Brown Suede Moto Jacket - [Nordstrom] || Metallic Wrap Tank - [Zara, sold out] Similar Here || Black Cami - [Express] || Skinny Distressed Paige Jeans - [Nordstrom Rack] || Nude Lace-up Heels - [Target, sold out] Similar Here || Hidden Message Initials Necklace - [Beth Macri] || Kate Spade Abalone Studs - [Nordstrom] || Gold Apple Watch Sport - [Apple] || Gold Apple Watch Cuff - [The Ultimate Cuff] Use Code: EMILYESSENTIALLY for 10% off! || Artsy MM Handbag - [Louis Vuitton]
It's been a minute y'all - all of summer to be exact. And what a busy summer it was! I'm so sorry for being M.I.A. for a few months, but it was much needed and I'm ready to focus on creating awesome new content for you all. Before I give you some details on this fun outfit, let me give you a quick rundown of my summer:
- I moved. Twice to be exact! I'm now a proud Detroiter and I'm ecstatic to start shooting in all of the cool locations nearby!
- I launched a side hustle. As you may have seen back in April, I became a LipSense distributor, and getting my business up and running has taken up quite a bit of my free time. If you want to know more about this, head to this post or to my Facebook group!
- I traveled. I went up north a few different times to Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Mackinaw Island. I also went to Las Vegas and completed the #1 item on my life's bucket list...I MET THE BACKSTREET BOYS! Don't believe me?! Head to this Insta pic for proof!
- I joined a new team at work. I've begun working with a new team at my full-time position that involves me attending some pretty neat after-hours events. Want a taste of those too? Check out my Insta here when I attended Fash Bash at the Detroit Institute of Arts!
Now that we have that out of the way, let's get focused on fall! The temperature dropped as soon as September hit, and it has me into the mood for sweaters, boots and of course...football. So even though I shot this look earlier in the summer, it embodies my strategy for this season and how I plan to build my wardrobe around three major staple items.
This BlankNYC jacket was a bit of a splurge for me at the end of last year, but worth every penny. The quality is absolutely amazing, and the color is so rich it almost transforms depending on how you pair it with other items. In this light it was a true, rich brown but at other times it can almost lean a bit pink/mauve, which I love! If you watch Nordstrom's occasional sales, you can totally snag this jacket for a discount. It also comes in a ton of other shades if brown isn't your jam. Personally, I've got my eye on the grey one next. Layer this over a fun cocktail dress for a rocker-chic vibe, or pair with a top and jeans as a warmer more stylish, structured layer.
I know my Louie might seem a bit frivolous at first, but I swear by LV for their quality and classic designs. This bag actually replaced one my Dad had bought me in high school, which was made out of limited-edition denim fabric. Unfortunately in college my car was broken into, and that purse was stolen. It had appreciated in value over time, so I took that nice insurance check I received and walked into the Louis Vuitton store to buy this gorgeous Artsy design. It holds literally EVERYTHING and the classic monogram print never goes out of style. Plus - I love the braided handle detail, it looks so rich! Investing in a quality handbag that will be in style season after season is a great way to spend your money in my opinion. Whether its Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel or something like Michael Kors, Coach or Tory Burch - they all create beautiful signature bags that you can attach to your personal style.
Jeans can be a tricky beast to tame, at least in a petite girl's world! Whenever I find a brand or pair that fit perfectly, I usually buy it in every wash/color I can get my hands on. This pair is no different. I discovered Paige jeans in high school and haven't looked back since. Their denim is soft but durable, and the styles they create somehow always fit my curvy-yet-petite lower half. I've had to hem some of my flair/boot cut pairs, but for their skinny jean style, I never have to worry. Every girl deserves a pair of go-to jeans that make her butt look great, and these give me a lot of confidence at the moment. The bright blue wash is classic and can be dressed up or down. The distressed rips at the knees add just enough edge without being distracting, and I won't get too cold as the weather continues to cool down. Check this brand out if you get a chance...you can find them at Nordstrom Rack from time to time so you can score a deal if you're patient.
It feels so good to be back at it here at Emily Essentially! I have some fun content coming your way this fall, but this was a good foray back into the blogging world to dust off a little rust! Leave me a comment below on your favorite fall must-haves and lets compare notes. I can't wait to style these pieces all over again in new, exciting ways and continue to share their versatility! Until next time...