date night

Friday nights are generally our date night. It’s a great way to end the week and reconnect. Or, some times it’s a great way to let loose! Whatever I wear during the day is off limits for the night out. I want to dress up and look special.

I’m not typically a ruffle kind of person but I surprised myself with this dress and like it. It’s kinda fun and flirty. A perfect date night dress! In the summer this dress will be so easy and comfortable to wear. I think it’s also going to be a good “travel dress” because it does not seem to wrinkle. For now, I’ll pair it with OTK boots and my leather jacket. Booties or flats would be perfect for summer.

Dress: Gilt
Earrings: Mio Studio
OTK Boots: Stuart Weitzman

If you’re looking for some date night suggestions, or Valentine’s Day dinner spots, try Mulberry Social, Pour, Checkers or Luca…maybe we’ll see you at the bar. Enjoy!

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The days are getting fewer and fewer to enjoy our beautiful roof deck unfortunately. But, I still love popping up there for a quick breakfast or a cocktail at the end of the day. I am finding though that the breeze is a little cooler now so a scarf like this one helps! And, of course I have to add boots…really, is there any outfit boots do not work with?! These beautiful blue suede boots not only have fringe (a trend I am totally embracing) but they also have metallic flecks. Love! I’ve mentioned before and I’ll say it again…navy and black are a great combination. The bright scarf adds a pop and a neutral crossbody bag pulls it all together.

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A few simple changes to this outfit gives it a completely different look. Remove the scarf, add a choker. Swap the fringe boots for a fringe bag…this one is by far one of my favorites. The leather is amazing. Finish it off with animal print boots of course! Ready to go to work or out for drinks with friends.

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Fringe Boots: Plum Bottom
Vince Black T-shirt (old): similar at Taupe
Skinny Jeans: AG
Vest (old): similar at Taupe or Sophie Stargazer [there’s a great off white coming in for Fall!]
Earrings: Mio Studio
Fringe Bag: Jennifer Haley purchased at Taupe [saw a beautiful red one there this week!]

This weekend is the Fall Artwork in Lancaster. Please take a walk around town and enjoy the many talented artists we have. It’s First Friday as well and my good friend Loryn is featuring Remi Crist at her gallery. Come check out this beautiful young human and her artwork…enjoy!

navy

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!

 

all white

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.

b&w

Black or white seems to be a big trend this season. I have to admit, it does make getting ready easy! I have a wide selection of white t-shirts but I tend more to the black than the white. So, today I worked white in by way of accessories.

No matter what time of year it is, I love scarfs. This skinny silk scarf is absolutely perfect for Summer. It’s light-weight and adds just the right touch to an outfit. On a recent walk to Mad Cap I found this vintage white belt…I could not believe it fit! Recently, I added this white snakeskin clutch to my collection. The silver chain detail around the edges is great. It’s such a cool bag and will get alot of use this Summer. These black and white shoes have been in my closet for years. I feel like they are a classic and I’m sure they have many more years of wear in them.

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Skinny Scarf: Rockins loving this one too
Black T-shirt: Vince but find similar at Taupe
Belt: Mapcap but try this one
Jeans: AG Boyfriend
Clutch: Taupe
Earrings: Mio Studio
Shoes: old but try these or these for a similar look

I’ll be breaking out all white for Fete en Blanc next…stay tuned for that! 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!

 

multi-purpose

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!

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Dress: Taupe
Boots: Stuart Weitzman
Long Sweater: a favorite for years, another option here
Scarf: Leigh and Luca, love this one too
Earrings: Mio Studio

We are heading to see our niece Georgia in Grease tonight…can wait to see her! Hope to bump into you this weekend around the city. More travel tips next week. 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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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.L1090874 L1090869

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