Monday, April 6, 2015

Stripes + Shorts + Cherry Red Heels

Bombshell Outfit:
Striped Button Down (only $17!), White crop top ($14!), Rolled denim shorts, Red lace up heels from Italy- similar here, Black envelope bag and I also like this black bucket fringe bag ($24!), round sunglasses ($5). 

Amika iron is what I use, it leaves my hair shiny and healthy. I also would love to get my hands on this gorgeous rose gold T3 wand. Finish off with the cult favorite Oribe dry texture spray

Toned calves courtesy of Pure Barre, Old Town Chicago location! My favorite workout for elongating and toning.

This is a classic look with a few twists. The striped button down is so street style right now, you can wear it with a sequin mini skirt, white denim, or as a chic pajama shirt. Luckily I found it for cheap for only $17-no one has to know it's not an Equipment blouse. The Topshop white crop top is a wardrobe staple for me, it makes an appearance at least twice a week. If you're afraid to wear shorts with heels, try 7 For All Mankind's rolled denim pair. I like the rolled denim finish with heels, versus a cut-off pair which looks a little daisy duke-y. The cherry red heels are so fun and versatile, plus they make any denim wash POP! Current faves: Florenza lace-up, and these Fringe ones make me want to dance. The Forever 21 Round sunglasses are $5 (...I mean?!) and are Coachella spot on. Everyone needs a black bag, or at least a few. This envelope bag for Forever 21 is top rated and is lookin' like money! I also think this black fringe bucket bag is adorable and definitely a trendy bag for spring/summer. 
Get the look: 

XOXO Emmy 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Started From The Bottom. The Best Festival Sandals

From top left:
Days on the road sandal 
Rae Sandal
Henley Beaded Sandal
Vegan Noveau Mid Sandal
Wonderland Fringe Sandal
Sabler Sandal (comes in a bunch of cute colors)
Amaretto Distressed Sandal
Bellflower Tall Sandal

It's festival season!! If you follow me on instagram you would know that I'm already whipping out the flower crowns and lace tops. I'm allowing myself to splurge on a pair (or two, or three, but who's counting) of festival inspired sandals. I basically am living vicariously through all of you lucky babes at Coachella. The gladiator sandals look like they would make you feel so powerful and sexy. Do any of you own a pair?

By the way, happy easter! My family is coming for the weekend. I graduate school in about a month which is terrifying! I have been slammed with 6 classes and just being an anxious wreck during second semester senior year which is why I haven't been blogging. Cool news though.. my capstone is on branding my fashion blog. So excited to be all yours and watch Boys and Bombshells grow once I graduate in May! Ah!

More festival sandals I love: (Btw, wouldn't these nude gladiator sandals look dope with light wash denim cut offs? I think I am going to get these babies)

Email me any photos/selfies in your festival shoes! I'd love to feature you on the blog/instagram!
XO Emmy

Monday, February 2, 2015

Let's Debate Naked...

Palettes that is gosh, i saw your mind go in the gutter there. Hopefully it's safe to say everyone has tried the naked palettes and become addicted. I've seen lots of other makeup brands copying Urban Decays nude based shadows, which I don't mind because I can never have enough! I never buy eye shadow in a single pot because it's what, $18 for one color and $50 for like 12? Or something like that. Plus more colors= more fun. You know that, I know that. So let's weigh in: which Naked Palette is your favorite? I like Number 3 because 1.) the colors are the most flattering on my green eyes and aren't too dark 2.) The packaging! Ok, your turn! Comment below with your favorite :)

Naked 1 // Naked 2 // Naked 3 // ($54 each, comes with brush) 

Other Naked products: Naked Basics #1 ($27) // Naked Basics #2 ($35) // Naked On The Run ($54) 


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sexy Dresses For Valentines Day (or date night)

Love is in the air and so is this Chicago blizzard. I scoured the internet during the storm and found the sexiest dresses to warm you up. I am going to buy one if the ones I listed below, just haven't decided which one(s) yet. Also stay tuned for a lingerie post guide (with pictures) and a guide for how I get ready for a date! I'll show you tips, favorite products, getting ready music, and my favorite salons in Chicago that help me out. It takes a village!

 I really love NastyGal's selection and Revolve. Oh and I made a Valentines Day Board on Pinterest! My favorite lingerie, makeup, outfits, and shoes.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Air BNB To The Rescue

At 4:00 A.M this morning I had absolutely had it with my loud neighbors. Karaoke was going on until 3:30 A.M, people were being thrown into walls (or what sounded like it), pot reeked in the hallway, and I was exhausted. Living in a college apartment complex is less than ideal and I am stuck on my lease until May. I have been debating staying at hotels and searched the internet for short term leases. I found something better. Was it possible I was actually so exhausted I made this up in a dream? NOPE. So there's this website called AirBNB and I browsed it for a few hours and couldn't believe what I was seeing. I felt like God finally took pity on me sobbing "I'm just so tired" into my pillow and gave me a hand. Plus my guilty pleasure is buying interior design books from Anthropologie and this is like living in one!

A glamorous gold coast 2 bedroom apartment with girly decor! $150 a night. 

What it is: Airbnb is like a glamourous personalized hotel, but better. Rent a room or an entire place (condo, apartment, or house) that's fully furnished and chicly decorated. You can even rent an igloo or castle! Browse through the charming apartments and fantasize about your weekend get-away or monthly stay. You can book per night, per week(s), or monthly. Book a stay online with the host and pay for your mini stay-cation.

Why it's great: For me it's saving me my sanity, sleep, health, and grades. I also am going to shoot for Boys and Bombshells while I'm there! You can book all over the world and skip the mediocre hotels.This is better.

A stylish brick loft in Gold Coast runs for $140 per night. 

I'm a sucker for cute living rooms. Logan Square modern vintage garden apartment runs for $125 a night. 

Ok now go have fun browsing apartments and houses all over the world. I read the reviews of different places and saw people doing really interesting things with the places like hosting baby showers at a huge apartment with a chef's kitchen. Oh, and guys... Airbnb also has an insta. Swoon. Help me pick out a cute one in Chicago!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quick Review Of Caviar CC Cream

I try to be as disciplined and thoughtful as possible when it comes to my hair and skin. I love a product that actually works and leaves my hair feeling better. 

This Alterna Caviar CC hair cream does 10 things in one which means less products for us to buy. If you want to grow long and healthy hair you can't gunk up on products. It's great to find one that does so many things! Okay, it smooths your hair and softens it noticeably! It adds moisture and shine, and protects against breakage which is very important in the winter months. I am a little OCD right now about how the cold weather and dry heat is making my hair so lifeless. It protects against heat damage and UV-it's really hard to find products that have UV protectant for your hair so this is a huge bonus. Basically this CC cream has everything we need for healthy hair from the inside out. 

Cheesseee. I'm growing my hair out and can't wait to lighten it (had a super bad experience with coloring it about a month and a half ago). So in the mean time I'm taking excellent care of my hair and researching the best products to use which is why I wanted to share Alterna's Caviar CC Cream with you. I know you'll love it and it's only $25! 

I really want to try out more of their products because they have great reviews and innovative ways of approaching treating your hair.
Here's some products worth looking into (especially the blow out kit, like hello why wouldn't you?!) 

Off to go babysit and finish homework for my classes!
XO Emmy 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Current Beauty Buys, Plus Be More Productive

Kerastase Initialste ($84), Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Moisturizer ($42), Clinique All About Eyes Cream ($31), Naked On The Run Palette ($54), Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss ($20), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil ($20), Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22 )

I am currently taking on a lot of tasks outside of school that are keeping me insanely busy and prone to mental breakdowns. Life can be overwhelming and I want to accomplish a lot, so I figure I need to get a better handle on handling stress and being more productive with my time.

I researched over the weekend for tips that I could put into practice right away and thought I would share with you:

1. 2 Minute Rule: If you can do a simple task in under 2 minutes, do it now- don't wait! I did stupid things like washing the dishes in the sink, answering an email, or putting clothes away.

2. Have a Sleep schedule: If you have an organized sleeping schedule your day will be more organized too. Also most CEOs wakeup before 6 am. I like waking up before the sun to feel more energized (I'm crazy I know)

3. To-Do List Duh: Well obviously have a to do list, I use a paper one in a notebook and a few apps like Evernote to jot down tasks or thoughts I have for potential blog posts and stuff like that. Make sure to prioritize your list by importance.

4. You don't have to "feel like doing it" to do it. Probably one of my favorite excuses is "eh, I don't feel like it, I'll wait till later." Well, chances are you will probably never feel like doing it and putting it off will only make it more annoying. Do it now and you'll feel better right after.

5. Take Breaks- But don't sit down. I'm more energized after a walk or after I workout. Do a 20 minute Youtube video (blogilates has great ones for abs, butt, core) or go on a walk and take pics to chill out and get the juices flowing.

The weather is super nice today and the birds are literally chirping. I had a meeting early with a mom that I am going to be babysitting for, so yay for side cash. I read an article about how there are no shortcuts for actual success. I was hanging around with guys who kept offering to spoil me and it sounds great but is it worth it in the long run? I want to earn things for myself and empower others to be successful so that means sucking it up and making sacrifices. Hard work will eventually pay off.

Have a good day! Try the new tips and spoil yourself with my sephora picks for being productive!
XO Emmy