Spring In My Step

    

Yes, yet again we have failed and the blog has taken too long. 

But happy first day of warmth everyone! 

I’m actually writing this in the car, still wearing the same outfit, driving down to Charlottesville. Which means one thing: it’s vineyard season.

And, I am partial to the taste of Virginia grape. Loyalty dies hard.

  

Skirt: a.Haley (great vineyard skirt here) Shoes: Dolce Vita (on sale here) Necklace: Anthropologie (similar here)

In true Virginia fashion, I needed something maxi for my endeavors. But it’s 80 degrees today (I have actually witnessed groups of strangers hi five each other due to the weather), meaning I need a breathable maxi. Because sweat doesn’t go as well with wine. 

 

I hope everyone else is taking advantage of the beautiful weather! 

Xoxo, 

Tash 

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Date Night Options (or Lack Thereof)

IMG_0017 So I’m 23 and single in a city. Which means I’m trying to date — and often in a desperate, soul sucking manner (i.e. bars & tinder).

Because of this, I’ve had plenty of time to find the perfect “first date dress”. Yet it has been far more difficult than I anticipated.

At one point in Tampa, I really thought I’d figured it out with some Urban dresses, especially when my little sister told me one of them made me look like “Marilyn Monroe”.  I spun around, triumphantly declaring it my first date dress.

Isabella pointedly eyed my chest, and, without missing a beat, replied, “Maybe that’s a second date dress.”

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Dress: Ann Taylor Loft (in stores) Shoes: similar here Belt:  Anthropologie (similar here) Clutch: Anthropologie (similar here)

So then I had to find something sexy, but appropriate, and pretty, without trying too hard, and slimming, but simple, and versatile…

I think I finally found it all in this dress. And for anyone with my body type (short height, thicker waist), I highly recommend it. It is the perfect fabric to smooth everything out, but still cinch it in, and it can be dressed up, dressed down, or even paired with a cardigan and statement necklace for work.

I still haven’t met a guy, but I’m in love.

With this dress.

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However, I want to come back to this trying too hard concept.

I have developed the truly terrible habit of Tinder swiping. And I should stop, but it’s so entertaining. And so immediately gratifying. And I realize I SHOULD be absolutely disgusted with what I’ve received… But that would be a complete lie. I love this shit.

I’ll say I’m snarky by nature. And Tinder is a playground for sarcastic jerks. It’s as though a green light is given, and I go from 0 to asshole within seconds.

So, yeah, I’ve found the dress, but I am far from finding the guy. And I would like to show Exhibits A – F in support of this statement. (I know, not exactly standard fashion blog material, but I couldn’t help myself — feel free to ignore).

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Xoxo, Tash

Green & Glittery

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Now that we’ve sprung forward, I think I can officially say… Happy March, everyone!

And Em and I decided to show some of that spring spirit with our glittery greens.

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It finally reached 50s in Baltimore today, but looking at the Tampa throwbacks is making me wish I was somewhere sunny and 75. At the very least, though, the spring partying has begun (thank God).

And in order to keep up with the trends, we felt the need to post our take on St. Patty’s day colors.

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Holiday theme dressing has always been one of my favorite activities (and you can bank on the fact that I’m the obnoxious pincher on St. Patrick’s day), but with work, its a little more difficult to remain appropriate (green tshirts with slogans like “Magically Delicious” don’t really fly anymore… although, they really shouldn’t. Ever.)

So it became even more fun to put together something still relatively  obnoxious (helloooo sequins), yet still adult. Because I’ve been told I am one.

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Shoes: Anthropologie (old, similar hereSkirt:  JCrew (in black hereShirt: Jcrew Clutch: JCrew (similar in green and rose gold hereJewelry: DKM, Michael Kors

In addition to the holiday, this post was particularly fun because it was actually the first post Em and I did together while I was home. And having her mom photograph us was incredible — I can definitely see where Emily gets her sense of design. It was so nice to have someone tell me EXACTLY what to do to make my pictures better (as I have mentioned, the photography part of blogging is the part I firmly dislike).

At one point I was holding one of the branches in these pictures, and she quickly directed me to put my arm down due to “too much pit”.

I’m not gonna lie, hearing Em’s mom tell me to conceal my armpit was a highlight of the day (when WAS the last time I shaved?!?) and I almost lost it. I would’ve been on the ground laughing for the rest of our photoshoot if Emily hadn’t noticed me about to decompose. The camera and Emily have a very solid relationship, and she was able to hold my gaze and keep me calm enough to get in a few decent pictures.

Then Em did her thing and the camera loved her, and I did my best to copy.

DressAnthropologie, old Shoes: Frye (hereClutch: JCrew, old

Ah, well, you win some, you lose some, and  I won enough of them to get some pictures up.

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

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!

{ BCBG }                                                     { Valetino }

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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

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

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.