Mighty Life List
Nov 17 2009

Packing Light: Laura Mayes, Outfit 1


Speaking of The Industrious Laura Mayes, I took some photos of her outfits while I was in Greece so we’d have another perspective for the Packing Light series. Laura is an Emmy-winning writer, editor of the new Kirsty book, and fellow Broad Summit organizer. I love having her around, because even when she’s tired or having a rough time, she still seems joyful.


See what I mean?

Laura’s earrings are from Target, and she stole the flower from a bush on the hotel grounds. I was scandalized.


Laura also dressed up her ponytail by covering the band with a bit of hair. In case that seems like a Houdini-style achievement to you, here’s a quick how-to:

-Pull your hair into a ponytail like usual,
-take a piece of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the rubber band until the end is on the underside of your ponytail,
-secure that bit of hair beneath the band with two bobby pins crossed over one another in an X shape. Note: You’ll want to tuck the bobby pins into your hair as you pin so they don’t show.

And voila.


Laura got her dress at a vintage shop in Houston, and her sunglasses are Prada. Laura can have Prada sunglasses because she apparently doesn’t lose them every time she wears them like I do.


This yellow cuff is from a New York boutique, and Laura keeps it in heavy rotation.


Her patent red ballet flats are Gucci. Laura is another friend who tends to be serious about her shoes. I personally think it’s dangerous to wear “there’s no place like home” shoes when you’re vacationing in Greece, but Laura lives on the edge.


For the record, this is how Laura responds when you’ve been barking orders at her as you photograph and then you say, “Now, dance, monkey! Dance!” She takes direction well.

Tomorrow we’ll discuss Laura’s Mighty-inspired packing strategy.

12 Responses to “Packing Light: Laura Mayes, Outfit 1”

  • Abi Says:

    I love those shoes!

  • Prudence Octavia Says:

    she looks like great fun – and I love those sunglasses……..

  • Bachelor Girl Says:

    Love this outfit, and she has the prettiest smile I’ve seen in a while!

  • Edwin Allen Says:

    Here’s an interesting piece of trivia that’s only indirectly related to this post. In the original novel of The Wizard of Oz the shoes were silver and not gold because the book was a metaphoric account of the bimetallic movement of the late 19th century.
    The idea being (correct as it turns out) that by going off the gold standard to a silver and gold standard, you could help farmers with the exploded debt of deflationary agriculture commodity pricing by debasing the currency. Apparently, they changed it in the movie to obscure the reference.
    The point here being that there’s no-place-like-home shoes would then be silver and not ruby.
    Still, pretty stylish. But, then again, so are all yr friends. The skirt contrasts nicely with all the whitewash.

  • Fable Says:

    Georgous! LOVE the dress! and the Shoes!

  • Darci Says:

    Great…now I am obsessed over that dress. Thanks

  • Amy --- Just A Titch Says:

    That dress is gorgeous, and she looks so happy!

  • Up Mama's Wall Says:

    I love her vibe and I love her “that-would-work-for-big-boobs” halter dress.

  • Alex Says:

    This is not doing much to deter my recent dress fixation.

    PS: Very fun fact, Edwin Allen!

  • smallstatic Says:

    That cuff is excellent! Alexis Bittar maybe?

  • latenac Says:

    Love the outfit. All the details are great and the dress is perfect for her.

  • Erin Says:

    bobby pins have an aversion to my hair. that would never work for me. laura, however, looks very cute indeed.