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FBFF Q&A: Lookin’ good, baby

29 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing navy blue satin babydoll dress
Rockin’ the babydoll!

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Sitting on Mt. Whitney summit

Sitting on the summit on Mt. Whitney with Fil

Have I been hitting the gym lately? (I missed a few weeks.) Do I take walks during my lunch break? (No. I get too hot and sweating at my desk is not my thing.) Is health, vanity or both? How am I staying in shape and why? The topic this week for Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday is just about that. I’ve mentioned snowboarding and running a few times, here’s a sneak peak into a completely different part of my life.

FBFF: Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? Why?

FJ: Yes. I run regularly. I snowboard all winter, I cycle here and there and hike regularly. I do it for sanity, physical benefits, health and fun. I also like the challenge of keeping it up. I’m in better shape and have better stamina now than I ever have before. Even with asthma, even with arthritis in my feet. Let’s face it, I like knowing I kick butt. Being outdoors brings me peace, running is especially zen for me, it focuses me. I start getting cranky when I don’t get exercise regularly. I have too much energy not to have an outlet. It also helps keep my metabolism the way that it has always been, I’ve been consistent for most of my life.

Bay 2 Breakers
My third or fourth Bay2Breakers with my friend Telene

FBFF: Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that nature, helped with your own perception of body image?

FJ: Sure. I like being strong and fit. I don’t mind all the other physical quirks that are unique to me as long as I feel healthy. I’m proud of who am I which is defined by what I do. I had a couple ladies at work once tell me I was lucky that I could eat anything because I was so skinny. Well, I’m not skinny, I’m slender and in good shape. I wouldn’t refer to getting up at six A.M. to go running “luck”. I would call that hard work. Luck and good genes only take you so far, when you’re in your forties, you get there by earning it. I don’t know anyone my age who can eat whatever they want because they’re lucky.

Climbing clinic at Pinnacles National Park
Climbing clinic at Pinnacles National Park. I’m secretly a spider monkey

FBFF: When you are hitting the gym or just going out for a long walk what do you wear? Is it about functionality or fashion?

FJ: In a perfect world, it would be both. In my world, it’s gear. I want great gear. I want it to breathe, to move with me, not shift, not sag, not rip, not be itchy, not ride up. I want it to wick moisture, resist odor. I want to wash it a million times and have it last forever. I have technical gear for all my sports. For running, in summer I wear shorts and short sleeve shirts, in winter I wear Yoga/running pants and long-sleeve wool shirts. For hiking, I have hiking pants and tops but if it’s in the park by my house and it’s only for an hour or two, I might wear my Yoga/running pants and a breathable top. For cycling, I have cycling shorts and shirts. Snowboarding has its own set of gear.

White water rafting on the American River
White water rafting on the American River

FBFF: Do you feel there is a cultural perception of what you ‘should’ be doing for your own physical fitness?

FJ: Lol! Yes! I think it’s funny because even though I usually run three to four times a week, hike regularly and have one-off’s on the weekends, such as cycling or snowboarding, I think I should be doing more. More weight and core training, Yoga, too. I’m not doing those things. I’d like to but I can’t imagine when I’d fit that into my schedule. I also sometimes have to take a week or two off for sanity’s sake, I’m not hard on myself about it anymore, but I used to be.

Landing in the terrain park at Kirkwood
Landing in the terrain park at Kirkwood

I’m going to add that being in great shape has some additional benefits that I wanted to make sure and cover. Primarily, the confidence that endurance and physical strength has brought me in has translated into other areas of my life. You can’t buy that kind of feeling. The other is that having endurance allows me to be in places not for the faint of heart. I’ve gone white water rafting, kayaking, I’ve climbed Mt. Whitney, which was just amazing! I’ve seen parts of nature that are not easily accessible to the general public. Being able to be in those places is precious, I don’t take it for granted. It re-affirms my core belief that we are all connected and to always try and be the best person I can be.

When I’m able to hike to a pristine area in the snow and I sit and survey, I’m overcome with appreciation for being alive. The beauty I get to see, the perspective these places bring to my state of mind, to me, that’s worth every boring run on a treadmill. Sure I like to look good, but I like to feel good even more than that. When I feel good, it doesn’t matter what I look like, I’m radiating from the inside out. That’s the one thing no outfit, no make-up, no procedure can buy. That stuff comes from the heart.The coolest thing is that I didn’t start doing any of these things until my early thirties. Getting older rocks!

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for crafting this topic. 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!

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I wore mocha tights with this navy blue babydoll dress. Mocha is an unlikely color to consider with navy blue yet it made for a very interesting take as a neutral in this case. Not all neutrals need to be uninteresting. It allowed the dress to take center stage while still providing a hint of color.

Have you every used an unusual color as a neutral in an outfit? What did you do? What color was it?

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Navy blue babydoll dress/ModCloth, mocha microfiber tights/courtesy of We Love Colors, black sandals/Dansko, steampunk inspired necklace/gifted.

 
 

It’s Easter all week

28 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing pink jacket, bows and flower dress
Has anyone seen my basket?

I’ve been dying to wear this dress forever but I had to wait for Easter first. It’s really just my silly rule, but I can’t make myself wear it before then, it’s got Easter written all over it.

Just look at the explosion of pinks and blues, the little flowers and bows, I practically feel gift-wrapped. It qualifies as what my friend would refer to as “cutesy pie”. It is.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing bows dress and pink jacket,
Hey, what’s over the fence?

This morning’s photo session was captured with a healthy mix of haste and humor. I begged the hubby to quickly take the pictures before getting in the car. Our haste made for bad photo after bad photo, you just can’t rush a good thing. Silliness ensued. He specifically directed these poses and they were too much fun not to share.

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing pink jacket, bows and flower dress,
Detail of flower pattern
Daily outfit and style tips, big red heart ring
I <3 big rings!

He said I looked like a little kid. The big plastic heart ring probably didn’t help. I just needed oversized bunny ears to complete the look.

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This dress is has got a lot going on: Flowers, pinks, blues bows and more bows. Between the details and the structure of this dress it would be easy for it to feel too formal for work. To keep it light and fresh, I went with floral lace and fishnet tights in a pale beige, flat casual shoes and a fun, bright pink corduroy jacket. The effect was perfect for a sunny spring day.

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Bows dress/ModCloth, floral lace and fishnet tights/DKNY, pink corduroy jacket/thrifted, flat casual shoes/Naturalizer, red heart ring/H&M. Note: I would not recommend this particular style from DKNY. They gave me what I can only describe as a “sausage legs” effect. The elasticity of the weave was not consistent and pinched into my skin, even throughout the less fleshy parts. I have other similar tights from Nordstrom’s that fit much better.

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Filip Jach

 
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April showers

26 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing red sweater dress, black leggings, grey cowboy boots.
Is it going to be cold today or warm?

The weather these days, fickle at best, tricked me into prematurely retiring some of my warmer garb. Alas, I saved a sweater such as this little red number. In Las Vegas, it made its debut as a dress. For work, it will perform solely as a sweater. The short sleeves make it perfect for me, I get hot quickly in thick sweaters.

I had promised to show you the Smokey Eyes, I was prepared with pictures and everything. I spent the day attending a workshop on conflict management, the rhythm of my day suspended as I rushed from workshop to confirming that all the pieces and parts of a big event tomorrow are all falling into place. I left the camera in the drawer at work, in the camera was the camera card. The Smokey Eyes will have to wait.

However, if you feel like fighting about it, I’m pretty well-equipped to handle the conflict and deflect this potentially awkward situation. How’d you like them apples?

I have to admit, I’m fascinated with idioms such as this one. Really, what apples? I digress. Smokey Eyes. Yes, later.

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I added a few more pins to my boards, here’s a sampling. The offer I mentioned last week still stands, the lovely folks at Pinterest have extended invitations to fifteen lucky visitors. Leave me a comment below if you’re interested. I’ve been pinning DIY ideas for inspiration along with adding more style pins for the season.

Pinterest Spring 2011 Faves board
Spring 2011 Faves

What would you like to do next? I seem to always have several projects I’m thinking of. I went nuts when I saw this felt embroidery, I don’t even know what I’d put it on but it was so awesome!

 

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When wearing a tunic or long sweater over pants or leggings, keep a smooth profile by making sure there aren’t too many visible pockets and bumps, such as zippers and belt loops. Leggings are ideal but many pants can be suitable, too. Give it a once-over in advance to ensure against bumpy surprises.

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Red sweater dress/ModCloth, black leggings/Hue, wool socks/unknown, grey vegan faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill, steampunk owl necklace/gifted, black gingko wood earrings/braindrops.

 
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Tattoos. Expression or accessory?

21 Apr

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Tattoo of Borneo scorpion design
Tattoos number 3 and 6

Recently, a fellow blogger posed the question as to whether tattoos were the ultimate accessory. Arash often puts a topic out there for us to ponder and create dialogue around it, something I really appreciate about his style. This topic piqued my interest for the obvious reason, I have tattoos. Six of them at the moment, to be exact. What is my relationship with them? Are they an accessory or am I just expressing myself overtly for the world to see? I got my first when I was nineteen. I’m forty-three.

Do I have any regrets?

No, I don’t have any regrets. To be truthful, they sometimes act as an accessory but that’s incidental. My tattoos are personal, they tell my story. Each is significant. I’m no stranger to queries, I have no qualms about sharing those tales to the those genuinely curious. We each carry our history in the manner that is most comfortable, mine is visual. I’m a visual person, it’s the easiest way to communicate and convey information to me. By the time I turned seventeen I had already doodled and sketched out my future tattoos. Thankfully the law in California states that you must be eighteen. This gave me time to change my mind numerous times and drop the idea of getting a butterfly on my shoulder; it also gave me the opportunity to survey every tattooed adult I met. The result was unanimous. Those that held personal significance had no regrets. Those that got them when they were drunk had another story to tell.

Over the years, certain passages of time were significant enough that they deserved their moment in the sun. Enter the tattoo. It’s a personal choice for me. I find them beautiful. I’m drawn to the drama of ink. I like the permanence, I have no problem with it; it’s reminder that life always leaves its mark whether we’re paying attention or not. The scorpion featured on my back was done in 1989 before the tribal tattoo trend hit the spotlight. I remember the day I saw the Borneo design in Research Lab’s Modern Primitives book. I was intrigued and fascinated. I’m a graphic designer. I like symbols. And I’m a Scorpio. I identified with the death and rebirth associated with my astrological sign.

There are very distinct phases in this sign, if you are to subscribe to this line of thinking. The scorpion is young, vengeful, aggressive, dominating, intense. It can be incredibly destructive. The scorpion dies and is reborn into the eagle, scrutinizing, watchful, discerning. The evolution is starting. The cycle of death and rebirth continues. At last, the phoenix. It seeks fire and flies into it nightly to die and rise from the ashes, a continual process of implementation, evolution and regeneration.

Tattoo, further to fly, photo by david gartner
Number 4

Feel free to strip all astrological references, the core belief of personal evolution still stands. I believed in my strength, I believed that I would eventually become the person I wanted to be. I was nowhere near it but I never once doubted that I would shed the skin of my past behind and evolve. I didn’t even have a vision yet, I only had faith.

Discipline of the Scorpio’s darker shadow eventually transcends into love and compassion.

I’m in that place now, I’m proud of who I’m become. I’m even more proud of that twenty-two year old who knew she had to change and believed in her strength to do so. That is what the scorpion on my back means to me. Tattoos are personal in their expression. They can be works of art, they can act like an accessory or make a statement. They can also tell a story. The ink on my skin is mine.

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If you find yourself seriously considering getting your first tattoo, here are a few tips:

  1. Sit with it for a while. I don’t mean a few days, I’m talking months. There’s no rush.
  2. Talk to people. Ask them about their experience, ask for recommendations. Ask them what they like and don’t like abou their tattoo. It’s helpful to know what to talk about when going in for a consultation, don’t be bashful.
  3. Look at different tattoo artist styles. Find who you’re drawn to, what their style is like.
  4. Book a consultation. Talk about it, discuss reviewing sketches, discuss the process and agree on what works for both of you. Take your time, it is mostly permanent.
  5. Enjoy the art on your skin. If you’re in San Francisco, I highly recommend Jesse Tuesday of Tuesday Tattoo. His shading is incredible.

 

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David Gartner

 
 

Pin it! A new love affair

20 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing lilac cashmere v-neck, yellow belt and ivory lace dress
Lilac details and dragonfly necklace
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing lilac cashmere v-neck, yellow belt and ivory lace dress
Matching the lilac pansies in my garden

 

I recently went thrifting. I’ve been on a mission to recreate an outfit based on a DKNY outfit I saw last week. As a personal challenge, I want to do it from thrifted items. So far, I have a shirt and blazer along with all kinds of additional unrelated pieces, such as this lilac cashmere pullover sweater. It’s soft and lovely and so light and perfect. I have a particular fondness for cashmere.

The steampunk-inspired dragonfly necklace is another anniversary gift from my hubby. I guess seven years gets you two gifts. I like that.

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I’ve been asked to participate in a Pinterest feature through the end of the month as one of many style bloggers who’ve recently discovered and fallen in love with it. Pinterest is your personal online pinboard. Simple. You see an image of something you like, you “pin” it. The application captures the image and url, you save it into your “board”.

Take the concept of tearing an image out of a magazine and pinning it to a cork board. On the internet. You can organize, categorize, share, tag, comment; it’s full of the social networking features that most of us are familiar with. You can share your boards and see others’. You will be hooked.

I discovered it recently when I saw a tweet mentioning it. I checked it out and have been using it ever since. In fact, it’s what I used to capture images for my post about the five trends I was looking forward to this spring. I’ve also started pinning ideas for DIY’s along with ideas for my living space and places I want to travel to.

Here’s the coolest part.

I’ve been invited to solicit comments from you, my readers, about how you would choose to use it and to let me know if you’re interested in signing up. I have been offered fifteen invitations to pass along.

Check out how I’m using it.

Pinterest The House in the Clouds dashboard
My dashboard, showing a few boards
Pinterest The House in the Clouds pins
Some of my pins

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Don’t be afraid to mix and match unusual colors together. The lilac sweater and ochre yellow belt are not your typical combination but made a beautiful pair. If you feel reticent to try this, start small with a scarf or a belt.

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Lilac cashmere sweater/thrifted, ivory lace dress/Jeremy’s, ochre yellow belt/Anthropologie, purple tights/Hue, purple patterned scarf/The Gap, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill.

 
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Happy Anniversary, F2!

18 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing tiered lace and satin skirt with seafoam green top
Looking forward to a lovely dinner
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing tiered lace and satin skirt with seafoam green top

 

F2 is my husband and I, both our names start with the letter “F”. Sunday was our seven year anniversary. There was some quality relaxation going on followed by a lovely dinner at Plum.

I had him quickly snap this photo of me before heading out. He always makes me laugh!

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I chose to wear opaque tights with my lacy, frilly skirt instead of more lace. The opaque nature of the darker tights elongated my legs and drew the attention upwards, towards the skirt and top, allowing those pieces to stand out and shine.

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Seafoam green top/Urban Outfitters, tiered lace skirt/ModCloth, mocha microfiber tights/We Love Colors, suede khaki shoes/Earthies, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill, hand-carved black gingko leaves earrings/Braindrops.

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Filip Jach

 
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Ready for summer

16 Apr

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Street style, Noel wearing blue madras shirt, jeans and red high-tops
Nothing says sunny days like a good madras shirt

Art director Noel gives us his take on casual Fridays. Nothing says ready for summer like a blue and pink madras shirt over a citron yellow T, cuffed Japanese denim, pink Ray-Bans and red high-tops. I couldn’t help myself and just had to capture his outfit. I hope to capture more informal street style for you here and there.

For the real deal, I suggest you head over to Lee Oliveira’s. He’s your man for street style.

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing pink blazer, coral top with jeans
Sherbet, anyone?
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing pink blazer, coral top with jeans

Channeling peonies with these colors

Yours truly deleted all the photos taken of new shoes this morning on accident. If you squint your eyes really hard you can catch a snippet peeking out at the bottom of the photo. My best intentions to recapture them later in the day failed. Instead, I’m treating you to my first street style shot to distract you from the missing shoes.

I promise to make it up to you later. Pinkie swear.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing coral top and steampunk owl necklace
Put a bird on it!

I received this adorable owl necklace last night as an early anniversary gift from my hubby. He’s a little steampunky. I named him HootieTwo, some of you might have read previously of the incredible pleasure I take in naming things with the most obvious names. I spend so much of my life being creative that I have to draw the line somewhere. Here’s Hootie The Owl, (the original.)

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Layering so many different shades of vibrant pink tones on top created a visual stir so I chose to wear darker jeans and neutral shoes. Pick your fashion battles and stick to your guns. That was terrible, I don’t know what’s come over me. I’m giddy with from the week being over!

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Sheer honeysuckle infinity scarf/Urban Outfitters, pink corduroy blazer/thrifted, pink coral top/Urban Outfitters, jeans/Calvin Klein, orange skinny belt/thrifted, suede khaki shoes/Earthies, HootieTwo owl necklace/gifted.

 

Happy Anniversary, FBFF!

14 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing a brown plaid shift with mocha tights and brown boots
Mad for plaid

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This is the official one-year anniversary of FBFF! In the spirit of gratitude, participating bloggers have been asked to share the love. I like to share. I wish I had tea and cookies to offer you. Come in, sit down and kick off your shoes. It’s Friday, after all.

FBFF: When it comes to me personally, I owe a lot of who I am to:

FJ: My best friends, both male and female. They’ve been such good role models of compassion, optimism, friendship; they’re good people, they’re caring, funny, silly and know how to have a great time without getting self-conscious. They’re beautiful and supportive, curious and intelligent. They’re generous of spirit, they don’t shy away from telling the ones they love “I love you.” How can I not evolve into a better human around them? I feel their love and support in my heart 24/7.

FBFF: When it comes to me professionally, I owe a lot of who I am to:

FJ: My dad, for expecting the best from me always and my friend and former employer, Inez H. She’s an incredible force to be reckoned with and wasn’t going to let me get away with not living up to my potential. She taught me in my very early 20′s to have a voice, an opinion, to stand up for myself, do my research, question everything and always try harder. The credits are complete without giving credit to my seventh grade English teacher, Mr. Paluzzi. I knew someday I’d have the opportunity to thank him. He believed in my writing and pushed me. I wrote my first poem “Flying Forever, Forever Free” in his class and got the highest grade for it. If you’re familiar with my moniker, Flyingfabu, you can see the connection.

FBFF: When it comes to the art of blogging, I’m grateful to these people for helping me through some rough spots:

FJ: I don’t know where to start or who to pick out. I’ll say that reading about other bloggers struggling with a lot of the same issues I have had here and there has helped me connect to them and feel their support. In a lot of ways, participating in this group has shed a lot of light on the similarities between us all. I can start by saying, “thanks, Katy!”

My hubby has also been an incredible source of tech support, I definitely have to give him props, too.

FBFF: One blogging challenge I’m grateful happened because it made me stronger was:

FJ: Kendi’s 30 for 30 challenge. It kick-started it all. Let me tell you, I felt very self-conscious at first. I quickly learned to get my act together, start thinking about what I was doing, finding my voice, defining my online presence. I learned something new in a short period of time that will carry over to other avenues. I do feel stronger.

FFBB:  To my readers, I’d like to say:

FJ: A big humongous THANK YOU! I read every comment, I listen to you and feel your support. I honestly wish I had the time to reply to every single one but it doesn’t mean any less that I don’t. I do take the time every chance I get to visit your blogs, I’m always interested in the faces and characters behind the names and comments. I feel like I’ve gotten to know many of you and it has enriched my life.

You keep me inspired and keep me from getting lazy. I feel like the luckiest woman; I’m so grateful to have a healthy, fun and creative outlet that is also an avenue for connecting with others, (that’s YOU!)

 

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for crafting this topic. 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!

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A straight shift can be boxy, even on the curviest figure. The dress I’m wearing today works because it’s short and keeps the proportions in balance. The added height of my low-heeled boots elongate my legs just enough. Rather than wear tights the same shade of espresso brown as my boots, I wore mocha tights to add more dimensionality to an otherwise monochromatic palette.

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Brown plaid shift/ModCloth, courtesy of Ana of Better in Sepia, mocha microfiber tights/courtesy of We Love Colors, beige pashmina shawl/Nordstrom’s, brown vegan suede boots/Munro, coral rose and sparrow necklace/Linkel Designs.

 
 

The words behind the pictures

13 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing black dress with light blue bows and blue tights
The dainty pattern on these tights were a nice touch against the chunky sandals

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Last Wednesday, as part of a Full Time Fabulous blog event, I posted the following pictorial deliberately without explanation to create a visual sense of where I come from and how that influences me. Today, I’m elaborating. Each description starts clockwise from top left.

A visual representation of myself through photography
Yerba Buena fountain • Sunset trail, Joaquin Miller Park • Sunset over Mt. Tamalpais

1:  This Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote is inscribed into the wall behind the fountain in Yerba Beuna Gardens, in South of Market, (SOMA), San Francisco. I lived for four years just a few blocks away. I got married a year and a half ago right above the fountain, right above the inscription. The inside of my wedding band has the word “freedom” engraved in it.

2:  When we moved into our current home in the Oakland hills nine months ago, I started running in Joaquin Miller Park. This particular trail is one of the few not under a canopy of eucalyptus and redwood trees. There’s a bench on that trail for people to sit and watch the sunset over the bay. Running is one of my favorite ways to shake off the day’s stress.

3:  The sunset every night is visible from our living room window. It’s better than watching television. I make it a point to call the hubby over every time the sun sets so that he can see it too. I can see Alameda, San Francisco, both the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges and Mt. Tamalpais. It’s breathtaking.

A visual representation of myself through photography
Austin Creek park • Flower, Guerneville • Mission Bay Park

1:  When we got married, we camped right there for a couple of nights among the redwoods in Austin Creek park before joining our friends for a long weekend of celebration.

2:  When we lived in SOMA, I would run the streets of San Francisco, sometimes around Mission Bay Park which is near the new ballpark. There are houseboats right across from new condos which makes for an interesting and unique juxtaposition. This poster was tagged on a fence by the Fourth Street bridge, it cracked me up.

3:  After camping at Austin Creek park, we joined our friends in Guerneville. The house we stayed in had a beautiful garden. This was one of the flowers in the garden.

A visual representation of myself through photography
Tugboat, The Embarcadero • Bay Bridge • Calla Lily

1:  When I lived in SOMA, another of of my running paths would be from my house to The Embarcadero, all the way down to Pier 23 and back. I loved running by the firehouse and seeing the tugboat with the Bay Bridge in the background.

2:  San Francisco is notoriously foggy in the summer. The hubby and I were driving home over the Bay Bridge from Oakland. I snapped this picture of the sunset bursting through under the blanket of ominous fog.

3:  When I first moved to San Francisco, I noticed Calla Lilies grew everywhere easily. I had some growing in the garden where I lived in the Haight. They needed nothing from me, they just grew. I associate them with happy times. When we moved out of San Francisco, we stayed with a friend in the Oakland hills before finding our place. This Calla was growing in his yard.

A visual representation of myself through photography
Diamond Peak resort, Nevada, Sight Glass Coffee, Soma • Graffiti, Soma

1:  For the last five years, my best friends and I have rented the same house for New Year’s in Incline Village in Nevada. This is the view from the top of the ridge at Diamond Peak. Snowboarding is my favorite sport, my friends are my favorite people.

2:  When my hubby and I still lived in San Francisco, we would sometimes go for walks. We both really like our coffee. Sight Glass had just opened up and was sometimes a lazy Sunday destination.

3:  San Francisco has always been a walkable city. There’s plenty of graffiti and beautiful murals to see. I took this picture when my best friends and I were hanging out for HowWeird Street Faire.

It seemed impossible to gather enough photos to tell my story, I was born in Lebanon, lived in Cyprus for a while and landed in the San Francisco Bay Area at age eight. It seemed more significant to gather pictures that I have quickly snapped with my phone when I’m out and about, walking, running, just doing what I love.

This is the way I see the world and this is how my world touches me.

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Tights are perfect for spring when it’s too cool to bare legs. They can work with some sandals, especially one that is a little chunky or has a platform for visual balance. Beware of tights that have a visible reinforced toe and seam, keep them under wraps to avoid looking unfinished or awkward.

Have you worn tights with sandals? How did you do it? I’ve never been bold enough to try them with different types of sandals and would love to hear what’s worked for you.

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Black bow dress/ModCloth, blue tights/Urban Outfitters, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill.

 

Color blocking

12 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing violet dress, red tights, aqua cardigan
Now that’s a lot of color

I realized I had a presentation the day after doing my nails. In pink camo. What’s a girl to do but distract them with a bright violet dress? It must have worked, not a peep was said about the fingernails. I admit I have a reputation for colorful outfits at work. It’s hard not to notice an explosion of color walking by in a sea of corporate-appropriate garb.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing violet dress, red tights, aqua cardigan
What pink camo nails?

To be fair, there’s a lot more personal style exhibited these days at work. I had nothing to do with it, I swear, but I do appreciate it. It’s refreshing to see men and women at work be comfortable enough to express themselves through fashion.

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When color blocking, keep any unnecessary flourishes to a minimum. Accessories can be bold as long as they’re simple. Keep in mind that the bright colors are providing a lot of impact, your outfit doesn’t require much else.

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Bright violet jersey dress/Nordstrom’s, scarlet tights/We Love Colors, aqua cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, black slouchy boots/Funky Monkey, necklace/Alexis Bittar.

 
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