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

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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 Bound!

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Spring is here, which can only mean one thing for us West Coasters. Coachella is upon us! Well, actually make that two things. Coachella and the birthdays of FromVA2CA (April 11 & April 14). And amazingly enough, they both happen to fall on the same weekend! Best. Birthdays. Ever.

Yes, both sisters are headed to the desert this year for Coachella Weekend 1. As first-timers, our planning has been a little excessive, but we really can’t hide our excitement. The music, the atmosphere, and of course, the fashion! Indio the perfect place to let your inner flower child shine.

It is a little difficult planning your Coachella outfits when your sister lives on the opposite coast of the U.S. So, we collaborated a mini must-have list to stock our suitcases with festival essentials.

Every weekday we will be featuring a new must-have leading up to Sarah’s arrival from the East Coast (woohoo!). Even if you’re not heading to Indio this year, these pieces will have you channeling your inner boho goddess for Spring and Summer.

Check back on Monday for more!

Xx, 

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:

VA (Sarah)

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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

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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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

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:

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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)!

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 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