Sunday, December 29, 2013

Black and Grey in the Winter Sunshine

Sunglasses: Oakleys; Coat: Vintage; Sweater: DKNY; Skirt and T-Shirt: J Crew; Flats: Aldo; Purse: Louis Vuitton
 Shades of black and grey in the winter sun. 
 The muff is made of the sleeves of a vintage rabbit fur coat that I had made into a vest. 
 Laura x

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Trend Alert: Leopard Loafers

Trench: J Crew Collection; Scarf: Burberry; Sweater: J Crew; Pants: GAP; Loafers: Madewell
Ballet flats have been overtaken by loafers as the trendiest flats.  I like that these leopard loafers add a more masculine look to the outfit. 
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Sunglasses: Ray Bans; Earmuffs: UGG Australia
 Laura x

Monday, December 9, 2013

Layered Look in Watkins Glen

Lambswool Jacket: Vintage (my Mom's); Sweater: Abercrombie and Fitch; Dress: Madewell; Boots: Joan of Arctic by Sorel; Purse: LV
I re-discovered this Abercrombie and Fitch wool wrapped sweater when I was home for Thanksgiving.  I bought it over 15 years ago when I was loved the Bruce Weber catalog (which was subsequently banned).  Since it is pretty classic, it still works. 
Confession: I love wearing a hooded shirt outside of another jacket.  It looks easily pulled together. 
Laura x

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Vintage Lilli Ann Coat

Coat: Vintage Lilli Ann; Sweater: J Crew; Jeans: American Eagle; Boots: Uggs; Purse: Louis Vuitton
Best part of being home....borrowing my Mom's clothes.  Especially in the winter when I can wear coats like this.  Vintage by a brand names Lilli Ann. 
Laura x

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How to: Create A Fresh Holiday Centerpiece

I started my blog last year just after Thanksgiving.  We missed some key people at dinner this year, but am thankful for those who were there.  An easy and dramatic way to set the table is to bring elements of the outside inside. 
1. Find a piece of wood to make into a votive holder.  My Step-Dad found this piece of birch wood for me and drilled 4 holes to hold small votive candles.  You could also find small branches, tie them together, and rest candles within the branches. 
2. Add fresh cut pine branches around the main piece. 

3. Incorporate other materials, ex. leftover fresh cranberries in a nice container and an extra candle. 
4. Don't forget vintage seasonal items.....

Laura x

Monday, December 2, 2013

Leopard Coat and Hudson

Coat: Vintage (faux fur); Beanie: original unknown; Pants: American Eagle; Boots: Frye; Gloves: Primark; Purse: Louis Vuitton
One of my favorite style icons is Kate Moss.  This coat reminds me of something she would wear.  It could be dressed up or dressed down as worn here with my Step-Dad's beanie hat and Frye boots. 
Necklace: Henri Bendel
Laura x

Friday, November 1, 2013

Three Hats You Should Wear this Fall

Vintage Burberry Bucket
Fall hats are a great addition to a wardrobe.  These three shapes of hats are the most classic/versatile.
1. Bucket: popular with fishermen; great for rainy days; perfect for when you want to pretend you don't see someone on the street.  
Tip: When vintage shopping look for labels with "Burberry's."  Anything marked with that label was made prior to 1998 when the house officially changed its name to "Burberry." 

Hat: Vintage; Barn Jacket: Burberry
2. Beanie: Loved by hipsters (male and female alike); embrace your inner 5 year old or French poet; beanies made from angora and/or wool are soft enough that they won't leave a mark in your hair and don't create static. 
3. Boho: perfect addition to your Halloween costume as well; not for the shy; not safe to wear when driving!

Laura x

Monday, October 28, 2013

Jean Dress in the Woods

Dress: vintage LL Bean; Scarf: Burberry; Boots: J Crew; Purse: Louis Vuitton
Sometimes even on the weekend a dress is the first thing I grab.  With the re-emergence of 90's style, denim dresses have become relevant again.  To keep my outfit from resembling my Pre-K teacher, I tried to balance things out with a pop of color coat, a great scarf, and a chunky boot.   

Laura x

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tweed Coat and Leather Baseball Hat

Hat: Target; Sunglasses: Ray Ban; Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Dress: vintage DKNY; Wool coat: Vintage; Boots: J Crew; Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs
People are either "hat people" or not.  I have always love hats.  There is something about a hat that allows you to get out of character and channel energy that you might not normally have.  Leather baseball hats have been all over the runways and magazines this fall.  This olive green version is a good neutral color for me for fall and solves any bad hair day. 
Laura x

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hudson and Barbour Barn Jacket

Barn jacket: Barbour; T-shirt: Topshop; Necklace: Vintage; Jeans: customized American Eagle; Boots: Frye
I have a lot of jackets and coats, but I am always drawn to look at new ones because they can take a simple outfit and make it feel more put together.  This outfit consisted of black jeans I ripped/distressed myself and flowing t-shirt and boots.  A bright red barn jacket and a statement necklace made me feel more pulled together. 

Laura x

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How To: Spray Paint Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a uniquely American way to decorate for fall.  I like pumpkins, but carving a pumpkin is a messy job and they usually don't last longer than a few weeks.  Driving with my Mom this weekend, we passed a lot of road-stands selling pumpkins for as little as $3-5.  I had the idea to spray paint some pumpkins to be more my style.  Here is my how-to:

                                     Pumpkin(s)                 Painters tape: 1"                 Spray paint
1. Apply the painter's tape to your pumpkins in the desired pattern.  Some pumpkins are rounder and suited to vertical stripes, while others work better with horizontal stripes.  Play around to see what works best. 
2. Cover the stem with a small plastic bag to keep the look more "natural."
3. Spray away!
4. Remove the tape after 2-3 minutes. 
Tip: You could also use stencils to mark your pumpkin with your house number, initials, etc.

Laura x