10 Black Owned Businesses to Support

Hey everyone!

I hope you all are doing well and staying safe! Today I’m going to share a list I’ve compiled of fashion and lifestyle brands that are black owned and created. I’m going to leave a link here to an Instagram post by @maketheirpocketshurtla that does a great job at explaining why supporting black owned businesses is so crucial. As always, I hope you can find some new places that you love from this post, and continue to advocate for the equality of all people regardless of race!

Fashion:

  • SincerelyTommy (@sincerelytommy_): I found this store a few weeks ago on Instagram, and I’ve been following it ever since! Created in Brooklyn, this shop sells a variety of unique items, from patent leather tops to beaded pearl necklaces. I always love checking out the shoes on their website; I find that everything is different from things I’ve seen before. They also have a coffee shop and restaurant, so be sure to support those if you’re local to Brooklyn.
  • Love, Hayley (@shoplovehayley): This store is so trendy and cute! I recently bought a ribbed activewear set from here, and the owner, Hayley, has such a great personality and is so sweet. The store is updated weekly and constantly has new arrivals flooding in; the quality is great, especially for how affordable everything is!
  • Jane Dottie Vintage (@janedottievintage): This is another store that I’ve found has such great things for great prices. When it comes to thrifting and vintage shopping, I sometimes have better luck if I look through things that have already been curated to fit a certain kind of style or store. This shop is perfect for that; they have a variety of vintage pieces to shop from, and everything is already so cute and in great condition. I also really like the scrunchies that they sell. I actually just ordered a pink silk one that I’m so excited for!
  • KRWND (@iamkrwnd): This is an online jewelry store that makes custom pieces and sells gold plated, sterling silver, and solid gold jewelry. They have such pretty, staple pieces. There’s lots of very dainty and delicate items that would look great layered together or on their own.
  • Sustainable Maria (@sustainable.maria): Sustainable and black owned? It almost seems too good to be true, but Sustainable Maria brings this to life. I originally found out about this shop when I came across a really cute pair of their overalls on Etsy. They sell a lot of up-cycled and reworked pieces.
  • Telfar (@telfarglobal): I love these handbags, and I think a lot of their pieces look so luxurious and chic. I really like the shape and style of their bags and also all of the colors that can be chosen from.

Lifestyle:

  • Label By Three (@labelbythree): This shop sells both clothing and home decor, but I was immediately drawn to some of the vintage home items they have. I saw some floral coasters on there that were super pretty, and they also have jewelry boxes, mirrored trays, vases, etc.
  • Emma Make Studio (@emma.make): Another great Etsy find of mine is Emma Make Studio. There are so many great prints and patterns from this shop that come in a variety of items. I love the wall art she sells, and I’m overall just really into the aesthetic of the shop.
  • Claude Home (@claudehome): If you’re a homeowner or are just looking to window shop, Claude Home has such interesting items. Everything comes in unique, bold shapes that still remain minimalistic and simple.
  • Ron Nicole (@iamronnicole): Ron Nicole makes artwork from plaster and plants straight out of her home garden, making each piece one of a kind. The attention to detail is evident throughout her work.

I hope this post was helpful and gave you new businesses to show some love to! Feel free to leave other businesses in the comments section that weren’t listed above. All the love!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Jordan Rich from Fabletics on Micro-Influencers, Marketing, and Her Favorite Fabletics Leggings

Hey everyone!

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Jordan Rich, a coordinator at Fabletics who also runs their influencer content program! It was really inspiring to hear the answers she had to my questions and also to get insight on the world of fashion marketing and content creation. As most of you know, I’m currently studying to become a part of the business side of the fashion industry, so hearing someone else’s experience was very cool for me. She shared a lot of great tips and insight; I learned a lot, and I hope you do too! Thank you Jordan for allowing me to interview you and

Emily: Can you please introduce yourself to the readers of Emily’s Edge? We’re so excited to have you on the blog today. 

Jordan: Hi Everyone! My name is Jordan Rich. I am 26 years old, and I live in Los Angeles. I was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, CA and went to college at University of Arizona where I majored in Arts, Media, and Entertainment. 

E: What’s your main role at Fabletics, and how did you get started working there?

J: I was referred to Techstyle (Fabletics parent company) by a family friend. She was close friends with one of the senior associates at Techstyle who was able to help push my resume along. I have been with Fabletics for a little over two and a half years now. 

When I was first brought on, our team was fairly small. There were a total of 7 of us, who at that time made up the PR, Social Media, Brand Partnership, and Influencer team.  My role was an assistant level position, and I was brought on to help build out the micro influencer program. Over the past two and a half years I was promoted to a coordinator position, and we have expanded our teams. There are now 4 women who sit on the Social Media team and there are now 11 of us on the PR/Brand Partnership team. I currently I run our IGC (Influencer Generated Content) program. This program works with strictly content creators in the micro space. For those of you who are not as familiar with this realm, there are two different types of influencers. Macro influencers  are girls with the hundreds of thousands or millions of followers. Most of these collaborations are paid partnerships with binding contracts.

 Micro influencers are girls who have under around 50k followers, which is where I specialize. My program is a product for post partnership, meaning no payment of any kind outside of the products gifted by Fabletics. I go on Instagram and find content creators with anywhere from 100 followers to 50k followers who simply take amazing content. I try and find profiles that feel very organic and effortless, girls who I think would be a great fit for the brand.  From there I send them two outfits per month in exchange for content and two posts on their personal Instagram page. Once I receive the images back from the influencers, I am able to share it with the wider Fabletics team to feature on our website, emails, social posts, ads, etc. When I first started building out this program in 2018, we were working with 15-25 influencers; now, we are partnering with over 200 influencers for just the IGC program alone. 

E: Did you always know that you wanted to work in marketing? 

J: To be honest, I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation. I knew I wanted to do something creative but I didn’t know exactly what that looked like. I didn’t have an interest in becoming a graphic designer and I had had a few social media internships but I didn’t have much direction. Right after graduation I did a few random jobs here and there before landing a corporate job at iHeart Media. I realized I wasn’t as familiar with the business world as my friends were, and I felt like I needed to go get a sales job just to have the experience. I figured if I could learn a little bit about the business side I could potentially land a position the bridged art and business. At the time, a friend I went to high school and college with was working at iHeart as an assistant; she mentioned that they were looking for an assistant in their commercial sales department. I figured if I was going to take a sales job it might as well be for a company I could relate to. My role at iHeart was to place commercial ads on radio stations. Although iHeart wasn’t the best fit for me, I learned a lot about the corporate world. Coming from a studio art/pop culture background, I wasn’t taught how to use Excel in school.  I was immediately forced to learn the basic professional tools my friends had learned as marketing/business majors. From there I learned what I didn’t want to do, which was anything with numbers. 

When I learned about the position at Fabletics I didn’t really know what to make of it. I knew nothing about influencers (on the way to my interview I actually googled the term “Influencer”) and the only social media experience I had was from summer internships a few years prior or my lack of interest on my personal Instagram page. Luckily, the two women interviewing me saw my work ethic and knew that the rest could be taught. When I got the job offer I thought they had made a mistake, I knew they knew I had no idea what an influencer was or how to even find one on Instagram. The only thing I knew was that it wasn’t sales, which at the time was the only thing I cared about. Now that I think back, it was a pretty bold move for both myself and Fabletics. 

E: What has been the most rewarding part of your job? What has been the most challenging?

J: The most rewarding part of my job is definitely the relationships I am creating with these content creators. For many of them this is the first time a company noticed them and their work. For the most part the girls in the program do not consider themselves influencers. They truly are real people, they have everyday jobs, families, and purely create content on the side because they love it. Fabletics allows me to encourage these women to live out their passion on a more impactful level. They go from seeing their work on their personal page to being featured on ‪Fabletics.com‬ and on our Fabletics social page. This also gives our brand a more organic feeling; we are activewear for everyday people. 

 I would say the most challenging part of this job is maintaining every relationship. Currently, I run this program alone and it’s up to me to get everything done. Each month I have to send all 200 girls tow outfits per month and communicate due dates and deadlines, provide tracking, and answer any questions they might have. That’s in addition to the inner workings of actually sharing the content with the wider Fabletics team. Some mornings I wake up to 5 emails or I can wake up to 100. 

E: Do you have any advice that you’d give to those who are aspiring to work in fashion marketing?

J: My only advice would be to say “Yes” to everything. Even if you don’t think it will be the right fit for you, I say try it out. I could not do my job at Fabletics if I hadn’t spent that year and a half learning about sales at iHeart. You never know what tools you may learn or people you might meet along the way. 

E: Last but not least, what’s your favorite product from Fabletics?

J: Ugh this is such a tough question! I really love our Pureluxe leggings. They are so soft and perfect for all day wear of any kind and great for any kind of low intensity workouts. 

Big thank you to Jordan for agreeing to be interviewed for Emily’s Edge! I hope you all were as inspired as I was.

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Jewelry Dupes for Trendy and Popular Pieces

Hey everyone!

I’m back with another post today, and I’m really excited about this one because I’ve done so much research for it and had a lot of fun finding new businesses to support! As you can see, today I’m going to be sharing dupes for popular and trendy jewelry that you’ve probably seen circulating around Insta and other social media platforms! By no means am I saying not to support the pieces that are the “originals”; I’ve included links for both pieces as I find that the more expensive items are probably made of higher quality and are just as cute! However, some are far more expensive than we’d might like to spend, so the dupes are great if you want something similar at a lower price point. The other great thing is that, with the exception of one business, the dupes are all smaller companies that would be great to support! I hope you love this post and that you can find some cute alternatives.

The Original: Initial Card Necklace from Bracha ($52) vs. The Dupe: Gold Initial Letter Pendent Necklace from ZoeJewelryDesigns on Etsy ($27). I’ve seen a lot of these initial card necklaces lately, and I can totally understand why they’re popular right now. The charm is really unique looking and has a vintage style to it. Luckily, there are tons of these necklaces available online so you can have one of your own! I picture wearing this with shorter necklaces, too.

The Original: Palos Verde Butterfly Necklace from Stephanie Gottlieb ($2,300) vs. The Dupe: Dainty Gold Butterfly Pendent Necklace from Rudiana on Etsy ($15). I saw this necklace from Stephanie Gottlieb on one of my favorite bloggers, Danielle Bernstein, and when I went to see how much it was, I quickly realized that it was not a purchase I could afford to make (a girl’s gotta save). I immediately went to Etsy after and searched up butterfly necklaces to see if I could find a dupe. This one is so affordable and really sweet.

The Original: Baby Samira Hoops from Jennifer Fisher ($350) vs. The Dupe: PAVOI 14k Gold Colored Lightweight Chunky Open Hoops on Amazon ($13.95). I personally cannot take credit for this dupe because I’ve seen so many people on Tiktok rave about these earrings from PAVOI on Amazon. I actually just bought a pair to see if they live up to the hype and actually look like the Jennifer Fisher hoops that are so popular and can be seen on lots of celebrities (you know Hailey Bieber’s daily hoops? These are them).

The Original: DSJ’s Signature Meaningful Multi Gold Initial Necklace from Dana Seng Jewelry Collection ($510) vs. The Dupe: Personalized Name Necklace from BELKYmood on Etsy (from $29.25). I love these initial necklaces; I think they make such a wonderful gift and look so delicate and beautiful on. I’ve seen these ones by Dana Seng on lots of celebrities, but I’ve personally gotten a similar necklace off of BELKYmood as a gift. They start at $29.25 and become a little bit more expensive depending on the letters and icons you choose to add to the chain. The chain is really sparkly in person and the quality is great!

The Original: Blush Butterfly Earrings from Chvker Jewelry ($42) vs. The Dupe: Mariposa Earrings from SimpleNGreat on Etsy ($5). I’ve seen these earrings in so many Instagram advertisements, and I saw them on Etsy for only $5 and decided, why not? Obviously, they’re not of the best quality, but they’re a great piece of fashion jewelry and look so similar to the originals. I had lots of people ask me for the details on them too!

Thank you all so much for reading this! I’m still keeping you all in my thoughts and sending light your way!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Brandon Wallace on I’ternal Studios, the Anti-Fashion Movement, and Why You Need AF1s

Hey everyone.

I hope all of you are doing well in terms of everything that is going on right now. I’m still thinking of all of you who have been impacted recently either because of COVID-19 or the inequality and racism our world is facing. If you haven’t seen it already, you can check out last week’s blog post and the statement I made regarding BLM here. I am also sharing a lot of helpful posts on my Instagram story, as well as sharing any black-owned businesses that I find whom you can support!

I talked to my friend Brandon last month, and we did a short little interview that I’m happy to post on here today! Brandon is very creative and has an eye for fashion; he’s always starting and creating new ideas and brands. He talked to me about getting into photography (he shot the pictures I modeled in for PDR!), his inspirations, and so much more. I hope you enjoy!

Emily: Who/what influences your style?

Brandon: The reason I really got into fashion was because of music, and my favorite artist was Kanye West; he influenced my style greatly very early on. Currently, I’m working on curating a style that is me, and as of now I’ve found workwear and Japanese Americana as my biggest inspiration. I also am looking into the anti-fashion movement of the 1990s with designers like Helmet Lang, Ann Demeulemeester, and Raf Simons being my muse.

E: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your goals for the future.

B: My name is Brandon Wallace and I’m from Dallas, Texas. My main goal in life is to have an impact on people and the world, whether it be in fashion or another medium of art. As of right now, I’m working on starting my fashion house, I’ternal Studios (@iternal.studios), and I’m starting to explore photography (@brandonsgallery). I’m starting my styling portfolio to help jumpstart my career in styling.

E: What’s your favorite item in your closet?

B: I have two pieces in my closet that I really enjoy. There’s an NYU sweatshirt I have that I cut the ribbing off of and distressed the bottom and sleeves. I love it because of the shape it has; it now has a cropped look in the sleeves and bottom that look great. My second item would be my Dickies 873 pants. They fit perfect and I can wear them with almost any outfit I come up with.  

E: What’s an item that everyone should have in their wardrobe?

B: The most essential piece everyone should have in their closet is Air Force 1s. You can’t go wrong wearing them and almost every pant falls on them perfectly. It’s overall a timeless sneaker. Even if you can’t dress, Air Force 1s will make you look like you can.  

Thank you again to Brandon for doing this interview with me. To stay up to date on all his endeavors, you can follow him on Instagram @bxdxw_.

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

My Response to Recent Events #BlackLivesMatter

Hi everyone.

As many of you are aware, George Floyd passed away on May 25th after police officer, Derek Chauvin, held Floyd to the pavement with his knee on his neck. Floyd was an innocent man, and he told the officer he could not breathe. The officer didn’t listen.

Hearing about this news made me heartbroken for Floyd, for his family and friends, and for the black community. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened; in fact, there is a long list of individuals who have died innocently simply because of their skin color. This is because systematic racism is still a part of our country today. I cannot deny the fact that I have white privilege. I will never know what it feels like to be oppressed because of my skin color, and I will never feel the direct pain that comes with that. But I’m here to say that I hear you, I see you, and I’m here to support you.

It simply doesn’t feel right to not post something on here; Emily’s Edge may be smaller than other websites, but it’s a platform just the same. To be silent on here, or worse, to post something related to fashion and act like this never occurred, would be ignorant and hurtful. I urge all of you to do whatever you can in this situation to make a positive change. Please stand in solidarity with each other. Recognize your privilege if you’re white, and become more educated on these matters. There is always room to learn.

Here are more ways you can help out:

-Donate to George Floyd’s family here.

-Donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund here.

-Support black-owned businesses.

-Text FLOYD to 55156 and sign the petition.

-Research and learn about systematic racism and how it affects others.

-Do not remain silent on this issue. Raise awareness and acknowledge it! Silence will not do anything.

-Find protests near you (be careful and research beforehand).

To my readers, especially those who are a part of the black community: I am so deeply sorry. I will continue to stand next to you and support you in any way that I can.

All my love as always,

Emily Berrol

Rap Fiesta on Looking the Part and Helping Artists Rise to Fame

Hey everyone!

I have a different but fun post for you today. I was recently contacted by the hip hop blog called Rap Fiesta, and I’m excited to share more about them. I know that there have been a lot of new readers since my last post, and a lot of them are people who are interested in music. I think this will introduce some of you to a new platform and creative outlet that will help you in your own creative journeys. However, for my other readers who are here for fashion, don’t worry; we’ll touch on that, too.

To start off with, I want to share what Rap Fiesta is and what they do. As I mentioned, they’re a hip hop blog, but they’re also so much more than that. Started in New York City, they were originally founded by individuals who were fascinated when it came to the industry, many of them being artists themselves. They knew that hip hop was multifaceted and that there was more than just music; there was a community, too. RF began to create a space where artists could come together and create the best music possible all while inspiring others.

One of my favorite things about Rap Fiesta is that they truly have a desire to help creators. Every Thursday, they hold their Rap Fiesta Radio competition in which they present music from different artists. These artists then get feedback from a live audience who will later vote for their favorite song. The prize? A coveted article on RF’s blog. As someone who has known individuals who have participated in these competitions, I can attest to how badly they want to win and be featured on their website. And who can blame them? RF has an abundance of insight and connections when it comes to hip hop and the thriving music industry.

I also talked about fashion with them and asked if that affected any of their decisions or the artists they work with. Rap Fiesta let me know that they’re “keen on looking at how artists carefully piece together their image” and that “fashion is key to that.” They recognize that what you wear says a lot about you; it sets the tone for who you are as an artist. RF also thinks that looking the part is important because it ties back into branding and marketing which ultimately helps with the success of an individual. In addition to this, they invited me to talk to them about the cultural influence of hip hop on the street style movement. You can find this and other great pieces on rapfiesta.com!

I encourage you all to check them out, and if you’re an artist, don’t hesitate to reach out to them on Instagram @rapfiesta! They’re a great resource, and I want to thank them again for giving me the opportunity to talk with them on their blog. It was really insightful and fun for me!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Marquis Johnson on His Album, Personal Style, and Why He’s the Next Big Artist

Hey everyone!

I have a really fun and different post for you today. My friend Marquis, aka MarqtheMilkman if you’re familiar with his music, talked to me all about his music, inspirations, and personal style. Marquis and I met at college since we’re both a part of the same major, and if there’s one thing that you should know about him, it’s that he’s ambitious and driven. He’s dedicated to his passions in life and won’t let anything get in his way when it comes to achieving them. I hope you all enjoy this interview and get to know his fun sense of style and personality.

Emily: Who/what influences your style?

Marquis: A lot of people influenced my style. I feel like I have my own style now though. Some of the main ones that influenced me are Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, and Kurt Cobain if we’re talking fashion specifically. I try to gather as many sources as possible and create something of my own so that I’m the most unique crayon in the color box, you feel me? I’d rather stand out rather than fit in if that makes sense because this day and age if you just fit in with the rest of the people nothing really makes you special. I want to be different than the status quo.

E: How has music impacted your life in general? Has it impacted the way you view fashion?

M: Man, music is probably one of the only things that is keeping me alive at this point. I feel like music gave me something to work really hard for, and I just keep striving to be better than the day before. I grew up trying a whole lotta things, and this was finally something that I was actually pretty good at. I want to take the skills that I have and make something of myself. One of my goals is to become one of the best artists in my generation and win a Grammy one day.

E: What inspired your latest album, The Jersey Devil?

M: Well, I think The Jersey Devil inspiration comes from my upbringing. I grew up in a pretty religious household so a lot of my rhetoric is of Angels, Demons, or omens and things of that nature.  I wanted the beats and other things to be more eerie, darker tones; I wanted it to be lower stuff with more of a wavy vibe then I have done in the past. I used to actually try to do more lyrical stuff but I’m on a whole new wave now. Sonically, I wanted this to be my best project ever. This is my third year rapping and this felt like my true start on the rise to the top. I took about six or seven months to make sure everything was completely right.

E: A lot of musicians base their songs and lyrics from experiences they’ve had or people they’ve met. Is there any experience or any person that has inspired a song or lyrics?

M: All of my music is based off of the different experiences that I’ve been through in life or things I’ve seen or heard. Most of my slow songs are sad songs, and they’re inspired by girls I’ve come in contact with in the past. I want to make music for people that come from all walks of life and stuff; songs that people can relate to because it’s real music. It’s stuff that I’ve been through. My music is for anybody and everybody, so I want to put my real experiences into it, and it doesn’t matter who my listeners are. 

Big thank you to Marquis for talking with me and for being so open about his experiences and music! Be sure to check out his new album and singles on different streaming platforms by searching “marqthemilkman.” For more information, make sure to follow his Instagram, @marqthemilkman.

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Quarantine Favorites

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe. I thought that I’d share some of my favorite things right now during quarantine because now is the perfect time to try new products! I have a bit of an assortment of items here; ideally, I’d like to have some more items in the fashion category, but with staying home for the past month, I honestly haven’t been very fashionable. I hope you enjoy this post nonetheless.

Hydroflask 32 oz Water Bottle in Watermelon: I’ve had a hot pink Hydroflask for the past two years, and I’ve absolutely loved it; it’s forced me to drink so much water by carrying it around with me. Unfortunately, that water bottle was one of the things I left behind in my dorm room, so I decided it was time to get a new one. These water bottles are just great in general because you can get your daily water intake by drinking only two of these a day, and the water stays cold for so long.

Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Creme: My mom bought this awhile ago and gave it to me to try out, and I really like it! I put it in my hair when it’s wet and let my hair dry with it still in. It smells amazing, and I like the way my curls look after I use it. It helps them dry together and not separate which is great. If you want something that will leave your hair soft and hydrated, I recommend trying this out!

Fringe Stationary ‘Best Year Ever’ 2020 Planner from Anthropologie: This planner is great, especially since I’ve been doing school online and have had to keep track of due dates and assignments. It has a whole section that shows a calendar for the month but also day by day slots where you can fill in your plans. I’ve been looking online to see if this is still available, but it’s unfortunately not; however, if you want a great planner, definitely look on Anthropologie because they carry the cutest stationary.

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine: We’ve had this coffee machine for awhile now, but I’ve been taking full advantage of it now that we’re in quarantine and I’m back home. I love how the espresso tastes both hot or iced, and there’s a lot of different capsules you can choose from (my favorite is vanizo). It also leaves foam on top which makes it look really pretty and taste great. They make a ton of these in different colors/styles, but I’ll link the exact one I have here at home.

Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure. Nail Color from Ulta: I decided to try this nail polish out because I heard good things about it, and I’m so impressed and love it! I have it in three different colors, but my favorite is the pink one called rose petal. I love that the formula is 16 free and doesn’t have any toxic chemicals in it. It lasts a long time, goes on great, and is super opaque. Ulta has a buy one, get one half off right now, so I totally suggest you get your hands on a couple of these!

Pink Tie Dye Hoodie from Marissa Bruno: Last, but certainly not least, is this pink hoodie from Marissa Bruno. I’m sure so many of you have probably seen these hoodies on Instagram or your favorite influencers; I know a lot of people are selling tie dye right now, but hers are seriously the best because the colors are so rich and vibrant. This hoodie is so soft and cozy while remaining cute and fashionable. I’ve been living in it ever since I got it in the mail, and it’s been one of my favorite items during quarantine.

School is officially out for me, so expect tons of more blog posts as I finalize a posting schedule! Big things coming. Thanks for sticking around 🙂

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

5 Ways to Shop Smart

Hey guys!

One of my best friends recommended that I write a blog post about this, and I thought it was such a good idea. She expressed to me that she sometimes ends up with random items after shopping that she doesn’t love or knows how to incorporate into her wardrobe. Another person I talked to also told me that they had a similar problem, and that in general, she struggled finding pieces that could be implemented into several outfits. I feel like this might be more common than people realize, and I’m here to share my own tips for shopping smart and creating a wardrobe you love.

Tip 1: Buy the basics. When it comes to curating a great wardrobe, staple pieces (such as a great white and black tee, a leather jacket, the perfect fit of jeans, etc.) are a must because they’ll be in your closet forever. So many stylish and timeless outfits can be made out of really simple and minimalistic pieces because accessorizing is key and can completely bring your outfit to the next level. I recommend investing in good quality basics so that you’ll have them for a really long time.

Tip 2: Save outfits you like and compare them. This is kind of like doing an “inventory” of your style. Go on Instagram, Pinterest, and other apps and save pictures of outfits or items that you like. Once you’ve collected a good amount of images, go through them and see if there are any similarities. You’ll usually be able to spot some trends with the images you save. For example, when I look at my fashion board on Pinterest, I see a lot of outfits that are simple yet sophisticated and chic. Doing this can help you discover more of your personal style.

Tip 3: Do not impulse buy. Alright, I think we’ve all been guilty of this one before. It’s really easy to see something that you like and want to buy it right away, but this is one way that we end up with random items in our closet with the tags still on them. Before buying an item, ask yourself these questions: Where would I wear this? Are there other items that I own that would go with this piece? Would I be able to style this?

Tip 4: Ask others for their opinion. Whenever I’m trying something on and I’m just not sure if I should buy it, I text my mom and some of my friends. I’ll send a photo of myself wearing it, and then I hear what they have to say about it. If you have a friend who likes fashion or is someone who knows your style well, go shopping with them! Ask them what they think of outfits. You can even ask them to create an outfit for you; this can be a really fun thing to do and can also introduce you to new styles that you might have not thought about wearing before.

Tip 5: Patience is a virtue… even when it comes to shopping. Don’t force yourself to shop, and if you know you need an outfit for an upcoming event, don’t wait until the last minute. Always give yourself plenty of time because stores put out new inventory weekly and the last thing you want to do is buy something that you end up not loving or feeling comfortable in.

I really hope these tips are valuable and can help some of you. I’m also thinking of everyone during this time of uncertainty right now; I hope you’re all healthy and doing well!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

My Favorite Spring Clothing Picks for 2020

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re all coping well with self isolation and staying inside 24/7. Like many of you, I’ve been spending plenty of time on the internet. I decided to compile some of my favorite clothing items for spring that I’ve found while browsing. I’m hoping that it will start getting warmer in the next couple of months and really starting to feel like spring.

Here are the pieces I’m showing (from left to right):

Organza Puff Sleeve Ponte Top from Topshop: I saw a lot of tops like this last year and thought they were so cute. About a month ago, I was walking past Aritzia and I saw a shirt that was really similar to this one. I ended up going online later and finding this one from Topshop and bought it during a Nordstrom sale. It is so pretty, and the sleeves are what make it so beautiful. It looks so flattering and girly on, and I’m so excited to pair it with some jeans and shorts in the next few months.

Feeling Butterflies Mauve Pink Ruffled Side-Tie Mini Dress from Lulu’s: This dress is gorgeous, and I think it would be the perfect dress for a spring/summer event or to just wear out and about when the weather is warm. I love the color of it, and the tiered ruffles are super cute. I also like that it’s a wrap dress; we saw a lot of these last season, and I don’t think they’re going away anytime soon.

The Traveller Ribbed Knit in Sky from Verge Girl: I love the color of this top and its ballon sleeves. I think it’s such a great shade for spring, and it doesn’t seem too thick which is nice. It can still get a little bit cold in the springtime, so this would be the perfect lightweight, long sleeved top to wear. I also really like the ribbed material of it! Ribbing is so in right now.

Jude Light Wash Distressed Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle Jeans from Lulu’s: These jeans are really nice, and I like that they’re distressed but not too ripped. I especially love how they have it right above the hem of the jeans by your ankles because that adds such a nice detail. These are mid rise, but I like that they show it paired with a bodysuit because you know they’re not too low where it looks weird if tops are tucked into them.

Wilfred Free Oracle T-Shirt from Aritzia: I have this t-shirt in black, and I’m not kidding guys, it’s the most flattering tee ever. I’m seriously considering buying it in white after I write this blog post because it’s so chic and a perfect staple piece. It’s really casual but the way it looks on is just so sophisticated and cool. If you decide to buy one thing from this post, get this, and thank me later.

Wilfred Free Cut-Out Knit Top from Aritzia: This is another top that I picked up from Aritzia, and it’s so unique. I know a lot of tops are out there with the cutouts towards the neckline, but this one has it at the bottom of the shirt. I tried this on in their store and loved the way it looked on. It’s another sophisticated and timeless piece. I have it in white. It’s currently sitting in my dorm room in New York but hopefully I’ll be reunited with it soon!

The Heartbreakers Knit Top in Musk from Verge Girl: This top is similar to the blue one, except the sleeves puff out and then get tight around the rest of the arm. I also love the color of this; Verge Girl has such a great color range when it comes to pieces on their website, and they sell lots of the same items in different colors. I love how this is styled with the shorts, but I also think it would be great with the skinny jeans shown above!

Guetta Mini Dress in White from Princess Polly: I saw this dress on Instagram awhile ago, and I’ve found it so pretty ever since. I feel like this would be such a great dress for something special (maybe Easter?). It’s gorgeous, and Princess Polly honestly has a lot of dresses on their site that are great for spring.

90’s Cool Star Knit from Verge Girl: I would buy this sweater right now if it was in stock. It’s so simple and basic, but I love the stars on it and I’d seriously wear it into next winter. I’d love this paired with skinny jeans since it is a bit oversized, but I also feel like this would be so comfy to throw on with some leggings if you’re traveling or out and about. I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open to see when this comes back in stock.

Knit Tie Back Top in Lilac from Verge Girl: This is another top that I think is just so pretty, and the color is what especially sold me on it. I love that it ties in the back, and it honestly reminds me of Parisian style for some reason. It is so beautiful, and is also available in several other colors!

I really hope you all liked this blog post! It took me longer than expected to put together so thank you for reading it. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy with everything going on!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol