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Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Makeover~ myself

I am actually still in California on this fine MLK holiday. Mr. Décor and Sweet Boy accompanied me on this most recent trip for Metis Linens and we decided to have a bit of fun. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I have decided to take this semester off from school. To tell you the truth, after four years of a brutal schedule I am just….spent. In my spare time (ha) I have begun repairing my home which has been flat out neglected and find that an arms length of projects await me. I have scheduled a long overdue physical, an eye exam and other bits of importance that in recent years have been forcefully shoved to the back burner.  In trying to rediscover my true self I did what women always do when beginning again~ my hair, recently hovering in an unruly state somewhere between my shoulder blades has now fashioned itself (with a little help from Nicole) into Clara Bow.

In looking at this image which features divine t straps, a lovely skirt, jaunty beret and scarf, I find myself wanting to shed the college coed uniform of jeans and a t shirt that I have been sporting for far to long. (Much to the chagrin of my fashion forward daughter.) I often find myself wishing for the days when people actually took pride in their appearance, yet I was not even close to participating in such a return myself. If ever there was a gal in need of inspiration it was me. Enter a wonderful blog, The Sartorialist. Without a doubt, Mr. Schuman has an amazing gift. That in which the everyday is elevated to the extraordinary. Here are some examples of my recent favorites.

High waters are back. And I like it. I want to find these shoes for my man.

A woman of a certain age looking…well… fabulous.

When viewing the following image I truly thought “I need to find a charcoal cardigan and checkered blazer for Mr. Décor.” Truly.

He also needs a pin striped suit.

I wonder how this gem of an ensemble would look on a short, slightly curvy, gal?

A pop of color does wonders for neutrals.

And arrested for kidnapping, Laura Ingalls Gunn.

Superb outer wear. Ditto on the scarf and shoes.


Saving the best for last, from November 29th, “The Matador”.

Redeeming myself, Mr. Décor, you are still the one.

Be inspired.


All images, sans Clara Bow, are, unless otherwise noted, copyrighted by the photographer, Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Amazing images Laura!! Have fun on your trip... and safe travels home! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

mimi said...

I went back to school in my 40s and know your burnout feeling all too well. There is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from continuing education at a later age but yes, it is exhausting. It took me years before I could once again read a book just for pleasure. But, in the end, it was well worth it to complete such a goal. Hang in there, you are in good company. And the jeans and t-shirts will slowly give way to a more sophisticated look- and I love some of the ideas you spotlighted. Very inspiring!

April said...

I almost dare not comment as some of those pictures were . . . beguiling?
However, that cutie pie little bitty guy just needs his cheeks kissed and patted in that order--what a SMILE!

Glad you are taking some time to take care of adorable you, Laura. Enjoy!

dreamday said...

he has such an eye! love the top pic, those red and white oxfords say l.o.v.e. xo!

ImagiMeri said...

Hey Sweet Lady,

I hope you're having a wonderful time. Very interesting post, and yes that one outfit would look spectacular on you. I don't know what Mr. Decor looks like, so I can only assume you've chosen rightly for him.....LOL.


Terri said...

I am inspired! I just bought hubby a pinstriped suit and he looks great in it!

Teresa said...

Oh my - my poor heart's aflutter. You really know the way to beat Monday blues.
When I started reading your post, I was "Hey, she's right. Between this and that we - women - tend to neglect our small pleasures and big needs. Let me read Laura's MUST DO and prepare to jump that "me" boat" and then these lovely images and that frown of worry give path to a warmth that somehow was dented during last week's events - this world is still made of beautiful people, lovely clothes and wonderful bloggers to adore taht bring all this to us.
Enjoy your MLK mini-holiday and have Lots of Fun!

Lorrie said...

Great post - yes, it does take time to reinvent oneself. And taking care of yourself is a good way to care for those you love. Enjoy your break!

Love the photos....

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You are so stunning just like you are, I can't imagine anything any better, but I can't wait to see the new you. Hugs, Marty

Debra Phillips said...

my mind also wanders to era's past and the beautiful way people dressed, but as you, i have yet to participate

great post laura and i too thought of "kidnapping" that darling little boy in shorts when i saw him, then again that last "boy" in shorts would!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I have been a Sartorialist fan for quite some time - have you seen the little film short on him? Very nice. Can't wait to see your hair. I cut almost all mine off a few summers ago because I was just boiling and have kept it crazy short ever since.
I have that bracelet in the polka dress dress photo! Made it a few weeks ago :)

Really Rainey said...

I agree with Marty~ We love you just the way you are! However I do understand your need to re-invent yourself. You had an especially hard year. And you are starting (or perhaps already have) put life into perspective and have realized that its time to take better care of yourself. (So you can take better care of others)
I am reading Suzanne Somers "Forever Sexy" and its an amazing book. I highly recommend it for your journey.
Take care :0)

Theresa said...

I find his blog inspiring, I too dress in jeans and a t-shirt but also love the chance to dress up and pretend to be Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn. The people he finds to photograph are just so stlish, they are the perfect inspirstion! Thanks for sharing, and have fun with your 'make-over'! Theresa xoxo

The Boston Lady said...

My you-know-who has a Panama hat, does yours? I want to see YOUR hair! Ann

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, dear, you would be beautiful in a crocker sack and barefoot! But I love the ensembles you selected here, and I can't wait to see your new hairdo. Be sure to share it with us.

My hair has gotten so long it is ridiculous. I need to go see Edgar before he thinks I have deserted him. ;-)


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Edgar being the other man in my life, my hairdresser of course! LOL!

Miss Sandy said...


Sounds like you and I are in the same oat. My hair has grown out too but only because my superb stylist decided to get herself married and move away. I did ask her for plane ticket coupons ;c) I am still trying to get up the nerve to go through a bunch of bad hair before I find someone as good as she was.

I hope you show your super cute new cut complete with snazzy new outfit!

The Pennington Point said...

Oh my goodness...those pictures are so dreamy! That navy suit with the red shoes, to-die-for. Oh to be one of the beautiful people. You are so gorgeous, you could pull off that perfect brown dress and animal print shoes for sure! Lisa~

Karen said...

Dear Laura,
If you only could see yourself! You do have such style and grace, a look that is your own and authentic. I must say you do look every bit as good as those pictures. Honestly, you astound me with your style and flair for fashion. I always think to myself - why can't I do or wear what she does? You are the perfect you. I bet the new doo looks great and feels fresh, very 2011! I envy your semester off! Take good care and I will look forward to your interesting posts and success!

Karena said...

Laura, you are such a doll!! I understand how sometimes a girl just needs a change!! It can be so fun and you deserve whatever time you take for YOU!!


Art by Karena

The Zhush said...

Just loving your picks here...many of which I have saved in my own files as well! SO glad I came across your lovely blog today!

Shirley said...

Oh yes, taking a year off from school can really put a spark back in to one's heart and soul..What will the year allow you to do? Have fun and be yourself I'm sure.

Mom in High Heels said...

Will we be seeing photos of said cute Clara cut?
I have a pair of leopard print shoes, very similar to the ones shown in the photo of the polka-dot dress. I love them. I need to wear them more often, but these days, with Han Solo throwing my center of gravity off, I'm opting for either lower or chunkier heels. After he's born though, I'm totally breaking them out again. Oh, I also have a pair similar to the ones the woman in the wrap dress is wearing.
I'm not much of a flats kind of gal, but those red and white oxfords could turn my head.

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