Cotton Jumper DIY

Happy Holidays everyone! 
I'm with my family this week in my hometown, Yakima Washington. 

I'll be shooting street style when I get back, but in the meantime here's a DIY story I shot for Frolic the other week. Hannah of Hetterson made this sweet cotton jumper which she embellished with pine trees. Such a fun idea, take any clothing item and spend a few minutes to personalize it.

My favorites this week at Cotton's style gallery is Brae and Linda. If you've been following along you'll have noticed a few past Urban Weeds featured, here's Lauren and Jamie. If I've photographed you for Urban Weeds in the past, and your look featured cotton, feel free to enter it. I'd love to see it up there. 

Justin on SW Stark Portland Oregon

I like versatile pieces, something I can walk around in the woods and still go to a restaurant. 

sweater: Banana Republic
pants: L.L. Bean
boots: L.L. Bean

I really love this whole look, it's warm, comfortable and makes sense for the Northwest. The cotton oxblood colored pants really makes the entire look. Oxblood is deep enough to be used as a neutral but still add the interest of color. You can find a pair in any price range, Alexander McQueen makes a pair, Dickies makes a pair available at Target, and a corduroy pair from L.L. Bean. Best thing about all of them, they're cotton! 

Share your best cotton style at Cotton's Road to the Runway. If you haven't checked in recently, be sure to click over. Lot's of great new street style is up each day. I would love to see more looks from the Northwest, but you can upload your style no matter where you live in America.

Daphne on SW Stark Portland Oregon

My style is American classic, I like comfortable pieces that accentuate the good qualities of my body.
Daphne, 5th grade school teacher

top: J.Crew
jacket: J.Crew
jeans: PZI
boots: Rockport
cardigan welsh corgi dog: Moses

Monika on SE Hawthorne Portland Oregon

I like dresses and boots and getting ready in five minutes. 
Monika, owner / designer Favor Jewelry

dress: J.J. Authentic
tights: The Leotard
coat: Tulle
boots: Frye
earrings: Favor
necklace: Favor

Melvin at Directors Park Portland Oregon

I like a tailored suit and tie, modern elegance.
Melvin Financial Analyst

button up: Billy Reed
sweater: Brooks Brothers
jacket: Banana Republic
jeans: Levis
shoes: Allen Edmonds
tie: 1901

Calling all stylish men!!!

I've been busy going through Cotton's Style Gallery and am convinced there needs to be more men up there. Northwest men have a fantastic sense of style. When I'm scouting I see raw denim, great boots, perfect plaids, to more dressy like Melvin's style above. 

Are you a man with great style? Show us. Upload your photo here

Lauren on SW Park Portland Oregon

I buy a lot of basics I like to mix and match, I'm from New England and that always influences my style. 
Lauren, editorial coordinator at Eyes & Edge / blogger

shirt: Rio Rac
chambray: Gap
pants: Urban Outfitters
clogs: Uggs
Fossil bag: thrifted
hat: Gap

Rob at Directors Park Portland Oregon

Usually, I'm like, "Can I wear this with sneakers?" If I can't, "Do I need new sneakers??" My style is what hip hop kids wear when they grow up.
Rob, creative at Wieden+Kennedy / freelance photographer / lunatic / general delinquent 

jacket: Nike SB
pants: Levis
shoes: Jordans
hat: Urban Outfitters
glasses: Ray Ban

Helene at Bridgeport Portland Oregon

I love versatility, layering, vintage, and over-sized drape.
Helene, works at American Apparel

dress: American Apparel 
chiffon blouse: American Apparel
coat: American Apparel
tights: American Apparel
glasses: Costco
shoes: Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

I had so much fun meeting everyone on Sunday with Cotton's Style Search Squad. This was one of my favorite looks of the day, isn't Helene awesome? I loved the loose draping and the great mix of neutrals. If you didn't make it down submit your own photo by clicking here! You don't have to be from Portland or the Northwest, you can submit from anywhere in America.

Portland Bazaar

Hey guys, I'm going to be out scouting at the Portland Bazaar on Saturday. Come on down!

Allie on SE Taylor Portland Oregon

My style is casual feminine. I like to mix in fun elements.

dress: thrifted
sweater: mom's
tights: Nordstrom
boots: Forever 21
belt: thrifted
scarf: Urban Outfitters

Olga on NW Davis Portland Oregon + Announcement

I like to mix and match styles, accessorize in colorful details and I'm a lover of vintage jewelry.
Olga, blogger

button up: J.Crew
sweater: Nordstrom
skirt: J.Crew
tights: J.Crew
boots: thrifted
bracelets: World Market

Ever want to have your style seen all over the nation? Cotton's Style Search Squads are coming to Portland! I'll be with them this Sunday, December 2nd at Bridgeport Village. Be sure to come down and get photographed, we'll be there rain or shine. The winner will receive $2500 a VIP trip to South Beach and more!

Simona on NW Davis Portland Oregon

I typically dress to my mood. I'm all about comfort and the feeling of fabric. When choosing accessories, a pop of color always brightens up my outfit.  
Simona, Nanny / Blogger

white blouse: new NEXX york
sweater: thrifted
shorts: Sparkle & Fade
shoes: Kimchi Blue
clutch: American Apparel

Busy busy fall...

My, what a busy fall! I've been kept very busy with commercial photography lately shooting for all kinds of fun clients, New Balance, Popeye Magazine from Japan, Club Monaco... above is some work I did with Chelsea of Frolic, see those posts here and here.

I'll be back out scouting for Urban Weeds next week, new posts soon!

Meanwhile, I'm LOVING watching the street style pour into Cotton's America's Style Gallery. Here's my top two submissions from the Northwest so far:

 Katrina K from Seattle
 I adore everything about this look; the crisp white shirt, the menswear tie, the smart glasses, the color palette, the feminine shoes and adorable topknot hair. I'm absolutely loving ties on girls right now, such a fun look. 

 Tonya S. from Portland
An excellent example of laid back Portland style. The oxfords, the hat, the button up top, and the color palette are all spot on for this region.

Submit your own look here.
Cotton is giving away $1440 per week to a random entry. Enter! 

If you're anywhere near Portland, mark your calendars for December 2nd. Cotton will send it's Style Search Squads to Bridgeport Village at 11AM. I'll be there too, come down in your best looks.


Cotton + Street Style

Good news!!!

I've been waiting a while to share this. Trust me, this is going to be fun.

I'm very excited to be working with Cotton Incorporated (yes that Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives, Cotton) as their Fashion Influencer for the Northwest.

Here's the scoop:
They've divided the nation into 6 different regions. My region is the Northwest. We'll be looking for the best street style in the region. Not only will we be hitting the streets here in Portland, but also in Seattle, Boise and Missoula to showcase the best cotton looks. Don't live in these cities? You can also submit your photo online. Guys, you too. (Do it!)

The best cotton looks will appear on, I'll be helping to narrow it down to the top 8 to the looks I feel represent the Northwest the best. The public will vote and the best look from the Northwest will:

1. Be Awesome (of course, but then you will also...)
2. Win a trip to South Beach  (where you will...)
3. Get VIP treatment and backstage access at Cottons 24 hour runway show (where your bank account will grow by...)
4. $2,500 cash prize (and also you'll get to)
5. Hang out with me (very cool)

The Northwest winner will attend Cotton's 24 Hour Runway Shot with the other top 5 regional winners check out the top cotton looks from across the nation. I love Northwest style, I'm pretty sure we have this in the bag. C'mon Northwest, represent!

 photo by: Stewart Traver

Recently I had a chance to fly to NYC to meet with Cotton Inc and the other 5 Fashion Influencers. Here I am with Sincerely Jules, Sugarlaws, Mattieology.

Tabi on SW 4th Portland Oregon

I have a critical eye for cut and fit. I buy clothing that compliments my body and makes me happy.
Tabi,  sociology student

top: Obey
jeans: Paige Denim
boots: Uggs
watch: Uniform Wares

Matthew on SE 35th Ave Portland OR

I never know who I'm going to meet, so I like to dress well and be prepared for that first impression.
Matthew, studio coordinator at Sandbox Studio

jacket: Nau
shirt: Nau
jeans: thrifted
shoes: Cole Haan
glasses: Ray Ban

Barrie on SW Main Portland Oregon

I like to have different looks all the time. Today my look is 90's kindergarten teacher.
Barrie,  fashion marketing student

bag: Urban Outfitters
blouse: Urban Outfitters
jacket: Banana Republic
skirt: thrifted
shoes: thrifted
jewelry: Betsy & Iya

Elena on SW Main Portland Oregon

I pick a "wow" piece and build my outfit from there. I had a mini celebration when print-mixing became a trend.
Elena,  fashion marketing student / wardrobe assistant for Portlandia

t-shirt: Truly Madly Deeply
jacket: J Brand
leggings: Karis
shoes: Steve Madden
bag: Halogen
turban: Reif
body chain: AK Vintage
glasses: Reynolds

Ekela on NE Couch St Portland OR

I like to dress dapper and add pops of color for a little twist.
Ekela,  server / artist


hat: thrifted
glasses: thrifted
tie: Rock n' Rose
shirt: H&M
vest: Rock n' Rose
bag: Urban Outfitters
belt: gift
shoes: Urban Outfitters

Oil on SW Alder Portland Oregon

I love simplicity: a t-shirt, pants, and flats.
Oil, grad student from Bangkok in international management 

sunglasses: Ray-Ban
top: Comme des Garçons
pants: TNA
shoes: Sperry
bag: Cole Haan

Eric on SE Main Portland Oregon

I like a dark, minimal palette. I'm inspired by late 70's/early 80's English and New York City post-punk/Suedehead subculture.
Eric,  PhD student of philosophy / visual artist

button up: American Apparel
sweatshirt: J. Crew
jeans: Tellason
boots: thrifted
glasses: Ray Ban
hat: Actual Pain
backpack: McCotton

Laura on N. Lombard Portland Oregon


I like dresses and shoes. I love finding special items in vintage and flea markets.
Laura, studies English

tank: KappAhl
cardigan: H&M
skirt: thrifted
shoes: K Kenkä
bag: Sokos
necklace: flea market

Jordan on SW Madison Portland Oregon

I'm afraid of nothing in fashion. I'm inspired by badass guys and girls.
Jordan, stylist and fashion connoisseur

jeans: Diesel
jean jacket: vintage Levi's, self-studded by Jordan
t-shirt: Old Navy, deconstructed by Jordan
90's boots: Destroy
bag: American Apparel, bleached and added bandana & raccoon tail

by Lisa Warninger 

Lupe on SW 11th Portland Oregon

I usually have a personality in mind. Today it's Mad Max meets Victorian lady.
Lupe, technician

sunglasses: DKNY
shirt: thrifted
skirt: H&M
shoes: Sam Edelman
bag: found at garage sale
bracelet: from Thailand

Suzy on SW 12th Portland OR

I want to feel comfortable and confident.
Suzy, cat herder

dress: Gap
bracelets: Betsy & Iya
belt: Target
boots: Sheplers
sunglasses: Toms
bag: Queen Bee
horse pin: vintage