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30 for 30 Winter, day 8. WYSIWYG

12 Feb

That’s some bed head

This baby girl is au naturel. That’s right, I’m not wearing a spec of make-up nor is my hair done yet. I was determined to get a picture, this is one of my favorite outfits so far. I threw my hair brush and make-up in a bag, ran out with the tripod, snapped a few and quickly ran to the car. I have no shame.
I woke up too late to accommodate all that needed to be accomplished in the morning. The hubby had an early meeting on Friday, yours truly had a late night on Thursday and with very good reason. I met up with fellow blogger Mackenzie of Whatever, Gatsby. She’s in San Francisco for a week, we caught Martha Wainwright singing Edith Piaf at the Great American Music Hall.

The show was just mind-blowing, Piaf is no easy chanteuse to emulate yet Wainwright did this icon justice in vocal acuity, intensity and performance. Her own songs were equally enthralling. The hall is a beautiful ornate and intimate venue, perfect for such a performance. Meeting one of my favorite bloggers and hanging out in such a setting made for a wonderful evening. If you haven’t met Mackenzie yet, let me introduce you to a woman with a great sense of humor, a love for the magical nature of words who also bubbles with a contagious enthusiasm and joie de vivre. She’s just as delightful in person as she is on her blog.

In case you were wondering, I represented my Friday red for Go Red for Women with the unexpected hint of a belt. If you were around for the last 30 for 30 Fall challenge, you’ve probably recognized the mustard dress. I can’t get enough of it and thought it would be fun to find even more ways to remix it. The tights are actually a shimmery gold, they’re really quite a scene.

Deets: Mustard dress/ModCloth, infinity scarf/knitted by me, plum poncho/unknown, red belted/swished, gold tights/Urban Outfitters, vegan faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill.

Mackenzie and I

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 7. Golly jeepers…

09 Feb
Oh HyperOptics, I love you.

Just keeping my neck warm

… Where’d you get those peepers? Ah, yes, the ol’ Siouxsie and The Banshees reference.*

Did you see? Did you see? I’m wearing my new glasses! I never, ever wear glasses out. The fact is I haven’t been satisfied with a pair from a functional, aesthetic or comfort standpoint in years. But these babies got me all charged up. I have high hopes. In fact, I’m still wearing them now. They’re that comfortable.

You know what else? I’m wearing an infinity scarf I knitted. My true pride and joy of the moment because what you see here folks is a prime example of an aspiring knitter who just graduated from one to two stitches as of last weekend. Hence the visibly different rows. It only took a bunch of tries then I read the basic knitting manual I bought and got it sorted out.

So here’s the deal. I’ve noticed my followers are growing. Slow and steady yet quite exciting, I must say. When I reach the magic number of fifty I’m going to have my first give-away. I’m not actually encouraging people to follow me just because, it’s not my style. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shooing anyone away, I’m just making an announcement to you lovelies who already do follow.

I will knit with my very own two hands an identical infinity scarf and give it away. When I hit fifty, I’ll get one of those randomizer mystery thingies and figure it out, all you’ll have to do is enter. That’s it. I get to practice knitting and you get rewarded for hanging out.

If I don’t end up posting tomorrow night it will be because I’m meeting the coolest Floridian I know of, the lovely miss Mackenzie of Whatever, Gatsby. We’re going to catch a show in San Francisco. I’m very excited about meeting a super awesome chica who also happens to be another blogger. If you haven’t already discovered her, go. Really, go.

Speaking of scarves and give-aways, here’s one that happening right now. Check out A Working Mom’s Closet for details on how to enter. These scarves are so cool that I’m putting one on my wish list for when the shopping ban ends at the end of the 30 for 30.

* Old enough to quote Siouxsie is enough of a clue why those bad boys have progressive lenses. Which TOTALLY rock, by the way. I can see far away. I can see close up. Far away. Close up. Far. Close.

Très cool.

Deets: Orange t-shirt/Club Monaco, ruffled sweater shrug/Moth, Anthropologie, infinity scarf delight/hand-knitted by moi, black ankle cigarette jeans/BDG, Urban Outfitters, fishnet knee-highs/We Love Colors, elastic top slip-on shoes/Munro, daisy ring/Re4m, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago.

 
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Shine your light on me

23 Dec
Wearing a green flower dress in my garden

This little number transitioned seamlessly from summer to winter

Owl necklace

Ode to Clash of The Titans

 

This morning I woke up at 4:15 a.m., coughing. Rather than putting my husband through the Hell that is your partner coughing incessantly next to you, I got out of bed, threw a zinc lozenge in my mouth and spent some quality time with my laptop.

I started thinking about the independent fashion and lifestyle community. How much support and kindness there is out there. I reflected back to a time when life was more competitive amongst women around me. When I was younger and I felt that any woman who had something interesting to offer was immediately a threat subject to character dissection until proven worthy of friendship. A dubious task at best. You can imagine how few made the cut.

It appalls me that this had been my reality. We all collect baggage on our path from toddler to young adult and into maturity. Some we inherit as it’s passed down from generation to generation. We’re also equipped with the ability to shed some of this baggage, which I happen to think is one of the most significant things about developing self-awareness and choosing our evolutionary path.

Who do you want to be? How are you getting there? Have you put an army of support together to help on your journey?

I wish I could tell all women, young and old, this truth: That there is room for all of us in the world to shine. That unity makes us stronger, that we can learn from each other. Whether it be as simple and as superficial as taking note of how someone with beautiful hair styles and cares for it to watching and supporting a friend who’s decided to overcome her fear of advanced math and conquer it. My life-long friend from high school recently decided to this, I can’t tell you how proud I am of her.

When you see another woman in your life succeed, use it to energize your spirit and inspire you to keep trying. When you see a woman comfortable with her beauty take note of what makes her beautiful; it’s likely to be that her capacity for love and compassion, humor and perseverance is what makes her truly shine

Don’t limit your judgment of beauty to a dress size or flawless skin. Life is so much richer than that.

I find myself grateful to have taken a new step in my life with this blog and that I found support from complete strangers. The encouragement I have received says so much about who each one of you are, what you carry in your heart and that you fundamentally believe that there is room for each one of us to shine.

There is no hero. There is no idol. We are more beautiful and interesting collectively; together we make up the different colors, shapes and patterns of a unique weave, the different harmonies of one song. So go ahead, dip your toes in the water of confidence. Embrace the trial and errors, pick yourself up and give it another go. Ask for a hand if you need it, the universe wants you to succeed.

This is your time to shine.

 

Deets: Green watercolor dress/H&M, green cashmere pullover/Bloomingdale’s, owl necklace/Urban Outfitters, ivory knitted tights/Hue, aqua legwarmers/unknown, grey faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, infinity scarf/hand-knitted by Stacy.

 
 

Mediterranean Sunset Dreams

16 Dec
Of course I’m smiling. I just ate some delicious chocolates.

The pearls barely peeked through, exactly how I wanted

Aqua and gold. A calm, deep aqua sea against the striking gold of a hot setting summer sun. Since the Mediterranean is currently off-limits for certain logistical reasons, primarily that my physical being is in Northern California, I shall dream of a different place and season by wearing my imagination.

When I first bought this dress I deemed it too vertically challenged for work but have since grown accustomed to it. In fact, I quite like it. I feel bolder with two pairs of tights on, the juxtaposition of grey lace against the teal tights adds dimension, visual interest and warmth as they disappear into my faux cowboy boots.

Old Faithful makes yet another appearance in its cashmere glory; talk about a sweater that has withstood the test of time. The gold elastic belt does my waistline justice, regardless of the fact that I started my day with Haribo Gold Bears and ended it with four divine CocoaBella chocolates. Somewhere in between all this was a cheddar cheese stick, a frozen Indian entree and half a fruit and nut bar but dinner remains to be seen.

You might have taken notice of the different background. These photos were taken at work, I left the house in a messy mad dash this morning and didn’t have a chance to shoot. My friend Euan at work has been kind enough to take these, as he happens to be quite a kind and skilled photographer. Cross your fingers, I’m hoping his talent make a regular appearance here.

We’re having lunch next week, I’ll keep you updated!

Deets: Dijon dress/ModCloth, aqua cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, yellow elastic belt/Anthropologie, grey lace tights/Hue, aqua tights/Hue, grey boots/ModCloth, pearl necklace/gifted, grey and teal infinity scarf/hand-made by Stacy.

Photos by Euan Rannachan

 
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