August 27, 2012

velvet crush

last fall, smoking slippers were the new shoe. every magazine, boutique, blog and storefront featured slightly different variations; animal prints, stripes, solids, tassels, suede, studs, glitter, you name it. i was on board, and even wrote this post about how much i loved topshop's selection (though i must admit i never got around to ordering any). 

i've since started a small, somewhat predictable collection: a leopard print pair from BP and a hot pink suede pair by cole haan. i think smoking slippers are still very chic and i've worn mine with countless ensembles, but nothing really feels new about them. (if you want to make a statement, you should probably stick with givenchy's unspoken boot of the season.)

however, the latest offerings from j.crew are a complete game changer. the retailer collaborated with stubbs & wootton to create slippers that feel all at once classic, on-trend and a little cheeky. velvet jewel tones and preppy hand-embroidered designs can take even your most basic outfit to the next level: with a grey cable knit and black skinnies, it's chic, a bit retro, and perfect for fall -- so of course i love it.

II emily

August 21, 2012

fall jewelry guide

despite a pretty amazing summer, i'm more than ready for fall to arrive. walking through new york city (or anywhere, really) in the sweltering heat became decidedly less chic by the day, and soon i found myself wishing for snow flurries so i could trade in my flimsy dresses for clunky winter boots. i know they say "be careful what you wish for" and all that, and i'm almost positive i'll be eating my words when i'm scraping ice from the windshield of my car, but i know i'm not alone on this. we're all ready for some cool weather -- especially those who are fashion inclined.

beyond the cozy sweaters, fuzzy boots and stylish coats, fall fashion calls for new accessories, too. and as a self-described jewelry hoarder, i took note of the best trends way back in the beginning of summer. i'm loving big statement-making earrings, especially in bold colors that would pop beautifully against winter neutrals; sleek, no-fuss cuffs for a new take on the "arm party"; chunky pendants on long chains; and delicate, barley-there rings that beg to be stacked. i'm already on the hunt for my go-to fall jewels -- which ones will you choose?

II emily

August 1, 2012

IN: the conde nast intern magazine

it's august. summer is officially ending. 
and these past three months went by super fast, mostly because of one significant detail: i was able to participate in the condé nast summer 2012 intern program in the city that literally never sleeps, new york city. to say it was an amazing experience is an understatement; to attempt to properly put it into words would be an injustice. let's just say i had some unbelievable opportunities, met some amazing people and overall had a beyond wonderful time in NYC! 

outside of my amazing internship (i worked in the editorial dept. of, i gained some invaluable experience working on a condé nast project. each intern in my program (there were 91 of us total) had the opportunity to work on the entirely intern-produced magazine IN. upon completion, the magazine gets distributed to executives the conde nast offices (yes, this was a slightly terrifying fact) but of course i wanted to join the team! i worked as a stylist for the fashion editorial shoot and also wrote a feature article with one of my friends and fellow interns, jonathan. although this magazine took a lot of hard work (and required getting soaked in the rain for several hours!), it was undoubtedly worth it:

{ the cover }

you can click here to view the entire magazine online; the editorial i styled is on page 28. it accompanies the feature about fashion blogging, including interviews with leandra medine of the man repeller and john jannuzzi of textbook. i helped write the piece about john jannuzzi, which is at the end of the article on page 32.

 click here to read a full Q&A with mr. jannuzzi -- exclusive to the IN website.

i'm definitely sad the summer has come to the end, but the memories will last a lifetime!

II emily