springtime transitional style guide 2017

Hi friends!

I'm back today with a transitional style guide! I always struggle figuring out what to wear when it's April, I have accumulated some new spring clothes that I'm itching to wear, but it's still 40, 50, 60 degrees outside. So I pulled together this little post with how to wear some spring trends while it's still a bit chilly, I hope you enjoy it!

This was truly a labor of love. ALL of the thanks goes to my amazing photographer for this shoot, Kristen Harner. Please go give her some love on Instagram! I love supporting emerging artists, especially when they are from my own school, so this was such a treat. If you are NYC or DC-based, feel free to reach out to her! She is beyond talented and so much fun to work with.

Without further ado...

44 degrees

the piece: your spunkiest springtime shoes

44 degrees is the worst. It's not in the 30s, so I typically underdress because I'm so stoked it's not literally freezing outside, but it is always much colder than I imagine it to be. To keep from freezing my butt off, I utilized layering for this look. There's no need to take off your favorite sweatshirt either when you leave the house, it's easy to make it a little more dressy by layering a button-down underneath and pairing it with a nice menswear-inspired coat! The shoes act as the perfect pop of color and fun to bring this monochromatic wintry outfit into spring.

the details

button-down - Free People / sweatshirt - gift from work / denim - Madewell / heels - Qupid (I got them at Edge of Urge in Raleigh, NC) / blazer - Reformation (sample sale woo woo) / scarf - Anthropologie / sunglasses - Karen Walker

I've been getting some questions about this ring lately, so I thought I'd post some more details here for those interested! It was my little treat to myself for starting 2 new internships. Ali Munn worked with me to create a custom signet ring that I would love, and I couldn't be happier with the result. She is so talented and kind, if you are ever looking for a custom piece, I highly recommend her! 

54 degrees

the piece: your favorite spring sundress

So it's a liiittle warmer out now. You bought a really flowy and nice sundress for spring that you can't wait to wear. I love to wear dresses through the winter and early spring by layering sweaters over them! It usually looks like it's just a skirt, but it creates more warmth and more versatility in your wardrobe. When I'm buying a new dress, I like to try on tops over it to ensure I can wear it all year long. This dress is PERFECT for layering because it has a cute little collar that peeps out of the top to tie the whole look together. I also chose a blush pink shoe and a hat to make this look feel more appropriate for spring!

the details

dress - Christy Dawn / sweater - c/o my best friend Morgan / shoes - Everlane / hat - Anthropologie / bag - Rag and Bone

64 degrees

the piece: the iconic summertime straw bag

I've been seeing straw bags on all of my favorite fashion bloggers lately, so I have been dying to get my hands on the RIGHT one. Most of the ones I've seen have a handle, so I was absolutely thrilled when I found this stunningly unique crossbody.

I want to formally introduce you all to Bembien. Bembien is a brand-new company (the product line now consist of straw bags) and was created by the marketing director at Vogue Magazine, Yi-Mei Truxes. I had the pleasure of meeting Yi-Mei and was so inspired hearing from a woman who is working tirelessly to make her dream come true. One of my favorite things about Bembien is that 10% of its proceeds go to Nest, an organization that helps support global artisans and encourage transparency of the supply chain/sustainability. You aren't just buying a gorgeous bag that will get you stopped on the street, you're helping the artisan who made the bag grow their business in a sustainable fashion. That, to me, is beautiful.

Bembien was kind enough to offer a discount code for you guys! If you use the code EMILY by Sunday, 4/9 at midnight, you can get $10 off of your new favorite spring/summer bag. They have a lot of gorgeous styles in their SS2017 collection, feel free to take a look at bembien.com!

Oh, and my funky nails are by Jelina at Chillhouse (on the Lower East Side)! I'm not a manicure person typically, but I have been back to Chillhouse twice since they opened last month because it is such a great experience. It was also opened by a female entrepreneur, Cyndi Ramirez, who is incredibly tenacious and inspiring! I highly recommend stopping by if you're in the area. They offer manicures, massages, and lattes. Have yet to get a massage, but I can attest to the greatness of the other two. Jelina did a great job and we also chatted about astrology the whole time. I got a great manicure and was also enlightened about my personal relationships. Thank you, Jelina!!

This look is the easiest of all! I chose a long-sleeved dress to keep things a little warmer than a full-on sundress, and paired it with my comfiest loafers for a casual weekend look. The straw bag fit in perfectly!

the details

dress - Reformation / loafers - Everlane / bag - Bembien (c/o)

I hope these tips helped guide you through this season of wardrobe obstacles! It's finally starting to feel a little more like spring here in New York, I hope it is warming up where you are so you can enjoy the outdoors!

Sheep's Meadow is open again after a long winter, you will probably find me camped out there allll weekend.

Wishing you all the best! Next week is my spring break, so I will be back with another post soon. If you have any requests, feel free to leave them in the "Talk" tab! I read them all!

Love,

Em

disclosure: I was not paid to write this post or promote anyone in it. I was gifted the Lily bag by Bembien. All opinions are my own.