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}

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

Pinspired: That’s Beachin’


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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

What’s Happening?

Happy Friday everyone!

Sorry we have been MIA this past week – Sarah’s getting settled in for her last semester at school (woohoo!) and I’m still trying to get my new life organized here at my new place in SoCal.

More importantly, we wanted to take this time to thank all of you for the amazing support and feedback we’ve received for being so new to the blogging community. We’re only a couple weeks in, and we’ve already gotten huge amounts of positive reinforcement from friends, family, and not to mention some big blogging idols of ours.

First, we had the amazing Rebekah Steen reply to our post about small steps to getting healthy and staying motivated, as inspired by her blog:

goldfish tweet

Then, we had the wonderful Jessica of Mint Clothing Company reach out with some really great blogging tips after our first Find Friday and then sent this super sweet thank-you note with the latest tee purchase (style post to come soon, promise)!

mint letter

 It’s been a great experience for both of us thus far, and we’re excited to share with you what’s up next.

Back-to-School season is here, which means a plethora of giant September issues (like, seriously, they get bigger every year) and commercials cuing the end of your blissful summer break.

Upside – fall fashion, fashion week stories, and wardrobe makeovers.

We’re working hard on getting some major style posts your way and highlighting some of our favorite shops on the East & West coasts. Stay tuned!

Xx, E&S

Find Friday | Mint Clothing Company

Happy Friday, everyone! This is our first “Find Friday” – which is all about our newest and most favorite “finds”, and why we are obsessed with them! Get ready to fall in love with our much-loved brands, clothing trends, and other little treasures we find along the way, from the East to West (coast, of course).


Coming to you from the Left Coast, Mint Clothing Company creates luxurious and amazing tees for the laid-back lady. A true labor of love from creator Jessica Snyder, each t-shirt has a unique photo that embodies the California beach girl lifestyle (and yes, mermaids). One shirt will make you rethink everything you ever knew about a throw-on-and-go outfit. Being a lifelong surfer, Jessica wanted to “bring to life the magic of living a surf lifestyle.” And just recently celebrating their one-year anniversary (congrats!), MCC is becoming the essential brand for surf girls, beach lovers, and fashionistas all over the country.

goldfish mint

I can proudly say that I am now an owner of a Mint t-shirt, and if I could get away with wearing it every day, I would. All of the adorable images made it hard to pick just one, but after narrowing it down to the “mermaid tee” and “the polka dot bikini girl tee, polka dots won out (plus, Emmy was eyeing that mermaid tee for herself).

sarah frame

Of course, the day it arrived I had to wear Mint out for the night. Just a few nights later, “Polka Dots” made another appearance with a black maxi skirt, turquoise jewelry and a bold lip in Covergirl Eternal Lip Perfection (a Tappen sister staple). That ensemble has become one of my favorites, but the simplicity of a Mint t-shirt gives you the option to style an endless amount of outfits. Even though “Polka Dots” is styled as a female muscle tee (no…not that kind of muscle tee…yikes), it is beyond flattering on the body. Plus, one thing to make you even more obsessed, the sizes! Not a typical small, medium, large, but more like sizes one, two, and three. Yes, girl, rock that size 2!


Top 5 Reasons We Love Mint Clothing Company:

  1. Every T-shirt is designed, and made in California. Yay!
  2. The images for the tees are super cute, with a splash of vintage.
  3. Each shirt has its own unique style with a flattering fit on any shape, plus you got to love that sizing!
  4. I could live in the 50/50 poly-cotton blend that make up these t-shirts – so soft and comfy.
  5. Jessica Snyder! Not only is her passion felt in every stitch, but her own personal style is fantastic.

m is for mint

Find your new favorite tee at Mint Clothing Company and learn more about Jessica Snyder here!

xx, 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