The Glory: Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab Couture

Elizabeth Banks at The Mockingjay premiere London in Elie Saab

Elizabeth Banks at The Mockingjay London premiere in Elie Saab

This dress is beyond beautiful and Elizabeth Banks just glows with confidence and glamour on the red carpet. This is the fantasy of fashion. The sheer art and luxury of couture. I can only imagine what she must have felt like, walking with yards of gossamer fabric floating behind her. And it’s not just the dress — it’s her in the dress. That is a moment of magic.

Here is the dress again at the Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture show, from the front.

Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture

Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture

Isn’t it satisfying when a star dresses like a star?!

x Laura

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My Trusty Six

Fall Snow (Douglas Cushnie via Flickr)

Winter plopped down this week like a sledgehammer. I’ve lived in Colorado for over 40 years and on the one hand, nothing surprises me weather-wise, but on the other hand, this was a buzz kill even for me. Getting dressed today had me diving into the dark corner of my closet to unearth my snow boots, so I could take Jackson for a walk, while the temps were still in the teens. I think it’s sliding into single digits tonight. Good grief.

Living through countless winters of ice, snow and freezing temps, I’m here to share the tried-and-true boots that carry me through an entire winter. I recently added the Moto Boots from the Nordstom Half-Yearly Sale to make up my indispensable six, and I love them.

The Moto Boot / Waterproof / Wear with Jeans, Leggings

Aquatalia by Marvin K ‘Sweetie’ short boot

The Tall Boot / Wear with Skirts, Jeans / Dress-up or Down

Ugg “Darcie’ boot, with adjustable calf buckle

The Active Boot / Waterproof / Sledding, After-Ski, Dog Walking, Kid Toting

Sorel ‘Joan of Arctic’ Knit boot

Rugged & Mountain-y / Weatherproof / Casual, Weekend, Mountain Girl

Bos. & Co ‘Outercity’

Short Boot / Waterproof Suede, Non-Slip bottom / Dressy, Great City Boot

Aquatalia ‘Famous’ bootie

Ankle Boot / Waterproof, Non-Slip bottom/ Dressy, Date-Nights

Aquatalia ‘Ruby’ bootie

As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of waterproof options. I love suede and hate the idea of ruining it in wet weather. Aquatalia makes gorgeous suede in flexible, cushioned, weather-proof options and I always get mine during a Nordstrom Sale, even if it’s the middle of July. These six boots are my BFFs all winter long and what I’ll be reaching for day-in and day-out over the next few months.

How many winter boots do you have? Which ones are your winter BFFs?

x Laura

 “My 30th birthday will be arriving in a few months. It’s not arriving unexpectedly, I just wish it would have given me more of an advance notice, say another 30 years.”   — Jarod Kintz

5 Random Things: Nov. 7

It feels like the calm before the storm of the holiday season. The next two weeks will be a good time to put fall projects to bed, snip the last of withering plants from the garden, and to get my ducks in a row for family visits, end-of-year school programs and holiday parties.

To make sure we’re taking care of ourselves, my husband and I have challenged each other with a sticker chart (exactly like the ones we do for our kiddo) for working out. It’s amazing how much we enjoy getting a sticker for each workout. Just having it visible in the kitchen and being accountable to each other has made for good, friendly competition. Just trying to stay motivated!

In no particular category or order, here are 5 Random Things from this week:

  1. Heading out over the next months? Here are 11 Things You Should Never Delay Before Your Trip.
  2. With friends coming over it’s time to spruce up the place with 8 Ways to Decorate a Center Table, using things we already have, which I love.
  3. Fascinating video on how the wolves in Yellowstone have changed the flow of rivers, in a good way. Why Mother Nature usually knows best.
  4. How one woman became President of this online fashion darling, only 10 years out of university. And she’s killing it.
  5. Not happy with your black leggings? Me neither. Here are the 10 Best Black Leggings that take you from couch to cocktails.

Happy Friday!
x Laura

Feel Good: Chinti and Parker

Chinti & Parker printed mini via ASOS

Chinti & Parker printed mini via ASOS, $110

Chinti & Parker soft wool, cashmere skirt

Chinti & Parker soft wool, cashmere skirt, $220

Chinti & Parker cashmere star sweater in ruby & navy, $525

Chinti & Parker cashmere star sweater in ruby & navy, $525

Chinti & Parker organic cotton, star print t-shirt, $54

Chinti & Parker organic cotton, star print t-shirt, $54

Chinti & Parker hearts and stars intarsia cashmere sweater, $381

Chinti & Parker hearts and stars intarsia cashmere sweater, $381

Not only do Chinti & Parker clothes come in feel-good fabrics like organic cotton, cashmere and wool, but they also run a feel-good eco-conscious company that pays attention to their factories, fabric sources, and carbon footprint. I’m also smitten by their designs with adorable hearts, stars and color combinations. There are a few items that give me sticker-shock, but I notice that (which is Net-a-Porter’s outlet) frequently has Chinti & Parker items on sale (like the cute heart & stars sweater, above).

I recently read that a conventionally produced cotton t-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to make. That’s 22 bathtubs to make one t-shirt. Now, think of all the cotton t-shirts out there and it becomes mind-boggling. Now we all love our cotton t-shirts, myself included, so what’s a consumer to do? Well, we can start making a difference by simply checking the garment tag. Organic cotton (up to 60% less water) and other less thirsty natural fibers like bamboo, modal, tencel and silk, tend to be better choices because they use less water to produce, can be recycled or re-purposed and in the end, are still biodegradable.

I plan to feature more companies that are producing feel-good products, because there are a lot of exciting, craft-driven and purposeful companies to be highlighted. The wonderful part is that we don’t have to sacrifice style for substance.

The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

– Socrates

Enjoy the day!

x Laura


Cozy Under the Blanket

blanket sweater beige black tribal

The Daily Chictomist via Chictopia

blanket sweater white tribal

District of Chic via Chictopia

blanket coat patterned burberry

Malaika Firth via Vanessa Jackman

blanket scarf white printed

Mijo Mijaljcic via Stockholm Streetstyle

Throwing on a blanket sweater or coat is a sure-fire way to get a crisp fall look without having to work too hard. All the women shown here have started with a minimalist, neutral base layer and then let the patterned topper take the forefront. It’s one of my eternally favorite fall looks, because it looks casually chic and offers a big payoff.

Stay warm and have a wonderful day!

x Laura

“There is no place more delightful than one’s own fireplace.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

I want to feel this cozy.