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Five for Fall

Sitting here in a sweater and pair of boots for the first time this season, I guess it’s time to fully embrace the coming of fall. It’s my favorite season, with the moderate temps, gorgeous foliage colors, and the introspective mood before the coming of winter. As nature scurries to prepare for the onset of cold weather, I follow suit with a new-found energy toward finishing projects and clearing out our nest. There’s no use in trying to stop the change.

Jason Wu Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear (New York).

Making the summer-to-fall leap:

  1. Fashion shows for Spring have begun! New York, London, Milan and Paris will show collections over the next two months. I’ve started a Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear cheat sheet here to track trends, colors and fabrics.
  2. Donate, sell and consign. Good grief — the clutter! Create a haven in your space this winter by clearing out unwanted things now. Start small with a bag or two. Please don’t freak out and do too much. Slow and steady is better.
  3. Get the house winterized while the weather is still nice. Here’s a helpful list of maintenance items to get done now –  To Do: September Home Checklist
  4. My workout routine was non-existent this summer, so it’s time to make it a priority again. I’ve signed up for two classes and am ready to kick some booty. No time for the gym? Check out this printable No Running Required, 20-minute Cardio Workout.
  5. Plan the next vacation. Summer trips are still fresh in our memories, but fall and winter breaks will be here before we know it. Don’t get shut out by waiting too long. 5 Things Smart Travelers Should Do in September.

Lastly, here’s a 15-second beauty cheat. I just got wise to this brow product that is really fantastic. Gimme Brow by Benefit ($22) has a tiny mascara-like brush that fills in brows, even where they are seriously lacking. Covers little grey hairs, adds dimension to the arch and tail, and fills in patchy areas. It’s kind of a brow miracle and very easy to use.

Gimme Brow by Benefit

Enjoy all the good things that September brings.

x Laura

“My heart is drumming in my chest so hard it aches, but it’s the good kind of ache, like the feeling you get on the first real day of autumn, when the air is crisp and the leaves are all flaring at the edges and the wind smells just vaguely of smoke – like the end and the beginning of something all at once.”
Lauren Oliver, Delirium

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


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.


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