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


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:


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!



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.


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


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.


Xx, E

acro collage 

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:


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

An Ode to FOAM!


Do you ever find yourself completely engulfed in every article and every page of a magazine? Like, starring and bookmarking and re-reading pages until they were splitting apart? Well, that actually did not happen to us very often. At least, not until FOAM magazine entered our lives.


Headed by the stylish and courageous Sari Tuschman {above}, (F)ashion (O)cean (A)rt (M)usic magazine caught Sarah’s eye when she was browsing through the daily Refinery29 articles. Even though the article is now more than a year old, the pictures of Sari struck Sarah as a perfect portrayal of surfer chic. The passion Sari exuded about her publication and the humbleness in her responses had us signing up for subscriptions within days. Even now, one of the quotes she gave in that article still sticks with us: Continue reading

Pinspired: That’s Beachin’


{click the image or here to go to our Pinterest page}

We read somewhere that Pinterest is the girl’s perfect video game. And, seriously, what did we do before the days of boards and pins?

With two personalities encompassing one Pinterest page, we have some boards that are a little more Sarah and others a little more Emmy. But the one board that is equal parts sister is our That’s Beachin’ board – dedicated to all things salty.

And since we refuse to admit that any season comes after summer, our board will have you daydreaming of palm trees and perfect waves. Hopefully you can get your bums in the sand this weekend, or at least get a little extra relaxation during the long weekend.

Enjoy, and follow us! Xx, E&S

First post

A first post is a big thing for a blogger. It’s like placing a newborn baby in front of the world, and hoping you’re not the only one who thinks he/she is adorable (serious props to Kate Middleton). So, world, my sister and I present to you our collaborative blog, FromVAtoCA.

Hopefully, the title hints (subtly, of course) that there was a move from Virginia to California at one point. My sister and I grew up on the coast of Virginia, and I (Emmy) moved to Central California for college. Hating the 2700 mile divide, we talked almost daily about the coastal differences in culture, fashion, and surf, among many of our other interests.


Now we find ourselves on the precipice of “adult life” and facing a lot of change. It seems like right out of college, every decision will be the biggest of your young life. What will my first job be? Am I going to love where I live? Where I work? Where will I be in the next five years? 10? (Those last few are the WORST.)

But I am more than grateful to have my sister here through all of it, and I hope know she would say the same.  So, we decided to make our normal conversations about the coasts public (with a little more organization, of course).

We both love fashion, and that is probably the most distinct difference we have. She (Sarah) mixes bold with classic pieces, and throws in a little bit of edge – think a strong-colored sheath with a crisp white leather vest. I’m a little more laid-back bohemian with my glam moments – like an ikat print ankle pant with a perfectly cut white tee. She loves the designers; I love the stores, but we both love the clothes.


Another thing we both adore is the ocean. We have always been close to a coastline, and nothing clears our heads faster than toes in the sand. Sarah is the surfer girl of the family, and I am the beach-chair cheerleader (side note: I used to surf, but haven’t gotten much time in on the West Coast. And the water is a bit chilly.) But the adventurous callings of the sea is one of our biggest inspirations, as well as the women who answer back. All hail, surfer girls.

Here’s a little taste of what’s to come: 

– Summer Surf Events (US Open/ECSC)

– Our favorite brands (East and West-coast based, respectively)

– Alliterative weekly posts that are absolutely not over-used (Tuneage Tuesday, Worthy Women Wednesday, Find Friday)

– Style inspirations

– DIY’s

And on that note, we’re still taking requests.

xx, E&S