Sunday Morning Dreads by Kamie Kahlo

There's something about dirty hair that looks amazing when you first wake up... too bad it doesn't last throughout the day. Eventually, my hair managed to collect itself up into a bun. Yay for the Prisma App for showing me how awesome my hair would look in dreads!

5 Freelancing Disadvantages and 1 Advantage by Kamie Kahlo

I returned to the birthplace of my first job fresh out of design school in Portland. Later, my boss would introduce me to Styling and turn my world upside down.  

I returned to the birthplace of my first job fresh out of design school in Portland. Later, my boss would introduce me to Styling and turn my world upside down.  

Disadvanatages: 

1. No paid vacation

2. No benefits

3. No freedom (People think you have more but you just feel obligated to take all and any work, just in case)

4. Overhead costs

5. Instability (This one, however, is true of gainful employment.) 

 

Advantages: 

1. I'm the boss! 

Junuary by Kamie Kahlo

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The start of Seattle summers can be frustrating; the weather makes for a bipolar wardrobe. Those layers that you might have packed away in the hopes of sun and skin need to be kept close. I keep this cozy long sweater jacket and my camo cargos tucked in the back of the closet on the top shelf, just in case. 

A Place for Wishes by Kamie Kahlo

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I bought this beautiful Guan Yin statue many years ago so that I could give her my wishes. Unfortunately the removable hand where I had planned to fit my tiny notes inside her was glued shut.  I find it fitting that this Goddess of Compassion, Mercy and Kindness stands perched and ready for receiving those thoughts that have yet to reach her.

Happy Valentine's Day! by Kamie Chang Kahlo

This Valentine's Day I wanted to share a few of my favorite things with you. Especially my vintage card collection! Clockwise from left: Gilded dot bag from Target, vintage V-Day cards, dot-grosgraine ribbons from Ben Franklin, printed paper heart straws from Target, Lovely Love card from Adelita Style, VS Pink dot bag - 000 what could be in there?, VS classic stripe bag - good stuff in here too, tee hee, Claire's bag, Daiso heart treat bags, washitape from My Mind's Eye, fiber board 'X' and 'O,' Snow and Graham Sweethearts, V-Day sock monkey from QFC, striped pen from Target 


MLK: Three Landmark Speeches by Kamie Chang Kahlo

Please consider taking a moment to sit down and listen. Listen to one of the great American leaders of our time, Martin Luther King, Jr., on a day that celebrates not only the man but mostly his path to righteousness and peace. When you find something to die for, your reason for living crystalizes. It's a dream that Dr. King, I believe, achieved both for himself and for all of us who are privileged to hear his words. The following is a description of the radio show you are about to hear.
"Peace Talks Radio producer Paul Ingles interviews two leading King scholars, asking each to pick speeches from those years to focus on. You’ll hear from Dr. Vincent Harding, Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Illiff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and a personal friend and speech writing colleague of Dr. King in the 1960’s. Also mixed into our program, you’ll hear Dr. Clayborne Carson, who at Coretta Scott King’s request, has been directing the King Papers Project since 1985. Dr. Carson established the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University in 2005.  The speeches these scholars chose were… King’s last address, the night before his assassination in Memphis in April, 1968.  Also, the speech he made a year to the day before he was killed, called “Beyond Vietnam,” in which Dr. King came out publicly and explicitly in opposition to the Vietnam War. And from March of 1965, Dr. King’s remarks that he made at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery marches, considered a turning point in the struggle for Voting Rights and equality for African Americans."
Click on this link. And have a happy and reflective MLK day!

Happy New Year 2014! by Kamie Chang Kahlo



Bad "Rihanna" Ring. Comb, hairpin holder and makeup bag from Daiso. Vintage bag, Shoedazzle shoes, and Free People Intimately LBD

pyramid ring from Forever21, Bunny iphone cover, vintage ivory cuff and crown earrings from So Good
NYX lipliner pencil in 817 Hot Red, Maybelline Baby Lips in 85 OH! Orange! and NYC Big Bold plumping gloss

Looking Forward, Being Thankful by Kamie Chang Kahlo

Jean Woods started her second career at 70 working for the Gap and later made
her way across the street to Bloomsbury, a fashion boutique.
Daphne Selfe is the oldest and most beautiful super model at 85 with an enviable resume. She has appeared in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Italian Vanity Fair, Tatler, The Observer, The Times, and the Independent to name but a few, and been photographed by the likes of Mario Testino, Nick Knight, and David Bailey.

I love Gillian Lynne's defiance of conventional age. At 87, she continues her career in
dance as a choreographer and producer with her own production company.

This Thanksgiving I am looking forward to aging and being thankful for my health to carry me there. Find out why in the video, "Fabulous Fashionistas" about 6 women whose average age is 80. Among them, a youthful shop girl at age 75, the oldest working super model at age 85 and a mini-skirt wearing 87 year old dancer. These women indeed prove that if the personality fits, wear it!


From the Comfort of Home by Kamie Chang Kahlo

I'm always surprised at what I have tucked away in cabinets and boxes beneath the stairs. I collect small items for photo shoots and home decor, things that I am not even aware I have put aside for just the right moment. So when I started searching for my winter transition, I was delighted to see a bevy of vintage finds; several different kinds of antlers, my father's old bible, animal pelts and even an old broken gun. Pow! This years theme came to me, "Hunting Lodge." And all this from the comfort of home. 

Today's Adelita Style Selfie by Kamie Chang Kahlo

It's been a while. And in that time, I have had much to contemplate. What will be my next move? And who do I look like after all of these years? Some times I think you know better than me. In the short span of a couple of years, things have changed. Self portraits have turned into "selfies". Well, you know me, I'm up for anything. That's why you will always see me. Whether it's on my instagram, my websites, facebook or my tumblr. I'm everywhere, I'm mine, I'm yours. Some times I'm a puppy or a plant. Sometimes I'm a dress or a pant. And, sometimes, I'm just me. Here I am in my Maker's floral jeans and my Jelly tee. What do you think? Would you like to try a couple of my looks out? Well, stay tuned...

Kamie

Warby Parker Takes it to the Beach via Ocean Ave by Kamie Chang Kahlo

Warby Parker, the eyewear designers with revolutionary style and social-conciousness, are introducing the Ocean Avenue Collection TODAY and they have asked me to tell you about it! This unique collection is "one for the boardwalk truants, amateur spongers, and aspiring beach bums." Count me in...

Each of the 8 optical frames and 14 sunglasses are custom acetate, with dreamy new hues like Sea Glass Blue, Driftwood, Orange Fizz, and Chocolate Soda. Just looking at these juicy colors makes me want to pop open a popsicle and sink my feet in the sand.






So, where did you get your inspiration?
We’ve returned again and again to cult film The Warriors as a source of inspiration. Walter Hill’s grimy 1979 thriller charts the interborough rivalry of New York City gangs as they rumble their way to Coney Island over the course of one long night. It’s a metropolitan spin on The Odyssey—sirens included. 
We wanted to commemorate the similar lawlessness of a bygone summer with a film of our own. When school’s out, responsibility and playing by the rules take a vacation until further notice. Chrissie Miller teamed up with director Cass Bird and stylist Turner to stage a Warby Parker-style beachside scuffle in the form of a dance-off. The setting? Coney Island, of course. “The collection and the film celebrate the fun and mischief of summer in New York, and nothing is more classic summer in the city than escaping to the Coney Island boardwalk and eating Nathan’s with your friends,” co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal says.
When I look at certain frames in this collection in your video, like the Jaspers in Orange Fizz, why do I feel like I've thrown on my mother's bell-bottoms and a vintage tee from the thrift shop?
“You feel like you’ve stepped into a time warp,” Miller says of the area’s preserved boardwalk, vintage signage, and scream-inducing rides. “We wanted it to feel like it could have been shot in the ‘70s, or it could have been shot yesterday.”

Take a look at this video, released today, go to their website and tell me what your favorite frame is. I'm pretty sure you will see me sporting the Wheeler in Cream Soda this summer… along with a pair of hot pants, of course!

Never Too Much by Kamie Chang Kahlo


Growing up internationally, I remember my mother going out to several Naval events. Her look was always put together but never overdone. Her hair coiffed perfectly into an understated beehive she carried on her the perfect accessories; a matching belt, pastel angora sweater, dainty charm bracelet, grapevine earrings and, of course, a fabulously chic clutch. With the resurgence of 50's style, due to Mad Men obsessed women turned ladies, I think this is the perfect photo to reflect on this Mother's Day. Take a tip from this original fashionista, my mama.