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!

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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

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

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

Coachella Diaries: Day 3

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Waking up on the final day of the festival was bittersweet. We were excited to see the final set of performers, but so bummed to face the real world the following day. An early Starbucks run was a must before the long day of festivaling, packing, and driving, so we visited the El Paseo Shopping district in Palm Desert for a hearty brunch and some window shopping. Then, we geared up for one more great day at the grounds!

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Outfit Details

EMMY (TOP): RAY-BAN AVIATORS, STONE COLD FOX x BEACH RIOT BIKINI TOP (OLD, SIMILAR HERE), VINTAGE KIMONO, URBAN OUTFITTERS SHORTS (OLD, SIMILAR HERE), HAND-PAINTED WHITE VANSLONG LOST JEWELRY LOVE SPIKE NECKLACE, HANDCRAFTED BOUTIQUE NECKLACE
SARAH (BOTTOM): URBAN OUTFITTERS SUNGLASSESNASTY GAL TOP (ON SALE), ONE TEASPOON SHORTS, URBAN OUTFITTERS SNEAKERSKAI LUXE MERMAID NECKLACE, HANDMADE RICHMOND NECKLACE

The hot and clear Day 3 (with no wind, yes!) called for comfortably cute sneaker ensembles. Emmy was dying to wear her white Vans that she painted for 4th of July last year, which she dressed up with a fringe bikini top and sheer kimono. Sarah rocked her own fringe festivalwear with dark cut-off shorts and brightly colored sneaks. The fringe looks even better when jumping, don’t ya think?

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Who We Saw

It seems like we always start the day with a more mellow band, and Sunday was no different with a fun set from Frank Turner. If we were to describe his musical style, it would be a cross between Flogging Molly and Mumford & Sons, which sounds like a great musical pairing to us! We then danced away to the upbeat tunes of The 1975, and headed over to the Krewella tent. An EDM set during the daytime was definitely an interesting experience, since you’re not getting the full effect of the lights, but Krewella’s crazy talented girl duo made up for it. After Krewella, we made our way back outside to The Naked and Famous, whose dreamy melodies had us swaying. Our last performed of the night was Calvin Harris, and we wanted to have the best experience in the front (like, the VERY front), so we sat and held our seats for almost an hour. When he finally hit the stage, the music was so loud that our bodies were literally one with the beat. When he shot off fire and pyrotechnics, we could literally feel the heat on our faces. And then when the confetti shot out of the stage at the end, we were swimming in red hearts. It was loud and crazy, but in the best possible way. If you’re heading out to bands on Day 3, make sure to see Krewella, The Naked and Famous, and Calvin!

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Xx,

E & S

until next year

Coachella Diaries: The Dos & Don’ts

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After reading plenty of blogs and receiving some great advice from friends, we felt that we were overly prepared for the festival weekend (if that’s possible). Some pieces of information we somewhat ignored and thought we could get away with, like leather pants, black ANYTHING, and sandals. But we very quickly learned that some advice was spot-on and other words of wisdom were there to make our Coachella experience the best it could be.

 

Do List:

FLOWER CROWN: Our advice – make one, don’t buy one! Seriously a must, when else do you get to channel your inner flower child so freely? Check out some DIY’s here and here.

FASHIONABLE FANNY PACK/CROSSBODY: You thought the fanny pack was dead, but it is alive and well at Coachella. Neon, Designer label, Boho styles – you can really find a fanny (pack) that really suits your festival wear. Or, if you think they should stay in the past, opt for a crossbody. Just keep your hands free! No one likes to break it down with a huge backpack or purse in the way.

SNEAKERS/CLOSED TOED SHOES: You will thank us if you plan on taking on the EDM tents. We know you feel more with Mother Earth in your barefeet or more hippie in lace-up sandals, but for your own comfort and safety, cover up those toes! Coachella is a three-day, ALL day event and you will be standing for most of it…or dancing/running/cartwheels/hula hooping etc. Keep your feet happy and you will stay happy too!

CREATIVE GROUP EMBLEM: If you are going in a big group, having your own unique “thing” is a must. Something you can see high in the air or lighting up at night (or both), so that if anyone gets separated, the Minion on a stick will guide you home!  Remember: Anything goes! Giant flags, Cut-outs of lead singer’s faces, stuffed animals, pool noodles, etc.

SHORTS, ROMPERS, OR DRESSES WITH SHORTS: The desert heat is no joke and neither is the amount of sweating you will encounter! To get those carefree vibes, wear comfortable, yet cute, clothing, especially bottoms. Emmy wore a romper on the first day, and many people comment on a “bathroom situation”, but honestly I slipped the whole thing down my body, and was good to go (literally).

B.Y.O.W.B. (BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE): This one’s a biggie: HYDRATE! Coachella provides a couple of water stations for refilling bottles, so why not save some money and get a great new water bottle as another practical accessory! Remember, no metal bottles are allowed into the festival, so make sure you rock that BPA-free plastic.

FLASH TATTOOS: We mentioned the Flash Tattoos in our Day 2 Diary Post, but we saw these babies everywhere at Coachella (even on the fellas!). Add them to real jewelry, or show them off solo. We loved seeing all the creative placements and ways people wore their Flash Tats.

-BANDANNA/SCARF: Unless you want to experience #Dustchella with an exposed face, don’t forget to bring something that will cover up your nose and mouth in case the sand strikes again!

-HAT/SUNGLASSES/SUNSCREEN: Two words – Desert. Sun. Need we say more?

Read on for our “Don’ts” list!

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Coachella Diaries: Day 2


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We hope you guys enjoyed our post from Day 1! We were slow to get out of bed the following day due to our aching backs and feet, so we started with an early breakfast at a cute French bakery and a little dip in the neighborhood pool. The weather was significantly cooler than Day 1, and there was a wind advisory, so we packed our scarves just in case. Little did we know that we would be attending #Dustchella several hours later (more on that below).

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Outfit Details

Sarah (top): Brixton Messer Hat in Black, Ray-Ban Aviators, Asos top, Urban Outfitters shorts, Vans sneakers (old, similar here), Kai Luxe MERMAID necklace, Lightning Bolt necklace
Emmy (bottom): Handmade flower crown, Urban Outfitters sunglasses, Urban Outfitters dress, Seychelles boots, Long Lost Jewelry Love Spike necklace, Vanessa Mooney Pretty Girls necklace

 

Sarah mixed a fun sneaker with edgy high-waisted shorts and a black fedora style hat, and Emmy dressed down her feminine frock with playful cut-out booties. We also kept our accessories simple, but wanted something extra special to stand out in the desert. Enter Flash Tattoos. These metallic, jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos are the perfect way to layer on the bling without worrying about bulk or heat. We bought the Zahra pack for the festival. You can see them featured on Emmy’s shoulder blade in the bottom left frame of the Outfit collage and Sarah’s wrist in her close-up picture on the Top collage. Definitely a must for any accessories lover!

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Who We Saw

We were pretty accustomed to the layout of the grounds by Day 2, so we were ready for another day jam-packed with bands. We started off with a mellow set from the crazy-talented City and Colour, and kept our spots for the highly-anticipated set from Kid Cudi, which did not disappoint! We took a few breaks for food and water, and then came back for the Foster the People set, which is one of our favorite bands to see live. Then, we ran over to catch the end of Sleigh Bells set before Pharrell. We’re sure you read about all of the craziness that happened with his 5 GUEST PERFORMERS: Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Diplo, Snoop Dogg, AND Gwen Stefani! Due to the winds, they had to keep many of the jumbo screens lowered, which was a bummer because there were so many celebrities in one place. We have no idea what Pharrell will have in store for Weekend 2, so you have to go see him, Kid Cudi, and Foster the People in your Day 2 events. 

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#Dustchella

One thing we did not foresee in our Coachella packing list was a bandanna. In the Day 1 EDM tents, we saw plenty of people with bandanas covering their faces, and we just figured they were making a fashion statement. Once we started having coughing fits, we realized that all of the jumping and dancing in one area creates a mini dust storm. So, for Day 2, we packed our scarf and bandanna planning to only use them in a tight-packed crowd. But the wind was so strong throughout the grounds, that there was dust flying all over our faces and into our eyes, nose, and mouth. Regular festival-goers said wind that strong was rare, but we ended up walking around looking like the picture above regardless. By the time we got a good look at each other in regular light, our faces were shaded by the light brown dust. Nothing another long shower couldn’t fix! But another tip would be to definitely pack a bandanna in your day bag – you never know how quickly the weather will change.

Check back tomorrow for our final day details!

Xx, E & S

Coachella Diaries: Day 1

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We’re really starting to feel the tinge from our post-Coachella blues. Three days of nothing but music, peace signs, and palm trees can really transport you to a vacation-like mindset. The best part about today was getting to upload 500+ of the pictures taken over the weekend and relive all of the fun through these snapshots in time. Since this was our first Coachella, we wanted to overview each day’s details, fashions, and performers to not only help us for next year, but to also give some insight to the Weekend 2 attendees! Day 1 was the longest, but it was also Emmy’s birthday, which made the day that much more special. It was also a scorcher in terms of weather, but the clouds and light breeze made for a perfect evening full of amazing acts!  Continue reading

Pumped-Up Kicks

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I thought the title was appropriate with Foster the People playing at Coachella this year. With concerts running from morning until midnight, I want to be able to walk the festival grounds all day without my feet becoming a sunburned, blistery mess. Fashion sneakers are the perfect way to keep things casual, but still fun and fashionable. I would pair any of these with denim cutoffs and a band tee. I’m going to pick up more than a few pairs at Urban Outfitter’s Spring Mix Sale – all shoes are 25% off (including those cute laser-cut Jeffrey Campbell sneaks)!

Which fashion sneakers would you wear at Coachella?

Xx, S

Leather is Better

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 Coachella isn’t just for the boho-vintage-hippie-flowery kings and queens. We’re talking about one of the biggest music festivals on the West Coast! With performances from HAIM, Queens of the Stone Age, Foster the People, Bastille, and CHVRCHES in the line-up, you need an outfit that will play up your inner rock groupee. This mix of summer leather pieces lend an edgy, sexy vibe to a flowy maxi skirt, or highlight a bold print for an all-out rocker look.

What are your favorite summer leather pieces?

Xx, E