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

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

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.

Basic Cable

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Hi friends, happy Monday! With the weather cooling down here in Madison, it’s quite literally sweater weather, and who doesn’t love a good cable-knit? When I think of the classic fisherman’s sweater, my mind first jumps to being around five or six at my grandparents house. Whenever I was chilly, I would borrow one of several sweaters my “Ahma” had knitted for either my mom or my aunt when they were little. They were the perfect, cozy, cabled cardigans with pretty brass buttons. Though those are long gone, they are definitely the standard I look to when on the hunt for a new sweater. I personally believe everyone should own a great cable-knit, and this season, there’s so much to choose from. It’s anything but basic cable with punchy colors, or fringe, or colorblocking, cable-knit is cool y’all. You can even incorporate it into your look in the form of leggings or even a poncho, whatever floats your boat. If you live in the Great White North, like me, you’ll definitely be requiring a chunky knit to keep you warm all fall/winter, and cable-knit is the way to go. Check out some of my picks in the list below!

Emily

PS: The fringey cable pictured above is 30% off (with free shipping) today only! Wooo Colombus Day Sales!

THE BEST GINGHAM SHIRT EVER

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Isn’t that a riveting title? This is important stuff. Seriously though, this J.Crew Factory gingham has been such a staple top for me all summer and will continue to be well on into fall. It’s very light without being sheer and hangs just perfectly. Sometimes I feel too “buttoned up” in button down shirts (imagine that!), but the collar/placket falls just so on this shirt. Think that disheveled chic look. I’ve been pairing mine with easy drawstring shorts (try these) and my fave Joie sandals. It’s also perfect to throw on over your suit at the pool! A gingham button down is such a great basic for everyone, and this one is a great deal too. It’s only $44.50 but y’all know Factory always has sales, so you’ll probably be able to pick it up for even less.

Emily

SILVER SERVICE

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As I’m sure you’ve seen, boho with a side of 70s is back with a vengeance. Along with these trends comes silver jewelry (shoes too!) and I’m actually pretty excited! There’s something so effortlessly chic about silver and I’m also all about the turquoise that goes with it. I think of John Hardy/David Yurman ads where the model is laid out on a beach or tousled bed with bangles up to her elbows – the ultimate in casual elegance. Channel that look in your everyday life with bracelets, rings, and earrings like those above. I love it piled on thick, especially for summer, with shirtdresses or even just a bikini. I hope y’all have had a great Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

Emily

OFF TO THE LACES

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When I think of something “lacing up” images of corsets and those awful jeans from Limited Too circa 2001 that laced up the front instead of having a normal button/zip fly. I pray y’all know what I’m referring to because I’m literally laughing to myself as I type this. Basically, anything with crisscross ties has been trashy for years, but go ahead and toss those images out the window and prepare to lace up your wardrobe. We’ve all seen these amazing Aquazzura flats for a while now (I literally dream about them), but this trend can definitely be applied to more than just shoes, as evidenced above! Elizabeth and James does it best, with both dresses in the top right. Whether you want to be super sexy in the black dress that channels Balmain, or a little more reserved in the burgundy, with the subtle laced detail at the waist, this trend can work so many different ways. I love that it adds an edge to any outfit and can fit in with any style!

Emily

Sunday Sales?

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 So it may not be the usual Saturday Sales, but work with me here. Not too late to take advantage of some great weekend deals. Bloomingdales is having the “Extra Haute June Sale” (lol), which takes up to 25% off tons of designer faves and wardrobe basics. That’s where I found this citrus-hued Longchamp. We all have these handy nylon totes dating back to high school, but if you’re in the market for a new gym/beach/everyday bag, this one is such a fun pick. If you prefer the classic Le Pliage, don’t fret, several colors are on sale too. Jack Rogers are another wardrobe staple for me, they’re some of the best sandals I own. They’re a great basic to throw on with anything, and once worn in, actually pretty comfortable. Plus, this sunny pair is less than $80, so treat yoself. Now, I can’t really call culottes a wardrobe staple. I rarely like this look, but Alice & Olivia does it right. The look is less stubby pants and more chic midi skirt, so I’m into it. This pair is still nearly $300 everywhere else, but Nordstrom has them for $175…so if you’re in the market, there ya go. Be sure to check out all my other weekend sale picks, as always, click to shop. I hope y’all are having a relaxing Sunday!

Emily

PS: It’s Father’s Day, hello! Hopefully you’ve had the chance to spend some time with your dad today and if not, send them some love…or send them something from my Father’s Day Gift Guide 😉

Life Recap

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Hellooooo! Sorry I’ve been such a flake these days! This past week has been a whirlwind and I’m just now catching up on life! A few days out on the town and your body starts to hate you, I swear. I spent the weekend in Chicago with my best friend, Gabby (aka the brilliant person who named this blog), and our boyfriends! It had been a year since I’d seen her, so it was a much needed reunion. We basically just sketched around town for a couple days and it was the best. On Saturday night, we took in game 7 and celebrated the Blackhawks’ win. Y’all probably could have guessed I’m not the sportiest gal but I got pretty fired up along with everyone else in the Windy City that night! I forget how close/easy of a trip Chicago is for us Madisonians, and I definitely want to spend a few more weekends there this summer. I surprised myself this weekend and didn’t shop too much, which I’m sure came as a relief to my poor bank account. I did, however, pick up this little number on the last day of the Nordstrom sale! I’d loved this BaubleBar gold tassel strand online, so when I saw it in person, I knew it was meant to be. It’s a really fun piece for summer and is a nice deviation from the typical single tassel necklaces we’ve been seeing. It’ll also be a great necklace for layering, if I feel so bold haha. Unfortunately, I can’t find it online (and on sale) at Nordstrom, but it’s still available on the BaubleBar website, so click the picture if you’re interested! It also has a sweet little matching bracelet which might need to be mine as well. I hope y’all are having a happy hump-day!

Emily

PS: The coffee table book pictured is one of my faves. It’s not only great for inspiration but also really helped me outline my style. Get it here.

My New Fave Animal Print

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Hi y’all, happy Friday! I’m headed to Chicago later this afternoon to see my best friend from college and spend the weekend sketching around the Windy City! If y’all have any suggestions on places to eat/drink/shop let me know! For now, I’ll leave you with this little trend I’ve been into lately. I love most animal prints (except zebra, say no to zebra), but especially this speckled dalmatian/cheetah print. I’ve not been sure of what to call it, as it’s more abstract than straight-up cheetah, but not quite reminiscent of 101 Dalmatians either. Regardless, being a natural design, it’ll fit in with almost any look, plus, it’s a fun way to add some interest and texture to an outfit. What patterns and prints do you gravitate toward? I hope everyone has a great weekend, I’ll meet you back here on Monday! Until then, follow along on Instagram!

Emily