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!
Start a new book/create a book club with some of your friends.
Make a new playlist.
Cook or bake something (banana bread is next on my list for baking).
Go outside for a walk if there’s an empty, open area.
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.
Make some art or color. I bought a mandala coloring book and it’s super relaxing.
Do an at home workout to get moving.
Give yourself an at home manicure. I turn on a show in the background when I do this.
Start a blog or find new ones to read.
Do some online shopping (you don’t even need to buy anything; it’s fun to browse and find new stores and boutiques).
FaceTime with your friends and loved ones.
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.
Make a coffee run to a drive through near you.
Do an at home face and hair mask.
Listen to podcasts.
Create new Pinterest boards and find inspiration.
Reorganize your room, closet, or drawers.
Write someone a letter.
Experiment with new makeup looks and new hairstyles.
Buy some stickers and decorate a laptop case.
Donate some of your old clothing.
Clean your makeup brushes.
Have a movie night with snacks.
Work on a puzzle.
Pray or meditate.
Create a morning or nighttime routine.
Declutter your phone – delete old apps, pictures, and emails.
Create a list of goals you want to accomplish in the next year.
Spend time self reflecting and journaling.
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
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!
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.
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).
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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?
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!
Last week, the Manhattan Nordstrom flagship store opened, and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to visiting for months now. It had officially opened on Thursday, and I decided to go to see what it was all about. It was far from disappointing. The store is all women’s clothing and accessories, with a lower level that has baby and home items. There’s also restaurants and cafes scattered around. Oh, and it’s seven floors. Yep, you heard that right. Seven floors. When can I move in?
There’s a variety of different designers on each level. To be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming because the store is so big and carries so many different brands. It’s kind of like a museum; you could spend days on end going through the store and finding new labels and pieces that you haven’t seen before. It’s truly amazing.
I bought two tops when I was there (one being the white turtleneck in the picture above), and the dressing rooms were also super cool. Everything is very high-tech; there was a panel towards the back of the dressing room where you could call an employee, order a different size, etc. One of the walls in the room also had a full length mirror and pedestal underneath it which is perfect for when you’re trying on clothes! There definitely was a lot of thought that was put into the Nordstrom when it was built.
The location of the store is super great, too. It’s within walking distance of Central Park, and I can only imagine how cute it’s going to look pretty soon with all of the Christmas decorations.
Although the store was super busy and packed, I seriously had such a good time visiting it. I’m so glad that we finally have a Nordstrom here in New York, and I know there are plenty of purchases to be made in the future…
I haven’t posted about some of my favorite products in awhile, so I thought now would be a great opportunity to share a few I’ve been loving! I only have four products to talk to you about today, but I’ll be sure to keep you updated as I continue to discover beauty I love.
Feel Pure Anywhere Balm in Rose: I love this “anywhere” balm that I picked up at Anthropologie. I originally bought this lip balm because I loved the minty scent of it, but I can promise that the formula of it is super great and nourishing. I keep it in my bag when I’m heading out for the day, whether that’s to class or the city, and I also keep it nearby when I’m at home. It’s made with all natural ingredients which is awesome.
Philosophy Vanilla Coconut Shower Gel: I found this shower gel at TJ Maxx when I was home shopping for my dorm room, and I really love the scent of it. I’ve had Philosophy beauty products in the past, and they’ve always been great quality. It’s a three in one product, so you can also use it as bubble bath or shampoo, but I personally have only used it as shower gel. I can’t find this exact scent online, but I’ll link a similar one here. It’s the perfect addition to my shower caddy.
Maybelline Waterproof Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara: There’s no surprise over here that I’m a big mascara gal; you can pretty much always find me with long, coated lashes. I love the look of really long and thick lashes, so when one of my suitemates turned to me the other day and asked, “How do you get your eyelashes so thick?” I felt truly honored. As much as I love my Glossier lash slick, sometimes I want a more amplified lash look. I tried this mascara out awhile ago and liked it, so I’ve given it a go again. It’s honestly amazing; I can layer it several times without it getting clumpy, and it holds a curl all day. The only downside is that I notice some smudges towards my eyebrows where the top of my lashes touch (but if that’s the price I pay for long eyelashes, how bad is it, really?).
13 Moons Sugar Moon Perfume by Olivine Atelier: This perfume honestly smells amazing, and I’ve loved it even before I had my own bottle. We started carrying this brand and some of their perfumes where I used to work, and this was the scent that always caught my attention. I’d put some on me from the tester as I was working, and I always loved the smell and how unique it was. The notes in it are cassis, lily, sandalwood, white amber, and clean musk. The packaging is also super beautiful, and the perfume is made of all natural, clean ingredients. The bottom of the bottle has crystals in it too, which makes it even prettier and great if you love what crystals stand for/believe in their powers. You can also get a sample from the website for $5 if you want to try it out first before committing to a full bottle.
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope this gave you some new beauty products to try out! What are you currently loving? Let me know in the comments. 🙂
It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post, so I first want to apologize for the lack of content I’ve been creating. I moved to New York about a month ago, and I’ve been acclimating to life and school here. I’m honestly having the best time ever, and it’s a real dream come true to be living and studying in my favorite city! All of that put aside though, I really miss blogging and am so focused on getting back to it. It feels great to sit here and take time to write again.
I’ve made a few Urban Outfitters purchases lately, all of which have been pieces that I love and am so excited to wear. I hope these give you some inspiration for fall or show you some fun new pieces that you can add to your wardrobe.
Embroidered Wildflower Crop Top: I absolutely adore this top and have been wearing it so much since I got it. It’s perfect to pair with high waisted jeans or a long satin skirt. The flowers embroidered on it are so pretty and sweet, and it’s the perfect length for a crop top. If you’re looking for a new, cute little graphic tee, check this one out.
Sierra Sheer Smocked Cropped Top in Mauve: This blouse is so beautiful, and I was immediately drawn to it when I first saw it in the store. The color online says mauve, but it’s this stunning purple color which would look great on every skin tone. It honestly gives me sugar plum fairy vibes; I love it!
BDG Love Is Forever Overdyed Sweatshirt: I’ve had my eye on this since I first saw it online, and I’m really glad that I picked it up because it’s so cute! The flowers on the front and back are super pretty, and I honestly think the quote is beautiful. I think it’s so easy to find graphic tees with random phrases on it nowadays, but ones with special and sentimental messages are always a bonus. Lastly, the sweatshirt is a perfect shade of light blue.
Willow Fuzzy Drawstring Teddy Jacket in Pink: Urban sold this jacket in last year’s winter collection, and I remember thinking that they looked so cute and cozy. I’m so glad they’re back this year, and I’m in love with this pink one (so much so that I found which stores had it in my size and went to the East Village to pick it up). I love that it’s oversized and fuzzy. I also really like that it has the bright pink drawstrings at the bottom; it adds a nice accent color to the blush exterior.
BDG Girlfriend High-Waisted Longline Jean in Medium Wash: Alright, you all know that I’m quite the fan of denim, but I think these might be my favorite pair of jeans ever. I wear these at least a couple times a week, and I’ve found that they are incredibly flattering and perfect with any outfit. These are true to size, but they’re actually pretty long. I always roll them up one cuff at the bottom, and I’m pretty tall, so just keep that in mind if you’re shorter or are thinking about purchasing them! I really hope BDG starts making these in another wash because they are seriously game changing.
I hope this post inspires some of your own shopping! Thanks for being patient with me as I get back to blogging and balance it all with my crazy busy life. You are the best, and I’m forever grateful to have those of you that read my posts each time I upload!