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 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!
The night before New Year’s Eve…celebrating a good friend’s birthday.
New Year’s Eve White Jacket: Cupcake Boutique [had it for years!]; T-Shirt: Kelly Wearstler; Faux Leather Leggings: Taupe; Earrings and Bird Ring: Space; Shoes: Prada [not available any longer, but some cool options here]; Clutch: Clare V. On Rob: White Leather Jacket: was his brothers, find similar here; Jeans: Hudson; Boots: Aldo.
I’m not a huge shorts person…I struggle with how they look on me. I like styles that hit at my knee. I feel like they’re not really a short and they aren’t jeans either! But, I don’t want them to look matronly. This second-hand find from a consignment store are my favorites! I’m not sure what I will do when they completely wear out. Right now they are at the perfect stage of “broken in” and are soft and comfortable.
I’ve been slowing playing with adding heels back into my wardrobe, although on a much more restrained basis than in my past. I think pairing a cool pair of summer heels to this outfit really makes it stand out. I could easily throw on a black boyfriend jacket or a long cardigan and wear this to work. You can’t go wrong with a comfortable graphic t-shirt either. You feel good and it adds interest.
I accessorized this look with a red leather tote which doubles as a crossbody and a favorite pair of earrings. For a work look this could be really cool with a great oversized clutch as well.
The weather forecast is hot and sunny…perfect if you ask me! A short drive outside of Lancaster is the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show this weekend (Mio Studio will be there!). It’s a beautiful setting and wonderful selection of art. Get out and enjoy!
I know it’s not “officially” white jeans weather yet, but I couldn’t resist. I’m sure this will not be the first time you’ll see them in one of my posts as it gets warmer. I love the distressing and the frayed edges which hit just above my ankles. Perfectly on-trend for Summer. I wanted to keep it casual today so I kept everything neutral and un-printed. A simple scoop neck t-shirt is the perfect basic. I love this long cashmere cardigan. It gives this look just the right amount of “edge” while also keeping me warm! Long cardigans like this drape beautifully and simply feel elegant and stylish.
My twist today is this layered silver necklace. I’ve kinda gotten away from wearing necklaces lately but this one added the right amount of punch to the outfit. It’s one that could go dressy or casual…don’t be afraid to mix it up. The booties are super comfortable and have a neat speckle pattern to them. An alternative would be killer heels. That would take this outfit from day-to-night quickly. I think oversized clutches work perfectly during the day; they are something unexpected and they make an entire outfit stand out. this one is one of my favorites with the combination of black leather and animal print.
These black jeans are one of the staples in my wardrobe rotation. They are jet black with a slight suede feel and they are comfortable! Because of these features, they are a perfect day to night pair of jeans and today I will be doing just that. Another staple for me is a great t-shirt. That means a good fit and the softest material I can get. Like the jeans, this shirt delivers…I think it’s actually the softest t-shirt I own. I love the “lips” and the punch of color it adds. It is going to be fantastic in the Summer as well because it is lightweight and will pair equally well with skirts as with shorts. Because the t-shirt is light, I’m adding a basic black jacket instead of a sweater–a good black jacket is something everyone needs in their closet. During the day I will be using my red leather bag but switching up to this fun wristlet for night. Vintage jewelry and cascading gold earrings are the perfect accessories topped off with a polka-dotted scarf for some polish. We walk alot on the weekends and since it snowed Thursday I’m feeling a pair of flats are in order to navigate the sidewalks. These OTK boots are not only the best walking boots but I’ve found this year that the added coverage on my legs really helps to keep me a little warmer–bonus points!
Rob and I are headed out to see Venus in Fur tonight at the Fulton Theatre. It ends this weekend so hurry up and get out to see it. I also want to give an early 40th shout-out to my friend and beautiful artist Loryn…we will be celebrating this weekend! Check out her work!
Today we’re supposed to be getting some warmer weather so I think it’s safe to wear this graphic print dress. I’ve really come to love the shift dress for its versatility and comfort. It just works…for day, for the office or for a casual night out. I kept the look pretty simple today because the dress had so much pattern. The leather trim on the collar is a special accents and I chose not to cover it up but a scarf would certainly work with this outfit as well. Instead of tights, which I am kinda boycotting this year, I pulled on thick gray OTK socks. My favorite pair of OTK boots will give my legs any warmth they might need today. I stacked some silver bracelets and my Mio Studio earrings which have made numerous appearances in my posts. the green oversized clutch was added for some color and because the leather on this bag is just so beautiful!
I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and is relaxing with leftovers! The day after Christmas always seems like a perfect day for turkey sandwiches, movies and chillin’ with a good book or magazine.
I wanted to share with you some holiday looks from recent days. For a casual, yet funky look I pulled together skinny (reminds me not to eat too much pie!) distressed jeans, a basic black t-shirt and fun, furry vest. Sometimes vests can be a little overwhelming so to give myself a little shape, I simply belted it. I used a black leather belt so it would be a subtle accent and not draw attention to my waist. My favorite pair of booties add some height without being too much for a casual night out. A neutral tan leather clutch works well if you’re traveling and can be reused with several outfits as needed. Simple silver cascading hoop earrings and stacked bracelets finish off the look.
For Christmas Eve I wore this burgundy faux leather shift. We were driving most of the day so this was comfortable and easy. I arrived looking great with no additional prep needed before church! I simply switched out my day bag for this leopard print clutch and added OTK boots for some warmth. This black jacket dresses it up but I also pair this with a black leather jacket for some edge. At the last-minute I pulled on a plaid infinity scarf (not pictured here but shown in my “blues” post a few weeks ago) to keep my neck warm and add some interest. A thick cuff, vintage red ring and long dangle earrings were all that was needed for the finishing touches.
Distressed Skinny Jeans: AG
Funky Fur Vest: (last year’s style from Festoon) See Festoon for great layering options!
Tan & Leopard Clutchs: Wide variety of options at ClareV or check Taupe locally
Burgundy Shift: Taupe
Jacket: check both Festoon and Taupe locally for great jacket selections
Earrings: both shots are Mio Studio
Stacked Bracelets: Stella and Dot available thru Sophie Stargazer
Vintage ring: check out Hinesite
Boots: Rag & Bone Cuff Bracelet: Undone
Have a safe and happy New Year! Looking forward to sharing more fashion in 2015!
I’m getting ready to head out for a family weekend in Utica, NY and so I wanted something versatile to take me from some morning appointments to a long ride in the car and straight out to dinner. One of my go-to pieces is this simple black shift dress. It looks good and doesn’t wrinkle! I find these types of dresses are great investments. And, for the Fall, I can simply add a pair of tights and it’s ready to go. The 3/4 length sleeves also help to keep you warm in an air-conditioned car.
For the day look, I paired it with a mint green cashmere shrug sweater. The oversized green leather clutch can work day or night and fits everything I need easily. For maximum flexibility, I kept the jewelry simple by using large silver earrings, a handmade ring and vintage bracelet. My favorite black boots can carry the look all day long with no problem and they are comfortable! For the transition to dinner out at night, I just take the sweater off revealing the open back on the dress. The chunky heel of the boot helps it stay on the casual side but if I needed to be a little edgier, I would add a slim heeled black boot with more height.