Category Archives: Fashion

Just Read: Cold Earth + Eight More

Book Collage - 2014

Sometimes my reading choices are right in the thick of the mainstream, and very book-of-the-moment (i.e. Gone Girl, Divergent) and sometimes I’m off doing my own thing. The books I’ve read so far this year (which included Divergent, but you don’t need me to talk about that one), have been a mixed bag.

I absolutely loved Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe, because I am such a child of that era, growing up at the same time, seeing the movies that he’s starring in. If you think he’s just another pretty-boy-airhead, you will be convinced otherwise and if you only know him from The West Wing, you’ll get a taste for his geeky-to-golden-boy early years. He narrates the audio book, which is how I read it, and it’s a treat to have his voice telling his story.

Quick Reviews

Cold Earth by Sarah Moss. Archaeology, haunted dig site and a race against the clock before the winter weather seals them off from the helicopter pick-up. Do not read while camping.

The Smartest Kids In The World by Amanda Ripley. Revealing thesis to why some countries have better prepared kids for success than others, and how we can learn from them.

When Wanderers Cease To Roam by Vivian Swift. Where do I start with this gorgeously written and illustrated seasonal journal? Vivian Swift has been a global nomad for twenty years and has finally set down her backpack. Now she roams her small village and finds a world of beauty within its smallness. Received a copy for my birthday from my mother-in-law and loved it enough to buy another one as a gift to my mother.

Are We Nearly There Yet? by Ben Hatch. Crazy, adventurous, funny, poignant, and a 5-month snapshot of what middle-age looks like for some. Sandwiched between young children and family illness, Ben Hatch ping-pongs between sippy cups, hospital visits, and a 5-month road trip with two kids under age four. Madness. Glad to have read it.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. See paragraph above.

Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift. For Francophiles, the newly coupled, or those who are interested in the musings on being a traveler rather than a tourist. Gorgeously illustrated with her watercolors and written with her unique observations. Liked it less than When Wanderers Cease To Roam, but still good.

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.  Mother and son get through cancer treatments, dismal diagnosis and family dynamics with a very personal book club. Not my favorite book this year, but might be good for others.

Currently Reading

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The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski (children/YA fiction – my daughter loved this book and insisted I read it. Also got a thumbs up from her teacher.)

Wild: From Lost To Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Fiction – received rave reviews, so I’m on the bandwagon once again.)

 Hope your summer allows for reading time. Let me know what books you’re reading and what you like/didn’t like. I’m all ears.

x Laura

 

Cooking Up: Sweet Cherry Cobbler

Sweet Cherry Cobbler

Sweet Cherry Cobbler

The grocery stores and markets are filled with gorgeous produce right now, and I love it. The other day, we bought 3 pounds of sweet dark cherries at the store and after eating a few, we started dreaming of putting together a cobbler. Believe it or not, this was my first time making cherry cobbler. I’ve done apple, peach and pear before, but not cherry. I found a great looking recipe at Epicurious and wanted to put my own twist on it by adding lemon juice to the filling and lemon zest to the topping. I loved it and wanted to share it with you, since fresh cherries are in stores right now.

Get the full recipe here. It makes 4-6 servings, and the next time I make it, I’m going to double it for certain. Try it for summer entertaining, a potluck or anytime. Unlike other cobblers I’ve tried, it’s low in added sugar, because the cherries are bursting with sweetness already.

Enjoy!

x Laura

On Writing

A Girl Who Writes

A Girl Who Writes

Last week, just as I was finishing my Nothing New project, Mallory High of Positively Minutiae, tagged me to be a part of a blog hop that focuses on the writing process. First off, Mallory writes an incredibly humorous blog that you’ll be happy to discover. She’s an amazing, gifted writer and unfairly, she’s also remarkably stylish. So, when she tapped me to share my writing process, I was happy, humbled and honored.

The blog hop has a series of questions on the topic How I Write:

What am I working on?

As far as writing goes, I’m doing a freelance project for a local wellness business and writing my blog. I don’t have a ‘book in me’ that’s dying to get out and never have. I’m more of a copywriter than a storyteller. If I had a movie character career, she would be either a fashion editor or a travel writer. For me globally, I’m working on weeding, in my yard, house and in my psyche.

How does my writing differ from others of this genre?

I’m not sure that it does, really, but my writing style tends to be conversational. My writing just tumbles out of my head like we’re two friends at a cafe, catching up, eating muffins and sipping on lattes. And you, you’re just dying to know all about the Spring 2014 trends, like literally on the edge of your seat. And you’re awesome like that.

Why do I write what I do?

Not to get too deep about this, but I love fashion and street style and thought that I could write more consistently about those two things, than I could any other topic (except maybe travel).  Fashion is a mirror of our culture, personal choices, and our desire to belong or separate from one another. I used to write every day as a part of my work, so when I left my full-time job, I still craved an outlet for all my ideas.

How does my writing process work?

My best flow comes in the morning until about 2:00pm and caffeine is necessary. I’ll noodle on ideas for a day or two in my head and then just sit down and start writing. Most of the time I finish in one sitting, get up, do something physical instead of mental, and come back to edit. I try not to over think it too much and keep it short, because everyone’s time is precious. Reading a lot of other blogs, industry news, watching runway shows and staying current on street style helps me have an informed point-of-view. In the end, that helps me write more quickly.

Also, I always include pictures, because as my graphic design professor once told me, people like people. We’re like monkeys, who just want to see what the other monkeys are doing.

Now, in order to keep the blog hop going and to highlight other writers and learn about their process, I get to pick two blogs whose writing I really enjoy:

  • Shorts by Elisa Ruland: The first thing you’ll notice about Elisa’s blog is her photography, because her photos will knock you sideways. And she could leave her photo blog at that, because her images speak volumes. Instead, her writing takes you there, to the location, and helps you feel where the sun angles the shot.
  • Maison Bentley Style by Kate Bentley: The gorgeous photos draw me in and then I am drawn deeper by Kate’s lyrical, romantic, thought-provoking and modern writing. She continues to impress me with her content, point-of-view and professional-looking blog. And she’s a Londoner, so that’s cool too.

Thanks again to Mallory for including me on the blog hop and for giving me the chance to spotlight two other bloggers who deserve some notice.

x Laura

Nothing New – Day 30!

Little Black Dress + Boho

Little Black Dress + Boho

Wearing: Maeve Liban Shawl Dress (Anthropologie) / Nine West beaded thong sandal /  World Market blue-green wooden bead necklace / Loft silver bangle / White House | Black Market silver bow belt.

Here it is — the last day of my Nothing New project! Thirty days of options from what I already had in the closet. So for the last day, I had to wear my little black dress, right?! I took this dress on our last trip (Postcard: Las Vegas) and wore with heels, evening clutch and the whole 9-yards. Today, I wanted to wear it how I would this summer: with boho sandals, a chunky necklace and silver accents. It fits well with the bohemian flair of Boulder and yet is classic enough to wear in any town.

I learned a lot from this project, which I’ll share in another post. Hopefully, my thoughts can be helpful to you too, as you face your closet everyday. A huge thanks to everyone who stuck with me through 30 days of just my clothes and my face on the blog everyday. Jackson (my dog) would have loved to be in the last photo, but he is busy at doggie daycare today, getting wet, dirty and having a ball.

Thanks again for being so supportive the last 30 days. You guys are the best!

x Laura

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.

“It’s today.” squeaked Piglet.

“My favorite day!” said Pooh

Nothing New – Day 29

Floral print + Oxfords

Floral print + Oxfords

Wearing: Maeve floral print (Anthropologie) / BP oxfords (also on Day 13) / mixed metal and blue glass bracelets (gifts) / belt (came with a different dress).

Not much to say about this, except that I really like wearing flats during the day. I’m always looking for ways to keep an outfit interesting without sacrificing my feet (and therefore the rest of me). It’s true that the padding under our toes and heels thins out as we get older, so we do need more cushion in our shoes. An article by the LA Times also said that our feet spread out and get wider from years of use (ah, gravity). So if those old shoes are feeling tight, maybe this is why.

It’s not too surprising to read this. I’ve been gravitating toward more foot-friendly shoes for a few years now. I save my heels for dinners out or special occasions. In general, wedges have become my go-to heel whenever possible. Things are bound to change in our bodies and I’d rather be healthy than hurting.

Are you more of a flats gal or do you usually wear a heel? And how do you feel about that?

x Laura

My Grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now, and we don’t know where the hell she is. — Ellen DeGeneres