LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing black mini dress camo jacket and black kitten boots

For the time being, I’ve given up all hope that LA is going to actually get cold this winter. It’s December and we’re still expecting 80+ degree weather. I was hoping to layer up in jackets and sweaters by now – not mini dresses. While it’s total BS for weirdos like me who love cold weather, it’s slightly easier when you have some cute transitional options to wear. Continue reading


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong Christmas Wish list

With a plethora of gift guides for her, him, mom, friends, pets and more floating around the internet at the moment, I thought – why not be momentarily selfish and make a Christmas wish list instead? These are my last minute cravings for anyone still looking to buy me a present (hint hint), or anyone who shares a similar style looking to spoil themselves this Christmas. Happy shopping, y’all.

1. Ruffle slip dress | 2. Wire basket | 3. NARS lipstick | 4. Watercolor print | 5. Belted cardigan | 6. Faux fur pillow | 7. Gorjana ring set | 8. Re/Done flared jeans | 9. Chandelier earrings | 10. Elizabeth & James Perfume Oil | 11. milk & honey by Rupi Kaur | 12. Patent boots | 13. Round straw bag | 14. Red sunnies | 15. Faux fur throw


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing striped wide leg pants reformation top mango mules and zara leather jacket

Having not been blessed with the world’s longest legs, but also having muscular thighs/calves – let’s just say it’s been a lifelong struggle to find proportions that flatter. Continue reading


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing H&M Blazer &Other Stories Slip Dress Public Desire Booties and Naked Vice Purse

I’ve been on the man-blazer train since last winter (see how I styled a vintage-inspired one here), and it feels like the trend is on steroids this fall – which I’m completely ok with. They’re everywhere, in every variation from checkered to velvet and everything in between, which makes deciding on the perfect one nearly impossible. Continue reading


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing red jeans and mules

These photos were taken on warmer days, when LA still felt like a furnace and the only possible clothes were of a cropped nature. Not that I’m complaining… I’m beyond happy that it’s cold enough to at least wear sleeves. Up until the last few days, we were suffering through the hottest Indian summer I can remember in years. On days when it feels like you’re melting, it seems only fitting to wear a pair of jeans that are a bit spicy themselves. Continue reading