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Effortless

Photo: Stockholm Streetstyle, Madelene de la Motte

This look pretty much sums up how I’d like to go through life. Effortless. Chic. Bit of Pizzazz. Model-Tall. This neutral combo with a healthy punch of green is picture perfect in my book.

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Natasha Bag (Netaporter.com, $370)
  2. ASOS Leather Saddle Bag (Asos.com, $53)
  3. Anthropologie Bold Strokes Satchel (Anthropologie.com, $198)

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!

xLaura

Recipe: Game Day Chili

Here’s a chili recipe that you don’t have to slave over for hours. It’s quick enough to make during a week night and substantial enough to feed hungry Game Day appetites on the weekend. It has a hearty, rich flavor that can be kicked-up a notch or toned-down for kids. You could try using ground beef, bison, turkey, or soy-crumbles, whatever you like, and it’s all good (I’ve done them all). The picture above is with bison meat and it’s one of my favorites. We also like to serve it over rice (brown or white — it doesn’t matter). It’s a very forgiving chili recipe — you can hardly go wrong.

Click the link for the full recipe of Quick & Easy Chili.

Buckle Button Zip is Turning Two!

Photo: Stockholm Streetstyle

Thanks to everyone who’s been with me from the start and to all those who have joined in along the way. I love doing this blog and I love doing it with you guys. Thanks for all your kindness, feedback, fashion musings and friendship. I had no idea when I started Buckle Button Zip two years ago, how much it would mean to me. Want to see something funny?! Here are my first 3 posts:

  1. Playing Dress-Up
  2. Small Doses
  3. Going Higher

Ahh, just getting my feet wet back then.

Thanks for all your support. Let’s keep this style party going!

xLaura

Model Off-Duty: Printed Dress

photo: Stockholm Streetstyle

Here’s an off-duty model look that we can adopt for our own. It’s actually quite forgiving with the blousey shape, belted-waist and 3/4 sleeve. On me (at 5’5″) it might even reach my knees! And if not, I’d put on dark tights in a heartbeat. This throw-on dress has a bit of edge, a rich autumn color print and a pop of burgundy in the shoe. Gorgeous, off-duty Russian model, Kate Kosushkina, adds a metallic belt for a hint of gleam. For cold-weather, add a leather jacket or faux fur vest.

Look What I Found:

Cynthia Steffe dress

Charles David mary jane pump

1. Cynthia Steffe Dot Dress, $103 at lord&taylor.com

2. Charles David pump, $184 at piperlime.com

3. Sofft Rieta pump, lower heel option, $109 at zappos.com

Seeing this burgundy shoe makes me wish I had more of this color in my closet. Do you wear burgundy accessories?

xLaura

Starting the Spark

photo: Stockholm Streetstyle, Ella

In paying attention to Spring 2012 Fashion Week, I’ve been scanning collections and nodding my head approvingly of some and shaking it in confusion at others. Of course, I’m very interested in a designer’s collection as a whole, but I’m also very interested in the inspiration behind it. For instance, Michael Kors‘ collection was sparked by Africa, Erdem thought of Cecile, from Françoise Sagan’s melancholic novel Bonjour Tristesse, and Narciso Rodriguez‘s starting point was contemporary Korean artist, Kim Joon. The artistic beginnings for each of their collections, were the fully-realized artistic expressions of others (including Mother Nature). In other words, one completed form of beauty, can be the launch of another’s journey toward expressing themselves.

[Click on the designer's name to see their runway show and influences in action.]

photo: Stockholm Streetstyle, Beata

Switching from the runway muses to the street, there are countless inspirations in streetstyle photos. It’s a way to people-watch virtually and catch a glimpse of a stranger dressed for the day. We don’t know who they are or where they are going, but just see that person in a fully-expressed form of self-beauty for that moment. Perhaps it spurs a thought for our own outfits, hairstyle or way to accessorize. Perhaps it’s a reminder that dressing can be an act of rebellion, fantasy, or showing off our other side for the day (we’ve all got that other side, be it ultra-feminine, sporty, glam, preppy, etc.) Whatever it is, it can be a jumping-off point for our own creative ideas.

These pictures were chosen, because they feel like they are coming from a place of true self-expression (and not styled for the red carpet or an editorial).

Photo: Stockholm Streetstyle, Julia Sarr-Jamois

Photo: Stockholm Streetstyle, Lina

Photo: Stockholm Streetstyle, Emma

We are all creative beings. Some of the people who read this blog are writers, artists, entrepreneurs, DIY’ers, parents, bloggers, photographers, designers, philanthropists, gardeners, foodies, athletes, etc. It doesn’t matter what you’re into, but it does matter what you think is worthwhile:

What has inspired you in the last week, month or year? What juices you up? What is influencing you right now?

By sharing influences we can broaden our world and perhaps spark another. Here’s what I’m thinking about:

  • the documentary Forks over Knives (can stream it on Netflix). The information is so powerful, that it made my mouth…fall…right…open. Watch the trailer and you’ll get the gist.
  • an article on the artist/writer/heiress, Daphne Guinness, who’s eclectic style is legendary. Her quote that there’s an increasing “…blandness that’s spread across the world,” has really stuck with me. Read more at The Daily Beast.

These are the seeds that I’m noodling on. What are yours?

xLaura

p.s. If there’s a topic you want to hear about, let me know, ‘cuz I care.

p.p.s. The music they played at Erdem was from the 2000 movie “In The Mood For Love”. It’s quite beautiful, haunting and lonely — take a moment to listen.

p.p.p.s Thanks Jeri, for nudging me! xx

Zig or Zag

Photo: Stockhom Street Style, model Dewi Driegen

When we first saw the color red re-emerge as an “it color” over a year ago, in the Fall/Winter 2010 collections, it made a big impact on the runways. Now, here we are in summer 2011 and it still looks as fresh and chic as ever, especially paired with the other “it color” beige. You’ve probably noticed red skinny jeans making a huge splash this spring, either on the street or in editorials. They sure do make you stop and stare (in a good way). Just look at model, Dewi Driegen in her skinny red jeans. Hot, hot, hot. If that’s not your cup of tea, what about trying a flirty skirt, a la Giovanna Battaglia, a fire-engine red handbag like Audrey or a summer-weight blazer. The lipstick shade of red brings a spotlight to wherever you put it, so be prepared for some attention.

Photo: Stockholm Street Style - Giovanna Battaglia

Photo: Stockholm Street Style - Audrey

Photo: Stockholm Street Style

If you’re the kind of woman to ZIG, when other women ZAG, then this picture of Elisa Nalin will win your heart over. She is decidedly wearing green and looks smashing doing so (and those deep purple shoes are soooo cool).

Photo: Stockholm Street Style - Elisa Nalin

Pull out your red (or green) and inspire a little heat of your own this week!

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