Leather On My Mind

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Dress: Nordstrom BP (similar hereShoes: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom (similar hereScarf:  Nordstrom BP (herePurse: Chloe

So I went to New York this weekend in order to celebrate my birthday for the second time — yes, I do that. Yes, there were other people who came to “my” party who actually had a birthday that week.

And yes, I obviously needed a new dress (for anyone who hasn’t caught on, I do not subscribe to the minimalist mindset).

While there, I had fervent dreams about getting wonderful, truly perfect, incredible New York blogger photos.

Enter my best friend. Aka the asshole.

Anyone who has tried to take blogger – like photos knows one thing: they are the most unbelievably narcissistic photos you will take. Ever. Posing in the weird ways to make it seem ~aRtsY~ and oh-so-candid actually makes you look like an effing idiot. Especially when you’re new to the game, like me. DSCN2003 My so-called best friend definitely agreed with the idiot thing, and could not stop laughing as I tried to get the pictures taken. Doubled over, hiccuping laughter.

We ended up with these  no natural light ones that then had to be “exposed” to death on my mac in order to be passably decent… I couldn’t work up the nerve to ask her again.

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As you can see, I’m still clinging to the leopard and black style this winter. And enter leather paneling, my (and everyone else’s) favorite trend of the season. Something about that sexy leather panel makes me feel like I own the world, but I can still manage to worm my way out of the dress after a night of dancing.

I recommend NOT trying that with leather pants. Especially if you have a “glistening” problem (I decline further commentary on this).

And while the dress is my “I run my birthday” piece, again, I have to brag about the leopard print. That scarf was purchased two weeks ago, and has been worn with at least six outfits since. It makes my work clothing fun and playful… and makes my “sexier” pieces more stylish (note the quotation… it’s hard to be sexy when you like to randomly do the worm).

DSCN1991 Anyways, I had a great time in New York, but have nothing but these apartment pics to show for it. I’ll work on it.

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Nailed It

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Ladies, winter is a time for bold colors. It is a time to strut that inner diva or rocker chick inside you. Get out of the box and wear those colors you’ve been nervous about. You won’t regret it!

To be honest, that has basically been my mantra when it comes to fashion. If I’m too nervous to wear something that is really out there, I dare myself to wear it anyways. It is as if there is a war waging inside me: to wear or not to wear? I am always afraid that I won’t be able to pull something off and that people will totally judge me. But more times than not, people love the crazy things I put together and it totally banishes my doubt when I hear them say, “I wish I could pull that off!” To which I think in my head, “I didn’t know I did pull it off…”

In the world of fashion, we believe that the people are the judges and we are being judged. But I want to encourage my readers to be your own judge and wear that bright red or purple nail polish you’ve been contemplating. If the jury is out on that emerald green color… overrule the case and rock it!

xoxo, Emily

Here are some of my personal favorite polish colors for the season…

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Grey: you don’t know jacques by OPI|| Red: the thrill of brazil by OPI || Purple: tramp stamp by Butter || White: blanc by Essie || Navy Blue: midnight cami by Essie || Bronze: penny talk by Essie || Gunmetal: over the edge by Essie

It’s My Party

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Dress: Anthropologie Shoes: Anthropologie Purse Sorial, New York

So, following the Va Va Boom is tricky. But persevere we must.

To edge in on some new territory, I went with the day-to-night theme.  Original, right? … Yeah, I’ll keep going.

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I got this dress because I absolutely needed a new birthday outfit (it’s on Saturday!). So I went to Anthropologie to hunt for some sale accessories, and… well, at least the shoes were on sale.

The I had to figure out how to wear my brand new dress to work — immediately.

I played around with dressing it down, and came up with the outfit on the below.

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Boots: Louise et Clie Jacket: Mossimo Scarf:  Look

While I know I should be gushing about the dress and new heels (and yes, I do completely love them), it’s the boots that have been my ultimate winter obsession. I wear them at least three times a week. They’re by Louise et Clie from Nordstrom, and they are absolutely as close as I could find to a knockoff of the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot. But at about 1/7 of the price.

I love them not just for their versatility, but because I also feel kinda badass with that skin gap.

Maybe that’s just me.

xoxo – Tash

*Post Script: Coach is about to purchase Stuart Weitzman. I’m unamused.

Va Va Boom

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Sweater: H&M Trousers: Urban Outfitters Shoes: Anthropologie Emerald Cuff: Madewell Watch: Michael Kors Rose-gold cuff: vintage 
                                                                                                                                                                    I want to start by saying how much I love Emily’s outfit here. Like, literally — in the truest, least sorority girl definition of literally — love. I had an entire post written out all about me, and had to scratch that as soon as she sent over her pictures.
To explain my immediate heart palpitations, I should note that a post-grad obsession of mine has been playing with dark colors. Originally from Florida, and then from a school that firmly believes Foxfield is more important than Thanksgiving, I’ve maintained a lot of brights and whites in my wardrobe. Then I moved to Baltimore (which I still refer to as the North), and suddenly I’m wandering around my favorite stores like a lost puppy, unsure of every decision I make. And how the hell to make my Florida girl self conform to a dark and cold place. So I’ve been clinging to black. Black on black. Black on camel. Black on red.
Then Emily sends me this.
Black on emerald??
Be still, my heart.
It’s so perfectly stylish I could cry (thank god the internet doesn’t show watermarks). What a little brat.

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It is edgier than I would wear to work, but pull the hair into a chic bun, and trade out the open toed pumps for a pair of pointy-toe black heels (in my head, I see patent), and you can make this va-va voom something more subtle and sophisticated.

Or, you know, you could just rock everyone’s socks off and leave it.

— xoxo (ghost writer Tash)

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For the Love of Leopard

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After about 2 months of pretending I was going to do this, I finally started my second blog. Well, we did — Em and I. Although I’m still unsure of her true intentions, as she’s been out and about and carpe diem-ing the last month as a recent post-grad.

I, on the other hand, am doing this for the ego stroke. Feel free to tell me at any point how gorgeously well dressed I am. Seriously. I never knew just how terrible my inner diva was until I started working with men and realized…

Guys really don’t care what you wear. At all. Unless it would look good upside down and on a pole* (mass generalization; apologies to all the men who reject my assessment of their clothing objectification standards).

And so hatched my plan to show off my outfits to the world. And to make Emily do it with me.

This blog is intended to show how we — two high school best friends with very different lives — wear the same (or similar) items of clothing. She is a theater major who went to school in Alabama and is currently back in Tampa, while I am a finance major who went to school in Virginia and am living in Baltimore.

First up is my favorite wardrobe staple (yeah, I’ll say that a lot), leopard print.

I made my JCrew heels the focal point, and defining accessory, to a sleek, all black ensemble.

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Shirt: Nordstrom Rack Pants: Anthropologie Shoes: JCrew Factory Sunglasses: Ray Ban Bag: Chloe

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Emily manages to give her summer-y look a winter edge through the assistance of her wild booties.

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Vest: Urban Outfitters Shirt: 28:20 Boutique Skirt: Anthropologie Shoes: C. Wonder Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Sunglasses: Ray Ban

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Obsessed with her look, just not quite office appropriate!