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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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

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

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

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