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Posted on April 24, 2015

XO Rocksbox

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Sweater: Banana Republic (on sale!) // Skirt: Nameless, similar here and here // Jewels: Rocksbox // Clutch: old style, similar here // Heels: F21

When I was in Houston last week, I snagged this XO sweater at Banana almost half off and have been wearing it all the time. I may or may not have slept in it once too, haha. Buying clothes when seasons are changing is the best way to score deals. I paired it with my new Rocksbox set that came in the mail a couple of days ago. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription service where you get three pieces of designer baubles in the mail, you wear it all you want, and then send it back to get a new set. If you sign up now be sure to use code “emmawoxoxo” for your first month free!

I’m off to Tokyo tomorrow and so I’m currently doing some power packing before I leave. I barely even unpacked from Texas, so hopefully this will be somewhat easy. Someone recently told me that the best way to prevent overpacking is to lay out each outfit you’re going to wear, including shoes and accessories, and bring nothing more. I think I’m going to try it this time since I always come home having only worn half my suitcase. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Posted on April 23, 2015

April Beauty Buys

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I’ve mentioned before that I am completely, 100% addicted to makeup and beauty products. So much so that I couldn’t even step foot in the mall during the recent Sephora VIB sale because I knew I would walk away with a crazy amount of stuff I don’t really need. However, I thought I would at least put it my love of beauty products to good use with a monthly haul post on what I bought in April. Clockwise from top left:

1. Flawless Eyeshadow Palette – When I went to Texas earlier this month I came home with a bag full of new products that I sampled during my makeup lessons and couldn’t leave without. I’m in love with this palette because the shadows are like MAC but even more pigmented so you don’t have to layer as much.

2. Biodroga – I had a facial recently and was told I had some sun damage, which immediately freaked me out so I bought the sunscreen she recommended right away. I’ve been applying daily. Since the particular sunscreen I’ve been using isn’t widely available, I also really like the Supergoop product sold at Sephora since it’s non-greasy (I hate that!).

3. Too Faced Blush – Don’t be fooled by the cute heart-shaped packaging, this blush means business. I use the shade ‘Peach Beach’ for everyday and the shimmer is noticeable but not like you just dunked your face in glitter like some I’ve used in the past!

4. Anastasia Contour Palette – This one’s a game changer! You can always tell which colors are your go-to whether you realize it or not based on how quickly you hit the pan, and I’m getting close with the ‘Banana’ shade. I wish I could buy that stuff in bulk! For my skin tone, I don’t use the darkest shade too much or it starts looking a little unnatural.

5. Flawless Vitamin lipstick + lip and lid primer – I didn’t realize all that I was missing until I started using lip and lid primer. Especially on days when I need my makeup to last morning until night, this stuff makes a world of difference.

6. NYX Butter Lipstick – When we were in Texas my mom and I may have gone a little crazy at Ulta, and we picked up a bunch of NYX lipsticks since they’re so affordable.  The one pictured above is in the color ‘Pops’ and it’s the perfect shade of earthy pink that I was looking for.

7. Tarte Faux Extending Lashes – This is the next best thing you can wear without professional extensions or gluing on a pair of strip lashes. It comes with two tubes and it’s super easy to apply — curl, mascara, fibers, and a second coat of mascara. It’s not going to give you the look of wearing false lashes, but I love using it on days when I’m not going for a full glam look.

8. Arbonne Calm Travel Set – I’m leaving for Tokyo and Hong Kong in just three days so this one was a must. Because I have sensitive skin, I don’t like to change my skincare routine just because I’m traveling. I used to put my skincare in little travel sized bottles, but this is so much more convenient. The aloe in this particular product is a godsend and calms my skin right down after wearing makeup all day.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments, and happy Thursday!

XOXO Emma

Posted on April 22, 2015

Black Magic

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Vest & Heels: F21 // Shorts: Alice + Olivia // Earrings: Lisi Lerch c/o // Sunnies: Quay // Bracelet: J Crew // Lips: Too Faced Melted in Berry

I’ve never believed that good style has to come with a crazy price tag. I love nice things and splurging is just necessary once in a while, but I also get a thrill out of searching ‘fast fashion’ stores high and low to find some pieces that look like they cost five times as much. I found this vest and thought it would be perfect for daytime blog meetings and even dinner or drinks with black skinny jeans. I pulled the whole outfit together with my new Lisi Lerch earrings that I have seriously been wearing on repeat. This black pair matches nearly all of my outfits, and the best part about this line is the wide range of fun, bright colors available. You can view their new for spring items here. Hope you’re all having a happy Wednesday!

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XOXO Emma

Posted on April 21, 2015

Favorites From the Saks Friends and Family Sale

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I’m loving all of the spring sales lately and Saks is no exception. I especially love their accessories and will be picking up a few items I’ve been lusting over lately including the sunnies, bag and sandals above. Use code FRNFAM to save 30% and 20% on jewelry, ending April 27. Happy shopping!

Posted on April 20, 2015

Summer White

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Jumpsuit: Florencia Arias c/o // Clutch: Saint Laurent (in stores or similar here) // Sunnies: Ray Ban // Wedges: F21 (similar here) // Earrings: Bauble Bar (similar here)

One of the best things about blogging is having a chronological fashion diary of what you’ve worn over the years. I learn a lot about my personal style just by looking through old posts, and sometimes I can’t believe what I once thought looked amazing! But hey, style is an evolution, right? One of the the many things I’ve learned is to never underestimate the power of a jumpsuit. Every time I find one that I love, I snag it, because they’re so versatile. You can wear it with flat sandals on vacation, dress it up with heels for a date night or even throw a leather jacket over it. When I’m running late for something or hit snooze one too many times, there’s a 99% chance I’m reaching for a jumpsuit.

My jumpsuit in this post is by Florencia Arias, an Argentinan-born and Hawaii-based designer whose line draws inspiration from Latin culture and modern trends with touches of Honolulu’s tropical lifestyle. I’m head over heels for her new Summer 2015 collection and not only are the styles to die for but the fabric used is so light and perfect in this Hawaiian heat!

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