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FBFF Q&A: Colorful world

11 Feb

Ferrari FF

As I mentioned last Friday, it’s Go Red for Women month. Some of us bloggers were inspired by fellow blogger Andie to participate in bringing awareness to heart disease in women by wearing red on Fridays. It so happens that I have yet to be captured wearing my red today and was once again in need of a proxy. It’s only appropriate to rely on my new favorite crush of the moment, the recently released Ferrari FF. I realize the impracticality of owning such an exotic car but don’t think I’d turn it down for a second. I’d go grocery shopping in it. I really would. Besides, it’s not that impractical. It’s a four-seater, four-wheel drive coupé, as they say on Top Gear, that puts out 651 horsepower. That’s what I’m talking about.

This week we’re discussing color in our fashion choices. You’ve probably noticed that there’s no shortage of color in this girl’s closet. Let’s get to the bottom of this, shall we?

FBFF: What color dominates your closet?
FJ: No a single one. I might have been Rainbow Bright in another lifetime.

FBFF: If money weren’t an issue how would you change the color emphasis in your closet?
FJ: I think I would more mindfully shop for very specific shades only because I could afford to be that particular. Overall, I don’t think it would affect my wardrobe much.

FBB: What is your mantra about mixing color?
FJ: Mix to my heart’s desire! Seriously, I have no mantra other than the colors in hue and tonal value must look good together. Sometimes the effect is rich and monochromatic, other times it’s full of life and contrast. I dress for my mood. I don’t like being matchy-matchy, I like the colors to go well together. Also, they have to look good against my skin tone.

FBFF: For you, how do you incorporate color into your outfits?
FJ: The easiest way are tights and scarves. They can change the look and feel of an outfit immediately. I own everything in a colorful palette except for pants. Dresses, skirts, tops, you name it.

FBFF: Which blogger(s) do you think do a good job of incorporating color into their wardrobe?
FJ: There are a few but I have to say that hands down, Emma of Daily Clothes Fix takes it to the next level. Her level of commitment to an effect, color palette or style is consistent and unbeatable.

Check out some of the ways I’ve incorporated color via tights. In fact, quite of few of my most colorful options have come from We Love Colors, the most recent acquisition having been sponsored by them. I find that Hue and We Love Colors are on parity when it comes to quality and comfort. I have several pairs of microfiber tights from WLC. They’re pretty opaque, the color is consistent throughout and I find the waistband to be comfortable.

Mocha microfiber, WLC

Rust microfiber, WLC

Scarlet microfiber, WLC

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for putting together 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!


FBFF Q&A: Avoiding the clothes hurricane.

13 Jan
This was my 1.11.11 outfit

Standing in front of my open closet doors the other day I hollered to no one in particular that I don’t know what to wear, I have too many cute clothes to choose from. (I know!) I was actually saying this to the hubby but it’s like that saying about if a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one to hear it, did it actually make any noise? If I’m squawking away in front of my closet but he only hears sweet melodic background noise, am I actually saying anything? (Don’t answer.)

This claim is actually an advanced version of the old “I have nothing to wear” proclamation. I had tons to wear, just no idea what. I was tired the night before and didn’t do what I normally do. What’s that, you ask? Continue reading and you shall have your answer.

It’s Friend Friday and the topic this week is about how we determine what we’re going to wear. What’s your magic process?

FBFF: How do you determine what you will wear that day?
FJ: Often I already have something in mind. Either it’s a style I’m in the mood for, or a color. More often than not, I know what color I’m in the mood for. Isn’t that funny? I do this the night before. Every once in a blue moon, by morning I may no longer want to wear that color but usually I do. The other wild card is that sometimes I may have an accessory or shoes in mind and will create an outfit around that one single thing.

FBFF: Do you plan outfits out in advance for a whole week, month, weekend?
FJ: No, planning that far ahead stresses me out. I’m too much of a perfectionist to want to do that to myself! Just the night before, or maybe something I’ll want to wear in the next day or two. 

FBFF: Do you have any specific way of tracking outfits and items already worn so you don’t repeat?
FJ: Gosh no! I’m a chronic repeater. If I love an outfit, I’ll wear it every week. Worse yet, I’ll wear it on the same day which makes it worse. I never worried about it before, I don’t think anyone at work had ever noticed but now that I’m documenting my outfits almost daily, I’ve become really aware of it. That’s the reason I don’t think I can document daily. I WANT to repeat those outfits I love. Things are going to start looking more and more familiar in no time. I’m going to do my best to shelter you from this!

I’ve decided to indulge my chronic repetition on days I don’t post and try to mix it up a little more when I’m showing pix. I want to give extra big props to Emma of Daily Clothes Fix who today just completed 365 days of no repeats. This is huge! As a chronic repeater, I’m in awe. 

FBFF: How do you discover new combinations of items in your closet? (Trial try-ons? Hanging items together?)
FJ: Definitely try-ons. I’ve made the mistake a few times of not actually trying all the pieces on because they looked good together on the hanger and it’s not a pretty scene when I get stumped in the morning. I don’t like to rush and I hate being late. Mess with the system and you’ve got a clothes hurricane in the bedroom!

In fact, one of my favorite things to do when I buy something new is to go through my closet and find all the cute possible ways to wear it. The hubby avoids the warzone and I play dress-up for an hour. That really is my idea of a good time.

Last year, some friends were visiting from San Diego. I don’t know what got into us but she and I left our men downstairs and went up to my closet. We literally did a fashion show with all my clothes for the guys. It was totally random and fun. 

FBFF: To streamline the process for 2011 what is the one new thing you can do to cut down your dressing time?
FJ: Actually getting dressed takes very little time since I have it worked out the night before. The thing I started doing, which I will continue to do is always have tights in perfect condition and have enough no-show undergarments in basic colors, including full dress slips. I can’t tell you how many times I slip on the only clean pair of black tights to discover that they were damaged and my other pairs are in the hamper. Next thing I know, I’ve blanked out on what to wear and I’m trapped in the middle of a clothes hurricane. My hubby is impressed with the kind of damage I can do in a limited amount of time. Heck, I’m impressed.

Last year, I bit the bullet and bought two Commando brand full dress slips, one in nude and one in black. All of a sudden, I could wear every dress in my closet! They were sooooo expensive, though. I have dresses that cost maybe twenty dollars and I’m wearing an eighty dollar slip underneath. It was so worth it. They don’t have any seams, they don’t puckers, the straps are adjustable and they’ll last forever. I don’t have a single dress that sits in my closet because it’s too shear or needs a shirt or tank top underneath or my underwear is too visible. That purchase relieved me of so much frustration.

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for putting together 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!

Deets: Burgundy dress/unknown, cherry sweater shrug/Moth, belt/Anthropologie, brown tights/Hue, brown man-made suede boots/Munro, necklace/gifted, cloche hat/Goorin Bros.


Adventure on ebay

12 Jan
I’m laughing because I just saw my hubby sneeze through the kitchen widow.

This was my birthday present from sneezing hubby last November.

Feeling adventurous led me to dabble in my very first ebay auction last night. I’ll spare you the details of my real first ebay auction. It was almost ten years ago and involved an unattractive pair of Burkenstock sandals the color of a small field critter. Actually, two small field critters. Small and wide, one for each foot. I could practically see you cringe at the mere thought, I knew you didn’t want to hear about it.

Quick, fast forward!

The physical results of my winning bid remains to be seen as it so happens that I was notified this morning. I should be receiving my brand-new-to-me vintage sweater in a few days.

I love orange!

I was inspired by reading Emma’s tips for using ebay, perfect for a newbie like me. Given the level of affection I have for clothes this had all the makings of a good time: Suspense, measuring tape (of course!), competition, rules, self-control, surprise and a potential reward. All this fun for under $17, including shipping.

I believe dragging our expired Christmas tree through the house, down the walkway alongside the house and up our even longer, very steep driveway for pick-up tomorrow means I earned that little number!*

I’ll model as soon as it arrives.

* Those were the rules about getting a tree, remember? Truthfully, hubby was sick tonight.

Deets: Black dress/MaxStudio, leggings/, burgundy boyfriend cardigan/BDG, Urban Outfitters, merlot mohair scarf/gifted, grey faux cowboy boots/modcloth, necklace/Alexis Bittar.


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Q & A: Daily Clothes Fix

06 Jan

Not long after I first started my blog to document my 30 for 30 remix I discovered another blogger who piqued my interest. The creativity behind her style choices, the themes and the purpose with which she worked color really made an impression on me. Since then, I’ve made it a point to stay up to date with her posts, they inspire me and often bring a smile to my face.

I soon found out that her mission was no outfit repeats for an entire year. Wow! As the end of her mission nears, I thought it would be interesting to get her thoughts on the past year. She was gracious enough to accept my request to interview her. Readers, I bring you Emma Clark of Daily Clothes Fix. I hope you enjoy learning more about her as much as I did, she’s the bomb!


FJ: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
EC: My name is Emma and I live in Newcastle in the north of England. I love clothes and have a bad shopping habit but I am worried about how much we consume and how ethical our fashion industry is. Having worked in fair trade, I think that people should be paid a living wage and that we should consider where our clothes come from. For me, this means getting clothes secondhand or shopping at places that I believe have a good record with their suppliers.

FJ: What spurned the whole concept?
EC: My blog started because of a dare. One of my friends bet me that I couldn’t create a blog and post what I wore online every day. I’m now 12 months down the line and can’t believe I have got this far and how much has changed for me.

There’s now a secondary challenge with the blog, as I haven’t yet repeated an outfit. With less than one month left, I think I should be able to finish the year without wearing the same look twice.

FJ: Do you have any outfits that shone for you? A combination that you can’t wait to repeat?
EC: It’s so hard to pick my favourites, it would be like choosing a favourite child. I post a “best of” each month so this gives a good reflection of what I love. But my style and taste continues to change and I love how everything evolves, so there is nothing in particular I want to repeat. It’s all about moving forward.

FJ: How about an outfit that was not a winner in your book? Care to share which?
EC: I try to push the boundaries with what I wear, so inevitably some things don’t work. One of the biggest learnings from looking at outfits is seeing which silhouettes don’t work. The other one is not to try too hard – when I try to force things, you can usually tell, so I just let things happen now.

Probably my least favourite outfit are the ones where the proportions are wrong. The last ones I didn’t like much were Hair-raising and Mongolian Chic. But it’s all a learning process and those mistakes help to create better outfit in the future.

FJ: What was the most valuable thing you learned from doing this?
EC: That there is a wonderful community of bloggers out there, all of whom share a love of creativity and clothes. I have been overwhelmed by how positive, supportive and welcoming the blog community is. It’s a wonderful way to connect with people who share a love of the same things and that’s something I would never have anticipated when I started this.

FJ: Which outfit was the most humorous to you? I have to ask this question because you’re incredibly creative and take risks, you must have a fantastic sense of humor to fuel this at times.
EC: My outfit for 30 for 30 where I wore the patterned tights (Wow!) amused me no end. I think it was people’s reactions, whether they were amused, confused or gobsmacked. I suspected that it might have that effect and do have a bit of a tendency to try to provoke a reaction. 

I’ve also gone out in a pair of pyjama bottoms because I thought it was ridiculous to buy a pair of silk trousers. In my view that’s what creativity is about. Why be dull?

FJ: What were some of the challenges?
EC: The biggest challenge at the moment is trying to take photos. Before work it’s too dark and the sun sets before I finish. That combined with the very cold weather at the moment is a big issue. I try to choose backdrops that are interesting and match the outfit, but it’s challenging to do that at the moment. I miss exploring and finding the perfect spot, so I’m looking forward to spring.

FJ: Did you ever think to yourself that now you’d done it, that the outfit of the day really pushed you limits or boundaries? Or you just found humor in it?
EC: I think the answer is both. I look back at some of the things I wore at the beginning of the blog and know that my style has changed a lot and some of my followers have said the same thing. I know that blogging has made me look at my clothes in a different way. Taking inspiration from other people means I often push my boundaries by wearing things that I otherwise wouldn’t (faux fur gilets, shorts, etc).

But I also enjoy other people’s reactions to a look, which can be very funny. I love reading the comments I receive and I also find it entertaining to hear what my colleagues think. The best comment I ever got at work was “It’s a fashion show, not a freak show”. That made me laugh so much.

FJ: If you did this again, what would you do differently?
EC: That is such a hard question to answer. I look back on some of the mistakes I have made (like poor photography, terrible backdrops, etc) and cringe. But all of it helped me become a better blogger (and I continue to learn from the mistakes I still make).

On a superficial level, I might have called the blog something else. I would love a day off once the challenge is over but with a blog called Daily Clothes Fix there seems to be a bit of a branding issue. Doh!

FJ: Favorite piece of advice to women?
EC: Wear what you love. If you feel great in an outfit, it shows. And I don’t hold with keeping things for best. I have worn a cocktail dress to work (11th August) and no one noticed. I think people should dress to please themselves and no worry about what other people think. You’re only here once so have fun and make the most of it.

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