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)

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

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.

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!