Sister Style: In Full Bloom

Emma Chapman : A Beautiful MessEmma Chapman : A Beautiful MessThe dogwood trees in our little hometown are in full bloom finally! I love all the delicate white (and sometimes pink) flowers. I guess it's kind of funny how the dogwood blooms are, in my mind, a sure sign that Spring is on it's way. While autumn is marked by the deep orange and red leaves that start to fall off every tree around town. It's the little things, no?

But if you can't tell from the trees, then I'm sure you can tell from our (maybe too) optimistic outfits that we're excited for warm weather!Elsie : A Beautiful MessElsie : A Beautiful MessElsie Elsie's Wearing: Purse/Gift Shop Brooklyn, Shirt/American Apparel, Skirt/Vintage, Hat/H&M, Sandals c/o ModCloth.  

Emma : A Beautiful MessEmma : A Beautiful MessEmma's Wearing: dress/H&M, lace overlay/UO, shoes c/o ModCloth

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  • I just bought H&M pants in that same print and I love them! If I would have seen the dress I’m sure I would have gotten it too. Great outfits!


  • You’re outfits are cool. That is what I love about the warm weather. The beauty reveals itself. Also, can’t help but admire that tree. So beautiful.

  • aaargh so jealous! We had a snow storm on Friday (April 12 can you believe it) and now finally the sun is shinning and the snow is melting…..we’re hoping for some green to start sprouting in about 2 weeks (winter here is soooo long). The trees behind you are gorgeous!

  • that lace overlay is gorgeous 🙂
    i’m so happy spring is finally coming!
    xo, cheyenne

  • Those are actually Bradford Pears. But, the dogwoods are blooming too. And their both beautiful!!!

  • Beautiful photos this week for sister style. Love your sandals!!

    Lulu xx

  • Love this 😀 Your both so pretty!!

  • You two look beautiful, I love your matching sandals 🙂

  • That first black and white is the loveliest! They are all sweet. Our trees here in LA are going a bit nuts as well—check out a few pics I have posted on my blog today.

    Have a great weekend.

  • You both look so healthy and happy 🙂 always inspiring and creative! Also your yellow daisy scarf is my welcome into spring, absolutely adore it sashed around my neck on a sunny day!

  • Love your sister style..

    xo Janika

  • Wow, the dogwood trees are beautiful! I love Springtime!

  • WOW it’s beautiful. It’s almost like snow, isn’t it?!
    Suzy Turner, YA Author

  • I’m feeling wickedly jealous. Here in NH it’s 34 degrees and sleeting. And accumulating.

  • I just got my saltwater sandals from modcloth yesterday! They are red and I am so excited! Can’t wait until the rain stops so I can wear them!

  • I love both of your shoes!!!! How much do you love them? Are they really durable?

  • I love that you guys do these posts. It really feels like you love working together, and that is just so refreshing. Thank you for always sharing so much of yourselves with your readers–you’re truly inspiring!

  • Lovely… Amazing pics !

  • Those are not dogwood flowers, dogwoods have only four petals with a cluster of green in the middle head, beautiful pics non the less!

  • Beautiful pictures (and outfits!)

  • You both look so beautiful.
    You can be so lucky to have this trees. We in Germany (Berlin) wat for it.
    its time for spring.

    xo Dana

  • Those are def bradford pear trees! 🙂 And they can smell terrible! Still can’t wait for them (and the actual dogwoods!) to bloom every year, though! I’ll take smelly trees if it means that spring is finally here! 🙂

  • Ridiculously gorgeous girls!!! I love the dogwood blooms as well, just makes you feel good and ready for a fresh and pretty start. 🙂

    brandy j |

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  • Spring!
    Here winter is still in process, but it seems that sun has came to stay for long, i hope!

  • Beautiful photos, love the blossom! The denim skirt is so perfect and the dress with the cardigan is such a lovely combination! xx

  • Gorgeous photos. Looks like spring has really arrived – still waiting here in Cornwall! Your matching shoes are so cute! 😉 x

  • I saw the dress at H&M yesterday (…in Germany – it’s obviously the same all over the world…. hello globalisation 🙂 . I did’t know what to put over my arms, but like that it looks just perfect!
    Lybste Grüße 🙂

  • Dogwood blossoms are my favorite!! You gals have some awesome style!! =)

  • We have pink blossoms just today! I was so stoked ~

    The Occasional Indulgence

  • ooh it looks so gorgeous and spring-y! beautiful outfits as always 🙂

  • Dear, I follow the blog you guys in a while. Every day I pass here and charm me with everything – you guys with intelligence, with beauty and charisma too, with recipes, style, diy projects … in short, everything! You are adorable!

  • Oh, such cute outfits, and I’m so glad trees are blooming!

    Jillian –

  • Those are indeed pear trees but I personally don’t think they smell too bad. 🙂 you ladies look beautiful!!

  • Wow, those flowers make a stunning backdrop! I love the matching shoes in different colours, too 🙂

  • Such lovely photos, love the smiles and spring blossom! The denim skirt is amazing xx

  • The black and white cross dress that Emma is wearing is the most comfortable dress I own! It’s my new favorite 🙂 Love the lace overlay – I’ll have to try that!

  • these sister styles have been my favorite posts lately. you two are just glowing.


  • lovely photos and lovely outfits.

  • You two remind me of my sisters and I. I have 2 older sisters. Well, let me clarify.. the obvious closeness you have with each other reminds me of us. We are older and, um, ’rounder’ than you two are, haha! I love your blog and I too check it multiple times a day.

  • So glad I’m not the only one reading this for the flowers! And yeah, gotta agree on the whole pear thing…Husband covets callery pears, from a distance….snowy white in spring, flame red foliage in the fall. They are winners, even if stinky!

  • Yeah, I’m totally in love with that lace jacket. And my eternal question… Does it come in black?

  • @Eva – I think the trees in full bloom are beautiful, but I for one do appreciate your knowledge sharing as someone not from the area.

  • LOVE the feeling and look of spring here!

    You both look lovely as usual. I ADORE the clutch/purse… super cute!

    Wishing you a lovely day!

  • Our trees bloom in May. And thank god for that. It’s still winter here. It’s a long one. One year we even got a frost in May so the bloomed and died right away. Saddest year ever.

  • I love Elsie’s skirt!! The trees look beautiful in the background!

  • This is one of my favourite photo collections of you two. Stunning pictures, I want to come and hang out, it looks so warm and fresh and springy!
    Smiles from Vancouver 🙂

  • You girls are so cute! Love that vintage skirt xxx

  • Guysss, can you give advice for reaaaallllllyyy beginner photography and how should we develop our skill, I know we should take our camera EVERYWHERE dan take pictures of EVERYTHING but some other tips maybe? 🙂 thank youuu <3 you always :*

  • We have dogwoods at home, a few that we had to put in ourselves. I miss them when I’m here at school! Those are quite a bit “hairier” than the ones I know, though… 🙂


  • These pictures are gorgeous!

    xo Jennifer

  • Here’s what dogwood blossoms look like: They are usually pretty big, and often sit like little discs rather than in clusters.

    Now I’m all curious about what those trees really are! My first guess was some sort of ornamental cherry, but there are so many votes for pear that I wonder.

    You both are beautiful. (And hey, I love the vintage skirt!)

  • Such gorgeous photos, girls!

  • Just to let you girls know for next year, bradford pears bloom first then dogwoods. 🙂 You live and you learn!(I’m just old)

  • Pretty photos! And lovely sentiment. But those are definitely Bradford Pears, which are invasive. Dogwoods are native to the eastern US and are ecologically awesome.

  • I am in the middle of a snow storm in April. I SUPER love your photos and am completely envious of your blooms!!!

    and I love your style too! 🙂

  • I swear, Emma just gets prettier and prettier.
    You are both so lovely. <3

  • you two are so stinkin’ cute!

    wish we could witness beautiful blooming trees like that, but today… we witnessed a spring snowstorm. yes, i said spring snowstorm… love from minnesota.

  • Those dogwood trees are GORGEOUS! such beautiful scenery, and love the outfits too!!
    Sunny with a side of…

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  • You both look so gorgeous! And you have the prettiest freckles! I can’t wait for warm weather to come and stay, either. Our trees over here bloomed a few weeks ago and some of them are already losing their blossoms, but it’s still wavering between cold and rainy, and warm and sunny.

  • I have that black ans white dress Emma is wearing and I’m so smitten with it! I love the way she’s styled it here though. Lovely!


  • Oh, me too!! I love when all the pastel trees start blooming…my favorite time of year. And I hope you didn’t take these pictures today. It’s freeezing! Love the last two shots of you girls…beautiful.

  • You are beautiful .I look you blog every day i am adicted . Elena Italy

  • so sweet! it is nowhere near warm enough to be wearing sandals here in the UK yet but I’ve been wearing a jacket instead of my thick wool coat recently so I’m pretty pleased with that!
    Love the blossom trees,so springy

  • You guys always make me miss my sister who lives in Seattle.

  • Pretty girls. Wonderful picture! Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m actually sad winter is going away! We never really got colder weather here in Florida, so I’m just a little disappointed 🙁 80 degrees all winter… It’s been getting closer to the 90s the last few days!
    xo Heather

  • If those blooms smell bad, they’re definitely flowering pear. Dogwoods have much bigger blooms – more like the size of a gardenia.

  • Agree! But I think those are bradford pear trees. I know dogwoods too well!

  • ABsolutely loved the photos with the bloomed trees in the background although I wasn’t terribly in love with the first style I thought the second black dress complemented things nicely.

  • Spring blooms are the best because they’re so fleeting. Things that are temporary are so bittersweet…like vacations.

  • The weather finally starts to get a little bit better where I live, can’t wait till everything is in full bloom! Craving spring really badly. Lovely photographs!

  • Indeed, if they smell terrible, they’re Callery (likely Bradford) pears. Brandford pears are often used as street trees because street trees’ life is kind of difficult, and Bradford pears can survive just about anything (and often “escape from cultivation” and outcompete native species). If they smell all right, then they’re some sort of (non-pink-blooming) cherry. My way of telling pears from cherries is by their leaves, which come in after the flowers…

    Dogwood flowers have very distinctive 4 largish petals, and the flowering dogwood is native to a large chunk of eastern U.S. I think they bloom a little later than Callery pears. My guess is that you have some flowering dogwoods in your neck of the woods as well.

    Anyway, I love your blog! I apologize for the nit-pickiness. I’m amused that I’m not the only one.

  • Gorgeous trees! The magnolia tree in our yard is in full bloom and gorgeous 🙂

    xo Ashley

  • how a beautiful trees! I’m from Poland, and there is still a lot of snow. I miss a flowers, green trees and spring. You’re so lucky! (and have a really inspiring blog)Greetings from Poland!

  • These outfits are so so cute! I love both of your styles! So lovely!

    Juliette Laura

  • The trees are gorgeous, but that skirt is absolutely awful. SO sorry, but I have to be honest!

  • I think those are Bradford Pears — do they smell horrible? When I was a kid we had them in our neighborhood and they smelled TERRIBLE! I am so glad to be back in the South with real Dogwood trees 🙂

  • Those trees all all over campus, and I LOVE walking to class now! Also, the matching shoes are adorable.

  • beautiful! The trees where I am are turning white and pink too!


  • You girls are both so absolutely beautiful! I love that you’re sisters, but you both look so strikingly different. I’m the same way with my sisters! Love your outfits as well, and thanks for the styling inspiration!!

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