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Boyfriend

08 Aug

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… jeans. I don’t even know what that means, I don’t have a boyfriend, nor have I ever been able to fit in a boyfriend’s jeans. Actually, not true. I wore my husband’s 501′s in 1989. Oh, yeah, I was around back then. And I was married.

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But the Boyfriend Jeans conjures up a memory that I haven’t realized, one that sounds like lazy Sundays and soft, oversized t-shirts. Maybe sunny walks with the dog. Neighborhood coffee shops. Freshly mowed lawns. It’s a sweet, memorable moniker and I’m quite the sucker for words that sound just right. Describe something as buttery soft and I’ll be twice as likely to purchase it. Thank you, LL Bean, circa 1998.

All I know is that I needed a new pair of jeans. I’m rebelling against $300 jeans. I think it’s absurd and unnecessary to charge that much for denim. I went to Old Navy. They fit my body perfectly and, I might add, are buttery soft.

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I did wear my boyfriend’s red plaid bondage pants, sans straps, when I was 18. They would have been useless for actual bondage, they didn’t seem very sturdy, but they looked pretty hot. My mondo creepers were red patent leather. Extra hot.

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Indigo lace top/Anthropologie, pewter lace tank/Nordstrom’s, boyfriend jeans/Old Navy, red cuff watch/The Clymb.

 
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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.

 
 

Gee, your hair looks terrific!

17 Mar
Great hair by Nicole Goodman from Sakura Salon
Hair success by Nicole Goodman

If you’re wondering why my hair looks so good, (weren’t you?), it’s because I just had the most wonderful and talented Nicole Goodman from Sakura work her magic. But you say my hair has always looked pretty good. Yes, and that’s my point. She waved her magic wand scissors over The Mop™ shortly before I started blogging. You just don’t know what it used to look like and we’re going to keep it that way.

Great hair by Nicole Goodman of Sakura Salon in Oakland, Ca.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Let’s just say I don’t have straight hair, I don’t have curly hair and I don’t have blond hair but I’ve maximized the heck out The Mop’s™ potential and I’m quite pleased with the results. So if you live in the San Francisco/Oakland area and you finally succumbed to the truth that your hair needs a miracle, or just a trim and some highlights, do not wait any longer. Really.

Check out her blog for style tips and inspiration. It’s chock-full of ideas. Here’s the full scoop:

Nicole Goodman
Sakura Salon
4287 Piedmont Ave., Ste 101
(between Echo Ave & Glenwood Ave)
Oakland, CA 94611
Neighborhoods: North Oakland, Piedmont Ave
(510) 390-4922

Make-up kit from Joe Fresh Style
Sample kit

As I mentioned yesterday, Style Nation had some pretty awesome sponsors. I wanted to review the goodies I got from Joe Fresh. I received a kit with two lip glosses, a pink lipstick, a gold cream eyeshadow, a cream blush and two nail polishes: orchid lavender and orange. I’m wearing all but the clear gloss and nail polishes, which I tried on earlier. The colors were bright and vibrant, I can’t wait to paint all my fingers rather than just two!

The cream eyeshadow glided on easily and stayed put all day. It felt light, never greasy. I love gold eyeshadow, it makes my inner magpie happy. The cream blusher was equally easy to apply. It passed the test, my cheeks still look pink and dewy. While I thought the pink coral color might be more complimentary on a creamy white skin tone, it blended well into my olive skin. The pink lipstick was bright and a bit too opaque for my liking, I prefer sheer with golden undertones. I applied lipgloss over it. While the effect was a nice gloss, it felt too heavy, I’m a lip balm girl. Overall, I would say that the products live up to the name: Fresh. Perfect for the young and young at heart, (that’s me!) The palette I received will be perfect through spring and summer.

Good news for The House in the Clouds, I’m going to be around this weekend! After over a month and a half of being out of town every weekend, I have made peace with being home. This might mean missing one of the most epic snow weekends this season, I could have only gone one day anyway. Don’t worry, there’s next weekend, I’m not completely crazy. I’m pretty sure my body will be happy to sleep in past 7 A.M. at least once this winter. Yeah, pretty sure. And I wore green shoes today. You saw that, right?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Deets: Plaid dress/Old Navy, gifted from Dotty of Dash, Dot, Dotty, mocha tights/gifted by We Love Colors, sage green shoes/Tsubo, necklace/Anthropologie, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill, belt/Anthropologie, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, final roundup

12 Mar
Wearing ivory lace dress with black lace tights and obi belt for 30 for 30 roundup

Lace on lace over tights

Wearing burgundy sweater dress with brown shirt for 30 for 30 roundup

Coffee and wine, oh my!

Wearing DKNY wrap over black turtleneck and skinny jeans for 30 for 30 roundup

Not one of my finer creations

Wearing plaid dress over black turtleneck and skinny jeans for 30 for 30 roundup

Feeling a little bit country

Wearing soft pink shirt with tie over black skinny jeans for 30 for 30 roundup

Schoolhouse rock

Wearing red ruffle sweater shrug over black turtleneck and skinny jeans for 30 for 30 roundup

Ruffles ahoy!

 

This won’t be the first time I’m demonstrated my finer ability to count. I just realized that I never got around to wearing item 30. Technically, what we have hear, folks, is a 29  for 29. Since I’m probably the last living remixer at this point, for the sake of just gettin’ it done, I’m calling it a done deal. It’s been fun but I’m ready to chronically repeat again. And wear some new things, too!

It was a little quiet this weekend because I joined some fine ladies in Las Vegas for Style Nation 2011. It was very exciting! Typically, I’d be snowboarding but what’s life when it’s always predictable? The lovely Loudmouth has elaborated a little on the company we’re keeping. Don’t worry, there will be a full report shortly.

Ciao!

 

 

 

 
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30 for 30 Winter, days 17-20. Catching up

03 Mar
Rosette belt, black skinny jeans and vegan brown boots

Rockin’ the rosettes

rosette, belt, dusty rose

Dusty pink and brown rosette belt

Sparrow and rose

It appears to be that I’ve signed myself up for so many different events that it’s been a challenge to get all my outfits up, but who can resist? So much fun to be had! Between that and being out of town from Friday night to Sunday night every week doesn’t help matters, either. I bring you four days worth of outfits with a highlight on my favorite accessories. Thanks for hanging in there!

red bean bag chair, white capelet

Going red for women

I couldn’t resist having my hubby take my photo in his office. Yes! His office! He really does have an oversized bean bag chair like that, and we really do work at the same company. (We had to meet somewhere seven years ago.) I told you I’d bring the red for last Friday’s Go Red for Women. It’s here at last!

vintage sweater, plaid flannel skirt

Mixing patterns like there’s no tomorrow

mustard dress with leggings and shawl

Hanging out in the stairwell again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit #1: Dusty rose blouse/ModCloth, black cigarette ankle jeans/BDG, rosette belt/ModCloth, sparrow necklace/Linkel Designs, brown suede cuff/restyled, vegan brown suede boots/Munro.

Outfit #2: Black dress/MaxStudio, white capelet/BCBG, red brooch/H&M, red tights/We Love Colors, vegan grey faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, silver and mother of pearl cuff/Lois Hill, tree of life necklace/gifted.

Outfit #3: Vintage sweater/eBay, plaid flannel skirt/Urban Outfitters, off-white knitted tights/unknown, vegan grey faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, silver and mother of pearl cuff/Lois Hill.

Outfit #4: Mustard yellow dress/ModCloth, slate shawl collar cardigan/You Be Cheeky, black leggings/Hue, vegan grey faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, silver and mother of pearl necklace/Lois Hill.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 15. Riding the DYI horse

23 Feb

Rockin’ the plaid and patterns

One obi belt coming right up

You say “belt”, I say “bracelet”

Check it out! I’m feeling good about myself because I’m wearing two things I made today. That’s right, look who’s riding high and mighty on her DYI horse. Me!

I mentioned buying a couple of silk ties recently to make an obi belt, as seen in this tutorial from Angie of Fashion Me Blog. I did it! I made the belt and then I broke a bunch of rules about mixing patterns and look what came of it. Uh-huh.

On top of that, see that cool leather cuff with the embroidery on it? Yeah, that used to be a belt. I thrifted that little puppy, trimmed it, punched a hole in it and wore it. The beauty of these two projects is that they took almost no time. Extra bonus points!

Don’t forget to enter my first ever giveaway! Details here.

Deets: Plaid dress/Gifted from Dotty of Dash Dot Dotty, hot pink tank top/unknown, brown tights/unknown, vegan brown suede boots/Munro, obi belt/me, necklace/Anthropologie, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago, three kitties ring/gifted.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 5. Fabulous in February!

07 Feb
In the mood for neutral tops

 Mocha tights and chocolate boots

It’s time to be Fabulous in February. Here’s the deal, this is the month of love and every Monday this month it’s all about self-love. Those of us participating are declaring publicly three things we love about ourselves. I can do that. Watch!

Numero Uno: I love surprising myself by doing unexpected things. I’m a total creature of habit and comfort who loves routine with the passion one reserves for chocolate cake. Yet, I’ll throw it out the door and do something totally unlike me just to see what it’s like. I love that I do that.

Numero Dos: I speak two languages fluently. I pretend to speak Spanish but I can only truly say one thing well and it has to do with how hot I may be this Friday night. Blame the BFF who taught me this choice phrase in high school. Eons ago, I tell you! You would never know how utterly useless it is given how many times I’ve been compelled to blurt it out publicly. I digress. Je parle le Français and some English, too.

Numero Tres: I like that I’m nice. It wasn’t always particularly cool to be nice and still sometimes it catches people off guard. I just don’t think I shouldn’t be nice just because someone might find it weird. I’m nice, suck it up, yo. That’s just how I’m gonna play.

Speaking of playing, look who decided to dress up like a little school girl today. Is wrong? Don’t answer. The little flannel of fun in a skirt just called out “take me home with you, you fool, I’m only $10″ at Urban Outfitters. Do you know why they have those little areas with mirrors called fitting rooms? So that one doesn’t end up with the wrong size like I did. It’s ok, I’m handy with a needle and thread and we’re going to be moving some buttons over soon.

Deets: Flannel skirt/Urban Outfitters, peach top/ModCloth, mocha tights/We Love Colors, brown vegan boots/Munro, bird & rose necklace/Linkel Designs, peridot ring/Ambiance, hand-carved wood earrings/Chicago.


Want to see something funny? The hubby decided to animate my pictures from this morning. It’s just me, walking and smiling, happy as a clam. I was actually laughing because I looked hungover in the first set of pictures and cracked myself up. Yep, laughing all by myself. Like I said, crazy neighborhood lady.

 
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30 for 30 Winter, day 3. Country Strong

03 Feb
Enhanced natural curls
I call this my totally gifted outfit!

Two things: One, I had not heard of the movie when the reference was made but I’m taking it as a compliment since my coworker was only making a reference to my hair and outfit and not the washed-out, has-been part. Two: I let my hair air dry last night and touched up my natural unruliness rather than fight it. Thank you Nicole for inspiring me to do this. I have come to value a large curling iron, a skinny curling iron and a straightening iron. They are my friends.

Three: I know, I lied. But I didn’t mean to. I’m hoping to spend a little quality time with the hubby this evening and I’m rushing through this like a woman on a mission. Back to Three: I made it on IFB’s weekly roundup today. I’m honored, flattered, excited, what can I say? I’ll post the whole kit and caboodle this weekend.

Now back to my house date. Ciao babes!

Wait! One more thing. I know I just made that four, I can count. So, Four: I’m wearing “mocha” microfiber tights from We Love Colors. You know what else? I totally love them. They got sent my way, I’m sending some love back. They’re nice and soft and stretchy and pretty darn opaque. The color is ever-so-slightly different that what my monitor displayed but I knew that would happen, such is the nature of monitor displays. Ultimately, the shade was what I expected and I’m very happy and grateful.

Deets: Plaid dress/Old Navy, gifted from Dotty, raspberry hand-knitted scarf/gifted by my “other” grandma Jeannie, vintage brooch/passed down from my mom, necklace/gifted by hubby, tights/gifted, We Love Colors, grey vegan faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, (they were gifted, too, by my bffs!), bracelet/gifted by my dad & his wife. 

To quote the hubby: “Now everyone knows what a cheapskate you are.” That was cool! It was total accident that I didn’t wear anything I bought myself.

When the house is not in the clouds
 
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Where’s Waldo?

20 Jan
  

A little bit of red for contrast via my Old Navy t-shirt worn backwards

Add a poncho and gloves for warmth

And where’s my camera battery charger? I’m sure it’s in the back room along with two loads of laundry that I let air dry when I forgot to put them in the dryer on time Sunday night. Have you ever hung up two loads of laundry? In your house? In just one room? It looks as bad as it sounds. But that’s not all, folks. With today’s purchase you also get three bags of snowboarding gear strewn about. Apparently, to do all that laundry, I had to take everything out of the bags from the weekend trip, and, well, not all of this was done with any grace. Okay, not any of it was done with any grace.

I know what fun, exciting thing is in store for me this weekend. It’s going to be like a treasure hunt in there, I’m going to need some good music to dance fold laundry, search for the charger and clean up to. Any good recommendations?

Today, I wore the new dress I got from Dotty which I mentioned yesterday. Voila! One more little treasure for my closet, I can barely stand how cute it is. I’ve never owned a plaid dress before. I had to shoot inside because the supernatural wind tearing up my little ‘hood in the hills meant business.

I just wasn’t psychologically prepared.

Poncho and scarf photo: Fil Jach

Deets: Plaid dress/gifted, purple tights/unknown, red t-shirt/Old Navy, grey faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, poncho/unknown, angora scarf/gifted, necklace/Anthropologie, earrings/Braindrops, peridot ring/Ambiance, gloves/Nordstrom’s.

 
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