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the stylist’s notebook | lazy sundays

28 December 2008

We all have those lazy Sundays. Or weekends, or weekdays, the list goes on. And we are perfectly entitled to those days – after all, we do deserve a break from dressing up in stilettos and lovely skirts all the time. Even if we are the girliest of girls who live for frills and petticoats, we can still be inflicted with laziness or tiredness that tells us to reach for the tracksuit. But resist! Save those sweats for yoga!

{look no. 1}


Inspired by Philip Lim’s construction, Derek Lam’s color palette, & the ever fashionable Betty. Going for a grunge-chic look is the ultimate way to achieve comfort whilst looking fashionable. Pair loose & unfitted tops or dresses with tights or leggings. I particularly love this outfit; this dress could have just been a simple oversized tee-shirt dress – but with a few pleats and large pockets, these tiny details add interest to an otherwise boring top. Wearing over black opaque tights is instantly slimming (a plus for ever girl!). As for shoes, boots become your best friend. Flat, wedge, or heels, any type of boot provides more comfort (and warmth!) than the usual pump. This particular outfit calls for an ankle bootie; since the dress is baggy and quite long, the pairing of black heels with black tights give the appearance of mile long legs. To finish off the outfit, a beanie is the icing to the grunge-chic look and adequately covers any unwanted bumps in your bed-hair. Use some serum, run it through your locks, tousle it a bit, and anyone can fake the super-chic Parisian sex-hair look! Grab a bag, apply a bit of gloss, and voila! Comfort and fashion can mix, darlings.

{look no. 2}

lazy-sunday-part-iiTo give the faux impression that you really care about your appearance despite the fact that you could care less that particular day is to embrace a trend! Plaid, flannel shirts are the simplest way to go about this; they’re everywhere and completely trendy. To give it less of a lumberjack look circa the 90s and a more feminine twist, look for fitted button ups. Fold the sleeves so they become three-quarter length, and tuck the top into a pair of high waisted, black skinny jeans (once again, very slimming and elongating for the legs!). Pairing it with ankle booties instead of flat boots also feminizes the overall ensemble; you could risk looking a bit more lumberjack than you intended with flat, leather boots.

{style tips.}

A quick coat of delicious or colorful gloss before you leave the house can be a great pick-me-up. It is much easier to apply than lipstick (so if you really are disoriented that day and apply out of the line, it’s easily fixable with a quick wipe!) Lipgloss gives the impression that you do care about your appearance (even on your laziest of days), since you took the time to beautify yourself. Yummy scents from Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Collection or Philosophy are cheap enough to stock up on so you can rotate the scents to your liking.

A spritz of perfume will definitely help your with your mood! Wearing your favorite, most provocative scent makes you feel a bit more glamorous and sexy even if you’re just dressed in the simplest combination of a tee-shirt and jeans. Fruity scents have the ability to energize you throughout the day with summery whiffs of orange, coconut, what have you. Once again, Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Collection of delicious little lotions and body splashes can help immensely!

Your hair doesn’t necessarily have to be done to perfection to look fashionable. Look to icons like Carine Roitfeld and blogger Rumi Neeley; that beachy, oh-look-i-just-woke-up hair is incredibly sexy and fashionable. It’s easily achieved, too. Wash your hair the night before. If you have naturally wavy hair, sleep with your hair damp, and in the morning, add a bit of mousse to hold the curls. If you have straighter hair, pull damp hair in a messy bun, and add mousse in the morning. (These are tested by yours truly; and both work quite well!)

This is the perfect time to bring elements of trends into your outfits!


La C.

44 Comments leave one →
  1. 28 December 2008 5:46 am

    Hi La C,

    WOW! I love first pic combo! What colours! Great!

    xoxo: Janet

  2. 28 December 2008 6:51 am

    love the second outfit so much! the shirt is great and a wonderful combination with these boots.

  3. 28 December 2008 7:22 am

    Great post! I love the ideas.

  4. 28 December 2008 9:49 am

    I love both outfits! I will try the first one I think for a lazy day coming up soon. It’s looks so fashionable and still very comfortable! Me like:D

  5. 28 December 2008 10:06 am

    lately i’ve been going with look number 1 because i’m too scared to wear my old jeans for fear i may find them tight haha:D gaining some pounds can be depressing… but whether one puts on a few pounds or not, oversized tops + tights are a girls best friend:) i think i ought to start going with look #2… love the bags by the way:)

  6. 28 December 2008 10:13 am

    today is a sunday like this and I absolutly wear a outfit like the first one. Maybe I post it later. Thanks for you tips. Anyway im tired and have to do so much 😦


  7. 28 December 2008 11:37 am

    I love both looks you put together, totally my style depending on the day.

  8. 28 December 2008 11:48 am

    In the lazy lumberjack plaid look, where are those fabulous booties from? I adore plaid, especially flannel and skinny jeans. You never cease to impress me with these!! 🙂

    ipod is my life! 😉

  9. 28 December 2008 11:53 am

    Hi, sweetie! Have I told you already…you’re my stylist! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    I’ve got something for you, girl. Please do visit my site. Merci! Mwah!

  10. 28 December 2008 12:12 pm

    love the curls out of bed look. it’s my MO.

  11. 28 December 2008 1:07 pm

    Hi there-I love this first set, how very inspirational!!

  12. 28 December 2008 1:23 pm

    Perfume always helps me feel better about my appearance, good call! Great post, as usual girl 🙂

  13. 28 December 2008 1:23 pm

    i love my lazy days soooo much♥

  14. 28 December 2008 1:37 pm

    Love the dress¡

  15. 28 December 2008 1:58 pm

    I love your outfits 🙂
    Btw merry christmas 😉

  16. 28 December 2008 2:24 pm

    I love lazy days, the first outfit is so so perfect for relaxing.

  17. 28 December 2008 4:05 pm

    I love those lazy days….actually I am having one, lol.

    I love beige and black combination … it really is a perfect outfit 🙂

  18. 28 December 2008 4:16 pm

    Love everything ab the 1st look

  19. 28 December 2008 4:23 pm

    OH I love both combos!!!


  20. 28 December 2008 4:49 pm

    Love the first look, particularly the tunic. Though if it were a truly lazy day for me, I would wear flats, LOL!

  21. 28 December 2008 4:59 pm

    Oh La C, you’ve done it again. What a wonderful, inspiring post. I love the polyvore’s you put up. You have incredible taste.

  22. 28 December 2008 5:11 pm

    I really like the first outfit, so cute and feminine. Looove it!
    Happy holidays!

  23. 28 December 2008 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the great tips! A little can still go a long way on those days where you just don’t feel like trying. Sometimes, effortless looks even better than an overly put-together look! Love the first outfit’s colors and silhouette – it was cool in gr. 5 and cool again now!

  24. 28 December 2008 5:25 pm

    I absolutely loved the first outfit! Looks so comfy but yet stylish 🙂

  25. 28 December 2008 5:28 pm

    love these outfits. the second thing so looks like something Jenny Humphrey would wear. so cute.

    • 28 December 2008 5:59 pm

      aw darlings, thank you so much! i’ve actually had aspirations of becoming a stylist at one point. it really would be a fabulous job… rachel zoe, anyone? 🙂

      to fashion CHALET: the booties are from topshop, i think! aren’t they amazing? i seriously need a pair exactly like those!

      to demi: the top is from La Garconne!

      La C.

  26. 28 December 2008 5:58 pm

    loveee lazy days! I haven’t had one in a while actually….
    I love the first top – so comfy and chic! wheres it from honey?
    and perfume definitely does make you feel better!

  27. 28 December 2008 6:15 pm

    Again, gorgeous! Especially look #1 and the Givenchy bag!

  28. 28 December 2008 6:22 pm

    I’m always amused by hair advice that includes a “messy bun.” Or the words “just throw it in a ponytail” or anything else that I guess is very easy for people with sufficiently long hair. Alas, I am not one of them!

  29. 28 December 2008 7:19 pm

    I love this post! The first outfit is my favorite.

  30. 28 December 2008 7:33 pm

    Love the first outfit!

  31. 28 December 2008 7:35 pm

    i absolutely adore look one. tres chic!!!

  32. 28 December 2008 7:45 pm

    Your blog is simply adorable, and I love it!

  33. 28 December 2008 8:04 pm

    The lipgloss idea is a great tip! And I realise that it can really lift your look and keep from looking haggard. I’m going to try that a little more often 🙂

    Loved this lazy sunday Post. Why not do one on how to spruce up Monday Blues? They plague me all the time!! 😦 Like now! *sobs on desk*

    I am also always happy to see Givenchy Nightingales. So thanks for putting their pictures up. 🙂

    SEAH :p

    • 28 December 2008 8:18 pm

      to hui: i love nightingales too 🙂 oh, how i would love to own one, in all its buttery leather glory!! i’ll be sure to do a post soon on monday blues, just for you darling! they plague me all the time too 😦

      La C.

  34. 28 December 2008 9:34 pm

    Hi La C! I love love love the first outfit!

  35. thebaglady permalink
    28 December 2008 10:31 pm

    i love both looks! as always, such fabulous tips!

  36. 29 December 2008 12:03 am

    wow! it feels like you were with me today! i had a lazy sunday and I wore my red plaid shirt/jeans/and boots!
    good call! 🙂

  37. 29 December 2008 1:20 pm

    LOVE all the outfits you put together

  38. 29 December 2008 3:05 pm

    I love having messy hair on lazy days, it just makes them that much happier! Love this post, it is defintly inspiring to reach for something more chic than cosy sweatpants 🙂

    Hope you had a wonderful, lazy sunday! xx

  39. 30 December 2008 1:46 am

    OMG your read my mind with the second look! I loe it so much, I seriously love plaid shirts with black skinny jeans. Everything about that look is perfect.
    Do you know who the bag is by? It’s really lovly. ❤

  40. 30 December 2008 9:35 am

    I am in LOVE with your posts. You always spin the best little stories/fantasies.

  41. 13 January 2009 5:47 am

    WOW that’s a beautiful collection,


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