Category Archives: Lifestyle

More Likely: Perforated

runway Michael Kors eyelet skirt

Michael Kors Spring 2015

Another spring look from Michael Kors 2015 runway this week that hits one of fashion’s current trends — perforated. I like the way this perforated skirt is reminiscent of eyelet without the extra dose of sweetness. You’ll also see this trend on handbags, tops, sleeves and shoes.

Elliot Lucca bucket bag

Elliot Lucca bucket bag $98

Just yesterday the Nordstrom catalog landed in the mail showing this yellow Elliot Lucca bucket bag ($98). This perforated little number ticks two trends in one bag, because the drawstring bucket bag is everywhere right now. If you have the slightest weakness for this shape, this is your season to grab one. I had one years ago (probably 20+ years) in tan that I adored and wore all the time until a pen leaked in the bottom and ruined it. Clearly I’m still a bit traumatized over it.

But, back to the matter at hand. Here are some more outfit ideas that incorporate the modern perforated look.

Natalie Off Duty

Natalie Off Duty

Lady Addict perforated sweater

Lady Addict

perforated skirt with woven clutch

Via Pinterest

I’ve already purchased a perforated grey belt and am likely to grab a pair of flats for this summer. What do you think of the trend? Are you more likely to skip or shop something perforated this season?

x Laura

“Sweet life continues in the breeze, in the golden fields.” ― Jack Kerouac



Next Level Food


This book has changed the way I cook. As my daughter was researching a school project on food flavor combination, we came across The Flavor Bible, which was published in 2008. It lists nearly every edible food and all the foods and herbs that complement it. So, if I randomly opened the book up to…Honeydew, the flavor pairing are listed as:

Basil, blackberries, cardamom, Champagne, chiles, coconut milk, coriander, cream, cumin, figs, ginger, grapefruit, honey, lemon juice, lemon basil, lime, cantaloupe, mint, nectarines, peaches, red pepper flakes, pepper, prosciutto, ricotta cheese, salt, scallions, strawberries, sugar, tarragon, wine (sweet), yogurt.

Some of these pairs I knew from experience, but I didn’t know about chiles, cardamom or Champagne. I’m such a recipe follower and never really learned how to make up my own creations. Now with this amazing book, I am experimenting like never before.

The first 35 pages are filled with advice and musings from the world’s top chefs on how to experiment, prepare and get the most flavor out of your food. The next 340 pages are all flavor pairings and I find it fascinating and eye-opening. One thing I learned is to always season your food right from the start of cooking. If you only salt & pepper at the end, you’ve lost the chance to infuse deeper flavor into food. Wonderful!

This is not a book for learning how to cook. Instead, it’s more for cooks and aspiring chefs interested in taking their food to the next level. Now, when my daughter and I cook together, we consult the food bible to see what flavors we’ll add in today. Not only is that good for the food, but it’s even better that she and I are experimenting together.

Bon Appetit!

x Laura


Knitting Noodles large wool basket

Waiting on Martha – Dutch crown braid tutorial

Joe’s Jeans – Prosper Open-toe Booties

Ancient Greek Sandals – Althea Suede sandals

Venessa Arizaga silver braided bracelet

Click any picture for more crisscross-y details.

How cute is that Dutch braid? The rest of the tutorial shows how to fix hair  as shown or how to make a braided crown with messy bun underneath. It doesn’t look too done, which is nice. Have to try this on one on my daughter for a test run.

Enjoy the day!

x Laura

“Life is a web of intersections and choices. Your 1st choice is to recognize an intersection. Your 2nd choice is to be grateful for it.” — Ryan Lilly

Stop, Drop, and Chill

List of to-dos,
Parties to cruise.
School plays,
Shopping daze.
Decking the halls,
Parking at the malls.
Guest room a mess,
Whoops, time to get dressed.

Does your to-do list have you fired up?! It’s difficult to maintain balance between work, home and community at this time of year. Your list is probably longer than mine, but every now and then we need to stop and take a moment to chill. There are a few things I try to practice when my body and mind start telling me that I’m out of sync (which is a lot lately).

Yin Yoga

My body gets out of whack pretty quickly if I don’t stretch regularly. It started after being pregnant — one of my hips is tilted now. I regularly do Vinyasa yoga for a workout, but I love my Yin Yoga practice to maintain happy, healthy hips and connective tissue. Yin is a slow, practice that holds positions for long time. It’s kind of like a working meditation, because you’re loading tissue with resistance while zoning out. This loading works to lengthen fascia and keep it supple. I always feel a sense of lightness, calm and yoga euphoria after class.

All it takes: 1 class a week (60-90 minutes)

Foam Roller

Oh, how I love this little piece of foam! People use foam rollers for physical therapy, to iron out too tight muscles and too keep hip and back issues at bay. Recently, Goop featured this awesome foam roller workout and I am hooked. In 10 minutes, I’ve rolled my tight hamstrings, IT bands and calves, while getting in a decent core, butt and upper body workout to boot. Sometimes I’ll do it twice a day. If you roll, you’ve got to check it out.

All it takes: 10 minutes while watching TV.


Get Out

When I’ve got too much in my head, the best thing for me is to get outside. My brain responds to walks with wide open vistas, meadows and parks. Just that feeling of expansiveness allows my mind to wander and empties out the stress, frustration, anxiety or melancholy of the day. When I need to solve a problem or refuel creativity, I gravitate towards trails and the woods.

All it takes: 20 minutes at a nearby park, garden or open space

Take a Dip

For me it’s a shower, but for you it might be a bath, jacuzzi or a a dip in the hot springs. I love taking a shower any time, but there science behind taking a relaxing warm shower (or bath, etc) at night before bed. It helps ready our body for sleep. Add a lavender scented candle or lotion to the routine and get ready for some zzzzzz’s.

All it takes: turn off devices earlier than usual and take a dip instead.


First thing in the morning, while I’m still in that half-slumber state of mind, I make a mental list of what I’m grateful for. My first thoughts are of the blessings in life and my thanks for all that is well. I spend those first moments in gratitude, even if I suspect that day ahead might be difficult.

All it takes: 20 seconds

I know you’ve got your own restorative methods that you use to stay calm during the holiday season. What are they? How do you maintain your balance or at least take the edge off?

x Laura


5 Random Things: Nov. 7

It feels like the calm before the storm of the holiday season. The next two weeks will be a good time to put fall projects to bed, snip the last of withering plants from the garden, and to get my ducks in a row for family visits, end-of-year school programs and holiday parties.

To make sure we’re taking care of ourselves, my husband and I have challenged each other with a sticker chart (exactly like the ones we do for our kiddo) for working out. It’s amazing how much we enjoy getting a sticker for each workout. Just having it visible in the kitchen and being accountable to each other has made for good, friendly competition. Just trying to stay motivated!

In no particular category or order, here are 5 Random Things from this week:

  1. Heading out over the next months? Here are 11 Things You Should Never Delay Before Your Trip.
  2. With friends coming over it’s time to spruce up the place with 8 Ways to Decorate a Center Table, using things we already have, which I love.
  3. Fascinating video on how the wolves in Yellowstone have changed the flow of rivers, in a good way. Why Mother Nature usually knows best.
  4. How one woman became President of this online fashion darling, only 10 years out of university. And she’s killing it.
  5. Not happy with your black leggings? Me neither. Here are the 10 Best Black Leggings that take you from couch to cocktails.

Happy Friday!
x Laura