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Famous Footwear

Anonymous asked you:
Show me some “famous footwear” gal! I want to know what’s happening on the foot runway!! What are some unique yet stylish footwear options? Thanks!

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I always feel that girls underestimate the power of a great pair of shoes. They easily can elevate (or in some cases ruin) an entire outfit just by how they flow with the overall look. Designers, luckily, have picked up on the power of footwear, and there were no shortages of great new style for the upcoming warmer weather.They pushed the button with modern accents like 3-D florals, but threw it back to eras like the 50s with fantastic prints. Here are a few of my favorites: 

  1. Platform Wedges- Trying pairing them with a maxi skirt or a romper
  2. Ankle Straps + Pointed Toe- Adds a touch of femininity to any dress or skirt 
  3. Perforated Accents- Let your shoes do the talking in elaborate cutouts 
  4. Embellished Flats- Can add flair to even the most basic jean cutoffs 
  5. Retro Prints- Channel the 50’s in fun floral printed kicks that scream spring

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ACM’s 2014 Recap

Country music darlings nationwide have never failed to bring the fashion and glam to the ACM’s year after year, and 2014 was certainly no exception. Although most of the starlets chose basic neutrals like blush, white, or black I was impressed by the wide range of unique textures and beading incorporated in each ensemble making them all unique. My favorite look overall had to be Taylor Swift, because instead of going for a basic award show glitzy dress she chose a perfectly structured and chic crop top and skirt combo. All in all these lovely ladies truly blew me away: 

  1. Carrie Underwood in Oscar de la Renta
  2. Taylor Swift in J. Mendel

  1. Sheryl Crow in Christian Siriano
  2. Danielle Bradbery 
  3. Kimberly Perry in Georges Hobeika

Up Close of Danielle’s: 

Kimberly Perry Up-Close-

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Paradise

I’m officially back from my trip armed with many new photos from my trip to share with all of you! Puerto Vallarta’s exotic and colorful landscape made for the perfect backdrop for photoshoots, so I am excited to share with you a few looks from the trip inspired by the bold colors and energy Mexico has to offer. The first outfit being one of my more laid-back looks from the trip features an embroidered linen dress that I felt fitted the tropical vibe perfectly. I’m a sucker for a kelly green and navy blue combination, so this dress was a no-brainer. Paired with a stack of colorful bracelet it translated perfectly from a day at the beach to a night out. 

Dress- JCrew Bracelets- via Mexico Necklace-Etsy Flip Flops- Old Navy

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Viva La Mexico

This upcoming week I will be taking a break from blogging, because I will be vacationing in Mexico for my Spring Break. I hope all of you have a fabulously fashionable week! I will be back soon with a ton of new spring photoshoots and posts in store! XOXO, Emma 

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Floral Lives On

Anonymous asked you:
Because spring is here, what are some of your favorite floral looks?

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When you think of spring you often find that florals are one of the first things that pop in your head. Known for its pastel hues and feminine floral patterns, spring never fails to become synonymous with the most girlish of patterns and prints. That being said, florals are certainly here to stay, yet designers have truly amped up their roots, creating three-dimensional accents and floral patterns so vibrant they basically speak for themselves. I especially adored Oscar de la Renta’s 1950s take on florals with the sweetest of prints and richest of colors. On the other hand, Dolce & Gabbana went for a very ethereal, earthy take on nature incorporating floral crowns into each models hair. Here are some of my favorite floral looks from the Spring/Summer 2014 runways: 

All Photos Courtesy of the Designer’s S/S or Resort 2014 Collections

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Maxi Skirt Styling Breakdown

Anonymous asked you:

I just got two new maxi skirts, and I am really excited to wear them, but I am not sure what shoes I should wear them with or what accessories would look good. Do you have any recommendations for cute outfits to go with my maxi skirt? Thanks!

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Maxi skirts have to be one of my favorite articles of clothing, because they make such a unique statement without having to try too hard. You can dress them up and make them feel glamorous and sophisticated, or dress them down for a beachy, bohemian vibe. The styling options are endless, but sometimes it can be difficult working with the maxi length. I have broken down maxi skirt styling by shoes, jewelry, and tops that would look great paired with this versatile article of clothing: 

  1. Strappy Wedges
  2. Flats- I love the ankle strap options!
  3. Sandals- Your most classic option 
  4. Flip Flops- For casual outings 
  5. Wedge Booties 

  1. Wrap Bracelet- Channeling a laid-back vibe
  2. Dainty/Layered Necklaces
  3. Statement Rings- The perfect added touch to a simple maxi style
  4. Glamorous Necklace- For dressier occasions
  5. Cuff 

  1. Loose Sweater- For the transition seasons
  2. Graphic Tee- Try knotting the hem at your waist
  3. Basic Tank Top 
  4. Cropped Tank- Lace and eyelet versions look especially good
  5. Long-sleeved Tee- A tighter fit looks better proportionally 

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{Vacation Essentials}

Anonymous asked you:
Dear Emma, since spring break is coming up, I was wondering if you could do a post on essentials to bring with you if your going somewhere sunny. Thanks :)

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Spring break is drawing closer and closer and I have already started to think about all of the essentials that I need to be packing. I find that whenever I go someplace sunny and warm I always bring a core group of items that get me through the break. Whether you are going someplace far away or staying closer to home, it is imperative that you pack the basics for having a fantastic trip. Here are the things that I would consider “essential” for a sunny trip:

(From top to bottom, left to right)

  1. A beach bag AND a smaller crossbody: It’s important to pack one of each, I usually pack one for the day and a nicer one for the night 
  2. A basic swimsuit: If you do not have time to go shopping for a bunch of new trendy swimsuits, always pick out a classic style in a basic color like black- you’ll look good no matter what! 
  3. Waterproof mascara: No doubt the most important warm weather vacation makeup essential
  4. Sunglasses: I usually pack two pairs, each different styles in case I want to change it up or I lose a pair- Remember to pack your sunglasses in your carry-on if you are flying so that they do not get crushed in a suitcase 
  5. Basic denim shorts: A pair that can basically go with anything in your suitcase- This minimizes the amount of separates you need to pack
  6. Headwrap/band: Heat causes my hair to have some major frizz issues, so I always remember to pack something to help hold back the craziness
  7. Baseball hat: For those of you whose face burns easily this is super important- I love Vineyard Vines styles!)
  8. Sundresses: Arguably one of the easiest outfits to pack on a sunny trip! I pretty much live in sundresses when I travel, plus they can double as a cover-up for the beach or pool
  9. Neutral sandals: Minimize the amount of shoes you need to pack by bringing a pair of sandals that can go with multiple outfits!
  10. Water tumbler: Stay hydrated in the heat by bringing a water bottle or tumbler for poolside or the beach 

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All-American

Here a few quick shots of my patriotically themed ensemble from last weekend. This outfit is truly based off of classic basics; a striped boatneck tee, a circle skirt, and a denim vest. All three pieces separately feel very all-american pride, yet there is something so simply chic about everything together. I topped the look off with an edgier gold collar necklace that I recently purchased and have been wanting to wear with basically everything, as well as a signature handful of rings. 

Skirt- BP. Nordstrom Vest- Target T-Shirt- Forever 21 Necklace- Urban Outfitters Wedges- MIA (via DSW) Rings- Etsy & Urban Outfitters

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Spring Break Swimsuit Edition

Anonymous asked you:
Hi! So my Spring Break is coming up fairly soon… do you have any ideas on some cute swimsuits that have come out this year or possibly outfits too, to wear during the week? Thanks!!

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This post is going to mainly focus on new swimsuit styles for Spring Break, and then I am going to do a separate post on outfits in the near future! As this much anticipated holiday break becomes more and more near, I know personally I find it important to update my summer closet in order to be prepared for wherever I am venturing over break! Swimsuits are probably one of the most difficult thing for me to update, because to be honest shopping for them in the winter is very unappealing to me. But, with the right eye you can find Spring Break suits at a bargain in the upcoming seasons cutest styles! Here are some of my favorites for this year: 

Swimsuits from TopShop, Billabong, & Target 

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What to Wear With an {LBD}

Anonymous asked you:
Hi Emma! I just bought a black velvet dress, do you have any ideas on how I can wear it?

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No matter what fabric your dress is made of, velvet, knit, or classic cotton, styling a black dress can offer so many creative and unique ensembles. I consider black dresses a blank canvas and one of the number one things a girl should have in her closet. Black is all around the most flattering color and its neutral tone offers countless styling options. The fact that you own a velvet version is great, because it makes texture and pattern mixing so easy! Here are some ideas on how to rock it:

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{Spring 2014} Nail Trends

Anonymous asked you:
Hi! I am constantly looking for fun things to do with my nails and I seem to be running out of ideas. Do you have any in-style tips for trendy (but manageable) nails?

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I was born and raised by my mother to always keep my nails in great condition (chipped nails were NOT an option for me), because she was a strong believer that the cleanliness of your nails was a reflection of how you wanted present yourself. Although I have always believed that that mindset was ridiculous, I can agree that your nails can say a lot about your personality and mood. They are a small way to try trends and seasonal colors without having to spend a lot of money and effort. So, that being said, here are a few of my favorite, and easily recreatable nail trends for this upcoming spring: 

  1. Metallics- either as an accent or painted over the full nails
  2. Diamond Designs
  3. Neutral Nails- with glitter tips
  4. Two-Tone Vertically on Nail- a variation of the reverse french tip
  5. Matte White (a personal favorite) 
  6. A Semi-Stripe- an edgy accent to your basic colors 

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Oscars 2014 Best Dressed

The Oscars have to be one of the most anticipated award shows not only for the nominations themselves, but for the fashion as well. Stars have been known to pull out all the stops for this highly glamorized event epitomizing Hollywood stardom. To be completely honest, I felt that many celebrities played it safe this year, sticking mostly to nude tones and classic shapes. Yet, the few who pulled through really wowed me.

My favorite of course, was worn by the new star on the rise Lupita Nyong’o. She was perfection in her powder blue Prada dress reminiscent of Cinderella. Not only was she perfectly on point with her fashion, but her words as well when she said during her acceptance speech “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid”. 

Another favorite of mine was Emma Watson who sported a unique dress by Vera Wang. Its hourglass shape and metallic top made it perfect for the red carpet. Plus her half-updo added a touch of tousled edge.

My third favorite was worn by the always classy Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer has always leaned towards basic, iconic colors and classic shapes, yet I loved the peplum details on this one and it fit her like a glove. Not to mention the perfect accessorizing thanks to a diamond necklace worn backwards.

My last three favorites of the night were Cate Blanchett in Armani Privé, Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection, and Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace. All of whom stuck with a very streamlined neutral look with sparkling accents. 

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Inbetweeners

Anonymous asked you:
Hi Emma, even though the weather has been very cold, its starting to get a little bit warm. What types of outfits would go good with this mid-temperature weather.

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I’ve often found myself writing many posts that have to do with dressing in those “in-between” seasons. The ones where nobody really knows what season it is which can making dressing very difficult. This is the time where layering comes in very handy. Whether it’s throwing a plaid shirt over a short-sleeved tee and cuffed jeans or an oversized cardigan over a summer dress and knee socks, it is all about mixing the two seasons that you are in-between to find a happy medium! Here are some ideas to serve as inspiration: 

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Spring Runway Do’s & Don’ts

Anonymous asked you:
Hey! What are the runway trends for this spring and how can I apply them to my own attire? Thanks!

Anonymous asked you:
What are fashion don’ts this season?

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As Paris Fashion Week begins with a bang, I thought it would be very fitting to combine these two questions into a list of some of my favorite (and not-so-favorite) trends for the upcoming season! Runway fashion, as many of us know, is one of the most influential events in this growing industry. People look to runway shows to forecast styles and draw inspiration from them. While the shows are all the rage it can often be difficult to par down which trends are actually suitable for day-to-day wear, whereas the ones that should remain on the catwalk. Here are some of the highlight and downfalls for this season: 

  • Do Try Bold Citrus Shades Like Yellow & Lime Green- Prada’s show was a prime example
  • Do Mix Cropped Tops and Wild Hawaiian Prints For a Bold Statement
  • Do Try a Jumpsuit in This Season’s Halter-top Style
  • Do Test Out Clothes Infused with Latin-American Influences- This can be seen in the works of both Dolce & Gabbana and Alberta Ferretti
  • Do Try Tea-length Styled Hems & Full Skirts- Christian Siriano and Proenza Schouler have both adopted this trend

  • Don’t Fall into the Over-the-Top 80’s Comeback Silhouettes 
  • Don’t Get Swallowed by Spring’s Boxy and Oversized Shapes
  • Don’t Show Too Much Skin; some things are better left to the imagination 

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Next Big Thing: Overalls

Anonymous asked you:
I have been desperately seeking a cute, yet affordable pair of overalls to wear when the weather warms up.. Help me out?

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They say what goes around comes around, especially when it comes to fashion! This can certainly be said for many of the recent trends that have made huge comebacks for this spring, the biggest being overalls. We arn’t talking your classic, over-sized, unflattering denim suit. Overalls have taken on a whole new meaning of chicness in a grungy. laid-back kind of way. Lucky for us, there are many types popping up in stores all over. Here are a few of my favorites: 

(PS: I’m sorry for taking so long to answer some of your questions!! I have recently had an awesome outpouring of questions, and I am doing my best to keep up with them, so thank you for being so patient, your questions will be answered!) 

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