shoulders

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!)

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Sweater: Sophie Stargazer
Boots: Free People
Scarf: Coach (last season) here is similar
Jeans: AG Jeans
Earrings: Mio Studio
Glasses: Albright Opticians

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.

retro

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.

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Suede Dress: Taupe
T-shirt: Club Monaco
Earrings: Mio Studio
OTK Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Here’s hoping the weatherman is wrong and there is no snow this weekend! Enjoy…

 

chillin’

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.

L1090805I 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!

 

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Suede Skirt: That Shuu Girl
Earrings: Mio Studio
Boots: find similar here
Leather Jacket: check out this one or this one
Sweater: Similar here and check out Taupe’s sale this weekend for possibilities locally
Water bottle: Swell—picked up at Sophie Stargazer

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…

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

 

shop local

Lots of opportunities between today and tomorrow to Shop Local and support the many great businesses we have in Lancaster (or in your own local hometown)! We really don’t have much to buy this year but I am looking forward to getting out around town today, doing some walking and window shopping along the way.

Neutrals are always part of my go-to any time of the year. This faux leather skater skirt is so versatile and it feels and moves like real leather. A simple v-neck sweater is a staple…I have this one in several neutral colors because I liked it so much. You can never go wrong with these basics. My knee (and over the knee) sock bin keeps growing. I was recently talking with friends about what a difference they make with boots and are so much better than tights. No binding around your middle! This bamboo scarf is fantastic and made by a friend of mine locally. The dying is beautiful so each one is slightly different. Because of the longer length you can wear it like I am here or wrap it several times to keep your neck and chest nice and cozy. She can make any color combination and if you unroll it, I’ve been known to use it as a cover for my legs on a plane. I love it when a clothing piece has options!

Rob and I will be heading out soon to walk downtown…I hope to run into you! Please support your local businesses today and tomorrow for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Here are some stops in Lancaster: Sophie Stargazer, Taupe, Festoon and Prince Street Park. We’ll be back out tonight with friends for the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas. Enjoy!

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Skater Skirt: Sophie Stargazer
V-Neck Sweater (previous season): get similar at Taupe or Festoon
Knee Socks: Taupe & Sophie Stargazer have boot socks! (good stocking stuffer too…)
Earrings: Mio Studio
Fringe Bag: Jennifer Haley (check out sale) available at Taupe too
Bamboo Scarf: Jennifer Lyn Designs

bonus

We are having some really nice weather here in PA for November so I’m taking advantage of it today and still wearing short sleeves! I love t-shirts…honestly, I never realized how much until I started to take an inventory of my closet. I have alot of t-shirts; hanging and stacked depending on the type and how often they cycle through my wardrobe. Today’s pick is one Rob brought back from Tokyo. Don’t ask me what it says because I have no idea!

Incase the office has air conditioning on, I grabbed my faux fur vest. A little rock-in-roll I guess but it will take the chill off. My stand-by distressed jeans round out the outfit along with one of my favorite pairs of Mio earrings. You know Mio has more than simply earrings…I picked up a beautiful planter as a business gift there yesterday. If you haven’t been in, stop in tonight for First Friday and check them out.

I’m adding a bonus in today on my post…so many wives (and a few guys) have asked me to post Rob’s outfits. So, here he is ready running out the door. I wish we had more men’s options locally, unfortunately he does alot of online shopping or picking things up when he travels. He has an equally strong sense of style as you can see…today he’s pairing up an orange puffer vest with shorts and boots. I love that he has really embraced boots! Guys–don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit. So many men play it safe so really it opens the door for you to stand out (in a good way!)

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Black Fringe bag: Jennifer Haley available at Taupe
Jeans: AG
T-shirts: Sophie Stargazer and That Shuu Girl have good options locally
Earrings: Mio Studio
Faux Fur Vest: (last year) but picked up at Festoon…check out new styles this year!
Boots: Plum Bottom

On Rob:
Puffer Vest: Jack’s Threads
Boots: All Saints
Shorts: Dsquared
Shirt: Diesel

If you’re in Lancaster it’s First Friday! Check out Gale Gray’s artwork and performance at the Ware Center…enjoy!

round

Wearing glasses is like adding any other accessory. Yes, that’s how I view them…they can add so much to an outfit. Glasses can change the entire look of your face. Over the years I’ve varied my frames from all colors and sizes. Styles that range from conservative to retro to bold statement. When I passed by the store with the main pair I wear now in the window I had to go in and try them…they were completely different from anything I had ever worn. I put them on and that was it!

I am now hooked on large round frames. And, they are not easy to find! I’m on the hunt for a new frame to give me options. I was really excited to have a local place find me two fantastic options. They both look great but I already have my favorite!

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Ferragamo and Valentino Frames: Albright Opticians (the Ferragamo frames are my favorite–love the animal print on the inside)

Outfit:
Black dress: Taupe
Earrings: Mio Studio
OTK Boots: Stuart Weitzman

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out The Addams Family at The Fulton…it’s going to be a blast! Enjoy

roses

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!

 

length

I absolutely love a long vest, jacket or as I’m wearing here, cardigan. I think they are dramatic and grab attention. I can also wrap the ends around my legs when I’m sitting in air conditioning all day and keep warm!

This long gray cardigan balances out the shorts. I paired the distressed jean shorts with a graphic t-shirt. This one is actually a men’s t-shirt and was a lot cheaper than most women’s. I needed a punch of color so I added these great red boots. It has been a long time since I wore these boots all day but it felt good to get back into them! A few simple accessories finished off today’s look. If you are local to Lancaster and do not own a pair of Mio Studio earrings (or any of their jewelry) you should go get some! I wear mine all the time and whenever I am traveling someone stops me and asks about my earrings or tells me how much they like them. Seriously, all the time!

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Cardigan: similar here and here
T-shirt: here’s the women’s version Label New York
Distressed jean shorts: similar here
Red Boots: Stuart Weitzman (previous season); love these and these too
Earrings: Mio Studio
Bracelet: MantraBand; loving this one and they have men’s too

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, help support Music for Everyone by attending their Barn Bash on Saturday night. Enjoy!

 

heels

I’m not a huge shorts person…I struggle with how they look on me. I like styles that hit at my knee. I feel like they’re not really a short and they aren’t jeans either! But, I don’t want them to look matronly. This second-hand find from a consignment store are my favorites! I’m not sure what I will do when they completely wear out. Right now they are at the perfect stage of “broken in” and are soft and comfortable.

I’ve been slowing playing with adding heels back into my wardrobe, although on a much more restrained basis than in my past. I think pairing a cool pair of summer heels to this outfit really makes it stand out. I could easily throw on a black boyfriend jacket or a long cardigan and wear this to work. You can’t go wrong with a comfortable graphic t-shirt either. You feel good and it adds interest.

I accessorized this look with a red leather tote which doubles as a crossbody and a favorite pair of earrings. For a work look this could be really cool with a great oversized clutch as well.

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Shorts: bought out-of-town but try TwiceFound
T-shirt: Eleven Paris
Tote: Foley & Corinna from Sophie Stargazer; for an oversized clutch I love this and this
Heels: That Shuu Girl
Earrings: Mio Studio

The weather forecast is hot and sunny…perfect if you ask me! A short drive outside of Lancaster is the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show this weekend (Mio Studio will be there!). It’s a beautiful setting and wonderful selection of art. Get out and enjoy!