. 

And our winner is:


Win a FREE Pair of Shoes from the re-souL Collection!

As a personal stylist in Seattle, I've been very fortunate to develop relationships with lots of local businesses, makers and all around incredible people. As if time with great people isn't enough, I also get to share all sorts of beautiful pieces with you, Dear Reader. I've been a long time friend and fan of re-souL in Ballard. In fact, one of the owners, Maggie, also volunteers doing styling sessions with me at YouthCare each month. 

Therefore, I'm beside myself with anticipation as we kick off the spring re-souL giveaway. The lucky winner will get to choose a pair of shoes from the re-souL collection to keep for her very own. The re-souL Collection is Maggie's brainchild. She designs the shoes here in Seattle and has them made in Italy with high quality materials. She always pays close attention to upcoming trends AND ensuring that every pair is comfortable enough for a woman on her feet all day. 

The re-souL + Poplin Style Giveaway:

8 Days. 8 Pairs of Shoes to Choose From. 


Must Have: Rubber Shoes

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Your Must Have Colors for Spring

Oh it's happening. Spring 2018 is upon us and that means new colors to introduce into your wardrobe. Introduce? Meaning I don't already have them in there? Indeed. While it's possible you have a few of these beauties floating around. It's likely that you don't have many, whether or not you love them, simply because we haven't seen this color palette in a while. And it's not surprising. Fashion and style are combatting tough times with playful, happy pieces to help us wake up, smile and fight the good fight. 

As a personal stylist for women, I'm always reminding clients that just because you don't think a color is flattering, doesn't mean you can't wear it. So let's dive into the colors of the season and the next post will focus on how to wear them. Off we go!

2018 Spring Color Palette

Genius Tricks of the Trade: How do I Get Tall Boots on?

I'm always delighted to see the most popular content on the blog. Lately, this post from 2013, yup, 2013 has been blowing away the competition. As your very own personal stylist, it seems only fair that I'd share it with my regular readers, too. After all, it's especially useful in this weather. 

Genius Tricks of the Trade: How do I Get Tall Boots On? 

Marimekko + Uniqlo!

What could be a better gift for our 10th wedding anniversary than the release of a new collection of pieces created thanks to a partnership between Uniqlo and Marimekko? As it turns out, we'll all be celebrating on

Eclectic Chic: Made, Found, Purchased, Loved. The Story of Aga. 

Thursday's client photo shoot was another showstopper. In this case, my client, Aga, was the star. As we navigated our way from spot to spot through Volunteer Park, Aga was on the lookout for her young daughter who coincidentally was on a field trip nearby. What a moment- to have your daughter see you modeling in a photo shoot. #mindblowing. 

Aga has lived in several countries and

What I'm Wearing Now.

I have conversations all day, everyday about clothes. Seriously. Frequently, I'm just chatting with someone on the street or at the coffee shop before a client consultation and I find myself writing down details of a particular item that I'm wearing so they can go grab one for themselves. No more! I'm all about efficiency, my friend. 

So, we now have a section of the website devoted to What I'm Wearing Now.

Shop Small Seattle: Pick a Neighborhood. There's Something Just for You.

Well hello there, Dear Reader!

I trust you are gearing up for the holiday weekend. If you are on the Poplin email list, you received word earlier this morning about some hot spots for Small Business Saturday. If not,

What are Some Super Cool Products Made by Veterans and Their Families?

Veteran's Day is a thing at our house. Our 7 year old is a big fan of patriotic songs and sings them often. Veteran's Day is his, "favorite singing holiday." We also try to call up vets that we know, including my Dad, to just check in because we're thankful they are home.

On the fashion front, it's a good reminder to check out the wealth of businesses owned by vets and their spouses. Moving every year or even more often can be brutal on a spouse's career, so I'm a HUGE fan of the innovative businesses that allow spouses to work from home wherever they happen to live. This ensures that they won't miss out on income or job stability from a move. And, if you are a long time reader, you are familiar with my adoration for the folks at Combat Flip Flops- a local company started by two former Army Rangers who had served a number of tours in Afghanistan started with a mission to, "To create peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict." It's incredible and produces equally inspiring results: 

  • Every product Combat Flip Flops sells puts an Afghan girl into secondary school for a day.
  • Each Peacemaker Bangle or coinwrap sold clears 3 square meters of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from a region rocked by long-term war (those are landmines, folks)  - saving lives and providing economic opportunity. 

You can hear all about it from one of the founders and friend of Poplin in his TedX talk. SO good. 

Flip Flops are only the beginning. Check out the high quality products (we have several including a necktie my husband wears regularly) and pick some up as early holiday gifts for the ones you love and, naturally, a little something for you. 

Combat Flip Flops, affectionately known as CFF, is just the beginning. 

Very Cool Products Made by Veterans & Their Families. 

Ilse Jacobsen for Rain, For Life.

I fell in love with Ilse Jacobsen sometime in 2013/2014 when I finally realized she was the woman behind an unexpected rain boot. They were a mashup between a pair of traditional rubber boots and a pair of Docs. At least, that's how I viewed them. Naturally, she's Scandinavian because that's always been a sweet spot of mine. When I discovered her stylish rain gear. I was hooked. Soon after, Nordstrom started offering a raincoat or two of hers online only. To try one on, I went to Scandinavian fashion central in Seattle: Pirrko. If you haven't heard of this shop, here's my post from then all about it. 

If I haven't mentioned it on the blog already,

5 Days: 5 Fall Trends. Day 3: Velvet Town.

Welcome to Day 3 of our 5 Days 5 Fall Trends Series. Check out Day 1 and Day 2 if you haven't already.

When you are out and about doing some retail therapy, you are likely well aware of the velvet trend. And this is the ideal time of year for it. As a personal stylist, I'm seeing a whole lot of velvet and I must say, I like it. The fabric works for varying personal styles and keeps you nice and cozy. Plus, who doesn't love an opportunity to touch soft fabrics in the middle of a challenging day? For you, my Dear Reader, here are some tips for embracing fall's velvet trend. 

Do Velvet.

Saks Off 5th in Seattle!

If you love the Nordstrom Rack, you're also going to be a big fan of Saks Off 5th. The discount arm of Saks 5th Avenue will soon, and I mean very soon, be located in Westlake Center, mere steps from the Rack. You've likely seen me feature items from the website. It's a good one, so remember that you can purchase online or in store. 

Here are details for the grand opening NEXT week.