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Proof

31 Mar

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Let’s face it, I haven’t just slipped from grace, I’ve tanked. Well, only as it pertains to blogging regularly. I have my reasons, sure. Such as, having a dog which leads to why I’m wearing pants a lot these days. I dress in anticipation of what the day holds for me, like walking her daily every afternoon on one of the trails nearby. Sometimes it’s not all that exciting, however, working from home hasn’t stopped me from caring.

I may not have the bandwidth to post as regularly but having fun with outfits is an integral part of my life, not a phase. Here’s a little recap. You need proof, after all. But first, this:

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Being a woman of  ”a certain age”, (45! Woohoo!), I’m starting to get annoyed at all the age-appropriate style advice in women’s magazines. No more short mini-dresses? Why not? I like my legs just fine, thanks. No more obnoxiously bright neons pants paired with an equally bright top? I’m not sure I like this advice at all. Here’s what I have to say: Ignore all of it. ALL. Wear what makes you happy. Skirt too short? Heels to high? Too much cleavage showing? I don’t care. Squeeze yourself into a pair of leopard-spotted pants, you hot mama, you. Rock them to work if it puts a smile on your face.

Let the real old farts tsk… tsk… behind your back while you are living your life exactly as you wish. The most flattering thing a woman can ever wear, the one thing that looks good rain or shine, day or night, is her smile. Her genuine, life-loving smile. So, if what you put on today is wrong by every standard but it makes you happy, and if that happiness translates into a smile, that’s all the style advice you’ll ever need.

Go on, beautiful. Wear whatever you feel like wearing, just as long as it makes you happy.

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wear purples

Wearing sheer aqua top, orange cardigan, light denim pants

Wearing sheer purple top, printed scarf, hand-carved earrings

Wearing green cashmere sweater, royal blue tank top, cyan skinny pants

 

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First: Purple top/gifted, neon yellow t-shirt/Old Navy, raspberry velour pants/Athleta*, necklace/Anthropologie, brown Uggs. Second: Sheer printed aqua top/Target, orange cardigan/Target, denim/Nordstrom’s, mustard scarf/Cheeky Boutique, wood teal bangle/bazaar in Spain, neon yellow Vans. Third: Sheer printed blouse/TJ Maxx, sheer printed kimono-style top/Target, tie belt/handmade, printed scarf/bazaar in France, necklace/Anthropologie, hand-carved earrings/Braindrop. Fourth: Green cashmere sweater/Bloomingdale’s, royal blue tank top/Old Navy, cyan skinny pants/Urban Outfitters, beaded necklace/Anthropologie. 

 
 

Looking good and being practical

20 Aug

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When I first started running about 10 years ago, the only real gear I owned were proper running shoes. I asked for them for my birthday. At least I had my priorities straight. But seriously people, heavyweight track pants? Long-sleeve cotton t-shirts? It’s no wonder I overheated regularly, though I’m sure having old ladies pass me up had nothing to do with it.

Thankfully, things have changed a lot. Old ladies no longer pass me up and I’ve upgraded my wardrobe to reflect my evolving athletic needs, comfort and style. Yes, style! Just because I’m going to get my blood pumping doesn’t mean I’ve resigned myself to oversized baggy t-shirts and frumpy shorts. Not only does it not look good at all, it’s not practical.

I need my clothes to breathe well and move with me. Call me demanding but I don’t want seams to chafe, I want small discreet pockets for the most necessary items, I want to be able to wash these garments hundreds of time without showing signs of wear and tear. Oh, right, and I want all this to look fabulous. Enter Lululemon. We go back a couple years, I’m still running in the first pants I bought. Both pairs look practically new. You just can’t argue with quality and comfort.

lululemon purple shirt, black marathon running skirt

I recently completed the SF Marathon, it was my first full. I’ll admit it was not my best run, I got a stress fracture and IT band injury in my right knee at mile 12. With sheer determination, and perhaps a tiny dose of poor judgment, I hobbled my way to the finish line anyway. I’m proud to have completed it, injury and time notwithstanding. Thankfully, my outfit didn’t give up on me, either.

The running skirt with built-in shorts was perfectly cute. The shorts stayed put, never riding up or down. I thought there might be a chance of getting chaffed on the inner thighs, it was never a problem. The waistband held and didn’t shift, the pockets on the outer thighs of the shorts held a couple gels so nicely that I almost forgot about them. The shirt breathed more easily than I did at times and the headband stayed put.

I can’t wait for my knee to heal so I can run again. In that cute skirt, of course.

xo, f

 

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Purple shirt, black 7-pocket running skirt, headband/Lululemon.

 
 

Happy Holidays!

27 Dec

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Wishing you all a lovely holiday season with your family and friends. May it be filled with good food, lots of love and much laughter! Happy New Year to all my friends!

xo,

f

 
 

Pimpin’ her style

22 Aug

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing floral tank, pink cardigan, green skinny corduroy

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing floral tank, pink cardigan, green skinny corduroy

You know how some days you get dressed, look in the mirror and it feels all too familiar? I couldn’t quite put my finger on it this morning when it suddenly hit me. The skinny pants, the ballet flats, the cardigan, the scoop neck shirt underneath: I looked at my husband and said “I’m dressed like Andrea.”

She obviously has good taste.

He threatened to go tell her. My rebuttal? I told him I would go tell her myself. I did. The entire group unanimously agreed that I had indeed successfully pimped her style.

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In a rut? Beg, borrow and steal someone else’s look for a day. Even on accident, inspiration comes in many forms. They’ll appreciate the flattery, you get to try something new.

Have you ever copied someone’s look for inspiration? How did it turn out for you?

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Stretchy green skinny corduroys/Urban Outfitters, floral tank/Nordstrom’s, pink cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, green floral scarf/Urban Outfitters, black ballet flats/Ecco, purple flower necklace/gifted, kitty ring/gifted, peridot ring/Ambiance.

 
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July fog

13 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing blue top, recycled sweaters mini skirt, purple tights, blue suede platform sandals

For starters, let me make it clear that I didn’t use any special effects to blow out the background and sky. The House in the Clouds was enshrouded in fog. Nice, thick, white July fog. I know, it makes no sense to me, either. It’s been cold all week and I’m at a loss as to how to dress.

It just doesn’t seem right to wear a thick sweater in July.

I went running with a light jacket, wool socks and gloves yesterday. I don’t think I wear that much in winter, all I know is that I was cold and being cold was not going to mess with this girl’s exercise. I’m too lazy to postpone it. That’s right: lazy. If I didn’t do it then, I’d have to do it later and I was feeling too lazy to do it later, so, yeah, you get it. Foggy logic. Can you blame a girl?

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing blue top, recycled sweaters mini skirt, purple tights, blue suede platform sandals

I’ll take the sunshine back now. ‘k, thnx, bye.

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Some of you may have noticed my waining participation in blog events as of late, I assure you it’s temporary. I needed to re-focus on what my intention was with The House in the Clouds and I was starting to feel spread a little thin. In the meantime, I want to give a shout out to some of the fun stuff going on at the moment. Participating in the past has provided me with inspiration and has given me the opportunity to make new friends. Check out what’s happening this week:

Everybody Everywear - Each month a new item is chosen. You choose how to wear it and submit your photo on the day of the event. Yellow was this month’s theme.

Full Time Fabulous - Each month a new inspiration theme is chosen. This month’s is the sea.

Feminist Fashion Bloggers - The theme for this month is social class. There are a lot of thought provoking posts in these events.

Fashion Beauty Friend Friday – Twice a month questions are posed relating to blogging, fashion and beauty for you to answer.

This is just a sample of what’s out there. If you’re interested in finding out about even more blog events, just ask me.

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I really wasn’t sure what to wear given how cold it was, I wasn’t prepared to wear a big sweater and boots. I found the middle ground by wearing summer sandals with tights, a warm yet short skirt, and a mid-weight top. I think of this outfit as a by-product of successful sartorial negotiation.

How you ever been thrown for a loop by unusual weather? What did you do?

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Blue floral top/ModCloth, recycled sweater skirt/Urban Outfitters, purple tights/unknown, blue suede platform sandals/Barcelona.

 
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Packing for vacation, part 2

23 Jun

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I posted the first part of packing for vacation yesterday when I found my missing Friend Friday piece. Here lies the moment of truth. If you didn’t catch my updates on The House in the Clouds’ facebook page, following is a quick recap of the last three weeks.

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Daily outfit and style tip, honeymoon in Paris

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We started our honeymoon in Paris and stayed with one of our best friends for five days. (I’m going to be writing about my observation of Parisian style on Style Pint’s blog soon and will keep you posted, check her out in the meantime.) Paris was warm, we walked a lot as expected. It was an easy city to dress for. Our schedule was nicely paced and our dinners were fantastic.

Daily outfit and style tip, honeymoon in Calellea

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We then flew to Barcelona, picked up our rental car and drove to Calellea, in Costa Brava. The bed and breakfast run by British ex-pats was absolutely charming, I think of this as our first honeymoon suite. The small coastal town was beautiful and dreamy, there’s nothing better to me than the Mediterranean Sea and coastline. Light rains fell intermittently though the days were still warm. We spent one day exploring a coastline trail and subsequent little pockets of beaches.

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After Costa Brava, we hit the road and spent the next week driving through the Pyrenees. The temperature cooled as most of Europe was hit with a cold and wet spell. The rain didn’t stop us from hiking twice but it did get us sopping wet! I dressed for comfort on days mostly spent in the car.

We wrapped up our northernly drive with a few days in Gascony for some Armagnac tasting. We stayed at a bed and breakfast in a former mansion. The food was divine and the service was attentive and inviting. One day was devoted to visiting a couple local producers and tasting their wares. This experience was truly unique, the proprietors were warm and welcoming, spending hours showing us around. The weather was still cool and drizzly throughout, I found it challenging to dress in my summer clothes and kept bundling up with scarves.

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Hitting the Basque country, we made a quick detour to see the Guggenheim in Bilbao before dropping off our car at the airport and returning to Barcelona. The next four days were spent walking the city, taking in the sights and being enthralled with Gaudi’s architectural genius along with staying up late. The weather was hot and the style was casual. The cool and wet spell was finally over.

After four days, we caught a plane back to Paris, had one last mind-blowing dinner with our friend and flew home the next day.

Here’s what made it into the suitcase:

  • Dresses, 3: 2 short, 1 maxi. Report: the purple stretch jersey dress was perfect for wearing alone in Barcelona and layering with leggings on a cooler day in Gascony. The lightweight orange summer dress was perfect for Calellea and Barcelona, it was pretty but casual enough for the coast. I’m sad to report the maxi dress never made an appearance. It was too casual for nice evening dinners and would have been great for Barcelona. I admit I forgot about it on the couple days it would have been perfect for.


  • Shorts, 1: Dressy cotton. Report: I dressed up these shorts a few times, they worked well for days in Paris and Barcelona, and again on our last night’s dinner in Barcelona.

 

  • Pants, 3: Cargo, seersucker, stretchy. Report: The cargo pants were worn numerous times in Paris and through the cooler days. The seersucker pants were so versatile that I wore them in every city. The stretchy wide-leg pants were my go-to pants for the day-long drives and long flights because they were so comfortable with their four-way stretch.

 

  • Tank tops, 2: 1 plain solid, 1 dressy. Report: The casual solid salmon tank got a lot of wear, both alone and under one of the looser-fitting tops. The dressy pink lace tank top was only worn once.

 

  • Scarves, 2: 1 warm, 1 lacy. Report: I got a lot of mileage out of the warmer shawl but only wore the lacy scarf once or twice.

 

  • Tops, 3: 1 print t-shirt, 1 over-size sequined t-shirt, 1 tunic. Report: The white t-shirt with a blue floral print was a favorite. I washed it twice, it looked good with practically everything. The over-size sequined t-shirt was worn numerous times, too. Same with the tunic. I kept rotating shirts during the cold wet week through the Pyrenees, it was just too cold to wear dresses.

 

  • Cardigans, 3: 1 lightweight lacy, 1 cashmere, 1 cotton kimono style. Report: The lightweight salmon cardi got plenty of wear but I only wore the orange kimono style once. The cashmere aqua cardi was worn every day that it wasn’t hot. How am I not sick of it yet? You’ve probably seen me wear it all winter, it’s the softest, warmest thing.

 

  • Shoes, 4: 1 sandal, 1 dressy shoe, 1 flat comfort shoe, 1 flat stylish shoe. Report: The flat stylish sequined shoe gave me a blister on day one which made wearing the dressy shoe really painful, I tucked the dressy shoes away for the rest of the trip. The black Dansko sandals were my favorites, the straps across the tops were adjusted according to the heat factor and foot swelling. The flat comfort shoes were the warmest to wear during the cold spell but were too hot and binding on the hot days.


There you have it. Overall, I did very well and got a lot of wear out of almost everything. At the last minute I threw a pair of thick black yoga pants into my suitcase, I still had so much room to spare. They turned out to play a very crucial role when hiking in the rain, I had only brought a pair of lightweight hiking capris and would have been freezing all day. I also added a couple nicer dresses which I wore several times.

The winners: The purple jersey and orange lightweight dresses were tied. The seersucker and stretchy pants were tied, also. The white t-shirt won out over the other t’s, it was polyester and dried very quickly after being hand-washed which kept it fresh. Overall, the cashmere aqua cardi and black sandals took the prize.

The losers: The maxi dress, the dressy high heels and the lacy scarf were lowest on the totem pole. I wouldn’t have missed them. Not too shabby for trying to plan for so much diversity in activities and weather.

For more general and location photos of our travels, check out The Husband’s blog. He painstakingly documented regularly with a brief description and a handful of photos. It was truly incredible!

I also want to extend a special thanks to my guest bloggers, it was such a relief knowing you were in good hands in my absence. I hope they’ve made new fans out of you!

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Filip Jach

 

 
 

Pin it! A new love affair

20 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing lilac cashmere v-neck, yellow belt and ivory lace dress
Lilac details and dragonfly necklace
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing lilac cashmere v-neck, yellow belt and ivory lace dress
Matching the lilac pansies in my garden

 

I recently went thrifting. I’ve been on a mission to recreate an outfit based on a DKNY outfit I saw last week. As a personal challenge, I want to do it from thrifted items. So far, I have a shirt and blazer along with all kinds of additional unrelated pieces, such as this lilac cashmere pullover sweater. It’s soft and lovely and so light and perfect. I have a particular fondness for cashmere.

The steampunk-inspired dragonfly necklace is another anniversary gift from my hubby. I guess seven years gets you two gifts. I like that.

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I’ve been asked to participate in a Pinterest feature through the end of the month as one of many style bloggers who’ve recently discovered and fallen in love with it. Pinterest is your personal online pinboard. Simple. You see an image of something you like, you “pin” it. The application captures the image and url, you save it into your “board”.

Take the concept of tearing an image out of a magazine and pinning it to a cork board. On the internet. You can organize, categorize, share, tag, comment; it’s full of the social networking features that most of us are familiar with. You can share your boards and see others’. You will be hooked.

I discovered it recently when I saw a tweet mentioning it. I checked it out and have been using it ever since. In fact, it’s what I used to capture images for my post about the five trends I was looking forward to this spring. I’ve also started pinning ideas for DIY’s along with ideas for my living space and places I want to travel to.

Here’s the coolest part.

I’ve been invited to solicit comments from you, my readers, about how you would choose to use it and to let me know if you’re interested in signing up. I have been offered fifteen invitations to pass along.

Check out how I’m using it.

Pinterest The House in the Clouds dashboard
My dashboard, showing a few boards
Pinterest The House in the Clouds pins
Some of my pins

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Don’t be afraid to mix and match unusual colors together. The lilac sweater and ochre yellow belt are not your typical combination but made a beautiful pair. If you feel reticent to try this, start small with a scarf or a belt.

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Lilac cashmere sweater/thrifted, ivory lace dress/Jeremy’s, ochre yellow belt/Anthropologie, purple tights/Hue, purple patterned scarf/The Gap, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill.

 
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Go take a hike!

31 Mar
Pink flower
Everything’s in bloom
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing purple pattern dress with grey boots
Fun with purple
Daily outfit and style tips, wearing purple dress with purple belt
Fun with patterns
Daily outfit and style tips, lavender velvet cut-out shawl
Delicious lavender velvet cut-out shawl

Rather than go running this evening, my hubby and I went for a hike. Remember those t-shirts that said “Go Take A Hike”? You don’t? It’s probably because it goes back to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth terrorized by the likes of me and my two sisters. In any case, I totally want one. Hiking is awesome.

There are a bunch of trails by my house that smell like fresh earth and trees. Overgrown happiness stretch out onto the path and brush the legs of runners, hikers and dogs. Any contact will do, that stuff grows wild and doesn’t care about anything else. If it gets too big it just falls over.

We talked about everything and nothing, time slowed under the spell of the canopy. Dogs ran past and smiled. My ears, eyes, heart and mind were happy.

 

 

 

 

Deets: Purple dress/Brass Plum, Nordstrom’s, purple tights/unknown, grey vegan faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, purple silk belt/The Gap, lavender cut-velvet shawl/thrifted.

 
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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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Starry and foggy nights: A little San Francisco history

15 Mar
Wearing ModCloth starry night dress in garden
Airy starry night dress

I’m listening to old New Model Army for old times’ sake. They were one of my favorite bands growing up. Justin Sullivan was one of my heroes, I managed to see them quite a few times at the I-Beam in the Haight in the 80′s. Oh yes, I did managed to get in underage. I also managed to meet him. It took about two minutes for me to realize that I was in the company of an intellectual and had absolutely no business making any kind of conversation, but hey, I’ve always been a good sport and I just rolled with it. I wasn’t starstruck as much as I was elated not to be disappointed by the encounter.

The I-Beam was the place to go back then. It eventually closed, I don’t think it was deemed safe any longer after the Loma Prieta earthquake in ’89. The last time I was there was for my twenty-first birthday. My friend Harry took me to see Ministry. I still remember what I wore; a skintight black scoop neck top with a red flower flouncy mini-skirt, very high heels. Not your typical Ministry-appropriate style, I always did march to the beat of my own drummer. That was a birthday I would never forget. All those years spent in San Francisco before I could actually call it my home, getting around by foot, cab or bus.

Oh, how I got to know my city; every neighborhood, every block, which Victorian had the most beautiful detail, which had the most fragrant flowers growing in the little gardens, which streets were the smoothest and easiest to cycle uphill at midnight coming home from a show. Playing chicken with the ocean waves, a harvest moon on the horizon and stars barely visible through the fog; other times playing hide-and-seek at the Palace of Fine Arts after the clubs closed.

Mondo patent leather creepers
Image via www.tukshoes.com

I was struck by the unabashed individuality of ordinary people walking down the street. Mixing vintage with modern, fueling my imagination and inspiring me to push boundaries. My love of Goth style then was reflected in my red patent leather mondo creepers similar to the black ones shown, they were my statement walking shoe of choice. Those days and nights were magical, now I may live twenty minutes outside San Francisco but it will always be my home.

 

 

Deets: Sheer mauve and velvet cut-out dress/ModCloth, black tights/unknown, plum shoes/Dansko, purple scarf/Georgiou.