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There are so many new styles of jeans right now. I’ve been really drawn to the frayed edges but I recently discovered shadow jeans. I haven’t seen a lot in this style but they are out there. I found this pair and really liked the darker panel running down the side. The un-even frayed cuffs sealed the deal for me.

It cooled off again today so I grabbed this long black blazer instead of a jacket. We were heading out tonight and it was perfect since I didn’t need any other layers. The un-even cuffs need heels to really show off the cut…these would look great with a pair of pointed toe heels instead of booties as I did today. For going out on the weekend, I would choose either a simple black v-neck tee or silky blouse.

They are high-waisted which, honestly, I’m not sure I would want to wear all the time! Typically, I don’t like anything tight or up around my waist. But, I really feel with the high waist it makes me look out of proportion because I’m not terribly tall. It’s gonna take some getting used to…

Jeans: Level 99 Adrian (no longer available); these would be great too
Black Jacket: Taupe
Fringe Bag & Scarf: Festoon
Booties: Calvin Klein

Lancaster is welcoming bands and aspiring bands from all over this weekend for the Launch Music Conference. If you’re local come out and take in some great music…enjoy!

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I absolutely love long duster style sweaters. I can not get enough of them…I think they elevate the look of whatever you’re wearing. Most that I find are mid-calf length so when I see one that goes to the floor I have to have it!

This black sweater is super simple and goes with anything. It’s comfortable and stylish. Here I paired it with jeans and thigh-high boots but it would work just as well with a dress.

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I’m getting ready to head to LA for Thanksgiving and I’m really excited to have some down time. But, before we leave we will be hitting Lancaster for the Extraordinary Give…hope to see you out and about supporting our community and one of your favorite organizations! Enjoy.

Black Duster: That Shuu Girl
Copper Ring: LSJ Studios
Earrings: Festoon
Clutch: Clare V
Jeans: AG
Boots: Stuart Weitzman

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!

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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.

t-shirts

I love a great t-shirt. I’m pretty picky about them though…it has to be soft, a fitted style, longer length, and a v-neck or loose crew neck. I’m not a huge fan of logos or names on anything and a t-shirt is no different. But, I do love a graphic T. And, you can never go wrong with a plain black version.

The graphic T has been a staple in my wardrobe for years. It works great with a pair of jeans and fabulous heels. Or, change up a favorite skirt with one for a casual twist and easy style. As we get into cooler weather, a black leather jacket is the perfect topper for this look.

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Right now I’m really hooked on Vince’s black v-neck. When you find a style that fits you well and is comfortable, I recommend buying multiples! I’ve had so many times that I buy one “to try it,” end up loving it, and then can’t find it again. Snatch them up from the beginning.

You can find a wide selection of t-shirts locally at Sophie Stargazer, Festoon and Taupe.

Enjoy!

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When I was in high school, from what I remember, blue was my favorite color…for those who know me now you would never believe it. I fully admit 80% (at least) of my closet is black. It has been that way for a long time and I find it makes pulling together an outfit really easy! This year, I’ve added a touch of my old favorite back into the mix. When you mix black and blue together you can get navy so it only makes sense that navy pairs perfectly with black. I think adding black to navy gives it more of an edge and less of a corporate feel.

Here I added a long black duster…I can not get enough of this style of sweater. It’s so dramatic because it goes to the floor. And, it flows with you as you walk. Or, in my case, every now and then it trips me. Yes, true story. It makes me laugh every time thinking of how I look walking down the street and tripping myself! These blue suede OTK boots kept the overall look a little brighter than black boots would have. I am in air conditioning all day so no, they are not too warm in the summer! A neutral choker and simple, round silver earrings finish off the look.

Part of any good outfit is your skin. I’ve always been pretty good about taking care of mine, but I’m finding as I get older I have to change my skincare routine more often. And, even in summer I need a good moisturizer. Thankfully I have a friend who blends lotions for me! This body cream is amazing..it is rich without being messy. The good news is you can get blends she makes for Festoon. They are wonderful. I’ve also been using essential oils from time to time to relieve stress or make a room smell good. I recently was introduced to wild orange as a “wake up” in the morning…rub a little in your palms and take a nice deep breath. You will be ready to face your day minus the caffeine!

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Navy Dress: Taupe
Black Duster: Zara (similar style in green)
Earrings: Mio Studio
Bag & Lotion: Festoon
Essential Oils: Growing Granola
Boots: Stuart Weitzman, loving these as well

It’s the last weekend in July already! Come out and enjoy by celebrating at the King Street Seisiun. Enjoy!

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Steamy hot Fridays call for effortless dressing. Don’t get me wrong, I love this hot weather we’re having. Yes, I know I am in the minority. But, seriously, what’s not to love? The sun has been shining, we’ve had beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the warmth simply feels good.

Generally, on really hot days I grab a dress but today I went for a pair of draped wide leg culottes that look like a skirt. They have a front panel which lays nicely over the pants and belts at the side. The fabric is light weight and easy to move in. I picked these up at a major discount on my last trip to LA and I love them. Dress them up or down and they can take you day to night. I find a good pair of black pants or jeans are worth the money every time…they will get you out of a dressing pinch any day. I’m pairing these with a t-shirt I’ve had forever…fitted, super soft and muted colors. Plus, I love the words: Peace; Love. A good reminder for all the haters out there. A great pair of block heels and this fab fringe bag finish the look.

Fridays are my favorite breakfast as well…I add some local honey to my oatmeal and cacao to my latte. I finish that off with mixed berries including goji berries. Antioxidant packed breakfast that sustains me until lunch and tastes so good. For me, breakfast is my most important meal and it’s one I pay particular attention to inner beauty and how I’m fueling myself for the day. Having these ingredients on hand make that an effortless start to the day as well.

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Bag: Festoon
Silver Ring: J. A. Sharp Jewelers
Earrings: Mio Studio
Pants: find similar here
Graphic Ts: good selection at Pairs Eleven

If you’re in Lancaster Saturday, come out to Tellus360 and catch our friend Brendan’s band Hiding Scarlet. 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!

 

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Last night we attended the Fête en Blanc Lancaster—a fun pop-up dinner kicking off Summer which has been held for the last 5 years. It’s by invitation only and you don’t find out the location until the day before the event. You bring everything with you [chairs, tables, food, decorations, alcohol and all serving pieces] and must wear all white. It began in Paris in 1988 by some friends who met up in a park for dinner. They wore all white so they could find each other and so The White Party began. It’s now held all over the world around the beginning of Summer! Each year it gets bigger and bigger locally. This year Buchanan Park was the spot and it was a beautiful night.

Wearing white is not within my comfort zone so I struggle with pulling together an outfit every year. There were so many great outfits! This year I was the most comfortable and really loved what I ended up wearing. I layered a white mini skirt with a tank and breezy white sweater…each piece was so soft. I know I will wear the sweater over and over this Summer. It’s such a versatile piece (as long as I don’t spill something on it!). With black and white being a trend this year I’m sure I can pull together the skirt with one of my favorite black t-shirts and be ready to go! I have a great pair of white booties which will complete that outfit.

Here’s a visual recap of last night…Matt Titter of The Pressroom did all the menu planning and food prep for our table of 14. I tried his homemade olives and sampled caviar–two firsts for me! What a treat to have a chef custom-prepare your dinner. His wife Meg was one of the organizers of the whole event and she was truly an amazing hostess for our table.

Running into friends is half the fun! Adair Witmer, Christine Witmer (co-worker) and me.

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Our chef, Matt front and center with our good friend Nancy Siler taking in the view from the opposite end of the table.unnamed

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My outfit: all from Festoon
Choker: Dannijo
Earrings: Mio Studio

To get on the invite list for 2017, check out the new Fête website! Hope to see you at Celebrate Lancaster tomorrow night.

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I remember going to Maine as a kid and collecting starfish. My brother and I would roam the beach looking for them. I can still remember thinking how unique and beautiful they were. This week I’m wearing earrings that benefit the Starfish Project. They are an early birthday present from my friend, Stacey. I love them and I love that they support a woman’s organization even more. It’s such a thoughtful gift.

The earrings paired perfectly with a graphic t-shirt and distressed jeans. These jeans are quickly becoming one of my favorites…they are breaking in beautifully and are so comfortable. Even though the weather is warming up, I still wont give up my boots and today is no different. When I wear boyfriend jeans I try to pair them with heels or boots to given them some edge and keep from looking sloppy. A basic black jacket finishes out the look and makes it easily office appropriate.

The crossbody bag I’ve pulled together with this outfit is small yet completely functional! It’s a great weekend bag as well. The best part—you can change out the flaps! I love that you can customize the look depending on what you’re doing or what you’re wearing. Keep an eye out for these bags. We will be creating one-of-a-kind flaps for the MFE Wandering Warehouse event on May 7. They come in a variety of sizes so you’re sure to find one fitting your budget and needs!

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Earrings: Festoon benefitting the Starfish Project
Jeans: Level 99 available at Sophie Stargazer
T-shirt: Kelly Wearstler
Jacket: similar here
Boots: no longer available but loving these from Miista too
Bag: look for limited edition customized versions for MFE’s 10th Anniversary!

Today is my friend Loryn’s birthday…stop by her new gallery and say hello! Enjoy