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I absolutely love long duster style sweaters. I can not get enough of them…I think they elevate the look of whatever you’re wearing. Most that I find are mid-calf length so when I see one that goes to the floor I have to have it!

This black sweater is super simple and goes with anything. It’s comfortable and stylish. Here I paired it with jeans and thigh-high boots but it would work just as well with a dress.

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I’m getting ready to head to LA for Thanksgiving and I’m really excited to have some down time. But, before we leave we will be hitting Lancaster for the Extraordinary Give…hope to see you out and about supporting our community and one of your favorite organizations! Enjoy.

Black Duster: That Shuu Girl
Copper Ring: LSJ Studios
Earrings: Festoon
Clutch: Clare V
Jeans: AG
Boots: Stuart Weitzman

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…

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!

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!

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In my opinion Summer is just hitting it’s stride…I love the bright blue hot days of August! We have been working on a roof deck for a good part of the Summer and it’s down to the end so I’m using it today for a few shots.

This midi skirt is a perforated black faux leather. It drapes really well and has a good solid liner. This is going to be one I can wear year-round. I’m picturing it with socks and a chunky sweater in the Fall but for today I kept it simple with a tank top. I would wear this with anything from sneakers to boots. Here I choose a pair of platform black boots but during the day I would wear with a pair of flat boots. This skirt would also look great with a cropped shirt. I tossed on a vintage scarf for a little pattern and added color. I love how comfortable this skirt is! I keep the jewelry really simple…that is what Summer is about, right?!

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Coral Tank: That Shuu Girl
Boots: similar here and here
Earrings: Mio Studio
Scarf: vintage but check out this one
Stainless Steel Wine Glass: Mise en Place (these are amazing…I’m going back for more!)
Green nail polish: Essie (going incognito)…this is my go-to polish

Today is First Friday in Lancaster and the weather is predicted to be great…I plan to be roaming about. Hope to see you out! Enjoy

 

white on white

So, building on my post from last Friday, I’m continuing the white trend this week. Only, I not showing what I’m wearing today. I wanted to give a shout out to an event happening this coming Wednesday (June 17) called Fete en Blanc Lancaster. It’s a community celebration and ushering in Summer. This year marks the 4th year…I’ve been to all of them and they just keep growing and getting more fabulous!

The concept is you wear white, bring tables and chairs; food and drinks to a designated location in Lancaster at 6 pm. You must be invited to attend and attendance is limited…each year the competition gets heated to get a coveted spot at the event. It is email invite only and it seems you have literally minutes to reply! I don’t know where the event will be this year–that part of the fun. You don’t find out where the event is being held until the day before. It’s a cool night bring together friends and new friends from throughout Lancaster.

Here is my outfit for this year…nearly all of it sourced locally! I’m also adding in a pick from one of my favorite local stores as an option. Even if you’re not attending this year’s event, white is completely on-trend this year more than ever before. White on white is even bigger. So, make your own entrance into Summer and snag something white to wear out this weekend.

My Outfit
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White button up shirt: That Shuu Girl (and on sale! She has plenty of other options too)
Ivory Bra: Free People (slightly peeking out but something pretty to look at!)
J Brand distressed jeans: Taupe (plenty of other options too if you need them)
Clutches: vintage…try Hinesite or Mommalicious locally
Earrings: Mio Studio or Old Navy (ivory hoops) this will be a game-day decision
Shoes: Reed Krakoff. And, yes I know they are not white, but comeon…they are perfect with the outfit and close enough to pass!!
Pearl Bracelet: vintage…try Hinesite for something  similar
Ring: from a trip to Paris so only seems fitting since that’s where this event idea originated. But check out this and this as an alternative

White sleeveless dress: Sophie Stargazer. Check out the back! This would be great for this event and all Summer long
Swell bottles: Sophie Stargazer. These can keep your beverages cold on the way to the event without the worry of breaking a glass bottle. Check out the cool pen that you can write on the bottles with…want to change the message, just erase and start over.

**Sophie Stargazer also has limited white linens and other accessories if you still need them to finish out your table!

Hope to see you around the city this weekend and maybe on Wednesday night. Another great event happening this weekend is PRiMA Theatre’s Summer Soiree (tickets still available). Enjoy the warm weather!

 

choices

As the saying goes, life is all about choices. Today is one of those days for me. My inner fashion voice says to wear the cool heels because they totally make the outfit. They add another color, some spring style and I look taller. But, right now they hurt my back so I’m opting for the cool silvery lower heels. Don’t get me wrong the lower heels are great shoes and I love them, but they are not the same!

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I’m attending an all day seminar which I’m very excited about—it’s on leadership. It promises to be great professional development and offer networking opportunities. But, you never know what seminar conditions are going to be like, so I’m trying to be prepared…especially for air conditioning. To stay comfortable but still edgy I’m wearing my distressed black jeans. These will also keep my legs warm. I paired them with one of my favorite t-shirts. It’s comfortable and stylish. Pulling it all together is my gray striped seersucker jacket. Not only will this fight off the air conditioning but it helps give the overall look a professional appearance. I added a neutral day clutch for something different and big geometric earrings.

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Silver Brogue Style shoes (old): see similar at Reed Krakoff
Graphic T-shirt: Paris Eleven
Black Jeans: Level 99 from Sophie Stargazer
Jacket (old): see loving this one
Earrings: Mio Studio
Clutch (old): see similar here and here

Have a great weekend, Happy Mother’s Day and get outside…enjoy!
My talented friends at Mio Studio will be at booth #139 at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Rittenhouse Square Show this Friday-Sunday. Check them out if you’re looking for something to do this weekend.

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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.

 

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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

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I’m bracing for another burst of cold air this weekend and heading out for a meeting today. I want to be warm, comfortable and stylish! So, I’ve combined a new pair of grey suede OTK boots that finally just arrived (seemed like it took forever!) with a favorite pair of dark wash jeans. These boots are going to be great I think…they fit like a dream, look stylish and have just enough of a heel but (hopefully) won’t reaggrevate my back. The charcoal grey suede is really beautiful and because they have a stretch back, they fit nice and snug making your leg look thinner. A basic black T for layering is under a warm boyfriend cardigan sweater. I tossed on a cozy plaid scarf which will keep me warm all day. This scarf also pairs great with my vintage grey coat when I head out for my meeting. I needed a little pop of “something” so I’m choosing to wear these crystal earrings. You can pull these off during the day…just keep the rest of your outfit casual. I stacked a few vintage bracelets along with a favorite new one and slipped on my favorite wide band ring. A final touch is the grey leather clutch bag. It also has a strap so will work well during the day. Done and ready to go!

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Level 99 Jeans: available at Sophie Stargazer
Grey Suede boots: Ivanka Trump available at DSW
Black T-Shirt: JCrew or check Taupe and Festoon locally
Scarf: ASOS but I saw really nice similar ones at That Shuu Girl
Sweater: old, but try Taupe locally for a great selection
Earrings: old but try The Outnet or these
Bracelets: Vintage and Stella and Dot
Clutch: old but try this  or this

Have a great weekend everyone–stay warm! Enjoy

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This week has been a rough one for a lot of people across the US, and our area was not left out. Cold, windy and a little bit of snow thrown in for fun! So, today I felt like looking forward to Spring. One of the trends you’ll see this year is gingham…it might be baby blue, black or red. I’m trying out red gingham with a few twists. This beautiful shirt was a Christmas gift from my husband that he brought back from Tokyo. I’m usually not a button-up shirt kind of person but this is a fun shirt. It mixes up a few patterns (another trend you will see this Spring), adds a piece of artwork on top of it with the silkscreen caricature and then finishes off with a great silver button at the top. I put a silver metallic t-shirt under it for some additional contrast and then added straight-leg jeans. I’m big on socks with boots and/or shoes and today is no exception! These yellow shoes give the outfit a pop of color and bring in metallic accents as well. The wedges are also super comfortable.

I topped it off with silver stacked bracelets and a red croc embossed clutch. This bag has a strap for easy carrying and is large enough to work for a day. It adds a little polish to the outfit.

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 Gingham shirt: similar here and here
Jeans: Level 99 available at Sophie Stargazer
Silver t-shirt: Anthropologie
Red clutch: Alice and Olivia (on sale!), but great choices at Taupe locally
Earrings: Mio Studio
Rings: Vintage and Handmade…finds selections locally at Hinesite
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (previous season) but try these
Bracelets: Vintage, Stella & Dot from Sophie Stargazer and Mantraband
Glasses: Proof. Great selections from Honest Eyes as well.

Restaurants and stores suffer too when the weather is not the best so please try to get out this weekend and support them. Many are having sales too…check out Taupe, That Shuu Girl and Sophie Stargazer.

Enjoy!