Gold. Platinum. Silver.

gold. platinum. silver.

I have been watching so much Olympic coverage. Since it only happens once every four years, it is ok to indulge...or over-indulge in my case! In spirit of the Olympic medals (who wouldn't want one of those?) I have found myself loving everything gold and silver...and platinum, well, because I just love it! There are so many ways to incorporate gold, platinum, and silver into your every day wear. 


{monday mantra}

Dream a little bigger. Always.
Happy Monday, y'all!


Fabulous Summer Cocktails

One of my favorite things about summer is the amount of fun summer cocktails to choose from. I always look forward to coming home and enjoying a glass of sangria or ordering a fruity drink at dinner! The possibilities are endless! For the most part I stick to the drinks I know I love, but occasionally I'll step outside of my comfort zone and try something new! And most of the time I am glad I did! This summer I have found some great new cocktails that I would love to share with you!

I have had my fair share of sangria, but I somehow had never tried white peach sangria. Let me tell you, it is simply amazing. It is fruity and just sweet enough! 

you will need:
1-2 bottles of dry white wine (pinot grigio or moscato)
6oz. peach nectar 
2oz. peach schnapps
2 ripe peaches (or fruit of your choice)
12 oz. of sprite or ginger ale (depending on how sweet you want it) 

refrigerate for one hour, then add sprite/ginger ale

Confession: I have gone to mexican restaurants just so I can have one! I had tried making them myself, but something always just seemed "off." I tried this recipe and it is dead on...just like the mexican restaurants serve!

you will need:
Frozen Limeade Concentrate
1 Corona

mix equal parts of each above (using limeade bottle) + add bottle of corona

Lemonade is one of my favorite summertime drinks....making it a cocktail of sorts only makes it that much better! This would be a great drink to quench your thirst! 

you will need:
1 1/2 cups of crushed ice
3 tbs of frozen lemonade concentrate
2 tbs of coconut rum (I suggest Malibu)
Lime wedge (if desired)

blend these items + serve with lime wedge, if desired!

Talking about these delicious summer cocktails has me looking at the clock.... is it five o'clock yet? ;-) I hope you will try one of these the next time you're craving a change in drinks! 
What are your favorite summer cocktails?


Vacation Recap

After a wonderful, relaxing week by the shore I am back to blogging! A special "thank you" to all of the wonderful ladies who guest-blogged while I was away

For the past nine days I have been soaking up the sun (lathered in sunscreen, of course) and meeting new friends on the shore of South Carolina. Since I was young we have been coming to South Carolina for our annual beach vacation. We have so many memories here and I love making new ones every year!

I got so spend some great time with my brother this week! That's always one of my favorite things about vacation. It was endless fun (and making fun of each other) all week!

I also rode a bike for the first time in (confession) about eight years. I rode my dad's bike for a night and then decided I wanted my own! I am now the proud owner of a white/mint beach cruiser!!! I rode my bike every night as the sun was setting. It was a fun and relaxing activity!

We spent every day lounging by the beach! I absolutely love playing corn hole and bocce ball on the beach, so I was excited that the weather was beautiful all week so we could do that! We even made new friends! We met two wonderful families who had children! I love meeting new people (I truly never meet a stranger) and I look forward to the next beach trip with them!

Here's to new memories, new photos, and new friends! 
Have a fabulous Monday y'all!


Summer Style for Every Occasion

Hey y'all! I'm Whitney and I blog over at The Observant Turtle. I'm so excited to be posting for Emily today while she's enjoying herself on vacation. (Although I have to say, I'm a little jealous... aren't you?!)

The Observant Turtle

Summer is such an fun season, filled with tons of different activities. Whether you're going on vacation out of the country, in the country, or just having a stay-cation in your own town, it's nice to get away from life sometimes! But who says you can't look cute while you do it?! Here are some of my favorite outfits for summer fun.

Outdoor Concert

Outdoor Concert by observantturtle-wm

Earlier this summer I saw the Black Keys in Houston. It was truly an amazing concert! A maxi dress was perfect. Comfy, yet stylish. I wish I had brought a light cardigan or something to cover my shoulders though... when the sun went down, the breeze was too much. I had to wear wedges since I'm only 5'4'' and the dress was too long! 

Semi-formal wedding

Semi-formal wedding by observantturtle-wm

It seems like I know at least one person in the blogging world who goes to a wedding each weekend! Although I went to a wedding on Memorial Day weekend, it was black tie so I dressed a little fancier than the outfit above. I love the idea of adding a brightly colored clutch to another brightly colored dress. Plus, the Tiffany Blue on that clutch is to die for!

Family Vacation

Family Vacation by observantturtle-wm

Let's be honest, when you're on vacation with your family, you probably don't want all of your goodies exposed for the world (or your Uncle Bob) to see. There's a way to stay cool while looking modest and cute at the same time! Pair your favorite flowy tank with some shorts, cute sandals, and an oversized hat to protect your head. This outfit would probably be something you'd see me in on the weekends down here in Houston!

Working Girl

Working Girl by observantturtle-wm

If you're like me, you'll be spending the majority of your summer in the office. Thankfully my office has a pretty casual dress code, allowing us to wear tank tops and open toed shoes. Can you tell what color I'm loving this summer? (Hint: it's coral/pink. But then again, pink is my signature color. Pencil skirts are a great thing to have when you're going from hot temps outside to freezing cold offices. You can never go wrong with studs!

I had such a great time putting together these outfits for you all! Be sure to join me at The Observant Turtle for more fun this summer. Thanks so much to Emily for letting me post for her today! Hope you're having a great time on your vacation, love!


A Statement (Necklace)

Hi everyone! I'm Christine, and I blog over at A Midwest Collegiate. Please be sure to stop by my blog and say hello! I am so excited to be guest blogging for the very beautiful Emily while she is on vacation. Funny thing, is I'm also away - in California! 

I'm a 19 year old prep misplaced in Wisconsin. I swear I'm meant to be on the East Coast or the South! The lack of preppy style in Wisconsin is quite sad. However, don't you all worry! I'm slowly, but surely bringing all things preppy to Wisconsin though. I may get a few weird looks from fellow Wisconsinites in the process. 

Without further adieu:

Statement necklaces are a huge trend this summer. They are bold, beautiful, and grab the attention of everyone around you. They are seen on the runway, the red carpet, and the street. Needless to say, they are everywhere. Statement necklaces are so much fun and super easy to wear. Anyone can embrace this trend. Anybody can dress up the simplest outfit like a black tank and dark jeans or a LBD by adding a gorgeous, embellished necklace. Statement necklaces can be worn with just about any neckline. For example, they look absolutely chic over a turtleneck, with a collared shirt, or a strapless dress. The possibilities are endless.

When wearing a statement necklace, be sure to wear them with solid colors. If you wear them with a print, make sure the print is a very soft print. You do not want to take away from the necklace by pairing it with a wild print. 

My style is classic and at first, I was scared that by wearing a statement necklace it would be too loud. However, I was pleasantly surprised that, that is not the case. As shown, by Sarah Vickers - a style idol of mine - statement necklaces can be elegant and classy and remain true to preppy style.

 Nothing says all-eyes-on-me quite like a spectacular statement necklace. If you want to turn heads when you enter a room, get some help from these gorgeous gems:
statement necklace

Once again, thank you Emily for letting me guest blog. I hope you all enjoy! And don't forget to head over to my blog: A Midwest Collegiate 




Dress for Success

Hello Life with Emily readers! My name is Lindsey and I write a blog called Turtles and Pearls. My blog is about my life, friends, family, things I love, fashion, and a whole lot of other random things. I'd love it if you stopped by and said hello. I also wanted to thank Emily for letting me borrow her adorable blog for the day!!

I know a lot of my blog friends have recently graduated and are working on finding or starting new jobs. I haven't graduated yet, but I'm starting pharmacy school in the fall. It's definitely going to be a big change from undergrad in many, many ways. One huge difference for me is that I'm expected to wear business attire to class on certain days. I used to wear Norts and a sweatshirt to class everyday, so I was a little shocked. I've spent a good amount of time this summer hunting for pieces to add to my professional wardrobe.

I don't know about you, but I think that a lot of business clothing is the most boring thing in the world. Doesn't it seem like a lot of it is black or grey and shapeless? The last thing I want to be is bland or boring. Luckily, there are a ton of items out there that are fun, but still completely business appropriate. Below are three of my favorite ways to mix things up.
Business Attire

Now, I have to throw in a disclaimer. For certain situations, these things should be used in moderation. If you have worked somewhere for a while and know what is accepted, that is one thing. Going into a new situation is completely different! Mix a print or bright color with neutral items or choose one stand-out accessory for an otherwise simple outfit. In addition, I'd recommend wearing sleeves, skirts that reach the knee, and closed-toe shoes until you know what is expected of you.

How do you make business attire more fun?
xo Lindsey


Street Fashion: Get the Look

Hi There! My name is Grace, and I am the (currently on hiatus) writer of Bless Your Heart.

Here’s a little bit about me: I gradated from college, bought a one-way ticket to NYC, and am working in fashion pr, and loving every second of it!!
While I can’t share a lot about my job, I can share some things that I have learned. When searching for outfit inspiration, a lot of us turn to magazines. While magazines are a great place to start, my favorite way to find inspiration is in street fashion.
I pulled together three types of looks based how women dress (and want to dress!) in their everyday lives.
1. I know everyone saw Emma Stone in this lovely Carven dress. As soon as I saw it, I noticed two of this season’s biggest trends: peter pan collars and jewel tones.

It is so simple to make this polished look your own! Here’s how you can get Emma’s look at work:

The first dress is a great combination of both trends with the beautiful color and Peter Pan collar! The second is dressed up at little, with the wrap detail of Emma’s. Carven. Finally, the third is a play on the whole look, incorporating color, fit and fun!

2. I make it a point to always look at Style.com’s slideshows of Tommy Ton’s street photography. The photos are truly mesmerizing and displays fashion’s play ground at its very best.

Here are some of my current favorites from the Ready To Wear shows:

These women pull off the so simple, yet so chic look flawlessly! And you totally can too:

Start by pairing a graphic tee with a ladylike skirt and slouchy boots for an unexpected combination. For a different look, throw on a sheer skirt and a sleeveless top and sandals for brunch or shopping, try tying your top at the waist to give it a little definition. We all know that layering is a great way to go when you’re not sure where the day will take you! Finally, every girl’s go-to: a menswear inspired ensemble.

3. Lastly, it’s great to work and relax, but there are times when we all need some serious fun! I came across this picture and fell in love with the florals:

Sure the girls don’t look like they’re having a ball, but their clothes are a party all on their own. Here’s how I’d wear it:

A great maxi skirt and a sequin top equals instant glamour  -- my favorite thing about this look is that even for a night on the town, you can absolutely wear a pair of gold sandals. Next, try a black lace dress with a floral blazer. Add some strappy black pumps and your ready to go! I love floral pants. Seriously, I can’t get enough! Make sure your top is neutral and add your own jewelry, or grab an embellished tee like I did! If the florals are a bit much for you, go with the super on-trend asymmetrical dress in mint green.

Where do you get your style inspiration? How do you wear your favorite trends?
Experiment with looks and with life and may your hearts be blessed.


Summer Must Haves

Hey guys! It's Rachel from Just Peachy Blog!

I am so happy to be guest blogging for my great friend Emily today! She is an amazing person, but you guys already knew that. :) I'm also super jealous that she gets to go on vacation for so long.. umm lucky!

Today I'm going to share with you my Summer Must Haves. 
Since it's officially mid-summer, I've noticed a few reoccurring themes in what I'm grabbing each day. Some are year round staples, but summer specific items always make me happy!

1. Silky Tank
I probably have over 20 of these things. But I don't mind because that's what looks good on me and what I feel good in! It helps that you can find them almost anywhere, from Target to J.Crew. You can dress them up by tucking them into a skirt, or go casual and pair them with a pair of shorts.

2. Bikini
Obviously. Many of my days are spent out at the pool, so this is a must. I have many different sets that coordinate with my other sets, so it's like I have triple the bikini collection. That's the way to go! My favorite tops are from Victoria's Secret because you can order a top that really fits instead of trying to fit into a S, M, or L. And of course I had to use this amazing Pinterest swimsuit as an example. Does anyone actually know where it's from? Probably not.

3. Stretchy Headbands
This is my newest favorite item. They are so comfy and don't look too much like you are on your way to pump some iron/sweat your butt off. They look more like you're going to a nice relaxing pilates/yoga class (whatever you prefer) then a lunch with friends! Much classier. But seriously, they are great for lounging, tanning, and working out! I'm looking into a monogrammed set soon. :)

4. Colored Shorts
The brighter the better. I love my coral J.Crew shorts. The denim keeps it casual, but the color adds a little flair. And you need something to pair with all of your silky tanks!

5. Sunglasses
My go to pair is the Ray-ban Aviator style shown. Why? Because the wire frames are minimal, and you won't have a large white sunglasses tan line around your eyes. No thanks, don't want to look like I had a mask on at the beach! I also prefer Polarized versions. They're just much easier on my eyes! (That's what working at Sunglass Hut will do to you.. I'm not a sunglass snob!)

6. Blistex
Just bought 3 new tubes of this. Every flavor that was available. I just can't stop! I've tried all kinds of Chapsticks over the years and but Blistex is just the best. I'm not lying, this stuff is my favorite beauty product! Maybe my favorite product of all time. And it has SPF in it and that is very important to me when the sun is shining!

Do we share any of the same Must Haves?
What else is on your list?

Thank you so much for having me Emily! Hope you are having a great time on vacay!


Celebrity Style Crush: Kate Middleton

Hello Everybody! I'm KD from Southern Royalty and I am beyond thrilled to be blogging for Emily today while she's on vacation.  Over at my little blog I post about Kate Middleton all the time.  I love her style and it's a lot of fun to see what designers she's wearing at each royal event.  Since Emily shares my love of Kate Middleton I thought she would be a great person to highlight in my series Celebrity Style Crush.
Catherine wore Alexander McQueen to this year's Wimbledon.
Get the look: Dress | Bag (similar) | Pumps The Duchess sported this Jane Corbett hat for this year's Garter Day festivities.
Get the look: Reiss dress | Alexander McQueen coat | L.K Bennett clutch | L.K. Bennett pumps I love Kate's causal look for a charity camping trip in June...  She can pull off just about anything!
Get the look: Le Chameau 'Vierzon lady' WellingtonZara Molecule Slim Fit Denim | The London Trading Company Really Wild Shooting Waistcoat | Zara Sweater | Burberry Military Shirt The Duchess and other members of the Royal Family attended a children's sporting event at Vernon Park in Nottingham earlier this summer.  Don't you just love this picture of the Duchess with Queen Elizabeth II? They seem to really enjoy each others company.
Get the look: M. Missoni dress | Rachel Trevor-Morgan cocktail hat | L.K. Bennett 'Art' Court Shoes | Jaegar 'Kate' Bag

Who's your celebrity style crush?

*A big thank you to Emily for allowing me to guest post while she's on vacation!* You can follow me here: Blog | Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest


Packing Difficulties

Happy Friday (....the 13th.) Yikes...

Today is the day! After the most stressful and busy work week I am off to our place at the beach for a much needed vacation! I am so excited to just relax on the beach with my family for a while!

Unfortunately, for me traveling = stress. Between making sure I pack everything and making sure nothing is left behind I always stress out (extra) a few days before I travel. Most of the time I end up over packing (read: I overpack every single time) and I end up dealing with unpacking the things I forgot I even brought along after the fact. 

case in point: 
(too many) shorts

a ridiculous amount of shirts

and my full suitcase....

can't forget my beach bag! c/o my sweet friend Crystal!!

Now, I want to know... how do you pack? Do you have a specific "system?" Any tips for overpackers? 

#1 member of overpackers anonymous ;-)


Travel Essentials

I am going on vacation Friday with my family to the beach. Every year I make lists of things I need to bring for the trip there, while I am there, and for the trip home. Lately I have noticed some patterns of items on my lists (I'm a creature of habit...what can I say.) These are what I have deemed "travel essentials." 
travel essentials

1. Large Longchamp: I have carried Longchamps since high school (I used them in place of a book bag.) These bags are great for traveling with a large load. I have one that I carry to work that is filled with everything I always need. I have another one that I use just for traveling. I keep items such as hair ties, extra chargers, etc. in it.
2. iPhone/iPhone charger: It's no secret that my iPhone is basically glued to my hand at any given time, but when traveling it is especially important. It's a great way to pass the time while checking out social media, returning emails, and playing the occasional game (logo quiz anyone?!?)
3. Pillow and Blanket: I am all for comfort. I love cuddling up while in the car and my favorite pillow and blanket make it easier to do so!
4. Sweatshirt: I'm not sure if it's just me, but when I travel I go through hot and cold phases where one minute I am burning up and the next I am freezing! Having a sweatshirt close by helps with my bipolar body temperature.
5. Kindle Fire: Nothing helps pass the time more than reading! It's so easy to get so involved in a book and forget everything going on around you! Next thing you know, you've arrived at your destination! 
6. Tervis Tumbler: I am a huge supporter of Tervis. It always bugs me when a cup starts sweating or is super cold on my hands. Tervis solves (almost) all of my problems in that department! ;-)
7. Magazines: It never fails that I order a few subscriptions and never make the time to read through them. Between car rides and spending hours on the beach it is the perfect time to catch up on celeb gossip and trends for fall.
8. Hair Ties: I always carry spares with me everywhere I go because they always seem to disappear. Being in the car (or on the beach) for hours on end I get really frustrated with my hair and end up throwing it in a pony tail. 
9. A "real" book: Although I love my Kindle, there is nothing quite like flipping the pages of a book. Being on the beach all day it is just easier to throw a book in my bag instead of worrying about sand in my Kindle.
10. Canon t3i: I don't go anywhere without my camera. Especially vacation. Simple enough :-)

What are your travel essentials?


Songs of Summer

Music is a part of my every day life. I listen to it when I am getting ready, during the day at work, and when I am cleaning around the house. I can be doing just about anything and I will still be listening to music. And I'm not picky when it comes to music. I will give anything a try once. When I was in college I would always listen to Baby Einstein or Jazz Pandora stations just so I wasn't sitting in silence. Depending on my mood I will listen to everything from classic rock to alternative and all genres between! The only thing I don't listen to much is the radio or Top 40 hits. I'm not big on hearing the same five songs played over and over all day every day! (Is this weird?!)

I don't know if y'all are like me, but when I hear particular songs and like them they will be on repeat for months to come. (.....maybe that's just me!) It doesn't matter if the song is new or old- if I like it, it will be listened to! 

songs of summer 12

These are some of my favorite songs that I can listen to at any given time this summer and be instantly in a good mood! These were either stumbled upon (thanks pandora) or friends suggested them to me...and I'm sure glad they did! 

Any new music suggestions are welcome! 

See songs you want to listen to? Lucky you, I've made a Spotify playlist! 
Have a listen & enjoy!


Past OOTDs

If there is one thing I really love, it is clothing. Clothing of any kind. Not only do I love sharing the pieces that I have in my closet, but I love seeing other peoples styles and how they wear certain pieces. Instagram is a great way to share OOTDs and see what others are wearing! I can't tell you how many ideas I've gotten from the stylish ladies I follow on Instagram! I try to post my outfits almost every day. So, if you follow me on there these may not be new to you! 
Shorts: J.Crew (similar)
Shoes: Target
Top: Ivy & Leo
Shorts: H&M
Top: Vestique
Shorts: J.Crew
Top: Old Navy (old)
Shorts: J.Crew
Dress: H&M
Shoes: Local Boutique
Top: Old Navy
Jeans: Old Navy (similar)
Top: J.Crew Factory (old)
Shorts: J.Crew
Top: J.Crew
Top: Banana Republic
Shorts: J.Crew
Dress: Francesca's (old)
Boots: Dan Post
Dress: Lilly Pulitzer
Top: J.Crew
Skirt: Old Navy
Top: Banana Republic (old)
Shorts: H&M
Top: J.Crew (similar
Shorts: J.Crew Factory
Dress: H&M 
Clutch: Kate Spade

Can you tell I worked at J.Crew?!?!? ;-)

What's your favorite go-to outfit lately?
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