Winter Whites

 

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I know what you’re thinking. White? During Winter? Isn’t that some horrifying fashion faux pas? Yes, I suppose it is. But if you have read any of my other posts and know a little bit of me, then you know I am one to rarely follow the rules. I like to think of it as improving on the rules. I take it as a challenge to prove them wrong.

So, I decided to go out on a limb and dare to break this rule. I agree that a bright white during winter may look a bit off. However, if you go a slight shade darker to a light ivory you should be in the clear (to be honest, this post should really be called Winter Ivory, but that didn’t sound as aesthetically pleasing as Winter Whites).

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Dress: Topshop || Coat: Vintage || Shoes: Steve Madden || Clutch: Vintage

I love nothing more than monochromatic white (or ivory). It is probably one of my favorite fashion “go-to’s.” Whether it be a white lace blouse and white blazer, a loose white tank and my white tuxedo vest, or the outfit you see here. And if you are ever in a rush and need a quick outfit to throw on—whether it be summer or winter—you can never go wrong with this simple white on white action.

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Watch: Michael Kors || Bangle: Madewell || Earrings: Anthropologie (also like these) || Ring: Kendra Scott (here)

I especially love wearing this dress and coat combo to winter parties and functions when other women are wearing their black lace and blue velvet (not that I dislike either of those options). However, during the colder seasons I can start to get visually depressed by all the darker colors; black coats, black boots, and grey sweaters. It can all be too much. So this is my solution the melancholy winter wear. And it’s especially fun when paired with elegant emerald accessories and a bright red lipstick!

Hope this daily dose of fashion advice revives you.

Xoxo, Emily

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Stripe Me

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I loved doing this shoot while Tash was in town visiting. I think it truly epitomizes who we are; in terms of our differences in style.

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, this one says a lot.

(Side note: keep in mind I am currently living in Tampa, Florida and she is living in Baltimore. So our differences will occasionally be a result of temperature. Seeing as that it is currently 70 degrees in Tampa opposed to a whopping 10 degrees in Baltimore. Of course, this post is still in the realm of winter wear… but it is a Florida winter.)

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{EMILY’S OUTFIT}  Shirt: J.Crew (old, similar here) || Skirt: Topshop (here) || Shoes: Urban Outfitters (here) || Hat: Topshop (similar here) || Jewelry: Michael Kors, Madewell, J.Crew, Kendra Scott

Over the years, Tash and I have totally switched places when it comes to fashion preferences. In high school, I was the one who had more conservative taste. I worked for J.Crew at the time and so my closet was a reflection of the inside of their store. I was very simple and preppy. Natasha was the adventurer. She would wear things that I was always intimidated by. I just stuck with my classic and uncomplicated wardrobe; consisting of a lot of neutrals, pencil skirts, and collared blouses. Patterns were a rarity.

Now I’m not saying Natasha is simple and preppy now, but she does gravitate towards girly. And while I have filled the role as the Bohem, she is now the beloved businesswoman. She works the classic cuts and pumps and I… I own a pair of red combat boots.  I never thought I’d see the day, but there it is. Red Combat Boots (don’t judge me they’re actually a more deep red and are super fun during the snowy seasons).

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{TASH’S OUTFIT}  Top & Skirt: a.Haley || Coat: Nordstrom || Pumps: J.Crew (here)

So for this post, Tash and I decided we wanted to play with lots of stripes and from there picked out our own looks. I think they both came out so ideal with one being more professional and one being wilder. Tash took a matching striped top and skirt and added a classic coat and pair of black pumps to pull it together. Adding some floral sunglasses for kicks. It is a very lady-like and timeless look, which is very reflective of her personality (Tash has always been the consistent and dependable friend in our relationship. She is the rational thinker and our fearless leader. And then there is me…). I took two oppositely striped pieces and added a lavender hat, chunky black booties, and fluffy vest that my Mom believes makes me look like a Muppets character. This is a more explorative look. Consisting of different textures and pieces (similar to my personality. I am the hot mess. The creative mind that is always in its own world; pushing boundaries and breaking the rules).

I’ve always loved the differences in our style. We just look at things differently and challenge each other. I guess that’s why we have been friends since middle school.

Before I get any sappier about how much I love Tash and become the stereotypical emotional woman: crying all over my keyboard and causing it to crash on me… I’m going to stop typing.

Xoxo, Emily

Snow Bird

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Dress: Urban Outfitters (here) || Booties: Frye (here) || Scarf: Nordstrom (here) || Hat: Nordstrom (old, similar here)

So I finally went back home to Tampa. And after 7 degree temperatures and mountains of snow, it couldn’t have been a better treat.

I started with tanning, promptly turned myself into a lobster, and then dragged my little sister to the mall. For a long time. And apparently the diva gene is not shared between us, because after the first hour she wanted to kill me. By the fifth, I think she wanted to kill herself.

I watched a light die in her eyes before I finally allowed us to leave… and then I made her make pictures of me.

Trust me, she loves me.

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Regardless, it was incredibly successful mall trip. I found SO many things that I wanted for spring, and impulse control reached an all time low. And with the weather warming (burning) my skin, I absolutely had to pick up a couple of things that I could rock while home…

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Naturally, I had to figure out how to rock it when back in Baltimore. And, naturally, I turned to black in order to make this a possibility.

I saw this dress in Urban Outfitters styled similarly to how I’m wearing it first — a light scarf and booties. When I decided to make it winter-wearable, I took Emily’s advice and stole a chunky black sweater from my sister’s wardrobe. While I would go ahead and admit this is in no way warm enough for Baltimore, I will say that this look can be imitated with most of the swing dresses at Urban… and it is so much more comfortable than the jeans I’ve been trapped in for three months.

I’ve decided something — freedom feels like the sun.

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Sweater: Nordstrom (old, I like this one) || Boots: Lucchese (here)

Harbor View

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This is my “I’m trying to be pensive while everyone around is drinking face.”

Cute, right?

Everyone else certainly thought so. There was plenty of laughter (again) on my “model shots”. Some of the jokes made were funny. Some of them hurt. And no, I don’t think I look constipated… all that much.

Despite their commentary, I really wanted to show off my summer-pattern-for-winter look. These pants were definitely intended for spring — I bought them in the spring (wore them with nude wedges and a breezy orange-sherbet shirt). And yeah, they look pretty dope in the spring. But recently I’ve found myself desperate for vitamin D, color, and sunlight. So here are my happy pants.

I was inspired by my little sister, who did this look with gold and white snakeskin patterned pants and a chunky black sweater — yes, Emily, the chunky sweater does, in fact, look better than my current get-up, but we all make do with what we have.

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Jeans:  Citizens of Humanity, old (I really want these right now) 

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These were clearly taken BEFORE this week. Now Baltimore is covered in snow, and we’re supposed to hit -2 degrees tonight. The pants are now no longer enough to sustain my desire for color, so I’m actually going home to Florida this weekend. Which is especially exciting, because Emily and I can finally get a couple of real double-posts.

And take each other’s pictures. Meaning one week of not needing to bribe my roommates.

I’m can’t wait

xoxo, Tash

Working Basics

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Shirt: Ann Taylor || “Dress” Pants: Anthropologie (last season; non-work version on sale here) || Scarf: Nordstrom (here) || Heels: Nordstrom (here)

After starting my first “real” job, I read an article entitled “Why you have a full closet, but never have anything to wear.”

The first few weeks at work had been a battle in exactly that. So I clicked.

The answer? Pretty obvious. Most people tend to gravitate towards special purchases — that amazing maxi dress you need for wine tasting, those killer heels with the extra cutouts that will make your friends cry with jealousy, that beautiful high low skirt that reminds you of something Amal Clooney would totally wear…

Yeah. None of those are so great for constant re-wearing. Your wardrobe is “supposed” to be about 70% basic pieces and 30% interest pieces — yet most of us tend to have wardrobes that are 70% interest and 30% basic. And that is the reason we never have anything to wear.

So simple, and yet so hard to overcome.

After reading this, I set out to streamline my purchases. As in try not to buy on a whim, and think of three different ways I can wear whatever it is I’m about to buy.

From here, I coined the term “fun basics” (or I heard it somewhere. Who knows) to describe the wardrobe pieces that fall into both categories — they go with most of my clothing, but don’t feel “plain”.

To me, these are often studded accessories, metallics, and animal prints.  (I realize I sound like a nineties club-hopper, but in small quantities, I swear these items work with everything).

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And yeah, this post comes right on the heels of our Studdly post with yet another wannabe-Valentino, but if you haven’t already seen these shoes, you need to. The Anneke by Sole Society has a low heel and unobtrusive stud design, making it a great work shoe. And I could rant about the scarf again, but I’ll spare you.

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Crossbody: Anthropologie (on sale here) || Scarf: Nordstrom (here) || Heels: Nordstrom (here)

Above are my favorite “fun basics” of the moment — hopefully that moment lasts long enough to warrant them being basic.

xoxo, Tash

Studdly

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I have worked in retail since… Well since I was 18 and I was at the legal age to work. However, throughout my entire working career I have been a student (a point I make to show I was constantly low on funds). And now that I’m a college grad and in between jobs, I am now even more low on funds (i.e., help me, I’m poor).

That being said, I love to shop, especially when it’s a good bargain!

Enter these shoes.

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Shirt: Forever 21 (also like this one)|| Jeans: Madewell (on sale here) || Purse: Look Boutique || Sunglasses: Ray Ban || Jewelry: Michael Kors, Kendra Scott, Madewell, DKM Accessories

Anyone slightly mesmerized by the thrills and trills of fashion knows that Valentino makes a swoon-worthy pair of strappy, studded pumps identical to the ones above…

“Wait, you mean those aren’t Valentino?”
No!!
(GASP)

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Dress: Anthropologie, last season, altered (loving this one, just not the price; shoutout to Fed Hill cleaners for a great alteration) || Purse: Kate Spade, old (similar here)

Now I have to give credit where credit is due. It’s Tash who actually discovered these and proceeded to buy them, then sent me a picture, (Emily GASP’s), and I then bought them… And here we are!

Every woman loves a hot bargain, and I must say you can’t get better than this one! These shoes are the BCBGeneration Darron Pump sold at DSW for a mere $69.95! Given the Valentino’s are roughly $1000.00 a pair, I’d say Tash did pretty well!

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The studs are slightly bigger and the first strap falls at a different angle, but other than that, these are a pretty good replica — especially given that they’re still real leather and designer quality.

So, do yourself a favor and snatch up this find ASAP. After all, your practically saving money by spending it (at least that’s what I would tell your significant other if they object).

xoxo,

Emily

Black Widow

The title, I know — not exactly the way to sell style. Might as well call it Cruella De’vile or something. Here, I’m single and plan on killing my husband. Then I’m going to buy a coat of puppies. Throw in some veal while you’re at it. But that’s just how I feel in this dress and boots. And I kinda like it.

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Dress: Boutique (similar here) Purse: Francesca’s (similar here) Boots: Michael Kors (similar  here)

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Peek-a-boo’s probably also not the way to sell style, but I really like that part, too. The cutouts and over-the-knee combine to give small peeks of my legs, but still keep everything safely covered. That whole “leave something to the imagination” kind of turns into “spark someone’s imagination.” And, as I’ve mentioned before, I love the over-the-knee.

These particular over-the-knee are exceptional because of the heel. Wear them with black jeans/leggings, and your legs have never looked longer — even longer than nude pumps.

As a bonus, they bring me a closer to eye-contact with normal-sized people… and do so with a square heel. Instead of a stiletto. Sooo much nicer, especially in the winter when wedges are scarce (I have a dancing policy when it comes to shoes. And heels don’t usually cut it).

 

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I won’t go so far as to call them “comfortable”, but they didn’t leave in agonizing pain, as normal heels do at the end of the night… I consider it a win.

xoxo, Tash

Layer Me Pretty.

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As Natasha implied, she has been grounded from the blog for a post or two. Leaving me alone with my thoughts and a closet full of clothes. So I ask myself what I should challenge my readers with next?

Layers. Layers are scary — let’s face it, they’re absolutely frightening. The task of combining patterns, colors, and different pieces of clothing together is daunting (at least it always has been for me).

But if there is one thing I have learned while working as a visual stylist, it is that everything you put together must tell a story. Think of what you wear, and what you put together, as a work of art. The pieces are coming together to create a masterpiece.

So, when you put together an outfit look in the mirror and think to yourself: what is my story? Where is their consistency and what I’m wearing? Is there a consistent color? Do I wish to portray an era: 70s bohemian or the flirty 50s?

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hat: Altar’d State dress: Anthropologie (similar here) leggings: Urban Outfitters coat: Urban Outfitters (hereshoes: Steve Madden (similar here)

As you can probably tell, my story here is black-and-white. I chose a combination of patterns and textures: stripes, checks, and of course the necessary leopard (if you have looked at any of our past posts from this blog, you know that we do not stray from the challenge of leopard as it presents itself. In Tash’s and my opinion, leopard is always a good idea).

Yes there’s a lot going on in my outfit; I have two different patterns and different fabrics. However, in the end it all works because I am telling a story. I have consistency.

If you put a hot pink striped shirt with a yellow pair of pants and a black sweater it would look horrific. I’m sorry if you have happened to wear this exact outfit, but it probably was. Pick a color, era, fabric, or consistency of some sort and go full force with it. That is what makes layers work.

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And remember… if at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

Until next time.

Xoxo, Emily

Flannel & Fur

So this next one was a bit of a challenge.

See, I HAVE flannel and fur — a great vest, a Brawny flannel — but put together, it made me look like a mountain man. Like, I probably wouldn’t even wear it to pick up food in Baltimore, let alone brag about it on a blog.

Well, first I can brag about Emily’s outfit.

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pullover: C. Wonder (kind-of similar here)  jeans: J.Crew (similar herescarf: my grandmother’s (similar here)  hat: Altar’d State (similar hereshoes: Target (similar hereJewelry: Michael Kors Madewell, Kendra Scott
It’s beautiful, and keeps reminding me of something: I want a fur coat. I want one so badly. I think they look so elegant, and are still so functional. The ultimate for style AND comfort.
I love them. I love it.
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Also, I think the fur coat adds a sleek edge to her playful ripped jeans and flannel scarf. Kinda like a mullet — business and party all in one (she’ll kill me for that). She also just looks hot — quite the accomplishment when bundled in layers.
However, if we’re being honest, the doggy and his fur wins this show.

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And then there was me. I had to figure out something so we could get the second double post up — and I couldn’t bring myself to tuck in my flannel and call it fashionable.

So I went with my recent fur find, furry earmuffs.

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Earmuffs: Anthropologie (similar here) Scarf: JCrew Factory (similar here) Purse: Chloe Skirt: JCrew Factory (similar here) Shoes: Anthropologie (similar here)

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And, yes, the color of the ‘muffs are a little off. I wouldn’t have preferred it with this outfit, but I did desperately want to put them on display. Because there are some serious benefits to the earmuffs.

  1. Warm ears and no hat hair. Anyone with thin hair (I feel ya girl) knows what a blessing this is.
  2. It’s just a touch of (faux) fur. For anyone who’s environmentally conscious, it allows you to play with winter fabrics without feeling like PETA’s watching.
  3. They’re different. And that makes them fun. They’re actually one of the two things that have warranted office commentary (and I bask in that shit).

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Anyways, between the cussing and the mullet-reference, Emily’s definitely stealing the keyboard from me next time.

xoxo — Tash