Excited to share Emily’s chic style & honest perspective!\u00a0 She was my right-hand woman during my first three years in marketing at CB2 before she moved to New York to work for Bonobos.\u00a0 I was impressed by Emily’s minimalist style from the moment she walked into the room for her first interview (dress with an oversized blazer on top, sleeves pushed up).\u00a0 Emily’s look is effortless, casual and elegant \u2013 more edgy than classic.\u00a0 Her minimalist style is understated, never forced.\u00a0 I miss her gentle, thoughtful personality and a wicked sense of humor.\u00a0 Her insights around style as well as\u00a0her raw, honest perspective on balancing work\/home reminded me that we’re all in this together.\u00a0 Enjoy!\u00a0 Xxo Aliciahelmut\u00a0lang coat, Le Square AYR sweater, AYR jeans, no. 6 clogsDoen dress,\u00a0Soludos shoes Emily, share 3 few fun facts about yourself:I\u2019ve been in NY since 2005.I met my husband, Rick, blindly, on a set-up date. His ex-girlfriend set us up during an office convo at J.Crew.Fast forward to today and we have two children ages 1 and 6. So I guess I\u2019m in in the thick of it.\u00a0I head up marketing at Soludos and love it. Soludos is a fashion shoe\/accessory brand based in Soho inspired by travel and discovery.How would you describe your style?I gravitate toward simple pieces that are easy and go together, and I love an unexpected detail, seam, or angle.\u00a0 Cuts that are more architectural or streamlined help me look more pulled together.\u00a0 I pretty much wear a uniform each season. This season, straight-legged denim, a Soludos mid-heel venetian boot, and turtleneck sweaters tucked in the front are in constant rotation for me.\u00a0 In the summer, I wear a lot of dresses and more color.\u00a0 That said, I\u2019m still most comfortable in a great pair of denim and top.\u00a0 In general, I experiment more with tops than pants or skirts.Finally, I like to play with proportion. I\u2019m tall (5\u201910) and long-waisted, so I find that a 2-inch heel helps me to even out my proportions. Most of my jeans are ankle length or shorter for the same reason.\u00a0 I buy the majority of my denim from AYR.\u00a0 Their fits are amazing and I like supporting small brands.\u00a0 My favorites styles are the The Bomb Pop\u00a0and The Lil Dude.Has your style changed over the years?Yes, it\u2019s changed a lot! I settled into my current style in my mid-20s. Believe it or not, I rocked many a Vineyard Vines top and skirt when I was in college and after! \u00a0I moved to NYC after college.\u00a0 It didn’t take long there before I moved away from that preppy look toward more minimalist style. I wanted something that made me feel more sophisticated, less cute – especially at work.\u00a0How has NYC influenced your style? I work in Soho and it is so inspiring. It\u2019s a neighborhood that celebrates creativity and individuality \u2026 I can walk out and get inspired within a block.\u00a0 I have so much appreciation for the people I see around here, they have an amazing taste level.\u00a0 The biggest trend I\u2019m seeing in NY these days is feminine dressing.\u00a0 Style in the city feels much more bohemian and earthy, which has not really been the case in the past.\u00a0What are some of your favorite pieces or looks and why?Aside from my uniform, I love jumpsuits. I feel good in them and wear them all of the time – especially when it warms up.\u00a0 I like the ease of dressing they provide. You can wear them anywhere and you stand out, but don\u2019t stick out.\u00a0 You look interesting, but not like you\u2019re looking for attention\u2026they strike the right balance.\u00a0 I have a few jumpsuits from Apiece Apart that I really like.Are you more of an external shopper or a shop your closeter?\u00a0Do you shop by season?I\u2019m a hardcore online shopper. I hate shopping in stores, I don\u2019t find it to be an enjoyable experience and it\u2019s not relaxing for me.\u00a0 There\u2019s something about the interaction with employees that feels pressured to me, or unnatural or something.I tend to shop when I\u2019m getting annoyed in a morning getting ready and feel like I need more options. I don\u2019t shop by fashion calendar at all. If I shop sale, I\u2019ll do Moda or Net a Porter \u2013 places I don\u2019t typically shop at regular price.I would love to be better at re-mixing within my existing closet.\u00a0 It\u2019s a really fun thing to do! \u00a0I guess my approach to re-mixing is having things that are all basic and go together.\u00a0 I\u2019m in a stage where it feels good to be easy on myself.\u00a0Favorite brands? I own a ton of AYR. Other brands I love are Apiece apart, Madewell, Reformation, Creatures of Comfort, Acne for outerwear, and Ulla Johnson\u2019s less bohemian\/more minimalist pieces.I really admire Reformation from a brand and sustainability perspective. They source fabrics utilizing principles of sustainability, they’re carbon neutral and you can buy carbon emission offsets on their site.\u00a0 They do a full eco-report each quarter. They\u2019ll even incentivize you if you shift to wind power energy, you\u2019ll get a gift certificate!What are your favorite podcasts or books?\u00a0 I listen to The Daily, Pivot, Pod Save America, Bitch Sesh, and Serial\/crime thrillers.Tell us about your neighborhood and your interiors vs personal style.We live in the West Village in Manhattan in a brownstone with two units. It\u2019s pre-war so it has beautiful trims, moldings and windows, and a beautiful garden in the back. We\u2019re lucky to be here.\u00a0 The West Village has a quaint, quiet neighborhood-ey feel, and our son goes to the public school.\u00a0I\u2019ve learned over the years that it is helpful to just buy things that you love as you discover them, over time and sporadically. When you move into a new place, there\u2019s always a pressure to make it perfect, to outfit the entire house, but it\u2019s not worth it. Our home style is a lot more eclectic than my fashion style.\u00a0 It\u2019s more adventurous; we have bold patterns, bright colors, interesting light fixtures, and a mix of vintage and modern.\u00a0 I low high\/low and new\/old mixes in the home.\u00a0What are some of your favorite pieces you have collected over time?I have a set of white CB2 chairs that I bought them I worked there that I had reupholstered in a Scalamandre zebra print. They were from a limited edition Novogratz x CB2 collaboration that I worked on, so the chairs were meaningful to me, and I made them my own with the fabric! \u00a0I love reupholstering things, it\u2019s a creative outlet. I also love the chair (Eames) in our bedroom and an orange leather chair I snagged at a fancy resale store in Chelsea.\u00a0 It\u2019s the little pieces you find that bring you joy \u2013 you had to work to get them!I\u2019m obsessed with the idea of work\/life balance because I\u2019ve never been able to find it and it\u2019s a unicorn for me. \u00a0Tell me about your career trajectory and explore that a bit.\u00a0 I worked for about 7 years, then went to business school (NYU) with the hope of changing industries and careers.\u00a0 I wanted to get into marketing.\u00a0 After business school I took a job within marketing at Tom Ford Beauty (Estee Lauder).\u00a0 In Chicago, I got lucky again, working at CB2.\u00a0 CB2 is really where I cut my teeth into the part of marketing I loved most.\u00a0 I didn\u2019t have kids for most of that time.\u00a0The first time I felt the squeeze was when we moved back to NY with a baby and I started work at Bonobos.\u00a0 I had that guilty feeling in the pit of my stomach about work and kid time. Something wasn\u2019t right, and it was a struggle for 2.5 years.That 2.5 years made me question a lot about balance, gender roles, our goals as a couple, and what I was looking for. How I was raised was about being likable and well-rounded\u2026 that mattered a lot. My perspective is so different now\u2026I think it\u2019s really cool to raise a daughter now and we teach her, \u201ceh, don\u2019t worry about being liked\u2026 it\u2019s important to be a good person and don\u2019t worry about the rest of it.\u201dRick & I landed in a really good place during that time of stress.\u00a0 It\u2019s refreshing as you get older to recognize there\u2019s nothing wrong with saying this isn\u2019t the right fit for me – I am going to move on. I decided I needed to take time off, so I quit and took time for a breath, to figure it out.\u00a0 Rick was very supportive. I really appreciate that his attitude made it so easy for us to do that. Because of that support, I took a lot of time thinking about my priorities and what I really wanted when I was looking for a new job. I said no to so many things!\u00a0 It was refreshing to do that! I knew what I wanted. I had my final interview at Soludos when I was 38 weeks pregnant, sweating and about to give birth\u2026 but I knew it was finally the right place for me at the right time.\u00a0Ulla Johnson top, Creatures of Comfort jeans, Soludos mulesdYour IG is “Aspiring multi-tasker” which makes me laugh. \u00a0Tell me about that.The idea of multi-tasking really stresses me out! I\u2019m terrible at multi-tasking. My blood pressure rises when two things happen at once. Now I just try to do the opposite \u2013 to fully compartmentalize and be present with whatever I\u2019m doing at one time. It\u2019s been a game-changer for me and is keeping me sane.I fight the need to just DO instead of BE.\u00a0 Maybe it\u2019s a perfectionism thing? It cramps creative space. When and where do you make creative space for yourself?\u00a0That\u2019s the thing I find most challenging in my job. There\u2019s a big creative component to this role regarding campaign strategy and vision…and you can\u2019t think creatively if you\u2019re bombarded with to-do\u2019s. I appreciate that the fact that creativity is part of my job forces me to make time for a clear head, and time to let my brain wander.Have you read the articles lately about emotional labor? It\u2019s not actually the tasks themselves that bother me, it\u2019s the list constantly bouncing around in my head that causes so much stress. Women take on all of this emotional labor and it\u2019s super hard. Reading these articles and identifying what was happening has helped me to articulate what I feel sometimes if I snap or get irritable.\u00a0 Check them out.Speaking of being, not doing – do you have any Insider tips on favorite places to hang in NYC on a date? With kids? By yourself?Yes!\u00a0 Spotted Pig, The Otheroom, Mary\u2019s Fish Camp with the kids, Gray Dog, Jack\u2019s Wife Freida are some of my favorite spots. By myself, my favorite thing to do is to walk around the city by myself with headphones. I walk a mile to\/from work every day.\u00a0 \u00a0I look forward to this time.\u00a0 It\u2019s a great way to ease in and out of the workday.What\u00a0minutiae\u00a0have you cut out of your life to make space for things you love to do?\u00a0\u00a0Cooking.\u00a0 I don\u2019t cook at all right now.\u00a0 We order in, a lot. It has felt really liberating to declare \u201cI don\u2019t cook anymore.\u201d\u00a0 I don\u2019t feel guilty about it and I don\u2019t miss it.\u00a0 It\u2019s been nice – and I can hang out with my kids a ton more.Yael Azrouel dressShop Emily’s Look:\u00a0Reformation Locklin Dress, $198.00. Shop HEREBoden Roberta Midi Dress, $150.00. Shop HERE.Soludos Venetian Bootie, $149. Shop HERE.Soludos Collette Heel, $149. Shop HERE.Each x Other sweater, Equipment top, Mother denim\u00a0 Interested in seeing other Everyday Style Icons?\u00a0 Click hereLove minimalist, classic style?\u00a0 Check out Caroline’s wardrobe in Paris.