Dieppa Restrepo

Every now and then I stumble upon a designer that not only do I love their aesthetic appeal, but I am inspired as well. I found this when I saw upon an acquaintances feet, Mason Martin Margiela. As much of a fan as I am for Mr. Margiela’s show wear, I was instantly transported to a scene from the Dieppa Restrepo Spring 2013 line. dieppa_restrepo dieppa_restrepo2 dieppa_restrepo3 dieppa_restrepo4 dieppa_restrepo5 dieppa_restrepo6 dieppa_restrepo7 dieppa_restrepo8 dieppa_restrepo9 dieppa_restrepo10 dieppa_restrepo11 dieppa_restrepo12 dieppa_restrepo13 dieppa_restrepo14

 

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-Simone

Hot Summer Nights
The last two nights have been extremely hot, which is a blessing and a curse in Seattle. A blessing because we haven’t had good summer weather in so long, and a curse because I’m pretty sure my body is literally in shock from the drastic change in weather . It becomes difficult to function when you’re wearing a wool sweater one day and immediately within the next 12 hours you find yourself in a tank top and shorts, sweating profusely. So, in honor of this bi-polar weather I have created a look that will withstand the rapid change of elements. I definitely would wear this look out on the town with the girls, quite possibly on a 5th date night (yet, the way my love life is these days, I haven’t even had a 2nd date night in over a year!) <—That is for another blog post! Where would you wear this look? Shop the necklace on my online boutique at http://www.candibling.com item number N227; Retro Glam Square-Cut 3 Layer Necklace $128
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-Simone

Hot Summer Nights

Summer Reading

Whenever summer decides to visit Seattle, I always feel the  need to catch up on my leisure reading. I am determined to finish Ayn Rand’s, Atlas Shrugged this summer! I also have a few business owning books that also will be read and some that will be reread…

Atlas Shrugged

Here is a list of books that the BBC states should be read in this lifetime. How many have you read? are reading? Do you agree with this list, what books should be added? Which ones should be removed? and are any on your summer reading list?

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare

15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch – George Eliot

21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34. Emma -Jane Austen

35. Persuasion – Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne

41. Animal Farm – George Orwell

42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50. Atonement – Ian McEwan

51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52. Dune – Frank Herbert

53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72. Dracula – Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75. Ulysses – James Joyce

76. The Inferno – Dante

77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal – Emile Zola

79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80. Possession – AS Byatt

81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (In French)

93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94. Watership Down – Richard Adams

95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Vegan Yogurt

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Although I am not a vegan, I do choose to eat more vegetarian & vegan meals throughout my week than most non-vegans. This could possibly be due to raising my child vegetarian and living amongst vegetarian and vegans throughout my early twenties. Either way, I love experimenting in the kitchen, so when I was introduced to this recipe via “Goldilock’s” on instagram, I immediately went to the cupboard and whipped up a batch for the morning. All of the ingredients are items I tend to always have stocked in my cupboards, so it really wasn’t of any inconvenience for me. I chose to put fresh fruit into my “vegan yogurt” as it just seemed to be bland without it, plus then I would get my allotted nutritional amount of fruit serving for breakfast. Given that I am of Jamaican descent and I grew up on one of the Hawaiian Islands I tend to go tropical with my fruit selection, yet you can put whatever your heart fancies. I will post the ingredients and recipe below.

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1/2 c. Coconut milk

1/4 c. Black Chia seeds

1/4 c. Almond milk

Recipe directions:

Add Coconut milk to air tight container (I used a 8oz. Mason jar), mix in chia seeds, add almond milk, stir, seal and refrigerator over night. In the morning, cut fruit into bite-size pieces, add into the “vegan yogurt” and enjoy! Let me know what your tastebuds think of the recipe. Sometimes if I’m feeling more on the sweeter side, I also add agave nectar to it. What is your favorite “easy and simple” recipe?

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-Simone Shaw

Chloe + Isabel End of Season Sale


About 4 months ago I quit my dead-end job and took my career in fashion to the next level. When I quit I did not have another job in line. Considering that I attend school full-time, I quit after I had received a phone call stating that I was receiving a grant I had applied for. Although the grant would aid in finances during the school year and I have worked sine I was 15, I just couldn't be without work. I started by updating my resume, diligently looking on craigslist and the help-wanted ads, when I fell upon a post on Craigslist advertising for fashion merchandisers in the Northwest area. I quickly clicked the link, which led me to the Chloe +Isabel website and read more about this amazing opportunity. This was the job I was looking for, where I could make my own hours, get ahead in the fashion industry, and gain the entrepreneurial skills, all while attending school and building my fashion business; Simone Shaw Style Studio.


Fast forward a couple months to now, and you have a woman that is building her portfolio, working towards a degree while sustaining her happiness! I could not ask for a better job! So, although I had anticipated sharing this with you readers months back, life got a bit crazy and you are now hearing of it. Better late than never!



AND to reward loyal readers from now until December 31st, 11:59PM EST, when you purchase from my boutique and spend $100 or more, you will receive a FREE C+I gift from me! Make sure to shop the link below to qualify. You also must comment below with the email you used for purchasing, so I can double check your order.

http://bit.ly/decemberofdestiny

Thank you for your support!

Xo

-Simone Shaw