August has been a crazy month, and I can’t believe that it’s nearing its end! So much has gone on, and I haven’t blogged for the majority of this month, so let me update you…
My birthday was a little bit over a week ago, so there were a few days of celebrations and lots of time that I got to spend with family and friends. It was so special and great, but before this, I was mainly spending a lot of my time packing or squeezing in some last shifts at work. I finished up my sales job at a small local business that I’ve been working at for the past year and a half; I loved my job and had such a great time working there, and I’m sad to see it end, but I’m grateful that my first job was one that I loved so much!
A few days ago I went to Portland in order to move my twin sister into her college, which was super cool because I had actually never been besides a layover in the airport! I spent a couple days hanging out with my aunt and my mom after we moved her in, and the city was awesome. I’m so glad that I got to see the campus that my sister is living on and to meet some of her friends! My next mission is to get her to visit New York, though, as she’s never been and I’m desperate for her to see it.
Lastly, I’m moving to New York tomorrow and officially moving into my dorm room on Saturday which is SO exciting! I honestly can’t wait because I’ve dreamed of living in New York and studying the business side of the fashion industry for so long. I can’t wait for it to be a reality and to also meet some of the wonderful people I’ve been in touch with for months now!
As you can see, August has been a whirlwind of new adventures, fresh starts, and happy times. I’ve truly been so content lately, and even though this new chapter is a bit uncertain, I’m so excited to embrace it and see where it takes me! I can’t wait to keep you all updated, too.
I hope everyone has had as great of a month as I have.
Talk to you really soon (and when I’m in New York)!
Did anyone else go to summer camp and spend time outdoors doing fun activities, one of them being tie-dying shirts? Well, step aside, summer camp, because tie-dye is becoming so much more than just a camp staple.
Tie-dye has been everywhere lately, and it’s definitely going to be sticking around for a bit longer. I first saw stores with pieces at the beginning of summer, but now that it’s August (how is it already August?!) and stores are still dropping new items with the colorful print, it’s sure to stick around.
Tie-dye is super fun and a great way to elevate your style. I personally find myself drawn to monochromatic clothing for some reason, and I feel like tie-dye is such a simple and cool way to add a pop of color into an ordinary outfit. Pairing a bodysuit or tee with some cool jeans would look so awesome. I’ve also seen a lot of hoodies online that people seem to be loving. When I went and searched for items to include in this post, I noticed that practically every store I looked at had some tie-dye, so you’re not limited to the pieces I’ve shown.
How do you feel about it? Is the crazy and colorful pattern here to stay, or will it make an exit once fall rolls around?
Back in December, I uploaded this post talking all about my experience with acrylic nails and the pros and cons I faced while having them. However, in June, I decided that it was time to say goodbye to long nails. I had acrylics for a year at that point with no breaks in between, so to say my natural nails were looking a bit worse for wear is an understatement. They were short and weak, and I knew that it was time to let them grow. As much as I loved acrylics, being able to let my nails breathe feels amazing. And I realized that if I wanted to let them grow strong and healthy, I’d probably have to do some sort of treatment since they’d definitely break on their own.
Ah, now this is where the magical thing called dip powder comes in. If you’re caught up on the beauty scene, then you’ve likely heard of this. For those of you that haven’t, dip powder is a nail polish treatment where you quite literally dip your fingers into colored powder after a base coat is applied. This happens several times, and eventually your nails are topped off with a top coat.
I’ve gotten this done three times, and each time, it has lasted me at least two weeks. The picture above was taken a little over a week and a half of having my nails done. And honestly? They look pretty dang good to me. I love that my natural nails have been able to grow out under the dip powder, and I also love that they look great for weeks. Additionally, the price hasn’t increased much from what I paid when I got my acrylics filled. I’ve also found that there’s a great variety of colors; pretty much all of the gel colors where I go come in a dip form.
There’s also been some talk about whether or not the powder has proteins in it that can actually strengthen your nails and help them grow. I searched it up, and there seems to be mixed opinions about it, so keep taking your biotin while we wait for some new information to come in.
Have I sold you on dip powder manicures? Honestly, I just love that I can have a great manicure for weeks that allows my natural nails to stay long.
Since getting the notification on my phone that Emily’s Edge has turned four years old, I’ve been thinking about writing this post. However, I’ve been out of town and traveling for the past couple of weeks, and I knew this had to wait. But now that I’m back, I feel as if I can finally give this post the attention and detail it deserves.
It’s strange to think that this blog has been around for four years, mostly because I know how different my life is now compared to when I started my website. Four years ago, I was about to enter my freshman year of high school. I was almost fifteen years old, and I remember relying on my mom to drive me to different locations in order to take pictures of my outfits. I was starting to discover how much fashion really meant to me and how badly I wanted to put myself out there and share my own ideas.
It feels kind of crazy to sit here and compare where I was when I started to where I am now. Now, I’m almost nineteen. I’m moving to New York next month where I’ll be studying the business side of the fashion industry. My writing skills have improved, as well as my fashion taste. The design of Emily’s Edge has changed and evolved.
This site is different from four years ago, and so am I. But it isn’t bad different; it’s actually very good. Throughout the years, Emily’s Edge has remained a constant part of who I am and has helped me explore my passions even further. I’ve been able to share my ideas with others, and also to grow as an individual. There are many opportunities that I would not have had if it weren’t for the time and passion I have poured into this blog.
Above all, I am so grateful, and I don’t think there will ever be a time where I’m not. I’m thankful for you, the people who keep coming back to hear what I have to say and leave me feedback. I’m thankful that I have the privilege and opportunity to share my own ideas and get them out into the world. I’m thankful for all that I have learned about writing and fashion, and all that I have yet to learn.
Thank you for four years, and for sticking by my side as I’ve grown and as Emily’s Edge has grown. Not a day goes by where I don’t count my blessings.
I am so excited to share today’s blog post with you. One of my great friends, Jess Manoogian, talked to me about their own personal style and identity. Jess is queer and trans, and uses they/them pronouns. We both attended the same high school and became even better friends once I joined the staff of our school newspaper. Jess has always been super supportive of me – whether it was encouraging me to start my own fashion column in journalism class or giving me great advice, I have always admired them. To top off their intelligent and kind personality, Jess is fearlessly themselves when it comes to style. Enjoy!
How has fashion played a role in expressing your sexuality and identity?
I honestly didn’t know how to answer this question because it encompasses so much! My gender and sexuality have changed so much since I first came out. I came out when I was 13, and I had this image of what a gay person looked like, like short hair and combat boots and flannels and beanies. I threw out all of my skirts and dresses to erase any trace of the person I was before I came out, and pulled the classic move of raiding my dad’s closet for his old t-shirts and flannels and sweaters and jeans.
For a moment, I worried if I was jumping the gun by wearing men’s clothes immediately after coming out. What if I didn’t have to erase who I was before coming out? I found the skirts and dresses I threw out earlier, bought a pair of heels, and dressed like an extra in a Taylor Swift music video. And the clothes felt great! But when I went out, people called me “miss” and “young lady” and every time they did I felt like puking. So I went back to the flannels and combat boots.
People started calling me “sir” and directing me to the men’s side of the store. Every time I almost corrected them, and every time I stopped myself and smiled, reveling in the fact that I could be in the men’s section without the judgemental stares. I was passing as a man about 50% of the time in public, and I loved it!
When I was in Seattle, I walked a mile in the dead of summer (skinny jeans and combat boots and everything) to get to this one thrift store. I must have been about 15. It was my first time walking alone in a city that big. As I walked further away from the towering corporate skyscrapers and overpriced artisanal coffee shops, I felt more and more eyes on me, surrounding me as I picked up the pace. The heat and the blacktop and the stares were suffocating, and all I wanted was to get to this thrift store. After what seemed like an eternity of wrong turns, I made it. I walked inside and saw this beautiful brown leather jacket on the rack – it was worn but not falling apart, with two sturdy pockets and shoulders that filled in everything I wanted mine to be. I tried it on and knew it was too big, but I didn’t even care because it made me feel stronger than anything. I wore it as I browsed through the racks and even as I checked out. As I left the store to walk through the crowds again, I walked like I could take on the whole world. People still stared, but that jacket felt like armor.
Back home, that jacket went everywhere with me. My favorite outfit back then was my dad’s old blue jeans, his old black t-shirt, combat boots, and that leather jacket. Looking back, it was a real look and now I wish I hadn’t given that jacket away. I don’t even know why I gave it away. People definitely treated me differently when I wore more masculine clothes, and there were lots of days where I wished I could wear what other people wanted me to, for my safety and their comfort. But for all the times I’ve been discriminated against, I’ve also gotten lots of compliments on my hair or my confidence or my jeans. And I know that being out and being myself is an important form of representation! Whenever I’m scared to wear the clothes I want, I think of everyone that could be seeing me and getting the confidence and reassurance they need.
What do you wear to Pride?
Since Pride is usually in June, it’s really hot outside, especially if you’re watching the parade from the streets of LA! So my first tip is to wear something that can withstand the heat – this year I wore shorts and a mesh tank top!
Honestly, the thing that saved my life during Pride was a pair of comfortable shoes. It can be really fun to wear something extra for Pride, but you’re gonna be doing a lot of walking from place to place. If you can walk in stilettos and be fine, great! But my pick would be sneakers.
Top tip: don’t sweat it if you aren’t decked out in rainbows! Pride gear can be really empowering, and it’s a great way to feel at home in the community, but it’s important to consider who you’re supporting when you go shopping for Pride gear. I know that Target and other big corporations have a lot of accessible rainbow merch, but the money you’re giving them is going towards the corporation, not the LGBT community. If you still want to dress in rainbows, consider making your own Pride gear! You’ll have something that you can really tailor to your identity and comfort level, without the pressure of gendered clothing sections! And if you want to spend your money, there are tons of queer-owned businesses; try Tomboy X, Stuzo Clothing, or Wildfang!
What advice would you give to someone who’s figuring out who they are while experimenting with their personal style?
Wear what makes you feel good and powerful, no matter how that looks! I feel like we’re taught that people are supposed to have one consistent aesthetic past age 12, but it’s so much more fun to let yourself play with different colors and patterns and cuts.
A thing that really helped me develop my style was disconnecting clothes from gender. Challenge yourself to let go of the idea that heels and dresses are “women’s clothes” and pants and boots are “men’s clothes.” Your horizons will be so much broader when you do!
Favorite piece of clothing you own?
My favorite piece of clothing I own is my dancin’ rock t-shirt (otherwise known as the baby shirt)! It’s a white t-shirt with the words “THE MOIRE’S” on the front in neon pink, and a black and white baby face on the back with the words “DANCIN’ ROCK” underneath it in the same neon pink. I got it in a thrift shop in Seattle (along with a too-big leather jacket) when I was still figuring out my style. It started as a kind of gross t-shirt that never quite fit right, but when I got to college I cut it into a tank top. It looks really cool with a cute bralette in the summer, or over a long sleeved t-shirt in the winter! It’s been with me through a lot of changes and I feel that history every time I wear it. [END OF INTERVIEW]
A big thank you to Jess for taking the time to talk with me and share who they are with Emily’s Edge readers.
If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know that I’m a big accessory girl. Jewelry is one of my favorite things to invest in, and I have some staple pieces that I wear every single day and don’t take off. I think it’s only fitting that I share some of my favorite places to find rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets… you name it!
Nina Segal Jewelry: If you love diamonds and stones, you should definitely check out this store and their Instagram page. It’s not the most affordable place ever because everything is made out of real materials, but it’s the perfect place if you’re looking to invest in a special piece for yourself or someone you know. This is always the first store I look at when I want to splurge on a new item for my collection.
Burro Goods: I love Burro because it has a mix of both designer and fashion jewelry. They have a lot of unique pieces that I’ve been able to find in store and not online, but they also have a big selection on their website with items from Chan Luu and Tai.
Tai Jewelry: If you’re looking for trendy jewelry with a great price tag, Tai is the shop to check out. I’ve been wearing their pieces for years now, and not only does it look beautiful, but it also lasts for years. All of their jewelry is either made of sterling silver or is gold plated, so it’s great quality. I have a lot of my earrings and necklaces from them.
Etsy: I love to go on Etsy and explore the different shops. You can honestly find whatever you’re looking for on the app and website most of the time. It’s also great because you support small businesses which is personally rewarding. The prices on items also tend to be better than other online retailers.
These are all places that I’ve personally shopped at and have found some of my everyday favorite accessories from. It’s hard finding trustworthy jewelry spots on the internet (especially when you’re looking at diamonds or raw stones) because you never know if the clarity and metal is going to be amazing. However, I can guarantee that these places are some of the best.
If you’re on a budget but are looking for something special to invest in, I’d also recommend looking at Mejuri and Stone and Strand. I haven’t gotten anything from either of these websites, so I can’t say that they’re my favorite shops, but I’ve heard good things about both. Additionally, the price points are extremely reasonable for items made of gold and diamonds.
Hope this helps some of you find your new favorite places for jewels!
Self care is incredibly important when it comes to maintaining a happy and healthy mindset and outlook. However, it’s not always easy to find and take the time to recenter yourself in a society that’s always moving and working. We all have off days, and sometimes a little bit of self care is what you need to pick you back up. I thought I would share my favorite ways to relax and have a positive perspective.
Atmosphere: Environment can play a big role in how you’re feeling about yourself and your life. Having a space where you can chill out and focus on your passions is essential. For me, I like decorating my room with beautiful, natural things, such as a Himalayan salt lamp, crystals, candles, and a floral smudge stick. They make my room look pretty, but they also remind me of nature, which I love since it’s so easy to get wrapped up in technology and materialism.
Words and Books: This blog is an obvious testament of my love for writing and the written word. The words you surround yourself with and the things that you say to yourself matter more than you realize. Quotes and poems are some of my favorite things to read when I need a self care moment. Additionally, I love writing about what I’m thankful for or how I’m feeling in a journal. It’s easy to feel confused or lost at times, but writing about what you love is always easy and a gift that keeps on giving.
Go Out: Do things that make you happy and make you feel the most like yourself. I’ve noticed that if I stay inside too much and don’t have anything planned, I can start overthinking. However, balance is key because you don’t want to do so much that you feel overwhelmed or burdened. Some of my recommendations of activities are going out to eat with friends and family and shopping. The best kinds of activities are ones where you can stay present and forget to check your phone.
Treat Yourself: Treating yourself doesn’t always mean spending a lot of money. It can be as simple as doing a face mask at home or catching up on your favorite TV shows. Spending time pampering yourself can give you the confidence boost you need.
It’s not always easy to find time to practice self care, but it is necessary and can improve how you feel, think, and see things. All of the items in the picture above are things I love, and if you want more self care ideas, I recommend buying “The Little Book of Self-Care.”
I hope you all enjoyed a little bit more of a lifestyle-based post. 🙂