BOLD SHOULDER

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I’m seriously loving all things off-the-shoulder right now. It’s an almost unexpected way to show a little skin, especially as we (slowly but surely) move to more appealing weather. The silhouette of a billowy top paired with pin-thin cigarette pants and heels is perfection. That said, there’s just something about a peasant top and cut-off shorts, too. Regardless, I think a statement-making top like any of the above can really carry an outfit. Lightly bronzed shoulders and highlighted clavicles are the only accessories you need. Most of these tops are available at Shopbop, and they’re having a huge sale right now! Get up to 25% off items that rarely go on sale. Sizes/styles are selling out, so be quick!

Emily

PRODUCT REVIEW: DIOR CRÈME DE ROSE

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Dior Crème de Rose 

Hi there! Happy Super Tuesday I guess? Do people say that? Anyway, wouldn’t ya know, the day after I talk about how awkward this time of year is, I wake up to snow. I guess it just proves my point. March is weird y’all. Today, I want to do a little product review of Dior Crème de Rose lip balm. While perusing the various and sundry lip enhancing products that Dior has to offer, I bought this thinking it was a lip plumper. I mean the package reads “Smoothing and Plumping,” so I was like “Ok, here’s $30,” because I’m such a practical person, of course. When I didn’t exactly get the Kylie Jenner treatment (but I will when my #kylielipkit comes because I’m nuts and bought one of those too muahaha), I actually did some research, read some reviews, and learned the emphasis is on “smoothing.” This product is meant to nourish and soothe lips, you know, like a typical lip balm. What sets Crème de Rose apart is that it fills in fine lines, leaving lips smooth and full. Though it doesn’t produce the effects of getting shot up with collagen, my lips definitely appeared “plumped” in the sense that they were nourished and looked healthy. It is enriched with Damask Rose essential oil which is incredibly moisturizing and has anti-aging properties. I’ve found Crème de Rose to be a fantastic lipstick primer, especially for matte formulas, as it provides the perfect foundation. I also slather it on before bed for super-soft lips in the morning. So, even though this product didn’t do quite what I expected, I’m a convert. If you’re just in the market for a basic lip balm, you probably don’t need this. However, if you’re looking for a smoothing lip primer that’s also restorative, moisturizing, and anti-aging, put this on your list (and lips too lol)!

Emily

GET INTO THE SPRING OF THINGS

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Spring is such a an awkward season, especially in Wisconsin. Lingering snow sits in sad little puddles while everything it once covered is still dead and soggy (do y’all think I have a gift for descriptive writing or nah?). Basically, it’s just a depressing time of year. I think my view of spring is definitely a glass-half-empty situation. This year, I’ve been brightening my outlook with retail therapy. Honestly, this is probably the most cost-effective version of therapy because copays ain’t free okay people? I digress. There really are so many fun and happy pieces/trends popping up this season. Here is my wish-list!

I hope y’all have a great Monday and Happy Leap Day!

Emily

HIS & HERS: VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

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In case you live under a rock and missed all the heart-shaped crap stores started pushing the day after Christmas…Valentine’s Day is right around the corner y’all. I’m sure a lot of people are rolling their eyes. Hallmark Holiday or not, I’ve always been a fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect excuse to spoil loved ones and yourself too! Even the bitter bitches celebrating “Single’s Awareness Day” need a little love. So whether shopping for your significant other or treating yourself this year, I pulled some gift ideas for both women and men.

Emily

PANTONE NOT PANETTONE

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Happy Friday!  Today, I was feeling some inspo from the Pantone Color(s) of the Year: Serenity and Rose Quartz! No, not panettone, the dry Italian sweet bread they always have in the gourmet foods section at Marshall’s. Pantone is the international authority on color and forecasts color trends. All the maroons and oxbloods you’ve seen this year? 2015’s color was Marsala. This is the first time there’s been two colors, that’s why it’ll be so interesting to see how designers and consumers alike adopt them. Personally, I love Rose Quartz because I view blushy pinks as neutrals. The same can’t be said for Serenity, it’s just not my fave. It reminds me of the dentist or a bad bathroom remodel in 1983. However, I saw a serenity-hued KitchenAid mixer yesterday, so maybe it’ll take off and I’ll be shocked. Pantone took a unique stance this year, stating the two colors represent social issues and changes. Some say they just want to shill more licensed lipstick at Sephora. Regardless, if you’re looking to take these tints for a test drive, do it with accessories and shoes. Less commitment, y’all (well I guess that Valentino is commitment, but we can make an exception).

Also, hop on over to my Instagram! I’m celebrating the holidays (and hitting 2,000 insta followers! what!) by giving away a pair of Kendra Scott drusy studs. Give me a follow and like this picture to enter! For extra entries, tag a friend in the comments on Instagram and/or subscribe for 10th and James updates (look at the column on the right!). Contest closes Monday at midnight, winner announced Tuesday! Good luck!

Emily

GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER

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Happy Friday! Here’s a lil gift idea selection for the beauty guru in your life. Whether it be a coworker or your best friend, there’s definitely something for everyone (and every price range). Most of the products work for all skin types, as I tried to feature universally flattering colors/formulas. Don’t go trying to gift someone with foundation y’all. When it comes to beauty, it’s always nice to give someone something they wouldn’t otherwise buy for themselves. This explains the over-the-top Peter Thomas Roth gold face masks. I hope this guide provides some gift inspiration even if you just treat yourself!

Emily

HOLIDAY OUTFIT INSPO

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Hi friends! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! So, recently, I’ve been gravitating towards a certain aesthetic when planning several outfits for Christmas/holiday get-togethers this month. I’ve featured this plaid midi skirt from Kate Spade before, and I just can’t get enough. I also love it in cream, as seen on that precious little secretary-style shift dress. One of these pieces just has to make in into my holiday wardrobe, and the odds are certainly in my favor as they’re both currently on sale! Using the inspiration from these pieces, I put together a little image map of items that fit the look. If you live closer to the North Pole, like me, you’ll also need a great pair of tights, so go for the mat opaque 80 from Wolford. They are the Cadillac of tights and you have to just bite the bullet and invest. I like the idea of having a few key pieces and then mixing and matching with classic black basics and gold jewelry. That’s my holiday outfit approach. I know, what a concept, groundbreaking. Anyway, I hope you can draw some inspo for your holiday looks too! Tomorrow I’ll be back with another gift guide, have a great Thursday y’all!

Emily

GLAMBOXES

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GLAMbox Petite

Hi, happy Monday! I hope y’all had a relaxing weekend! Today, I thought I’d share how I store all of my makeup/skincare products: GLAMboxes. If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s the same lucite organizer found in every Kardashian “glam room” ever. Never thought my girl Kim K and I would ever have too much in common, but look at that!

I’ve had mine for several months now, and I love it. The notion of ever going back to a normal makeup bag actually gives me anxiety. GLAMboxes are made of high quality acrylic lucite, so they’re basically like a piece of furniture on your vanity. Each one comes with a sliding divider, an “x” divider, and a brush holder. You can choose between two sizes, and if you want a full or partial lid. I chose the full lid, but I like keeping perfumes and other little things on top, so the lid is folded behind. I’ve seen other organizers for a lot less, but nothing compares to the quality of a GLAMbox. I don’t have to worry about it cracking or discoloring, plus it’s just way more aesthetically pleasing than the plastic boxes on sale at Homegoods. Just being real, y’all. It’s also pretty heavy, so when I pull out a drawer, I’m not dragging the entire thing across the counter. This is definitely something I saved for, and invested in, but it was worth every penny. I just got tired of constantly rifling through my makeup bag and eventually just dumping it all out. With a GLAMbox, everything is visible and everything has it’s place. Their motto is “if you don’t see it, you won’t use it,” and it’s really true. I’m not a naturally super organized person, but this product makes me feel like I am. It’s so refreshing to not have such a cluttered bathroom.

In addition to makeup organizers, they make jewelry and accessory organizers, too! I linked some in the widget below, via Shopbop. If you head to their website, however, they’re currently running a Friends & Family sale! Use code “Friendsandfamily” to receive 20% off everything! GLAMboxes don’t go on sale very often, so now is a great time to treat yourself, or someone else, as the holidays are approaching!

Emily

WEEKLY WISHLIST

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Hi! Today, I thought I’d share another #weeklywishlist because, well, I haven’t done one in a while. Also, with the holidays justtt around the corner [eyeroll], my wishlist is getting quite lengthy.

Booties: I’m kind of on a bootie kick right now (wow that sounds like a Zumba move, I hate myself). I’m definitely gravitating towards a bootie/chelsea boot moreso than ballet flats these days. Maybe this means that for once in my life I can say I’m practical. I love leopard details, especially when peppered into an all black ensemble, it adds a pop of something while still being neutral. They’re Madewell, but I was only able to find them at Shopbop. Sizes are dwindling, so I might need to just bite the bullet and snap them up.

Earrings: These Loren Hope statement studs are such a fun little addition for fall. I like how they pack a punch, but aren’t giant boulders weighing down my head. Win-win if you ask me. Really though, I don’t have a pair like them and that rich merlot color is just the best.

Sweater: Don’t mind me, I’m just continuing my current obsession with cable-knit. Carry on.

Primer: This line-item is up for debate because I’m not quite sure what to look for in an eyeshadow primer. I just emerged from another decade, apparently, and don’t have one. I’ve heard great things about this one, from Urban Decay, plus it has some anti-aging magic. If anyone has any other recommendations I’d love to hear them!

Loafers: If a ballet flat and a driving moc had a baby, it might kinda look like these little gems from Kate Spade. What more could I ask for?

PJs: I feel really aggressive wanting these Christmas-y pajamas, like yes – it’s barely November, but think of all the lounging! Loungewear is important y’all, and how can you not love those little Santa gnomes? Also, this plaid pair is a must!

Pants: These Victoria Beckham pants are fabulous. I’m always a fan of gingham, especially in black and white. It’s so chic and stands in a definite contrast to the classic picnic table print. I would love these topped by a chunky knit or all buttoned-up. Also here.

Watch: Not to be trendy, but I’ve been eyeing this Daniel Wellington watch for a while now. Though I love a good “boyfriend watch,” sometimes those oversized timepieces look gaudy as hell. Not to mention, I feel like they overpower my wrist. I like how this watch has that really large face, but the thinner band tones it down.

Sunglasses: I tried these Prada beauties on at the airport Sunglass Hut a week or so ago and I can’t stop thinking about them. I don’t have a pair of sunnies in this light tortoiseshell, which means they’re an obvious necessity. I’m like kidding but also not…

Tray: Who doesn’t love a little crown motif?

Take the edge of your Monday like I did, with a little online shopping. I hope y’all had a great Halloweekend!

Emily

SKIRT CHASER

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I have a seriously dysfunctional relationship with skirts. I don’t know what it is, but I just haven’t found one that I love and would rather wear over a dress. Is anyone else like this? Maybe it’s a lazy thing: you look put together, but it’s just one article of clothing. Throw it on and go. Whatever my issue is, hopefully I’ll get over it this season, because there are so many fun trends for skirts! Once again, the 70s vibes of fall are surfacing with suede fringe, leather, and patchwork. I also love the classic pleats, plaids, and button fronts. The mini skirts are darling paired with cozy knits (like those found in my last post), and the midis looks so polished with a bloused silk top. Check out the widget below for some more skirts that give me hope I can be a skirt person!

Emily

PS that fringe-y little number is linked in a lighter canvas color! The tan sold out.