Lumberjack Lady

DSC_4913 Obviously one of the fun elements of fashion is studying how someone else — anyone else — wears their clothes, and then imitating it with your own wardrobe.

That’s exactly what happened here. Emily put together an outfit that balances feminine and burly in an fantastically unexpected way — and I had to copy it.

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Skirt: similar on sale here Shoes: similar here Purse: Rebecca Minkoff (Medium Mab, here)

Before I talk about myself, I have to mention these shoes. Because these are clearly the interest piece on Emily’s outfit, and I had nothing to compare (surprise). Also, they just sold out at Anthropologie, and therefore became a royal pain in the ass to find something similar to.

I dare you to google “pastel pink lace ups” and NOT trigger your gag reflex — I don’t think you can. It’s like reliving some hellacious Hot Topic/ Hello Kitty nightmare — the one I thought had been laid to rest after we all grew out of our Taking Back Sunday days.

But while the plastic-and-glass heeled versions of Emily’s shoes are enough to lose sleep over, this demurred and grown-up version is what moves her flannel-and-leather combo from Library Sleep to Street Chic.

And then there was me.

I kinda had one of those weeks in which you just don’t want to deal with reality, and, unfortunately, I think my pictures kind of reflect that. The whole “working more, and the snow makes me want to punch something innocent, and my roommates won’t go outside, and oh, I spilt water all over my camera” kind of week.

So if you’re wondering about the low-res indoor shots  … what low-res indoor shots?

Whatever. I took the opportunity to make my flannel artsy. See? There’s a book, a coffee mug, and an insta filter.

Artsy.

Purse: Anthropologie (here) Leggings: similar here Headband: Loft  (similar here)

I didn’t have any funky boots to go with my flannel and leather, so I glammed it up instead with a beaded bag and headband. And then I sat inside in my decided-upon outfit because… sleet.

Anyways, I hope that everyone else managed to escape the snow and not break their electronics… Just three more weeks until the March Equinox! Let’s hope the weather figures that out.

Xoxo, Tash

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

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

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

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).

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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