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

FEBRUARY FLORAL

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How about this weather, y’all?! Here in North Carolina, we’ve hit seventy degrees nearly every day for the past couple of weeks. Craziness. I try to not think too much about the fact that it’s probably unseasonably warm due to global warming, and try to just enjoy the extra sunshine and mild temps. Luke and I visited Duke Chapel for a Sunday service last weekend and spent the afternoon on campus taking photos and grabbing lunch before heading home. The campus is beautiful in any season, but I have a feeling Spring is going to be my fave. I just hope these gorgeous cherry blossom trees (and all the other blooms currently budding!) stick around till then! Lots of people request workwear outfit ideas over anything else, so I’ve been trying to find ways to incorporate them into my outfit posts, but I’ll be honest- I’m not a corporate gal and I’m by no means an expert on professional attire. I really enjoy putting these together since I don’t work in an office environment because I feel like I get to play dress-up every once in awhile but I’m pretty sure I’ve worn this skirt for nearly every workwear post I’ve done… #Oops. 😂   If you’re really looking for a good resource to rev up your office style, may I suggest taking a look at Memorandum. The author, Mary, has an entire “office style” tab and hint- she doesn’t wear the same skirt in every post like me. 😳   For which occasion do you need the most outfit inspiration? Work? Formal events? Casual outfits? Let me know in the comments so I can plan to cover those topics here on Epicurean Emily. Wishing you all a lovely (and warm) week! 😊

Emily
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LC by Lauren Conrad Black Blazer (no longer available, similar options linked)

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

H&M Floral Brocade Skirt (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn herehere, and here

Sam Edelman Blush Suede Pointed Toe Pump (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn hereherehere, and here

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

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

February 2016

“February Floral” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:29:59+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Fashion|16 Comments

BLACK & WHITE VALENTINE’S DAY TWO WAYS

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Happy first day of February! Although I’m a little confused as to where January went, we are one month closer to Spring, so I can’t complain! I bought this Zara top during their sale while visiting NYC and I couldn’t wait to feature it here – I love all the different textures created by the various crocheted patterns – and the sheer back was such a pleasant surprise! As I started to build looks around this top, I realized that I could showcase two options for Valentine’s Day just by mixing jackets and accessories. It may be a little non-traditional for V-Day, but I think these looks would be perfect to wear to the office (with a cami underneath the shirt and maybe some white slacks instead of skinnies!) or even if you have a casual date-night on your calendar! The Forever 21 blush coat and MNG red tweed jacket have the perfect Valentine color palettes without being too festive and over-the-top. One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories was my first one spent with Luke when he got tickets for us to do a ropes course together (even though it’s the furthest thing from his ideal date activity! 😂  ). It was such a unique experience to do together and I will cherish that memory forever. ❤️   Have you made plans for Valentine’s Day 2017 (or maybe Galentine’s!) yet?! Tell me what you’re doing (and what you’re wearing!) below! Happy February, y’all! 😊

Emily
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Zara Black Embroidered Blouse (no longer available, similar options linked)

Forever 21 White Jeans (linked above)

Forever 21 blush coat (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here and here

MNG Red & Black Tweed Jacket (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn here

DKNY Blush Satchel (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn herehere, and here

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

 Sam Edelman Blush Suede Pointed Toe Pump (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn herehere, and here

Shoemint Black Ankle Boots with Cutout Detail and Buckles (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

February 2017

“Black & White Valentine’s Day Two Ways” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:29:59+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Fashion|18 Comments

FAIR WEATHER FALL

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It may be November, and while the temperatures still haven’t dropped low enough to justify wearing a coat, I’ve been taking advantage of the extra warm weeks to continue wearing dresses and skirts. I finally got some brown boots (my first pair of over the knee boots, so I’m officially in the OTK club) 😜 and while they go with everything, I especially love how flirty they look when paired with flowy hem-lines. I caught mine on sale at Lord & Taylor (currently 20% off through November 15th with code “VETERAN” Here) so I paid a significant amount less than the retail price for good, quality boots. Sam Edelman provide amazing styles for ladies who want shoes that will last, but won’t completely break the bank. I have a pair of blush suede pumps from the brand that I found at Ross, of all places, and they have been a total wardrobe game-changer (seen on the blog herehere, and here). I imagine department store Holiday sales will be starting very soon so, as always, I will keep my eyes peeled for good deals and report them back to you all! Can you believe it’s almost time to start shopping for Christmas?! It seems to come quicker and quicker with each passing year (guess that’s what happens when you start getting old)! Are you a Christmas procrastinator or have you already selected and wrapped all your gifts? There are two kinds of people in this world and if I told you that I was writing this blog post after midnight the night before publication, I bet you could guess which category I fall into… 😳🙈

Emily
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November 2016

“Fair Weather Fall” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:00+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

BUSINESS IN BROCADE

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The universal theme for the fashion trends of the Fall and Winter 2016 season was most definitely opulence, with designers’ meticulously patterned creations made with gilded details flowing down nearly every runway. So I wanted to incorporate the FW16 fabric of choice – brocade in my trend series to showcase a realistic (and affordable) way to justify it being a necessity in your fall wardrobe. I recently had a request to see some non-traditional, work appropriate outfit options and I think this look is perfectly professional while still maintaining personality. I’ve never worked in a corporate atmosphere (with the exception of my high-school internship to which I wore ill-fitted khakis…Let’s all take a moment of silence in remembrance of those awful pants and my pre-college lack of style..) but I think the most important aspect to always look for in workwear options is fit. Finding a good fit is all about balance – not too loose and just tight enough to be flattering – and honestly it can sometimes be tricky, especially if you’re on a budget. I always visit the store to try on clothes whenever possible to make sure they fit me well. Remember that you can always have things tailored, too if you like the overall fit but want a piece to be tighter or shorter in certain places. We all have different body types and shapes and we have to accept that no one looks good in everything. Find shapes and cuts that you feel great in and build your wardrobe with variations of those – be it with different colors and patterns or slightly different silhouettes. If you’re wanting to incorporate a little more character into your workwear, the best technique in which to do so is to find small repetitive patterns and soft yet unique colors in classically professional silhouettes, This H&M brocade floral skirt is a timeless pencil skirt shape in a subtly on-trend fabric. A large print or bright color tends to be more on the risky side of business attire as it can sometimes be too distracting. Finish the look off with office appropriate accessories like this DKNY satchel and these blush Sam Edelman pumps and you’re good to go! Let me know if you’d like to see workwear looks more regularly represented here on Epicurean Emily and which other FW16 trends you’d like me to cover (list here) and previous posts in this series here and here.

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September 2016

I was wearing;

H&M Bow Knit Blouse; Similar Here

H&M Brocade Floral Skirt; Exact Here

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

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

“Business in Brocade” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:01+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

MELLOW YELLOW

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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!

Emily
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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

BLACK, WHITE & BLUSH

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I’m all about using blush as a neutral. It adds a nice, subtle hint of color and gives any look a bit of sophistication. I found these shoes at Ross for about one third of the price the exact style retails for on Sam Edelman’s website (linked below). I have a love/hate relationship with all these discount retail stores because I usually go in only needing one particular item and then I leave with yet another pair of shoes. These blush beauties were too pretty to pass up though (and the only pair was my size, so you know what that means – it was fate). For this look, I really wanted to feature my new gorgeous Forever 21 blouse. I’ve been looking for one of these decorative collar blouses for a long time now, since I always love the ones that Keiko Lynn wears. I love its versatility and that I can pair it with an edgy leather mini skirt or black skinny jeans or a retro printed skirt. This feminine yet sultry look is perfect for a spring date night out on the town.

Emily
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April 2016

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Rose-Collar Blouse; Exact Here

Forever 21 Faux Leather Skirt; Exact Here

Sam Edelman Blush Suede Pointed Toe Pump; Similar Here and Here

Riviera Feather Headband; Similar Here

H&M Black Rose Embellished Sunglasses; Similar Here

“Black, White & Blush” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:04+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments