PEARLS & PLEATS

Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, wearing a Zara black lace blouse, a J.Crew faux-leather black pleated skirt, Topshop Gold Glitter Mary-Janes, BaubleBar Pearl Hoop Earrings, and a Target Black Quilted Cross-body Bag.

Summer came and went (faster than ever, I might add) and it seems that September creeped up on us once again. While I love Summer for its warm temps and mood-boosting sunshine, I do have a soft spot for Autumn- especially when the September issues start hitting the shelves, revealing all the best trends of the season. Fall is when I have the most fun with dressing, as once winter hits, I’m just grabbing whatever pieces are warmest and in summer, I’m ditching all unnecessary layers. There is something indescribably wonderful about that crisp Autumn air and for me, it opens up a world of outfit possibilities. The AW17 runways exuded luxury, thanks to fabrics such as velvet and fur, pearlized finishes and embellishments, and dramatic pleats. Pearls have always been my accessory of choice (given the innate Francophile in me), so this is definitely the “trend” I’m most excited about this season! These BaubleBar earrings were the perfect statement jewelry piece to begin building my collection since I can wear them with many different outfits. Shop my look and all of my favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 trends below!

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Emily
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, wearing a Zara black lace blouse, a J.Crew faux-leather black pleated skirt, Topshop Gold Glitter Mary-Janes, BaubleBar Pearl Hoop Earrings, and a Target Black Quilted Cross-body Bag.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, wearing a Zara black lace blouse, a J.Crew faux-leather black pleated skirt, Topshop Gold Glitter Mary-Janes, BaubleBar Pearl Hoop Earrings, and a Target Black Quilted Cross-body Bag.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, wearing a Zara black lace blouse, a J.Crew faux-leather black pleated skirt, Topshop Gold Glitter Mary-Janes, BaubleBar Pearl Hoop Earrings, and a Target Black Quilted Cross-body Bag.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, wearing a Zara black lace blouse, a J.Crew faux-leather black pleated skirt, Topshop Gold Glitter Mary-Janes, BaubleBar Pearl Hoop Earrings, and a Target Black Quilted Cross-body Bag.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, wearing a Zara black lace blouse, a J.Crew faux-leather black pleated skirt, Topshop Gold Glitter Mary-Janes, BaubleBar Pearl Hoop Earrings, and a Target Black Quilted Cross-body Bag.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, wearing a Zara black lace blouse, a J.Crew faux-leather black pleated skirt, Topshop Gold Glitter Mary-Janes, BaubleBar Pearl Hoop Earrings, and a Target Black Quilted Cross-body Bag.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, wearing a Zara black lace blouse, a J.Crew faux-leather black pleated skirt, Topshop Gold Glitter Mary-Janes, BaubleBar Pearl Hoop Earrings, and a Target Black Quilted Cross-body Bag.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, wearing a Zara black lace blouse, a J.Crew faux-leather black pleated skirt, Topshop Gold Glitter Mary-Janes, BaubleBar Pearl Hoop Earrings, and a Target Black Quilted Cross-body Bag.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares her favorite affordable Autumn/Winter 2017 Trends, including pearlescent embellishments and dramatically pleated skirts.

September 2017

I was wearing;

BaubleBar Aleeza Hoop Earrings (linked above)

Zara Black Embroidered Blouse (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn here

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

Topshop “Gorgeous” Gold Glitter Mary-Janes (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn hereherehere, here and here.

Target Mossimo Black Quilted Cross-Body Bag (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn here and here

“Pearls & Pleats” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-09-14T19:37:06+00:00 September 14th, 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… 😂  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! 😂   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 herehere, 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

PETER PAN & POLKA DOTS

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This outfit is the kind of outfit that makes it hard to say goodbye to high temperatures. During summer, I live in skirts and dresses because they’re considerably cooler. This Forever 21 mod polka-dot print skirt is so flirty and fun. I love the tulle underlay because it’s almost like getting away with wearing a tutu. Did I mention it has POCKETS?! All of my skirt requirements are met with this piece. I wore an H&M crop top with a black Peter-Pan collar that ties into the pattern on the skirt. I wanted to keep this outfit fun, so I paired it with black polka-dot Keds-style sneakers from Target.

Emily
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September 2015

I was wearing;

H&M Mint Peter-Pan Collar Crop Top

Forever 21 Mod Polka-Dot Bubble Skirt

Victoria’s Secret Heart-Shaped Purse

Target Black Polka-Dot Sneakers

Quay Australia Quay x Shay Vesper Sunglasses

“Peter Pan & Polka Dots” Photographed by Arturo Guzman

2017-04-03T00:30:09+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Fashion|2 Comments