Category Archives: fall 2010

In Agreement

It’s nice when the all-powerful Vogue and I have a meeting of the minds. Makes me feel like I’m not off my rocker by too much. Recently, I did a post on Retro Glamour and featured this hot little red dress by BB Dakota via online retailer Turns out it landed on Vogue’s 100 Under $100 list featured on site this week. There’s much to covet in this Vogue list, all for under $100, featuring trend items in tweed/plaids, retro, rocker girl, global traveler, country weekend, clean chic (minimalism) and the twenties. Some of the items make great gift ideas and hostess gifts too.

Another fantastic item I came across this week is from the Wall Street Journal of all places. They have a weekend section called Off Duty and some genius created a heritage-hipster matrix that was seriously great. Guys, you can break out your Sorrels and L.L. Bean jackets with some confidence that you’ll be right in style. Click the image for a blown-up version. Sorry I couldn’t make it bigger on the blog. It’s worth the click-through.

WSJ Off Duty

Local Scene: Denver

Last night we had the pleasure of dining at Venue Bistro in the heart of the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. This restaurant is a true local gem that has garnered well-deserved attention and awards from the local media. They debuted their new autumn menu last night and we gobbled down squash soup, shrimp and grits, braised short-ribs and pan-seared chicken. If you go, you absolutely must save room for the White Carrot cake and Squash Custard. Not your typical ingredients for dessert, but they were both heaven on a plate and we scraped the dishes clean. Venue Bistro also won the 2010 Dinners Choice Award by Well deserved in my opinion.

If you go:

Venue Bistro

3609 W. 32nd Ave.

Denver, CO 80211

Reservations: 303-477-0477

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Dressing Thinner this Winter

Anyone want to look 10 pounds thinner this winter?? It’s one thing to actually lose ten pounds, but another thing entirely to just dress thinner. One of the biggest, pound-adding culprits is our winter coats. Many of us wear a winter coat from October to April and it’s often the only thing people see us in. Some of the worst offenders are puffer coats, coats with lots of detailing (in all the wrong places), pattered coats and boxy coats. Other fattening coats include ones that end at the waist (highlighting your hips and bottom), those that are too long (past the knee) and any coat that pulls or is too tight across your body. Staying warm is all about layering, not about buying a huge, ginormous coat.

After reading Charla Krups’ book, How To Never Look Fat Again, I’ve taken a bit of what she advises to help you look ten pounds thinner. So, what is the right kind of coat? Your objective is to fit the smallest parts of your body and your largest parts at the same time. The coat should give you a womanly shape by nipping-in at your most flattering areas and skimming over your problem areas. No coat should go past your knees. I’m going to break it out into body types, since we each have our own special areas of concern:

Flattering to Apple-shapes (wider in the middle)

  • Tailored Menswear-inspired: elongates with narrow lapels and open neck
  • Lady-like coat: princess seams slim through rib cage and flare over middle
  • Empire waist: fits the smallest part of your torso
  • Swing coat: fits up top, then opens up with space over middle
  • In general, create a middle by fitting the smallest part of your torso.

Flattering to Pear-shapes (wider at hips and thighs)

  • Lady-like coat: skims over hips without bulk
  • Retro coat: Usually cut A-line or straight with fancy collars or buttons. All the attention is up top.
  • Pea coat: Balances out the bottom half by bringing some bulk up top. Make sure it hits at your hips and not higher.
  • In general, look for coats that hit at mid-hip or lower. Skip bulky hip pockets, long puffer coats or plaid.

Flattering to Busty women

  • Sculpted coats: with dramatic contours like cocoon or dolman shapes are good. Not great for busty petites though, because it will overwhelm you.
  • Cape coats: skims over large chests, arms and backs.
  • In general, look for coats that skim over your bustline. No pulling or big buttons that call attention to this area.

Flattering to Plus-size women

  • Cape coats: skims over a larger top half. Play up legs with darker neutral pants/skirt and same tone boots. Some have belts in front only for waist detail, leaving the back smooth and unfettered.
  • Swing coats: fitted at shoulders and then cuts a triangular shape over the middle. Great for hiding that middle area.
  • In general, look for coats in dark neutrals with collar drama

The trick with coats, as with any dressing, is to highlight the positives and downplay the negatives. Don’t choose a coat with epaulets, if you have wide shoulders. Similarly if you have wide hips, don’t pick a coat with puffy pockets that add bulk to that area. Do choose coats in deep tones other than black, such as browns, plums, navy, grays, deep greens and reds. Know that lighter-colored coats add visual weight.

Charla Krupp also advises that we all need four coats to get us through the winter with panache:

  1. a tailored black coat for the office
  2. a solid-colored coat with jeans
  3. a glamorous cocktail coat
  4. a faux fur coat for evening wear

Hope this helps you feel like a million bucks as you prepare for winter this year. If you’ve got any all-wrong coats in your closet, take them to a coat drive in your area. It just might be the perfect coat for someone else.


Related Items:

Refinery 29‘s piece on Awesome Fall Coats

Sailing along

The past week has been chock full of inspiration and surprises. First, while clicking around to various street style sites from around the world, I found so many beautiful photo portraits of interesting people. I am struck by the confidence, artfulness and individuality of how people dress themselves. I find true street style so much more fascinating that any fashion editorial. Here are some recent finds:

Seattle (photo: 21eme Arrondissement)

London (photo: Cafe Mode)

New York (photo: Swagger New York)

New York (photo: Advanced Style)

Tel Aviv (photo: Streets Walker)

Another drop of inspiration came in my red Netflix envelope this week. Our Netflix queue is a jumble of genres, probably a lot like yours. We watch box-office biggies, documentaries, foreign films, romantic comedies, sci-fi, kids movies and dramas. A few months ago, my dad recommended a fantastic documentary called 180° South. It’s the story of Jeff Johnson, a surfer and climber, who retraces the 1968 epic journey to Patagonia of two of his longtime heros, Yvon Chouinard (founder of clothing company Patagonia) and Doug Tompkins (co-founder of The North Face). Jeff, while looking for perfect surfing conditions through South America and Easter Island, meets up with Yvon and Doug to talk about life, money and success and ends up attempting to summit Cerro Corcovado with the pair. The film has a bit of everything: humor, sport, catastrophe, reflection, wisdom and altruism.

In renting that film, another recommended film popped on my screen, Morning Light. This is the one we watched this weekend and it was fantastic. It’s the true story of a team of young, inexperienced sailors who get the opportunity to sail in the 2300 mile Transpac race from Long Beach, CA to Diamond Head, HI. A team of 15 people are given the chance to train for 6 months before heading out into the open water by themselves to compete in one of the toughest sailing races on the planet. This is a movie about young people who are competing for a chance to live a dream and what is so striking is that they treat each other with heart, respect and a sense of class that is not often shown today. The drama is in the race, the unforgiving ocean, the learning and the obstacles, not in people being mean to each other. So, so, so refreshing!

Lastly, I ended up going to see the Moore In the Gardens sculpture exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens this past weekend. Much to my surprise, the gardens were still lovely with so many blooms and gorgeous native grasses waving in the breeze. I kept exclaiming, “Glorious!” to which my daughter said, “Mom, I’ve never heard you say the word glorious before and now you’ve said it ten times!” I let her set the course for the winding tour and discover the many paths, archways and hidden nooks among the beautiful grounds. We both had an outstanding time. The exhibit runs through January 31, 2011.

Henry Moore sculpture at Denver Botanic Gardens

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Hope you have a glorious day! — Laura

Two Things

We all get obsessed about things. Sometimes it’s a particular food you have a craving for, a color of paint that must be painted on your walls immediately, a far-away place that’s calling like a siren’s song to you or when it comes to fashion, the obsession for a certain item. I’ve been trying to shake two of my obsessions for weeks and still here they are. I’m hopeful that by sharing them, I’ll be able to get them out of my head. I’ll apologize in advance if you start thinking about them too. It’s a lot like when people plug a song into your head and you can’t shake it all day. That happened to me for three days last January and it was maddening.

Thing 1: a Shearling Coat:

I hear that editors and fashion darlings are falling all over themselves to get one of the coveted Burberry shearling coats this fall and for the $3000 that it will cost them to get one, I say go right ahead and knock yourself out. Me…I’m hunting for one that falls in a much lower price range.

Inspiration: Burburry Prorsum shearling coat

These jackets are priced between $198 – $795. Just click an image for more info:

Thing 2: a Faux Fur Vest

I’ve tried to put this one out of my head, but I am completely seduced by the bohemian, uptown feel of a faux fur vest. I put one on the other day and felt a Rachel Zoe moment happening right there in the store. Now if only I had some vintage Chanel jewelry and over-sized sunnies, the look would have been complete.

Inspiration: Rachel Zoe

Click any vest for more info.

Now if Thing 1 & Thing 2 had a Sporty Love Child, it would be this reversible shearling puffer vest. It’s a two-in-one coat and that makes me very happy, plus this is the kind of thing you can just throw on and be done with it. No-fuss, no-muss.

Adam Reversible Puffer Vest

Thanks for that bit of therapy today. My head feels better already.

–Buckle Button Zip

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Street Style: Men’s Fall List

Military inspired (photo: Tommy Ton for GQ)

Guys, I have not forgotten about you. I have deep love for you and have finally gotten my act together to post about fall fashion 2010 for men. Did you see the sweet men’s style magazine with Stephan Dorff on the cover, that the New York Times had this past Sunday? It was chock full of great looks with insanely-priced options (why do they always do that?) The good news for men is that, many of the spring looks you’ve already been working into your closet, will continue to be strong for fall. The plaid shirts, military jacket and oxfords you’ve already got, will continue to be on-trend. Now, you just need a few things, like a great coat and some lace-up boots to get started on the fall/winter season.

Working the 3-piece suit (photo: Tommy Ton for GQ)

Here’s what to wear for Fall 2010:

  • Military-inspired looks: jackets, cargo pants, desert boots & lace-up boots
  • 3-piece suits
  • leather biker jackets
  • aviator jackets
  • dark khakis: browns, gray, navy
  • tonal dressing: shades of gray, camel, blue, brown through the whole outfit
  • blue-collar plaid: coats, shirts & ties (but not together, right?!)
  • toggle coats
  • double-breasted coats
  • shoes: lace-up boots, brougues, desert boots

Travis of with lace-up boots (photo: GQ)

Adrian Grenier in tonal blues (photo:

Here are a few ideas to get you started. Just click any picture for more info and pricing:

Plaid + dark khakis + desert boots
True Religion, INC International Concepts
Coats: toggle, aviator, double-breasted
Lands' End Canvas, Diesel, Theory, Forzieri
Plaid jacket + boots
Dr. Martens, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sebago, Sean John

I’m open to feedback, so let me know if you want to see more of a particular look or a specific type of clothes.
You’re going to rock these looks!