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

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Lumberjack Lady

DSC_4913 Obviously one of the fun elements of fashion is studying how someone else — anyone else — wears their clothes, and then imitating it with your own wardrobe.

That’s exactly what happened here. Emily put together an outfit that balances feminine and burly in an fantastically unexpected way — and I had to copy it.

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Skirt: similar on sale here Shoes: similar here Purse: Rebecca Minkoff (Medium Mab, here)

Before I talk about myself, I have to mention these shoes. Because these are clearly the interest piece on Emily’s outfit, and I had nothing to compare (surprise). Also, they just sold out at Anthropologie, and therefore became a royal pain in the ass to find something similar to.

I dare you to google “pastel pink lace ups” and NOT trigger your gag reflex — I don’t think you can. It’s like reliving some hellacious Hot Topic/ Hello Kitty nightmare — the one I thought had been laid to rest after we all grew out of our Taking Back Sunday days.

But while the plastic-and-glass heeled versions of Emily’s shoes are enough to lose sleep over, this demurred and grown-up version is what moves her flannel-and-leather combo from Library Sleep to Street Chic.

And then there was me.

I kinda had one of those weeks in which you just don’t want to deal with reality, and, unfortunately, I think my pictures kind of reflect that. The whole “working more, and the snow makes me want to punch something innocent, and my roommates won’t go outside, and oh, I spilt water all over my camera” kind of week.

So if you’re wondering about the low-res indoor shots  … what low-res indoor shots?

Whatever. I took the opportunity to make my flannel artsy. See? There’s a book, a coffee mug, and an insta filter.

Artsy.

Purse: Anthropologie (here) Leggings: similar here Headband: Loft  (similar here)

I didn’t have any funky boots to go with my flannel and leather, so I glammed it up instead with a beaded bag and headband. And then I sat inside in my decided-upon outfit because… sleet.

Anyways, I hope that everyone else managed to escape the snow and not break their electronics… Just three more weeks until the March Equinox! Let’s hope the weather figures that out.

Xoxo, Tash

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)

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

Black Widow

The title, I know — not exactly the way to sell style. Might as well call it Cruella De’vile or something. Here, I’m single and plan on killing my husband. Then I’m going to buy a coat of puppies. Throw in some veal while you’re at it. But that’s just how I feel in this dress and boots. And I kinda like it.

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Dress: Boutique (similar here) Purse: Francesca’s (similar here) Boots: Michael Kors (similar  here)

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Peek-a-boo’s probably also not the way to sell style, but I really like that part, too. The cutouts and over-the-knee combine to give small peeks of my legs, but still keep everything safely covered. That whole “leave something to the imagination” kind of turns into “spark someone’s imagination.” And, as I’ve mentioned before, I love the over-the-knee.

These particular over-the-knee are exceptional because of the heel. Wear them with black jeans/leggings, and your legs have never looked longer — even longer than nude pumps.

As a bonus, they bring me a closer to eye-contact with normal-sized people… and do so with a square heel. Instead of a stiletto. Sooo much nicer, especially in the winter when wedges are scarce (I have a dancing policy when it comes to shoes. And heels don’t usually cut it).

 

DSCN2039 I’m actually pretty serious about this policy. Normally I wear heels to the pregame, and change to something more practical before going out (I figure drunk people aren’t going to appreciate my heels in the dark, anyways). However, these heels stood the party-test (4″ Michael Kors square heel).

I won’t go so far as to call them “comfortable”, but they didn’t leave in agonizing pain, as normal heels do at the end of the night… I consider it a win.

xoxo, Tash

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

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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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!