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30 for 30 Winter, Day 21

07 Mar
Sitting in my garden

Sitting pretty in aqua

Standing against the fence

The outfit in its entirety

An obi belt I made myself

The obi belt I made with two silk ties

Bracelets from H&M

Love the color of these dainty bracelets!

Patterned tights and cool bag from Argentina

My purse against the pattern of the tights

I’m officially behind on getting pictures up but, on the other hand, I’ve got a slew of cool snowboarding photos. I’ll spare you most, but do stay tuned for my favorite. It has to do with a sign, a skull and crossbones, and me and the hubby. Grinning.

Fine, twist my arm, I’ll just tell you all about it. We posed like tourists in front of the “Experts Only” sign for the double black diamond run we did six times. Cheesy, yes, but in a good way. I’ll get it up soon for your viewing pleasure. We look silly, I’m warning you.

 

Deets: Aqua cashmere cardi/Bloomingdale’s, black dress/MaxStudio, patterned tights/Cynthia Crowley, obi belt/ReStyled as shown here, black leather ankle boots/Munro, teal and silver tone bracelets/H&M, hand-made glass bead necklace/gifted, purse/gifted from Argentina.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 10. Windy days

15 Feb

I carried my own personal sunshine with me all day

This necklace and glass beads were hand-made and gifted to me

It dawned on me that some days are magical photo days and others, not so much. I usually snap a couple rounds of seven consecutive shots with the self timer and call it a day. Today would be the exception. I must have taken about five rounds this morning that were so bad that upon my return home to grab my forgotten phone I proceeded to shoot another three rounds. I kid you not, they were that bad. Let me help you with that math, that’s fifty-six. Fifty-six pictures to get a single decent one.

I’ll admit it worked out, even with the wind blowing in my hair and my sweater being slightly cattiwampus. Some days are just like that, so, okay then. Be that way, day.

Lest I forget once again, it’s time to be Fabulous in February. Here’s the deal, this is the month of love and every Monday this month it’s all about self-love, Tuesday if you’re me and you forgot. Those of us participating are publicly declaring three things we love about ourselves. I can do that.

Numéro Un: I like that I have great stamina. When healthy, I’ve almost always had the stamina to take on any activity for a really long time. I used to go cycling four to five hours at a time. I ran a half-marathon with only a couple weeks of training. I’m just good at pacing myself and just hanging in there.

Numéro Deux: I like that I’m always learning new things. I ask more questions now than ever before. It’s amazing how many new things I learn every day. Crazy!

Numéro Trois: I like that I can cry. I never cried much when I was growing up. (Whatever conclusions you just came to about my upbringing are probably correct, I’ll leave it at that.) I didn’t express pain, only anger and frustration. I never let anyone seem my vulnerable side. What a drag, really. Everyone needs to cry some time. Even if it’s a television commercial. My tears, my moment with a tissue or two. That’s what waterproof mascara is for.

On another note I’ve been tooling around with the idea of a vlog feature. Let’s see how I do on camera. Actually, I already know. It’s weird to see yourself. I’m going to totally erase myself from my memory and try again. Am I gutsy enough? We’ll see. I shudder at having to hear my voice, you guys know what I’m talking about; when you suddenly realize what you sound like to everyone else. What do you think? To vlog or not to vlog?

Deets: Aqua cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, black skirt/Nordstrom’s, yellow tights/Urban Outfitters, aqua tank top/Free People, elastic top slip-on shoes/Munro, hand-made glass bead necklace/gifted.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 6. Dilated pupils

08 Feb
Playing up the plum in the skirt with the tights
Pattern on pattern, can’t get enough of it

Vintage earring as brooch

Wild and windy

My new glasses came in and boy are they cool! I’m so excited to have them! I have a little secret, these are my first pair of progressive lenses, I’ll be able to wear them all day on the computer. I finished off my visit to the optometrist with a little pupil dilation, I’m happy to report all is well. I’ve got about another minute in me before signing off the computer, I can barely focus. That’s just how committed I am to posting today. I’ve slipped on my fanciest blogging shoes* and I’m ready to go.

Deets: Recycled sweaters skirt/Urban Outfitters, black tank top/Nordstrom’s, aqua cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, black leather skinny belt/Norstrom’s, plum tights/Hue, black lace tights/Urban Outfitters, black hand-knitted scarf/made with love by Stacy, vintage clip-on earring worn as brooch/thrifted, blue topaz ring/unknown, black leather ankle boots/Munro.


* The snuggliest plum down slippers. Ever.

 
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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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Connecting with readers

12 Dec
It was really foggy today and felt somewhat ethereal

Hand-made bead and necklace, gifted, (lucky me!)

My first purchase in 30 days

The holidays are officially wreaking havoc on my life as of right now. I’m a planner with a mild, yet debilitating, case of Type A at the moment; I officially feel behind. I have a to-do list which loosely outlines all the ways that my scheduling abilities are failing:

  • Christmas card designed and mailed, no
  • Christmas tree purchased, no
  • Christmas decorations installed, no
  • Christmas presents made, no
  • Christmas baking planned, no
  • Baking ingredients purchased, no
  • Holiday parties attended, yes, one

I blame being under the weather for some of it. The rest I attribute to having high expectations of what I, SuperFabu, can achieve in less time that anyone else. If I figure out how it’s done, I’ll let you know. As of now, I just got off the phone with a friend who will help me get a tree. FTW!

Let’s turn back the clock a little to Friday, shall we? I’m digging these Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday questions, the topic is on reader connectedness.

FBFF: How important do you think reader connectedness is to the success of your blog?
FJ: It depends on what metrics one uses to define success. Personally, I’m currently defining is as a way to share, entertain, inspire and connect with others. If I can inspire a reader, or get a chuckle out of them, that makes me feel like it’s worth the effort. Based on my criteria, I would say reader connectedness is important.

FBFF: What do you do to draw readers in and create that writer-reader bond?
FJ: I try to keep the content fresh and personal enough to engage. If my content was totally dry, it would disregard the human nature of bonding. One way we bond with each other is through similarities. If I tell a story that someone can relate to and I tell it in a way that keeps the reader engaged or entertained, it’s more effective.

Some time this can also take form in replying to a comment or sending a personal response. I think being present and validating my readers is important.

FBFF: What is one way you could improve this connection?
FJ: Remain thoughtful in what I’m sharing in a public forum, and do my homework and research so that I don’t end up becoming so predictable that I’ve become dull. Follow up on comments that are posed as questions. Create a dialogue.

FBFF: Is there a blogger you think does a great job creating that writer-reader bond? Why? 
FJ: Absolutely! Quite a few, actually. The ones I’m thinking of make me feel like if we met we would share a laugh or two while trading tips and stories. Their tone is personal enough to get a sense of their character, which I find likable. There is a nice balance of personal and relevant content for me to feel a kinship while learning something valuable.

FBFF: What do you do to cultivate new readers? How do you get them to your site in the first place? 
FJ: I think this goes back to an old saying, which I’m certain to be paraphrasing: Be the friend you want to have. What I interpret this to mean is if I want to generate curiosity and get people to comment, then I need to be that person. When I’m inspired by someone’s outfit or post, share that with them. Why wouldn’t I want to be that person? I don’t have tactical marketing strategies only because this is my labor of love. I’m not interested in putting on a business hat at this point though by no means would I judge another for doing so. There are plenty of clever ways to get readership, I may at some point dedicate effort to doing so, I don’t know what the future holds. At this point, I’m pleased with my new blog baby. I’m enjoying the process of learning, I’ve only been blogging a short while.

I will add that being visible and participating on a more public level, such as the FBFF definitely helps. Ultimately for me, I was interested in other than numbers, I like being part of a community dialogue and meeting new people.

I will not discount using social networking like Twitter or Facebook, which I have been using regularly anyway. I also added my blogs to my email signature and anytime I mention one of my friends, I always send it to them, which they seem to enjoy.

I’d like to thank Katy of ModlyChic for putting together these questions. She’s got tips on how to wear over-sized sweaters featured today, (yes please!)


Deets: Teal tanktop/Free People, aqua cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, ochre elastic belt/Anthropologie, black ankle cigarette pants/BDG, Urban Outfitters, hand-made beaded necklace/gifted, black leather ankle boots/Munro.