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

LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing Anine Bing vintage shirt high waisted skirt and sneakers

The skort. For me, it conjures up images of painful pre-teen days, worshipping Britney and Destiny’s Child, trying way too hard to not look like the awkward, chubby brown girl I was. Oh, the memories. This 90’s/early 2000’s trend seems to be making a slight comeback – luckily, without the horribly oversized, diaper shaped shorts hiding underneath a printed polyester sack of fabric (which I probably would’ve paired with a shrug – OMG, remember the shrug?). I wonder, will we look back on our fashion choices of today with the same disdain? Probably. But such is life. Continue reading

LOVE OR MONEY by Emily Tong wearing polka dot top and flare pants

As time goes on, my Instagram feed is becoming more and more flooded with French models, bloggers and it-girls. I am obsessed with everything about them, from their chic AF laidback style, to their unkempt hair and minimal makeup, to their general badassery and unparalleled ability to make the simplest outfit look meticulously put together (when in reality they probably just threw it on without a thought). These women are incredibly influential style mavens, but I really don’t think they care. That French give-no-fucks attitude seems to permeate every aspect of their lives from fashion to beauty and even interior design, and in my opinion can’t be replicated. But a girl can at least try, right? Continue reading