Friday, December 28, 2012

Steal that Style: Sparkles and Neutrals

Fancy under $60 Jcpenney
{inspiration outfit first seen here}
tshirt | skirt | necklace | clutch


Neutrals, sparkles, and jewels. In my mind, my dream closet is filled with these things. With that said, welcome to my newest feature: Steal that Style. Here you'll find the most affordable pieces and a complete outfit all from the same place, usually online, to save you from the cost of shipping on more than one site. My take on this outfit is fancy, feminine, frugal, and ALL from! Did I mention that JCPenney has an entire line of affordable Nicole Miller pieces?! Doesn't get much better than that.
(Sorry for all the alliteration. I can't help myself.)
Happy Shopping! xoxo

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Little Red Trench Coat

A trench coat is a wardrobe staple I'd love to add to my own this season. After all the rain we've been getting in California, I'm thinking of purchasing the Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl's trench below. The best part, is that Kohl's always has ongoing promotions. Use this code by December 29 to receive 20% off anything online or in store! (NEWYEAR20)

Little Red Trench Coat

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Cicada Club

{Dress: ASOS; Earrings: Charlotte Russe}

As promised, here are some snapshots from my birthday party at the Cicada Club (inside the Oviatt building) in Downtown Los Angeles. It was a spectacular night, with wonderful friends, fun music, and great dancing. I couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate the big 2-2! I decided to do dinner before getting to the Cicada, since their menu has a fixed price of $60 per person. However, I'd love to go back, dress to the nines, and splurge on dinner for two (the food looked amazing!). The entrance fee was $10 for this particular show and the valet parking is $7 (worth it, since half my guests were in heels). Guests coming only to see the show are escorted to the mezzanine lounge upstairs, which boasts a smaller dance floor and a full bar. The mezzanine lounge fills up within the hour before the show and chairs are taken on a first-come basis. From the balcony we watched the show and then ventured downstairs to join the dancing ourselves. (Ronnie is a natural dancer. He twirled me around the dance floor as I attempted to look like I had some rhythm . . . .) Here are some highlights of the night!

{Some of my gorgeous friends and I! Floral Jacket: Poshmark purchase}
{The bellman stated "Welcome to the 1920's" when we walked through these doors. Love!}
{My dapper date and I. Skinny Tie: H&M; Fedora: Downtown Disney Kiosk!}
{Jazz Orchestra, main dance floor of the club}

{Cupcake Toppers by Shop Sweet LuLu}
{Striped Straws by Shop Sweet Lulu}

Saturday, December 22, 2012

All is Calm, All is Bright

The Emoto Family Christmas Tree!
My sweet mother is incredibly creative and this year's Christmas tree did not disappoint. Covered in ornament pictures of our childhood, my mom's masterpiece reminds me, once again, how lovely it is to be home. My birthday happens to be today as well (The end times? Please, I'm turning 22), and something that I've come to cherish most about each celebration of growing another year older is that my family--the five of us, for now--is always at home, together. Though I am incredibly blessed to be with my own family this season, my thoughts are with those who are suffering tremendous loss during the holidays. May the lives of those we are missing be celebrated with joy, and our hearts filled with hope in the promise of our King.

Merry Christmas! From my family to yours, may you be blessed in every way.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Let the Festivities Begin!

This week I've been experiencing a Christmas/Birthday overload. Whether we like to admit it or not, this season of peace is actually a chaotic flurry of festive events. And, then, there's my birthday. Being born three days before Christmas usually means I'm cramming a party in between holiday vacations and ugly Christmas sweater parties. This weekend is no exception. Here are the things I'll be checking off my list in the next three days:
  • The Rabbit Hole (the endearing name of my apartment) is hosting an ugly Christmas sweater party complete with a White Elephant gift exchange.
  • Ronnie and I will be renewing our Disneyland annual passes because we just.can' to the magic!
  • If the weather is clear, I'll get to witness my first Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade!
  • Then we'll polish off the weekend with a 1920's themed evening for my birthday at the Cicada Club.
What I'm most excited for is sharing all these moments with people whom I love and remembering the sole reason for the season is celebrating our King's birth and the awesome truth of Christ's life, love, and sacrifice.

P. S. Pictures of the festivities to come.

P. P. S. I just became a Suggested User on Poshmark and am thrilled about it! This social media community of other fashion-loving women has been an awesome way for me to do more of what I love!

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Pantone Color of 2013 is ...

Sparkling Green

The verdict is in. The Pantone color of the year is Emerald Green! The people of Oz are ecstatic (Does the Emerald City remind anyone else of The Capital in Hunger Games?).

You can bet I got my first Pantone-influenced purchase this weekend--a deep emerald green blazer from H&M. I've always gravitated towards different shades of green: mint, hunter green, kelly green, and more. Still, there is something so classically elegant about emerald. It's bold, yet feminine. Bright, yet understated. Not to mention it looks incredible on any skin tone.

Check out my Pantone color Pinterest board, here.

AND see the thumbnails below for information on the afforadble pieces featured in the collage above.

Sparkling Green by elissaemoto featuring an ab studio

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A 1920's Celebration

Art Deco Gatsby

I've always been intrigued by the delicate and glamorous style of the 1920's. I find myself gravitating towards things that shimmer, Art Deco patterns, muted colors, and feminine dresses. It's safe to say my love for this fashion time period started with The Great Gatsby--required reading as a sophomore in high school--thanks Ms. Goytia for  always broadening our knowledge. Anywho, I chose to celebrate my 22nd birthday at the Cicada Club in downtown LA. The club's entire architecture is reminiscent of the 1920's glamourous Art Deco architecture, with brilliant chandeliers, and hardwood dance floors. According to a coworker, who told me about Cicada, the club is known for it's live bands (from jazz orchestras to swing bands), and guests who come dressed to the nines in vintage attire (I think part of the new Great Gatsby movie with the dapper Mr. Dicaprio was filmed there). I can't wait for me and a group of friends to experience this magical place. For now, here's the outfit I've decided to celebrate in (ASOS scallop lace dress below!). I'll blog more pictures of the night and my outfit post-celebration!