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Putting It Together No. 7: Color block chic.

This week Lori's continues its new series in the fashion blog: Putting It Together. We'll show you how to marry some of our favorite pieces in perfect harmony.

After all, the style world can get difficult to navigate and fashion matchmaking is fun... and much less risky than the potential horror of setting your best friend up with your co-worker.

Putting It Together No. 7: Color block chic.

Wanna look fashion-forward yet natural, without the appearance of hours spent in front of the mirror? Lori's says, try a color block ensemble. It's bold. It's fresh. And it's sooooooo now.

We've paired High Fashion's color block clutch with a pair of purple Jeffrey Campbell flats, and topped it with a nifty gold cuff.

Lori's Update: Linda Emmerman trunk show.

Come see our own Linda Emmerman, sales associate extraordinaire and creator of Big Dot jewelry, as she will host a trunk show Friday, September 21st at Lori's Deer Park.

Linda's earring and necklace designs have been some of Lori's best sellers over the years. And now she has created a special line just for this event (preview pieces from the line below).
Customers will be able to place orders for the new pieces at the show.

Please call the Deer Park store at 847.550.8610 for more information.

Not able to make it to the show on the 21st? Come see Linda and her new collection next Saturday, September 28th at Lori’s Highland Park!

Lori's Update: Ladies' Night in Naperville.

Attention Lori's Naperville Ladies'. Join a gaggle of shoppers downtown N'ville Thursday, September 20th for a throng of special offers, discounts and services at tens of local stores and restaurants.

Lori's Naperville is participating, offering 10% off everything in the store. Wow!

The Naperville store is located in the heart of downtown at 27 W. Jefferson. Call the store, 630.416.3663, or click here for more information.

This Week's Hot List: Gentle Souls wedge.

Lori's has been on Cloud 9 this week.

Or it feels like we're walking on Cloud 9, thanks to our dreamily comfortable new wedge from Gentle Souls. And it appears others feel the same way.

Why? Because Gentle Souls' Ridge-Amaru is at the top of this week's Hot List!

The Ridge-Amaru is an adorable and versatile little wedge that just happens to sport revolutionary comfort, too. Its cushioned footbed is padded with Flaxseed pillows that mold to your feet as you walk. The insole is lined in ultra soft deerskin.

Cloud 9. Ahhhhhhh.

Lori's Update: As Seen in TimeOut. And Where. And the Sun Times.

Lori's flaunted its expertise, style and value this week, appearing in Second City staples TimeOut, Where, and the Chicago Sun Times.

Lori's supplied a pair of cap toe, herringbone Deer Stags pumps to one TimeOut writer who had the assignment of wearing the 4+'' heels for three straight days. The verdict?

"The shoes make my hips move in crazy-fun ways, and the added height is empowering."

We couldn't have said it better.

In the September '07 edition of Where magazine, Lori's was tabbed as the City's shoe “"Save," noting the Lincoln Park location has, "arguably the best selection in the city, especially in the under-$100 price range."

And finally, Lori's made an appearance in the Wednesday, September 12 Sun Times, lending an expert opinion on the upcoming season's trends. View the spread for a full rundown, but Lori had three tips for footwear: flat boots, booties, and mary janes.

Thanks, Chicago.
STYLE WATCH: Oversized clutches

Take it from us, the clutch is no longer a little bag picked to blend into your outfit with the sole purpose of carrying keys and a tube of lipstick. No ma'am. It's gone from being a silent spectator to a shining star; hand candy; an accessory to admire.

And it's here to stay.

Lori's favorite, statement-making handhelds are large, leather and colorful, like High Fashion Handbag's color block clutch, or Hobo's classy Amelia in rouge (which looks absolutely amazing with a tailored navy blazer, dark denim and pumps).

So give your shoulder a brake, your hand a chance to shine, and let the heads turn.

This Just In at Lori's: One boot. Two looks.

One fabulous, Italian suede boot. Two hot looks for fall.

We're talking about Luana, a luxurious boot that goes from casual to sexy chic with a simple flip of the collar.

Lori's will fold the collar down during the day, wearing it over jeans or with textured tights and a short trapeze dress. Then transition Luana into a knee-boot, lifting the collar and pairing it with tights and a belted sweater.

How will you wear it?

Priced under $200, it's a frugal fashionista find while still qualifying for Lori's limited time free shipping offer. Through September 19th, receive no-charge shipping on all orders of $150 or more (pre-tax).

Now that’s a deal.