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!¬†ūü§ó

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 here, here, here, 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 (C√©line,¬†Chlo√©, 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.¬†ūüėā ¬† 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.¬†ūüėč ¬†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

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!

Spring Break Packing Guide 3

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! Chlo√©¬†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|2 Comments

CHRISTMAS CAPE

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One evening before we headed back home for Thanksgiving, I was running around town trying to find a styrofoam cooler for our Blue Whistler Farm turkey’s five hour journey to Tennessee. I ended my search at Wal-Mart with a non-styrofoam cooler (apparently that’s not a thing anymore???) and on my way home I saw the cutest Christmas tree lot glowing with sparkly lights.*Cue the Christmas music* So the first thing on my photo agenda when we returned home was to do a shoot surrounded by the beautiful trees – nothing gets me in the Holiday mood quite like the scent of pine and fir. I wanted to wear red to contrast with the trees, so my H&M burgundy cape and my¬†100% Pure Lip Caramel in Red Velvet¬†added the perfect amount of pop. One recurring winter wardrobe issue I always seem to have is resisting the urge to wear jeans every day so over the years, tights have become essential cold-weather accessories for me! It’s so nice to be able to work my favorite closet pieces into any-season staples. With the help of a good pair of tights, I can wear my spring skirts in the coldest of temps. Now if I could just find a way to wear my furry robe outside in the cold…¬†ūü§Ē¬†What are your winter weather styling secrets? Leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to bundle up for cold weather!

Emily
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December 2016

“Christmas Cape” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:00+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments