LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing red side stripe trousers black crop top and leather backpack

I’ve decided that 2018 hasn’t started yet. In my eyes, January is a free month in which we’re given a chance to recover from the holidays and the craziness of the previous year, a chance to generally just get our shit together. If you’re like me, you have big goals for 2018, but it feels like January decided to come at us just too damn fast. I need at least a few more weeks of putting minimal effort into my outfits, faking an ‘intentionally effortless’ vibe by wearing clothes that actually resemble pajamas. Continue reading

LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong | 10 Dream Home Office Spaces

It’s Monday, and while it’s technically a national holiday here in the US (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), I’m werkin’ away and feeling energized this fine morning. Here are some dream home office spaces that have me considering some serious upgrades to my workspace, to inspire you for a new week. From whimsical Parisian flats, to moody and luxurious studies, and even modern Scandinavian spaces – each of these offices would be enough to make me skip to work with joy. Continue reading

LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing casual athletic outfit with leather jacket

Happy 2018 everyone! For my first post of the new year, I’m kicking off with this rather lazy athletic outfit (not exactly a good start?), in the hopes that it will inspire me to actually work out this year. Which, to be totally cliche, tends to be a goal of mine every January. The great thing about these types of outfits is that they pack a lot of chicness for the amount of effort that they actually took (which is nearly zero). If you’re feeling the 2017 hangover like I am and having a rough start feeling motivated to get things going, then this outfit should probably be in your playbook. Continue reading

LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing camel sweater dress denim jacket and snakeskin boots

Merry (almost!) Christmas everyone! Winter decided to make a little appearance in LA this week, which means actual knitwear is now possible to wear without sweating. Shockingly, even outfits like this are becoming too cold, and pretty soon I’ll have to forego showing any legs whatsoever. But until now, I’ve been enjoying various dresses of midi and mini length, layered with my favorite wardrobe staple this season – this yummy Levi’s denim jacket, which fulfilled my months-long search for the perfect cropped version. Continue reading

LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong face oils for every budget

It’s December, and if you’re anything like me, your skin is dry AF. Whether you’re dealing with snow and central heating, or dry heat and Santa Ana winds (like we are here in LA) – your skin doesn’t like it, and it shows. Flakey dry patches, redness, and a generally tight/dull feeling are what tend to pop up for me. As someone who has struggled with adult acne on and off throughout my 20’s, the idea of using oil on my face used to sound like a breakout waiting to happen, until I finally tried it. Continue reading