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

Weekly Wishlist

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Happy Monday! Right now, the main thing I want (need!) is a pair of jean shorts. I don’t know if any of y’all have had a similar quest for an acceptable pair of jorts, but it’s near impossible! They’re either Bermudas fit for church camp, or like seriously trailer-park-short. Part of the problem is that I have this idyllic picture of the perfect shorts in my head, and I’m beginning to think they just don’t exist. Several other bloggers have recommended One Teaspoon for denim cut-offs and I think I’m going to give the above pair a spin! If any of y’all have suggestions on the subject, let me know! Be sure to check out all the other goodies on this little list, because several things are on sale. As you can tell, I’m trying to amp up my summer wardrobe, and everything here would be right at home. Plus, the camera is for documenting it all. I hope your Monday is going well so far, and if not, even more reason to shop.

Emily

Weekly Wishlist

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Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great weekend and a nice Mother’s Day too! My mom and I celebrated with monkey bread from the Willy Street Co-Op, which is the greatest thing to ever happen to anyone, seriously. Madison readers, go get you some. This week’s wishlist doesn’t have a particular theme because I literally just want everything these days, it’s so bad. I basically “need” a new summer wardrobe, so here’s just a few things I’m currently coveting!

Emily

Subtle Sparkle

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a bold statement necklace as much as the next girl, but lately I’ve also been gravitating towards delicate, understated pieces that can easily layer together. I actually think a subtle glimmer on the neckline/wrist can make just as much of a statement. So go ahead, pile on the fine gauge chains and pavé sparkles, they can still pack a style punch! This type of delicate jewelry also makes a great gift – don’t forget Mother’s Day is coming up!  No matter an individual’s personal style, a piece like those pictured above can fit into any jewelry collection.

Emily

Saturday Sales

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Happy weekend!  This was a wild week, so it’s nice to finally have some time to lounge around.  My first full week blogging was a success, but there is definitely a learning curve.  The main things I discovered this week are 1.) Instagram is so weird (why do users repeatedly follow/unfollow?!), 2.) Google Analytics is addictive (hello Russian readers!).  Beyond those things, I’ve also been pleased to receive so much positive feedback and encouragement!  If ya’ll ever have any questions, comments, even critiques, don’t hesitate to email me!

Today’s post is going to be another weekly regular.  Who doesn’t love going into the weekend with some sweet sales?  Here’s my little selection.

1.  This white lace Kate Spade dress is a must-have.  It’s appropriate for so many different occasions, and everyone should have a great LWD in their wardrobe arsenal.  Through Sunday, you can get it 25% off with code DEAREST.
2.  An ID bracelet is the perfect addition to any arm party, and thanks to Barneys Warehouse, this one is a steal!  It’s 18K gold plated and made by Ettika.  Warehouse is offering an extra 50% off all clearance, so this bracelet comes out to less than $30!
3.  I’ve been weary of the bucket bag phenomenon.  They just seem so bulky and awkward, however, this Halston Heritage take on the trend is gorgeous.  It’s fairly petite, but the bucket design allows for plenty of room for all your necessities.  Also, it’s coral, which is my favorite spring color. Shopbop has it on sale for 30% off!
4.  I’ve been feeling this whole flower-child-festival-style look as of late.  It’s not a style I typically gravitate to, but this BCBG relaxed peasant dress has just the right amount of chic to keep you from looking like a Coachella castoff.  Their Friends & Family event I talked about the other day is still going on, 25% off all full price!
5.  Turquoise is such a spring/summer staple, and I pair it with everything come this time of year. These earrings are more reserved than what we typically see from Kendra Scott, but they still provide a pop of color to any outfit.  Nordstrom has them at 25% off, along with three other colors.
6.  D’Orsay flats have been everywhere as of late, but this Tory Burch pair is the best.  They also play into the black and white trend, so two birds one stone, ya’ll.  They’re 25% off at Nordstrom!
7.  This little envelope clutch from Neiman’s Last Call is such a great basic.  I love how the orange piping adds just the right amount of color.  Right now, it’s just $50.  Such a great pouch to take on nights out.

Emily