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Violet Femmes

Violaine Bernard

Violaine Bernard (photo: Vanessa Jackman)

Among the color trends popping up for fall, you’ll find beautiful shades of purple, ranging from plum to amethyst. In this shot of Violaine Bernard (fashion director for Velour Magazine), she tops her pretty violet pants with a light camel vest. It’s a wonderful concept for office wear (I would throw a cami on underneath, but you know, I’m not French). It looks polished and modern, with a kick of personality.

Swiss designer Akris showed this amazing deep amethyst coat for F/W 2012 and it is just gorgeous. This color really shines next to black.

Akris, F/W 2012 via Style.com

Put some purple on yourself with these pretty options. Play with just a touch in an accessory, more with a top or pant, or a bigger statement with a lush coat.

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If you’re not a purple-loving gal, don’t worry. There are other rich colors that will be big this fall too.
More to come!
x Laura

Working It Out


(photo: clubcorp)

Hello to summer, warm nights, sandals and oh my hell, what’s all that soft flesh doing on my body??! There’s something unsettling about those first weeks of diving into a summer wardrobe. It’s equal parts delight and horror.

As inspiration for keeping up with my latest workout add-on (the Tracy Anderson Method Mat ), I wanted to check out some new workout gear. I’ll let you know what I think of it after a month or so. I’m only in my first week.

Glow or Sweat?

This tummy-friendly Lululemon tank top will hide the burrito I had for lunch, and then shazaam, check out the sexy-sexy back:

Lululemon No Limits Tank

Lululemon No Limits Tank, $64 (more colors)

Love the T-back with built-in sports bra showing.

Sometimes I feel all ninja and wear black from head-to-toe, but most days my fellow yoga mates and I wear color. This purple Athleta tank has cooling mesh, built-in support and a pretty design, plus good coverage up top.

work out gear Athleta Criterium Top

Athleta Criterium Top, $59 (also in black)

After a booty-kicking workout, I do feel like a total goddess for at least an hour (endorphins?) This soft lotus blossom Prana tee is a nice throw-on after class, but also works for hikes, climbs and biking around town too.

Prana Goddess T-shirt yoga

Prana Goddess Tee, $55 (also in grey)

Then BAM, I’m going to put on these super sweet kicks and fly through the rest of my day. These Nike Air Force 1 court shoes make me want to play.

Nike Air Force 1 Low Lightweight court shoe

Nike Air Force 1 Low Lightweight, $90

Do you ever do a workout and think, ‘I must have burned a gazillion calories with that bad boy.’ Well, at least with this Nike+ Fuel Band you’ll know for sure. It tracks all activity, not just steps. I’m liking this idea for Father’s Day too, if you’ve got a fitness hound in your family.

Nike Fitness Fuel Band

Nike+ Fuel Band, $149

I find that fitness after 40 is a constant commitment. For me, it’s worth the effort because I want to keep up with my kiddo, stay flexible, nimble and strong. I see people in their 50s, 60s, 70s+ in my home town of Boulder, that look very healthy, fit and younger than their years. It inspires me to keep it up for the long haul.

What kind of workout are you doing this month? What keeps you motivated?

x Laura

The Goods: New Spring Accessories

This week’s hunt for the best of what’s new in stores brought a lot of accessories. Spring footwear and bags are trickling into stores, so if you find one you love, grab it now, because they probably won’t last long. Everyone is dying to break free from winter boots and switch their dark-toned bags for a lighter one.

  1. Zara Ethnic Messenger Bag, $159 via Zara
  2. Splendid ‘Perfect Sling Back’ Sandal, $120 via Shopbop
  3. Kate Spade ‘Bar None Huggies’ Earrings, $58 via Piperlime
  4. Elliott Lucca Colorblock Zip-Around Wallet, $88 via Nordstrom
  5. B Brian Atwood ‘Dakoda’ Platform Wedge, $350 via Shopbop
  6. Timex Originals Easy Reader, $65 via Piperlime
  7. Rachel Zoe ‘Gladys’ Sandal, $235 via Shopbop
  8. Miansai Rope Bracelet, $68 via J. Crew

And something adorable for the little girls in your life. This spring green, polka dot dress is cute enough for everyday, but also special enough for dress up. Check out those bows on the neckline. Cute, right?!

Zara Polka Dot Dress with Bows, $39

Enjoy the weekend!


Drool-worthy Evening Shoes

Got someplace to go this month that calls for a high-drama shoe? I hope you do, because here are 13 gorgeous high (and low) heeled shoes that will keep your spirits bright.

  1. Jimmy Choo Lace Pumps, $626 (on sale)
  2. ZARA Glitter Sandal, $89
  3. DKNY Metallic Snake Pump, $195
  4. ZARA Deco Slingback, $129
  5. ZARA Peep-toe w/ Gilded Flower, $89

Can you tell that I’ve got a soft-spot for ZARA shoes this month? The glitter sandals, flower peep-toes and deco slingbacks are all right on the money. But hold on, there are 8 more dress-worthy and drool-worthy shoes to lust after. What’s your pleasure: vibrant blue, va-va-voom red, pretty glitter or ladylike lace?

Most of these evening stunners are under $200, except for a few (ahem, Jimmy Choo). And, if you’re a Valentino fan, check out the Dune lace pumps with bow. They’re similar to the Valentino Couture Lace Platform, but waaay more wallet-friendly. Also, I’m intrigued by Ivanka Trump’s shoe line (above, the blue and black platform and also the blue pump w/ bow). That gal can style a shoe! Click on any pair for more info.

What kind of shoes are you looking for this month? If you’ve already got them, tell me all about them (and your outfit too, of course).


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A Little More Action

He Had Me At Slip-ons

It’s my personal opinion that a guy in a great pair of shoes is much more likely to get some action, than a guy who doesn’t care about his shoes. Am I right or wrong? Picture your guy (or any cute guy you know) in a pair of beat-up tennis shoes…..ok. Now, picture him in a better pair of shoes…….how was that? Did anything change for you? Amen!

When I saw these Rivieras, I thought to myself, ‘well that’s a nice upgrade from a pair of flip-flops’ and they’re only $69. It’s the kind of thing that could take a pair of khakis and linen shirt to the next level. Plus, they’re lined in terry cloth and doesn’t that just sound heavenly! Saw them at Mr. Porter, which is a drool-worthy, online retailer of designer menswear and offshoot of Net-a-porter.com.

Spring Cleaning

I’ve been posting a bit less lately, but I haven’t been lazy. I got the spring cleaning bug about three weeks ago and got my rear in gear with Spring Cleaning Short-cuts from RealSimple. It’s got everything from windows, to carpet, to curtains, to mattresses and definitely worth a look if you’re contemplating putting on the rubber gloves on this weekend.

I also spruced up the blog with a new theme, an updated Reading section, reformatted Fashion Bookshelf and even added a section for Eating. A girl’s got to eat and I love to cook, so I shared my first recipe of Rustic Potato and Greens Pie, which also happens to be vegetarian. Hope you’ll click-through and check out what I’ve been up to.

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Also, Join me in the Goodreads 2011 Book Challenge.

I’ve committed to reading 24 books this year. How many can you read in a year?? Feel free to join in, we’d love to have you along!

2011 Reading Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge
Buckle Button Zip has read 3 books toward a goal of 24 books.