fringe

The days are getting fewer and fewer to enjoy our beautiful roof deck unfortunately. But, I still love popping up there for a quick breakfast or a cocktail at the end of the day. I am finding though that the breeze is a little cooler now so a scarf like this one helps! And, of course I have to add boots…really, is there any outfit boots do not work with?! These beautiful blue suede boots not only have fringe (a trend I am totally embracing) but they also have metallic flecks. Love! I’ve mentioned before and I’ll say it again…navy and black are a great combination. The bright scarf adds a pop and a neutral crossbody bag pulls it all together.

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A few simple changes to this outfit gives it a completely different look. Remove the scarf, add a choker. Swap the fringe boots for a fringe bag…this one is by far one of my favorites. The leather is amazing. Finish it off with animal print boots of course! Ready to go to work or out for drinks with friends.

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Fringe Boots: Plum Bottom
Vince Black T-shirt (old): similar at Taupe
Skinny Jeans: AG
Vest (old): similar at Taupe or Sophie Stargazer [there’s a great off white coming in for Fall!]
Earrings: Mio Studio
Fringe Bag: Jennifer Haley purchased at Taupe [saw a beautiful red one there this week!]

This weekend is the Fall Artwork in Lancaster. Please take a walk around town and enjoy the many talented artists we have. It’s First Friday as well and my good friend Loryn is featuring Remi Crist at her gallery. Come check out this beautiful young human and her artwork…enjoy!

vest

Long vests are a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe this Summer. You can dress it up or keep it more casual. A vest also isn’t as heavy as a jacket but it will still give you a little bit of a cover up.

I’m heading out to LA for the holiday weekend so I grabbed my white vest for the plane. Distressed jeans are a great contrast to the formality of this tailored style. Of course I added a graphic t-shirt and a scarf. The red in this scarf brightens up the entire outfit adding a really nice punch. I can swap out the jeans for a dress over the weekend and have a completely different look with this vest. A favorite pair of ankle boots finish the look.

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Vest: similar here
Jeans: AG jeans
Graphic T: Eleven Paris
Earrings: Mio Studio
Ring: Jude Sharp Jeweler
Boots: Seychelles Chelsea Boot but see similar, loving these too

Now I hope I don’t spill anything on it! I always seems to do that when I wear white (seriously, I just got it back from the dry cleaners…). Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy!

 

b&w

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.

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Skinny Scarf: Rockins loving this one too
Black T-shirt: Vince but find similar at Taupe
Belt: Mapcap but try this one
Jeans: AG Boyfriend
Clutch: Taupe
Earrings: Mio Studio
Shoes: old but try these or these for a similar look

I’ll be breaking out all white for Fete en Blanc next…stay tuned for that! Enjoy

easy

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.

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Jeans: AG
Booties: Stuart Weitzman (on sale!)
Earrings: Similar here and here
Jewelry: this would be great or this

If you’re willing to brave the cold, check out Fire and Ice in Lititz. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone…enjoy!

shoulders

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!)

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Sweater: Sophie Stargazer
Boots: Free People
Scarf: Coach (last season) here is similar
Jeans: AG Jeans
Earrings: Mio Studio
Glasses: Albright Opticians

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.

present forward

I began working last year to improve my leadership skills. I have a coach who is helping me and it has been an amazing journey! By focusing positive energy I’m finding I can work from a whole different level. I find it really interesting to observe how much positive energy can move you and everyone around you forward and what a drag negative energy can be. Moving the present forward…not living in the past. I spent some time yesterday on our deck in peace and quiet reflecting on the joy in my life and how I wanted to move those memories forward as we hit 2016. I think it’s going to be a great year!

We’ve celebrated the end of the year with friends over the past couple of days and here is a glimpse at the outfits carrying Rob and I forward!

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Black Turtleneck (a big trend for 2016—FYI): Festoon; Earrings: Space; Green Oversized Clutch: Clare V; Jeans: AG Jeans; Boots: Plum Bottom; Long Black Vest: Paris Eleven. On Rob: Button Up Shirt: Scotch & Soda; Boots: All Saints

New Year’s Eve
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Happy New Year everyone! Enjoy…

 

roses

It’s getting to be that time of year…scarves! I’ve been playing around with longer versions and silk this year. It’s amazing how much even a thin scarf can take the chill off a cloudy day. The one I’m wearing is a really cool silk scarf featuring roses and barbed wire…love it! It also has a vintage feel because of the thinner profile.

A simple black t-shirt paired with a cropped jacket help to highlight the scarf. The boyfriend jeans keep the overall look casual. I added a favorite pair of kitten heels for some added pattern. These heels are really comfortable and easily go from the office to out for drinks if you need them to! I liked them so much I have two pairs in different patterns. The earrings are the first pair I ever purchased from Mio Studio. I have worn them for years and still love them as much as when I bought them. This dark green crossbody is beautiful leather and on-point as one of Fall trends: saddle bag style.

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Jeans: AG
Saddle Bag: Foley + Corinna available at Sophie Stargazer
Scarf: Rockins
Earrings: Mio Studio
T-shirt: J. Crew (on sale!)
Jacket (old): loving this one
Kitten Heels (last season): see these Sam Edelman

Despite all the rain we are supposed to get in Lancaster, I hope you can get out and enjoy First Friday tonight. Please consider stopping by to see my good friend Loryn’s art show…it’s also Art Walk this weekend. Please show your support. Enjoy!

 

boho

A hot trend this season is the boho look…easy, breezy, comfortable and casual. I didn’t think this would really be a look I would embrace but then I tried on this blouse. I just loved how comfortable it was and the way it draped. I immediately started running through outfit opportunities in my head. Generally I do that when I’m thinking of buying something, especially a trend piece. I want to make sure in my head I have a few options so I get use out of it.

Today I’m pairing it with a pair of torn jeans because it’s still cold to me! But, as we get into summer this is going to be perfect with either a pair of cut-off shorts or a simple mini skirt. Boots, booties or cool sandals will all work. These boots are perfect! I love their look and even though they have a heel, it’s not too high and it’s thick so they are really comfortable. The gold tips really sold me on them though–love something unexpected like that on a shoe. For my jewelry, I layered a brass bangle I’ve had for years with a leather and metal cuff I got form a dear friend for my birthday this year. The earrings are cascading gold bars.

As you know, after shoes, I’m all about the bag. This fringe black leather bag is beautiful. And, it finishes off this outfit perfectly. It can be used as a crossbody during the day and then tuck the strap in for a clutch by night.

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Blouse: Festoon. Also loving this and this.
Jeans: AG. Taupe has several options locally.
Boots: Miista. These or these would also work
Bag: Jennifer Haley. Taupe has a gold version–LOVE it!
Earrings: Mio Studio. Or try Festoon, this or this.
Tank: Old Navy…these are the best layering pieces.
Cuffs: Try this or this. Leather version made by Leslie Scott; buy at Annex 24.

This week has been about hosting events for Rob and I. Tonight, we are hosting the Executive Orientation Series class graduation. We were part of the class of 2009 and this is an organization we are both proud to help support. Leadership Lancaster offers two course opportunities…check them out!

This weekend is Art Walk in Lancaster. It’s supposed to be a nice weekend so why not get outside and enjoy some art while you’re at it. Enjoy!

fur vest

Today’s post is a repeat outfit…I’m sorry I admit it! This outfit was one I liked so much that I’m repeating it. It’s New Year’s and nothing seems to fit better than fur and sparkles so I couldn’t resist repeating at least the fur part. This black faux fur vest is just so fun and it adds some warmth as well. I layered it with a basic black t-shirt (something always in rotation in my wardrobe) and then belted it to give my waist some definition. Another wardrobe staple are these black ankle boots. They go with everything from dresses to jeans and skirts and they really are pretty comfortable. Distressed jeans keep the vest from looking too dressy for the day (my opinion; you might feel otherwise!). The vest takes center stage in this outfit so really the accessories can stay pretty minimal. I went with simple silver cascading hoop earrings and stacked bracelets. Because I’m wearing this during the day, I picked a neutral leather clutch that is a little larger so it works perfectly as a day bag but with more interest than a standard tote.

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 Distressed Skinny Jeans: AG
Funky Fur Vest: (last year’s style from Festoon) See Festoon for great layering options!
Black T-Shirt: (on sale!) J. Crew Factory & J. Crew
Tan Clutch: (old) but here’s a similar one on sale or check Taupe locally
Earrings: Mio Studio
Stacked Bracelets: Stella and Dot available thru Sophie Stargazer
Boots: Rag & Bone

Thanks for following me this year! It’s been fun and I’m looking forward to 2015.
Happy New Year!!

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!