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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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It’s all in the details

22 Mar
The subtlety of details, neutral lace sweater with lace scarf
Lace details
Denim with the subtlety of neutrals and lace
Denim and lace

I recently picked up this cropped sweater having no idea how to make it work. It’s short. Really short. With cut-out lace panels. I knew that until I invested in a pair of high-waisted pants, I’d have to get creative so as not to flash my middrift at work. Enter tank tops. Two of them, in fact. I’ve discovered that the key to making a lot of things work is in the subtlety of details; the contrast of layering neutral tank tops of different lengths, lace patterns under a lace panel sweater topped off with a lace scarf.

Ready to be cited for wearing just too much lace, I braved another windy day in Downtown Oakland in denim and classic black ankle boots. It’s hard to believe that I once lived in jeans; however comfortable they may be I much prefer dresses these days. It’s a completely different look for me especially as I ponder what it means to be a feminist with regard to my fashion choices. It’s been a hot topic lately, check out what these Feminist Fashion Bloggers have to say if your interest has been piqued. On Friday, I’ll be participating on a smaller scale about said topic.

Nail polish iridescent like scarab beetles
For my love of scarab beetles

Speaking of details, I was complimented yesterday on my nail polish while grocery shopping. I thought I’d share. I was drawn to this color because it reminded me of a childhood family vacation we took when we still lived in Lebanon. My dad drove us through Syria, Turkey, Greece and into Bulgaria. I have very distinct memories of playing with scarab beetles in Turkey. They were black with a mesmerizing green iridescence. Just like my nail polish.

 

Deets: Cropped sweater/ModCloth, tank tops/Nordstrom’s, scarf/Urban Outfitters, denim/Calvin Klein, black leather ankle boots/Munro, necklace/Claire’s Boutique.

 
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