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

Warby Mine: Warby Parker Spring ’14 Collection

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re celebrating on the blog today by combining the holiday of love with a Friday Find. When I went to visit Sarah for her graduation in Richmond, one of the first places we visited was NeedSupply (our favorite local shop). While scouring for our usual trendy finds, we noticed a new wall of eyeglasses by the front of the store. And not just your normal run-of-the-mill glasses. They were cool, edgy, fun, and classic all rolled into one. They were all made by one brand – Warby Parker. 

Warby Parker isn’t just a brand that  makes great eyewear; they are a company looking to change the world one pair of glasses at a time. For every pair purchased, Warby Parker provides a pair of glasses to someone in need. Talk about spreading the love!

Sadly, we both have less-than-perfect eyesight, and we have been in the market for new eyewear for what feels like eons. We could never find the right pair that married affordability with fashion sensibility. Warby Parker changed the whole game for us. Not only are they always on-trend with colors and silhouettes, but most pairs run under $100(!).

And their latest collection is no exception. Quoted as being “for every frame of mind”, the Warby Parker Spring 2014 collection is full of styles that fits any style or personality. Whether it’s a punch of color, like the Walker Canton Blue, or a modernized classic, like the Marcel in Plum Marblewood, these frames are perfect for whoever you want to be today.

The best part is, you don’t even have to go to a Warby Parker showroom to try these babies on. You can digitally try the frames on yourself, or should we say selfies. Then, you can choose your top five favorites to be shipped directly to you, for FREE, to make your final selections. And you only pay for what you keep (with FREE returns, too)!

Sarah and I had so much fun digitally trying out our future frames, and here are some of our favorites.

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Sarah’s picks (From left to right): Marcel in Plum Marblewood, Quimby in Aurora, Kimball in Whiskey Tortoise

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Emmy’s picks (From left to right): Walker in Canton Blue, Reilly in Marzipan Tortoise, & Burke in Tennessee Whiskey

What frames do you love? Which would you order? Stay tuned to see which ones we ended up trying out at home!

Xx, E & S

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Friday Find Revisit: Mint Clothing Company

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Six months ago, in the very beginning stages of this blog, we had the idea of highlighting unique companies that fit our coastal states of mind with a “Friday Find” feature. The first “find” was Mint Clothing Company, a made-in-California brand made for the California girl (and the California dreamer). We fell in love with the comfy chic aesthetic of the Mint brand, along with its uber-stylish founder, Jessica “Jess” Snyder.

Since writing our post, we have seen Mint popping up everywhere, from Glamour.com to ABC’s “The Bachelor”. We couldn’t be more thrilled for Mint’s success, and we were even more thrilled to learn that Mint is launching its highly-anticipated Spring/Summer ’14 collection next week!

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Jess has expanded her ever-popular tees into a whole wardrobe of it’s-so-comfy-I’m-never-taking-it-off staples, including maxi dresses, shorts, and classic tees and tanks. The lookbook is full of outfits that instantly transport you to a summer state of mind. The versatility of every piece is undeniable; we can imagine some pieces under light layers for spring and some shining alone with just a few accessories.

It was next to impossible to just pick one “go-to” outfit from the collection because we just want one of everything (and we already agreed we just can’t share). So, after gushing over the lookbook and the sneak peek video, check out how we would style some of our favorites from the Mint S/S ’14 collection:

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Mint Long-Sleeve Pocket Tee (Seafoam)//Sunglasses//Skirt//Necklace//Sneakers

CA (Emmy)

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Mint Perfect Maxi Tee (Stone Blue)//Crossbody//Hat//Sandals//Necklace

For more style inspiration, check out Mint founder, Jess Snyder’s blog or the Styling videos on Mint’s Media page.

Xx,

E&S

Happy New Year (+ Q&A with Tappan Collective)

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Happy 2014!

We hope everyone is enjoying the fresh start that comes with a New Year. Looking back to 2013, it looks like it will be a tough year to beat. As sisters, we have always talked about collaborative projects to start, and this past summer we launched FromVA2CA.

Being separated by 3,000 miles is tough enough, but this blog was a way for us to feel closer than ever by writing posts together. We were able to discover similar bloggers, companies, products, and of course our own voices. And the best part was connecting with other people through the common interest of our blog.

We have rekindled old relationships and sparked new ones, and we want to thank each and every one of you that has taken the time to be a part of our blog.

Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, we have a few sister goals we set for ourselves, and one of those is to see and appreciate more art. We love community Art Walks and museums, but we have been anxious to start collecting some pieces of our own (other than on our Pinterest board).

Last year, we spotted a rad print from the Tappan Collective in the Holiday Gift Guide issue of Foam. It stayed with us because our last name is Tappen (with an ‘e’). So, we researched, we obsessed, and we reached out to the company’s co-founders for the chance to do a Q&A. And they said ‘yes’!

What we love most about Tappan Collective is that the company was founded by two fabulous ladies right out of college, Chelsea and Jordan, as way to get young and talented artists recognized. And they have a fabulous company name to boot. Check out the Q&A below:

Emmy & Sarah: Thank you both so much for your time! We obviously love the name of your company, but why did you decide to start the Tappan Collective?

 C + J: After college, many of our friends sought us out to help create art collections for their new homes. We also have friends who are talented artists, but weren’t necessarily getting recognition from the art world yet and we wanted to find a way to support them. We landed on the idea of connecting aspiring collectors and emerging artists everywhere who favor sophisticated and fresh art to be apart of their daily lives.

We wanted to bring young artists’ work into the homes and lives of people with great taste and a limited budget.

Emmy: Since we’re all about East vs. West here, who are a few East and West-coast based artists you’re really digging right now?

C + J: Tappan Collective loves both East & West. Heather Day out of Oakland, CA is new to our family and she makes the loveliest paintings! Brian Merriam out of NYC, is a recent addition to the Tappan family as well and he does incredible things with the camera.

Sarah: Not a lot of people would think of Richmond, VA as having an incredible art scene. Where are a few other locations you have found with the same surprising/inspiring culture?

C + J: Detroit’s art scene doesn’t get enough attention! Two of our artists: Kelsey Shultis and Doug Galante, are producing some truly inspiring work out of Detroit. In the midst of all of its financial turmoil, the art scene is strong and continues to thrive.

Sarah: What advice would you give to someone looking to start collecting art?

C + J: Collecting art essentially depends on your instincts so trust whatever speaks to you.

Here are some of our Tappan Collective picks we’re dreaming of on our walls:

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Wishing you all the best 2014 ever —

Xx,  E & S

From top, left; clockwise:
Somewhere by Brian Merriam; Alex Knost 1 by Isaac Zoller; Cosmic Dust Particle 2 by Anna Ayeroff; Hemlock by Stevie HowellAgainst the Odds by Heather Day; Horses by Brian Merriam (center)

{All photos property of The Tappan Collective}

Cheers to the Graduate!

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That familiar feeling is in the air – the call of college Winter break.  Another semester come and gone, and the promise of a fresh start in the impending New Year.

This Winter break will be a little different, signaling not only the end of a school year, but school altogether as Sarah prepares to graduate next month!

My baby sister has been slammed with the papers, projects, and exams that come in the home stretch, so I am honored to share some of her beautiful senior pictures. She just finished taking these this past weekend with her best friend and photographer, Sydney, and they completely capture her beautiful inner light.

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I am so proud of all that this lady has accomplished in the brief time she has been a Ram. She rose to the top of her class in Fashion Merchandising (and was hand-picked as one of the handful to meet Tim Gunn during a college visit), and plans to use her new degree to land a job at one of her favorite foamy companies.

Sarah is such a hard-working individual, and I completely believe she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. I just hope one day her aspirations will bring her to me on the West coast! Or we’ll make our own adventure in a new state. Is from VA2CA2HI too much?

It may be a month early, but congrats, seester! I love you so much.

Xx, E

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The Guest Blog Love Continues

So, remember that awesome gal that posted for us yesterday? The super-chic and witty Asia Croson? Well, she has plenty of those wonderful blog posts as a part of her photography page, where you can see both her style and her photography! She is a super-talented photographer that I was lucky enough to shoot with for my college senior pictures last year. I am finally reminiscing over that wonderful day on her blog today, with a few tips and tricks for a perfect photoshoot.

www.acrophotography.com/fromva2ca

Xx, E

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NYFW Trends to Try for Fall

Even though social media feeds are teeming with pictures from London, I am still stuck on the sights and sounds of New York Fashion Week, showcasing the collections for Spring/Summer 2014. Yes, all of this eye candy, and it’s not even available until next year!

But I spied some trends that I just couldn’t wait until the New Year to try, so here are some highlights from some of my favorite shows, and how to incorporate them into your wardrobe for fall.

Beauty Trend | Nicole Miller: 

The Nicole Miller S/S 14 Show was a Romantic Gothic dream with pieces inspired by the beauty of Versailles. The bold patterns, stained-glass prints, and glittery du jour were the perfect ingredients for a luxe holiday in France. But the pièce de résistance – in my opinion – was the beauty look. The perfect balance of bold and feminine, the NM girls rocked a barely there coral eye, rich plum lip, and wraparound crown braids.

How-to for Fall: 

With rich olives and burgundies already on the trend list, a plum lip isn’t too far from the fall color palette. One of my fave West coast bloggers, Gal Meets Glam, recently perfected her own plum lip with a purple stain under a golden-pink gloss coat. I can’t wait to give this a go with an olive pant and easy neutral pullover.

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{Nicole Miller dress & vest//Sainte-Chapelle rose window//Close-up beauty look}

Fashion Trend | J. Crew

With bright hues and killer prints, J. Crew took a cue from the West Coast and revivied a seriously cool version of the “Aloha” print. Always a fun mix of casual and classic, J. Crew gave their audiences a wholly helping of outfit inspiration by juxtaposing crisp whites and clean lines alongside bold graphic elements. The California girl in me was oohing and aahing over pieces like a stylized tsunami sweatshirt and bright matchy-matchy separates. One silhoutte I’m hoping to mimic in my wardrobe this fall is the full skirt and tucked in graphic tee {right}.

How-to for Fall:

Any easy wearing sweatshirt or pullover will do, but I’m seeing some seriously creative ways up the ante for fall. You can go simple with a graphic tee (loving the selection from Lovers+Friends) and blazer combo tucked into a fuller skirt paired with a ballet flat, or go fun and play up your sporty side like this fashionista captured by Refinery29. It’s all about accessories with this one, so don’t be afraid to add some serious glam!

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{J. Crew Wave Sweatshirt//Palm Tree Inspiration//Aloha Tee & Skirt}

Which shows were you talking about the next day? Any trends you might try for Fall, or are you holding off until Spring? Share in the comments below!

Xx, E

Short & Sweet

We’re so excited to share with you all that after long nights of debating, we finally decided on a domain name that perfectly suits us:

http://www.FromVA2CA.com

Our blog name signifies the journey we are partaking in from one coast to another, and the number two symbolizes a partnership in being sisters and blog co-founders. 

So now that the name is so much shorter and easier to remember, we expect lots of sharing and bookmarking from this point out. Ha!

Xx, E&S

Photo Tour: San Francisco

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Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to spend the Labor Day holiday in the beautiful city of San Francisco. I was ecstatic to find relief from the heat and finally try out some new outfits for fall. Continue reading