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{Soho}

There were many places in New York that I found particularly inspirational and quirky, but my favorite by far had to be Soho. Originally an area filled with gangs and violence, Soho is quickly becoming one of the hippest and trendiest areas in the city. From the stunning boutiques to the delicious deli’s and bakery’s it has got everything! Even the graffiti on the buildings felt artistic and colorful. Needless to say it is a must see for any fashionista. 

One of my favorite deli’s that I went to, but beware the wait can get very long! It is home to the infamous dinner scene in When Harry Met Sally-

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NYC Outfit Diary

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Let me begin by saying that when people say New York is magical really are not kidding. There is an aura around the city that makes you feel like you can do anything; this unexplainable energy that never stops. It was a trip of a lifetime for me, and I was incredibly lucky to have the experiences I had. Here is an outfit diary of the ensembles I wore over the course of the four days that I was there. There are plenty of more photographs and shoots to come this week, but I thought I would start with this style overview. 

DAY 1

shirt- Sparkle & Fade

shorts- TJ Maxx

necklace- Urban Outfitters 

sandals- Urban Outfitters

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 DAY 2

shirt- Urban Outfitters

skirt- BP. Nordstrom

necklace- Forever 21

turband- BP. Nordstrom 

bracelet- Forever 21

sandals- Target

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DAY 3

romper- Forever 21

necklace- AliKat (local boutique) 

jacket- Old Navy 

sandals- Urban Outfitters 

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DAY 4

dress- Brandy Melville 

necklace- AliKat 

sandals- Target 

rings- Etsy/Urban Outfitters

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Empire State of Mind

I’m very excited to announce that I am taking a trip to New York City starting today. It is my first time, and I am ecstatic to see all of the sites and style that this fantastic city has to offer. I will be back to my regular blogging schedule Monday, and I’m sure I will have plenty of new fashion trends and streetstyle to share with all of you from my trip once I get back! Have a fantastic & fashionable weekend, Emma 

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{Hayley} Floral Bomber

Last year’s Spring ‘13 collection for Prada seemed to recharge the idea of feminine ensembles in soft pastels and playful florals. Prada retaught us the power a girly ensemble can make on someone, which my very trendy friend Hayley is showcasing in this ensemble. A normally tough bomber is lightened with a floral print, a perfect topper for summer! 

Bomber- Forever 21 Shoes- Sperry Topsider Top- Nordstrom Skirt- Von Maur Necklace- Forever 21 

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Take Flight

Anonymous said:
Hi emma, what are your essentials when going on an airplane???

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The key to having a successful and stress-free flight is to be organized and comfortable. There are certain essentials that I always make sure I have with me for flights in order to maximize my flying experience. Once you have obtained a stylish yet practical carry-on bag, make sure you stock up on items to make your flight more enjoyable, especially if you are going a far distance. Here are some of my personal essentials: 

  1. Book to Read 
  2. Notebook + Pens
  3. Earbuds 
  4. Portable Phone Charger 
  5. Scarf (can double as a blanket) 
  6. Headband 
  7. EOS Lip Balm 
  8. Travel Perfume
  9. Hand Lotion 

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Romp Around

I have always been a huge fan of rompers for summer. They are as easy and cute as dresses with the functionality of shorts. That’s why I was so excited to see that this summer really brought in a new hype for the greatness of rompers. With styles ranging from strapless to backless, and printed to plain, there is a romper out there for everyone. I myself recently purchased one at Forever 21 that was an incredible steal. After buying it, I really got to thinking about what I should pair with it. That’s when I decided to write this post on the five different was you can style a romper. I broke it down for all of you to see how easy wearing one of these can be! 

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Then & Now {Stripes + Sweater}

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I love it when there are certain pieces in your closet that unexpectedly become one of the most versatile pieces you own, ranging from season to season. I find that on summer days when the temperature cools down, I look for things that are less bulky, but still warm, such as this loose cardigan that I originally sported this winter. Pair that with a mixed print top that I dressed down for this day, and you have yourself a whole new remixed outfit for summer! 

Sandals- Ecote Shorts- American Eagle Sweater- BP. Nordstrom Shirt- Anthropologie Rings- Etsy

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Trending {White Nail Polish}

 I hope all of you had a fantastic Fourth of July! I apologize for my lack of posting this week, the holidays always make life crazy! Anyways, I decided to write today’s post on a trend that I really feel has taken the beauty world by storm; white nail polish. It seems so simple and chic, yet it makes such a big impact, especially when worn in the summertime with a nice tan. I think that white nails are universally flattering, because they are so streamlined and fresh looking. I recently tried out this trend myself, and it is my new beauty obsession! Here are a few streetstyle examples that further prove why this trend is here to stay:

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Makeup All-stars {Waterproof}

Anonymous said:
Hey Emma! What are some of the best waterproof makeup/makeup for the pool or beach?

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My beach/pool day makeup is usually minimum to none, because unless you plan on laying in the sand all day it just is not practical (tip- avoid any sort of pencil eyeliner, especially along your lower lash line). Yet, when I do choose to put some on, I make sure that I use the best of the best when it comes to it being waterproof to ensure that I do not have any makeup running after getting in the water/sweating it out. Here are some of my top favorite waterproof buys: 

  1. Maybelline Rocket Volum’ in Waterproof
  2. L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Creme
  3. Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
  4. Sephora “Rio Nights” Waterproof Gel Liner
  5. Laura Mercier Foundation Powder (personally I would try and stay away from foundation at the beach and opt for a BB Cream instead!)

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A Striped Affair

There are certain pieces that are timeless classics, that you keep in your closet season after season because it just doesn’t grow old. That’s how I feel when it comes to a great striped dress. Always classy and flattering on everyone, stripes are the perfect basic. That’s why I was really drawn to this retro take on the pattern. The suede pockets add texture and visual interest, while the boxier shape feels very modern. Add a braided crown up-do and neutral wedges and the always adorable Abby has the perfect summer night ensemble. 

Dress- Anthropologie Earrings- Target Wedges- Forever 21 

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Patterned Shortie

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I’m a pattern kind of gal, I love any sort of bold print in cheery colors and abstract shapes. I’m especially loving the patterned shorts for summer. This season has really brought in a whole new cropping of fun shorts outside of your usual denim. Pair that with a structural tank top with a square neckline and quirky jewelry, and you are ready for any summer night out! Don’t forget to add in the perfect platform sandal. I love the double ankle strap on the ones I’m wearing.

Special thanks to Abby & Mariana for taking these photos!

Top- Urban Outfitters c/o Sparkle & Fade Shorts- TJ Maxx Necklace- Urban Outfitters Bangle- Forever 21 Rings- Etsy Shoes- Tahari 

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Restyled {Olive + Navy}

It has been too long since my last restyled post, so I decided to pick it back up today! I chose an outfit that is really a culmination of my style. It uses a basic piece like the military jacket (which I chose to restyle as a military vest for summer), and then adds in thing like a bold punch of coral and a quirky printed dress. Very simple meets trendy. I also love the color combination of navy and olive; you just can’t go wrong! 

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{Skincare Regimen}

Anonymous said:
Any tips on how to get blemish free, tan skin quickly for summer?

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When it comes to having perfect skin for summer I am certainly no expert, but there are definitely skincare products that I swear by to help you achieve naturally glowing and tan skin. Skincare regimens are very personal, but I believe there are simple tips and products that universally will help you improve your skin. Here are some of my favorites: 

  1. H2O Plus Anti-Acne Exfoliating Cleansing Pads- You are much more likely to get an even, glowing tan if you exfoliate using pads such as these
  2. Garnier Ambre Solaire Self-Tan Body Wipe- If you are looking for an instant tan with still natural results, try bronzing wipes for a subtle look 
  3. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup- If you still must wear foundation, then this is the best one in the business when it comes to helping with blemish control 
  4. Clean & Clear ADVANTAGE Mark Treatment- For evening out your tan, free of all blemish marks, use this spot treatment overnight 
  5. Clinique Acne Solutions Oil Cleansing Mask- A big issue in the summer is oil control, because you sweat so much more. This one not only helps with that, but hydrates your skin as well

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2014 Sunglass Trends

Since the 1940’s, sunglasses have continued to reign as one of the hottest summer accessory trends. They are the simplest way to make a statement, while still retaining their functionality. Obviously you will always have classic styles such as the wayfarers or aviators, but it doesn’t have to stop there. With designers taking creative liberty and making glasses into works of art, it is no surprise that the streetstyle eye-wear trends have taken a turn as well. Above are some of the biggest styles for this season, not only universally flattering, but a bold proclamation as well. 

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Bunnin’ Around

The idea of a perfect messy bun has always amazed me. Coming from a girl with fairly thin hair, messy buns are almost more trouble than they are worth sometimes. Yet, they continue to be a major trend among the fashion masses that I am truly trying to nail down. Among all of this new messy bun madness comes a new version; the half-up half-down messy bun. It’s trendy without being too over-the-top, and not to mention the perfect bad hair day solution. It’s a fantastic hybrid of style and functionality in a hairstyle. Lucky for us girls all over have already started test driving this trend. Here are some examples: