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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

Nothing New – Day 28

Plaid + Bomber

Plaid + Bomber

Wearing: Zara bomber jacket / J. Crew plaid shirt / Loft bootcut jeans / Dolce Vita boots / Sundance leather & silver necklace.

Spring outfit, fall outfit. This one could go either way and I’ll probably resurrect it in about 120 days.

The plaid shirt is brushed cotton and so soft. That’s one thing that I’m becoming more picky about, fabrics and how they feel on my skin. It’s like when my kiddo was three years old and would only wear certain socks that didn’t have an “ouchy” seam across the top. I think we had two pairs that were “okay” and this went on for about 6 months. Well, I’m getting to be a little toddler-ish too. Funny how that happens.

What are you particular about?

x Laura

Be picky about who you keep around you. Personalities, words and traits do naturally rub off. — unknown

Nothing New – Days 26 and 27

Skirt + Blouse, Clutch

Skirt + Blouse, Clutch

Wearing: Anthropologie blouse (also Day 14, Day 3), Anthropologie beaded skirt, Naya wedge shoes, Cole Haan strappy clutch, World Market beaded bracelet, white stone necklace (gift).


Skirt + Blouse, Crossbody bag

Wearing: same as top photo except, Michael Michael Kors Fulton crossbody bag.


It’s snowing today! Black + Cardigan, Scarf

Wearing: Eileen Fisher sequin-trimmed cardigan / Fever top / Levi’s Curve ID jeans / Joan & David ankle boots / Zara printed scarf / Loft bracelet / Sundance lotus earrings.

Happy Monday and here’s hoping all the Moms are feeling well-loved and a bit more pampered after yesterday. I know I do! My family made it nice by feeding me comfort food (cinnamon rolls and bacon, yum), encouraging me to take time for myself and then setting up a nice hot bath at the end of the day. I forgot how great a bath can be.

There are two pictures for Day 26 because I wasn’t sure which bag was better with the skirt outfit. Thoughts? Maybe neither, I don’t know. I was kind of stumped. Help needed!

Have a lovely day.

x Laura

Honestly, I don’t have time to hate people who hate me, because I’m too busy loving people who love me. –Anonymous

Tell Me About it, Stud

Here’s a word I’m trying to drop from my blog posts — perfect. As in, this dress would be perfect for a barbeque or these shoes would be perfect for work. There are sooooo many options for what to wear and it all really comes down to what you want to wear, your mood that day, if you are PMSing and feel two sizes bigger, and how far you’re going to be walking. I’m chucking the notion of perfect anything from my blog. Let’s be imperfect, off-beat, quirky, mussed and downright askew.

So Studly

Maybe it’s a backlash to all the statement pieces of jewelry that are popular right now, but I’m putting the spotlight on studs. Such a crazy rabble-rouser, aren’t I? A pop of color that doesn’t weigh down your ear. A simple spark of light that brings attention to your face. An inky black speck for your bad-girl moods. A powerful statement for a big-deal meeting. An unfussy choice for casual days. And…it might be a good Mother’s Day present too.

Options, options

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Pipe Dreams’, $68
  2. House of Harlow 1960 ‘Star’, $55
  3. Dara Ettinger ‘Felicia’ stud, $86
  4. Anthropologie ‘Sprout’ posts, $28
  5. Anthropologie ‘Dalton’ posts, $28

More to see (click any picture):

Does anyone else remember this classic clip from the movie Grease? How fun was that scene?!

If you caught my geeky reference from this scene in the title of today’s post, 10 points for you! Nothing like a bit of ’80s pop culture to keep us alive and kicking (ha, another geeky 80’s song reference). OK, somebody stop me now.


Baroque, Rich and Big

Christian Dior Couture 2009, photo: Style.com

Velvet capes swoosh through back alleys. Stately rings are proffered for a kiss. Lords showcase livery collars and ladies drop golden pendants into their bosom. Bodices heave and swords strike. King Henry VIII is mercurial in politics and passion, as his second wife Queen Anne has just departed with her head. Thus ends the second season of Showtime’s historical drama, The Tudors (2007-2010, but still available via Netflix).

The Tudor and Baroque era costuming and accessories for the series are dazzling. Lucky for us, Baroque styling (beginning around 1600) never really went out of fashion, because the design elements are timeless: swirling gold details, pearls, velvet, rich color, brocade, lace and heavy ornamentation. It’s easy to fall for the lushness of it all. Look at how many bold-name designers have recently shown collections with baroque richness:

Going Big with Accessories

Want to try your hand at the look? Get in a courtly way with some royally big rings and necklaces for yourself. Just yesterday, I came across a picture of Mary-Kate Olsen with an enormous green and gold ring worn on her index finger. She rocked it, of course, as she usually does.

This is a go big or go bigger kind of look. I think it’s worth a try, especially with all the festive parties and events coming in the next couple of months.