Archive for December, 2010

Links á la mode

31 Dec

Before I get completely carried away with excitement and festivities, here’s the complete Links Á La Mode post. Making the roundup was especially meaningful because the topic of women supporting each other is particularly dear to me.

When I consider my life purpose the only things that stands out is that I would like to touch people in a way that improves their life, whether it be through humor or inspiration. I’m very grateful to be featured this week.



After being a Links a la Mode editor for years, it’s really refreshing to come back and edit our end of 2010 edition! It felt so timely, too– the end of a year.  So many new, exciting things to look forward to.  New ideas, people, inspiration.  That’s where this round-up came from: inspiration.  It’s my hope that these posts will inspire you, as they’ve inspired me– as a reminder to step outside your boundaries to try something new.  As a reminder to look at the world around you.  To be bright and brilliant and love fashion & style.  To treat yourself well, to love yourself, and feed your mind & body all you need to thrive– and hopefully inspire and help you to be the person you want to be in 2011.
Hope you all have an amazing New Year!


  • Antares: Alfa Scorpii: Mori girls style is an amazing street style trend, the mixture of ethnic, folk, lolita-style and others.
  • Awakened Aesthetic: Araks Yeramyan’s lingerie is both ethical and effortless.
  • Beyond Fabric: On Family History – Vintage Family Pics
  • Big Girl. Small Budget. Tiny Town.: Using the 12 Days of Christmas as style inspiration. A 12-verse song translated into 12 winter looks
  • Boheme Noir: 10 Ways to Wear Tartan & Plaid
  • Circle City Style: High Fashion in the Style of Gemma Teller
  • Dramatis Personae: If I were Another Girl… Inspired by Eastern European Boho Style
  • Fasshonaburu: Why is that most “Flatter Your Shape” articles will feature petite and curvy, yet rarely both in one person?
  • Fuyume: Is the rise of Asian models a fad?
  • The House in the Clouds: Shine your light on me: A reminder to all women that we are more beautiful and interesting collectively.
  • I’m the It Girl: Colour Trends S/S 2011: From Runway to H&M
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: Setting Blogging Resolutions for the New Year
  • Liv Lux Magazine: How to Ease High Heel Foot Pain [Video]
  • Lust, Love, Lose: Lust- Maggie Matich’s Lavender Hair
  • Just B Blog: B Festive: Hair Tinsel the perfect holiday hair accessory!
  • Miss Vicki: Crossing the line between fetish and fashion
  • Modly Chic: Typical New Year’s Resolutions– Blogified.
  • MoMoMod: I’m bound to believe that Catherine’s definitive, effortless, and lady like style is perfect in its own right.
  • My Fashion Lust List: Fashion Related Health Problems
  • The Coveted: Snow boots for urban sludge
  • The Red Dot: Fashion Illustration therapy: review of three of the best fashion illustration blogs of the moment – Do they have influence on our style and looks?
  • Watch This Place: In a world where ‘shocking’ is no longer shocking, I consider whether the ‘rock-’n’-roll-bad-girl’ has lost her edge.
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IFB Weekly Roundup!

30 Dec
My favorite pass on the drive up.

Having too much fun and the fun hasn’t even started yet!

Guess what? Some of my friends just arrived at the cabin so lest I be considered unfriendly and asocial I have to keep this really brief. But first, this: I made the Independent Fashion Bloggers Weekly Roundup! I’m so excited!

I can’t show you the little happy dance I did in the car when I found out on the drive up. Just imagine a car jam packed full of stuff for ten days, complete with friend also crammed in the back, and me just dancing in the front seat. Yeah, just like that.

I can’t wait to read all the other posts that made it, some I think I already have. Sweet!

Deets: Retro owl design t-shirt/Threadless, sage capris/J Brand, brown boots/Uggs, cyan down jacket/Marmot, black beanie/Mountain Hardware, monkey fur baby blue gloves/Mountain Hardware.

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Hello Lake Tahoe!

29 Dec
This baby girl is all waxed and ready to fly

What you see here, my friends, is one very happy camper. I’ve got my baby with me, my Burton Feelgood ES snowboard. We’re heading up to Incline Village for our fifth annual trip with our best friends. We’ve been packing, planning, sorting and shuffling things around for several days. Tomorrow morning, we take the four hour pilgrimage north to spend the next ten days together. This crew takes its quality time together seriously!

I’ll do my best to post updates but there won’t be much in the way of fashion unless you’re really into snowboarding, though the scenic views from the top of the ridge are mind-blowing. I’ll share, you’ll see for yourself. Fortunately, there are a couple themed nights in the works which are certain to provide a photo opp or two, and at the least some laughs.

Don’t let the simple graphics of this board fool you, this is one tight and fast flying machine. At 152, it’s pretty lengthy for my stature which contributes to the speed. This board is not for the faint of heart. Alas, now I want something less aggressive and more playful. The anticipation of getting it is half the fun! It’s probably a good thing I don’t have my new board yet, I’m not sure I could smile any harder. If I had that new Burton Lip-Stick 145 with Flying V, I might find a way.

Oh happiness!

Hubby got me these boots for my birthday

Since I’m sure you didn’t really want to see me in my pajamas, as I spent yet another day nursing this boring chest cold, (emphasis on boring. Really, c’mon, how many times can a girl cough?) I re-enacted yesterday’s outfit because I’m rockin’ the faux fur. Thanks to Lauren at who got me coveting one when she wore hers in her 30 for 30 remix. I just took a quick peek and I believe we may even have the same one! Score! I wasn’t even specific when I asked Santa, he found this one all on his own. Isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

Something like that.

Deets: Sparkly coffee t-shirt/Michael Stars, black ankle cigarette pants/BDG, Urban Outfitters, vest/Urban Outfitters, tree of life necklace/gifted, hand-carved wooden earrings/Chicago, brown embroidered boots/Aerosoles, snowboard/Burton Feelgood ES.


Linzer Christmas Style

26 Dec
Gluten-free goodness!

Here they are in all their powdery sugary glory. The verdict: Delicious nutty goodness. The only thing I would change is that I would like to roll out the dough more thinly next time. That’s it, no other comments. So go ahead, make some for yourself and your loved ones, and definitely don’t wait for the next holiday. Did I mention that they’re gluten-free? Now you know.

My Christmas was quite lovely. Apparently Santa has a little helper elf who reads my blog, therefore, I did get that faux fur vest I was pining for. I also got a Crock-Pot, which I’m pretty sure is a sign of adulthood; even more so because I actually asked for it. I love cooking. I dislike not having enough time to do it as much as I’d like to. The slow cooker is destined to help me realize my dream of eating home-made meals every night.

I’ll report back on the experiments, of course.

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Merry Christmas!

25 Dec
We took this picture on my birthday, which was also the same night
the Giants won the World Series just down the street!
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Friend Friday: Holidays

24 Dec
Joyeux Noël!

FBFF Q&A: This week’s theme revolves around the holidays. Fun stuff!

FBFF: Your favorite holiday memory:
When I was about 5, we were still living in Beirut, Lebanon. I remember that our apartment was really done up, every room had been decorated. My grandmother mémé got me a doll that was almost as big as me. She could stand and spoke when you pulled the string. I eventually cut off her hair and painted her eyelids green, but that was all part of the fun. My parents had German opera going on the reel-to-reel and I thought it was Santa singing. That pretty much sums up the magic of Christmas for me.
FBFF: Were you ever a victim of those family Christmas party photo shoots? What do you think about them now? Care to share an old photo?
No, my dad being a designer and photographer took all our photos, which were usually candid. They were great, though one year a Polaroid captured everything I associate with the late seventies; Kitch, extra ruffles, the tree and three doe-eyed kids, (my sisters and I.)

These photos are part of the series my dad used as a promotional Christmas card for his studio. I didn’t the one he actually sent in my photo album. I can still recall him writing on my face and my staying very still while he did it. I was a really happy kid, even though I looked like a boy for the first five years because they kept my hair really, really short.

FBFF: Best Christmas gift you ever gave:
I saved up and bought my dad a functional hand-made Italian train set in my early twenties. I had to special order it. It was so expensive, I can’t believe I did it! For years I never got him anything interesting so this was The Big One. I got him this gift because I used to have a really, really cool train set when I was a kid and I was fascinated by it. He and I would play with it for hours. I have very happy memories of that moment. I played with trains and cars, played dress-up with dolls and drew. Minus the trains, that sounds like me still.

FBFF: Craziest/funniest holiday family tradition:
It’s not so much a tradition as much as it is something that just happens. When my sisters and I get together at my dad’s house, it gets nuts. We’re all so excited to see each other that we talk and make so much noise that it’s practically a party of three! We interrupt each other, we talk over each other, we laugh a ton. It’s a total scene.

Gluten free Linzer cookie!
FBFF: Favorite type of Christmas cookie:
 FJ: That’s a tough one. I’m a bit of a cookie monster but having to be gluten-free has changed my outlook a little. Overall, I would say that the linzer cookie is my absolute favorite. It’s got the right kind of texture, I love the hint of fruit preserve in the middle, totally love the two layers and powdered sugar! I’m going to try to make them this year. My mom used to make them for me as a kid all the time.

As always, I’d like to thank Katy of ModlyChic for putting together these questions. If you’d like to learn more about Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday, click here.

Photos of Fabienne courtesy of Mark-Henri David
Photo of cookie courtesy of Stephanie Stiavetti,

Shine your light on me

23 Dec
Wearing a green flower dress in my garden

This little number transitioned seamlessly from summer to winter

Owl necklace

Ode to Clash of The Titans


This morning I woke up at 4:15 a.m., coughing. Rather than putting my husband through the Hell that is your partner coughing incessantly next to you, I got out of bed, threw a zinc lozenge in my mouth and spent some quality time with my laptop.

I started thinking about the independent fashion and lifestyle community. How much support and kindness there is out there. I reflected back to a time when life was more competitive amongst women around me. When I was younger and I felt that any woman who had something interesting to offer was immediately a threat subject to character dissection until proven worthy of friendship. A dubious task at best. You can imagine how few made the cut.

It appalls me that this had been my reality. We all collect baggage on our path from toddler to young adult and into maturity. Some we inherit as it’s passed down from generation to generation. We’re also equipped with the ability to shed some of this baggage, which I happen to think is one of the most significant things about developing self-awareness and choosing our evolutionary path.

Who do you want to be? How are you getting there? Have you put an army of support together to help on your journey?

I wish I could tell all women, young and old, this truth: That there is room for all of us in the world to shine. That unity makes us stronger, that we can learn from each other. Whether it be as simple and as superficial as taking note of how someone with beautiful hair styles and cares for it to watching and supporting a friend who’s decided to overcome her fear of advanced math and conquer it. My life-long friend from high school recently decided to this, I can’t tell you how proud I am of her.

When you see another woman in your life succeed, use it to energize your spirit and inspire you to keep trying. When you see a woman comfortable with her beauty take note of what makes her beautiful; it’s likely to be that her capacity for love and compassion, humor and perseverance is what makes her truly shine

Don’t limit your judgment of beauty to a dress size or flawless skin. Life is so much richer than that.

I find myself grateful to have taken a new step in my life with this blog and that I found support from complete strangers. The encouragement I have received says so much about who each one of you are, what you carry in your heart and that you fundamentally believe that there is room for each one of us to shine.

There is no hero. There is no idol. We are more beautiful and interesting collectively; together we make up the different colors, shapes and patterns of a unique weave, the different harmonies of one song. So go ahead, dip your toes in the water of confidence. Embrace the trial and errors, pick yourself up and give it another go. Ask for a hand if you need it, the universe wants you to succeed.

This is your time to shine.


Deets: Green watercolor dress/H&M, green cashmere pullover/Bloomingdale’s, owl necklace/Urban Outfitters, ivory knitted tights/Hue, aqua legwarmers/unknown, grey faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, infinity scarf/hand-knitted by Stacy.


You Give Me Fever.

22 Dec
This girl is back in the pink!
The strangest thing happened today. I felt under the weather all day; that part isn’t strange, it started yesterday. This was demonstrated by sleeping in, skipping the morning photo shoot, getting to work a half hour late, drinking very little coffee, snuggling my neck in very warm wool sweater and drinking tea all day.
I supported the above by sucking on zinc and echinacea, avoiding sugar, (except for that one and only chocolate cookie, shhh…), staying warm and taking it easy. By easy, I’m referring to leaving work a little early, hitting the gym for a short and gentle jog, lots of stretching and some quality time in the jacuzzi and sauna.
This is what happened next. I started running lightly, being very mindful of how I was feeling. Ten or so minutes into it, I started feeling light-headed so I slowed way down, mentally preparing myself to stop. I drank some water, got really, really hot, and then started feeling great. I’m telling you, this is not what I expected. I then stepped it up just a little, nothing too aggressive, and ran easily for an hour.
I’m pretty sure I broke a fever while running. I’m still confused about it.
I felt good enough when I got home to snap up a very low light picture of the top half of my outfit. Pink on pink on pink, pretty much. This is the pink cashmere twin to Old Faithful, the aqua cardi I wear practically every other day. Which has gone missing, by the way.
I’m going to put out an APB if I don’t find it by the end of the week.
Deets: Pink cashmere cardi/Bloomingdale’s, red and green flower tank/unknown, multi-color wool scarf/gifted, skinny black belt/Nordstrom’s, pink wrist gauntlets/hand-knitted by Stacy, black ankle cigarette pants/BDG, Urban Outfitters, purple flower necklace/gifted, wool felt headband/Anthropologie.

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Who’s Is This Murphy Character?

21 Dec
WinterFest ’10 happening right here on my knees

Happy legs

Because as far as I can tell, I’m not too pleased with that law of his. Not at all. Leave it to bragging about not having gotten sick to start feeling a little under the weather. Swollen glands, check. Tickle in the back of the throat, check. Feeling tired, check.

No less, on a night which I planned months ago to meet a friend for a drink. This is a cruel, cruel trick, Murphy. This is the opposite of festive cheer and peace to all men.
It will be tea for me tonight, alas, and an early bedtime. (By tea, I actually meant Hot Toddy, served by one amazing bartender, Marjan, but the early bedtime still stands.) Let me just add that I got a lot of mileage out of those leggings today. All kinds of cheery holiday mileage.

I know happiness when I wear it!
Deets: Black dress/Max Studio, cranberry ruffle sweater/Moth, Anthropologie, cozy cabin cream leggings/, boots/ModCloth, necklace/gifted, bracelets/gifted, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago.

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Missing You.

20 Dec
Cozy Cabin Cream Leggings from

You won’t believe what happened this evening. As we were parking the car I turned to my husband and professed that it felt so strange to be coming home without plans to blog. Turns out that taking the weekend off was plenty of time away. I missed my baby! It happened, it’s become a habit. That’s what thirty days straight will do to you. I think this might have been Kendi’s secret master plan. She looks cute but she might just be devious like that.

I’ve officially navigated the holiday season quite well. I have one gift left to buy, (yipee!) I’m not stressed, hung over, sick or have bad hair. Remember that list I made last week? Just in case you missed it:

  • Christmas card designed and mailed, no YES!
  • Christmas tree purchased, no YES!
  • Christmas decorations installed, no  YES!
  • Christmas presents made, no YES! 1 more to go, I just decided it’s a New Year present!
  • Christmas baking planned, no, (it’s ok, there’s still time)
  • Baking ingredients purchased, no YES!
  • Holiday parties attended, yes, one

And just because I really like making lists and crossing things off, I’ve added a few more items:

  • Decorated Christmas tree, YES!
  • Had friends over for dinner in Christmas-y house, YES!
  • Gave gifts to team at work, YES!
  • Had hair done, YES!
  • Maintained running schedule, YES!

You’ll see that I’ve progressed quite well, if I may say so myself. By the way, where did this expression come from? It’s totally redundant. Who else is saying so? I resolve to stop using it. Yes, in fact, it will be one of my New Year’s resolutions.

Since I didn’t want to leave you hanging you’ll notice I posted a little eye candy. Yes, I am referring to the happiness that is also known Cozy Cabin Cream Leggings from I bought them. I admit it was an impulse purchase. I really had no idea how on earth you wear these things, let me tell you, it’s like a cross between some bad childhood sweater I had and 1974 ski movie there on my legs. I was too curious to pass up that experience.

A few minutes foraging through the forest that is my closet and I came up with not just one, but two outfits. The second is a bit fun although I may wear it to work on a dare to myself. If you’ve been good, I’ll show you the first of the two tomorrow. Ok, I’ll show you if you’ve been naughty, too. I’m more flexible with that kind of stuff than Santa. Just sayin’. Santa’s alright and everything but I don’t care too much if you’ve been sleeping or if you’re awake. Just as long as you’re happy!

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