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

VEST WEATHER

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I’ve always wanted a nice, quilted vest to serve as an autumn wardrobe staple. Simple ones can be worn over any top and look best with a pair of jeans and boots- everyone’s go-to Fall outfit. The J. Crew Excursion Vest has become a classic for so many of us, but after trying it on a couple of years ago, I couldn’t ignore how boxy it made me look because of it’s lack of shape. One thing that I really try not to compromise on when clothes shopping is fit. When I was packing up my things to move, I cleaned out my closet many times before selecting the final cut of items that would be coming with me. It was during this time I realized how ill-fitting most of my high school wardrobe was – American Eagle low-rise jeans that never sat flat against my waist, too-tight Abercrombie tees (judgement free zone here at EE) 😅, and huge Victoria’s Secret PINK bling hoodies that I was so afraid of outgrowing (c’mon Emily, they had SEQUINS) that I sized up in. So when I actually started buying items that weren’t from the juniors’ section, I really honed in and paid attention to how well they fit and whether or not they were unique enough to justify tailoring if they didn’t. We may not realize this consciously, but all of us care about fit – we all have that one pair of jeans that we’d rather dig out of the dirty laundry and re-wear, over a clean pair hanging in our closet. We all want to wear pieces that make us feel confident about our bodies and since we all have different shapes and sizes of bodies, it’s important to just keep visiting the fitting room until you discover which styles and shapes work on you. Personally, I try to avoid oversized pieces because they never really look like what I’m going for (I’m a 5’10” wannabe model in a 5’5″ girl’s body). I just have to accept the fact that the baggy, effortless streetwear style doesn’t do me any favors in terms of being flattering and I need some shape in certain places to prevent me from looking short and stubby. I found this tailored vest at a Zara clearance sale in England over the summer, and was over the moon when it fit like a glove and when I walked out paying less than $20 for it! I love the little gold accents and I really prefer how overall chic it is compared to lots of quilted vests that tend to look a little too rugged and outdoorsy for my taste. Have you discovered a look that just doesn’t work on your frame, no matter how badly you want it to? Tell me your fit horror stories below in the comments! #TeamTightAbercrombieTee 😂

Emily
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October 2016

“Vest Weather” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:01+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Fashion|2 Comments

STRIPED SWEATER DRESS

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When shopping on a budget, one thing that I always struggle with is finding unique pieces from mainstream, affordable fast-fashion retailers. Sure, they have pieces to fit almost every personal style, but sometimes it’s hard to find special things that aren’t so trendy that everyone else will have them too. But every so often you come across the perfect piece, which is what happened when I fell in love with the tom-boyish cut and fit (and colors!) of this sweater dress. Because of the looser fit, you’re able to wear it both casually with sneakers for a street-style inspired look or with a pair of simple, strappy heels to dress it up. I’m on the shorter side of the spectrum so to get that effortless off-duty model style, I think I would have to hem a dress of this length to be able to pull it off with sneakers. While I didn’t intend for this outfit to be a part of my fall trend series, it seems the perfect opportunity to give the jewelry of the season – the choker necklace, some recognition. 90’s trends have really been gaining momentum over the last few years, with the choker being one of the 90’s most iconic accessories that is currently being re-imagined in many different materials, including intricate lace and luxe velvet. I went with a simple tattoo choker to add some interest to my neckline without detracting from the statement-making sweater dress. Which decade inspires your style the most? I think I pull little bits and pieces from all of them! 🙂  Leave a comment below telling me your favorite!

Emily
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October 2016

“Striped Sweater Dress” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:01+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

STRIPES & SPACE BUNS

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Let’s talk about hair…and my non-existent patience. Make-up is my thing. I love applying my “face” every day and I consider it a therapeutic “me-time” – it never feels like a chore. Hair on the other hand… I hate all aspects of hair-care – detangling, blow-drying, styling. I don’t really even like washing my greasy mane because that means I have to dry it. It’s such a nuisance, and before you suggest just cutting it all off I will inform you that I have tried that before and while it was nice never having to spend an hour curling my pixie cut, it was the first time I was forced to style my hair every single day and it was the worst. However, all of this hair-styling hatred doesn’t stop me from looking through Pinterest for cut and style inspiration and swooning over Barefoot Blonde’s amazing braid tutorials hoping that one day I, too, will be able to conquer the fishtail Dutch combo (currently still learning the most basic French braid but I’m very optimistic). Until I can master a crown braid to “be crowned” the braiding queen, I must find “easy” and “simple” tutorials if I’m in the mood to try something different with my ‘do. I had seen a lot of people rocking these cute “space buns” and honestly I think I was first drawn to them because they reminded me of Minnie’s ears (forever a Disney kid) but I was surprised how simple they were to create. More often than not, when it comes to hair, my definition of “simple” and a beauty blogger’s are usually two very different ideas, BUT I am here to tell you that if you love Minnie Mouse and easy hairstyles, these space buns will rock your world in less than 10 minutes! Hair-styling?! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Emily
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August 2016

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Maroon Striped Crop Top; Similar Here and Here

H&M Denim Button-Up Skirt; Exact Here Similar (On Sale) Here (Also styled Here and Here )

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars in White; Exact Here

Space Bun Hair Tutorial by Dulce Candy Here

“Stripes & Space Buns” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:02+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

SILVER & STRIPES

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Usually by the end of April, I’ve been wearing sandals non-stop for a solid month. I’m always really bitter come September when I have to start slapping on socks and real shoes again. But lately, I’ve become accustomed to wearing sneakers with many of my outfits (and not just my yoga pants). When I was in high school, the only tennis shoes that were “cool” enough to wear with anything other than gym shorts were Converse All-Stars (Mine were black because I thought I was more hardcore than I actually was… and the fact that I just used the word “hardcore” reiterates that statement). Just recently, more of the classic sneakers (Converse All-Stars, Adidas Superstars, and New Balance 501’s to name a few) are coming back in style in a big way. Not only are they becoming your go-to errand-running shoe, they’re also providing a casual edge to basically any outfit and bringing some practicality back into the fashion scene. This is a trend that everyone – from editors to bloggers to models to the everyday girl can get on board with and for the past couple of fashion week seasons, I would say that there were more sneakers than stilettos on the feet of the attendees. The Nike Thea Premiums were game-changing sneakers for me – I really like how these are all one solid color. One of my qualms with regular trainers is that they’re too busy and usually look tacky worn with anything but gym attire, but these babies are practical AND pretty. I’m still holding out for the suede finish ones like the much-coveted (and sold-out everywhere) “Desert Camo”, although I’m fairly infatuated with my silver ones at the moment. With summer right around the corner, I think this outfit would be great for a day at the theme park. This striped blouse is sheer and airy but will still shield most of your skin from the sun, the high-waisted cutoffs are a classic warm-weather staple, and your feet will never tire in these shoes (they don’t call them “Air-Max” for no reason!).

Emily
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May 2016

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Navy Striped Blouse; Similar HereHere, and Here

Levi’s 501 Denim Cutoff Shorts; Similar Here (I found mine in a thrift store! It takes some patience, but there are definitely plenty of old,”vintage” high-waisted Levi’s to be found. You can can also make your own from a pair of thrifted jeans. DIY video Here)

Nike Air Max Thea Metallic Trainers; Exact Here (On Sale!), and Here

Quay Australia Quay x Shay “Vesper” Sunglasses; Exact Here

“Silver & Stripes” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:04+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

COBALT COOL

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Happy 2016, y’all! Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and are settling into the new year nicely. One of my resolutions for this year is to push myself to step out of my comfort zone more often because I’m learning that’s when greatness can be achieved. Though it may sound a little silly, layering (or winter fashion in general) is hard for me. During winter, I just want to be warm and I don’t care to look like the Michelin man from December to February so long as I stay toasty. But in the spirit of the new year, I thought I’d play around with some layers (by the way… how many items do you have to be wearing at one time before you can actually call it layering??? Baby steps…) Because everything is so glum this time of year, I prefer to wear bold but wintery colors. I love this bright cobalt blue in any season (it looks especially great on tanned skin) but this Target sweater was calling my name and I’m so glad it did as it is a very versatile piece. I can’t wait to dress it up with a statement necklace.

Emily
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January 2016

I was wearing;

Target Mossimo Cobalt Sweater; Exact HERE

Forever 21 Striped Turtleneck; Similar HERE

Levi’s High-Waisted Black Jeans; Similar HERE

Dr. Martens 1460 Smooth Boot; Exact HERE

Quay “My Girl” Sunglasses in Black; Exact HERE

DKNY Kelly Green Bowler Bag; Similar HERE

 (couldn’t find a reasonable match to this one ANYWHERE but this yellow would look stunning as well)

“Cobalt Cool” Photographed by Rachel Emerson

2017-04-03T00:30:05+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

MODERN SEVENTIES

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It’s finally getting cool enough to wear my favorite Italian leather jacket, although I’m sure I’ll be whining about how cold it is next week (I wasn’t made for winter). I love fall but it comes and goes so quickly that just when I get excited to start wearing light jackets and jeans again, I look up and the beautiful autumn leaves have vanished from the trees and I’m already wearing heavy coats and trudging through the cold and wet snow. We still have a few weeks left before the temperature really drops so I wanted to feature this amazing H&M 70’s style button-down denim skirt. The FW15 runway was very heavily influenced by 70’s fashion and even though this skirt is very “on trend” in that regard, I’m looking forward to wearing it for many seasons to come. As my interest in fashion has progressed, I have learned to buy more closet “staples” as opposed to trendy pieces. I really value versatile articles, especially while traveling so I can mix and match to keep my luggage as light as possible. This skirt can be more dressed up as it is in this look, or you could pair it with a cropped (or tucked in) band tee and converse for a cool, casual look. I paired it with a black and white striped crop top to show off the button-down detail, and my cognac leather jacket and loafers to coordinate with the seams on the skirt and to emphasize the 70’s style I was going for. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much of an accessory girl. I am, however, a make-up girl and a bold lip is my absolute favorite accessory. The red lip keeps this look classic, but modern.

Emily
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November 2015

I was wearing;

Striped Turtleneck Crop Top; Similar HERE

Cognac Leather Jacket; Similar HERE

H&M Button-Down Denim Skirt; Exact HERE

Shoemint Cognac Penny Loafers; Similar HERE

“Modern Seventies” photographed by Kurt Eslick

2017-04-03T00:30:08+00:00 November 9th, 2015|Fashion|0 Comments

TOP OF THE ROCK IN STRIPES & DOTS

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I was so glad that I got to visit the Top of the Rockefeller Center on such a sunny and beautiful NYC summer day. This was the perfect outfit for strolling around the city on a hot day. I’ve had both of these pieces for awhile but never thought to wear them together until I was packing for my trip. I love the idea of mixing prints but the result is not always as pretty as you hope. I think what works here is that they both have the harsh black as a common denominator and even though they are both “bold” prints, they aren’t busy. 75% of my closet is stripes and I love these shorts because the vertical “prison stripes” are super unique.

Emily
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July 2015

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Dot Crop Tee
American Eagle Striped Shorts
Target Mossimo Sandals
Quay Australia Quay x Shay Vesper Sunglasses

“Top of the Rock in Stripes & Dots” Photographed by Terry Davis

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