BUSINESS IN BLUSH

Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.

Ahh summer… Vacations, barbecues, pool parties… and work??? While I don’t work in an office environment, my FOMO (fear of missing out) seems to multiply as the temperatures rise. Being in New York City over the summer hasn’t helped my productivity at all, either, as I long to be in the sunshine every day, exploring every corner of a city that I love dearly. I’ve always had a soft spot for summer since I enjoy being outdoors, so it’s been a real struggle for me to be motivated to get anything done online (i.e. inside) lately. One of my goals for this season was to practice intentionality, especially being more intentional with my time. I started introducing habits to manage my time more efficiently and while I don’t put them to use every day, I can say I’ve noticed such an increase in my productivity and energy to complete the tasks at hand when I do implement them. The biggest game-changer for me has been writing out “to-do” lists. But here’s the catch- I write manageable tasks down for the day ahead. For example, I don’t set myself up for failure by including things like “write new blog post” since I know that from start to finish, it takes me about 3 days to prepare a post. I’ve recently found a few creative entrepreneurial podcasts that I love (like The Laptop Lifestyle and Don’t Keep Your Dayjob), and I’ve realized that lots of successful people have a deep understanding of who they are and have discovered how they work best. If they’re an author who is easily overwhelmed, they don’t put “write book” on their to-do list. Instead, they break it down into bite-sized, manageable pieces, such as “brainstorm topic/story ideas”, “create outline”, “write chapter one”. Building blocks are everything. Another thing to think about when making a “to-do” list, is the importance and urgency of each task. Even if they’re harder to complete or more daunting, dealing with the highest priority tasks first takes such a huge weight off your shoulders and helps you check the rest of the list off more quickly. “To-Do” lists aren’t just for entrepreneurs. Everyone who feels a sense of anxiety from an overwhelming schedule can benefit from taking time each evening to evaluate their intentions and set their priorities for the day ahead. The biggest impact I’ve noticed from utilizing “to-do” lists is that even if I don’t check every single thing off my list, it feels pretty good to be able to cross tasks off and I’m able to move onto the next one with a renewed focus. Do you have any tips that have helped you enhance productivity at work? Share them below in the comment section, if so!

Emily
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles a blush workwear outfit with a DKNY nude leather bowler bag
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo and Baublebar for Target Sugarfix Hoop Earrings
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with nude and black cap-toe block heels from Aldo, similar to Chanel block heels
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, and a DKNY nude bag.
ASOS Premium Clean Tailored Pants in Dusty Rose
Kate Spade New York Cameron Street Maise in Toasted Wheat
Nordstrom Eliza J Ruched Sleeve Blazer in Black
Amazon Blooming Jelly Women's Sleeveless V Neck Color Block Chiffon Blouse Tank Tops
J. Crew New easy pant in matte crepe in Vintage Lilac
Amazon Sam Edelman Women's Leah Cutout Block Heel in Summer Sand/Black
Target Sugarfix by BaubleBar Hoop Earrings in Gold
Nordstrom Mural 'Curve' Open Front Shawl Collar Blazer in Black
Amazon The Fix Women's Jenkins Choked-up Pointed Toe Mule in Dove/Black
Ann Taylor The Ankle Pant Devin Fit in Bright Pink Peony
Forever 21 Crepe Woven Pajama Shirt in Ivory/Black
Aldo Bellone in Bone
zeroUV Women's Oversized Full Metal Wire Frame Glamour Round Sunglasses in Gold Amber
Amazon Blooming Jelly Women's Short Flutter Sleeve Shirt Keyhole Ruffle Chiffon Blouse Tops

August 2017

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Black & White Blouse (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

LC by Lauren Conrad Black Blazer (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

ASOS Tailored Pants in Dusty Pink (a few sizes left, similar options also linked) Also worn here

ALDO Bellone Shoes with Block Heel in Bone (linked above, similar options also linked) P.S. Go down a 1/2 size in the Bellone! Also worn here

Target Sugarfix by Baublebar Hoop Earrings in Gold (linked above) Also worn here and here

ALDO Round Sunglasses (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn here and here

“Business in Blush” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-08-03T21:31:55+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Fashion|2 Comments

MOD MINI

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Now that summer is here, dress season is in full swing! I really love the shift dress style (a less tailored option with a short hemline) for warmer weather and windy days because the looser fit makes them less clingy and they’re not billowy enough to have to wrestle with against the wind. Since I’m on the shorter end of the spectrum, I love to wear shift dresses with heels to give me some extra height, as sometimes the straight and narrow fit of the dress can shorten my already petite torso. Not going to lie, I’m jealous of you taller ladies because I think shift dresses look amazing when dressed down with a pair of sneakers! See my summer shift dress picks below and tell me which one will you be rocking all season long! P.S. All the dresses are under $100!

Emily
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Amazon Nine West Women's 3/4 Sleeve Houndstooth Fit and Flare
Zara Dress with Frilled Sleeves in Yellow
Zara Embroidered Tulle Dress in Black
ASOS New Look Premium Embroidered Mesh Mini Dress in Cream Pattern
Target Merona Women's Lulu Block Heel Sandal in Black
Zara Contrasting Colored Dress in Pinks
Zara Dress with Gem Detail in Navy Blue
Zara Frilled Sleeve Dress in Pink
Zara Checked Dress in Yellow
kate spade new york Cedar Street Maise Satchel in Rose Jade
Amazon PARIS SUNDAY Flounce Sleeve Textured Dress in Peacoat
Amazon PARIS SUNDAY Women's Sleeveless Band Collar Bottom Flounce Dress in Siena Multi
Amazon Floerns Women's Bell Sleeve Embroidered Tunic Dress
Zara Printed Rubberised Dress in Pink
Amazon Sam Edelman Women's Yaro Dress Sandal in Black Suede
ASOS Premium Embroidered Shift Mini Dress in Nude
ASOS Closet London Ruffle Dress With Peplum Hem in Gray
Amazon PARIS SUNDAY Women's Sleeveless Band Collar Bottom Flounce Dress in Black
BaubleBar Bahama Pom Pom Earrings

Forever 21 Colorblocked Houndstooth Shift Dress (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

Target Merona Lulu Block Heeled Sandals in Black (linked above) Also worn here

BaubleBar Bahama Pom Pom Earrings (linked above)

DKNY Blush Satchel (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn herehereherehere, and here

June 2017

“Mod Mini” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-06-21T05:45:08+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Fashion|10 Comments

BELL SLEEVE BLOUSE TWO WAYS + MY FIRST CHICWISH EXPERIENCE

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As soon as I booked tickets for the Create & Cultivate conference, I began putting together my outfits for the event. It was love at first sight when I scrolled upon this gorgeous lace blouse from Chicwish, a popular clothing company among the blogging community and a retailer I had been wanting to try out for quite some time. I placed my order on April 12th and felt a sense of relief as my outfit began to come to life. Even though the blouse was the first piece I ordered, around the middle of the month I began to wonder if it would arrive in time for the conference. Chicwish had emailed me an order confirmation, but I didn’t realize that there was no shipment confirmation until I received one on April 27th, over two weeks after I placed my order. I emailed customer service and after some back and forth, I was able to get a really sketchy tracking number that didn’t tell me much other than when my order had shipped out of China.

I arrived back home on Sunday after the conference to find my Chicwish order in the mailbox (just my luck!). 🙄  The top was well-constructed and arrived in tact (no loose stitches or holes), but I have a hard time saying that I was “impressed” by the quality- it retails for $60 and I’ve never paid more than $30 for a blouse of similar quality at Forever 21. I’m really lucky that it fit so well, because according to other reviews online, their return policy is an absolute nightmare and you have to pay to have the items returned to China before you’re eligible for a refund. I won’t lie and say I’m not in love with this top- it may be my favorite in my closet right now, but I really have mixed feelings about Chicwish after my first purchase with them.

I really wish my experience had been a better one, because I think they have so many cute and unique styles that are hard to find and/or are more expensive elsewhere, but I have a hard time supporting dishonest companies. Not telling me that something is out of stock and won’t ship out until two weeks after my order is placed (even though the funds were deducted from my account immediately after I ordered) is very dishonest. I also really don’t appreciate companies that treat bloggers differently than they would treat paying customers. When one of your favorite influencers recommends a new product or retailer, there is a level of trust that you’ve developed in them as a reader that makes it easier to branch out and try new things and products. Based on the numerous blogger raves, I expected much more from Chicwish. I’m not pinning this on bloggers because I’m sure many of them have never been on the consumer end in their exchanges with Chicwish and probably don’t know that this is happening, but it is unfortunate that their sponsored posts don’t depict the truth about their company’s sketchy practices.

It’s pretty frustrating when you find a company whose products you love, but their values just don’t align with yours. I won’t be ordering from Chicwish again after this experience and I wanted to warn all of you about their unprofessional business practices, hopefully before you find yourself in a similar situation.  I always want to be completely transparent and having worked in retail in the past, I place a high value on customer service and am not afraid in the least bit to call out a company in need of improvement. To end on a positive note, these trousers were my first ASOS purchase and I was really impressed with both the quality of the product (very accurately depicted on the website and nicely constructed), and how quickly the order arrived. There’s always a silver lining, ehh?

What’s the best (or worst!) online shopping experience you’ve ever had?! And yes, Amazon Prime orders count, too! 😂

Emily
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Chicwish Amiable Blossoms Crochet Top with Bell Sleeves
River Island Tailored Pant With Frill Hem in Pink
ASOS Swanky Midi Heels in Gold
ALDO Dorewen Sunglasses in Midnight Black
ASOS Closet Lace Blouse with Satin Ruffle Detail in White
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Aldo Bellone Block Heels in Bone
ALDO Greenwald Bag in Black
ASOS Little Mistress Monochrome Color Block Lace Top in Black/White
Ann Taylor The Ankle Pant in Triacetate Kate Fit in Pink Rosebud
ASOS Sweet Treat Ruffle Pointed Heels in Gold
zeroUV Women's Oversized Full Metal Wire Frame Glamour Round Sunglasses in Gold Amber
ASOS Premium Clean Tailored Pants in Dusty Pink
H&M Shorts with Scalloped Hems in Black
Target Sugarfix by BaubleBar Hoop Earrings in Gold
Amazon Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Maise Satchel in Lemonade

Chicwish Crochet Top with Bell Sleeves (exact & similar options linked)

ASOS Tailored Pants in Dusty Pink (exact & similar options linked)

J. Crew Scalloped Shorts in Black (exact & similar options linked)

Target Mossimo Black Faux Leather Crossbody Bag (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn hereherehereherehere, and here

DKNY Kelly Green Bowler Bag (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn hereherehere, and here

ALDO Bellone Shoes with Block Heel in Bone (exact linked)

Topshop “Gorgeous” Gold Glitter Mary-Janes (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn hereherehere, and here

H&M Black Floral Applique Sunglasses (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn herehere, and here

ALDO Round Sunglasses (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn here and here

Target Sugarfix by Baublebar Hoop Earrings in Gold (exact linked) Also worn here

May 2017

“Bell Sleeve Blouse + My First Chicwish Experience” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-06-14T01:29:11+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Fashion|20 Comments

GINGHAM IN THE GARDENS

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Any time someone pays us a visit here in Durham, one of my favorite spots to go when showing them around is Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This lush on-campus oasis is such a gorgeous retreat, with 55 acres of four separate garden areas, featuring a wide variety of regional and seasonal plants. I’d been a few times before, but it truly felt like a new, magical wonderland during my visit of the Spring season. Everywhere you look, you’re surrounded by a rainbow of blooms! I loved this H&M gingham off-the-shoulder top on its own, but I just couldn’t help but throw my new Victoria Beckham for Target bee-print scarf around my neck to add a little playfulness to the look. I’ve noticed that many girls style OTS with very minimal accessories so that the neckline does all of the talking, but I think they’re the perfect tops to pair with statement-making neckwear, whether it’s a chunky necklace, a choker, or a bandana or light scarf. I’m wearing my white jeans once again (I can now assure you that you NEED some white denim for Spring & Summer!), and I kept the accessories dark to tie into the specks of black in the scarf. Now tell me- what’s your favorite Spring flower? I love daffodils! They had the cutest mini ones in the gardens hiding underneath the tulips! 🤗

Emily
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H&M Off-the-Shoulder Top in Blue/Checked
H&M Skinny High Ankle Jeans in White Denim
Women's Bee Print Scarf with Marigold Trim - Victoria Beckham for Target
Nordstrom Clarks Parram Luxe Sandal in Black Suede
Nordstrom J. Crew Toothpick Jeans in White
ASOS Vero Moda Off The Shoulder Top in Blue
DSW Crown Vintage Sarah Gladiator Sandal in Black Faux Suede
Marks & Spencer M&S COLLECTION Bee Print Scarf
Target Mossimo Faux Leather Crossbody Handbag with Magnetic Closure in Black

H&M Off-the-Shoulder Top (linked above)

Joe’s Cropped White Jeans (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

Victoria Beckham for Target Bee Print Scarf (sold out online, similar option linked)

Target Sam & Libby Lace-up Sandals (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

Target Mossimo Black Faux Leather Crossbody Bag (linked above) Also worn hereherehere, and here

April 2017

“Gingham in the Gardens” Photographed by Luke Bowes & Emily Davis

2017-04-19T05:16:11+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Fashion|12 Comments

FAVORITE SPRING/SUMMER TRENDS

Spring/Summer Color Palette; Yellow and Pink

Shocking pink and lively yellow made a vibrant statement from the runways of several major design houses this season (Céline, Chloé, Valentino, and Gucci, to name a few). I couldn’t be happier about this non-traditional bright color palette for spring, which is so much more saturated than the pastels and dainty florals that we’ve become so used to seeing season after season. If you’re a bit hesitant to flaunt these statement-making hues, test the waters with a poppy accessory first. Many people are often afraid of wearing uber-pigmented shades for fear that they clash with their skin-tones. But with the array of blush, daffodil, bubblegum, canary, magenta, and mustard options available, I am a firm believer that anyone and everyone can embrace and rock this trend! Just experiment and find the shade that best suits you, and remember, the key to nailing any look (trendy or otherwise) is ALWAYS confidence!

H&M Off-The-Shoulder Lace Dress in Light Pink
Nordstrom Sam Edelman Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal in Sunset Yellow Suede
Zara Double Breasted Trench Coat in Pink
Hunter Original Tall Gloss Yellow Wellington Boots
J. Crew One-Shoulder Ruffle Dress in Faille in Bright Dahlia
H&M Narrow Belt in Yellow
ASOS Chi Chi London Structured Satin Prom Dress in Rose
Shopbop Cupcakes and Cashmere Tex Dress in Honey
Nordstrom Vince Camuto Shawl Collar Jacket in Electric Pink
Ann Taylor Kick Crop Pants in Golden Chartreuse
ASOS New Look Bardot Culotte Jumpsuit in Bright Pink
Zara Long Double Breasted Waistcoat in Yellow
Zara Leather Effect Mini Skirt in Chalk Pink
BaubleBar Kiki Drops
ASOS Premium Clean Tailored Pants in Dusty Pink
BaubleBar Sandbar Drops in Yellow
ASOS Nike Rosche One Trainers in Pink
Anthropologie Levi's Wedgie Icon High-Rise Jeans in Mimosa
BaubleBar Bahama Pom Pom Earring
ASOS Mini Dress With Frill Detail in Bright Yellow
Nordstrom Sam Edelman Hazel Pointy Toe Pump in Sugar Pink Leather
J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Bi-Stretch Cotton in Bright Citrus
Zara Leather Effect Jacket in Pink
Forever 21 Lemon Print Cami Dress in Ivory/Yellow
Zara City Bag with Scarf in Pink
Zara Cropped Trousers with Side Tie in Yellow
Nordstrom Sam Edelman Yaro Ankle Strap Sandal in Hot Pink Suede
Zara Bell Sleeve Jacket in Yellow

Spring/Summer Prints; Gingham & Bold Stripes

I am a self-professed stripe addict and to me, stripes are a constant closest staple (which is why my closet resembles a colorful zebra…). Nevertheless, I’ll take any excuse to wear them more often and bold, colorful stripes are one of the biggest SS17 pattern trends so I’ll be over here lookin’ like a happy rainbow all season long. 😂   Another playful print I can get on board with is the classically cute gingham, perfect for a polished picnic-ready spring look.

J. Crew Ruffle Sleeve Top in Ivory Navy
Baublebar Concordia Crispin Drops
J. Crew Pop Stripe Skirt in Navy Azalea
Zara Gingham Mini Dress in Red/White
Target Who What Wear Women's Striped Pleated Midi Skirt
Target Mossimo Lunea Patterned Canvas Sneakers in Gingham
Zara Striped Skirt with Frill in Ecru/Red
H&M Knit Top in Multicolored/Striped
H&M Ruffled Skirt in Black/White/Checked
Zara Multi-Striped Scarf
ASOS Gingham Print Cotton Frill Bandeau Swimsuit
Zara Striped Shorts
Nordstrom Topshop Gingham Frilled Shorts in Black Multi
ASOS Prom Skirt in Stripe with Bow
J. Crew One-shoulder one-piece swimsuit in classic stripe in Flame Ivory
ASOS Pinny Jumpsuit in Stripe
Nordstrom Topshop Crop Gingham Jacket
ASOS New Look Stripe Wrap Bikini
Ann Taylor Colorblock Stripe Sweater Skirt in Intense Pink
Nordstrom Love, Fire Gingham Cold Shoulder Top in White/Blue Gingham
Zara Striped Tied Wedges
ASOS Gingham Floral Ruffle Romper
Zara Striped Bodysuit with Front Knot in Navy Blue
Nordstrom CATHERINE CATHERINE MALANDRINO Alternate Image 1 Selected - Catherine Catherine Malandrino Kristiana Stripe Body-Con DressAlternate Image 1 Selected - Catherine Catherine Malandrino Kristiana Stripe Body-Con Dress Alternate Image 2 - Catherine Catherine Malandrino Kristiana Stripe Body-Con DressAlternate Image 2 - Catherine Catherine Malandrino Kristiana Stripe Body-Con Dress Main Image - Catherine Catherine Malandrino Kristiana Stripe Body-Con Dress Size Info True to size. S=4-6, M=8-10, L=12-14, XL=16. Details & Care Make a bold graphic splash in the brilliant blue stripes of a mock-neck dress in a curve-skimming knit with stretchy ribbing. Slips on over head Mock neck Long sleeves 61% polyester, 32% rayon, 7% spandex Machine wash, tumble dry Imported Available online only Item #5355823 Helpful info: Dress Fit Fundamentals (video), The Best Dress for Your Body Type Free Shipping & Returns See more Back to top Reviews (0) Be the first to review this Kristiana Stripe Body-Con Dress in Feb Stripe Blue

Spring/Summer Silhouettes; Asymmetrical Hems, Off-The-Shoulder Styles, Ruffles

Off-the-Shoulder styles had a major moment last year and they haven’t lost any steam this season, although asymmetrical and deconstructed necklines are now invited to the party, too. And along with all these styles, comes ruffles. Loads and loads of voluminous frill. Just how I like my cupcakes. 😋  If you couldn’t get on board with the OTS trend last year (I’m still struggling with it despite my regular shoulder workouts…), then asymmetrical tops and dresses are your life-saver! They typically have more interest along the neckline and distract from a set of stocky shoulders that OTS tops tend to accentuate.

Forever 21 Striped Off-the-Shoulder Top in Cream/Blue
Nordstrom Topshop Frill Hem Shorts in Blush
Nordstrom BP. One-Shoulder Ruffle Top in Navy Dusk Anna Stripe
Zara Off-The Shoulder Dress in Black/White
Chicwish Swanky One-Shoulder Ruffle Striped Top
H&M Open-Shoulder Blouse in Pink Floral
Chicwish Give you a Stunning Crochet Off-Shoulder Top in White
Nordstrom Taylor Dresses Cold Shoulder Sheath Dress in Powder Blue
Shopbop Torn by Ronny Kobo Rose Top in Red Ponte
VIDEO SHARE ASOS Asymmetric Tea Dress in Floral Print
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ASOS Club L Bridesmaid One Shoulder Ruffle Detail Maxi Dress in Quartz Pink

Spring/Summer Footwear; Mules and Block Heels

Block-heeled mules absolutely dominated the runways this season, and while the two can exist apart from each other, the combination is a match made in shoe heaven, if you ask me. A comfortable, yet on trend shoe? Where have block heels been all my life?! Shop for both block-heeled shoes and block-heeled mules below!

DSW Sam Edelman Yardley Sandal in Nude
DSW Mix No. 6 Avery Sandal in Black Faux Leather
Aldo Bellone Block Heels in Bone
Nordstrom Joe's Kat Mule in Pear Leather
Aldo Cartiera Mules
Target Merona Women's Didi Mule Pumps in Grey
Forever 21 Faux Suede Ankle-Strap Sandal in Blue
Nordstrom Steve Madden Irenee Ankle Strap Sandal in Silver Leather
Aldo Eteani Block Heel Slingbacks in Light Pink
Nordstrom BP. Maddy Mule in Blush Leather
Sole Society Lola Block Heel Pump in Sea Angel
ASOS Miss Selfridge Pointed Heeled Mule in Nude

So now that I’ve shared my SS17 trends of choice, I wanna know yours!  Leave a comment below and tell me what you’re most excited to be wearing this season!

Emily

2017-04-12T22:54:35+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Fashion|4 Comments

THRIFTING WITH thredUP

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Over the last few years, I’ve become quite the activist. I never really envisioned myself as who I am now, but I’ve learned so much about real problems that are happening in our world that are threatening our environment, our health, and our compassion and they speak so loudly to my conscience that I can’t stand to sit by and refuse to take a stand on these issues. I’ve given up factory farmed meat and am currently on the verge of veganism. Over the last six months, I’ve been in the process of finding replacements for the toxic personal care products and makeup I was once slathering all over my body. I love animals now more than ever and I can’t stand to support their slavery and suffering. This may sound whiny (and I’m beyond grateful for all the people that led me to making these discoveries so that I am able to stand up for what I believe in), but being passionate about so many things is very draining. There are so many injustices going on in our world today and in practically every single way you spend your money, you are almost always unknowingly supporting them.

Shopping for clothes has been my vice for the last couple of years- it was the only time I didn’t have to read ingredients or online reviews before purchasing. And then I started hearing lots of talk about ethical and sustainable fashion. Bubble bursted. But the thought of giving up the one shopping habit that was keeping me sane filled my mind with hopelessness. That’s where thredUP comes in. Yes, a lot of the clothes you see at the mall have probably been constructed in a sweatshop, but by secondhand shopping you give these threads another life, using your dollars to vote to end unsafe working conditions and unfair wages while preventing these unwanted pieces from going into our world’s growing landfills. thredUP carries unique items from tons of popular brands (J. Crew, H&M, Zara, Asos are a few of my favorites!) and they also have some great designer pieces if you’re looking for higher quality clothes and accessories but still want to stick to your budget. I haven’t been able to completely make the switch to ethical fashion, but thrift shopping is a wonderful way for me to indulge without outright supporting the unethical fast-fashion industry. Now it’s your turn to share your thrifting secrets! Tell me how you #LiveUp by upcycling in the comments below!

Emily
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American Eagle 3/4 Sleeve Black & White Striped Tee (no longer available, similar options linked)

ASOS Black Scalloped Cardigan (purchased on thredUP, similar options linked)

Zara Turquoise Crochet Lace Skirt (purchased on thredUP, similar options linked)

Target Mossimo Black Faux Leather Crossbody Bag (linked above) Also worn herehere, and here

Target Sam & Libby Black Lace Up Heels with Tassel Detail (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here and here

March 2017

“Thrifting with thredUP” Photographed by Luke Bowes

 

2017-04-03T00:29:59+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Fashion|28 Comments

SPRING BREAK PACKING GUIDE

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Confession time… I’ve never been on a traditional “Spring Break” trip. Personally, beaches packed with a bunch of rowdy college kids funneling beer and throwing wet T-shirt contests never really appealed to me- I know, I’ll admit that I’m an old lady at heart. If I could re-visit my college days though, I would love to have saved up money for a girls getaway one year for Spring Break. Somewhere tropical, but not too far away, like the Bahamas would make for a relaxing and rejuvenating week off from classes and a memorable time with my closest friends. Although I don’t know when my next trip to the tropics will be, I’ve been dreaming of returning to the beach and basking in the sun’s warmth so I put together this little post including some of my favorite summer must-haves for your next getaway! Happy Shopping!

Emily
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SWIMSUITS & COVER-UPS

I’ve been getting my swimsuits almost exclusively from Victoria’s Secret for so many years now, I almost didn’t know where to turn this year now that they’ve eliminated swimwear from their brand. I loved VS suits because I never had to worry about whether the bottoms had adequate lining or if the tops would be too sheer. I had certain styles that I knew were most flattering on me, so I would just stick with those and get a new color or pattern every now and then. VS PINK released new suits this season and, luckily, the ones I found are a little more refined than styles I’ve seen PINK release in the last few years! I know lots of people like Target’s swimwear, but I didn’t see anything that really caught my eye. I was really impressed with J. Crew’s selection, though it is a bit out of my price-range. They have several very classic swimsuits, with a few trendy ones for good measure. ASOS had some really cute & affordable options, but many of my favorites were already sold out like this one, and this one. I will have to test out some new swimwear brands this year and report back to you! I’d love to hear about your current go-to suits!

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SUN PROTECTION

Please, please, please do not check your suitcase without packing it up with some mineral sunscreen! I swapped my traditional, chemical-laden sunscreen for a mineral one last summer and I’ve never looked back! Let’s just say it’s almost better to get burnt by the sun’s rays than it is to be slathering your body up with the toxic chemicals these products are comprised of. Learn more about these harmful ingredients and the benefit of mineral-based alternatives here. A little disclaimer; Zinc Oxide/Titanium Dioxide-based sunscreens are more “pigmented” than chemical sunscreens, so don’t expect the white “tint” to fade away completely- a small price to pay to avoid toxins if you ask me!  I have yet to try the COOLA option linked above, but it has rave reviews and it’s one of the only more natural sunscreens with a skin-tone evening feature so this would be a great product to use on your face! I’ve been loving Herbivore‘s products lately and use the Rose Mist before applying my facial moisturizer, so it would be a great product to utilize (in addition to your moisturizer) for restoring hydration to sun-exposed skin and also for freshening up during a day at the beach. Sun hats & sunnies aren’t just chic accessories- use them to protect your delicate eyes and facial skin! Less sun exposure ultimately equals less wrinkles! I’m in love with my Lo & Behold Naturals peppermint lip balm and would probably opt for swiping some sunscreen on my lips before applying it (as it doesn’t have SPF). But the tin is not very beach (or sand!) friendly so I may try this COOLA one on a trip with lots of sun exposure.

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OUTFITS & ACCESSORIES

I’m definitely the type of beach-goer that would be all set for the week with a few bikinis, some sunscreen, and a pair of sunnies because all I care about is laying in the sand all day, every day! Apart from these essentials, I will usually pack some denim shorts, casual graphic tees & tanks (this is another swimsuit cover-up option in a pinch, but I’m not crazy about the combo of sunscreen skin and tight clothing), summery sandals (at least one nice pair of flats and one pair of heels/wedges), and some breezy dresses. I typically don’t even bring jewelry, but I was too excited about the Sugarfix by Baublebar for Target collection not to share these fun and affordable options and I think you could really mix and match them with any and all of the dresses I’ve linked. P.S. I’m calling it now- I think these Steve Madden Jaylen wedges will sell like hot cakes so if you like them, buy them NOW! Chloé originally released this style, then Mark Fisher came out with a dupe last summer that was perpetually sold out (and it looks like the same is already happening again this year). These wedges are practically identical to both high-end pairs for less than half the price of the designer dupes! Yet another reason to love Steve Madden!

“Spring Break Packing Guide” Photographed by Emily Davis

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2017-04-03T00:29:59+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Fashion, Travel|4 Comments

FALL & WINTER OUTERWEAR GUIDE

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So I guess it’s almost time to break out those Winter coats, which seems odd considering our Fall has been more like an enjoyable summer in terms of temperature… I know come February I’ll be daydreaming of laying on the beach, so I guess when we get a little extra sunshine and warmth, I can’t be mad about it – although it is hurting my fall layer game! 😂 Just like everything else seems to be categorized by editors and influencers these days, coats are “staple” pieces – AKA, you can “spend a ridiculous amount of money on a nice coat because you’ll have it forever”. And I think if you A) have a comfortable income and B) find a timeless coat that fits you well and is made out of durable material, then go for it! There’s nothing wrong with splurging on something that is good quality, but the reality is that many of us just don’t have the luxury of doing that unless we save up for months, even years, and go without in the meantime. And I don’t know about you, but I HATE being cold. The holidays, electric blankets, and not having to shave my legs 🙊are the only things that help me make it through winter alive. So since I care about you all so much and want you to be not only warm, but CUTE during the “most wonderful time of the year”, I’ve rounded up my coat and jacket picks for the season that are all under $200! As a whole, I was super impressed with the Zara and ASOS collections of outerwear as I thought they were great quality while still being affordable and they had lots of styles to please every girl and flatter every body type (ASOS has Petite, Plus & Curve, and Tall options!). These may be a little pricier than my usual Forever 21 pieces but I just couldn’t find many that I loved there, but if you can, definitely snatch them up! I have two old styles from there like this blush one that have lasted me several winters and I still wear them.

Emily

VESTS

Vests are the perfect outerwear for Autumn, as they can be easily thrown over anything from long-sleeved tees, to flannels and sweaters, making them versatile for the unpredictable Fall weather (especially in the south – November is coming quickly and our weeks are still consisting of 80 degree temps, with a day or two in the 50’s for good measure…Fall, where you at???). 🙄  I love a good utility vest like this Modcloth one. It’s olive hue adds an autumnal feel to any outfit and is especially good for the current weather when it’s still warm enough to wear short sleeves but you need an additional layer. The Goodnight Macaroon Herringbone Vest is a good option if you want a more classy style – it’s still very versatile and can be the perfect statement piece of any look – perfect for throwing over your office attire for your morning commute, or heading out for date night worn over a nice sweater, jeans, and over-the-knee boots.

PARKAS & PUFFERS

I can honestly say that the coat that gets the most day-to-day wear in my closet is, and has been for a few years now, my beloved green parka. It can accompany an edgier outfit for a night out, but in my opinion, it really shines when paired with the most casual streetwear for on-campus, errand-running, or rainy days. The parkas above are perfect for fall (and winter, depending on where you live). Maroon and Olive are some of my favorite colors, and while I wear them a lot in the Autumn months, I consider them year-round staples in my fashion color palette. A nice, CUTE, puffer coat is something every girl should have – super warm and practical for winter’s cold temps and more importantly – wind chills, these options will keep you bundled up and cozy with their faux fur accents.

SHEARLING

Shearling was one of the biggest trends on the FW16 runways including those of Coach, Altuzarra, and Burberry, and while at first I had a hard time getting on board with it, after discovering these beauties, I think I’ve changed my mind. Faux shearling is much more wearable (and kinder) than the real deal. I don’t want my coat to be so thick that I look like an armless marshmallow (Yes, I know marshmallows don’t have arms but that’s the best analogy I can come up with rn) and I’d rather the sheep kept their skin. 😃 I’m smitten with these options because they incorporate the trend as a trim and/or thin lining, instead of the runway versions that looked uncomfortably bulky. This Asos Blush one is at the top of my wish-list! 😍

CLASSIC & NEUTRAL

When it comes to shopping on a budget, neutral is always the way to go! Sure, I like the idea of having a hot pink coat, but in reality a grey or camel shade would get a lot more milage and when you don’t have extra income to regularly spend on clothing, you want a wardrobe filled with interchangeable and versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched so differently that they always seem fresh. Whether you’re an essentials-only budget conscious girl, or you just prefer neutrals, these are the coats for you! I’ll never say no to a classic skater shape, like this Asos grey skater coat because they are the most flattering coat (on my body type, anyway) AND when you go ice skating in the winter, they make you feel like Michelle Kwan with their flirty flared “skirt”. 🙈 I think we’ve all welcomed blush as a new neutral over the past year, so it’s high time for me to continue my color obsession by purchasing this Boohoo blush coat.

TRENDING; MILITARY & VELVET

Some would say military-inspired styles and plush velvet were the stars of the FW16 runways, so if you want to be very avant-garde, push the boundaries in one of these statement coats. A lot of people argue that buying trendy “investment pieces” is a no-no, but while I am someone who likes to keep up with trends, I won’t discard a piece I love after its season of spotlight has ended. I think trends exist most importantly to constantly be improving and re-thinking fashion and what it can be. And while they are important for setting the tone and theme of each season, I don’t think anyone who truly loves the creative side of fashion gets too obsessed with what’s “in” style and what’s “out”. Fashion trailblazers wear what they love, whether it’s a vintage 1960’s gingham dress, a 1990’s choker, or modern sock boots, and the best will pair all of their favorite things together in one balanced look.

GIRLY FAVORITES

This is my personal “Not Gonna Happen” wish-list; the frivolous coats that I will buy in another lifetime, in which I am a wealthy heiress. 😂 I really do think a lot of these could be worn in more ways than you’d think, but my bank account doesn’t agree. I especially love this Zara checked coat (the pink faux-fur collar makes me feel some type of way 😍) and can you imagine how cute it would be to wear on Valentine’s day (It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a disposable income…) 😅I’m just really feeling the need for a pink coat this year, since I now have a pink couch. Totally justifiable, right?!

October 2016

“Fall & Winter Outerwear Guide” Written by Emily

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Also see my Fall Sweater Guide and my Fall & Winter Shoe Guide

2017-04-03T00:30:01+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

THE BRILLIANT BOMBER

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I’m beyond excited to finally feature my favorite versatile and wearable trend for the Fall and Winter 2016 season – the bomber jacket. This cold weather staple comes in a plethora of fabrics from simple satins to heavily embroidered works of art. No matter which style you prefer, this piece is about as versatile as they come and to prove it, I decided to feature my H&M army green satin bomber in my first ever post with multiple outfits curated around one item. I have been wanting to do a post like this for quite some time because I think it’s a great source of inspiration if you’re on the fence about a trendy and/or expensive purchase. If you’re anything like me,  you’re constantly on the hunt for versatile closet staples that afford you the most bang for your buck. Keep scrolling for all three of my looks created with this fabulous bomber jacket, along with styling tips and, as always, product links. Leave me feedback in the comment box below and let me know if you would like to see more of these “3 in 1” posts!

Emily
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Bombers aren’t just for casual days – if you’re looking for a fun and on-trend replacement for your blazer, look no further than the new jacket in town. Bomber jackets instantly ooze a playful and sporty vibe and offer that effortless look that we’re all aiming for. Ready to throw on a bomber over your workwear? My biggest tip for pulling off this trend at the office is to alternate fits – a tighter and more structured bomber paired with loose yet work-appropriate pants (such as the H&M pair that I’m wearing) OR an oversized bomber over a pair of classically fitted cigarette trousers. When it comes to incorporating trends in a subtle way, there is always a balancing act involved (i.e. fitted vs. oversized, pattern vs. solid, texture vs. smooth, etc.).

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Bombers are great for nearly any occasion, but I can’t help but think that they were made for a sassy night out on the town as they’re not too bulky, can be worn unzipped like a cardigan, and they’re the perfect complement to a glam outfit. I have opted out of wearing a jacket on cold winter nights out for fear of ruining my outfit more times than I can count but now that this bomber is in my life, I think it’s safe to say I can now look fab and be warm simultaneously!

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And last, but certainly not least, everyone’s favorite casual look – a white tee and jeans. A bomber jacket is the perfect piece to dress up this go-to style. I’ve also worn mine with joggers before because let’s be honest – I wear joggers more often than I wear jeans on my days off! Keep this look plain and simple with a solid t-shirt and lightly distressed, fitted denim. I love the combination of the olive green jacket and my tan Nike Thea’s, and these colors are heavily in my fall color palette rotation so I know I can pair this dynamic duo with many more outfits.

September 2016

“The Brilliant Bomber” Photographed by Luke Bowes

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2017-04-03T00:30:01+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

FALL & WINTER SHOE GUIDE

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While I love shopping for all kinds of autumn clothing, stocking up on fall footwear is my favorite. I’m sure all of you who have been readers for any length of time know that Target is where I do most of my shoe shopping. They almost always have fashion-forward styles at amazing prices and I’ve had Target shoes that have held up for over two years with regular, seasonal wear. However, my favorite red bullseye retailer is a little lacking in the boot department (seems to be the case more-so this year, but I’ve honestly never been overwhelmed with their shoe selection for the colder months). I know that I can be very particular – which can be a blessing or a curse depending upon the day, but when I shop for boots at reasonable retailers, I notice an annoying pattern. I see boring colors, repeated shapes year after year, and poor quality materials (I’m looking at you, faux-suede!) There is no modernity in their winter selection. I know that many women are in search of cognac riding boots and western-style booties come autumn and I understand the need to cater to the masses, but Target’s design department seems to produce cute pieces for women with more unique personal styles in every other season and leaves us out in the cold come winter. So I’m writing this guide with the girls who don’t want to look like equestrians and cowgirls in mind – the girls who want to have trendy, stylish, AND affordable options. I know that many of these selections may be a bit above the Target price-range, but I would rather pay just a bit more to have better quality shoes for the colder months since I feel that the winter takes such a toll on them and cheap shoes begin to look really worn out after only a few outings. Comment below and tell me your favorite shoes from the post and also which fall staple item(s) you’d like me write about next!

Emily

Over The Knee Boots

I must admit that Over the Knee boots intimidate me a little bit. Maybe because my first pair had a narrow heel and the tops folded down and reminded me of a trashy pirate Halloween costume. Lots of people love wearing OTK boots under leggings which makes it even harder for me to appreciate them. But as much of a love/hate relationship that I may have with over the knee boots, I must admit that they really are a versatile staple, making your favorite summer dresses autumn-appropriate or spicing up a pair of skinnys for date night.

Flats

Flats work for any and every season, whether you’re running to the office or vacationing in Europe. The lace-up trend is still going strong and I’m still loving it. However impractical they may be, the pom-pom flats are at the top of my wish-list because they’re so unique and I love the understated and muted colors. Slipper loafers are also having a moment right now, and while I can’t afford the embroidered Gucci pair, I love the unique striped detail on these Zara ones.

Booties

I have a thing for booties, y’all. I would consider my personal style a tad on the edgier side and it can be very hard to find tall edgy boots that don’t make you look like a hooker… or a pirate. So booties are my go-to by default.

#Trending; Patent & Velvet

Sock boots are huge this year, making them the only decent thing to come out of Kanye West’s Yeezy fashion line. Personally, the true “sock” boots aren’t for me (I don’t like my shoes to suffocate my ankles) but they have spawned a lot of modern options donning patent leather and clear heels, which I can definitely get on board with. Velvet was all over the FW16 runways and if you’re a little intimidated by the trend, starting with a velvet statement shoe is the way to go because it can be styled both femininely or edgy and it’s not overwhelming either way.

Other

I just purchased these Adidas maroon superstars and I’m obsessed with them. I know they will get so much use over the next few months. Please note that this style is only available in Men’s and “Big Kids” sizes. BK sizes will fit up to a women’s size 9, just subtract your normal size by two (I’m normally a size 7.5, so I ordered a 5.5 in Big Kid size).

September 2016

“Fall & Winter Shoe Guide” written by Emily

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2017-04-03T00:30:02+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Fashion|2 Comments