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

Teal Time

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I have said it multiple times, so bear with me while I repeat myself (this is for the benefit of my new readers). If you have already read one of my lectures pertaining to the collection of statement pieces then consider this as a road sign. You old groupies and readers can take the condensed route and skip down to where I say “ALTERNATE ROUTE START HERE.”

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Top & Pant Set: The Look Boutique (love this set) || Skirt: Nordstrom (similar here) || Vest: Target (similar here) || Shoes: Steve Madden (here)

Anyway, apologies to all my new readers… I shall start over. I have said it multiple times, I believe in having more statement pieces in your closet than basics. I took that fashion mantra of “70% basics and only 30% statement pieces” and chucked it out the window… and then stomped on it some more.

I love basics, they are wonderfully basic and we all need those in our life to pick us up when the statements have overwhelmed us. But statements are just what they sound like, STATEMENTS, and the more statements you have the less you’ll have to think about what to wear in the morning. You just throw on that statement pant and a basic top and you are good to go! Statements are the fast-food of fashion.

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

{ALTERNATE ROUTE START HERE}

That being said, I love shopping for pieces that are interchangeable. Aka, statements that I can wear multiple ways. These two outfits are prime examples. The outfits consist of one statement top that has two compatible and matching statement bottoms. Then I added the vest and some fun accessories in for good measure.

Simple! Like I said… fast food. And everyone loves fast food.

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So, instead of just buying pieces with one single outfit in mind be sure to find multiple ways to wear one thing. By doing that you will multiply your closet x2 and save yourself some money in the process! Which is always a bonus.

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

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

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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