Category Archives: Shoes

Summer Style in Amsterdam

One of the best parts about traveling is getting a glimpse of the local culture and appreciating a city for its own personality. We spent four days in Amsterdam and oh my, I’m in love with another city. Not only is the city downright captivating, but the people are really very nice. We managed to avoid getting run over by bikes, scooters and trams, which is harder than it sounds — they are zooming from all directions. I’m glad the Dutch have figured out their traffic patterns. There seems to be a method to their madness.

In the morning, I’d grab a cup of coffee, sit out on the front stoop of our hotel and watch the bikers heading to work. It’s a parade of chic women in dresses and skirts with one hand on the bike and the other fiddling with a phone, coffee, bag, etc. The most popular look for summer is a short, white dress with lacy cutouts. I must have seen handful of variations every day, which was a smart way to handle the heatwave and still look very breezy and put together. This photo of Annabelle Fleur (who’s based in California) has captured the European look perfectly.

Annabelle Fleur of VivaLuxury.blogspot.com

Sandals ranged from the on-trend Birkenstock Arizona to spare sandals with metallic accents, like these from Vince Camuto. I was completely at home and happy in my new-ish Sofft ‘Breeze’ gladiator sandals in black. I comfortably walked miles in them and they were stylish enough for this chic city. White sneakers are definitely in, but not the clunky athletic kind, more of a paired-down sleek style (like above). The Amsterdamers infuse sensuality into all of their outfits with either short hemlines, bare backs with interesting straps, sheer tops over cute bras, or low-cut tops. It’s not at all tarty, just confidently sexy.

We also made stops in Berlin and Reykjavik, cities which had their own personalities and style. I’ll need to do a separate post for them. I’ve come to believe that there is no one-style-that-fits-all. What is perfectly stylish in one place, doesn’t feel quite right in another. The fashion industry may say, ‘this is in or that is in’, but each city puts their own spin on what is current. It’s fun to try and guess where people are from based on their style alone and makes waiting in line at the airport a bit more tolerable.

Hope your summer is going well!

x Laura

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Slick Silver

MetallicSpring

First off, Happy New Year!

For one, I’m glad to put last year to bed, and be off and running on a new year. I’m still formulating my personal vision for 2015, but with irons already in the fire, I’m looking forward to it. While 2014 was mostly good, there were more surprises than I’ve had in a while and not the fun kind. I guess some years are like that and all in all, we are happy, healthy and wiser.

As for fresh starts, I wanted to show something besides winter white or cozy sweaters, even though I’m a big fan of those looks. When I saw this metallic shoe punctuating her everyday outfit, it seemed right. Right for winter doldrums and right for ushering in softer spring looks (whenever that will be).

So….I went and found some cool options for pretty silver metallic shoes:

Prada pointy toe leather pump, $650

Sophia Webster ‘Izzy’ holographic leather shoe, $210

Seychelles ‘Majestic’ d’Orsay pump, $109

 

 

Tamara Mellon ‘Addiction’ pump, $238

I’ve never worn a metallic shoe like these, but think I’d really dig it. Do you remember these insane Alexander Wang metallic loafers? Wish I had a pair right now…

Enjoy the day!

x Laura

My Trusty Six

Fall Snow (Douglas Cushnie via Flickr)

Winter plopped down this week like a sledgehammer. I’ve lived in Colorado for over 40 years and on the one hand, nothing surprises me weather-wise, but on the other hand, this was a buzz kill even for me. Getting dressed today had me diving into the dark corner of my closet to unearth my snow boots, so I could take Jackson for a walk, while the temps were still in the teens. I think it’s sliding into single digits tonight. Good grief.

Living through countless winters of ice, snow and freezing temps, I’m here to share the tried-and-true boots that carry me through an entire winter. I recently added the Moto Boots from the Nordstom Half-Yearly Sale to make up my indispensable six, and I love them.

The Moto Boot / Waterproof / Wear with Jeans, Leggings

Aquatalia by Marvin K ‘Sweetie’ short boot

The Tall Boot / Wear with Skirts, Jeans / Dress-up or Down

Ugg “Darcie’ boot, with adjustable calf buckle

The Active Boot / Waterproof / Sledding, After-Ski, Dog Walking, Kid Toting

Sorel ‘Joan of Arctic’ Knit boot

Rugged & Mountain-y / Weatherproof / Casual, Weekend, Mountain Girl

Bos. & Co ‘Outercity’

Short Boot / Waterproof Suede, Non-Slip bottom / Dressy, Great City Boot

Aquatalia ‘Famous’ bootie

Ankle Boot / Waterproof, Non-Slip bottom/ Dressy, Date-Nights

Aquatalia ‘Ruby’ bootie

As you can tell, I’m a huge fan of waterproof options. I love suede and hate the idea of ruining it in wet weather. Aquatalia makes gorgeous suede in flexible, cushioned, weather-proof options and I always get mine during a Nordstrom Sale, even if it’s the middle of July. These six boots are my BFFs all winter long and what I’ll be reaching for day-in and day-out over the next few months.

How many winter boots do you have? Which ones are your winter BFFs?

x Laura

 “My 30th birthday will be arriving in a few months. It’s not arriving unexpectedly, I just wish it would have given me more of an advance notice, say another 30 years.”   — Jarod Kintz

Nothing New – Day 30!

Little Black Dress + Boho

Little Black Dress + Boho

Wearing: Maeve Liban Shawl Dress (Anthropologie) / Nine West beaded thong sandal /  World Market blue-green wooden bead necklace / Loft silver bangle / White House | Black Market silver bow belt.

Here it is — the last day of my Nothing New project! Thirty days of options from what I already had in the closet. So for the last day, I had to wear my little black dress, right?! I took this dress on our last trip (Postcard: Las Vegas) and wore with heels, evening clutch and the whole 9-yards. Today, I wanted to wear it how I would this summer: with boho sandals, a chunky necklace and silver accents. It fits well with the bohemian flair of Boulder and yet is classic enough to wear in any town.

I learned a lot from this project, which I’ll share in another post. Hopefully, my thoughts can be helpful to you too, as you face your closet everyday. A huge thanks to everyone who stuck with me through 30 days of just my clothes and my face on the blog everyday. Jackson (my dog) would have loved to be in the last photo, but he is busy at doggie daycare today, getting wet, dirty and having a ball.

Thanks again for being so supportive the last 30 days. You guys are the best!

x Laura

“What day is it?” asked Pooh.

“It’s today.” squeaked Piglet.

“My favorite day!” said Pooh

Nothing New – Day 29

Floral print + Oxfords

Floral print + Oxfords

Wearing: Maeve floral print (Anthropologie) / BP oxfords (also on Day 13) / mixed metal and blue glass bracelets (gifts) / belt (came with a different dress).

Not much to say about this, except that I really like wearing flats during the day. I’m always looking for ways to keep an outfit interesting without sacrificing my feet (and therefore the rest of me). It’s true that the padding under our toes and heels thins out as we get older, so we do need more cushion in our shoes. An article by the LA Times also said that our feet spread out and get wider from years of use (ah, gravity). So if those old shoes are feeling tight, maybe this is why.

It’s not too surprising to read this. I’ve been gravitating toward more foot-friendly shoes for a few years now. I save my heels for dinners out or special occasions. In general, wedges have become my go-to heel whenever possible. Things are bound to change in our bodies and I’d rather be healthy than hurting.

Are you more of a flats gal or do you usually wear a heel? And how do you feel about that?

x Laura

My Grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now, and we don’t know where the hell she is. — Ellen DeGeneres