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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!

comfort

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.

travel

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!

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Dresses: Taupe
Black skinny jeans and grey sweater: Sophie Stargazer
Leopard clutch: Clare V
Fringe Crossbody: Jennifer Haley from Taupe
Earrings: Mio Studio (it’s Erica’s b-day too so they are having a sale!)

Happy Easter everyone…it’s also my birthday this weekend so we will be out and about while packing in between! Viel Vergnügen!

 

starfish

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

 

 

options

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.”

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Love showing off a pair of cool booties with cuffed jeans!

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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!

Boyfriend Distressed Jeans: Level 99…just in at Sophie Stargazer
Earrings: Mio Studio here and similar here
Booties: Plum Bottom Shoes
Heels: Sam Edelman (on sale!)

We are off to NYC this weekend after celebrating with the Atomic family tonight. Check out the Roots & Blues Festival coming to Lancaster next weekend…hurry and get your tickets! Enjoy

orange plaid

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.

 

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Jeans: Level 99 (past season) find locally at Sophie Stargazer
T-shirt: similar at Eleven Paris
Plaid Scarf: (past season) try this one
Earrings: Taupe
Hat: similar here

It will be good to great back out and about this weekend. Enjoy the end of January!

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

 

choices

As the saying goes, life is all about choices. Today is one of those days for me. My inner fashion voice says to wear the cool heels because they totally make the outfit. They add another color, some spring style and I look taller. But, right now they hurt my back so I’m opting for the cool silvery lower heels. Don’t get me wrong the lower heels are great shoes and I love them, but they are not the same!

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I’m attending an all day seminar which I’m very excited about—it’s on leadership. It promises to be great professional development and offer networking opportunities. But, you never know what seminar conditions are going to be like, so I’m trying to be prepared…especially for air conditioning. To stay comfortable but still edgy I’m wearing my distressed black jeans. These will also keep my legs warm. I paired them with one of my favorite t-shirts. It’s comfortable and stylish. Pulling it all together is my gray striped seersucker jacket. Not only will this fight off the air conditioning but it helps give the overall look a professional appearance. I added a neutral day clutch for something different and big geometric earrings.

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Silver Brogue Style shoes (old): see similar at Reed Krakoff
Graphic T-shirt: Paris Eleven
Black Jeans: Level 99 from Sophie Stargazer
Jacket (old): see loving this one
Earrings: Mio Studio
Clutch (old): see similar here and here

Have a great weekend, Happy Mother’s Day and get outside…enjoy!
My talented friends at Mio Studio will be at booth #139 at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Rittenhouse Square Show this Friday-Sunday. Check them out if you’re looking for something to do this weekend.

spring?

So today is the first day of Spring! I am looking forward to tulips, birds waking me up in the morning and warm sun. But, today, the forecast is snow. I’m hoping if we are going to get this that it is the slushy, goes away by tonight kind of snow! “Spring Snow” I think I’ve heard it called.

I had planned for a dress today but instead I’m layered up to keep warm. This vintage sweater is one I’ve had for seasons. I love that the colors are not your typical argyle combination. It pairs perfectly with one of my favorite t-shirts and a cotton striped scarf. Instead of just tucking in my skinny jeans I decided to cuff them today for a little different look. This look would also look great with a funky pair of flats. I’ve worn these boots in numerous posts and continue to love them. They also work great with skirts and dresses so you will see them again! For an added pop of color I’m including my red leather tote.

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Argyle sweater: Hinesite Vintage; new here (and on sale)
Skinny Jeans: Level 99, also similar available at Sophie Stargazer
T-shirt: Eleven Paris
Striped Scarf: old but try here or locally at Taupe or Festoon
Stacked Bracelets: Stella & Dot; also available from Sophie Stargazer; vintage flower bracelet from my grandmother but find similar at Hinesite; Mantra Band
Wedding Ring: custom from J. A. Sharp Custom Jewelers…they do beautiful work!
Boots: Rag and Bone or try these oxfords for a twist
Red Leather tote: Foley & Corinna from Sophie Stargazer

Enjoy the weekend!

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I have a meeting today and a crazy schedule so I needed to pull something together that was professional looking and comfortable. A versatile jacket can make all the difference. I’ve had this one forever but it still pulls an outfit together. I don’t usually like a belted jacket or top but this one really helps to give me some shape. The distressed black jeans are one of my favorite pairs and they are really comfortable…pairing them with kitten heels helps to keep the overall look work appropriate. The vintage bracelet I chose is just a fun pop of sparkle!

And at the end of today, I will be kicking off the weekend with a facial by the most wonderful friend and esthetician. I’ve been going to her for years and she is truly a talented lady. I think taking care of your skin, and your well-being at the same time, is one of the nicest things you can do for yourself. I highly recommend it for both men and women!

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T-shirt: Eleven Paris; eyeing up this one to add to my collection
Black distressed jeans: Level 99 available at Sophie Stargazer
Vintage bracelet: Hinesite Vintage
Fringe Bag: Jennifer Haley and available at Taupe
Earrings: Mio Studio
Kitten Heels: Sam Edelman
My favorite spa: Restoration Spa

Enjoy your weekend! If you are in Lancaster,
check out The Second Annual King Street Seisiún