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

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! 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

© Emily Davis

2017-04-03T00:29:59+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Fashion, Travel|2 Comments

FROLICKING IN FLAMINGO

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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?!

Emily
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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 Dress, Affordable 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

BLACK & BABY BLUE

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Guys… I think I have a problem. I can’t stop wearing this gorgeous light blue color. Not only do I love pastel colors to perk up my winter wardrobe, but they also make great transition pieces as spring approaches. I wanted to add some femininity to this otherwise edgy look by incorporating the baby blue sweater. The color contributes to the overall 90’s influences, but the boxy shape of the sweater gives it a nice modern touch. With the end of January upon us, I am anxiously awaiting warmer temps (and spring fashion!). What are some of your go-to transition pieces from winter to spring?

Emily
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January 2016

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Baby Blue Sweater; Exact Here

American Eagle Black Jeggings; Exact Here

Steve Madden Black Suede Platform Boots; Similar Here

Forever 21 Black Fedora; Similar Here

Forever 21 Choker Necklace; Similar Here

“Black & Baby Blue” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:05+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

TURTLENECKS & TWEED

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Waiting for Christmas used to seem like an eternity when I was younger. Now that I’m an adult, it creeps up on me a little quicker each and every year. I met Luke last December and as our one year anniversary is approaching, I’m still wondering where this year has gone. To get into the Christmas mindset, I wanted to start doing holiday outfit posts as I love getting dressed up and going to Christmas parties and festive holiday events. This outfit is perfect for a Christmas office party because the tweed jacket helps it to look a little more professional and put-together, while the combination of maroon tights and platform booties keep it young and fresh. What is your favorite part of the holiday season?

Emily
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December 2015

I was wearing;

MNG Red & Black Tweed Jacket; Similar Here

Forever 21 Cream Long-Sleeved Turtleneck; Similar Here

American Eagle Black Pleated Skater Skirt; Similar Here

Target Maroon Tights; Similar Here

Steve Madden Black Suede Platform Boots; Similar Here

Victoria’s Secret Studded Chain Crossbody; Similar¬†Here

“Turtlenecks & Tweed” Photographed by Rachel Emerson

2017-04-03T00:30:06+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Fashion|0 Comments

BOWS BEFORE BROS

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I found this skirt at Zara recently on the clearance rack and it just might be my new favorite. It’s so classy and feminine but the stitched-on pockets help to keep it modern. Since the skirt is so sophisticated, I wanted to have a little fun with the quirky bow-print crop top. I wore strappy nude heels to accentuate the length of my legs because I didn’t want the longer length of the skirt to make my 5’4″ frame to look stubby. As always, my Quay x Shay Vesper sunnies went perfectly with this ensemble, so I had to feature them.

Emily
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August 2015

I was wearing;

H&M Bow Print Cropped Blouse
Zara Skirt
Steve Madden Nude Strappy Heels
Quay Australia Quay X Shay Vesper Sunglasses

“Bows Before Bros” Photographed by Arturo Guzman

2017-04-03T00:30:09+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Fashion|0 Comments