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.

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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

 

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It’s getting to be that time of year…scarves! I’ve been playing around with longer versions and silk this year. It’s amazing how much even a thin scarf can take the chill off a cloudy day. The one I’m wearing is a really cool silk scarf featuring roses and barbed wire…love it! It also has a vintage feel because of the thinner profile.

A simple black t-shirt paired with a cropped jacket help to highlight the scarf. The boyfriend jeans keep the overall look casual. I added a favorite pair of kitten heels for some added pattern. These heels are really comfortable and easily go from the office to out for drinks if you need them to! I liked them so much I have two pairs in different patterns. The earrings are the first pair I ever purchased from Mio Studio. I have worn them for years and still love them as much as when I bought them. This dark green crossbody is beautiful leather and on-point as one of Fall trends: saddle bag style.

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Jeans: AG
Saddle Bag: Foley + Corinna available at Sophie Stargazer
Scarf: Rockins
Earrings: Mio Studio
T-shirt: J. Crew (on sale!)
Jacket (old): loving this one
Kitten Heels (last season): see these Sam Edelman

Despite all the rain we are supposed to get in Lancaster, I hope you can get out and enjoy First Friday tonight. Please consider stopping by to see my good friend Loryn’s art show…it’s also Art Walk this weekend. Please show your support. Enjoy!

 

vest

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!

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Of course as soon as I switched around my closet the weather did an about-face and turned cold again. There are my sweaters all hanging up top out of reach! So, I’m having to get a little creative with clothes I have ready for more summer-like weather.

I recently added this cool long vest to my wardrobe for the summer. Today I’ve paired a long sleeve v-neck under it but once it warms back up I will probably just use a tank or cami under it. I like the crisp white color and I think it will become a staple both for going out and wearing to work. And, it has pockets–I love pockets! To offset the tailored lines of the vest, I added this pair of distressed jeans. A little funk with the fringe leather bag and big earrings can take this outfit from the office to drinks at happy hour with no problem. I choose to wear boots but this would also work really well with heels.

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Jeans: AG Jeans
White Vest: Nordstrom
Black v-neck: JCrew
Black Fringe Leather Bag: Jennifer Haley available at Taupe
Earrings: Mio Studio
Ring: no longer available but similar here
Boots: Rag and Bone, loving these

I hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy

day to night

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!

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Black Level 99 Jeans: Liza Skinny fit. Find similar at Sophie Stargazer and here
T-Shirt: Kelly Wearstler, spirited printed Ts here
Jacket (old): try this classic version and loving this one for a twist
Boots: Stuart Weitzman
Scarf (old): Find wonderful selections at Taupe and Festoon
Jewelry (old and purchased from flea markets or antique markets): check out Hinesite
Red Foley + Corinna bag: Sophie Stargazer
Black Wristlet (gift from Rob): loving this and this as other options; stop in Taupe as well
Gold Earrings: Mio Studio

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!

Enjoy your weekend!

 

cozy

I thought last week was cold but it’s got nothin’ on today! It was a balmy -10 with the wind chill this morning. So, I figured it would be best to wrap myself up in something cozy.

This warm brown wrap sweater does the trick for today. It’s really versatile and can be worn open or belted. I prefer it belted because I like it to make a little bit of a waist and give me some shape! My go-to black t is layered underneath and finished with skinny jeans. The boots were a fun score when I was in LA. I love the pocket detail on the sides and the cool pointed toe.

I added some vintage and new rings, a cuff and fabulous earrings that cascade down to the sweater. When I need to head out today, I’ll be bundling up in this leopard print jacket topped off with an orange plaid blanket scarf…this coat is so warm. None of my new coats are as warm as this vintage one. Love it!

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 Sweater: (old) but similar here and on sale!
Boots: International Citizen Design House check these out for something similar
Earrings: Mio Studio (catch them Feb 20: American Craft Council Baltimore Show)
T-shirt: J.Crew (and on sale this weekend with code from website!)
Jeans: Level 99 and available at Sophie Stargazer
Vintage Coat: Hinesite
Rings: gold band (handmade and purchased on a trip); blue vintage from Mommalicious
Cuff: Undone
Lip gloss: JulVADI available at Sophie Stargazer

Enjoy! Keep warm out there this weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!

cold

So, I came back from LA this week to cold, just plain cold. A little bit of sun (not quite like LA…) and single digit temps at night. Today, it is still going to be cold. I need to be out and about so I’m feeling warm and comfortable are in order.

These boyfriend jeans are just baggy enough but not sloppy. I loosely tucked a charcoal gray sweater in and then belted them. The black and white shoes are one of my favorite pairs…I tend not to wear them much in winter but I felt today might be a good day to switch up from boots! I always find a scarf of any kind helps keep you warm just by wrapping it around your neck. This is a beautiful silky one I picked up years ago. It adds a nice bit of color and texture to the outfit. I paired silver jewelry with this outfit and an animal print crossbody.

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Gray V-Neck sweater: JCrew or check the selection at Taupe
Scarf: bought years ago but check out Festoon or Taupe for a great selection
Hoop Earrings: Festoon
Bracelets: MantraBand; Stella & Dot from Sophie Stargazer, vintage from Hinesite
Shoes: old Jeffrey Campbell so try these or these
Crossbody bag: try this or this for similar

Brave the cold this weekend in Lancaster and check out a great art auction at Annex24 on Friday and the Roots & Blues Festival both Friday and Saturday. Enjoy!

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I’m bracing for another burst of cold air this weekend and heading out for a meeting today. I want to be warm, comfortable and stylish! So, I’ve combined a new pair of grey suede OTK boots that finally just arrived (seemed like it took forever!) with a favorite pair of dark wash jeans. These boots are going to be great I think…they fit like a dream, look stylish and have just enough of a heel but (hopefully) won’t reaggrevate my back. The charcoal grey suede is really beautiful and because they have a stretch back, they fit nice and snug making your leg look thinner. A basic black T for layering is under a warm boyfriend cardigan sweater. I tossed on a cozy plaid scarf which will keep me warm all day. This scarf also pairs great with my vintage grey coat when I head out for my meeting. I needed a little pop of “something” so I’m choosing to wear these crystal earrings. You can pull these off during the day…just keep the rest of your outfit casual. I stacked a few vintage bracelets along with a favorite new one and slipped on my favorite wide band ring. A final touch is the grey leather clutch bag. It also has a strap so will work well during the day. Done and ready to go!

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Level 99 Jeans: available at Sophie Stargazer
Grey Suede boots: Ivanka Trump available at DSW
Black T-Shirt: JCrew or check Taupe and Festoon locally
Scarf: ASOS but I saw really nice similar ones at That Shuu Girl
Sweater: old, but try Taupe locally for a great selection
Earrings: old but try The Outnet or these
Bracelets: Vintage and Stella and Dot
Clutch: old but try this  or this

Have a great weekend everyone–stay warm! Enjoy

orange mini

Need to make your casual Friday outfit customer-meeting appropriate? Add a simple blazer! A black schoolboy/boyfriend style blazer is a great piece to have in your wardrobe. I wear mine all the time with jeans, skirts or shorts. Pair an orange patterned mini with a gray t-shirt and this outfit is ready to go. The twist today was adding a gold metallic oversize clutch…yes, you can do metallic during the day! A little sparkle includes a ram skull necklace layered with a vintage watch necklace. Basic hoop earrings are combined with vintage rings which I stacked. The tan boots help keep the overall look casual but still add a touch of polish. The wide heel makes them easy to wear all day from meeting to meeting.

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T-shirt: J.Crew
Schoolboy Blazer: J.Crew
Boots: old but similar here, here and here (on sale!)
Necklaces: Similar here and vintage at Hinesite or Mommalicious
Rings: Mommalicious
Clutch: Anya Hindmarch here or here. Locally check Sophie Stargazer and That Shuu Girl
Earrings: Festoon
Aviator Sunglasses: Honest Eyes

Enjoy!