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Classics Revisited

Stripes & Denim. Two words that are in every fashion enthusiasts vocabulary. Arguably two of the biggest staples when it comes to style, it is no secret that denim and stripes have classic and All-American connotations that embody these closet staples. They may not be new to most of you out there, but I want to take a minute to emphasize the revival and re-imagination of these simple, yet effect trends when put together.

Never underestimate the power of a basic striped dress + jean jacket combo. Nowadays, everyone from models off duty to fashion bloggers are trying their own twist on this tried-and-true combination. Try yours with statement pieces like big earrings or a bejeweled necklace for a unique twist! 

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New York Fashion Week Highlights

I already touched upon the incredible beauty of a show that Oscar de la Renta put on this week, but he most certainly was not the only one to blow me away. From hairstyles that reinvent the idea of even the simplest of styles to runway set-ups from our wildest dreams, it has already been an incredible success for the fashion industry. Here are some of my highlights from this week: 

Tommy Hilfiger’s Circus Themed Runway:

Polo Ralph Lauren’s 4D Holographic Runway in Central Park (Check out the link, it is one of the coolest things I have ever seen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugBbTiBmZ2g) 

ICB’s Incredible Paint Dripping Runway Backdrop 

Kate Spade’s Quirky Clutches 

Alice + Olivia’s Fantastic Prints

Thom Browne’s Amazing Garden Party Presentation 

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New York Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta

New York Fashion Week. Even the mention of this iconic week-long event makes everyone from streetstyle bloggers to the designers themselves feel a thrill. As one of the biggest culminations of art, style, and even architecture, this event marks the success and epitome of innovative creativity for hundreds of designers as they put forth the latest and greatest designs. I decided to feature some of my favorite shows from this week starting off with my ultimate favorite: Oscar de la Renta

The show was a beautiful hodge-podge of fabrics like gingham, checks, eyelet, lace, and florals, all of which fell under a fresh color palette of soft pastels and crisp white. The whole collection felt like  breath of fresh air with feminine touches like vintage florals, feather and  perforated accents, and romantic silhouettes. It was a truly unique take on a spring collection with ensembles looking more like pieces of art than clothes. 

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Get Flashy

Introducing the latest trend in accessorizing: flash tattoos! I like to describe them as metallic hennas, because they are temporary tattoos that come in everything from wave designs to Egyptian-inspired motifs that last up to six days. They can be easily applied on your skin just using water and are the simplest way to make a statement of a flashy tattoo without the long-term investment.They truly look like two-dimensional pieces of jewelry.

I recently tested some out myself (I used one as an armband and an arrow on my forearm) and I was in love with the results. It’s the coolest new way to accessorize and packs range from $20-30 with the price being totally worth it. You can buy your own flash tattoos at www.flashtat.com

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Transition Outfits Breakdown

Although the weather is not currently screaming fall (cue the past two ninety degree days!) that doesn’t mean we can not get into the fall wardrobe mindset. Now is the time to start shopping for those transitional pieces like a great pair of ankle skinny jeans or the perfect chambray shirt. Even though the current temperatures like to tell me otherwise, I am already starting to plan out ensembles that will transition into the upcoming chillier weeks. Here are two of my favorite fall outfit examples that I broke down for you to give a try once autumn is actually upon us; 

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Revamped Tees

I think that often times people underestimate the power of accessorizing. I try to emphasize all the time that the way you accessorize an outfit can turn your most basic outfit into a trendy ensemble. The thing is, even something as simple as a tee shirt can be made into a statement with the addition of some playful jewelry.

I encourage you to try the latest form of styling; taking a regular old t-shirt and simply adding a statement necklace. Try a layered necklace for some dimension or a neon stone necklace for a dose of color. No matter what combination you choose, it is a simple way to revamp a tried-and-true ensemble. 

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The Leather Jacket Revival

Sometimes when people see a leather moto jacket in a store, they immediately conjure up images of bikers gone wrong or even wannabe rockers. I myself used to be guilty of these associations with the leather jacket. That is until designers like Acne and models like Cara Delevingne redefined the purpose of the leather jacket. It now has become that “model off-duty”, effortlessly chic while still adding in edge kind of look.

The key is to pair the tougher jacket with things like light summer dresses and lived-in type classics like denim cut-offs. I’m also loving the whole black skinny jeans + white tee + leather jacket combination that has been the unofficial streetstyle uniform for many city goers. Here are some of my favorite pairings to take you from rocker to runway: 

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Emmys 2014 Best

  1. Kate Mara in J. Mendel 
  2. Kerry Washington in Prada
  3. Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad 
  4. Hayden Panettiere in Lorena Sarbu 
  5. Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano 
  6. Heidi Klum in Zac Posen

The Emmys, although not always the most fashion forward red carpet event, really pulled through with punchy dresses and glitzy embellishments. Strong eye makeup paired with flawlessly tailored dresses seemed to be a huge theme. As was citrus shades or the always classy neutral looks with fantastic beading. All the looks were bold without being too over the top! Overall, I was quite impressed with the strong ensembles the celebrities were sporting at this much anticipated event. 

Sarah’s was my personal favorite with her new sophisticated twist on the crop top

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Oh So 70s

There are days when you are feeling like wearing a minimalist outfit and keeping things simple, and then there are days when you are looking for a statement. Well, thanks to this jumpsuit borrowed from my fashionable friend Abby, the bold pattern certainly made a splash, especially when I wore it to work at my new job at a local boutique. Not only is the funky print reminiscent of the 70s, but the shape feels very polished. I added a belt and layered necklaces for simple accessorizing. It was a great way to brighten up this rainy day.  

Jumpsuit- Forever 21 Belt- Urban Outfitters Anchor Necklace- Etsy Cross Necklace- Alikat Shoes- Target Watch- Urban Outfitters 

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Not So Shortie

Anonymous said:
Hi! I’m running very low on “school appropriate” shorts. Do you have any suggestions on where to find appropriate denim shorts and other types of shorts that can be worn at school?

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It is so hard nowadays to find shorts that aren’t leaving you feeling half dressed. Call it the daisy duke epidemic, jean shorts are leaving nothing to the imagination these days. Yet, for school that simply will just not fly. In order to save yourself a trip to the principals office while still looking cute, try shopping for shorts like the ones down below. Just because they are not super short, does not mean that you can’t still look and feel great! 

  1. JCrew Chinos (Love the 3’ or 4’) 
  2. Levi’s Denim Shorts
  3. Rag & Bone Denim Shorts (expensive but totally worth it) 
  4. Topshop Patterned Shorts
  5. Nordstrom Patterned Shorts
  6. Aritzia Denim Shorts
  7. TJ Maxx Lace Shorts
  8. Billabong Patterned Shorts 

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Back-to-School Essentials

Anonymous said:
Hey Emma, since school is coming around I was wondering what some back to school essentials were? Especially ones that you can transition from the end of summer to fall?

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With school right around the corner (or even starting already for some of you out there!) it comes to be that time when many of us start stocking up on clothes for the new school year. Usually I go shopping with little to no plan of what I might be getting, but this year I was really focused on getting quality foundation pieces that will carry me through all year. Here is my round-up of some essentials that I believe will be important for both the transition season and beyond: 

  1. Basic Oversized Tees in Black, White, & Striped for layering and accessorizing 
  2. Long Cardigans in a Neutral (black or brown) & a Color 
  3. Skinny Jeans in Distressed (looks best with summery tops for transitioning) & Olive 
  4. Vests in Denim & a Puffer version to put over sundresses 
  5. Printed Dresses (stripes are a classic) & an LBD (not pictured) 
  6. A Neutral Mid-length Straight Skirt & Circle Skirt
  7. Necklaces for Layering
  8. Tan Booties (can be worn with brown & black!) 

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Jean Directory

Hey Em! I’m looking for a kick butt pair of jeans that are stylish, versatile, and most of all comfy! Any ideas on where I can find such a perfect pair?
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Shopping for jeans is such a personal issue, because every girl prefers different fits, washes, and cuts that uniquely compliments them. Luckily, there are some go-to brands that really seem to flatter, and that still remain fashionable. The key to comfort is finding a jean that stretches, and that isn’t skin-tight. That being said, here is a round-up of some of my favorite pairs of jeans:
NOTE-  My favorite style for the upcoming season is the boyfriend style!

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One Dress, Three Weddings

Anonymous said:
Hey Emma! So I suddenly have three weddings to go to and I need your help! I don’t want to buy multiple dresses and shoes, I’d rather get one really nice dress that I can change up so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing the same outfit. All three weddings are in October so I need to be warm. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I think that it is a fantastic idea to invest in a quality dress that you can rewear to all of your weddings by mixing things up with the styling. My biggest advice when picking out what dress to buy is to stick with an LBD. You honestly can’t go wrong with black no matter the season, and it is the easiest color to accessorize. I’d try to find a shift dress, because it is universally flattering and looks great with tights and ankle boots or wedges. The key to mixing up your styling is to play around with jewelry and shoes. You can wear a statement necklace and jersey blazer to one wedding and then long layered necklaces and colored tights with ankle boots to the next. Play with patterns in your purse or jacket to add some flair. Here is my own styling of a dress three ways: 

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The Best of {White Sandals}

When it comes to footwear I can never resist a neutral color, because I just know that it will go with numerous outfits. Yet, I usually stuck to the basics like black and brown, because they were the most traditional of neutrals. Luckily, this summer brought about a new cropping of sandals in white. I’ve always liked white for summer, but I never really considered it a footwear color must-have until now. Not only do they make a graphic, yet subtle statement, but they really pop against a great tan. Here are a few of my favorites: 

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Trend Spotting {Birkenstocks}

Yes, surprise surprise, the Birkenstock has made an official comeback into the fashion world. Originally made for their comfort and practicality, Birkenstocks are being shown in a new, and luckily much more stylish setting. Worn by everyone from fashion bloggers to the stars roaming Beverly Hills, they are a fad that is back in full swing. Here are a few of my favorite streetstyle looks featuring these comeback kicks: