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Show & Tell

27 Dec

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There are those days when nothing seems to go right. Then, there are days when every single little detail falls into place, when the universe conspires to help you get everything right; it was one of those days. In my last post I wore I a navy blue pencil skirt that I picked up from a small, independently-owned shop that had just opened by my work in Downtown Oakland. I mentioned wanting to make more mindful purchasing decisions. I’m not looking for a revolution but I believe that paying just a little more attention will present opportunities for me to make the small changes necessary to live more closely to my heart, while looking fabulous the whole time, of course.

Let’s see exactly what happened on that fateful day. I happened to be in the dressing room of Show & Tell when I overheard the owner talk about their store’s philosophy to another customer. I loved what I heard, that they support local designers and fair trade practices with a focus on being paperless and sustainable; I wanted to help them thrive. It didn’t hurt that their clothes were really cute and the owners really nice. That stuck with me all day until I came up with the idea of taking pictures of different outfits in their store to promote them on The House in the Clouds. Nothing fancy, just me, my tripod and the overhead fluorescent lights. I approached them with the idea, they seemed happy and pleasantly surprised. I had the green light.

That same afternoon, I was directing a photo shoot at work and was telling the photographer of my plan. He offered to do an entire fashion shoot on location for us for the same reasons I wanted to do it: for support and for fun. I let the the shop owners Alyah and Nichole know, this suddenly went up a few notches and we were all totally thrilled. The very next Sunday, or as I like to refer to it, on the coldest day of the year so far, four of us walked around Downtown Oakland and had a blast taking pictures while curious onlookers checked out the scene.

The following is the result of our collective enthusiasm. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, stop by the shop sometime and check out what they have. It goes without saying the clothes are adorable and flattering.

Daily outfit, wearing grey pencil skirt, long black tunic, downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing grey and pink floral skirt, pink t-shirt, pink infinity scarf in downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing blue and white checked skirt, lavender button-down shirt, colorful bowtie, in downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing purple lace detail black sheer blouse, black tulip mini skirt, over-the-knee-boots, in downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing purple lace detail black sheer blouse, black tulip mini skirt, over-the-knee-boots, in downtown Oakland

Daily outfit, wearing purple lace detail black sheer blouse, black tulip mini skirt, over-the-knee-boots, in downtown Oakland

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Show & Tell is owned by Alyah Baker and Nichole Payton and is located at 500 12th Street in the Oakland City Center Plaza. All clothes shown are from their store; jewelry, tights and shoes are my own. Check out their facebook page for updates. These fantastic photos were taken by Ron Essex in beautiful Downtown Oakland, California.

 
 

Feeling vintage

08 Aug

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing gold boxy top, skinny jeans, platform sandals, black blazer

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing vintage boxy gold top, skinny jeans, gold belt, champagne platform shoes

 

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing vintage Gucci watch

Every so often, when thrifting, I come across something I just can’t resist. I may not have any idea how I’m going to make it work, I may not even be sure it matches anything, but it has to be mine. All mine.

I saw this vintage gold sleeveless boxy top and didn’t even try it on. It taunted me with its sparkle.

It looked like it would fit. Lucky for me, it did. With a little patience I was able to eventually put together the perfect ensemble. The boxy top is, well, boxy. Not the best style for this bod, another thrifted find in the form of a gold braided skinny belt literally cinched it to perfection. Paired with dark skinny jeans and a shaped black blazer, voila!

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing vintage boxy top and gold skinny belt

The blazer has been in my closet a few years. It’s fully lined and made of a nice lightweight wool. I had the sleeves hemmed when I first bought it, however, it’s been difficult to wear because of the unique shape of front. It lent itself to creating the perfect peek-a-boo for a hint of gold belt.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing champagne sparkly platform shoes

Did you see the shoes? They’re unbelievable awesome, I feel like wearing them should give me super powers. I’ll let you know if any materialize.

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Don’t give up on an item at first pass. Give yourself some time to see what other treasure might come your way to solve your problem just the way the skinny belt made the boxy top shapelier for me.

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Vintage Bob Mackie gold sleeveless boxy top/thrifted, dark blue skinny jeans/Old Navy, black wool blazer/Nordstrom’s, gold braided belt/thrifted, vintage Gucci watch/gifted, the most awesome shoes ever/Tsubo.

 
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Embrace the magpie

18 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing lavender jacket, navy blue skirt, white t-shirt
The orange belt added just a hint of color
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing lavender jacket, navy blue skirt, white t-shirt
Party feet!

 

I have an inner magpie that rivals old Hollywood glamour. The problem with this is that I don’t have the lifestyle to express it. Sequins and rhinestones and glitter, oh my; those are all lovely words to my ears. They enchant me with their song of ritz and glitz, I want to add feather boas and faux fur stoles to their melody and stroll.

If I can’t have that, I can have this: Tom’s silver glitter slip-ons.

I wore the discoteque on my feet all day, I’m going to do it again, too. I’d been coveting them for a while, the desire for glitter growing even more potent when my friend Nicole got a pair of gold ones. I’ve been waiting until I could justify wearing a light spring shoe. My friends, the time has come. As the day refused to quit I ran laps in what felt like slippers on my feet. Awesome slippers. One could say I’m a fan.

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You really can wear something extravagant and glittery during the day, style and context are everything. The glitter made these shoes fun and gave them plenty of character, however, the casual form and style made them easy to wear with a cotton skirt and t-shirt. I chose to balance the glitter with a bold silver necklace and matching cuff. The outfit ended up well-balanced and comfortable.

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Navy blue skirt/BCBG, recycled t-shirt/H&M, lavender corduroy jacket/Tulle, silver glitter slip-ons, Tom’s, silver and mother-of-pearl necklace and cuff/Lois Hill.

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Filip Jach


 
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Happy Anniversary, F2!

18 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing tiered lace and satin skirt with seafoam green top
Looking forward to a lovely dinner
Daily outfit and style tip, wearing tiered lace and satin skirt with seafoam green top

 

F2 is my husband and I, both our names start with the letter “F”. Sunday was our seven year anniversary. There was some quality relaxation going on followed by a lovely dinner at Plum.

I had him quickly snap this photo of me before heading out. He always makes me laugh!

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I chose to wear opaque tights with my lacy, frilly skirt instead of more lace. The opaque nature of the darker tights elongated my legs and drew the attention upwards, towards the skirt and top, allowing those pieces to stand out and shine.

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Seafoam green top/Urban Outfitters, tiered lace skirt/ModCloth, mocha microfiber tights/We Love Colors, suede khaki shoes/Earthies, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill, hand-carved black gingko leaves earrings/Braindrops.

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Filip Jach

 
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Freedom from words

06 Apr

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A visual representation of myself through photography
Freedom
A visual representation of myself through photography
Illegal
A visual representation of myself through photography
Heart
A visual representation of myself through photography
Heaven

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This is my first Full Time Fabulous blog event. The theme is to create a visual representation of how our location in the world influences us. As a citizen of the world, I chose to express myself solely through pictures I’ve taken over the past couple of years. I wanted to create a story without words and deliberately left it open to interpretation. For more information, check out Kristy Eléna’s blog.

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing Pantone's color of the year, honeysuckle, with jeans
Honeysuckle and cedar, from Pantone’s colors of the year palette

I realized this morning that I have become so accustomed to wearing dresses everyday that pants, especially jeans, have become a novelty. I’ve had this blouse for a few months and was itching to wear it.

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Wearing denim to work requires some attention to detail so as not to appear unprofessional, even in a casual atmosphere. A soft blouse is comfortable but still looks polished. Dressier shoes with a low or medium heel in a similar color palette add an unpredictable touch.

How do you wear your denim to work? Do you choose fun tops and funky flats, or do you dress them up with a structured shirt, heels and a blazer? Or do you pick something in between?

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Cedar green blouse/Modcloth, honeysuckle infinity scarf/Urban Outfitters, jeans/Calvin Klein, sage green shoes/Tsubo, necklace/Linkel Designs.

 

 

Spring has sprung

29 Mar
Daily outfit white tuxedo shirt, burgundy boyfriend cardigan and obi belt
Formal. But casual.

Some days feel like a rebirth of sorts. Some weeks are bullies pushing their sunshine way into my heart and soul. This happens to be one of those weeks. Patience finds itself at the end of a road, motivation runs at an all-time high. I have things I want to do and I’m going to start doing them now.

Daily outfit white tuxedo shirt, burgundy boyfriend cardigan
Spring has sprung

I’ve been coming home these past few weeks to a sun-filled living room, spring bursting through the windows without permission. I picked up a magazine tonight while grocery shopping. I sat on my bed and read for twenty minutes. For the first time in months I didn’t feel like I was running behind.

Daily outfit white tuxedo shirt, burgundy boyfriend cardigan
Obi belt restyled from old neckties, a tip from Angie of Fashion Me Blog

I still aspire to read for hours and hours, flipping switches and turning on lights while the light changes around me. But you know what? I’ll take those twenty minutes, I’ll laugh at the silly antics occurring in my household and it will feel really, really good. Spring is finally here in my world. How do you like that hot pink lip gloss from Joe Fresh? Spring landed right here on my face!

Daily outfit white tuxedo shirt, burgundy boyfriend cardigan and obi belt with black skinny jeans.
Coworker looks at my shoes and says “new wheels?” Me: “yes”

How is spring treating you? Do you find yourself emerging? Do you find yourself recharged? I’m dedicating this post to Bella of The Citizen Rosebud. We have had very different objectives for our Northern California weather. I want storm after storm, it means snowboarding.

Bella, this sunshine is for you, honey.

 

Deets: Tuxedo shirt/Nordstrom’s, obi belt/restyled, black skinny jeans/BDG, Urban Outfitters, fishnets/We Love Colors, red suede shoes/thrifted Dansko, mother-of-pearl silver necklace and cuff/Lois Hill, gifted.

 
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Awesome!

20 Mar
Daily outfit of t-shirt dress, waving hello in my garden
Hello there!
Daily outfit colorful scarf with t-shirt dress, laughing
A striped scarf added a touch color

The house is calm , the rain has stopped and the air is fresh. The sunshine is casting a warm glow on the trees outside my window. I celebrated the birthday of one my dearest friends, Coley, last night. Today, I had two chocolate chip cookies courtesy of the birthday girl. She is the true definition of awesome.

Some days are just perfect like that.

I wore this simple t-shirt dress the previous weekend in Las Vegas. It was lightweight enough to throw on with nothing more than casual shoes on a hot day. I’ve since discovered that it’s also versatile enough to dress up with tights and a belt for work. The image on the dress is pretty absurd. It’s a black and white photo of a couple sitting by the water’s edge. It makes no sense which makes me even fonder of it.

 

Deets: T-shirt dress/ModCloth, red skinny belt/Georgiou, aqua tights/unknown, black mary-jane shoes/Aravon, scarf/thrifted.

 
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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.