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.
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.
I began working last year to improve my leadership skills. I have a coach who is helping me and it has been an amazing journey! By focusing positive energy I’m finding I can work from a whole different level. I find it really interesting to observe how much positive energy can move you and everyone around you forward and what a drag negative energy can be. Moving the present forward…not living in the past. I spent some time yesterday on our deck in peace and quiet reflecting on the joy in my life and how I wanted to move those memories forward as we hit 2016. I think it’s going to be a great year!
We’ve celebrated the end of the year with friends over the past couple of days and here is a glimpse at the outfits carrying Rob and I forward!
The night before New Year’s Eve…celebrating a good friend’s birthday.
New Year’s Eve White Jacket: Cupcake Boutique [had it for years!]; T-Shirt: Kelly Wearstler; Faux Leather Leggings: Taupe; Earrings and Bird Ring: Space; Shoes: Prada [not available any longer, but some cool options here]; Clutch: Clare V. On Rob: White Leather Jacket: was his brothers, find similar here; Jeans: Hudson; Boots: Aldo.
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!
I had the fun opportunity to dress up and try on new fashions at Taupe the other day. This new European line they are carrying is well made, simple and stylish.
This black dress is incredibly comfortable. It didn’t look like much on the hanger but it is stunning…the pictures don’t do it justice. The sleeves make it appear like a cape and give the dress a beautiful drape. I paired it with flat boots but it will look best with heels I think.
Typically I’m not one for an all over print, but I have to admit this romper was a fun look! If you’re planning a holiday get away somewhere warm it would be perfect. And it has pockets!
This sheer black blouse is so beautiful. It is asymmetrical and has a bat-wing style sleeve on one side. It screams for skinny jeans and a really beautiful bra! I would wear this during the day with a tank under it but with a bra only for a hot date night.
This outfit was the wild card for me…it is not something I would ever have thought to try on. But, I loved it! It’s actually two pieces and can look completely different depending on how you fold the sleeves or cape piece. It is lined with a light grey fabric that can show when folded or when walking. I put it with tights here although I think it would look just as good with a skinny pair of jeans.
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!)
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!
Ferragamo and Valentino Frames: Albright Opticians (the Ferragamo frames are my favorite–love the animal print on the inside)
Sorry for the delayed post…it’s been a little hectic in our house this week. Friday I had the pleasure of modeling (runway and all!) for a great cause thanks to Taupe. Below are some shots from the day…it was so much fun!
Loved my outfit so much I bought all of it
(except the bag because I already have alot of fringe!)The “before” shot when we arrived at the Hershey Hotel.
So proud to be part of this fundraising effort with a great group of women! Thanks Barb and Taupe.
I’m learning to embrace the color green. It’s never been one of my favorites but when I wear it, I get compliments. Because I always love the symbolism of colors, I had to look this one up: vitality, fresh growth, and wealth. It’s generally thought of as balanced, healthy, and youthful. And, green is used in design for spaces to foster creativity and productivity. It’s also a color you will see a lot of in various shades this Fall. Colors vary from emerald to military green to olive.
I’m adding a little green to my black dress and mixing up the shades. My earrings are dark olive green cut glass with gold accents. I think gold works particularly well with green. Oh, and I really try not to do the “Christmas look” with red and green (except for the hair!). this dress is fantastic…easy, flowy and will be a staple in my winter wardrobe because I can layer it under a sweater or jacket. The boots are so comfortable and in a mossy dark green. I would love to get these boots in black as well because they are so versatile and comfortable. Enough heel to make you feel like you’re wearing one but not too much to kill your feet. A perfect mix! Topping off the outfit is this green saddle bag…hot trend for the Fall. It’s stylish and fits everything you need for daily use. The bonus is a cross body strap.
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.