Friday, October 9, 2015

The Perfect Fall Sweater

SWEATER: Halogen (wearing the small | DENIM: AG | BOOTS: Gucci (similar HERE & HERE) | BAG: Valentino (love this tan bag, too!) | WATCH: Michael Kors | BRACELETS: David Yurman | RING: David Yurman | LIPS: 'Cherish' w/ 'Chelsea Girls" on top

Okay, this mock turtleneck is seriously a FAVE of mine - it comes in a couple of colors, it is the perfect tunic length (so you can wear it w/leggings!) & is super warm & fall'ish! Last night I wore it w/ripped denim & booties -- but I can also picture it w/a faux fur vest or a huge scarf, as well! I love finding staple pieces like this. (Also, I have THIS sweater - it is only $38 and has a similar fit!)

Also, these photos were taken outside of the The Greenbrier... and I have awesome news, if you use code GEMMA when booking a room at The Greenbrier, you'll get a complimentary room upgrade & a special discounted rate! Yesterday we drove up the mountain to the sporting club & holy cow- it was stunning! I Snapchatted a few photos, so some may have seen, but it was seriously dreamy! The entire place is gorgeous, but I was in love with the views from the top of the mountain!

I hope you all had a wonderful week- and have a fun weekend! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Golden Leaves & A Cozy Cardy

CARDIGAN: Dreamers (wearing XS - runs large!) | TUNIC: Lush (runs large!) | DENIM: AG | BOOTS: Gucci (similar HERE & HERE) | HAT: BP | WATCH: Michael Kors | LIPS: Lolita (this is similar) | HANDBAG: Valentino | BRACELET: David Yurman

Hello from West Virginia! I flew out to Charlotte on Tuesday & Caitlin & I made a road trip to WV to stay at The Greenbrier! The drive here was GORGEOUS, like picture perfect! The trees are all turning & leaves were falling everywhere. 

I actually wanted to share a little info on my favorite jeans today though... On Sunday evening as I was packing I took a Snapchat showing all of the jeans I was packing- all of which are AG Jeans. So, I am really, really picky about denim. My body is so not proportional - I wear a different size on top than I do on the bottom.. also, I am pretty tall (almost 5'7) & it seems like denim these days are always too long which is crazy. Anyway, my favorite jeans of ALL time are the AG 'Super Skinny Ankle' jean/legging. They fit me like a glove, they are figure flattering, they hit right at my ankle so I can wear them w/booties --- or easily tuck them into my boots (like I did here!) Also, you probably noticed that I wear THESE a lot - they are a good example of how well the AG brand washes up. They don't really fade in color which I keep them longer! If you are on the hunt for great jeans for the fall - I also love 7 For All Mankind & Rag & Bone!

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring today's post.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fall Essentials

1. Plaid Scarf (just ordered this, love the colors!)
2. Over The Knee Boots - these are a dupe & are only $150! (more sizes HERE)
3. Gold Watch (this Michele watch is on my wish list!)
4. Faux Fur Vest (how CUTE is this vest?! One of the best I've seen!)
5. Cable Knit Sweater (a sweater you will get TONS of wear out of...)
6. Ripped Denim (these are affordable & still great quality, flattering fit!)
7. Tortoise Sunglasses (under $100 - remind me of designer sunglasses)
8. Wool Hat (probably my favorite fall accessory - I love hats during the fall!)

I am in Charlotte, yay! We are making a little road trip today & I'm so excited- it should be really pretty where we are going! I've packed lots of cozy sweater & scarves! (You can follow on Snapchat - emilyanngemm)

Hope you all are having a great week - Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Prep..

TURTLENECK: J. Crew (similar here  & here that are less expensive!) | BLAZER: old (similar HERE) | SCARF: F21 (not online) (almost identical HERE, HERE, & HERE) | DENIM: old (similar here) | BAG: Louis Vuitton (similar here) | HEELS: Christian Louboutin (similar under $100) | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | LIPS: Viva Glam | BRACELETS: David Yurman | WATCH: Michael Kors

One item that I find to be a fall essential is... the turtleneck. A couple of years ago I started going to J.Crew and getting their tisse turtlenecks because they are the ultimate fall/winter layering item! They are a little pricy considering how basic they are, so make sure you check out the Nordstrom ones too - they are VERY similar. I personally love the striped ones - they are easy to mix with other prints without messing up. :) 

This morning I am headed to the airport to catch a flight -- I stayed up SOOO late last night and I'm regretting it now. :/ 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ripped Jeans & A Blanket Scarf..

JACKET: BlankNYC (wearing sz small - highly recommend) | LONG SLEEVE TEE: BP (wearing sz small) | DENIM: old (similar here & here) | HEELS: Valentino (dupe for under $100) | SCARF: LaDouble | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | LIPS: Rebel (a long time fave of mine for fall!) | HANDBAG: Celine (love this tote) | BRACELETS: David Yurman 

Over the weekend, John and I made a quick trip to Dallas - it was a whirlwind of a trip because I really didn't want to leave Fitz, but it was something John had planned in advance for my birthday. As for Fitz, I think he had a great time at camp - when I dropped him off, they told me he had a twin there for the weekend. It ended up being a 4 month old standard golden doodle who was SO cute & Fitz liked him (ahem, maybe we need another pup?!). Anyway, I did a little bit of shopping while we were in Dallas & the minute I laid eyes on this jacket I knew I had to have it! This brand makes the best faux leather jackets so I knew I'd love the fit & quality of the suede one. 

Also, while in Dallas I stopped by the Tory Burch sale & got this, this, & this! I wore the sweater for a birthday lunch w/my family and got a lot of compliments so I had to share since the sale ends today!

Hope you all had a great weekend..xx.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall Throwback

With temperatures dropping, I can't help but look back on some of my favorite fall looks - and I had to round up a few that included some of my favorite Tory Burch items that are currently on sale. (PS. I did a post similar a couple of weeks back recreating other popular outfits from last fall - HERE if you are looking for fall inspiration!)

One of my favorite bags, ever - the Robinson! This version if it is gorgeous - also part of the Fall Event. This handbag is one that will go w/everything! (see photo below)
Outfit above: Jacket (wearing XS) | Tory Burch Boots (30% off) | Handbag | Turtleneck (I have these in all colors!) | Bootsocks

Sidenote - how cute is baby Fitzy?! I realized yesterday that I met him for the first time one year ago yesterday. He was the best present, ever! (He was 10 wks old in this photo!)
Details: Faux Fur Vest (wearing XS) | Tory Burch Booties (up to 30% off) (mine are from 2014) | Similar leggings

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One of my FAVE sales of the year starts TODAY and ends Monday! TORY BURCH is running up to 30% of SITEWIDE! 

I hope everyone had a great week - and has a fun weekend!! John is taking me on a quick trip out of town today - but we are meeting my entire family for lunch on Sunday which is my big thing to look forward to.. I can not wait to be with them all!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

How to Get the Perfect Loose Wave

As you all know, I teamed up with TRESemmé for their 15th season as the official haircare sponsor of New York Fashion Week. It is always such a privilege to be able to learn from their team of stylists and though this was not my first time working with them - I continue learning new tricks and tips. One of my favorite looks from Fashion Week was from my first day (this photo) where my hair had a loose wave and a few strands of hair were pulled back simply. One of the reasons I loved this is because it is elegant & put together, but super easy to achieve!

I'll share a step-by-step below..
 If you've followed me for long, you know I SWEAR by the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray. It's a must-have if you use any hot tool on your hair!

After you've sectioned off your hair (I have to section my hair of in thirds.. so in the above photo I am just showing my bottom layer!) grab your favorite curling wand! I honestly have never been a huge fan of curling wands. I think they are hard to use bc my hair has a silky/slippery texture with lots of layers. That being said, I have GOOD NEWS! Ha, THIS curling wand is a game changer. I have been using it for a couple of months now and have had an influx of "how did you curl your hair here?" questions!
The trick to getting the perfect wave is A. you have to hold the barrel pointing DOWN and you have to wrap the hair  AWAY from your face!

Here's a photo of how much hair I wrap around the wand at a time and how the wave looks initially.

After you finish using the wand on each section - you have to spray this TRESemmé 24 Hour Finishing Spray. This product is essential - it is not heavy in the least - but very light & buildable! It more or less secures the wave - but allows it to have a natural look!
STEP 4: 
After you've completed the first 3 steps on all of the sections of your hair, grab this TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Infusing Serum and apply ON THE ENDS of your curls/waves! Not only does it eliminate frizz, but it smooths the hair & makes it extra shiny!

So this is what the waves should look like when you are done!

Okay, so you can leave your hair down - but I loved having the pieces full back out of my face! I grabbed a teasing comb & teased the crown of my head and then sprayed that with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray just to lock in the tease! :) 

STEP 6: 
I just grabbed a few small pieces that hang around my face & pinned them back with a bobby pin to give my hair a laid-back, polished look -- and of course sprayed with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray to secure the look!

And voila - the look is done!

Let me know if you have any questions!!

Other Details:
The curling wand is HERE. I am using the 1" barrel.
 My sweater is old but a similar style is HERE.
My clip is the bomb if you have heavy hair - find it HERE.
Jeans are here.
Lipstick is 'whirl'.
Pillows are from Little Design Co.

PS! HUGE SALE ALERT! Tory Burch is running their stewed 30% off sale today! I am so excited bc they sent a gift card for my birthday so I am using it.. linking what items I may buy below..

Thanks to TRESemmé, a product of Unilever, for sponsoring todays post.


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