NYFW Struttin'

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 My only regret with these pictures is that I didn't get a shot of my beautiful rings (normals, midi, etc, all stacked all over my hands= love). Honestly though, this is definitely my favorite outfits that I've ever worn to fashion week. The top is from H&M, the skirt is Topshop Petite, the shoes are Audrey Brooke from DSW, the bag is Karl Lagerfeld, and the face is my own. 


Venexiana Spring 2015 Runway Show Review

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The Pavilion at Lincoln Center right before the show. The lights and music were unreal and expertly done.
The Venexiana Spring 2015 collection would've knocked my socks off had I been wearing any. It explored different silhouettes, materials, colors and amounts of sequins, yet still remained extremely cohesive. Lately, I have been noticing that a lot of the time when sequins are used, a dress can get very tacky very quickly. Even with a ton of sequins, the Venexiana gowns remained timeless yet modern. For me personally, this collection was all about the back. Low cut backs, sheer paneling, interesting shapes, the back area of the gowns truly was the hidden treasure of the whole thing. Take a look below at some of my favorite backs, full looks and then the video of the finale!










Travel Necessities

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Whenever I go on a trip, I carry a small bag filled with things I need to keep me occupied. I'm sure you all have those too, I call them either my car bag or my plane bag depending on the method of travel that I'm going to be using. While some things may change, most items in my bag remain steadfastly the same, and I wanted to share those items with you. 

1) iPad
Having a larger screen, more storage space, and a bigger keyboard area, I often use my iPad to do work on Google Docs with documents I saved for use offline. Quite often, I just end up listening to music and playing solitaire, but it's the thought that counts right?

2) Mastiha Gum
I just recently discovered Mastiha gum, and let me tell you, you're missing out if you haven't had it. Mastiha gum has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities, and it comes from the resin of a tree in Greece. It's super healthy, as I just mentioned, but it also tastes awesome. You know how Christmas trees smell? That's what it tastes like. 
(Buy it online here) http://www.mastihashop.com/default.php?pname=CategoryItems&cat_id=55&la=2

3) Mophie Case
As my iPhone battery continues to go through a slow and painful death, the Mophie case is my saving grace. If you don't know, the Mophie Case holds a charge and so when your phone dies it has between 1-2 additional battery charges worth of energy stored for use whenever you want. While Mophie was my brand of choice, I've heard many good things about the other brands of phone charger cases out there, and I think that any type is a good choice when it ends up being a huge help.

4) Sunglasses
I grew up wearing sunglasses 24/7 so this one is a given for me. Every person's face shape is different, and I think that it's extremely important to find a pair that fits your face and is versatile enough to wear every day with every outfit. Just remember before you opt out of wearing sunglasses next time- those squints today will be wrinkles in ten years. (scary right?)

5) Vogue
Any magazine really works in this case, but Vogue happens to be my drug of choice. It also happens to be the industry bible, so it's quite important. When traveling, especially if you aren't a fan of long books, getting a magazine with substantial articles can be both entertaining and a good way to spend time where it is abundant and you don't have anything else to do. 

6) Notebook and Pens
I'm of the opinion that ideas can strike you anywhere and you should always write it down, whether you think it's a good idea or a bad idea. Coming back to it later, it gives you the opportunity to think back on your ideas as well as reflect on your thought process. I'm a bit nostalgic in the sense that sometimes I just like doodling or writing on physical paper rather than in a word document, which seems to be the new norm in this internet-crazed world. If you're like me, grab a little pocket sized notebook to carry along with you on your latest adventure. You won't regret bringing it with. 

Backpack, Backpack

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It's hard to find backpacks these days that fit all my needs. Style, lightweight, big enough (but not too big) and of course, not insanely expensive. As a high school student, my backpacks take a lot of wear and tear throughout the year, with the heavy books they carry and being dropped on the ground before every class. I scoured the web for bags that I think are both stylish and could actually fit real books, and here are the results.
$19.80
H: 16"
W: 15"
D: 5"



$32.80
H: 15.25"
W: 13.25"
D: 6.25"


$34.95
H: 11.75"
W: 15.75"
$35
H: 16.7"
W: 13"
D: 8.5"

$68.00
H: 42cm
W: 33cm

$72.00
H- 44cm
W- 33cm
$68.00
H: 31cm
W: 26cm

Erickson Beamon x LeSportsac
$128/$148
H: 11"
W: 10"
D: 5"
This Erickson Beamon x LeSportsac collaboration hasn't dropped in stores yet and won't until sometime in October. This might be helpful if you're trying to hold on to that old backpack but you know it's not going to make it the whole year. Maybe put it on your Christmas list?

All these backpacks are fantastic in my opinion, and I tried to represent a lot of different styles to match up good backpack ideas for everyone. Hopefully, each of you found one you love (even if you have to wait a few months to get it!).

PSA: NO MORE LEGGINGS

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You all might hate me for this post. The side of me that wants a blanket and pillow with her at all times already hates me. Let's be honest, this has to be done. You know it, I know it, we all know it. So here goes:

This is a public service announcement for all teenage girls. Now is the time to stop wearing leggings! Yes, now. Right now. Leggings have completely taken over the wardrobe of most teenage girls, and we understand that there is a reason for that. They are effortlessly comfortable and you can choose anything from basic black to crazy galaxy prints. Let me just inform you that there are other options. There is still hope. If you don't feel that jeans are comfortable enough, let me introduce you to two new types of pants in stores this season. First is the wide legged pant, which gives you room to move while being made out of a usually silky and soft material. It's versatile, but even I will admit that it doesn't work on all types of people. If it does work on you, please take the plunge for people like me who can't wear wide legged pant and rock them 24/7. Second, there is the option of the loose-fitting yet still insanely attractive jogging style pant. Tighter at the bottom of the legs and looser at the hips, with an elastic waistband and soft material, these pants look very nice while feeling extremely similar to sweatpants. Remember the next time you grab a pair of leggings that there are other options out there for you, and that we want to help. You can get past this, and move in to greener pastures (and better pants). 

Will you be branching out this season to other pairs of pants besides leggings? Which ones?

Emma