Friday, June 29, 2012

faves for friday: Cotton On

My absolute favorite retail store has moved to the east coast!
I first found Cotton On in Hong Kong on a trip in college.
Then again my obsession was discovered in New Zealand.

Now= Freehold Mall in Freehold, NJ!
I was nervous to shop the US version because maybe it wouldn't add up to my high expectations.

It was like they were reading my subconscious shopping list at AMAZING prices, here is my haul:
White jeans- $30
Neon shorts- $15 {I have been searching for a cheap pair in this color!}
Bathing suit- $10! 
Chambray shirt- $10 {searching for this!}
Scarf top- $15
White top with leather detailing- $10 {LOVE this!}
& Of course I took one of those charity bracelets for my arm party- $1

Seriously amazing. 
I will be returning ASAP. 

Cotton On, you never disappoint no matter where you are! 

See you all in a week,
Hola from Mexico!
I will have a margarita for you =)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

crabby patty

One of my new favorite strange printed blouses:

What I Wore: new crab print blouse- thrifted Rescue Mission in Trenton, neon pink necklace- Gypsy Warrior, shorts- GAP, neon belt- H&M, flats- Old Navy. Glasses: Warby Parker Midnight Blue Sinclairs. 

You bet this baby is coming to Mexico with me...

but these guys can't...
But so excited for Mexico,
sun, sand, margaritas, and mexican food!
Bring them all on! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


So I have some big news to share!!

This girl will be THE Middle School Science Teacher at Village Charter School in Trenton, NJ starting in September! 

{the is capitalized because I am the only science teacher in the building teaching 6th, 7th & 8th grade}

I'm officially a teacher! 

Feelin' prep school today:
What I Wore: blazer- GAP, button up- Mom's, floral skirt- thrifted, flats- JCPenny (old), pink bag- Banane Taipei, book bag- thirfted via Rescue Mission in Trenton. Leopard glasses- Jean LaFont.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

officially summer!

This is what has been keeping me from summer:
"Using Technology in an Inclusive Classroom" 
for my summer class. 
13 pages later... & presented last night 
= hello summer time & mexico in 3 days!!

What I Wore: poncho- Charlotte Russe, pink shorts- GAP, loafers- fancyfrenchcologne. Accessories: glasses- BonLook, bag- Banane Taipei

Monday, June 25, 2012

My pug is 1!

I can't believe my little Barry is 1 already! 
We are celebrating!

If you follow me on instagram (@emmabasilone) you may know that our little Barry poked his eye on fathers day & we have have been visiting the doctors, taking meds, and getting fixed up.
He is such a good little patient!

To the many more years to come {with eye site in both eyes please!}

Thursday, June 21, 2012

My mom: the vampire

My mom coordinates the biannual blood drive at our local church.
Which means- I also volunteer and donate at least 2x a year, 
this was one of those times:
What I Wore: blazer- thrifted, fringe shirt- Abercrombie & Fitch outlet in SC, purple tank- Walmart, floral skirt- vintage, stockings- Betsey Johnson, nude flats- Steve Madden. Glasses: BonLook.

& my sister telling me where I should pose...

Congrats to my other sister on graduating High School yesterday! 
{post to come on family happenings!}

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

week(s) in pics

Full of flowers, BIG bugs, quac, ultimate color blocking, pups, mulberries, ice cream, 50 Shades {yes I read them all} all of which scream summer! 

Last night the sister stopped by & we got bent spoon in Princeton {best ice-cream ever.} 
& some sampler beers @ Triumph. 
It was an art show where the artist makes art of out cassette tapes, intend controllers, music sheets and wine labels. They were incredible {& very expensive. My favorites were the Audrey Hepburn & Marilyn Monroe-ish ones on the bottom =)

It is going to be 100 degrees today in good old Jersey, 
hello summer!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wu & Blue

What I Wore: top- Jason Wu for Target, belt- Gypsy Warrior, pants- GAP, flats- Walmart. Glasses: Steve Madden. Glasses necklace- AliciaLynnJewelry.

Monday, June 18, 2012


On Saturday I went to New York City on a Chocolate Tour with the future mother-in-law and the fiancés aunts, cousins, and sister:

The tour started at the Chelsea Market, which used to be a Nabisco factory where the Oreo was invented:

& If you feel like having your own free chocolate tour, here is where we went:
Had some really thick spicy hot chocolate @ Jacques

Had some really dark chocolate @ Li-Lac {one of the oldest chocolatiers in the city}

Then we had some salty sea salt chocolate @ chocolate bar

We had cupcakes @ Magnolia {famous from Sex in the City}, they were eh, need to be creamier and more moist. 

Then we had a "famous" cannoli @ Bruno, pretty good but not the best I have ever had

Xocolatti was my favorite stop of the day, amazing bark with exotic flavors like saffron and mango white chocolate. I will be making another stop here =)

 Then last but not least, perhaps the strangest of the tour we tried spicy chocolate covered chips & chocolate with bacon. Yes bacon. strange but not too bad @ Vosges

& finally...
Much needed cocktail(s) and burger after hours of sweets.

& did a bit of sight seeing 

& finally rocked my moo print shirt from Tea and Tulips
What I Wore: moo print blouse- Tea and Tulips, neon necklace- GypsyWarrior, pink shorts- GAP outlet {$15!}, flats- Forever 21. Accessories: bag- Dooney & Bourke {mom's}, glasses: BonLook.

So much fun!

Friday, June 15, 2012

faves for friday: flea markets

Wandering around Collingswood Flea Market in Farmingdale, NJ. 
Perfect Sunday activity:

Complete with a apple turnover =)

What I wore: blouse- The Webster for Target, Levis cut offs shorts- were the fiancés' pants..., bow flats- Steve Madden. Glasses: leopard- Jean LaFont.

Didn't score much, but an addition to my arm party,
 For $1 I couldn't resist. 

Current arm candy: right- brown evil eye- Flee Market find, black evil eye bracelet- from friendship bracelet swap via the daily danisnake bracelet- Calypso St Barth Snake-Charm-Bracelet , gold spine bracelet- fabevil eye gold bracelet- gift from fiancé from M Rocks Jewelry, red hamsa bracelet- gift from fiancé {via haute look} , silver skill cuff- Anna Sheffield {Bing Bang}, silver wrapped copper bracelet- store in New Zealand.
Current arm candy: left: studded bracelet- Madewell mixed metal bracelet- Whole Foods,  italian wish bracelets, kony2012 braceletDavid Yurman bracelet- Valentine's Day present from fiancé, gold and brown bracelet- gift from studentskull bracelet- {Etsy}, arrow bracelet-Gypsy Warrior.

In other somewhat related news:
Check out the flower pots I thirfted the other day for $2. Adorable and exactly what the top of that shelf needed =)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

double denim days

I have been wanting to try "double denim" since seeing a variety of bloggers pull it off. 

This is my "fiancé is working late & I have a double as a lifeguard tonight" outfit shot:
What I Wore: button up- Talbots, jeans- Lucky Brand, flats- Old Navy. Accessories: glasses: c/o Proopticals, pink collar necklace and skull studded iPhone case- Gypsy Warrior.

I rocked all of my Gypsy Warrior scores today:

Love this iPhone case:
With the bow it looks like one of the skulls is a girly girl =)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Whats up Wednesday

Apart from my ever growing Wish / Shopping List ;-) here are some things that have additionally been on my mind:
#6.  Love this vest from Koi Story's Etsy store- she named it "The Emma" after me =) she is the sweetest! I am waiting to order this pattern in high waisted shorts!

In another update, I created the wedding labels for our Weddin' Wine:
Pins where we have traveled around the world, heart over home =)