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!

L1090364 L1090383 L1090379 L1090375

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!

 

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.

L1090338 L1090354 L1090352 L1090350 L1090344

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!

happy 4th

So, I was looking for something that would be comfortable yet work for the holiday weekend. I paired this cropped lightweight sweater with a distressed pair of denim shorts. I always like these shorts with heels or boots, of course they work with slip-on sneakers too for a more casual look. I decided to clash all the reds from the boots to the bag to the sweater. Not something I generally do, but for this I thought it worked. A simple pair of black teardrop earrings and layers of gray bracelets finish out the look and keep it casual.

 

15July115July2Sweater: Zara similar here and here
Denim shorts: similar here
Earrings: Taupe
Bag: Foley and Corinna from Sophie Stargazer
Bracelets: City Folk Gallery
Boots: Stuart Weitzman (older style) but loving these…having a sale!

I hope you have a fun-filled holiday weekend…enjoy!

frayed

Denim trends are all over the place this season…so many choices! While in Miami, I picked up this pair of frayed jeans. They scream to be worn with a great pair of shoes to show off the ragged edges. I love the shorter length because they will work with flats or heels. And, they are the softest denim.

For an easy day I paired them with a dark floral blouse and simple jewelry. A complimentary colored clutch finishes the look and can carry it to night if I want.

 

L1080684

L1080668

L1080690L1080688L1080676Denim: AG Jeans. Locally check Sophie Stargazer for alternative selection of jeans
Blouse: That Shuu Girl
Earrings: Here to Timbuktu; also see these
Clutch: (old) Check Taupe locally for a good selection
Ring: Mommalicious
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman. Also loving these and these

This weekend in Lancaster there will be great music happening all over town as part of the Launch Music Conference. If you’re in our area, check it out! Enjoy

happy!

Happy Birthday to me! Today is my birthday…I am officially “into” my fifties. And, I have never felt better (well, except for my back which I’m still working on) about myself and where I am in life. It is perfect? No. Are there things I want to do this year? Yes. Am I grateful for what I have and what I have accomplished so far? Yes. Absolutely yes.

So today I took a vacation day, dressed myself up in one of my favorite outfits and planned out a day! I’m heading out to lunch, maybe a little shopping and then Rob and I are going out with great friends. It is going to be a fantastic day!

This outfit is one of my “go-tos.” The dress fits perfectly and has been one I can wear all year round. The boots and turtleneck have gotten me through the winter. A leather or jean jacket make sure it doesn’t get too dressy. In the summer I will ditch the turtleneck and wear it with cute flat boots. Of course I added in another favorite in my wardrobe…my Mio Studio earrings. You have seen these many times! A bright blue crossbody adds the punch of color today and is on-trend mixing black and blue. Some big chunky rings finish it off and I’m ready to go.

L1080459

L1080482 L1080476

L1080475

Cynthia Rowley dress: (old) but try similar (and on sale) and locally check Taupe
OTK Boots: Stuart Weitzman and loving these
Turtleneck: Festoon
Blue Crossbody bag: Ralph Lauren (similar on sale) also try this or this
Earrings: Mio Studio
Rings: large clear one is a favorite from a trip; ebony ring is from Mio Studio

Have a great weekend everyone! If you are in Lancaster, come out in support of the Fashion For A Cure Event. Stop by Taupe to pay for your tickets…great new Spring fashion benefiting a tremendous cause. 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!

L1080345 L1080359L1080367L1080373

L1080370

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!

 

shoes, shoes and shoes

Anyone who knows me, knows my motto is “Life is short. Buy the shoes.” I’m not sure I will ever get enough of shoes or boots. They are always changing: new trends, new colors and now since I hurt my back, I have had to explore new heel heights. Today, I am taking a break from my usual post because Rob and I are on our way to New York City for a weekend of sights, shopping and…shoes! One of the first things on our list is a trip to the Brooklyn Museum for the exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. I am so excited! So, in honor of this weekend, I’m posting some of my favorite personal shoes and what they mean to me.

The black and white pair sticking out were a birthday present to myself when I turned 50. I love them and feel so good wearing them. They are making the trip to NYC.
L1080312The tan booties peeking out were a find on the last day of our trip to Paris years ago. I have had them re-heeled once already. They regularly make appearances during the summer.
L1080306

Over the knee style boots have really become some of my favorites, especially with the cold weather this year. My black leather flats are hitting the streets with me today.

L1080303

I think black and gray are probably the most prominent colors in my shoe collection.

L1080309 L1080314
L1080308Believe it or not, I did not really have a taupe pair of heels. So, my newest addition is this pair which I just got in LA.
L1080313

I found a few fun facts about shoes on WhoWhatWear and thought a few of them would be good to share today:

  • Men were the first to wear heels! For centuries, heels signified a high social standing rather than gender. It was also crucial for men riding horses to have a heel on their boot in order to stay in their stirrups.
  • The average American woman has at least 19 pairs of shoes in their closet. Let’s just say in this category I am WAY above average!
  • The first pair of right- and left-footed shoes was made in Philadelphia.
  • Science can explain your shoe addiction. According to Suzanne Ferriss, PhD, editor of the book Footnotes: On Shoes, “Shoes are a collector’s item, whether women realize they perceive them that way or not,” she says, and buying them triggers an area of the brain’s prefrontal cortex called the collecting spot. Ahhh, that’s it!
  • The most expensive shoes ever sold for $660,000. They were Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from one of my all-time favorite movies,‘The Wizard of Oz’. The original pair sold at an auction in 2000.

L1080317

Plan a trip: Brooklyn Museum
Most collected brand in my collection: Stuart Weitzman

So, grab your favorite pair of shoes and enjoy the weekend! Watch my Instagram feed for pictures from the weekend. Enjoy!

graphic

Today we’re supposed to be getting some warmer weather so I think it’s safe to wear this graphic print dress. I’ve really come to love the shift dress for its versatility and comfort. It just works…for day, for the office or for a casual night out. I kept the look pretty simple today because the dress had so much pattern. The leather trim on the collar is a special accents and I chose not to cover it up but a scarf would certainly work with this outfit as well. Instead of tights, which I am kinda boycotting this year, I pulled on thick gray OTK socks. My favorite pair of OTK boots will give my legs any warmth they might need today. I stacked some silver bracelets and my Mio Studio earrings which have made numerous appearances in my posts. the green oversized clutch was added for some color and because the leather on this bag is just so beautiful!

L1080158 L1080166 L1080173Graphic Dress: ASOS (on sale!). Check out the neck detail! This or this would be good options too. Taupe is also having a sale right now and has lots of dresses.
Boots: Stuart Weitzman
Earrings and Black Ring: Mio Studio
Green Oversized Clutch: ClareV; also loving this and this.
Bracelets: Stella and Dot (available from Sophie Stargazer); vintage styles available at Hinesite; MantraBand; Crystal from Anthropologie

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

blues

I love a good jacket. The right jacket can dress up or dress down an outfit or give that extra edge. One type that is still remaining popular is the military and/or band style jacket. The one I’m featuring here is my take on this trend…it’s a vintage jacket I picked up at Hinesite and was probably used by hotel staff somewhere. It’s heavy, it’s warm and it just needed a little love to bring it back to life. I paired it with a simple black t-shirt underneath and these stunning blue suede OTK boots. The blues don’t perfectly match and I prefer that actually. I can’t get enough of the OTK boot trend and I’ve probably said this before but they really do help to keep my legs warm! Skinny jeans were a must to tuck into the boots but also to balance the flair of the jacket. I felt it still need a little punch so I twisted this plaid flannel infinity scarf around my neck. I kept the accessories pretty basic with simple silver hoops and a thick silver band ring. The small purse was a gift from my sister-in-law years ago and works perfectly for day or night!

I hope you’ve had a good week…enjoy the weekend!

L1080032

L1080026 L1080037 L1080042 L1080044

 

Vintage Jackets: Hinesite
Infinity Scarf: Festoon; also see great selection at Taupe
Skinny Jeans: Level 99 from Sophie Stargazer (last year but she still has jeans in shop)
Hoop Earrings: old but buy at Festoon…they still have great choices!
Small shoulder leather bag: a gift but try Festoon and Taupe for similar choices
OTK Boots: Stuart Weitzman (they are worth the splurge…trust me you will wear them all the time)

If you are in Lancaster this weekend, check out Festoon’s “Made in Lancaster” event Saturday…3 fabulous women selling their products. It’s great stuff…trust me…go!

Fingerless Gloves

Well, the warm glow of California is wearing off I’m sad to say. It is cold here on the East Coast and certainly feeling like winter weather. So, I’ve been looking for something cozy…these fingerless gloves fit the bill. They are so warm and I love that they were handmade. They are going to look awesome with my black leather jacket too. This sweater is so warm and comfy and if you need more warmth, it’s easy to layer a t-shirt or tank under it without adding any bulk. The fringe on the bottom is fun and makes it more than just your usual black sweater. This would also look great with a sequins skirt for a holiday party or night out. I slipped on this easy mini (this thing is fantastic)–it packs well (made the trip to LA) without wrinkling and can be worn with or without tights. I chose to pair it with some gray OTK socks in a cableknit. Even though I’m not wearing tights, it amazes me how warm socks like this can keep your legs. When paired with high boots they are all the better. I finished the look off with vintage earrings and ring and a large gold cuff. The topper of the outfit is the beautiful red leather bag. I can carry it by the handle, put it over my shoulder or wear it as a crossbody. It has plenty of pockets and can hold everything you need in a day. The leather is so wonderful…this would make a great gift  for those of you still looking!

L1070995L1070981L1070987L1070990

Fingerless Gloves: Emilime available at Sophie Stargazer (100% Alpaca knitwear)
Sweater: Taupe
Mini Skirt: Festoon
Infinity Scarf: last year’s version from Anthropologie. Great options locally at Taupe, Festoon or Sophie Stargazer
Boots: Stuart Weitzman but check DSW locally for OTK styles
Vintage Earrings and Ring: Find similar at Hinesite and Mommalicious
Gold Cuff: Undone
Red Bag: Foley+ Corinna available at Sophie Stargazer (new options available now at the store…totally loving the oversized clutch that just came in!)

If you’re in Lancaster this weekend be sure to catch the last perfomances of OZ by PRiMA and vote on the holiday window displays! Enjoy