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Dress Yourself

I’m not sure how exactly to describe my personal style.

It’s a bit preppy, a bit hippie, a bit vintage, and often just downright girly. Sometimes it’s boho and sometimes it’s nautical. But there are certain signature items I think you can always attribute to being very “me.” Bows. Polka dots. Tutus. Anchors. Sequins. Pearls. Example A:

Personal Style

(Boys) Cotton Anchor Sweater, J.Crew, $59.50
Karinska Tulle Skirt, Anthropologie, $188
Bow Hair Clip, American Apparel, $10
This Is The Year To Idiom Bangle, Kate Spade, $58
Make a Day of It Carousel Bangle, Kate Spade, $250
Ballet Flats, ASOS LOST, $44


Do you have signature items or elements? I’d love to hear! xx

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Chambray Days

Serious question: why have I never really worn chambray before this year? I don’t go anywhere on summer evenings without my denim jacket, and chambray shirts are such a sweet lighter alternative. I love how the fabric trend is also moving into pieces other than shirts, like skirts, blazers, and of course these adorable TOMS ballet flats

Scuba Skater Dress, Topshop, $92
Selvedge Chambray Shirt, J. Crew, $98 
Gramercy Watch, Kate Spade, $225
Opera Pearl Strand, BaubleBar, $38
Katia Ballet Flats, TOMS, $79 
Anchor Studs, Dogeared Jewels, $36 

Happy weekend friends!


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Today’s Outfit

Blazer, Forever 21
Tank, H&M
Pearls, vintage
Jeans, American Eagle
 Ballet flats, TOMS

I’ve always wished that I could speak sarcasm. Maybe not something to aspire to, but I needed to admit that. This shirt kind of helps me to feel a bit snarky. And I secretly like that. Bad??


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Sparkle + Shine

Well it has been quite sparkly week here huh? Even more fitting then that today’s Friday’s Fancies on {long distance loving} is themed Sparkle & Shine! My wishlist is overflowing with sequin-encrusted pieces right now, but here’s an outfit featuring just a few of my favorites. I love the idea of this Anthropolgie sequin bolero, mostly because I have inherited a rather sparkly bolero myself from my own mom. Maybe I’ll bust it out in an OOTD if you’re lucky and I’m feeling brave :)

Starshine Bolero, Anthropologie, $138
Pure Iridescent Pleated Skirt, Ruche, $36 
Glitterati Ballet Flats, J Crew, $128 
Sequin Frame Clutch, Santi, $98 
Curling Ribbon Ring, Kate Spade, $78 
Graceful Pearl Necklace, J Crew, $98 
Pave Stud Earrings, Kate Spade, $48 

post script. If you want to see more of my sparkly finds, follow me on Instagram (emilyshell)– I’m in the middle of my 25 Days of Sparkle challenge and it’s all documented there!



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A Pinteresting Tuesday Shoesday

I. Adore. Pinterest.


And I was so inspired by this pin the other day…

That I made a couple stops on my way home, purchased some $10 clearance flats at Payless and some pink ribbon, and made these…

I can’t say I love my version quite as much as the originals, but I think they’ll do :)

Do you all ever put your pins to action??

post script. If you want to follow me on Pinterest, click here!


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Shoes: According to LC

Got this beauty in the mail last week:

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Now I can’t say I’m Lauren Conrad’s biggest fan. But boy, girl can dress. And the book is fun because she breaks down the list of what every closet needs.  According to Lauren, there are six types of essential shoes:

Ballet Flats//Basic Pumps//Peep Toes//Embellished//Gladiators//Boots

There’s a few more I think I’d add if it were my list, but more on that next Tuesday ;)

Buy your own copy of the book here!


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The Ultimate Preppy Shoes

I feel like my pink-and-green-and-nautical prep side has been surfacing a lot lately. Since we’ve reached one of our last summer Tuesdays, I thought today’s Shoesday should be dedicated to my favorite warm-weather preppy soles from the best of the preppy brands.

Lilly Pulitzer Wedges
Sperry Top-Siders
Jack Rogers Navajos
Lacoste Flats
Kate Spade Espadrilles
Vineyard Vines Flip Flops

What did I miss? What other shoes can you preps not live without?

In other preppy news, Lilly Pulitzer‘s huge summer sale started today, and items are already flying! I’m not supposed to be shopping, but the super discounted price tag on the Murfee scarves was just too hard to resist!


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OOTD + Patent Leather Flats

Sunday Shopping Skirt, Anthropologie
White tee, H&M
Pearl necklace, J Crew
White patent flats, Lacoste

The shoes I’m wearing here are easily one of my favorite pairs I’ve ever owned. They’re so special to me because I got them in Paris four years ago (?!) when I was there with my family. And they go with just about every outfit I own so they were incredibly worth it. They are long gone from Lacoste, but Gabriella Rocha sells an almost identical style, available in 5 10 16 colors! I’m lusting over the pale pink ones though:

On another note, two great giveaways going on this week! Let the Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore is giving away a Graphic Image 2012 Planner (so chic!!), and Ashley Brooke is offering a gorgeous Vineyard Vines clutch (want. so badly.). Check out those links and get entering!!

Have a fun weekend everyone! I’ll be busy moving!


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Tiny dancer, seamstress for the band

In honor of my dance show this week, here’s a dainty ballerina inspired outfit, featuring a ModCloth tutu, Anthro top, J Crew ballet flats, and Kate Spade jewelry.



Click the image for details on the products!  Because really, dancer or not, who can resist Degas-inspired clothes?

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