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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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More Likely: Gingham

All of a sudden it doesn’t seem like such a fantasy to think about spring outfits. As collective survivors of the seemingly longest, most dismal winter of memory (extra survival points to those in epic weather areas), I think it is safe to begin dreaming of open-toed shoes, bare-legged skirts and days without winter coats.

As I was perusing my Spring 2015 designer runway pins, I spotted this lovely Michael Kors outfit. Gingham is one of those prints we’ll be seeing more of this spring/summer and it’s got great graphic appeal. It evokes picnics, warm weather strolls and eating gelato.

gingham print MK

Michael Kors Spring 2015

While the off shoulder top and midi skirt works straight off the runway, I found another equally cool gingham outfit, below. In my world, the button-down shirt and white jeans are more likely to get pulled for week-to-week rotation. I also really like her choice of lighter brown accents with the printed shirt. You’ll notice that both the runway and street style outfits do brown belts and bags with the black print. Uh huh, nothing gets by me.

gingham spring outfit

Lovely Pepa by Alexandra via Pinterest

Happily both outfit inspirations work for a variety of age groups (minus the cropped top for my 40+ self, but that’s easily remedied).

Here’s to warmer weather!

x Laura

“And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Simply Black and White

Sometimes simplicity is best. It’s easy for me to overthink an outfit, especially if it’s for a special occasion. Today, I saw all these amazing photos of women in black and white outfits and they reminded me how elegant the combo is.

Black maxi skirt + white t-shirt

Brocade skirt, Black shell, statement necklace

Winter white coat with black ankle boots

Oversized sweater with shorts and flats

Nothing boring here! White blouse with black cropped pant, heels

Chunky white sweater, white coat, black silk pant

Stay well and warm!

x Laura

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant

The Glory: Elizabeth Banks in Elie Saab Couture

Elizabeth Banks at The Mockingjay premiere London in Elie Saab

Elizabeth Banks at The Mockingjay London premiere in Elie Saab

This dress is beyond beautiful and Elizabeth Banks just glows with confidence and glamour on the red carpet. This is the fantasy of fashion. The sheer art and luxury of couture. I can only imagine what she must have felt like, walking with yards of gossamer fabric floating behind her. And it’s not just the dress — it’s her in the dress. That is a moment of magic.

Here is the dress again at the Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture show, from the front.

Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture

Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture

Isn’t it satisfying when a star dresses like a star?!

x Laura

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Cozy Under the Blanket

blanket sweater beige black tribal

The Daily Chictomist via Chictopia

blanket sweater white tribal

District of Chic via Chictopia

blanket coat patterned burberry

Malaika Firth via Vanessa Jackman

blanket scarf white printed

Mijo Mijaljcic via Stockholm Streetstyle

Throwing on a blanket sweater or coat is a sure-fire way to get a crisp fall look without having to work too hard. All the women shown here have started with a minimalist, neutral base layer and then let the patterned topper take the forefront. It’s one of my eternally favorite fall looks, because it looks casually chic and offers a big payoff.

Stay warm and have a wonderful day!

x Laura

“There is no place more delightful than one’s own fireplace.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

I want to feel this cozy.