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

30 Fun Activities to do from Home

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I put up a poll on Instagram asking if you guys wanted a blog post with activities you can do at home, because, well… self isolation and self quarantine is truly in full effect now. I actually had to fly back from New York about a week ago, and the rest of my semester has gone fully online. I know a lot of you are probably in the same boat, and honestly, it’s very hard to adapt to life inside all the time when you’re used to a busy schedule (especially when you live in a city like New York!). Everyone that voted said that they wanted me to write this post, and I hope it can be helpful for all of you!

  1. Start a new book/create a book club with some of your friends.
  2. Make a new playlist.
  3. Cook or bake something (banana bread is next on my list for baking).
  4. Go outside for a walk if there’s an empty, open area.
  5. Binge watch a new TV show. I recommend New Girl, Parks and Rec, You, Cheer, The Circle, Atypical, Love Island UK, Glow Up, and Queer Eye.
  6. Make some art or color. I bought a mandala coloring book and it’s super relaxing.
  7. Do an at home workout to get moving.
  8. Give yourself an at home manicure. I turn on a show in the background when I do this.
  9. Start a blog or find new ones to read.
  10. Do some online shopping (you don’t even need to buy anything; it’s fun to browse and find new stores and boutiques).
  11. FaceTime with your friends and loved ones.
  12. Download Tiktok; I caved and finally got an account. Some of the videos are so funny, and I love seeing the different beauty products people recommend.
  13. Make a coffee run to a drive through near you.
  14. Do an at home face and hair mask.
  15. Listen to podcasts.
  16. Create new Pinterest boards and find inspiration.
  17. Reorganize your room, closet, or drawers.
  18. Write someone a letter.
  19. Experiment with new makeup looks and new hairstyles.
  20. Buy some stickers and decorate a laptop case.
  21. Donate some of your old clothing.
  22. Clean your makeup brushes.
  23. Have a movie night with snacks.
  24. Work on a puzzle.
  25. Pray or meditate.
  26. Create a morning or nighttime routine.
  27. Declutter your phone – delete old apps, pictures, and emails.
  28. Create a list of goals you want to accomplish in the next year.
  29. Spend time self reflecting and journaling.
  30. When all else fails… watch cat videos.

I hope all of you are staying inside and are healthy! More blog posts coming soon, I promise! xo

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Leilani Bell on Pas De Regles, Breaking Boundaries, and Making It in the Fashion Industry

Hey everyone!

As promised, I have an interesting and eye-opening interview with Leilani to share with you guys today! I have always been so impressed with her and all that she has accomplished; she definitely inspires me all the time, and I’m so excited for all of you to read this. I think you’re going to be in awe of her confidence and how eloquent she is; I know I definitely am! Keep on reading to learn more…

Emily: When did you first become interested in fashion? What are your goals/hopes when it comes to what you want to accomplish in the industry?

Leilani: As long as I can remember I’ve been interested in fashion. When I was around six, I would cut up my mother’s Nine West catalogs and restyle the models, and I was a frequent player of dress up. The moment I knew fashion was for me was when I was about seven or eight and I was watching an episode of my favorite show at the time, That’s So Raven, where Raven was sewing and got a job at a retail store, and after this I began to explore the field. I would go on the home computer and look up fashion designers and I even applied for information about design programs that my mother had to turn down for me because I was so young.

When it comes to what I want to accomplish in the industry the list could go on forever. First and foremost, I don’t want to be labeled as a designer; I want to be labeled as a creative with designer being the first thing that pops into peoples’ minds, primarily because I create emotions and experiences with clothing being the main medium. I plan on bringing the unseen streetwear to the forefront and shedding light on numerous untapped subcultures who do in fact play into popular culture. Additionally, I plan on turning the design world upside down and removing the idea that a designer must adhere to their aesthetic and while they might branch out once and awhile they’ll always come back to their aesthetic. Personally, I think this is a thing of the past. I have so many different aesthetics, that to adhere to one is ridiculous and creatives should not be confined in this way. Also, I plan on rising to the ranks of a small fashion house with my legacy being continued after my death. I plan on being the most involved fashion designer to ever exist, with my toe in a bit of every creative field from film, editing, photography, acting, curation to songwriting. The fashion industry to me is more than fashion, it is culture in every sense, it is economics, it is well rounded creativity, and to be a designer one has to have knowledge of and be good at all of these things, and I will be the one to elevate fashion in this way.

E: Tell us about PDR and the concept behind it; how did you come up with the idea and where did you draw inspiration from?

L: Pas de Regles is the illegitimate love child of my madness, creativity, and numerous ever changing aesthetics. Pas de Regles translating to no rules in French is just that, a brand with no rules or boundaries. It it my excuse to go creatively insane, to set the bar and then break it. It is my personal platform to express societal issues, expose ignorant societal standards/ common knowledge, disseminate a personal message, and as cliche as it sounds, have fun.
I came up with the idea for Pas de Regles my sophomore year of high school. I was actively looking for a name for a clothing line I wanted to drop so I started with concepts, and that lead me to the name. I’ve always seen fashion as an intricate lawless wonderland with sprinkles of authority here and there, but it being rule-less has never changed. SO I came up with the name NO RULES, but obviously that’s hot garbage, so I translated it to my favorite language, French, thus, Pas de Regles was born. The direction the brand is headed in at the current moment is, every collection will seamlessly tell a story, with Mutiny being the first, a story of the revolution against the system, and collections that complete the story to follow. Furthermore, I’m inspired by whatever vibe I’m feeling at the moment, which can be sparked by something I saw on the street or a random thought I decided to look more into. For example, Mutiny was inspired by my disappointment and frustration with the homogenous, cookie cutter individuals of today, publicized by social media. Additionally, as far as inspiration goes, one week it may be medieval times and the next it may be conversation pits; I’m forever changing.

E:Biggest accomplishment thus far?

L: My biggest accomplishment thus far is the Red House Fashion Show. I’ve always known I was going to present in a fashion show but never did I know it’d be so soon. I haven’t even been in school a full school year yet and here I am pursuing my dreams to the fullest extent. I’ve been working so hard on all my garments, making sure things are impeccable. Overall, I’m just inexplicably excited and eternally grateful for this opportunity. I feel like this is the start of my career.

E: What kind of job do you want after college?

L: Ideally I want Pas de Regles to be my job after college; I want it to bleed into my college years. I am working my hardest to make it blow up while I’m in college so finishing college is an option. This is a life long pursuit, and as I stated before it is my child, something I will never abandon and always care for. However, in the case I do have to get a job, I would love to be a designer or atelier assistant for a brand that aligns with my aesthetics such as, Off-White, Dior, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Y-3, Kapital, Ambush, CDG, the list goes on.

Thank you so much to Leilani for taking time to answer these questions and share her world with us! Make sure to follow her on Instagram @leilanisbell and PDR @pasderegles to stay updated!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Something New: Modeling for Pas De Regles!

Hey everyone!

I am so excited to start March with this blog post! I uploaded these photos on my Instagram, and not only were people so kind, but I also got some questions. My friend and classmate, Leilani Bell, has the most amazing brand that she’s been working on called Pas De Regles. Back in December, she asked me to model one of her outfits for one of our fashion classes we were both taking. You probably saw the outfit on my Instagram story (it’s in my “fashion” highlight), and recently she asked if I would be interested in being the face of her brand and the main model. Of course, I said yes, because let’t be real… who wouldn’t want to wear those beautiful clothes and work for such a special brand? These photos are for her SS 2020 Mutiny collection, and she’ll be showing these pieces and more in an upcoming runway show!

There’s so much that I could share and say about Lei and PDR, but I figured it would be best to save it for a whole separate blog post where I interview her! Make sure to keep your eyes open because I’m going to be uploading it within the next few days. Also make sure to follow @pasderegles on Instagram so that you can see the campaign posters she made with some of our images; I love them, and I hope you do, too!

I had the most amazing time modeling for PDR, and I’m so excited for any other projects we shoot for in the future! It was definitely a highlight of my 2020 so far, and I was so flattered to be asked to do this.

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

My Everyday Makeup Products

Years ago, I posted a “What’s In My Makeup Bag” type of post, and well, I’m not too sure how accurate that is anymore. I can say with certainty that I definitely have gotten a bigger makeup bag and have stocked it with tons of different products, many of which have changed over the years. What once contained a few amount of items is now loaded with gems, some that I believe you should have a look at for yourself. With that being said, here are my everyday, favorite makeup products.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and Sculpting Concealer: This foundation and concealer make the best pair. With medium to full coverage that builds easily, these products are super easy to use and blend. I always use a makeup sponge when applying this (more on that soon), and I find that it gives me the perfect natural makeup look. It’s never heavy or cake-y which is an added bonus.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: I’ve already talked about this mascara in this post, so I’ll cut my speech down just a little bit here. This is the best drugstore mascara that I’ve tried, and it gives my already long lashes an extra boost.

Tarte Foundcealer Multi-Tasking Sponge: I’ve always used Sephora or other off-brand beauty blenders, but I got this one from Tarte for Christmas and I love it. It’s dual sided, with a pointy end on one side and a flat one on the other. I love that it has the flat side so that it’s easier to blend concealer and get in smaller areas. I always put mine in water before I use it, and I truly do notice that it makes a difference and helps makeup blend better.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff: Oh my goodness, this is another recent addition to my collection, and it’s the best blush ever. The consistency of this stuff is amazing. It truly is like painting on your cheeks; add a little bit to your finger and tap it on, and you have the perfect tint. It blends super easily and really adds the finishing touch to your makeup look.

Glossier Boy Brow: If you’re looking for a one step eyebrow product, boy brow has you covered. I usually don’t do much to my eyebrows, so this product is quick and perfect. It adds a little bit of color while brushing them in place. I really like that it doesn’t give your brows a sticky feeling but still keeps them in tact. It’s the best if you like having a natural look and just want a little product to brush through.

Nars Wanted Eyeshadow in shade Biarritz: I use this eyeshadow everyday on my lid and underneath my eyes because it pretty much perfectly matches my skin tone. I always put some sort of shadow on my eye so that my concealer doesn’t leave any weird creases.

Bare Minerals Original Loose Powder Foundation: This is one of the only products that has stayed the same since I first started wearing makeup. I use this powder to set my face (and to warm up my foundation when it used to be a tiny bit light).

Killawat Freestyle Highlighter in Lightning Dust and Fire Crystal by Fenty Beauty: This is another product that I’ve talked about before, so I’ll keep it short and simple. I love how luminous and pigmented this product is, and it’s been my go to highlighter for over a year now!

Of course, I’ll occasionally change up my makeup and use a different eyeshadow or something along those lines, but this is pretty much all of the products I use everyday! I also always put on a lip product, but that changes weekly haha.

What makeup products do you love? Let me know!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

How I’m Surviving Winter

Hey everyone!

Happy New Year! Before I start this post, I have to say a big thank you to all of my readers because 2019 was the best year of blogging for me. I received the most amount of views I ever have in all my years of blogging, and I’m seriously so grateful. One of my resolutions for 2019 was to achieve this, and I’m so thankful because I wasn’t too sure it was possible. There’s been lots of changes and new adventures this past year, and I want to express my gratitude that you’ve all stuck with me!

As most of you know, I finally live in a place where it actually gets really cold and snowy. Let’s just say that this November I had to seriously start reevaluating my wardrobe… crop tops with a fuzzy jacket put on top were just not going to cut it! Since then, I’ve made major upgrades and wanted to share with you the items that have kept me warm all winter long.

The Super Puff Long in High Gloss Black from Aritzia: Let me tell you… this jacket has been my saving grace in New York. I’m seriously in love with this puffer, and it’s going to be in my closet for years and years to come. It’s made out of great down material that’s designed to keep you warm in -40 degree weather. I wear this jacket pretty much everyday now, and it feels like I’m wrapped up in my duvet. The hood is detachable and the sides can be unbuttoned for a cute side slit if you want it to be more breathable. I wear an XS in this jacket for reference. Many of them are sold out online right now, but I definitely recommend shopping at a local Aritzia or checking their website if you’re looking for the most adorable, stylish down jacket around.

UO Tatum Turtleneck Sweater: I have this sweater in black, and it’s so flattering and warm. It’s oversized, but still the perfect length where it looks great with jeans. I’ve added so many sweaters to my wardrobe this year, and this one is a staple. It’s currently on sale in red on Urban, but I’ll link a similar one in black here!

Doc Martens: Alright, confession time: I don’t own a pair of snow boots. I was thinking about getting a pair, but winter rolled around and I found myself reaching for my Docs each morning before going out into the snow. They honestly worked perfectly since they have a thick sole that gains traction well. I’ve been wearing my 1460 patent pair, but I just got the Leona Boots in black and am putting them to good use! The great thing about Dr. Martens is that they last forever. I’ve had my patent ones since 2014, and six years later, they’re still serving me well.

Beanies: My ears can get really cold and start to ache, especially when it’s windy, so I’ve gotten a couple since moving. They’re really cute and easy to wear with any outfit, but also I’ve found that they can be a real game changer when it’s cold and you’re spending time outdoors. I usually throw one in my bag with a pair of gloves if I’m going into the city for added warmth if I need it. Urban has a bunch that are super cute and come in different styles.

Besides these items, other warm accessories like scarves, gloves, and thick socks are great and definitely serve as essential pieces. I hope this post gave you some recommendations for either investment pieces or more ways to layer up!

Feel free to leave any post ideas that you’d like to see in the comments below. 🙂

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Hey everyone!

It’s one of my favorite times of the year with Christmas just around the corner. I am so excited for the holidays this year; I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I finally live someplace cold and snowy, making it really feel like Christmas! I’m sure a ton of you have seen these posts from many bloggers, but I decided to compile a gift guide of several different items that I think would make great gifts this holiday season. Enjoy!

Amped Fleece Throw Blanket from Urban Outfitters: This blanket is the best! It’s so soft and makes a great throw blanket for a bed or couch. I have one and I use it every day. They also come in a variety of colors, making it perfect to gift to anyone you love!

Scrunchies from Free People: I love all of the scrunchies Free People offers, and I find them to be really great quality. They have a deal that allows you to buy 3 for $12 so that you can mix and match styles. I got some of these for Christmas last year, and have a couple on my list this year, too.

Personalized Name Necklace from BELKYMood on Etsy: These kinds of necklaces are super popular right now and make the most special gifts. My sister and I bought my mom one of these for her birthday a few months ago, and she loves it. The chain is so delicate and sparkly, and you can choose the color, length, and initials on the chain.

Bobbi Brown Love in the Afternoon Eyeshadow Palette: This palette is so pretty and has a great selection of neutral, pinky colors to shades that are darker and perfect for a night out. Bobbi Brown has great cosmetics in general, and this would be an awesome gift to receive or give.

UO Willow Fuzzy Drawstring Teddy Jacket: I’ve talked about this jacket in the past, but it’s seriously one of the best! It’s so easy to style and wear. It’s very soft and comfortable while still being extremely cute.

Benefit Cosmetics Babe On Board Mini Face Palette: This palette is so pretty and a great gift since it comes with a blush, bronzer, and highlighter. It’s a great essential for any makeup bag.

Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party Monogram Mug: Anthropologie always has the best mugs, and Rifle Paper Co. always has the prettiest designs, so this is a collab. made in heaven! It’s a perfect cup for any coffee or tea lover.

Titania Post Earring Set from Anthropologie: These earrings are all so delicate and sweet! They have a few different styles to choose from.

Lyra Monogram Trinket Dish: This would be such a nice gift to give someone! I feel like it would be really cute to put a little necklace or bracelet in it and then give it as a gift if you want to give something extra special.

Chunky Oversized Hoop Earrings from Madewell: I got these earrings over the summer, and I still wear them weekly to this day. They are the perfect chunky hoop, and I find that they’re good quality and don’t oxidize. Hoop earrings are a great staple piece, and these would be a perfect gift!

I hope this gift guide gets you excited for the holidays and gives you some present ideas! Who else is excited for Christmas day?

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol

Life in New York – A Happy Update

Hey everyone!

It’s been a few weeks since I last blogged, and I feel like I should give you all an update before I start posting my regular content again. Life has been crazy and busy, but also wonderful, and I haven’t really talked about my life in New York since moving here.

I really love school and getting to study the business side of the fashion industry is such a rewarding experience. It’s crazy to step aside from it all and think about how I’m on a path that’s going to lead me to working in fashion. It’s surreal, and I feel so grateful to be living in one of my favorite cities in the world.

I’ve met so many great people here, a lot of them who are also fashion studies majors (if any of you are reading this… you know how much I adore you). It’s so enlightening and special being able to talk to people who have the same passion as you but are all on their own, unique path.

I have a lot more free time now that I’m not in class for six hours everyday, and it’s insane to think that less than sixth months ago I’d sit in a classroom for hours on end. I love the freedom that college brings, but I do still spend a fair amount of my time studying. No surprise, there; we all know I’d work 24/7 if I could.

When it comes to living on my own and being so far away from family, I’m handling it a lot better than I expected. Time aren’t always the easiest; I miss my parents, my twin sister and my cats SO much, and there are times where I’d do anything to be with them for just a few minutes. However, I would not trade this experience for the world because living here is a dream come true. I’m getting a lot more used to life in New York, and usually visit the city every week. Speaking of, I know how to navigate the metro system by myself, and I’m honestly quite proud. I love how easy and quick it is to get into Manhattan.

Overall, I’m really happy with my experience here so far! I know there’s so much more in store for me, too; it’s only been about three months – who knows what the future holds?

I’m heading out tomorrow morning to my new home in Seattle (yay!) for Thanksgiving break, and I’m planning on cranking out a LOT of blog posts while I’m there. If there’s anything you want to see, be sure to leave a comment down below.

I’m endlessly grateful for all of you. Thanks for sticking with me and being such great readers!

Talk to you soon!

-Emily Berrol