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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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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.

 
 

FBFF Q&A: What’s your dream job?

19 Aug

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing mint green lace front tunic, floral scarf

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing mint green lace front tunic, floral scarf, paisley harem pants, green sandals

This is how I dress when I’m not working for the weekend. I must admit that my weekend outfits have evolved, they have become cuter and less sloppy. While I’ve never been one to let myself go, I’ve certainly taken advantage at times of being home and unseen.

One year, I went through my closet and got rid of everything sloppy, slouchy, stretched and stained.

The problem is these special “cleaning out the garage” outfits started making a regular appearance. Let’s face it, they were soft and comfortable, I never had to worry about messing them up as I putzed around the house or garden. My subconscious has a tendency to propel me towards the familiar and comfortable. I had to take drastic actions. Eliminate the temptation, solve the problem.

If I’m home all day I’m not going to be doing dishes with jewelry, a scarf and shoes on but you will no longer find me looking like I’m in the middle of cleaning out the garage. Especially since I haven’t had one in eight years.

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This week on Friend Friday, (FBFF), there’s been talk about pursuing dreams. What’s your dream job? What would you love to be doing right now? Putting them down on paper is often the first step to realizing those dreams. Today, we’ve been asked to consider what that dream job would be. Let’s see what I’d be doing. I eliminated my very first dream job: to be a snowboarding instructor and ride full-time because I have every intention to teach someday and it’s not a stretch at all. I’m just not ready to do it at the moment.

FBFF: Fess up – if you could do anything professionally what would it be?

FMJ: My dream environment would make use of my love of writing and fashion, along with my creative, analytical and interpersonal skills. (That really sounds like I pulled it from my fantasy resumé!)

FBFF: What draws you to this?

FMJ: I’ve always loved to write, English was my favorite topic in school and I was a voracious reader. I actually have a blog for my poetry, The Places I’ve Been. I’ve always had fun with clothes, there’s never been a time in my life when I played completely by fashion rules. Fortunately, I’m already in a creative and analytical role. I think I would die if I weren’t. That’s very dramatic of me, so, ok, I wouldn’t die. I would, however, be completely and utterly miserable not having strong creative outlets in my life. I’m just wired that way. And they can’t be just creative, they must have an element of logic and analysis, too. Both sides of my brain want to play in the game.

FBFF: When did you first start dreaming about this ideal?

FMJ: I don’t know that there has ever been a clear starting point. Right now, it still feels like a fantasy job.

FBFF: What’s holding you back from going all in?

FMJ: I suspect part of not having tried to head in that direction is the lack of relatable skills. While I probably would do well in such an environment, it would take a great leap of faith for someone to have the vision that could connect what I’ve been doing with what I could be doing.

Conceptually, it doesn’t feel like a stretch, right? I’m responsible for the visual representation and interpretation of marketing objectives for well-known brands. I get how to make things look good while also making them work. The high level skills are transferable, the direct experience is not.

FBFF: Sometimes the first step is the hardest… what’s one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream?

FMJ: Research, conversations and developing clarity on what it is I want. Whatever it is I do starts with the first step I take.

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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Paisley harem pants/H&M, mint green lace front tunic/Urban Outfitters, floral scarf/Urban Outfitters, green sandals/Finn Comfort, long beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s, mint green glass spiral earrings/Braindrops, silver and mother-of-pearl cuff/Lois Hill.

 

 

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

Daily outfit and style tip, honeymoon in Paris

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

 

 
 

Paper Doll Project

11 May

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing long straight brown skirt, white tunic

Stripes for spring!

Welcome to the Paper Doll Project, where you dress another style blogger and they style you. Lori, of Lori’s Wardrobe, and I were partnered to style each other. This is my first time participating, I’ve been looking forward to it for a while. Check out what I suggested for Lori. I asked her to style the skirt I’m wearing, I love what she came up with, right down to the owl necklace. I added the shawl because today was strangely cold. Isn’t this fun?

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Do you want to participate in the Paper Doll Project? Do you want another style blogger to style you for a day? Do you want to style someone else? Check out the details here. Props to the lovely Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy for getting us to play dress up. If you have a passion for color like I do, you’ll love her outfits. I think she’s the cat’s meow!

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Suze and Liz

Laura and Dani

Kate and Gina

Cass and Kellie

Tyesha and Rebekah

Grace and Cass

Lisa and Michelle

Ashley and Dana

Celynne and Louise

Sarah and Cathy

Lydia and Tierney

Marie-Eve was styled by Betsy, who was partnered with EvaNadine

Amy and Martina

Missy and Melissa

Hope and Selina

Sophie (PS- congratulate her today, she’s going to have a baby!) and Shea

Danielle and Amanda

Lynzy and Katou

Kelsey and Bekah

Vanessa and Kara

Laura and Elly

Jeanna and Tiffanie

Fabienne and Lori

Franca and Kimberlee

Kimberly and Daphne

Desiree and Julie

Allyson and Jess

Nicole and Frances Joy

Lindsay and Beck

Stephanie P and Mandy

Heather and Cassie

Suze and Liz

Laura and Dani

Kate and Gina

Cass and Kellie

Tyesha and Rebekah

Grace and Cass

Lisa and Michelle

Ashley and Dana

Celynne and Louise

Sarah and Cathy

Lydia and Tierney

Marie-Eve was styled by Betsy, who was partnered with EvaNadine

Amy and Martina

Missy and Melissa

Hope and Selina

Sophie (PS- congratulate her today, she’s going to have a baby!) and Shea

Danielle and Amanda

Lynzy and Katou

Kelsey and Bekah

Vanessa and Kara

Laura and Elly

Jeanna and Tiffanie

Fabienne and Lori

Franca and Kimberlee

Kimberly and Daphne

Desiree and Julie

Allyson and Jess

Nicole and Frances Joy

Lindsay and Beck

Stephanie P and Mandy

Heather and Cassie

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Skirt/Lulu’s.com, white cotton tunic/H&M, wedge sandals/Urban Outfitters, belt/Nordstrom’s, owl necklace/gifted, pashmina shawl/Nordstrom’s.

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Ron Essex