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Back from the burn

12 Sep

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That’s right, I’m back from Burning Man. While it’s unlike any other life experience and it provides an insurmountable of fun, let no one tell you it’s easy. There’s a ton of prepping involved and just as much effort into settling back in. I must have done at least eight loads of laundry in the last three days. Seven days, two people, two sets of clothes, one for the heat and one for the cold. The back yard is host to two dusty bikes and the remaining five bins that need to be emptied upon which all contents will then be thoroughly washed.

But was it fun? Was it worth it? I’ll let the pictures do the talking. In the meantime, I’m starting to test out the Fall colors.

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing black blazer, pumpkin tights, black flower dress

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing pumpkin tights, black flower dress

I love that the days are still long enough to catch the golden light when I get home from work. I did some gardening this past Sunday for sanity’s sake. I’m standing in front of what used to be a tiny little flower garden less than a year ago. Watch those cannas grow!

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing branch and skull earrings from farfetch.com

I couldn’t resist wearing these earrings from farfetch.com. I love the play on nature between the branch and the tiny skull. I can’t resist a little edge amongst the flowers.

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Burning Man 2011

Burning Man 2011

Burning Man 2011

Burning Man 2011

Burning Man 2011

Burning Man 2011

This is just a visual sampling of the landscape and scene. Want to see more? Say the word and I’ll share my flickr album.

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Black flower pattern dress/H&M, pumpkin tights/WeLoveColors.com, black ballet flats/Ecco, dragonfly steampunk necklace/gifted, branch and skull earrings/courtesy of farfetch.com, teal wood cuff/Costa Brava, silver three kitties ring/gifted.

 
 

Flowers and skulls

03 Aug

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing floral print dress, lace slip, black tights, black sandals

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing floral print dress, earrings from farfetch.com

Branch and skull earrings from farfetch.com

Last month I found out about a new online retailer, farfetch.com. My curiosity was piqued, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to blow, I mean, consciously, spend my discretionary allowance on accessories and the like. In a perfect world I would be supporting independent designers and boutiques with every purchase on unique pieces within my price range. As it turns out, it’s not that hard to do it with farfetch.com.

They curate the best that independent boutiques have to offer with over 1,000 high-end and budding designers and brands. I just couldn’t resist, they have so much to choose from in a wide variety of price ranges. Did you see the unique earrings I’ve got on? I’m wearing them with orange plugs, in the future they’ll look better with a darker or metallic silver pair. I couldn’t resist the intricate design and detail of the branch and skull. They delicately add an edge to an otherwise sweet ensemble.

Here are some other favorite pieces of jewellery that they carry, (that ring is definitely on my wish list):

Flutter spike ring, farfetch.com

Flutter Spike Ring from SHE Boutique, Highland Park, US

Joanna Cave, "Felippa" necklace

Joanna Cave, “Felippa” Necklace, from no-one, London, United Kingdom

Orit multi-strand bracelet from farfetch.com

Orit Multi Strand Bracelet, farfetch from Bernard, London, United Kingdom

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Black and floral print dress/H&M, black tights/unknown, black lace slip/Nordstrom’s, black sandals/Dansko, teal wood bangle/Costa Brava, branch and skull earrings/courtesy of farfetch.com, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted.

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While I may at times wear and review an item courtesy of a sponsor, I promise to you that any endorsements made on my part remain objective and genuine.

 
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Show me your shorts! – A blog event

01 Aug

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing ivory shorts, peach blazer, blue suede platform sandals

Now, get your mind out of the gutter! This is my story. I have never worn shorts except for running, outdoor park and beach days or hanging around the house. This is relatively new to me, I was initially inspired by a picture that Stephanie of The Loudmouth posted of herself some months back. All of a sudden, it seemed like everyone was wearing shorts but me. Alright, not everyone but it was my perception at the time. I decided to give it a shot.

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing white shorts and vintage ivory blouse

I first wore them on a date with my hubby, it seemed like a pretty safe way to dip my toes. Next, I wore them to a friend’s party. One thing led to another and next thing you know, I finally did the unthinkable, I wore a pair to work last week. I had attempted the week before and chickened out. Yes, I do that sometimes.

It might come as a surprise that I had to really push myself to do this given that my outfit choices are not particularly conservative. I wear a lot of bright colors and I have tattoos but this was just new to me. I saw it as a way to step outside my comfort zone, something I’m actually comfortable doing. What I mean is that I like the challenge of pushing myself to do something new, something different. There’s a lot of personal growth to gain from taking chances. It’s easy to play it safe, I fall prey to complacency often.

Then I see someone wearing shorts and I’m intrigued and inspired; I know I must push myself repeatedly in this life and step up. It is only through trial and error that we get to realize our potential.

It isn’t the initial fear or hesitation, it isn’t the discomfort that defines us, it’s what we do with it when we experience it. How are you defining yourself?

There’s a song on Paul Simon’s Graceland album called “Further to Fly”. I think of it as my personal anthem. As long as I can dream, as long as the cycle of life continues, there is further to fly. Now I’m wearing shorts with the sass of someone who’s done it all along. You know I’m keeping an eye out for that next challenge. Whether it be sartorial, physical or professional, it will inevitable be very personal.

Won’t you join me?

Send me your photos of how you’re rockin’ the shorts and in two weeks, on Monday, August 15, I will post them and link back to you. My goal is to inspire you to challenge yourself and share with others how you’ve done it. Every time we push ourselves, even doing something as simple as wearing something we don’t typically wear, we grow as individuals. You’re helping me grow, let’s do this together.

I’m calling out to all you lovelies who are already wearing shorts to show us how you do it and I’m calling on those of you who don’t wear shorts to go for it, dip your toes in that water, the temperature is just right. Send me your photos at flyingfabu [at] gmail [dot] com by Friday, August 12, with a little blurb either about your outfit or the experience of wearing the shorts. Let’s make this happen!

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Top: Ivory shorts/H&M, ivory lace top/Nordstrom’s, peach blazer/Nordstrom’s, long beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s, orange skinny belt/thrifted, blue suede platform sandals/Barcelona. 

Bottom: White cotton eyelet shorts/H&M, vintage Bergdorf Goodman blouse/thrifted, ochre elastic belt/Anthropologie, gold shimmer tights/Urban Outfitters, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted, hand-carved wood earrings/Braindrops.

 

FBFF: Where the magic happens

29 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing big blond earrings, vintage floral shirt

Good people, I bring you the debut of my “big blondes”, the hand-carved earrings that I bought before the honeymoon. They didn’t fit until this past weekend. Fortunately they’re incredibly light. I love the bold ethnic feel. One could say they’re my statement earrings. I’ve always been a big fan of big bold jewelry. In fact, I only started wearing lighter, more feminine pieces in the past year or so. I’ve embraced being girlie in my forties. Personal evolution is always cool.

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing big blond earrings, vintage floral shirt, jeans, pink sandals

I’m feeling the seventies vibe with this shirt. I picked up this 100% pure genuine polyester a few months back and rediscovered it yesterday. The lapels are ready for take-off, I like a shirt that can fly. By the way, did you notice that my canna just got its first flower this summer? I’m so proud of my little garden.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing steampunk and flower neckalces, vintage floral shirt

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A few days ago I received a comment about excessive accessorizing. I’m mostly in agreement, one can’t go wrong quoting Coco Chanel, she’s one of my style idols after all. I say I’m mostly in agreement because I also believe in pushing boundaries, breaking rules and taking chances. My style would never have evolved had I never taken chances. You win some, you lose some. But if you don’t try, you don’t find out.

I’m experimenting with the balance of wearing multiple pieces and how they can relate to each other.

This is my attempt at combining edgy and feminine. It worked for me because I wore the steampunk necklace lower into the neckline so that it was only partially visible every so often and I dug the juxtaposition.

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing vintage floral shirt, jeans, working on laptop

Fashion Beauty Friend Friday has evolved the schedule of the question and answer series from weekly to bi-monthly so that we may have more time to ruminate on each topic. The gap in the schedule provided an unforeseen opportunity. FBFF members can suggest any type of blog event for that week. For this week’s event we’re sharing where the magic happens, where our natural blogging habitat truly lies. It is brought to you by Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy. If you haven’t yet paid her blog a visit, I highly recommend doing so. She’s fantastic, has great style and does amazing things with color.

As you can see, mine is my bedroom. Though I share it with my husband, it is the designated girlie room of the house. Our bed has a memory foam topper and is unbelievably awesome, the pillows make it extra cushy. Normally my laptop lays on a big wooden cutting board, it makes the perfect platform. And yes, that’s Hami, the hamster in the corner.

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for encouraging 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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Vintage floral shirt/thrifted, jeans/Calvin Klein, pink patent leather sandals/Dankso, big blonde earrings/Braindrops, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill, purple flower necklace/gifted, steampunk dragonfly/gifted.

 
 

That cheap thing?

08 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing lace sleeves ruffle top, wide belt, neutral sack skirt

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing lace sleeves ruffle top, wide belt, neutral sack skirt

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If you’re like me sometimes you drop serious cash for an item, other times you don’t. The two most popular philosophies when it comes to parting with our cash go something like this: You choose carefully, opting for quality and longevity over quantity, or you want it all and you want it now, where’s the clearance rack?

That’s all fine and dandy, I’m not one to judge. In fact, you might have already spotted me trying to make my way through the H&M clearance racks snagging ten- and fifteen-dollar items like they’re going out of style. They probably are, but that’s not the point.

The point is, not all cheap things need to look so cheap.

Let’s face it, there are tell-tale signs that immediately put what you’re wearing in the cheap camp. I’m going to help you identify them, then I’ll help you fix them. Let’s start with strings. You know those little bits of string that serve no purpose but seem to be hanging for dear life off the edge of your seam or the hem of your skirt? DON’T PULL! Stop right there, get a small pair of sharp scissors and cut them. Conduct a thorough inspection and remove all of them once and for all. Do this before you ever leave the house in that garment.

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Next, check the buttons. Nothing says “bargain” like a bunch of buttons ready to jump ship. Do yourself a favor and invest in small sewing kit. Even a travel kit will do. Secure those cute little things and you’ll be happy for days to come.

So you bought yourself a cute top that came with a fake leather belt that’s cracking and fraying. It’s coming undone before you’ve even worn it. Lose the belt. You probably have a much nicer one in your closet, it’s ok if it’s not the one that came with that top. Really.

That travel sewing kit you just picked up is going to come in really handy when you discover a couple stitches that have come undone. Secure a few stitches on the underside in a matching color and stop the madness of unraveling. In fact, I had to do that to the skirt I’m wearing in the picture above.

Since I’m nit-picking, I’m going to point out a few more things. If your tags have a propensity to make their presence known, lop those puppies off. A seam ripper is my favorite tool to get the job done right. While you’re at it, get rid of those ribbons that help keep your dress on the hanger, too. They’re impossible to manage and tend to become visible just when you’re finally making peace with looking fabulous. Cut them off and get a hanger specifically for that dress. You’ll be much happier not having to fuss with them.

Lastly, pilling. Cheap stuff, expensive stuff, at some point with enough friction and time, it all wants to pill. I know it’s really boring but getting one of those little sweater shavers can bring new life to an old sweater or pair of pants. I found that they work best when tapping the shaver onto the area of the pill gently, over and over again. Going side to side never seems to work as well, it tends to flatten the pills.

There you have it. You made your bargain bin treasure look better and you look well put-together. Now go out there and conquer the world, beautiful!

If you’ve got additional tips or can improve upon any of the above, do share!

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Ivory lace ruffle top/Nordstrom’s, beige skirt/Urban Outfitters, wide belt/Anthropologie, blue suede platform sandals/Barcelona, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted. 

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Seam ripper, travel sewing kit, sweater shaver

 
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Confession

02 May

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing white shorts and vintage ivory blouse
A sophomore attempt

I have a confession to make. I have never before in my life dressed up a pair of shorts. Not until last month, anyway. After seeing Stephanie of The Loudmouth and her friend Bryn rock the shorts in Vegas, I knew I had to try it. I dipped my toes, so to speak, at my friend’s birthday party knowing I was in a safe place should things start feeling awkward. As it turns out everything worked out just fine. I’m always amazed at how trying something new can feel so daunting.

I figured if I could pull it off once, I can pull off again.

I picked up these litte babies a few weeks ago, the eyelets and the fact that they’re made of organic cotton did me in. I had a vision of wearing them out on a date. We were invited to a tequila tasting in San Francisco on Saturday, which we followed up with dinner at a new restaurant. It was a fairly warm late afternoon and I had my coat with me. For those of you who don’t know San Francisco’s weather, it rarely gets hot and often gets chilly in the evenings, hence the precautionary coat. My outfit was incredibly comfortable—of course it was—I was wearing shorts! I was even complimented which is always a nice treat.

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing white shorts and gold tights
The gold tights are very shimmery

We tasted about six brands of tequila; starting with blanco, continuing with reposado and finishing with añejo. If they offered a special reserve of some sort we tasted those also at the end. The concept behind tasting the blanco first is that it’s still young and the forward flavor is representative of what will be the foundation which carries into the more aged reposado and añejo. If you don’t like the blanco at all, it’s likely that you won’t enjoy the more aged tequila of that harvest either.

And you thought this blog was just about fashion.

This is what happens when you’re married to a man who knows his spirits. A little is bound to rub off. My favorite tequila of the night was the Casa 7 Leguas. As much fun as it was to taste tequila there was only so much stimulation my palate could handle before calling it quits. As you can imagine, we had a lovely time.

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Go for it! Be adventurous and daring, try something new! If it feels daunting, give it a trial run when visiting close friends just like I did. You’ll be more comfortable and should there be a wardrobe malfunction you can all have a good laugh.

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White organic cotton eyelet shorts/H&M, vintage ivory blouse/thrifted, gold tights/Urban Outfitters, ochre yellow elastic belt/Anthropologie, suede khaki shoes/Earthies, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted.

 
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April showers

26 Apr

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing red sweater dress, black leggings, grey cowboy boots.
Is it going to be cold today or warm?

The weather these days, fickle at best, tricked me into prematurely retiring some of my warmer garb. Alas, I saved a sweater such as this little red number. In Las Vegas, it made its debut as a dress. For work, it will perform solely as a sweater. The short sleeves make it perfect for me, I get hot quickly in thick sweaters.

I had promised to show you the Smokey Eyes, I was prepared with pictures and everything. I spent the day attending a workshop on conflict management, the rhythm of my day suspended as I rushed from workshop to confirming that all the pieces and parts of a big event tomorrow are all falling into place. I left the camera in the drawer at work, in the camera was the camera card. The Smokey Eyes will have to wait.

However, if you feel like fighting about it, I’m pretty well-equipped to handle the conflict and deflect this potentially awkward situation. How’d you like them apples?

I have to admit, I’m fascinated with idioms such as this one. Really, what apples? I digress. Smokey Eyes. Yes, later.

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I added a few more pins to my boards, here’s a sampling. The offer I mentioned last week still stands, the lovely folks at Pinterest have extended invitations to fifteen lucky visitors. Leave me a comment below if you’re interested. I’ve been pinning DIY ideas for inspiration along with adding more style pins for the season.

Pinterest Spring 2011 Faves board
Spring 2011 Faves

What would you like to do next? I seem to always have several projects I’m thinking of. I went nuts when I saw this felt embroidery, I don’t even know what I’d put it on but it was so awesome!

 

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When wearing a tunic or long sweater over pants or leggings, keep a smooth profile by making sure there aren’t too many visible pockets and bumps, such as zippers and belt loops. Leggings are ideal but many pants can be suitable, too. Give it a once-over in advance to ensure against bumpy surprises.

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Red sweater dress/ModCloth, black leggings/Hue, wool socks/unknown, grey vegan faux cowboy boots/ModCloth, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill, steampunk owl necklace/gifted, black gingko wood earrings/braindrops.

 
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