Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Essentials

White Silk Button Down: One of my first "investment pieces" was buying this Truve silk blouse. It classic color, style, and shape allows me to pair it with virtually anything. You can dress it down with jeans, throw it over a fitted dress or skirt and belt it, if you like, or tuck it in to a pencil skirt with a cool print or fabric.

Vintage Denim Shorts: I got these shorts at my favorite vintage store during my first summer in NYC, but you can find vintage jeans virtually anywhere.... namely Goodwill. You might have to try on a million pairs, but once you find the right pair, it's like pulling on fuzzy socks on a cold day. Experiment with different shapes, washes, and lengths to find you favorites.

Leather Wedges: I got these Dolce Vita the same summer as my denim shorts, and needless to say, they are my favorite and most comfortable pair of wedges. Invest in a pair in a neutral color with good leather that will last. It's worth it to spend a bit more on styles that will LAST the wear and tear of all that comes with life :)

Ladylike Purse: While the ladylike purse has been the rage this season, it is a classic that will never stop being in vogue.  I scored this white leather crossbody with gold detail in a garage sale for $3. If you can't afford what's out in stores now, search your latest garage sale or thrift store. You never know what you will find.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Is This Real Life?

Ciao baby,
It's been a hot minute since I last posted, and needless to say, a lot has changed in just a few weeks. Since we last talked, I've stumbled upon, signed, and moved into a new apartment in NYC with some fabulous roomies, I'm in the process of switching jobs, and I just spent last weekend home with my new niece, Elizabeth Rose (Ellie for short). There has been A LOT of decision making, anxiety, and crying, but I'm finally reaching a place of peace.. for now at least. There have been IKEA adventures complete with putting the entire bedroom set together with a screwdriver, not a drill, a screwdriver that you crank with your hand, renting flatbed trucks from Home Depot, and scouring 8 different garage sales, goodwills, and salvation armies. I swear "Miss Independent" or "I Don't Need No Man" should have been playing in the background. As soon as the apartment is looking pulled together, I will definitely post some pictures- I'm quite proud of my handiwork! Meanwhile, here's a few of my thrift store/garage sale finds, a few outfits, and my precious niece. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (@emmaksousa) and on Pinterest (pinterest.com/emmak7) because I'm not as forgetful with posting there!


urban outfitters dress / vintage belt / bcbgeneration shoes

urban outfitters dress / loft sweater / vintage belt / jcrew espadrilles

official nyc resident

morning office shenanigans with our no money lollipops...but seriously
zara top / american apparel shorts / vintage belt

american apparel windbreaker / urban outfitters tank / vintage levis / converse

old navy vneck / american apparel leather skirt / sam edelman wedges

straight DIYing approximately one hour after the picture in the leather skirt was taken

2 purses + 6 wine glasses + silver tray = $6

vintage couch = $75 

my sister, brother-in-law, and new niece

Me and Ellie Rose