Weird color blocking

Its no secret the 80’s are back. Orlando only has to breathe near me to remind me of it (he is MR. 80’s in the stone washed flesh, its disturbing).  But here’s the thing: the 80’s were pretty dope.  They were fun, colorful and full of partying so while I don’t need to get a perm or peg my pants, I’m no doubt jumping on the boat. 

Design-wise, the 80’s were more geometric and obviously the colors were brighter, more neon and more saturated.  They’ve been back for a while in fashion, as we all know, but its harder to bring neon into you home – you don’t want to commit to hard to something so potentially faddy.  

 Certainly color-blocking is not new to anyone, its been blogged about to death, its pretty much sweeping the nation, but i love how these people/designers are doing it. Its weird.  and good. 

You crazy.  

Uh, huh. why not?

I’m not the biggest accent wall fan, but this is super attractive to me.  




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yeah. its awesome.  the trick about having a blog and having clients is that i want to tell you what i’m going to do  – what my take on this is, but then it could be copied so fast – especially in this case when its just paint. But trust me, its going to be weird and good. And i’ll blog about the pictures afterwards.  but it involves gold and lots of asymmetry.  

So can you hang with a little bit of 80’s color blocking?

Oh and if you didn’t RSVP for the West Elm party tonight but want to come, leave a comment with your name and how many people you are bringing.  


West Elm Hollywood Store Opening Party


Hey party people.  Anybody going to be in L.A. this thursday night and feel like hobnobbing with some fellow bloggers and general awesome people? If so, leave you name in the body of the comment and i’ll submit them to the list.  You do need to RSVP.  

COME!!!!! hang out with me!!!!!

Headed Back to L.A.

I’ve been gone forever, but i’m headed home.  Meanwhile check out my favorite purchase from New York:

It’s a huge scarfy shawl thing.  It makes me very happy. It was WAYYYY too expensive. It’s almost like i had gone to happy hour before and my judgement was off.  But I don’t regret it.  I bought it at John Derian, but you can buy it HERE. 

LOVE, right?

Check out my new fashion digs.

Right now i’m in New York City, folks.   I’m designing a dope house for some awesome people (follow me on pinterest and click on the ‘the lake house’ board to watch it unfold).  Meanwhile i’m shooting a ton of interviews for Lands’ End.  As you may have figured out, Lands’ End is happily a sponsor of mine for the holidays. I had a lot of it when i was little and it makes me nostalgic.  It also makes me want to go boating, strangely.  

So recently I went through their website and picked out the clothes from Lands’ End Canvas (their younger, hipper line) that i like and want and then i dressed myself up, got myself a photographer (the lovely Bonnie Tsang), brought the lovely Danielle Walsch to do my hairs and my faces, and went out and about in Silverlake.  

Here’s me wearing the Women’s Canvas Motorcross.   Except i wear it with a little polka dot scarf because i am a lady.

Look at me at Intelligentsia, wearing my wid-leg chords from Anthropologie and best platform clogs ever from Free People.  But then yes, a chambray polka dot shirt.  When you guys order this stuff, go VERY small. I’m basically an XX small in their clothes.

Look how pleasant i look while shopping.  I mean, i’m just having such a pleasant time.  OH and that’s their belt, too. I thought those anthropologie pants were flattering and i wear them all the time, but now i think Brian is right – they are pants that girls like but boys don’t.  Not exactly getting laid in my high waisted brown chords. Shocking. 

Whatcha looking at with a smile and a Chambray dress on, there Emily? OH, just life.  And yes i am wearing two very functional necklaces.  One is a vintage watch-fob that has a knife on it. And the other is vintage glasses that are attached as a necklace, so you can be all, ‘hey, robber, even though its really bright outside and the sun is still in my eyes i can see you and then stab you’.  Mace is over-rated. 

I also have and wear these shoes a lot:

And i just got this shirt, which i’m wearing tomorrow:


Silk navy and white polka dot.  But note: i’m an XX small since its blousy so definitely order it smaller.  It drapes really well and lord knows i love me some navy and some dots.  Link Here.

It also comes in cream with berries, too:


And then halfway through the interview day i’m changing to this, except i’m styling it all emily style (yes, with a vintage knife necklace and probably some crazy big blonde hairs).  Link HERE. 

And then meanwhile, yes i like the totes. I TOTES like the totes.  They are indestructable, inexpensive and they zip closed, feel good on your shoulder. 

That jacket and those shoes are from Canvas as well, although i couldn’t find the jacket so maybe its not coming back til next fall. But i like it a lot – its warmer than a normal anorak.  

It’s like i’m flirting with you, readers.  SCANDALOUS!!!

Check out all the canvas tote bags here – they are super classic, you don’t have to be precious with them because they aren’t expensive and you can wash them, but they are in-destructable.  Go ahead, try to destruct them.  Orlando has matching ones and we trapse around the world carrying them together.  It’s kind of adorable.    

Besides i have a soft spot in my heart for old school American brands.  And the challenge to make them cool is fun and a  lot easier than i thought they would be – maybe thats because they are already cool. 

WINNING!!!!! With Vanessa Adao!

***This Giveaway is Now Closed!***

Wanna win a pillow? Enter below.  AND MAKE SURE to leave your email address. If you don’t then we can’t contact you.  Pick your pillow, people.  

Vanessa Adão Textiles invites you to…

Fall into a bed of roses with the chic Rosita Collection.
Let the colors and your imagination run wild with the Divertida Collection.
Get carried away by the Fluida Collection.Go back to the basis with the Basica Collection.
Enjoy a trip to the tropics with the Tropica Collection.
Have an Asian affair and fall in love with the Bendita Collection.
Relax into a kaleidoscope dream with the Ximbica Collection.
Take your eyes on an optical adventure with the Optica Collection.

Go back to the basis with the Basica Collection.


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  • Prize: Mix and match your favorites or choose all in the same pattern of four pillows! MSRP $360
  • How to Enter: For a chance to win, simply visit Vanessa’s shop and leave a comment below saying which 4 pillows you want to add color to your life! 
  • For an extra entry: Follow Vanessa Adao on Twitter!
  • Giveaway Ends: Friday December 16th at 11:59pm EST
  • How Many Lucky Winners?!: One (1)
  • Ships to: This contest is open to friends of Emily worldwide! 
  • Also: Please be kind and only enter once, unless you used the extra entry option, you can enter twice. I will select the winner using and will notify the winner by December 22nd via email. You will have 2 weeks to respond with your info, or we will select another winner.