Last night we attended the Fête en Blanc Lancaster—a fun pop-up dinner kicking off Summer which has been held for the last 5 years. It’s by invitation only and you don’t find out the location until the day before the event. You bring everything with you [chairs, tables, food, decorations, alcohol and all serving pieces] and must wear all white. It began in Paris in 1988 by some friends who met up in a park for dinner. They wore all white so they could find each other and so The White Party began. It’s now held all over the world around the beginning of Summer! Each year it gets bigger and bigger locally. This year Buchanan Park was the spot and it was a beautiful night.
Wearing white is not within my comfort zone so I struggle with pulling together an outfit every year. There were so many great outfits! This year I was the most comfortable and really loved what I ended up wearing. I layered a white mini skirt with a tank and breezy white sweater…each piece was so soft. I know I will wear the sweater over and over this Summer. It’s such a versatile piece (as long as I don’t spill something on it!). With black and white being a trend this year I’m sure I can pull together the skirt with one of my favorite black t-shirts and be ready to go! I have a great pair of white booties which will complete that outfit.
Here’s a visual recap of last night…Matt Titter of The Pressroom did all the menu planning and food prep for our table of 14. I tried his homemade olives and sampled caviar–two firsts for me! What a treat to have a chef custom-prepare your dinner. His wife Meg was one of the organizers of the whole event and she was truly an amazing hostess for our table.
Running into friends is half the fun! Adair Witmer, Christine Witmer (co-worker) and me.
We had “assigned seats” intentionally breaking up couples and friends so we got to meet new people.
Our chef, Matt front and center with our good friend Nancy Siler taking in the view from the opposite end of the table.
Stacey taking in the band.Paul striking a pose and looking very handsome.
Marshall and Me!
Black or white seems to be a big trend this season. I have to admit, it does make getting ready easy! I have a wide selection of white t-shirts but I tend more to the black than the white. So, today I worked white in by way of accessories.
No matter what time of year it is, I love scarfs. This skinny silk scarf is absolutely perfect for Summer. It’s light-weight and adds just the right touch to an outfit. On a recent walk to Mad Cap I found this vintage white belt…I could not believe it fit! Recently, I added this white snakeskin clutch to my collection. The silver chain detail around the edges is great. It’s such a cool bag and will get alot of use this Summer. These black and white shoes have been in my closet for years. I feel like they are a classic and I’m sure they have many more years of wear in them.
Wow, sorry for the long delay in posting. Our trip to Germany was so amazing and it seems like we have been running ever since we returned. Our trip wound us through big cities, small towns and an amazing light & sound show. It’s hard to pick a favorite…there were so many great experiences and things to see.
And, the fashion did not disappoint! One trend I saw alot of while there was layering of jewelry. Smaller pieces layered with scarves or longer necklaces. I picked up a cool peace sign charm necklace from a tiny shop in Wiesbaden. I liked it so much I bought it in rose gold and silver! Here it is layered with a choker I already had.
Here’s some options you can pick up locally. They reminded me of the style I saw in Germany.
I wanted to share a few shots of our trip. Some of these were from the Berlin Wall which was an incredibly moving day. Surreal to be standing in those spots looking at that wall which now is covered with art.
We found many neighborhood restaurants in each area we explored. The food did not disappoint! And, this was the first time I tried Sherry (I actually liked it!).
Choker: Free People
Layered Necklaces: Taupe (check out the Fig ad as well…so much fun!)
I’m hoping the sunny warm weather returns this weekend! Enjoy.
So the countdown is on! We leave for vacation on Tuesday.
It often surprises people that I travel with only a carry-on. Yep, that’s right…it all goes overhead or it doesn’t go with me. What’s the secret? Layers; neutrals; multi-tasking items and compression sacks.
For my skincare and make-up…samples or travel sizes are key. You can easily find these in most department stores or online. I’ve SaveMart (locally) to be great for the essentials like deodorant; tissues; toothpaste etc (although stock away the sample toothpastes and floss your dentist gives you and then you’re all set with no expense!) I pour my lotions, serum and foundation into smaller travel size jars so I don’t have to carry a full bottle. I’ve been trying to streamline my make-up routine anyway so this trip helped be fine-tune even more. I’ve landed on a flexible eye shadow pack from MAC that is perfect. It’s thin case travels well and the shadows can be used wet or dry so you can get day and night looks from the same mix. I consolidated my blush and bronzer into one product that provides contouring and color…again, from MAC. I’m loving the small, thin case and how nice it applies. I have a duplicate set of brushes and sponges I can only for travel. this way I know I’m not forgetting something. This roll bag holds everything I need perfectly and slips easily into a side pocket in my carry-on.
Clothing…really, one bag you ask. Yes. As you see here the key is neutrals: grey, black and taupe. And, for fun this time I’m adding a navy dress which works with black for a sophisticated touch. A few graphic tees, black and denim jeans and a gold and silver jewelry. I take a large tote as my “personal bag” on the plane—it fits magazines; my iPad; phone; passport and any other essentials I need to have at hand while flying. In my carry-on I throw 1-2 clutches/crossbodys for added interest with my outfits. Since it’s still a little cool, I’ll be taking my black trench coat—classic and goes with everything. My handy scarf that doubles as a leg warmer on the plane and two pairs of black boots will round out my wardrobe. All the clothing slips into a large compression sack, suck out the air and lay it in. Keeps everything protected from random spills and saves a ton of space. I carry one extra compression sack for all the things I buy while traveling too. Done!
I’m starting to prepare for a trip so that calls for multi-purpose outfits. I don’t check a bag…carry-on only! While that makes traveling easier, it makes packing more challenging. So, how do you make that work and still have room for all the cool clothes and shoes you’re going to buy while away?! For me it means layering pieces and neutral colors. I like to take pieces that pack small and flat and can work multiple ways.
This dress is perfect for traveling. It’s ruching style covers up wrinkles making it really easy to travel. The fabric is super soft and drapes perfectly. It can go dressy for a night out or toss on a sweater and it’s ready for a full day of roaming through museums. Believe it or not I tend to take no more than 3 pairs of shoes…the boots here are constantly on rotation all year-long; a pair of booties and maybe a pair of heels. It all depends on where we are going. For this trip I’ll probably take boots only…I suspect some cool shoes may be purchased along the way so I need room! I also keep my jewelry really simple. Typically I take 1-2 pairs of silver earrings (one for day and one for night) and 1 pair of gold; 2 cocktail rings and 1-2 scarves. I always take a large scarf on the plane to wrap around me or put over my legs…even in the Summer I have one with me!
I remember going to Maine as a kid and collecting starfish. My brother and I would roam the beach looking for them. I can still remember thinking how unique and beautiful they were. This week I’m wearing earrings that benefit the Starfish Project. They are an early birthday present from my friend, Stacey. I love them and I love that they support a woman’s organization even more. It’s such a thoughtful gift.
The earrings paired perfectly with a graphic t-shirt and distressed jeans. These jeans are quickly becoming one of my favorites…they are breaking in beautifully and are so comfortable. Even though the weather is warming up, I still wont give up my boots and today is no different. When I wear boyfriend jeans I try to pair them with heels or boots to given them some edge and keep from looking sloppy. A basic black jacket finishes out the look and makes it easily office appropriate.
The crossbody bag I’ve pulled together with this outfit is small yet completely functional! It’s a great weekend bag as well. The best part—you can change out the flaps! I love that you can customize the look depending on what you’re doing or what you’re wearing. Keep an eye out for these bags. We will be creating one-of-a-kind flaps for the MFE Wandering Warehouse event on May 7. They come in a variety of sizes so you’re sure to find one fitting your budget and needs!
I generally don’t wear big sleeves and especially not anything with ruffles. But, this is more of a “wing” style than a ruffle and it feels really pretty when I wear it. The sleeves drape nicely and give a simple black blouse an upgraded look and feel. It would go as well with a skirt as it does with jeans.
To offset the formal feel of the this top, I’m putting it with distressed jeans. These jeans are one of my favorites and you’ve seen them many times. There’s nothing like a good fitting pair of jeans! To keep them that way I always take them off and fold them neatly. I stack all my jeans on a shelf rather than hanging them and I don’t throw them on the floor or toss over a chair.
Today, I’m also bringing back a fad from years ago…the choker. I’m looking forward to pulling out some of my old jewelry and wearing it again. Look for these everywhere this Summer. My earrings were a find at ABC Carpet and Home on a trip to NYC and while I normally don’t wear orange and black—too Halloween for me—I thought they added the right pop of color and interest. A vintage bag and fun boots finish the look today!
Tonight is a big deal for a good friend of mine, she is opening her own art gallery! I am so excited for her to start this new journey…if you are in Lancaster, check out Loryn Spangler-Jones. Her new location is 110 W. King St. Enjoy…
So for me, if I’m debating a purchase (yes, it does happen!) I stop and think what are all the ways I could wear “this.” If I can come up with multiple uses for something, like that crazy amazing dress or pair of shoes, then I figure it’s worth the purchase. I have options.
I’m sure for many of you distressed jeans do not fall into the category of “options.” These are the jeans you only wear on the weekends with sneakers, right? I don’t think so. You actually have as many options with distressed jeans as you do with any other pair of jeans! I love the tension of something that appears to be ruined or not presentable paired with something higher end or dressed up. These boyfriend jeans are no exception. Sure they could work with a t-shirt and sneakers for the weekend but what if you paired them with heels, a dressy blouse for date night or a suit jacket? Comfortable, stylish and a little bit of “edge.”
Love showing off a pair of cool booties with cuffed jeans!
A turtleneck paired with a moto jacket and jeans will forever be classic. The distressed jeans give it a simple edge that takes you from work to drinks with your friends.
For you office types, toss on a suit jacket and heels to give the jeans the right amount of polish. Bonus—you are still comfortable!
I can’t believe it’s Friday already! This week went so fast…had two great meetings about the upcoming Wandering Warehouse event on May 7 at our place. Keep an eye out for more information and an invite. This year is going to be bigger and better to help mark MFE’s 10 year anniversary.
So coming off a crazy week and heading into the weekend I decided it had to be easy today. I’m bracing for the cold and layering…this dress is an old stand-by in my wardrobe. It’s simple, travels well (I swear it never needs to be ironed!) and has a great open back. I’m tossing it over off-black skinny jeans today instead of bare legs for added warmth. These suede booties are ridiculously comfortable and add some subtle color. I paired vintage jewelry finds and a handmade pair of chandelier earrings I got on vacation years ago to finish it out. This vintage clutch bag was a score from Hinesite (man, I miss that store!) and will easily help take the outfit from day to night. I’ll probably toss on a funky scarf tonight and wear this out too.
What a difference a week makes! We have had a warm up and a lot of the snow is gone…you will not hear me complaining. It’s actually warm enough to have some skin peeking out and a trend I’m seeing everywhere is shoulders. Whether it’s one shoulder/sleeve, off the shoulder, or shoulders peeking out. It’s a great option if you’re not comfortable with a strapless or if you are self-conscious of your arms.
I love this gray sweater. It is comfortable, easy and it looks great. I get compliments on it every time I wear it. I can dress it up with a pair of faux leather leggings or dress it down a bit with jeans. It feels like it needs boots so it doesn’t look sloppy and these suede platforms are perfect. And, yes, they are comfortable even if you have to walk a lot. I layered on this silk scarf and another sweater instead of a coat since it was warmer today. (yes, me in February not wearing a coat!)
I’m so ready for First Friday and time to catch up with Rob…he’s been working like crazy and we both have been going opposite ways this week so it will be good to catch up. And…it’s the Super Bowl!! Looking forward to the big game Sunday. Enjoy.