Having spent the better part of this week completing spring planters, I’m thrilled to have clean fingernails once again and think about things other than plants and shrubs.
Specifically, dresses from Tumbleweed Boutique.
When I started my landscape design business years ago, I struggled with how to look professional in front of clients while dressing practically for the kind of work that requires kneeling in dirt, poking around in pots and climbing in and around trees and bushes. Having an active 2-year-old now means I’m also often sitting in a sandbox or scrambling up a playground slide. Clearly, I needed to find a “look” that would cover all bases.
I love to wear dresses – but they were no longer always practical for my lifestyle. But rather than pack them away I started wearing them over pants or jeans. The dresses looked polished and the jeans allowed for ease of movement.
Getting the profile right was often tricky, though. And then I stumbled upon an article about Portland, Oregon designer Kara Larson.
Kara is the designer behind “Kara-line” – a collection of lovely, one-of-a-kind dresses. Her philosophy is to “offer beautiful clothes for everyday life. I feel you should be able to wear a dress strolling down the aisle of [the] grocery store then off to a wedding.”
Bingo! Substitute “nursery” for “grocery store” and “client meeting” for “wedding” and she was talking to me!
Over the years I’ve bought a number of Kara-line dresses but only recently learned that she owned a store that carries the dresses along with a sharply edited collection of other designers’ wares.
It may seem odd to “shop” at a store that is 3,000 miles away. But as I’ve written in earlier posts I really strive to not dress like every other mom on the block. And the distance thing is easily overcome by Tumbleweed’s incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and fashion-savvy staff. They have an uncanny knack for pulling together outfits that are chic, comfortable and versatile. And the best part is that the clothes are mostly seasonless. In winter I’ll pair a dress with a long-sleeve t and jeans and wear that same dress in warmer weather with a cami, sandals and a cotton scarf.
Today is the store’s 11th anniversary and I’m toasting them from across the country – I encourage you to take a look!