Category Archives: Fall 2011

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

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.
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

Eyes Up Top

Anthropologie Quantum Printed Blouse, $88

The party is definitely “upstairs” when you wear one of this year’s essential pieces — the printed top. Kooky, spirited, romantic — there’s a print to please just about everyone. These graphic wonders wake-up a winter cardigan, can be worn loose over a slim-legged pant, and tucked into a skirt or wide-legged pant. I tried out the look last week, because you know, I take my research seriously! Check out my retro-inspired 70’s vibe in the post Mommy & Me.

Working Day-to-Night

I don’t know about you, but I can barely get my head around one part of the day, let alone day-to-night outfits. Now that I’ve road-tested these tops, I really like them for work-to-dinner. They’re graphic, easy-to-wear and can be dressed-up or down. Switch-up the day look by adding a long chain(s) or dramatic earrings and you’ll be ready for Act II.

1. Tucker Smocked Collar Blouse, $264
2. Juicy Couture, Juicy Bow Blouse, $158
3. Winter Kate, Moonbeam Blouse, $285
4.  The Addison Story, Painted Dot Blouse, $202
5.  Rebecca Taylor, Leopard Ruffle Blouse, $275
6. Of Two Minds, Tusa Print Blouse, $274
 

Love ’em, hate ’em or somewhere in the middle? Your feedback really makes this blog better, so fire away. Thanks!

xLaura

Mommy and Me

My daughter does not really care about clothes. As long as it’s comfortable and not ugly (always changing), she puts on whatever is at hand. With two functions to dress up for last week, we both rummaged our closets for clothes. I guided her slightly, because I like to interfere and also because the red sparkle tights would have blinded my eyes. Here’s a visual on how we pulled ourselves together:

Mommy & Me

Flocking To Swan Lake

We were quivering with excitement over seeing Swan Lake, performed by the Colorado Ballet in Denver (so fantastic!) She’s agreed to be my new ballet-buddy, which now lets my husband off the hook for a few years. Check out her colorful ikat dress, next to my menswear-inspired tweed skirt. Style points are definitely awarded to her. My outfit was a bit safe and I think I can be more inventive next time. We had hot cocoa at the Limelight Supper Club before the show and that was a great way to start. All-around, a wonderful day.

Dinner Party

Friends invited us over for a festive dinner for 22 people (with kids included). Everyone pitched-in on cooking and it was a truly fantastic meal. My daughter picked a striped, sweater dress with leggings and I went the 70’s route with wide-leg pants and silky, voluminous top. I love this top, not only because it’s thrifted from local boutique, Common Threads, but because it’s slouchy with a quirky print. Inspired by the 70’s, but not too literal.

Hope you like our Mommy & Me board. We definitely had fun getting girly and going out. Feel free to click through for details/similar items from Gap, Gap Kids, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Gymboree, and Target.