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Taking lessons

22 Sep

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Daily outfits and style tips, mixing patterns wearing red skirt, red striped top

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I’m certain that my husband has an advanced degree in relaxing. Chillin’. Chillaxin’. Call it what you will, he’s got it down and I could learn a thing or two from him. When I lived in the Upper Haight in San Francisco I had a routine. I worked from home and would leave the house every afternoon to walk to the store and buy a cookie. I really did this for years. What can I say, I like a routine. Three blocks each way, one cookie and fresh produce for dinner. I would cross the panhandle, slowly, taking it all in; the dogs, the cyclists, friendly faces and neighbors.

I also started my day with a soy latté just around the corner, journaling and daydreaming. I spent an hour in the quiet hush of early morning orders by myself documenting every thought and emotion, turning stream of consciousness into poetry, day after day. My neighborhood cafe played great music, I rediscovered my love for electronic music. I once told a group of somewhat younger women about my morning routine. “You must really love yourself,” one said. Actually, yes.

Fast forward ten years. I no longer work from home. I have very little control over the kind of demands making their way across my day; I have some control over how I deal with the stress. Running, sometimes a drink after work, sometimes not. The most draining days require prescription strength television watching. We don’t even have cable. My husband and I met at work and carpool together, sharing one car. The routine is gone. It’s been replaced with coordinating schedules, grocery shopping, laundry days. Oh, and blogging.

I was washing the first batch of dusty Burning Man bins on Sunday when said husband exclaimed that he was going to chill for a while, complete with beer in hand. Envious, perhaps, I asked if he hadn’t just been relaxing. (This conversation can now go two ways.) Yes! He was going to relax again he proudly announced. He asked me to join him. Uncharacteristically, I put down what I was doing and grabbed my own beer. We sat and appreciated the million dollar view we’ve been blessed with and listened to hummingbirds whir.

View of San Francisco Bay from Oakland hills

LIke I said, I could learn a thing or two. The impressive stack of laundry that needs to be put away sitting in the back room is not going anywhere. Does it matter if I deprive myself of relaxing with my best friend only to put it away three days earlier? Of course it doesn’t. What matters is this: Carpe Diem. When I’m relaxed I photograph better. I write better. I dress myself better. I’m more creative. I’m nicer to myself and everyone around me. I would bet money that I will age less quickly if I subscribe to my husband’s plan. He’s not lazy. He gets things done. I try to get even more done and then beat myself up for not having done enough. I must be taking funny pills because that kind of math does not add up, does it?

Daily outfits and style tips, mixing patterns wearing red skirt, red striped top

What you see above is proof, actual photographic proof, that I came home tonight, popped open a hard cider and enjoyed our warm summer evening. After a day of such intense pattern mixing who wouldn’t need to unwind?

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Ah, mixing patterns. The old taboo. This one is not always easy to pull off. It’s easier when there are elements in common. In this case, the color red and the graphic nature of the clovers versus the stripes worked. One didn’t overpower the other which kept the outfit balanced, this is key. There are many tips out there on how to do this well. The Chic Fashionista has some good advice.

Don’t be afraid to give it a shot, it takes guts to step outside our comfort zones. There will be misses but there are sure to be hits, too.

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Red clover skirt/Urban Outfitters, striped shirt/Michael Kors, daisy ring/Hatch, red leather cuff watch/Nixon, red jacket/Precious Boutique, black sandals/Dansko

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Don’t forget to enter my giveaway. I’ve got a lightweight scarf straight from Paris just begging to go home with you. Male or female, it matters not. This scarf is genderless and will flatter everyone. Check out The House in the Clouds on facebook to enter.

 
 

FBFF Q&A: Labels, good or bad?

15 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing green sweater, yellow dress, rust tights

Have I mentioned how much I love We Love Colors lately? I was complimented on my outfit at least four times yesterday while walking around because of those tights. Those TIGHTS! Where did you get them? 

I ordered them online from WeLoveColors.com.

Check my archives going back a few months and you’ll see how many colorful tights I own. I live in them three quarters of the year. They’re incredibly comfortable, they wash well in a mesh laundry bag with the rest of my clothes. I hang them to dry and they bounce right back. Are you sold yet? You should go order a pair or two. I’m partial to the more opaque microfiber but I expect to branch out with my next order.

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This week’s topic on Fashion Beauty Friend Friday is about labeling ourselves and each other. Is it doing more harm than good? How do we personally feel about labels? Read on to see what I have to say about it.

FBFF: As a someone who writes/blogs about fashion, have you placed yourself into some sort of blogging category?

FJ: Well, I think of myself as a daily outfit blogger, not because I blog daily but I blog about my daily outfits. Honestly, I’ll write about whatever is on my mind so the pictures speak to the outfit part and the content just captures vignettes of my life. Though this did slip by the wayside recently, I’m re-committing to perpetuating positive body image with deeper articles. Hopefully this comes across in my regular posts, also.

FBFF: What keeps you from or encourages you to label yourself as a certain kind of blogger?

FJ: I think broader categories are helpful in giving me a vision of how I move forward on this path and helpful to those looking for such. I’m not particularly afraid that I’m creating an impression that can be so neatly tied up and packaged that it defines me as a whole. This is one of many, many labels that make me who and what I am. The issue for me is when a label becomes judgment or dogma. It’s no different to me than saying, “oh, you like jazz? Check out the jazz section.” You like to see what people do with their everyday look? Check out what The House in the Clouds is doing. Kinda like that.

FBFF: When picking blogs to read and follow are you drawn to ones that indicate a certain group or way of thinking/being?

FJ: I never really defined it that way but I like bloggers who are likable. My criteria for that is personal, I’m sure every blogger is likable. There are many that make an impression on me in a way that leads me to believe if we worked together, we’d hang out. Whether it’s the tone of their “voice”, what they chose to share about their lives, my gut response is my safety check.

FBFF: Do you think there are benefits in labeling yourself or others?

FJ: Absolutely. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t think a label is a complete judgement of who you are. Is there anything wrong with saying you’re a lifestyle blogger if that best defines your intention? It makes it clearer to me what your intention is with your blog and I can decide for myself it my interest include lifestyle or not. Labels, categories… they’re all ways that help us find our tribes. This system goes way, way back in our evolution and there are many benefits with identifying your tribe.

I think that there can also be fear around being labeled or labeling oneself because it becomes a public declaration of how we are defined. We believe that there is no wiggle room, that we cannot evolve or change but that’s not true. I used to be Goth when I was a kid. It’s pretty obvious I’m not any longer. It’s ok, change is good and labels don’t have to be rigid or permanent. We hold the key.

FBFF: Agree or Disagree – We’re all just people; we don’t need all the labels.

FJ: Both! The labels aren’t the problem, it’s how we use them. There’s no problem if they are used as adjectives that assist in creating part of a whole, understanding the fluid nature of personal and professional evolution. The problem is when we are unforgiving and limited in our view.

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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My palette is very retro today. I think I match the late 60′s wallpaper in my dining room. Unusual colors combinations can sometimes work so well together. Although the outfit was apparently quite a scene, it was a good scene! I didn’t mix warm and cool hues and stuck to wearing warm, yellow-toned colors. I think that’s what made such a bright combo work so well. When in doubt, play it safe by keeping all your tones either warm, or cool.

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Mustard yellow dress/ModCloth, chartreuse cashmere pullover sweater/Bloomingdale’s, ochre elastic belt/Anthropologie, rust tights/WeLoveColors.com, platform sandals/Urban Outfitters, vintage resin daisy necklace/thrifted.

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Filip Jach

 

 
 

My new BFF

11 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing navy blue skirt, blue & off-white buffalo plaid shirt, orange sandals

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing navy blue skirt, orange sandals

You know what’s awesome? Having a dentist located a block away from some of my favorite stores. Actually, it would be more awesome not having to keep going to the dentist, but if one really must go, Dr. Patel at Green Dentistry is really cool.

You know what’s even more awesome? My new $20 orange sandals, that’s what!

I popped into one of my favorite shop for some “toothache therapy”, having just had another crown done. There is no doubt in my mind that I have spent more on dental work in the last decade than on clothes but that’s a whole other topic. I found these little tangerine gems in a bin just waiting for me. It’s not often that I’m lucky with shoes, especially on a whim. These fit perfect, the price was right and really, how could I resist bright orange?

I couldn’t and now my feet have new best friends.

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Sometimes all you need is one little ounce of happiness in the form of color. Rather than match my shoes to other colors in my outfit, I thought it would be fun to let them shine all on their own by pairing them with navy blue. I love the way this turned out. Blue and orange go so well together.

This is another way to add more color into your wardrobe. A fun pair of shoes worn with neutrals such as grey, black or creams can help you break through the scary barrier of wearing bright colors. Have you committed to implementing more color into your wardrobe? Not like I’m trying to talk you into it or anything. (Yes, I am!)

If you don’t believe how good color can be, check out how these ladies are doing it. Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy and Emma of Daily Clothes Fix are at the top of my list. They do things with color that make my eyes and soul so happy!

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Blue and off-white buffalo plaid shirt/J. Crew, thrifted, navy blue skirt/BCBG, orange sandals/Urban Outfitters, vintage daisy necklace/thrifted, beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s.

 
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Cheese, please

06 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing orange cargo jacket, grey dress and goldenrod tights
I’ve got sunshine

There some things about me that are absolute truths. They’ve been part of my DNA for as long as I can remember. One such items is that I love to eat. I eat well, I eat with appreciation for where my food comes from, grateful for those who played a part in availing this sustenance to me. I eat with mindfulness, aware of the life force and nutrition. And, I eat all the time.

Call it a twenty-four hour buffet, a snack-a-thon, whatever you will. It comes down to this. I dislike being hungry. I go from zero to cranky with a pounding headache, therefore, I eat.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing goldenrod tights with grey dress
I’m dreaming of cheese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine my delight as I sat at my desk unwrapping my Colby cheese stick this afternoon and looked down only to realize that my snack and my legs were the exact same color. What are the odds? I was half tempted to scan it but had obliterated most of it by the time of said discovery. It was the wiser of the choices to quietly finish eating given the logistics of scanning cheese. At work. And getting caught.

I really do have a lot of fun doing ordinary things. Especially as they relate to food and eating.

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Neutral colors, such as this grey dress, can be revived with brighter color blocks in time for sunnier days. Goldenrod tights and a bright orange cargo jacket give it new life. The tights pick up on the faint swirl outlining the white flower, the hit of color is powerful and confident.

Do you have a particular neutral top, dress or skirt that could use a color lift? What color would you pair it with?

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Orange cargo jacket/Caslon, Nordstrom’s, grey Japanese inspired dress/unknown, goldenrod tights/Urban Outfitters, wood and leather platform sandals/Urban Outfitters, vintage daisy necklace/thrifted.

 
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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.

 

Too close for comfort

24 Jan
Troublemaking shoes

Hello there! My dignity is still intact, I haven’t yet taken the tumble.

Vintage hand-carved daisy necklace
Vintage button-turned-ring

Apparently, there’s no more trouble in paradise regarding the color of the year post. I didn’t even have to do too much about it. That’s a win in my book.

Here’s a little story about today’s picture taking moment. The cool brisk air is still. I’ve got a breathtaking view of the bay to my left. The birds are chirping, one is different and I can’t identify it. The resident pigeon, Petie, (he’s handsome and intelligent), flies up to the wire and watches. I tool around with the camera, try to work on the settings. This camera is new, I’m still figuring it out one photo at a time. I could read the manual but this hands-on approach seems to be working for me. I pick up the tripod, walk backwards slowly, slowly, looking at the screen, making sure I’m going to get both my head and my feet in the next shot, when…

…BAM! Left foot in dirt! Balance lost! Arms flapping about! Almost bit the dust! All of this was fine and dandy except for the part about my wearing the NEW shoes!! I’ve never hopped out of flower bed and dusted dirt off a suede shoe so fast in my life. This was a proper shoe emergency just waiting to happen.

Petie!

(Don’t listen, Petie.) Some choice words were uttered while concurrently brushing the dirt right off, we were back in business. That was just too close for comfort, my friends.

I picked up the red daisy ring Saturday, I don’t have a lot of accessories and tend not to shop for jewelry. I made an exception for this cute little thing. The necklace I got a few weeks back at my local thrift shop.

Today, everyone at work kept complimenting me on my necklace and saying how apropos it was, (ok, they said “appropriate”), for me to wear a daisy. “Like the Green Works daisy”, they exclaimed all day. This would mean nothing special except for this little bit of trivia: I designed the Green Works brand and packaging. Now you know.

(Ouch. I think I just sprained my arm.)

Deets: Dress/H&M, tights/unknown, brand-spankin’ new sage suede shoes/Tsubo, burgundy boyfriend cardi/BDG, Urban Outfitters, vintage daisy necklace/thrifted, daisy ring/Re4m, balance and grace/my parents.

 
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