FLORAL BLOUSE TWO WAYS

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I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of mixing prints, but usually tend to shy away from pairing two patterns together for fear that it may be too obnoxious. But when I saw this gorgeous H&M floral blouse, I knew I had to style it for a fun workwear look and print mixing was the answer, since I don’t own any solid slacks…¬†ūüėā ¬†I really think the two patterns balance out nicely and here are a few reasons why;

  • The combination of an organic pattern (floral) and a geometric pattern (grid pattern), balance each other out because…
  • …the scale of the patterns is varied. Notice the floral pattern on the blouse is large and random. The small print on the ankle pants is repetitive and structured, which provides a much-needed stability to the look.
  • Both colors are neutral. By now, y’all know that I consider blush a neutral and it is a staple shade throughout my wardrobe, as it adds just a hint of color but can still look professional, feminine, or fun. I definitely don’t think neutral is the only option when it comes to mixing prints but it’s a great way to ease into the somewhat intimidating trend, especially when dressing for the office.
  • I added a belt and a vest to break up and create separation and space between the two patterns. It may seem like accessories would overwhelm an outfit with multiple prints but, when used thoughtfully, they really tie the look together.
  • Repetition exists not only in the patterns, but in other elements of the outfit. The strappy heels mimic the cinching¬†created by the black strappy belt.

Have you ever played with print mixing? What are your fool-proof tips for nailing this trend?

P.S. This blouse was so nice, I just had to style it twice!¬†ūüėā ¬† So the outfit with the skirt is just a fun weekend look but I think it could be made into an office look, too, with the chiffon pleated skirts and block-heeled sandal I’ve linked below!

Emily
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H&M Floral Print Long-Sleeved Blouse (linked above)

Old Navy Printed Pixie Pants (pattern no longer available, similar pattern linked)

Victoria’s Secret Faux-Leather Pleated Mini Skirt (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn¬†here¬†and¬†here

Target Mossimo Black Ankle Strap Heels (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here, here, and here

Target Mossimo Nude Caged Heels (exact color no longer available, similar color linked) Also worn here

April 2017

“Floral Blouse Two Ways” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-07T00:37:13+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Fashion|6 Comments

WINTER BLUES

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There is something very unique about the first week of a new year. For most of us, it’s the first week back to work and school after the crazy busy yet relaxing Holiday season but with the newfound motivation that our resolutions bring, it seems that nothing can get us down – even the frosty air and grey winter skies. So as I venture back into the real world, this is the year that I am challenging myself to focus. To¬†focus on the positives, even when the negatives seem all-consuming. To¬†focus on the task at hand and be present enough to get back on track when I catch myself wasting time or energy on things that are of little importance. To¬†focus every single day¬†on the “goals” (I’m not keen on resolutions) that I’ve set out to accomplish this year in all aspects of my life (health, relationships, career, etc.). To¬†focus¬†on my own unique voice, personal style, and awkward quirks that make me who I am instead of trying to fit my persona into a pre-molded cookie cutter. Of course, these habits and mind-sets don’t develop overnight, but the way I see it is that I have a whole year to put them into practice in my every day life until razor-sharp focus becomes second nature to me. ūüėä ¬†What goals have you set for the new year? Do you like the idea of doing a “word of the year”? I’ll let you know my thoughts on this resolution method next year!¬†ūüėā ¬†Happy New Year, Epicureans!

Emily
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January 2017

“Winter Blues” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:00+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Fashion|38 Comments

CAPED IN HOUNDSTOOTH

Caped in Houndstooth

This outfit makes me feel like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn, which I am ecstatic about as she is one of my biggest¬†inspirations. It seemed only fitting to put together an outfit inspired by one of my heroes and feature this beautiful cape (Because Superheroes and Capes, duh… I had to). Since the sweater and cape are solid, I wanted my pants to add some pizazz to the look. These Old Navy Pixie pants did just the trick. The houndstooth print isn’t too distracting and keeps the look playful, but still mature. If you don’t have a pair of these pants, I highly recommend them. They always have new patterns and colors every season and they’re my favorite dress pants because the crop and the fit are so flattering. I finished off the look with some pointed ballet flats, which tied the whole 60’s-inspired look together nicely. Who is your Old Hollywood girl crush? Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor? Let me know in the comments!

Emily
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February 2016

I was wearing;

H&M Maroon Cape; Most Similar I could find Here

French Connection Black Turtleneck Sweater; Similar Here

Old Navy Houndstooth Print Pixie Pants; Similar Here

Forever 21 Bow Flats; Exact Here

“Caped in Houndstooth” Photographed by¬†Kurt Eslick

2017-04-03T00:30:05+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Fashion|2 Comments