ruffle sleeve

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!

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Black Ruffle Blouse: ASOS
Jeans: AG
Vintage bag: Hinesite which is closed but loving this
Earrings: similar statement earrings here and here
Choker: Free People
Boots: Plum Bottom Shoes

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…

jumpsuit

I have been on the jumpsuit bandwagon since last year…they are so easy! It’s practically like a dress in that all you need to do is add a few key accessories and you are good to go. This one is a change for me because I’m trying a run at culottes. I really think this pant style works best on someone who is taller than me but I’m adding some platform boots to help make up for it! Another option would be a great pair of pointed toe shoes. And, for all my regular readers…no, this is not what I’m actually wearing while working from Lancaster.

Today I wanted to take a little liberty to plug an event our building is hosting on Saturday to benefit Music for Everyone (MFE). It’s a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to making sure music stays in our local schools and community. For the second year in a row we are holding the Warehouse Wandering at the Box Company Flats. This event brings the neighborhood and community together for a night of fantastic music (4 bands and a DJ this year) and pairs them with local artists in a converted warehouse space. Guests can roam through 4 floors listening to the music; grabbing a drink and great food and purchasing art. Proceeds from the sales that night keep music flowing in Lancaster County! The combination of art and music is near and dear to both Rob and I so it was easy for us to get behind the event and help make it happen. It’s also a night to dress up and have a good time…this is where the jumpsuit comes in!

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Event information: The Warehouse Wandering
Special thanks to: Adam Hoke Photography; Characters Pub; Commonwealth on Queen, Miesse Candies and Annex 24. Check out the event page above for the bands!

Jumpsuit: ASOS; try Taupe (big sale on now) and Festoon locally for options as well
Earrings & Bracelet: Mio Studio
Boots: similar here and here

I hope you are enjoying the warm weather we’ve been getting here in Lancaster as much as I have been. Have a great weekend and please consider giving back and getting involved in your community in anyway that makes sense for you–you can make a difference!  Enjoy…

officially summer

Today is going to be a flurry of activity ending with a family get-together at our place…yes, I am cooking. At least pieces of it! So, I pulled something together that would be flexible and carry me throughout the day. A quick switch at night to a skirt and I’m ready to go.

This weekend is the official start to Summer so I’m kicking it off with an on-trend pair of cropped jeans. They work really well with low heels or with higher heels for a night out and I’m loving these sporty ankle socks. I just think they are fun addition to the outfit. My trusty black jacket steps up the t-shirt but will also keep me comfortable when going in and out of air conditioning. As the day gets warmer, I can toss that aside. A day clutch adds some polish. I kept my jewelry pretty simple but could add more statement pieces if I wanted to take it to a “night” look.

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Cropped Jeans: Hudson similar here
T-shirt: Eleven Paris
Black Jacket (old): similar here
Socks: ASOS (out of stock but these are similar)
Shoes (old): see this new version at Reed Krakoff
Earrings: Mio Studio
Bracelet: Mantra Band
Clutch (old): find similar clutches at Festoon and Taupe locally

What says “Summer” more than ice cream?! My brother and sister-in-law, along with their partners, are opening a neighborhood ice cream shop today!
Check out Splits & Giggles…enjoy the holiday weekend!

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!

grey

I’m bracing for another burst of cold air this weekend and heading out for a meeting today. I want to be warm, comfortable and stylish! So, I’ve combined a new pair of grey suede OTK boots that finally just arrived (seemed like it took forever!) with a favorite pair of dark wash jeans. These boots are going to be great I think…they fit like a dream, look stylish and have just enough of a heel but (hopefully) won’t reaggrevate my back. The charcoal grey suede is really beautiful and because they have a stretch back, they fit nice and snug making your leg look thinner. A basic black T for layering is under a warm boyfriend cardigan sweater. I tossed on a cozy plaid scarf which will keep me warm all day. This scarf also pairs great with my vintage grey coat when I head out for my meeting. I needed a little pop of “something” so I’m choosing to wear these crystal earrings. You can pull these off during the day…just keep the rest of your outfit casual. I stacked a few vintage bracelets along with a favorite new one and slipped on my favorite wide band ring. A final touch is the grey leather clutch bag. It also has a strap so will work well during the day. Done and ready to go!

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Level 99 Jeans: available at Sophie Stargazer
Grey Suede boots: Ivanka Trump available at DSW
Black T-Shirt: JCrew or check Taupe and Festoon locally
Scarf: ASOS but I saw really nice similar ones at That Shuu Girl
Sweater: old, but try Taupe locally for a great selection
Earrings: old but try The Outnet or these
Bracelets: Vintage and Stella and Dot
Clutch: old but try this  or this

Have a great weekend everyone–stay warm! Enjoy