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Friday, October 27, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HOT LIST: The Corso Como Sophia

Dominant on this week's digital hot list is the Corso Como Sophia riding boot in black and tan.

Our online shoppers have been using their keyboards to snatch up these riding beauties. Can you blame them? Neither can we!

The boot is certainly a fashion find. It's got the super flat silhouette that is right on the mark for this season's riding boot trend. The shaft on the Sophia also has a little extra room so we can tuck our jeans (skinny, straight or boot cut. Yes!) inside.

Not to mention, they are a Corso Como construction, meaning one thing: Top. Quality. Italian. Design.

Because we like our Sophias so much, Lori's has come up with a Top Five list for showing off our new found favorites. We wear them with:

1. Tucked-in jeans and a tunic
2. Thick wool tights and a flowy skirt
3. Black leggings and a great winter pea coat
4. Patterned tights, a tailored blouse and a vest
5. Skinny black pants and a belted sweater

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Here's a fashion riddle for you, what's classy, sexy and sultry all over?

The answer: black lace.

Or in Lori's case, gorgeous black lace accessories! Mixing black lace with a soft color is a look we're loving for the approaching party season. And hen paired with your scrumptious new cocktail dress, lace accessories complete a sophisticated, feminine look.

We have our eyes on Richard Tyler's d'Orsay pump, Blues. It has nude satin underneath a black lace overlay, in addition to an uber hot peep toe. This year we're building our holiday party wardrobe from our feet on up!

If you're not ready for black lace on your feet, perhaps you'll be won over by Rebel Designs' divalicious cuff. Party season, here we come!

Friday, October 20, 2006

STYLE WATCH: Fashion foilage

The leaves on Armitage Avenue this week have turned gorgeous shades of yellow, orange, green, brown... gold and silver?

Yes, gold and silver!

It's been a good season for foliage at Lori's, inside and out, as some of our current fave pieces have leaf pendants. Perhaps it's because they remind us of our Lincoln Park home; perhaps it's because they've been popularized by East and West coast celebrities, or; perhaps because these are just natural, organic, and beautiful jewelry specimens.

One of our top choices is a gold Gorjana necklace with asymmetrical leaf charms. Another is Sparkling Sage silver leaf that hangs from a black leather cord. Whichever falls into your style, we think you'll enjoy these leaf pieces just as much as we do!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

TREND WATCH: Get your boots on

Riding? Flat? Dress? Granny? Boot season is officially here, hurrah! Which style are you? There are so many great styles to choose from.

No matter which style you select, boots are great for their versatility. They can be sexy when paired with fishnets and a knee-length skirt; trendy when styled with leggings, or; urban chic worn over slim, dark jeans.

Lori's wearing hers with trextured tights and a print wrap dress.

Some of our recommendations include Vic Matie's 4922 in brick red as an edgier, fashion-forward pick; Jeffrey Campbell's Paonra for mod, retro lovin' girls; and the Corso Como in black for those searching for a classy and functional choice.

Of course, we'd love to hear your choice!

Friday, October 13, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HOT LIST: Lamica boots

Lamica boots are in... both literally and fashionably, we mean.

Not long ago, Lori's received the season's first shipment of Lamicas. Boots we love for their fantastic leather, superb quality and great price (see for yourself!).

But it doesn't stop there! Lamicas also have to-die-for Italian styling; the brand has created a wonderful, yet subtle, Western look that's currently the choice of casually chic Milano fashionistas. It's no wonder that Lamica boots are now peppered all over our most recent best seller lists!

Other hot numbers are the HUE tights and Susan Daniels headbands. Check our newest silk, coif-covers here.

Of course with the city's earliest recorded snowfall ever taking place this week (!), look for functionally fashionable items like San Deigo Hat Company hats and La Canadienne boots next week!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

STYLE WATCH: Film festival fashion

The Chicago International Film Festival is hitting its stride this week, and with the silver screens and red carpets, of course, comes a style watch! And just what kind of fashion flavor is the Festival bringing to our fair city?

Well, it's not your typical Hollywood Glamorama event. As the Festival is featuring of many phenomenal independent films from over 30 countries, there is a distinct global-Indie-urban-creative vibe that's completely relaxed, fresh and cool. The scene is characterized by textures, layers and colors.

Lori's loves it!

It matches our recently rejuvenated urban attitude, ditching the "safe" in favor of something bold; kicking convention to the curb and replacing it with something that's uniquely "us."

Friday, October 06, 2006

LORI'S SUCCESS STORIES: Help me with my patent purchase!

It's been a really big season for patent leather, as it should be. Patent is rich looking, chic, shiny and gorgeous. Hurrah!

But did you know that it's also delicate and much less durable than "regular" leather? It is. Therefore, it deserves special attention.

When customers make patent purchases, we're always quick to give them a few pointers. These are from Lori's Associate Seanna, who's seen it all with this snazzy and unique material.

*Keep your patent out of heat. So, although you may want to, don't display your patent perfection in the window. Direct sunlight could make it melt. Oh no!

*Store your glossy goody carefully. We suggest a dust bag or perhaps a pillow case because patent will pick up color from other patents and materials.

*Use mild soap. Just a bit of mild soap and a clean wet cloth will go a ways in keeping your purchase lookin' like new. Remember, be gentle!

Now you're ready to keep your fab find in great shape. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

TREND WATCH: Lori's new attitude

We've seen a number of looks this season, from menswear and animal prints to runway styles. But there's one thing they all have in common- a distinct urban vibe. So what are we doing as the calendar now reads October?

We're flaunting our city edginess. We're showing off our Lori's street smarts. We're reviving our urban attitude.

Lori's secret to success? A high patent pump, dark tights or textured hose and a pair of cuffed shorts.

Some of our favorites are Via Spiga's Drama, the navy and green patent Seychelles pump and Calvin Klein tights. And if you haven't checked out the Deer Stags suede platform pumps, they definitely deserve a look, too!

How do you tout your attitude?

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