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Even though fall doesn’t “officially” start for a few more weeks, I’m sure you’re already dreaming about Pumpkin Spice lattes, layers, campfires, and boots – I know I am! So to celebrate everyone’s favorite season, I’m beginning a series starting with this outfit showcasing wearable looks inspired by the season’s biggest trends on the Fall/Winter 16 runways. I know you’re probably looking at this outfit thinking, “Is she kidding?! That looks like something I’d wear on Easter Sunday!” But that is part of what excites me about high fashion – it’s constantly redefining the industry’s standards and everything seen in mainstream fast-fashion retailers and department stores is heavily influenced by designers’ collections. This spring-evoking color combo of yellow and dusty pink was one of the most unexpected trends seen on the fall/winter runways of both Delpozo and Marissa Webb. The traditional fall color palette is undoubtably my favorite (give me all the burnt orange, olive green, and maroon!) but I have been loving this soft begonia shade of pink lately so I’m excited to have an excuse to continue wearing it into the Autumn months. This look is definitely still wearable in these late summer weeks when the temps are still high, but if you wanted to make it feel a little more appropriate for the season, I think a great pair of culottes would be a great transitional piece as they resemble a skirt but aren’t too tight so they’ll keep you cool (I’ve linked my favorites below). I’ll be sharing more of my favorite trends for fall throughout the season in addition to some shopping guides for my autumn must-haves over the next month or so. Take a look at the best FW16 trends and let me know which ones you’d like me to re-create by leaving a comment below!

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August 2016

I was wearing;

Naked Zebra Yellow Cut-Out Tank; Similar HereHere, and Here

Zara White Tea-Length Skirt with Pockets; Similar Here and Here (Also styled Here)

Culottes; white pair Here, dusty pink pair Here

Sam Edelman Blush Suede Pointed Toe Pump; Similar HereHere, and darker pink Here (Also styled Here)

DKNY Blush Satchel; Similar Here, darker pink Here (Also styled Here)

“Mellow Yellow” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:02+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments


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Let’s talk about hair…and my non-existent patience. Make-up is my thing. I love applying my “face” every day and I consider it a therapeutic “me-time” – it never feels like a chore. Hair on the other hand… I hate all aspects of hair-care – detangling, blow-drying, styling. I don’t really even like washing my greasy mane because that means I have to dry it. It’s such a nuisance, and before you suggest just cutting it all off I will inform you that I have tried that before and while it was nice never having to spend an hour curling my pixie cut, it was the first time I was forced to style my hair every single day and it was the worst. However, all of this hair-styling hatred doesn’t stop me from looking through Pinterest for cut and style inspiration and swooning over Barefoot Blonde’s amazing braid tutorials hoping that one day I, too, will be able to conquer the fishtail Dutch combo (currently still learning the most basic French braid but I’m very optimistic). Until I can master a crown braid to “be crowned” the braiding queen, I must find “easy” and “simple” tutorials if I’m in the mood to try something different with my ‘do. I had seen a lot of people rocking these cute “space buns” and honestly I think I was first drawn to them because they reminded me of Minnie’s ears (forever a Disney kid) but I was surprised how simple they were to create. More often than not, when it comes to hair, my definition of “simple” and a beauty blogger’s are usually two very different ideas, BUT I am here to tell you that if you love Minnie Mouse and easy hairstyles, these space buns will rock your world in less than 10 minutes! Hair-styling?! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

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August 2016

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Maroon Striped Crop Top; Similar Here and Here

H&M Denim Button-Up Skirt; Exact Here Similar (On Sale) Here (Also styled Here and Here )

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars in White; Exact Here

Space Bun Hair Tutorial by Dulce Candy Here

“Stripes & Space Buns” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:02+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments


Nottingham Pubs : Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem & The Pitcher & Piano 1

Pubs in England are about as abundant as Starbucks in America. Going out for a pint at the local pub is a regular English tradition that has been around for centuries and remains a common past-time in modern England. During our holiday we were able to experience several different pub settings – some had lawns with outdoor seating and even a playgrounds for the children, others were very dark and donned with a rich and masculine traditional interior. On my itinerary for pubs to visit in Nottingham were two that are a little more known to be tourist destinations but are still frequented by locals because of their long-standing good reputation – Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem and The Pitcher & Piano. Claiming to be the oldest pub in England and dating back to 1189 AD, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem sits at the base of Nottingham Castle. The pub is carved out of Nottingham’s network of caves and sits atop cellars that were once used as the castle’s brewery but are now being used to store the brews available on tap – making for a true “cold one” no matter the season.  Since the weather was so lovely, we sat outside on the spacious patio and enjoyed our drinks while watching the sun set over Nottingham Castle. Inside, the setting is much more intimate – misshapen sandstone cave walls divide the pub into several different “rooms” and a more private courtyard is located at the rear. It would seem that there is never a bad time to grab a pint at Ye Olde Trip. Sit on their patio in the summer while enjoying the best view of Nottingham Castle, or warm up by the fire inside the cozy caves during the winter.

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Housed inside an old Unitarian church, The Pitcher & Piano provides a very unique pub experience. Although P&P is a national chain, the Nottingham facility may be one of the best, boasting tucked away tables in all the nooks and crannies of the old cathedral, and an outdoor terrace offering plenty of seating with a full bar in the summer. We just went for drinks but The Pitcher & Piano is a full-service restaurant as well – serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner and offering a traditional roast dinner on Sundays. It was a great place to mingle with friends over a drink (or two)!

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Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Official Website

The Pitcher & Piano Nottingham Official Website

“Nottingham Pubs; Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem & The Pitcher & Piano” Photographed by Emily Davis

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2017-04-03T00:30:02+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Food, Travel|0 Comments


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What better way to celebrate the last month of summer than with a bright and cheery flamingo-printed piece?! I actually scored this adorable Kate Spade piece in a New York consignment store that Keiko recommended last summer. When I have the time (and the patience!), thrifting is one of my favorite ways to shop. Some of my most beloved items are pre-owned pieces, and it’s so rewarding when you find a gem after all that searching! I’ve discussed my mission to feature affordable fashion here on Epicurean Emily before, but I thought in addition to linking reasonably-priced pieces of my outfits, I would also start sharing some tips for shopping on a budget as well. “To thrift or not to thrift?” I’ve never met anyone that has been in the middle of the spectrum – you’re either obsessed with looking through racks and racks of old clothes or you think that sounds like something you would be asked to do as a punishment. I do love consignment shopping, but I definitely have to be in the mood for it – which doesn’t happen all that often (I’m practicing my patience!). Thrift stores are really a hit or miss shopping experience. Something that happens to me quite regularly – in all shopping scenarios, is that I have a hard time finding things when I’m in search of them. That is especially true in my thrifting experience – I go in to look for a certain item and since I can’t find the one thing I’m looking for, I discard all the rest. The key to consignment shopping is to go in with an open mind and just see what you can find. It takes a lot of patience, which is why I reserve it for once in a blue moon. But if you enter with a positive attitude, you’ll walk out of the store with a bag full of second-hand steals! I also try to thrift shop when I’m out of town because my options back home are so limited. I try to get in touch with the locals and fellow vintage lovers before a trip to see where they frequent to find their most loved pieces. Yelp is also a great app that can be used to scope out new stores if you don’t have someone that you can contact for recommendations. They compile reviews and assign ratings to local businesses (restaurants, salons, shops, they do it all!) so it helps to hear from locals whether a place is a treasure trove or an over-priced tourist trap. These are my top tips to conquer the thrift store! What are yours?!

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Kate Spade Flamingo Print Blouse; Similar Here

Forever 21 Black High-Waisted Hot Shorts; Similar Here and Here

Target Merona Nude Quilted Cross-Body; Similar Here

Target Mossimo Taupe Gladiator Heels; Exact Here

My Favorite Flamingo-Print Pieces; Kate Spade DressAffordable Romper, and a Statement Skirt

“Frolicking in Flamingo” photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:02+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments


I can’t believe I’m already saying this, but it’s Epicurean Emily’s first birthday! I began this crazy blogging journey with my first post one year ago today. The time has absolutely flown by, which I guess is a good thing because it means I’m still just as much in love with blogging as I was when I first started. A lot of people ask me what my purpose for starting a blog was and I know I’ve discussed my answer vaguely on EE before but in celebration of my blog-iversary, I’d like to re-iterate for any new readers and honestly just to remind myself why I work so hard to constantly create quality content.

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I’m not going to tell you my whole life story but you should know that I’ve always been a bit of an oddball.  In elementary school, I was a tomboy who would rather be drawing or playing outside with my dog than having sleepovers with my friends. I was terribly obsessed with the Jonas Brothers in HIGH-SCHOOL (middle school was about the oldest age where a boyband obsession was *somewhat* socially acceptable) and my senior quote in my yearbook is literally about having more JB t-shirts than days of the week to wear them. Because of all the quirky things that made me me, I was far from “popular” and never considered myself to be someone who people looked up to. But in recent years, I’ve discovered that there was one quality that people admired about me – my comfortability in being true to who I was (no matter how embarrassed my family and friends were for me at times). Growing up, I often wondered why I wasn’t like everyone else, but I realize now that being a little weird was truly the best blessing in disguise.

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This generation of young people weigh especially heavy on my heart because they feel the overwhelming pressure of today’s twisted society so strongly at such a crucial time of their lives. With the advance of the internet and the skyrocketing of social media, teens today are constantly told who they should be, what they should do, what they should buy, and what they should wear. A large part of my mission here at Epicurean Emily is to encourage young people to fully accept who they are and to always be true to themselves in a world that is telling them the exact opposite. Embracing your weirdness and knowing what makes you unique can be the key to success. Beyond the comprehension of your own identity, I also encourage the constant pursuit of the best version of yourself. The minute you lose the desire to learn is the minute in which you will fail. Be passionate in your pursuance of knowledge – about anything at all that you’re interested in. I love photography. I love fashion. I love travel. I love food. Every opportunity I have to shoot, I’m trying new techniques and camera settings to learn how I can improve my images. I’m constantly looking for new editing programs and watching Photoshop tutorials on YouTube to learn new things and/or re-learn old things I’ve forgotten. I consider buying one fashion magazine per month a necessity because it’s a fresh source of all kinds of inspiration. I keep up with several fashion bloggers so regularly that I consider many of them to be old friends (See my favorites here). I feed my never-ending wanderlust by looking at Pinterest and travel blogs and planning itineraries for my future adventures. I’m always excited when a new restaurant opens in town and I research ways to improve my own cooking techniques at home and find new recipes through food publications and blogs.

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I am a strong believer in the power of the internet. It’s an endless source of inspiration and education for everyone in our modern world. It has catapulted careers for people who are doing what I’m doing – sharing themselves online in hopes of inspiring someone. But all of us know that while the internet has many great perks, it is also one of the biggest platforms for the spread of negativity. Social media provides a barrier that makes it easy for people who are hurting to inflict emotional pain on others and no one knows that to be true more than today’s teens. I think a big reason for the rise of bloggers is because they are almost a light in the dark tunnel of the internet – a real person you can trust in a galaxy of companies competing for your constant attention. I love YOU (my readers) so much and all I want to do is create quality, wholesome content that elevates your life. While there are a few bad apples in the world of blogging, I think ultimately that’s what most of us are passionate about – helping you feel like the best version of yourself when you read our new post, see our photo on your Instagram feed, or view our far from perfect lives documented on Snapchat.

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I began Epicurean Emily for a lot of reasons. It was one of the only creative venues where I could collectively combine everything that I was passionate about. I don’t just want to be a photographer. I don’t just want to be a fashion designer or stylist. I don’t just want to be travel agent. I don’t just want to be a food critic. I want to be all of these things and more. I want to be an inspiration for my high-school self – the girl who is passionately creative and consequently deemed an outcast. I want to encourage the introverted and shy that sometimes feel as if they don’t have a voice to speak up and let them know that the world is in desperate need of their unique perspective. I want to encourage people that it’s never too late to discover what makes them feel beautiful. I wore blue eyeshadow and “sensitive” mascara in high school, but I wanted to learn how to apply make-up correctly (Out of all the things my mother taught me, make-up application was not one of them – Still love you though, mom) so I watched beauty tutorials religiously and learned everything I know about make-up through bloggers (Thank you makeupbytiffanyd, pixiwoo, xsparkage, and kandeejohnson!). I want to show the fashion-obsessed college girls that it’s ok if you don’t want to wear yoga pants to class every day. Yeah, you may get some weird looks when you show up to class in stilettos, but if heels give you the confidence you need to ace your test or kill your presentation, then click-clock your way across campus. If you’re a girly girl who looks forward to doing your hair and make-up and wearing the perfect outfit every day, then allow yourself the time to get dolled up and pick out the perfect pair of shoes.  If you’re the sporty opposite of girly and are perfectly happy going au naturel and wearing workout gear and trainers, then do that – lucky for you, athleisure is very IN right now! I created Epicurean Emily to be a judgement-free platform and source of inspiration for everyone (regardless of race, gender, religion, or social status) to come together to find new ways to invest in themselves. Whether you read my blog to get outfit inspiration, for my photography tips, to hear about my travels, or to see if the new restaurant in town is worth all the hype, from the bottom of my heart I truly appreciate every one of you who has and continues to make Epicurean Emily a success. I’m so thankful for the platform the world wide web has provided me to create my own community of Epicureans who celebrate each others’ weirdness! Cheers to many more blogging years!

2017-04-03T00:30:03+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments


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Hello from Duke’s beautiful west campus! For those of you who haven’t heard… I moved to Durham, North Carolina! Luke began his MBA program at Duke the day after we got back from England and it has been pretty non-stop ever since. We’ve been “home” for a little over a week now and we’re doing our best to explore our new town, make new friends, and finish unpacking while jet-lag seems to be getting the best of us (I’ve barely stayed up past 9 since we’ve been home!). This is my first time moving and while I’m so excited to see what’s in store for us over these two upcoming years, it’s strange to be apart from everyone that has been a huge part of my life for so long. I’m trying my best to keep myself busy with the blog, social activities, and job hunting (and I’m trying to convince Luke of my need for a dog) but sometimes I get overwhelmed with all of the change. So like any basic white girl, I go on Pinterest to browse through quotes and find this one, “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” I will always love Tennessee and I’ll always consider it my home – it’s where I grew up and where my family is. But my dreams and passions to work in a creative industry just can’t be fulfilled there. While these upcoming two years are a mere pit-stop on the journey to bigger and better things, I’m trying to embrace this new season with open arms and remember that although the majority of us hate change, “great things never came from comfort zones.” Alright, logging off Pinterest now.

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August 2016

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Floral Blouse; Similar Here and Here

Joe’s White Cropped Jeans; Exact Here (Bought for less than half of this price at Nordstrom Rack!)

Mossimo for Target Black Strappy Heels; Similar Here (Also seen in this post!)

DKNY Blush Satchel; Similar Here and Here

“Summer Monochrome” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:03+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments