Thursday, August 30, 2018

My Top 10 Fall Clothing Must-Haves

Hey FAM! I am so happy I put out the: "what type of blog posts do YOU guys want to read/see" on my IG story because I got so many good responses & suggestions & I thought I'd go with this one this week! My top 10 Fall clothing must-haves as of late. I know that I am absolutely horrible at actually sitting down to write blog posts vs. just utilizing my IG as an outlet for my outfits/fashion/beauty/lifestyle tips - but I do actually enjoy sitting down to write so I am hopeful I can whip out a few goodies for ya'll this season!

If you guys have been following me for a while (or just know me in general) you know that I absolutely LOVE the Fall season. 75-80% (no joke) of my wardrobe is Fall/Winter clothing - being that I live in MinneSNOWta I get pretty dang excited for chunky knit sweaters & thermals. I am a HUGE fan of Summer, I always get pretty sad when she decides to leave us, but I really do love every aspect of Fall. Crisp air, cozy sweaters, crockpot soup, Halloween (might be my favorite holiday), pumpkins, candles, YUP. I'm into it. Fall bucket list for another blog post? That could be fun!

Oatmeal Cardigan c/o Magnolia Boutique: linked {here}

My top 10 must-have clothing items for the upcoming Fall season:

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1. Oatmeal/Cream/White Cardis

via Cella Jane Blog

My current favorite! (as pictured in photos above) this Oatmeal cardi from Magnolia Boutique! I LOVE the fit & length of this cozy #! Going to pair it with pretty much everything this Fall.

I actually can't believe how many of this color cardigans/sweaters I have in my closet right now. I always veer towards this color when buying them! It literally goes with everything! I am particularly loving the duster cardi trend right now, as well as the chunky/bubble sleeve trend for sweaters. So cute!

2. Camo Pants

via Alyson Haley Blog

Never really thought I'd be into this, but here we are, & I am buying my first pair of camo pants. I am particularly in to the joggers, but the straight legged skinnies look amaze too! Love to see these paired with a neutral tee & jean jacket &/or cardi & black or white kicks.

3. Knit Thermal Button Ups

via Pinterest

These tops are ALL over right now & they look so effortless & cozy! I love the fact that you can wear them loosely, tucked in, or (my favorite) tied in the front. Suitable pajamas? yes please!

4. Suede/Corduroy Skirt

via A Southern Drawl Blog

These were all the rage last year, & I still consider them to be in now. I love the spin I've seen on them lately! So many cute styles out right now. I've always loved the brown/neutral colors when it comes to these staple go with anything skirts.

5. Knot Back Sweaters

via Southern Curls & Pearls Blog

These are so cute & comfy! I love the fact that you can wear them forwards or backwards for a different look. I just got one with stripes & I want to live in it! They can be played off for a night out as well if you wear it with a lacier intimate or off the shoulder.

6. Over the Knee Boots

via Pinterest

THANK THE LAWD these aren't out of style because 1. I'm obsessed with them & the length they give to my short torso & legs, 2. I bought like 6 pairs last year & I really wanted to be able to wear them again, lol. I will literally wear an OTK with absolutely anything, whether it be jeans, a skirt, dress, you get the picture. I LIVE in these. My favorite color seems to be more of a neutral/beige, but I also love my black pairs as well!

7. Color Block Sweaters

via Daily Shea Leigh Blog

I have been seeing so many of these lately & I am not mad about it! I particularly love them in any neutral tone, but even the bright colors catch my eye! So cute.

8. Sneaker Wedges

via Living My Best Style Blog

Ok I have yet to find THE PAIR yet, but I am absolutely loving this trend right now! For shorties like me, these sneaker wedges are to die. I love that they can be dressed up or down, & that I'd have the option to wear a wedge & still rock sweats on a day out for errands. NEED.

9. Girlfriend Jeans

via Mind Body Swag Blog

These are such a staple because they are loose fitting jeans but yet have a chic/sexy edge to them. I love all of the distressed pairs on the market right now! Definitely pairing these with bodysuits/chunky cardis & heels for dinners out this Fall.

10. Blanket Scarf

via Pinterest

Always. Always. Always a staple. Can't get enough of blanket scarves. They literally can add something to any outfit, not to mention give you that extra layer to keep on or off depending on the weather! I've always been a fan of the plaid printed pieces.

There we have it! My top 10 Fall clothing must-haves for this upcoming season. I can't wait to see the trends that play out over NYFW! My style & thoughts on upcoming pieces is so ever-changing. Stay tuned for all of my Fall outfits on my Instagram - especially my OOTD's! Have a happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

XX BBs. Emily.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to Rock Crops & My Weekly Workout Routine

PC: Kellie Rae Studio

Tie Front Striped Pants | Lace Crop Top: Vici Dolls

HeyAll! I shot out a poll on my IG story asking what blog post you all would most like to read - & I had an overwhelming amount of "weekly workout routine" requests - so here it is! A little week in the life of my workouts, definitely give or take depending on the week, my work schedule, & my level of motivation. ;)

I also wanted to give a little "how-to" when it comes to crop tops - becuz for me they are one of my favorite Summer pieces to wear in a mix of different ways & I feel like I have been incorporating them into a lot of different outfits. I know for some gals they might just not be your thing, but I think for a lot of women - if they found out a mix of different ways to rock one (without really feeling or looking like you are rocking one), you might be more amped to buy & pair with a variety of different pieces! You can pretty much make the decision of going full coverage (yes you can be fully covered with a crop top), showing a small amount of skin, or a lot of skin. I usually tend to pair with high waisted shorts/jeans to show a sliver of skin - but I am also really loving the 2 piece set look right now! For example (pulled from some of my personal #ootds): {two piece set} {w/ high waisted shorts} {w/ track pants} {w/ high waisted denim jeans} & {w/ white jeans}! & here are 5 ways to rock a crop as seen in the media (& that I think are oh so cute)!

5 Ways to Rock a Crop:

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via Jolie Fashion

1. Rock with high waisted jeans/jean shorts.

via Shop Daily Chic

2. Pair with high waisted tie pants. (Also like I did in photos above).

via Southern Curls & Pearls

3. Wear as a set! (Sets are amazing because you can also wear the pieces separately).

via Ferbena

4. It looks amazing with a high waisted skirt! (Midi, mini, or maxi).

via PopSugar

5. Under a jacket with higher waisted pants. (Linen, jean, slacks, track, etc) to cover up but show just enough!

YAY for crops!

Now for my workout routine! - this is an ideal M-F situation (sometimes I will throw in a Saturday depending on my work week). I work 12 hour shifts at the hospital, & it is a complete hit or miss whether its night or day shift. If I am not home for 13 hours in a day - there is no way I am making it to the gym. I am not one of those people that can haul as* all day at work & then hit the gym pre or post. Sometimes if I work night shift I will lightly run pre night to get my energy up - but otherwise those are off days when I am working!

Monday: HIIT Circuit Workout or Yoga HIIT (50-60 min)

Either at home (I use BBG otherwise I'll throw my own together from time to time) - but mostly I go to Jessica Rossing Fitness for these workouts (*see below). My home HIIT workouts are 25-30 min with a cool down, & when I go to class they are a 20 min yoga warm up, 20 min HIIT circuit, & then a 20 min cool down (Yoga HIIT). Otherwise I will just do a complete HIIT circuit class that involves a full 50 min HIIT circuit with a really quick warm up & cool down. SO many ways to mix it up!

Example: I pulled this from a Yoga HIIT class at JRF - 30 biceps, 10 burpees, 30 triceps, & 10 half burpees (9 minute round as many times as you can run through) - Bicycle Abs (2 minutes) - 30 bent over rows, 10 jumping jacks, 30 push ups, & 10 jump lunges (9 minute round as many times as you can run through) - making a 20 minute set! You'll be dripping, I promise!

Tuesday: Running Intervals (either on the treadmill or outside - 45 min)

Example: I warm up at a 3 mph speed (fast walk) for 5 min, & then I alternate between 1 minute of 7-8 mph speed (sprint) & 4-5 mph speed (light jog) for 35 min, & then end with a cool down of 2-3 mph (light-fast walk).

Wednesday: Yoga Sculpt (60 min)

This workout is my favorite. It is REALLY intense - but the feeling post is literally indescribable. You pretty much work every little muscle in your body & you don't even have time to think about it until you are done! Sculpt involves a flow with weights & cardio that mixes everything up.

Thursday: Yoga HIIT (60 min)

Friday: Running Intervals (either on the treadmill or outside - 30 min)

Saturday: (depending on my week in workouts/work schedule - Yoga Sculpt or Running Intervals 35 min)

* I do all of my Yoga Sculpt/HIIT classes at Jessica Rossing Fitness Downtown Duluth. Jess (& her whole team - heyyyy JEAN) has been an actual GODSEND when it comes to my workouts & my routine! Not to mention we have become fast friends, & she is the sweetest soul. I absolutely LOVE her, her studio, her vibes, her classes, & the motivation she brings to each & every person that steps into her studio, + she is completely reasonably priced. TRY A CLASS. You won't regret it. Side note: I don't rep for Jess or JRF - I just love what her workouts have brought to my life that much I have to shoutout. Info below! <3 *

Jessica Rossing Fitness
20 N. 2nd Ave E. Duluth MN, 55802

Lately Summer has really been getting to me & I haven't been following my diet/workout routine as strictly as I have at times in the past. What I have noticed personally is that things fluctuate a lot for me (daily tbh) & of course as everyone should know - when I see the biggest & best changes in my body it is VERY much dependent on what I am cooking in the kitchen. If I am eating out a lot I notice I am more tired, bloated, & just blah. I try to primarily cook at home, but of course in the Summer, that isn't so easy with all the fun! Best advice I can give when it comes to working out/eating healthy/seeing results - don't give up. A little is a lot. Baby steps. It is okay to fall down & take a few steps back. You can always start TODAY! In college/highschool I seriously didn't work out a DAY. I don't even think I knew what a routine was. I ate crap constantly - & the biggest change I noticed when I started these small strides was my mental & physical happiness & energy secondary to it. Of course seeing changes in my body puts a smile on my face, but what makes me smile MOST is the feeling I get post a workout regardless of where my body is at. This is the mentality that got me to really find a routine & stick to it - vs. trying to maintain a "perfect" figure consistently. I know that I feel SO much better even if I just get that 20 min run done, or that 6 am workout complete - even if I "cheat" with my meal that night. You will start to see those changes & feelings too! I promise. :)

In my story today - I had a good amount of requests for a "summer staples" blog post (what to wear, read on the beach, beauty buys to beat the heat, etc) - & so I will try to whip that out in the next week or so here too! I know I don't frequent the whole actual blogging thing but it is definitely fun to sit back and put these together every once in awhile. Hope everyone's Summer is treating them AMAZING. Per usual - I feel like it is jam packed & going way too quickly! Tis the SZN.

Love ya'll! XX. E.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Summer Wedding Guest Dress Under $100

Hello babes! The weather is getting warmer & the nights are getting longer - which means, it is pretty much wedding season! I don't know about you but I love going to weddings. I lurve love (& celebrating it), a good party, & a chance to dress up! But, what comes with a Summer filled with weddings are some pretty pricey weekends, & unfortunately for me, I almost have to have a different dress for every event, (is this normal? probably not) - which definitely takes a lot of money out of the ol' piggy bank. As I start to plan out these events it prompted me to write up this blog post for all of you, (thinking you guys might be running into the same problem) - featuring some different wedding guest dresses under $100 so that you don't have to break the bank to find that outfit (or outfits) you so desperately want to rock to your next wedding soiree!

I fell in love with this coral dress the other week when I was browsing some new PRIMP arrivals - (if you guys hadn't seen from my social media I am now a PRIMP Boutique Brand Ambassador & I am so in love with their store & everything that comes with it) - & I immediately thought; this dress would be perfect for a wedding this Summer (hence, also the making of this blog post). You can get it online {here} & also in stores at any of their 9 locations! Use code EMILY10 for 10% off at checkout making this dress only $43!

Coral Tie Front Dress: PRIMP Boutique

PC: Kellie Rae Studio

I wanted to break my picks up into categories of the types of weddings usually held during the Spring/Summer to make it semi easier on you guys to browse. Types include: Garden, Black Tie, Beach, Barn, & Hotel/Country Club! Scroll through for details!

My Wedding Guest Dress Picks Under $100:

Garden Wedding:


Black Tie Wedding:


Beach Wedding:


Barn Wedding:


Hotel/Country Club Wedding:

*Some of my other favorite spots for reasonably priced wedding dress guest picks include: Lulu*s, Tobi, & ASOs!

Hope these help you guys find some amazing dresses for your next event. I am seriously loving this weather & I can't wait for Summer!

So much love. xx. E.