comfortable movement

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and you were able to share it with family and friends.

Not that we haven’t been hearing about holiday shopping since before Halloween, but today marks the “official” start of the holiday shopping craziness! This year I don’t have alot of shopping to do…just a few things to pick up for my niece and nephew who are getting older and have very specific “wish lists.” Bummer!

However, since I am on a few days vacation I will be getting out today to take in the crowds and enjoy the holiday spirit. Besides, I really need to walk after all the eating yesterday!! So, comfort (and style) will be key. I’m pairing skinny distressed jeans with a comfortable graphic t-shirt. Low-heeled booties with a fun pattern add some interest and will allow me to comfortably walk all day. Since I’m not on the East Coast right now, I’m tossing on a long flowy sweater for impact. My Jennifer Haley fringe crossbody bag adds the right amount of style to finish off the outfit. And, even though I am away, my Mio Studio earrings are always on hand along with my Stella and Dot bracelets!

Please try to save some of your shopping for Saturday and support Small Business Saturday in Lancaster or in whatever city you might be in this holiday weekend. The local shops really make all the difference and they need everyone’s support!

Enjoy the weekend and keep warm if you’re on the East Coast!

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T-shirt: Eleven Paris, try That Shuu Girl or Sophie Stargazer locally for cute tops
Earrings: Mio Studio
Crossbody (also works as a clutch!): Jennifer Haley available at Taupe
Bracelets: Stella and Dot available thru Sophie Stargazer
Booties: Giuseppe Zanotti (no longer available), these are also cute for some punch
Duster Cardigan Sweater (no longer available): Nordstrom, try Festoon locally

distressed skinny

I’ve been on the hunt for a comfortable pair of distressed skinnies and I think I found them! These fit perfectly in boots which is essential this time of year and yet they are still comfortable; holding up all day without sagging. A perfect black cardigan with t-shirt layered underneath keeps the outfit polished but still comfortable. A fun infinity scarf will keep the cold off my neck. I kept my jewelry simple with silver hoops and ring. The ankle length of these jeans lets them easily be changed up for a night out with a great pair of heels and a sheer blouse.

I’m really loving oversized clutches recently, especially for day. I think they add an unexpected twist to a daytime look. This one not only adds that twist but the gorgeous green leather adds a punch of color. It’s large enough to carry all the essentials and you can even tuck a small notebook or iPAD into it for meetings.

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Distressed Skinny Jeans: AG; also loving these Level 99 (find jeans at Sophie Stargazer)
Cardigan: Old Navy (on sale!); also check Taupe locally
Boots: Rag and Bone (gray on sale!); here’s a cool wedge pair that would look great (find Frye boots at Charlotte Shoppe too)
Scarf: Marshalls but check out Festoon and Sophie Stargazer too
Earrings: Festoon
Ring: purchased on a trip but check out this and this
Clutch: ClareV; Taupe has beautiful clutches as well

If you are out and about tonight, please be sure to make a donation to the organization(s) of your choice as part of the Extraordinary Give. Stop by Characters Pub where I will be after 6 for Leadership Lancaster. Enjoy!

you only live once

It’s been said a million times and a million different ways, but in the end, it is true…you do only live once! This is a saying that is ringing particularly close to home for my family right now and so for today’s post I am taking a little different route than I normally do.

Last night I was thrilled to be asked to participate in a Pop-Up Holiday Style show hosted at Mercedes-Benz of Lancaster. One of my local favorites, Taupe, invited a great group of women to be models during the event and I was one of them. It was so fun to meet the other woman and spend time with my sister-in-law and her mother who were also modeling. We were treated to showcasing some of the most beautiful clothing, jewelry and furs while surrounded by gorgeous cars! It was such fun to talk with the people attending while helping to promote these great businesses in Lancaster.

And, it struck me, we all get so busy (especially this time of the year) with life. We forget to cut ourselves some slack and do something nice just for you once in a while. We work hard, we juggle alot and we try to give back where we can but often we feel it’s not enough. Whether it’s time to yourself, a new lipstick, that outfit you’ve been watching or an amazing fur…you should do it. Be good to yourself. You will be amazed at how you feel and how good it makes everyone else around you feel too.

Get out and enjoy this weekend and if you can, please stop in and support some of these wonderful businesses in Lancaster! A special thanks to my husband Rob for being there to support us and take pictures while working his own style!

(Ok, this fur below was truly amazing I have to say!)

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Pollack Fashion Outerwear
Taupe
Vanscoy, Maurer and Bash Diamond Jewelers
Bed & Bath Affair

Fur

Not only is today Friday, it’s First Friday here in Lancaster. For us that means popping in and out of restaurants, strolling art galleries and reconnecting. The city streets will be bustling with friends and visitors roaming our city. So, today I decided to show off a Friday night outfit rather than what you will run into me in during the day.

Animal print never goes out of style and I particularly like the light background of this leopard shrug. I’m letting it take center stage by keeping everything else fairly simple…a black v-neck sweater paired with skinny dark wash jeans. These jeans are one of my favorites. They are so comfortable, fit beautifully and because they are a dark wash, they can easily dress up an outfit. The oversized clutch in green adds a punch of color and is a nice contrast to the other basics. I chose a pair of jeweled stud earrings because they pick up some of the green tone and complimented the vintage shrug. Stacked bracelets and rings in gold finished out my accessories. I’m working my way back into heels after my back injury but keeping them just for going out right now! The Dior black leather pointy-toed heels are the perfect ending to this outfit.

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 Vintage shrug (from an estate sale): find similar locally at Hinesite and Mommalicious
Black v-neck sweater: can find similar at Festoon and Taupe
Level 99 jeans: Sophie Stargazer
Black pumps: Ditto Couture
Link Bracelet: That Shuu Girl; Vintage gold bracelet: similar locally at Hinesite
Rings: personal but find similar at Hinesite or try here
Earrings: Stella and Dot, find at Sophie Stargazer
Clutch: ClareV. Find great clutches locally at Taupe

Enjoy your weekend! Check out First Friday.