Stripe Wrap Top with Basket Bag

So this is a bit of a photo dump, but I really did edit it down. There was over 80 when we first finished editing them! Even when it comes to writing, I can’t kill my darlings. Self indulgence is something I can’t seem to part with.

But this week is bound to be a little busy. My best friend and my boyfriend both have birthdays, and I love any occasion that calls for celebration. Though both are the most difficult people in the world to get gifts for. They love giving but it’s like pulling teeth to get them to tell you what they want.

Jacob and I have just started learning french! We only have the Duolingo app on our phones, and are watching french films. I’m determined to at least have the most rudimentary understanding.

When I was in Paris, it was a struggle because I couldn’t even read signs. I felt so disoriented and it took me a few hours to adjust. I used to roll my eyes when people said Paris was their favorite city, it just seemed so cliche. Then I went there and fell in love. The city itself is art and it’s impossible not to be completely in awe over it.

It made me want to learn the language that way when I go back I can fully enjoy the city. And ask for directions.

This look was inspired by my enthusiasm for learning the language. Striped top, mules, and a darling woven basket purse. I listed all of the outfit details below!

I’m off to try and find a gift!

Bonne journée,

Emily

Clothing Details:

Top: I got it from the Who What Wear Collection in Target but I can’t find it anywhere online. But I just got it so it should still be in stores? Similar here here and here

Jeans: Pixie Market here

Bag: Pottery Barn. It’s a day basket but I bought it as a purse. Here

Shoes: Forever21 here

Wide Leg Denim and 20 Facts

Morning, Everyone!

It’s another week that I just couldn’t keep up with. But I figured I’d do a fun little post. So here’s 20 random facts about me!

  1. I can’t name a favorite book I just have too many, but right now I’m rereading The Bell Jar for the millionth time.
  2. Currently my favorite color is red.
  3. I can listen to one song on repeat until I can’t stand it anymore. Currently that song is Faded Heart by Borns.
  4. I went to Europe with my best friend and we became OBSESSED with sparkling water. I’m constantly drinking it.
  5. Pad Thai is my favorite “indulgence”.
  6. My favorite healthy food is an acai bowl.
  7. I only got my ears pierced yesterday. So these pictures and everything before them my ears aren’t pierced.
  8. My favorite movies are Harold and Maude, Blue Velvet, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  9. I love RHONY.
  10. Very controversially, I love pineapple on my pizza.
  11. I have one tattoo, it’s on my thigh.
  12. I have a weird habit of saying “hello” to literally every dog I see.
  13. I have a serious love of baths and bath bombs.
  14. I just started free climbing at our local climbing gym and it’s my new favorite thing.
  15. I saw Atomic Blonde and it is making me work out a lot harder hahahah
  16. I looooath spinach unless scrambled with eggs or well concealed in a smoothie.
  17. I weirdly love Costco a lot.
  18. I am the worst at texting back. I will read it and proceed to get distracted and respond two days later.
  19. I have a pug named Fitzgerald.
  20. I wish I was really good at dancing

See you guys next week!

xo,

Emily

Outfit Details

Bodysuit: Mine was from Free People. Similar here and here

Pants: Mine are Vivetta, but sold out 🙁 Similar here 

Shoes: Aldo Here

Bag: WhoWhatWear collection here

The Perfect Wrap Shirt for $30

Hey, long time no see! I didn’t get my post up last week. 🙁 The pictures just weren’t really what I wanted them to be and I don’t believe in putting out content that doesn’t inspire me.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I didn’t plan my post  accordingly. So, this was really a lesson in time management that I’m taking to heart.

This post is more of a life update than anything else. I just moved on the 2nd into the cutest house. I still haven’t managed to unpack everything, I never realize how much junk I have until I have to unpack and find a home for everything.

But I have so many ideas for how I want my room to look, so I’ll have to make a room reveal post once everything comes together.

Even sitting here typing all I can think about is all of the tasks I still need to check off my list. I need to get better at knowing what to prioritize. My introduction to adulthood has never been as graceful as I imagined when I was younger, and I’m really being consistent with at least that.

I’ve been obsessed with all of the sunglasses I bought from ZeroUV. I ordered three and got two white ones that are only slightly different, because when I find something I like I tend to want multiples.

They give me serious inspiration and makes me feel like even the most casual of outfits are more fun.

My shirt is one of my new favorites, I love that I can wear it with so many things. And I can play around with how I tie it. Plus, a beautiful wrap shirt for under $30? Yes, please.

I paired it with  a simple denim skirt and these heels that I’m in LOVE with.

I’m going to link a few more shirts I love just as much, there are just sooo many good ones out there right now.

I’m going to sign off and start getting my stuff done.

See you next week!

xo,

Emily

Shop the Look:

top: H&M, similar here, here, and here

Skirt: H&M

Shoes: originals are from Topshop but no longer available. Similar here, here, here

Sunglasses: ZeroUV  

Whimsical Midi Dress with Retro Sunglasses

This weekend Jacob and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary of dating. I honestly can’t believe I am lucky enough for him to love me.

We spent our actual anniversary walking all over downtown Seattle. It was worth every blister and bead of sweat getting to have such a genuinely amazing time. All we did was window shop, picking out all of the things we want for our future home and look at clothes we definitely couldn’t afford. We spent so long in West Elm that we felt guilty and bought a paperweight just so we didn’t look like we were loitering.

We originally planned to spend another day but decided to have a more quiet weekend. We went on a hike, ate food, did face masks, and watched horror movies. We wanted to go kayaking but the weather just didn’t warm up enough and I still had blisters on my hands from the free-climbing gym that just haven’t healed up yet.

But all in all it was a perfect weekend.

This week we wanted to utilize Jacob’s talents and do a more editorial-esque shoot. We were inspired by this Vivetta dress and how whimsical it felt. It has an Alice in Wonderland feel that was just so fun to play up.

Occasionally having a shoot that is more story-centric can prevent things from feeling monotonous for the both of us. Brainstorming, running around for the props, and then placing the set made us feel motivated to produce quality content. Stretch those creative muscles that sometimes lay dormant when we start just going through the motions.

The hardest part of this shoot was looking for the picnic blanket. It took us several hours to track down what we thought would work for what we had envisioned. But it payed off because the photos really turned out like a dream.

We now also have a very large quantity of apples that we don’t even know what to do with. Anyone have any recipes for Red Delicious apples??

I wore the daintiest, most romantic dress from Vivetta and paired it with my heeled sandals that I’ve worn constantly since I purchased them. My sunglasses are from ZeroUV and are only $10! I bought three pairs from their site and they shipped so fast and they’re ridiculously affordable. And there’s free shipping for purchases over $20 so it would really be a crime not to get that third pair.

I hope your Monday is painless and productive! Crush it, girl.

Xo,

Emily

Shop the Look:

Dress: Vivetta but the original is sold out. 🙁 but here is the print in a crop top. Other cute midi/printed dresses here  here  here  here  here and finally here. (I know it’s a huge list but I wanted a variety in the pricing).

Shoes: Target 

Sunglasses: ZeroUV

 

 

Embroidered Maxi Dress with Heeled Sandals

I got some really positive responses to having a more affordable outfit last week, so I decided to keep it going into this weeks post. Ask and ye shall receive.

This maxi dress is from Francesca’s and sits right under $50. It flatters the body and has such a dainty embroidery that I just love. And the sweet sleeves are just such a nice addition.

I’ve really been wanting a pair of block heeled sandals and I found these at Target for $30! I tossed my trusty bucket bag over my shoulder and called it good!

I’ll link my bag ($45) and a cheaper option that would keep this entire look under $100.

I haven’t really been doing much in the way of hair, my goal has been to try and get it as healthy as possible, so I’ve been limiting heating tools. I’ve never been one to fuss over my hair, so it’s really not been that difficult for me to leave it alone. But having it documented with high quality pictures is always a little painful.

This week has been so hectic, I was constantly wishing that there were more than 24 hours in a day. But, like every week that passes, I seem to make it through. Maybe not always gracefully, but always intact.

My dad flew up from Georgia for a few days and it was so much fun seeing him. It was a lot of bookstore browsing and catching up. You never realize how much you miss someone until it’s time to say goodbye again.

This Saturday Jacob and I realized we had some free time and decided to take advantage and go enjoy the last hour of our local farmers market.

We bought fresh flowers, popsicle’s, and these to die for dark chocolate truffles. Ghost pepper with lime, and curry turmeric fennel chocolates are everything I never knew I wanted.

After wandering the stalls for a bit, we walked around downtown and discovered Bird Alley. I don’t know how I’ve never seen it, but it was such a fun thing to stumble upon.

I always thought we didn’t have fun, colorful walls so I’m super stoked that we do! Maybe I’ll find more around town.

As always, I hope this week is the best yet for everyone.

I’m going to do a new face mask and watch Lights Out for the third time haha.

Xo,

Emily

Shop the look:

Dress: Francesca’s

Shoes: Target

Bag: Exact here similar here

 

 

 

Polka Dot Midi Dress with Straw Hat

Another week in the bag! What started out as a rough week has become a very enlightening and productive week. Nothing has quite panned out the way I planned for it, but everything has seemed to fall into place.

This was not the original post we shot, the first one just seemed so… Blah. It felt rushed and uninspired. We were taking an outfit picture for my Instagram today and realized we were far more enthralled and excited about this outfit, so we scrapped the original, found a random field and started snapping.

It was really a lesson in following your gut. I’m a huge believer in planning and staying organized, there’s no way we’d be able to be as consistent as we are this early on if we weren’t. But when a post feels wrong and the opportunity to rectify it falls into my lap, well, plans be damned.

I would rather not post then put out content I’m not proud of. Quality over quantity is really what I’ve been aiming for. Thankfully, this one really worked itself out.

The feedback I get the most is that not everything I post about is kind to the wallet. And though I will still be showing products I think are worth investing in (and will almost always be on sale), I really wanted to focus on making sure all of the pieces I wore this week were budget friendly. The entirety of this look can be bought for about $100!

This outfit feels like the quintessential summer look.

Besides my shoes, which were thrifted a few years ago, the other two pieces are from Who What Wear’s Target collection. Most places have a Target, so it’s easily accessible and you don’t have to wait for anything to ship. Which is like Christmas morning to me, but I also understand the need of instant gratification haha.

This beautiful, chiffon polka dot midi dress is just a dream. It comes in another pattern that you can bet I’ll be going back for.

I was just walking around today with Jacob and didn’t intend for this outfit to be on the blog so I kept it really simple with just the straw hat that has such a cute little fringe.

I’ve really loved that straw hats are coming back, and really any woven accessories. I feel like a woven bag is next on my list of things to buy. I’ve been eyeing a few on Etsy, I just need to decide which one I need.

It’s super late as  I had to stay up to completely redo my post, so I’m going to sign off and head to bed. Feel free to share and comment!

Xo,

Emily

Shop the look!

The dress: Who What Wear

The straw hat: Who What Wear

The shoes: originals were thrifted but similar here, here, and here

Wide Leg Jeans and Striped Top

That moment when you leave your phone in your pocket for detail shots

 

Happy Monday morning, everyone!

Talk about an excessive amount of pictures. I am honestly just so pleased with how they all turned out. Being as I’m usually hyper critical, I decided to seize the moment and post all the ones I felt deserved their moment in the spotlight.

It really comes down to the fact that I felt so confident in this outfit. The pride in putting together something I am proud of and felt good in.

We always are our own worst critics and it’s easy to get wrapped up in insecurities that limit us. Putting yourself out there on the internet is terrifying. All too often I find myself thinking about if  only I looked like Such and Such Blogger. If only my arms were more toned, if my eyes were bigger, my lips fuller… It’s such a constant stream of negativity that you only notice when you’re suddenly not thinking about it.

I feel like I’ve just sort of accepted it as a part of living, wistfully scrolling through my Instagram feed with the vain hope that I could be more like the people I idolize.

A toxic mindset like that won’t help me achieve any of my goals, though. Authenticity is the name of the game. The difference between being inspired by someone else’s work, and trying to emulate it.

It’s all such a delicate rope to balance on, but slowly I’ve been getting my footing.  Time and trial and error, and all that jazz. It really all does make a difference.

I really hope it’s showing as I post more and get more comfortable with it all.

I ordered these jeans online and anyone who has ever ordered jeans without trying them on knows the fear that comes with it. But, by some miracle, they fit perfectly. Cinderella’s glass slipper perfectly.

Denim is a fabric that flatters everyone, but that doesn’t mean every jean will be flattering. Three traits of an ultra flattering pant came together with these. Structured, high waist, wide leg jeans are almost too good to be true. So when I got these on I was over the moon with how great I instantly felt. There’s nothing like a great pair of wide leg jeans to make you feel like you can unashamedly take pictures in front of a bunch of tourists.

The pocket details and the belt not only elevate the denim, but really give the illusion of a smaller waist and thighs while the back pockets prevent your butt from looking flat or too low. The frayed details of the hems really keep it modern.

I got my shirt when I went to Nordstrom just to do some window shopping (ha!) and I had to get it. The second I saw it I knew it would pair perfectly with my jeans. And we all know I love a good feminine detail and the bow really satisfied that.

What I love most about the shirt is the waffle knit fabric, it’s sturdy without feeling too heavy for the summer. I am not always a fan of very gauzy like materials. I don’t like how they feel on the skin, and during summer it’s hard to find clothes that stray away from them. This is my ideal summer top.

For shoes I found (what I thought) was a great deal on a pair of wedges from H&M. I was unaware until after we were done with the shoot that they were two different shoes! They were held together with the security wire so I didn’t pay attention. I just assumed they wouldn’t pair different shoes together (but mistakes happen and I get that). The colors are only slightly different and in the florescent lighting it really is hard to tell. What is obvious is the two different straps. But I have a terrible habit of not trying shoes on, so I was completely oblivious haha.

Luckily, it is only really obvious in the last picture. It is a shame because they are ridiculously comfortable and I really wish they could have worked out. c’est la vie 🙂

Well, I am up way past my bedtime and in an effort to prevent any more ramblings I’m going to wrap this up!

Thank you all so much for reading, I hope you’re all able to enjoy the sunshine this week.

Xo,

Emily

Top: Madewell available here

Jeans: Kimhēkim available here in limited sizing. Similar here and here

Shoes: H&M (one of them) available here. Similar here and here

 

Gray Ruffled Sweater and Black Mules

Sweater: Topshop available here (on sale,too 😉 sizes 4-12 available)

Jeans: American Eagle similar here and here

Mules: Nanette by Nanette Lepore available here in limited sizing. Similar here and here

Purse: Liz Claiborne my exact bag is sold out but similar available here and here

Happy happy Monday, ya’ll!

It’s been a week lacking in motivation. Maybe it is because the initial high of starting something new has worn off; the shiny new object has a bit of tarnish to it. But, inspiration is a fickle thing to rely on. Sometimes the things we love the most are not always fun, which is a lesson that is always sour to remember.

The thing is, when you lose motivation it doesn’t mean you should be losing discipline. Though, admittedly, they do seem to go hand in hand. Discipline is pushing through the unpleasant parts until you remember why you started in the first place, eventually you’ll find your way back to that giddy inspiration filled feeling!

I really believe that being self disciplined through the plateaus is the catalyst for really amazing work 🙂

Searching through Pinterest I found a short quote that really resonated with me, “discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments”. If anyone knows who to credit it to, let me know!

I will say that from my week of procrastination I really rekindled my love of reading. In high school I read about 3 books a week! Now I average… Well I’m too ashamed it admit it. I love the little escapism of a really great book, so I’m so happy I actually am picking away at the ever-growing pile haha

Does anyone have a book recommendation? I will never be able to resist adding to the list.

It’s the end of June and it’s really and truly starting to feel like summer. The day we took these pictures I knew it’d be the last time I’d be able to wear a sweater comfortably all day until fall rolls around. Always bitter sweet as I do love a good sweater.

Does anyone else suffer from the problem of going shopping for summer clothes but instead you end up buying the sweaters that are on sale? It’s so easy to justify, too, living in Washington. I can wear a sweater 9 months out of the year, it’s really an investment.

I was really feeling lazy this day especially so I paired it with a pair of comfy jeggings (because I figured if I was going to wear pants I might as well be comfortable) and my new Nanette Lepore slip on black mules that I’m just crazy about. No work but instantly elevating! The bow and pointed toe really sets them apart from other flats.

I’m a big supporter of all things that allow me to be fashionably slothful hahah

I finished it off with this cute little purse that I saw in JCPenny as I was making my way to Sephora. It was so affordable that I just didn’t have it in me to pass it up. I love how summery and bright it feels! It really made the gray sweater seem more seasonally appropriate.

Tell me in the comments what your favorite summer time accessory is!

I hope you all get to enjoy the summer sunshine this week 🙂

Xo,

Emily

Six Lipsticks Perfect for Summer

Happy Monday, everyone! How did we all do with keeping the life balanced this week?

I feel like I failed at my own personal challenge to be more present. My goal was to turn off my phone at 9pm and finish my night without looking at social media… But I just couldn’t seem to consistently do it. Which is giving me a sense of frustration with myself.

It is so hard not to get caught up in seeing how many likes or follows I’ve gained, but I know it’s better for my sanity to have a few hours to disconnect.

But a new week means a new chance to do better!

This week has been dreary with a constant drizzle, it feels less like summer as this month goes by. Sometimes you have to create your own sunshine! 🙂 I’ve found that the perfect lipstick makes me feel summer ready in no time!

I’ve picked out my favorite six lipsticks perfect for summer time!

This Tom Ford Ultra Rich Lip Color is the epitome of the perfect summer lipstick! It isn’t super opaque, but easy to build, it’s a great coral shade that brightens any look. Gorgeously luminous, it is ideal in the summer when I want hydration and every inch of my face to be dewy.

Charlotte Tilbury has some of the most glamorous packaging! And anyone who knows me knows, packaging goes a long way for me. The Matte Revolution Pillow Talk is surprisingly hydrating and such a lovely nude that it’s just an enhanced version of your own lip, making it looks so full and plump!

Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture in Rouge Vermillon is a raspberry satin finish that gives a bit of edge without being too dark for the summer.

Revlon Super Lustrous in Pink in the Afternoon was a dupe for Audrey Hepburn’s lipstick in the taxi scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It is such a pretty pink and it never hurts to feel a little like Audrey 😉

Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche in Cayenne is a vibrant red that instantly draws the eye and is also hydrating! This is a natural oil based lipstick, so know that it transfers like nobodies business. Implement any tricks you have for making a lipstick transfer proof.

Last, but certainly not least, Clinique Pop Matte in Ruby Pop has a primer infused into it to make it easy to apply. The thing I love most about reds is that they are an easy way to elevate simple makeup. They transition so well from day to night, too.

I don’t normally love mattes, especially during the summer when I want to feel hydrated, but what I’ve found is using a lip mask (like this one from Bite Beauty) stops any of them from feeling overly dry or tight!

I hope this post was helpful and brings a little sunshine your way!

See you next week!

xo,

Emily

 

Denim Statement Sleeves with Wrap Skirt

Blouse: Johanna Ortiz

Skirt: Who What Wear

Mules: ASOS

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m a little in shock that it’s already Monday. Lately, I’ve felt like I blink and suddenly a new week has begun. It’s the sort of disorienting time jump that has you flipping through your calendar wondering where your days have gone. It’s oddly stressful knowing I’m doing so much but not being able to take a moment to really enjoy it.

I think this week I’m going to focus on really being present in the moment. Cliche, yes, but it makes me feel nauseated knowing I’m letting life get away from me. Be it working, blogging, or socializing I want to be there for those moments. I want the dates on my calendar to mean something.

So, if you have any tips on what you guys do to really live life, even during busy weeks, please share!

This top is a really special piece! The embroidery is so intricate and those sleeves. A well draped puff sleeve is a quick way to my heart.

If you love showing off your collar bones as much as I do, you’ll die over the portrait neckline. I think there’s something very sexy about this top without it explicitly being so. If you’re a bit bustier you will probably have more cleavage with this shirt than I do, but there’s a hook and eye to make sure it doesn’t open too low!

I styled mine with a slim leather choker to help break up the space. But, I think a neck scarf would be a darling accessory for this blouse if you want to stray away from chokers! Honestly, I’m kicking myself a little that I didn’t think of it sooner! But, all the more reason to wear this again soon 😉

This look has a vaguely old western feel to me, and I’m digging it.

I paired the top with a brown wrap skirt from the Who What Wear line released at Target! This is a totally affordable and versatile skirt that is so fun to wear. It’s feminine but sturdy so pair it with a cute tank for the summer or a light sweater for the winter! I love anything that will carry me through several seasons.

It does wrinkle a bit, so don’t be like me and forget to steam it before having it photographed haha.

I finished the look off with a simple pair of white mules I ordered from ASOS. Also super affordable!

You don’t have to spend a ton to be fashionable, I, personally, just love mixing affordable and high end items. My investment pieces are exactly that, an investment. They are clothes I plan to hold onto and wear for several years. Quality is important and I choose to splurge on items I know I’ll never get tired of and will last.

I hope you all have a great week and can take a moment to center yourself and enjoy it! See you next Monday!

Xo,

Emily