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!
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!
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!
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…
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.”
Love showing off a pair of cool booties with cuffed jeans!
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I 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!
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…
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.
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