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

Quirky Summer Top with Color Block Sunglasses

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Top: Vivetta also available here and here

Glasses: Gucci similar here

Lipstick: Anastasia Beverly Hills in the shade Sarafine

 

Wow! Already making my second blog post. It’s honestly so surreal to see my efforts come to fruition. I’ll probably never get over the pride I feel in not backing out. I have so many exciting ideas and things I want to explore. My list of blog post ideas keeps growing and growing.

Let’s talk about how STUNNING these pieces are. I’m completely obsessed with both. I haven’t wanted to take the glasses off since I got them. Literally, I keep them by my bedside just so I can stare.

Here in Washington there’s not always a need for sunnies. It’s overcast 9 months out of the year. But I’ve been drooling over them since I was browsing the Nordstrom website a while back. And in my defense, when the sun does make an appearance, my sensitive eyes can barely handle it! I tried to rationalize that I could make due with a cheap pair, but I like what I like. You can’t find sunglasses this breathtaking for $20.  Not to mention, Gucci’s accessories are iconic. So I scraped all my pennies together and purchased my first designer item.

That little bee detail makes me swoon. Bees have sort of become a fixation of mine. Such a sweet detail in clothes (Expect some more bees to pop up in future posts haha).  Anyway, I don’t mean to go on and on about a pair of glasses, I’m just crazy about them.

We aren’t forgetting about this top that is just so so gorgeous, too. Those hands. Honestly. How charming are they?

Vivetta has quickly become a favorite of mine, I’m constantly watching for sales so I can snatch up their clothes. I obsess over pictures that other bloggers post wearing their pieces and am always saving them for outfit inspiration.

Jacob and I sat down and watched their runway show online and every look that walked had us oo-ing and ahh-ing. Not one went by that we didn’t go, “look, look! This one’s amazing!” The whimsical nature of their line calls to me. They’re so unique but so easy to wear.

I paired mine with jeans and black over the knee boots. Let the shirt be the focus and keeping the bottom half more simplistic to make this top feel more wearable. You have to be smart about pairing two pieces that both demand the spotlight, and I chose to keep it simple.

But! I do plan make a post about mixing patterns and how to make it so an outfit looks thoughtful and not like you got dressed with the lights off. Let me know if that’s something you all would be interested in! 🙂

The day we took these pictures, it was so beautiful and sunny out and I wasn’t thinking and forgot to put sunscreen on. Which was so stupid, for multiple reasons, but our shoots take an hour at least.  And like I mentioned, we don’t get a lot of sun so I’m as pale as porcelain. So as you can imagine I now have a really weird looking sunburn where the cut outs were haha!

It’s been a crazy week, with all of my free time being spent working on the blog. Trying to get the blog up and running and getting shoots done all around my full time job and Jacob’s school schedule has basically become a full time job of its own. I have been doing a lot of late nights and early mornings over the last couple of weeks, it’s exhausting but I am so happy with where we are.

I really hope that the work I’ve been putting in is paying off and I’d love to hear some feed back from everyone reading!

Once again, thank you all so much for reading! See you next Monday!

xo,

Emily

 

White Flutter Sleeves with Cactus Embroidered Shoes

These mules are to die for and surprisingly comfortable! I love finding a product that is fun but approachable. Pair them with a basic pair of jeans like these and a simple flutter sleeve top (it’s on sale now, btw!) and it’s casual enough to grab lunch. My exact bag is a Dooney & Bourke that is no longer available. Similar here.

I’ve been so reluctant to start, and especially to share, this blog. I get caught up in the fear of people judging me, which has been the main cause of every missed opportunity in my life. But it’s been almost two years that I’ve bounced around the idea of blogging, and I couldn’t come up with anymore excuses that I couldn’t just as easily shoot down. And I can’t let myself be a chicken forever. I had to ask myself, “why should I care what some stranger on Facebook thinks of me?”

I would hate to wake up in 30 years and regret all the chances I didn’t take.

So here we are, my first blog post! I’ve always loved fashion and the sense of identity I get from it. I love that I am the person that friends come up to and tell me that they saw a dress that made them think of me and that no one else would ever be able to pull off.

“Quirky” is usually a word attributed to my wardrobe and I have always embraced it. Because I was always so so shy growing up, clothes were one of the few ways I was able to make a statement. I was the girl who thought wearing a fur vest and bright orange lipstick was a good idea. I might not have always been right, but I definitely took some chances haha. Which is what makes fashion so exciting. Sometimes you plan a look in your head and the execution is everything you wanted, sometimes it right back to the drawing board. Honestly, I spend more time planning and adjusting my outfits than I do actually wearing them! But if you don’t love the process there’s no point.

I’m just excited to have a platform to delve more into this passion and really explore it with all of you.

I’m happy this was the shoot we started with. The shooting of the pictures was less intimidating than I thought it would be. Jacob and I were walking around Fairhaven, surrounded by local shops set in stone buildings and wooden store fronts. The weather was perfect; warmer than the usual Washington day, bright, and with the ideal cloud covering for Jacob to photograph.

We found a parking spot right in front of where we wanted to be, which seems like an odd thing to mention, but I truly believed it was a sign at that moment, you know? Then came time to take the pictures, which is the part I was most worried about, once again worried of what other people might think of me.

In my fantasy world the streets would be clear and all windows tinted so darkly that I wouldn’t be able to see anyone inside. But because it is Fairhaven on a nice day the streets were teeming with people, bustling from one store to the next, people sitting outside to eat on the one nice day this week.

But Jacob pointed to a very public section of the sidewalk and said, “There, it’s perfect.” So I did it. It really was that simple. I felt uncomfortable for the first few frames and then just let the excitement for this blog be my focus.

I won’t lie that when an older man stopped just to stare I was uncomfortable. Being made to feel like a spectacle was hard and Jacob had to remind me that if this blog was something I actually wanted to do, we were just going to have to push through the awkwardness.

After a few more locations we walked around trying to scout a new alleyway or brick wall we might have missed, and realized we had done it. We actually got the pictures we wanted and I was happy with them. Nothing short of a miracle.

Jacob, who I am forever thankful for, edited them right when we got home and they are exactly how I imagined. They are perfect but I know we’ll only improve over time.

This post is more ramble-y than I wanted, but when I get excited my brain works faster than my fingers can type haha. I just wanted to be able to share this with everyone as soon as I could.  I’m just so proud of it!

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it! See you next Monday!

Xo,

Emily