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That cheap thing?

08 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing lace sleeves ruffle top, wide belt, neutral sack skirt

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing lace sleeves ruffle top, wide belt, neutral sack skirt

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If you’re like me sometimes you drop serious cash for an item, other times you don’t. The two most popular philosophies when it comes to parting with our cash go something like this: You choose carefully, opting for quality and longevity over quantity, or you want it all and you want it now, where’s the clearance rack?

That’s all fine and dandy, I’m not one to judge. In fact, you might have already spotted me trying to make my way through the H&M clearance racks snagging ten- and fifteen-dollar items like they’re going out of style. They probably are, but that’s not the point.

The point is, not all cheap things need to look so cheap.

Let’s face it, there are tell-tale signs that immediately put what you’re wearing in the cheap camp. I’m going to help you identify them, then I’ll help you fix them. Let’s start with strings. You know those little bits of string that serve no purpose but seem to be hanging for dear life off the edge of your seam or the hem of your skirt? DON’T PULL! Stop right there, get a small pair of sharp scissors and cut them. Conduct a thorough inspection and remove all of them once and for all. Do this before you ever leave the house in that garment.

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Next, check the buttons. Nothing says “bargain” like a bunch of buttons ready to jump ship. Do yourself a favor and invest in small sewing kit. Even a travel kit will do. Secure those cute little things and you’ll be happy for days to come.

So you bought yourself a cute top that came with a fake leather belt that’s cracking and fraying. It’s coming undone before you’ve even worn it. Lose the belt. You probably have a much nicer one in your closet, it’s ok if it’s not the one that came with that top. Really.

That travel sewing kit you just picked up is going to come in really handy when you discover a couple stitches that have come undone. Secure a few stitches on the underside in a matching color and stop the madness of unraveling. In fact, I had to do that to the skirt I’m wearing in the picture above.

Since I’m nit-picking, I’m going to point out a few more things. If your tags have a propensity to make their presence known, lop those puppies off. A seam ripper is my favorite tool to get the job done right. While you’re at it, get rid of those ribbons that help keep your dress on the hanger, too. They’re impossible to manage and tend to become visible just when you’re finally making peace with looking fabulous. Cut them off and get a hanger specifically for that dress. You’ll be much happier not having to fuss with them.

Lastly, pilling. Cheap stuff, expensive stuff, at some point with enough friction and time, it all wants to pill. I know it’s really boring but getting one of those little sweater shavers can bring new life to an old sweater or pair of pants. I found that they work best when tapping the shaver onto the area of the pill gently, over and over again. Going side to side never seems to work as well, it tends to flatten the pills.

There you have it. You made your bargain bin treasure look better and you look well put-together. Now go out there and conquer the world, beautiful!

If you’ve got additional tips or can improve upon any of the above, do share!

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Ivory lace ruffle top/Nordstrom’s, beige skirt/Urban Outfitters, wide belt/Anthropologie, blue suede platform sandals/Barcelona, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted. 

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Seam ripper, travel sewing kit, sweater shaver

 
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FBFF Q&A: Learning the ways, young grasshopper

20 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing tweed coat and beige pashmina shawl
A family affair: Fil, me, Liliana, Kurt

 

My husband’s mother (and my friend), Liliana, and her husband, Kurt were visiting us from Sandpoint, Idaho this past week and a half. They moved to Idaho to retire with their two dogs. They’ve since added a cat and a part-time moose to Daisy Ranch, the latter being inadvertent.

Have you ever tried to move a moose?

They’re both ski instructors at Schweitzer Mountain Resort which sounds like a lot of fun but it doesn’t sound much like retirement to me. All that skiing agrees with them, don’t you think? I’ve been blessed with a wonderful extended family; now that they’ve left I’ll be missing my “sister” Lil.

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Blog pet peeves? Don’t get me started, I’ve got very strong opinions. Mind you, they are opinions not judgements. I reckon offending parties have yet to learn the ways of the wise owl. I love saying “reckon”. I’m going to say it again. I reckon as bloggers learn how others feel about their offense they will correct their ways. This is the topic being discussed this week on Fashion Beauty Friend Friday.

How am I driven bananas? Let me count the ways:

1. Too many photos. Especially too many bad and/or blurry photos. Edit, people! No one needs to see every single angle of that outfit. Do you really think I only take two pictures a day? Pick the best, feature the differences, put some time into learning how to use that camera and improve. Ever been forced to sit through a gazillion vacation or family photos at someone’s house. Yeah, you get me.

2. Music. I don’t like your music. Well, I don’t like your music coming on while I’m already listening to music. It’s cacophonous at best, irritating at worst. I won’t come back, I read blogs to relax not to freak out my ears. Besides, I really may not like your music. No offense.

3. Low contrast color font. I’m artsy, I actually get paid to make judgement calls on big brands you’ve heard of. There’s no aisle in a supermarket that doesn’t carry a product I’ve been involved in. That said, (hold please, I need to get off my high horse pony because it’s no fun up there), I have never thought that compromising legibility in the name of creativity was a good idea. I want to read your content, no squint and readjust the angle and contrast of my monitor. Being able to read your content is a good thing.

4. The secret comment section. I just read your post. Coolio! Now I want to say something but, uh, wait. I can’t locate the comment mystery zone. I’m going to wave my cursor around like a magic wand and see if something happens. I really want to tell you that I loved what you wore and it suited you so well, that tying in that story about your day made me smile. But I gotta run, I’m trying to read a few more blogs before the sandman calls me and, well, I’m sure it’s around here somewhere but I haven’t found it. Maybe I’ll find it next time. Want to engage your readers? Make it easy for them to do so.

5. Typos. You probably graduated from High School. You might be in College or those years might be behind you. Guess what? Unless you did not grow up in a country where English is the primary language you have no excuse. The accidental typo from being so passionate about the topic that your fingers couldn’t keep up with your mind is okay. It’s been known to happen to the best of us. But people, every single program offers some kind of spell check. If that’s not enough, there’s that crazy mountain of information to steer you straight called The Internet. (Or as my mom calls it, the internet-world-wide-web-AOL.) Look, in my day you had to go to the local public library. Yeah, I pulled a “in my day” on you. You’ve got the internet so what’s your excuse?

(Folds pop-up soapbox, puts it away.) We now return the kinder, gentler House in the Clouds. I warned you, I’m pretty forgiving but it doesn’t mean I don’t have strong opinions. Listen, if you’re not willing to put time into learning and improving you should quit. I know it’s time consuming but plenty of people work really, really hard at putting together a quality blog.

Don’t blog because everyone else is doing it, blog because you love it and it shows. Let the quality speak to how much you care.

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!

I see you’re still here, reading, and you want to continue being told, check out what drives Beautifully Invisible crazy. (It’s good solid advice, I would never steer you wrong.) By the way, I have re-read this post about four times on different days. I might have missed something but I know I tried my best to catch every missing word or typo. You should too.

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Every couple of years I invest in a nice statement coat. There’s nothing better to cheer up a dreary winter day than a fun coat paired with a good scarf – or two. Having fun with style shouldn’t be limited to what lies beneath the cover-up, why not have a good time with everything you wear?

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Tweed coat/ModCloth, beige pashmina shawl/Nordstrom’s.

 

FBFF Q&A: Outside influences

13 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing beige skirt and dusty rose blouse with black boyfriend blazer
Schoolgirl
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing beige skirt and dusty rose blouse with black belt
Better defined

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What made you think of putting these pieces together? What keeps you coveting that particular brand? The topic this week on Fashion Beauty Friend Friday is outside influences. We draw inspiration from other style bloggers but that can’t be all. What gives?

FBFF: What magazines do you subscribe to?

FJ: Vogue, Lucky, More, O, The New Yorker. I like Vogue for the interpretive and artistic element of the themed pictorials most. I like Lucky because it speaks to the average gal out there, that’s me! More and O focus more on lifestyle topics specific to women over forty, (yes, life goes on!), and developing a stronger mind-to-heart connection in your daily life, respectively. The New Yorker is a pillar, I can be captivated by a topic that holds no interest to me because it is written so well, I lose myself in each story.

FBFF: Do you watch any fashion TV shows?

FJ: I watch almost no television, believe or not, just a few Showtime and HBO shows.

FBFF: Beyond blogs, what websites do you frequent for fashion inspiration?

FJ: None for specific fashion inspiration. I’m in a creative field so my ordinary day probably exposes me to a lot of stimuli most don’t get without specifically seeking it out. I’ve also just always played “dress up” on my own. I observe everything around me, I’m primarily a visual person with a strong analytical streak. I notice what other people do with their style and let it inspire me.

FBFF: Advertisements play a huge role in forming public opinion about a product or brand… what ads do you like and why?

FJ: Chanel comes to mind. They’ve always been consistent and their related media reaffirms my belief that they have high standards and deliver a quality product. I realize that without facts it’s an assumption based on impression. But they do such a good job selling me on that idea, that’s the consistent part that draws me in. I can attest to the quality since becoming a consumer. Old Navy does a great job really targeting their audience in a way that is ownable to them.

FBFF: Do you own any fashion books?

JF: A few, I’m just now starting to buy them. (Is it too early to starting putting in a request, Santa?) I only recently acknowledged my fascination with fashion. I know how absurd that sounds but I was raised to believe it was frivolous. While I spent money of fashion and read fashion magazines, I subconsciously believed that spending any money outside of the practical aspects of this particular passion was out of the question. I’m pretty sure I was the last one to acknowledge the obvious. I’ve always been more into fashion and personal style than most people I interact with.

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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Made a blunder? Own to it and fix it. I took the first photo in the morning. I had the cute little black bow, the boyfriend blazer, basically, I looked like an oversized kid. The proportions of the baggy top over the baggy skirt with a bow looked all wrong. I got to work cursing myself for ever getting dressed without giving a trial run the day before. Yes, sometimes I do that. It’s not always sunshine and roses in my closet.

Emergency action plan: I took a quick break to run to the trusty Dress Barn around the corner from where I work and picked up a big black wide belt. I tucked the blouse in, lost the jacket and bow and voila! A figure better defined. Never be afraid to rethink an outfit if it’s not sitting well with you. You’re going to look great when you feel great!

Have you saved an outfit on the fly? What was the problem and what solution did you come up with?

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Dusty rose blouse/ModCloth, beige skirt/Urban Outfitters, black boyfriend blazer/BDG, Urban Outfitters, floral pattern tights/Nordstrom’s, black ballet flats/Ecco, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill, cat eye sunglasses/Michael Kors.

 

 
 

It’s Easter all week

28 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing pink jacket, bows and flower dress
Has anyone seen my basket?

I’ve been dying to wear this dress forever but I had to wait for Easter first. It’s really just my silly rule, but I can’t make myself wear it before then, it’s got Easter written all over it.

Just look at the explosion of pinks and blues, the little flowers and bows, I practically feel gift-wrapped. It qualifies as what my friend would refer to as “cutesy pie”. It is.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing bows dress and pink jacket,
Hey, what’s over the fence?

This morning’s photo session was captured with a healthy mix of haste and humor. I begged the hubby to quickly take the pictures before getting in the car. Our haste made for bad photo after bad photo, you just can’t rush a good thing. Silliness ensued. He specifically directed these poses and they were too much fun not to share.

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing pink jacket, bows and flower dress,
Detail of flower pattern
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I <3 big rings!

He said I looked like a little kid. The big plastic heart ring probably didn’t help. I just needed oversized bunny ears to complete the look.

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This dress is has got a lot going on: Flowers, pinks, blues bows and more bows. Between the details and the structure of this dress it would be easy for it to feel too formal for work. To keep it light and fresh, I went with floral lace and fishnet tights in a pale beige, flat casual shoes and a fun, bright pink corduroy jacket. The effect was perfect for a sunny spring day.

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Bows dress/ModCloth, floral lace and fishnet tights/DKNY, pink corduroy jacket/thrifted, flat casual shoes/Naturalizer, red heart ring/H&M. Note: I would not recommend this particular style from DKNY. They gave me what I can only describe as a “sausage legs” effect. The elasticity of the weave was not consistent and pinched into my skin, even throughout the less fleshy parts. I have other similar tights from Nordstrom’s that fit much better.

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Filip Jach

 
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Happy Anniversary, FBFF!

14 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing a brown plaid shift with mocha tights and brown boots
Mad for plaid

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This is the official one-year anniversary of FBFF! In the spirit of gratitude, participating bloggers have been asked to share the love. I like to share. I wish I had tea and cookies to offer you. Come in, sit down and kick off your shoes. It’s Friday, after all.

FBFF: When it comes to me personally, I owe a lot of who I am to:

FJ: My best friends, both male and female. They’ve been such good role models of compassion, optimism, friendship; they’re good people, they’re caring, funny, silly and know how to have a great time without getting self-conscious. They’re beautiful and supportive, curious and intelligent. They’re generous of spirit, they don’t shy away from telling the ones they love “I love you.” How can I not evolve into a better human around them? I feel their love and support in my heart 24/7.

FBFF: When it comes to me professionally, I owe a lot of who I am to:

FJ: My dad, for expecting the best from me always and my friend and former employer, Inez H. She’s an incredible force to be reckoned with and wasn’t going to let me get away with not living up to my potential. She taught me in my very early 20′s to have a voice, an opinion, to stand up for myself, do my research, question everything and always try harder. The credits are complete without giving credit to my seventh grade English teacher, Mr. Paluzzi. I knew someday I’d have the opportunity to thank him. He believed in my writing and pushed me. I wrote my first poem “Flying Forever, Forever Free” in his class and got the highest grade for it. If you’re familiar with my moniker, Flyingfabu, you can see the connection.

FBFF: When it comes to the art of blogging, I’m grateful to these people for helping me through some rough spots:

FJ: I don’t know where to start or who to pick out. I’ll say that reading about other bloggers struggling with a lot of the same issues I have had here and there has helped me connect to them and feel their support. In a lot of ways, participating in this group has shed a lot of light on the similarities between us all. I can start by saying, “thanks, Katy!”

My hubby has also been an incredible source of tech support, I definitely have to give him props, too.

FBFF: One blogging challenge I’m grateful happened because it made me stronger was:

FJ: Kendi’s 30 for 30 challenge. It kick-started it all. Let me tell you, I felt very self-conscious at first. I quickly learned to get my act together, start thinking about what I was doing, finding my voice, defining my online presence. I learned something new in a short period of time that will carry over to other avenues. I do feel stronger.

FFBB:  To my readers, I’d like to say:

FJ: A big humongous THANK YOU! I read every comment, I listen to you and feel your support. I honestly wish I had the time to reply to every single one but it doesn’t mean any less that I don’t. I do take the time every chance I get to visit your blogs, I’m always interested in the faces and characters behind the names and comments. I feel like I’ve gotten to know many of you and it has enriched my life.

You keep me inspired and keep me from getting lazy. I feel like the luckiest woman; I’m so grateful to have a healthy, fun and creative outlet that is also an avenue for connecting with others, (that’s YOU!)

 

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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A straight shift can be boxy, even on the curviest figure. The dress I’m wearing today works because it’s short and keeps the proportions in balance. The added height of my low-heeled boots elongate my legs just enough. Rather than wear tights the same shade of espresso brown as my boots, I wore mocha tights to add more dimensionality to an otherwise monochromatic palette.

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Brown plaid shift/ModCloth, courtesy of Ana of Better in Sepia, mocha microfiber tights/courtesy of We Love Colors, beige pashmina shawl/Nordstrom’s, brown vegan suede boots/Munro, coral rose and sparrow necklace/Linkel Designs.

 
 

Stormy weather

29 Mar

 

Burton LipStick at Kirkwood
LipStick girl

This, my friends, is the reason why it gets quiet around here on the weekends during winter. We had another epic storm this past week which resulted in an insane amount of snow, which, if you happen to subscribe to my kind of math, equals instant happiness.

snow + fabienne = instant happiness
Instant happiness

I had a breakthrough weekend, I did my first 180 off a kicker, (small jump). I then proceeded to do as many as frontside and backside 180′s possible in the last remaining runs of the day. The snow was soft, thankfully, as not all landings were, um, graceful.

I woke up this morning and all of my jumping and landing muscles were sore. I only have one thing to say about that: Totally worth it!

Daily outfit of navy polka dot dress with black blazer and yellow tights
Sunshine legs and polka dots
Daily outfit wearing vintage daisy necklace
Vintage daisy necklace
Daily outfit wearing yellow tights with black ballet flats
Cute bows and tiny studs

 

 

Deets: Navy blue polka dot dress/ModCloth, black boyfriend blazer/Sparkle & Fade, Urban Outfitters, yellow tights/Urban Outfitters, vintage daisy necklace/thrifted, beige pashmina scarf/Nordstrom’s, black bow ballet flats/Ecco.