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
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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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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

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

CASUAL IN TAN & ORANGE

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Spring is in the air, and I’m finally wearing this¬†Michael Kors Orange Anorak¬†I scored at¬†Nordstrom Rack¬†last fall…¬†ūüė≥ ¬†ūüėā ¬† I love water resistant, lightweight jackets for all the impending “spring showers”, but they are also great to wear on the inevitable breezy & cool days. Since the “orange spice” color is not your typical Easter pastel, I paired it with white jeans to make it feel a little more appropriate for Spring. Lately, I can’t get enough of white denim. Although I have a closet full of jeans, I’ve never been the person to wear them every day and I’m really learning to love how a bright white pair can make an outfit feel more special and dressy. Finally, I topped the outfit off with a gold necklace to bring out the beautiful gold hardware in the jacket (I’m loving¬†BaubleBar’s affordable collection for Target!) and of course, casual wear calls for my favorite sneakers, the Nike Air Max Thea Premium. The color I have was limited edition (and took me months to track down on a resale site!), but they now have a couple of very similar pairs that I’ve linked below! What’s your go-to casual outfit? Comment below and let me know!

Emily
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MICHAEL Michael Kors 4-Pocket Utility Anorak in Orange Spice (Size Large and other similar options linked)

H&M Navy V-Neck Draped 3/4 Sleeve Shirt (no longer available, similar options linked)

Forever 21 White Skinny Jeans (linked above)

Nike Air Max Thea Premium in Desert Camo (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

Old Navy Gold Necklace (no longer available, similar options linked)

March 2017

“Casual In Tan & Orange” Photographed by Luke Bowes

 

2017-04-03T00:29:59+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Fashion|10 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

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) ūüėÖ, 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¬†ūüėā

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! ūüôā ¬†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

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

SUMMER MONOCHROME

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Hello from Duke’s beautiful west campus! For those of you who haven’t heard… I moved to Durham, North Carolina! Luke began his MBA program at Duke the day after we got back from England and it has been pretty non-stop ever since. We’ve been “home” for a little over a week now and we’re doing our best to explore our new town, make new friends, and finish unpacking while jet-lag seems to be getting the best of us (I’ve barely stayed up past 9 since we’ve been home!). This is my first time moving and while I’m so excited to see what’s in store for us over these two upcoming years, it’s strange to be apart from everyone that has been a huge part of my life for so long. I’m trying my best to keep myself busy with the blog, social activities, and job hunting (and I’m trying to convince Luke of my need for a dog) but sometimes I get overwhelmed with all of the change. So like any basic white girl, I go on Pinterest to browse through quotes and find this one, “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” I will always love Tennessee and I’ll always consider it my home – it’s where I grew up and where my family is. But my dreams and passions to work in a creative industry just can’t be fulfilled there. While these upcoming two years are a mere pit-stop on the journey to bigger and better things, I’m trying to embrace this new season with open arms and remember that although the majority of us hate change, “great things never came from comfort zones.” Alright, logging off Pinterest now.

Emily
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August 2016

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Floral Blouse; Similar Here and Here

Joe’s White Cropped Jeans; Exact¬†Here¬†(Bought for less than half of this price at¬†Nordstrom Rack!)

Mossimo for Target Black Strappy Heels; Similar Here (Also seen in this post!)

DKNY Blush Satchel; Similar Here and Here

“Summer Monochrome” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:03+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

GOLDEN FLORAL

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A¬†struggle that I think all girls have in the summer is finding outfits that will keep you cool, but¬†aren’t too¬†skimpy. One of my favorite ever vintage finds has got to be this pair of Levi’s pink high-waisted shorts that I found a few years ago. I love everything about them – from the fit, to the length, to the color. Most high-waisted shorts available in trendy stores are super short and tight, and I find myself longing for¬†the day when I find another pair that fits as well as these do. I wanted to emphasize the shorts by pairing them with this feminine yet edgy crop top. I’m really picky about floral prints, but I adore this one because it’s not too girly and frilly. Wearing high-waisted pieces with crop tops is one of my favorite ways to elongate my short frame. What are your summer dressing secrets?

Emily
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July 2016

I was wearing;

American Eagle Floral Crop Top; Similar Here

Levi’s Pink High-Waisted Shorts; Most similar I could find¬†Here¬†and¬†Here¬†(I found mine at a vintage shop, but you could even DIY a pair by starting with a white pair of high-waisted shorts and dyeing them pale pink)

Target Chain Detail Slide Sandals; Exact Here

H&M Black Rose Embellished Sunglasses; Similar Here

Forever 21 Gold Chain Ribbon Choker; Similar Here

“Golden Floral” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:03+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments