i’ve had a love of fashion as long as I could remember, reading my aunt’s magazines and shopping & exploring shops in philadelphia and new york. i moved to san francisco to pursue a masters degree in graphic design (my thesis was a fashion magazine), and my department head suggested started a blog to work on my writing. thus j’adore couture was born in 2004. In the decade plus i’ve done the site, fashion, retail, and blogs have evolved and it’s been so interesting to see the change. now that i work as an art director at banana republic factory, i see that shift on all sides. j’adore couture has changed as well, bringing you my point of view on fashion issues, stores and designers you need to know, and my personal style.
as a woman over 40, I also feel that i’ve come into my own when it comes to what i wear. my fashion sense slants more masculine/feminine—i love adding an oversized sweatshirt to a lace skirt, or boyfriend jeans with a sexy bodysuit but heels are usually involved. i’m a big champion of wearing what you want, regardless of age or “what you shouldn’t wear over XX” articles. i’ve been fortunate to be featured on some of my favorite sites like who what wear, design*sponge, The New York Times, glitter guide and more, and worked with brands like madewell, zappos, and revolve.
have a style question or just want to say hi? get in touch!
want to know more about me? here’s a little Q&A:
tea or coffee? tea, preferably english breakfast or earl grey
dog or cat? my cat wink (above) is onto his next life; if i had more space, i’d love to get a shiba inu
I collect… magazines. shoes. bags. jeans.
favorite city? new york and paris
spring or fall? fall…i love the richer colors and layering
bloom of choice? ranunculus and hydrangeas
fun fact? i am a pretty picky eater.
style icon? diane kruger, vanessa traina, tracee ellis ross, zoe kravitz
fragrance? dries van noten x frederic malle, chanel 1932, byredo bal d’afrique, tom ford grey vetiver
i’m lusting after…the entire proenza schouler 2011 spring collection (still!)
boy crush? michael fassbender, sterling k. brown, and armie hammer
on weekends…i’m usually brunching, going on urban walks around the city, or shopping with friends.
favorite workout? i’m an avid runner, but also enjoy pilates and snowboarding
daily blog reads?
9 to 5 chic
among other things
the beauty lookbook
cheetah is the new black
jess ann kirby
mind body swag
this time tomorrow
wit and delight
photo by ashley batz
about j’adore couture
j’adore couture, founded in 2004, is a fashion and lifestyle blog that explores the intersection between fashion and design. It emcompasses reviews of fashion shows, write-ups on magazines and ad campaigns, reports from events and store openings, and essays on personal shopping experiences. Regular features include “the new look” (outfit posts), “editorial focus,” and “go/see/buy” about exhibits, events and must-have’s.
sponsorship / advertising / compensation
while the site is ad-free, i am open to sponsorship with brands that are of interest to me and my readers. i’d love to hear more about how we might collaborate.
j’adore couture is an affiliate ad supported site, meaning if you click on a link and purchase something based on my recommendation, i may be paid an affiliate commission. although i am compensated through these links, you will only see products on j’adore couture that i would actually purchase or use myself.
product reviews / giveaways
all products/brands must be those that align with j’adore couture and its readers. gifted product is not guaranteed to appear on the site. please contact us for more information.
we do not participate in link exchanges.
we will never sell or give anyone’s contact information that’s entered into this blog. all images are credited if they are not photographed specifically for the blog. please contact us if you’d like an image removed.
press / features
selected press / contact us for a full list
Design*Sponge: 10 Can’t Miss Instagrammers over 40
Fabulous After 40: How Unexpected Pairings Make Casual Dressing More Interesting
Fashion Spot: Forum Street Style—Kim Mitchell Stokes
Glitter Guide: Glitter Girl
Glitter Guide: The Women Behind the San Francisco Fashion Film Festival
Independent Fashion Bloggers: Fashion Bloggers Over 40 You Should Know
The Middle Page: Woman Crush Wednesday
The Modern Savvy: Best Style Bloggers Over 40
New York Times Street Style: Proportion
New York Times Street Style: Suits
New York Times Street Style: Tie Dye
Racked San Francisco: Blogging is Still Fun a Decade Later for Kim Mitchell Stokes
Refinery29: 7 Holiday Party Outfits From Some of S.F.’s Coolest Bloggers
Refinery29: A Trio of Naughty and Nice Holiday Looks
San Francisco Chronicle: Girls on Film — Catching Up With the SF Fashion Film Festival Founders
San Francisco Chronicle: Style Bloggers Put On San Francisco Fashion Film Festival
San Francisco Chronicle: Top 100 Shops 2014—Fashion Forward Boutiques from Kim Mitchell Stokes
Vanity Fair: 2014 International Best-Dressed Challenge Editor’s Pick Week of May 16 (slide 12)
Who What Wear: Meet the Stylish Fashion Bloggers over 40
Who What Wear: Real-Girl Outfit Ideas for Women over 40