Make-Up Lately..

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Just wanted to do a quick make-up routine update... my skin has been undergoing many changes lately due to the chemical peels and topical treatments I am using so I've been changing my routine more frequently. And I have been asked to do a video tutorial which I will do once we settle down in Tulsa and I have the space for it.

Anyway, MAC just released their Pro Longwear Foundation on Thursday and we happened to be eating dinner next to the mall so I was able to pick some up. It was a lucky strike for me because the new lipstick colors were released that same day and my favorite, Happy Go Lucky, only has one tube of lipstick left. You'll notice it is on backorder online also so make sure to get on the pre-order list! Happy Go Lucky is very similar to the color of Candy Yum Yum but its got more shine & goes on much smooth since it isn't matte. 

So far, I love the new Pro Longwear foundation - its got a soufflĂ© like feeling to it, but it goes on smoothly & does a great job with coverage & doesn't feel too heavy. I would recommend going up a shade or two - I am a NC20 but had to do NC25... and probably should've done NC30. On top of that, I put the Studio Fix to set it. I use the MAC 129 brush for almost everything which is probably not great. But it's one of my favorite brushes & it's a little too expensive to buy multiples. Next, I have been trying out Tarte's new waterproof bronzer - and I don't know if I love it yet. I don't think it is long wear or waterproof, honestly. However, I do like the natural brown color it is.

As far as eyes go, I've been swearing by Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' mascara since October. It's hands down the best - but my friend Caitlin told me to try a primer underneath and it makes a world of difference. Finally, I use MAC's Kohl 'Feline' liner for top & bottom - it's always been my favorite pencil liner.

You can touch/click the items in the photo for more details...

Spring Stripes..

Friday, April 18, 2014






Dress, Audacious Boutique c/o ($35!) (sold out, similar style here) | Wedges, Mason's c/o (similar) | Bag, Prada (Tory Burch version/Michael Kors version) | Watch, Michael Kors | Sunglasses, Ray-Ban | Lips, Relentlessly Red | Bracelets, Love Always c/o, T+J Designs, J.Crew | Monogram, Love Always Couture | Ring, ILYcouture c/o 

Love love this precious little shift dress from Audacious Boutique out of Kansas! And for only $35?! I do think it is sold out now but make sure to check out the site to see more products. 

This morning I am packing up and heading to spend the weekend with John's grandparents who live about 3 hours from Charlotte. John's 'Papa Gemma' is one of my favorite people to be around so I always look forward to visiting them & spending Easter with them. I hope you all have a great Easter weekend! I appreciate all of the kind, encouraging comments I get - thank you so much for reading.


Robin's Egg Blue..

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Emily Gemma, the Sweetest thing blog, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, crew crystal bracelet, super duper strength sunglasses, karen walker sunglasses, oversized pearl necklace, tory bow burch wedges, tory burch wedges, relentlessly red, tory burch bag, red tory burch bag, new robinson tote, hudson jeans, nordstrom jeans, wrap top, baby blue wrap top, michele deco diamond watch 18mm, spring fashion 2014, pinterest fashion spring 2014, fashion blogger, brunette long hair style

Emily Gemma, the Sweetest thing blog, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, crew crystal bracelet, super duper strength sunglasses, karen walker sunglasses, oversized pearl necklace, tory bow burch wedges, tory burch wedges, relentlessly red, tory burch bag, red tory burch bag, new robinson tote, hudson jeans, nordstrom jeans, wrap top, baby blue wrap top, michele deco diamond watch 18mm, spring fashion 2014, pinterest fashion spring 2014, fashion blogger, brunette long hair style

Emily Gemma, the Sweetest thing blog, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, crew crystal bracelet, super duper strength sunglasses, karen walker sunglasses, oversized pearl necklace, tory bow burch wedges, tory burch wedges, relentlessly red, tory burch bag, red tory burch bag, new robinson tote, hudson jeans, nordstrom jeans, wrap top, baby blue wrap top, michele deco diamond watch 18mm, spring fashion 2014, pinterest fashion spring 2014, fashion blogger, brunette long hair style


Emily Gemma, the Sweetest thing blog, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, crew crystal bracelet, super duper strength sunglasses, karen walker sunglasses, oversized pearl necklace, tory bow burch wedges, tory burch wedges, relentlessly red, tory burch bag, red tory burch bag, new robinson tote, hudson jeans, nordstrom jeans, wrap top, baby blue wrap top, michele deco diamond watch 18mm, spring fashion 2014, pinterest fashion spring 2014, fashion blogger, brunette long hair style
 Top, Nordstrom (other colors here) | Denim, Hudson's old (almost identical & under $100) | Heels, Tory Burch (similar) | Watch, Michele | Sunglasses, Karen Walker (INTHEFAMILY14 for 25%) | Bag, Tory Burch | Bracelets, J.Crew old (similar) | Rings, ILYcouture c/o | Necklace, old (similar) & Purple Peridot c/o | Earrings, Bauble Bar  | Lips, Relentlessly Red

I love these faux wrap tops so much - they seem to come in all colors & go with so many styles. For example, I could pair this one with boyfriend jeans & sandals or a pencil skirt & heels. So many options. I was going for a more casual look in this post however... I am really loving the pastel blue more than anything. 

So if you haven't yet - make sure to hit up Shopbop  TODAY! The F&F sale ends today so get your order in STAT. I am wishing I would've waited to order my Karen Walker sunglasses... I have never been more crazy about a pair of sunglasses. Also, check out the Tory Burch shoes & bags... <3 Use code INTHEFAMILY14


Love Always Couture

Wednesday, April 16, 2014








 So, today I wanted to share a few of my favorites from Love Always Couture...

If you have been following me for long at all, you know that I wear Love Always jewelry in almost every post. At one point I even tried to tone it down, but her pieces are staple, everyday pieces... which in turn are investments. I only say that because (according to John) I have low pH levels and my skin turns EVERYTHING red... if its from Forever 21... I expect to get about 4 weeks max out of it! But I love Love Always Jewelry because it's affordable but doesn't turn colors. It holds up & keeps it shine & color. Not to mention, her fonts and styles are totally on point & current.

You can shop Love Always Couture online by clicking here


AND! Shopbop's Friends & Family ends TOMORROW! This means 25% off your purchase... its a good time to grab those Karen Walker Sunglasses, or a new Tory Burch bag... :) Use code INTHEFAMILY14.

Med School Madness...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014






With John's medical school years coming to an end, I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The light being a. my own closet b. no longer having a hanger/pole in my car to tote my clothes c. only using my suitcase for real vacays d. A KITCHEN!

So many of you are probably already aware that for the past 12 months John and I have been moving on almost a monthly basis. Last spring we put our belonging in a storage unit & began moving from one city/state to another so that he could finish up his audition rotations. This has taken a toll on both of us in so many ways... I can't even begin to explain! However, I think for the rest of my life I will have a new appreciation for having a 'home' and a closet of my own... and a kitchen! This month (in NC) we didn't have any connections so we had to go with the extended stay option. :/ Many of John's classmates have spent the past year in and out of hotels so we are very fortunate to have avoided that situation.

With that being said, we travel with the very minimal (or try to, John says I shouldn't tell you that?!)... This 4 piece set from Corningware has been invaluable to us. We don't have much space for cooking and we can't tote our dishes, pots, pans, etc. around with us but these have been amazing. Not only are they function and great for serving a meal, they are nice & colorful just like I like! This particular evening we had enchiladas, guac, chips, & strawberries!


AND! Shopbop's Friends & Family started TODAY! This means 25% off your purchase... its a good time to grab those Karen Walker Sunglasses, or a new Tory Burch bag... :) Use code INTHEFAMILY14.

Iced Coffee Break...

The Sweetest Thing Blog, Emily Gemma, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Super Duper Strength, Bauble Bar statement earrings, Joie snake print top, Joie top, Joie via nordstrom, Dittos jeans, nude zara sandal, blue gigi new york bag, gigi new york hayden satchel, spring fashion, pinterest spring fashion 2014, michael kors runway watch, nordstrom dittos jeans

The Sweetest Thing Blog, Emily Gemma, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Super Duper Strength, Bauble Bar statement earrings, Joie snake print top, Joie top, Joie via nordstrom, Dittos jeans, nude zara sandal, blue gigi new york bag, gigi new york hayden satchel, spring fashion, pinterest spring fashion 2014, michael kors runway watch, nordstrom dittos jeans
The Sweetest Thing Blog, Emily Gemma, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Super Duper Strength, Bauble Bar statement earrings, Joie snake print top, Joie top, Joie via nordstrom, Dittos jeans, nude zara sandal, blue gigi new york bag, gigi new york hayden satchel, spring fashion, pinterest spring fashion 2014, michael kors runway watch, nordstrom dittos jeans


The Sweetest Thing Blog, Emily Gemma, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Super Duper Strength, Bauble Bar statement earrings, Joie snake print top, Joie top, Joie via nordstrom, Dittos jeans, nude zara sandal, blue gigi new york bag, gigi new york hayden satchel, spring fashion, pinterest spring fashion 2014, michael kors runway watch, nordstrom dittos jeans
Top, Nordstrom | Denim, Dittos (similar styles here & here) | Heels, old (similar) | Bag, GigiNY c/o | Sunglasses, Karen Walker | Lips, Saint Germain | Watch, Michael Kors | Earrings, BaubleBar | Bracelet, similar | Ring, Sole Society c/o 

This season I have been loving Indy Contemporary looks at Nordstrom... Sandro, Vince, maje, DVF, have so many great things out for this spring. From classic to eclectic, there are a variety of exceptional pieces that are all lust-worthy! I went with this pale pink, python printed Joie blouse because I think it will mix well into my spring wardrobe! Today I just paired it with lightly destroyed denim & nude heels to keep it simple but it will go with with so many other things.

I named this post Iced Coffee break because lately I've had a thing for McD's Iced Caramel Mocha and both times John and/or myself went to get on the past couple of days the machine was down... so I tried out the DD version and was not the biggest fan. Still good but not quite McDonalds. :) With my allergies being so bad lately, I like taking a break to run out and get a drink because it feels so good on my itchy throat. 

Sidenote, I've been getting asked what extensions I am wearing when my hair is this length and I wanted to let you all know that this is my natural length but I would imagine if you are shopping for Bellami hair, their 18-inch would be similar. :) (emily5 for $5 off!)

AND! Shopbop's Friends & Family starts TODAY. This means 25% off your purchase... its a good time to grab those Karen Walker Sunglasses, or a new Tory Burch bag... :) Use code INTHEFAMILY14.

Below are a few of my faves from the Indy Contemporary collection at Nordstrom... 

What I Wore...

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Sweetest Thing, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Emily Gemma, Plain fedora, f21 fedora, jcrew fedora, faded rayban aviators, striped piko tunic, striped and pink tunic, pink skinny jeans, saint germaine, monogram necklace, two lettter monogram necklace, tory burch bow wedges, tory burch wedges, prada executive tote, prada large double zip tote, mali beads bracelets, love always couture, michael kors large runway watch, pinterest spring 2014 fashion, fashion blogger, spring fashion 2014

The Sweetest Thing, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Emily Gemma, Plain fedora, f21 fedora, jcrew fedora, faded rayban aviators, striped piko tunic, striped and pink tunic, pink skinny jeans, saint germaine, monogram necklace, two lettter monogram necklace, tory burch bow wedges, tory burch wedges, prada executive tote, prada large double zip tote, mali beads bracelets, love always couture, michael kors large runway watch, pinterest spring 2014 fashion, fashion blogger, spring fashion 2014

The Sweetest Thing, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Emily Gemma, Plain fedora, f21 fedora, jcrew fedora, faded rayban aviators, striped piko tunic, striped and pink tunic, pink skinny jeans, saint germaine, monogram necklace, two lettter monogram necklace, tory burch bow wedges, tory burch wedges, prada executive tote, prada large double zip tote, mali beads bracelets, love always couture, michael kors large runway watch, pinterest spring 2014 fashion, fashion blogger, spring fashion 2014


The Sweetest Thing, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Emily Gemma, Plain fedora, f21 fedora, jcrew fedora, faded rayban aviators, striped piko tunic, striped and pink tunic, pink skinny jeans, saint germaine, monogram necklace, two lettter monogram necklace, tory burch bow wedges, tory burch wedges, prada executive tote, prada large double zip tote, mali beads bracelets, love always couture, michael kors large runway watch, pinterest spring 2014 fashion, fashion blogger, spring fashion 2014, tory burch iPhone case

The Sweetest Thing, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Emily Gemma, Plain fedora, f21 fedora, jcrew fedora, faded rayban aviators, striped piko tunic, striped and pink tunic, pink skinny jeans, saint germaine, monogram necklace, two lettter monogram necklace, tory burch bow wedges, tory burch wedges, prada executive tote, prada large double zip tote, mali beads bracelets, love always couture, michael kors large runway watch, pinterest spring 2014 fashion, fashion blogger, spring fashion 2014, tory burch iPhone case

The Sweetest Thing, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Emily Gemma, Plain fedora, f21 fedora, jcrew fedora, faded rayban aviators, striped piko tunic, striped and pink tunic, pink skinny jeans, saint germaine, monogram necklace, two lettter monogram necklace, tory burch bow wedges, tory burch wedges, prada executive tote, prada large double zip tote, mali beads bracelets, love always couture, michael kors large runway watch, pinterest spring 2014 fashion, fashion blogger, spring fashion 2014, tory burch iPhone case, large jcrew link bracelet gold

The Sweetest Thing, www.thesweetestthingblog.com, Emily Gemma, Plain fedora, f21 fedora, jcrew fedora, faded rayban aviators, striped piko tunic, striped and pink tunic, pink skinny jeans, saint germaine, monogram necklace, two lettter monogram necklace, tory burch bow wedges, tory burch wedges, prada executive tote, prada large double zip tote, mali beads bracelets, love always couture, michael kors large runway watch, pinterest spring 2014 fashion, fashion blogger, spring fashion 2014, tory burch iPhone case
 Top, Lime Lush c/o (similar styles here, here, & here) | Denim, J.Brand | Wedges, Tory Burch (these go with EVERYTHING & are so comfortable... also love these for $60!) | Bag, Prada (Michael Kors version//Tory Burch version) | Sunglasses, Ray-Ban | Phone Case, Tory Burch | Lips, Candy Yum Yum | Bracelets, similar, MaLiBeads c/o, Love Always Couture c/o | Necklace, Love Always (16inch/1.5diameter) | Hat, Forever 21 (more here) | Rings, ILY couture c/o, Bauble Bar | Watch, Michael Kors | Earrings, Nadri

I wanted to do a What I Wore post from last Friday... we were traveling to Atlanta & I thought this was the perfect ensemble for our little road trip. The top is a dolman sleeve top/dress... I am almost 5'7 so I don't know if I could do it as a top but I really like the loose, flowy'ness of it. As for my shoes... they speak for themselves! I'm kind of crazy over them, I've been waiting for them to come out for weeks. But I also like this pair ($58!) that just came out - the nude patent leather will go with so much & the wedge is perfect.

Hope you all had a great weekend! Thank you for reading!