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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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Going West Coast

Looking to the lovely West Coast for inspiration today. The steady beat of sunshine, rock-n-roll cool and creative chic outfits that Californians put together, make terrific warm weather influences for the rest of us.

Chictopia A House In The Hills

A House In The Hills

Annabelle Fleur

Annabelle Fleur

Annabelle Fleur

Annabelle Fleur

Hallie Daily

Hallie Daily

Reyal Fashion

Reyal Fashion

Stay Classic

Stay Classic

The Maya Kay

The Maya Kay

Wander Uptown

Wander Uptown

So, Cal

There’s an undertone of ease to these looks, which I am always drawn too. Pops of color and accessories really elevate these looks from anything ordinary. The addition of a white blazer on Elsal of Wander Uptown, takes her short + T-shirt combo to the next level. And did you notice the light-wash jeans on The Maya Kay?! It’s a 180 degree departure from the over-dyed indigo jeans that have ruled for the past few years. The light color feels right at home during the warm months with an ocean breeze on your skin. If you didn’t want to lighten up your jean color (a bad-idea for some of us — like me), maybe a jean jacket is better. They’re back too.

I no longer wear short-shorts (eek), but would happily swap-out the shorts for a skirt or cropped pant in these outfits. It’s all about doing what works best for your body and re-imagining your closet in new ways. We probably don’t need as many new clothes as we think we do, just new ways to pair our current clothes.

See more flat-out fabulous outfits from these LA fashion bloggers on Chictopia:

We’ve finally got warm weather in Boulder and Denver, so we’re catching up to the rest of you. Enjoy the day!

x Laura

All photos via Chictopia.com

Oh la Lemon

Miroslava Duma in Jason Wu

Miroslava Duma in Jason Wu

J. Crew LemLem scarf

J. Crew LemLem scarf

Miroslava Duma neon sunnies (street style NYC)

Miroslava Duma neon sunnies (street style NYC)

Lemon Verbena Gimlet

Lemon Verbena Gimlet recipe

Miroslava Duma (photo: WDUGT street style) via The Covetable

Miroslava Duma (photo: WDUGT street style) via The Covetable

Sephora Smoothing Body Scrub in Lemon Verbena

Sephora Smoothing Body Scrub in Lemon Verbena

Mrs. Meyers Surface Scrub

x Laura

Loving: Sweatshirts and Skirts

Wearing a sweatshirt with a dressier skirt is one of those artfully casual-but-not-really looks, that appeal to me. A throw-on outfit that manages to be both pulled-together and down-to-earth at the same time. It elevates the sweatshirt out of its weekend rotation and is a nice option for cool days and nights. Check out how these beautiful bloggers have styled their sweatshirt + skirt combos. And it seems to me that this outfit  works for many ages and body types.
Sweatshirt + Full Skirt

sweatshirt with skirt

Blogger Auroran Henkarit via Chictopia

Sweatshirt + Pencil Skirt

Left - blogger Fashion Agony, Right - Made With Fashion, both via Chictopia

Bloggers Fashion Agony, left and Made With Fashion, right, both via Chictopia

Sweatshirt + Short or Long Skirt

Left - blogger Glamgerous, Right - Maria Jernov both via Chictopia

Bloggers Glamgerous, left and Maria Jernov, right, both via Chictopia

Links to these ladies:

Two Cute Options:

Rebecca Minkoff Sleeveless Sweatshirt $198

Sundry Pullover $87

Do you think this works for older women as well or is it better on the under 40 crowd? Being 40+ myself, I’m always curious to hear what you think. Are cozy sweatshirts ready for prime time?

x Laura

Loving: Oxfords

Time to borrow from the boys this spring and lace-up a cute pair of oxfords. Slip them on to balance out a feminine dress or pair them with cropped pants to show off the details. I love how these chic women styled their oxfords (all in pants, no less).

spring  oxfords street style

photos: Chictopia

Left to Right: themoptop, triplethread and thesparrowscherry

spring oxfords street style

photos: Chictopia

Left to Right: thefashiondiet2 and districtofchic

In my last post, You’re Probably A Better Shopper Than I Am, readers chimed in to say that they love to shop online. It’s one of the reasons that I like to include a product feature whenever I talk about trends. I’m hoping that it saves you a bit of time searching for the perfect thing.

These are 5 of the cutest pairs of oxfords available right now.

best spring oxfords shoes

Spring Oxfords

  1. Cole Haan Gramercy Oxford, $198 (more colors)
  2. Maison Martin Margiela Glitter Oxford, $940
  3. Anthropologie Lacey Oxfords, $98 (more colors)
  4. Steven Steve Madden Goldey Oxford, $149
  5. Frye Delia Oxford, $168 (more colors)

While searching for a pair of black pumps a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this comfy oxford with a white sole (tip: size up if you end up getting a pair) and bought it. What do you think? Looking forward to breaking them out soon.

Enjoy the day!

x Laura