retro

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you are as stress-free as possible today and into next week. Remember…breathe and if all else fails, “sip.” If you’re looking for something to kickoff the holiday season without any fuss or stress, check out the dresses at Taupe. I picked up this retro black version and love it.

This style can be super sexy if you leave the drawing string front a little loose or can be plain fun if you tighten it a bit. The length is perfect for OTK books. Here I’m wearing it with taupe suede boots which really play up the retro vibe. But, a pair of sleek black OTK heels look equally as good and tone down the retro vibe of it. I’m planning on wearing this out for a date night with Rob following Christmas.

It also pairs equally well with gold or silver accents. Because of the taupe boots I chose gold here but when I do my black boots I tend to go silver.

The bell sleeves are amazing and I love the flare they bring to the outfit.

Enjoy your time off (I hope you’re getting some), family and friends!

Taupe is open today and tomorrow if you need that special last minute gift or outfit! Enjoy

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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!

tassel

Tassels are everywhere this season. I’ve been dying to try out this trend but had not found the right piece. One my last trip to LA we stumbled into a great little boutique and I found these wine colored tassel earrings. They are pretty dramatic!

I’m pairing them two different ways. My guide when wearing big earrings like this is to keep everything else around my neck bare or simple. Other accessories should stay simple as well in my opinion. So, I’ve taken the same wide leg pants and acrylic booties and styled them two different ways.

 

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Here I went with a more casual look. This silk t-shirt is so comfortable (and also looks great with jeans!) and slightly tucked in gives a casual look. Adding a vintage bag and flea-market-find cuff finished this look.l1100213

Change the top to a sleek black knit and this outfit is ready for a night out! I switched up the bag to a tan leather clutch as well.l1100198 l1100194l1100190

Wide leg pants: see similar at Festoon or here
Tassel Earrings: Melody Ehsani
Acrylic Black Heels: Calvin Klein

I think this weekend is supposed to be a little rainy and cool…I guess Fall is here. Maybe a good time to hang inside…Enjoy!

comfort

This has been a week of meetings! I’m sure some of you can relate to that…running from one thing to another. I’m really looking forward to the weekend.

So, when I have a week like this I need to feel comfortable. These distressed jeans from Level 99 are the perfect choice. They fit well and have a great distressed edge to them. When I wear jeans like this I tend to prefer a heel of some sort. I think it adds a little polish and keeps them looking pulled together and not sloppy. I paired them with a simple black tank and a long black jacket. The jacket detail is not showing up but it has fun zipper pockets and silver metal piping across the shoulders. The fabric drapes so nicely and is really soft. I know this is going to be a key piece of my Fall wardrobe. The silver booties are one of the best purchases I’ve made recently. Metallics are popping up everywhere for Fall. They are easy to wear, add a pop of shine and can work with anything from jeans to dresses.

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Jeans: Level 99 from Sophie Stargazer
Black Jacket: Taupe
Fringe Bag: Festoon
Silver Booties: Nordstrom

Even though I’m looking forward to the weekend, it will not be a quiet one. Tonight we are part of a VIP party for Habitat for Humanity’s Renovator’s Home Tour. MFE’s UnGala is Saturday night and we’re expecting it to be a fabulous evening…you can still get tickets! Hope you have a good weekend and maybe I’ll see you at one of these events! Enjoy.

multi-purpose

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!

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Dress: Taupe
Boots: Stuart Weitzman
Long Sweater: a favorite for years, another option here
Scarf: Leigh and Luca, love this one too
Earrings: Mio Studio

We are heading to see our niece Georgia in Grease tonight…can wait to see her! Hope to bump into you this weekend around the city. More travel tips next week. Enjoy!

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…

options

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.”

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Love showing off a pair of cool booties with cuffed jeans!

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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.L1090874 L1090869

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!

Boyfriend Distressed Jeans: Level 99…just in at Sophie Stargazer
Earrings: Mio Studio here and similar here
Booties: Plum Bottom Shoes
Heels: Sam Edelman (on sale!)

We are off to NYC this weekend after celebrating with the Atomic family tonight. Check out the Roots & Blues Festival coming to Lancaster next weekend…hurry and get your tickets! 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.

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We’ve been snowed inside like everyone else in our area. It’s given me some time to catch up on projects as well as forced some relaxation! As much as I hate the cold and snow it does look really pretty until it starts to melt and gets dirty. It always seems the sky looks so much more blue right after it snows…have you noticed that?

I grabbed a warm wrap sweater to cut the chill. A patterned t-shirt and distressed jeans make the base of my outfit. The boots dress it up a bit and add interest with the snakeskin inserts on the side. These could easily be switched out for any booties. This orange plaid scarf is oversized, a great color and really warm. I love to mix it with animal print too. Here, it adds the right amount of color to a neutral palette.

 

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Jeans: Level 99 (past season) find locally at Sophie Stargazer
T-shirt: similar at Eleven Paris
Plaid Scarf: (past season) try this one
Earrings: Taupe
Hat: similar here

It will be good to great back out and about this weekend. Enjoy the end of January!