LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong travel diary to Old Havana Cuba

When you think of Cuba, what immediately comes to mind? I must confess that before visiting last week, I had a rather limited knowledge of the country beyond the obvious. Classic American cars, crumbling colonial architecture, colors, textures, cigars, coffee, music and white sand beaches all converge to create a certain version of Cuba in our imaginations, which as outsiders we assume to be its reality. Perhaps we’ve heard of that one pesky dictator who had a little run-in with JFK over some missiles, or maybe we’re aware that there’s an embargo which has made traveling there tricky for US citizens over the last few decades. The truth is that we probably don’t know much about our close Caribbean neighbor, just an hour’s flight from Miami. Continue reading


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing urban outfitters top and plaid pants in New Orleans

It’s been 2 weeks since my weekend trip to New Orleans, and I’m finally bringing you guys a fun shoot we did in the famous French Quarter. The entire city is just one giant, gorgeous backdrop – even the parts that are a bit worn down. From grand Victorian homes to quintessential ironwork balconies, everywhere you look in New Orleans has so much history and character. Continue reading


If you guys follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen photos from my recent trip to the beautiful city of New Orleans. It was my first time there, and though it’s better known for the famous French Quarter, I fell in love with a neighborhood called the Garden District. I’ll be doing a weekend guide to New Orleans on the blog very soon, but until then – check out this fun little video I did with Gabriel Bienczycki. It’s easy to see why I loved it so much. Continue reading


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing ruffle wrap skirt reformation tank top and anthropologie bag

There’s something about Spring that makes you want to start fresh, no? Maybe it’s time to check back in with your new years resolutions – chances are since the turn of the year, you may have gotten a bit off course and are in need of a little reset. It happens. Time to purge your life of some unnecessary crap, get organized, and re-motivate. I’ve talked a lot on my blog about how I clean out my closet about twice a year to make room for new styles and to let go of clutter, and today I’m sharing 5 easy tips on how to give your closet a major spring clean – to make way for fresh new energy (but more importantly, new shoes). Continue reading


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing zara kimono jacket white flare jeans and snakeskin boots

Not to be totally cliché and talk about the weather, but it’s been a central issue for me in getting dressed over the last few weeks. The climate in LA is, obviously, mostly sunny and gorgeous – save for the few funky months when the seasons change and all weather conditions seem to be packed into a single day. It makes figuring out what to wear pretty challenging, and if you’re someone like me who already suffers indecisiveness in this area, you’re doubly lost. Continue reading