POP OF PINK

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Nothing says Spring quite like my H&M flamingo pink pleated skirt and when we found this teal store-front to shoot against, some colorful magic ensued. Because I’m a design freak at heart, this has to be one of my favorite outfit posts to date here on Epicurean Emily. I’m looking forward to start scouting locations and planning outfits accordingly, as I think it adds such a fun element and completely elevates the photographs. I got this skirt at H&M a couple of years ago for no more than $20 and it has gotten so much use because the fit and flare shape is very classic, but the bright pink color makes it unique and fun. I’m all about buying “staple pieces”, but don’t ever let anyone tell you that those can only be neutral and/or solid. I think as long as the shape flatters your body and you feel great in it, you can rock brights and bold patterns year after year. Also, how perfect is this Target Chanel Boybag dupe?! I’ve been looking for a quilted bag for a long time, but could never seem to find one I loved until now. Now tell me, what’s your favorite color combo? For the past several years mine has been Tiffany blue and black (the colors used throughout my blog and in my logo), although at 12 I was obsessed with orange and pink together and I loved them so much that I decided to paint my walls in those shades (a decision I still regret). I’m loving the flamingo pink and teal together now, but I don’t think I’ll be re-painting any time soon.

Emily
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March 2016

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Bow Blouse; Similar Here

H&M Pink Pleated Skater Skirt; Similar Here

Mossimo for Target Black Strappy Heels; Similar Here

Mossimo for Target Black Quilted Crossbody; Exact Here

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick in Firebird; Exact Here

“Pop of Pink” Photographed by Kurt Eslick

2017-04-03T00:30:04+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

BASIC BABY BLUE

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I know I’ve already featured this jacket before (See here) but it is honestly just the perfect pop to any simple outfit. This ensemble is comprised of my favorite basic items – a white tee and fitted black skinny jeans, two inexpensive staple pieces that every girl should have in her closet. Obviously they can be styled so many different ways separately, but together they have a cool and effortless vibe. I decided I wanted to dress it up just a bit with my silver loafers, but the look could be even more easy-going with classic sneakers – like a pair of white Converse All-Stars.

Emily
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March 2016

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Baby Blue Faux-Leather Jacket; Similar Here

Forever 21 White Tee; Exact Here (I went up one size so it would be less fitted)

American Eagle Black Hi-Rise Jeggings; Exact Here

Forever 21 Silver Pointed Loafers; Similar Here

“Basic Baby Blue” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:05+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

EMIRATES PALACE HOTEL & SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE; MUST-SEE’S IN ABU DHABI, UAE

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit Abu Dhabi around this time last year. Like most westerners, I was fairly familiar with Dubai but knew very little about the other cities that the wonderful country of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is comprised of. While Dubai could be called the New York City of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi can hold its own with many exciting things to offer, including two of its most popular tourist destinations – The Emirates Palace Luxury Hotel and The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

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The Emirates Palace is technically a “5 Star” luxury hotel, although it was once famously deemed a “7 Star” Hotel by a journalist. I think the fact that I’m referring to it as a “hotel” is even doing it an injustice because it is truly a palace, from the fountained plaza lining the entrance to the all-gold interior (I’m not lying – EVERYTHING is gold, including a gold vending machine in the lobby that dispenses gold bars!). The palace has about 400 rooms and Luke and I were not exclusive (or rich) enough to stay there, but they welcome visitors to peruse the common areas on the main floor. We took our time looking around, taking plenty of photos, and no one treated us as if we were a nuisance. If the gold starts to get to you and you’re feeling the urge to splurge, you can sit down for coffee at the cafe where they’ll top your latte with gold flakes for about $25 a pop. Seated with menus in hand, we politely passed on this one, and that was the only time anyone saw us for the poor tourists that we were. I definitely consider The Emirates Palace a “must-see” while in Abu Dhabi, as it is truly one of the most immaculate hotels to ever exist.

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Visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is one of my favorite experiences I’ve ever had as a traveler. Since most of my trips abroad have been to Europe, I’ve been to many landmark churches and cathedrals, Notre Dame and St. Peters’s Basilica probably being the most well-known. Obviously old cathedrals are remarkable for many reasons, (amazing architecture, eventful history) but maybe their age is what is most astounding – the fact that they’ve been around for numerous centuries and are still standing in good condition. While the Grand Mosque doesn’t have decades of history (construction was finished in 2007), I can without a doubt say that it is the most beautiful center of worship I’ve ever set foot in. Visiting the mosque is very much an experience. Women must wear an abaya, the “cloak” worn in Arabic cultures, and men must be wearing pants – not shorts. They have a station for women to rent abayas free of charge, although you must leave a form of ID that you can reclaim once the robe has been returned. Everyone, women and men, must remove their shoes before entering the mosque. Upon entry, talking is not allowed although photography is permitted. Everything about the Grand Mosque is exquisite, including the articulately patterned carpets and the giant Swarovski-dripping chandeliers – every single detail is impeccable. We only visited once, but we both agreed that just before dusk was the perfect time to go because there’s enough daylight to get a good view of the exterior and as it gets darker, the illuminated arches lining the structure become more magnificent. Even as I look back on these photos, I still have a hard time believing I was actually there. It was so perfect that it sometimes feels like a distant dream.

Emily
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Helpful Links

Emirates Palace Official Website

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Official Website

Abu Dhabi Tourism Website

“Emirates Palace Hotel & Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; Must-See’s In Abu Dhabi” Photographed by Emily Davis

© Emily Davis

2017-04-03T00:30:05+00:00 March 16th, 2016|Travel|0 Comments

BAUBLES & BLAZERS

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It’s finally starting to feel like Spring again, and I can barely contain my excitement as I wave good-bye to winter. Nothing says Spring like pastel hues, so I decided to pair this flowy Forever 21 LBD with a fresh mint blazer. With the two solids paired neatly together, it was the perfect opportunity to take this beautiful opal statement necklace out for a spin. I’m not usually a statement jewelry (or any jewelry) kind of girl, but I love the refined quality the opal stones on this one give and obviously the chain detail was a huge selling point as well (considering almost all my necklaces are some variation of a chain). With the blazer and lace-up heels, this is the perfect Spring date night outfit. The dress could also be worn with tights and flats for a casual day-time look. I’m all about versatile pieces!

Emily
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March 2016

I was wearing;

Worthington Mint Blazer;

Mint Moto Jacket Here / Pastel Blue Boyfriend Blazer Here / Pastel Pink Blazer Here

Forever 21 Black Dress; Similar Here

Forever 21 Statement Necklace; Similar Here

Target Sam & Libby Lace-Up Heels; Similar Here

“Baubles & Blazers” photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:05+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

DISNEY WORLD DIARIES; HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

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I’m finally getting around to uploading these images from my trip to Walt Disney World in October 2015, just in time to talk about a very amazing opportunity that Disney is inviting everyone to partake in via Instagram. Through the “Share Your Ears” campaign, Disney is donating $5 (up to $1 Million) to the Make A Wish Foundation for every photo shared on Instagram using #ShareYourEars. So grab your Mickey (or Minnie!) ears and post a #ShareYourEars selfie to help hundreds of once-in-a-lifetime Disney dreams come true for the incredible children that the Make A Wish Foundation supports. For more information, click here.

All of these photos were taken at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, one of the four parks that comprise Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I’d been to all of the parks before but for some reason, I especially enjoyed my day at Hollywood Studios this time around. Maybe it was the slower pace (compared to the typically more crowded parks) or maybe it was the amazing Kobe beef sliders at The Hollywood Brown Derby, but I left with a newfound appreciation for Hollywood Studios. Much like a Hollywood backlot, there are several sets within the park (including the brand new world of Star Wars and the under production Toy Story Land). Hollywood Studios truly has something for the whole family, with plenty of character meet and greets, high-thrill attractions, and Broadway-worthy shows. If you feel like you need a day off from Disney, but don’t have time to waste a day without visiting one of the parks, definitely take on Hollywood Studios because of the manageable size of the park and the encouraged slower-paced sight-seeing. If you have any questions about Hollywood Studios or Walt Disney World, please comment below and I will do my best to help you out. I will also leave some helpful Disney links below.

Emily

Helpful Links

Share Your Ears Website

Walt Disney World Official Website

Official Disney Parks Blog

My handmade Minnie ears are from the Etsy shop Enchanted Dust, which I highly recommend. She can do custom designs as well, but I just wanted a super-cute pair of ears and I love these so much more than the ones available for purchase at the parks.

“Disney World Diaries; Hollywood Studios” photographed by Emily Davis

© Emily Davis

2017-04-03T00:30:05+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Travel|0 Comments