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12 Feb

I’ve spent the last couple of months practically driving myself and the hubby crazy in anticipation of making the big move to wordpress. In the process of researching themes I’m pretty sure I looked at over a hundred until I found this one. It was customizable enough from an aesthetic point that I could make it look exactly how I wanted. I had already spent many a night working out the design. I’m sure I’ll refine a thing or two as I move along, that’s beauty of flexibility with a blog. I had high hopes to address some of the formatting and caption issues from the import. The hubby brought up a good point. He said that blogs should improve in their evolution, no one’s going to care that the first few months don’t have the captions on right, it already looks better than it used to.

He just saved me from myself.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 8. WYSIWYG

12 Feb

That’s some bed head

This baby girl is au naturel. That’s right, I’m not wearing a spec of make-up nor is my hair done yet. I was determined to get a picture, this is one of my favorite outfits so far. I threw my hair brush and make-up in a bag, ran out with the tripod, snapped a few and quickly ran to the car. I have no shame.
I woke up too late to accommodate all that needed to be accomplished in the morning. The hubby had an early meeting on Friday, yours truly had a late night on Thursday and with very good reason. I met up with fellow blogger Mackenzie of Whatever, Gatsby. She’s in San Francisco for a week, we caught Martha Wainwright singing Edith Piaf at the Great American Music Hall.

The show was just mind-blowing, Piaf is no easy chanteuse to emulate yet Wainwright did this icon justice in vocal acuity, intensity and performance. Her own songs were equally enthralling. The hall is a beautiful ornate and intimate venue, perfect for such a performance. Meeting one of my favorite bloggers and hanging out in such a setting made for a wonderful evening. If you haven’t met Mackenzie yet, let me introduce you to a woman with a great sense of humor, a love for the magical nature of words who also bubbles with a contagious enthusiasm and joie de vivre. She’s just as delightful in person as she is on her blog.

In case you were wondering, I represented my Friday red for Go Red for Women with the unexpected hint of a belt. If you were around for the last 30 for 30 Fall challenge, you’ve probably recognized the mustard dress. I can’t get enough of it and thought it would be fun to find even more ways to remix it. The tights are actually a shimmery gold, they’re really quite a scene.

Deets: Mustard dress/ModCloth, infinity scarf/knitted by me, plum poncho/unknown, red belted/swished, gold tights/Urban Outfitters, vegan faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill.

Mackenzie and I

 
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FBFF Q&A: Colorful world

11 Feb

Ferrari FF

As I mentioned last Friday, it’s Go Red for Women month. Some of us bloggers were inspired by fellow blogger Andie to participate in bringing awareness to heart disease in women by wearing red on Fridays. It so happens that I have yet to be captured wearing my red today and was once again in need of a proxy. It’s only appropriate to rely on my new favorite crush of the moment, the recently released Ferrari FF. I realize the impracticality of owning such an exotic car but don’t think I’d turn it down for a second. I’d go grocery shopping in it. I really would. Besides, it’s not that impractical. It’s a four-seater, four-wheel drive coupé, as they say on Top Gear, that puts out 651 horsepower. That’s what I’m talking about.

This week we’re discussing color in our fashion choices. You’ve probably noticed that there’s no shortage of color in this girl’s closet. Let’s get to the bottom of this, shall we?

FBFF: What color dominates your closet?
FJ: No a single one. I might have been Rainbow Bright in another lifetime.

FBFF: If money weren’t an issue how would you change the color emphasis in your closet?
FJ: I think I would more mindfully shop for very specific shades only because I could afford to be that particular. Overall, I don’t think it would affect my wardrobe much.

FBB: What is your mantra about mixing color?
FJ: Mix to my heart’s desire! Seriously, I have no mantra other than the colors in hue and tonal value must look good together. Sometimes the effect is rich and monochromatic, other times it’s full of life and contrast. I dress for my mood. I don’t like being matchy-matchy, I like the colors to go well together. Also, they have to look good against my skin tone.

FBFF: For you, how do you incorporate color into your outfits?
FJ: The easiest way are tights and scarves. They can change the look and feel of an outfit immediately. I own everything in a colorful palette except for pants. Dresses, skirts, tops, you name it.

FBFF: Which blogger(s) do you think do a good job of incorporating color into their wardrobe?
FJ: There are a few but I have to say that hands down, Emma of Daily Clothes Fix takes it to the next level. Her level of commitment to an effect, color palette or style is consistent and unbeatable.

Check out some of the ways I’ve incorporated color via tights. In fact, quite of few of my most colorful options have come from We Love Colors, the most recent acquisition having been sponsored by them. I find that Hue and We Love Colors are on parity when it comes to quality and comfort. I have several pairs of microfiber tights from WLC. They’re pretty opaque, the color is consistent throughout and I find the waistband to be comfortable.

Mocha microfiber, WLC

Rust microfiber, WLC

Scarlet microfiber, WLC

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for putting together these questions. Friend Friday is an opportunity for fashion and beauty bloggers to share their thoughts on a specific topic and read what others have to say on that same topic. For more information, check out Modly Chic and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

 
 

Just announced: Fall 2011 colors

10 Feb
Pantone Fall Colors 2011

It’s New York Fashion Week and Pantone has just released their Fall color report for 2011. In December the color of the year was announced; Honeysuckle is no longer alone. The complimentary palette brings to mind vintage sepia tones. We can expect to see these colors influence fashion in the coming year.

Sensible and Spirited.
“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art.” 
– Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®

I’m pleased to see some of my favorite shades in the mix. I recently picked up a pair of shorts in Cedar. Deep Teal is a staple in my wardrobe. I’m a huge fan of the combination of the first three warmer colors, they’re reminiscent of the shades found in a sunset. I once painted a bedroom ceiling in Orchid Hush and cannot wait to see this in the stores.

How about you? Which are you drawn to?

Image source: Pantone.com

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 7. Golly jeepers…

09 Feb
Oh HyperOptics, I love you.

Just keeping my neck warm

… Where’d you get those peepers? Ah, yes, the ol’ Siouxsie and The Banshees reference.*

Did you see? Did you see? I’m wearing my new glasses! I never, ever wear glasses out. The fact is I haven’t been satisfied with a pair from a functional, aesthetic or comfort standpoint in years. But these babies got me all charged up. I have high hopes. In fact, I’m still wearing them now. They’re that comfortable.

You know what else? I’m wearing an infinity scarf I knitted. My true pride and joy of the moment because what you see here folks is a prime example of an aspiring knitter who just graduated from one to two stitches as of last weekend. Hence the visibly different rows. It only took a bunch of tries then I read the basic knitting manual I bought and got it sorted out.

So here’s the deal. I’ve noticed my followers are growing. Slow and steady yet quite exciting, I must say. When I reach the magic number of fifty I’m going to have my first give-away. I’m not actually encouraging people to follow me just because, it’s not my style. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shooing anyone away, I’m just making an announcement to you lovelies who already do follow.

I will knit with my very own two hands an identical infinity scarf and give it away. When I hit fifty, I’ll get one of those randomizer mystery thingies and figure it out, all you’ll have to do is enter. That’s it. I get to practice knitting and you get rewarded for hanging out.

If I don’t end up posting tomorrow night it will be because I’m meeting the coolest Floridian I know of, the lovely miss Mackenzie of Whatever, Gatsby. We’re going to catch a show in San Francisco. I’m very excited about meeting a super awesome chica who also happens to be another blogger. If you haven’t already discovered her, go. Really, go.

Speaking of scarves and give-aways, here’s one that happening right now. Check out A Working Mom’s Closet for details on how to enter. These scarves are so cool that I’m putting one on my wish list for when the shopping ban ends at the end of the 30 for 30.

* Old enough to quote Siouxsie is enough of a clue why those bad boys have progressive lenses. Which TOTALLY rock, by the way. I can see far away. I can see close up. Far away. Close up. Far. Close.

Très cool.

Deets: Orange t-shirt/Club Monaco, ruffled sweater shrug/Moth, Anthropologie, infinity scarf delight/hand-knitted by moi, black ankle cigarette jeans/BDG, Urban Outfitters, fishnet knee-highs/We Love Colors, elastic top slip-on shoes/Munro, daisy ring/Re4m, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 6. Dilated pupils

08 Feb
Playing up the plum in the skirt with the tights
Pattern on pattern, can’t get enough of it

Vintage earring as brooch

Wild and windy

My new glasses came in and boy are they cool! I’m so excited to have them! I have a little secret, these are my first pair of progressive lenses, I’ll be able to wear them all day on the computer. I finished off my visit to the optometrist with a little pupil dilation, I’m happy to report all is well. I’ve got about another minute in me before signing off the computer, I can barely focus. That’s just how committed I am to posting today. I’ve slipped on my fanciest blogging shoes* and I’m ready to go.

Deets: Recycled sweaters skirt/Urban Outfitters, black tank top/Nordstrom’s, aqua cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, black leather skinny belt/Norstrom’s, plum tights/Hue, black lace tights/Urban Outfitters, black hand-knitted scarf/made with love by Stacy, vintage clip-on earring worn as brooch/thrifted, blue topaz ring/unknown, black leather ankle boots/Munro.


* The snuggliest plum down slippers. Ever.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 5. Fabulous in February!

07 Feb
In the mood for neutral tops

 Mocha tights and chocolate boots

It’s time to be Fabulous in February. Here’s the deal, this is the month of love and every Monday this month it’s all about self-love. Those of us participating are declaring publicly three things we love about ourselves. I can do that. Watch!

Numero Uno: I love surprising myself by doing unexpected things. I’m a total creature of habit and comfort who loves routine with the passion one reserves for chocolate cake. Yet, I’ll throw it out the door and do something totally unlike me just to see what it’s like. I love that I do that.

Numero Dos: I speak two languages fluently. I pretend to speak Spanish but I can only truly say one thing well and it has to do with how hot I may be this Friday night. Blame the BFF who taught me this choice phrase in high school. Eons ago, I tell you! You would never know how utterly useless it is given how many times I’ve been compelled to blurt it out publicly. I digress. Je parle le Français and some English, too.

Numero Tres: I like that I’m nice. It wasn’t always particularly cool to be nice and still sometimes it catches people off guard. I just don’t think I shouldn’t be nice just because someone might find it weird. I’m nice, suck it up, yo. That’s just how I’m gonna play.

Speaking of playing, look who decided to dress up like a little school girl today. Is wrong? Don’t answer. The little flannel of fun in a skirt just called out “take me home with you, you fool, I’m only $10″ at Urban Outfitters. Do you know why they have those little areas with mirrors called fitting rooms? So that one doesn’t end up with the wrong size like I did. It’s ok, I’m handy with a needle and thread and we’re going to be moving some buttons over soon.

Deets: Flannel skirt/Urban Outfitters, peach top/ModCloth, mocha tights/We Love Colors, brown vegan boots/Munro, bird & rose necklace/Linkel Designs, peridot ring/Ambiance, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago.


Want to see something funny? The hubby decided to animate my pictures from this morning. It’s just me, walking and smiling, happy as a clam. I was actually laughing because I looked hungover in the first set of pictures and cracked myself up. Yep, laughing all by myself. Like I said, crazy neighborhood lady.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 4. It’s a wrap!

06 Feb

Wrap me up

Playing up the curls again

Roses and blue buds



Friday marked a preview of location site outfit photos. My hope is to get out of the office once a week and take some pictures with a coworker of mine who happens to be both a fantastic artist and photographer. I’m looking forward to it though I must admit it felt weird not to be taking my own photos. You’d think I’d be more relaxed not having to deal with the equipment. I’ve discovered that I’m more comfortable camping it up all on my own, even if it makes me look like the crazy neighborhood lady.


The wrap top I’m wearing is interesting. It can be worn numerous ways. I’m wearing it backwards with the ties in front almost mimicking my fourth grade sweatshirt-around-the-hips style. I like going back in time like that.


On a different note, I wanted to let you all know that two birds is having a special Valentine’s Day event. If you’re in the Minneapolis area you might want to check it out. 


As you know, pop-up shops have been all the rage lately. two birds has been hosting vintage pop-up shops since 2009, and has now collaborated with Salvaged Strawberry and Salon Stella to do a Valentine’s sale and styling event. Salon Stella, in Northeast Minneapolis, is hosting the two vintage vendors and we plan on selling a complete package to our customers. People can come in and get their hair and makeup done (by appointment), and then shop for Valentine’s gifts and outfits. All the vendors will be on hand for free styling advice. We are avid vintage collectors and will have plenty of merchandise on hand, including clothing, jewelry, purses, shoes, housewares and artwork. The sale will be perfect for men and women alike who are looking for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift and/or the perfect outfit for their Valentine’s celebrations.

The sale will be held February 12 and 13 at Salon Stella, which is located at 654 19th Ave. NE in Minneapolis.
More details, including a sneak peak of items to be sold are included here.


two birds

Salvaged Strawberry










Salvaged Strawberry

Deets: Teal, grey and black wrap/DKNY, black ankle cigarette jeans/BDG, Urban Outfitters, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff and ring/Lois Hill, slip-on elastic top shoes/Munro.

Photos of Fabienne: Euan Rannachan
 
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FBFF Q&A: Blogger events and causes

04 Feb
Red, regal in all its splendor

While I made the mistake of diving into day one of my 30 for 30 with the only red pick for the month, I coaxed a proxy to represent me today. Dear Aug was celebrating Chinese New Year innocently when I recruited him for the task. He makes a pretty awesome representative, if I may say so.

The significance of wearing red this month is in to promote Going Red for Women which raises awareness about heart disease in women. Fellow blogger Andrea recruited us to show support for this cause.

Such causes and events are ever present in the blogosphere. How do we choose where to put our efforts, what we back with our face and name? It’s Friend Friday and this is the topic being discussed.

FBFF: With all the blogging events out there how do you determine which ones to participate in and which ones to avoid?
FJ: I have several criteria. Do I have heart for this cause? Can I support it without compromising something, (my schedule, my beliefs, etc..)? Will I feel good for having done this?
FBFF: Be honest, have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of some blogging movement/event for the wrong reasons? How did that turn out?
FJ: I would not say I have. I have chosen carefully what causes and events to participate in to get to know others in the community and gain exposure while also exposing my blog. These don’t feel disingenuous given the context of community and my desire to be an active member within it. I’m a social creature with a limited schedule. While it’s tempting sometimes to jump on every bandwagon, I’m mindful to stay true to my heart.
FBFF: How do you give your own flair to a blog event while still maintaining the general mission and purpose?
FJ: It will always have my voice and my take on it. I don’t just copy and paste statements when trying to convey my perspective. Perhaps if details needed to be provided, sure. If I couldn’t relate to it in a way that I could speak about it then I probably shouldn’t be trying to participate in or promote it.

FBFF: When determining the best content for your blog what criterion do you keep in mind? 
FJ: Do I have a personal connection to it? Is this a conversation I can have with my audience? My content is often diverse in the way that I capture vignettes of my day while taking the time to post occasional in-depth thoughts on a topic that might be dear to me. It really just comes down to me. I’m telling a story. If I can’t tell you this story, it doesn’t make it on the blog.

FBFF: While everything will not suit your blog, how do you try and support your fellow bloggers who are participating in something worthwhile but not your style?
FB: Support can be expressed in numerous ways. A word of support, a personal note, a comment on their blog, a short sentence on mine, a link, all of these work. I’m realistic enough that I won’t always be able to express my support fully but I also trust that the community as a whole is large and diverse enough that where I might not be present for one cause or event, there will be many others who will be. Sharing the burden alleviates the need to be stretched thin at every turn. That’s the very essence of a community in its truest form. I trust this process.

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for putting together these questions. Friend Friday is an opportunity for fashion and beauty bloggers to share their thoughts on a specific topic and read what others have to say on that same topic. For more information, check out Modly Chic and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

 
 

30 for 30 Winter, day 3. Country Strong

03 Feb
Enhanced natural curls
I call this my totally gifted outfit!

Two things: One, I had not heard of the movie when the reference was made but I’m taking it as a compliment since my coworker was only making a reference to my hair and outfit and not the washed-out, has-been part. Two: I let my hair air dry last night and touched up my natural unruliness rather than fight it. Thank you Nicole for inspiring me to do this. I have come to value a large curling iron, a skinny curling iron and a straightening iron. They are my friends.

Three: I know, I lied. But I didn’t mean to. I’m hoping to spend a little quality time with the hubby this evening and I’m rushing through this like a woman on a mission. Back to Three: I made it on IFB’s weekly roundup today. I’m honored, flattered, excited, what can I say? I’ll post the whole kit and caboodle this weekend.

Now back to my house date. Ciao babes!

Wait! One more thing. I know I just made that four, I can count. So, Four: I’m wearing “mocha” microfiber tights from We Love Colors. You know what else? I totally love them. They got sent my way, I’m sending some love back. They’re nice and soft and stretchy and pretty darn opaque. The color is ever-so-slightly different that what my monitor displayed but I knew that would happen, such is the nature of monitor displays. Ultimately, the shade was what I expected and I’m very happy and grateful.

Deets: Plaid dress/Old Navy, gifted from Dotty, raspberry hand-knitted scarf/gifted by my “other” grandma Jeannie, vintage brooch/passed down from my mom, necklace/gifted by hubby, tights/gifted, We Love Colors, grey vegan faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, (they were gifted, too, by my bffs!), bracelet/gifted by my dad & his wife. 

To quote the hubby: “Now everyone knows what a cheapskate you are.” That was cool! It was total accident that I didn’t wear anything I bought myself.

When the house is not in the clouds
 
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