Show & Tell

27 Dec

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There are those days when nothing seems to go right. Then, there are days when every single little detail falls into place, when the universe conspires to help you get everything right; it was one of those days. In my last post I wore I a navy blue pencil skirt that I picked up from a small, independently-owned shop that had just opened by my work in Downtown Oakland. I mentioned wanting to make more mindful purchasing decisions. I’m not looking for a revolution but I believe that paying just a little more attention will present opportunities for me to make the small changes necessary to live more closely to my heart, while looking fabulous the whole time, of course.

Let’s see exactly what happened on that fateful day. I happened to be in the dressing room of Show & Tell when I overheard the owner talk about their store’s philosophy to another customer. I loved what I heard, that they support local designers and fair trade practices with a focus on being paperless and sustainable; I wanted to help them thrive. It didn’t hurt that their clothes were really cute and the owners really nice. That stuck with me all day until I came up with the idea of taking pictures of different outfits in their store to promote them on The House in the Clouds. Nothing fancy, just me, my tripod and the overhead fluorescent lights. I approached them with the idea, they seemed happy and pleasantly surprised. I had the green light.

That same afternoon, I was directing a photo shoot at work and was telling the photographer of my plan. He offered to do an entire fashion shoot on location for us for the same reasons I wanted to do it: for support and for fun. I let the the shop owners Alyah and Nichole know, this suddenly went up a few notches and we were all totally thrilled. The very next Sunday, or as I like to refer to it, on the coldest day of the year so far, four of us walked around Downtown Oakland and had a blast taking pictures while curious onlookers checked out the scene.

The following is the result of our collective enthusiasm. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, stop by the shop sometime and check out what they have. It goes without saying the clothes are adorable and flattering.

Daily outfit, wearing grey pencil skirt, long black tunic, downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing grey and pink floral skirt, pink t-shirt, pink infinity scarf in downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing blue and white checked skirt, lavender button-down shirt, colorful bowtie, in downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing purple lace detail black sheer blouse, black tulip mini skirt, over-the-knee-boots, in downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing purple lace detail black sheer blouse, black tulip mini skirt, over-the-knee-boots, in downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing purple lace detail black sheer blouse, black tulip mini skirt, over-the-knee-boots, in downtown Oakland

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Show & Tell is owned by Alyah Baker and Nichole Payton and is located at 500 12th Street in the Oakland City Center Plaza. All clothes shown are from their store; jewelry, tights and shoes are my own. Check out their facebook page for updates. These fantastic photos were taken by Ron Essex in beautiful Downtown Oakland, California.


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  1. Mackenzie

    December 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    fabienne. you are my hero, plain and simple.


    December 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    You are such an amazing writer, not to mention breathtakingly beautiful. That second photo, WOW!!!
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    January 1, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Happy New year, dear friend.
    Let´s keep in closer touch this year.
    Much love

  4. daisymay

    January 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Wow you have amazing hair.

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  5. Fashnlvr

    January 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Oh WOW! I love those black lace tights – so sexy! the back of that black and purple top is fantastic. Love it! Red lipstick looks really great on you too – by the way!
    You make a great model and spokesperson!
    Glad to see you are doing so well! Hugs!
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  6. Arash Mazinani

    January 13, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Awesome pictures, the colour in the second one is immense! Was that photoshopped afterwards? Or was it the way the photographer had his camera set up?
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    • Fabienne Jach

      January 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks! The photographer did some color adjustments but it was an overcast day and the diffused lighting made all the colors really come top life.