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Guest blogger: Cloud of Secrets

30 May

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While I’m away on my honeymoon in France and Spain until June 17th I’ve lined up some very special guests for you. I wrote a little intro about what makes them so special to me here. I hope you enjoy their company in my absence. Keep checking back to see which guest will be making a special appearance next!

I’ll also be uploading picture to my facebook page whenever possible and hope to catch at least a few inspiring photos of French and Spanish style. Don’t forget to “like” The House in the Clouds to stay up on the latest news.

À bientôt,

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Hyacinth Blue

Hello! I’m Sarah of Cloud of Secrets. I’m honored to create a guest post for Fabienne. I hope she’s having a lush and fascinating honeymoon.

When I read Fabienne’s invitation, I immediately thought of doing one of my color studies. It’s a thing I do: I choose a focused color scheme, then I go through my wardrobe, home, and town and take intimate pictures of trinkets, apparel, and arrangements within that scheme.


December 2010: Steinway in Waiting
for Birthday Blues entry
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

Fabienne seems to enjoy playing with color schemes as much as I do. As I thought about springtime, Fabienne, and her The House in the Clouds blog, the phrase hyacinth blue popped into my head.

I don’t have many cool, clear blues in my life, but I welcomed the challenge of finding some to photograph.

I adore pretty color names, especially in French. I confess, this penchant influenced me to purchase Sennelier pastels over other brands. Here we have Bleu Saphir, Bleu de Cobalt, Bleu de Prusse, Bleu de Ceruleum, Violet Bleu, and Bleu Outremer Foncé:


May 2011: Pastel Blues
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

I encountered no actual hyacinths. It’s been a hard spring in northern Wisconsin. However, I came across these pansies at my favorite plant nursery, and thought they offered a dreamy array of blues:


May 2011: Pansy Blues
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

I also have a good crop of periwinkles this year:


May 2011: Periwinkle Cup
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

For Mother’s Day, my mother-in-law gave me these delightful 1940s beads that had belonged to her aunt:


May 2011: Vintage Glint
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

I’ve collected perfume bottles since I was a girl. Here some blue pieces from the collection, gifts from my parents over the years:


May 2011: Blue Bottles
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

Here’s a detail of a hanging made from exotic recycled fabrics. I chose this hanging because of the irresistible petit point fragment:


May 2011: Patchwork Shimmer
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

I love the illustrations in my copy of The Rub·iy·t of Omar Khayy·m. The 1913 artwork is by René Bull:


May 2011: A Book of Verse–and Thou
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

Finally, an afternoon break with coffee, biscotti, and Beatrice d’Este. The Wedgwood cup was a gift from my sister Abs, who also has a cloud-themed blog!:

May 2011: Coffee with the Duchess
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

- Sarah, Cloud of Secrets

 
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FBFF Q&A: Gee your hair smells terrific!

27 May

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I know most of you don’t remember this shampoo. In fact, the “Dorothy Hamill” haircut probably means nothing to you. I, on the other hand, have seen my fair share of rotations around the sun and I know such things as what The Breck Girl looks like and how to get my hair to smell, well, terrific! I confess, I did use this shampoo once. I’m going to guess that it took a lot of pleading given that I probably wasn’t old enough to earn my own money. Yes, all in the name of hair.

The things we do for hair!

And you thought I was going to say “love”. Our locks, manes, ‘do, the mop, whatever you might call it, that’s the topic this week for Fashion Beauty Friend Friday. I did not grow up with great hair. I actually think it gave me the liberty to do anything and everything to it because it was not precious. Left to its own devices my hair would look great paired with a tie-dyed t-shirt and some Birkenstock sandals.

Yes, friends, I have mother earth hair.

Not quite straight, not quite curly, a little bit on the wild side. And by wild I mean frizzy. There’s a lot of it, too. My hair is purposely thinned out, colored, highlighted, low-lighted: I call it “the works.”

Wild hair runs in my family. When my sister Ingrid was undergoing chemotherapy she told me she wasn’t losing any hair. We laughed about the fact that it would be hard to tell anyway, there’s so much of it on top of her head. I love my sister’s sense of humor, and yes, we have a lot of hair. Here are some of my more current favorite hair days. I give props to my friend and stylist, Nicole Goodman who works out of Sakura in Oakland. My hair has never looked this good before. Read on to see what my regiment is like.

Daily outfit, style tips, hairstyle
Lovely locks

 

FBFF: How often do you get your hair cut?

FJ: A light trim every six to twelve weeks, a style cut every three months or so.

FBFF: Do you go to the same stylist each time, try someone new, go to the cheap hair cutting chains or live it up in a salon?

FJ: Gasp! You said “cheap” and “hair” in the same sentence! While I might make more frugal choices in other aspects of my life my hair is not where I cut corners. I go to the same stylist. I would never object to paying a skilled and talented professional for their services as long as I can afford it. I’ve had my hair downright ruined in the past and given how long it’s taken me to grow it out from being spiky platinum it’s not a risk I will take.

In fact, a so-called reputable salon once over-processed my hair after giving me a terrible haircut and it broke off in chunks. CHUNKS!! I have only cried once about my hair and called in sick to work over it. I had to cut it all off and start all over from scratch. Needless to say, I recognize a good thing and know to stick with it.

Daily outfit, style tips, hair styles
Platinum and spiky

 

FBFF: Do you color your hair? How often? What’s your natural color?

FJ: Heck yeah, mother nature doesn’t love anyone enough to keep the greys at bay. My natural hair color is deep brown. I went lighter because the salt and pepper action happening in the part was not attractive against dark brown hair. Besides, it’s fun to change it up and I love the way it looks.

FBFF:  The one thing you always do to keep your hair looking great is:

FJ: Color and trim regularly, air dry it and use a protective leave-in conditioner.

FBFF: What hair trend do you love and wish you could rock?

FJ: I don’t know. I feel like I’ve done so much to my hair, I can’t imagine what’s left. This answer clearly requires its own post. Someday.


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!

 
 

Bon Voyage!

25 May

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F2 wedding
F2 ties the knot

 

On October 3, 2009, my husband Fil and I got married. This Saturday we’re taking our honeymoon. We’ll be spending the following three weeks traveling through France and Spain: Paris, the Pyrenees, Barcelona and Costa Brava. Do I sound excited yet? Well, I’m excited! I’m really excited!

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Daily outfit, style tip, black skinny jeans, black blazer, pink 3D petal boxy top
Too excited to sit still. Can you blame a girl?
Daily outfit, style tip, black skinny jeans, black blazer, pink 3D petal boxy top
Dimensional petal detail

 

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Some of my favorite bloggers have agreed to do guest posts for me in my absence, you’ll be in good hands. I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you and hope you enjoy their company as much as I do. I read a lot of blogs, at least as much as time allows, and over time some have stuck with me.

I found myself returning again and again.

It’s been a long time coming but I’ve also updated my blogroll to reflect those blogs dearest to me.
In time I hope to feature more of the bloggers on my blogroll, you deserve to know who they are and what makes them so fantastic. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come:

Anika of by Anika – A self-worth activist and budding designer. Her beauty and love crosses the Atlantic and shines on my life. I think she single-handedly makes Oslo awesome.

Arash of Arash Mazinani – He blogs for both men and women. Not one to shy away from hot topics, he gets the conversation going across several continents.

Gracey of Fashion for Giants – Her smile radiates through her camera, over the internet and out of my monitor and lights up my day. I can’t help but want to smile back. In fact, I’m pretty sure I do.

Sarah of Cloud of Secrets – Do you ever want to be transported elsewhere? Whether it’s a land of textures or colors, Sarah takes my imagination out to a happier place. And she does it while still maintaining a beautiful, human connection.

I intend to feature these following bloggers after I return because I just can’t keep them a secret:

Casee Marie of The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower – She’s intelligent and captivating, I can’t just scan anything she writes, I have to read the entire post. Every time.

Kristy Eléna of Kristy Eléna – Not just Sunglass Hut’s Blogger of the Year, she’s the heart and brains behind Full Time Fabulous, a community fostering inspiration and support to fashion bloggers.

Lee of Lee Oliveira – A street style photographer whose photos make me want to dress up and wander the streets of Sydney until he “accidentally” spots me! His photos capture much more than the outfit, it’s always a pleasure to be shown how he sees others through his lens.

Ofelia of My Intended Life – I dare you to peruse her blog and not feel compelled to move to south Florida, or at least go visit. Colors and wonderful aromas lift from the pictures of the fresh fruit and vegetables from her local farmers market, her thrift store treasures on display beckoning us all to look twice around us, hidden gems are everywhere.

Sacramento of Mis Papelicos – Sacramento is the sky-diver of fashion; she’s bold and romantic and lady-like and creative. This woman loves her world and her world loves her back. Don’t you want to live in it? I do.

Check back every few days to see who will make an appearance. In the meantime, I will see you again in three weeks, my friends. Happy spring!

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On my wedding day I only had to do two things: look good and say “I do”. Some things don’t have to be complicated. The same applies for getting dressed.

I almost penned today “Midriff Tuesday” after putting on my clothes. The boxy top sat about four inches above the waist of these black pants. (No one needs to see that unless I’m at the beach.) Enter the long tank top to save the day. Over the years, I have amassed a nice variety of tank tops, both plain and lacy, for such occasions. The black and neutral ones are staples in my wardrobe. If you can only have two, those are the ones to start with. You’ll be glad you did.

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Black ankle cigarette pants/BDG, Urban Outfitters, pink dimensional petal boxy top/H&M, taupe tank top/Nordstrom’s, black boyfriend blazer/Urban Outfitters, black sandals/Dansko.

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Wedding – Ron Essex, other – Filip Jach

 

Waiting

23 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing blue skirt, floral top and aqua cardigan
Oh, happy spring day!
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing blue skirt, floral top and aqua cardigan
I love the detail of the ruffle
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing blue skirt, floral top and aqua cardigan
Hoo hoo

 

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend, I spent a fair amount of it preparing for my trip to Europe. Details to come Wednesday. I’ve got a couple surprises up my sleeve, too!

I’ve been waiting for the weather to warm up so I could wear this skirt. This lightweight number isn’t just any ordinary skirt, it was made for me by a very special person, fellow blogger Yvonne of Fashion Recon. This was her way of thanking me for helping her out with her banner. She took my measurements and made this for me. That’s the kind of good karma I like, it was certainly a gift worth waiting for. This woman has a heart of gold and a knock-out style to boot!

I love the detail of the ruffle at the bottom, the colors worked so well with this top I picked up last summer. I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to wear out, I really wanted to create an outfit that spoke of spring days and warm breezes.

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I’m not very tall. Well, that’s an understatement. At 5’4″, I’m not incredibly short either, however, I have to pay attention to proportions. When wearing a dress or skirt that ends near my knees, I balance out the proportions with a platform or slight heel. I love wearing flats but they work better on mini skirts and dresses for me. Often, it’s not that we can’t wear at item, we just need to reconsider how we’re choosing to wear it in order to maintain balance and proportion.

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Blue skirt/Gifted, tiered floral top/Nordstrom’s, aqua cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, platform sandas/Urban Outfitters, steampunk owl necklace/gifted.

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Filip Jach

 
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FBFF Q&A: Learning the ways, young grasshopper

20 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing tweed coat and beige pashmina shawl
A family affair: Fil, me, Liliana, Kurt

 

My husband’s mother (and my friend), Liliana, and her husband, Kurt were visiting us from Sandpoint, Idaho this past week and a half. They moved to Idaho to retire with their two dogs. They’ve since added a cat and a part-time moose to Daisy Ranch, the latter being inadvertent.

Have you ever tried to move a moose?

They’re both ski instructors at Schweitzer Mountain Resort which sounds like a lot of fun but it doesn’t sound much like retirement to me. All that skiing agrees with them, don’t you think? I’ve been blessed with a wonderful extended family; now that they’ve left I’ll be missing my “sister” Lil.

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Blog pet peeves? Don’t get me started, I’ve got very strong opinions. Mind you, they are opinions not judgements. I reckon offending parties have yet to learn the ways of the wise owl. I love saying “reckon”. I’m going to say it again. I reckon as bloggers learn how others feel about their offense they will correct their ways. This is the topic being discussed this week on Fashion Beauty Friend Friday.

How am I driven bananas? Let me count the ways:

1. Too many photos. Especially too many bad and/or blurry photos. Edit, people! No one needs to see every single angle of that outfit. Do you really think I only take two pictures a day? Pick the best, feature the differences, put some time into learning how to use that camera and improve. Ever been forced to sit through a gazillion vacation or family photos at someone’s house. Yeah, you get me.

2. Music. I don’t like your music. Well, I don’t like your music coming on while I’m already listening to music. It’s cacophonous at best, irritating at worst. I won’t come back, I read blogs to relax not to freak out my ears. Besides, I really may not like your music. No offense.

3. Low contrast color font. I’m artsy, I actually get paid to make judgement calls on big brands you’ve heard of. There’s no aisle in a supermarket that doesn’t carry a product I’ve been involved in. That said, (hold please, I need to get off my high horse pony because it’s no fun up there), I have never thought that compromising legibility in the name of creativity was a good idea. I want to read your content, no squint and readjust the angle and contrast of my monitor. Being able to read your content is a good thing.

4. The secret comment section. I just read your post. Coolio! Now I want to say something but, uh, wait. I can’t locate the comment mystery zone. I’m going to wave my cursor around like a magic wand and see if something happens. I really want to tell you that I loved what you wore and it suited you so well, that tying in that story about your day made me smile. But I gotta run, I’m trying to read a few more blogs before the sandman calls me and, well, I’m sure it’s around here somewhere but I haven’t found it. Maybe I’ll find it next time. Want to engage your readers? Make it easy for them to do so.

5. Typos. You probably graduated from High School. You might be in College or those years might be behind you. Guess what? Unless you did not grow up in a country where English is the primary language you have no excuse. The accidental typo from being so passionate about the topic that your fingers couldn’t keep up with your mind is okay. It’s been known to happen to the best of us. But people, every single program offers some kind of spell check. If that’s not enough, there’s that crazy mountain of information to steer you straight called The Internet. (Or as my mom calls it, the internet-world-wide-web-AOL.) Look, in my day you had to go to the local public library. Yeah, I pulled a “in my day” on you. You’ve got the internet so what’s your excuse?

(Folds pop-up soapbox, puts it away.) We now return the kinder, gentler House in the Clouds. I warned you, I’m pretty forgiving but it doesn’t mean I don’t have strong opinions. Listen, if you’re not willing to put time into learning and improving you should quit. I know it’s time consuming but plenty of people work really, really hard at putting together a quality blog.

Don’t blog because everyone else is doing it, blog because you love it and it shows. Let the quality speak to how much you care.

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!

I see you’re still here, reading, and you want to continue being told, check out what drives Beautifully Invisible crazy. (It’s good solid advice, I would never steer you wrong.) By the way, I have re-read this post about four times on different days. I might have missed something but I know I tried my best to catch every missing word or typo. You should too.

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Every couple of years I invest in a nice statement coat. There’s nothing better to cheer up a dreary winter day than a fun coat paired with a good scarf – or two. Having fun with style shouldn’t be limited to what lies beneath the cover-up, why not have a good time with everything you wear?

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Tweed coat/ModCloth, beige pashmina shawl/Nordstrom’s.

 

Embrace the magpie

18 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing lavender jacket, navy blue skirt, white t-shirt
The orange belt added just a hint of color
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing lavender jacket, navy blue skirt, white t-shirt
Party feet!

 

I have an inner magpie that rivals old Hollywood glamour. The problem with this is that I don’t have the lifestyle to express it. Sequins and rhinestones and glitter, oh my; those are all lovely words to my ears. They enchant me with their song of ritz and glitz, I want to add feather boas and faux fur stoles to their melody and stroll.

If I can’t have that, I can have this: Tom’s silver glitter slip-ons.

I wore the discoteque on my feet all day, I’m going to do it again, too. I’d been coveting them for a while, the desire for glitter growing even more potent when my friend Nicole got a pair of gold ones. I’ve been waiting until I could justify wearing a light spring shoe. My friends, the time has come. As the day refused to quit I ran laps in what felt like slippers on my feet. Awesome slippers. One could say I’m a fan.

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You really can wear something extravagant and glittery during the day, style and context are everything. The glitter made these shoes fun and gave them plenty of character, however, the casual form and style made them easy to wear with a cotton skirt and t-shirt. I chose to balance the glitter with a bold silver necklace and matching cuff. The outfit ended up well-balanced and comfortable.

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Navy blue skirt/BCBG, recycled t-shirt/H&M, lavender corduroy jacket/Tulle, silver glitter slip-ons, Tom’s, silver and mother-of-pearl necklace and cuff/Lois Hill.

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Filip Jach


 
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My sister, an anniversary

14 May

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Orchid
Orchid in the waiting room while she got accupuncture

 

Today marks the one year anniversary of my middle sister’s cancer diagnosis and recovery. Throughout the past year, I ran with an unwavering fervor and blogged almost daily for a long time at an attempt to maintain my sanity. It seems to have worked, this is our story.

One year ago today, I received a phone call that would devastate me. My mom called me at work, trying desperately to maintain her composure while telling me that one of my baby sisters had just been diagnosed with cancer. A check-up had turned into a need for urgent surgery. The shock silenced me. It was minutes before a meeting. I’ve never felt so helpless in my life. I’ve never been so scared of losing someone I love. I didn’t even have enough words to excuse myself from the meeting I was in. I just sat silently, in shock.

The past year has been rough. That’s really an understatement, her illness was one of several challenges I dealt with, though definitely the most heart-breaking. It took me months to realize that even through the laughter, through the daily tasks and the mundane, the pain permeated my every fiber and lived inside me; I felt helpless.

Fast forward to the present. She has a clean bill of health. I want to celebrate her life today.

I want to celebrate the bond that has always remained strong, the hotline we have to each other. The three sisters connected to each other through thick and thin. I don’t wish illness on anyone.  I only started sleeping regularly recently. I didn’t talk about it much, my closest friends heard about the process, that’s about it. It hasn’t been easy to write this.

I’m amazed that I maintained a balanced temperament. I was grateful every day that I didn’t snap, that I managed to remain present, here, now. I was so angry, we all were. She and I would crack really awful jokes about it, the kind only a sister who’s health is compromised would think was funny because the alternative to poking fun is tragedy. She really has a good sense of humor. Today I celebrate her health and her life.

My sister undergoing chemo
Spending the day with her while she was undergoing chemo

 

My beautiful sister, Ingrid. Lover of animals and plants. Happy to smile, perpetuating love around everything she touches. Creative, crafty, silly. I imagine her sitting outside with her husband and cats, fussing about the garden, snapping pictures. No interruptions, no strangers around, no illness. I love you. May we find things to laugh about for many years to come.

 
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FBFF Q&A: Outside influences

13 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing beige skirt and dusty rose blouse with black boyfriend blazer
Schoolgirl
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing beige skirt and dusty rose blouse with black belt
Better defined

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What made you think of putting these pieces together? What keeps you coveting that particular brand? The topic this week on Fashion Beauty Friend Friday is outside influences. We draw inspiration from other style bloggers but that can’t be all. What gives?

FBFF: What magazines do you subscribe to?

FJ: Vogue, Lucky, More, O, The New Yorker. I like Vogue for the interpretive and artistic element of the themed pictorials most. I like Lucky because it speaks to the average gal out there, that’s me! More and O focus more on lifestyle topics specific to women over forty, (yes, life goes on!), and developing a stronger mind-to-heart connection in your daily life, respectively. The New Yorker is a pillar, I can be captivated by a topic that holds no interest to me because it is written so well, I lose myself in each story.

FBFF: Do you watch any fashion TV shows?

FJ: I watch almost no television, believe or not, just a few Showtime and HBO shows.

FBFF: Beyond blogs, what websites do you frequent for fashion inspiration?

FJ: None for specific fashion inspiration. I’m in a creative field so my ordinary day probably exposes me to a lot of stimuli most don’t get without specifically seeking it out. I’ve also just always played “dress up” on my own. I observe everything around me, I’m primarily a visual person with a strong analytical streak. I notice what other people do with their style and let it inspire me.

FBFF: Advertisements play a huge role in forming public opinion about a product or brand… what ads do you like and why?

FJ: Chanel comes to mind. They’ve always been consistent and their related media reaffirms my belief that they have high standards and deliver a quality product. I realize that without facts it’s an assumption based on impression. But they do such a good job selling me on that idea, that’s the consistent part that draws me in. I can attest to the quality since becoming a consumer. Old Navy does a great job really targeting their audience in a way that is ownable to them.

FBFF: Do you own any fashion books?

JF: A few, I’m just now starting to buy them. (Is it too early to starting putting in a request, Santa?) I only recently acknowledged my fascination with fashion. I know how absurd that sounds but I was raised to believe it was frivolous. While I spent money of fashion and read fashion magazines, I subconsciously believed that spending any money outside of the practical aspects of this particular passion was out of the question. I’m pretty sure I was the last one to acknowledge the obvious. I’ve always been more into fashion and personal style than most people I interact with.

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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Made a blunder? Own to it and fix it. I took the first photo in the morning. I had the cute little black bow, the boyfriend blazer, basically, I looked like an oversized kid. The proportions of the baggy top over the baggy skirt with a bow looked all wrong. I got to work cursing myself for ever getting dressed without giving a trial run the day before. Yes, sometimes I do that. It’s not always sunshine and roses in my closet.

Emergency action plan: I took a quick break to run to the trusty Dress Barn around the corner from where I work and picked up a big black wide belt. I tucked the blouse in, lost the jacket and bow and voila! A figure better defined. Never be afraid to rethink an outfit if it’s not sitting well with you. You’re going to look great when you feel great!

Have you saved an outfit on the fly? What was the problem and what solution did you come up with?

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Dusty rose blouse/ModCloth, beige skirt/Urban Outfitters, black boyfriend blazer/BDG, Urban Outfitters, floral pattern tights/Nordstrom’s, black ballet flats/Ecco, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill, cat eye sunglasses/Michael Kors.

 

 
 

Paper Doll Project

11 May

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing long straight brown skirt, white tunic

Stripes for spring!

Welcome to the Paper Doll Project, where you dress another style blogger and they style you. Lori, of Lori’s Wardrobe, and I were partnered to style each other. This is my first time participating, I’ve been looking forward to it for a while. Check out what I suggested for Lori. I asked her to style the skirt I’m wearing, I love what she came up with, right down to the owl necklace. I added the shawl because today was strangely cold. Isn’t this fun?

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Do you want to participate in the Paper Doll Project? Do you want another style blogger to style you for a day? Do you want to style someone else? Check out the details here. Props to the lovely Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy for getting us to play dress up. If you have a passion for color like I do, you’ll love her outfits. I think she’s the cat’s meow!

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Suze and Liz

Laura and Dani

Kate and Gina

Cass and Kellie

Tyesha and Rebekah

Grace and Cass

Lisa and Michelle

Ashley and Dana

Celynne and Louise

Sarah and Cathy

Lydia and Tierney

Marie-Eve was styled by Betsy, who was partnered with EvaNadine

Amy and Martina

Missy and Melissa

Hope and Selina

Sophie (PS- congratulate her today, she’s going to have a baby!) and Shea

Danielle and Amanda

Lynzy and Katou

Kelsey and Bekah

Vanessa and Kara

Laura and Elly

Jeanna and Tiffanie

Fabienne and Lori

Franca and Kimberlee

Kimberly and Daphne

Desiree and Julie

Allyson and Jess

Nicole and Frances Joy

Lindsay and Beck

Stephanie P and Mandy

Heather and Cassie

Suze and Liz

Laura and Dani

Kate and Gina

Cass and Kellie

Tyesha and Rebekah

Grace and Cass

Lisa and Michelle

Ashley and Dana

Celynne and Louise

Sarah and Cathy

Lydia and Tierney

Marie-Eve was styled by Betsy, who was partnered with EvaNadine

Amy and Martina

Missy and Melissa

Hope and Selina

Sophie (PS- congratulate her today, she’s going to have a baby!) and Shea

Danielle and Amanda

Lynzy and Katou

Kelsey and Bekah

Vanessa and Kara

Laura and Elly

Jeanna and Tiffanie

Fabienne and Lori

Franca and Kimberlee

Kimberly and Daphne

Desiree and Julie

Allyson and Jess

Nicole and Frances Joy

Lindsay and Beck

Stephanie P and Mandy

Heather and Cassie

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Skirt/Lulu’s.com, white cotton tunic/H&M, wedge sandals/Urban Outfitters, belt/Nordstrom’s, owl necklace/gifted, pashmina shawl/Nordstrom’s.

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Ron Essex

 

A love letter to the mothers of my friends

08 May

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Holding me as a toddler at the beach
All teeth and as happy as a can be!

 

Dear Mothers,

This is a love letter from me to you. Thank you for making the most wonderful humans and bringing them into this world. Thank you for bringing me my friends; loving, intelligent, compassionate. Thank you for making me a companion when I need an ear or a helping hand. Thank you for teaching them kindness, affection and generosity.

You taught them well; to laugh in the face of absurdity with me, to cry when sadness is bigger than the moment. They’ve nourished and fed me, cared for me, brought me a richness than is bigger than I would ever have imagined. We’ve shared many a glass of wine together, celebrating everything and nothing.

My mom when she was young
Like mother, like daughter?

Our faces light up when we find each other in a crowd.

Thank you for bringing me the beauty of their smiles, their love. I thank my mother for making me and teaching me to be the best I can be, your sons and daughter have a faithful companion in me.

Sincerely,

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