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Now that summer is here, dress season is in full swing! I really love the shift dress style (a less tailored option with a short hemline) for warmer weather and windy days because the looser fit makes them less clingy and they’re not billowy enough to have to wrestle with against the wind. Since I’m on the shorter end of the spectrum, I love to wear shift dresses with heels to give me some extra height, as sometimes the straight and narrow fit of the dress can shorten my already petite torso. Not going to lie, I’m jealous of you taller ladies because I think shift dresses look amazing when dressed down with a pair of sneakers! See my summer shift dress picks below and tell me which one will you be rocking all season long! P.S. All the dresses are under $100!

Emily
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Amazon Nine West Women's 3/4 Sleeve Houndstooth Fit and Flare
Zara Dress with Frilled Sleeves in Yellow
Zara Embroidered Tulle Dress in Black
ASOS New Look Premium Embroidered Mesh Mini Dress in Cream Pattern
Target Merona Women's Lulu Block Heel Sandal in Black
Zara Contrasting Colored Dress in Pinks
Zara Dress with Gem Detail in Navy Blue
Zara Frilled Sleeve Dress in Pink
Zara Checked Dress in Yellow
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Amazon PARIS SUNDAY Flounce Sleeve Textured Dress in Peacoat
Amazon PARIS SUNDAY Women's Sleeveless Band Collar Bottom Flounce Dress in Siena Multi
Amazon Floerns Women's Bell Sleeve Embroidered Tunic Dress
Zara Printed Rubberised Dress in Pink
Amazon Sam Edelman Women's Yaro Dress Sandal in Black Suede
ASOS Premium Embroidered Shift Mini Dress in Nude
ASOS Closet London Ruffle Dress With Peplum Hem in Gray
Amazon PARIS SUNDAY Women's Sleeveless Band Collar Bottom Flounce Dress in Black
BaubleBar Bahama Pom Pom Earrings

Forever 21 Colorblocked Houndstooth Shift Dress (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

Target Merona Lulu Block Heeled Sandals in Black (linked above) Also worn here

BaubleBar Bahama Pom Pom Earrings (linked above)

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

June 2017

“Mod Mini” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-06-21T05:45:08+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Fashion|1 Comment

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

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

THRIFTING WITH thredUP

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Over the last few years, I’ve become quite the activist. I never really envisioned myself as who I am now, but I’ve learned so much about real problems that are happening in our world that are threatening our environment, our health, and our compassion and they speak so loudly to my conscience that I can’t stand to sit by and refuse to take a stand on these issues. I’ve given up factory farmed meat and am currently on the verge of veganism. Over the last six months, I’ve been in the process of finding replacements for the toxic personal care products and makeup I was once slathering all over my body. I love animals now more than ever and I can’t stand to support their slavery and suffering. This may sound whiny (and I’m beyond grateful for all the people that led me to making these discoveries so that I am able to stand up for what I believe in), but being passionate about so many things is very draining. There are so many injustices going on in our world today and in practically every single way you spend your money, you are almost always unknowingly supporting them.

Shopping for clothes has been my vice for the last couple of years- it was the only time I didn’t have to read ingredients or online reviews before purchasing. And then I started hearing lots of talk about ethical and sustainable fashion. Bubble bursted. But the thought of giving up the one shopping habit that was keeping me sane filled my mind with hopelessness. That’s where thredUP comes in. Yes, a lot of the clothes you see at the mall have probably been constructed in a sweatshop, but by secondhand shopping you give these threads another life, using your dollars to vote to end unsafe working conditions and unfair wages while preventing these unwanted pieces from going into our world’s growing landfills. thredUP carries unique items from tons of popular brands (J. Crew, H&M, Zara, Asos are a few of my favorites!) and they also have some great designer pieces if you’re looking for higher quality clothes and accessories but still want to stick to your budget. I haven’t been able to completely make the switch to ethical fashion, but thrift shopping is a wonderful way for me to indulge without outright supporting the unethical fast-fashion industry. Now it’s your turn to share your thrifting secrets! Tell me how you #LiveUp by upcycling in the comments below!

Emily
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American Eagle 3/4 Sleeve Black & White Striped Tee (no longer available, similar options linked)

ASOS Black Scalloped Cardigan (purchased on thredUP, similar options linked)

Zara Turquoise Crochet Lace Skirt (purchased on thredUP, similar options linked)

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

Target Sam & Libby Black Lace Up Heels with Tassel Detail (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here and here

March 2017

“Thrifting with thredUP” Photographed by Luke Bowes

 

2017-04-03T00:29:59+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Fashion|28 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

WINTER BLUES

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There is something very unique about the first week of a new year. For most of us, it’s the first week back to work and school after the crazy busy yet relaxing Holiday season but with the newfound motivation that our resolutions bring, it seems that nothing can get us down – even the frosty air and grey winter skies. So as I venture back into the real world, this is the year that I am challenging myself to focus. To focus on the positives, even when the negatives seem all-consuming. To focus on the task at hand and be present enough to get back on track when I catch myself wasting time or energy on things that are of little importance. To focus every single day on the “goals” (I’m not keen on resolutions) that I’ve set out to accomplish this year in all aspects of my life (health, relationships, career, etc.). To focus on my own unique voice, personal style, and awkward quirks that make me who I am instead of trying to fit my persona into a pre-molded cookie cutter. Of course, these habits and mind-sets don’t develop overnight, but the way I see it is that I have a whole year to put them into practice in my every day life until razor-sharp focus becomes second nature to me. 😊  What goals have you set for the new year? Do you like the idea of doing a “word of the year”? I’ll let you know my thoughts on this resolution method next year! 😂  Happy New Year, Epicureans!

Emily
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January 2017

“Winter Blues” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:00+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Fashion|38 Comments

FALL & WINTER OUTERWEAR GUIDE

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So I guess it’s almost time to break out those Winter coats, which seems odd considering our Fall has been more like an enjoyable summer in terms of temperature… I know come February I’ll be daydreaming of laying on the beach, so I guess when we get a little extra sunshine and warmth, I can’t be mad about it – although it is hurting my fall layer game! 😂 Just like everything else seems to be categorized by editors and influencers these days, coats are “staple” pieces – AKA, you can “spend a ridiculous amount of money on a nice coat because you’ll have it forever”. And I think if you A) have a comfortable income and B) find a timeless coat that fits you well and is made out of durable material, then go for it! There’s nothing wrong with splurging on something that is good quality, but the reality is that many of us just don’t have the luxury of doing that unless we save up for months, even years, and go without in the meantime. And I don’t know about you, but I HATE being cold. The holidays, electric blankets, and not having to shave my legs 🙊are the only things that help me make it through winter alive. So since I care about you all so much and want you to be not only warm, but CUTE during the “most wonderful time of the year”, I’ve rounded up my coat and jacket picks for the season that are all under $200! As a whole, I was super impressed with the Zara and ASOS collections of outerwear as I thought they were great quality while still being affordable and they had lots of styles to please every girl and flatter every body type (ASOS has Petite, Plus & Curve, and Tall options!). These may be a little pricier than my usual Forever 21 pieces but I just couldn’t find many that I loved there, but if you can, definitely snatch them up! I have two old styles from there like this blush one that have lasted me several winters and I still wear them.

Emily

VESTS

Vests are the perfect outerwear for Autumn, as they can be easily thrown over anything from long-sleeved tees, to flannels and sweaters, making them versatile for the unpredictable Fall weather (especially in the south – November is coming quickly and our weeks are still consisting of 80 degree temps, with a day or two in the 50’s for good measure…Fall, where you at???). 🙄  I love a good utility vest like this Modcloth one. It’s olive hue adds an autumnal feel to any outfit and is especially good for the current weather when it’s still warm enough to wear short sleeves but you need an additional layer. The Goodnight Macaroon Herringbone Vest is a good option if you want a more classy style – it’s still very versatile and can be the perfect statement piece of any look – perfect for throwing over your office attire for your morning commute, or heading out for date night worn over a nice sweater, jeans, and over-the-knee boots.

PARKAS & PUFFERS

I can honestly say that the coat that gets the most day-to-day wear in my closet is, and has been for a few years now, my beloved green parka. It can accompany an edgier outfit for a night out, but in my opinion, it really shines when paired with the most casual streetwear for on-campus, errand-running, or rainy days. The parkas above are perfect for fall (and winter, depending on where you live). Maroon and Olive are some of my favorite colors, and while I wear them a lot in the Autumn months, I consider them year-round staples in my fashion color palette. A nice, CUTE, puffer coat is something every girl should have – super warm and practical for winter’s cold temps and more importantly – wind chills, these options will keep you bundled up and cozy with their faux fur accents.

SHEARLING

Shearling was one of the biggest trends on the FW16 runways including those of Coach, Altuzarra, and Burberry, and while at first I had a hard time getting on board with it, after discovering these beauties, I think I’ve changed my mind. Faux shearling is much more wearable (and kinder) than the real deal. I don’t want my coat to be so thick that I look like an armless marshmallow (Yes, I know marshmallows don’t have arms but that’s the best analogy I can come up with rn) and I’d rather the sheep kept their skin. 😃 I’m smitten with these options because they incorporate the trend as a trim and/or thin lining, instead of the runway versions that looked uncomfortably bulky. This Asos Blush one is at the top of my wish-list! 😍

CLASSIC & NEUTRAL

When it comes to shopping on a budget, neutral is always the way to go! Sure, I like the idea of having a hot pink coat, but in reality a grey or camel shade would get a lot more milage and when you don’t have extra income to regularly spend on clothing, you want a wardrobe filled with interchangeable and versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched so differently that they always seem fresh. Whether you’re an essentials-only budget conscious girl, or you just prefer neutrals, these are the coats for you! I’ll never say no to a classic skater shape, like this Asos grey skater coat because they are the most flattering coat (on my body type, anyway) AND when you go ice skating in the winter, they make you feel like Michelle Kwan with their flirty flared “skirt”. 🙈 I think we’ve all welcomed blush as a new neutral over the past year, so it’s high time for me to continue my color obsession by purchasing this Boohoo blush coat.

TRENDING; MILITARY & VELVET

Some would say military-inspired styles and plush velvet were the stars of the FW16 runways, so if you want to be very avant-garde, push the boundaries in one of these statement coats. A lot of people argue that buying trendy “investment pieces” is a no-no, but while I am someone who likes to keep up with trends, I won’t discard a piece I love after its season of spotlight has ended. I think trends exist most importantly to constantly be improving and re-thinking fashion and what it can be. And while they are important for setting the tone and theme of each season, I don’t think anyone who truly loves the creative side of fashion gets too obsessed with what’s “in” style and what’s “out”. Fashion trailblazers wear what they love, whether it’s a vintage 1960’s gingham dress, a 1990’s choker, or modern sock boots, and the best will pair all of their favorite things together in one balanced look.

GIRLY FAVORITES

This is my personal “Not Gonna Happen” wish-list; the frivolous coats that I will buy in another lifetime, in which I am a wealthy heiress. 😂 I really do think a lot of these could be worn in more ways than you’d think, but my bank account doesn’t agree. I especially love this Zara checked coat (the pink faux-fur collar makes me feel some type of way 😍) and can you imagine how cute it would be to wear on Valentine’s day (It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a disposable income…) 😅I’m just really feeling the need for a pink coat this year, since I now have a pink couch. Totally justifiable, right?!

October 2016

“Fall & Winter Outerwear Guide” Written by Emily

Click Photos for Product Links

Also see my Fall Sweater Guide and my Fall & Winter Shoe Guide

2017-04-03T00:30:01+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Fashion|0 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

COZY CARDI

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There’s just something so magical about autumn, and when it’s finally time to break out the sweaters, I’m like a kid on Christmas morning – I have the hardest time picking out which one to wear first on those initial chilly fall days. I nabbed this over-sized cardigan at H&M while in the U.K. over the summer and I was so excited to wear it that I almost draped it over myself for the journey home, only refraining because getting airplane germs on my newest and prettiest cardi is my idea of torture (germaphobe over here!). So when I walked outside to a brisk morning breeze for the first time this past week, I ran back inside and grabbed this warm hug of a sweater and was ready for anything, because it GOES WITH EVERYTHING! At this point I’m just keeping it in my car at all times, in the event that I ever find myself without a jacket and/or in need of a little comfort. I’ll be wearing my new baby over relaxed tees and joggers, casual daytime outfits (like the one in this post), and with dresses and boots for cool autumn evenings. I may even brave the pumpkin patch while wearing it (thank goodness for stain remover, am I right?). What are some things that always get you in the Autumn mood?

Emily
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October 2016

“Cozy Cardi” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2017-04-03T00:30:01+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments

FALL SWEATER GUIDE

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The official start of fall is this week and with it comes hayrides, Pumpkin Spice lattes, and sweater weather! As a constantly cold person, I take every chance I get to wear a sweater – it’s the next best thing to my warm and cozy sweatpants and makes me look pretty put together so easily. I used to never buy sweaters from fast fashion retailers because I thought that they would be such poor quality that they wouldn’t last the season. But I went on a little (or big…) Forever 21 sweater haul last winter when I realized that all of my sweaters that I’d had since high school were looking a little ragged. My updated collection saved me during the winter and most came out looking practically brand new. I’m really careful with all of my clothes (yes, I am that girl that will take a $17.90 Forever 21 blouse to the dry cleaners and pay $4 to have it cleaned) but I aim to be even more gentle with sweaters. From cashmere to cotton, knitwear is all very delicate and should be washed as such. Here are my top sweater care tips;

  1. Hand wash in lukewarm water with a dash of detergent and let soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Gently ball up sweater to squeeze out the majority of the water. Don’t wring – it will cause elongation.
  3. Rinse out tub and add clean water. Place sweater in water and swish around to remove any sticky detergent that may be clinging to the fabric.
  4. This may be the most important step – Always, always, ALWAYS lay your sweater out flat to dry, even if you didn’t hand wash it and just threw it in the washing machine. When it comes to knitwear, heat is the enemy which is why its soaked in lukewarm water and NEVER dried with heat.
  5. If your sweater is still excessively damp, let it dry on a flat surface with a white towel underneath (the white prevents the bleed of the dye from the towel onto the sweater).
  6. Gently re-shape the fabric as it dries, paying special attention to the sleeves as this is where elongation is most prone to happen. Grab either side of the flattened sleeve and gently tug in opposite directions.
  7. Once dry, fold and store. Never store knitwear on hangers as it causes stretching.

Follow these knitwear care commandments and you will keep everything from affordable synthetic sweaters to 100% cashmere pieces looking their very best!

P.S. Every piece listed is under $45! Happy shopping!

Emily

Transitional Options

These are the perfect sweaters that you’ll be wearing for the milder fall temps. This Zara short-sleeve sweater is sporty but sophisticated and because of its turtle-neck you could continue to layer it over or under warmer pieces for winter. The H&M Lace detailed sweater is a must-have staple piece for fall because you could use it to dress up a pair or jeans or tuck it into an on-trend skirt or pair of trousers (brocade or floral print, anyone?) and it comes in 3 great colors (I love the blush, but the olive is too good to pass up for fall). I’ve already purchased this H&M striped knit dress after falling in love with it on Instagram. The fit is great because it’s not too tight but also not too loose, and if you’re afraid of looking too matronly, the slit shows the perfect amount of skin to make it flattering. The Missguided options I’ve linked keep everyone’s favorite off-the-shoulder trending pieces relevant for fall with Bardot OTS shapes and cold-shoulder cut-outs.

Classic Sweaters

These sweaters are a bit more traditional, but you all know my style is anything but boring so while these options may be classic and some timeless, they have unexpected details. The Forever 21 basic mock neck sweater is the most affordable and most versatile piece to have in your fall wardrobe. I love all the colors and the mock neck collar provides modernity. A camel-colored sweater like this H&M merino turtleneck is a year-round staple that can be worn just as well with cutoff shorts as it can be with boots and jeans. Since I normally wear high-waisted jeans, I’m always looking for the perfect cropped sweater like this Forever 21 cropped turtleneck – and I love every color that this one comes in! They’re all so perfect for autumn! Military and nautical influences were seen all over the FW16 runways. This Zara patch sweater and Zara striped navy sweater are a great way to subtly incorporate these of-the-moment trends into your outfits without investing in a statement piece that may go out of style in a few years. If you need a basic ladylike sweater to wear both to the office and to a chilly September date night, look no further than this Zara basic sweater. It comes in any color you could want and what attracted me to it was the button detail on the cuffs. It’s the little things, am I right?

Cardigans & Ponchos

Cardigans are a girls best friend in these transitional months. You can still get away with wearing tank tops and strappy dresses in the fall by simply throwing a cardi over them. On my casual days, I also utilize my favorite flowy cardigans by pairing them with black leggings and a tee which is a great technique to dress up the college girl uniform. This Zara classy buttoned cardigan reminds me so much of the classic Chanel aesthetic. Pair it buttoned with a tweed skirt (another Chanel staple), or leave it unbuttoned over a simple LBD (little black dress) for a more effortless elegance. This H&M draped knit cardigan is perfect over everything – even jeans and a white tee as shown on the model, and it comes in several practical colors that you’ll be able to get a lot of mileage out of! Ponchos and shawls are big for fall, but I usually have a hard time finding affordable ones because they tend to be a little too Coachella-esque with crocheted patterns and knit tassels. So I was ecstatic to find this Forever 21 color blocked poncho with a simple cut and a great color palette – neutral enough to pair with almost everything, but also interesting enough to shine as its own statement piece. The Zara cowl neck cardigan is a great option for a more dressy basic cardigan. Personally, I like a little draping on the cardis that I wear with jeans or leggings to keep me from looking boxy, but the product photos show this one worn with jeans as well. I would tend to wear this one with dressier pieces such as patterned trousers and a blouse or a skirt or dress. If you need styling ideas, Zara has created a different look for each of the many colors that this cardi is available in, so that is also a great resource for inspiration!

September 2016

“Fall Sweater Guide” written by Emily

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2017-04-03T00:30:01+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments