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5 Random Things: March 21

The theme for this edition of 5 Random Things is getting more life out of your life. With the days now equal in daylight and darkness, I think it’s a great time to think about balance.

  1. From the Purpose Fairy, 9 Ways to Bring More Life into Your Life. I especially like the tips on how to tame social media habits.
  2. Snacking is a necessary part of the day. Here are 40 Healthy Snacks to Keep at the Office. Or anywhere for that matter.
  3. Ready to embark upon a new venture or try something new? Find out How To Use Self Doubt as Rocket Fuel. It’s actually a good thing — who would have guessed it?!
  4. Maximize your weekend downtime by creating the right flow and boundaries. 10 Steps to a Happier Weekend gives us simple ideas for savoring our time off.
  5. All hail the return of the sneaker! Come down off those heels and relish 10 Ways to Wear Sneakers. Your feet are going to love it and that means a happier you.
Rock Cairn at The Baths, BVI

Rock Cairn at The Baths, BVI

Enjoy the weekend!

x Laura

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Out Like a Lamb

If March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, it’s about time for that lamb to show up, graze around and settle in for spring. In Boulder, weather-wise we are about a month behind other parts of the U.S. As I walk the neighborhood, I see crocus beginning to pop up and spreading their petals out from under light snow. Nearly everyone I run into is giddy about warmer temperatures. So today, I felt drawn toward this street style photo of Helena Bordon at the recent Paris fashion shows in her floral coat. She is a breath of spring incarnate.

Helena Bordon (vogue.co.uk)

Helena Bordon (vogue.co.uk)

Florals are big every spring, but this year’s crop of flowers is more edgy than classic. Designers are taking some of the sweetness out of floral patterns by deconstructing the print, using neon colors, or coating the fabric for high shine. I like looking to the runways to see the mood of what will be coming into stores.  Here are some of my favorites from the Spring 2014 runways.

paul smith spring 2014 floral

Paul Smith Spring 2014

floral J. Crew Spring 2014

J. Crew Spring 2014

floral Kenzo spring 2014

Kenzo Spring 2014

floral Matthew Williamson spring 2014

Matthew Williamson Spring 2014

Oscar de la Renta spring 2014 floral

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014

Ostwald Helgason Spring 2014 floral

Ostwald Helgason Spring 2014

Misha Nonoo Spring 2014 floral

Misha Nonoo Spring 2014

 

There are over 500 looks from Spring 2014 on my Pinterest board. If you like these, it’s a wonderful place to see all the spring trends and find tons of inspiration.

Floral accessories always catch my eye as a great way to add life to your outfit and celebrate the return of warm weather. If you’d like just a taste of floral, these products satisfy the craving.

flower accessories spring 2014

Clockwise from far left: Alexander McQueen floral skull clutch, Anthropologie Blushing Floral Infinity Scarf, Nest Dahlia & Vines fragrance, Lizzie Fortunato Bloom Printed Clutch, Floral Sparkler iPhone case.

Here’s to warmer weather, a lightening of our clothes and mood, and to seeing the colors of spring pop up everywhere.

x Laura

The Goods: From Slush to Blush

spring 2014 runway look

Richard Chai Love – Spring 2014

Fear not, snow blindness has not set in. There may be several more weeks of winter ahead, but soon the white stuff will be in our closet, rather than on our streets. Richard Chai Love sent this dreamy look down the Spring 2014 runway and is an inspiration for today’s post on moto jackets in white, buff, and blush tones. Pair them with trousers, skirts, jeans and over dresses to transition from brrrr to ahhhh.

Moto Jackets from Under $300

spring 2014 moto jackets blush

Clockwise: Ark & Co $98, Betsy Johnson $128, Zara $99, Helmut Lang $295, Circus by Sam Edelman $138.

And I found a few more that are well-priced:

Spring 2014 Moto jackets

Left to Right: French Connection $218, Anthropologie $188, Forever 21 $38.

The blush colors of these leather (and vegan) jackets are less of a tough girl feel and more sophisticated and romantic. It’s hard to believe right now, but we’ll be reaching for these lighter jackets in just a month or so. Sounds good to me!

x Laura

More like this:

Orange Crush

You probably saw this post coming a Mile High away. It’s the most fashionable way to cheer on my home team this weekend in the Super Bowl. Go Broncos!!

Miroslava Duma

poppy delevigne

Who else is watching this weekend, either by force or for fun?

x Laura

The Woman Who Wears It

Mint may be popular, emerald on our radar and graphic B&W is certainly chic, but there’s more than enough room for red in our weekly rotation of colors. All five of these beautiful women are in bold red dresses that could be worn to work, dinner or a weekend party / wedding. I also thought many of these dresses would work for us gals who are 40+. I’m always thinking about how to feature personal style that works for many age groups — not just for younger women.

Lini Trinh

Lini Trinh

Ninja Sovereign

Ninja Sovereign

Style Pantry

Style Pantry

Think Twice Style

Think Twice Style

Waisted Vintage

Waisted Vintage

Be sure to check out these hot ladies at their own blogs. They really know how to bring the pretty. All photos via Chictopia

I’ll post a picture of the red dress I recently wore. It took me from Father’s Day brunch with family, to the airport and on a packed flight home to Denver. I never think to wear a dress on a plane, but it turned out to be so comfortable. More later!

x Laura

Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.

Yves Saint Laurent