December 29, 2009

fashionable facebook friend, featuring emily






What's on your wish list this holiday?
Acid wash jeggings, the leggings that look like jeans, Minnetonka 5 layer fringe boots, some Jeffrey Campbell oxfords, and some band t-shirts.

What was your most memorable gifted piece of clothing?
Two years ago my best friend gave me these black lamé leggings I had been obsessing over. Probably most worn gifted garment.

Who are your fashion influences?
Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, the Olsen twins, many random San Franciscans.


Who are your photography influences?
Richard Avedon and David Hamilton.

Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?
Somewhere in San Francisco being fabulous.

What is your favorite color combination?
Black and brown. Black with anything.


Where is your favorite shop spot?
Wasteland on Haight Street. They always have top vintage and super cute brand new clothing.

What are the top three tracks on your iTunes top played?
Take it Easy, Love Nothing by Bright Eyes, Never Going Back Again by Fleetwod Mac, Close to Me by The Cure

What movie is the most fashionably inspiring to you?
Welcome to the Dollhouse. When I saw this movie when I was little I thought Dawn was the bees knees. When I watched it again a few years ago I was surprised to find out she was supposed to be a loser..


What's your quick fix solution to spice up an outfit?
Messy hair, a long pendant, heels, tons of gypsy rings.

What is your recent most-worn item?
My Bowie shirt! That thing has become my security blanket. Whenever I have no idea what to wear I throw that bad boy on.


a few things i adore about emily:
1. ever changing hair... and it's always cute
2. her make up expertise (i need a lesson)
3. non-conventional way of dressing popular items, patterns & textures
4. her confidence- an essential trait of a fashionista

Do you have any questions for emily?
Post a comment and I'll ask :)

I am now lurking through my facebook fans to feature the fashionable ones.
It's this new idea I'd like to start using for new posts... not just about myself because you can only have so much of me.

Become a fan of Fresh Influence on facebook so I can feature you!

xo esb

19th and Valencia

I ran away yesterday.
I packed my bags, drove to the next town, left my car in a parking lot, walked to the train, took the train to Bart and ran away to the city.


When I got into the mission, I met with some friends and we shopped. A lot. Did some REAL thrifting for once in a very long time. Thrifting in the city is a lot more successful than thrifting in the suburbs, you just have to be patient.

Thrifted DKNY denim dress; f21 button up & gray dress (not visible); uo leather lace-ups; gifted scarf, bag (made out of ties) & beanie; aldo tights


Later that night, a very special person offered me shelter for the night. She and her trendy friend had identical urban outfitter boots. Urban Outfitters is taking over the world... I haven't decided if that's a good thing yet.


Don't worry darlings, I'm home safe now :)

My best find that day ($6.75):


These shoes got me even more excited for New Year's. I think I'm going to be super 1999 and dress in all purple or something. Go really over the top. Have you seen American Apparel's new promo on New Year's like it's 1999? There are some really cute ideas on the site. Why don't more people dress up for this holiday?- it's a great way to start the New Year.
I think couples should dress to match. Girls should be in sequins and boys in bow-ties and everyone needs someone to kiss at midnight. Sorry if this philosophy depresses you single ladies, but maybe it will inspire you to dress to impress and make it that much easier to find a cutie when the clock strikes twelve.
He doesn't have to be your boyfriend, or even a friend. Truth is- everyone wants a New Year's kiss. If you see a cute boy alone and only 10 seconds remain until 2010- consider him fair game. You both want it.
New rule in the book of girl rules: if you aren't with your boyfriend on New Year's, it's all right if he gives someone else a kiss. Agree, ladies? And what do you think fellas? It's just a kiss :D

December 28, 2009


Thrifted & altered dress; aldo oxfords; target tights & cap; aa long sleeve body suit

This is the cutest little mini dress I've got and it was perfect for a date downtown San Francisco. I had the chance to see the cast of Wicked ice skating in Union Square where green light was reflecting on the ice. It was pretty cool I guess. The ice skaters weren't very talented on the ice, but one managed to fall and it was pretty funny.


Then a little birthday party for a friend, where some asshole blew out her birthday candles before she got the chance. Don't worry, we recreated the experience for her.


I took a "Minnie" shot with my friends in celebration for her birthday. Isn't this the cutest little shot glass you've ever seen? And somewhat inappropriate? Tee hee.

Can't wait for New Years Eve, it's one of my favorite holidays and I love to dress for it, no matter how lame my plans are.

December 21, 2009

The movement against bimbos

Had to share
this post from Hello, my name is Jessica.

"How many times have you heard a guy say his ex-girlfriend is crazy, an airhead or psycho?

Maybe if you men took note of certain indicators pointing to crazy, airhead or psycho, you wouldn't end up in a blunder of bad relationships making you quiver just thinking about them.

Never trust a girl who:

Has children who call you Daddy upon the first meeting. Clearly she told them you're the new father. Prepare for a phone call from Maury producers if you keep it past date three and then try to break it off.

Says she's over her ex-boyfriend...of last month. No way. They dated for how long she said? Two years? You're definitely the rebound. She's trying to get over him and make him jealous by posting status updates all over her Facebook about you; followed with a thousand hearts.

You mention that you don't want a commitment right now, but want to keep that "special something" you two share in which she sheepishly agrees. Right.

Don't for a second believe she didn't already think of you as her boyfriend in her head, plan on introducing you to her friends and family as well as formally announcing herself "in a relationship;" on social networks that is. Prepare for a Fatal Attraction bunny boiling bitch in your kitchen; don't keep someone around who isn't on the same page (signs pointing to the end of a romance novel? A deeply hesitant "oh, me too," and an unsuccessful try at concealing teary eyes).

She scares all the children at one of your family gatherings with an unasked for re-enactment of the monkeys in
The Wizard of Oz. As they run, so should you. That's not normal.

She knows everything about you before you told her. Thank Facebook. She should be as surprised as Macaulay culkin when he is left home alone as you tell her you're a Texan native fresh out of the Peace Corpes.

Laughs at everything you say because she has a "morbid" sense of humor. Sure, knock knock jokes are funny but not your missing dog. No one is
that soul-less.

Her entire TiVo history is nothing but
The Hills and The City. Ask her who our vice president is.

The last book she read was Cosmopolitan.

She checks herself out in toasters, knives, black computer screens and the back of
your iPod. The nerve. She cares more about herself than your existence as she throws her coat on you before dinner mistaking you for a doorman.

She thinks your paycheck is her new Coach purse. Life is not a Coach purse honey; get a job and stop being so tasteless.

You've never seen her eat. Everyone eats. Don't fall for the: but I have a weird condition, I don't eat food, I just drink water. She is a liar. Invite her on a camping trip and see how long she goes before passing out.

Whatever reason you keep crazy pants around--maybe she's good in bed or she's pretty to look at--it's not worth having to change your phone number and join the witness protection program when things go awry. Trust me."

Thank you, Jessica!

December 16, 2009

Can't stop

I have a serious problem going holiday shopping. All I ever do is shop for myself!
Just kidding though, I'm really almost done with holiday shopping, thank goodness!
Got these for $30 at f21. Delivered today. Obsessed. Wearing them tomorrow. Will post outfit.
I guess I'll have to put the black aldo ankle bootie wedges on hold for a while, I have so many pairs of shoes!
I like these because they aren't too loose at my ankle. So I can wear them with shorts or skirts and not look sickly skinny! :D

December 11, 2009

Russian head



aa shiny leggings; thrifted ugly sweater & coat; target cap; blowfish boots; urban sweatshirt bag

Rainy weather lately. I remember last year we had an entire month of rain. I'm on the lookout for cute rain boots. Any suggestions? These boots above are made of canvas. Warm in the weather... but not waterproof.
Finals are next week! Buuutttt I took a study break Friday night and went to sushi with some co-workers.
When I had to get ready, I had been hibernating in bed for a few hours, so getting dressed was super tough. Hence, the comfy sweater.
I originally got this sweater for an "ugly sweater" holiday party I hosted last year. I have been secretly in love with it ever since, and finally have the no-care-attitude to wear it in public. It's so comfortable!
I have been desperate for some faux fur in my life. Luckily I moseyed into Target and stumbled upon this cap. So satisfied! It was only $15. I like it because I can wear fur without looking too Baby Phat. A lot of people have been calling the cap nerdy or stupid or whatever- I don't care I love it and I'm warm! Seeing a pattern here?
BTW- Sorry my friend is such a poor photographer :P

The real influence

Hey to new followers!! Up until recently, friends and family were my only followers.
Now that I'm receiving all this lovely attention from outsiders, it's time to introduce myelf.


Where it comes from
The first fashion experience that sticks out in my mind happened circa 2005. I had just started high school and was excited to grow into the person I was going to be for the next four years. A lot of people already knew me, but I felt like I didn't know me. My individuality really grew through two pathways: working hard at my extracurriculars (dance, cheer, yearbook, environmental club, school newspaper, advanced classes) and what I wore to school. Let me back up, I attended a private school for most of elementary, going to public school was a heavenly gift to my creative mind.
Anyway- back to 2005- I hated the sight of Uggs (managed to find a substitute). But I still liked the idea of wearing skirts in the winter... so my immediate solution was legwarmers (I'm on the right). Yes, I was the first to wear legwarmers to school. I got a lot of funny looks and hollow compliments for it. ,The negative responses didn't shake my confidence too bad- so I went with it. I even started a bit of a trend! But don't worry, I converted to anti-legwarmer with age.

Blog name
My entire life I have lived in the suburbs- I'm just another teenybopper! By the time I was sixteen I was planning on attending college far away- somewhere warm, welcoming, and diverse. I believed that my surroundings were not fit for a fashion enthusiast and hoped to find a big city where I could venture into the public eye with my individual style and study my chosen major- journalism. I claimed to my family that I was in need of some new inspiration- some fresh influence.
I chose Arizona State's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. What a mistake! It's a super-suburb! The journalism classes were good though. Anyhow, went home after my first semester and I'm here now, at community college, until I am accepted to a California State School in Fall 2010.

My lately
In community college I worked as the paper's editor in chief and had that experience for six months. Shortly after that I took a short break from school and worked as a Store Manager for American Apparel.
I'm still going to school part-time, where I take journalism classes, and some dance classes.
Now I am studying journalism at San Francisco State University while living in the city.
I'm also interning for a sex & relationships podcast called Sex With Emily (it has changed my life & it will change yours!).

My rules
So sheer, so chic.
Better to overdress than underdress.
Showing bras: not okay! Unless it's a black or nude lacy bra under a sheer fabric. No peeking bras! More here.
In the winter- no bare legs. Tights were invented for a reason- to make short skirts look seasonally appropriate.
No Uggs! EVER! I have these quilted boots that I'm too embarrassed to even wear to the supermarket!
Avoid the zip-up hoodie. I know it's convenient... but try to resist its fleecy goodness.
Easiest ways to polish an outfit: add a hat, scarf, jewelry, showy purse or red lipstick
No extra length, extra distressed jeans. I'm not quite urban enough for that.
Keep within a three shade pallet. Usually, two neutrals and a color. Mix and match for fun.
Footless leggings with flats are only allowed in warm weather. Footless tights are haggard/very difficult to achieve.

So basically
I use this blog to combine all of the above, share my personal style and other styles that I like with you. Sometimes I post inspirational photos because photography is my secret lover. I also do quite a few posts on music, playlists, songs, ect. I am a music snob. I will push my music down your throat and force you to swallow it. I apologize in advance.

Why I like you
Share all your ideas, feedback, music & blog suggestions, crazy stories, trend ideas, anything-- with me

December 9, 2009

Plan your week according to icing

Thursday 10th December
Have a Japanese feast! Invite a friend over to make sushi if you’re so inclined, or if you tend to be more disaster & less
DIY when it comes to the kitchen, order from your favourite Japanese restaurant. Eat cross-legged on the floor while watching a great movie. Battle Royale, Ichi the Killer or Kamikaze Girls are all excellent choices!

Best blog- ever.

December 3, 2009

Oh, December!



cheap mondays, banana republic sweater ($40 on sale!); aa circle scarf & deep v tee; aldo oxfords

I saw my breath this morning and couldn't stop complaining about how cold I was. I was wearing socks and a cardigan with this and was still freezing- time to beef up for cold weather!
It's still beautiful outside. Everyone is getting excited about winter- but it's not officially winter until the 21st guys! No worries- I created a fresh playlist to get you in the holiday spirit! Winter music suggestions are welcome!
What's your favorite winter or holiday song?
So whenever holiday sales are going on- we all shop for ourselves instead of our families and friends. Then Christmas is already going to be next week! I think that is the very reason there is a surge of last minute shopping. It's not that we weren't shopping for gifts- we just buy most for ourselves before others. And that's okay- as long as everyone looks fabulous.

Here's a list of ideas for gifts: candles; holiday/pretty socks (just got some betsey ones for myself at marshalls!); scarves; mix cd's; jelly bellies; see's candies; hot cocoa mix; stationary; f21 accessories; slippers; pack of hello kitty undies!!; television seasons on dvd (the oc, bones, scrubs, 30 rock, i hear dexter is popular); print photos for all your friends & give them in frames; light up shot glasses

December 1, 2009

Glam it up

aldo textured tights layered on top of grey tights
f21 headband; mac's russian red

I have been shopping for myself.. and a little bit for others :)
Love it. Love the holidays. Love the lipstick.
Someone said this headband was very "Blaire" from Gossip Girl.
I should really start watching that show because minus the lame drama-
it displays some impressive fashion!
Ignore the messy hair... I'm on it.

Did anyone watch this on Thanksgiving? IT WAS DIVINE!