Saturday, April 16, 2016



Well hello darlings! Let me start by apologizing for my long absence. Did you miss me and my musings? I did miss you! On the flip side I had the vacation of a lifetime in the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini. Have you been? I didn’t realize a lot of folks had this island on their bucket list. We finished off our getaway with fun adventures in Istanbul. Great break from posing in front of the camera I must say. 

I ate and I ate some more, shame on me (hands over eyes emoji). I tried new dishes including an octopus which my students haven’t stopped “ewwing" about even after I told them it tasted just like chicken. Popeyes chicken in Istanbul though, who knew? Of course we passed! LOL. I especially miss Greek yogurt with honey, breakfast served on the balcony with unobstructed panoramic views of the deep azul Aegean sea and Greek salad which I couldn't get enough of. Lovely as the stairs leading down to our cave hotel room was, I do not miss that. (Video on the gram @fashionably_idu).

Gosh the sunset was everything. Juanetta and I had the whole boat to ourselves on a 5 hour private sunset diner cruise and now I get what all the buzz about the Oia sunset is about. It was spectacular. We met Shosta, the 65 year old and only person that lives at the foot of the volcano and even took selfies with him. He told us some wild tales, lol. We each got to skipper (not sure of the right nautical term) the boat and that was so fun. 

Oh and we partied like crazy! Had to experience the night life (yes teachers do have mad spring break fun too, duh!) at the couple hot spots in town (Enigma night club, 2 brothers bar / night club) and boy do we have stories to tell about those outings. Good ones I promise, ;). We managed to make it back to the hotel about 4a:m each morning and a lady at the hotel described us as being like 2 teenagers full of life and bubbly on end. 

Leaving was hard but I left my heart in San Francisco (in my Tony Bennett voice) so I’m back home to my niche, to the little cable cars and painted ladies, to the ‘YAY’ area, where I belong. If you follow me on Instagram you should have seen just a couple posts since I’m not the kind that blows up people’s feeds, hehe. 

FI is no travel blog but I may share some things that grabbed my attention in upcoming posts and others will live in my phone for ever and ever and ever and ever just for my viewing pleasure on days when I need extra doses of laughter. Sorry, :(. 

Wait! I have an idea - We should all go back!!! Ingenious huh?

This Spring we’re all about maxi dresses and holy cow this one deserves it’s own wind machine. Unfortunately I shot indoors in my home which is what I’ve done a lot lately since I’m so tired of scouting for locations, call me lazy. The neon green bustier top ends in a billowing full circle luxurious skirt that made for such an easy breezy and comfy fit. I can’t think of a gal that won’t look stunning in this. The best kept secret is the hidden pockets that I realized last minute existed and couldn’t get my hands out of. Diamonds Pockets are truly a girls best friend. Crafted for me by you guessed it, my friend Dwight who does no wrong in my book. Dude’s got skills! Gotta give it to him.
This elegant and charming maxi dress with a bold black and white print can be dressed down but I chose to dress it up with gold accessories.

The star of this look is the beautiful statement necklace specially made for me by Abi Dol of Haute Beads, a Canada based jeweler. Made out of brown and gold crystals with matching ear rings, this is no doubt is a stunning piece. Their web site is easy to navigate and boasts all kinds of stunning pieces from pearls and crystals to coral sets. They offer wholesale services, take custom orders and also cater to men's needs. Check out their website or Instagram for some drool worthy pieces and thank me later now.

I’m obviously still battling jet lag so kindly forgive any typos and missed edits, I’ll be more alert soon. 


Your thoughts on this look? 

Deets
Necklace - Haute Beads
Maxi Dress - Vindictive by D. Anthony
Heels - Christian Louboutin
Clutch - Vintage

Thanks a bunch for stopping by, keep thinking the purple thoughts. Xo..

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87 comments:

  1. Love the photo where you are sitting down and the dress is laid out. Great to know that you had a fun holiday!

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  2. What a gorgeous maxi dress!!!!! I really like its print, the yellow top on it matches so well with the checkered bottom. Ideal Spring look, the colours, the print...I just love it. The necklace is clearly a work of art! How fantastic that it was made especially for you. It is everything a statement necklace should be...and more! I must add that it matches quite nicely both with the maxi dress and those lovely heels. Ingenious styling altogether!!!!You look like a queen....this is an absolutely stunning look dear Idu.

    I'm so happy to hear you've had an amazing vacation in Greece. I would love to visit Santorini too. Everyone says it is a heavenly place. Greek yogurt and honey in the morning...always a good idea!...and I just love a nice Greek Salad. I did see insta pics...and that view was insane!!!! gorgeous, gorgeous photos...and I trust there were also many many fabulous memories made:)!

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  3. Is the most beautiful dress I 've seen, you is divine !!! happy weekend !!!

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  4. What an artistic make-up, it reminds me of Bretman Rock. You're really beautiful.

    Love, Fads

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  5. It sounds like you had an amazing trip Idu. You look fabulous as always. That maxi dress is simply divine.

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  6. Dear Idu, for sure I missed you! A lot! But you deserved the obvioulsy dreamy time you had in Greek and Istanbul so much - I have already been to Greek a few times and understand that you loved it. I have also a weakness for Greek yoghurt with honey, fortunately we can get here in Bavaria such yoghurt :) Love you in your dress, you look fantastic!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  7. Stunning as always! I missed you so much but I'm really happy to read about your amazing vacations in Greece.
    Your dress and necklace are a dream!
    xx

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  8. Beautiful dress dear <3

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  9. Gorgeous and I guessed it. Ha, I know my cuts. we sure missed you. Glad you are back.

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  10. I do wish to visit Santorini some day, my sister went on her honeymoon and she said it was so beautiful there. I wish you would do a little travel blog post, because I'd love to see some pics of the place you where you stayed. I love black and yellow or neon green, so eye catching! Love the pic of you on the floor with the skirt spread out, so artsy! P.S. I left my heart in San Francisco when I moved to L.A. at the age of 11, it was so sad. I love both places now!

    xx,
    Tania
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  11. Idu, can I say WOW... I am loving this maxi dress... I have been looking for one here... it looks like I will have to find someone to make one for me... I adore how full it is and it is perfect that it has pockets... that sold me... xoxo

    You look incredible and beautiful and the necklace is stunning, it is so unique and it stands out, I love statement pieces like this xox

    Thank you again for your kind and sweet comment on my blog... I also hope the jet lag alleviates soon xox

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  12. You look amazing dear, this dress is gorgeous in love with the color!!!!

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  13. What a diva! I need to send you my adress just in case you want to donate some of your dresses!;)
    Love your photos!
    Nelly from www.imperfectmuse.blogspot.com

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  14. That dress is gorgeous! Love the necklace too, it all fits you perfectly!

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  15. That dress is incredible! I love the mix of neon with the black and white. And I love how full that skirt is. It looks stunning on you! The necklace is gorgeous as is your make up! You always look so beautiful! And your trip sounds like so much fun!
    ~Lili
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  16. The pictures with you sitting and the dress splayed around you.... Perfection! Just like a fairytale princess.
    Love the contrast btw the neon n the black n white.
    Absolutely stunning as per usual!

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  17. you look amazing babe, love this dress!

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  18. Arrasou look encantado amo amarelo.
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  19. Wow, what a beautiful dress! That wide skirt is stunning...and the mix of graphic black and white with neon looks great!
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  20. This outfit is fabulous.
    We love the dress and necklace.
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  21. Wow!this look is so lovely and the pics are so mesmerizing... xx

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  22. You never fail to amaze me, Idu. That dress is PRECIOUS, you look so, so amazing in it.
    kisses
    Lenya
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  23. Another stunning outfit, Idu:) And your Greek vacay sounded fantastic! That's one place I'd like to visit someday for sure.

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  24. I had wondered where you had gone and I'm glad to hear it was somewhere fabulous like Santorini. Sounds like you had an absolute blast there too. Way to make a statement with vibrant color and a cool graphic print here!

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  25. Yass, teachers do know how to get down too. Ha!! Gotcha mami! Good to hear that you had a great time. I need a good holiday too. Yes, Greece is on my bucket list too.
    That dress is everything, hun. You look radiantly beautiful always. :)
    Have a blessed week.

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  26. Hey hey! How you doing(in my Wendy voice) Glad to hear that you had a wonderful vacation! OMG can I come shop your closet? Love the photo of you sitting down. Amazing as always!
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  27. love the dress!! so gorgeous and stunning
    have a great day
    xx,
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  28. You are a marvel darling. Every outfit you put out is unbeatable. You've got good taste Idu. Fabulous all over!!!

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  29. You are a marvel darling. Every outfit you put out is unbeatable. You've got good taste Idu. Fabulous all over!!!

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  30. I follow your trip to Santorini on IG, such a dreamy place. I never been in Greek but it's in my wish list.
    Nice dress Idu and accessories too. I love also the shooting, your home looks cool!
    Have a nice day dear :)
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  31. sounds like you had the vacation of dreams! loving the dress on you and your makeup is always on point!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  32. This dress is absolutely awesome, also love this color on you!!!!
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  33. Nice to have you back here Idu, and glad that you had an amazing time in Europe , can't wait to read all about it. i am so attracted to this neon green ,the colour contrast with black print is so pretty . Lovely neck piece too. As always you look absolutely fabulous in this outfit. Hope you have a great week !!! Kisses!


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  34. I love the dress, it is very trendy. You look stunning, I am a big fan of yours. Hope you will come out of your jet lag soon, I am eagerly waiting for your outfit post.

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  35. I did follow your adventures on Instagram, it looks like you really had a lot of fun. I hope getting back into work mode isn't too hard.

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  36. Such a lovely post! I hope you’re having a great day. :)

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  37. Beautiful look!! :))

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  38. wonderful dress
    I'd love to know your opinion on my new post
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    have an happy day
    kiss

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  39. Of course i did miss you and the Blog. Great to have you back and can't wait to see what you have in store for us this spring when it comes to bright colours ha!
    This outfit looks more than perfect on you
    enjoy your new Week
    x

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  40. Ahhh, that explains your long absence, Idu and I definitely missed you! Sounds like you had an amazing vacation though, I am envious!

    I think the photoshoot inside your home is more than fine, the pictures turned out stunning!

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  41. What a lovely post, gorgeous dress And a pretty statement necklace.
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  42. Welcome back Idu, i really miss you and your incredible elegance.I m so happy you spend great time in Santorini, a beautiful island that i really love.
    Amazing look as usually, but necklace is absolutely to die for!
    Kisses

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  43. This is so fabulous dear
    Im lovin the necklace and the length of this dress.

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  44. You look like a princess in this dress, so beautiful and the colours suit you well. Have a wonderful day! Gemma x
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  45. This dress must be the mother of all maxi dresses. I love it. I love it when teachers have so much fun. You guys work so hard. And I am glad I was able to follow your vacation/adventure on Instagram. What a vacation without a lot of food, right?

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  46. So stunning! I like this so much.

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  47. Glad you had a nice vacation. Greece is also on my bucketlist. The dress is divine, I love how wide the flare is and the neck piece is beautiful.


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  48. You look gorgeous dear! Hope you had amazing time at Santorini :)

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  49. Love the skirt flared out photos, great look as always!

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  50. Well I'd be down for that! Hehehe! I've been pretty MIA too, both on the blog and Instagram. I did manage to catch glimpses of your trip in Oia. That view was incredible you lucky girl you. I'd love to visit myself, especially Istanbul. It looks incredible. But Popeye's Chicken?! What! That is hilarious!

    Sxx
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  51. Love your post!!

    I am glad you enjoyed reading my recent posts.

    Thanks for the support and thoughtful words on my recent post, I deeply appreciate it!!

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  52. Oh my lovely Idu! How can you look so amazing all the time! I TOTALLY love the combination of black and white against yellow and I'm so inspired by you to try something similar!

    Love,
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  53. This dress is absolutely amazing! You always rock such incredibly bold looks. :)

    Best,
    Christina

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  54. Oh very cute dress
    Gorgeous style
    xx

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  55. Wow that is a stunning maxi dress! Love the combination of the neon with the black and white, and what a gorgeous skirt! Really nice on you.

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  56. That dress is beyond beautiful =)

    - Che

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  57. so beautiful,you look amazing
    That necklace is stunning

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  58. Oooo woow cute outfit!!! You're glowing
    You should have shared some holiday pics here too I personally think it would make wonderful display anyway ha
    xxx
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  59. That trip sounds incredible! It's definitely on my bucket list for sure!

    -M
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  60. beautiful dress!! I love it!!

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  61. have a nice evening babe!

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  62. Sounds like you had a great time. Neon is just perfect on black and white. Really gorgeous too. The necklace is definitely a statement piece. You ROCKED it well

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  63. Love the dress! Looks so beautiful!
    Xoxo,
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  64. That dress is AMAZING!!!
    It sounds like you had a great time in Santorini. I'd love to go someday... The only Greek island I've been so far is Crete and loved it to bits.
    Oh, by the way, octopus is delicious, it's probably my favorite seafood.
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  65. OMG! Such a perfect look! You're marvellous!!
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  66. Your posts are always amazing, great pics :)
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  67. What a wonderful necklace and you always look incredible Idu. I just adore this colour combination. Striking look, the last shot is better than Vogue. Happy weekend dear. xx
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  68. Such a striking dress and u carry it with so much oomph! Loved ur pictures from Greece on Instagram!
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  69. Stunning as usual...love the jewelry and your shoes most..
    Have an amazing weekend!
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  70. Really lovely dress! So beautiful:)
    xx
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  71. You always look so glamorous! really love your style! This dress is so so gorgeous!!! =)
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  72. Great post just as your all blog. I think that you are an awesome blogger, and I wish you luck in future! Kisses :* If you want, look my blog and follow me if you like it. <3 http://fdiarybyz.blogspot.hr/

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  73. The necklace & yellow top are perfect!

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  74. this outfit is a breath of fresh air, the necklace perfectly compliments the outfit. stunning.!
    good to know you're back from your holiday and you had an amazing time been stalking your page for a blog post the whole time :)
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  75. Idu this edition is magnificent :) You look so sophisticated and lovely!
    Fabulous full circle maxi dress in color block combination. Photos are also amazing, and you are wonderful queen of fashion! Loving the necklace, look very chic!
    Lots of kiss beautiful <3

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  76. gorgeous dress

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