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

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

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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

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 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

Boho Bottoms

 

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What better way to frolic around the festival grounds than in these beautiful bohemian bottoms? I love keeping my tops simple (a.k.a. a solid bikini/crop top), so I really want to have a fun print in a maxi skirt or pant to stand out. All of these printshave a tribal-floral feel going on, which make for the perfect festival fashions. Plus, I can wear any of these pieces well into summer with a lacy tank or graphic tee.

Which prints will you be rocking this festival season?

Xx, S

Play with Playsuits

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 Rompers, playsuits, jumpers – whatever you want to call them – are the hottest essential for Coachella this year. I always feel so at ease in a one-piece, and it gives me more freedom to pile on the accessories. Even when the sun goes down, I can just throw on a long-sleeve tee and keep rockin’.

Xx, E