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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.

 
 

Transformative powers

10 Nov

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Daily outfit, mixing patterns

Daily outfit, grey wedge sneaker, grey tights, grey wool coat

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.

 

 

 

 

New day, new hat

04 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing green rosette blouse, red capri pants, kelly green hat

I’m forty-three and while I’ve never paid much attention to it before, the time has finally come for me to think about sun damage. Olive skin and great DNA have served me well all these years but one can only count on good luck so far. I’ve finally embraced a skin care routine, sunscreen and hats. I’m not likely to avoid the sun completely but I’d rather not age prematurely. A little vanity never hurts, especially in the form of a beautiful kelly green hat.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing green rosette blouse, kelly green hat

Today marks the debut of my European purchases, I bought these great platform wedge sandals in Barcelona and the red pants, (I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this), at the airport from Zara.

I’ve officially become that person who shops at the airport.

I have a good reason, though. I tried them on in my regular size in Barcelona and couldn’t get them up over my thigh. Potentially demoralizing as it was, I ignored the fake “U.S. sizing” and had a good laugh, then left the store to get to the airport on time. Once there, we found out our flight was delayed by almost an hour and the Zara store beckoned me to give it one more try. Three sizes up later, I got them fit perfectly. Success!

I had to find a photo of an antherium because I matched the one in my coffee shop perfectly. You know what else? Being forty-three rocks!

Happy Fourth of July!!

Antherium

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The first time I wore these pants I paired them with a cyan t-shirt on a weekend. I got even bolder by wearing this bright green empire waist shirt with them, I couldn’t resist the color combo. Bright pants seem to be everywhere this season and can be worn many different ways. While an explosion of bright colors isn’t perfect for everyone, I would recommend bright pants with a neutral top and shoes as a great way to bring color into your wardrobe.

Do you have any bright pants? How are you wearing them? Leave a link to your post or photo if you have one, I’d love to see what you’re doing with them.

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Green blouse with rosettes/Nordstrom Rack, red capris/Zara, blue suede platform wedge sandals/Barcelona, beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s, kelly green hat/Whole Foods Market, silver and mother-of-pearl ring and cuff/Lois Hill.

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Antherium from the urban gardener

 
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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