Category Archives: Fashion


This blog has always tracked global street style, because I find other cities and people around the world so fascinating. I read books on Geo-political topics for pleasure and it’s my habit to read national news first and then jump over to the BBC news page for a broader world view. There are so many news items that the US papers don’t even cover. Over the past year, I’ve been keeping up on the conflict in the Ukraine and it’s disintegrating quickly and violently.

After reading All The Light We Cannot See at the beginning of the year, it crystallized for me that wars and conflicts are singularly political, and that the people, families and communities always lose, no matter which side they are on.

I wanted to feature street style from Kiev, Ukraine today because it’s important to put a face to places. Conflict touches regular people — these people and their loved ones. I’m not sure what the next political move is by the international community, but I am watching and I care.

Anya (photo: Style in Kyiv)

Anya (photo: Style in Kyiv)

Diana (photo: Style in Kyiv)

Diana (photo: Style in Kyiv)

Diana - (photo: Style in Kyiv)

Diana – (photo: Style in Kyiv)

Yana - (photo: Style in Kyiv)

Yana – (photo: Style in Kyiv)

Be sure to check out more from Style in Kyiv and see street fashion and beautiful faces from Kiev, Ukraine.

We are all one.

x Laura

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See


Knitting Noodles large wool basket

Waiting on Martha – Dutch crown braid tutorial

Joe’s Jeans – Prosper Open-toe Booties

Ancient Greek Sandals – Althea Suede sandals

Venessa Arizaga silver braided bracelet

Click any picture for more crisscross-y details.

How cute is that Dutch braid? The rest of the tutorial shows how to fix hair  as shown or how to make a braided crown with messy bun underneath. It doesn’t look too done, which is nice. Have to try this on one on my daughter for a test run.

Enjoy the day!

x Laura

“Life is a web of intersections and choices. Your 1st choice is to recognize an intersection. Your 2nd choice is to be grateful for it.” — Ryan Lilly

Slick Silver


First off, Happy New Year!

For one, I’m glad to put last year to bed, and be off and running on a new year. I’m still formulating my personal vision for 2015, but with irons already in the fire, I’m looking forward to it. While 2014 was mostly good, there were more surprises than I’ve had in a while and not the fun kind. I guess some years are like that and all in all, we are happy, healthy and wiser.

As for fresh starts, I wanted to show something besides winter white or cozy sweaters, even though I’m a big fan of those looks. When I saw this metallic shoe punctuating her everyday outfit, it seemed right. Right for winter doldrums and right for ushering in softer spring looks (whenever that will be).

So….I went and found some cool options for pretty silver metallic shoes:

Prada pointy toe leather pump, $650

Sophia Webster ‘Izzy’ holographic leather shoe, $210

Seychelles ‘Majestic’ d’Orsay pump, $109



Tamara Mellon ‘Addiction’ pump, $238

I’ve never worn a metallic shoe like these, but think I’d really dig it. Do you remember these insane Alexander Wang metallic loafers? Wish I had a pair right now…

Enjoy the day!

x Laura

Simply Black and White

Sometimes simplicity is best. It’s easy for me to overthink an outfit, especially if it’s for a special occasion. Today, I saw all these amazing photos of women in black and white outfits and they reminded me how elegant the combo is.

Black maxi skirt + white t-shirt

Brocade skirt, Black shell, statement necklace

Winter white coat with black ankle boots

Oversized sweater with shorts and flats

Nothing boring here! White blouse with black cropped pant, heels

Chunky white sweater, white coat, black silk pant

Stay well and warm!

x Laura

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant

Stop, Drop, and Chill

List of to-dos,
Parties to cruise.
School plays,
Shopping daze.
Decking the halls,
Parking at the malls.
Guest room a mess,
Whoops, time to get dressed.

Does your to-do list have you fired up?! It’s difficult to maintain balance between work, home and community at this time of year. Your list is probably longer than mine, but every now and then we need to stop and take a moment to chill. There are a few things I try to practice when my body and mind start telling me that I’m out of sync (which is a lot lately).

Yin Yoga

My body gets out of whack pretty quickly if I don’t stretch regularly. It started after being pregnant — one of my hips is tilted now. I regularly do Vinyasa yoga for a workout, but I love my Yin Yoga practice to maintain happy, healthy hips and connective tissue. Yin is a slow, practice that holds positions for long time. It’s kind of like a working meditation, because you’re loading tissue with resistance while zoning out. This loading works to lengthen fascia and keep it supple. I always feel a sense of lightness, calm and yoga euphoria after class.

All it takes: 1 class a week (60-90 minutes)

Foam Roller

Oh, how I love this little piece of foam! People use foam rollers for physical therapy, to iron out too tight muscles and too keep hip and back issues at bay. Recently, Goop featured this awesome foam roller workout and I am hooked. In 10 minutes, I’ve rolled my tight hamstrings, IT bands and calves, while getting in a decent core, butt and upper body workout to boot. Sometimes I’ll do it twice a day. If you roll, you’ve got to check it out.

All it takes: 10 minutes while watching TV.


Get Out

When I’ve got too much in my head, the best thing for me is to get outside. My brain responds to walks with wide open vistas, meadows and parks. Just that feeling of expansiveness allows my mind to wander and empties out the stress, frustration, anxiety or melancholy of the day. When I need to solve a problem or refuel creativity, I gravitate towards trails and the woods.

All it takes: 20 minutes at a nearby park, garden or open space

Take a Dip

For me it’s a shower, but for you it might be a bath, jacuzzi or a a dip in the hot springs. I love taking a shower any time, but there science behind taking a relaxing warm shower (or bath, etc) at night before bed. It helps ready our body for sleep. Add a lavender scented candle or lotion to the routine and get ready for some zzzzzz’s.

All it takes: turn off devices earlier than usual and take a dip instead.


First thing in the morning, while I’m still in that half-slumber state of mind, I make a mental list of what I’m grateful for. My first thoughts are of the blessings in life and my thanks for all that is well. I spend those first moments in gratitude, even if I suspect that day ahead might be difficult.

All it takes: 20 seconds

I know you’ve got your own restorative methods that you use to stay calm during the holiday season. What are they? How do you maintain your balance or at least take the edge off?

x Laura