Archive for May, 2011

Springtime – a blog event

07 May

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Full Time Fabulous blog event, spring theme

Full Time Fabulous blog event, spring theme


Spring; fresh food, good friends, sitting in the garden, the outdoors become friendlier and I can sleep with the window wide open again. Snowboarding season is over, I’ve swapped my sweaters for lighter dresses. The sunshine bring clarity and renewal as I assess where I am and where I’m going. The figurative dusty cobwebs get cleaned out. My sartorial choices are inspired by the world around me, my color palette often takes a tip from nature.

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Thank you Kristy for creating these events and celebrating spring! For more information on how to join and participate in a Full Time Fabulous blog event, visit Kristy Eléna. Do check out how these fabulous bloggers express their vision of spring:

1. ASHLEY4EMERGY 13. Bo- Tarah Rose 25. Jenmarie
2. The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower 14. I Have A Degree In This! 26. Haute Lunch
3. Mode Plus 15. Pieces of {my} Earth 27. Sprinkles in Springs
4. The Quirky Martini 16. Audrey Allure 28. Beautifully Invisible
5. Bon Bon Rose Girls 17. Pensand Lens 29. made- to- travel
6. designedbyann 18. caramellitsa 30. Shoesclothesmakeup
7. THE- LOUDMOUTH 19. Fashion RECON 31. Elle Enchanted
8. FASHION TALES 20. Oh to Be a Muse 32. Queendiva
9. By Anika 21. Fierce 33. Ms Fashinista
10. Bella Q 22. Gaby
11. this girls vintage 23. The Well- Appointed Catwalk
12. Any Second Now 24. Spy Girl


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To see all the images I pinned for inspiration on this theme, check out my Pinterest board.




FBFF Q&A: These shews rule!

06 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing vintage ivory blouse and black boyfriend blazer
Proud of my vintage Bergdorf Goodman blouse

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I love shews. Shews. I admit, I went through a Kelly phase. I have a passion for the absurd, and shoes. So why so sad, panda? Let’s talk about shoes. This week’s Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday is all about footwear.

FBFF: What is your go-to pair of shoes?

FJ: In winter, I wear my black leather ankle boots at least three times a week. In summer, Dansko sandals. When my feet are happy, I’m happy.

FBFF: What goes into your shoe buying decisions?

FJ: Comfort first, versatility second, style third. Let me explain. Growing up, I’ve always identified with The Little Mermaid, the real story, not that Disney sugar-coated version. My feet hurt often. One day, often turned to always. Every step hurt, every day. I lived in San Francisco and walked everywhere. For fun, I ran. This translates to pain, pain, pain. I ran a half marathon and never recovered. I eventually saw a podiatrist and got confirmation that I had arthritis and bone spurs. We made a cast of my feet and I got my first pair of orthotics. Most shoes that accommodate orthotics are ugly.

There, I said it.

I have to wear them at least two-thirds of the time and absolutely if I’m going to be doing any actual walking around. I’ve searched high and low for attractive, stylish orthotic-friendly shoes. You know what I found out? I found out that they’re incredibly expensive and they’re not that sexy.

FBFF: The majority of the shoes in your closet are what color?

FJ: Black

FBFF: When it comes to design shoes what are your favorite brands and why?

FJ: Munro. They fit my orthotics and they’re not horrid. They have some cute styles. Nothing to write home about but I don’t feel like I’m wearing nurse shoes when I’m wearing them, I feel relatively contemporary. Let me add a little perspective to this. My orthotics have a hard plastic bottom for support. Most of the time that I’m walking around, I’m squeaking a little. Yes, I’m squeaking. If you pay attention you can hear me walking down the hall. You know, sometimes in life you just have to laugh. What’s a girl to do? I’m laughing now just thinking about it.

FBFF: If price wasn’t an issue, you’d own which shoe?

FJ: To be honest, I stopped looking at shoes a long time ago knowing I could never wear them. More often than not, I’m on the lookout for a good pair of comfortable shoes. I have to be, I refuse to wear ugly shoes. I used to wear a lot of Stuart Weitzmans back in the day. I had a pair of pony hair leopard-spotted ankle boots to die for. They’re expensive but still somewhat attainable and pretty comfortable. I would otherwise look for the most outlandish, unreasonable shoe ever. Those are the shoes I covet.

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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Wear comfortable shoes! I mean it, if you’re wobbling and look uncomfortable, it’s going to show. There are so many stylish options today that there really is no reason to suffer. Make your go-to pair stylish and comfortable. Choose a pair that’s neutral enough to work with half your closet. Your feet may not always stand out in a crowd but the smile on your face will be genuine. Happiness is the most stylish thing you can wear.

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Black boyfriend blazer/BDG, vintage ivory blouse/thrifted, mint green deco belt/ModCloth, black ankle cigarette jeans/BDG, vegan brown suede boots/Munro, steampunk necklace, thrifted.


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A sleek line

04 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing wide-leg hemp pants and white tunic
Sleek in white


It’s not that I don’t love white, it’s that upon closer inspection I’ve discovered I have so little of it.

It’s never about how much you have, it’s how you use it.

There’s more beneath the surface of this outfit. On Sunday I decided that I should get my sewing privileges revoked if I didn’t actually sew something soon. One can’t beg Santa for a sewing machine and not sew. Even if Santa is one’s husband. Lo and behold, I came across my favorite wide-leg hemp pants while rummaging through the pile of things to alter. Too big to wear, do I dare? Yes, I dare.

I took the waistband apart carefully, took a few inches out and put the whole precarious endeavor back together. I’m pretty proud of the end result considering that I technically winged it. I can use a sewing machine but I don’t claim to know how to sew; I’m working on it. Check out more photos of my handywork on my facebook page.

To see how others are wearing white, check out Pretty Shiny Sparkly’s Bloggers Do It Better “White Out” challenge this week. While I didn’t technically participate, I was inspired to create an outfit based on hearing about the challenge.

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The wide legs were offset by a form-fitting top to create a sleek silhouette. When wearing baggy bottoms, a form-fitting top offers a sharp contrast and keeps your look from getting frumpy.

Baggy wide-leg pants are so light and comfortable on a hot day. Do you have a pair? What do you wear them with?

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Wide-leg hemp pants/Michael Kors, tiered white tunic/Nordstrom’s Rack, necklace/gifted, flat casual shoes/Naturalizer.


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02 May

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing white shorts and vintage ivory blouse
A sophomore attempt

I have a confession to make. I have never before in my life dressed up a pair of shorts. Not until last month, anyway. After seeing Stephanie of The Loudmouth and her friend Bryn rock the shorts in Vegas, I knew I had to try it. I dipped my toes, so to speak, at my friend’s birthday party knowing I was in a safe place should things start feeling awkward. As it turns out everything worked out just fine. I’m always amazed at how trying something new can feel so daunting.

I figured if I could pull it off once, I can pull off again.

I picked up these litte babies a few weeks ago, the eyelets and the fact that they’re made of organic cotton did me in. I had a vision of wearing them out on a date. We were invited to a tequila tasting in San Francisco on Saturday, which we followed up with dinner at a new restaurant. It was a fairly warm late afternoon and I had my coat with me. For those of you who don’t know San Francisco’s weather, it rarely gets hot and often gets chilly in the evenings, hence the precautionary coat. My outfit was incredibly comfortable—of course it was—I was wearing shorts! I was even complimented which is always a nice treat.

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The gold tights are very shimmery

We tasted about six brands of tequila; starting with blanco, continuing with reposado and finishing with añejo. If they offered a special reserve of some sort we tasted those also at the end. The concept behind tasting the blanco first is that it’s still young and the forward flavor is representative of what will be the foundation which carries into the more aged reposado and añejo. If you don’t like the blanco at all, it’s likely that you won’t enjoy the more aged tequila of that harvest either.

And you thought this blog was just about fashion.

This is what happens when you’re married to a man who knows his spirits. A little is bound to rub off. My favorite tequila of the night was the Casa 7 Leguas. As much fun as it was to taste tequila there was only so much stimulation my palate could handle before calling it quits. As you can imagine, we had a lovely time.

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Go for it! Be adventurous and daring, try something new! If it feels daunting, give it a trial run when visiting close friends just like I did. You’ll be more comfortable and should there be a wardrobe malfunction you can all have a good laugh.

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White organic cotton eyelet shorts/H&M, vintage ivory blouse/thrifted, gold tights/Urban Outfitters, ochre yellow elastic belt/Anthropologie, suede khaki shoes/Earthies, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted.


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IFB Links à la Mode weekly roundup

01 May

Last week the post I wrote about tattoos was selected to be featured on Independent Fashion Bloggers weekly roundup, Links à la Mode. I’m very proud to be among such good company. I recommend checking out the posts by my fellow contributors.

While I typically focus on outfits-of-the-day posts, my dream is to make time to write more thoughtful in-depth pieces, especially as they relate to positive body image and personal growth. You might enjoy a couple other posts I’ve written in the past which were also selected by IFB, Favorite body parts and Shine your light on me.


More than Meets the Eye

Edited by Fajr Muhammad at Stylish Thought

When you visit a fashion blog you often see a stylish blogger posing in a perfectly, put together outfit with gorgeous scenery. What you don’t see is the work that goes into curating and maintaining a fashion blog. This week the theme across IFB was outfit posts: what deems an outfit worthy, what goes into creating a stunning visual post and ultimately the comments (some not so nice) that we receive as style bloggers. Ultimately, blogging is a way to express our love for fashion and personal style but as this week’s links can attest to, there is much more to fashion blogging than meets the eye.

Links à la Mode: April 28th


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