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FBFF Q&A: What’s your dream job?

19 Aug

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing mint green lace front tunic, floral scarf

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing mint green lace front tunic, floral scarf, paisley harem pants, green sandals

This is how I dress when I’m not working for the weekend. I must admit that my weekend outfits have evolved, they have become cuter and less sloppy. While I’ve never been one to let myself go, I’ve certainly taken advantage at times of being home and unseen.

One year, I went through my closet and got rid of everything sloppy, slouchy, stretched and stained.

The problem is these special “cleaning out the garage” outfits started making a regular appearance. Let’s face it, they were soft and comfortable, I never had to worry about messing them up as I putzed around the house or garden. My subconscious has a tendency to propel me towards the familiar and comfortable. I had to take drastic actions. Eliminate the temptation, solve the problem.

If I’m home all day I’m not going to be doing dishes with jewelry, a scarf and shoes on but you will no longer find me looking like I’m in the middle of cleaning out the garage. Especially since I haven’t had one in eight years.

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This week on Friend Friday, (FBFF), there’s been talk about pursuing dreams. What’s your dream job? What would you love to be doing right now? Putting them down on paper is often the first step to realizing those dreams. Today, we’ve been asked to consider what that dream job would be. Let’s see what I’d be doing. I eliminated my very first dream job: to be a snowboarding instructor and ride full-time because I have every intention to teach someday and it’s not a stretch at all. I’m just not ready to do it at the moment.

FBFF: Fess up – if you could do anything professionally what would it be?

FMJ: My dream environment would make use of my love of writing and fashion, along with my creative, analytical and interpersonal skills. (That really sounds like I pulled it from my fantasy resumé!)

FBFF: What draws you to this?

FMJ: I’ve always loved to write, English was my favorite topic in school and I was a voracious reader. I actually have a blog for my poetry, The Places I’ve Been. I’ve always had fun with clothes, there’s never been a time in my life when I played completely by fashion rules. Fortunately, I’m already in a creative and analytical role. I think I would die if I weren’t. That’s very dramatic of me, so, ok, I wouldn’t die. I would, however, be completely and utterly miserable not having strong creative outlets in my life. I’m just wired that way. And they can’t be just creative, they must have an element of logic and analysis, too. Both sides of my brain want to play in the game.

FBFF: When did you first start dreaming about this ideal?

FMJ: I don’t know that there has ever been a clear starting point. Right now, it still feels like a fantasy job.

FBFF: What’s holding you back from going all in?

FMJ: I suspect part of not having tried to head in that direction is the lack of relatable skills. While I probably would do well in such an environment, it would take a great leap of faith for someone to have the vision that could connect what I’ve been doing with what I could be doing.

Conceptually, it doesn’t feel like a stretch, right? I’m responsible for the visual representation and interpretation of marketing objectives for well-known brands. I get how to make things look good while also making them work. The high level skills are transferable, the direct experience is not.

FBFF: Sometimes the first step is the hardest… what’s one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream?

FMJ: Research, conversations and developing clarity on what it is I want. Whatever it is I do starts with the first step I take.

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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Paisley harem pants/H&M, mint green lace front tunic/Urban Outfitters, floral scarf/Urban Outfitters, green sandals/Finn Comfort, long beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s, mint green glass spiral earrings/Braindrops, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill.

 

 

Show me your shorts! – Pushing past the fear

15 Aug

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing mint green bubble shorts, salmon tank and peach blazer

Overcoming fears. Pushing ourselves. Redefining our place in the world. Being proud of who we are while embracing the unknown of what we will become. What does all this have to do with showing your shorts?

A few weeks ago I called on you to submit photos of yourselves wearing shorts. I picked this in particular because it happened to be the one item of clothing that was a stretch for me to wear comfortably and I pushed myself to get over it. It’s not the wearing of shorts that makes me feel better about myself, it’s the pushing past the fear. I decided to celebrate that push, we all have fears to overcome but it is infinitely easier to push when we don’t feel alone.

I have news for you, you’re never alone over here.

See and read how these ladies wore their shorts. For some it was hard, for others it was completely natural. By sharing their photos each gives us inspiration and each gives us cause to celebrate ourselves and our bodies. Stephanie of The Loudmouth was my inspiration to push myself. Who will be yours?

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Stephanie, The Loudmouth

When people think of Minnesota, they think of snow. And BELIEVE ME, we get snow. But we also get incredible, suffocating, oppressive heat and humidity in the summer and when it’s hot outside, shorts are virtually all I can wear. And, thankfully, my fellow Minnesotans seem to feel similarly and sport shorts all summer long. The very idea that any woman would feel her body isn’t worthy of shorts makes me want to shake my tiny fists at the sky. No matter how big, small, long, short, scarred, hairy, pocked, smooth, wrinkled, tanned, or pale your legs are, you can and should wear shorts if the spirit moves you. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. Promise me. – Sally, Already Pretty

I don’t like being told what to do. So, when my thighs, who are both bossy and rebellious, tried to tell me not to wear shorts, I decided on a little rebellion of my own. I’m wearing shorts and I’m happy to be doing so. Viva la shorts! – Gracey, Fashion For Giants

I know that short shorts on a “mature” woman is a major fashion faux pas. I believe the proper protocol calls for a no more than two-fingers above the knee hemline. I tried to do this about 6 years ago, when I turned 40. When I was 39 I wore what I believed to be my last spate of micro-minis because I planned to retire my short hemlines and trade ‘em in for a more modest and mature skirt, and shorts length.

For a year I wore what is now called “metro shorts.” And I call them grampa, or golf shorts. And you know what? The length dated me- made me look older and not in a nice way like toting an Hermes bag or wearing a Chanel jacket would. I looked dowdy. Old. Frumpy. And I said: fuck that. So I took a pair of scissors and shortened all my shorts and that was that. Now I shameless parade my middle aged gams about in saucy skirts and short shorts. You know the saying: Give a girl an inch and she’ll wear it as a skirt. Well you do now. – Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud

With summer here, showing a little skin is almost a must to keep cool in the heat. Over the years, I have pushed myself to be more comfortable with my body – including showing off my legs in shorts. These denim cut-offs were a do-it-yourself project have been my go-to pair for the summer and I feel wonderful in them. – Callie, Unladylike

I started wearing “short” shorts the last 3-4 years. I usually wear shorts that are a little bit above the knee, but lately I’ve ventured into shorted shorts. These black ones are my favorites because their length is ideal for both wearing in the office and going out. And black is always a classical color that never goes out of fashion! – Anna, Designed By Ann

These shorts are actually a pair of “Just My Size” jeans that were too short, which I cut off. I am nervous about showing my legs and knees in photos – therefore I cover them up.This is a challenge for me to not worry about what others think and to just push myself outside of my comfort zone. Therefore, you can see me and my “not-so-perfect” parts. I hope you are encouraged to not be so concerned about the outside but worry more about the inside. Right now, I need to work on the inside…. so this was perfect timing! - Sherry, Girls Day Out

I love having bare legs! I would wear shorts to work everyday if I could find some that fit me well. Either the shorts are too short and inappropriate to wear to work (too much upper leg chub dangling out), or they are too boxy and manly looking (like I am some hip hop star or something- just call me J-Dog yo yo if you know what I mean). These black shorts are the lone pair I own that I wear with heels and a dressier top. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else is wearing so I can get some more ideas!! – Jodi, Day2Daywear

I just felt like doing something casual with a lil bling. Also often when I wear short shorts I like to pair ‘em with a loose fitting top. So i added this gap peasant top, which I cropped myself to these tan shorts by Necessary Objects. Then for the bling I added this rhinestone choker from BeBe, an Eiffel tower necklace that I added a second pendant to, this sequin rhinestone bracelet and these 3 stone jellies by Dollhouse. – Doc Starr, Doc Starr Chic

Being petite, short shorts are one way to elongate your figure and show off your legs. For me, it’s a secret rebellion against the tall, tanned, toned, and slim figures…and to show that yea, I can rock shorts too. - Jess, Stylepint

I wore this outfit to meet one of my girlfriends for some fish, chips and a Guinness at my favorite local pub. I usually wear skirts and not shorts however thanks to our weather I could wear shorts almost all year round if I choose to. – Ofelia, My Intended Life

I thrifted a pair of khaki Bermuda shorts a few weeks ago with the intention to dye them either red or yellow. I also got a pair of  7 for All Mankind jeans that had seen better days. I knew that they would work well as a pair of cutoffs, so they were destined to be red (more on those in another post) leaving the khakis to become my new yellow shorts. I love how bright they turned out to be! – Danie, No Guilt Fashion

Inspired by the colored denim craze, I went for a shorter version in my new favorite J. Crew shorts! I threw on the headband just for fun, and think I just found another trend I can’t seem to get enough of!!! – Carlina, Allergic To Vanilla

As a kid summer was all about shorts and t-shirts, swimsuits and flipflops. But now as a professional, summer has become more about trying not to melt while running errands and attempting to still look fresh by the end of the day while attired in ‘dress-up’ clothes. So on the weekends, I’m not afraid to bust out the shorts and run around town. I’m especially loving the dressed up shorts trend that was huge this summer, allowing ladies everywhere to look stylish and fresh while still wearing the play clothes of childhood. – Katy, ModlyChic

Yvonne, Fashion Recon

Terri, Rags Against The Machine

Nicole, Graph Paper Heart

Veshoevius, The Taxonomy Of My Wardrobe

Please join me in thanking everyone who took the time to participate, I encourage you today to share your comments and words of encouragement. It may only be Monday but in my world this moment is cause for celebration.

How are you celebrating yourself?

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Mint green shorts/ModCloth, salmon tank/Urban Outfitters, peach blazer/Nordstrom’s, platform sandals/Urban Outfitters, rose and sparrow necklace/gifted.

 

Show me your shorts! – A blog event

01 Aug

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing ivory shorts, peach blazer, blue suede platform sandals

Now, get your mind out of the gutter! This is my story. I have never worn shorts except for running, outdoor park and beach days or hanging around the house. This is relatively new to me, I was initially inspired by a picture that Stephanie of The Loudmouth posted of herself some months back. All of a sudden, it seemed like everyone was wearing shorts but me. Alright, not everyone but it was my perception at the time. I decided to give it a shot.

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

I first wore them on a date with my hubby, it seemed like a pretty safe way to dip my toes. Next, I wore them to a friend’s party. One thing led to another and next thing you know, I finally did the unthinkable, I wore a pair to work last week. I had attempted the week before and chickened out. Yes, I do that sometimes.

It might come as a surprise that I had to really push myself to do this given that my outfit choices are not particularly conservative. I wear a lot of bright colors and I have tattoos but this was just new to me. I saw it as a way to step outside my comfort zone, something I’m actually comfortable doing. What I mean is that I like the challenge of pushing myself to do something new, something different. There’s a lot of personal growth to gain from taking chances. It’s easy to play it safe, I fall prey to complacency often.

Then I see someone wearing shorts and I’m intrigued and inspired; I know I must push myself repeatedly in this life and step up. It is only through trial and error that we get to realize our potential.

It isn’t the initial fear or hesitation, it isn’t the discomfort that defines us, it’s what we do with it when we experience it. How are you defining yourself?

There’s a song on Paul Simon’s Graceland album called “Further to Fly”. I think of it as my personal anthem. As long as I can dream, as long as the cycle of life continues, there is further to fly. Now I’m wearing shorts with the sass of someone who’s done it all along. You know I’m keeping an eye out for that next challenge. Whether it be sartorial, physical or professional, it will inevitable be very personal.

Won’t you join me?

Send me your photos of how you’re rockin’ the shorts and in two weeks, on Monday, August 15, I will post them and link back to you. My goal is to inspire you to challenge yourself and share with others how you’ve done it. Every time we push ourselves, even doing something as simple as wearing something we don’t typically wear, we grow as individuals. You’re helping me grow, let’s do this together.

I’m calling out to all you lovelies who are already wearing shorts to show us how you do it and I’m calling on those of you who don’t wear shorts to go for it, dip your toes in that water, the temperature is just right. Send me your photos at flyingfabu [at] gmail [dot] com by Friday, August 12, with a little blurb either about your outfit or the experience of wearing the shorts. Let’s make this happen!

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Top: Ivory shorts/H&M, ivory lace top/Nordstrom’s, peach blazer/Nordstrom’s, long beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s, orange skinny belt/thrifted, blue suede platform sandals/Barcelona. 

Bottom: White cotton eyelet shorts/H&M, vintage Bergdorf Goodman blouse/thrifted, ochre elastic belt/Anthropologie, gold shimmer tights/Urban Outfitters, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted, hand-carved wood earrings/Braindrops.

 

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

 

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.

Flowers
Strawberries
Cocktail
Toes
Skirt
Hummingbird
Field

 

 
 

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.

 

Freedom from words

06 Apr

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A visual representation of myself through photography
Freedom
A visual representation of myself through photography
Illegal
A visual representation of myself through photography
Heart
A visual representation of myself through photography
Heaven

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This is my first Full Time Fabulous blog event. The theme is to create a visual representation of how our location in the world influences us. As a citizen of the world, I chose to express myself solely through pictures I’ve taken over the past couple of years. I wanted to create a story without words and deliberately left it open to interpretation. For more information, check out Kristy Eléna’s blog.

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing Pantone's color of the year, honeysuckle, with jeans
Honeysuckle and cedar, from Pantone’s colors of the year palette

I realized this morning that I have become so accustomed to wearing dresses everyday that pants, especially jeans, have become a novelty. I’ve had this blouse for a few months and was itching to wear it.

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Wearing denim to work requires some attention to detail so as not to appear unprofessional, even in a casual atmosphere. A soft blouse is comfortable but still looks polished. Dressier shoes with a low or medium heel in a similar color palette add an unpredictable touch.

How do you wear your denim to work? Do you choose fun tops and funky flats, or do you dress them up with a structured shirt, heels and a blazer? Or do you pick something in between?

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Cedar green blouse/Modcloth, honeysuckle infinity scarf/Urban Outfitters, jeans/Calvin Klein, sage green shoes/Tsubo, necklace/Linkel Designs.