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Made the Trees Rustle

Made the Trees Rustle

It’s not this cold yet (thankfully), but as the leaves shake and drift from the trees, we know that it’s coming. Inspired by winter trees, this frosty vignette features many ‘Just Arrived’ pieces with opposites-attract style pairings.

  • Minimalist black & white top + ornate Bohemian accessories
  • Country cozy knit sweater + Ladylike structured handbag
  • Rocker print top + DIY-esque colorful scarf (with coordinated nails)

Which one do you gravitate toward?

For shoppers: The tri-colored structured handbag is only $98 and is looking significantly more expensive than that, don’t you think? Most items are less than $400 and click-able if you’re looking for more info.

x Laura

The Skinny on Stripes

You can hardly step into any store these days without being wooed by darling, sailorly stripes. They beckon to you and whisper in your ear, “you’ll look so gamine, so French, like a woman with that je ne c’est quoi…” and then you slip it on and just feel…wide. Well, of course you do, these are horizontal stripes on your body. Why oh why, are trends so cruel?!

Pfffts! (as a French girl might say), but you just have to find zee right stripe. You know, the one that is sweet, but still shows your lovely curves. And so, the hunt was on for the right kind of stripe. The one that tapers, is vertical, and mixes it up to create the illusion of curves where we want them. Eh, voila — the low-fat, skinny stripe has been spotted and culled.

Note: Most of the items in this Polyvore set are under $100, except for the Paul Green clutch, which is $300+. Woohoo for the great prices!

Not content to stop there, I couldn’t resist the another chic way to wear stripes…on your arm. Pair any one of these sassy striped totes or handbags with your spring/summer basics and you can hop on the trend that way.

These are seriously cute bags for all occasions: totes for the beach, clutches for a wedding (hello, little Kate Spade flower clutch, come sit next to me) and others for day. Click on any bag for more info.

Are you already working stripes into your mix? How are you doing it? Bravo, to you if you’ve already figured this out. I guess my French needed a little bit of work!

Check out more of my Polyvore Sets:

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Maxi Skirt Cool

Better Off Red

Bloomin’ Yellow


In My Garden (photo: Buckle Button Zip)

Inspired by the budding yellow daffodils in my garden this morning and the bright colors that are a signature trend for Spring 2011, let’s take a look at some sunny options that are ready for show right now:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Slim Wallet

Longchamp 'Darshan Flowers - Small' Tote

Anthropologie Creased Swirls Corset Top

Kenneth Cole Reaction "Shine Through"

West Elm Modernist Bowl

Modcloth Canary Your Things Mug

I’ll take one of each please!

Ending the post with some lovely words that came on the end of my tea bag:

I am beautiful,

I am bountiful,

I am blissful.

Cross your heart

Photo: KristaniA via Chictopia

New York Fashion Week starts today and I can’t wait to see what’s rolling out on the runway for Spring 2011. If you’re interested, you can see the Fashion Week calendar for who’s showing when and also see the collections at Style.com.

Back here in the land of fall fashion choices, you can’t go wrong with a crossbody bag these days. You can pick a small one or a big one depending on your need and you’ll be hands-free, which in and of itself is a liberating notion. Think of it, one hand can be on your phone (of course) and the other can be doing God knows what…making mischief, holding someone’s hand, looking for keys, riding a bike, squeezing fruit or holding your latte (of course). I mean the possibilities are endless, which is why I think you’ll like having one. Some of the styles shown harken to a 70s vibe, while others go sleek or even rocker. There’s something here for everyone and I’d pair these looks with military, aviator, layered knits or something laid-back.

Click on any bag to see more info.

Have a great one!

Taking Stock

In my closet, Apepazza Savia bootie

The stack of September fashion issues next to my nightstand is knee-high (literally). The glorious photo shoots, items to lust for, and designer collaborations in store for us in the coming months are all there in the pages, ripe for the plucking. I waited and waited for Vogue to finally make its way to the newsstand, and I have to say, I was completely underwhelmed by the issue. It felt like one big promo for NY Fashion Night Out. Blahh, that really blows. The trend reports and editorials left me flat. Ah, well, and so it goes. Skip the Vogue this year and grab the Harper’s Bazaar instead, it’s soooo much better.

So, last week I decided to take stock of my closet and see what I have that can make the jump to fall 2010. With the big trends in my mind and a few tear-outs from my magazine stack, I dove into the beast, to see what I could pull together. Hardly anyone has the means to buy a whole new fall wardrobe every year and I’m certainly no exception, but most of us own a few key items that will work in any new season. Here’s what to look for if you’re rummaging around your own closet:

  • color: camel, red, purples, blue, gray and gold
  • kitten heels
  • tailored suit
  • menswear vest
  • double-breasted or menswear coat
  • lady-like blouses
  • lace
  • 60s inspired dresses & skirts
  • denim shirt
  • motorcycle boots
  • oversized parka or anorak (bonus if it’s in olive or khaki)
  • chunky knits & fair isle patterns
  • faux fur or shearling
  • lace-up boots
  • cross-body bag
  • lady-like handbag
  • leopard and lizard
  • draped tops & dresses
  • Pendant necklaces, statement jewelry
  • Loafers, brogues and tassel detailing

I found a decent amount of things to build on in my own closet: a camel suede coat, red blazer, red scarf, menswear pant & skirt, two lace tops, a flowing maxi skirt, a pair of black suede booties, and a peep-toe ankle boot in nude. It’s a decent start and now I can work on The List of Desires and Wants and be on the lookout for deals as I fill in the holes. Top of list will be a pair of black, slim crops and some leopard-print flats (click any image below to see more).

I’m heading over to a friend’s house next week to help her sort through her closet for this fall. Should be fun!

Harper’s Bazaar gives their list of what to Buy, Keep & Store in this month’s issue as you contemplate your options:

BUY: Ladylike handbags, Kitten Heels and Pendant Charms

KEEP: Messenger bags, Wedges & Heavy Metal accessories

STORE: Long Clutches, Heeled Sneakers and Bib Necklaces.

Last but not least, I’m always on the look-out for great jeans that fit a curvy body. I found some for you (and me)…

Levi's Curve ID jeans, $59

Important Curvy Girl Public Service Announcement: if you’re looking for a pair of jeans and have a curvy body (pants fits your hips, but gap at the waist), check out Levi’s new Curve ID jeans. They really do fit curves and come in skinny, bootleg or straight legs styles, starting at $59. Levi’s claim that these jeans fit 80% of women. Um, wow, that’s really saying something…but, they did fit me and I’m very hard to fit when it comes to jeans, so I’m a believer. If that doesn’t work for you, give me a shout, ‘cuz I’ve got another go-to option for you.