LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing Joid'art Jewelry Earrings and Free People Cami Top

I’m starting a new segment on the blog today, where I share a roundup of 5 things that I’m obsessing over each month. From podcasts to shoppable items or even just information, I hope you’ll find something inspirational or useful here. First up, April… Continue reading


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing black denim mini skirt free people top and manolo blahnik boots

If you have a fashion addiction like I do, chances are you’re in need of a good spring closet cleaning. Every 6 months or so, I do a wardrobe inventory and get rid of old trends, things I haven’t worn in over a year (unless it’s a classic piece that I can see myself wearing in different weather conditions or has some sort of sentimental value), and stuff I just plain don’t like anymore. I usually end up with a small mountain of items to cart off to Crossroads or list on my Poshmark. After a closet purge, what’s left to do but shop for replacements? đŸ˜¬ Continue reading


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing Mango checker pants graphic tee red leather jacket and satin heels

The calendar says spring, but LA says nah. It’s been an uncharacteristically cold and rainy few weeks here in La La Land, but alas, fashion waits for no time zone or climate. New spring items have been flowing into stores for a while (and making their way into my carts), hinting at warmer, tanner days to come. While it’s not time to wear breezy frocks and sandals just yet, one spring trend that is super wearable now? Patterned pants. Continue reading


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing Vanessa Mooney Chinese Earrings

I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but sometime over the last year I went from being someone who was too lazy to accessorize at all, to someone who feels absolutely naked if I leave the house without jewelry on. While my rings rarely ever change (they are either vintage or family heirlooms that I only take off for boxing purposes), my earrings change often, and will most likely give you an idea of where I’m going and how I’m feeling. On most days when I’m working or running about, I wear my dainty earrings from Mejuri or a variety of simple hoops. While most of my statement earrings are reserved for nights out, if I’m feeling a bit saucier I may wear a completely over-the-top pair with a casual daytime look (like these Vanessa Mooney tassels). There’s something fun an unexpected about doing so, and it takes a tee and jeans look to an instantly cooler level. “The crazier the better” tends to be my mood when it comes to earrings lately, so I’ve curated some of my favorites that make a major statement this spring. From tortoise, to tassels, squiggly gold and colorful resin – these are all cool enough to wear from brunch to weddings.


LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing urban outfitters floral midi skirt brandy melville top levi's sherpa jacket topshop sandals and zara bag

Spring has nearly sprung here in LA, and strangely enough it seems to be bringing a delayed winter with it. It’s rainy and cold one moment, gorgeously 73 and sunny the next – which, though beautiful, makes for some rather confusing outfits. Only in LA can you flash your tummy and toes, while sporting a shearling jacket to keep you cozy. But I’m hardly complaining – it’s been heavenly to give my ‘heavier’ outerwear some love (anything warmer than a leather jacket here is essentially winter attire if you ask me). Continue reading