I love dresses! Even in the winter months I still love to wear dresses. Simple, slip on styles are my favorite. This dress is the softest suede and has a really cool retro feel. I pulled a simple black t-shirt under it for some more warmth. A cropped sweater would work too but I didn’t want to take away from the overall look. As the weather gets a little warmer I can switch to a short sleeve t-shirt and even nothing under it as we get closer to summer. Don’t you love it when a piece can take you thru several seasons?!

These OTK boots are perfect and are one of my favorite pairs. Mio Studio earrings complete the look.

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Suede Dress: Taupe
T-shirt: Club Monaco
Earrings: Mio Studio
OTK Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Here’s hoping the weatherman is wrong and there is no snow this weekend! Enjoy…



We have been so lucky to have pretty nice weather to-date this winter. I love to steal time on the deck if it’s beautiful day out.

L1090805I also love to rock a skirt with booties and not be freezing! This fringe suede skirt was a great purchase—you can dress it up or down. For the weekend I pulled out a favorite cropped turtleneck sweater. Because of the higher waist on this skirt, a cropped top really is the way to go. If you’re a little self-conscience about that, wear a tank under it so your skin stays under wraps! The black leather jacket and moto booties keep it casual as well as comfortable!



Suede Skirt: That Shuu Girl
Earrings: Mio Studio
Boots: find similar here
Leather Jacket: check out this one or this one
Sweater: Similar here and check out Taupe’s sale this weekend for possibilities locally
Water bottle: Swell—picked up at Sophie Stargazer

Hey Lancaster followers who love music…help Music for Everyone kick off a year-long 10 year Anniversary celebration! The first event is January 28 at the Pressroom. Join us to learn more about MFE and start the party! 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…


stripes & fur

Today I’m mixing it up with stripes and a faux fur vest…loving the contrast between “traditional” and funky! These are pieces I’ve had in my wardrobe for years but they still work. A stripe slouchy turtleneck will never steer you wrong–look for different color combinations to update the look. I saw a perfect light gray furry type sweater vest at Festoon this past weekend…it would give you a similar look but a longer line which would be very flattering. They only had one that I saw so get there quick!

I still love my distressed jeans. These are faded, distressed and above the ankle–tripe score! These types of jean are perfect for highlighting a great pair of shoes or boots. The ones I have on today are olive suede and are so comfortable. I wish I could spring for another pair in black because I don’t think this style will ever go out so they would be a good investment piece.

I added my favorite Mio Studio earrings–these are a classic and I truly love them! Paired up with a green crossbody saddlebag this outfit is ready to get me through work but would also be a great weekend day look for running errands.



Jeans: Level 99 from Sophie Stargazer
Striped Turtleneck: JCrew (on sale today!)
Fur Vest: Festoon (check out the one I mentioned above…)
Earrings: Mio Studio
Crossbody Bag: Sophie Stargazer
Boots: Stuart Weitzman (big sale going on now!)

It’s going to be a wonderfully warm weekend in Lancaster so I hope to see you out and about…I will be running around trying to snatch up some great finds for my family this holiday season. I am so behind! Enjoy


shop local

Lots of opportunities between today and tomorrow to Shop Local and support the many great businesses we have in Lancaster (or in your own local hometown)! We really don’t have much to buy this year but I am looking forward to getting out around town today, doing some walking and window shopping along the way.

Neutrals are always part of my go-to any time of the year. This faux leather skater skirt is so versatile and it feels and moves like real leather. A simple v-neck sweater is a staple…I have this one in several neutral colors because I liked it so much. You can never go wrong with these basics. My knee (and over the knee) sock bin keeps growing. I was recently talking with friends about what a difference they make with boots and are so much better than tights. No binding around your middle! This bamboo scarf is fantastic and made by a friend of mine locally. The dying is beautiful so each one is slightly different. Because of the longer length you can wear it like I am here or wrap it several times to keep your neck and chest nice and cozy. She can make any color combination and if you unroll it, I’ve been known to use it as a cover for my legs on a plane. I love it when a clothing piece has options!

Rob and I will be heading out soon to walk downtown…I hope to run into you! Please support your local businesses today and tomorrow for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Here are some stops in Lancaster: Sophie Stargazer, Taupe, Festoon and Prince Street Park. We’ll be back out tonight with friends for the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas. Enjoy!

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Skater Skirt: Sophie Stargazer
V-Neck Sweater (previous season): get similar at Taupe or Festoon
Knee Socks: Taupe & Sophie Stargazer have boot socks! (good stocking stuffer too…)
Earrings: Mio Studio
Fringe Bag: Jennifer Haley (check out sale) available at Taupe too
Bamboo Scarf: Jennifer Lyn Designs


We are having some really nice weather here in PA for November so I’m taking advantage of it today and still wearing short sleeves! I love t-shirts…honestly, I never realized how much until I started to take an inventory of my closet. I have alot of t-shirts; hanging and stacked depending on the type and how often they cycle through my wardrobe. Today’s pick is one Rob brought back from Tokyo. Don’t ask me what it says because I have no idea!

Incase the office has air conditioning on, I grabbed my faux fur vest. A little rock-in-roll I guess but it will take the chill off. My stand-by distressed jeans round out the outfit along with one of my favorite pairs of Mio earrings. You know Mio has more than simply earrings…I picked up a beautiful planter as a business gift there yesterday. If you haven’t been in, stop in tonight for First Friday and check them out.

I’m adding a bonus in today on my post…so many wives (and a few guys) have asked me to post Rob’s outfits. So, here he is ready running out the door. I wish we had more men’s options locally, unfortunately he does alot of online shopping or picking things up when he travels. He has an equally strong sense of style as you can see…today he’s pairing up an orange puffer vest with shorts and boots. I love that he has really embraced boots! Guys–don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit. So many men play it safe so really it opens the door for you to stand out (in a good way!)

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Black Fringe bag: Jennifer Haley available at Taupe
Jeans: AG
T-shirts: Sophie Stargazer and That Shuu Girl have good options locally
Earrings: Mio Studio
Faux Fur Vest: (last year) but picked up at Festoon…check out new styles this year!
Boots: Plum Bottom

On Rob:
Puffer Vest: Jack’s Threads
Boots: All Saints
Shorts: Dsquared
Shirt: Diesel

If you’re in Lancaster it’s First Friday! Check out Gale Gray’s artwork and performance at the Ware Center…enjoy!


I’m learning to embrace the color green. It’s never been one of my favorites but when I wear it, I get compliments. Because I always love the symbolism of colors, I had to look this one up: vitality, fresh growth, and wealth. It’s generally thought of as balanced, healthy, and youthful. And, green is used in design for spaces to foster creativity and productivity. It’s also a color you will see a lot of in various shades this Fall. Colors vary from emerald to military green to olive.

I’m adding a little green to my black dress and mixing up the shades. My earrings are dark olive green cut glass with gold accents. I think gold works particularly well with green. Oh, and I really try not to do the “Christmas look” with red and green (except for the hair!). this dress is fantastic…easy, flowy and will be a staple in my winter wardrobe because I can layer it under a sweater or jacket. The boots are so comfortable and in a mossy dark green. I would love to get these boots in black as well because they are so versatile and comfortable. Enough heel to make you feel like you’re wearing one but not too much to kill your feet. A perfect mix! Topping off the outfit is this green saddle bag…hot trend for the Fall. It’s stylish and fits everything you need for daily use. The bonus is a cross body strap.

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Black dress: Taupe (they also have it in taupe!)
Boots: Stuart Weitzman
Green bag: Sophie Stargazer; Foley and Corinna
Earrings (old): similar here

I hope you all have a great weekend…enjoy!



I absolutely love a long vest, jacket or as I’m wearing here, cardigan. I think they are dramatic and grab attention. I can also wrap the ends around my legs when I’m sitting in air conditioning all day and keep warm!

This long gray cardigan balances out the shorts. I paired the distressed jean shorts with a graphic t-shirt. This one is actually a men’s t-shirt and was a lot cheaper than most women’s. I needed a punch of color so I added these great red boots. It has been a long time since I wore these boots all day but it felt good to get back into them! A few simple accessories finished off today’s look. If you are local to Lancaster and do not own a pair of Mio Studio earrings (or any of their jewelry) you should go get some! I wear mine all the time and whenever I am traveling someone stops me and asks about my earrings or tells me how much they like them. Seriously, all the time!

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Cardigan: similar here and here
T-shirt: here’s the women’s version Label New York
Distressed jean shorts: similar here
Red Boots: Stuart Weitzman (previous season); love these and these too
Earrings: Mio Studio
Bracelet: MantraBand; loving this one and they have men’s too

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, help support Music for Everyone by attending their Barn Bash on Saturday night. Enjoy!



I know there are alot of people who are ready for the warm weather to go away, but not me! I would love to stretch Summer out as long as possible. But, as the nights start to get cooler earlier I’ve been able to begin introducing some of my Fall clothing.

Anyone who follows my blog knows I wear boots all year-long. Fall means I can finally break out my OTK boots though. I have to say it’s probably one of the few things I like about cooler weather! This pair is not only stylish but they are actually comfortable to wear. I love the look with this mini and a simple t-shirt. One of the Fall trends is longer jackets, coats and vests. This tan version is going to make alot of appearances throughout the season for me…the length adds great drama and a little polish to this outfit. It also has a belt giving it a completely different look. If you work in a more formal office, pair this with a midi skirt and heels.

I layered on the accessories this time with earrings, a cool necklace (can be combined with other long necklaces as well) and bracelets. Usually I don’t add all those pieces, but it seems to feel right this time. The finishing touch is a fabulous fringe leather bag. It’s a great neutral gray color.

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Long tan vest: Lavish Alice.  Also loving this one.
T-shirt: JCrew; check out this one at Sophie Stargazer too
Mini: (last season) Sophie Stargazer; also check out Taupe for a good selection of skirts
OTK Boots: (last season) similar here; loving these
Fringe Bag: Jennifer Haley at Taupe
Necklace: (last season) try here and here for other statement pieces
Wrap Bracelet: Stella and Dot from Sophie Stargazer

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! If you are in Lancaster this weekend, please check out the Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival…enjoy!

up top

In my opinion Summer is just hitting it’s stride…I love the bright blue hot days of August! We have been working on a roof deck for a good part of the Summer and it’s down to the end so I’m using it today for a few shots.

This midi skirt is a perforated black faux leather. It drapes really well and has a good solid liner. This is going to be one I can wear year-round. I’m picturing it with socks and a chunky sweater in the Fall but for today I kept it simple with a tank top. I would wear this with anything from sneakers to boots. Here I choose a pair of platform black boots but during the day I would wear with a pair of flat boots. This skirt would also look great with a cropped shirt. I tossed on a vintage scarf for a little pattern and added color. I love how comfortable this skirt is! I keep the jewelry really simple…that is what Summer is about, right?!

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Coral Tank: That Shuu Girl
Boots: similar here and here
Earrings: Mio Studio
Scarf: vintage but check out this one
Stainless Steel Wine Glass: Mise en Place (these are amazing…I’m going back for more!)
Green nail polish: Essie (going incognito)…this is my go-to polish

Today is First Friday in Lancaster and the weather is predicted to be great…I plan to be roaming about. Hope to see you out! Enjoy