Weddington Way: October Style Challenge

Sarah and I are lucky when we get a chance to be on the same side of the country once or twice a year. These past six months, we’ve been just spoiled with the amount of sister time we’ve been able to spend together. Most recently, we were reunited earlier this month to celebrate the wedding of our cousin, Colby, and we were both honored to stand by her side as bridesmaids! Her wedding day was picture perfect, and the bride couldn’t have been more stunning. Here are a few of our favorite sister moments from the weekend:

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The wedding got us thinking about our own personal styles for our “big day”. I mean, what girl doesn’t dream about her wedding day – or at least make a board about it on Pinterest? That’s how we came across the October Style Challenge for Weddington Way. If you don’t know about the website already, Weddington Way makes planning a bridal party look effortless by curating the top trends and designers on an easy-to-use site.

For the challenge, we were asked to style a head-to-toe bridesmaid/Maid of Honor look, which was perfect timing for us! We began by taking the bridal questionnaire to gauge what style fit our personalities best by answering questions like “structured or flowy” and “what words describe your dream wedding”.

After our showrooms were created, we picked our favorite dresses and created Maid of Honor looks for each other. Yes, when you have a sister, you also get a built-in Maid of Honor for your wedding. And we wouldn’t want it any other way!

Emmy/West Coast Wedding

The words that stood out to me most on the questionnaire were “romantic” and “garden”. Living on the West Coast, there is an endless list of outdoor destinations I wouldn’t mind having my future wedding at. The location that inspired my head-to-toe look was this gorgeous Big Sur ceremony overlooking both the Redwoods and the Pacific Ocean. The style I chose was both romantic and feminine that paired perfectly with bohemian decorations, like a flower crown and Flash Tattoos.

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Dress: Jim Hjelm Style Chiffon/Color 5414 (Sage)

1. A simple flower crown complementing a loose up-do. I couldn’t find a link to purchase the pictured crown, but something like this from Etsy is just as lovely.

2. Dusty rose lip color from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics with a matte finish, and for an added bonus, it’s 100% Vegan, helping me and Mother Nature.

3. Forego the statement jewelry for Flash Tattoos, which are metallic temporary tattoos with unique designs, including this Lena set. And for $20, you can cover your whole bridal party!

4. Neutral shoe with a touch of bling. These are Vera Wang Lavender label, which are sadly sold out, but I love this alternative from Steve Madden.

Bouquet: I know I have always wanted anemones and peonies in my bouquet, and this amazing bouquet from a Gatsby New Year’s wedding perfectly tied the look together.

Sarah/East Coast Wedding

Classic and romantic is the vibe I was going for after completing my questionnaire. I am already a huge fan of designer Lela Rose, and mostly everyone knows that purple is my absolute favorite color, so this style was perfect for my dream wedding day. This elegant shape is a perfect canvas for modern accessories, like crystal drop earrings and killer laser-cut sandals.

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Dress: Lela Rose Style LR207 (Color: Suede Rose)

1. A beautifully crafted sash from BHLDN with delicate flowers adorned with sparkling crystals adds an extra special touch.

2. I love a great lip color, and this easy-wear vibrant shade from Revlon is my everyday (and wedding day) go-to.

3. These neutral Klub Nico sandals have an Art Nouveau vibe to them that still reads really modern.

4. Crystal drop earrings from BaubleBar keeps a simple style with a serious dosage of sparkle.

Bouquet: The perfect blend of purples and pinks featuring my favorite flower, stargazer lillies.

We hope you enjoyed our Weddington Way styles!

Xx, E&S

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Turn it Up Thursday

We love a playlist that gets you pumped up for the weekend. Still infected by the Coachella bug (#Coachellaforever), we are continually discovering new music from the bands we saw in the desert. This collection of songs is meant to get you moving, so if you’re taking a car trip this weekend or going for a long jog outside, make sure you turn up these tunes!

Xx, E & S

Met Gala Monday: Our Favorites

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Sarah’s Picks
Left to Right: Taylor Swift in J. Mendel, Beyonce Knowles in Givenchy, Sarah Jessica Parker in Giles Deacon gown and Philip Treacy, Minka Kelly in Carolina Herrera, Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe
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Emmy’s Picks
Left to Right: Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy, Emma Watson in Burberry, Diane Kruger in Jason Wu, Gisele Bunchden in Versace, Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere

 

 The Met Gala is something that surpasses any awards show, in terms of red-carpet affairs. Elegant trains draped down master staircases and towering headpieces paired with thigh-high boots is something you can drool over once a year. We love when celebrities have a “theme” moment, like SJP’s ode to punk last year, but also when they just have a standout moment, like Emma Watson’s angelic all-white ensemble in 2010.

As you can tell, our Top 5 very much reflects our style and personalities. Sarah channels her sophisticated edginess, while Emmy centers a classic elegance. Either way, we would both kill for the chance to be on the red carpet one day.

Who would make your Met Gala favorites list? We can’t wait to see this year’s red carpet!

Xx, E & S

 

 

Kate Moss x TopShop: An Insider’s View

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You’ve seen the lookbook, the launch party, the lines of people, and now it’s finally here! The highly anticipated return of Kate Moss x TopShop is available in stores and online as of today. There is no arguing that Kate Moss is heralded as an icon in the fashion industry, turning heads with her timeless, effervescent style. Her design collaboration draws inspiration directly from her own wardrobe, so being able to own a piece dreamed up by the British babe herself is enough to sell us.

Even though this is the latest collection in Moss’s 7-year relationship with TopShop, the collections just started gaining more attention stateside after TopShop popped up in the U.S. in 2009. After then, the British brand escalated in popularity among the U.S. fashion community, including a huge partnership co-op in Nordstrom stores across the country.

And we are lucky enough to know a fellow FromVA2CA gal, the lovely Chelsea Stroud, who has worked with TopShop since their storefront opened at The Grove in Los Angeles. We all went to the same high school, and she moved out to California to chase her dreams of a career in fashion. Now a member of TopShop’s elite stylist team, Chelsea has styled everyone from Demi Lovato to Nicole Richie! We were so excited to get an insider’s look at the Kate Moss x TopShop collection from the lady herself, who answered a few questions for us.

Q: The collection is said to be inspired somewhat by Moss’s own wardrobe! Which piece from the collection do you think is a wardrobe essential?

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A: This dress is an amazing wardrobe essential. It will look flattering on any body type. It is something that you will keep in your closet for the rest of your life. You can never go wrong with a white, classy, chic spring/summer dress.

Q: What is/are your favorite piece(s) in the collection and what are a few different ways to style it?

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A: These are my two favorite pieces from the collection, this Leather Fringe Jacket and Suede Runners Short. They are perfect worn together as a set with a classic white tee underneath the jacket. OR you could wear them separately. I would suggest wearing the fringe jacket with a high-waisted pant to show off the fringe and a tight white or black tank underneath. The shorts could be worn with a denim button up shirt (half-tuck) or a black/white tee . As for shoes, I would always go with the staple black bootie. If you’re wearing the shorts with a black tee, I would go with a gladiator sandal in gold- so chic!

Q: Why do you think Kate Moss and TopShop are such a perfect fit?

A: This is Kate’s 15th collection with Topshop over a 7-year period. At this point, Kate is a close friend with the brand and the brand looks to her for inspiration when designing pieces for each season. Kate is English and it’s a really great representation of the brand to have someone from their own culture designing a line with the company. Kate is also a model and a style icon to people all over the world.

Q: Three words to describe Kate Moss x TopShop?

A: Fringe. Bohemian. HOT

Q: Should we be looking forward to another Kate Moss collaboration for the Fall?

A: I hope to see another collab with Kate by the fall but if not- we should definitely see another launch by 2015!

 Thank you so much, Chelsea, for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Don’t forget to follow her @chelsealeastroud!

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A few of our own picks from the collection – we just can’t get enough of these amazing dresses!

Sarah: Left/Right

Emmy: Left/Right

Xx, E & S

Get Movin’ Monday (& Look Good Doin’ It)

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SUP Boarding: 1/2/3/4               Yoga Class: 5/6/7/8/9          Nature Hike: 10/11/12/13/14

The weather beautiful on the East Coast this past weekend, and now it’s warming up on the West Coast this week! We are always inspired to get outside and moving, but without looking like a schlumpy mess who rolled out of bed. And then when we pull together something that is halfway decent, we don’t want to spend a small fortune. Yes, investment pieces are key (see fabulous LuluLemon jacket above), but you can find chic basics for wallet-happy prices.

This post was mainly dreamed up from our obsession with Urban Outfitter’s new venture, Without Walls. Focusing on styles and gear for fitness, surf, and trail, Without Walls makes a stylish, active wardrobe attainable. They also introduce products from smaller companies that are making waves (yes, literally) in the industry! We currently have our eyes on Calavera swimwear, Onzie activewear, and Salt Gypsy surf leggings. There’s a lot to love on the Without Walls site, and you can find their products carried in select Urban Outfitters stores, too. We call that win-win.

Now, for the Get Movin’ part. If you’re looking to add some variety into your weekly workout, or just looking to get out there in general, we seeked out some great spots in both VA and CA for SUP Boarding, Yoga Classes, and Nature Hikes. Plus, you need a place to show off your new workout gear – right?

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SUP Boarding – SUP Fitness Laguna                       SUP Boarding – Surf & Adventure

Yoga Class – SunSpark Yoga                                    Yoga Class – Shockoe’s (ft. SURFSET)

Nature Hike – Peters Canyon Trail                        Nature Hike – James River Park

 

We know the East Coast weather won’t be nearly as nice as last week, so try out some of these fitness videos we love instead!

For a weight-loss targeted Yoga workout:

For a low-impact Cardio workout:

For a full-body Sculpting workout:

Now, get that rear in gear!

Xx, E & S

DIY Sunflower Nails

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Spring is in full bloom! We love this DIY we spotted on our West Coast gal pal, Amanda’s Instagram (@NewberNewbz), so we asked her to share her secrets to perfecting this sunny manicure.

 

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 START WITH THE BASE

If you are just looking for a solid white manicure for sunny days ahead, Amanda said the CND will last about a week on its own. She also swears by the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top coat, saying it gives her a gel-like shine and a chip-free manicure longer than any other top coat she has tried.

Apply top coat after completing your sunflowers (see below for more), and in just minutes you will be good to go!

 

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 FLOWER POWER:

Here is the basic color palette needed to complete your sunflowers.

  • From left to right you will need a black, dark red, orange, and pale yellow polish.

You can pick up any of these colors at your local drug store, and don’t worry about the brand (the cheaper, the better). The orange and the yellow will be used for the petals, and the dark red and black will be used for the centers.

  • You will also need a toothpick (or nail art stick), a couple of micro paintbrushes (or nail art brushes), plastic lids for mixing colors, and a small bowl of acetate.

 

  • Focus on one nail at a time. With each nail, start by creating the petals of the flowers in the light yellow color. When the yellow is still slightly wet, dip one of your micro brushes in the acetone and then the orange to layer the colors. You can even swirl a bit of both the yellow and the orange on one of the plastic lids and go back in with a micro brush for more shading. Get creative!

 

  • Once all of your petals are completed, go back in to paint the centers in black. Using the toothpick, create the fuzzy edges between the center and the petals. Then, use the acetone in the same way as the petals, but this time by shading the dark red in with the black. You can even take the micro brush and layer some dark red spots in the very center of the flowers for some depth.

 

  • Lastly, clean one of your micro brushes of all paint, wet it with the acetone, and gently swipe your brush from the middle of the flower towards the outer edge of the petals, dragging a tinge of the darker hues from the center outwards to blend everything and add realism.

Finish with a top coat of the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top coat and let the sunshine in!

If your toes need some DIY love too, try a few of our favorites from the queen of fabulous pedicures, Goldfish Kiss: Springy Cherry Blossoms or Summery Pineapple toes.

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And thank you again, Amanda, for contributing the pictures and instructions for the DIY. She’s the pretty lady on the left; we were so happy to bump into her a few weekends ago at Coachella!

Xx, E & S

Sister, Sister

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It’s hard to describe how special it was celebrating both of our birthdays together in California for the first time… ever (we were born 368 days apart). These pictures come pretty close though. Sometimes we were making sure to pose just right for our Coachella Diaries post pictures, but most of the time we were being goofy and dancing and having a blast. Sisterly love at its finest!

Xx, E & S

 

Mint Tee Easter Treat

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Happy Easter!

We are excited for a day full of brunches, Cadbury eggs, and most importantly, Easter sales! We snapped this shot of us wearing our Mint tees last Sunday before our final day of Coachella. It’s no secret how much we love the unique design and comfy material of our Mint tees (see past reviews here & here). We’ve worn them all year long, dressed up and down, making them a staple in each of our wardrobes.

And until the end of today (4/20), you can add a Mint piece to your own closets while the entire Mint Clothing site is 30% off! Talk about a real Easter treat. Just enter the code “Easter30” at checkout.

Sarah (left) is wearing the Polka Dot Bikini Girl tee and Emmy (right) is wearing the Mermaid tee.

Have a Happy Easter!

Xx, E & S

Coachella Diaries: Friday Favorites

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Sarah’s Favorites (from Top Left, clockwise): Kai Luxe Mermaid necklace, Brixton Messer Hat in Black, A fresh manicure and iced coffee, Flash Tattoos Zahra Pack

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Emmy’s Favorites (from Top Left, clockwise): Free People Hat, Long Lost Jewelry Love Spike necklace, Bright white nails and iced coffee, Ray-Ban aviators

 

Happy Friday! As our social media pages are filling with Weekend 2 pictures, we are reminiscing about a few of our favorite things that helped us survive our very first Coachella weekend. The accessories, jewelry, and caffeine (make that lots of caffeine) that we love and that made each day count.

Oh, and another favorite thing is capturing a video at just the perfect time. This was taken from the Martin Garrix set on Night 1, which Emmy uploaded it to her Instagram (@emtaps). We wanted to share it with you all, and sorry, Mom, for the language!

Have a great Easter weekend everyone –

Xx, E & S