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The Woman Who Wears It

Mint may be popular, emerald on our radar and graphic B&W is certainly chic, but there’s more than enough room for red in our weekly rotation of colors. All five of these beautiful women are in bold red dresses that could be worn to work, dinner or a weekend party / wedding. I also thought many of these dresses would work for us gals who are 40+. I’m always thinking about how to feature personal style that works for many age groups — not just for younger women.

Lini Trinh

Lini Trinh

Ninja Sovereign

Ninja Sovereign

Style Pantry

Style Pantry

Think Twice Style

Think Twice Style

Waisted Vintage

Waisted Vintage

Be sure to check out these hot ladies at their own blogs. They really know how to bring the pretty. All photos via Chictopia

I’ll post a picture of the red dress I recently wore. It took me from Father’s Day brunch with family, to the airport and on a packed flight home to Denver. I never think to wear a dress on a plane, but it turned out to be so comfortable. More later!

x Laura

Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.

Yves Saint Laurent

Loving: Sweatshirts and Skirts

Wearing a sweatshirt with a dressier skirt is one of those artfully casual-but-not-really looks, that appeal to me. A throw-on outfit that manages to be both pulled-together and down-to-earth at the same time. It elevates the sweatshirt out of its weekend rotation and is a nice option for cool days and nights. Check out how these beautiful bloggers have styled their sweatshirt + skirt combos. And it seems to me that this outfit  works for many ages and body types.
Sweatshirt + Full Skirt

sweatshirt with skirt

Blogger Auroran Henkarit via Chictopia

Sweatshirt + Pencil Skirt

Left - blogger Fashion Agony, Right - Made With Fashion, both via Chictopia

Bloggers Fashion Agony, left and Made With Fashion, right, both via Chictopia

Sweatshirt + Short or Long Skirt

Left - blogger Glamgerous, Right - Maria Jernov both via Chictopia

Bloggers Glamgerous, left and Maria Jernov, right, both via Chictopia

Links to these ladies:

Two Cute Options:

Rebecca Minkoff Sleeveless Sweatshirt $198

Sundry Pullover $87

Do you think this works for older women as well or is it better on the under 40 crowd? Being 40+ myself, I’m always curious to hear what you think. Are cozy sweatshirts ready for prime time?

x Laura

Getting Your Greens

This week I borrowed a friend’s juicer to see if I liked it. Rumor has it that juicers are annoying to clean-up, but still undaunted, I wanted to see if vibrantly fresh juice would affect my energy and overall appetite. We (it’s a family experiment) started off easily with fruit juices (orange/pineapple) and have now moved into fruit/vegetable combos (carrot/apple and carrot/apple/celery/parsley). My husband has already told me not to tell him what’s in the glass, because if I use the words beet, kale or wheatgrass, he’s gonna bail on me. Completely predictable and I love the chance to take on a challenge.

7 Daily Greens

If drinking your veggies is off-putting, at least fashion has given us another way to get our daily green fix, since hunter, forest and emerald greens are strong tones right now. Here are 7 stylish examples of how people are wearing it:

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If you want to see more of these chic bloggers, here are the links:

  1. Anna Midday
  2. Vanessa Jackman
  3. Shoes&Sashimi
  4. Stockholm Streetstyle
  5. Hermes Is My Dad
  6. By Katerina Katerina
  7. Dresses on a Clothesline

Shopping: Greens Like These Under $300

Using What You’ve Got

You’ve probably already got some deep autumnal greens in your closet. Time to dust them off and put into rotation. Pairs well with deep purple, peacock blue, black, white and wine.

If you’ve got a juice recipe that you love, please share it. I’d love to hear about it. Have a good one!
x Laura

P.S. Today I’m going to try The Chiller (from The Juicing Bible) which is a combo of carrot/celery/red pepper/apple/cucumber/zucchini. Sounds like a salad in a glass to me. (photo: juicingvegetables.me)

How To Fake Out Winter

It’s time for Fashion Week mayhem to ensue in New York. The 2012 Fall collections begin stomping down the runways today and run Feb. 9-16. I’ll be catching some of the shows via the Live Runway You Tube channel. If you want to see a particular designer, find the full schedule of designer showings at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week page. Today we’ll see Nicholas K, BCBG Max Azria and Richard Chai among others. Looking forward to it all!

Fake It Until You Make It

Sure, we’ve still got plenty of winter days ahead of us, but that’s no reason to keep the hopeful colors of spring at bay. I love how these women bring a pop of color to everyday neutrals. It’s one of the best ways to make the transition from winter to spring. For those of us who won’t see real spring weather until April, at least we can fake it for the next six weeks or so.

Photos via Chictopia.com, but check out their fashion blogs at:

  1. Kicky Jane
  2. Kenzay
  3. District of Chic
  4. Martiarti
  5. Bright to Flight
  6. Style Pantry

Have a great day!


Wearing White in a Dirty World


Doo.Ri Spring 2011 via Style.com

It’s a Dirty World

I don’t know about this all-white trend. It makes me nervous just thinking about it. One of the hot trends you’ll be seeing around town, in magazines and on the celebrities for Spring 2011 is wearing white from head-to-toe. For certain, we’ll be seeing even more white jeans and pants than ever before in stores. In theory, I think it’s fresh, airy and a happy departure from the darkness of winter tones, but in reality, no way!

Let’s just imagine all the ways this can go:

  • There’s coffee to spill
  • Dirty cars to rub against
  • Kids to wrangle
  • Something on the chair that you didn’t see
  • Red wine
  • Food in general
  • Newspaper print
  • dogs that jump up because they’re so happy to see you
  • makeup of any kind
  • and oh my god, what is that?!

I love what personal style blogger BEE says about her White Wash look:

I pretty much spent all day trying not to get dirty in this outfit. All white is so chic, but so high maintenance!

BEE from Atlantic-Pacific via Chictopia

She looks fab of course, but I have to agree with her on how high-maintenance white is. Maybe you guys know what you’re doing when it comes to wearing white. Please share the secret, because I am completely befuddled by this. No seriously, please tell me, because I think this might fall under a Random Act of Kindness to me and many, many women out there.

Here’s How I’m Going to Cheat It…Accessories

I’m going to cheat with this whole white is white-hot trend. I’m going to wear a knock-out white shirt and pile on some white accessories and keep everything else subdued, like it doesn’t even exist. My bottom half can take the full brunt of the dirty world, while my top half is like the wing of an angel that dusts off anything impure. I think this will work.

Ideas: Click It

I’m in love with the coral bracelet right above and the blingy bangles. Just stack those puppies up and you’ve got yourself a look. Still it might be wise to throw one of those Shout! stain remover cloths in my bag, because you know, life happens.

Have a good (and mostly clean) day!

Related Posts:

White is White Hot

White Hot – Part 2