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Skyscrapers and everything!

07 May

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Thank you Stevie Wonder for the best introduction of New York City. I’ve been missing in action, I know, though technically I’ve been here all along. I’ve been a very busy lady. I can at least account for the last two weeks, the latter which was spent in Manhattan. I will fondly look back on this particular week as the time I fell in love with yellow.

I’m not referring to your soft baby chick variety, either. I’m talking about bright, honest-to-goodness yellow. Yellow! Think of daffodils and Chrysanthemums. Think of sunshine. It started with an innocent sighting in the American Apparel window on Houston in the Lower East Side. It was intensified by a wonderfully radiant woman’s hair who so kindly let me take her picture. And the deal was sealed with a proper multi-colored mani procured on a whim as I walked by my friend’s favorite nail salon.

Yellow pleated skirt, blue t-shirt, coral blazer, tom's floral slip-ons

It took two trips but I found the right size skirt. I’ve never been one for pleats but no one ever told me I could have yellow pleats. This shade of yellow makes me happy. I’m wearing springtime and I like it.

Neon yellow hair

Katherine, whose jovial and charismatic disposition distracted me from confirming the spelling of her name, is a jewelry designer who happened to be equally interested in the coral tones of my outfit. Naturally, we exchanged pictures. After this week, I’m of the mindset that if you can walk up to a stranger on the street in New York and ask to take their picture, you are probably capable of anything. You can’t really think about it too much, just do it.

Yellow mani

The mani, complete with green accent nail and flower.

Street art, NYC

Lastly, more beautiful street art. I’m a big fan. They’re often temporary, yet take a fair amount of devotion, skill and craft, providing an element of surprise when walking down the street.

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my latest trip, I promise to share more soon. I’ve really missed writing and being active here.

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Yellow chiffon pleated skirt/American Apparel, blue t-shirt/Urban Outfitters, coral blazer/Topshop, floral slip-ons/Tom’s.

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You might have noticed my Google Friend Connect widget has been taken down. I found out that Google is discontinuing this product soon, I figured I might as well get used to no longer relying on it. There are still a variety of ways to subscribe to updates for this blog. In the meantime, I’d be delighted if you left me your url in the comment box, I’ll do my best to visit.

xo, f

 
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Fuschia love

06 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing coral trench, salmon tank, jeans

Fuschia love, calla lily love, rose love, dahlia love… I do love the flowers growing in my garden. Some were already here such as the fuschia, callas and roses. The others, Fil and I have been planting one little patch at a time.

Garden re-vamped

A couple weekends ago we replaced all the weeds from part of the front flower bed with coral and red geraniums, a red and a white dahlia and some ground cover.

The garden is one of my favorite places to hang out. It’s no wonder I take most of my pictures outside, I’m always happy outdoors.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing coral trench, salmon tank

I just had my hair color updated, too. Fellow blogger and hair stylist, Nicole, did a lovely job as usual. We put mahogany in my roots to mix things up. It was a little jarring at first to see so much dark in my hair but that’s to be expected, I’ve been blond for over nine years. I love it!

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I love adding color into my wardrobe and often find inspiration in nature. I often think of my favorite flowers when I’m combining colors for an outfit. You really can’t go wrong when taking a tip from mother nature. How about you, where do you get your inspiration from?

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Coral summer trenchcoat/H&M, salmon tank/Urban Outfitters, jeans/Calvin Klein, patent leather pink clogs/Dansko, necklace/gifted.

 

 
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My tribe

20 Jun

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing coral ruffle tank, sage green shorts, blazer
Smiling with the flowers

 

I recently went back to the town I grew up in for lunch on a weekend. We were seated and served. All the while I couldn’t help but fixate on the faces around, familiar and strange at the same time. I recognized familial facial features and could take a guess at which families of my childhood they belonged to. How odd to consider that we can look so much like our parents and siblings, our cousins and aunts and uncles that we can be identified by strangers as belonging to our tribe.

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing coral ruffle tank, sage green shorts, blazer
These colors are perfect for spring

I walked into a Lower Haight street bar years ago to have the bartender ask me if I had a sister, proceeding to then describe my sister. We didn’t even live in the same city let alone run in the same circles. She was referring to my youngest sister who’s seven years younger than me, has slightly lighter skin and very long curly black hair.

At the time, I had very short blond hair.

I know we look alike but it’s because I know we’re about the same size, I know her face and her expression as intimately as I know my own. But how does a stranger know? Do we look so much like family in a poorly lit neighborhood bar that we give it away that easily?

I’m always amazed at the similarities between my sisters and I; the same smile, the same exact reactions and facial expressions to what someone said. What a precious thing it is to experience bits of myself in the mirror of my tribe.

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing coral ruffle tank and rose necklace
Delicate rose necklace was a gift from the hubby

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As you’ve probably noticed by now, I’m hooked on this whole notion of dressing up shorts. These soft sage green shorts poof and pucker out like a little skirt. The high paper-bag waist redefines the waistline. To offset the bottom half, I chose a more form-fitting top and a simple fitted blazer. Platform sandals, (my favorite new shoe), and sandy beige flower pattern tights elongated my legs. I exchanged the sausage-effect causing DKNY tights that I had worn earlier for Nordstrom’s own brand. The House in the Clouds recommends them!

Last time I wore shorts I seemed to have piqued your interest. Have any of you given though to how you would execute this? I’m curious at how you’re thinking of putting an outfit with shorts together. Now that I’ve come back from vacation I’d like to put a “Show me your shorts” blog event together! Who’s in? You know you want to!

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Soft sage green shorts/ModCloth, coral ruffle tank/Urban Outfitters, sandy beige flower pattern tights/Nordstrom’s, platform sandals/Urban Outfitters, blazer/Nordstrom’s, rose and sparrow necklace/gifted, vintage kimono cuff/Re4m.

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Filip Jach

 

 
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Ready for summer

16 Apr

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Street style, Noel wearing blue madras shirt, jeans and red high-tops
Nothing says sunny days like a good madras shirt

Art director Noel gives us his take on casual Fridays. Nothing says ready for summer like a blue and pink madras shirt over a citron yellow T, cuffed Japanese denim, pink Ray-Bans and red high-tops. I couldn’t help myself and just had to capture his outfit. I hope to capture more informal street style for you here and there.

For the real deal, I suggest you head over to Lee Oliveira’s. He’s your man for street style.

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing pink blazer, coral top with jeans
Sherbet, anyone?
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing pink blazer, coral top with jeans

Channeling peonies with these colors

Yours truly deleted all the photos taken of new shoes this morning on accident. If you squint your eyes really hard you can catch a snippet peeking out at the bottom of the photo. My best intentions to recapture them later in the day failed. Instead, I’m treating you to my first street style shot to distract you from the missing shoes.

I promise to make it up to you later. Pinkie swear.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing coral top and steampunk owl necklace
Put a bird on it!

I received this adorable owl necklace last night as an early anniversary gift from my hubby. He’s a little steampunky. I named him HootieTwo, some of you might have read previously of the incredible pleasure I take in naming things with the most obvious names. I spend so much of my life being creative that I have to draw the line somewhere. Here’s Hootie The Owl, (the original.)

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Layering so many different shades of vibrant pink tones on top created a visual stir so I chose to wear darker jeans and neutral shoes. Pick your fashion battles and stick to your guns. That was terrible, I don’t know what’s come over me. I’m giddy with from the week being over!

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Sheer honeysuckle infinity scarf/Urban Outfitters, pink corduroy blazer/thrifted, pink coral top/Urban Outfitters, jeans/Calvin Klein, orange skinny belt/thrifted, suede khaki shoes/Earthies, HootieTwo owl necklace/gifted.

 

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.

 
 

FBFF Q&A: The rules of engagement

31 Mar
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Check out The House in the Clouds on facebook

 

Guess what? I’m really excited about this, I finally set up an official facebook page for The House in the Clouds. I’m still trying to figure out how to integrate a widget in a way that I find aesthetically pleasing. It feels painfully slow to be hindered by the reality of a full-time job and personal life, not to mention the stack of laundry decorating my office space, formerly known as the dining room. Check it out!

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing blue and coral pattern blouse with navy skirt and gold belt
Snuck away from a desk for a few to snap these on a beautiful afternoon
Daily outfit and style tips, wearing blue and coral pattern blouse with navy skirt and gold belt
We call this pose “looking for snails”

 

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We want our blogs to succeed however we have chosen to define that success. Most likely, we want to gain followers, fans, loyalty, even acclaim of some sort. We want to be recognized, we want to influence. It’s a daunting task at best, completely overwhelming to digest as a whole.

Our mothers warned us not to be too boastful, to play nice and to say “thank you.” Where is that fine line that we are supposed to ride, one that engages and encourages without becoming as annoying as a late night infomercial? How do we get there? What are the rules?

This is this weeks Fashion Beauty Friend Friday’s topic. Read on.

FBFF: Guest posts are a good way to gain exposure. What do you think is the appropriate way to go about securing a spot?

FJ: Personally, I’m a big fan of developing and nurturing connections. I make the most effort with those whose persona and voice appeal to me, those I would have just as likely been inclined to get to know in person. Once I feel that I have this type of rapport, discussing anything is easy. A dialogue and friendship already exists. I treat my online friendships with the same courtesy I extend everyone else, I don’t really have a specific tactic.

FBFF: Leaving comments is essential to growing your blog. But how can you leave a comment without coming across as “Follow Me. Follow Me!”?

FJ: Don’t make it your objective. It’s assumed you want to grow your blog but be cool, be genuine. People can tell when you’re not really into what their blog is about. Honestly, it’s just plain ol’ weird. We’re not little kids anymore. I would never walk up to a total stranger and ask them to be my friend and offer to be their friend. Where else in life is this acceptable for adults? It strips integrity from the action.

FBFF: We’ve all gotten a mass email at one time or another asking for blog exposure, a link exchange, etc… But the mass emails don’t work. How do you make your email stand out from the crowd?

FJ: There’s a huge difference between spam and a conversation. An email blast purely to promote my blog is marketing, more specifically, the worst kind of spam. I care to foster community or have a conversations, not be detached or irrelevant in the context of a group. It would be disrespectful in that context. Tweeting to people who have independently chosen to follow my blog is acceptable. Spamming within the confines of a group is using that group disrespectfully.

Here’s an example of how I did recently ask for support from some friends for my facebook page. Firstly, I had an easy, realistic goal: to reach over 25 “likes” in order to claim my name. Secondly, I sent an email to my best friends. Not everyone in my address book, that would have been really uncool. I sent an email to my absolute closest friends, those who have a vested interest in my success and would not be put out in helping me out in this fashion. I don’t make it a habit to do this so I didn’t worry that my actions would be interpreted as annoying and careless. They came through. Fantastic!

Why did this work? They know me, they like me, they support me. I laid out what I was hoping to achieve and how they could help. I made it clear and I only sent out one email. Why would a group of people who don’t know me want to help me? What’s in it for them if I have not made any attempt at developing a rapport with them? That’s reality. If I want support, I create and become an active participant in that group or community. Being purely self-serving is shallow and easy to ignore, it’s certainly not a likable trait.

FBFF: In interacting with other bloggers, where do you draw the line between seeking support and begging for exposure?

FJ: Seeking support is valid, we all benefit from a helping hand. We help, we get help, it’s a nice way for the world to go around. There’s really no line to draw, they may seem similar from afar but I know the difference between the two and I would never confuse one for the other. My actions speak to that very clear distinction.

I’ll speak loudly on this: there’s no integrity in begging. DON’T. GO. THERE. Don’t beg, Don’t plead. You want advice or support, just ask for it. Be genuine with your request. One hundred people is no more or less valuable than a single one. That is my absolute truth. It’s easy to get caught up, it’s human nature to compare ourselves to others’ successes and failures in order to assess ourselves. Every follower, every person who digs what I’m doing is an individual with their own worth, they’re not lumped in some category and boxed up to go. So why beg for exposure? I have it. It’s right here. If only two folks read my blog today, guess what? That’s two valuable humans. People aren’t numbers. There’s never a good reason to compromise ones self-esteem over anything.

FBFF: What’s one rule of engagement error you made and how have you remedied that?

FJ: I don’t recall making any. I took my time observing and learning before dipping my toes in the water. That just happens to be the kind of person I am. I might be all kinds of things but one would be hard-pressed to call me clueless. I pay attention, listen to others and I learn well. And no, I’m not going to point out my flaws to counterbalance that statement.

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for crafting these questions. 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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I matched my belt and tights to one of the colors in the pattern of my blouse. It provided contrast nicely without being jarring or too matchy-matchy. It was a way to keep the outfit colorful without introducing yet another color. The somewhat sheer tights are a sparkly ochre yellow which made them fun, but the sheerness kept the sparkle from becoming overwhelming.

 

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Blouse/ModCloth, navy blue skirt/MaxStudio, elastic belt/Anthropologie, sparkly tights/Urban Outfitters, brown vegan suede boots/Munro, necklace/Linkel Designs.

Photos: Filip Jach