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Love robot

29 Oct

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h&m eco conscious collection shift, green cardigan, red cuff watch

Sometimes, it’s really all in the details. I love this shift from H&M’s eco conscious collection. I love the detail of the abstract pattern. I feel like it’s a cross between a Paul Klee pen-and-ink and a botanical garden. It plays well in many environments. I can dress it up or down. On this particular day, I needed to look professional without being too formal, therefore, I let the details speak to my personality. Like the love robot ring. Everyone needs a love robot.

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Or the fact that my dragonfly tattoo commemorating my sister’s life is interestingly framed by the red acetate of my cuff watch.

dragonfly tattoo, red cuff watch

And the floating sparrow on my necklace.

rose necklace with sparrow

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Shift/H&M, green cardigan/Nordstrom’s, red cuff watch/The Clymb, rose necklace/Etsy, love robot ring/Hallmark store, dragonfly tattoo/Victor Macias

 

 

 
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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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Mermaid style

31 Jul

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I’ve always wanted what my hairdresser and I called “mermaid hair”. In other words, hair long enough to provide a substantial amount of modestly, should one be inclined. For when the apocalypse vaporizes fabric, or something like that.

In December, I willingly had about 6 or 7 inches cut off, the health of my hair required it. That’s what it feels like to take a bunch of steps backwards. What’s the opposite of mermaid hair? Billy Idol hair? Ok, so not quite that drastic but somewhere in the ho-hum middle.

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I have resisted the urge for a maintenance trim since December. Tenacity and laser-sharp focus on the end results at it’s finest. Professional advice carelessly tossed by the wayside. It’s my hair, after all. And as my sister said, if you want you hair to grow out, you really have to stop cutting it.

This coming Friday, I’m scheduled for the trim. All this to say, yes, my hair is up because it has looked better, and in a very short while, it will again.

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I’ll just distract you with my mermaid nail polish until then. Look, squirrel!

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Aqua cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, cyan blue skinny pants/Urban Outfitters, orange tunic/Urban Outfitters, salmon tank/Nordstrom’s, mustard scarf/You Be Cheeky Boutique, red acetate watch/Vestal, hair band/ModCloth

 
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Look closely

02 May

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The dress I’m wearing has a photo print front. I must have worn it about three times before I realized that, upon closer inspection, there’s a couple sitting at the water’s edge. So much for attention to detail. In all fairness, it’s a little hard to make out when you’re wearing it. From a distance? Easy as pie.

I’m rediscovering dresses now that the days are warming up. I don’t feel as silly wearing a skirt or dress with my house flip-flops, it’s casual, but so what? Wearing tights and fuzzy slippers in winter, on the other hand, was a whole other story. A story that wasn’t going to happen.

Anyone else feel compelled to wear red and green? It’s like Christmas over here all over again.

sitting wearing black photo dress, green cardigan, red belt

sitting wearing black photo dress, green cardigan, red belt

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Mini dress/Modcloth, red skinny belt/unknown, green cardi/Nordstrom’s, black mini skirt/swapped, necklace/Anthropologie, black sandals/Dansko.

 
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Enchanted forest

21 Nov

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This time last year I had just turned 44 and I wanted so badly for everything to change. I had no idea where to start or what needed to happen so I moved on and forward, like the adventurer that I am, trusting that it would. I spent the last 365 days taking baby steps daily to alter my course. Today I can look back and am proud of where I came from. I look forward and know the path is good. It wasn’t easy, most necessary things aren’t.

I had been feeling a little like this:

Yes, that really is me, dressed as BabyDoll for Halloween. What else could I do with new braces but have fun with it?

Through the turmoil, I found my peace regularly in the woods by my house. I’ve run, hiked and walked them regularly for several years now. I have spent hours daydreaming about my future, crying about sick friends, running long and hard and pushing myself to the limit. It is therefore befitting that I recently had a photo shoot in my enchanted forest right before my 45th birthday. I’m still moving forward, and still celebrating changes.

See you soon!

xo, f

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These photos were beautifully shot with film by Vanessa Solis of Vade Photography in Redwood Park, in Oakland, CA.

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Red blouse/Old Navy, royal blue pants/Urban Outfitters, scarf/thrifted, hand-carved earrings/Braindrops, beaded necklace/Anthropologie.

 
 

The simplest things

20 Mar

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Daily outfit wearing blue lace top, red pants, floral Tom's

Daily outfit wearing blue lace top, red pants, floral Tom's

Bee ring with red crystals

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This outfit makes me happy. Very happy. There’s more to it than meets the eye. In fact, just standing next to my Icelandic poppies makes this outfit even better. Poppies and calla lilies are my two most favorite flowers. I grow both in my garden. Instant happiness. Memories are made from everything that touches and leaves a story. Head to toe, this outfit has a complete tale to tell.

The necklace I’m wearing was given to me by a former co-worker as a birthday gift. Her sister hand-made the glass beads, she made the necklace. I think of them both fondly every time I wear it. The watch was a gift from my ex mother-in-law, I think of her generosity, wicked sense of humor and love of cats every time I wear it. The bee ring is another nod to my connection to the outdoors and all the creatures within it. I’ve never been afraid of critters and take great pleasure in the time I spend hiking, camping or running. The blue lace top was a pleasant treat when I was issued a store credit for a defective pair of pants. The floral slip-on shoes are Tom’s. Happiness for my feet. I”m a big fan of Tom’s and like being able to participate in improving others’ lives, especially when it’s been made so easy to do.

The red pants I bought in Spain. They’re just hot. You can’t argue with that.

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Red pants/Zara, blue lace top/Anthropologie, taupe tank top/Nordstrom’s, necklace/gifted, vintage Gucci watch/gifted, bee ring/Jewelmint.com, floral slip-ons/Tom’s.

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You might have noticed my Google Friend Connect widget has been taken down. I found out that Google is discontinuing this product soon, I figured I might as well get used to no longer relying on it. There are still a variety of ways to subscribe to updates for this blog. In the meantime, I’d be delighted if you left me your url in the comment box, I’ll do my best to visit.

xo, f

 
 

Transformative powers

10 Nov

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Daily outfit, mixing patterns

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Daily outfit, wearing red mini skirt, vintage cowl neck sweater with orange and grey stripes, grey wool coat, grey tights

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One of my closest friends called me the other day, my husband and I were in the car driving home. Our car had just decided to make an unsavory alarming sound, probably due to some after-market install. I couldn’t really talk over it and told my friend I’d call him right back. As soon as we got home my husband started investigating the problem while I unloaded the car. I had been at a design conference for two days in San Francisco, literally one block from Sephora. I had stopped in on the way back home to pick up a gift for a couple friends. And myself, apparently.

Unloading the car is handled one of two ways in my household. Based on the day of the week, I either dump everything on the bench by the front door and ignore until the next day or I meticulously put everything in its rightful place. On this particular Friday I chose the latter. Let me elaborate on the meticulous part — it involves the trying on of suitable purchases, such as new clothes or make-up. My reality is often intermingled with such fantastic interruptions. I had given in to the temptation of a natural eyeshadow and blush kit that barely cost twice as much as the single eyeshadow from Make Up For Ever that I normally buy. Impulse shopping at its finest.

While taking the kit out of its box, I found myself mesmerized by the silver shades and gave them a try. One thing led to another, close to an hour flew by. As I found myself snapping a picture of it to share on Instagram I remembered my friend in New York. I called him back immediately and explained the series of events that led to the delay. “I was playing with make-up and I forgot to call you back.” As we FaceTimed each other on our phones, both of us laying down — he on his bed and me on a cozy rug in my bedroom — I delved further into the female psyche, specifically mine.

Make-up and fashion are not just a form of expression, they are also a form of escape and fantasy. Those of us with a passion for one or the other, or both, understand the transformative powers they each possess. I am not a celebrity with a perfect life, I’m a woman in her forties who celebrated her birthday with tea instead of a proper cocktail because of the lingering effects of having pneumonia. I’m a woman who’s a little exhausted by the demands of work. Getting lost in the moment of make-up is a brief escape — I admit to getting completely absorbed by the precision of applying silver eyeshadow on the inside and mid-section of my eye lids, (but definitely not by the lashes or the outer areas, that wouldn’t work.) It’s similar to junk TV for my brain. There’s a Zen to it. While I pride myself in my ability to multi-task on a day-to-day basis, when I get lost in putting an outfit together or working out a new way to wear eye make-up, I get lost in the moment.

Being able to escape reality is important, it’s especially important to me to be cognizant of it. I like forgetting my troubles. I’m not neglecting them, I’m taking a break. As children we played make-believe and it was perfectly acceptable. We nourished our creative sides with fantasy, unknowingly developing problem-solving skills by thinking outside the box. It didn’t matter that we lived in an apartment. There was a farm with a dog and a cow in the bedroom, right next to the castle to the left of the bed. Imagination knows no bounds. I work in a creative field, interestingly enough, the most demanding aspects requiring imagination are not specific to design. They are more often called upon to solve logistical problems, whether it be scheduling or process driven. They further come in handy with regards to working with others.

If I can imagine the way someone else thinks and processes information, I am better able to speak their dialect. That’s a very adult thing to do with imagination. Then there’s make-up. If I can play with silver eye-shadow and make my eyes sparkle, I feel I sparkle. It doesn’t have to be a conscious intention, it just happens. The only thing I need to be conscious of is whether the transformative power is positive or negative. My friend understood and forgave me for getting side-tracked. I sent him off to his slumber with a kiss and plans to visit the following week.

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Check back in on Friday, November 11 for Fashion Beauty Friend Friday. The visual topic is for us bloggers to show a picture of ourselves without any make-up on. See me in my natural state.

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I may have only been pattern mixing in the last year but I feel like a pro with some of my bolder choices. What made this outfit work was that I kept the palette limited to only a few primary colors: grey and red-orange. The use of grey helped neutralize the impact of the red tones. Try it out! And then leave me your url in the comment section so that I can see how you styled your patterns. Remember, you’re even more beautiful when you’re having fun!

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Red mini skirt/Urban Outfitters, vintage striped cowl neck sweater/eBay, grey wool coat/Bebe, grey tights/WeLoveColors.com, wedge sneakers/Tsubo.

 

 

 

 

Taking lessons

22 Sep

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Daily outfits and style tips, mixing patterns wearing red skirt, red striped top

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I’m certain that my husband has an advanced degree in relaxing. Chillin’. Chillaxin’. Call it what you will, he’s got it down and I could learn a thing or two from him. When I lived in the Upper Haight in San Francisco I had a routine. I worked from home and would leave the house every afternoon to walk to the store and buy a cookie. I really did this for years. What can I say, I like a routine. Three blocks each way, one cookie and fresh produce for dinner. I would cross the panhandle, slowly, taking it all in; the dogs, the cyclists, friendly faces and neighbors.

I also started my day with a soy latté just around the corner, journaling and daydreaming. I spent an hour in the quiet hush of early morning orders by myself documenting every thought and emotion, turning stream of consciousness into poetry, day after day. My neighborhood cafe played great music, I rediscovered my love for electronic music. I once told a group of somewhat younger women about my morning routine. “You must really love yourself,” one said. Actually, yes.

Fast forward ten years. I no longer work from home. I have very little control over the kind of demands making their way across my day; I have some control over how I deal with the stress. Running, sometimes a drink after work, sometimes not. The most draining days require prescription strength television watching. We don’t even have cable. My husband and I met at work and carpool together, sharing one car. The routine is gone. It’s been replaced with coordinating schedules, grocery shopping, laundry days. Oh, and blogging.

I was washing the first batch of dusty Burning Man bins on Sunday when said husband exclaimed that he was going to chill for a while, complete with beer in hand. Envious, perhaps, I asked if he hadn’t just been relaxing. (This conversation can now go two ways.) Yes! He was going to relax again he proudly announced. He asked me to join him. Uncharacteristically, I put down what I was doing and grabbed my own beer. We sat and appreciated the million dollar view we’ve been blessed with and listened to hummingbirds whir.

View of San Francisco Bay from Oakland hills

LIke I said, I could learn a thing or two. The impressive stack of laundry that needs to be put away sitting in the back room is not going anywhere. Does it matter if I deprive myself of relaxing with my best friend only to put it away three days earlier? Of course it doesn’t. What matters is this: Carpe Diem. When I’m relaxed I photograph better. I write better. I dress myself better. I’m more creative. I’m nicer to myself and everyone around me. I would bet money that I will age less quickly if I subscribe to my husband’s plan. He’s not lazy. He gets things done. I try to get even more done and then beat myself up for not having done enough. I must be taking funny pills because that kind of math does not add up, does it?

Daily outfits and style tips, mixing patterns wearing red skirt, red striped top

What you see above is proof, actual photographic proof, that I came home tonight, popped open a hard cider and enjoyed our warm summer evening. After a day of such intense pattern mixing who wouldn’t need to unwind?

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Ah, mixing patterns. The old taboo. This one is not always easy to pull off. It’s easier when there are elements in common. In this case, the color red and the graphic nature of the clovers versus the stripes worked. One didn’t overpower the other which kept the outfit balanced, this is key. There are many tips out there on how to do this well. The Chic Fashionista has some good advice.

Don’t be afraid to give it a shot, it takes guts to step outside our comfort zones. There will be misses but there are sure to be hits, too.

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Red clover skirt/Urban Outfitters, striped shirt/Michael Kors, daisy ring/Hatch, red leather cuff watch/Nixon, red jacket/Precious Boutique, black sandals/Dansko

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Not your average red, white and blue

27 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing aqua cardigan, white t-shirt, red pants

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing aqua cardigan, white t-shirt, red pants

There are days when a nice tomato red looks so right with a crisp white t-shirt, especially when that t-shirt’s burnout lets the brightest cyan tank top peek through. I love this particular take on the patriotic combo because the colors are just slightly left of center; the blue is a really rich aqua, the tomato red has an orange hue. To top it off, the white is quite transparent.

I’m doing my best to summon the sunshine with these bright colors, you can see the thin misty fog in the background. It did eventually burn off by mid-day. It is still summer after all.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing red kerchief, red tank top and red pants, eating ice cream

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I like to experiment with accessorizing. Instead of wearing a necklace I wrapped a kerchief around my neck for prosperity, I’ve had it for at least ten years. It reminds me of being in Provence. I was happily wearing red pants even back in 2001. I love wearing good memories.

Do you ever find yourself wearing an item that reminds you of something wonderful? Do share, I really enjoy reading your comments and getting to know my readers better.

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Aqua cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale/s, white burnout t-shirt/Nordstrom’s, cyan tank top/Haight street, red ankle pants/Zara, blue suede platform sandals/Barcelona, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill, red kerchief/unknown.

 
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Taking a tip from the flowers

18 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing bold pattern flower dress, salmon cardigan, orange sandals, red belt

I spent a most delightful weekend camping with friends. There were so many beautiful flowers on the grounds, I couldn’t help but be inspired when I got dressed this morning.

I found this dress a few weeks ago in a consignment shop and immediately fell in love with the bold colors and the clean, simple line. I’m considering altering it, I don’t often wear dresses this long. On the other hand, it’s nice to have a dress that can withstand a windy day.

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The flower design was very reminiscent of Marimekko designs. The dress is from a Netherlands label I hadn’t heard of before, Jackpot. They seem to have pretty cute clothes and the quality of the dress is very good.

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Hey, check it out! I finally added a Pinterest button to my sidebar. Now you can follow my boards and see what inspires me. I love discovering what others are pinning, from new color palettes to cool DIY projects. If you’re already on there, let me know so that I can follow you.

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I had about four other cardigans and lightweight jackets that matched but in the end I choose the one in a color and fit that didn’t fight the bold colors of the floral print. I had the same dilema with belts but the skinniest of red belts did the trick. When wearing a bold item it’s often best to accessorize in a manner than enhances and supports the eye-catching piece rather than take away from it.

In the field of package design, which is my chosen profession, we pay very special attention to communication hierarchy. What this means is that items are defined in level of importance ahead of time and the balance of the design is what creates this visual hierarchy; what draws your eye to the most important thing first, then to the second, etcetera. The same applies in everyday fashion. What is the one item or accessory that will draw the eye in? Everything else you choose to wear should help support that impression rather than creating visual chaos.

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Floral dress/thrifted, salmon cardigan/Nordstrom’s, skinny red belt/Georgiou, beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s, orange sandals/Urban Outfitters.

 
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