September 8, 2020

Aqua & Orange End-of-Summer Fit // What I Wore

 

I feel like I have been waiting all summer to wear this floral shirt, and I finally found the perfect outfit for it. It also helps that the weather is becoming more pleasant as the days pass. I’ve had my windows open for two days straight now, which feels nice, letting in the cool breeze. The heat definitely limits what I’m comfortable wearing, so it was nice to finally wear some of my cutest pieces.


 

I was blessed to acquire these jeans. They are vintage St. John’s Bay, originally a size 16, but now about a 10/12. They came from a friend of my grandma’s, and were skillfully taken in about a half an inch and somehow fit me almost perfectly. Along with these, I have a pink pair, which you’ll definitely see in a future look.

Together, the jeans and shirt are a fantastic match, as the orange jeans coordinate with the orange flowers in the shirt. I also LOVE this combo of sherbet orange and aqua blue. The flower print is so precious As the kids say these days, “It’s the flower print for me.” Five big fabric buttons go down the front. It is by the brand Talbots and is also vintage, but this one I picked up at the thrift store within the last year.


For today’s look, I left the shirt open because it was still pretty warm in the sun. The baby pink tank top I’m wearing is actually a thin slip dress that came with another dress. I tucked it into my pants, and I now had the “little shirt, big pants” trend going on, which is super cute. With the faux tank, I was able to take off the blue shirt if I got too hot.





I know these shoes were in my previous outfit post,  but come on, they are too cute. Unfortunately, part of the straps seem to be breaking, so I’ll have to find some way to fix them because these are my favorite summer shoe for when I want to dress a look up a bit. They also match my new little dumping bag! 

 

 

I’m so excited about this piece that I picked up at Kohl’s last week. I’ve been admiring dumpling bags for a little while. To me, they look so lush and soft and stylish.  Whether or not this bag qualifies as one, it definitely has a similar style. This one is by the brand Elizabeth & James. I love the acrylic tortoise shell handles, which contrast the caramel-colored vegan leather body of the bag. It also comes with a removable, adjustable strap. I’m a big fan of this small bag, and I love how it can keep up with such a colorful outfit.


I really love this look because it is brightly colored and includes some of my favorite vintage pieces. The look feels a bit more like the beginning of summer than it does the end of it, but I’m trying to wear at least a few of my summery short-sleeved tops before summer officially ends.

If you like the floral, gardener-esque vibe of this look, keep an eye out for my next post, which is going to be all about cottagecore fashion!


August 6, 2020

Super Easy DIY At Home Pedicure for Beginners

In my 28 years, this was my first time having a pedicure. I’m frugal, and won’t spend money on things that I think I can do myself, but I also can’t be bothered to go the extra mile on little bits of my appearance.

Recently, though, I’ve been taking better care of myself, both mentally and physically. A big part of that is taking the time to take care of the little parts of me. I do my nails more, and have been working on making a skincare routine.

Now it’s time to bite the bullet, and deal with my feet.

I’m not a huge fan of feet, not even my own feet. In general, they’re pretty weird and gross. But with some finessing, they can become…a little bit less gross.

Using mostly things you probably already have, and just a little bit of effort, you can give your feet a fresh start. I’m no pro, but you don’t have to be when it comes to self care. With anything, use what works for you, and ignore the rest.

Tools


    •    Basin of hot water
    •    Basin of cold water, or the shower
    •    Epsom salt
    •    Essential oil (opt)
    •    Pumice stone and/or foot file
    •    Brush
    •    Cuticle pusher
    •    Nail clipper
    •    Nail file (opt)
    •    Oil or lotion
    •    Thick socks
    •    Nail polish

Most of these can be switched out or substituted.

I used a really coarse nail file on my feet, because I didn’t have a foot file at the time. If you don’t have a cuticle pusher, you can always use your finger nail to remove the dry skin around your nails. And essential oil isn’t essential. I used argon oil in the water basin. Coconut or olive oil work, as well.

STEPS


Soak

In a basin of hot water, add about 2 tbsps of epsom salt (a couple drops of essential oil is optional), and soak your feet for at least 10 minutes. The longer the better. This is the easy part. Unless you’re like me, and have no patience.

I found both of these at the dollar store!

Scrub


With a pumice stone or file in hand, it’s time to sand our feet!

If you’ve left your feet in the water long enough, dry areas will appear, as they turn white. Start there, and work your way around your foot. I found my heal and the bottom of my big toe to be the driest/roughest areas. Really work at those areas, but make sure to stop when the skin turns pink and/or starts to hurt, which means you’ve reached a fresh layer of skin.

Don’t stress to get every last speck of dry skin.


Your dead skin will get everywhere, so make sure the clean up the area under where you scrubbed your feet. A brush can be used to swipe the dead skin off your feet occasionally while scrubbing. I also recommend leaving your other foot in the water while you work.

Use a cuticle pusher to push back your toenail cuticles, and scrape away the dry skin around your nails. Trim your toenails, as well. You can shape your nails however you want, but personally, I just cut off as much as possible so that I don’t have to trim them often. It’s not my favorite thing.

Don’t forget to clean your feet off once you’ve scrubbed and scraped everything away. I had a second basin of cold water waiting next to me. Unfortunately, I got my dead skin flakes in it, so I ended up walking to the shower to rinse them off.

I was really trying to not get up once I started, so maybe next time I’ll do this in the bathroom.

Moisturize


Time to give some life back to those fresh feet!

Slather on some oil, or lotion, or moisturizer. They make ones specifically for feet, but I just used some argon oil. Then I popped some fuzzy aloe socks on, and let the oil absorb. I left them on for a couple hours, and took them off before bed. You can leave them on all night if you want.

Decorate


You’re almost there! Time to paint your toenails.

I’d recommend a base coat, then any color of your choice, and a top coat. To be honest, I haven’t gotten to this step yet. I just can’t be bothered to sit and paint my nails, even though I know they would look better with it.



My feet look and feel fresh and soft!

I didn’t get every bit of dry skin off my heels and toes, but it’s a huge improvement. Feet are still gross, but they can become less gross with a little bit of effort.


It was worth the time, and I will definitely be giving myself pedicures from now on, maybe like once a month. Especially in the summer, having fresh feet makes me feel cuter and cleaner.

I never thought giving myself a pedicure could be a way I practice self-care. It’s important to take care of those little parts of us that we usually ignore.

July 27, 2020

Sunny Gingham Dress // What I Wore



Since the start of summer, I have mostly been wearing tank tops, shorts, and dresses. I’m not gonna lie, the shorts and tanks I wear around the house are not cute. Evidence of this can be seen in my latest YouTube video. Most of the time, I don’t care how I look because no one has to see me. However, when I am wanting to look cute, I usually opt for a dress (or a nicer tank and shorts). Dresses are super easy to wear, and look more polished, without having to put the effort in.


This gingham print dress brings me right back to Cape Cod, where I first wore it last summer. As much as I have been missing those seaside towns, my experience with wearing this dress has been so much better than last year. Not only did I somehow manage to stain the back of the dress the first time I wore it, but I remember it being pretty uncomfortable, and struggling with the straps. I've been enjoying it more this season, but it's not without flaws.


Despite how it looks, this dress is THICK. It consists of a woven rayon shell and a knit polyester lining. Neither are particularly heavy, but together it is too much. To be honest, this dress doesn’t need the lining. The gingham fabric is barely see-through, and the lining just adds bulk to the dress.

The shirred bodice is also really dense, but I don't mind that. It stays snug to the body without completely flattening my chest. Because of this, the tie straps are unnecessary, as the bodice does the job of keeping the dress up. The straps are a bit of a hassle to tie correctly, but they do add a cute look to the dress. They’re definitely worth having, even if only for aesthetic reasons.


Overall, this dress is super cute for summer, but it does have some issues. I probably wouldn't buy it again, as I have been trying not to buy anymore fast fashion. But I do love the gingham print and the shirred bodice. It's very "my vibe".



All together, this outfit is simple, yet chic. The high ponytail, tied up with a handmade denim scrunchie, really polishes the look off. With some coordinating hair clips, I pinned back my bangs. It's unfortunate that these photos were taken after a long, hot day because sweating made my hair separate a bit. The heat was what also kept me from adding any jewelry. I honestly put these star and moon earrings on just before these photos were taken. Finally, I opted for my go-to platform sandals.  They're super easy to walk in, and give me a bit of height, which is always appreciated.

Aside from the problems I had with the dress, I loved this look. A delicate gold necklace would look nice when I wear it again. Hopefully next time, it will be in Cape Cod.


July 4, 2020

Garden Glam- A Mini Collection

Although school has been over for almost two months now, I want to share with you my final collection. Because of corona, it ended up being different from what I had originally planned. However, I am quite proud of it, as I stuck with the same theme and worked with what I had at home. I also think it is a good segue into what I'm doing at the moment- starting up an Etsy shop where I'm going to sell handmade accessories and upcycled apparel.

For this collection, I used almost exclusively secondhand and vintage materials. In fact, most of the supplies came from a local used fabric sale that I went to at the beginning of the year. Everything else I had in my stash.










My first look was completely handmade. Using patterns I had made throughout the years, I adjusted them to fit me, and created this skirt and top. The detachable collar was made out of muslin and hand embroidered with my original design.








The second look was created using an upcycled denim dress. I transformed it from long and shapeless to short and cute. I put vintage lace around the edges, and added a bit of embroidery and beading. With this look, I also made a little crochet bag and did some surface design work on a pair of Build-a-Bear overalls.





Without this blog, I don't know if I ever would have even enrolled in college. I created this blog as a way to get myself to learn more about fashion. Reading tons of other blogs, scrolling through Vogue Runway, and learning all that I could about fashion is what prompted me to take the leap into college. Previously, I had tons of passions but no direction. Now I know that fashion is what I want to do. It is one of the greatest modes of self-expression, and it combines so much of what I love. Going forward, I'm excited to continue creating and learning. Just knowing how far I've come, I know I will succeed, as long as I push myself and remember what is important to me.


June 26, 2020

Life Update & BLM Resources


I have been struggling to get another post up on here since I posted my last one. I had all the intentions to do so, but writing has been difficult lately, so I've pretty much avoided doing it altogether.  It's been over two months since my last post, and I'm finally ready to get over the unnecessary fear of sounding stupid or saying the wrong thing. Even though right now only, like, 10 people read my blog, I do hope to one day be successful with it.



Life feels different, because it is. Living through a pandemic (which is not over, despite what the cheeto in the white house says), is a shared traumatic event. You would think because we're all going through it together, it would be easier to deal with. However, everyone is different, which means everyone is experiencing it differently. Personally, it's fucked with my mental health quite a bit. Even on my best days, my depression and anxiety are always there in the background, trying to dictate my every move. Even while writing this, every time I get stuck on a sentence my brain is trying to convince me to just lie down for a bit, come back to it later. While I have gotten a lot stronger and better at fighting it, I know it's also important to let myself take breaks. Keeping the balance is tricky, but I'm managing. And I hope you are, too.



I also want to briefly talk about the police brutality and social injustices against black people. Although media coverage of protests is dying down and people's social medias are going back to "normal", the fight against racism, on all levels, is NOT over.  Racism runs deep in this country, meaning that it's going to take a lot to undo hundreds of years of oppression. And it's going to take all of us.

As a white person, I recognize my privilege and vow to stand up against any racism I see, in my society, my peers, my family, and myself. I have been working on educating myself, signing loads of petitions, and doing what I can to help.

Resources

Watch w/ Ads on to Donate (the creator of this video is currently trying to get it back with ads)

There are tons of other resources, so don't stop here! I just wanted to have something on my blog that can lead people in the right direction. I may add to this list as I find new resources, or feel free to leave any in the comments.



So that's where I'm at. Fashion, art, and lifestyle posts will be coming soon. I really wanted to address the state of the country/world first, before hopping back into posting. I hope you are staying safe, healthy, and sane.

Take care of yourself,
Emerson

ps: Happy Pride month, my fellow queers! 🌈