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101 posts categorized "Shoes • Fashion • Style"

August 01, 2012


Project Home Ec Fundraiser for Water.org :: Hot Shoes by Kors


There's nothing like a pair of smokin' hot shoes to lift my spirits up.
This pair is by Michael Kors ... so simple yet so dramatic.

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Today I am wearing them with my dress ... it's really all I need to make the outfit become  extraordinary.

Jenny DohAnd here I am in a blurry shot below, trying to squeeze into the tight frame to get the entire dress and shoes in one shot. Almost. Notice the mountain of yarn in this photo and the last ... on my office chair. Oh, this tangled (and sometimes blurry) life.

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Help me bring clean water to the world and help me dress up my dress with your handmade accessory by sponsoring me here.

July 26, 2012


Sheryl Crow ... 50 and Smokin' Hot


Did you know that Sheryl Crow is 50 years old? I don't know why I didn't realize that ... after all, Gerardo and I have been HUGE fans of Sheryl since way back when. It was about 25 years ago when we went to our first Sheryl Crow concert together at The Whiskey. She was just starting to explode onto the scene and her parents were in the audience cheering her on. So sweet.

Jenny Doh and Sheryl Crow and Gerardo MouetLast night, Gerardo and I had a complete and total blast watching Sheryl in concert again. And what a thrill it was to be able to meet and visit with her before the show. She was so nice. A class act all the way.

So why do I bring up Sheryl's age? Well ... because for the longest time I just assumed that she was younger than me. The way she looks, her vitality, the way she dresses, her whole package ... this shot below isn't the best one because it's a bit blurry but the way she sings, the way she tells her stories ... she is mesmerizing.

sheryl crowShe's been through a lot too. Breast cancer. Relationship challenges. Single motherhood. And now some additional health challenges which I believe she'll power through. The way she talks about all of these things ... it's so easy ... so real ... she doesn't hide or mask her stories. They are there.

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I'll be daring and end by posting this final photo below ...
Sheryl Crow.
50 years old and smokin' hot.

sheryl crowI posted this photo earlier today on my Instagram and it caused a bit of a stir ... causing some digs about Sheryl. Mainly about how it's easy to be this fit if you've never birthed a child and if you have money to invest in personal training.

Blah, blah, blah.

Similar digs are said about Jennifer Hudson. I've heard it. "Oh if I had money and an endorsement contract, I'd lose weight too." Um ... on the count of three, let's think of celebrities who have been given endorsement deals by Jenny Craig and such and have not come close to what Jennifer Hudson has done. Ready? One, two, three.

Ok ... more ...

On the count of three, think of a woman who hasn't given birth, and who has money but still hasn't gotten fit. Ready? One, two, three.

Now, on the count of three, think of a woman with a moderate income who has given birth but who has gotten fit. Ready? One, two, three.

The thing is, there are always examples that prove the digs right, and also examples that prove the digs downright wrong.

I remember after I had my babies in my social worker days, I spent something like 200 bucks to buy a Nordic Trak machine and worked my tail off on that machine for weeks on end to lose the pregnancy weight. It was a lot of money to spend back then for me. And I remember a colleague who said to me "Well, if I had access to a machine like that, I'd be able to lose weight too."

The gall.

It made me so mad. Because it's not that I had access to a machine that she could never have access to. She could have sacrificed things she was spending money on to buy a Nordic Trak or a treadmill or a gym membership or a flippin' jump rope for Pete's sake. It was really her discounting the discipline, hard work, the grit that it took for me to coordinate putting my newborn in an automated swing, settting my toddler up with a Barney video, while I got my soft, pudgy body onto the thing that I decided to invest in for 30 minutes every day, to lose my pregnancy weight. It was so hard.

One of the first things I have people do in my Crafting Fitness class is to identify who their fitness role model is. And people come up with all sorts of people. It's one of my favorite parts of the class because fitness role models come in differnet sizes, shapes, ages, professions, and walks of life. Role models give us hope. They inspire us. They motivate us. I've had several over the years. Some celebrities, some friends, some strangers who don't realize I am in awe of them at the gym. And the thing is, who motivates me is different from who motivates you ... as it should be.

I guess this is a long way of sayinng that in this season of my life, Sheryl has become my new fitness role model. She gives me hope that I can not only succeed in successfully fighting for fitness in my 40s, but well into my 50s and beyond. And regardless of what kinds of comforts or advantages we may assume she has, I also know she has discomforts and disadvantages that only she knows about.

But I know this. She's 50 and looks better than many 20-somethings and 30-somethings. And if she can do it, I know others can do it too.

So ... what about you? Who's your fitness role model? Who gives you hope, inspires you, motivates you, and challenges you to aim for optimum fitness in your season of life?

July 25, 2012


Project Home Ec Fundraiser for Water.org :: Vintage Pin for Sheryl Crow


Tonight, I'll be going to the Sheryl Crow concert with Gerardo. I'm so excited. And so I thought I'd try to dress up my dress with my favorite vintage brooch.

Jenny DohHere's a closer look at how the brooch looks. It's my favorite.

Jenny DohI love Sheryl. Her music, her lyrics, her soulfulness ... and her strength to survive so much that she's gone through. It'll be a great time for sure.

A note about my dress ... it has been in my seamstress' studio on a few occasions during the last few weeks as she has had to take it in here and there ... so that on the road to fitness, the dress doesn't completely look like a tent on me. (Thanks Sandra.)

Also ... in this blazing hot southern Californis, I've learned just how heavy and hot this dress is ... causing me on the hottest days to turn to my shorts and tee instead.

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No matter.

We are on track. And so far, we are holding steady at $1550 raised to bring clean water to the world. Help me bring clean water to the world and help me dress up my dress with your handmade accessory by sponsoring me here.

July 01, 2012


Project Home Ec Fundraiser for Water.org :: Terri Neggers


Today,  I'm wearing a unique piece of handmade necklace with my dress. (I'm also wearing my trusty Anthropologie tunic over the dress.) The necklace was made by Terry Neggers whose art you can buy here, and whose blog you can visit here.

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Here's a closer look ... a piece made with unexpected vintage parts ... all rusty and full of ingrigue.

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Many thanks to Terri for stretching outside of her mixed media comfort zone to make this fabulous piece of artwear to support water.org.

Help me bring clean water to the world and help me dress up my dress with your handmade accessory by sponsoring me here.

Jenny Doh

June 21, 2012


Project Home Ec Fundraiser for Water.org :: Cori Dantini Skirt


You. Me. Us. $1550 raised (so far) to bring clean water to the world through water.org.

Today, I'm wearing my dress as a little jacket. What's beneath the dress jacket? Oh ... it looks like an awesome skirt. Let's take a look.

Cori DantiniIt's a skirt that my seamstress made for me, using the Girls in Bloom fabric panel by amazing artist, Cori Dantini. (I heart Cori.) You can find the panel here. One panel is what my seamstress used to make this skirt. BTW, I asked her to make me a plain pencil skirt with a zipper in the back ... and she took my measurements and then whipped it out like in a day. I call her magician.

Cori DantiniI had a hard time shooting the back side, which is also quite amazing. (PS: I shoot these shots while looking at a mirror so the text in the fabric is reversed.) I've paired the skirt with a thick belt and a black cami and linen wrap and some pointy toe pumps.

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Help me bring clean water to the world and help me dress up my dress with your handmade accessory by sponsoring me here.

June 20, 2012


Project Home Ec Fundraiser for Water.org :: Belinda Fireman Pin


So far, you and I have together raised $1500 for water.org. That means clean, safe water for 60 people. But come on now ... surely we can raise more, right? :)

Today, I layered my dress with one of my favorite cream-and-black camisoles and tied a belt around the waist.

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Jenny DohAnd the accessory I am wearing is a handmade pin by artist and friend, Belinda Fireman. I am a huge fan of Belinda's colorful, audacious artowrk and am thrilled to have her work featured in the upcoming book about visual journaling: Journal It!, which will be released this November. Shop for her work here.

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Help bring clean water to the world and help me dress up my dress with your handmade accessory by sponsoring me here.

May 04, 2012


Project Home Ec Fundraiser for Water.org :: Hand-Me-Down Vintage


So far, you and I have together raised $1475 for water.org.
That means clean, safe water for 59 people. Yipee!

This is the outfit that I wore last night to my good friend Kim Caldwell's event ... my attempt to add some va-va-voom to the uniform. :)

IMG_3034I started with a colorful velvet dress that I wore underneath the uniform. It's actually a hand-me-down vintage dress from my friend Tracy Schultz's ultra chic daughter, Erin.

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I wore the uniform as an overdress of sorts with a belt. (And boots.) At a certain point in the evening, the belt and uniform did come off ... as the room got hot with all the fun and festivities.

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Help bring clean water to the world and help me dress up my dress with your handmade accessory by sponsoring me here.

 

March 30, 2012


Project Home Ec Fundraiser for Water.org :: Upcycled Soul


Due to your generosity, we have now raised enough money to secure clean and safe water for 58 people through water.org.

And today, I have the pleasure of wearing a custom leather and bling cuff bracelet by the talented Sherri Boyce of Upcycled Soul.

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It's a cuff that goes with practically anything, including my uniform.
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Help bring clean water to the world and help me dress up my dress with your handmade accessory by sponsoring me here.

March 25, 2012


What I Really Want


Discipline is remembering what you want.

{David Campbell}

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I've been climbing these stairs. A new part of my daily workouts that I've added to the jump roping and strength training. 

I usually do my rope work, then I run to the park, and do the stairs. It makes me feel great. This feeling gets me rejuvenated about the refocus and recommitment that I have made to prioritize fitness in my life.

Even with the refocus and recommitment, there are times when things happen. Like yesterday, when chocolate-covered raisins entered our house. There they were. Looking yummy ... ready for me to gobble them up.

But then I asked myself: "What do you want?"

"I want to be fit."

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And in that moment, I remembered that as tempting as those chocolate-covered raisins are, what I really and truly want (more than any decadant snack) is to be fit. To be strong. To look great. To wear this bikini this summer. By remembering what I want, I was able to discipline myself and choose not to eat the choclate-covered raisins.

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Every day, as I choose fitness, I think of the others in my life who have made a commitment to choose fit ... like Beth, Jenelle, Sarah, Jenn, and so many others. And I think to myself ... if they are working hard and exercising discipline, I need to work hard, and to stay focused on what I really want.

March 21, 2012


Project Home Ec Fundraiser for Water.org :: Embroidered Doily by Colette Copeland


We are now at $950. That means we have secured clean water for 38 people for life.

And today, I am wearing this beautifully embroidered doily by the lovely Colette Copeland.

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Into the top button hole it goes to become a little flower.

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That goes so well with the white cotton dress I have underneath.
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Let us be grateful for the clean water that is available to us every single day. 

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