Saturday, December 31, 2011

DIY David

My youngest brother David loves DIY projects, particularly studding clothes, shoes, and making his own glass or iron-on bead pendants.  He's probably the most stylish person I know.  He cut off the arms of a thrifted denim jacket, studded the shit out of it, added some flare and a stick-it-to-the-man message scribbled on the back (his passion for politics far surpasses mine).  Also wearing: vintage Ray-Ban "Outdoorsman", gold Timex "Indiglo" (he's also a watch aficionado), Kill City "Wire" jeans, Dr. Martens 1460 Boot(the same style I bought when I was in high school).

Thursday, December 29, 2011

"Don't point that gun at him, he's an unpaid intern."

Wearing: Team Zissou hats, white Uniqlo tees, raw denim by Acne and APC (left to right), Nike Cortez (Forest Gump shoes). 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


I was gifted these earrings from hitchcock, one of my top three favorite Seattle boutiques.  They're gold safety pins -- a little bit of DIY, little bit of antique, little bit of punk.  My friend and shop owner Erica wore this lipstick in her hitchcock blog and I had to have it.  Black Cherry by Revlon. 

In Theory...

I'm in the Nordstrom Rack dressing room in a Theory LBD.  I'm a sucker for anything that shows off a woman's back, which is the most beautiful part of her body IMHO (in my humble opinion).  It was a beautiful matte satin bias-cut below-the-knee dress for $100.  Problem was the bias cut was sloppy and bumpy.  No one likes sloppy nor bumpy. 

Posh, Baby, Scary, Korean Spice

This was taken at Ho Soon Yi in Edmonds.  Trust me, it's worth the drive.  I love how Korean food is so colorful -- it's all about the side dishes.  And the stews, the spicier the better. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tweed Run
Cool bike site introduced to me by my friend Mike, who built my custom road bike. 
Not too late to Christmas shop for your velophile friends!
Someone get me a print of this:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

You're the Shiniest

In the spirit of the holidays, I told my brother David that I hate Christmas.  His response, "Of all the Esther Shins in the world, you're the Shiniest." 
"Charlie Brown, you're the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. Maybe Lucy's right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Browniest."
~ Linus

Friday, February 18, 2011

Let Me See That Sushi Roll

Shameless plug for my man -- talented local food stylist, personal chef, caterer, and owner of new food cart (more to come) -- he styled this month's cover of Seattle Metropolitan magazine.  For the Korean influence of the first shot (the more side dishes the better!) I credit myself.  Go to Kisaku, our favorite sushi spot and where we had our first date.  Here are some beautiful shots from the magazine:

Bike Fashion

There's a reason why Seattle is seasons behind the trends of New York, Europe and Japan.  You try wearing heels and silk dresses in 50's partly cloudy with showers for ten of the twelve months.  Anoraks, fleece and ugly shoes are from necessity, not choice.  Any Northwesterner can tell you why they love "Portlandia", hipsters and bike boys.  So this is for my bike-loving friends.  A utilitarian, convertible bag to carry as tote, messenger bag or backpack.  Product and photos from:

My baby, custom made by friend/photographer, Mike Nelson:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I was looking at Tommy Ton's street style photos on and I totally did a double take -- I thought I saw myself.  "But I wasn't at New York Fashion Week?" much to my chagrin.  Not only do I love this girl's outfit and it's something I would wear; not only is black and blue one of my favorite color combination; this girl is my doppelganger. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

V-Day or Not

FYI -- Kings of Convenience is the perfect moody, depressing love music to listen to on this odious, gloomy, grey Seattle V-Day.

If I were a fan of Valentine's Day and I had my choice of haute couture and black tie event to attend, I'd wear either of these dresses from Elie Saab Spring '11.

But since I'm not a fan of V-Day, instead I'll wear this look from Altuzarra Fall '11 RTW.  It's my idea of a perfect winter outfit: printed dress layered with a cozy cardigan, topped with a fur-collar parka, black booties, and of course deep red lips.
In reality I'm wearing a KAIN sheer black t-shirt, baggy black men's shawl-collar cardigan from H&M, black waxed jeans by Denim & Thread, and black Doc Martens purchased at age 14.  Back to Black is my theme, the only color my forest green leather motorcycle jacket by Andrew Marc.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Let My People Go

One of my greatest flaws and insecurities is how utterly politically unaware and disinterested I am.  It embarrasses me.  From what I've read of Egypt's new found freedom, I'm moved by the awareness of humanity's capacity to selflessly and unabashedly fight for liberties; the ability to think and move beyond one's self at the risk of physical peril or even death; to act with fellow citizens toward one cause.  It is a remarkable and beautiful thing.  But then I think of North Korea, people who don't even have the freedom to fight for their own freedom, because unlike Egyptians the North Koreans are unaware of their state of brain wash and life's imprisonment by one of the scariest humans alive -- an entire nation at the mercy of one man who controls their thoughts, values, and quotidian lives.  The victory of one country reminds me of the enslavement of so many others.

Friday, February 11, 2011

If The Shoe Fits

My co-worker gave me one of the best cards this week.  The cover says, "Life is scary..." then on the inside, "BUY SHOES!"  

The perfect spring booties by one of my favorite designers, Maison Martin Margiela, sold at one of my favorite Seattle boutiques

TGIF (thank goodness it fits)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Color Theory

I was turned off by DVF back when they employed Whitney Port.  Now that she's left and with Yvan Mispelaere as its creative (he's from Phoebe Philo Chloé days) I'm utterly impressed with the Pre-Fall '11 collection for it's play on colors.  It takes a monochromatic color scheme and unique color combination (like pumpkin orange and bordeaux, kelly green and tiffany blue) with a '70s-inspired styling and modern silhouette.  It reminds me of Marni, known for color and shape.

Red, White & Blue

Navy blue is one of my favorite colors, and nautical wear is one of my favorite styles.  Simple, clean, classic, elegant, and I guess patriotic.  You'll see why I love these two looks from Michael Kors Pre-Fall '11.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Mr. Melon, your wife was just showing us her Klimt."

I've been loving the Pendleton 2011 Fall/Winter "The Portland" collection for a number of reasons.  For one, being a Northwest girl I gotta love Pendleton.  Today I'm wearing a knock-off, a Navajo print cardigan my brother scored from the Yakima Value Village.  Two, the campaign shows two great Seattle models I've worked with in the past.  Three, the second image reminds me of Klimt's "The Kiss", which then of course reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield (see blog title).
"The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt

Faces of "The Portland", Annie B. & Brock (Heffner Managment)

And Another One

Keep it going!
Shu Pei for Maybelline

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's About Time

I was ecstatic to see Liu Wen as the new and first Asian face of Estée Lauder for spring 2011.  She was also the first Asian model to walk a Victoria's Secret runway show.  Took long enough.