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Charting the style of daily life...with the mouth of a sailor.

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f*** yeah!

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A great friend recently asked me an important question. My instant answer: f*** yeah! We had a good laugh and that was it...or so I thought.

This morning one of the first things I read was a tweet by Independent Fashion Bloggers that linked to an article written by Jeff Haden for Inc.


Last year I moved with my little family from Boston, Massachusetts to Fort Wayne, Indiana and a major lifestyle switch followed. As I left the big city and my management career behind me I decided to pursue writing full time - a decision that continues to make me extremely happy. Yet recently I've said yes to a few things when I probably shouldn't have and I don't want to lose the joy I've felt during this last year. From now on, if my answer to any given question isn't a hearty f*** yeah, it should be a no. I need to approach life with this mentality and I can't believe I didn't think of it myself.

While I'm not uptight about language I know it's not acceptable to use such a word in a professional setting. So going forward when I'm answering yes I'll just *think* f*** yeah! But if we're friends or if I've been drinking (and especially if both apply) prepare yourself for the f-bomb.

The Five 5.11

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It was a very good week...

Most Talkative by Andy Cohen was released on Tuesday and I'm super excited to read it! I'm obsessed with all things Bravo and I loves me some Watch What Happens Live. Andy has been promoting his book which lead him to a fantastic appearance on the Howard Stern show...two of my favorites collide!!!

I'm a HUGE fan of Howard Stern and this week has been a big treat for Stern fans everywhere. His media tour to promote the new season of America's Got Talent has given us tons of great clips from talk shows like The View, Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show. I cannot wait to see Howard on AGT starting Monday, May 14th.

I try to avoid political topics on NWS but I'm strongly for gay marriage. I was extremely pleased with Obama's statement on the matter this week. Well done Mr. President.

For the last year I've been enjoying a reprieve from a nine to five job and I've loved nearly every minute of it. This week I did something I had never done before: I attended a weekday TinCaps baseball game at 11:05am! It was glorious and I felt so free...I won't forget that feeling anytime soon.

Last but not least: Mother's Day is this weekend and I want to give a hearty HOLLA to all the fantastic Moms I know. I've been "Mumma" for 4 years and it is NO JOKE. The extreme love I feel for my little guy coupled with the pressure of raising a happy, healthy and respectful child is the craziest combo but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

xx
JDF

funky like penicillin...

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I adopted this Beastie Boys lyric ages ago as my personal motto. It adorns my calling card as well as my living room in the form of this banner. I use it as my {casual} email signature, and I've ironed it onto a few t shirts. My love of Adidas track suits and shell toes come from my nearly life long love for the Beastie Boys. Never was there a trio of dudes as funky as Ad Rock, Mike D and MCA...Adam Yauch, you will be missed.


queen of fashion...

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Anyone that knows me well knows I have always been fascinated by Marie Antoinette.  A tragic and misunderstood figure, doomed to fail, Marie Antoinette had a most delightful fashion sense with a long lasting impact on style. I won't bore you with historical details since others have already blazed that trail leaps and bounds beyond what I could write here.  Book recommendations on the subject are:

Marie Antoinette by Antonia Frasier
&
Queen of Fashion by Caroline Weber

I have a few Marie Antoinette related odds and ends I've collected over the years however my prized possession are eight dinner plates from the Queen's table, no doubt looted during the revolution.  They were purchased at auction by my great grandmother and were given to me while in high school.  I've had the good sense to securely stash them off site all these years...I just don't feel adult enough to house them at Chez Fox.

Behold the loveliness:


I am beyond excited for my upcoming trip to France so that I can finally visit Versailles...

xx
JDF

"Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?”
- Marie Antoinette