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Guest blogger: Ryan of Fashables

20 Sep

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While I was away a couple weeks ago there was a minor scheduling snafu so I’m republishing this guest post for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy Fashables’ round-up as summer comes to a close. It won’t be long before we’re bundling up for fall.

xo, f

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Street Style from Fashables

Hey, I’m Ryan from the fashion blog Fashables, and I couldn’t be happier to do a guest post on The House in the Clouds!

One of the features on Fashables that runs twice a week is a fun little street style post called Peeps from the Streets. The shots are taken at various places in New York City and, for the most part, simply catch people going about their lives in NYC. Most aren’t posed… and heck, aren’t even planned for that matter.

Since summer is winding down I thought it might be fun to share some of the Peeps from the Streets shots taken during the last couple of months with you. NYC is full of great style, and I could have easily shared a ton of photos with you… but here are 10 that seemed to stand out in my mind.

From the purse, to the pants, to the bow-tie to the sunglasses… she’s pulled the pattern together.

Tons of flavor going on here. Bikes and dogs… accessory of the year!

Reminded me of Madonna back in the day.

I have a thing for stylish people riding old school bikes.

Two French friends visiting NYC… and doing so stylishly.

This is what I like to call my, “I had no plan to take this shot, but got my camera out really quickly and took a shot from the hip.”

Lovely dress, and purse, but I couldn’t make her smile for the life of me.

This was my first experience at photographing a professional model. The thing is, at the time, I had no clue I was doing so. Read more about that here.

We start them early in NYC. A toddler picking out a purse in… Prada.

When taking this shot I had no clue this girl was from the reality TV show on TLC called NY Ink. I simply stopped her because she had tons of flavor.

Thanks a ton for reading my guest post and I hope you enjoyed the shots! I know The House in the Clouds is one of your favorite sites to visit, but I hope you might someday add Fashables to that list as well.

 

Guest blogger: Nicole of Graph Paper Heart

07 Sep

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While I’m away this week on vacation, I leave you in very capable hands. I hope you enjoy my guest bloggers as much as I do and that they gain new fans. Enjoy!

xo, f

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Hi, I’m Nicole from Graph Paper Heart! Thanks for having me, Fabienne.

I like rules. They help guide us in things like driving, courtesy, even fashion. I also like breaking rules. Maybe that’s where the real fun lies. But sometimes I get hung up on rules, even when I know breaking them can be great. So I decided to try and break one of my own ‘fashion rules’, I wanted to do a don’t. Mostly I think sweaters and shorts look quite silly together. I know, there are fall shorts, and there are summerweight sweaters. But still… the stigma remained for me. So how can I wear a decidedly fall sweater with shorts and make it work for me?

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Firstly, I started with a more autumn-y palette. I know I’m looking forward to fall, and rich browns, reds and black make that happen easily.  Then to make sure it still seemed sunny weather appropriate, I added sunglasses and a topknot. The lace socks were just because I felt like it. Then red lips to top it all off. What do you think, does it work? I felt great in it, and not at all weird like I thought I would! Just goes to show that sometimes you just need to do that don’t.

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Camel + black striped sweater, sunglasses: Forever 21, red ribbed tank: Target, dark denim cuffed shorts: Gap, black lace socks, chevron earrings: H&M, red flats: Buffalo Exchange, black bag with grey hearts: c/o Krustbracelets: Forever 21, JewelMint, thrift finds


 

 
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Guest blogger: Jess of StylePint

31 Aug

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While I’m away this week on vacation, I leave you in very capable hands. I hope you enjoy my guest bloggers as much as I do and that they gain new fans. Enjoy!

xo, f

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BE BOLD WITH COLOR

Hi! I’m Jess from Stylepint and I’m taking over today.

I am always on the search for outfits that look and feel like a second skin. It doesn’t have to be super simple or completely outrageous, but it should convey your personality and make you happy. This thrifted outfit is one of my favorites because of the beautiful colors.

When I wear a relatively conservative outfit, I like to spice it up somehow. Instead of wearing neutral colors all the time, I like to add color. It’s a polished professional look that still says, “I like to have fun.”

People tend to shy away from color or only use it sparingly in an outfit. But I say, go bold and experiment!

One way to wear color is to pick a hue and wear two different shades together. In my outfit, I’m wearing two shades of purple. The blue-purple top is balanced by the red-purple (magenta) skirt. The colors won’t clash as long as you don’t try to match them. Color should be an asset to enhance your outfit and take it from ordinary to extraordinary.

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thrifted silk blouse, thrifted wool skirt, Madewell skinny belt, Colehaan satchel, Dolce & Gabanna pumps

 
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Guest blogger: Katy of ModlyChic

29 Aug

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While I’m away this week on vacation, I leave you in very capable hands. I hope you enjoy my guest bloggers as much as I do and that they gain new fans. Enjoy!

xo, f

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Hey, I’m Katy from ModlyChic and I’m guest blogging over here. Do you have a fashion passion that defines your style? You know, an item, trend or clothing type that you gravitate towards? The thing that all your friends chuckle about when you wear it again and again? For me, that’s animal print. I love it in all its permutations. I have a black and white zebra-type skirt. As well as a dress with a gray and black zebra pattern. I constantly wear a leopard print t-shirt in a dozen different ways – dressed up, dressed down, knotted, layered – whatever; and the comfortable short-sleeved sweater with a zebra head on the front.

Oh and then there is the zebra scarf from Ann Taylor that is my winter go-to accent and the over-sized purple wrap. I’ve worn the zebra tunic for years now. Last winter my favorite vest was a snow-leopard faux-fur pattern. I almost cried when my favorite leopard-print brown flats died. And there is the leopard-print dress that gets a ton of negative comments but I love it!

This top from Forever21 is another animal print piece. But at the same time it’s different. The pattern isn’t all over the shirt, it’s concentrated to the front. The sheer fabric too adds an interesting dimension; and is oh so comfortable for the warm summer months. So that’s my fashion passion. What’s yours??

Tip: Don’t be ashamed of your fashion passion. Find it, identify it, and work it!

Shirt: Forever21
Cami: Express
Pants: New York & Co.
Shoes: Payless
Bracelet: homemade
Earrings: New York street vendor

 
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Guest blogger: Fashion For Giants

16 Jun

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While I’m away on my honeymoon in France and Spain until June 17th I’ve lined up some very special guests for you. I wrote a little intro about what makes them so special to me here. I hope you enjoy their company in my absence. Keep checking back to see which guest will be making a special appearance next!

I’ll also be uploading picture to my facebook page whenever possible and hope to catch at least a few inspiring photos of French and Spanish style. Don’t forget to “like” The House in the Clouds to stay up on the latest news.

À bientôt,

f

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Pleats Please

Hello, my name is Gracey:

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger Fashion For Giants

The absolutely fabulous Fabienne has invited me over from my blog, Fashion for Giants, to do a guest post for her.  I adore both Fabienne and her lovely blog so of course I jumped at the chance:

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger Fashion For Giants

After accepting Fabienne’s invitation, I realized I had no idea what to talk about on someone else’s blog.  I mean, I barely know what to talk about on my blog.  Then, in a stroke of what I think we can all agree is genius, I decided to talk about something I love; pleated skirts.  I have been wearing a lot of pleated skirts lately and I think they are absolutely fabulous.  They are comfortable, good for riding a bike in, and one of the most appealing things about them for me; they are remarkably easy to thrift.

I mean, sure, you could spend $245 and get this Trina Turk pleated skirt:

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger Fashion For Giants

Or, you could take that $245 and get this pleated skirt from THEORY instead:

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger Fashion For Giants

Or, and I suggest you strongly consider this option, for under $10, you could head to your local thrift store and get a very similar skirt to the Trina Turk skirt:

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger Fashion For Giants

Or one very similar to the THEORY skirt (with the added fun of polka dots!):

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger Fashion For Giants

Or you could go out on a limb and find a fantastic poppy red pleated skirt:

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger Fashion For Giants

I bought all of these skirts for under $8 at various thrift stores and I’m willing to bet (a small, nominal sum of money, don’t get excited) that your local second-hand store has all sorts of lovely pleated skirts too.  I’ll even give you a few tips to make it easier to find the perfect pleated skirt for you.

  • You want the pleats to begin well above your hips or below. Pleated skirts with drop-waists can be difficult to wear if you have any sort of booty at all.  If the pleats begin in the middle of your heinie it can add a lot of volume.
  • Skinny pleats (knife pleats) are easier to wear than larger pleats (such as box pleats).  A larger pleat will, once again, add volume to your frame.
  • Synthetic fibers keep pleats remarkably well.  A polyester skirt holds pleats like nobody’s business, so if you can stand unnatural fibers, go for polyester.
  • If you’re tall, like I am, try petite length skirts, they end up being the perfect midi or knee length.
  • You don’t have to wear midi or knee length pleats – there are plenty of pleated mini-skirts available at thrift stores too.

 

So, there you have it.  Wear pleated skirts.  Thrift them, don’t buy them.  And read Fashion for Giants.  But only if you want to.

Thank you all for letting me visit you here at The House in the Clouds!

- Gracey, Fashion for Giants

 
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Guest blogger: Anika

08 Jun

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While I’m away on my honeymoon in France and Spain until June 17th I’ve lined up some very special guests for you. I wrote a little intro about what makes them so special to me here. I hope you enjoy their company in my absence. Keep checking back to see which guest will be making a special appearance next!

I’ll also be uploading picture to my facebook page whenever possible and hope to catch at least a few inspiring photos of French and Spanish style. Don’t forget to “like” The House in the Clouds to stay up on the latest news.

À bientôt,

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Ode to Fabienne

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger by Anika

Hi sweethearts!

My name is Anika and I blog over at By Anika. If we haven’t met before I would love to introduce myself to you. I am a regular Norwegian-English woman that speaks Bosnian at home, I am a budding designer and self worth activist with a love for printed dresses and scarves that I mix without fear but with a big sense of humor about myself. At By Anika I blog honestly and playfully about my own life and my voyage towards self confidence. I am determined that my readers should feel good about themselves after reading my posts.

It is my great honor to do a guest post for the wonderful Fabienne, who I adore. In fact, I am taking this chance to proclaim my love for Fabienne. (Fabienne, I don’t know how you feel about odes to you, but here comes a shower of love from me to you.)

The first thing that struck me about Fabienne when I first found her blog was her sincerity and her sense of fun. I love a woman with brains and style (hello, hot white pants!), who is funny and not afraid to invite others into her life. Basically, Fabienne had me at hello.

You know when you meet someone and immediately feel curious about that person, wanting to know more about that person, feeling that that person could very well be a friend you have not yet met? Fabienne is one of those people for me.

That gaze, that smile – don’t you just wish you could transport your self into her living room and hear what her laughter sounds like?

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger by Anika

I love that Fabienne is not afraid to voice her opinion. She continuously produces content of such high quality and writes wonderful posts that are both funny and touching.

Reading Fabienne telling it like it is in her recent Friend Friday post on the importance of blogging with purpose, and then proclaim that she was folding her soap box away and going back to being gentle was an epic blogger moment for me. Spunk! Love it.

A post of Fabienne’s that touched me deeply was her moving and honest account of her wonderful sister Ingrid’s battle with cancer, and Fabienne’s own voyage trough the experience. Such integrity, such bravery, such commitment, such love. Be still my heart.

Darling Fabienne, thank you for being you. Thank you for making the blogosphere a more interesting and warm place to be. Thank you for allowing me to give you a small ode with a lot of love.

Tell me sweethearts, what do you love about hanging out at Fabienne’s House in the Clouds?

http://byanika.com/

 

 
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Guest blogger: Arash Mazinani

01 Jun

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While I’m away on my honeymoon in France and Spain until June 17th I’ve lined up some very special guests for you. I wrote a little intro about what makes them so special to me here. I hope you enjoy their company in my absence. Keep checking back to see which guest will be making a special appearance next!

I’ll also be uploading picture to my facebook page whenever possible and hope to catch at least a few inspiring photos of French and Spanish style. Don’t forget to “like” The House in the Clouds to stay up on the latest news.

À bientôt,

f

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One man & his camera phone

I was invited to do a guest post for The House in the Clouds a while back and when the invitation came through I jumped at the chance. I started thinking about what I would write about then I decided upon an outfit post. No big deal you’re probably thinking? Well outfit posts are a bit of a rarity on my site I generally don’t do them so for me it is a big deal.

 

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger arash mazinani

 

The thing is I take my hat off to all those who regularly do outfit posts. As I found out they can be a bit of a pain in the butt, finding the right location (I chose to do my in my flat) then also having the right equipment (again.. camera phone) are both essential for great results. I hope mine didn’t turn out too shabby, I know they’re not really all pretty like they could have been with a nice location and a photographer but I had to do the best with what I had; one full length mirror and a camera phone.

 

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger arash mazinani

 

Daily outfit, style tips, guest blogger arash mazinani

 

You’re probably wondering what I’m wearing so I’ll go through. Hat is from topman as is the cardigan and shoes. The jeans are from H&M and the T shirt is from American Apparel. The watch is a Toywatch.

 

Anyway that’s me signing out I hope you enjoyed me taking over Fabienne’s blog for the day.

 

 

 

 
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Guest blogger: Cloud of Secrets

30 May

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While I’m away on my honeymoon in France and Spain until June 17th I’ve lined up some very special guests for you. I wrote a little intro about what makes them so special to me here. I hope you enjoy their company in my absence. Keep checking back to see which guest will be making a special appearance next!

I’ll also be uploading picture to my facebook page whenever possible and hope to catch at least a few inspiring photos of French and Spanish style. Don’t forget to “like” The House in the Clouds to stay up on the latest news.

À bientôt,

f

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Hyacinth Blue

Hello! I’m Sarah of Cloud of Secrets. I’m honored to create a guest post for Fabienne. I hope she’s having a lush and fascinating honeymoon.

When I read Fabienne’s invitation, I immediately thought of doing one of my color studies. It’s a thing I do: I choose a focused color scheme, then I go through my wardrobe, home, and town and take intimate pictures of trinkets, apparel, and arrangements within that scheme.


December 2010: Steinway in Waiting
for Birthday Blues entry
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

Fabienne seems to enjoy playing with color schemes as much as I do. As I thought about springtime, Fabienne, and her The House in the Clouds blog, the phrase hyacinth blue popped into my head.

I don’t have many cool, clear blues in my life, but I welcomed the challenge of finding some to photograph.

I adore pretty color names, especially in French. I confess, this penchant influenced me to purchase Sennelier pastels over other brands. Here we have Bleu Saphir, Bleu de Cobalt, Bleu de Prusse, Bleu de Ceruleum, Violet Bleu, and Bleu Outremer Foncé:


May 2011: Pastel Blues
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

I encountered no actual hyacinths. It’s been a hard spring in northern Wisconsin. However, I came across these pansies at my favorite plant nursery, and thought they offered a dreamy array of blues:


May 2011: Pansy Blues
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

I also have a good crop of periwinkles this year:


May 2011: Periwinkle Cup
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

For Mother’s Day, my mother-in-law gave me these delightful 1940s beads that had belonged to her aunt:


May 2011: Vintage Glint
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

I’ve collected perfume bottles since I was a girl. Here some blue pieces from the collection, gifts from my parents over the years:


May 2011: Blue Bottles
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

Here’s a detail of a hanging made from exotic recycled fabrics. I chose this hanging because of the irresistible petit point fragment:


May 2011: Patchwork Shimmer
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

I love the illustrations in my copy of The Rub·iy·t of Omar Khayy·m. The 1913 artwork is by René Bull:


May 2011: A Book of Verse–and Thou
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

Finally, an afternoon break with coffee, biscotti, and Beatrice d’Este. The Wedgwood cup was a gift from my sister Abs, who also has a cloud-themed blog!:

May 2011: Coffee with the Duchess
Photo by Sarah Cloud Peterson

- Sarah, Cloud of Secrets

 
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