date night

I look forward to Friday night because it’s always a night Rob and I try to do something together. We try to be home from work “on time” and most of the time we go out somewhere in the city. One of our favorites has become The Pressroom’s new outside bar area…the mahi fish tacos are to die for!

This black dress is an easy option for going out. It’s from Tart and is super soft…I love how it drapes in the front. It also is very light weight so it would be a good choice for hotter Summer nights. If I want it to be a little more casual I wear booties and add a jean jacket. Here, I dressed it up with kitten heels.

I added some silver jewelry and a vintage white clutch purse. With a black dress though gold accents could work just as well! So many options…

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Black dress: Taupe [they are having a huge sale right now too!]
Heels: Sam Edelman also loving these [on sale!]
Earrings: Mio Studio
Ring: [check store for style here] Sophie Stargazer
Bracelets: MantraBands, Stella & Dot from Sophie Stargazer
Clutch: vintage, check here or this would be great [and right in time for Fall]

I’m hoping to grab some time this weekend out on our new rooftop deck. I hope you find a way to enjoy the weekend and maybe get a trip in to downtown Lancaster! Enjoy…

chocolate

Last night Rob and I had so much fun hosting a Craft Beer & Chocolate pairing. The event was for Leadership Lancaster’s Leader’s Circle members and was presented by Craft Tastings. I am a Board member of Leadership Lancaster and Rob and I co-chair the Leader’s Circle group…it is a great organization connecting leaders in our community. This tasting was put together by our friend Greg Orth who walked us through the various beer and chocolate pairings. It is so amazing how much the flavors change when combined!

So, this was a day I needed an outfit to get me through work and right into this event. A little black dress was exactly what I needed and this one is perfect. It is comfortable and stylish and can easily switch gears to get you from one thing into another. I tossed on a distressed jean jacket and low heeled boots for my day at the office. Then when I got home, I lost the jacket, switched up my boots and was ready to greet our guests for a fun night! Check out the racerback styling of the back. It’s such a versatile look and I know this dress will carry me well into Fall by simply adding a long sleeve t-shirt or sweater.

I kept my jewelry pretty simple so I wouldn’t need to change it…a favorite pair of earrings and a couple of statement rings were all I needed!

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Black dress: Taupe
Distressed jean jacket (old): try this or this
Boots: Miista (old) but try these and Rag and Bone
Earrings: Mio Studio
Ring: Crystal ring available at Sophie Stargazer
Bag: Foley and Corinna available at Sophie Stargazer

If you’re looking for something different to do as a fundraiser or just a night together with friends, give the Craft Beer & Chocolate Pairing a try–you will not be disappointed. Even your non-beer drinkers will enjoy it and find something they like (I did!). And please check out Leadership Lancaster. Have a fantastic weekend…enjoy!

 

kimono

If you’re looking for something that’s not quite a sweater and isn’t nearly has heavy or structured as a jacket, the kimono might just be the thing you’re looking for! It’s a great piece for summer…breezy and colorful but gives your arms some coverage. Some are plain and some heavily patterned like mine.

Today I’m pairing mine with a simple black tank and skinny jeans. For work I’m putting it with black booties but if I was wearing this out, I would probably do some heels. You could easily do this look with flat sandals though too and it would look just as stylish. Keeping with a casual vibe I’m adding this great black fringe bag. I just love this bag…it can work as a clutch style like I’m showing here but it also has a shoulder strap.

Gold jewelry accents finish off the look.

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Kimono: the one shown is from Poppy and Stella but locally Festoon had some great sheer lacy styles
Black tank: Old Navy
Jeans: AG
Boots (old): try these or these
Earrings: Mio Studio
Bracelet and Ring (old): try here and here for similar
Bag: Jennifer Haley available at Taupe

I think all the rain has cleared just in time for the weekend! I will be hanging out at Live on Vine…if you’re in Lancaster and not at the US Women’s Open, stop by! Enjoy…

happy 4th

So, I was looking for something that would be comfortable yet work for the holiday weekend. I paired this cropped lightweight sweater with a distressed pair of denim shorts. I always like these shorts with heels or boots, of course they work with slip-on sneakers too for a more casual look. I decided to clash all the reds from the boots to the bag to the sweater. Not something I generally do, but for this I thought it worked. A simple pair of black teardrop earrings and layers of gray bracelets finish out the look and keep it casual.

 

15July115July2Sweater: Zara similar here and here
Denim shorts: similar here
Earrings: Taupe
Bag: Foley and Corinna from Sophie Stargazer
Bracelets: City Folk Gallery
Boots: Stuart Weitzman (older style) but loving these…having a sale!

I hope you have a fun-filled holiday weekend…enjoy!