A Week in the Life

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Top: Free People (here) | Trousers: Free People (here) | Bralette: Free People (here) | Shoes: Free People (here) | Hat: Free People (here) | Necklace: Free People (here) | Cuff: Free People (here)

Hello to all you bloggers anonymous, my name is Emily and I have a problem.

(collectively, “Hi Emily”)

I like clothes. I like the confidence a great LBD gives you when your going out on the town, or the sheer beauty you feel when wearing an ethereal maxi. Well, as if I needed any more stoking to the fires of my addiction – I have been working in retail my entire life.

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OUTFIT 1   Kimono: Free People (here) | Jeans: Nordstrom (here) | Shoes: Topshop (here)        OUTFIT 2   Dress: Free People (here) | Shoes: Free People (here) | Hat: Free People (here)

I should probably put it into writing that I don’t believe I have an actual problem but I love joking around that I do. However, I will admit that I am good at my job, I am good with fashion. I can see a room full of clothes and form outfits and combinations in my head. I love it! It is like solving a riddle or puzzle: how many ways can I combine these pieces to come up with the best possible outcome of an outfit?

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Romper: Free People (here) | Kimono: Free People (here)

In the past I have worked with JCrew, Nordstroms, and I just started my new job as one of the managers of the newly opened Free People in Sarasota, Florida. I have seen my array of different companies and different styles. And as I hopped from company to company my fashion hopped along with it. I have experienced the simplistic classics of JCrew, the sophisticated modern wear of Nordstrom and the spirited bohemian of Free People.

To be honest, I don’t think my personal style gravitates to any one of these stores in particular. I am a nomad of fashion if you will. I have pieces from all three stores that I absolutely love.

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Bra: Free People (here) | Crop Top: Free People (here) | Pants: Free People (here)

However, now that I am in full swing at my new job at Free People, I thought it would be enjoyable to take some pictures of my outfits to show all you interested readers “A Week in the Life.” Being a full-time manager, you have to look the part when you come into work and not only wear the companies merchandise but look how you think the Free People girl would look. That is the same at any retail company.

So here are some of my favorite looks… hope it brings out the gypsy in all of you.

xoxo, Emily

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Rompin’ Around

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So I realize there has been some serious radio silence from Em and I.

A couple big things happened this week — Emily helped manage her first store opening for Free People (the pics are coming… trust me, they’re worth the wait), and I had some fast project turnover.

I DO know that excuses are like butts (does anyone else seriously hate that phrase? I use it because I get cliche when I don’t know what to say… I know that doesn’t make it any better)… So I wont use anymore excuses.

However, I tend to stress shop, so trust me when I say that outfits are coming.

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Despite the overdue nature of this post, I’m actually super excited about it. No longer are these outfits a far-off pipe dream, but they’re real. They’re coming. There will be green grass, tans, and flirty throwbacks all over our grey, dreary worlds in a matter of weeks.

I feel like I’ve been stylistically cockblocked by the weather lately — creatively frustrated, if you will — and I am so unbelievably stoked.

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I guess I should talk about the clothes, now.

We’ve mentioned it before, and I’m sure you’ve seen it in all your favorite stores, but the big thing for this season is 90’s. Best part? It coincides with Netflix streaming Friends, and HBO working out their solo subscription — so go binge watch some Friends and Sex and the City for your style inspiration this season. Or better yet, turn on some Clueless.

Em and I decided to go full force with rompers, halters, tube tops, and mirrored lenses — the whole gambit. The one thing we both agree on, though, is that you should keep your scrunchies at bay (I’m looking at you, Ann Taylor).

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Hope everyone’s slowly restoring their vitamin D.

Xoxo,

Tash

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

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