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

white

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

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!

fur vest

Today’s post is a repeat outfit…I’m sorry I admit it! This outfit was one I liked so much that I’m repeating it. It’s New Year’s and nothing seems to fit better than fur and sparkles so I couldn’t resist repeating at least the fur part. This black faux fur vest is just so fun and it adds some warmth as well. I layered it with a basic black t-shirt (something always in rotation in my wardrobe) and then belted it to give my waist some definition. Another wardrobe staple are these black ankle boots. They go with everything from dresses to jeans and skirts and they really are pretty comfortable. Distressed jeans keep the vest from looking too dressy for the day (my opinion; you might feel otherwise!). The vest takes center stage in this outfit so really the accessories can stay pretty minimal. I went with simple silver cascading hoop earrings and stacked bracelets. Because I’m wearing this during the day, I picked a neutral leather clutch that is a little larger so it works perfectly as a day bag but with more interest than a standard tote.

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 Distressed Skinny Jeans: AG
Funky Fur Vest: (last year’s style from Festoon) See Festoon for great layering options!
Black T-Shirt: (on sale!) J. Crew Factory & J. Crew
Tan Clutch: (old) but here’s a similar one on sale or check Taupe locally
Earrings: Mio Studio
Stacked Bracelets: Stella and Dot available thru Sophie Stargazer
Boots: Rag & Bone

Thanks for following me this year! It’s been fun and I’m looking forward to 2015.
Happy New Year!!

happy happy

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and is relaxing with leftovers! The day after Christmas always seems like a perfect day for turkey sandwiches, movies and chillin’ with a good book or magazine.

I wanted to share with you some holiday looks from recent days. For a casual, yet funky look I pulled together skinny (reminds me not to eat too much pie!) distressed jeans, a basic black t-shirt and fun, furry vest. Sometimes vests can be a little overwhelming so to give myself a little shape, I simply belted it. I used a black leather belt so it would be a subtle accent and not draw attention to my waist. My favorite pair of booties add some height without being too much for a casual night out. A neutral tan leather clutch works well if you’re traveling and can be reused with several outfits as needed. Simple silver cascading hoop earrings and stacked bracelets finish off the look.

For Christmas Eve I wore this burgundy faux leather shift. We were driving most of the day so this was comfortable and easy. I arrived looking great with no additional prep needed before church! I simply switched out my day bag for this leopard print clutch and added OTK boots for some warmth. This black jacket dresses it up but I also pair this with a black leather jacket for some edge. At the last-minute I pulled on a plaid infinity scarf (not pictured here but shown in my “blues” post a few weeks ago) to keep my neck warm and add some interest. A thick cuff, vintage red ring and long dangle earrings were all that was needed for the finishing touches.

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Distressed Skinny Jeans: AG
Funky Fur Vest: (last year’s style from Festoon) See Festoon for great layering options!
Tan & Leopard Clutchs: Wide variety of options at ClareV or check Taupe locally
Burgundy Shift: Taupe
Jacket: check both Festoon and Taupe locally for great jacket selections
Earrings: both shots are Mio Studio
Stacked Bracelets: Stella and Dot available thru Sophie Stargazer
Vintage ring: check out Hinesite
Boots: Rag & Bone
Cuff Bracelet: Undone

Have a safe and happy New Year! Looking forward to sharing more fashion in 2015!

late!

Sorry to be so late today, but I’m sure you know how it goes!

The outfit I’m featuring includes a summer skirt that I scored on a mark-down and am now pairing with a winter sweater. If you find a skirt (or shirt for that matter) that has at least one color you can pull from for another season and it works as a layering piece…go for it! In this case, I’m pulling out the gray. This skirt also easily pairs with tights for added warmth or socks and boots. The sweater is a basic in my wardrobe…I have this same one in multiple shades of gray. I also have similar style in black…several as a matter of fact. My signature sweater style is a v-neck. Same for t-shirts come to think of it. I feel they look dressier and if you get a deep v, sexier for a night out. A scarf also helps pull this outfit into the colder months and then I paired it up with boots. This would also look good with higher boots if you wanted to go that route. My bag is vintage inspired with little beads that coordinate with my vintage pearl cuff bracelet. the ring adds a modern touch of sparkle and everything is finished off with a large pair of silver earrings.

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Sweater: Club Monaco (sale happening now) but try Festoon  or Taupe locally
Scarf: (old) find great scarfs at Festoon and Taupe
Ring: Sophie Stargazer
Earrings: Mio Studio
Bag: check out Hinesite for fun choices
Boots: Rag & Bone

Enjoy your weekend…I hear predictions are this Saturday will be the busiest shopping day of the year. If you’re out in it, good luck and just enjoy it!

 

distressed skinny

I’ve been on the hunt for a comfortable pair of distressed skinnies and I think I found them! These fit perfectly in boots which is essential this time of year and yet they are still comfortable; holding up all day without sagging. A perfect black cardigan with t-shirt layered underneath keeps the outfit polished but still comfortable. A fun infinity scarf will keep the cold off my neck. I kept my jewelry simple with silver hoops and ring. The ankle length of these jeans lets them easily be changed up for a night out with a great pair of heels and a sheer blouse.

I’m really loving oversized clutches recently, especially for day. I think they add an unexpected twist to a daytime look. This one not only adds that twist but the gorgeous green leather adds a punch of color. It’s large enough to carry all the essentials and you can even tuck a small notebook or iPAD into it for meetings.

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Distressed Skinny Jeans: AG; also loving these Level 99 (find jeans at Sophie Stargazer)
Cardigan: Old Navy (on sale!); also check Taupe locally
Boots: Rag and Bone (gray on sale!); here’s a cool wedge pair that would look great (find Frye boots at Charlotte Shoppe too)
Scarf: Marshalls but check out Festoon and Sophie Stargazer too
Earrings: Festoon
Ring: purchased on a trip but check out this and this
Clutch: ClareV; Taupe has beautiful clutches as well

If you are out and about tonight, please be sure to make a donation to the organization(s) of your choice as part of the Extraordinary Give. Stop by Characters Pub where I will be after 6 for Leadership Lancaster. Enjoy!