Friday, June 4, 2010

{Series} I Love your Style: Sarah Klassen from Haute Design

The fabulous Sarah from Haute Design is sharing her style secrets with us today!! Her blog is one of my favourite and is full of inspiration and beautiful, gorgeous posts! I love the eloquent and warmth of her writing and how she is able to inspire, educate and encourage in the same paragraph! If you haven't yet make sure you stop by her blog..and be ready to fall in love!

Thank you Sarah so much for your your participation on this series... It has been such a delight working with you on this!

Hello! I’m thrilled to be here today, discussing a bit about my style and the things that I love and inspire me. I hope you enjoy!

I believe that style is something that is ever-evolving and changing, at least for me. Certain things remain the same, but others have changed, and one might say, matured over the years. I’ve always been a girly girl at the core, and as a toddler, preferring dresses on a daily basis to pants, pretty patent Mary Janes to practical, sturdy shoes. Not much has changed. And while now, I have made a career out of design and style, I celebrate and enjoy it daily!

For inspiration: Audrey Hepburn and women in Paris for fashion/ Italian and French interiors for décor / Paprika for Graphic Design. The principles and the foundations of these looks helped me to develop and formulate my own taste and style over the years. Notably, I have found that as a tool, blogging has helped me to define my taste further than I imagined—for as I begin to express myself more and more, a defined look and feel emerged.

If I had to define my signature look, I would say I like modern, neutral core basics in black, white, natural linen, and (plenty of) grey, with bits of embellishment, color, layers and texture; I love quality over quantity/ the combination of classic European with modern/ the perfect with the imperfect, and I adore pieces that trigger memory or a specific feeling, whether it be a vintage handbag, a fun composition of artwork, or using objects in a way that they are not intended to be used. For example, I used my large lantern and placed it on my bathroom counter. It now contains my chic hand soap, cream, and room spray. I love having fun with objects, often finding a new appreciation in switching things up.

Oddly enough, I do not have a favorite color! I have given up on trying to decide on a single color to love. Instead, I like specific color schemes. Each design discipline intermingles in my mind – I might be inspired to design an invitation in colors I saw a room done in, and vice versa.

For fashion, I love pieces that I can count on to make me feel my best. I have an abundance of bold blazers, and live in my black trench, nude heels, skinny pants, dresses and feminine tops. I look for fit and details that I adore such as scalloped edges, bows, ruffles, pleating, tassels, and sometimes, often unused and unexpected details. I can often be seen with my favorite lilac scarf on, even in Spring. For handbags, I favour plush, buttery leather with great hardware and details. For jewelry, I am a bit controversial—I like a mix of nearly masculine, simplistic pieces with ultra-feminine ones. Never more than 3 pieces, though. I always have a French manicure.

To me, ultimately, style is more than what you wear or how you decorate, it’s who you are as a person… the way you smile, the way you greet those you meet, your manners, the way you wrap a gift. It’s all in the little things…

Thank you Sarah!! I love your style!!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for the series! To read previous posts from the series go here!!

Hope you have a stylish Friday!

{Image via 01/ dress, design, décor 02,3,4/ Haute Design: scanned via Coté Sud 05/ Henry Dean 06/ Trouvais 07/ Chloe 08/ David Arias + myself 09/ 10/ Haute Design: (images scanned from Victoria, Feb. 2001, photography by Toshi Otsuki)11:B&B Italia}


Daniella said...

Oh what a lovely, lovely post! It was so great to read a little more about your style Sarah!

Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi said...

Great post! Love Sarah and her blog.

Have a great weekend! xo

Andrea said...

What a great post. I feel like I now know a bit more about the lovely and stylish lady behind the blog. I can relate to so many of the things Sarah is inspired by. Great taste!!

Simone Howell said...

Such a great post- I love the closing that style is who you are as a person! I couldn't agree more!
Well said!
Happy stylish Friday!

Kate @ {wit + delight} said...

Everything about Sarah's blog is impeccable and so is her personal style.

Loving this series!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Sarah emanates style from every single pore, absolutely amazing! Thanks Sarah and Thanks Sasha for these great posts!

madeleine said...

Oh my. Sarah's style and design is absolutely gorgeous. I love this. Thanks for sharing! I love the absolutely gorgeous pictures!

stay classy,

Dustjacket Attic said...

Just adore this post Sarah, your style is so timeless and beautiful. Loved the pictures you chose to express your style...was great to find out a little more about you too.

Great post Sasha!


Oh what a fabulous post! I love Sarah and her blog and it was so lovely to learn more about her :)

Sasha {Everything Fabulous} said...

Love this post from Sarah and I am so happy you also enjoy it!! So much inspiration!! I really love her style!! I am enjoying the series so much!!

Sarah Klassen said...

Thank you so much for having me, Sasha! I had so much fun putting this together :)


Casa Très Chic said...

Oh, My God, this post is gorgeous, excellent taste, congratulations.

With love... said...

Fabulous, as always, an incredibily chic post from Sarah.


Home Decors said...

Her designs was an inspiration. I learned and enjoyed from her works. Thanks for sharing.

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