As Julie Andrews would say, ‘let’s start at the beginning. A very good place to start.” When it comes to dressing with panache we often look for the statement pieces. But, there’s a tried and true formula for killer style that starts with a more subtle approach — the basic, solid easy dress. It’s the foundation you lay for an outfit that can quickly transform again and again and it’s one of the easiest ways to mark your very unique stamp on style.
These simple shapes and solid hues are the sort of backdrop that can be worn year after year with the change of a shoe, a new necklace and trending hair do. Over at Brother’s we spotted a bold red dress that goes seamlessly from day to night with a cute little detail on the back that makes a top knot a great option. We love it paired with gold, but know it would look great with black if you’re looking for a Raging’ Cajuns kind of look and with any bold color if it’s color blocking you’re after.
Vivid blue was hot last year and shows no signs of waning. A universally flattering color, this blue dress from Vanessa V. has the subtlest of high-low hemlines and our favorite — pockets. We’re picturing it with anything from a long amulet and dangling earrings to a short little chunky statement necklace with a bright color like turquoise. And it’s the sort of piece that can work easily with stacked heel booties before switching to a sleek pump.
This IND Styler’s favorite color of the moment (save for black because you know I always choose black if given the option) is found in this little V-neck number from Hemline. With a nod to the military trend, this army green dress is another study in versatility we would rock with combat boots and layered necklaces or nude sexy heels and demure bracelets.
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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