September 30, 2014

Clothing Swap To Benefit Nourish Salon!

My great friend and personal hair stylist Charlene Boggins opened her own salon in my hometown Veazie, Maine about two years ago. She is not only a certified Vidal Sassoon hair stylist, but she also specializes in treating women going through medical hair loss due to chemotherapy or other medical conditions. She helps women through the whole process of hair loss which can be very traumatic for most. Charlene also supplies beautiful scarves and gorgeous wigs which she trims and styles to each clients specification. 

Charlene wants to also be able to help women who may not be able to afford a wig or her services. That is why she has introduced 
The Nourish Salon & Spa Angel Fund. 

Charlene and I came up with the idea to hold a Clothing Swap twice a year to benefit her Angel Fund. We are very excited about this event and we plan on making it a huge success! 
Below, you will find your official invite.

You are invited to a Clothing Swap! 

The cost is $15 per person and all proceeds go to The Nourish Salon and Spa Angel Fund which helps to provide services and luxury wigs for cancer patients as well as patients experiencing medical hair loss.

Where: Machias Savings Bank
Brewer, Maine 04412

When: October 14, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy light refreshments while you mingle and try on hundreds of "new to you" items!

There will be raffles for some amazing beauty products as well!

You won't want to miss out on this one ladies. 

Never been to a clothing swap before? It's fun and easy. Just follow the four steps below and you will be good to go!

Step 1: Clean out your closet. Don't forget your unwanted accessories!

Step 2: Bring all of your unwanted but fabulous items that are in great condition to the clothing swap. Bring them in a box and lay them out on tables that we provide or bring your own clothing rack and hangers to display. We will start swapping promptly at 7pm so you will want to get there right at 6pm to set your items out!

Step 3:Relax, mingle, try on clothing & accessories. Eat, drink and be merry!

Step 4: Pick up some fabulous new to you items to take home and add to your wardrobe!

Watch Nourish Salon's latest ad! 
P.S. I had so much fun helping Charlene style and merchandise her salon for this :)

And below you will find the letter that we sent out to clarify some of the details of the Clothing Swap:

Hello ladies!
We just wanted to send you all a little note to explain some of the small details about the clothing swap that is taking place on Tuesday October 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Machias Savings Bank in Brewer. The admission is $15 and all of the proceeds go to The Nourish Salon and Spa Angel Fund which helps to provide services and luxury wigs for cancer patients as well as patients experiencing medical hair loss.
You will want to arrive promptly at 6:00 pm the evening of the event. Bring a reasonable amount of clothing and/or accessories that are in fabulous condition that you no longer want in your wardrobe. All size ranges are welcome! We have decided to NOT put a limit on how many items you can bring to the swap. Just make sure it’s not a truckload or anything. One or two big garbage bags or boxes is plenty. Please make sure you arrive promptly at 6:00 pm with your items so that we have time to set everything out before we officially begin the swap at 7:00 pm. We will not be putting a limit on how many items you can take home. Anything that is left at the end of the evening will be donated to a local charity unless you would like to take it back home with you.
We hope this clarifies everything! Please let us know if you have any more questions. This will be so much fun and it will be so great to meet and mingle with each other!
See you on October 14th!
Fashionably Yours,
Laura Michaud & Charlene Boggins

September 19, 2014

Should Accessories Match Your Outfit?

This is a question that has been coming up more often these days. With all the crazy variations out there it's no wonder you ladies have a ton of questions! 

As we skim through Pinterest we see photos of some crazy accessorizing techniques that actually look fantastic. But can you pull them off? 

At Laura's Style, we say that if you like something then there is a way that you can pull it of for sure. There are no RULES to fashion, but there are some things that just look really good together. It's the same as when you decorate a room. Some colors look really good together and some colors really don't. A lot of it has to do with personal preference. A lot of it has to do with us just being the human beings that we are. Believe it or not, colors, styles and the way things flow, really affects our moods. So, I don't mean to get all scientific on you but it kind of comes down to that.

I have to admit. This is a tough subject to explain.  

As humans we generally feel good when we see colors put together that are side by side each other on the color wheel when they are matched with the same level of lightness or darkness. Such as red and orange, orange and yellow, yellow and green, green and blue, blue and purple. But if you want to make even more of a fashion statement there is no harm in wearing colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, such as purple and green, blue and purple, etc. As you can see. Any color really goes as long as it compliments you. Try to use no more than three different colors in your look. You don't want to look crazy!

When I get dressed, I usually pick two colors that are side by side or within the same family on the color wheel (without even really thinking about it) and then I accessorize using a combination of those two colors and maybe an extra one that is opposite on the color wheel or even a neutral. Those colors will be in a scarf, belt, shoes or jewelry.

We are so lucky that our human intuition tells us what colors compliment us! Some people are better at this than others. It takes a lot of experimenting and practice. Those that struggle might consider hiring a stylist who might have "the eye for color and style" that you are lacking. Hey, we can't all be good at everything!

Right before you leave the house, take one least look in the mirror. If you feel like you are over accessorized, then you probably are. Take one accessory off and the out the door you go!

And, just to confuse you even more, neutrals go with everything! 

And another tip, the more accessories you wear the more simple your make-up and hair!

September 18, 2014

Speaking at MOPs

I was privileged to be chosen to speak at a local MOPs meeting yesterday morning. In case you have never heard of MOPs, it actually stands for Mothers Of Preschoolers. It is a group of inspiring mothers of children from birth to kindergarten, who get together to meet, laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. 

I am a mother of a 17 year old son so it was great for me to gather with them and reminisce about the good old days when my son and I used to cuddle together and I was his idol. I think I need to start my own mothers group called MOTs. Mothers of Teenagers. I need all the support I can get in that area! 

While MOPs is known for sharing the adventures of motherhood, that's not all these ladies have in common. They all have thoughts and ideas to share and this is a place that they can gather and feel comfortable speaking them out loud. 

I was contacted by Farrah about a month ago to come and speak about my style services as well as my new unique online resale boutique called The Canny Canary. I accepted. After getting off the phone with Farrah I decided to google MOPs to learn a little more about this group. Below you will find the short You Tube video I found that completely moved me. I really encourage you to watch it. It actually brought tears to my eyes. This person she speaks about is so me. It's probably you too. I think it's in more of us than not.

So as you heard, she talks about that nudge that we need to live deeply and risk bravery. Speaking at this MOPS meeting was my nudge and I can't thank the ladies from this group for that enough.

This is the table and chair set up that I had my fashion "interview" in. I thought it was set up so nice with the water and all. I felt like I was on Oprah!
I love these posters on the wall above the room that the group sat in. Whenever I looked up at them I had a fantastic feeling wash over me. 

We all have something to give. I think we all tend to battle being ourselves from time to time because we don't think we fit in or think that we are smart enough. The fact is, that we are all smart enough and we are all good enough but the fact that we are human for some reason makes us doubt that. Maybe we were hurt in the past, or maybe you were made to feel unimportant because what you were talking about didn't matter to the person you were saying it to. It's really difficult to come back from that and realize that one person that effected you, isn't everybody. 
You have a gift and you must keep on giving. 
While these moms learned about fashion and styling today from a few of my tips, I learned to be myself, bravely.

September 17, 2014

Do Leggings Work For Everyone?

Good question depending on what you expect leggings to do for you.
I seriously have mixed emotions about leggings. 

I believe every single woman looks best in a pair of straight (but not too straight) boot cut (but not cut too wide at the hem) pants tailored to fit her body type. Leggings can look great too. But leggings are certainly meant to be styled. Not just worn with your favorite sweatshirt. 

The lady in the photo above looks perfect in her leggings. Study that picture for a minute. Notice her leggings look fairly substantial. Not too thin of a fabric. Her top comes down well below her fanny. She looks like she could have short legs so her ankle boots come just at the right height to keep her leg looking long. The only debate I have is that her ankle boots could have been kept black so as to make her legs look even longer, but because the color of the boots work so well with the sweater and they don't come up too high on her ankle, I say it looks great! Her bag is just the right size for her curvy figure. I like the length of her necklace with this jersey. The fact that it is a single strand that kind of goes into a Y makes it visually more appealing than if it was just a regular long necklace. I love her bangs and her hair color with this look, although I would like to see her hair cut into a shoulder length bob.

So as you can see, when you wear leggings you must be styled in order for them to work. If you don't plan on styling them, then just do your workout then take them off!

September 16, 2014

Fall Fashion Trends For 2014

Here it is ladies. My official trend report for Fall 2014. Remember, trends come and go faster than you can purchase them, so before you go out and invest in them, make sure it's something you love whether it's on trend or not!

Leather or leather details such leather piping on a dress.

Try soft pink or sea foam green.


Black and White


Longer Full Skirts

Bigger Boxy Bags

Wedges/Ankle Boots