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.


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  1. Sydney Shop Girl

    April 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    First up, I love your shift dress!

    Aren’t English teachers phenomenal? Mine in high school were so inspiring and their passion for the English language set me up for a lifetime of enjoyment of both reading and writing.

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  2. Kirstin Marie

    April 15, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Oh my gosh, you never cease to look gorgeous!!! I’m so grateful for meeting such amazing bloggers, like you, in FBFF. :)
    Kirstin Marie recently posted..Friend Friday- Lets Show Some Gratitude

  3. Anika

    April 15, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Hi sweetheart, I loved reading your post. I am also blessed with a group of friends who are like family and who aren`t afraid to be loving. To have a lovely husband and fellow bloggers who in their own ways support you is a blessing to, I agree. I love your blog, and I am very grateful to Katy for creating this community. Happy friday!

    x Anika
    Anika recently posted..Spreading the love- Lee of Lee Oliveira

    • Fabienne Jach

      April 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you, beautiful! I love your post about Lee. Isn’t it funny how a few photos and words can create a persona we can identify or connect with, without having had face-to-face interactions? I love communication in all its varied forms.

  4. Allyson

    April 15, 2011 at 7:06 am

    So I may have a weird eye for detail, but you know what I love most about this outfit? The shawl — the color and texture both pop perfectly against the dress — and the line of the sleeves — feminine but not frou-frou.

    Also: “I’m so grateful to have a healthy, fun and creative outlet that is also an avenue for connecting with others, (that’s YOU!)” YES. Exactly that.
    Allyson recently posted..Friend Friday- Gratitude

    • Fabienne Jach

      April 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      You’re talking to the right person, I love the details:) Thanks for noticing, Allyson.

  5. brett

    April 15, 2011 at 7:24 am

    What a cute shift dress
    Love your tip on how to compensate on a boxy garment
    brett recently posted..Whats Better Than a 3 Shirt

  6. Joy

    April 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I adore this outfit, Fabienne!

    How cool is it that you can thank a 7th grade teacher for supporting and inspiring you.
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    • Fabienne Jach

      April 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      I think it’s pretty cool, too, Joy. His class is what inspired me to write, it’s such a rewarding part of my life, I can’t thank him enough!

  7. Terri

    April 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    What an excellent little dress. I have a jumper with similar lines and every time i wear it, I feel young. And lots of middle school teachers are getting props today!
    Terri recently posted..The Black Hole

  8. Bella Q

    April 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    You look incredible and oh so Mod!
    I just sold a dress that looked like that- and seeing your pics has produced sellers remorse. Oh, C’est La Vie- you are flying Fabu!
    Bella Q recently posted..Lemon Drop SWAP

  9. Monique

    April 16, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Love those stockings! The color is really pretty!

    Monique xx
    Monique recently posted..Happy 1st Birthday!

  10. Ana

    April 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    This looks so great on you, yay!! I’m so glad it fit well :o )