Monday, April 30, 2012

Kings, Orphans and Cardio

As the month comes to an end (can you believe that it's already the end of April?) I want to  talk about some things that I discovered over the last 4 weeks.  

Game of Thrones - What can I say about this? Obviously I didn't discover this during the last 4 weeks, I just never felt the urge to find out what all the fuss is about...until now. If you know anything about me, you'll think "Laura's watching Game of Thrones?  Is this a case of outta space body snatchers or something?”. But no, I wasn't abducted, I'm perfectly fine, I just wanted to widen my TV horizon. The main reason being that pretty much every celebrity  I follow on Twitter was going crazy about it, and rightfully so. The show is well made, entertaining, fresh...
...Yet I didn't make it past the 5th episode. 

It is without a doubt one of the best shows I've ever seen, but also the most off-putting one -  I can handle extreme violence just as well as sex - but the combination was simply too much for me  (and  knowing my taste in movies that says a lot).  But I'm nevertheless very glad that I gave it a chance.  

The Orphan's Arms  -  I discovered this brand while browsing on ASOS, and  immediately  fell in love with their designs. Their sweaters remind me a lot of Wildfox, and as much as I adore my Wildfox, it's nice to have a cheaper but equally cute  lounge wear alternative. 
Wonderland Sweater
The comfy sweaters and shirts, run in a more wallet friendly price range (between 30 and 60 Euros on Asos), but can definitely compete with Wildfox in quality and style,  and I might even say that I prefer their fit just a little bit.

Tabata - I discovered this one last night. Sherlock's Lara Pulver  mentioned this form of circuit training  in a recent interview.  The actress used the intense work out to get in shape for her nude scenes on the show - and intense it is!  But it's also quick and easy. I downloaded a Tabata Timer app, set my alarm clock, and started my day with Tabata (it's also fun to say, the new yogalates maybe?)  …and I think I have found a new favorite workout. 

...But I also have to mention that it's gonna take a while to get used to it.  After 4 sets I felt pretty much dead, and basically took a nap on my yoga mat before I was ready for anything else.


So is there anything you discovered in April?  Let me know, comment below!

Peace, Love and Sunshine
Laura

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hump Day Homework

Welcome to your first Hump Day Homework assignment!  But don't worry it's not that kind of homework. From now on I will brighten your Wednesdays with something to read, watch, and listen to, to make the time until Friday pass a little faster.

Read:  "Rules of Civility" Amor Towles
I mentioned this  book before, but after finishing it today I just felt the need to stress it's fabulousness again. The narrative is as bubbly as the champagne that flows through the chapters, and the heroines comments as refreshingly dry as the Martinis she loves. But what made me fall in love with it are the literature, art and Hollywood references that are sprinkled through the story - If you want to have a good time, fall in love, and feed your intellect, then Rules of Civility is what you need. 

Watch:  Dirty Girl
After watching the trailer for this I expected it to be your average silly teen comedy - let's just say I was in for a pleasant surprise.  The film isn't perfect, but it's a gem in it's own way. There's something very real and heartfelt about it - and Juno Temple is a joy to watch. 

Listen To:  "Blunderbuss"  Jack White 
 
I've waited months for this, and it's exactly what I expected plus so much more. There's not one song on this album that I don't love.  This is going to be a favorite for a really long time. 

Peace, Love, and Sunshine
Laura

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Something Blue...

Yes, I just entered a Polyvore Celebrity Dream Wedding Contest. But hey what else am I supposed to do? It's not like I have a B.A. thesis to write or anything... 

Anyway here's my rather casual interpretation (and at this place a friendly hello to anyone who didn't expect Benedict Cumberbatch in this post, 'cause you must  be a new reader):  
Product List

I've never been one to go for the princess ballgown, so casual is what I want, and this lacy frock happens to go perfectly with Benedict's blue Westwood suit, which is to die for.

Now all he has to do is give me a call, so we can set a date...

Peace, Love and Sunshine
Laura  


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Florals For Spring? Groundbreaking

Isn't it?  But this year the flowers seem to be brighter and bigger than ever.  One of you asked me about a Peter Som dress  that Leighton Meester rocked on Gossip Girl. 


As gorgeous as the dress is, the pricetag isn't so nice to look at, so here are a couple of cute and afforadable alternatives: 


1) Oasis 2) H&M 3) Ted Baker 4) H&M 5) Asos

I just snatched number 2 and 5 for myself, as I have  5 days of Garden Life coming up next month, and I need something besides jean shorts to wear with my wellies.  

Peace, Love and Sunshine 
Laura

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Seen On: Water Drops and Bumblebees

I admit, I haven't really cared for GLEE in a very long time. But every once in a while they still do hit the right note, even if it's just in the fashion department.  And last night's episode featured Quinn (Dianna Agron) in not only one, but two amazing Anthropologie jackets.  




While I adore the honeybee blazer, I feel that at almost a 180 euros it is a little too pricey for such a whimsical piece (and there's that bee allergy - don't wanna wear something that could possibly attract those little beasts), but I had my eyes on the anorak for a while now, and after seeing it in action I'm even more intrigued.

Peace, Love, and Sunshine
Laura

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Things

Yesterday was spent with some Easter shopping, and of course I took some pics to share with you:  




I found the bunny ring last week on Asos, and  because the color reminded me of Tiffany's, and the style of Betsey Johnson I couldn't resist. The little étagère is from a local boutique, and the vintage Steiff bunny a flewmarket find.  

On a nonrelated note I felt the need to mention how utterly amazing Tyler Hilton's new Album Forget Storm is. I'd go as far as saying that it is his best work yet (which says a lot considering how much I loved Ladies and Gentlemen). So do yourself a favor and check it out.
Forget The Storm on iTunes
Peace, Love, and Sunshine
Laura

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April Answers

So instead of writing an April faves post (which would be pretty much identical with the March post), I'm gonna answer a little style quiz...this should be fun:

1. What is your favorite accessory?
Well there's 2: I'm very crazy about scarves. I love the way a scarf can completely transform a boring outfit into something special, and then there are watches. I don't like overly "blinged out" items, but nothing beats a great chronograph.

2.What do you always carry with you?
iPod, I'm perfectly fine without my phone, but can't be without music.

3.What would you describe your fashion style as?
Well if Nancy Drew had a three-way with a soldier and a homeless person in a barn... Let's be serious for a second, I guess one could say it's preppy with an edge, but I do love my old military jackets, ripped shirts and worn out cowboy boots just as much as my navy cable knit sweaters.

4.Favorite: jeans, sunglasses, heels?
Ralph Lauren Ginger Boyfriend Jeans, Ray Ban small aviators, vintage sandals that I got for 50 cents at a flewmarket.


5.What is your favorite fashion store/shop?
Asos.com, hands down - H&M, thrift stores and higher end department stores for "real world" shopping.

6.What is your favorite fabric in clothing?
I could say leather, I could say cashmere, but let's be honest it's whatever cotton blend the free people thermals are made of.

7. Who is your favorite designer?
Christopher Bailey (Burberry)

8. Who/what inspires your fashion?
TV, see this post.

That's it for now, feel free to answer the 8 questions in the comment section - I'm curious ;)

Peace, Love and Sunshine
Laura (select comment as: Name/URL - and double check to make sure your comment shows up - sometimes you have to try twice!)