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"All style requires a certain amount of work."

This tip comes from stylist, author and co-host of What Not To Wear, Stacy London.
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Last month I wrote about my seasonal clothing swap which I call The Switch. Many of you wrote back with funny stories of your own switch. I appreciated your stories of how hard it was to get rid of your stuff - even if you didn't like it or wear it - and enjoyed hearing how delighted some of you were when you opened your bin of fall sweaters. We're doing well when the little things in life make us happy!


This month I wanted to share one of my favorite stories from your responses. It reminded me that no matter what our age, we can still be true to The Real You.


A Surprising Switch


I heard from a friend I've known for 25 years, who recently went home to spend a weekend with his parents. While he was packing to return to Seattle his mom called for him to come downstairs and help her out. His mom, by the way, is 88 and each month he forwards her my newsletter.


When he got downstairs, he saw a bunch of clothes laid out on the bed; his mom was getting everything from summer put away and rotating her fall clothes into the closet. She was making The Switch! We all know this can be quite a bit of work, especially for an 88-year-old woman, so he helped her finish the project in short order.


The Real You - At Any Age


I have met my friend's mom and she is lovely: gracious, beautiful and always well-dressed. I love that she is still working on keeping herself organized - and in style. She reminds me that you are as young at heart as you choose to be and that it is never too late to work on your own personal style.


Allow this story to remind you that your personal look, The Real You, is inside for you to grab hold of - regardless of your age. If you haven't done The Switch from summer to fall yet, it certainly is time. And if you think it's too much effort, just remember my friend's mom. If she can do it, so can you!


Enjoy this gorgeous fall!

Patricia Gorham

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Bring On the Rain


Getting ready for the rainy season? Or need to rent a beautiful parasol for a wedding? Bella Umbrella is your place. Downtown Seattle at 1st and Pike, you'll find a plethora of sensational umbrellas for our gusty winter rains or an upcoming event. Classic, vintage, ruffled, pagoda-shaped - if you can imagine it (or even if you can't!), Bella has it. 

Get your bumbershoots at Bella  


Bella Umbrella
Unimaginable umbrellas

A Tip of the Hat    


Want to be a more hardcore Seattlite and go umbrella-free? Head to Byrnie Utz Hats, just a few blocks south of Bella on Union. One of the biggest collections of hats I've ever seen and a family business since 1934, they have both the knowledge and the inventory to get you into the perfect hat for any season. 


Bring your head to Byrnie Utz Hats


Byrnie Utz Hats
Cap it off

Step Out in Style    


If you just can't take the wet feet one more day, check out Hunter boots - you may know them as "wellies" - online. Read the history of these classic, waterproof boots (first fashioned pre-WWII) and grab the perfect pair for a long day of kicking about in the rain. 


Wade through the winter with your wellies 


Hunter boots
Big, bright boots