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I'm Emily, welcome to my blog! Emily Essentially is an every girl's guide for living and creating a beautiful life. Since I was a little girl growing up in west Michigan, I've always taken an interest in making myself look and feel beautiful. The feeling I get when trying a new eye shadow, experiencing a new city, or slipping into a sleek new dress is essential to my happiness.

With Emily Essentially, I look to share that amazing feeling with you! My blog features outfit of the day posts, sassy makeup looks, tips to freshen up your living space, and much more! I believe that a woman can look and feel fabulous without breaking her bank account, and I'm proud to produce content that features amazingly affordable products.

Take a look below to read a little more about me. Your support is wonderful, and I'm very grateful for your visit to my blog. Thanks for stopping by!



Height: 5'1"
Size: XS/S, 26" waist, 0-2
Shoe Size: 6


Season: Fall
Food: Mexican
Clothing: Dresses
Makeup: MAC or NYX
Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Vacation Spot: Hawaii
TV Show: Mr. Robot
Flower: Peonies


Silver or Gold
Long Hair or Short Hair
Michigan or Michigan State
Night Owl or Early Riser
Casual or Dressy
Dog Lover
or Cat Lady


Why did you start your blog?
I wanted to create a space where I could express my fashion taste, beauty expertise and share my life.  In creating this blog, I aimed to create something more multi-faceted than just a makeup or beauty blog, and include helpful and relateable sections like lifestyle, travel and DIY to share my life hacks, travel guides and recaps, and just let you get to know me a little bit better!  Plus I wanted to share with you all of my favorite things about my city, Detroit!

What did you study in school?
I earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan.  I double-majored in Communication Studies and Spanish once I realized only a few classes separated me from a minor and a major in each, and I'm happy to say that I have two majors that have come in handy in my professional career currently working in automotive advertising for Lincoln!

You cheered at the University of Michigan?!
Yes!  You might see my Instagram feed peppered with #tbt photos of my cheer days, and at least once a year I'm able to head back and cheer the football Homecoming game as an Alum.  I spent my four years of undergrad cheering in front of the largest crowd watching college football anywhere in America, enjoying a front row seat to some intense rivalry games throughout the Big Ten, and traveling to bowl games and basketball tournaments!  It certainly had its perks, but I learned practical life skills like time management and discipline as well!  Forever, Go Blue!

Where do you live?
I'm so happy to finally call Detroit home!  I grew up and lived in a suburb of Grand Rapids, MI through the completion of high school.  Then I moved east to attend college and lived in Ann Arbor for a few years after as well.  Most recently, after house hunting went south, my boyfriend and I decided to rent in Detroit and check that off the bucket list.  You can find us exploring downtown and walking Sadie on the river walk!

Who takes your photos?
Right now, I've got a lot of family and friends that take my photos, and I even take some myself as well.  My dad and boyfriend have been some of my biggest helpers when needing to shoot outfit posts or beauty shots that I can't accomplish selfie-style or with a tripod setup.  I am always looking for new photographers and people looking to expand their portfolio to work with, but for now this works for me around my busy schedule.

What are your favorite makeup products/brands?
That's a tough one, but I can provide a few brands and products that I can't live without!  For brands, some of my favorites are NYX, ELF, L'Oreal, Colourpop and Maybelline for more affordable options.  For more high end options, I love MAC, Tarte, Kat Von D, Becca and Lorac.  If I had to choose a favorite product I couldn't live without it would probably be lipstick, but as long as I've got some foundation, mascara or falsies, and a great lip color, I'm a happy camper!

Have a question that I didn't answer above?  Want to give me some feedback on the site or content?  Have an idea of something you'd like me to cover in upcoming posts?  Head on over to my contact page and let me know!  Even if you want to just say hello, I'd love to hear from you and network!